Giants Players Face Cowboys, Ebola Fears In Dallas This Weekend
(FOX Sports) Earlier this week, Giants players and staff were given a fact sheet, prepared by the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network, outlining the basics about Ebola.
“Our athletic trainers and team physicians have been briefed on the scope of the Ebola-virus disease,” Pat Hanlon, Giants senior VP of communications, said in an email to the New York Post. “We have distributed a fact sheet to our employees and distributed similar information to our players electronically.” READ MORE
Euro 2016 Qualifier Stopped After Drone Appearance, Riot
(Washington Post) The Albanian national soccer team traveled to Belgrade for the first time since 1967 to play Serbia in a European Championship qualifying match on Tuesday. It ended early when riots broke out in Belgrade’s Partizan Stadium, which visiting fans had been banned from entering, after someone decided to fly a drone carrying a pro-Albanian flag over the pitch.
The flag showed a map of “Greater Albania,” an area that includes territory within Albania, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, northern Greece and the autonomous region of Kosovo, which the Serbian government still claims. The flag also depicts the word “autochthonous” (“indigenous”), as well as portraits of Ismail Qemali and Isa Boletinim, two Albanian nationalist leaders. READ MORE
Amy Purdy, Meryl Davis Reflect On Dancing With The Stars Experience
(International Paralympic Committee) “I feel blessed to be able to go from Sochi to ‘Dancing With The Stars’ and now I’m on a speaking tour with Oprah,” Purdy said. “I’ve never could have imagined that this is what I’d be doing, but I’m so grateful for the platform to share not just my message, but the message of a lot of other Paralympians.”
“I think we learned strength in a very different capacity,” Davis said. “We both talked about embracing femininity in a different way. I think, as athletes, we often think of femininity stereotypically as a weakness and I think Dancing With The Stars really taught us to embrace femininity as a strength and an asset, which is a really beautiful thing.” READ MORE
Gritty David Eckstein Looking To Get Back In MLB
(USA Today) Thanks to Moneyball, Eckstein’s ability to “put up a tough at-bat” lost value; instead, metrics like OPS Plus and Wins Above Replacement revealed him as a merely average – or worse – offensive performer. Rather than earning platitudes for “making all the plays” despite his stature, defensive metrics gave cause to rip Eckstein for the balls he couldn’t reach, or throws he couldn’t make.
And he unwittingly became the cause célèbre in baseball’s holy war of stats vs. scouts.
“As everyone knows, I’m the worst sabermetric player to ever play the game,” he says, more with a sense of pride than defiance. READ MORE
Eric Karros Still Has His 2003 Cubs World Series Hat
(Deadspin) Karros was playing first base during the famed Steve Bartman incident during Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS. The hat was placed in his locker, awaiting the North Siders first World Series appearance since 1945. READ MORE
Ryan Whitney Gets His Wish To Play In Sochi
(SportingNews) Well …. sort of. Whitney was hoping to travel to the Russian coast to play in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Instead, he just signed a deal with the city’s KHL team and took to Twitter to self depricate. READ MORE
Amar’e's New Secret Weapon? Red Wine Baths
(ESPN New York) “The red wine bath is very important to me because it allows me to create more circulation in my red blood cells,” Stoudemire said after completing a three-hour practice with the Knicks on Thursday. “Plus, it’s very hot, so it’s like a hot tub. But it’s also the red wine … just kind of soothes the body.”
Stoudemire, 31, said the wine baths are mixed with water, but the majority is wine. He follows up a bath treatment with a 90-minute massage. Stoudemire also moves between a variety of tubs at different temperatures. READ MORE
Get Ready To See A Lot Of LeBron Pitching Kia
(ESPN) James previously donated Kia cars he won as a result of winning the league’s MVP award to charity, but this past summer, his business partner Maverick Carter said James — a car enthusiast — asked whether he could get the new $66,000 car to drive around.
Kia, which is entering its eighth year as the official vehicle of the NBA, happily obliged.
“It was a great call to get,” Tim Chaney, vice president of marketing at Kia Motors America, told ESPN.com. “We were not actively seeking another endorser, but LeBron told us, after driving the car around this summer, that he liked it so much, that we decided to partner with him. He brought us instant credibility.” READ MORE
Williams, Morandini Visit The Thuzio Executive Club – Philadelphia
On Monday evening, Mitch ‘Wild Thing’ Williams and Mickey Morandini met with members of the Thuzio Executive Club to relive their experiences with the 1993 Philadelphia Phillies.
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Young Soccer Player Chooses Neymar Over $10,000
(El Paso Times) By winning a contest sponsored by the Brazilian soft-drink Guaraná Antarctica, Rhiannon Conelley, a 16-year-old goalkeeper, will travel to Spain next year to meet Neymar. Although sweepstakes organizers have not released the date of the meet-and-greet, Conelley said she would travel to Spain with her mother and personal coach.
“It feels good. I mean to go to Spain and meet your idol, it feels awesome,” she said.
She chose the meet-and-greet with Neymar instead of the other grand prize — $10,000 in cash. READ MORE