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Caleb Plant faces Jose Uzcategui for the IBF middleweight boxing title.,Autumn Allison, Nashville Tennessean read more

Twenty-First Century Fox said on Friday it does not plan to bid for any of the regional sports networks that Walt Disney Co may sell to win U.S. Justice Department's approval for its purchase of Fox's film and TV assets.,REUTERS: Twenty-First Century Fox said (click https://bit.ly/2CisCxJ) on Friday it does not plan to bid for any of the regional sports networks that Walt Disney Co may need to sell to win U.S. Justice Department's approval for its purchase of Fox's film and TV assets.,Fox Chairman Lachlan Murdoch said in November it was still an "open question" whether the company will buy back the regional sports networks it sold to Disney in July as part of the US$71 billion deal.,Disney won a bidding war last year against cable company Comcast Corp to acquire Fox's assets.,But the U.S. Justice Department has said Disney, which owns cable sports network ESPN, must divest Fox's 22 networks that provide sports programming for regional and local markets.

- An Orange County man claimed to be an undercover officer and pulled a gun on a victim, deputies said, and it all happened in a bar.,The victim said he was sitting at the bar when 31-year-old Amit Rampersaud “became aggressive towards him and pulled out a firearm and pointed it at him saying something about being ‘undercover’ and he was under arrest,” according to the criminal affidavit.,Pasco County deputies said the victim didn’t know who Rampersaud was, and didn’t know he pulled the gun on him.,Rampersaud said he was scared of the victim because the victim was saying “weird things,” and grabbed his gun from inside his car to arm himself, according to the affidavit.,Deputies said they looked at surveillance video, which showed Rampersaud and the victim talking as they sat at the bar.

Research done by Windee M. Weiss, Ph.D. of the University of Northern Iowa  emphasizes the importance of parents staying accountable for and modeling good behavior, and helping their children interpret their sport experiences.,On the negative side, parents who lose accountability for their lofty expectations and put too many demands on their young athletes before, during, and after competition can create stress that can destroy their child’s enjoyment of sport.,Coaches also report that children’s sport performance is affected by the presence of parents.,LaVoi and Stellino research found that the children of parents who create anxiety about failing and emphasize winning are more likely to engage in poor sport behaviors than children whose parents encourage enjoyment and self-mastery.,TrueSport® inspires athletes, coaches, parents, and administrators to change the culture of youth sport through active engagement and thoughtful curriculum based on cornerstone lessons of sportsmanship, character-building, and clean and healthy performance, by creating leaders across communities through sport.

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Entertainment mogul Ice Cubes Big3 basketball league is looking for a rebound.During a conference call with reporters Thursday, Big3s backers had planned to tout their incredible success and ambitious plans to expand the fledgling league into new markets.But Cube and his business partner, entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz, also revealed some ongoing challenges facing the league, including the end of its two-year TV contract with Fox Sports.It is really time to move on, Cube said.Big3 has spent much of the last year locked in a bitter legal dispute with a Qatari investment firm and has struggled to recruit a deep-pocketed investor to help back the leagues hoped-for bid for the Fox sports channels.Cube and Kwatinetz previewed their plans for the leagues expansion: Big3 intends to grow to 12 teams from eight this year, and the league plans to widen its tour to 18 cities, up from 10.,Although its games which consist of former NBA basketball players competing three on three have brought in large crowds to sports arenas, TV rights deals are the lifeblood of professional sports leagues.Big3, Kwatinetz and others say, has been fielding interest from other sports broadcasters and the group hopes to have a new TV home by June, when the leagues third season tips off.Cube and Kwatinetz downplayed the termination of the Fox Sports TV contract.The company [Fox] is going to be a little different after Walt Disney Co. buys much of 21st Century Fox, Kwatinetz said.,Were both competing for a similar asset, potentially, Kwatinetz said.The league has been trying to scrape together as much as $15 billion to make a competitive bid for the Fox regional sports channels that Disney must sell after the Burbank entertainment giant completes its $71.3-billion purchase of much of Fox.,Kwatinetz said that tennis star Serena Williams, entertainer L.L. Cool J and former basketball star Julius Erving were interested in joining their bid for the regional sports networks.The U.S. Justice Department is forbidding Disney from acquiring the 22 regional sports networks as part of its proposed Fox purchase because Disney already owns sports juggernaut ESPN.,Several people close to the auction say the odds are great that the 22 networks will be split up because that would generate more money for Disney.Kwatinetz, during the conference call, seemed to acknowledge that their bid for some or all of the Fox local sports channels might collapse.Ice Cube and I dont need a big asset to prove that were cool, he said.

BOSTON (CBS) — The New England Patriots are looking to advance to their eighth straight AFC Championship this weekend, but an extremely talented Los Angeles Chargers team is standing in their way.,He sliced up the Patriots-Chargers matchup with sports director Steve Burton on the latest edition of “A Slice Of Sully,” picking L.A. for a 22-16 upset on Sunday.,I’m being a realist; I’m not just going to throw my heart out there and say the Pats are going to win every game, the Red Sox are going to win every game,” Sully said to Burton.,“This [Los Angeles] team is really tough and I think they’re going to surprise the Patriots.”,Sully and Burton also discuss the cold weather in New England and how big of an advantage that will be for the Patriots, plus the big-game potential for James White.

As a Sports MMJ and Anchor for NBC Connecticut, you will work primarily as a storyteller who delivers relevant daily content covering local sports.,The successful candidate will be someone who talks to people in the community and tells great sports-related stories including a quick roundup of local relevant scores and, when appropriate, the best highlights of our local teams.,Ability to work flexible hours (including weekends) and to return to work in emergencies depending upon news coverage.,From broadcast and cable networks, news and sports platforms, to film, world-renowned theme parks and a diverse suite of digital properties, we take pride in all that we do and all that we represent.,NBCUniversal’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law.

The Republican-American’s Capitol bureau chief, Paul Hughes, appeared on Fox61 following Gov. Ned Lamont’s inauguration on Wednesday.,Hughes spoke with Fox61’s Tim Lammers about tolls, legal marijuana, sports betting, the state’s budget deficit, taxes and more.

A bipartisan bill has been submitted to the Connecticut Senate that would allow sports betting at casinos located in the state.,While still subject to modifications along the way, the bill, with current working number of LCO 578, provides exclusive rights to operate sportsbooks to casinos, in particular the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods located in Montville, which the bill’s author state Senator Cathy Osten represents.,Osten noted that nearby states Rhode Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware are already offering legal sports betting.,While not projecting revenues for her state, she pointed out that Rhode Island, which began regulating sports betting last November, had a seven-month revenue projection of $11.5 million.,State senator-elect Norm Needleman was quoted in the same press release as saying, “Two of Connecticut’s top-10 largest employers will benefit from this bill.