The quest to bring a World Cup to Kansas City secured the alignment of prominent local sports and government figures.,Kansas City is one of 17 finalist cities in the United States to host 2026 World Cup matches.,The 11-person executive bid committee is Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt; Sporting KC principal owner Cliff Illig; Doug Bach, Unified Government and Kansas City, Kanas county administrator; Lynn Berling-Manuel, United Soccer Coaches CEO; Jason Fulvi, VisitKC president and CEO; Shane Hackett, Heartland Soccer Association executive director; Matt Kenny, Chiefs vice president of stadium services and events; Donna Maize, Kansas City, Missouri assistant city manager; Kathy Nelson, Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation president and CEO; Joe Reardon, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce president and CEO; and Jake Reid, Sporting KC president and CEO.,Ficklin spent 11 years as vice president of development for Sporting Kansas City, placed in charge of the construction of Children’s Mercy Park and Pinnacle, the club’s new training facility that opened last year.,“The Kansas City metropolitan area has built over $400 million in soccer facilities over the past decade, but more importantly, we have really been the thought leaders in innovative ways to grow the game of soccer,” Ficklin said in a news release.

Czech's Andrea Sestini Hvalackova and Barbora Strycova vs. Taiwan's Su-Wei Hsieh and Germany's Laura Siegemund on Stadium Court Saturday, August 25, 2018, in the championship match at the Connecticut Open at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in New Haven.,less

Czech's Andrea Sestini Hvalackova and Barbora Strycova vs. Taiwan's Su-Wei Hsieh and Germany's Laura Siegemund on Stadium Court Saturday, August 25, 2018, in the championship match at the Connecticut Open at ... more read more

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on an Arizona Supreme Court ruling on a car rental tax surcharge imposed in metro Phoenix to pay for building a football stadium and other sports and recreational facilities (all times local):

The Arizona Supreme Court has upheld a car rental tax surcharge that's imposed in Maricopa County to pay for building a professional football stadium and other sports and recreational facilities.,Car rental companies challenged the surcharge on the grounds that it violated a section of the Arizona Constitution that requires revenues relating to the operation of vehicles to be spent on public highways.,But the Arizona Court of Appeals reversed the decision last spring, ruling voters who approved the constitutional provision "did not intend to encompass every tax or fee in any way 'relating to' vehicles.",The decision Monday by the Arizona Supreme Court echoes the ruling by the Court of Appeals.,The Arizona Supreme Court is scheduled to release a decision Monday in a challenge of a car rental tax surcharge imposed in Maricopa County to pay for building a football stadium and other sports and recreational facilities. read more

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The last few years have been lean for New York Mets fans as the team tries to recreate the magic that led to an exciting – if not improbable – run to the National League pennant in 2015.,Being a Mets fan in Los Angeles is not so different from following the club from any other baseball city.,While I would love to have the TV tuned to SNY 24/7 to get my content fix, there is one part of being a fan in Los Angeles that can never be taken for granted – the time change.,There are at least three games at Dodger Stadium each year and every so often the team will head to Anaheim to take on the Los Angeles Angels.,I guess at the end of the day, it may actually be easier to be a Mets fan in Los Angeles than a Dodgers fan. read more

The Pierre Spring baseball season starts on April 5 and 6 in the Black Hills.,They will play Sturgis on April 5 in a doubleheader, with first pitch starting at 5 p.m. MT. The Pierre baseball team will play on April 6 in a doubleheader, with first pitch starting at noon MT. They will play their first home games at Hyde Stadium on April 12 against Sioux Falls O’Gorman.,First pitch for that doubleheader is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. CT.

Former Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight is on a mission to make an NFL roster, and he's hoping the inaugural season of the Alliance of American Football will help him get there.,Other league venues will be Georgia State Stadium (formerly Turner Field) for the Legends, Legion Field for the Iron, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium for the Express, Spectrum Stadium (University of Central Florida) for the Apollos, Rice-Eccles Stadium (University of Utah) for the Stallions, the Alamodome (University Texas-San Antonio) for the Commanders and SDCCU Stadium (formerly Qualcomm Stadium) for the Fleet.,The AAF features several well-known coaches, including Steve Spurrier (Orlando), Mike Singletary (Memphis), Dennis Erickson (Salt Lake), Mike Riley (San Antonio) and Mike Martz (San Diego), in addition to Neuheisel.,Despite an impressive showing at the NFL Combine two years ago � where he finished first among quarterbacks in the vertical jump (35.5 inches), broad jump (10 feet, 5 inches) and the 40-yard dash (4.54 seconds) � Knight was not selected in the 2017 NFL Draft.,In addition to local stations, TNT will broadcast two games per season (one regular season and a playoff game) and the NFL Network will air two weekly games.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town has asked the South African Football Association Cape Town (Safa CT) to vacate the premises of Athlone Stadium, which Safa CT calls home, by 31 January 2019 citing zoning irregularities as well as health and safety reasons.,Safa CT will be holding a press conference on Thursday as they seek to air their grievances with the City of Cape Town, and in particular Mayoral committee member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management James Vos.,Bailey says that the change of leadership within the City of Cape Town regarding stadium management has had a disastrous impact on local football.,There is a political aspect to the matter with the ANC Youth League in the Western Cape also joining hands with local and provincial sporting organisations to unite against the City of Cape Town's plan to remove Safa CT from the Athlone Stadium.,The ANC Youth League believes the City of Cape Town is acting against the interests of community football.

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The 71-year-old Kroenke didn’t just bring the Rams back to L.A. from St. Louis in 2016.,“The Rams certainly needed a new stadium and Los Angeles is a big enough market to attract private funding.,And what would they have said about dropping $5 billion (believed to be the biggest private, current development project in the world) on a stadium to move a football team to Los Angeles?,Both the Raiders and the San Diego Chargers also wanted to move to Los Angeles, but neither ownership group – even when they paired together – could present the stadium plan that Kroenke could.,(AP) Kroenke felt a corner was turned earlier this season when a game against Kansas City had to be rescheduled from Mexico City and on seven days notice, which included a period of devastating wildfires and a mass shooting, 77,000 fans showed up to support local charities. read more

For all the speculative capital pouring into the city from China and elsewhere, the L.A. area suffers the highest levels of crowding, the greatest levels of poverty, the least affordable housing, the lowest homeownership rates and the second-largest concentration of homeless in the nation.,Gentrification is a function of real estate speculation

Compared to other more traditional cities, such as New York or Chicago, multi-polar L.A.’s gentrification reflects less organic development than massive real estate speculation, supported by public dollars and policy.,In a new report on gentrification nationwide co-authored with Karla Lopez del Rio and Chapman University researcher  Kenneth Murphy, released by the Center for Opportunity Urbanism, barely 1 percent of the city of Los Angeles has gentrified, mostly around downtown.,In 2015, a real estate firm littered downtown L.A.’s Arts District with a “Why Rent Downtown When You Could Own in Boyle Heights?”,If Garcetti wants to make a case for L.A.’s future, not to mention his, he needs to refocus urban policy away from real estate speculation and gentrification to one that serves the need of most middle- and working-class Angelenos. read more

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The billionaire owner of the Rams never came clean with the people of St. Louis before he moved his team to Los Angeles in 2016.,Three years after they abandoned St. Louis for L.A., the Los Angeles Rams will play in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots on Sunday.,(Photo: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports) read more