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Dear Fans Coming off a season in which we saw Kevin Harvick claim the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crown after a thrilling debut for the new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format, Chase Elliott burst on to the scene with a championship of his own and Matt Crafton repeat as champion in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, it's easy to see why many say 2014 was one of the all-time best for NASCAR. However, I think the best is still to come. As we embark on 2015, we are excited to start a new 10-year agreement with our great partners at FOX Sports and to welcome NBC Sports back to NASCAR. With FOX and NBC we have two world-class media companies committed to bringing NASCAR excitement to our great fans in bigger and better ways. We could not be more thrilled to welcome Comcast's...
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Dear Chuck, I hope this finds you in the way I always see you, in great spirits, with great joy and full of life. There are some things I want to openly say to you that sometimes in conversation get lost. Firstly I lied! You ARE the greatest Power Forward of all time. It’s not (Tim) Duncan or (Karl) Malone, they had size and height that you weren’t blessed with and you never had near the talent around you that they were blessed to have. Contrarily you took your teams to similar heights. Secondly, you are a champion in my book. Effort and determination is what makes a champion, not a ring. Lastly, you are the most entertaining person in sports television (partly because I throw you so many assists lol). However, what I consistently find interesting is how writers and media...
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Dear Gus, I remember my first experience of the Stadium of Light. It was the magnificent Niall Quinn-Kevin Phillips era. Sunderland steamrollered teams with their high-energy, passionate football under Peter Reid. One year they were in second place in January and had a showdown with leaders Manchester United. The noise, the anticipation, the hope. It was the high watermark of the modern era on Wearside. But that’s “living in the past”, like you said. Living in the present has become painful. This season, watching Sunderland is a drag. Two home league wins means that usually I walk away from the Stadium of Light drained of inspiration, ­frustrated, with an empty feeling. And I get paid to watch. This was your eighth 0-0 draw of the season. Your team have failed to score in 14...
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I have considered in the best interests of the club to postpone any release of my true thoughts and conclusion in relation to the 79 days disqualification verdict of the Football League and it was for not unsettling the harmony of the team in a period of key league tournament matches that I have measured to reveal my decision only today, because the qualification for the 2016 Championship is by now achieved. For the reason above said, at first I suggested that my intention was to resume in April the office of President of Leeds United Football Club after expiration of the disqualification term. I will not do so and I had actually decided not to do so in January already, soon after the confirmation by the Football League of its verdict. I wish to point out that I have immediately...
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Dear Luis, Michael and Prince (or can I call you Ali?): so you've taken on this challenge and you're drawing up your plans for how you're going to achieve the (near) impossible. May the best man win. In the meantime, here's some unsolicited advice. 1. Corruption Forget that word. Or, at least, use it very selectively. Because we've heard it all before: Michael Garcia, the Sunday Times inquiry, criminal investigations in the U.S. ... And guess what? It hasn't moved the needle. All it does is further anger the people who are already against Sepp Blatter for things that happened on his watch, while stiffening the resolve of the Blatter loyalists. Those in the middle? Well, they really don't care. In 1998, four FIFA vice-presidents and none other than Pele backed Blatter's rival,...
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To golf viewers, We are excited to have announced today a new broadcast model and a significant change in the way The Open will be covered from 2017. We believe this new arrangement, which will see The Open broadcast live on Sky with prime-time highlights on the BBC, will allow golf’s oldest championship to maintain its position as one of the world’s premier sporting events. I want to express my gratitude to the BBC, our trusted broadcast partner for 60 years. Our relationship developed through The Open’s renaissance in the early 1960s, golf’s boom years in the 1970s and 80s and more recently the height of its global appeal during the 90s and 2000s. We are delighted that the BBC remains a broadcast partner of The Open Championship for 2017 and beyond and, we hope, for a great...
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To Welsh rugby fans, It's going to be a busy year for Welsh rugby and we've all got a World Cup to look forward to in September. Apologies to our politicians regarding the forthcoming General Election, but there is no doubt that rugby will define 2015 for many of us in Wales. Of course, the formation of a new UK Government in May will make history, but rugby will create a buzz of excitement which will last well into the autumn. The Six Nations will deliver epic occasions, and the preparation of the players for the Rugby World Cup will capture our imaginations, as science and strategy combine to make our team better prepared than at any stage before. The story will unfold before our eyes here in Wales, as well as across Europe and the Middle East, as Warren Gatland takes his...
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To the football community, Another week, another race or sexism in football story. Or two. Or three. Is it getting worse, or are we just better at spotting and punishing it now? Dave Whelan has barely stayed out of the headlines, first appointing a manager under investigation for racism before coming under official scrutiny for racist comments himself. And then accidentally doubling down on those comments when he tried to defend himself. These shouldn't be the football stories that we see. Not because we should ignore these issues - entirely the opposite, issues like this should be tackled swiftly and taken seriously every time they raise their ugly heads. No, these shouldn't be the football stories that we see because this isn't how football should be. On the biggest stage,...
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Dear Sir Charles, Stephen A., Cris and other interested parties, Thank you for your recent outpouring of concern about my well being. In what has been a difficult time for my family, friends and fans, you — and those like you — have taken it upon yourselves to express just how much you care about me and my future. For that, I am truly appreciative. The thing is, though, you don’t even know me. Chuck, you have never so much as shook my hand, let alone exchanged a single word with me. Few of you have, to be honest. Respectfully, your worry over my “problems” with substance abuse and my twisting descent into darkness and, apparently, my impending death, is misplaced — mostly because you have very little idea what you are talking about. None of you do, even those of you who seem...
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Dear Mr Smurthwaite, Crewe will always be a small club – but we don’t have a problem with that. We thrive on being a small club – we’re not a massive club like Port Vale! You questioned the levels of our away support on Twitter. Well, we may have only taken 1,384 supporters to Vale Park but hopefully that will help you pay for the extra police and stewards. Many Crewe supporters don’t like the hatred before and after the derby. We have had coaches stoned on three of our last five visits there and now have problems getting companies to transport us to Vale Park. Plus, the £25 we are asked to pay to park each coach is the most expensive in League One. The highlight of the day was achieving the double over our neighbours, even though on Saturday the lads had to play on a...
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