The family of a ‘truly wonderful’ family man have said the support they have received from his friends and supporters of Chester FC are helping them through the most difficult of times. Life-long Blues fan Phil Bailey died on Tuesday at the age of 58 at Walton Hospital, Liverpool, after a short illness. A well known and popular figure among Blues fans and a regular sight in the stands both home and away, Phil, from Saltney, also played a key role as secretary at Airbus UK Broughton over an eight-year spell. And Phil’s wife Michelle paid an emotional tribute to her ‘loving husband’ and ‘wonderful father’ to their two children Kelly and Luke, saying that his memory is one that will burn bright. “The support we have received as a family has been just wonderful and has really helped us in coping,” said Michelle, who had been married for 16 of her 28 years with Phil. “We have obviously had our moments since losing Phil and … [Read more...] about Family and friends pay emotional tributes to popular Chester FC fan Phil Bailey
By March 29, 2018, 12:00 AM EDT The World Cup risks putting a dent into Russia’s best-ever season for wheat exports as an influx of soccer fans may slow shipments from one of the country’s major grains ports.Rostov-on-Don will host five soccer games from June 17 to July 2, raising concerns that shipments will slow due to security measures and rerouting of road traffic. The Don River grain terminals, owned by commodity giants including Cargill Inc. and Bunge Ltd., handle about a quarter of Russia’s outgoing grain cargoes, according to shipping broker Glogos Project.Russia is exporting more wheat than any other country in 25 years, and is set to cap another record after bumper harvests. Given the high pace of exports, SovEcon last week raised its estimate for total grain shipments for the season ending June. Exports typically tail off toward the end of the season, which will mitigate any slowdown due to the games, said Andrey Sizov Jr., managing director at … [Read more...] about World Cup Fans May Dent Russia’s Record-Breaking Wheat Season
While all 30 teams are set to play in the U.S. for opening day, MLB has plans to start next year abroad. By March 29, 2018, 3:00 AM EDT All 30 Major League Baseball teams will be in action when the season opens Friday, the first time in 50 years that the organization has had every team play on opening day. It’s also probably the last for a while. MLB plans to open the season in Asia next year and in 2020, which—if past openers in Japan and Australia are any indication—means a staggered start to those seasons, allowing for travel.near an agreement to play two games at London Stadium next year.) In the trip across the Atlantic, baseball will be following the NFL and NBA. Like those leagues, MLB will find both a deep culture of fandom and broad ambivalence about the game itself. The NFL staged its first game in London at Wembley Stadium in 2007 and has played at least two games there every year since 2013. The league … [Read more...] about Will Major League Baseball Find Fans in the U.K.?
Time Warner Inc.’s Turner unit unveiled a pay-per-view streaming service that will allow sports fans to buy and watch NBA games in progress at a reduced price.The service, called Bleacher Report Live, will launch April 7 for free, and Turner will begin charging for subscriptions a few months later. The company didn’t disclose the price of a subscription.While many streaming companies charge a monthly fee for all their content, Turner’s new service will give fans the option to pay for live games on an individual basis. Users will be able to purchase a portion of NBA League Pass games at a reduced price starting next season. NBA League Pass is a regular-season package that allows subscribers to view games outside their local viewing area.“Let’s say a game starts at 7:30 and they know they’re free for 15 minutes and interested in watching a portion of a live NBA game,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said at a Turner event in New York on Tuesday. … [Read more...] about Turner Sports Service to Let Fans Pay for Portions of NBA Games
Longtime Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger once described West Ham United’s recent move to London’s former Olympic stadium as the equivalent of “winning the lottery,” an unfair financial advantage that put the team on the cusp of the Premier League’s elite.It hasn’t exactly worked out that way. With seven games to go in the season, the Hammers are in 17th place, two points away from losing their spot in the Premier League. A loss to Southampton this Saturday would put West Ham at risk of being reassigned to England’s second-tier professional league.A season-and-a-half of simmering discontent boiled over during their last match, a 3-0 loss to Burnley, and the fans stormed the field, interrupting play four times. Twenty fans were given lifetime bans by the club after the demonstrations, with still more under investigation. The disruptions are unprecedented during the Premier League’s 25-year history and a reminder of much more frequent … [Read more...] about London Soccer Club Gets Rich While Losing and Fan Revolt Follows