Sport by Press Association 11/07/2019, 5:18 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Lewis Hamilton has pointed the finger at the organisers of the British Grand Prix, fearing his bid for a record sixth win could be overshadowed by Wimbledon and the Cricket World Cup final. The race at Silverstone on Sunday is set to go head to head with both the men’s Centre Court showpiece and the final of the 50-over tournament at Lord’s where England will face New Zealand. Hamilton, 34, will start as the favourite to win his home event, and, in doing so, surpass Britain’s double world champion Jim Clark and Frenchman Alain Prost as the master of the British race. But the Mercedes star wants the eyes of the world to be on Silverstone, demanding it as a standalone fixture of the British sporting summer. A record crowd of more than 140,000 are expected to pass through the turnstiles on Sunday. The race will also be shown live on Channel 4 – … [Read more...] about Hamilton not keen to share the spotlight with other sports
AP Updated 4:39 PM EDT Jun 26, 2019 STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn is heading back to the Big East. The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees on Wednesday accepted an invitation to move its basketball and most other athletic teams from the American Athletic Conference. University President Susan Herbst signed a contract with the Big East that includes a $3.5 million entry fee, and the teams are expected to begin play in the conference in the 2020-21 academic year. "While we all appreciate the AAC...the board must make a decision that is best for the athletic program," said Tom Ritter, the interim chairman of the Board of Trustees. "At this time, I support accepting the Big East invitation as a better overall fit and, in my opinion, best for our program and student athletes." The move is designed energize the school's fan base by renewing some old rivalries. It also means an end to costly road trips to states such as Texas, Oklahoma and Florida for conference games. UConn … [Read more...] about UConn rejoins Big East for hoops, other sports; not football
And so to golf.Come back, come back. Michael hasn’t been kidnapped; he isn’t being held against his will. Nor has he been included in a remake, or re-remake, of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. I want to chat about golf. Genuinely.Last week at the US Open one of the players, Jordan Spieth, made a mess of a couple of shots, and was caught by a microphone on the course complaining to his caddy, Michael Greller.“Two perfect shots, Michael,” Spieth said. “You got me in the water on one and over the green on the other.”Later on, Spieth tried to restore his reputation with this explanation. “When you hit a couple of shots exactly where you want and one’s in the water and the next one’s dead over the green, I’m going to be frustrated that as a team we didn’t figure out how to make sure that didn’t happen.“I may have looked like the bad guy, but my intentions were that we should be in play if the ball is hit … [Read more...] about Why don’t other sports have caddies?
Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson is promising reforms of the racing sector and sports funding will not lead to national sporting organisations, including New Zealand Rugby and New Zealand Cricket, losing out. And Racing Minister Winston Peters is defending the truncated process for public consultation, despite criticism from Transparency International New Zealand that the five-day period for public submissions is too short. The Racing Reform Bill, now before a select committee, was announced in April as the first part of a reform package for the racing industry, which contributed $1.6 billion to the economy in 2016-17 but has been in decline. The Bill is the first response to the Messara Review of the industry and advice from the ministerial advisory committee on racing. It will establish a transitional governance arrangement and change the funding model, including how revenue from racing and sports betting contributes to racing and sporting codes. But National Party sport … [Read more...] about Minister: racing reform won’t hit other sports
Glenn Dickson is going back to school. Dickson, the former back who played 46 games for Otago from 2008 to 2012, has just started as the King's High School director of sport. The 32-year-old has returned from the United Kingdom, where he was based for six years. Dickson said it was great timing for him and his wife, Anna, to return home. "When we were both young we were brought up around grandparents and they were a big part of our lives. So we wanted to come home and have that for our children," he said. "I was looking to come back. It got to the point I had achieved what I wanted at the club and they needed to spend more money to be successful. But then my wife sent me the ad for this job. "I saw it and thought if this was my dream job after rugby then this would be it. I've got to have a go at this." So Dickson sat down, got his CV in order and applied for the job. He had an interview, had to give a presentation and after a nervous wait, got the job. He started a couple of weeks ago … [Read more...] about Dickson new director of sport at King’s