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Source: A-Rod Could Be Looking at Lifetime Ban

By Matt Cantor

After Ryan Braun received a suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis clinic PED scandal , things are looking bleak for Yankee Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod’s punishment could be far worse than Braun’s, according to CBS New York : A baseball insider says he may face a lifetime ban. Indeed, sources tell ESPN… …read more

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Braun's Suspension Opens Up A Series Of Compelling Questions For The Business Of Baseball

By Wayne G. McDonnell, Jr., Contributor

In the immediate aftermath of the Ryan Braun suspension, there was one image that seemed to capture the attention of thousands of people on various social media platforms as well as ESPN. The image was of a baseball fan at a Brewers game on Monday night at Miller Park. The fan was clearly wearing a gray t-shirt with Braun’s name and number displayed on the back. Instead of enthusiastically showing support for the suspended outfielder, the fan had creatively used his t-shirt as a platform for protest. Using masking tape and a blue marker, the fan wrote the word “GONE” on the tape and affixed it to the back of his t-shirt covering Braun’s name. What made this photo so poignant was the fan’s head was bent over and resting in his hands. The image portrayed feelings of disbelief, shock and disgust. …read more

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Polls, Pundits And Nate Silver: It's The Electoral College, Not Rocket Science

By Karl Whelan, Contributor

Nate Silver is the stat-wiz blogger who called the 2012 election almost perfectly as a substantial victory for Barack Obama while many professional pundits insisted insisted it was “too close to call”.  Silver’s recent move to ESPN from the New York Times has again raised questions about the lessons to be learned from Silver’s success and the failure of the pundits. …read more

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Haslam And Cohen Investigations Highlight Vetting Challenge For Leagues As Team Values Escalate

By Mike Ozanian, Forbes Staff

The chase for sports content by the networks and national sports cable channels like ESPN, NBC Sports and soon-to-launch Fox Sports 1 has been a boon for team values. But two current investigations show why the downside to rapidly increasing valuations. …read more

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Stats Whiz Nate Silver Moving to ESPN

By Matt Cantor

Nate Silver, celebrity political statistician and former baseball analyst, has just thrown the New York Times a curveball: He’s departing his longtime home at the paper for a gig at ESPN. Nate Silver’s contract at the Times , where he soared to fame for his election predictions, is due to expire… …read more

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Radwanska defends 'beautiful' naked photo-shoot

Polish tennis star Agnieszka Radwanska on Friday defended her controversial nude photo-shoot which saw her dropped by a Catholic youth movement, claiming the pictures were in good taste.

Radwanska, 24, who makes no secret of her strong Catholic faith, was photographed in the “Body Issue” of ESPN Magazine in profile without a stitch, sitting in a lawn chair by a pool filled with tennis balls.

While not explicit, the nude proved too much for a Catholic group known as Krucjata Mlodych (Youth Crusade), which runs a campaign dubbed “I’m not ashamed of Jesus”.

The young Catholics, who claim more than a million followers, dropped Radwanska last week for what they said was “immoral behaviour” in the ESPN spread, which can be seen at espn.go.com/espn/bodyissue.

But world number four Radwanska insisted the pictures were a celebration of the “beauty of the bodies of the best athletes in the world”.

“My tennis colleagues Serena Williams, Daniela Hantuchova and Vera Zvonareva have all participated in the past,” Radwanska wrote on a statement published on her Facebook page.

“The pictures are certainly not meant to cause offense and to brand them as immoral clearly does not take into account the context of the magazine.

“Moreover, they do not contain any explicit imagery whatsoever. I train extremely hard to keep my body in shape and that’s what the article and the magazine is all about.

“It has been suggested by some members of the press (among others) that I was paid for the photo shoot. This is absolutely not the case. Neither I nor any of the other athletes were paid.

“I agreed to participate to help encourage young people, and especially girls, to exercise, stay in shape and be healthy.”

This year’s beaten Wimbledon semi-finalist previously appeared in a television commercial sponsored by the group in which she spelled out the word “Jesus” with tennis balls and urged young Poles not to be ashamed of their faith.

Other athletes in the buff in the special issue include Puerto Rican motocross champ Tarah Gieger and nine-time major golf champion Gary Player, the oldest model at 77.

Home to the former pope, John Paul II, Poland remains one of Europe’s most devout nations. More than 90 percent of the population declares itself Roman Catholic.

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