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Nike Vision of Future: China and Soccer

Soccer Jersey, No. 1 with name Wang on back

“China might not have qualified for the World Cup this year, but Nike just made a commercial that predicts a future in which the country dominates soccer. “The ad, by Wieden & Kennedy Shanghai, imagines life in 2033, where the Chinese team is the one to beat; England is devastated …

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MLB to Make Amazon Official Machine Learning Partner

MLB Statcast Stats Superimposed over Photo of Diving Andrew McCutchen When he Played for the Pirates

Major League Baseball will use Amazon Web Services as its “official provider for machine learning, artificial intelligence and deep learning,” the companies announced Tuesday. MLB uses the Statcast technology in a collaboration with Amazon to analyze player performance in games and said it will work with Amazon engineers to find …

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Lawmakers Eyeing Legal Colorado Sports Bet

Las Vegas Sports Book

The action will not start until next year, but expect Colorado sports betting to become a hot topic in 2019. With state legislators from both parties already advocating for Colorado sports betting, a legislative push next year appears likely. Democratic Assemblyman Alec Garnett and Republican Assemblyman Cole Wist told Colorado Public Radio they will work toward legal sports wagering. …

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3-on-3 Pro Basketball League OKs CBD

BIG3 Logo

The BIG3, a 3-on-3 basketball league made up of former NBA players, will allow its athletes to use cannabidiol, or CBD, for pain management, making it what’s the league says is first pro sports league in the country to approve the use of the cannabis compound. CBD comes from the …

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Former NHL Players Sue League over TBI

Brain MRI

Former Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo and defenseman Nick Boynton are suing the NHL for withholding information regarding traumatic brain injuries. The lawsuit, filed on Thursday by Chicago firm Corboy & Demetrio in the U.S. District Court in Minnesota, claims the NHL is a “league of denial” that didn’t give players proper …

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North America Will Host 2026 Soccer World Cup

World Cup Balls and Trophy

The 2026 soccer World Cup finals will be played in the United States, Canada and Mexico, soccer’s world governing body FIFA announced on Wednesday. The organization’s leaders voted in Moscow to award the bid to the three North American countries, choosing them over Morocco, which was also in the running. …

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