Review Category : National Sports

Minor League Baseball Team Changes Mascot to a Taco

iStock/Thinkstock(FRESNO, Calif.) — A taco has been chosen as the new mascot for a minor league baseball team, but unfortunately it’s a one-night-only affair.

The Fresno Grizzlies will become the Fresno Tacos for one game on Aug. 6 against the Sacramento River Cats.

Why tacos?

The AAA minor-league affiliate of the Houston Astros are putting on their taco-themed uniforms for the fifth installment of Fresno’s “Taco Truck Throwdown.”

According to ABC News affiliate KFSN-TV, the Throwdown brings in people from all over California to watch a baseball game and load up on tacos. The event will host dozens of taco trucks and visitors will be able to get to choose their favorite. KFSN-TV also says organizers hope to break last year’s record of selling over 27,000 tacos.

The Fresno Grizzlies are already tweeting pictures showing off the new gear along with the tag line, “this time, we are what we eat.”

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Illinois Farm Creates Corn Maze Honoring Chicago Blackhawks

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — The Stanley Cup champs are celebrated…with corn.

Richardson Adventure Farm in Spring Grove, Illinois is honoring the Chicago Blackhawks for their Stanley Cup win with a corn maze.

“So we called our maze designer out in Idaho and asked if he had time to create a new design,” George Richardson, an owner of the farm, told ABC News affiliate WLS-TV. “Then we got permission from the Blackhawks to use their logo. The result is a bold design with the Blackhawks logo in the center and the Chicago skyline in the background, flanked by two hockey players and the word “Champions.”

According to WLS-TV, the maze was created over the Fourth of July weekend with a maze designer cutting 11 miles of trails into the 30 acres of corn, all with the help of a GPS.

The farm will be open Wednesdays through Sundays from Aug. 29 through Nov. 1.

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Browns’ Johnny Manziel Opens Up About His Rough Last Season

Grant Halverson/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — Cleveland Browns’ Johnny “Football” Manziel had a tough last season, throwing for only 175 yards in five games to go along with two interceptions.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, the quarterback was frank when summing up his season.

“Last was, in my mind, for me personally, a disaster,” he said.

What’s more, Manziel checked himself into rehab after multiple reported nightclub incidents, which no doubt affected his performance on the field. He now says he is focused squarely on football.

“I didn’t come out and perform. That’s what it comes down to. Regardless of everything else,” he said.

He also says he’s retiring his trademark “money” celebration routine.

“I think it’s even my fault the way I’ve built myself up,” he said Tuesday. “I set myself for a little bit of failure in that regard … if I didn’t come out as a rookie and really perform.”

The Browns brought in veteran quarterback Josh McCown to compete for the starting job this season.

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Microsoft Sponsoring Upcoming Pocono Race

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(LONG POND, Pa.) — Microsoft will sponsor the Sprint Cup Series race set for Aug. 2 at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.

The event has been named the Windows 10 400. Microsoft is releasing its new operating system a couple of days earlier.

Microsoft is the official technology partner of NASCAR and a major technology partner of Hendrick Motorsports as part of agreements announced last month.

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Microsoft Sponsoring Upcoming Pocono Race

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(LONG POND, Pa.) — Microsoft will sponsor the Sprint Cup Series race set for Aug. 2 at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.

The event has been named the Windows 10 400. Microsoft is releasing its new operating system a couple of days earlier.

Microsoft is the official technology partner of NASCAR and a major technology partner of Hendrick Motorsports as part of agreements announced last month.

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Peyton Manning to Contribute to Chattanooga Victims

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images Sport/iStock/ThinkStock(WASHINGTON) — Denver Broncos player Peyton Manning will contribute to the campaign to help the families of the five service members killed in the shooting rampage in Chattanooga, Tennessee last week.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) confirmed Manning’s contribution on the Senate floor on Tuesday.

Sen. Corker said, “My friend and a great Tennessean, or at least we claim him as that — he lives in Chattanooga for part of the year — Peyton Manning has lent his name to this effort, and my sense is you’re going to see a generous outpouring to ensure that at a base level some of the needs of these families, if not all financially, will be dealt with in an appropriate way.”

Manning played college football at the University of Tennessee.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 7/20/15

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — INTERLEAGUE
Philadelphia 5, Tampa Bay 3
Pittsburgh 10, Kansas City 7
Colorado 8, Texas 7

AMERICAN LEAGUE
L.A. Angels 11, Boston 1 (first game)
L.A. Angels 7, Boston 3 (second game)
Detroit 5, Seattle 4

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington 7, N.Y. Mets 2
Cincinnati 5, Chicago Cubs 4
Atlanta 7, L.A. Dodgers 5
Arizona 3, Miami 1
San Diego 4, San Francisco 2

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What You Should Know About the Special Olympics World Games

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The Special Olympics World Games are making history in Los Angeles.

The city is officially opening its host doors Tuesday and welcoming national delegations from more than 165 countries.

The event — kicking off on July 25 — will be the single largest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympics, with more than 7,000 athletes supported by more than 500,000 spectators.

Opening Ceremony

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum — host to the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games — is serving as the site for the star-studded opening ceremony on July 25. First lady Michelle Obama will attend the event where Stevie Wonder, Avril Lavigne, Cody Simpson and others are scheduled to perform and kick off the games. VIP appearances are also expected by Jimmy Kimmel, Eva Longoria and Michael Phelps.

25 Different Sports

The World Games boast 7,000 athletes competing in 25 sports — just shy of the 28 that athletes compete in for the Summer Olympics. Spectators will see sports similar to the summer games, like volleyball, tennis and gymnastics. But the World Games athletes are competing in sports — like bocce, bowling and roller skating — that you won’t see in the summer or winter games. The top three athletes will hit the podium for their gold, silver, or bronze medals, respectively, and athletes placing fourth through eighth will be recognized with ribbons.

Los Angeles Venues

The athletes all convene at the Opening Ceremony at the Coliseum, then spread out across Los Angeles to 27 venues, spanning the city, from USC and UCLA to Long Beach and LA Live. Most notably, USC’s Galen Center will host all the basketball games and UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion will be called home for all the volleyball games.

Not Just About Sports

Outside of the hundreds of sporting events, the World Games is putting on two festivals — one at USC’s Alumni Park and the other at UCLA’s Wilson Plaza. Like the rest of the sporting events, they’re free and open to the public. In addition to attending live music performances and cultural events, visitors have the chance to send encouraging messages to the competing athletes.

Powered by Volunteers

The World Games has a full roster of 30,000 volunteers for the nine days of events. These volunteers are serving shifts to make the games possible and providing everything from medical services to rides to the venues for the athletes. There’s even a “Fans in the Stands” program to make sure each event has supporters cheering on the athletes.

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Brad Keselowski Admits He Was ‘Grouchy’ During NH Race

Jeff Curry/Getty Images(LOUDON, N.H.) — Brad Keselowski was feeling the heat during Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway — literally.

Someone on Twitter commented that Keselowski was a “grouch” during the 5-hour ENERGY 301.

Keselowski, who finished second in the race, responded, “That’s fair. I was grouchy. Think it was more the heat and yellow flag situation.”

In response to another tweet, he said, “I might get hot and bothered but my Spotter and crew chief did a great job [Sunday]. Pit crew too.”

Yet, Keselowski was still feeling a little disappointed on Monday. As he put it, “I’m concerned by those who don’t get upset finishing 2nd with a winning car.”

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‘FIFA 16′ to Feature US Women’s Soccer Star Alex Morgan on Cover

Michal Czerwonka/Getty Images(REDWOOD CITY, Calif.) — Electronic Arts, Inc. announced on Monday that its popular FIFA 16 video game will feature U.S. Women’s National Soccer team star Alex Morgan on its cover in the U.S.

Morgan, along with Canadian women’s team captain Christine Sinclair, will be the first women to appear on the cover of a FIFA game, the company says. EA had previously announced that the upcoming game would feature 12 women’s national soccer teams.

“It is an incredible honor to be one of the first women featured on the cover of EA SPORTS FIFA,” Morgan said in a press release. “I know people all over the world play this game and I’m really excited that FIFA 15 is putting such an important spotlight on women’s soccer.”

Morgan — and Sinclair, on copies sold in Canada — will share the cover of the game with international soccer star Lionel Messi, considered by many to be the best in the sport.

“As soon as we knew Women’s National Teams were joining FIFA 16, we immediately recognized that Christine and Alex would be the perfect cover athletes based on their accomplishments and what they represent for their respective countries and the sport of women’s soccer,” Senor Manager of North America Marketing for EA Sports David Pekush said in a statement.

Morgan was a key part of the U.S. team that won the Women’s World Cup earlier this month.

The game will be available in North America on Sept. 22.

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