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    The dimples on the Polara create a straighter and lower trajectory, but the ball does not conform to the official rules of golf, the New York Times reports.

  • Complex Tale Behind Sire Of Kentucky Derby Winner Monday, 9 May 2011 | 4:57 PM ET
    Jockey John Valazquez, riding Animal Kingdom #16, celebrates winning the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.

    Marc Haisfield was at a friend’s house in Florida watching the Kentucky Derby when he saw Animal Kingdom emerge at the quarter pole. “There’s no question he’s winning this thing,” his friend said to him. Seconds later, the horse was the winner of the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby. Haisfield doesn’t own Animal Kingdom, but he does have a tremendous stake in the horse’s success.

  • Lenny Dykstra Indicted for Bankruptcy Fraud Friday, 6 May 2011 | 6:46 PM ET
    Lenny Dykstra

    Lenny Dykstra, an outfielder for the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies known by the nickname "Nails," has been indicted for bankruptcy fraud and embezzlement from the bankruptcy estate.

  • Derby Horses Cheaper Thanks To Economy Friday, 6 May 2011 | 2:24 PM ET
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    Although it's still a rich person's game, return on investment — the average horse in the race cost $175,000 — striking it rich if your horse does well is easier.

  • Is Niche Business Gatorade's Secret Weapon? Thursday, 5 May 2011 | 11:29 AM ET
    Gatorade G Series Fit

    Just a decade ago, sports drink consumers pretty much had one Gatorade option — full calorie Gatorade. Brand managers at the time reasoned that the formula for the masses didn't need to be changed. The Gatorade formula designed by four University of Florida doctors in 1965 was still perfect athletes of all shapes and sizes. But the business quickly changed.

  • Cities for Dudes Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 5:32 PM ET
    Date Auction

    What makes a city great for single guys? Cool neighborhoods and nightlife — and a healthy ratio of women to men. Here are the 10 best cities for bachelors, according to Rent.com.

  • sheets_lebron_200.jpg

    The energy category is a huge business. Red Bull sold 4.2 billion cans in 2010 and 5-Hour Energy is now a $1 billion brand. With that in mind, serial entrepreneurs, Warren Struhl and Jesse Itzler are launching a new company PUREBRANDS, whose first product is called Sheets energy strips.

  • Another Huge TV Deal Proves Sports Is King Tuesday, 3 May 2011 | 2:07 PM ET
    Pac-12 Conference

    The Pac-10/12 will be announcing a 12-year television deal with Fox and ESPN reportedly worth $3 billion. How is possible? Easy. Sports are the best bet on the entire television landscape. People get sick of sitcoms, reality shows and soap operas, but fans don't lose interest in a sport.

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    Most of us listen to the voice or at best do a mumble, but tonight, do yourself a favor and sing the thing. I'm talking about the National Anthem and God Bless America. Thanks to the killing of Osama Bin Laden last night, tonight's renditions before sporting events seem to have a little more meaning. If you're in the stands, sing it. If you're at home, sing it.

  • A fan blows a vuvuzela at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

    Nothing inspires more passion in Brazil than soccer.  But the nation is dramatically behind schedule in putting in place the infrastructure required for when 600,000 visitors descend on the country.

  • Athletes Looking To Meat As Performance Enhancer Wednesday, 27 Apr 2011 | 3:13 PM ET
    USWM Steak

    On a group of small farms in Monticello, Mo., John Wood is doing his part to revolutionize how meat is marketed. He's specifically pitching his US Wellness Meats, from steaks to ground beef, to athletes.

  • Stubhub

    Last week, we interviewed Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard right after the company's announcement of dynamic ticketing. Since tickets are such a big part of being a sports fan, we're continuing that series today — an interview with the CEO of StubHub, Chris Tsakalakis.

  • Is Cryotherapy the Next Trend in Athlete Recovery? Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 10:34 AM ET
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    For years, elite athletes have been getting into ice baths to reduce swelling and aid recovery. Eric Rauscher isn't going to argue that the ice baths aren't helpful, he just thinks he has a better solution.

  • Judge's NFL Ruling Leads To More Uncertainty Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 8:53 AM ET
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    I want to tell you that Monday's ruling ordering the lockout to be lifted means football this upcoming season, but I can't. I don't know. And it's not as if I haven't asked. I've called as many lawyers as I could in between 6 p.m. and midnight last night.

  • Chad Ochocinco

    Last week, despite the labor battle, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell called an NFL player. He didn't just call any player. He called Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, who promptly tweeted about the conversation, saying it was an "amazing surprise." Goodell's choice was a good one, as it turns out that Chad Ochocinco is the most influential sports personality in the online world.

  • US President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

    "In the past, Brazil's reach has always exceeded its grasp," says one former U.S. official. "It always saw itself as a leader, but has been frustrated that the world saw it another way. The Brazilian economy is developing to the point where it does have the global heft that people have to take it seriously."

  • Kobe Bryant looks to pass the ball around Trevor Ariza in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals

    On Friday, during the Lakers-Hornets playoff game in New Orleans, a fan won a contest. He hit a layup, a foul shot, a three pointer and a half court shot to win what might be the worst prize in NBA promotion history: A year supply of 7-Up.

  • One-on-One With Ticketmaster CEO on Dynamic Pricing Thursday, 21 Apr 2011 | 4:57 PM ET

    Earlier this week, Ticketmaster  announced that it was partnering with a company called MarketShare to bring dynamic pricing to the tickets it sells. We've seen plenty of variable ticket pricing in which teams set different tiered prices based on what team they are playing, but dynamic pricing is more like airline pricing...

  • Dodgers Mess Isn’t Over; Expect McCourt to Fight Thursday, 21 Apr 2011 | 10:09 AM ET
    Dodger Stadium

    On Wednesday, Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig announced that the league would be taking over financial control of the Dodgers by appointing a representative to oversee its actions.

  • Which Sports Do More Americans Participate In? Wednesday, 20 Apr 2011 | 4:34 PM ET
    Boston Marathon

    The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association has put out its list of sport by sport participation in the United States. This is one of these lists that each year I'm completely fascinated with. So here is the best of the best from 2010.

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