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The miniature secrets of championship rings
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The miniature secrets of championship rings

While sports fans enjoy the defining moments of this month's NBA Finals and Stanley Cup, Jason Arasheben studies like a college student before exams. Arasheben, a famous jeweler whose clients include rappers Drake and ASAP Rocky, is investigating the contending teams' history, connections to their hometowns and any other interesting facts that might go into an extravagantly bejeweled ring. He is also examining his personal contacts to find someone who can facilitate a meeting with the wealthy owners of the winning franchises. “You just have to start connecting the dots,” said Arasheben, CEO of the Jason jewelry house in Beverly Hills, near Los Angeles. “Billionaires talk to other billionaires.” In recent years, Arasheben has established itself as the go-to jeweler for title-winning team...
How the Reds’ Joey Votto became a social media star
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How the Reds’ Joey Votto became a social media star

The outburst, which Votto and Jim Day, the reporter on the sidelines of the Reds broadcasts, had been reminiscing for weeks – even on the team plane, which confused quite a few members of the Reds staff – has gone viral: one of the funniest characters of baseball had acted again. Votto, 40, who didn't embrace social media until March 2020, now regularly posts content to an audience of more than 300,000 followers on Instagram and X, formerly known as Twitter. Like the attack on Russo, Votto's posts are carefully conceived and executed. Last winter, she posed in a flamboyant designer outfit - puffer jacket, furry tracksuit, expensive sunglasses, all purchased for the occasion - before playing in a chess tournament in Toronto. In June, shortly before returning from shoulder surgery, he deb...
Rocky Wirtz, president of the Chicago Blackhawks, has died at the age of 70
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Rocky Wirtz, president of the Chicago Blackhawks, has died at the age of 70

Rocky Wirtz, who after taking over from his father as principal owner of the Chicago Blackhawks, won three Stanley Cup championships in the 2010s — a stellar run that lost its luster several years later after a sexual assault investigation by one of the teams of the minor league. players by a coach – died Tuesday in Evanston, Illinois. He was 70 years old. His death, in hospital, was confirmed by John Steinmiller, team spokesman. Under Mr. Wirtz's father, William, the Blackhawks, one of the National Hockey League's six original franchises, had become a downtrodden, money-losing franchise. The team hadn't won the Stanley Cup since 1961. Attendance at the United Center was among the worst in the league. And home games weren't televised. “I would say, 'Dad, we're losing generations of fa...
Jimmy Aggrey was a victim of the Chelsea racism scandal – now he wants to talk
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Jimmy Aggrey was a victim of the Chelsea racism scandal – now he wants to talk

e was the tallest player. Even at the age of 16, Jimmy Aggrey stood well over six feet. The big lads went at the back. Line up and smile for the camera, please. Chelsea liked him. They thought he had a good chance of making it. For such a tall kid, Aggrey had quick, skilful feet. His future was bright at a time, in 1995, when Chelsea were re-establishing themselves among the most glamorous football clubs in England. “When I joined Chelsea, Glenn Hoddle was the first-team manager,” says Aggrey. “Ruud Gullit arrived later. The place was full of superstars: Gianfranco Zola, Frank Leboeuf, Roberto Di Matteo. So I can understand why many people might think it’s a great photograph. They should have been the greatest times of my life.” Aggrey was in his fourth year in Chelsea’s youth sy...
New professional women’s hockey league will launch in 6 cities
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New professional women’s hockey league will launch in 6 cities

For the first season, each team will play 24 regular season games starting in January 2024. The league says subsequent seasons will begin in November and include 32 games. An expansion is also possible in the future, he said. In its final season, the PHF had teams in Boston; buffalo; Simsbury, Conn.; East Rutherford, New Jersey; Richfield, MN; Montreal; and Toronto. With the start of the new championship, Buffalo and Connecticut lose their teams, while Ottawa gains one. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said his league is reluctant to get involved in women's hockey as long as the split continues. Stan Kasten, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who serves on the new league's board of directors, said the NHL has provided advice. “The NHL has supported us fantastically,” he s...
Some things are more important than history
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Some things are more important than history

He didn't care that it was a no-hitter. He just wanted the Yankees to win. More than five hours after we arrived at Yankee Stadium, my 9-year-old son Wes had waited in line for an hour in a rainstorm, picked up his coveted (replica) 1998 Yankees World Series ring, and he convinced me to buy it. a t-shirt, visited the Gluten Free Grill twice, mourned Jasson Domínguez's season-ending injury, cheered Aaron Judge so loudly his voice was getting hoarse, and brushed off every single mention I made of Corbin Burnes, the starter for the Milwaukee Brewers, was playing an incredible game. While rain delayed Sunday's game between Milwaukee and the Yankees by just 15 minutes, soggy conditions persisted through the first inning and Burnes, the 2021 National League Cy Young Award winner, rocked the Y...
The confusing relationship between romance novels and ice hockey
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The confusing relationship between romance novels and ice hockey

The niche world of hockey romance novels is gaining public attention after the wife of an NHL player criticized fans of the books who she said had made comments and videos on social media about her husband as " predators and exploiters". Here's what happened when the worlds of professional sports, romance novels and TikTok collided. First there was BookTok. On TikTok, people share book recommendations and reviews under the hashtag #BookTok, and the community has become a powerful force in publishing: More than 100 authors with large followings on BookTok generated $760 million in sales in 2022, a up 60% from 2021, according to Circana BookScan, which tracks print sales. Romance is a big part of the BookTok universe, as is its popular subgenre of hockey romance, which falls under the broad...
Fifty years later, the chaos of Cleveland’s 10-Cent Beer Night still shocks
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Fifty years later, the chaos of Cleveland’s 10-Cent Beer Night still shocks

There were streakers, kissers and wannabe prize fighters. There were arrests, threats and flying chairs. There were bruises, there was blood and there was beer. So, so much beer. There was plenty of blame to pass around: the fans, the umpires, the team officials, the managers, local broadcasters and radio hosts. Oh, and according to one Cleveland resident, the real instigator causing that evening’s mayhem? The moon. And that’s not a reference to the fans who yanked down their pants and showed Rangers players their backsides. Fifty years ago, chaos descended upon Municipal Stadium on 10-Cent Beer Night. Now, the infamous events of June 4, 1974, when an alcohol-fueled crowd spilled onto the field, confronted players and forced a forfeit, are often viewed in a light-hearted manner, ...
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Black baseball history takes center stage in the Hall of Fame

After the reinstatement, Major League Baseball executives established an unwritten quota system that limits the number of Black players on rosters, Shieber said. “This led to unbalanced trading,” he added. “It's not just a one-to-one exchange. Like, “We have enough black player trades.” Toward the end of the exhibit, Shieber pointed out the locker once used by Willie Mays, who Barry Bonds took over as a player for the San Francisco Giants. One of Stewart's fondest early memories involves meeting Mays, his favorite player, when he was 5 years old. But Stewart might also look up to Gibson, Aaron, Frank Robinson and a host of other black stars. Today, he said, kids probably emulate Betts. He struggled to name another current American-born black star. Below the surface, the numbers are im...