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US women's hockey team plans to boycott world championship

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By Jeanette Torres

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The U.S. women’s national hockey team is planning to boycott the upcoming International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Women’s World Championship if they can’t strike a deal with USA Hockey.

Negotiations between both sides overnight failed to resolve the dispute.

Players say they’re getting unequal treatment and they’re fighting for the future of the sport. They say it’s not as much about them and what they’re going to make playing for USA Hockey as it is about growing the women’s game and adding funding to the women’s national development team.

Team USA is scheduled to face off against Canada on Friday to kick off the world championship in Plymouth, Michigan.

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Scoreboard roundup — 3/27/17

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By Carmen Cox

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE

Chi White Sox 5, L.-A. Dodgers 2
Texas 6, Colorado 5
San Diego 12 Seattle 2
L.A. Angels 4, Arizona 2
Atlanta 11, Detroit 3
St. Louis 3, Houston 2
Pittsburgh 4, Minnesota 1
Philadelphia 7, Toronto 1
Cleveland 4, Chi Cubs 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Boston 11, Baltimore 9
Kansas City 10, Oakland 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE

N.-Y. Mets 5, Miami 0
Washington 6, N.-Y. Mets 0
San Francisco 14, Cincinnati 2

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Toronto 131, Orlando 112
N.-Y. Knicks 109, Detroit 95
San Antonio 103, Cleveland 74
Oklahoma City 92, Dallas 91
Sacramento 91, Memphis 90
Utah 108, New Orleans 100

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Nashville 3, N.-Y. Islanders 1
OT/Detroit 4, Carolina 3
Buffalo 4, Florida 2
OT/Tampa Bay 5, Chicago 4
St. Louis 4, Arizona 1
Calgary 4, Colorado 2

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HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO™ CELEBRATES RECORD-BREAKING ATTENDANCE OF MORE THAN 2.6 MILLION FANS AT THE 2017 SHOW

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HOUSTON — The world’s largest celebration of agriculture, education, entertainment and Western heritage drew a record-breaking 2,611,176 visitors in total attendance to the 85th annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, March 7 – 26, 2017.

“Powered by more than 33,000 volunteers, the 2017 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo successfully provided a record number of visitors with a world-class entertainment experience,” said Joel Cowley, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo president and CEO.

“During the 2017 Show, fans were immersed in one-of-a-kind educational and agricultural exhibits, larger-than-life entertainment, and nightly celebrations of Western heritage during RODEOHOUSTON®.”

2017 HIGHLIGHTS:

 

ATTENDANCE

The total 2017 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo attendance was more than the population of any Texas city.

• Total attendance for all activities on the grounds was a record 2,611,176. o In three days, the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest entertained 226,369 guests, and on Thursday, March 2, attendance reached an opening-day record of 47,883.

o Another record was broken on Saturday, March 18, with a single-day attendance of 185,667, when the Show had more people on the grounds than Texas’ 16th most populated city.

• Paid Rodeo/concert attendance reached 1,370,263. o Two of the RODEOHOUSTON® performances landed on the list of the Show’s top 20 paid rodeo/concert attendance records. § First: Sunday, March 19, 2017 – Go Tejano Day – Banda El Recodo and Siggno – 75,557

§ 17th: Thursday, March 16, 2017 – Luke Bryan – 75,033

RODEOHOUSTON®

• RODEOHOUSTON committed $2.17 million to its contestants in 2017.

• The 2017 RODEOHOUSTON Super Series invited the world’s top rodeo athletes to compete in seven traditional rodeo events, March 7 – 25. o With the entire purse provided by RODEOHOUSTON, Super Series athletes competed for a share of $1,748,000 in prize money. Each event champion rode out of NRG Stadium with $50,000, plus winnings from the preliminary rounds.

o 2017 RODEOHOUSTON Super Series Champions, with total money earned, are: § Tie-Down Roping: Caleb Smidt: Belleville, Texas – $58,500

§ Bareback Riding: Jake Vold: Airdrie, Alberta, Canada – $56,000

§ Team Roping: Zac Small: Welch, Oklahoma; and Levi Lord: Sturgis, South Dakota – $110,000

§ Saddle Bronc Riding: Cody DeMoss: Heflin, Louisiana – $56,438 • 2003 RODEOHOUSTON Champion

§ Steer Wrestling: Tyler Waguespack: Gonzales, Louisiana – $56,500

§ Barrel Racing: Kassie Mowry: Dublin, Texas – $60,000

§ Bull Riding: Garrett Smith: Rexburg, Idaho – $53,375

• The RODEOHOUSTON Super Shootout®: North America’s Champions, presented by Crown Royal, was held Sunday, March 26, 2017. o This one-day event featured champion athletes from eight of the best rodeos in the U.S. and Canada.

o Contestants competed as individuals, and as part of a team consisting of event champions from each of the eight rodeos.

o The Super Shootout features five fan-favorite events: bareback riding, barrel racing, bull riding, saddle bronc riding and steer wrestling.

o With a total purse of $250,000, the Super Shootout is among the richest one-day rodeo events in the world. Each event champion earned $25,000, and team members earned an additional $2,500 each for their share of $12,500 for the winning team.

o 2017 champions, with the rodeos they represented, are:

§ Bareback Riding: Tim, O’Connell, Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

§ Barrel Racing: Ivy Conrado, Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

§ Bull Riding: Riker Carter, Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

§ Saddle Bronc Riding: Taos Muncy, Reno Rodeo

§ Steer Wrestling: Sterling Lambert, Rodeo Austin

§ Super Shootout Team Award: Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

• each team member took home an additional $2,500

2017 HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW™

• Livestock and horse show competitions drew 32,793 entries.

• There were more than 19,000 Houston Livestock Show junior entries for the 10 breeding, market and dairy livestock shows, and 21 judging competitions and contests.

• Junior auction sales totaled $15,239,356

• Six junior auction Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion lots set world or Show records. The prices for the top winners in the junior market and school art auctions were:

o Junior Market Barrow

§ Grand Champion Barrow: $212,000 (world record)

§ Reserve Grand Champion Barrow: $133,000 (world record)

o Junior Market Pen of Broilers § Grand Champion Pen of Broilers: $150,000

§ Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Broilers: $75,000

o Junior Market Goat § Grand Champion Goat: $180,000 (world record)

§ Reserve Grand Champion Goat: $115,000

o Junior Market Lamb § Grand Champion Lamb: $270,000 (world record)

§ Reserve Grand Champion Lamb: $125,000

o Junior Market Steer § Grand Champion Steer: $345,000

§ Reserve Grand Champion Steer: $330,000

o Junior Market Turkey § Grand Champion Turkey: $110,000

§ Reserve Grand Champion Turkey: $68,000

o School Art § Grand Champion Work of Art: $235,000 (Show record)

§ Reserve Grand Champion Work of Art: $221,000 (Show record)

• Auction totals (unaudited preliminary totals that do not include cash contributions and some purchase commitment amounts) were:

o Barrow: $2,773,280

o Lamb and Goat: $3,101,479

o Poultry: $1,615,334

o School Art: $2,285,233

o Steer: $4,354,700

• The Junior Commercial Steer Auction totals were $628,539 (live auction of choice steers).

• The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Champion Wine Auction brought in $1,844,208.

• The Ranching & Wildlife Auction totaled $551,116.

• Calf scramble and judging contest winners received 370 certificates, each worth $2,000, to apply toward the purchase of a registered beef heifer, steer or dairy calf to exhibit at the 2018 Houston Livestock Show. Certificate premiums totaled $740,000.

• Calf scramble exhibitors from 2016 who returned with their heifer, steer and dairy projects to compete at the 2017 Houston Livestock Show received more than $100,000 total in premiums and awards.

SCHOLARSHIP AND EDUCATION

• The Show committed $26,065,510 to the youth of Texas in 2017:

o $14,272,000 in scholarships to be awarded this summer ($18,000 scholarships were increased to $20,000);

o $7,653,750 to junior show exhibitors and calf scramble participants;

o $3,614,360 in educational program grants; and

o $525,400 in graduate assistantships.

MORE FACTS AND FIGURES

RODEOHOUSTON

• Three RODEOHOUSTON entertainers drew 75,000 or more fans to NRG Stadium.

• Show officials announced on Thursday, March 16, that country music icon Garth Brooks would open and close 2018 RODEOHOUSTON.

• The new Mare and Foal presentation became a fan-favorite during the nightly 2017 performances, highlighting animal welfare and breeding programs. A new foal was born during RODEOHOUSTON, and fans voted to name the new addition Houston’s Honey.

AGVENTURE, presented by Occidental Petroleum

• More than 61,000 people participated in a scheduled school tour or field trip.

• More than 20,000 little cowboys and cowgirls rode the pony rides.

• More than 425 eggs hatched in the Poultry Exhibit.

• Fifty-eight piglets, 20 calves and 14 lambs and were born at the Birthing Center.

• More than 65,000 sunflower seeds were planted in the Soil Exhibit.

The Junction

• More than 109,500 little farmers visited TDECU Fun on the Farm.

• More than 16,000 people rode camels.

• More than 3,500 children participated in Mutton Bustin’ in The Junction.

Food

• Visitors consumed o 47,480 tamales;

o 38,000 cinnamon rolls;

o 29,196 potatoes;

o 18,915 barbecue sandwiches;

o 10,819 sausages on-a-stick;

o 8,000 funnel cakes;

o 3,400 corn dogs;

o and 122 slices of bug pizza.

RODEOHOUSTON TV

• Live television broadcasts were available on FOX Sports Southwest throughout the U.S. and Canada, March 22 – 26.

• Live streaming of RODEOHOUSTON action each night was available at rodeohouston.com and FoxSports.com/Southwest.

• The Show produced four live streams of various Show activities and live rodeo competition each day.

Show Merchandise

• Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and entertainer merchandise sales reached more than $4 million.

• More than 80,000 items with the Show’s logo went home with fans, including 25,000 T-shirts, 10,000 lapel pins, and 10,000 cups and mugs.

Social Media

• Since March 1, 2017,

o more than 357,000 public mentions online were recorded;

o 281,259,000 fans were reached online;

o and more than 287,683,000 additional fans were reached due to shares of the Show’s online content.

Transportation

• More than 830,000 visitors utilized the Rodeo Express and METRO Park & Ride locations, including more than 380,000 riding METRORail.

Carnival

• It took 350 truckloads of equipment to build the carnival.

• The carnival hosted more than 2.4 million riders during the 20-day run of the Show.

• Eighty semitrailers full of teddy bears found new homes.

• Forty-one miles of turkey legs, if lined up end to end, were eaten.

• The equivalent of two fields of corn were roasted.

• The top five rides were Skyride, La Grande XL, Windstorm, RaveWave and G Force.

• The top five games were Bank a Ball #1, One Ball, Mini Basketball, Bank a Ball #2 and Tubs.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed more than $430 million to the youth of Texas. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all of the latest news. The 2018 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is scheduled for Feb. 27 – March 18.

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NFL owners approve Raiders' move to Las Vegas

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By Kelly Terez

iStock/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) — It’s official. The Oakland Raiders are relocating to Las Vegas.

On Monday, National Football League team owners voted 31 to 1 to approve the franchise’s move, starting with the 2019 season.

“The Raiders were born in Oakland and Oakland will always be part of our DNA,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said in a statement. “We know that some fans will be disappointed and even angry, but we hope that they do not direct that frustration to the players, coaches and staff. We plan to play at the Coliseum in 2017 and 2018, and hope to stay there as the Oakland Raiders until the new stadium opens. We would love nothing more than to bring a championship back to the Bay Area.”

There is still some work to be done before the Raiders can relocate, however. Although Las Vegas and the franchise have financing for a new stadium, there is no stadium site yet and no lease agreement.

The move in 2018 will mark the Raiders’ third relocation since the team was founded in 1960. The franchise is also the third NFL team to move in over a year, following the Chargers and Rams in Los Angeles.

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Seattle Seahawks' Trevone Boykin arrested after car accident

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By Kelly Terez

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(DALLAS) — Seattle Seahawks quarterback Trevone Boykin was arrested in Dallas on misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession and public intoxication Monday morning after a car crash.

Boykin, 23, was a passenger in the car driven by 25-year-old Shabrika Bailey that struck pedestrians and a night club, injuring eight people, according to police. None of the injuries were considered life-threatening, but seven were sent to local hospitals, police said.

Bokin was held on $500 bond at the Dallas County Jail, according to ESPN.

In his college career, the quarterback was previously arrested in San Antonio, Texas, two days before the 2016 Alamo Bowl after a bar fight. He was charged with assaulting a public servant, public intoxication, and resisting arrest. After pleading guilty, Boykin was placed on one year probation, ordered to attend alcohol awareness and anger management classes, and serve 80 hours of community service.

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