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Hawks approved to turn State Farm Arena into huge voting station for upcoming elections

[ad_1] The Fulton County Registration and Elections Board approved a plan by the Atlanta Hawks to transform State Farm Arena into a massive polling station for Georgia's primary runoff election on Aug. 11, as well as early voting for the general election scheduled for Nov. 3.The idea was hatched during the weekend following the killing of George Floyd, when the focal point of protesters in Atlanta was just outside the
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Rod Brind’Amour’s take on the NHL’s playoff format, empty arena games and his training camp plan

[ad_1] With the NHL announcing its plans to return this summer, we caught up with Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour to see how he's approaching the unconventional postseason.In an appearance on ESPN on Ice this week, Brind'Amour discussed why his team was one of two to vote against the 24-team format, how he'll handle the return of European players, his thoughts on drawing the New York Rangers in the first
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A midweek fight in an empty arena? UFC vet Anthony Smith feels right at home

[ad_1] Anthony Smith stood in the corner of a Kansas City bar and grill, stripped down to his underwear. It was a random Tuesday night sometime in 2007. The scene was not unlike many weigh-ins on the regional mixed martial arts scene at the time, before the sport really started to boom."There's families and s--- eating wings and drinking beer," Smith says. "Half the grill is roped off so you
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Column: No fans means same sport, different arena

[ad_1] Rory McIlroy contemplated what golf would be like without fans. This was five days before there was no golf at all. “I’d be OK with it,” he said at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, unaware the new coronavirus was about to shut down golf for at least three months. “It would be just like having an early tee time on the PGA Tour.” And then he added with a laugh,
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Charles Oliveira submits Kevin Lee in empty arena for 7th consecutive finish

[ad_1] There is a new, legitimate title challenger in the UFC's lightweight division. And it does not appear he's slowing down any time soon.Charles "Do Bronx" Oliveira recorded his seventh consecutive finish on Saturday as he submitted former interim title challenger Kevin Lee via guillotine at the 28-second mark of the third round.The 155-pound bout headlined UFC Fight Night at Ginasio Nilson Nelson in Brasilia, Brazil. The card took place
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Kevin Love kicks off support drive for arena workers with $100K pledge

[ad_1] With the NBA suspending its season indefinitely and closing the doors on its 28 arenas around the country for the foreseeable future with no games to be played, Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love pledged $100,000 Thursday to aid arena workers displaced by the league's response to the coronavirus."My hope is that others will step up!!" Love told ESPN via text message.Love's act of generosity echoes the joint statement released
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Clippers owner Steve Ballmer says plans for new arena ‘moving along’ despite MSG’s attempts to block

[ad_1] HONOLULU -- LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer made it clear Thursday that he will not back down from a fight with Madison Square Garden and New York Knicks owner James Dolan and that MSG should be prepared for a long battle over litigation trying to block the building of Ballmer's proposed arena in Inglewood, California."We're on a path where we think we can build the arena, whatever happens in
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Lynch to launch Oakland arena team as co-owner

[ad_1] Marshawn Lynch says he has joined the ownership group of a new professional arena football team that will call Oakland, California, home, starting next spring.Lynch, speaking to The Mercury News, said the idea and opportunity to help keep football in his native city was born when he was watching his brother, Davonte Sapp-Lynch, play in an Indoor Football League game earlier this year in Arizona."I went to go check
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ArenaBowl 32 — What to know, how to watch and more

[ad_1] The Philadelphia Soul take on the Albany Empire in the Arena Football League championship game on Sunday night. Here's everything you need to know about ArenaBowl 32.What: Philadelphia vs. Albany in ArenaBowl 32When: Sunday, 8 p.m. ETHow to watch: ESPN2 and ESPN appHow they got here: Philadelphia went 7-5 in the regular season, with two of its losses coming to Albany, which finished at 10-2 atop the league standings.The
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Clippers unveil renderings of proposed arena

[ad_1] LOS ANGELES -- Steve Ballmer was at his coastal home about two hours outside Seattle when he got the phone call he had been waiting for.Dennis Robertson, Kawhi Leonard's trusted uncle and adviser, called the LA Clippers owner around 11 p.m. to inform him that Leonard was joining the Clippers. Ballmer didn't want to wake his wife's family sleeping in the house at the time, but he reacted the