Teen Vogue: Meet the Navajo Nation Skateboarder Going Viral on TikTok. “Naiomi Glasses, a Diné skateboarder in Navajo nation, happened upon a red sandstone slope to skate on — in her now-viral TikTok — by accident. ‘I live in the middle of nowhere and when I found that first sandstone, I was out looking for sheep. My grandma owns sheep and sometimes they get lost, and I thought the sandstone looked skate-able.’ With the nearest skatepark hours away, Naiomi resorted to turning the desert landscape into her own skatepark.”
British Mountaineering Council: The Pinnacle Club marks centenary by launching website with fascinating digital history
British Mountaineering Council: The Pinnacle Club marks centenary by launching website with fascinating digital history. “Today marks one hundred years since the founding of the Pinnacle Club – the UK’s national women’s rock-climbing club. Centenary celebrations include the launch of a new website bringing the Club’s fascinating history to life.”
ESPN: Miami Heat to open vaccinated-only sections for fans on April 1. “The Heat announced plans Tuesday to open two sections in their lower bowl only for fully vaccinated fans starting with an April 1 game against the Golden State Warriors. The Heat are the first NBA team to reveal such a plan, though other clubs are believed to be working on similar measures.”
CNET: Amazon to stream 21 regular-season Yankees games on Prime Video. “New York Yankees baseball is coming to Amazon Prime, at least for those in the New York area. The e-commerce giant announced on Wednesday that it will be offering 21 regular-season broadcasts of Yankees games to Prime members in New York state, Connecticut, northeast Pennsylvania, and north and central New Jersey.”
UPI: NASCAR to use COVID-detecting dogs at Atlanta Motor Speedway. “The procedure will be deployed on a trial basis as a potential first line of at-track defense designed to limit the spread of the coronavirus. NASCAR said teams were notified of the plan Tuesday.”
Oregon-VCU declared no-contest after Rams have multiple positive COVID-19 tests; Ducks advance (ESPN)
ESPN: Oregon-VCU declared no-contest after Rams have multiple positive COVID-19 tests; Ducks advance. “Saturday’s first-round NCAA men’s basketball tournament game between No. 7 seed Oregon and No. 10 seed VCU in Indianapolis was declared a no-contest due to what the Rams said were multiple positive COVID-19 tests within their program.”
CNN: International spectators will be refused entry into Japan for Tokyo 2020. “International spectators will be refused entry into Japan for this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee said in a statement on Saturday. Any tickets bought by overseas residents for the postponed Games, scheduled to begin on July 23, will be refunded.”
University of New Mexico: UNM Sports videos on display in time for March Madness. “University Libraries Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communications (DISC) has archived over 300 videos of The University of New Mexico’s athletic games spanning from 1947 to 2004. The UNM Sports History Digital Archive has been added to the UNM Digital Repository making them available to the public just in time for March Madness.”
New York Times: New York will expand the opening of sports and arts venues for baseball season, the governor says.
New York Times: New York will expand the opening of sports and arts venues for baseball season, the governor says.. “New York will allow sports and performing arts venues that seat more than 2,500 people outdoors to open at limited capacity starting on April 1, just in time for the Yankees’ first home game of the season, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Thursday. The state will also allow indoor venues that seat more than 1,500 people to open at 10 percent capacity.”
Samford University: Study by Samford University Center for Sports Analytics Finds that Lack of Crowds Helped Visiting Teams this Season
Samford University: Study by Samford University Center for Sports Analytics Finds that Lack of Crowds Helped Visiting Teams this Season. “Data collected and analyzed by the center showed that the average number of fouls called on the visiting team during the 2020-2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball season was significantly lower than the number of fouls called on the visiting team during the previous three seasons. Specifically, the number of fouls called on the visiting team declined by 4.8% overall across all NCAA Division I home games played during the 2020-2021 regular season (3,716 games). Meanwhile, the average number of fouls called on the home team during the 2020-2021 season (16.80) was not statistically different than the previous three seasons (16.86).”
Google Blog: Stay tournament-ready with Google. “We teamed up with the NCAA and Turner Sports to bring the action of both the men and women’s Tournaments to you. Game-related searches including those for specific teams, match-ups or the tournament will trigger either in-game or postgame video highlights, all from the Google Search page. From unbelievable blocks to clutch steals to buzzer beaters, you’ll be able to relive the best moments from every game.”
Tubefilter: YouTube To Exclusively Broadcast 21 Major League Baseball Games This Season. “YouTube is back up to bat with Major League Baseball. The duo’s long-running partnership will see YouTube exclusively air 21 games from the upcoming season.”
Deadspin: On the anniversary of sports shutting down due to COVID-19, what have we learned about sports, the virus, and ourselves?
Deadspin: On the anniversary of sports shutting down due to COVID-19, what have we learned about sports, the virus, and ourselves?. “There are 6,629 cases of coronavirus associated with college sports according to the New York Times coronavirus tracker. And whether they contracted the virus in the locker room or elsewhere, they aren’t all fine. Justin Foster just ended his career at Clemson citing the effects of COVID. HBO’s Real Sports did this piece on college runner Natalie Hakala, who went from competing in track to using a wheelchair with long-term COVID. There is still research into what degree myocarditis impacts athletes. Former Ironman competitor Tamsin Lewis is still suffering effects from covid a year later. WNBA player Asia Durr’s basketball career is in jeopardy after getting the disease. These are just a few of those stories.”
Athletics Weekly: Museum of World Athletics is launched online. “The Museum of World Athletics – or MOWA for short – features 3D images of shoes, clothing and equipment, plus medals and more. It has evolved following the creation of the World Athletics heritage initiative in 2018 ‘to honour, preserve and promote the sport’s history’ and includes attractive computer-generated images combined with actual high-quality photographs of various items and artefacts.” I’m not 100% but I’m inferring from the article that “athletics” in this sense means track and field sports.