In this week's episode of Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the NBA players who are pushing back against the idea of restarting the season. They also discuss how college football players are banding together to demand changes at their schools. And Clinton Yates of the Undefeated joins for a conversation about NASCAR banning the Confederate flag. Hang Up and Listen's weekly Elias Bowies: Joel's Elias Bowie: It's past time that the University of Texas honor the great Julius Whittier. Josh's Elias Bowie: Why have the Chicago White Sox been so slow to support the Black Lives Matter movement?
Three Southern California stadiums have submitted paperwork to stage World Cup games in 2026 should the united bid of the U.S., Mexico and Canada to host the tournament win approval from FIFA. The Coliseum, the new NFL stadium set at Hollywood Park and Pasadena's Rose Bowl, site of the 1994 World Cup final, are among the venues that have applied to the United Bid Committee, which will pare that to a shortlist of prospect host cities later this month. Forty other cities in 25 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, three Mexican states and five Canadian provinces also have expressed interest in staging World Cup games. Twenty to 25 cities will be included in the final bid submitted to FIFA. Other U.S. stadiums that have submitted bids include the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., Chicago's Soldier Field, the Raiders' proposed stadium in Las Vegas, Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara and the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals became the latest in a long line of NHL teams to discover regular-season dominance doesn't translate into playoff prominence. The Caps went from Presidents' Trophy winners in April to poof in May after being eliminated in Game 6 of their second-round playoff series to Pittsburgh. "It's just kind of setting in right now that it's over," Capitals forward Jay Beagle said, following the 4-3 overtime loss on Tuesday night. The Cup was our goal all year and unfortunately we didn't (make it)." Since 2000, when the St. Louis Blues went from first in the standings to one-and-done in the playoffs, only four teams that finished the regular season with the best record have gone on to win the Stanley Cup: Chicago in 2013, Detroit in 2008 and '02, and Colorado in 2001.
FILE - This May 20, 2005, file photo shows Jacobs Field (now Progressive Field), right, and Gund Arena (now Quicken Loans Arena) in Cleveland. When LeBron James and the Cavaliers, whose historic comeback in June against Golden State in the NBA Finals ended Cleveland's title drought dating to 1964, receive their championship rings and a banner is raised in Quicken Loans Arena before their season opener, the emotional ceremony will merely be the warm-up act. Next door, at Progressive Field, the Indians will host the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the World Series.