(Natacha Pisarenko / Associated Press / September 28, 2013) By Diane Pucin October 1, 2013, 11:52 a.m. For those clamoring for more rugby on television, your wish has been granted. USA Rugby has announced a broadcasting partnership with FOX Sports for the upcoming mens Eagles match against the New Zealand Maori All Blacks Nov. 9 at PPL Park in Philadelphia. The inaugural Black and Blue Match, presented by USA Rugby and New Zealand Rugby Union sponsor AIG, will kick off at 4 p.m. PST Nov. 9, with the broadcast to be aired on FOX Sports 1 Nov. 10 at 9 a.m. USA Rugby is very excited about FOX Sports 1 airing the match from Philadelphia, USA Rugby Chief Commercial Officer Jon Persch said. FOX Sports 1 offers USA Rugby the greatest number of viewers with the new channel being offered in 90 million homes.” FOX Sports 1 is the newest national 24-hour multi-sport channel, launched Aug. 17 in more than 90 million homes across the U.S., the largest sports network launch in television history. With nearly 5,000 hours of live events, news and original programming annually, FOX Sports includes college football and basketball, MLB, NASCAR, NFL , soccer, boxing and UFC . ALSO:
USA rugby gets TV time on new sports network
8 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs USA Boxing criticizes Tyson signing of Olympic prospect Bob Velin, USA TODAY Sports 10:13 p.m. EDT October 1, 2013 Mike Tyson was slammed by USA Boxing for signing one of its top Olympic prospects Tuesday. (Photo: Christian Palma, AP) Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson signed a top Olympic boxing prospect Tuesday Erickson Lubin signed with Iron Mike Promotions upon turning 18 Tuesday Lubin is a two-time Junior Olympic champion SHARE 51 CONNECT 34 TWEET 8 COMMENTEMAILMORE The signing of a top Olympic boxing prospect Tuesday by Mike Tyson’s promotional company prompted USA Boxing to write an open letter to Tyson asking the former heavyweight champion to stop interfering with the Olympic process and allow young athletes to follow their “Olympic dreams.” Tyson’s fledgling Iron Mike Promotions signed Erickson Lubin, who turned 18 Tuesday, to a professional contract. Lubin, a two-time junior Olympic champion from Kissimmee, Fla., was described in the letter written by Charles Butler, the president of USA Boxing, as the USA’s “best hope.” In a tweet Tuesday, Lubin said, “Officially signed to Iron Mike Promotions. My pro career starts now.” Tyson wasn’t talking, but his publicist said Tuesday there was no arm-twisting involved. “IMP (Iron Mike Promotions) and Rivalta Management signed him today on his 18th birthday,” said JoAnn Mignano. “That was his choice, nobody forced him to sign a pro contract.” PHOTOS: Mike Tyson’s career Boxing promoter Don King lifts heavyweight champion Mike Tyson after Tyson defeated Trevor Berbick in Las Vegas. Douglas C. Pizac, AP Last Slide Next Slide Mignano and IMP publicist Bob Trieger also said that nobody complained when New York-based promoter Lou DiBella signed highly regarded 17-year-old amateur prospect Junior “Sugar Boy” Younan last month. Younan is expected to make his professional debut later this month or in early November. USA Boxing said it will pursue legislation to stop “professional promoters from attempting to sign athletes in the Olympic pipeline.” “You are offering these athletes pennies on the dollar of what they could be worth with an Olympic medal, or even potentially just being an Olympian,” Butler wrote in his letter to Tyson. “You are also undermining the next United States Olympic Boxing Team in the process.” The USA boxing program has suffered in recent years. There were no male Olympic medalists in London last year, and only one, bronze medalist Deontay Wilder, in Beijing in 2008. The last U.S. Olympic gold medalist was Andre Ward in 2004 in Athens.
USA Triathlon prepares for return to Milwaukee
aMilwaukee proved to be an excellent host in 2013 and the support from the city, as well as key organizations and individuals, helped make the event memorable for nationas top amateur triathletes,a said Rob Urbach , USA Triathlonas CEO. An Olympic-distance race scheduled for Aug. 9, 2014 consists of a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike race and 10-kilometer run. A sprint race on Aug. 10, 2014 is comprised of a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike race and 5-kilometer run. Both races will include the nationas top age-group fields and qualify members for Team USA, a select group of amateur triathletes who will represent the U.S. at the 2015 International Triathlon Union World Championships in Chicago. Athletes who have qualified for Olympic-Distance Nationals between July 10 and Sept. 15 will receive an email during the week of Sept. 30 with registration instructions. Additional qualifying emails will be sent as athletes qualify through Aug. 2, 2014. Athletes who have qualified for the distance nationals can visit usatriathlon.org for qualification information for 2014 Olympic-Distance Nationals.