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FIFA is the one sure-fire World Cup winner
The World Cup is set to generate a huge profit for Fifa, football's world governing body, potentially surpassing the $1.7b it made in 2002. It expects the tournament to attract a cumulative global television audience of 30 billion - around seven times that of the Olympics. In China alone, 50 million people are expected to watch each game even though the country failed to qualify for the World Cup. (more)
Danica in NASCAR? Oh, that's rich
Danica Patrick doesn't want to go to NASCAR. Too many races, too much to learn, too many demands, etc. But in the end, it's all about the money. And Patrick knows all too well that NASCAR has most of it. (more)
Sweatshop foes plan Pittsburgh All-Star protest
A group opposed to sweatshop labor plans to hold a "carnival" on the Roberto Clemente Bridge during the All-Star Game, and has not ruled out disrupting festivities if the Pirates do not take a stand against bad garment industry labor conditions, its leaders said yesterday (more)
What was the longest home run ever hit?
According to the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) , The blast came off the bat of Babe Ruth. On October 12,1926, two days after hitting the longest home run in World Series history (a 510-footer in a 3-2 loss to St. Louis), the Babe was in Wilkes-Barre, Pa, for an exhibition game. He challenged a pitcher named Ernie Corkran to throw his fastest pitch, which Ruth, promptly launched over right field. The ball came down "well over 600 feet away", according to a SABR researcher who studied aerial photographs of the field and took on-site measurements. (more)