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#PlaybyPlay: Speedway Motorsports (NYSE: $TRK) Announces "Weather Guarantee" and Hibbett Sports (NasdaqGS: $HIBB) Partner with Comedian Jermaine "Funnymaine" Johnson for Collection

100th #PGA Championship Begins, Raiders' Carr Happy to Have Gruden as Head Coach and Canadian Taylor Ruck Wins Gold Ahead of U.S. Star Ledecky

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Point Roberts, WA and Delta, BC - August 9, 2018 (Investorideas.com Newswire) Investorideas.com, a leader in investor news and research issues today's edition of Play by Play covering what's new in sports headlines and recent news from publicly traded companies in the sector.

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100th PGA Championship Begins, Raiders' Carr Happy to Have Gruden as Head Coach and Canadian Taylor Ruck Wins Gold Ahead of U.S. Star Ledecky

The 100th edition of the PGA Championship began this morning at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, MO. This is the final year that it will be held in August as the fourth and last of the major championships in professional golf, as starting next year it will be held in the middle of May. Defending champion Justin Thomas is playing against the likes of Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, who is eyeing his 15th major win as he continues a comeback year, and more. At press time, round one sees Americans Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas and Stewart Cink at the top of the leaderboard with three under par each, according to golfchannel.com.

ESPN reports that Oakland Raiders' quarterback Derek Carr is grateful to the organization for getting Jon Gruden back as head coach. Carr, who finished tied for third in 2016's NFL MVP voting, had a disappointing season last year as his QBR went from 54.6 to 47.2. Carr says that Gruden coaching style did not exempt him from scrutiny because of his star status.

"The way he demands from me, he gets after me, just like he gets after everybody else," Carr said. "If I screw up, he lets me know it, in front of everybody. And it just makes an openness about our team... there's no secrets, man. If I screwed it up, I screwed it up, no problem. But at the same time, he is the same guy telling each and every one of his players -- you will catch him just after practice, if you just watch him -- if he yelled at someone, he is going to go grab them, 'Man, I love you, man, the reason I am getting after you is because I see this and this in you,' and so anybody who has played for him, anyone who knows him, they want to run through a brick wall for the guy."

Canadian swimmer Taylor Ruck won gold and set a new meet record in the women's 200-metre freestyle in Tokyo on day one of the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, according to CBC Sports. The win was an upset as Ruck beat out American favourite Katie Ledecky, who came third. Ruck's time of one minute 54.44 seconds also beat Ledecky's previous record from 2014 by 1.3 seconds. Ruck said her coach advised her to keep focused, so as not to be put off by Ledecky's formidable reputation.

"It's the name, I guess, because she is the fastest woman on the planet in a lot of races," said Ruck, who was born in Kelowna, B.C. "My coach kind of saw that, so he told me to focus on my lane and my race."

Speedway Motorsports Announces "Weather Guarantee" and Hibbett Sports Partner with Comedian Jermaine "Funnymaine" Johnson for Collection

Stocks discussed: (NYSE:TRK) (NasdaqGS:HIBB)

Speedway Motorsports (NYSE:TRK) has announced a weather guarantee, wherein "if a NASCAR race is postponed due to weather and the ticket holder is unable to attend on the rescheduled date, a ticket credit can be issued toward a qualifying NASCAR race at any Speedway Motorsports venue".

Hibbett Sports (NasdaqGS:HIBB) has partnered with comedian, Jermaine "Funnymaine" Johnson aka "The Bama fan on the couch" as the exclusive Funnymaine Collection licensed apparel in-store retail partner. Sarah Sharp-Wangaard, Hibbett Sports' VP of Marketing said of the partnership:

"We have been sponsors of Alabama football for years and Jermaine "Funnymaine" Johnson captures the essence of what it is to be a true Alabama football fan. We are excited to have him visit with fans at our Shaker Shack during select home games and make his iconic and fun apparel available to Hibbett customers."

Sam Mowers, Investorideas.com

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