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Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

While all eyes are on the NCAA Tournament with trips to the Final Four on the line this weekend, there was another exciting tournament that wrapped up this week. We're talking, of course, about the World Baseball Classic, where the United States defeated Puerto Rico to capture the nation's first WBC title.And with Team USA's victory, the World Baseball Classic (finally) lived up...
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Breaking down the Naismith Award race

With the 2017 NCAA Tournament heating up, all eyes are on the college basketball world. By the end of this weekend, the March Madness field of 68 teams will have been pared down to just four finalists, and we'll have just three meaningful games of college hoops left to enjoy this year.So, as the season wraps up, we wanted to turn our attention to another exciting race for a major...
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Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

It's been a long week. You're tired. You're hungry. You're thirsty. You just want to find something to watch and unwind only to find not only do you have too many games to choose from on any given night to watch, there is an entire catalog of shows and movies you can barely keep up on. When did our weekends turn into so much work? Let's make it simple. Here is what you want to...
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The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

All is right with the world, or at least the Bay Area, as Barry Bonds is once again part of the San Francisco Giants franchise and therefore no longer has to wear this to work every day. And sure, Bonds is only back with the team in some sort of nebulous 'special advisor' capacity, but maybe the team should give some serious consideration to giving Bonds some ABs. Brandon Belt was...
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The NFL distraction playbook

This week spelled the end of the strangest NFL mystery in recent memory, the whereabouts of Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jersey. In fact, the resolution only made the controversy more bizarre in retrospect. It turns out two Brady Super Bowl jerseys were missing, including one we didn’t even know about, along with a Von Miller Super Bowl helmet.That a Mexican journalist is the...
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With Team USA's victory, World Baseball Classic (finally) lived up to its potential

When the World Baseball Classic was set to take off nearly 20 days ago, the anticipation for the event was a mixture of genuine baseball intrigue, along with trepidation about the tournament’s future, as well as its viability. Now, as the fourth entry of the WBC has come to a more intriguing and exciting conclusion than most anyone could have anticipated, the questions now don’t...
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The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

For fans and consumers, the world of sneakers is very much about exclusivity. In recent years, Jordan Brand retro releases and whenever Adidas decides to drop another iteration of the Yeezy Boosts have caused mad dashes for sneaker heads to pick up their most coveted pairs of shoes on release date before they hit the resell market at a significant markup. But there's another world...
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Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

A week ago, your team made it into the NCAA Tournament and you were excited at the possibilities. Do this, beat them, hold on, make a run and you'd be in the Final Four in no time. Some teams were doing a little dreaming while others fully expected a great shot at a national championship. Sixteen of those teams remain while fans of the other 52 schools are left to wonder what happened...
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NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Steph Curry pushes OKC's buttons

The NBA has created a hotline for players to call and complain about NBA referees. They can complain about calls, clarify official rules, and leave Foot Locker-based Missed Connections posts. It's the telecommunications version of Chris Paul throwing his arms out and making an incredulous face. Each week, we’ll present a look at the hotline’s responses, which are about as real...
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Re-ranking the Sweet 16 for the NCAA Tournament

We started the season with Duke as the No. 1 team and ended it with Villanova as the top squad, and neither school is still around after the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. So who are now the favorites to win the national championship and who are just playing with house money by just getting to the second weekend?Let's re-rank the teams that comprise the Sweet 16. We will look...
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