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San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik is back

  Joe Panik is officially back and ready to play ball for the San Francisco Giants, and he will be a crucial part of the Giants defense for the 2016 season. The second baseman was drafted to the Giants in 2011 and he made his debut in 2014. In the Giants 2014 season they beat the Kansas City Royals in game seven of the World Series. The rookie is known for one of the greatest plays...
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Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker garners recent attention

Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker had a career-best and record-setting year in 2015. Among all NFL tight ends in 2015 Walker had the most targets (133) and receptions (94), was the league’s second best tight end according to Pro Football Focus Player Grades, and ranked fifth in DYAR (174), defense-adjusted yards above replacement. Moreover, Walker became the ninth...
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How will the Columbus Blue Jackets handle the trade deadline?

This season was supposed to be the season the Columbus Blue Jackets took the next step. Having won their first two playoff games in the 2013-14 season against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Blue Jackets hoped this season would be the year for them to make noise in the playoffs. The 2014-15 season was decimated by injuries, but Columbus finished strong, inciting optimism in the team’s...
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Michigan Basketball: Scrap out win over Purdue

A few days ago I wrote how Michigan relied on three pointers and that if those weren’t going in it was hard for them to stay competitive with good teams. I guess they decided to prove me wrong. Today Michigan shot just 5 from 20 from three point range, but somehow found a way to knock off #18 Purdue, 61-56. Michigan came out with Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman making the first shot...
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Michigan Football 2017 Defense Recruiting Preview

The defensive haul in the 2016 recruiting class for Michigan football was much more than impressive. It featured several of their top recruits including corners David Long and Lavert Hill and of course the top player in the nation Rashan Gary. This talented bunch will join an already strong group that was one of the very best defenses in the nation this past year. However, Jim Harbaugh...
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Star players are hurting Houston Rockets

There are no easy answers to explain the current state of the Houston Rockets. It’s perplexing to understand how a team that accomplished so much a season ago is in danger of missing the playoffs with no major injuries or roster changes. Despite the amount of talent, the combination of personalities may have made this collapse inevitable. The Rockets enter All-Star weekend with...
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A look at the teams battling for the ACC Basketball championship

A half game separates No. 9 North Carolina and No. 7 Virginia for first place in the ACC with four other teams within two games of first as there is roughly a month left in the regular season. With the top 5 teams playing against each other many times over the final games, there should be a lot of movement at the top before the season comes to a close. So lets take a look at the top...
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San Francisco 49ers 2016 unrestricted free agents

This is the first part of a three part series on the San Francisco 49ers 2016 free agent outlook. We are less than a month away from the start of the NFL free agency.  Estimated cap projections have the San Francisco 49ers 53 million dollars under the cap.  That is a significant amount of money for a franchise to have in free agency.  Over the years, Trent Baalke has never shown...
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Chicago Cubs: why Travis Wood is important

The Chicago Cubs will be strong contenders for the World Series in 2016. The offseason acquisitions of John Lackey, Ben Zobrist, and Jason Heyward should make the Cubs even better than last season. While there has been a lot of focus on the offseason acquisitions, the Cubs have a lot of returning players that should make a great impact. One of these returning players is Travis Wood...
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Panarin’s Place: Fitting into the Chicago Blackhawks

Nicknamed “The Russian Patrick Kane” even before he came to Chicago, Artemi Panarin certainly had expectations set high by the Blackhawks fans. Needless to say however, Panarin has taken it upon himself to reach those expectations and push them even higher. Affectionately dubbed “The Breadman,” due to his last name sounding like the popular food chain, Panera, Artemi has...
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How the Philadelphia Eagles landed Doug Pederson

It is no secret that the Philadelphia Eagles wanted a fresh start after Chip Kelly was released before the 2015 season even ended. However, is Doug Pederson the answer that Jeff Lurie was looking for? It is interesting to take a look at where Pederson has come from and exactly how he earned the opportunity to throw his hat into the ring. As a career backup QB, he never did much for...
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Five Miami Hurricanes invited to 2016 NFL Combine

Five Miami Hurricane football players were chosen to participate at the NFL combine, the third highest total among ACC teams. The combine is set to take place Feb. 23-29 at Lucas Oil Stadium – home of the Indianapolis Colts. Cornerback Artie Burns, safety Deon Bush, defensive tackle Ufomba Kamalu, linebacker Raphael Kirby and wide receiver Rashawn Scott were among the 300-plus...
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Minnesota Timberwolves: Midseason Report

As the NBA season hits its halfway point, the Minnesota Timberwolves find themselves in an optimistically bleak situation.  The good news? They have one of the most promising young cores in the league.  The bad news? They currently sit near the bottom of the Western Conference with a 17-37 record. Although the Timberwolves’ record is pretty ghastly, they should not be defined...
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Miami Dolphins: top five returning playmakers

It’s no surprise to say that last season was a total bust for the Miami Dolphins organization. Going into the season with playoff hopes, Miami found itself missing the playoffs for the seventh straight season with a losing record. If Miami is going to turn this thing around, it will have to rely on these top five returning players, and the rest of the team to step it up. The first...
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Kansas City Chiefs: Season in review

The Kansas City Chiefs finished the 2015 season with a playoff loss in the AFC Divisional Round against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. To many teams, this past season would be considered a failure, but looking back at how the Chiefs’ season started and how they finished, their 2015 season was one of the most remarkable seasons in franchise history. Early season predictions...
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New York Mets: Mejia banned for life

One pitcher for the New York Mets has made history. And not the good kind of history either. Jenrry Mejia is now the first player in baseball history to receive a lifetime ban from baseball for testing positive for PEDs. Former commissioner Bud Selig led the way in increasing the punishments for positive PED tests after presiding over what is commonly known as the steroid era of...
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Could Matt Forte become the revival for Patriots run game?

The New England Patriots will enter the 2016 NFL Draft without a first-round pick as a result of sanctions put on the team after the first installment of Rodger Goodell’s Deflategate nonsense. While not having a first-round pick will put an obvious handicap on the Patriots 2016 season as of Friday, an easy alternative option for Bill Belichick is now on the table. Early Friday...
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Dallas Stars have passed the early tests in February

Coming into the 2015-2016 season, the Dallas Stars had a big circle around the month of February. Arguably the most difficult and most important month on the schedule for the Stars, this month finds them on the road for nine of the 11 games against Central Division foes. The Stars missed out on the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons last year despite finishing with 92...
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Magic remain tough team to beat

Despite their record of 23-29, the Orlando Magic give opponents a run for their money. What initially looks like a group of young, inexperienced players is proving to be a challenging team to coach and play against. As their star center, Nikola Vucevic matures; he is showing how strong of an impact he can have. Four of the Magic’s past five games have been up in the air until...
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CC Sabathia on the outside looking in for the Yankees

CC Sabathia is having the hardest offseason of his career at age 35. Not only is he competing for a spot in the New York Yankees pitching rotation for the first time in his career, but he’s also fighting a three-year-long alcohol addiction. The last series of the year in the 2012 season was a blur for Sabathia and, subsequently, a breaking point. After the 2012 finale, he was...
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Denver Broncos: Offseason preview

The Super Bowl 50 champions will have a lot of work to do this offseason to defend their title. A big question they have to figure out is who will play quarterback next season. Peyton Manning looks as though he may retire and Brock Osweiler will definitely demand attention from teams. The asking price for Osweiler could start at about $10 million. Re-signing Osweiler relies heavily...
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Reviewing the Tampa Bay Rays

With pitchers and catchers reporting next week, the MLB offseason is coming to a close. Some teams made a big splash — most notably the Arizona Diamondbacks — while other teams decided to stay relatively quiet over the offseason. The Tampa Bay Rays are certainly the latter making some moves, but nothing that was a blockbuster transaction. This is not a shocker though since the...
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Boston Celtics team awards at the NBA All-Star Break

The Boston Celtics rolled into the All-Star Break on an absolute tear. After hovering around .500 for a vast majority of the season, they finally managed to make a substantial run. The Celtics went 10-2 in their last 12 games and improved their record to a strong 32-23 overall. Now having reached the All-Star Break, it is time to examine which players exceeded and fell short of...
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Kansas and Oklahoma square off for the Big 12 lead

Ah yes, the day we’ve all been waiting for since the final buzzer sounded on January 4th in Allen Fieldhouse is finally here. The #6 Kansas Jayhawks (20-4, 8-3) head to Norman,OK on today to take on the #3 Oklahoma Sooners (20-3, 8-3) in a rematch of the epic game we saw just a little over a month ago. In that 109-106 triple overtime Kansas win, OU guard Buddy Hield went off for...
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Philadelphia Eagles personnel priorities / limitations

Chip Kelly wasn’t shy making drastic personnel changes during his two seasons as Philadelphia Eagles head coach. Kelly brought in numerous players who played for him at the college level, as well as brought in big name free agents Byron Maxwell, DeMarco Murray, and Sam Bradford. After a disappointing season last year falling short of the playoffs, a serious assessment needs to...
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