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Top 3 reasons to be excited for the Indiana Pacers’ 2015-2016 season

The most exciting part about the start of September is that it means that basketball season is officially just a month away. The Indiana Pacers made some significant changes this offseason so anticipation for the team’s upcoming campaign is extremely high. With a new style of play and a slew of new faces, there are countless reasons to be excited for the year ahead. Of all the...
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Michigan Football: Week one report card

With the Harbaugh era officially underway, Michigan’s 24-17 loss to the Utes stands as a bit of a reality check. Clearly this team, in it’s developmental infancy, has yet to approach it’s potential ceiling. It stands to reason that, as is the case with most teams transitioning between coaching staffs and schemes, this will be a better team in week six than in week one. But...
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Toronto Blue Jays: Encarnacion Enhances Toronto’s Championship Chances?

Toronto Blue Jays’ veterans Jose Bautista (L) & Edwin Encarnacion For the past 5 seasons, the Toronto Blue Jays’ offense was mainly comprised of strong performances out of their outfielder Jose Bautista, and utilityman Edwin Encarnacion. Jose Bautista quickly became Toronto baseball’s poster boy following his 54-home run year back in 2010. Edwin Encarnacion, on the other...
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Instant Analysis: Michigan State 37, Western Michigan 24

Darius Phillips got the Kalamazoo faithful on their feet early by taking the opening kickoff back for 70 yards. Unfortunately for the Broncos, the ensuing drive stalled and Andrew Halderman missed a 41-yard field goal. After Michigan State scored a touchdown on its first possession, Phillips decided to do it all himself and took the next kickoff 100 yards for a score. The Spartans...
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Detroit Lions: Five lessons from this year’s preseason

Many say the preseason doesn’t matter. They complain about the four-game exhibition schedule, and then disregard preseason numbers because they doubt they’ll translate come the regular season. Some of that might be true, but after watching the Detroit Lions this preseason, fans have definitely gained some perspective on their team. Things are much better than they used to be...
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Alabama football: Tide take on Wisconsin

Alabama football fans have been waiting for this day to come ever since the Tide’s playoff loss to Ohio State. Finally, Alabama will take on the Wisconsin Badgers tomorrow night at 8 p.m. This is the only game of the week that features two teams ranked in the top 25. Alabama and Wisconsin rank 3rd and 20th, respectively, according to the AP Coaches Poll. So, what should we expect...
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Wisconsin vs Alabama preview

The Wisconsin Badgers football squad is making its way down to Arlington, Texas for what will be arguably the program’s biggest regular season challenge since taking down Terrelle Pryor and the then (and now) top-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in 2010. A year ago, a 14th-ranked Badgers team made their way to NRG Stadium in Houston to take on #13 LSU. A rough second half set the...
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Oklahoma City Thunder: Who should start at the center position?

Adams will have a good chance at being starting Center come Oct. 29th With superstar Kevin Durant back as well as Serge Ibaka, the Oklahoma City Thunder seem to have all the pieces they need to chase their one and only goal this season—an NBA Championship. However, as it is well-known in the NBA, the team that has the best chemistry, will have the odds in their favor. Such was...
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Chicago Bears: Concerns entering the regular season

The Chicago Bears concluded their preseason with a 24-0 win against the Cleveland Browns Thursday night. For most teams that might spread a sense of optimism, but for the Bears, whose starters struggled for the majority of the preseason, they enter the season with a few major concerns. Wide receiver health Alshon Jeffery and Marquess Wilson have both missed practice and preseason...
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Georgia Football: Game-by-game predictions for 2015

Georgia Football opens its season up tomorrow, Sept. 5, against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks in Athens at noon EST. Mark Richt enters his fifteenth year as head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs and once again leads an extremely talented roster that is expected to win the SEC Eastern division at the very least in 2015. The Bulldogs open up the 2015 season with four games in which they...
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Do the Oakland Raiders have an elite defense?

Last week the Oakland Raiders defense put on an absolute show against the Arizona Cardinals. Leading that charge was none other than the dominant force of Khalil Mack. Heading into the offseason the Raiders added a few key players to the defensive side of the ball through free agency and the draft. So far these players look like a group capable of being outstanding in the NFL. The...
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Philadelphia Eagles: Tebow’s play sends Barkley away

Tebow’s odds to make the team look better than ever The Philadelphia Eagles lost on Thursday to the New York Jets while finishing their preseason slate of games. Tim Tebow, however, found a way to win. Earlier this week I posted about what to watch for in the team’s final preseason game and, while considering Tebow’s play, he knew exactly what the coaches and fans were looking...
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Kansas City Chiefs: Three takeaways from preseason finale

The Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up their preseason last night with a 24-17 victory over the St. Louis Rams, claiming the Governor’s Cup once again. The Chiefs finished unscathed with a perfect 4-0 record, which if you have heard by now, hasn’t happened since the 1969. That season, quarterback Len Dawson and company went on to claim the Chiefs’ only Super Bowl victory … coincidence...
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Kansas City Royals: No Need To Worry About Cueto

Edinson Volquez has benefited from the addition of his friend Johnny Cueto When the Kansas City Royals acquired Johnny Cueto from the Cincinnati Reds, they believed that they were getting an ace that would help them take the last step and become World Series Champions here in 2015. Through the first couple of starts Cueto came as advertised, keeping the Royals in each of the first...
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A game-by-game synopsis of 2015 for Penn State Football

Penn State Football is back. The Nittany Lions are ready to roar in 2015 with an invigorated group of players and a sense of purpose. Rounding out this preview series of PSU football is a game-by-game look at the upcoming 2015 season, so let’s size up each of Linebacker U’s 12 opponents. Our first contenstant is Temple. Saturday, Oct. 5: @ Temple The Nittany Lions will make...
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UCLA Football: Virginia Preview

As college football begins its season this week, the Bruins will prepare to face the Virginia Cavaliers at home. Last season, burdened with massive expectations, UCLA stumbled its way to a win across the country in Charlottesville. The offense faltered behind preseason Heisman candidate Brett Hundley as the young and battered offensive line was exploited by the Cavaliers’ consistent...
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Green Bay Packers finish preseason in impressive fashion

The Green Bay Packers had a very disappointing preseason, not because of their record, but because of some of the injuries they had suffered. Jordy Nelson is the big injury that everyone was talking about, and that had to sting the team’s confidence. However, with the preseason finale on Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints, the Packers showed that there are always guys...
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Miami Dolphins: Two key takeaways from the preseason

The Miami Dolphins wrapped up the preseason last night with a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That puts them at 1-3 overall in the preseason. While all teams have a record in the preseason, it is the play of individual players and position groups that is more important to focus on going into the regular season. The Dolphins had a great preseason and learned a lot about their teams...
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San Francisco 49ers outlook on receiving corps

The pre-season is finally over and fans can look forward to games that count. Unfortunately for San Francisco 49ers fans, this could be a long year as the starting offense failed to score a touchdown in the pre-season.  This is disappointing considering how much money was spent on Torrey Smith, and reports of how Kaepernick improved. The wide receiver and tight end group will play...
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St. Louis Cardinals: 100 wins, good or bad?

The St. Louis Cardinals are looking the postseason in the face with October quickly approaching. With only 29 games left in the regular season the Cardinals are expected to make it to the World Series. 1946 World Series Since 1926 the Cardinals have made it to 19 World Series, 11 of which they have won. That means they have won 58 percent of their World Series attempts. Four of...
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Penn State Football: What to watch for against Temple

James Franklin and his Penn State football team are hopeful that a game away from beloved Beaver Stadium will once again jump start a successful season. Last year, the Nittany Lions opened the 2014 season in Ireland with a thrilling win over UCF at Croke Park. Penn State went on to finish 7-6 and play in their first bowl game since sanctions were levied against the program in 2012...
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Michigan State Football: Three and out, Western Michigan

With the Michigan State football team opening up their season against Western Michigan tonight, we are going to look at three reasons why the Spartans will walk out of Waldo Stadium victorious, and three reasons why Western Michigan will score the upset. To be clear, these are not predictions, but rather a look at what will be deciding factors each week. Three reasons why MSU will...
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Horse Racing: Preview of the 2015 Woodward Stakes; plus two more stakes races

After an emotional Travers Stakes last weekend, we will be looking at three more races this weekend, highlighted by the 2015 Woodward Stakes on closing weekend at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. The nine furlongs classic, which boast a very impressive list of past winners including Kelso, Buckpasser, Forego (four times), Seattle Slew, Affirmed, Spectacular Bid...
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New York Yankees: 4 up in August

The New York Yankees didn’t have the greatest month of August, managing to go a mediocre 14-14 while letting the Toronto Blue Jays eclipse them for first place on the strength of a 21-6 month themselves. Still, the Yanks made it out of the month without any major injuries (save for Mark Teixeira, who is out for at least two more weeks with a severe bone bruise in his shin) and...
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Michigan Football falls at Utah to begin Harbaugh era

The Jim Harbaugh era began with a groan as the Wolverines lost 24-17 to Utah on Thursday night. Jake Rudock threw three interceptions and misfired on two deep balls that would have resulted in touchdown passes. Michigan’s running game couldn’t get untracked and the defense was unable to contain Utes quarterback Travis Wilson, who was the player of the game with 208 passing yards...
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