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New Orleans Saints: Why to watch Khiry Robinson at training camp

With the New Orleans Saints reporting to training camp on July 24th, there are quite a few intriguing players and positional battles to watch. Rookies like Brandin Cooks and Stanley Jean-Baptiste have the fans excited to see what they can do. My player to watch for 2014 training camp is Khiry Robinson. Robinson was virtually unknown this time last year as an undrafted free agent...
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Pittsburgh Penguins: Top free agents still out there

The Pittsburgh Penguins roster is all but set next year as they have filled some big holes in free agency. They upgraded their defense, their bottom six, and their goaltending. With restricted free agents  Brandon Sutter and Nick Spaling left to sign, the Penguins could have very little room to make a signing to get their 13th forward. Who could that be? Let’s take a look. David...
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New York Mets trade rumors: Dice-K edition

The New York Mets are more likely to be sellers than buyers at the 2014 trading deadline. One possible player to be traded, though uncorroborated by any official source, is Daisuke Matsuzaka. Dice-K has done all that the Mets have asked of him and more this season. Operating as both a starter and out of the bullpen, Matsuzaka has been one of the most consistent performers this season...
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Chicago Bears: Why to watch Christian Jones during camp

While Lance Briggs is the only linebacker to be guaranteed a starting linebacker spot with the Chicago Bears, there are still two more spots on the depth chart to be figured out. Training camp will be a perfect time for this, as each potential starter will get an adequate amount of consideration for a starting spot. Out of all the names to be put out there as options at linebacker...
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Dallas Cowboys face uncertainty as camp approaches

Here at isportsweb, we pride ourselves on bold predictions. With no meaningful games for another seven weeks, there’s not much to do but watch training camp and guess at how the season might go. All predictions are inherently flawed, but some teams make them easier than others. The Patriots are a pretty safe bet to make the playoffs–the only question in Foxborough is about how...
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Boston Red Sox have won 7 out of 8

The 2014 Boston Red Sox have not been read their last rights just yet. They earned their 5th straight victory Monday night with a 14-1 thumping of the Toronto Blue Jays. It was in Toronto that a little bit of history was made, too. Reigning World Series MVP David Ortiz cracked a pair of home runs, giving him his 452nd and 453rd long balls in his career and thus tied and surpassed...
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Detroit Lions: Cornerback situation filled with uncertainty

If it’s true that defense wins championships, it might help explain why the Detroit Lions have only made the playoffs once in the last fifteen seasons. In recent years, the Lions have been branded as one of the worst teams in the league defensively. An unfathomable trait about the consistent disappointment is that this team is insanely talented overall. However, relying on talent...
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Memphis Grizzlies: Grading the free agent pickups

With the NBA being a couple of weeks into free agency, the majority of the big name free agents have already been signed. Because of this, now is about as good of a time as ever to take a look at the Memphis Grizzlies’ free agency acquisitions, partially because it’s  unknown if the team will have many more signings as of now. The Grizzlies didn’t sign too many new players...
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Utah Jazz: free agents worth pursuing

Summer League The Utah Jazz have acquired plenty of young talent. Now it’s time to go after some veteran experience. There is still time in the free agent race to pick up a good player or two, salary cap willing. Not only is the ability there, but also the opportunity. There are some quality players still left on the wire. Among them: Eric Bledsoe, Ray Allen, Shawn Marion, Jameer...
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MLB Rookies of the Year thus far

With the season being two-thirds completed, it is time to begin looking into the award races. Major League baseball is stocked full of young talent, so winning the coveted Rookie of the Year award is a great accolade for a promising young player to have. Past winners include the likes of Albert Pujols, Ryan Braun, Mike Trout, and Bryce Harper. So who gets the hardware this Season...
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MLS: Week 19 top performers

Gyasi Zardes Another week in the MLS results in a plethora of excellent individual performances. Week 19 had everything from scorching long range goals to unbelievable saves. Several players who haven’t quite lived up to expectations were sublime, while those who have been consistent simply vanished. Here are Week 19’s top 10 performers. 10. Eddie Johnson: The Johnson that we...
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Pittsburgh Penguins: Rob Scuderi trade unlikely

Scuderi The summer of 2013 is one that has already come back to haunt the Pittsburgh Penguins. After suffering a sweep at the hands of the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Finals, Pittsburgh found itself without a first or second round pick in the 2013 Entry Draft, leaving the system once again devoid of quality forward prospects. They handed out massive extensions to two...
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Minnesota Wild prospect profile: Alex Tuch

When the Minnesota Wild drafted Alex Tuch 18th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, it was clear that the team was following a formula that other teams have used for success. Tuch, a native of Baldwinsville, New York, has an extremely mature body even though he is just 18 years old. In drafting Tuch, Minnesota got a legitimate power forward that makes his biggest impact banging around...
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New York Yankees: Predicting the second half

It’s hard to imagine the second half of the season being any worse than it already has been for the New York Yankees. Injuries plague the team and an unstable lineup don’t make things any easier. So there’s nowhere to go but up, right? A bad omen has already opened up the beginning of the second half with the injury of ace Masahiro Tanaka, who gave the team hope throughout the...
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Buffalo Bills: Why to watch Marcell Dareus during training camp

The title of this post, Why to watch Marcell Dareus, is a bit ironic.  It is ironic in that I prompt the reader to watch for Marcell Dareus in training camp, but, for the next few days, fans and coaches will not be able to watch him at all. That is because Dareus reported to camp out of shape and failed a pre-training camp conditioning test, as reported by the Associated Press...
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Michigan State Football: The Malik McDowell recruiting saga

If you were to ask anyone who is involved with high school football recruiting if they have ever heard a story as bizarre as Malik McDowell’s, the response would be a universal and resounding no. The reason? His mom played as big a role in his recruiting as he did. Malik McDowell chose to attend Michigan State despite his mother’s opinion of the schoolMcDowell, a five-star defensive...
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Indiana Pacers: Rookies that will make the team

The 2014 NBA draft came and went without a selection from the Indiana Pacers. There first round pick was traded away last summer along with center Miles Plumlee and wing Gerald Green in exchange for power forward Luis Scola. The Pacers then traded away the 57th pick to the New York Knicks for an undisclosed amount of cash. So now we look to some undrafted free agent signings and...
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Indiana Football: Previewing the special teams

Great special teams play can be a difference-maker in college football. During the three seasons that Kevin Wilson has been the head coach for Indiana University’s football team, the special teams has neither been great nor awful. I do not see any implications of this year’s team improving dramatically in this area. If they can, it may help them become bowl eligible for the first...
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Will the Tampa Bay Rays deal David Price and Ben Zobrist?

The Tampa Bay Rays have had their names in the headlines far more in the last month than they had probably hoped for. The entire team has had to deal with endless speculation as to when, where, and for whom they would be trading their most valuable player, David Price. This is not the first time Price has found himself amidst endless trade rumors, but this time seems to be more certain...
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Former Michigan State QB Brian Hoyer vs. Johnny Football

In this week’s isportsweb Detroit Free Press column, I take a look at the quarterback situation for the Cleveland Browns, where it’s a full-fledged battle between former MSU quarterback Brian Hoyer and superstar Johnny Manziel. As always, preview the article below and read the rest on freep.com. There are three reasons why Cleveland will be the most analyzed sports town in America...
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Chicago Bulls: Building a contender

Last Friday, the Chicago Bulls officially announced the signings of Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic. In the introductory press conference, Mirotic and Gasol both seemed very optimistic about joining the Bulls. “Money obviously wasn’t the priority here,” Gasol told ESPN Chicago. “I turned down bigger offers, and I prioritized being on a championship-caliber team and being in...
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Charlotte Hornets solidify backcourt in free agency

The Charlotte Hornets finished a stellar 2013-2014 campaign by making the playoffs for the first time since the 2009-2010 season.  However, the Miami Heat exposed some of the Hornets’ more glaring weaknesses in a 1st round, four-game sweep.  The sub-par Eastern Conference masked the fact that the Hornets were devoid of quality role players to direct a second team during stretches...
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Villanova basketball: Draft prospects in 2015 NBA draft

JayVaughn Pinkston and Darrun Hilliard The Villanova basketball program is one that is rich in tradition, success, and one that has had its fair share of exceptional players and coaches. As a result of this, it has been one of the more successful programs in college basketball. Most prominent college basketball programs see at least one of their players get drafted to the NBA every...
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Oakland Raiders: Early impressions from training camp

With the preseason training camp set to start in Napa, California this Friday, July 25th, the Raiders are looking to finally put the pads on and make their final adjustments. Putting the pads on will be the biggest part of preseason training camp for Oakland considering the depth at linebacker. Defensive coordinator, Jason Tarver, has his work cut out for him to set three starting...
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Oakland Raiders: Janikowski is more valuable than you think

After 14 seasons as the Oakland Raiders’ starting kicker, Sebastian Janikowski is the team’s all-time leading scorer. You might think when a team’s kicker is the leading scorer with 1,489 career points there are some serious problems with their offense. And we all know that the Raiders offense has struggled for a majority of the 14 years Janikowski has been on the team, but...
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