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Milwaukee Bucks: Parker is best of rookie class so far

The NBA season is only about a month in, but it is never too early to look at the best rookies so far this year to see who could win Rookie of the Year. Jabari Parker of the Milwaukee Bucks, Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Nerlens Noel and K.J. McDaniels of the Philadelphia 76ers have been some of the best rookies this season. Jabari Parker Parker has fit in perfectly...
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Seattle Seahawks: Things to work on

The last two weeks for the Seattle Seahawks have been excellent. The defense has looked stellar, the run game has continued to produce, and the team as a whole has kept their playoff hopes alive and well. However, the Seahawks need some major improvements if they want to defend their Super Bowl title. Here are a few things I want to see fixed in the final four games of the regular...
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Seattle Seahawks: Three takeaways from their 49ers feast

The last time the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers played against each other was in the nail-biting NFC Championship last season. Both teams were eager to win on Thanksgiving night. The 49ers were seeking revenge and the Seahawks wanted to maintain their reputation of being champions. But what happened was surprising. Instead of a close game, Seattle sucked the helium right...
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Baltimore Orioles rumors: Crucial free agency decisions loom

Three key members of the Orioles playoff run in 2014 are in danger of leaving during this off-season. Nick Markakis, Nelson Cruz, and Andrew Miller are free agents who are already garnering interest from teams around the league. These free agents will test the Orioles front office and their commitment to winning, as upcoming decisions on key players will give them the opportunity...
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San Diego Chargers: The return of Ryan Mathews

When a star player plays well during a game it is pretty apparent to notice the impact he makes. But what is even more obvious is the struggle a team feels without a star player’s impact. After the last game against the Rams, Philip Rivers was quoted saying: “You never really know how much you miss a guy until he gets back and gets rolling like he did today.” The “roll...
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Wisconsin basketball: Badgers roll through Battle 4 Atlantis

Wisconsin won all three of its games in the Battle 4 Atlantis and won what was widely considered the best preseason tournament in college basketball. The second-ranked Badgers beat UAB, Georgetown and Oklahoma to win the tournament championship. As the only ranked team to win its opening game, Wisconsin avoided No. 5 North Carolina, No. 18 Florida and No. 22 UCLA. Here is the route...
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New York Yankees interested in Cuban right-hander Yoan Lopez

The New York Yankees are one of three MLB teams interested in 21 year-old Yoan Lopez. Lopez is a Cuban prospect who played for the Isla de la Juventud in 2014. Lopez played three seasons pitching for Isla de la Juventud in the Cuban National Series which is the island’s top league. He ended his 2014 season pitching 3.14 ERA with 11 walks and racking up 28 strikeouts all in 49...
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Oregon football: Keys to defeating Oregon State

“It’s unlike any other football game you’ve been to. It doesn’t matter how well either team does, s**t will get crazy.” I had been sitting in the Portland airport waiting for my luggage as I prepared to head to Corvallis after a nice Thanksgiving with my family. As I was waiting, a young man who appeared to be in his early twenties approached me and asked if I was a student...
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Philadelphia Phillies rumors: Cole Hamels edition

Pitching for the lowly Phillies in 2014, Hamels had only 9 wins despite a 2.46 ERA With a team that acknowledged it won’t be competitive until 2017, a premier pitcher in his prime in 2015 does not do much good. Cole Hamels is 31 and by the time the Phillies hope to be competitive again, not are guaranteed to be, he will be at least 33, if not older. In short, Hamels value to the...
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Michigan Basketball: Wolverines to host Nicholls State

Coming off a tough 60-55 loss to Villanova in the Legends Classic finals, Michigan Basketball will gear up against Nicholls State Basketball this Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Crisler Center. Michigan proved against Villanova they can come back late in games, but were unable to finish strong as careless out-of-bounds plays and multiple late fouls ultimately led to their defeat. While...
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Thoughts After Chicago Bears Loss to Detroit

After the Chicago Bears were defeated by the Detroit Lions yesterday, it’s clear that the team is all but mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. Realistically the season was probably over after the Packers defeated them a couple weeks ago but Sunday just confirmed that the 2014 Chicago Bears are underachieving and just aren’t a very good football team. The rest...
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Chicago Bulls: Mike Dunleavy’s production is invaluable

Mike Dunleavy took a bit of a pay cut to sign with the Bulls in 2013 and play in Tom Thibodeau’s system. He was OK with that. Dunleavy wanted to be a part of a winning organization and his style of play is one that every winning team needs. Dunleavy was brought to Chicago to replace Marco Belinelli who replaced Kyle Korver as the consistent sharpshooter who could spread the floor...
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Seattle Mariners rumors: Cespedes, Cruz, Kemp

Hanley Ramirez is out of the equation, as is (now) former third-baseman Pablo Sandoval. Both are now heading to Boston to be members of the Red Sox. As for the Seattle Mariners, the key targets in this year’s free agency pool remain the same: Yoenis Cespedes, Nelson Cruz and Matt Kemp. All three would presumably bring the much-needed component of power to the Mariners lineup. And...
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Detroit Red Wings – Week Recap and Preview

Exhale Red Wing fans, things are starting to look up for the team in this early season. From November 2nd until November 16th, the Red Wings dropped 5 out of 7 games, including a stretch of three straight games earlier in the month.  However, the Red Wings have begun playing like the team Detroit fans are used to seeing take the ice at Joe Louis Arena.  Since November 18th, the...
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Staff Picks: Michigan State Football vs Penn State

The Michigan State football team wraps up the 2014 regular season with a trip to State College to take on Penn State. The Spartans are coming off an impressive 42-point win over Rutgers and will be looking to clinch their fourth 10-win season in five years. The game kicks off at 3:30 EST tomorrow and will be televised on ABC. Max Lapthorne2014 prediction record: 10-1 Before the season...
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Kansas City Royals rumors: Nori Aoki edition

Nori Aoki was a big part of the team’s success last season (lockerdome.com). The Kansas City Royals are still looking for a right fielder to help complete their 2015 lineup. Norichika Aoki played in all but 30 games for the Royals last season and was a valuable asset to the ballclub all year long. With Aoki becoming a free agent after the 2014 season, the Royals will need to negotiate...
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Michigan State football preview: Penn State

Opponent: Penn State (6-5) Where: Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pennsylvania When: Saturday 3:30 pm TV: ABC/ESPN2 Preview Michigan State will close out its regular season on Saturday against Penn State. It will be the Spartans first trip to Happy Valley since 2010, when they knocked off the Nittany Lions 28-22 to win a share of the Big Ten championship. Overall, Penn State leads...
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Los Angeles Lakers need to get big

  One of the biggest things the Los Angeles Lakers took away from a busy offseason was building a roster with a deep frontcourt. In addition to retaining Jordan Hill, Robert Sacre and Ryan Kelly, the team added some talent by drafting Julius Randle and through the free agent signings of veteran Carlos Boozer and the versatile Ed Davis. Going into this season, depth in the paint...
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Andy Murray makes changes in the offseason, for better or worse

This year Andy Murray has a lot to be thankful for. One day before Thanksgiving he announced his engagement to long time girlfriend Kim Sears. He also announced further changes to his coaching staff. Sears is familiar with the tennis industry as her father is a coach. They met at the US Open in 2005. Murray and Sears have been together for nine years. If now is not a good time to...
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Temple football: Can the Owls finally become bowl eligible

On Saturday, the Temple Owls will be looking to finally get the all important sixth win to become bowl eligible as the season is winding down to an end. Temple takes on the 7-3 Cincinnati Bearcats in hopes of finally getting the possibility to play in a bowl game. When the Owls started off the season 4-1 it seemed that they were cursing right along to easily get six wins. The defense...
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How the New Orleans Saints are thankful for the NFC South this year

For the New Orleans Saints, the 2014 season has been one of mistakes and under performance the likes of which haven’t been seen since Sean Payton became head coach in 2006. The team was considered a potential Superbowl contender at the start of the season but has sleepwalked its way to a 4-7 record. Fortunately for the the Saints, they play in the NFC South which has been historically...
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Michigan State basketball preview: Marquette

Opponent: Marquette Golden Eagles When: Friday, November 28th at 9:00 pm Where: HP Field House in Orlando, Florida TV: ESPN2/WatchESPN Preview In the Orlando Classic semifinal on Friday night, the Spartans will try to slow down Marquette in a matchup that may be closer than people think. The winner of the game will face either No. 11 Kansas or Tennessee, who are playing in the...
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Penn State Football: Lions look to pull upset over Michigan State

Penn State knows a thing or two about late-season upsets over ranked teams. With the Nittany Lions (6-5, 2-5 Big Ten) bowl eligible for the first time since 2011, they’ll look to play spoiler this Saturday as No. 10 Michigan State (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) rides into Happy Valley for a 3:30 kick on ESPN2. You don’t have to look back far to find the Nittany Lions’ last late season...
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Staff predictions: Michigan Football vs Ohio State

Michigan Football (5-6, 3-4) will play at Ohio State (10-1, 7-0) on Saturday afternoon. Kick off is scheduled for noon and the game will be televised on ABC/ESPN. For a Michigan oriented preview of the game click here: Michigan vs Ohio State, for an Ohio State oriented preview click here, Ohio State vs Michigan. For the staff picks, read on. Rob White So far this season, Rob is 7...
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Horse Racing: Preview of the 2014 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct Racetrack

First off, I trust you all had a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. Speaking of happy and healthy, this weekend’s Horse Racing schedule is exactly that with New York, Kentucky, California and Illinois all running big cards and big races. We will be taking a closer look at the 2014 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York as our Horse Racing Race of the Week, but we’ll look at...
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