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Why the Boston Celtics missed the playoffs

Boston Celtics (Photo credit: blogspot.com) The Boston Celtics finished with a record of 25-57 in this 2013-14 NBA season. That record put Boston at 12th in the Eastern Conference. Needless to say, the Celtics had an extremely disappointing and frustrating year. Obviously, the Celtics missed the playoffs and there are several reasons for that. The Boston Celtics missed the 2013-14...
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Boston Red Sox: Five takeaways of the week

A couple of interesting notes, observations, and stats that I’ve picked up on over the course of the week for the Boston Red Sox. Let’s get into it. Duel in Chi-Town The final game of the series against the Chicago White Sox featured a battle of two south paws as Red Sox’ ace Jon Lester went up against the lanky Chris Sale. If you’re an old school kind of baseball fan like...
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Duke basketball: Top impact newcomer for 2014-15 season

anticipating since the season ended when Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood both officially declared for the NBA draft. With Hood and Parker no longer with the program all Duke fans can do is thank them for the entertaining year they spent with the program and try to move on. Now the question is being raised as to who the best newcomer for the Duke Blue Devils will be for the 2014-2015...
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Boston Bruins win game 2, even series with Red Wings

While Sunday’s game 2 against the Detroit Red Wings was not technically a must win, the Boston Bruins did not want to find themselves in a 0-2 hole with the series heading to Detroit on Tuesday.   The Bruins came out in game two and made it clear early that they would not allow as much room to the speedy Red Wings skaters, something that hurt them in their 1-0 loss in game one...
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Arizona Diamondbacks keep faltering

The Arizona Diamondbacks won the NL West in 2011, finished 81-81 the last two seasons and made moves in the offseason in hopes for a return to the postseason. This team ought to be lucky the season is longer than just one month. With a 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, the team is 5-16 thru its first 21 games. To give perspective, in its inaugural season in 1998, the...
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Clemson Basketball: Top Impact Newcomer for 2014-2015

With the 2013-2014 season behind the Clemson Tigers, it is time to look forward and prepare for this upcoming season, which looks to hold a lot of positive growth for the Tigers. The Tigers had one of the most (pleasantly) surprising season in the NCAA. They finished with an impressive 23-13 overall record, after being predicted to finish second to last in the ACC. And the most...
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Washington Nationals: Proposed batting order

Let me start by saying that I love the job that Manager Matt Williams is doing with the Washington Nationals. He does not fear controversial decisions, as was shown when he removed Bryce Harper from Saturday’s game for failing to run out a ground ball to the pitcher. However, if I was in charge, my typical batting order would look slightly different from the one Williams has been...
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Washington Wizards get balanced effort, take game 1

Nenê held his own down low and led the Wizards to a 102-93 win over the Bulls on Sunday night. Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America Six players scored in double figures for the Washington Wizards as they took the air right out of the United Center by defeating the Chicago Bulls 102-93 in game 1 of their first round matchup. Nenê led the charge with 24 points and 8...
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Atlanta Hawks: Expect the unexpected

On a day where the road playoff team won three of the four games, one would probably assume that the eighth seeded Atlanta Hawks would be the ones to drop their matchup. Despite the poor play of the Pacers over the past two months of the season, they still remained one of the best home teams in the league and perhaps with the playoffs finally here and a raucous crowd, they would...
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Golden State Warriors take home-court with game 1 win

Saturday afternoon the Golden State Warriors beat the Los Angeles Clippers in Staples Center 109-105, and have taken a 1-0 lead in the first round playoff series. If the Warriors wanted to have a chance in this series they needed to take at least one of the first two games in Los Angeles to steal home-court advantage, and they have done just that with the game one win. The first...
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Minnesota Vikings: Three players that need to have career seasons

The Vikings will be a long-shot to win the brutal NFC North Division in 2014, but possess the talent to do some damage if all of the pieces fall into place under the new coaching regime. Minnesota will be learning hard-nosed defensive that corresponds with a run-and-gun type offense. Typically it takes a team under a new system at least a season to adapt, but the Vikings have young...
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Detroit Lions: Questions looming over first-round pick

Just like any other April, there are many questions surrounding the Detroit Lions and their first-round selection in the upcoming draft. Uncertainties range from what position to draft, to the possibility of trading up or down, and even whether general manager Marin Mayhew will stick with his “best player available” approach. How it breaks down: Draft ‘em if they’re there...
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How officials ruined game 1 of Clippers-Warriors series

Blake Griffin pleads his case with official Sean Wright (photo credit Getty Images and ESPN.com) Fans always think their team got screwed by the referees. The fan’s anger is usually over a call that could have gone either way, but because of their hometown bias they believe that it clearly should have gone their way. What’s upsetting to a lot of fans is that there is no way to...
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The NFL draft prospect that will help the Minnesota Vikings the most

It’s seriously up in the air as to which player the Minnesota Vikings will select with the 8th pick in the NFL draft. The team has many needs on defense and offense, especially at the quarterback position. Minnesota needs to think critically when selecting its first pick in the draft because there are so many great options that will be available to them. However, I still believe...
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Detroit Red Wings weekly: All even going back to Detroit

The Detroit Red Wings went into Boston on Friday and came away with a 1-0 victory, but followed that up on Easter Sunday by getting thrashed 4-1 in a game 2 defeat. Meaning the best of 7 series will be heading back west into Hockeytown all tied up at a game apiece. Here are my thoughts and reaction following the opening week of 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs for the Detroit Red Wings...
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Why things are turning around for the Cincinnati Reds

For a Cincinnati Reds team that started the 2014 season with eight players on the disabled list, the goal was to just make it out of April around .500. Their chances to do that looked bleak in the first few weeks of the season, stumbling to a 3-8 record in the first 11 games. However, some missing pieces to their puzzle have been working their way back to the line up and things have...
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This weekend’s Premier League talking points

Sunderland stun Stamford Bridge For a team that have spent the majority of the season routed to the bottom of the Premier League Sunderland have certainly had a big say in who will win the title. After their midweek draw at Manchester City, which all but ruled Manuel Pellegrini’s men out of the title race, many fans were excited about the prospect of the Black Cats trip to Stamford...
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Baltimore Orioles: Areas of success and areas of concern

The Baltimore Orioles are off to a decent start in 2014, sitting at an 8-8 record through Saturday the 20th of April. As the season continues, the Orioles will look stay competitive in a suddenly weakened AL East. The two favorites, the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox, have both looked vulnerable in the season’s early weeks, as the Rays have had injuries to pitchers Alex Cobb...
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What is wrong with the Pittsburgh Penguins?

Saturday’s home loss to the Blue Jackets was one that I’m willing to bet most Penguins fans will be quick to forget about. It’s not so much that the team lost, but rather then manner in which they fell apart that was so alarming. Up 3-1 in the second, Pittsburgh again gave up another short-handed goal that cut their lead to 3-2, before allowing the Jackets to tie things up...
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Colorado Rockies early keys to success

It’s no surprise that Troy Tulowitzki has been a part of the Colorado Rockies early success.   The Colorado Rockies are 10-9 and have won four of their last five. Not only have the Rox been the hottest team offensively so far this season, they have climbed to third place in the NL West. Yes it is early, and yes the Colorado Rockies were one of the hottest teams in baseball early...
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Arkansas football: Top 3 positional battles to watch

The Arkansas football team is now deep into spring practice and battles for starting spots will take place every day until the season starts. Many different positions lost key components, so that gives the opportunity for some other guys to step up. I think that the defensive side of the ball is where a majority of the battles will be taking place, especially with so many question...
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Basketball Recruiting: The race for Devonte Graham

Devonte Graham finally received what he had been wanting for over a year when new Appalachian State head coach Jim Fox released him from his letter of intent he had signed with the school the fall of his senior year in 2012 when he played at Broughton High School in Raleigh. Graham had an ongoing battle with former coach Jeff Capel, who refused to release Graham after an impressive...
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Toronto Blue Jays: Rough outing against the Minnesota Twins

The Toronto Blue Jays hit a brick wall this past week, losing two out of three games against the Minnesota Twins.  The Jays were also out scored 19-14 during the series. The Jays started where the team left off in Baltimore, winning 9-3 in the first game. Jose Bautista went three for five at the plate and Brett Lawrie collected five RBIs.  Not bad. Jay’s pitcher, Brandon Morrow...
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Finally, encouraging news for Milwaukee Bucks

At this time last year, the Milwaukee Bucks were about to begin a first round playoff series against the defending champion Miami Heat. Though Brandon Jennings infamously predicted “Bucks in six,” Milwaukee was swept and lost all four games by double digits. The end of the Bucks’ 2013 season marked the beginning of franchise turmoil. On the court, the team faced decisions on...
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Who else should the Oakland A’s sign to a long-term contract?

This past week, the Oakland A’s signed left-handed reliever Sean Doolittle to a five year contract. After switching from a first baseman to a pitcher in 2011, Doolittle has become one of the most reliable and consistent relievers in the Athletics’ bullpen. The A’s rarely sign players to lengthy contracts, but, with such a young team, it would be a good idea to lock up some...
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