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2017 Pittsburgh Pirates projected batting order

With baseball season creeping up on us only a little over a month away, it is certainly time for some baseball talk in regards to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Having already projected their starting rotation going into 2017 last week it is now time to turn our attention to their projected batting order. The offense last year was up and down sometimes looking like an offensive juggernaut...
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Glory, Glory, Man United!

Another Wembley classic unfolded today when Manchester United defeated Southampton FC (3-2) in the EFL Cup final. Zlatan Ibrahimović scored a stunning free kick in the 19th minute to give the Red Devils a 1-0 lead. 19 minutes later, youngster Jesse Lingard scored United’s second goal. The 2-0 lead was cut short due to Southampton’s Gabbiadini who scored a goal shortly before...
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Duke Basketball and Malcolm Gladwell

One of famous author Malcolm Gladwell’s best known theories is the idea that it takes 10,000 hours of concentrated practice to become a master at something. His research reveals that this idea holds true over many separate fields including music, athletics and even coaching. There is no substitute for concentrated practice if you want to be great no matter what the subject area...
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New England Patriots free agents: Martellus Bennett

In a perfect world for the New England Patriots, they would have no trouble re-signing free agents to team-friendly deals.  Unfortunately, this scenario is the exact opposite of how both the NFL is run, and human nature.  In reality, many players are looking for a significant pay raise when they become a free agent, especially if their previous season was a successful one.  Tight...
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The Los Angeles Clippers are winless since the All-Star Break

The Los Angeles Clippers have come out of the All-Star Break winless after winning their previous two games before the break. This poor play has dropped them behind the Utah Jazz once again for fourth place in the Western Conference by one game. The Clippers’ two losses did come against very good opponents however, as they dropped games against the Golden State Warriors and San...
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Toronto Blue Jays: Marcus Stroman or Aaron Sanchez?

The Toronto Blue Jays have two young starting pitchers with loads of potential on their hands: Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez. One of these right-handers was dominant last season, while the other floundered in what was anticipated to be a breakout season for the young man. Which one of these is primed for a better season? The less experienced Sanchez, or the bounce back candidate...
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What players do Arsenal need in the summer?

Arsenal are currently sitting in fourth place on 50 points, 13 points behind first place Chelsea. Last summer Arsenal improved their squad in key areas by bringing in Granit Xhaka to bring more strength and defense in the midfield. They also brought in Shkodran Mustafi at center back to form a new partnership with Laurent Koscienlny. Arsenal added Lucas Pérez as a rotation player...
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Victor Cruz makes sense for the New England Patriots

The New England Patriots are your Super Bowl 52 champions, well let’s not get too carried away. In order for the Patriots to repeat they are going to have to take care of players like Dont’a Hightower and Jabaal Sheard. On the offensive side of the ball the Patriots should add another weapon for Tom Brady to throw to. The perfect fit here would be former New York Giants wide...
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Willson Contreras to take on larger role for the Chicago Cubs in 2017

Willson Contreras came in with a bang in his first Major League at-bat last June. The new up-and-coming catcher hit a home run in his first time at the plate in the big leagues, living up to the hype surrounding him as a prospect in the Chicago Cubs system. After coming up to the major leagues in June, Contreras played regularly for the Cubs in the second half of the season and throughout...
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New York Yankees: Chase Headley needs to produce or he will be out of New York

The position that the New York Yankees need to improve on this season is third base. Chase Headley, 32, is the Yankees’ starting third baseman and has not produced to the team’s expectation so far. Last season was one of Headley’s worst offensive seasons of his career. He had a .253 batting average, 14 home runs, and 51 RBIs. It was not until May 12th that Headley got his first...
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Can J.J. Watt return to form for the Houston Texans in 2017?

The three-time defensive player of the year J.J. Watt has been a constant on the Houston defense for the past several seasons, giving opposing quarterbacks and offensive lineman nightmares. In 2015 Watt had one of his best seasons of his career notching 17.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and defending eight passes. All of this he did while playing through a broken hand, two torn abs...
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Takeaways from Illinois basketball’s win against Northwestern

For the first time in over two Big Ten basketball seasons, the Illinois men’s basketball team won back-to-back games. The Illini (16-12, 6-9) defeated the Wildcats (20-8, 9-6) 66-50 to secure back-to-back wins for the first time since the team defeated Penn State and Rutgers during the 2014-2015 regular season. Despite all of the outside noise that this team is facing, the Illini...
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Toronto Raptors: Time for a Championship

The Toronto Raptors are in perfect contention to have home court advantage for the first round in this year’s NBA Playoffs. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan have led this team throughout the season, but role players like DeMarre Carroll and Jonas Valanciunas have carried their own workload. Now with the addition of P.J. Tucker and Serge Ibaka, the Raptors are poised to make a run at...
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Los Angeles Rams: How to fix the offensive line

It seems like the Los Angeles Rams’ offensive line has been in bad shape forever. This past season featured the same offensive line fans have seen for a while now. Poor play and injuries made for a rough year, and once again the team has a chance to fix the offensive line, but how should they do it? #1 – Move Greg Robinson to left guard As a left tackle Greg Robinson has not...
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Predicting the Arizona Cardinals 2017 starters, Pt. 2

In an article published last week, I outlined and predicted the Arizona Cardinals’ depth chart for the offensive side of the ball. This week, I’ll go position by position through the defense, predicting the depth chart for the 2017 season. Arizona’s defense has been their strong point for many years. When they were in the Super Bowl, they did have Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald...
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Michigan State Hockey: Spartans unable to send seniors out with a win in loss to Penn State

The Michigan State Hockey team (6-21-3) was unable to send their seniors out with a victory as they closed their home portion of the regular season with a 4-1 loss to #11 Penn State Nittany Lions (20-8-2). “You hate to have the seniors play their last game and not have success.” stated MSU head coach Tom Anastos after the game speaking of the senior class. The Nittany Lions enforced...
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Michigan State Hockey: Spartans fall again to no. 11 Penn State, 4-1

Coming off a loss last night to no. 11 Penn State, the Spartans (6-20-3) host the Nittany Lions for their last home game of the season with one more chance at a home win. This will mark seniors Chris Knudson, Connor Wood, Rhett Holland, Joe Cox, William Haag, Thomas Ebbing, JT Stenglein and Justin Selep. The Spartans have currently only won two games at their home arena this season...
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Has Chelsea FC secured the EPL?

The English Premier League returned after last week’s Fifth round of the FA Cup. Last week, Chelsea won 0-2 against Wolverhampton Wonderers with goals from Diego Costa and Pedro Rodriguez. Today, Swansea City visited Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the 26th fixture of the EPL. Chelsea FC defeated Swansea 3-1 with goals from Cesc Fabregas, Pedro Rodriguez, and Diego Costa. The...
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Why the San Francisco 49ers should not pursue Jimmy Garoppolo

New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been one of the hottest topics of debate in the NFL the last couple months despite not having taken a meaningful snap since September. The chatter has been centered around whether or not the Patriots will trade him, and what their asking price is for the 4th year quarterback from Eastern Illinois. The Patriots seem to want at least...
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New York Mets: Noah Syndergaard’s new physique cause for concern?

Last season, New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard established himself as the ace of the team’s starting rotation, posting a 14-9 record with a 2.60 ERA. Noah accomplished this while becoming a fan favorite due to his hard throwing nature represented by an average fastball speed of 98.0 mph. Syndergaard has always been known as a power pitcher, mostly due to his 6’6’’, 240...
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Michigan Basketball: A special senior day

It was the last home game for seniors Derrick Walton Jr. and Zak Irvin at Crisler Arena. A few times this season, Michigan has looked lethargic and failed to bring enough energy. There was no lack of energy and emotion today. The Wolverines came out with the intent to send their seniors off with a great win over the Big Ten leading Purdue Boilermakers. Michigan was in control for...
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Why Butler Basketball has Villanova’s number

Butler Basketball is now 2-0 against the Villanova Wildcats with a 74-66 road win on Feb. 22. The Bulldogs broke the Wildcats 48-game home winning streak. The win gives the Bulldogs a three-game winning streak while snapping Villanova’s seven-game winning streak. With the win, Butler improves to 22-6 on the season while the Wildcats drop to 26-3 on the year. Butler has always...
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Why the Chicago Bears should not trade for Jimmy Garoppolo

The Chicago Bears may be one of the teams interested in trading with the New England Patriots for backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. If they do make this trade it would be a huge mistake for the organization. While anyone would be an upgrade from Jay Cutler at quarterback. Garoppolo is not worth trading a first or second round pick for. One big reason that Garoppolo is not worth...
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Changes in the offense for the Atlanta Faclons

The Falcons enjoyed a great turnaround this past season going 11-5 after finishing 8-8, 6-10, and 4-12 the previous three seasons. A huge factor in the Falcons’ turnaround was offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan who has since taken over as the head coach for the San Fransisco 49ers due to his success with the Atlanta offense. Steve Sarkisian will attempt to fill the void this...
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Philadelphia 76ers: A turmoil-filled few days

Everybody breathe. The Philadelphia 76ers just got absolutely shafted in the now-infamous Nerlens Noel trade, but hey, at least they’re not the Kings! The details of the Noel trade are as follows: Dallas receives Nerlens Noel. Philadelphia receives Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut, and a 2017 first-round pick (1-18 protected). *Note: If the protection on the 2017 first-round pick...
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