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San Francisco 49ers: Keys to beating the San Diego Chargers

The San Francisco 49ers are no longer playing for a playoff spot but they will try to finish on a strong note nonetheless as they host the Chargers in a rare Saturday afternoon game.  San Francisco is playing its first game since being eliminated so there’s a chance that Frank Gore will sit out and young players like Aaron Lynch will get to see a lot of snaps.  San Diego on the...
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Los Angeles Dodgers: Making sense of this offseason

Between finals, moving away from Long Beach and the Los Angeles Dodgers, I have had very little sleep over the last couple weeks. Here’s a Sparknotes version of what the Dodgers have done this offseason: In: Jimmy Rollins, Howie Kendrick, Brandon McCarthy, Brett Anderson, Yasmani Grandal, Chris Hatcher, Enrique Hernandez, Joe Wieland, Austin Barnes, Chris Heisey, Shawn Zarraga...
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Michigan Basketball hopes to right the ship v. SMU

Struggling to win at home and on the road, the Wolverines will face off against Southern Methodist University (SMU) at home on Saturday at noon. After a whopping loss to Arizona last weekend, the Wolverines have had a week to regroup and refocus to prepare for SMU. Coming off of a win against Illinois-Chicago, SMU is looking to sustain their five game winning streak. The Mustangs...
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Seattle Mariners update: Missed opportunities

With news today that Justin Upton has been traded to the San Diego Padres, the Seattle Mariners have affirmed that they are done with this year’s free agent market. First came Jason Heyward and Yoenis Cespedes, then Melky Cabrera and Matt Kemp, and now Justin Upton, all gone from the equation. And now there are rumors that Delmon Young would like to return to Baltimore than go...
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The Texas Rangers have signed Kyuji Fujikawa

The Texas Rangers made another splash in free-agency. This time, it had to do with pitching. The team signed free agent right-handed reliever Kyuji Fujikawa. The Rangers reportedly signed Fujikawa to a one-year deal for a club option until 2016. Fujikawa is expected to make around $1.1 million dollars with the club and has the opportunity to earn incentives as well. The team feels...
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Denver Broncos: Keys to defeating the Bengals in week sixteen

Where: Paul Brown Stadium When: Monday, December, 22, 2014 @ 8:30 P.M. Eastern Standard Time (ESPN) Denver Broncos: 11-3, defeated the San Diego Chargers last week 22-10 Cincinnati Bengals: 9-4-1, defeated the Cleveland Browns last week 30-0 The Denver Broncos face off against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football to close out their road schedule. The Broncos offense, which...
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Atlanta Hawks: Defense, Depth key to recent run

On November 26, the Hawks gave up 126 points to the Toronto Raptors in an uninspired loss at home. Since that embarrassment, they’ve won 11 of their past 12 games and have held 10 of those opponents to under 100 points, and six to under 90. Though forward Paul Millsap is near the league lead in steals per game, the Hawks defensive success is a tribute to their cohesive team positioning...
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Minnesota Timberwolves: Injuries continue to linger

Much like last year, the Minnesota Timberwolves have struggled with injuries all season. Three of the five starters have missed most of the season with various injuries. Ricky Rubio is the biggest injury for the Timberwolves. He commands the offense, and missed a lot of time due to a tough ankle injury. While there were reports that he would be getting back into the lineup sooner...
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New England Patriots: Three matchups to watch for against the Jets

The New England Patriots (11-3) head to the Meadowlands to take on the New York Jets (3-11) in their last away game of the season. This game will be aired on CBS at 1:00. In their last road trip, the Patriots look to get one step closer to clinching home field advantage throughout the playoffs. It wont be an easy task, as Rex Ryan and the Jets will want to do anything to spoil the...
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Baltimore Ravens playoff chances

With just two regular season games remaining, the Baltimore Ravens are in prime position to make the playoffs for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. Led by one of Joe Flacco’s best statistical years in his career, the Ravens are in control of their own playoff destiny. If the Ravens win each of their next two games, they guarantee themselves a spot in the post-season, but...
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Atlanta Braves deal Justin Upton to San Diego

The Atlanta Braves finally pulled the trigger on a deal that appeared to be in the makings for the better part of the offseason, sending outfielder Justin Upton as well as a player to be named later to the San Diego Padres for pitcher Max Fried, shortstop Jace Peterson, third baseman Dustin Peterson, and outfielder Mallex Smith. While the Padres are preparing to fight in the tough...
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How bad will the Philadelphia Phillies be in 2015?

Without Jimmy Rollins, the Philadelphia Phillies are tied for the worst odds to win the World Series in the MLB. They are also dead last in odds to win the NL pennant at 80/1, with the next worst team being at 40/1. These odds beg the question: Will the Philadelphia Phillies really be that bad? Recent History First, it helps to look at the record trend from the last few years...
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Detroit Pistons – Who should be traded, Monroe or Smith?

The Detroit Pistons have sputtered out of the gate to a startling 5-21 record.  They are dead last in the Central Division and hold the 3rd worst record in the Eastern Conference, with the exception of the New York Knicks and the Philadelphia 76ers.  With a roster loaded full of talent and potential All-Stars, Piston fans haven’t had much to cheer for. In the offseason, the Pistons...
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Michigan State Football: Bowl culture has changed for the Spartans under Dantonio

As the No. 8 Michigan State Spartans start preparation for the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, where they will face the No. 5 Baylor Bears, you can’t help but notice how the bowl culture of the Spartan football program has changed. When the Spartans take the field at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on New Years Day, it will be a school record eight straight bowl appearance for Michigan...
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Philadelphia Eagles: 4 RGIII stats for defensive domination against the Redskins

Philadelphia Eagles (9-5) @ Washington Redskins (3-11) Saturday, December 20th 4:30 PM, NFNL, FedEx Field, Landover, MD The last time the Philadelphia Eagles faced the Washington Redskins was in week 3, where Kirk Cousins stepped in something on the way to the stadium that gave him quarterback super powers. Fortunately for the Eagles, they will not be facing Cousins. The roulette...
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Cleveland Cavaliers: Defense is the only thing missing

After Wednesday’s embarrassing loss to the Atlanta Hawks (127-98), it is clear, the Cavaliers have to get better on the defensive end if they have any plans on making a championship run.  When Cleveland goes head-to-head with top competition, they are allowing well over one-hundred points per game—unacceptable since LeBron James will go down as one of the best defenders of all...
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Horse Racing: Rising Superstar Dortmund Heads 2014 Los Alamitos Futurity

In this weeks Horse Racing Race of the Week, we will be taking a closer look at the 2014, Grade: 1 $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity for two year olds at Los Alamitos Racetrack in California, where Dortmund will be taking on just four others and has been installed as the heavy 4/5 morning line favorite. The 8 1/2 furlong Futurity will be run for the first time at Los Alamitos after...
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Detroit Lions: 5 keys to beating the Chicago Bears in week 16

The day has finally come. How fitting that the Detroit Lions (10-4) season has come down to the game against their biggest rival, the Chicago Bears (5-9). It could be argued, however, that the Bears have fallen from all NFL graces after their game against the Saints and might not prove to be as much of a challenge as we would have thought at the beginning of the season. Nonetheless...
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Iowa Basketball: Why the UNI game is a must win

It’s hard to imagine that a December game against a Missouri Valley Conference opponent could have any real impact on Iowa’s NCAA tournament chances, but it looks like that could be the case. Iowa currently sits at 8-3, having already lost games to Texas, Syracuse, and Iowa State. They hope to avoid adding another loss to that record when they take on Northern Iowa this Saturday...
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Chicago Cubs: Projecting the Opening Day lineup

After making a big splash at the winter meetings, the Chicago Cubs seem to be ready to finally make a push for the playoffs after having last played October baseball in 2008. With so many offseason acquisitions, plus numerous prospects coming up throughout the 2014 season, the Cubs Opening Day lineup should be very different from the one we saw last season. Here is what I think the...
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Wisconsin football: Barry Alvarez found the right guy with Paul Chryst

It’s official. Paul Chryst was announced as Wisconsin football’s 30th head coach at Wednesday’s press conference. It’s become cliché for schools hiring their new head coach to say, “We got our guy.” Oftentimes, that’s not really the case, but for Wisconsin, Chryst just might be the absolute perfect coach for the Badgers. “The first person I thought of when Gary Andersen...
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Michigan State Football: Drummond and Calhoun Selected FWAA All-Americans

Shilique Calhoun was named a second-team All-American by the FWAA. Michigan State defensive back Kurtis Drummond has been named a first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), and defensive end Shilique Calhoun was selected to the second-team. A fifth-year senior, Drummond is the ninth MSU player under Mark Dantonio to earn first-team honors,...
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Green Bay Packers: Playoff scenarios

One week ago, the Green Bay Packers look destined to be the number one seed in the NFC.  After a loss to the Buffalo Bills, not only is the chance for the top spot gone, but the Packers playoff chances are no guarantee.  While the Packers are tied with the Detroit Lions for the NFC North lead, they are just one game ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles for the final wild card spot...
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MLS Transfer Rumors: Erick “Cubo” Torres belongs to MLS

Signing Erick “Cubo” Torres is a big deal for MLS. MLS’ silly season has kicked off in style. Teams are attempting to secure talents before preseason training kicks off and the league’s front office has acquired a player that could push MLS into the next phase. Below are the latest acquisitions and transfer rumors: MLS signs the next Chicharito: The league has exercised...
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Chicago Bears: Sad state of affairs at Halas Hall

The situation inside Halas Hall has officially reached DEFCON 1, as news broke yesterday via ESPN that Jimmy Clausen will get the start Sunday over the $126.7 million man, Jay Cutler. Chicago Bears have cemented status as laughingstock of 2014 NFL season This decision is one of the head-scratching variety, and leads everybody on the outside to wonder whether or not more changes...
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