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Boston Red Sox: Checking in with old friends

The Boston Red Sox opening day roster is drastically different than the roster we see today. There are plenty of players that Sox fans still want to see succeed on other teams, while others not so much. Ranging from Jon Lester to Chris Capuano, let’s take a look at how these ex-Sox are doing elsewhere. Jon Lester- Lester is the one person all Bostonians would love to see back...
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Pittsburgh Pirates: The right move was no move?!?

(Follow me on Twitter @jim_krug; opening image credit Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Over the past 7 games, the mathematical percentage of the Pittsburgh Pirates reaching the National League playoffs  has dropped from over 60% down to just 20.8% during a 7-game losing streak that’s seen the club not only sink to 64-62, but also descend back to .500 baseball (21-21) since July 1st....
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Pittsburgh Steelers: Shazier shines in preseason win

When the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft, myself and others probably thought, “What on earth are they thinking? They need a corner.” When I watched Shazier’s NFL debut last Saturday when the Steelers downed the Buffalo Bills 19-16, myself and others probably thought, “Wow, I always knew he was the right...
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UFC: Eddie Alvarez we made it

Eddie Alvarez at a post fight press conference with the Bellator lightweight championship belt. Sometimes I wonder if there is a god and if god does really exist, does he, she or it actually answer prayers. I mean I have prayed for numerous things like cute girl friends, super fights, and a taco bell that doesn’t make me sick, but to no prevail. Well it seems like I no longer...
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Boston Celtics: 2014-15 schedule and story lines

Last week, we did a preliminary run through the first half of the Boston Celtics’ schedule for the 2014-2015 season. This is a completely unscientific guess about how the season will turn out, including some hyperbole about certain games and storylines. So without further ado, here is the second half of the schedule, including some highlights of noteworthy games. February 20 @...
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Try to keep up: 10 New York Jets preseason talking points

After another wild week of team news, the New York Jets are gearing up to play host to their same-stadium rivals, the New York Giants, Friday night at 7:30 p.m. on CBS. Without being crazy on a Tebow-media-circus level, there’s been plenty going on around Jets camp recently. None of the following items needed a full 500 words, so each gets its own blurb instead. 1. Antonio Allen‘s...
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Arizona Diamondbacks: Gibson will remain manager

According to a report by Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Arizona Diamondbacks plan on having Kirk Gibson as their manager in 2015. The #Dbacks currently plan to bring back manager Kirk Gibson for the 2015 season, but Tony La Russa delaying any official announcement. — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 19, 2014 The Diamondbacks have not officially announced that they will...
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New York Mets offense sets records in futility

The New York Mets are headed on the road after a very disappointing home stand. They were swept in three games by the Washington Nationals and split a 4 game series with the Chicago Cubs. To make matters worse, the Mets matched their own futile mark-set in 2004- of going five consecutive games with four or fewer hits. This futility is not a new development. Ever since the the All...
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Detroit Lions positional battle: Linebackers

Heading into the third week of preseason, the Detroit Lions are going to begin simulating games to look more like the regular season. Jim Caldwell stated, “we have to adjust to give them as much (of a simulation) as we possibly can of what it’s going to look like.” The Lions’ defense, particularly the secondary, has been criticized for their inability to become an integral...
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A new beginning for Manchester United

As the 2014/2015 English Premier League season approaches, Manchester United FC is looking to come back from last season’s disaster and be the Manchester United everyone knows. Last season, Man United ended their season with 19 wins, 7 draws and 12 losses. The team was eliminated early from the FA Cup and UEFA tournament. Man United placed 7th in the EPL table, which meant no spot...
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Baltimore Orioles: Why remaining the two seed is wise

The Baltimore Orioles have a 7.5 game lead in the division, and are just two games back of Anaheim for the top AL spot.   With just under 40 games remaining in the season, the Baltimore Orioles have continued to widen their margin over the rest of the AL East. Now up seven and a half games over the New York Yankees, the Orioles are also just one game behind the Oakland Athletics...
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Atlanta Braves: Projecting Craig Kimbrel’s legacy

There’s no such thing a true, 100% automatic closer. However, the closest thing in today’s game would have to be Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves. Craig Kimbrel is having another great year and could become one of the best relievers of all time when he retires, but other factors could affect his ranking, too. The Braves are seeking its third straight playoff performance, and...
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Detroit Tigers rumors: Rusney Castillo edition

The Detroit Tigers might finally dip their hand into the waters and pull a Cuban ballplayer to the Motor City. Recent and prolific successes gained by defectors Yoenis Cespedes, Yasiel Puig, and Jose Abreu have drawn attention to one man – Rusney Castillo. Castillo last played in Cuba in 2012. He’s a 27-year old, stocky outfielder, standing just 5’9’’ but weighing a shade...
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Boston Red Sox: Who is Rusney Castillo?

Over the last couple of days, it has become clear that the Boston Red Sox are front runners for Cuban defector Rusney Castillo. The Red Sox have been rather demure in regards to the foreign market these past few years and it looks like they don’t want to miss out on Castillo. Cuba is rife with baseball talent and lucky for us in the states, some of them have decided to leave for...
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LLWS Update: Taney wins on dramatic walk-off

  Taney Dragons Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons baseball team has given Philly sports fans something to cheer about after winning their second game at the Little League World Series in Williamsport Sunday night 7-6. It was clutch time when the team entered the bottom of the sixth inning and were trailing 6-5. The Dragons went on to score two runs and pull off the dramatic comeback...
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New Orleans Saints: Who should be kicking?

There are plenty of positions that are far more interesting to talk about than kicker, but it is an important position that deserves attention. The rest of the New Orleans Saints roster is set for the most part, and the last thing the Saints want is such a complete roster to go to waste because of special teams deficiencies. At the opening of the offseason, it looked like a forgone...
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With Vermaelen gone, Arsenal lack center back depth

After a bright start to the transfer window, Arsenal now faces a problem heading into their season. Thomas Vermaelen has decided to join Barcelona after Arsenal agreed to sell him after a sub-par 2013-2014 season. This only increases the pressure for Arsenal to claim the Premier League title because now they lack the defensive depth for the title run. Arsene Wenger faces a troublesome...
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Detroit Lions: Training camp winners

The Detroit Lions finished training camp last week and are now settling into a regular practice routine. Detroit’s regular season begins in less than three weeks from today with some Monday Night Football against the New York Giants. With a large part of last year’s core returning, a lot was set in stone for Detroit entering training camp. But as always, a few surprise players...
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Oakland Raiders: Could Derek Carr be the starter?

Derek Carr looked like starting QB material in his preseason week two game against the Detroit Lions. After preseason week one that wasn’t the case but there was much improvement in his poise and confidence against the Lions. When Carr came into the game he immediately started driving the ball with a roll out completion down the sideline for a 15-yard gain to James Jones. He turned...
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Sam Richardson named starting QB for Iowa State football

The Iowa State football quarterback battle is over (for now). Sam Richardson will be the starting QB week one for Iowa State as they take on defending FCS champs North Dakota State. “Sam has displayed great leadership and that certainly includes poise in the pocket where he has been very much in control of our offense and of himself,” Rhoads said. “His understanding of the...
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Chelsea FC: Costa, Fabregas lead Blues to win

Chelsea FC came from behind to win their first match of the Premier League season.  Newcomers Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas were two bright spots as the Blues went top of the league after opening weekend.  Costa, Andre Schürrle and Branislav Ivanovic were the goalscorers in the 3-1 win over newly promoted Burnley. Chelsea, starting the season on the road, fell behind after 14...
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Michigan State Football: Darien Harris ready to make an impact

Coming into fall camp this year one of the biggest questions for the Michigan State football team was at the linebacker position. The Spartans lost two key players at linebacker from last year in Captain Max Bullough,and three year starter Denicos Allen. Those two combined to make 80 starts at linebacker, and amassed 577 tackles, including 76.5 tackles for loss. Those are some pretty...
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What does the opening day defeat mean for Manchester United?

Manchester United fans had spent the summer licking their lips as they watched their new manager in waiting, Louis Van Gaal, lead an impressive Dutch side to a third place finish at the World Cup. Surely, they thought, this is the man who will take United back into club football’s elite and allow them to forget their awful season last year under David Moyes. It was with great optimism...
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VCU Basketball: Rams seek fifth straight NCAA tournament bid this season

RICHMOND, Va. — VCU basketball coach Shaka Smart comes into this season poised to join Florida, Kansas State, and San Diego State University with five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.  Coach Smart is entering his sixth season with VCU and with a loss to Stephen F. Austin in the first round of last year’s tournament on his mind, Smart is looking to make a run with seniors...
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VCU Basketball: what Weber’s suspension means

After the news about Briante Weber’s suspension broke this week fans are in surprised dismay. Weber has been a fan favorite just about every year. His trouble he’s gotten into affects both him and the VCU basketball program. For those who don’t know yet, Weber is suspended from pre-season games and from VCU’s first in-season game against Tennessee. He allegedly stole an iPhone...
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