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What to make of the Boston Celtics Game 3 victory

It’s Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals and the Celtics lost their star player, Isaiah Thomas to a hip injury. After a horrible loss at home in Game 2, most wrote off the series as another easy sweep by the dominant Cleveland Cavaliers team. As seen in Game 3, Boston wants to flip the script. Boston won Game 3 by a score of 111-108 in a game that was decided in the final seconds...
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Ohio State Football: Early signing period can only hurt Buckeyes’ recruiting

For nearly 40 years, National Signing Day — held every February — was the first and only time high school athletes could formally sign to play collegiate football; another day for college football fans to look forward to during the offseason. But now, after much deliberation from the NCAA, the 2017/2018 recruiting cycle will be the first since 1981 to have an early signing period...
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Can the Detroit Lions win the NFC North?

The Detroit Lions were in prime position to win the NFC North last season. Unfortunately, losing three games in a row at the tail end of the season thwarted that dream. The team has improved many facets of their roster since last season. A greatly improved offensive line as well as drafted prospects that could make an immediate impact on the defense. 2017 could see the Lions end...
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Chicago Cubs: Happ’s hot start helps team

The Chicago Cubs called up Ian Happ back on May 13, and he has not disappointed fans since joining the big league team. He got his career started off in a big way in St. Louis by being sloted in the second spot in the batting order, and launching a 2-run home run against Cardinals ace Carlos Martinez in the 7th inning. In his second game he went 2-4 with a double, with both of his...
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San Francisco Giants: April showers bring May flowers… and more June wins?

There’s no denying that the San Francisco Giants have been. umm… not the team fans were expecting (I think is the nice way to put it), but despite the abyssal start to the season, the Giants are no longer the worst team in the Majors! In fact, they’re no longer the worst team in the NL West! The downside? It’s a long road and the ugly is that Greg Holland has as many saves...
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Is the end near for the Toronto Blue Jays’ Jason Grilli?

The Toronto Blue Jays remain one of baseball’s most disappointing teams. They still find themselves in last place in the American League East, and their roster continues to be attacked by injuries. Starter Aaron Sanchez found himself on the disabled list for the third time this season on May 20, meaning that 10 players currently on the 40-man roster are on the DL. Things aren...
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Boston Celtics: Gordon Hayward and Brad Stevens reconnection?

It looks like the Boston Celtics have no chance to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals, after falling down two games to zero and being blown out but they were able to get game three and make it two to one. Even though they are still most likely to lose, this season has been a positive to win two playoff series after losing in the first round the last two...
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Fantasy Baseball: Streaming Options for May 22-24

Week 8 gets going with a trio of games set to start at 7:05 PM EDT, so make sure that all daily and weekly lineups get in by that time. The following players are currently owned in less than 60% of ESPN and/or Yahoo leagues (as of posting time), and percentages are rounded to the nearest full number. Monday, May 22 First games start at 7:05 PM EDT J.C. Ramirez: While he hasn’t...
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How well does Peter Jok’s game translate to the NBA?

Peter Jok posted big numbers his senior year for the Iowa Hawkeyes averaging 20 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while shooting 38% from behind the arc and 91% at the free throw line. Jok is projected as a second round pick, but that could change after struggling in scrimmages at the combine this past week. This begs the question, will he have an NBA career? Strengths Jok’s biggest...
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What does Messi’s fourth Golden Shoe mean for FC Barcelona?

Lionel Messi, perhaps the greatest player to ever grace a football pitch, has had another stellar year. He has scored 37 goals in La Liga and 53 goals in all competitions. He has the Copa del Rey final to play against Deportivo Alavés. Messi will most likely lead his team to glory and to an important trophy. But at the end of the day, it is just the Copa del Rey. The competition...
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How will Florida State Football replace Dalvin Cook?

After a historic collegiate career, Dalvin Cook has finally taken the next step of his journey. As of April 28, 2017, Dalvin Cook has officially turned in his garnet and gold jersey for a purple and gold one, joining the Minnesota Vikings. Cook will forever be remembered by FSU fans as being one of the best and most decorated athletes to ever come out of the university. Cook has...
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Dallas Stars: Trading down targets

Earlier this week Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill let other teams front offices know he was fielding offers for the third overall pick in this years upcoming NHL draft. Indications were he believes the Stars are in a prime spot to compete for the Stanley Cup and wants an already established player to add to the roster rather than a deal to acquire more draft depth. While this could just...
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Who will be the next great New York Yankee?

During the pre-game ceremony for their May 14th matchup against the Houston Astros, the New York Yankees retired Derek Jeter’s No. 2 jersey. Jeter, affectionately known as “The Captain” helped the Yankees win five World Series championships during his career before retiring from the game in 2014. With his No. 2 now retired, he becomes the 22nd player to have his number retired...
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Chicago Blackhawks: Bringing home medals from the IIHF World Championship

Five members of the Chicago Blackhawks took part in the 2017 IIHF World Championship. The event took place from May 5th to May 21st and was held in Paris, France and Cologne, Germany. Artemi Panarin played with team Russia, while Marcus Kruger played for team Sweden. Michal Kempny helped out the Czech Republic, while Nick Schmaltz and Trevor van Riemsdyk represented the USA. Though...
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Green Bay Packers: The running back competition

The Green Bay Packers have been searching for a consistent running game since the days of Ahman Green.  Running backs like Ryan Grant, James Starks, and Eddie Lacy have tried but have ultimately failed to have sustained success.  Each has had their moments of greatness.  Starks played a key role in the 2010 Super Bowl run, with Lacy and Grant each starting for a few years. As...
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Does Isaiah Thomas’s defensive limitations outweigh his offensive dominance?

In a move practically no one expected, the Boston Celtics rallied from being down 22 points in the first half of Game 3 to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-108, breaking Cleveland’s 13-game postseason winning streak. The story before the game for the Celtics was the loss of guard Isaiah Thomas due to a hip injury. For the majority of the season, Thomas has been his team’s savior...
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New York Yankees: What to do with all these prospects

Ever since the 2016 MLB trade deadline, at which time the New York Yankees traded Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, and Carlos Beltran, all fans have heard is how talented and promising the team’s farm system has become. Such talk has fans excited for the future to see these prospects make their major league debuts and fill in the roster spots that have previously been occupied by...
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Atlanta Braves: Freddie free for two months

At the beginning of the week, we learned Freddie Freeman would be out for a minimum of two months due to a pitch that nailed him on the upper wrist. To be morbid yet truthful, it was the end to a career year. Over the course of a two month absence, Freddie Freeman will miss the pivotal moments of the 2017 season. When Freeman was knocked out, the Braves were in second place in the...
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Novak Djokovic adds Andre Agassi as his coach

The struggles of Novak Djokovic ever since July of last year have been well-documented. These struggles just grew more and more worrying as they continued on as the Serb played at a sloppy level. The sheer number of points he has lost since topping 16,000 points after winning Roland Garros is about 10,000! It is almost as many points as world no. 1, Andy Murray currently holds. He...
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New York Yankees: Too soon for Derek Jeter’s number to be retired?

Last Sunday, the New York Yankees held a pregame ceremony to honor the career of Derek Jeter by retiring the last single digit number to be worn by a New York Yankee, his trademark number two. Jeter officially joins legendary company in Monument Park with the likes of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio just to name a few. It goes without saying that this honor was much deserved...
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Pittsburgh Penguins take control of Eastern Conference Final

The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Ottawa Senators in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final by a score of 7-0.  In their last two games, the Pens have looked like the team that won the Stanley Cup last season. Speed and cycling have been in full effect, with the Pens generating chances from everywhere.  In the first three games of this series, the Penguins scored a total of...
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Time for New York Mets season to turn around

After losing seven games in a row, the New York Mets were finally able to win some games against the Los Angeles Angels this weekend. After taking the first two games of the series, the pitching faltered not giving them any chance of completing a sweep. This has been the biggest difference between this year and past teams as the Mets have not been able to complete sweeps after winning...
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Milwaukee Brewers: How long can the success stand?

The Milwaukee Brewers are in first place in National League Central to state the obvious. The questions Brewers fans are pondering today is how long will the surprising success last? After a 13-6 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, the Brewers still six games above .500 and 1.5 games ahead of the second-place St. Louis Cardinals. Milwaukee’s offense has been the source of the club’s...
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Prospects the Golden State Warriors should target this offseason

The 2017 NBA draft class has been hailed as one of the deepest in years, with intriguing talents at every position. Plenty of players projected to go in the late first and early second rounds have the ability to come in and contribute immediately for playoff-caliber teams. However, these prospects won’t be available to the Warriors, who sent this year’s first rounder to the Utah...
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Edmonton Oilers: Just the beginning

The Edmonton Oilers bowed out of the playoffs following a tight Game 7 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on May 10. While the sting of losing a Game 7 was clearly felt in Edmonton, it was not nearly as bad as, for example, when the Ducks went 0-4 in Game 7’s in their previous four seasons. The Oilers, however, reached the playoffs for the first time in a decade this year, and they achieved...
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