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Oakland A’s: Who will be the 2015 starter in left field?

With Jonny Gomes most likely leaving due to free agency, the Oakland A’s will not have a starting left fielder. In the Athletics depth chart, Stephen Vogt is their backup in left field. However, he is a catcher and after his foot surgery, he should be back behind the plate. Next comes Sam Fuld and Craig Gentry who were both backup outfielders for the Oakland A’s in 2014. Sam...
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Chicago Bears prove to be the most inconsistent team in the NFL

Costly turnovers continue to plague the Chicago Bears as they fell 27-14 at home to the Miami Dolphins Sunday. The Bears gave the football away three times to a Miami defense that had only accumulated five takeaways preceding Sunday, resulting in 10 points. Chicago’s signal caller Jay Cutler was responsible for two of the turnovers throwing an interception in the second quarter...
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Boston Red Sox: 5 burning questions this offseason

A year after winning the World Series, the Boston Red Sox took a gigantic step backwards in 2014, finishing in the cellar of the American League East. The Sox wound up outside the top ten in the American League in both hitting and pitching and face several key decisions to make over the summer if they hope to return to playing baseball in October. Will Jon Lester be back? When a...
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PGA Tour: Why Ben Martin will be a mainstay on Tour

For the casual golf fan, or even a fairly well-versed fan for that matter, Ben Martin’s win at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on Oct. 19 likely appears as nothing more than a blip on the radar. Will a PGA Tour win finally lead to Ben Martin’s picture getting fixed on Google? In a lot of ways, it is. From September through January, often known as the “Silly Season...
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Andy Murray crowned champion in Vienna

Andy Murray is one step closer to qualifying for Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after a win at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna   Andy Murray defeated #1 seed David Ferrer at the Erste Bank Open to claim his 30th career title on Sunday. After going 14 months without winning a title, Murray has now collected two trophies in the span of three weeks. This surge in momentum couldn’t...
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Detroit Red Wings weekly: Zetterberg ousts the Maple Leafs

The Detroit Red Wings (3-1-1) are off to a fast start this season and aren’t showing any signs of slowing down. Two weeks in and the Red Wings have claimed 7 out of a possible 10 points. All 7 of the points came against Atlantic Division and Original Six rivals: Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs. Here’s my recap of the week that was for the Red Wings starting off with...
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World Series: heart says Royals, head says Giants

When it comes to the World Series, or any championship for that matter, it comes down to picking with either your heart or your head. The San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals present a perfect example of this long-standing debacle. Let me tell you a story…back in October of 2003, after Aaron Boone had broken the heart of hundreds of thousands of Bostonians, the New York...
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Seattle Seahawks: What went wrong today vs. Rams

Special teams trickery fooled the Seattle Seahawks, and they fell for the second time in as many weeks, losing 28-26 to the St. Louis Rams. All eyes were ready to watch how the Seahawks would respond both to the embarrassing loss vs. Dallas and the departure of Percy Harvin to the Jets. Despite a solid comeback in the second half, the Seahawks just made too many mistakes. What went...
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Dallas Cowboys: Win over Giants proves this team is real

This isn’t a dream. This isn’t a Matrix-style world designed by Jerry Jones to fool the masses into believing the Dallas Cowboys are good. There is just one pill here, and it’s silver and blue. You’ll wake up tomorrow and the reality will be this: the Cowboys are good, maybe even something more than good. With a 31-21 victory over the New York Giants (3-4) the Cowboys ...
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Part Two: Brooklyn Nets season preview: Team projections

Previously I broke down the Nets Roster and analyzed their strengths and weaknesses. This is a continuation of that, previewing the upcoming season and what to expect from this team. This is part two of a three part analysis of the Brooklyn Nets’ upcoming season. You can read part one of the Nets’ season preview here: Brooklyn Nets season preview: Roster analysis The Nets...
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Mexico Soccer: “El Bombardero” Carlos Vela still ranks as Mexico’s topdog in Europe

Carlos Vela ranks amongst an elite list of footballers in Europe, and continues to prosper as a lone wolf. Vela, on the brink of nearly cutting his ties with the Mexican national team, has proven he needs little help from El Tri to show he can excel in one of Europes top leagues. Love, or hate him,  the cancun native has made quite a name for himself in the old continent. It...
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A frusterated Chicago Bears locker room after loss

After  the Chicago Bears lost against the Dolphins on Sunday, reports started flying around about yelling coming from the locker room. Reporters covering the game were able to tweet out some things they heard after a disappointing loss. Loud yelling heard from outside #Bears locker room "when you play with heart!… It's suppose to hurt" .. Then "you just kick...
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Analytics in the NFL: Predicting Phillip Rivers on third down

Having spent more than a decade in various analytics roles combined with being a passionate football fan, I have always contemplated how to use analytics to predict a player’s performance during a football game. Sabermetrics, portrayed in the movie Moneyball, work well for baseball because almost every event during the game can be measured with a statistic. Those statistics are...
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MLS: 10 reasons why you can’t miss Seattle Sounders vs LA Galaxy series

Obafemi Martins With the playoffs just around the corner, MLS fans will get the opportunity to finish the 2014 regular season on a high note as the best teams collide in what promises to be a spine-tingling, nail-biting series. The league’s top two teams, LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders, will collide twice in two weeks, both home and away, before they shift their focus to the playoffs...
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Rushing efficiency advanced statistics

This whole idea began because I think a lot about football. A lot. And in the midst of my pondering, I thought, what makes a running back good? Now, disclaimer, I am a college student with a negative balance in my bank account. Therefore, I didn’t have access to advanced statistics, that sites such as Pro Football Focus provide. Therefore, I created the following numbers from normal...
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Berdych topples Dimitrov to claim Stockholm Open title

Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic defeated Bulgarian, Grigor Dimitrov in three sets at the If Stockholm Open final. Dimitrov was the champion in 2013 but Berdych overcame him to lift the If Stockholm Open trophy for a second time. With this victory, Berdych is one step closer to qualifying for Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Berdych is looking to make an appearance at London for...
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Cleveland Cavaliers: 3 Observations from loss to Dallas Mavericks

The Cleveland Cavaliers are now 4-1 in preseason after their first loss Friday night against the Dallas Mavericks. Many factors went into the Cavaliers loss, but here are three observations from the game. Kyrie Irving Returns After missing the last three preseason games due to a sprained ankle, Irving was ready to go. He picked up right where he left off, coming out strong and aggressive...
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Carolina Panthers: Bright spots amidst dull start

The Carolina Panthers haven’t exactly started the 2014 season as they had expected, and it could be argued the problems began right after last season ended. From the retirement and unceremonious release of team leaders to the franchise quarterback’s off-season ankle surgery and sack leader Greg Hardy’s domestic violence issues, the Panthers understood the road back to the playoffs...
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Wisconsin football: Second half preview

Halfway through the regular season, the Wisconsin football team has a 4-2 record as it concludes its second and final bye week of the year. The season began with a heartbreaking loss to LSU on the opening Saturday of the season, followed by three consecutive nonconference victories. The Badgers were defeated by Northwestern in their Big Ten opener and took down Illinois in Madison...
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Say hello to the Bounce Brothers

Andrew Wiggins If you didn’t know, the Minnesota Timberwolves got two rookies this offseason with jaw dropping athleticism. After trading Kevin Love they were able to get Andrew Wiggins, the first overall pick and they also drafted Zach LaVine with the 13th overall pick in this year’s NBA draft. The two are quickly becoming friends off the court, even before Wiggins got traded...
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Notre Dame football: Instant Classic with a Controversial Ending

The College football world got to witness one of the best games ever on Saturday night as Notre Dame football took on Florida State football. The game was lived up to all of the hype, but Notre Dame fans were left with a bad taste in their mouths. While the players left their blood, sweat, and tears on the field, the referees were the ones to decide the outcome of the game. Everett...
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Milwaukee Bucks: Point guard depth changes player rotation

A good backup point guard is under-valued in the NBA. When the most reliable starters need a rest, a good point guard can take control of a game. They can keep or change the game tempo and even help settle down a rattled team. Good bench production is the kind of thing that helps win championships. While Brandon Knight is the obvious starting point guard for the Milwaukee Bucks,...
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Houston Texans vs Pittsburgh Steelers; Three keys to a Texans’ victory

Jadeveon Clowney will look to provide a spark to the Texans’ pass rush Monday against the Steelers The Houston Texans travel to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers in Week 7. The Texans are looking to end a two game losing streak, while the Steelers are coming off of an embarrassing loss to the Cleveland Browns. The game takes place on Monday night on ESPN at 8:30 pm eastern time,...
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Dallas Mavericks season preview: Player projections

With the regular season a little over a week away, it’s the time of the year where we start to take a look at the make-up of the teams. This is part three of my Dallas Mavericks season preview, and you can find my roster analysis and team projections at these links. Let’s start by taking a look at who the Mavs starters should be. PPG=Points per game, APG= Assists per game, RPG...
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Los Angeles Clippers season preview: Player projections

We have hit the middle of our three part preview of the 2014-2015 Los Angeles Clippers, check out the Part 1 if you have not already. The question we are faced with now is how much better can this year’s Clippers team be in this incredibly deep Western Conference. The answer to that question is going to be the function of two things. How much better did this Clippers team get over...
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