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Lackluster performance in Game 1 familiar for Pacers

Bold statement forthcoming: The Pacers will be knocked out in the first round of the playoffs. Bolder statement: It won’t even reach a Game 7. Come to think of it, maybe neither of those statements are that bold, after the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference was humiliated on their home court in Game 1. Adequate words to describe this Pacers squad are becoming few and far between...
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Indianapolis Colts: Why drafting a safety is biggest need

Sure, there are a number of holes on the Indianapolis Colts roster, but most of those would be depth issues. Safety is the most prevalent hole that GM Ryan Grigson wants to fill. I can tell you that he definitely has faith in his 2013 fourth-round pick, Khaled Holmes, to man the center position. He also brought in Phil Costa to be a backup to Holmes, even though it’s not the greatest...
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Boston Red Sox and the importance of Shane Victorino

It’s no secret that the Boston Red Sox’ offense is sputtering right now. For a squad that led the majors in runs a season ago, they currently sit 24th in MLB in runs scored (60) this season and 23rd in the league in team batting average (.236). The good news? Help is on the way. Shane Victorino, who posted a slash of .294/.351/.451 last year with Boston, began his rehab assignment...
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Same old problems hurting the Philadelphia Phillies

It is time for a pop quiz!  When the Philadelphia Phillies were swept by the Milwaukee Brewers, what was the main reason they lost? A.) A lack of offense B.) Bullpen problems C.) All of the above D.) The Phanatic’s attempt to jinx the other team backfired. Anyone who has watched the Phillies the past few years knows that C is the obvious answer to this question.  The same thing...
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Why the Atlanta Hawks won game one

There’s a trend going on in these playoffs. In the opening two games both the Brooklyn Nets and the Golden State Warriors won on the road. The Atlanta Hawks kept the streak alive as they beat the number one team in the Eastern Conference, the Indiana Pacers, in Indiana 101-93. The size mismatch is what most experts predicted the Hawks to have troubles with. Roy Hibbert is 7’2...
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Pittsburgh Pirates option Tony Sanchez to Indianapolis

Tony Sanchez bats during a spring training game The Pittsburgh Pirates activated catcher Chris Stewart from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday and optioned Tony Sanchez to Triple-A Indianapolis. This has some Pirates fans debating the move. Pittsburgh’s offensive woes continue 18 games into the season. One night they put up 11 runs and the next they leave bases loaded twice in...
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Jimmy Howard is Detroit Red Wings’ X factor

Jimmy Howard was spectacular in the Red Wings’ 1-0 victory over the Bruins Thanks in part to a magnificent third-period goal by Pavel Datsyuk, the Detroit Red Wings were able to claim a 1-0 series lead over the Boston Bruins in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. With all the talk surrounding Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask heading into the series, Jimmy Howard’s game...
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How the Memphis Grizzlies can beat the Oklahoma City Thunder

Throughout the regular season of the NBA, almost every team improves in some way, shape, or form. Yet, it is hard to argue against the claim that the Memphis Grizzlies probably improved more than any other team as the season progressed. Halfway into the season, the Grizzlies had a record of 21-20. However, the Grizzlies ended the season with a 50-32 record, meaning they went 29-12...
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Minnesota Twins: Bartlett plans to retire

Jason Bartlett Earlier this week, Jason Bartlett informed the Minnesota Twins that he plans to retire from Major League Baseball. The paperwork for an official announcement is expected to be completed next week. But his presence in the lineup will barely be missed. Bartlett made his Major League debut on August 3, 2004 for the Minnesota Twins. In 2006, he and three other Twins players...
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Golden State Warriors steal game 1 of “California War”

The Warriors marched into Staples Center and took game 1 away from the Clippers but it wasn’t easy. As expected, game 1 of the series between the  Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers was a thriller.  Somehow, the Warriors found a way to overcome a rowdy crowd at Staples Center and come out with the victory when the clock hit double zeros. This game was not the prettiest...
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Mavericks looking for a first-round upset over rival Spurs

After suffering an overtime loss in their season finale, the Dallas Mavericks are set to face off with the NBA-leading San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the 2014 postseason. The Mavericks are making their 13th appearance in 14 years while the Spurs are in the postseason for the 17th straight year, every year of Tim Duncan’s career. It will mark the sixth playoff match up...
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New York Mets ship Ike Davis to Pittsburgh

It was a scenario that many people knew was inevitable. Ike Davis became expendable the minute Lucas Duda was named the starting first baseman. In fact the New York Mets had been openly trying to ship Davis since spring training and the Pittsburgh Pirates were involved in those discussions as well. Last night it was made official. The Mets have sent Ike Davis to the Pirates for pitcher...
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Chelsea FC: Sunderland hurts Chelsea’s title hopes

Chelsea’s title hopes were dealt a devastating blow on Saturday.  Relegation threatened Sunderland snatched a rare three points from the Blues at Stamford Bridge.  Sunderland scored a late goal and escaped with a 2-1 win.  The Bridge has been a fortress for Chelsea all season, and Saturday’s match was their first loss there during the 2013-2014 campaign. Jose Mourinho was...
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Mexico Soccer: Bombardero; Carlos Vela sinks Javier Aguirre’s Espanyol

Cancun native Carlos Vela continues to be the driving force for Basque side Real Sociedad. Saturday in San Sebastian Vela once again proved to be the man of the match as a late goal from the Mexican international was enough to sink former Mexico coach Javier Aguirre. Espanyol fell 2-1 in the closing minutes of the match that was held in the Anoeta. The game was winding down and...
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F1: five things to watch for in China

F1 Race #4, the Chinese grand prix Hamilton takes the pole again Tonight’s fourth race of the F1 season is shaping up to be a battle between this years dominant team and last years.   With Mercedes and Red Bull in the top four spots on the grid, watch for some early aggressive moves.  Also, if this week is anything like Bahrain, watch for some battles within the teams.  Lewis...
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Utah Jazz off season improvements

The Utah Jazz ended their lackluster 2013-14 NBA campaign Wednesday, finishing with a thrilling 136-130 double-overtime victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The victory, paired with a Boston Celtics loss, put each team at 25-57, leaving them tied for the fourth worst record in the league. Some fans were disappointed with the win, hoping instead to finish the season on a six game...
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Pitt basketball: Cameron Wright’s report card

Pitt’s Cameron Wright drives on Duke’s Rasheed Sulaimon Player: Cameron Wright Position: Shooting Guard Year: Junior 2013-14 Averages: 30.9 MPG, 10.5 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 2.6 APG What he did well: Wright had a fairly successful junior campaign this past season for the Panthers. He increased his scoring touch significantly from that of his sophomore year. He shot a bit over 45 percent...
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Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman commits to Michigan

On Saturday, Michigan Basketball picked up a commitment from Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman (Allentown, Pennsylvania). He becomes the fifth member of the Wolverines 2014 recruiting class. The 6-foot-4, 180 pound Abdur-Rahkman, averaged 23.6 points, 4.1 assists and 6.2 rebounds per game as a senior. A 4-time All-State selection, Abdur-Rahkman set a new school record with 2,136 career...
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Detroit Tigers: Bullpen still struggles

With what seemed like to be an upgrade for the Detroit Tigers this offseason, has been anything but an upgrade. The Tigers bullpen not only continues to struggle in games, but there is even a chance that they look worse than they did last year. Closer Joe Nathan who was supposed to come in and bring stability has done everything but that. In six games this season, Nathan has an ERA...
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Pittsburgh Steelers: Why drafting a cornerback is their biggest need

The NFL draft is right around the corner and there’s a lot of options and needs for the Pittsburgh Steelers this year. There is a lot of speculation as to what position the Steelers will address in the first round. There’s wide receiver, cornerback, defensive line and even tight end. The biggest need is cornerback. The secondary needs to improve. While there’s a lot of focus...
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Pittsburgh Pirates: What did they get in Ike Davis?

Follow me on Twitter @jim_krug; opening image credit dailystache. Some thoughts following a surprisingly early-season trade by the Pittsburgh Pirates to land 1B Ike Davis from the New York Mets. 1.  Props to GM Neal Huntington for quickly realizing the Travis Ishikawa/Gaby Sanchez platoon wasn’t working, even though he probably should’ve realized that over the offseason,...
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The ABC’s of the ACC (04/19/14)

This morning, beginning at 10:00 a.m. EST, through CLNSRadio will air the next episode of ” The ABC’s of the ACC” podcast, a show that dives deep into the sports of the Atlantic Coast Conference. While the main focus will be on the two main sports… football and men’s basketball, but all sports will be covered during the podcast. Speaking about the present, the future (recruits...
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Minnesota Twins: Gibson hot on the mound

Minnesota Twins Target Field The Minnesota Twins have finally got their record to sit above the .500 mark.  And it only took three weeks to do so. At least, during this season. The last time the Twins had a winning record was May 13, 2013, when their record was 18-17. With this feat finally accomplished, there is one pitcher who has stood out as a great benefactor to reaching that...
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Washington Nationals: A season of firsts

The Washington Nationals have already been hit with a slew of injuries this season, but as pitching coach Steve McCatty said, “nobody feels sorry for you”. These injuries have resulted in multiple call ups from the minor leagues, including players such as Zach Walters, Sandy Leon, Steven Souza Jr., and Tyler Moore. So far this year Aaron Barrett, Steven Souza Jr., and Blake Treinen...
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Drafting a tight end is the New York Jets’ biggest need

As I discussed earlier this week, the New York Jets have improved their offense to the point of unrecognizability. Michael Vick will compete with Geno Smith for the starting quarterback job while also serving as a seasoned mentor. Eric Decker and Jacoby Ford are quality upgrades to what was one of the weakest receiving corps in the league. Chris Johnson adds explosive play-making...
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