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Mike Fiers Should Stay In The Brewers’ Rotation

With Matt Garza slated to return to the Milwaukee Brewers’ starting rotation in the not too distant future, manager Ron Roenicke will have to decide whether to keep Mike Fiers or Jimmy Nelson as a starter for the stretch run in September. While decisions like these can leave a manager tossing and turning at night, the choice Roenicke must make upon Garza’s return is quite clear...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Unlike Josh Shaw, Joey Delaney and Shannon Smith are Real Heroes

Hero and liar have become four-letter words thrown out far too often. In less than 48 hours USC football player Josh Shaw became both after making up a story of jumping off a second-floor balcony to save his seven-year-old nephew from drowning as a cover-up for something else that resulted in two high-ankle sprains. From the moment media ran off with USC’s press release the story...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 1: Appalachian State and Other Disasters

Week One of the 2014 Big Ten football season is here. I’ve already given you my picks for the three early games this upcoming week, but what about the games that are being played when they’re supposed to be, on Saturday? Click on, pilgrim; I’ve got some picks for you. The post Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 1: Appalachian State and Other Disasters appeared first on Midwest Sports Fans.
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Will the Big Ten ever be an 'elite' football conference again?

There used to be a time when a smash-mouth style of football was the only way to play the game. The outcome of a game was usually determined by what happened at the line of scrimmage, “the battle in the trenches” it used to be called. Good college football teams could run the ball down the defense’s throat. Elite programs could run it down the throat of any opponent. Speed...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 1: Weird Non-Saturday Games

The 2014 Big Ten football season is finally here, and like everyone else, I too am ready to pretend I actually know a thing or two about Rutgers and Maryland football now. There is room in my brain since I have already forgotten which teams were in the Leaders division and which were in the Legends. I may never forget that’s what the two divisions were called. This will be the...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Did former referee Mike Carey really dodge “Washington” games?

We begin, and end tonight with even more news regarding Washington’s NFL team, none of which includes activity on the field such as Robert Griffin III possibly losing his starting job. In the past week television commentators Phil Simms, Tony Dungy and Mike Ditka have all chimed in on using the team’s name being used on telecasts. Simms and Dungy hint they will not say the...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Five must-watch college football games in Week 1

Finally! You can breathe a sigh of relief as the 2014 college football season is now upon us and opening kickoff is just a few short days away. Since it’s been more than six months since we’ve last seen action on the college football gridiron, any game on television will be welcomed into your home. But not all football games will carry the same weight in the opening week as...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Roger Federer Faces Golden Opportunity at U.S. Open

With defending champion Rafael Nadal announcing Monday that he was withdrawing from the 2014 U.S. Open due to a wrist injury, Roger Federer now appears to have his best shot at winning a Grand Slam title since his Wimbledon triumph in 2012. Due to Nadal’s absence, Novak Djokovic and Federer will now be the tournament’s No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, respectively, meaning that they...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

10 bold predictions for the 2014 college football season

With just a few days until the opening kickoff of a new college football season, it’s time to think about what will happen in 2014. Most experts have made conference predictions, listed Heisman Trophy favorites and made College Football Playoff predictions for this year. While those may be some of the more interesting conversations, there are still a few other areas of the sport...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Bengals ink Vontaze Burfict to contract extension

Vontaze Burfict was one of the best values in the NFL during the 2013 season, as he made just $480,333 yet was a second-team All-Pro selection. On Wednesday the Cincinnati Bengals remedied that situation, as the two sides agreed to a four-year, $20 million contract through the 2017 season. Burfict will make $7.6 million this year and an average of $5 million annually thanks to the...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Ned Yost, Kansas City Royals heading for a blue October

I was wrong, and am happy about it. There is a tendency among those who write and blog to speculate and make predictions, then pound their chests when such prognostications prove right. It tends to give a writer a sense of validation. Nearly a month ago I inked a ranking of a dozen Major League Baseball managers whose jobs I considered to be on thin ice. As of now, the axe has not...
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Jonathan Lucroy Becoming the New Face of the Milwaukee Brewers

Thanks to his breakout 2014 season, Jonathan Lucroy is quickly supplanting Ryan Braun as the face of the Milwaukee Brewers franchise. Before his overturned positive PED test in 2012 and suspension as a result of the Biogenesis scandal last year, it would’ve been unimaginable that anybody would pass Braun as the franchise’s most valuable player. After all, Braun – who signed...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-Giants RB David Wilson to train for 2016 Olympics

One of the saddest stories of the 2014 NFL preseason was the forced retirement of New York Giants running back David Wilson. The 23-year-old had to hang up his cleats after re-injuring his neck during training camp. Well, now Wilson has his eyes on a new career and he’s still going to try and be an athlete. Wilson will turn to track and field, as he intends to train in the triple...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Rob Manfred elected Major League Baseball commissioner

The expected happened on Thursday as Rob Manfred was unanimously elected the new commissioner of Major League Baseball. He will succeed current commissioner Bud Selig on January 25 of next year. Manfred has been the right-hand man of Bud Selig since being named MLB’s chief operating officer at the end of the 2013 season. He was by far the leading favorite to take over for Selig...
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17 days ago  |  1 Comment

The 2014 Fantasy Football “Do Not Draft” List

Fantasy Football leagues aren’t necessarily won on draft day, but they certainly can be lost. It’s not always who you pick for your roster, but also about who you’re able to avoid. Whether or not you want to avoid them altogether or decide simply not worth the value they may be pegged at, you’ll be better off if you can keep these names off your roster. Here are the top 10...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Packers Trade DL Jerel Worthy To New England Patriots

After a disappointing two seasons in Green Bay, the Packers have traded defensive lineman Jerel Worthy to the New England Patriots. The Packers will get a conditional future draft pick in return for the 24-year-old Worthy, and the trade will take effect if he passes a physical, according to his agent, Chafie Fields. A consensus first-team All-American at Michigan State, Worthy...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Robin Williams: A Sports Tribute

Legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams died Monday as a result of an apparent suicide at the age of 63. While his publicist didn’t confirm the reports of his death being a suicide, she did state that he had recently been “battling severe depression.” Williams was a comedic force, making his mark as a stand-up comedian and becoming well known for his quirky sense of humor...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Tony Stewart Will Be Defined By Kevin Ward Jr. Tragedy

A sampling of Tony Stewart’s Facebook site on Sunday indicated an overwhelming show of support for the embattled NASCAR star, as well as towards the family of Kevin Ward Jr., the driver killed Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Meanwhile screenshots and the video itself made the rounds through the Internet and various television shows. By midday it had become the...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Police: Tony Stewart struck, killed driver with sprint car

Fans of auto racing often see the frequent dust-ups and altercations between drivers at all levels and forms of the sport. At the top levels of NASCAR I have always wondered and feared the day when a competitor crosses the line with catastrophic consequences. On Saturday night we saw a horrific example of the worst that motorsports can bring, as NASCAR star Tony Stewart struck and...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Donald Sterling appeals ruling on Clippers sale

In the most expected legal maneuver since Vinny Gambini called Mona Lisa Vito as a witness, ousted Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has appealed the ruling that approved the team’s sale to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. On Friday, lawyers for Sterling asked the Second District Court of Appeals to stay a probate judge’s ruling that essentially approved the sale...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Former NFL owner want to help Raiders move to San Antonio

Former Minnesota Vikings owner Billy Joe “Red” McCombs opened eyes and dropped some jaws on Thursday when he told the San Antonio Express-News details of Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis’ meetings in San Antonio concerning a possible relocation. McCombs not only claimed that Davis wasn’t using San Antonio as a bargaining chip to get a new stadium, but that McCombs himself...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Cleveland Indians to remodel ballpark

The structure now known as Progressive Field has been the home of the Cleveland Indians since it opened 20 years ago, and soon it will be getting a facelift. On Wednesday the Indians announced that they plan a major renovation of Progressive field that will take place over the next two years in an effort to better connect with fans. The ballpark is situated in downtown Cleveland...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Javier Baez hits game-winning home run in debut

Well that was quite a debut Mr. Baez. Rookie second baseman Javier Baez was called up by the Chicago Cubs before Tuesday night’s game against the Colorado Rockies and went hitless in his first five at bats. Then he stepped to the plate in the top of the 12th inning to face Boone Logan with the score tied 5-5. Here’s what happened next: And Cubs Nation went absolutely nuts. The...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

IPFW and Jon Coffman in mid-major spotlight

Ever since making the move from Division II to Division I back in 2001, the IPFW Mastodons have been making steady progress as a program. Now, with Jon Coffman at the helm, the Mastodons are hoping they can break through and get to the first NCAA Tournament in program history. IPFW is coming off its most successful season as a Division I program, going 25-11 and reaching the second...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs finally calling up Javier Baez

The long wait is over for Cubs fans. Finally they will see one of their top prospects arrive at the big league level, as shortstop Javier Baez has been called up by the big club. Baez will officially be called up on Tuesday and we will likely see him immediately become a starter for Cubs. Baez was a first-round pick (No. 9) in the 2011 MLB Draft out of Arlington Country Day in Jacksonville...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss
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