Extremely Early Look at East Regional Contenders for 2014

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The 2013 NCAA Tournament has come and gone, with Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals cutting down the nets in the Georgia Dome. East Regional tickets favorite Indiana wasn’t able to make it out of the Sweet Sixteen, falling to the Syracuse Orange. While next year’s March Madness is nearly a year away, it’s never too early to take a look ahead at some of the teams that could be in contention for the top seed in the East in 2014. It’s going to be hard for the Hoosiers to earn that No. 1 seed again next year, as Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo have both decided to enter the NBA Draft. However, Tom Crean has done a great job rebuilding the Indiana basketball program, so they should not be completely dismissed. Syracuse fell just short of the championship game this season, but should be right back in contention next year, despite the move to the new-look ACC. With leading scorer and rebounder C.J. Fair heading the charge, Jim Boeheim and the Orange should be just fine in their new conference. Continue reading

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Super Bowl Champs Highlight Planned NFL Schedule Release

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The NFL has announced that it will be releasing its 2013 schedule this Thursday, giving fans a sneak peak at the upcoming football season. The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens will be the rare team to open the season on the road, as a scheduling conflict with the neighboring Baltimore Orioles would have made hosting the season opener a logistical nightmare. The Ravens could potentially open the season in Denver, where Baltimore dramatically defeated the Broncos in the playoffs a season ago. Other big matchups to look forward to include the 49ers opening the season against the Falcons in a battle of two of the NFC’s elite teams, and Peyton Manning’s return to Indianapolis as a member of the Broncos. Several of this year’s free agents will be returning home to face their former teams, including Denver’s Wes Welker, Miami’s Mike Wallace, Houston’s Ed Reed and Minnesota’s Greg Jennings.

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AL East Power Rankings, Opening Day Edition

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There might not be a more difficult division to predict this season than the American League East, which could realistically see all five teams win the division. The parity in the AL East is impressive, and should make for a tight race down to the last day of the season. With that in mind, here is how the division appears to stack up with Opening Day just days away. Continue reading

Hoosiers Top Seed in East Regional

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The brackets are all set, and fans hoping to secure East Regional tickets now know that the road to the Final Four out of this quarter of the bracket runs through the Indiana Hoosiers. Despite a loss to Wisconsin in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament, the Hoosiers did enough throughout the regular season to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Tom Crean has done a great job with this group, and few teams boast a better pair of players than Indiana. Center Cody Zeller came into the season with a ton of hype and has done nothing to disappoint. Zeller leads IU in both scoring and rebounding, with 16.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. While his shooting percentage has gone down slightly from last season, he is still making over 57 percent of his attempts, and his 75.5 percent mark from the foul line is particularly impressive for a 7-footer. Continue reading

Yankees Open Spring Training with Questions Remaining

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Spring training is here, and the New York Yankees are just one of 30 teams that are beginning their preparation for the 2013 season. The biggest story heading into the season for the Yankees is the ongoing saga of Alex Rodriguez, who was named in a recent PED report out of South Florida. Rodriguez was already going to miss a significant portion of the season due to offseason hip surgery, and perhaps be unavailable for the entire 2013 season. But with this new series of allegations, Rodriguez’ past will again be front and center during camp, and the rest of his teammates will have to answer countless questions about the situation. Continue reading

BCS Hopefuls Stock Up on Signing Day

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National Signing Day is one of the biggest days of the college football season, and teams that have their eyes set on punching BCS Championship tickets loaded up on some incredible talent. It all starts with reigning national champion Alabama, who signed what many people consider the top recruiting class in the nation. Head coach Nick Saban and his staff signed the No. 1 inside linebacker in Rueben Foster, speedy defensive end Jonathan Allen, stud tight end O.J. Howard and massive defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson. After losing standout RB Eddie Lacy to the NFL Draft, the Tide went out and got Altee Tenpenny, Alvin Kamara and Derrick Henry, three of the best RBs in the country. Notre Dame came up a bit short in the national title game, but Brian Kelly was still able to go out and get a lot of players that should help keep the Irish in contention. ND went out to California and got to players previously committed to USC in defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes and safety Max Redfield, and also locked up impressive outside linebacker Jaylon Smith and running back Greg Bryant, who should be able to step in and produce immediately. Continue reading

Basketball Returns to Brooklyn

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The Brooklyn Nets were originally of the ABA (American Basketball Association) and were founded in 1967 playing under the name of the New Jersey Americans.  They won 2 ABA Championships before being accepted as one of the 4 teams from the ABA to be admitted to the NBA as part of the ABA-NBA merger, officially making them the New Jersey Nets.  The nets enjoyed moderate success after joining the NBA only making two NBA Finals appearances (2001-02, 2002-03), losing them both.  The Nets decision to move to Brooklyn in 2012 was unanimously approved by the NBA Board of Governors to Barclay Center.  The move was strongly endorsed by rap mogul and Brooklyn native Jay-Z.  However Nets majority owner Mikhail Prokhorov was the real architect behind the move, funding a 700 million dollar loan in order to build Barclay

Tuesday Rewind

MLB

  • Philadelphia pitcher Cliff Lee struck out 10 in his return to the mound against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Lee would also hit a home run, which was ultimately the decided run in Philly’s 2-1 victory
  • Former Yankee Bobby Abreu burned the Yanks with his 9th inning home run to give the Angels a 6-4 victory.
  • The Cleveland Indians defeated the Detroit Tigers in 14 innings last night, in perhaps one of the strangest finales in baseball history.  The Indians won by a walk off in the 14th inning, except it was a walk of hit-by-pitch
  • Despite injuries, David Wright and Angel Pagan led the New York Mets to a 5-4 victory over the San Diego Padres

NFL

  • In a strange twist of events, former Miami Dolphin linebacker Channing Crowder has announced his retirement.  Crowder has been a starter at LB for the Dolphins since being selected as their 2 round draft pick a few years back.
  • The latest the owner-player dispute came to a head yesterday when league officials announced that ALL players will be drug/steroid tested on game-days.  Additionally, the players are subject to an unlimited amount of these tests throughout the season, as well as up to 6 times in the offseason.
  • Presumed Jacksonville Jaguars starting quarterback David Garrard is out with an injury, meaning rookie first-round pick Blaine Gabbert with start this Thursday for the NFL Preseason Kickoff.
  • Side note..Titans RB Chris Johnson appears no where near ready to end his lockout.
  • As the NFL Supplemental Draft nears, the Dallas Cowboys announced that they would be sending team officials and trainers to work out former Ohio State Buckeye Terrell Pryor, who left the school a year early after his involvement in “tattoo-gate”.

Brad Paisley

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Without question one of the great superstars in the world of country music is Brad Paisley. Some would even go as far as saying that he is the best at what he does. Everything that Brad Paisley does from his onstage demeanor, his singing voice and his songwriting skills are top notch. Over the years he has won numerous awards, which include three Grammy