March 12th, 2019

Welcome back have a great Tuesday!

On This Day In Sports:

  • 1966 Bobby Hull‘s 51st goal of season, sets record
  • 1966 Jockey Johnny Longden retires after 40 years (6,032 wins)

Happy Birthday:

  • 1956 Dale Murphy, slugger (Atlanta Braves, 2 time NL MVP), born in Portland, Oregon




  • The 10-member NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Committee is responsible for selecting, seeding and bracketing the field for the NCAA Tournament. Currently, the chair of the committee is Bernard Muir, the director of athletics at Stanford.
  • The other members of the selection committee are, Mitch Barnhart, director of athletics, University of Kentucky , Tom Burnett, commissioner, Southland Conference, Janet Cone, director of athletics, University of North Carolina Asheville, Bernadette McGlade, commissioner, Atlantic 10 Conference, Michael O’Brien, vice president and director of athletics, University of Toledo, Jim Phillips, vice president for athletics and recreation, Northwestern University, Chris Reynolds, vice president for intercollegiate athletics, Bradley University, Craig Thompson, commissioner, Mountain West Conference, Kevin White, director of athletics, Duke University.
  • Committee member that represents a specific conference cannot be in the room when teams from that conference are being discussed, and they are not allowed to vote for teams from their conference. The same applies to school representatives, who cannot discuss or vote for their own schools.
  • The committee arrives in New York City for the beginning of the selection process. For the next five days, the 10 committee members will cast hundreds of ballots and engage in debate over dozens of teams until the final bracket of 68 tournament teams is released on Selection Sunday.
  • This is the hardest year ever to select and seed the field because at least four teams are in the mix for a No. 1 or 2 seed and are missing a player or coach. There isn’t definitive news on when those people may return. Four bubble teams have suspended players or assistant coaches that must be factored either in or out of the equation.


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  • Fans and media think Fox is crazy to have a college football game day show in competition with the long running ESPN show. The lined up will feature Urban Meyer, Rob Stone, Reggie Bush, Brady Quinn, and Matt Leinart. The fivesome could be put on television at 11 a.m. Saturdays to preview the college football action of the day, up against one of the most venerable and successful sports programs of the last 25 years.
  •  Mark Silverman, President of FOX Sports National Networks, said in a news release, “with a head coach that won three national titles in 10 years, two of the most successful college quarterbacks in recent memory and one of the sport’s most electric running backs, our new college football pregame show has the game covered from all angles.”
  • College GameDay has been a staple of ESPN’s football coverage since 1987, and the popular show has been broadcasting live outsides a stadium most Saturday mornings since 1993.


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  • Tiger Woods will play the first two rounds of The Players alongside a pair of major champions as he looks to return from an injury that caused him to withdraw from Bay Hill. He will be paired with reigning Masters champ Patrick Reed and defending Players champ Webb Simpson.
  • Another trio includes reigning Player of the Year Brooks Koepka, who will play the first two rounds with Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler. The young guns of the PGA Tour. The groups of Woods-Simpson-Reed and Koepka-Fowler-Spieth will play late Thursday and early Friday, while the groups of Mickelson-McIlroy-Kuchar and Rose-Thomas-Schauffele will play Thursday morning and Friday afternoon.
  • Woods has been working on his putting with coach Matt Killen. Woods has not had a coach of any kind since parting ways with Chris Como at the end of 2017. Killen is a 32-year-old Kentucky native and has been in South Florida working with Tiger on his putting.  Killen told Golf Digest as he departed the range. “His putting is better. I like what I see.”




March 11th, 2019

Welcome back hope you have a great Monday!

On This Day In Sports:

  • 1912 1st Stanley Cup game to be played in 3 20-min periods, formerly played in 30-min halfs, Quebec beats Moncton 9-3 on way to sweep
  • 1917 1st NHL championship game ever played, Toronto Arenas beats Montreal Canadiens 7-3 in 1st of 2 game set (second game on March 13)
  • 1924 NHL Championship: Montreal Canadiens sweeps Ottawa Senators in 2 games
  1. Oakland A’s Keep Family Entertainment First at Ballpark

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  • The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum is opening a new area in the ballpark and calling it The A’s Stomping Ground. The new 18,000-square-foot area will come complete with an inside section that has a stage, video wall and digital interactive experiences such as races against A’s players, a simulated hitting and pitching machine, and other activities.
  • The team is also announcing a monthly ticket subscription for families called the A’s Stomping Ground Family Pass, which is $79 per month for five months for a family of four. Families can add additional passes for children for $15 per month and additional adult passes for $29.

    2. ESPN Offering New Sports Betting Show

ESPN launches ‘Daily Wager’ as sports betting goes showtime

Photo: Doug Kezirian on the set of “Daily Wager,” ESPN’s new program for sports wagering. (Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)

  • Doug Kezirian will host “Daily Wager,” a daily program on ESPNews airing at 3 p.m. and available for streaming on the ESPN app. It’s the first regularly scheduled program that is solely dedicated to gaming-related information and data on upcoming contests.
  • “A daily ESPN show is an important milestone,” said Lee Berke, president of the consulting firm LHB Sports, Entertainment & Media. “Eight states have legalized it, with many more to come, and now a Disney-owned network is placing a seal of approval on openly betting on games.”
  • More wagering experts have been integrated into pregame and highlight programs in recent years. ESPN’s “SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt” has a popular segment called “Bad Beats,” which humorously focuses on heartbreaking, last-minute plays that result in teams failing to cover the spread.
  • A Bleacher Report survey found that 63% of fans between 21 and 34 years old believe sports betting is acceptable, compared with 51% of fans overall.

    3. The AAF Regular Season is Half in the Books

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  • The AAF was founded by former NFL seasoned executives Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian this past March and has a leadership board including former NFL players Jared Allen, Hines Ward, and Troy Polamalu. The league features eight teams scatted across the U.S., seven of which that have some familiar faces from the Philadelphia Eagles looking to revive their football careers. The pool of former Eagles talent includes Penn State’s former quarterback Christian Hackenberg and wide receiver Josh Huff who was cut from the Eagles after three seasons due to a run-in with the law.
  • The AAF hosts some big-time names from the past five years of the NFL as well including third overall pick Trent Richardson, two former Titans in Zach Mettenberger and Bishop Sankey, and a few former coaches from the NFL such as Mike Singletary and Steve Spurrier.
  • The football is real, it’s primarily the same game you see on the NFL gridiron. AAF co-founder Bill Polian calls it “real football by real football people for real football fans.” No gimmicks. No crazy promotions. No signings for name recognition only. “What’s been gratifying is that these guys are playing as hard as can be all of the time,” Polian said. “These are hard-hitting professional games. This is professional football.”



March 10th, 2019

Welcome back, have a great Sunday!

On This Day

  • 1934 Longest undefeated streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history ends – 18 games with 15 wins, 3 ties
  • 1949 Detroit Tiger pitcher Art Houtteman is critically injured in an auto accident but recovers to win 15 games in 1949
  • 1957 Thousands of soccer fans riot in Italy
  1. Arizona Diamondbacks Is There Life After Paul Goldschmidt

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The Freight Train David Peralta will be the face of a new line-up in Arizona. Peralta at age 30 hit ,293 with 30 homer runs and a WAR of 3.8. That was second on the team to the departed all star Paul Goldschmidt. The Diamondbacks did not sign Paul Goldschmidt, A.J. Pollock and Patrick Corbin.

 Jake Lamb coming of a shoulder injury is penciled in as the Diamondbacks’ first baseman. Slugger Christian Walker will see time at first if manager Tory Lovullo wants to play Lamb at third base. Third base will however have Eduardo Escobar who led the major leagues in doubles and signed a three deal worth $21MM. The 29-year-old, who was picked up in a mid-season swap with the Twins, had been slated to reach the open market for the first time. The switch hitter will see the most time in the line-up. Up the middle will see Nick Ahmed and Wilmer Flores. Ahmed has out of this world defensive skills and developed into a very good offensive player last season.

Katel Marte will start in center field but may still play up the middle infield at times. The switch hitting Marte has been learning how to play center field in spring training. Peralta will roam left and Steven Souza will be in right. Depth maybe the big issue as the team breaks from spring training so Socrates Brito may be called upon to give quality innings this season. Brito was signed as an amateur free-agent by Arizona on April 28, 2010, more than a year before Chafin or Bradley came on board.

The Dbacks are one a few teams that carry three catchers. The bid signing in my opinion is Caleb Joseph . The Arizona organization already has Alex Avila under contract, still controls the out-of-options John Ryan Murphy, and acquired youngster Carson Kelly as a significant part of the club’s offseason trade of star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.

The starting rotation will be pretty good, infact could turn into one of the best in the league. Zack Greinke will be the ace of the staff followed closely by Robbie Ray. The pleasant surprise last year of the staff was Zack Godley. The big curve ball he has brought him an 11-8 record with a 3.65 ERA. If the Dbacks want to make the playoffs the last to starters Luke Weaver and Merrill Kelly. Righty Taijuan Walker on the 60-day injured list. He is still recovering from Tommy John surgery, which was performed last April.

The Dbacks bullpen includes right-handers Archie BradleyGreg Holland and Yoshihisa Hirano, as well as left-handers Andrew Chafin and T.J. McFarland. Others competing for spots are Yoan LopezJimmie SherfyMatt AndrieseJoey KrehbielRobby Scott and Nick Green.

Diamondbacks righty Silvino Bracho has been diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow. Bracho will undergo Tommy John surgery, he’ll miss all of the coming season and perhaps also some time in the 2020 season. Last year, in 31 innings with the D-backs, the right-hander worked to a 3.19 ERA with 9.9 K/9, 3.5 BB/9, 0.58 HR/9 and a 35.1 percent ground-ball rate.








March 8th, 2019

Welcome back, have a great Friday!

On This Day In Sports

  • 1900 NL decides to go with 8 teams They exclude Baltimore, Cleveland, Louisville & Washington (in 1953 Boston Braves move to Milwaukee)
  • 1930 Babe Ruth signs 2-year contract for $160,000 with NY Yankee GM Ed Barrow, wrongly predicts “No one will ever be paid more than Ruth”
  • 1936 The first stock car race is held in Daytona Beach, Florida.


  1. Players for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Have Filed a Federal Gender Discrimination Lawsuit 


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  • Three months before beginning their defense of their Women’s World Cup title, American players escalated their legal dispute with the U.S. Soccer Federation over equal treatment and pay.
  • The 28 members of the current women’s player pool filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, was filed on International Women’s Day.
  • The lawsuit claims that from March 2013 through Dec. 31, 2016, when the previous collective bargaining agreement expired, players on the women’s team could make a maximum salary of $72,000, plus bonuses for winning non-tournament games as well as World Cup appearances and victories, and for Olympic placement.
  • “We believe it is our duty to be the role models that we’ve set out to be and fight to what we know we legally deserve,” forward Christen Press told The Associated Press. “And hopefully in that way it inspires women everywhere.”

    2. Major League Baseball Spring Training Interesting News


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  • When Angels two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani is placed back onto the Angels’ active roster this season, it will be as a designated hitter. Pitching, which Ohtani hasn’t done since undergoing Tommy John surgery in October, is off the table until 2020.
  • Astros manager AJ Hinch called Justin Verlander into his office Friday to inform him he would start on Opening Day for the 11th time in his career.
  • Only 13 pitchers got to 200 innings last year, the lowest full-season number in baseball history. Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel, Aaron Nola, Corey Kluber, Gerrit Cole and Patrick Corbin. There were new names like Miles Mikolas, Mike Clevinger and Kyle Freeland, and reliable top-end starters like Zack Greinke.
  • The Texas Rangers are building a new facility at their spring training complex in Arizona that will include housing for as many as 180 players and staff. Jon Daniels, president of baseball operations and general manager, said Friday that the dormitory complex in Arizona and a new academy in the Dominican Republic will provide the Rangers with some of the top player development facilities in baseball.
  • We’re just three short weeks from Opening Day, as all 30 teams will be in action March 28, the earliest Opening Day in league history. Between now and then, teams will have to whittle their current camp rosters down to 25 players. For some teams, that task is as simple as deciding who fills the final seat on the bench or the final spot in the bullpen. For others, there are several roster spots open and numerous moving parts to be sorted out. A lot can change with the inevitable injuries and roster shuffling that will take place over the next few weeks, but we’ve taken our best shot at predicting the Opening Day rosters for all 30 teams. See all teams here from JOEL REUTER | Bleacher Report

    3.  Managers That Must Win Or Find Other Employment


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  • Nick Francona was fired by Gabe Kapler and the Dodgers four years ago. He hasn’t forgotten it; and won’t let baseball forget it either. Read More Here By Jon Wertheim |
  • Gabe Kapler with, his somewhat unorthodox strategic preferences. Kapler will also have to get of to a great start,  with all additions to the roster and a pretty good finish the second have of the season, Kapler will need a convincing second season as the Phillies manager to keep the fans from total revolt
  • The Kansas City Royals are probably going to struggle again in 2019. It was only in 2015 World Series the Royals won a World Series. Ned Yost is still the Royals manager, but they’ve brought him back on a one-year deal.  If things go south early see a mid season change.
  • Bryce Harper’s departure won’t alleviate the pressure on Dave Martinez. The Washington Nationals expected more than an 82-80 record and no playoffs in Martinez’s first season. With a good core group still around and the additions of Patrick Corbin, Brian Dozier, Yan Gomes, and Trevor Rosenthal this offseason, Martinez will have to show winning tendencies or he could be out quickly.
  • With Manny Machado on board, it’s almost certain that Andy Green and the Padres have to show at least some modest improvement for his position to be considered secure. Green hasn’t had a lot of talent to work with in his first three years leading the Padres and still is a few years away. A good season could reward him to stick around to see the youth come through.





March 7th, 2019

Welcome back, have a great Thursday!

On This Day In Sports

  • 1930 Georgetown High of Chicago defeats Homer 1-0 in basketball
  • 1940 Montreal Canadiens lose record tying NHL 15th straight game at home
  • 1940 Ray Steele beats B Nagurski in St Louis, to become wrestling champ
  1. LSU Tigers Should Fire Will Wade and Miss The NCAA Tournament



  • When will it stop? To answer that question, only when head coaches get the same sentence as surrogates. A phone conversation intercepted by the FBI reveals LSU coach Will Wade and former Adidas consultant Christian Dawkins discussed a recruiting deal offered to a prospect, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports.
  • In case you somehow missed the excerpt from the FBI wiretap that appears to be related to LSU guard Javonte Smart getting an “offer,” here it is, according to Yahoo:

Wade: “I was thinking last night on this Smart thing. I’ll be honest with you, I’m [expletive] tired of dealing with the thing. Like I’m just [expletive] sick of dealing with the [expletive]. Like, this should not be that [expletive] complicated.”

Wade: “Dude. I went to him with a [expletive] strong-ass offer about a month ago. [Expletive] strong.

Wade: “The problem was, I know why he didn’t take it now, it was [expletive] tilted toward the family a little bit. It was tilted toward taking care of the mom, taking care of the kid. Like it was tilted towards that. Now I know for a fact he didn’t explain everything to the mom. I know now, he didn’t get enough of the piece of the pie in the deal.”

Dawkins: “Hmmmm.”

Wade: “It was a [expletive] hell of a [expletive] offer. Hell of an offer.”

Dawkins: “Okay.”

Wade: “Especially for a kid who is going to be a two- or three-year kid.”

Even worse for Wade was that ESPN reported via court documents that Dawkins had “at least three calls with a cellphone number belonging to LSU coach Will Wade, each of which occurred between June 19, 2017, and June 30, 2017.” Smart announced his commitment to LSU on June 30. From By CONNOR O’GARA 

2. Was The Kansas Jayhawks Big 12 Title Winning Streak a Basketball Dynasty

For the first time in 14 seasons, the Kansas Jayhawks won’t be crowned Big 12 regular-season champions. Kansas’ run of 14 consecutive Big 12 regular-season championships ended Tuesday night, as the Jayhawks’ 81-68 loss at Oklahoma mathematically eliminated them from the title race.

3. LeBron Passes Michael Jordan On The All-Time Scoring List

  • James said about passing Jordan, “A lot of stuff that I have done in my career, this ranks right up there at the top with winning a championship,” James said. “For a kid from Akron, Ohio, that needed inspiration and needed some type of positive influence, MJ was that guy for me. I watched him from afar, wanted to be like MJ, wanted to shoot fadeaways like MJ, wanted to stick my tongue out on dunks like MJ, wanted to wear my sneakers like MJ. I wanted kids to look up to me at some point like MJ. It’s crazy, to be honest. It’s beyond crazy.”

4. College Baseball Season Starting to Heat Up

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Vanderbilt remains No. 1 in the Baseball America Top 25 after a 4-1 week. Vanderbilt began the year ranked No. 1 in the Preseason Top 25 for the second time in program history and have remained atop the rankings through the first three weeks of the season.

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Notes:Last week: 4-1
Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
Weekend Series: 2-0

Feb. 26: Southeast Missouri State: W 11-3
Feb. 27: Austin Peay: L 7-6
Mar. 1-3: Dayton: W 11-3, W 5-1, W 2-0
Mar. 5: Davidson
Mar. 6: East Tennessee State
Mar. 8-10: Illinois State

Top-ranked Vanderbilt made relatively routine work of a sweep of Dayton. Shortstop Ethan Paul continued his hot-hitting ways with a 5-for-10 weekend at the plate, pushing his average to .422 on the season. He’s also taken to the shortstop position nicely after sliding over from second base, as he has yet to make his first error there. Preseason All-American outfielder JJ Bleday added home runs in each of the first two games of the series, giving him a team-leading four on the year.

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    Notes:Last week: 3-1
    Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in Pac-12 (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 3-0

    Feb. 26: @ Cal State Northridge: W 4-3
    Mar. 1-3: Sacramento State: W 2-1, W 6-0, L 2-1
    Mar. 5: Pepperdine
    Dodger Stadium Classic in Los Angeles, Calif.
    Mar. 8: (18) Michigan
    Mar. 9: Oklahoma State
    Mar. 10: vs. Southern California

    A moment of appreciation for UCLA reliever Kyle Mora, who has been virtually unhittable this season. He threw two scoreless innings in each of the first two games of the series against Sacramento State. In 13 innings across eight appearances, he has a 0.69 ERA, a 21-to-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and an .098 opponent batting average. The starting rotation has continued to carry more than its own weight, as the righthanded trio of Zach Pettway (7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 K), Jack Ralston (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K), and Jesse Bergin (6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 9 K) were excellent once again.

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    North Carolina

    Notes:Last week: 4-1
    Overall: 11-1, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 3-0

    Feb. 26: UNC Wilmington: W 4-3
    Feb. 27: Virginia Commonwealth: L 11-8
    Mar. 1-3: Massachusetts-Lowell: W 5-0, W 14-7, W 14-2
    Mar. 5: Charleston Southern
    Mar. 8-10: @ (21) Clemson

    Righthander Gianluca Dalatri is doing all he can to make sure last season’s injury-plagued season is but a distant memory. In Game 1 against Massachusetts-Lowell, he threw 7.1 shutout innings, allowing two hits and no walks with five strikeouts. On the season, he’s now sporting a 1.06 ERA, a 17-to-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and a .167 opponent batting average in 17 innings of work. The Tar Heels are still waiting on a few guys to get going for an offense that is hitting .263 as a team, but shortstop Ike Freeman has been locked in, hitting .410/.510/.692 with three homers, which already ties his career in home runs, set last season. UNC has a huge series coming up this weekend, as they open up ACC play against a Clemson team looking to bounce back from a series loss to rival South Carolina.

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    Notes:Last week: 3-1
    Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in Pac-12 (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 2-0

    Feb. 26: San Francisco: W 8-3
    Mar. 1-3: @ Cal State Fullerton: W 4-3, W 8-1, L 6-5
    Mar. 7-10: (9) Texas

    In a quality series that went a bit under the radar due to the presence of so many other marquee series and tournaments across the country, Stanford took two of three on the road from Cal State Fullerton. The Cardinal offense still isn’t quite clicking as a whole, but catcher Maverick Handley continues to be a bright spot. He was 3-for-4 with a double and a triple in game 1, 2-for-4 with three RBI in the second game, and while he was just 1-for-5 in the finale, his one hit was an RBI double that scored Stanford’s first run of the game. A four-game home series with Texas this weekend promises to be a barnburner.

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    Notes:Last week: 4-1
    Overall: 9-4, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 3-0

    Feb. 26: @ Jacksonville: W 5-4
    Feb. 27: Central Florida: L 12-9
    Mar. 1-3: Winthrop: W 16-4, W 28-5, W 5-3
    Mar. 5-6: Florida Gulf Coast
    Mar. 8-10: Yale

    There has been concern at various points over what could be expected from Florida’s offense, but they looked quite good in scoring 49 runs in their sweep of a Winthrop team that boasts some talented arms. The Gators’ Game 2 effort, when they plated 28 runs on 23 hits, was particularly impressive. It’s not just those gaudy totals. It’s also that they hit not one, not two, but three grand slams over the course of game, one each from Kendrick Calilao, Jacob Young and Santino Miozzi. Though they are still waiting on some key offensive pieces to come around, the offensive outburst against Winthrop raised the team average to .287 on the season.

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    Florida State

    Notes:Last week: 3-0
    Overall: 10-0, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 3-0

    Mar. 1-3: Mercer: W 9-5, W 12-1, W 5-1
    Mar. 6: North Florida
    Mar. 8-10: Virginia Tech

    Florida State just continues to roll on in nonconference play. They got their stiffest test of the season from a Mercer program that is annually a contender in the Southern Conference, but the Seminoles handled the Bears with little incident. Few hitters have been as hot as FSU outfielder Robby Martin in the early going. With a 6-for-11 weekend against Mercer with a pair of doubles, he’s now hitting .538 with seven doubles on the season. Third baseman Drew Mendoza is off to a great start in his own right. He homered twice in the series finale, giving him a team-best five.

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    Oregon State

    Notes:Last week: 2-1
    Overall: 10-1, 0-0 in Pac-12 (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 2-0

    Mar. 1-3: West Virginia: W 9-2, W 4-2, L 2-0
    Safeco Baseball Showcase in Seattle
    Mar. 8: vs. Minnesota
    Mar. 9: vs. Indiana
    Mar.10: vs. (19) Coastal Carolina

    A much-anticipated pitching matchup between West Virginia’s Alek Manoah and Oregon State’s Kevin Abel ended up not living up to expectations in Game 1 of last weekend’s series, but that’s only because OSU took the suspense out of the game so quickly. They plated seven runs (four earned) off of Manoah in the second inning and never looked back. Meanwhile, Abel threw six innings of one-hit, one-run baseball with three walks and 11 strikeouts. The series finale might have been a 2-0 defeat, but the continuing dominance of lefthanded reliever Brandon Eisert is notable. He tossed two scoreless innings in Sunday’s game, which now gives him 11 scoreless innings on the season with 13 strikeouts and just one walk.

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    Mississippi State

    Notes:Last week: 4-1
    Overall: 10-1, 0-0 in SEC (3-1 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 2-0

    Feb. 26: Jackson State: W 17-4
    Feb. 27: Southeastern Louisiana: W 12-0
    Frisco College Baseball Classic
    Mar. 1: vs. Sam Houston State: W 5-4
    Mar. 2: vs. (8) Texas Tech: W 4-2
    Mar. 5: (14) East Carolina
    Mar. 6: Arkansas-Pine Bluff
    Mar. 8-10: Maine

    The Friday-Saturday rotation combination of lefthander Ethan Small and righthander JT Ginn showed, once again, that they might be the best such combo in the Southeastern Conference, if not the entire country. Against Sam Houston State, Small threw six innings, giving up seven hits and two runs with no walks and six strikeouts. The lack of walks in his start is no fluke, as the redshirt junior has yet to walk a single batter in his 18 innings this season. Ginn silenced the powerful Texas Tech offense over seven innings, allowing just three hits and two runs with one walk and eight strikeouts.

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    Big 12
    Notes:Last week: 4-1
    Overall: 10-3, 0-0 in Big 12 (3-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 3-0

    Feb. 26: Sam Houston State: W 10-3
    Feb. 27: Texas-San Antonio: L 10-7
    Mar. 1-3: (2) Louisiana State: W 8-1, W 8-4, W 7-6
    Mar. 5: Texas-Rio Grande Valley
    Mar. 7-10: @ (4) Stanford

    Texas made by far the loudest statement of the weekend by sweeping LSU. In each of the first two games, they wasted no time in getting to the Tigers’ starting pitchers. On Friday, it scored three runs with the help of six hits and four walks in four innings against righthander Zack Hess. On Saturday, LSU freshman righthander Landon Marceaux was done after 1.1 innings, having given up six earned runs. In the finale, it took coming back from a 6-4 deficit in the bottom of the ninth, but Texas pulled it off, with the winning run coming home on an Austin Todd RBI single. On the mound, Bryce Elder was outstanding again, throwing 6.2 innings, allowing just four hits and one unearned run. The tough tests don’t end here for Texas, as it hits the road this weekend for four games at Stanford.

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    Louisiana State

    Notes:Last week: 1-3
    Overall: 8-3, 0-0 in SEC (0-3 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 1-1

    Feb. 27: Southern: W 17-4
    Mar. 1-3: @ (19) Texas: L 8-1, L 8-4, L 7-6
    Mar. 6: Holy Cross
    Mar. 8-10: California

    There’s no other way to describe it. LSU simply took it on the chin this past weekend on the road at Texas. The Longhorns blitzed the Tigers’ starting pitchers in each of the first two games of the series on the way to victory, but the loss in the finale was in more heartbreaking fashion, as the Tigers held a 6-4 lead going into the bottom of the ninth, only to have Texas storm back for three runs for the walk-off win. Their opportunity for a bounce back comes this weekend when Andrew Vaughn and California pay a visit to Alex Box Stadium.

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    Texas Tech

    Big 12
    Notes:Last week: 1-2
    Overall: 6-3, 0-0 in Big 12 (0-1 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 2-0

    Feb. 26: New Mexico State: W 7-0
    Frisco College Baseball Classic
    Mar. 1: vs. Nebraska: L 2-1
    Mar. 2: vs. (9) Mississippi State: L 4-2
    Mar. 5-6: @ San Diego State
    Mar. 8-10: Wichita State

    It was a tough weekend for Texas Tech in cold, rainy Frisco, as the Red Raiders dropped a pair of close games to Nebraska and Mississippi State. After pitching had been more of a concern earlier in the season, it was the Tech offense that scuffled this time around. In 18 innings of play, they were held to just three runs on seven hits. On the mound, lefthander Erikson Lanning was a steadying force on Friday once again, throwing five shutout innings against the Cornhuskers, giving up two hits and one walk with seven strikeouts.

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    Notes:Last week: 4-0
    Overall: 8-2, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 2-0-1

    Feb. 26: Tennessee-Martin: W 12-6
    Mar. 1-3: Long Beach State: W 7-2, W 7-6, W 5-3
    Mar. 5: Little Rock
    Mar. 6: (14) East Carolina
    Mar. 8-10: Alabama-Birmingham

    Senior outfielder Ryan Olenek, a classic college baseball grinder type, is off to an outstanding start to the season. In three games against Long Beach State, he went 6-for-13 with a pair of doubles, helping bring his slash line to .475/.542/.650 on the year. The effort of freshman righthander Gunnar Hoglund was a bright spot in Game 3, as he turned in the best start of his young career. He tossed five innings, giving up six hits and one run with no walks and three strikeouts. Connor Green continued his run as the Rebels’ most effective reliever, tossing two perfect innings in the Game 2 victory, running his scoreless innings total to 7.2 on the season.

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    Notes:Last week: 3-1
    Overall 8-3, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 2-1

    Feb. 26: Xavier: L 5-4
    Mar. 1-3: James Madison: W 5-0, W 11-1, W 1-0
    Mar. 5: Morehead State
    Mar. 8-10: Boston College

    Louisville starting pitchers allowed just one run on nine hits over the course of the entire weekend in a sweep of James Madison. Lefthander Reid Detmers allowing just one hit and one walk with 14 strikeouts in eight shutout innings in Game 1 was just par for the course with how well he’s pitched so far this season. In 20 innings, he has an 0.45 ERA, 28 strikeouts, five walks and an .078 opponent batting average. Logan Wyatt walked six times in the three games against the Dukes, bringing his season walk total to an absurd 19, which means he’s only made one more out this season (20) than he has walks.

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    East Carolina

    Notes:Last week: 3-2
    Overall: 8-4, 0-0 in AAC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 2-0

    Feb. 25: Air Force: L 3-2
    Feb. 27: Elon: W 5-3
    LeClair Classic in Greenville, N.C.
    Mar. 1: Utah: W 7-6 (10)
    Mar. 2: Wright State: L 12-4
    Mar. 3: Western Carolina: W 12-6
    Mar. 5: @ (8) Mississippi State
    Mar. 6: @ (12) Mississippi
    Mar. 8-10: Marist

    East Carolina got pushed in their home tournament, the LeClair Classic. It took extra innings for the Pirates to dispatch Utah in the opener, and they were downed by Wright State before securing a winning weekend with the win over Western Carolina. The walk-off win against Utah came courtesy of an RBI single from center fielder Dusty Baker, who entered as a defensive replacement a few innings prior. Two-way player Alec Burleson continues to rake, going 6-for-14 in the tournament, although that actually served to lower his average to .542. ECU has a couple of interesting midweek games on deck, as they will complete the Magnolia State double-dip with games against both Mississippi State and Mississippi.

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    Notes:Last week: 3-2
    Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 3-0

    Feb. 26: Long Island-Brooklyn: L 1-0
    Feb. 27: Kennesaw State: W 11-1
    Mar. 1-3: @ Georgia Southern: W 3-1, W 4-2, L 10-7
    Mar. 5: Alabama State
    Mar. 6: Jacksonville State
    Mar. 8-10: Presbyterian

    For the third weekend in a row, Georgia Southern pushed a major conference foe. This time around, it was Georgia, which won two tight games to start the weekend before dropping the finale. Third baseman L.J. Talley has helped carry the Georgia offense in the early going. He had five hits over the weekend, including three in the Game 2 win, and is now hitting .447/.532/.763 with a team-leading three home run. Righthander Emerson Hancock did give up his first run of the season in the series opener, but he limited the Eagles to just one run in his five innings of work, giving him a nifty 0.50 ERA to this point.

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    Notes:Last week: 4-0
    Overall: 9-1, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 3-0

    Feb. 27: Memphis: W 10-3
    Mar. 1-3: Stony Brook: W 3-1, W 4-3, W 15-7
    Mar. 5-6: Charlotte
    Mar. 8-10: Louisiana Tech

    Dave Van Horn and his staff have to be elated with what they got from starting pitcher Isaiah Campbell in the series-opening win. The righthander, who is prone to bouts of inconsistency, threw seven shutout innings, giving up three hits and one walk with 13 strikeouts. First baseman Trevor Ezell, a graduate transfer from Southeast Missouri State, has been a real shot in the arm for the Razorbacks’ offense. After a five-hit weekend that featured a triple in the opener and a home run in the finale, he’s hitting .432/.511/.703 and he’s a perfect six-for-six in stolen bases for good measure. Arkansas welcomes a veteran Louisiana Tech team for three games this weekend in what could be a competitive series.

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    Notes:Last week: 3-0
    Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 3-0

    Mar. 1-3: Cincinnati: W 5-0, W 5-0, W 9-5
    Mar. 5-6: Tennessee-Martin
    Mar. 8-10: Texas-San Antonio

    Auburn swept Cincinnati with little incident, including back-to-back shutouts to begin the series. Righthander Tanner Burns shined in the first of those two, throwing a two-hit shutout with 15 strikeouts. It was sophomore lefthander Jack Owen, in his first start of the season, who did the heavy lifting in the second of those team shutouts, throwing seven scoreless innings with only three hits allowed to go along with ten strikeouts. In 16 innings this season, he’s yet to allow an earned run and he has a 22-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio on top of it.

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    Big 10
    Notes:Last week: 2-1
    Overall: 8-1, 0-0 in Big Ten (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series 3-0

    Mar. 1-3: @ Cal State Northridge: W 2-1, W 4-2, L 5-2
    Mar. 5: @ Long Beach State
    Mar. 6: @ (24) UC Irvine
    Dodger Stadium Classic in Los Angeles
    Mar. 8: @ (2) UCLA
    Mar. 9: @ Southern California
    Mar. 10: vs. Oklahoma State

    Lefthander Tommy Henry simply continues to dominate. His latest masterpiece was eight shutout innings against Cal State Northridge in the first game of the series, giving up three hits and one walk with 12 strikeouts. Prepare yourself for some truly mind-blowing stats through Henry’s first three starts. He’s now thrown 23 innings without allowing so much as a single run. He’s fanned 34, walked just two and allowed a microscopic .132 batting average against him. The Wolverines’ offense has just two players hitting better than .250 at this juncture, but with Henry and the rest of the staff combining for a 1.58 team ERA, they’ve had more than enough offense to get the job done.

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    Coastal Carolina

    Sun Belt
    Notes:Last week: 3-1
    Overall: 10-2, 0-0 in Sun Belt (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series 0-0

    Feb. 27: @ College of Charleston: L 8-5
    CCU Baseball Tournament in Conway, S.C.
    Mar. 1: Illinois: W 11-3
    Mar. 2: Connecticut: W 10-7
    Mar. 3: Indiana: W 6-5
    Mar. 5-6: Wake Forest
    Safeco Baseball Showcase in Seattle
    Mar. 8: vs. San Diego
    Mar. 9: vs. Washington
    Mar. 10: vs. (7) Oregon State

    Of Coastal Carolina’s three consecutive home tournaments to begin the season, last weekend’s, with games against Illinois, Connecticut and Indiana, promised to be the toughest, but the Chanticleers passed that test with flying colors. The Coastal offense was humming along all weekend, as they collected at least ten hits in each of the three games. The standout on that side of the ball last weekend was shortstop and nine-hole hitter Scott McKeon, who went 6-for-9 with three walks, driving his batting average up to a team-leading .417, and giving him, somewhat strangely, his first three walks of the season. Coastal is piecing things together a little bit on the mound, but it’s working for them thanks in large part to a deep bullpen, led by righthander Alaska Abney (0.00 in 10 IP), lefthander Trevor Damron (0.00 in 7 IP) and righthander Matt Eardensohn (2.19 ERA in 12.1 IP).

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    South Carolina

    Notes:Last week: 3-1
    Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in SEC (2-1 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Series: 3-0

    Feb. 26: Appalachian State: W 3-1
    Mar. 1-3: @/vs. (14) Clemson: W 5-4, L 11-5, W 14-3
    Mar. 5: Citadel
    Mar. 6: Gardner-Webb
    Mar. 8-10: Valparaiso

    South Carolina endured a series with rival Clemson that featured wild swings of emotion, with each team securing a blowout win in addition to the Gamecocks’ nail-biting victory on Friday. Reid Morgan turned in a solid start in the series-clinching win on Sunday. The righthander threw 6.2 innings, giving up eight hits and three runs (two earned) with no walks and five strikeouts. Bullpen work has been a strength for the Gamecocks thus far and that continued in the Game 1 victory as the trio of Wesley Sweatt, Cam Tringali, and Brett Kerry combined to throw 6.2 innings with six hits and one run allowed. It’s mostly good news with this series win for South Carolina, but there was a bit of bad news with the announcement that Carmen Mlodzinki, a key piece of the starting rotation, will miss some time with a fractured foot. That will make the efforts of the South Carolina bullpen and young lefty starting pitcher Dylan Harley even more important.

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    Notes:Previous ranking: 2-2
    Overall: 8-3, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series 2-1

    Feb. 26: East Tennessee State: W 14-3
    Mar. 1-3: vs./@: South Carolina: L 5-4, W 11-5, L 14-3
    Mar. 5: @ Furman
    Mar. 8-10: (3) North Carolina

    Starting pitching faltered in Clemson’s series loss to rival South Carolina. In the opener, Brooks Crawford lasted just two innings, having given up five runs on home runs by South Carolina’s Andrew Eyster and T.J. Hopkins. In the finale, Justin Wrobleski was hung with five earned runs in just one-third of an inning. In the Game 2 victory, Davis Sharpe struggled for the first time this season to the tune of seven hits and four runs in 3.2 innings, but four innings of shutout relief from Holt Jones allowed the Tigers’ offense to pick the team up. Things don’t get much easier for Clemson this coming weekend, as they’ll welcome in a red-hot North Carolina club for the start of ACC play.

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    Notes:Last week: 3-1
    Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 3-0

    Feb. 26: Richmond: W 8-2
    Mar. 1-3: @ Penn State in Bradenton, Fla.: W 14-0, L 8-7, W 9-2
    Mar. 5-6: Pennsylvania
    Mar. 8-10: @ Virginia

    Duke began the weekend by getting a combined no-hitter from Graeme Stinson, Matt Dockman and Jack Carey in a blowout win over Penn State. After that point, things got a bit stickier, as a three-homer game from PSU left fielder Kris Kremer helped push the Nittany Lions to a Game 2 win, and as late as the seventh inning in Game 3, the Blue Devils trailed 2-0. It was in that seventh inning, however, that the dam broke and Duke poured it on in a 9-2 win to capture the series. Center fielder Kennie Taylor had his own offensive outburst in the Sunday win, as he clubbed two homers and drove in six runs.

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    North Carolina State

    Notes:Last week: 4-0
    Overall 11-0, 0-0 in ACC (1-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 2-

    Feb. 27: @ Campbell: W 10-1
    Mar. 1-3: Minnesota: W 3-2, W 8-4, W 5-4
    Mar. 6: @ North Carolina Central
    Mar. 8-10: Pittsburgh

    North Carolina State has done nothing but impress so far in 2019 with their series sweep of a solid Minnesota club just the latest example. A pitching staff with a team ERA of 2.36 on the season came through again. In Game 1, it was righthander Jason Parker who led the way with 5.1 innings in his start, giving up four hits and one run. The second game featured a solid start from lefthander Canaan Silver, who threw six innings, giving up three hits and two runs. The bullpen stepped up in the series finale, with the quartet of Evan Justice, Nolan Clenney, NIck Swiney and MIchael Bienlien combining to throw five innings with only three hits and one run allowed.

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    UC Irvine

    Big West
    Notes:Last week: 2-1
    Overall: 7-3, 0-0 in Big West (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 3-0

    Feb. 26: @ Loyola Marymount: L 7-3
    Mar. 1: @ Missouri State: W 3-2, W 4-1 (11)
    Mar. 6: (18) Michigan
    Mar. 8-10: St. John’s

    What was supposed to be UC Irvine’s three-game series on the road at Missouri State turned into a Friday doubleheader between the two teams, as they worked to get in as much baseball as they could before inclement weather rolled into Springfield, Mo. The Anteaters made the most of the double dip, taking home wins in both halves. Ace Andre Pallante looked more like his old self in Game 1, throwing 5.2 innings, giving up two hits and two runs with one walk and six strikeouts. In the second game, the righthanded trio of Tanner Brubaker, Trenton Denholm and Jordan Bocko held the Bears largely at bay for the first ten innings, allowing third baseman Brandon Lewis to connect for a go-ahead three-run homer in the top of the eleventh.

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    Big 12
    Notes:Last week: 2-2
    Overall: 9-2, 0-0 in Big 12 (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend series: 2-0

    Feb. 26: Dallas Baptist: W 10-4
    Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic in Houston
    Mar. 1: vs. Texas A&M: L 5-2
    Mar. 2: vs. Rice: L 6-3
    Mar. 3: vs. Texas State: W 5-4
    Mar. 5: Texas-Arlington
    Mar. 8-10: Nebraska

    Baylor was dangerously close to going home winless in the Shriners Classic in Houston. After losses to Texas A&M and Rice in the first two games of the weekend, the Bears trailed Texas State 4-3 heading into the ninth inning of their third game. But instead of pulling the ripcord and packing up mentally, they did what veteran teams do and fought back. Just one strike away from being the final out of the game, Baylor center fielder Richard Cunningham dumped a double just inside the left field line on the ninth pitch of the at-bat to get a rally going. One batter later, he scored on a Nick Loftin single to right, and one batter after that, the Bears took the lead on a Davis Wendzel double off the wall in left. Baylor was scheduled to hit the road this coming weekend for a tough series at Nebraska, but due to lingering winter weather across the Midwest, that series is now a home series at Baylor Ballpark.

5. What Happened To The Women’s Basketball Dynasties


Photo: Louisiana Tech was a women’s basketball powerhouse in the 1980s and ’90s. The Techsters lost the 1998 title game to Tennessee. (GARY CASKEY / REUTERS)

  • The Old Dominion Lady Monarchs women’s basketball team contributed to the initial rise in popularity of women’s intercollegiate basketball in the United States in the 1970s. Women’s college basketball was organized under the auspices of the AIAW in the early 1970s, at a time when competitive power was distributed among small colleges that had established a niche (such as ImmaculataDelta StateWest Chester StateWayland Baptist and Stephen F. Austin). Later in the decade, ODU won two national championships in dominating fashion with star players, Nancy Lieberman and Anne Donovan. ODU, along with UCLA and Tennessee, among others, led the rise to prominence of large schools with national reputations to the top intercollegiate level, before the NCAA began sponsoring sports for women.
  • The very first women’s NCAA basketball tournament was held in 1982, and Louisiana Tech took center stage. The Lady Techsters had already compiled a 109-9 record over the previous three seasons, winning the 1981 AIAW Championship (the precursor to the women’s tourney) with a perfect 34-0 record. The Lady Techsters haven’t made the NCAA field since 2011 at 14-14 this season, they aren’t likely to end that drought soon.
  • Tennessee Volunteers were the women’s college basketball team of the ’90s with four titles, including three in a row from 1996 to ’98, one unbeaten season and a 310-39 record under Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt.
  • Summitt won a silver medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal as a member of the United States women’s national basketball team. She returned to the Olympics in 1984 as a head coach, guiding the U.S. women’s basketball team to a gold medal. She was named the Naismith Basketball Coach of the Century in 2000. In 2009, the Sporting News placed her at number 11 on its list of the 50 Greatest Coaches of All Time in all sports; she was the only woman on the list. In 38 years as a coach, she never had a losing season. In 2012, Summitt was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama and received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2012 ESPY Awards.




March 6th, 2019

Have a Great Wednesday!

On this day: 1922 Babe Ruth signs 3 year contract with NY Yankees at $52,000 a year

  1. Finally Someone is sentenced in NCAA basketball scandal.

Image: Christian Dawkins

Photo: Business manager Christian Dawkins arrives to court in New York on March 5, 2019, Seth Wenig / AP

  • Former Adidas executive James Gatto was sentenced to nine months in prison Tuesday for his role in college basketball’s federal fraud scandal. Co-defendants Merl Code, an Adidas consultant, and basketball middleman Christian Dawkins, each received six months. All were the men who conspired to pay families so top college basketball recruits would go to Adidas-sponsored schools.
  • Manhattan U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan said he had to balance the need for a stern message with the realization that others who did similar crimes were not prosecuted in a widespread college basketball recruiting scandal that has tainted two dozen schools.
  • None of the men made extra money from their illegal actions, Assistant US Attorney Edward Diskant said, “there is no question each of these defendants were acting for personal and competitive advantage.”

    2. 21 Horses Die at Santa Anita Racetrack Causing Cancelled Races

  • Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita, said Tuesday that racing won’t be held this weekend. Very troubling that 21 horses died at the track over the last 10 weeks.
  • Santa Anita Park with palm trees and the San Gabriel Mountains as a backdrop in Arcadia, Calif.
  • Dennis Moore, the former track superintendent at Santa Anita who earlier in the day had been retained to examine and monitor the surface, will do an extensive inspection of the track. Moore, the track superintendent at Los Alamitos and Del Mar, voluntarily stepped down as Santa Anita track superintendent at the end of 2018.
  • A 4-year-old filly, under the tutelage of the Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally, suffered a catastrophic spill during Tuesday morning workouts on the main track. McAnally suggested that the effect of the heavy rains on the track could be a factor in the horse deaths.
  • On Saturday, March 2, two days after the track had reopened following an evaluation by University of Kentucky racing surface consultant Mick Peterson, 4-year-old filly Eskenforadrink suffered a catastrophic injury in a $16,000 claiming race. She was euthanized after being examined by veterinarians.
  • Two major races were scheduled: the San Felipe for 3-year-old Kentucky Derby hopefuls and the Santa Anita Handicap for older horses.

    3. Bruce Arians Plans to Create a Full Time Position For a Women

a man wearing a hat and glasses: Bruce Arians wants to open female coaching position

Photo: by Michael Hickey/Getty Images Bruce Arians wants to open female coaching position

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians plans on creating a full-time coaching position designated for a woman. He shared that information at the Women’s Career in Football Forum while at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. Arians did not share an exact timeline, the coach said this season could be a possibility.
  • Arians in 2015 hired Dr. Jen Welter as an assistant coach with the Arizona Cardinals. Welter was an intern, she wasn’t a full-time coach. In 2016 the Buffalo Bills hired Kathryn Smith as the first full-time assistant coach in the NFL.

    4. MLB MLBPA are nearing rule changes

Rob Manfred wearing a suit and tie holding a sign posing for the camera

Photo: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

  • Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have spent the winter negotiating over rules changes. a new deal may only be a day or two away from completion.
  • Some of the items the league would like to implement: single trade deadline of July 31st, three-batter minimum per pitcher (by 2020), 26-man roster (by 2020) and 28-man September roster (with 13 and 14-pitcher limits), 15-day injured list and 15-day minimum optional assignment, further limitations on mound visits, position-player pitching, and time between innings.
  • The league has announced a new deal with the Liga Mexicana de Beisbol. The MLBPA has ratified the pact, which will govern the movement of players from Mexico’s top league to MLB organizations.





March 5th, 2019

Have a Great Tuesday, Happy Mardi Gras!!!

On this day, 1955 2nd ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Duke, 87-77

  1. Bryce Harper Beat LeBron James in Jersey Sales

a baseball player wearing a red hat

Photo: Mike Carlson/MLB Photos via Getty Images

  • The No. 3 Phillies jersey that Bryce Harper is wearing broke the 48 hour record for such jersey sales. LeBron James Laker jersey now is the second highest selling jersey followed by Giancarlo Stanton’s Yankees jersey, Khalil Mack and Jimmy Garoppolo round out the top five Fanatics jerseys.
  • Harper wore No. 34 with the Washington Nationals during his seven-year stint. He chose to switch numbers with the Phillies to honor the late Roy Halladay, who died in a plane crash in November 2017.
  • Here’s a list of the 20 players with the most jersey sales in 2018:

1. Aaron Judge, Yankees
2. Jose Altuve, Astros
3. Javier Báez, Cubs
4. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
5. Mookie Betts, Red Sox
6. Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
7. Kris Bryant, Cubs
8. Shohei Ohtani, Angels
9. Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees
10. Yadier Molina, Cardinals
11. Mike Trout, Angels
12. Buster Posey, Giants
13. Bryce Harper, Nationals
14. Freddie Freeman, Braves
15. Cody Bellinger, Dodgers
16. Andrew Benintendi, Red Sox
17. George Springer, Astros
18. Francisco Lindor, Indians
19. Carlos Correa, Astros
20. Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves

The list is generated based on sales of Majestic jerseys from, the official online shop of Major League Baseball, since Opening Day 2018.

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for based in Denver.

2. Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Faces Biggest Test of His Power

Robert Kraft et al. standing in front of a crowd: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, right, faces two misdemeanor charges of soliciting prostitution at a massage parlor in Florida.

Photo: Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, right, faces two misdemeanor charges of soliciting prostitution at a massage parlor in Florida.

  • Robert Kraft never made it to his golf game with  Al Michaels, the longtime host of “Sunday Night Football.” at the Bel-Air Country Club. The police 2,600 miles away in Florida were charging him with two counts of soliciting a prostitute at a massage parlor in Jupiter. Not something anyone saw coming.
  • Amy Klobuchar, the Democratic nominee for president in 2020, included Robert Kraft in a humorous joke at the annual Gridiron Club and Foundation dinner in Washington D.C.s. Klobuchar promised the audience that the duration of her speech would be “shorter than a Robert Kraft visit to the Orchids day spa.”
  • When Kraft returned to Boston the next day, he was spotted hugging Patriots quarterback Tom Brady after they got off a private jet.
  • Kraft’s future is uncertain as he goes through the legal process. His untarnished reputation is now tarnished and may have compromised his stature within that most exclusive of American business clubs.

    3. Does Running a Fast 40 Yard Dash Make You a Superstar in the NFL?

Photo: Getty Images/Ringer illustration

  • Greedy Williams was the best cornerback prospect of the draft class, running a 4.37 40-yard dash. DeAndre Baker another cornerback didn’t have the time that he wanted, his first 40-yard-dash attempt was clocked in with a 4.52. He followed that up with an even slower 4.63 his second go-round. The difference in times only is an issue depending on who wants to draft Baker. Remember Jalen Myrick in 2017 ran a 4.28 second 40 yard dash. After being drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft Jacksonville waived the cornerback. He now spends time on the Minnesota Vikings practice squad.
  • The 2019 “Run Rich Run” the NFL Network’s Rich Eisen didn’t put up a career-best while running the 40-yard dash in his suit at the NFL combine. Eisen has raised over $1 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital because of his yearly 40 yard dash. He was timed at 6.77 seconds the first time he ran in 2005. This year it was 6.00 even, how time flies!
  • John Ross ran a 4.22 40 yard dash which moved him to a top 10 pick, where he was selected #9 overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2017 NFL Draft. Why doesn’t the fastest time mean anything, because Ross didn’t play much at all in the 2017 season and only contributed catching 21 passes and 7 TDs. Now the Bengals are looking to unload the speedster. 




March 4th, 2019

Have a Great Monday!

On this day, 1941 Chicago Black Hawks goaltender Sam LoPresti faces NHL record 83 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Bruins in Boston

  1. Cardinals Looking to Trade Josh Rosen

As the NFL combine is coming to a close the Arizona Cardinals are trying to position themselves to acquire another first round draft pick

  • Kliff Kingsburg seems to think Kyler Murray would be the QB for his offensive system and would pick him as the No. 1 pick in the draft
  • Alex Smith is unlikely to play this year after breaking his tibia and fibula and then enduring several surgeries to deal with infections. So the Washington Redskins are showing serious interest in the Cardinal rookie QB.

    2. LeBron James may not make the playoffs and his streak of NBA Finals appearances in jeopardy.


Photo: Sporting News

Saturday night’s Laker loss to the Suns was a low point for LA, dropping the team to 30-33 overall and 4 1/2 games back of the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoff field.

This is how the bottom of the Conference looks:

No. 7 Clippers 36-29

No. 8 Spurs 35-29

No. 9 Kings 31-31

No. 10 Lakers 30-33

3. President Trump Making Fast Food a Tradition

President Donald Trump welcomes the 2018 NCAA FCS College Football Champions, The North Dakota State Bison, to the White House.

Photo: President Donald Trump welcomes the 2018 NCAA FCS College Football Champions, The North Dakota State Bison, to the White House. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster, AP)

  • President Donald Trump welcomed the Football Championship Subdivision champions — the North Dakota State Bison — to the White House on Monday. And, according to a pool report, he served them a lunchtime spread of Big-Macs, Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches and french fries, among other fast-food items.
  • Trump served a similar meal to the Clemson Tigers when they visited the White House in January.
  • Trump has now hosted six football teams at the White House since taking office in 2016, in addition to the MLB’s Houston Astros and NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. Other championship teams, however, have either declined to visit the White House or not received an invitation from the president. Trump has yet to honor a championship basketball team at the White House. From , USA TODAY
  • The president had praise for quarterback Easton Stick, comparing him to Tom Brady. “Somebody better draft him, he’s going to be a rich guy,” Trump said of Stick. Stick, who joined his former teammates after showing his skills at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, presented the president a North Dakota State No. 45 jersey.

    4. Can the Michigan Wolverines Make the NCAA Finals for the Second Straight Year

Michigan Wolverines head coach John Beilein spells with  guard Jordan Poole (2) and  guard Zavier Simpson (3) during the first half against the Maryland Terrapins at XFINITY Center.

Photo: Michigan Wolverines head coach John Beilein spells with guard Jordan Poole (2) and guard Zavier Simpson (3) during the first half against the Maryland Terrapins at XFINITY Center. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan, (USA TODAY Sports)

  • Michigan has also entered the No. 1 seed conversation. The victory over ranked Maryland on the road set the Wolverines in position to move into the top four seeds. Saturday’s Big Ten finale match-up against rival and fellow No. 2 seed Michigan State could give John Beilein a shot at a No. 1 seed.
  • Bracketology:

Multi-bid conferences: ACC (8), Big Ten (8), Big 12 (8), SEC (8), Big East (4), American (4), Mountain West (2), Pac-12 (2).

No. 1 seeds: Virginia, Duke, Gonzaga, Tennessee

Last four in: Minnesota, North Carolina State, Georgetown, Arizona State

First Four out: Seton Hall, Clemson, Creighton, Furman




March 3rd, 2019

Have a Great Sunday!

  1. Harden’s Scoring Streak


Photo: Sporting News

  • James Harden is on the verge of doing something amazing! The step back three shooting scoring machine will face the same pressures of a major league baseball player trying to catch Joe DiMaggio’s consecutive hit streak or maybe a bowler in the ninth frame of rolling a perfect game.
  • Harden extended his streak of consecutive 30-point games to 22. Harden still trails Wilt Chamberlain, who has three longer streaks, including the record-setting 65-game run he put up in 1961-62 — the season he averaged an NBA record 50.4 points per game.

    2. The Biggest Meat Market, The NFL Combine

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray

Photo: Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

  • The NFL Scouting Combine is an event that gives players a path to get selected in the upcoming draft. More than 300 prospects participate in the 2019 combine in their quest to achieve their NFL dreams.
  • Bucky Brooks Analyst, one of the best analysts gives his look at the top five prospects at each position as the 2019 NFL Draft will be soon upon us.
  • Alabama Crimson Tide star lineman 6-foot-3, 303-pounder Quinnen Williams was to stand on a 4.87 unofficial 40-yard dash time on Sunday at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine Williams’ agent, Nicole Lynn, told Williams he shouldn’t even run the 40 a second time. “He didn’t listen,” Lynn wrote in a tweet. “Decided to bet on himself …” Williams followed with a 4.83 official time on his second try. His 4.83 clocking is the fourth-fastest by a 300-plus pound defensive lineman at the combine since 2003.
  • Montez Sweat set a modern record for fastest 40-yard dash by a defensive lineman, clocking a 4.41.
  • The down side to any workout is the risk of injury. Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence suffered an injury on his first and only run of the 40-yard dash. Lawrence suffered a minor quad strain and he should be ready for Clemson’s pro day later this month.

    3. The Evolution of Giannis Antetokounmpo into a Global Star

Giannis Antetokounmpo could net a sneaker deal worth $7-10 million a year this summer. Dylan Buell/Getty Images
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (The Greek Freak) is taking over the NBA. The Milwaukee Bucks have improved their league-best record to 48-14 thus far. The gym rat has developed in to the future of the Global NBA basketball appeal.
  • Antetokounmpo’s upcoming shoe deal is not only expected to place him among the top 10 NBA players in the league from an earnings standpoint, but shoe deals create the exposure that opens the door for bigger endorsements down the road. Being a foreign player from Greece gives him the European exposure that US players get only if your Kobe Bryant or LeBron James.

    4. What Does Bryce Harper’s deal mean?


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  • Bryce Harper signs a $330 million over 13 years with the Philadelphia Phillies. Just days before Manny Machado signed a 10-year, $300 million contract with the San Diego Padres.
  • Who’s next, well probably the best player on the planet Mike Trout! The Los Angeles Angel outfielder will be a free agent for the first time in his career at the end of the season. The question is will the Angels extend the superstars contract or the free agent market have to with stand another Harper/Machado negotiation. The Los Angeles Angels have considered offering Mike Trout a 10-year, $350 million extension which would be the highest paid contract surpassing Harper’s $330 million dollar deal.
  • Here are the five largest contracts in baseball history:
  1. Bryce Harper, Phillies: 13 years, $330 million
  2. Giancarlo StantonMarlins: 13 years, $325 million
  3. Manny Machado, Padres: 10 years, $300 million
  4. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees: 10 years, $275 million
  5. Nolan ArenadoRockies: 8 years, $260 million

    5. Tampa Bay Lightning Odds on Favorite to Win Stanley Cup

Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning’s Brayden Point celebrates the team’s 50th victory of the 2018-19

NHL season (Getty Images)


Tampa Bay Lightning  4/1


Toronto Maple Leafs  9/1
Winnipeg Jets  9/1
Calgary Flames  10/1
San Jose Sharks  10/1





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The Element of Surprise Will Shape Trae Young’s Path to Stardom Rob Mahoney | Sports Illustrated

Rumor: Marcin Gordat and Raptors have mutual interest Ashish Mathur | Clutch Points

Three Lineup Combinations That Work Best Dylan Carter | Air Alamo

Allonzo Tier busts through rookie wall he insists he didn’t hit Marc Berman | New York Post

Here come the Magic and they’re ready to end their playoff drought  | SB Nation

LeBron James gets Crushed by Twitter For Walking Off the Court Before the Bucks-Laker Game Was Over Jorge Alonso | Brobile