MONDAY JULY 9, 2018 SPORTS REVIEW, TROUT, RAIDERS, LEBRON, COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Something has been gnawing at me about Mike Trout and Mookie Betts. Both are practically perfect hitters, and in practically identical ways. It’s not just that they both hit the ball hard and far, but that they control the construction of each plate appearance: Los Angeles Angels center fielder Trout has a phenomenal batting eye — his chase rate is … Read moreMONDAY JULY 9, 2018 SPORTS REVIEW, TROUT, RAIDERS, LEBRON, COLLEGE FOOTBALL

COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER-CAUGHT UP WITH ALL THE NEWS

Kyler Murray, who was projected to succeed Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield as Oklahoma’s quarterback, will have a difficult decision to make after being drafted No. 9 overall in the MLB draft by the Oakland Athletics on Monday. By Jake Trotter Nebraska got the guy, it has the offensive philosophy, and it has hope again. Now it might need a … Read moreCOLLEGE FOOTBALL IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER-CAUGHT UP WITH ALL THE NEWS

COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS-MIKE KRZYZEWSKI-NBA DRAFT-RECRUITING

Last week, five-star prospect Joey Baker announced that he was reclassifying to join the 2018 recruiting class and would enroll at Duke in the fall. By John Gasaway, ESPN Insider Who has declared for the 2018 NBA draft, and who’s testing the waters? We’re tracking the prospects in our Top 100 rankings leading up to the May 30 deadline to withdraw. (International … Read moreCOLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS-MIKE KRZYZEWSKI-NBA DRAFT-RECRUITING

RECRUITING TIME FOR COLLEGE BASKETBALL PROGRAMS-DUKE LOSING FOUR FRESHMAN

Duke recruit R.J. Barrett 6-foot-7 shooting guard averaged almost 29 points per game during the 2017-18 season for Montverde (Fla.) Academy, earning the Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year award and leading his team to a perfect 35-0 record, not to mention a national championship. By Cody Benjamin   Unless you’ve been in a coma … Read moreRECRUITING TIME FOR COLLEGE BASKETBALL PROGRAMS-DUKE LOSING FOUR FRESHMAN

NCAA MARCH MADNESS IS ALMOST HERE

NCAA guide to track the March Madness automatic bids. While 36 of the 68 teams that will make the tournament field are in the hands of the committee, 32 will learn their fates by clinching an automatic bid in the conference tournaments. The Michigan Wolverines stormed out of the Big Tournament championship game with a 75-66 … Read moreNCAA MARCH MADNESS IS ALMOST HERE

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY MOUNTAINEERS GAINING MOMENTUM

West Virginia is building momentum at the right time. The Mountaineers have won three straight and move up to #11 in the polls. West Virginia took care of business on Monday night, defeating #12 Texas Tech, 84-74, in the penultimate game of the season. “I think people realize how much they love this place,” said Huggins. … Read moreWEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY MOUNTAINEERS GAINING MOMENTUM