NBA Preview: Celtics at Raptors

April 4, 2018

Celtics at Raptors preview The race for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference intensifies Wednesday when the first-place Toronto Raptors host the Boston Celtics. Both teams lost games Tuesday night, leaving them separated by two games with five to play, including this final encounter of the season series that will also determine the tiebreaker between the two teams. Enter this Single Game Contest Here The Raptors have lost…

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March Madness National Championship Preview: Michigan vs Villanova

April 2, 2018

Wolverines and Wildcats face off in the Alamodome for the national title Villanova is one win away from its second national championship in three seasons, but its final hurdle appears to be a daunting one. Michigan owns the longest winning streak in the nation at 14 games and will attempt to upset the Wildcats when the teams square off Monday in San Antonio in the NCAA Tournament title game. Villanova…

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MLB 2018 Season Preview: National League West

March 28, 2018

Imagining a perfect season for each team in the tank-free National League West If, as Scott Boras suggested earlier this winter, baseball has indeed been corrupted by tanking, a practice he decried as “a non-competitive cancer,” then the National League West is … wait, what cures cancer? In truth, it’s up for debate whether this glut of brazenly bad teams is actually a new phenomenon, or even all that harmful to the game,…

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MLB 2018 Season Preview: National League Central

March 28, 2018

5 new faces key to the National League Central race Yu Darvish, SP, Chicago Cubs Cubs’ projected record (FanGraphs): 93-69 Cubs’ projected record (PECOTA): 91-71 Darvish’s projected 2018 WAR (Steamer): 3.9 Unwilling to cede their position as the unequivocal favorite in the NL Central, the Cubs replaced Jake Arrieta this offseason with a younger, bat-missing-er stud in Darvish, giving the four-time All-Star $126 million to prevent their potential dynasty from derailing. Now, barring injury,…

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MLB 2018 Season Preview: National League East

March 27, 2018

Ranking the National League East in order of watchability 5. Miami Marlins FANGRAPHS PROJ. RECORD PECOTA PROJ. RECORD MVP (STEAMER) 64-98 65-97 J.T. Realmuto (2.8 WAR)   Oof. This is … going to be a shame. An unwatchable, contemptible shame. Without Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich, and Dee Gordon – each of them liquidated in Derek Jeter’s barbaric offseason teardown – the Marlins are the baseball equivalent of the second season of “True…

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MLB 2018 Season Preview: American League West

March 27, 2018

What to cheer for in 2018 for non-Astros fans Like the gunslingers of generations past, the Houston Astros are a force to be reckoned with out west – specifically, the American League West – and anyone who dares trifle with the reigning champs, emboldened by their first-ever World Series title and trigger-happy one-through-nine, will be swiftly vanquished. Jeff Luhnow, the Astros’ longtime general manager, knows it, too. “I think we…

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MLB 2018 Season Preview: American League Central

March 26, 2018

What each American League Central team should be hoping for in 2018 Cleveland Indians – “Win the whole f—— thing” At the outset of spring training, Francisco Lindor refused to characterize his club’s 2017 campaign as a successful season “because we didn’t finish.” It’s hard to disagree with him. After falling one win shy of a World Series triumph in 2016, the Indians waltzed to a second straight division title, riding a historically dominant pitching…

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MLB 2018 Season Preview: American League East

March 26, 2018

5 burning questions in the American League East 1.Who’s the favorite between the Red Sox and revamped Yankees? There really wasn’t a wrong answer to this question three weeks ago. Obviously, the Yankees’ lineup improved dramatically this winter with the acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton, but the Red Sox upgraded, too, adding J.D. Martinez to more-or-less the same roster that won 93 games in 2017 despite their lackluster offense. Thanks to the tireless efforts,…

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March Madness Sweet 16 Preview: Texas A&M vs Michigan

March 21, 2018

Do the Aggies have another upset in them? It’s been a pretty good NCAA Tournament for Michigan so far with two wins while getting to watch rival Michigan State fall to Syracuse as an upset. The Wolverines knocked off Montana and got a miracle long-range shot from freshman Jordan Poole to beat Houston. They have now won 11 straight games and have dispelled any issues with the long layoff after…

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March Madness Sweet 16 Preview: Loyola (Chicago) vs Nevada

March 21, 2018

Two of the 2018 Tournament’s Cinderella stories clash in the topsy-turvy South Region One advanced on a pair of buckets scored in the final seconds. The other rallied from a combined 39-point deficit over two contests. Loyola-Chicago and Nevada provided some of the most memorable moments of this NCAA Tournament in their first four combined games. The two now meet with a trip to the Elite Eight on the line. Given…

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March Madness Round 64 Preview: St. Bonaventure vs. Florida

March 14, 2018

March Madness Round 64 Preview St. Bonaventure vs. Florida Sixth-seeded Florida hopes to find the best version of itself when it begins play in the NCAA Tournament against No. 11 seed St. Bonaventure in the first round of the East Region on Thursday in Dallas. The Gators owns impressive victories over Gonzaga, Cincinnati, Kentucky (two) and Auburn, but dropped five of their last eight games against non-NCAA teams before falling…

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March Madness Round 64 Preview: Montana vs. Michigan

March 14, 2018

March Madness Round 64 Preview Montana vs. Michigan Third-seeded Michigan looks to continue its winning ways when it faces No. 14 seed Montana in the first round of the West regional on Thursday in Wichita, Kan. The Wolverines have ripped off nine consecutive wins, including four victories in four days in New York City to claim their second Big Ten tournament title in as many years, and hope a 10-day…

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March Madness Round 64 Preview: Buffalo vs. Arizona

March 14, 2018

March Madness Round 64 Preview Buffalo vs. Arizona After a controversy-filled few weeks, Arizona has regained its swagger just in time for the NCAA Tournament. The fourth-seeded Wildcats claimed both the Pac-12 regular-season title and the conference tournament championship but will need to be careful not to overlook No. 13 seed Buffalo when the teams meet Thursday in the first round of the South Region in Boise, Idaho. Buffalo set…

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