Here’s some rain for the Kris Bryant call-up celebration parade

April 17, 2015 – 2:09 am by Hickey

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Much-ballyhooed prospect Kris Bryant is receiving his big-league call-up from the Cubs on Friday. Bryant is so ballyhooed, in fact, that he is making people remember that ballyhooed is a word.

The arrival of arguably the most hyped prospect since Bryce Harper is a cause for celebration on the North Side. Cub haters, which is to say White Sox fans who need a life, which is to say all White Sox fans, will gladly point out that Bryant is merely the latest Next Big Thing for the Cubs. It’s a lineage that dates back to another third base prospect, Gary Scott, and has been carried on through the years by such names as Brooks Kieschnick, Corey Patterson, Mark Prior and Felix Pie.

It’s not the greatest legacy. Typically your best chances of succeeding when you’re the top prospect in the Cubs system is to do your work elsewhere, like Rafael Palmeiro.

Personally, I’m not worried about Bryant. His success at every level, from college to Triple-A, has been overwhelming. But there is still a way in which this scenario can have a Very Cub Ending.

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2015 NBA Draft early entries list

April 15, 2015 – 5:08 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Karl-Anthony Towns

The 2014 NBA Draft is still months away, but with the college basketball season over we’re starting to get a look and what this year’s draft class will look like.

Below is an updated list of early entrants who have declared themselves available for this year’s draft, which will take place on June 26 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The list includes international players who have declared themselves eligible, along with collegiate underclassmen.

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Sources: Philip Rivers would rather retire than play in L.A.

April 14, 2015 – 1:28 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Philip Rivers

As the San Diego Chargers continue to do their due diligence on Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, a new reality has emerged for the franchise. We have been told exclusively by two sources inside Chargers headquarters that quarterback Philip Rivers has not been shy in telling people he would rather retire than move to Los Angeles with the team.

We have been told that the actual city of Los Angeles isn’t the issue, but Rivers has no desire to uproot his family for a few years to play there. Rivers and his wife Tiffany have seven children and they have a great life in San Diego. He has no desire to play in a city without them and he’s not going to move them. If the Chargers were definitely going to be in San Diego for the long-term, Rivers would have already worked out a contract extension with the franchise. As it stands now, he is playing out the final year of his deal and will see what happens with the team’s stadium deal.

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Detroit Tigers off to historically torrid start

April 12, 2015 – 11:29 pm by Hickey

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For Detroit Tigers fans of a certain age, a fast start to the regular season is nothing new.  In 1984 the Motor City Kitties rocketed out to a 35-5 record through the first 40 games, a feat which has never been duplicated.

It is unlikely a team is soon going to duplicate that feat, but this year’s Tigers are certainly looking capable of matching that season’s total of 104 wins. Detroit is 6-0 through the first week of the season, which is hardly unprecedented in baseball annals. The dominating manner in which they are doing so, however, is.

The Tigers have scored 47 runs while only allowing 16, giving them a plus-31 run differential. That’s seven runs better than the mark of the ’84 team, which won its first eight games before dropping one.

That run differential puts Detroit in even headier company when compared to the six teams that finished with a winning percentage over .700 in the post-Dead Ball Era.

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Jahlil Okafor will enter 2015 NBA Draft

April 9, 2015 – 7:09 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Jahlil Okafor

Well that didn’t take long. Just a few days after leading the Duke Blue Devils to an NCAA title, freshman center Jahlil Okafor has announced he will enter the 2015 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-11 All-American announced his intentions on Thursday and Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski referred to it as a “great decision.”

Okafor had a phenomenal freshman season and most see him as one of the draft’s top prospects. He is often grouped along with Kentucky freshman Karl-Anthony Towns as one of the top two players available. Okafor finished the 2014-15 season averaging 17.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.4 blocks in 30.1 minutes per game. He also shot 66.4 percent from the field. The only really bad number he put up was a fairly brutal 51.0 percent from the free throw line.

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Report: Bucs owners will have final say on top pick

April 9, 2015 – 5:00 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Jameis Winston

It appears the Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren’t as settled on who they will select with the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft as we thought. While the team has appeared to be set on Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston as the top pick in the draft, but a report on Thursday seems to show that isn’t a lock. Additionally, it would appear that the final say on who the team selects will belong to the owners.

Charles Robinson reports that the Glazer family will ultimately make the decision on who the team takes at the top of the draft, and that particular attention should be paid to Darcie Glazer Kassewitz. Kassewitz is the daughter of late owner Malcolm Glazer, and while there is no evidence to suggest she is against selecting Winston, she has raised questions about the impact of selecting him on the franchise’s public image.

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Pacquiao motivated by Mayweather’s history of domestic violence

April 8, 2015 – 10:07 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Mayweather Pacquiao

I don’t think Manny Pacquiao needs any extra motivation for a win over Floyd Mayweather, but he has apparently found it in Mayweather’s history of domestic violence. Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) will face Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) on May 2 in Las Vegas, and the title of “best fighter of this generation” will be on the line. But according to Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, Pacquiao has found an extra level of motivation for this bout.

Roach claims that Mayweather’s history of domestic violence has upped Pacquiao’s intensity and motivation during training camp. Mayweather has been involved in seven alleged incidents of physical assault – against five different women – that resulted in his arrest or a citation. In 2012 he spent two months in a Nevada jail after an assault on Josie Harris, who is the mother of three of his four children.

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Scumbag Dave Bliss hired to coach NAIA hoops program

April 7, 2015 – 1:45 am by Hickey

Dave Bliss

In the case of Southwestern Christian University, Bliss is ignorance.

The NAIA school in Oklahoma that no one has ever heard of prior to today accomplished its goal of changing that by hiring the 71-year-old former Baylor coach, who is perhaps the worst scumbag ever produced by an industry teeming with them.

Bliss last coached at Baylor in 2003 before stepping down in one of the more sordid scandals in the history of just about anything.

Bliss was guilty of making illegal payments to several players, including Patrick Dennehy, who was later murdered by teammate Carlton Dotson. Once Dennehy was dead and buried, Bliss used him as a ploy to try and trick NCAA investigators, telling assistant coaches and players to inform them Dennehy made his extra cash from dealing marijuana rather than directly from Bliss.

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