LSU WR Peterson joins would-be teammate Kiel at Cincinnati

July 23, 2015 – 1:24 pm by Hickey
    Avery Peterson

Cincinnati football is apparently now the official home of those who “don’t have enough chest” to play at LSU. Wide receiver Avery Peterson, the younger brother of Patrick, is headed to play for the Bearcats after playing only one game for the Tigers during his redshirt freshman season.

When he’s there he’ll join quarterback Gunner Kiel, who was nearly one of his teammates in Baton Rouge (among several other locations.)

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Video: Kyle Schwarber hits two clutch home runs

July 22, 2015 – 1:54 am by Ryan Phillips
    Kyle Schwarber

Kyle Schwarber has finally arrived in the majors after touted as one of the best hitting prospects in baseball ever since he was selected fourth overall in the 2014 MLB Draft. The Chicago Cubs have been eagerly awaiting his arrival to the big leagues, and Tuesday night the young catcher showed why everyone has been making such a big deal about him.

Schwarber went 4-for-7 with a double, two home runs and four RBIs against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, and was clutch all night. In the top of the ninth with no outs, a runner on and the Cubs trailing 4-2, the Indiana product launched a 397-foot two-run homer to tie the game at four.

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Report: Detroit Tigers ready to sell at trade deadline

July 21, 2015 – 12:09 am by Ryan Phillips
    David Price

After years of chasing pennants with one of the most loaded rosters in baseball, the Detroit Tigers have limped through the 2015 season. After Monday night’s action, Detroit sits at 46-46, a whopping 9.5 games behind the Kansas City Royals for first place in the American League Central. The Tigers are also four games out of the final Wild Card spot, and it appears they are almost ready to pack things in.

Bob Nightengale is reporting that the Tigers are resigned to their fate and plan to sell at the trade deadline. While general manager Dave Dombrowski claims the team hasn’t decided what to do, the writing is on the wall in Detroit. The team will almost certainly put ace lefty David Price on the auction block, along with outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

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ACC Football: F*ck This Sh!t

July 20, 2015 – 8:55 pm by Hickey


College conferences like to come up with catchy mottos because some consultant told them it matters.

That’s why last year the Big 12 tooted its horn as having “One True Champion” until realizing it had a problem on its hands trying to get TCU into the College Football Playoff over Baylor if it really did only have one true champion.

This year, the Big 12 is making the most of its lack of a conference championship game with the motto “Every Game Counts.” It sends a strong message — this ain’t no namby-pamby league where you can win a league title without playing everyone. NO ONE DUCKS KANSAS UP IN HE-YUH.

However, the Big 12 can’t top this year’s ACC football motto, which appears right underneath the individual school schedules and scores from last season on Page 145 of the media guide.

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Pair of SoCal games rained out for first time in years

July 20, 2015 – 2:16 am by Hickey


Is Sunday what Al Gore was warning us about?

Both the Padres and Angels had home games rained out for the first time in a very long time, with San Diego calling a game for the first time since 2006 and the Anaheim doing so for the first time since 1995.

For the Padres, the exact date of the last rainout was April 4, 2006 — a span of 820 games. San Diego overcame that rare occurrence to win the NL West crown with a 37-year-old Mike Piazza behind the dish (22 home runs) and a triumvirate of 38-year-old Vinny Castilla, Mark Bellhorn and Russell “The Muscle” Branyan manning third base — perhaps an even more unlikely event than a Petco Park rainout. It remains the last time the team won a division title.

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Dodgers and Phillies still talking about Cole Hamels

July 17, 2015 – 3:38 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Cole Hamels

The Los Angeles Dodgers are set on acquiring a front-line starting pitcher before baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline and have already picked out their top target. The Dodgers have continued to talk to the Philadelphia Phillies about lefty Cole Hamels and appear intent on landing him.

Jon Heyman reports the Dodgers and Phillips have “quietly continued having dialogue” about Hamels, while Los Angeles is also open to targeting Cincinnati Reds ace Johnny Cueto.

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Red Sox first-rounder suspended 50 games positive test

July 16, 2015 – 4:30 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Michael Kopech

The Boston Red Sox selected right-hander Michael Kopech in the first-round of the 2014 MLB Draft, and just more than a year later he has been suspended 50 games. Kopech was nicked after a positive test for the stimulant Oxilofrine.

Kopech was the 33rd pick in the 2014 draft out of Mount Pleasant High School in Texas. The lanky, hard-thrower signed for $1.5 million and is considered one of Boston’s top prospects. So far in 2015 he boasts a 4-5 record with a 2.63 ERA, 70 strikeouts and just 27 walks in 65.0 innings pitched.

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Report: Fedor Emelianenko to return to MMA

July 16, 2015 – 12:14 am by Ryan Phillips
    Fedor Emelianenko

Without a doubt Fedor Emelianenko was the most dominant force in mixed martial arts history. The Russian heavyweight amassed a 31-1 record to open his career (the one loss coming via stoppage due to a cut), boasting easy victories over the sport’s biggest names. He was feared by all, and now it looks like he will return to MMA.

After retiring in 2012, it appeared Fedor would fade into the background, but according to a recent interview he gave to Union MMA, the 38-year-old is plotting a comeback. There is no word yet which promotion he plans to sign with, but you can bet the UFC will be hot after him.

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