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All-Star starters

For the millions of you Major League Baseball fans who did not pass on your patriotic duty to vote for your favorite 2014 All-Stars, the votes have been counted and the starters are:

American League starters: first base, Miguel Cabrera, Detroit; second base, Robinson Cano, Seattle; shortstop, Derek Jeter, New York; third base, Josh Donaldson, Oakland; catcher, Salvador Perez, Kansas City; DH, Nelson Cruz,

Baltimore; outfield Mike Trout, California, Adam Jones, Baltimore, and Jose Bautista, Toronto, who was the number-one vote-getter, receiving 5.6 million votes. National League starters: first base, Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona; second base, Chase Utley, Philadelphia; shortstop, Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado; third base, Aramis Ramirez, Milwaukee; outfield Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh, Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee, and Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles. The Twins had two players selected as reserves — catcher Kurt Suzuki and reliever Glen Perkins. Here’s an interesting symmetry: This year’s mid-summer classic, the 85th All-Star game, is being held in the same city, Minneapolis, as the 1985 All-Star Game. For the most part, all those that have been voted in are very deserving and, as always, many deserving stars were not — at least not yet — selected. Continue Reading →

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New round of decisions may shake up NBA

Remember the summer of 2010? It will forever be known as the summer of the decision made by LeBron James as a free agent leaving Cleveland and signing with Miami, joining Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in South Beach, turning the Heat into an instant title contender. Pat Riley did OK with four straight trips to the NBA Finals, only the third NBA Franchise to accomplish this historic feat. The Big Three – James, Wade and Bosh – did big things in Miami, joining the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls repeating as back-to-back NBA Champions. After failing to win a third consecutive title vs. Continue Reading →

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Tiger Woods is back!

You can hear the huge sigh of relief from the entire sports world upon hearing the great news that Tiger Woods is returning to play this week at the Quicken Loans National at historic Congressional Country Club just outside Washington, D.C. Tiger, the former world’s-number-one male golfer, has been out of golf since having back surgery on March 31. The golf industry has been going through a major withdrawal in his sudden absence. From TV ratings to sports golf marketing, apparel, and corporate sponsorships, the industry as a whole has lost an estimated $15 billion this year because Woods could not play. The Masters and United States Open, the first two Majors, suffered huge record losses in TV ratings shares. No athlete since Michael Jordan moves the VU meter like Woods. Continue Reading →

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Heat turn it on — Finals even

SAN ANTONIO — LeBron James, after being castigated in social media circles following game one of the NBA Finals because he got hydrated and could not finish the game, helped the Miami Heat get even with San Antonio 1-1 in the best-of-seven NBA Finals. James was like a bull in a china shop in San Antonio, using his powerful, intimidating physical style driving the lane, scoring inside and out for 35 points and 10 rebounds. Miami escaped the Alamo with a battle-tested 98-96 win to even the Finals. It was the 13th straight win by the Heat following a playoff loss. The loss for the Spurs, after routing the Heat 110-95 in game one, the night the air-conditioning failed with hot, humid, muggy, 92-degree temps outside the AT&T Center, ended their eight-game NBA-record playoff streak of winning by 15 points or more. Continue Reading →

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It’s a Spurs vs. Heat rematch in NBA Finals

 

Thanks to Donald Sterling, the banned-for-life LA Clippers’ owner, these NBA Finals will be the most overshadowed Championship Series ever, even though we have a rematch of last year’s Finals when the Miami Heat beat San Antonio four games to three to repeat as NBA Champions. The Eastern Conference was a fraud this year, and because of it the Heat stand in position to win a third-straight title, barely having broken a sweat to reach their fourth-straight Finals by sweeping Charlotte 4-0, taking down Brooklyn 4-1, and beating Indiana 4-2, having to overcome only a blow in the ear. The Heat join the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers as the only franchises to have reached the NBA Finals four years in a row. Led by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the Heat have delivered for Miami and are in pursuit of a three-peat. When these playoffs began, 16 teams started on a mission to win the NBA Championship. Continue Reading →

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Lynx stay unbeaten at 5-0

 

It could be said that five games into the season might be a bit premature to celebrate the 2014 Minnesota Lynx. I disagree. The defending WNBA champions picked up where they left off last season and are off to another fast start in pursuit of their third title in four years. Coach Cheryl Reeve has the ultimate challenge this year. All-Star Rebekkah Brunson, the team’s leading rebounder, and key reserves Monica Wright and Devereaux Peters all had knee surgery before the season and have not played yet. Continue Reading →

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Defensively, Vikings load up in Draft

Mike Zimmer, first-year head coach of the Vikings, continues to build his first football team with a clear defense-comes-first approach. In free agency, the Vikings targeted the defensive side of the ball with 10 draft picks in the 2014 Draft, believed to be the strongest Draft ever from a talent standpoint. Zimmer and General Manager Rick Spielman took seven of 10 defensive players. They traded their number-eight first pick to Cleveland, giving up a fifth-round pick to take Cleveland’s ninth pick and draft big linebacker Anthony Barr. Barr is 6’-5” and 240 pounds and can run a 4.4-7 in the forty yard dash. Continue Reading →

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NBA must come down hard on Sterling

Donald Sterling, the longtime controversial owner of one of professional sports’ longtime losing franchises, the Los Angeles Clippers, has created a firestorm of anger and resentment from the entire sports community with his alarming racist comments to his girlfriend. This has put Sterling on blast from the entire NBA community and many others out raged by his violent, disturbing comments. TMZ broke this story, and the audio recording is clearly Sterling talking to his friend Ms. Stiviano, who is Black.  

On the nine-minute tape recording, Sterling says, “I support them and give them food, and clothes, and cars and houses. Who gives it to them? Continue Reading →

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State of hockey? Caution!

Recently the University of Connecticut captured both the Men’ and Women’s NCAA Basketball National Championships. It’d only been done twice, and both times the Huskies have done it. Two weeks later, Minnesota had a great opportunity to match the achievement. The Women Gophers in hockey were the defending undefeated national champions. While the men’s hockey team has been rated number one all year, the double championship was again in Minnesota’s grasp. Continue Reading →

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