Saturday, March 31, 2012

NCAA FINAL FOUR Free Pick No. 2 Ohio St. vs No. 2 Kansas

Hi, today is the big day! Final Four in the NCAA Mens Basketball tournament! First thing, if you haven't signed up for my FREE PREMIUM SPORTS PICKS DAILY EMAIL, please do so right now! Its Free and these are my top picks! I curently have an email list of thousands of subscribers who love my Free Daily Picks, I know that you will love them too!

Now, on to the big game, between No. 2 Ohio St. vs No. 2 Kansas. For this game I love the OVER bet, and here is why:

Over is 4-0 in Buckeyes last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.

Over is 4-0 in Buckeyes last 4 non-conference games.

Over is 4-0 in Buckeyes last 4 NCAA Tournament games as a favorite.

Over is 4-0 in Buckeyes last 4 games as a favorite.

Over is 4-0 in Buckeyes last 4 neutral site games.

Over is 4-0 in Buckeyes last 4 NCAA Tournament games.

Over is 10-1 in Buckeyes last 11 overall.

Over is 7-1 in Buckeyes last 8 games following a S.U. win.

Over is 5-1 in Buckeyes last 6 games following a ATS win.

Thanks and Good Luck!
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Friday, March 30, 2012

Tim Tebow Goes To Twitter

Tebow On Twitter:
NEW YORK -- It's Twitter Time again for Tim Tebow.

In his first tweets since being traded to the New York Jets last week, the popular backup quarterback writes Thursday night that he's, yep, "excited" to be with his new team and thanks Denver Broncos fans for their support after "an interesting couple of weeks!"
Tebow, who retweeted something on March 11, sent out four tweets and poked fun at himself: "I've already said it 44 times so here goes number 45: I'm really excited to be a Jet! Haha!" Tebow used the word "excited" repeatedly during his 30-minute introductory news conference Monday.

He says he's "anxiously looking forward" to getting to work and vows to "Fireman Ed and the rest of Jets nation" that he'll play his heart out in New York.
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Philadelphia Eagles Jason Peters Out

Terrible News For Philadelphia Eagles:
PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles left tackle Jason Peters ruptured the Achilles tendon in his right leg on Tuesday, and surgery is required.

Peters, who was undrafted out of Arkansas and has developed into a key cog on the Philadelphia offensive line, was injured while training in Texas.
Surgery to repair the tendon is scheduled for Tuesday in Philadelphia, and will be performed by Dr. Steve Raikin of the Rothman Institute.

Peters is a 6-foot-4, 340-pound native of Queen City, Texas.
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Ohio State In The Final Four

Ohio State's Road To Final Four:
A year removed from a disappointing exit in the Sweet 16 after being named the top seed in the 2011 tournament, Ohio State has another opportunity to capture its first national championship since their only one in 1960. And they might be able to that by beating the team that eliminated them last year, this year's No. 1 overall seed, Kentucky.

But the Buckeyes have to go through Kansas first, the team that handed them their first loss of the season in December.

Ohio State earned a No. 3 preseason ranking and got off to a strong start to prove its top-5 credentials, taking out the Florida Gators who were then ranked No. 8 in just the second game of the season. After dismantling Duke at home and going on an eight-game win streak, it looked as if the Buckeyes were going to breeze through the Big Ten.

But the conference proved to be much better than expected, as OSU went on to split with five teams and lost three of five during a trying February stretch.

With a win over Michigan State in the season finale, Ohio State was able to grab a share of the Big Ten regular season title. But a loss in another showdown with the Spartans, this time in the Big Ten Tournament title game, would cost Thad Matta's squad a No. 1 seed in the big dance.

Led by Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State knocked off the Big East Tournament champs Cincinnati Bearcats along with the No. 1 seed Syracuse Orange en route to its first Final Four berth since 2007.
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Kentucky Wildcats in Final Four!

Will Kentucky win it all?


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Thursday, March 29, 2012

NHL Pick San Jose at Phoenix

Take San Jose all the way! Here is why:

Sharks are 5-0 in their last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.

Sharks are 4-1 in their last 5 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation.

Sharks are 4-1 in their last 5 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.

Sharks are 37-15 in their last 52 Thursday games.

Good Luck!
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

NBA Pick Chicago Bulls at Atlanta Hawks

Tonight its Chicago at Atlanta in NBA action. Take the Bulls!

Bulls are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.

Bulls are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Southeast.

Bulls are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games.

Bulls are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.

Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.

Good Luck!
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Racist Tweet Puts Student In Jail

Racist Muamba Tweet Lands Student In Jail:
SWANSEA, Wales -- The student who mocked Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba on Twitter after the player collapsed on the field during a match has been jailed for inciting racial hatred.

Liam Stacey, a 21-year-old student at Swansea University, admitted to the charge last week and was jailed Tuesday for 56 days.
Chief prosecutor Jim Brisbane says "we hope this case will serve as a warning to anyone who may think that comments made online are somehow beyond the law."

Muamba's heart stopped beating on its own for 78 minutes after he collapsed during an FA Cup quarterfinal match against Tottenham on March 17. He remains hospitalized in intensive care.
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Kentucky Championship Or Bust In Final Four?

Jordan Schultz: Kentucky's John Calipari Faces Championship Or Bust In Final Four:
When John Calipari signed Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague last November and December, he simply did what he does every year: pick up two more elite high school talents. (He has signed 12 five-star recruits, not including Enes Kanter, since becoming the Kentucky head coach in 2009.) When he signed Anthony Davis though, Calipari gained a once-in-a-generation type of talent, and he did so for this very moment: the Final Four.

In Big Blue Nation, where winning is a relief as much as a joy, merely reaching two consecutive NCAA Final Fours is not good enough.

Calipari, who enjoys a $36.5 million base salary with benefits (more than five times as much as Louisville head man Rick Pitino), has, of course, been here before -- with great teams -- but he's never closed the deal. He had Marcus Camby at UMass, Derrick Rose and an 8-point lead at Memphis, and Brandon Knight last year. With all due respect to those teams, none of them came close to boasting the sheer ability of this Kentucky squad.

With seven legitimate NBA prospects, including the likely first and second picks in June's NBA draft (Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist), Kentucky's talent level is downright scary. And unlike other top seeds with national title aspirations, the Wildcats haven't had to deal with a glimmer of injury concerns. Michigan State's best defender and second leading rebounder, Branden Dawson, tore an ACL; North Carolina's Kendall Marshall fractured his wrist; and Syracuse's Fab Melo was deemed ineligible before the tournament even started.

Heading into the madness, Calipari downplayed the pressure to win a championship at Kentucky and as the top overall seed in the tournament. "I'm feeling like I always feel," he said. "Let's do this. Let's go [one] game at a time. Let's go [one] possession at a time. And let me try to get my team playing as well as they can play. That's the pressure I'm feeling, but I feel it every time I bring a team in this tournament."

Whether that remains true as we get set for the final games in New Orleans, the pressure for Coach Cal to win the big one now is palpable. 36-2 Kentucky is averaging an insane 1.27 points per possession in March, good enough for the second best offensive efficiency per KenPom rankings. It has the best and most dominant defensive player in Davis, who has helped the Wildcats shatter the all-time single season team record for total blocks. And then there are the fans, who are clamoring for a national title like little kids clamor for their mommies at their first sleep-away camp.

Whether or not Calipari delivers the goods this year, he has already revived a sleeping giant in a Kentucky program that hasn't enjoyed this type of success and excitement since 1998, when Tubby Smith cut down the nets in his first season at the helm. Yet in a Final Four that features teams with a combined 13 national championships and a semifinals rematch with bitter rival Louisville, led by former Kentucky coach Pitino (who won it all in 1996), anything short of a championship would still be a shocking failure to Big Blue Nation.

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Tim Tebow The King Of New York City! For now...

Richard Deitsch: Move to New York puts Tebow center stage in media firestorm:
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. --The most famous backup quarterback in NFL history stepped onto the artificial turf of the New York Jets practice facility at 12:06 p.m. on Monday afternoon. He smiled as he walked past the yard markers on the field, the click-click-click of cameras marking his every step. Tim Tebow then stepped up to the podium to address the congregation, and what he saw was a three-deep row of 36 cameras in front of him. "How's it going?" Tebow said. "Good to see all y'all. Lot of people here."
Lot of people, indeed. More than 200 media members headed to northern New Jersey for Tebow's introductory news conference, an alphabet soup of organizations from ESPN to Fox to the New York Times. The quarterback answered 30 questions over 33 minutes, smiling politely at each inquisitor upon answering. When asked why a backup quarterback was holding a press conference, Tebow did a very smart thing: He blamed management: "The reason we are doing this today is because I have bosses, too," Tebow said. "They wanted me to stand up and talk to all y'all. So I could blame it on them because they made me do it."
It was the beginning of what promises to be a memorable ride for Tebow and the New York sports media, given he is unlike any second-string athlete in the history of New York professional sports. He now ranks in the Top 10 in the endorsement category of all celebrities, according to The Marketing Arm's Davie-Brown Index (DBI), which measures nearly 3,000 celebrities, including current and retired sports figures. Each celebrity is evaluated by respondents and given a weighted average score across eight attributes -- appeal, aspiration, awareness, endorsement, influence, breakthrough, trendsetter and trust.
SI.com asked The Marketing Arm to provide updated statistics as of last week, and Tebow's numbers continue to soar.
The quarterback sits at No. 4 among all celebrities in DBI's Endorsement scale, trailing only Oprah Winfrey, Adele and Kate Middleton. (Will Smith, Bill Gates, Hank Aaron, Tom Hanks and Jack Nicklaus follow Tebow in the Top 10 of Endorsement). He has also soared into the Top 10 in the Influence category -- up from No. 40 in December -- which places him alongside Adele, Justin Bieber, Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt. Regarding the Trendsetter attribute, Tebow has risen to No. 6, which is on par with Katy Perry, Anne Hathaway, Beyonc, Justin Timberlake and Will Smith. His No. 13 ranking in Trust puts him in the same neighborhood as Warren Buffett, the late John Wooden, Bill Cosby, Jerry Rice and Dr. Oz.
The Marketing Arm says Tebow is now known by more than 75 percent of all U.S. consumers. According to Nielsen and E-Poll's N-Score ranking, which measures factors including name and image awareness and appeal, as well as attributes such as sincerity, approachability, experience and influence, Tebow has a score of 180. Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez has a score of just 12.
What will impact Tebow's scores on the DBI going forward is how much he plays this season. "The guy is not as exciting and influential if he's on the sideline with a clipboard or playing 10 plays a game," said Matt Delzell, a group account director from The Marketing Arm.
But that's not the case for the hypercompetitive New York media market, which has treated Tebow's arrival with lustful brio and plenty of column inches. Since he arrived from Denver last Wednesday, Tebow has appeared on the front of the New York Post three of the past five days, including a "GOD HIM" headline on the day he arrived. (The Post ran 24 stories on Tebow between Wednesday and Sunday.) The New York Daily News has also featured Tebow on the front three of the past five days, including a story centered around the quarterback attending the Broadway play Wicked on Sunday ("TIM GETS WICKED"). The News ran 28 stories on Tebow between Wednesday and Sunday.
In addition to tabloids and America's most well-known national paper, The New York Times, New York City is home to a pair of 24-hour sports talk stations, including long-time powerhouse WFAN-AM, multiple local television stations and all the broadcast networks. Worth noting is that the Bristol, Conn., home of ESPN, whose obsession with Tebow is similar to the one Jennifer Jason Leigh had for Bridget Fonda in Single White Female, sits just 107 miles north of Manhattan.
"He transcends the sports landscape and that's why you are seeing stories on the front of the paper," says Teri Thompson, the managing editor for sports at the New York Daily News. "And he creates immediately a quarterback controversy, which of course is a Godsend to the tabloids of New York. Once training camp begins, it will be like that Allstate commercial -- mayhem. And then once the season starts, Lord only knows what will happen, and no pun intended."
"He's going to sell papers because he's a guy that sparks great interest from the public," said New York Post night sports editor Pat Hannigan, who has worked at the paper since 1978 and is well-known within newspaper circles for providing some of the paper's most famous back page headlines. "As for writing headlines, with a guy like Tebow there are a lot of things to play off. You can almost go to the Bible. On Friday we had REX'S NEW COMMANDMENT: LOVE THY BACKUP because Rex [Ryan] was raving about the guy."
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Connor Ennis, who oversees NFL coverage for The New York Times, said Tebow's arrival would not fundamentally change how the paper covered the Jets, but they planned to come at Tebow from multiple story angles. "It's tough to think of a sports figure that's known by sports fans and non-sports fans, and is both very popular and divisive to a certain segment," Ennis said. "People will be very aggressive in covering him, and you'll see a lot in the coverage once the season starts. If Sanchez has a bad game, I'm sure you will be seeing columns calling for Tebow. In a way it will sort of be like Tiger Woods at his peak, when so many people who were not golf fans would pick up a paper and say "How did Tiger do?"
Both Thompson and Hannigan said they have yet to discuss whether Tebow would be assigned his own reporter -- something The Washington Post did when Michael Jordan joined that franchise in 2001 -- but Thompson said it is something the Daily News would "seriously consider."
So what can Tebow expect from the reporters inside the Jets locker room? Multiple reporters who cover the Jets called it a very competitive beat ("Quirky and clashing personalities," said one Jets reporter, describing the media clan) and Tebow entering the ecosystem will exacerbate that. "Even during press conferences there is a real competition to tweet what Rex said first," said Jane McManus, who covers the team for ESPNNewYork.com. "It is an extremely competitive beat and it can get contentious at times. With Tebow arriving or when Brett Favre came in, or with any big moment involving the Jets, you get this wash of columnists who move back and forth between all the New York teams. Now you'll have the 'Access Hollywood' and 'Inside Edition' people. It will be crazy."
On Monday, the Jets used the field house at their practice facility to hold Tebow's introductory news conference, because they did not have a room big enough to house the media overflow. "The Jets are never well-prepared for any of this stuff," said one longtime Jet reporter. "They are always behind the eight ball. Every New York writer would tell you the perfect combination of the two teams would be the Jets' storylines and the Giants public relations staff. The Jets PR staff is constantly like: "We didn't expect that to happen." It's going to be crazy with Tebow. You're going to see people like Pat Robertson and Bill O'Reilly talking about what the Jets should do with their backup. They'll have so many critics. And the history of the Jets is they try to protect the guys that have any kind of news value."
Sports talk radio often drives the water-cooler conversation in New York, and caller lines last week were heated with fans wanting to talk about the Tebow acquisition. "It has completely overtaken the radio station," said Mark Chernoff, the vice president of sports programming for CBS Radio and the operations manager for WFAN-AM. "Linsanity was big, but it did not overwhelm the radio station the way Tim Tebow has."
Michael Kay, the afternoon host for ESPN New York 1050-AM, said that his callers were overwhelmingly negative about the Tebow deal. "Not so much that he's a bad player," Kay said, "but they don't think he's a great player. There doesn't seem to be any gray area with Tebow and that makes him the perfect subject for the media.
Kay said he attended an ESPN Next party two months ago at the Super Bowl and spotted Tebow in the corner surrounded by 30 people. "Sitting maybe 10 feet from him on a couch were Barry Sanders and Jim Brown," said Kay. "Nobody was near them and nobody looked at them. They were all with Tebow. I mean, this guy is the Beatles."
Both WFAN and ESPN New York 1050-AM are interested in having Tebow do a weekly spot on their station, something unheard of in New York for a backup player. Said Kay, laughing: "We've never discussed getting [Giants backup quarterback] David Carr for a weekly spot."
While Denver is a one-newspaper town, it is hardly a small media market. The Denver Post had three full-time beat writers last season and three full-time columnists who would make occasional appearances at Broncos practices and press conferences. There are also four television stations, three local talk radio stations and a number of websites that cover the Broncos. Lindsay Jones, a Broncos reporter for The Denver Post, said there were about 60 media members at Wednesday media sessions when Tebow spoke. How did Tebow handle that media crush?
"I thought he handled it great, and I think there were two main reasons for this," Jones said. "First, his media demands in Denver were very carefully managed by the Broncos media relations department. He did his weekly press conference at the podium (initially it was outside, off the practice field, but was eventually moved inside to accommodate the cameras) and the opponent conference call on Wednesdays, and usually a limited amount of one-on-ones with local beat folks or national guys who had flown into town. Those interviews, always in the hallway, not in the locker room, were prearranged through Broncos PR.
"Other than that stuff on Wednesday, the only other media he did was a taped segment with KOA radio (the team's official radio partner) on Fridays, a quick KOA call-in on Mondays and then the network production meetings. Broncos PR declined hundreds of media requests a week. You think back to how much we heard and saw Tebow on television last season, but it was lots of clips from the postgame press conference or Wednesday press conference."
Jones said that Tebow never treated his media obligations like a chore. She said he made an effort to learn the names of the beat reporters who were around regularly and his media interaction was much more of a touchy situation when he was not the starter (yet the most in-demand player in the locker room). Tebow also had the benefit of having been in the spotlight since his early days at Florida, a beat covered by nearly a dozen newspapers, plenty of websites and national college football reporters.
"I mean, he never had anything happen in Denver as uncomfortable as being asked about his virginity at the podium at SEC media days," said Jones, who covered Tebow in college when she worked at The Palm Beach Post. "That said, Tebow is really good at not really answering questions directly, and avoiding questions all together that he might not want to answer. He became quite the expert of skirting questions about [general manager] John Elway's commitment in him and his future as the team's starting quarterback. But even as he's dancing around your question, he'll look you in the eye and smile.
"In general, his press conferences don't yield a ton of substance. He'll drop a one-liner every so often, and sometimes will let you see his wit and self-deprecating sense of humor, just usually it's a lot of praise for his teammates and coaches, praise for the opponent and other football clichs. He really gets going, though, when asked about any of his off-field endeavors, and as he grew more comfortable as Denver's starter, he used those press conferences to talk about his charity work and his faith. I'm not sure how that will go over in New York."
The content of Tebow's press conference was exactly as Jones said it would be. He was unfailingly polite and good-natured, and gifted at not producing much substance. He was asked multiple times about his relationship with Sanchez, the expectations of the quarterback position, how Ryan will use him, and whether he was upset with the Broncos for tossing him aside for Peyton Manning. Rarely did his answers extend beyond the surface. He did get animated when asked about the Wildcat formation and how his charitable work will extend to New York and New Jersey. He mentioned he was "excited" to be a Jet at least three dozen times.
The most interesting moment of the conference came with about eight minutes left, when a reporter from the Times asked Tebow to explain his core religious beliefs and why he had not addressed the hot-button social issues discussed by religious and political leaders. "We're at a press conference for the football team, so it's not exactly the platform to give and share everything you believe," Tebow said.
"But I have no problems ever sharing what I believe. I'm a Christian. I'm a follower of Jesus Christ. And that is first and foremost the most important thing in my life. For me it is about having a relationship with Christ. That's pretty much it. That is the basis of what I believe, and it is exciting for me to get opportunities to share that. But at the same time this is a press conference for the New York Jets football team, so I feel like it is an opportunity to answer questions about my opportunity to be here as a Jet. I'm excited about that. Any time you get an opportunity I am always going to talk about Jesus Christ and what he has done in my life. But I'm also here to talk about the Jets."
Seven minutes later, at 12:39 p.m., he was done. "Thank y'all, God bless," Tebow said upon conclusion. From there he did three one-on-one interviews -- ESPN, The NFL Network and the New York-based SportsNet New York Net (SNY) -- before exiting the stage, cameras continuing to follow his every move.



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USA Soccer Olympics Done?

El Salvador Ends USA Soccer Olympic Hopes:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Americans had only a handful of seconds left to run out the clock and advance a step closer to the Olympics. With the pressure building with each tick, the victory slipped right through their hands.

The United States, known for producing top goalkeepers such as Brad Friedel, Kasey Keller and Tim Howard, found itself done in Monday night when substitute Sean Johnson couldn't handle a long shot from Jaime Alas of El Salvador in stoppage time.
The ball bounced off his hands, up over him and into the net, and El Salvador ousted the United States from Olympic qualifying with a 3-3 tie.

The stunned Americans missed the Olympics for the second time since 1976 and second time in three games.

"This is probably the worst feeling I've ever felt in my life so far as a pro athlete," U.S. captain Freddy Adu said. "This is going to be hard to get over. But at the end of the day things like this happen. For me, I never want to feel this way again, and I'm going to do whatever it takes to never feel this way again."

The Americans had to win to reach Saturday's semifinals in Kansas City, Kan., and they led 3-2 on Joe Corona's goal in the 68th minute. Officials added 4 minutes of stoppage time onto the game, and U.S. coach Caleb Porter said they were "seconds away" from closing out the win and taking the top spot in Group A. A television clock showed the ball going in 4 minutes, 14 seconds into stoppage time.

What happened is something U.S. midfielder Mix Diskerud said no one wants to experience in life, something he couldn't believe.

"The last 20 minutes after our third goal, all those minutes felt like very, very long hours. But I thought we were going to make it. Everybody thought we were going to make it.," Diskerud said.

"One shot."

Several Americans dropped to the field in exhaustion and disbelief after Alas' score, and Porter had to rally them back to their feet for one last gasp chance that didn't materialize. Porter said he hugged Johnson after the game. The 6-foot-4 keeper did not speak with reporters.

"He feels like he's let everybody down, let his teammates down, and I told him he didn't," Porter said.

El Salvador reached the semifinals, putting it a win away from its first Olympic berth since 1968. Canada, which tied Cuba 1-1 earlier, finished second. Lester Blanco and Andres Flores also scored for El Salvador, a team coach Mauricio Alfaro pointed out had less than two weeks to prepare for this tournament and didn't have the whole roster together until late.

"It was just incredible," Alfaro said of the win, speaking through an interpreter.

But Alfaro also said he had told his players to shoot more in the second half to try to pressure Johnson and the El Salvador coach said he did feel Johnson made a mistake on Alas' kick.

"The shot didn't have much power," Alfaro said.

Terrence Boyd scored twice for the U.S., and Johnson replaced keeper Bill Hamid in the 39th minute.

After a 2-0 loss to Canada in the second of this three-game, round-robin tournament, the Americans needed to win to advance.

So did El Salvador, and the crowd of 7,889 was about evenly split between the countries keeping the U.S. from a true home-field advantage at LP Field, home of the NFL's Tennessee Titans. El Salvador survived a physical game with plenty of yellow cards on each side.

Boyd went to the sideline with blood on the front of his shirt late in the game. Diskerud said both he and Adu were bitten and showed reporters marks as proof.

"Part of the game, I guess," Diskerud said.

The U.S. had a little bit of time left to try and go ahead but couldn't get anything going before the game ended. The result leaves the Americans adding 2012 to 2004 and 1976 as years they failed to qualify for the Olympics, missing out on a 15th appearance overall.

Boyd got his first start in this round-robin tournament with Juan Agudelo recovering from surgery in New York to fix torn cartilage in his left knee, and Boyd gave the Americans the scoring boost they missed against Canada on Saturday night. The Americans attacked from the start, Boyd scored 61 seconds into the game. Brek Shea dribbled out of three defenders and sent a cross over to Boyd who scored off a left-footed volley.

And Boyd nearly scored twice more. His header went over the crossbar in the 10th minute, and he had a breakaway chance in the 11th only to see keeper Yimy Cuellar come out to break up the play.

Hamid rolled covering up a ball and appeared to hurt his ankle midway through the first half.

El Salvador took advantage by scoring two goals in two minutes to grab the lead and the momentum. Blanco scored on a header off a corner kick over Hamid's hands in the 35th minute, and Flores beat Hamid in the 37th minute off what had been a weak shot by Alas that turned into a cross. Porter pulled Hamid in the 39th minute, putting in 6-4 Johnson for his first appearance in the tournament.

Boyd tied it up with his second goal off a pass from Adu in the 65th minute. Corona, whose mother is a native of El Salvador, scored off a header just inside the left post off a pass from Adu.

Johnson smothered one strong kick from Isidro Gutierrez, but couldn't stop the ball when it mattered at the end.
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MLB Starts in Japan with A's-Mariners

Tom Verducci: Starting season in Japan with A's-Mariners a smart move by MLB:
Whatever complaints or qualms people might have about opening the Major League Baseball season in Japan should have ended the minute the Oakland Athletics deplaned at Narita International Airport outside Tokyo on March 23. The Athletics, losers of 88 games last year, who have not had a winning season in five years and who finished last in the American League in attendance last season, were treated like rock stars. Flash bulbs popped and fans called out to the players by name. When Jerry Blevins is recognized walking through an airport in a suit, you know you have found one serious fan base.
The great American pastime has grown into an international sport. The success of the World Baseball Classic, which will expand this fall to qualifiers around the globe, and a growing network of foreign broadcast partners have demonstrated strong worldwide interest. To play two games in Japan out of 2,430 in the 2012 season is but a small recognition of MLB's reach.
Make no mistake: after the Athletics and Mariners play their official MLB games -- Wednesday (6:10 a.m. Eastern) and Thursday (5:10 a.m. Eastern) at the Tokyo Dome -- they will pay for their trip with jet lag, exhaustion and disruption of the usual rhythms of baseball. The six previous teams to open in Japan played losing baseball in their first 10 games back in North America (29-31), compared to .518 baseball after shaking the doldrums. What they gain for themselves, especially in the cultural realm, and for the sport far outweigh a few weeks of inconvenience.
The easy thing always is to do nothing. Let the Athletics play the Mariners two games in the O.com coliseum in front of 10,000 people each cold night and you tell me how that is so much better for the game. Sometimes you need to create some discomfort to reap rewards. And playing two games in Japan, given the importance of baseball's international flavor, borders on an obligation.
"I know it's tough on Seattle and Oakland," commissioner Bud Selig said, "but this is a very important part of growing the game. It's about China and Japan and Korea and Central America and Europe . . . My dream, and it will probably not happen until after my commissionership, is to one day have regular season games in Europe."
This fall WBC qualifiers will be held in Germany, Taipei and Panama City. "And you wouldn't believe how many letters I get asking about baseball in Israel," Selig said. Israel will send a team to a WBC qualifier in Jupiter, Fla., that also includes France, South Africa and Spain.
For sheer economic power, however, there is nothing like the interest in Japan. Yes, don't discount the economic element of these games. MLB sold a title sponsorship of the two games to Gloops, an odd-sounding Japanese company that develops applications for mobile phones, and happily handed Gloops the right to plaster its logo on batting helmets and a patch on Oakland's jerseys. (Boeing bought the space on Seattle's sleeves.) Such commercialism thankfully doesn't fly in North America, but is more the norm in Nippon Pro Baseball, so it's not entirely out of place.
(The players will be paid about $45,000 each for making the trip and the clubs will be paid approximately the same revenues they would have received if the series were held in Oakland. Fans paid anywhere from $20 for a standing room ticket to $254 for a seat behind home plate.)
Almost 70 percent of MLB's international revenues are derived from the Japanese market. Playing regular season games in Japan for a fifth time in the past 14 years has helped drive such interest. Last year MLB opened an official MLB of Japan online shop, and for years it has sold virtual signage to Japanese companies to insert into the MLB International broadcasts of All-Star, LCS and World Series games.
MLB's longest-running international broadcast partner is the Japanese company Dentsu, which sub-licenses major league programming to as many as six different Japanese networks. Dentsu began its partnership with MLB in 1999 under a five-year deal worth $65 million, continued with a six-year deal worth $235 million and in 2009 signed a six-year extension (through 2015) that has been reported to be worth about $475 million. MLB's 30 clubs share equally in the haul, as they do all international revenues.
Japan is, simply put, crazy about baseball. When Japan beat Cuba in the inaugural WBC, the end of the game drew an audience share of 56 percent, a percentage the World Series has not seen in the states since 1980. A game televised at 8:30 a.m. in Japan when Diasuke Matsuzaka of Boston pitched against Ichiro Suzuki of Seattle rated a 13.3 -- better than Game 3 of the World Series in prime time here last year. The 2003 World Series, featuring former NPB star Hideki Matsui with the Yankees, drew an audience of 12.5 million viewers -- compared to 20 million in the United States in prime time. Japan (about 127 million people) has less than half the population of the U.S. (311 million).
Thankfully, MLB understands that it is important to recognize such a devoted fan base with its genuine product, not some meaningless exhibition. Moreover, the games do have an altruistic subtext. MLB players and staffers have visited military installations as well as held youth clinics and offered support in the Tohuko region, which was devastated by the tsunami and earthquake of last year. The language of baseball is the common tongue.
Finally, it is fitting that Japanese fans get a chance to watch Suzuki, one of their most beloved stars, play in his homeland in a major league uniform for the first time. Japanese baseball fans have been watching Mariners games on television for years, and the opportunity to welcome him back as an active major leaguer is in itself worth the trip.
The downside of a disrupted routine is a small price to pay for the many benefits of showcasing MLB on a true international stage in front of loyal fans. When you think of MLB as a multi-national corporation with $7 billion in revenues, the idea of bringing your product to a top customer for two days makes all the sense in the world.



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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New York Knicks Win Again!!

Knicks Get Another Win Despite Injuries:
NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points, delivering his highest total in two months without the injured Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin, and the New York Knicks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 89-80 on Monday night to increase their lead for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.

Shortly after learning Stoudemire was lost indefinitely with a bulging disk in his back, the Knicks opened a 2 1/2-game lead over the Bucks and prevented Milwaukee from winning the season series and clinching the tiebreaker if they finish with the same record.
Baron Davis scored 13 points in his first start in place of Lin, who has a sore right knee. Tyson Chandler also had 13 and Iman Shumpert 11 as the Knicks overcame the absences of their second- and third-leading scorers.

But they won this one with defense, limiting Milwaukee to 36.5 percent shooting and containing high-scoring guards Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis. Jennings shot 6 of 22 for 15 points, and Ellis made only two of 14 shots for four points.

Mike Dunleavy scored 26 points for the Bucks, but missed all three shots in a scoreless fourth quarter after he was 10 of 11 through three.

The Knicks won for the seventh time in eight games, while Milwaukee lost for only the third time in its last 10. The Bucks had won five straight road games and suffered a rare loss at Madison Square Garden, where they had won six of seven.

Anthony hadn't scored this many since netting 35 points on Jan. 20 in a loss to the Bucks. But he said before the game he needed to step it up a notch after learning that Stoudemire would be sidelined.

Stoudemire left the Knicks' victory over Detroit on Saturday after saying his back tightened up. An MRI on Monday afternoon revealed the injury, which the Knicks said won't require surgery. He had led them in scoring in four straight games, and the Knicks remember from their playoff loss to Boston last year how tough it is without Stoudemire.

It'll be easier if they keep defending like this.

The Knicks outscored the Bucks 21-12 in the third quarter to take the lead despite shooting just 3 of 21 from the field. They went 15 of 18 from the free throw line while Milwaukee didn't attempt one.

New York pushed it to 84-74 on JR Smith's 3-pointer with 4:38 remaining, and after Milwaukee scored six in a row, Shumpert's 3-poiner with 2:09 to go put it away at 87-80.

The Bucks started 3 of 15 as the Knicks raced to a 20-10 lead before Dunleavy checked in. He scored 14 points in the final 3:42, making all five shots, as Milwaukee trimmed it to 30-26.

Dunleavy fueled a 12-0 burst in the second quarter with 10 points as Milwaukee turned a three-point deficit into a 49-40 advantage on his layup with 3:02 to go. He had 24 points on 9-of-10 shooting in just 13 minutes as the Bucks took a 52-47 lead into halftime.

Notes: Bucks F Carlos Delfino played just 13 minutes before leaving with an injured right groin. ... The teams meet again in Milwaukee on April 11. ... Knicks interim coach Mike Woodson was coaching his 500th NBA game. He is 213-287.
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Detroit Red Wings 21st Year Straight in Playoffs!

Red Wings Make Playoffs For 21st Straight Year:
DETROIT -- Tomas Holmstrom scored two goals and the Detroit Red Wings earned a team-record 21st consecutive playoff berth with a 7-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night.

Detroit broke its team record of 20 straight seasons of reaching the playoffs set from 1939-58.
Detroit's playoff streak is the longest active run in professional sports.

The NBA's San Antonio Spurs are expected to extend their playoff streak to 15 years; the Philadelphia Phillies have been in five straight postseasons in baseball; and the Baltimore Ravens have been in the NFL playoffs four consecutive years.

Holmstrom scored twice to help the Red Wings take a 4-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game. They had a 6-0 cushion midway through the second period and a seven-goal lead early in the third.

Columbus is in last place in the NHL with 55 points.

The Red Wings have won two straight after dropping six in a row.

Detroit is a point ahead of Nashville and five points in front of Chicago to be the fourth-seeded team – with home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs – with six games left in the regular season.

The Red Wings will host the Predators on Friday night and the Blackhawks on April 7 to close the regular season.

The Red Wings have won an NHL-high 30 games at home, including a league-record 23 in a row earlier this season.

Holmstrom, who hadn't scored in his previous 28 games, helped Detroit get off to a strong start against the lowly Blue Jackets, who had players fall and turn the puck over without a Red Wing near them in the opening minutes.

Just 1:06 into the game, Holmstrom scored easily from the right side of the net on a tic-tac-toe play set up by perfect passes from Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall.

Gustav Nyquist scored his first NHL goal in his 12th game at the 5:35 mark of the first period.

Holmstrom scored his second goal, also on a power play, and Jiri Hudler had a goal less than a minute apart midway through the first period to make it 4-0.

The Red Wings looked as if they were toying with the Blue Jackets at times.

Pavel Datsyuk made a no-look pass on Nyquist's goal and Zetterberg dropped a pass between his legs to set up Holmstrom's second goal.

Zetterberg and Todd Bertuzzi each finished with four assists.

Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart scored in the first half of the second period and Datsyuk added another goal early in the third to put the Red Wings ahead 7-0.

Columbus' Mark Letestu scored 19 seconds later in the third to avoid the shutout and Rick Nash had a goal midway through the period to make it 7-2.

Detroit's Ty Conklin, playing for the injured Jimmy Howard, had 24 saves.

Steve Mason gave up six goals on 28 shots and was pulled in favor of Allen York by interim Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards for the second straight game. Allen allowed a goal on 11 shots.

NOTES: The Red Wings might get Howard (groin) back on Friday against Nashville while Johan Franzen (back) and Jonathan Ericsson (left wrist) may play Wednesday at Columbus. ... Columbus scratched James Wisniewski, who hasn't played since he was hit in the face by a puck last week, Derek MacKenzie (concussion), Fedor Tyutin (broken right hand) and Curtis Sanford (leg muscle tear). ... Monday was the 15th anniversary of the Avalanche-Red Wings brawl in which Detroit's Darren McCarty fought Colorado's Claude Lemieux, leading to Patrick Roy of the Avs and Mike Vernon of the Red Wings dropping their gloves. ... Letestu has points in eight of the past 11 games.
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NHL Pick NY Islanders 31-33-11 (Road: 16-17-5) @ Pittsburgh 47-22-6 (Home: 27-8-2)

Tonight its the Islanders against Pittsburgh. Take the OVER and here is why:

Over is 5-0 in Penguins last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
Over is 4-0 in Penguins last 4 overall.
Over is 4-0 in Penguins last 4 games as a home favorite.
Over is 4-0 in Penguins last 4 home games.
Over is 8-1-2 in Penguins last 11 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 days situation.
Over is 6-1 in Penguins last 7 vs. Eastern Conference.
Over is 4-1 in Penguins last 5 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.

Good Luck!
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Arnold Palmer Has Been Hospitalized

Arnold Palmer Hospitalized:
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Arnold Palmer was hospitalized Sunday afternoon because of high blood pressure from new medication, missing the trophy presentation at his tournament when Tiger Woods won for the first time in 30 months on the PGA Tour.

Palmer was being kept overnight as a precaution.
"Nobody is overly concerned about the prognosis," said Alaistair Johnston, vice chairman at IMG and Palmer's longtime business manager.

Johnston said Palmer had been advised to monitor his blood pressure throughout the day because of some issues with new medicine he was taking.

He said one last test about 15 minutes before the tournament showed an increase in blood pressure.

"It wasn't anything to do with any ailments or any discomfort he felt," Johnston said. "The blood pressure was at a level where the doctor involved suggested that he go immediately to get more intensive evaluation at the hospital."

His absence was noticeable. One of the biggest thrills at the Arnold Palmer Invitational is to have The King standing behind the 18th green, waiting to congratulate the winner. Woods won for the seventh time, this time without being able to share a handshake and a hug with Palmer.

"Get well soon, Arnie," Woods wrote at the end of a tweet.

Graeme McDowell, who played in the last group with Woods and finished five shots behind, noticed immediately that Palmer in his pink shirt wasn't at the 18th at Bay Hill.

"I was surprised to see him not around, and when we just heard the news on the side that he had been taken to the hospital, of course we were very upset and certainly praying that everything is going to be OK," McDowell said. "That really puts a little bit of a damper on the spirits on 18th green when Tiger is going to pick up his trophy."

Sam Saunders, Palmer's grandson, tweeted, "For all concerned my granddad is doing fine and will be good to go tomorrow. Thank you for all of your nice comments and concern."
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What's going on with Tim Duncan?

Why Did Tim Duncan Miss Sunday's Game?:
The San Antonio Spurs wrapped up a frenzied three-games-in-three-nights stretch by shutting down the Philadelphia Sixers in the second half on Sunday, only giving up 11 points in the fourth quarter.

Among those watching the Spurs put the clamps on the 76ers was veteran star Tim Duncan. The 35-year-old was given the night off. No, Duncan was not sidelined by any particular injury. Of course, the official box score at NBA.com does list a condition that likely won't be improving any time soon.




Apparently, the official reason for Duncan sitting was his age. After 15 seasons, Duncan was listed as a DND-Old. The "DND" stands for "Did Not Dress." The "OLD" represents the 1,097 regular-season games that Duncan has logged.

It was the second day off during the condensed season for Duncan, who still managed to receive a technical foul from the bench.

Referee Josh Tiven handed Duncan a technical foul in the first half for unwelcome comments after Manu Ginobili fell hard on a drive to the basket but didn't receive a call. This isn't the first time that Duncan has been T'd up while on the sidelines. During a game against Dallas back in 2007, referee Joey Crawford -- who was also working Sunday's Spurs-Sixers game -- ejected Duncan for laughing from the bench. Crawford was suspended for the altercation.



"I appreciated it,"
Ginobili said about Duncan's tech after the game. "I think Pop didn't. But it's good when you see your franchise player, even when he's not playing, stick with his team and support and cheer for them. He's a great leader, and we respect that."
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NCAA Final Four Matchups!

State Rivals Battle In Final Four:
ATLANTA -- Think Kentucky vs. Louisville is a big deal during the regular season?

Try the Final Four.
Top-seeded Kentucky set up a Bluegrass showdown in the bayou on Sunday, romping past Baylor 82-70 in the South Regional final. The Wildcats took control with a 16-0 run in the first half, led by 20 at the break and cruised to their second straight Final Four.

Waiting in New Orleans: their rival from the hoops-crazed state.

Louisville had already won its regional, then watched as Kentucky completed the most important matchup ever between schools that are about 65 miles apart. They meet annually during the regular season – the Wildcats won 69-62 on New Year's Eve – and have played four times in the NCAA tournament.

But never in the Final Four.

"We know it's going to be a great game," Kentucky's Darius Miller said.

That would be a contrast from the win over Baylor – a very good team with a daring fashion sense that was simply no match for coach John Calipari's latest group of Fab Freshmen. Trailing 42-22 at halftime, the Bears never got closer than 10 the rest of the way, and that was long after Kentucky had taken its foot off the accelerator.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 19 points, Anthony Davis added 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Terrence Jones dazzled in all the overlooked areas: rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.

"This team is better than I thought," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "This is the best team we faced all year ... probably in a couple of years."

Two years ago, the bears lost to eventual national champion Duke in another regional final.

"Duke was a good team," Drew said, "but Kentucky is better."

Now, the Wildcats (36-2) move on to the national semifinals Saturday to face Louisville.

Calipari planned to tell his team not to listen to all the hype. The Wildcats have their sights on a national title, and Louisville is merely a roadblock on the way to that goal.

"I'll tell them to get off the message boards, get off Twitter and Facebook," he said. "Don't buy into it. We're going to New Orleans to play a basketball game. Forget about this tournament. Let's go be as good as we can be as a team."

But it's impossible to get away from the extra significance this game has for both programs.

Louisville coach Rick Pitino led Kentucky to a national title in 1996. Then he left for the NBA, only to the return to the college ranks at the Wildcats' rival school, sparking plenty of animosity.

Calipari, who has been at Kentucky for three seasons, was asked about his relationship with Pitino.

"It's fine," Calipari said. "I mean, we don't send each other Christmas cards. But I see him in public. Or in recruiting, we'll spend some time together."

Kidd-Gilchrist shrugged when someone asked about playing the Cardinals.

"I'm just worried about us," he said. "I don't worry about anybody else."

Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist are the latest freshman stars in Calipari's one-and-done system, two guys who will likely be off to the NBA before they really learned their way around campus.

Two years ago, John Wall led Kentucky to the regional final. Last season, Brandon Knight helped the Wildcats reach the Final Four. Now, with those guys in the NBA – and Kidd-Gilchrist and Davis likely to be following shortly – Big Blue is again positioned to claim its first national title since 1998.

"There are some opinions that will never change," Calipari said. "All I'm trying to do is coach these young people."

But for all the talk about his freshmen, Calipari is getting plenty of contributions from those who hung around beyond their first year. Start with Jones, a sophomore forward who passed up the draft. He scored just one point in the opening half, but in the end his fingerprints were all over Kentucky's dominating performance: nine rebounds, six assists, three blocks and two steals – most in the first 10 minutes.

"It's kind of hard to play us," Davis said. "We're very long and very athletic. It makes it tough on the other team."

Quincy Acy led Baylor with 22 points, and Pierre Jackson added 21. Not enough. Not nearly enough.

"They're a great team," Acy said. "They've got some good dudes down there."

With Baylor's Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III cheering from the stands, Acy tried to send an early message early that the Bears (30-8) would not be intimidated by the Wildcats.

Jones was going in for a fastbreak layup when the 235-pound Acy came up from behind, took a whack at the ball but mainly just crashed into the Kentucky player, sending him flying into the Baylor cheerleaders along the baseline. Jones was OK, and the officials doled out a flagrant foul on Acy.

The Bears, seemingly inspired by Acy's bravado, ripped off an 8-0 run that led Calipari to call a quick timeout. He already had yanked Doron Lamb from the game for trying to make the highlight reels rather than taking a layup. The sophomore guard passed up a clear path to the basket, instead opting for a lob pass to the trailing Davis, who missed the dunk.

After Quincy Miller hit an uncontested 3-pointer from the top of the lane to give Baylor a 10-5 lead, Calipari lashed into his young team.

"I told them we've got to step on the gas here," he said.

Boy, did they ever. Sixteen consecutive points, an NBA-like display of defensive dominance and easy baskets that sent the Georgia Dome, and the predominantly blue-clad crowd, into a frenzy.

They might as well have cut down the nets right then.

"It's a great feeling to be part of something special," Davis said.

Kentucky's only serious scare came early in the second half when Davis went down with an injured left knee. The 6-foot-10 freshman was driving to the basket when he banged into Baylor's Perry Jones III, going down hard along the baseline. A hush fell over the massive stadium as Davis, writhing in pain, grabbed at his knee.

Finally, he limped to the bench, but it was clear the injury wasn't too serious when the trainers kept flexing the leg, then rubbed it with an ointment to ease the pain. Just a couple of minutes later, he was back in the game.

"The knee is doing fine," Davis said. "I wasn't going to sit out, especially with a trip to the Final Four (one the line). All of us want to go to the Final Four."

Louisville will be waiting.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Aubrey O'Day Very Hot and Sexy From Celebrity Apprentice

Here is the HOT and SEXY Aubrey O'Day! WOW!!!


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NBA Pick Milwaukee Bucks at New York Knicks

Tonight in the NBA it is Milwaukee at New York. I love the Knicks and here is why.

Knicks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a SU win of more than 10 points.

Knicks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.

Knicks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Central.

Knicks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.

Knicks are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.

Knicks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference.

Knicks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win.

Knicks are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 home games.

Knicks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win.

Good Luck!
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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Red Sox Bobby Jenks Arrested

Red Sox relief pitcher Bobby Jenks was arrested in Ft. Myers, Fla early Friday morning for DUI, property damage and hit-and-run.

According to the Lee County Sheriff's police report, the 31-year-old was charged with five misdemeanors: three counts of DUI and property damage, one count of DUI alcohol or drugs and one count of leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage.

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told USA Today via text message that the organization is aware of the situation and "gathering information."

Per the police report (via Boston.com), Jenks left a bar and crashed his Mercedes Benz SUV into two vehicles in the parking lot. When police stopped him at 2:35 a.m., he admitted to hitting the other vehicles and failed a sobriety test.

When asked by police about his erratic driving, Jenks explained it by saying, "Because I took too many muscle relaxers."

CLICK HERE for complete police report.

Despite possessing a potent fastball, Jenks' career got off to a slow start and off-the-field issues, frequently involving alcohol. He eventually reached the majors with Chicago White and was named an All-Star in 2006 and 2007.

In 2010, six weeks after Jenks' fourth child was born, he told Melissa Isaacson of ESPN Chicago (when he was with the White Sox) that he doesn't drink anymore.

"I no longer drink," he said. "No alcohol at all. Not even a beer here or there. Just things like that, really focusing on the future. It was a personal choice. It hadn't gotten too much. I just found myself not wanting to [drink] anymore. I just wanted to be more of a family man."
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Bad News For Cincinnati Reds, Ryan Madson!

Red Closer To Miss Season Due To Injury:
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Instead of closing for the Cincinnati Reds, Ryan Madson will miss the 2012 season because of a torn ligament in his right elbow.

Madson returned to Cincinnati and was examined by team medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek. The Reds said Saturday that Kremchek told general manager Walt Jocketty the ligament was torn from the bone of Madson's right elbow.
"We talked to the team. We all have to stay positive," Jocketty said. "We have alternatives internally that we will sort through in the next few days."

Madson agreed in January to a one-year contract guaranteeing $8.5 million, after a $44 million, four-year deal to stay with Philadelphia collapsed in November.

The 31-year old reported discomfort in his elbow at the start of spring training but insisted it was an annual ailment that he had always worked through. He didn't pitch in any exhibition games.

Madson pitched batting practice Tuesday and had been scheduled to throw again on Friday.

"He looked very good on Tuesday. He felt some tightness the next day," Jocketty said. "He felt fine all spring until lately. Even after he sat out for a little bit and came back he felt real good. After the live session the other day it felt tight but even when he left the other day, he felt fine."

Dr. Kremchek explained to Jocketty that bleeding made it appear the tear was recent.

Madson's contract calls for a $6 million salary this year, of which $2 million is deferred until Nov. 1 and $2 million until Nov. 1, 2013. The agreement includes a $11 million mutual option for 2013 with a $2.5 million buyout.

Madson saved 32 games in 34 chances last year for the Phillies and was to have replaced Francisco Cordero as the Reds' closer.

Sean Marshall, obtained from the Chicago Cubs in December, becames a leading candidate for closer. Hard-throwing Aroldis Chapman could be shifted to a bullpen role.

"Those are some of the things we'll sort through in the next week or so," Jocketty said.
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Will Tiger Woods Finally Win?

Can Tiger close the deal at Bay Hill?:
All of those wins, all of those closing statistics and all of those 14 major championships won't matter on Sunday.
They tell you everything about the player that Tiger Woods was, but nothing about the player he is now.
That's why Sunday's final round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill will be one of the biggest rounds in Tiger's storied career. This may be the day when we get the answer to the question, Is Tiger Woods back?
The answer for the first three rounds at Bay Hill was decidedly, Yes. And that question is all the more exciting because we're on the doorstep of the year's first major championship, the Masters, barely more than a week away. Woods shot 69 in the opening round, a sizzling 65 in the second round and temporarily put some room between himself and the rest of the field Saturday, opening a four-shot edge at one point. He shot 71, one under par, and led former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell by one stroke at the end of the day.
"I played better than 71, certainly," Woods said after the round. "I played well today. I hit one bad shot at 14 and had a three-putt. I'm looking forward to tomorrow. It's going to be fun."
It's been more than two years since Tiger last won a real PGA Tour event. Now he's got the lead going into Sunday at one of his favorite courses. There is a lot at stake.
"He loves Bay Hill, winning here six times," analyst Johnny Miller said during NBC's telecast Saturday. "There's a lot of pressure on him. If he were to happen to stumble tomorrow and somebody shoots a low round and beats him, it would set him back. He needs a win. He needs a win to get that confidence going into Augusta."
A win by Woods will intensify the spotlight at Augusta, which already looks like one of the more exciting majors in recent memory due to recent events -- Phil Mickelson revived his game and looked to be in prime form with his win at Pebble Beach; Rory McIlroy briefly attained the No. 1 ranking when he outdueled Tiger to win the Honda Classic; Luke Donald reclaimed that No. 1 spot with a playoff victory at Innisbrook; Ernie Els appears to be coming out of a two-year putting funk; and we've seen assorted impressive performances by Hunter Mahan, Kyle Stanley and Justin Rose, among others.
They're all on a collision course, it seems, for a showdown at the Masters. Add Tiger Woods to the mix, and you've got a recipe for hysteria.
Woods looked fully in control during the third round until midway through the back nine. He snuck a birdie putt in the right side at 13 to give himself a three-shot lead. Then Woods, apparently distracted by a woman's shout from a nearby concession stand, hit a drop-kicked, hooking 3-wood shot way left at 15, into a Bay Hill resident's yard and out of bounds. He re-teed and put his next shot just into the left rough. From there, he played a superb iron shot pin-high left and narrowly missed a putt that would have salvaged bogey. He made a double bogey, cutting his lead to one stroke, but still looked like he was in control.
Woods said later that he was told the woman shouted when a youngster fainted.
When NBC's blimp showed an overhead shot of where Tiger's errant shot ended up, there was a brief silence. "Speechless," said analyst Peter Jacobsen.
Shots like that are why Tiger's round Sunday will be so big. Just when he's looked like the Tiger of old, something happens to cast doubt on his game. "It's a process" has been Tiger's stock non-answer for the last year about the status of his game. But look back at his progress, and he's been exactly right. He has been progressing, and he has been looking especially good since last year's Presidents Cup in Australia.
"My bad days aren't as bad as they used to be," Woods said after Bay Hill's second round.
After Australia, Woods regained a little confidence by winning the unofficial tournament he hosts every December in suburban Los Angeles, the Chevron World Challenge. It was only an 18-man field, but Woods did finish birdie-birdie to win. It was a start.
In a European tour event in Abu Dhabi, Woods had the 54-hole lead but had a lackluster final round and slipped back to third behind Robert Rock. Woods played well at the Australian Open until a poor third round. At Pebble Beach, he put together three good rounds but looked baffled on the greens on Sunday and was no match for a charging Mickelson. Finally, Woods answered a lot of questions at the Honda Classic when he closed with a 62 and nearly stole the title from McIlroy. Then came Doral, when he was last seen driving away from the course after withdrawing mid-round on Sunday with an Achilles injury.
This week, Tiger has looked healthy, and his ballstriking has looked familiar. He hit 19 consecutive greens in regulation at one point. On Saturday, he used an old favorite off the tee, a low stinger iron shot, to find fairways on the back nine, and it was very effective.
At the par-5 sixth hole, he narrowly missed a 96-foot eagle putt and settled for a tap-in birdie.
He birdied the par-5 16th hole from a fairway bunker, then found a deep greenside bunker at the par-3 17th and played a beautiful explosion shot to three feet and saved par. At 18, Woods settled for par after his short second putt rattled around a bit before finding the bottom of the cup.
Woods's stats are almost humorous. He has won 33 of 41 times when leading after 36 holes. He has won 47 of 51 times on the PGA Tour when holding the 54-hole lead, but he lost the last two times, at Abu Dhabi and the 2010 Chevron World Challenge. At Bay Hill, where he has won six times, he has been close to unbeatable.
But this isn't the Same Old Tiger. This is the Brand New Tiger, and we don't have a read on him yet. Is he back, and if so, is he all the way back? Can McDowell or maybe Ernie Els or anyone else catch him? Inquiring minds want to know.
"We're in for a good ride tomorrow," Miller noted on-air.
No argument there, Johnny. Buckle up, people. This should be fun.

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NCAA PICK No. 3 Baylor vs No. 1 Kentucky

Today in the NCAA has No. 3 Baylor vs No. 1 Kentucky. Take Kentucky here all the way man! Here is why I like this bet:

Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games as a favorite of 7.0-12.5.

Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.

Wildcats are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS win.

Wildcats are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games.

Wildcats are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 NCAA Tournament games as a favorite.

Good luck!
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NASCAR PICK! Auto Club 400

Huge race today! I like Jimmie J to win today! I should be fun to watch.


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Hot and Sexy Johanna Lundback

Check out the very hot and sexy Johanna Lundback!


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Suelyn Medeiros is Sexy!

Wow, Suelyn Medeiros is sexy!


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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Beautiful Shendelle

Very nice! Shendelle is a pleasure to watch!


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Crazy and Sexy Girl Doing a Dance

LOL...check out this lady dancing!


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NBA Pick Dallas Mavericks at Houston Rockets

Tonight in the NBA it is Dallas at Houston. Take the Rockets, and here is why:

Rockets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.

Rockets are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.

Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.

Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.

Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference.

Good luck!


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Mike Blunden Clean Hit Leads To Fight

Clean hit leads to fight in the Montreal vs Ottawa NHL game!


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NHL Pick Boston Bruins at Los Angeles Kings

Tonight in the NHL it is Boston at Los Angeles. Take LA tonight! Here is why:

Kings are 6-0 in their last 6 games as a home favorite.
Kings are 8-0 in their last 8 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Kings are 6-0 in their last 6 games as a favorite of -110 to -150.
Kings are 5-0 in their last 5 games as a favorite.
Kings are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.
Kings are 5-0 in their last 5 games following a win.
Kings are 6-0 in their last 6 overall.
Kings are 4-0 in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Kings are 5-0 in their last 5 games as a home favorite of -110 to -150.
Kings are 6-0 in their last 6 home games.

Good luck!
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NCAA PICK No. 2 Ohio St. vs No. 1 Syracuse

Tonight its No. 2 Ohio St. vs No. 1 Syracuse. Take the OVER bet in this game!

Over is 9-1 in Buckeyes last 10 overall.
Over is 8-1 in Buckeyes last 9 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Over is 8-1 in Buckeyes last 9 games as a favorite.
Over is 6-1 in Buckeyes last 7 games following a S.U. win.
Over is 5-1 in Buckeyes last 6 neutral site games.
Over is 4-1 in Buckeyes last 5 NCAA Tournament games as a favorite.
Over is 4-1 in Buckeyes last 5 games following a ATS win.
Over is 4-1 in Buckeyes last 5 NCAA Tournament games as a favorite of 0.5-6.5.
Over is 4-1 in Buckeyes last 5 NCAA Tournament games.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

NCAA No. 4 Indiana vs No. 1 Kentucky

Take Indiana for this HUGE UPSET! Here is why:

Hoosiers are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 non-conference games.
Hoosiers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog of 7.0-12.5.
Hoosiers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog.
Hoosiers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite.
Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite of 7.0-12.5.
Wildcats are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games as a favorite.
Wildcats are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games.

Good luck slicksters!
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NCAA Sweet Sixteen No. 13 Ohio vs No. 1 North Carolina

Hi...I'm BACK!!!! Take NC all the way! Michael Jordan will be rooting for NC, I'm sure! Here is why I love them tonight:

Tar Heels are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Friday games.

Tar Heels are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 NCAA Tournament games as a favorite of 7.0-12.5.

Tar Heels are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games.

Tar Heels are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 NCAA Tournament games as a favorite.

Tar Heels are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite of 7.0-12.5.

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