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Ranking Every Team in College Basketball, From Arizona (No. 1) to Mississippi Valley State (No. 351) – Sports Illustrated

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Sports Illustrated’s 2017-18 college basketball projections are a collaboration between economist Dan Hanner, SI’s Chris Johnson and SI’s Jeremy Fuchs. The system uses college and AAU statistics, recruiting rankings and coaching data to project every Division I player and team. For a deeper look at how the system works, read this explainer. In the next installment of our preview, we’re revealing how our model stacks up every Division I team…

A look inside South Korean baseball’s elaborate ‘cheer culture’ – ABC News

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Drumbeats roar and electric music plays as people dressed in uniforms swing to the rhythm together. At first, it may seem like a rock concert, but this is actually what a South Korean baseball game is all about. South Korean baseball’s “cheer culture” is in many ways just as important as the game itself. Fans wear team uniforms and hit balloon sticks together to make some noise as cheerleaders dressed…

Naval Academy Baseball Classic scrapped due to territorial issue between Nationals, Orioles – Washington Post

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Nationals will not be returning to Annapolis for the Naval Academy Baseball Classic this spring. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post) The Nationals have built a strong relationship with the military since baseball returned to D.C., culminating with last spring’s Naval Academy Baseball Classic. The April 1 game, which ended in a 4-4 tie with the Boston Red Sox, was played at Max Bishop Stadium in Annapolis in front of 1,030…

Baseball, Hot Dogs and Apple Pie. Washed Down With Champagne. – New York Times

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

As Major League Baseball’s postseason is nearing the biggest celebration of all — the Houston Astros need one more victory to win the World Series, the Dodgers need two — it seems appropriate to ask: Where does this ritual come from? “Great question, but I have no idea,” said Cubs reliever Pedro Strop, who celebrated a lot last year when his team snapped a 108-year drought and finally won the…

Samsung Gear Sport review: running in circles – The Verge – The Verge

Monday, October 30, 2017

For the past few years, the Apple Watch has dominated the fledgling smartwatch world. But while Google’s Android Wear platform has gone through fits and starts, Samsung has built an extensive wearable lineup running on its own platform with the Gear watches. The latest is the new Gear Sport, a $299.99 smartwatch that works with both iOS and Android smartphones. The Gear Sport blends some of the features of last…

To Market the Winter Olympics, NBC Gets Niche – AdAge.com

Monday, October 30, 2017

NBC Universal is going small for what might be the broadest and most universally appealing TV event. The peacock is targeting its marketing approach to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea to different pscyhographics. The peacock is putting Olympic viewers into six such segments—including those drawn to the games for the athletes’ heartfelt stories and those who only watch the highlights—and is creating content specifically geared toward each type…

Altuve, Correa cement status as baseball’s greatest duo | New York … – New York Post

Monday, October 30, 2017

HOUSTON — Ruth and Gehrig. Mantle and Maris. Ramirez and Ortiz. Altuve and Correa? Maybe it’s just the fatigue kicking in after a crazy-long and just plain crazy night at Minute Maid Park. But is there any other middle-of-the-lineup combination in baseball you’d rather have right now — and in whose future you’d invest — than the Astros’ Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa? Especially when you consider their defensive value?…

Former Cosby baseball player found dead in NC – NBC12 – WWBT … – WWBT NBC12 News

Monday, October 30, 2017

Virginia Tech beat Duke 24-3 Saturday night at a sloppy Lane Stadium.

Gilroy: Lou Merloni should stick to baseball, not takes on Al Horford – WEEI.com

Monday, October 30, 2017

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The Astros and Dodgers broke the game of baseball into a million pieces – SB Nation

Monday, October 30, 2017

HOUSTON — Words fail. Analogies go limp. A common refrain for a game like Game 5 of the 2017 World Series is that baseball is drunk. Baseball is not drunk. Drunk people don’t fall up the stairs, through a window, and explode upon contact with the moon. This is not a movie. Movies have plots, logical progressions from A to B. This is not an avant-garde movie, either, where the…

Altuve, Correa cement status as baseball’s greatest duo – New York Post

Monday, October 30, 2017

HOUSTON — Ruth and Gehrig. Mantle and Maris. Ramirez and Ortiz. Altuve and Correa? Maybe it’s just the fatigue kicking in after a crazy-long and just plain crazy night at Minute Maid Park. But is there any other middle-of-the-lineup combination in baseball you’d rather have right now — and in whose future you’d invest — than the Astros’ Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa? Especially when you consider their defensive value?…

Justin Verlander calls out MLB over the juiced baseball – Bless You Boys (blog)

Monday, October 30, 2017

Through five World Series games, major league hitters have launched 102 home runs in 36 postseason games this October. And so, the year of the home run continues unabated. 6105 bombs were hit during the regular season, shattering the previous single season mark of 5693 set back in the 2000 season. The stark trend that analysts began identifying in the second half of 2015 has carried throughout 2017, and MLB…

Baseball, Manfred strike out on Gurriel’s delayed suspension – Los Angeles Times

Monday, October 30, 2017

The racist gesture made by the Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel toward the Dodgers’ Yu Darvish on Friday night called for somebody in power to swing for the fences. Instead, baseball bunted. After a nation witnessed Gurriel tugging on the corners of his eyes while using an ethnic slur about Darvish, Commissioner Rob Manfred needed to make a powerful statement Saturday that included an immediate suspension. Instead, he offered words backed…

Baseball’s Growth Can Provide Template for American Unity – Sports Illustrated

Monday, October 30, 2017

“Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too,” Yogi Berra once quipped. As the leaves change colors, the air becomes crisp, and the Dodgers and Astros prepare for a critical Game 5, I can’t help but agree with Yogi. Baseball is pretty good, even if it is as much a work in progress as America’s experiment in democracy. On the field, the game…

Samsung Gear Sport review: running in circles – The Verge

Monday, October 30, 2017

For the past few years, the Apple Watch has dominated the fledgling smartwatch world. But while Google’s Android Wear platform has gone through fits and starts, Samsung has built an extensive wearable lineup running on its own platform with the Gear watches. The latest is the new Gear Sport, a $299.99 smartwatch that works with both iOS and Android smartphones. The Gear Sport blends some of the features of last…

Amy Earnhardt: Pace car ride ‘incredible’ at Martinsville – Nascar

Monday, October 30, 2017

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. had twice the luck on track with him before the green flag dropped ahead of his likely final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway. Leading the field in the pace car, Amy Earnhardt, who is pregnant with the couple’s baby girl, wheeled her way around the .526-mile track like a natural … and with a smile from ear-to-ear. “It was incredible,”…

NASCAR Just Found The Cure To Its Woes: A Race Every Week At Martinsville – Forbes

Monday, October 30, 2017

Chase Elliott wrecked late in a NASCAR Monster Energy Cup playoff race in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images) NASCAR now has a template for regenerating some of the interest in stock-car racing that had faded away: Put on more shows like the First Data 500, Sunday’s race at Martinsville, Va., which ended with a frenzied finish, a pile of crumpled cars and four seething drivers hollering in one…

Altuve, Correa cement status as baseball’s greatest duo – New York Post

Monday, October 30, 2017

HOUSTON — Ruth and Gehrig. Mantle and Maris. Ramirez and Ortiz. Altuve and Correa? Maybe it’s just the fatigue kicking in after a crazy-long and just plain crazy night at Minute Maid Park. But is there any other middle-of-the-lineup combination in baseball you’d rather have right now — and in whose future you’d invest — than the Astros’ Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa? Especially when you consider their defensive value?…