Category Archives: Miscellaneous

State of Baseball: The Opener

Givanni Damico | August 10th, 2019

The Opener

In the last two years, a few teams in Major League Baseball have been experimenting with what is now termed “the opener”. The opener is a high-leverage reliever that a team uses to start the game. He will usually throw one or two innings at the max. The goal of the opener is to get through the top half of the lineup so that the starter who takes over, later on, will not have to face the top of the opposing batting order more than twice in a game. The Tampa Bay Rays were the first team to experiment with the opener using relievers, Ryne Stanek and Sergio Romo (now of the Minnesota Twins).

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Undrafted All-star Erica Wheeler Wins WNBA All-Star MVP after an unforgettable performance

Michaela Smalley | July 28th, 2019

Indiana Fever guard Erica Wheeler, who came into the WNBA undrafted in 2015, won the 2019 WNBA All-Star MVP award after her unforgettable performance in last night’s WNBA All-Star game in Las Vegas. Wheeler was selected to play on Team Wilson lead by Las Vegas Aces forward and two-time all-star A’ja Wilson who was unable to play in the game due to injury Continue reading

Breaking: David Randall Jenkins, World-Record Holding Powerlifter, Dies at 69

Josh Elias | July 19th, 2019

David Randall Jenkins was a competitive powerlifter for a grand total of eight months and twenty days. Which makes it all the more impressive that on Monday, July 14, Jenkins etched his name into the sport’s world record books for the third time. Three days later, he unexpectedly passed away, leaving behind a legacy that far outweighs the limited results that come up when you google his name. Continue reading

PGA DFS: The Open Championship Picks

Joey Ricotta | July 17th, 2019

Royal Portrush Golf Club located in Northern Ireland about an hour from Belfast will play host to The Open Championship for the first time since 1951. The last time it hosted a notable tournament was in 2012 for the Irish Open. The weather should play a factor, specifically the wind as it is a links course and the wind can pick up dramatically in the blink of an eye. Many golfers have high hopes heading into the final major of the year, including four-time major winner Rory McIlroy who will be returning to his homeland and a course he’s very familiar with. McIlroy set the Dunluce course record by shooting an 11-under 61 back in 2005. The course is a little different than it was then. The Dunluce links course has since been redesigned and lengthened. It is now a Par 71, 7,344 yards. Adding to the excitement, there’s expected to be record setting crowds as The Open has sold out for the first time in its 148-year history. The stage and tee times are set for one of the biggest events in Northern Ireland history. With that said, let’s get into some golfers to target for DFS to help win us some cash. Continue reading

Lynx impressive home win is the team’s fourth straight against Phoenix

Michaela Smalley | July 15th, 2019

Coming off of a heartbreaking loss on the road to the Atlanta Dream, the Minnesota Lynx played an impressive game at home to beat the Phoenix Mercury for the fourth straight time Sunday night. In this 75-62 victory over the Mercury, the Lynx came out strong, scoring quick points. Throughout the game, the Lynx were able to body their way past a physical Phoenix team as all five Lynx starters finished in double-digits. This win puts Minnesota at 10-7 as they remain number four in league standings. Continue reading

Phoenix Mercury fall to the Connecticut Sun: Taurasi returns to basketball, Sancho Lyttle suffers another leg injury

Michaela Smalley | July 13th, 2019

Diana Taurasi made her long-awaited return to hoops Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut vs the Connecticut Sun. Taurasi, who had been out for the first half of the season with a back injury that required surgery, went through the team’s pre-game shoot around and several other drills at full speed prior to being in the starting lineup for the Mercury. Though the Mercury led the Sun 36-30 at halftime, the Sun came out shooting well. The Sun’s entire starting lineup turned into scoring machines, as all five finished the game in double figures after going on a 17-1 run in the 2nd half. Continue reading

Give the Gift of Life

Dr. Beth Sullivan | July 12th, 2019

Nearly 100,000 people are currently waiting for a kidney transplant. In fact, more people are waiting for a match because of kidney failure than all other organs combined. On Wednesday word is spread all over social media that former NFL defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth was in desperate need of a kidney due to the failure of his kidneys. He posted on Instagram that the time had come to ask for help and fans and media alike have been spreading his plea for help on social media platforms far and wide. Another NFL player who has already gone through a kidney transplant is former Bills wide receiver, Donald Jones. Jones has written a book, The Next Quarter, about his experiences before during and after the transplant. Information about obtaining the book is available at DonaldJones.info. It is a great read.

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