SBO REPORT:Free Agent Frenzy: Ball, RGIII top list of most fantasy impacted

SBO REPORT:Free Agent Frenzy: Ball, RGIII top list of most fantasy impacted

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For some, a fresh start can awake  sbo  the fantasy beast within, elevating a player into a different statistical realm while handsomely rewarding those who invest in his services.

Take Reggie Bush for instance.

Arguably the most sought after rusher in last year’s free agent class, Kim K’s former canoodler traded in the limitations of Miami for the fast-track of Ford Field, a move that paid a lucrative fantasy dividend. Underused in the pass game under Joe Philbin the year before – he absurdly caught just 35 balls in 16 games with the ‘Fins in 2012 – Bush thrived in Scott Linehan’s vertical offense, resembling the explosive, well-rounded back he once was in New Orleans and earlier in his career with the Dolphins. Working in tandem with bruiser Joique Bell in Detroit, Bush finished with 1,512 combined yards, 54 receptions and seven touchdowns in 14 games. Impressively, he landed inside the  sbo  RB top-20 in all but three weeks. His resulting 17.7 fantasy points per game was the seventh-best mark among RBs in PPR-friendly formats.

Money well spent.

With the bulk of high-profiled free agents signed, it’s time to examine what players, similar to Bush last year, could excel in their new digs and what commodities on their old teams stand to benefit most.

Whet your fantasy whistle, gamer. We’re only 22 Sundays away from meaningful NFL action. Here are my top Flames and Lames of this year’s free-agency period:

FLAMES

Montee Ball, Den, RB
Early ADP: 19.5 (RB13)
Fawned over by zealots in early drafts last year, Ball failed to measure up compared to fellow RB rookies Le’Veon Bell and Eddie Lacy. A persistent fumbling problem and pass-blocking issue stunted his statistical growth, leading veteran Knowhon Moreno to command the lion’s share of touches in Denver’s backfield. Though the latter can’t be disproved, the former beliefs certainly can. Ball did struggle to secure the rock early in the season, coughing up the ball twice on 31 attempts. However, over his next 110 touches he put the ball on the ground only  sbo  once. As for his alleged strawman approach versus the blitz … well … he actually ranked AHEAD of Moreno according to Pro Football Focus’ blocking metrics. Now with Knowshon wading in the statistical swamp of South Florida, Ball is about to become the main man in the Mile High City. A powerful downhill runner with plus hands and an affinity for frog costumes, he stands to make the biggest leap of any fantasy back this fall. C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman are sure to occasionally spell him, but roughly 18-20 touches per game, including most if not all goal-line totes, are in his near future. Against thin fronts – thanks Peyton Manning – he could easily total 1,300-1,500 combined yards with 10-12 touchdowns. A borderline top-five campaign is on the horizon.

Robert Griffin III, Was, QB
Early ADP: 95.7 (RB12)
With Lucifer Shanahan now torching burgers on his backyard grill   sbo  instead of franchise quarterbacks on the field and with an entire offseason for his knee to fully heal, things are looking up for RGIII. A collective groan was heard from D.C. when Jay Gruden was hired as head coach, but, for fantasy purposes, it was a best-case scenario for the embattled QB. The new skipper recently said he will let RGIII be RGIII, giving his passer the green light to play without inhibition. It’s doubtful Griffin will ever match the record-setting rush total from his first year, but without having to constantly look over his shoulder, the psychological boost should reward him, and Redskins nation, wonderfully. The additions of DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts are also an enormous shot in the arm. Griffin ranked 20th in completed passes beyond 20-yards last year. Pierre Garcon turned many short completions into long gains, but few home run connections were made. D-Jax will help immediately in  sbo  that area. Toss in the likely expanded roles of Jordan Reed and Roy Helu in an offense that called ‘pass’ 586 times last year, and RGIII is due to turn a lucrative profit. Many will purposely circumvent his services on draft day, but keep in mind even in an underwhelming season he finished No. 12 in QB per game average last year. Given the enhanced receiving corps, vertical-heavy offense and lack of restrictions, it would be no stretch to project 4,000-plus combined yards with 25-30 total touchdowns. And that could be a conservative estimate if Washington’s forgiving defense doesn’t improve.

Rashad Jennings, NYG, RB
Early ADP: 49.4 (RB23)
An unsung fantasy hero last year when Darren McFadden was ‘shockingly’ felled by injury, the blue-collar back did it all – blocked, caught passes, gained tough yards, found the end-zone – netting a respectable 4.36 yards per carry, 81.4 total yards per game and five touchdowns in eight starts. Critics will point to his advanced age (29), but keep in mind he’s logged only 484 touches since entering the league in 2009.   sbo  Rumors swirled earlier this month, the Giants might explore the possibility of adding Chris Johnson, however, that seems highly unlikely. Management appears content rolling with a backfield featuring Jennings, Peyton Hillis and possibly David Wilson. Tom Coughlin expressed optimism regarding the latter’s availability April 3 remarking the team is “counting on” Wilson to contribute. Still, there’s no guarantee he regain a foothold in the backfield. Jennings superb pass-blocking skills and sure hands as a ball carrier/receiver should instantly earn the tough-to-please Coughlin’s trust. Among the lower tiered rushers available on draft day, he’s a strong candidate to turn a tidy profit on roughly 15-18 touches per game. Reach with confidence.

Emmanuel Sanders, Den, WR
Early ADP: 81.6 (WR33)
Ben Roethlisberger to Peyton Manning. That’s akin to trading in your merely suitable 32-inch flat-screen for a lavish Jerry Jones-sized high-definition monstrosity. Sanders, without question, is one of the biggest winners of this year’s free agent class. Seeing his first action as a No. 2 in an air  sbo  aggressive Pittsburgh offense last season, he clearly played second fiddle to Antonio Brown. He experienced an uptick across all categories, but his marginal 67-732-6 line landed him in WR4 territory in 12-team leagues (No. 46 among WRs). When acquired by the Broncos in March, John Elway spoke highly of the wideout’s versatility commending Sanders’ separation skills and ability to work outside or inside. The receiver does possess reliable hands and forced 15 missed tackles last year, top-10 at his position, but given the spread-the-wealth nature of the Broncos’ offense combined with the presence of Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas, he will likely get lost in the shuffle at times. Still, he’s locked in as Denver’s WR3, which should gift him ample opportunities to produce. If he attracts roughly the same number of targets Eric Decker did last year (136), he should at least crack the WR top-30. However, only a below average red-zone target, don’t expect a windfall in touchdowns.

Golden Tate, Det, WR
Early ADP: 79.0 (WR32)
After being an integral part of Seattle’s brilliant title run, Tate traded blues, swapping Seattle navy for Detroit royal. The move likely disappointed many in the Emerald City, but it should kickstart his overall fantasy worth. Offensively, the Seahawks and Lions are at different ends of the spectrum. The former leans on stifling defense and ball control in an attempt to slowly suffocate opponents. Meanwhile, the latter, plays a looser style, bombarding the competition with Matthew Stafford’s well-worked arm.  sbo  Though Scott Linehan now calls the offensive shots in Dallas, new OC Joe Lombardi likely won’t tinker much with the previous regime’s formula. Quarterbacks coach of the New Orleans Saints from 2009-2013, he was an instrumental part of Drew Brees’ record-smashing success. Calvin Johnson will continue to be the baddest Decepticon on the planet, but Tate should operate freely underneath and on the outside, an upgrade over departed Nate Burleson and holdover Kris Durham. Equipped with a running back mentality after the catch – he led WRs in forced missed tackles in 2013 – he should see a strong across-the-board rise. Recall he averaged a lowly 6.1 targets per game a season ago, 38th among wideouts. His first 1,000-yard season with 6-8 TDs are highly attainable.

LAMES

Eric Decker, NYJ, WR
Early ADP: 76.4 (WR30)
Train-wreck. Disaster. Multi-car pileup. No, I’m not describing Decker’s abomination of a reality TV show, but rather his unfortunate decision-making. Opting for the bright lights and big money of New York, the  sbo  most desired receiver in this year’s free agent market enters into an environment even Krusty the Clown would call a dysfunctional media circus. Trading in a future Hall of Fame quarterback, Peyton Manning, for an oft-injured journeyman passer, Michael Vick, can’t lead to a favorable end game. When not getting tackled by ghosts in the open field, Decker was a highly valued WR2 in all formats a season ago. He established new career benchmarks in receptions and yards and finished inside the top-10 among WRs in per game output for the first time in his career. The Jets, at times, were a humiliation of suck offensively last year. Jeremy Kerley was their ‘finest’ fantasy producer at WR. And he failed to crack the position’s top-60. Vick is a slight upgrade over Geno Smith, but Decker, who enticed 25 red-zone targets last fall in Denver, could experience a rather precipitous numbers free-fall. Opportunities near the goal-line could be few and far between. At best, he’s a low-end WR3.

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SBO REPORT:NFLPA’s slow-footed probe of Josh Freeman case doesn’t bode well for DeSean Jackson investigation

SBO REPORT:NFLPA’s slow-footed probe of Josh Freeman case doesn’t bode well for DeSean Jackson investigation

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The union representing NFL  sbobet  players displayed a show of force over the weekend by launching an investigation into the Philadelphia Eagles’ controversial release of DeSean Jackson.

The investigation echoes the show of force made by the NFLPA after then-Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman had his medical information leaked to the media last season.

That investigation, however, has so far turned out to be no show of force at all.

The alleged leak of Freeman’s records to ESPN reporter Chris Mortensen happened in September 2013. Yahoo Sports reached out to the NFLPA for results of the investigation three times during the season and again in a media conference  sbobet  hosted by NFLPA president DeMaurice Smith during Super Bowl week. Smith said in February the investigation was “close” to being complete.

It’s now April, and there’s still no end to the investigation.

“[The] investigation is still not complete,” NFLPA spokesman Carl Francis said via email on Monday. “A couple of interviews have been postponed. Both parties hope to have the process complete in the next six weeks or so.”

The slowness of the Freeman investigation doesn’t bode well for the Jackson investigation, which aims to examine whether the Eagles leaked “misinformation” to NJ.com regarding the receiver’s alleged ties to the Crips gang in California. That possible leak, although troubling, is not nearly as alarming as a leak of medical records. A player’s private medical history   sbobet  should be as sacred and worthy of protection as any citizen’s, and anyone who publicizes it shouldn’t have a job in the NFL.

Which makes it perplexing as to why the investigation has taken so long. The NFL’s investigation into the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal, which started later than the Freeman probe and involved more people, culminated in a lengthy report by Ted Wells. That report has led to a renewed commitment to workplace conduct, including a meeting this week between NFL owners and players to discuss rule changes that will cut down on the disrespect on the field and in the locker room.

Freeman is a free agent after finishing his tumultuous 2013 season with the Vikings. He worked out with the Chicago Bears on Monday, according to a CBSSports.com report. The Bucs have purged their leadership ranks in head coach  sbobet  Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik. That doesn’t mean the crisis has ended. For real closure, there has to be a definitive end to the NFLPA investigation and some sense of how this happened. Otherwise, the credibility of the investigation into Jackson’s release is also imperiled.

The events of the past several months have led to a potential turning point in the NFL. Coaches, owners and officials are working in concert to make locker rooms more professional and the playing field more tolerant. The Dolphins’ saga, the Freeman situation and the Jackson ordeal all challenge league personnel to make football careers about football performance and not about personal backgrounds.

That sounds a lot like a  sbobet  union initiative. It seems to be led, however, by the NFL itself.

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SBO REPORT:Kazakhstan leads Switzerland 2-1 in Davis Cup QF

SBO REPORT:Kazakhstan leads Switzerland 2-1 in Davis Cup QF

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Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka  sbo  lost the doubles match to Andrey Golubev and Aleksandr Nedovyesov on Saturday, giving Kazakhstan a 2-1 lead over Switzerland in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.

Golubev and Nedovyesov never trailed after breaking Federer in the opening game and completed a 6-4, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (6) victory.

The Kazakh pair converted their first match point when Wawrinka could not control Golubev’s powerful return of Federer’s serve.

”Against those guys you have to play almost the perfect match. I’m happy that we did today,” Golubev said.

In Sunday’s reverse singles, No. 3-ranked Wawrinka is scheduled to play the 56th-ranked Mikhail Kukushkin before Federer takes on the 64th-ranked Golubev,  sbo  who beat Wawrinka in Friday’s opening singles.

”I’m actually very excited for tomorrow,” Federer said. ”We are still the favorites for each singles match tomorrow, but with no more margin for error and we’re aware of that.”
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The winner plays Britain or Italy in the semifinals in September. Led by Andy Murray, Britain is ahead 2-1 in Naples on the Italians’ favored clay surface.

Federer and Wawrinka, the Australian Open champion, won gold in doubles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and were loudly supported by the 16,000 spectators in the indoor Palexpo arena.

”Pretty excited, especially that we beat the Olympic champions. It makes it special,” said Nedovyesov, who is  sbo  ranked No. 76 in singles.

The Swiss were a service break up in the second set, but the Kazakhs broke back when Wawrinka served for the set at 5-3.

The visitors clinched a two-set lead when Federer sent a half-volley wide as he approached the net.
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Federer and Wawrinka served out the third set after breaking in the fifth game.

Federer’s serve came under pressure again in the fourth set, trailing 0-30 when down 6-5 before forcing the tiebreaker. Switzerland held a set point but Federer’s backhand lob drifted long.

”It was two difficult days but I’m going to be ready for tomorrow,”  sbo  said Wawrinka, who lost to Kukushkin in a 2010 Davis Cup relegation playoff.

Federer must wait to see if he needs to play against Golubev, whom he described as ”the man of the match.”

”I’ve been very impressed by him,” Federer said. ”He made the difference in the doubles at the end. I’m looking forward to that challenge.”

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SBO REPORT:Hulk Hogan Reveals the One Wrestling Move He Couldn’t Master

SBO REPORT:Hulk Hogan Reveals the One Wrestling Move He Couldn’t Master

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When Hulk Hogan hosts WrestleMania 30  sbobet  on April 6 in New Orleans, it will mark not only his return to World Wrestling Entertainment’s flagship event, but three decades since he defeated The Iron Sheik to become WWE Champion.

A generation of fans remembers that January 1984 fight in Madison Square Garden as the inception of “Hulkamania.” And it is for those fans – and now, their children — that Hogan, 60, returned to WWE after a six-year absence.

“It was the logical   sbobet  extension of my career, of the Hulk Hogan legacy, of destiny,” Hogan said. “I started here. This is my home. What a great time to come back where the the family can sit in the living room and the grandfather and the father and the son all have something in common and that’s Hulk Hogan, ’cause they all know me and they all know the WWE universe.

Watch the video above to see Hulk Hogan talk about his most challenging wrestling move

“I think it’s a great time. Like I told [WWE Chairman and CEO] Vince McMahon, ‘Do you want to make history again, brother? Because we’re going to.’”

Hogan’s return event was in late February at “Monday Night Raw” in Green Bay, Wis. The 6’7” pop culture phenomenon, decked out in his signature red and yellow, said the crowd reaction “felt like I walked behind a 747 airplane. I was blown away   sbobet  by the energy.”

Though he was smack in the middle of the ring, Hogan said wrestling – even though his nine back surgeries have cured him of pain — is not part of the job description this time around. Instead, watch for Hogan to host and appear in storylines for matches between current WWE Superstars, such as John Cena, Bray Wyatt and Daniel Bryan. Hogan may even induct his good friend Mr. T into the WWE Hall of Fame during WrestleMania 30, though “me and [“Rowdy” Roddy] Piper will probably get in a fight over it,” he laughed.

The pairing of Hogan and Mr. T won against Piper and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff in a 1985 match at the inaugural WrestleMania. Hogan credits Mr. T’s appearances at WWE as “the main pivotal   sbobet  point that transitioned this whole craziness into entertainment. And it wasn’t easy for him. He was walking into the lion’s den. And there were a lot of people like Piper and Orndorff who wanted to hurt him. They did not dig the fact that an actor was coming into their business. And it was a transition period and T is mostly responsible for that entertainment transition.”

An important transition to sports entertainment considering that back in Hogan’s heyday, WWE did not have to compete with hundreds of channels of programming, not to mention the Internet. Later in his career, Hogan himself made the leap out of the ring and into reality television, appearing with his family for four seasons of “Hogan Knows Best.”

“I remember the good stuff, you know, a lot of good bonding   sbobet  with my family and having fun,” said Hogan. “But I don’t think [viewers] understand what reality television really is. It’s realistic. Reality TV is slightly scripted. You know, my son Nick would be at the computer doing his homework. And the producers go, ‘Nick, go throw water balloons at the neighbors.’ That’s not Nick. That’s not what Nick does. But that’s reality TV. And people get so wrapped up in it, they don’t understand the difference between real and real-like.”

If there’s one thing that Hogan wants to be known for, it’s not his six WWE Championships, his turn as the villain “Hollywood Hogan,” or his TV, movie and music careers.

“Well, a hundred years  sbobet  from now, or maybe a thousand years from now, I would like people to remember me as a good man, not a bad man,” said Hogan. “So that would be the ultimate goal for me, to be remembered as that.”

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SBO REPORT:Chevy has not heard from Earnhardt about swap

SBO REPORT:Chevy has not heard from Earnhardt about swap

 

Chevrolet has not received an official   sbo  request from Dale Earnhardt Jr. to swap race cars with Honda driver Graham Rahal.

Earnhardt and Rahal are both sponsored this year by Army National Guard, and Rahal reached out to Earnhardt last week via Twitter to see if NASCAR’s most popular driver was interested in swapping cars.

The Twitter conversation sparked tons of fan interest, and the guard said it wanted to be part of a swap. But Earnhardt quickly quieted the talk two days later when he said he could not drive a Honda. Chevrolet and Honda are direct competitors in the IndyCar Series.

Jim Campbell, the   sbo  U.S. Vice President Performance Vehicles and Motorsports for Chevy, said Saturday the manufacturer would consider any proposal to drive an Indy car from Earnhardt but until then, any talk about a manufacture conflict is premature.

”If we get a proposal, we’ll take a look at it and we’ll look at it with an open set of eyes. The rest is hypothetical,” Campbell told The Associated Press. ”Broadly speaking about any Chevy driver that is currently on our roster, if they decided to go race in another category or series, of course we’d love to see them in Chevys. There’s no doubt about that.

”In some cases it works out like that, and in some cases it doesn’t.”

Earnhardt has driven only Chevrolets since his 1996 NASCAR debut. His two races in sports cars were in a Corvette. He did drive a Pontiac in two  sbo  seasons of exhibition IROC competition in 1999 and 2000, but all drivers in that series competed in identically-prepared Pontiacs.

He’s also the owner of a Chevrolet dealership in Tallahassee, and his late father’s dealership in North Carolina is still operating.

So he predicted Tuesday that getting into Rahal’s Honda would be a large conflict.

”Well, he drives a Honda, which is more than just a speed bump,” Earnhardt said earlier this week. ”If I wanted to drive an IndyCar, I’m sure I could get with Penske or somebody who owned a Chevy and take a couple laps somewhere. But it would have been fun to do that with Graham because of the relationship with our sponsor and the history of our families.

”I look forward to   sbo  meeting him one day, but I think the fact he has a relationship with a different manufacturer is going to make it challenging – if not impossible – for me to drive that particular car.”

Chevrolet fields cars in IndyCar for both Roger Penske and Chip Ganassi, two owners who also compete in NASCAR and could offer Earnhardt a car to drive.

Kurt Busch, who currently drives a Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing in NASCAR, will drive a Honda for Andretti Autosport in the Indianapolis 500. He was encouraged by Chevrolet before completing the deal with Andretti to work with a Chevrolet team for Indy, but the manufacturer ultimately agreed he could drive for Andretti.

Andretti was a Chevrolet team, and Busch tested a Chevy for   sbo  Andretti last year when he first began pursuing the Indy 500. But the organization moved to Honda this year.

”We had a great two-year run with Andretti Autosport and when he did his original test, Andretti was with Chevy,” Campbell said. ”The conversation started when it was a Chevy team, and it just kept going. We’d certainly have liked to see Kurt in a Chevy for the 500, it just didn’t work out.”

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SBO REPORT:Top-ranked UConn women rout Prairie View 87-44

SBO REPORT:Top-ranked UConn women rout Prairie View 87-44

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UConn’s players had a couple of  SBOBET  presents for coach Geno Auriemma on his 60th birthday.

The first was a video in which they altered the words to the Commodores classic song ”Brick House” to have a little fun at his expense.

The second was an 87-44 rout of Prairie View A&M on Sunday, giving Auriemma his 92nd NCAA tournament win.

Breanna Stewart led a balanced offense with 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead five Huskies in double figures.

Moriah Jefferson had 14 points, four assists and five steals. Bria Hartley had 16 points.

”To be able to come into this game and have everyone contribute in   SBOBET  some way is only going to help us going forward,” said Stewart. ”It makes us hard to guard.”
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LaReahn Washington scored 13 points to lead Prairie View. The Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament champions finish their season at 14-18.

The Huskies, who just completed their seventh undefeated regular season, are looking for a record ninth NCAA title. They will face Saint Joseph’s in a second-round game Tuesday night. The Hawks beat Georgia 67-57 earlier Sunday.

The victory extended the third-longest winning streak in program history to 41 games, a streak that started with a win in the first round of last year’s tournament.

UConn wrapped this one up very early, scoring the game’s first 15 points and holding Prairie View without a basket for the first 5 1/2 minutes of the game.

Stefanie Dolson made the first three baskets, and had eight of the first 10 points. She finished with 11 points,  SBOBET  six rebounds and six assists. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 13 points and eight rebounds.
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Jefferson gave the Huskies their first 30-point lead at 42-12 after rebounding a Stewart miss late in the first half, and UConn led 44-12 at intermission.

They opened the second half on a 16-0 run and led 73-23 after a 3-pointer by Hartley.

”We really wanted to come out and we were excited to play so I think we really wanted to get out to a good start,” Hartley said.

The Huskies held Prairie view to 25 percent shooting (16 of 64)  SBOBET  and outrebounded the Lady Panthers 52-28, including 44-12 in the first half. The Huskies sang happy birthday and clapped as Auriemma was doing his postgame television interview.

The biggest cheer after intermission came when the UConn cheerleaders were able to hold one of their members aloft longer than Prairie View’s cheerleading team in a contest held during a timeout.
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They are now 10-1 his birthday, the lone loss coming to North Carolina State in the 1998 regional final.

The players would not reveal the lyrics in the video tribute, but said they had fun making it, and it helped relieve a little   SBOBET  of the pressure of being expected to win another national title.

Dolson said this one, unlike some of the other music videos the team has made, won’t be appearing on YouTube.

”It was more of just a present for him, so he can keep it,” she said. ”Of course we’ll make a few copies for ourselves.”

The Lady Panthers were just the ninth team to get a tournament berth with a losing record, after winning their fourth consecutive SWAC conference title. The team lost its first 11 games this season, before turning things around late. But they fall to 0-6 in the NCAA tournament.

Despite that, coach Dawn Brown said she takes a lot of positives  SBOBET  out of the game, especially the second half when the team got down by 50 early and outscored the Huskies the rest of the way.

”This was a milestone for us compared to where we were 30 games ago to where we are today,” she said.

UConn has been beating opponents by an average of 36 points a game this season, about a point better than their margin of victory in last year’s six tournament games that ended with the program’s eighth national title.

The Huskies, who are making their 26th straight appearance in the tournament, have made the regional semifinals 20 straight times since losing in the first round to Louisville in 1993.

Auriemma’s 92 tournament wins leave him 20 behind fellow Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt for the most of any college coach, men’s or women’s. Duke men’s coach Mike Krzyzewski is in third place with 81.

The Huskies also added to some   SBOBET  other impressive numbers, improving to 46-4 in NCAA games played in Connecticut, and 33-3 in games played at Gampel Pavilion.

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SBO REPORT:Swiss maestro Federer, Djokovic dominate in Miami

SBO REPORT:Swiss maestro Federer, Djokovic dominate in Miami

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After a year’s absence, fifth seeded   sbo  Roger Federer celebrated his return to the Miami hardcourts with a clinical 6-4 7-6(4) second round win over towering Ivo Karlovic on Friday.

World number two Novak Djokovic, a three-time winner in Miami, launched his bid for a fourth title in impressive fashion, dispatching Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-4 6-3.

A two-time winner at Crandon Park, Federer did not visit Miami last year, taking an extended layoff before starting his season. But he looked quite at home, needing just 74 minutes to slay the 6-foot, 11-inch (2.11m) Croatian in a slugfest that featured just one break of serve.

“I was able to play a very clean match on my service games throughout, make sure I had a lot of first serves in, make sure I stayed aggressive from the baseline,”  sbo  said Federer. “I think it worked really well, hardly any unforced errors.

“There are no long rallies. It’s just like more penalty shootout like in soccer.

“It’s about quick reaction, not getting frustrated and feeling that the returner is the one who has got less pressure.”

Federer, who had been dismissed as a fading force following last year’s disappointing campaign, has hit back at his critics on the court, clinching the 78th title of his career in Dubai while reaching the finals in Brisbane and last week in Indian Wells, where he lost to Djokovic.

It was another dominating performance by the re-energized Swiss maestro, particularly in the opening set where he committed a single unforced error.

Federer broke to open the match on a Karlovic double fault and did not surrendered a point on his serve until serving out   sbo  the set at 40-0.

The 32-year-old Swiss continued his near perfect play in the second set finishing with a total of three unforced errors but could not break the big-serving Croatian, who blasted 14 aces past the 17-time grand slam winner.

But Karlovic’s big serve was not able to save him in the tie-break as Federer coolly clinch the match 7-4.

Djokovic, riding the momentum from his victory at Indian Wells, jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the opening before breaking the Frenchman to secure a 1-0 lead.

There was only one break in the second set and that went to Djokovic to nose in front 5-3 before serving out for the victory.

“It’s a straight sets win and when I was supposed to play my best and come up with some good serves and good shots, that’s what I have done in both  sbo  sets,” said Djokovic. “That’s what matters the most to me.

In other action, fourth seeded Spaniard David Ferrer and ninth seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet both had easy passage to the next round.

Ferrer, who lost last year’s final to Andy Murray, returned to action after sitting out the Masters series event in Indian Wells with a left abductor strain and showed no hint of rust as he cruised past Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4 6-0.

Gasquet made equally quick work of Alejandro Gonzalez dispatching the 83rd ranked Colombian 7-6 (7) 6-4.

(Editing by Gene Cherry)

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SBO REPORT:Garcia and Schwartzel back Final Series changes

SBO REPORT:Garcia and Schwartzel back Final Series changes

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Sergio Garcia and Charl Schwartzel  sbobet  , two critics of the inaugural Final Series last year, have backed changes made to the U.S. FedExCup-style event that brings the curtain down on the European Tour season.

The bonus pool for the four-tournament Final Series has soared from $3.75 million to $5 million, to be shared by the leading 15 players on the money-list competing at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

The tour has also decided that members will no longer have to participate in two of the first three tournaments in order to qualify for the Dubai showpiece.

“I’m very happy to see we have reached a middle ground which should  sbobet  help make us all happy,” Spaniard Garcia said in a news release on Monday.

South African Schwartzel said: “I will always try to support the European Tour when I can and it’s great to see that they are also trying to look after us with these new rules.”

Former world number two Garcia, 2011 U.S. Masters champion Schwartzel and four-times major winner Ernie Els complained last year that the regulations were unfair.

The biggest bone of contention for the players was the tour’s demand that they must compete in two of the first three Final Series events – the BMW Masters and the WGC-HSBC Champions that are both held in Shanghai and the Turkish Open – to qualify for Dubai.

“It looks like the Final Series is moving in the right direction, to help the guys come and play in as many of the  sbobet  four events as possible,” said Schwartzel.

“By increasing the bonus pool and making it for the top 15, they are all great incentives for us to play.”

FINE TUNING

Last year only the top 10 in the money-list were eligible for the bonus pool.

“The inaugural staging of the Final Series was a huge success,” said the tour’s chief operating officer Keith Waters.

“However, the European Tour always listens to its membership and we were aware there was some fine tuning required to the overall structure.”

Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn, chairman of the players’ Tournament Committee, also welcomed the changes.

“The new regulations and the new points system are a   sbobet  good move,” said the 15-times tour winner.

“It means if you miss some of those events it will be difficult to win the Race to Dubai (money-list) so there is an incentive to play in as many Final Series events as possible.

“The goal for us was to get the top players to play in the Final Series and this will hopefully help do that,” added Bjorn.

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SBO REPORT:Pennetta to face Radwanska in Indian Wells final

SBO REPORT:Pennetta to face Radwanska in Indian Wells final

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Italian veteran Flavia Pennetta upset  sbo  China’s Australian Open champion Li Na on Friday to join Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska in the women’s final of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

The 32-year-old Pennetta qualified for the biggest singles final of her career after a 7-6(5) 6-3 drubbing of an out-of-sorts Li.

Pennetta will face Radwanska in Sunday’s final after the Pole avenged her loss to Romania’s Simona Halep in Qatar last month with a 6-3 6-4 win on the Californian desert hardcourts.

Radwanska, ranked third in the world, sealed the first set with an ace after she broke Halep’s opening service game but found herself trailing the second when  sbo  the Romanian broke.

But the 25-year-old Pole regained control, getting back on level terms then getting a second break and serving out her victory to reach her first final at Indian Wells.

“What I was trying to do was play aggressively from the beginning of the match and just try to go for my shots,” said Radwanska.

“I was lucky. I think I was serving better than other days, so that helped today as well. I think it was a pretty good match.”

Halep took some consolation from her defeat as she will rise to fifth place in the world when the new rankings are released on Monday.

“It was a tough match,” said Halep. “She played really well.

“She deserved to win today. Every ball was in for her, and I had to run a lot. I think I started the match a bit too  sbo  soft. I was not ready to play.

“But she is a great player. It’s always difficult to play against her. I wanted to find my way to play. I did, but (it) was too late in first set. She was better than me today.”

Li was promoted to the women’s seed in the absence of world number one Serena Williams but had struggled with her serve all week.

She had similar problems against Pennetta, coughing up eight double faults in the first set alone, as the players traded eight service breaks before Pennetta won the tiebreaker.

Li’s serve improved in the second set but her forehand let her down as she started to spray shots all over the court and Pennetta seized her chance, sealing her victory with a backhand winner.

For Pennetta, reaching the final capped an incredible year for a woman  sbo  who was primarily regarded as a doubles player.

Less than a year ago, her singles ranking had plummeted to 166 and she was considering retiring, before she made a fairytale run at the U.S. Open, reaching the semi-finals.

She also made the quarter-finals at the Australian Open in January, which Li won, and is now through to her first Premier Level final and first singles final of any kind since 2011.

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SBO REPORT:Happy Hour: Qualifying changes and no, NASCAR isn’t rigged against Jimmie Johnson

SBO REPORT:Happy Hour: Qualifying changes and no, NASCAR isn’t rigged against Jimmie Johnson

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Let’s start with talking about qualifying  sbobet  briefly, then we’ll touch on two of the funniest emails of the year before we vote on Kurt Busch’s new FTM nickname, shall we?

I would have to disagree with your article and with NASCAR about a minimum speed requirement. If NASCAR did impose a minimum speed as a percentage of the leader then this would keep the car going at relatively the same speed as all the other cars. The problem exsists because the teams are used to taping up the grills for qualifying and not letting the are in. The teams just need to open up the grills and this would solve all the problems with  sbobet  overheating. This would make the cars closer to race trim than a different qualifying set up. – John

Thankfully NASCAR did the sensible thing and we didn’t have to see what cool-down laps at Bristol would look like.

When guys who drive near 200 MPH for a living are saying something is the most dangerous thing they’ve ever done, something needed to be done. After all, this is a sport that champions its safety record recently. with SAFER barriers (that aren’t mandated everywhere, however), safer cars, head and neck restraints and other things. And for the most part that championing is deserved. NASCAR has done a lot of good things.

And this was a situation that needed proactivity rather than   sbobet  reactivity. Drivers and teams will always be pushing the limits of the situation and their equipment in whatever parameters they’re given. Danger will never be eliminated and always inherent. But when there are 150+ MPH speed differences between cars on track in a qualifying session, the sanctioning body needed to step in.

Now, onto the fun. Please note, I have not edited either of these emails.

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Hi Nick, dont know what is happining but everyone is sure the races are fixed now, they are saying Jr. this year and Danica next year. Hey does any writer really and truley feel like Jr. is stronger that JJ?, no and you dont either and you never will. – Johnny

Do U ever get tired of nascar rigging the races by throwing caution flags for (IMIGANARY DEBRIS) on the track? they wont let Fox show the debris unless its actually there.
Also nascar is going to  sbobet  try everything they can to assure that Jimmy Johnson doesn’t win another championship, they don’t want any one to tie the KING or Earnhart.
And when is Danica going to realize that if she wasn’t a pretty face she wouldn’t have a ride in nascar.
thanks – Calvin

Let’s talk about Johnny’s email first. Since when is three races a big enough timeframe to judge anything in a grand scale? (Well, it can now eliminate you from the Chase.) Especially when judged in the context of the careers of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson.

Let’s not sell Dale Earnhardt Jr. short, he’s long been one of the better drivers in NASCAR. But he’ll probably be the first one to tell you that Johnson is the best driver in NASCAR. And besides, Johnson has said that his team is just a bit off to start the season as they put all their eggs into the 2013 basket last year. And JJ has finished in  sbobet  the top six in the first three races of the season. Yeah, they’re really struggling.

Junior was basically eliminated from the Chase last year after blowing up at Chicago. And look the well-documented run he went on in the final nine races. That was a team that had the benefit of looking towards 2014. And if they were doing so, it certainly has paid off so far.

Now onto Calvin’s email. It’s certainly plausible to think that NASCAR looks harder for debris at certain points in a race. And any time that TV can’t find debris for a caution it is going to set off flashing lights in the head of the conspiracy set.

To think that the Chase has been Jimmie-proofed is absurd, as we’ve pointed out before. Who are you going to take in  sbobet  a one-race playoff? Yeah, it’s probably the No. 48 team.

When it comes to Danica, we all know that the NASCAR filed in any series isn’t set by the best drivers attempting the race. It’s all about the right combination of talent, (which has to be greater than zero, mind you) money, equipment and other factors. There’s no perfect formula.

And allow me to drift off into a tangent for a moment that could become a column at some point. After seeing this tweet from NASCAR today, I started to wonder if the sport is doing itself a disservice by focusing on the Chase so much.

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