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Updated Top 250 fantasy baseball rankings: First-half letdowns – ESPN.com – ESPN

Thursday, July 09, 2015

0 Shares Print It’s the midway point of the season, however you choose to look at it: mathematical (this past Saturday) or traditional (the upcoming All-Star break). That makes it an ideal time to reflect and perhaps hand out midseason hardware. For today’s edition, though, I’m taking the optimist’s approach to seemingly pessimistic situations: the first half’s fantasy disappointments, but taken from the angle of measuring their bounce-back potential. Robinson…

BBC Sport – Gossip column: Van Persie, Casillas, Sterling, Given, De Gea, Rooney – BBC News

Thursday, July 09, 2015

For a list of all the latest deals, check out the transfers page. Manchester United’s Netherlands striker Robin van Persie, 31, is close to joining Fenerbahce in Turkey after further talks between the clubs. (Daily Mail)  Real Madrid and Porto have agreed a deal which will see Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas, 34, leave the Bernabeu on Friday after 25 years. …

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: NASCAR deserves credit for keeping drivers safe | FOX Sports – FOXSports.com

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Multiple drivers, most notably Ryan Newman and Joey Logano, spoke in highly critical terms of the dangers inherent in restrictor-plate racing after Austin Dillon’s airborne crash on the final lap of the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Others in the sport have in recent days lobbied NASCAR to make major changes at Daytona and Talladega Superspeedway, and some pundits have even suggested abandoning the often-maligned restrictor plates altogether….

Men’s Team Continues U.S. Soccer’s Winning Ways – The New York Times – New York Times

Thursday, July 09, 2015

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Has Soccer Finally Made It in the U.S.? – WSJ – Wall Street Journal

Thursday, July 09, 2015

ENLARGE After each milestone for soccer in the U.S., the same question always follows: Has the sport finally “arrived” in the mainstream? Sunday’s 5-2 U.S. victory over Japan in the Women’s World Cup final is the latest example: With 26.7 million U.S. viewers, it became the most-watched soccer game in U.S. history. Experts say the real question for soccer’s growth isn’t whether its premier global matches have drawing power (they…

Soccer Is Still Out of Reach for Half the World’s Women | TIME – TIME

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Mike Hewitt—FIFA/Getty Images The USA team celebrates victory in the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 Final between USA and Japan at BC Place Stadium on July 5, 2015 in Vancouver. Christina Asquith and Xanthe Ackerman are journalists with The Fuller Project for International Reporting. The U.S. women’s soccer team should use their stage to demand that all governments support women in soccer Almost 27 million viewers in the U.S. watched…

Rain delays NASCAR Sprint Cup practices at Kentucky Speedway | NASCAR Talk – NBCSports.com

Thursday, July 09, 2015

SPARTA, Ky. – Here comes the rain again. Two days after the Coke Zero 400 ended at 2:41 a.m. because of a three-hour weather delay, a midafternoon shower put another damper on NASCAR’s plans to begin testing new rules at Kentucky Speedway. Sprint Cup teams were scheduled to test at the 1.5-mile oval from 3-8 p.m. with a one-hour break from 5-6, but as of 3 p.m., it still was…

How Your Favorite Baseball Team Blows Its Money | FiveThirtyEight – FiveThirtyEight

Thursday, July 09, 2015

For an article on FiveThirtyEight today, Mike Lopez and Noah Davis charted the relationship between spending and win percentage for every baseball season since 1985. They found that the relationship between money and winning in baseball is as strong now as it’s been any time in the free-agency era. Below you’ll see that relationship for each team in the majors. Each season is one dot in the figure, and the…

FantasyAlarm.com: Daily fantasy baseball Playbook for July 8 (night games … – SportingNews.com

Thursday, July 09, 2015

facebook twitter googleplus tumblr pinterest Welcome to the free late DFS MLB Playbook for Wednesday, July 8, courtesy of Sporting News partners FantasyAlarm.com. Every day, the experts at FantasyAlarm.com, who won the 2015 FanDuel Playboy Championship, will publish their top daily fantasy baseball plays at each position across various DFS sites in the Playbook. It’s a great place to start your MLB DFS research for the day, but there’s much more behind the…

Red Sox place MLB-best five prospects in Baseball America’s midseason top 50 … – Boston.com

Thursday, July 09, 2015

The Red Sox farm system is stockpiled with future big-league standouts, at least in the eyes of Baseball America. Boston placed five prospects in Baseball America’s midseason Top 50, best in Major League Baseball. Second baseman Yoan Moncada leads the way at No. 11 overall. The 20-year-old from Cuba signed with the Red Sox for a $31.5 million bonus in March. “Scouts who have seen him in Greenville have been…

Yahoo Will Enter Daily Fantasy Sports Market – The New York Times – New York Times

Thursday, July 09, 2015

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Soccer Is Still Out of Reach for Half the World’s Women | TIME – TIME

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Mike Hewitt—FIFA/Getty Images The USA team celebrates victory in the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 Final between USA and Japan at BC Place Stadium on July 5, 2015 in Vancouver. Christina Asquith and Xanthe Ackerman are journalists with The Fuller Project for International Reporting. The U.S. women’s soccer team should use their stage to demand that all governments support women in soccer Almost 27 million viewers in the U.S. watched…

FanDuel fantasy baseball tips: Top 10 batter vs pitcher matchups-7/8 – FanSided – FanSided

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Jul 7, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) hits a two run home run during the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in game one of a baseball doubleheader at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports Wednesdays in summer usually mean a full day of MLB action due to afternoon baseball games.  Today continues that trend with eight teams ready for daytime action while…

Daily Fantasy Baseball 2015: Best DraftKings MLB Pitcher Picks for July 8 – Bleacher Report

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

It’s a full 15-game slate today for the boys in the big leagues and the men and women playing the big-money daily leagues on draftkings.com. However, there’s a severe-weather warning, and many of the day’s games are in danger of a delay or cancellation. At 7:30 a.m. ET, draftkings.com is listing six games with the little rain icon. Beware the little rain icon! No player is more affected by a…

Red Sox place MLB-best five prospects in Baseball America’s midseason top 50 … – Boston.com

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

The Red Sox farm system is stockpiled with future big-league standouts, at least in the eyes of Baseball America. Boston placed five prospects in Baseball America’s midseason Top 50, best in Major League Baseball. Second baseman Yoan Moncada leads the way at No. 11 overall. The 20-year-old from Cuba signed with the Red Sox for a $31.5 million bonus in March. “Scouts who have seen him in Greenville have been…

The Savant of Spray Charts: Meet the New Star of Baseball Analytics | Rolling … – RollingStone.com

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

When Giancarlo Stanton, Major League Baseball’s home run leader, was diagnosed late last month with a broken bone in his hand and proclaimed out of action for at least six weeks, Miami Marlins fans didn’t need to be told they were screwed, but an objective way to convey a level of actual screwedness? Ah, this surely can be done. Sidebar WTF MLB? Baseball Strikes Out With Its Streaming Policies…

What was shortest baseball game ever? – Chicago Tribune – Chicago Tribune

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Monday night’s Blue Jays-White Sox game was a remarkable 1 hour, 54 minutes long, the shortest major-league game in four years. lRelated Chicago White Sox Strikeout streak ends, but Chris Sale outduels Mark Buehrle See all related But what is the fastest nine-inning in MLB history? That would be the Sept. 28, 1919, game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies in the Polo Grounds. Behind pitcher Jesse…

Fox Sports reassigns Holly Sonders after disastrous US Open – Washington Post – Washington Post (blog)

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

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BBC Sport – Andy Murray beats Vasek Pospisil to reach Wimbledon semis – BBC News

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Britain’s Andy Murray reached his sixth Wimbledon semi-final in seven years with victory over Canadian Vasek Pospisil under the Centre Court roof. The Scot, seeded third, won 6-4 7-5 6-4 in two hours and 13 minutes, and will play second seed Roger Federer in the last four on Friday. Murray, 28, had to cope with…

Report: Players allege physical confrontation by Tim Beckman … – Yahoo Sports – Yahoo Sports (blog)

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Other Illinois players have alleged mistreatment by coach Tim Beckman. In a report by CNN about coaching transgressions that encompasses the women’s basketball team and the football team, Kenny Knight, a tight end, and three others allege that Beckman was unnecessarily physical when angry during practices. From CNN: Recently graduated football player Kenny Knight and three other former players who spoke to CNN say they witnessed two incidents in the…