Pickin’ On the Big Ten, Week 1: Weird Non-Saturday Games

Big Ten Football

The 2014 Big Ten football season is finally here, and like everyone else, I too am ready to pretend I actually know a thing or two about Rutgers and Maryland football now. There is room in my brain since I have already forgotten which teams were in the Leaders division and which were in the Legends. I may never forget that’s what the two divisions were called.

Did former referee Mike Carey really dodge “Washington” games?

Mike Carey

Former NFL official Mike Carey claims that when he was still a referee, he asked out of officiating Washington’s games starting in 2006 over the name issue. He further claims that the league approved his request.

Five must-watch college football games in Week 1

Jameis Winston

Since it’s been more than six months since we’ve last seen action on the college football gridiron, any game on television will be welcomed into your home. But not all football games will carry the same weight in the opening week as others. Usually the first few weeks of the season are pretty dull, but a couple of intriguing matchups have people thirsty for the season to get underway.

Roger Federer Faces Golden Opportunity at U.S. Open

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With defending champion Rafael Nadal announcing Monday that he was withdrawing from the 2014 U.S. Open due to a wrist injury, Roger Federer now appears to have his best shot at winning a Grand Slam title since his Wimbledon triumph in 2012.

10 bold predictions for the 2014 college football season

Robert Nkemdiche

With just a few days until the opening kickoff of a new college football season, it’s time to think about what will happen in 2014. Most experts have made conference predictions, listed Heisman Trophy favorites and made College Football Playoff predictions for this year. While those may be some of the more interesting conversations, there are still a few other areas of the sport to discuss and predict.

Cincinnati Bengals ink Vontaze Burfict to contract extension

Vontaze Burfict

Vontaze Burfict was one of the best values in the NFL during the 2013 season, as he made just $480,333 yet was a second-team All-Pro selection. On Wednesday the Cincinnati Bengals remedied that situation, as the two sides agreed to a four-year, $20 million contract through the 2017 season.

Ned Yost, Kansas City Royals heading for a blue October

Ned Yost

Nearly a month ago I inked a ranking of a dozen Major League Baseball managers whose jobs I considered to be on thin ice. As of now, the axe has not fallen anywhere, though things remain bleak for Walt Weiss in Colorado and Kirk Gibson in Arizona (and I’m not going to cry too hard when Gibson gets his pink slip).

Jonathan Lucroy Becoming the New Face of the Milwaukee Brewers

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Thanks to his breakout 2014 season, Jonathan Lucroy is quickly supplanting Ryan Braun as the face of the Milwaukee Brewers franchise.

David Wilson to focus on triple jump after NFL retirement

David Wilson

One of the saddest stories of the 2014 NFL preseason was the forced retirement of New York Giants running back David Wilson. The 23-year-old had to hang up his cleats after re-injuring his neck during training camp. Well, now Wilson has his eyes on a new career and he’s still going to try and be an athlete.

Rob Manfred elected new commissioner of Major League Baseball

Rob Manfred

The expected happened on Thursday as Rob Manfred was unanimously elected the new commissioner of Major League Baseball. He will succeed current commissioner Bud Selig on January 25 of next year.

The 2014 Fantasy Football “Do Not Draft” List

Darren McFadden

Fantasy Football leagues aren’t necessarily won on draft day, but they certainly can be lost.

It’s not always who you pick for your roster, but also about who you’re able to avoid. Whether or not you want to avoid them altogether or decide simply not worth the value they may be pegged at, you’ll be better off if you can keep these names off your roster.

Here are the top 10 players you should completely avoid while drafting this season.

Packers Trade DL Jerel Worthy To Patriots

Jerel Worthy

After a disappointing two seasons in Green Bay, the Packers have traded defensive lineman Jerel Worthy to the New England Patriots.

Tony Stewart Will Be Defined By Kevin Ward Jr. Tragedy

Kevin Ward Jr.

A sampling of Tony Stewart’s Facebook site on Sunday indicated an overwhelming show of support for the embattled NASCAR star, as well as towards the family of Kevin Ward Jr., the driver killed Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.

Kevin Ward Jr. dies after being hit by Tony Stewart at sprint track

Kevin Ward Jr.

Fans of auto racing often see the frequent dust-ups and altercations between drivers at all levels and forms of the sport. At the top levels of NASCAR I have always wondered and feared the day when a competitor crosses the line with catastrophic consequences.

Donald Sterling appeals ruling on Clippers sale

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In the most expected legal maneuver since Vinny Gambini called Mona Lisa Vito as a witness, ousted Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has appealed the ruling that approved the team’s sale to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.