Eckel: The NHL playoffs have been … fantastic!

Eckel: The NHL playoffs have been … fantastic! (via

Sorting through the start of the NHL and NBA postseason, a championship fight and the EPL — yes, that’s soccer. The Flyers really can win at Madison Square Garden. After nine straight losses and down two goals in the first period Sunday, a 10th…

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2014 NFL schedule release: Projecting the Eagles’ possible prime-time games

2014 NFL schedule release: Projecting the Eagles’ possible prime-time games (via

After weeks of speculation, it appears the NFL schedule is finally set to be released in the next couple days. When it finally does come out, one thing seems like a safe bet — expect the Eagles and head coach Chip Kelly to make plenty of prime-time…

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Grizzlies, Clippers win to level NBA playoff matchups

Grizzlies, Clippers win to level NBA playoff matchups (via AFP)

Zach Randolph scored eight of his 25 points in overtime to spark the Memphis Grizzlies over Oklahoma City 111-105, equalizing their NBA playoff series at one win each. Mike Conley on Monday added 19 points and 12 assists while Spaniard Marc Gasol and…

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2014 NBA Playoff Predictions: First Round

2014 NBA Playoff Predictions: First Round (via FanIQ)

The 2014 NBA playoffs get underway on Saturday, with four games set to kick off what is sure to be a post-season filled with plenty of drama and excitement. In the East, the top-seeded Indiana Pacers look to not only dethrone the Miami Heat as Eastern…

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Spurs subdue Mavs, Portland edge Rockets

Spurs subdue Mavs, Portland edge Rockets (via AFP)

The San Antonio Spurs, led by Tim Duncan’s 27 points, rallied for a 90-85 victory over the Dallas Mavericks to open their NBA first-round playoff series. The Spurs, trying to get back to the NBA finals after falling to the Miami Heat in last year’s…

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NBA announces 2014 playoff schedule

NBA announces 2014 playoff schedule (via SiriusXM Blog)

Bobby Bonett April 16, 2014 While 16 teams knew they were headed to the postseason entering the NBA’s final day, they didn’t necessarily know where they were headed until the end of play Wednesday. After a jam-packed finale of regular season hoops…

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New York Knicks fire Woodson after missing playoffs

New York Knicks fire Woodson after missing playoffs (via AFP)

The New York Knicks on Monday fired head coach Mike Woodson after the team missed the NBA playoffs, team president Phil Jackson said. The Knicks went 109-79 in three seasons under Woodson, twice making the playoffs before slumping to 37-45 this season…

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Vols’ coaching search on La. Tech’s White


White has averaged 28 wins his past two years at Louisiana Tech. (USATSI)
White has averaged 28 wins his past two years at Louisiana Tech. (USATSI)


Tennessee's search to exchange Cuonzo Martin as its men's basketball coach is now focused on Louisiana Tech's Michael White, multiple sources informed on Saturday.

Martin left UT last week to coach at California.

A source instructed that UT has informally contacted some "A-list" candidates however that the curiosity hasn't been mutual. Another supply informed that no less than one potential candidate expressed no interest largely because Tennessee's roster is in bad shape provided that the Vols are dropping four of their prime five gamers from a Candy 16 team.

White just completed his third season at Louisiana Tech, where he averaged 28 wins over the past two seasons and completed tied for first both years. The 37-year-old played four seasons at Ole Miss and spent seven seasons as an assistant at his alma mater before accepting the Louisiana Tech job in March 2011. He is the son of Duke athletic director Kevin White.


Contender Fabricio Werdum Outclasses Travis Browne in UFC on Fox 11

Fabricio Werdum beat Travis Browne at his own sport all night. |


Fabricio Werdum spent five rounds exposing the gulf between himself and Travis Browne Werdum dominated the bottom exchanges and carved up the Hawaiian with straight punches, knees and leg kicks, as he cemented his place because the No. 1 contender within the Ultimate Combating Championship heavy weight division with a clear-lower unanimous determination in theUFC on Fox 11 headliner on Saturday on the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla.

All three judges scored it for Werdum (18-5-1, 6-2 UFC): forty nine-46,50-45 and 50-forty five.

Browne’s transient glimmer of hope – he rang the Brazilian’s bell inthe first round – came and went. Werdum established hissuperiority on the ground and on the toes. His stiff jab turnedBrowne’s face into a bloody mess, as the two-time Abu Dhabi CombatClub Submission Wrestling World Championships gold medalist piledup the factors with perfectly executed striking combinationsthroughout the lopsided 25-minute encounter. The defeat brought anend to a three-battle profitable streak for Browne (16-2-1, 7-2-1UFC).

Having received his last 4 fights, Werdum figures to challenge UFCheavyweight champion CainVelasquez later this 12 months.

‘Cupcake’ Tate Outlasts Carmouche

Within the co-major event, former Strikeforce women’s bantam weight champion

Miesha Tate

overcame a sluggish start to choose up a unanimous resolution over

Liz Carmouche

. All three cage side judges scored it 29-28 for Tate(14-5, 1-2 UFC), who threw the brakes on a two-combat losing streak.

Carmouche (9-5, 1-3 UFC) saved Tate bottled up by means of the firstfive minutes, as she secured a number of takedowns and neutralized herin the clinch. “Cupcake” started to show the corner in round two,where she put her punches along with extra authority andcountered a pair of Carmouche takedowns with an tried standing guillotine choke.

Tate practically completed it in spherical three, as she moved into sidecontrol following a takedown, transitioned to Carmouche’s back andthreatened her with a rear-naked choke for a number of harrowing moments.

Cerrone Choke Submits Barboza



Cerrone pounced on Barboza.

Jackson-Wink MMA representative

Donald Cerrone

submitted former Ring of Fight champion

Edson Barboza

with a first-round rear-naked choke in a featured light weight conflict. Cerrone (23-6, 10-3 UFC) finished it three:15 into round one.

Barboza (13-2, 7-2 UFC) wobbled the “Cowboy” with a ringing righthand in the opening seconds and controlled the early exchanges withhis damaging kicks and hand speed, pairing precise energy punchingcombinations with kicks to the leg and body. Prosperity wasshort-lived for the Brazilian. Cerrone floored him with a left jab,jumped to his again and cinched the choke in a blink. Barboza had nochoice however to tap.

“I needed to stand and attempt to give the followers what they needed,”Cerrone stated. “I form of cur’d up and tried to take him down, and Iwas like, ‘What are you doing?’ That’s what I instructed myself.”

Palacio Halts Tavares Streak

High-impact takedowns and violent putting bursts carried AmericanTop Workforce’s

Yoel Romero Palacio

to an impressive unanimous determination over “TheUltimate Fighter” Season eleven semifinalist

Brad Tavares

in a middleweight showcase. Palacio (eight-1, 4-0 UFC)swept the scorecards by equivalent 30-27 marks.

Tavares (12-2, 7-2 UFC) had no answer for the 2000 Olympic silvermedalist’s potent combination of athleticism and approach. Palaciosnapped back the Hawaiian’s head with a straight left within the firstround, swarmed with punches in opposition to the cage and dumped Tavares onhis back with a swift double-leg takedown. From there, the fightwas his.

Palacio sliced open Tavares’ scalp with an beautiful standing elbowin the second spherical and scored with two more takedowns in thethird, closing out the victory with elbow-laden floor-and-pound.The loss halted a 5-struggle winning streak for Tavares.


NCAA prez Emmert: Food rule was ‘absurd’

NCAA president Mark Emmert said Friday that he was happy to take pressure off his organization and its member schools as the governing body's legislative council voted earlier this week to eliminate all previous restrictions on food for athletes.

"The biggest problem was, the NCAA has historically had all kinds of, I don't know how to describe it [except to say] dumb rules about food," Emmert said on ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike" show. "The infamous one is you can provide between meals a snack, but you can't provide a meal. Well, then you got to define what's the difference between a snack and a meal? So it was literally the case that a bagel was defined as a snack – unless you put cream cheese on it. Now it becomes a meal. That's absurd."

Emmert went on to say that "if UConn wants to feed Shabazz [Napier] breakfast in bed every day they can," but he made a point of saying that the new rules weren't brought about because of the Huskies guard's recent comments that sometimes he went to bed "starving."

The problem wasn't an issue only for schools, it was a burden on the NCAA, as well.

"We wind up having to enforce the stupid rule, which means you have to have someone watching if someone is putting cream cheese on a bagel," Emmert said.

Emmert told that if the deregulation of food gives some schools advantages over other schools, so be it.

"The notion that schools might compete by offering better quality food, that's not inherently a bad thing," Emmert said. "So let's compete over who can provide the best nutrition for a student-athlete. We compete over who can give them the best locker room. I'd rather they compete over who can give them the best nutrition. So will there be competition around that, I'm sure there will be, but I don't think that's a bad thing."

Next week, Northwestern football players will vote on whether to form a union. For his part, Emmert said, "Most of the things that I saw Northwestern athletes asking for are either in place or on their way to being in place."

One issue brought up by former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter in his hearing with the National Labor Relations Board was the idea of completely covering medical expenses. Emmert said the NCAA spends $20 million a year on premiums to cover a long-term disability insurance policy for athletes. The NCAA policy has covered some former athletes who were permanently disabled on the field of play during their college years for at least 20 years.

Emmert said that 2014 will be a year of progress, as he expects the NCAA to approve a measure that will cover the gap between a scholarship and the full cost of attendance. Emmert also said a vote will take place next week on a rule that will tack on an extra year at the end of the eligibility of a player who transfers and immediately has to sit out a season.

"You don't want to be punitive to an athlete who makes a change, obviously, but you don't want to have coaches recruiting people off other people's benches," Emmert said.

As the pressure mounts on the NCAA, with lawsuits and potential unionization of the Northwestern players, Emmert told he hopes the current model will survive.

"The reality is that the model serves more than a half a million students every year very well," Emmert said. "It produces $2.7 billion in scholarship support. Are there things we need to fix? You bet there are. But you don't throw that baby out with the bathwater. We have to find ways to change and improve without ruining that successful model.

"It's far too easy to look at this huge top-line revenue number and say 'Everyone is making money,' when the reality is that that top-line number supports a half a million kids."

Florida, OU tie for gymnastics championship

The athletic director with the largest budget in the nation said Thursday he doesn't support paying athletes nor a system in which they can market themselves, and doesn't understand the recent quest by some Northwestern football players to unionize.

Steve Patterson, who took over as AD at the University of Texas this past November, told that he listened to the case made by former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, which was backed by the College Athletes Players Association, and it wasn't clear what he was seeking.

PattersonIt's interesting when you look at the objections of the plaintiffs in the case; we address all of them… We do everything that they say they wanted.

- Texas athletic director Steve Patterson

"It's interesting when you look at the objections of the plaintiffs in the case; we address all of them," Patterson said. "If our athletes get hurt, we pay all their medical bills. If they want to come back and graduate, we pay for them to come back and graduate. We do everything that they say they wanted."

Northwestern players, who were found by the National Labor Relations Board last month to be university employees, are set to vote on whether to unionize late next week.

Patterson, who oversees an annual athletic budget of roughly $170 million, said the "whole thing smells of guys in the legal profession looking for a fee."

Patterson directed that comment towards sports labor lawyer Jeff Kessler, who last month filed an antitrust claim against the NCAA and the five largest conferences in New Jersey federal court, hoping to represent all scholarship players in college basketball and football players.

Kessler is arguing for a more free market in which schools can offer more than a scholarship to win over a player's services.

"Guys like Jeff Kessler are trying to destroy the college system to get a percentage or a fee," Patterson said. "If they do that, they'll be destroying the greatest thing to happen to the college system aside from the G.I. Bill."

Patterson did admit Thursday that he felt the NCAA and the schools were losing the public relations battle.

"The universities, the conferences and the NCAA have done a very poor job of telling our story and we've allowed this story to be created by the sports press to focus on the one-half of 1 percent of the student-athletes that go on to play pro sports. But 99.5 percent of student-athletes would not be in the position they're in without getting a scholarship."

Patterson said that, thanks to scholarships, many are the first in their generation to attend college and that athletic programs contribute greatly in the graduation process.

Patterson said first-generation college students normally graduate at a rate of around 15 percent compared to those in the athlete population who have graduation rates of at least 75 percent due in part to tutors and mentors.

Patterson said he can't envision any system where players can benefit from their value on the free market, including be able to market themselves, sign autographs for compensation and get a percentage of their jersey sales.

"The difficulty in opening up free-market marketing to the half of the 1 percent is that it would create a competitive balance issue," Patterson said. "It would be easy for Booster X to figure out how'd he'd essentially pay a recruit to come to a school."

East Conference Playoff matchups


The Raptors and Nets will battle in a three-6 matchup. (USATSI)



Here is a rundown of the Eastern Conference Playoff Matchups updating with the results Wednesday.


Indiana Pacers (1) vs. Atlanta Hawks (eight)

Analysis: The Pacers have struggled headed into the playoffs and split the season series 2-2 with the Hawks. The Hawks truly completed with a constructive web rating after their final blowout win in Atlanta.

But the matchups nonetheless favor the Pacers. If Al Horford was playing it will be an entire totally different collection. One factor to keep watch over? Small ball lineups featuring rookie Pero Antic at middle, stretching the floor and forcing Roy Hibbert out of his comfort zone.

Miami Warmth (2) vs. Charlotte Bobcats (7)

The Warmth gained the season sequence 4-zero, and have been +10.5 per game vs. Charlotte. Most notably, LeBron James dropped 62 on the Bobcats' defense. Do not think the Bobcats are a pushover, although. They play nice defense, grind, and have a top-stage interior participant in Al Jefferson.

They will wrestle to score, although, and the Heat's entice on Kemba Walker should give the Heat guard issues. Guarding Chris Bosh from range will probably show problematic, and the Bobcats' youthful gamers may have points with nerves in opposition to the champs. Greatest case for Charlotte, a tough, laborious-nosed six-game series that offers them one thing to build on. Worst-case: Miami hits the jets and leaves them in a mud to be swept away.

Toronto Raptors (3) vs. Brooklyn Nets (6)

The Nets tanked down to grab this matchup, so that they got what they needed. The Nets and Raptors cut up the season sequence 2-2, with the Raptors finishing with a +2.8 level differential within the four video games.

It's an intriguing matchup of youth vs. expertise. The Nets can grind it out and have veteran players with playoff expertise. The Raptors have been the better staff and have youth and a deeper talent pool. It needs to be a fascinating first spherical matchup.

Chicago Bulls (4) vs. Washington Wizards (5)

The Wizards had been caught between the Bulls and the Warmth. They chose properly. There are some interesting matchups going on here. We're speaking John Wall vs. D.J. Augustin and Nene vs. Carlos Boozer. The Bulls cannot shoot, the Wizards are inconsistent throughout. Marcin Gortat is huge and versatile but Joakim Noah is a tank.

The Bulls should win this sequence with execution and savvy, however don't be surprised if the Wizards make some noise.

Western Convention Matchups right here.


West matchups

Which first round series will give us an epic showing in the West? (USATSI)
Which first-spherical sequence will give us an epic showing in the West? (USATSI)

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This is a rundown of the Western Conference Playoff Matchups updating with the outcomes Wednesday.


San Antonio Spurs (1) vs. Dallas Mavericks (8)

Evaluation: Just for previous time’s sake, we’re getting a great old school Tim Duncan-Dirk Nowitzki duel in the playoffs. The Spurs are four-2 in playoff series in opposition to the Mavericks within the Dirk-Duncan period with the Spurs winning the latest series in 2010. We’re getting two of one of the best perimeter attack teams within the NBA, who execute with incredible precision.

The biggest key to this collection will find yourself being how the Mavericks’ large males play. Dallas has hassle on the boards and so they’re a fairly dangerous defensive unit in most creations they’ve with their lineups. Can anyone step up to proper the interior ship for Dallas or will Duncan and Tiago Splitter have their means inside and within the series?

Oklahoma City Thunder (2) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (7)

Evaluation: After the Grizzlies introduced their presence with authority on the playoff scene in 2011, they had been outlasted by the Thunder in the second round of the playoffs in a pretty epic collection. Last season, we obtained a rematch however this one was sans Russell Westbrook, which allowed the Grizzlies to benefit from focusing on Kevin Durant defensively and making the remainder of the workforce beat them.

This time, the Thunder are wholesome and it is a completely different Durant than we have seen in the past. Who on the Grizzlies is able to conserving him in check? Who will be capable to score at a comparatively related clip to maintain pace with this Thunder group? Which position players will step up and provide some outside taking pictures? Grizzlies have to reply these inquiries to advance past OKC once more.

Los Angeles Clippers (three) vs. Golden State Warriors (6)

Analysis: A couple of days ago, this looked like a much better matchup than what we’re seeing now, thanks to the Andrew Bogut rib injury. This Warriors staff is going to rely closely on Jermaine O’Neal and doubtless David Lee at the five. This implies they’re going to should go heavy defense on the perimeter with a lineup consisting of Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, which could truly assist open things up offensively.

If the Warriors go small, we’ll get an identical attack to what they showed towards the Denver Nuggets final season. Nonetheless, this Clippers team has much more firepower than what the Nuggets may provide. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are enough to deal with with Bogut defending your back on defense. With out that anchor, can they stop enough penetration on the perimeter to neutralize the paint benefit for the Clippers?

Houston Rockets (4) vs. Portland Path Blazers (5)

Evaluation: If you happen to like 3-point shooting, this is the sequence for you. The Rockets and Blazers are one and three, respectively, in three-point makes an attempt per sport and each try to bombard you with exterior attempts. The Rockets capturing the most threes in the NBA however they make 35.6 p.c of them, which is sweet for seventeenth in the NBA. The Blazers’ attempts are rather more efficient, making the league’s ninth greatest proportion at 37.2 p.c.

The important thing for both groups will probably be who can get the stops once they’re needed the most. The Rockets have the fourth finest defense in clutch conditions, but they’ll most likely want a healthy or comparatively wholesome Patrick Beverley to maintain that going while bothering Damian Lillard and his incredible clutch scoring. The Blazers are 19th in clutch protection and will need to discover a strategy to get massive stops.

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Ramirez leaves after taking pitch to left hand


UPDATE: In accordance with a live replace through the SportsNet LA broadcast, the workforce's training staff confirmed X-rays were unfavorable. The Dodgers have since officially introduced the news. Exhale, Dodgers fans.


Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez left Wednesday night time's sport after being hit by a pitch in the left hand. He was in obvious ache afterwards, and whereas he tried to speak supervisor Don Mattingly and the coaching staff into allowing him to remain in, he was faraway from the game instantly.

Listed below are two angles of the pitch:

Ramirez, 30, missed the start of last season with a thumb harm suffered while diving for a ball during the World Baseball Classic. He additionally missed time with a hamstring drawback. Despite the Dodgers-Giants rivalry, it is fairly clear Ryan Vogelsong did not hit Hanley deliberately.

In 14 games coming into Wednesday, Ramirez was hitting291/.381/.527 (147 OPS+) with seven doubles and two home runs. He hit a robust345/.402/.638 (189 OPS+) with 20 home runs in 86 video games after returning from the thumb and hamstring issues last season.

The Dodgers have not but released an replace on Ramirez. Clearly dropping him for any length of time could be devastating.

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Injured Mason doesn´t want to travel to NY, out for Game


Steve Mason is out for Game 1, potentially longer. (Getty Images)
Steve Mason is out for Game 1, probably longer. (Getty Photographs)



The Philadelphia Flyers already had their arms full with the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist as their first-round playoff foe, now they will have to begin the series without their high goaltender.

Steve Mason has been battling an upper-body harm however just a couple days in the past coach Craig Berube was hopeful he'd be OK for the beginning of the playoffs. He is not. Mason will not costume for Game 1 on Thursday.



Mason is not even travelling with the Flyers to New York which might normally put Sport 2 in critical doubt as well but it's not as though Mason could not make the trip in a few hours so that's not an actual indication but.

Even lacking one recreation, though, puts the Flyers in a tricky spot. As maligned as Mason is from his horrible ultimate years in Columbus, he has been good for the Flyers this season. Not outstanding but undoubtedly good and better than the Flyers have had in net for a very long time. He took over the No. 1 role early and posted a917 save share with 33 wins in 61 games. There have been occasions in the season that Mason carried the Flyers.

No less than in Emery they do have an experienced guy to show to however he has not had a great season in his return to the Flyers. He started 21 games and struggled, going 9-12-2 with a903 save proportion. No less than Emery has been good in his profession in opposition to the Rangers, so there's that.

Cal Heeter, who played the ultimate sport of the season, will serve as the backup to Emery in Recreation 1 and for nevertheless long Mason may be out.

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CONCACAF taking legal action against Warner


Former FIFA vp Jack Warner insists he'll combat legal action difficult his ownership of an opulent centre of excellence in Trinidad built with FIFA cash.

The Joao Havelange centre was constructed by way of grants totalling as a lot as 15.5 million pounds from FIFA and the North American governing body CONCACAF, however it emerged two years ago that Warner was the owner of the land on which it was constructed.

CONCACAF has now filed a legal action in Trinidad, referred to as a caveat, which seeks to dam Warner from mortgaging, leasing or selling the centre.

Warner, who resigned from FIFA in 2011 after becoming embroiled in a bribery scandal, mentioned he had no intention of promoting the centre.

Warner informed Press Association Sport: "I wish to state categorically that the Centre of Excellence just isn't on the market.

"Let me also state that CONCACAF doesn't have any equitable curiosity in the Centre of Excellence and has no claims to ownership.

"If CONCACAF certainly has filed a caveat in opposition to me all I can say is that each CONCACAF and FIFA have limitless funding and so they can spend their cash as they wish if they need to do this."

Warner, an MP and former Cupboard minister in Trinidad who last 12 months fashioned a new political party, said the action was part of a political vendetta towards him by the Caribbean island's attorney common.

CONCACAF has mentioned it provided 11 million kilos in direction of funding the centre, which features a swimming advanced and health centre, a backyard sanctuary, a forty four-room resort, a theatre seating 800 individuals and a banqueting and reception hall. The 6,000-seat Marvin Lee Stadium, which has artificial turf, is also part of the centre.

Final year, Warner claimed he was personally given the money to build the centre of excellence in return for helping Sepp Blatter's election as FIFA president in 1998.

Warner has produced letters from Havelange, Blatter's predecessor, apparently exhibiting the 4 million pound FIFA loan for the centre, constructed on land owned by Warner, had been converted right into a grant.

In return, Warner says he delivered the 30 votes wanted for Blatter – at the time "probably the most hated FIFA official" in Warner's phrases – to beat Lennart Johansson for the FIFA presidency in 1998 and named the centre after Havelange.

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Athletes’ union criticizes Northwestern appeal

WASHINGTON – The College Athletes Players Association is criticizing Northwestern University's argument for overturning a ruling that would allow the school's football players to unionize.

Northwestern is appealing a ruling by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board who said that the school's football players are employees under federal law and thus entitled to unionize.

CAPA says Northwestern "has not established grounds for review of the regional director's factfinding." Wednesday's filing also attacks other parts of the appeal.

The players are set to vote by secret ballot April 25 on whether to form a union. CAPA would represent them.

The Evanston, Ill.-based university argues in the appeal that its athletic program "is fully integrated with its academic mission, and that it treats its athletes as students first."

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NCAA outlines stance in opposition to ‘pay for play’ in memo


Dabo Swinney isn't a fan of the college athletes' union movement. (USATSI)
Dabo Swinney isn't a fan of the school athletes' union motion. (USATSI)

With the College Athletes Gamers' Association union movement on one aspect, and the Ed O'Bannon and Jeffrey Kessler lawsuits (amongst others) on the opposite, you can't blame the NCAA for feeling threatened lately. And in flip, you can't blame it for a talking factors memo revealed by Sunday that seeks to "help members in conducting public outreach or responding to media requests."


That includes a number of bullet factors beneath headings like "Why Pay for Play Isn't the Answer," "Necessary Information/Proof Points," and "The World with Scholar-Athlete Unions/Pay for Play," the memo initially surfaced on the website of the Nationwide Affiliation of Collegiate Women Athletics Directors. An NCAA spokesperson told that the NCAA created the memo after "our members requested details and information on pay-for-play as a result of there was so much misinformation in the media."

The memo also options quotes from the likes of Mike Slive, Larry Scott, South Carolina athletic director Pat Haden, and a prolonged one from Clemson coach Dabo Swinney. Talking in late March, Swinney argued that "we have got enough entitlement on this nation as it's" and "to say these guys get nothing totally devalues an education."

Placing apart the issue of whether or not the NCAA needs to be championing feedback that describe the CAPA's emphasis on lengthy-term well being points and assured scholarships as "entitlement," it's worth noting – as SBNation did – that the NCAA's version of Swinney's feedback neatly elides that he began them by saying "I have no idea" what to make of the NLRB resolution and "I really do not know sufficient about it to comment.”

That doesn't essentially imply Swinney's feedback must be dismissed out of hand. But still, it seems worthy of an "oops" all the same.

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Stanley Cup playoffs: First-{round|spherical} schedule, {TV|TELEVISION} listings

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Date Time Web site Television Score Collection
Fri Apr 18 7:30 ET Boston NBCSN, TSN
Sun Apr 20 three ET Boston NBC, TSN
Tue Apr 22 7:30 ET Detroit NBCSN, TSN
Thu Apr 24 8 ET Detroit NBCSN, TSN
Sat Apr 26 3 ET Boston NBC, TSN
Mon Apr 28 TBD Detroit TBD, TSN
Wed Apr 30 8 ET Boston TBD, TSN
Date Time Web site Tv Rating Series
Wed Apr 16 7 ET Tampa CNBC, CBC, RDS
Fri Apr 18 7 ET Tampa CNBC, CBC, RDS
Sun Apr 20 7 ET Montreal NBCSN, CBC, RDS
Tue Apr 22 7 ET Montreal NHL Net, CBC, RDS
Thu Apr 24 7 ET Tampa CNBC, CBC, RDS
Sun Apr 27 TBD Montreal NBCSM, CBC, RDS
Tue Apr 29 TBD Tampa TBD, CBC, RDS
Date Time Site Television Rating Collection
Wed Apr sixteen 7:30 ET Pittsburgh NBCSN, CBC
Sat Apr 19 7 ET Pittsburgh NBCSN, CBC
Mon. Apr 21 7 ET Columbus NBCSN, CBC
Wed. Apr 23 7 ET Columbus NBCSN, CBC
Sat Apr 26 TBD Pittsburgh TBD, CBC
Mon Apr 28 TBD Columbus TBD, CBC
Wed Apr 30 TBD Pittsburgh TBD, CBC
Date Time Web site Tv Score Series
Thu Apr 17 7 ET New York CNBC, TSN
Sun Apr 20 Noon ET New York NBC, TSN
Tue Apr 22 8 ET Philadelphia CNBC, TSN
Fri Apr 25 7 ET Philadelphia CNBC, TSN
Solar Apr 27 Noon ET New York NBC, TSN
Tue Apr 29 TBD Philadelphia TBD, TSN
Wed Apr 30 TBD New York TBD, TSN
Date Time Website Tv Rating Collection
Wed Apr sixteen 10 ET Anaheim NBCSN, TSN
Fri Apr 18 10 ET Anaheim NBCSN, TSN
Mon Apr 21 9:30 ET Dallas NBCSN, TSN
Wed. Apr 23 eight ET Dallas CNBC, TSN
Fri Apr 25 10:30 ET Anaheim NBCSN, TSN
Sun Apr 27 TBD Dallas TBD, TSN
Tue Apr 29 TBD Anaheim TBD, TSN
Date Time Web site Tv Rating Sequence
Thu Apr 17 10:30 ET San Jose NBCSN, CBC
Sun Apr 20 10 ET San Jose NBCSN, CBC
Tue Apr 22 10 ET Los Angeles NBCSN, CBC
Thu Apr 24 10:30 ET Los Angeles NBCSN, CBC
Sat Apr 26 TBD San Jose NBCSN, CBC
Mon Apr 28 TBD Los Angeles TBD, CBC
Wed Apr 30 TBD San Jose TBD, CBC
Date Time Site Television Score Collection
Thu Apr 17 9:30 ET Denver CNBC, TSN
Sat Apr 19 9:30 ET Denver NBCSN, TSN
Mon. Apr 21 7 ET St. Paul NHL Web, TSN
Thu Apr 24 9:30 ET St. Paul CNBC, TSN
Sat Apr 26 TBD Denver TBD, TSN
Mon Apr 28 TBD St. Paul TBD, TSN
Wed Apr 30 TBD Denver TBD, TSN
Date Time Website Tv Score Series
Thu Apr 17 eight ET St. Louis NBCSN, CBC
Sat Apr 19 three ET St. Louis NBC, CBC
Mon. Apr 21 eight:30 ET Chicago CNBC, CBC
Wed. Apr 23 9:30 ET Chicago NBCSN, CBC
Fri Apr 25 8 ET St. Louis NBCSN, CBC
Solar Apr 27 3 ET Chicago NBC, CBC
Tue Apr 29 TBD St. Louis TBD, CBC

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Umps boot Farrell


Red Sox skipper John Farrell is not happy about the new replay system.
Red Sox skipper John Farrell will not be glad concerning the new replay system. (USATSI)



In the fourth inning of Sunday evening's loss to the Yankees, John Farrell of the Red Sox turned the primary supervisor to be ejected for arguing an overturned name. MLB admitted to botching a name in opposition to Boston on Saturday and it appeared the frustration boiled over.

The call was overturned after Yankees skipper Joe Girardi challenged a bang-bang play at first base. Francisco Cervelli was called out on a would-be inning-ending double play, but replay confirmed he beat the throw. The call was overturned, Cervelli was safe at first, and a run scored on the play. The run wound up being the distinction in the recreation.

"It was clear the replay was inconclusive," stated Farrell to reporters after the sport. "On the heels of yesterday, this is a tough tablet to swallow. It's arduous to have a lot faith within the system right now."

Managers have been instructed not to argue calls following a replay, but there does not seem like a rule that says arguing ends in an computerized ejection. Farrell did get his money's worth although, chewing out the umpires fairly good before walking off the field.

The Yankees held on for a 3-2 win within the series finale, taking three games in the four-sport set.

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