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Harlem Globetrotters Pick Brittney Griner, Mariano Rivera In Upside Down Draft 1

  • Hoophead
  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • June 28, 2013, 1:31 PM

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If you could draft anyone for your basketball team, who would be your top pick? Maybe one of the best young basketball players in the world. That makes sense. But how about the best closer in baseball history?

Yeah, that sounds silly, right? Not to the Harlem Globetrotters.
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SI Kids Previews 2013 NBA Draft 2

  • Hoophead
  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • June 27, 2013, 4:34 PM

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The next generation of the NBA takes center stage tonight at the 2013 NBA Draft, which will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Get ready for the night's events by checking out these SI Kids NBA Draft this story from the 2013 NBA Draft Media Day, held in NYC yesterday. Some of the top prospects in the draft met members fo the press and talked about joining the NBA, their excitement and even fashion!

And be sure to also check out interviews with three future NBA stars expected to be picked high in the first round of the draft.

ben mclemore 2013 nba draft    cody zeller 2013 nba draft    michael carter-williams 2013 nba draft

  Ben McLemore                          Cody Zeller                                Michael Carter-Williams

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Sharapova, Nadal Make Early Wimbledon Exits 1

  • Posted by: James Blankenship
  • June 26, 2013, 2:25 PM

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It’s only the third day of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, but it’s already been one to remember. Or forget.

Three of the top-five seeded players in both the men’s and women’s draws have already been ousted. And by unseeded opponents.

Sergiy Stakhovsky – a player who had never defeated top-10 opponent before – just defeated third-seeded Roger Federer in five sets, 6-7, 7-6, 7-5. 7-6. Earlier today, 19-year-old Michelle Larcher  toppled third-seed Maria Sharapova, 6-3, 6-4. And on the tournament’s opening day, Steve Darcis defeated fifth-ranked Rafael Nadal in straight sets, 7-6. 7-6, 6-4.

But for as wild as that is, it’s not even the crazy part.
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UCLA Wins Its First College World Series 1


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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - When UCLA's baseball players went to the weight room for workouts, there were reminders all around about what their program lacked.

Every other sport at the famed school had at least one national championship recognized on the wall.

"We've got to get our name on that board," Nick Vander Tuig remembers coach John Savage telling his players last fall.
 
Finally, baseball is represented among the NCAA-record 109 team national championships in Westwood.

Adidas Unveils Springblade, a Crazy, Revolutionary New Shoe 20

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  • Posted by: Jeremy Repanich
  • June 25, 2013, 4:17 PM

You'd be excused if you thought the shoe above looked a little crazy. If not crazy, you could definitely call the Adidas Springblade different than most any shoe we've seen. In some ways, the shoe has thrown out 30 years of shoe technology to try something completely different. More »

One Happy Blackhawks Fan 0

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • June 25, 2013, 4:17 PM

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When the Chicago Blackhawks closed out the Bruins to win the Stanley Cup last night, they did in Boston. So you'd think TD Bank Garden would be free of Hawks fans. But you'd be wrong.

There was a pretty sizable showing of Chicago faithful in Boston, and judging by this photo this guy is the happiest of the bunch.
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Inside the SABR Analytics Conference — Part 4 1


SABR metrics vs. traditional stats — which can we trust more?

When it comes to baseball statistics, which can we trust more: traditional stats or SABR metrics? This question has been debated ever since Bill James coined “SABR metrics.” WAR (wins above replacement) or homers? BABIP (batting average on balls in play) or RBIs? LIPS (late-inning pressure situations) or saves?

Traditional stats can have gaps in them. Take Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes’ 2010 season, for example. Despite having a rather high ERA of 4.19, Hughes “earned” 18 wins. This contradiction probably happened because his offense gave him and the rest of the starting rotation tons of offensive support that year, which led the Yankees to an ALCS appearance against the Texas Rangers.
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