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Florida State Squeaks by Oklahoma State in Season Opener 0

  • Posted by: Jake Aron
  • August 31, 2014, 8:47 AM

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The defending national champion Florida State Seminoles won their season opener against Oklahoma State, 37-31, Saturday night. But it was not easy.

The teams met at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. Entering the game, Florida State was ranked number 1 in the nation. Oklahoma State wasn’t ranked. And a game that was supposed to be a blow out turned out to be a nail-biter.
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Chris Kluwe and the Realest Fantasy Draft 0

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • August 29, 2014, 2:15 PM

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It's almost time for the start of the 2014 NFL season — which means you probably have a fantasy draft coming up. But chances are yours will be nothing like the one former punter Chris Kluwe lords over in this Sports Illustrated Funniest People in Sports video. In fact, it's probably the most fantastical fantasy draft ever assembled. 
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Fantasy Football 2014: Fantasy Impact of the Logan Mankins Trade 0

  • Posted by: Michael Beller
  • August 29, 2014, 12:47 PM

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers swung a stunner of a trade on Tuesday, getting six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins from the New England Patriots for tight end Tim Wright and a fourth-round pick. Unless you’re Tom Brady, you aren’t off-limits in Bill Belichick’s book.

From a fantasy perspective, the biggest winner is Doug Martin. After a huge rookie season, Martin suffered through a dreadful 2013 campaign before a torn labrum ended his year. However, a lot of the blame for Martin’s disappointing sophomore season owes to the offensive line. According to Pro Football Focus, Tampa Bay was the fifth-worst run-blocking unit in the league last year. The Buccaneers were so desperate for help up front that they were apparently willing to take on Richie Incognito before they were able to pry Mankins away from the Patriots.
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Giants Pitcher Yusmeiro Petit Sets MLB Record By Retiring 46 Straight Batters 0

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • August 28, 2014, 6:35 PM

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Here’s a piece of trivia you can use to impress your friends: Giants pitcher Yusmeiro Petit has gotten more batters out in a row than anyone in Major League Baseball history. The new record: 46.
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Adrian Peterson is Ready2Go 0

  • Posted by: Lauren Shute
  • August 28, 2014, 3:29 PM

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When not helping Minnesota Vikings rookies adjust to the NFL, star running back Adrian Peterson is working with kids so they can deal with their serious food allergies. 

Recently, Peterson partnered with the public health awareness campaign Ready2Go to get kids with life-threatening allergies to share their plans for dealing with anaphylaxis (a very serious allergic reaction). Kids submitted videos where they talked about their action plans, and AP helped choose — ahem, draft — three winners.
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Jackie Robinson West Honored with Parade 0

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • August 28, 2014, 11:52 AM

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Jackie Robinson West Little League came within one game of winning the 2014 Little League World Series. But the kids made it to the championship game because they were the United States World Series champs. That’s a huge accomplishment on its own, and yesterday their hometown of Chicago celebrated the team with an epic parade.
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Fantasy Football 2014: Running Back Position Primer 0

  • Posted by: David Gonos
  • August 27, 2014, 4:16 PM

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Will the running backs position be able to stop the bleeding? In recent years, a handful of first-rounders have turned to busts while some second- and third-rounders increased their value. This makes the first round of the draft very tricky, especially if you draw a late-first round pick. Last season was worse than usual, as nearly half of the first-round running backs stumbled across the finish line.

Should owners avoid a running back in the first round, or do you stand firm and try to make the best out of a bad situation, grabbing the best running back available, even if that means waiting to get an elite receiver or quarterback? The problem, for the most part, is that teams are splitting up duties with their running backs, which hurts their fantasy value in most formats.

There were only two running backs (Jamaal Charles and Marshawn Lynch) with 300 or more carries last season, compared to an average of five over the previous five years. It makes sense that running backs, while a fragile position, is a group that everyone wants to dip into early, since there are so few featured backs with ample scoring opportunities and relatively few injury concerns.
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