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2015 Women's World Cup: Tournament Deserves More Attention


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They play on college football fields and training grounds in the middle of nowhere, in front of half-empty bleachers and a small YouTube audience, for peanuts because that’s the only way their league will be sustainable. They’re lucky now, though, because three years ago they didn’t even have a league, because yet another one had folded. 

Such is the reality for many members of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), already the third iteration of a women’s professional soccer league in the United States. 

With the U.S. preparing to face China Friday in the Women’s World Cup quarterfinals, we should take a moment to reflect on the state of women’s soccer throughout America. 
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2015 NBA Draft: Winners of the Draft

  • Hoophead
  • Shehan Jeyarajah
  • June 26, 2015, 1:39 PM

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The 2015 NBA Draft took place on Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In all, 60 different players heard their name called and two dozen walked across the stage to shake hands with NBA commissioner Adam Silver and deputy commissioner Mark Tatum. 

Now the anticipation is over and the real work begins. Each team hopes the new addition to its roster will be the missing piece to a championship puzzle. 

Here’s a look at the biggest winners of the draft. 
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SABR 45: Chicago Broadcasters Talk Cubs Baseball


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Yesterday was the first official day of the 2015 SABR Convention. Since there was an afternoon ballgame to attend, the morning only featured one panel. It focused on broadcasters, featured current Cubs voices Len Kasper, Ron Coomer, and Jim Deshaies, and was moderated by Curt Smith.

Smith posed many questions to the panelists and got them talking about their favorite Cubs season, Kris Bryant’s arrival to the Windy City, and how previous Chicago broadcaster greats influenced them as professionals and the city of Chicago as a whole. In between their comments, Smith added fun anecdotes of his own that added to the attendees’ enjoyment of the panel. 
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2015 NBA Draft: Karl-Anthony Towns Goes First Overall

  • Hoophead
  • Associated Press
  • June 26, 2015, 7:19 AM

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns with the first pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.

The Timberwolves went for the freshman center in their first time owning the No. 1 pick. They can add him to a young roster featuring Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins, who was picked first last year by Cleveland and later dealt to Minnesota in the Kevin Love trade.

"I'm going to go in right away and be as versatile as I can be," Towns said. "That's the one thing I want Timberwolves fans to know, is I'm coming with a winning attitude, and I want to win, I don't want individual success."
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2015 NBA Draft: What to Watch For

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  • Shehan Jeyarajah
  • June 25, 2015, 4:38 PM

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The 2015 NBA Draft will take place on Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. For college basketball fans, it’s a time to see former stars move on to the next level. For NBA fans, it is a step toward the future.

Especially in recent years, the draft has become a spectacle for fans of all leanings. Whether or not your favorite team is on the clock, there is something to watch.

Here’s a quick look at things to watch during the 2015 NBA Draft.
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SABR 45: Chicago Baseball History Walking Tour


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I am currently in Chicago covering the annual SABR National Convention, SABR 45. The actual panels and presentations begin today, but because it is in Chicago, a huge baseball town, there is always something to do that is related to baseball. So, yesterday, I went on a baseball history walking tour that stretched a course of two miles of the Windy City. The tour was especially great because it was led by SABR's Web Content Editor/Producer and baseball author Jacob Pomreke, who just last week published Scandal on the South Side, a new book about the 1919 Chicago Black Sox scandal. He was just the right guy to show us around this town from a baseball perspective. 

This walking tour was a great way to start the convention, but was obviously just a little taste of what is soon to come in this great baseball town. There’s so much local and national baseball history in this city.

Click the image below to check out a slideshow of the places we visited and their importance in baseball history!
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2015 NBA Draft: Preparing for Draft Day

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  • Shehan Jeyarajah
  • June 25, 2015, 11:56 AM

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Later today, 60 dreams of becoming a pro basketball player will be realized at the 2015 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

But while fans get to see the finished products walk on stage, hundreds of hours of preparation goes into making dreams a reality. 

Most potential first-round picks declare for the NBA draft in April. That gives them only two short months until the NBA draft on June 25. In that time, players have to transition from being regular college students to professionals. 

“The process is crazy,” former Arkansas big man Bobby Portis said. “I’ve never been away from my mom or outside of Arkansas this long. I just have to remember, every kid doesn’t get to experience this.” 
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