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Japanese Stars Ichiro Suzuki and Masahiro Tanaka Battle for First Time

The former teammates faced one another for the first time in their MLB careers.

As veteran players near the end of their careers, it is always great to see the next generation of players competing against them, who will one day fill their void. Last night, hitting legend, Ichiro Suzuki, faced the newcomer, Masahiro Tanaka, for the first time. Both players hail from Japan, where the prior has essentially immortalized himself as a legend. Tanaka has all the skills to one day become a superstar, but it was the aging Suzuki who won last night’s battle.

 

Minnesota Vikings 2015 Team Preview and Prediction

With Teddy Bridgewater emerging at quarterback and Adrian Peterson returning to the backfield, the young Vikings look to make some noise in the NFC North this season
Minnesota Vikings 2015 Team Preview and Prediction

Young Teddy Bridgewater’s unusual composure and good old Mike Zimmer’s as-expected defensive acumen gave the Vikings a renewed sense of direction despite their 7–9 finish a year ago. Now comes the next step, which the Vikings will take with the full-on power of Adrian Peterson’s unbridled return to the NFL.

 

Green Bay Packers 2015 Team Preview and Prediction

Can Aaron Rodgers and the Packers put last season's NFC Championship Game collapse behind them?
Green Bay Packers 2015 Team Preview and Prediction

There’s a better chance of Mike McCarthy having a training-camp movie night showing of “Remember the Titans” on a VHS tape than there is of the Green Bay Packers coach pinning his team’s motivational hopes on its gut-wrenching loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game.

 

Chicago Bears 2015 Team Preview and Prediction

Jay Cutler and the Bears look to bounce back under new head coach John Fox following last year's 5-11 debacle
Chicago Bears 2015 Team Preview and Prediction

New Bears head coach John Fox and his staff have an infinitely easier task than the one Marc Trestman undertook in 2013 and failed to achieve. Fox will not be burdened by lofty expectations. He inherits a 5–11 team that isn’t realistically expected to contend in Year 1.

St. Louis Cardinals Under Investigation for Hacking Houston Astros

Astros GM center of focus on Cardinals hack of Astros, a first in sports.
Astros GM center of focus on Cardinals hack of Astros, a first in sports.

The success of the Houston Astros has clearly not gone unnoticed, and now there are alleged hacking attacks made by front office members of their former division rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals. The breach of data seems to revolve around Astros general manager, Jeff Luhnow, who once worked in the scouting and player development department for the Cardinals. While in St. Louis, he helped create one of the league’s best farm systems, which led to direct success in the MLB. This success landed him the GM job with the Astros, where he has continued to build high caliber prospects.

Indians-Cubs Rainout Allows Players to Attend Stanley Cup

Anthony Rizzo and Jason Kipnis attended the Stanley Cup right after their own baseball game was postponed.
Indians-Cubs Rainout Allows Players to Attend Stanley Cup

Rainouts in baseball usually provide time for extra rest for the players. Except when you play in Chicago and the Blackhawks are one game away from winning the Stanley Cup. This scenario played out for the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians, so Cubs’ star first baseman Anthony Rizzo and Indians’ second baseman Jason Kipnis, who grew up in Chicago.

 

Ranking the SEC's Offensive Lines for 2015

Athlon ranks the SEC OL for 2015.
Ranking the SEC's Offensive Lines for 2015

The success of any college football offense starts in the trenches. Although the skill positions and quarterbacks get all of the attention, it’s the five players up front that set the tone for the rest of the offense.

 

College Football's Top Coordinators on the Rise for 2015

Which coordinators are rising stars to watch?
College Football's Top Coordinators on the Rise for 2015

Razorbacks CommunicationsCollege football coordinators have a huge impact on their team in any season. And it’s no secret that hiring good coordinators and retaining them is critical to the long-term success of any head coach.

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