Top 5 MLB Mascot Races of 2014

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With MLB’s regular season winding down ? we felt it fitting to highlight some of the best things in baseball. Of course we need to include Mascot Races in that conversation. Mascot races had been a staple in Milwaukee since the early nineties ? but in recent year’s many other teams have created their own versions that keep crowds entertained between innings.

Here are a few of our favorite from this year?

5. Pierogi Race ? Pittsburgh

Potato Pete and Cheese Chester prove that mascot races can get a little testy between the racers.

4. Target Field Mascots- Minnesota

Perhaps the oddest (and most produced) race comes out of Minnesota with characters including Louie the Loon and Babe the Blue Ox.

3. Legends Race- Arizona

Legends races are taking ballparks by storm featuring players from yesteryear.

2. President’s Race- Washington DC

The President’s Race in DC has become an instant…

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Thursday Night Football Fantasy Starters: Rashad Jennings, Kirk Cousins and Alfred Morris

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By Steve Silverman

The Washington Redskins had no panic in their game when they went to Philadelphia in Week 3. They stood toe to toe with the undefeated Eagles and traded punches for three quarters.

If the Redskins did not have such dastardly special teams ? they gave up a kickoff return for a touchdown, and Kai Forbath botched a 33-yard FG attempt ? Jay Gruden?s team might have found a way to beat the Eagles.

The key to Washington?s ability to stay close was the long passing of backup quarterback Kirk Cousins. He stepped into his deep throws and threw for 427 yards and three touchdowns. Look for more of the same when the Redskins meet the Giants Thursday night.

New York got a lift from Rashad Jennings in Week Three, as he rushed for 176 yards against Houston. The Redskin run defense will test Jennings, but he appears…

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Heisman Watch: Can Alabama’s Amari Cooper End Heisman Drought For Receivers?

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There have been just three wide receivers to win the Heisman Trophy in the award?s prestigious history. Nebraska?s Johnny Rodgers was the first, in 1972. Rodgers was eventually followed by Notre Dame?s Tim Brown, in 1987. The most recent receiver to win the Heisman Trophy was Michigan?s Desmond Howard, in 1991. So what will it take for a wide receiver to end the Heisman drought of 23 years and counting? Can Alabama?s Amari Cooper be the long-awaited receiver to win the Heisman Trophy this season?

Cooper is off to a fantastic start to the year for the Crimson Tide. Through four games, Cooper leads the nation in receiving yards per game with 163.8 yards per game and 655 receiving yards. His five touchdowns in four games are also among the leaders around the nation, trailing just two other players. The 6? 1?, 210-pound receiver and Miami native is already about…

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Toronto Maple Leafs’ Matt Frattin could be the answer on second line

National Post | Sports

TORONTO — Put away for a minute your concerns about Tyler Bozak’s legitimacy as a No. 1 centre or whether Jonathan Bernier can replicate the season he had in net for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Forget about Dion Phaneuf’s role as captain or Randy Carlyle’s attempt to apply analytics to his day-to-day coaching.

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Daniel Winnik had made a similar drive before from San Antonio to Toronto. But this time was different. There was something about moving from West to East, a symbolism that cannot really be explained, that made it all worthwhile.

Winnik was born in Mississauga, Ont. but had spent his entire NHL career playing in Phoenix, Colorado, San Jose and Anaheim. The hockey is different in the West, he said. It’s more physical, more grinding, more defensive. Now, after seven years he was…

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Thursday Night Football Breakdown: Green Bay Packers Vs. Seattle Seahawks

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By Andrew Kahn

The last time these two teams played, it was one of the more important regular season games in recent memory. You may remember the ?touchdown? pass from Russell Wilson to Golden Tate, tabbed the Inaccurate Reception, that essentially ended the referee lockout. That was way back in Week 3 of the 2012 season, and despite both teams reaching the playoffs the last two seasons, they haven?t met since. While the NFL tries to create high-profile match-ups to kick off the season, appearing in this game doesn?t guarantee success. In the 10 previous seasons, the opening Thursday night match-up has produced two playoff teams just twice; four times neither team has reached the postseason. That being said, it seems only major injuries could derail these two NFC powers.

When Green Bay has the ball:

When training camp opened, Mike McCarthy said the offensive line could be the best…

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Team USA Lookin’ LOST during New Zealand’s Haka

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Hey Loyalties! Did you all see the look on Derrick Rose’s face? He clearly doesn’t have time! New Zealand’s team, known as the All Blacks have carried out the traditional Maori Haka ancestral war cry, dance or challenge that features yelling, stomping feet and, yes, tongues sticking out since 1905. You know as a royalty we appreciate culture to the fullest. How cool would if be if Americans kin of did something along the lines of a haka? Just a thought. But by look on James harden’s face, it wasn’t intimidating him much at all. Team USA went on to win the game 98-71.


– Imagine the game, Chelle.

Hulk scores twice as Zenit St. Petersburg reaches Champions League group stage

National Post | Sports

LONDON — Hulk scored twice as 10-man Zenit St. Petersburg cruised into the Champions League group stage after beating Standard Liege 3-0 in the playoff round on Tuesday.

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Already holding a 1-0 advantage from the first leg, Zenit’s aggregate lead was extended through Jose Rondon’s deflected header in the 30th minute and the Russian hosts could afford to have Viktor Fayzulin sent off before half time.

Hulk’s opener came from the penalty spot in the 54th after Igor Smolnikov was tripped by Jelle Van Damme. The Brazil forward was on target again four minutes later, brushing off Liege defenders before slotting home. Liege had Ricardo Faty sent off in the 89th minute.

Later Tuesday, Porto was protecting a 1-0 lead over Lille and Celtic was hosting Maribor after a 1-1 draw away.

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