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Sep 14, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA;Team Russia center  Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates with the bench after scoring a goal against Team Canada during the third period in a World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament game at CONSOL Energy Center. Team Canada won 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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Canada the Team to Beat in World Cup of Hockey

Posted on 15 September 2016 by Ed Frankovic

The World Cup of Hockey is now officially set to commence on Saturday, September 17th with all games played over the upcoming two weeks at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Who’s going to win? Well that’s pretty easy, Canada. They have the best overall team and the home ice.

But you still have to play the games and if the pre tournament action is any indication, then this is going to be one heck of an event. All eight teams won at least one time in their three World Cup tune-ups. Some of the games were downright played at NHL playoff intensity level, with USA-Canada on Friday night being the most noteworthy. The Americans played a strong physical game, received excellent goaltending from Jonathan Quick, and took advantage of a rusty Carey Price to win, 4-2. The Canadians then returned the favor the next night in Ottawa, winning 5-3 (Quick and Price did not play).

Canada then needed overtime to defeat the Russians, 3-2, on Wednesday night to finish 2-1. USA, playing at the Verizon Center on Tuesday evening, raced out a 3-0 lead that could’ve been five or six zip if not for Finland goalie Pekka Rinne, before hanging on to a 3-2 victory.

Both the USA and Canada are in group A with Team Europe, who pan caked Sweden, 6-2, at the Verizon Center on Wednesday night, and the Czech Republic, who knocked off the North American speedsters on Wednesday afternoon in the first of a doubleheader at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

Group B consists of Sweden, Finland, Russia, and the North Americans (USA and Canadian players aged 23 and under).

The top two squads in each group will advance to the semifinals where there will be a single elimination round. The top team in group A will play the runner up in group B while the first place team in group B gets the runner up in group A.

So there is a scenario where USA and Canada could meet in the finals, with the World Cup of Hockey being decided in a best of three games matchup.

Bottom line, this is going to be some really exciting hockey to watch.

Now, without further adieu, here are my picks for each group.

Group B:

First place: Russia. Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Nikita Kucherov, and Evgeny Kuznetsov lead a talented forward group that is thin on the blue line. But they have some great goaltending that starts with Sergei Bobrovksy. If “Bob” gets hurt or struggles, then Semyon Varlamov is more than capable of coming in and shutting the door. This group sets up well for the Russians. They are bigger up front than the other three squads and I don’t see any of the other three teams having a blue line that can match that offensive talent.

Where it could go wrong for Russia: I mentioned their blue line, but to me, the biggest question mark with this squad is the coaching. Going back to 1980, when Viktor Tikhonov yanked Vladislav Tretiak in net after one period in Lake Placid, we’ve seen so many head scratching coaching decisions from this federation. In the pre tournament action, the Ovechkin-Kuznetsov-Kucherov line was outstanding against the Czechs, but coach Oleg Znarok moved Kuzy off of the top line and to a wing, at times, in Wednesday’s game against the Canadians. Anyone who watched the NHL last season knows that Kuzy is a sensational playmaker with the puck. Putting him in position on the wall where he will rely on others to give him the puck coming out of their own zone makes very little sense.

Second place: Sweden. Many of the so-called experts are going with Sweden to win it all, but I watched the Swedes on Wednesday night at the Verizon Center and I was not impressed. Yes, they have a very talented and mobile defense led by Victor Hedman and Erik Karlsson, but that whole blue line was a turnover machine, along with young forwards such as Filip Forsberg, in their loss to Team Europe. Henrik Lundqvist didn’t get much help in front of him and he wasn’t very good either in net. He’s 34. Up front, the coaching staff seems to rely heavily on the Sedin-Sedin-Eriksson line. They will try to cycle you to death. Nicklas Backstrom is a rock up the middle for Sweden and I don’t think he’ll get kicked out of this tournament for using ZYRTEC like we saw in the Sochi Olympics in 2014. That galactic screw up has left several in the NHL with a bad taste in their mouths over how that whole silliness went down. The NHL is controlling this event, so I don’t think we’ll see something stupid like that in this tournament, but Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly did tell me on Wednesday that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is involved with this tournament. Sweden has the talent to come close to Canada, but I’m not seeing it and there are legitimate concerns about King Henrik in the cage (cue Coldplay’s Viva La Vida).

Where it could go wrong for Sweden: In addition to concerns about Hank in net and the blue line turnovers, the defense is not configured to clear the front of their own net. If I’m coaching in group B I’m sending a steady diet of players to the top of the circle on the Swedes and daring them to move my forwards out of there. I also don’t like the fact that they left Marcus Johansson off of the roster. Marcus can do so many things in the lineup yet they excluded him and took players such as Jakob Silverberg, Mikael Backlund, and Carl Soderberg who don’t have the experience or versatility that Jojo brings. Big mistake Sweden, big mistake.

As for Finland and North America, I still like both of these squads despite not picking them for the semifinals. Finland could squeeze in if Rinne plays at the top of his game, he’s that good and big in the cage. North America has some really fun and fast players. If Coach Todd McLellan gets his players to play smart and not turn the puck over, then they could sneak in, especially if Stanley Cup Champion Matt Murray continues to play well in net.

Group A:

First Place: Canada. They have the best roster, hands down, in this tournament. They will be playing at home. They are experienced having won gold in both Vancouver and Sochi. They have an excellent coaching staff, led by Mike Babcock. It’s almost a given that they will win this event.

Where it could go wrong for Canada: They’ll make the semifinals, and that is where they are most vulnerable if they run into a super hot goalie. But in a three game set, in either the preliminary round or in the finals, they are just too deep to be beaten. I give the Americans the best chance to take them down in the finals, but they will have to have Jonathan Quick pull a Mike Richter in net.

Second Place: USA. The American roster has been much maligned by several of the supposed experts in the media, but I’m not buying it. This club, put together by Kings GM Dean Lombardi, is built perfectly for this type of tournament on an NHL sized rink. They have great goaltending, led by Quick, a very mobile and strong two way defense, led by John Carlson and Ryan McDonagh, and a set of forwards that can hit and grind out goals with players like team captain Joe Pavelski and T.J. Oshie. They also have some top notch skilled snipers like Patrick Kane and Zach Parise. John Tortorella and Mike Sullivan are coaching this team and both have won Stanley Cups for a reason. Torts may not have shown any bench boss magic over an 82 game season in awhile, but a short tournament like this is right up his alley.

Where it could go wrong for USA: They could struggle to score goals if they don’t crash the net. Europe has a “can get really hot” goalie in Jaroslav Halak and the Czechs will start Michal Neuvirth, who has been in the zone in the cage recently, as well. In order to beat those guys, USA must get lots of traffic.

As for the Czechs and Europe, they are long shots to advance, but if any could do it, my money would be on Europe. While they are slow on the back end with the likes of the chippy Zdeno Chara, they are coached well by Ralph Krueger, who was a joy to cover on Wednesday night and was an advisor on the coaching staff for the victorious Canadian team in Sochi. Europe has one of the best forwards in the NHL in Anze Kopitar along with some other snipers like Tomas Vanek and the young Oilers forward, Leon Draisaitl, who had a hat trick at the Verizon Center against King Henrik.

Like I said earlier, this is going to be some intense hockey. The tournament starts at 3:30 pm on Saturday afternoon with USA taking on Europe on ESPN2. Canada plays the Czechs at 8 pm on ESPN News.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 14 July 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA: Washington Mystics @ Phoenix Mercury (Tuesday 10pm from Phoenix live on ESPN2), Washington Mystics @ Los Angeles Sparks (Thursday 10:30pm from Los Angeles live on WNBA Live Access); WNBA All-Star Game (Saturday 3:30pm from Phoenix live on ESPN); MLS: Chivas USA @ DC United (Sunday 8pm from RFK Stadium live on Comcast SportsNet/Univision); Mixed Martial Arts: UFC Fight Night-Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone vs. Jim Miller (Wednesday 9pm from Atlantic City live on Fox Sports 1), UFC Fight Night Conor McGregor vs. Diego Brandao (Saturday 3pm from Dublin live on UFC Fight Pass)

10. Artscape (Friday-Sunday Mount Royal); Flip Orley (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); The Purge: Anarchy“, “Planes: Fire and Rescue” and “Sex Tape” out in theaters (Friday); Rio 2” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Artscape is so much better when Robert McClintock is involved. For example,

I’ll bet “Sex Tape” is horrible, but it doesn’t change how much this appears to be a nice scene.

9. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings/Kelly Bell Band (Friday 7:30pm Artscape), Ozomatli/Galactic (Saturday 5:30pm Artscape), Anthony Hamilton (Sunday 6:30pm Artscape); New Edition (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Arena Sunday 8pm Verizon Center); Queens of the Stone Age/St. Vincent (Thursday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Fall Out Boy/Paramore/New Politics (Friday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), O.A.R./Phillip Phillips (Saturday 5pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Queen + Adam Lambert (Sunday 6:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Bad Company/Lynyrd Skynyrd (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); The Fray (Wednesday 7pm Wolf Trap), Straight No Chaser (Thursday 8pm Wolf Trap), Huey Lewis & The News (Sunday 8pm Wolf Trap), Lionel Richie/CeeLo Green (Monday 8pm Wolf Trap); Better Than Ezra (Friday 8pm Power Plant Live); The Bacon Brothers (Friday & Saturday 6:30pm & 9:30pm Rams Head on Stage); Bret Michaels (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage), Dennis DeYoung (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Lyfe Jennings (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre), De La Soul (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre); Puss N Boots (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club); Edwin McCain (Friday 7:30pm Birchmere); B.B. King (Thursday 8pm Warner Theatre); Ben Folds (Thursday 7:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Veruca Salt (Monday 8pm Black Cat); John Hiatt/Robert Cray Band (Sunday 8pm Strathmore); Rise Against “The Black Market”, Jason Mraz “Yes!”, Bleachers “Strange Desire” and “Weird Al” Yankovic “Mandatory Fun” available (Tuesday)

Sharon Jones is a DAMN fine Artscape headliner. Maybe the best since Robert Randolph.

Ozomatli is also quite good at the music stuff.

The guy with two hands up? He’ll be at O.A.R. Saturday night.

And when it comes to guys who have the same first and last names (or close enough), I’ll take Phillip Phillips over Cam Cameron.

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Dorsey's Dugout- USA Helps Soccer and Caps Make Moves

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Dorsey’s Dugout- USA Helps Soccer and Caps Make Moves

Posted on 02 July 2014 by Nick Dorsey



All of America was on the edge of their seats once the United States and Belgium match went to extra time. Despite the 2-1 loss in the first round of the World Cup sweet sixteen, that same excitement for soccer in this country will only grow.

The United States does not have the same kind of intensity within its fan base as the other countries in the World Cup, but this team might have changed the popularity of the sport going forward. A team that was not given a lick of a chance to advance out of the group of death, team USA silenced the critics and gave the fans across the country something to be proud of.

When team USA went down 2-0 in extra time to Belgium, the life was sucked out of the American fan base and their World Cup hopes had diminished. All the excitement that Klinsmanns squad brought to all of America seemed to be lost. Then Julian Green scored a goal off of a wonderful pass from Michael Bradley.

Even though the one goal was not enough to force a round of penalty kicks, it gave the team hope. Not only did Julian Greens goal give hope at a chance for a comeback, but also the goal symbolized hope for the game of soccer in this country.

Team USA does not have the talent that the other world powers have in the World Cup. Other teams feature their best athletes within the country to represent their nation. Since the United States has other professional leagues like the NFL and NBA, the best athletes in the country do not play for Team USA soccer.

While team USA does not have the same talent as the other world powers, they showed the heart needed to compete on the big stage. They tied one of the best teams in the world that featured soccers second best player and only lost by one to Germany who is amongst the worlds best.

The fact that the United States was able to advance out of the group of death and other soccer powers such as Spain, England, Italy and Portugal could not is astonishing. There are a lot of positives to come away with from the performance of the American squad and it will for sure carry over to the next Cup.

It was Jurgen Klinsmanns first opportunity as head coach for Team USA and he got the job done well. He made good adjustments during games within group play and came away with good results. The former German athlete did a great job in his first appearance as head coach for team USA and the fans will sure be by his side as the next Cup approaches.

T.J. Oshie was the American “hero” during the Olympic games in hockey for his performance in the shootout against Russia. After the stellar performance, Oshie was a household name everywhere in America. The same situation came to be when USA goalkeeper Tim Howard had a record-breaking match against Belgium.

Sure Howard has been the goalie for team USA the past few World Cups, but Clint Dempsey was the biggest name when it came to USA soccer. After the Belgium match, Howard is being called a hero for his incredible individual performance. With Howard now being recognized as a household name similar to Oshie, now fans in America might check out the goaltender play some in the English premiere league.

There are so many different parts of this team that make for a brighter future for soccer in this country. There is a plethora of young talent, new stars that have been born and a solid coach in control of it all. With all that being said, not only does team USA have a bright future, but also the popularity of soccer in the country.

Grading Capitals Free Agency Moves

The free agency period in the NHL kicked into high gear July 1st at noon and the Washington Capitals made several moves. New General manager Brian MacLellan got his first crack at making decisions at the helm and started the first day off with a few signings.

Washington had several needs heading into free agency such as finding a top-4 defenseman, a veteran backup goalie and a second line center. MacLellan began the day by signing veteran backup Justin Peters from the Carolina Hurricanes.

Peters, 27 years old, got to play in twenty-one games last season and finished with a .919 save percentage. This is a good addition to the Caps roster for several reasons.

The message being sent to Braden Holtby with this signing is that he is clearly the number one goalie on the team. Peters is a career backup who is trying to prove he is amongst the top tier backup goalies in the league. This should come to be no threat to Holtby as he will be leading the team onto the ice this year.

The best part about this deal is that it is cap-friendly. Peters signed a 2-year deal for $1.9 million that comes to be about $950,000 a season. Finding a veteran backup for this cost allows for Washington to make other moves during free agency. Grading the Justin Peters signing, a B- is a fair grade.

Brian MacLellan was not done after the Peters signing as he added two pieces to the biggest weakness on the roster. Two former Pittsburgh Penguin defensemen were added to the Capitals top six rotation. One is considered a good signing and the other is a bit of a head scratcher.

Brooks Orpik, 33, signed a 5-year deal with the Capitals worth $27.5 million. This addition to the team came to be a huge surprise  for many reasons. Orpik is 33 years old and is on the down side of his career. What makes this deal not so sexy is the money and longevity of the deal. Paying a player past his prime $5.5 million a year is quite risky. It also does not make sense giving a player who is 33 years of age a five-year deal.

Although there are a few negatives to the signing of Orpik, he does bring some qualities that will help this Capitals team. The former Penguin has been one of the assistant captains for Pittsburgh since 2008. He has been in a leadership role for several years and the Caps could use more leaders especially on the defensive end.

Most of the Capitals blue liners favor playing a style in which they like to carry the puck. They are considered finesse defenders and Orpik is the opposite of that. Brooks Orpik is the physical kind of defenseman that Washington needs. The Brooks Orpik signing gets a C- grade.

Joining fellow Pittsburgh teammate in Washington is new Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen. The former Penguin cashed in on a seven-year deal worth $40.25 million that equates to a $5.75 cap hit per year. Niskanen finished the 2013-14 regular season with 46 total points and a +33 rating. Niskanen is a very similar defender to what the Caps current defensive roster already has.

This was the best addition that new general manager Brian MacLellan made all day during the first bit of free agency. The Caps are getting a defender who is 27 years old and is in the prime of his career. He is a versatile defender who also has a good plus/minus rating. Niskanen was expected to get $6 million or more per season when he hit the market, but Washington managed to get him just under that range.

With the additions of Orpik and Niskanen, the team’s biggest weakness has been repaired. Last season featured a never-ending cycle of defensemen getting their chances to start. The Caps often called up prospects from Hershey to start at the blue line, but those times look to be done.

The defensive pairings look to be Carlson-Alzner, Niskanen-Orpik and Green-Orlov. The pairings could change as Orpik does have experience playing with Carlson during the Olympics. As of now, those pairings have a chance to resemble what it will look like when the team hits the ice this season.

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Baltimore again among highest rated markets for USA/Belgium

Posted on 02 July 2014 by WNST Staff

ESPN’s telecast of Tuesday’s USA vs. Belgium FIFA World Cup match – a 2-1 U.S. loss in extra time – averaged a network record 9.6 overnight rating, making it the highest overnight rating for a World Cup match on ESPN or ESPN2, according to Nielsen. ESPN’s television coverage peaked from 5:45 – 6 p.m. ET with a 14.1 rating while WatchESPN peaked at 1,500,000 concurrent viewers.

ESPN’s coverage posted a five percent increase over a Saturday afternoon telecast of the United States’ loss to Ghana in the 2010 World Cup Round of 16 (a 9.1 rating on ABC). When including ABC, Tuesday’s telecast ranks behind the 1994 final and USA vs. Brazil round of 16 matches for largest metered market rating.

Including yesterday’s record audience, ESPN has posted its six highest metered market ratings for the men’s World Cup during the 2014 event.

The top-10 metered markets: New York (15.0), Hartford/New Haven (13.2), Washington, D.C., (12.8), Richmond (12.3), Boston (12.2), West Palm Beach (12.0), Baltimore (11.4), Cincinnati (11.4), San Diego (11.0), Columbus (10.8), Norfolk (10.8) and Orlando (10.8)

To date, the highest-rated markets on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC are: Washington DC (4.5), New York (4.2), San Francisco (3.9), Los Angeles (3.6), San Diego (3.5), Orlando (3.5), Hartford/New Haven (3.5), Miami/Fort Lauderdale (3.4), West Palm Beach (3.4), Richmond (3.3) and Boston (3.3).

Fast national ratings and viewership numbers are expected to be available this afternoon.

Quarterfinals Kick Off
ESPN’s month-long coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup will continue with the quarterfinals, beginning Friday, July 4, with France vs. Germany (11:30 a.m. ET, ESPN2) and Brazil vs. Colombia (3:30 p.m., ESPN), followed by two matches on Saturday, July 5: Argentina vs. Belgium (11:30 a.m., ABC) and Netherlands vs. Costa Rica, 3:30 p.m., ESPN). Each quarterfinal match will also be available on ESPN3, WatchESPN or WATCH ABC, and ESPN Radio.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 30 June 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA-Indiana Fever @ Washington Mystics (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet/NBA TV); Golf: PGA Tour Greenbrier Classic (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS. All golf from White Sulphur Springs, WV); MLL: Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Ohio Machine (Friday 4pm from Columbus live on CBS Sports Network)

10. Ports America Chesapeake 4th of July Celebration (Friday 7pm Inner Harbor); 4th of July Parades (Friday various times Arbutus, Kingsville, Towson, Bel Air, Dundalk, Catonsville, Glyndon, etc.) Joan Rivers (Wednesday 7:30pm Sixth & I Historic Synagogue); Tammy” out in theaters (Wednesday)

When you watch “The Sandlot” Friday, please tag me in your photos. You WILL watch “The Sandlot” Friday.

9. Beyonce & Jay-Z (Monday 8pm M&T Bank Stadium); Goo Goo Dolls/Daughtry (Saturday 6:45pm Jiffy Lube Live); Crosby, Stills & Nash (Thursday 8pm Wolf Trap), Counting Crows/Toad The Wet Sprocket (Saturday 7pm Wolf Trap); Neko Case (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Ed Sheeran (Tuesday 5pm Power Plant Live); Juicy J (Thursday 10pm Echostage); A Capitol Fourth feat. Frankie Valli, Phillip Phillips, Patti LaBelle, Michael McDonald, Jordin Sparks (Friday 8pm from US Capitol live on PBS); Old Crow Medicine Show “Remedy” available (Tuesday)

I mean, Beyonce could perform…OR…they could just show the “Partition” video on the screens at the stadium…


Speaking of Mrs. Carter, Ed Sheeran does a pretty solid Mrs. Carter.

Remember how good the Goo Goo Dolls used to be?

Almost as good as the Counting Crows.

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Baltimore again among top viewing markets for USA/Germany

Posted on 27 June 2014 by WNST Staff

  • Combined TV, Digital and Audio Coverage Posts Average Minute Audience Over 12 Million
  • ESPN Telecast Averages 6.7 US HH Rating and 10,771,000 Viewers
  • Match Generates WatchESPN Viewership Records, Provides 10 percent Lift to TV
  • Significant Viewership Growth Leads ESPN to its Most-Viewed and Highest-Rated Group Play Ever
  • Washington, D.C.; New York and San Francisco Highest-Rated Thru 48 Group Play Matches

ESPN’s coverage of the United States’ 1-0 loss to Germany in the final day of the 2014 FIFA World Cup group play – Thursday, June 26, at noon ET – generated an average minute audience of more than 12 million people across ESPN’s television, digital and audio platforms.

  • ESPN’s telecast averaged a 6.7 US HH rating and 10,771,000 viewers, making it the second highest-rated, and third most-viewed, men’s World Cup match on ESPN or ESPN2 ever. ESPN’s highest-rated World Cup match – a 9.6 US HH rating for the 2014 USA vs. Portugal contest on Sunday, June 22 – is also the most-viewed soccer match across all US television networks, averaging 18,220,000 viewers. ESPN’s second most-viewed men’s World Cup match – USA vs. Ghana on Monday, June 16, 2014 – averaged 11,093,000 viewers and a 6.3 US HH rating.
  • The match also garnered multiple audience records for WatchESPN, adding an additional 1,050,000 viewers in the average minute audience to ESPN’s telecast. Overall, the WatchESPN coverage had 3,200,000 unique viewers and 143,000,000 live minutes viewed. This accounted for a 10 percent lift to ESPN’s English-language TV audience
  • The telecast also ranks as ESPN’s most-viewed weekday, non-holiday, afternoon program on record.
  • At its highest point, ESPN’s telecast averaged 12,055,000 viewers and a 7.7 US HH rating from 1:30 to 2 p.m. WatchESPN’s peak of 1,700,000 concurrent users set a record for the platform.
  • In addition to television and digital, the USA vs. Germany match generated an estimated audio streaming average minute audience of 239,300.
  • In addition, ESPN.com and ESPNFC.com, led by Thursday’s World Cup matches, set platform records for unique visitors in one day, hitting 19,500,000 and 7,800,000, respectively.

ESPN Posts its Largest Audiences for Group Play Ever
Overall, ESPN has generated its largest viewership for the 48 opening round World Cup matches ever, averaging 3,540,000 viewers and 2.2 US HH rating for ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC telecasts combined. The 2014 averages also marks significant increases over ESPN’s opening round telecasts in 2010 and 2006: 46 percent and 109 percent (vs. 2,429,000 viewers in 2010 and 1,691,000 in 2006), and 38 percent and 83 percent (vs. 1.6 rating in 2010 and 1.2 in 2006), respectively.

In addition, ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC have posted significant audience increases in every key people and male demographic, highlighted by double-digit growth in the 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54 categories.

WatchESPN, ESPN.com and ESPNFC.Com Growth Over 2010
WatchESPN is averaging 737,000 unique viewers and 31,100,000 minutes watched through 48 World Cup matches for increases of 149 percent and 143 percent, respectively. Additional digital highlights:

  • ESPNFC.com is also generating significant usage increases, averaging 4,700,000 daily unique visitors for a 35 percent increase over 2010 and 5,700,000 video starts per day for a 854 percent increase.
  • ESPN.com is seeing 13,700,000 average daily unique visitors (a 38 percent increase from 2010) and 12,800,000 video starts per day (up 170 percent).
  • The SportsCenter app is averaging 3,800,000 daily unique visitors for a 403 percent over 2010

Metered Markets
New York led all markets for ESPN’s USA vs. Germany telecast with a 9.7 rating, followed by San Diego (8.6), Sacramento (8.3), Seattle/Tacoma (8.1), Orlando (8.1), Baltimore (8.1), Columbus (8.1), West Palm Beach (7.9), Providence (7.6), San Francisco (7.2) and Austin (7.2).

Overall, Washington, D.C., continues to lead all markets for matches on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC through the 48 Group Play matches with a 4.0 average rating, followed by New York (3.7), San Francisco (3.5), Orlando (3.1), Los Angeles (3.1), Hartford/New Haven (3.1), San Diego (3.0), West Palm Beach (2.9), Miami/Fort Lauderdale (2.9), Richmond (2.9), Atlanta (2.9), Boston (2.9) and Columbus (2.9).

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Dorsey's Dugout- Team USA Advances, NBA Draft, LeBron and More

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Dorsey’s Dugout- Team USA Advances, NBA Draft, LeBron and More

Posted on 27 June 2014 by Nick Dorsey


Team USA is back in the knockout round of the FIFA World Cup after losing 1-0 to the final team in their group Germany. The Americans now give themselves a shot to advance another round next Tuesday when they face off against Belgium. They are a team that the United States should beat, especially since they were able to do the near impossible.

Before the World Cup began, it was a consensual non-possibility that the Americans would survive the “group of death” that featured heavy weights such as Germany, Portugal and Ghana. Survival is the best way to define what the Americans did through group play, which resulted in a big win over Ghana and a draw to Portugal.

This is one of the biggest accomplishments that USA soccer has had in the World Cup in quite some time, but the ride is not over yet. The Americans have shown they can play with the upper class of the soccer world, so they have a chance to make a splash in the round of 16.

Tim Howard has allowed a goal each match, but he has made quality saves to always give team USA a chance to win. Howard has been solid, especially since the possession time has been favoring the opponent every match. There is hope on the defensive end of the field and things should swing upward on the offensive side.

Clint Dempsey is the best player for the American squad and he has been consistent throughout group play. He has scored two goals in three games and he continues to get his opportunities. Dempsey nearly scored an equalizer using his head in the closing moments against Germany. With the best player continuing to produce scoring chances, it should open up opportunities for other players.

Jozy Altidore has missed every game ever since his injury early on against Ghana. With extended time until their next game, there is a chance that Altidore can get his second start. If Altidore can crack the lineup, the offense gets an immediate impact.

If there is one player that needs to step up it is Michael Bradley. He has not played well at all throughout group play so he cannot play any worse. Luckily for Bradley, he has a chance at redemption now that team USA has moved into the knockout round. If Bradley can take his game to another level, the Americans will definitely advance.

Any way that the Belgium game goes next Tuesday, it is a huge accomplishment for Jurgen Klinsmann, coaching his first World Cup with the Americans, to get out of the group of death. This is not where the road ends for Team USA, as they will win Tuesday against Belgium 1-0. With that win they will most likely have to face Argentina.

NBA Draft

One of the most anticipated draft classes that has come in nearly a decade, the NBA draft featured a plethora of future potential stars. Once former Kansas standout Joel Embiid fractured his foot during a workout, there was uncertainty at the top of the draft board. Everyone waited to see what the Cleveland Cavaliers would do with the first selection in this year’s draft.

After selecting Anthony Bennett first overall in last year’s very weak draft, the Cavaliers selected Kansas Jayhawk freshman Andrew Wiggins. The Wiggins selection did not come as a big surprise because there is a lot of upside with the pick.

The former Jayhawk product has elite athleticism and is productive on both sides of the floor. Wiggins can match up with just about any player on the wing in the NBA defensively. His length gives him an advantage one on one and on the boards down low.

Jabari Parker is the safest player in this draft and is the most NBA ready right away. Parker is a much better offensive player than Wiggins is right now. Wiggins still needs to improve his jump shot and ability to finish consistently at the rim. The former Blue Devil has a better offensive game than Wiggins, but defensively is not as sharp. Parker was a great pick for the Bucks in their start to rebuild the franchise.

Joel Embiid most likely would have been the first selection if not for the foot fracture, but he found his way to becoming the third overall pick to the 76ers. It is a great decision for Philly to go with Embiid, who is clearly not in a hurry to win now, as they seem to be taking a patient approach. They still have Nerlens Noel and might be dealing away last year’s rookie of the year Michael Carter Williams.

If Philadelphia gives Embiid the proper time to recover, they could be getting one of the best players to come out in a very long time. Embiid has an extreme amount of potential and you cannot teach being over seven feet. Watching Embiid at Kansas, you could see drastic improvement from his first game to his last.

The other picks that stood out the most in the top ten and look to be great additions is what both Boston and Los Angeles did. Marcus Smart is arguably the best scorer in this years draft alongside Parker. Adding Smart to a backcourt with Rondo is potentially lethal. Rondo makes everyone around him better and if they can find a way to play together, it will make for one of the better young back courts in the league.

Julius Randle makes for a great addition to the Lakers starting five, as he will provide good offensive output. Any time you play with Kobe Bryant, your opportunities will open up. Randle has a good inside and outside game, so he is a versatile player on the floor. If the Lakers can add someone like Kevin Love via trade, Randle, Love and Bryant will make for a solid three-pair.

NHL Awards

The NHL awards took place Tuesday in Las Vegas and most of the top tier awards were predictable. Sidney Crosby was the most obvious choice for the Hart Trophy, which is the NHL’s most valuable player award. There wasn’t really another candidate that gave Crosby a run for his money for the Hart, especially since the awards in the NHL are based on the regular season. If it were based on post-season, Getzlaf would have gotten it since Crosby had a 13-game scoring drought in the playoffs dating back to last post-season.

The most puzzling award winner seemed to be Bob Murray, who was awarded general manager of the year. Not to take anything away from Murray, the Ducks had a fantastic season and ultimately lost in the second round to the eventual Stanley Cup champion, but the GM of the year should have gone where the Cup resides.

Dean Lombardi made the best move during the trade deadline and it paid off in the biggest way possible. Marian Gaborik was acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets and was one of the main difference makers for the Kings in the top six. Anze Kopitar and Gaborik had instant chemistry, which propelled them through the Stanley Cup playoffs.

In the twenty-six playoff games played, Marian Gaborik led everyone in scoring with 14 goals. The former Blue Jacket also cashed in eight assists that brought his points total to 22 in the 26 games played. Without Gaborik and his timely goals, the Kings do not win the Stanley Cup.

Patrice Bergeron won the Selke tropy, which goes to the best defensive forward in the NHL. The Boston Bruin won the Selke in 2012 and once again this year. Bergeron is definitely one of the best defensive forwards, but Anze Kopitar should have brought the hardware home. Kopitar was the best defensive forward in the league and it was on display during the playoffs. He has not won the award yet in his career and deserved to after this seasons performance.

NBA Free Agency:

Carmelo Anthony

After opting out of his contract with the New York Knicks, Carmelo Anthony heads to free agency with many options out there. There are all kinds of sources putting out possible destinations for Anthony, even the possibility of teaming up with his good friend LeBron James. All this sounds great and all, but there is one team that is a perfect match for Carmelo. There is no better place for Anthony to go than to the Windy city. The Chicago Bulls are a perfect destination for the former Knick for a number of reasons.

The Bulls are a defensive powerhouse, which could make up for the liability Anthony brings defensively. What the Bulls showed they did not have during their only playoff series against the Wizards is a closer.

The Bulls had difficulty scoring in the fourth quarter and never had a go to guy. With the uncertainty of Derrick Rose’s future, Anthony would provide the lineup with a consistent scoring threat.

Tom Thibodeau is one of the best coaches in the NBA and would find the best ways to utilize Anthony in the lineup. He could potentially make Anthony a better defender in the Bulls system. If Rose comes back healthy, Thibodeau could make the adjustments to fully maximize Anthony and Roses potential together.

LeBron James

It is time for the Decision 2.0 and there are plenty of rumors everywhere discussing the future of the 4-time MVP. Anywhere from Cleveland, LA or even Houston the possibilities seem endless. Everyone needs to relax because the King is not going anywhere. If you are LeBron James, why would you leave the Miami Heat?

From an organization standpoint, how much better does it get than Pat Riley? If James decides to give Miami his loyalty, Riley will find the pieces to put around James to bring the team back to championship caliber.

The Heat already drafted Shabazz Napier, the tremendous guard from the NCAA champion UCONN Huskies. In a few years everyone will be looking back at the 2014 draft and say why did we pass on Napier because he will be an impact starter from the beginning. If LeBron decides to stay, Napier will be one of the better rookies in the NBA.

Napier has the all around game as a point guard: he is a versatile scorer, underrated passer and is an absolute stud defensively. The most noteworthy ability seen in his time at UCONN is his killer instinct. Napier has the mindset and ability to take over a game and hit the big shot. With this much potential talent at point guard, LeBron will not leave Miami.

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Bovada gives former Terp Zusi 8/1 odds to score against Germany

Posted on 24 June 2014 by WNST Staff

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FIFA World Cup 2014 – Outright Winner

USA                                        66/1


FIFA World Cup 2014 – Top Goalscorer

Clint Dempsey (USA)                 66/1


FIFA World Cup 2014 – USA – Stage of Elimination      

Group Stage                 3/1

2nd Round                    2/3

Quarter Finals                9/2

Semi Finals                   16/1

Runners Up                   50/1

Winners                        66/1

***USA’s chances of advancing past the Group Stage is 1/5 or 80%


FIFA World Cup 2014 – Group G          

USA                             +650     (13/2)

Germany                       -140     (5/7)

Draw                             +200     (2/1)     

Over/Under Goals                      2 ½


FIFA World Cup 2014 – Group G – 1st Half Line

USA (1H)                      +475     (19/4)

Germany (1H)                +140     (7/5)

Draw                             +110     (11/10)

Over/Under Goals                      1


USA vs Germany – Correct Score         

USA 1-0                        12/1

USA 2-0                        33/1

USA 2-1                        20/1

USA 3-0                        80/1

USA 3-1                        50/1

USA 3-2                        66/1

USA 4-0                        200/1

USA 4-1                        150/1

USA 4-2                        150/1

USA 4-3                        200/1

USA 5-0                        250/1

Draw 0-0                       6/1

Draw 1-1                       4/1

Draw 2-2                       10/1

Draw 3-3                       50/1

Draw 4-4                       200/1

Germany 1-0                 13/2

Germany 2-0                 7/1

Germany 2-1                 8/1

Germany 3-0                 12/1

Germany 3-1                 12/1

Germany 3-2                 25/1

Germany 4-0                 25/1

Germany 4-1                 25/1

Germany 4-2                 50/1

Germany 4-3                 100/1

Germany 5-0                 50/1


USA vs Germany – Half Time / Full Time          

USA / USA                    10/1

USA / Draw                   10/1

USA / Germany             20/1

Draw / USA                   12/1

Draw / Draw                  7/2

Draw / Germany            7/2

Germany / USA             50/1

Germany / Draw            10/1

Germany / Germany       3/2


USA vs Germany – Both Teams to Score                     

Yes                  -130

No                    EVEN


USA vs Germany – Winning Margin                 

USA to win by 1 goal                             7/1       

USA to win by 2 goals                           22/1     

USA to win by 3 goals                           66/1     

USA to win by 4 or more goals              200/1

Germany to win by 1 goal                      3/1

Germany to win by 2 goals                    7/2

Germany to win by 3 goals                    13/2

Germany to win by 4 or more goals        9/1

Score Draw                                           3/1       

0-0 Draw                                               6/1       


USA vs Germany – Match Result & Both Teams To Score                    

USA & Yes                   12/1

Germany & Yes             11/4

Draw & Yes                   11/4

USA & No                     11/1

Germany & No              7/4

Draw & No                    8/1


USA vs Germany – To Win To Nil                     

USA                             9/5       

Germany                       11/1

USA vs Germany – To Win Both Halves           

USA                             25/1

Germany                       13/4

USA vs Germany – To Come From Behind and Win                 

USA                             25/1     

Germany                       7/1


USA vs Germany – Half Time Correct Score                 

USA  1-0                       13/2

USA  2-0                       40/1

USA  2-1                       40/1

Draw 0-0                       7/4

Draw 1-1                       7/1

Draw 2-2                       66/1

Germany 1-0                 25/1

Germany 2-0                 7/1

Germany 2-1                 20/1


USA vs Germany – Total 1st Half Goals Over/Under 0.5 Goals              

Over 0.5                                    O ½  (-240, 5/12)

Under 0.5                                  U ½  (+175, 7/4)


USA vs Germany – Highest Scoring Half                      

1st Half                         9/4

2nd Half                        1/1

Draw                             5/2       


USA vs Germany – Team to Score 1st   

USA                             9/4       

Germany                       1/3


USA vs Germany – Team to Score Last            

USA                             9/4       

Germany                       1/3


USA vs Germany – Time of 1st Goal

1-10 Mins                      13/4

11-20 Mins                    4/1

21-30 Mins                    5/1

31-40 Mins                    13/2

41-50 Mins                    15/2

51-60 Mins                    10/1

61-70 Mins                    14/1

71-80 Mins                    20/1

81 Mins – Full Time        20/1

No Goal                        6/1


USA vs Germany – 1st 10 Minutes – Total Goals            

Over                             ½ (9/2)

Under                           ½ (2/15)


USA vs Germany – 1st 10 Minutes – Match Result                     

USA                             11/1     

Germany                       6/1

Draw                             1/8


USA vs Germany – Total Goals            

0 or 1                            13/5

2 or 3                            5/6

4+                                5/2

USA vs Germany – USA Total Goals                

No Goals                      6/5

1 Goal                          7/5

2 Goals                         9/2

3 Goals                         22/1

4 or More Goals            100/1


USA vs Germany – Germany Total Goals                     

No Goals                      9/2

1 Goal                          2/1

2 Goals                         12/5

3 Goals                         9/2

4 or More Goals            15/2


USA vs Germany – Will a Penalty Kick be Scored?      

Yes                  13/4

No                    1/5


USA vs Germany – Will a Penalty Kick be Awarded?    

Yes                  11/4

No                    1/4


USA vs Germany – Will a Penalty Kick be Missed?      

Yes                  12/1

No                    1/33


USA vs Germany – Will an Own Goal be scored?         

Yes                  10/1

No                    1/25


USA vs Germany – Method of 1st Goal 

Open play shot inside the box               2/3

Header                                                  4/1

Open play shot outside the box             6/1

Penalty                                                 11/1

Direct from Free Kick                            16/1

Own Goal                                              20/1


USA vs Germany Individual Goal Props

USA vs Germany – First Goalscorer     

Thomas Muller                           7/2

Miroslav Klose                          4/1

Mario Gotze                              5/1

Lukas Podolski                         5/1

Andre Schurrle                          11/2

Mesut Ozil                                 7/1

Clint Dempsey                          8/1

Bastian Schweinsteiger              9/1

Toni Kroos                                9/1

Jozy Altidore                             10/1

Julian Draxler                            10/1

Chris Wondolowski                    12/1

Aron Johannsson                      12/1

Julian Green                              14/1

Christoph Kramer                      16/1

Kevin Grosskreutz                     16/1

Brad Davis                                20/1

Michael Bradley                         20/1

Graham Zusi                             20/1

Erik Durm                                 20/1

Mathias Ginter                           20/1

Sami Khedira                            20/1

Mats Hummels                          20/1

Alejandro Bedoya                      25/1

DaMarcus Beasley                    25/1

Mikkel Diskerud                        25/1

Per Mertesacker                        25/1

Philipp Lahm                             25/1

Kyle Beckerman                        33/1

Fabian Johnson                        33/1

Jermaine Jones                         33/1

Benedikt Howedes                    33/1

Jerome Boateng                        33/1

Geoff Cameron                         40/1

John Anthony Brooks                40/1

Omar Gonzalez                          50/1

Timothy Chandler                      50/1

DeAndre Yedlin                         66/1

Matt Besler                               66/1

No Goalscorer                           6/1


USA vs Germany – Anytime Goalscorer           

Miroslav Klose                          11/10

Thomas Muller                           11/10

Mario Gotze                              11/8

Lukas Podolski                         7/4

Andre Schurrle                          15/8

Mesut Ozil                                 2/1

Julian Draxler                            3/1

Jozy Altidore                             7/2

Clint Dempsey                          7/2

Toni Kroos                                7/2

Chris Wondolowski                    4/1

Bastian Schweinsteiger              4/1

Aron Johannsson                      5/1

Christoph Kramer                      5/1

Kevin Grosskreutz                     5/1

Julian Green                              6/1

Michael Bradley                         6/1

Sami Khedira                            6/1

Brad Davis                                7/1

Erik Durm                                 7/1

Mathias Ginter                           7/1

Alejandro Bedoya                      8/1

Graham Zusi                             8/1

Philipp Lahm                             8/1

Mats Hummels                          8/1

DaMarcus Beasley                    9/1

Per Mertesacker                        9/1

Mikkel Diskerud                        10/1

Benedikt Howedes                    10/1

Kyle Beckerman                        12/1

Fabian Johnson                        12/1

Jermaine Jones                         12/1

Jerome Boateng                        12/1

John Anthony Brooks                14/1

Timothy Chandler                      14/1

Geoff Cameron                         16/1

Omar Gonzalez                          18/1

DeAndre Yedlin                         20/1

Matt Besler                               20/1


USA vs Germany – First USA Goalscorer         

Clint Dempsey                          4/1

Aron Johannsson                      4/1

Chris Wondolowski                    19/4

Jozy Altidore                             5/1

Julian Green                              6/1

Alejandro Bedoya                      15/2

Michael Bradley                         8/1

Brad Davis                                9/1

Graham Zusi                             10/1

DaMarcus Beasley                    12/1

Mikkel Diskerud                         12/1

Jermaine Jones                         12/1

Kyle Beckerman                        14/1

Fabian Johnson                        18/1

John Anthony Brooks                18/1

Timothy Chandler                      18/1

Geoff Cameron                         20/1

Omar Gonzalez                          22/1

DeAndre Yedlin                         25/1

Matt Besler                               33/1


USA vs Germany – First Germany Goalscorer  

Miroslav Klose                          21/10

Thomas Muller                           21/10

Lukas Podolski                         7/2

Mesut Ozil                                 15/4

Mario Gotze                              4/1

Andre Schurrle                          4/1

Julian Draxler                            13/2

Bastian Schweinsteiger              8/1

Toni Kroos                                8/1

Christoph Kramer                      12/1

Kevin Grosskreutz                     12/1

Sami Khedira                            12/1

Mathias Ginter                           16/1

Erik Durm                                 22/1

Benedikt Howedes                    22/1

Per Mertesacker                        22/1

Philipp Lahm                             22/1

Mats Hummels                          22/1

Jerome Boateng                        25/1


USA vs Germany – Scorecast (Player to score first and exact score)

Clint Dempsey & USA 1-0                      66/1

Clint Dempsey & USA 2-0                      150/1

Clint Dempsey & USA 2-1                      80/1

Clint Dempsey & USA 3-0                      350/1

Clint Dempsey & USA 3-1                      250/1

Clint Dempsey & Draw 1-1                     22/1

Clint Dempsey & Draw 2-2                     50/1

Clint Dempsey & Germany 2-1               40/1

Aron Johannsson & USA 1-0                  110/1

Aron Johannsson & USA 2-0                  250/1

Aron Johannsson & USA 2-1                  125/1

Aron Johannsson & USA 3-0                  500/1

Aron Johannsson & USA 3-1                  450/1

Aron Johannsson & Draw 1-1                 40/1

Aron Johannsson & Draw 2-2                 90/1

Aron Johannsson & Germany 2-1           66/1

Chris Wondolowski & USA 1-0               75/1

Chris Wondolowski & USA 2-0               175/1

Chris Wondolowski & USA 2-1               90/1

Chris Wondolowski & USA 3-0               400/1

Chris Wondolowski & USA 3-1               300/1

Chris Wondolowski & Draw 1-1              28/1

Chris Wondolowski & Draw 2-2              55/1

Chris Wondolowski & Germany 2-1         45/1

Michael Bradley & USA 1-0                    175/1

Michael Bradley & USA 2-0                    375/1

Michael Bradley & USA 2-1                    200/1

Michael Bradley & USA 3-0                    750/1

Michael Bradley & USA 3-1                    500/1

Michael Bradley & Draw 1-1                   55/1

Michael Bradley & Draw 2-2                   125/1

Michael Bradley & Germany 2-1              100/1

Thomas Muller & Germany 1-0                25/1

Thomas Muller & Germany 2-0                28/1

Thomas Muller & Germany 2-1                33/1

Thomas Muller & Germany 3-0                55/1

Thomas Muller & Germany 3-1                55/1

Thomas Muller & Draw 1-1                     18/1

Thomas Muller & Draw 2-2                     40/1

Thomas Muller & USA 2-1                      55/1

Miroslav Klose & Germany 1-0               28/1

Miroslav Klose & Germany 2-0               35/1

Miroslav Klose & Germany 2-1               40/1

Miroslav Klose & Germany 3-0               66/1

Miroslav Klose & Germany 3-1               66/1

Miroslav Klose & Draw 1-1                     22/1

Miroslav Klose & Draw 2-2                     45/1

Miroslav Klose & USA 2-1                      75/1

Mario Gotze & Germany 1-0                   33/1

Mario Gotze & Germany 2-0                   40/1

Mario Gotze & Germany 2-1                   40/1

Mario Gotze & Germany 3-0                   66/1

Mario Gotze & Germany 3-1                   66/1

Mario Gotze & Draw 1-1                         25/1

Mario Gotze & Draw 2-2                         50/1

Mario Gotze & USA 2-1                          80/1

Andre Schurrle & Germany 1-0               33/1

Andre Schurrle & Germany 2-0               40/1

Andre Schurrle & Germany 2-1               45/1

Andre Schurrle & Germany 3-0               75/1

Andre Schurrle & Germany 3-1               75/1

Andre Schurrle & Draw 1-1                     25/1

Andre Schurrle & Draw 2-2                     55/1

Andre Schurrle & USA 2-1                      90/1


Miscellaneous Player Props

USA vs Germany – Player To Be Shown a Card

Kyle Beckerman                        5/4

Timothy Chandler                      5/4

Michael Bradley                         9/5

Geoff Cameron                         9/5

Jerome Boateng                        9/5

DaMarcus Beasley                    2/1

Fabian Johnson                        2/1

John Anthony Brooks                2/1

Omar Gonzalez                          2/1

DeAndre Yedlin                         2/1

Matt Besler                               2/1

Bastian Schweinsteiger              2/1

Per Mertesacker                        2/1

Kevin Grosskreutz                     2/1

Sami Khedira                            2/1

Philipp Lahm                             2/1

Mats Hummels                          2/1

Clint Dempsey                          5/2

Jermaine Jones                         5/2

Erik Durm                                 5/2

Benedikt Howedes                    5/2

Julian Green                              11/4

Alejandro Bedoya                      11/4

Brad Davis                                11/4

Mikkel Diskerud                        11/4

Graham Zusi                             11/4

Chris Wondolowski                    7/2

Christoph Kramer                      4/1

Thomas Muller                           5/1

Andre Schurrle                          5/1

Toni Kroos                                5/1

Julian Draxler                            5/1

Mathias Ginter                           5/1

Mario Gotze                              11/2

Lukas Podolski                         11/2

Aron Johannsson                      13/2

Miroslav Klose                          13/2

Mesut Ozil                                 7/1




Odds To Win The Open Championship 2014 – Hoylake, Royal Liverpool (British Open)

Tiger Woods                 7/1


Odds To Win USPGA Championship 2014 – Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, Kentucky

Tiger Woods                 7/1


Quicken Loans National – Outright Winner      

Tiger Woods                 16/1


Quicken Loans National – 1st Round Leader    

Tiger Woods                 18/1


Quicken Loans National – Top 5 Finish

Tiger Woods                 5/2


Quicken Loans National – Will Tiger Woods Finish in The Top 10?     

Yes                              5/4


Quicken Loans National – Will Tiger Woods Finish in The Top 20?     

Yes                              5/9


Quicken Loans National – Tournament H2H Matches   

Tiger Woods                 EVEN   (1/1)

Jordan Spieth               -130      (10/13)


Quicken Loans National – Will Tiger Woods Shoot a Hole In One?      

Yes                              100/1


Quicken Loans National – Will Tiger Woods Make The Cut?    

Yes                              2/9

No                                3/1


Quicken Loans National – Outright Winner      

Jason Day                    12/1

Justin Rose                   12/1

Jordan Spieth               14/1

Tiger Woods                 16/1

Brandt Snedeker           22/1

Keegan Bradley             25/1

Brendon Todd               28/1

Webb Simpson             28/1

Bill Haas                       30/1

Jason Dufner                33/1

K.J. Choi                      33/1

Hunter Mahan                35/1

Billy Horschel                40/1

Gary Woodland             40/1

Marc Leishman              40/1

Brendon De Jonge        50/1

Carl Pettersson             50/1

Charley Hoffman           50/1

J.B.  Holmes                 50/1

Nick Watney                  50/1

Ryan Palmer                 50/1

Aaron Baddeley            55/1

Ben Martin                    66/1

Bo Van Pelt                  66/1

Brendan Steele              66/1

Charles Howell III           66/1

Fredrik Jacobson          66/1

Brian Harman                70/1

Ernie Els                       80/1

Kevin Chappell              80/1

Matt Every                    80/1

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 24 June 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Legends Football League-Atlanta Steam @ Baltimore Charm (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Arena); WNBA: Connecticut Sun @ Washington Mystics (Friday 7pm Verizon Center), San Antonio Silver Stars @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm Verizon Center); MLL: Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Florida Launch (Saturday 7pm from Boca Raton, FL live on YouTube); Boxing: Tori Nelson vs. Nicole Williams (Saturday 6pm Du Burns Arena); Auto Racing: NASCAR Quaker State 400 (Saturday 7:30pm from Sparta, KY live on TNT); Mixed Martial Arts: UFC Fight Night Nate Marquardt vs. James Te Huna (Saturday 5am from Auckland, New Zealand live on UFC Fight Pass), UFC Fight Night Cub Swanson vs. Jeremy Stephens (Saturday 10pm from San Antonio live on Fox Sports 1)

10. Great American Backyard Campout (Saturday 6pm Oregon Ridge); Transformers: Age of Extinction“, “Snowpiercer” and “They Came Together” out in theaters (Friday); 300: Rise of an Empire” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

None of this means much of anything for me-so instead I’ll post this new photo of Sofia Vergara that came out Monday. You can thank me later.

9. Thank You Festival feat. Tiesto (Thursday 4pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Katy Perry (Tuesday & Wednesday 7pm Verizon Center); OneRepublic/The Script (Friday 7pm Jiffy Luve Live), Toby Keith (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live), Avicii (Sunday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Ben Folds (Wednesday 8:15pm Wolf Trap); Ballyhoo! (Friday 8pm Power Plant Live); Say Anything (Wednesday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Drive-By Truckers (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live); Diana Ross (Saturday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Dr. John (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Air Supply (Friday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Primus (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Lake Street Dive (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club); Jamestown Revival (Sunday 8:30pm Gypsy Sally’s); Rebirth Brass Band (Sunday 2pm DC Jazz Festival); Ed Sheeran “X”, Phish “Fuego” and Clutch “Earth Rocker Deluxe” available (Tuesday)

I’m including Katy Perry this week. Let’s just go ahead and move on so we don’t have to talk about it any further.

Say hello to Kevin Van Valkenburg at the Truckers’ show.

Lake Street Dive is rather enjoyable.

Someday I’ll be coming home…to see Jamestown Revival.

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WC Preview: United States vs. Ghana

Posted on 16 June 2014 by Ethan Stewart

Today at 6:00 PM on ESPN, a Group G World Cup match will feature the United States versus Ghana. This match figures to be an epic battle to say the least.

A win tonight figures to be of the utmost importance to the United States as a loss to Ghana will surely knock them out of contention in the group.

The United States is ranked higher than Ghana in the FIFA World Rankings which have the USA listed 13th worldwide and Ghana ranked 37th.  Don’t take too much from these rankings, however, as Spain is ranked #1 by FIFA’s rankings and were demolished by the Netherlands by a score if 5-1 last Friday.

Ghana has knocked the United States out of the tournament in 2 consecutive World Cups (2006, 2010) so I’m sure this USA team being led by head coach Jürgen Klinsmann will be looking to avenge those brutal losses.

Key Matchup: Asamoah Gyan and Andre Ayew vs. Geoff Cameron and Matt Besler

The biggest issue that the USMNT faced during their 3 warmup friendlies was the lack of chemistry and talent on their back line, more specifically between their center backs.  Both Cameron and Besler proved that they were a step ahead of the other center backs on the United States’ roster and they will be relied upon to try to hinder the offensive attack of Gyan and Ayew.

Biggest Headlines:

Why was Landon Donovan left off the squad?

Donovan simply isn’t as good as he used to be.  Is he one of the best 23 players from the United States? Probably, but Klinsmann isn’t here to put together a group of the 23 most talented players.  Klinsmann is here to assemble the best team possible that works together well.  Also the distracting question of “will Klinsmann play Landon Donovan?” is gone and the USMNT can focus solely on playing the matches.

Why did Klinsmann say that the UNSMNT don’t have a chance at winning the World Cup?

Well, because they don’t.  The United States have no chance at winning.  It simply isn’t a realistic possibility and Klinsmann is just stating the obvious.  It doesn’t mean we can’t have other goals.  Our first goal should be to beat Ghana tonight and worry about the rest later.  The task at hand is more important to think about than hypothetical situations.

Prediction: 2-1 United States

Ghana has more players that play in the better leagues in comparison to the United States.  They’ve knocked the United States out of 2 consecutive World Cups.  I think this plays into the hands of the USA.  The USMNT thrives when they take the persona of the underdog.  Personally I think that the United States will have the best player on the field in Clint Dempsey.  Dempsey will ultimately be the X-factor in this match and I think that he and Jozy Altidore will provide the goals necessary to beat Ghana.

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