Posted on 08 July 2014 by WNST Audio
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Posted on 27 June 2014 by WNST Staff
Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).
Odds to Win 2014-15 Rookie of the Year
Jabari Parker 5/1
Andrew Wiggins 11/2
Julius Randle 9/1
Nerlens Noel 9/1
Dante Exum 10/1
Doug McDermott 10/1
Elfrid Payton 10/1
Marcus Smart 12/1
Nik Stauskas 12/1
Shabazz Napier 12/1
Noah Vonleh 15/1
Aaron Gordon 20/1
Adreian Payne 20/1
Jordan Adams 25/1
Kyle Anderson 25/1
James Young 33/1
Joel Embiid 33/1
Mitch McGrary 33/1
Player Props (Note: The rest of the rookie numbers will come out before the regular season starts)
Average Points per game in the 2014-2015 NBA Regular Season – Andrew Wiggins
Average Points per game in the 2014-2015 NBA Regular Season – Jabari Parker
Average Rebounds per game in the 2014-2015 NBA Regular Season – Jabari Parker
Average Points per game in the 2014-2015 NBA Regular Season – Doug McDermott
Games played in the 2014-2015 NBA Regular Season – Joel Embiid
Where will Carmelo Anthony Play his first game of the 2014-2015 NBA Season?
Chicago Bulls 1/1
New York Knicks 2/1
Miami Heat 5/1
Houston Rockets 11/2
Dallas Mavericks 10/1
Los Angeles Lakers 15/1
Atlanta Hawks 30/1
Where will Lebron James Play his first game of the 2014-2015 NBA Season?
Miami Heat 1/6
Cleveland Cavaliers 5/1
Los Angeles Clippers 10/1
Houston Rockets 12/1
Los Angeles Lakers 12/1
Chicago Bulls 20/1
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Posted on 03 June 2014 by Nestor Aparicio
When Glenn Clark handed this list to me it came with a warning: “You’re going to upset some people this week” is how he presented the daunting task of naming the Sweet 16 High School Athletes in Baltimore history.
He was right. So many names. So many sports. So many nuances and a complete lack of a “criteria” given the generations and the benefit of a 20-20 hindsight after seeing the further life accomplishments of many local athletes. There were boys and girls, and many athletes who excelled at more than one sport.
A case can be made for hundreds of local jocks over a dozen different sports but this is the best I could do. Feel free to argue amongts yourselves or to give me a hard time in social media. This was a tough, tough list:
Now…onto No. 16…
Posted on 04 February 2014 by Luke Jones
As we shift our attention from Super Bowl XLVIII and another football season to Sochi, Russia and the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics, it’s time to take a look at our latest #WNSTSweet16 list that recognizes the greatest local Olympic sport athletes to represent the area.
Some names may have garnered little more than 15 minutes of fame with their athletic glory while a few have become heroes who will never be forgotten in the local community as well as in the entire country. Athletes who were either born in the state of Maryland or resided here for a significant period of time during their triumphs were considered for the list.
As WNST.net’s Glenn Clark previously pointed out, winning a medal and even participating in the Olympics weren’t requirements, but the list of Marylanders to triumph in either the Winter or Summer Games is extensive, meaning Olympic triumph carried heavier influence in paring down the candidates. Other guidelines that were considered were career longevity as well as a preference to recognize individual success before team competitions.
Here’s the list of the WNST Sweet 16 Greatest Local Olympic Sport Athletes:
16. Pam Shriver, tennis
The McDonogh grad may never have won a Grand Slam singles title, but her remarkable doubles career included 21 championships in Grand Slam tournaments and an Olympic gold medal playing with Zinna Garrison in Seoul, South Korea in 1988. The pair topped Jana Novotná and Helena Suková in the doubles final to take the gold.
Because this list doesn’t require Olympic triumph or participation, the argument could be made to move Shriver much higher on the list, but tennis wasn’t reintroduced as an Olympic medal sport until 1988 — after a 64-year hiatus– when her best years were winding down. Shriver did not appear in another edition of the Summer Games, but her triumph in Seoul coupled with even her late-career success made her a worthy inclusion.
Continue to next page for No. 15
Posted on 07 August 2013 by WNST Staff
Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Arena/SMG general manager Frank Remesch and the Honorable Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of the city of Baltimore, announced today that the Washington Wizards will face the New York Knicks in the inaugural Baltimore Basketball Classic on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. at the Baltimore Arena.
“Baltimore is excited to host the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks for the 50-year anniversary of the Baltimore Bullets. Baltimore has the best sports fans and we are thrilled to have professional basketball return to Baltimore,” said Mayor Rawlings-Blake. “Basketball legends that have graced our city like Wes Unseld and Earl “The Pearl” Monroe are a clear testament to the rich history we are so proud of. Now, we are honored to welcome these teams to our city as we continue to make sports history.”
The 2013-14 season will mark the 50th anniversary of the Bullets’ move to Baltimore as well as the 50th anniversary of the Baltimore Arena. The team called Charm City beginning in 1963, playing at the newly-constructed Baltimore Civic Center and featuring future Hall of Famers Walt Bellamy and Gus Johnson. Fellow Hall of Famers Earl Monroe (1967-71), Wes Unseld (1968-73) and Elvin Hayes (1972-73) also were part of the Baltimore franchise before the team relocated to Landover, Md., prior to the 1973-74 season.
“I am incredibly appreciative of Mr. Leonsis and Wizards Senior VP/Chief Marketing Officer Joe Dupriest for recognizing the significance of the Baltimore market and its historical ties to the Washington Wizards,” said Remesch. “As the team and the building both celebrate our golden anniversaries, it is only fitting that the celebration begins here in Baltimore.”
The inaugural Baltimore Basketball Classic will mark the first time the Wizards have returned to Charm City since hosting a preseason game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 23, 1999.
“The city of Baltimore has a storied basketball tradition that includes playing an integral role in the history of our franchise,” said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld. “We’re looking forward to bringing the team back in October and getting the opportunity to play in front of our fans in the Baltimore area.”
The game will feature two of the city’s most distinguished former high school players in Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell. Anthony was named Baltimore’s County Player of the Year, All-Metropolitan Player of the Year and Baltimore Catholic League Player of the Year as a junior at Towson Catholic in 2001 while Cassell was named Baltimore Player of the Year as a senior at Dunbar in 1988.
Ticket information for the Baltimore Basketball Classic will be released at a later date. Wizards full season ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase seats in advance of tickets going on sale to the general public.
The Baltimore Arena is Baltimore’s largest indoor venue and entertainment facility and has long been considered an anchor that contributed to the growth and prosperity of the city. The arena opened in 1962 and was the cornerstone of the Baltimore Inner Harbor redevelopment. It hosts an average of 130 events per year and more than 800,000 guests come through the turnstiles annually.
For more information on The Baltimore Basketball Classic, please visit or www.BaltimoreArena.com or www.WashingtonWizards.com.
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Posted on 02 April 2012 by WNST Staff
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Posted on 07 February 2012 by Luke Jones
In honor of Giants quarterback Eli Manning winning a second Super Bowl to solidify his status among the NFL’s elite signal callers, this week’s Tuesday Top 7 looks at the athletes needing to win a championship to validate their greatness.
Any athlete who has already won a championship was not eligible for the list, so suggesting that Tiger Woods needs to win another major or Tom Brady must secure a fourth Super Bowl — and first after the Patriots’ cheating scandal — does not work. Luke Jones stuck to athletes in team sports while Drew Forrester considered those who participate in team or individual sports.
Luke Jones’ Top 7 … (listen to his explanation HERE)
7) Tony Romo
6) Steve Nash
5) Michael Vick
4) Carmelo Anthony
3) Philip Rivers
2) Alexander Ovechkin
1) LeBron James
Drew Forrester’s Top 7 … (listen to his explanation HERE)
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Posted on 29 August 2011 by WNST Staff
A team of Baltimore NBA superstars and friends of Towson Catholic’s own Carmelo Anthony will face Kevin Durant and a team of Washington, DC superstars in a basketball battle Tuesday night at Morgan State University’s Hill Field House.
The details on the event have been sketchy, but the Washington Post’s Michael Lee was able to nail down some specifics from former Towson University star Kurk Lee, now the athletic director of the “Melo Center” here in Charm City.
The Baltimore team will feature Anthony (New York Knicks F), Miami Heat F LeBron James, New Orleans Hornets G Chris Paul, San Antonio Spurs G Gary Neal (Towson/Calvert Hall/Aberdeen), Sacremento Kings F Donte Green (Towson Catholic), Memphis Grizzlies G Josh Selby (Lake Clifton), Los Angeles Clippers G Eric Bledsoe and former Knicks F/C Eddy Curry.
The DC team will feature Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder F), Boston Celtics F Jeff Green, Sacramento Kings C DeMarcus Cousins, Milwaukee Bucks G Brandon Jennings, Denver Nuggets G Ty Lawson, Washington Wizards F Trevor Booker, Detroit Pistons F Austin Daye, Los Angeles Lakers C/F Ater Majok, former Syracuse C Arinze Onuaku and Goodman League players Anthony “Gumby” Williams & Omar Weaver.
Lee reports tickets will be available first-come-first-served at the door. Tickets $40 for general admission, $100 for reserved floor seats. Doors will open at 6pm with the game starting at 7pm. Ticket revenue will go to support various charities.
There will be no television/radio broadcast of the event. WNST plans to cover the event via Twitter (@WNST), WNST.net and WNSTv.
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Posted on 29 March 2010 by WNST Interns
The Swinging Bunt
And then there were Four. It seems like you can always go back. The college basketball world will once again have its attention fixated on Indianapolis, IN, the site for next weekend’s Final Four. The whole thing started 15 days ago in Indy at NCAA Headquarters when Dan Guerrero, Chair of the NCAA Men’s NCAA Tournament Committee, announced the names of 65 schools to compete for this year’s national championship. This morning only four coaches woke up with a trip to Indianapolis with their teams on their agendas for later this week. One is Tom Izzo. Izzo will go back to the Final Four for his second appearance in as many years, and for his 6th time in 12 seasons as coach at Michigan State. Another is Bob Huggins. This will be Huggy-Bear’s first time back on his profession’s grandest stage since taking Cincinnati in 1993; this time he’ll bring his alma mater, West Virginia. Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, he’s a Final Four regular; 2010 will mark his astounding 11th trip. However, to me, it’s Brad Steven’s trip that’s the most impressive full-circle story of them all. Stevens and his Butler Bulldogs returned to Indianapolis from Salt Lake City early Sunday morning as West Region Champions and with an opportunity to potentially claim the school’s first national championship next Monday night less than 10 miles from their beds. Butler has won 16 home games this season inside historic Hinkle Fieldhouse located on-campus at 510 West 49th Street, Indianapolis, IN. If Brad Stevens and his team can register two more victories just down the road at Lucas Oil Stadium, than the other three coaches will be booking themselves very disappointing return flights back to wherever they call home.
Scanning the Blogosphere
WNST.net: Drew Forrester reports and comments, “The Steelers invade Harford County… and evidently it’s OK.” Yikes. I don’t like that, not one iota.
WNST.net: Rex Snider gives his account of, “A Rednecks Wrestlemania Report.”
MLB.com: Orioles Beat Writer Britt Ghiroli reports, “Matusz sails through his intrasquad outing.”
TheBigLead: “Final Four Storylines: Tom Izzo is the Best, Coach K’s Surprising Run, Bob Huggins’ Tracksuits, and Hoosiers.”
BaltimoreRavens.com: John Eisenberg calls the Ravens, “Still a Run-Oriented Offense.”
ESPN.com/Deadspin: Same story, two distinct headlines, ESPN: “Holmes on lawsuit: ‘I didn’t do anything.” Deadspin: “Santonio Holmes shows Steeler solidarity, gets sued by woman he met in nightclub.”
ESPN.com: “Real life Chiefs leaving Johnstown.” Whaaaaat! Subtitle: ‘Life imitates movie: Town that inspired ‘Slap Shot’ losing team inspired by film.’
ESPN.com: Jayson Stark examines what winning MLB managers and players are made of in, “Ingredients for winning require rare mix.”
SportsByBrooks: “Urban Meyer apologizes to reporter for outburst.”
Deadspin: “Augusta’s Chauvinism enabled Tiger, says Masters Rabble Rouser.” Jeez. Martha Burke, blast from the not-too-distant past.
SportsByBrooks: “Tiger TV to be delayed, but Masters site now live.”
FanHouse: Tim Povtak says Baltimore’s Carmelo Anthony, “Puts team, two-seed on his shoulders.”
Video of the Day
“Jim Playfair just broke a stick over the ice – he has lost his mind! Jim Playfair is throwing the stick on the ice, Unbelievable, he has thrown his jacket off. Jim Playfair is going nuts on Jaime Koharsky (son of Don Koharsky) right now! … Jim Playfair has absolutely lost it with this referree!” — Ya think?
Tweets of the Day
Ravens OT, Jared Gaither – jaredgaither
good workout just got to the crib glad to be back in the house wit the ravens
ESPN NFL Insider, Adam Schefter – Adam_Schefter
Interesting point by ESPN draft guru Todd McShay: The difference between QB Sam Bradford going No. 1 or No. 4 is roughly $15 million.
CBS College Basketball Analyst, Seth Davis – SethDavisHoops
Watched second half of Duke-Baylor this morning. Smith was the leading scorer, but Lance Thomas was MVP. His off rebs made the difference.
CBS College Basketball Insider, Gary Parrish – GaryParrishCBS
Credit Brian Zoubek for being honest. Here’s how he described the charge he drew on Quincy Acy: “That was a lucky blow of the whistle.”
ESPN College Basketball Insider, Andy Katz – ESPNAndyKatz
Don’t get: Schools/media report MSU’s Tom Izzo as a candidate. He’s an icon at MSU, 6 Final Fours. He’s going to go to Oregon? Please.
CBS College Basketball Analyst, Seth Davis – SethDavisHoops
For the record I still think Tubby will be Oregon’s next head coach. Then again, I went oh-for-4 in regional final picks this weekend.
The Sporting News College Basketball Insider, Mike DeCourcey – tsnmike
AP voters making DeMarcus Cousins first team A-A got it wrong. Marvelous talent, great player. Can’t be first-team in 23.5 minutes per game.
WNST Comcast Morning Show Producer, Glenn Clark – WNST
WNST Comcast Morning Show Producer, Glenn Clark – WNST
SI NFL Columnist, Peter King – SI_PeterKing
Hard to believe it’ll be the top of the fourth at Fenway, Yanks-Sox, exactly a week from now.
Comcast Morning Show Host, Drew Forrester – WNST
Drew: This is hilarious. People are e-mailing me yelling at ME for writing an anti-Steelers blog in Baltimore! WTF is going on here?
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Posted on 25 May 2009 by WNST Interns
If you have watched any of these amazing NBA playoff games, it is apparent that to win you have to have not only stars, but superstars. To win the NBA championships, your superstars must produce when it matters most. This year’s playoffs are the epitome of this statement. Between the play of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Carmelo Anthony, the NBA has a quartet of stars that are performing at the highest level not seen since the retirement of Michael Jordan or during the league’s heyday in the 1980s. Each night they seem more determined to one up each other.
Take Anthony’s performance in game two on Thursday night in LA; then how about James’ buzzer beater on Friday to led Cleveland over Orlando. On Saturday Bryant, not to be outshined, responded with 41 points in 41 minutes as the Lakers won game three on the road in Denver. Lastly, Howard, who has become the NBA’s most dominating inside player, led the Magic to a game three victory. The Magic wouldn’t be up 2-1 in this series if Howard had not stepped up and destroyed the Celtics in games six and seven of the Eastern Conference semi-finals.
These players are bringing back memories for me of Julius Erving, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson who all played like this on a regular basis in the early 80s. Those were great springs and summers, and so is this one.
The best part of this new generation of stars is that their Olympic experience last summer made them hungry not for personal glory, but for team success. That experience taught them sacrifice and gave them all a taste of winning. Now Howard, James and Anthony are hungry for what Bryant has–NBA rings. Bryant is obviously motivated by winning without Shaquille O’Neal. Another championship would cement his legacy.
All except Bryant are young and we can look forward to many great years ahead. I can see these four teams battling repeatedly over the next few years, if all the superstars stay in place and stay healthy.
Who tops who next? Stay tuned and fine out. These series seem destined for seven game battles and we are watching the next great chapter in NBA history.
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