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  • NCAA Tournament: Wake up the space

    Earlier in the day I asked the question can VCU handle the pressure of expectation? Apparently, VCU puts pressure on the pressure of expectation. In an all-out blitz the Rams destroyed Akron 88-42 with the same style of havoc play that put coach Shaka Smart on the map. Undoubtedly Smart will take some heat for keeping the press on well into the second half with the game out of hand. I'm all for playing hard for 40 minutes but VCU could've walked off the court at halftime and they still would've won. After awhile it was just sad to watch Akron get gutted.

  • NCAA Tournament: Survive and advance Marquette style

    I should've added a caveat to my "if Marquette protects the basketball they will win" theme. They needed to make baskets. Indeed, the Golden Eagles outrebounded Davidson and won the turnover battle. But thanks to ice cold shooting Marquette appeared dead in the water until three straight threes in the final minute kept them in the game.

  • NCAA Tournament: Let the games begin

    Let's get this out of the way. My Final Four: Louisville, Ohio State, Kansas, Miami. Yeah I know I'm not really going out on a limb here but all indications suggest we're in for a wild tournament so I'm going with the safe picks.

  • NCAA Tournament: Early analysis

    To me the NCAA Tournament brackets are like a fine wine. To fully appreciate it you don't just start poppin' bottles and drinking away. You gotta let it breathe a little bit. So that being said, I'm still formulating my Final Four picks as well as the rest of the bracket but here's a few thoughts:

  • NCAA Tournament bracket projections

    Midwest (Indianapolis)

  • Bracket Brief: Who's in? Who's out?

    Finally, we've reached Selection Sunday. The brackets will be unveiled in a few hours but as I noted yesterday the bubble is large and a number of teams are sweating it out today.

  • Bracket Brief: Championship Saturday

    By the end of the day 13 automatic bids will be awarded and already two teams have punched their tickets: Albany and Memphis.

  • NFL Free Agency: Steven Jackson heads to Atlanta

    Did the Packers just miss out on another potential free agent upgrade? Two days ago defensive lineman Chris Canty signed with Baltimore. Now today comes word that running back Steven Jackson, thought to be headed to Green Bay, will sign a three year deal with Atlanta.

  • Bracket Brief: Big 10 Tournament preview

    Championship Week Thursday is always one of the busiest and most exciting days on the college basketball calendar as all the power conference tournaments are in play and bubbles start bursting all over the place.

  • Bracket Brief: Patriot Day

    Bubble teams are front and center today starting with a pair of games this afternoon. Tipping things off is Cincinnati-Providence in the second round of the Big East Tournament. The thinking is that a loss, especially for Providence, would be devastating. So we'll call it a must-win for both teams. A little later in the afternoon the Pac-12 Tournament gets going with a first round matchup between Arizona State and Stanford.

  • NFL Free Agency: Quiet day in Green Bay

    The NFL free agency signing period began Tuesday afternoon and despite a flurry of activity the Packers did not sign any free agents. That's not the end of the world and Ted Thompson has proven that his calm approach can work. In the past it's been Thompson's m.o. to let the market settle before making a move.

  • Bracket Brief: Blackbirds, Jackrabbits and Crusaders

    LIU-Brooklyn, South Dakota State and Valparaiso all punched their tickets to the NCAA Tournament, bringing the total number of automatic bids to 13.

  • Bracket Brief: Big East Tournament preview

    The final Big East-as-we-know-it Tournament begins today with a pair of games that aren't remarkable. However it sets the stage for the five day gauntlet that has become one of the most competitive conference tournaments in the nation.

  • Bracket Brief: No bid thieves yet

    Bubble teams breathe a little easier tonight after Gonzaga's impressive win over St. Mary's in the West Coast Conference championship. The Zags can now ride their #1 ranking into the NCAA Tournament while St. Mary's must wait six days to see if they qualify as an at-large team.

  • Bracket Brief: The Madness begins

    Championship Week kicks into high gear now that the regular season has ended for all but the Ivy League. Already five automatic bids have been handed out with five more going out tonight. The five automatic bids so far: Florida Gulf Coast, Liberty, Harvard, Belmont and Creighton. Nothing really noteworthy there except that Liberty is 15-20 and ranked 290th in the latest RPI. You can bank on them playing in the First Four.

  • Wrapping up the week in Maryvale

    Yesterday's game was washed out after just four innings but it gave Ron Roenicke a good look at pitcher Tyler Thornburg, who turned in a stellar three inning outing. Jean Segura flashed some speed even though he was caught stealing and was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double. Segura likely won't have the 100% green light like he had on Friday but he certainly will be a threat on the base path. Khris Davis was 0-1 with a fly out to center field, so unfortunately we were robbed of the chance to see a fourth home run in four days.

  • Brewers-Rangers from Maryvale

    It's good news, bad news from Maryvale. The good news is the tarp is off the field after a rainy night. The bad news is that there's still some rain in the forecast for this afternoon so we may or may not have some baseball. If we do here is today's Brewers lineup:

  • Brewers update: Khris khrushes it again

    If spring training counted in the regular season outfielder Khris Davis would be the Brewers MVP. For the third straight day the prospect hit one out of the park and coupled with a single Davis finished the day 2-3 with a walk. But in the early going Davis isn't about taking pitches or advancing runners. He's about power and it is on full display this week. Davis likely won't start on the 25 man roster but he sure is making a name for himself.

  • Brewers-Diamondbacks from Maryvale

    We're going to see a lot of youth today based on the starting lineup. Don't forget to tune in at 1:55 p.m. as we'll broadcast the Brewers-Diamondbacks game live from Maryvale. And as always follow along on Twitter for more analysis. The lineup:

  • Brewers update from Peoria

    Mike Fiers might be one of the key players for the Brewers in 2013. When given a spot in the rotation in 2012 Fiers came out firing and stayed strong until late September. Can he build on what he did last year? Certainly his start here at spring training would suggest so.

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