1. Rebuilding pays off as Cleveland Indians are baseball's best

    In 2007, the Cleveland Indians were one of the better teams in baseball, having won the talent-laden American League Central...

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  2. Jacoby Ellsbury Leads Former Oregon St. Beavers Making Resounding Impact in MLB

    There are many rising stars in Major League Baseball, but three stand out: Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, Chicago Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney and Philadelphia Phillies reliever Mike Stutes...

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  3. Rajon Rondo: One-armed and Dangerous

    As long as there has been sport there has been courage, fearlessness, and an incredible tolerance to pain...

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  4. Derrick Rose as Jordanesque as Can Be, Leads Bulls Past Hawks in Game 3

    When Michael Jordan left Chicago and enjoyed a temporary retirement from the game he dominated, the Bulls became an afterthought. They entered a period of futility, failing to reach the playoffs for five straight seasons...

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  5. Portland Trail Blazers: Off a Disappointing Exit, Busy Offseason Ahead

    Off a tremendous season with a heightened role, LaMarcus Aldridge will continue to be the face of the franchise...

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  6. NBA Playoffs 2011: Gerald Wallace Can't Lead the Portland Trail Blazers Back

    In the closing seconds, after the Portland Trail Blazers took a timeout, Gerald Wallace grabbed the ball, fired it against the stanchion, and spewed profanities in frustration...

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  7. NBA Playoffs 2011: Refs Play Role, but Blazers Fall Flat Against Mavs in Game 5

    Playing on the road is difficult, even coming off such an incredible comeback win. There’s the crowd noise, the pumped-up opponent, and of course, the home calls...

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  8. NBA Playoffs 2011: Brandon Roy Propels Blazers To Miraculous Win Over Mavs

    Parked in the left corner, Dallas Mavericks forward Peja Stojakovic received a pinpoint pass from Jason Terry and drained a three-pointer, further deflating the Blazers and an already shell-shocked Rose Garden...

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  9. 2011 NBA Playoffs: Portland Trail Blazers Bounce Back With Wild Game 3 Win

    For the Portland Trail Blazers , Game 3 of their series against the Dallas Mavericks was a must-win. Behind an always raucous home crowd, they stormed out of the gate, playing with the intensity of a team determined not to go away...

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  10. 2011 NBA Playoffs: Blazers Fall Flat, Mavs Take 2-0 Series Lead to Portland

    In Game 1, it was Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd who doomed the Portland Trail Blazers. In Game 2, it was Peja Stojakovic’s turn...

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  11. 2011 NBA Playoffs: Chris Paul Still Has It as Hornets School Lakers in Game 1

    Chris Paul had Pau Gasol on roller skates and Derek Fisher in wet cement. The New Orleans Hornets point guard, who has lost a step following knee surgery last year, dominated this ...

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  12. Jason Kidd Unexpectedly Delivers for Mavs As Blazers Fall in Game 1

    Portland did not execute down the stretch, and Jason Kidd made them pay, leading Dallas to victory in Game 1...

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  13. 2011 NBA Playoffs: With Gerald Wallace, Portland Trail Blazers Are Built to Get Past Dallas Mavericks

    Author’s Note: Beyond The Beat, where I wrote about the Portland Trail Blazers for the better part of the past eight months, is closing shop this week, so I will be writing about the team here for the playoffs and beyond...

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  14. Remembering the Sacramento Kings at Their Finest

    The Sacramento Kings may be relocated, but the magnificent teams of old will not be forgotten. The Sacramento Kings may not be in Sacramento come the 2011-2012 season...

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  15. Masters 2011: Charl Schwartzel Takes Exhilarating, Pressure-Packed Event

    Charl Schwartzel brilliantly played the final four holes to win the intensely exciting 2011 Masters. 21-year-old Rory McIlroy led by two entering the final round of the 75th Masters, ...

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  16. Manny Ramirez: Told of Drug Issue, Ramirez Shockingly Retires from Baseball

    Baseball won't be the same without Manny Ramirez. Manny Ramirez made his fair share of mistakes in the outfield and in the media. If only it had stopped there...

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  17. Red Sox Enter Matchup with Rival Yankees Winless, Searching for Answers

    The baseball season is nearing the end of its first week. The Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals, and Pittsburgh Pirates all have winning records and are either tied for the division lead or playing second fiddle...

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  18. 2011 NCAA Tournament: A Title Game To Forget Between Butler and Connecticut

    It has been said that the Butler Bulldogs are at their best when they play poorly. Given how they had performed entering the National Championship game against the Connecticut Huskies, there is definitely some truth to that...

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  19. NCAA Tournament Final: Kemba Walker, Shelvin Mack to Be Key for Teams

    Last year, it was difficult to imagine that the Butler Bulldogs reached the title game against eventual champion Duke. Entering this tournament as the No...

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  20. 2011 MLB Baseball: Previewing the Grandest Sport's New Season

    Awards American League Most Valuable Player: Miguel Cabrera , Detroit Tigers; .331 AVG, 43 homers, 127 RBI, .410 OBP. American League Cy Young: Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox; 21-8, 2...

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  21. Amazing Deja vu for Butler: Bulldogs Reach Final Four Again

    In one of my brackets, which has deservedly been destroyed by the Madness, I picked Old Dominion to defeat the Butler Bulldogs in the first round...

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  22. NL Central Preview, Part 2: Under Clint Hurdle, Pirates in Position to Improve

    Some of the most interesting teams in any sport are those that don’t make the postseason. These teams desperately try to find an identity, usually by starting a youth movement...

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  23. NL Central Preview, Part 1: A Division Full of Storylines As Season Nears

    The best time of the year is on the horizon. This means baseball is nearly upon us, with bolstered contenders, much-improved bottom-dwellers, and teams that have taken steps back...

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  24. March Madness 2011: Robinson Tops Mack in the Boneheaded Department, Butler Wins

    Seven seconds remained and 34-year-old Brad Stevens, the head coach of the eighth-seeded Butler Bulldogs, called a timeout. After both teams took the floor, the top-seeded Pittsburgh Panthers, which held a 69-68 lead, strategically did the same...

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  25. My Return, DeMonte Harper, Bill Raftery, Gus Johnson and George Mason

    I haven’t written for exactly two weeks. Why? School. Journalism and History, with interviews to conduct and Africa to study...

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