Jessica Shepard’s inside presence proves to impact Irish immediately

Jessica Shepard’s inside presence proves to impact Irish immediately

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Until the NCAA approved Notre Dame power forward Jessica Shepard's transfer waiver on Nov. 1, the day the Irish faced Indiana University of Pennsylvania in an exhibition game, neither she nor the Irish coaches were certain how to proceed. Shepard's talent through two seasons at Nebraska was obvious -- official nfl jerseys cheap she was first-team All-Big Ten as a freshman -- and no one doubted whether she could help right away. Dare they run her much with the first team, teaching her the nuances of an offense and a defense she might not need for another season? Or should they limit her to the scout team? "The hardest thing for me was that you kind of want to build some things around her," Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said.…
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UConn is favored in NCAA tournament, but BPI likes field

UConn is favored in NCAA tournament, but BPI likes field

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The world knows UConn is the favorite. But the Huskies' edge is less than most might think. ESPN's brand-new Basketball Power Index (BPI) for women's college basketball gives Geno Auriemma's team a 37 percent chance to win this year's NCAA tournament, one year after the Huskies came up short in the Final Four. nfl jerseys cheap china (You can read a little bit about the methodology behind our model here). That would be overwhelmingly favorable odds for virtually any other team in any sport but for UConn? In women's basketball? It's ... just 37 percent? That's more than double the next team's chance to win -- Notre Dame at 16 percent -- but it probably doesn't dull the shock value for the many who figure the Huskies hanging another banner…
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Stephen Jones: League to be in ‘better place’ with change to catch rule

Stephen Jones: League to be in ‘better place’ with change to catch rule

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The Dallas Cowboys did not need to be told that Dez Bryant's reception in the 2014 divisional round of the playoffs was a catch, but going forward a play like Bryant’s will stand as a reception. “A little too late,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen nfl jerseys wholesale Jones joked Monday at the NFL owners meetings. Jones is a member of the Competition Committee and helped devise the change in which a catch is officiated. Bryant appeared to come down with a leaping catch of a Tony Romo pass on fourth down that would have given the Cowboys a first down at the Green Bay Packers' 1-yard line. Upon review, the call was overturned and the Cowboys left Lambeau Field with a bitter loss. “In all seriousness I do think…
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Breaking down Jonathan Cooper’s contract with the 49ers

Breaking down Jonathan Cooper’s contract with the 49ers

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The San Francisco 49ers added some competition to their guard position last week when they signed Jonathan Cooper to a one-year deal. Cooper comes to the Niners from the Dallas Cowboys, where he started 13 games last season. Upon adding Cooper, the 49ers expect him to compete for a starting job, authentic nfl jerseys though it's unclear which spot. Cooper joins a mix that includes Joshua Garnett, Laken Tomlinson and Erik Magnuson, though it's likely the Niners will continue to look to add more guards capable of providing even more competition. Cooper, a former first-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals, entered the league with a reputation as one of the most athletic guard prospects to come along in years. But he hasn't lived up to the expectations in stints with…
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In 2018, what is a win? A shift in philosophy has changed MLB forever

In 2018, what is a win? A shift in philosophy has changed MLB forever

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The first game of the 2013 baseball season was in Houston, hosted by an Astros team that had finished in last place the previous year and was going to finish in last place again. It was nationally televised -- the Astros had just moved from the National League to the American, reebok nfl jerseys earning them baseball's showcase time slot -- and in the sixth inning the booth called down to ESPN's Buster Olney for an interview with GM Jeff Luhnow. What do you think Luhnow said? What, in a nutshell, was the Astros' "pretty simple" philosophy? When, two years later, ESPN's analytics report named the Philadelphia 76ers the most analytical team in any major sport, what do you think made GM Sam Hinkie "the NBA's most ardent analytics master"?…
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The rookie and the veteran: Can opposite ends of the MLB manager spectrum both succeed?

The rookie and the veteran: Can opposite ends of the MLB manager spectrum both succeed?

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A leadership experiment of sorts is playing out in Florida, where two baseball managers separated by 15 years and 2,107 big league games are setting their rosters and lining up their pitching rotations in advance of Opening Day. At Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, nfl jerseys from china Ron Gardenhire and the Detroit Tigers enter the season with modest expectations and a drastically reduced payroll. When the Tigers said goodbye to Justin Verlander, J.D. Martinez, Justin Upton and several other high-priced veterans, they officially forsook instant gratification for long-range thinking. Drive 35 miles on Interstate 4 past the Florida Air Museum and a Bob Evans restaurant or three, and the stakes are higher. Aaron Boone, who has never managed a game at any level, is running a New York Yankees…
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Fantasy NBA Daily Notes: Spreading the love in Cleveland

Fantasy NBA Daily Notes: Spreading the love in Cleveland

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For the second night in a row, there was a "measuring stick" game between the No. 1 and No. 3 teams at the top of a conference. On Tuesday, the top-seeded Houston Rockets faced the scorching-hot third-seeded Portland Trail Blazers on the road and handled them for the win. On Wednesday,nfl jerseys from china the story was a bit different. The top-seeded and scorching-hot Toronto Raptors faced the somewhat struggling Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland was playing the second game since their second-best player returned from injury, but also with their head coach sitting out for health reasons. Toronto went out and tied a franchise record by scoring 79 points in the first half. They rushed out to a 15-point lead at the half, only to see the Cavaliers blow by them…
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Anfernee Simons declares for NBA draft, forgoing collegiate eligibility

Anfernee Simons declares for NBA draft, forgoing collegiate eligibility

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Anfernee Simons will forgo his collegiate eligibility and declare for the 2018 NBA draft, he informed ESPN. "After discussing the matter with my parents, I have decided to forgo the opportunity to play in the NCAA and to instead enter the NBA draft," Simons said. "I am very thankful for the support I received at IMG Academy and from the NCAA coaches who recruited me.nfl jerseys cheap nike I am ready and excited to pursue my dream of playing in the NBA." Simons, a top-10 high school recruit according to the ESPN 100, is eligible for the 2018 draft as a postgraduate, being one year removed from his high school graduation and turning 19 in June, thus satisfying NBA requirements. He spent his fifth year of high school at IMG…
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Weston Richburg takes center stage after signing with 49ers

Weston Richburg takes center stage after signing with 49ers

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On March 9, 2016, the Atlanta Falcons reeled in their top free-agent target, center Alex Mack. He signed a five-year, $45 million deal that came with $28.5 million in guarantees. Two years and five days later, the San Francisco 49ers landed their top free-agent target, official nfl jerseys cheap center Weston Richburg. On March 14, the Niners lured Richburg from the New York Giants with a five-year, $47.5 million contract with $28.5 million in guarantees. The common denominator in both deals, aside from the nearly identical terms? Niners coach Kyle Shanahan. Much like he championed bringing Mack from the Cleveland Browns to Atlanta, Shanahan saw in Richburg similar qualities that could help his offense take off in his second season with the Niners -- just as it did in his…
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Giants’ trade could influence what the Colts do at No. 6 in draft

Giants’ trade could influence what the Colts do at No. 6 in draft

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The NFL draft is still five weeks away, and if the past few days are any indication, it’s anybody’s guess what will happen at the top. The Indianapolis Colts shook up the top part of the draft when they moved back from No. 3 to No. 6 while also collecting additional second-round picks in this year's and next year’s drafts. The New York Giants will still pick No. 2 next month,nfl jerseys from china but they may have put a wrinkle in the Colts’ plans at No. 6 when they traded pass-rusher Jason Pierre-Paul to Tampa Bay on Thursday. How could that impact the Colts? The thought all along was that the Giants may be leaning toward using the No. 2 pick to select a quarterback who would eventually replace…
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