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By Shereen Rayan
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IntheFrontRow, The best view of the sport, Here is the podcast of the Sport's Matches.
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Sept. 24, 2017
By Justin Batiste Follow @justinbatiste22 Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook have been highly criticized for not being able to win because of their style of play. What if the two are able to make this work along with Paul George? Will the Oklahoma City Thunder be able to pull this off? Can two ball dominant players come together to play as one–that’s the bigger question. Throughout Carmelo Anthony’s career, he’s been regarded as a player that needs the ball in his hands in order for him to be effective–Westbrook as well. Paul George not so much but it will be an adjustment for George to play with two other superstars. George is used to the offense going through him. Now he is playing with two others in Anthony and Russell Westbrook that are used to the same thing. Anthony and Westbrook have been said to be two of the hardest players to play with but what if the two can come together and make a playoff run with Paul George. This would change the whole notion that ball dominant players can’t coexist. The Thunder have a chance to prove something. If Westbrook and Anthony can this work, no one will question […]
Sept. 24, 2017
Follow @planetasha The NBA summer has been lit and the latest blockbuster move sends Carmelo Anthony to OKC but doesn’t put them ahead of the Warriors. So much for hating super teams. The Oklahoma City Thunder are the latest organization to add their name to that list thanks to General Manager Sam Presti and the magic he’s made this summer. Presti turned Kanter, Oladipo, Sabonis, Cam Payne, Joffrey, and Morrow into Paul George and Carmelo Anthony #SummerofSam — Andrew Schlecht (@AndrewKSchlecht) September 23, 2017 Presti has managed to turn OKC into the newest team with a big three by acquiring Carmelo Anthony in a trade with the New York Knicks for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a 2018 draft pick. New York has agreed to a deal to send Carmelo Anthony to OKC for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a draft pick, league sources tell ESPN. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 23, 2017 The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Anthony would join Paul George and Russell Westbrook on the Thunder, and although this move certainly makes OKC more of a contender, does it make them better than the Golden State Warriors. The answer is unequivocally a […]
Sept. 23, 2017
Stanford is known for its run game, but on Saturday, @ronaldjones25 and @yt_deon gave the Cardinal a taste of its own medicine. #USC — Annenberg Sports (@ANNMediaSports) September 12, 2017 Follow @KKGETSBUCKETS USC hosts the Stanford Cardinals in an early PAC 12 meeting that proves they are a team to beat. This has been a tough matchup for USC the last couple of years as Stanford’s physicality has had the advantage.  USC has the quarterback advantage, however, with Sam Darnold under center. Darnold is still working on his footwork in the pocket but he’s cool in the gun when he faces pressure. USC’s defense dominated up front in this matchup and kept Stanford’s running game at bay. The Trojans also have a great offensive line, which makes them a good football team under the wing of Coach Clay Helton.  They had a whopping 624 yards of offense that night with Uchenna Nwosu being a spark for them and the most dominant player on the field. Ajene Harris was huge on defense for the Trojans, which is what they needed because that’s where championships are won and lost. Stanford struggled with the run game and barely got going in the final seven minutes of […]
Sept. 21, 2017
By Skyler Carlin Follow @skyler_carlin Week 3 is already upon us but don’t fret you’re in the right place for the best Fantasy advice.  We’re already through two weeks of the regular season and we’ve had a few surprises so far. Guys like Le’Veon Bell and Ezekiel Elliott have been disappointing with Elliott being the 16th highest scoring RB and Bell currently the 25th. Kareem Hunt is the leading RB in Fantasy like everyone expected, and there’s a huge gap between him and the second highest scoring RB. My decisions are based on PPR scoring so don’t @ me. Week 3 is set to begin so let’s take a look at who to start this week. QBs to start in Week 3:  Cam Newton (vs. Saints): Cam Newton has started the season in a bit of a rut but have no fear, the Saints defense is here. QBs against the Saints defense has combined for 793 yards and 6 touchdowns in just two games. Newton should be able to feast on a terrible defense and score a couple touchdowns, unlike last week where the Panthers failed to get into the end zone. Newton is a top five QB option this week. […]
Sept. 20, 2017
By Chris Rodriguez Follow @Chris_ITFR True boxing fans were eagerly waiting for the Canelo vs. GGG fight, and although they saw a good bout, it ended in controversial fashion. Make no mistake, 2017 has been a great year for the sport of boxing. We’ve seen some great fights like Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko at a sold-out 90,000 seat Wembley Stadium. Then we witnessed the emergence of boxing superstar Vasyl Lomachenko. Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev certainly didn’t disappoint, and the amazing circus of Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor also turned heads. To follow those up the fans got what they were clambering for, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin vs Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. The fight happened to end in a controversial fashion but was undoubtedly great anyway. Most of those who watched GGG/Canelo scored the fight as a close victory for GGG. There was also a minority that scored it a draw. But let’s get to the elephant in the room, which was the scorecard of judge Adalaide Byrd. Byrd scored the match 118-110, in Canelo’s favor. If you’re not aware of what that means, it means she gave 10 rounds to Canelo and only 2 rounds to GGG, which is without […]
Sept. 19, 2017
  By Asha Doucet Follow @planetasha Two weeks down, fifteen more to go. Here is a look at winners and losers from Week 2 of the NFL. The season is young but the good and the bad are already rolling. Some teams and players bounced back from less than stellar performances in Week 1 while some came crashing down from a high. Then there are teams and players that are still cruising (so far) and those still sinking. From Tom Brady and the New England Patriots and Michael Crabtree and the Oakland Raiders to Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys and Eli Manning and the New York Giants, there were major winners and losers in Week 2 of NFL action. Some teams predictably did well while others inexplicably continue to struggle. One thing that stands out so far is that many teams that looked like preseason favorites have already dropped a game. But instead of focusing on surprising records just two weeks in, let’s focus on those individual players and teams that thrived and those that were crushed.
Sept. 19, 2017
#Rams running back Todd Gurley shows off his potential as an Olympic Hurdler Not once, but twice against the Redskins. 😱 #NFL — Marathonbet (@marathonbet) September 18, 2017 By Asha Doucet Follow @planetasha  Repost Via Our Sports The Los Angeles Rams were on a high after their Week 1 blowout of the Indianapolis Colts, but their Week 2 loss to the Washington Redskins brings them back down to earth. Although the Rams beat a Colts team without Andrew Luck, their offense completely demolished Indianapolis’ defense. That Week 1 performance made L.A.’s offense look ready to take the league by storm. However, it’s important to note a couple of the Rams’ scores from Week 1 came on behalf of their defense. So in actuality, L.A.’s offense was good but not great. Week 2 proved to be a more accurate measure of where the Rams are compared to other teams in the league. L.A. lost to the Redskins, 27-20, in a close game that challenged the Rams offensively and defensively. L.A. started off slow getting down 13-0 early but the combination of Todd Gurley, Jared Goff and Cooper Kupp helped get the Rams back in it offensively. By halftime the Rams were trailing 20-10, and they struck first in the third quarter […]
Sept. 14, 2017
By Skyler Carlin Follow @skyler_carlin Week 2 of the NFL regular season is about to begin so who are must starts and who could possibly be duds? Week 1 has passed and I hope everyone started their fantasy seasons on the right foot with a big fat W. The first week of the season is a nice week to see who is going to be heavily involved in their offense or who will be rarely utilized in their respective offenses. Week 1 was full of surprises like Alex Smith and Sam Bradford being top 5 fantasy QBs in Week 1. Again, all of my decisions are made purely based off PPR (Points Per Reception) so don’t @ me. Let’s get into who to start in Week 2. QBs to start in Week 2: Jameis Winston (vs. Bears): Jameis Winston has yet to play this season because of their Week 1 game being postponed. Winston seems poised for a huge season with the additions of Desean Jackson and O.J. Howard alongside Mike Evans. Winston also faces an unproven defense in the Bears so that’s another reason he could be in for a big week. Derek Carr (vs. Jets): Derek Carr picked up […]
Sept. 14, 2017
By Eric Brown and Skyler Carlin Follow @Generic__Eric24  Follow @skyler_carlin Week 1 of the NFL season is finally over. It was a long seven months off, but football is back! Let’s recap every game during the first week. New England Patriots vs Kansas City Chiefs Coming into this game, everybody and their mother chose the New England Patriots to win this one–and quite handily. It didn’t pan out that way as the Chiefs had other plans. Alex Smith played the game of his career–in Foxborough of all places. Not many quarterbacks have good games in Gillette Stadium let alone their best ever. When Spencer Ware went down with an injury during the preseason, all the hype moved to Kareem Hunt, a rookie out of Toledo University. Hunt was a stud at Toledo, never fumbling the ball in his time there. We all knew his college numbers wouldn’t translate to the NFL but we didn’t know it would be so soon that he fumbled, which he did on his first professional carry. The good thing is, he bounced back rather well. He would go on to finish the game with 17 carries for 148 yards and a touchdown. On the receiving […]
Sept. 13, 2017
Follow @justinbatiste22 The signing of NBA veteran Tony Allen adds grit and experience while also improving the New Orleans Pelicans defensively.  It has officially been reported that the New Orleans Pelicans signed forward Tony Allen to a one-year minimum veteran contract.  The Pelicans were in need of a wing player with Solomon Hill out for part of the season due to injury; as a result, they went out and signed the 13-year vet. Allen is widely known for his ability to guard pretty much any player in the league. Whoever is the opposing team’s best player will most likely be guarded by Allen. Last season for the Memphis Grizzlies Allen made the all-defensive second team,  and throughout his career Allen has made the all-defensive team an outstanding six times. Personally, I like the signing of Allen for New Orleans because he’ll add grit and experience to their roster. Also, Allen is familiar with Rajon Rondo; the two won a championship together in 2008 with the Boston Celtics so the chemistry between them will be already there. Defensively the Pelicans took a step forward but offensively they remain the same. Since New Orleans signed Allen in place of Hill, Allen will probably be a starter, especially if the […]
Sept. 12, 2017
By Asha Doucet Follow @planetasha Football is back and as always there are some major winners and losers after one week of action. There was a lot bad quarterback play that begs the question, again, why Colin Kaepernick isn’t on an NFL roster. But of course, that’s another topic for a different day. There was, however, some excitement and surprises as well as some major let downs. This year’s (and every year’s) Super Bowl favorite the New England Patriots lost at home to the Kansas City Chiefs behind a flawless game from Alex Smith. Marshawn Lynch’s return to football proved he still has some “Beast Mode” left in him as he ran over the competition for the Oakland Raiders. The New Orleans Saints failed to utilize a future hall-of-fame running back to their advantage in an uninspired loss. And a team with Super Bowl aspirations, the New York Giants, proved to be ill equipped without their best player. After all the applause-worthy plays and head scratchers, let’s review some major winners and losers from NFL Week 1.
Sept. 11, 2017
.@jaredgoff16 takes the field! #INDvsLA — Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) September 10, 2017 Follow @planetasha Repost Via Our Sports Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams blew out the Andrew Luck-less Indianapolis Colts in their season opener behind the power of a new offense. The Rams impressed in all facets of the game in their Week 1 thrashing of the Colts 46-9. They were led by second-year quarterback Jared Goff who threw for 306 Yards and 1 TD on 21-of-29 passing. The victory marks the first career win for Goff as well as his first 300 + yard game in the NFL. TRUUUUUUUU #INDvsLA — Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) September 10, 2017 Although Los Angeles was up against a Colts team without Andrew Luck, that had no bearing on how well Goff played against Indianapolis’ defense. Goff’s success is largely due to Head Coach Sean McVay’s offensive system that gives the team more variation and makes them less predictable. But the young QB isn’t the only Ram benefitting from McVay’s system. RB Todd Gurley, who praised McVay’s offense in training camp, had a welcomed performance in L.A.’s season opener as well. Last year Gurley called ex-coach Jeff Fisher’s offense a “Middle school offense” […]
Sept. 10, 2017
Follow @planetasha Repost via Our Sports  The standoff between the Los Angeles Rams and Aaron Donald is over as the defensive tackle joins the team. Aaron Donald ended his holdout by reporting to the Rams’ facility early Saturday morning. The three-time All-Pro passed his physical but will miss the season opener against the Indianapolis Colts. Donald has been added to L.A.’s active 53-man roster as the team will seek a roster exemption, which is normal procedure in such cases. Although Donald is back with the team, no new contract is in place between the two parties. However, ESPN reports that Donald and L.A. are still discussing contract options. The Rams have also decided to waive the $1.4 million in penalties Donald accumulated by skipping training camp and the preseason. Because Donald’s contract hasn’t been restructured, all of the time he missed prior to the regular season might hurt him in the long run. He won’t be in the hole financially, but he may find it hard to perform at an elite level with such little practice time. Initially, Donald may not be sharp on the field but he’s too talented to underperform all year. As long as he’s good to go by Week 2, […]
Sept. 9, 2017
By Justin Batiste Follow @justinbatiste22 The Bucks have until the start of the season to offer Parker a contraction extension or he will be a restricted free agent next year. The question is, should the Bucks do it? When entering the NBA in 2014, Jabari Parker had high expectations. While at Duke, Parker was NBA ready after his freshman year averaging nearly a double-double of 19.1 ppg and 8.7 rbg. His best comparison, in my opinion, was to Carmelo Anthony. Parker was a big forward who could score inside, while also being able to shoot a pull up jumper from mid-range effectively–just like Anthony. In the last three years, Parker has only played in 152 games while averaging 15.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, and 2.1 apg , which are decent numbers. Last season, Parker averaged 20.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, and 2.8 apg through 51 games but was then sidelined again by yet another ACL tear. In his short career, Parker has unfortunately already suffered two ACL tears. So the question for the Bucks right now is: do you offer Parker a max contract before the start of the season? As of right now, the Bucks and Parkers’ camp are still in the process […]
Sept. 7, 2017
Follow @skyler_carlin Fantasy football is almost in full swing so it’s time to make those tough decisions on who to start. The NFL season is about to get underway and that marks the beginning of Fantasy Football for many avid fans. Most people have already done their drafts and are waiting to see if all their research on who to take pays off. Last season we saw a couple guys like Jordan Howard and Dak Prescott, who were unexpectedly thrown into starting roles, help people win their leagues. On the flip side of things, there were guys like Todd Gurley, Deandre Hopkins and Allen Robinson who all disappointed owners by severely underachieving. It’s hard for any of those guys to be worse than last year especially because of how talented they are. In these weekly articles, I’ll take a look at who I believe are the best players to start that week and who you should avoid. Remember, my decisions are purely made based on PPR scoring formats. (It’s hard for any of those guys to be worse than last year especially because of how talented they are). In these weekly articles, we’ll take a look at who I believe are […]
Sept. 7, 2017
In Epsiode 4 we quickly give our thoughts on the Mayweather/McGregor spectacle and preview the GGG/Canelo mega fight that is coming up. Following that we talk about the big comebacks from USC and UCLA. We wrap up with some NFL, the Michael Rappaport rant on Lonzo Ball and the struggling Dodgers.
Sept. 7, 2017
.@SI_PeterKing and @AlbertBreer discuss Aaron Donald’s holdout, future contract — Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 6, 2017 Follow @planetasha Repost Via Our Sports The Los Angeles Rams are preparing to be without their best defensive player heading into Sunday’s season opener against the Indianapolis Colts. Aaron Donald has missed an entire offseason, training camp and preseason during his holdout due to contract disputes with the Rams. Many believe Donald, a three-time first team All-Pro, is not only L.A.’s best defender but the best defensive player in all of the NFL. With just days until Sunday’s season opener against the Colts, the debate over whether or not Donald deserves to get paid shouldn’t be in question. What the team should decide is whether or not they want Donald to suit up for them against an Indianapolis team minus Andrew Luck. If the Rams are desperate to get him on the field (which they don’t seem to be) their solution is clear–pay the man. Donald has proved he won’t budge until his contract is restructured and he’s compensated to his standards. However, if L.A. thinks they can do without Donald, at least for Week 1, then they continue to do nothing about his […]
Sept. 3, 2017
Report: Rams and Aaron Donald are ‘not close’ on a new deal READ MORE: — Rams Wire (@TheRamsWire) September 2, 2017 Follow @planetasha Repost Via Our Sports Although the regular season is approaching fast, Aaron Donald and the Los Angeles Rams haven’t made any ground on reaching an agreement. Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reports that league sources say Aaron Donald and the Rams are ‘Not Close’ to reaching a deal. Since the beginning of Donald’s holdout, Los Angeles has shown confidence that the two sides would come to an agreement in time for Donald to play in the Rams’ season opener against the Indianapolis Colts. However, with Donald still away from the team, the likelihood of him missing Week 1 are increasing by the day. Some have questioned whether Donald has made his point and it’s time for him to report to camp. Considering his holdout is due to a contract dispute, he’s taking a considerable financial risk for every day he refuses to report.   Donald loses thousands of dollars for every training camp, preseason game and regular season game he does not attend. If he were to skip the entire season he stands to lose $2 million. However, Florio reports that Donald is taking […]
Sept. 2, 2017
Jarion Henry is not only a great basketball player who never gives up on a play, at the Drew he is truly entertaining.  There are moments when watching games at the Drew League when you cannot stop smiling, it’s just a truly “Drew League” type moment! Well our producer Akili Tate caught just such a moment with Jarion Henry who played on The Game’s team Birdies Revenge and Caspar Ware’s team.
Aug. 31, 2017
Here’s how much money Aaron Donald will lose if holdout goes into regular season READ MORE: — Rams Wire (@TheRamsWire) August 18, 2017 By Asha Doucet Follow @planetasha After refusing to report to training camp and missing most of the preseason, is it time for Aaron Donald to end his fight? Los Angeles Rams Defensive Tackle Aaron Donald is one of the best defensive players in the entire NFL, and he’s certainly the best on his team. His play is on par with other elite defenders like J.J. Watt, Von Miller and Ndamukong Suh.  The difference is Donald isn’t getting paid like those other defensive stars. Suh is on a six-year, $114.4 million deal with $60 million guaranteed, and Miller is making $114 million over six years with $70 million guaranteed. Donald is still on his rookie contract and if played out entirely, his current contract will guarantee him $70 million and $118 million overall. However, over the next two years, he’ll receive just $8.7 million total. That amount is downright laughable compared to his production on the field, and with the violent nature of the game, if his contract isn’t restructured there’s a possibility he could never […]
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