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NCAA Men’s Basketball
Conference Tournaments
March Madness
MLB Spring Training
World Baseball Classic
National Hockey League
National Basketball Association
NASCAR – Monster Energy Series
PGA Tour
Professional Tennis
St. Patrick’s Day
Spring Grilling Guide

 

 

I am sure everyone is ready for spring. It has been a tough winter for most of the east coast and as February draws to a close, basketball fans will soon be able to celebrate the arrival of March Madness, the most exciting time of the year. The season ending conference tournaments begin soon and there should be some interesting story lines to follow.

In college basketball the only thing as important as the NCAA Tournament is the conference tournament. All season long teams across the country compete for a winning record that will guarantee them a top seed in the conference tournament. Earning a top seed comes with its benefits as in some instances it could grant teams with a first and/or second round bye. For teams that struggle during the regular season the conference tournament is the light at the end of the tunnel that can send them to the NCAA Tournament regardless of past performances. Winners of each conference tournament are crowned as conference champions and receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. We got you covered with information on all the 2016 Conference Tournaments, with full schedules, links and more. But before we get to them there is a week or so left in the regular season. Click here for the AP Top 25 teams in College Basketball, and the full schedule with TV listings as they fight for their tournament seeds.

The 2016 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament will begin on March 14, 2017. We got you covered from the announcement of the initial 64 teams — to eliminations that determine the Sweet 16 to the Elite 8 — all the action leads to the Final Four on April 1st followed by the ultimate championship game played on Monday, April 3, 2017 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Click here to see when and where each round will take place.

Spring Training 2017 is Here! With Cactus League clubs clustered in the Valley of the Sun and Grapefruit League teams dotting the Florida coasts and center of the state, Spring Training offers one of baseball’s great traditions while bringing fans close to the game and under the sun.Click Here for everything you need to know about MLB Spring Training’17.

As the calendar flips to March the Capitals are the top team in the NHL. Click here for every NHL game this month.

In the NBA, teams are also trying to get those coveted spots for the playoffs, Click here for the full schedule for the next 31 days.

The Daytona 500 was just the start of what is sure to be an exciting NASCAR season. as NASCAR rolls into March, there are some great races on the schedule.

But that’s not all, March is also the home to some great Golf and Professional Tennis Tournaments. Click Here for the PGA Schedule of Events and the ATP Men’s and Women’s Matches.

But if you are like us, you love to drink beer and what better time than St. Patrick’s Day? You know that we would cover that as well, Click here for some great Irish Recipes and information on the Real Saint Patrick.

Bring on Spring! And the Grilling that goes with it

 

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NCAA Men’s College Basketball

 

As February draws to a close, basketball fans will soon be able to celebrate the arrival of March Madness, the most exciting time of the year. The season ending conference tournaments begin soon and there should be some interesting storylines to follow in the 2017 conference tournaments. But that is for the next section of this article, here are the top 10 teams as we flip the calendar, along with the remaining NCAA Men’s Basketball Schedule for the 2016-17 season.

Kansas, which won a record 13th consecutive Big 12 regular-season title, is the new No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll.

The Jayhawks (26-3) moved up two places to the top spot, receiving 58 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel .

Kansas is the sixth school to be No. 1 this season. The Jayhawks were on top last season for five weeks, including the final three polls of the season.

Villanova (27-3) remained second despite losing to Butler last week. The Wildcats were No. 1 on two ballots. UCLA (26-3), which was No. 1 on three ballots, moved up from fifth to third after its win over Arizona on Saturday.

Gonzaga (29-1) fell to No. 4 after losing its first game of the season, an upset by BYU on Saturday. The Zags, who had been No. 1 for the last four polls, received two first-place votes.

North Carolina moved from eighth to fifth and was followed by Oregon, Arizona, Louisville, Kentucky and West Virginia.

 

 

  1. Kansas
  2. Villanova
  3. UCLA
  4. Gonzaga
  5. North Carolina
  6. Oregon
  7. Arizona
  8. Louisville
  9. Kentucky
  10. West Virginia

Complete AP Poll

 

Here is the Full Schedule remaining in the season:

 

 - WEEK 17 -

 

America East QuarterfinalESPN3TBA
#5 at #4
America East QuarterfinalESPN3TBA
#6 at #3
America East QuarterfinalESPN3TBA
#7 at Stony Brook
NEC QuarterfinalNECFrontRow.comTBA
NEC QuarterfinalNECFrontRow.comTBA
Auburn at GeorgiaSEC Network3/1/17 6:30 PM
Arkansas at FloridaESPN2 HD3/1/17 7:00 PM
Connecticut at East CarolinaESPNU HD3/1/17 7:00 PM
Tennessee at LSUSEC Network3/1/17 7:00 PM
Michigan at NorthwesternBTN3/1/17 7:00 PM
Rhode Island at St. Joseph’sAmerican Sports Network3/1/17 7:00 PM
NEC QuarterfinalNEC TV3/1/17 7:00 PM
America East QuarterfinalESPN33/1/17 7:00 PM
#8 at Vermont
Richmond at MassachusettsAtlantic10.com3/1/17 7:00 PM
George Washington at FordhamAtlantic10.com3/1/17 7:00 PM
OVC First Round #1OVCDigitalNetwork.com3/1/17 7:30 PM
#5 vs. #8
(at Nashville, TN)
VCU at DaytonCBS Sports Network3/1/17 8:00 PM
NC State at ClemsonACC Network3/1/17 8:00 PM
Boston College at Notre DameACC Network3/1/17 8:00 PM
La Salle at Saint LouisFOX Sports Midwest3/1/17 8:00 PM
TAMU Corpus Christi at Houston BaptistUStream.tv3/1/17 8:00 PM
Ole Miss at AlabamaSEC Network3/1/17 8:30 PM
Idaho at Northern ArizonaNAU TV3/1/17 8:30 PM
Texas at Texas TechESPN2 HD3/1/17 9:00 PM
Marquette at XavierFS13/1/17 9:00 PM
Kansas St. at TCUESPNU HD3/1/17 9:00 PM
Michigan St. at IllinoisBTN3/1/17 9:00 PM
Louisville at Wake ForestACC RSNs3/1/17 9:00 PM
NEC QuarterfinalNEC TV3/1/17 9:00 PM
OVC First Round #2OVCDigitalNetwork.com3/1/17 9:30 PM
#6 vs. #7
(at Nashville, TN)
Air Force at San Diego St.CBS Sports Network3/1/17 10:00 PM
Washington St. at USCPac-12 Networks3/1/17 10:00 PM
UC Irvine at UC RiversideESPN33/1/17 10:00 PM
Nevada at San Jose St.Campus Insiders3/1/17 10:00 PM
Washington at UCLAFS13/1/17 11:00 PM
Utah St. at UNLVESPNU HD3/1/17 11:00 PM
Patriot League QuarterfinalCampus InsidersTBA
#9/Army at Bucknell
Patriot League QuarterfinalCampus InsidersTBA
#5 at #4
Patriot League QuarterfinalCampus InsidersTBA
#6 at #3
Patriot League QuarterfinalCampus InsidersTBA
#10/#7 at #2
Atlantic Sun Semifinal #1ESPN3TBA
Atlantic Sun Semifinal #2ESPN3TBA
Big South Quarterfinal #1ESPN33/2/17 1:00 PM
#2 vs. #7/#10
(at #1 seed)
Big South Quarterfinal #2ESPN33/2/17 3:00 PM
#3 vs. #6
(at #1 seed)
MAAC First Round #1ESPN33/2/17 5:00 PM
#8 vs. #9
(at Albany, NY)
Nebraska at MinnesotaESPN HD3/2/17 7:00 PM
Houston at CincinnatiESPN2 HD3/2/17 7:00 PM
UCF at USFESPNU HD3/2/17 7:00 PM
MVC First Round #1MVC TV Network3/2/17 7:00 PM
#8 vs. #9
(at St. Louis, MO)
MAAC First Round #2ESPN33/2/17 7:00 PM
#7 vs. #10
(at Albany, NY)
Big South Quarterfinal #3ESPN33/2/17 7:00 PM
#1 vs. #8/#9
(at #1 seed)
FIU at Middle TennesseeESPN33/2/17 7:30 PM
Hampton at Coppin St.UStream.TV3/2/17 7:30 PM
Morgan St. at UMESYouTube.com3/2/17 7:30 PM
Howard at Delaware St.YouTube.com3/2/17 7:30 PM
OVC Quarterfinal #1OVCDigitalNetwork.com3/2/17 7:30 PM
#4 vs. #5/#8
(at Nashville, TN)
Tulsa at SMUCBS Sports Network3/2/17 8:00 PM
Old Dominion at UTEPbeIN Sports3/2/17 8:00 PM
North Texas at Western KentuckyHilltopper Sports3/2/17 8:00 PM
Sacramento St. at North DakotaFOX Sports North PLUS3/2/17 8:00 PM
Nicholls at LamarESPN33/2/17 8:00 PM
Texas St. at UL-MonroeULMWarhawks.com3/2/17 8:00 PM
Arkansas St. at South AlabamaUSAJaguars.com3/2/17 8:00 PM
Texas St. at UL-LafayetteRaginCajuns.com3/2/17 8:15 PM
Little Rock at TroyESPN33/2/17 8:30 PM
McNeese St. at Sam Houston St.ESPN33/2/17 8:30 PM
Southern at Prairie View A&MPVPanthers.com3/2/17 8:30 PM
Alabama St. at GramblingYouTube.com3/2/17 8:30 PM
Alcorn St. at Texas SouthernYouTube.com3/2/17 8:30 PM
Eastern Washington at Southern UtahEversport.TV3/2/17 8:30 PM
Alabama A&M at Jackson St.LiveStream.com3/2/17 8:30 PM
Iowa at WisconsinESPN HD3/2/17 9:00 PM
Stanford at ColoradoESPN2 HD3/2/17 9:00 PM
Tulane at MemphisESPNU HD3/2/17 9:00 PM
Montana at Weber St.KJZZ3/2/17 9:00 PM
Northwestern St. at Stephen F. AustinESPN33/2/17 9:00 PM
Big South Quarterfinal #4ESPN33/2/17 9:00 PM
#4 vs. #5
(at #1 seed)
MAAC First Round #3ESPN33/2/17 9:00 PM
#6 vs. #11
(at Albany, NY)
Montana St. at Idaho St.Eversport.TV3/2/17 9:00 PM
Portland St. at Northern ColoradoEversport.TV3/2/17 9:00 PM
MVC First Round #2MVC TV Network3/2/17 9:30 PM
#7 vs. #10
(at St. Louis, MO)
OVC Quarterfinal #2OVCDigitalNetwork.com3/2/17 9:30 PM
#3 vs. #6/#7
(at Nashville, TN)
UC Santa Barbara at CS FullertonESPN33/2/17 10:00 PM
Hawai’i at UC DavisBigWest.TV3/2/17 10:00 PM
CSUN at Cal PolyBigWest.TV3/2/17 10:00 PM
California at UtahESPNU HD3/2/17 11:00 PM
MVC Quarterfinal #1MVC TV Network3/3/17 1:00 PM
#1 vs. #8/#9
(at St. Louis, MO)
MVC Quarterfinal #2MVC TV Network3/3/17 3:30 PM
#4 vs. #5
(at St. Louis, MO)
Harvard at PrincetonESPNU HD3/3/17 5:00 PM
SoCon First Round #1ESPN33/3/17 5:00 PM
#8 vs. #9
(at Asheville, NC)
Horizon League First Round #1ESPN33/3/17 5:30 PM
#7 vs. #10
(at Detroit, MI)
Big South Semifinal #1ESPN33/3/17 6:00 PM
(at #1 seed)
CAA First Round #1CAA.TV3/3/17 6:00 PM
#8 vs. #9
(at Charleston, SC)
Miami (OH) at OhioCBS Sports Network3/3/17 6:30 PM
Iowa St. at West VirginiaESPN2 HD3/3/17 7:00 PM
MVC Quarterfinal #3MVC TV Network3/3/17 7:00 PM
#2 vs. #7/#10
(at St. Louis, MO)
Toledo at Eastern MichiganBCSN3/3/17 7:00 PM
Bowling Green at BuffaloSpectrum Sports3/3/17 7:00 PM
Central Michigan at Western MichiganESPN33/3/17 7:00 PM
Northern Illinois at Ball St.ESPN33/3/17 7:00 PM
Cornell at YaleESPN33/3/17 7:00 PM
Columbia at BrownESPN33/3/17 7:00 PM
MAAC Quarterfinal #1ESPN33/3/17 7:00 PM
Monmouth vs. #8/#9
(at Albany, NY)
OVC Semifinal #1ESPNU HD3/3/17 7:30 PM
Belmont vs. TBD
(at Nashville, TN)
SoCon First Round #2ESPN33/3/17 7:30 PM
#7 vs. #10
(at Asheville, NC)
Horizon League First Round #2ESPN33/3/17 8:00 PM
#8 vs. #9
(at Detroit, MI)
Big South Semifinal #2ESPN33/3/17 8:00 PM
(at #1 seed)
CAA First Round #2CAA.TV3/3/17 8:30 PM
#7 vs. #10
(at Charleston, SC)
Akron at Kent St.ESPN2 HD3/3/17 9:00 PM
WCC First Round #1BYUtv3/3/17 9:00 PM
#8 vs. #9
(at Las Vegas, NV)
MVC Quarterfinal #4MVC TV Network3/3/17 9:30 PM
#3 vs. #6
(at St. Louis, MO)
MAAC Quarterfinal #2ESPN33/3/17 9:30 PM
#2 vs. #7/#10
(at Albany, NY)
OVC Semifinal #2ESPNU HD3/3/17 10:00 PM
#2 vs. TBD
(at Nashville, TN)
WCC First Round #2BYUtv3/3/17 11:00 PM
#7 vs. #10
(at Las Vegas, NV)
Kentucky at Texas A&MCBS HD3/4/17 12:00 PM
Providence at St. John’sFOX HD3/4/17 12:00 PM
OR
Villanova at Georgetown
Indiana at Ohio St.ESPN HD3/4/17 12:00 PM
Illinois at RutgersESPNU HD3/4/17 12:00 PM
Providence at St. John’sFS23/4/17 12:00 PM
OR
Villanova at Georgetown
CAA Quarterfinal #1NBC RSNs3/4/17 12:00 PM
#1 vs. #8/#9
(at Charleston, SC)
Pittsburgh at VirginiaACC Network3/4/17 12:00 PM
NEC Semifinal #1NEC TV3/4/17 12:00 PM
SoCon Quarterfinal #1ESPN33/4/17 12:00 PM
#1 vs. #8/#9
(at Asheville, NC)
Texas Tech at Kansas St.ESPNEWS3/4/17 1:00 PM
Alabama at TennesseeSEC Network3/4/17 1:00 PM
Notre Dame at LouisvilleCBS HD3/4/17 2:00 PM
Florida at VanderbiltESPN HD3/4/17 2:00 PM
Georgia at ArkansasESPN2 HD3/4/17 2:00 PM
Michigan St. at MarylandBTN3/4/17 2:00 PM
Xavier at DePaulFSN3/4/17 2:00 PM
California at ColoradoPac-12 Networks3/4/17 2:00 PM
Southern Miss at Louisiana TechAmerican Sports Network3/4/17 2:00 PM
NEC Semifinal #2NEC TV3/4/17 2:00 PM
George Mason at VCUMASN3/4/17 2:00 PM
Fordham at La SalleAtlantic10.com3/4/17 2:00 PM
St. Joseph’s at DuquesneFacebook Live3/4/17 2:00 PM
Georgia Southern at Georgia St.ESPN33/4/17 2:15 PM
Seton Hall at ButlerFOX HD3/4/17 2:30 PM
OR
Creighton at Marquette
Seton Hall at ButlerFS23/4/17 2:30 PM
OR
Creighton at Marquette
CAA Quarterfinal #2NBC RSNs3/4/17 2:30 PM
#4 vs. #5
(at Charleston, SC)
SoCon Quarterfinal #2ESPN33/4/17 2:30 PM
#4 vs. #5
(at Asheville, NC)
Incarnate Word at TAMU Corpus ChristiGoIslanders.com3/4/17 2:30 PM
TCU at OklahomaESPNEWS3/4/17 3:00 PM
UT Arlington at UL-MonroeULMWarhawks.com3/4/17 3:00 PM
Missouri at AuburnSEC Network3/4/17 3:30 PM
MVC Semifinal #1CBS Sports Network3/4/17 3:30 PM
(at St. Louis, MO)
Coastal Carolina at Appalachian St.ESPN33/4/17 3:30 PM
Arizona at Arizona St.CBS HD3/4/17 4:00 PM
Baylor at TexasESPN HD3/4/17 4:00 PM
Memphis at SMUESPN2 HD3/4/17 4:00 PM
WCC Quarterfinal #1Spectrum SportsNet3/4/17 4:00 PM
#3 vs. #6
(at Las Vegas, NV)
Stanford at UtahPac-12 Networks3/4/17 4:00 PM
Boise St. at Air ForceROOT Sports3/4/17 4:00 PM
Georgia Tech at SyracuseACC Network3/4/17 4:00 PM
Miami (FL) at Florida St.ACC Network3/4/17 4:00 PM
Portland St. at North DakotaFOX Sports North PLUS3/4/17 4:00 PM
Massachusetts at St. BonaventureAmerican Sports Network3/4/17 4:00 PM
Saint Louis at RichmondCSN Mid Atlantic PLUS3/4/17 4:00 PM
San Jose St. at WyomingCampus Insiders3/4/17 4:00 PM
Boston College at ClemsonACC Network Extra3/4/17 4:00 PM
Little Rock at South AlabamaUSAJaguars.com3/4/17 4:00 PM
Sacramento St. at Northern ColoradoEversport.TV3/4/17 4:00 PM
Wake Forest at Virginia TechACC RSNs3/4/17 4:30 PM
UAPB at Mississippi Valley St.YouTube.com3/4/17 5:00 PM
Arkansas St. at TroyESPN33/4/17 5:15 PM
UMKC at Chicago St.KSMO3/4/17 5:30 PM
Horizon League Quarterfinal #1ESPN33/4/17 5:30 PM
#1 vs. #8/#9
(at Detroit, MI)
Kansas at Oklahoma St.ESPN HD3/4/17 6:00 PM
Oregon at Oregon St.ESPN2 HD3/4/17 6:00 PM
LSU at Mississippi St.SEC Network3/4/17 6:00 PM
MVC Semifinal #2CBS Sports Network3/4/17 6:00 PM
(at St. Louis, MO)
WCC Quarterfinal #2Spectrum SportsNet3/4/17 6:00 PM
#4 vs. #5
(at Las Vegas, NV)
CAA Quarterfinal #3NBC RSNs3/4/17 6:00 PM
#2 vs. #7/#10
(at Charleston, SC)
UC Davis at UC IrvinePrime Ticket3/4/17 6:00 PM
Davidson at Rhode IslandAmerican Sports Network3/4/17 6:00 PM
SoCon Quarterfinal #3ESPN33/4/17 6:00 PM
#2 vs. #7/#10
(at Asheville, NC)
Dartmouth at PrincetonESPN33/4/17 6:00 PM
FAU at Middle TennesseeESPN33/4/17 6:00 PM
Alcorn St. at Prairie View A&MPVPanthers.com3/4/17 6:00 PM
Idaho at Southern UtahEversport.TV3/4/17 6:00 PM
Washington at USCPac-12 Networks3/4/17 6:30 PM
Eastern Washington at Northern ArizonaNAU TV3/4/17 6:30 PM
Alabama A&M at GramblingYouTube.com3/4/17 6:30 PM
Alabama St. at Jackson St.LiveStream.com3/4/17 6:30 PM
Summit League Quarterfinal #1MidCo Sports Network3/4/17 7:00 PM
#1 vs. #8
(at Sioux Falls, SD)
Sam Houston St. at Stephen F. AustinESPN33/4/17 7:00 PM
MAAC Quarterfinal #3ESPN33/4/17 7:00 PM
#3 vs. #6/#11
(at Albany, NY)
UNLV at Fresno St.ESPN33/4/17 7:00 PM
OVC ChampionshipESPN2 HD3/4/17 8:00 PM
(at Nashville, TN)
Dayton at George WashingtonCBS Sports Network3/4/17 8:00 PM
Rice at Western KentuckyHilltopper Sports3/4/17 8:00 PM
Horizon League Quarterfinal #2ESPN33/4/17 8:00 PM
#2 vs. #7/#10
(at Detroit, MI)
Hawai’i at Long Beach St.ESPN33/4/17 8:00 PM
Colorado St. at NevadaESPN33/4/17 8:00 PM
FIU at UABCampus Insiders3/4/17 8:00 PM
Abilene Christian at Houston BaptistUStream.tv3/4/17 8:00 PM
Duke at North CarolinaESPN HD3/4/17 8:15 PM
UT Arlington at UL-LafayetteESPN33/4/17 8:15 PM
South Carolina at Ole MissSEC Network3/4/17 8:30 PM
CAA Quarterfinal #4NBC RSNs3/4/17 8:30 PM
#3 vs. #6
(at Charleston, SC)
SoCon Quarterfinal #4ESPN33/4/17 8:30 PM
#3 vs. #6
(at Asheville, NC)
Southern at Texas SouthernYouTube.com3/4/17 8:30 PM
Montana St. at Weber St.KJZZ3/4/17 9:00 PM
Seattle at Utah ValleyUVU TV3/4/17 9:00 PM
Montana at Idaho St.Eversport.TV3/4/17 9:00 PM
UT Rio Grande Valley at New Mexico St.WACSports.com3/4/17 9:00 PM
Washington St. at UCLAESPNU HD3/4/17 9:30 PM
Summit League Quarterfinal #2MidCo Sports Network3/4/17 9:30 PM
#2 vs. #7
(at Sioux Falls, SD)
MAAC Quarterfinal #4ESPN33/4/17 9:30 PM
#4 vs. #5
(at Albany, NY)
WCC Quarterfinal #3ESPN2 HD3/4/17 10:00 PM
Gonzaga vs. #8/#9
(at Las Vegas, NV)
San Diego St. at New MexicoCBS Sports Network3/4/17 10:00 PM
UC Santa Barbara at Cal PolyBigWest.TV3/4/17 10:00 PM
Grand Canyon at CS BakersfieldAmerican Sports Network3/4/17 10:30 PM
CS Fullerton at CSUNBigWest.TV3/4/17 10:30 PM
WCC Quarterfinal #4ESPN2 HD3/5/17 12:30 AM
St. Mary’s vs. #7/#10
(at Las Vegas, NV)
Cincinnati at ConnecticutCBS HD3/5/17 12:00 PM
Penn St. at IowaBTN3/5/17 12:00 PM
Patriot League Semifinal #1CBS Sports Network3/5/17 12:00 PM
Big South ChampionshipESPN HD3/5/17 1:00 PM
(at highest remaining seed)
MVC ChampionshipCBS HD3/5/17 2:00 PM
(at St. Louis, MO)
Temple at USFESPNU HD3/5/17 2:00 PM
Patriot League Semifinal #2CBS Sports Network3/5/17 2:00 PM
CAA Semifinal #1NBC RSNs3/5/17 2:00 PM
(at Charleston, SC)
Atlantic Sun ChampionshipESPN HD3/5/17 3:00 PM
Tulsa at TulaneESPNEWS3/5/17 4:00 PM
East Carolina at HoustonCBS Sports Network3/5/17 4:00 PM
Purdue at NorthwesternCBS HD3/5/17 4:30 PM
CAA Semifinal #2NBC RSNs3/5/17 4:30 PM
(at Charleston, SC)
MAAC Semifinal #1ESPN33/5/17 4:30 PM
(at Albany, NY)
SoCon Semifinal #1ESPN33/5/17 5:00 PM
(at Asheville, NC)
Horizon League Quarterfinal #3ESPN33/5/17 5:30 PM
#4 vs. #5
(at Detroit, MI)
Minnesota at WisconsinBTN3/5/17 6:00 PM
Summit League Quarterfinal #3MidCo Sports Network3/5/17 7:00 PM
#4 vs. #5
(at Sioux Falls, SD)
MAAC Semifinal #2ESPN33/5/17 7:00 PM
(at Albany, NY)
SoCon Semifinal #2ESPN33/5/17 7:30 PM
(at Asheville, NC)
Michigan at NebraskaBTN3/5/17 8:00 PM
Horizon League Quarterfinal #4ESPN33/5/17 8:00 PM
#3 vs. UIC
(at Detroit, MI)
Summit League Quarterfinal #4MidCo Sports Network3/5/17 9:30 PM
#3 vs. #6
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NCAA Conference Tournaments

 

In college basketball the only thing as important as the NCAA Tournament is the conference tournament. All season long teams across the country compete for a winning record that will guarantee them a top seed in the conference tournament. Earning a top seed comes with its benefits as in some instances it could grant teams with a first and/or second round bye. For teams that struggle during the regular season the conference tournament is the light at the end of the tunnel that can send them to the NCAA Tournament regardless of past performances. Winners of each conference tournament are crowned as conference champions and receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Most Division 1 Conferences host a tournament at the end of the regular season to determine the leagues champion. However, conferences that do not hold a tournament determine a champion based on regular season standings. The conference tournaments are usually broken down into four rounds but may vary depending on the conference. These tournaments can be just as exciting as watching the NCAA Tournament as teams leave it all on the court with high hopes of advancing into March Madness.

Before the start of the Big Dance however, it’s the conference tournaments that can produce just as much drama as the main course. From bubble teams needing important wins, to Cinderella stories trying to win automatic bids, to big-time teams trying to cinch down a number one seed, this year’s rendition of conference tournaments should prove to be just as important.

 

2017 CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS
CONFERENCETOURNAMENT SITEDATES (TV FOR CHAMPIONSHIP)
AACHartford, Conn.March 9-12 (ESPN2)
ACCBrooklynMarch 7-11 (ESPN)
America EastCampus sitesMarch 1, 6 & 11 (ESPN2)
Atlantic 10PittsburghMarch 8-12 (CBS)
Atlantic SunCampus sitesFeb. 27, March 2 & 5 (ESPN)
Big EastNew YorkMarch 8-11 (FOX)
Big SkyReno, Nev.March 7, 9-11 (ESPNU)
Big SouthCampus sitesFeb. 28, March 2-3 & 5 (ESPN)
Big TenWashington D.C.March 8-12 (CBS)
Big 12Kansas CityMarch 8-11 (ESPN)
Big WestAnaheimMarch 9-11 (ESPN2)
ColonialNorth Charleston, S.C.March 3-6 (CBSSN)
Conference USABirmingham, Ala.March 8-11 (CBSSN)
Horizon LeagueDetroitMarch 3-7 (ESPN)
Ivy LeaguePhiladelphiaMarch 11-12 (ESPN2)
MAACAlbany, N.Y.March 2-6 (ESPN/ESPN2)
MACCleveland, OhioMarch 9-11 (ESPN2)
MEACNorfolk, Va.March 6-11 (ESPN2)
Missouri ValleySt. LouisMarch 2-5 (CBS)
Mountain WestLas VegasMarch 8-11 (CBS)
NortheastCampus sitesMarch 1, 4, 7 (TBA)
Ohio ValleyNashvilleMarch 1-4 (ESPN2)
Pac-12Las VegasMarch 8-11 (ESPN)
PatriotCampus sitesMarch 2, 5, 8 (CBSSN)
SECNashvilleMarch 8-12 (ESPN)
SouthernAsheville, N.CMarch 3-6 (ESPN/ESPN2)
SouthlandKaty, TexasMarch 8-11 (ESPN2)
SummitSioux Falls, S.D.March 4-7 (ESPN2)
Sun BeltNew OrleansMarch 8, 10-12 (ESPN2)
SWACCampus sitesMarch 7, 10-11 (ESPNU)
WACLas VegasMarch 9-11 (ESPNU)
West CoastLas VegasMarch 3-7 (ESPN)

 

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This year, the madness begins with Selection Sunday 2017!

Watch on Sunday, March 12, 2017 as college basketball team match-ups are officially announced during a nationwide broadcast at 6PM ET on CBS and ESPN.
Once the highly-anticipated Selection Sunday announcement is made, the big dance begins with a month-long battle of skill, determination, and dazzling performances by top competing college teams.

From the announcement of the initial 64 teams — to eliminations that determine the Sweet 16 to the Elite 8 — all the action leads to the Final Four on April 1st followed by the ultimate championship game played on Monday, April 3, 2017 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

 

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NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

 

The NCAA’s television deal with CBS Sports and Turner Sports (TBS, TNT and truTV) means that the two top broadcasters continued to have dibs on the rights to televise the NCAA Tournament games until 2024.

Watch for the First Four round to air exclusively on truTV beginning on March 14, 2017.

Sharing first and second round coverage will be CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV. Thereafter, the regional semifinals (Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight) will air on TBS and CBS with the Final Four (April 1) and the ultimate Championship game airing on CBS on April 3, 2017 in primetime.

NCAA TV SCHEDULE

 

FIRST FOUR
March 14 and 15 – truTV

FIRST & SECOND ROUNDS
March 16 to March 19 – CBS, TBS, TNT, and truTV

SWEET 16
March 23 – 24 – CBS and TBS

ELITE 8
March 25 – 26 – CBS and TBS

FIRST FOUR
April 1 – CBS

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
April 3 – CBS

 

 

 

 

 

 Links:

college-basketball.alltop.com

google news college basketball

D1 SportsNet

collegebasketball.ap.org

bloggingthebracket.com

NCAA Basketball – CBS Sports

Yahoo! NCAA College Basketball

espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball

sportsillustrated.cnn.com/college-basketball

teamrankings.com/ncb/polls

rantsports.com/ncaa-basketball

westwoodonesports.com/category/ncaa-basketball

 

NCAA March Madness Links:

 

March Madness 2017 NCAA.com - The official site for ticket information, the latest updates, scores, ranking and related pictures, videos, and feature stories, interviews and more.

NCAA Basketball – CBS Sports - The official network TV station with headline reports & predictions, opinion and news, plus the latest scores at a glance and key dates for major games.

Yahoo! NCAA College Basketball - Check out all the stats, brackets, news and analysis with a few extras that may help with your bracket selections… or help you understand why your teams did – or didn’t – come through for you. Experts, blogs and videos for in depth looks at the teams, coaches and players…

NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship - Wikipedia’s excellent overview of March Madness with tons of stats, facts and incredible depth of trivia answers.

 

 

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Spring Training 2017

 

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Spring Training Workout Dates
Team Facility Maps
Cactus | Grapefruit
Team Links
Cactus | Grapefruit
Spring Training Ballparks
Cactus | Grapefruit
Spring Training Schedule
Cactus | Grapefruit
World Baseball Classic Overview
WBC Rosters
WBC Favorites
WBC Schedule
WBC Odds
WBC Recipes
WBC Links
Spring Training Links

 

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Spring Training 2017

 

Sun, scenery, history mark Spring Training baseball In Arizona, Florida

With Cactus League clubs clustered in the Valley of the Sun and Grapefruit League teams dotting the Florida coasts and center of the state, Spring Training offers one of baseball’s great traditions while bringing fans close to the game and under the sun.

 

 

Quick Links:

 

 

 

Workout Dates

 

OrganizationPitchers &FirstPositionFirst full
CatchersWorkoutPlayersworkout
Arizona D-BacksFeb. 13Feb. 13Feb. 16Feb. 17
Atlanta BravesFeb. 14Feb. 15Feb. 17Feb. 18
Baltimore OriolesFeb. 13Feb. 14Feb. 16Feb. 17
Boston Red SoxFeb. 13Feb. 14Feb. 16Feb. 17
Chicago CubsFeb. 14Feb. 15Feb. 17Feb. 18
Chicago White SoxFeb. 13Feb. 14Feb. 17Feb. 18
Cincinnati RedsFeb. 13Feb. 14Feb. 16Feb. 17
Cleveland IndiansFeb. 12Feb. 13Feb. 16Feb. 17
Colorado RockiesFeb. 13Feb. 14Feb. 19Feb. 20
Detroit TigersFeb. 13Feb. 14Feb. 17Feb. 18
Houston AstrosFeb. 15Feb. 15Feb. 17Feb. 18
Kansas City RoyalsFeb. 14Feb. 15Feb. 17Feb. 18
Los Angeles AngelsFeb. 14Feb. 15Feb. 17Feb. 18
Los Angeles DodgersFeb. 15Feb. 16Feb. 20Feb. 21
Miami MarlinsFeb. 13Feb. 14Feb. 17Feb. 17
Milwaukee BrewersFeb. 14Feb. 15Feb. 17Feb. 18
Minnesota TwinsFeb. 13Feb. 14Feb. 18Feb. 19
New York MetsFeb. 13Feb. 14Feb. 18Feb. 19
New York YankeesFeb. 13Feb. 14Feb. 18Feb. 19
Oakland AthleticsFeb. 14Feb. 15Feb. 18Feb. 19
Philadelphia PhilliesFeb. 13Feb. 14Feb. 16Feb. 17
Pittsburgh PiratesFeb. 13Feb. 14Feb. 16Feb. 17
St. Louis CardinalsFeb. 13Feb. 14Feb. 16Feb. 17
San Diego PadresFeb. 14Feb. 15Feb. 17Feb. 18
San Francisco GiantsFeb. 13Feb. 14Feb. 16Feb. 17
Seattle MarinersFeb. 14Feb. 15Feb. 18Feb. 19
Tampa Bay RaysFeb. 13Feb. 14Feb. 18Feb. 19
Texas RangersFeb. 14/17Feb. 15/18Feb. 20Feb. 21
Toronto Blue JaysFeb. 14Feb. 15Feb. 17Feb. 18
Wash NationalsFeb. 15Feb. 16Feb. 18Feb. 19

 

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Team Facility Maps

 

Major League Baseball teams are packing in anticipating of shipping gear to Florida and Arizona in the annual rite of Truck Day.

So where do the teams train for the upcoming season? Here are maps of the team facilities.

 

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Team Links

 

 

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Arizona Diamondbacks
Chicago Cubs
Chicago White Sox
Cincinnati Reds
Cleveland Indians
Colorado Rockies
Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Los Angeles Dodgers
Milwaukee Brewers
Oakland Athletics
San Diego Padres
San Francisco Giants
Seattle Mariners
Texas Rangers
Cactus League Master Schedule

 

 

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 - Grapefruit League -

Atlanta Braves
Baltimore Orioles
Boston Red Sox
Detroit Tigers
Houston Astros
Miami Marlins
Minnesota Twins
New York Mets
New York Yankees
Philadelphia Phillies
Pittsburgh Pirates
St. Louis Cardinals
Tampa Bay Rays
Toronto Blue Jays
Washington Nationals
Grapefruit League Master Schedule

 

 

Spring Training Ballparks

 

 

- Cactus League Ballparks - 

Camelback Ranch-Glendale
Goodyear Ballpark
Maryvale Baseball Park
New Cubs Ballpark
Peoria Stadium
Phoenix Municipal Stadium
Salt River FIelds at Talking Stick
Scottsdale Stadium
Surprise Stadium
Tempe Diablo Stadium

 

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- Grapefruit League Ballparks - 

Bright House Field
Champion Stadium
Charlotte Sports Park
Ed Smith Stadium
Florida Auto Exchange Stadium
Hammond Stadium
JetBlue Park at Fenway South
Joker Marchant Stadium
McKenchnie Field
Osceola County Stadium
Steinbrenner Field
Roger Dean Stadium
Space Coast Stadium
Tradition Field

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MLB Spring Training links

 

MLB.com Spring Training

Cactus League

Grapefruit League

Spring Training Online

Spring Training Connection

 

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 World Baseball Classic

 

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Overview
Rosters
Favorites
Schedule
Odds
Recipes
Links

 

 

 Overview

The best baseball nations in the world will once again come together to battle it out for supremacy in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. This fourth iteration of the event will take place over the course of 16 days from March 6 to 22. Of the 16 teams in the event, 14 will be making their fourth appearance while Colombia and Israel will be making their WBC debut.

While some fans bemoan the fact that the tournament cuts into spring training, there’s no denying that the action on the field is both exciting and entertaining. That’s especially true as teams advance into the later rounds, consummating with the Championship Round at Dodger Stadium, which begins on March 20.

The 2017 World Baseball Classic is just around the bend, and now MLB has released the full schedule for the tournament, which begins on March 6, 2017. Each of the four first-round pools includes four teams. Of those teams, two from each pool advance to a one of two second-round pools. Two teams from each second-round pool will advance to the single-elimination finals round, which gets underway on March 20 at Dodger Stadium. The first two rounds are played under a round-robin format with one-game tiebreakers if necessary.

As for the U.S. team, they’ll play in the Miami first-round pool, and they’ll be competing against Colombia, Canada, and defending WBC champion Dominican Republic.

MLB Network is the exclusive English-language network and ESPN Deportes is the exclusive Spanish-language network of the World Baseball Classic. Each will air all games of the 2017 WBC in the United States.

 

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 Rosters

The rosters were announced on Wednesday 2/8, and as you’re about to see superstars abound. Let’s start with the heavyweights, followed by an alphabetical listing of MLB Major and Minor league players for each squad…

 

 

USA

 

 

CUBA

 

 

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

 

 

VENEZUELA

 

 

JAPAN

 

 

PUERTO RICO

 

 

CANADA

 

 

MEXICO

 

 

COLOMBIA

 

 

AUSTRALIA

 

 

ITALY

 

 

Major League Baseball Players

(& minor leaguers)

 

AUSTRALIA

Travis Blackley, P, Tigers (minors)
Allan de San Miguel, C, Royals (minors)
Liam Hendriks, P, Athletics
Steve Kent, P, Braves (minors)
Daniel McGrath, P, Red Sox (minors)
Robbie Perkins, C, Rockies (minors)
Warwick Saupold, P, Tigers (minors)
Aaron Whitefield, OF, Twins (minors)

 

CANADA

Andrew Albers, P, Braves (minors)
John Axford, P, Athletics
Shane Dawson, P, Blue Jays (minors)
Kellin Deglan, C, Yankees (minors)
Freddie Freeman, INF, Braves
Jim Henderson, P, Cubs (minors)
Russell Martin, INF, Blue Jays
Dustin Molleken, P, Tigers (minors)
Justin Morneau, INF, free agent
Josh Naylor, INF, Padres (minors)
Tyler O’Neill, OF, Mariners (minors)
Nick Pivetta, P, Phillies (minors)
Dalton Pompey, OF, Blue Jays
Jamie Romak, INF, Padres (minors)
Michael Saunders, OF, Phillies
Eric Wood, INF, Pirates (minors)

 

CHINA

Xu Guiyuan, OF, Orioles (minors)

 

CHINESE TAIPEI

Shao-Ching Chiang, P, Indians (minors)

 

COLOMBIA

Jorge Alfaro, C, Phillies (minors)
Yhonathan Barrios, P, Brewers (minors)
Nabil Crismatt, P, Mets (minors)
William Cuevas, P, Tigers (minors)
Carlos Diaz, P, Giants (minors)
Dayan Diaz, P, Astros (minors)
Kevin Escorcia, P, Royals (minors)
Tayron Guerrero, P, Marlins (minors)
Dilson Herrera, INF, Reds
Yeizer Marrugo, P, Orioles (minors)
Greg Nappo, P, Marlins (minors)
Dewin Perez, P, Yankees (minors)
Tito Polo, OF, Yankees (minors)
Jose Quintana, P, White Sox
Harold Ramirez, OF, Blue Jays (minors)
Mauricio Ramos, INF, Royals (minors)
Reynaldo Rodriguez, INF, Twins (minors)
Adrian Sanchez, INF, Nationals (minors)
Donovan Solano, INF, Yankees (minors)
Jhonatan Solano, C, Nationals (minors)
Julio Teheran, P, Braves
Giovanny Urshela, INF, Indians (minors)
Carlos Vidal, OF, Yankees (minors)

 

CUBA

None

 

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Jose Bautista, OF, Blue Jays
Adrian Beltre, INF, Rangers
Dellin Betances, P, Yankees
Robinson Cano, INF, Mariners
Alex Colome, P, Rays
Nelson Cruz, OF, Mariners
Manny Machado, INF, Orioles
Starling Marte, OF, Pirates
Carlos Martinez, P, Cardinals
Nomar Mazara, OF, Rangers
Marcell Ozuna, OF, Marlins
Gregory Polanco, OF, Pirates
Alex Reyes, P, Cardinals
Jose Reyes, INF, Mets

 

ISRAEL

Corey Baker, P, Cardinals (minors)
Scott Burcham, INF, Rockies (minors)
Gabe Cramer, P, Royals (minors)
Ike Davis, INF, free agent
Cody Decker, OF, Brewers (minors)
Sam Fuld, OF, free agent
Jake Kalish, P, Royals (minors)
Alex Katz, P, White Sox (minors)
Ty Kelly, INF, Mets
Dean Kremer, P, Dodgers (minors)
Tyler Krieger, INF, Indians (minors)
Ryan Lavarnway, C, Athletics (minors)
R.C. Orlan, P, Nationals (minors)
Nick Rickles, C, Nationals (minors)
Danny Valencia, INF, Mariners
Joey Wagman, P, Athletics (minors)

 

ITALY

Dan Altavilla, P, Mariners
Drew Butera, C, Royals
Francisco Cervelli, C, Pirates
Chris Colabello, 1B, Indians (minors)
Daniel Descalso, INF, free agent
Nick Fanti, P, Phillies (minors)
Johnny Giavotella, INF, free agent
Brandon Nimmo, OF, Mets
Pat Venditte, P, Mariners (minors)

 

JAPAN

Nori Aoiki, OF, Astros

 

MEXICO

Xorge Carrillo, C, Mets
Khris Davis, OF, Athletics
Jaime Garcia, P, Braves
Danny Espinosa, INF, Angels
Adrian Gonzalez, INF, Dodgers
Miguel Gonzalez, P, White Sox
Roberto Osuna, P, Blue Jays
Oliver Perez, P, Nationals
Sergio Romo, P, free agent
Fernando Salas, P, free agent
Joakim Soria, P, Royals
Carlos Torres, P, Brewers

 

NETHERLANDS

Xander Bogaerts, INF, Red Sox
Didi Gregorius, INF, Yankees
Spencer Kieboom, C, Nationals (minors)
Juremi Profar, INF, Rangers (minors)
Jurickson Profar, INF, Rangers
Jonathan Schoop, INF, Orioles
Andrelton Simmons, INF, Angels

 

PUERTO RICO

Javier Baez, INF, Cubs
Carlos Beltran, OF, Astros
Alex Claudio, P, Rangers
Joseph Colon, P, Indians (minors)
Carlos Correa, INF, Astros
Edwin Diaz, P, Mariners
Francisco Lindor, INF, Indians
Seth Lugo, P, Mets
Joe Jimenez, P, Tigers (minors)
Yadier Molina, C, Cardinals
T.J. Rivera, INF, Mets
Eddie Rosario, OF, Twins
Hector Santiago, P, Twins
Giovanni Soto, P, White Sox

 

SOUTH KOREA

Seung-Hwan Oh, P, Cardinals

 

UNITED STATES

Chris Archer, P, Rays
Nolan Arenado, INF, Rockies
Alex Bregman, INF, Astros
Matt Carpenter, INF, Cardinals
Brandon Crawford, INF, Giants
Danny Duffy, P, Royals
Sam Dyson, P, Rangers
Mychal Givens, P, Orioles
Paul Goldschmidt, INF, Diamondbacks
Luke Gregerson, P, Astros
Eric Hosmer, INF, Royals
Adam Jones, OF, Orioles
Ian Kinsler, INF, Tigers
Jonathan Lucroy, C, Rangers
Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pirates
Jake McGee, P, Rockies
Andrew Miller, P, Indians
Daniel Murphy, INF, Nationals
Buster Posey, C, Giants
Tanner Roark, P, Nationals
Marcus Stroman, P, Blue Jays
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Marlins
Christian Yelich, OF, Marlins

 

VENEZUELA

Jose Altuve, INF, Astros
Asdrubal Cabrera, INF, Mets
Miguel Cabrera, INF, Tigers
Jhoulys Chacin, P, Padres
Alcides Escobar, INF, Royals
Jeanmar Gomez, P, Phillies
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Rockies
Felix Hernandez, P, Mariners
Odubel Herrera, OF, Phillies
Ender Inciarte, OF, Braves
Sandy Leon, C, Red Sox
Victor Martinez, INF, Tigers
Rougned Odor, INF, Rangers
Martin Perez, P, Rangers
Salvador Perez, C, Royals
Martin Prado, INF, Marlins
Francisco Rodriguez, P, Tigers
Bruce Rondon, P, Tigers

 

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 Favorites

The finalized rosters have been announced for the 16 teams who’ve qualified tournament pool play for 2017. Lets take a look at the favorites — and some dark horses

 

FAVORITE: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Robinson Cano will look to repeat his MVP performance in the 2013 WBC.

Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz told Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times back in September that they’d be back in the WBC to help the Dominican Republic defend its 2013 gold medal. “It was like a dream,” Cruz said of their run to a tournament title. “We won every single game. We had fun. It was a blast.”

He’ll be joined in the Dominican outfield by Pittsburgh’s Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco, while Cano, the MVP of the 2013 international extravaganza, will play alongside Baltimore’s Manny Machado and Texas’ Adrian Beltre in the infield.

Cleveland’s Edwin Encarnacion won’t be rounding things out around the diamond, however, announcing at his introductory press conference with the Indians that he planned on skipping the WBC, per WKYC.com’s Matthew Florjancic.

Even without Encarnacion in the mix, that kind of offensive firepower should make things easier for St. Louis’ Alex Reyes and the rest of the team’s yet-to-be-revealed starting rotation. Two of the game’s best relievers, New York’s Dellin Betances and Tampa Bay’s Alex Colome, will be waiting in the bullpen.

If the pitching can keep things close, the Dominican Republic has an excellent chance to win its second straight WBC crown.

 

 

FAVORITE: JAPAN

Fans will finally get to see what makes Shohei Otani such a special player.

Winners of the first two installments of the WBC (2006, 2009) and the only team that has medaled in all three editions of the tournament, the Japanese will be looking to improve upon its bronze medal finish in 2013.

“For Samurai Japan, the goal is to put together the strongest team possible and recapture the title,” NPB commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki said last month, per Jason Coskrey of the Japan Times.

While Houston’s Norichika Aoki is the only current MLB player to have so far committed to playing, the best non-MLB affiliated talent on the planet, Shohei Otani, a 22-year-old dual-threat as a pitcher and a hitter, leads a deep roster that features many players with previous WBC experience.

Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma, Los Angeles’ Kenta Maeda, and New York’s Masahiro Tanaka are among the current big leaguers who could join Aoki in the tournament. Adding any of them to Japan’s rotation would only improve their odds of winning their third gold medal.

 

 

FAVORITE: PUERTO RICO

Carlos Beltran will look to win gold in what figures to be his final WBC appearance.

Four years ago, the Dominican Republic silenced Puerto Rico’s bats in the championship game, holding the team to three hits in a 3-0 loss. Finding offense shouldn’t be difficult this time around, with Javier Baez, Carlos Correa and Francisco Lindor all set to make their respective WBC debuts.

Where will they all play? Manager Edwin Rodriguez wouldn’t commit when asked. “They’re going to be all over the place,” Rodriguez recently told MLB.com’s Austin Laymance. “They all have to be playing everywhere. They know that. We know that. Any [of them] can start at shortstop.”

Neither Carlos Beltran nor Yadier Molina can start at shortstop, but the veteran duo will provide the club with much-needed leadership and tournament experience.

On the mound, New York’s Seth Lugo and Minnesota’s Hector Santiago are two of the team’s known starters, while a trio of young relievers—Texas’ Alex Claudio, Seattle’s Edwin Diaz and Detroit prospect Joe Jimenez—give the club a potentially dynamic three-headed monster to deploy late in games.

That said, Puerto Rico’s success will hinge on just how productive its star-studded lineup is. With the names we know, it’s not hard to envision another trip to the tournament’s final game.

 

 

FAVORITE: UNITED STATES

Adam Jones will be looking to improve upon a .467 OPS in the 2013 WBC.

It’s inconceivable that the United States has yet to medal at the World Baseball Classic, but the facts are indisputable: Team USA has only made it to the semifinals of the tournament once, back in 2009, when it was eliminated by eventual champion Japan.

So how can we call Team USA one of the favorites in 2017? Good luck trying to find a hole on the roster.

Perennial All-Stars such as Colorado’s Nolan Arenado, Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt, Detroit’s Ian Kinsler, Washington’s Daniel Murphy are among the eight infielders on Team USA’s roster, while Baltimore’s Adam Jones, Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen and Miami’s Christian Yelich will be roaming the outfield.

Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer, Washington’s Tanner Roark and Toronto’s Marcus Stroman give Team USA a trio of excellent starters, with Baltimore’s Mychal Givens, Houston’s Luke Gregerson and Cleveland’s Andrew Miller ready to take the ball when needed out of the bullpen.

They’ll be throwing to the duo of Jonathan Lucroy and Buster Posey, arguably the two best catchers in the world.

Washington’s Max Scherzer was originally slated to be part of the rotation, but a stress fracture in a knuckle on his right hand will keep him out of action. Speculation has surrounded Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw and Boston’s David Price as potential replacements.

Games aren’t won on paper. All these big names mean nothing if they can’t get the job done between the lines. But it’s impossible not to look at Team USA’s roster and think that this could finally be the year they break through to the championship round.

 

 

DARK HORSE: MEXICO

Adrian Gonzalez will have to be a catalyst for Mexico in 2017.

After failing to advance out of the first round in 2013, Mexico had to play its way back into the field of 16 this time around, beating Nicaragua in qualifying play to earn a return trip to the WBC.

Los Angeles’ Adrian Gonzalez leads the way offensively, joined by Oakland’s Khris Davis and Danny Espinosa, recently acquired by the Los Angeles Angels from the Washington Nationals. Espinosa’s former teammate Anthony Rendon could join the festivities, as could Gonzalez’s current teammate Yasiel Puig, according to a report from MLB.com’s Chad Thornburg,

The bulk of Team Mexico’s MLB experience lies in its pitching staff. While Atlanta’s Jaime Garcia and Chicago’s Miguel Gonzalez are the two starters currently locked in, the bullpen is especially deep in big league talent:

Roberto Osuna (TOR)
Oliver Perez (WAS)
Sergio Romo (FA)
Fernando Salas (FA)
Joakim Soria (KC)
Carlos Torres (MIL)
That group could recieve even more reinforcements, per Thornburg, with Texas’ Matt Bush, Miami’s A.J. Ramos and Toronto’s Aaron Sanchez looming as potential additions to the roster.

 

 

DARK HORSE: NETHERLANDS

The Netherlands needs a big performance from Jurickson Profar, among others.

There are lots of questions surrounding the Netherlands when it comes to pitching, especially now that All-Star closer Kenley Jansen isn’t expected to participate, per a report from Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.

Without Jansen, the team’s pitching staff includes former MLB hurlers Jair Jurrjens, Shairon Martis and Rick VandenHurk. That’s far from intimidating.

But with Boston’s Xander Bogaerts, New York’s Didi Gregorius, Texas’ Jurickson Profar, Baltimore’s Jonathan Schoop and Los Angeles’ Andrelton Simmons, the Netherlands boast an infield that’s on par with those the favorites in the tournament will be trotting out.

At the very least, that quintet makes the Netherlands a dangerous team to face, one that’s capable of putting a bunch of runs on the board in a hurry. Whether their pitchers will be able to keep the opposition’s bats at bay, however, remains to be seen.

 

 

DARK HORSE: KOREA

Seattle’s Dae-Ho Lee was a force for Korea in the 2013 WBC.

One of the only teams that has already finalized its roster for the 2017 WBC, Korea boasts an experienced group that features a trio of MLB players—Texas’ Shin-Soo Choo, Seattle’s Dae-Ho Lee and Baltimore’s Hyun Soo Kim.

Notable absences from the club are Pittsburgh’s Jung Ho Kang, St. Louis’ Seung-Wan Oh and Minnesota’s Byung Ho Park. Kang was kicked off the team earlier this month after news broke that he was involved in a DUI incident; Oh was suspended for gambling by the Korean Baseball Organization before he signed with St. Louis last season; and Park is recovering from wrist surgery.

In a first-round pool with Chinese Taipei, Israel and the Netherlands—and only the latter thought to be a potential contender—Korea should have no problems advancing to the second round of the tournament. Once they get there, anything is possible.

 

 

DARK HORSE: VENEZUELA

MIguel Cabrera’s presence ensures that Venezuela will be competitive in the WBC.

It’s hard to look at some of the big-name talent on Venezuela’s roster and not consider the club a favorite in the WBC.

Houston’s Jose Altuve, New York’s Asdrubal Cabrera, Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez and Kansas City’s Salvador Perez give Venezuela a dangerous, formidable offense, while Felix Hernandez returns as the ace of the pitching staff.

But there are questions about how the rest of the roster will shape out.

Will Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco join King Felix in the rotation? Will Detroit’s Fernando Rodriguez and Bruce Rondon sign on to serve as the team’s primary relievers? Who will join CarGo in the outfield? The answers to those questions will ultimately decide if Venezuela is truly a contender or just a pretender.

 

 

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 Schedule

Now for the full 2017 World Baseball Classic schedule …

 

 

Pool A: Seoul (Gocheok Sky Dome)

 

  South Korea  Israel  Chinese Taipei  Netherlands

 

First Round (Round Robin)

 

 

DATETIME (ET)VENUE
March 6 Israelvs. South Korea5:00 a.m.Seoul, South Korea
March 7 Israelvs. Chinese Taipei10:30 p.m.Seoul, South Korea
March 7 Netherlandsvs. South Korea5:00 a.m.Seoul, South Korea
March 8 Chinese Taipeivs. Netherlands5:00 a.m.Seoul, South Korea
March 9 Israelvs. Netherlands10:30 p.m.Seoul, South Korea
March 9 Chinese Taipeivs. South Korea5:00 a.m.Seoul, South Korea
March 10*TBDvs.TBD4:00 a.m.Seoul, South Korea

*Play-in game, if necessary.

 

Pool B: Tokyo (Tokyo Dome)

 

  Japan  Cuba  China  Australia

 

First Round (Round Robin)

 

DATETIME (ET)VENUE
March 7 Cubavs. Japan5:00 a.m.Tokyo, Japan
March 8 Chinavs. Cuba10:00 p.m.Tokyo, Japan
March 8 Australiavs. Japan5:00 a.m.Tokyo, Japan
March 9 Chinavs. Australia5:00 a.m.Tokyo, Japan
March 10 Australiavs. Cuba10:00 p.m.Tokyo, Japan
March 10 Chinavs. Japan5:00 a.m.Tokyo, Japan
March 11*TBDvs.TBD5:00 a.m.Tokyo, Japan

*Play-in game, if necessary.

 

Pool C: Miami (Marlins Park)

 

  United States  Dominican Republic  Colombia  Canada

 

First Round (Round Robin)

 

DATETIME (ET)VENUE
March 9 Canadavs. Dominican Rep.6:00 p.m.Miami, Florida
March 10 Colombiavs. United States6:00 p.m.Miami, Florida
March 11 Colombiavs. Canada12:00 p.m.Miami, Florida
March 11 United Statesvs. Dominican Rep.6:30 p.m.Miami, Florida
March 12 Dominican Rep.vs. Colombia12:30 p.m.Miami, Florida
March 12 Canadavs. United States7:00 p.m.Miami, Florida
March 13*TBDvs.TBD6:00 p.m.Miami, Florida

*Play-in game, if necessary.

Pool D: Jalisco (Estadio Telmex)

 

  Mexico  Italy  Venezuela  Puerto Rico

 

 

First Round (Round Robin)

 

DATETIME (ET)VENUE
March 9 Italyvs. Mexico9:00 p.m.Jalisco, Mexico
March 10 Venezuelavs. Puerto Rico9:00 p.m.Jalisco, Mexico
March 11 Venezuelavs. Italy3:00 p.m.Jalisco, Mexico
March 11 Puerto Ricovs. Mexico9:30 p.m.Jalisco, Mexico
March 12 Italyvs. Puerto Rico3:30 p.m.Jalisco, Mexico
March 12 Venezuelavs. Mexico10:00 p.m.Jalisco, Mexico
March 13*TBDvs.TBD9:00 p.m.Jalisco, Mexico

*Play-in game, if necessary.

Pool E: Tokyo (Tokyo Dome)

 

 

Second Round (Round Robin)

DATETIME (ET)VENUE
March 12TBDvs.TBD10:00 p.m.Tokyo, Japan
March 12TBDvs.TBD6:00 a.m.Tokyo, Japan
March 13TBDvs.TBD6:00 a.m.Tokyo, Japan
March 14TBDvs.TBD6:00 a.m.Tokyo, Japan
March 15TBDvs.TBD11:00 p.m.Tokyo, Japan
March 15TBDvs.TBD6:00 a.m.Tokyo, Japan
March 16*TBDvs.TBD6:00 a.m.Tokyo, Japan

*Play-in game, if necessary.

Pool F: San Diego (Petco Park)

 

 

Second Round (Round Robin)

DATETIME (ET)VENUE
March 14TBDvs.TBD9:00 p.m.San Diego, California
March 15TBDvs.TBD9:00 p.m.San Diego, California
March 16TBDvs.TBD10:00 p.m.San Diego, California
March 17TBDvs.TBD10:00 p.m.San Diego, California
March 18TBDvs.TBD3:30 p.m.San Diego, California
March 18TBDvs.TBD10:00 p.m.San Diego, California
March 19*TBDvs.TBD8:00 p.m.San Diego, California

*Play-in game, if necessary.

 

 

Finals: Los Angeles (Dodger Stadium)

 

Championship Round (Single Elimination)

 

DATETIME (ET)VENUE
March 20TBDvs.TBD9:00 p.m.Los Angeles, California
March 21TBDvs.TBD9:00 p.m.Los Angeles, California
March 22TBDvs.TBD9:00 p.m.Los Angeles, California

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Odds

 

Odds are tight near the top, but Team USA is a +200 favorite to be the last squad standing. America, which has never finished higher than fourth in the event, is stacked with MLB talent from top to bottom. Infield depth may be Team USA’s biggest strength, as the likes of Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt and Daniel Murphy will be suiting up for the club.

The defending champions come from the Dominican Republic (+250) and their all-star roster. Though pitching may be an issue for the club, their hitting is undeniable with Adrian Beltre, Robinson Cano, Manny Machado and Nelson Cruz forming one of the most terrifying lineups you could imagine.

Japan (+300) is close behind the USA and Dominican, as the two-time winners have never finished worse than third in the event. The roster features plenty of unknowns for most North Americans but is loaded with the elite players in the Nippon Professional Baseball league. The most intriguing player on the roster, who could soon be making his way to the MLB, is 22-year-old Shohei Otani. The youngster is quickly developing a cult following, as he has dominated both as a pitcher (career 2.49 ERA) and a DH (career .275 BA with 40 home runs).

One team to keep an eye on is Venezuela (+900). Two teams from each pool advance to the next round and Venezuela is in a relatively weak pool featuring Mexico, Italy and Puerto Rico. Venezuela should easily make it out of the first round but will have a tough task, as they will be competing against the top teams in Pool C (likely USA and Dominican Republic). However, Venezuela has a chance to win any time they send Felix Hernandez to the mound.

March is an important month for baseball fans. Not only does it signal the beginning of the exhibition season—and draw us ever closer to Opening Day—but every four years, it provides us the opportunity to see the best players in the world compete in a 16-team tournament, the World Baseball Classic.

 

2017 WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC ODDS

Team

 

Odds

 

USA200
Dominican Republic250
Japan300
Venuzuela900
Puerto Rico1000
South Korea1000
Cuba1800
Mexico2500
Netherlands2500
Canada6600
Chinese Taipei8000
Colombia15000
Italy15000
Australia15000
China15000
Israel20000
Odds as of February 8 at Bovada

 

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 Recipes

 

 

AUSTRALIA

grilled lobster with garlic parsley butter

 

CANADA

Canadian Barn BBQ Sauce

 

CHINA

Chinese grilled shrimp

 

CHINESE TAIPEI

Sesame and Miso Dressing for Bang Bang Chicken

 

COLOMBIA

Beer Marinated Flank Steak with AJI and guacamole

 

CUBA

Lechon Asado con Mojo (Cuban Grilled Pork with Mojo)

 

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Fried Cheese with Sweet Dipping Sauce

 

ISRAEL

Beef Kebab in Tahini Sauce and Tomato Salsa

 

ITALY

Grilled Peaches With Mascarpone Cream And Sweet Balsamic Syrup

 

JAPAN

Yaki Onigiri

 

MEXICO

Grilled Shrimp Tacos with avocado-corn salsa

 

NETHERLANDS

Dutch Oven Baked Beans with Slab Bacon and Breadcrumbs

 

PUERTO RICO

Puerto Rican Churrasco

 

SOUTH KOREA

Kalbi (Korean Barbequed Beef Short Ribs)

 

UNITED STATES

Bob Baker’s Grilled Chicken with White BBQ Sauce

 

VENEZUELA

Chicken Maracucho (Venezuelan Ginger Chicken Thighs)

 

 

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   Links:

 

worldbaseballclassic.com

baseballamerica.com

mlbshop.com

bleacherreport.com

 

twitter:

@WBCBaseball

trending:

#WBC2017

 

 

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National Hockey League

 

With Wednesday’s trade deadline right around the corner and teams ramping up for the final stretch of the 2016-17 NHL regular season, contenders are surging forward while pretenders are fizzling out in anticipation of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Washington Capitals have done nearly all they can to warrant a slide from the No. 1 spot in the league, but they can’t be dethroned just yet. The Chicago Blackhawks, meanwhile, have been gliding off big road wins, while middle-of-the-pack contenders like the Florida Panthers are vying for serious attention

 

  1. Capitals
  2. Wild
  3. Blackhawks
  4. Penguins
  5. Rangers
  6. Blue Jackets
  7. Sharks
  8. Oilers
  9. Ducks
  10. Senators

 

 

 

NHL on NBSN

 

NHL on NBC

 

Sunday, March 12
12:30 PMRangers/Red WingsNBC
Sunday, March 26
12:30 PMFlyers/PenguinsNBC

 

 

NHL on NHL.tv

 

NHL Center Ice

 

 

NHL LIVE on NHL Network

 

 

NHL Wednesday Night Rivalry

March 1 Pittsburgh Chicago 8 p.m.
March 8 Detroit Boston 8 p.m.
March 15 Pittsburgh Philadelphia 7:30 p.m.
March 22 N.Y. Islanders N.Y. Rangers 8 p.m.
March 29 Chicago Pittsburgh 8 p.m.

 

NBC Sports Network

 

Wednesday, March 1
8:00 PMPenguins/BlackhawksNBCSN
Thursday, March 2
7:00 PMRangers/BruinsNBCSN
Sunday, March 5
8:00 PMBlues/AvalancheNBCSN
Monday, March 6
7:30 PMStars/CapitalsNBCSN
Tuesday, March 7
7:30 PMFlyers/SabresNBCSN
Wednesday, March 8
8:00 PMRed Wings/BruinsNBCSN
Sunday, March 12
7:00 PMWild/BlackhawksNBCSN
Monday, March 13
7:30 PMHurricanes/IslandersNBCSN
Tuesday, March 14
7:30 PMBlackhawks/CanadiensNBCSN
Wednesday, March 15
7:30 PMPenguins/FlyersNBCSN
10:00 PMRed Wings/AvalancheNBCSN
Monday, March 20
7:30 PMSabres/Red WingsNBCSN
Tuesday, March 21
8:30 PMSharks/WildNBCSN
Wednesday, March 22
8:00 PMIslanders/RangersNBCSN
Sunday, March 26
7:00 PMWild/Red WingsNBCSN
Monday, March 27
7:30 PMBlackhawks/LightningNBCSN
Wednesday, March 29
8:00 PMBlackhawks/PenguinsNBCSN
Thursday, March 30
7:30 PMStars/BruinsNBCSN

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Here is the FULL NHL Schedule – MARCH’17:

 

MarchGameGame Time
   Wed 1Carolina @ Tampa Bay7:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Chicago8:00 PM ET
   Thu 2NY Rangers @ Boston7:00 PM ET
Arizona @ Buffalo7:00 PM ET
Florida @ Philadelphia7:00 PM ET
New Jersey @ Washington7:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ Columbus7:00 PM ET
Nashville @ Montreal7:30 PM ET
Colorado @ Ottawa7:30 PM ET
NY Islanders @ Dallas8:30 PM ET
Toronto @ Los Angeles10:30 PM ET
Vancouver @ San Jose10:30 PM ET
   Fri 3Tampa Bay @ Pittsburgh7:00 PM ET
Arizona @ Carolina7:30 PM ET
St. Louis @ Winnipeg8:00 PM ET
NY Islanders @ Chicago8:30 PM ET
Detroit @ Calgary9:00 PM ET
Toronto @ Anaheim10:00 PM ET
   Sat 4Colorado @ Winnipeg7:00 PM ET
New Jersey @ Boston7:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Buffalo7:00 PM ET
Columbus @ Ottawa7:00 PM ET
Dallas @ Florida7:00 PM ET
Montreal @ NY Rangers7:00 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Washington7:30 PM ET
Chicago @ Nashville8:00 PM ET
Vancouver @ Los Angeles10:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Edmonton10:00 PM ET
   Sun 5NY Islanders @ Calgary4:00 PM ET
Columbus @ New Jersey5:00 PM ET
Buffalo @ Pittsburgh5:00 PM ET
San Jose @ Minnesota6:00 PM ET
Vancouver @ Anaheim8:00 PM ET
St. Louis @ Colorado8:00 PM ET
Carolina @ Arizona8:30 PM ET
   Mon 6Dallas @ Washington7:30 PM ET
Boston @ Ottawa7:30 PM ET
NY Rangers @ Tampa Bay7:30 PM ET
San Jose @ Winnipeg8:00 PM ET
   Tue 7New Jersey @ Columbus7:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Toronto7:30 PM ET
NY Rangers @ Florida7:30 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Buffalo7:30 PM ET
St. Louis @ Minnesota8:00 PM ET
Carolina @ Colorado9:00 PM ET
NY Islanders @ Edmonton9:00 PM ET
Montreal @ Vancouver10:00 PM ET
Nashville @ Anaheim10:00 PM ET
   Wed 8Ottawa @ Dallas8:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Winnipeg8:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Boston8:00 PM ET
   Thu 9NY Rangers @ Carolina7:00 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Toronto7:30 PM ET
Minnesota @ Tampa Bay7:30 PM ET
Anaheim @ Chicago8:30 PM ET
New Jersey @ Colorado9:00 PM ET
Montreal @ Calgary9:00 PM ET
Ottawa @ Arizona9:00 PM ET
NY Islanders @ Vancouver10:00 PM ET
Nashville @ Los Angeles10:30 PM ET
Washington @ San Jose10:30 PM ET
   Fri 10Buffalo @ Columbus7:00 PM ET
Chicago @ Detroit7:30 PM ET
Minnesota @ Florida7:30 PM ET
Anaheim @ St. Louis8:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Edmonton9:00 PM ET
   Sat 11Philadelphia @ Boston1:00 PM ET
Nashville @ San Jose4:00 PM ET
Ottawa @ Colorado7:00 PM ET
Calgary @ Winnipeg7:00 PM ET
Columbus @ Buffalo7:00 PM ET
Florida @ Tampa Bay7:00 PM ET
Toronto @ Carolina7:00 PM ET
New Jersey @ Arizona8:00 PM ET
NY Islanders @ St. Louis8:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Vancouver10:00 PM ET
Washington @ Los Angeles10:30 PM ET
   Sun 12NY Rangers @ Detroit12:30 PM ET
Montreal @ Edmonton7:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ Chicago7:00 PM ET
Washington @ Anaheim9:30 PM ET
Dallas @ San Jose10:00 PM ET
   Mon 13Tampa Bay @ NY Rangers7:00 PM ET
Columbus @ Philadelphia7:00 PM ET
Carolina @ NY Islanders7:30 PM ET
Winnipeg @ Nashville8:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Calgary9:00 PM ET
Boston @ Vancouver10:00 PM ET
Colorado @ Arizona10:00 PM ET
St. Louis @ Los Angeles10:00 PM ET
   Tue 14Winnipeg @ New Jersey7:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ Washington7:00 PM ET
NY Islanders @ Carolina7:00 PM ET
Chicago @ Montreal7:30 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Ottawa7:30 PM ET
Toronto @ Florida7:30 PM ET
Dallas @ Edmonton9:00 PM ET
Arizona @ Los Angeles10:30 PM ET
Buffalo @ San Jose10:30 PM ET
   Wed 15Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia7:30 PM ET
Boston @ Calgary9:00 PM ET
St. Louis @ Anaheim10:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Colorado10:00 PM ET
   Thu 16Philadelphia @ New Jersey7:00 PM ET
Winnipeg @ NY Islanders7:00 PM ET
Nashville @ Washington7:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ Carolina7:00 PM ET
Florida @ Columbus7:00 PM ET
Chicago @ Ottawa7:30 PM ET
Toronto @ Tampa Bay7:30 PM ET
Boston @ Edmonton9:00 PM ET
Dallas @ Vancouver10:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Arizona10:00 PM ET
Buffalo @ Los Angeles10:30 PM ET
St. Louis @ San Jose10:30 PM ET
   Fri 17Florida @ NY Rangers7:00 PM ET
New Jersey @ Pittsburgh7:00 PM ET
Dallas @ Calgary9:00 PM ET
Buffalo @ Anaheim10:00 PM ET
   Sat 18Colorado @ Detroit1:00 PM ET
Columbus @ NY Islanders1:00 PM ET
NY Rangers @ Minnesota7:00 PM ET
Chicago @ Toronto7:00 PM ET
Montreal @ Ottawa7:00 PM ET
Washington @ Tampa Bay7:00 PM ET
Nashville @ Carolina7:00 PM ET
St. Louis @ Arizona9:00 PM ET
Vancouver @ Edmonton10:00 PM ET
Anaheim @ San Jose10:30 PM ET
   Sun 19Columbus @ New Jersey1:00 PM ET
Florida @ Pittsburgh1:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ Winnipeg5:00 PM ET
Colorado @ Chicago7:00 PM ET
Carolina @ Philadelphia7:30 PM ET
Ottawa @ Montreal7:30 PM ET
Los Angeles @ Calgary9:30 PM ET
   Mon 20Boston @ Toronto7:30 PM ET
Buffalo @ Detroit7:30 PM ET
Arizona @ Nashville8:00 PM ET
San Jose @ Dallas8:30 PM ET
Los Angeles @ Edmonton9:00 PM ET
   Tue 21Ottawa @ Boston7:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Buffalo7:00 PM ET
NY Rangers @ New Jersey7:00 PM ET
Calgary @ Washington7:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Montreal7:30 PM ET
Arizona @ Tampa Bay7:30 PM ET
Carolina @ Florida7:30 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Winnipeg8:00 PM ET
Vancouver @ Chicago8:30 PM ET
San Jose @ Minnesota8:30 PM ET
St. Louis @ Colorado9:00 PM ET
   Wed 22Toronto @ Columbus7:00 PM ET
NY Islanders @ NY Rangers8:00 PM ET
Edmonton @ Anaheim10:00 PM ET
   Thu 23Tampa Bay @ Boston7:00 PM ET
Columbus @ Washington7:00 PM ET
New Jersey @ Toronto7:30 PM ET
Carolina @ Montreal7:30 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Ottawa7:30 PM ET
Arizona @ Florida7:30 PM ET
Vancouver @ St. Louis8:00 PM ET
Calgary @ Nashville8:00 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Minnesota8:00 PM ET
Dallas @ Chicago8:30 PM ET
Edmonton @ Colorado9:00 PM ET
Winnipeg @ Los Angeles10:30 PM ET
   Fri 24NY Islanders @ Pittsburgh7:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Detroit7:30 PM ET
San Jose @ Dallas8:30 PM ET
Winnipeg @ Anaheim10:00 PM ET
   Sat 25Vancouver @ Minnesota2:00 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Columbus2:00 PM ET
Calgary @ St. Louis7:00 PM ET
Toronto @ Buffalo7:00 PM ET
Ottawa @ Montreal7:00 PM ET
Chicago @ Florida7:00 PM ET
Carolina @ New Jersey7:00 PM ET
Boston @ NY Islanders7:00 PM ET
Arizona @ Washington7:00 PM ET
San Jose @ Nashville8:00 PM ET
Colorado @ Edmonton10:00 PM ET
NY Rangers @ Los Angeles10:30 PM ET
   Sun 26Minnesota @ Detroit12:30 PM ET
Dallas @ New Jersey5:00 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh7:00 PM ET
Vancouver @ Winnipeg8:00 PM ET
NY Rangers @ Anaheim9:00 PM ET
   Mon 27Florida @ Buffalo7:00 PM ET
Nashville @ NY Islanders7:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Carolina7:00 PM ET
Chicago @ Tampa Bay7:30 PM ET
Arizona @ St. Louis8:00 PM ET
Colorado @ Calgary9:00 PM ET
   Tue 28Nashville @ Boston7:00 PM ET
Ottawa @ Philadelphia7:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Carolina7:00 PM ET
Buffalo @ Columbus7:00 PM ET
Florida @ Toronto7:30 PM ET
Dallas @ Montreal7:30 PM ET
Washington @ Minnesota8:00 PM ET
Los Angeles @ Edmonton9:00 PM ET
Anaheim @ Vancouver10:00 PM ET
NY Rangers @ San Jose10:30 PM ET
   Wed 29Chicago @ Pittsburgh8:00 PM ET
Los Angeles @ Calgary9:00 PM ET
Washington @ Colorado10:00 PM ET
St. Louis @ Arizona10:30 PM ET
   Thu 30NY Islanders @ Philadelphia7:00 PM ET
Columbus @ Carolina7:00 PM ET
Florida @ Montreal7:30 PM ET
Detroit @ Tampa Bay7:30 PM ET
Dallas @ Boston7:30 PM ET
Toronto @ Nashville8:00 PM ET
Ottawa @ Minnesota8:00 PM ET
Anaheim @ Winnipeg8:00 PM ET
San Jose @ Edmonton9:00 PM ET
   Fri 31Pittsburgh @ NY Rangers7:00 PM ET
New Jersey @ NY Islanders7:30 PM ET
Columbus @ Chicago8:30 PM ET
St. Louis @ Colorado9:00 PM ET
San Jose @ Calgary9:00 PM ET
Los Angeles @ Vancouver10:00 PM ET
Washington @ Arizona10:00 PM ET

 

 

NHL Links:

thehockeynews.com

sportsoverdose.com/nhl

hockey-reference.com/

sports.yahoo.com/nhl/

http://espn.go.com/nhl/powerrankings

 

 

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 National Basketball Association

 

Well, the trade deadline is over. This is the team you’ve got, for better or worse. It’s time to either put the pedal to the floor or start tanking to high heaven.
Something that often gets lost when we talk about the trade deadline is that there are only seven weeks left in the season, less than 30 games. You don’t have a lot of time to figure out how these new additions fit. The Pelicans didn’t have a stable structure to begin with, and now they just threw in DeMarcus Cousins into the mix. There’s a lot to figure out with no practice time, whatsoever.

Rosters are built over NBA summers with long-term goals and plans in mind. When the Warriors added Kevin Durant, it affected the rest of their depth decisions. These trades are more haphazard, opportunistic or duct-taped solutions. So the pressure is on the coaches to find out how to make them work to the best of their abilities, now, and in the long-term.
It’s not easy, and while over half the league makes the postseason, each team has different expectations. There’s a lot of pressure, and it starts ramping up now.

 

  1. Warriors
  2. Spurs
  3. Cavaliers
  4. Celtics
  5. Wizards
  6. Rockets
  7. Jazz
  8. Heat
  9. Thunder
  10. Grizzlies

 

ON

Wednesday, March 1
8:00 PMCavaliers/CelticsESPN
10:30 PMRockets/ClippersESPN
Thursday, March 2
8:00 PMWarriors/BullsTNT
10:30 PMThunder/BlazersTNT
Friday, March 3
7:00 PMHeat/MagicESPN
9:30 PMSpurs/PelicansESPN
Saturday, March 4
8:30 PMClippers/BullsABC
Sunday, March 5
3:30 PMWarriors/KnicksABC
8:30 PMThunder/MavericksESPN
Monday, March 6
8:00 PMPacers/HornetsTNT
10:30 PMCeltics/ClippersTNT
Wednesday, March 8
8:00 PMPistons/PacersESPN
10:30 PMCeltics/WarriorsESPN
Thursday, March 9
8:00 PMSpurs/ThunderTNT
10:30 PMLakers/SunsTNT
Saturday, March 11
8:30 PMWarriors/SpursABC
Sunday, March 12
3:30 PMBulls/CelticsABC
9:00 PMCavaliers/RocketsESPN
Monday, March 13
8:00 PMHawks/SpursTNT
10:30 PMLakers/NuggetsTNT
Wednesday, March 15
8:00 PMBlazers/SpursESPN
10:30 PMBucks/ClippersESPN
Saturday, March 18
8:30 PMCavaliers/ClippersABC
Monday, March 20
8:00 PMWarriors/ThunderTNT
10:30 PMKnicks/ClippersTNT
Tuesday, March 21
7:00 PMBulls/RaptorsESPN
9:30 PMSpurs/T’WolvesESPN
Wednesday, March 22
8:00 PMHawks/WizardsESPN
10:30 PMKnicks/JazzESPN
Sunday, March 26
3:30 PMThunder/RocketsABC
Monday, March 27
8:00 PMCavaliers/SpursTNT
10:30 PMPelicans/JazzTNT
Wednesday, March 29
9:30 PMWarriors/SpursESPN
Thursday, March 30
8:00 PMCavaliers/BullsTNT
10:30 PMRockets/BlazersTNT
Friday, March 31
7:00 PMPacers/RaptorsESPN
9:30 PMSpurs/ThunderESPN

 

 


Here is the FULL NBA Schedule – MARCH’17:

 

MarchGameGame Time
   Wed 1New York @ Orlando7:00 PM ET
Washington @ Toronto7:30 PM ET
Dallas @ Atlanta7:30 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Miami7:30 PM ET
Denver @ Milwaukee8:00 PM ET
Detroit @ New Orleans8:00 PM ET
Cleveland @ Boston8:00 PM ET
Indiana @ San Antonio8:30 PM ET
Minnesota @ Utah9:00 PM ET
Houston @ L.A. Clippers10:30 PM ET
Brooklyn @ Sacramento10:30 PM ET
   Thu 2Golden State @ Chicago8:00 PM ET
Charlotte @ Phoenix9:00 PM ET
Oklahoma City @ Portland10:30 PM ET
   Fri 3New York @ Philadelphia7:00 PM ET
Toronto @ Washington7:00 PM ET
Miami @ Orlando7:00 PM ET
L.A. Clippers @ Milwaukee8:00 PM ET
Cleveland @ Atlanta8:00 PM ET
Memphis @ Dallas8:30 PM ET
Brooklyn @ Utah9:00 PM ET
Oklahoma City @ Phoenix9:00 PM ET
San Antonio @ New Orleans9:30 PM ET
Boston @ L.A. Lakers10:30 PM ET
   Sat 4Detroit @ Philadelphia6:00 PM ET
Toronto @ Milwaukee8:00 PM ET
Cleveland @ Miami8:00 PM ET
L.A. Clippers @ Chicago8:30 PM ET
Charlotte @ Denver9:00 PM ET
Memphis @ Houston9:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ San Antonio9:00 PM ET
Brooklyn @ Portland10:00 PM ET
   Sun 5Indiana @ Atlanta1:00 PM ET
Golden State @ New York3:30 PM ET
Boston @ Phoenix5:00 PM ET
Orlando @ Washington5:00 PM ET
Utah @ Sacramento6:00 PM ET
Oklahoma City @ Dallas8:30 PM ET
New Orleans @ L.A. Lakers9:30 PM ET
   Mon 6Milwaukee @ Philadelphia7:00 PM ET
New York @ Orlando7:00 PM ET
Miami @ Cleveland7:00 PM ET
Golden State @ Atlanta7:30 PM ET
Chicago @ Detroit7:30 PM ET
Brooklyn @ Memphis8:00 PM ET
Portland @ Minnesota8:00 PM ET
Indiana @ Charlotte8:00 PM ET
Houston @ San Antonio8:30 PM ET
Sacramento @ Denver9:00 PM ET
New Orleans @ Utah9:00 PM ET
Boston @ L.A. Clippers10:30 PM ET
   Tue 7Portland @ Oklahoma City8:00 PM ET
L.A. Lakers @ Dallas8:30 PM ET
Washington @ Phoenix9:00 PM ET
   Wed 8Chicago @ Orlando7:00 PM ET
Brooklyn @ Atlanta7:30 PM ET
Charlotte @ Miami7:30 PM ET
New York @ Milwaukee8:00 PM ET
Toronto @ New Orleans8:00 PM ET
Utah @ Houston8:00 PM ET
L.A. Clippers @ Minnesota8:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Indiana8:00 PM ET
Sacramento @ San Antonio8:30 PM ET
Washington @ Denver9:00 PM ET
Boston @ Golden State10:30 PM ET
   Thu 9Cleveland @ Detroit7:30 PM ET
L.A. Clippers @ Memphis8:00 PM ET
San Antonio @ Oklahoma City8:00 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Portland10:00 PM ET
L.A. Lakers @ Phoenix10:30 PM ET
   Fri 10Orlando @ Charlotte7:00 PM ET
Houston @ Chicago8:00 PM ET
Indiana @ Milwaukee8:00 PM ET
Golden State @ Minnesota8:00 PM ET
Toronto @ Atlanta8:00 PM ET
Boston @ Denver9:00 PM ET
Brooklyn @ Dallas9:00 PM ET
Washington @ Sacramento10:30 PM ET
   Sat 11Utah @ Oklahoma City3:00 PM ET
Philadelphia @ L.A. Clippers3:30 PM ET
New York @ Detroit5:00 PM ET
New Orleans @ Charlotte7:00 PM ET
Cleveland @ Orlando7:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ Milwaukee8:00 PM ET
Toronto @ Miami8:00 PM ET
Golden State @ San Antonio8:30 PM ET
Atlanta @ Memphis9:00 PM ET
Phoenix @ Dallas9:00 PM ET
Washington @ Portland10:00 PM ET
Denver @ Sacramento10:30 PM ET
   Sun 12Chicago @ Boston3:30 PM ET
New York @ Brooklyn6:00 PM ET
Miami @ Indiana6:00 PM ET
Portland @ Phoenix9:00 PM ET
Cleveland @ Houston9:00 PM ET
Philadelphia @ L.A. Lakers9:30 PM ET
   Mon 13Chicago @ Charlotte7:00 PM ET
Dallas @ Toronto7:30 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Memphis8:00 PM ET
Atlanta @ San Antonio8:00 PM ET
Washington @ Minnesota8:00 PM ET
L.A. Clippers @ Utah9:00 PM ET
Orlando @ Sacramento10:30 PM ET
L.A. Lakers @ Denver10:30 PM ET
   Tue 14Detroit @ Cleveland7:00 PM ET
Oklahoma City @ Brooklyn7:30 PM ET
Indiana @ New York7:30 PM ET
Portland @ New Orleans8:00 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Golden State10:30 PM ET
   Wed 15Dallas @ Washington7:00 PM ET
Charlotte @ Indiana7:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ Boston7:30 PM ET
New Orleans @ Miami7:30 PM ET
Utah @ Detroit7:30 PM ET
Memphis @ Chicago8:00 PM ET
L.A. Lakers @ Houston8:00 PM ET
Portland @ San Antonio8:00 PM ET
Sacramento @ Phoenix10:00 PM ET
Milwaukee @ L.A. Clippers10:30 PM ET
   Thu 16Utah @ Cleveland7:00 PM ET
Oklahoma City @ Toronto7:00 PM ET
Brooklyn @ New York7:30 PM ET
Memphis @ Atlanta7:30 PM ET
L.A. Clippers @ Denver9:00 PM ET
Orlando @ Golden State10:30 PM ET
   Fri 17Dallas @ Philadelphia7:00 PM ET
Chicago @ Washington7:00 PM ET
Boston @ Brooklyn7:30 PM ET
Toronto @ Detroit7:30 PM ET
Houston @ New Orleans8:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ Miami8:00 PM ET
Orlando @ Phoenix10:00 PM ET
Milwaukee @ L.A. Lakers10:30 PM ET
   Sat 18Sacramento @ Oklahoma City3:00 PM ET
Portland @ Atlanta6:00 PM ET
Washington @ Charlotte7:00 PM ET
Cleveland @ L.A. Clippers8:30 PM ET
Utah @ Chicago9:00 PM ET
San Antonio @ Memphis9:00 PM ET
Houston @ Denver9:30 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Golden State10:30 PM ET
   Sun 19Dallas @ Brooklyn12:00 PM ET
Boston @ Philadelphia1:00 PM ET
Phoenix @ Detroit4:30 PM ET
Minnesota @ New Orleans6:00 PM ET
Indiana @ Toronto6:00 PM ET
Portland @ Miami6:00 PM ET
Sacramento @ San Antonio7:00 PM ET
Cleveland @ L.A. Lakers9:30 PM ET
   Mon 20Atlanta @ Charlotte7:00 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Orlando7:00 PM ET
Utah @ Indiana7:00 PM ET
Washington @ Boston7:30 PM ET
Denver @ Houston8:00 PM ET
Golden State @ Oklahoma City8:00 PM ET
New York @ L.A. Clippers10:30 PM ET
   Tue 21Chicago @ Toronto7:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Brooklyn7:30 PM ET
Phoenix @ Miami7:30 PM ET
Memphis @ New Orleans8:00 PM ET
Golden State @ Dallas8:30 PM ET
San Antonio @ Minnesota9:30 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Portland10:00 PM ET
L.A. Clippers @ L.A. Lakers10:30 PM ET
   Wed 22Charlotte @ Orlando7:00 PM ET
Indiana @ Boston7:30 PM ET
Detroit @ Chicago8:00 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Oklahoma City8:00 PM ET
Atlanta @ Washington8:00 PM ET
Cleveland @ Denver9:00 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Sacramento10:30 PM ET
New York @ Utah10:30 PM ET
   Thu 23Phoenix @ Brooklyn7:30 PM ET
Toronto @ Miami7:30 PM ET
L.A. Clippers @ Dallas8:30 PM ET
Memphis @ San Antonio8:30 PM ET
New York @ Portland10:00 PM ET
   Fri 24Brooklyn @ Washington7:00 PM ET
Cleveland @ Charlotte7:00 PM ET
Detroit @ Orlando7:00 PM ET
Denver @ Indiana7:00 PM ET
Phoenix @ Boston7:30 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Chicago8:00 PM ET
Atlanta @ Milwaukee8:00 PM ET
New Orleans @ Houston8:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ L.A. Lakers10:30 PM ET
Sacramento @ Golden State10:30 PM ET
   Sat 25Utah @ L.A. Clippers3:30 PM ET
Washington @ Cleveland7:30 PM ET
Toronto @ Dallas8:30 PM ET
New York @ San Antonio8:30 PM ET
Minnesota @ Portland10:00 PM ET
   Sun 26Phoenix @ Charlotte1:00 PM ET
Brooklyn @ Atlanta1:00 PM ET
Sacramento @ L.A. Clippers3:30 PM ET
Chicago @ Milwaukee3:30 PM ET
Oklahoma City @ Houston3:30 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Indiana6:00 PM ET
Miami @ Boston6:00 PM ET
Memphis @ Golden State8:00 PM ET
New Orleans @ Denver8:00 PM ET
Portland @ L.A. Lakers9:30 PM ET
   Mon 27Orlando @ Toronto7:30 PM ET
Detroit @ New York7:30 PM ET
Cleveland @ San Antonio8:00 PM ET
Oklahoma City @ Dallas8:30 PM ET
Memphis @ Sacramento10:30 PM ET
New Orleans @ Utah10:30 PM ET
   Tue 28Milwaukee @ Charlotte7:00 PM ET
Minnesota @ Indiana7:00 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Brooklyn7:30 PM ET
Phoenix @ Atlanta7:30 PM ET
Miami @ Detroit7:30 PM ET
Golden State @ Houston8:00 PM ET
Denver @ Portland10:00 PM ET
Washington @ L.A. Lakers10:30 PM ET
   Wed 29Atlanta @ Philadelphia7:00 PM ET
Oklahoma City @ Orlando7:00 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Boston7:30 PM ET
Charlotte @ Toronto7:30 PM ET
Miami @ New York7:30 PM ET
Indiana @ Memphis8:00 PM ET
Dallas @ New Orleans8:00 PM ET
Golden State @ San Antonio9:30 PM ET
Washington @ L.A. Clippers10:30 PM ET
Utah @ Sacramento10:30 PM ET
   Thu 30Brooklyn @ Detroit7:30 PM ET
Cleveland @ Chicago8:00 PM ET
L.A. Lakers @ Minnesota8:00 PM ET
L.A. Clippers @ Phoenix10:00 PM ET
Houston @ Portland10:30 PM ET
   Fri 31Indiana @ Toronto7:00 PM ET
Denver @ Charlotte7:00 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Cleveland7:30 PM ET
Orlando @ Boston7:30 PM ET
Detroit @ Milwaukee8:00 PM ET
Dallas @ Memphis8:00 PM ET
Sacramento @ New Orleans8:00 PM ET
New York @ Miami8:00 PM ET
Washington @ Utah9:00 PM ET
San Antonio @ Oklahoma City9:30 PM ET
Houston @ Golden State10:30 PM ET

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NBA Links:

thescore.com/nba/news

allball.blogs.nba.com

nba-ball-dont-lie

sbnation.com/nba

basketballinsiders.com

ballislife.com/category/nba

lastwordonsports.com/category/basketball

cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball

hangtime.blogs.nba.com/

 

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NASCAR

 

 

Combining a history that stretches more than 65 years with a future infused with a new premier series entitlement sponsor and a next generation of stars, NASCAR unveiled a new brand identity Monday via its social and digital media platforms.

In addition, NASCAR also unveiled the mark and name for its premier series, which will become the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series beginning in 2017.

The new brand identity — which replaces the familiar bar mark that had been in place since 1976 — uses the colors and feel of past marks, while modernizing it to fit with the new era the sanctioning body enters in 2017.

NASCAR began the process of designing a new mark early in 2016. It becomes the fifth mark in NASCAR history.

“Our new NASCAR mark is modern, timeless, and embraces the heritage of our sport,” said Jill Gregory, NASCAR senior vice president and chief marketing officer. “It was important for us to recognize our history and implement a piece of each previous mark in the new design. Our goal was to evolve the sport’s visual identity to make it concise, relevant and functional, while respecting and maintaining the unique qualities of the original mark.”

The new mark incorporates pieces of each of NASCAR’s previous marks, including the red, yellow and blue coloring from the first three marks, respectively, and the ‘racing bars’ that accompany the acronym ‘NASCAR’ from the prior iteration.

Monday’s announcement also ended the wait for the highly anticipated name of NASCAR’s premier series. NASCAR and Monster Energy announced a multi-year partnership on Dec. 1 in Las Vegas, one that made Monster Energy the entitlement sponsor of NASCAR’s top series, the title sponsor of the NASCAR All-Star Race and the Official Energy Drink of NASCAR.

 

Here is the NASCAR Race Schedule – MARCH’17:

 

 

FOLDS OF HONOR QUIKTRIP 500

SUNDAY, MAR. 05 / 2:30 PM ET
ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY

 

Track Detail

Preview

 

KOBALT 400

SUNDAY, MAR. 12 / 3:30 PM ET
LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

 

Track Detail

Preview

 

CAMPING WORLD 500

SUNDAY, MAR. 19 / 3:30 PM ET
PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

Track Detail

Preview

 

AUTO CLUB 400

SUNDAY, MAR. 26 / 3:30 PM ET
AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY

Track Detail

Preview

 

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Here is the schedule of golf events for the PGA of America and all the major tours for March ’17 with links:

 

EVENT/LOCATIONDATE
Mar 2 – Mar 5
Club de Golf Chapultepec - Naucalpan de Juarez, Mexico
Mar 9 – Mar 12
Innisbrook – Copperhead Course - Palm Harbor, FL
Mar 16 – Mar 19
Bay Hill Course - Orlando, FL
Mar 22 – Mar 26
Austin Country Club - Austin, TX
Mar 23 – Mar 26
Coco Beach Golf Course - Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
Mar 30 – Apr 2
Golf Club of Houston – Tournament Course - Humble, TX

 

Click for these tours: 

LGPA | Champions Tour | European Tour

 

 

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PRO TENNIS

 

Here is the FULL Professional Tennis Schedule – MARCH’17:

 

 

 

Feb 27th – Mar 4th
Abierto Mexicano TELCEL presentado por HSBC
Acapulco, Mexico

Feb 27th – Mar 4th
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Feb 27th – Mar 5th
Brasil Open
Costa do Sauipe, Brazil

Mar 9th – Mar 19th
BNP Paribas Open
Indian Wells, California

Mar 22nd – Apr 2nd
Miami Open presented by Itau
Miami, Florida

 

 

Feb 27th – Mar 4th

Abierto Mexicano TELCEL presentado por HSBC

Acapulco, Mexico

 

Feb 27th – Mar 5th

Alya WTA Malaysian Open

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Mar 9th – Mar 19th

BNP Paribas Open

Indian Wells, California

 

Mar 22nd – Apr 2nd

Miami Open presented by Itau

Miami, Florida

 

 

Links:

tennistv.com/tournaments

usta.com/Pro-Tennis/Full-Schedule

 

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ST. PATRICK’S DAY

 

This year, it’s a great day for the Irish as St. Patrick’s Day falls on Friday, March 17, 2017 for a great excuse to party and parade all weekend long!

Corned beef and cabbage seems to be the American favorite for St. Patricks Day parties, but the Irish still don’t understand how that came about.

Let’s just say that in the great 19th century melting pot of America something was lost in translation!

Today, there’s no doubt that corn beef and cabbage is the quintessential Irish-American dish.

Whether you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in New York, Boston or Dublin, you’re sure to find other familiar recipes like Irish stew or homemade Irish soda bread to honor the Irish and to celebrate the day.

Of course, what would St. Patrick’s Day be without the green beer? Simply add blue food dye (just remember the magic number 7 – six drops of blue dye per 1 pint of yellow beer) to create your own batch of the holiday’s signature drink.

For the college crowd – don’t forget the lime green jello shots! For everyone else? Guaranteed that nobody doesn’t like a Nutty Irishman cocktail.

Around the Web, take a virtual tour of Irish cooking, featuring an in-depth exploration of the very best of traditional St. Patrick’s Day dinners, along with traditional Irish foods (stews, breads, scones, high teas and other treats) offering complete ingredients and instructions…

 

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes and Cooking - Direct from the Food Network, with star chef’s favorites plus ideas for complete menu planning, recipes for classic Irish grub, tips on cooking with beer, plus top Irish drink recipes.

St Patrick’s Day
 - Crubeens (pig’s trotters), Smoked Cod Pie and Dublin Lawyer (lobster) are some of the Irish foods to be found at this site. Plus side dishes, desserts and tea recipes…

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes and Menus from Teri’s Kitchen - Corned Beef and Cabbage makes an appearance in one menu here, but the rest cover more traditional Irish fare. There’s a bonus in the form of recipes for leftover corned beef and more favorite Irish dishes from visitors.

 

 

 

The real St. Patrick:

The Patron Saint of Ireland was born into either a Scottish or English family in the fourth century. He was captured as a teenager by Niall of the Nine Hostages who was to become a King of all Ireland.

Patrick was later sold into slavery in Ireland and put to work as a shepherd. He worked in terrible conditions for six years drawing comfort in the Christian faith that so many of his people had abandoned under Roman rule.

Patrick had a dream that encouraged him to flee his captivity and to head South where a ship was to be waiting for him. He travelled over 200 miles from his Northern captivity to Wexford town where, sure enough, a ship was waiting to enable his escape.

Upon arrival in England, he was captured by brigands and returned to slavery. He escaped after two months and spent the next seven years travelling Europe seeking his destiny. During this time he furthered his education and studied Christianity in the Lerin Monastery in France.

He returned to England as a priest. Again a dream greatly influenced him when he became convinced that the Irish people were calling out to him to return to the land of his servitude. He went to the Monastery in Auxerre where it was decided that a mission should be sent to Ireland. Patrick was not selected for this task to his great disappointment. The monk that was selected was called Paladius, but he died before he could reach Ireland and a second mission was decided upon.

Patrick was made a Bishop by Pope Celestine in the year 432 and, together with a small band of followers, traveled to Ireland to commence the conversion. Patrick confronted the most powerful man in Ireland Laoghaire, The High King of Tara as he knew that if he could gain his support that he would be safe to spread the word throughout Ireland.

To get his attention Patrick and his followers lit a huge fire to mark the commencement of Spring. Tradition had it that no fire was to be lit until the Kings fire was complete, but Patrick defied this rule and courted the confrontation with the King. The King rushed into action and travelled with the intention of making war on the holy delegation. Patrick calmed the King and with quiet composure impressed the King that he had no other intention than that of spreading the word of the Gospel.

The King accepted the missionary, much to the dismay of the Druids who feared for their own power and position in the face of this new threat. They commanded that he make snow fall. Patrick declined to do so stating that this was Gods work. Immediately it began to snow, only stopping when Patrick blessed himself.

Still trying to convince the King of his religion, Patrick grasped at a shamrock growing on the ground. He explained that there was but one stem on the plant, but three branches of the leaf, representing the Belssed Trinity. The King was impressed with his sincerity and granted him permission to spread the word of his faith, although he did not convert to Christianity himself. Patrick and his followers were free to spread their faith throughout Ireland and did so to great effect. He drove paganism (symbolised by the snake) from the lands of Eireann.

Patrick died on March 17th in the year 461 at the age of 76. It is not known for sure where his remains were laid although Downpatrick in County Down in the North of Ireland is thought to be his final resting place. His influence is still felt to this day as Nations the world over commemorate him on March 17th of every year.

More about St. Patrick around the Web:

Catholic Encyclopedia – St. Patrick

St. Patrick of Ireland

St. Patrick – Wikipedia

 

 

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Spring Cleaning

 

What’s in Season

 

Spring Recipes

 

- Recipe INDEX -

 

 NEW!

- 17 for 2017 -

 

Burgers with Blue Cheese Mayo and Sherry Vidalia Onions
Flank Steak with Cilantro-Almond Pesto
Ginger-Garlic Shrimp with Tangy Tomato Sauce
Grill-Braised Clams and Chorizo in Tomato-Saffron Broth
Grilled Artichokes with Lemon-Oregano Dipping Sauce
Grilled Asparagus with Mozzarella
Grilled Avocado and Bacon Panzanella
Grilled Barbecue Chicken and Potato Kabobs
Grilled Chicken Guacamole Chopped Salad
Grilled King Salmon with Tomato-Peach Salsa
Grilled Sweet Potato Salad
Jerked Cedar-Plank Halibut
Mahimahi with Bacon-Tomato Butter
Peel-and-Eat Grilled Shrimp with Harissa
Pork and Grilled Vegetable Salad
Shrimp and Lemon Skewers with Feta-Dill Sauce
Shrimp Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa

 

- 16 in 2016 -

 

  1. Grilled Guacamole
  2. Charred Salsa Verde
  3. Tijuana Cole Slaw
  4. Cheeto-Crusted Jalapeño Poppers With Bacon
  5. Salmon candy
  6. Grilled Flatbreads Stuffed With Herbs and Cheese
  7. Homemade Gyros
  8. Cajun-Spiced Smoked Shrimp with Rémoulade
  9. Grilled Lamb Chops
  10. Jack and Coke Steak
  11. Grilled Brown Sugar Chili Pork Tenderloin
  12. Chinese-Style Ribs
  13. Grilled Panzanella Salad
  14. Smoked Tuna
  15. Argentine Grilled Chicken
  16. Double-Grilled Antipasto Sandwiches

 

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