Browsing Posts published in May, 2013

Four days after their final defeat, the Rangers decided to part way with coach, John Tortorella. The fiery Tortorella led the Rangers to the second round of the playoffs before losing in five games to Boston. Given the high expectations, some may consider this season a failure. The Rangers entered this lockout shortened season as Stanley Cup favorite, but failed to match last year’s success.

Rangers’ president and general manager, Glen Sather, hosted a conference call with reporters on Wednesday afternoon. Sather indicated that Tortorella was ‘shocked’ by Sather’s decision to move on from his fiery head coach.

Tortorella’s brash coaching style probably led to his dismissal. Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist told reporters ‘We’ll see’ when asked about his looming contract extension. Lundqvist indicated that the Rangers underachieved on both offense and defense. In fact, the Rangers power play was downright embarrassing, netting just four goals in 44 odd-man advantages during the playoffs.

The Rangers will begin their search for a new coach, but the playoffs will go on. In fact, most sports betting sites for US players indicate that Pittsburgh remains the Stanley Cup favorite. While the remaining four teams will battle for Lord Stanley’s Cup, the Rangers will attempt to fix the issues that gave way to their early playoff exit.

 

Boston gained a 2-0 series lead with late surges in each contest. The Bruins dominated Game 1 in overtime and Brad Marchand made sure his team went home with the victory. Boston took over in the third period of Game 2, cruising to a comfortable 5-2 win and 2-0 series lead.

For the second time this year, the Rangers face a 0-2 series hole before taking the ice at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers were able to win four of five games against the Washington Capitals, but no team in NHL history has overcome multiple 2-0 series deficits. The Rangers must find ways to score against the tenacious Bruins squad.

New York’s goalie, Henrik Lundqvist, is currently dealing with a minor shoulder injury. Lundqvist vowed that the injury will not slow him down.  The Rangers must slow down Marchand, who has four points, two goals and two assists in two games. Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci each have three assists.

Getting to tonight’s game may be a hassle, but we recommend checking out the brand new Penn Station Parking for fast and easy parking. The Rangers have won their last three home playoff games at Madison Square Garden. Let’s hope they can notch their fourth consecutive victory tonight.

New York, NY (May 15, 2013) – On the morning of August 18, thousands of baseball fans, runners, walkers, cancer survivors, and their friends and family will gather at Yankee Stadium to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Damon Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium.  One of New York’s most unique summer events, the Runyon 5K is the only charitable run/walk that uses the iconic Stadium as its course.  Since the inaugural event in 2009, the 5K has raised more than $2 million for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation’s groundbreaking efforts to strike out cancer.

Registration is open at www.damonrunyon.org/yankeestadium. Participants are responsible for a $40 registration fee and a $60 fundraising minimum. After July 1, the registration fee increases to $50.

The first heat of competitive runners will take off from the start line inside Gate 4 at 9:30am, followed by later heats of runners and walkers, with the last heat taking off in the early afternoon. Participants will wind through the legendary ballpark’s concourses and ramps, climb stairs between levels, and appear on the centerfield video board as they take two laps around the warning track that circles the field.  Friends, family and supporters will have a chance to watch the race from the Delta SKY360° Suite overlooking home plate and meet the Damon Runyon scientists their contributions help support.

Last year’s event drew a capacity crowd of 4,000 participants – from 5-78 years old and traveling from 35 states.  Click to see videos and photos of the 2012 Runyon 5K.

As always, 100% of all donations raised by participants will directly support the nation’s most brilliant young scientists, pursuing cures for all forms of cancer. “Over the past five years, the proceeds from the Runyon 5K have allowed us to fund amazing cancer researchers doing incredible work,” said Lorraine W. Egan, President and CEO of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. “Our 5K participants are making breakthroughs possible – it’s as simple as that.”

The Runyon 5K is the latest chapter in the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation’s long history with the Yankees.  After the Foundation’s establishment in 1946, Joe DiMaggio was on its Board of Directors and Mickey Mantle was an active fundraiser.  Damon Runyon himself was a New York writer who began his career as a baseball journalist, revolutionizing how the game was covered and often reporting on Yankees games.

The 2013 Runyon 5K is presented by MetLife Foundation, with additional support from Brick-Run Sports Physical Therapy, NYSID, 24 Hour Fitness, NBC 4 New York, the New York Daily News, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and the New York Yankees.

 

 

ABOUT THE FOUNDATION

To accelerate breakthroughs, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation provides today’s best young scientists with funding to pursue innovative cancer research.  The Foundation has gained worldwide prominence in cancer research by identifying outstanding researchers and physician-scientists. Eleven scientists supported by the Foundation have received the Nobel Prize. Since its founding in 1946, Damon Runyon has invested more than $260 million and funded more than 3,380 young scientists.

 

Instant Baseball: The Baseball Instagrams of Brad Mangin, profiles hundreds of Instragrams photos taken by MLB fans. ESPN’s Pedro Gomez wrote the foreword, so make sure you check it out. It’s a great book and a must-have for any baseball fan. Buy it here today!

Dylan Dethier isn’t your average college student.

At seventeen, Dethier couldn’t help but think he’d never really did anything with his life. Two months before his freshman year started, he deferred college for a year to boldy go on where few, if any, golfers have gone before–to drive solo across country and a play a round of golf in all 48 states. In 18 in America: A Young Golfer’s Epic Journey to Find the Essence of the Game, Deither, now a 21-year-old junior at Williams College, tells a remarkable account of the courses he played, people he met, and the lessons he learned about America and himself. 

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Every caddie has a story: the salty Scot looping for tourists in the birthplace of the game, the congenial old Southerner impart time-earned wisdom on the hallowed fairways of Augusta National, the clean-cut mini-tour player earning quick cash to fund golf dreams of his own, the solitary vagabond, the master of the quick fix, the leveler of hard truths. They travel from port to port, walking and playing the most beautiful golf courses in the world. Nobody gets rich. There is no retirement plan. They only have each other–a brotherhood of crazy, colorful characters. Golf is the language they speak, and in most instances, the only thing they know as well. This is the life of the club caddie.

Loopers: A Caddie’s Twenty-Year Golf Odyssey by longtime caddie, John Dunn, is a stirring, candid and often laugh-out-loud funny narrative that chronicles the decades he spent caddying and playing historic tracks like Augusta, Shinnecock Hills, Olympic Club, Bandon Dunes, and the Old Course at St. Andrews. Dunn never expected that his summer job as a caddie at the local course in Connecticut might turn into something more. The lifers–as in ‘caddies for life’–that plied the link were an ensemble of misfits and degenerates that made the caddie yard look more like an OTB parlor than anything resembling a country club. Dunn’s stories are assuming, honest, and very good!

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The Eastern Conference semifinal series between the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers moves to the Hoosier State Saturday with the series tied one game apiece. The NBA odds have the Pacers listed as a 4-point home favorite with the over/under set at 184.

After being upset in Game One of the series, the Knicks responded in a big way Tuesday by blowing out the Pacers, 105-79, as a 5.5-point favorite. Carmelo Anthony, the NBA’s leading scorer in the regular season, exploded for a game-high 32 points while adding nine rebounds to pace the Knicks. The Pacers were led by Paul George’s 20 points, but a rash of second-half turnovers that led to a 36-4 Knicks’ run ultimately proved fatal for the Pacers.

There have been a couple of newsworthy events out of Knicks camp since the Game Two victory. Forward Amare Stoudemire, who has missed more than two months with a knee injury, will be in uniform and is scheduled to play between 10 to 15 minutes, head coach Mike Woodson said. Additionally, Woodson also let it be known in the aftermath of Game Two that the Knicks second-leading scorer—J.R. Smith—could see his playing time reduced if does not remedy his current shooting slump (just 15-for-57  from the field in his last four games).

As for Indiana, the return home could be just what the doctored order. The Pacers have gone an excellent 33-11at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Head coach Frank Vogel has been urging his team to be more physical with the Knicks, a style of play the Pacers had success with in the regular season.

This series has the looks of being a long, drawn-out affair as not much seems to separate these two teams. With that said, Game Three is a “swing” game in any seven-game series and whoever comes out on top in this one will be squarely in the driver’s seat.

The nature of the New York Mets this season has been to ride the right arm of Matt Harvey and hope that everyone else manages to lead this team to .500 ball. Unfortunately, the first part remains true, while the second part remains incredibly suspect. New York won Harvey’s start against the Chicago White Sox this week, a complete game shutout in a 1-0 game, while the rest of the team continues to muddle around.

In games that Harvey has started this year, the Mets are 6-1. They are 8-16 with everyone else on the hill.

This weekend, Harvey will get the start on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates against Jeanmar Gomez in a game that he will once again be expected to win. The questions though, cycle around the games on Friday and Saturday at Citi Field.

It’s going to be tough to make your MLB picks on the Metropolitans in either of these games even though they are at home and will likely be underdogs in a both efforts. Shaun Marcum has only made three appearances thus far this season for the Mets, and he has a 7.20 ERA and a higher WHIP at 2.10 than Harvey has as his ERA. He’ll face off with Wandy Rodriguez on Friday night.

The Pirates have yet to announce who will be starting on Saturday, but regardless of who they throw, they will probably have the edge over Jon Niese. Though Niese has pitched well against Pittsburgh in his career, posting a  2-0 record and a 1.93 ERA, he is coming off of a horrid start against the Atlanta Braves. Niese walked six batters and allowed seven runs in four innings of work. It’s tough to want to back a guy that hasn’t won a game since April 12th, hasn’t won a game without getting at least seven runs of support this year, and has almost as many walks (19) as strikeouts (20).

The Kansas City Royals have long been one of the whipping boys in baseball. In fact, the last time they were favored in a game against the New York Yankees came back in 2008, and that was the only game in which they were favored in this series since the 2005 season. Now, KC is expected to give the Bronx Bombers fits this weekend when the two meet at Kauffman Stadium, and New York could be in some trouble when you look at the pitching matchups that are on tap.

Friday’s clash pits RHP Phil Hughes against RHP Wade Davis. Davis has had a lousy career against the Yankees, but Hughes doesn’t have a win in his career against Kansas City either. Batters are knocking Hughes around to the tune of a .290 batting average this year, and the Royals have the bats to make him pay for leaving too many balls in the middle of the plate once again.

The best game for MLB picks in this series might be Saturday. The ageless LHP Andy Pettitte will challenge RHP James Shields in a game that the Royals will certainly be expected to win. Shields is only 2-2 on the season, but he is coming off of his best start in a Kansas City uniform when he allowed just two hits in eight scoreless innings against the Chicago White Sox.

On Sunday, this series wraps up with the two best pitchers in terms of ERA on these staffs squaring off. RHP Ervin Santana has been a pleasant surprise this year for the Royals with his 2.36 ERA, but he might be in some trouble in this game against New York. The Yankees are going to be throwing RHP Hiroki Kuroda, who has been the best pitcher on their staff with a 4-2 record and a 2.30 ERA to show for his work thus far this year.

The New York Knicks are in a heck of a lot of trouble, and it didn’t take long to find themselves there. They have now lost three of their last four games in the playoffs, and that includes dropping Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Indiana Pacers. Now, the two are set to renew ties for Game 2 at Madison Square Garden in what could ultimately be a pivotal game in this series.

The key for the Knicks is going to be getting Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith going. These two men have been horrid shooters from the field over the course of these playoffs, shooting 37.8 and 36.4 percent respectively. They’re getting their points, as they are averaging 44.4 points per game between them this year, but they also taking away the flow of Head Coach Mike Woodson’s offense.

For the Pacers, the key to winning in NBA betting action is going to be playing stout defense on these two men once again. The Indiana defense was bothered by the Atlanta Hawks at times in the opening round of the playoffs, but for the most part, the team has done the job. The Pacers have allowed just an average of 90.1 points per game here in the second season, and that is right around the 90.7 points per game that they allowed in the regular season. Indiana was ranked first in the Eastern Conference in scoring defense, shooting defense (42.0%), and three-point shooting defense (32.7%) this season.

Not surprisingly, the ‘total’ in NBA betting action in Game 2 of this series is just 183, as the oddsmakers are expecting another one of these low scoring defensive games. The Knicks scored just 19 points in both the second and third quarters of Game 1.

The linesmakers have installed New York as a six-point favorite to level this series.