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by Mike Foss, ForTheWin.com 4/20/15
Tim Tebow is on the precipice of signing with the Philadelphia Eagles, reminding us all that if at first we don’t succeed, try two more times, fail, get a job on TV, and then try again.


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by Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports 4/20/15

Matt Harvey is back and a star. Jacob deGrom is one-upping his Rookie of the Year-winning self. Jeurys Familia looks great having taken over for the steroid-suspended Jenrry Mejia as closer. Alex Torres looks like he's wearing a cake box on top of his head. The Mets are officially relevant again.


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by Sal Maiorana, Democrat and Chronicle 4/20/15
This is just the fifth time in team history that Buffalo will enter a draft without a first-round pick. The first was 1988, and by getting Thurman Thomas, a Hall of Fame player in the second round, it mattered not at all. The other three occurrences were 1989, 1998, and 2005.

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by Allan Muir, SI.com 4/20/15
Jack Eichel just accepted the alternate captaincy of Boston University for the 2015-16 season. The assumption is that he is ready and willing to turn pro but what if he isn't quite ready to forgo the college experience? What if the idea of competing for a national title next season, especially after losing the final to Providence earlier this month, is more appealing than trying to drag the Sabres out of the cellar?

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Lotteries of Life

by Bill Pucko, BylineSports.com 4/20/15

This guy I know was out Saturday night in a bowling league at Lancaster Lanes about the time they were pulling team names for the National Hockey League Draft. The proprietors put the televised feed on the score terminals and all other activity stopped until it became clear that Edmonton and not Buffalo would be the home address for one Connor McDavid.

For being so lousy and not particularly concerned about it, the Buffalo Sabres will settle for a Boston area kid named Jack Eichel. All this 18 year old did was help Boston University to the Frozen Four national championship game, lead the nation in scoring, and win the Hobey Baker award as a freshman, the first player to do so since Paul Kariya, who was pretty good, did so at Maine in 1993. Jack isn't a bad consolation prize.

The NHL lottery was set up so that it was almost a foregone conclusion that the Sabres would get Eichel and not McDavid. As the league's worst team, Buffalo had a 20 percent chance to draw first, and an 80 percent chance to pick second. So while Sabres' fans and general manager Terry Murray complained about the outcome, no one should have been surprised.

In another week we'll experience the three day NFL Draft. Futures will be decided and fortunes made on national television, the ultimate reality show, without the prospective employee having any say over his immediate future.

Imagine if a draft were applied to other fields. The nation's top incoming surgeon could be assigned to practice in Wichita. Or they might send the new hot shot lawyer to work in Spokane. Have you been to either of those cities? Could you find them on a map? Wichita is in fact bigger than Buffalo and Spokane is larger than Green Bay.

Theoretically, assigning professionals from other walks of life to comparatively remote outposts, isn't that much different.

Still, these draft lotteries are a lot more fun than they used to be. My own experience came when my birthday was chosen out of a drum to determine my draft number for selective service. I drew 119, which put me in a grey area as far as my future was concerned. A year before my college deferment would have expired, they abandoned the draft. I got lucky. I could have been chosen to play for Saigon instead of White River Junction, Vermont, where my television career began.

You learn early that one way or another, life is really just a floating craps game. And as the good folks at the New York State Lottery say while they're picking your pockets, "Hey, you never know."

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by Sportsnaut, from Yardbarker.com 4/20/15
The 2015 NFL Draft is rapidly approaching, and trade rumors have been linked to many teams around the league. Here are five potential trade scenarios we could see unfold leading up to draft day.

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from Redbook.com 4/17/15

University of Maryland researchers found that maintaining friendships with other couples solidifies your relationship with your partner and intensifies your attraction to each other.

 

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by Scott White, CBSSports.com 4/20/15

A full week at Coors Field should be the cure for the few Rockies hitters off to slow starts, and none is off to a slower start than Justin Morneau.


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by Steve Gardner, SI.com 4/17/15
More turmoil in the bullpen. Injuries to key players. And plenty of overreacting to what’s happened early in the season. Welcome to Week 2.

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