Brian Burns / August 08,2022

Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades: Boston Bruins


For the last 19 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber and the team have reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.

Brian Burns / July 13,2022

You Never Forget Your First Loathe


As a Met fan of a certain age, few things are as simple and satisfying as beating the Cubs by a healthy margin in a summer game at Wrigley Field.
I have nothing against Chicago — hell, I was just there and had a grand time. I love Wrigley Field’s essential simplicity, which still shines through more than a century of additions and supposed refinements. I’ve enjoyed talking baseball with Cubs fans in Wrigley’s seats and away from them. I’m not sent into a frothing rage by the mere existence of the Cubs, which happens when I spend too long considering the Yankees or the Marlins.
But still, they’re the Cubs.
I grew up on tales of the Cubs as our antagonists in the summer of 1969 — the black cat, Ron Santo clicking his heels, Leo Durocher shooting his mouth off, Randy Hundley‘s disbelieving leap, and all the rest. I was a babe in arms that summer, but I consumed the stories so many times as a child that pretty soon I knew them by heart. As a kid the Cubs were the team I hated in the NL East — and oh, how it stung when the Mets emerged from their years as baseball’s North Korea in 1984 only to have the Cubs throw them off the mountaintop at summer’s end.
All that’s long gone now — when I explained to my kid that I hate the Cubs and Cardinals and have to reminded to get worked up about the Braves, he was understandably nonplussed. I suppose childhood trauma leaves a mark deeper than anything that Bobby Cox or Chipper Jones could inflict on tougher adult skin. (Let’s agree to ignore the fact that Atlanta being in the NL West while Chicago and St. Louis were in the NL East never made a lick of sense.)

Brian Burns / April 02,2022

South Carolina overpowers UConn in national championship


MINNEAPOLIS — This time there were tears of joy. South Carolina star forward Aliyah Boston made sure of it.

As confetti rained down on the Target Center floor, all that Boston had worked for and accomplished this season began to sink in. In the game’s waning seconds, she bounced in euphoria on the Gamecocks bench. And then, minutes later, after No. 1 South Carolina had defeated No. 2 UConn, 64–49, to claim this season’s national championship and second in program, the weight of the moment took hold.

“Happy tears,” Boston told ESPN’s Holly Rowe.

South Carolina overpowers UConn in national championship>>

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One year earlier Boston was moved to tears after missing a put-back layup at the buzzer in South Carolina’s Final Four contest against Arizona. This season’s National Player of the Year made sure Sunday’s victory didn’t come down to the final play.

On the game’s first possession, Gamecocks senior forward Victaria Saxton hauled in the first of her five, and the team’s 21, offensive rebounds and guard Destanni Henderson promptly buried her first three-pointer of the night, en route to scoring a career-high 26 points. There may have been more than 39 minutes left on the clock but a definitive statement had already been made.

Brian Burns / February 11,2022

FIGURE SKATING | Kamila Valieva Continues to Train as Hearing to Determine Her Fate Looms

FIGURE SKATING | Kamila Valieva Continues to Train as Hearing to Determine Her Fate Looms


Kamila Valieva trained for the fourth straight day on Sunday afternoon, February 13 at the practice rink in Capital Indoor Stadium, ahead of a Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing the same night. The CAS hearing will determine whether she is able to compete in the women’s short program beginning on Tuesday evening.
The IOC is attempting to have Valieva disqualified from further competition in Beijing after learning that she tested positive for the banned drug trimetazidine in December, 2021. The ruling in Valieva’s case is expected to be delivered on Monday afternoon, February 14.
Valieva worked on her free skate to “Bolero” in the 35-minute session. The 15-year-old fell on a couple of jumps, but otherwise looked to be in good form.
World champion Anna Shcherbakova and Alexandra Trusova trained alongside Valieva under the watchful eye of their coach Eteri Tutberidze. All three skaters came through the practice unscathed.

Brian Burns / December 03,2021

WIN NFT HORSE TRON Will Launch Open Beta Test on 6th December


Singapore, Singapore, 5th December, 2021,
After six months of active development, the team behind WIN NFT HORSE, one of the hottest GameFi projects in the market, has announced that they will officially launch the open beta test on December 6, 2021, on the TRON network. 
WIN NFT HORSE is a “GameFi NFT Metaverse” multi-chain horse racing game jointly developed by the APENFT Foundation and WINKLink, powered by TRON. The game runs on both Ethereum and Binance Smart Chain (BSC), as well as being the first-ever GameFi project launched on the TRON blockchain. 
After the close beta test on the TRON network on November 18, all data was erased. As a result, only the original horses (NFT) have been retained. This upcoming version on TRON will save the player data, allowing players to fight for incentives and experience the joy of the game.
WIN NFT HORSE is a high-quality horse racing game that offers plenty of entertainment and rich battle gameplay built over eight different levels and has impressive visual effects, with precise details of both the riders and horses. Players can complete daily tasks and match through a single horse or match different levels of horses to create unlimited combinations and use their strategy to play against other players. With downloads supported on all platforms, WIN NFT HORSE allows all GameFi fans to join in whenever and wherever they want without the limitation of mobile phones. 

Brian Burns / September 18,2020

La Tech beats Southern Miss 31-30 on Herbert’s TD catch | World Sports


HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Griffin Hebert made a spectacular 4-yard touchdown catch underneath the goal post with 14 seconds left as Louisiana Tech rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat Southern Mississippi 31-30 on Saturday night in a Conference USA opener.
On fourth down, Luke Anthony scrabbled around the pocket and then tossed the ball to Hebert, who made a two-handed jumping catch while being pushed by two defenders out of bounds. Herbert kept his left foot just inside the end zone. The play was initially ruled incomplete and reversed after a lengthy review.
Anthony was 13 of 21 for 149 yards with three touchdown passes for Louisiana Tech in its season opener. Hebert finished with five catches for 48 yards including a 5-yard touchdown from starting quarterback Aaron Allen.
Jack Abraham was 24-of-32 passing for 264 yards with three touchdowns and an interception for Southern Miss (0-2, 0-1). Tim Jones had eight receptions for 160 yards and two touchdowns.
Trailing 27-10 midway through the third quarter, Anthony threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Adrian Hardy. Anthony then tossed a 35-yard touchdown pass to Smoke Harris, who made an over-the-shoulder catch between two defenders that pulled the Bulldogs to 27-24 at the end of the third quarter.
It was interim coach Scott Walden’s debut for the Golden Eagles. He replaced Jay Hopson of Sept. 7. Hopson was 28-23 in five seasons at Southern Miss.
Capacity was limited to 25% at 36,000-seat M.M. Roberts Stadium. Six feet of social distancing was required and tailgating prohibited.
More AP college football: and—Top25

Brian Burns / August 14,2020

Five moments when Dhoni showed he is the coolest captain

Five moments when Dhoni showed he is the coolest captain

Five moments when Dhoni showed he is the coolest captainBy Debayan MukherjeeKolkata, Aug 16 : The M.S. Dhoni we have seen in the recent past is not the one we have known over the years. The grey sideburns might have worked as a reminder to the world every day that his time is over, but the decision was made by Dhoni on August 15, the day of India’s independence, that it is time to bid adieu to international cricket and watch the game from the other side of the fence.
He looked a pale shadow of his former self for a while, but that cannot take away what has been an illustrious career, first as a player and then as the leader of the pack.
From the inaugural World T20 triumph in 2007 to the fabled 2011 50-over World Cup win on home soil and then the 2013 Champions Trophy victory in England, Dhoni led by example and tasted the success which no other Indian captain has ever managed.
He even led India to the number one ranking, both in Test and ODI formats.
IANS takes a look at the five episodes during Dhoni’s stint as India captain which proved that he was the coolest of them all.
– 2007 World T20 final
With the seniors rested and under a new captain, no one really gave India a chance in a format which was new to them. India under Dhoni with the long hair then proved critics wrong with spectacular wins over England, South Africa and Australia to reach the final where arch-rivals Pakistan awaited them.

Brian Burns / July 05,2020

Reed City golfer is 88, but playing great


He lives near Rose Lake in the LeRoy area. He’s a longtime golfer in the Monday Masters league at Spring Valley Golf Course and has played in it for more than 20 years. He also plays in the Thursday night men’s league at Katke.


But Alderson especially enjoys the Monday league with emphasis on the senior citizens.


“They’re fun and it’s just a fun game,” he said.


Alderson smiles when he says his average has “crawled up a little more than that” referring to the 30s and 40s for nine holes.



He’s had some aces in his golf career, including at Spring Valley’s No. 4 hole around 2000.


“Another thrill I had was a hole in one in Naples, Fla.,” Alderson said.



He spends about five months out of the year in Florida.


“I live on a golf course,” Alderson said.


Also in Osceola County, Alderson plays at Tustin Trails Golf Course.


He moved to the county permamently when he was 63 from Fraser. He did engineering work for the auto industry.


Alderson is a long-time golfer and likes the uniqueness of Spring Valley.


“There’s a lot of water,” he laughed. “I walked every day, about a mile and a half to two miles a day.”



0n the course, “I take a cart since we’re golfing in a league,” Alderson said.


He said he’ll keep playing, perhaps into his 90s.

Brian Burns / June 26,2020

Here is your unofficial guide to NA Amateur – the Scouting Grounds Circuit


Given today's IMTA roster victory over Golden Guardians, there has been a bit more discussion on NA's native talent and how likely it is that players who are currently in NA Academy/lower could be LCS players right now. To expand on that discussion, here is a guide to the current NA Scouting Grounds Circuit. I'll check comments and answer questions as they come up.

Current format has 6 different tournaments. Most points: Legends Weekend League (LWL) Next most points: Upsurge Premier League, Challengers Uprising, and BIG League Lastly: Risen and Focus Leagues

Each tournament awards a certain number of "points" to the teams who place highest in each league. After all 6 leagues conclude, the 8 teams with the most points will play in an 8 team tournament. There are cash rewards with placing, but the most important reward goes to the top 2 teams, where their players will be 10 of the 20 players at the Scouting Grounds later this year.

There are games nearly every weekday with one of these leagues. For example, you can find Upsurge games on Tuesday, and Challengers Uprising games on Wednesdays. Now that you know the format, who are some of the teams to watch for?

Brian Burns / June 08,2020

Our bullpen’s just been nails soroka tonight


This vehicle is essentially a car-based pickup truck, and you’ll see why in the photos.
Even though they lost some games, at the end of the day, they were so happy because of the other things, so they forgot about the hockey for a little bit and were kids again.
We’re hoping we can get Robby back up to the speed he was when he first came into the league and he had lots of success.
That’s according to 2017 research published in the journal, which found that over the course of 20 years, men who took sauna baths four to seven times a week were 66 percent less likely to develop dementia than those who only used the sauna once a week.
The gauges are all crystal clear and the car has the overall condition like it did leaving the dealer lot so many years ago.
The smaller sibling of the 2017 Audi Aicon concept, the AI:Me looks a lot like that previous self-driving vision on the outside, albeit at a smaller and more urban-friendly scale.
With an assist March 20 vs.
: By reading the snap count articles you wrote that Najee Goode and Zaire Franklin seldom play defensive downs.
It’s always tough to see one of your players go down with an injury, Tim Connelly said.
FIC : A formula to encompass all aspects of the box score into a single statistic.
At the end of the day, I’m fully blessed to be a part of this team, fully blessed to be a part of this organization.
Here are a few before and after photos of Ron’s property.
The Islanders have not swept a playoff series since winning four straight against the Edmonton Oilers in the 1983 Stanley Cup Final.
It was redesigned with more squared-off styling for ’77, when it offered both a six-foot standard-bed variant and a seven-foot long-bed model.


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