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After alleged gambling related private messages go public, Marlins pitcher Cosart will be investigated by MLB

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Before Tuesday night, the most notable thing about Jarred Cosart’s Major League Baseball career thus far probably would be that the Houston Astros were willing to give up on a promising young thrower last August when they traded him to the Miami Marlins.

Before that Cosart made headlines for the use of a gay slur in reference to Justin Beiber on Twitter. That too was noteworthy and made headlines.

By all accounts he is a serviceable but outspoken righty.

That changed sometime Tuesday night on Twitter.

Based on screen shots surfacing through Twitter, Cosart had a conversation with someone about placing bets, and not just anyone. The private chat took place with “a noted Twitter gambling expert” (many are given this title, the vetting process is not strenuous ) going by the Twitter handle “Ghostfadekillah“.

Now on to the messages. You can view screen shots here. We have chosen not to display them at this time.

Cosart allegedly wrote, “No Prob. I bet LARGE. Shhhh lookin for some help anywhere I can.”

In a second “Direct Message” Cosart wrote, “Saw a retweet on your underplay and hammered it”.

Further screenshots reveal a conversation that someone using Cosart’s Twitter account  (if not Cosart himself) had on March 2nd, conversing about placing wagers on a game between Baylor and Virginia.

Cosart’s Twitter account was then deleted. Then a second Twitter account under his name posted the following statement:

Around two weeks ago, my Twitter account was accessed by someone else. They began to send incriminating DM’s to a number of accounts to make it appear that I am addicted to gambling & have bet on baseball. I did not realize that this was happening until last evening. There will likely be more “screenshots” released in the coming days. I have not, nor will I ever, bet on the game of baseball.

The Miami New Times as well as ESPN  both report that Major League Baseball will officially look into the matter.

The timing is of course just by coincidence, but just last week Pete Rose formally requested new commissioner Rob Manfred to re-evaluate his petition to lift a lifetime ban for betting on his own team as the manager of the Cincinnati Reds.

Rose also bet on other sports.

Major League Baseball rules do not prohibit betting on non baseball events.

Cosart of course appears guilty of betting on something. What remains to be seen is whether in fact he bet on baseball or if Major League Baseball could prove that he did so. The timing of the alleged private messages and content make it seem unlikely he was discussing baseball bets in the private messages.

Cosart is set to be the second man in Miami’s five-man pitching rotation.

 

 

Stanford Robinson transferring from IU

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Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star reports that sophomore guard Stanford Robinson is leaving the program, via transfer.

Sophomore guard Stanford Robinson is transferring from the Indiana men’s basketball program, according to an official release. Robinson spent two seasons in Bloomington.

A program release Wednesday suggested Robinson plans “to transfer to an institution closer to his home where he can earn more playing time.” He saw his minutes-per-game average shrink considerably from last season to this one.

Via Stanford Robinson transferring from IU.

Mark Price a good hire for UNC-Charlotte if it happens

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Update 3/25/2015 7:55 pm ET Mark Price has agreed to become the next head coach at Charlotte. 

Mark Price, the four-time NBA All Star, and current Charlotte Bobcasts assistant coach has been offered the head coaching job at UNC-Charlotte according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN and various media outlets.

Price, originally from Oklahoma, has roots in the south, having starred at Georgia Tech for four years from ’82-’86 before a successful NBA career which ended after 12 seasons in 1998.

This would be a great hire for Charlotte. When you think Mark Price you think fundamentals, tremendous shooter and solid individual with big time NBA experience.

According to reports Price is thinking over the offer. Price may in fact have bigger options on the horizon…..NBA head coaching job in the future?

 

The Odds are in your favor: Where to play March Madness Contests Online

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I once read a story about a professional contest entrant. All this lady did was enter contests, and the odds were in her favor, that was her job to enter contents and eventually she won. It’s with that same mindset I’ve wasted countless hours of my life I can never get back.. Either way it’s the spirit of March Madness-doing something other than the work we’ve been assigned-and goofy around on the internet.

With those thoughts in mind here is a compilation of currently running March Madness Bracket Contests, worth entering-and remember the odds of actually picking a 100% correct bracket are 1 in  148 pentillion (that’s 1 in 148,000,000,000,000,000,000)

Yahoo https://tournament.fantasysports.yahoo.com/t1

ESPN http://games.espn.go.com/tournament-challenge-bracket/2015/en/bracket?addata=2015_TCMen_BracketURL

CBS http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/ncaa-tournament/brackets/games

Sporting News http://rtbrackets.sportingnews.com/ *Offers the ability to update your bracket as you the tournament progresses. *Society gone soft?

Sports Illustrated http://sportsillustrated.collegehoops.upickem.net/collegebasketball/registration/login.asp

Arizona enters NCAAs on 11 game win streak-why they could win it all or at the very least challenge Kentucky

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“We’re in the conversation.”

That’s how Arizona coach Sean Miller accessed his team’s chances at a obtaining a No. 1 seed after his team easily defeated Oregon 80-52 Saturday night in Vegas to win the Pac-12 Tournament.

Over at ESPN Joey Brackets still has Arizona as a two-seed.  Make of it what you will, but the Wildcats, upon defeating Oregon easily  80-52 Saturday night in Vegas, have won 11 straight games and appear to be hitting the proverbial “peak” college basketball coaches die for, stay up at night devising plans for and all of us amateur bracketeers give extra credence to.

Arizona has an RPI of 7 and a 30-3 record, with no losses to teams in the RPI Top 100. The losses include:

Arizona Losses 2015 Regular Season.

RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
103 Dec. 23 @ UNLV 67-71
133 Jan. 11 @ Oregon St 56-58
101 Feb. 7 @ Arizona St 78-81

In appreciation of the Splash Brothers

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I’ve done some research for this article/post/blog/piece.

I have been shooting baskets in earnest for the last 2 weeks at my local gym.

Swish swish swish, I mean I’m getting really good. I just pretend i’m Steph or Klay and boom I can really make them. I even pretend I’m on the fast break and them boom before the defense knows it-spot on three.

Then I moved to the other end of the court. Rim seems a little different, a lot harder. Net is a little shorter. And in the background I can see all the gym members walking to their various destinations. My shooting percentage goes from 90ish to sometime like 20ish…

The point is

That any joe blow given enough time and training can become a basketball shooter and have some good sucess. Shooting hoops is fun and I encourage it-after a stressful day of work. But to shoot hoops in an empty gym compared to shooting against the best players in the world trying to face gaurd you is quite another thing, and that’s exactly what Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson do game after game-and its amazing. It doesn’t matter from what distance or who is in their face, swish and when the ball goes in its “Pure” as Gus Johnson would say. Very Pure.

January 23rd 2015-vs Sacramento-No better example of the pure skill of Klay Thompson. Thompson set an NBA record with 37 points in the third quarter and an additional NBA record nine three-pointers in the third quarter as well.

The Splash Brothers have combined to hit a total of 1,742 threes in their NBA careers.

And as was announced earlier this week. Klay and Stephen will compete in the All-Star three point contest Sat. Feb. 14th. And for perhaps the first time in NBA History more attention will be given to the three-point contest than the slam dunk contest. If you love shooting this will be a grand feast to devour.

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