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  • SportsDash: NBA Playoffs vs. Stanley Cup Playoffs, who has the edge?

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports10 hrs ago

    Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) and Dan Devine (@YourManDevine) joined Julie Donaldson (@jdonaldsonCSN) and Rob Simmelkjaer (@RobSimmelkjaer) to debate the merits of the NBA Playoffs against the NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs. Among the topics of discussion: fan experiences at either event, the sports' respective theme songs on NBC and which sport has the cooler trophy. The group also debates which set of playoffs has the most iconic moment -- Michael Jordan's step-back jumper against the Jazz or Bobby Orr's game-winner against the Blues.

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  • SportsDash: Michael Phelps' Olympic-sized comeback

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    Olympic Hall of Famer and three-time gold medalist Rowdy Gaines joined Rob Simmelkjaer (@RobSimmelkjaer) and Julie Donaldson (@jdonaldsonCSN) on SportsDash to discuss Michael Phelps' return from retirement. While his long career creates the perception that Phelps is over the hill, Gaines reminds us that the 22-time Olympic medalist is still in the prime of his athletic lifespan at 28 years old.

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  • Rams’ $100k contest could go very, very wrong for team

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports10 hrs ago

    Want to win $100,000? Just guess the St. Louis Rams’ entire 2014 season schedule correctly. Seems simple enough, right?

    Not so much if you factor in every variable, but Mike Florio is all for the promotional tool to drum up excitement for the upcoming season. “This is a creative twist on the schedule release excitement,” Florio says. “I haven’t calculated the odds … but a lot of factors go into this.”

    Florio has one qualm with the contest, however. All it takes is one person with inside information to leak the correct schedule and just that idea alone should keep the Rams feeling uneasy.

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  • Jackie Robinson Day bittersweet considering decline in black players

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    Julie Donaldson is joined by HardballTalk's Craig Calcaterra to discuss Jackie Robinson Day. The pair also touches on the recent decline of U.S.-born black players in the Major Leagues, noting the myriad of factors that have contributed to the trend. Calcaterra talks about the R.B.I. program (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) as one of the methods the MLB is using to increase the participation of U.S.-born blacks in the sport.

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  • Donald Trump’s interest in buying Bills more than publicity stunt

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports11 hrs ago

    Donald Trump’s ploy to become the next owner of the Buffalo Bills may not be such a ploy after all. With his net worth always the subject of inquiry, but it’s no question that it’s a large sum, Mike Florio says he still doesn’t see a transition to Trump happening. “I feel like he’s trying to make an attention-grab, a publicity-grab,” Florio claims. “When it’s time to crunch the numbers, he’s not going to want to pay what it will take.” Regardless of Trump’s misadventures with the USFL and his pompous way of always finding the spotlight, a source close to Mike Florio with an educated idea of the ownership dynamic inthe NFL says other owners would be on board with the move. “It would be very hard [for the NFL] to find nine other owners that would vote against Donald Trump.”

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  • One thing to know: CJ2K could be missing piece for Jets

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    Eleven days after being released by the Titans, RB Chris Johnson has his first official visit on Tuesday with the New York Jets. Considering the Jets finished 8-8 in 2013, thanks mostly to their defense, Mike Florio says the addition of Chris Johnson, along with Michael Vick and Eric Decker, could give the Jets dynamic offense they need to succeed in 2014.

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  • Future Master: Bubba Watson's son already has killer swing

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports12 hrs ago

    It didn't take long for Bubba Watson's son, Caleb, to steal the show at the Masters on Sunday. The two-year-old, who could pass as the Gerber baby, ambled onto the 18th green at Augusta National after his dad's final putt and took a victory lap in the arms of the teary-eyed champ.

    Though Watson's star is on a meteoric rise in the golf world -- this year's green jacket marks his second in the last three years -- his son's game is apparently not far behind. On Tuesday's edition of the Golf Channel's Morning Drive, the lengthy lefty showed off some home video of Caleb's swing, both adorable and surprisingly adept for his age. Almost as impressive as the swing is the love the toddler already has for the game.

    "He wanted to play golf as soon as we got done," said Watson. "After I signed the scorecard, he was like 'Golf? Golf?'"

    Luckily, the Watson household is in a perfect location to sate the youngster's appetite for the links.

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  • Samardzija: Chicago night life ‘dangerous’ for career

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports13 hrs ago

    Imagine you're a 22-year-old kid with millions of dollars in your bank account and playing professional baseball in one of the biggest party neighborhoods in Chicago.

    Yeah, it's easy to see how that can be dangerous.

    Jeff Samardzija, who signed a $10 million deal out of Notre Dame, got his first taste of the big leagues during the pennant race in 2008, when Wrigleyville was rocking night in and night out.

    "It is [dangerous]," Samardzija said on The Dan Patrick Show. "Being a young kid, I can't say I didn't go through my fair share of, 'Hey Jeff ... slow down a little bit.'

    "It's like, 'I'm 22 and you guys gave me all this money. It's not my fault. I live in Chicago. I'm just an innocent bystander here.'

    "I had a great time, but you learn ... You learn as a young kid that you need to really balance what you do off the field with on the field if you want to perform up to the level you're demanded to in Chicago."

    So has Samardzija ever pitched with a hangover?

    "Possibly," the big right-hander joked.

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  • One of marathon bombings first responders reflects on past year

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    Shane O'Hara manages the Marathon Sports on Boylston Street, feet away from where the first bomb exploded. He recalled the outpouring of emotion and how the 'Boston Strong' rally cry resonated throughout the community. "That was the most amazing thing there, was just the outcry of how many people came through these doors." he said, "The carpet was brand new, but after a week it looked like it was three-years old." O'Hara will be toeing the starting line for the first time in fifteen years. "I really cannot wait until that moment of crossing (the finish line) and hearing that announcer say, 'welcome to Boston.'"

    -- Trenni Kusnierek, CSNNE.com

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  • Watch out RGIII: Miller full-court to Beal in pass of the year

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports14 hrs ago

    There's a pretty good quarterback in Washington already, but if the Redskins ever need help under center, they might consider giving the Wizards' Andre Miller a call. The point guard showcased both arm strength and accuracy with his full-court pass to Bradley Beal in the Wizards' 114-93 victory over the Heat.

    Miller came down with a loose ball a couple of feet from his own baseline and delivered what appeared to be a well-executed post route to his backcourt mate, narrowly avoiding the hands of multiple defenders to hit Beal in stride for an easy layup.

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