International Thursdays – All Blacks tested and Nadal on the hunt

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Manchester United’s Anthony Martial is in contract negotiations to stay with the Reds.
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Chile’s national women’s soccer team qualified for their first world cup, but they stated that they want to go far.
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After the All Blacks defeated Australia in their recent match, Prop Joe Moody is out and they are looking at suitable replacements for the next match
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Shauna Coxsey is the number 1 ranked women’s bouldering champion and is looking to keep the title in 2018 and beyond.
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Rafa is bulldozing through the US Open right now, will anyone be able to slow him down?

Wednesday – 5 most exciting coaches in each sport

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Nick Saban – The legend of a coach at Alabama has been showing what true gamesmanship is this season by not revealing who his starting quarterback is. I firmly believe that his purpose is not because he doesn’t know or that he wants to frustrate the media (but that is a plus). His main purpose is to drive the opposing defensive coordinator crazy.
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Jose Mourihno – A new member of the post gamer interview hall of fame Manchester United Coach Jose was being scrutinized for losing 3-0 and he held up three fingers and told everyone how many premiere league championships he has one over every other coach in the league combined.
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John Krzyzewski – The blue king John is the winningest basketball coach of all time, and does not lack anything in the personality department. Players play ball dreaming to be a part of a Coach K team.
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Scott Frost – He may be young and inexpirenced, however he has an undefeated season under his belt and multiple legendary college football coaches have stated that he has something special. If no one else has said it I will. Scott Frost is the next Nick Saban of the NCAA.
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Mike Shildt – Newly promoted to permanent manager today, mike is a master strategist that St Louis has fallen in love with and will for hopefully many years to come.

Tuesday – 5 US Open Players that have a shot at winning

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Juan Martin Del Porto – Ranked number 3 in the world Del Porto is not the most popular name but he has a legitimate chance at winning the Open this year.
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John Isner – The top US contender for the men’s group, Isner has 2 wins this year beating Del Porto and Zverev showing he has the ability to beat top ranked talent. Look for Isner to try and fight his way to the finals.
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Andy Murray – Unranked but still in the Big 4 of Grand Slams with Rafa, Federer and Djokovic, Murray has ben injured for most of the year but has saved up all his energy for this event. A true dark horse favorite of the open.
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Sloane Stephens – Not really too high in the betting odds, the #3 world ranked youngster Sloane Stephens will look to defend her US Open Title this year with a legitimate chance at taking home some more silver.
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Elina Svitolina – World Ranked #8 Elina is powered through her first game of the Open and with a 12-2 record this year she’s not on anyone’s radar but definitely should be.

Monday – 5 Catalysts in the MLB playoff race

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Matt Chapman – A’s 3B – Matt is the best defender in the MLB this year and along with that elite defense his bat is getting hot too, his OPS is over 1.100 over the past 30 games
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the Jays are not in the playoff hunt right now but Kendrys Morales is chasing history, if he hits a home run next game he will Tie Ken Griffey Jr and Barry Bonds for most consecutive games homered in.
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Manny Machado – SS Dodgers – The Dodgers huge acquisition has to perform well if they hope to make the playoffs. He has 5 homers and 12 RBIS in the last 15 games. 
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Matt Carpenter – STL 1B – Matt has jump started a quiet offense since the all star break with one of the best second half performances in recent history. with 9 HR and 18 RBIs in the last 30 games there seems to be no end in sight.
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Mike Moustakas – 3B Brewers – The Brew Crews big pickup over the trade deadline will need to pick things up if the Brewers want to make the playoffs for a second year in a row. Mike is batting .192 over the last 7 games.

Fantasy Friday – Top Rookie Wide Receivers.

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DJ Moore – ESPN’s #55 WR has the biggest chance to end the season as a WR1. Pick him up as a sleeper and thank me later.
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Calvin Ridley – ESPN’s #56 WR – Ridley was the most Athletic deep threat at Alabama for years. Look for him to develop into a star if not this year, it will be next year.
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Michael Gallup – ESPN’s #61 WR – With the Dez Bryant void in Dallas, look for Gallup to step in and turn some heads.
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Anthony Miller – ESPN’s #62 WR – Reports have come out that Trubisky and Miller have started to make a strong connection as QB/WR Duo. Whenever there is connection, there is potential.

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International Thursday – Mbappe and Hurling

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Kylian Mbappe – Straight off a world cup win by France, the young star is gearing up to bring Paris Saint-Germain F.C. to the next level.
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Sergio Aguero – Looking to lead Manchester City to a champions league title. He is currently 10th all time in champions league goals
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Mohammed Salah – the Egyptian star is looking to lead Liverpool to a championship in Champions league plauyu
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Hurling – The underdog team Limerick has defeated the 45 year reigning champions Galway in a crazy final for the Hurling championship
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Eoin Murphy – The goalkeeper for Kilkenny is the undisputed best goalkeeper in Hurling right now.

Wednesday – Jospef and Sister Jean

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Everyone remembers America’s favorite Nun Sister Jean, well she turned 99 today! HBD Gansta Jean.
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Josef Martinez with Atlanta FC just tied the single season goal record. Does he have enough star power to bring the MLS to the next level?
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Lamar Jackson has struggled this preseason and a lot of people are saying he may be a dud, buy it?
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Sungjae In Is the current leader in the Web.com tour, check him out!
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AP rankings are out, and UCF is now #21. Starting off the year ranked is a big step forward for this program that went undefeated last year!

Tuesday – 5 Top NL MVP Front Runners

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Nolan Aranado – Rockies 3B – Nolan has been a front runner all year but was recently passed up by Matt Carpenter’s July and August, yet has recently regained most of the top stats in the NL offensively and as always is a favorite to win another gold glove — NL Stats: (#1) .966OPS, (#2) 30HR, (#4) 86RBI, (#4) .309AVG, (#2) Overall Wins Above Replacement.

 

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Matt Carpenter – Cardinals 1B – Up until the last two series in which he has cooled down, Matt Carpenter was stealing the MVP from the National League. He is still the number 1 slugger but will have two have a good September to claim his first MVP of his career. Stats: (#1) 33HR, (#2) .957OPS, (#3) .572SLG, (#3) Wins Above Replacement, Tied (#1) 66XBH, (7) DRS
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Paul Goldschmit – Dbacks 1B – He  is hanging out in the top 3 but has not gained much traction so far in being the top choice. He has much the same resurgence as Matt Carpenter who started off the year slow but has since become a force at the plate and on defense — Stats: (#4) 4.7WAR, (#5) 28HR, (#3) .399OBP, (5) DRS
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Javy Baez – Cubs 2B – The clear popular favorite, Javy was neck and neck with Matt Carpenter and Nolan until a drop in offense recently. If he gets hot again he could easily hold the hardware at the end of the year – Stats: (#9) 25HR, (Tied #1) 66XBH, (#2) 89 RBI, (#6) 4.1WAR, (5) DRS
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Freddie Freeman – Braves 1B – He has not been discussed much outside of the Braves circles, However when you look at the stats there is a much different story. He may not have the same power as the others but his value in the NL is unmatched — Stats: (#1) .321AVG, (#1) 5.0 NL Wins Above Replacement, (#2) .403OBP, (#1) 153Hits, (8) DRS

Comment with who you have as your front runner and why!

Monday – Long Drives and Nascar

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Justin James – #1 ranked long drive champion in the world.
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Breanna Stewart – Won the MVP for the WNBA this year. She has 22 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 2.5 Assists and 1.4 Blocks per game
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7 time all star running back Adrian Peterson is now trying out for the Washington Redskins, fantasy sleeper?
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Kurt Busch broke a 58 race winless streak by taking home the win in Bristol this week.
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Now getting deep into the year of Tennis, Simona Halep is the #1 ranked WTA player in the world

 

WNBA and many other sports are adopting this new stat called Wins Above Replacement. During the last game of the WNBA season, the league leading Seattle Strom’s star Forward has been one of the biggest rising stars and will hopefully become the face of the WNBA in the coming years.