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Pac-12 Preview

Pac-12 Preview

By | July 21, 2016 at 9:08 pm | No comments

By Flint Wheeler Most preseason predictions and rankings have the Pac-12 on the outside of the playoff picture for 2016, but there's no shortage of intrigue or potential surrounding this league. The battle to win the South Division is likely to come down to one of the...

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UFC Sets Record Payout – British Open Picks

UFC Sets Record Payout – British Open Picks

By | July 14, 2016 at 6:44 pm | No comments

By Flint Wheeler The most massive event in UFC history also had the largest purse payout in this sports History. Try not to compare this to "Money Mayweathers" payday. Remember when he defeated Pacquiao and the two fighters split $500 Million ($300 went to Money). UFC is...

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Chaos in Brazil – Is it worth it…

Chaos in Brazil – Is it worth it…

By | July 7, 2016 at 1:59 pm | No comments

By Flint Wheeler One of the Olympic stadiums just had its water and lights cut off because of unpaid bills. The builder for two other venues has had to lay off workers and hasn't paid suppliers. Cutbacks All Around Athletes are also feeling the crunch. Davilani Cruz, a...

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Early NFL Season Over Unders….

Early NFL Season Over Unders….

By | June 30, 2016 at 3:24 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler If for no other reason than the unpredictability of injuries, the NFL win total over/under props traditionally include a few misfires. Last year, for example, the Cowboys’ number was initially set by the Bovada sportsbook at 9.5 (they won four) and the...

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Monkey finally off DJ and Cleveland’s back…

Monkey finally off DJ and Cleveland’s back…

By | June 24, 2016 at 12:25 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler It may have arrived in controversial fashion but Dustin Johnson described his first major triumph at the U.S. Open as a "monkey off his back." The new world No. 3 overcame a one-stroke penalty awarded in bizarre fashion to secure a three-shot victory at...

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2016 U.S. Open – Best & Worst Bets

2016 U.S. Open – Best & Worst Bets

By | June 16, 2016 at 11:46 pm | No comments

By Flint Wheeler This weekend the world's best golfers will head to Oakmont Country Club, widely regarded as the toughest course in the country, for the 2016 US Open. Oakmont takes a long, tough course with greens made of glass along with 6-8 inch deep rough. The last time...

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Baylor looking to fix the unfix-able…

Baylor looking to fix the unfix-able…

By | June 12, 2016 at 12:20 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler Baylor has won a lot of football games. An inherent part of that process, it turns out, was Art Briles playing Father Figure for troubled, talented football players and the program, the athletic department, and the university exhibiting profound ignorance...

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NBA Finals Set – LeBron Secures Legacy

NBA Finals Set – LeBron Secures Legacy

By | June 2, 2016 at 10:51 pm | No comments

By Flint Wheeler LeBron James has a long resume of accomplishments — two titles, four MVPs, and he hasn’t missed an All-Star Game or an All-NBA team for a decade — but he reached one of his more impressive milestones in leading the Cavaliers past the Raptors to the NBA...

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Coachella Valley Live Roller Derby Action

Coachella Valley Live Roller Derby Action

By | May 28, 2016 at 1:26 am | No comments

Saturday June 4, 2016 Time: Doors Open 6:00PM, Bout Start 6:30PM Founded in 2012 by a small group of determined local women, The Coachella Valley Derby Girls (CVDG) has grown into a strong, full- roster team of certifiable derby girls. Roller derby is the fastest growing...

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PALM DESERT LOCAL AND SKATEBOARD LEGEND EDDIE “EL GATO” ELGUERA INDUCTED INTO THE SKATEBOARDING HALL OF FAME

PALM DESERT LOCAL AND SKATEBOARD LEGEND EDDIE “EL GATO” ELGUERA INDUCTED INTO THE SKATEBOARDING HALL OF FAME

By | May 28, 2016 at 1:20 am | No comments

The Skateboarding Hall of Fame had its 7th annual awards and Hall of Fame induction ceremonies last weekend at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Created in 2009, The Skateboarding Hall of Fame recognizes and honors the history of skateboarding and those influential figures who...

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Who is the best pitcher in baseball?

Who is the best pitcher in baseball?

By | May 28, 2016 at 1:18 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler Arrieta, the Chicago Cubs’ right-hander who is on a run of 24 consecutive quality starts and no-hit the Cincinnati Reds in his previous start last Thursday, or Kershaw, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ left-hander whose run of three National League Cy Young...

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Stephen Curry: 1st Ever Unanimous NBA MVP

Stephen Curry: 1st Ever Unanimous NBA MVP

By | May 19, 2016 at 8:24 pm | No comments

By Flint Wheeler The NBA has never had a unanimous MVP winner before. Some have close. In 2000, the Lakers’ Shaquille O’Neal received 120 out of 121 possible first-place votes. In 2013, LeBron James, then with the Miami Heat, also fell one vote shy. Considering how many...

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Cubs & Trump – Two Underdogs Stealing The Spotlight….

Cubs & Trump – Two Underdogs Stealing The Spotlight….

By | May 12, 2016 at 2:11 pm | No comments

By Flint Wheeler The last time the Cubs started out this hot was back in 1907, when they also were 24-6 after 30 games. Kris Bryant, born in 1992, was unaware he was part of the best Cubs start in 109 years. “1907?” he said. “I didn’t know. Just knew we had a...

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No Love for Tiger, Opposite for English Long Shot…

No Love for Tiger, Opposite for English Long Shot…

By | May 6, 2016 at 1:29 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler Davis Love III has the unenviable task of captaining the 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup team, which is basically the equivalent of being a substitute teacher in a third-grade class filled with superstars, whiners, prima donnas and Bill Haas. It's a no-win. But it's even...

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Los Angeles Rams Make Draft Splash…

Los Angeles Rams Make Draft Splash…

By | April 21, 2016 at 2:24 pm | No comments

By Flint Wheeler After months of speculation over the Tennessee Titans' desire to keep the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Titans finally decided to ditch it for a monster package. According to reports, the Titans and Los Angeles Rams completed a blockbuster...

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Jordan’s Augusta Gag Proves ‘Good’ For Coverage…

Jordan’s Augusta Gag Proves ‘Good’ For Coverage…

By | April 14, 2016 at 12:39 pm | No comments

By Flint Wheeler Well, at least he’s interesting now. Jordan Speith, a soft spoken white, tall, thin, lanky country club kid with almost zero personality was about to officially put the PGA audience to sleep until the awesome happened. A quintuple bogey (I had to look it up...

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Villanova Shocks Tar Heels In Classic NCAA Finish

Villanova Shocks Tar Heels In Classic NCAA Finish

By | April 7, 2016 at 2:44 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler North Carolina rallied from a 10-point deficit against Villanova with 5 ½ minutes remaining on Monday night in the national championship game. The Tar Heels tied it at 74 with 4.7 seconds remaining on a 3-pointer from Marcus Paige, whose shot – an...

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INDIO ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH PROFESSIONAL SOCAL COYOTES FOOTBALL TEAM

INDIO ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH PROFESSIONAL SOCAL COYOTES FOOTBALL TEAM

By | April 7, 2016 at 2:30 am | No comments

City will contribute to mentoring of young men, youth programs By Michael Felci The City of Indio recently announced a civic and corporate partnership with the SoCal Coyotes, a professional football team and non-profit leadership organization for local men ages 18-30. The...

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SPOTLIGHT 29 CASINO PRESENTS ULTIMATE VIEWING PARTY FOR HBO CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING FEATURING PACQUIAO VS. BRADLEY

SPOTLIGHT 29 CASINO PRESENTS ULTIMATE VIEWING PARTY FOR HBO CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING FEATURING PACQUIAO VS. BRADLEY

By | March 30, 2016 at 4:38 pm | No comments

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With Kobe Gone – Lakers Poised for Quick Rebuild…

With Kobe Gone – Lakers Poised for Quick Rebuild…

By | March 30, 2016 at 4:34 pm | No comments

By Flint Wheeler The 2015-16 Kobe Bryant farewell tour is finally winding down. The wins are not coming and the franchise is headed towards yet another top draft pick after landing the No.2 selection last year. With a very young team, the Lakers will be desperate for a few...

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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 7TH ANNUAL JOHN CARLOS YOUTH TRACK & FIELD MEET

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 7TH ANNUAL JOHN CARLOS YOUTH TRACK & FIELD MEET

By | March 24, 2016 at 6:13 pm | No comments

HOSTED BY BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF PALM SPRINGS By Carissa Cascio Registration is now open for Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs’ 7th Annual John Carlos Youth Track & Field Meet. This annual event will take place on Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Palm...

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Girl Power Alert! Coachella Valley Derby Girls Find A Home

Girl Power Alert! Coachella Valley Derby Girls Find A Home

By | March 24, 2016 at 6:11 pm | No comments

By Esther Sanchez After several years of struggling for a facility to practice and host bouts against other teams, the Coachella Valley Derby girls have finally established themselves a top-notch home-base and they have big plans from here on. “Founded in 2012 by a small...

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Coachella Valley Derby Season Opener

Coachella Valley Derby Season Opener

By | March 17, 2016 at 2:34 am | No comments

March 26, 2016 at The Empire Polo Grounds. Doors Open 5:00PM, Bout Starts 5:30PM Founded in 2012 by a small group of determined local women, The Coachella Valley Derby Girls (CVDG) has grown into a strong, full- roster team of certifiable derby girls. Roller derby is the...

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UFC Upsets Shakes up Landscape…

UFC Upsets Shakes up Landscape…

By | March 10, 2016 at 9:38 pm | No comments

By Flint Wheeler Moments after Nate Diaz choked out Conor McGregor and punched a big hole in the UFC's plans, Diaz took the microphone and triumphantly, profanely declared his victory was "no surprise!" Maybe not to Diaz. The rest of the sport is still reeling from a...

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BNP Paribas Open – Tennis Paradise

BNP Paribas Open – Tennis Paradise

By | March 3, 2016 at 12:28 pm | No comments

What is a true description of Tennis Paradise? Start with the best players in the world. Add in a venue that is arguably one of the best in the world of sports. Mix in amenities like lots of seating around the practice courts, fine dining restaurants, numerous special events...

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March Madness Minus 2 NCAA Giants This Year…

March Madness Minus 2 NCAA Giants This Year…

By | March 3, 2016 at 12:27 pm | No comments

By Flint Wheeler On February 4, 2015, the Syracuse Orange basketball program self-imposed a postseason ban as the NCAA came breathing down their necks. The Orangemen were in the midst of a difficult season to begin with, but the ban was seen by some as a cowardly move and a...

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The Desert Smash Is Back For The 12th Year! 

The Desert Smash Is Back For The 12th Year! 

By | February 25, 2016 at 1:49 am | No comments

Taking place on Tuesday, March 8th 2016, at the Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa, this year kicks off with two fun playing opportunities, the first, hosted by WTA Superstar and former World #1 Victoria Azarenka, being the ultra-exclusive, VIP "Ultimate Pro-Am Experience...

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TennIs World On Radar Of Match Fixing…

TennIs World On Radar Of Match Fixing…

By | February 25, 2016 at 1:48 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler Match-fixing has been the talk of the tennis world at this year’s Australian Open, thanks to a joint investigation released by BBC and BuzzFeed News which alleges that prominent tennis players have been taking money from gamblers in order to lose matches,...

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RELENTLESS” ANTONIO OROZCO IS SET TO FACE MIGUEL ACOSTA

RELENTLESS” ANTONIO OROZCO IS SET TO FACE MIGUEL ACOSTA

By | February 18, 2016 at 1:50 am | No comments

ON MARCH 25 AT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO, INDIO, CA. LIVE NATIONALLY ON BOXEO ESTELAR ON ESTRELLA TV. Tickets on Sale Now! By Christopher Lavoie Fresh off an exciting victory over former three-division world champion, Humberto “La Zorrita” Soto on the undercard of...

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TORTOISE ROCK CASINO PRESENTS ULTIMATE VIEWING PARTY FOR HBO CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING

TORTOISE ROCK CASINO PRESENTS ULTIMATE VIEWING PARTY FOR HBO CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING

By | February 18, 2016 at 1:48 am | No comments

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PGA Tour Talent Stacked For The Next Decade…

PGA Tour Talent Stacked For The Next Decade…

By | February 18, 2016 at 1:46 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler How can someone say “Golf is boring”? Perhaps because there are no more super stars? I don’t think that’s a feasible statement. With the 2016 PGA Tour well on its way through the West Coast swing, the crop of young players starting to make their stamp...

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THE 25TH ANNUAL PBI TENNIS SHOW AND CARNIVAL

THE 25TH ANNUAL PBI TENNIS SHOW AND CARNIVAL

By | February 11, 2016 at 5:26 am | No comments

AT JW MARRIOTT DESERT SPRINGS RESORT & SPA  ON FEBRUARY 13 An afternoon of entertaining demonstrations, professional lessons, and opportunity to win fun prizes, and demo Wilson’s newest racquets used in the 2016 Austrailian Open Tennis. For the 25th consecutive year,...

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Broncos prove “Defense Win Championships” In Super Bowl

Broncos prove “Defense Win Championships” In Super Bowl

By | February 11, 2016 at 5:24 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler Von Miller had 2.5 sacks and forced two Cam Newton fumbles as the Denver Broncos defense dominated the high-octane offense of the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50. Newton and Miller will forever be linked in NFL lore as the players were selected...

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Super Bowl Facts & Fixins…

Super Bowl Facts & Fixins…

By | February 4, 2016 at 1:20 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler No matter which side you’re on, the key players in the matchup are obvious. Here’s a look at four players that will have a major impact on Sunday’s Big Game that I’m happy to provide for free! Cam Newton Predictions The no-brainer league MVP,...

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Football 101: Where You Should Be Thursday Night

Football 101: Where You Should Be Thursday Night

By | January 28, 2016 at 12:24 am | No comments

By Julie Buehler You know that awkward feeling when two or three of your buddies share an inside joke and you’re on the outside of it? You grin to one side, looking away. Kinda act like you get it and try to act like you’re not disappointed that someone didn’t let...

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