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NBA Free Agency Frenzy

NBA Free Agency Frenzy

By | July 9, 2015 at 1:12 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler Now that we’re a few days into July, the dust has settled – except for the eventual return of LeBron James to the Cavaliers – on what has been a very active opening week of NBA free agency. Here are a few of the ways in which the frenzy of...

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Super Bowl Curse Comes Out Swinging, Do The Niners Stand A Chance?

Super Bowl Curse Comes Out Swinging, Do The Niners Stand A Chance?

By | July 1, 2015 at 9:12 pm | No comments

By Julie Buehler I was at the Timothy Bradley vs Jesse Vargas title fight. A WBO Welterweight belt on the line, Bradley supporters filing in to support their guy, the sky overcast above Stubhub Center, but the opportunity for our local boxing champ to regain international...

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NBA Draft Leads To More Questions Than Answers…

NBA Draft Leads To More Questions Than Answers…

By | July 1, 2015 at 9:02 pm | No comments

By Flint Wheeler The Los Angeles Lakers are hoping that the future of the franchise begins now after they drafted former Ohio State Buckeyes standout D'Angelo Russell as the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. The selection was a surprise to many since the Lakers...

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Cheats and Liars Ruling Sports Headlines

Cheats and Liars Ruling Sports Headlines

By | June 25, 2015 at 2:53 am | No comments

By Julie Buehler You know... it’s too bad. I’d love to sit here and write about Jordan Spieth’s historic US Open title. Or maybe I could translate the trembling putts from Dustin Johnson that cost him nearly $1 million dollars in the loss. Or perhaps I could...

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The Great Pete Rose Has Dealt The Death Blow…

The Great Pete Rose Has Dealt The Death Blow…

By | June 25, 2015 at 2:52 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler It’s over now. If Pete Rose’s reinstatement bid had any life before Monday (and that was unlikely), it’s really dead now. Mike Bertolini’s long-lost notebook -- the one the feds had, but wouldn’t share with Baseball, the notebook that indicates...

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Domestic Violence Is About Power, Not Gender

Domestic Violence Is About Power, Not Gender

By | June 18, 2015 at 1:13 am | No comments

By Julie Buehler Oddly enough, my empathy doesn’t stretch to someone who was arrested for domestic violence and wants to be “submerged” in basketball to escape legal woes associated with it, even if this person is crying on the shoulder of an ESPN reporter. So even...

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MLB All-Star Voting A Joke…

MLB All-Star Voting A Joke…

By | June 18, 2015 at 1:13 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler Oh Baseball, you just can’t help yourself but be behind the times. MLB is that weird uncle that you can’t help but invite to the yearly Christmas dinner only to then for the next 364 days talk to your spouse about how he really shouldn’t be invited to...

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NBA Upcoming Draft Sleepers…

NBA Upcoming Draft Sleepers…

By | June 11, 2015 at 2:04 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler The upcoming NBA draft (June 25th) features the Lakers and Knicks drafting very early. And while the usual Kentucky and Duke royalty is favored to be drafted at the top, here is the list released by the NBA Combine showing who performed way above and beyond...

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Coming Home To Make A Difference

Coming Home To Make A Difference

By | June 3, 2015 at 11:00 pm | No comments

By Julie Buehler When Jeff Webb was a La Quinta High School football player, people who watched him knew he was special. Just watch one of his catches, and you’d know he was a game-changing wide receiver. And he was. That’s why the San Diego State Aztecs offered him...

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The One Thing EVERY Athlete Is But Few Of Them Will Admit

The One Thing EVERY Athlete Is But Few Of Them Will Admit

By | May 27, 2015 at 6:43 pm | No comments

By Julie Buehler A lot has been said about Tom Brady in wake of the “DeflateGate” scandal. His illustrious legacy tarnished in the eyes of many, his numerous NFL records in question in the minds of others. He’s been called a cheat, a liar, a villain, petty,...

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Is A Franchise Really Doomed Or Just Doomed To Believe It?

Is A Franchise Really Doomed Or Just Doomed To Believe It?

By | May 21, 2015 at 1:38 am | No comments

By Julie Buehler I “guaranteed” the Clippers would win Game 6. I had watched them steamroll a stunned Rockets team into submission for 3 of the first 4 games of the series and despite an ugly and uninspired defeat in Game 5, it looked like the Clippers had turned that...

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The Hike That Connects A Community

The Hike That Connects A Community

By | May 13, 2015 at 10:45 pm | No comments

By Julie Buehler All I knew was that I wanted to spend some time with my sister-in-law, Carli. We decided a hike would be fun. I knew there was this Cross on top of a hill and I knew it was in Palm Desert. So I Googled “Palm Desert Cross Hike” and the address 72500...

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Brady & Pats Face NFL headache, Still Super Bowl Champs

Brady & Pats Face NFL headache, Still Super Bowl Champs

By | May 13, 2015 at 10:44 pm | No comments

By Flint Wheeler The league suspended the Super Bowl MVP Monday for the first four games of the season, fined the New England Patriots $1 million and took away two draft picks as punishment for deflating footballs used in the AFC title game. "Each player, no matter how...

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Your Perfect Sports Week

Your Perfect Sports Week

By | May 7, 2015 at 2:02 am | No comments

By Julie Buehler The NFL Draft was in Chi-Town, the whole world watched “The Fight Dud Of The Century,” American Pharoh is the new horse poised to win the Triple Crown, not a nickname Fox News gave President Obama, the Clippers are keeping basketball fans (Read: owner...

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Lebron & Cavs Locate Uphill Battle…

Lebron & Cavs Locate Uphill Battle…

By | May 7, 2015 at 1:01 am | No comments

By FlintWheeler After losing 99-92 to the Chicago Bulls, are the Cavaliers in trouble? Yes. But are they in big, the-basketball-world-is-about-to-end trouble? No. This is only one game in the best-of-seven series and who knew what to expect from the Cavs without two...

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How Important Is The Vetting Process?

How Important Is The Vetting Process?

By | April 30, 2015 at 10:02 am | No comments

By Julie Buehler With the NFL draft upon us, fascinating developments in the Josh Hamilton saga and so much invested in NHL and NBA playoffs, it might be fun to step back and ask a simple question: Where do these guys come from? How are free agents chosen, prospects...

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U.S. Open: Sleepy Washington town proves with foresight that our Valley can be great again…

U.S. Open: Sleepy Washington town proves with foresight that our Valley can be great again…

By | April 30, 2015 at 10:00 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler “Chambers Bay will forever have the moniker of a U.S. Open Course,” said course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. “Only 27 active courses (since World War II) have that moniker. From my perspective, no higher honor could have been given.” Jones Jr....

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Explaining The Strange Signing of Tim Tebow

Explaining The Strange Signing of Tim Tebow

By | April 22, 2015 at 10:50 pm | No comments

By Julie Buehler I can’t figure it out, not sure you can either, but our nation and sports culture has a strange fascination with Tim Tebow. There are obscure stats you can point to that might justify it. There are moments you can recall that may describe it. There are...

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Alex Rodrigues proves America is greatest Country in the world.

Alex Rodrigues proves America is greatest Country in the world.

By | April 22, 2015 at 10:45 pm | No comments

By Flint Wheeler Isn’t America great! Land of the second, err third (maybe even 4th) chance?  It’s not the opportunity that makes us great… it’s what we do with the opportunities given to us. Now take a seat, exhale, what I have to say might be hard to swallow. But...

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TENNIS HALL OF FAMER ROSIE CASALS TO HONOR LOCAL PIONEER JACKIE COOPER AT TEAM TENNIS INVITATIONAL

TENNIS HALL OF FAMER ROSIE CASALS TO HONOR LOCAL PIONEER JACKIE COOPER AT TEAM TENNIS INVITATIONAL

By | April 15, 2015 at 11:00 pm | No comments

Benefits Junior Tennis Through Variety Children’s Charity By Alison Elsner Indian Ridge Country Club will host the first Rosie Casals & Jackie Cooper Invitational, an event that will include local professionals and juniors who will play in a Team Tennis Pro-Am with...

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Angels Show Little Sense In Handling Of Hamilton’s Big Dollar Contract

Angels Show Little Sense In Handling Of Hamilton’s Big Dollar Contract

By | April 15, 2015 at 10:55 pm | No comments

By Julie Buehler Someone made a phone call or sent an email to get the Angels’ newly acquired outfielder, Josh Hamilton, a locker all set up. Someone sent some correspondence to erect a 5-story mural of the slugger who had been signed to a fully guaranteed, 5-year, $125...

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Jordan Spieth, 21 – Life & Masters Champ

Jordan Spieth, 21 – Life & Masters Champ

By | April 15, 2015 at 10:50 pm | No comments

By Flint Wheeler   It has been almost 20 years since a 21-year-old Tiger Woods stormed the course at Augusta en route to his first victory at the Masters in 1997, and this year there is another hot young American star is breaking course records, wearing Green Jackets...

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Quit Trying To Change The Game: Let Baseball Be Boring

Quit Trying To Change The Game: Let Baseball Be Boring

By | April 8, 2015 at 2:05 pm | No comments

By Julie Buehler I’m unapologetically “old school.” I’d rather be picked up in a Ford F-150 than some Ferrari on a first date. I can carry on a conversation without the assistance of technology, you know, like with real people. I still enjoy steak and...

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MLB Season kicks off to same ol’ same ol’…

MLB Season kicks off to same ol’ same ol’…

By | April 8, 2015 at 2:00 pm | No comments

By Flint Wheeler In his swan song as MLB commissioner last year, Bud Selig scheduled opening day in Australia. Because, hey, nothing says spring and baseball more than playing the season’s first game at 3 a.m. ET 7,500 miles away from the nearest U.S. ballpark. In his...

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Tiger Is Not Good At Golf… Get Used To It.

Tiger Is Not Good At Golf… Get Used To It.

By | April 1, 2015 at 8:10 pm | No comments

By Julie Buehler If the Leaning Tower of Pisa ever just tipped over, we’d probably say, “Welp, it was about time.” Tiger Woods has been leaning towards mediocrity for years now. He’s tipped over. And it’s about time. He’s dropped out of the Top 100...

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LPGA Makes a Splash in the Valley…

LPGA Makes a Splash in the Valley…

By | April 1, 2015 at 8:05 pm | No comments

By Flint Wheeler The ANA Inspiration golf tournament is part of the LPGA Tour and is one of the five major championships in women's golf. ANA stands for All Nippon Airlines, a Japanese carrier that became title sponsor beginning in 2015. ANA replaced Kraft Nabisco as title...

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More Than A Good Time, It’s A GREAT Cause

More Than A Good Time, It’s A GREAT Cause

By | March 26, 2015 at 1:02 am | No comments

By Julie Buehler As a sports reporter, I've said many times in print, on radio, TV and to my friends, the BNP Paribas Open is one of my favorite sporting events each year. But 2015 was the best I've ever experienced. Once again, the greatest tennis players on planet...

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NCAA Big East: No Longer the National Power of Yesteryear…

NCAA Big East: No Longer the National Power of Yesteryear…

By | March 26, 2015 at 1:01 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler Now that Villanova has been unceremoniously dismissed from the NCAA Tournament, don’t expect to see the Big “Least” dancing at the Final Four in Indianapolis. Thirty years ago, when the Big East was the beast of college basketball, it boasted three...

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Will Sports Fans Retire The Idea That The NFL Is King?

Will Sports Fans Retire The Idea That The NFL Is King?

By | March 19, 2015 at 1:04 am | No comments

By Julie Buehler Monday March 16th, a young man, a good, up-and-coming NFL linebacker, Chris Borland, announced he was retiring from the NFL. He is 24 years old. Played only his rookie season before deciding he’d had enough. And while this offseason we saw the likes...

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NFL Diversion Tactic Works Flawlessly…

NFL Diversion Tactic Works Flawlessly…

By | March 19, 2015 at 1:02 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler Baseball is America’s favorite pastime, but the National Football League is the American sports fan’s obsession. If you needed any reminder or reinforcement of that notion, it came last week during the start of NFL free agency, when rampant rumors became...

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Proper Perspective Is Important In Sports

Proper Perspective Is Important In Sports

By | March 12, 2015 at 1:35 am | No comments

By Julie Buehler “Some things are easy and some things are hard. And just because something isn’t easy doesn’t mean it’s hard.” Simple, huh? I learned that some years ago trekking through trials and tribulations that, at the time, seemed hard, but in...

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MLB Flirts With Shorter Game Times…We Can All Hope

MLB Flirts With Shorter Game Times…We Can All Hope

By | March 12, 2015 at 1:30 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler With the average Major League Baseball game soaring past three hours despite decreasing offensive numbers in the game, the league announced Monday that it will test out various experimental rule changes during Arizona Fall League play to improve the sport’s...

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BNP Paribas Open – Bigger and Better Than Ever

BNP Paribas Open – Bigger and Better Than Ever

By | March 5, 2015 at 2:00 am | No comments

The BNP Paribas Open – the largest combined WTA and ATP World Tour event in the world – continues to receive praise from both players and fans, as more than 431,000 fans flocked to the 2014 event, the largest turnout in the tournament’s history. With a complete site...

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Small High School Game Makes National Impact…

Small High School Game Makes National Impact…

By | March 5, 2015 at 1:55 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler According to the NCAA, which tracks such things in the case of girls' basketball, only 3.7 percent of those who play high school ball will go on to play for a college team. The percentage is even lower for males - 3.3 percent - because there are more boys'...

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Floyd Mayweather: A Villain In The Ring And Reality

Floyd Mayweather: A Villain In The Ring And Reality

By | February 26, 2015 at 12:25 pm | No comments

By Julie Buehler I’m sorry. I’ll apologize in advance; I’m likely to burst some bubbles if you read this. But to be clear, I’m not sorry about bursting your bubble. I’m sorry that the media and sports culture has allowed you to live in that bubble. I’m...

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