Rousey: An Athlete For The Ages

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By Julie Buehler Depending on whether you move your mouth when you read or not, it may have taken you longer to read this sentence than it took Ronda Rousey to defend her bantamweight title in UFC 190. 34 seconds. The only thing that goes faster is the process of compiling a list of athletes as dominant in their respective …

Training Camp Hype: To Believe Or Not To Believe? Part I

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By Julie Buehler Every year there’s a steady stream of training camp storylines that football fans love to wrap their hope around. But please realize that with the 24-7 sports media cycle, it’s a requirement to post religiously and rigorously and keep feeding the voracious appetite of said football fans. And so, ladies and gentlemen, we have the yearly ritual …

NBA Summer League Rookie Ranking…

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By Flint Wheeler We spend a lot time in the NBA world wondering whether or not draft picks are going to pan out. We won’t know how the 2015 class measures up for a few years, but now that the summer league season has come and gone, we’ve finally gotten a glimpse into how these prospects look in pseudo-NBA game …

What We Learned This Week In Sports

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By Julie Buehler I thought we’d be over the shock and awe of NBA free agency, but DeAndre Jordan proved me wrong. I thought we’d delineated the bad guys from good in Major League Baseball’s steroid era, but Albert Pujols is proving me wrong. I thought there’s no way anyone can match Ben Hogan’s accomplishment of winning the first 3 …

Outrage Is Warranted But Misplaced

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By Julie Buehler I love the NFL and everything about football. I hate the fact domestic violence is so prevalent and our society frequently turns a blind black eye. Those two statements are not mutually exclusive. I feel like I write about domestic violence in sports a lot, but that’s not because it is a problem in sports. This is …

2015 British Open is Wide Open…

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By Flint Wheeler With Rory McIlroy out with an ankle injury, Jordan Spieth sits alone as the clear favorite to win the British Open, according to odds posted at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. At odds of 5-to-1 as of Monday, Spieth is the only player priced in the single digits. Spieth, of course, has already claimed the first two …

One Person’s Move Is Another’s Opportunity

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By Julie Buehler Change is tough. We all know that. But when you spend 3-5 hours every day connecting with a community through sports talk radio, there’s a certain bond that forms and having to break that bond is far more difficult than I ever thought. But it’s time for a change. After 5 years hosting sports talk radio and …

NBA Free Agency Frenzy

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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 megamillion-dollar deals will alter the league’s landscape: …

NBA Draft Leads To More Questions Than Answers…

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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 were expected to pick Duke center Jahlil Okafor which they say will be …

Cheats and Liars Ruling Sports Headlines

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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 opine on the Women’s World Cup, the pending match against China, the last …

The Great Pete Rose Has Dealt The Death Blow…

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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 clearly that Rose bet on the game as a player – is the smoking gun that will …

Domestic Violence Is About Power, Not Gender

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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 if Brittney Griner gets teary-eyed and announces her marriage was a bad decision, she …

MLB All-Star Voting A Joke…

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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 the next one. In the most recent MLB All-Star …

NBA Upcoming Draft Sleepers…

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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 their current draft rankings. My prediction; look for these guys to …

Coming Home To Make A Difference

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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 a full ride scholarship and why the Kansas City Chiefs made …

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

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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 elusive corner from perennial disappointment to consistent contender. So I …

The Hike That Connects A Community

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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 Thrush Street came up on …

Brady & Pats Face NFL headache, Still Super Bowl Champs

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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 accomplished and otherwise respected, has an obligation to comply with the rules …

Your Perfect Sports Week

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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 Steve Ballmer) on the cusp of emotional breakdown and the Anaheim Ducks are …

Lebron & Cavs Locate Uphill Battle…

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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 starters — Kevin Love (shoulder surgery) and J.R. Smith (two-game suspension). I tend to agree with David …

How Important Is The Vetting Process?

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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 drafted and dynasties built? It’s supposed to be through a careful …

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

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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. likened it to a movie winning an Oscar for Best Picture. The movie and award …

Explaining The Strange Signing of Tim Tebow

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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 fans who adore him and fans who can’t stand him …

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

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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 paid amateurs.  All proceeds will benefit the Tory Fretz &Jackie Cooper Junior Tennis Fund at Variety the Children’s …

Jordan Spieth, 21 – Life & Masters Champ

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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 and, at 21, sets the bar as a person even higher – …

Quit Trying To Change The Game: Let Baseball Be Boring

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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 potatoes and can recite the capitals of all 50 states. I love a great defensive …

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

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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 debut as MLB commissioner this year, Rob Manfred scheduled opening day at Wrigley …

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

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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 golfers in the world for the first time since 1996 when he was ranked 221st …

LPGA Makes a Splash in the Valley…

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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 sponsor. Despite all the changes in title sponsors, the ANA Inspiration has always …

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

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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 Earth gather to enjoy one of the most illustrious venues, communities …

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

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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 teams in the Final Four in Lexington, KY. St. John’s vs. Georgetown in the semifinals, then …