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Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 9:04 PM
— Jose Siri didn’t waste any time extending his hitting streak in Lansing on Wednesday night. The Dragons outfielder slammed the first pitch of the game over the left field wall, pushing the longest streak in baseball this season to 31 games.
The blast was Siri’s 17th home run of the season, and the 11th since the streak began on June 22nd. It was also the 10th time in the 31 games that Siri extended the streak in his first at-bat of the game.
The 22-year-old has only had three close calls during the streak, the closest of which came on July 4 at Bowling Green. Siri was hitless and due up seventh in the ninth inning. The Dragons sent eight batters to the plate and Siri kept the streak alive with single to right field.
Siri actually had a game during the streak without a hit but the streak stayed intact. On June 26th he came off the bench to pinch hit. He was intentionally walked so he never saw a pitch which, by rule, does not end a hitting streak if that is the players’ only at-bat of the game.
Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 5:00 AM
IOWA CITY, Iowa — The NFL scouting world was prepared for Iowa junior cornerback Josh Jackson to declare for April’s draft after one of the most dynamic seasons by a defensive back in recent memory.
As for center James Daniels, who also decided to forgo his senior year for the draft, that was a bit of surprise. That sent hard-core NFL scouts like Dan Shonka, general manager of Ourlads Scouting Services, scrambling through video to put together a good breakdown of the athletic offensive lineman.
“He was one of those late declares,” Shonka said. “I had no idea he was going to come out.”
Shonka and the rest of the national scouts are quite aware of Daniels and Jackson as the NFL combine approaches in about 10 days. Daniels, who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 295 pounds, is considered the draft’s most athletic interior lineman and a borderline first-round pick. If Daniels is picked on the first night, he’ll be the fifth first-round offensive lineman under Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz.
“Because of [Daniels’] zone blocking ability, his size and his athletic ability, [Ohio State center Billy] Price might be the only center going ahead of him,” said Shonka, who projected Daniels as a late second-rounder. “Some people think he can play guard.
“I see him more as a second-round guy.”
Three NFL draft analysts — ESPN’s Todd McShay, and NFL Network’s Charley Casserly and Daniel Jeremiah — slot Daniels in the first round. Other rankings have him at or near the top of the list for centers and interior linemen.
Jackson, who posted national highs in interceptions (8) and passes defensed (26), is a virtual lock to join Tom Knight (1997) and Craig Clemons (1972) as Iowa’s first-round defensive backs.
Nearly every national mock draft — except NFL Network’s Chad Reuter — has Jackson as a first-rounder. Shonka said Jackson’s speed will determine where he will go.
“Being a one-year starter, to me that’s concerning,” Shonka said. “Obviously, he had some pretty good players ahead of him [Desmond King, Greg Mabin], but you’re talking about a first-round guy.
“How fast is he going to run? It’s probably going to determine where he gets drafted. If he runs really fast, if he runs in the 4.4s, I could see him being in the bottom third of the first round because of his ball skills and he’s got that length that all of the NFL defensive back coaches like. But he’s not a finished product by any stretch of the imagination. I think in certain schemes, he needs work, in certain coverages. What he played at Iowa, he was very good.”
Daniels and Jackson are two of five former Hawkeyes who will head to the combine. Also attending are running back Akrum Wadley, linebacker Josey Jewell and guard Sean Welsh.
Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 1:00 AM
Olympics Hockey 2018 continues Sunday, Feb. 18. You can find the full schedule, scores, standings and the results below.
The USA women’s hockey team beat Finland in a semifinal.
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Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 2:30 AM
NFL mock drafts for 2018 are here with projections. You can check out predictions, players and a first-round draft order below.
Much of the narrative around the 2018 NFL Draft is focused at the quarterback position. Mock drafts from ESPN and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks filling up the top 10 this year.
Here is a collection of 2018 NFL mock drafts, including Land of 10’s own projection.
The draft order was finalized after the Super Bowl.
1. Cleveland Browns
2. New York Giants
3. Indianapolis Colts
4. Cleveland Browns
5. Denver Broncos
6. New York Jets
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. Chicago Bears
9. San Francisco 49ers OR Oakland Raiders (coin flip)
11. Miami Dolphins
12. Cincinnati Bengals
13. Washington Redskins
14. Green Bay Packers
15. Arizona Cardinals
16. Baltimore Ravens
17. Los Angeles Chargers
18. Seattle Seahawks
19. Dallas Cowboys
20. Detroit Lions
21. Buffalo Bills
22. Buffalo Bills (from Kansas City Chiefs)
23. Los Angeles Rams
24. Carolina Panthers
25. Tennessee Titans
26. Atlanta Falcons
27. New Orleans Saints
28. Pittsburgh Steelers
29. Jacksonville Jaguars
30. Minnesota Vikings
31. New England Patriots
32. Philadelphia Eagles
Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 6:32 PM
In just his second healthy year in the NBA, Joel Embiid is an NBA All-Star.
A budding superstar for the Philadelphia 76ers, Embiid was previously selected as a starter for the 2018 NBA All-Star game, where he represented ‘Team Stephen,’ and did did so in impressive fashion.
After quickly reaching double figures in the scoring column, Embiid finished his first NBA All-Star game with 19 points, which tied with Kevin Durant for the fourth-most among all participants. Embiid also recorded 8 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 assist and 1 steal, and more notably, finished as the only starter on Team Stephen with a positive plus-minus (+5).
A former one-and-done for the Kansas Jayhawks, Embiid was drafted with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. However, a navicular bone fracture, among other ailments, prevented Embiid from making his NBA debut until the 2016-17 season.
After playing just 31 games as a rookie last season, Embiid is enjoying much-improved health throughout the 2017-18 campaign, and thus, has quickly blossomed into one of the top young talents in the NBA. In 44 games, Embiid is leading the way for the Sixers, averaging 23.7 points, 11.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.8 blocks per game.
Courtesy of such an effort, Philadelphia is 30-25 entering the All-Star break after winning just 28 last season, and thus, is firmly in the NBA playoff picture as a 7-seed.
Embiid is the Sixers’ first NBA All-Star since Jrue Holiday in 2013.