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Published: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 1:22 PM
CINCINNATI — Despite a slump, Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart extended his lead over Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager in voting for the National League All-Star team in the past week.
Cozart’s batting average has fallen from .353 to .320 since June 6, and he hasn’t driven in a run in his last 10 appearances. The Reds have lost nine straight games. Cozart still leads NL shortstops in batting average, on-base percentage (.404) and slugging percentage (.562).
In the updated voting totals announced Monday, Cozart had 1,465,327 votes. Seager had 1,143,767 votes. Cozart led by 193,178 votes last week, Now he leads by 321,560.
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Joey Votto ranks fifth among first basemen with 517,833 votes. Adam Duvall ranks 10th among outfielders with 532,243.
Voting continues until 11:59 p.m. June 29.
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 3:13 PM
Coach Bob Huggins and West Virginia were intent on gaining revenge Saturday against old rival Iowa State.
It helped that the undermanned Cyclones were down to a seven-man rotation. The No. 21 Mountaineers took advantage of the limited numbers in a 85-70 triumph at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown.
It provided a modicum of payback after Iowa State’s 16-point victory in Ames on Jan. 31 that was their largest conference loss of the season.
West Virginia improves to 21-8 and 10-6 in Big 12 play with the triumph. Iowa State falls to 13-15, 4-12.
West Virginia took advantage of Iowa State’s weakened condition to erupt on an 11-2 run in the final 4:35 of the first half. It sparked them to a 39-30 halftime lead.
It was part of an overall 24-6 Mountaineer run where their defense was on display. Iowa State missed 15 of 16 shots during a 10-minute stretch midway in the game enabling the Mountaineers to blow the game open.
West Virginia came up with a strong defensive effort, limiting the Cyclones to 42.9 percent from the field. It was a marked contrast from the first game, where Iowa State shot a season-best 62.1 percent from the field. Since then, no opponent has shot better than 47 percent from the field against the Cyclones.
The Mountaineers return to action for a Big Monday showdown against Texas Tech at the WVU Coliseum. Tip-off will be at 9 p.m. ET. It will be shown on ESPN2.
West Virginia will be aiming for revenge after a 72-71 loss to the Red Raiders on Jan. 13. It was the loss that snapped the Mountaineers’ 15-game winning streak that pushed them to No. 2 in the nation.
West Virginia coughed up a 11-point lead in the final 13 minutes in the earlier loss this season. Texas Tech shot 58.3 percent in the second half to spur the comeback, sparked by 20 points by Keenan Evans.
Carter led West Virginia with a game-high 28 points in the earlier game.
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 3:12 PM
If you recall Brian Orakpo’s career at Texas, you’d think that he’d have a hyper-masculine hobby. Perhaps something along the lines of hunting coyotes with his bear hands, woodworking, or grilling.
In a new video on Player’s Tribune, Orakpo shows his undying love for…cupcakes?
— The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune) February 23, 2018
Orakpo teamed up with the Tribune to talk about his cupcakes business, which will forever seem odd for a man who used to be known as “The Freak.”
“Look at these layers! It’s perfect,” yells Orakpo, about one of his shop’s newest cupcakes.
Orakpo tallied 23 sacks over his career at Texas, including 11 during his senior year in 2008. He was taken in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins with the 13th overall pick. Orakpo currently plays for the Tennessee Titans, and has racked up 64.5 sacks in his NFL career.
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 3:12 PM
What Mike Anderson has done with the Arkansas basketball team this year should not be discounted. In a season the SEC is as good as it has been in 10-plus years, Anderson has the Razorbacks at 20 wins and all but assured of an NCAA Tournament.
The selectin committee is going to have a difficult time keeping Arkansas out of the Dance with the Hogs’ resume. Their beating of Alabama, another team likely to make the NCAA Tournament, on Saturday, 76-73, the latest in a season filled with more resume positives than negatives.
Wasn’t easy but no one expected it to be in the SEC.
Anderson’s bench was balanced, his freshman big man Daniel Gafford was tenacious and his two best players, had a flurry to put away Alabama near the end. Probably wasn’t the prettiest game the Razorbacks played all year, but given circumstances and stakes, it was perhaps one of the best.
Alabama had a lead for most of the second half. With 6:53 left, the Crimson Tide led by one. Barford hadn’t made a field goal since three minutes into the game. He found himself wide open, though, on the wing and buried a 3. After the Crimson Tide failed to score, Macon went down on Arkansas’ end and hit another. A quick 6-0 run put the Hogs back into the position they were for most of the opening 20 minutes – ahead by a couple possessions.
Alabama didn’t answer and, in fact, let Arkansas keep piling on. Gafford’s dunk led the teams into the under-4 timeout with the Razorbacks ahead by eight. It was their largest lead of the game and came in the midst of a 1 for 7 stretch for Alabama.
The win keeps the Razorbacks (20-9, 9-7) in a tie for third place in the SEC with two games left. It was significant, too, as Auburn – the SEC leaders – come next, followed by a road game at Missouri to finish the regular season. The Crimson Tide (17-12, 8-8) have lost three straight now.
Macon finished with a team-high 15 points. Barford had 10, Gafford 11, Dustin Thomas 11 and CJ Jones, off the bench, added 13. Alabama had four players in double figures, too, but had just 11 bench points to Arkansas’ 22.
Arkansas had eight players score and picked up a six-rebound, five-assist game from Trey Thompson on top of it. The team that used to rely on the Macon-Barford-Gafford combination has recieved superb perfromances from role players most of the last three weeks.
A bit of difficulty, per usual, defending the 3-pointer. Alabama made 10 as a team not normally known as that strong from the perimeter.
Arkansas returns home for a chance to knock off the SEC leaders. Auburn visits Bud Walton Arena on Tuesday in the penultimate game in the SEC’s regular season.
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 2:30 AM
NFL mock drafts 2018 are out. Find some projections, players and a first-round draft order below.
Much of the narrative around the draft is focused at quarterback. 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