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Colorado Rockies vs. Washington Nationals- Free Pick

Colorado Rockies vs. Washington Nationals- Free Pick

By Mike Dixon | Las Vegas, NV 

MLB: -140

7:08 EST 

Jul. 28, 207 

Game Preview

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The Washington Nationals sport a record of 61-39 heading into this matchup, while the Colorado Rockies sit at 58-45 on the season. This game matches up the No. 5 (Washington Nationals) and the No. 14 (Colorado Rockies) teams, according to current MLB Power Rankings.

Defensive Impact

Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features the Washington Nationals No. 2-ranked scoring average of 5.63 runs per game, against a Colorado Rockies offense rated No. 4 and scoring 5.33 runs per game. The Nationals have averaged 9.75 hits per game to date this season, more than the Rockies hitters have managed (9.46 per nine innings).

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Washington owns the No. 11 defense, allowing 5.63 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Colorado’s No. 17-rated defense.

 

I like the Nationals to win this straight up on the money line at -140, expect Washington to score well in this game and make an impact on defense at home.

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Findlay Automotive Group Named Official Partner of City National Arena

Findlay Automotive Group Named Official Partner of City National Arena

Mike Dixon | Las Vegas, NV

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On Friday the Vegas Golden Knights announced that the team reached an agreement with Findlay Automotive Group and named Findlay official partners of City National Arena.

ABOUT FINDLAY AUTOMOTIVE GROUP
Findlay Automotive Group was founded in 1961 by the late Pete Findlay, whose son, Cliff, now oversees management of 31 automobile dealerships in Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Oregon and Idaho.

ICE BRANDING:

Findlay Automotive Group
Name to be branded on two sheets of ice.

 

Vegas Golden Knights President Kerry Bubolz announced today, July 28, that the team has signed a multi-year partnership making Findlay Automotive Group an official partner of City National Arena.

“We are extremely excited to announce this partnership with Findlay Automotive Group,” said Vegas Golden Knights President Kerry Bubolz. “City National Arena was built with the intent to be a community building, and Findlay Automotive Group shares in the Golden Knights vision of growing grassroots hockey in the Las Vegas community.”

“Findlay Automotive Group is pleased to partner with the Vegas Golden Knights,” said Findlay Automotive Group CFO Tyler Corder. “As a family owned business headquartered in Las Vegas, we’re committed to our community. The addition of a new NHL team is an exciting venture and one we’re proud to be a part of.”

Under the agreement, Findlay Automotive Group will have their branding on each of the two sheets of ice at the facility. Additionally, a car from Findlay Automotive Group will be displayed in front of City National Arena, which is located approximately 15 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip in downtown Summerlin. The facility will be home to the Golden Knights and also serve as a community arena for local youth and adult leagues.

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Key Players to Watch In Training Camp

Key Players to Watch In Training Camp

Written by Andrew Weidman – Lead Writer/Partner

Training Camp is upon us! The time for football is officially back. We are no longer in the boring season of baseball, as some fans are happy for, and we can finally see the gridiron in the horizon. For the Raiders, they are looking to build off of a very successful season last year, that saw them make the playoffs for the first since 2003.

The team did have a first-round exit, but that was mostly due to astounding quarterback Derek Carr injuring himself late in the season. With training camp arriving, its time to put the 2016-2017 season in the rear view mirrors, and drive towards the new season. Training camp is a time for coaches to evaluate the talent that each player has, and decide who is ready to come out of the tunnel on Sunday (or Thursday or Monday.)

Every year, there are always a few players you want to keep your eye on during training camp, and especially for a team like the Raiders, who are eyeing a return to the playoffs, evaluating that talent is ever so important.

Marshawn Lynch

Training Camp is, mostly, a time for coaches to evaluate young talent. However, Lynch is a exception. Lynch retired after the 2015-2016 season, however, that retirement lasted just one year, as Lynch came out of retirement and signed a two-year contract with the Raiders. At 31 years of age, Lynch is well past his prime, and over the average age for a running back in the NFL. We know the talent is there, as well as the experience in the playoffs. The evaluation of Lynch will be strictly on how much his workload should be during the season. The Raiders have some very serviceable backups for Lynch, and should see about limiting his workload.

Gareon Conley

The Raiders selected Conley with their first selection in the 2017 draft. A projected top ten selection, Conley slid down the draft board after a woman accused Conley of rape. The Raiders conducted an investigation and gave Conley a polygraph test, which he passed. Similar to Laremy Tunsil last year, a great player fell down the board because of an off the field issue. Conley will enter camp as the fourth corner back, behind Sean Smith, David Amerson, and Travis Carrie. Should he show his true potential, he should easily pass Carrie for that starting nickel corner position. Conley is key to beefing up their secondary to go along with an outstanding front seven. If the Raiders are to make the playoffs again, Conley, and the secondary in general, must perform at a high level.

Eddie Vanderdoes

The big defensive tackle out of UCLA was taken in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. At 6-3 320 pounds, Vanderdoes has the measurables you want as your inside defensive tackle. Vanderdoes tore his ACL during the 2015 season, and didn’t have a particularly great year as a senior, but the Raiders saw enough to invest a third round selection for him. The coaches should be evaluating his durability and fatigue, two issues that result from a major injury. If Eddie has this injury in the past, he will make a fine rotational player inside with Darius Latham and Justin Ellis

Orlando Magic sign former UNLV Rebel Khem Birch

Orlando Magic sign former UNLV Rebel Khem Birch

By Mike Dixon | Las Vegas, NV

The Orlando Magic have signed 6-foot-9 big man Khem Birch, the club announced Wednesday.

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Photo by Orlando Sentinel

In 2011–12, Birch played college basketball at the University of Pittsburgh, with the Pittsburgh Panthers. In 2012, he then transferred to UNLV, where he played with the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels. As a junior, in the 2013–14 season, he averaged 10.2 rebounds per game, which was the third highest in the Mountain West Conference, while also averaging 3.8 blocks per game, which was the second highest in the Mountain West Conference.

In April 2014, he declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final year of college eligibility.

n June 14, 2016, Birch signed to play in Greece, on a 2-year €1.1 million euros net income contract, with the defending Greek Basket League champions, Olympiacos. With Olympiacos, he averaged 15.7 minutes, 5.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.8 blocks, and 0.6 steals per game, in 33 games played in the Greek Basket League 2016–17 season. He also averaged 18.1 minutes, 7.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 1.0 blocks, and 0.5 steals per game, in 37 games played in the EuroLeague 2016–17 season.

 

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS NAME BRIAN KILLINGSWORTH SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS NAME BRIAN KILLINGSWORTH SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

By Mike Dixon | Las Vegas, NV

Press Release: 

Killingsworth joins the Golden Knights after spending the last two seasons as the Chief Marketing Officer of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

VEGAS (July 26, 2017) – Vegas Golden Knights President Kerry Bubolz announced today, July 26, that the team has hired Brian Killingsworth as Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer. As the CMO, Killingsworth will oversee the team’s marketing and branding efforts and will promote the Golden Knights brand within the community and internationally. In addition, he will work to integrate and cross promote the domestic wineries owned and operated by Bill Foley as well as his Rock Creek resort properties in Montana and Idaho.

“We are thrilled to welcome Brian to the Vegas Golden Knights family,” said Vegas Golden Knights President Kerry Bubolz. “Brian possesses an impressive marketing background highlighted by successful tenures in both the National Football League and Major League Baseball. His creativity, strategic thinking and overall vision will help drive our business forward and take our marketing efforts to new heights.”

Killingsworth joins the Golden Knights after spending the last two seasons as the Chief Marketing Officer of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League. He led a staff of 40 employees and oversaw all aspects of the Buccaneers brand, including marketing, advertising, content, digital, broadcasting, analytics, research, youth programs, community relations and events and entertainment.

Prior to joining the Buccaneers, Killingsworth served as the Vice President of Marketing and Brand Strategy for the St. Louis Rams for three seasons. With the Rams, he oversaw the team’s marketing efforts, including marketing operations, branding, creative services, advertising, content, merchandise, concessions, research, youth programs, concerts, events and also explored new revenue opportunities.

Killingsworth spent 10 years with Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays as the Senior Director of Marketing and Promotions prior to his time in the NFL. With the Rays, he oversaw all marketing, advertising, promotions and digital and social media for the team.

The Tampa, Florida native graduated from Flagler College with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications in 2000 and earned his MBA, Marketing & Management degree from the University of South Florida in 2002.

Killingsworth and his wife, Emily, have two sons, Cruz and Finn.

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Raiders Fantasy Football Value Picks

Written by Andrew Weidman (Lead Writer/Partner)

The following article will break down current Raiders players that are great values based on their ADP (Average Draft Position) in current mock drafts. The breakdown will be for standard scoring leagues, with no IDP’s.

*ADP is determined by fantasypros.com*

Amari Cooper – WR

Average Draft Position: 23.0 (WR 10)

With a healthy Derek Carr, I believe Cooper trails only Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, and Odell Beckham Jr., in overall fantasy worth. Last season, Cooper recorded 83 receptions for 1,153 yards and five touchdowns. While the touchdown count is low, I’m not expecting Seth Roberts to score five touchdowns again this year, and Derek Carr is sure to put up more than 28 touchdowns with Marshawn Lynch in the backfield.

2017 Predicted Stats: 95 Receptions for 1,250 yards and seven touchdowns

Jared Cook

Average Draft Position: 179.8 (TE 18)

Name 17 tight ends that you would select over Cook. Right now. You can’t. You stopped after Gronk, Reed, Kelce, Olsen, and Eifert. As you should. After those five, there isn’t much of a fantasy gap between TE 6 – TE 20. Cook scored a lone touchdown on 30 receptions last year for Green Bay as he split time with Richard Rodgers. In Oakland, he will be the primary receiver in the middle of the field, and should see his fair share of red zone targets.

2017 Predicted Stats: 45 Receptions for 490 yards and five touchdowns.

Seth Roberts

Average Draft Position: Undrafted

Speaking of Roberts, the sneaky slot receiver scored five touchdowns last year. Many believe newcomer Cordarrelle Patterson will eat into his snaps, but I am not buying that. Patterson like is the second slot receiver and will return kicks. Keep in mind, Roberts won’t do much, and unless you’re in a deep league (14-16 teams) or in a deep man league (4 WR slots) I wouldn’t touch him. However, should Crabtre and/or Cooper go down, Roberts’ stock will instantly skyrocket.

2017 Predicted Stats: 40 receptions for 405 yards and three touchdowns 

Houston Astros vs. Philadelphia Phillies – Free Pick

By Mike Dixon | Las Vegas, NV

MLB: HOU -144

7:08 PM EST

Jul. 24, 2017

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The Phillies (34-62) are 5-4 out of the All-Star break, but they get a big test Monday when the American League’s best team, the Houston Astros (65-33), comes to town for the opener in a three-game set.
Philadelphia will send Vince Velasquez (2-5, 5.14 ERA) to the mound to face fellow right-hander Brad Peacock (8-1, 2.49) on Monday in the series opener.

This game matches up the No. 5 (Philadelphia Phillies) and the No. 1 (Houston Astros) teams, according to current MLB Power Rankings.

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Take the Houston Astros on the moneyline. Despite, yesterday’s loss to the Orioles, the Astros will come out strong and bounce back for an easy win over the Phillies.

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