With both teams in losing streaks, watch the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers try to get a much-needed victory when they meet at the United Center in the NBA. The match is on March 18, 2015 and starts at 8 p.m. ET.
The Bulls have a 40-28 record, good enough for fourth in the Eastern Conference. They are 0.5 games ahead of the Washington Wizards, while 0.5 games behind the Toronto Raptors.
Indiana are also in contention to make it to the playoffs. They are 30-36 so far in the season and hold the seventh spot in the East. The Miami Heat have the same record but are eighth, while the Milwaukee Bucks are four games ahead of the Pacers. more >>
The Miami Heat continue their run to make it to the playoffs as they host the Portland Trail Blazers at the American Airlines Arena in the NBA. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. on March 18, 2015.
With a 30-36 record, the Heat are eighth in the Eastern Conference – holding on to the last playoff spot. They are holding off the Boston Celtics, who have the same record but have inferior head-to-head results against the Heat. Moreover, Dwyane Wade and the Heat are coming off a big home with over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
With LeBron James' return to South Florida, it was Wade who played big. The Flash scored 32 points on 13-of-18 shooting from the field. Hassan Whiteside continued his impressive showing for Miami, securing a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Their defense held James to 42 percemt on the field and only two rebounds after 36 minutes on the floor. more >>
Another Pacific Division battle ensues as the NHL defending champions Los Angeles Kings travel to the Honda Center to face the Anaheim Ducks. The match is on March 18, 2015 and the puck drops at 10:30 p.m. ET.
Both teams are coming off victories as the Ducks have a two-game win streak after beating the Minnesota Wild and Nashville Predators.
They are at the top of the Western Conference with 95 points and are poised to win the Pacific Division as they currently hold a 13-point lead over the Vancouver Canucks. more >>
At first glance it looked like the New Orleans Saints were in a full on rebuilding mode. They were very active in the opening days of NFL free agency, and there were rumors that everyone on their roster was available via trade. However, taking a look at what the Saints have added it seems very clear that they are managing a pretty terrible cap situation while adding the pieces the need to remain competitive on the field.
The Saints traded away Jimmy Graham, a year after signing him to a large contract extension, and Ben Grubbs. They cut Curtis Lofton and Pierre Thomas. They reworked the deal of Jairus Byrd, Marques Colston, and Junior Galette. All of this moves made it look like they were entering a full on rebuild effort. However, these were all moves made to get their cap situation under control, and the Saints have added talent as well as big contracts.
They got back C Max Unger in the Graham trade. The signed free agent RB CJ Spiller and CB Brandon Browner. They made the moves they had to make to manage their cap but as long as QB Drew Brees remains with the team the Saints' cap situation is going to remain difficult. That is especially true next year when his cap hit grows to 27 million dollars. more >>
Joe Nathan was penciled in as the Detroit Tigers closer for the 2015 season. He is in the second year of a 20 million dollar contract signed last off season. He had a very rocky 2014 campaign as the closer for the team in 2014 and was booed so often at home that he reacted to the crowd flipping them the middle finger.
The hope for the Tigers, who have talent concerns throughout their bullpen, was that Nathan would be able to bounce back. So far in Spring Training it looks like Nathan is completely done.
In just 4.2 innings pitched this spring Nathan has an ERA of 7.71. Worse than that is he is not fooling anyone with any of his pitches. While he hasn't been wild, only walking 2 hitters, he has given up 7 hits, and six runs, four of those being earned. Those numbers are not good but given the situation in the pen for the Tigers it still seems likely the Tigers will head north with Nathan on the roster. more >>
One year ago Chris Borland was a third round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers. Borland has a promising rookie campaign for the Niners starting 8 games racking up 84 tackles and two picks. The Niners already lost LB Patrick Willis to an early retirement and were counting on Borland to be a key piece of their Line backing corps in the future. However, at the age of 24 Borland is retiring after just one NFL season and his reasoning for this decision is the threat of sever head trauma.
"I just honestly want to do what's best for my health. From what I've researched and what I've experienced, I don't think it's worth the risk," he told Pro Football Talk. "I feel largely the same, as sharp as I've ever been, for me it's wanting to be proactive. I'm concerned that if you wait [until] you have symptoms, it's too late. ... There are a lot of unknowns. I can't claim that 'X' will happen. I just want to live a long healthy life, and I don't want to have any neurological diseases or die younger than I would otherwise."
After being drafted Borland signed a four year deal with a signing bonus of over $600,000. The 49ers can try to recover two thirds of that bonus money. He was set to make $800,000 for the next few years, but Borland looked to be one of those talents that could have made a lot of money in the NFL. However he felt that the risk of his long term health was greater than any amount of money. more >>