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[edit] Benitez takes over Chelsea hot seat until the end of the sea

Chelsea moved quickly to replace the sacked Roberto Di Matteo Wednesday as Rafael Benitez was appointed as interim manager until the end of the season.

The English Premier League side made the announcement on their official website, just hours after the departure of Di Matteo, who had led them to European Champions League glory for the first time earlier this year.

Former Valencia and Liverpool manager Benitez will be thrown in at the deep end, with Chelsea taking on EPL reigning champions and leaders Manchester City Sunday.

"The owner and the Board believe that in Benitez we have a manager with significant experience at the highest level of football, who can come in and immediately help deliver our objectives," read the club statement,Beats By Dr Dre.

&quot,Beats Sverige;The 52-year-old Spaniard is due to meet the players at the training ground in Cobham tomorrow (Thursday),Monster Beats," it added.

Read: Cech wants 'racism saga' sorted

Benitez, who will be the ninth manager under owner Roman Abramovich, has been out of work since being sacked by Inter Milan in December 2010.

He guided Valencia to two Spanish titles and the UEFA Cup and spent six years at Liverpool, highlighted by their Champions League triumph in 2005 and reaching the final in 2007,Beats by dre.

Former Barcelona manager Pepe Guardiola has been linked with the Chelsea job,Billiga Beats By Dr Dre, but is currently on a year-long sabbatical after leaving the Catalan giants at the end of last season.

Di Matteo, who also won the FA Cup with Chelsea during his brief spell in charge, paid the price for a poor recent run of results,Billiga Monster, culminating in a 3-0 defeat to Juventus Tuesday which leaves their participation in the knockout stages of this season's Champions League in considerable doubt.

[edit] Redknapp set for QPR job

Harry Redknapp has confirmed that he is set to take over as the new manager of Queens Park Rangers.

The former Tottenham boss is poised to replace Mark Hughes at Loftus Road, who was fired on Friday following a disastrous start to the season.

Rangers have failed to win a single game so far this season and has taken just four points from a possible 36.

But the 65-year-old, who was recently linked with the manager's job of the Ukrainian national team, will be at Old Trafford on Saturday for Rangers' game against Manchester United.

Winless QPR sack Hughes

Redknapp has been out of work since leaving Tottenham five months ago but says he cannot wait to get started with QPR.

"Hopefully we can get it done tonight, there shouldn't be any problems,&quot,Monster Beats; he told Sky Sports.

"I fancy getting back into the Premier League,billiga nike sko. QPR is a good club, with great fans and a great atmosphere.

"It's a privilege to go there and manage them. I'm looking forward to the challenge. It's a big challenge. It will be a tough job to take on but I am up for the challenge,Beats Sverige."

&quot,air max;If I can manage to keep them up then I'll be the happiest man around. It's not going to be easy but nobody's under any illusions.

"I'll watch the game tomorrow. I will probably travel up and watch the game in the stand. "If everything gets sorted, and I'm sure it will, I'll be in Sunday morning and will have the team in training on Monday, then fly up to Sunderland."

Redknapp also believes that the current crop of players at Loftus Road must be the ones to fire QPR away from the dreaded drop zone.

He added: &quot,billige nike free;I don't think too much will happen in January. There is a big staff there and you can't keep bringing players in,Beats By Dr Dre. The players have got to start performing,billiga nike shox.

"If they do that we've got a chance...find a way to pick up points, be hard to beat and win some matches. It's all about the players,nike shox."

Redknapp is hoping to bring in his own backroom staff with Kevin Bond and Joe Jordan both expected to join him in west London.

Tottenham part with manager Redknapp

Redknapp, who guided Spurs to its first ever Champions League campaign in 2010, led the club to fourth last season only to miss out on Europe's top competition following Chelsea's incredible win in Munich.

Many had expected Redknapp to be appointed as the new England Head Coach following Fabio Capello's resignation last February.

But after losing out to Roy Hodgson and the nature of his Tottenham side's disappointing end to the season, he left White Hart Lane in the summer.

[edit] McIlroy targeting major assault in 2013

Rory McIlroy is to trim his schedule to focus on 2013's four major trophies after a fairytale year in which he won five tournaments and both the U.S. PGA and European Tour money lists to finish on top of the world rankings.

The 23-year-old says a greater understanding of his own game has propelled him to new heights as he gave notice to the game's great and good that he could dominate the sport for years to come,Monster Beats.

McIlroy's five-star 2012 included his second major at the PGA Championship, and he finished the season in perfect fashion by claiming the Dubai World Championship crown on Sunday.

After topping the world rankings for the first time in his career in March, McIlroy's form has seen him firmly entrenched as the game's best player, and he told CNN that is in part down to greater self assurance,Beats By Dr Dre.

Read: Magical McIlroy reigns in Dubai

"I know myself more, way better as a golfer, and what works for me," he told Living Golf anchor Shane O'Donoghue.

"Some things that I tried to incorporate into my game didn't work for me and I think you've just got to find your way a little bit.

"I guess over the last couple of years I've done that and winning big tournaments and winning majors, you grow in confidence and it gives you belief, belief that you are doing the right things."

McIlroy's performances on both sides of the pond ensured he emulated world No. 2 Luke Donald,billige nike sko, who last year became the first man ever to top both the PGA Tour and European Tour money lists.

And despite winning the Honda Classic, the BMW Championship,billige nike shox, the Deutsche Bank and Dubai titles it is the major tournaments that remain McIlroy's main target.

To give himself the best possible chance to launch his charge at the quadruple in 2013, he's taking his lead from one of the game's all time greats -- his rival and friend, 14-time major winner Tiger Woods.

"I'm gonna cut my schedule back a little bit next year and try and peak four times a year for the big tournaments," he explained.

&quot,billige nike free;I think it's something that Tiger has done so well over the years and probably why he's been so successful.

"So I'm going to try and take a little bit of a leaf out of his book and cut down on the schedule and make sure I'm fresh for every tournament I play.

I'm really looking forward to 2013 already, even though this year has just ended. I'm looking forward to preparing and getting my game in shape for next year,nike air max."

McIlroy ended his final round in Dubai with five straight birdies to hold off the challenge of European Ryder Cup teammate Justin Rose, who led by two shots at one stage during a course record score of 62,nike free.

But, watched by his girlfriend and tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, McIlroy wasn't to be denied a fairytale ending to his season.

"I sort of wrapped up the U.S. money list earlier on in the season and I guess my one big goal after that was to win the Race to Dubai and and win the European money list,billiga nike sko," he said.

"I finished second in China, third in Singapore and then got the win here. It was a big goal of mine. I wanted to win the Race to Dubai since the start of the year.

[edit] Redskins vs. Giants MNF becomes showcase for Robert Griffin

LANDOVER, MD — Monday Night Football became another showcase for RGIII. See RGIII run. See RGIII throw. See RGIII lead the Redskins to an important victory over the defending Super Bowl champions.

Throwing a go-ahead touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon early in the fourth quarter, Griffin (163 yards passing, 72 yards rushing) carried the Redskins to a 17-16 victory before a raucous crowd at FedEx Field. The Redskins’ third straight victory lifted them to .500 (6-6),nike shox, and if the Redskins make the playoffs, Griffin is going to be a nightmare for his opponent to game plan for.

The NFC East race is officially a dogfight now, with the Giants (7-5), Redskins (6-6), and Cowboys (6-6) all alive,nike shox. Here are three things we learned watching Monday night’s outcome:

Griffin’s running is still a major part of the Redskins’ offense. There was a debate earlier in the year about whether Griffin was running too much. Stop the debate. He needs to run to make the Redskins’ offense go. Just the threat of Griffin on the edge makes defenders freeze,Monster Beats. It happened to the Giants on many occasions Monday night. Griffin has become a superb ball handler, reading the defense on the option, and either tucking the ball into a running back’s belly, or keeping it himself to run or throw.

The Giants had to respect Griffin’s ability to get outside, which created more space for running back Alfred Morris,billige nike shox, who enjoyed a huge night. When the Giants got careless and converged on Morris, Griffin burned them with several big runs.

Yes, Griffin should look to get out of bounds a little more often. But the Redskins can’t take his legs away from his game,Beats By Dr Dre. It’s too big a part of what makes him special.


The Redskins’ defense is capable of a coming up big. It has not happened often enough, but it happened against the Giants. The Redskins’ defense was tough in the red zone, holding the Giants to field goals in crucial spots,billiga nike shox, and preventing Eli Manning from having one of his patented fourth-quarter comebacks,nike air max.

Griffin has bailed out the Redskins’ defense on many occasions this season. But this victory was a group effort.

The Giants still can’t afford December drama. After whipping the Packers in Week 12, the Giants were looking to put distance between themselves and the rest of the NFC East. Not so fast. The Giants have lost three of their last four, and they are still not playing consistent football.

Yes, the Giants are still a threat to reach another Super Bowl,nike free. But for them, nothing seems to come easy.

[edit] Jake Locker shows heart and athleticism, but accuracy is lag

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— didn’t bust out of the starting gate like a Kentucky Derby winner.

In his second NFL season, the Tennessee Titans' quarterback has forced fans to be patience, not to mention his teammates and coaches. While rookie quarterbacks Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson have all enjoyed great success, Locker still is finding his way in his first season as a starter.

Coach Mike Munchak says the payoff will come in time, and the goal is for that time to be sooner rather than later. The final four games of this season are crucial for Locker—and the Titans—as the team’s 4-8 record makes it impossible for outsiders not to peek ahead to next year and the future.

“Obviously, we’re happy the direction he’s going,” Munchak said. “It’s really about us all pulling together. We’ll see how the next four weeks go. But we’re happy with Jake and feel like he is going to be a good football player for this franchise for a long, long time. He’s just going to keep getting better and better.”

The Titans drafted Locker eighth overall in the 2011 Draft, but while other QBs from that class—Cam Newton, Andy Dalton and Christian Ponder—started and had success as rookies, Tennessee let Locker sit back and learn from veteran Matt Hasselbeck.

At the start of this season, the team turned things over to Locker, although things haven’t gone exactly as planned. Locker has dislocated his left shoulder twice this season and has missed five starts as a result.

Now he’s back behind center and experiencing some bumps along the way. The Titans are only 2-5 with Locker as a starter.

With just those seven career starts under his belt, though, it’s still too early to make a definitive assessment of him. There’s no question he’s a great athlete, and he brings an extra dimension to the game with his elusiveness and ability to take off and run.

But Locker continues to have issues with accuracy, which was a question mark about him coming out of the University of Washington. Locker goes through stretches of games where he’s off target and misses open receivers. He’s also had opportunities to step up and win close games with heroic, last-minute drives, but so far it hasn’t happened. Luck, on the other hand, already has five of those under his belt for the Indianapolis Colts.

Locker said his first two NFL seasons have been a learning experience. In Year 2, he has completed 56.6 percent of his passes for 1,473 yards and a 77.0 passer rating,nike sko. With his 4.6 speed in the 40, he also has run 21 times for 162 yards.

Locker is coming off the worst start of his career. In a 24-10 loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday, he was responsible for five turnovers—two fumbles and three interceptions—in addition to being sacked six times.

“There’s been some tough times,billige nike sko, but you are able to learn a lot from that,” Locker said. “You try not to make the same mistakes twice. The goal is to learn from the things you might’ve made mistakes on.”

In the meeting rooms, Locker has proved to be a stand-up guy who doesn’t hesitate to take responsibility for his mistakes. In the locker room, he’s respected by his teammates—young and old. He’s become much more of a leader in his second year.

In Sunday’s game against the Texans, Locker even came to the defense of a teammate—center Fernando Velasco—after he was leveled by a blind-side block from Houston defensive end Antonio Smith during an interception return. Smith was hit with a 15-yard personal foul.

Locker got in the face of the 285-pound Smith when the game ended. "The little young whippersnapper tried to come and tell an old cat how to play football," Smith said, via the Houston Chronicle.

"That's why we love Jake," Velasco said with a smile. "Jake's a great guy. He's a warrior. He's a fighter. He's got a lot of heart.”

The Titans are expected to shuffle their personnel in 2013 on both sides of the ball. The offensive line will surely take on a different look, and Locker could have some new faces to throw the ball to, even though some key players—receivers Nate Washington, Kenny Britt and rookie Kendall Wright—are under contract.

Locker is going to be the guy leading the way as one of the faces of the franchise,billige nike shox. How he develops will go a long way toward determining whether the Titans can become contenders again in the AFC South.

“I really like the kid,’’ said Dowell Loggains, the team’s quarterbacks coach who recently replaced Chris Palmer as offensive coordinator, “and everyone else with the team does, too.”

[edit] Patriots vs. Texans New England in accustomed role, Super B

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.—Just like that, after their 42-14 squashing of the best-in-the-AFC Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on Monday, a New England Patriots season that looked to be in disarray has wound up in familiar territory.

Less than two months ago, the Pats were 3-3 and in overtime at home against the New York Jets. Now they're 10-3 and easy winners of the AFC East, separated from the No. 1 seed in the conference only by a strong finish and a little bit of good fortune.

— Crazy play:

Yes, get used to it—when looking ahead, the Patriots are shaping up as a good bet to land in New Orleans for the Super Bowl this winter,nike shox.

There was much to be learned from this one, besides the simple fact that the Patriots, behind 296 yards and four touchdowns from quarterback Tom Brady, outclassed the upstart Texans with another incredible performance from their offense and a continued rejuvenation of their defense.

1. J.J. Watt, meet Vince Wilfork. There has been much discussion about the dominating year Watt has had for the Texans, and he will likely be the league’s defensive MVP. Heck,billige nike free, the Patriots’ offense even took to practicing against a defensive line armed with tennis racquets to simulate Watt’s ability to knock down passes. To be sure, a proud veteran like Wilfork took notice of the Watt hype, and he came into this game particularly lathered up, playing on national television against a banged-up Texans line.

Wilfork pretty much had his way, routinely setting up camp on the Texans’ side of the line of scrimmage. He made a huge defensive play at the end of the first quarter, back when there was still some drama in this one, driving through Texans center Chris Myers, getting to QB Matt Schaub and knocking the ball out of his hands for a fumble. The Texans recovered the fumble, but Wilfork was credited with a 20-yard sack on the play.

2. Brandon Lloyd is not a bust. Over the past few weeks, the Patriots receiver has taken heat from the local media, the suggestions being that Lloyd is not much of a competitor and doesn't fight to make tough catches or get extra yardage.

Expectations for Lloyd were high after he reunited with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who coached Lloyd during his best year in Denver. Instead, Lloyd came into Week 13 with 50 catches and just 561 yards and three touchdowns.

Brady seemed to make it a point to get the ball to Lloyd on the Patriots’ second scoring drive, finding him on an out pattern for 14 yards to the left sideline for a key third-down conversion when the Patriots were at their own 18-yard line. Moments later, on a first-and-10 play from the Houston 37-yard line, Brady found Lloyd on a simple post route that he caught for a touchdown.

Lloyd even padded his numbers when he recovered a Danny Woodhead fumble for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

The Patriots will need more from Lloyd with tight end Rob Gronkowski and receiver Julian Edelman out, and his numbers against the Texans—a season-high seven catches for 89 yards—are a good start.

3. The problems in the Texans' secondary are turning into a crisis. There were signs that the mounting injuries in the defensive backfield had the makings of a big problem. Going against Jacksonville, Detroit and Tennessee in the three previous weeks, Houston had allowed 352.0 passing yards per game.

The Texans’ top corner, Johnathan Joseph, has been battling groin and hamstring issues and missed two games. Alan Ball filled in behind Joseph, but is now on the inactive list with a foot injury. Brice McCain, who probably would have gotten the bulk of snaps as the Texans’ nickel corner, broke his foot in Week 13 and will miss about eight weeks.

The result was a secondary that looked clueless trying to contain the New England attack, which saw Tom Brady roll up 296 yards passing on 21-for-35 passing, hitting three different receivers for touchdown passes.

While the entire secondary was bad, no one had a rougher go than safety Danieal Manning,billige nike shox, who was almost entirely responsible for the second-quarter drive that allowed the Patriots to go up, 21-0. Manning gave up a third-down conversion trying to cover Aaron Hernandez in the first series of the drive, then was called for a 26-yard pass interference on Wes Welker, on an uncatchable ball on a third-and-8 play on the second series.

When the Patriots had a first-and-goal from the 4-yard line, the Texans were in disarray. Hernandez caught Manning sleeping and took a quick pass from Brady easily into the end zone as Manning vainly scrambled to make up for the mistake.

— Game details:

[edit] John McAfee lands back in the US after Central American odys

Security stalwart John McAfee is now in the US following his exit from Belize and subsequent deportation from Guatemala.

The McAfee founder said late Wednesday evening that he was on a plane en route to Miami and would soon be joined by his girlfriend and another woman.

Speaking to reporters after his arrival in the US,Beats By Dr Dre, McAfee said that he had "nothing to do" with the November murder of his neighbour Gregory Faull in Belize, the incident which triggered his flight from government authorities and ultimately led to his arrival in Miami.

McAfee said that the killing of Faull was part of a conspiracy by the police and government in the Central American country, which began last April when his house was raided as part of a drugs investigation.

Police have not issued a warrant for McAfee or charged him with Faull's murder, but the 67-year-old technology pioneer is being sought for a police interview in the case,Billiga Beats By Dr Dre. McAfee has claimed numerous times that authorities would kill him if he were brought into custody.

McAfee claims to have evidence of widespread government corruption in Belize including audio which he says implicates police and government of plotting against him,Beats by dre. After a short time on the run, McAfee entered Guatemala where he was held in immigration charges and briefly hospitalised.

According to an ABC news report, McAfee admitted to faking a heart attack in order to get out of jail and expedite his removal to the US and prevent a return to Belize.

[edit] Egnyte gives CIOs Cloud Control over storage

Egnyte has taken the wraps off a new data sharing product that lets users access files regardless of the storage cloud they are located in.

The product is called Egnyte Cloud Control and it allows users to group together storage devices and cloud types into a “global name space”, making it easier for them to access their data.

“Content can live completely behind the firewall, in a third party storage cloud,” said Egnyte in a statement.

“Within corporate networks,billige nike sko, Cloud Control works off of existing file system structures,nike air max, does not force deployment of proprietary file systems and allows direct access to local shares.”

The company claims data can be uploaded to the service 25 times faster than it can with “ordinary” cloud services, and that it will help users keep tabs on where their data is stored.

“IT departments have a unique and complex set of problems when setting the cloud strategy for their organisation,nike free,” the company stated.

“They must balance where their data resides due to regulatory and reporting issues, with investments in existing infrastructure and the demands of the BYOD movement...[Cloud Control] bridges the gap.”

[edit] Arian Foster buys Segways for Houston Texans offensive line

If you open holes for Arian Foster, he will open his wallet in appreciation.

Foster gave the Texans’ offensive linemen Segway personal transporters on Wednesday in appreciation for their efforts. Foster (1,313 yards) has rushed for at least 1,nike shox,200 yards the past three seasons. He leads the NFL with 14 rushing touchdowns.

"I feel like all of them big hogs up front can enjoy the joy that I get from riding my Segway," Foster told the Houston Chronicle,nike air max. "Guys like Chris Myers and D. (Duane) Brown, and Wade Smith, they’re always getting on me about riding my Segway. You can’t walk? You’re too good to walk?

"I was like,nike free, `No man. I would just rather ride wheels.’ I saw a little jealousy in their eyes when they were talking about me, so I figured I’d get all the linemen a gift. They were very thankful, very grateful. I can’t do anything without them. If there’s no them, there is no me."

Foster’s generosity will do nothing to diminish his line’s desire to block for him. Who knows? If the yards keep coming during the playoffs, maybe more gifts will be coming.

[edit] The Cosby Sweaters Koos van den Akker Sports Rockstar of the

It’s the end of year. So that means it’s time to hand out some hardware — Cosby Sweaters style.

In honor of the man who inspired this whole thing by designing the first Cosby Sweater, we’d thought we’d hand out an award in his name.

What are the requirements for this prestigious honor? You have be a little odd, fun, and not take life that seriously.

So, here are the finalists for the Cosby Sweaters Koos van den Akker Sports Rockstar of the Year:

Rob Gronkowski: Our Biz Development manager said that Gronk “brought Hollywood back to sports,billige nike sko.”  He’s right. Gronk knows how to spend money. He’s got some good-looking  friends. He’s also got some fantastic TD celebrations.

And if that isn’t enough, he’s also a real nice guy.

The Fierce Five:  Watching this team was a highlight of the Olympics. Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Kayla Ross, and Jordyn Wieber pretty much destroyed the competition this past summer in London. Douglas also may have one of the best sports nicknames ever with “The Flying Squirrel.” And this photo is fantastic.

R.A. Dickey: We like weirdos here at Cosby Sweaters,nike free. This past year Dickey perfected oddity. His knuckleball was virtually unhittable for a stretch.  Knuckleball, a documentary about Dickey, Tim Wakefield and the aforementioned pitch, was one of the best sports films of the year.

He’s was also a fantastic interview on the Daily Show. Best line? When Dickey referred to the “Jedi Council of Knuckleballers”

Dustin Penner: We like breakfast foods here at CS. So does LA Kings forward Dustin Penner. And any athlete that interns at Conan is pretty cool in our book.

But we have to give the final award to someone…

And it’s going to be Steve Nash

He did hilarious impersonations of  Batman, the Godfather, and Jason Bourne. He may have started the newest NBA fashion trend.  He’s also not afraid to accept beer from random strangers on the freeway. Congrats Steve.

(Just to note, Nash getting the award had nothing to do with the fact that he&#8217,billige nike free;s now a Laker.)

Until next year!

[edit] Overzealous 49ers Fan Needs a Hobby, Threatens to Kill Kicke

You know you’ve hit rock bottom when you find yourself with nothing better to do than threaten kickers with death on the interwebs. He’s a kicker, man. Nonetheless, that’s exactly what one 49ers fan decided to tweet to kicker David Akers, who&#8217,nike air max;s missed 10 of 35 field goals this season.

The kicker retweeted it before disabling his account:

RT @RIP_FreeLaddin YOU F&#8212,nike free;-OT IF YOU MISS ONE MORE FIELD GOAL YOU ABOUT TO GET YOUR ENTIRE LIFE ENDED,nike sko.

Then the culprit apparently had a moment of spiritual enlightenment wherein he recanted: Finally, he pulled the now-classic stunt employed by irresponsible tweeters worldwide and blamed interweb bandits: Nice try, wiseguy, but your legacy is cemented as that of the dude who bothered to threaten a kicker. [CSNBayArea, Sacramento Bee]

[edit] Wilfredo Benitez back home

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Puerto Rican ring legend Wilfredo Benitez is back at home after spending several days at the Presbyterian Hospital in Condado, Puerto Rico. It was originally feared that the three-time world champion had suffered a stroke, but a raft of medical tests have ruled that out,Beats Sverige. Benitez apparently suffers from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE),Monster Beats, a form of dementia pugilistica,Beats by dre. Benitez fought as a pro from 1973 to 1990.


January 2nd, 2013

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[edit] Mundine insults Geale

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF middleweight champion Daniel “Real Deal” Geale has been insulted by former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine when Mundine made derogatory remarks about the Tasmanian-born, IBF 160 pound champion’s Aboriginal heritage. Mundine said “I thought they wiped all the Aborigines from Tasmania out. I don’t see him representing black people,Beats Sverige.”

Geale responded by saying,Beats by dre, “Mundine went too far. I sort of never realised it at the time,Billiga Beats By Dr Dre,” he said. “Sometimes when he’s speaking I sort of zone out a little bit. I don’t take much notice because of the usual stuff that comes out of his mouth. Afterwards, the backlash that sort of come about surprised me a little. I guess looking back on it I realise now that he did take it too far. Insulting my heritage, the people from Tasmania, is not the right thing to do. The guy definitely doesn’t think before he talks.”

Geale supporters are confident the champion will make Mundine pay for the comments on January 30 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW, Australia which is predicted to be a sellout with an attendance of 12,000 fans that could break pay-per-view records. Televised throughout Australia on Fox Main Event Pay-Per-View.


January 10th, 2013

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[edit] Egraphs Autographs for the Digital Age

I’m not much of an autograph guy, but these Egraphs look kind of cool. Egraphs are a combination autographed photo, personal note, and voice recording from your favorite baseball players,nike free.

The company takes a digital signature and a personalized note from your favorite MLB star and sticks it on a digital picture,billige nike sko. They also record a greeting from the player,nike shox. The company hopes to expand to football and basketball players, as well as celebrities.

I clicked on some of the Egraphs to see what the players had to say. Jim Thome doesn’t mince words. Derek Holland doesn’t do a Harry Carray impression. Brandon Snyder wants to get a chicken lunch with Sharon. I am upset that Ozzie Guillen has not recorded anything yet.

What does everyone else think? Would you buy one?

H/T NPR

[edit] Nike Basketball’s #COUNTONKOBE Ad for Kobe Bryant [Video]

Nike Basketball released their newest ad for one of their three marquee athletes,Beats by dre, Kobe Bryant,Monster Beats.

[edit] Lush Cosmetics rolls out gamification with Memset

Cloud hosting provider Memset has partnered with Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics to incorporate gamification into the firm’s European staff training programme.

The game, called Lush Quest, introduces new employees to the company brand by presenting them with an interactive story that helps them learn about the company and rewards them for their progress,Billiga Monster.

At the end of the programme, users are presented with a 10 minute quiz to ensure they have absorbed the material presented in the game.

Over 2,000 employees have used the training programme so far across Europe, Lush claims,Beats Sverige, and the company is the latest in a long line of firms to use gamification to increase employee engagement.

Memset is hosting the programme, which has been made available in English, German, Italian, French and Spanish, on its public cloud platform using five Miniservers.

Kate Craig-Wood, managing director of Memset, said: “We are delighted to be able to team up with Lush to provide the necessary platform to deliver their gamification training programme. We are very excited to see how Lush Quests benefits staff across the world.”

Richy Baxter-Freeman, international support for Lush cosmetics, said: “Using Memset’s cloud service has enabled us to quickly roll out the programme to other countries faster than we anticipated,Beats by dre. We have been able to quickly take snapshots of the Miniserver and recreate it quickly in the other languages required.”

[edit] Tim Duncan Opens Up Auto Customization Garage Called “Black

The Big Fundamental has a love for cars which you may not know about, and now he is making big moves toward putting his passion into a business. Tim Duncan recently opened an auto customization garage called “BlackJack Speed Shop” in San Antonio. Check out the below video for insight from Tim himself on the process behind starting the garage.

According to DIME Mag:

“I’m very pleased with how BlackJack turned out,” Duncan says. “It took several years to design and build. The feel of the showroom and the shop is great, I think we’ve created an environment that car lovers will enjoy,Beats By Dr Dre. My business partner,Beats by dre, Jason Pena, has put together an amazing team. The end result is we offer high quality, state-of-the-art car service while providing excellent customer service. I’m confident that Blackjack can handle any project a car enthusiast could dream up and that’s exciting for me,Billiga Monster.”

[DIME MAG]

[edit] Global IT spending to top $3.7 trillion in 2013

Businesses across the globe will spend a total of $3.7 trillion on IT hardware, software and services in 2013, according to new data from Gartner,nike air max.

This is up 4.2 percent on 2012, when spending rose by just 1.2 percent, and the trend for growth is set to continue into 2014 with sales of $3.8trn expected.

The growth through 2013 will come from several key areas including enterprise software, projected to almost double from 3.3 percent in 2012 to 6.4 percent, while device sales of PCs, tablets, phones and printers, will rise 6.3 percent, up from a 2.9 percent increase in 2012.

The firm said part of this growth was due to an expected growth in the value of foreign currencies against the dollar. But the increase is also indicative of returning business confidence, with IT budgets rising after years of insecurity.

"It's not time to get the bunting out quite yet but I think the uncertainties that have dogged the market are passing,nike shox, particularly with the US elections over and the Eurozone seeming to be beyond any immediate dangers," Richard Gordon, managing vice president at Gartner,billige nike free, told V3.

"We're not going to see firms now splurging cash but we will see more investment happening particularly in some key areas like enterprise software."

Software sales are projected to increase in areas such as storage management and customer relationship management (CRM) set for 2013 growth and data integration and big data tools predicted for growth in 2014.

Gordon said much of the increase in software sales stems from firms' need to drive efficiencies without making huge upfront investments.

"Companies are looking at IT as part of the wider business strategy now, so if they want a better understanding of the customer base they can use CRM tools and so forth," he said.

"Access to technology is not limited by a willingness to spend anymore as tools can be accessed via the cloud cheaply so you can reduce capital risk and move to a more operational expense model."

While the overall trend for 2013 is positive, there are some long-term slowdowns expected by Gartner, notably in the hardware as spending patterns shift from PCs to lower cost tablets.

"We're not being less bullish because of demand but we are seeing a faster shift to lower cost devices such tablets away from PCs so the average price is being reduced and taking value out of the market," Gordon said.

[edit] Apple's Do Not Disturb glitch to persist until next week

Apple has told iPhone users afflicted by a glitch in its Do Not Disturb (DND) feature that the service will not be working normally until next week.

The DND tool allows users to set times when their iPhone won't ring, except for calls from pre-set lists of certain contacts, to ensure owners are not disturbed.

However, while the feature is meant to automatically switch itself off at a set time, many complained that as the New Year broke, so too did the DND feature. Scores of users have complained that DND remains on, stopping calls arriving at all times unless turned off manually,Billiga Monster.

Apple has promised the feature will begin working correctly from next Monday, although gave no explanation for cause of the issue or how it will be fixed,Monster Beats.

Until then users have to manually turn it off to ensure they receive calls.

"Do Not Disturb scheduling feature will resume normal functionality after 7 January, 2013. Before this date,Beats By Dr Dre, you should manually turn the Do Not Disturb feature on or off," Apple said on a status page.

The issue represents yet another issue with the firm's newest iOS 6 software update after the high-profile Maps debacle that saw users outraged with the shoddy service that put many locations in the wrong place.

Apple apologised and many have since flocked to Google newly released Maps app for the iPhone.

[edit] Jared Sullinger injury update Celtics big man needs back su

rookie forward will undergo back surgery and will be lost for the season, according to multiple media reports, the latest blow to a reeling team.

Sullinger, 20, left the Celtics game Wednesday against the with back spasms and did not return. According to multiple reports, he received treatment Thursday and although he didn't participate in Friday morning's shootaround ahead of a night home game against the Magic the back problem wasn't considered serious.

Howevever, reported Friday afternoon that Sullinger would, in fact, need back surgery that said would force him to miss the remainder of the season.

Sullinger's injury is another hit to the Celtics, who were rocked last weekend when they lost All-Star guard for the season with an ACL tear.

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Sullinger, who struggled with back problems in college as an All-American at Ohio State, slipped out of the lottery to the Celtics at No,nike sko. 21 in the 2012 draft in part because of concerns about his durability related to his back.

He had moved into the starting lineup in recent weeks,nike air max, providing the struggling Celtics some much-needed energy at forward as regressed,billige nike shox.

Sullinger was averaging 6.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

[edit] Braehmer, Gutknecht make weight

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Juergen Braehmer 173.9 vs,nike free. Eduard Gutknecht 173,nike sko.7
(EBU European light heavyweight championship title)

Robert Woge 173.7 vs. Hakim Zoulikha 174.4
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[edit] Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry Fined $15,000 For Being A Tattl

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Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry picked up one of the sillier fines this NBA season today,Billiga Monster, for essentially snitching on Rajon Rondo. The Celtics point guard bumped referee Rodney Mott during Saturday night’s 89-81 win over the Hawks — a game the Hawks led by 19 at one point, by the way — and after the game, Ferry decided to pass along video of Rondo&#8217,Beats by dre;s faux pas. One problem: he gave it to the referees who called the game. The interaction, defined by the NBA as “inappropriate interaction with game officials”, landed him a $15,Monster Beats,000 fine and permanent snitch status.

Meanwhile, the NBA suspended Rondo for Monday’s game against the New York Knicks, for the bump and failure to cooperate with a league investigation. However, considering the league reviews all games and incidents, Rondo’s suspension was probably a foregone conclusion, even without Ferry’s playground tactics,Billiga Beats By Dr Dre.

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[edit] Best MMA Knockouts of 2012 [Video]

Happy Friday to all,Billiga Monster! Although I cannot call myself an avid fan of MMA,Beats by dre, I can appreciate a great knockout video,Monster Beats. Below is a video compilation that is rapidly gaining popularity,Billiga Beats By Dr Dre, as all the best knockouts of MMA 2012 are featured. Whether you enjoy a swift kick to the face,Beats Sverige, an elbow to the temple or a knee to the jaw this video is surely going to please your taste for brutal hand to hand combat action. Enjoy your weekend.

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[edit] Nokia loses mobile internet crown to Apple

Apple has overtaken Nokia to become the world's top mobile platform,Beats Sverige, say analysts.

Research firm StatCounter reported that for the the first time on its Global Stats study, Nokia was not the top brand in terms of overall mobile internet usage between January 2012 and 2013,Monster Beats.

Apple users were responsible for 25.86 percent of mobile traffic in 2012. The figure is actually down from 2011, when Apple devices accounted for a 28.67 percent slice of mobile web use,Billiga Monster.

Nokia, meanwhile, saw its share of the mobile market plummet from 37.67 percent to just 22.15 percent.

"Apple has been handed the number one spot despite its falling usage share," noted StatCounter chief executive Aodhan Cullen.

"A decline in Nokia usage from January 2012 to January 2013 means the Finnish company ceded the top spot to Apple."

The big winner on the year was Samsung,Beats By Dr Dre, which was also able to surge past Nokia in market share. The Korean firm saw its share of the market climb from 14.84 percent to 22.69 percent of all mobile traffic.

That the Nokia and Samsung saw a reversal of their fortunes in 2012 is hardly a surprise. Through much of year, Samsung reported extremely strong sales for its Galaxy mobile platform. The firm rode the success of its Android lines to post record profits and set new sales marks.

Nokia, meanwhile, did not get its big entry into market until late in the year. Though well-received,Billiga Beats By Dr Dre, the Windows Phone-powered Lumia 920 had but little time to make an impact.

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[edit] Heroku promises users routing performance improvements

Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) company Heroku has begun to address latency issues on both its Bamboo and Cedar stacks.

The move comes after an angry customer accused the company of quietly making changes to its routing system that “radically degraded throughput on the platform”.

In a blog post, senior director of product management Jesper Joergensen claimed there were many causes for the latency, adding that some of them “have nothing to do with Heroku”, but admitted that until now it had failed to see a common thread between the reports.

The organisation said its routing and load balancing mechanism was causing problems across both stacks for developers using Ruby on Rails, but for different reasons.

“For applications running on the Bamboo stack,Beats Sverige, the root cause of these issues is the nature of routing on [it] coupled with gradual, horizontal expansion of the routing cluster,Monster Beats.

“On the Cedar stack, the root cause is the fact that Cedar is optimised for concurrent requesting, while some frameworks, like Rails, are not concurrent in their default configurations,” explained Joergensen.

Heroku also admitted not having properly documented how routing works on the Bamboo stack, communicating product strategy clearly, or providing customers with an upgrade path from non-concurrent apps on Bamboo to concurrent Rails apps on Cedar.

Joergensen said Heroku was taking immediate action to improve its documentation, provide additional tools for developers to augment queuing and latency metrics and to better support concurrent requests for Rails apps on Cedar.

Rap Genius, who originally noted the service degradation on Bamboo, said it appreciated Heroku’s apology and its technical explanation of the problem, adding it was a “solid first step to rectifying this situation”.

“But it is only a first step,” Rap Genius added. “We love Heroku,Beats By Dr Dre, they allowed us to focus on building an amazing site, they hooked us up,Beats by dre, but they promised a level of service they did not provide.

“Rap genius thinks that Heroku’s customers would appreciate if Heroku went into more depth about what they knew about the problem over the last few years. In addition, Heroku should offer its customers at least some of their money back,Billiga Monster,” Rap Genius concluded.

[edit] Saving money with cloud it's all a question of metrics

Does cloud always save money?

That was the question I asked at the roundtable discussing the launch of Rackspace's research examining the economic impact of the cloud.  I raised the question because the report of the research’s findings had the arresting phrase that cloud “demonstrably was cheaper”, something I know not to be true as I’ve talked about the issue with several cloud customers who ended up paying more.

It turns out the research was pre-selected and considered only cloud users who were happy with their choice,Beats by dre. Manchester Business School’s Brian Nicholson says that he would like to have examined companies who had gone to cloud and changed their minds (the business school didn’t conduct the research itself, only analysed the results) as this would have added some fresh insight.

Interestingly, it was Rackspace’s Nigel Beighton who supported the idea that some customers could lose money opting for cloud. As a provider, it might be thought that Rackspace would be all for the idea that everything was rosy in the cloud world and all that a customer had to do was sign on the dotted line and money would come raining in but Beighton points out that customers have to plan cloud deployment more carefully as it could be more expensive if not,Beats By Dr Dre. “People do need to be aware of what they're spending and they need a mechanism to measure what they’re saving,” he points out.

His view was supported by Jonathan  Cremins&nbsp,Billiga Beats By Dr Dre; CEO of Signage Live, a company that is run 100 percent in the cloud. However, he admits to be a second-time round Salesforce user  as the company’s first stab at adopting the product didn’t go too well.

By stating so boldly that going “demonstrably” saves money, Rackspace has left itself a hostage to fortune,Monster Beats. There’s always going to the case that someone loses out  and ends up forking out more – a company can have a 1,000 customers, 999 of them happy ones and it will often be the unhappy one who’s the most vocal.

Nigel Beighton’s point is a valid one. Companies need to have better measurement of what they’re spending; they need to have more accurate figures on IT performance and staff effectiveness. It’s only then that they can start to gauge how important cloud can be for their business – without accurate metrics , companies have no guide to performance,Beats Sverige.

The last thing the nascent cloud industry wants is unhappy customers bellyaching that they’re losing money. In virtually all cases, opting for cloud will lead to a cost saving but it must be planned and implemented effectively.  That way businesses will truly benefit.

[edit] Jacoby Jones Dances In The End Zone [GIF]

Jacoby Jones got into the endzone during the first half of today&#8217,Billiga Monster;s game against the Giants and delighted Ravens fans with this interesting touchdown celebration,Beats By Dr Dre.

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[edit] NHL Stats Pack Phil Kessel will be OK, the Isles may not be

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[edit] Did Garrett McNamara Ride a 100-Foot Wave [Video]

Garrett McNamara landed himself in the Guinness World Records when it was confirmed that he rode a 78-foot wave in Nazare, Portugal in 2011. That wave was insanely huge and it looks like Garrett may have outdone himself on Monday Jan 28th 2013 back at the same surf spot. It isn&#8217,nike sko;t confirmed yet, but it looks like Garrett may have ridden the largest wave ever by a human and initial speculation has the wave clocking in at a mere 100-feet.

According to Surfer Today:

The image captured by Tó Mané, one of the best surf photographers in Europe, is simply breathtaking,nike shox. Garrett McNamara is seen riding what seems to be a 100-foot wave.

Although is far from clear, as the shot is taken from an upper angle, the ride is unbelievable. Tó Mané freezes the moment when McNamara descends the face of the wave.

Garrett McNamara. Nazaré. Today,billige nike sko. Perfect twitter,billige nike shox.com/ciscosalvador/…

— Francisco Salvador (@ciscosalvador) January 28, 2013

The only thing left is for officials to confirm the height of the wave, and then we will be able to see if Garrett was able to better his 78-foot monster from last year,nike free.

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[edit] Chuck Pagano Dances In Colts Locker Room Following Victory O

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Another great chapter was logged in the inspirational story of Colts coach Chuck Pagano on Sunday, as the Colts took down the Houston Texans in Pagano’s first game back coaching since being diagnosed with leukemia earlier this season,Beats by dre. Afterwards,Beats By Dr Dre,  Pagano and his boys in blue engaged in a well-deserved dance party,Billiga Monster. Check it out,Billiga Beats By Dr Dre.

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[edit] Office 365 to get Yammer integration this summer

Yammer, the Microsoft-owned business-focused social networking service, is to become part of the software giant's Office 365 business offering.

The announcement was made by Jared Spataro, senior director of the Microsoft Office division, via the organisation’s SharePoint blog.

Yammer integration has been a feature of Microsoft’s Dynamics CRM product since February, after it acquired the firm in July 2012 for $1.2 billion (£792.6 million).

However,billige nike free, Spataro added “CRM is only one part of a broader set of work we’re doing to make Yammer the social layer across all of our products”.

Integration with Office 365 was, he said, the next step in that strategy.

In summer 2013, Microsoft will issue an update to Office 365 that allows customers to replace the SharePoint newsfeed with Yammer.

The company also plans to ship an app in the SharePoint Store that will let end users embed a Yammer group feed into a SharePoint site.

“The SharePoint newsfeed will continue to be the default social experience in Office 365, but the option to replace it with Yammer will be a valuable first step in the overall integration process,” he added,nike free.

In autumn 2013 a second update will be delivered, which Spataro claims will deepen the integration between the two offerings.

“Customers will still have the option of choosing between Yammer and the SharePoint newsfeed, but this new, integrated Yammer experience will offer Single Sign-On (SSO) and seamless navigation,billige nike shox. In other words, when you click on the Yammer link in the Office 365 global navigation bar, Yammer will appear immediately below with the navigation to get back to Office 365 services,nike air max,” he said.

Spataro further claimed that, following this update, the user experiences of Yammer and Office 365 will begin to converge.

“This new Yammer experience will also offer rich document capabilities, integrating the Office Web Apps to add editing and co-editing of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents,nike shox,” he said.

“Yammer is our big bet for enterprise social, and we're committed to making it the underlying social layer for all of our products. So whether you're an Office 365 customer or running SharePoint on-premises, Yammer will provide the latest innovations and best user experience,” Spataro concluded.

[edit] Adrian Wilson Diapers for Kyle Arringtons No. 24 - NFL - Sp

Safety Adrian Wilson always wore No. 24 with the Arizona Cardinals and now he wants that number with the New England Patriots, the team he signed with this week,nike sko.

Problem is that cornerback Kyle Arrington already has that number,nike free. So Wilson came up with a creative bartering idea: a year’s supply of Pampers to Arrington,billige nike sko, who recently became a first-time father,nike air max, in exchange for No. 24.

On Friday, Wilson () tweeted this photo and message to Arrington, proving he was serious about the offer.

<p>@ about to ship these @ out to you bro.

— Adrian Wilson (@adrian_wilson24) </p>

@ about to ship these @ out to you bro.

No word yet on whether Arrington (),billige nike free, who re-signed with the Patriots last week, found the offer too good to refuse.

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[edit] Everything You Need To Know About The 2013 San Diego Padres

As the MLB season quickly approaches, we here at Cosby Sweaters wanted to provide you with the necessary tools to go into this year confident in your 2013 baseball knowledge. Over the next  4 weeks we will supply you with a summary of all 6 divisions and 30 teams that make them up. We will assess each team’s line-ups,  pitching rotations, potential downfalls and give a final outlook on what to expect from each franchise as the season plays out.

 We won’t forget about all of you fantasy geeks either, as we will give you some players to target or avoid in your upcoming drafts. All of this will lead up to our staff predictions, the week before opening day, on this season’s playoff outcomes and individual awards. The smell of nacho helmets and overpriced beer is almost upon us. We hope you are as ready for Baseball to be back as we are!

NL WEST

San Diego Padres:  For the San Diego Padres, 2012 was a tale of two very different stories. While they had an abysmal first half of the season and ended the year with a less than appealing 76-86 record which landed them in fourth place in the NL West, 42 of those wins did come after the all-star break in what ended up being a very encouraging second half.  With such a positive finish to the season, there was talk and some level of expectation that the front office would take this offseason to make a few moves that would bolster some areas of weakness to help solidify a young and hungry team. It ended up being an extremely quiet off-season though, and this year’s roster is looking very similar to last years. Whether that momentum from last year will carry over into 2013 is still up in the air, but at least the players in the Padres clubhouse know if there is going to be any hint of that 2012 success present in this upcoming season, it’s going to be with the same core of guys who made it happen last year.

PROJECTED LINEUP:

1. Everth Cabrera (SS)

2. Logan Forsythe (2B)

3. Chase Headley (3B)

4. Carlos Quentin (LF)

5. Yonder Alonso (1B)

6. Will Venable (RF)

7. Cameron Maybin (CF)

8. Nick Hundley (C)

Bench: Yasmani Grandal (serving 50 game suspension), Chris Denorfia, Jedd Gyorko, Mark Kotsay, Jesus Guzman, John Baker

 

PROJECTED ROTATION:

1. Edinson Volquez

2. Clayton Richard

3. Andrew Cashner

4. Jason Marquis

5. *Undecided

Bullpen: Huston Street (closer), Luke Gregerson, Dale Thayer, Joe Thatcher, Tyson Ross, Brad Brach

Team Overview:  When looking at this roster on paper from top to bottom, I think it’s tough to get overly excited about expectations for 2013. Aside from third baseman Chase Headley who led the Padres in every significant offensive category and had his official coming out party as an elite offensive player last year, there isn’t really a bat in this line-up that will strike fear into opposing pitchers. First baseman Yonder Alonso, who came over from Cincinnati in the Mat Latos trade last offseason, is the next closest thing to an impact bat on this roster and he will be looking to make major strides in his second big league season. He was one of the most heralded prospects in the game when the trade was completed and did have a productive rookie season last year, but will be looking to build on his power numbers in his second go round as his 9 HR’s and 62 RBI’s are a little but under the expectations of an everyday first baseman. Being protected by Headley and Alonso, Left fielder Carlos Quentin can be a force in the middle of the line-up, but injuries have been a constant issue with him over the duration of his career to this point. Carlos has only topped 130 games twice in his career and I wouldn&#8217,Beats by dre;t hold my breath on him contributing throughout a full season this year either.

One of the biggest gripes among Padres fans and players alike over the past 8 years, has actually had nothing to do with the on-field performance of the team. Since it’s unveiling in 2004, Petco Park, where San Diego plays their home games has been widely considered as the most pitcher friendly park in the majors due to its excessively spacious dimensions. There is little doubt that the initial construction of the park has directly affected the Padres offensive totals over the duration they have called it home. So this offseason, team officials finally took the cries seriously and have moved in the outfield fences around 11-12 feet in all areas. This will inevitably help the stats of above mentioned bats that make up the middle of the Padres line-up. Regardless of where they move the fences though, Headley, Alonso and Quentin&#8217,Beats Sverige;s run producing numbers are solely dependent on the on-base percentages of a few key teammates. The Padres are loaded with speed in players like SS Everth Cabrera (who led the NL in steals in 2012) and OF’s Cameron Maybin and Will Venable, and for this offense to fully reach it’s potential, these guys must get on base at a much more consistent rate than they did last year.

While San Diego’s offensive unit may be ecstatic about the newly introduced field dimensions, I’m confident the pitching staff may feel quite the opposite about them. For an average and inconsistent pitching staff that finished near the middle of the pack in most of the important statistical categories last year, a new playing field that nullifies a competitive advantage is not too welcome of a sight. I believe their top two listed starters, Volquez and Richard, are most likely number three and four starters on a good amount of current MLB teams. It also isn’t encouraging when the two most talented pitchers on the staff in closer Huston Street and starter Andrew Cashner have constantly dealt with injuries throughout their careers. One of their top prospects, Casey Kelly (23 years old) could possibly break camp as a starter and along with Cashner, could head this rotation for years to come. But anytime you tell me that Jason Marquis (34 years old) and Freddy Garcia (36 years old) are likely to begin the season with rotation spots, I’ll tell you that you are in for a long season.

Fantasy Spin:  Aside from Chase Headley, who is my 9th ranked fantasy 3rd baseman and has been going around the 5th-6th round in early mock drafts, there isn’t much to see here. I didn’t bring up young prized catcher Yasmani Grandal in my above preview because he’s sitting out the first 50 games of the season due to a suspension for testing positive for PED&#8217,Beats By Dr Dre;s. But from a fantasy perspective, there is some value there because like most years, catcher is such a watered down position again this year. If you have an IR slot on your roster and feel the early portion of your draft has gone well, don’t be afraid to pull the trigger on Grandal towards the middle/end of the draft as he will be an asset once back from his suspension. One player I’m monitoring with a close microscope over the next few weeks is Andrew Cashner. He has had a multitude of injuries in his young career, but when healthy has all of the tools to be a dominant strikeout machine. He battled a significant lat injury that had him miss over 2 months of action last year and most recently a severed tendon in his thumb, but if he breaks camp healthy and poised to pitch every 5 games, I’m absolutely taking a late round flier and hoping for the a healthy 2013 campaign. For me,Billiga Monster, those are really the only 3 players on the Padres that I’m looking to potentially roster on any of my teams.

Prediction: As was the case for the Diamondbacks and Rockies, I just don’t see it happening this year for the Padres. Not enough firepower on either side of the diamond for them to make a surprise run this year. With the top of this division only getting more potent by the year, San Diego’s front office will really have to do some self assessing over the next couple seasons and decide if they want to be a player in the near future. Unfortunately, in the NL West it’s looking like any major progress towards changing the culture of a franchise will have to start with the pocketbook. I like a few core pieces of this team, and really appreciate manager Bud Black’s approach to leadership, but I see them in a battle with Colorado to finish 4th and eventually losing out and ending the year in 5th place,Billiga Beats By Dr Dre. At least San Diego is still a beautiful city in October.

 

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