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Greatest Teams Never to Win a World Series in the Past 30 Years-11 Phillies

Since the realignment took over in 1994, we know the NL East as a dynasty-driven division. The Braves from 95-05 ran the division. And now we somewhat see the Nationals doing that for majority of the last 5-6 years. But while it seems like an afterthought outside of Philadelphia, the Phillies from 07-11 probably had one of the strongest runs in this time period.

Philadelphia had a great mix of products out of their own farm of Pat Burrell, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, and Cole Hamels while adding key pieces over time of Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, Brad Lidge, and Jayson Werth. With Atlanta falling off in a big way and the Mets having some gaping holes to their roster and the Nationals still in full rebuild, the Phillies ruled the roost with relative ease in this time period.

And in 2008, they were the kings of the baseball world, beating the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series.

The Phillies continued their run, getting back to the 2009 World Series but falling…

2018 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 / Picks 1-10

2018 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 / Picks 1-10
Browns- Saquon Barkley, RB

After an extremely impressive combine performance, Saquon Barkley will be selected #1 by the Browns. This pick makes sense because the Browns will be looking for that one two punch every great team needs. Browns went defense in the 2017 draft with Myles Garrett and Jabrill Peppers, and they're hoping to revamp their broken offense from 2017 and they can still get their QB at pick #4.

Giants- Josh Rosen, QB

Josh Rosen is the most NFL ready and accurate QB in this draft class. The Giants will hope Rosen can sit and develop behind Eli or become an immediate starter from week 1. Anyways, they need to look towards the future with their QB situation.

Colts- Bradley Chubb, DE

Before Malik Hooker went down with a season ending injury, he lead the league in interceptions. The Colts can pair the best defensive prospect in this draft with Malik Hooker and have a good defense for years to come.

Browns- Josh Allen, QB

Josh Allen …

The Science Is In: Exercise isn't the Best Way to Lose Weight

We have this idea that if we want to lose weight, we join a gym on January 1st, we start working out regularly, and eventually we’ll slim down. Well, here’s some truth. I read more than sixty studies on this, and it turns out exercise is actually pretty useless when it comes to weight loss.

Dr. Kevin Hall at the National Institutes of Health has done some of the most important studies on exercise and weight loss “We need to re-brand exercise … exercise isn’t a weight loss tool per say, it's excellent for health is probably the best single thing that you can do other than stopping smoking to improve your health. But don’t look at it as a weight loss tool.”

Exercise will definitely help you live a longer, happier life…. It’s just not the best way to lose weight. And the reason has to do with how our bodies use energy.

You may not realize it, but physical activity is actually a tiny component of your daily energy burn.

There are three main ways our bodies burn calories.
These include …

Why Underdogs Do Better in Hockey Than Basketball

If you were to put sports and games on a continuum, where the outcomes reflect pure skill on the right side, and pure luck on the left side, where would the big team sports go? Somewhere in the middle right? But, in what order? There’s actually a way to estimate that using statistics, and this is where they end up.

Michael Mauhoussin says “What you find is the NBA is the sport that’s farthest away from random, and then you go down the line and hockey is actually the sport that’s closest to randomness.”

Michael Mauboussin did these calculations for his book, The Success Equation, and his findings remind us what we love so much about these sports. Mauboussin’s continuum is based on the regular season for each league and he found that skill explains less than half of the season standings for the NHL, but that’s not to say hockey players are any less skilled.

“All these athletes, all these players are amazing.  Almost inconceivable how good they are.”

The continuum doesn’t tell us how ski…

Euro Paper Talk: Major blow for Man Utd as Inter swoop for striker; Liverpool midfielder talk rebuffed

Manchester United look set to lose out to Inter Milan in the race for a young striker, while Liverpool have not contacted Wilfred Ndidi about a move, all in Tuesday’s Euro Papers.
INTER TO PIP MAN UTD TO ARGENTINE HOTSHOT Manchester United target Lautaro Martinez has confirmed that he will be joining Serie A giants Inter Milan this summer.

The 20-year-old is regarded as one of the top young talents in Argentinean football, finding the net 13 times for Racing Club this season, and has been attracting the interest of some of Europe’s top clubs.

United boss Jose Mourinho was said to have been closely monitoring Martinez’s progress with a view to making a potential summer bid, but the attacker has revealed that he is bound for Milan.

He said, as reported on Calciomercato: “If its done with Inter? Almost everything is arranged.”

“There are some details that need to be filled out, but when I come back to Argentina, I will meet my agent and everything will be fixed then”

NDIDI REPORTS QUASH…

Euro Paper Talk: Real Madrid turn to Man Utd man after Salah woe; Mourinho eyes £70m Chelsea star

Real Madrid are said to be plotting an ambitious move for a Manchester United star after getting short shrift from Liverpool over Mohamed Salah, while Jose Mourinho will beat Barcelona to sign a £70m Chelsea star, according to Monday’s European papers.
REAL PLOT AMBITIOUS RAID FOR MARCUS RASHFORD Real Madrid are said to be plotting an ambitious £90million summer raid for Marcus Rashford, according to reports in the Spanish press.

Don Balon claims Real president Florentino Perez is ready to turn to the United man after being scared off by Liverpool’s valuation of Mohamed Salah.

It’s claimed the Reds have quoted Real an asking price of £160million for Salah and that is beyond what they’d like to spend.

The club also wants to sign Harry Kane, but a similar valuation from Tottenham, together with the player’s vow to stay, appears that deal is over for them too.

But Real could have more hope in landing Rashford, Don Balon suggests. They believe Perez has identified the player to play on t…

Leicester star hits out at Mourinho; thanks god that he never joined Chelsea

Leicester City midfielder Adrien Silva has uncovered his pleasure that a move to Chelsea crumbled when he was more youthful. 
The Foxes star saw a potential move to Stamford Bridge in 2005 go up in smoke when he was in the young framework at Sporting CP.

In spite of being only 15, Jose Mourinho – who was Chelsea supervisor at the time – connected with address him in addition to two of his colleagues.

“Thanks to God,” he told the Guardian, claiming that Mourinho’s side “wanted to win now and not wait for young players.”

“It was a very strange moment and I was so young,” he remembered. “To have this club approach me, especially when Mourinho comes to talk to you…at this time, we didn’t know why he came. But when the club wants something, they do everything.

“He came to see me in Portugal and we went there, to Chelsea, to see the training ground. Then we came back and it was a big, big situation with Sporting.”

Thirteen years on he finished a move to England with Leicester, however he w…

Conte blames two factors as he rues Chelsea exit to Barcelona

Antonio Conte believes a lack of luck and the quality of Lionel Messi proved the difference as Chelsea were bundled out of the Champions League by Barcelona.
Messi scored three goals and made another in the two-legged last-16 tie, but the Blues hit the post four times over the two legs as Barcelona took their place in the quarter-finals with a 4-1 aggregate success.

Blues head coach Conte left the Nou Camp pitch after Wednesday night’s 3-0 loss, featuring two goals from Messi, with his arm around the Argentina playmaker and the Italian  took the opportunity to compliment what he feels is a rare talent.

“When you have the opportunity to make a great compliment to Messi, I think it’s right,” Conte said.

“I’m very pleased to have the opportunity at the end of the game to give him my compliments. We are talking about an extraordinary player, the best in the world.

“I think we are talking about the player that can move the final result for every team that he’s playing for.

“This type of p…

Euro Paper Talk: Liverpool plot move for £30m-rated Stuttgart defender; Man Utd in £200m swap deal talks

Liverpool are tipped to beat Tottenham to a £30million-rated Stuttgart defender, while Man Utd and PSG are in talks over a potentially-huge swap deal, according to Wednesday’s European papers.
LIVERPOOL IN MARKET FOR STUTTGART DEFENDER Liverpool are ready to test Stuttgart’s resolve to keep one of their highly-rated stars this summer, according to reports in the German press.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is keen to further strengthen his defensive options despite the £75m arrival of Virgil van Dijk in January and Bild are reporting that Benjamin Pavard has emerged as a genuine target.

The defender has impressed this season in the heart of a Stuttgart defence which has shipped the second least amount of goals in the Bundesliga, with Pavard earning a call-up to the France squad on the back of some excellent displays.

And Bild reckons Liverpool will launch a £30million offer for the 21-year-old at the end of the season.

The defender has also been linked with Tottenham, who could be seeking a …

Man Utd cleared to sign France star in £53.5million deal

Real Madrid are reported to have informed Manchester United they can sign Raphael Varane this summer – if they meet their £53.5million asking price.
The LaLiga champions have made a poor defence of their title this season and wholesale changes are expected at the club this summer – and having lost his place in the side, Varane is one of their big-name stars under threat.

Sergio Ramos and Nacho were Zinedine Zidane’s starting centre-back pairing during their 3-1 win over Getafe on Saturday – and reports in Spain believe Varane’s time at the club to be coming to an end.

The player has long been linked with a move to Manchester United with Jose Mourinho a confirmed admirer of the player having worked with him during his time in charge at the Bernabeu.

The United manager has confirmed he plans to strengthen his midfield and defence this summer after some disappointing performances of late from Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.


And with doubts surrounding the form of Victor Lindelof, United …

Pogba agent opens up over Man Utd star’s relationship with Mourinho

Paul Pogba’s agent has played down talk of a bust-up between the French midfielder and Jose Mourinho.
Pogba was dropped by the Manchester United manager after a series of poor performances, leading to talk that Mino Raiola was trying to engineer a move away from the club this summer.

Pogba was then recalled for Sunday’s victory over Chelsea, when he quietly excelled.


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Raiola has now told Rai Sport: “There’s no war with Mourinho though, Paul wants to win with Manchester United.

“Of course, if things weren’t going well than I’d be ready to do my job, which is to find other solutions for the club and the player.

“But I don’t take anyone anywhere, I’m not a taxi or a plane.”

Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd star top of Roma’s wanted list; Inter ace reveals Barcelona move

Italian giants Roma have lined-up a move for a Manchester United star to replace Kevin Strootman, while an Inter Milan defender claims he is wanted by Barcelona, according to Friday’s European papers.
MAN UTD STAR EMERGES AS TOP ROMA TARGET Roma sporting director Monchi has reportedly identified Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini as one of his top targets ahead of this summer’s transfer window.

The Belgium star, whose Old Trafford contract expires at the end of June, is seen as an ideal replacement for Kevin Strootman, who looks destined to leave the Giallorossi for a fee in the region of €40million this summer.

And Corriere dello Sport claims that Monchi has already initiated talks with Fellaini’s representatives with a view to bringing him to the Italian capital.


Indeed, the former Everton star man is said to be open to the idea of moving to Italy.

The 30-year-old has also been offered to Juventus, but the reigning Serie A champions are not keen on a move – leaving Turk…