August 26

Texas A&M fires coach Billy Kennedy, Buzz Williams ‘strong favorite’ to replace him, reports say

first_img March Madness 2019: Kentucky forward Reid Travis to return for SEC Tournament Texas A&M has fired Billy Kennedy, a source tells @CBSSports.— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) March 15, 2019The Aggies finished 2018-19 with a 14-18 record and 6-12 in the SEC. They topped Vanderbilt in the opening round of the SEC Tournament before falling to Mississippi St.Kennedy tallied a 151-116 record during his time at Texas A&M. He reached two NCAA Tournaments and advanced to the Sweet 16 in both 2015-16 and 2017-18. Related News Texas A&M will be looking for a new coach and may already have a target in mind.The school has fired Billy Kennedy after eight seasons, according to a report from CBS Sports, which cites an unidentified league source.center_img Current Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams is the “strong favorite” to replace Kennedy, according to a report from 247Sports, which cites multiple unidentified sources.With Billy Kennedy out at Texas A&M, multiple sources say Buzz Williams is the frontrunner/strong favorite for the job.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) March 15, 2019Williams has turned around the Hokies’ program. He’s already made two NCAA Tournaments at the school and will get there once again this season.  He was born in Greenville, Texas. March Madness 2019: 3 takeaways from Florida’s SEC Tournament upset of No. 9 LSUlast_img read more

August 16

3M Open daily fantasy golf picks, sleepers, fades, strategy

first_imgI doubt very many DFS players will be thrilled to roster Tony Finau for a hefty price after three straight missed cuts, but he may be worth the risk. His recent struggles should keep his ownership very low, and he’s more than talented enough to do damage in this field. Finau is not a flash in the pan, having had plenty of success on the PGA Tour well before this season. Furthermore, Finau has only missed one other cut in 18 tries this season outside of this slump, not to mention three solo No. 2 finishes, an additional top-10 finish, and five other top-25s.While Finau may continue to slide, his track record suggests otherwise. Slumps don’t last forever, and I will side with his longterm results over one poor stretch. Finau is likely to fly completely under the radar this week due to a double dose of recency bias. That should lead to especially low ownership and particularly appealing leverage.Aaron White graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Economics. He has played DFS professionally for several years and has won featured NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and golf GPPs on both FanDuel and DraftKings. After a surprising result at the Rocket Mortgage Classic last week, this week’s inaugural 3M Open presents a fantastic opportunity to pounce on inefficiencies created by recency bias.Last week featured not only a shocking winner in Nate Lashley, but also a finish in which none of the four runaway odds leaders placed in the top 10 — and only 1 in the top 25. Two of those four missed the cut, including Dustin Johnson, who was the odds leader by far at 15.4 percent. MORE ROTOQL: Lineup BuilderThe field for the 3M Open has a similar look to that of the Rocket Mortgage Classic, with a few elite golfers at the top followed by a steep dropoff. Due to the ineffectiveness of a strategy built around high-priced golfers last week, I think expensive premier golfers will see an unjustified dip in ownership this week due to recency bias.This can be leveraged by targeting a studs-and-duds approach, and investing heavily in some of the best golfers in the field.*If you are interested in taking your DFS golf lineup building strategy to the next level, you should consider using a lineup optimizer, and RotoQL offers the best optimizer available in the industry.3M Open picks and PGA DFS strategyTarget GolfersBrooks KoepkaIt’s hard to characterize a golfer who leads the field in odds as under the radar, but I don’t think Koepka will be as popular as he should be this week. With 11.8 percent odds, Koepka essentially fills the role Johnson played at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Given Johnson’s monumental flop, I think many DFS players will hesitate to roster the most expensive golfer available. Also working against Koepka is his tied-for-57th finish in his last tournament, the Travelers Championship.Of course, preceding that was a solo second-place at the U.S. Open. But given his price and his most recent result, one could dissuade players from using him. Ultimately, if Koepka is on his game, there’s no golfer in this field who can compete with him, even despite the presence of a few other stars. Koepka’s raw odds combined with lower-than-deserved ownership make him an unmatched play this week.Jason DayDay is one of the few other golfers in the field who’s in Koepka’s stratosphere, and yet I also anticipate lower ownership than what some may expect for him. At such a high price, Day will see slightly diminished interest due to recency bias — just like Koepka — despite having played quite well recently. However, what may keep Day’s ownership down even more is focus on alternatives in his price range. Hideki Matsuyama has been more consistent than Day and is priced similarly, while Bryson DeChambeau has been just as good and is cheaper.I expect both to carry more ownership than Day. With DFS players struggling to find cheap value plays, even options like Patrick Reed, who is certainly a step down from Day, could be higher-owned for no reason other than the discount he offers. Of the four runaway odds leaders in this week’s field, Day will likely be the least-owned. Leverage the opportunity and grab some exposure.Tony Finaulast_img read more

December 24

No. 20 Auburn Edges Softball, 2-0

first_img AUBURN, Ala. – The No. 20 Auburn Tigers edged the Drake University softball team, 2-0, Saturday afternoon at the Plainsman Invitational. vs. Texas Tech 2/17/2019 – 9 a.m. Preview Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) took the tough loss for Drake (5-3). Newman pitched six innings and allowed two runs on two hits with three walks and 12 strikeouts. Her record moved to 2-2 with the loss. Live Stats Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.), Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa), Alexia Lara (Bettendorf, Iowa), Hannah Pals (Des Moines, Iowa) and Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) each had one hit for the Bulldogs. Lara, who hit a second-inning double and Pals, who reached second in the fifth inning, were Drake’s two closet scoring chances. In the seventh, Lara followed Frank after her single, but grounded out into a game-ending double play. Story Links Full Schedule Roster Next Game: PDF Box Score Auburn added to its lead the next inning when Tannon Show led off with a home run. Newman held Auburn (5-2) hitless until the fifth inning when the Tigers scored their first run. Justus Perry drew a leadoff walk and was replaced by pinch runner, Bree Fornis, who advanced to third base two batters later on Morgan Podany’s single. After Podany stole second, Taylor Snow, drove in Perry with a groundout to second.   Drake closes its trip to Auburn Sunday morning with a 9 a.m. rematch against Texas Tech, which edged the Bulldogs, 1-0, Friday morning. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more