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AL’s Wild Wild-Card Race Sees a Half Dozen Teams Fighting for Last Playoff Spot

The Houston Astros, the only team with three of the top 11 players in MLB, appeared to get knocked off the “wild card” island with the worst start to a game in the history of baseball — only to recover to pound the Baltimore Orioles 31-8 the rest of the weekend to pull within 4 ½ games of the Orioles, Mariners, Royals, Tigers and Yankees for the last playoff spot.

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Until Today Trump Was Ahead of Romney’s 2012 Final

Thursday battleground state polls confirmed national polls showing a steep drop for Donald Trump after projecting as a favorite as recently as Saturday by Nate Silver, who in 2012 only briefly after the first debate gave Mitt Romney even a 41 percent chance of winning.

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Trump Pulls to 266-272 Virtual Electoral Tie Today

Battleground polls released in July show voters are moving toward Donald Trump. In three battleground states — Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania — Trump gained between three and six points, and in Iowa he went from a double-digit deficit to a lead.

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Nova Clinches Case for Big East with Biggest Final 4 Blowout Ever, 95-51

Just months after Breitbart Sports was criticized for “pretending” the Big East was almost an elite conference, Villanova improved the conference to 8-4 in the tournament — behind only the ACC (18-5) and doing it by beating a team from the only other conference with a winning record (Big 12) by a record margin 95-51.

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Final Four: ‘No Stars’ Team vs Player of Year; Best Team vs. Nastiest

Value Add indicates the Villanova “no stars” are the only team with four Top 200 players as they try to overcome Player of the Year Buddy Hield (Oklahoma) and then the best player in the tournament (UNC’s Brice Johnson) or the surprising Orangemen of Syracuse to give the Big East its first title in just its third year since realignment.

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Elite 8 Preview: Big East vs. Big 12 for 2nd Best

Nate Silver and I had two of the only brackets with Oklahoma winning today, as they kick off the “Best Non-ACC Elite 8” against Oregon shortly after 6 p.m. Eastern. Kansas plays Villanova after that game. Then the second “ACC Tournament” continues Sunday with North Carolina vs. Notre Dame and Syracuse vs. Virginia and top 10 Value Add player Malcolm Brogdon.

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8 Pick Your Poison Approaches to Filling Out NCAA Brackets

We produced the bracket for all 63 picks based on looking at the analytics and then going with our gut. Here is a recap of those “gut” picks, and seven other options to let you go with our pure analytic choice, which team is hottest, most healthy, has the most NBA talent, best experienced point guard or the most All-Americans. Or you can just go with the lowest seed every time.