NFL Divisional Round Playoff Preview: Saturday Games

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With the NFL divisional round beginning tomorrow, fans have four playoff match-ups to watch this weekend. And with the end of the college football season this week, the NFL will show two games on Saturday and Sunday. Here is our preview and predictions of Saturday’s games.

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U.S. Soccer: What to Watch For in January “Camp Cupcake”

imageU.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach Jürgen Klinsmann directs the team in their friendly versus Bosnia. (Credit: Action Images)

The national team’s January camp has begun with the roster missing a fair amount of regular starters (Clint Dempsey, Fabian Johnson, Michael Bradley chief among them). With the 2014 World Cup quickly approaching, there is a great opportunity for fringe players to get some national recognition and sneak a spot on the plane to Brazil. Without further ado, here are the things that every national team fan should be looking out for throughout “Camp Cupcake.”

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What should the U.S. Men’s National Team expect heading into the FIFA World Cup Draw?

imageThe 2014 FIFA World Cup Draw will take place on Friday, December 6, 2013, 11:30 AM ET on ESPN 2.

With the World Cup draw less than a day away, now is the time for fans of the U.S. men’s national team to look ahead and freak out.

Doug: As a sadist, I have been addicted to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Group stage Draws Simulator for the better part of the past two months, and looking at the potential draws the for U.S. team, one thing is certain: their group is going to be TOUGH. Having said that, what would it take to consider this a successful World Cup run for the United States?

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FIFA World Cup 2014: Who is Headed to Brazil? Breaking Down the U.S. Men’s National Team Roster

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With the November friendlies behind us and only the January "Camp Cupcake” between the U.S. Men’s National Team and the World Cup, now is an appropriate time to start looking at which players have locked up a roster spot and who still has some something to prove to coach Jürgen Klinsmann.

Let’s start with the guys who should start packing sunscreen and thong sandals because, barring injury, these guys are all but guaranteed to make the United States’ 23-man roster. 

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(Source: jbsportsnews.com)

American League Division Races

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As we head into the last month and a half of the MLB season, the National League playoff picture is all but set. Unless the Washington Nationals or the Arizona Diamondbacks go on major runs over the next six weeks, five NL teams should expect to clinch the postseason: the Atlanta Braves, Cincinatti Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, and the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Braves and Dodgers are in complete control of their respective divisions. But in the NL Central, the Pirates, Cardinals, and Reds are in a three-team race for first place, where the bottom two teams will face off in a one-game wild card matchup.

The American League playoff picture, however, is much more nebulous. Nine teams are currently in the running for the five playoff spots in the AL; the Detroit Tigers are the only team that has separated itself from the pack, holding a 5.5 game lead over the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central.

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