Three MLB Draft Prospects to Watch on the 2022 Illinois Fighting Illini

The Major League Baseball draft will be July 17th-19th, and as it stands right now, there aren’t any true, sure-fire first round prospects in the Big Ten. Not that MLB mock drafts are gospel by any means, but when you take a look at them, all you see projected in the first round are SEC and high school players.

That makes sense for the Big Ten, as the league is having a down year. Maryland is the only sure fire NCAA Tournament team in the conference, although Rutgers should likely get in too.

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Chelsea FC Sale to L.A. Dodgers Owner Todd Boehly Still Faces Hurdles

The Chelsea FC sale to the consortium led by Los Angeles Dodgers Owner Todd Boehly still faces some obstacles, but at least other hurdles are now being cleared. According to ESPN’s sources, the bid led by Boehly “is expected to pass the league’s Owners and Directors’ Test (OADT) in the coming days.” The talks are ongoing, so it’s not totally green-lighted by the league yet, but it’s getting there.

The ESPN report also goes on to say that “a key stumbling block remains as talks between Roman Abramovich and the U.K. government continue.” The issue remains over that massive 1.5M (also reported to be 1.4 million or 1.6 million, depending on the outlet) GBP debt, but other news outlets claim some progress on this front.

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The Best Prices on Baseball Equipment for the Whole Family

Are you looking for top-of-the-line baseball equipment but don’t want to break the bank? There are countless choices to choose from when it comes to baseball gear and we’re here to help you narrow it down.

You may be wondering what baseball equipment is necessary and which pieces of gear are optional. Making sure that you have the right equipment is essential to having a successful practice and playing a competitive game.

Whether you’re shopping for equipment, footwear, or apparel, read here to explore the baseball equipment you need at the most affordable prices!

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Gerrit Cole Could End Up Defining the Yankees 2022 Season

The New York Yankees are steamrolling the American League right now, as they currently boast the best record in the junior circuit. In the first of a four-game set at the Chicago White Sox last night, they out-bludgeoned the Pale Hose 15-7.

We know the Yankees can hit, especially with runners in scoring position, but they won’t end the World Series title “drought” unless their starting pitching rises up to become equally dominant. That’s where Gerrit Cole comes in, as he must be the ace of the staff and set the tone.

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Chicago Dogs Partner with Curtis Granderson Charity for Season Opener

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The Chicago Dogs, an unaffiliated minor league baseball team that resides in suburban Rosemont, are set to open their fifth season on Friday night when they take on the Gary Southshore Railcats.

The American Association ballclub will be sporting a new black jersey this season, and to celebrate it, they’ll be giving away replica jersey t-shirts to all fans in attendance on Friday. It’s going to be unseasonably warm at Impact Field this weekend too, so expect an electric atmosphere.

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Chris Woodward Walks Back Digs at Yankee Stadium, Gleyber Torres

It’s a cliche in sports that is just as timeless and easy to refute as the “hey, you never played the game, so how can you criticize me?” routine. Any time you hear a sports figure, in this case Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward, rip an opponent for besting them in a manner that seems kind of cheap or easy, well, the response is obvious and natural.

If what the other side did is so easy (in this case Yankees SS Gleyber Torres homering to right field in his home stadium) then why couldn’t your side stop them?

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Roman Abramovich Set to Sell Chelsea FC to Dodgers, Lakers Owner Todd Boehly

According to multiple reports out of the United Kingdom, the process of Chelsea FC changing hands is nearing its completion. Todd Boehly, part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, L.A. Lakers and L.A. Sparks, has successfully led a consortium to buy the storied southwest London Premier League club.

The Todd Boehly led consortium, according to Sky News, have “offered a total price that was slightly higher than the £4.25bn publicly pledged by Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the chemicals tycoon who tried to gatecrash the auction on Friday.” With Boehly, his partner Clearlake Capital, and his cronies now in advanced talks, and having read the preferred, exclusive bidding phase, it appears that Chelsea F.C. will now change hands for over $5 billion.

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New York Yankees Have Huge, Season-Defining Week Ahead

It’s still very early in the season, but this week could be massive for the New York Yankees. Tonight kicks off a three game series at the Toronto Blue Jays, the preseason favorite to win the American League East division. The Bronx Bombers enter the series, sitting in first place, at 16-6. The Jays are only a game and a half back, at 15-8. It is widely expected that these two teams will be the only true, real contenders for the division crown.

The Tampa Bay Rays, who have a very talented roster in their own right, could also be in the mix, and right now they’re two games over .500 at 12-10. The Baltimore Orioles, a franchise often prone to having massively losing seasons, seem destined for that fate again in 2022. The Boston Red Sox, a perennial power and (obviously the Yanks’ biggest rival) are still in rebuilding mode, and won’t be a factor this season.

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Cubs Owning Ricketts Family Drops Out of Chelsea FC Ownership Race

The Ricketts family, a Nebraska -based dynasty that owns the Chicago Cubs, have decided against making final bid to buy Chelsea Football Club stating that “certain issues could not be addressed given the unusual dynamics around the sales process.” The Ricketts family, part of a consortium that includes hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin (much more on him in a bit) and Cleveland Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert, insist that their the decision to withdraw from the process is not related to the Chelsea supporter backlash against them.

That backlash stems mainly from Islamophobic emails written and sent out by family patriarch Joe Ricketts in 2009. The Ricketts family claim simply claim that they were unable to reach agreement, with all parties on a final offer that they felt comfortable submitting.

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Yankees Need a Healthy Anthony Rizzo to Reach Full Potential

The season is young, but New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo is off to a torrid start. In the opening series against the arch-rival Boston Red Sox, he became the first Yankees player to have two or more RBI in each of his first three games of a season since Joe DiMaggio in 1949.

Flashback to last July, when Rizzo was first acquired from the Chicago Cubs at the July trade deadline. He again put himself in the same breath as DiMaggio, joining the Yankee Clipper as the only members of this very storied franchise to score five or more runs and drive in two or more runs in their first pair of games with the fabled club.

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Ricketts Family Makes Pledge to Chelsea FC Fans

New York-based merchant bank Raine Group are overseeing the derby to purchase Chelsea Football Club from Roman Abramovich, with a deadline for final proposals now set for April 11. We’re down to the final four, with a bid from the Ricketts family, owners of the Chicago Cubs, getting the most public attention (and not in a good way).

Last weekend’s home loss to Brentford saw a group of Chelsea fans protest, on site at Stamford Bridge, the potential Ricketts takeover. The Chelsea Supporters Trust stated last week that 77% of its members do not support the idea of the Ricketts family owning the club.

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Cubs Unveil Wrigley Field Statue Row Plan, Ahead of Opening Day

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Happy Opening Day Eve, to all those who celebrate. As the Chicago Cubs begin their first season post Ricketts fire sale, optimism about their fortunes this season is in short supply. Honestly, if this team of no-names can finish third or higher in the NL Central, well that might be an accomplishment just in itself.

With an idea of the present being kind of bleak and the future, at least for now, not so bright, it’s a great time to look back to the past, at the legends of yesteryear. Also, we’re not kidding about being bearish on the Cubs prospects this season.

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