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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Fanatics Presents Today's Trending Sports News Featuring: Matt Kemp to serve one-game suspension Wednesday night

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Red Sox sign All-Star infielder Brandon Phillips

Having not suited up in the majors this season, three-time All-Star infielder Brandon Phillips could very well make it to the Boston Red Sox' big league club...
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William Jenkins, who is the brother of New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins, has been charged with aggravated manslaughter in the death of Roosevelt Rene, who was...
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NBA extends Adam Silver’s contract through 2023-24 season

The NBA Board of Governors Chairman and Toronto Raptors Governor Larry Tanenbaum announced on Wednesday that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver had his contract extended through the 2023-24...

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Monday, June 25, 2018

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

TeamSnap Presents The Big East Today on US Sports Net Featuring: Who is Kelan Martin's NBA Comparison?

As a scorer, Kelan Martin reminds Jay Alter of a right-handed Cuttino Mobley. Agree? Who do you think is a better comparison for the former Butler Bulldog? [Videos and More Below]

And now this Teachable Moment From CoachTube!

Game Day Guide: How to Prepare for a Basketball Game

“The key is not the ‘will to win’—everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.” This quote comes from legendary college basketball coach Bob Knight. Over the course of a career largely with Indiana and Texas Tech, Knight amassed 902 victories and proved to be a unique breed in coaching circles. However, I believe it is this quote from Knight that shows preparation is just as vital as the actual game. This is a factor that separates the good from the great.

Practice like a Game

Everyone goes to practice. Even on bad teams, the players are still going to show up for practices. Otherwise, they wouldn’t even be on the squad. With this said, the difference between success and failure is how you practice, not if you practice. It’s easy to show up and just go through the motions. After all, what does it really matter if you out hustle others in practice, but still struggle in games. The only answer I have to these skeptics: what does it hurt to practice at game speed. This is the only way to enhance your game and translate this playing style directly to a game. In addition to this, it’s a way to impress the coaches. If you’re at the junior high or high school level, you may be wanting to gain some more minutes. What better way to do this than at practice where the coaches are carefully watching you? Likewise, if you’re at the youth level and are tired of being stuck at forward when you want to play guard, then make the coaches change their thinking. Prove to them that you can!

Pre-Game Meal

When I ran cross country, my coach would always stress eating healthy. If you want to compete to the fullest of your abilities, then you must avoid falling victim to a poor pre-game meal. Even though cross country is a much different sport than basketball, the same logic holds true. As you lead up to the game (and really every day during the week), I recommend making sure you drink plenty of water and eat a meal that contains a significant amount of carbohydrates. For an example of this, I recommend spaghetti. I always have and continue to use this as a go-to meal leading up to any races I run.

Rest, Rest, Rest!

Just as eating right is important before your basketball game, it is also vital to get plenty of rest. I understand you might be nervous the night before, particularly if it is a big game or even your first game, but try to get at least eight hours of sleep. This is needed to compete at peak condition.

Mental Preparation

The last two items I discussed largely had physical connections. Now, I will discuss the mental side of hoops. With any sport, I urge young players to understand the importance of this and to not ignore it. Hall of Famer Bill Russell once said, “Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory.” When it comes to basketball, anything that comes from the great Bill Russell should be taken to heart. With mental preparation, there are a few things I think are vital:

Envision Success

If you’re constantly thinking you’re going to fail, then chances are you’ll fail. However, if you picture yourself in your mind succeeding on the court, then your odds of success rise. In basketball, it is important to see the ball going through the net. Even if you’ve had a few rough games, start believing you can succeed. This idea of mental picturing can be useful in any sport, not just basketball.

Don’t Overthink It!

On the night before your game, don’t spend tons of time stewing over the game. It is fine to do a little mental picturing, as discussed above, but don’t overdo it. Try to find something to keep your mind off basketball. Whether it be watching a movie or reading a book, you don’t want to get to the point where you’re thinking on the court the next day, rather than just playing.

Have a Short Memory

As I started to elude to in the prior sections, you’re going to have some failures in basketball. No one is expecting you to make 100% of your shots. In fact, making just half of them is a pretty solid percentage. With this being the case, don’t let one bad game hinder future games. Chances are you’ll have plenty where you can’t find your shot. That doesn’t mean you should let it affect everything else you do on the court. Build a short memory and have confidence in your game!

Stretching and Shoot Around

The final item I will discuss focuses solely on the events right before the game. All of the stuff above broke down what to do in the days leading up. Once you arrive at the court, I recommend getting a solid stretching session in. This not only prepares you to compete at a high level, but it also ensures injuries won’t be an issue. Some coaches like to have their teams stretch together. The main thing is that you don’t ignore this part and get your muscles loosened up for game action.
Next, you’ll need to go through shoot around. Most of the time, this will open up with lay-up lines before breaking individuals up to work on shots around the court. The key here is to take advantage of this time. Utilize it to work on shots you’ll shoot in game or ones that you’ve been struggling with. If free throws have been an issue, then take some reps there to build up your confidence. Similarly, if you’re shot from the corner has been off, then shoot some jump shots from there. The key is to see the ball go throw the net and build confidence leading up to game.
In this course from CoachTube, Bill Thom provides some useful drills that can be completed during shoot around to work on various skills, including rebounding and rhythm shooting. Check it out if you’re struggling to come up with ideas!


Odds are that you won’t find the perfect pre-game preparation routine after one time. It may take some tinkering before you fully understand how your body reacts to different things. With this said, as long as you’re working on doing everything right, there is little room for argument. It is when players begin to think they can do whatever the night before the game and still succeed on the court that troubles start to arise. Don’t fall victim to this illogical thinking.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Peapod Presents: This Pac-12 Report Featuring: Oregon State's Jack Anderson named 2018 Pac-12 Baseball Student-Athlete of the Year on US Sports Net!

Oregon State's Jack Anderson is named the 2018 Pac-12 Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The senior outfielder earned a 3.69 GPA in kinesiology en route to picking his second consecutive All-Academic first team honor. [This Video and More Below]

But First This Teachable Moment From CoachTube!

Ultimate Infield with Perry Hill

Ultimate Infield is the brainchild of Miami Marlins Major League Infield Coach Perry Hill. The video is organized into chapters containing specific skill sets that are demonstrated by pro and youth players. This video can be used as a lesson plan by coaches for little league, high school, and college teams, and is a must-have for parents and coaches serious about properly developing young players. 6 F's! The Ultimate Infield DVD illustrates Perry Hill’s Infield System which is responsible for MLB Fielding Records and Gold Gloves spanning three decades.
The system is simple to teach and learn and is taught throughout every level of the Marlins Player Development Program. The beauty of the system is that it can be taught to every aspiring infielder, from Little League all the way to the Major Leagues!  Developed over 30 years in professional baseball, this system will help bring your coaching to a Gold Glove level. Start Learning and Teaching the 6 F's today! 
Current Miami Marlins Major Legue Infield Coach 22 years as a Major League Coach Career Highlights 2017 Fielding Percentage Leader: .988 (Miami Marlins Team Record) 2017 Infield Coach of the Year (MLB Network) Fewest MLB Errors in 2017 (73) 2016 Marlins set an all time MLB record with 28 Consecutive errorless games Fielding Leader Three Times with Three Teams (1997 Tigers, 2001 Pirates, 2017 Marlins) Coached Players to Seven Gold Glove Awards: (Luis Castillo, Orlando Cabrera, Derrek Lee, Mike Lowell, Dee Gordon) 2014 Best Infield Coach (Boston Globe survey of MLB Executives and Coaches)  
The MLB Network Awards took some time to recognize the best coaches throughout baseball that are too often overlooked. Their ‘Men Behind The Curtain’ segment honored Perry Hill with the 2017 Infield Coach of the Year award.
While announcing the award Billy Ripken and Harold Reynolds had some very nice things to say about Coach Hill.
He understands the fundamentals of infield play
Led baseball with fewest errors
They execute pick offs really well
Helps young infielders with a game plan to handle the speed of the game at the Major League level

Saturday, June 9, 2018

The StrikePen Black Presents this ACC Update On US Sports Net Featuring: Chris Barclay Wake Forest Highlights | ACC Icon

Wake Forest running back Chris Barclay packed plenty of toughness in his 5'10" 180-pound frame. The 2005 ACC Player of The Year was a three-time All-ACC selection and is the Deacs' all-time leading rusher with 4,032 yards. He is also Wake Forest's all-time leader in rushing touchdowns and all-purpose yards. Barclay had 15 career 100-yard rushing games in addition to 3 career 200-yard rushing games. Enjoy one of the Demon Deacons' all-time greats, Chris Barclay, an ACC Icon. [Video Below] SUBSCRIBE: The ACC Digital Network (theACCDN) is a joint venture between Stadium, and Raycom Sports, a long-time television producer and partner of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The cross-platform digital video network covers the spectrum of one of the nation’s top intercollegiate athletic conferences, featuring original on-demand content throughout the entire year. All ACCDN videos are viewable on, the ACC mobile and tablet app, as well as various streaming and connected mobile and TV devices. For more information, visit and follow @theACCDN on Twitter, and Instagram.
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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Today's Trending Sports News On US Sports Net! Featuring: LeBron James hopes the Cavaliers don’t fire Tyronn Lue

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Basketball Featuring: Jerry Krause & Don Meyer teach the most important dribble, the Pullback Crossover

Don Meyer & Jerry Krause give the best basketball skills and drills for defense. See their entire course here:
 Featuring Don Meyer, one of the winningest coaches in the nation, and Jerry Krause, widely respected as one of the best teachers in the game and THE expert on basketball basics, Individual Defense presents a detailed overview of the fundamentals and techniques attendant to sound defense. Appropriate for coaches and players at all competitive levels, these instructional videos explain and demonstrate the principles and skills involved in effective defense.

Among the topics covered:

  • Attacking the offense
  • Denying the ball
  • Pressuring the ball
  • Taking away the opponent’s strength
  • Communicating
  • Post defense
  • Taking the charge
  • Closing out
  • Defending on and off the ball
  • Developmental drills

Jerry Krause NBA Basketball Scout/GM for Baltimore Bullets & Chicago Bulls

Jerry Krause is the director of men’s basketball operations at Gonzaga University. Highly regarded as an exceptional teacher of the fundamentals of basketball, Krause has authored 13 instructional coaching books on basketball. For more than two decades, he has been extensively involved professionally in the activities of the coaching/rules organizations of both the NCAA and the NAIA. In his renowned career, he has been honored numerous times for his efforts as a coach, educator, and administrator.

Don Meyer is the head men’s basketball coach at Northern State University. Prior to assuming his present position in 1999, Meyer spent 24 years coaching David Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. At David Lipscomb, he reached the 700-win plateau faster than any coach in the history of college basketball. One of the most respected individuals in the intercollegiate coaching ranks; he is an accomplished author and speaker and is featured on the all-time, best-selling series of instructional videos.

Monday, January 8, 2018

The NBA On US Sports Net! Featuring: Report: Cavaliers ‘undoubtedly’ interested in trading for DeAndre Jordan

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Isaiah Thomas: Battling rust but feeling ‘a lot better’

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Rick Carlisle: ESPN article detailing LaVar Ball’s criticism of Luke Walton ‘a disgrace’

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WATCH: Blake Griffin leveled on inadvertent elbow from JaVale McGee

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have little reason to panic, but LeBron James knows the three-time reigning Eastern Conference champions to improve before the playoffs. Following a 102-88 loss to...
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It's almost like two-time MVP Stephen Curry came back rested after a three-plus week layoff due to a sprained ankle. Curry put up 38 points on just 17...

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WATCH: Stephen Curry recreated Billy Madison scene before Saturday’s return

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WATCH: Bucks have two dunks blocked by the rim

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