It's finally Opening Day for the 2014 baseball season! The Rangers are taking on the Philadelphia Phillies today. Tanner Scheppers will be making his first career start today, Scheppers will be the 2nd MLB pitcher to make his career start on Opening Day. Opening Day is a big day but Scheppers has been handling the pressure well, "I'm excited. But it's really no different than any other day. Just happens to be on day one of the season." He will have some big shoes to fill with Yu Darvish being put on the 15 day DL with a neck and upper back injury. Darvish is not the only one on the the 15 day DL. Joining him is Matt Harrison and Jurickson Profar. And on the 60 day DL is catcher Geovany Soto. Really I think the Rangers need to go after a ace pitcher before the trade deadline ends. Darvish, Harrison, Holland, Lewis, and Feliz all have problems that need to be fixed but will take a while. Jon Daniels needs to make a move like he did with Prince Fielder and Ian Kinsler. We have to get another stout pitcher to make our pitching rotation
March Madness is underway all across America. Yesterday was the first day of the second round and already big upsets were made. The biggest one by far was Dayton over Ohio St. 60-59. Ohio St., a 5 seed, missed the final shot in the last few seconds of the second half. Harvard upsetting Cincinnati was another game that was good to watch. Harvard is one of the two Ivy league teams that are in the tournament this year. And finally, the Bisons of North Dakota St. beat OU in overtime. Lots of great games are being held in the second day such as, Kentucky vs Kansas St., Nebraska vs Baylor, Oklahoma St. vs Gonzaga, and Stanford vs New Mexico.
Rumor has that the NFL has been looking for ways to make extra points more challenging. It is said that the NFL has thought about narrowing the goal post to make points more difficult all over the field. As of now we are at a place where we score 86.6% of the time. Which is an improvement from over the years, 1970 the percentage was around 59%. Another thought was that they should place a crossbar at the top of the post to create a box that the ball would have to be kicked through. These changes are still being discussed and won’t be official anytime soon. It’s a good idea because to make some kind of change because these players are professionals and are getting paid thousands of dollars to play so therefore the game should be more challenging. Hopefully the board agrees to go forward with this decision. As of now the goal post is 18 feet, 6 inches wide since the league was founded in 1920. If the percentages stay this accurate we will most likely see some sort of change within the next few seasons.
-Taylore Moore, The Zone
Will Lebron James be leaving? I don't think so, I know he's going to stay because once you win 2 championships and have a great chance of winning a third you're not even thinking about leaving. I'm a Heat fan and I wouldn't want him to leave because he has up our chances of winning championships but if decides to leave after the that's his choice. And we can't stop him because that's what he wants. I believe that him leaving is a rumor created by haters mainly from Cleveland because he left them but that's just me. We will have to see what happens now. The future is a mystery so all we can do is hope for the best.
-TJ Sims OverTime
Kyle Busch one of NASCARS best driver in the garage is going to be the forth driver to attempt the Memorial Day weekend double. That includes two of the biggest races, Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR Coca-Cola 600, which will be on May 8th.
Back in 2004 Busch won Sprint Cup Series and in 2010 won Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Many different racers have attempted to do these two races in the same day, including Tony Stewart, which actually succeeded and finished 6th in the Indy and 3rd at Charlotte in 2001.
People are scared to see Busch make it all the way, because of him only racing sprint cars and not Indy cars. Last year Busch tested a Indy car with the thought of being the first driver to try the Double since Jeff Gordon in 2004. “That was a whole kid-in-a-candy-store moment of experiencing an open-wheel car at 220 mph” Busch said talking about racing the Indy car. "You can definitely get a different appreciation for the track and its heritage with an open-wheel car versus a stock car that I've done the last 15 years there” Busch followed by talking about racing his Sprint Car which he loves too race, but like anything new things are always a good change.
Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni thinks that we’ve seen the last of Steve Nash on the court for the 2013-2014 season. Steve Nash has missed the Lakers’ last seven games after returning from nerve root irritation to play a four-game stint in early February. During his short return, he collided with Chicago’s Kirk Hinrich, with the point of impact occurring in almost the same spot on his left leg where he suffered a fracture last season. Nash has one year remaining on his contract with the Lakers, set to pay him $9.7 million. Under the collective bargaining agreement, Los Angeles Lakers could waive Nash during the stretch provision before the start of training camp. Steve Nash said that if he is waived then he will not play for another team. Nash also said that the stretch provision was a key motivator in him coming back in February after being sidelined since November 10. The Lakers have approximately $22 million in cap space available to pursue free agents this summer, but the team would have more flexibility if Nash’s entire $9.7 million was coming off the books instead of having it stretched over three years. Already the oldest active player in the league, Nash said he intends to play next season.
-Written By: Kylicia Smith,The Zone