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With most NHL teams hitting the halfway mark this week, those trade winds are howling throught the league. Some interesting big name players may be on the block --- So lets dive right into the IBN "Ice Melt Rumors" BOOM!

The New York Giants are in the process of a true overhaul after a disappointing 2012 season. Some old faces have already been shown the door, and some more are sure to be gone before training camp in July. However, this is no rebuilding process because as long as Eli Manning is under center they are looking to win a championship. Assuming the Giants brass and WR Victor Cruz can come to an agreement on a contract, here are the top 5 Free Agents the Giants can realistically target in the offseason to help them get back to the Super Bowl.

No team in all of baseball has been through more nonsense off of the field the past two years than the Boston Red Sox. Their first basemen have transformed from Kevin Youkilis to Adrian Gonzalez to Mike Napoli while their managers have gone from Terry Francona to Bobby Valentine to John Farrell. The pitching staff has been atrocious. The bullpen has been shaky on a good day. Jacoby Ellsbury has spent as many days in Arizona rehabbing as he has in Boston playing. And Boston's franchise player, Dustin Pedroia, seemed to have shrunk in the midst of controversy and losing. After coming in last place in the American League East in 2012, how do the Sox stack up in 2013?

History says the Jets are at one of the best spots to pick in the first round ...

As this is my first mock draft i would like to introduce myself a little. My name is Nick Barlotta and I currently attend Bergen Community College, I follow all sports and all teams but more importantly I am a Jets, Mets, Nets, and Devils Fan. This is my first mock draft instead of reposting I will just update this one, and by tommorow night i will have the 2nd round in. 

After an epic week of college basketball the new top 25 should be interesting to see. The player of the year conversation also has accepted a couple new candidates and many people are wondering what teams will get that one seed.

This is my wrap up for the weekend of college basketball, including my top 25, my player of the year list, the four teams that should get one seeds and the first four teams in and the last four out of the tournament.

Here are my NFL draft positional rankings as of 3/5/13

Breakdowns will be provided as follows:

March 5: Quarterbacks & Running Backs 

March 6: Wide Receivers & Tight Ends

March 7: Offensive Line

March 8: Defensive Line

March 15: Linebackers

March 20: Secondary

It’s not easy to remain calm about the New York Yankees in 2013, but are all of the worries for the wrong reasons?  Sure, the Blue Jays made a killing in the off-season acquiring Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, R.A. Dickey and Melky Cabrera but will this lead them to the playoffs in a tough AL East division?  Where is the chemistry between their new additions and Jose Batista and Edwin Encarnacion?  Baseball fans need to remember that Toronto finished with a 73-89 season, and the Yankees are ready to compete for another AL East first place finish.  Oh, and since 1996, the Yankees finished on top of the division an astonishing 13 times.  Not bad, eh Canada? 

 

Yeah, we also need to look out for the Orioles, but I doubt Buck Showalter’s team can put up another 93 win season.  Two years ago, their record was completely flipped, with a record of 69-93.  Baltimore doesn’t even have a number one starting pitcher at this point, so I don’t look at the O’s as a big threat. 

Early NBA Action: Heat @ Timberwolves (Heat -10 ' O/U 196.5)

Don't be fooled, this may look like a mismatch on paper but more things go into making this pick.

There once was a time when the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia was packed with thousands of screaming 76ers fans, buzzing in awe at the welcoming ceremony of the cities newest star, Andrew Bynum. That day, August 14th, 2012 was the last day most Sixers fans saw Bynum. The talented 7-footer was acquired by the Sixers in a four team trade last summer, that involved 12 different players plus draft picks. 

Will Jim Buss Bury the Treasure his Late Father Discovered?

This is the first mock draft in a series of 4 that will be released as the draft nears.

2013 Fantasy Baseball Hitter Rankings with projected statistics.

The following rankings and statistic projections are based on an average H2H each category league. As you can see Mike Trout's stats do not equal Ryan Braun or Andrew McCutchen', but the fact that in each category, OBP% and hits are taken in account, by which Trout will have the edge.

Auction drafts are trending the last few years, and it seems more and more people are leaning towards them rather than traditional leagues. Drafts are more fun, and it causes everyone to be all-in during every pick, or else it could cost you.

Former employee of Anthony Bosch claims a Mr.Paul picked up items from the clinic on a monthly basis , and when he paid the initials L.J. where used in the bookkeeping log.. Why would that be suspicious? Well Lebron's best friend and agent's name is Rich Paul …

When Dwight Howard first came to the Lakers many people expected an instant championship. Analysts and so called experts around the nation were deeming the Lakers one of the élite teams in the NBA, and a team to be reckoned with. Now, more than halfway through the season, Laker fans and players are just hoping that they can reach the playoffs. But, one of the key ways for the Lakers to make a late season push, and contend for a bottom of the conferencee playoff seed, is an obvious but forgotten method... 

          Time to replace the woes of 2012 with the wins of 2013 as it is never too early to start the fantasy football season.  This edition of the Kasper Korner is set to bring you the top ten fantasy players coming at you for next season, along with five deep sleeper picks that no one else will have and five guys that you must avoid like the plague.  Read ahead, find out, and enjoy!

           One of, if not the most, active team this MLB offseason has been none other than the Cleveland Indians.  Who?  Yes, the AL Central's Cleveland Indians.  After nearly a 65 year championship drought, it seems as though Cleveland ownership has finally stepped out of their tepees along the Cuyahoga, and decided to spend some of the loot they have ravaged from the fans for over the past half century.  There has not been such a positive buzz amongst the friends of the feathered since the teams of the 90's; featuring many young stars, like Manny Ramirez, Jim Thome, and Omar Vizquel.  Although never quite able to grasp a World Series title, the Indians came mere inches from one in 1997 and before that in 1995, losing to the Florida Marlins and Atlanta Braves respectively.

            This year's Tribe features some old members from seasons past like Asdrubal Cabrera and Justin Masterson, but has been rejuvenated with the likes of speedy outfielder Michael Bourn, slugging corner-man Mark Reynolds, and veteran slinger Brett Myers to go along with the election of the latest chief, one Nick Swisher.

Good, Bad, and Ugly will be a series of articles to update to current state of affairs for the Minnesota Wild as I see it. The Minnesota Wild after 20 games is a point out of 8th place in the Western Conference and 2 points from 4th place with a record of 10-8-2 22 points. The Wild has graduated to the NHL, four of its top prospects (Mikael Granlund, Charlie Coyle, Jason Zucker, and Jonas Brodin) to complement top free agent acquisitions Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. Niklas Backstrom in the last season of a 4yr/$24mil deal has been far better than his 8-5-2 record reflects. Backstrom has been the victim of lack of offensive support by a Wild team that ranks 28th in goals per game with a 2.15 average while at the same time ranking 7th in goals against per game with a 2.40 average. The Wild although struggling with identity and individual role issues, plays a very blue collar brand of hockey and features 4 lines of forwards that participate in back checking and a defensively responsible mentality. This Wild team although middle of the pack record wise has shown the ability to take over games and has played well at home.