No no-hitter, but Yu Darvish continued to dominate on Friday

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Rangers ace Yu Darvish once again flirted with a perfect game on Friday against the Red Sox and once again fell one out short of history. The right-hander has a penchant for doing this, even tossing five perfect innings against the Astros in his second start to open this season before a lead-off single in the sixth dashed his hopes.

A brief look at the list of pitchers to have thrown no-hitters will leave you unimpressed. Henderson Alvarez was the most recent to accomplish the feat on the last game of the 2013 regular season. Kevin Millwood — he of the career 4.11 ERA — was involved in two no-hitters: one by himself in April 2003 with the Phillies, and a tandem effort with the Mariners’ bullpen in June 2012. Phil Humber and Dallas Braden each threw a perfect game. Edwin Jackson and Matt Garza threw no-hitters in 2010.

Statistically…

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IF YOU WANT TO GET HIT

SERENDIPITY

Note: I break my own rules all the time. So the most important rule — the ring to rule them all, so to speak — is do your “thing” whatever it may be. Have fun. The rest will follow.

Or not, but regardless, at least you’ll have a good time.


As far as I can tell, there are a few things I’ve found that work well. They aren’t really rules, just tips. You are more than welcome to ignore me.

  • Keep posts short (500 words or less)
  • Make it funny if you can
  • Pretty pictures get lots of hits
  • Post often.

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It’s often said that “Less is more.” In a post, fewer words is good.

Fewer posts is not so good. If you give people more to look at and read, they’ll look and read more. On the other hand, beware of posting so much you become a spammer minus the agenda.

So. Take good photographs. Write stuff to which people can relate. If…

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Pacers turn up defense in rout of Wizards

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WASHINGTON – Late in the fourth quarter with the result in hand, Paul George made a 3-pointer in front of the Pacers bench. George turned his back to the court, took a step toward Indiana’s reserves and celebrated his rub-it-in dagger with a little shimmy.

An assistant coach popped up and literally pushed George back on defense.

The Pacers defended with unrelenting effort and execution in a 85-63 Game 3 win over the Wizards on Friday. By taking a 2-1 series lead, Indiana has won four of five, second only to the Heat among the NBA’s hottest teams.

The Pacers had never allowed so few points in a playoff game. The Wizards had never scored so few in any game.

This was complete and total defensive domination.

By quarter, the Pacers allowed 17, 16, 12 and 18 points. They held Washington to less than 33 percent shooting. And they forced…

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COME BACK, MR. CHIPS! – Garry Armstrong

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No more classes, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks!

The refrain will be familiar if you’re of a certain age. The end of another school year is imminent in the United States.

There are still final exams, prom plans and other rites of spring, but many students have already packed up their computers, iPads. Stored away their shoulder and back packs. They’re ready for summer and memories of the academic year are quickly becoming a blur.

While a number of students relegate the past year to computer trash bins, some teachers wonder if there’s any point to returning for another year. Many feel their courses are doomed for those trash bins before the next class or new year.

Those of us who remember wooden desks, ink wells, pens, pencils and composition books also recall at least a few teachers who made school interesting. They took us beyond dull text books to bring…

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Chris Paul hits DEEP three to end first half vs. Thunder (VIDEO)

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Who does Chris Paul think he is, Stephen Curry?

The Clippers and Thunder were engaged in the kind of shootout the Wizards and Pacers could only dream of and Chris Paul was hot and decided to try the heat-check three as time wound down in the first half — and he drilled it.

Paul finished with 14 points and 8 assists at the half, and the Clippers led 63-61. Kevin Durant had 15 points in the half.

That 63 points by the Clippers was how many the Wizards scored all game against the Pacers. Night and Day between these conferences.

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Video: Ducks spin the goalie carrousel

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The Anaheim Ducks are in a difficult position right now, with respect to their goaltending. The club, in the midst of a heated playoff series with their California rivals, the L.A. Kings, recalled John Gibson due to an injury to Frederik Andersen. Gibson could potentially be an option to start in Game 4 of that series, although Jonas Hiller did come in to relieve an injured Andersen in a Game 3 victory for Anaheim.

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Familiar Pacers’ D should worry Wiz

NBA.com | Hang Time Blog

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com

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VIDEO:Pacers drop Wizards in Game 3 for 2-1 edge

WASHINGTON – John Wall was awfully grudging in the credit he gave the Indiana Pacers’ defense after a game in which Wall and the Washington Wizards scored 63 points, made fewer than a third of their shots and turned over the ball 18 times.

It sure seemed like an if-not-now-when kind of night to ladle some praise at the Pacers after they won big in Game 3 to go up 2-1 in the teams’ best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series. But Wall stubbornly kept the focus on what he and his teammates didn’t do well, rather than how Indiana pushed and goaded them into a truly miserable performance, before a Verizon Center crowd that barely got to clear its throat.

“We had the shots that we wanted,” the Washington point guard said, nearly 90…

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24-Second thoughts — May 9

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By Sekou Smith, NBA.com

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VIDEO:The Conference semifinals kicked off with some hardware being handed out and much more

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Five straight nights of this and I’m not sure how anyone who has watched every second of these conference semifinal games is functioning normally.

My sleep schedule is shot and I blame all of these teams for my addiction.

Go ahead, you can blame them, too!

Let’s get it … Friday Night Lights!!!

If you knew three games into this Pacers-Wizards series these guys would be featured on the marquee …

we need to hit the store and play those Mega Millions and Power Ball numbers ASAP!

24 — Thank you Luke Russert!

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The calm.

infinite satori

Press play first.

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As I am writing this bit I am twisted into my blanket on my bed, in my room, in my house, in San Diego, in California, in the United States, in North America, in planet Earth, in the solar system, in Milky Way Galaxy, in the universe, in infinity and all the things we will never know.

I currently have five blog posts waiting to be finished, this being one of them. I’ve written and re-written this in spurts, in different times, different days, different places. So I’m just going to let the rest spill and talk to you. Human to human.

I’ve honestly felt out of place this year. Ever since I stepped off the plane and back into familiarity, that’s what I’ve felt like. Kind of like a fish out of water. But then again I know I’ll always feel that way when I’m not…

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