As Team India take on the Aussies in what will be their last ODI before the World Cup today, the stage is set for T20 fever to take over the imagination of cricket lovers world over.,I believe we have it in us to win the trophy this year and that’s going to be our prime focus for the next couple of months,” says Laxman, as he settles down for a chat with Hyderabad Times.,I think aggression today is not confined to cricket alone as it’s equally prevalent in other sports as well, because the new generation of Indians are a confident lot.,But today there is a lot of stress on physical fitness and psychological aspects of the cricketer.,Whenever I’m in Hyderabad, I visit the academy twice or thrice a week and when travelling, I monitor things on the phone.I was fortunate that my parents gave me the freedom to do and choose whatever I wanted to; they never imposed anything on me.

Starting Monday, the Los Feliz native will host Daily Wager, a daily program on ESPNews airing at 3 p.m. and available for streaming on the ESPN app.Its the first regularly scheduled program from the Walt Disney Co.s sports media behemoth solely dedicated to gaming-related information and data on upcoming contests, and it likely wont be the last as legal sports betting spreads throughout the country.The Supreme Court ruling in May that legalized sports betting is expected to be a boost for sports talk shows, which are the low-cost moneymakers for outlets that need programming to supplement their live play-by-play telecasts.,Open discussion of odds, point spreads and other analytical data related to wagering on pro and college games each night could potentially energize the format for an audience that has a financial stake in the outcomes.The changes in the law open up an entirely new genre of entertainment, said Patrick Rishe, director of the sports business program at Washington University in St. Louis.Other sports networks are already on the bandwagon.,WarnerMedias digital sports website Bleacher Report announced last month that it is building a studio inside Caesars Palace in Las Vegas where it will produce gaming-related content.But as the countrys leading source of sports programming, ESPN, with its entry into gaming-themed shows, is marking the strongest indication yet of an attitudinal shift toward a once-verboten subject on which sports TV coverage has traditionally tread lightly.A daily ESPN show is an important milestone, said Lee Berke, president of the consulting firm LHB Sports, Entertainment Media.,ESPNs SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt has a popular segment called Bad Beats, which humorously focuses on heartbreaking, last-minute plays that result in teams failing to cover the spread.Van Pelt sidekick Steve Coughlin will be one of the contributors to Daily Wager along with ESPN radio host Chris The Bear Fallica, ESPN.com gambling industry reporter David Purdum, Las Vegas-based handicapper Preston Johnson, fantasy football analyst Anita Marks and sports betting expert Joe Fortenbaugh.Rishe believes programs that provide usable data for bettors have the potential to draw younger viewers who have drifted away from traditional TV for sports news.,After graduating with a degree in economics from Brown University, he immersed himself in the analytics and data related to gaming and became an expert as a sports journalist in Las Vegas, where the home team is betting, he said.While wager-related data crunched by ESPNs statistic and information group will line the screen during Daily Wager, Kezirian said the programs content will still be accessible to the non-betting fan.Were still in Year 1 of legalization and I think there is a new audience that is open-minded to the space, so we want to be inclusive, he said.

Vince Velasquez made his first start for Philadelphia, allowing one run, one hit and two walks in one inning.,Mike Yastrzemski, a grandson of Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, homered in the ninth inning — a two-run shot for his first hit of spring training.,Tyler O’Neill, still looking for his first single of spring training, hit his fourth home run and his first double, driving in two runs for St. Louis.,Tyson Ross struggled in his third start, giving up four runs, six hits and a walk in three innings as his ERA rose to 13.50.,Matt Harvey made his first start for Los Angeles, pitching three innings and allowing one run, two hits and a walk.

Dylan Bundy made his first start for the Orioles, yielding one run on four hits in two innings.,Brock Holt hit his first home run of the spring, a three-run shot, and Xander Bogaerts added an RBI double and a single.,Top prospect Pete Alonso had two hits and two RBIs, and Jason Vargas allowed only Matt Carpenter's leadoff home run, pitching two innings and striking out three in his first start.,Chicago ace Lucas Giolito made his first start, pitching two innings and allowing three runs - one earned - and three hits.,Tyler Skaggs was tagged in his first start, surrendering four runs, two hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings.

Red Sox great Ortiz to make special announcement as part of Foxwoods 2018 World Champions Weekend

David Ortiz, Red Sox great and Fox Sports analyst, will be appearing at Foxwoods Saturday, Jan. 19, for an announcement during the casino’s 2018 World Champions Winter Weekend.,Ortiz’ 11 a.m. appearance in the Panera Food Court during the 5th annual Baseball Winter Weekend will feature an announcement regarding the Red Sox icon and the resort.,During the weekend, fans will be able to get up close to Red Sox players and get photos, attend baseball insider panels, as well as enjoy games and activities, including testing your fastball at the speed pitch, taking some swings in the batting cage and experiencing Sox Virtual Reality.,Throughout the day on Saturday, Red Sox coaches and alumni will host a variety of Kids Clinics in the Celebrity Ballroom.,Catch NESN’s live broadcast of Winter Weekend with special appearances from Red Sox players and executives on Saturday. read more

More: Chris Sale of FGCU and Naples finishes off Dodgers as Red Sox win World Series   Buy PhotoLong-time assistant coach Michael Fly speaks after officially being promoted to lead the team as its new head coach during a public press conference at Alico Arena's Hospitality Suite Thursday, April 5, 2018 in Fort Myers.,More: Prep Football: U.S. Army All-American Bowl is last hurrah for Naples' Takacs, Shadley Buy PhotoLexi Thompson exchange highfives with a young fan as she walks up to the last 18th tee during the last round of LPGA season-ending CME Championship at Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Florida Sunday, November 18, 2018.,More: College football: Michael Walker, Naples all over Boston College's field last Saturday Jeshaun Jones of South Fort Myers was named the CBS Sports National Freshman of the Week after an amazing debut for Maryland during which the wide receiver scored on a reception, run and pass in the season-opening upset of Texas.,(Photo: Luke Franke/Naples Daily News)

  Meanwhile, the Minto U.S. Open Pickleball Championships continued to grow — like the sport itself across the country — in its third year at East Naples Community Park, with over 2,000 participants, with ages from 10 to 91, in April.,More: Swamp Buggy Races: Barefoot Bobby Williams wins Fall Classic when Greenling's buggy stalls More: All ages, from 10 to 91, compete at U.S. Open Pickleball Championships in Naples   Buy PhotoFGCU’s Taylor Gradinjan (24) and FGCU’s China Dow (22) hug after defeating Missouri 80-70 in a first-round NCAA tournament game at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif., on March 17. read more

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Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig (66) runs to third on a double hit by Joc Pederson off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Cincinnati.,(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Multiple reports indicate that the Cincinnati Reds have made a blockbuster trade that will bring outfielders Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp, as well as pitcher Alex Wood and third baseman Kyle Farmer to Cincinnati and send pitcher Homer Bailey to the Los Angeles Dodgers.,Puig, who defected from Cuba to play in Major League Baseball, is a career .279 hitter with 108 home runs and 331 RBI in six Major League seasons.,Kemp, a three-time All-Star player, is a career .286 hitter with 280 home runs and 1,005 RBI.,Bailey had a rocky 2018 with the Reds, finishing 1-14 with a 6.09 ERA. read more

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Friday, June 16, 2017, in Cincinnati.,(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The Cincinnati Reds have made a blockbuster trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers that will bring outfielders Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp, as well as pitcher Alex Wood and catcher/infielder Kyle Farmer to Cincinnati for pitcher Homer Bailey and a pair of minor leaguers.,Puig, who defected from Cuba to play in Major League Baseball, is a career .279 hitter with 108 home runs and 331 RBI in six Major League seasons.,Wood was a National League All-Star and was ninth in the Baseball Writers' Association of America's National League Cy Young Award voting after finishing 16-3 with a 2.72 ERA in 25 starts and 2 relief appearances.,A minor league All-Star in each of 4 seasons from 2013-2016, over the last 2 seasons he made 59 appearances for LA, including 26 games at 3B, 4 games at C and 2 games at 1B. read more

One study showed that basketball players who increased the amount of sleep they got demonstrated a 9% improvement in accuracy when shooting the ball., Fewer Injuries and Better Health in General

In one study, researchers found that among high school athletes, the amount of sleep they got was the biggest predictor of injuries., In another study, researchers at the University of California determined that when athletes got less than six hours of sleep at night, the rate of injuries was higher during the game the next day., Waking up and going to bed at the same time every day will allow your body to regulate its internal clock, which in turn can often improve your quality of sleep., Make Use of Bright Light and Exercise read more