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Early MLB playoff predictions

MLB playoff-clinching season is here. The Los Angeles Angels snagged a playoff spot Monday and are close to sealing the AL West. The Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals cemented their respective division titles Tuesday. Meanwhile, it appears the wild-card races are the most competitive, with each league seemingly embroiled in a three-way scrape for two spots. How will it all play out?

How will the Angels fare in the playoffs?

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    18%
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    34%
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    20%
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    28%

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  • How will the Nationals fare in the playoffs?

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      32%
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      38%
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      19%
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      11%

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  • How will the Orioles fare in the playoffs?

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      31%
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      38%
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      12%
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      19%

    Discuss (Total votes: 4,846)

  • Which of these teams will win the AL Central?

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      65%
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      35%

    Discuss (Total votes: 1,652)

  • Which of these teams is most likely to miss the playoffs?

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      18%
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      61%
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      21%

    Discuss (Total votes: 1,731)

  • Which of these teams is most likely to miss the playoffs?

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      66%
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      11%
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      23%

    Discuss (Total votes: 1,579)

  • Which team will win the AL?

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      14%
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      36%
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      29%
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      14%
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      7%

    Discuss (Total votes: 1,694)

  • Which team will win the National League?

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      17%
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      41%
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      11%
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      26%
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      5%

    Discuss (Total votes: 1,624)

  • Which team will win the World Series?

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      20%
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      22%
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      8%
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      21%
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      29%

    Discuss (Total votes: 1,749)

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Medieval siege weapons were kind of amazing. We're talking massive battering rams, mutant crossbows and wheeled towers bristling with archers. Our personal favorite is the trebuchet, a type of catapult that uses a counterweight on one end and a rope sling on the other to hurl huge stones several football fields away.

To the best of our knowledge, no one has ever used a trebuchet to shoot a basketball into a hoop -- at least, not until trick-shot group Legendary Shots came along:

Awesome. We would totally build our own trebuchet, but given the massive amount of effort and knowledge involved (and the fact that we don't have any castles held by recalcitrant rebels that we need to knock down), we think we'll pass.

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Remember this infamous receipt, the one from Philadelphia burger place PYT on which LeSean McCoy left a 20-cent tip for what he called "bad service"?


LeSean McCoy receipt at PYT

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Well, it's apparently up for auction on eBay, posted by, according to Philly.com, a man who DJs at the restaurant -- and will go for an absolutely insane amount of money (standard Internet disclaimer about this thing perhaps not being legit). How insane? As of 7 p.m. ET on Monday, the latest bid was $99,900.

So we ask: Who would bid nearly $100K to secure this piece of paper?

An anti-tipper aiming to snag a most high-profile artifact of protest? Probably not, since that would end up giving the alleged "bad server" a more than 160,000 percent gratuity on the meal.

A tipped-worker advocate, hoping to show just what these typically low-wage employees often deal with? Doubt that, too; all that money could go a long way toward fighting the fight.

One of the many people willing to shell out crazy cash for noteworthy sports memorabilia? That's quite possible, although let's not forget that Michael Jordan's North Carolina recruiting letters and diploma recently sold for only $50,000.

Charlie Sheen? Maybe, although that means he upped his initial offer just a little bit.



We'll likely have to wait to find out. The auction ends Sept. 20.

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You've got to be some combination of strong, fast and (most of all) tough to play rugby, but don't discount smarts. Arkansas State University scrumhalf Mike Baska decided to use his head in a recent match against the University of Arkansas, pulling off a sweet move that had the crowd hollering:

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That's pretty slick. Speaking of toughness, Baska gets roughed up a bit after he actually does decide to pass, but we're sure it was worth it.

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College football's third week saw no upheaval at the top. But a few good teams lost -- we're looking at you, Georgia and USC -- sending them tumbling down the Top 25 or out of it altogether. Where do you think the nation's best outfits rank? Click on the logos below to set your list!

2014 College Football Top 25

Florida State

Florida State

AP ranking: 1

Oregon

Oregon

AP ranking: 2

Alabama

Alabama

AP ranking: 3

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

AP ranking: 4

Auburn

Auburn

AP ranking: 5

Texas A&M

Texas A&M

AP ranking: 6

Baylor

Baylor

AP ranking: 7

LSU

LSU

AP ranking: 8

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

AP ranking: 9

Ole Miss

Ole Miss

AP ranking: 10

Michigan State

Michigan State

AP ranking: 11

UCLA

UCLA

AP ranking: 12

Georgia

Georgia

AP ranking: 13

South Carolina

South Carolina

AP ranking: 14

Arizona State

Arizona State

AP ranking: 15

Stanford

Stanford

AP ranking: 16

USC

USC

AP ranking: 17

Missouri

Missouri

AP ranking: 18

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

AP ranking: 19

Kansas State

Kansas State

AP ranking: 20

BYU

BYU

AP ranking: 21

Clemson

Clemson

AP ranking: 22

Ohio State

Ohio State

AP ranking: 23

Nebraska

Nebraska

AP ranking: 24

Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State

AP ranking: 25

North Carolina

North Carolina

AP ranking: NR

Duke

Duke

AP ranking: NR

Mississippi State

Mississippi State

AP ranking: NR

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech

AP ranking: NR

Penn State

Penn State

AP ranking: NR

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