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Author: Derek Hanson

Raising Daughters with Confidence

It’s a tough world for anyone. As a parent, you’re likely more concerned with how tough it is for your kids. The experience of growing up can be intensely challenging for both boys and girls alike, from toddlers to teenagers. You’re probably wondering how you can help your child navigate this complicated terrain, and what role you can play in preparing them for a promising future. If you’re raising one or more daughters, you want to know how to help prepare them for life. Love Yourself Confidence, in many ways, is tied to self-love and self-esteem. One of the...

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Seeing the Best of Downtown Chicago

Whether you are a long-term resident, a visitor from a nearby state, or an international traveler, Chicago has enough attractions, shops, and dining venues to keep you entertained for weeks. With little-known treasures and widely celebrated tourist destinations alike, there’s no shortage of activities in the Windy City. Ethnic Neighborhoods Chicago is diverse. Visiting any of Chicago’s ethnic neighborhoods feels like a trip to a foreign city, so be sure to check out the restaurants and shops these areas offer. Among the most famous of these areas is Chinatown. Be sure to get mooncakes from the bakeries there, and...

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Adding a Pass-catcher Will Diversify Saints Offense

After three consecutive 7-9 seasons, the New Orleans Saints returned to their playoff ways by going 11-5 and knocking off the rival Carolina Panthers in the Wild Card round. Though they lost to the Minnesota Vikings in excruciating fashion the following week, the Saints enjoyed a superb rebound campaign. Despite being tabbed as one of the favorites for next year’s Super Bowl, there are still holes throughout the New Orleans roster, particularly on the perimeter. While most statistics suggest that the Saints were their usual top-five selves offensively, they were surprisingly woeful on third down in 2017. Finishing first...

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How Too Much Tempo Hurts the Green Bay Packers Offense

At the turn of the decade, the Green Bay Packers had a historically high powered offense. They re-wrote the Packers record book and broke NFL records too. From win streaks to passing records and points scored, the 2011 Packers left an indelible mark on the franchise and NFL record books. However, since those glorious days, the offense has gone off of what made them so lethal. How Too Much Tempo Hurts the Green Bay Packers Offense Lack of Creativity in Play-Calling In 2011, the Packers thrived on personnel groupings and throwing a myriad of formations at their opponents. Aaron...

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Alcohol And Your Body

The pleasing effects of alcohol are undeniable. From the very first step, a person feels more relaxed and happy. Your brain finds alcohol drinking fun and your nerves are pleased, but the long-term effects of alcohol consumption can be very detrimental to your health. Alcohol can lead to several different kinds of cancer as well as mental disorders such as depression and societal withdrawal. While drinking alcohol in moderation can have some positive benefits to a person’s body, excessive and alcoholic behaviors are dangerous. Let us define the difference. Having a few drinks here and there or a glass...

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New York Yankees 2018 Season Preview

The 2017 season was supposed to be a year of transition for the New York Yankees as they began to shift to their younger players, such as Aaron Judge, Jordan Montgomery, Gary Sanchez, and Luis Severino. Some were even referring to the 2017 season as a rebuilding year, and to the amazement of the organization, as well as their fans, were treated to a season full of surprises that included a trip to the American League Championship Series where they lost a hard-fought series to the Houston Astros in seven games. The Astros who would go on to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series for their first...

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Sorting Through the Minnesota Vikings Options at Quarterback

Coming off a 13-3 season and an NFC Championship Game appearance, the Minnesota Vikings may have the most difficult quarterback decision in the NFL. Three players with starting experience are on the roster, but all three have serious question marks. Further, all three are slated to enter unrestricted free agency. Will it be Case Keenum? Sam Bradford? Teddy Bridgewater? A veteran from another team? A rookie? Mike Zimmer and new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo have more than a quarterback question, they have a quarterback conundrum. Sorting Through the Minnesota Vikings Options at Quarterback The Case for Case No one can deny the...

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How to Bet the NBA All-Star Game

The NBA All-Star Game is upon us.  What could be more exciting than that?  The All-Star Game has become quite the spectacle, with the NBA’s biggest and brightest stars coming together for a weekend that’s just as much about rubbing elbows with celebrities and living the high life as it is about the game.  Make no mistake, this isn’t Michael Jordan’s All-Star Game, where the Chicago Bulls legend was notorious for talking trash and taking names.  His Airness had a competitive fire that could not be matched and he took the game extremely seriously. A lot has changed in...

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Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker Fight Breakdown

IBO, IBF and WBA (Super) heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will take on WBO champion Joseph Parker in a unification fight in Cardiff on 31st March. The two unbeaten fighters are set to pack out the 75,000 capacity Principality Stadium in Cardiff, UK, with millions around the word catching the action on PPV. It is being hyped as the biggest fight of the year, although Gennady Golovkin and Saul Alvarez might take some exception to that tag. The fight, while a worthy spectacle in its own right, is part of an intriguing shift of focus towards the heavyweight division. WBC champion Deontay Wilder will defend his title in New York against Luis Ortiz on 3rd March. It is expected that the two winners will clash in a bid to crown the undisputed heavyweight champion some time later in the year. Joshua enjoying the limelight as boxing’s rising star Joshua and Parker though, have caught the attention of the media in a manner not seen in the division in many years. Much of the focus has gone on British fighter Joshua, with the former Olympic champion enjoying a 100% perfect record of 20 KO’s in 20 professional fights. He is still just 28-years-old and tipped by many to dominate the heavyweight division for years to come. While Parker’s record does not have the same beautiful symmetry of his opponent, the New...

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Frank Reich Hired as Indianapolis Colts Head Coach

After a disastrous week for the Indianapolis Colts, in which Josh McDaniels backed out of the head coaching job to remain the New England Patriots offensive coordinator, the Colts have hired Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich as their head coach. Reich helped the Eagles land their Super Bowl victory last season, noteably assisting backup quarterback Nick Foles through the playoffs. Reich will take over the coaching helm on a five-year deal according to NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo. Frank Reich Hired as Indianapolis Colts Head Coach After winning Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl 52, and the offense finishing third...

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David Johnson Bound for Bounceback 2018

After getting hurt in week one of the 2017 NFL season, David Johnson failed to appear in another game for the Arizona Cardinals. One of the most dynamic running backs in the NFL, Johnson is ready to return from a wrist injury and dominate in 2018. David Johnson Bound for Bounceback 2018 Versatility David Johnson is arguably the most versatile player in the NFL. While there are players like Le’Veon Bell and Alvin Kamara who would contest that statement, Johnson stands out in three facets of the game. In the return game, Johnson is one of the most electric returners...

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Visiting Sacred Sports Sites

Now that the biggest football game of the year is over, what’s a diehard sports fan to do? For some people, the answer is to focus on other sports. In late winter, you’re likely to hear baseball fans say things like, “Pitchers report for spring training in eight days!” That’s certainly a good tactic if you’re a fan of multiple sports. Another good thing to do if you’re a fan of baseball, football, basketball, or all of the above? Plan a journey to a sports Hall of Fame. If you like football, you’ll want to visit the Pro Football...

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Utah Jazz Trade Rodney Hood to Cleveland in Three-Team, Six-Player Deal

March 05, 2016: New Orleans Pelicans forward Alonzo Gee (15) fouls Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) during the NBA game between the Utah Jazz and the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA. (Photograph by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire) (Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images) According to reports, the Utah Jazz have traded swingman Rodney Hood, 25, to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three-team deal with the Sacramento Kings. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN was first to break the news: Utah has traded Rodney Hood to Cleveland, league source tells ESPN. — Adrian Wojnarowski...

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Todd Frazier Signs with the New York Mets

in Game Seven of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 21, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Todd Frazier Signs with the New York Mets #Mets in agreement with free-agent 3B Todd Frazier on two-year, $17M contract, sources tell The Athletic. Pending a physical. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 6, 2018 Prior to his brief time in Pinstripes in 2017, Todd Frazier debuted with the Cincinnati Reds on May 23, 2011. Cincinnati drafted the Little League hero from Trenton, NJ out of Rutgers University with the 34th overall pick in the 2007 Major League Draft. Frazier, 31, who grew up...

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Sean McVay Named NFL Coach of the Year

Sean McVay engineered one of the NFL’s best turnaround stories. And the league gave him some well-deserved recognition as a result. McVay took home NFL Coach of the Year honors on Saturday. It comes after his Los Angeles Rams finished with 11 wins in his first season as head coach, seven more than the previous season. The Rams erased an extended spell of futility in 2017 under McVay. Not only did they make it to the postseason for the first time in 13 seasons. They also finished with 10 or more wins and won a division title for the...

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Think Fantasy Football Isn’t For You? Think Again!

If you’re not the biggest fan of football, you know how it feels to be excluded from conversations about the big game at the weekend. Football makes for great water cooler talk, so if Football isn’t for you but you fancy a slice of the action, why not consider fantasy football? Who knows, you might even end up enjoying it! If you’re not currently part of a league, I would definitely recommend it, especially if you join alongside friends who you can engage with a barrage of trash talk when you beat them. Fantasy football creates a fantastic source of interaction, and if you’re still skeptical about the concept, you might want to reconsider. Fantasy Football brings out entertainment in the most boring games, where the points accumulated by a single player can be the difference between winning and losing. This makes things a lot more interesting than if you’re subjected to an unexciting game. Though you might think you don’t have enough time to play, in reality the chances are you’ll only need to dedicate a small portion of time each week. Most leagues are free and can be channeled via apps, making the process straightforward. You’re simply required to draft your team from fantasy football draft boards, set your lineup, and continuously assess ways to improve your team. The more time you invest into research the better...

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Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs to Play in Mexico City in 2018

The NFL’s annual regular season game in Mexico City is set for 2018. Commissioner Roger Goodell announced on Wednesday that the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs will play at Estadio Azteca next season. The actual date and time will be determined when the league releases the 2018 schedule in April. NFL fans are already starting to make wagers on the games using the Pinnacle VIP Code, which can get you a great deal when making an online wager.  Currently, the Rams are +800 to win the title next year, while the Chiefs have dropped to +1600 after...

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Babolat Tennis Racquet Is The First Choice Of Players

Do you want to buy a tennis racquet and I know you still not find the best one for you? I know because your presence is a cogent evidence for us. There are several brands of the tennis racquet are available in the marketplace that is enough to make confused anyone, and you may find also one of them. If yes, then you don’t need to go anywhere else. Even I am a tennis lover and have a great collection of the different types and brands of the tennis racquet. After utilizing several brands, I have realized that Babolat tennis racquet is superior to any other brand. Even I believe that it is the first and best choice for every professional and amateur tennis player. Want to know how? Then come with me to explore the features and benefits of the Babolat tennis racquet. The dimension of the tennis racquet is 100 squares in and 645.16 square cm. It comes with 16 x 19 string pattern. It also holds 10oz and 283.5 g strung weight of the tennis racquet. The length of the tennis racquet is 27 in and 68.58 cm. It has 13.5 inches/ 34.29 cm and 0 pts balance of the Babolat tennis racquet. It is manufactured with the graphite and also has syntec pro grip part. Moreover, it also comes with the zipper cover as well....

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Who could Conor fight if he returned to the UFC?

On the 26th August last year Conor McGregor fought the undefeated Floyd Mayweather in the super fight of the year. The odds were heavily tipped in the favour of “Money” Mayweather with Paddy Power even paying out on Floyd before the fight began. The fight did however last for 10 rounds, more than the experts predicated, but Floyd ended it in the 10th round winning by TKO. It’s been just 6 months since the super fight and Conor is expected to announce who he will fight next within the coming months, the big question on every one’s mind though is will he return to UFC and defend his Lightweight title or stay in boxing. If he was to return to the Octagon in the near future, who could he end up fighting? Khabib Nurmagomedov The Eagle boasts an impressive 25-0-0 record and was due to fight the current interim champion Tony Ferguson at UFC 209 last year but unfortunately for the fans Khabib was admitted to hospital just before the weigh in due to ‘weight management medical issues’ and the fight had to be cancelled as per the doctor’s recommendation. This was a big knock for the Russian as beating Ferguson would made him the number 1 contender and would entitle him to fight Conor if he ever returned to the UFC for the undisputed Lightweight champion. As Khabib...

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Potential Andre Roberson Replacements for the Oklahoma City Thunder

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES – MARCH 12: (R) Courtney Lee #5 blocked by (L) Brook Lopez #11 of New York Knicks during Brooklyn Nets vs New York Knicks NBA game in Barclays Center in Brooklyn borough of New York , U.S.A on March 12, 2017. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) After losing Andre Roberson to a ruptured patellar tendon on Saturday, the Oklahoma City Thunder will need to find a replacement. While Roberson is honestly irreplaceable on the defensive end, there are candidates who can somewhat fill the gap on that end while offering more on offense. To...

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