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Nadal Rises, UFC 146, and the ‘Boys of Somewhere’

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Yet another week has passed, and March Madness is now officially underway. Let’s get into some of the big stories of the week.

Rafael Nadal cruises along

The world ranking number two tennis player, Rafael Nadal, continued his march to victory this week with three wins in the BNP Paribas Open – a tournament held in Indian Wells, California. Nadal made short work of Leonardo Mayer and Marcel Granollers, and overcame a tricky match against Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Nadal, fresh from six weeks off the tour, has now advanced to the semifinals and will play Argentinean David Nalbandian today.

UFC 146: a heavyweight slugfest

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The fight card for the much anticipated UFC 146 was recently announced, and it’s looking to be one of the most intense heavyweight matchups in recent memory. The title fight pits challenger and UFC 142 winner Alistair Overeem against current champion Junior Dos Santos.

If that isn’t enough action for you, the second main event is a contenders bout, pitting former champs Frank Mir and Cain Velasquez. The winner of this fight will take on the victor of the Dos Santos/Overeem match. The idea of Velasquez possibly fighting Dos Santos is almost too exciting.

AAA Yankees are the ‘Boys of Somewhere’?

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The Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees, the International league-AAA affiliate of the New York Yankees will be homeless this summer.

Sort of.

The AAA team, home of top prospects such as Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances  – also the home of mature infielders blocked by the contracts of Jeter, A-Rod, and Texeira, is having its stadium renovated over the course of the summer, forcing the team to take to the road for its games. The team will now be known as the Empire State Yankees, a befitting title as they now will be sharing stadiums for home games with other clubs in places like Buffalo and Rochester. The junior Bombers will even have a few home-stands as far south as Allentown, PA.

It’s surprising to see the Yankees, a team that notoriously flirts with the luxury tax and has the highest payroll in the majors, have to send its most important farm club on the road. I know the strategy for Brian Cashman has been to go and get the biggest free-agents season after season, but you want some of that talent to be home-grown right? Why not try to rent the use of a stadium while the new digs are renovated?

Tune in next week, as we attempt to break down the brackets leading up to the Final Four.

About Ryan Almodovar

Ryan Almodovar was born in Queens, NY, but was transplanted to Lancaster, PA – the heart of Amish country, at an early age. Growing up in a small city that is completely surrounded by fields has let him develop many interests, including jazz music, songwriting, short stories, and exploring the vast farmlands – simply because there wasn’t too much else to do there. A love of writing, thinking outside the box, and his Puerto Rican culture led him to a bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in Spanish from the Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Currently, Ryan is a mild-mannered banker during the day, and though he may claim to fight crime at night, you are most likely to find him relaxing by playing guitar, watching baseball games, or working on a novel that never seems to get finished. You can read more of Ryan’s work at his blog, Awkward and Dangerous.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.

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