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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 Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

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