Bailie Brown doesn’t consider herself a trailblazer, and yet in a way she is — and so is her school. Brown will graduate this month from Syracuse University’s Falk College with a Bachelor of Science degree in sport analytics, becoming the first woman to complete the four-year undergraduate program since its inception five years ago. Her 23 classmates are men. “It’s definitely an honour,“ Brown said. ”I think that there’s a little bit of pressure that goes along with that. I think I feel like I need to be successful.” Syracuse University and California Baptist University in Los Angeles began offering a four-year undergraduate course of study in sports analytics in 2016. Brown chose Syracuse after discovering the program by chance. “I was just kind of searching for different opportunities and ran across this one and knew immediately it was exactly where I wanted to go. There wasn’t any question,“ said Brown, who was salutatorian of her high school class back home in Florence, … [Read more...] about First woman completing sport analytics degree at Syracuse U
It’s still early in the season and bats tend to warm up with the weather, but offences are putting the ball in play less than ever before. Welcome to The Opener, where every weekday morning you’ll get a fresh, topical column to start your day from one of SI.com’s MLB writers. There have been five seasons in which baseball teams averaged fewer than eight hits per game. Three of those came at the peak of the dead-ball era—1907, 1908 and 1909. One came with the historically low offences in the “Year of the Pitcher”—1968. And the final season, with the fewest hits of all, is this one—2021. Of course, it’s only April, which makes it unreasonable to judge this number too harshly. As the season wears on, and the weather becomes warmer, offences tend to pick up. This statistic might be radically different in a few months! With this caveat in mind, however, it’s still worth taking stock of just what teams have been doing so far this year—which is putting the ball in play less than ever … [Read more...] about How worried should MLB be about the league’s offensive struggles?
The 49ers traded up to the No. 3 pick in the 2021 NFL draft in March, but they don't appear set on a single quarterback as the draft approaches. San Francisco is considering a trio of signal callers with the No. 3 pick. While Alabama QB Mac Jones has been viewed the favorite in recent weeks, the 49ers are also considering North Dakota State's Trey Lance and Ohio State's Justin Fields, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. "As much as the 49ers love Mac Jones, and they do, I believe that the gap between Mac Jones and the other QBs like Trey Lance has been narrowed considerably," Schefter said Wednesday. "I can tell you over the weekend they did not know who they were going to take." Trevor Lawrence is the overwhelming favorite to be selected by the Jaguars with the No. 1 pick, while Zach Wilson is expected to go No. 2 to the Jets. What will happen next is anybody's guess as the draft nears. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Q: Anyone can read Conversations, but to contribute, … [Read more...] about NFL rumors: 49ers not set on Mac Jones as No. 3 pick
Chris Weidman’s gruesome leg injury suffered Sunday night at UFC 261 left the sports world holding its breath. But Weidman appears to be in good spirts after posting X-rays following successful surgery on Tuesday. “Special thanks to Dr. Gitlin for performing a successful surgery and being so helpful during the entire process,” Weidman said. “Also, a big thank you to Dr. Davidson from the UFC for making sure I was taken care of properly and speaking to these doctors on my behalf. It made me feel so much better having him involved because I know he had my back.” Weidman said he would be released from the hospital on Tuesday, adding he is excited to return home. Weidman suffered the leg injury on Saturday when he went for a kick that connected with Uriah Hall’s leg. Weidman was taken out of the octagon in a stretcher, but he raised his fist to signal he was all right before being taken to a nearby hospital. Weidman will undergo a significant rehab and recovery period following … [Read more...] about UFC fighter Chris Weidman shares X-rays following gruesome leg injury
Essential Quality draws post No. 14 and is the 2/1 favourite in the 147th Run For The Roses Following Tuesday’s postposition draw, the “Fastest Two Minutes in Sports” is now set for Saturday. The 147th Kentucky Derby, following some key deflections in the past few weeks, drew a full field of 20 entrants. NBC will televise live coverage of the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 1. The Kentucky Oaks will be televised one day prior, Friday, April 30 on NBC Sports Network. On Saturday, we learned that one of the potential speed factors, Caddo River, has been scratched due to a temperature. This follows last week’s loss of Bob Baffert’s highly touted three-year-old, Concert Tour, who disappointed in the Arkansas Derby. Concert Tour will not race in the Derby and will instead be pointed for the Preakness Stakes on May 15. Those two talented colts have joined undefeated Life Is Good and Greatest Honour as key contenders who are off the Triple Crown trail after suffering … [Read more...] about Betting the 2021 Kentucky Derby: post positions, odds and profiles for every horse