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MLB All-Star Game 2021: Five reasons to be excited for Midsummer Classic at Coors Field

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DENVER, Colo. — The 2021 MLB All-Star Game is set for Tuesday evening at Denver’s Coors Field. Here’s how to watch. I’m here to express my excitement for my 10th in-person coverage of the game and provide some specific reasons why baseball fans should be excited, after a quick digression. 

I recently went on a bit of a rant on Twitter. I had seen someone say “no one cares about the All-Star Game” and stuff like that really annoys me. Feel free to say you don’t care, but an awful lot of people actually do. I’m one of them. All of my baseball fan friends are as well. You don’t get to speak for everyone. We can have different taste and that’s perfectly acceptable. 

That is to say, I’m excited and for those possibly looking to join me, here are five reasons to tune into the 2021 MLB All-Star Game.

1. Shohei Ohtani

The first player ever to be selected as an MLB All-Star hitter and pitcher in the same season, Ohtani is the biggest reason there is to tune in. The Angels have embraced the possibility that Ohtani both pitch and hit in the game and the AL will be able to work it out. What if he homers and strikes out the side? Wouldn’t that be something. Regardless, to see a middle-of-the-order hitter also pitch in the All-Star Game is reason enough for even the most casual of fans to tune in. This is a special, generational talent.

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Battle of the Sunshine State: Florida Panthers head on the road for first round of state championship against Tampa Bay Lightning

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Florida Panthers (2-0-0, first in the Atlantic) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (2-1-0, fifth in the Atlantic)

Tampa, Florida; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT

LINE: Lightning -139, Panthers +115

BOTTOM LINE: The Tampa Bay Lightning host Florida after Sam Bennett scored three goals in the Panthers’ 5-1 victory over the Islanders.

Tampa Bay finished 36-17-3 overall during the 2020-21 season while going 21-7-0 at home. The Lightning averaged 4.2 penalties and 10.7 penalty minutes per game.

Florida finished 37-14-5 overall and 17-9-2 on the road a season ago. The Panthers recorded 311 assists on 188 total goals last season.

The matchup Tuesday is the first meeting of the season between the two teams.

INJURIES:

Lightning: Zach Bogosian: out (lower-body), Nikita Kucherov: day to day (undisclosed).

Panthers: None listed.

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NHL hands San Jose Sharks’ Evander Kane 21-game suspension for submitting fake COVID-19 vaccine card

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Another week, another Evander Kane update.

On Monday, the NHL announced that Kane has been suspended for 21 games “for an established violation of, and lack of compliance with, the NHL/NHLPA COVID-19 Protocol.”

Kane will not receive any pay while suspended.

On Oct. 6, a report from Front Office Sports revealed that Kane submitted a fake vaccination card to the league and the San Jose Sharks, which is an illegal offense in both Canada and the United States.

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Miami Dolphins fans ranked least rowdy fan base in the NFL

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.  As more and more fans pack NFL stadiums across the country thanks to lessened COVID-19 restrictions, America seems to be embracing the return of parking lot tailgates, and, yes, “rowdy fans.”

However, it seems a South Florida team’s fanbase is lacking in that department.

According to a new survey by Bookies, Miami Dolphins fans rank as the least rowdy fan base in football.

Read more from ABC Miami.

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