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Cheesesteak Madness Tournament: Picking Delco’s best cheesesteak

Cheesesteak Madness Tournament

DELAWARE COUNTY — Jim Pappas is on a journey to find the ultimate cheesesteak in the Philadelphia region.

He has eaten more than 800 cheesesteaks and has narrowed it down to the best 16.

Phil and Jim’s Steak and Hoagies, The Original Thunderbird Steakhouse, Cocco’s Pizzeria and DiFabio’s Market and Tap face off this week.

To make the final call, he’s enlisted the services of three other cheesesteak experts: Mark Twersky (Corporate Chef), Amigo Dan Matassino (Eaten over 100 different cheesesteaks), and Diane Farina (Event Coordinator).

Together, they will bite their way through the competition eliminating the steaks that just don’t hold up.

Who will come out victorious? Watch the video above and vote for your favorite below.

Author: CCG

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Naomi Osaka fined £12.9k as French Open threaten to kick star out of tournament

Tennis star Naomi Osaka has been fined and threatened with being kicked out of the French Open after snubbing her media duties at Roland Garros. The Japanese player has been fined £12,900 (€15,000) after deciding to boycott press conferences at the tournament. Osaka announced on Wednesday that she would not be conducting press conferences at the tournament, which began on Sunday and runs until May 13.

“I’m writing this to say I’m not doing any press at Roland Garros,” she said in a statement posted on her Twitter account on May 26.

“I’ve often felt that people have no regard for athletes mental health [sic] and this rings very true whenever I see a press conference or partake in one.

“We’re often sat there and asked questions that we’ve been asked multiple times or asked questions that bring doubt into our minds and I’m just not going to subject myself to people that doubt me.”

Osaka defeated Patricia Maria Tig in her first round at the French Open. The 23-year-old won the second set on a tiebreaker, 7-4, after winning the first set 6-4.

She will face Ana Bogdan in the second round.

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“She was also reminded of her obligations, the consequences of not meeting them and that rules should equally apply to all players. 

“Naomi Osaka today chose not to honour her contractual media obligations. The Roland-Garros referee has therefore issued her a $ 15,000 (£12,900) fine, in keeping with article III H. of the Code of Conduct.

“The mental health of players competing in our tournaments and on the Tours is of the utmost importance to the Grand Slams.

“We individually and collectively have significant resources dedicated to player well-being.

“In order to continue to improve however, we need engagement from the players to understand their perspective and find ways to improve their experiences.

“Every year we seek to deliver better experiences to our fans, our players and our people, and we have a long and successful track record in achievement on this count.

“A core element of the Grand Slam regulations is the responsibility of the players to engage with the media, whatever the result of their match, a responsibility which players take for the benefit of the sport, the fans and for themselves.

“These interactions allow both the players and the media to share their perspective and for the players to tell their story.

“The facilitation of media to a broad array of channels, both traditional and digital, is a major contributor to the development and growth of our sport and the fan base of individual players.

“We have advised Naomi Osaka that should she continue to ignore her media obligations during the tournament, she would be exposing herself to possible further Code of Conduct infringement consequences.

“As might be expected, repeat violations attract tougher sanctions including default from the tournament and the trigger of a major offence investigation that could lead to more substantial fines and future Grand Slam suspensions.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Sport Feed

Tokyo Olympics: If the players don't care about Olympic golf tournament, why should we?

Lee Westwood’s decision to opt out of the Olympic golf tournament this week again put a spotlight on whether the sport should be part of the Games.

Westwood is concentrating on the Ryder Cup and the golf’s major championships on the grounds that these should be the priorities for a golfer.

If the Olympics is merely an add-on for any sport then it does not deserve to be included at all.

Golf’s return in Rio after a 112-year absence came with a great song and dance and, for those players who embraced the opportunity, their heads were turned.

It became a running joke on the European Tour afterwards that no one could escape a visit to the range without being treated to a glimpse of Justin Rose’s gold medal.

Rose was rightly proud of his achievement and elevated his gold above his US Open win at Merion as a career high.

Too many of his fellow professionals could not be bothered, though. 

In all 20 players withdrew from the men’s Olympic golf tournament five years ago including the world’s top four at the time.

Tokyo is looking better in respect of the field. As things stand only three players have ruled themselves out – Westwood, Adam Scott and Dustin Johnson.

It is a pity Westwood has chosen not be involved but he was only on the reserve list with Tyrrell Hatton and Matt Fitzpatrick currently holding down the British spots.

Likewise Scott, who would have been back-up to Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman as things stand.

The real problem for golf is Johnson’s absence. He is, according to the official rankings, the world’s best golfer and with that elevated status should come certain responsibilities.

A call is being made on golf’s future inclusion in the Games beyond Paris 2024 immediately after Tokyo and the game needs all the friends it can be muster.

The campaign for its inclusion was fought when Tiger Woods cast a spell across the sporting world. There is no comparable golden timepiece with which to hypnotise the IOC now.

Golf has been cut a break with Hideki Matsuyama’s Masters victory. 

His presence in his homeland will give the men’s tournament a fillip. But for the world number one to skip it is a significant own goal. 

Johnson would add precisely zero in terms of pizzazz and personality, but he would bring his position.

It is not a good look for any sport to go to the Games without their No 1.

Johnson put his absence from Rio down to the threat of the zika virus; this time around he has cited the scheduling.

The Olympics falls between the 3M Open in Blaine, Minnesota and the St Jude Invitational in Memphis. They are hardly four-yearly – or even five-yearly – stop-the-clock events.

Japan is a long-haul flight away from his Florida base but so was the Saudi International in which he took part earlier this year. For an appearance fee.

Contrast Johnson’s attitude to the Games with that of the World No 2 Justin Thomas who said this week he would kick himself forever if he did not take up this chance to become an Olympian.

Thomas can leapfrog Johnson at the top of the world rankings if he wins the US PGA Championship.

It would be best for golf if he did so.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Sport Feed

San Diego State golfer wins Mountain West tournament and is named to Arnold Palmer Cup team

A week after taking home the Mountain West Conference Golf tournament trophy, Puwit Anupansuebsai was named to the International team for the second time.

SAN DIEGO — It’s official. The Aztecs have themselves one heck of a golfer.
During last week’s Mountain West Conference Golf Tournament, Puwit Anupansuebsai shot a 6-under-par 66 in the final round to join a four-man playoff at 7-under 209. He then birdied the second playoff hole to capture SDSU’s first MW Championship in 20 years!
Over the last three tournaments of the season, Anupansuebsai has finished tied for second (Wyoming Cowboy Classic), tied for first (lost in a playoff at Western Intercollegiate) and first (won playoff at MW Championship). He leads San Diego State with a 71.05 scoring average and rounds in the 60s and rounds below par!
On top of all of that Anupansuebsai was recently named to the International team for the Arnold Palmer Cup. Anupansuebsai, from Thailand, will play for the International team for the second straight year.
In 2020, Anupansuebsai led the Internationals to a dominating 21-point win over the United States. He went 3-0 for the week as the Internationals retained the cup in a 40.5-19.5 victory.
Anupansuebsai is the third Aztec to be named to an Arnold Palmer Cup team, joining Aaron Goldberg and Nahum Mendoza III, who represented the United States in 2008 and 2016, respectively.
The Arnold Palmer Cup was established in 1997 and originally featured the top eight collegiate golfers from the United States against Great Britain and Ireland. Following the 2002 tournament, the American opponent was enlarged to include all European players, while roster size for both sides was increased to 10 competitors in 2013. In 2018, the Arnold Palmer Cup was expanded once again to include United States men’s and women’s teams against collegiate golfers from around the world.
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Fortnite DreamHack 2021 register update before open Dreamhack Tournament start

The DreamHack Fortnite Online Open is back for this weekend, and there’s going to be plenty of prize money to aim for in 2021.

While the Cash Cup kicks off today, the open event is scheduled to start very soon for anyone interested in putting their skills to the test.

A few changes have been implemented since the last time the tournament was open to gamers, including server limitations.

According to the latest news, Fortnite DreamHack 2021 will only be hosted on EU and NA East servers, but gamers from other countries and regions are open to enter.

A message from DreamHack explains: “From June 2020, we hosted open participation online Fortnite competitions with a monthly prize pool of $ 250,000 up for grabs.

“Fans throughout EU and NA were able to participate, and we hit a new record of 1 million signups in January 2021.

“After a short break, we’re thrilled to be back with an April edition! We will be providing official coverage broadcasted live on Twitch, with professional commentary and in-game observing.”

And the good news is that things will be kicking off later this week for anyone who wants to start playing.


According to the latest news posted on the official website, Fortnite DreakHack 2021 has a scheduled release date of Friday April 16, 2021.

The Dreamhack open will use a Duos format and will boast a large $ 200,000 price pool which will be split among participants.

To be eligible to participate in any Event match, a player must be at least 13 years old, or whatever age is stipulated in the player’s country.

And Minors must have permission from a parent or legal guardian in order to participate in the Event.

And based on what has been shared on the Dreamhack Fortnite website, players will not need to register for this month’s event beyond the game’s compete menu.

A message on the official Dreamhack Open Fortnite page reads: “You do not need to sign up.

Just open your Fortnite client and make sure that you can join the tournament in the compete tab. There are no invites to this tournament, participation is only through open sign ups.

“This tournament is fully played online. Each duo can play a maximum of 10 games during the 3-hour-heat and the best 500 duos will advance from each heat. Once you have advanced you may not play additional heats in stage 1.

“The tournament can be played on all platforms: PS4, PC, Mobile, Xbox and Switch.”

With that out the way, here are some other details regarding the start time of the DreamHack Fortnite event:

Fortnite DreamHack Schedule for Europe

  • Heat 1: Friday April 16, 18:00 to 21:00 BST
  • Heat 2: Saturday April 17, 14:00 to 17:00 BST
  • Semi-Finals: Saturday April 17, 19:00 to 22:00 BST
  • Grand Finals: Sunday April 18, 15:00 to 21:00 BST

Fortnite DreamHack Schedule for North America

  • Heat 1: Friday April 16, 17:00 to 20:00 EST
  • Semi-Finals: Friday April 16, 21:00 to 00:00 EST
  • Grand Finals: Saturday April 17, 16:00 to 22:00 EST

This article originally appeared on Daily Express :: Gaming Feed

Fortnite Spring Breakout tournament date, times: How to unlock Webster skin for FREE

Fortnite fans are counting down to the start of the Spring Breakout tournament.

The next major Fortnite tournament gives fans a chance to earn some Easter-themed items.

Replacing the usual Friday Night Bragging Rights tournament, the Spring Breakout event has an April 2 start date. This means it should begin at 4-5pm BST for fans in the UK.

“Filling in for Friday Night Bragging Rights, the Spring Breakout Cup on Friday, April 2 brings Duos competition back into action.

“You and your Duos teammate will have 3 hours to complete up to 10 matches to earn points. The top-performing Duos in each server region will be among the first to get the Webster Outfit and Mecha-Feathers Back Bling.”

As Epic points out, you’ll need to be above level 30 and have two-factor authentication enabled.

This is as simple as visiting Epic’s 2FA page and following the instructions on the page. You even get a bonus emote for your troubles.

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Epic explains more: “In order to participate in the Spring Breakout Cup, participating players must have their account level at 30 or above and have 2FA enabled.”

“To enable 2FA, players must visit our 2FA page, log into their Epic account, and follow the onscreen instructions.

“Read the Spring Breakout Official Rules for a full breakdown of the tournament format, rewards, and participation requirements. Specific timing for your region can be found in the Compete tab in-game.”

In Europe, the first 1,125 placed competitors will win the Webster in-game skin, as well as the Mecha-Feathers Back Bling.

As for scoring, each elimination is worth a single point, while a Victory Royale is worth a whopping 42 points.

Fortnite Spring Breakout Scoring System…


• Victory Royale: 42 Points

• 2nd: 36 Points

• 3rd: 32 Points

• 4th: 30 Points

• 5th: 29 Points

• 6th: 28 Points

• 7th: 27 Points

• 8th: 26 Points

• 9th: 25 Points

• 10th: 24 Points

• 11th: 23 Points

• 12th: 22 Points

• 13th: 21 Points

• 14th: 20 Points

• 15th: 19 Points

• 16th: 18 Points

• 17th: 17 Points

• 18th: 16 Points

• 19th: 15 Points

• 20th: 14 Points

• 21st: 13 Points

• 22nd: 12 Points

• 23rd: 11 Points

• 24th: 10 Points

• 25th-29th: 9 Points

• 30th-34th: 6 Points

• 35th-39th: 3 Points

• 40th-44th: 2 Points

• 45th-50th: 1 Point

• Each Elimination: 1 Point

Gonzaga on cruise control in men’s NCAA Tournament

There’s still a lot of March Madness to come, but it seems basketball fans may get a second chance this year at seeing Gonzaga vs. Baylor face-off.

There is no doubt that this season of men’s college basketball was anything but normal. So when Gonzaga went a perfect 28-0 heading into the NCAA Tournament, some overlooked the Bulldogs. We were all robbed of the regular season matchup between Gonzaga and Baylor; however, Gonzaga did have some big-time wins before March Madness. 

During the regular season, Gonzaga racked up impressive wins over Kansas, West Virginia, Iowa and Virginia. None of those teams remain in the NCAA Tournament, but Gonzaga has been on cruise control so far. 
The No. 1 seed in the West region beat Norfolk St., 98-55, in the first round. Then, they took on No. 8 Oklahoma and won 87-71. Up next, they meet Creighton in the Sweet 16. 
“You have to probably look deeper into the bracket than the next couple of rounds,” Bo Brack, host on the Locked On Podcast Network said while explaining why there won’t be any speed bumps for Gonzaga in the next couple rounds. 
“You look at their starting five, and each one of these guys would be the star of any other program,” Bo Brack said about the depth for this Gonzaga team. During the latest episode of Locked On Today, he explained how head coach Mark Few gets them to seamlessly work together. 
“I hope we don’t get robbed at the second chance at seeing Baylor vs. the Zags,” Brack said. The matchup was expected to be one of the biggest of the regular season, before COVID-19 protocols got in the way and kept the Bears and Bulldogs from meeting.
With Baylor and Gonzaga on different sides of the March Madness bracket, there’s a chance we could get a do-over of that matchup in the NCAA Championship on April 5. 
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'Embarrassing': No March Madness branding on Women's NCAA tournament courts

Following last week’s viral images of the weight rooms, it’s another disparity between the women’s and men’s tournaments.

Looking around the basketball facilities hosting women’s NCAA Tournament games there are no signs of March Madness. At least not the iconic trademark “March Madness” that the NCAA uses to promote games this month.

It’s not on the courts, which say “NCAA Women’s Basketball” or feature the names and logos of the host teams.
“I didn’t realize that was an NCAA thing, but I certainly think that’s something that needs to be discussed and changed,” UConn’s acting head coach Chris Dailey said Monday when asked about March Madness.
“I think it looks a little embarrassing on the court when you see ‘Women’s Basketball’ and nothing connected to March Madness. There are women playing, so clearly it’s women’s basketball. I think everyone can get that. So, I think that certainly it’s something that needs to be discussed.”
When asked about the absent trademark, the NCAA said in a statement it will continue listening to the expectations of members and women’s basketball leadership while considering relations with “valued broadcast partners.”
“We are committed to working with all constituents to determine the best way forward for women’s basketball including the use of March Madness logos if desired,” the NCAA added in its statement.
It is another in a list of differences between the tournaments and became a topic of discussion after the Wall Street Journal reported Monday the NCAA’s trademark registrations for the phrase “March Madness” allow the organization to use it for both the men’s and women’s tournaments.
But NCAA doesn’t use them for both, at least not in same way. The attention being given the growing list of differences has caught the attention of administrators outside NCAA headquarters.
“There is a general concern among commissioners we need to do better by women’s basketball,” said Rich Ensor, commissioner of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and chair of the college commissioners association, which makes recommendations to the NCAA on various topics. “We’ll be discussing it further with the NCAA leadership team in the very near future.”
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The NCAA apologized last week after inequities between the men’s and women’s tournament went viral on social media and vowed to do better. Photos and videos showed the difference between the weight rooms at the two tournaments — the men getting a plethora of equipment while the women got a set of dumbbells and yoga mats.
Other differences: There are 68 teams in the men’s field, 64 in the women; and the NCAA pays for the men’s National Invitation Tournament, but not the women’s NIT. 
South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said everyone must keep speaking up about the disparities and that the NCAA needs to investigate itself regarding the differences.
“Somebody needs to be held responsible, I don’t know who,” Staley said. “But the investigative work needs to be done to see where things have fallen short.”
Tennessee coach Kellie Harper just uses the term March Madness because she said that’s what this is for women — just like it is for the men.
“We’re in the middle of March Madness and to watch the games being played today and in the next couple weeks, you have to use that term,” Harper said. “It’s what we’re doing right now. It just makes sense.”
Travis Pittman contributed to this report.

Freshmen show no signs of jitters in women's NCAA Tournament

Several freshmen put on impressive performances in their women’s NCAA Tournament debuts.

SAN ANTONIO — Several freshmen showed no jitters on the opening day of the women’s NCAA Tournament.

In fact, they embraced the bright lights of the Big Dance.
It came as no surprise that Iowa’s Caitlin Clark, the nation’s leading scorer during the regular season, began a run of impressive performances in the first game of the tournament. UConn’s Paige Bueckers showed why she’s All-American as a freshman, while teammate Aaliyah Edwards started with a double-double.
There were others, including Anaya Boyd, who averages only eight minutes a game for Georgia Tech but made major contributions down the stretch to help the Yellow Jackets avoid being upset in the first round.
Clark, a second-team All-American, said she was a little nervous before tipoff. She said playing the first game of the day and not sitting around all day waiting to play or watching games on TV was a benefit.
“And more than anything,” Clark said, “it’s just a dream come true to be out there playing in the NCAA Tournament.”
Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said his talented freshman is used to playing on big stages.
“She’s always played up, you know?” Bluder said. “She won a national championship with her AAU team. She’s played for USA Basketball. So having those experiences have helped her.”
A look at some of the freshmen who made an impact in their women’s NCAA Tournament debuts:


Clark didn’t match her 26.7-point a game scoring average, but she finished with 23 points, seven rebounds seven assists playing a team-high 36 minutes. She also had two steals to go with three turnovers.
She had one of the highlight plays of the day with a behind-the-back pass to Monika Czinano in the paint late in Iowa’s win over Central Michigan.


The guard nicknamed Buckets turned in one of the best tournament debuts by a freshman in UConn history. She scored 24 points as the top-seeded Huskies routed High Point and wasn’t far from a triple-double with nine rebounds and six assists. Edwards showed serious efficiency in 25 minutes, making 8 of her 10 shots for 17 points and grabbing 12 rebounds for the double-double.
“This has been like an ongoing thing all year where us freshmen need to perform in order for us to win, so we just try to do that each and every day,” Bueckers said.


Georgia Tech Nell Fortner had no problem calling freshman Anaya Boyd’s number in crunch time. Boyd played 10 of her 12 minutes in the Yellow Jackets’ win against Stephen F. Austin in the fourth quarter and overtime.
She showed no signs of being tight. The 44.4% free throw shooter during the season made two with 1:12 remaining in regulation to tie the game at 48, then Boyd blocked a layup by Avery Brittingtham with 55 seconds left to force overtime.
That helped overcome another strong debut by Stephen F. Austin’s talented freshman.
Brittingham hit all six of her free throws and finished with a double-double, 16 points and 11 rebounds in her tournament debut.


Syracuse freshman center Kamilla Cardoso, who hails from Montes Claros, Brazil, showed no signs of nerves in her first tournament game, a 72-55 win over South Dakota State. The 6-foot-7 ACC freshman of the year blocked South Dakota State’s first shot attempt, grabbed Syracuse’s first rebound and scored the first point of the game on a free throw.
She finished with six blocks and diverted countless other shots with her long arms in the paint. She scored 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the floor and 4-of-6 shooting from the line. Teammate Emily Engstler said Cardoso’s growth has been better than hers as a freshman.
“She can actually shoot the basketball too,” Engstler said. “She’s strong down low, and I say this. A lot of 6-7 girls don’t know how to control their body too well. Kamilla does. That’s a skillset that will get her into the WNBA.”
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Sasha Goforth came to Oregon State from Fayetteville, Arkansas, as a McDonald’s All-American. She added a start in her first tournament game to every other game this season for the Beavers. Goforth didn’t come close to her season-high, but she knocked down 5 of her 7 shots for 14 points and grabbed three rebounds.
Teammate Talia von Oelhoffen could still be in high school but chose to arrive at Oregon State early. She played 27 minutes, scoring seven points and handed out four assists in an 83-59 rout of Florida State.


Freshman Charlisse Leger-Walker had 18 points but it wasn’t enough for Washington State, which fell to South Florida 57-53 in an opening round game on Sunday night.
The Pac-12 Freshman of the Year also had five rebounds and four assists, and was 8 for 8 from the line. But her memorable moment came in the fourth quarter, with a perfectly executed behind-the-back pass to teammate Bella Murekatete for the basket.
Leger-Walker, who is from New Zealand, joined older sister Krystal this season with the Cougars, who were picked to finish last in the Pac-12 but wound up making their first tournament field since 1991.
“It’s awesome to prove people wrong. Just going in with a chip on your shoulder, doing things that no one expected you to do or expect you to do, even when you do prove yourself. We started well this season, and even a couple games in people didn’t think we were a competitive team. We had to keep proving it over and over throughout the season,” she said.
AP Sports Writer Anne M. Peterson contributed to this report.

SDSU Aztecs fall to Syracuse in the first round of the NCAA Tournament

The Aztecs fall to Syracuse 78 to 62.

INDIANAPOLIS — The SDSU Aztecs will not be moving on to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after falling to Syracuse Orange 78 to 62. The first round of the NCAA Tournament was played Friday night at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.


Game Details:

No. 11 seed Syracuse (16-9) vs. No. 6 seed San Diego State (23-4)
NCAA Tournament First Round, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis; Friday, 8:40 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Syracuse is taking on San Diego State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. San Diego State beat Utah State by 11 points in Las Vegas on Saturday, while Syracuse came up short in a 72-69 game to Virginia last week.
BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Matt Mitchell is averaging 15.4 points and 5.5 rebounds to lead the charge for the Aztecs. Jordan Schakel has paired with Mitchell and is producing 14.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. The Orange have been led by Alan Griffin, who is averaging 14.7 points and 6.5 rebounds.
ACCURATE ALAN: Griffin has connected on 37.2 percent of the 148 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 8 of 17 over the last three games. He’s also made 89.3 percent of his foul shots this season.
WINNING WHEN: San Diego State is a perfect 19-0 when it scores at least 68 points. The Aztecs are 4-4 when scoring any fewer than that.
ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Orange have recently converted buckets via assists more often than the Aztecs. San Diego State has an assist on 34 of 75 field goals (45.3 percent) over its past three games while Syracuse has assists on 49 of 79 field goals (62 percent) during its past three games.
STINGY STATE: San Diego State has held opposing teams to 60.6 points per game this year, the eighth-lowest figure among all Division I teams.
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