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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.

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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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May the odds be ever in your favor: Vegas sets over/unders for 2018 MLB season

May the odds be ever in your favor: Vegas sets over/unders for 2018 MLB season

The start of spring training is a glimmer of hope during the cold of winter. It means warm weather, cold beers and hot dogs at the ballpark are coming your way.

It's our first chance to get a taste of how our favorite team is shaping up for the 2018 season, and for those who are not quite into just the game itself, betting odds.

CG Technology, a Las Vegas sportsbook operator, has set the 2018 odds for each MLB team.

Specifically, how are things looking for the local teams?

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Washington Nationals: 91 1/2 wins

The 2018 season is looked at by many as the last World Series run for some time for the Nationals and their core group of players. Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy and Gio Gonzalez will become free agents after the 2018 season in addition to general manager and President of Baseball Operations, Mike Rizzo.

In 2017, the team won 97 games and went on to win the NL East, but couldn't make it past the first-round of the National League Division Series. In 2018, Vegas is giving the Nats 7/2 odds of taking the National League title. They are just behind the Chicago Cubs, who knocked them out of contention last season, at 4/1 odds.

As far as winning the World Series, Vegas is giving the guys an 8/1 chance of their first title, tied with the Cubs.

Baltimore Orioles: 77 1/2 wins

The O's finished the 2017 season with 75 wins, which could be considered somewhat of an accomplishment considering their pitching resources.

The same problem will occur in 2018 as the organization hasn't signed any new starting pitchers. Vegas is giving them 50/1 odds of taking the American League title and 100/1 odds of winning the World Series.

The lack of depth in their rotation will come back to bite them as division rival New York Yankees have 5/1 odds of winning the World Series and the Red Sox have 10/1 odds.

A below average season should be expected.

A few other standouts, good and bad, include the Miami Marlins at 500/1 odds of winning the World Series, the Kansas City Royals at 200/1 and current champions, the Houston Astros, at 6/1 odds.

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Kendall Fuller breaks down infamous night he learned, mostly through Twitter, of Kansas City trade

Kendall Fuller breaks down infamous night he learned, mostly through Twitter, of Kansas City trade

The night of January 30th was a roller coaster of emotions for many, especially Kendall Fuller.

With news of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, Alex Smith, being traded to the Redskins, came the news that the team would be receiving cornerback Kendall Fuller and a third-round draft pick in exchange. 

The exchange was a surprise to many, including Fuller, who initially heard the rumors of his trade via Twitter. Even giving us a play-by-play of his knowledge of the situation throughout the night.

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During this week's episode of Adam Schefter's podcast, Fuller detailed the rollercoaster of a night he had.

The funny part about it is I’m not usually on Twitter that much," Fuller said. When I was on there, I saw you come out with it, and somebody else come out with it, and I tweeted like, ‘Nah, I haven’t heard anything.’ Right after I tweeted that, my agent called me and told me about the trade. I was like, ‘Shoot, let me get off of Twitter for a little bit then.'

When he did decide to return to social media, Fuller tweeted this classic. 

The 23-year old, who finished the 2017 season with four interceptions, 42 tackles and 12 assist, was seen as one of the bright, young stars the Redskins had to offer.

The news of his trade angered fans and fellow Redskins players alike, but Fuller understands the team wasn't looking to just get rid of him. 

Actually, the day after the trade, I was still kind of in town, so I had just went up to the facility, really just to grab some stuff, go see coaches, Bruce [Allen] and everybody like that, so I was able to talk to both teams,” Fuller said. It wasn’t too bad, because it wasn’t like the Redskins were looking to get rid of me. … I think the Chiefs were kind of bringing it to ’em, like, ‘If you want this guy, you’re going to have to give up Kendall Fuller.’ All of them were upset that I had to go, so it wasn’t like they were trying to kick me out the door. It was a little bit emotional, especially having my college coach up there, [defensive backs] coach Torrian Gray. So just seeing all of them, the head coach, Bruce and Doug [Williams], it wasn’t too bad though.

While he only spent two seasons in D.C., Fuller will be taking everything he learned from Josh Norman with him to Kansas City.

Every day he comes in, he’s just ready to hunt, no matter what he’s doing," Fuller said. Whether it’s Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and especially on Sunday, just that mind-set that you gotta bring to the table every day as a professional.

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