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LSU freshman Mickey rapidly ascending

Football has just reached its conclusion with the Super Bowl, so college basketball will begin to garner more of the national spotlight and attention from sports fans and observers. Many justifiably anticipated the emergence of a select few number of elite freshmen sure to make a significant impact – Aaron Gordon, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, and Andrew Wiggins. Undeniably the...
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February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Celtics beat Nelson-less Magic, Rajon Rondo records double-double

The first quarter showed just how badly the Celtics wanted a win, after what could be termed mildly as a terrible January. Bass started with a slam, AB, who in his first game back from injury, nailed a jumper & Sullinger hit a hook shot to put the Celtics up 6-0 early. Vucevic got the Magic on the board but Sullinger answered with a layup off the feed by Green after he had created...
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February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Updated Class Rankings: Ranking the Top 100 Recruiting Classes in College Basketball

The Recruiting Class Rankings for the 2014 recruiting cycle have been updated and expanded to include the Top 100 classes in the country. The grades are not final, as the final installment of the class rankings will be released after the spring signing period (April 16). There are currently 33 uncommitted prospects in the TCT Top 250, leaving a ton of room for movement. Keep an eye...
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February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Super Bowl 48 – 2014

Morning Kids Hope you are bundled up as we head to New Jersey for the first outdoor Superbowl in cold weather part of the country. My feed here in Australia is coming from Fox Sports, calling the game for me is Joe Buck and Troy Akiman. Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson will be directing their respective offenses today. Seattle calls TAILS and wins the toss, will defer to the second...
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February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Updated 2014 Center Rankings: Towns Rises to the Top

Karl Towns Jr. (Metuchen, NJ/St. Joseph’s HS) has overtaken the top spot in the updated Center Rankings for the Class of 2014, while Jahlil Okafor (Chicago, IL/Whitney Young HS) slipped to No. 3. With Towns manning the top spot, and Okafor slotted at No. 3, the rest of the top five is composed of Myles Turner at No. 2, Goodluck Okonohoh (Tilton, MA/Wilbraham & Monson) at No...
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February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

UFC 169 Quick Results

Main Card: Renan Barao def. Urijah Faber via TKO (Strikes) – Round 1, 3:42 Jose Aldo def. Ricardo Lamas via Unanimous Decision Alistair Overeem def. Frank Mir via Unanimous Decision Ali Bagautinov def. John Lineker via Unanimous Decision Abel Trujillo def. Jamie Varner via KO (Punch) – Round 2, 2:32 Prelimary Card: Alan Patrick def. John Makdessi via Unanimous Decision...
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February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Positives in the Celtics’ Rebuilding Season So far

After an abysmal first half of the season, it’s important to stay positive during the Boston Celtics’ rebuilding season. Of late, the Celtics have lost 19 of their past 22 games (Currently 15-33 overall in win-losses). Statistically, that doesn’t look very good. For the morale in the locker room and the players’ mentality it probably doesn’t sit well either. From blow out...
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February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Super Bowl XLVIII Pick

Welp, we’re finally here. We couldn’t have asked for a better matchup for the final game of the 2013-14 NFL season. The top offense in the league faces the top defense in the league. An unstoppable force against an immovable object (how many times have you heard that one by now?). The Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks for Super Bowl XLVIII. It’s been two long, frustrating...
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February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

The greatest ra-show on earth.

Two weeks ago, the Seattle Seahawks matched up against newly-found bitter rivals, the San Francisco 49ers. Heading into the game, the Seahawks were favourites, mostly due to their regular-season record, their lockdown defense and the deafening home support of their ’12th man’ in CenturyLink field. In a nail-biter the Seahawks ran out victors, largely due to a game-sealing tip...
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February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Super Bowl Pick ’Em: Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks

Photo is courtesy of http://www.sportsgamblingpodcast.com/ Written by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740) Edited by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music) Follow us on Twitter! @OS_Report   From day one, ‘Our Sports Report’ has been a fan’s perspective for all of you sports fans out there. None of us claim to be experts, but all of us are definitely fans.  Due to our motto, it would...
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February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Updated 2014 PF Rankings: Lyles Breaks Into the Top 3, Victor Returns to the Top 5

Trey Lyles (Indianapolis, IN/Arsenal Technical HS) and Craig Victor (New Orleans, LA/Findlay Prep) are the major story lines of the updated Power Forward Rankings for the Class of 2014, as Lyles entered the Top 3 and Victor made a return appearance in the Top 5. Here are the rankings: RK Name POS Hometown HT WT School 1 Cliff Alexander PF Chicago, IL 6’9’’...
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February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Super Bowl Preview: Denver Offense vs. Seattle Defense

Peyton Manning, arguably the greatest QB of all time, will face a menacing Seattle D on Sunday. While the Super Bowl is not necessarily fantasy relevant, it is absolutely a significant event that merits special attention. This year’s matchup features the Pete Carroll-led Hawks, renowned for their powerful defense, and John Fox’s Broncos, which featured a record-setting offense...
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February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Legacy Fighting Championships 27

  Main Card: Tim Means def. Artenas Young via TKO (Punches) – Round 1, 1:38 Henry Cejudo def. Elias Garcia via Unanimous Decision Larry Crowe def. Terrance Ferguson via Unanimous Decision Alex Black def. Charles Cheeks III via Triangle Choke – Round 2, 1:33 Caio Machado def. Domingo Pilarte via Unanimous Decision Kamarudeen Usman def. Steven Rodriguez via TKO (Punches) –...
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February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Updated 2014 SF Rankings: Hamilton, Pinson Enter the Top 3

In the updated 2014 Small Forward Rankings, Stanley Johnson remains atop the list, while Daniel Hamilton and Theo Pinson have made their way into the Top 3. Here are the rankings: RK Name POS Hometown HT WT School 1 Stanley Johnson SF Santa Ana, CA 6’6’’ 200 Arizona 2 Daniel Hamilton SF Bellflower, CA 6’6’’ 180 UConn ...
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February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Bethe Correia vs Jessamyn Duke Joins UFC 172

Bethe Correia 7-0 MMA / 1-0 UFC Record 7 Fight Win Streak Notable Wins: Julie Kedzie Jessamyn Duke 3-0 MMA / 1-0 UFC Record 3 Fight Win Streak Notable Wins: Peggy Morgan —————————— UFC 172 April 26th, 2014 Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Arena —————————— Bethe Correia improved her record to 7-0 in her UFC debut, with a split decision win...
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January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Super Bowl Preview: Seattle Offense vs. Denver Defense

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch will be a deciding factor in this year’s matchup. While the Super Bowl is not necessarily fantasy relevant, it is absolutely a significant event that merits special attention. This year’s matchup features the Pete Carroll-led Hawks, renowned for their powerful defense, and John Fox’s Broncos, which featured a record-setting offense capable of scoring...
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January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Bill James Projections – Mike Carp

Source 2011: 79 games, .276 BA, .326 OBO, .466 SLG, 12 HR, 46 RBI2012 projection: 79 games, .258 BA, .327 OBP, .442 SLG, 11 HR, 40 RBI2012: 59 games, .213 BA, .312 OBP, .341 SLG, 5 HR, 20 RBI2013 projection: 61 games, .252 BA, .329 OBP, .410 SLG, 5 HR, 19 RBI2013: 86 games, .296 BA, .362 OBP, .523 SLG, 9 HR, 43 RBI2014 projection: 126 games, .257 BA, .330 OBP, .436 SLG, 13 HR...
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January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

The Ugly Truth: Frank Mir vs. Alistair Overeem

Twelve months ago, we assumed Alistair Overeem would steamroll over Antonio” Bigfoot” Silva to earn a heavyweight title shot. We also assumed that Frank Mir was going to bounce back into contention like had done before. Instead, it was Overeem who was steamrolled by Silva and has been knocked out two straight times while Mir has lost three in a row in an unimpressive fashion...
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January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Updated 2014 SG Rankings: Russell Rises into the Top 3, Lyle Debuts at No. 5

In the updated 2014 Shooting Guard Rankings, D’Angelo Russell (Louisville, KY/Montverde Academy) climbed into the Top 3, JaQuan Lyle (Evansville, IN/Huntington Prep) entered the Top 5, and 5 prospects made their first appearance in the position rankings. Kelly Oubre (Richmond, TX/Findlay Prep) retained the No. 1 ranking, with teammate and fellow Top 15 recruit Rashad Vaughn (Minneapolis...
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January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Nam Phan vs Vaughan Lee Slated for Ultimate Fighter: China Finale

Nam Phan 18-12 MMA / 2-5 UFC Record 2 Fight Losing Streak Notable Wins: Saad Awad, Leonard Garcia, Cole Miller Vaughan Lee 13-9-1 MMA / 2-3 UFC Record Lost 2 of Last 3 Fights Notable Wins: Norifumi ‘Kid’ Yamamoto, Motonobu Tezuka ——————————————- The Ultimate Fighter: China Finale March 1st, 2014 Macau, China The Venetian Macau Resort Hotel ...
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January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Evan Dunham vs Mark Bocek, Sam Stout vs KJ Noons Headed to TUF Nations Finale

Evan Dunham 14-5 MMA / 7-5 UFC Record 2 Fight Losing Streak Notable Wins: Gleison Tibau, Tyson Griffin, Nik Lentz Mark Bocek 11-5 MMA / 7-5 UFC Record Won 2 of Last 3 Fights Notable Wins: Dustin Hazelett, Nik Lentz, John Alessio ——————————- Sam Stout 20-9-1 MMA / 9-8 UFC Record Won 2 of Last 3 Fights Notable Wins: Matt Wiman, Joe Lauzon, Caros Fodor KJ...
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January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Roy Nelson vs Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Planned for April 11th UFC Event in Abu Dhabi

Roy Nelson 19-9 MMA / 6-5 UFC Record 2 Fight Losing Streak Notable Wins: Cheick Kongo, Stefan Struve, Mirko Cro Cop Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 34-8-1 MMA / 5-4 UFC Record Lost 2 of Last 3 Fights Notable Wins: Dan Henderson, Fabricio Werdum, Randy Couture ———————————— Event TBD April 11th, 2014 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Venue TBD —————...
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January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

SUPER BOWL PREVIEW: IN MY OWN WORDS

So here we are…three days before Professional Sports most Prestigious Day.  It has been awhile for me so bear with me as I get reacclimated to the fantastic world of blogging.  One thing I have always enjoyed during my writing career is that there is no right or wrong.  What we have in writing is a matter of opinion.  Some people use educated analysis when forming an opinion...
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January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers notch crucial victory over Cats

The Kentucky Wildcats have long been the big bully on the hardwood to their Southeastern Conference counterparts for a long time running, and the program takes a backseat to absolutely no other with its prestige and history. The dedicated fanbase in Lexington was recently rejuvenated upon the arrival of current UK fifty-year coach John Calipari from Memphis, who instantly ignited...
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January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Worst Free Throw Ever?

We’ve seen some pretty bad free throws in our time, but this is truly up there among the worst ever in our books… C’mon Tony you’re better than that! 1 total views, 1 views today Read More NBA at Bouncy Orange Ball
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January 30, 2014  |  Discuss
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