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Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva Announced as Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 Coaches

A bitter rivalry that has been brewing for several years, will finally come to an end sometime next year. UFC officials announced today that Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva will coach the third season of the Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. Tryouts are scheduled for November 11th in Rio de Janeiro and are open to heavyweights, light heavyweights, and middleweights. Filming is expected...
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October 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Brooklyn Nets: Breaking Down Current Roster and NBA Draft Needs

In their inaugural season in Brooklyn, the Nets star-studded roster finished the season with a 49-33 record during the regular season before losing a gritty seven-game series to the Bulls in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. In the offseason, the rich got richer, as the Nets added surefire Hall of Famers Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the rotation, while also bringing in former...
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October 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Updated 2015 Composite Point Guard Rankings: Dozier Jr. Drops Out of Top Five

In the updated 2015 Composite Point Guard Rankings, Perry Dozier Jr. (Columbia, SC/Spring Valley HS) fell to No. 30 in the overall rankings and dropped from No. 4 to No. 6 in the point guard rankings, allowing Jalen Brunson (Lincolnshire, IL/Adlai E. Stevenson HS) to move into the top five. With the additions of Austin Conway (Aurora, CO/Overland HS), New Williams (Santa Monica,...
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October 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Douglas, Ryan Keep Bucs Winless

Harry Douglas had a career day as the number one option. (Curtis Compton) The Atlanta Falcons’ 31-23 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended a three-game skid, including two consecutive home losses. The Falcons had to lean heavily on Matt Ryan, and with wide receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White ailing, it was up to Harry Douglas to take on the role as the number one option...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Cleveland Retiring Ilgauskas’ Jersey

Former NBA Centre Zydrunas Ilgauskas is set to be honored this season, as the Cleveland Cavaliers will be retiring his #11 jersey in March. Igauskas was long the big man besides Lebron James in Cleveland (Courtesy Wikimedia) Ilgauskas, who averaged 13 points and 7 rebounds per game over his regular season career, and fought back from multiple foot surgeries to forge a solid NBA...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Florida head coach needs a turnaround

The Florida Gators are sitting in a highly undesirable position, as they have accrued their third loss on the season courtesy of a 36-17 road defeat suffered at the hands of the Missouri Tigers. For the folks in Gainesville, such campaigns are looked down upon as well below par; UF has been one of the true goliaths nationally in the game for over the past two decades, spanning through...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Rankings Reminder and Discussion

Once again, please submit your top-25 rankings, by Wednesday if possible. I may not post them until Thursday evening though. If you’re like me and most of your sports time is reserved for the weekend, feel free to leave a comment on my most-recent rankings blog (once all the games are finished) on any of the various sites I post it. I haven’t had anyone (that I know of) contact...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Mike Wilkinson Out; Jimy Hettes vs Robert Whiteford Booked for UFC Fight Night 30

Jimy Hettes 10-1 MMA / 2-1 UFC Record Won 10 of Last 11 Fights Notable Wins: Jacob Kirwan, Alex Caceres, Nam Phan   Robert Whiteford 10-1 MMA / UFC Debut 10 Fight Win Streak Notable Wins:  Liam James, Martin Svensson, Paul Reed ———————————————————— UFC Fight Night 30 October 26th, 2013 Manchester, England Manchester Arena ———...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Manziel again a strong Heisman contender

The Texas A&M Aggies encountered a major impediment to all the ambitious goals and lofty aspirations which they continue to harness this season. They were in the midst of a truly hostile environment in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, battling the Ole Miss Rebels in a back-and-forth affair highlighted by entertaining offensive plays from both opposing squads. Throughout the second...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Bowl game truly launched Boyd’s Heisman campaign

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd’s Heisman campaign truly was launched on New Year’s Eve of last year. His Clemson Tigers were battling the LSU Tigers in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome in a top ten showdown for one of the most attractive matchups of the college bowl season. Riding on the line in the game was an opportunity attain an eleventh win on the season, a top ten national finish...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Davis has Pelicans eyeing big year

No one is going to mistake the city of New Orleans or southeast Louisiana for basketball country. Football has been and likely always will be king there; blood runs purple and gold for LSU on Saturdays, and black and gold for the Saints on Sundays. But one young man in particular brings with him an infectious excitement factor which could somewhat alter hardwood priorities within...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Vols seek to rebound against Gamecocks

On Saturday (12:00 pm Eastern, ESPN) the Tennessee Volunteers are set to host the South Carolina Gamecocks in an SEC East battle in Neyland Stadium. The Vols will be in action for the first time in two weeks, as they attempt to bounce back on the heels of their disheartening overtime home defeat suffered at the hands of the sixth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs. The narrow miss gone awry...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Colts’ owner’s comments are below the belt

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay stirred up immense controversy with his abrasive comments yesterday in which he dissed longtime former franchise quarterback and current Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning. His remarks essentially insinuated that Indianapolis failed to deliver in the playoffs and that Manning fails to measure up with New England’s Tom Brady historically because...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Winston set to face most difficult test so far

On Saturday night (8:00 pm Eastern ABC) the Florida State Seminoles are set to travel up the road to face the Clemson Tigers for a top five clash in perhaps the biggest and most anticipated matchup in Atlantic Coast Conference history. Riding on the line in the mammoth game is just about every lofty stake imaginable – Heisman Trophy implications, ACC title implications, and national...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Circumstances differ greatly for Irish, Trojans

On Saturday the USC Trojans are set to travel to South Bend to battle the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, a renewal of one of the most longstanding and traditional rivalries in all of college football. It is a matchup featuring two of the most storied and renowned programs historically in the game, two programs whose names alone evoke memories of some of the innumerable great players...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Halloween arrives early for Clemson

The renowned and popular annual holiday of Halloween is still a week and a half away, with its distinct colors of orange and black. For fans and followers of the Clemson Tigers, though, Saturday night felt like a deviation from the annual customs and norms of the holiday. It felt as if the colors of garnet and gold took the place of the customary orange and black, as QB Jameis...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

How Derrick Wiliams got a free ticket to the rim: The road to defensive chemistry

Preseason isn’t really good material for indepth analysis, especially when your team has just lost its defensive anchor and captain over summer, then brought in a whole bunch of new faces with a new head coach to boot. Nevertheless, I thought this first possession in the MIN-BOS preseason game illustrated things pretty clearly. Situation unfolds with Kevin Martin running out...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Kicking off the season: The Anta Rajon Rondo 1

After ordering the Anta Rajon Rondo 1 white/green “Home” colourway off Hi Basketball (credits to @KWAPT of Red’s Army for the heads up), the Anta Rajon Rondo 1 have finally arrived! It wasn’t exactly the most glamourous package, the Anta box being all wrapped up with what looked like hemp and tons of masking tape.  After a few minutes of wanton destruction however, the prize...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Boston Celtics: Breaking Down the Current Roster and NBA Draft Needs

The post-big three Celtics are in for a rude awakening this year, however, there is light at the end of the tunnel. The ragtag lineup assembled by Danny Ainge is on course for a 25-win season and a crucial spot in the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery. While trade rumors will run rampant throughout the season, it remains to be seen if the Celtics will cut ties with star point guard Rajon Rondo...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Boston Celtics: Breaking Down the Current Roster and NBA Draft Needs

The post-big three Celtics are in for a rude awakening this year, however, there is light at the end of the tunnel. The ragtag lineup assembled by Danny Ainge is on course for a 25-win season and a crucial spot in the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery. While trade rumors will run rampant throughout the season, it remains to be seen if the Celtics will cut ties with star point guard Rajon Rondo...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Boston Celtics: Breaking Down the Current Roster and NBA Draft Needs

The post-big three Celtics are in for a rude awakening this year, however, there is light at the end of the tunnel. The ragtag lineup assembled by Danny Ainge is on course for a 25-win season and a crucial spot in the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery. While trade rumors will run rampant throughout the season, it remains to be seen if the Celtics will cut ties with star point guard Rajon Rondo...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Updated 2015 Center Rankings: Skal Labissiere Moves Up To No. 2

In the updated center rankings for the class of 2015, Skal Labissiere (Ridgely, TN/Evangelical Christian School) jumped Diamond Stone (Milwaukee,WI/Dominican HS), while Tyler Davis (Liberty, TX/Liberty HS) continues to move up the list. Stephen Zimmeran (Las Vegas, NV/Bishop Gorman HS) retains the No. 1 spot, and after Labissiere and Stone, the top five is rounded out by Daniel Giddens...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Updated 2015 Center Rankings: Skal Labissiere Moves Up To No. 2

In the updated center rankings for the class of 2015, Skal Labissiere (Ridgely, TN/Evangelical Christian School) jumped Diamond Stone (Milwaukee,WI/Dominican HS), while Tyler Davis (Liberty, TX/Liberty HS) continues to move up the list. Stephen Zimmeran (Las Vegas, NV/Bishop Gorman HS) retains the No. 1 spot, and after Labissiere and Stone, the top five is rounded out by Daniel Giddens...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Updated 2015 Center Rankings: Skal Labissiere Moves Up To No. 2

In the updated center rankings for the class of 2015, Skal Labissiere (Ridgely, TN/Evangelical Christian School) jumped Diamond Stone (Milwaukee,WI/Dominican HS), while Tyler Davis (Liberty, TX/Liberty HS) continues to move up the list. Stephen Zimmeran (Las Vegas, NV/Bishop Gorman HS) retains the No. 1 spot, and after Labissiere and Stone, the top five is rounded out by Daniel Giddens...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Updated 2015 Composite Rankings: Tyler Davis Enters Top 20

The TCT Composite Rankings for the Class of 2015 have been updated, and the major headline is Tyler Davis (Liberty, TX/Liberty HS) jumping 20 spots on the list, going from No. 40 to No. 20. Stephen Zimmerman (Las Vegas, NV/Bishop Gorman HS) and Diamond Stone (Milwaukee,WI/Dominican HS) each moved up a spot inside the top five, while Malik Newman (Jackson, MS/Callaway HS) remains...
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October 20, 2013  |  Discuss
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