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Milwaukee Bucks weekly: Playing hard without Parker

The Milwaukee Bucks played well on their 4-game road trip, going 2-2 against four tough NBA teams. The Bucks have been a great team so far this season, but they took a big hit when rookie Jabari Parker tore his ACL against the Phoenix Suns on Monday. The week that was Jabari Parker’s rookie season ends with a torn ACL. The Bucks know that they can compete with any team in the...
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Atlanta Falcons survive Saints, set up divisional showdown

For the second time this year, the Atlanta Falcons defeated the New Orleans Saints 30-14 in a game where both teams had everything to lose . With a win and a Panthers loss, the Saints (6-8 entering the week) could have clinched the NFC South on Sunday , rendering week 17’s games useless. That’s no fun. This is the part of the season where you want to be playing for something...
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Colorado Avalanche: Rise of Calvin Pickard

No matter who you spoke to before the season about the Colorado Avalanche, the consensus was that in order for them to have any chance of repeating as Central Division champions, they were going to have to have Semyon Varlamov stand on his head between the pipes for around 60 games. To say that Semyon Varlamov has had a forgetful 2014-2015 season to this point would be an understatement...
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Maryland Basketball: Layman and Trimble lead Terps to victory

Jake Layman The 17th ranked Maryland Terrapins have responded well to playing without their senior, Dez Wells. Wells fractured his wrist in the College Basketball Experience Championship against Iowa State. Since that point the Junior, Jake Layman and the freshman guard, Melo Trimble have stepped up, leading the team through the Wells injury, while only taking one loss to their...
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Boston Celtics: Grading the Rondo trade

The Boston Celtics finally closed the page on the Rajon Rondo era, shipping the point guard to the Dallas Mavericks (along with Dwight Powell) for Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, Brandan Wright, and draft picks. This move was a long time coming as Rondo’s name had appeared in trade rumors for the past several years. With the team in its current rebuilding state coupled with Rondo...
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Michigan State basketball looks to bounce back against The Citadel

After falling 71-64 to Texas Southern in one of the worst losses in Michigan State basketball program history, the Spartans (8-4) will attempt to bounce back at home against The Citadel (4-6). Tip-off on Monday is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET and will be televised on Big Ten Network. Yes it was true that the Spartans were playing without senior forward Branden Dawson against Texas Southern...
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San Francisco Giants: Grading the off-season

I was hoping for more of a splash in McCovey Cove this offseason, but alas, San Francisco Giants fans can’t have everything. Though they haven’t made any high profile moves this offseason, the Giants feel their smaller deals will help break the odd year curse. Let’s analyze the moves so far and in the spirit of final exam week, see if we can hand out some grades. Losing Out...
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Kentucky Basketball: Wildcats cruise past UCLA

Kentucky basketball defeated UCLA on Saturday at the United Center in Chicago. The Cat’s beat the Bruins easily, winning  83-44, continuing their undefeated run this season. The Cats again showed that they are still strong even without the presence of Alex Poythress. And even though the Cat’s have Louisville waiting around the corner, this Kentucky squad is more than poised...
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Virginia Basketball: Defense suffocates Harvard

The Virginia Cavaliers sealed an 11-0 start in front of a sold out crowd at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville on Sunday, matching their best start since the 1992-93 season. Virginia also increased their home game winning streak to 17; the eighth longest streak in the country. The game provided a number of defensive milestones for the Cavalier’s season making it a miserable...
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What’s next for the Minnesota Vikings?

Mike Zimmer and the Minnesota Vikings have been eliminated from playoff contention since Thanksgiving, but there’s no doubt there are some positives to take away from the season. With 2014 just about over, it’s time to begin looking a little more closely at some of the options for Rick Spielman going into 2015. It seems Spielman has found his coach in Zimmer, and his quarterback...
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Inter-Lazio 2-2, a great comeback of the nerazzurri

Interesting game the one played in San Siro tonight that saw Inter hosting Lazio. The two teams split the game, each one being the protagonist for one half, the first one seeing Lazio conquering the field and second one witnessing Inter comeback and be close to winning the game from an initial 2-0 defeat. Although Roberto Mancini’s team remains 6 points away from the third place...
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Washington Nationals: Bench players with potential for 2015

Kevin Frandsen Since the Washington Nationals haven’t picked up any big names yet during this offseason, it looks as though they will need to rely on their bench somewhat more. There is need for these guys to be able to produce runs when they are called up and could be more productive if given more playing time. Although the Nationals could use some improvement on their bench...
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Boise State Football: Running back Jay Ajayi announces he will enter the 2015 NFL Draft

The wait is over and a decision has been made, Boise State Football running back Jay Ajayi announced Sunday that he is skipping his senior season and entering the 2015 NFL Draft. “This is my dream”, Ajayi said, “I’m chasing it, having the opportunity to chase this dream is the best feeling in the world”.  The Bronco running back is ranked fourth in the nation with Ajayi’s...
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Seattle Seahawks: News, stats and stars from the Cardinals game

Russell Wilson recorded three total touchdowns and Marshawn Lynch added two more as the Seattle Seahawks destroyed the Arizona Cardinals 35-6 on Sunday night. The Seahawks were in complete control the entire game, shutting down Arizona’s third-string quarterback Ryan Lindley and moving the ball with ease. There were so many fantastic plays and stars that I have to increase the...
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Oakland A’s: Breaking down the 2015 catching platoon

John Jaso The Oakland A’s seem most comfortable when they have three catchers in their dugout. Even though the Athletics started out with only John Jaso and Derek Norris behind the plate last season, they recalled catcher Stephen Vogt from Triple-A by the time the All-Star game rolled around. Then, in late August, the A’s acquired Geovany Soto from the Texas Rangers since Jaso...
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Where Bucs stand in draft order

Good news, Bucs fans. There’s only one game left in the 2014 regular season. After losing to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers by a score of 20-3, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have guaranteed themselves a top-two selection in next April’s NFL Draft. With a 2-13 record (tied for worst in the NFL with Tennessee) and a week 17 match-up against Drew Brees and the Saints coming...
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Detroit Red Wings weekly: Losing streak stretches to six games

The Detroit Red Wings (17-8-9) haven’t won a game since December 7. The dramatic shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche Sunday night marks the Red Wings sixth straight defeat in the past two weeks. This absurd skid really came out of nowhere as the Wings had won nine out of their previous eleven games before collapsing. In case you missed it. Not a happy time in Hockeytown right...
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Los Angeles Clippers: Christmas week preview

Sitting with a record of 19-8, the Los Angeles Clippers are about to begin a week which will determine their position in the Western Conference. Christmas week brings the Clippers four games in just six days all against teams that play basketball at a near elite to elite level. Let’s preview each of these games one by one: Dec 22nd at San Antonio: Oddly enough, despite playing...
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Minnesota Timberwolves Weekly: Bon voyage Corey Brewer

The week that was: The Minnesota Timberwolves didn’t have a great week, losing all four games to the Los Angeles Lakers. the Washington Wizards, the Indiana Pacers and the Boston Celtics. Unfortunately the only games that were close were the games against the Lakers and Pacers, who are both near the bottom of their respective divisions. Once again shoddy defense and costly turnovers...
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Baltimore Ravens lose 25-13, playoff chances now slim

The Baltimore Ravens suffered an enormous blow to their playoff chances Sunday afternoon in Houston as they fell to the Texans, 25-13. With this loss, the Ravens drop to 9-6 on the season and are out of the race to win the AFC North. Joe Flacco had arguably his worst game of the season, throwing three interceptions and completing just 21 of his 50 passing attempts. It’s the first...
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Baylor basketball: why they deserve a spot in the top 25

If the Baylor men’s basketball team has one thing going for them this season it is their defense. With an extremely tough conference schedule ahead of them next month, the all-out collective team effort has propelled the Bears to a 9-1 start. If their offense starts dropping the rock for more points in coming games, this team will be a dynamic competitor in the Big 12. The Baylor...
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Green Bay Packers: Pack clinch playoff berth with win in Tampa.

Another week, another ugly game from the Green Bay Packers. Fortunately though, the Packers came out on top this time. Behind a strong defensive performance and just enough from the offense, Green Bay convincingly beat the Buccaneers in Tampa, 20-3. The win clinched a playoff berth for Green Bay, making it the 6th straight postseason appearance, tying a franchise record. The win...
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Virginia Cavaliers: Defense bails out rusty start

The Cavaliers were looking for a 10-0 start for the first time in fourteen years Thursday night against Cleveland State. Although Cleveland State came into the game at 5-5 they were certainly no pushover. Just weeks ago Cleveland State had held 4th ranked Louisville to their lowest points total of the season so far. The Vikings are a team that lives and dies by the three-point shot...
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Alabama Football: predicting NFL draft round of departing players

Alabama football sends multiple players to the NFL every year. With so many players leaving the program each year, here is my early look at the players who are likely to leave and in which round they might be drafted. First Round Amari Cooper is a sure thing for a first round pick in this year’s draft. Showing great route running, hands, and great speed, Cooper set himself apart...
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Instant Analysis: New England Patriots hang on to beat the Jets 17-16

The New England Patriots held on to beat the New York Jets 17-16 in their last road game of the year. This was an ugly win to say the least, but a win is a win and the Patriots still have home field advantage within their sights. Once again the Patriots defense led the team to a victory, holding the Jets to 16 points and tipping a Nick Folk 52-yard attempt that could have won...
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