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Oakland Raiders axe head coach Dennis Allen

The Oakland Raiders announced on Monday night that they had fired head coach Dennis Allen, capping off what was a bizarre twenty-four hour period in which Allen’s future with the team was in question. Allen’s tenure with the Raiders was filled with disappointment and far too many losses There was a report that surfaced on Sunday from the Associated Press that Allen, who was in...
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San Francisco Giants: 3 reasons Joe Panik is the x-factor

Second baseman Joe Panik made his first major league start on June 22nd, 24 hours after being called up to the big leagues, and hasn’t looked back since. He’s not only refused to relinquish the starting job since then, he’s actually thrived in his new role on his new ball club. The 23-year-old rookie figures to play a critical role for the San Francisco Giants in their quest...
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Michigan basketball preview: power forward

Michigan basketball is a little thin this year at power forward. Without an experienced forward, freshman Kameron Chatman will have to anchor this position. Coach John Beilein relies heavily on a spread four guard offense, and uses the ability of a stretch four to his benefit. Click here for the small forward preview. Coming off the bench at that crucial stretch four position is...
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Columbus Blue Jackets season preview

Look out hockey fans; the NHL regular season is coming up right around the corner, and there’s one team in the Eastern Conference that can’t wait. After an inspiring 2013-14 showing, the Columbus Blue Jackets and their fans (the 5th line) are ready to make some noise. The Jackets made it to the postseason for only the second time in their 13-year history and for the first time...
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Atlanta Hawks season preview: Roster Analysis

The Atlanta Hawks open training camp today on the University of Georgia’s campus. In total they have 17 players reporting to camp. Most of those players are familiar faces. The only new additions are shooting guards Kent Bazemore and Thabo Sefolosha and rookie power forward Adreian Payne. The Hawks only lost three players that logged significant minutes last year in Lou Williams...
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Washington Nationals: 3 reasons Denard Span will carry the Nationals through October

Denard Span Denard Span has only been with the Washington Nationals for two short years but he has made every minute of it count. Span has been in the majors since 2008 and has made a name for himself on the Nationals in the 2014 season. In the short amount of time he has been in Washington he has become an asset to the Nationals. Here are the three top reasons Denard Span will carry...
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Detroit Tigers ALDS preview: by the numbers

Welcome to my ‘by-the-numbers’ look at the Detroit Tigers and their first round matchup in the ALDS against the Baltimore Orioles. Some numbers matter more than others when breaking down a playoff series. Here are the digits I find most persuading: Overall: The Tigers won five of the six head-to-head meetings between the two teams this year. Detroit won two of three at Comerica...
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Sacramento Kings Season Preview: Roster analysis

In the midst of their rebuild, this offseason treated Sacramento with a flurry of roster moves.  The Kings achieved three major goals this summer: 1. adding veteran talent, 2. avoiding the luxury tax, and 3. re-signing Rudy Gay. Management accomplished these accolades by dumping big contracts, such as Jason Terry, and using the spare cash to add depth with players featuring more...
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Michigan Football: A concussion story

Brady Hoke (isportsweb.com photo) The problem with Michigan Football and Brady Hoke is not isolated to the bizarre sequence that played out on Saturday afternoon, when Shane Morris was leveled by a cheap shot from Minnesota’s Theiren Cockran, who by the way should have been ejected. The Morris incident and subsequent handling of it is merely the tipping point for what has been...
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Los Angeles Dodgers seeking revenge

Los Angeles Dodger fans haven’t forgotten how last season ended. Technically speaking, the 2013 season came to an end on October 13, when the St. Louis Cardinals knocked Clayton Kershaw around for seven runs in four innings. It really didn’t help that the Dodgers only managed to get two hits off Cardinals starter Michael Wacha. That game six was a nightmare for Dodger fans, and...
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Instant Analysis: New England Patriots get manhandled by the Chiefs

The New England Patriots (2-2) got thrashed by the Kansas City Chiefs (2-2) 41-14 in week 4’s Monday Night Football matchup. The Chiefs were clearly the more dominate team from the opening kickoff up until the last whistle as they put up 443 total yards against a nonexistent Patriots defense. This might go down as one of the worst games ever played in the Belichick/Brady era...
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New York Mets end season with a win, a milestone and a retirement

The New York Mets put a close to their 2014 season on Sunday afternoon with a handy 8-3 victory over the Houston Astros. The Mets finish the season at 79-83 and in a tie for second place with the Atlanta Braves. While not a season that lived up to everyone’s expectations-11 wins short if we want to be precise-there are many positives to build off for 2015. Some negatives of course...
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MLS: Week 29 top performers

Major League Soccer superstars delivered masterful performances in a fantastic week 29 of the 2014 season. Only a handful of goalkeepers came away with a clean sheet in a week that saw 34 goals hits the back of the net. Here are the top ten performers from week 29. Clint Dempsey 10. Clint Dempsey: The American captain’s solid showing helped raise Seattle out of its slump and back...
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Mike Sadler vs. Faux Pelini among literature and history’s elite feuds

The Montagues and the Capulets. Captain Ahab and Moby-Dick. Al Capone and Bugs Moran. Mike Sadler and Faux Pelini. Yes you read that right. Mike Sadler and Faux Pelini have reached the level of literature and history’s most elite feuds. In the continuation of their now famous Twitter interactions, Sadler and Pelini were at it again on Monday in preparation for this Saturday nights...
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Texas Rangers: Another disappointing season without a World Series title

After coming as close as one strike away from winning a World Series in 2011, the Texas Rangers have continued their decline. They ended this season with one of the worst records (67-95) in Major League Baseball, and at times during the season were the worst. Will the Rangers EVER win a World Series? History leads me to highly doubt this will happen. Today's final: Athletics...
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Ohio State football: weaknesses, strengths, exposed in win over Bearcats

The Ohio State football program walked into the horseshoe last Saturday coming off a lopsided victory against Kent State followed by a much needed bye week. Ohio State proceeded to trounce Cincinnati by a score of 50-28 while compiling a blistering total of 710 yards of total offense. Now that’s the Ohio State football team we’ve all been waiting to see. Recap The Buckeyes and...
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Denver Broncos: Why is 2-1 better than 2-0?

Doubt has lingered since the Denver Broncos were embarrassed in Super Bowl 49. Doubt that the Broncos possessed toughness. It seeped into many a discussion by fans and media. John Elway himself talked about it and then went about changing the culture through the draft and free agency in an attempt to erase that doubt. Their toughness was questioned many times during the first two...
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Jacksonville Jaguars: Can we get a defense?

The Blake Bortles era started on Sunday with a road game against the San Diego Chargers. Unfortunately for Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars, this game ended the same way every other game this season has ended.  The Jaguars lost 33-14 to the Chargers and were outscored 16-0 in the 2nd half.  Through three games the defense has looked horrible.  They have looked lost in their...
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Struggles against Green Bay continue for the Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears have fallen to the rival Green Bay Packers 10 of the last 12 meetings, and on Sunday the results were no different. The Bears continued to prove their inconsistency falling 38-17 to Green Bay at Soldier Field as Aaron Rodgers carved up Chicago’s defense for 302 yards and four touchdowns on an efficient 22-of-28. The most staggering statistic of them all, however...
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New faces of Oregon football: Devon Allen

Despite only being in his first true year of college football, redshirt freshman and wide receiver Devon Allen has started the season out with a bang. Through the team’s first four games, Allen is leading the team in receiving yards with 299 and is tied for the team lead with 30 points scored, all while showing off the big play potential that had so many Duck fans excited in the...
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Freep Column: Michigan State Defense not a concern going into Big Ten play

Here is this week’s freep column. The Mark Dantonio empire at Michigan State was built on establishing a stellar defense. Dantonio, a former defensive coordinator, has always maintained that the Spartans’ key to championships was through defense. In his quest for the best defense he could find, Dantonio teamed up with mastermind Pat Narduzzi to create a monster that eventually...
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Minnesota Vikings: It’s Teddy time

It’s been quite a roller coaster for the Minnesota Vikings this season. With a rookie head coach trying to handle all of the hype and the attention of the on going Adrian Peterson situation, on top of all of the injuries the Vikings have suffered this season, the Vikings are sitting pretty at a 2-2 record after their win against the Falcons. Although there has been many disappoints...
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Green Bay Packers: News, stats, and stars from the Bears game

The Green Bay Packers traveled to Chicago to take on the Bears for the 189th time in their historic rivalry.  It seemed like the game would be a high scoring shootout, with the team getting the ball last ending up with a victory.  But, after a goal line stand to end the first half, the Packers outscored the Bears 17-0 in the second half to pull away for a 38-17 victory.  The offense...
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Stats and stars from win over Steelers

It took four weeks, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won their first game of the 2014 season. Led into Pittsburgh by second-year QB Mike Glennon, the Bucs beat the Steelers 27-24 in comeback fashion. At home and coming off a commanding win in week three, the Steelers overcame an early deficit and forced the Bucs to play catch-up for the majority of the game. While this was nothing...
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St. Louis Cardinals: Is it actually best to win the division?

Now that the regular season is wrapping up, the St. Louis Cardinals have earned the NL Central championship and avoided the nerve-racking possibility of the wildcard game . As nice as it is to be the victor of your division, it doesn’t always provide you with the best positioning for the playoffs. Could winning the division actually be a disadvantage for the St. Louis Cardinals...
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