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Toronto Maple Leafs: Struggling to win without Randy Carlyle

I never thought I would say this, but it actually looks like the Toronto Maple Leafs are worse without former Head Coach Randy Carlyle. The Leafs relieved Carlyle of his coaching duties on Jan. 6, making Assistant Coach Peter Horachek the interim head coach. At the time of Carlyle’s firing, the Leafs were 4th in the Atlantic Division with a record of  21-16-3. While this isn’t...
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Texas Basketball drop their third straight, mauled by Baylor

A season that began with hope and promise has been marred with poor results and losses, bringing the Texas Longhorns and their fans crashing back down to Earth. As Texas Basketball dropped their third game in a row to a ranked Big-12 opponent we can see the results of this litmus test, and they aren’t good. #19 Texas Basketball fell 83-60 against #20 Baylor, leaving the Longhorns...
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NFC East: The Rookies Who Shined

Washington Redskins It took until the fourth round for the Redskins to land their top rookie player. Bashaud Breeland from Clemson shined in his freshman campaign. With DeAngelo Hall staring down the end of his career and battling injuries, it was important that the team found a corner who can play press man coverage on their team. The team took statistical standout David Amerson...
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Detroit Tigers: Looking at the heart of the lineup

The Detroit Tigers arguably have the best lineup in the American League. From top to bottom, it is hard to find many lineups in the league that can compare when all the players are healthy and playing well. But when it comes to the heart of the order, Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, and J.D. Martinez stand alone as not only the best in the American League, but arguably in all of...
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Michigan Basketball: A tough test awaits against rival Spartans

Since losing Caris LeVert for the year, Michigan basketball has captured two wins and lost a close overtime contest to a great Wisconsin team. Their last outing was a great defensive effort, holding Nebraska to just 44 points. They were even without the services of point guard Derrick Walton that game, and he had been invaluable in their previous two games. If the last game is any...
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Why the St Louis Cardinals should trade Jon Jay

For the type of player he is, Jon Jay’s journey as a big leaguer has had more contention than it reasonably should. A pretty humble guy, Jay doesn’t draw attention to himself. He’s not overly flashy. The St. Louis Cardinals centerfielder just seems to go about his business regardless of what’s happening around him. But for someone whose personality attracts little controversy...
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Kentucky Basketball: First 20-0 start since 1965-66 season

Can Kentucky Basketball go the entire season without losing a game? It is starting to look that way, they defeated Missouri 69-53 on Jan. 29. This is the first 20-0 start for Kentucky under coach John Calipari. The last time they had such a phenomenal start was in 1965-66 under Pat Riley. Would you like to know the reason behind the Kentucky’s success? They have the tallest front...
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Liga BBVA: Real Madrid crush Real Sociedad 4-1 in the Santiago Bernabeu

Flaunting its typically relentless demeanor, Real Madrid handed Real Sociedad a harsh 4-1 pounding Saturday in the Santiago Bernabeu. Even with Cristiano Ronaldo sidelined due to suspension, Madrid did not show any signs of slowing its intense form this season. Early on it appeared Real Sociedad was going to make it difficult for the merengues, as Aritz Elustondo converted...
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Wisconsin basketball: Badgers sweep season series with Iowa

The Wisconsin Badgers encore to their historic rout over Iowa just eleven days ago was a more modest 74-63 victory over the Hawkeyes.  It was one of those typical Badgers games where they seemed to hold only a single digit lead throughout, but the outcome never felt in doubt.   Despite Iowa playing as good as they could have imagined in the first half, shooting 64 percent, they...
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The 2015 NASCAR guide for beginners

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, or NASCAR, is one of America’s most underrated sports. Folks often write it off as a hobby rather than a sport and often claim “anybody can drive a car for 4 hours.” Those people are incredibly wrong. NASCAR drivers need to be in peak physical condition (Take a look at Carl Edwards. The man is a freak athlete.) The drivers...
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Michigan State Basketball: Spartans host Wolverines on Super Bowl Sunday

The rivalry is renewed on the hardwood between the Spartans and the Wolverines as Michigan State (14-7, 5-3 in B1G) hosts Michigan (13-8, 6-3 in B1G) for the first meeting between the two in-state rivals this year. When: Sunday, February 1st at 1:00 pm ET Where: Breslin Center, East Lansing, MI TV: CBS Radio: Spartan Sports Network Despite both teams being “down” this year,...
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Iowa football: Tevaun Smith’s record and signing day

Iowa wide receiver Tevaun Smith broke Odell Beckham Junior’s record of one handed catches in one minute. Smith had 41. Earlier this week, the New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Junior caught 33 passes with only one hand in one minute setting a world record. One day later, Iowa football wide receiver Tevaun Smith shattered that record by catching 41 footballs with his...
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Michigan Football recruiting: Mike Weber update

Jim Harbaugh and his staff have been all over the country in the last few weeks looking for the right players to round out Michigan Football’s 2015 recruiting class. 4-star running back Mike Weber is right in Michigan’s backyard and Harbaugh has made him a priority. Weber committed to Michigan while Brady Hoke was the head coach. He then de-committed while the Wolverines 2014...
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Manchester United:Key observations vs. Leicester City

A 3-1 win has allowed Manchester United to return to winning ways following their 0-0 draw against Cambridge United. Goals from Robin Van Persie, Radamel Falcao, and an own goal from Wes Morgan were enough for a 3-0 lead going into halftime. There was a late consolation from Marcin Wasilewski, but Manchester United never looked like suffering the same capitulation they had in the...
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PGA Tour: Weekend Watch at Phoenix Open

While Tiger Wood’s week on the course in Phoenix is coming to a close, others are just getting started. Martin Laird is currently in the drivers seat, leading the tournament after firing a pair of 66’s on Thursday and Friday. Laird is -10, following close behind is Daniel Berger and Justin Thomas at -8 and -7 respectively. Both Berger and Thomas are fairly new to the PGA Tour...
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Milwaukee Bucks: Was Brandon Knight an All-Star snub?

Brandon Knight of the Milwaukee Bucks wasn’t named an NBA All-Star starter, so his all-star hopes relied on the coaches’ vote for the All-Star reserves. The coaches’ vote was revealed on Thursday, and Brandon Knight was not named to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team. If any player on the Milwaukee Bucks were to make the All-Star Team this year it would be Knight. Knight...
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Making the Case for Jason Pierre-Paul

As the NFL season has come to a short and unsuccessful end for the New York Giants, there are many off-season tasks the team must complete in order to get ready for the start of the 2015 season. One of the most import ones is to resign potential unrestricted free agents. This year Big Blue’s athletic, bull-rushing pass-rusher, Jason Pierre-Paul, will be hitting the free agent market...
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Washington Wizards continue to struggle against elite teams

The Washington Wizards concluded their Western conference road trip Wednesday night with a 106-98 loss to the Phoenix Suns. The loss makes the Wizards 2-2 on their four game road trip and 2-3 in their last five games, all against Western conference opponents. In fact, the Wizards are 11-8 versus the Western conference this season. Diving a little bit deeper, the Wizards are 6-0 against...
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Chelsea FC face a dilemma as the fixture list intensifies

Diego Costa has 17 goals in 19 Premier League games this season Currently leading the Barclays Premier League by five points, and having progressed to the final of the league cup, fourth round of the FA Cup, and knockout stage of the Champions League, Chelsea are having a banner year thus far. However, there is one glaring problem in this year of success for the Blues. Unlike the...
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Players who have to take over leadership roles for the Chicago Bears

One of the obvious issues that plagued the Chicago Bears last season was a lack of leadership. Injuries to key veterans on the defense left young players to look to the sidelines for guidance, and offensively can we really say that Jay Cutler holds the reins? In order to attempt a turnaround, the chaos that occurred last season both on the field and off it cannot take place. Chicago...
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Los Angeles Dodgers: Three questions entering the season

With players reporting to training camp in less than a month, the Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves in another championship or bust season. So with all these expectations around the team, here are some question they will have to answer if they want to achieve their ultimate goal: 1.  Will the bullpen cost them again? Dodgers fans know all to well the horror story that was the...
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Oakland A’s: Fernando Abad worthy candidate for closer role

After the Oakland A’s announced Jan. 24 that closer Sean Doolittle would most likely be unavailable by the start of the 2015 regular season due to a slight rotator cuff tear, rumors spread about possible candidates for the closer role. While many people mentioned Tyler Clippard, Eric O’Flaherty and Ryan Cook as viable options, few mentioned Fernando Abad. #Athletics agree to...
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Denver Broncos: Free agency situation

The Denver Broncos go into another off season with a lot of questions, just as they did last year. They immediately answered a couple of them with their firing of John Fox and the addition of Gary Kubiak. But many decisions need to be made about the Broncos players, many of which are set to become restricted or unrestricted free agents this off season. Who they will keep and who...
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Chelsea: Diego Costa needs to improve behavior

It looks like Chelsea have finally found their new Didier Drogba. They’ve spent years looking for a forward to truly dominate up-front like the Stamford Bridge legend had done, and in Diego Costa, they have found their man. The failed experiment of Fernando Torres is now long gone from Chelsea fans’ memories, as a new Spaniard (well, technically Brazilian) has brought power,...
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Detroit Lions: Top three draft needs

An unfortunate consequence of the Detroit Lions making it to the playoffs is that they will no longer be getting their usual top 10 draft pick for the 2015 season. However, the Lions have also been known to make questionable decisions regarding their draft choices so it seems their place in the draft won’t be nearly as important as the choices they make within it. While almost...
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