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‘Every Street United’ Features Sick Soccer Skill From Around the Globe

Content Sponsored by AT&T Here are my two favorite elements of the World Cup: The entire globe comes together for one sporting event The incredible skill of the world’s best soccer players is on the display So how about if we combine the two into one fun feature? The XBOX show Every Street United does exactly that. Here is an example, featuring Jose Perez of the United States...
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Chicago White Sox, Carlos Rondon agree to deal

The Chicago White Sox may have gotten a steal when they snagged N.C. State lefty Carlos Rondon with the third pick in the 2014 MLB Draft. Now, the Sox can officially see what the 21-year-old starting pitcher can do, as they have reportedly agreed to a $6.45 million deal. Rondon opened the season as the presumed top pick in the draft, but control issues knocked him down a bit. Still...
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Report: LeBron James is done meeting with teams

As the speculation over LeBron James’ possible future home continues to swirl and different reporters handicap the race for his services, the most interesting report of all surfaced Wednesday night. David Aldridge of NBA.com is reporting that James has all the information he needs and will no longer take meetings with teams. The report has since been confirmed by Sam Amick, Marc...
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Down on the Farm: Fargo Lives up to Expectations

This serves as the fifth post in my fourth season of a series called “Down on the Farm” that chronicles visits to various Minor and Independent League ballparks throughout the 2014 campaign. (All 2011-2013 editions can be accessed here.) When the Indianapolis Indians marked 15 years of baseball at beautiful Victory Field in 2011, the running local commentary was that few believed...
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UFC 176 canceled after injury to Jose Aldo

UFC 176 was set to take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on August 2, but on Tuesday the company was forced to cancel the event. Thanks to an injury to featherweight champion Jose Aldo, the UFC couldn’t replace the main event on such short notice and decided to cut its losses. It is the second time Zuffa (which owns the organization) has been forced to cancel a major...
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Report: Kyrie Irving makes recruiting pitch to LeBron

LeBron James is in the middle of making what could be the biggest decision of his professional life right now. Most experts believe the NBA’s top free agent is deciding between returning to the Miami Heat and going back to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He got a pitch from an important source recently. Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving reportedly made a recruiting pitch to James and...
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Ángel Cabrera Wins First Non-Major PGA Tour Event

Ángel Cabrera’s PGA Tour career has been something of a statistical anomaly. While many players have had success in regular events on the Tour but have failed to win a major, Cabrera has been the exact opposite. Before this week, both of his two career PGA Tour victories had come at major championships (2007 U.S. Open and 2009 Masters). That all changed at the Greenbrier Classic...
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Projected Rosters for 2014 MLB All-Star Game

I made my personal selections for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game starters earlier this week. Now it is time for projecting the entire rosters to be announced at 7 p.m. ET Sunday, including the Final Vote candidates and possible injury replacements. The post Projected Rosters for 2014 MLB All-Star Game appeared first on Midwest Sports Fans.
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Let the Crowd, and Not a Hired Performer, Sing the National Anthem

Yesterday, while Americans celebrated the 238th anniversary of our independence, hundreds of millions of people elsewhere in the world (and here too) celebrated the beginning of quarterfinal play at the FIFA World Cup. After a three-day break the world’s biggest sporting event resumed at Noon Eastern with the national anthems of France and Germany. There’s nothing novel about...
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Lakers GM flying to Cleveland to meet with LeBron's agent?

Fresh off of offering a max contract to Carmelo Anthony, Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak is reportedly not done wooing big-time free agents. A report late Thursday night claims that Kupchak was flying to Cleveland to meet with Rich Paul, the agent for LeBron James. ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, who has become the queen of reporting on Lakerland, broke the news that...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Last Call for 2014 MLB All-Star Balloting

  It is last call for Major League Baseball All-Star voting, with the final deadline at midnight Eastern Time on July 3. Will voters get it right? Ever since online voting became the primary balloting method, that has mostly been the case. A few of my selections have changed in the final week, which is why I keep some of my 35 ballots until the end. Also, it would be nice if fans...
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Tim Howard Saves His Best For (Possibly) Last

In what was potentially his final game with the U.S. men’s national team, Tim Howard had the best performance of his illustrious career. Against a star-studded Belgian team that’s considered one of the most dangerous in Europe, Howard stood on his head for his country, breaking the record for most saves in a World Cup match with 16. But it wasn’t just the quantity of saves...
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Gortat re-signs with Wizards on big 5-year deal

While the world wonders where NBA free agents like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh will wind up, the Washington Wizards just gave out $60 million to a guy most people couldn’t pick out of a lineup. On Tuesday, the Wizards re-signed center Marcin Gortat to a five-year deal, worth $12 million per season. We all know NBA contracts are ridiculous, but Gortat...
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Tim Corbin Brings National Title, Relevance to Vanderbilt

If you had said that Vanderbilt could become one of the country’s elite college baseball programs when Tim Corbin was hired as its new head coach in 2003, you would’ve been considered overly optimistic at best and delusional at worst. But that’s exactly what Corbin has done during his time with the Commodores, culminating in a national championship series victory over Virginia...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Luis Suarez Bites Off More Than He Can Chew

Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the pitch. Maybe the the puns should be kept to a minimum, but at what should be the very peak of his career Uruguayan superstar Luis Suarez has bitten what should be a sensational career in its own behind. The main talking point of the 2014 World Cup should be the numerous upsets that has sent several of soccer’s blue bloods home...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Final 2014 NBA Draft prospect rankings with scouting reports

The 2014 NBA Draft will be upon us Thursday night and this year’s class is easily the deepest in a decade. While speculation has run wild over the past few days about who will go where, there is absolutely no question that any number of guys could be worthy of being the top pick this year. With that in mind here are our final prospect rankings for this year’s draft. What follows...
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Astros prospect Correa out for 'significant amount of time'

The Houston Astros have an absolutely stocked minor league system that should produce a number of impact players over the next few seasons, but the top player in the team’s pipeline could be out for quite some time. Carlos Correa, the No. 1 overall pick from the 2012 MLB Draft, suffered a serious right ankle injury on Saturday and will likely miss significant chunk of time as a...
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Portugal’s Late-Equalizer a Win for American Soccer Hater

The United States Men’s National Soccer Team was seconds away from seeing through a dramatic come-from-behind victory over Portugal. The U.S. was poised to secure a berth into the Round of 16 with a game to spare, while temporarily silencing many critics in their own country. Then Cristiano Ronaldo, playing at far less than 100 percent, made one last frantic rush down the right...
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What Needs to Happen for the USA to Advance to the World Cup Knockout Round?

The United States took a 2-1 lead into the 95th minute of its Group G World Cup match against Portugal on Sunday and was on the verge of clinching a berth in the knockout round. Then, in the fifth and final minute of stoppage time, Cristiano Ronaldo hit Silvestre Varela on a cross, and Varela headed it past Tim Howard to force a 2-2 draw. After two World Cup matches the USA is in...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Sun Prairie Baseball Completes Historic Three-Peat

For many high school baseball fans, witnessing their team win a state championship is an extraordinary moment that they may only get to see once or twice in their entire lives, if ever. But for fans of the Sun Prairie Cardinals, it’s become something of an annual tradition. Wisconsin’s Sun Prairie High School added another chapter to its already impressive dynasty Thursday...
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The 10 best position groups in the NFL

As OTAs are winding down for NFL teams we’re starting to get a better picture of what each roster will look like this fall. With that in mind, here our ranking of the 10 best position groups in the league. Some of them have been helped out by free agency and the draft, while others have been dominant for several years. It’s not purely a look at the best players in the league...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

What I’ve learned watching the Spurs “pound the rock”

“I think the Spurs are gonna win it all,” my dad told me a few weeks ago. This was before San Antonio fully morphed into the fully operational Death Star of offensive efficiency that we watched eviscerate Miami in five games. Hell, this was before we knew if they would be able to shake the demons of 2012’s conference finals loss to Oklahoma City, much less the heartbreak in...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

The San Antonio Spurs: An Ode to a Dynasty

Throughout the history of sports, there have been a select number of franchises that have sustained success over a long enough period of time to be considered a dynasty. And Sunday night in San Antonio, we witnessed a truly unique dynasty add another championship to its historic legacy when it dethroned the two-time defending champion Miami Heat. There will always be some who argue...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Embiid reportedly blows Cavs away with workout

While speculation will certainly continue to run wild over the next two weeks, it seems that the Cleveland Cavaliers have made their decision as to who they will select with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. The Cavs were reportedly “blown away” by Kansas center Joel Embiid’s workout recently and unless the team is overwhelmed by a trade offer, he will be their...
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Tony Gwynn: Great hitter, better person

I was roughly two hours into a 12-hour drive from Minnesota to Oklahoma Monday when I heard the news Tony Gwynn died at age 54 after a courageous multi-year battle with salivary gland cancer. For safety reasons, I pulled off the road to collect myself, confirm it was true and commiserate with friends and family. I don’t consider athletes saints, heroes or discuss them in the...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss
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