10 bold predictions for the 2014 college football season

With just a few days until the opening kickoff of a new college football season, it’s time to think about what will happen in 2014. Most experts have made conference predictions, listed Heisman Trophy favorites and made College Football Playoff predictions for this year. While those may be some of the more interesting conversations, there are still a few other areas of the sport...
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Cincinnati Bengals ink Vontaze Burfict to contract extension

Vontaze Burfict was one of the best values in the NFL during the 2013 season, as he made just $480,333 yet was a second-team All-Pro selection. On Wednesday the Cincinnati Bengals remedied that situation, as the two sides agreed to a four-year, $20 million contract through the 2017 season. Burfict will make $7.6 million this year and an average of $5 million annually thanks to the...
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Ned Yost, Kansas City Royals heading for a blue October

I was wrong, and am happy about it. There is a tendency among those who write and blog to speculate and make predictions, then pound their chests when such prognostications prove right. It tends to give a writer a sense of validation. Nearly a month ago I inked a ranking of a dozen Major League Baseball managers whose jobs I considered to be on thin ice. As of now, the axe has not...
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Jonathan Lucroy Becoming the New Face of the Milwaukee Brewers

Thanks to his breakout 2014 season, Jonathan Lucroy is quickly supplanting Ryan Braun as the face of the Milwaukee Brewers franchise. Before his overturned positive PED test in 2012 and suspension as a result of the Biogenesis scandal last year, it would’ve been unimaginable that anybody would pass Braun as the franchise’s most valuable player. After all, Braun – who signed...
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Ex-Giants RB David Wilson to train for 2016 Olympics

One of the saddest stories of the 2014 NFL preseason was the forced retirement of New York Giants running back David Wilson. The 23-year-old had to hang up his cleats after re-injuring his neck during training camp. Well, now Wilson has his eyes on a new career and he’s still going to try and be an athlete. Wilson will turn to track and field, as he intends to train in the triple...
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Rob Manfred elected Major League Baseball commissioner

The expected happened on Thursday as Rob Manfred was unanimously elected the new commissioner of Major League Baseball. He will succeed current commissioner Bud Selig on January 25 of next year. Manfred has been the right-hand man of Bud Selig since being named MLB’s chief operating officer at the end of the 2013 season. He was by far the leading favorite to take over for Selig...
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The 2014 Fantasy Football “Do Not Draft” List

Fantasy Football leagues aren’t necessarily won on draft day, but they certainly can be lost. It’s not always who you pick for your roster, but also about who you’re able to avoid. Whether or not you want to avoid them altogether or decide simply not worth the value they may be pegged at, you’ll be better off if you can keep these names off your roster. Here are the top 10...
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Packers Trade DL Jerel Worthy To New England Patriots

After a disappointing two seasons in Green Bay, the Packers have traded defensive lineman Jerel Worthy to the New England Patriots. The Packers will get a conditional future draft pick in return for the 24-year-old Worthy, and the trade will take effect if he passes a physical, according to his agent, Chafie Fields. A consensus first-team All-American at Michigan State, Worthy...
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Robin Williams: A Sports Tribute

Legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams died Monday as a result of an apparent suicide at the age of 63. While his publicist didn’t confirm the reports of his death being a suicide, she did state that he had recently been “battling severe depression.” Williams was a comedic force, making his mark as a stand-up comedian and becoming well known for his quirky sense of humor...
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Tony Stewart Will Be Defined By Kevin Ward Jr. Tragedy

A sampling of Tony Stewart’s Facebook site on Sunday indicated an overwhelming show of support for the embattled NASCAR star, as well as towards the family of Kevin Ward Jr., the driver killed Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Meanwhile screenshots and the video itself made the rounds through the Internet and various television shows. By midday it had become the...
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Police: Tony Stewart struck, killed driver with sprint car

Fans of auto racing often see the frequent dust-ups and altercations between drivers at all levels and forms of the sport. At the top levels of NASCAR I have always wondered and feared the day when a competitor crosses the line with catastrophic consequences. On Saturday night we saw a horrific example of the worst that motorsports can bring, as NASCAR star Tony Stewart struck and...
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Donald Sterling appeals ruling on Clippers sale

In the most expected legal maneuver since Vinny Gambini called Mona Lisa Vito as a witness, ousted Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has appealed the ruling that approved the team’s sale to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. On Friday, lawyers for Sterling asked the Second District Court of Appeals to stay a probate judge’s ruling that essentially approved the sale...
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Former NFL owner want to help Raiders move to San Antonio

Former Minnesota Vikings owner Billy Joe “Red” McCombs opened eyes and dropped some jaws on Thursday when he told the San Antonio Express-News details of Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis’ meetings in San Antonio concerning a possible relocation. McCombs not only claimed that Davis wasn’t using San Antonio as a bargaining chip to get a new stadium, but that McCombs himself...
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Report: Cleveland Indians to remodel ballpark

The structure now known as Progressive Field has been the home of the Cleveland Indians since it opened 20 years ago, and soon it will be getting a facelift. On Wednesday the Indians announced that they plan a major renovation of Progressive field that will take place over the next two years in an effort to better connect with fans. The ballpark is situated in downtown Cleveland...
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Video: Javier Baez hits game-winning home run in debut

Well that was quite a debut Mr. Baez. Rookie second baseman Javier Baez was called up by the Chicago Cubs before Tuesday night’s game against the Colorado Rockies and went hitless in his first five at bats. Then he stepped to the plate in the top of the 12th inning to face Boone Logan with the score tied 5-5. Here’s what happened next: And Cubs Nation went absolutely nuts. The...
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IPFW and Jon Coffman in mid-major spotlight

Ever since making the move from Division II to Division I back in 2001, the IPFW Mastodons have been making steady progress as a program. Now, with Jon Coffman at the helm, the Mastodons are hoping they can break through and get to the first NCAA Tournament in program history. IPFW is coming off its most successful season as a Division I program, going 25-11 and reaching the second...
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Chicago Cubs finally calling up Javier Baez

The long wait is over for Cubs fans. Finally they will see one of their top prospects arrive at the big league level, as shortstop Javier Baez has been called up by the big club. Baez will officially be called up on Tuesday and we will likely see him immediately become a starter for Cubs. Baez was a first-round pick (No. 9) in the 2011 MLB Draft out of Arlington Country Day in Jacksonville...
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New York Giants tell David Wilson his career is over

On Monday the New York Giants announced that two doctors have advised promising young running back David Wilson to stop playing football. The doctors told the 23-year-old that the condition of his neck and spine were such that he should retire. The Giants placed him on injured reserve, meaning there is no chance he could make a comeback this season, but Wilson seems to understand...
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Packers to retire No. 4, enshrine Brett Favre into team Hall of Fame

After a long, sordid seven years, the Green Bay Packers appear set to finally put the No. 4 of Brett Favre where it belongs – along with the likes of Reggie White and Ray Nitschke in Packers immortality at Lambeau Field. The organization announced Sunday that an more information would come Monday regarding the former Packers quarterback, that read as follows: The Green Bay Packers...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Breaking down Kershaw’s ridiculous last two months

After spinning his second consecutive complete game Thursday night and his third in the month of July, there is no getting around the brilliance of Clayton Kershaw. And the ridiculous two month roll the Los Angeles Dodgers ace on is one of the best in baseball history. Don’t believe me? A breakdown follows. Since June 2 Kershaw has made 11 starts, in that time he has a record...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Who has baseball’s best starting rotation after trade deadline?

Baseball’s 2014 trade deadline has come and gone and several top-line starting pitchers have swapped uniforms. The MLB arms race has gotten intense and now four teams have what have to be considered far and away the best starting rotations in baseball. The question is: who has the best collection of starting pitchers after the deadline? Here is a look at what are arguably the top...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Down on the Farm: Battle of the Sioux (at the Falls)

This serves as the ninth and likely final post in my fourth season of a series called “Down on the Farm” that chronicles visits to various baseball parks throughout the 2014 campaign. (All prior editions can be accessed here.) With the Independent and Minor League Baseball regular seasons a month from closing, and the Northwoods League schedule roughly a week away from...
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Breaking down the suddenly wide open NL MVP race

For the first three months of the MLB season, it looked like Troy Tulowitzki was going to run away with the 2014 National League MVP award. The Rockies shortstop was leading the league in batting average (.340), slugging percentage (.432), on-base percentage (.603) and OPS (1.035), in addition to ranking first in WAR (5.6) and third in home runs (21) just a few weeks ago. But a few...
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MLB execs slam Seattle Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik

Have you ever wondered who the most difficult sports executive to work with was? Well apparently we have our answer, and it’s bad news for Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik. A lengthy report by Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi on Monday slams Zduriencik as an indecisive deal-maker who has confounded the rest of Major League Baseball with his tactics in trade discussions...
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WATCH: Olbermann crushes NFL over Ray Rice suspension

I know the name Keith Olbermann is revolting to a segment of the population because of his past involvement in the political talk show world, but anyone who denies his ability as a broadcaster is fooling themselves. And Olbermann is at his best when harnessing his considerable talent towards something sports-related. On Thursday night we got yet another example of the man in his...
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