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Mets to trade R.A. Dickey?

R.A. Dickey won the 2012 National League Cy Young Award for the New York Mets, but just a few weeks after taking home that hardware, the 38-year-old knuckleballer is likely on his way out of Queens. Apparently as many as eight teams have approached Mets general manager Sandy Alderson about Dickey and New York has a great chance to land a nice haul in return for him. At the first...
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December 04, 2012  |  Discuss
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Wildcats plummet in AP rankings

The Kentucky Wildcats suffered the biggest free fall in AP basketball poll history this week, a precipitous drop from the No. 8 spot to unranked following consecutive losses.

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December 04, 2012  |  Discuss

9-3 La. Tech not bowl-bound?

A decline to play in the Independence Bowl and an upset by rival Northern Illinois University has now resulted in the bowl-eligible Louisiana Tech Bulldogs' season ending early.

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December 02, 2012  |  Discuss
WITH AUTHORITY

Danilo Gallinari coast-to-coast for sick dunk

In a game between the Denver Nuggets-Los Angeles Lakers game you’d expect highlights to come from other players, but Danilo Gallinari had the big one Friday night. The 24-year-old Italian forward grabbed a rebound and went coast-to-coast for a thunderous jam that got the Nuggets’ bench up and going. Pretty sweet moves there Danilo. Given that I now have Italian citizenship (dual...
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November 30, 2012  |  Discuss
DUCKS IN A ROW

Report: Eagles eyeing Chip Kelly?

Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has met with the Oregon head coach, whose success has generated much interest from various NFL teams.

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November 30, 2012  |  Discuss
NASTY ONE-HANDER

Duke's Mason Plumlee flushes alley-oop dunk

I am loathe to ever write anything positive about Duke basketball, but credit needs to be given where it’s due. On Wednesday night senior Mason Plumlee took an alley-oop pass from sophomore guard Quinn Cook and threw it down with authority. The above video shows just how insane a dunk it was. I mean wow. No. 2 Duke ended up beating No. 4 Ohio State 73-68, and Plumlee’s dunk was...
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November 29, 2012  |  Discuss

San Francisco 49ers: Colin Kaepernick named starting quarterback

The quarterback controversy by the bay looks like it will continue to drag on for the remainder of the 2012 NFL season, but it increasingly looks like second-year signal-caller Colin Kaepernick has the inside track on the job. On Wednesday, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh named Kaepernick the starter for San Francisco’s Sunday matchup with the St. Louis Rams. While Harbaugh hasn’t...
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November 28, 2012  |  Discuss

LSU Tigers: Les Miles offered Arkansas job

That sound you’re hearing is Les Miles stroking out from laughing at Arkansas offering him the head football coach position. According to reports, the Razorbacks are offering Miles, currently running something of a juggernaut at LSU, five years for $27.5 million, so at least they’re serious in their quixotic efforts to find a big-name coach for their football program. Miles currently...
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November 27, 2012  |  Discuss
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Old Spice's Dikembe Mutombo video game

If the internet had somehow failed us, it’s off the hook thanks to Old Spice and Dikembe Mutombo. In an advertising campaign so unspeakably awesome that it would make Don Draper crap his pants, the deodorant company has rolled out something that has nothing to do with deodorant whatsoever: a cheesily awesome video game starring the NBA’s No. 7 all-time shot blocker. The game...
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November 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Could Kent State crash the Orange Bowl?

There were no surprises atop the BCS rankings released on Sunday. Notre Dame is safely entrenched at No. 1, and will play the winner of this weekend’s game between No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia for the national title. But further down the BCS rankings there lies a far more interesting story — the possibility of Kent State in the Orange Bowl. Yes, Kent State. Not bad for a team...
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November 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Video: Harrison Barnes dunks all over Nikola Pekovic

There are no words for what Harrison Barnes did to Nikola Pekovic during Saturday night’s battle between the Golden State Warriors and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Just watch and enjoy. Damn son. Barnes is clearly not messing around.
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November 25, 2012  |  Discuss
TEBOW TIME POSTPONED

Report: Tebow has two broken ribs

The Jets backup quarterback suffered a rib injury several weeks ago, keeping him from seeing action Thanksgiving night against the New England Patriots.

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November 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Judge says NCAA “malicious” during investigation of USC football

Former USC running backs coach Todd McNair essentially had his career ended by the NCAA’s punishment of the school’s football program. The NCAA ruled that McNair “knew or should have known” about payments from a wannabe sports agent to running back Reggie Bush, despite a serious lack of evidence. Now McNair is suing the NCAA, claiming the organization’s investigation was...
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November 22, 2012  |  Discuss
TEAMWORK WORKS

Kobe-to-Pau-to-Dwight for slick alley-oop

When the Los Angeles Lakers the Dwight Howard this summer, more than a few Lakers fans were dreaming of the ridiculous on-court combinations the team could put together. Well in head coach Mike D’Antoni’s first game on the bench Tuesday night, a sequence of passes occurred that could have made the entire city of Los Angeles weep with joy. As the above video shows, in the fourth...
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November 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Chaminade beats Texas at Maui Invitational

Thirty years after pulling off perhaps the greatest upset in college basketball history, tiny Chaminade University knocked off the Texas Longhorns 86-73 in the first round at the Maui Invitational on Monday night. It came almost exactly 30 years after the Silverswords beat a No. 1-ranked Virginia team led by Ralph Sampson. That win led to the creation of the Maui Invitational, which...
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November 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Jim Delany and the New Robber Barons

The robber barons were the men who helped grow the American economy into the world’s giant. Many of our finest universities bear some of their names — Duke, Stanford, Vanderbilt. They just happened to do build it on the backs of underpaid immigrants and the occasional child laborer, which was all fine and dandy until those people started demanding rights. They got them, eventually...
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November 19, 2012  |  Discuss
THE HOOK-UP

Lakers unveil Kareem Abdul-Jabbar statue

The Los Angeles Lakers honored one of the greatest players to ever step on a basketball court on Friday night. The franchise unveiled a statue of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar outside of Staples Center in Los Angeles. His No. 33 had already been retired, and now his patented skyhook has been captured in bronze alongside statues of Lakers greats Magic Johnson, Jerry West and Chick Hearn. The...
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November 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Arkansas Football: Tommy Tuberville headed to Fayetteville?

Texas Tech has enjoyed a rapid return to football relevance under head coach Tommy Tuberville. The former Auburn coach is in his third season as the head coach of the Red Raiders and has a record of 20-15 there, including a 7-3 mark this season. But he may not be in Lubbock much longer. Tuberville is believed to be one of top targets for the soon to be vacant Arkansas head coaching...
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November 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Thursday Night Football Sucks

At the start of the season, the NFL Network promoted its new season-long Thursday night series of games with an ad campaign featuring a strange man who appeared to be the bastard son of Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brett Keisel that used the tag line “It’s serious fun!” Those ads have since disappeared, perhaps because football fans are recognizing that the league’s Thursday set...
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November 16, 2012  |  Discuss
LET'S MAKE A DEAL

Marlins to trade more players?

The Miami Marlins already agreed to trade most of their top players, but it looks like the team may not be done dealing away some guys.

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November 14, 2012  |  1 Comment

New York Mets: David Wright offered big extension

Despite having the cost-cutting Sandy Alderson installed as general manager, the New York Mets are apparently willing to open the checkbook to keep their biggest star on the team. The Mets are currently in the process of trying to lock up third baseman David Wright, and have now submitted a formal offer of an extension to him. Earlier in the offseason, the Mets picked up Wright...
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November 14, 2012  |  Discuss
HEADSET HIJINKS

Tommy Tuberville facing suspension?

Already publicly reprimanded by the Big 12 for the incident, the Texas Tech head coach could be subject to a suspension for ripping off a graduate assistant's headset.

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November 13, 2012  |  1 Comment

Illinois Football: Should Tim Beckman be replaced by Bobby Petrino?

Sometimes you wish teams would listen to sportswriters. Not so much because sportswriters are always right or even often right. Rather, because you want to see some one try out whatever crackpot idea a sportswriter threw out there in a column trying to be provocative. Case in point: this piece from the Chicago Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley. Cowley posits that Illinois should fire first...
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November 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Raiders defense continues putrid play

They say Al Davis is dead, but from the looks of it he’s been playing Bernie Lomax-style on the Raiders defense the past two weeks. (If you think that’s a low blow, Raider Nation, at least I’m not running fake field goals against you when I’m up 24 points in the third quarter). Oakland has been absolutely torched on defense in its last two games, no matter whether it’s...
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November 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Lakers win first game after firing Mike Brown

The Los Angeles Lakers fired head coach Mike Brown Friday morning, then the team turned in its best performance of the season just hours later. The Lakers blew out the Golden State Warriors 101-77 to secure their second win of the season. Interim head coach Bernie Bickerstaff has claimed he knows he won’t be the head coach very long, but he’s 1-0 at the helm of the team. Obviously...
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November 10, 2012  |  Discuss
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