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Ryder Cup – the stats are getting serious for US golf fans

The recent Ryder Cup stats make depressing reading for US golfers and golf fans. The fact is that Europe have won 80% of Ryder Cups over the last couple of decades. These days, the US team goes into each Ryder Cup not expecting to win. The bookmakers and betting exchanges like  Betfair always have the European golfers in the favorite’s position for the Ryder Cup. So what’s...
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L.A. Lakers have more issues than just Kobe’s health

The L.A. Lakers will likely struggle through another long season. They are built around one very big, very expensive piece. And that piece is aging and coming off dealing with injury issues. Obviously the health and well-being of Kobe Bryant is concern number one for L.A. Lakers fans, but there are plenty of other issues to be resolved as we head to the start of the 2014-15 NBA season...
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Marc Trestman: Year Two of bad decisions and worse explanations

Never mistake inarticulateness for gridiron stupidity.  Two-time Super Bowl winning head coach Bill Parcells’ insufferable verbosity and constant misspeak would have made many English professors cringe, but his astute game management skills evidenced a highly-intelligent football mind Bears head coach Marc Trestman often times sounds like a college English professor, but his...
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NFL team in Los Angeles movement gaining momentum

At first glance, the city appears to have it all. Lights, glamour, culture, and art. It is the hub of entertainment, and its influence as the creative capital of the world is unmatched. Two world class universities tether its western and southern boundaries, and a renaissance has turned its long dormant downtown into the hub of urban excitement and civic vitality. Once blessed with...
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Top ten Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls questions this season

NBA season tips off Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. ET for the Chicago Bulls and the returning Derrick Rose when they visit the New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony, “the one that got away.” As the season is about to commence, ESPN had their lead team of commentators, Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy, on conference call to preview the upcoming season with the media. The very first...
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VIDEO: Jimbo Fisher becomes the most hated man in college football

While Florida State Jameis Winston seems to be the main target in the anti-FSU backlash, Florida State Head Coach Jimbo Fisher is much more deserving. Winston may or may not be ignorant as to what he truly is and what he truly is not. Jameis seems to think he can do whatever he want without fear of consequence. He thinks he’s above the law due to either ignorance, arrogance, immaturity...
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AAC Basketball Preview: #4 Temple Owls

The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12, Big 12, and SEC, and now turn my attention to the already new-look AAC. The Temple Owls first season in the AAC was a train wreck as the program finished...
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Tottenham Hotspur Europa League TV info

Ahhhh, the Europa League, everyone’s favorite European tournament. Kidding of course. The highly competitive group stages in European competition feature a Match Day 3 doubleheader with Tim Howard’s Everton in action. Tottenham prepare to face Tripoli. Lille vs. Everton, FOX Sports 1, Thursday, Oct. 23 (12:30 PM ET) Standard de Liège vs Sevilla, FOX Sports 2, Thursday, Oct...
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Arsenal: odds of Champions League advancing in their favor

Arsenal FC didn’t look so great versus Anderlecht today, but they still got it done. Trailing 1-nil in the 89′, Gibbs provided the equalizer. Podolski scored in the first minute of extra time, and the Gunners went on to win 2-1. It was ugly, it was dramatic and it was nerve-wracking, but Arsenal got the three points. Sure they didn’t score until the final two shots, but a result...
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Man United news, transfer rumors: Keane, Marcelo, Rafael, Neville

It’s time for another edition of Man United news and notes. And we threw in some Man United transfer rumors as well. Lots of ground to cover so let’s get this party started. -(Goal) Rafael is confident Manchester United can inflict Chelsea’s first defeat of the season when the two clubs meet at Old Trafford on Sunday. “Everyone is beatable,” he told the club’s official...
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Angel Di Maria should be fit for Man United vs Chelsea

Rest assured Manchester United fans, the £60 million investment should be fine. It appears that Angel Di Maria, one of the finest players in the world, should or could be ready to take on Premier league leaders Chelsea on Sunday. Di Maria came off in the 76th minute on Monday night, with an ailment that was identified has a minor groin injury. Angel Di Maria then underwent a precautionary...
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Liverpool FC still have a GREAT chance of advancing in Champions League

Today’s UEFA Champions League match was a disaster for Liverpool today. To lose that poorly, at home, just abysmal. It was competitive…for about 15 minutes. Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal ever at Anfield; Karim Benzema added two more and the game was decided by halftime. Carlo Ancelloti went easy on the Reds in the second half, but Liverpool still looked lost. There...
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VIDEO: Ronaldo gets first Anfield goal, Real Madrid crush Liverpool

All those years he played for Manchester United yet it wasn’t until today that Cristiano Ronaldo found the back of the net at Anfield. His score was the first of three for Real Madrid as Los Blancos crushed Liverpool 3-nil. Karim Benzema tallied the other two. Ronaldo is just one score away from tying for the most goals in Champions League history. Goals this season: Cristiano...
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Miss Iowa Aly Olson to sing before Hawkeyes vs Northwestern

Aly Olson, the current Miss Iowa now competing in the 2015 Miss America pageant (she’s part of the final 12), will will sing “God Bless America” before the Iowa Hawkeyes host Northwestern at Kinnick Stadium. Olson is attending the University of Iowa on a presidential scholarship. Aly Olson hails from Des Moines and is pursuing a bachelor of music in vocal performance. “The...
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Bears HC Trestman bungling his way to credibility crisis

Long ago, I learned to stop equating a expansive vocabulary and articulateness with football intelligence; and inarticulateness and a limited vocabulary with an gridiron intelligence deficit.  Two-time Super Bowl winning head coach Bill Parcells was insufferably verbosity and grammar errors would make any English professor cringe, but his clock management skills and aplomb use...
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Tim Lincecum = “Dazed and Confused’s” Mitch Kramer: still funny

With the San Francisco Giants back in the World Series, time to dust off one of our favorite sports jokes. Tim Lincecum is the only guy on the Giants roster who has not played this postseason. Still relevant though. “Dazed & Confused” has absolutely no plot, but it’s still one of the most relevant teen comedies of all time. It lives up to the hype that another plotless...
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VIDEO: MSU Spartans mascot dancing in Taylor Swift parody

It’s a good thing my 11-year-old niece doesn’t read my site. She’s a “Swiftie” and might get upset by seeing how much I’m about to rip the music of Taylor Swift here. On the other hand, she’d probably find this parody of Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” as disturbing and bizarre as I do. In the video below, you’ll see several Big Ten mascots “shaking it” and...
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Todd Gurley apologizes, UGA applies for reinstatement

Running back and former Heisman Trophy candidate Todd Gurley could return to the Georgia Bulldogs sooner rather than later. It’s hard to say given the arbitrariness and capriciousness of the NCAA. The University of Georgia sent out a very boring statement filled with a lot of legalese and corporatespeak this morning regarding the Todd Gurley matter. There are however, three main...
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Chelsea transfer rumors: Torres, Khedira, El Haddadi

Jose Mourinho made some comments earlier this week that Chelsea is going to stand pat this January transfer window. We don’t buy that. The Special One is known for mind games and every Premier League Manager says contradicting things when it comes to the buying and selling of players. Like Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal said this summer “if I talk about these players...
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Man United news and notes: Falcao, Shaw, Van Gaal, Herrera

It’s time for another edition of Man United news and notes, so let’s get this party started. -We begin the Man United news and notes column with an item in the Daily Mail, Luke Shaw admits his performances since joining Manchester United have not yet justified his £30m price tag but has vowed: ‘You’ll see my best soon.’ -Return to the Mail for more on the Radamel Falcao...
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Villanova’s Jay Wright is TOTALLY DELUSIONAL about Big East hoops

Villanova Head Coach Jay Wright analogized Big East basketball to SEC football. Seriously, he did. Maybe Wright should see the ESPN Films 30 for 30 “Requiem for the Big East” (review here). Or perhaps he’s seen only the beginning and middle of the documentary. The Big East is a shell of what it was once, which makes Wright’s comments below a bit absurd. Wright was a guest...
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Tom Izzo explains MSU’s bizarre string of non-basketball injuries

Tom Izzo has seen some of his Michigan State Spartans underachieve, overachieve and everything in between. Often in the same season. One of the few reasons he’s earned the nickname “Mr. March” is because his teams often struggle in midseason and/or start slowly. Last year’s Spartans had an 18-1 start to the season, the best in school history. They looked like a national champion...
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Who gets the final Chicago Bulls forward roster spot?

It looks like the Chicago Bulls will go with five guards and seven forwards this season. Given the health history of Derrick Rose, it’s mandatory to have two guys on the roster who can run the point behind him. So with Rose, Jimmy Butler, Kirk Hinrich and Aaron Brooks as locks, the final guard slot goes to E’Twaun Moore (as we’ve chronicled before). Especially now that Kim...
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AAC Basketball Preview: #5 Cincinnati Bearcats

The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12, Big 12, and SEC, and now turn my attention to the already new-look AAC. In losing 72% of their scoring from last season including All-Conference shooting...
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AAC Basketball Preview: #6 Tulsa Golden Hurricane

The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12, Big 12, and SEC, and now turn my attention to the already new-look AAC. A year after claiming a share of the Conference USA regular season title and winning...
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