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Can Deron Williams ever return to being the Deron Williams he once was?

There was a time when Deron Williams was considered the best point guard in the NBA. And if not the best, then right up there in the discussion with Steve Nash and Chris Paul. When he teamed with Carlos Boozer to lead the Utah Jazz to the 2007 NBA Western Conference Finals in just his second professional season, it was thought that Salt Lake City had Karl Malone and John Stockton...
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Marcus Lee will return to the Kentucky Wildcats next year

Kentucky Freshman forward Marcus Lee will return to Lexington for the 2014-15 season, it was announced Friday. So not everyone at UK is going pro. Willie Cauley-Stein is returning for his junior year. Julius Randle is divided, so we’re still waiting on him. Likewise for the Harrison twins. James Young has declared for the NBA Draft. Back to Marcus Lee, a self-professed nerd who...
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Massimiliano Allegri will not be the next Tottenham Hotspur Manager

It is thought that current Tottenham Hotspur head coach Tim Sherwood will be replaced by a more experienced manager this summer. His tenure will last just five months; after he took over for the sacked Andre Villas-Boas. Holland coach Louis van Gaal was first linked to the job. And now former AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri. Through it all, Sherwood has insisted he wants to return...
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Tim Sherwood: Sandro “is not good enough” to play for me

When Tottenham Hotspur went from AVB to Tim Sherwood, they went from slow and plodding to fast and flamboyant. And in Tim Sherwood they also got themselves a bit of a loose cannon; someone who makes press conferences interesting. That’s a welcome development as almost all pressers are extremely dull and boring. Sherwood on the other hand, colorfully speaks his mind. And now since...
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Tottenham Hotspur transfer rumors: Sherwood, Rebrov, Paulinho

Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood claims Gareth Bale would have given the Spurs a shot at the Premier League title had he not left the club in the summer, according to a report in The Sun. -Former Tottenham attacker Sergei Rebrov has taken over at Dynamo Kiev. Rebrov will be given a chance to try his hand at management as he has been installed as Dynamo Kiev’s caretaker boss...
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Man United transfer rumors: Tonny Vilhena, Marco Reus, David Moyes

Manchester United are scouting Feyenoord teenager Tonny Vilhena, a 19-year-old midfielder who has already played for Holland’s U21s and is also being linked with Juventus according to The Sun. Midfielder is the position you will see linked with David Moyes and United by far the most this summer transfer window. -Rumor mills are churning like crazy on the idea of Marco Reus, the...
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Indiana Pacers the #1 seed, but are they the favorites?

You might want to root for the Indiana Pacers this season, if only to see some variety from last year. Especially if you’re an “anyone but the Miami Heat” person. Like the story of last fall: Johnny Manziel vs. the NCAA vs. the creepy autograph seekers, there’s no one to root for in a Heat-San Antonio Spurs rematch. America doesn’t need to see that again. The Indiana Pacers...
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VIDEO: Pacers Roy Hibbert makes a funny Shaq, Star Wars joke

Roy Hibbert and his Indiana Pacers are the #1 seed in the NBA Eastern Conference. They are as much a favorite as any other team in regards to winning it all. Before the postseason began Roy Hibbert had some questions posed by Pete Holmes in the latest interview from “The Pete Holmes Show.” In the piece, the All-Star big man talks about height slams, works on some new signature...
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Did toy manufacturer take ruthless shot at Derrick Rose?

Do you recall the Derrick Rose playoff jersey for sale? It was a joke of course, a pretty mean one as this was your Derrick Rose playoff jersey: Pretty cold, huh? But not as cold as the Derrick Rose action figure. Which requires some leg assembly. Seriously, leg assembly hall required. I hope for fairness sake, that all NBA action figures made by this company require some leg assembly...
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Stanley Johnson will be vital piece for Arizona in 2014-15

When I released my way too early 2014-15 preseason rankings, the Arizona Wildcats were the clearcut number one.  Those were posted under the assumption that Aaron Gordon was leaving for the NBA Draft but that Nick Johnson would return for his senior season.  With Gordon and Johnson both announcing they are turning pro, McDonald’s All-American Stanley Johnson now becomes an even...
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Tracy McGrady begins his minor league pitching career, seriously!

Earlier this year, Tracy McGrady announced that he was going to attempt to pursue a career in baseball. The seven-time NBA All-Star was invited to spring training with the Sugar Land Skeeters (yes, that’s their real name, it’s the same franchise that threw Roger Clemens out there a couple years ago as a publicity stunt) of the Atlantic League. This is an excerpt from the...
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Illini A.D. Mike Thomas talks Illinois presence in Chicago (exclusive)

Illini Athletic Director Mike Thomas was at Nike Town on Michigan Avenue in Chicago today to help promote the new Illinois athletics re-brand by Nike. The new uniforms were revealed yesterday. I had an exclusive conversation with Mike Thomas where we talked about those uniforms, but also next fall’s football team, the state of football at the University of Illinois, and also the...
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Chelsea FC vs. Atletico Madrid CL TV, Presenter info revealed

  We’re down to the Final Four of the Champions League, and Chelsea FC are the only team left standing from the English Premier League. The Blues will try to win it for the British top flight taking one a powerhouse from La Liga. Chelsea FC vs. Atletico Madrid, FOX Sports 1, Tuesday, April 22 (2:00 PM ET); In the other Champions League semifinal it’s another La Liga giant...
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Ranking the 50 best Liverpool FC football players ever (cast your vote)

    Exciting times for Liverpool FC. An English Premier League title is very much in their grasp. It would be the first PL championship since 1990 if it comes to fruition. The win over Manchester City was especially thrilling, as it put the Reds in the driver’s seat for topping the table. Only City and Chelsea remain as possible threats. These are also emotional times for Liverpool...
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Manchester United transfer rumors: Angel Di Maria, Portugal trio

Manchester United manager David Moyes flew to Portugal to check on the form of three transfer targets – Eliaquim Mangala, Jackson Martinez and Guilherme Siqueira. This according to the Daily Mail. We covered the Jackson Martinez angle in our last post here. Martinez has attracted a large level of interest across Europe having been linked with moves to Arsenal, Chelsea, Roma...
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Man United transfer rumors: Luke Shaw, Jackson Martinez, Marek Hamsik

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino is convinced that Luke Shaw will still be at St Mary’s next season, and The Daily Mirror claims that Chelsea have already dropped out of the race for the long time Manchester United target. “At the end of the day Luke Shaw is a player that belongs to Southampton, and it will be the club, Southampton, that makes the decision as to what happens...
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Rev. Jesse Jackson shows up to open Curtis Granderson Stadium

You know an event isn’t a big deal until National Civil Rights Leader and former Presidential candidate Reverend Jesse Jackson shows up. The Founder of Operation Push was on hand today on the west side of Chicago as New York Mets Center Fielder Curtis Granderson had one of the biggest days in his young extraordinary life. Curtis returned to his native Chicago to open and christen...
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Curtis Granderson sets record with huge gift to alma mater

New York Mets Center Fielder Curtis Granderson will return to the line-up on Friday. His injury was minor; not very news worthy. Granderson’s Thursday though, was extremely news worthy. Curtis returned to his native Chicago to open and christen Curtis Granderson Stadium, at the University of Illinois-Chicago. The new home to UIC Flames baseball is the largest alumni gift in UIC...
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Illini Coach John Groce talks ’14-’15, recruiting, NIKE (exclusive)

Illini basketball Coach John Groce was at Nike Town on Michigan Avenue in Chicago today to help promote the new Illinois athletics re-brand by Nike. The new uniforms were revealed yesterday. I had an exclusive conversation with John Groce where we talked about those uniforms, but also next fall’s team, specifically where all the twos and threes and wings will fit in the lineup...
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Illini Coach Tim Beckman talks QB Derby, Wes Lunt, new Nike Unis (EXCLUSIVE)

Illini football Coach Tim Beckman was at Nike Town on Michigan Avenue in Chicago today to help promote the new Illinois athletics re-brand by Nike. The new uniforms were revealed yesterday. I had an exclusive conversation with Becks where we talked about those uniforms, but also next fall’s team, specifically the quarterback competition. How’s Wes Lunt progressing along? Why...
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Chicago Bulls vs Washington Wizards schedule, TV info

The Chicago Bulls are the #4 seed, they’ll take on the #5 seed Washington Wizards in the first round of the NBA playoffs. My prediction: just like in 2005, Wizards in 6. Sorry. Anyways, here is the entire playoff schedule, start times and television info. GAME DATE LOCATON TIME (CDT) NETWORK Game 1 Sunday, April 20 Washington @ Chicago 6:00 p.m. Comcast SportsNet Chicago/TNT Game...
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LeBron James needs the Chicago Bulls

For the Miami Heat to win a third consecutive NBA championship, they will need to defy history.  Since the NBA and ABA merged in 1976, no team has won a title with a lower ranked opponents’ field goal percentage than the Heat’s 17th.  Their defense was ranked fifth in each of the past two years when they raised championship banners. While LeBron James had another MVP-caliber...
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Purdue C A.J. Hammons makes correct decision about NBA draft

Yes, as frustrating and inconsistent as A.J. Hammons has been, he’ll probably be drafted. Likely even in the first round in ’15. This year…no chance. Sports Illustrated claims that 17% of the population which is 7 feet or taller play in the NBA. H/T to my Twitter follow/er @coloradojimw So he made the correct decision to stay in school yesterday.  As you watch teams play the...
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STUDY: Average NCAA football player worth $178K, Hoops $375K

Studies show that the NCAA makes about $11 billion a year in revenue. Remarkably close to the $10.8 billion the NCAA received from CBS and Turner Sports to broadcast March Madness. The Chicago Sun-Times briefly printed that Anthony Davis received $120,000 for his one year at Kentucky. They quickly took it down and retracted it under the threat of lawsuit. However, if Davis was had...
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NY Mets Curtis Granderson to unveil his new college stadium today

New York Mets star outfielder and native Chicagoan Curtis Granderson will help christen the newly completed Curtis Granderson Stadium on April 17. The University of Illinois at Chicago, Granderson’s alma mater, will unveil the new ballpark with a grand opening celebration; kicking off a weekend of activities at the new ballpark. The $10 million stadium was funded in part by $5...
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