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UCLA Bruins basketball (not Kentucky) is the #1 NBA factory

These days everyone seems to regard the Kentucky Wildcats as college basketball’s NBDL franchise. It’s understandable as Big Blue Nation has a huge presence in the NBA Draft lottery each year. As UK continues to win draft night each June, and people associate the rhyming phenomenon of “1-and-done” with John Calipari, UCLA Bruins basketball gets a bit overlooked. Kentucky...
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Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk is very Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk

Once you become aware of Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, your world will never be the same again. We could all use a little more Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk in our lives. So this holiday season, The Sports Bank brings you a Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk feature story. Mykhailiuk is the Kansas Jayhawks 6-8, 195 pound freshman guard. So he’s obviously got a lot length, but needs to add weight. He...
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Illini basketball won’t have issues scoring this season

There were quite a few games last season when Illini basketball had major issues scoring. Clemson in the NIT, at Northwestern, Ohio State, IPFW were just a few of the many times we saw Illinois put up halftime point totals that were in the teens or low twenties. Watching their half-court sets was often as enjoyable as logging into HealthCare.Gov. Well, it’s a brave new world this...
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Liverpool transfer rumors: Berahino, Sterling, Origi

Here are the latest Liverpool transfer rumor stories circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. Enjoy: -Brendan Rodgers is desperately seeking something to upgrade his strike force, as his attack has one of the biggest weaknesses in his Liverpool squad.  The Daily Mail suggests he may be plotting a January move for West Brom up-and-comer Saido Berahino...
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Man United news and notes: Welbeck, Van Persie, Falcao, Van Gaal

Danny Welbeck and Robin van Persie are two of a very select group of Premier League players- those that have played for the huge, tradition rich clubs of both Manchester United and Arsenal. And with the two teams set to clash in a matter of hours, here come the head to head comparisons of the two strikers. Also inevitable are the side by sides of Welbeck and another striker, Radamel...
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Man United transfer rumors: Srna, Strootman, Van Persie

Here are the latest Manchester United transfer rumor stories circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. Enjoy: -Manchester United have been offered Shakhtar Donetsk and Croatia captain Darijo Srna, according to the Daily Mail. Despite being 32 and having 120 caps for Croatia, Srna wasnamed as the fastest player at the World Cup ahead of Arjen Robben...
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Radamel Falcao injury delays Van Gaal decision on his future

Radamel Falcao is having a lot fitness issues since his move to Old Trafford on transfer deadline day.  When the club made the move to acquire him on loan, Falcao was recovering from cruciate damage that was sustained while he was with Monaco. The surgery and rehabilitation kept him out of the World.  Now Louis van Gaal has delayed his decision on whether to buy Radamel Falcao...
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Islanders Look To Make Another Statement

It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means it’s November and that the New York Islanders should be in the midst of some sort of record-setting losing streak. Well thanks to the additions of Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy on October fourth, plus the recently stellar play of goaltender Jaroslav Halak and secondary scoring that has been there all season, the Islanders are playing like...
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Chelsea news and notes: Diego Costa, Peter Cech, Cesc Fabregas

Here are the latest Chelsea news stories that have been discussed in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world the past twelve hours or so. Lots of Diego Costa as you might expect. -(Sports Mole) At his pre-match press conference ahead of the game with West Brom Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho was asked whether he would rest the club’s top goalscorer Diego Costa...
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Will Pep Guardiola replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal?

The Daily Star claims that Arsenal have pinpointed Pep Guardiola as the man they want to replace Arsene Wenger. That’s their narrative, and it’s also can exclusive to their publication. No one else has picked up on this story yet. How true or false this idea is….well, it’s certainly admirable of The Emirates to dream big on this one. Starsport understands patience is beginning...
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Man United news and notes: Welbeck, Rooney, Falcao

Here are the latest Manchester United news stories that have been discussed in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world the past twelve hours or so. -(ESPN FC) Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has suggested Theo Walcott will miss Saturday’s clash against Manchester United, while Danny Welbeck faces a fitness test on Friday ahead of the game. The Gunners welcome...
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Top five sleeper Illinois football coaching candidates

Illinois football deserves so much better than what it currently has. The Fighting Illini were 63-48-4 (.565) during the 1980s. However, they’ve gone just 110-165-2 (.401) since John Mackovic left town to go Coach Texas. Mackovic’s name is critical because he is the most recent Illinois football head coach to leave on his own accord. Memorial Stadium in Champaign has become...
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Top five Illini football coaching candidates

Beyond Ws and Ls, Q Rating is a severe issue for Illini football. As awful as Tim Beckman’s 10-24 (2-23 versus the Power 5) record is on the field…take a second to think about the program’s non-existent brand awareness. Nationally, the Fighting illini do not even register. In their biggest stronghold (Chicago), Illini football is way down in the pecking order. The next hire...
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Top Five Michigan football Coaching candidates

The Florida Gators will lead the coaching carousel this silly season, but the Michigan football head coaching job will likely be next. Then Illinois, Kansas and Virginia will battle for third choice. (Indiana will be next after them). Basically, Brady Hoke can’t be fired until after the new year, because of financial concerns. They could likely fire him on January 1, 2015, but...
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Man United news and notes: Falcao, Rooney, Welbeck, Van Gaal

Here are the latest Manchester United news stories that have been discussed in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world the past twelve hours or so. -As you already know, striker Radamel Falcao will miss the Arsenal clash on Saturday, and will be missing in action for a fortnight, it’s been reported. However, there is also this piece of news: Louis van Gaal...
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Predicted Man United starting XI vs Arsenal (M.E.N.)

Time for another Man United Starting XI prediction as the Arsenal match draws near.  It will be interesting to see what Louis van Gaal can patchwork together given all the injuries. The Red Devils away form has been rather poor this season so if you’re not feeling very optimistic about the potential result to this trip to The Emirates, it’s understandable. Here’s the Man...
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Man United transfer rumors: Strootman, Vertonghen, Shaqiri

Here are the latest Manchester United transfer rumor stories circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. Enjoy: -(Daily Mirror) Manchester United’s supposed top January target Kevin Strootman feels he has an ‘obligation’ to manager Louis van Gaal, the Manchester Evening news reports. The pair worked together during the Netherlands’ 2014 World...
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Stoke City defender will call Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace match

Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron joined NBCSports.com, it was announced today. In addition to his role with the website, Cameron will contribute to NBC’s Premier League telecasts. Cameron makes his debut Sunday when he will join Arlo White in the booth to call Crystal Palace v. Liverpool.  Again, as someone who strives (but often fails) to be a journalistic purist, I strongly...
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So which League is THE most entertaining in the World?

Whenever the English Premier League is discussed, it is often referred to as the singularly most entertaining competition in the world of football. It’s so-called product, which is backed by billions of pounds worth of broadcasting money and investment, features some of the best talent in world football and an infrastructure that encourages fast-paced, attacking play. Contrary...
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Jahlil Okafor: Duke’s best big man this millenium

Jahlil Okafor gives the Duke Blue Devils a very different look this year. They runs their offense from the inside-out as they’re light years more efficient when the ball goes through Okafor. He is the best big man, a true post player, a real inside presence that Coach K. has had since Elton Brand. He’s not a big that will be buried in the corner to shoot baseline jumpers like...
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Jets vs. Bills could be played in Detroit, Toronto or New Jersey

There’s a lot of snow at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, and the winter weather is expected to get much worse in the coming days. As reports indicate, most of Buffalo is under more than six feet of snow, so according to a recent announcement, if Jets and Bills can’t play in Buffalo on Sunday, Week 12 game could be moved to Detroit, Toronto or New Jersey. NFL betting odds for...
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VIDEO: Van Gaal presser, Falcao out at least 2 more weeks

Manchester United Manager Louis Van Gaal said on Manchester United TV that Radamel Falcao “has a new injury” and is at least two weeks away from a first-team return. Upon further clarification from United’s official Twitter account: “new injury” refers to Falcao’s recent calf problem. The word “new” was used to distinguish this from a previous knee injury. Since...
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Coach Cal Capitalism: Calipari stresses system isn’t Communism

Coach Cal on his ground-breaking platoon system following the 72-40 destruction of Kansas: “This’ll all be decided on the court. And I’ve told these guys, it’s not communism. If someone deserves to play more they will play more. “If someone is playing themselves out of time I’ll deal with that. If one of the platoons is playing so good one game, they’ll play 25 minutes...
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Man United injury updates: Di Maria, Blind, Shaw, De Gea, Carrick

Here’s what Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal had to say today at his pre-Arsenal match press conference. He offered updates (sort of ) on all the injured Man United players. Some Van Gaal quotes: “It’s difficult to say if anyone is back because we have to wait for Friday’s training session to decide if they’re back.” “But they’re not coming back in the squad...
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Van Gaal: “Daley Blind injury not as serious as doctors first thought”

It’s quite alarming how the injuries have piled up for Manchester United.  Here are the latest updates on Daley Blind. Louis van Gaal said at today’s press conference that Daley Blind’s injury is not as serious as first thought and he will NOT be out for six months. Van Gaal on Blind: “He has a brace on his knee. After 10 days’ rest, he’ll have another scan that will...
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