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Arsenal’s Gunnersaurus and Mr. Testicles mascot team up (photo)

It’s not often that you can do a story on philanthropy, and use the word “testicles” in the headline. Yet here we are somehow bridging the diametrically opposed worlds of “click-bait” and “raising awareness for a good cause. Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus, along with Watford’s Harry the Hornet, teamed up with Mr. Testicles for the Male Cancer Awareness Campaign calendar...
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October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs NLCS game times, announcer pairings

The Chicago Cubs are in the NLCS. I repeat the Chicago Cubs are in the NLCS. Even though we’ve had a day and a half for all of this to soak in, it still seems incredibly surreal. Here are all the start times and announcer assignments that have been set, via TBS Media Relations. Every game will be on TBS as Ernie Johnson will provide play-by-play for the NLCS with analysts Ron...
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October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

2016 NFL mock draft 10-15-15

This 2016 NFL mock draft order is derived from our friends at Windy City Gridiron, SB Nation’s Chicago Bears website. Team needs were sometimes, but not always taken into account. We played fast and loose with that because it’s still quite early. So many of these picks are “Best player available.” “Fail for Cardale.” “Get Sacked and Worse for Hackenberg.” “Lose...
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October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Liverpool lose D Joe Gomez for the rest of the season

Liverpool Defender Joe Gomez, acquired this summer from Charlton Athletic, is now lost for the season according to Press Association Sport. Gomez, brought in to replace for Sebastian Coates, who was sold to Sunderland, was taken from the field after injuring his right knee in the 80th minute of England Under-21s’ 3-0 victory over Kazakhstan Tuesday night. This is a blow...
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October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez receives curse from witch doctor (video)

It’s the international break, therefore “news has never been softer,” as Simpsons character Kent Brockman famously said. It’s almost over, so bare with us a couple more days until Premier League play returns and we can get back to harder football news. Arsenal scorer Alexis Sanchez is a huge star for his native Chile, and the forward’s prowess had inspired Peru to take...
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October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Liverpool targeted Carlo Ancelotti claims Harry Redknapp

Before Liverpool hired Jurgen Klopp they targeted Carlo Ancelotti. That’s the claim of former Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur Manager Harry Redknapp. “I have heard from good sources that he (Ancelotti) was offered the Liverpool job,” Redknapp is quoted in TalkSport. “I don’t think (he wanted it). They spoke to him at some stage.” That’s quite interesting...
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October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Chelsea boss Mourinho receives £50,000 fine, match ban

Embattled Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho has yet another problem to deal with. The Football Association has handed Mourinho a one-match stadium ban and a £50,000 fine after he admitted that he was in violation of FA Rules regarding post-match media comments. The Chelsea manager’s misconduct charges stem from the 3-1 loss to Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday 3 October...
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October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Jose Mourinho receives £50,000 fine, one match ban

Embattled Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho has yet another problem to deal with. The Football Association has handed Mourinho a one-match stadium ban and a £50,000 fine after he admitted that he was in violation of FA Rules regarding post-match media comments. The Chelsea manager’s misconduct charges stem from the 3-1 loss to Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday 3 October...
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October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Why Brendan Rodgers Reds reign was destined to fail

Last week saw the end of an era for Liverpool Football Club manager Brendan Rodgers finally got sacked. Liverpool management moved swiftly to replace the Northern Irishman. This week marked the beginning of an era for the club. The past few days shall always be remembered as the week Jurgen Klopp took charge of Liverpool and not as the week where Brendan Rodgers was dismissed. This...
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October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Current Notre Dame Football Bowl Projections

Given the state of USC right now, it’s hard to actually get amped for this, but quarterback DeShone Kizer said that this game will still be huge for the Irish. “It’s very big for our team.  Obviously it’s a rivalry that’s been around for longer than any of us have been here, so with that being said what we’re going to prepare as if it’s the last game of the season...
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October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Updated Northwestern football bowl projections

Ryan Field on Saturday has the potential to be special for Northwestern football. This contest certainly has the feel of being a de facto Big Ten West Division Title game. Sure, it’s way too early to say that, but take a look at Wisconsin and Nebraska right now. The Huskers and the Badgers were everyone’s preseason pick to win the division. They’re currently nobody’s pick...
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October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Updated Illini football bowl game projections

Big morale victory for Illini football on Saturday; sort of. Consider how depleted Illinois is at the skill positions right now, and yet how close they came to beating an undefeated Iowa Squad: With 2 of their top 3 WR's and RB's out, Illinois beat Nebraska and hung with (22) Iowa on the road. (Dudek/Hardee/Brown/Ferguson out) — Illini Update (@IlliniUpdate) October 10, 2015...
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October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

#12 Michigan football game preview: #7 Michigan St.

Las Vegas did Michigan State fans a huge solid by making the Spartans a touchdown underdog. No fan base in all of college football embraces the Chicago White Sox style “second team in the region” chip on the shoulder as much as MSU does. That chip defines them. Michigan football- it is the Evil Empire to the Spartans. This game is always the Super Bowl to State, now you add...
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October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Arsene Wenger branded an arrogant sore loser by Sam Allardyce

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is not very well liked by Sunderland Manager Sam Allardyce. That’s not news. What is news is just how much Allardyce despises Wenger, and it all comes out in his new autobiography, which is being serialized in The Sun.  “I enjoyed beating Arsenal more than anyone when I was in charge at Bolton,” said Allardyce. “We’d really got to them...
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October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Liverpool approached Carlo Ancelotti claims Redknapp

Before Liverpool hired Jurgen Klopp they targeted Carlo Ancelotti. That’s the claim of former Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur Manager Harry Redknapp. “I have heard from good sources that he (Ancelotti) was offered the Liverpool job,” Redknapp is quoted in TalkSport. “I don’t think (he wanted it). They spoke to him at some stage.” That’s quite interesting...
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October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Liverpool approached Carlo Ancelotti, claims Harry Redknapp

Before Liverpool hired Jurgen Klopp they targeted Carlo Ancelotti. That’s the claim of former Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur Manager Harry Redknapp. “I have heard from good sources that he (Ancelotti) was offered the Liverpool job,” Redknapp is quoted in TalkSport. “I don’t think (he wanted it). They spoke to him at some stage.” That’s quite interesting...
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October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Adidas makes gaffe, sports model in Man United jacket, Chelsea pants (photo)

Manchester United and Chelsea. Chelsea and Manchester United; these two sides go together like…no, they don’t go together at all. Not even close. And that’s what makes this Adidas catalogue gaffe so funny. Adidas is in a £750 million (approximately $1.1 billion) partnership with United; the most lucrative sports wear deal in history. With an investment that size, they probably...
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October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Orval Overall: profiling the icon of the last Cubs Dynasty 

When something gets old enough, it’s news again. Enter former Chicago Cubs pitcher Orval Overall, who is from an era so far bygone that he’s sometimes mistakenly referred to as “Orville Overall.” It’s an honest mistake, as Overall’s heyday coincided with the crowning achievements of Orville Wright. Yes, the Chicago Cubs won three consecutive pennants 1906-1908, and...
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October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

How will USC QB Cody Kessler adjust amidst chaos

Maybe USC Trojans QB Cody Kessler will continue to flourish under interim Coach Clay Helton? The signal caller has been pegged to be a future NFL first round pick by scouts and draftniks everywhere. It will be interesting to see how Cody Kessler continues to develop within the @#$storm and cluster#$% that is USC football right now. (here’s more on that) Kessler looks the part...
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October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Adidas model sports Man United top, Chelsea pants (photo)

Manchester United and Chelsea. Chelsea and Manchester United; these two sides go together like…no, they don’t go together at all. Not even close. And that’s what makes this Adidas catalogue gaffe so funny. Adidas is in a £750 million (approximately $1.1 billion) partnership with United; the most lucrative sports wear deal in history. With an investment that size, they probably...
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October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

David de Gea evades United contract release clause query

Oh no, here we go again. Well, probably not, as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea isn’t going anywhere any time soon, but we have to hear the noise anyway. Following his clean sheet versus the Ukraine, De Gea was asked if his current contract with United contains a release clause. De Gea would not confirm or deny that the clause exists, instead deferring to his agent...
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October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs NLDS Twitter: the good stuff actually

Ah, Chicago Cubs NLDS Twitter. In short, it is pretty much the same thing as Chicago Blackhawks postseason Twitter. We’ve articulated that in detail here at this link. So now that we’ve covered the worst of Cubs NLDS Twitter, let’s take a look at what’s actually GOOD about NLDS Twitter. Here are some of the highlights. Notice how we never ever ever use official accounts...
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October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Sir Alex Ferguson called out by Rio Ferdinand

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand recently ripped the current direction at Old Trafford. Today, he took his shots at how United did business in the past too. Ferdinand specifically went after Sir Alex Ferguson, and how his former manager treated him. The Mirror quoted an interview Rio Ferdinand gave to CNBC: Ferguson was very much on your case at all times. He was...
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October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

United’s Memphis Depay has top selling kit in England

Memphis Depay’s Manchester United kit is the highest seller of any in England this season. Worldwide, he’s third behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. This is according to a listing in Kit Bag, with a hat tip to FOX Sports @ The Buzzer, video below: As the video points out, Angel Di Maria was the #1 best seller in England last year. United gave both players the number...
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October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

#14 Notre Dame football game preview: week 7 USC Trojans

No shortage of story lines in your week seven Notre Dame football game preview. The biggest intersectional rivalry of all is renewed, as the USC Trojans come to town in the midst of their very own, very large…. …#$%storm. Or cluster%^&*. Those two terms are interchangeable in Troy right now. For the sake of journalistic integrity, there’s really no other way to put it...
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October 13, 2015  |  Discuss
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