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Can $8.5m man Jabari Parker turn around the hapless Bucks?

Jabari Parker is beginning his professional career just 80 miles from his hometown. Yesterday he signed a deal with the Bucks that has $8.5 million guaranteed in the first two years. Will he be enough to turn around a basketball team that is truly the runt of the NBA franchise litter? Well, he is just one man. And the #2 overall pick has been a disaster more than it’s been a rousing...
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July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Final call White Sox fans, #TargetSale in All-Star Game

As Chris Sale was left off the American League All-Star team on Sunday, the backlash started to hurdle in on John Farrell for his decision. Although every team needed at least one representative, Dellin Betances, the New York Yankees setup man, was selected. If starters can just pitch one inning of work in the All-Star game, why would Farrell select Betances over Sale, one of the...
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July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Mark Emmert makes desperate attempt to preserve NCAA model

NCAA President Mark Emmert said yesterday thatr college athletes should receive “scholarships for life.” Emmert also told a United States Senate panel that scholarships should also cover the full cost of attending college, not just the basic needs. Well, it’s the correct thing to do. He’s finally showing movement, albeit very slowly, in the right direction. Still, it’s...
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July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United possibly bidding £48million for Angel Di Maria

Manchester United are stepping up for Angel Di Maria. They have major competition for the Real Madrid and Argentine World Cup star. Arsenal, Manchester City, a rumored offer of €40 million for DiMaria from Juventus is just the start. Paris St-Germain submitted a £48million offer for the Argentina World Cup star.   United already to tabled a £40 million bid, but it was rejected...
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July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Tottenham bid 17 million for midfielder Julian Draxler

Tottenham are preparing a £17 million bid to lure Schalke’s midfield starlet Julian Draxler to White Hart Lane. In the winter transfer window he was linked to both Manchester United and Arsenal. David Moyes was rumored to have bid £25 million for Draxler according to reports originating in The Sun. Julian Draxler played 15 minutes in Germany’s 7-1 destruction of Brazil the...
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July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

How do Toews, Kane extensions affect the Hawks big picture?

As expected, the Chicago Blackhawks locked up their future. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane agreed to contract extensions that will last eight years and are worth a reported $10.5 million annually. The contract extensions will go into effect at the start of the 2015-16 season. Toews and Kane were asking for as much as $12 million per season and were also reported to sign on the dotted...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Liverpool transfer gossip: Leiva, Shaqiri, Lucas, Markovic, Origi

It appears The Reds have lost out on Alexis Sanchez, as it’s pretty much a done deal that he’s headed to Arsenal. More on that here. However, it’s been a very productive summer thus far in Anfield with the signings of Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Rickie Lambert. Who’s coming next? Let’s talk Liverpool transfer gossip. -Liverpool will supposedly sell Brazilian midfielder...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Rick Telander Tied Chicago Violence To NBA Free Agency For Some Reason

He did it. It wasn’t easy. It took a lot of pandering, false parallels, unfair doling out of responsibilities, and a pinch of dog whistle, but Rick Telander managed to connect this city’s position in NBA free agency to the plague of gun violence here. It’s brilliant in its absurdity, magnificent in how dually counterproductive it is to both the topic of sports contracts and...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Why LeBron James won’t leave the Miami Heat any time soon

Yes, Heat fans. You heard it right. LeBron James is going nowhere. He is staying in South Beach. And for all those fans of other teams around the league, we have some bad news. There are multiple reasons why LeBron James will simply stick with the Heat for many seasons to come. Let’s have a look at some of the most significant and realistic reasons why James is staying put. No...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal deal is now done

Respected Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague claimed that Arsenal have reached a personal agreement with Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez back on July 3rd. Now it seems that all the British media are following suit on this narrative. All the English tabloids are claiming today that Arsene Wenger has his main summer target in hand. The Daily Mail says The Gunners boss has...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Liverpool to play AS Roma in Football at Fenway Park (TV info)

Are you seeing Red? The Reds and the Red Sox come together as NBCSN will televise Liverpool’s first match in the United States this year. Liverpool will meet AS Roma in a “Football at Fenway” friendly at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday, July 23, it was announced today. Both Liverpool Football Club and the Boston Red Sox are owned by John W. Henry, who has an estimated net...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Manchester United have a Patrice Evra buyer in Juventus

Italian champions Juventus have made an approach to Manchester United to sign full-back Patrice Evra, according to Sky sources. The 33-year-old has been at Old Trafford since January 2006, when he was signed from Monaco for $8million. Despite growing speculation about his future throughout last season, Evra signed a one-year contract with United in May. (Fox Sports) The Senegalise...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers Yasiel Puig or Angels Mike Trout: who ya got?

Los Angeles Dodgers newcomer Yasiel Puig took MLB by storm last summer. In a sport that lacks a true “poster child,” Puig might just develop into that iconic figure. And Puig could become that definitive superstar sooner rather than later. Or it could be the Angels Mike Trout. Chances are it will be somebody from the City of sAngels. Last year Puig made a 280 foot throw (distance...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

When will the Cubs contend again? Fox Sports lead MLB team analyze

There’s a hashtag #BecauseItsTheCubs. Get to know and love it Chicago Cubs fans. The Cubs token All-Star game choice is ineligible #BecauseItsTheCubs Yes, Jeff Samardzija was traded on the Fourth of July to the Oakland Athletics. He was named a NL All-Star, but then ruled ineligible. Major League Baseball truly embodies the “everyone gets a trophy” mentality of this generation...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Beyond All-Star Game, what’s the Anthony Rizzo ceiling?

Theo Epstein brought Anthony Rizzo to the Cubs in the 2012 offseason via trade with the San Diego Padres for fellow super-prospect Andrew Cashner. Anthony Rizzo is expected to be a franchise cornerstone, to hold down first base at Wrigley Field for probably the next decade or so. This is best stated by the mega-contract signed in May. Rizzo and the Cubs reached a seven-year, $41...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Jacksonville Jaguars Season Preview: never too early

With the NFL, there’s always a demand for discussion. In America, the NFL slaughters everything, with all other games a niche sport. Even college football, which clearly comes in second. However, it’s a distant second. Anyway, let’s get this party started. We continue the never too early season preview series with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Overview:  Last year’s AFC South...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Manchester United kit deal with Adidas is a record £600m

Manchester United are set to sign a world-record £600m kit deal with Adidas, says The Sun. It’s 60 million a year for ten years. The proposed Adidas contract is understood to be worth more than double the £24m a season United earn from their current deal with Nike, which ends next summer after a 13-year partnership, says The Express. And it dwarfs the £21m Adidas pay to provide...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

GRAPHIC: United Manager Louis van Gaal as Christ the Redeemer

Perhaps “Christ the Redeemer,” icon of Rio de Janiero, was perhaps best described by Homer J. Simpson: “it’s like he’s on the dashboard of the entire country. The Simpsons are going to Brazil! But seriously, Christ the Redeemer in Rio is one of the world’s most famous landmarks. And Louis van Gaal, the way he’s leading Netherlands right now, is one of the best managers...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: animated parody of Man United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy

  Legendary Manchester United footballer Ruud van Nistelrooy is currently serving as a studio analyst during ESPN’s month-long presentation of the World Cup in Brazil. Van Nistelrooy appears on pre-match, halftime and post-match shows, SportsCenter and ESPN FC during the World Cup. Overall, ESPN World Cup coverage has been pretty stellar. I’m not expert level enough to say whether...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

PHOTOS: Hockey star Hilary Knight does ESPN Body Issue

Hilary Knight is a forward on the United States women’s national hockey team. Knight won a Silver Medal with the U.S. at Vancouver in 2010. Her comments on the U.S.-Canada rivalry were some of the best soundbites of the Olympics: “Hatred is pretty good. When we get between the glass and it’s the U.S. versus Canada, it’s everything on the line.” “It is intense, blood...
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July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

PHOTOS: Sochi Sensation Jamie Anderson does ESPN Body Issue

American snowboarding sensation Jamie Anderson was a world wide web star this winter in Sochi. Now she’s gracing the pages of ESPN the magazine for their “body” issue.  You’ll notice the eye-catching quote above: “My Favorite Part? I don’t know, maybe my freakin’ booty.” The Body Issue will feature 22 athletes posing nude, including five-time Wimbledon champion Venus...
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July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Louis van Gaal, Robin van Persie can win this World Cup

Soccer Power Index gives the Dutch a 43% of reaching the World Cup Final game, the second worst chances of the final four teams. The Netherlands also have the lowest championship percentage at 14%. Brazil are the overwhelming favorites to win it all. Yes, even with Neymar out for the rest of the tournament. Something to think about. The Netherlands are a very intriguing pick. As...
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July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Liverpool transfer gossip: Suarez, Sanchez, Lovren, Markovic

Lots of Liverpool transfer gossip emerging today from all corners of the world, all across the web. So let’s get this party started. -Liverpool have ended their pursuit of Alexis Sanchez as Arsenal are closing on signing the Chilean hero. says the Daily Mirror.  -According to The Sun, Liverpool target Dejan Lovren has blasted Southampton for trying to price him out of...
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July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Hilarious animated parody of ESPN World Cup coverage

Overall, ESPN World Cup coverage has been pretty stellar. I’m not expert level enough to say whether or not the analysis has been a top notch, but they have put on a good show. ESPN is a Disney owned company, and say what you want about either corporation/brand, they always put on a great show. You can’t deny that the presentation is fun and excellent. That’s said, let’s...
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July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Luis Suarez Barcelona shirts selling in Spain Nike store

Certainly more than a tad presumptuous, behold the Barcelona kits featuring the name and number of Luis Suarez. Before the deal is even done. Given that involves Liverpool, it’s reminiscent of the also extremely premature shirts printed above. Yes, Liverpool 2013-14 “Premier League Champions.” I’m sure an impoverished country in Africa appreciated having those sent to them...
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July 08, 2014  |  Discuss
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