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VIDEO: Robin van Persie AMAZING header goal

Robin van Persie is trending on the internet today. And for great reason. You probably already saw his amazing heading header in the Netherlands’ World Cup rout of Spain today. If you didn’t, the video is below. If you did, you’ll want to watch it again, and again and again. This Robin van Persie goal is so astounding….it’s like a real life version of the superhero poster...
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June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Blame it on Rio: the dark side of hosting a World Cup

You’d think that hosting a World Cup, or an Olympics for that matter, would be a gloriously wonderful thing. It’s not. The taxpaying citizens of Rio de Janiero are going to be slammed twice, as basic infrastructure needs always take a back seat to appeasing the fat cats. That’s what always happens with both an Olympics and a World Cup, and Rio is hosting both in a two year...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Time to put Cubs Prez Theo Epstein on the hot seat?

Remember the ecstasy Chicago Cubs fans felt when Theo Epstein was first hired? That air of extreme optimism, something rarified at Clark and Addison? Well, that’s gone now as the Cubs are in last place, and people aren’t showing up to Wrigley Field in droves these days to consume the team like they used to. What will see first: ground-breaking on the stadium renovations? Or a...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Liverpool icon Steve Mcmanaman picks Spain to win World Cup

Steve McManaman was one of the famous “Spice Boys” during his days at Merseyside. The former attacking midfielder was a huge star during the 1990s with Liverpool, and today he’s an analyst for ESPN. All 16 of the ESPN FC experts released their World Cup predictions with, Steve McManaman predicting the reigning champions, Spain to defend their title. ESPN Analyst (Home...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Tottenham Hotspur extend Grant Ward loan to Chicago Fire

The Chicago Fire of the MLS announced just now that they’ve extended their loan deal with midfielder Grant Ward from Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Said at statement from Chicago Fire Head Coach and Director of Soccer Frank Yallop: “Since he has fully recovered from his foot injury, Grant has proven to be the skillful, attack-minded player that we knew him to be. He’s provided much...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Arsenal transfer rumors: Benzema, Sagna, Bressa, Vela

When discussing Arsenal transfer rumors, or Premier League transfer rumors in general, it all begins with Cesc Fabregas who was signed from Barcelona to Chelsea yesterday. This was only possible after Arsenal decided not to exercise their first-option agreement on the midfielder. The Mirror claims that the Fabregas move means a £5million windfall for former club Arsenal. -According...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Looking ahead to the Blackhawks off-season, NHL Draft choice

A lot of decisions to be made this summer for the Chicago Blackhawks. The offseason will lead to more storylines regarding Chicago’s only sports team with some sustainable success. The Chicago Blackhawks are in the Golden Age of Chicago hockey. Fans should enjoy this, because the Hawks will be competitive next year. Remeber Teuvo Teravainen? Yeah, it’s Teuvo time, my frents....
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NHL Mock Draft 1.0

    With the Stanley Cup in progress, the MasterCard Memorial Cup completed,  and the scouting combing over, it’s time to take a look at the 2014 NHL mock Draft.  With this first go round, we look to fill teams biggest needs heading into the draft on June 27-28 from Philadelphia, PA. To find out who goes where, continue on for each team’s first round pick. The 2014 NHL...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Why I hate both NBA conspiracy theorists and purists

  It’s summer so all your favorite shows are in re-runs; including the NBA Finals. The Miami Heat are here for the fourth year in a row, the San Antonio Spurs are here for the fifth year in the last eleven. Also, who the Spurs and Heat beat to get here, the Pacers and the Thunder could have been predicted by anyone with at least an entry level knowledge of the NBA. Being painfully...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Pete Rose will manage again; in the Atlantic League

Pete Rose, yes Pete Rose of all people will be managing professional baseball again. If only for a day. And only for an unaffiliated minor league team. Yes, MLB ‘s all-time hits leader, who’s still blacklisted from the game, is back. The Cincinnati Reds have been playing baseball since 1869, and Pete Rose may be the most important player in their history. For more, I now turn...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Can the New York Rangers come all the way back to win it all?

The LA Kings return to California with a chance to clinch the Stanley Cup Final in front of their home fans with a Game 5 win over the New York Rangers on Friday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. The New York Rangers forced a Game 5 with a 2-1 victory at Madison Square Garden, due in large part to goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. After goals from Benoit Pouliot and Martin St. Louis to spot...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United make £30m target Kevin Strootman top priority

Just a week ago, we learned that Manchester United had offered £30 million and bonuses for Kevin Strootman, according to Roma Newspaper Il Tempo. Strootman is a Dutch international footballer who will not play again until autumn. However, that fact is not putting Old Trafford off. The Italian Serie A club Roma midfielder is an old friend of Louis van Gaal. And new rumors today...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Wayne Rooney must start for England, over Daniel Sturridge

Roy Hodgson must not drop Wayne Rooney. The England Coach must start Wayne Rooney against Italy in their 2014 FIFA World Cup opener on Saturday, regardless of the questions over his form. The Manchester United striker has been subject to criticism, notably from former teammate and midfielder Paul Scholes, who believes Rooney may be past his peak. However, Michael Owen said Rooney...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United making £25m bid for Bayern’s Bastian Schweinsteiger

Manchester United are very keen to land Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger this summer- that’s no secret. The midfielder is one of the top targets for Louis van Gaal. Now we have a bid drawing near. We actually have a potential price too . The Independent on Friday are reporting that Manchester United will make a £25 million bid for the Bayern Munich midfielder. Ian Herbert...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Arsenal legend Gilberto Silva picks to Brazil win World Cup

2002 FIFA World Cup champion and Arsenal legend Gilberto Silva will serve as a studio analyst during ESPN’s month-long presentation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, June 12 – July 13. Silva  will appear on pre-match, halftime and post-match shows, SportsCenter, ESPN FC, and FIFA World Cup-themed news and information programs throughout the quadrennial tournament. Today...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy picks Argentina in World Cup

Legendary Dutch footballer Ruud van Nistelrooy will serve as a studio analyst during ESPN’s month-long presentation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Van Nistelrooy will appear on pre-match, halftime and post-match shows, SportsCenter and ESPN FC during the World Cup. Ruud van Nistelrooy put on his analyst hat make his World Cup champion prediction, you can see all 16 ESPN...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Manchester United lose interest in Edinson Cavani

Manchester United have dropped out of the race for t £50 million Uruguay star Edinson Cavani. There were conflicting reports that United were still in, with the bid increased! to £56 million. But today the Daily Star reports that United have pulled out of the race to sign the Paris Saint-Germain striker. Now according to the Daily Express, Edinson Cavani, demanded a wage of £300...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United Keeper wife Misse Beqiri posts HOT bikini photo

Anders Lindegaard’s new wife gave the world an intimate look inside the couple’s honeymoon. Swedish model Misse Beqiri posted a scorching spic on her Instagram account, where she’s wearing nothing more than a bikini bottom. Well, Beqiri she’s covering up her breasts, but still this is a “half-naked” pic. This is more like a “3/4 naked.” Misse Beqiri married Manchester...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Cesc Fabregas signs £27m deal with Chelsea over Arsenal, Man United

Manchester United were leading Chelsea in the race to sign Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas but alas, it didn’t happen. Both the Manchester Evening news and the Daily Express have confirmed a £27 million deal is done. Fabregas, who has signed a five-year deal, told Chelsea’s official website: “Firstly I would like to thank everyone at FC Barcelona where I enjoyed three wonderful...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Blake Bortles: the “other” NFL rookie quarterback

Going into the 2014 NFL draft, most of the attention was on two quarterbacks – QB Johnny Manziel and QB Teddy Bridgewater. Manziel had been hyped for nearly a year, and most expected him to be the first overall QB taken, and if the off chance that he was not selected as the number one QB, it would have been Bridgewater instead; however, this was not the case. Instead, the Jacksonville...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Denver Nuggets need to get creative this off-season

The Denver Nuggets regressed this past season finishing 21 games worse than they did in 2012-13. Injuries, a coaching change, and new general manager all factored into that drop in the standings. With no cap space available and a couple of bad contracts on the roster, Denver faces a challenging off-season in trying to get pointed back in the right direction. Denver Nuggets (36-46...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Can Derek Fisher Make The New York Knicks Stronger?

Derek Fisher signed a five – year contract with the New York Knicks and he will now be the next head coach of the team. Fisher has strong ties with the new president, Phil Jackson and the two of them together are expected to work hard in order to make the Knicks a better team. So, what can Fisher really do to help the Knicks get back into a championship course? Can he even make...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs prospects report: Rivero, Paniagua, Concepcion and more

Today, we profile three Cubs prospects in the system whom the team signed after they had defected from Cuba, one of whom could become a staple in the Cubs’ bullpen and might even debut by season’s end.  We also examine the work of another prospect whose acquisition did not require the Cubs to look outside the United States. Let’s get to work. RHP Juan Paniagua:  Former...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Should you believe in NBA conspiracy theories? Maybe

You’ve all heard at least one of your friends say: “The NBA is rigged!” at least three times. If it has been said more than ten times by the individual, please slap this person across the face. Maybe there are some NBA conspiracy theories that should be looked into, though. We now present to you three instances where the NBA may have been rigged within the last 10 years. ...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

If ‘Melo leaves, New York Knicks should start from scratch

The Miami Heat are where the New York Knicks were hoping to be. Instead, their attempt to build around a Big 3 backfired as the franchise took a major step backwards, failing to even make the playoffs in the insanely weak Eastern Conference. There has been a changing of the guard as James Dolan has shelled out a ton of money to hire Phil Jackson as team president and hire the recently...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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