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Former Miss USA Kimberly Pressler now ESPN Bowling Analyst

This piece on Kimberly Pressler comes to us from Curtis Shaw Flagg. Former Miss USA Kimberly Pressler will once again report from the sidelines at the PBA World Series of Bowling, held at South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pressler, who has also hosted shows for Fox Sports, ABC, MTV, ESPN, NBC, Speed Network – and most notably, the X-Games, has flown significantly...
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October 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Golden Gophers Donnell Kirkwood returning this week vs NU?

“You have to be finesse, it’s everything war is, just without a gun and bullets. And I think that’s what I like about it,” Donnell Kirkwood said about the game he plays. The Minnesota Golden Gophers running back was by far the best interview at Big Ten football Media Day. He was so good that he was also the second, third and fourth best interview at this college football...
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October 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Milwaukee Bucks allowing you to get your name on their court

The Milwaukee Bucks are telling you “the ball is in your court,” literally. Well, as long as you have some disposable income. In an effort to scale up the relationship between the city of Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Bucks, the team is offering an exclusive, never-been-done-before opportunity. The NBA franchise will place the names of all “MVP” season ticket holders on record...
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October 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Pistons Brandon Jennings derailed by wisdom tooth complications

Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings will not play in the preseason contest at the Chicago Bulls tomorrow night or at the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday after missing the last two preseason games with wisdom tooth discomfort. It sounds like not a big deal. But it truly is. Wisdom teeth can be very problematic. And when they do get impacted, and cause issues, those can be quite...
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October 15, 2013  |  Discuss

#35 Oregon Ducks: College Basketball 111 in 111

Welcome to The Sports Bank’s fourth annual college basketball season preview series where we break 111 teams in the 111 days leading up to the opening tip-off of the 2013-2014 season.  We will rank the 84 power conference teams (including the new Big East and American Athletic Conferences) and top 27 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters...
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October 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Penn State’s Allen Robinson: big numbers and marriage proposals

Allen Robinson of Penn State is the best receiver in the Big Ten. He’s leading the Big Ten in receptions per game and in receiving yards per game. Allen Robinson is going to have such a stellar year in such a strong conference that Allen Robinson’s draft stock is going to go through the roof. Robinson’s receptions per game average is 7.2, complementing his 16.4 yards per catch...
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October 15, 2013  |  Discuss

#25 Wisconsin vs. Illinois: brutally honest preview

Wisconsin has owned the Fighting Illini over the past decade, claiming seven of the last eight matchups with Illinois. Playing at home hasn’t made much of a difference for the Illini either as they’ve went 2-6 at Memorial Stadium against the surging Badgers. If any team would take exception to the Badgers recent success, it would be the Illini, so here’s their chance to get...
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October 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Fighting Irish vs USC Trojans: brutally honest preview

Notre Dame vs. the USC Trojans will be the “Probably an Opening for a New Coach Bowl.” It certainly will be a matchup with a lot of sizzle, but very little steak. Then again you could say the same thing for Penn State versus Michigan, and look what that produced. Maybe the Irish versus the USC Trojans will do the same? More importantly where will Lane Kiffin land? Most important...
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October 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Penn St. QB Christian Hackenberg is the best player in all history

Christian Hackenberg put up big numbers against Michigan in Penn State’s four-overtime victory: 305 passing yards and three touchdowns on 23 of 44 passing. Those numbers were enough to earn Christian Hackenberg this week’s Big Ten Freshman of the Week Award. Yes, the Ghost of Joe Paterno was responsible for all that good stuff and not Christian Hackenberg. Even though it’s...
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October 15, 2013  |  Discuss

New York Giants should consider drafting a quarterback

It’s probably time for the New York Giants to draft a new quarterback. Eli Manning is not ELIte. Whether or not he once was he’s certainly not anymore. And it can’t hurt the New York Giants to find someone who could push Manning to become better, all the while grooming him to be his successor. This is by far the best class for it. And the New York Giants are so BEYOND TERRIBLE...
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October 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Ghost of Joe Paterno has his way with a recruit

Brace yourself, Penn State fans: Is the Ghost of Joe Paterno at work again? Many of you already seem to think that the Ghost of Joe Paterno had a direct hand in helping the Nittany Lions beat Michigan in four overtimes Saturday night in State College. So if you think that the Ghost of Joe Paterno can win your team some football games, then you probably think that the Ghost of Joe...
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October 15, 2013  |  Discuss

PSU fans make Joe Paterno lego portrait, cutouts, vigil for wins

There is still a mourning period at Penn State for the late coach Joe Paterno. There are Joe Paterno shrines, portraits made out of Legos and life-sized cutouts. After the Penn State-Michigan game Saturday night, there was a vigil to remember Paterno’s “lost wins,” and one local daily up in State College spent more ink on that vigil than on Penn State’s four-overtime victory...
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October 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Robin van Persie feared that he broke his toe

Manchester United star Robin van Persie revealed yesterday some insight about his injury earlier this month. His worst fears were that he had broken his toe. Van Persie suffered the foot injury during United’s draw with Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League and played through it in last weekend’s win over Sunderland. Robin van Persie took a pain-killing injection; which...
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October 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Indianapolis Colts vs San Diego Chargers: brutally honest preview

Get ready for the Pagano Bowl! The Indianapolis Colts are facing a “running back controversy.” You know, like a QB controversy, just for tailbacks. There are some major issues there now with Ahmad Bradshaw going down, and out for the season. Trent Richardson is terrible. We all thought the Indianapolis Colts in that trade. At least I did. Turns out it was actually Cleveland fleecing...
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October 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Serious rift between Chicago Bulls coaches and front office?

Supposedly, there’s a legitimate rift between the Chicago Bulls coaching staff, and the Chicago Bulls front office. Those who follow the team know there’s a disconnect, but how deep it is goes largely unreported. Maybe the return of Derrick Rose can heal it? The beef between management and coaching is probably going ignored by the local media and noticed the national media because...
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October 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Role Players’ Huge Impact For The Houston Rockets

All the flashlights in Houston are on the newcomer Dwight Howard and his fellow superstar James Harden at the moment. Howard came and instantly made the Rockets title contenders. Harden is also a player from which the team expects much this season, as the Rockets will try to make a strong title push. However, apart from the Superman, Harden and Chandler Parsons, who is the next star...
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October 14, 2013  |  Discuss

5 teams interested in Manchester United’s Wilfried Zaha

20-year-old Wilfried Zaha has yet to play a minute for Manchester United in Premier League play since he arrived in Old Trafford. It cost £12 million for United to bring him here from Crystal Palace. Now he seeks a loan away from the Red Devils. Up to five Premier League clubs are supposedly interested in Wilfried Zaha, but Crystal Palace is not one of them. Newcastle, West Ham...
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October 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Can Brandon Pirri finally stick with the Blackhawks?

Brandon Pirri appeared to be the favorite to win the second line center job before the season. An injury during the preseason jeopardized Pirri’s chances, and ended with him being sent to Rockford of the American Hockey League. That changed over the weekend. Pirri was recalled Saturday, while winger Jimmy Hayes was sent down. Michal Handzus had been shuffled in and out of the second...
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October 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Grassroots movement to remove Aaron Rodgers Superfans Advertisement

If you watch the NFL at all, you’re used to State Farm banging you over the head with the Aaron Rodgers “Discount Double Check” advertisements. This is a problem, especially if you want to watch NFL games while they’re live, like most people. Instead of DVRing them and skipping through the advertisements. Last year, if you watched even a handful of pro football games, then...
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October 14, 2013  |  Discuss

NFL quarterback power rankings version 1.0

Welcome to the first ever NFL quarterback power rankings. These are not based simply on what they’ve accomplished, or who has the better stats as of this moment, or of what they may accomplish someday. No, this factors in all of those things; and more. Simply put, if you could draft anyone right now to be your signal caller in 2013. This is the order in how I would do it. This...
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October 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Bob Costas halftime essay on Redskins, ethnic nicknames (video)

Bob Costas gave another halftime op-ed last night during the Dallas Cowboys vs Washington Football Team game. This was similar to the Bob Costas essay on gun control last season in that Bob Costas (rightfully so) mixed politics and sports. The next tangible event will be a meeting between the NFL and the Oneida Indian Nation tentatively set for November 22, but efforts are underway...
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October 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings: way too early edition

Who puts out a Big Ten basketball power rankings 18 days before Big Ten Basketball Media Day? Hey, it’s never too early. Besides college basketball practices and midnight madness events have been moved way way way way up this year. But you didn’t notice. If March “comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb” then college hoops “comes in with crickets chirping and leaves...
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October 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Josh Freeman: savior of Minnesota Vikings shipwreck?

Josh Freeman may be the master at staring down his receivers (and therefore often incompleting passes) and he’s suffering from that recent curse of the jersey #5, but he’s also designated the savior in Minnesota. At least the man who’s being counted on to save the 2013 Minnesota Vikings season. It won’t be Christian Steele. Christian Ponder should be named after his wife...
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October 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Roberto Luongo gives up funny own goal (video)

Vancouver Canucks goaltender and Borat lookalike Roberto Luongo gave up an extremely embarrassing “own goal.” And it was a shorty too! Actually this might be one of the worst or strangest own goals I’ve ever seen. I really don’t know what happened to Roberto Luongo here. Watch the video below: H/T Fox 6 Milwaukee Courtney King and Yahoo Puck Daddy So here’s what happened...
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October 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Manchester United looking to bring in Alexis Sanchez

We have some more Manchester United player transfer rumors to assess. More than just rumors actually. This one looks pretty likely. The Red Devils are looking to sign Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona. From The Express: Reports in Spain suggest that United have been impressed with Sanchez’s impressive start to the season and are set to revive their interest in the player...
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October 13, 2013  |  Discuss
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