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Kendrick Nunn has secured his place in ’14-’15 Illini starting lineup

Illini freshman wing Kendrick Nunn was a consensus national top 75 recruit. Kendrick Nunn has ascended since being promoted to the starting lineup. He led the Illini with 19 points in their win at Penn State, ending a horrendous eight game skid. Nunn led Illinois again in scoring last night, again with 19 as he shot the lights out from three. (5-7 3PT FGM-FGA). Illinois continued...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Blackhawks Legend Jeremy Roenick talks Olympic Hockey

Chicago Blackhawks legend Jeremy Roenick was on conference call with the media to promote the Sochi Winter Olympics. Therefore I was privileged enough to talk some winter games with J.R. Here’s some of the highlights from Jeremy Roenick. Jeremy Roenick on Team USA vs. Canada facing off in semifinals of men’s hockey on Friday (coverage begins at 10:30 a.m. CST on NBCSN): ...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

NU’s Nikola Cerina suspended for next game vs Indiana Hoosiers

Northwestern will be without it’s back-up big man Nikola Cerina on Saturday, when the severely struggling Indiana Hoosiers come to town. Tonight, Nikola Cerina got into a fight with Amir Williams, former McDonald’s All-American as the Wildcats lost at Ohio State 76-60. This was yet another chapter in the book of Buckeye domination over Northwestern.  LaQuinton Ross was ejected...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Team USA faces toughest opponent in Canada

Courtesy of @PumperNicholl/@TheRoyalHalf Winning four consecutive games in the Winter Olympic hockey tournament will mean nothing if the Team USA hockey team loses Friday. A semifinal matchup against defending gold medal winning Canada awaits the red, white, and blue with a chance to play for gold on the line. Team USA has skated four balanced lines to this point. The mix of size...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Newcastle United could have new American Celebrity Owner

Newcastle United could have a new celebrity owner, and it would continue the recent trend of Americans owning English Premier League sides. World Wrestling Entertainment (or WWE, formerly WWF) owner Vince McMahon has been rumored to be taking full ownership of Premier League side Newcastle United in business deal that NO ONE would see coming. According to The Independent, with...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

OSU’s LaQuinton Ross will not be suspended for fight with Cerina

LaQuinton Ross is the only guy on this current Ohio State Buckeyes with any true NBA potential. Lenzelle Smith Jr. was on the radar for awhile, but he’s not going to be drafted. Some NBA GM might take Aaron Craft, he’s kind of like what Ben Hansbrough was in 2011. Or he might be a priority free agent. Amir Williams and Shannon Scott are big time talents, McDonald’s All-Americans...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Arsenal G Szczesny makes highly offensive gesture, could be fined

Wojciech Szczesny, Arsenal goalkeeper, could be facing a very heavy fine and or suspension for making the wanker gesture upon exiting the Gunners’ Champions League match. Szczesny received a red card after fouling Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben in the first half.  Szczesny did not appreciate the call for taking down Robben in the box and exited while making a wanking motion. Watch...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Mock Draft: 2-20-14

This 2014 NFL mock draft has feature stories on the players themselves. Click on the names where highlighted to read those. The draft combine is Feb 22-25th in Indianapolis. Yes, NFL cheerleaders will be running the 40 in it this year! That should make the combine much more fun! This is our last update before the combine, and then we’ll have a lot of material from the combine:...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Arsenal Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny Makes Wanking motion: VIDEO

Wojciech Szczesny, Arsenal goalkeeper, could be facing a very heavy fine and or suspension for making the wanker gesture upon exiting the Gunners’ Champions League match. Szczesny received a red card after fouling Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben in the first half.  Szczesny did not appreciate the call for taking down Robben in the box and exited while making a wanking motion. Watch...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan feud renewed by documentaries

Twenty years ago, we were engrossed by the Tonya Harding vs Nancy Kerrigan “skategate” soap opera, the likes of which we’ve never seen in sports and never will again.One of the most dramatic episodes in Winter Olympics history, the three-hour telecast of the 1994 ladies’ figure skating short-program competition was viewed by more than 126 million Americans – ranking as...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Kain Colter answers critics of football/war analogy

Kain Colter is the star witness in the CAPA hearing at the local National Labor Relations Board. Therefore, his testimony is the most interesting moment by far of the three day hearing. This case, and it’s presentation in court are simultaneously the most important and interesting thing going on right now, but also the most boring and dull, at the exact same time. Sounds contradictory...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL cheerleaders to run the 40-yard dash at the combine

Select NFL cheerleaders will run the 40-yard-dash at this year’s NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis. Yes, this is an extension of NFL Network personality Rich Eisen’s tradition of running the 40 in his suit and tie. This is about “running the 40 in your work clothes.” And NFL cheerleaders from numerous teams will be participating. You can compete in this too. And be seen...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Manchester United increase interest in William Carvalho

Earlier this month, a team of Manchester United scouts went to watch Portugese prodigy William Carvalho in action for Sporting Lisbon. Yes, another midfielder target. It wouldn’t be a true United transfer rumors post without talk about another midfielder for this summer. Now, according to talkSPORT, the Red Devils are targeting 21-year-old Brazilian to fill the midfield void. And...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Manchester United targeting Portugese prodigy Carlos Mané

Manchester United are going to break the bank this summer transfer window, provided they find the targets they’re looking for. The Glazers have given David Moyes a blank check, and he’s got a whole list of targets. Toni Kroos is up at the top of it, with Fabio Coentrao, Ilkay Gundogan in the mix. Sporting Lisbon winger Carlos Mané is also high up on the list. The 19-year-old...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Illini impress Nick Rakocevic; one of Illinois’ top players in ’16 class

Class of 2016 power forward Nick Rakocevic was in attendance for the Illinois Fighting Illini 48-39 loss to #20 Ohio State. Despite the “basketball” on display that night, Rakocevic is very high on the Illini. John Groce is suffering through the worst season Illinois has endured in a generations, but overall the program remains strong. At least in the eyes of this sophomore at...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

It’s time for the Bears to part ways with Devin Hester

Devin Hester has captivated Chicago like few other professional athletes with his breathtaking returns since joining the Bears in 2006.  He holds a host of league records, including the most combined kickoff and punt returns for touchdowns. However, coming off a season in which he finished eighth in kick return average and third in punt return average while not playing any...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Sixers will deal Evan Turner; Bobcats and Spurs are front-runners

Evan Turner probably doesn’t fit into Philadelphia’s long term plans. He’s likely to be traded by Thursday when the NBA Trade Deadline expires, and a scorer such as Turner will be in demand. When the Philadelphia 76ers drafted Evan Turner #2 overall out of Ohio State in 2010, they thought they were selecting a franchise cornerstone. Finishing his college basketball career with...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Brooklyn Nets Reporter Sarah Kustok to testify in her father’s murder trial

Yes Network reporter Sarah Kustok was back in her hometown today as the murder trial of her father, Allan Kustok begins. Today was day one of jury selection for the case against Allan Kustok who is being charged with murdering his wife Jeanie Kustok. They are the parents of Sarah Kustok, a current Brooklyn Nets presenter formerly of Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Sarah Kustok has been...
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February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: ceiling fails at Indiana Hoosiers Assembly Hall

The important thing is that no one was at Assembly Hall to get hurt when this happened. So when you watch this video of a steal beam falling from the ceiling into the seats at Assembly Hall, home of the Indiana Hoosiers, remember, everyone is okay. And I have to say the term IU ‘s Assembly Hall because I don’t want to confuse it with the University of Illinois ‘ Assembly Hall...
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February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Slovenian Skiing (and Pop) Sensation Tina Maze gets her 2nd Sochi Gold

Tina Maze of Slovenia earned her second Gold Medal of Sochi today. The skiing sensation and also pop music star in her native country is out-performing everyone in Sochi, including Julia Mancuso and Swiss superstar Lara Gut. Only four women have more Olympic medals than her four, tying Julia Mancuso. “It was a great day for me,” Tina Maze said. Tina Maze thought Lindsey Vonn...
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February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Neymar admits he rejected Manchester City to sign with Barcelona

With FC Barcelona’s UEFA Champions League last-16 tie against Manchester City, Neymar made an interesting revelation. Speaking before the knockout round match, Neymar said that he rejected interest from a lot of European clubs, including Manchester City, to join Barca instead. “I could have left Brazil earlier than I did, but I knew for my development it was about joining the...
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February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

History backs up Kain Colter comment about football and warfare

Kain Colter testified today at day one of the NLRB hearing that will rule on the status of CAPA as a valid labor organization. His comparisons of football to the military are getting some backlash. Even though the sport of football is rooted in military traditions. Some pundits are deriding Colter for comparing football training to military training. That’s understandable as football...
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February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy keen on Cavani and Falcao

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 recently while analyzing Manchester United’s transfer targets...
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February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

DePaul Basketball: time for serious re-evaluation at all levels

At the 2013-14 DePaul basketball pre-season luncheon, DPU Coach Oliver Purnell boldly said that the very realistic goal for this year was making the NCAA Tournament. When I tweeted that, it was met by condescending laughter from the Twitterverse. But hey, it’s September and there’s nothing wrong with a Coach wanting to be optimistic. Then DePaul basketball radio announcer Zach...
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February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Shifting Illini basketball focus from 2013-14 to 2014-15

Can you imagine what covering this Illini basketball team is like for someone who lives in Chicago? Easily the worst season since 1999, and perhaps the worst team since the 70s, during the roughest winter weather wise in a generation. So yes, driving 5.5 hours round trip to cover a last place team that often struggles to even put up 47 points in a game. Add in all the snow storms...
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February 18, 2014  |  Discuss
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