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Butler to honor 1954 Milan HS team at next home game

“Hoosiers” is the greatest basketball movie of all time. That’s not up for discussion. It just is. And Hickory High is based on true events known as the 1954 Milan Miracle. There was a real life team from a tiny Indiana town which upset one of the state’s biggest powerhouses. Obviously, Gene Hackman and company took some artistic license with the story, but that’s fine...
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February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Iranian Soccer Scandal conveys rising importance of women’s sports

The recent scandal of women failing gender tests in Iran’s female soccer league has broader outreach than it appears. Rising stardom, fan interest and money have upped the ante in female athletics. Both as fans and athletes, women are staking a bigger claim in the sports industry. How? A snowball effect of sorts has taken place. Federal legislation from 40 years ago removed barriers...
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February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Wisconsin Badgers Sam Dekker shouldn’t leave for 2015 NBA Draft

Sam Dekker made his debut with the Wisconsin Badgers in 2012 and ever since there has been rumblings of the kid eventually leaving for the NBA. There’s no doubt he should make the jump to the pros, the questions lie in when he’s ready to make the jump and will his game translate to the next level? Our resident basketball expert, David Kay, has Dekker going 19th overall in his...
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February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Manchester United players hang out with Diego Maradona in Dubai

Argentine legend Diego Maradona in the house! Or should I say Diego Maradona in the hizzie. Manchester United are in Dubai for some training, and some rest and relaxation too. United will fly back to the U.K. tomorrow in advance of a match-up with Crystal Palace on Saturday. Hopefully, this trip gave Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney a chance to further convalesce.   And along...
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February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers Andre Hollins has awesome nameplate, NBA potential

I LOVE that the jersey of Andre Hollins says “Dre Hollins” on the back. He needs to stay and earn his Doctorate at the University of Minnesota so it can later say: “Dr. Dre Hollins.” In addition to the best nameplate in all of college basketball, not in all of sports, that honor belongs to the NHL’s Miroslav Satan, Andre Hollins also has a fair amount of NBA Draft stock...
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February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NCAA Tournament Bracketology (2/17/14)

It’s never too early to start thinking ahead.  Here is an early projection of the 2014 NCAA Tournament Bracketology.   You will notice on the Bracket Matrix grades that The Sports Bank’s bracketology has been more accurate than ESPN’s Joe Lunardi three of the past four years.  Be sure to check back at The Sports Bank throughout the college basketball season for weekly updates...
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February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Time for the annual Gophers NCAA Tournament Bubble Watch Column

It’s that time of year again- the Minnesota Golden Gophers NCAA Tournament bubble article/column/blog/post/analysis/meta-analysis. We always do the Gophers “will they or won’t they?” bit during the Big Ten Tournament every season. And we’ll update this again when we get to Indy. The Gophers, with an RPI of 35 are the only true tourney bubble team in the Big Ten. Michigan...
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February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 SI swimsuit issue: tradition. controversy. boobies

When you pick up the 2014 SI swimsuit issue tomorrow, remember it’s tradition of excellence; and t & a. It’s “Barely Legal” with spring training coverage. Oh wait, it’s all swimsuits now. No sports at all. In fact the 2014 SI swimsuit issue is probably the only reason they even publish in print at all in 2014. The notion of a weekly, in this day and age, is long dead...
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February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Mikaela Shiffrin to bailout U.S. Ski team tomorrow

Mikaela Shiffin, the 18 year old prodigy and phenom deemed the next Lindsey Vonn, is here to redeem the horrible first week of the U.S. Alpine Ski Team. There is no Vonn, and Julia Mancuso has consistently disappointed. With just one bronze after five races, perhaps Shiffrin will save them in the Giant Slalom Gold Medal Final tomorrow. Eighteen-year-old American phenom Mikaela...
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February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Rick Pitino: 'Twitter is anti-team'

I asked University of Minnesota Coach Richard Pitino about the top trending topic in college basketball this week: Twitter. Quite a few big name college hoops coaches publicly discussed social media and the adverse effect it’s having on their programs and players. Following the Golden Gophers 54-48 win at Northwestern, Richard Pitino gave a very colorful and insightful answer....
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February 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Wayne Rooney signs £300k a week deal; richest contract in history

Wayne Rooney in Old Trafford for the long term? Manchester United and Wayne Rooney have come to terms on a contract extension that will give the 28 year old striker the richest contract in English football history. Wayne Rooney will sign for £300k a week reports The Telegraph, and numerous other sources. Well, this obviously ends speculation that he would move on to Chelsea, once...
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February 16, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Mock Draft: 2-17-14

Johnny Manziel made the biggest news again this week as we revisit our 2014 NFL mock draft. This 2014 NFL mock draft has feature stories on the players themselves. Click on the names where highlighted to read those. Manziel made an arrogant remark daring the Texans to draft him first overall or they’ll pay for not doing. He talked about how Houston passing on him would make ...
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February 16, 2014  |  Discuss

’14 Illini basketball equals ’99 ugliness due to same exact reason

The 1998-99 Illini basketball team was exceedingly brutal to watch. The 2013-14 Illini basketball season is just as unsightly. If not more so. Both teams could defend their tail off. Let’s give them credit for that. Defense was strong in both. But offensively? Well, watching Illini basketball run their half court offense is so painful that…How painful is it? I wrote a whole...
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February 16, 2014  |  Discuss

LaQuinton Ross is the only future NBA guy on Ohio St.’s roster

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 16, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Danica Patrick wrecked by boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Danica Patrick got up caught in a multi-car accident and finished 16th, after starting 12th in the Sprint Unlimited Saturday night at Daytona. She did run as high as fourth during part of the race, she started 12th, but was involved in a lap 35 accident along with Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, here boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and her SHR teammates Tony Stewart and Kurt...
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February 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United could package Kagawa to Borussia Dortmund for Ilkay Gundogan

Manchester United’s chances of landing Ilkay Gundogan just shot way up with the news that Borussia Dortmund are showing interest in United’s  Shinji Kagawa. The Japanese international won successive Bundesliga titles with Dortmund before moving to the Red Devils for £16million in 2012, but he was someone recruited by Sir Alex Ferguson, who hasn’t gelled with David Moyes....
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February 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Illini fall to Aaron Craft’s blue-collar lunch pail scrappy hard work

The next time you hear Aaron Craft referred to as “blue collar” or “lunch pail” by an announcer, remember that Craft is a pre-med major at Ohio State, and that he graduated valedictorian at Liberty Benton High School in Findlay, Ohio. The Duke Blue Devils Point Guard disguised as an Ohio State college basketball player led his #20 Buckeyes to a (well, for the sake of the...
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February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

If James Young grows up quickly, that’s really good for Kentucky

Kentucky two guard James Young looks like a NBA lottery pick. He’s a one and done talent. That said, he needs to be consistent and play up to his potential. Huge game tonight for the Wildcats against their hated SEC rivals the Florida Gators. As James Young continues to develop, so will the Wildcats. John Calipari  on getting James Young to drive more and getting him to get to...
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February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Ashley Wagner has AWESOME Valentine’s Day Card/Meme

American skater Ashley Wagner became this olympics McKayla Maroney for her “that’s *********** reaction face, and the meme it inspired which took off. And here’s a great quote from Ashley Wagner from these Olympics: From Russia (kind of) with love…Happy Valentine’s Day Twitter ! Xoxo???? pic.twitter.com/QrhNNUdQ8M — Ashley Wagner (@AshWagner2010) February 14, 2014 ...
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February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Tina Maze finishes 5th, Julia Mancuso 8th in Olympic Super G

It was thought to be Tina Maze (finished 5th) of Slovenia vs. American Julia Mancuso (8th) in the Super-G Gold Medal Final. But Neither medaled. Mancuso was looking to add an Olympic medal to the three world championships medals she already has in this event. Slovenian sensation and also pop music star in here native country Tina Maze stood in her way. Swiss superstar Lara Gut was...
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February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Jeff Samardzija: no reason for the Cubs to break the bank for him now

Cubs’ RHP pitcher Jeff Samardzija has been the subject of rampant rumors that he will be traded this season if he does not accept the Cubs’ multi-year contract extension, reportedly between five and six years and worth between $60 and $70 million. There is absolutely no reason to extend Samardzija at this juncture after just two years of uneven results in the starting rotation...
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February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Dakari Johnson: because why not have an all Kentucky NBA Lottery?

Kentucky Wildcats Center Dakari Johnson looks like an NBA first round draft pick. But with a strong finish to the college basketball season and a really exceptional NCAA Tournament Assistant Coach Kenny Payne On the development of Dakari Johnson … “Very proud of Dakari Johnson as a staff. He has grown so much. He is running the floor very well. He is taking on the role of being...
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February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein: he’s up, he’s down, he’s up, he’s down

Seven footer Willie Cauley-Stein is quite an interesting project pick for the NBA team that drafts him. He may come out this year, but it would probably serve him better if the Forward/Center returned to Kentucky for his junior season. Wildcats Guard Jarrod Polson on how Willie Cauley-Stein changes what they do defensively when he’s playing well: “Willie’s kind of just the...
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February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Six Of The Best NFL Free-Agents Of This Offseason

The excitement and the fan interest about the 2013 NFL season and the Super Bowl is now over, after the Seattle Seahawks smashed Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. However, the entire NFL world is now turned towards the offseason and all the potential moves and trades that it could involve. Let’s break down some of the best free-agents of the 2014 offseason. Jimmy Graham Of...
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February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Tina Maze vs Julia Mancuso for Super G Gold Tomorrow

It’s Tina Maze of Slovenia vs. American Julia Mancuso in the Super-G Gold Medal Final in the wee hours of Saturday morning. Mancuso will be looking to add an Olympic medal to the three world championships medals she already has in this event. Slovenian sensation and also pop music star in here native country Tina Maze stands in her way. Swiss superstar Lara Gut should also be a...
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February 14, 2014  |  Discuss
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