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NFL Players Union to investigate Jonathan Martin case

The case of Jonathan Martin has been dominating the NFL headlines this week. Bullying has become a more serious issue in recent years, and the situation of Jonathan Martin represents a high profile case involving an athlete at the highest level. A person familiar with the situation says the NFL Players Association will investigate possible harassment of Miami Dolphins offensive tackle...
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November 02, 2013  |  Discuss

OSU Cheerleader/model Mariel Dunlap: Justin Blackmon girlfriend

Web searching interest high for the term Justin Blackmon girlfriend. it makes sense, now that Blackmon’s season is now over. Yesterday the NFL story of the day was by far the indefinite suspension imposed on him by the Jacksonville Jaguars. So who holds the prestigious title of Justin Blackmon girlfriend today? Oklahoma State Cowboys cheerleader Mariel Dunlap. Yes we have both...
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November 02, 2013  |  Discuss

No sex in the new Danica Patrick Go Daddy Super Bowl ads

Danica Patrick is known for her racy, sexual, strip club type ads for Go Daddy; her main NASCAR team sponsor. Patrick’s primary sponsor epitomizes the idea of “sex sells,” as they ramp up the raciness in all their promos, especially the Super Bowl advertisements. Danica Patrick will not be doing so in 2014; neither will any of the other stars of the Go Daddy series of ads....
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November 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Manchester United feel secure Wayne Rooney will stay; reject Chelsea

Here we go again. More will he stay or will he go drama with Manchester United and Wayne Rooney. We’re only a couple months now from the January transfer window, and that means speculation season has begun. Speculation over whether the 27 year old striker will be secured to a new contract or not. United believes Wayne Rooney will stay in Old Trafford. The Daily Star is claiming...
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November 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Indianapolis Colts vs Houston Texans preview

The division-leading Indianapolis Colts travel to Houston, Texas, to take on J.J. Watt and the Texans on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Coverage begins with Football Night In America at 6 pm A high profile came like this, there’s a obviously a lot of action on it. National telecasts usually bring out a lot of wagering, as more eyeballs in the game means more football fans going...
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November 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Jaguars suspend Justin Blackmon indefinitely for substance abuse

Justin Blackmon of the Jacksonville Jaguars has been suspended indefinitely without pay for violating the National Football League Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Blackmon’s suspension begins immediately. He will be eligible to apply for reinstatement prior to the start of the 2014 season. He was an extremely high draft pick, and I guess he’s getting extremely high...
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November 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Iowa Hawkeyes dismiss LB Marcus Collins: alcohol offense

The Iowa Hawkeyes have dismissed Marcus Collins from the team today . The Iowa Hawkeyes linebacker was charged with an alcohol related offense early Friday morning. “Marcus was currently serving a three game suspension,” said Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz in a statement.   “He has now been dismissed from our football program. We will assist Marcus as he pursues other options to...
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November 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders to open the U.S. Grand Prix

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders will participate in the opening ceremonies for the 2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX Nov. 17. ALL CAPS!!! LOUD NOISES! I DON’T KNOW WHAT WE’RE YELLING ABOUT! The opening ceremonies will also include a performance by the University of Texas Longhorn Band along the Circuit’s main straight and the Formula 1™ drivers’ parade before the...
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November 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Indiana Hoosiers do Michael Jackson “Thriller” (video)

The Indiana Hoosiers got into the Halloween spirit yesterday. Just in case you forgot, the internet reminded you over and over and over again that yesterday was Halloween, as your social media was no doubt bombarded by people posting pictures of their kids’ costumes. For the Indiana Hoosiers, the spirit of All Hallows Eve means dancing the Michael Jackson thriller. Which I thought...
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November 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers: nuggets, coverage notes

Aaron Rodgers and NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers host the rival Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football. The Green Bay Packers (5-2)  versus the 4-3 Bears will kick on Nov. 4 at 7:25 p.m. Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will call the game from historic Lambeau Field with sideline reporter Lisa Salters. Bears-Packers on MNF is the only NFL game in week 9 between teams with winning...
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November 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Buffalo Bills begin #LegendofKIko with Kiko Alonso

Have you learned of the #LegendofKiko yet? Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso is tied for the league lead in interceptions with four and in tackles with 81. Under the radar right? I know I had no idea Kiko Alonso was putting up dominating stats like that either. A quiet and unassuming player off the field, his play on it has fans in Buffalo enamored with the rookie from the University...
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November 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Five reasons the Illini will retain Tim Beckman

Tim Beckman will likely return to the University of Illinois for 2014. Barring an epic collapse of going O-fer down the stretch here, Becks will get a third season leading the Illini. With five games remaining for the Illini, 2-3 or better guarantees Tim Beckman comes back to Champaign. 2-3 in the last 5 is also the best case scenario for Illinois, but 1-4 is also likely. At 1-4...
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November 01, 2013  |  Discuss

How Travis Carroll got his “Tacos” nickname and how he feels about it

Purdue Boilermakers forward Travis Carroll has an interesting nickname, and an interesting backstory to how he earned that nickname. Because nicknames can only be earned, you cannot give yourself one. (As George Costanza and “Seinfeld” taught us) And “Tacos,” as Travis Carroll is known is well aware of his nickname and how he earned it. I talked about “Tacos” with Travis...
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November 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Tom Crean late for Big 10 Media Day; Twitter lets him have it

Tom Crean loves himself some press conference lateness. Almost as much as Tom Crean loves himself some nervously pacing around and excitingly clapping. The Indiana Hoosiers Coach has drawn the ire of both local and national media ever since he kept reporters waiting until nearly 2 a.m. last year, in order to have his players cut down the nets in Assembly Hall. Of course, I’ll never...
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October 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Michigan State Spartans #2 in AP Poll, best team in Big Ten

The Michigan State Spartans are the #2 team in the Associated Press poll; released today. They were also chosen the unanimous Big Ten favorite heading into the 2013-14 college basketball season. MSU is also #2 in The Sports Bank’s 111 in 111 conducted by David Kmiecik (that’s forthcoming) Michigan State Spartans sophomore Gary Harris was named Preseason Player of the Year. Michigan...
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October 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Alex Morgan dresses as McKayla Maroney for Halloween (PHOTO)

It’s Halloween, and as such time to revisit the Alex Morgan Halloween costume. Here she is dressed as McKayla Maroney. Here USWNT partner-in-crime Sydney Leroux went as fellow member of the Fab Five, oh wait my bad, apologies to the Michigan Wolverines, Fierce Five, as Gabby Douglas. See the photo and compare/contrast after the jump. She tweeted: Alex Morgan @alexmorgan13 Mckayla...
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October 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Frank Yallop is the new Chicago Fire coach

The Chicago Fire announced that Frank Yallop has replaced Frank Klopas as the new head coach. The  MLS franchise announced that Frank Yallop will also be the new director of soccer. The Watford, England native and former Canadian international defender has won two MLS Cup Championships as a coach, and has twice been named MLS Coach of the Year. Frank Yallop most recently served...
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October 31, 2013  |  Discuss

David Beckham wants Sir Alex Ferguson to manage his Miami MLS team

It was revealed yesterday that David Beckham, the former England captain and Manchester United star, picked Miami as the location for his new MLS franchise. He also recently revealed that he wants Sir Alex Ferguson to manage his new MLS team. It’s been an interesting few weeks for Becks, who also gave a vote of confidence to embattled United Manager David Moyes. The bad losses...
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October 31, 2013  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals finish season with a thud

The 2013 season for the St. Louis Cardinals ended with disappointment after the Boston Red Sox hit their way to a third championship in ten seasons. The Cards finished with the best record in the National League and topped baseball darling Yasiel Puig and the upstart Pittsburgh Pirates before being dismantled by the American League’s best. St. Louis made it to the Fall Classic...
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October 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Fantasy Sports Games: When Betting Gets Virtual

Most of us know about traditional sports betting. You predict the outcome of a sporting event and place a wager on that outcome happening with a bookmaker, often times online. In most U.S. states this practice is illegal but elsewhere in the world, especially Europe, sports betting is allowed and regulated. Most of us, too, will be familiar with fantasy sports leagues where participants...
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October 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Offseason considerations for the New York Mets

As baseball heads into the postseason, the New York Mets are faced with an offseason of intense decision-making. During the break, there are plenty of problems that need to be addressed but fortunately, this time, there’s plenty of money available to transform the squad. Plenty of positions need firming up: the outfield is lacking a real big hitter; General Manager Sandy Alderson...
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October 31, 2013  |  Discuss

#14 Memphis Tigers: 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 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Can Brad Stevens turn the Boston Celtics around?

This summer we learned why Brad Stevens chose to remain at Butler and turn down all those big school college basketball jobs. He was holding out for something better; and here’s his meteoric rise to the NBA. Challenges abound. Both the program he leaves and the program he takes over are in transition. The Butler Bulldogs took a tremendous hit, they’ll take a while to recover...
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October 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears GM Phil Emery should embrace the Packer Way

   Phil Emery’s second season as Chicago Bears’ GM has been defined by a spate of injuries to his team.  Emery has placed two DT’s, starter Henry Melton and his replacement Nate Collins, starting MLB D.J. Williams, and nickel back Kelvin Hayden on season-ending Injured Reserve. QB Jay Cutler and starting LB Lance Briggs were expected to miss at least four weeks following...
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October 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Is the name Redskins Offensive? First Consider the Source

During halftime of the Cowboys-Redskins game, NBC Analyst and Broadcaster Bob Costas offered his candid view of the nickname controversy. “There is no reason to believe that owner Daniel Snyder, or any official or player from his team, harbors animus toward Native Americans or wishes to disrespect them. This is undoubtedly also true of the vast majority of those who don’t think...
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October 31, 2013  |  Discuss
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