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Manchester United win relieves the huge pressure on David Moyes

The beginning of the David Moyes era was the dominant storyline for Manchester United today. Well, that and the Wayne Rooney saga. (The fact that Rooney didn’t enter the game until well into the second half, and didn’t celebrate with his team on their third goal only made people talk more about the disgruntled stryker). However, Moyes taking over after the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson...
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August 18, 2013  |  Discuss

News and notes from the Packers 19-7 win over the St. Louis Rams

The Green Bay Packers looked like an entirely new team from the one that was shutout in a preseason opening loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The St. Louis Rams made a lot of mistakes and the Packers played consistent football en route to a 19-7 win on Saturday Night. Here are observations from Green Bay’s second preseason game: Observations (Real Talk) - Eddie Lacy was a trending...
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August 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Wayne Rooney excels, but doesn’t celebrate with Manchester United teammates

With Manchester United’s 4-1 victory over Swansea today they sent a message to the rest of the Barclay’s Premier League. Wayne Rooney may not want to be there, but that didn’t hamper his play. Even though he began the match on the bench. Oh and he didn’t didn’t celebrate with his teammates either on their third goal of the match. Look at this pic in the tweet from CNN...
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August 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Scheelhaase explains what happened to Illini Football

For Nate Scheelhaase and Illini football, last year was the worst of times, and…the worst of times again. Tim Beckman began his new reign by going 2-10, Ofer in conference play. Sure, Ron Turner went 0-11 in his first season in Champaign, and Ron Zook went 4-19 in his first two, but 2012 seemed a lot worse than those years, because the Zook and Turner teams didn’t have a lot...
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August 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Jay Cutler displays acting chops in FX promo video

Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will be on a tv show about fantasy football when the quarterback guest stars in an upcoming episode this September. Jay Cutler flew to Los Angeles earlier this month to tape an episode of “The League,” a sitcom set in Chicago and the posh upscale suburb of Winnetka. Coincidentally, it’s the same town where Jay Cutler and wife Kristin Cavallari are...
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August 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Ryne Sandberg note to Lou Piniella (photo)

In light of Ryne Sandberg or “Ryan Sandburg” as some Chicago Cubs “fans” refer to him, getting the gig managing the Philadelphia Phillies for the rest of the year, I felt the need to re-publish this photo from a few years ago. It’s from when Ryno came to Wrigley Field to manage the Low A Peoria Chiefs in the “Road to Wrigley.” He left a note for then Cubs manager Lou...
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August 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Indianapolis Colts season preview RB/LB

The running game is a big question mark for the Indianapolis Colts this season. Everyone is excited about Andrew Luck, Reggie Wayne and the passing game, but the ground attack elicits questions. Donald Brown can’t stay healthy, and hasn’t lived up to first round draft pick status. Vick Ballard has been a steal of a fifth round pick. Indianapolis Colts RB Ballard led the team...
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August 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg to manage the Philadelphia Phillies

Ryne Sandberg is finally getting his chance to be a big league manager. Not with the Chicago Cubs like he originally hoped, the team with which he had a legendary career as a player, but the Philadelphia Phillies. You might recall the Phillies were the team Ryne Sandberg broke into the Majors with. In one of the best trades in Cubs history, Sandberg was traded for Ivan DeJesus. For...
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August 16, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Chicago Bears season preview RB/LB

With the regime change from Lovie Smith to Marc Trestman, it is believed that the Chicago Bears will go from being a rush first to passing foremost offense. Smith, a coach with a career record of 81-63, was fired on New Year’s Eve, following a 10-win season in which the Bears choked away their playoff chances. A 7-1 start went for nothing. However, you won’t be hearing the dry...
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August 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs 2011 draft review: under the radar guys

We finish our retrospective today of the Chicago Cubs’ 2011 draft by profiling the final seven members of the draft whose performance, we believe, merits Cubs’ fans making room for them on their radar heading into the 2014 season.     John Andreoli:  Right-handed hitting outfielder Andreoli, 23, was a seventeenth round selection in 2011.  Scouts have luaded Andreoli’s...
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August 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Can the Michigan Wolverines be a national title contender?

Can the Michigan Wolverines make it to the national title game? It depends on how good their offense can be with Devin Gardner at quarterback. And the road to the national title game goes through defeating Ohio State, maybe in back?to?back weeks. This season sets up that if the Michigan Wolverines are to play for “all the Tostitos,” and win it all like they did in 1997, they’ll...
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August 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Sports three kings: horse racing, boxing, baseball now becoming irrelevant

If you live in the Chicago area, or even just pay attention to what goes on there in the sports world, a collision of irrelevant sports are going to be on the calendar the weekend of Aug. 16-17. Think about this: On Friday night there will be the first professional boxing event at a Chicago baseball stadium since Sonny Liston fought Floyd Patterson on Sept. 25, 1962 at the old Comiskey...
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August 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Rebecca Lowe opinions and predictions on Manchester United

Rebecca Lowe is a PL host for NBC Sports. She previously worked for ESPN UK. Here she opines on selling English Football to an American audience and the worldwide appeal of Manchester United: “I came over to States in 99 tried to watch United by Munich in the Champion State Final when I was at boarding school over here and struggled to find it. And now, I would say that every...
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August 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Rebecca Lowe opinions and predictions on Manchester United

Rebecca Lowe is a PL host for NBC Sports. She previously worked for ESPN UK. Here she opines on selling English Football to an American audience and the worldwide appeal of Manchester United: “I came over to States in 99 tried to watch United by Munich in the Champion State Final when I was at boarding school over here and struggled to find it. And now, I would say that every...
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August 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Manchester United kicks off NBC Sports PL, on-air talent weigh in

Manager David Moyes takes the reins of the Premier League’s most decorated team – returning champions Manchester United – from their legendary manager of over 26 years, Sir Alex Ferguson. The Red Devils’ first test comes against a fiery Swansea side. Lead play-by-play voice Arlo White joins former Premier League star and four-time league champion Lee Dixon to call the 12...
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August 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Former Carolina Panthers cheerleader Kim Coon is Miss Sprint Cup

Kim Coon returns to the Miss Sprint Cup program for a third season in 2013. Born and raised in Orlando, Kim stayed in the south, earning degrees from the University of Miami (B.S., Broadcasting and Religious Studies) and the University of Alabama (Master’s, Integrated Marketing Communications). So in addition to attending too college football crazy schools in the south with a rich...
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August 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Danica Patrick performances at Michigan not too terrible

With the second half of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series going, rookies like Danica Patrick are seeing tracks for the second time this season. And knowledge gained from the first race of 2013 can pay off in the second race. We saw that with Patrick two weeks ago at Pocono when she made her second start at the 2.5-mile triangle. She was more aggressive on restarts, knew the track better...
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August 15, 2013  |  Discuss

#87 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs: 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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August 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Wisconsin Badgers: Defensive preseason NFL draft stock

With football season approaching it’s easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of practice reports, scrimmages and preseason games. The hollow, empty feeling of football-less February is mercifully long gone, so it’s with an eye toward getting a leg up next February that it’s time to take stock of the NFL draft prospects for current Wisconsin Badgers. As the first of a four...
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August 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Nebraska Cornhuskers ‘not ready for prime time’ in 2013?

I’m surprised that ESPN doesn’t have the Nebraska Cornhuskers on a prime time Saturday night this year. It speaks a little to their perception nationally. I would think they would have to be considered the third or fourth best team in the Big Ten. Of course, we know just how bad the conference was last year. And the Huskers actually have a legitimate passer; something few Big...
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August 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Michigan Wolverines defense will need a lot from Thomas Gordon

Two short seasons after starting his Michigan Wolverines career on one of the nation’s worst defenses, Thomas Gordon, with the help of Brady Hoke, enters his senior season as an anchor on one of the nation’s best defensive units. After seeing action as a hybrid linebacker while a redshirt freshman, Gordon’s move to safety his sophomore season has proved beneficial for the Michigan...
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August 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Alshon Jeffery: The Chicago Bears X-Factor

Alshon Jeffery could very well be the key on offense for the Chicago Bears. The second year wide receiver is expected to line up opposite Brandon Marshall and take the next step in his progression as a No. 2 receiver. Camp Trestman ended with Jeffery earning praise from Marshall, as well as first year head coach Marc Trestman. Jeffery also arrived to camp in great shape after dealing...
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August 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs 2011 draft re-assessment: another Shawon Dunston coming?

Yesterday we featured the most celebrated members of the Chicago Cubs’ 2011 draft class, first round selection Javier Baez and second round pick Dan Vogelbach.  Today we briefly profile six of the other twelve members of the final draft overseen by former Cubs’ general Jim Hendry who, we believe, have been productive enough since joining the organization to conjure hope...
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August 15, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Indianapolis Colts season preview: OL, DL

The Indianapolis Colts went from from a base 4-3 to a 3-4 on their way to improving by nine wins. Going from 2-14 to 11-5 was nothing short of incredible, even with pieces that didn’t quite fit. They called their D a “hybrid” of the 3-4 and 4-3 because they weren’t quite all there yet. And now only players who fit a 3-4 will stay in Indy. Even Dwight Freeney, as successful...
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August 15, 2013  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Mock Draft: 8-16-13

2014 NFL mock draft time. Team needs were taken into account this time. The 2014 NFL mock draft order is based on projections on how we believe the NFL teams will perform this season. Of course, it will change numerous times between now and February. Anyway, welcome to our most extensive and detailed mock draft yet. 1. Jacksonville Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville JAX can’t...
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August 15, 2013  |  Discuss
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