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Team Sweden hockey preview: Lying in the weeds

There is an awful lot of talk about who will win gold in Olympic hockey. What is surprising is that the Team Sweden hockey club is not getting enough love compared to Canada and host country Russia. The 2006 gold medal winners may have been upset in 2010, but are looking like a solid choice to regain their title as the best in the world. Tre Kronor has depth at every position, even...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Team Czech Republic hockey preview: Too many veterans

Looking up and down the Team Czech Republic roster reveals plenty of notable players. The problem with those names is that the majority of them are on the back end of their careers. Patrik Elias, Jaromir Jagr, Milan Michalek, Petr Nedved, Tomas Kaberle, Michal Rozsival, and Marek Zidlicky have all seen better days. Players such as Jagr and Elias are still playing at a premium level...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Team Slovenia hockey preview: Looking up

Anza Kopitar will be lucky to play more than four games for Team Slovenia Hockey in the Winter Olympics. Slovenia defied all odds by qualifying for the games with Kopitar and Detroit Red Wings prospect Jan Mursak as the only players most hockey fans would know. Kopitar’s father Matjaz coaches Team Slovenia. Forwards Kopitar and Mursak are the team’s best forwards. Brothers Marcel...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Notre Dame recruiting class will be top ten nationally

I guess the “Pot O’ Gold” strategy works. At least it does for Notre Dame recruiting. You’ve heard about the Pot O’ Gold, the bombarding of the blue chip prospect with hundreds and hundreds of letters, leaflets and other program related propaganda. The initiative has helped form a 22 prospect strong Notre Dame recruiting class that’s ranked in the top ten across the board...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (2/5/14)

Here is the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account with this second round.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013. SECOND ROUND 31. Milwaukee- P.J. Hairston, SG, North Carolina, 6-6, Jr. P...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (2/5/14)

Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, or Jabari Parker.  Who will be the first pick in the 2014 NBA Draft?  It’s an ongoing debate that will continue up to draft night on June 26th. Here is The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account.  Click on the player’s name for an in-depth draft profile.  By the way, The Sports...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Ohio State recruiting: #2, no #3, wait #2 best overall class

The Ohio State recruiting class being unveiled today is the second best in the nation. No, hold on a second, it’s 3rd. Now it changed again, it’s third. However, the Big ten Network, obviously more homerific and positively biased than any other outlet says Ohio State recruiting is 4th in all of college football. BTN also said OSU was fourth best regardless of the signings. Confused...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

James Franklin keeps Penn State recruiting strong despite turnover

This is how the 24 prospect Penn State recruiting class shapes up: a national ranking of 19th, with a star rating rank of 25th (more on this later), according to Fox Sport’s Scout. Although by early morning, Scout moved the Penn State recruiting class down to 21st, with zero 5-star recruits but four 4-star recruits. 24/7 has PSU also 21st, with 0 5-stars, but 5 4-stars. Yahoo...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Manchester United pursuing Portugal’s William Carvalho?

Starsport claims Manchester United Manager David Moyes sent a team of scouts to watch Portugese William Carvalho in action for Sporting Lisbon before the European transfer window closed. Yes, another midfielder target. It wouldn’t be a true United transfer rumors post without talk about another midfielder for this summer. William Carvalho plays for Sporting Clube de Portugal as...
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Manchester United pursuing Portugal star William Carvalho

Starsport claims Manchester United Manager David Moyes sent a team of scouts to watch Portugese William Carvalho in action for Sporting Lisbon before the European transfer window closed. Yes, another midfielder target. It wouldn’t be a true United transfer rumors post without talk about another midfielder for this summer. William Carvalho plays for Sporting Clube de Portugal as...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Manchester United targeting Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote

Just five days after the January transfer window closed, it’s already time to talk summer transfer window. Cheick Tiote is the latest Manchester United target according to the Daily Star. Yes, it’s a midfielder. Much like most of the transfer rumors. Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote is regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders in the Barclay’s Premier League and David Moyes...
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Will The Pacers –Heat Rivalry Be Determined By Greg Oden And Andrew Bynum?

During the 2013 playoffs we all saw how close the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers were. The defending champs only managed to crack the Pacers’ resistance in Game 7 and they did that with much difficulty. Every NBA fan is eagerly waiting to see the rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Finals. The two teams made sure to perform several moves, strengthen their armor as they...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Northwestern recruiting class: Pat Fitzgerald’s best ever (sort of)

Pat Fitzgerald will be the first to tell you that he was a “zero star recruit” (he’s making a joke, the lowest you can be is one star) and that he doesn’t pay attention to the star system. He understands that all dorks and geeks (my words, not his) that obsess about recruiting are just doing their job and that’s fine. But Fitz doesn’t buy into it. That’s why analyzing...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Illini recruiting class: 13th out of 14 in the Big Ten

Watching and following Illini recruiting, Illini football, and now Illinois basketball too, is to watch Paul Giamatti’s character in “Sideways.” You just see them take hit, after hit, after hit, after hit, and you think: “when is life going to deal them a better hand finally? Since Mike Thomas took over as Athletic Director, things have taken a serious turn for the worse...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Swansea City Sacks Manager Michael Laudrup, Garry Monk takes over

Swansea City confirms they have sacked manager Michael Laudrup. Garry Monk takes charge in the interim. “It is a decision we have taken reluctantly,’’ chairman Huw Jenkins stated on the club’s official website. “But it’s a decision made in the best interests of Swansea City Football Club and our supporters. “It is the first time in nearly 10 years that the club has...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Houston Texans deciding between Johnny Manziel or Blake Bortles

If you never heard of Blake Bortles until a month ago, you wouldn’t be alone. In the summer, a lot of people were exposed to his girlfriend Lindsey Duke, thanks to an eye-popping photo shoot at the University of Central Florida. More people have still heard of Lindsey Duke than Blake Bortles, although watching UCF rise to a BCS bowl win has elevated the profile of Bortles, and...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Manchester United confirms International Champions Cup participation

Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City have all agreed to take part in a major pre-season tournament in the United States that will also feature some of the other major European football clubs. Real Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan, AC Roma and Internazionale will also take part in what is being deemed the 2014 International Champions Cup. It will be played in possibly 13...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Joakim Noah goes bezerk, drops f-bombs on refs

Joakim Noah is the perfect player for Chicago Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau. Both of these men have a non-stop desire for the game of basketball. They’re both intensely competitive and value winning above almost anything else. Sure, the Center position is slowly going extinct, but Joakim Noah has developed into one of the better players to man the position. Noah’s fiery competitiveness...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Ten biggest Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics storylines to follow

In just two days, the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics will commence. Yes, there are some events preceding the Opening Ceremonies on Friday night. This Winter Olympiad certainly lacks some star power, and NBC knows it. It’s why they’ve made some “questionable” decisions leading up to it. We’ll explore that, as well as the major socioeconomic and sociopolitical stories surrounding...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Northwestern basketball likely headed back to the NIT

Locally, Northwestern basketball is becoming a bit of a local media creation. The national media haven’t embraced it yet like the local media have, but that’s fine. They’re just .500 (11-11, 5-5 in conference, 4th place in the Big Ten). I personally think some of the fan boy journalists, on the Northwestern focused and Chicago focused websites are over-doing it somewhat. NU...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Team USA hockey preview: Prove 2010 was no fluke

Taking home the gold in 2010 on Canadian soil would have been sweet for Team USA. Doing so against the hometown Canadians would have been that much sweeter. A silver medal was not expected with the talent on the ice for Team USA hockey, but now is the time to show that 2010 was more legitimate than fluky. The core remains strong for the U.S., as Zach Parise, Patrick Kane, Ryan Suter...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Team Canada hockey preview: Repeat or bust

Winning gold on home ice was expected. Now is the time to show how dominant the Team Canada hockey program can be. Even with their 2010 gold, Hockey Canada has failed to medal in two of the previous four Winter Olympics. For pretty much any other team, that is acceptable. For Canada? An embarrassment. The Canadian talent pool is by far the deepest in the world. As Canada’s sport...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Team Austria hockey preview: Thanks for playing

This is Austria’s first Winter Olympics hockey tournament since 2002, where they finished 12th. Needless to say, they’re just happy to be here. Surprisingly, the Eagles have at least notable and current NHL players. Thomas Vanek and Michael Grabner also play together for the New York Islanders. Forwards Vanek and Grabner are the only two forwards with NHL experience, as the...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Tactical Masterclass by Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho

There was a lot of talk about Jose Mourinho coming to the Ethiad Stadium on Monday with negative tactics. But you don’t need to “park the bus” when you have the coach. Mourinho has shown us all once again why he is one of Europe’s best managers. Chelsea beat Manchester City by 1-0, thanks to a 32nd minute strike from defender Branislav Ivanovic. Proving that City is not unbeatable...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

US Weekly claims Jessica Szohr dating Aaron Rodgers again

Actress Jessica Szohr, famous for her role on “Gossip Girl”  is supposedly the new main squeeze of the leader of the Packers. So much for the rumored Aaron Rodgers homosexual affair with his former trainer. For the week leading up to and after New Year’s, the entire world of web search users acted as if the possibility of Aaron Rodgers being gay was the most important thing...
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February 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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