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Chicago Blackhawks get lucky in facing the Wild next

The Chicago Blackhawks dispatched the St. Louis Blues much like the way a body dispatches a St. Paul sandwich: quickly. Their reward is facing the Minnesota Wild. The wannabe North Stars eliminated the defensively inept Colorado Avalanche, who despite winning the newly arranged Central Division, regressed in time for when the lights shone brightest upon them. The St. Louis Blues...
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May 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Knicks star Tracy McGrady making professional pitching debut soon

When will for NBA star Tracy McGrady take the mound in his professional baseball debut? That’s right, in case you missed it, the former Houston Rockets and New York Knicks All-Star has caught on with an independent league professional baseball team in Texas. So when will he make his first start? It is difficult to get a read on when we might finally see former NBA franchise player...
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May 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Chelsea Defender David Luiz talks about a “S*** season”

Chelsea Defender David Luiz knows expectations were really very high for the Blues season. With The Special One returning to Stamford Bridge, a trophy of some sort should have been in order. However, it looks like Jose Mourinho’s first season back with the west London side will end without silverware. But that doesn’t mean it will be a ******* season,” if I may use the words...
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May 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Here’s your 2014 Big Ten ACC Challenge schedule

The Big Ten ACC Challenge has been announced. ESPN released the match-ups 15 minutes ago. Specific networks and tip times to be announced later. I put the games that the obvious headliners in bold. But you can make up your own mind about the Big Ten ACC Challenge. Mon, Dec 1 Nebraska at Florida State Rutgers at Clemson Tue, Dec 2 No. 21 Syracuse at No. 24 Michigan Ohio State...
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May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Blackhawks vs Minnesota Wild Playoff Preview

Chicago Blackhawks playoffs mania is in full effect! The Hawks finished off the St. Louis Blues is convincing fashion. After high drama in every game, extra sessions, late nights and long stretches of tremendous tension, the Hawks cruised in the third period of game six to destroy the Blues and end their season. Now it’s Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks in the next round....
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May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Van Gaal’s United wish list: Luke Shaw, Marco Reus, Mats Hummel

According to the Daily Star, Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United shopping list includes the Borussia Dortmund duo Mats Hummels and Marco Reus. And right there at the top of the list with the duo is Southampton left-back Luke Shaw. Both Marco Reus and Luke Shaw have been linked to United in transfer rumors are season long; longer than that actually. However, Hummels is a new name...
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May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

John Calipari reaffirms that he’s not taking the Lakers job

John Calipari is staying at Kentucky. Even though the Los Angles Lakers job is now open. The publicist who runs Coach Cal’s official Twitter account (John Calipari has been very open with the media about the fact that he does not do his own tweeting) for him just tweeted this: Before it starts, I’m totally committed to helping this group of young men reach their dreams. I wouldn’t...
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May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Potential destinations for Kyrie Irving in 2016

Cleveland Cavaliers fans can still remember how painful it was to see LeBron James announcing that he would take his talents off of the Cleveland and to the South Beach, joining forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Unfortunately for them, they might experience a similar feeling once again, in about two years from now. Superstar point guard Kyrie Irving doesn’t seem like he...
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May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

14 pictures of hot girls in Kentucky Derby hats

Ready to buy some Kentucky Derby hats for this weekend? The Kentucky Derby- the one weekend out of the year that everyone wants to be engulfed in KY. (I’m referring to the state, not the jelly, you dirty mind!) The annual Running of the Roses at Churchill Downs in Louisville is a big media and social event. And lots of attractive women sporting cocktail dresses, mint juleps and...
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May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

United Striker Javier Hernandez being pursued by Aston Villa

A new home for Javier Hernandez? More transfer rumors emerge today. In the past, the rumors of Javier Hernandez exiting from Old Trafford have been greatly exaggerated. Everything you heard about Chicharito leaving Manchester United: not happening said Eduardo Hernandez back in Mid March. “I think these are just rumors. I have no news of Inter and Manchester United have not...
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May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Bulls off-season preview: Melo, Booze and more

The “silly season” is here, Chicago Bulls fans. This is actually the more interesting season for Chicago Bulls fans. Craig Williams, formerly of 95.7 The Fan, South Bend, is here with me to break it down for you. Williams agrees with me that this Chicago Bulls team was better off getting into the lottery than into the playoffs. Yet they won 48 games and finished just shy of the...
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May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

UPDATED: 2014-2015 preseason top 25 college basketball rankings

Now that we know which college basketball players have declared for the NBA Draft and top 2014 recruit Myles Turner has made his college decision, it is time to update my insanely early 2014-15 Top 25 college basketball rankings.  Here is a list of which players have already announced they are transferring and entering the draft.  Leave a comment below if you think a team is...
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May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Who the Chicago Bears might draft at pick #14

  We’re one week out from the NFL Draft, so it’s time to break down the Chicago Bears prospects and options for May 8th. I enlisted the help of a few Chicago Bears experts and got them on the phone; Nick Shepkowski of WSCR 670 The Score Chicago, Craig Williams, formerly of 95.7 The Fan, South Bend, Charles Davis, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network.  I also have a full mock draft...
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May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Notre Dame Football could see three player in NFL Draft’s 1st round

Three former Notre Dame football players could go in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, with a few more Domers also being picked in later rounds. For the sake of this post, we’re going to spotlight three: Louis Nix III, Zack Martin and Stephon Tuitt. I enlisted the help of a couple Notre Dame football experts and got them on the phone; Nick Shepkowski of WSCR 670 The Score...
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May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United to introduce Louis van Gaal as new boss next week

 Louis van Gaal will be confirmed as Manchester United’s new manager next week, Fox Sports News sources understand. Louis Van Gaal has an impeccable track record and has suggested he will either work in England or retire after leading Holland at the World Cup this year. Old Trafford sources told ESPN FC that the club was moving toward hiring Van Gaal and Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf...
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May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Johnny Weir makes hilarious jab at the state of Kentucky

Johnny Weir is one of sports broadcasting’s brightest stars. A large reason for that is his candor, and the fact that she never shies away from that candid opinion. Weir and his tag team partner Tara Lipinski or “I love my blonde little munchkin” as he calls her were fashion critics for Access Hollywood’s coverage of the Academy Awards.. This weekend, the duo reprise that...
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April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Manchester United’s chances of landing Marco Reus improve

Manchester United’s hopes of landing Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus received a boost after he was coy about signing a new deal. This according to the Daily Express. However, obtaining Marco Reus is going to cost even more than the Red Devils thought. In December, The Daily Mail reported that Manchester United made a big bid to get Marco Reus on their roster. Manchester United...
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April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Mock Draft: 5-1-14

We’re just over a week now from the Draft, so we’ll be updating the 2014 NFL mock draft more frequently from here on out. This 2014 NFL mock draft has added more feature stories on the players themselves. Rumors are flying everywhere about all the top prospects, and most of it is smoke and mirrors. We’ll try to sort through all the B.S. as we give you the most honest assessment...
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April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United closing deal for Edinson Cavani

  The Daily Star Sunday broke the news three months ago that £50million Uruguay star Edinson Cavani was a major summer target for United. Three weeks ago they revealed that MUFC hope PSG will be interested in taking Portugal’s Nani, 27, as part of the deal. And today, according to the Daily Mirror Edinson Cavani is ready to be part of the Manchester United revolution, despite...
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April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Broncos Peyton Manning will be on Letterman on Cinco de Mayo

Omaha! Wait I mean OMAHA! Denver Broncos quarterback and 2014 NFL MVP Peyton Manning will visit the Late Show with David Letterman, Monday, May 5 (9:35 PM MT) on the CBS Television Network. This will be Peyton Manning’s first talk show interview since Super Bowl XLVII, when the Broncos were destroyed by the Seattle Seahawks 43-8. This will be Manning’s fourth appearance on the...
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April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir Preview the Kentucky Derby

If you have Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir on your talent roster, then you use Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir every chance you can. Weir and Lipinksi, who received lots of critical acclaim for their figure skating analysis on NBCSN’s coverage of the 2014 Sochi Games, as well as for their conversational rapport on topics ranging from twizzles to tres chic attire, return to NBC Sports...
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April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Tara Lipinski talks about her famous Big Lebowski routine

As far as Sochi Winter Olympic commentators go, Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir just owned it. They were dominant in Sochi. The duo’s on-air performance drew rave reviews from media critics and led to NBC using Weir and Lipinski again as fashion critics for Access Hollywood’s coverage of the Academy Awards.. This weekend, the duo reprise that role, serving as Kentucky Derby Fashion...
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April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

What exactly was Tom Thibodeau thinking this playoff series?

Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has accomplished quite a bit in his first four years as an NBA head coach. He’s been very successful. But watching his team lose in the first round of the playoffs this season, one has to wonder if maybe he actually wants out? The Bulls were picked by almost everyone to win this series, but they went out in five games. Thibodeau’s refusal to...
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April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Rev. Jesse Jackson says he would help Donald Sterling sell the team

Rev. Jesse Jackson joined Bloomberg Television’s Erik Schatzker and Stephanie Ruhle following NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s press conference. The Rev. Jesse Jackson said: “There’s nothing more that needs to be done. I’m sure he has polled the owners… No owner will stand against this recommendation and vote for Sterling. If they did not do it, you would have mutiny by...
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April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Bulls Twitterverse bids Carlos Boozer farewell in LOL fashion

For the end of the Carlos Boozer era in Chicago I was….When I saw the final score was Wizards 75, Bulls 69, I realized that I missed absolutely nothing. I’ve seen seen the Illini score less than 19 points in a half TWICE this winter, so I’m fresh out of patience for watching basketball teams in the state of Illinois that can’t score a lick. That said, let’s give a big “Hey...
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April 29, 2014  |  Discuss
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