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Flashback: Coyotes Raffi Torres hit on Blackhawks Hossa (video)

The Chicago Blackhawks Marian Hossa took a nasty illegal hit from the Phoenix Coyotes‘ Raffi Torres in last year’s NHL playoffs. The brutal  that left him motionless on the ice. As you can see after the jump, Torres left his feet for the hit so he’s likely going to face a suspension. He’s a repeat offender, so he could face 10 games. Brendan Shanahan suspended Torres before...
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February 07, 2013  |  Discuss

A Lindsey Vonn return at the 2014 Olympics?

Will Lindsey Vonn return in time for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi? They begin exactly one year from today, will that bring a triumphant Lindsey Vonn return? About the last thing on Vonn’s mind right now is her supposed relationship with Tiger Woods and how to handle the media hoopla that surrounds it. She has real problems now. Vonn was airlifted to safety during a crash that...
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February 07, 2013  |  Discuss

New era of Michigan-Ohio State Domination?

Michigan-Ohio State has always been “The Game.” OSU and UM have always been the big boys of the Big Ten. But are we approaching a new era of clear-cut domination on the gridiron between the Wolverines and Buckeyes? Brady Hoke has brought an attitude to Michigan that reminds many of Bo, Moeller and Carr. In two seasons as head coach Hoke has already won a BCS Bowl. He beat Ohio...
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February 07, 2013  |  Discuss

ex-Bengals cheerleader Sarah Jones violates parole

Remember our good friend Bengals cheerleader Sarah Jones? The former schoolteacher was indicted on charges of having sex with a student. Originally she pleaded not guilty but now she’s accepted a plea deal. And she showed up to court with that student who she is now dating. She even divorced her husband of one year to date him.  Jones, sometimes referred to as the female Jerry...
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February 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankees star Curtis Granderson building baseball field for his alma mater

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) alum and current New York Yankee centerfielder (he also spent some time with the Detroit Tigers) Curtis Granderson has pledged the funding for a new multi-million dollar baseball stadium on the campus of UIC.  The facility will be home for Flames Baseball, but more importantly, is intended to serve area youth and the Chicago community.  Partnerships...
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February 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Alex Morgan Katy Perry photo shoot video

Alex Morgan Katy Perry? Brilliant. ESPN the Magazine will soon release a music-themed issue. Many figures from across the world of sports were used to recreate famous images from the music world: Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman became Michael Jackson on the cover of Thriller, Ryan Lochte became the baby from the Nirvana Nevermind cover etc. For as much as I rip the WWL, I have to hand...
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February 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Breaking down the top 5 Notre Dame recruiting class

Once again Notre Dame recruiting is among the best in the nation. Last time we checked in with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, they were get hammered by the Alabama Crimson Tide in the National Title game. Now they’ve reloaded with a top 5 recruiting class. As listed by position, the Notre Dame recruiting class adds four defensive backs, four wide receivers, three defensive linemen...
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February 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Gary Andersen lands a solid class for the Wisconsin Badgers in 2013

Even with a new coach at the helm, the Wisconsin Badgers football program put forth another successful National Signing Day with one of their best classes ever. With the departure of Bret Bielema to Arkansas, the Badgers thoughtfully hired Gary Andersen and made recruiting the first priority of the new regime. The 2013 class is headlined by four-star running back Corey Clement and...
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February 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Is the Ohio State recruiting class at the top now?

Yesterday, the Christmas Day of every recruiting service geek, the college football signing class rankings kept changing. At night, the Ohio State recruiting class became #1. OSU Coach and bane of Bret Bielema’s existence, Urban Meyer announced Wednesday a class of 24 prospects, including five already enrolled in school (hopefully they’re not like that backup QB guy who tweeted...
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February 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting class #1 again

If there’s a song for where the crystal ball and top ranked recruiting classes reside, it’s “Sweet Home Alabama.” University of Alabama’s Nick Saban announced today 18 players signing national letters of intent to play college football with the Crimson Tide, joining seven players who enrolled in January and will compete in spring practice later this semester. As of 3:45...
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February 06, 2013  |  Discuss

All time preps rushing leader Derrick Henry signs with Alabama

Mark Ingram to Trent Richardson to Eddie Lacy to Derrick Henry. The very recent tradition of superlative Alabama Crimson Tide running backs continues with the kid who broke the all time high school rushing record. Henry ran for 482 yards on Friday night against Perry (Fla.) Taylor County to bring his career total up to 11,612 yards. He broke the record of somebody you’ve never...
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February 06, 2013  |  Discuss

ex-ESPN analyst Rob Parker lands at website you’ve never heard of

I guess the whole apology/clarification thing didn’t work out so well. You remember ESPN First Take guest/host/analyst (although no analysis gets done on that show) Rob Parker, who made the incendiary comments that Robert Griffin III was a “cornball brother” because he has a white fiance and possible Republican tendencies. (Here’s his attractive white fiance) Parker got canned...
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February 06, 2013  |  Discuss

ESPNU reporter Allison Williams: gallery and bio

Allison Williams began covering college sports for ESPNU in March of 2011 during the BIG EAST Women’s Championship. She is currently the sideline reporter for ESPNU’s Saturday college football games. And she is extremely busy on National Signing Day and during bowl season. cribbed from her FS Florida bio: She can be seen during every home Florida Panthers game telecast serving...
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February 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Kirk Herbstreit articulates the histrionics and egocentrism of National Signing Day

On February 1st, the day before Groundhog Day, a different annual right of passage, one with about as much accuracy and validity as February 2nd occurred in National Signing Day. When asked to comment on the hoopla and hype concerning this ostentatious narcissism-fest, ESPN College Football analyst Kirk Herbstreit expressed his discontent over the craziness surrounding this day,...
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February 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Torii Hunter Jr. part of Notre Dame recruiting class

Texas wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. adds his name to the Notre Dame football recruiting list for 2013. You obviously recognize that name, as he’s the son of major-league baseball outfielder Torii Hunter, now with the Detroit Tigers and formerly with Minnesota Twins (1997-2007) and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2008-2012) Hunter, Torii Jr. (WR, 6-0, 180, Prosper, Texas, Prosper...
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February 06, 2013  |  Discuss

You can design the Wrigley Field 100th anniversary logo

In the 2014 MLB season, we’ll see the Wrigley Field 100th anniversary. Chicago Cubs fans have an opportunity to participate in the “Wrigley Field Turns 100 Logo Contest.”  Fans will compete to have their design selected as the official logo to be used during the yearlong celebration in 2014. The official logo may be featured at Wrigley Field, on merchandise and memorabilia...
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February 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Recruiting websites: future of college sports media or too much information?

In the world of recruiting websites, you have Rivals, Scout, ESPNU and Max Preps. And now there’s 247Sports.com, started last year and staffed by a number of former Rivals employees. They’re following the model of Scout and Rivals (who’ve both been around for over a decade) in producing team-specific coverage. And then there are a ton of independent sites not affiliated with...
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February 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Overdue L.A. Kings Ice Girls photo collection

Last Stanley Cup Finals we saw the L.A. Kings defeat the New Jersey Devils. And you know who has the hottest Ice Crew in all of hockey, Los Angeles of course. Maybe we’ll see the L.A. Kings Ice girls on the national stage again? Well the Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks probably have something to say about that. In the mean time gratuitous photos of the L.A. Kings Ice girls...
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February 06, 2013  |  Discuss

How the Columbus Blue Jackets could surprise this season

  It’s no surprise or secret that the pundits have placed the longest odds upon the Columbus Blue Jackets to win the Stanley Cup much less qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs. After finishing the 2011-2012 season with the National Hockey League’s (NHL’s) worst record, trading away their franchise player and face of the franchise in Rick Nash and enduring a fan protest...
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February 06, 2013  |  Discuss

5 Northwestern football games at Wrigley Field this decade, Cubs and NU partner up

In some ways, the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs were meant for each other. Both had/have major droughts. The NU college football team just won their first bowl game since 1949, and the college basketball has never ever made the NCAA Tournament, 70+ tries. As you’ve heard a million times, the Cubs haven’t been to the World Series since 1945 and won one since 1908. The...
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February 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Darnell Dockett and Chad Johnson Twitter fighting over Evelyn Lozada

Is there a fight brewing at Miami international airport between Arizona Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett and former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson a.k.a. Chad Ochocinco? Is this a fight over Johnson’s ex-wife, and former “reality star” Evelyn Lozada? On August 11, 2012, Johnson was arrested on a charge of domestic battery according to the Davie, Florida police.Johnson...
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February 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Complete biography of Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman

  In early 2013, the Chicago Bears fired longtime coach and defensive guru Lovie Smith and hired head coach Marc Trestman. Never heard of the guy? Don’t blame you. He hasn’t been in the NFL since 2004. Here is a timeline of Trestman along with some of his coaching results. Year Position Accomplishment/Result 1956 Marc Trestman was born on January 15, 1956. _ ...
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February 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Lindsey Vonn crashes, hurts knee, airlifted to safety

About the last thing on the mind of Lindsey Vonn right now is her supposed relationship with Tiger Woods and how to handle it with the media. She has real problems now. Vonn was airlifted to safety during a crash that caused major damage to her right knee at the Super G World Championships. She was taken to a hospital by helicopter. More from Fox Sports: Austria’s ski federation...
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February 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears 2013 potential offseason moves

It’s never too soon to think about how the Bears can improve for next season. I have some suggestions for GM Phil Emery. I think with 2 key moves in the offseason, the Bears can find themselves on the right side of lopsided final scores like we saw in Jacksonville, only against much better opponents than the Jaguars. Don’t mistake my constructive criticism for a lack of excitement...
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February 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Kaley Cuoco Super Bowl ad was very underrated: video

Kaley Cuoco isn’t your average genie. She’s modern, smart and stylish. And extremely sexy, no matter what she’s wearing. Whenever I pictured a genie, it was a very burly shirtless Arab man. But Penny from “The Big Bang Theory” is a lot more eye-catching than Aladdin. For the Super Bowl she was pitching the Toyota RAV4 that her genie character lives inside. Did we mention...
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February 05, 2013  |  Discuss
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