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Chicago Bears free agents preview: QB and Safety

Analyzing Chicago Bears free agents, the players coming and going, is more fun than every this year. As Brad Daugherty famously told me: “the NFL slaughters everything.” Which is why Chicago Bears free agents emerged as the top storyline right now; above even March Madness. Or the Bulls or hockey. On another level, trade rumors and thinking ahead is more interesting than what...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Jerry Sandusky’s wife to give first interview ever (VIDEO)

Matt Lauer sat down with Dottie Sandusky, wife of former Penn State assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, in her first-ever television interview. Jerry Sandusky was convicted of child sex abuse and is serving a sentence of at least 30 years in a maximum security prison. The exclusive in-depth interview will air tomorrow, Wednesday, March 12 on NBC’s Today. Dottie Sandusky, who spoke...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen: “football wages justified”

Former England, Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen believes footballers’ wages are justified due to the high demand for the sport. Wayne Rooney’s recent five-year deal with Manchester United created a buzz, mainly because of his staggering £300,000 weekly wage packet, which makes the striker the highest paid footballer in Britain. Writing in his blog on social...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears free agency targets: CBs

No Michael Bennett, No probl…okay, there is a problem, but we’ll look at Chicago Bears free agency targets at the DL position in a post later today. This is the CB Chicago Bears free agency landscape. Cornerbacks: Peanut Tillman- word is his market value hinges on his ability to convert to safety or not. Or if Charles Tillman even wants to do. He says he wants to come back....
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

More Minnesota Golden Gophers and Nebrasketball Bubble talk

That time of year again: Minnesota Golden Gophers NCAA Tournament bubble article/column/blog/post/analysis/meta-analysis. The Golden Gophers “will they or won’t they?” bit always comes up during the Big Ten Tournament lately. And we’ll update again when they’re done in Indianapolis. The Golden Gophers, with an RPI of 49 are one of two bubble teams in the Big Ten. Nebraska...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Jay Cutler: 2014′s highest paid NFL player

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will make more money than any NFL other player next season. No I’m not kidding. And when you look at who else is in the top five….WOW! Only Revis, and maybe Matt Ryan are actually worth what they’re being paid. Maybe. Do you get what you pay for? Certainly not with Cutler. Highest paid NFL players next season (including Darrelle Revis)...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal to be called by former Chelsea defender

Fierce North London derby on Sunday as fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur take on third-place Arsenal at noon ET. Lead Premier League play-by-play announcer Arlo White is joined by former Chelsea defender Graeme Le Saux on the call. Le Saux also joins legendary U.K. footballer and BBC Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker at White Hart Lane for NBCSN’s all-day live on-site Premier...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Man United Goalkeeper Tim Howard calling MUFC vs LFC

Tim Howard returns to the broadcast booth Sunday when Manchester United takes on Liverpool. Howard, who played three seasons with Manchester United (2003-2006), is in his eighth season with Everton, seven of which were spent playing under current Manchester United manager David Moyes (2006-2013). The United States National Team Goalkeeper joins NBCSN one day after playing Cardiff...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Bleak outlook for Man United the rest of this season

To say that Man United has suffered during its transitional season is a bit of an understatement. All that the side has the possibility of salvaging from a pretty dismal season is the Champions League, and that is a long shot at best. Last week, they faced Olympiakos in the first leg of the knockout phase and came away having lost 2-0. On 19 March, they’ll face the Greek side back...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Mock Draft Full Seven Round Mock 3-11-14

Version three (here’s our version two) of our full seven round 2014 NFL Mock Draft. It’s done by the same guy who did it for me last year. So I didn’t write it, but I do enjoy posting it. Some interesting mock picks here: Bortles #1 overall, Manziel to Cleveland, Clowney falling out of the top 5. Michael Sam going with the last pick in the second round. By the way, here are...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

MH370 Investigators use Ex Manchester City star Mario Balotelli analogy

International Football star Mario Balotelli is now linked to the mysterious disappearance of Malaysian airliner that still hasn’t been recovered. Well, Balotelli is linked in a very loose and circuitous way. Two men traveling on flight MH370, the story that has dominated international news headlines since Friday, have been confirmed as using stolen passports. One of which, authorities...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota politician Pat Garofalo’s racist anti-NBA Tweet

Minnesota Republican State Rep. Pat Garofalo is not a big fan of the NBA. He’s previously tweeted that the NFL “Pro Bowl sucks even more than the NBA.” Well, no one likes the Pro Bowl, and there’s certainly nothing controversial about saying that game sucks.  As much as I think the NBA is vastly superior and much more interesting than the NHL, even I have trouble paying...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Is there any realistic way the Wisconsin Badgers can earn a 1 seed?

Each and every year March Madness comes rolling along, there seems to be three elite teams who are a lock for a number one seed and a separate group of teams who make it extra hard for the committee to choose a fourth number one seed. This year the Wisconsin Badgers have entered the fold of those separate group of teams and are battling for the fourth and final top seed in the 2014...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Man United Midfielder Tom Cleverley really that awful?

Midfielder Tom Cleverley has been the secondary scapegoat (Manager David Moyes is obviously the primary person having the angry fingers pointed at him) for Manchester United fans this season. Tom Cleverley took so much abuse from United fans online that he actually had to shut down his Twitter feed. There was a petition to get Cleverley removed from United just after the...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Lance Stephenson is more realistic for the Bulls than Melo

Carmelo Anthony this. Carmelo Anthony that. Should the Bulls bring him to Chicago?  What about Lance Stephenson? How would his addition affect the team this summer?  Which player’s addition is more realistic? Much will hinge on the health of star point guard Derrick Rose, who’s been limited to ten games the past two seasons. But a healthy Rose,  assuming he returns to MVP...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Danica Patrick finishes the race this time, no crashing

Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing, had the best finish of any member of the SHR team in Las Vegas yesterday. It was the first race on this young season that Danica completed. No wrecking this weekend! No crashes! Danica Patrick has Go Daddy as her primary sponsor. On October 18th she announced during a press conference at Talladega Superspeedway...
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March 10, 2014  |  1 Comment

2014 NCAA Tournament Bracketology “what ifs”

Selection Sunday is six days away. For college basketball nuts, you can’t spend more than 18.3 seconds on the internet without looking at someone’s bracketology (speaking of which, check out The Sports Bank’s latest bracketology.) Unless you’re one of the gifted who can think in terms of brackets, regions and at-large bids, the bracketology is only a tool for a snapshot of...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Big Ten Tournament Predictions and Preview

As we head into the 2014 Big Ten Tournament, every coach’s job is safe. That’s the first time I’ve ever been able to say that during the past five years. I’ve been covering the BTT every year since 2010, and “Championship Week” has meant “Pink Slip Week” as one coach has gotten fired during each tournament in every year since 2011. On top of job security, the 2014...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United transfer rumors: Dimitri Oberlin Mfomo, Adam Lallana

Manchester United are signing Swiss youth prodigy Dimitri Oberlin Mfomo in the summer writes Alan Nixon in the Sunday People. Making them the envy of a number of European football clubs that were also looking to acquire his services as Mfomo’s FC Zurich deal is soon running out. MUFC will have to cover compensation fees to the Swiss club, but those are expected to be low. The...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United set internal summer transfer deadline date

Manchester United are aware that there’s so much that needs to be done in terms of re-tooling their club. That’s why Man United apparently have set their own deadline date of sports to get everything accomplished. It’s like a summer transfer window deadline day with a deadline day as David Moyes and company want to get most of their deals done this offseason before the World...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NCAA Tournament Bracketology (3/10/14)

Selection Sunday is just six days away.  Here is a projection of the 2014 NCAA Tournament Bracketology.   You will notice on the Bracket Matrix grades that The Sports Bank’s bracketology has been more accurate than ESPN’s Joe Lunardi three of the past four years.  Be sure to check back at The Sports Bank throughout the college basketball season for daily updates this week...
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March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Manchester United to sign world record £600 million kit deal

Manchester United are the world’s most popular sports franchise. The biggest brand in the world of athletics, more people identify themselves of Man United than any other team. Team Ambassador Bryan Robson said that the last survey indicated 660,000,000. So you can imagine how valuable that AON advertising space on their kit is. Remember in soccer/world football, they’re called...
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March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Robin van Persie is prepared to forgo £10m in order to leave United

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is willing to leave a huge £10m loyalty bonus on the table in order to exit the reigning Premier League champions at the end of the season. This according to reports in the Sunday Daily Mirror. So much for what David Moyes said yesterday when he disputed the reports that RVP is unsettled and looking to leave. Van Persie must be at the very...
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March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Arizona Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall will retire at age 26

Arizona Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall will retire. Yes, at the tender age of 26. How’s that for a surprise to kick off NFL free agency? ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter is reporting this development. Mendenhall battled turf toe for much last season. When he finally got to be 100%, Mendenhall scored five touchdowns in his final eight games. Rashard Mendenhall was “kind...
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March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Joachim Low rules out possibility of replacing David Moyes at United

Joachim Low is one of the rumored replacements for David Moyes at Manchester United. In fact, the odds-makers who speculate on such things were quite enamored with the idea at times. The Germany National Coach was considered a favorite. Well, it’s not going to happen. First off, the “Moyes being sacked” rumors have quieted down. Second, Joachim Low himself has ruled it out...
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March 09, 2014  |  Discuss
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