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PHOTOS: famous Wrigley Field Marquee painted green and gold

The famed Wrigley Field Marquee returned to its green origins with gold trim from the mid-1930s when it received a paint job today for the Chicago Cubs upcoming homestand. The world famous bright red Wrigley Field marquee was painted purple (as you can see at this link) when the Northwestern Wildcats played the Illinois Fighting Illini at Wrigley Field in college football in 2010...
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May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Farewell, Minnesota Wild- you were very boring to watch anyway

The Minnesota Wild were eliminated last night by the Chicago Blackhawks and have taken their rightful place in the footnote section of the 2013-14 NHL season. That is where they belong, and for the second time in as many seasons, Zach Parise and company watched as Patrick Kane, Corey Crawford, and the defending Cup champs skated off the ice knowing that they get to play at least...
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May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Five 2014 World Cup bets to consider

The 2014 World Cup is fast approaching as the world’s best players converge on Brazil for a month of top quality action. There are plenty of World Cup betting markets for punters to get involved with and Easyodds.com’s expert football tipster Tom Powell has picked out his five best bets for the tournament… #5 Australia To Get 0 Points @ 13/8 Poor old Australia have been drawn...
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May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Browns may not start Johnny Manziel; how he slid so far to them

The 2014 NFL draft can be described as exciting and tense. This year, the draft drew nearly 14 million viewers, which was more than the NBA and NHL playoff games that were airing at the same time. This crowd was drawn because the media and the NFL have sensationalized Johnny “Football” Manziel over the last year. Many people were expecting Mr. Football to go first overall, and...
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Euroleague Final Four preview- Regal FC Barcelona

Regal FC Barcelona’s basketball team is no stranger to the Euroleague Final Four, as they make their 13th overall appearance, including their fifth in the last six seasons. The boys from Spain will be looking to win their third Euroleague title, having won championships in 2003 and 2010. FC Barcelona seems to be peaking as they head to the Final Four- they won their first 12 games...
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May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Hurt, anger, conflict amongst Man United players this past season

Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic said today that “everyone lost belief in the team” during their disappointing season (more on that here). The premiere season of David Moyes was a total flop and led to Man United finishing 22 points below the final season of Sir Alex Ferguson, in which they won the league by 11 points. It led to the sacking of Moyesie, as he didn’t...
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Nemanja Vidic says Man United players didn’t undermine David Moyes

Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has made claims that there was no mutiny at Old Trafford under David Moyes. As Vidic moves to Inter Milan, he says that the players did not sabotage the team under Moyes or revolt against them. The Serbian defender’s United contract expired in the summer and he was angry that he was not offered a contract extension with United.. ...
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Advantages and mismatches in a Miami Heat vs OKC NBA Finals

The Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder entered the 2014 NBA Playoffs as two of the strongest favorites for the NBA Championship. Up to now, they still hold this title and they have already shown their teeth. Although we still don’t know of the two teams will make it to the NBA Finals, it is interesting to examine which of the two powerhouses holds the upper hand in a potential...
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Former Clippers star Marques Johnson has a Donald Sterling story

Everyone has a Donald Sterling story. He’s such an awful human being on so many levels that there’s lot of Donald Sterling stories floating out around there. And of course, they’re all coming out now. You’re probably getting sick of Donald Sterling, but you should hear this specific Donald Sterling story from Marques Johnson, former five time NBA All-Star and member of the...
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Will Kain Colter make the Minnesota Vikings roster?

Both Kain Colter and Jordan Lynch are in my “2014 Publicity NFL Mock Draft.” It would go like this: Johnny Manziel goes first to Houston, Michael Sam second to St. Louis (hey that really happened six rounds later) AJ McCarron third to Jacksonville, Tommy Rees 4th overall to Cleveland, well you get the idea. As fun an idea as this is, you start to only have regional names left...
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Bears 2nd round pick Ego Ferguson: Chicago fans to become egomaniacs?

Ego Ferguson the Younger has lived his life with the same first name as Ego Ferguson the Elder. (according to my friend Mike Ragz of 95.7 The Fan’s Ragz and the Bartender) I guess if Ferguson’s Dad had to endure all the Freudian puns, then so will his son. Does Ego Ferguson has siblings named Id and Superego?…….. …….I’ll show myself out. Okay, now we’ll get to talking...
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PHOTO: Danica Patrick in cartoon promo for NASCAR All-Star race

Have you seen the Danica Patrick comics-inspired photo within the gallery of the 10 drivers eligible for the fan vote in this weekend’s All-Star Race. Well you have now by clicking on this link. These comics of the ten drivers were sent only to NASCAR.com and Fox Sports, the racing league’s primary broadcast partner.  I highlighted the link to the Danica Patrick comic, which...
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Two Man United players named to Belgium World Cup squad

Two Manchester United players were named to the Belgium World Cup Squad 24 man roster today. Belgium has not qualified for a major tournament in over a decade so they aren’t expected to be big time title contenders, but still this is the best team Belgium has had in a very long time. Four Manchester United players, and another two on standby were named to the England side yesterday...
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May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United to introduce Louis van Gaal as new boss Thursday

 Louis van Gaal will be confirmed as Manchester United’s new manager Thursday, Fox Sports News sources understand. The Telegraph is also reporting this. So confirmation is coming. It was also learned that Louis van Gaal was the one who decided not to give Rio Ferdinand a new contract, and that Ryan Giggs is going to have talks with Van Gaal today; presumably to see where and...
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May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Darius Paul suspended for ENTIRE SEASON; Illini hoops suffers setback

Darius Paul will have no impact on making the Illini basketball team better. At least not next season. Darius Paul, the little brother of former Illini great Brandon Paul has been suspended from the team for the entire season. This of course due to his arrest back on April 21st, and the charges of resisting a police officer and underage drinking. Darius Paul, 20, ran from a university...
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Michael Sam story villain Jack Burkman, attacks St. Louis Rams

Every great story needs a villain, and the Michael Sam tale indeed has a few. The worst? Probably Jack Burkman, who you remember as the guy who made headlines pushing a bill that would ban openly gay players from the NFL. Jack Burkman, the powerful right wing D.C. lobbyist who received a lot of publicity right after Sam came out, today came through on his threat and launched a nationwide...
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Renaming Texas A&M Stadium for Johnny Manziel: Pros and Cons

At a news conference held on Monday by the Texas A&M Board of Regents, board member Jim Schwertner said he would like to see the name Kyle Field (current name of the Texas A&M football stadium) revised in order to pay homage to Johnny Manziel. “My vision is that someday I hope the Aggie nation will come together and decide that we can revise the name of Kyle Field to ‘Kyle...
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Manchester United eye Mats Hummels as Rio Ferdinand replacement

Rio Ferdinand will no longer play for Manchester United and he was not offered a new contract. According to the Daily Express, United want Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels to replace Rio Ferdinand. According to recent reports in The Sun, Ferdinand had hoped that Louis van Gaal will let him stay. And Ferdinand wanted to continue his playing career, not retire. Now he could...
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Four potential Tim Sherwood replacements at Tottenham

Tim Sherwood had previously spoke pretty confidently about his position at White Hart Lane. The Tottenham Hotspur Manager believed that he would be with the North London side for the long run; Or at least for the next 18 months. The club said otherwise. We all knew this was coming, but today it was made official. Let’s look at potential Tim Sherwood replacements. -Southampton...
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Tottenham officially sacks Tim Sherwood; 4 potential replacements

Tim Sherwood had previously spoke pretty confidently about his position at White Hart Lane. The Tottenham Hotspur Manager believed that he would be with the North London side for the long run; Or at least for the next 18 months. The club said otherwise. We all knew this was coming, but today it was made official. Let’s look at potential Tim Sherwood replacements. -Southampton...
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England to use Brendan Rodgers Liverpool attack strategy in World Cup?

The go after it, and I mean really go after it, attacking strategy of Brendan Rodgers got Liverpool very far, but it didn’t give them the title. Perhaps it made Brendan Rodgers the best Manager in the Premier League this season however. Former England striker Michael Owen wants the Three Lions and boss Roy Hodgson to emulate Premier League showstoppers Liverpool and adopt Brendan...
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Bears drafting SJSU QB David Fales: a steal or potential #EpicFales?

San Jose State QB David Fales is now a member of the Chicago Bears. He was drafted in the sixth round, and that’s a steal when you consider, if you’re a NFL mock draft dork like I am, that Fales was considered a first round pick in late summer/early fall NFL mock drafts. So he slid quite a bit. Was that the first of many #EpicFales to come? David Fales has the inside track now...
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs prospects: Lopez, Remillard, Bremer, Soler, Godley

As the Cubs continue to struggle, their record 12-24 through Sunday, Cubs’ fans are largely left to focus on the minor leagues for silver linings in Year Three of the Theo Epstein regime.  This week, we profile several more Cubs’ prospects who are excelling this season. Let’s get to work. Catcher Rafael Lopez, 26, is having a tremendous season for the AA Tennessee Smokies...
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Mel Kiper Jr. evaluates Jordan Lynch, Kain Colter’s NFL roster odds

Both Kain Colter and Jordan Lynch are in my “2014 Publicity NFL Mock Draft.” It would go like this: Johnny Manziel goes first to Houston, Michael Sam second to St. Louis (hey that really happened six rounds later) AJ McCarron third to Jacksonville, Tommy Rees 4th overall to Cleveland, well you get the idea. As fun an idea as this is, you start to only have regional names left...
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Rio Ferdinand’s career with Manchester United ends

Rio Ferdinand will no longer play for Manchester United and he was not offered a new contract. According to The Sun Ferdinand had hoped that Louis van Gaal will let him stay. That’s Rio Ferdinand and Robin van Persie in their Halloween costume, photo (as you can see from the watermark) via NBC Sports. Maybe the way Old Trafford handled his departure wasn’t the best. He did...
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