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Biggest Notre Dame fan: local baseball team owner

While Notre Dame will not have any shortage of supporters when the Irish go after their first national football title since 1988 in the BCS Championship game January 7, it seems unlikely anyone will be more amped than Pat Salvi.            In case the name escapes, Salvi is the successful Chicago attorney who along with his wife Lindy owns both the American Association...
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December 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Derrick Rose practicing again with the Bulls

After Thursday’s Bulls practice session, coach Tom Thibodeau said Derrick Rose participated in the non-contact portion of practice. Previously he had only participated in what Thibodeau deemed ‘‘pre-practice’’ activity and individual shooting drills at the Berto Center in Deerfield. Thibodeau cautioned that Rose is still rehabbing from surgery for a torn anterior cruciate...
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December 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Alex Morgan vacationing in Hawaii (Bikini photos)

USWNT striker Alex Morgan is on vacation in Hawaii. Which includes lots of sun and surf, greeting friendly sea turtles, eating a huge plate of cotton candy. It also means a lot of bikini photos of Morgan have surfaced on the internet. [AlexMorganOnline] Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, a Google News site generating millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular...
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December 21, 2012  |  Discuss

December 21 2012: why we’re still here (video)

It’s just past midnight on the east coast, and we’re still here. Actually it’s been December 21, 2012 or 12-21-12 for quite some time already in the entire Eastern hemisphere. And nothing happened. And here’s a video below to tell you why. It will educate and inform you. Then I also attached an appropriate Britney Spears video to dumb you down- as to maintain balance. But...
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December 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Call girl and Olympic, Badger track star Suzy Favor Hamilton tweets her story

A three-time U.S. Olympic track star had a duel life as a runner and a prostitute. Blonde wife and mommy Suzy Favor Hamilton confessed Thursday to being a high-flying $600-an-hour call girl after she was outed by TheSmokingGun.com. She had johns in Las Vegas, where the escort service she worked for was based. But also flew off to L.A., Chicago and Houston. Beginning in December 2011...
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December 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers sign A.J. Pierzynski away from White Sox

The Chicago White Sox are hoping that Tyler Flowers hits better than .100 next season, because he’s the new full time catcher on the south side. A.J. Pierzynski is off to the Texas Rangers, for a one year deal, pending the physical. His remarkable eight-year run with the White Sox is now over. When Opening Day comes next April, Paul Konerko will be the last remaining player from...
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December 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Tennessee QB Tyler Bray leaving school early for NFL Draft

QB Tyler Bray is leaving Tennessee to put his name into April’s NFL Draft, a source tells CBS. Bray has a reputation as a bit of head case. You might even classify him as (with apologies to “Bull Durham”) a million dollar arm, ten cent head. Or perhaps this draft’s version of Ryan Mallett, Ryan Leaf, Jimmy Claussen etc. So now that Bray’s Vols career is over, where will...
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December 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Potential 1st rd pick, Crimson Tide LB C.J. Mosley returning to school

Alabama Crimson Tide junior linebacker C.J. Mosley made news following his team’s two-hour practice, announcing he would return for his senior season in Tuscaloosa. Many NFL mock drafts have Mosley as a mid to late first rounder, so this is suprising. “I’m staying for one more year (at Alabama),” Mosley said on Thursday. “There’s a lot I still haven’t accomplished...
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December 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Picture of Alex Morgan Bathing in Ice

Alex Morgan tweeted this out yesterday.  A pic of her and soccer team mate Whitney Engen taking an ice bath. Enjoy after the jump Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, an official Google News site that generates millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Walter Football.com, Yardbarker, and Fox Sports  He does regular weekly radio spots...
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December 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Hope Solo: Ultimate Photo Gallery

Get ready for the London 2012 Olympics in just 60 some days with out profiles of some of the biggest names participating in the games. Last summer, in the United States’ quarterfinal shootout victory over Brazil, U.S Goaltender Hope Solo was no doubt player of the match. She stopped Brazil superstar Marta just enough for the Americans to advance, making her case that she is the...
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December 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Following Ohio St. loss, Winthrop coach pleads for better gun control

Winthrop coach Pat Kelsey spoke of something much bigger than college basketball following his loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Eagles rookie coach pleaded for government and parents to act soon to prevent further massacres like the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that killed 20 children and six adults. “I know this microphone’s powerful right...
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December 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Olivia Culpo, from USA wins Miss Universe

20-year-old Boston Univ. sophomore and a self-described “cellist-nerd” won the Miss Universe title Wednesday night bringing it back to the U.S. for the first time since 1997. Olivia Culpo beat out 88 other hotties and now inherents the title from Leila Lopes of Angola. Culpo, a Crannston R.I. native previously held the title of Miss Rhode Island. Brook Lee won the title in 1997...
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December 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Tim Tebow Reportedly Will Ask the Jets for A Trade

With Robert Griffin III stealing all of Tim Tebow’s ESPN attention, the New York Jets quarterback has found a way to land himself back in the headlines. Tebow, who has only started for the Jets once this season, will reportedly request a trade or to be released if he doesn’t get the chance to start over Greg McElroy in the final two games of the season. Since his tenure with...
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December 19, 2012  |  Discuss

ESPN Reporter Samantha Steele Marries Football Player Christian Ponder

A match made in Sports Heaven. Minnesota Vikings Quarterback, Christian Ponder married ESPN college football reporter Samantha Steele on Monday afternoon. Throwing journalistic integrity to the wind, the two tied the knot in Hearing room #1 at the St. Croix County Courthouse in Wisconsin. Steele replaced Erin Andrews as the host of ESPN’s College GameDay college football...
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December 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Video: Oakland A’s sign Hirojuki Nakajima

Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima finally realized his dream of playing for a Major League Baseball team after he opted to become a free agent and signed with the Oakland A’s. 2 years $6.5 million Vid courtesy of Next Media Animation Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, a Google News site generating millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular contributor to...
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December 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Single threat QB Denard Robinson pleads guilty to driving on a suspended license

Michigan Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended license but still remains eligible to play in U-M’s inevitable Outback Bowl loss to South Carolina. He paid a fine and faces no additional punishment from the university. The Wolverines suspended three players from this game earlier this week including their punter, who got the Big Ten punter...
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December 19, 2012  |  Discuss

CSN Chicago’s 25th annual sports awards honoring top Chicago sports figures

Need somewhere to go this winter once the holiday parties are over? Or something to watch as football season winds down? Some of the biggest chicago sports legends and current stars will be honored at the 25th Annual Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards benefiting the March of Dimes.  The silver anniversary reception, dinner & ceremony will be held on Thursday, January 24th, 2013...
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December 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Joakim Noah puts up triple double; looking like All-Star

Joakim Noah (11 Pts,13 Reb,10 Ast) had his 2nd career triple-double to lead the Chicago Bulls to 100-89 win over the Boston Celtics last night. Chicago has won 8 of their last 11 with Noah leading the way in the absence of Derrick Rose. Noah now has 2 career triple-doubles; the last Bulls frontcourt player before him with a triple-double was Dennis Rodman in 1996. Since March 2008...
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December 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Gary Andersen not a great hire, but a good hire for the Wisconsin Badgers

Who is Gary Andersen? He’s the coach who earlier this season was a missed field goal away from becoming the first non-conference opponent to knock off  the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall in a very long time. The 48 year-old Andersen will become the Head Coach of the Badgers after coaching at Utah State where he accumulated a 26-24 record over four years. He’s not the big...
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December 19, 2012  |  Discuss

670 The Score Bears Overcoverage: unlistenable self-promotion

How much Chicago Bears coverage is enough? Everyone in the media, including myself, is guilty of ridiculous over-coverage of the team. But 670 The Score is by far the worst offender. And a major reason they do it is to promote their sister station, WBBM, which broadcasts the team’s games on the radio. Obviously, this is a Bears town first. Whether the team is winning or losing...
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December 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Video: Syracuse legend Jim Boeheim discusses gun control

You know it’s inevitable- some meathead is going to criticize Syracuse legend Jim Boeheim for this, and give him the “STICK TO SPORTS” call of the malcontents. During the postgame news conference last night, Boeheim’s final remarks were not about his milestone 900th career victory. But instead, he was thinking about the 20 children and six adults killed in a shooting massacre...
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December 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Video: Redskins RG3 in Funny or Die

NFL partner Lenovo (@Lenovo) yesterday released a couple interviews, featuring Washington Redskins rookie Robert Griffin III (@RGIII), all produced by Funny or Die.  Here’s a highlight with RGIII, titled “Multi-Dimensional Player”: Multi-Dimensional Player with Robert Griffin III – watch more funny videos   Motivational Speech with Robert Griffin III – watch more...
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December 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Video: Notre Dame BCS Media Day

Yesterday was BCS Championship media day in South Bend. Numerous players and coaches from Notre Dame greeted the press. Below you can watch all of Brian Kelly address, as well as what Defensive Coordinator Bob Diaco had to say. Diaco is supposedly staying put at ND; even though he’s one of the hottest coaching prospects around. Kelly’s OC, Charley Molnar bolted last offseason...
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December 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Reviewing the Wisconsin Badgers search for a head coach

A whirlwind of rumors and speculation have hit Madison since former Wisconsin Badgers head coach Bret Bielema left for the Arkansas job. With all the uncertainty behind Barry Alvarez’s search for the next coach, almost all of the assistants have decided to leave the program. Here’s a recap of what has went down so far: The latest assistant coach to leave the Badgers program was...
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December 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Big 10 power rankings: brutally honest edition

Doing a power rankings is fun and interesting in the beginning and/or middle of the season. Towards the end, it’s kind of useless. You just look at the standings. Also, preconference basketball doesn’t really mean as much as conference action. That’s when we’ll learn a lot more. Now that Butler has knocked off the #1 Hoosiers, you know they’ll lose their spot at #1 here...
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December 18, 2012  |  Discuss
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