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Noah Vonleh likely leaving IU early to enter the NBA Draft

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo, Indiana forward Noah Vonleh is leaning toward heading to the NBA rather than return for his sophomore season in Bloomington. I told you this was coming after the Illini knocked the Hoosiers out of the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. I told you that IU had way too many bad losses to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) to merit an...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Michigan State: National Champion Pick of all 5 ESPN Analysts

Even though MSU is just a #4 seed, Las Vegas has them with the second greatest odds of winning it all at 9-2. Florida is first at 4-1. Nate Silver who predicted 49/50 states correctly in the last two U.S. Presidential races has Mich St. as the favorite to win the East Regional. They have a 24% chance of winning it. Silver has not revealed who is national title choice is as of yet...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

NCAA Tournament: Tip Times, on-air talent for every game

The 2014 NCAA Tournament tips off with the play-in games on truTV Tuesday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 19 (6:00 PM, ET; both days). Firs “round” coverage begins Thursday, March 20 and Friday, March 21 (12:00 NOON-Midnight; both days) with all games available live in their entirety across four national television networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV. Additionally, truTV will...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NCAA Tournament Predictions: Midwest Regional bracket breakdown

Warning: I will not be responsible if you copy this bracket and are out of your NCAA Tournament pool by Sunday.  However, if you do listen to my college basketball wisdom and win some money, I want 20% of the pot or at least a shout-out on your twitter or facebook page. The Midwest Regional is by the far the most brutal of the four. Unbeaten Wichita State cemented their status...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NCAA Tournament predictions: West Regional bracket breakdown

Warning: I will not be responsible if you copy this bracket and are out of your NCAA Tournament pool by Sunday.  However, if you do listen to my college basketball wisdom and win some money, I want 20% of the pot or at least a shout-out on your twitter or facebook page. Arizona had locked down the top seed in the West Regional a long time ago and will represent the west coast...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NCAA Tournament predictions: East Regional bracket breakdown

Warning: I will not be responsible if you copy this bracket and are out of your NCAA Tournament pool by Sunday.  However, if you do listen to my college basketball wisdom and win some money, I want 20% of the pot or at least a shout-out on your twitter or facebook page. The biggest headache for my bracketology was who would earn the fourth number one seed in the 2014 NCAA...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NCAA Tournament predictions: South Regional bracket breakdown

Warning: I will not be responsible if you copy this bracket and are out of your NCAA Tournament pool by Sunday.  However, if you do listen to my college basketball wisdom and win some money, I want 20% of the pot or at least a shout-out on your twitter or facebook page. Florida earned the top overall seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament are the favorites in the South Regional...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Usain Bolt tweets inspirational message to Manchester United

  Usain Bolt is a huge Manchester United fan. He was with the club showing his allegiance through a very busy stretch for the Red Devils: November 24th vs Cardiff City, Bayer Leverkusen on the 27th, a trip to Whiteheart Lane on December 1st, and a match against Everton on December 4th. About a month ago Usain Bolt engaged in a little social media sparring with CNN personality, and...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

David Moyes fails again; loses badly in biggest game vs Liverpool

David Moyes still believes that Liverpool is Manchester United’s greatest rival, and I doubt many Supporters would disagree with him. It’s the first date circled on the calendar, so to speak. Man Utd and Liverpool built their rivalry by often being right near each other at the top of the Premier League table for many years. United has sustained that success (until this year)...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

UNC Coach Roy Williams: Funniest. Parody. Twitter. Account. Ever

Interviewing Danica Patrick was an exciting career moment for me last summer. However, it wasn’t as fun as interviewing this icon out of NASCAR country: the fake Roy Williams Twitter account.  Yes, former Kansas Jayhawks and current North Carolina Tar Heels coach Roy Williams has the funniest sports figure parody Twitter account you’ll ever see in @Roy Williams Twitter account...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Requiem for the Big East, ESPN 30 for 30 (Review)

ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 series debuts “Requiem For The Big East,” Sunday, March 16, at 8 p.m. CST after Bracketology on ESPN. The film chronicles the rise and fall of the Big East, which used to be the best college hoops conference in the nation. If you ever wondered why ESPN was in bed with the Big East, and why “Big Monday” was such a thing, then this film is for you. Being...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Michigan State basketball: can we finally say stock market up?

It’s been a very up and down season for Michigan State basketball. Their #3 seed at very best, #4 seed likely, #5 seed at worst tournament resume of a college basketball season has led us to this: a five game season in which MSU has finally had everyone back healthy again. Starting with the 53-46 loss to the Illini, Michigan State basketball has had all hands on deck. Maybe not...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart spat upon by Hull City (VIDEO)

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart was given a yellow card today after he challenged Hull City’s George Boyd for the ball. Man City which still has the opportunity to win Premier League by winning out (they don’t need help from any other side, if they can accomplish this) beat Hull City 2-0. In the 69th minute Boyd went down and Joe Hart felt like he was flopping. Which led...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Wayne Rooney: “lot of hurt and anger in our dressing room”

Wayne Rooney, who signed a notable contract extension on the 21st is showing some leadership with Manchester United Football Club.  Rooney may land the MUFC captaincy next season, and the way he’s publicly showing accountability now for United’s massive struggles, makes him the ideal candidate. With Nemanja Vidic out, and relocated to Inter Milan, the position is open. Wayne...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Aaron Craft: becoming a polarizing college player in 6 easy steps

I’ve had a lot of Aaron Craft in my life. This is the fifth Big Ten Tournament that I’ve covered. Ohio State has reached has reached the final game in every year except this one. Aaron Craft and the Buckeyes have reached the semi-finals in all five and won the whole thing three times. Believe me I’m well acquainted with the ways of Aaron Craft and Buckeyes basketball. I’ve...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Caleb Swanigan: Illini recruiting B1G’s most coveted big man prospect

Caleb Swanigan would be a big get for John Groce at Illinois. He’d be a #B1G get, a huge get, as the big man from Ft. Wayne, Indiana is drawing interest from numerous Big Ten and Big East programs. The Illini have already offered the 6’9″ 280 Center/Power Forward from the 2016 class. Michigan State and Indiana have already offered as well. As have Tennessee, Pittsburgh and...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Northwestern basketball season review; early look to ’14-15

Celebrate the triumphs Northwestern basketball had this season. Embrace the road victories in the league, a couple upsets here and there, and feel positive about the top 25 ranked recruiting class coming to Welsh-Ryan next year. In Chris Collins, you have a coach that exudes passion, energy and top notch PR skills. However, at the same time, we must not forget all that Bill Carmody...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Green Bay Packers get upgrade and risk with Julius Peppers

On Saturday morning, Ted Thompson and the Green Bay Packers made a splash with the signing of recently released Chicago Bear and 34 year old defensive end, Julius Peppers. The deal has been reported to be worth three years and up to $30 million with $7.5 million in guaranteed money. In the grand scheme of things, the money shouldn’t be a problem if Peppers can do the freakishly...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Brent Musburger goes Katherine Webb on Iowa State girls

Brent Musburger can put you up there. If you’re a hot babe at a college sporting event and the ESPN cameras happen to catch you. And then catch the attention of Brent Musburger. Just ask Katherine Webb and Jenn Sterger. Musburger can get you there. Of course, you actually need genuine talent and/or redeemable personality to stay there. Neither Webb nor Sterger have those traits...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

David De Gea to receive new £90,000 a week deal from United

David De Gea will receive a massive new deal from Manchester United. The deal is in response to the high interest from Real Madrid. ‘De Gea’s current contract expires in two years and United are keen to secure their Spanish goalkeeper on an improved deal worth around £90,000 a week,’ report the Mirror. ‘Reports from Spain have linked Real Madrid with a summer move for £25million...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

David Moyes confirms Man United internal summer transfer deadline

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 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Olt: Cubs 3B job should be his on opening day

Mike Olt versus Luis Valbuena is not quite comparable to Muhammad Ali versus Joe Frazier trading blows in the boxing ring. However, the spring training battle for the Chicago Cubs starting third base job is one of the most intriguing matchups for Cubs fans to follow.  Although Olt has out-produced Valbuena to date this spring, we would still give Mike Olt the starting position...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Julius Peppers signs with the Green Bay Packers

Julius Peppers was MIA a lot this past year, and I don’t mean Miami. Peppers was so ineffective and non-existent in the Chicago Bears defense at times that even the homers who masquerade as journalists on the local television stations called him out. Later in the season Peppers started to turn it around a bit, but nowhere near enough to justify his massive salary. Well, he’s...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Illini basketball: how my superstition almost willed them to victory

This Illini basketball loss today was a gut punch. It was heart wrenching. But it didn’t have to be. If only I would have acted sooner. This loss is my fault. Ok not really, I don’t actually believe in any of those silly superstitions that crazed sports fans embrace as actually being real.  Here I’ll tell you the story of this Illini basketball snapping defeat way from the...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Nebrasketball: you DON’T CARE, but you REALLY should!

Nebrasketball is “a thing.” It’s something you should be into. I know Nebraska men’s basketball isn’t really on the radar of Nebraskans; usually. Of course, the new arena opened this year has opened some hearts and minds to it. The team is drawing very well in the new building, and a buzz around the program grows.  The Huskers have been really good at home, going 15-1...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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