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North Carolina Tar Heels: Kentucky Wildcats Light

It should comes as a surprise to nobody that the North Carolina Tar Heels once again have a talented roster that welcomes three more McDonald’s All-Americans and should compete for the ACC crown. North Carolina Tar HeelsLast Season: T-3rd, 13-5 in ACC, 24-10 overallPredicted ACC Finish: 3rd Projected Depth Chart C: Kennedy Meeks (So)/Joel James (Jr)/Desmond Hubert (Sr) PF: Brice...
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November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Coach K, Duke Blue Devils will lean heavily on two frosh

Even though they lose five contributors from last season including a pair of first round picks in the NBA Draft, the Duke Blue Devils are a top-five team and the preseason favorite to win the ACC. That is possible thanks to the addition of four McDonald’s All-Americans. Duke Blue DevilsLast Season: T-3rd, 13-5 in ACC, 26-9 overallPredicted ACC Finish: 1st Projected Depth Chart...
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November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Arsenal transfer rumors: Smalling, Walcott, Schneiderlin

We begin the Arsenal transfer rumors column with a pair of items from the Daily Mirror: -Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has put Manchester United’s Chris Smalling back on his list of potential January signings to solve his defensive nightmare. -Arsenal will also look again at Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin Scheiderlin has been a rumored Tottenham Hotspur target...
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November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Yaya Toure to leave Man City? Barkley, Pogba his replacement?

Manchester City star Yaya Toure thrills supporters at the Etihad, and all over the Premier League with his phenomenal play, and he’s also taken on a bigger cause as a Global Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme. Yaya Toure has been outspoken against the ivory trade and it’s cruelties against the elephant population. His next cause could be getting paid as...
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November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United news and notes: Van Persie, Rojo, Van Gaal, Blackett, McNair

Remember that video (watch it here) from a couple days ago of Robin van Persie showing off his footy skills in the streets of Manchester with some local children? Well as much as we liked to believe it was the global superstar Van Persie having a wholesome, “everyman” moment with kids, (and in some ways it still is) it’s actually an orchestrated moment for a promotion. -Here’s...
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November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: preview of the new Ryan Giggs documentary

24th November 2014 will sees the release of “Life of Ryan” on DVD & Blu-ray. It’s a documentary celebrating Ryan Giggs ’ illustrious career at Manchester United Football Club. Currently assistant manager at Manchester United, Ryan Giggs is celebrated as the most decorated player the Premier League has produced, accumulating 34 career trophies. He has made more appearances...
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November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

No Aircraft Carrier College Basketball this year, here’s why

We have so many Aircraft carriers in this country that we use them as tourist sites and college basketball courts. It reminds me of when a stand-up comedian, who’s name I can’t recall, made this crack about the Dutch and their windmills: “oh, you have windmills in Holland. We have windmills in America too- we use them for miniature golf.” We have 12 aircraft carriers, no...
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November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN 30 for 30: THE TOP 10 of all time

The ESPN 30 for 30 series (along with Grantland, Outside the Lines, Olbermann, Nate Silver, Jay Bilas and a couple other programs/personalities) comprise what grown-ups go for when consuming the World Wide Leader. If you’re under 14, or your intellectual development is, then by all means enjoy…First Take, Around the Horn, Skip Bayless, Chris Berman, Ray Lewis, Darren Rovell...
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November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Randy Moss ESPN 30 for 30 is one that you must watch

In the words of Andre 3000 from Outkast “glitter, glisten, floss, floss I catch a beat running like like Randy Moss.” On the evening of Veterans Day, ESPN will premiere “Rand University,” directed by Marquis Daisy and narrated by Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire). It explores the development of Randy Moss from literally out of nowhere. Rand, West Virginia is about as nowhere...
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November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Projected Man United starting XI vs Crystal Palace

With Crystal Palace coming to Old Trafford on Saturday it’s time to for The Sports Bank’s Man United Starting XI projection.  With the total crisis in defense, no healthy pair center-backs available, what will Louis van Gaal do? Well, Michael Carrick said he’d be willing to shift from midfield to the back line, so I slotted him there, along with youngster Paddy McNair. I...
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Predicted Man United starting XI vs Crystal Palace (M.E.N.)

It’s that time of the week again: another Man United Starting XI projection. The home match against Crystal Palace kicks off on Saturday. Lots of questions to be answered…what do to about the crisis in defense? With no healthy center-backs to pair, what will Louis van Gaal do? Is it true what the Mirror is saying, Robin van Persie to be dropped in favor the youngster James Wilson...
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November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United transfer rumors: Bale, Di Maria, Ribeiro, Coentrao

Here’s the latest in Man United transfer rumors that have been making the internet rounds during the past 12 hours or so. We will not be held responsible for what you decide to do with this information. We’ve heard that transfer rumors reported in the Italian media are…..well, the standards or reportage are not all that high. Still it’s always interesting to see this bitter...
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November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Bears-Packers Preview, Prediction: Marc Trestman seat scorches

Marc Trestman will soon learn why Jay Cutler is the NFL answer to Deron Williams; a coach killer. It’s easy to scapegoat Cutler given that he’s like the 7-Up of caring: “Never have. Never Will.” However, he’s far from the biggest problem this season. Statistically, he’s having his best season ever, his first 90+ passer rating. Unfortunately, that’s only good for 13th...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Harry Kane on insane hot streak for Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Kane has been the best thing about 2014-15 for Tottenham Hotspur this year. Kaner has been a scoring machine this year for Spurs and he found the back of the net again today versus Asteras Tripolis today in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League. Kane scored at 42′ six minutes after Andros Townsend converted a penalty kick in the 36′. Harry Kane now has more goals...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

B1G Basketball preseason rankings; Bo Ryan supreme overlord

Bo Ryan and the Badgers rule the Big Ten basketball roost this preseason and then there’s a whole bunch of teams below them in the NCAA Tourney and NIT mix in in the second tier. The league has six teams ranked in the top 25 polls and I wouldn’t be surprised if the league landed eight teams in the big dance. Then there’s a third tier of teams that won’t be going to the post...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United news and notes: De Gea, Sir Alex, Di Maria, Bale

Happy Fergie Day! Man United news and notes begins with a shout out to Sir Alex Ferguson and then we move on to the latest involving the David de Gea to Real Madrid rumors. Let’s get this party started. -Twitter is buzzing over Sir Alex Ferguson day. On this day in 1986, Sir Alex began his tenure as #mufc manager. He’s pictured here before his first home game. pic.twitter...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Syracuse Orange won’t be an ACC title contender

In losing three big-time players who combined to average 61% of their team’s offensive production, the Syracuse Orange are undergoing a bit of a rebuilding year. They will once again be a stout defensive team but finding scoring is going to be a concern. SYRACUSE ORANGELast Season: 2nd, 14-4 in ACC, 28-6 overallPredicted ACC Finish: 6th Projected Depth Chart C: C.J. McCullough...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United transfer rumors: Strootman, Martins Indi, Pique

We begin today’s Man United transfer rumors with an update on the pursuit of Kevin Strootman, the midfielder who has been labeled the number one target by Louis van Gaal and Old Trafford this January. -(Daily Star) “Manchester United officials will be in Rome this weekend to scout $47.9m-rated Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman’s comeback from knee injury. The Serie A club have...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Villanova’s Jay Wright compares Big East hoops to SEC football

Villanova Head Coach Jay Wright analogized Big East basketball to SEC football. Seriously, he did. Maybe Wright should see the ESPN Films 30 for 30 “Requiem for the Big East” (review here). Or perhaps he’s seen only the beginning and middle of the documentary. The Big East is a shell of what it was once, which makes Wright’s comments below a bit absurd. Wright was a guest...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Texas Longhorns basketball: much more relevant than UT football

The Texas Longhorns were one of the surprise teams in college basketball last season. With everybody returning and the addition of one of the top recruits in the 2014 class, the ‘Horns won’t sneak up on anybody this year. Texas LonghornsLast Season: T-3rd, 11-7 in Big 12, 24-11 overallPredicted Big 12 Finish: 2nd Projected Depth Chart C: Cameron Ridley (Jr)/Prince Ibeh (Jr...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Bears vs Packers Preview: Marc Trestman farewell tour kicks off

Marc Trestman will soon learn why Jay Cutler is the NFL answer to Deron Williams; a coach killer. It’s easy to scapegoat Cutler given that he’s like the 7-Up of caring: “Never have. Never Will.” However, he’s far from the biggest problem this season. Statistically, he’s having his best season ever, his first 90+ passer rating. Unfortunately, that’s only good for 13th...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Tom Crean: his seven worst media gaffes at Indiana

These are trying times for everybody in Bloomington, Indiana. Especially so for Tom Crean, Indiana basketball coach (but Crean isn’t going anywhere due to the tremendous size of his buyout and Brad Stevens is not coming any time soon either so discard those rumors). You can understand why Crean isn’t interested in talking to the media right now as IU is a program in crisis...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Can the UConn Huskies defend their national title?

. For the second time in four years, the UConn Huskies put together a remarkable run to claim the National Championship. The graduation of Shabazz Napier is a significant loss but Kevin Ollie returns enough talent for UConn to once again be a player on the national stage. UCONN HUSKIESLast Season: T-3rd, 12-6 in AAC, 32-8 overallPredicted AAC Finish: 1st Projected Depth Chart: C...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Predicted Man United starting XI vs Crystal Palace

It’s that time of the week again: another Man United Starting XI projection. The home match against Crystal Palace kicks off on Saturday. Lots of questions to be answered…what do to about the crisis in defense? With no healthy center-backs to pair, what will Louis van Gaal do? Is it true what the Mirror is saying, Robin van Persie to be dropped in favor the youngster James Wilson...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Robin van Persie playing football in streets of Manchester

This video of Robin van persie playing football with kids in the streets of Manchester was just posted on YouTube today, and it has close to 20,000 views already. It also has a drone flying during the entire clip. You can see the drone briefly at the beginning of the video, but you can hear it the whole time. (By the way the Daily Mirror says that Robin van Persie could be dropped...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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