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Will Jimmie Johnson win the Food City 500 on Sunday?

Jimmie Johnson hasn’t needed a four leaf clover to knock off two consecutive top-five finishes the past two weekends. Hard work and determination by the No. 48 Lowe’s team for Hendrick Motorsports has paid off and the points deficit the team found itself in after the season-opening Daytona 500 is slowly closing. Johnson waged a last-lap battle with reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup...
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March 13, 2012  |  Discuss

What happened to Kentucky Wildcats superfan Ashley Judd’s face?

Is this is a botched surgery? Sure she looks younger and less gaunt, but she also looks like The Joker. She now Renee Zellweger type “smush face.” I’m speaking of course about Kentucky Wildcats superfan Ashley Judd. After the jump, see her before/after picture. Photo courtesy of MSN’s Celebrity Fix, which gives us this explanation below; you can find more pics of her too...
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March 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Is Erin Andrews done at ESPN?

You may have seen the last of Erin Andrews at ESPN, now that the college basketball regular season is over. Possibly. The queen of all sports media may be done with the WWL as they “confirmed that the ACC Tournament is the last scheduled assignment for Erin Andrews,” as her “contract (and others) are coming up,” according to a tweet from Richard Deitsch of SI. Deitsch wrote...
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March 13, 2012  |  Discuss

15 Most scandalous stories in college sports history

It seems like we’re constantly hearing about the trouble that college athletes manage to find themselves in, with athlete scandals and arrests as a hot topic in news and sports blogs. If you think that college athletes seem to get in trouble more than anyone else, you’re not imagining things: The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that arrests of college athletes are more...
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March 13, 2012  |  Discuss

NFL Mock Draft second round: 3-13-12

Lots of changes this week, on account of the blockbuster trade between the Rams and Redskins. Yes, Robert Griffin III re-shaped the entire draft. The free agency period begins today at 3pm ct. So that will no doubt re-shape the mock again. Everything you need to know about NFL free agency in 2012 can be found here. We also had last year’s overall #1 most accurate NBA mock draft...
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March 13, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 NFL Mock Draft: 3-13-12

Lots of changes this week, on account of the blockbuster trade between the Rams and Redskins. Yes, Robert Griffin III re-shaped the entire draft. The free agency period begins today at 3pm ct. So that will no doubt re-shape the mock again. Everything you need to know about NFL free agency in 2012 can be found here. Go here for the SECOND ROUND of this mock (link becomes live 10...
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March 13, 2012  |  Discuss

NCAA Tournament: Midwest Regional bracket breakdown

Warning: I will not be responsible if you copy these brackets 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.  North Carolina is the top seed in the Midwest Regional but Kansas figures to have a huge home crowd advantage...
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March 13, 2012  |  Discuss

NCAA Tournament: East Regional Breakdown

Warning: I will not be responsible if you copy these brackets 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.  Syracuse is the team to beat in the East Regional but there are a couple other teams who are poised to make...
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March 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Peyton Manning to meet with the Tennessee Titans

A person familiar with the ongoing situation says the Tennessee Titans will be visiting with four-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning in his search for a new NFL team. Sure, you’ve heard the reports that the Denver Broncos are 95% sure Manning is coming their way, and that Tim Tebow is likely out the door. Not so fast my friend. The source in this report spoke to the Associated Press...
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March 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Brady Quinn attending Harvard Business School

We’ve all heard about the struggles of former NFL players to keep their money once their playing careers are over. Playing days don’t last very long, and quite often former players found themselves in dire financial straits rather quickly. Former Notre Dame star, Cleveland Browns bust and current Denver Broncos third-stringer Brady Quinn leads a group of proactive players who...
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March 12, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 NFL free agency overview, salary cap set at $120,600,000

The 2012 NFL season officially begins tomorrow at 4 p.m. eastern time. That’s when the blockbuster NFL draft trade between the St. Louis Rams and Washington Redskins will become official, and the Denver Broncos can sign Peyton Manning, and then Tim Tebow will be set free to get another gig, and then everything starts up again. In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know...
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Future #1 NBA draft pick Anthony Davis: mom celebrates his wicked unibrow

Kentucky Wildcats super freshman Anthony Davis is the best player in college basketball right now. He’s got fame up the wazoo, and he’ll soon have millions of dollars when he becomes the #1 pick in the NBA Draft this June. Oh wait, he plays for John Calipari, meaning he’s already likely getting paid lots of money….hey, hey! No of course, I kid Calipari and his recruits....
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March 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Tips, stats for filling out your March Madness Bracket

The greatest time of the year for college basketball is here: March Madness. And to help you fill out your bracket, we’ve got some tips, statistics, numbers, etc. you’ll need to increase your chances of winning your pool. Enjoy! Created by: Business Degree
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March 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Reggie Miller: “Big 10 is the best conference in the nation”

The Big Ten was hands down the best conference in college basketball this year. It’s the strongest the league has been in some time, and all the signs show it: owning the challenge with the ACC, having the most ranked teams, and now the best chance to win the whole thing. Turner Sports analyst Reggie Miller, a UCLA and Indiana Pacers legend agrees. Here’s what Miller said on...
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March 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Notre Dame is really overseeded at #7, pick #10 Xavier

Last year, Notre Dame leader Mike Brey was named national coach of the year, and deservedly so. This year, he did an even better job. Because he had so much less talent to work with. The Irish (22-11), picked for ninth in the Big East Conference back in October before star player Tim Abromaitis was lost for the season in November with a knee injury, came on strong to finish third...
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March 12, 2012  |  Discuss

NCAA Tournament: West Regional bracket breakdown

Warning: I will not be responsible if you copy these brackets 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.  In my opinion, the West Regional is the deepest and has the most exciting possible match-ups of the four...
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March 12, 2012  |  Discuss

NCAA Tournament: South Regional bracket breakdown

Warning: I will not be responsible if you copy these brackets 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.  Can anybody knock off top seeded Kentucky in the South Regional?  Here is a bracket breakdown. Overview...
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March 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Everything you need to know about #1 Michigan State vs. #16 Long Island

These aren’t the most exciting match-ups in the first round of the NCAA Tournament usually. And yes, IT’S A FIRST ROUND, STOP CALLING IT THE SECOND ROUND! YOU’RE TELLING ME, IT’S A “ROUND” MEANING 60/68 TEAMS AUTOMATICALLY GET A BYE. Ok, now that I’m done pointing out NCAA idiocy, I’ll stop yelling. The Spartans enter the tournament with the #4 RPI and the #1 strength...
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March 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Everything you need to know about #4 Wisconsin vs. #13 Montana

              For the third consecutive year, the Big Ten’s Wisconsin Badgers have drawn a four seed in the NCAA Tournament. This year, they match-up with a Montana Grizzlies team who hail from the Big Sky Conference and have won fourteen straight games. Even though the Badgers (24-9) are 3-0 all-time against #13 seeds and appear to be heavy favorites, I wouldn’t be so...
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March 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Seton Hall star drops F-bomb in NIT excitement after NCAA bubble bursts

Maybe Seton Hall shouldn’t have lost to Big East weaklings DePaul and Rutgers down the stretch. Maybe the Pirates should have done more in the Big East tournament. Maybe they just have beaten Northwestern back in the pre-conference. Just any of these…one win more would have likely kept their NCAA Tournament bubble floating instead of bursting. But it’s too late now; and the...
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March 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Michigan St bench, depth resembles 2000 National Title Team

In winning their first Big Ten Tournament title since 2000, the Michigan State Spartans did it with depth and role players, kind of like the 2000 National Championship team. Granted this team today doesn’t have four future NBA players (the ’00 team had Jason Richardson, Mateen Cleaves, Andre Hutson and Morris Peterson) so you can only go so far with this analogy…of course...
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March 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Cubs signing of Cuban pitcher makes them favorites for landing Jorge Soler

Gerardo Concepcion has agreed to terms with the Chicago Cubs on a five-year major league contract. Terms are not official but it’s allegedly for about $7 million.  This has been known for over a month already, but it’s only been made official in the past five minutes. And that means…the Cubs look like the winners of the Jorge Soler derby. They’ve been the front-runners...
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March 11, 2012  |  Discuss

NBA Draft Stock- Big East Tournament edition

Playing under the spotlight of Madison Square Garden during the Big East Tournament can do wonders to either help or hurt a college basketball player’s NBA Draft Stock.  NBA scouts and general managers flock to the five-day tournament to check out some of the elite talent in the country.  Here are some players who have seen their stock rise and fall with their play in the BET...
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March 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Is the Columbus Blue Jackets recent run a good thing or a bad thing?

The Columbus Blue Jackets have embarked on a recent “run” – for the National Hockey League’s (NHL’s) 30th ranked team, 4 consecutive wins is considered a “run” – during the past weeks since the rumored trade of their captain and franchise player, Rick Nash, didn’t materialize. What’s impressive about their recent win streak is that all four victories were against...
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March 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Alex Morgan supports Barca, Lionel Messi (photo and video)

After the jump, you can see a photo of USA women’s soccer player Alex Morgan with a Barça jersey. And a video interview. She also expressed her support on the FC Barcelona website: The star of Team USA has been visiting the club, which she says are her favourite team, because “they do magic on the field. I’m so happy to see them get as many trophies as they have” Morgan...
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March 11, 2012  |  Discuss
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