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AUDIO: Purdue’s A.J. Hammons discusses his development and potential

As frustratingly inconsistent as A.J. Hammons has been, he’ll probably get drafted in June. Likely in the first round, perhaps late lottery. Sports Illustrated claims that 17% of the population which is 7 feet or taller play in the NBA. Hammons is 7’0 and he’ll be the focal point of the Purdue offense this year. Matt Painter will run his system from the inside-out as Purdue...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard doesn’t believe he’s among world’s top 5

Eden Hazard claims public criticism from his Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is making him a better player, says a story in the Daily Mirror today. Sometimes that being written off can serve as great motivation. Being disrespected can drive one to succeed higher.  Hazard is having his best ever start to a Premier League season – but the Chelsea playmaker still doesn’t even rank...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Rafael believes Man United can win the title

Rafael seems to have a starting place in the Manchester United back line. For now at least, as he’s had plenty of playing time. Rafael doesn’t want to go anywhere. He wants to stay at Old Trafford, and he believes the team can win the championship. Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ he said: “In my opinion, something changed. We have new players in the squad. Manchester United...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

#2 Florida State Football vs #5 Notre Dame Preview and prediction

ESPN is extremely obnoxious in their over-coverage of #2 Florida State football and Jameis Winston. Bristol will ratchet that up even more this week as their partner, ABC, is televising this contest and their preview show, College Gameday is coming to Tallahassee. If FSU wins, the World Wide Leader will go full on CNN-with-the-missing-airplane on Jameis Winston and Florida St. the...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Even Danica Patrick can win this weekend at Talladega

As Danica Patrick prepares for her Talladega nights (and Talldega days) this weekend, she made a statement that is quite the opposite of something you’d hear Ricky Bobby say. The fictional character played by Will Ferrell in that legendary comedy from a few years ago gave us gems like “I piss out excellence” and “second place is the first loser.” Obviously that’s a parody...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

AUDIO: Exclusive, Tom Izzo discusses Nick Saban’s tirade

Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio were voted the nation’s number 1 coaching combo in a recent poll; up from #7 last year. Yes, in the two college sports that people care about, you can’t find a better one-two punch then H to tha Izzo and MD. However, there was once a time in Spartan lore when both Tom Izzo and Nick Saban were coaching in East Lansing, Michigan. The...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

#19 Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Northwestern Preview and Prediction

It’s the NU bowl. Also, the furry feline friend bowl as both programs have cat mascots. In regards to on-the-field material, Nebraska Cornhuskers versus Northwestern Wildcats marks a battle to take control of the Big Ten West division. Wisconsin just doesn’t have it this year, so the race for that slot in the B1G Championship game will come down to the two NUs, and the Minnesota...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United could make £60m moves for Seamus Coleman, Ross Barkley

Seamus Coleman is supposedly the next Manchester United transfer target. The Everton Defender and Ireland international stepped up his game up considerably last year. He was a big past of the reason that Goodison Park saw a more successful than usual  Premier League season. United were rumored to be interested in Coleman in February. Arsenal and AC Milan were supposedly keen on...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United news and notes: Falcao, Herrera, Blind

Time for the first of our two daily Man United news and notes segments. Here’s where we left off about 12 hours ago, a collection of Man United news links that covered Angel Di Maria, Ryan Giggs, Paddy McNair, Juan Mata and more. Here’s what’s happened in the 12 hours since then- the story lines buzzing on the internet regarding the Red Devils. We begin Man United news and...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Pep Guardiola admits he wants to manage Manchester United

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has launched a vicious attack on Manchester United back on September 16th, saying publicly that United can’t afford his players. Or at least his best ones. The Bayern boss also claimed Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Muller don’t want to leave for the Bundesliga for the Premier League anyway. Now, a new book reveals that Guardiola...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

How KT Tape helps runners and hikers

Photo credit: KT Tape (used with permission, Facebook) KT Tape can help runners push through common injuries such as ankle sprain, muscle strains, shin splints, and turf toe, among others. Kinesiology therapeutic (KT) tape is growing in popularity among professional athletes (such as the U.S. national soccer team) and amateur sports enthusiasts.  There are an estimated 3.5 million...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Illini basketball Midnight Madness will be all about YOU

If ever there was a year where the phrase ” Illini basketball season cannot get here fast enough ” this is it. Illini football tweets are making me lose followers in droves, mostly die hard Illini fans and page view numbers for material relating to Tim Beckman’s program have reached a new low. Well, Illini basketball season is already here. Thankfully! Media/Photo Day was...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

#2 Florida State Football vs #5 Notre Dame Preview, ALL CAPS!

ESPN is extremely obnoxious in their over-coverage of #2 Florida State football and Jameis Winston. Bristol will ratchet that up even more this week as their partner, ABC, is televising this contest and their preview show, College Gameday is coming to Tallahassee. If FSU wins, the World Wide Leader will go full on CNN-with-the-missing-airplane on Jameis Winston and Florida St. the...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Chelsea FC vs Crystal Palace TV info

NBCUniversal’s Hispanic cable network mun2 is broadcasting three Premier League games on Saturday, headlined by high-powered, high-scoring and high flying Chelsea FC taking on Palace. It all begins Saturday, October 18 at 7:40 a.m. ET / 4:40 a.m. PT with Manchester City vs. Tottenham, then at 9:55 a.m. ET/ 6:55 a.m. PT Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea, and on Sunday October 19 at 8...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Update: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City TV info

The international break feels like it takes forever, doesn’t it? That’s why Premier League season is indeed so long. Well, Tottenham Hotspur fans, a big game is coming up and it’s not that far off. Second-place Manchester City, last season’s champions, and forward Sergio Aguero (five goals in seven Premier League appearances) hosting sixth-place Tottenham Hotspur this Saturday...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United news and notes: McNair, Di Maria, Mata, Giggs

Welcome to the second of our two daily Man United news and notes collections. We begin with a really interesting piece about the Manchester United youth program and who it’s developed lately from ESPN FC. Man Utd academy boss Brian McClair speaks to @JohnBrewinESPN about McNair, Cleverley, Welbeck and the production line http://t.co/cgAaQiUTFB — ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) October 15...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Chelsea news and notes: Costa, Mourinho, Hazard, new GK

Good evening. Time to take a spin around the interwebs and look at all the Chelsea news and notes that made the rounds today. Here are some of the most important Chelsea news items that have been discussed in the past 12 hours or so. We begin with the Premier League’s leading scorer, and of course the struggle to manage his minutes in his duty to both club and country. -From...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

#2 Florida State Football vs #5 Notre Dame ALL CAPS PREVIEW

ESPN is extremely obnoxious in their over-coverage of #2 Florida State football and Jameis Winston. Bristol will ratchet that up even more this week as their partner, ABC, is televising this contest and their preview show, College Gameday is coming to Tallahassee. If FSU wins, the World Wide Leader will go full on CNN-with-the-missing-airplane on Jameis Winston and Florida St. the...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

SEC Basketball Preview: #1 Kentucky Wildcats

The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12 and Big 12 now we turn our attention to the SEC. With nine McDonald’s All-Americans, the Kentucky Wildcats are the obvious choice for the preseason #1...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Irish Eyes will be on Everett Golson and ball security

Notre Dame Head Football Coach Brian Kelly can deny or make excuses for the sudden error prone football his quarterback Everett Golson is making. But deep down, you know Kelly and the rest of his offensive coaching staff are worried as they head into this season’s biggest game Saturday. Golson has turned the ball over eight times the past three games. Of those turnovers, three...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Notre Dame football vs #2 FSU, preview with Chicago Tribune’s Chris Hine

“Texas Forever, 6.” — Tim Riggins “This is what college football is all about,” said Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher on his weekly media call Monday. Yes, indeed Saturday night will have many a “Seminole moment” (sorry for the bad pun) for the Notre Dame football team, FSU, the two #5 quarterbacks and many others. Here to break it all down with me and preview...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

6 Early Contenders for the NFL MVP

Though they tend to look unconcerned or be secretive about it, all great players, given a chance to open up about their deepest desires, would tell you that they’d want to be the NFL MVP at some point in their careers. Besides the usual bragging rights for the player, winning the prestigious MVP award comes with a lot of remarkable commendations for the player’s team, plus of...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

London NFL Fans Could Keep the Entertainment Going with Mobile Casino

With the popularity of the annual NFL games held at Wembley Stadium, the league is now looking into the option of basing a team in the UK full time. Given the logistical implications and the obvious financial costs it would be a really bold move for the sport to take, but could it work? And how could US fans fill the half time break if the English entertainment doesn’t live up...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Louis van Gaal deemed “Godfather of Coaching” by Dutch striker

Louis van Gaal is known by many names, LVG, the Iron Tulip, the numerous ways in which his last name is pronounced. Seriously, during the World Cup media in every country came up with several ways to pronounce “Van Gull,” “Van Hall,” “Van How,” “Van Gal.” No matter how you pronounce it though everybody knows that Louis is a boss. He is a hard-liner, a perfectionist...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United pursuing Ilkay Gundogan again

Back in February it was “reported” that Manchester United had won the race to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan. According to reports in the Sunday Star & The Sunday People. Of course that was back in the David Moyes era. The strike price was quoted at £25 million. Obviously, the move never materialized, but is Old Trafford back in now with Louis van Gaal in charge...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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