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David de Gea admits he thought about leaving Man United

David de Gea turned in a goalkeeping performance so dominant Sunday that it created a social media sensation. As De Gea stopped everything that came his way #DaveSaves became a huge worldwide trending term. Numerous memes and graphics honored the valiant effort of David de Gea as he almost single-handedly brought Manchester United a 2-1 victory over Everton. But it was almost someone...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Badgers Melvin Gordon should go over 3 bills vs Illinois

Melvin Gordon ripped off a 58-yard run on his first carry at Northwestern and a 51-yarder on his first rush of the 2nd half. He now has seven runs of 40+ yards this season and 17 in his career. Gordon is now averaging 40.8 yards per carry on his first attempt of the second half. This Saturday, Gordon and Wisconsin welcome Illinois and their 119th (out of 125) ranked run defense...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Justin Jackson moves Northwestern towards an offensive identity

In true freshman Justin Jackson, Northwestern has found their featured back on offense. Regardless of what the depth chart says, Jackson (@JManPrime21 on Twitter) is the true starter. NU has found life of offense after Venric Mark. Certainly, they’ve found a a new focus in the rush-first attack. Coming closer to finding an offensive identity is a big reason why the Cats have gone...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

#5 Notre Dame vs North Carolina: ACCesque game preview

This is a battle of “iconic/legendary in one sport, total afterthought despite being solid in the other.” If we decide to do a Notre Dame versus North Carolina game preview ahead of the January 5th meeting in basketball, we could copy and paste the exact same sentence. UNC Tar Heels football actually has a decent history; they’ve produced a lot of great defensive players....
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

SEC Basketball Preview: #10 Texas A&M Aggies

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. While the Texas A&M Aggies have already landed two highly-touted recruits for their 2015 class, this...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Capt. Neckbeard Kyle Orton: Buffalo Bills savior?

Before Kyle Orton (who is no longer Captain Neckbeard, but now Uncle Rico from “Napoleon Dynamite” when it comes to the facial hair presentation) threw for over 300 yards, completed 70% of his passes and a 88.1 quarterback rating, ESPN’s Cris Carter said this on ESPN NFL Sunday Countdown: “You draft a guy. You trade up last year for him. So you’re basically giving him...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

SEC Basketball Preview: #11 South Carolina Gamecocks

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. In his third season as head coach, Frank Martin has yet to take the South Carolina Gamecocks to the next...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Tottenham, Liverpool, Man City ramp up Jay Rodriguez pursuit

Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Chris Perry told talkSPORT that Tottenham will again make a bid for striker Jay Rodriguez in the January transfer window. So once again Mauricio Pochettino will try to bring his best player with him to London. With the Saints currently in second place, would they actually sell him? St. Mary’s has been the surprise of this early Premier League...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Tottenham pursuing Jay Rodriguez; face competition from City, LFC

Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Chris Perry told talkSPORT that Tottenham will again make a bid for striker Jay Rodriguez in the January transfer window. So once again Mauricio Pochettino will try to bring his best player with him to London. With the Saints currently in second place, would they actually sell him? St. Mary’s has been the surprise of this early Premier League...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United lose Patrick McNair for 3 weeks

Patrick McNair impressed in his debut last week in Manchester United’s much needed win over West Ham. The 19-year-old Northern Irishman got the call up to the big time due to the complete crisis in the back line. He played a really solid game, helping to shore up the Red Devils defense. It was such a solid effort that United Manager Louis van Gaal decided to give Paddy McNair...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Gerard Pique speaks on return to Man United rumors

Barcelona Center-Back Gerard Pique is not getting a whole lot of playing time for some reason. He is fit, but yet still riding the bench at Barca. You have to wonder why Luis Enrique is sitting him. He finally spoke out about the rumors that he was coming back to his former team. Well, despite a lack of playing time this term, Gerard Pique maintains he has no plans to leave the...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Wayne Rooney drawing interest from Monaco

Wayne Rooney has apologized for his red card which landed him suspended for three games. While he’s currently out of sight, he’s definitely not out of mind. Despite the fact that he recently signed the richest contract in English football history to remain at Manchester United for a long time, his name is popping up in transfer rumors again. And it’s not Chelsea again this...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Georgia’s Todd Gurley: NFL may draft a RB in 1st round again

Georgia junior tailback Todd Gurley is one of four players nationwide who is on everybody’s Heisman Trophy candidate short list.  Gurley is probably right up there with Oregon Ducks QB Marcus Mariota as the front-runner. Texas A&M’s Kenny Hill and Jameis Winston are the other two on the list. Although Mr. discount shellfish down in Tallahassee is not doing himself any favors...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

5 reasons the Chicago Bulls could beat the Cavs in the East

For all intents and purposes, the ‘experts’ have handed the Eastern Conference crown to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Why wouldn’t they after an off-season in which they landed LeBron James and Kevin Love among others? That’s just the way the Chicago Bulls like it as they thrive on going under the radar and developing into one of the best teams in the NBA almost covertly. There’s...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Will the L.A. Kings repeat as Stanley Cup champs?

The L.A. Kings have arrived finally. No one is denying that. Los Angeles has two titles in the past three years. But can the L.A. Kings truly become a dynasty? NBC’s lead team of NHL experts doesn’t think it’s going to happen for them this year. The NHL on NBC’s lead announce team of Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire and Mike “Doc” Emrick were on conference call for national...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Manziel who? Brian Hoyer runs Cleveland right now

Brian Hoyer has the Cleveland Browns at 2-2, with two exciting victories and two heartbreaking losses. Hoyer and his Browns could easily be 0-4 but they could also easily be 4-0. The Browns have lost leads in two losses by the combined deficit of five points. They’ve won by the combined total of three points. More importantly, Brian Hoyer has led two remarkable comebacks: including...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Trent Dilfer gives most mind-numbing soundbite ever

I’m sure there is context to this. What that context is and how that it explains what Trent Dilfer said here…I’m not sure I want to know. I’m sure Dilfer has an explanation for this, but my head hurts enough already from having seen and heard this. Further explanation of what the hell this is supposed to mean would only give me a more painful ice cream headache. This might...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Chelsea clear Thibaut Courtois; controversy surrounds his head injury

Chelsea just issued this statement regarding their star goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. “Chelsea Football Club can confirm Thibaut Courtois went to hospital during our Premier League game against Arsenal yesterday (Sunday) for precautionary tests on a head injury. Those tests came back all clear.” “Thibaut was treated for a minor cut to his ear and was released from hospital...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Rodgers gives Mario Balotelli ultimatum, Liverpool might cut ties

Last year, Liverpool FC got 31 goals from Luis Suarez and 21 from Daniel Sturridge. Right now, you see what life is like when both are missing from the Liverpool FC attack. So it’s understandable why the Mario Balotelli signing was so significant. Unfortunately, it’s not working out. And there’s already talk of Brendan Rodgers cutting ties with Balotelli. As has been chronicled...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United transfer rumors: Gareth Bale, Jordi Alba, Dani Alves

Manchester United are now in fourth place after starting rather slowly. They actually got off to a worse start than under David Moyes, yet by getting six points out of the last two games, here they are in fourth place as the schedule will soon get tougher after the international break. They’ll host Chelsea and then visit City in the Manchester Derby. So what will happen as the...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

SEC Basketball Preview: #12 Auburn Tigers

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. After being blacklisted from the college coaching world, Bruce Pearl was hired this off-season by the Auburn...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

SEC Basketball Preview: #13 Missouri Tigers

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. Frank Haith’s sudden departure to Tulsa led to the Missouri Tigers hiring former player, Kim Anderson...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

SEC Basketball Preview: #14 Vanderbilt Commodores

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. The Vanderbilt Commodores have undergone some adversity over the past year, having to ultimately dismiss three...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Jets hilariously ripped to shreds by NFL pundits

The New York Jets were the punching bag of all punching bags on the NFL talking head shows on Sunday. In both the pre and post game shows, the NFL punditocracy, across all networks, really tore up the Jets. NFL Network’s Marshall Faulk actually got the party started early last week with this brutal vivisection of the NY Jets wide receivers. (CBS Sports Network “That Other...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings: What are realistic expectations?

The NHL on NBC’s lead announce team of Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire and Mike “Doc” Emrick were on conference call for national media covering the NHL. One topic that came up are the Midwestern traditional powerhouse, the Detroit Red Wings. DOC EMRICK: Well, I’ll watch Gus Nyquist play any night of the week. But he is the young guy who broke out last year. I think Tatar...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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