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How Does Denzel Valentine Fit in with the Chicago Bulls

Denzel Valentine is the first NBA Draft lottery pick to come out of Michigan State since 2001 (Jason Richardson). The Chicago Bulls selected the AP National Player of the Year and Big Ten Player of the Year with the 14th pick in tonight’s NBA Draft. Bulls GM Gar Forman said at the Bulls practice facility Thursday night that he thought Denzel  “was a fit on so many levels,...
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June 24, 2016  |  Discuss

2016 NBA Draft Team Grades

It was a wild 2016 NBA Draft with plenty of shocking picks as well as a whole lot of guys getting drafted who most had probably never heard of or had no clue how to pronounce their names.  So which teams were winners and losers on draft night? Time to hand out some 2016 NBA Draft team grades. EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlanta Hawks D12. Taurean Prince, SF, Baylor21. DeAndre Bembry, G...
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June 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Arsenal Target N’Golo Kante Praised by Arsene Wenger

You knew that the Leicester City Premier League title, the greatest upset in the history of sports, would lead to the English giants targeting their star players. Either the big boys will poach the Foxes brightest stars, or Leicester will have to give them all a big increase in pay grade in order to retain them. We’ve heard about Arsenal triggering Jamie Vardy’s release clause...
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June 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Tottenham Hotspur Sign Victor Wanyama from Southampton for £11m

Southampton’s Victor Wanyama has seen his career take off and his transfer market stock rise in the past couple years. The Kenyan was signed by Mauricio Pochettino, who was managing Saints at the time, in the summer of 2013 from Celtic. He enjoyed a fine debut campaign in the Premier League, leading to rumors in 2014 that Wanyama was ready to leave Southampton after just one...
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June 24, 2016  |  Discuss

2016 NHL Mock Draft 6-25-16 FINAL

The 2016 NHL Draft is near. Who will go where? Find out with our updated edition of the 2016 NHL Mock Draft. The Toronto Maple Leafs are on the clock. TSB is the only independently owned, mom and pop on the internet with a mock draft for the top four American professional sports leagues. Be sure to check out our 2017 NFL mock draft, 2016 NBA mock draft, 2016 MLB mock draft and...
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June 24, 2016  |  Discuss

2016 NHL Mock Draft Second Round 6-24-16

The 2016 NHL Draft is near. Who will go where? Find out with our updated edition of the 2016 NHL Mock Draft. The Toronto Maple Leafs are on the clock. TSB is the only independently owned, mom and pop on the internet with a mock draft for the top four American professional sports leagues. Be sure to check out our 2017 NFL mock draft, 2016 NBA mock draft, 2016 MLB mock draft and...
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June 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Ryan Giggs Looking to Leave Man United, Land Managerial Job

Ryan Giggs ’ illustrious career at Manchester United Football Club is likely coming to an end. Giggs is celebrated as the most decorated player the Premier League has produced, accumulating 34 career trophies over his 29 years with the Manchester United organization. He has made more appearances and won more honors than any other player in the club’s unique and elite history...
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June 23, 2016  |  Discuss

David Ospina Questioned About Arsenal Future After Copa America

The weather was actually the top story in last night’s Copa America Centenario semifinal match at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Solider Field was a top ten trending term on Twitter as a series of fierce thunderstorms swept through the Chicago area and forced a very late rain delay in Chile‘s 2-0 defeat of Colombia. It also emptied the venue and inspired hundreds...
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June 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe Return as USWNT Roster Named

USWNT Coach Jill Ellis has named her 24 player training camp roster ahead of the July 9th friendly at Soldier Field versus South Africa. The exhibition will be the USWNT’s penultimate match before the United States Women’s National Team heads off to the Rio Summer Olympics. Training camp, which opens in July, will see the return of two brand name stars to the USWNT roster. U...
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June 23, 2016  |  Discuss

David Ospina Dodges Question on Arsenal FC Future After Copa Loss

The weather was actually the top story in last night’s Copa America Centenario semifinal match at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Solider Field was a top ten trending term on Twitter as a series of fierce thunderstorms swept through the Chicago area and forced a very late rain delay in Chile‘s 2-0 defeat of Colombia. It also emptied the venue and inspired hundreds...
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June 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Jamie Vardy Ends Arsenal Speculation, Signs Leicester City Extension

Today officially brings closure on the Jamie Vardy “will he or won’t he” go to Arsenal FC transfer saga. It was officially announced Thursday, by the Premier League title winning side Leicester City, that Vardy has signed a new, four year contract extension on his current deal. “Leicester City have today [Thursday] agreed with the representatives of Jamie Vardy to extend...
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June 23, 2016  |  Discuss

2016 NBA Mock Draft First Round (6/23/16)

Happy NBA Draft Week!  Here is a look at The Sports Bank’s latest 2016 NBA Mock Draft. The Sports Bank is the only independently owned, mom and pop on the internet with a mock draft for the top four American professional sports leagues. Be sure to check out our 2017 NFL mock draft, 2016 NBA mock draft, 2016 MLB mock draft and 2016 NHL mock draft. 1. Philadelphia-Ben Simmons...
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June 23, 2016  |  Discuss

2016 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (6/23/16)

The 2016 NBA Draft Lottery takes place Tuesday evening so the draft order will be official then.  Here is a look at the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2016 NBA Mock Draft. 31. Boston (from PHI)-Tyler Ulis, PG, Kentucky, 5-10, Soph.Ulis is a terrific playmaker and creator and although he stands just 5-10, he knows how to run the point. The Clips have a couple free agent guards...
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June 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Henry Ellenson: Can Marquette PF Break into NBA Draft Top 5?

The 2016 NBA Draft is stating to take shape, at least on paper- LSU’s Ben Simmons #1 to the Philadelphia 76ers, Duke’s Brandon Ingram #2 to the L.A. Lakers, and International prospect Dragan Bender, possibly the next Kristaps Porzingis, #3 to the Boston Celtics. How about Marquette Power Forward Henry Ellenson? Where does he fit? ESPN College Hoops and International Draft...
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June 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Boston Celtics Taking Dragan Bender at #3? Next Kristaps Porzingis?

The 2016 NBA Draft is stating to take shape, at least on paper- Ben Simmons #1 to the Philadelphia 76ers, Brandon Ingram #2 to the L.A. Lakers, and Dragan Bender, possibly the next Kristaps Porzingis, #3 to the Boston Celtics. ESPN College Hoops and International Draft expert Fran Fraschilla discussed the 2016 NBA Draft on a media conference call, and Here are transcripts of some...
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June 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Jay Bilas Sees A.J. Hammons Going Late First Round/Early Second

Happy NBA Draft Day! We conclude our series of NBA Draftniks assessing the draft stock of A.J. Hammons with the one and only Jay Bilas. In case you missed it, here’s links to the insight and analysis from Fran Fraschilla and more from Chad Ford who compared him to DeMarcus Cousins. Bilas was on a media call yesterday, and here’s what he had to say about where the former Purdue...
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June 23, 2016  |  Discuss

David de Gea Gives Brilliant Response to Twitter Trolls

Manchester United and Spain goalkeeper David de Gea has saved both his club and country teams many times; both literally and figuratively. De Gea is considered by many to be the world’s #1. He’s phenomenal; but yesterday he struggled mightily for Spain in the European championships. De Gea conceded two goals by his near post, which thus ended his unreal scoreless streak. As...
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June 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Ex Illini SG Kendrick Nunn to Play at Oakland

Former Illinois Fighting Illini shooting guard Kendrick Nunn will take his college basketball career to Oakland. The news broke at the same time via multiple sources, but it’s official now, Nunn will ball for the Grizzlies, a team Big Ten fans know best as being to Michigan State what UIC is to the Illini. Or maybe like New Zealand; Australia’s Canada. Via Tony Paul of the...
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June 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Michigan State Basketball NBA Draft Prospects via Jay Bilas

Where will Michigan State basketball players Denzel Valentine and Deyonta Davis be selected in the NBA Draft Thursday night? Is there any chance at all that Bryn Forbes and Matt Costello could get selected late in the second round? We’ve collected and assessed the opinions of ESPN’s three NBA Draftniks, Chad Ford, Jay Bilas and Fran Fraschilla who all answered various...
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June 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Derrick Rose Traded For Lopez, Calderon and Grant: Stats and Statements

The Chicago Bulls announced today that the team has acquired center Robin Lopez, guard Jose Calderon, and guard Jerian Grant from the New York Knicks in exchange for guard Derrick Rose, guard Justin Holiday and Chicago’s second-round selection in the 2017 NBA Draft. The story was first broken by K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. Bulls statements on Derrick Rose, as well as...
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June 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Derrick Rose TRADED to the New York Knicks: Instant Analysis

If they could help it, you knew the Chicago Bulls wouldn’t head into 2016-17 with both Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler on the roster. Whether Rose and Butler get along or not, how believable those rumors are, or what you define “getting along” to be, they no longer co-exist that well on the court together.  Both are a quasi-alpha dog, and you just can’t have two alpha dogs...
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June 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Gonzaga C Domantas Sabonis Likely Lottery Pick Thursday Night

Former Gonzaga forward Domantas Sabonis declared for the NBA draft after completing his sophomore year and tomorrow night, like the title of the Ernest Hemingway novel, “The son also rises.” Yes, the son of legendary former Portland Trail Blazer Arvydas Sabonis is an aggressive rebounder and multi-skilled offensive threat. Thursday night he’ll parlay those KSAs, knowledge...
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June 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Schweinsteiger, Rooney Depicted as 19th Century Generals (Portraits)

Fabrizio Birimbelli is an artist based in Rome, who’s created a series of eye-catching portraits of global football superstars depicted in other historical periods. Birimbelli has re-imagined the biggest stars of the European Championships 2016 and Copa America Centenario as figures of the high Italian Renaissance, 19th Century military heroes, and much much more. Here you can...
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June 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Arsene Wenger Brexit Position Further Angers Gunners Supporters

Perhaps Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a “manager for life.” Despite the growing unrest within the Gunners community, Wenger’s seat remains as cool as a cucumber. He knows it too. It seems every time the backlash against the Frenchman strengthens, Wenger still retains “no doubt” that he’s remaining in charge at the Emirates next season. Many Gunners supporters are very...
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June 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Ex Man United Boss Louis van Gaal Linked to AC Milan Gig

Does former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal have one more job left in him? Is he looking to lead one more club and possibly finish on a high, instead of the disappointment that was the 2015-16 season at Old Trafford? Or will he ride off into his sunset years being content with the FA Cup trophy as the final chapter in the book about his managerial career? Van Gaal has...
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June 22, 2016  |  Discuss
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