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Bruno Mars will be joined by Red Hot Chili Peppers for Super Bowl performance

Bruno Mars will make a special announcement regarding his Super Bowl Halftime performance today during halftime of the New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks NFC Divisional playoff game. That comes to us via a Fox Sports press release sent out the evening of January 8th. What is the Bruno Mars news? The Los Angeles Times revealed the answer. In what might be considered a rather...
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January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Manchester United youngster Daehli signs with Cardiff City

Cardiff City have officially completed the signing of Mats Moller Daehli from Molde. The former Manchester United youngster turned down a return to the Red Devils, according to The Independent. Daehli is reunited with his former manager, becoming the second Norwegian player to join the Bluebirds. Lots of transfer news involving connections between Cardiff City and United today. By...
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January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Manchester United close to signing Ezequiel Garay?

Manchester United have opened talks with Benfica over a deal for centre-back Ezequiel Garay which will be completed at the end of the season. That’s what Goal UK is saying. Ezequiel Garay has been targeted by the Red Devils in each of the last four transfer windows, with both Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes coveting him. Despite Benfica insisting that they won’t sell the player...
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Manchester United target Gundogan with 24 million bid

Manchester united and David Moyes may have an answer soon on one of their top midfield targets. Borussia Dortmund’s lkay Gündogan is about to sign according to reports in Germany. Moyes ready to splash £24million on highly-rated Gundogan, Metro says. He’s been the subject of interest from many top European clubs including Arsenal, Real Madrid and Barcelona in recent months...
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Julia Mancuso will be a hot topic come Sochi

Julia Mancuso is a 29-year-old is a World Cup alpine ski racer from Reno, Nevada. Mancuso was the gold medalist in the giant slalom at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin and the silver medalist in both downhill and combined at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Her three Olympic medals are the most ever for a female American alpine skier. Julia Mancuso made her World Cup debut...
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Gretchen Bleiler is a name you need to know for Sochi

Gretchen Bleiler is one of the names you need to know when the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics gets going early next month. Gretchen Bleiler received a lot of publicity in October of 2011 when she appeared in ESPN the magazine’s “Body Issue.” Although the main star of that show was soccer star Hope Solo, pretty much naked almost on the cover. 32-year-old Gretchen Bleiler is an halfpipe...
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Very Rare Michael Jordan North Carolina Tar Heels items up for auction

Four pieces of Michael Jordan college memorabilia including his University of North Carolina Diploma, recruiting letters from UNC Head Coach Dean Smith and Assistant Coach Bill Guthridge and an original copy of Jordan’s UNC undergraduate academic record are now open for bidding from Jan. 10 through Feb. 7, 2014 at www.GoldinAuctions.com. The Chicago Bulls and UNC Tar Heels legend...
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January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Bulls sign Cartier Martin to 10 day contract

The Chicago Bulls have signed forward Cartier (Karr-tee-A) Martin to a 10-day contract. Yes, Cartier, like the luxury brand of watches and jewelry you’ll find for sale on the most upscale parts of Michigan Avenue.  Martin (6-7, 220) is currently in his sixth year in the NBA. He was just waived by the Atlanta Hawks. The Chicago Bulls waived Center Andrew Bynum on Tuesday morning...
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Johnny Manziel is a Chicago Cubs fan now, apparently

Johnny Manziel appears to be a fan of both Brett Favre in his Atlanta Falcons days and the Chicago Cubs. Or at least that’s what his wardrobe would have you believe. Johnny Manziel declared for the 2014 NFL draft earlier this week and drew comparisons to legendary former Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings quarterback from Brett Favre. It was ESPN Analyst Trent Dilfer who did...
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Chris Collins is having a Tim Beckman like debut season

Regime change is often difficult. In both sports and politics. Sometimes, it’s a simple peaceful democratic election; where political party and politician are swapped out without major turmoil. Other times, it’s a violent overthrow resulting in bloodshed. In the world of sports, sometimes new leadership is installed and the machine keeps rolling along. Look at the line of Butler...
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January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

PHOTOS: Northwestern basketball unveiling new uniforms vs Illinois

Northwestern basketball and Under Armour will unveil a “By The Player” inspired uniform Sunday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena in a home game against in-state rival Illinois. Hopefully, for the sake of Northwestern basketball, the reaction to these uniforms goes over better than the jingoistic flag uniforms Northwestern football wore against Michigan around Veteran’s Day. There was...
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Shaq says J.R. Smith doesn’t care; Barkley says he’d drive Dr. Phil nuts

J.R. Smith has been owning NBA headlines, at least from a web news perspective ever since his “heel turn.” The shoe tying scandal has made J.R. Smith a trending term, but not for the reasons you’d want if you were the agent of J.R. Smith. The NBA Punditocracy ripped him a new one last night. As TNT’s crew of Charles Barkley, Steve Kerr and Shaquille O’Neal all took turns...
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Chicago Blackhawks get it right with Kruger centering Kane

Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville stated Thursday that Swedish-born center Marcus Kruger will get a chance to play alongside Patrick Kane and Kris Versteeg on the second line. Kruger saw time with Kane and Versteeg in a 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers Wednesday night. Veteran center Michal Handzus has been playing on the second line, but with minimal results. Handzus...
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Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, three more Crimson Tide players declare for draft

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, a defensive back from Orlando, Fl with the given name HaSean Clinton-Dix will forgo his senior year with the Alabama Crimson Tide and enter the NFL Draft. Joining Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who has by far the best name in college football, from Bama in declaring early for the draft are Adrian Hubbard, a linebacker from Lawrenceville, Ga.; Cyrus Kouandjio, an offensive...
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What has new Penn State Coach James Franklin actually accomplished?

Why did James Franklin get such a high profile and sought after gig like Penn State? Why give him a prestigious job at a college football mega-power? You’re giving the keys to one of the biggest brands in American sports over to James Franklin? What has really accomplished? What are the big Vanderbilt victories that put Commodore football and James Franklin on the map? Well, James...
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January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Manchester United transfer rumors: Herrera, Costa, Dede, Garay

The very latest Manchester United transfer rumors. In each tweet you’ll see the source of the rumor/news as well as the link to click on, where applicable, to read more detail about each Manchester United transfer window rumor. The first comes to us from the official Manchester United fan Twitter account of Malaysia; based in Kuala Lumpur. Transfer rumours: Ander Herrera and Diego...
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January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Carolina Panthers “fans” sending Ric Flair some death threats

“Say hello to Ric Flair,” one of my friends said to me the one and only time I went to Charlotte. (I don’t need to go back) Yes, Ric Flair, a 64-year-old retired wrestler, the “Nature Boy,” is synonymous with the “Queen City.” And yet the people of Charlotte are treating Ric Flair this way. AWFUL. Ric Flair may have mastered the figure four leg-lock, but he won’t...
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January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Husband of Layla Kiffin interviewing for Crimson Tide OC job

The husband of Layla Kiffin, that would be Lane Kiffin, is a finalist/interviewing for the vacant Alabama Offensive Coordinator job. Given his train wreck performance at USC, coupled with the search engine gold that is his wife. Lane Kiffin is now Layla Kiffin’s husband, and not vice versa. I’m declaring it now. It’s not the other way around anymore. The internet really loves...
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January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Ohio State DE Noah Spence tested positive for Ecstasy

Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Noah Spence is yet another example of why I HATE the dreaded corporatespeak phrase “violation of team rules” oh so much. Or in the case of Noah Spence it is “Big Ten rules violation.” I normally refuse to say that phrase because the truth is usually more interesting than that vanilla, boring euphemism. Previously, it was thought that Noah...
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January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Michigan football names Nussmeier new Offensive Coordinator

It took Michigan football a long time to fire Al Borges, but it didn’t take very long for them to name his successor. It was talked about that Borges would be canned back in October, but Michigan football didn’t do the deed until last night. Shortly afterward, reports surfaced of who his successor would be. Michigan football Coach Brady Hoke officially named Doug Nussmeier as...
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January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Breaking: new Manchester United badge/crest unveiled: photo

The New Manchester United badge or crest was unveiled. This comes to us from the Twitter account of Genius football. What do you think of the new Manchester United emblem? Do you like it more or less than the previous logo(s). You’ll notice the clipper ship up at the top now has more sails, and more detail is added on the old time sailing ship. The ship’s hull is better defined...
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January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Mortensen: Johnny Manziel could go #3 to the Jacksonville Jaguars

Johnny Manziel officially declared for the NFL Draft yesterday. So that makes formal what we all knew since last summer. So now begins lots of Johnny Manziel speculation, analysis, meta-analysis and meta-analysis of that analysis. Between now and the Draft in May, we’re going to hear the name Johnny Manziel linked to numerous teams at different draft positions. Remember, the closer...
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Mel Kiper Jr on Johnny Manziel’s NFL Draft stock

ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr on how Johnny Manziel ’s skills translate to the NFL: “Very well in today’s NFL, and certainly Fran Tarkenton did it back in an era when it wasn’t a wide-open pass-happy league, and I think that’s who he compares to, Johnny Manziel. You look at the ability to throw the football from the pocket, that’s something he’ll continue to...
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VIDEO: Buccaneers legend Derrick Brooks takes “adversity” cliche to new low

Derrick Brooks accomplished a lot as a NFL Linebacker with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Before that, he was quite the acclaimed college football player with the Florida State Seminoles. As a broadcaster though, I am anything but impressed. Whenever I hear that stupid “adversity” cliche perpetrated by coaches and athletes, my eyes roll. If you see my eye roll from that…good, you...
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Relive that miraculous Indianapolis Colts comeback again

The Indianapolis Colts turned in an instant classic last Saturday. It was one of the greatest games in NFL history, let alone NFL post season history. Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton had the game of their lives for the Indianapolis Colts. Now you can experience it again. NFL Turning Point features the Indianapolis Colts ’ second-half comeback over the Chiefs, two game-winning field...
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January 09, 2014  |  Discuss
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