UCLA basketball (not Kentucky) is the #1 NBA factory


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These days everyone seems to regard the Kentucky Wildcats as college basketball’s NBDL franchise. It’s understandable as Big Blue Nation has a huge presence in the NBA Draft lottery each year. As UK continues to win draft night each June, and people associate the rhyming phenomenon of “1-and-done” with John Calipari, UCLA basketball gets a bit overlooked. Kentucky is in second place when it comes to being a component of the NBA assembly line. UCLA is actually first.

The Bruins are the bluest of all basketball blue bloods when it comes to being a pipeline to the league.

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PHOTO: Dale Earnhardt Jr: “Jesus Birthday Boy Sweater”


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Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins the internet today. Or at least he wins the “ugly Christmas sweater” portion of the internet for the 2014 Yuletide season. It’s going to be really tough for anyone to top Junior on this one. Ugly Christmas sweaters have been trendy for a few years now, the hook being “it’s so horrible that it’s great” or “fun bad.” (like watching Chicago Bears football)

As you see below, the most popular driver in NASCAR has set a new bar in this practice.

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Arsenal transfer rumors: Coentrao, Busquets, Rosicky, Vieria


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Here are the latest Arsenal transfer rumors circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. Not all of these will actually happen, but they are all interesting to read nonetheless. It’s always fun to speculate who might be coming to/leaving from The Emirates.

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Man United transfer rumors: Busquets, Coentrao, Hummels, Sneijder


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Here are the latest Man United transfer rumors circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. Not all of these will actually happen, but they are all interesting to read nonetheless. It’s always fun to speculate who might be coming to/leaving from Old Trafford.

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Kentucky Wildcats: Louisville lone obstacle to undefeated


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The Kentucky Wildcats have one last obstacle in the way of a perfect season: at #4 Louisville next Saturday. If UK wins at the-worst-named-venue-in-all-of-sports (KFC Yum! Center), then they’ll run the table. The SEC cannot keep up with them. The entire Southeastern Conference just is not in their class.

Arkansas has potential, but they cannot play with this Kentucky Wildcats team. Weird things do happen in rivalry games, but Florida is too down this year.

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UCLA C Kevon Looney: consensus NBA lottery pick


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UCLA Center Kevon Looney seems to be a consensus NBA Draft lottery pick in 2015, but where does he fit in? Pretty much everyone’s NBA mock draft has Jahlil Okafor #1, Emmanuel Mudiay #2, Karl Anthony-Towns #3, and then a mis of Stanley Johnson, Myles Turner and Willie Cauley-Stein somewhere in that top ten mix.

However, Looney in the top five? The people close to Kentucky Coach John Calipari seem to think so.

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Jim Harbaugh to Michigan: the Insidiest INSIDER Insights!!!


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“Insider” might be the most meaningless, bastardized word in today’s media culture. Since everyone is an “insider” when it comes to Jim Harbaugh, and his imminent break-up with the San Francisco 49ers, here’s the insideiest, insider insights that we’ve been able to insight on insiderday.

First, enjoy this Jim Harbaugh graphic:

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Marc Trestman: seven potential replacements for Bears coach


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Is this the end for Marc Trestman, the NFL version of “painfully awkward Rob Lowe?” (Credit that joke to @MattLindner) Nothing is official, or even close to official yet, but it appears Trestman will be indeed canned like a tuna come Black Monday, December 29th.

And Bears GM Phil Emery is not totally safe either. His job is insecure.

So who replaces Marc Trestman next season?

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Four most popular Kentucky Wildcats stories of 2014


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Every future AP top 25 poll this season will just basically be this:  #1 Kentucky Wildcats

#2-#25 teams that have been or eventually will be crushed by the Kentucky Wildcats. Or would be destroyed by UK if they ever did take the court against them. Kentucky is very good. They are also very polarizing, and that makes for great copy. John Calipari is the most polarizing figure in all of college sports, and he was correct last season when he said that Kentucky is the most over-analyzed team in the history of the sport.

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Tennessee Titans interested in trading for Jay Cutler


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Jay Cutler is benched today not just because he’s been so bad lately. Preserving trade value is the primary reason Cutler was demoted in favor of Jimmy Clausen. If Clausen gets hurt, Chicago Bears Coach (at least for now) Marc Trestman will go to David Fales instead of back to Cutler.

The Chicago Bears have nothing left to play for. In fact, they’re better off losing, as tanking helps their NFL Draft position. Jay Cutler will not play again for the Bears this season.

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Tom Cleverley leaves Man United for AVFC permanently


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Manchester United supporters don’t have Tom Cleverley to kick around anymore. The midfielder is currently on loan to Aston Villa this season, and yesterday his loan deal was made permanent. Aston Villa will tie up a £7.5 million move to keep midfielder Tom Cleverley on their books when the January transfer window opens.

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Five most popular Manchester United stories of 2014


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Manchester United stories highlight the year end “best of “lists! Yes, 2014 ends in just 9 days and we have lots of listicles to cover. Today, we bring you the most popular Manchester United stories of the year that didn’t involve: Juan Mata, Angel Di Maria, Louis van Gaal and Arturo Vidal rumors.

Why did we leave those qualities out? Because those topics were so popular that we gave each one it’s own listicle. Which are all linked below.

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