Archives for June 2015

Petr Cech received death threats over move from Chelsea to Arsenal

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Petr Cech ended his 11 year career at Chelsea admirably. He was stellar during the decade plus he spent at Stamford Bridge, but it was time to for him to move on and seek first team opportunities elsewhere. He wasn’t going to unseat Thibaut Courtois at the Bridge, but he’ll be the favorite to win the #1 jersey at Arsenal.

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USWNT must play Christen Press at forward, not Wing

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If the United States are going to win what is the real, actual World Cup title game tomorrow night, it would really help to get a big game out of Christen Press. She would best be served by the U.S. Women’s National Team shifting to a 4-3-3 formation versus the Germans, but no one is expecting USWNT Coach Jill Ellis to actually do that.

Two FOX Analysts, Tony DiCicco (the last head coach to guide the Americans to a World Cup championship) and Heather Mitts (former USWNT member) believe Press would be best served in the 4-3-3.

Mitts says Christen Press should be playing forward:

“Her placement and her ability to finish is what makes Christen Press such a great player and why she needs to be on the field, but maybe not out wide.”

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Julie Johnston: real reason she’s been the USWNT MVP

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Julie Johnston has been both the breakout player and the MVP of this World Cup for the United States.  She hasn’t scored yet, but she created a wonderful chance Saturday night; and also assisted on the one goal the U.S. Women’s National team did score versus China. (She also had a goal in group play waived off, due to an offsides call)

Johnston is one of the major reasons that U.S. have only conceded one goal in the entire tournament, and have held their opponents for 423 minutes and counting.

Julie Johnston, one of the youngest players on this team, has been given many compliments from numerous soccer pundits during this World Cup. 

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2016 NBA Mock Draft (6/29/15)

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Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely early 2016 NBA Mock Draft.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

Be sure to check out our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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Kentucky basketball is “succeed and proceed,” not 1 and done

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Although there are no former Kentucky basketball players currently on the Portland Trail Blazers roster, but Kentucky basketball is truly basketball trailblazing. “One-and-done” is not a risque, controversial, novel concept anymore. It’s establishment. Like John Calipari says it’s “succeed and proceed.”

Hopefully, last week brought us the last NBA Draft in which the phrase “one-and-done” is considered a narrative.

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Lauren Sesselmann: perfect scapegoat for Canada’s elimination

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Entire teams win or lose games, not individual players, but Canada’s Lauren Sesselmann certainly did her part to help bring on the host country’s elimination from the Women’s World Cup. FIFA, acting as FIFA often does, set up the knockout round bracket to be as easy as possible for both the Americans and Canadians.

The way FIFA set up the brackets, it sent a clear message that they wanted the host nation and their immediate neighbors to the South to advance as far as possible.

The U.S. faces Germany, the best team in the world, in the semifinals on Tuesday night. Canada, who got a truly awful game out of Defender Sesselmann (who we profiled earlier here), were eliminated 2-1 by England last night in the Quarterfinals.

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Bo Jackson evokes Taylor Swift while opining on Cam Newton

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“I don’t watch baseball,” Bo Jackson said when I asked him his thoughts on the 2015 Chicago White Sox.

Naturally, I followed up by asking him if he watches football.

“I don’t watch football, that’s like you going home, grabbing a beer and watching Ted Koppel.

“You don’t do that, do you?”

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Man United playing Hardball with Real Madrid in David de Gea negotiations

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Time for your daily David de Gea update. It’s a a never ending soap opera like Arturo Vidal was last summer. Will he stay at Manchester United, or move to Real Madrid? Nothing is official yet of course, but here’s the latest headlines on the situation.

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VIDEO: Bob Costas RIPS Cubs Pedro Strop into ittle pieces

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Pedro Strop had a pretty awful outing in St. Louis last night. The Chicago Cubs Cubs reliever gave up a home run and then put two more guys on base for the next guy. His bad night led to MLB Network’s Bob Costas ABSOLUTELY TEARING HIM TO SHREDS!

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Expect more SEC Football pride in wake of Confederate Takedown

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SEC football fans are known first and foremost for one thing- often reminding you just how AWESOME SEC football is. Expect this trend to ramp up now that the Confederate flag is getting rapidly phased out of American culture.

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Lakers 1st round pick Larry Nance once called Kobe a RAPIST

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The Los Angeles Lakers selected Larry Nance Jr. out of Wyoming with the 27th pick in the first round of last night’s NBA Draft. Which means he’s about to become teammates with international superstar Kobe Bryant. It could be very uncomfortable when the two players meet in training camp this September given:

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D’Angelo Russell drastically improves Lakers 2015-16 chances

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 D’Angelo Russell could really become the next Agent Zero. More than anyone else in this NBA Draft class, he has that wow factor. Like Gilbert Arenas, he wears #0 and is a true scorer. Not just a shooter, but a total package scorer. The 6-foot-5-inch Ohio State guard from Louisville, was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the second pick of the 2015 NBA First Round Thursday in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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