Fierce North London derby on Sunday as fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur take on third-place Arsenal at noon ET.
Lead Premier League play-by-play announcer Arlo White is joined by former Chelsea defender Graeme Le Saux on the call.Follow paulmbanks
Tim Howard returns to the broadcast booth Sunday when Manchester United takes on Liverpool. Howard, who played three seasons with Manchester United (2003-2006), is in his eighth season with Everton, seven of which were spent playing under current Manchester United manager David Moyes (2006-2013).
The United States National Team Goalkeeper joins NBCSN one day after playing Cardiff City (Saturday, 11 a.m. ET on Extra Time).Follow paulmbanks
To say that Man United has suffered during its transitional season is a bit of an understatement. All that the side has the possibility of salvaging from a pretty dismal season is the Champions League, and that is a long shot at best.
Last week, they faced Olympiakos in the first leg of the knockout phase and came away having lost 2-0. On 19 March, they’ll face the Greek side back on their home turf at Old Trafford.Follow paulmbanks
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International Football star Mario Balotelli is now linked to the mysterious disappearance of Malaysian airliner that still hasn’t been recovered. Well, Balotelli is linked in a very loose and circuitous way.
Two men traveling on flight MH370, the story that has dominated international news headlines since Friday, have been confirmed as using stolen passports. One of which, authorities saying resembles A.C. Milan striker Mario Balotelli.Follow paulmbanks
Minnesota Republican State Rep. Pat Garofalo is not a big fan of the NBA. He’s previously tweeted that the NFL “Pro Bowl sucks even more than the NBA.” Well, no one likes the Pro Bowl, and there’s certainly nothing controversial about saying that game sucks. As much as I think the NBA is vastly superior and much more interesting than the NHL, even I have trouble paying attention to the NBA before college basketball season ends.
Even die-hard basketball fans such as myself have some major issues with the NBA: the season is twice as long as it should be, some teams are obviously tanking, and on any given night your favorite team (even the ones which aren’t tanking) may not even really put in a whole-hearted effort. So while I don’t really blame you for not caring about the NBA until the real games start (that would be the playoffs), what the Minnesota politican tweeted last night about the league is still racist, exceedingly offensive and hopefully a career killer for Pat Garofalo.Follow paulmbanks
Arizona Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall will retire. Yes, at the tender age of 26. How’s that for a surprise to kick off NFL free agency?
UPDATE: Rashard Mendenhall explains his retirement decision to HuffPo
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter first reported this development. Mendenhall battled turf toe for much last season. When he finally got to be 100%, Mendenhall scored five touchdowns in his final eight games. Rashard Mendenhall was “kind of a big deal” coming out of Niles West high school. As a five-star prospect, he was rated the No. 1 recruit in the state of Illinois by Scout.com. He committed to Ron Turner and the Illini where re-wrote the Illinois single season rushing record book.Follow paulmbanks
Midfielder Tom Cleverley has been the secondary scapegoat (Manager David Moyes is obviously the primary person having the angry fingers pointed at him) for Manchester United fans this season.
Tom Cleverley took so much abuse from United fans online that he actually had to shut down his Twitter feed. There was a petition to get Cleverley removed from United just after the January transfer window had passed.You can look at it here. Then came a petition to get Cleverley off the England National Team for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. However, rumors of his demise have been greatly exaggerated.
Let’s look at the numbers now, and stay away from the emotion. What do emotionless statistics say? We know how we think and feel already?Follow paulmbanks
As we head into the 2014 Big Ten Tournament, every coach’s job is safe. That’s the first time I’ve ever been able to say that during the past five years. I’ve been covering the BTT every year since 2010, and “Championship Week” has meant “Pink Slip Week” as one coach has gotten fired during each tournament in every year since 2011.
On top of job security, the 2014 Big Ten Tournament promises to be wild and unpredictable. They league’s results made no sense all season long, so I’m predicting this conference tourney will be the same. Seeding almost doesn’t matter here.
Match-ups are what matters in the 2014 Big Ten Tournament.Follow paulmbanks
Manchester United are signing Swiss youth prodigy Dimitri Oberlin Mfomo in the summer writes Alan Nixon in the Sunday People.
Making them the envy of a number of European football clubs that were also looking to acquire his services as Mfomo’s FC Zurich deal is soon running out.Follow paulmbanks
Manchester United are aware that there’s so much that needs to be done in terms of re-tooling their club. That’s why Man United apparently have set their own deadline date of sports to get everything accomplished.
It’s like a summer transfer window deadline day with a deadline day as David Moyes and company want to get most of their deals done this offseason before the World Cup begins in Rio.Follow paulmbanks