Mikaela Shiffrin Replaces Lindsey Vonn as American Face of Winter Olympics

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Lindsey Vonn has had her run, but it’s time for Mikaela Shiffrin now. It’s fitting that the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Opening night featured a quick interview with Vonn, and then cut to a more in-depth exclusive sit down with Shiffrin tonight. It’s emblematic of the passing of the baton now between alpine skiers.

Mikaela Shiffrin is probably the face of Team USA in the 2018 Winter Olympics, and it used to be Lindsey Vonn. (You can make a case for The Flying Tomato too, Shaun White).

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Jamie Anderson: USA Snowboarder Driven by Younger Teammates

American snowboarding sensation Jamie Anderson was a world wide web star during the last Winter Olympics in Sochi four years ago. She kept her 15 minutes of fame going that summer by gracing the pages of ESPN’s “the body” issue, the media outlet’s answer to Playboy, the SI swimsuit issue and the lad mag genre.

Anderson’s click-bait photo spread matched the eye-catching, attention seeking quote below:

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Silje Norendal: Norwegian Snowboarder a Medal and Fan Favorite

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Snowboarder Silje Norendal hails from Norway, so Donald Trump would obviously be okay with her emigrating to the United States. She is also very physically attractive, and in Trump’s distorted and deranged mind- it’s the only attribute that ever matters for any woman, anywhere at any time.

Norendal isn’t in Pyeongchang for her looks though, and it’s her skills that help make her one of the most popular Olympic athletes competing in South Korea this month. She was also a fan favorite during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi where she only managed to place 11th, with a time of 49.50.

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Alexis Sanchez Heavily Fined, but Will Avoid Prison for Tax Fraud

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Alexis Sanchez became one of the highest paid players in history when he moved from Arsenal to Manchester United. He’s going to need that money now as he’s accepted a 16-month suspended prison sentence (although he will avoid serving time) and a fine of €590,065 (£524,575) for tax fraud in Spain.

Sanchez, during his days with Barcelona, was able to avoid paying about $1.2 million in taxes on his image rights, due to his representatives laundering the money through a shell company in Malta. This white collar crime was committed in 2012-13. With the sentence being less than two years and for a first time offense, the prison sentence is therefore suspended under Spanish law.

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Dumbest and Worst Olympics Event Ever: 1904 St. Louis Marathon

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Another Olympics commences the day after tomorrow, prompting us to ask- what was THE WORST and STUPIDEST Olympics event of all time?

It’s a tough question to answer because the International Olympic Committee is notorious for being a cesspool of corruption and the results of their grifting have often been pretty ugly. For argument’s sake though, we’ll go with the marathon in the 1904 St. Louis Summer Olympics. First of all, it was an Olympiad held in a city that never should have hosted an Olympics, and the right to host the games was stolen away from a rival city, one that St. Louisians often have an inferiority complex towards.

Secondly, the race was run as an extremely sinister social experiment, in which the runners were treated as human guinea pigs. It was pure evil what happened here from an infrastructure standpoint.

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Chelsea Owner Roman Abramovich Lands on U.S. “Putin List”

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Chelsea Owner Roman Abramovich has been named to the United States Treasury Department’s Russian Oligarchs list, which many have dubbed the “Putin list.” If you are rich and powerful, and you’re a Russian, you are closely linked to President Vladimir Putin- that’s how the world works.

In Russia they are referring to this list as the Kremlin List, which contains 210 names, which includes 96 oligarchs with a net worth or more than $1 billion (£710 million) and very close ties to the Kremlin. Abramovich definitely fits the bill, as the world’s 139th wealthiest man, with a net worth of 7 billion, according to Forbes magazine.

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Otis Wilson to Donate Brain to CTE Research, Joins Coalition

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A revelation from Chicago Bears legend Otis Wilson was the biggest newsmaker this morning during a press conference held at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago. The news conference featured State Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) and advocates introducing new legislation aimed at reducing head injuries in football.

The new legislation, House Bill 4341, is named after Wilson’s former teammate on the Super Bowl XX winning Chicago Bears, Dave Duerson. The Dave Duerson Act to Prevent CTE, which would end tackle football for children under age 12 in Illinois, now goes before the Illinois General Assembly at the start of the 2018 legislative session.

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Super Bowl LII: Patriots vs Eagles Odds, Prop Bets Guide

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The Super Bowl LII match-up is set and once again it includes the New England Patriots, who have become the National Football League’s Hulk Hogan of sorts. If you watched/followed WWE in the late 1980s-early 1990s, it was called WWF back then, then you remember Hulk Hogan being the guy that seemingly always won, despite how much it seemed that he was going to lose the whole time.

The Patriots certainly have that sort of feel these days, especially so in yesterday’s AFC Championship win over the Jacksonville Jaguars and last year’s Super Bowl triumph over the Atlanta Falcons.

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Tonya Harding Tries Censoring Media, Continues Mishandling Success

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Tonya Harding is the absolute epitome of a classic sports motif, because she just can’t handle success at all. Harding, a sympathetic figure in some ways, is not a sympathetic figure in many other ways because she is simply her own worst enemy. Tonya has had a lot of bad luck, but her really poor decision making, and the most critical of times, is what always seems to do her in.

This month has seen the release of the must see film “I, Tonya” and with it a Hollywood hit that portrays her in a much sympathetic light than the media ever did. You also had the ABC primetime special “Truth and Lies: the Tonya Harding Story,” which gave her a gigantic megaphone with which to tell her own side of the story.

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Cubs Convention News: TV Deal Talk, Bryce Harper Speculation, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber

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During a Cubs Convention session entitled “Business Operations Update,” team President Crane Kenney perfectly articulated just how much the organization’s expectations have changed.  The goal used to be “winning a World Series,” now it’s “winning the World Series,” as Kenney put it. 

He then listed off a few noteworthy facts. Having now reached the past three NLCS, the last time the Cubs made the postseason three years in a row was from 1906-08.  Their 292 wins over the last three seasons is the most in Major League Baseball. Over the past 15 years, the 2017 Cubs were the only defending World Series champion to win their division the next year.  [Read more…]

Gopher Basketball: Serious Off the Court Mess Overshadows Bad Team

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When it comes to the Minnesota Golden Gophers basketball program, you have to ask yourself: “which complete disaster do you want to analyze first? Shall we begin with the off-the-court mess or the on-the-court dumpster fire? What’s happening with Reggie Lynch right now and the Gopher basketball program is much bigger and way more important than a mere game, so let’s start there.

Getting #MeToo and #TimesUp as wrong as the U of M continues to do has a lot more adverse consequences than their consistent inability to score more points than their B1G opponents.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Rips Swedish Media for “Undercover Racism”

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Manchester United striker and Swedish international Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hit out at his home country’s media for what he calls “undercover racism.” Ibrahimovic, currently out for an extended period of time due to a re-aggravation of a knee injury that kept him out of action for seven months during 2017, claims that he has not received the favorable, positive coverage he thinks he deserves.

Ibrahimovic believes that a player of his stature and accomplishment should deserve more accolades, and the reason he does not is due to his last name. The international superstar says he’s been held back because does not have a more traditionally Swedish surname.

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