Northwestern Basketball Battle Logistics Establishing Home in Rosemont

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Northwestern basketball is coming off the most successful season in school history with realistic expectations of going even further this year.

To get there they must overcome a major hurdle of playing their home games in a different arena way off campus. Welsh-Ryan Arena is being renovated, meaning it’s AllState Arena for the Wildcats this season.

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Notre Dame Football Winning Facilities Arms Race with New Upgrades

If I were Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick, and I was sitting in one of the suites in the highest levels of the Notre Dame football Stadium, I would say inside my head:

“Now witness the POWER of this FULLY operational battle station!”

Swarbrick had built a palace of a cathedral of a monument to college football, and everyone else should take note because the Golden Domers have re-established the gold standard.

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TSB Show 9: Akiem Hicks, David Diehl, Vince Wilfork

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TSB Show is back and it’s better than ever, with an extremely action packed and very concise edition. TSB Show 9 covers a ton of ground, and it’s not “sticking to sports.” We have Chicago Bears Team Captain Akiem Hicks, New England Patriots legend Vince Wilfork and New York Giants, Illinois Fighting Illini legend/current NFL and college football announcer David Diehl.

Let’s run down all the topics we covered:

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Patriots Legend Vince Wilfork Discusses Hurricane Harvey Relief Work (Exclusive)

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Sunday brings the Vince Wilfork Bowl, so to speak, as the legendary lineman’s two former teams will clash in Foxboro. The Houston Texans, who rank 32 out of 32 in both total offense and passing offense, visit the defending champion New England Patriots; who are reside at the top in both categories.

Obviously, the Pats are huge favorites.

Vince Wilfork will be there, hosting a tailgate party in the Gillette Stadium parking lot.

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Rocky and Rocky Steps in Philadelphia Are Very Aggressively Marketed


The most well known boxer in American history is probably a fictional one- Rocky Balboa. And among all the world famous historical sites in the city of Philadelphia, the Rocky Steps, originate from a movie; not real life.

Yes, they are truly called the Rocky Steps, and there are 77 of them from street level to the plain upon one enters the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Despite the 90 degree heat, I ran them twice this past Sunday.

Here’s the proof:

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US Open 2017: Tennis Spread Betting Tips

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Tennis’ greatest stars are all set to descend upon Flushing Meadows for the final Grand Slam of the year and one more chance to seize glory. The men’s half of the US Open could turn into a battle between youngster Alexander Zverev and 35-year-old Roger Federer, while the women’s draw looks wide open. Excitement among fans is reaching a fever pitch, with just days until it begins, and betting will go into overdrive as this will be one of the main sporting events of 2017.

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Jim Harbaugh Has Big Plans for Paris and Normandy Next Spring

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As the Allies marched toward victory in Europe during WWII the saying was “first you take Paris, then you take Berlin.” For Michigan Wolverines Coach Jim Harbaugh, it’s Rome this past spring, and Paris is up next. He’ll also take his team to where the Allies landed as Harbaugh plans on taking his team to Paris and Normandy in 2018.

The voyage will be during the spring football practice period, and it comes on the heels of 2017’s Rome trip being a tremendous success.

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Jim Harbaugh on Rome Trip: “have the whole world be your classroom”

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Friends, Michiganders, countrymen, lend me your ears, I come to report on Jim Harbaugh, not to praise him.

Although to be fair the coverage we provide of Harbaugh will in fact be a form of praise. He took his Michigan football team on a trip to Rome in April where they held three spring practices and also had numerous unique cultural experiences.

It’s hard not to praise his idea, especially when you consider how Jim Harbaugh himself said “it’s the best thing he’s ever done personally as part of a football team.”

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Manchester United Unveil Romelu Lukaku Hollywood Style

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With apologies to 2pac and Dr. Dre, it’s “California Love” for Manchester United, who went all Hollywood as they unveiled their newest player, Romelu Lukaku. Lukaku has been in “the state where you never find a dance floor empty,” as the song says, partying it up (a little too much actually, as he has a L.A. court date) while on holiday.

Joining him for good times in the sunshine was BFF and now, new teammate Paul Pogba, who was also in southern California on vacation. It wasn’t all Hollywood parties though as the duo also trained together last week at UCLA, United’s training site for their summer preseason tour. 

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Chelsea Star Willian Goes Hoverboarding on Holiday


Chelsea star Willian seems to be enjoying his summer holiday. He should because there isn’t much vacation time left. Many teams will be reporting for training duty this weekend and beginning training camp next week. Willian made the best of his off time by taking in some hoverboarding in St. Bart’s, a beautiful, lush tropical resort in the West Indies.

Have a look at the video posted by the Brazilian on his Instagram account. It has over 137,000 views, 221 comments and counting for a reason

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Chelsea Star Diego Costa Goes ATV Four Wheeling (Video)

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Chelsea (for now) Striker Diego Costa is making the most of his holiday as he goes four-wheeling in some muddy terrain. ESPN FC seems to be the source of this video, which is getting a lot of traction today, as it makes the internet rounds in the footy world.

Here below, via YouTube, you can see Diego Costa taking the all terrain vehicle through some swamp land.

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Paul Pogba Visits China’s Forbidden City During Business Trip

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The most expensive footballer in the world, Paul Pogba, is optimizing his trip to China. He’s in the world’s most populous nation on business, as a brand ambassador for his endorsement partner Adidas. Pogba is also making the journey a vacation, as he’s visiting some of the nation’s most world-famous landmarks.

Yesterday we saw his photos from when he did the dab on the Great Wall of China. The photo-opp will no doubt be adored by Pogba fans, and criticized by Pogba haters.

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