ESPN gives Melanie Collins Hot Dog eating contest gig


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Former bikini model and Penn State alum (class of 2008) Melanie Collins is in explicably riding a fast-tracked escalator up the sports media ranks. She’s filled in for Michelle Beadle on SportsNation on occasion. Today, ESPN announced Collins was granted the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Competition hostess gig.

That’s an even cushier job than you might think, as people really do actually watch the Coney Island, New York event held on the Fourth of July each year.

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Canadians are taking over college basketball (sort of)


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ESPN’s Jay Bilas and Seth Greenberg did a conference call for the media to preview the college hoops season and the topic of Canadian hoops came up. Canada and basketball have come so far since the days when The Simpsons made Canadian basketball the butt of a very funny joke.

From Bill Wennington to Steve Nash to the last two #1 overall draft picks, to this podcast…

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Five most popular NHL stories ever: Happy Canada Day!


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Happy Canada Day everybody! That’s write today is Canadian Independence Day, and to celebrate we’re posting the five most popular hockey stories of all time during the seven year history of The Sports Bank. Yes, we’re celebrating Canada’s national past time by posting links to the most popular hockey stories in the history of the site.

As much as I myself enjoy the game for what it is, now you can see why I don’t write about it that much anymore. I may live in Chicago, currently the hockey hotbed of all hockey hot beds, but those Blackhawks fans don’t put their money where their mouth is.

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Chelsea FC News: Turan, Lacazette, Falcao, Begovic, Alderweireld


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Time to talk Chelsea news, notes and transfer rumors. Let’s go to work.

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Arsenal News: Vidal, Sanchez, Ramsey, Podolski, Lacazette


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Time to talk Arsenal news, notes and transfer rumors. Let’s go to work. We start with Arturo Vidal of course; the most polarizing figure of this summer transfer window. Are the Gunners in or out for Vidal? Depends on who you talk to and who you believe.

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Man United News: De Gea, Van Gaal, Rojo, Nani, Ramos


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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.

Time to talk Manchester United news, notes and transfer rumors. Let’s go to work. We start with David de Gea being ordered to go back to work by Manager Louis van Gaal.

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Julie Johnston should have drawn a red card


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Julie Johnston really got away with one last night. The officials helped her and the United States out tremendously.

The USWNT beat the #1 ranked side in the world, Germany, in commanding fashion. The American defense shut out the German attack, the highest scoring team in the tournament with 20 goals, completely. Deutschland never had any organically set up scoring chances.

The U.S. was great; but they were also extremely lucky.

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Chelsea News: Luis, Turan, Cech, Falcao, Begovic


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Time to talk Chelsea news, notes and transfer rumors. Let’s go to work.

Petr Cech received online death threats just minutes after leaving Chelsea for Arsenal. Here’s a lot more on that.

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Man United News: De Gea, Di Maria, Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin


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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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Liverpool News: Augustinsson, Adekanye, Abdennour, Clyne


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It’s time to talk Liverpool news, notes and transfer rumors. Here’s the story lines trending in the world of all things Red. With the transfer window set to open in hours, expect a very exciting and interesting summer to continue.

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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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Man United News: David De Gea, Sergio Ramos, Juan Mata


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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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