Kevin Garnett reaches out to Aurora, Colorado victims

Kevin Garnett

The shooting in Aurora, Colorado has been a tragic story. The opening premier of The Dark Knight Rises was ruined by one man who went on a rampage, killing 12 individuals and hurting dozens more. Since then, the killer has been apprehended and is awaiting trial and sentencing. A lot of people have reached out to the Aurora community, including a man everyone knows.

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban: more fan than owner

Mark Cuban

Most NBA owners are your typical everyday-businessmen, usually very conservative with their money, but yet they sip on $5 coffees from Starbucks six days out of the week. They also sit in a luxury box during home games and occasionally will make the trip to away games. They are laid-back at games, rarely showing any emotion almost stoic, acting like they don’t care whether or not their team wins or loses. Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban is not like most owners.

In fact, I would go as far as to say that Cuban is the most interactive, hands-on owner in all of sports. [Read more…]

FIFA Hand USMNT German Gift

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By Alex Simon 

Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones’ application to switch to the U.S. national team from Germany has been approved by FIFA. The U.S. Soccer Federation announced the switch in nationality on Tuesday. A recent FIFA rule change allows players who have not played in a competitive match for a national team to switch to another country in which they have citizenship. Jones’ father was born in America.

The last month for the U.S. Men’s National Team has been an emotional and physical roller coaster. Days after qualifying for the 2010 World Cup, the USNMNT found out that one of their teammates was involved in a deadly car crash. Days after that, they put on an inspiring performance against the Ticos, in honor of their friend. However, the match against Costa Rica brought more challenges for the U.S. Oguchi Onyewu, the US national team and AC Milan defender, tore a tendon in his left knee and will be out at least 3 months. 

 
With the World Cup less than 8 months away, U.S. coach Bob Bradley needs to start deciding Joneswho will make the 23 man roster. The U.S. have friendly matches scheduled to help the team stay sharp and to help Bradley see who deserves the remaining spots on the World Cup team. Jones, who turns 28 soon, has been sidelined since summer by a hairline fracture of his left shin and has not played in the German Bundesliga this season. If healthy, Jones is a lock for the squad and will likely replace Ricardo Clark as the team’s central defensive midfielder. Most likely, Michael Bradley will play more of an attacking role in the central midfield.

Like many American soccer fans, having Jones is huge news. Jones is a hardnosed player who has played top flight football for several years in Germany. The U.S. can use an abrasive type like Jones, who’s toughness will be a positive impact for a team that is known to be “soft” at times. With Davies most likely out for South Africa, U.S. fans will have to hold their breath that Onyewu and Jones will be healthy come tournament time. Because he won’t be ready to play for the U.S. in its European exhibitions in November, it appears the only game Jones will be able to appear in for the U.S. before World Cup training camp will be in March– the last international fixture date during the club season.

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Take it To The Bank! Week 6 CFB

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By Paul Schmidt

After an embarassing 2-2 week this week, I’m not picking against someone.  My mom tied me, and while she knows sports, she really does, I know betting and that just shouldn’t happen.  This week, I’m going back to basics, and picking on my own.  And next week, I’ll have a guest again.  Probably. Maybe.  Applicants can apply in the comments, and show me  a thing or two. 

This week’s games were really difficult, first off.  I thought a lot of the lines were either right on, were games that I just didn’t care to bet on, or were games that I just had no idea what would happen. That’s what makes gambling tough, I suppose. 

But enough rambling, on to the picks.

Michigan St. (-4.5) at Illinois
So let me get this straight: Illinois suffers another lackluster, indefensible loss at home…benches their starting QB…practices more damage control than football this week…and I’m supposed to believe that they can keep this game within a touchdown?  I don’t think it’s going to be within THREE touchdowns! 

I don’t honestly care if it is going to be Homecoming for the Illini (it is) or if this is the make-or-break game of Ron Zook’s coaching career (it is).  This is going to be a Spartan rout. Pick: Michigan State -4.5

Alabama -4.5 at Mississippi
It’s pretty obvious that Ole Miss is a little bit overrated.  Jevan Sneed is not what everyone thought, and the losses to graduation, specifically Michael Oher at left tackle, really have hampered the Rebels this season.

There’s those that think ‘Bama may be the best team in the SEC.  I certainly do believe that they are the most rounded, balanced squad in the SEC, though I don’t know about the best. I do think that, even on the road, they can (and will) effectively end the Rebels’ season with a win. Pick: Alabama -4.5

Idaho (+4) at San Jose State
I know, I know…you’re thinking, why in the hell are you betting on teams in the WAC?  That aren’t named Boise State or Fresno State????  There’s money to be made, that’s why, and it’s right here!

Idaho is having their best season in years, and has a pretty spiffy 4-1 record. Their only loss was in Seattle to Washington (a loss that doesn’t look too bad in the wake of their upset of USC), and has two really solid wins against Colorado State and Northern Illinois, the latter here in Illinois.  San Jose State has been wildly unimpressive so far and only beat the Cal Poly-SLO Mustangs last week 19-9.  And they’re a crappy FCS team!!!

Idaho is 5-0 against the spread this year so far…look for them to move to 6-0 and win this one outright. Pick: Idaho +4

Houston (+2.5) at Mississippi State
I am still in love with this Houston team, even after a terrible loss to UTEP.  They certainly can’t afford to lose another game — Even though they are probably out of the BCS race, quality wins could continue to bump the team up.  They certainly won’t quit, not if QB Case Keenum has anything to do about it. 

I don’t think that the Bulldogs are really that good, but regardless of whether or not they are, their offense won’t be able to keep up with the Cougars’.  Pick: Houston +2.5

Last Week 2-2
Season Record: 9-10-1