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Spike departs for Wembley with his WBO Title

WBO International Middleweight boxing champion Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan flew to the UK yesterday, 100% confident of successfully defending his title at Wembley Arena on Saturday night.   O’Sullivan takes on unbeaten UK and Commonwealth middleweight champ Billy Joe Saunders in what promises to be the most challenging fight of his career to date, and an explosive middleweight battle for fight …

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World Mini Games 2013 is launched in Cork

Cork Footballer Pa Kelly, ex-Irish Rugby International David Corkery, Irish athletes Laura Crowe and Mark Hanrahan all gathered in Cork to launch World Mini Games 2013. The World Mini Games have been officially launched in Cork City Centre by a number of World Mini Games Sporting Ambassadors. On hand were Cork Footballer Pa Kelly, ex-Irish Rugby International David Corkery, Irish athletes …

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Naoko Funayama sacking: #BringBackNaoko

With David Krejci. If you like the Bruins, do yourself a favor and walk through Naoko’s twitter pics. (Click.) Word from the Editor: Not for the first time, and likely not for the last, it appears that superficial ‘assets’ have taken precedence over insightful and well-informed analysis. Naoko Funayama was let go by NESN this week, as the network looks …

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Cavs in good hands with GM Chris Grant.

Have I mentioned I like Chris Grant?  I do.  A lot.  Today I want to sift through his transactions with eye toward whether I’m right to feel this way.  Because I can’t think of a Chris Grant transaction that has been bad. It makes me wholly mellow about how tomorrow’s draft will go down. _____ Joined Cavs in 2005; GM …

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One Cavs’ fan’s best case: Brook Lopez trade.

As long as we’re throwing out trade target names — Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, Chris Bosh (?!) — let me add my pick. . One of the main takeaways from the Cavs’ draft lotto was that Gilbert & co. don’t want to be in Secaucus next year.  He tweeted as much and I’m pretty sure there were post-draft quotes to …

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Joe Banner is gonna fix your uniforms with focus groups.

One of these teams was founded in 1931. But all look like expansion teams from the 90s. /focus grupe’d Why do seemingly reasonable men turn into pompous asses when they take charge of the Browns’ operations? Carmen Policy.  Wins four Super Bowls as CEO with the 49ers; abruptly quits as Browns CEO under a cloud.* Mike Collins.  Marketing executive pulls sloppy …

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English Premier League: Club-By-Club Season Review Part II

Part II of our popular English Premier League Club-By-Club Season Review is finally here! If you missed Part I click here .   Team: Queens Park Rangers  League Position: 20th Top League Scorer: Loic Remy – 6 goals in 13 appearances. Key man: Ryan Nelson – A colossus at the heart of a Q.P.R defence that was constantly leaking goals, some of …

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Dan Gilbert: all you want in an NBA owner.

When you’re the only one investing in Detroit, you get featured in the Sunday Times. . Scott over at WFNY jogged our memory on the Kyrie acquisition a couple of days ago.  (See tweet at right.)  He’s right of course:  the Clippers included a non-protected first round pick in the Baron Davis for Mo Williams + Jamario Moon trade.  The Clippers’ pick, …

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Scottish Premier League Team of the Year

Mark McDougall and Kieran Caw bring us the SIE Scottish Premier League Team of the Year. GK: Fraser Forster (Celtic): Keeping fifteen clean sheets in the SPL, it is of no surprise to see Fraser Forster in the Team of the Year. The Englishman has made several outstanding saves throughout the season, causing Roy Hodgson to include him in several …

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English Premier League: Club-By-Club Season Review Part I

Welcome to the SIE comprehensive review of the English Premier League season. We will discuss everything from possible departures and arrivals, to the highlights and low points of the season . This is Part One of your Club-By-Club Season Review. Team: Arsenal League Position: 4th Top League Scorer: Theo Walcott 21 (14 League) Key man: Laurent Koscielney – Santi Cazorla …

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Seeking perfection in an imperfect world.

Refs have decided games for decades. Perhaps it is the fan that needs to be ‘fixed,’ not the game processes. I’ve been sitting on the germ of an important post for a couple of days now and I’ve been struggling to tighten it up.  Last night helped.  Anyone catch that Bulls-Heat game?  If you did, you lost count on the …

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Victor Wanyama: Celtic’s Kenyan Star

Ryan from ‘3 On 1 Counter’ talks about one of the hottest prospects in European football, Celtic’s Victor Wanyama. When Neil Lennon assumed the role of Celtic manager in the summer of 2010 following an impressive stint as caretaker boss, he promised to “bring back the thunder” and snatch the title away from a Rangers side who were celebrating their …

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Cardiff City: Analysing the Bluebirds

Geran from ‘3 On 1 Counter’ discusses Cardiff City’s season and the men who played key roles along the way. As per usual, the Championship has not failed to disappoint with thrills and spills throughout the season. One massive thrill was Cardiff finally reaching the Promised Land and being crowned champions. Cardiff have been seriously unlucky in the play-offs in recent …

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Who won the NFL Draft? The usual suspects.

Kanick didn’t like the Browns NFL Draft.  I’ve offered up some reasons why I didn’t like it, but I’m not an expert. Instead of flogging that dead horse, I thought it’d be interesting to compare the Browns-Banner draft with some other GMs.  Other, proven, really good*, GMs: Jerry Reese (Giants GM, 2007) Ted Thompson (Packers GM, 2005) Kevin Colbert (Steelers GM, 2000) …

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