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Posted: March 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

ProSoccerTalk

One of the real bummers of this Olympic qualification failure – and there is such a buffet to choose from – is the “opportunity lost” factor for players like Brek Shea, Juan Agudelo and others.

They don’t get a platform from which more European opportunities may beckon.

Even more important, they miss the experience that heavy-pressure matches in a major, international tournament can provide. They forfeit the tests and proving grounds that can steel young men for bigger and better ahead.

Performing on such an illuminated stage, as with London this summer, could deliver meaningful wisdom, recognition and understanding that may be summoned in big moments future.

That was among Jurgen Klinsmann’s messages as the U.S. national team manager assessed the aftermath of it all.

I feel bad for the players in a certain way because it’s a huge set back in their own development, because they cannot play in…

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Posted: March 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

With the Final Four about to tip-off tonight, I thought it would be appropriate to post the 1991 semi final game between Duke and UNLV.  Duke shocked the undefeated Rebels who had destroyed Duke in the Final the year before 103 t0 73.

Duke would go on to defeat Kansas two nights later 72-65

Posted: March 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

1906 – The Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States was founded to set rules in amateur sports. The organization became the National Collegiate Athletic Association in 1910.
1923 – King Clancy (Ottawa Senators) played all six positions in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals. He played goalie for 2 minutes while Clint Benedict served a penalty.
1931 – Knute Rockne died in a plane crash.
1968 – Seattle chose the nickname Pilots for their new AL franchise.
1972 – The Major League Baseball Players Association voted to go on strike on April 1.
1973 – Muhammad Ali wore a $10000 robe with “The Peoples Champion” inscribed on it. Ali lost the fight to Ken Norton. Elvis Presley had given the robe to Ali on January 2, 1971.
1990 – Joe Sakic became the youngest person in NHL history to score 100 points in a season. He was also the first to do so with a last-place team.
1991 – Brett Hull (St. Louis Blues) recorded his 86th goal of the season. It was the third best total in NHL history.
1992 – Cotton Fitzsimmons (Phoenix Suns) became the sixth coach in NBA history to get 800 career wins.
1997 – Martina Hingis, 16 years old, became the youngest women’s tennis player to reach the world number-one mark.
1998 – The Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Arizona Diamondbacks debuted in the major league.
1998 – Pokey Reese (Cincinnati Reds) tied a major league record when he had four errors on opening day.
2003 – Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the season opener between the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
2004 – NFL owners adopted a 15-yard penalty for excessive celebrations. The penalty was added to the fines previously in place for choreographed and multiplayer celebrations. Also, if the infraction was flagrant the player would be ejected. The previous day the owners had instituted a modified instant replay system for five years.

Posted: March 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

CollegeBasketballTalk

What would happen if North Carolina and Duke met in the Final Four? According to the Fayetteville Observer, “Armageddon”.

With Louisville and Kentucky meeting on Saturday evening in New Orleans, the “intrastate rivalry” question has been raised, but because of the stakes, parties on both sides of the UNC-Duke line say it would be the biggest game in the history of the rivalry.

“You could argue the point it would give ultimate bragging rights,” former North Carolina player and current UNC radio analyst Eric Montross told the Observer.

The backstory is familiar: Duke and North Carolina are separated by 11 miles, have met 234 times, and harbor more unkind feelings toward each other than most any two teams in college basketball.

Outside of the programs themselves, who wouldn’t want to see that?

Fans were treated to a delight this year, as Austin Rivers hit a rainbow three at…

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Posted: March 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

CollegeBasketballTalk

UPDATE: The hire’s official.

Kansas State has scheduled a press conference Saturday to announce news regarding its basketball program and, according to Kellis Robinett of the Kansas City Star, the Wildcats will announce the hiring of former Illinois coach Bruce Weber.

Weber wasn’t out of work for long, if this report holds true, as he was fired from Illinois on March 9, now set to be introduced as the Kansas State coach three weeks later.

Weber coached in Champaign for nine season, compiling an overall record of 210-101. His most successful season came in 2004-2005, when the Illini were runners-up to the national championship.

In total, he made six NCAA appearances and one NIT appearance at Illinois. He also made two NCAA tournament appearances while at Southern Illinois, including one run to the Sweet 16.

Before taking the Kansas State job, he was reportedly in consideration for…

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