Andrew Holbrook pulls out of UFC on Fox 18 match vs. Sage Northcutt

January 23, 2016 – 6:52 pm by Kevin Johnston
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Attaining success at the highest levels of mixed martial arts obviously takes immeasurable dedication and sacrifice. After pouring years of blood, sweat and tears into the sport, it’s always heartbreaking to see a fighter miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime due to injury. Unfortunately, such is the case for UFC lightweight contender Andrew Holbrook.

Citing injury, the UFC announced Friday that Holbrook (11-0) is off the UFC on Fox 18 card, which would have been by far the biggest fight of his career against stud prospect Sage Northcutt. Luckily for Northcutt, Dana White and co. quickly found a solution, simultaneously announcing that Northcutt (7-0) will move up a weight class to face welterweight Bryan Barberena (10-3) on short notice at the Jan. 30 event in Newark, New Jersey.

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Jared Allen is Not Happy to be Sitting Out NFC Title Game

January 22, 2016 – 6:25 pm by Will DeWitt

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We’re only two days away from the NFC Championship, and although his team has a chance to advance to Super Bowl 50, Jared Allen is disgruntled.

On Friday, the Panthers notified Allen that he will sit out this week’s NFC Championship, and Allen is displeased with the decision as he feels healthy enough to play come Sunday after breaking a bone in his foot last week.

“Not happy, plain and simple,” Allen said. “I’m ready to rock. Coach’s decision gotta live with it.”

Allen, who is in his 12th season and has yet to reach the Super Bowl, will have to watch from the sidelines to find out if he will be going to the big dance.

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Ed Hochuli Officiating AFC Championship Bodes Well for Broncos

January 22, 2016 – 5:47 pm by Will DeWitt

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Earlier this week, it was reported that Ed Hochuli will be the head official for the AFC Championship this Sunday, and the news should have John Elway licking his chops.

Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald shed some light on why this could end up being a nightmare scenario for New England:

According to Pro Football Reference, the Patriots are 10-9 ( only 5-6 on the road) in games Hochuli has refereed. Furthermore, it appears Hochuli might have a bias towards the home team as out of his 237 called penalties this season, only 109 were called on the home team (46 percent). Home teams have won 68.8 percent of the games he has officiated, which is 15 percent above the league average (53.8 percent).

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Momentum Gaining for National League to Add DH for 2017

January 21, 2016 – 7:59 pm by Will DeWitt

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Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said at an owners’ meeting Thursday in Coral Gables, Fla. that the notion of a designated hitter coming to the National League is “gaining momentum.”

Which quite honestly, shouldn’t surprise people one bit. Most of the major sports leagues have made rule changes that make it easier for teams to score. Why should the MLB be any different? In today’s world of fantasy sports, offense sells, with every sport.

Last season, four American League teams scored more runs than the Colorado Rockies who led the NL with 737 runs. Looking at the home run numbers from 2015, four AL teams hit more than 200 home runs, while not a single NL team hit that mark. Taking a look at both leagues as a whole, the AL averaged 710 runs per club, and without a DH, the NL only averaged 666 runs.

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Oklahoma becomes third No. 1 to lose in Iowa this year

January 19, 2016 – 12:33 am by Hickey

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Beware, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton — the state of Iowa is no place for frontrunners this year.

With Iowa State’s 82-77 win over No. 1 Oklahoma Monday night, the Hawkeye State has improbably seen three of its four Division I universities knock off the top team in college basketball this season.

Hilton Coliseum is considered one of the toughest venues in the country, but surprisingly the Cyclones hadn’t beaten a top-ranked team since Wilt Chamberlain and Kansas in 1957.

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Blackhawks Quenneville becomes NHL’s No. 2 wins leader

January 15, 2016 – 1:47 am by Hickey

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A wise man once told me “NHL coach hirings and firings are like changing your pants. They’re not news.” To a degree, that is true. Hockey coaches are so recyclable that they would be endorsed by Captain Planet.

So in that environment (see what I did there?) it is quite impressive that Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville surpassed the legendary Al Arbour on Thursday night, becoming the second-winningest coach in NHL history with his 783rd career win after the Hawks beat Montreal 2-1. Quenneville is still trailing Arbour’s four Stanley Cups by one, but has been given plenty of time to catch him. Earlier this week, he was given a contract extension that keeps him in Chicago through the 2020 season.

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Major League Soccer needs to jump into St. Louis NFL void

January 14, 2016 – 1:57 am by Hickey

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One man’s trash is another man’s treasure — just ask my couch. In fact, ask every couch I’ve ever owned.

So while St. Louis may be junk to Missouri native Stan Kroenke, the National Football League and plenty of other human beings, there is one man that should be salivating at the prospect of the gold mine underneath the Arch: Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber.

His league needs to act decisively to get a team placed into what promises to be one of its most successful markets and has more potential for success than planned expansion into Atlanta (already America’s worst pro sports city, and rednecks hate soccer), a second Los Angeles team (replacing another failed LA team), Miami (America’s second-worst pro sports city) and St. Paul (a solid market, but running into serious competition with established franchises in all four other sports).

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Trent Baalke won’t hire coach who ‘threatens’ his power

January 14, 2016 – 12:00 am by Ryan Phillips
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Trent Baalke is an absolute disaster as a general manager. That is the consensus around the NFL after the San Francisco 49ers were thought to have this offseason’s hot coaching candidate in the bag and somehow lost him.

Multiple outlets reported that Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson was theirs to lose, and yet few days later he is the head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Now the 49ers are in scramble mode trying to figure out where to go next.  It was a stunning turn of events, but one that makes a whole lot more sense now thanks to a report from the San Francisco Chronicle’s Ann Killion.

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