Josh McNary placed on Exempt List

Josh McNary, linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts, was placed on the exempt list early Thursday morning.

The 26-year-old has been charged with rape, battery resulting in bodily injury, and criminal confinement with bodily injury.

The Colts organization put out a statement that said:

“After reviewing the documents supporting the very serious criminal charges filed yesterday afternoon against Josh McNary, the Colts have requested Commissioner Goodell to immediately place Josh on the league’s Commissioner Exemption list,” the Colts said in a statement released Thursday.

“That designation will permit the investigation provided by the league’s Personal Conduct Policy to run its course and will afford Josh the opportunity to focus on his defense against the charges. The Colts sincerely hope this extraordinarily serious matter will be resolved expeditiously and that justice will prevail.”

McNary, 2nd year player, “unhesitatingly” denies the rape allegations.

He may not be apart of any team activities. He may not practice or attend any games.

He had 28 combined tackles and .5 sacks.

The Colts take this field this weekend in the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots.

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Bowles Joins Jets

Todd Bowles told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he will become the 18th head coach of the New York Jets. He will be signing a four-year deal.

Bowles had been the defensive coordinator of the Arizona Cardinals for the past two seasons. This season the Cards defense was 8th in defense, 3rd in passing yards allowed, and 12th in rushing yards allowed.

Now that the Jets job has been taken only five head coaching vacancies remain. They are Denver, San Francisco, Oakland, Atlanta, and Chicago.

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Fox and Broncos Go Separate Ways

It has been reported that John Fox will no longer be the coach of the Denver Broncos.

Under Fox the Denver went 46-18 and 3-3 in the playoffs. His total record as a head coach is 119-89.

On Sunday, Peyton Manning said that he is unsure about his future. Are these two things related? Who knows, but if Manning plays next season the Denver coaching position will be the most desirable.

I would assume that John Fox’s name will come up in other head coach conversations. Chicago, New York (A), Oakland, San Francisco, and Atlanta all have vacancies.

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Pink Top 10 Countdown

Quick, name someone who does not like Pink’s music. Her music pulls some sort of emotion out of a listener. Her music is down to earth like we imagine her to be. Her music is uplifting and it brings out your inner rebel. (She would have been a huge country star.) She can also sing upside down on a trapeze. A lot of artists can’t sing standing up.

Pink made it well known when she first debuted on the scene that she was not Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, or Jessica Simpson. She is honest in her music and that may what I and many others like P!NK.

Those that didn’t make the countdown:

True Love


U + Ur Hand


There You Go


Blow Me (One Last Kiss)


Please Don’t Leave Me


10. Who Knew


9. Get This Party Started


8. Sober


7. Raise Your Glass


6. F****** Perfect


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Richardson a bust?

Trent Richardson will not suit up for the Indianapolis Colts divisional round playoff game against the Denver Broncos. He will be a healthy inactive player.

Last week, Richardson played only one snap.

So, is it time to label Richardson a bust? Typically, when young athletes go to the University of Alabama they expect to have a great career. As a member of the “Roll Tide” he had over 3,700 total yards. He was so good that the Cleveland Browns drafted him third overall in 2012. (Go figure)

In 17 games with the Browns, he rushed for 1,055 before being traded to the Indianapolis Colts.

As a Colt, he rushed for a lackluster 977 yards in the past two seasons. His career average is 3.3 yards per rush.

Hopefully, he gets a chance with another team next year, but as of now the future for Trent Richardson seems very unsuccessful.

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Sony Open in Hawaii Preview

Event Name:   Sony Open in Hawaii
Course: Waialae CC
Where: Honolulu, HI
Dates of the event: January 15-18, 2015
Course Yardage: 7044
Par:      70
Defending Champ: Jimmy Walker
Purse:  $5,600,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel

The PGA Tour hula dances into the capital of Hawaii to partake in the Sony Open. This is the first full field in 2015. Jimmy Walker returns to the place where he shot a -7 63 on Sunday en route to the victory. It was his second career win. Nine of the last ten winners will return to Waialae CC. The last person to win back-to-back titles was “The Big Easy” Ernie Els in 2003 and 2004.

Last Year’s Top 10:

Player Place Score
Jimmy Walker 1 -17
Chris Kirk 2 -16
Jerry Kelly 3 -15
Harris English 4 -14
Marc Leishman 5 -13
Brian Stuard 6 -12
Jeff Overton 7 -11
Charles Howell III T8 -10
Adam Scott
Matt Kuchar
Kevin Na
Matt Every
Hudson Swafford
Ryan Palmer
Zach Johnson
Hideto Tanihara
Retief Goosen
Pat Perez
Will Wilcox

Last Year’s Notable Finishers:

Player Place Score
Stewart Cink T20 -9
K.J. Choi T20 -9
Jason Dufner T32 -8
Sang-Moon Bae T32 -7
Mark Wilson T51 -4
Jordan Spieth CUT

Players in the field:

Jimmy Walker

Jason Day

Angel Cabrera

Tim Clark

Luke Donald

Zach Johnson

Webb Simpson

Kevin Streelman

Sang-Moon Bae

Paul Casey

Stewart Cink

K.J. Choi

Fred Funk

Lucas Glover

Matt Every

J.J. Henry

Davis Love III

Hideki Matsuyama

Kevin Na

Geoff Ogilvy

Chris Kirk

Jerry Kelly

Francesco Molinari

Carl Pettersson

Vijay Singh

Brendon Todd

Camilo Villegas

Jhonattan Vegas

Mark Wilson

Boo Weekly

JB Holmes

Scott Piercy

Yusaku Miyazato

Gary Woodland

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Hobart International Preview

Event Name:   Hobart International
Where: Hobart, Australia
Dates: January 11-17, 2015
Surface: Hard Court
Tour: WTA
Defending Champ: Gabine Muguruza
Runner-up:      Klara Koukalova

The Hobart International will soon take place next week, as the annual tournament will host a few up and coming stars of tomorrow. Gabine Muguruza made an unexpected run last year en route to the capturing of the championship. Klara Koukalova lost the title match 6-4 6-0. Muguruza will not be back to defend her title.

Notable players in the field:

Sloane Stevens

Heather Watson

Daniela Hantuchova

Casey Dellacqua

Varvara Lepchenko

Klara Koukalova

Mona Barthel

Allison Riske

Kirsten Flipkens

Roberta Vinci

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2015 NFL Divisional Round Preview

After going a perfect 4-0 last week I return to inform everyone of what’s going to occur during the 2015 divisional round of the NFL playoffs. The “few notes section” does come from ESPN.

Saturday Games

Baltimore vs. New England 4:35 EST NBC

Personally, I believe the first game of the divisional round will be the best one.

Joe Flacco leads a hot Ravens squad into Foxboro. He passed for nearly 4,000 yards over the regular season and Justin Forsett rushed for over 1,200. Their balanced attack has been elevated thanks to the Smith twins, Steve and Torry. The biggest weapon that Baltimore has, however, is the defense. No one will run the ball against them. NOBODY! Which means it will be tough for the non-existent Pats running game. Jonas Gray and LaGarrette Blount will not rush for over 50 yards combined.

New England does have Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Do they need any more? I can’t tell you anything you do not know about what they will do. Expect Gronk to have at least 6 receptions for 120.

Few Notes:

  • Tom Brady is 1-2 in his postseason career at home against the Ravens, and 11-1 against everyone else.
  • Joe Flacco has 10 playoff wins (5 straight) since he entered the league in 2008, twice as many as any other QB in the NFL. His 7 road playoff wins and 11 road playoff starts are most by any QB in NFL history.
  • In Tom Brady’s career, he has 7 postseason game-winning drives, more than 3 times the amount of any other remaining QB in the playoffs. In fact, if you added up the total game-winning drives in the playoffs from the other 7 QB in the postseason, Flacco, Wilson, Romo, Manning, Luck, Rodgers and Newton they would equal…7…the same amount of game-winning postseason drives as Brady.

Who wins?

Baltimore rolls once again. The defense will win it for them and Flacco won’t lose it. Brady will at least have two picks.

Score: 24-17


Carolina vs. Seattle 8:15 EST FOX

It’s the battle of the read offense and the two best mobile quarterbacks in the NFL.

The Panthers are riding a five game winning streak and Cam is looking better than ever. Who knew that getting in a wreck could be a good thing? Carolina has always been a running team and the help of healthy running backs, Stewart and Williams, the Panthers could be a tough out.

The defending champs seem to be everyone’s pick to win it all. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because they have home field advantage and the Legion of Doom is back. Russell Wilson is carrying the offense because he doesn’t have a respectable receiver. Doug Baldwin has been MIA for the majority of the season.

Few Notes:

  • The Panthers and Seahawks follow the same plan: run the ball and play defense. Since Week 12, the two teams have been the best in several key rushing and defensive stats.
  • At least one road team was won in the Divisional playoffs in the previous nine seasons (2005-13), the second-longest streak in NFL history (road team won in 13 straight years from 1975-87). 2004 was the last season in which all four home teams won on Divisional weekend.
  • The Panthers and Seahawks have combined for 69 points in their previous three meetings and the two teams have only scored touchdowns on two of their 15 red-zone drives.

Who wins?

This will be a tough defensive game. The score will be tight. Seattle will soar.

Score: 20-17


Sunday Games 

Dallas vs. Green Bay 1:05 FOX

This game will be played on the frooooozen tundra. The running backs will be the feature of this contest. I see big games for both Eddie Lacy and DeMarco Murray.

Dallas was lead by the great of the referees last week. That was not professional, but the ‘boys should have lost. I still can’t ignore the great play of Tony Romo. He has lead this team far better than in years before. In the second half last week, it was fair for spectators to assume he was going to throw a costly interception but he didn’t.

Green Bay has a gigantic quarterback question. Is Aaron Rodgers healthy? We will be able to see how good that leg is after kickoff. Lacy will have to be driving force behind the Packers offense.

Few Notes:

  • Aaron Rodgers’ calf injury could limit his mobility. No QB has more Pass TD (33) from out of the pocket than Rodgers the last 5 seasons.
  • Including playoffs, Aaron Rodgers hasn’t thrown an interception at home in his last 477 pass attempts. He’s played 16 games since his last interception at home, throwing 38 Pass TD in that time.
  • The Cowboys went 8-0 on the road this season. The Packers went 8-0 at home this season. According to Elias, only once since the merger has an unbeaten home team hosted an unbeaten road team in the playoffs. In 1972 the Dolphins (7-0 on the road) defeated the Steelers (7-0 at home) 21-17 in the AFC Conference Championship game.

Who wins?

How Bout Dem Cowboys?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? Especially, if Chris Christie shows up.

Score: 30-24


Indianapolis vs. Denver 4:40 EST CBS

This is the battle of old versus new. Many people have already proclaimed Andrew Luck as a Hall of Famer and G.O.A.T. but he will still has yet to go to a conference championship. Is he Peyton Manning? No!

As I stated last week, it will be difficult for Indy to do anything on offense because of their ability to run the ball. He will have to pass over 45 times if his team wants an opportunity and his defense will have to show up and stop the run for once. CJ Anderson cannot have a huge game. If he does, the Colts don’t stand a chance.

The Broncos have Peyton Manning. End of story.

Few Notes:

  • Over the last five weeks of the regular season, Peyton Manning ranked 30th in red zone completion percentage (39 percent) and 22nd in red zone Total QBR (18) out of 32 qualified quarterbacks. Manning ranked first in both completion percentage (78 percent) and Total QBR (97) in the red zone in the season’s first 12 weeks.
  • Peyton Manning was off target on seven of his 16 red zone passes to Demaryius Thomas in the last five weeks of the regular season. Thomas had more drops (2) than receptions (1) in the red zone during that span.

Who wins?

Denver wins and it won’t be close.

Score: 35-21

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Apia International Sydney Preview

Event Name:   Apia International Sydney
Where: Sydney, Australia
Dates: 1/11- 1/17
Surface: Hard
Tour: ATP & WTA
Defending Champ: Juan Martin del Potro & Tsvetana Pironkova
Runner-up:      Bernard Tomic & Angelique Kerber

Both of the tours find their way to the 2015 Apia International Sydney where players will get their final opportunity to prepare for the 2015 Australian Open. Juan Martin del Potro will make his return to tennis after missing nearly a year with a left wrist injury. He went from being ranked 4th to being ranked 135. Del Potro will look to defend his title as he did defeat Bernard Tomic here last season.

The women’s side is star studded. Six of the top ten players will be get a chance to win the championship. Expect Halep, Kvitova, Aga Radwanska, and Wozniacki to make a deep run to set up for the Open.

Notable players in the field:

Men Women
Juan Martin del Potro Simona Halep
Bernard Tomic Petra Kvitova
Sam Querry Agnieszka Radwanska
Fabio Fognini Caroline Wozniacki
David Goffin Angelique Kerber
Philipp Kohlschreiber Sara Errani
Julien Benneteau Sabine Lisicki
Leonardo Mayer Dominika Cibulkova
Jeremy Chardy Ekaterina Makarova
Benjamin Becker Flavia Pennetta

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Heineken Open Preview

Event Name:   Heineken Open
Where: Auckland, New Zealand
Dates: 1/12- 1/17
Surface: Hard
Tour: ATP World Tour
Defending Champ: John Isner
Runner-up:      Yen-Hsun Lu

One of the next stops on the ATP Tour is in Auckland, New Zealand where the 2015 Heineken Open will be played. Last year, John Isner was able to defeat Yen-Hsun Lu 7-6 7-6. Both of the guys will be in the field along with many others next week in the final tune up for the Australian Open. Look out for David Ferrer next week. He was won this event four times.

Notable players in the field:

David Ferrer

John Isner

Ernests Gulbis

Tommy Robredo

Gael Monfils

Roberto Bautista Agut

Kenny Anderson

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Hall of Fame should induct 4

The Baseball Writers of America Association will reveal the 2015 class of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday. The announcement will be made at 2 p.m. eastern standard time.

Before we get to the players that should be inducted, we have to address the people that should not now or ever be inducted.

No player that has ever used steroids or any other performance enhancer should never be allowed into the prestigious Hall of Fame. Bonds, Sosa, McGwire, Clemens, and many others should never be immortalized for ruining a sport. Pete Rose should be allowed in before any of them because what he did as a player. At least his performance on the put drugs into his body.

This article is not about who should go into the Hall of Shame, it’s about the cherished ones that will go into the Hall of Fame.

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Stuart Scott Remembered

On Sunday, the world said goodbye to arguably the most charismatic sports anchor to ever live, Stuart Scott. He was the guy who revolutionized the sports anchor desk. Because of Scott, none of minded watching a SportsCenter rerun for the fourth time. He made sports hip and funny.

Personally speaking, Stuart was my favorite because he was the most different and the most relatable. His phrases made broadcasts more interesting. No one cared about a Royals/Orioles game, but when Scott said, “the Lord said you got to rise up.” you listened and you felt more emotionally invested in that game. Not everyone can do that.

As a kid of the 90’s, he is what excited me about athletics. Could anyone talk about Pookie and ReyRey in the middle of a show and make it seem so effortless?

Will there ever be another Stuart Scott? No, but there will be a lot of imitators

The UNC graduate, 49, will be remembered for making broadcasting and life as cool as the other side of the pillow and not for beating cancer.

Last year, Scott received the Jimmy V Perseverance Award.

Thank you, Stuart. Boo-yah!

Fans took to Twitter.

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Hyundai Tournament of Champions Preview

Event Name:   Hyundai Tournament of Champions
Course: The Plantation Course in Kapalua
Where: Maui, HI
Dates of the event: January 8-12
Course Yardage: 7,411
Par:      73
Defending Champ: Zach Johnson
Purse:  $5,700,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel

The 2015 portion of the PGA Tour season begins once again at The Plantation Course in Kapalua. The Hyundai Tournament of Champions is a selective event that only allows winners from the previous season to participate in the event. Last year, Zach Johnson was able to shoot a 33 4-under to steal a victory from Jordan Spieth.

Notable players in the field:

Zach Johnson

Jason Day

Billy Horschel

Kevin Streelman

Bubba Watson

Angel Cabrera

Hunter Mahan

Matt Kutchar

Hideki Matsuyama

Tim Clark

Ryan Moore

Last Year’s Top 10 Finishers:

Player Place Score
Zach Johnson 1 -19
Jordan Spieth 2 -18
Webb Simpson T3 -17
Kevin Streelman
Jason Dufner 5 -15
Billy Horschel T6 -14
Matt Kuchar
Adam Scott
Dustin Johnson
Ryan Moore 10 -13

Notable Finishers:

Player Place Score
Brandt Snedeker T11 -12
Gary Woodland T13 -11
Patrick Reed T16 -10
Jimmy Walker T21 -7
Bill Haas T24 -5

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2015 NFL Wild Card Preview

The 2015 NFL Wild Card round is will begin this weekend and there will be four great contests. All of the “few notes” are from ESPN Stats and Information.

Saturday Games

Arizona vs. Carolina

I would not want to face the Panthers in the post season. This team is smoking hot. They’re riding a four game win streak and the defense is firing on all cylinders. They beat Atlanta 34-3 last week to get into the playoffs. Just because they are 7-8-1 DO NOT take this team lightly. Since Cam Newton’s wreck they have seemed to be invincible.

For the banged up Cards, they must be feeling like they are the most underrated team remaining. Injuries have mounted at nearly every skill position, but they have been able to implement the next man up philosophy. Ryan Lindley is a third string quarterback who will have to lead this team to possibly four victories. Is it possible?

Few Notes

  • Over the last 10 seasons, the Panthers are the 5th team to make the playoffs with a record of .500 or worse…each of the previous 3 teams went on to win in the Wild Card round.
  • Teams that finished .500 or worse in the regular season have won 5 of their last 6 Wild Card games. No team that finished .500 or worse has made it past the Divisional Playoffs, however.
  • From Elias: If Ryan Lindleystarts for the Cardinals, he will be the 7th QB since the 1970 merger to start a playoff game after having 1-or-fewer regular-season wins as a starter. Those QBs are a combined 2-4 and haven’t won since Gifford Nielsen won in 1979 for the Oilers.

Who wins?

I believe that this game will not be close. Bruce Arians has done a phenomenal job at motivating his team and preparing his troops for the next battle. However, Carolina is clicking and it will be tough for Arizona to stay in it.

Score: 27-10


Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh

This is the only divisional contest this weekend and it is fueled by hatred and that alone. The squads split the regular season contests by both winning on their home turf. Pittsburgh leads the all-time series 17-14.

Baltimore clinched the final playoff spot by defeating the Browns in there finale 20-10. They have a balanced offense that is being fueled by the strong running of Justin Forsett. He shockingly ran for over 1200 yards.

It’s still no secret that I have had it in for the Steelers all season. The Philadelphia 76ers have been more consistent than the Steelers. Remember this is the same team that lost to both the Bucs and Jets. They have won four games straight so they will be looking to keep their spark lit. The biggest question mark for Pitt is the health of arguably the best running back in the NFL, Le’Veon Bell. He has a right knee injury and he did not practice on Thursday.

Bell said, “I feel really good. I didn’t expect to be feeling this well this early. But I am, so I’m just going to take it day by day and see where it goes.”

Few Notes

  • Pittsburgh leads the all-time series 17-14
  • The Steelers were an NFL-best 6-1 against teams that finished over .500 this season.
  • The Ravens are 6-1 in the Wild Card Playoffs in team history, the best record in the NFL among the 29 teams to play at least 4 Wild Card games.

Who wins?

Well if I have not been that excited the Steelers through the regular season, do you really think I pick them now. Baltimore wins by a field goal.

Score: 23-20


Sunday Games

Cincinnati vs. Indianapolis

I have no idea what to expect in this contest. Both teams have the ability to put up points, but they can also stink up the joint. On paper we can expect a high scoring game, but if it is low scoring I would not be surprised.

The only way Cincinnati can win is if AJ Green plays. He did not practice on Friday due to the NFL concussion protocol. Can Andy Dalton lead this team to victory win it counts? Will the Jeremy Hill and Giovanni Bernard run for at least 150 to take some pressure off of Dalton? There are way too many questions and I have no answers.

I have the same doubts about Indy. They can’t run the ball. The defense is more off pitch than Idina Menzel singing at a New Year’s Eve performance. Click here for the performance.

Few Notes

  • Marvin Lewis has lost his 1st 5 postseason games as head coach. Lewis has won 100 games in the regular season and joins Jim Mora as the only coaches with at least 100 wins and 0 postseason wins in NFL history.
  • The Colts defense allowed just 7 pass TD and a 27.1 Total QBR at home this season, both best in the NFL.
  • The Bengals had 135 yards of offense and went 1-of-13 on 3rd down in the Week 7 shutout loss to the Colts. It was the Bengals worst offensive performance since getting shutout in Week 17 against the Jets in 2009, when the starters didn’t play the full game.
  • Andrew Luck has thrown 8 interceptions in 3 career playoff games. Luck is the 1st QB to throw 8+ interceptions in his 1st 3 playoff games since Dan Fouts (1979-80 seasons).

Who wins?

By default I have to give the win to the Colts.

Score: 27-17


Detroit vs. Dallas

This will be the best matchup over the course of the weekend. This will be a battle of the lines. Can the Cowboys o-line stop the Detroit d-line? The Lions have been the best team against the run this season only allowing 69 yards per outing.

Matthew Stafford will have to have a perfect game if he wants to beat the ‘Boys. I’m sure Joique Bell and Reggie Bush will some pressure off of Stafford, but he cannot have another playoff letdown.

Dallas very well may be the best team in the league. They can pass, run, and defend. Murray and Romo have both made claims for the MVP award. They finished 6-1 to polish a very good regular season.

Few Notes

  • If history tells us anything, the Cowboys should go ahead and pack their bags for Green Bay. Matthew Staffordis 0-16 in road games against teams that finished the season with a winning record, the 3rd-most losses without a win in such games for any quarterback since the 1970 merger.
  • The Lions allowed an NFL-low 3.3 yards per rush on first down during the regular season. Only three teams have allowed fewer yards per rush on first down in a season in the last five years.
  • With Nick Fairleyreturning to practice, the Lions run defense could get another boost after Ndamukong Suh’s suspension was overturned earlier in the week. The Lions allowed 2.48 yards per rush against 86 carries with that duo on the field together this season. Those numbers dropped off significantly when 1, or both were out of the game.

Who wins?

How ‘bout the Cowboys????

Score: 31- 20

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ASB Classic Preview

Event Name:   ‘ASB Classic
Where: Auckland, New Zealand
Dates: January 5-10, 2015
Surface: Hard
Defending Champ: Ana Ivanovic
Runner-up: Venus Williams

For some of the ladies on the WTA Tour the season will begin in New Zealand. A start studded field will try to get the season started off right as 11 of the top 50 players in the world will battle for the ‘ASB Classic title. Ana Ivanovic defeated Venus Williams in the final last season 62 57 64 to get her first title since November of 2011. Ivanovic will not be in this year’s field, however. She has opted to go to the Brisbane International. Seven-time singles Grand Slam champion, Williams, will return to Auckland.

Notable players in the field:

Caroline Wozniacki

Sara Errani

Venus Williams

Barbora Zahalova Strycova

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Sloane Stephens

Coco Vandeweghe

Mona Barthel

Kurumi Nara

Kirsten Flipkens

Roberta Vinci

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2015 Brisbane International Preview

Event Name:   Brisbane International Presented by Suncorp
Where: Brisbane, Australia
Dates: January 4-11, 2015
Surface: Hard
Defending Champ: Lleyton Hewitt & Serena Williams
Runner-up:      Roger Federer & Victoria Azarenka

The 2015 tennis season begins next week at the Brisbane International. There are a couple of stout fields ready to show off their new talents before the Australian Open begins in a couple of weeks.

Lleyton Hewitt is ready to defend his title. He beat Roger Federer 61 46 63. It was one of his two titles that he picked up on the year. For Federer, however, it was actually the beginning to a great year. People had written off the seventeen-time grand slam winner, but he proved that he was still a threat to everyone on the ATP Tour.

On the ladies side, Serena Williams will not be in the field this year to defend title. It appears as if she will make her debut at the Aussie Open. Maria Sharapova headlines the field that is mixed with veterans and young hopefuls. Vika Azarenka will try to get over the hurdle this year. Last season, was basically a wash for her, but now seems to be healthy and ready to perform.

Notable women’s singles in the field:

  • Maria Sharapova
  • Victoria Azarenka
  • Ana Ivanovic
  • Angelique Kerber
  • Dominika Cibulkova
  • Andrea Petkovic
  • Jelena Jankovic
  • Carla Suárez Navarro
  • Gabine Muguruza
  • Sam Stosur
  • Sabine Lisicki

Notable men’s singles in the field:

  • Lleyton Hewitt
  • Roger Federer
  • Kei Nishikori
  • Milos Raonic
  • Grigor Dimitrov
  • Kevin Anderson
  • Gilles Simon
  • Sam Querrey
  • Bernard Tomic

Men’s singles that have withdrawn:

  • Marin Cilic
  • Juan Martin del Potro

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5 reasons to be addicted to the Match of the Week from WrestleMania 24

This week’s Match of the Week is Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair at WrestleMania 24. Personally, these are two of the greatest to ever put on the boots.

Build-up

Mr. McMahon told Flair that whenever he lost he next match his career would his last. “The Nature Boy” then went on a huge winning streak heading into this historic match. “The Heart Break Kid” insulted Flair by calling him Old Yeller.

These are the top 5 reasons to watch this match:

  1. Ric Flair’s last match in WWE.
  2. Flair took three shots of “Sweet Chin Music”
  3. Jim Ross and Jerry “The King” Lawler calls the action. Need I say more?
  4. Flair connected from the top rope.
  5. You get to see an apparent respect between the two competitors.

This, however, was not the last match for Flair. A year later he went to work for TNA.

This match and others are all available on the WWE Network.

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Young Veteran Series Presents: Kanye West Top 10

Yes, Mr. West is in the building. For a decade, Kanye has made a strong argument for being named the best rapper alive. The Chicago native has put out hit after hit and has never disappointed. I must say that I had lost a great deal of respect for West after he interrupted Taylor Swift at the MTV VMA Awards in 2009. It was out of line and uncalled for, but since then he has let his music do all of the talking for him.

Let us look back at a a couple of his most memorable moments:

Though Kanye seems to have a tough, brash persona, his music is actually deep, sympathetic, empathetic, and very meaningful. In his latest song he portrays his mother in the third voice speaking down to Kanye and his daughter, North.

Click here for a previous release his newest song “Only One” featuring Sir Paul McCartney.

Kanye West is my favorite rapper, because he is not like the rest. He does not reuse the same material verse after verse. I personally, do not care about how much money someone has, how many women they are sleeping with, how many cars they driving, or how much an outfit costs. He discusses political and social ideals that are truly not ignorant. Though his opinion may not be in the majority, he is at least willing to share his opinion. For that reason alone he should be respected. Even Kanye said that he was the abomination of Obama’s nation.

Typically, when I write about an artist’s Top 10 songs I select ten songs and leave it there, but Mr. West deserves two separate countdowns. One is for the work that he has done on his own, and the other for all of the collaborations that he has done.

Top 10 Kanye West songs:

10. Heard ‘Em Say


9. Stronger


8. All Falls Down


7. Jesus Walks


6. Flashing Lights


To continue to the top 5 Kanye West songs please go to the next page.

Happy New Kanye

It’s a new year and Kanye West is back with a new sound. In a song called “Only One” featuring Sir Paul McCartney is a ballad that has piano playing in the background. He dedicates the song to his daughter, North West.

The ballad is available on Itunes.

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