Colin Kaepernick And Now Marshawn Lynch. Is Patriotism A Pre-Requisite For Professional Sports?

by Richard Cameron This summer, as former San Francisco 49er, Colin Kaepernick was looking for a place to land in the NFL and there were a few signs of interest and some tugs on the line (Baltimore Ravens) but as of yet, no solid interest  – a lot of discussion centered around whether the non-signings had more to do with  Kaepernick’s controversial behavior, kneeling during the National Anthem in San Francisco, or with his arguably sub-par performance on the field. Now, while the pot is still boiling on that debate, along…

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Soccer’s Deadliest Strike Team Ever Is About To Break Up – Neymar Heading To PSG

photo of Barcelona soccer great Neymar

by Tony Wyman “Neymar is a figure in the present and future of world football. The Brazilian can beat players, score and produce moments of magic. What more could you ask for?” posits the player’s page on fcbarcelona.com.  Apparently, Barca supporters could ask for him not to abandon them. But that seems likely to happen this week when Neymar da Silva Santos Jr., the 25-year-old Brazil superstar, finalizes a deal to leave Barcelona FC and his strike partners, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. Neymar, arguably the greatest player ever to take…

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Betting on the End of Greyhound Racing – a Deplorable Sport

By Janice Barlow Racing greyhounds testing positive for cocaine is only one of the problems inherent in track life for these animals. But it is prevalent, guarded and disgusting. As an owner of two senior greyhound rescues, the issue of track abuse has become a personal one for me over the years. (I just lost my sweet male, Harvey, to osteosarcoma, pictured above). My husband and I have rescued seven greyhounds in the last 12 years and we will continue as long as we are able to do so. I…

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Nebraska Husker Coach Mike Riley Has A Big Red Ace Up His Sleeve – QB Tanner Lee

Nebraska Husker QB Taylor Martinez runs in a touchdown

by Richard Cameron As the start of the national college football season draws closer, National Compass will look at some of the teams and stories that may be overlooked by the sports media establishment. The one we’re looking at in particular this week, is the Nebraska Cornhuskers of the Western division of the Big10 Conference. While everyone has solid expectations for such teams in the Big10 as Ohio State, Michigan (questionable with 17 starters graduated), Wisconsin and Penn State, Nebraska is more than somewhat off the radar screen. Most season…

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Alex Bowman Will Replace Dale Earnhardt, Jr In the No. 88 In 2018

Alex Bowman at Thunder Valley

By Tyla MacAllister Alex Bowman will replace Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the No. 88 car in 2018, Hendrick Motorsports announced Thursday. Bowman drove the 88 Chevy for 10 races 2016 when Earnhardt was sidelined by a concussion. In a statement released by the team,Bowman said Ever since I was a kid, racing is all I’ve wanted to do. I’ve had so many people believe in me along the way. My family has sacrificed a lot and always been behind me. I would never have this chance without the support of Dale…

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Soccer’s Spending Spree is About to Shatter Records

brazil vs chile soccer match - players in goal area

by Tony Wyman Soccer’s global superpowers are shelling out money for top talent and young prospects at levels never seen before, blowing away old record transfer fees and salaries and making amounts paid for stars in the past seem like chump change in today’s new environment. During the 2014 summer transfer window, Chelsea Football Club, the West London club that would go on to win the English Premier league by eight points over second place Manchester City, sold 21-year-old striker Romelu Lukaku to Everton for £28 million, the fifth highest…

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Parole Hearing Scheduled For Inmate #1027820 – A.K.A “O.J” Simpson

photo of inside cell area of Lovelock Correctional facility

by Richard Cameron This Thursday,  Lovelock Correctional Center’s Inmate #1027820 will sit for a formal parole hearing in Carson City, Nevada.  #1027820 is described in the prison records as 6′ 2″, 235 pounds, with a “medium” build and “dark” complexion. Brown eyes. Black hair. The height and weight would be ideal for football – maybe carrying the rock? The hair might have been more ‘black’ 8 years ago when #1027820 first came to Lovelock, but now it is more peppered with gray – quite a bit more. What crime did #1027820…

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Switzerland’s Roger Federer Notches His 19th Grand Slam And 8th Wimbledon Finals Championship

Roger Federer interviewed after Wimbledon finals win

by Richard Cameron The Swiss are jubilant and exuberant today, having just witnessed their native son, Roger Federer win the men’s finals for his eighth Wimbledon cup at 35 years of age.   35 is pretty old in professional tennis, so the stamina that Federer displayed in dispatching his finals opponent, Croatia’s Marin Cilic, is just one more amazing facet of the overall Federer story. Federer took out Cilic in straight sets, 6-3. 6-1 and 6-4 to sweep Cilic, who was not only contending with Federer’s power game, but a…

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Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger In Deal To Sign French Goalscorer Alexandre Lacazette

Lacazette Lyon

by Tony Wyman Like Lucy Van Pelt (no relation to Scott that we know of) – promising Charlie Brown she won’t pull the football out from under him, Arsenal has teased Gunners supporters for years with the promise of assembling a front line of world class strikers. Every year, Gooners bite and every year Arsenal pulls the football away. Names like Gonzalo Higuain, Karim Benzema and, most famously, Luis Suarez, have been linked with moves to Arsenal over the years.  But, instead of those top flight scorers, Arsenal signed second…

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Dale Earnhardt Jr Wins The Pole For Possible Last Daytona Race

Dale Earnhardt Jr Wins Coke Zero 400 Pole

By Tyla MacAllister Dale Earnhardt Jr won the pole for tonight’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. The race will be his last at Daytona as a full time driver for the Number 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. It’s Earnhardt’s second career Daytona pole and the 14th pole of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career. He hasn’t won a pole since September 2013 at Dover. Earnhardt’s lap of 190.973 mph bumped his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott to the second starting position. “I’m happy for those guys obviously, but…

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