2018 World Cup Preview: Soccer Reigns!

by Tim Jeffery As we draw within a month of the world’s biggest and greatest sporting event, 32 teams are set to converge on Russia full of hope and dreams, all carrying different definitions for success. It’s an event more than half the world will likely tune in to when you consider four years ago 3.2 billion people worldwide watched the 2014 World Cup – 46.4 percent of the world. Giants such as Brazil with its five World Cup Titles and Germany owning four expect no less than gaining a spot for…

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In the Midst of a Horrific Tragedy, A Nation Forgets Where to Turn

By Janice Barlow LATE IN THE AFTERNOON LAST FRIDAY, in the wide open expanses of western Canada, the unthinkable happened. A bus carrying a hockey team, a coach, an assistant coach, a young statistician, and a radio announcer was plowed into by a semi-truck. Fifteen people were killed and the rest were all injured. The small town of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, population 6,000, was forever changed. Much of Canada lives and breathes hockey. Most of the children grow up knowing how to skate, and many dream of playing in the NHL…

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Does The NFL Have A Rule Requiring Players To Stand During The National Anthem?

by Richard Cameron If you have been following the debate on the sideline protests in the NFL on social media and in forums, you have heard people making claims and counter-claims about whether the National Football League has a rule mandating that players must stand during the national anthem. The notion here, underlines the controversy of whether athletes are violating league rules prohibiting players from not observing patriotic rituals in one certain manner. Donald Trump, himself, is under the impression that the players are violating league rules.  Is there such…

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Cincinnati Is Becoming A Soccer Powerhouse In The Middle Of Football and Baseball Country

group photo of youth league girls' Soccer club, Cincinnati United

by Tony Wyman   Cincinnati – Soccer Powerhouse It isn’t unusual to see the U.S. Women’s National Team, arguably America’s favorite soccer team, fill the stands wherever they play.  So it wasn’t shocking when 30,529 people filled the seats at the University of Cincinnati’s venerable Nippert Stadium to watch the United States, led by Alex Morgan and Cincinnati native Rose LaVelle, crush the New Zealand team, 5-0.  On a Tuesday night.  During the school year.  When the city had been pelted by rain, lightning and thunderstorms all day.  And when…

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New Premier League Transfer Window Deadline Has Critics In Pro Soccer World Concerned

Fulham FC playing against Belarus and Alexander Hleb

by Tony Wyman After spending a record amount on transfers this season – £1.4 billion, up 23% from last year – teams in England’s Premier League voted fourteen to five, with one abstention, to shorten the transfer window next year by three weeks. Each season, professional soccer teams are able to buy and sell players during two periods, called “windows.” The first window opens before the season begins and ends on the last day in August for most leagues.  The second one opens on January 1 and ends on the…

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Conor McGregor Puts On Good Show Against Floyd Mayweather Until His Tank Hit Empty

video still of Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor exchanging punches in T-Mobile Arena

by Tim Jeffery Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather After all the braggadocios and smack talk from the two champions, the biggest pay-per view fight in boxing history boiled down to one man simply hitting a wall, leaving him barely able to stand on legs of rubber one minute into round 10 Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip. Just like that Floyd “Money” Mayweather reached 50-0 in his legendary career. Certainly the bigger and stronger looking Conor McGregor was a force for at least three rounds and…

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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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