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2014 World Cup Guide & Predictions: Part 1

June 10, 2014 Front Page, Sports 1 Comment

Worldcup1The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil kicks off this Thursday June 12th at 4 PM with the home squad Brazil taking on Croatia. The World Cup runs until the championship game on July 13th. The first United States match will be on June 16th at 7 PM vs. Ghana. All games during the tournament will be televised in the United States on ABC & the ESPN networks.

This is the 20th World Cup and it could wind up being the most watched worldwide sporting event ever. 32 countries from 5 soccer confederations will take part, with 8 groups of 4 teams each during group play. The top 2 teams from each group will then advance to the knockout stage, which is a single elimination bracket format that starts with a round of 16 teams.

Spain is the defending World Cup champion, beating the Netherlands 1-0 in the 2010 World Cup Final. The previous 4 World Cups held in South America were all won by a South American team. Host Brazil is one of the favorites to win it all this year, but how good are they and what are the other teams like in this World Cup? Well, we’ve got you covered. Below is part 1 of our World Cup preview including groups A-D & who we think will advance from the groups. Look for part 2 which features groups E-H (including the U.S.) & our prediction for the World Cup final. Enjoy!

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2014 NBA Finals Preview: Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs

June 5, 2014 Front Page, Sports No Comments

NBAFinals The NBA Finals tip-off on Thursday night, and it’s a rematch from last year, featuring the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs. This is the first finals rematch since 1998 (where the Bulls beat the Jazz for a second time). Last year the Heat beat the Spurs in 7 games and LeBron James won the MVP. This year the Finals are a bit different, as they are now back to a 2-2-1-1-1 format (first time since 1984), instead of a 2-3-2 format. The Spurs will have home court advantage and the Spurs and Heat split during the regular season with each team winning at home.  The Spurs are 9-1 at home this postseason and Miami is 8-0 at home. Legacies are at stake here as the Spurs are out for revenge and the Heat are seeking a 3-peat, so how do we think will this series end?  Click through to find out!

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Political Quick Hits: May 16th Edition

Here’s your weekly quick look at few developing stories in the political arena:

  • President Obama on Wednesday spoke about the country’s infrastructure, saying that rebuilding America “shouldn’t be a partisan issue.” The President criticized Republicans for not approving money that would replenish the nation’s Highway Trust Fund, which could run out of money later this summer. President Obama said if Congress doesn’t “act by the end of the summer, federal funding for transportation projects will run out. There will be no money, the cupboard will be bare.” The President noted that states are already cutting back on projects due to the uncertainty, and good construction jobs could be lost. America’s highways and bridges along with other important parts of our transportation infrastructure such as railways , are old and in serious need of upgrades and repairs. The American Society of Civil Engineers gives U.S. infrastructure a D+ in terms of condition and performance.

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Political Quick Hits: May 9th Edition

May 9, 2014 Front Page No Comments

Here’s your weekly quick look at few developing stories in the political arena:

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Political Quick Hits: May 2nd Edition

Here’s your weekly quick look at a few developing stories in the political arena:

  • U.S. Representative Michael Grimm, Republican from New York, was indicted Monday on 20 different federal mail, wire and tax fraud charges. Grimm pleaded not guilty to these charges, which are connected to a restaurant he ran before he was in Congress, and was released on $400,000 bail. Grimm is accused of hiding more than $1 million dollars in sales and wages. Authorities say this occurred between 2007-2010 before Grimm, a former FBI agent, was elected to Congress in 2010. George Venizelos, head of the FBI’s New York office, said “Rep. Grimm billed himself as a patriot and an American hero. But Rep. Grimm was anything but an upstanding citizen. He cheated, evaded and then lied.” Grimm is claiming the government set him up and he is part of a political witch-hunt, and he said he will not be taking a leave of absence.

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