1. San Francisco 49ers: 5 Biggest Questions Heading into the 2012 Season

    The San Francisco 49ers enter training camp with realistic Super Bowl expectations—a far cry from a year ago—but are not without questions...

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  2. NFL Training Camp Stories Worthy of Our Attention

    Journalists can do a really spot-on radio impersonation—a rival to Frank Caliendo's "Madden" in the world of impersonations. Taking a story, interesting at first, and shoving it into the public's face from every angle imaginable...

    Jon Siddoway Written by Jon Siddoway about 2 years ago 6,057 reads 23 comments

  3. NFL Pretenders Set to Become Contenders in 2012

    It's the start of NFL training camps, and already the playoff picture is becoming clear. Okay, okay, this is one of those times I wish a special font for sarcasm existed...

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  4. Michael Smith and 10 Mid-to-Late Round Rookies Sure to Impress in Training Camp

    NFL training camps are no longer the cookie jars way, way up on the counter top that our seven-year-old selves couldn't reach—no matter how much we stretched or how high we stood on our tippy-toes...

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  5. NFL Draft 2012: 10 Rookies Who Will Stuff the Stat Sheet

    It's in the NFL 's Declaration of Independence. Second paragraph, first sentence, in italicized letters—or at least it would be, if such a thing existed. "All rookies are not created equal...

    Jon Siddoway Written by Jon Siddoway about 2 years ago 5,117 reads 29 comments

  6. Seattle Seahawks: 5 Fringe Players Who Must Make the Roster

    The Seattle Seahawks : just another NFL team with a lot of impending crucial decisions to make regarding their final roster...

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  7. Miami Dolphins vs. Seattle Seahawks: Why Hawks Have More Intriguing QB Battle

    Two NFL teams— Seattle Seahawks , Miami Dolphins —enter training camp with a three-way quarterback puzzle to piece together...

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  8. Euro 2012: My Brief Moment of Sympathy for Cristiano Ronaldo

    The formula for feeling Cristiano Ronaldo ’s pain—the pain of watching your team lose a penalty shootout, before it ever reaches your turn, in the semis of Euro 2012 ...

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  9. Euro 2012: Observations from Spain's Semifinal Win over Portugal

    In dramatic, gut-wrenching fashion, Spain toppled Portugal to advance to the Euro 2012 Final. And all Cristiano Ronaldo could do was watch...

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  10. NFL Minicamp Stories We're Sick of Already

    Things are slow—intermission of the offseason slow—right now in the NFL . The draft is over, OTAs too, and training camp is still weeks away...

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  11. Euro 2012 Schedule: Matches That Will Be Wide-Open Affairs

    Tuesday marks the last day of group play in what has been an entertaining and unpredictable Euro 2012 . Pre-tournament favorites Germany and Spain won their respective groups, but Netherlands and Croatia—ranked No...

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  12. Spain Euro 2012: Why Cesc Fabregas Must Return to Starting XI

    Spain—a team so set on their pinpoint-passing, possession-controlling style of play—appear anything but set on their starting lineup in Euro 2012 ...

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  13. Why the Los Angeles Dodgers Are in the Carpool Lane to a Championship

    No need to rub your eyes, or pinch your skin. This is who the Los Angeles Dodgers are: Owners of a 40-24 record—best in all of Major League Baseball—and a comfortable 3...

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  14. Guatemala 1-1 United States: As It Happened

    World Cup Qualifying, Group A—Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala Guatemala 1-1 United States Goals: Dempsey (U.S...

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  15. Larry Fitzgerald and the 5 Best Receivers in the NFC West

    Larry Fitzgerald is the elite receiver of the NFC West. I understand, saying that is about as redundant as saying "Phoenix gets hot in the summer." Nevertheless, it's true...

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  16. San Francisco 49ers: Previewing and Ranking the Defensive Units

    With the offense already taken care of, let's turn our attention to the San Francisco 49ers defense. Here is a preview and ranking—based on a not-so-secret recipe combining ...

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  17. Why Accuracy, Not Arm Strength, Is Most Important for Today's NFL Quarterbacks

    The age-old question of "accuracy or arm strength?" in an NFL quarterback has been answered time and time again with a resounding "accuracy." But why? The short answer is JaMarcus Russell...

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  18. Arsenal Transfer News: Why Arsenal Is Best Place for Clint Dempsey

    Clint Dempsey , arguably America's top footballer, is accomplishing a rare feat. He's succeeding both on the international stage and in the English Premier League...

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  19. Reggie Bush: Game-by-Game Predictions for Miami Dolphins RB in 2012

    Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush ended last season on a tear—83 carries for 519 yards and two touchdowns in the final four games—and celebrated the success with a bold goal for 2012...

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  20. NFL Predictions: 10 'Who-to-Hoot' Candidates in 2012

    As countless rookies pile into training camps across the NFL , several veterans—and even those just entering their sophomore campaign—become forgotten men. I call them the "who's" of the NFL...

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  21. NFL Feuds to Watch in 2012

    Those wanting to watch Alex Smith and Cam Newton—with guest appearances by Patrick Willis and Jon Beason, of course—settle their "feud" on the field will have to wait for a potential playoff matchup...

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  22. Eden Hazard: Why Belgian Winger Makes Chelsea Title Favorites Next Season

    Chelsea 's title hopes for next season received an early boost with the signing of Eden Hazard , considered one of football's brightest young talents...

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  23. 2012 NFL Rookie Predictions: 5 Teams That Will Wish They Had a Draft Re-Do

    While several teams appear to have aced this year's NFL draft—the Philadelphia Eagles , Cincinnati Bengals , Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots come to mind—there ...

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  24. San Francisco 49ers: How the Team Will Handle an Increase in Expectations

    Aside from a few roster moves, the most notable difference with the San Francisco 49ers heading into this season is expectations—much, much higher expectations. There's a scent of "Super Bowl or bust" around the facility these days...

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  25. 10 Undrafted Free Agents Who Will Shine in Training Camp

    Wide receiver Chris Owusu, a Stanford product and former player under coach Jim Harbaugh, was impressive throughout the San Francisco 49ers rookie minicamp...

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