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Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich Preview

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Real Madrid. Bayern Munich. 14 European Titles combined. 56 Domestic League Titles combined. 2 legendary clubs. 1 goal. Whenever two of the biggest clubs in Europe get together, it is a dazzling event. It becomes monumental when a berth in the Champions League Final is at stake.

Gareth Bale may not be a go, thanks to a nasty flu bug.

Gareth Bale may not be a go, thanks to a nasty flu bug.

Despite all the glamour that is attached to these two sides, questions abound. Especially for Real Madrid. Gareth Bale, who was the hero for Real Madrid in their Copa del Rey final victory against Barcelona, suddenly went down with the flu during training. The Welsh International and former Tottenham star, is a breathtaking player on his best day, and if he can’t make the lineup, it could be a major blow for Real Madrid.

All signs point to Cristiano Ronaldo being in the lineup for Real Madrid.

All signs point to Cristiano Ronaldo being in the lineup for Real Madrid.

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Atletico Madrid vs. Chelsea Preview

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UEFA Champions League

The semifinals of the UEFA Champions League kickoff in Madrid, where Atletico Madrid and Chelsea square off. Both teams are coming off thrilling climaxes in the quarterfinal stage. Atletico held off Spanish rivals Barcelona, while Chelsea overcame a 3-1 deficit to eliminate Paris Saint-Germain.

Both sides are heavily involved in the title chases of their respective leagues. Atletico sit atop of the La Liga table, four points clear of second place Barcelona, and six points clear of third place Real Madrid. Chelsea sit second in the English Premier League, five points adrift of Liverpool.

Both teams will need to fight off the distractions of their domestic leagues, but both will have to be aware of the lineups they put out, as they try to balance out playing time for their squads. This could become a battle of attrition.

The most intriguing figure in this tie could very well be Diego…

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Top 10 First Round Series In NBA History

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NBA Playoffs

The first round of the NBA playoffs have a history of being slightly disappointing. Unlike the NHL, the NBA usually looks at its first round as television fodder for the networks to discuss future matchups in later rounds. That doesn’t mean there haven’t been memorable moments. In fact, the first round has seen some of the most dramatic moments in NBA history. Here are the 10 best first round series in NBA history.

1989: Chicago vs. Cleveland

The series that saw the beginning of how clutch Michael Jordan was at crunch time. But it wasn’t supposed to go that way. The Cavaliers were favoured to win the series, after a franchise best 57-25 record. Led by the trio of Mark Price, Ron Harper and Brad Daugherty, the Cavs were poised to make a long run in the playoffs.

The Bulls had Jordan, a rising star in Scottie Pippen, and not…

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Top 10 First Round Series In NHL History

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Stanley Cup Playoffs

The first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs is often the most thrilling time in the sport. Upsets are plentiful and the action is intense. The NHL playoffs might just be the best playoffs in all of sport and the first round is a big reason why. Here are the 10 best first round matchups in NHL history.

1982: Los Angeles vs. Edmonton

The 1981-82 season was dominated by The Great One. Wayne Gretzky had a storybook season for the Edmonton Oilers, shattering the NHL records for goals, (92) assists, (120) and points (212) in a season. Gretzky’s incredible performance propelled the Oilers to first place in the Smythe Division, and were considered heavy favourites in their first round series against the Los Angeles Kings. This should have been a mismatch. The Kings finished a whopping 48 points behind the Oilers in the standings. Instead, it turned out to be…

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Liverpool Tops City. Takes Control Of The Premier League

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Coutinho celebrates goal

The biggest league game in Merseyside in the last 20 years, was nothing short of a classic. With the silver anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster two days away, Liverpool recorded a stirring 3-2 result over challengers Manchester City, to take a 7 point lead over the Sky Blues, and remain in top spot of the table of the English Premier League.

96 Wreath

Before the match started, Liverpool legends Kenny Daglish and Ian Rush were presented a wreath from Manchester City legends Mike Summerbee, Joe Corrigan and Tony Book that was shaped with the number 96, the amount of lives lost at Hillsborough. After a minute of silence, the crowd came to life and Liverpool fed off the passionate and rousing support from the Liverpool faithful.

Raheem Sterling goal

With Liverpool attacking the famed Kop end in the first half, Raheem Sterling found the back of the net in the sixth minute, making Vincent Kompany…

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Top 5 Masters Moments

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The first golf major of the season is upon us, and with it comes the memories of Masters past. No golf tournament conjures up more magical moments than the annual invitational at Augusta National. Quite simply, there is no golf tournament like The Masters. From Amen Corner to Hogan’s Bridge to the now defunct Eisenhower Tree, the Masters is unlike any other sporting event. There have been some great moments at Augusta. Here are my 5 choices as the most memorable.

The Golden Bear wins Green Jacket #6. (1986)

At 46 years old, most thought Jack Nicklaus was done. He hadn’t won a major since the 1980 PGA Championship, and wasn’t performing well on the PGA tour. Atlanta Journal-Constitution writer Tom McCollister penned that Nicklaus was “done, washed up, through.” But the Golden Bear had one more roar left in him. Going into the final round of the 1986 Masters…

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The Worst Teams Of All Time Part 46. The 1988 Baltimore Orioles

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This series of articles will celebrate (or laugh at) some of the worst professional sports teams of all time. I will focus on teams within my lifetime so expect the worst from the 1970s to present day.

Baltimore Orioles

In blackjack, 21 is a good number. If somehow, you are dealt an ace and a face card or a ten, you win! Plain and simple. If you’re dealt a 21 in Las Vegas, you’ll hit the jackpot. But in 1988, 21 was a bad number for the Baltimore Orioles.

This SI cover says it all.

This SI cover says it all.

To start the 1988 season, the Orioles lost 21 consecutive games. In other words, the Orioles needed 22 games before finally recording their first win of the season. It went downhill early and it never went uphill for the rest of the year.

The warning signs were there at the close of the 1987 season, where the…

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Manchester United vs Bayern Munich Preview

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UEFA Champions League

Two of the most glamorous teams in Europe will clash in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League. Manchester United and Bayern Munich have a rich history of success, as well as memorable meetings between the two sides.

However, both teams seem to be heading in opposite directions. Manchester United have struggled in the English Premier League, sitting in 7th place in the table. If that position holds, the Red Devils would not qualify for European Football on any level for the first time since 1989.

Bayern Munich, on the other hand, have already wrapped up the Bundesliga title, with a record seven games to spare. Die Roten could pull off a second straight treble, as they are in the semifinals of the DFB-Pokal (The German Cup) as well as gunning for their second straight Champions League title.

The history is well documented. United defeated Bayern 2-1 in a thrilling…

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The Worst Teams Of All Time Part 45. The 2013 Houston Astros

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This series of articles will celebrate (or laugh at) some of the worst professional sports teams of all time. I will focus on teams within my lifetime so expect the worst from the 1970s to present day.

Houston Astros

The most shocking statistic the Houston Astros posted in 2013, is that they actually had a six-game winning streak. The least shocking statistic the Houston Astros posted in 2013 is that they ended their season on a 15-game losing streak. To put it bluntly, the 2013 Houston Astros sucked!

Granted, it wasn’t like the Astros were any good in previous years. In 2011, the Astros finished with a record of 56-106. In 2012, the Astros continued to play terrible baseball by going 55-107. But the Astros achieved the impossible in 2013. They were even worse than in the previous two seasons, finishing with a pathetic record of 51-111, the worst record in franchise…

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The Worst Teams Of All Time Part 44. The 1990 New York Yankees

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This series of articles will celebrate (or laugh at) some of the worst professional sports teams of all time. I will focus on teams within my lifetime so expect the worst from the 1970s to present day.

New York Yankees

This is a tale of how a storied franchise, perhaps the most storied franchise in all of sports, hit rock bottom. And why it was a good thing.

The New York Yankees have a rich tradition of winning. That’s an understatement. 27 World Series titles, by far the most in Major League Baseball. Some of the greatest players in the history of baseball have donned the pinstripes. Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter. That’s a who’s who in baseball. All of them were Yankees through and through. In short, this is a legendary franchise.

But in 1990, things weren’t great in The Bronx. The Yankees…

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