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Gareth Bale paid back all of his world-record transfer fee with one lung-busting, Spanish Cup-winning wonder goal. It was his 20th for Real Madrid, his first against Barcelona. The match had been dubbed the game of his life and he produced the goal of his career to settle it.

There were shades of ‘Taxi for Maicon’ when he picked the ball up on the halfway line and steamed down the left. Bartra barged him off the field but he still went past the young defender, cut into the area and shot past Jose Pinto. [Continue Reading]

What a brilliant match. It’s what we’ve come to expect from Real vs. Barca, but they always seem to remind us. This is one of those goals in which a big name player new to a team officially earns his uniform. This would be that case. It was also a reminder of how incredible Bale can be. We forgot that for a minute


Donald Trump never did run for governor of New York. But now he might be on to his next project: buying the Buffalo Bills. “It’s very serious,” Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy said. “He’s long had an interest in professional sports.”

Langworthy, who met with Trump in Manhattan on Monday, said the billionaire is “doing all due diligence” as he considers making an offer to purchase the franchise. The acquisition would be close to $1 billion, Langworthy said, although it’s unclear at this point if Trump would work by himself or with an ownership group to make a bid. [Continue Reading]

Well, I guess all the professional sports teams are going to be owned by rich celebrities at some point. At least that’s how it’s trending. I don’t really know if the NBA can handle Mark Cuban and Donald Trump. It actually could be pretty interesting and entertaining.


Michael Phelps is expected to come out of retirement and compete in his first meet since the 2012 Olympics next week, his coach confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. This move paves the way for the 22-time Olympic medalist to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, which would be Phelps’ fifth Games.

​USA Swimming announced Monday that it expects Phelps, along with other swimming stars such as Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky, to compete at the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, Ariz., from April 24-26.​ [Continue Reading]

You know how bummed we were about the all the athletes who have retired and unretired – this is not one of them. Welcome back Michael – we didn’t want you to leave. You make swimming much more exciting.


For all his quirkiness, including the homemade swing and the rambling interviews and the — believe it or not — Twitter conversations with his followers on the morning of the final round of a major championship he is leading, Bubba Watson is a remarkable talent. Watson put his ability on full display Sunday, shooting a final-round 69 at Augusta National to pull away from Jordan Spieth on the back nine and win his second Masters in three years. Only eight other players have won the Masters in such a short span — including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Jack Nicklaus. [Continue Reading]

Watson put himself in some pretty elite company winning the Masters on Sunday. It wasn’t the drama we had hoped for, but credit to Watson for a very, very solid round. You kind of knew in the back of your head that the kid would be up against it going into the final round of the Masters giving Watson even a greater chance. It’s amazing to me – some guys just seem to solve the riddle of Augusta. Watson is one of them.

Ross Barkley justified his own hype in Everton’s 3-0 win at Newcastle, netting a goal of the season contender to open the scoring against Alan Pardew’s men. Showing off the pace, skill and confidence which has won him a regular starting berth under Roberto Martinez this season, Barkley picked up the ball inside his own half and didn’t stop running.The England man, who on this evidence looks certain of a plane ticket to Brazil this summer, proceded to travel almost the entire length of the pitch, powering his way beyond Paul Dummett and Cheick Tiote. [Continue Reading]

The kid is an absolute future star. I would keep him on the World Cup roster just in case you need an injection of energy and creativity. He’s also a clinical finisher. The future is bright for this kid.


Michelle Beadle is going back to prom — with a kid who really deserves a great date. So don’t mess it up, Beadle. The ESPN broadcaster was asked to prom by Jack Jablonski, a high school hockey player who was paralyzed from the chest down after being checked into the boards head-first back in 2011. Jablonski was doing a weekly radio segment on 105 The Ticket’s “Hockey Night in Minnesota” and Beadle came on the show as his guest. When she hopped on, he popped the question.

[Click this link to see the interview]

I’m always fascinated when celebrities do this stuff. Yeah it’s a good PR move so I can see why they would be compelled to say yes, but don’t you wonder what they’re like at the actual event. Are they miserable? Do they have fun and party? It’d be interesting to see. Either way, classy move by Michelle Beadle. You just won points in our book. She was absolutely great about the situation. Really won points.


Dallas Seavey ran a blistering pace to rally from third place and win his second Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race early Tuesday in a record-breaking finish, after a sudden storm blew the front-runner out of the competition and kept another musher minutes away from her first win. The victory was so strange that Seavey said he didn’t even realize he won the race until about 90 seconds after he crossed the finish line. “Man, this is a lot of people coming out to see third place come in,” he thought about the hubbub when he arrived in Nome early Tuesday morning. [Continue Reading]

I suggest you read the story. It’s pretty amazing how Seavey didn’t even realize he won the race until 2 minutes after it ended. Look I know it’s not professional sports in America, but these guys that compete in the Iditarod go through something just as taxing as the toughest athletic competition. If you don’t respect it than you’re crazy. Congratulations to Seavey.


Double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius vomited and wept in a South African courtroom Monday as a pathologist described the injuries sustained by Pistorius’ girlfriend the night she was fatally shot in his home. Pistorius became ill as pathologist Gert Saayman, who conducted the autopsy on Reeva Steenkamp, testified in Pretoria that one bullet entered her head, ran under her skull and into her brain before exiting, South Africa’s Times Live reported. [Continue Reading]

I hate to make jokes, but if you read the entire article above it says that the judge asked to suspend testimony, but instead a bucket was placed at Pistorious’ feet. It’s a terrible situation, horrific crime, and I know people are innocent until proven guilty, but I’m having a hard time buying this act. With that said, I would NOT be surprised at all is Pistorious is acquitted of the crime. So far it looks like the defense is winning so maybe the double-amputee Olympian is actually innocent. We’ll see how this one plays out, but it’s hard not to have Ray Lewis in your head.