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World Cup Final Draw 2014: A primer for Friday's shuffling of the ping pong balls

What you need to know ahead of Friday's World Cup draw. Click here for the full results of the draw.<p>The World Cup draw will finally be made on Friday, and it will lead to six months of over-analyzing and very wonderful trash-talking. The 32 qualified teams have been organized into pots, but they're …

Andre Johnson goes off in fantasy in Week 14

Playing on one of the league's worst teams doesn't seem to faze Andre Johnson. He put up huge numbers again on Thursday night. We break down the fantasy implications.<p>Andre Johnson caught a season-high 13 passes for 154 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 14. He was targeted a game-high …

Chad Henne, Case Keenum disappoint in fantasy on Thursday night

Case Keenum was benched. Chad Henne completed less than 50 percent of his passes. It was not a great night for quarterbacks. We break down the fantasy implications.<p>Chad Henne completed 12-of-27 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns against the Houston Texans in Week 14. Somehow he outscored the …

Deron Williams injury: Nets star expected back Tuesday, according to GM

The Nets desperately need their point guard back after an embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Knicks.<p>Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King expects injured point guard Deron Williams to return to the lineup from a sprained left ankle next Tuesday against the Boston Celtics, according to TNT's …

NFL picks and predictions, Seahawks vs. 49ers 2013: Split at Candlestick

The Seattle Seahawks are one of the league's best teams, but many believe a short week will contribute to a loss in San Francisco.<p>The Seahawks were dominant on <i>Monday Night Football</i>. Drew Brees and the Saints offense is one of the league's best but looked pedestrian against a stout Seattle defense. …

NBA scores 2013: Knicks dominate Nets, Heat fall to Bulls without Dwyane Wade

It was a night of blowouts in the NBA, featuring the Battle in New York and a good ole' Bulls-Heat game.<p>Thursday night featured a great "on-paper" schedule that didn't go as planned. All three games were decided by at least 20 points, highlighted by the Brooklyn Nets losing by 30 to the New York …

2014 NFL Draft order: Texans solidify grasp on No. 1 overall pick with loss to Jaguars

With a 27-20 loss to the Jaguars, the Texans are on their way to securing the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. The struggles of Matt Schaub and Case Keenum may have solidified their decision on whom to take with the first overall pick.<p>Matt Schaub had a shot at redemption Thursday night. He took …

Risks, Rewards of Letting Aaron Rodgers Play Before His Collarbone Fully Heals

Many decisions in Sports Medicine boil down to one simple assessment: risk versus reward.<p>Aaron Rodgers' case is no different.<p>Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone Nov. 4 against the Chicago Bears. Since that night, despite wild speculation and countless rumors, only one group has really had a …

Knicks Triumph over Nets, but Both New York Teams in a Gloomy Place

BROOKLYN – The rivalry had devolved into a sorry spectacle, a battle waged not for bragging rights, but for a shred of dignity, a desperate grasp for momentary relief from ridicule.<p>The Battle of the Boroughs? That sounded poetic last year, when the Nets invaded Brooklyn and engaged the Knicks in a …

2014 World Cup Draw: Start Time, Live Stream and TV Info

The World Cup is just hours away from determining how the 32-team field will fit into eight groups destined for Brazil.<p>With the 2014 World Cup is still another six months away, some may question all of the pomp and circumstance.<p>However, the draw means you can stop with the hypothetical matchups in …

Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Lucas Moura Would Signal Reds' Intent

Luis Suarez's stunning quartet of goals against Norwich—three of which could be described as "godly"—are testimony of a Liverpool side who are showing great ambition under Brendan Rodgers.<p>The former Swansea boss, who always exerted an enterprising persona while at The Liberty Stadium, needs to …

Cartagena vs. Barcelona: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Barcelona have come across an uncharacteristic rough patch having lost two in a row, but the slate gets much easier over the weekend with a road trip to face FC Cartagena in the Copa del Rey.<p>Lose two straight matches without your best player and it's like the world is ending—such is life for …

Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Dimitar Berbatov Would Be Good Fit for Arsene Wenger

The January transfer window is nearly upon us, and that means speculation is beginning to mount ahead of what will be a busy month, given the tight nature of the Premier League table after the first third of the campaign.<p>Among those who will surely be looking for new recruits are Arsenal. The …

Ranking the Top 50 Players in International Rugby in 2013

It has been a cracking rugby year.<p>The Lions claimed their first series win in 12 years, the All Blacks became The Invincibles and Wales won a topsy-turvy sort of Six Nations.<p>Throughout it all there have been some fantastic individual performances.<p>Established names and newcomers alike have proved …

World Cup Draw Pots 2014: List of Teams, Seeds and Format for Draw

You need to be prepared before the craziness of the 2014 World Cup draw begins.<p>For those unaware, all 32 teams in the competition have been drawn into one of four pots.<p>Pot 1 features the seven seeded teams, as determined by FIFA, and the hosts for the tournament. Pot 2 is comprised of the African …

Chelsea Transfer Rumours: Radamel Falcao Would Fire Blues to the Title

Chelsea's recent 4-3 Premier League win over Sunderland highlighted exactly why the Blues need to bring in someone of Radamel Falcao's quality.<p>The Colombian forward, who is currently plying his trade at the mega-riches of Monaco, has once again been linked with a transfer to the West London club, …

Seahawks vs. 49ers: Breaking Down Seattle's Game Plan

The Seattle Seahawks head into hostile territory to take on the rival San Francisco 49ers. This is the second time these two teams have played this year, with Seattle winning the first matchup 29-3 back in Week 2. Given how well these teams know each other, it is safe to say that both teams will be …

Raiders vs. Jets: Breaking Down Oakland's Game Plan

The Oakland Raiders face an uphill battle in their Week 14 game against the New York Jets, and it’s not just because the Jets have the NFL’s top-ranked run defense. Dennis Allen’s team hasn’t won in the Eastern time zone since 2009 and may be without its top two running backs for the game.<p>Darren …

Manchester City Face Their Most Important Game of the Season at Southampton

After West Ham United, finally came West Bromwich Albion, and as they now look for only a third away league win of the season at Southampton on Saturday perhaps Manchester City can take inspiration from looking at a map.<p>Before navigating their way to The Hawthorns on Wednesday night, the key to …

Why Panthers vs. Saints Is Biggest Game of Cam Newton's Career

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton entered the NFL as the 2011 first-overall pick in the draft and has played 44 games as a professional, all as a starter. At least 10 of those games have been manufactured by the media as the biggest game of his career at that moment.<p>There was his first NFL …

World Cup Draw Date 2014: Start Time, Live Stream Info and Expectations

The World Cup 2014 draw will commence on Friday from Brazil, site of next summer's global spectacle.<p>The 32 qualified nations have already been separated into four different pots based on the FIFA World Ranking and region. Friday's highly anticipated event will determine the eight four-team groups …

Ranking the 8 Teams in World Cup Draw Pot 1

The draw for the FIFA 2014 World Cup is almost upon us and, as decided by the organising committee, eight sides will enter the draw as seeds and find themselves automatically separated from each other.<p>Included among those eight are hosts Brazil and the seven highest ranked sides in the world at …

2014 World Cup Draw: Squads in Most Need of a Favorable Draw

Every team will pay close attention to the upcoming draw for the 2014 World Cup, although a few squads are in more desperate shape than others.<p>This year's tournament has the ability to create some devastatingly difficult groups, especially considering that teams like Italy, the Netherlands and …

World Cup Draw Format 2014: Explaining How FIFA Group Selection Process Works

The 2014 World Cup draw is the next key stop on the road to Brazil. Qualifying came to a close last month, leaving 32 national teams to battle next summer for one of the most coveted trophies in sports. First, they must find out the group where their journey will begin.<p>Quite simply, the draw is one …

Mesut Ozil Is Curious About the World Cup Draw in Brazil

With ordinary fans being quite overexcited ahead of the World Cup 2014 draw later on Friday, you'd think the players themselves would be scarcely able to contain themselves.<p>Who will they be testing themselves against?<p>Will it help or hinder their road to glory?<p>What mind games can they play before …

Washington Redskins Should Ditch Mike Shanahan but Keep 3-4 Defense

The Washington Redskins would be smart to part ways with head coach Mike Shanahan at the end of the season. But they would be foolish to ditch the 3-4 defensive scheme he employed when he took over in 2010.<p>Shanahan should be out of excuses and second and third chances following three losing seasons …

CM Punk Should Get the First Shot at the Unified WWE Championship

WWE champion Randy Orton will be facing World champion John Cena at the company's TLC pay-per-view on Sunday, December 15. The match will be to unify both titles in what could go down as a historic night in WWE history. And while many fans are looking forward to this one, others are already looking …

NBA Power Rankings: How All 30 Teams Stack Up in Early December

You know how I can tell the 2013-14 NBA season has just about reached the quarter mark?<p>It's not the date on the calendar, though this milestone of the annual campaign usually falls right around early December. Nor is it the number of games that each team has played, though, I admit, that's actually …

Brazil World Cup 2014: Stars Who Will Shine Under Global Spotlight

The group draw for the 2014 World Cup takes place today, which means the countdown until the marquee international tournament is officially underway. There are now less than 190 days until the best national football teams in the world battle it out in Brazil.<p>Of course, one of the main reasons the …

Record-Breaking Bayern & More: What to Watch for in Bundesliga Round 15

There are just three weeks of the Bundesliga left before the German league's traditional winter break, and matchday 15 promises to be pivotal for many of its contestants.<p>Second-placed Leverkusen visit third-placed Dortmund as both teams prepare for next week's Champions League fixtures.<p>On the topic …