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The Best Blog You're Not Reading: du Nord

Bruce McGuire works in the music business but loves soccer and aggregation. Which is a great thing for the rest of us.

His blog, du Nord, is a must-read for anyone who enjoys the beautiful game. Think the Drudge Report without the politics. McGuire somehow finds almost every relevant soccer story and keeps the world informed.

Occasionally, he even has terrifying videos.

Don Larsen to Appear on MLB Network Following Roy Halladay No-No

Yesterday Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay became only the second man in Major League Baseball history to throw a no-hitter in the postseason. Today, MLB Network will have the other man: Former Yankees pitcher Don Larsen, who pitched a perfect game in game five of the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Larsen will appear just after noon to talk about Halladay’s feat with MLB Network’s Greg Amsinger, Al Leiter, Barry Larkin and John Hart.

Tonight, MLB Net will air an interview with Halladay, conducted by Mitch Williams.

Americans Buying Liverpool… Again

Liverpool, one of the most storied English Premier League franchises (that’s soccer), is on the verge of being sold to John Henry‘s New England Sports Ventures, the company that owns the Boston Red Sox. Current owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett will lose almost $230 million on the sale, but they don’t have a choice since the Royal Bank of Scotland essentially forced the loathed American duo to sell when it shifted the debt with which they purchased the club into the “bad debts” division. (Hicks and Gillett took out more than $375 million in loans to purchase the club in 2007.)

Since taking over the squad, the two American owners have engendered nothing but hate for both their handling of the club’s finances and their treatment of its loyal fans. There’s even a video (after the jump). Steve McGrath explains in The Wall Street Journal:

Their tenure has seen the club go from winning trophies to languishing in the bottom three of England’s top football league for the first time since the early 1960′s. They’ve failed to build a promised new stadium that would befit such a successful and historical club. And they’ve behaved unlike any other Liverpool owners before them, their arguments sent out through the media for the whole world to see, affecting the performance of the team and management. But, most importantly, they’ve misunderstood Liverpool football club and its family of fans. They’ve broken promise after promise, shown not one ounce of care for the tradition of the club, damaged its reputation, and their continued unwillingness to sell the club has left it on the edge of administration.

It’s so bad that Liverpool fans mobbed Hicks when he went to a bank in Manhattan. Here’s hoping the reign of Henry turns out better.
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Ochocinco Hosts Raw, More Interested In Jets-Ravens

Fresh off his 12 catches for 159 yards against the New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco spent his off day as guest star of WWE’s Raw on Monday night.

Ochocinco got a warm welcome from the Cincinnati crowd as he entered the ring to cut the opening promo until the WWE’s United State Champion, “The Miz,” interrupted the festivities.

The former Real World: Chicago reality star (Mike Mizanin) and Ohio native insulted Ochocinco and Bengals fans, referring to them as the “Bungles” following their 38-24 Week 1 loss.

After “The Miz” told Ochocinco his number 85 represents the number of dropped passes he would have this season, Chad got a chance to use his signature phrase, “Child, please.”

Ochocinco ended the opening segment by selecting an opponent for ‘The Miz,” rival Daniel Bryan. Read more

Donald Fehr to Head NHLPA

Donald Fehr, the man who lead Major League Baseball players during the 1994-1995 lockout that resulted in the cancellation of the ’94 World Series, is in the process of being hired to head the National Hockey League Players Association. He’s been acting as an unpaid advisor to the NHLPA since November.

While some thinks this spells trouble for hockey, which is still fighting back from a crippling strike in 1992, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly welcomes the decision.

“Look, I’m not looking forward to Armageddon, that’s for sure,” Daly told the Globe and Mail. “The sport will be well served by dealing with its issues in a reasonable, insightful way, through the negotiation process, and that’s what we’re looking to do.”

Fehr, who retired as head of the baseball players association in June 2009 after increasing the player’s average salary six-fold during his 20-plus-year tenure, understands how these things work. The collective bargaining agreement is set to expire in 2012 but neither side can afford a strike or lockout. That would very likely kill the sport that’s slowly recovering but still losing talent to leagues overseas. The sides need to get together now and start the negotiation process. The NHLPA hasn’t had solid leadership since 2005. Fehr, with his PR canny, fills the void. Hockey (in HD!) will live on.

SportingNews.com Relaunching as Sporting News Feed

Sporting News is relaunching its website, SportingNews.com as “Sporting News Feed,” focusing coverage on breaking news and trending topics in the MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA Basketball, NCAA Football and NASCAR.

Sporting News LogoYahoo! Sports has the exclusive rights to syndicate Sporting News Feed, and will likely become a major traffic driver for the revamped site.

Nationwide Insurance has signed on as the launch sponsor of the new site.

The move comes just a few weeks after Sporting News sold one of its most-visited blogs, The Sporting Blog, to startup SB Nation. Now that decision makes more sense, given the direction executives at the company seem to be interested in taking the website.

“Our goal in re-launching SportingNews.com and creating Sporting News Feed is to change the way avid fans follow breaking stories – we’re re-emphasizing the ‘news’ in Sporting News in a real-time, multi-media approach,” saidJeff Price, President and Publisher of Sporting News. “We’re also looking forward to working with CineSport, extending our sales relationship with their industry-leading sports video syndication network to deliver unique video advertising solutions on Sporting News Feed. When sports fans and advertisers think about what we’re doing, it is essentially an ESPNews 2.0 offering on the web for avid fans.”

The press release announcing the relaunch is after the jump.

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