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Notre Dame Shouldn't Dump Kelly

Terrence Moore, Sports on Earth

Depending on whom you read or talk to, Brian Kelly may want out of Notre Dame. The Irish job is a lucrative but taxing one, along the lines of Texas or Alabama, except you can’t ...(full article)

Wednesday marks the 45th anniversary of the made-for-TV movie Brian’s Song. The iconic film about the iconic friendship between Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers...(full article)

PHILADELPHIA – The tunnel from the visiting locker room to the court was hazardous, with condensation and moisture from a hockey game played earlier on Friday at Wells Fargo Cent...(full article)

No matter what transpires this offseason, the Chicago Cubs will be the team to beat in 2017. They will be the favorites in Vegas, the favorites in the computer projections and the ...(full article)

More than a few of my relatives and friends bleed Notre Dame blue and gold, and they want Brian Kelly gone. Like now. No opportunity for a redemption season after the Fighting Iris...(full article)

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