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Former Manchester United Asst. Manager says club is “panic buying”

The comings and goings at Old Trafford this summer transfer window have been subjected to heavy scrutiny. Sure that happens every summer window, but the 2015 edition saw more media critique and protracted drama than usual. Overall, the Manchester United transfer business produced mixed results and conveyed an overall direction that was difficult to visualize. Many people referred...
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Los Angeles will likely have an NFL team by 2017

It looks like an NFL team in Los Angeles is a fait accompli. It could possibly happen next year, but more likely the move will happen in 2017. Whether that’s the St. Louis Rams, the Oakland Raiders or the San Diego Chargers remains to be seen, but it appears there’s a lot more to this narrative than just franchises holding their home towns hostage in order to obtain new stadium...
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The Sports Bank podcast is re-tooled

Time for one of those masturbatory announcement posts. Which to our credit, hasn’t been done in so long that I honestly can’t remember the last one. Hey, we’re not a big national TV network, where we actually hire people to write and then mass mail self-congratulatory “news” about “breaking” some ratings record. OMG! We cherry picked the Nielsen numbers, so we can...
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New Man United striker Anthony Martial helps France defeat Portugal

A few days ago, Anthony Martial was a promising but relatively obscure striker. Before transfer deadline day he was known mostly to only Monaco and Lyon fans, as well as those who cover international football for a living. Today, he’s the owner of the richest contract ever for a teenage footballer, the back-up to Wayne Rooney at Manchester United and a contributor to the France...
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Man City 2nd biggest transfer spenders in Europe, Man United 3rd, Chelsea 5th

The CIES Football Observatory has calculated and graphed the transfer spending in the big five leagues of Europe.  CIES computed how much was spent in total by each club in order to acquire the players currently residing on their roster. Real Madrid led the continent with 587 million euros. Manchester City was second at 560 million euros. Manchester United was third at 533 million...
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London Fletcher is the NFL pundit out there

Today’s sports media talking heads are getting increasingly vanilla. Sure you have a Charles Barkley here and an Alexi Lalas there, but the majority of big time national television network pundits are often dry. Every team is great. Every player is “among the best in the game.” Monday Night Football’s Jon Gruden takes the most heat for embodying this stereotype, but there...
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Chicharito’s move from Man United to Bundesliga crashed FC Bayern servers

The term “broke the internet” gets thrown around a lot these days. However, when Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez left Manchester United for Bayern Munich, that’s literally what happened. Hernandez’s massive global following, combined with the excitement surrounding his transfer to the Bundesliga side, took Bayern’s servers down. So many people were interested in...
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Chicharito’s move to Bayern crashed their servers

The term “broke the internet” gets thrown around a lot these days. However, when Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez left Manchester United for Bayern Munich, that’s literally what happened. Hernandez’s massive global following, combined with the excitement surrounding his transfer to the Bundesliga side took Bayern’s servers down. So many people were interested in...
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Sir Alex Ferguson reveals that Wayne Rooney rejected United twice

Manchester United fans aren’t exactly thrilled with Wayne Rooney right now, and that’s understandable given his slow start to the Premier League season. However, as we’re now into the international break, Rooney is closing in on England’s all-time goal scoring record. Despite how much he’s been chastised lately, he’s still an all-time legend for both club and country...
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Ohio St. and Virginia Tech honoring WDBJ victims with helmet decals (photos)

Both Ohio St.and Virginia Tech are doing the right thing Monday night by honoring the two victims slain earlier this week by yet another senseless shooting made possible by lax gun control regulations. The two teams will play Monday night sporting helmet decals in homage to the two WDBJ journalists shot and killed by a mad man who easily obtained a firearm without much of a screening...
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Automobile dedicated to Manchester United for sale (photos)

As the world’s most popular and most recognizable sports brand, Manchester United attracts and inspires some colorful followers. The latest surveys claim that Manchester United have about 680,000,000 million supporters world wide. One of them decided to turn an automobile into a Manchester United fan cave on wheels. It’s a used 2001 Mazda 323 with a manual transmission. It’s...
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Bears fans expecting Jay Cutler to change are insane

Chicago Bears fans who expect Quarterback Jay Cutler to finally reach his potential this season are insane. After all the different coaches he’s had, all the offensive coordinators he’s gone through, he’s remained exactly who he is. There won’t be any changes in 2015. All the “THIS is the Year for Jay Cutler” pieces were written in 2013 and 2014. All the “This is...
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London Fletcher: possibly the best current NFL pundit

Today’s sports media talking heads are getting increasingly vanilla. Sure you have a Charles Barkley here and an Alexi Lalas there, but the majority of big time national television network pundits are often dry. Every team is great. Every player is “among the best in the game.” Monday Night Football’s Jon Gruden takes the most heat for embodying this stereotype, but there...
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Juan Mata speaks on David de Gea’s mindset (video)

Over the past year or so Juan Mata has emerged as one of Manchester United‘s main leaders. He’s only been with the club since January of 2014 (coming over from Chelsea for a then club record £37.1 million), but he’s established himself as one of the faces of the franchise. He’s often selected as one of the few players who get the honor of modeling the new kits in promos...
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Arsenal Forward Danny Welbeck has knee surgery; will miss more time

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger hasn’t been able to select striker Danny Welbeck for the past few months. It will be quite awhile until Welbeck will be available again for selection. Arsenal announced today that Welbeck elected to have surgery on his left knee, and that he will be ”out for a period of months.” ”it had been hoped he would avoid surgery but after increasing...
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United announce new IT partner days after De Gea deal falls apart

There is still some David De Gea transfer related drama, days after the closure of the transfer window. Manchester United will of course keep De Gea because the paperwork required for the deal with Real Madrid was filed after the Spanish transfer deadline. The two clubs had reportedly agreed upon a deal that was supposed to include Keylor Navas. However, the documents didn’t...
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Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck has knee surgery; will miss significant time

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger hasn’t been able to select striker Danny Welbeck for the past few months. It will be a few more months until Welbeck will be available for selection again. Arsenal announced today that Welbeck elected to have surgery on his left knee, and that he will be ”out for a period of months.” ”it had been hoped he would avoid surgery but after increasing...
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How much will Vic Fangio improve the Chicago Bears?

Chicago Bears coverage needs a so-called “FOX attitude.” We report, you decide…if the team will finish in last place again, and just how far out of first place they’ll end up. What effect will the (John) Fox attitude have on the Chicago Bears? It depends on how much magic both he and Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio can work with a rapidly aging, non-cohesive defensive...
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Bart Scott Sizes up the NFC North race

The Green Bay Packers are the ruling oligarchs of the NFC North. The Pack have won it four years straight and appear to be the favorites once again this season. Not just in the division, but quite possibly the conference. We spoke with NFL on CBS Analyst Bart Scott and he believes the Packers are still a Super Bowl contender even despite the loss of Jordy Nelson to injury. Very...
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Chicharito says goodbye to United; leaves out Moyes, Van Gaal

Former Manchester United and current Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez said goodbye to United and the Red Devils community at large on his verified Twitter account today. Chicharito, who had been with the club since 2010, acknowledged Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manager who brought him to Old Trafford, in his parting message. The Mexican international failed...
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Van Gaal called “a scoundrel” by Mexican football icon

The piling on Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal continues this week. First Angel Di Maria blasted the Dutchman and blamed his “philosophy” for why he flopped at Old Trafford. After his sale to Bayer Leverkusen, Chicharito spoke publicly about being in a place where he was wanted again. That now makes three former Red Devils who have taken parting shots at Van Gaal...
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United had to fight off big names for Anthony Martial claims Mail

It cost Manchester United £36 million to sign Anthony Martial on deadline day. That’s the third most expensive signing in club history (Angel Di Maria is first, Juan Mata second) and the richest contract for a teenager in British football history. His new team mate Luke Shaw previously held the record. With add-ons, and certain contract clauses that already staggering figure...
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Cardale Jones released from hospital; “doing fine”

The family and friends of Ohio State Buckeyes QB Cardale Jones had quite a scare last night. He was rushed to the hospital with was initially described as a migraine, but was later reported as “severe head pain.” It sounded frightening. The Buckeye nation waited and held their breath. Ohio State QB Cardale Jones reportedly rushed to the hospital with severe head pain http...
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NFL Today’s Bart Scott Sizes up NFC North race

The Green Bay Packers are the ruling oligarchs of the NFC North. The Pack have won it four years straight and appear to be the favorites once again this season. Not just in the division, but quite possibly the conference. We spoke with NFL on CBS Analyst Bart Scott and he believes the Packers are still a Super Bowl contender even despite the loss of Jordy Nelson to injury. Very...
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Can Vic Fangio be the Chicago Bears savior?

Chicago Bears coverage needs a so-called “FOX attitude.” We report, you decide…if the team will finish in last place again, and just how far out of first place they’ll end up. What effect will the (John) Fox attitude have on the Chicago Bears? It depends on how much magic both he and Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio can work with a rapidly aging, non-cohesive defensive...
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