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AUDIO: Illini G Rayvonte Rice talks Ray Rice (exclusive)

Up until mid January, Rayvonte Rice was the leading scorer in the Big Ten last season. However, the season went downhill for both him and his Illinois Fighting Illini at Northwestern. An adductor strain slowed Rice down for awhile, and the Illini offense had major issues. However, Rayvonte Rice and the Illini finished strong. Had it not been for that loss at NU, and probably the...
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Man United news and notes: Shaw, Van Persie, Herrera, Young

Lots of Man United news and notes to get into, so let’s dive right in. Here is the television info for the big game coming up versus Chelsea.  -The owner of the richest contract in British history for a teenager, Luke Shaw, admits he hasn’t been a great investment thus far. Luke Shaw admits that United fans haven’t seen the best of him yet and feel he needs to prove his £27m...
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Tom Izzo and Nick Saban: greatest coaching duo in history?

Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio were voted the nation’s number 1 coaching combo in a recent poll; up from #7 last year. Yes, in the two college sports that people care about, you can’t find a better one-two punch then H to tha Izzo and MD. However, there was once a time in Spartan lore when both Tom Izzo and Nick Saban were coaching in East Lansing, Michigan. The...
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Manchester United vs Chelsea TV info

The “easing into it”start of the season for Manchester United is over now. Next they’ll take on the Blues, everyone’s preseason favorite, and a group that has indeed played like it. From NBC Sports PR Two Premier League giants face off as first-place Chelsea visit sixth-place Manchester United this Sunday, Oct. 26, at Noon ET on NBC and Telemundo, highlighting this week’s...
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What’s wrong with Robin van Persie? Is he in permanent decline?

Robin van Persie is having a down season at Manchester United and if it weren’t for the big money Ed Woodward spent on retaining Wayne Rooney and acquiring Radamel Falcao, this would be a much much bigger issue.No Premier League player has scored more goals (70) than Robin van Persie over the last four seasons. But RVP only has one goal this season which put United up 2-nil on...
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Sir Alex Ferguson claims David Moyes disaster wasn’t his fault

Sir Alex Ferguson is definitely embracing his role as Ambassador at Manchester United. First he ended his feud with Wayne Rooney. Then, he recruited Cristiano Ronaldo. He gave him a phone call and the tabloids went wild with the story. Now Sir Alex is trying to mend fences over the way he went out; the decision that tarnished his legacy. Ferguson hand-picked David Moyes as his successor...
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Liverpool transfer rumors: Casilla, Valdes, Reus, Suso

Raheem Sterling seems to be staying put, so we can leave that story line alone for now. However, there are plenty of lots of Liverpool transfer rumors to discuss today so let’s dive right in. -Liverpool will compete with several Spanish sides for the signature of Porto teenager Ruben Neves, says the Daily Mirror. -More Liverpool transfer rumors from ESPN FC. The Reds have moved...
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David Robinson’s son Corey becoming star Notre Dame WR

Corey Robinson is one of many celebrity offspring playing football for Notre Dame right now. His father is “The Admiral” himself, NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson. The Fighting Irish roster also boasts the sons of Jon Bon Jovi, Torii Hunter and Cris Collinsworth.  Austin Collinsworth, a senior safety, was named one of the team’s captains this season. Of all the proud fathers...
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Marian Hossa: Blackhawks’ consistent, reliable 2-way player

When Marian Hossa signed a monster twelve-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2009 he came to the team having played for the Stanley Cup runner-up the two previous seasons (2009 Detroit Red Wings and 2008 Pittsburgh Penguins). After winning two Stanley Cups with the Blackhawks, his career is more “complete.” But he’s always been a very special player. Even though he...
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K.C. Royals vs S.F. Giants World Series: what to watch

The 2014 World Series may not get the highest ratings, but it will be the most eventful. Sure, there are no Yankees, Red Sox, or Dodgers, but there are the Cinderella story Royals and dynasty-craved Giants. Not only is Ned Yost undefeated in his first playoff appearance with a Royals team that hadn’t been here since 1985, but on the other side Bruce Bochy looks to cement himself...
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Man United Exec Ed Woodward caught cursing?

Manchester United Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward was caught on camera yesterday in a moment of anger and frustration. Was he also dropping an f-bomb? He appears to call one of this summer acquisitions…well, you can watch the clip and judge for yourself. PHOTO + VIDEO: Manchester United chief – “Oh you f***ing waste of money” http://t.co/fqL4Yxxq8i — Soccerlens (@soccerlens...
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Man United news and notes: Di Maria, Falcao, Rafael, Fellaini

Lots of Man United news and notes to cover today following last night’s draw with West Bromwich Albion. The 2-2 final sort of felt like a loss, but then again when trailing in the 86th minute, well a tie felt like a win, actually. Once again we saw a great attack, terrible defense. Lovely up front, ugly in the back. Why was Radamel Falcao benched to start the game? Why did he...
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Van Gaal says United played “best match of the season” today

Today’s 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion felt like a loss for Manchester United, but Manager Louis van Gaal put a more positive spin on it. With a truly overwhelming 67%-33% advantage on possession, United did dominate today’s match. Sort of. Anyone who watched the game noticed that United kept the ball in West Brom’s half of the field for a huge majority of the game. Perhaps...
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Gerard Pique could make £20m move to Man United in January

Barcelona Center-Back Gerard Pique is not getting a whole lot of playing time for some reason. He is fit, but yet still riding the bench at Barca. You have to wonder why Luis Enrique is sitting him. There have been rumors that he was coming back to his former team, Manchester United. Now those rumors are gaining more momentum thanks to a story in The Daily Star. “United boss Louis...
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Derrick Rose FINALLY looked like Derrick Rose tonight

Derrick Rose made a very bold statement and Chicago Bulls Photo/Media Day. Rose when asked about his team’s window for winning a championship: “I know I’m going to win a championship soon. So I’m not worried about that.” And ESPN the Magazine has made a tacit but similarly bold statement a week ago by placing Rose on the cover of their NBA Season Preview edition. We’ve...
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Nadal takes on the world and then Ronaldo

We all know sport stars like to play a few rounds of cards in their down time. From on the team bus to in the changing room, the likes of Teddy Sheringham, Shane Warne, and Boris Becker all enjoy calling a bluff, but two men have taken it beyond the casual game and moved on to something a little more serious. Sporting legends Rafael Nadal and Ronaldo are all set to go head-to-head...
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Update: Liverpool vs Real Madrid Champions League TV info

It’s been a rough start for Liverpool in the Premier League. Maybe the Reds can make up for it in UEFA Champions League. Their next opponent though, is the La Liga giants of La Liga giants: Ronaldo and Los Blancos. ESPN coverage of the UEFA Champions League continues this week, highlighted by ESPN Deportes’ live presentation of Liverpool FC vs. Real Madrid FC, two of Europe’s...
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VIDEO: Marouane Fellaini scores on West Brom; after WBA Twitter account rips him

Marouane Fellaini and Daley Blind, two midfielders, scored tonight to help Manchester United salvage points in their visit to The Hawthorns. However, what happened on social media right before Fellaini scored is the real story here. The West Bromwich Albion official Twitter account, took a sarcastic shot at Marouane when he came on in the second half. Fellaini has now taken his...
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VIDEO: Daley Blind’s equalizer for Man United vs WBA

Two midfielders scored their first goal for Manchester United today: Daley Blind and Marouane Fellaini. Blind scored his equalizer in the 86th minute to help United salvage points in their visit to The Hawthorns. (Yes, West Bromwich Albion has a home stadium name which sounds like the name of a nighttime drama on the CW; or an outlet shopping mall) Because Daley Blind scored when...
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Michigan’s Spike Albrecht discusses his Kate Upton Twitter outreach (exclusive)

You can imagine how many hundreds of thousands of tweets are directed towards Kate Upton every single day. You can also guess that 99.999% of those @replies go ignored, unanswered, blocked etc. However, only one tweet at Kate Upton has ever become national sports news. Actually, it became HUGE trending national trending sports news. “I don’t know who I let talk me into that one...
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UPDATE: Chelsea to be without Diego Costa for Champions League

According to the Telegraph on Saturday, Chelsea’s Diego Costa could be ruled out for the next three weeks. This gave 17-year-old Dominic Solanke his first appearance ever on the Blues bench. Minus Costa, Chelsea went on to beat Palace 2-1. As for the earlier report about Costa missing three weeks, that now seems to be a bit extreme. It appears he’ll return sooner than that. ...
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Mario Balotelli hilariously SLAMMED by former Liverpool player

Former Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case has described misfiring striker Mario Balotelli as a “waste of space,” according to a story in the Daily Mirror today. “He is not a team player,” Case said according to BBC Radio Merseyside. This comes a day after Balotelli missed a wide open net (watch the video here) and got hilariously ripped apart by Liverpool fans on Twitter.  Mario...
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Mario Balotelli hilariously SLAMMED by former Liverpool

Former Liverpool midfielder Jimmy Case has described misfiring striker Mario Balotelli as a “waste of space,” according to a story in the Daily Mirror today. “He is not a team player,” Case said according to BBC Radio Merseyside. This comes a day after Balotelli missed a wide open net (watch the video here) and got hilariously ripped apart by Liverpool fans on Twitter.  Mario...
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Matteo Darmian is Man United’s latest transfer target

According to the Daily Express, Manchester United are planning a £15 million bid for Torino full-back Matteo Darmian. The Daily Mirror and the Daily Star picked up on this rumor as well. United Manager Louis van Gaal wants to sign the Italian back this January. Obviously, United’s primary needs are at defense. So who is Matteo Darmian and how exactly does he fit in? Originally...
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When is Teuvo Teravainen time for the Blackhawks?

It won’t be long until Chicago Blackhawks fans embrace #FreeTuevo.  The #18 overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, Tuevo Teravainen has loads of potential. Teravainen began the season at Rockford, and he’s got two assists in his first games this AHL season. Tuevo had two goals in five games with Rockford last season, and also played in three contests with the parent club in 2013...
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