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Arsenal transfer rumors: Welbeck, Cavani, Podolski

Arsene Wenger is a very busy man. He’s got moves to make before the transfer window closes. So let’s get Arsenal transfer rumors party started. -Via the Daily Mail, Arsenal want Danny Welbeck to replace the injured Olivier Giroud but Manchester United are not keen to sell. In The Independent the storyline is  Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is preparing a move for Manchester...
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Man United transfer rumors: Vidal, Blind, Welbeck, Allen, Kagawa

It’s another edition of “watch this space,” as we look at the latest batch of Man United transfer rumors floating around the world wide web. The Exec Vice Chair Ed Woodward has won my respect now with the acquisition of Angel Di Maria. Let’s see what he can do next. -From the Daily Express, via Paper Chase in Fox Sports, Manchester United are hoping Daley Blind will follow...
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Cubs call up Jorge Soler. “Hey everybody, we’re all gonna get laid!”

It took until August, but now the Chicago Cubs are starting to put the steak behind the sizzle in their preseason marketing slogan. “It’s going to be the part of the century” is the mantra, and although it refers specifically to the 100th birthday of Wrigley Field, in general the idea encompasses Margaritaville at Clark and Addison. Jorge Soler has been called up, and he will...
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Keith Olbermann moves to afternoons, intellectualizing ESPN

I’ve often said that ESPN for grown-ups, or ESPN for intellectuals, consists of: Grantland, 30 for 30, Olbermann, Outside the Lines and ESPN FC. There are a couple more examples as well, but you get the idea. If you’re someone who still talks about your sorority after graduation, you’re likely not watching these shows. Because you’re probably too intellectually stunted or...
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Chicago Bears trim fat, bigger cuts coming

The Chicago Bears cut the required amount of players to get the roster down to 75. The initial cut usually involves players that had little to no chance of making the team, or were let go with the hopes of latching on elsewhere. The final day of roster reckoning is August 30. Rosters will have to be down to 53 by 4p.m. ET. There were a couple of surprise cuts, but the biggest news...
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Michael Irvin gives nuanced take on Washington team name change

We’re reaching critical mass now when it comes to changing the Washington football team nickname. But whether you’re on the side of Daniel Snyder/Sarah Palin/Mike Ditka, or you’re on the other side with Phil Simms/Greg Gumbel/Washington Post/Christine Brennan/Bill Simmons/Tony Dungy/Dave Zirin/Kansas City Star/U.S. Patent Office…well you get the idea….the point is, you...
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Everett Golson admits humiliation from his suspension

Notre Dame starting quarterback Everett Golson is another example of the curse of the #5 jersey. See: Paul Hornung, Manti Te’o, Chris Kluwe, Venric Mark, Braxton Miller, Josh Freeman etc. etc. etc. As ND is now embroiled in the middle of another academic scandal involving key players crucial to the team success, Everett Golson reflects on his situation. Golson discussed his return...
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VIDEO: Louis van Gaal winless Man United “not creating chances”

Remember when Louis van Gaal impressed everyone by dominating group play of the World Cup? And then finished and impressive third place? How about that time Van Gaal led Manchester United to an undefeated pre-season and an International Champions Cup title? Well, it’a all ancient history now as United blew an easy one at home to Swansea City in the opener, only earned a draw at...
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Liverpool vs Man City broke live streaming record

The Mario Balotelli Cup, or last year’s champion Manchester City versus last year’s runner-up Liverpool, #1 vs #2 in 2013-14 was extremely popular online and yet another example of how the English Premier League is really taking off worldwide. NBC Sports bringing it to the American audience is paying off big dividends as the game continues to grow. Yesterday’s Manchester City...
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PHOTO: Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy mocked by pub banner

Tottenham Hotspur Chairman Daniel Levy goes through managers in a way that Charlie Sheen goes through drugs and prostitutes. Okay, I’m totally exaggerating, but you get the point. In under six months, we had three bosses: AVB, Tim Sherwood and Mauricio Pochettino, and this British pub poked fun at Spurs Owner Daniel Levy. Thanks to Fark, one of the best news link sites in the world...
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Northwestern, Illini football 2014 season prospectus

Lots of rapid fire and hot seat type of stuff as we enter week one for both the Illinois Fighting Illini and the Northwestern Wildcats. You have questions, I have answers. You can catch me talking Illini and NU every Tuesday morning at 10:40 AM CST. Here’s my segment from this morning on KOZN 1620 The Zone, NBC Sports Radio Omaha.  The questions today: better player Venric Mark...
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Manchester United make Angel Di Maria signing official

Angel Di Maria has passed his medical and the signing is now official. Take a look at the club’s official Twitter account @ManUtd. You’ll notice the banner reading Angel Di Maria, welcome to Manchester United.  It’s just unfortunate that the whole buzz of this day is ruined by the disaster unfolding in the Capital One Cup versus MK Dons. As of this posting it’s now MK Dons...
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Angel Di Maria signing sends Man United stock down 3%

It’s always interesting to see how big time Manchester United news affects the stock market, as the Premier League giant is the only sports franchise in the entire world that is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange.  The signing of Angel Di Maria is about as huge news as it gets. It was leaked that he has passed his medical and the club will make an official announcement...
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Liverpool transfer rumors: Ohana, Leiva, Robinson, Coates

Mario Balotelli or @FinallyMario is finally done so who’s coming next to Anfield? Who is Brendan Rodgers going to jettison from LFC along the way? Let’s get this Liverpool transfer rumors party started. -From the Daily Express, via Fox Sports Paper Chase, Liverpool are looking to follow up the signing of former Manchester City star Mario Balotelli from AC Milan with a move for...
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Allie LaForce, Tracy Wolfson part of new all female sports talk show

Obviously, Allie LaForce is moving up in the world. When CBS promoted Tracy Wolfson from college football to NFL broadcasts this spring, LaForce moved up to Wolfson’s former role. Now both LaForce and Wolfson will be a part of a ground-breaking new show entitled “We Need to Talk” debuting September 30th. The program is the first-ever nationally-televised all-female weekly...
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Cal Golden Bears vs NU Wildcats: brutally honest preview

Yes, we have real football again! FINALLY. College football begins in four days. Northwestern football is back! The Cal Golden Bears are back! The Big Ten is back! The Pac 12 is back! And NU (remember it’s NU, STOP saying NW) vs Cal is one of the better games of this college football weekend. The spread is between 5 and 6 points, depending on who you talk to. Or don’t talk to...
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Greg Gumbel on Jay Cutler, Bears preseason expectations

As we enter the 2014 NFL season, the main Jay Cutler story line is “will he earn his money?” and “what does he have to do to earn that $22.4 million this season?” He’ll be the highest paid player in the NFL season. Greg Gumbel is a national media figure, a play-by-play announcer for the NFL on CBS. He’s also a Chicago guy, having worked for WMAQ NBC5 Chicago before he...
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New England Patriots Season Preview with Michael Irvin

So what does the 2014 season hold for the New England Patriots? Here to break it down is NFL Network Analyst Michael Irvin. You pretty much know that the New England Patriots will own the division, but who will be the biggest threat? It’s fitting that the NFL Network has both Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin as part of their on-air talent roster. Both of these phenomenal athletes...
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New York Jets Season Preview with Michael Irvin

So what does the 2014 season hold for the New York Jets? Here to break it down is NFL Network Analyst Michael Irvin. You pretty much know that the New England Patriots will own the division, but who will be the biggest threat? It’s fitting that the NFL Network has both Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin as part of their on-air talent roster. Both of these phenomenal athletes helped...
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2014 Michigan St. season preview with Steve Mariucci

As has been well documented, NFL Network analyst Steve Mariucci is a big time Michigan State guy and close personal friend of Tom Izzo. So when I caught up to Mariucci at NFL Network Media Day, I couldn’t help but talk some Sparty. After we discussed some NFL of course, Mariucci used to coach the San Francisco 49ers, and they play in the league’s toughest division, the NFC West...
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Man United transfer rumors: Arturo Vidal, Danny Welbeck

“Watch this space,” as Manchester United Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward likes to say. And that’s the look he’s giving us right now, in that picture above with the finger pointing. Angel Di Maria deal is done, so who’s next? Let’s talk Man United transfer rumors. -Danny Welbeck has been told he can leave Old Trafford, for a 15 million pound deal or possibly a loan...
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Tottenham transfer rumors: Fazio, Rhodes, Townsend, Schneiderlin

Lots of Tottenham transfer rumors to talk about this morning. We’ll look at who might be coming and going to White Hart Lane. Let’s get this party started. -This is one we’ve been watching for awhile, Sevilla sporting director Monchi has confirmed that Tottenham Hotspur have agreed to trigger the £8m release clause of their captain Federico Fazio. Reports emerged earlier...
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Angel Di Maria passes Man United medical, record £59.7m deal

Welcome to Manchester Angel Di Maria! Multiple sources are reporting that a British record £59.7 million deal has been agreed between Manchester United and Real Madrid, two of the biggest, richest, most famous clubs in the world.  Di Maria has passed his Man United medical and will be unveiled following their match versus MK Dons.  According to the BBC: He could make his debut...
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Boomer Esiason articulates how horrendous NY Giants offense looks

Boomer Esiason made some very strong comments about Jay Cutler last season. I don’t think he was wrong. I think he was totally right. And this summer, I had another chance to speak with him, and we covered a bunch of topics, including Cutler. The full podcast of our exclusive is below. Eli Manning had a really rough year last season. His 2013 kind of ended the ELIte talk, didn’t...
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Arizona Cardinals season preview with Steve Mariucci

The Arizona Cardinals are yet another of why the NFL is a copycat league. For everyone. And right now, every team wants to be like the Super Bowl Champions. Like the Seattle Seahawks ripped off Texas A&M with the “12th man,” designation for their home crowd, the Arizona Cardinals are “borrowing” from the Michigan State Spartans in nicknaming their secondary “the no...
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