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Man United transfer rumors: Strootman, Alves, Cavani, Nani

It’s never too early to talk Man United transfer rumors. Obviously, Kevin Strootman is the top priority, and the number one name on Louis van Gaal’s shopping list for January. So we’ll cover that name, as well as a few others today. Manchester United’s pursuit of Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman has been bolstered after the Serie A side’s boss Rudi Garcia admitted that...
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Man United all anyone wants to discuss says Alexander Buttner

Alexander Buttner is certainly experiencing the power of a sports brand. Even though he departed Manchester United in August and now plays left-back for Dynamo Moscow, MUFC is the main topic that people want to bring up whenever they meet him. Talking to Voetbal International, Buttner said: “Since my arrival not a day has passed without me being asked something about Manchester...
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Despite bad loss, Liverpool have great Champions League chances

After six matches of Premier League action, Liverpool has earned seven points. LFC currently sits 14th in the table and that’s extremely disappointing. Other than the first half of the game against Tottenham, they have looked uninspiring. Take away the first 45 minutes versus Spurs (well, the win over Southampton was nice too, as the Saints are in second place) and Brendan Rodgers...
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Mario Balotelli signing has been a total bust for Liverpool

Mario Balotelli a reputation for being a difficult character and taking part in questionable and often amusing activities. He was once described by The Special One Jose Mourinho as “unmanageable.” We’ll cover and recap all his off-the-pitch escapades in a moment, but first let’s look at how he’s struggling on the pitch. In all seven competitions with LFC this season, Balotelli...
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PHOTO: Danica Patrick racecar to have new look

Danica Patrick will have a new look with her car this week. New colors, new sponsor.  In a rare change from her normal green racecar, Patrick’s machine this weekend will sport the blue and white colors of Aspen Dental at Kansas. Here’s the Danica Patrick green car on St. Patrick’s Day: And another special car with a USA theme for one of the patriotic holidays: Danica Patrick...
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Cincinnati Bengals continue to be very un Bengals like

The Cincinnati Bengals and their much maligned ginger starting quarterback look to start 4-0 for the first time since 2005 when they travel to Foxborough, Mass., to face a reeling Tom Brady and a downward spiraling New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football on NBC. As we chronicled earlier this season, the Bengals have established themselves as a new favorite to win the AFC East...
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Tom Brady is bad now because his OL is horrible

If you want to know why Tom Brady is bad now it’s not because he’s aged/declined rapidly. Yes, he is on the wrong side of 36. Yes, the window for Brady and Bill Belichick is closing, but let’s not make a full catastrophe out of it. I know, he just had his worst all around game in about 8 years, and by some measures his worst game ever. Facing your new AFC Championship favorite...
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Man United target Wesley Sneijder reveals why he rejected move to MUFC

Wesley Sneijder has revealed the reason he declined an offer to join Manchester United. The answer may surprise you, and Louis van Gaal claims that no player he’s been seriously interested in has turned him down. Missing out on Champions League hasn’t been an issue. Until now. “Louis is one of the most intelligent men in football – and I knew of Manchester United’s interest...
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Steven Gerrard and Liverpool working on new contract

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has told the Liverpool Echo the club are continuing to look at a new contract for captain Steven Gerrard — but that no decision on a deal has yet been made. (ESPN FC) Gerrard is one of the greatest and most influential players within the Premier League. He’s also one of the top 100 earning athletes in the world. He has since retired from international...
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Chelsea or Arsenal could get Sami Khedira for free

Arsenal and Chelsea target Sami Khedira could make a stunning move to the Premier League for free at the end of the season, according to reports from the Daily Star. Free, that’s right free. No money down for the World Cup winner with the German National team. The Real Madrid midfielder has also been linked in rumors this past summer to Manchester United. However most of the reports...
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Big 12 Basketball Preview: #2 Texas Longhorns

The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12 and now we turn our attention to the Big 12. The Texas Longhorns were one of the surprise teams in college basketball last season. With everybody returning and...
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Big 12 Basketball Preview: #3 Iowa State Cyclones

The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12 and now we turn our attention to the Big 12. Despite losing their top two scorers from last year’s Sweet 16 squad, Fred Hoiberg and the Iowa State Cyclones...
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Does anyone really know how good Notre Dame football really is?

Their record is 4-0 and their ranking is No. 9 in the AP, No. 8 in the USA Today and No. 12 in Sagarin. But really, I’m not sure even the biggest lover of Notre Dame Football can actually tell you how good this 2014 edition of the Fighting Irish is. The four Notre Dame victories to date are against the Rice Owls, Michigan Wolverines, Purdue Boilermakers and the Syracuse Orangemen...
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Travis Wood: Chicago Cubs potential “Loogy”

    Overshadowed by RH Edwin Jackson’s disastrous two-year stint in the Cubs’ rotation and albatross contract was the severe regression of LH starter Travis Wood this season. In his all-star campaign of 2013, Wood tossed 200 innings, allowing 163 hits and 66 walks.  Among the 79 qualifying starters, Wood ranked third in BABIP (batting average on balls in play) (.248...
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Ji-sung Park to be named Manchester United Ambassador

The official Manchester United account made a cliff-hanger of a tweet earlier today in regards to Ji-sung Park. Have a look: We’ll have an exciting announcement tomorrow surrounding Ji-sung Park and #mufc. Stay tuned! pic.twitter.com/b002UrPiIY — Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 30, 2014 Are you in suspense? Just anxious to find out. Well, it seems like maybe the secret...
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Nani re-affirms his Manchester United identity

Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha, commonly known as Nani was interviewed tonight after Sporting Lisbon’s 1-nil defeat to Chelsea, and he gave an “interesting” spin on his being back in the Portugese capital. Nani was sent on loan to Sporting by new Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal in the summer. He had been with the club since 2007. The member of the Portugal National...
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James Wilson: 11th Manchester United player out from injury

The injuries are really starting pile up now at Old Trafford. 18-year-old James Wilson became the 11th Manchester United player to be injured. Yes, James Wilson was actually born in 1995, and he looks even younger than that. But that’s an aside. The injury crisis in the back line has been well documented. Now the forwards are getting banged up too. From The Guardian: James Wilson...
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Diego Costa: Chelsea star being “over-managed” for big tilt with Arsenal?

The Sun had a story today, the gist of was something to the effect of: Diego Costa will start for Chelsea against Sporting Lisbon as Jose Mourinho gambles with his star striker’s fitness. Well, I guess the gamble paid off as Costa played and Chelsea dominated Sporting today with a 1-nil victory in the UEFA Champions League.  Costa had a clear chance and blew it. Which was surprising...
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Fox Sports Analyst BRUTALLY SLAMS Michigan over handling of concussions

Michigan is in full category 5 crisis mode right now. Although you wouldn’t know anything about that if all you watched was Big Ten Network. If you weren’t already certain that BTN is a league PR firm and not a news outlet before, their minimalist coverage of the Michigan drama drives the point home now. Every sports network, other than BTN, is leading their college football...
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#19 Nebraska Cornhuskers vs #10 MSU Spartans Preview

Watching the Nebraska Cornhuskers destroy my alma mater last night was a pure joy. Wait, what? You just said you enjoyed watching the school you graduated from getting annihilated. Well, yes, because I knew it was coming. In fact the score I predicted in my Illinois v. Nebraska game preview was eerily similar to what the final score actually was. Plus after dealing with apathy for...
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Derrick Rose boldly begins preseason with Championship talk

If you’re concerned by the absymal stats Derrick Rose put up in games with Team USA this summer, don’t be. Outside of Nike, Coach K. and those who are dysfunctionally obsessed with Derrick Rose ligaments, NO ONE CARED one bit about 2014 Team USA basketball and the stupid made up tournament they won. if you’re concerned about Rose due to his less than inspiring performances...
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Ronaldo return to Man United 2 years away says prominent journo

It seems somewhat likely that Cristiano Ronaldo will somehow force a way out of Real Madrid and back to Manchester United at some point. However, it won’t be next summer. Guillem Balague, a very prominent Spanish football journalist/pundit talked Ronaldo return to the Theatre of Dreams, but said it will take a couple years yet. He said: “It is quite clear that Manchester United...
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Robin Van Persie thinks MUFC can realistically make Champions League

Robin van Persie believes that Manchester United are getting stronger everyday and believes that Champions League is “realistic.” Maybe that closed door “clear the air” meeting that Robin van Persie had with the players this week paid off? Manchester United earned three points this past Saturday, and moved up the table from 12th place to 7th. It wasn’t easy; and actually...
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Man United’s Ander Herrera out for a month, fractured rib

Ander Herrera will be unavailable for Manchester United for a few weeks. It was just revealed that Herrera suffered a fractured rib in United’s victory of West Ham, leaving the match with 15 minutes to play. United sent out a press release saying they will monitor his progress. Ander Herrera struggled with was labeled a “short term injury” earlier this season, but he still...
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#19 Nebraska Cornhuskers vs #10 MSU Spartans: SUBSTANTIAL game preview

Watching the Nebraska Cornhuskers destroy my alma mater last night was a pure joy. Wait, what? You just said you enjoyed watching the school you graduated from getting annihilated. Well, yes, because I knew it was coming. In fact the score I predicted in my Illinois v. Nebraska game preview was eerily similar to what the final score actually was. Plus after dealing with apathy for...
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