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VIDEO: new 2015-16 Manchester United kit teaser; release date

Photos of the new Manchester United kit leaked online when the home red went on sale a week early in the United States. As you know Manchester United Football Club broke a shirt sponsor record when they switched from Aon to Chevrolet. They also broke a kit deal record for partnership with a manufacturer when they made the switch from Nike to Adidas. The new Manchester United kit...
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Manchester United getting in and out of Chicago QUICKLY

Chicago is the greatest summer city in the entire world (see the photo above for proof), but Manchester United won’t have time to experience it. If they beat Paris St. Germain tonight at Soldier Field, the Red Devils will get the chance to lift a preseason trophy, so the city of broad shoulders could given the team some very pleasant memories. But the heat, and more so the humidity...
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Illini basketball have more serious issues beyond Abrams’ absence

It is not the fault of Illini basketball Coach John Groce that senior point guard Tracy Abrams has sort of become the Big Ten version of Derrick Rose. (Or maybe an Illinois version of Robbie Hummel; when it comes to being snake bit by injuries, not in terms of talent). It is the fault of John Groce that he has no other options beyond Abrams.  Yesterday’s news is devastating for...
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How to have fun with Big Ten Media Day Cliches

Last year, my kitty question to then Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini ended up the lead in every national publication’s Big Ten Media Day coverage. I’m not just #humblebragging here, I was genuinely shocked that a topic so trivial would be 2014’s most compelling Big Ten Media Day storyline. People (like myself) love cats, but the greater point here is: very little, if any, actual...
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Latest headlines on Angel Di Maria PSG transfer saga

Manchester United and PSG will meet today in my hometown of Chicago to settle the International Champions Cup. The winner of the preseason friendly tonight at Soldier Field will take home the preseason tournament “championship.” The two clubs are also looking to settle the deal for Angel di Maria (although that’s completely remote and independent of this match). This transfer...
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PHOTOS: Manchester United arrive in Chicago to complete tour

Manchester United flew from San Jose, California to Chicago, Illinois this evening in advance of tomorrow night’s International Champions Cup finale. The match will also complete United’s 2015 preseason tour of the United States. The team touched down at O’Hare International Airport hours ago, and from the photos posted on the club website it looks like the team hotel this...
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Man United can clinch International Champions Cup by beating PSG

Heading into the final stretch of International Champions Cup international friendlies, the New York Red Bulls (American Major League Soccer) stand atop the tournament standings with 10 points. However, Manchester United (English Premier League) and Paris Saint-Germain (French Ligue 1) are right behind them with nine and seven points, respectively. All other teams in the tournament...
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Tottenham Hotspur opponent roster changed (MLS All-Star Game)

Tottenham Hotspur will face the MLS All-Stars on July 29th in Colorado. That means Spurs will take on the very best that American Major League Soccer has to offer in an exhibition friendly. You know how the pecking order goes. English Premier League is the top. La Liga is right up there with them. Bundesliga; Serie A, then down to Ligue 1 then etc.. MLS is probably somewhere between...
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Jose Mourinho has more harsh words for Pellegrini, Wenger

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho “makes great copy.” While most individuals across the sporting landscape talk without saying anything at all at press events, the self proclaimed Special One instead takes pride in speaking his mind. No doubt he enjoys the controversy that it stirs up as well. There are actually three Jose Mourinho commentary stories making headlines today. First...
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Mexico Coach Miguel Herrera fired for punching journalist

Update: Herrera’s dismissal has been officially announced Mexican National Team Head Coach Miguel Herrera, no stranger at all to controversy, reportedly punched a journalist following Mexico’s victory in the Gold Cup Final. As we’ve said in the past, Miguel Herrera looks like what would happen if Pete Rose, Chris Farley and Tom Crean had a kid, but what he did here, is no...
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Four Greatest Premier League Deadline Day Signings

By Sean Edmundson Love it or hate it, the transfer window in its current incarnation has been part and parcel of football for over a decade and fans across the country watch on with great anticipation as their clubs frantically try to strengthen their squads (and keep hold of their stars) ahead of the new campaign. The culmination of silly season occurs when Jim White presses his...
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Illini G Tracy Abrams out for season; AGAIN

This article is not a repeat of last season. When you hear Tracy Abrams is out for the year with an injury, you might flashback to last season. That’s understandable how last summer it was a torn ACL that knocked Abrams out for the season. This year, it’s a torn left Achilles tendon. The school just confirmed as such in a news release. Tracy Abrams suffered the injury Monday...
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Wisconsin Badgers the pick to win Big Ten West

The Big Ten East division is the NBA Western Conference. The Big Ten West division is the NBA Eastern Conference. The Big Ten East is the English Premier League. The Big Ten West is the Championship. The Big Ten East are the New York Yankees. The Big Ten West are the Staten Island Yankees. Well, I’m exaggerating a bit, especially on that last one, but you get the idea. As we’ve...
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Ohio State favored to win Big Ten East Division

The Big Ten East division is the NBA Western Conference. The Big Ten West division is the NBA Eastern Conference. The Big Ten East is the English Premier League. The Big Ten West is the Championship. The Big Ten East are the New York Yankees. The Big Ten West are the Staten Island Yankees. Well, I’m exaggerating somewhat, especially so on that last one, but you get the idea. As...
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United Defender Marcos Rojo fined £140,000 for missing preseason tour

Marcos Rojo has been down this road before; having problems when it comes to getting his paperwork in order. His debut with Manchester United last season was delayed to his work permit issues. The Defender didn’t join the team until after a couple regular season games had already been played in 2013-14. This year, he’ll miss the club’s entire preseason tour of America. According...
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Mourinho says Eden Hazard is better than Ronaldo

Chelsea central defender John Terry told the Mail on Sunday back in April that Blues star Eden Hazard is right up there with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the best players in the entire world. Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho saw Terry and raised him today by giving Eden Hazard an extraordinary vote of confidence in the Daily Mail today. Mourinho rates Hazard as one of the...
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Big Ten West Division Predictions: Never Too Early

The Big Ten East division is the NBA Western Conference. The Big Ten West division is the NBA Eastern Conference. The Big Ten East is the English Premier League. The Big Ten West is the Championship. The Big Ten East are the New York Yankees. The Big Ten West are the Staten Island Yankees. Well, I’m exaggerating a bit, especially on that last one, but you get the idea. As we’ve...
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“J. Peterman” from Seinfeld to MC Jon Lester fundraiser

J. Peterman: “I’m reading the most fascinating article on the most fascinating people of the year… And, done.” Yes, what you’ve clicked on is indeed the…ok, no it’s not. Not even close, but it’s still fun and worthwhile. Glad you came by. The real life J. Peterman company was founded in 1987 by entrepreneur John Peterman. From 1997-1998, the most popular show on...
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Big Ten East Division Predictions: Never Too Early

The Big Ten East division is the NBA Western Conference. The Big Ten West division is the NBA Eastern Conference. The Big Ten East is the English Premier League. The Big Ten West is the Championship. The Big Ten East are the New York Yankees. The Big Ten West are the Staten Island Yankees. Well, I’m exaggerating somewhat, especially so on that last one, but you get the idea. As...
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Juan Mata confident he’ll score a significant amount of goals

When Manchester United visited Crystal Palace on May 9th, Juan Mata ended the Sahara Desert like scoring drought that the team was in. Mata converted a penalty kick off a handball foul, giving United it’s first goal in four games. The result at Selhurst Park clinched a Champions League berth for the Red Devils. That was one of 10 goals that Juan Mata scored for the team last year...
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Angel Di Maria leaves Man United for PSG, confirms Laurent Blanc

The Angel di Maria transfer saga is now over; finally. He will be heading away from Manchester United and to Paris St. Germain. PSG Manager Laurent Blanc said this today. ‘In the Di Maria case, the whole thing is close to being over. I’m rather positive about it.’ The only thing holding it up at this point is an agreement on the transfer fee. United signed Di Maria for a...
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Manchester United transfer window halftime analysis

We’re 28 days into the summer transfer window, and we have 34 days left. So we’re essentially at the midpoint. No time like the present to assess the transfer business Manchester United has done, and think about the business they still need to do. Let’s dive right in. BUYS: -Morgan Schneiderlin -Bastian Schweinsteiger -Matteo Darmian -Sergio Romero -Memphis Depay United...
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Mexico Coach Miguel Herrera punched a TV journalist

Mexican National Team Head Coach Miguel Herrera, no stranger at all to controversy, reportedly punched a journalist following Mexico’s victory in the Gold Cup Final. As we’ve said in the past, Miguel Herrera looks like what would happen if Pete Rose, Chris Farley and Tom Crean had a kid, but what he did here, is no laughing matter. Herrera allegedly struck hit television commentator...
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Ex-Colts, Illini QB Jack Trudeau arrested with 0.31 BAC

Former Indianapolis Colts and New York Jets quarterback Jack Trudeau was arrested Sunday night in Zionsville, Indiana. He now faces three charges: OWI (operating while intoxicated), public intoxication and intimidating a police officer. Trudeau might be best known in this region of the country as the QB of the 1984 Rose Bowl Illinois Fighting Illini team. That should have been a...
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Can Drew Hare be as good as Jordan Lynch, Chandler Harnisch?

Northern Illinois starting Quarterback Drew Hare is not Chandler Harnisch; nor is he Jordan Lynch. He’s not as talented or versatile as either of those guys; but he’s still pretty damn good. Hare’s story is yet to be fully told, as he’s entering his final season. When all is said and done, he could en up putting up bigger and better numbers than those two guys. In his first...
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