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Hiddink believes Chelsea can get top players even without UCL

Chelsea are still currently 17 points outside the top four in the Premier League. Despite the surge that interim manager Guus Hiddink has provided since he took over and began his second stint as Blues boss, his side has pretty much no chance of getting back into Champions League next year. Their best chance is to win the tournament outright, but considering their draw is Paris...
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Ex Sunderland MF Adam Johnson: Details emerge in child sex crime trial

When Sunderland host Manchester United tomorrow at the Stadium of Light, they’ll do so without midfielder Adam Johnson who is currently on trial for child sex offenses. Once the England international pled guilty to charges of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl, the club sacked him. Sunderland went public about the termination of Johnson’s contract on Thursday.  “In light...
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Van Gaal won’t ask MUFC board about Mourinho negotiations

Ahead of today’s match against Sunderland, Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal was asked about his future at the club and the pressure on both himself and the entire team this season.  Here’s the video below: Most importantly, Van Gaal was asked about why the board hasn’t denied the stories indicating his sacking his imminent. LVG said he really believes 1.) all the...
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Wenger urges Arsenal fans not to join Leicester supporter protest

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger urges game attendees not to walk out on the match against Leicester City this weekend. The Frenchman didn’t say the fans shouldn’t protest, he just said that they should hold those protests at some other time. He believes they shouldn’t deprive themselves of consuming any football action on this the weekend that the top four all play each other...
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Tottenham can win the league says Arsenal icon Thierry Henry

Arsenal legend and football pundit Thierry Henry believes his former club’s North London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, can win the Premier League title this season. Yes, he’s as shocked to be saying these words as you are to be reading that he said them. Henry wrote in column for Sky Sports: “Tottenham are doing so well, and they are a good side.” “I never thought in my...
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Adam Johnson: Child Sex Offense Trial ends Sunderland career

When Sunderland host Manchester United tomorrow at the Stadium of Light, they’ll do so without midfielder Adam Johnson who is currently on trial for child sex offenses. Once the England international pled guilty to charges of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl, the club sacked him. Sunderland went public about the termination of Johnson’s contract on Thursday.  “In light...
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Man United Injury Report: Januzaj, Jones, Varela, Rojo and more

It’s Man United injury report time. Set your fantasy and daily fantasy lineups accordingly. Manager Louis van Gaal revealed today at his weekly press briefing that three more Red Devils got banged up, in addition to the long term injuries. United will travel to Sunderland this weekend and they’ll play this fixture at the Stadium of Light without Phil Jones, Adnan Januzaj and...
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Arsene Wenger urges Arsenal fans not to stage walk out protest

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger urges game attendees not to walk out on the match against Leicester City this weekend. The Frenchman didn’t say the fans shouldn’t protest, he just said that they should hold those protests at some other time. He believes they shouldn’t deprive themselves of consuming any football action on this the weekend that the top four all play each other...
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Van Gaal says questions about his future are for MUFC board

Ahead of a game against Sunderland, Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal talks about catching up with the opponents, his future at the club and Memphis Depay playing with the U21 team. All the top four are playing each this weekend, and Van Gaal discusses what it will take for the Red Devils to get back into position for the Champions League, as well as all the pressure on the...
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Man United Injury Report: three more Red Devils out

It’s Man United injury report time. Set your fantasy and daily fantasy lineups accordingly. Manager Louis van Gaal revealed today at his weekly press briefing that three more Red Devils got banged up, in addition to the long term injuries. United will travel to Sunderland this weekend and they’ll play this fixture at the Stadium of Light without Phil Jones, Adnan Januzaj and...
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Louis van Gaal press conference previewing Sunderland (video)

Ahead of a game against Sunderland, Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal talks about catching up with the opponents, his future at the club and Memphis Depay playing with the U21 team. All the top four are playing each this weekend, and Van Gaal discusses what it will take for the Red Devils to get back into position for the Champions League, as well as all the pressure on the...
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Can L.A. Lakers still attract top free agents this summer?

As we say goodbye to Kobe Bryant the L.A. Lakers “rebuilding” period really starts to kick in. Actually, we’re still in tear down mode right now, the rebuilding will have to come later, and free agency is the only way we’ll see any significant immediate progress. The Lake Show does have a young nucleus in place, but they’re not looking promising right now. The Lakers...
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Despite current mess, L.A. Lakers attractive to top free agents

As we say goodbye to Kobe Bryant the L.A. Lakers “rebuilding” period really starts to kick in. Actually, we’re still in tear down mode right now, the rebuilding will have to come later, and free agency is the only way we’ll see any significant immediate progress. The Lake Show does have a young nucleus in place, but they’re not looking promising right now. The Lakers...
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MSU alum, Golden State star Draymond Green continues rapid rise

When Draymond Green received the most first place votes for NBA Defensive Player of the Year in May, he still did not claim the award. His immediate response? Comparing himself to Al Gore, who won the 2000 Presidential Election popular vote, but wasn’t granted the presidency. In both cases, malfeasant “voter fraud” of sorts ran rampant. When the Dancing Bear analogized himself...
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Tottenham Hotspur crack top 10 global power rankings

Doing a world football power rankings is quite the ambitious project. There are so many leagues to watch and analyze, but as you would expect the top ten would always be all Europe. Shaka Hislop of ESPN FC releases a power rankings almost every week, and it’s almost always all Europe in his top ten list. Last year, he had Racing Club and River Plate (both from Buenos Aires, Argentina...
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What shoes each player in Man United’s starting XI wears (photo/chart)

Here’s a new twist on the Manchester United starting lineup. It’s the Man United starting XI and their game day worn shoes. The line-up is from the 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge just five days ago. On August 1st, as you know, United switched their partnership from Nike to Adidas. Seven of the starting eleven wear Nikes, three wear Adidas and one wears New Balance...
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Man United starting XI Prediction vs Sunderland

It’s Man United starting XI time again as well as the Red Devils head to the Stadium of Light to take on Sunderland. Will Manager Louis van Gaal’s job be in danger if they lose? Who knows, as Ed Woodward and the board don’t seem really interested in pulling the trigger on sacking him. Nor are they interested in disputing the reports by, well, every outlet in the world, that...
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Making Ryan Giggs Manager would be risky says Rio Ferdinand

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has consistently been a harsh critic of the current direction at Old Trafford. Since he parted ways with the club he’s taken shots at how United did/does business, personnel moves, the style of play on the pitch and even his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Of course, United keep giving Ferdinand more material to criticize them...
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Arsenal FC to be opponent for 2016 MLS All-Stars

It will another London opponent, Arsenal FC, for Major League Soccer this year when they hold their All-Star exhibition. Last year, MLS took on Arsenal’s rival, Tottenham Hotspur, for their All-Star game in Colorado.  The game will be played on July 28th at the San Jose Earthquakes’ Avaya Stadium and telecast in the U.S. on ESPN and in the UK on Sky Sports.   “Preseason...
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MUFC will be first English club to make half a billion in one year

Manchester United, the only sports team with publicly traded stock, announced record second-quarter revenues of £133 million today. That’s up 26 percent from last year. Despite their grim prospects for getting back into Champions League this season, they still expect an income between £500 million and £510 million for the current fiscal year. If they reach those projections...
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Chicago Cubs full TV schedule released

The Chicago Cubs today announced their 2016 regular season television broadcast schedule; opening in inter league play at Los Angeles versus the Angels on April 4th. The Chicago Cubs will open their home slate versus the Cincinnati Reds on April 11th. It’s the most anticipated Cubs season in a generation. The team is actually Las Vegas’ favorite to win the World Series, so...
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Arsenal FC the opponent for 2016 MLS All-Star Game

It will another London opponent, Arsenal FC, for Major League Soccer this year when they hold their All-Star exhibition. Last year, MLS took on Arsenal’s rival, Tottenham Hotspur, for their All-Star game in Colorado.  The game will be played on July 28th at the San Jose Earthquakes’ Avaya Stadium and telecast in the U.S. on ESPN and in the UK on Sky Sports.   “Preseason...
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Rio Ferdinand believes promoting Ryan Giggs would be risky

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has consistently been a harsh critic of the current direction at Old Trafford. Since he parted ways with the club he’s taken shots at how United did/does business, personnel moves, the style of play on the pitch and even his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Of course, United keep giving Ferdinand more material to criticize them...
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What losing Jimmy Butler means to the Chicago Bulls

On many a night this season, the Chicago Bulls have looked like Jimmy Butler, and “a bunch of guys.” Pau Gasol will replace him in the NBA All-Star game, as he’s had a very solid season. Gasol is doing what he’s normally done throughout the course of his career. Derrick Rose has shown flashes of being the player he once was on a few occasions this season, but it’s clear...
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Mourinho would succeed at Man United says Frank Lampard

Former Chelsea and current New York City FC midfielder Frank Lampard has tabbed his former boss Jose Mourinho to succeed at Manchester United. Whether The Special One replaces Louis van Gaal or not remains to be seen. As of now, LVG doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, but the entire world of football media seems to think that Mourinho to Old Trafford by May is a done deal. ...
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