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Bears fans expecting Jay Cutler to change are insane

Chicago Bears fans who expect Quarterback Jay Cutler to finally reach his potential this season are insane. After all the different coaches he’s had, all the offensive coordinators he’s gone through, he’s remained exactly who he is. There won’t be any changes in 2015. All the “THIS is the Year for Jay Cutler” pieces were written in 2013 and 2014. All the “This is...
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London Fletcher: possibly the best current NFL pundit

Today’s sports media talking heads are getting increasingly vanilla. Sure you have a Charles Barkley here and an Alexi Lalas there, but the majority of big time national television network pundits are often dry. Every team is great. Every player is “among the best in the game.” Monday Night Football’s Jon Gruden takes the most heat for embodying this stereotype, but there...
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Juan Mata speaks on David de Gea’s mindset (video)

Over the past year or so Juan Mata has emerged as one of Manchester United‘s main leaders. He’s only been with the club since January of 2014 (coming over from Chelsea for a then club record £37.1 million), but he’s established himself as one of the faces of the franchise. He’s often selected as one of the few players who get the honor of modeling the new kits in promos...
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Arsenal Forward Danny Welbeck has knee surgery; will miss more time

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger hasn’t been able to select striker Danny Welbeck for the past few months. It will be quite awhile until Welbeck will be available again for selection. Arsenal announced today that Welbeck elected to have surgery on his left knee, and that he will be ”out for a period of months.” ”it had been hoped he would avoid surgery but after increasing...
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United announce new IT partner days after De Gea deal falls apart

There is still some David De Gea transfer related drama, days after the closure of the transfer window. Manchester United will of course keep De Gea because the paperwork required for the deal with Real Madrid was filed after the Spanish transfer deadline. The two clubs had reportedly agreed upon a deal that was supposed to include Keylor Navas. However, the documents didn’t...
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Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck has knee surgery; will miss significant time

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger hasn’t been able to select striker Danny Welbeck for the past few months. It will be a few more months until Welbeck will be available for selection again. Arsenal announced today that Welbeck elected to have surgery on his left knee, and that he will be ”out for a period of months.” ”it had been hoped he would avoid surgery but after increasing...
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How much will Vic Fangio improve the Chicago Bears?

Chicago Bears coverage needs a so-called “FOX attitude.” We report, you decide…if the team will finish in last place again, and just how far out of first place they’ll end up. What effect will the (John) Fox attitude have on the Chicago Bears? It depends on how much magic both he and Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio can work with a rapidly aging, non-cohesive defensive...
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Bart Scott Sizes up the NFC North race

The Green Bay Packers are the ruling oligarchs of the NFC North. The Pack have won it four years straight and appear to be the favorites once again this season. Not just in the division, but quite possibly the conference. We spoke with NFL on CBS Analyst Bart Scott and he believes the Packers are still a Super Bowl contender even despite the loss of Jordy Nelson to injury. Very...
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Chicharito says goodbye to United; leaves out Moyes, Van Gaal

Former Manchester United and current Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez said goodbye to United and the Red Devils community at large on his verified Twitter account today. Chicharito, who had been with the club since 2010, acknowledged Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manager who brought him to Old Trafford, in his parting message. The Mexican international failed...
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Van Gaal called “a scoundrel” by Mexican football icon

The piling on Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal continues this week. First Angel Di Maria blasted the Dutchman and blamed his “philosophy” for why he flopped at Old Trafford. After his sale to Bayer Leverkusen, Chicharito spoke publicly about being in a place where he was wanted again. That now makes three former Red Devils who have taken parting shots at Van Gaal...
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United had to fight off big names for Anthony Martial claims Mail

It cost Manchester United £36 million to sign Anthony Martial on deadline day. That’s the third most expensive signing in club history (Angel Di Maria is first, Juan Mata second) and the richest contract for a teenager in British football history. His new team mate Luke Shaw previously held the record. With add-ons, and certain contract clauses that already staggering figure...
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Cardale Jones released from hospital; “doing fine”

The family and friends of Ohio State Buckeyes QB Cardale Jones had quite a scare last night. He was rushed to the hospital with was initially described as a migraine, but was later reported as “severe head pain.” It sounded frightening. The Buckeye nation waited and held their breath. Ohio State QB Cardale Jones reportedly rushed to the hospital with severe head pain http...
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NFL Today’s Bart Scott Sizes up NFC North race

The Green Bay Packers are the ruling oligarchs of the NFC North. The Pack have won it four years straight and appear to be the favorites once again this season. Not just in the division, but quite possibly the conference. We spoke with NFL on CBS Analyst Bart Scott and he believes the Packers are still a Super Bowl contender even despite the loss of Jordy Nelson to injury. Very...
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Can Vic Fangio be the Chicago Bears savior?

Chicago Bears coverage needs a so-called “FOX attitude.” We report, you decide…if the team will finish in last place again, and just how far out of first place they’ll end up. What effect will the (John) Fox attitude have on the Chicago Bears? It depends on how much magic both he and Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio can work with a rapidly aging, non-cohesive defensive...
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New Alex Morgan documentary produced by Lebron James

After the 2011 World Cup, Alex Morgan and Hope Solo were, from a public relations stand point, equals. After the 2015 World Cup, they couldn’t be more opposite. Disney XD will premiere their new documentary “Becoming: Alex Morgan,” a week from Sunday. It’s Disney, so of courser, it’s an aspirational story, profiling the young American soccer superstar and Olympic gold...
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Di Maria sale to PSG cost United an additional £7.5m hit

A report revealed today that Manchester United took an even bigger financial hit on the sale of Angel Di Maria than was previously thought. His transfer to Paris St. Germain was ugly and protracted. When you’re jettisoning the most expensive signing in British football history, there’s bound to be tension. Especially so when the player leaves after just one year, and didn’t...
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Three ex-United players who fired parting shots at Louis van Gaal

Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal is known for his big personality and his authoritarian style. It takes a person with a tremendous ego to be the boss at a giant club like United and make no mistake Van Gaal is the “boss.” The Dutchman’s my-way-or-the-highway leadership style has earned him the nickname “Iron Tulip.” How Van Gaal chooses to lead his team behind...
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Chelsea FC transfer window was essentially a draw

When you look at the overall summer transfer window ledger, Chelsea FC ended up pretty much even. Overall, the additions and subtractions put them back in the same place that they were in when the window opened. On one hand, it’s great news, as Chelsea dominated the Premier League last season. On the other hand, this same team is off to a very rough start in 2015-16, and oh...
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Liverpool FC had efficient summer transfer window

Liverpool had a very efficient and productive summer transfer window, with most of the major business being conducted in the earlier portion. Obviously, the £49 million sale of Raheem Sterling was the headliner transaction, and now we’ll see what kind of job LFC did a investing that money. It can’t be worse than what happened following the Luis Suarez sale. The cash infusion...
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David de Gea included in Man United Champions League roster

Manchester United have named their roster for the UEFA Champions League group stages, and it includes David de Gea.  Both United and UEFA.com released their roster today, and the other goalkeepers included are Sergio Romero and  Sam Johnstone. That means Victor Valdes was left off. Should De Gea see action during the group stage, he would be then cup-tied should Real Madrid...
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Manchester United unveil Anthony Martial (video)

Via the team’s official website, MUTV, Manchester United unveiled their latest signing, and final acquisition of the summer transfer window. They made his addition to the squad official yesterday, right before the transfer window closed. Here he is: Anthony Martial. Old Trafford acquired the teenage striker from Ligue 1 side Monaco for £36 million, making him the third most expensive...
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Chelsea FC transfer window: tweaking more than upgrading

When you look at the overall summer transfer window ledger, Chelsea FC ended up pretty much even. Overall, the additions and subtractions put them back in the same place they were in May. On one hand, it’s great news, as Chelsea dominated the Premier League last season. So why not stay put? On the other hand, this same side is off to a very rough start in 2015-16, and here comes...
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Liverpool had effective, efficient summer transfer window

Liverpool had a very efficient and productive summer transfer window. Most of the major business was done in the earlier portion of the window. Obviously, the sale of Raheem Sterling was the headline transaction, and now we’ll see if LFC did a better job investing that money than they did following the Luis Suarez sale. The cash infusion from selling the superstar striker to...
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#21 Stanford football preview (Week 1 Northwestern)

As Homer J. Simpson said to Elvis Costello at rock camp, “outta my way nerdlinger!” Yes, this is Nerd Bowl Part I for Northwestern in the 2015 pre-conference season. They’ll visit Duke in week three, and they’ll need at least a split of these two games to give themselves a good chance of making a decent bowl. If the Wildcats go 0-2 in the battles against similarly elite...
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Manchester United’s transfer window yielded confusingly mixed results

Manchester United‘s summer transfer window will most definitely be remembered for the deals that didn’t happen. That’s a shame because there actually was some fine business conducted. Yes, there’s a few holes left in the side, but the Red Devils made some nice upgrades too. Unfortunately, people will remember the David de Gea fiasco first and foremost. It’s bizarre, confusing...
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