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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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20 hours ago  |  Discuss

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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K.C. Chiefs icon Tony Gonzalez high on 2015 Oakland Raiders

  With the N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton” owning the summer box office this month, it’s yet another reminder of how ’90s nostalgia is “the thing” right now. It takes us back to when silver and black were the colors to wear. “I’m from L.A. so I grew up a hard core Raider fan, it’s that whole bad boy image, they have the best uniforms in the league,” said...
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#11 Notre Dame football game preview (Texas week 1)

Bone up on your Friday Night Lights, Notre Dame football fans. The Texas Longhorns, predicted to finish anywhere between 5th and 7th in the 10 team Big 12, come to town for a nightcap opener. Texas doesn’t boast of any All-American candidates, or sure-fire NFL first round draft picks. You see the name brand Texas and think “clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose,” but that’s...
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Tottenham Hotspur transfer window was essentially a failure

Time to talk Tottenham Hotspur summer transfer window. Unfortunately, it’s not a topic brimming with positivity. Spurs did a great job jettisoning dead weight, and that is a significant accomplishment. However, they really needed a true, top notch striker to take heat off their young cornerstone Harry Kane. Tottenham put all their eggs in the Saido Berahino basket, and even...
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Manchester United’s transfer window was a confusing mixed bag

Manchester United‘s summer transfer window will most definitely be most 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...
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Arsenal’s summer transfer window was mediocre at best

So now that the summer transfer window is shut, how did Arsenal do? Well, that’s in the eye of the beholder. Some analysts see their lack of buying as a total failure. Other football pundits say The Gunners were just slightly below average. There is one inarguable truth about Arsenal’s transfer window- they were the only team in all of Europe’s top five leagues not to sign...
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Christen Press, Johnston, Chalupny honored at Cubs, White Sox games (photos)

Tonight, three members of the World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team and NWSL playoff bound Chicago Red Stars: Lori Chalupny, Julie Johnston and Christen Press will throw the first pitch and sing the 7th inning stretch at the Cubs game. Christen Press was the woman of the match Saturday night as Chicago beat New York 2-0 Saturday night and gave themselves a significant...
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Angel Di Maria blasts Van Gaal; blames his philosophy for United struggles

Manchester United and PSG had a very protracted and dramatic transfer deal this summer for winger Angel di Maria. Given how long the transfer process took, and all the issues that surrounded it, you can’t be surprised that Di Maria said something negative about his experience at Old Trafford. Of course, Di Maria makes these comments now, coming off a fantastic game with Paris...
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Anthony Martial officially a member of Manchester United

Manchester United have officially introduced their latest signing, and final acquisition of the summer transfer window, Anthony Martial. The Red Devils have acquired the 19-year-old striker from Ligue 1 side Monaco. The BBC reports the transfer fee at £36 million, which makes him the third most expensive signing in club history. #mufc is pleased to announce French forward @AnthonyMartial...
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Big and bold 2015 College Football Season Predictions

An eight team College Football Playoff, it’s gonna happen sooner rather than later, and ESPN is the entity that will force it through. Of all the predictions made on this page, the following is the only one that I KNOW WILL HAPPEN: ESPN and company will try to make the selection process as controversial as possible so you have to talk about it. Controversy, arguing and debate...
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Media man-crush on Jim Harbaugh getting absurd

Jim Harbaugh is the college football equivalent of a beauty pageant winner or actress/model. The attention is always on him, and the more you can’t have him, the more you want him. His press conferences are painfully boring and ludicrously uninformative, yet he’s receiving Johnny Manziel in 2013 level media coverage. No this is way worse than Manziel. The media has a boner over...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Both clubs issue statements on De Gea deal not going through

There is still plenty of David De Gea transfer related drama going on despite the closure of the transfer window. Manchester United will keep De Gea, for now, because the paperwork required for this deal was filed after the Spanish transfer deadline shut. The two had reportedly agreed upon a deal that was supposed to include Keylor Navas. However, the documents didn’t go...
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How is Illini football viewed nationally? What level of job is it?

The good news regarding Illini football? The program is no longer led by a man who often came off like a college football version of Lloyd Christmas, Matt Foley, Phil Davison, Tommy Boy or the villain from “Jurassic World.” (Here’s our list of Beckman’s ten funniest verbal gaffes). In Interim Coach Bill Cubit, you have someone who may not be a big, splashy name, but he...
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Berahino to Tottenham doesn’t happen; striker Tweets he won’t play at WBA

Tottenham Hotspur were big spenders this summer transfer window, but they failed to land one guy that they really wanted: West Bromich Albion‘s Saido Berahino. With Toby Alderweireld, Clinton N’Jie, and Heung Min-Son all coming over to White Hart Lane, Berahino would have made for a nice addition to their summer shopping spree. Berahino paired up with Harry Kane would...
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Bold ass and bad ass 2015 College Football Season Predictions

An eight team College Football Playoff, it’s gonna happen sooner rather than later, and ESPN is the entity that will force it through. Of all the predictions made on this page, the following is the only one that I KNOW WILL HAPPEN: ESPN and company will try to make the selection process as controversial as possible so you have to talk about it. Controversy, arguing and debate...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss
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