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Rafael loves Man United, and never wants to leave

Rafael seems to have a starting place in the Manchester United starting back line. For now, as he’s had plenty of playing time. But with all the knew defenders who have been acquired his position and even his future with the team could be in doubt. Well, Rafael doesn’t want to go anywhere. He wants to stay at Old Trafford. Rafael: “I love our fans. They’re so passionate...
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VIDEO: Ex Man United F Javier Hernandez’s 1st Real Madrid goal

Javier Hernandez has found the back of the net as a member of Los Blancos. His brace complemented a hat trick from Cristiano Ronaldo and two goals from ex Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale as Real Madrid went up 6-2 on Deportivo. Javier Hernandez made it 7-2 in the 87th minute. Take a look: Congrats Chicharito! The super sub who doesn’t want to be a super sub and doesn’t like...
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Wayne Rooney says United attack is “great problem” for Van Gaal

As Captain, Wayne Rooney is the only member of this Manchester United team who will get preferential treatment. And only the very slightest of an advantage. Very slight. United Manager said so in similar words yesterday at this prematch press conference previewing Sunday’s contest with Leicester City. With all those great strikers and forwards: Rooney, Robin Van Persie, Radamel...
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Pac-12 Basketball Preview: #1 Arizona Wildcats

The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a facelift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference, breaking down each team beginning with the Pac-12. Even though the Arizona Wildcats lose the Pac-12 Player of the Year and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, Sean Miller’s team will be among the elite in...
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Chicago Cubs farm system All-Star team: outfielders

We complete our second-annual Cubs minor-league All-Star team today by naming three outfielders to the squad.  In previous installments, we selected pitchers; a catcher and  first-baseman; and a second-baseman, shortstop and third-baseman.   The most obvious choice to fill out our outfield is Jorge Soler, whose dominance earned him a promotion to the Cubs on August 25. ...
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7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nearly 1000 Kentucky Wildcats fans camped out for Midnight Madness

You know that Kentucky Wildcats are crazy. But you didn’t know that they have reached this level of insanity. Last year’s all-time “Big Blue Madness” (the Lexington version of Midnight Madness) campout record has been broken with an estimated 760 tents set up as of Friday at 9 a.m. ET. The 2013 campout held the record previously with 755 tents. With the record number of tents...
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Georgia Bulldogs’ Todd Gurley: Heisman frontrunner?

Georgia junior tailback Todd Gurley is one of four players nationwide who is on everybody’s Heisman Trophy candidate short list.  Gurley is probably right up there with Oregon Ducks QB Marcus Mariota as the front-runner. Texas A&M’s Kenny Hill and Jameis Winston are the other two on the list. Although Mr. discount shellfish down in Tallahassee is not doing himself any favors...
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Arsenal have a £173.3m cash reserve; Wenger need to spend?

Arsenal are sitting on a cash reserve of £173.3 million ($280m) according to multiple reports in the media. This revelation came after The Gunners made public the latest set of financial results. The north London’s side financial books show that this is an accumulation of profits year over year, and it’s become a top storyline among Arsenal and Premier League news sites due...
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Louis van Gaal says everyone wants to beat Manchester United

Here is the video of the full Louis van Gaal press conference today previewing the match on Sunday between Manchester United and Leicester City. The main takeaway of course was the comments Van Gaal made about Cristiano Ronaldo. We’ve covered that in a previous post yesterday. There was another theme to emerge from Van Gaal’s presser today. He cleverly articulated how every game...
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Chelsea FC vs Man City FC: match preview, TV info

One of the most eagerly awaited games of the 2014-2015 Premier League season takes place this Sunday as reigning champion Manchester City hosts current leader Chelsea. These are pretty much the top two picks of almost every pundit to win the England top flight.  Almost all football talking heads picked either Chelsea FC or Man City FC to win it all this year. So this game will obviously...
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Tottenham defender suspended for tweeting support of Anti-Semitic gesture

Tottenham Hotspur defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto earned himself a three game suspension Friday. On his Twitter account Assou-Ekotto showed approval of another footballer’s offensive goal celebration that consisted of an Anti-Semitic gesture. From Fox Soccer:   “Nicolas Anelka celebrated scoring a goal for West Bromwich Albion against West Ham on Dec. 28 by performing a gesture...
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VIDEO: Liverpool FC bad boy Balotelli in provocative Ad

Mario Balotelli moved to Liverpool towards the end of this summer transfer window, and he just scored his first goal as a member of The Reds this past week in a Champions League victory over Ludogrets. As you know, his reputation precedes him. In this post, we listed all of the crazy stuff Balotelli has done and supposedly done, as his teammate Steven Gerrard made news this week...
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17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Illini football vs Texas St: Necessary Roughness Preview

As we learned on Saturday: 1.) Illini football is still a dumpster fire on defense and the program itself is worthy of Premier League style relegation down the MAC 2.) the interest in the local teams is at its nadir. NIU fans did their little publicity stunt; calling out Northwestern and Illinois in a manner that reeks of mid-major amateurism and irrelevance, and no one batted an...
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Applying Tim Beckman “logic” to other areas of life

Washington trounced Illinois 44-19 on Saturday, in a game that was even uglier than it sounds. It only took 188 yards for UW to hit 35 points, and they reached that mark by the middle of the second quarter. Tim Beckman did show improvement from 2012 to 2013, but in this young season, they’ve shown no improvement. They might be regressing from last year, but it’s too early to...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: full Louis van Gaal Man United prematch press conference

Here is the video of the full Louis van Gaal press conference today previewing the match on Sunday between Manchester United and Leicester City. The main takeaway of course was the comments Van Gaal made about Cristiano Ronaldo. We’ve covered that in a previous post a couple hours ago. Van Gaal was asked about “the spine” of four players in his side this season. Wayne Rooney...
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Predicted Man United Starting XI by Manchester Evening News

If everything goes right for Manchester United this weekend, they could enter Monday in fourth place. Yes, even after the terribly slow start, Man United could be right back in position for Champions League next year by early next week. It all starts with a victory over Leicester City. So what kind of formation should Louis van Gaal use Sunday night? Have a look at the teams Manchester...
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Man United icon Paul Scholes verbally destroys Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure has been receiving his share of criticism lately. The Manchester City star has been inconsistent lately, and his no show in the Champions League match this week has made the critiques of his game deserved. The ESPN FC panel had a great discussion the other day about Toure’s failure to meet expectations. They discussed the birthday cake incident, or birthday card absence...
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Louis van Gaal admits he wants to bring Ronaldo back to Man United

The European football tabloids and gossip posts have been going nuts with stories and speculation about Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Manchester United. Every other day or so a new football pundit emerges with an opinion and prediction on Ronaldo’s future. United Manager Louis van Gaal added fuel to the transfer rumors fire today at his pre match press conference. From Fox Sports...
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Ranking the 65 best Arsenal FC football players ever (vote!)

Where would you rank the top 65 Arsenal FC  players of all time? How would you begin to compose the list? Which Gunners would rank near the top?  Well all Arsenal FC fans and Arsenal FC experts can come together with the widget below to figure it out. It’s time to look at where today’s heroes such as Thierry Henry and Aaron Ramsey rank among the greatest ever to wear the Arsenal...
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ESPN hires Jane Slater to Longhorn Network

Beginning Monday, Texas native Jane Slater joins Longhorn Network as a studio host and reporter. Slater joins the network from CBS Dallas KTVT. Or as it’s known locally CBS11/TXA21. “Jane’s sports and television expertise really stood out as we went through the interview and audition process,” said LHN coordinating producer Tom McCollum in a prepared statement sent out by...
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VIDEO: Behold the irony of Ray Rice at Super Bowl 47 Media Day

This video is of Ray Rice is off the charts in unintentional comedy, tragedy, tragic comedy, comedic tragedy and pure irony. It’s excerpts of Ray Rice during his Super Bowl 47 Media Day availability. Now Super Bowl Media Day itself is a total joke, but not the kind of dark comedy you’ll see here. Rice answers a softball question about all the community service he did spreading...
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Chicago Bears vs NY Jets: game preview, prediction

This match-up looks like kind of a disaster for the Chicago Bears and this is why: NY Jets: #1 run offense, #1 run defense Chicago Bears: #29 run offense, #25 run defense Yep, easy to figure out what the focus will be for both coaching staffs this week as they get there usual three hours of sleep per night from September to January. SPREAD: NY JETS -1.5 TV: Monday Night Football...
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Ex Tottenham star Clint Dempsey once punched a window

  Clint Dempsey, captain of the U.S. Men’s National team, and former Tottenham Hotspur forward once punched out a window because he was so angry that he did not get to start in a soccer match. In a interview with talkSPORT, former Captain of Fulham Daniel Murphy discussed a moment where Dempsey was so angry he punched through a glass window, bloodying his hand in the process...
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Ranking the 58 best Manchester United players ever (vote here)

The next game for Manchester United is Sunday at newly promoted Leicester City; then home fixtures versus West Ham and Everton. All in all, the schedule was set up perfect for a fast start. As you know, that didn’t happen. But at least the Red Devils looked fantastic versus Queens Park Rangers. That said, it’s time to look at where today’s heroes such as Wayne Rooney and Robin...
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Arjen Robben says Van Gaal will return Man United to Champions League

Manchester United summer target Arjen Robben says MUFC Manager Louis van Gaal will get the club back to the Champions League “where they belong.” Robben just played under Van Gaal during the summer on The Netherlands national team that finished third at the World Cup in Brazil.  He believes the Iron Tulip is the perfect man to revive and restore the team that inhabits Old Trafford...
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