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Kris Bryant is an All-Star OMG! OMG! OMG! I’M SO EXCITED!

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant and first baseman Anthony Rizzo were named to the 2015 National League All-Star team today. Rizzo was elected to the National League team by way of player vote while Bryant was named to the club via National League Manager Bruce Bochy. I know what many Cubs fans are saying today about Kris Bryant- “ZOMG! OMG! OMG!!!” That’s one reaction...
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Liverpool to take Christian Benteke from Aston Villa?

As we articulated earlier this week, Liverpool have been the most active and interesting Premier League club this summer transfer window.  Anfield has brought in six new players thus far, and Christian Benteke from Aston Villa could be next. If Benteke indeed joins the Reds, he would be the biggest name brought over this summer. Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino joined for a fee...
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Raheem Sterling ranked most valuable Underage 21 player in Europe

How much is Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling worth? Depends on who you ask. According to all the transfer discussion, Manchester City believes he’s worth £40 million. (As there’s been multiple reports that City offered Liverpool that exact amount). Liverpool rate him at £50 million (As there have been multiple reports claiming that this is the sum Anfield is holding out for...
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Memphis Depay ranked 3rd most valuable U21 player in Europe

According to the Soccerex 20 Football Value Index, Manchester United winger Memphis Depay is the third most valuable player in Europe under the age of 21. His teammate, Left back Luke Shaw ranks 9th on this designation. “Combining all the factors, we came up with (Raheem) Sterling as the most valuable,” the study’s author Esteve Calzada said. The study, featured in an article...
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Paul Scholes: greatest midfielder of Premier League era?

Since its inception in 1992, the Premier League has grown to become the biggest football championship in the world and, with it, some of the greatest players of all time have graced English shores. As we wave farewell to Stevie G, in no particular order we’ve been inspired to take a look at the top 5 greatest midfielders of the Premier League era. PAUL SCHOLES Former Manchester...
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Study finds Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling most valuable young player

How much is Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling worth? Depends on who you ask. According to all the transfer discussion, Manchester City believes he’s worth £40 million. (As there’s been multiple reports that City offered Liverpool that exact amount). Liverpool rate him at £50 million (As there have been multiple reports claiming that this is the sum Anfield is holding out for...
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7 hours ago  |  Discuss

United icon Paul Scholes: greatest midfielder of Premier League era?

Since its inception in 1992, the Premier League has grown to become the biggest football championship in the world and, with it, some of the greatest players of all time have graced English shores. As we wave farewell to Stevie G, in no particular order we’ve been inspired to take a look at the top 5 greatest midfielders of the Premier League era. PAUL SCHOLES Former Manchester...
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World Cup Title Game Viewership shatters U.S. Soccer Records

You can stop waiting for soccer to arrive in America; it’s already here. The evidence was first laid out in an op-ed for the Chicago Tribune RedEye edition published on the eve of the 2015 Women’s World Cup Tournament. Now, a month later, the TV ratings numbers further validate the thesis. The USA’s emphatic 5-2 victory over Japan in the Women’s World Cup 2015™ final...
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Chelsea, Man United target Arda Turan signs with Barcelona

The Independent claimed just two days ago that Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan was offered a huge contract by Manchester United, but that he turned it down because he was holding out for a move to Chelsea instead. Today, the sensational playmaker signed with Barcelona. The move is now official; with the deal being reported as worth £25 million, 34 million Euro. Diego...
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USWNT D Ali Krieger featured in ESPN’s Body Issue

Ali Krieger began her career with the Penn State Nittany Lions. In Happy Valley she was a two-time All-American, a first team NSCAA All-American, co-defensive player of the year, team captain, Big-Ten Freshman of the year and a semifinalist for the M.A.C. Hermann trophy. Those honors are all well and good, but it’s peanuts compared to what she accomplished yesterday- World Cup...
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18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Schneiderlin to Man United idea condescendingly endorsed by ex France Manager

Former France boss Raymond Domenech supports the idea of one Frenchman Manchester United target joining the team, but is against the idea of another. When commenting on both potential transfers, Domenech took some not so subtle shots at United. Domenech is in favor of Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin transferring to United, but he expressed his approval with a very condescending...
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Raheem Sterling returns to Liverpool; but likely not for long

Raheem Sterling was boisterously booed by his own fans at the team awards dinner in May. Yes, Liverpool supporters, not fans of a rival club, let the forward have it while he was being honored at the team’s end-of-year dinner. That’s indicative of how much of the Liverpool community feels about him right now. Given all that has been said during the ongoing soap opera that is...
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19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Alex Morgan drove a very rare Lexus IS 350 in high school

In July of 2013, we learned that Alex Morgan was a child of privilege. It doesn’t diminish her achievements on the field in any way. Whether you’re a 1%er or from a low income background, or anything in between, it won’t or win or lose an athletic event for you. However, it is a major determinant of whether or not you win in life.  America certainly has plenty of social mobility...
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21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Marc Gasol nearing 5 yr, $100m extension with Grizzlies

Marc Gasol is an unrestricted free agent and the best player available at his position this summer signing period. The Memphis Grizzlies big man hasn’t negotiated with any other NBA team, but his future still remains in doubt a little bit. Reportedly, he’s getting close to signing a new contract with the Grizzlies worth over $100 million for five years. At least the two sides...
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22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Lebron James, Cavaliers not talking contract just yet

The Cleveland Cavaliers aren’t worried at all about LeBron James returning. The King has said he will return to The Land, and his opt-hot this free agency period isn’t about leaving. James intends to keep signing short-term deals until the league pushes up the salary cap. When that does happen in the next couple of years, Lebron James can sign a long term deal when the max contract...
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Dwyane Wade locked up, Miami Heat need more wing depth

The next team up in our NBA offseason team needs series is the Miami Heat. Four days ago, they dominated NBA free agency headlines with the announcement of Dwyane Wade agreeing to a one-year $20 million deal. Luol Deng has opted-in as well, meaning the Heat now should focus on adding extra depth behind their two star wings. Miami Heat Team Needs: 1. Player Option Guys: With Dwyane...
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Angel Di Maria could miss United’s Premier League opener

Angel Di Maria suffered a hamstring injury in Argentina’s Copa America final loss to Chile that will sideline him for some time. The extent of the injury is not known at this time, and a timetable for his return has not been set as of now. The winger could miss both the crucial Champions League playoffs and the opener versus Tottenham Hotspur on August 8th at Old Trafford. Manchester...
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David de Gea, Sergio Ramos won’t be moving anytime soon

Time for your daily David de Gea and Sergio Ramos updates. It’s a a never ending soap opera like Arturo Vidal was last summer. Will De Gea stay at Manchester United, or move to Real Madrid? Same question regarding Ramos (just reverse the teams). The two players potential transfer moves, if and when they happen, are somewhat inter-twined now. This storyline could potentially...
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Robin van Persie returns to United; transfer stories discredited

Two days ago we there were published reports indicating Manchester United striker Robin van Persie had turned down an offer to join Besiktas; a giant club in Turkey. TalkSPORT claimed that Van Persie was reluctant to uproot his family and move to the large Eurasian nation. They maintained that RVP will not consider any proposal from the club. Then we yesterday’s rumblings;...
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VIDEO: Hope Solo HILARIOUSLY RIPPED TO PIECES by Wanda Sykes

Hope Solo seems to have gotten/is getting a free pass. The outrage over the U.S. Women’s National Team goalkeeper getting completely faded within a couple of days of Outside the Lines publishing their expose. It was THE sports news story of the day that Sunday, but by Wednesday, no one in America cared anymore. Well, Comedian Wanda Sykes is one person who still remembers who Solo...
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Harry Kane to Man United idea seemingly getting less crazy

At first, the idea seems ridiculous: Harry Kane, a locally homegrown, life long fan of his current team Tottenham Hotspur, and extremely happy in his current role, actually leaving? Money talks, but would that be enough to get the PFA Young Player of the Year Award winner out of White Hart Lane, and up to Old Trafford? The Sunday Sun claims Manchester United have stepped up their...
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David de Gea confirms his return to Man United Training Camp

Time for your daily David de Gea and Sergio Ramos updates. It’s a a never ending soap opera like Arturo Vidal was last summer. Will De Gea stay at Manchester United, or move to Real Madrid? Same question regarding Ramos (just reverse the teams). The two players transfer moves are inter-twined now. This storyline could potentially last a couple more months before it’s resolved...
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Raheem Sterling reports to Liverpool Camp Monday; Man City still pursuing

If and when Liverpool finally find a Raheem Sterling sale price that suits them, what happens next will be just as momentous, if not more so, than the news of Sterling’s transfer to Manchester City, or whoever it is that makes the purchase. Because how Liverpool then handles the financial windfall will be critical in setting the club’s course for years to come. Look no further...
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Top Ten USWNT storylines in the World Cup Title game

It’s the most patriotic weekend possible. This morning, America re-covers from Independence Day partying. We’re done celebrating America’s 239th birthday; and tonight we should likely celebrate a United States Women’s National Team or USWNT World Cup Title. Here’s the link to the game preview and prediction. That said, here are ten major story lines to watch in tonight’s...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Man United, Arsenal target Arturo Vidal now linked to Real Madrid

Last summer, Arturo Vidal dominated the transfer window talk. In August especially, pretty much everyday saw a Vidal is joining/has joined/is undergoing a medical at Manchester United. The Juventus midfielder and Chilean national hero (yes, he is still a national hero in spite of the recent drunk driving automobile crash) was linked to hundreds of stories in dozens of tabloids all...
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