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Bears Brandon Marshall: first ever IN SEASON Studio Analyst

I told you Brandon Marshall had a future in broadcasting. I just didn’t say that future was now. B Marsh and Martellus Bennett are great sound bites…everyone else on the Chicago Bears roster is….well, they’re paid to play NFL football not say interesting and engaging things. After getting approval from the Bears, Marshall now becomes the first active player to work a weekly...
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2014 Illini football expectations: FOX Sports pundits discuss

The 125th season of Illini football kicks off in mere hours, and it’s one that is greeted with as little buzz as any that I can remember in my lifetime. Being a third generation Illini, I’m struggling to recall a year that had as little anticipation as this one. The opening opponent (Youngstown St.) doesn’t help. Neither does the weakness of the home slate. Penn State is the...
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VIDEO: evaluating Liverpool FC Champions League draw

Liverpool FC is back in the Champions League for the first time in awhile, and look who is waiting for them in the group stages: Real Madrid, the defending Champions. Basel is a side that could be overlooked, but shouldn’t. They could be trouble. Obviously, Los Blancos, not The Reds are the favorite to come out of the group. Still, congrats Liverpool FC for making it back here...
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VIDEO: evaluating Arsenal FC Champions League draw

The UEFA Champions League draws are out and Arsenal FC are in a very tough Group D, where they will lock horns with Borussia Dortmund yet again. This will be the third year in a row that Arsenal FC will tangle with the Bundesliga powerhouse. It’s a very special match-up of managers as Jurgen Klopp will match wits wih Arsene Wenger. Here’s a video of Fox Sports breaking down all...
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Manchester United buy Daley Blind from Ajax for a £14m fee

Manchester United has beaten out Barcelona to sign left back Daley Blind from Ajax. Multiple outlets are reporting that a fee of  £14 million was agreed upon.The 23-year-old certainly impressed in the Netherlands‘ strong World Cup run, and no doubt his connections to Louis van Gaal and Robin van Persie will have a lot to do with how he’ll fit in and succeed at Old Trafford...
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Cris Collinsworth talks about son becoming Notre Dame Football

NBC Sunday Night Football Analyst Cris Collinsworth was on media conference call yesterday to preview the upcoming NFL season. An off topic of discussion was his son Austin Collinsworth who was named a captain of the Notre Dame football team for the 2014 season. #28 Austin Collinsworth, A Notre Dame Captain #fox28 pic.twitter.com/zSDXWG0AxZ — Dean Huppert (@DeanH_FOX28) August...
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Man United transfer rumors: clear out edition

See that finger of Manchester United Executive Vice Chairman? It’s Ed Woodward telling you to GET OUT! Yes, this is the clear out edition of Man United transfer rumors round-up. As Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo and Angel Di Maria come in, it means some players need to be dismissed. So who’s being expunged? Let’s get this Man United transfer rumors party started. -Says...
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Why Marcos Rojo still isn’t playing for Man United

Marcos Rojo still will not be available for Manchester United tomorrow versus Burnley. So that makes it all three of the first three purchases of the Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford era who aren’t suiting up. Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera are injued, Rojo has work permit issues, and we’ll get into that in detail. But hey, Angel Di Maria should be able to play. A discrepancy with...
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Arturo Vidal to Man United update: is this the end?

Time for your daily Arturo Vidal is coming/not coming/maybe coming/definitely coming to Manchester United update. We’ll look at what media outlets in which countries are saying the transfer has been completed. Or not. Or maybe it has. There’s media in three countries interested in this: Juventus (Italy) his current club, Chile (where he was a national star for the World Cup...
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Tony Stewart talking for the first time since killing driver on track

Tony Stewart has decided to return to racing this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The NASCAR Cup race will be Stewart’s first start since Aug. 3 at Pocono. More importantly, it’s Stewart’s first race since Aug. 9th when struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car feature at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. As of now, Stewart will not be charged with any crime connected...
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Where NFL pundits stand on Washington football team name change

There’s a massive sea change regarding the usage of the Washington football team nickname right now. In the past year, the tide has truly turned involving broadcasters and newspapers who will not be using Washington’s nickname. The momentum continues to build. Here we highlight many of those opinions, not just those who are boycotting the name, but those on the fence, And those...
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Jay Cutler DON’T CARE Award to…..Taye Diggs and Jon Beason

Welcome to the August 29th, 2014 edition of “The Cuttys,” or the Jay Cutler DON’T CARE awards. They honor, as one Facebook commenter put it: “all the non-news that’s fit to delete.” Or more literally:  “terrible attempts at creating news, that I instantly deleted upon seeing it in my inbox.” All media members receive dozens of press releases and story pitches...
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Johnny Manziel NOT ready to start, sorry marketers, ESPN

As much as the publicists, marketers and agents want Johnny Manziel to be a true NFL superstar right this second. Sorry, he’s not there yet. Cleveland Browns Coach Mike Pettine is making the right call here- Brian Hoyer should start. When I say marketers and publicists, I am speaking about ESPN and NFL Network as well. When it comes to the Man ZEAL that Bristol, ConnectiCleveland...
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Happy Annual Psychoanalyze Starlin Castro Day

The following Starlin Castro piece is by Tim Baffoe, of CBS Chicago.com. It reflects the opinions of Tim Baffoe. Enjoy: I tell teenagers that a great way to have intelligent people not respect your correspondence online is to type all caps or exclamation points in earnest. This game should be tied! Sit Castro down and send a message Rick Renteria!! #Whatkindofbaseballdouplay ...
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Fearless 2014 MAC Football Preview – East Division

So, here are our picks for the MAC – East Division for the 2014 football season (in order of projected finish): Bowling Green Falcons Ohio Bobcats Akron Zips Buffalo Bulls Kent State Golden Flashes Miami, Ohio Redhawks UMass Minutemen We follow with a brief synopsis of each team in the East Division: Bowling Green Falcons – Dino Babers, coming from Eastern Illinois after two...
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VIDEO: Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to Angel Di Maria joining Man United

“Real Madrid and Manchester United are the two biggest teams in the world,” said Cristiano Ronaldo when asked his comments on Angel Di Maria moving from Los Blancos to Old Trafford today. Ronaldo is right on this point. There is no disputing that. He would know, so now does Di Maria. Here is the YouTube below of Cristiano Ronaldo talking Di Maria transfer and Real Madrid versus...
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Tottenham pursuing Man United striker Danny Welbeck

Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck is out the door at Old Trafford, as we profiled yesterday. The 23-year-old has been told by Manager Louis van Gaal that he doesn’t matter that much to depth chart. It was thought that Javier Hernandez was beneath him in the pecking order, but apparently not. Chicharito is actually more likely to stay. Tottenham are actively pursuing a loan...
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VIDEO: Full Angel Di Maria, Louis van Gaal Man United presser

Welcome to “Vanchester” Angel Di Maria. Manchester United broke the all time British transfer record with a £59.7 million plus add-ons purchase from Real Madrid on Tuesday. on Thursday, Di Maria and Manager Louis van Gaal met the media as we saw the new #7 for the first time. Here’s video of the first ever images of Angel Di Maria with his new club from a couple days ago...
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Tony Stewart will race for the first time since killing driver on track

Tony Stewart has decided to return to racing this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The NASCAR Cup race will be Stewart’s first start since Aug. 3 at Pocono. More importantly, it’s Stewart’s first race since Aug. 9th when struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car feature at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. As of now, Stewart will not be charged with any crime connected...
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Special OTL to examine Washington team nickname debate

There’s no question what the number one storyline is this NFL season. Outside the Lines Special Report: Washington’s Nickname – An NFL Dilemma (Tuesday, Sept. 2, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2; 11 p.m., ESPNEWS) will examine the Washington team nickname controversy, where it is and where it’s going. Movement towards change is reaching critical mass, extending beyond Native American groups...
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Updates on issues with Man United buys Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera

The new era at Manchester United has gotten off to a very rocky start, and injuries/international laws have had a lot to do with it. All three of United’s purchases this transfer window, (well it’s four now with the signing of Angel Di Maria, let’s hope for the sake of Di Maria, MUFC, and Red Devils supporters everywhere that no issues arise with him) have been held back from...
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United’s Wayne Rooney named new England Captain

Steven Gerrard believed that Wayne Rooney should succeed him as England captain, and today he got his wish. Again, that’s what is so special about playing for country over playing for club. National loyalties always trump commercial. Liverpool icon Gerrard believes the Manchester United striker should assume the leadership role with Three Lions now that he’s stepping down. ...
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VIDEO, PHOTOS: Man United unveil Angel Di Maria

Welcome to “Vanchester” Angel Di Maria. Manchester United broke the all time British transfer record with a £59.7 million plus add-ons purchase from Real Madrid on Tuesday. on Thursday, Di Maria and Manager Louis van Gaal met the media as we saw the new #7 for the first time. Here’s video of the first ever images of Angel Di Maria with his new club: Speaking of Van Gaal and...
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Richard Dent: Chicago Bears “defense can’t get worse”

The Chicago Bears defense can’t get any worse. I mean think of how terrible they looked at times last year. They re-wrote the record book, all in dubious fashion, says club legend and Super Bowl XX MVP Richard Dent. One of the greatest defensive players in Bears history, “the sack man’s coming, you’re going to get bent, when you watch this video interview below. So obviously...
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Boomer Esiason: “Jay Cutler has no excuses now”

Boomer Esiason is best known for his role on CBS Sports, primarily on The NFL Today, as well as morning co-host on New York radio station WFAN. Last year, he made national headlines when rated Jay Cutler in among the top half of QBs, just barely. And he described the Chicago Bears as a second rung team. This year Boomer articulated all the pressure that’s on Jay right now, indicating...
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