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VIDEO: Van Gaal SNAPS at reporter over De Gea question, ends media session

Watching Manchester United surrender a 1-0 lead and lose today, you just knew that Louis van Gaal was going to be even more surly and condescending than usual in his post game media opportunities. It also helps that a reporter, who is just doing the job he’s supposed to do, happened to ask him about the most sensitive United topic of all, the David de Gea transfer saga. The...
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Manchester United pursuing Anthony Martial to solve striker issues?

Is Anthony Martial the answer? Well, there are certainly plenty of questions. It appears that Manchester United has an 11th hour transfer deal for a striker/forward in the works. They have to get one. They must. With the sale of Javier Hernandez to Bayer Leverkusen tonight, the only true forwards left on the roster are Wayne Rooney, the youngster James Wilson and Adnan Januzaj...
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Man United send Chicharito to Bayer Leverkusen for £12m

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez wanted first team football. That’s what he kept saying every time Chicharito transfer rumors popped up. Multiple reports (and really I mean multiple reports as just about everybody is reporting this) indicate that Chicharito is headed to Bayer Leverkusen. His move from Manchester United will give the club a cash infusion of £12 million...
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Tony Gonzalez really likes Raiders prospects, logo, colors

  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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What Bill Cubit brings (and doesn’t bring) to Illini table

Bill Cubit is probably not the long term answer for Illini football; but they can certainly do worse. They just did much worse in fact. As former Illini and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Tackle Akeem Spence Tweeted yesterday in the wake of Tim Beckman‘s dismissal- “Illinois just got better.” Bill Cubit looks, sounds and acts like he knows what he’s doing. At least...
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Illini football: seven recent AWFUL coordinators

Since John Mackovic left Illini football behind for Texas in 1991 the program has had four coaches; all of which went under .500 during their time in Champaign. They (Lou Tepper, Ron Turner, Ron Zook and Tim Beckman) combined to lose 53 more games than they won. OUCH! The coordinators, many of which were extremely incompetent and/or “eccentric” (or you could say “neurotic”...
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VIDEO: Louis van Gaal post Swansea loss interview

Louis Van Gaal: “When you see the game I thought we were the dominant team. The opponent changed their shape after 1-0 and we couldn’t cope with that. That’s not good because in only 5 minutes, the dominant role we had, we lost in that time and that was a pity as I thought we controlled the game.” Here’s the You Tube video of his interview following the 2-1 loss at Swansea...
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Wayne Rooney ripped apart on Twitter today

Manchester United got a hat trick out of Wayne Rooney on Wednesday, but that performance seems like ancient history now given today’s disaster. In the previous 2014-15 Premier League matches, Rooney didn’t really get a lot of chances. Today he had three, and he wasn’t able to convert any of them. He’s looked hesitant, and on his final chance, should have at least been able...
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Kevin De Bruyne FINALLY signs with Manchester City

Manchester City have FINALLY signed Wolfsburg midfielder Kevin de Bruyne. It’s completely, totally, utterly official now. The German club have sent him De Bruyne to Manchester for a club record £55 million fee. This is the second time this summer that City have broken the club record for a transfer fee (Raheem Sterling £49 million back in July, that one itself was a long...
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VIDEO: Juan Mata scores 50th goal of English career

Manchester United finally get another goal in Premier League play, just the second scoring strike credited to them on the season. Although he’s only been at United since January of 2014, Juan Mata has taken a leadership role, issuing warnings to his teammates when necessary, telling them that it’s crunch time and that they need to step up right now. Just a few days ago,...
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Illini football: recent history of incompetent, eccentric coordinators

Since John Mackovic left Illini football behind for Texas in 1991 the program has had four coaches; all of which went under .500 during their time in Champaign. They (Lou Tepper, Ron Turner, Ron Zook and Tim Beckman) combined to lose 53 more games than they won. OUCH! The coordinators, many of which were extremely incompetent and/or “eccentric” (or you could say “neurotic”...
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What Bill Cubit brings, doesn’t bring to Illini Football

Bill Cubit is probably not the long term answer for Illini football; but they can certainly do worse. They just did much worse in fact. As former Illini and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Tackle Akeem Spence Tweeted yesterday in the wake of Tim Beckman‘s dismissal- “Illinois just got better.” Bill Cubit looks, sounds and acts like he knows what he’s doing. At least...
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De Gea to Real Madrid finally done? Independent claims it is

Comedian and sociopolitical pundit John Oliver described the credentials of professional “Social Media Experts” thusly: “all it takes is wanting it bad enough, and not caring about whether strangers hate you or not.” Sorry for quoting a Liverpool supporter in the intro, but the quote is somewhat apt when reporting on the never ending story that is the David de Gea transfer...
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Jose Mourinho on Chelsea’s “very bad start” this season

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has seen his side endure an extremely rough start to the Premier League season. The Special One admitted it’s “very bad” after his club lost at home to Crystal Palace today. It is just the second loss in the last 100 Premier League home games for Chelsea. “The first thought is to Palace,” Mourinho said. “They come with everything. They were...
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Neymar himself shoots down Man United transfer idea

FC Barcelona superstar Neymar has shot down the idea that he could join Manchester United between now and the closure of the summer transfer window on September 1st. ‘I want to stay at Barcelona, no matter how many million pound offers come from England,’ he said. And he later told TV3: ‘The people from Barca can be calm. ‘When I hear things like this, I don’t think anything...
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Tim Beckman statement implies a potential lawsuit against UI

Yesterday was a very eventful and dramatic day at the University of Illinois. It’s not going to quiet down any time soon either. Tim Beckman was fired by Illini Athletic Director Mike Thomas on Friday afternoon, and Beckman responded with a statement that was very defiant and combative.  Have a look see: “I am shocked and extremely disappointed by the decision Mike Thomas...
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Arsenal performance today validates Arsene Wenger commentary

Today’s performance by Arsenal kind of verifies what Arsene Wenger said about his struggling side yesterday. The oft-quoted passage is below, and the Gunners needing an own goal to edge a Newcastle side playing with just ten men does nothing to alleviate the concerns of Gunners supporters everywhere. It was a 1-0 win, and they took all three points, but it was not a game that...
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Van Gaal unsure of Sergio Romero as the long term answer

Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal has seen plenty of drama with his goalkeepers this summer. Obviously, it’s starts with his #1 David de Gea. That soap opera has been over-covered to the extreme, so we’ll refrain from further beating the dead horse here. Victor Valdes had an attitude/self-perception that didn’t gel with Van Gaal, so he had to be jettisoned. Sergio Romero...
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Man United Goalkeeper Victor Valdes signs with Besiktas

Finally, Manchester United’s Victor Valdes nightmare is a thing of the past. The United Goalkeeper is now moving over to Besiktas on a two-year deal, claim reports from the English media. Earlier in the summer, Manager Louis Van Gaal stated that the Red Devils were dead set on selling the Goalkeeper. This decision was reached after Victor Valdes chest-thumped himself out of a...
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Oakland Raiders Season Preview with Erin Coscarelli

The Oakland Raiders are a team that looks poised to make a significant improvement this season. Younger NFL fans only know of the Raiders as a team that lost the tuck rule game to Tom Brady, and then fell into oblivion. Nothing could be further from the truth however, as the Raiders are actually one of the NFL’s most storied franchises; with a fine tradition. Erin Coscarelli hails...
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Sounds like Tim Beckman will sue the University of Illinois

Yesterday was a very eventful and dramatic day at the University of Illinois. It’s not going to quiet down any time soon either. Tim Beckman was fired by Illini Athletic Director Mike Thomas on Friday afternoon, and Beckman responded with a statement that was very defiant and combative.  Have a look see: “I am shocked and extremely disappointed by the decision Mike Thomas...
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Three very overlooked Notre Dame football players

You wouldn’t think a star Notre Dame football player would fly under the radar, but there are actually three which don’t get a ton of attention despite their talents and abilities. FOX Sports did a college football preview press call today, and Notre Dame football icon Brady Quinn was one of the participants. I asked Quinn for his thoughts on ND’s prospects this season, as...
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Dutch news outlet claims Man United bidding £73m for Arjen Robben

As we speed closer to summer transfer window deadline day, one Dutch outlet claims that Manchester United is a preparing a massive, and I mean massive bid for one of the world’s greatest players. News outlet De Telegraaf claims that Arjen Robben is the subject of a £73 million bid. Well, it’s not as far out and crazy as the Neymar rumors, but it’s also not exactly the...
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Man United send Jonny Evans to WBA, Blackett loaned to Celtic

There’s still plenty of Manchester United transfer business to discuss this summer; as it appears Manager Louis van Gaal is reshaping the back line. Jonny Evans, a very likeable Northern Ireland international, has been squeezed out. He was coveted by West Brom Manager Tony Pulis, and United reportedly (BBC Sport) has agreed to a deal with WBA (£6 million, plus £2 million in...
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Five preliminary Illinois football head coaching candidates

Illinois football deserves so much better than what it currently has. The Fighting Illini were 63-48-4 (.565) during the 1980s. However, they’ve gone just 111-166-2 (.401) since John Mackovic left town to go Coach Texas. Mackovic’s name is critical because he is the most recent Illinois football head coach to leave on his own accord. Memorial Stadium in Champaign has become...
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