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Arsenal News: Vidal, Campbell, Rahman, Podolski

Time to talk Arsenal news, notes and transfer rumors. Let’s go to work. -(The Guardian) Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal are interested in Augsburg’s £14m-rated Ghana defender Baba Rahman. -(Daily Express) Manchester City have joined the race to sign Augsburg’s Ghana defender Baba Rahman, 21, who is also a target for Chelsea, Arsenal, Roma, Juventus and Inter Milan...
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Chelsea News: Oscar, Salah, Willian, Bamford, Moses, Loftus-Creek, Rahman

Time to talk Chelsea news, notes and transfer rumors. Let’s go to work. -(The Sun) Stoke want either winger Victor Moses, striker Patrick Bamford or midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan from Chelsea in addition to the £8m the Blues have bid for goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. -(ESPN FC) The Mirror reports that Juventus are interested in not one, not two, but three Chelsea players...
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Liverpool News: Clyne, Manquillo, Balotelli, Skrtel

Time to talk Liverpool news, notes and transfer rumors. Let’s go to work. -(The Sun) Glen Johnson, who is available on a free transfer after he was released by Liverpool, has turned down a move to Turkish club Besiktas -(The Guardian) Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has opened negotiations to cut short defender Javier Manquillo‘s two-year loan spell from Atletico Madrid. -...
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Alexi Lalas with some GREAT USA Soccer Jingoism

Alexei Lalas is someone with candid opinions that I always enjoy hearing. The FOX studio analyst and National Soccer Hall of Famer might just be the finest American home grown soccer commentator around. Panayotis Alexander “Alexi” Lalas is as candid and as entertaining as it gets. Happy Independence Day everyone! Alexi Lalas, USA Every summer the sport gains more momentum...
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USWNT vs Japan World Cup Final Preview, Prediction

Alas, we meet again. It’s the USWNT versus Japan. Just like in the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal Game. Exactly like the 2011 World Cup Final. Extremely tenacious defense wins games but it doesn’t sell tickets or attract ratings. Yet we’ve seen this World Cup set plenty of new ratings records; and then follow up the next match by breaking those records yet again. This USWNT has...
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World Cup ratings indicate continued growth in women’s soccer

You can stop waiting for soccer to arrive in America; it’s already here. I laid out the evidence in an op-ed for the Chicago Tribune RedEye edition on the eve of the 2015 World Cup Tournament. Now, a month later, the TV ratings numbers further validate the thesis. The USWNT’s 2-1 win over Germany on Tuesday night attracted 8.4 million viewers which broke the record for a non...
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Arsenal News: Ospina, Podolski, Campbell, Flamini, Jenkinson, Sanogo

Time to talk Arsenal news, notes and transfer rumors. The transfer window has officially commenced and we are open for business. This edition is more about who’s leaving The Emirates though; not who’s staying. Supposedly, Manager Arsene Wenger is ready to commence a massive summer clear out; at least before the buying begins. -(Metro) Arsenal are reportedly ready to listen...
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Man United News: Di Maria, Evans, Coleman, Nani

Time to talk Manchester United news, notes and transfer rumors. The transfer window has officially commenced and we are open for business. -(ESPN FC) Good news for Paris Saint-Germain fans as L’Equipe reports that UEFA have decided to lift financial fair play restrictions on the Ligue 1 champions. The French paper claims that PSG will celebrate by launching a bid for No. 1 target...
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Man United News: David De Gea, Robin van Persie, Sergio Ramos

Time for your daily David de Gea update. It’s a a never ending soap opera like Arturo Vidal was last summer. Will he stay at Manchester United, or move to Real Madrid? Nothing is official yet of course, but here’s the latest headlines on the situation. -(Daily Mail) David de Gea jetting down in the Spanish capital will not be a happy sight for Manchester United fans however...
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Tottenham News: Holtby, Alderweireld, Llorente, Capoue

Time to talk Tottenham Hotspur news, notes and transfer rumors. We start with Lewis Holtby. -(ESPN FC) Tottenham have confirmed that Lewis Holtby has agreed a permanent transfer to Hamburg. Holtby, 24, joined Spurs in January 2013, but struggled to cement a starting role at White Hart Lane before joining Fulham on loan a year later. -(Daily Mirror) Tottenham are stepping up their...
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Man United News: Hernandez, Young, Falcao, Gundogan, Nani

Time to talk Manchester United news, notes and transfer rumors. We start with Javier Hernandez, or Chicharito, who shattered his collarbone last night, and will miss the entire Gold Cup. -There’s Hernandez news on two fronts, injury and transfer rumors. Hernandez will be out 4-8 weeks with the latest setback, and that will obviously impede upon his preseason training regimen....
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Chelsea News: Cuadrado, Luis, Begovic, Falcao, De Bruyne, Remy

Time to talk Chelsea news, notes and transfer rumors. We begin with the latest on a wayward Colombian striker trying to regain his form. -(The Guardian) Monaco forward Radamel Falcao has completed the formalities of his move to Chelsea and will link up with his new club on their pre-season tour of North America, according to his family. -(The Telegraph) Chelsea are set to make...
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Man United News: Javier Hernandez, Ashely Young, Radamel Falcao

Time to talk Manchester United news, notes and transfer rumors. We start with Javier Hernandez, or Chicharito, who shattered his collarbone last night, and will miss the entire Gold Cup. -There’s Hernandez news on two fronts, injury and transfer rumors. Hernandez will be out 4-8 weeks with the latest setback, and that will obviously impede upon his preseason training regimen....
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L.A. Lakers have two big offseason issues to resolve

It’s extremely rare for the L.A. Lakers to be this down for this long. Rough times in Lakerland means a vast overhaul is required this summer. A massive sea change is needed to make the team competitive again.  L.A. Lakers 2015-16 Projected Depth Chart (before the drafting of D’Angelo Russell and Larry Nance): C: *Jordan Hill/Robert Sacre PF: #Ed Davis/Julius Randle/Ryan Kelly...
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Jimmy Butler locked up, Chicago Bulls have two more needs to fill

With the top priority of the summer taken care of (Jimmy Butler re-signed), the Chicago Bulls front office can now move on to their next two main issues. Chicago Bulls Offseason Team Needs: 1. Lock-up Butler: Jimmy Butler is about to get PAID. The former Marquette standout turned down an extension offer from the Bulls last offseason, and it was a brilliant move since he is coming...
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Articulating Bo Ryan’s legacy with ESPN’s Jill Montgomery

Wisconsin Badgers Coach Bo Ryan has accomplished so much in college basketball. He’ll have one more year to achieve anything else on his checklist. Wisconsin has certainly seen its share of coaching turnover in the revenue producing sports as of late. Both Gary Andersen and Bret Bielema left the football program for new jobs elsewhere in the country. Bo Ryan, on the other hand...
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ESPN, Jill Montgomery help grow NCAA Track & Field

It’s trending upward for ESPN’s Jill Montgomery, NCAA Track & Field, and ESPN’s expanded coverage of the NCAA Track & Field Championships. The  first year of a new format led to record viewership for the event. Montgomery is one of the premier college reporters in the game today. Jill was gracious enough to join our podcast this week, and the growth of track...
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Man United News: Chicharito, Sergio Ramos, Jonny Evans

Time to talk Manchester United news, notes and transfer rumors. Let’s go to work. We start with Javier Hernandez, or Chicharito, who injured his collarbone, and is a doubt for the Gold Cup. -(Chron) Mexico lost star striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez in the 39th minute when he tumbled to the grass with a Honduras player. Hernandez immediately grabbed near his shoulder...
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Man United News: Van Persie, Turan, Nani, Wilson

Time to talk Manchester United news, notes and transfer rumors. Let’s go to work. We start with RVP. -(Mirror) Robin van Persie is being driven out of Manchester United and sold behind his back. That is the astonishing claim of Pierre van Hooijdonk, a former Feyenoord and Holland team-mate of the United striker. United are willing to listen to offers for Van Persie this summer...
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Confederate Flag claims Dukes of Hazzard as next casualty

We didn’t need yet another reason to relegate the Confederate flag to the dustbin of history, but we got anyway tonight. The 1970s television series, the Dukes of Hazzard, is being pulled off TV Land. Sorry, no more re-runs for you. A few days ago, we published an op-ed on how rabid SEC football fans will likely handle the confederate flag take down trend. In that essay we said...
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Canadians are taking over college basketball (sort of)

ESPN’s Jay Bilas and Seth Greenberg did a conference call for the media to preview the college hoops season and the topic of Canadian hoops came up. Canada and basketball have come so far since the days when The Simpsons made Canadian basketball the butt of a very funny joke. From Bill Wennington to Steve Nash to the last two #1 overall draft picks, to this podcast… Canadian...
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Five most popular NHL stories ever: Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day everybody! That’s write today is Canadian Independence Day, and to celebrate we’re posting the five most popular hockey stories of all time during the seven year history of The Sports Bank. Yes, we’re celebrating Canada’s national past time by posting links to the most popular hockey stories in the history of the site. As much as I myself enjoy the game...
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Chelsea FC News: Turan, Lacazette, Falcao, Begovic, Alderweireld

Time to talk Chelsea news, notes and transfer rumors. Let’s go to work. -(Daily Express) Arsenal and Chelsea have been handed a huge boost in their pursuit of Alexandre Lacazette after his agent confirmed he wants to leave Lyon. -(Daily Express) Atletico Madrid’s attacking midfielder Arda Turan could be heading to the Premier League with Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal...
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Chelsea News: Turan, Lacazette, Falcao, Begovic, Alderweireld

Time to talk Chelsea news, notes and transfer rumors. Let’s go to work. -(Daily Express) Arsenal and Chelsea have been handed a huge boost in their pursuit of Alexandre Lacazette after his agent confirmed he wants to leave Lyon. -(Daily Express) Atletico Madrid’s attacking midfielder Arda Turan could be heading to the Premier League with Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal...
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Arsenal News: Vidal, Sanchez, Ramsey, Podolski, Lacazette

Time to talk Arsenal news, notes and transfer rumors. Let’s go to work. We start with Arturo Vidal of course; the most polarizing figure of this summer transfer window. Are the Gunners in or out for Vidal? Depends on who you talk to and who you believe. -(Daily Mirror) Arsenal have withdrawn their interest in Arturo Vidal and Morgan Schneiderlin. Arsene Wenger was tracking the...
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