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K.C. Chiefs icon Tony Gonzalez high on 2015 Oakland Raiders

  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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#11 Notre Dame football game preview (Texas week 1)

Bone up on your Friday Night Lights, Notre Dame football fans. The Texas Longhorns, predicted to finish anywhere between 5th and 7th in the 10 team Big 12, come to town for a nightcap opener. Texas doesn’t boast of any All-American candidates, or sure-fire NFL first round draft picks. You see the name brand Texas and think “clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose,” but that’s...
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Tottenham Hotspur transfer window was essentially a failure

Time to talk Tottenham Hotspur summer transfer window. Unfortunately, it’s not a topic brimming with positivity. Spurs did a great job jettisoning dead weight, and that is a significant accomplishment. However, they really needed a true, top notch striker to take heat off their young cornerstone Harry Kane. Tottenham put all their eggs in the Saido Berahino basket, and even...
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Manchester United’s transfer window was a confusing mixed bag

Manchester United‘s summer transfer window will most definitely be most remembered for the deals that didn’t happen. That’s a shame because there actually was some fine business conducted. Yes, there’s a few holes left in the side, but the Red Devils made some nice upgrades too. Unfortunately, people will remember the David de Gea fiasco first and foremost. It’s bizarre...
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Arsenal’s summer transfer window was mediocre at best

So now that the summer transfer window is shut, how did Arsenal do? Well, that’s in the eye of the beholder. Some analysts see their lack of buying as a total failure. Other football pundits say The Gunners were just slightly below average. There is one inarguable truth about Arsenal’s transfer window- they were the only team in all of Europe’s top five leagues not to sign...
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Christen Press, Johnston, Chalupny honored at Cubs, White Sox games (photos)

Tonight, three members of the World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team and NWSL playoff bound Chicago Red Stars: Lori Chalupny, Julie Johnston and Christen Press will throw the first pitch and sing the 7th inning stretch at the Cubs game. Christen Press was the woman of the match Saturday night as Chicago beat New York 2-0 Saturday night and gave themselves a significant...
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Angel Di Maria blasts Van Gaal; blames his philosophy for United struggles

Manchester United and PSG had a very protracted and dramatic transfer deal this summer for winger Angel di Maria. Given how long the transfer process took, and all the issues that surrounded it, you can’t be surprised that Di Maria said something negative about his experience at Old Trafford. Of course, Di Maria makes these comments now, coming off a fantastic game with Paris...
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Anthony Martial officially a member of Manchester United

Manchester United have officially introduced their latest signing, and final acquisition of the summer transfer window, Anthony Martial. The Red Devils have acquired the 19-year-old striker from Ligue 1 side Monaco. The BBC reports the transfer fee at £36 million, which makes him the third most expensive signing in club history. #mufc is pleased to announce French forward @AnthonyMartial...
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Big and bold 2015 College Football Season Predictions

An eight team College Football Playoff, it’s gonna happen sooner rather than later, and ESPN is the entity that will force it through. Of all the predictions made on this page, the following is the only one that I KNOW WILL HAPPEN: ESPN and company will try to make the selection process as controversial as possible so you have to talk about it. Controversy, arguing and debate...
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Media man-crush on Jim Harbaugh getting absurd

Jim Harbaugh is the college football equivalent of a beauty pageant winner or actress/model. The attention is always on him, and the more you can’t have him, the more you want him. His press conferences are painfully boring and ludicrously uninformative, yet he’s receiving Johnny Manziel in 2013 level media coverage. No this is way worse than Manziel. The media has a boner over...
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Both clubs issue statements on De Gea deal not going through

There is still plenty of David De Gea transfer related drama going on despite the closure of the transfer window. Manchester United will keep De Gea, for now, because the paperwork required for this deal was filed after the Spanish transfer deadline shut. The two had reportedly agreed upon a deal that was supposed to include Keylor Navas. However, the documents didn’t go...
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How is Illini football viewed nationally? What level of job is it?

The good news regarding Illini football? The program is no longer led by a man who often came off like a college football version of Lloyd Christmas, Matt Foley, Phil Davison, Tommy Boy or the villain from “Jurassic World.” (Here’s our list of Beckman’s ten funniest verbal gaffes). In Interim Coach Bill Cubit, you have someone who may not be a big, splashy name, but he...
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Berahino to Tottenham doesn’t happen; striker Tweets he won’t play at WBA

Tottenham Hotspur were big spenders this summer transfer window, but they failed to land one guy that they really wanted: West Bromich Albion‘s Saido Berahino. With Toby Alderweireld, Clinton N’Jie, and Heung Min-Son all coming over to White Hart Lane, Berahino would have made for a nice addition to their summer shopping spree. Berahino paired up with Harry Kane would...
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Bold ass and bad ass 2015 College Football Season Predictions

An eight team College Football Playoff, it’s gonna happen sooner rather than later, and ESPN is the entity that will force it through. Of all the predictions made on this page, the following is the only one that I KNOW WILL HAPPEN: ESPN and company will try to make the selection process as controversial as possible so you have to talk about it. Controversy, arguing and debate...
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Reputation of Illini football job? National pundits opine

The good news regarding Illini football? The program is no longer led by a man who often came off like a college football version of Lloyd Christmas, Matt Foley, Phil Davison, Tommy Boy or the villain from “Jurassic World.” (Here’s our list of Beckman’s ten funniest verbal gaffes). In Interim Coach Bill Cubit, you have someone who may not be a big, splashy name, but he...
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Media man-crush on Jim Harbaugh getting ABSURD

Jim Harbaugh is the college football equivalent of a beauty pageant winner or actress/model. The attention is always on him, and the more you can’t have him, the more you want him. His press conferences are painfully boring and ludicrously uninformative, yet he’s receiving Johnny Manziel in 2013 level media coverage. No this is way worse than Manziel. The media has a boner over...
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Plenty of David de Gea drama still ahead for Man United

There is still plenty of David De Gea drama ahead for Manchester United. Right now De Gea stays, because the paperwork was filed after the Spanish transfer window shut. In case you missed it, here’s what the deal was supposed to be. If this remains the case, obviously you’re going to have all the drama that involves a wantaway player and the relationships that have been tarnished...
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So who is new Manchester United £35m signing Anthony Martial?

If you have a website with really good search engine optimization for Anthony Martial, then today was your day! Because the world spent a lot of time searching online to figure out who he is. The French Football Federation has confirmed that Anthony Martial is on his way to Manchester United. We also know that the value of the Monaco striker has skyrocketed. In June 2013, Monaco...
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Tottenham to reportedly make deadline day bid for Saido Berahino

Tottenham Hotspur has been among the top few spenders in the Premier League this summer transfer window, but they have also let a lot of guys leave this summer. You can’t really say that Spurs have really done enough to actually break through above Europa League level mediocrity. Is Toby Alderweireld, Clinton N’Jie, and Heung Min-Son enough to make the White Hart Lane a top...
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David De Gea STAYS at United; paperwork arrives late

According to the most respected journalist in all of Spanish football, Guillem Balague, the David De Gea paperwork did not arrive in team for the transfer deadline. That means De Gea stays at Manchester United. The long, drawn out, ridiculously protracted and exceedingly tedious soap opera of a transfer saga is now FINALLY OVER.  We have closure at long last, and Real Madrid...
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Notre Dame WR Chris Brown is a Borussia Dortmund fan

The trend of college football stars embracing world football continues. Notre Dame Wide Receiver Chris Brown is a big supporter of Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund; who are currently in first place. Northwestern wideout Christian Jones is a Tottenham Hotspur fan. You can hear his Premier League picks at this link. Jones’ teammate Ifeadi Odenigbo likes Manchester City. Former...
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Brady Quinn predicts Notre Dame’s 2015 season

Brady Quinn didn’t have the greatest NFL career, but his punditry career seems to be off to a good start. Yes, he’s displaying a bit of Notre Dame homerism with his college football playoff picks, but it’s certainly nothing like the delusional dreck we got use to hearing from Lou Holtz on ESPN’s College Game night Final. Brady Quinn discussed the high hopes surrounding...
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Man United send Anders Lindegaard to West Brom

Time to talk more Manchester United news and notes. And it’s been a very busy 11th hour of the summer transfer window. Adnan Januzaj was sent on loan to Borussia Dortmund. Chicharito was sold to Bayer Leverkusen. United have acquired young striker Anthony Martial from Monaco. There’s talk that the David de Gea situation is about to be resolved, with Keylor Navas possibly coming...
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Liverpool send Fabio Borini to Sunderland for £8 million

This will definitely be a summer of transition at The Kop. There’s been a whole host of changes that came to Anfield. Obviously, the Raheem Sterling soap opera was Liverpool topic #1 this summer transfer window, but the acquisitions of Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino were really big deals too. As we get closer to the end of deadline day, we have yet another deal confirmed...
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United send Adnan Januzaj to Borussia Dortmund on loan

Manchester United has decided that Adnan Januzaj will not be part of their plans for 2014-15. He has officially been sent out on loan to Borussia Dortmund of the German Bundesliga. Januzaj has scored one of United’s three goals (through four games) this Premier League season. Actually, United has only scored two, as their first goal was credited a Tottenham Hotspur “own goal...
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