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Liverpool News: Starting XI unwanted players, Skrtel, Hernandez, De Souza

Time to talk Liverpool news, notes and transfer rumors. Let’s go to work. ESPN FC blew us away with their Liverpool starting XI of players who might be shown out the door at Anfield. Call it the unwanted starting XI. And as you might expect, it does include Fabio Borini, Dejan Lovren, Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and much more. -Moving on from who’s likely leaving to who’s...
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Man United News: De Gea, Ramos, Chicharito, Turan

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. Nothing is official as of yet, and this storyline could last a couple more months...
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NASCAR’s Confederate Flag swap deal off to a rough start

NASCAR have been distancing themselves from the Confederate flag as much as possible for several years. The stock racing league saw the light on the Southern Cross a very long time ago, and it seems like only now that many other coporations are getting up to speed on it. The flag of Dixieland has been co-opted by white supremacist hate groups; and therefore signifies bigotry, oppression...
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Our six most popular NFL stories ever: Happy 4th!

Happy Independence day everybody! Baseball has the nickname “the national past time,” but that moniker was bestowed upon the sport a very long time ago. That designation is very outdated, as the NFL is truly king in America. As the great Bob Costas said, at a time when everything is in niches, the NFL cuts across all demographics. So celebrate the Fourth of July with our six...
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Alex Morgan has been the USWNT’s quasi-decoy

As the face of Women’s soccer in the United States, Alex Morgan has been a top trending term nationally Twitter on all U.S. Women’s National Team match days. This despite the fact she has only scored one goal this World Cup and hasn’t had a ton of true scoring chances throughout the tournament. Obviously, fitness issues, certainly more so at the beginning, have been a big...
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Man United News: Van Persie, Mata, Herrera, Januzaj, Valencia

Time to talk Manchester United news, notes and transfer rumors. We start with the latest rumors surrounding the future of Robin van Persie at Old Trafford; or elsewhere. -Robin van Persie will not be joining Besiktas. The Turkish side were willing to shell out an amount in the neighborhood of £7 million to sign him to be a wealthy long-term deal. However, RVP has shot it down...
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Man United News: David de Gea, Sergio Ramos, Marcos Rojo, Angel Di Maria

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. Nothing is official as of yet, and this storyline could last a couple more months...
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Liverpool FC Having Very Active Off-Season

Following the huge disappointment at the end of last season, Liverpool have been wasting no time in the transfer market. A poor display during the 2014/15 Premier League season was compounded by a 6-1 final day defeat at Stoke City. Not only was this Steven Gerrard’s last game for the club, many people thought it was the last time Brendan Rodgers would be seen in the Liverpool...
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Bubba Watson will paint over the General Lee’s Confederate Flag

Bubba Watson won the 2012 Master’s, but before he took home the green jacket, the “General Lee” from the classic television series “The Dukes of Hazzard.” The orange 1969 Dodge Charger unfortunately has a large Confederate flag atop its roof. Well, no more. (at least not in this case) Watson confirmed today that he will paint over the Confederacy’s signature corporate...
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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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