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Liverpool lets Rickie Lambert go to West Brom; Balotelli out next?

Liverpool certainly do have a lot to offer as strikers up front. Last year, they didn’t find the same combination of attackers that scored all those goals for them in 2013-14. It was a rather special forward group when you had Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling all content and clicking on all cylinders. Brendan Rodgers, along with the club transfer committee, went...
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Joey Bosa #1 overall Draft Pick stock takes a minor hit

Ohio State Defensive End Joey Bosa is the safest and most legitimate NFL prospect playing in the nation right now. Or at least he was, until his suspension for the 2015 season opener was announced Thursday morning. Ohio State made this announcement, giving no reason for the suspension, just hours before Big Ten Media Days began, so naturally, Buckeyes Coach Urban Meyer was drilled...
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Michigan State football has chip on their shoulder, literally

Michigan State football bares a striking resemblance to the Chicago White Sox in that both programs identify themselves by having a consistent chip on their shoulder. Lots of sports franchises utilize this motivation, but Michigan State and the White Sox have the same exact chip- the “we come second in our region” chip. For MSU, the incessant oppressor is the Michigan Wolverines...
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Ohio State football players say ********** and “crap” at Media Day

THE Ohio State University football player Josh Perry had THE quote of the day in Chicago for Big Ten Media Days part one yesterday.  Perry was asked about Michigan’s new Head Coach Jim Harbaugh: “is he the kind of guy that you think can restore this rivalry?” Perry’s response was probably more clever than most of what the sportswriters in the room could come up with....
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Van Gaal admits one of four starting defender positions is open

Shortly after Paris St. Germain carved up the Manchester United defense, Manager Louis van Gaal admitted that his right central defender spot is totally up for grabs. In talking to the media following the 2-0 loss to PSG, Van Gaal sounded very high on new acquisition Matteo Darmian. And Left Back, you know the club is highly invested in Luke Shaw as they broke the all time British...
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Van Gaal unaware of Di Maria whereabouts, Blanc says PSG is close

Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal sparred with reporters a little bit towards the end of the postgame press conference tonight. You can hear his back and forth with a reporter present in this audio file linked here. Following Paris St Germain‘s 2-0 win over Manchester United, both managers were asked about the Angel Di Maria transfer saga. Van Gaal was of course coy in...
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic, David Luiz talk win over Manchester United

Following the 2-0 win over Manchester United, Paris St. Germain superstars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Luiz briefly stopped in the mixed zone to talk to media. Zlatan has made United headlines a few times this summer, as he’s been linked in a move to Old Trafford (that won’t happen). Ibrahimovic was a trending topic again this preseason when he was asked about his sour relationship...
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Tim Beckman unveils the 2015 Illini football version of “W.I.N.T.”

This offseason, fourth year Illini football coach Tim Beckman has introduced a new acronym catch-phrase/motivational mantra for his program. “Whatever is Necessary Today.” or “W.I.N.T.” was the slogan Tim Beckman used to motivate and lead the Illinois Fighting Illini in 2013. It was much maligned by the Chicago media. If W.I.N. or W.I.N.T. sounded familiar that’s because…W...
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AUDIO: Laurent Blanc talks win over Manchester United

(UPDATE: transcriptions of what Blanc, Van Gaal said in response to the Angel Di Maria questions tonight) Paris St. Germain defeated Manchester United 2-0 tonight in a clash between two of the richest and most valuable football clubs in the world. With the win in the friendly, PSG have now claimed the International Champions Cup. After the game Blanc spoke with the media and we...
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VIDEO: Manchester United pregame scoreboard intro

Paris St. Germain defeated Manchester United 2-0 tonight and clinched the International Champions Cup title. Yes, “title” in a preseason friendly. It’s oxymoronic, we know. Just be very glad that no one got hurt from either side in the final exhibition warm-up for both teams. We’re just days away from the domestic regular season beginning for both sides. Get EXCITED Manchester...
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VIDEO: Pedro to Man United rumors inspire Barcelona fan to cry

Barcelona winger Pedro has been linked to both Chelsea and Manchester United this summer. Lately, the rumors have been all about Old Trafford because Angel Di Maria’s inevitable departure to Paris St. Germain would open up the perfect position for him. The Spanish media are claiming Pedro to the Red Devils is a matter of when, not if, with a rumored fee in the neighborhood of...
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Tim Beckman coverage today was essentially pointless

It’s understandable if you’ve grown weary of the Tim Beckman abuse allegations narrative. Since May, publicity for this scandal has been as pervasive as the trailer for the Amy Schumer film “Trainwreck” or Caitlyn Jenner hot takes. As far as Big Ten football story lines, it’s more overplayed than Pharrell’s “Happy.” Yet, we have no more closure today than we did...
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Van Gaal, Manchester United making big changes to preseason

With their 2-0 victory yesterday, Paris Saint-Germain claimed the 2015 International Champions Cup (a preseason tournament). PSG, who were playing in the ICC for the first time, claimed the “championship” (as you can’t really have a championship in a collection of friendlies) by finishing the tournament with 10 points and handed Manchester United its first lost ever in eight...
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Updates on Di Maria transfer saga from Blanc, Van Gaal

Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal sparred with reporters a little bit towards the end of the postgame press conference tonight. You can hear his back and forth with a reporter present in this audio file linked here. Following Paris St Germain‘s 2-0 win over Manchester United, both managers were asked about the Angel Di Maria transfer saga. Van Gaal was of course coy in...
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AUDIO: Laurent Blanc postgame press conference vs Manchester United

Paris St. Germain defeated Manchester United 2-0 tonight in a clash between two of the richest and most valuable football clubs in the world. With the win in the friendly, PSG have now claimed the International Champions Cup. After the game Blanc spoke with the media and we have the full audio embedded after the jump. This is the first time these two European giants have ever met...
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AUDIO: Louis van Gaal postgame press conference vs PSG

  Louis van Gaal sparred with reporters a little bit towards the end of the postgame press conference tonight. You can hear his back and forth with a reporter present in this audio file embedded below. You can also hear yours truly, in the middle towards the end. I asked Van Gaal the question about what’s been the highlights of what he’s seen this summer preseason tour. Conversely...
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VIDEO: Manchester United in game intro at Soldier Field

Paris St. Germain defeated Manchester United 2-0 tonight and clinched the International Champions Cup title. Yes, “title” in a preseason friendly. It’s oxymoronic, we know. Just be very glad that no one got hurt from either side in the final exhibition warm-up for both teams. We’re just days away from the domestic regular season beginning for both sides. Get EXCITED Manchester...
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The Man United starting XI vs Paris St. Germain is in

The Man United starting XI versus Paris Saint. Germain is now in.  Here is the lineup Louis van Gaal is going with. This comes to you from a print out available in the press box here at Soldier Field in Chicago. The winner between United and PSG will take home the “championship” of the International Champions Cup, a preseason tournament.  Wayne Rooney   Ashley Young    ...
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VIDEO: PSG training event before Man United clash (EXCLUSIVE)

In advance of the Paris Saint-Germain vs. Manchester United friendly tonight, PSG will treat underprivileged children from Chicago to a “Dream Day.” 50 children from the Boys & Girls organization and the Chicago Magic Soccer Club will join the Paris Saint-Germain Foundation for a training session, player meet and greet and then attend the International Champions Cup game...
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VIDEO: new 2015-16 Manchester United kit teaser; release date

Photos of the new Manchester United kit leaked online when the home red went on sale a week early in the United States. As you know Manchester United Football Club broke a shirt sponsor record when they switched from Aon to Chevrolet. They also broke a kit deal record for partnership with a manufacturer when they made the switch from Nike to Adidas. The new Manchester United kit...
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Manchester United getting in and out of Chicago QUICKLY

Chicago is the greatest summer city in the entire world (see the photo above for proof), but Manchester United won’t have time to experience it. If they beat Paris St. Germain tonight at Soldier Field, the Red Devils will get the chance to lift a preseason trophy, so the city of broad shoulders could given the team some very pleasant memories. But the heat, and more so the humidity...
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Illini basketball have more serious issues beyond Abrams’ absence

It is not the fault of Illini basketball Coach John Groce that senior point guard Tracy Abrams has sort of become the Big Ten version of Derrick Rose. (Or maybe an Illinois version of Robbie Hummel; when it comes to being snake bit by injuries, not in terms of talent). It is the fault of John Groce that he has no other options beyond Abrams.  Yesterday’s news is devastating for...
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How to have fun with Big Ten Media Day Cliches

Last year, my kitty question to then Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini ended up the lead in every national publication’s Big Ten Media Day coverage. I’m not just #humblebragging here, I was genuinely shocked that a topic so trivial would be 2014’s most compelling Big Ten Media Day storyline. People (like myself) love cats, but the greater point here is: very little, if any, actual...
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Latest headlines on Angel Di Maria PSG transfer saga

Manchester United and PSG will meet today in my hometown of Chicago to settle the International Champions Cup. The winner of the preseason friendly tonight at Soldier Field will take home the preseason tournament “championship.” The two clubs are also looking to settle the deal for Angel di Maria (although that’s completely remote and independent of this match). This transfer...
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PHOTOS: Manchester United arrive in Chicago to complete tour

Manchester United flew from San Jose, California to Chicago, Illinois this evening in advance of tomorrow night’s International Champions Cup finale. The match will also complete United’s 2015 preseason tour of the United States. The team touched down at O’Hare International Airport hours ago, and from the photos posted on the club website it looks like the team hotel this...
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