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Illini football vs Texas St: Necessary Roughness Preview

As we learned on Saturday: 1.) Illini football is still a dumpster fire on defense and the program itself is worthy of Premier League style relegation down the MAC 2.) the interest in the local teams is at its nadir. NIU fans did their little publicity stunt; calling out Northwestern and Illinois in a manner that reeks of mid-major amateurism and irrelevance, and no one batted an...
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Applying Tim Beckman “logic” to other areas of life

Washington trounced Illinois 44-19 on Saturday, in a game that was even uglier than it sounds. It only took 188 yards for UW to hit 35 points, and they reached that mark by the middle of the second quarter. Tim Beckman did show improvement from 2012 to 2013, but in this young season, they’ve shown no improvement. They might be regressing from last year, but it’s too early to...
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7 hours ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: full Louis van Gaal Man United prematch press conference

Here is the video of the full Louis van Gaal press conference today previewing the match on Sunday between Manchester United and Leicester City. The main takeaway of course was the comments Van Gaal made about Cristiano Ronaldo. We’ve covered that in a previous post a couple hours ago. Van Gaal was asked about “the spine” of four players in his side this season. Wayne Rooney...
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Predicted Man United Starting XI by Manchester Evening News

If everything goes right for Manchester United this weekend, they could enter Monday in fourth place. Yes, even after the terribly slow start, Man United could be right back in position for Champions League next year by early next week. It all starts with a victory over Leicester City. So what kind of formation should Louis van Gaal use Sunday night? Have a look at the teams Manchester...
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9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Man United icon Paul Scholes verbally destroys Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure has been receiving his share of criticism lately. The Manchester City star has been inconsistent lately, and his no show in the Champions League match this week has made the critiques of his game deserved. The ESPN FC panel had a great discussion the other day about Toure’s failure to meet expectations. They discussed the birthday cake incident, or birthday card absence...
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10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Louis van Gaal admits he wants to bring Ronaldo back to Man United

The European football tabloids and gossip posts have been going nuts with stories and speculation about Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Manchester United. Every other day or so a new football pundit emerges with an opinion and prediction on Ronaldo’s future. United Manager Louis van Gaal added fuel to the transfer rumors fire today at his pre match press conference. From Fox Sports...
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Ranking the 65 best Arsenal FC football players ever (vote!)

Where would you rank the top 65 Arsenal FC  players of all time? How would you begin to compose the list? Which Gunners would rank near the top?  Well all Arsenal FC fans and Arsenal FC experts can come together with the widget below to figure it out. It’s time to look at where today’s heroes such as Thierry Henry and Aaron Ramsey rank among the greatest ever to wear the Arsenal...
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ESPN hires Jane Slater to Longhorn Network

Beginning Monday, Texas native Jane Slater joins Longhorn Network as a studio host and reporter. Slater joins the network from CBS Dallas KTVT. Or as it’s known locally CBS11/TXA21. “Jane’s sports and television expertise really stood out as we went through the interview and audition process,” said LHN coordinating producer Tom McCollum in a prepared statement sent out by...
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12 hours ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Behold the irony of Ray Rice at Super Bowl 47 Media Day

This video is of Ray Rice is off the charts in unintentional comedy, tragedy, tragic comedy, comedic tragedy and pure irony. It’s excerpts of Ray Rice during his Super Bowl 47 Media Day availability. Now Super Bowl Media Day itself is a total joke, but not the kind of dark comedy you’ll see here. Rice answers a softball question about all the community service he did spreading...
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Chicago Bears vs NY Jets: game preview, prediction

This match-up looks like kind of a disaster for the Chicago Bears and this is why: NY Jets: #1 run offense, #1 run defense Chicago Bears: #29 run offense, #25 run defense Yep, easy to figure out what the focus will be for both coaching staffs this week as they get there usual three hours of sleep per night from September to January. SPREAD: NY JETS -1.5 TV: Monday Night Football...
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Ex Tottenham star Clint Dempsey once punched a window

  Clint Dempsey, captain of the U.S. Men’s National team, and former Tottenham Hotspur forward once punched out a window because he was so angry that he did not get to start in a soccer match. In a interview with talkSPORT, former Captain of Fulham Daniel Murphy discussed a moment where Dempsey was so angry he punched through a glass window, bloodying his hand in the process...
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Ranking the 58 best Manchester United players ever (vote here)

The next game for Manchester United is Sunday at newly promoted Leicester City; then home fixtures versus West Ham and Everton. All in all, the schedule was set up perfect for a fast start. As you know, that didn’t happen. But at least the Red Devils looked fantastic versus Queens Park Rangers. That said, it’s time to look at where today’s heroes such as Wayne Rooney and Robin...
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Arjen Robben says Van Gaal will return Man United to Champions League

Manchester United summer target Arjen Robben says MUFC Manager Louis van Gaal will get the club back to the Champions League “where they belong.” Robben just played under Van Gaal during the summer on The Netherlands national team that finished third at the World Cup in Brazil.  He believes the Iron Tulip is the perfect man to revive and restore the team that inhabits Old Trafford...
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Man United make up 51% of Premier League’s global TV audience

Manchester United are the world’s most popular and polarizing sports team. People love them or hate them, and more people have strong feelings about Man United than any other club in any league worldwide. Polls show that they have approximately 680,000,000 million supporters worldwide. Man United also accounts for a majority of the world’s Premier League television viewers. Yes...
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22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Ranking the 50 best Liverpool FC football players ever (vote!)

  Interesting times for LFC right now: a big win in Champions League, decent form thus far in the Premiership. Brendan Rodgers is one of the best managers in the England top flight. Where would you rank the top 50 Liverpool players of all time? How would you begin to compose the list? Which Reds rank near the top? Well all Liverpool fans and Liverpool FC experts can come together...
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23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Ranking the 35 best Tottenham Hotspur FC football players ever (vote!)

It’s certainly an interesting time or Tottenham Hotspur FC. The takeover bids, the potential new ownership by an American interest, the Europa League (everyone’s favorite tournament…#sarcasm) and of course the attempts to climb up the table to get into Champions League next year. All in all it was very interesting, but what about the greater history of Tottenham? Where would...
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23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Brandon Marshall: Professional Victim

Brandon Marshall has done so much to rehab his image and rehab as a human being. Today erased all of that. Marshall decided to speak on the current state of the NFL and talk about a few issues concerning him. A recent piece on ESPN’s “E:60” and Gloria Allred’s Wednesday press conference empowered the Chicago Bears wide receiver to speak Thursday afternoon. That decision was...
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How does the Chelsea FC draw impact their Champions League chances?

Chelsea FC had the best summer transfer window of anyone, and they got off to the best start of anyone in the English Premier League. The London side made all the right deals this summer and were the preseason pick of popular pundits to punish the Premier League. Many world football talking heads picked them to win the title, and with their fast start to the season, they’re making...
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PHOTO: Tom Brady posts his college resume online

Tom Brady is all time NFL Draft Horatio Alger type story. As a sixth round pick, the New England Patriots did not expect much of him.  Considering that the NFL Draft is only seven rounds long, he came very close to actually going undrafted in 2000. Then, the Uniersity of Michigan graduate would have faced very long odds of catching on in the NFL as a free agent. Of course, the history...
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Arsenal transfer rumors: Cavani, Pedro, Yobo, Lugano, Diarra

Lots of Arsenal transfer rumors to talk about today, so let’s dive right in. -According to Edinson Cavani’s agent, Premier League duo Arsenal and Liverpool have made offers for his client. Numerous outlets are reporting that PSG player long coveted by Manchester United is now being heavily pursued by both The Reds and the Gunners. The Daily Star has a story today claiming that...
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Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger regrets missing out on Cristiano Ronaldo

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger says his biggest regret is not signing a young Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portugese superstar, widely considered one of the best players in history, and quite possibly the top footballer playing today, could have been a member of The Gunners in 2003. Instead, Ronaldo obviously signed with Manchester United, as you know, before later being sold to Real Madrid...
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Chicago Cubs move minor league team to South Bend

The Chicago Cubs are moving their Class A affiliate from the Kane County Cougars to the South Bend Sliver Hawks. The Low A ball franchise may rename itself to the Cubs. The South Bend franchise will unveil a new name, logo and uniform, Thursday, September 25, during a press conference beginning at 9 a.m. ET at the local St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce. Officials from both...
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Liverpool transfer rumors: Reus, Cavani, Brandt, Pedro

Lots of Liverpool transfer rumors to talk about today, so let’s dive right in. -According to Edinson Cavani’s agent, Premier League duo Arsenal and Liverpool have made offers for his client. Numerous outlets are reporting that PSG player long coveted by Manchester United is now being heavily pursued by both The Reds and the Gunners. The Daily Star has a story today claiming...
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Man United may exchange Juan Mata for Kevin Strootman

Kevin Strootman leads the way in any and all Man United transfer rumors posts these days. It’s pretty clear that he’s at the top of the must buy list for Louis van Gaal in January. Strootman’s fitness is the reason that he wasn’t bought in this past summer transfer window. And it appears the price to acquire him might include £37.5 million man Juan Mata. Here’s the gist...
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VIDEOS: Minnesota Vikings, NFL in SEVERE crisis mode

In the middle of the night, literally, the Minnesota Vikings finally figured it out. They’ve certainly pat themselves on the back enough about it. Numerous members of the Vikings leadership used the phrases “get this right,” “made sure we got this right,” and other forms of “right.” So in their three major decisions pertaining to Adrian Peterson, within a 96 hour span...
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