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Michigan players acknowledge the Harbaugh Media Circus

Reporters need to stop trying to make coaches and players write their stories for them. Every Media Day the extremely leading and tiredly predictable questions come, and the self-reflexive bait is never taken. Coaches and players are smart enough not to play along with the already established narratives that pertain to them. You have to ask other individuals that question Newly...
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Bundesliga comes to America; FOX cornering soccer market

FOX Sports begins its first season as the American home to the Bundesliga, Germany’s top flight on Friday, Aug. 14. The timing is right as there is a serious lack of compelling sporting events on the calendar from mid June to late August. FOX has most of the few that are worth watching. In what they billed “the Summer of Soccer,” the network has all the footy worth watching...
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Bookmakers slash odds on Gareth Bale to Man United for some reason

Just a couple months ago, it was reported that there is no chance Gareth Bale will leave Real Madrid and join Manchester United this summer. Zero chance; none, nada. Well, lately the narrative has changed, for some reason. Some sports books have slashed the odds that Gareth Bale will join United to 7/2 while a host of bookies – including Ladbrokes – have gone as short as...
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PSG Capt. slams Man United; Red Devils supporters hit back

It simply wasn’t enough that Manchester United took a £15 million pound bath on the Angel Di Maria sale to Paris Saint-Germain. Or the fact that PSG exposed all of United’s major weaknesses while drilling them 2-0 in a preseason friendly a few days ago. Nope, not enough as the captain of PSG, Thiago Silva, felt the need to try and have his club inflict more pain on United...
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PHOTOS: new look Old Trafford with Adidas makeover

The home of Manchester United has done a bit of a makeover in anticipation of Saturday’s season opener versus Tottenham Hotspur. United is the wealthiest and most recognizable sports brand in the entire world. They have the richest sportswear sponsorship deal, and the club just switched from Nike to Adidas on August.  That meant all the Nike imagery at Old Trafford had to be...
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Clayton Thorson should be Northwestern’s starting QB

On National Signing Day 2014, we wrote a piece extolling the virtues of the recruiting class that Pat Fitzgerald introduced. That specific Northwestern recruiting class had the best “stars per player average” of any during the Fitzgerald regime. As we wrote then: “The jewel of the class is Clayton Thorson, the country’s sixth-ranked dual-threat quarterback. An ESPN analyst...
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FOX commencing Bundesliga broadcasts; cornering soccer market?

FOX Sports begins its first season as the American home to the Bundesliga, Germany’s top flight on Friday, Aug. 14. The timing is right as there is a serious lack of compelling sporting events on the calendar from mid June to late August. FOX has most of the few that are worth watching. In what they billed “the Summer of Soccer,” the network has all the footy worth watching...
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Wayne Rooney: Everton return was ‘a bit weird at first’

Wayne Rooney left Everton for Manchester United in 2004, but he donned the blue Toffees shirt again today in a testimonial game for Duncan Ferguson. Everton lost 2-1 to Villarreal in that contest. ‘It’s nice to come back here and the fans gave me a great reception, which obviously I was delighted with,’ the United and England National Team skipper said. ‘Most importantly...
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Van Gaal articulates how United can become title contenders

Manager Louis van Gaal discussed exactly what Manchester United need to compete with Chelsea for the Premier League title this season, and possibly to compete with the big boys in Europe. He told the Sun: “Barcelona have the speed of Neymar and Messi — and they have Pedro behind them. We have to compete with that. “We can win the title if we can buy players with speed and...
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Arsene Wenger rules out Karim Benzema addition

Arsenal have had a pretty quiet transfer window. When things do change it won’t be Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema making headlines as the big splash signing. Gunners Manager Arsene Wenger was asked about Benzema coming to London after his side’s 1-0 victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield. “No. Honestly no,” Wenger said. Well, then. The short, but sweet answer...
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Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey would like to join Barcelona one day

Gunners star Aaron Ramsey expressed his desire to play for Barcelona once his days with Arsenal are through. “Obviously it’s very flattering [links with Barcelona],” the star midfielder said in an ?interview with the Guardian. “They did the treble last year and it’s just really nice to be linked with one of the best clubs in the world. One day I would like to go over...
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Radamel Falcao slips in Community Shield; Social media has fun with him

Radamel Falcao is a top ten trending term in the United States right now due to his slipping in Chelsea’s Community Shield defeat at the hands of Arsenal today. Falcao joined Chelsea after his season-long loan from Monaco to Manchester United had disastrous results. Falcao was such a flop at Old Trafford that the mere mention of his name often draws ire, and to see him fail...
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Man United legend Roy Keane rips Arsenal to pieces

Manchester United legend Roy Keane is no stranger to controversy, as he thoroughly enjoys expressing his candid opinions. It’s almost always quite entertaining when he does so, and it usually leads to an interesting backlash. Today is yet another example. Roy Keane has claimed Arsenal’s players are more “interested in selfies and six-packs instead of winning Premier League...
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Ex Illini QB Jack Trudeau crapped himself; threatened to kill police officer

If you thought Tim Beckman’s appearance on dais at Big Ten Media Day was a disgrace to Illini football, get a load of what Jack Trudeau, the starting quarterback of the 1984 Rose Bowl team has been up to this week. Sure, Beckman was speaking publicly for the first time since allegations of abuse were made public, had the perfect platform to get his side of the story out there...
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Christen Press, Red Stars could potentially do something special

Christen Press has an opportunity to complete an individual/team hybrid treble (if such a thing exists) in 2015. She already won the Women’s World Cup with the U.S. Women’s National Team. And with eight goals in six appearances for the Chicago Red Stars, she’s in second place in the National Women’s Soccer League in scoring. Take into account that she’s played in eight...
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Pat Fitzgerald suggests new hashtags for Northwestern Football critique

Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald, and his program, have taken a lot of heat the past couple of years. NU has gone 10-14 the past two seasons, which is exactly equal to the record Tim Beckman has produced at Illinois. Of course, not much has been expected of Beckman and the Illini, because the reputation of that coach and program is, uhm, lacking. Pat Fitzgerald and Northwestern...
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Jim Harbaugh Denies Existence of Media Circus

Reporters need to stop trying to make coaches and players write their stories for them. Every Media Day the extremely leading and tiredly predictable questions come, and the bait is never taken. Coaches and players are smart enough not to play along with the already established narratives that pertain to them. Newly installed Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh obviously knows there’s...
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Pochettino dismisses Chicharito to Tottenham Hotspur rumors

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez may have a long term future with Manchester United. A lot of it depends on whether or not Old Trafford buys another striker this summer. United manager Louis van Gaal was asked about the place for Chicharito during the Red Devils preseason tour of the United States. Here’s how he answered the Hernandez query.  “I think that I have long-term...
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Michael Carrick rejected a move to Paris St. Germain

The Angel Di Maria to Paris St. Germain transfer story is the height of tedium. There’s reports that he’s set to have a medical on Monday, but it’s a narrative that everyone has gotten sick of. One Manchester United to PSG transfer story line that nobody has grown weary of is Michael Carrick. That’s because it’s not going to happen. And this is the first we’ve heard...
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Manchester United still pursuing Gareth Bale, reportedly

With the Gareth Bale to Manchester United narrative, take all these rumors with a grain of salt. However, it’s not going away, and it’s certainly not unrealistic. The Sunday Express says that United haven’t given up hope on bringing the 26-year-old to Old Trafford from the Bernabeu. United manager Louis Van Gaal made comments a week ago indicating that the club is ready...
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De Gea sale to Real Madrid back on, Spanish newspaper

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. We really thought this one was over. It seemed clear that De Gea was going to stay put right where he is, as talks had reportedly...
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Chelsea FC reportedly closing deal for Baba Rahman

Chelsea have been targeting Abdul Baba Rahman for quite some time. With Filipe Luis headed back to Atletico Madrid after just one season, this transfer started to make much more sense. Today, it appears that the Blues are closing the deal for the Augsburg left back who had been rated for £15 million. The deal could be completed sometime after the Community Shield versus Arsenal...
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Famous Tottenham Hotspur fan Christian Jones predicts EPL top four

Again we’re doing a story/interview podcast about football; world football and American football. Northwestern Wide Receiver and Tottenham Hotspur supporter Christian Jones had to sit out the 2014 college football season due to an ACL injury. But he’s back and revved up to go for 2015! American college football preseason began today with Big Ten Media Days. The real season...
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PHOTOS, VIDEOS: new Manchester United kit Adidas promo

  They’re the most recognizable sports brand in the entire world. Manchester United have the richest corporate and marketing sponsorship deals. The latest polls state they have 680,000,000 supporters worldwide. The new home shirt is here, as the club switched from Nike to Adidas. It was for a world record £750 million, or $1.1 billion. Below you’ll find links to wallpapers...
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PHOTOS: new Manchester United kit modeled by Blind and Jones

Manchester United football club is the wealthiest and most recognizable sports brand in the entire world. They have the richest corporate and marketing sponsorship deals. The new shirt is here, as the club switched from Nike to Adidas. It was for a world record £750 million, or $1.1 billion. The new Manchester United kit is now on sale. In honor of making their first Manchester...
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