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VIDEO: Angel Di Maria scores best goal of the week

Angel Di Maria was described by the announcer calling the match today as a “mercurial magician,” a part of a side “that looks irresistible moving forward.” Di Maria had his second scoring strike in just his second game with Manchester United. And when you see it, you’ll believe that he was worth every British pound that he cost. The man who broke the British transfer fee...
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VIDEO: Robin van Persie scores 1st goal of the season

Robin van Persie had the most iconic goal of the entire World Cup with his “Flying Dutchman” header. It came in The Netherlands “Red Wedding” or “Rojo Wedding” 5 to nil true rout of Spain in the opener of group play. That goal was paid tribute to in song, murals, tattoos, pretty much any way a human being can express oneself. However, RVP hasn’t found himself on the...
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Cristiano Ronaldo back to Man United rumors gaining steam

The story of Cristiano Ronaldo possibly returning to Manchester United has been the hottest transfer rumor of the past two weeks. It reached a fever pitch today as it dominates all the Sunday gossip pages and tabloid sheets. So let’s dive right in, shall we? -We begin with the Ronaldo narrative in The Sunday Telegraph, with a hat tip from Fox Sports Paper Chase “Manchester United...
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Tottenham will have to pay £30m to get Morgan Schneiderlin

According to The Sun, Southampton have stuck a £30 million price tag on Morgan Schneiderlin.  There was heavy interest from Spurs all summer long, but a deal never got done. Ronald Koeman sold off a very large chunk of his team during this past window, and quite a few of those departures went to Liverpool. Yet here we are the Saints are sitting in second place and The Reds are...
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Illini Coach Tim Beckman’s ten funniest verbal gaffes

Tim Beckman is somewhere between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin when it comes to public speaking abilities. At his worst, he can be Rick Perry level bad. As I pointed out in my weekly radio spot on 1620 The Zone on Tuesday, Beckman is often a bit lacking in “talky-talk” abilities. Consider this a “greatest misses” album: ten instances of Tim Beckman saying something goofy, unintelligent...
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Jim Harbaugh taking over Michigan next year seems even more likely

In all likelihood, when we talk about Jim Harbaugh at this time next year, he will be coach of the Michigan Wolverines, not the San Francisco 49ers. As we’ve chronicled, Harbaugh’s days in Frisco are numbered. Michigan is a train wreck right now, especially on offense. Given the high standards they have in Ann Arbor, the 2014 edition of the Michigan Wolverines look even worse...
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Illini football on par with DePaul basketball in visibility

Don’t let the 3-1 record fool you. A win over two mid-majors and a FCS team doesn’t resolve anything. Last year’s Illini football team went 3-1 in the non-conference, in a much less impressive manner, and still ended up being a train wreck in league play. Looking at the 2014 Illini football winning percentage of .750 makes one see just the trees; not the forest. Continuing...
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Josh Ferguson carried the Illini on his back

Watching Illini running back Josh Ferguson today reminded me of those old “we secretly switched Folgers Crystals with the leading brand….let’s see if anyone notices” commercials from back in the ’80s. Except the switch would be Josh Ferguson for Marshall Faulk. That’s how special Ferguson was in the passing game; complementing his running for Illinois. “Now that we’ve...
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Louis van Gaal stress importance on Manchester United youth

There’s been a lot of talk lately about how Manchester United has been overly focused on buying players and abandoning the development of their youth program. Given all the big spending on big name transfers in this past window, the critics came out to condemn United for stressing the buying of veterans and new players instead of developing prospects in their own system. Assistant...
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Pep Guardiola annoyed by Van Gaal saying everyone wants to join Man United

Here we go, battle of past and present Bayern Munich managers round three: Pep Guardiola vs. Louis van Gaal. The Manchester United Manager got under the skin of the Bayern boss by saying that every player he targeted in the summer transfer window would love to join United. It was part of an interview in which Van Gaal refuted the vicious critiques Pep Guardiola made of the Red Devils...
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Man United told that Kevin Strootman will cost £60m

Manchester United had offered £30 million and bonuses for Kevin Strootman, according to Roma Newspaper Il Tempo in June. Strootman is a Dutch international footballer who will not play again until this November. Numerous publications list him as Old Trafford’s top priority for the January transfer window. Both the Daily Mail and The Guardian had items on PSG have entering the...
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Louis van Gaal refutes Guardiola’s harsh criticism of Man United

Louis van Gaal has hit back at Pep Guardiola’s stinging criticisms at Manchester United. If you don’t recall what he said, I’ve linked his brutal attack at the club here. Guardiola claimed that several of his players were sought after by United during the summer transfer window but they preferred to stay at Bayern Munich instead. He also called out United by saying Old Trafford...
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Illinois football let EVERYONE into their game, ticket or no ticket

Today, the college football world experienced something very rare. A massive storm front moved into Champaign, Illinois while the Illinois Fighting Illini were trailing the Texas State Bobcats 14-6 with 13:35 left to play in the second quarter. Lightning forced an evacuation of the stadium and delayed the continuation of the game for several hours. That’s not the story here. What...
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Rafael loves Man United, and never wants to leave

Rafael seems to have a starting place in the Manchester United starting back line. For now, as he’s had plenty of playing time. But with all the knew defenders who have been acquired his position and even his future with the team could be in doubt. Well, Rafael doesn’t want to go anywhere. He wants to stay at Old Trafford. Rafael: “I love our fans. They’re so passionate...
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VIDEO: Ex Man United F Javier Hernandez’s 1st Real Madrid goal

Javier Hernandez has found the back of the net as a member of Los Blancos. His brace complemented a hat trick from Cristiano Ronaldo and two goals from ex Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale as Real Madrid went up 6-2 on Deportivo. Javier Hernandez made it 7-2 in the 87th minute. Take a look: Congrats Chicharito! The super sub who doesn’t want to be a super sub and doesn’t like...
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Wayne Rooney says United attack is “great problem” for Van Gaal

As Captain, Wayne Rooney is the only member of this Manchester United team who will get preferential treatment. And only the very slightest of an advantage. Very slight. United Manager said so in similar words yesterday at this prematch press conference previewing Sunday’s contest with Leicester City. With all those great strikers and forwards: Rooney, Robin Van Persie, Radamel...
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Pac-12 Basketball Preview: #1 Arizona Wildcats

The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a facelift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference, breaking down each team beginning with the Pac-12. Even though the Arizona Wildcats lose the Pac-12 Player of the Year and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, Sean Miller’s team will be among the elite in...
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Chicago Cubs farm system All-Star team: outfielders

We complete our second-annual Cubs minor-league All-Star team today by naming three outfielders to the squad.  In previous installments, we selected pitchers; a catcher and  first-baseman; and a second-baseman, shortstop and third-baseman.   The most obvious choice to fill out our outfield is Jorge Soler, whose dominance earned him a promotion to the Cubs on August 25. ...
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Nearly 1000 Kentucky Wildcats fans camped out for Midnight Madness

You know that Kentucky Wildcats are crazy. But you didn’t know that they have reached this level of insanity. Last year’s all-time “Big Blue Madness” (the Lexington version of Midnight Madness) campout record has been broken with an estimated 760 tents set up as of Friday at 9 a.m. ET. The 2013 campout held the record previously with 755 tents. With the record number of tents...
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Georgia Bulldogs’ Todd Gurley: Heisman frontrunner?

Georgia junior tailback Todd Gurley is one of four players nationwide who is on everybody’s Heisman Trophy candidate short list.  Gurley is probably right up there with Oregon Ducks QB Marcus Mariota as the front-runner. Texas A&M’s Kenny Hill and Jameis Winston are the other two on the list. Although Mr. discount shellfish down in Tallahassee is not doing himself any favors...
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Arsenal have a £173.3m cash reserve; Wenger need to spend?

Arsenal are sitting on a cash reserve of £173.3 million ($280m) according to multiple reports in the media. This revelation came after The Gunners made public the latest set of financial results. The north London’s side financial books show that this is an accumulation of profits year over year, and it’s become a top storyline among Arsenal and Premier League news sites due...
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Louis van Gaal says everyone wants to beat Manchester United

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 yesterday. There was another theme to emerge from Van Gaal’s presser today. He cleverly articulated how every game...
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Chelsea FC vs Man City FC: match preview, TV info

One of the most eagerly awaited games of the 2014-2015 Premier League season takes place this Sunday as reigning champion Manchester City hosts current leader Chelsea. These are pretty much the top two picks of almost every pundit to win the England top flight.  Almost all football talking heads picked either Chelsea FC or Man City FC to win it all this year. So this game will obviously...
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Tottenham defender suspended for tweeting support of Anti-Semitic gesture

Tottenham Hotspur defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto earned himself a three game suspension Friday. On his Twitter account Assou-Ekotto showed approval of another footballer’s offensive goal celebration that consisted of an Anti-Semitic gesture. From Fox Soccer:   “Nicolas Anelka celebrated scoring a goal for West Bromwich Albion against West Ham on Dec. 28 by performing a gesture...
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VIDEO: Liverpool FC bad boy Balotelli in provocative Ad

Mario Balotelli moved to Liverpool towards the end of this summer transfer window, and he just scored his first goal as a member of The Reds this past week in a Champions League victory over Ludogrets. As you know, his reputation precedes him. In this post, we listed all of the crazy stuff Balotelli has done and supposedly done, as his teammate Steven Gerrard made news this week...
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