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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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Changes among Liverpool FC forwards; more turnover on the way?

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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VIDEOS: Final teaser for new Manchester United kit

You already know what the new Man United shirt looks like, as Photos of the new Manchester United kit leaked online .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...
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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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