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What do the bookies think of Man Utd’s £150 million+ transfer spend?

Many Man Utd fans are getting excited about the heavy investment the club have made in new acquisitions over the summer. After many years of what the Old Trafford faithful thought was an insufficient transfer budget compared to their City rivals Man City, United have spent more than any other Premier League team during this transfer window, a staggering £156 million. Even fans...
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VIDEO: Man United led summer spending with £199m

Manchester United led all the big spenders this summer with £199 million this window. Arsenal is second at £113m, so the Premier League took the top two slots. La Liga giant Barcelona was third at £100m, with Liverpool coming in fourth at 77 million pounds. So the PL took in three of the top four spots in Europe this summer. The figures reflect net spending and the source is...
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Notre Dame football hosts Michigan: brutally honest preview

It’s the final time that we have a Michigan versus Notre Dame football game on the schedule. All the “chickening out” stories have been written. That narrative has been played out. Today at the press conference Brian Kelly simply said that having Michigan off the schedule now opens itself up to new opportunities, the chances to play Texas and Georgia. So we’ll leave it at...
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Chip Kelly has made the Eagles a Super Bowl darkhorse

Chip Kelly, in year one of his NFL experiment, showed everyone that his offensive genius does translate from college football to the NFL. Look what he did with QB Nick Foles: his mastermind with the Oregon Ducks carried over to the Philadelphia Eagles. Unfortunately, the Eagles didn’t do a whole lot this offseason other than let DeSean Jackson, their best receiver, go and make...
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PHOTO: Brian Kelly rocks hilariously loud suit at Notre Dame presser

Brian Kelly is a great salesman and a great face for the Notre Dame football program. That’s part of the reason he’s such a great recruiter. Unfortunately, the top athletes are usually not the top character guys. Week one went well, as ND crushed a very weak Rice team into many little pieces, but the schedule gets much tougher, starting this week with the Michigan Wolverines...
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Have we seen the best of Trevor Siemian at Northwestern?

Before he suffered his “lower body injury” in 2013, Northwestern QB Trevor Siemian was one of the best pure passers in the Big Ten. However, his production slipped in midseason as his ankle/foot etc slowed him down. His accuracy and efficiency declined. In a couple games, Siemian made the critical mistake of staring down his primary receiver when near his own South end zone....
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Wisconsin shuts down starting QB Joel Stave indefinitely

Now we know why Wisconsin played QB Tanner McEvoy all game in the loss to LSU. The true starting QB, Joel Stave, is lost indefinitely. He’s shut down for a very long time, and don’t be shocked if he doesn’t return at all this season. UW head coach Gary Andersen announced Tuesday, regarding Joel Stave: “Joel has been dealing with some issues with his throwing shoulder for...
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Man United loan Tom Cleverley to Aston Villa for the season

Manchester United supporters won’t have Tom Cleverley to kick around anymore; at least not for this season. The midfielder has been loaned to Aston Villa for the season, so Red Devils fans don’t need to hurl any further online abuse his way. There were online petitions to get Cleverley removed from both his club and country teams. Tom Cleverley had to shut down his Twitter account...
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Attendance more serious an issue than losing for Illini football

Only 36,000 and change paid to see the 2014 Illini football opener versus Youngstown St. Of course, the true number of butts in the seats was much lower, meaning that Memorial Stadium was essentially close to half empty. That’s a huge problem for the job security of Tim Beckman and the state of the Illinois Fighting Illini football program. Yes, winning cures everything, and winning...
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Oregon Ducks vs Michigan St: Brutally honest preview

Like Kermit the Frog told us, “it’s not easy being green.” It’s the primary color of both teams playing the primary college football game of the preconference. Well, sort of. The Oregon Ducks now have about 1,345 different team colors; because Oregon rolls out a new uniform for just about every drive of every game of every season. The University of Nike Product Development...
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Randy Gregory: way more important than Bo Pelini’s cat

(Update: Randy Gregory is doubtful for this week with a knee injury) If you want a great example of how Big Ten Media Day was a ton of talking, but very little, if any actual news, look no further than how much play my question got to Bo Pelini about his cat. Now I love cats as much as the next person, but everybody talked about Pelini’s cat, but no one at all mentioned the actual...
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Illini QB Aaron Bailey really needs to convert to WR or DB

The talk from Illini Nation around QB Aaron Bailey reminds me of the talk from Chicago Cubs Nation surrounding Javier Baez. Or Jorge Soler. Or Kris Bryant. Or Albert Almora. Or (insert another Cubs blue chip Minor League prospect’s name here). It’s the same sentiment- accepting that losing, and really bad losing at that, is inevitable in the present. Therefore, instead look to...
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Unexciting, blah Tottenham Hotspur transfer window

As far as summer transfer windows go, this was among the least exciting and interesting at Tottenham Hotspur. The North London side took awhile to name Mauricio Pochettino as the successor to Tim Sherwood. Then it took a real long time to add a single player at all. And in the end, there’s nothing about their transfer activity that makes you believe Tottenham could move up from...
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Recapping a very eventful Liverpool FC transfer window

It was about as interesting a summer transfer window as possible for Liverpool FC. They sold the best player in the entire Premier League to Barca, for a huge sum. And it all happened in the wake of an international controversy and extreme disgrace. The Reds then went on a buying spree with all that new cash. And one of their buys is another headcase/problem child in Mario Balotelli...
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New possible Manchester United Starting XI by ESPN FC

Manchester United, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (MANU), the professional sports team in the world that is publicly traded, spent around $250 million on players since finishing seventh last season, with Argentina midfielder Angel Di Maria joining last week for a British-record fee of 59.7 million pounds (then $99 million). Versatile Netherlands international Daley...
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Man United unveil Daley Blind, the new £14m buy

Manchester United signed Daley Blind for £14 million from Ajax, trying it repair the disaster in the back line right now. All in all, Louis van Gaal and Ed Woodward spent more than £156 million this summer – almost as much as the club have spent in total over the previous five years. Here is Blind undergoing his medical at Old Trafford.  Also today, Blind picked up the Golden...
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Arsenal land Man United striker Danny Welbeck

Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck is out the door at Old Trafford, as we profiled a few days ago. The 23-year-old has been told by Manager Louis van Gaal that he doesn’t matter that much to depth chart. It was thought that Javier Hernandez was beneath him in the pecking order, but apparently not. Moot point as Chicharito completed a loan move to Real Madrid anyway. Tottenham...
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Radamel Falcao deal finalized, striker unveiled at Man United

Manchester United signed Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco for the entire season in a last minute move on transfer deadline day. The Colombia striker’s deal, which came out of absolutely nowhere,  gives United an option to buy him at the end of season. The 28-year-old Falcao says “Manchester United is the biggest club in the world and is clearly determined to get back to the...
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Danica Patrick records best finish ever! Huzzah!

Danica Patrick was her usual “one lap downica,” not once, but twice. However, she came back to score her career best 6th place finish last night at Atlanta. Sixth Place! That reminds me of The Simpsons episode where Al Gore is informed “somebody actually bought a copy of your book sir.” “Well, this calls for a celebration” *Plays the Kool and the Gang song* “celebrate...
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Deadline Day Tottenham transfer rumors: Defoe, Rodriguez, Schneiderlin

Watch this space as the summer transfer window shuts in a matter of hours. Here’s the final Tottenham transfer rumors of this period. Of course, that doesn’t mean we won’t have new rumors of deals tomorrow, and every day after that. We always have plenty of Tottenham transfer rumors, everyday. Let’s get this party started. -From The Independent, Tottenham will make a move...
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Deadline Day Man United transfer rumors: Vidal, Strootman, Welbeck

Watch this space as the summer transfer window shuts in a matter of hours. Here’s the final Man United transfer rumors of this period. Of course, that doesn’t mean we won’t have new rumors of deals tomorrow, and every day after that. We always have plenty of Man United transfer rumors, everyday. Let’s get this party started. -Arturo Vidal isn’t happening. Sorry. -Falcao...
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Man United secure £6m Radamael Falcao loan deal

Manchester United have agreed a loan deal for Monaco’s Radamael Falcao, subject to medical and  and agreement of personal terms. The loan fee is £6m, with the club having the option of a permanent deal for the player at the end of the season. The position of Falcao is certainly not one in dire need, but with Chicharito, Javier Hernandez now off on loan to Real Madrid, he fills...
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Kyle Orton signing conveys Bills lack of faith in EJ Manuel

No one seems to be very high on EJ Manuel right now. Given his performance in the NFL thus far, it’s understandable. Manuel was certainly a reach when he was drafted; almost as much as his fellow Florida State Seminole Christian Ponder. So I guess look out, teams seeking to draft Jameis Winston down the line. The Buffalo Bills themselves probably aren’t very sold on EJ Manuel...
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VIDEO: big Chicago Bulls fan also a ruthless Islamist Terrorist

Wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t report the news that didn’t wasn’t so flattering to my hometown teams. Here’s some press that won’t be making any Chicago Bulls press releases any time soon. Of course, it’s certainly not the Bulls fault that a horrible human being of this sort happens to fall into the “big tent” that is their fan base. When you’re a huge international...
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Arturo Vidal to Man United: still a £50m chance on deadline day

Time for your daily (but perhaps last) Arturo Vidal is coming/not coming/maybe coming/definitely coming to Manchester United update. We’ll look at what media outlets in which countries are saying the transfer has been completed. Or not. Or maybe it has. There’s media in three countries interested in this: Juventus (Italy) his current club, Chile (where he was a national...
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