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VIDEO: Ronaldo gets first Anfield goal, Real Madrid crush Liverpool

All those years he played for Manchester United yet it wasn’t until today that Cristiano Ronaldo found the back of the net at Anfield. His score was the first of three for Real Madrid as Los Blancos crushed Liverpool 3-nil. Karim Benzema tallied the other two. Ronaldo is just one score away from tying for the most goals in Champions League history. Goals this season: Cristiano...
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Miss Iowa Aly Olson to sing before Hawkeyes vs Northwestern

Aly Olson, the current Miss Iowa now competing in the 2015 Miss America pageant (she’s part of the final 12), will will sing “God Bless America” before the Iowa Hawkeyes host Northwestern at Kinnick Stadium. Olson is attending the University of Iowa on a presidential scholarship. Aly Olson hails from Des Moines and is pursuing a bachelor of music in vocal performance. “The...
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Bears HC Trestman bungling his way to credibility crisis

Long ago, I learned to stop equating a expansive vocabulary and articulateness with football intelligence; and inarticulateness and a limited vocabulary with an gridiron intelligence deficit.  Two-time Super Bowl winning head coach Bill Parcells was insufferably verbosity and grammar errors would make any English professor cringe, but his clock management skills and aplomb use...
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Tim Lincecum = “Dazed and Confused’s” Mitch Kramer: still funny

With the San Francisco Giants back in the World Series, time to dust off one of our favorite sports jokes. Tim Lincecum is the only guy on the Giants roster who has not played this postseason. Still relevant though. “Dazed & Confused” has absolutely no plot, but it’s still one of the most relevant teen comedies of all time. It lives up to the hype that another plotless...
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VIDEO: MSU Spartans mascot dancing in Taylor Swift parody

It’s a good thing my 11-year-old niece doesn’t read my site. She’s a “Swiftie” and might get upset by seeing how much I’m about to rip the music of Taylor Swift here. On the other hand, she’d probably find this parody of Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” as disturbing and bizarre as I do. In the video below, you’ll see several Big Ten mascots “shaking it” and...
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Todd Gurley apologizes, UGA applies for reinstatement

Running back and former Heisman Trophy candidate Todd Gurley could return to the Georgia Bulldogs sooner rather than later. It’s hard to say given the arbitrariness and capriciousness of the NCAA. The University of Georgia sent out a very boring statement filled with a lot of legalese and corporatespeak this morning regarding the Todd Gurley matter. There are however, three main...
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Chelsea transfer rumors: Torres, Khedira, El Haddadi

Jose Mourinho made some comments earlier this week that Chelsea is going to stand pat this January transfer window. We don’t buy that. The Special One is known for mind games and every Premier League Manager says contradicting things when it comes to the buying and selling of players. Like Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal said this summer “if I talk about these players...
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Man United news and notes: Falcao, Shaw, Van Gaal, Herrera

It’s time for another edition of Man United news and notes, so let’s get this party started. -We begin the Man United news and notes column with an item in the Daily Mail, Luke Shaw admits his performances since joining Manchester United have not yet justified his £30m price tag but has vowed: ‘You’ll see my best soon.’ -Return to the Mail for more on the Radamel Falcao...
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Villanova’s Jay Wright is TOTALLY DELUSIONAL about Big East hoops

Villanova Head Coach Jay Wright analogized Big East basketball to SEC football. Seriously, he did. Maybe Wright should see the ESPN Films 30 for 30 “Requiem for the Big East” (review here). Or perhaps he’s seen only the beginning and middle of the documentary. The Big East is a shell of what it was once, which makes Wright’s comments below a bit absurd. Wright was a guest...
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Tom Izzo explains MSU’s bizarre string of non-basketball injuries

Tom Izzo has seen some of his Michigan State Spartans underachieve, overachieve and everything in between. Often in the same season. One of the few reasons he’s earned the nickname “Mr. March” is because his teams often struggle in midseason and/or start slowly. Last year’s Spartans had an 18-1 start to the season, the best in school history. They looked like a national champion...
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Who gets the final Chicago Bulls forward roster spot?

It looks like the Chicago Bulls will go with five guards and seven forwards this season. Given the health history of Derrick Rose, it’s mandatory to have two guys on the roster who can run the point behind him. So with Rose, Jimmy Butler, Kirk Hinrich and Aaron Brooks as locks, the final guard slot goes to E’Twaun Moore (as we’ve chronicled before). Especially now that Kim...
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AAC Basketball Preview: #5 Cincinnati Bearcats

The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12, Big 12, and SEC, and now turn my attention to the already new-look AAC. In losing 72% of their scoring from last season including All-Conference shooting...
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AAC Basketball Preview: #6 Tulsa Golden Hurricane

The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12, Big 12, and SEC, and now turn my attention to the already new-look AAC. A year after claiming a share of the Conference USA regular season title and winning...
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Angel Di Maria will get precautionary scan of groin injury

Angel Di Maria caused a lot of concern among Manchester United fans yesterday as the midfielder held an ice pack on his groin. The Argentine winger, United’s record signing, and best overall player, was impressive at the Hawthorns, but he came off in the 76th minute. The ailment was identified has a minor groin injury. According to multiple sources, Angel Di Maria will get a precautionary...
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Arsenal transfer rumors: Ozil, Moore, Reus, El Haddadi

Most of the Arsenal transfer rumors lately have centered around Mesut Ozil, and for good reason. Despite what the German has said to squash the gossip, his move out of the Emirates is looking more and more likely. -The Gunners are apparently prepared to cash in, and the sale would almost double the 42 million pounds that Arsene Wenger already has to spend in the winter window. ...
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Man United keen on acquiring Fredy Guarin again

Fredy Guarin was a big time target for both Manchester United and Chelsea in last year’s January transfer window, but if he was going to move, it likely would have been to Juventus. Tottenham Hotspur were also supposedly in the running. It seems United boss Louis van Gaal has intensified his efforts to sign Inter Milan’s Colombian midfielder after Manchester United’s intended...
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Highlights of the Tim Miles, Nebrasketball comedy hour

Nebraska Coach Tim Miles doesn’t do “coachspeak” all that much. He tries to shy away from cliches too. While other coaches can ramble on and on for 20 minutes, yet say nothing interesting, Miles gives you a whole week’s work of articles in about five or six minutes. Tim Miles summed up Big Ten Media Day best: “Today is not media day, it’s the nightmare for sports information...
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AUDIO: Illini G Rayvonte Rice talks Ray Rice (exclusive)

Up until mid January, Rayvonte Rice was the leading scorer in the Big Ten last season. However, the season went downhill for both him and his Illinois Fighting Illini at Northwestern. An adductor strain slowed Rice down for awhile, and the Illini offense had major issues. However, Rayvonte Rice and the Illini finished strong. Had it not been for that loss at NU, and probably the...
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Man United news and notes: Shaw, Van Persie, Herrera, Young

Lots of Man United news and notes to get into, so let’s dive right in. Here is the television info for the big game coming up versus Chelsea.  -The owner of the richest contract in British history for a teenager, Luke Shaw, admits he hasn’t been a great investment thus far. Luke Shaw admits that United fans haven’t seen the best of him yet and feel he needs to prove his £27m...
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Tom Izzo and Nick Saban: greatest coaching duo in history?

Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio were voted the nation’s number 1 coaching combo in a recent poll; up from #7 last year. Yes, in the two college sports that people care about, you can’t find a better one-two punch then H to tha Izzo and MD. However, there was once a time in Spartan lore when both Tom Izzo and Nick Saban were coaching in East Lansing, Michigan. The...
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Manchester United vs Chelsea TV info

The “easing into it”start of the season for Manchester United is over now. Next they’ll take on the Blues, everyone’s preseason favorite, and a group that has indeed played like it. From NBC Sports PR Two Premier League giants face off as first-place Chelsea visit sixth-place Manchester United this Sunday, Oct. 26, at Noon ET on NBC and Telemundo, highlighting this week’s...
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What’s wrong with Robin van Persie? Is he in permanent decline?

Robin van Persie is having a down season at Manchester United and if it weren’t for the big money Ed Woodward spent on retaining Wayne Rooney and acquiring Radamel Falcao, this would be a much much bigger issue.No Premier League player has scored more goals (70) than Robin van Persie over the last four seasons. But RVP only has one goal this season which put United up 2-nil on...
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Sir Alex Ferguson claims David Moyes disaster wasn’t his fault

Sir Alex Ferguson is definitely embracing his role as Ambassador at Manchester United. First he ended his feud with Wayne Rooney. Then, he recruited Cristiano Ronaldo. He gave him a phone call and the tabloids went wild with the story. Now Sir Alex is trying to mend fences over the way he went out; the decision that tarnished his legacy. Ferguson hand-picked David Moyes as his successor...
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Liverpool transfer rumors: Casilla, Valdes, Reus, Suso

Raheem Sterling seems to be staying put, so we can leave that story line alone for now. However, there are plenty of lots of Liverpool transfer rumors to discuss today so let’s dive right in. -Liverpool will compete with several Spanish sides for the signature of Porto teenager Ruben Neves, says the Daily Mirror. -More Liverpool transfer rumors from ESPN FC. The Reds have moved...
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David Robinson’s son Corey becoming star Notre Dame WR

Corey Robinson is one of many celebrity offspring playing football for Notre Dame right now. His father is “The Admiral” himself, NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson. The Fighting Irish roster also boasts the sons of Jon Bon Jovi, Torii Hunter and Cris Collinsworth.  Austin Collinsworth, a senior safety, was named one of the team’s captains this season. Of all the proud fathers...
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