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Protest against Governor planned at Michigan St-Michigan basketball game

Michigan State and Michigan basketball fans obviously butt heads a lot. (Ditto for football, hockey and every other sport). It’s a very heated rivalry to say the least. Michigan basketball fans tastelessly defacing the Magic Johnson statue in the week leading up to the football game between the two schools is the latest classic example. However, tomorrow will see Michigan State...
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Dele Alli vs Harry Kane in Super Bowl Challenge (video)

This week’s offerings on the Tottenham Hotspur Youtube channel, feature a steady dose of Dele Alli. With 7 goals in 22 games, the teenager is the breakout star for Spurs this campaign. One of his seven goals is a no doubt front-runner for scoring strike of the year. Alli could become a future cornerstone, a not for sale at any price kind of player like Harry Kane has become...
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Luke Shaw surprisingly included in Man United’s Europa League roster

Long time absentee Luke Shaw has been included in Manchester United’s Europa League roster. Manager Louis van Gaal made the revelation today at his weekly press conference previewing the Chelsea fixture on Sunday. It’s quite surprising that the Left Back was named to the squad which will be compete in Europe’s consolation bracket. However, as was revealed earlier this week...
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Man United Injury Report: Jones, Young, Schweinsteiger and more

Welcome to the “Struggling English Giants Cup” or if managerial transfer rumors are to be believed, the Jose Mourinho Cup. Manager Louis van Gaal gave his press conference today previewing the match on Sunday between Manchester United and Chelsea. You can watch the video at this link. (Note: we’ll have our Man United starting XI prediction up tomorrow morning, and the...
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Louis van Gaal press conference previewing Chelsea (video)

Here is the video of the full Louis van Gaal press conference today previewing the match on Sunday between Manchester United and Chelsea. Call it the “Struggling English Giants Cup” or if managerial transfer rumors are to be believed, the Jose Mourinho Cup. (Note: we’ll have our Man United starting XI prediction up tomorrow morning, and the injury report up very shortly....
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Super Bowl peaked in 1991 with Buffalo Bills, Whitney Houston

Grandpa Abe Simpson may have hacked my website and penned the essay that follows. Or at least it might read that way. The Buffalo Bills went to four straight Super Bowls and lost all four in the 1990s, but man did they give us the best Super Bowl of all time. Like Tom Petty said, “even the losers- get lucky sometimes.” Obviously, they never did but sometimes history is better...
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Chicago Bears must prioritize drafting a Linebacker

With football season long over with (well,pretty much) you can now look ahead to the draft Chicago Bears fans. With the #11 overall pick in the draft, I think you got to get the linebacker or offensive lineman.  Like Curtis Conway told me at the NFL Network’s NFL Draft Media luncheon in Chicago last year: “Foxy will go defense, let him go heavy defense. Let him run this team...
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Jim Nantz has a mind blowing Super Bowl 50 factoid

Hello friends. Jim Nantz, who will call the big game Sunday, offered this MVP race insight: “As the game gets broken down a million different ways, and every possible conceivable story angle has been written before the kickoff, I want to be the first to say that if Star Lotulelei ends up the MVP, then the Super Bowl will have officially come full circle in 50 years. From (Super...
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Nine most overkilled Super Bowl 50 Storylines

The worst thing the Super Bowl ever did was add that “harrowing bye week, which no one enjoys.” Seriously, the extraneous bye week is more outdated than All-Star Games. Because now every story line that will be beaten to death in the prelude to the big game gets double the over-promotion. And we hear the same non-sense over and over and over and over and over again. As it will...
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Jose Mourinho confident he’ll land United Manager gig

Will Manchester United axe Manager Louis van Gaal and replace him with Jose Mourinho? Is he the favorite ahead of Ryan Giggs? Maybe that alleged six page letter he wrote might paid off. Via ESPN FC: Jose Mourinho and his representatives are increasingly confident he will be Manchester United manager next season, sources have told ESPN FC, although a deal has yet to be signed...
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Liverpool FC target Alex Teixeira joins Chinese side

Liverpool’s last adventure in the January transfer window didn’t work out. It’s very well known that the Reds were hoping to sign Shakhtar Donetsk forward and Chelsea target Alex Teixeira.  Via Goal.com Shakhtar Donetsk star Alex Teixeira is set to become the latest player to move to China, coach Mircea Lucescu confirmed. The 26-year-old appears likely to join Jiangsu Suning...
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Liverpool target Alex Teixeira headed to China

Liverpool’s last adventure in the January transfer window didn’t work out. It’s very well known that the Reds were hoping to sign Shakhtar Donetsk forward and Chelsea target Alex Teixeira.  Via Goal.com Shakhtar Donetsk star Alex Teixeira is set to become the latest player to move to China, coach Mircea Lucescu confirmed. The 26-year-old appears likely to join Jiangsu Suning...
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Reporter Julie Stewart-Binks being ogled by Louis van Gaal (photo)

Julie Stewart-Binks joined Fox Sports as an update desk anchor and correspondent for FOX Sports 1 when the network launched in 2013. She’s but one soldier in Fox’s blonde army. See: Georgie Thompson, Erin Andrews, Molly McGrath, Jenny Taft etc. Stewart-Binks used to host Fox Soccer Daily, before it was cancelled,with Eric Wynalda, Brian McBride and Warren Barton. She also...
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Saido Berahino advised to delete his Twitter, Instagram account

According to the Independent, striker Saido Berahino has been told by West Bromwich Albion team-mate Ben Foster to stop doing ‘silly things’, close his social media accounts and buckle down for a relegation battle. Berahino has been the subject of two long protracted transfer sagas that ended up going nowhere during the past two transfer windows. Saido Berahino wanted his move...
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Louis van Gaal stares at reporter Julie Stewart-Binks (photo)

Julie Stewart-Binks joined Fox Sports as an update desk anchor and correspondent for FOX Sports 1 when the network launched in 2013. She’s but one soldier in Fox’s blonde army. See: Georgie Thompson, Erin Andrews, Molly McGrath, Jenny Taft etc. Stewart-Binks used to host Fox Soccer Daily, before it was cancelled,with Eric Wynalda, Brian McBride and Warren Barton. She also...
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WBA GK advise Saido Berahino to cease “silly things,” drop social media

According to the Independent, striker Saido Berahino has been told by West Bromwich Albion team-mate Ben Foster to stop doing ‘silly things’, close his social media accounts and buckle down for a relegation battle. Berahino has been the subject of two long protracted transfer sagas that ended up going nowhere during the past two transfer windows. Saido Berahino wanted his move...
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Actor Dominic Monaghan promotes his Manchester United fandom

You know actor Dominic Monaghan as Charlie from Lost or Merry from Lord of the Rings, but he’s also a lifelong Manchester United fan. Today, Monaghan is more well known as the crazy-brave, insect-loving host of Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan on BBC America. Monaghan joins a long list of A-Listers to take an interest in the club. Dr. Dre received a signed United kit as a 50th...
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Liverpool fans to protest £77 ticket price by walking out of Anfield

Here’s one problem former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers didn’t have to deal with, but now his replacement does. Rodgers invited Jurgen Klopp to his house to help the new manager settle in, according to a story today in the Guardian. I wonder what he told him about the extremely passionate, zealous fan base? Liverpool haven’t gotten better as they transitioned from...
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18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dominic Monaghan latest of celebrity Man United fans

You know actor Dominic Monaghan as Charlie from Lost or Merry from Lord of the Rings, but he’s also a lifelong Manchester United fan. Today, Monaghan is more well known as the crazy-brave, insect-loving host of Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan on BBC America. Monaghan joins a long list of A-Listers to take an interest in the club. Dr. Dre received a signed United kit as a 50th...
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23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Liverpool fans to hold first ever walk out protest at Anfield Saturday

Here’s one problem former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers didn’t have to deal with, but now his replacement does. Rodgers invited Jurgen Klopp to his house to help the new manager settle in, according to a story today in the Guardian. I wonder what he told him about the extremely passionate, zealous fan base? Liverpool haven’t gotten better as they transitioned from...
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Saido Berahino told to cease “silly things,” social media by Ben Foster

According to the Independent, striker Saido Berahino has been told by West Bromwich Albion team-mate Ben Foster to stop doing ‘silly things’, close his social media accounts and buckle down for a relegation battle. Berahino has been the subject of two long protracted transfer sagas that ended up going nowhere during the past two transfer windows. Saido Berahino wanted his move...
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Harry Kane as good as Aguero, Vardy, says Pochettino

Harry Kane, the young star striker, England international and Tottenham Hotspur franchise cornerstone said last week that he recharged his battery while on winter break. The goal scoring machine said he feels like himself again, and it certainly showed as Kane scored twice for Spurs in Tuesday’s win over Norwich City. His manager, Mauricio Pochettino, recognizes that Harry...
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Harry Kane as good as Sergio Aguero, Mauricio Pochettino says

Harry Kane, the young star striker, England international and Tottenham Hotspur franchise cornerstone said last week that he recharged his battery while on winter break. The goal scoring machine said he feels like himself again, and it certainly showed as Kane scored twice for Spurs in Tuesday’s win over Norwich City. His manager, Mauricio Pochettino, recognizes that Harry...
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Illini basketball news, notes, links, nuggets and tidbits

Have you recovered from last night’s “fun bad” Illini basketball triple overtime win over lowly Rutgers? Make no mistake about it, this was a memorable game, albeit for all the wrong reasons, kind of like the 38-33 loss to Penn State at home in 2009. The Rutgers and Illini basketball teams got together to commit time burglary against you by subjecting you to three extra periods...
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Illini football National Signing Day result not ideal

Everyone said that giving Bill Cubit only two years on his extension would torpedo recruiting and that’s exactly what happened. 2016 National Signing Day in Champaign-Urbana yielded very poor recruiting rankings (24/7 Sports have Illini football 69th nationally, 12th overall, Rivals places them 69th & 12th, and Scout went 60th, and 12th) and a sleep-inducing press conference...
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