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Raheem Sterling says Liverpool have no excuses

Raheem Sterling had a breakout season last year, and he’s a central part of what they’re trying to do at Anfield this year. Just 18 months after signing his first contract extension at Liverpool, he’s looking to get the pay raise that he’s earned. Real Madrid were pursuing him this summer, so that will eventually lead to a pay raise for him. For now, the contract extension...
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Van Gaal admits Man United defense has major issues

Adding injury to insult today, Manchester United defender Jonny Evans left King Power Stadium today on crutches. A 3-1 advantage, and what seemed to be a certain victory ended in a 5-3 bitter defeat at the hands of newly promoted Leicester City. Louis van Gaal’s side completely collapsed, and the small budget Foxes embarrassed the big money Red Devils. Evans will miss the match...
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Balotelli receives racist taunts over his Man United jab; police involved

Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli took a swipe at Manchester United today on Twitter. As you can see here, it was an antagonistic tweet, a schadenfreude reaction to United unbelievably blowing a 3-1 second half lead at Leicester City today, to lose miserably 5-3. Yes, it was a bit unprofessional on his part, but now the situation has turned really ugly as Balotelli is receiving racist...
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Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli antagonizes Manchester United

You know Mario Balotelli loves to speak his mind and instigate. Provocation is his game (speaking about off the pitch of course). Have you seen his new ad with bikini babes in a hot tub with him? That spot certainly plays into the Balotelli bad boy image. Villains are needed in football, and Mario Balotelli certainly relishes the role. Balotelli only recently moved to Anfield, but...
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ESPN pundits shred Roger Goodell’s pathetic press conference

ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown Analysts Keyshawn Johnson, Cris Carter had an excellent exchange on the pathetic Friday press conference that Roger Goodell gave. This complements the hot take Troy Aikman had this morning. He similarly shredded Goodell; and deservedly so. Roger Goodell gave a terrible performance at the presser and it was rightfully ripped by media, NFL fans and some...
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London Fletcher completely eviscerates the Oakland Raiders

London Fletcher totally ripped apart the Oakland Raiders organization today on this morning’s “That Other Pregame Show.” The program is CBS Sports Network’s answer to The NFL Today on CBS. The Raiders are bad, no doubt about it they are bad, and Fletcher really let them have it: “The only reason a veteran goes to Oakland is to get a payday. No player, all things considered...
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Colin Kaepernick allegedly N-bomb on Bears Lamar Houston

National Football League officials seem to think that San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick used the N-word on Chicago Bears Defensive End Lamar Houston last Sunday night in the Bears win at the Niners. This despite the fact that both Houston and Kaepernick said that he did not. This was reported this morning on Fox NFL Sunday. Jay Glazer on a fine handed down this week...
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VIDEO: Ray Lewis says “some things you can cover up”

When looking for a NFL pundit to discuss the league’s current crisis regarding the criminal behavior of its players, you can do better than Ray Lewis. ESPN should realize that it’s probably not a very good idea to have a man indicted on murder and aggravated-assault charges in 2000 acting as the morality police on their Sunday morning NFL preview show. Two weeks into the murder...
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Troy Aikman calls out Roger Goodell for his PR spin

Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and lead NFL on FOX game analyst Troy Aikman gave an excellent take on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s Friday press conference. The presser was mostly panned by the media, most NFL fans and even a few NFL players. That criticism is well deserved; as Goodell did nothing to convey that he truly cares about the current crisis. He only seemed...
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VIDEO: Louis van Gaal explains Man United’s latest disaster

Louis van Gaal had it all in control. Manchester United was up 3-1 at King Power Stadium in the second half. They had this nice goal from Robin van Persie (his first of the season) and Angel Di Maria giving us this score (which may be the finest looking goal of the week) Of course, this was all for naught, as United totally collapsed in the second half, the defense did not show up...
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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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19 hours ago  |  Discuss

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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