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Lane Kiffin rumors have zero credibility, as of now

Regarding Alabama Crimson Tide Offensive Coordinator Lane Kiffin, I heard a rumor….”I heard a rumor they say you’ve got a broken heart. I heard a rumor, yes I did boy, they say you got a broken heart.” (credit Bananarama) No seriously, Twitter has been blowing up all morning with mentions of Lane Kiffin, and all the narratives are quite interesting. The jokes being made...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Juan Mata selects his Man United Starting XI of former players

Midfielder Juan Mata is one of Manchester United’s main leaders in the locker room. From his blogging last season to the way he handled media opportunities during the post David de Gea transfer drama, Mata consistently shows leadership. His opinion counts and that’s why we’re interested to see his all time Manchester United starting XI of former players. No current players...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United Starting XI of former players chosen by Juan Mata

Midfielder Juan Mata is one of Manchester United’s main leaders in the locker room. From his blogging last season to the way he handled media opportunities during the post David de Gea transfer drama, Mata consistently shows leadership. His opinion counts and that’s why we’re interested to see his all time Manchester United starting XI of former players. No current players...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Tottenham Hotspur give Wayne Gretzky kit, misspell his name

We all make errors, not just in our text but sometimes in our headlines. You can consider this a headline level failure by Tottenham Hotspur. It is the person’s actual name, printed on the Spurs kit. Behold “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky, or as they deemed him at White Hart Lane, Wayne Gretsky The classic difference between #AmericanEnglish and #BritishEnglish #Svs.Z http...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Playoffs Twitter: the worst cliches you’ll see

The Chicago Cubs are good again. They will be in the one game playoff, and very possibly the National League Division Series. This is a good thing. I am excited about it. However, I’m not excited about Cubs Playoffs Twitter. As I wrote on May 29th, in my fourth annual vivisection of Chicago Blackhawks Playoffs Twitter: look out. (Or Should I say “LOOK OUT!!!!!!”) Cubs Playoffs...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Tottenham Hotspur make big blunder while honoring Wayne Gretzky

We all make errors, not just in our text but sometimes in our headlines. You can consider this a headline level failure by Tottenham Hotspur. It is the person’s actual name, printed on the Spurs kit. Behold “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky, or as they deemed him at White Hart Lane, Wayne Gretsky The classic difference between #AmericanEnglish and #BritishEnglish #Svs.Z http...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Manchester United receive 4th round Capital One Cup draw

Manchester United have learned who their next opponent will be in the Capital One Cup. On the heels of a dominating 3-0 win today at home over Ipswich Town, the Red Devils drew Middlesborough who beat Wolverhampton Wolves by the exact same 3-0 score.   United advanced to the next round on the strength of their forwards, as Wayne Rooney, Andreas Pereira and Anthony Martial all...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Liverpool FC deny approaching Ancelotti as a potential Rodgers replacement

The Brendan Rodgers hot seat just continues to warm. His job appears more insecure than ever as Liverpool needed to go to penalty kicks in order to beat Carlisle United in the League Cup today. Carlisle is a tenth place side in League Two, the fourth tier in the English football system. Ouch! Rodgers may be on his last legs at Anfield, but thus far LFC deny approaching Carlo Ancelotti as...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Liverpool deny approaching Ancelotti as a potential Rodgers replacement

The Brendan Rodgers hot seat just continues to warm. His job appears more insecure than ever as Liverpool needed to go to penalty kicks in order to beat Carlisle United in the League Cup today. Carlisle is a tenth place side in League Two, the fourth tier in the English football system. Ouch! Rodgers may be on his last legs at Anfield, but thus far LFC deny approaching Carlo Ancelotti as...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Playing Patrick Kane is a bad look for the Blackhawks

The Patrick Kane criminal investigation overshadows everything Chicago Blackhawks related right now. Any and all Stanley Cup feel-good puff pieces need to be postponed because as of right now they’re completely irrelevant. (I made this same mistake myself just yesterday) Even the nitty gritty hockey stuff, preseason training camp position battles and such are inconsequential in...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Wayne Rooney scores first goal in United’s League Cup win (video)

As Captain of both England and Manchester United, Wayne Rooney is one of the most iconic players in all of global football. Not just in the United Kingdom, but the entire world. However, he’s gotten off to a very rough start in the 2014-15 Premier League season. He still hasn’t found the back of the net in Barclay’s Premier League action as of yet. However, he is scoring...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Anthony Martial scores again; 4 goals in 4 games for United (video)

The Martial plan is in effect at Manchester United. Anthony Martial now has four goals in four games (more like three games and a half of a half in the first game). He scored United’s third goal today in the Red Devils 3-0 win over Ipswich Town in the League Cup. Here’s the footage below: Vine: Anthony Martial goal vs Ipswich #mulive: http://t.co/92hXyNTCy7 — utdreport...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Andreas Pereira scores in rare start for United (video)

In May it was announced that Andreas Pereira would stay at Manchester United until June 2018, perhaps longer. Since signing that new deal he hadn’t seen action in any meaningful contest however. Until today. Andreas Pereira got a very rare start today versus Ipswich Town in the League Cup.  He made the most of his unique chance to play in the first team at Old Trafford by scoring...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Patrick Kane “hockey” op-ed: Why is Patrick Kane playing hockey right now?

The Patrick Kane criminal investigation overshadows everything Chicago Blackhawks related right now. Any and all Stanley Cup feel-good puff pieces need to be postponed because as of right now they’re completely irrelevant. (I made this same mistake myself just yesterday) Even the nitty gritty hockey stuff, preseason training camp position battles etc. are inconsequential in juxtaposition...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Manchester United starting XI vs Ipswich Town is in

The Manchester United starting XI for the League Cup clash tonight versus Ipswich Town is now in. Here’s the lineup Louis van Gaal has selected as well as the available substitutes. The starting lineup and the list of reserves were just Tweeted out by the official Manchester United Twitter account.  #mufc XI: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Young, Schweinsteiger, Herrera...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Bulls unveil new court (artist rendering)

With training camps opening in five days, a new NBA season is upon us. The Chicago Bulls will begin 2015-16 with a brand new home court design. The new home floor will debut October 6th in the preseason opener against the Milwaukee Bucks. You can see the center ring from the current design above. You’ll see in the new design that the image of a basketball is now gone. The Chicago...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Projected Manchester United starting XI vs Ipswich Town

Very quick turnaround again this week as it’s Manchester United Starting XI prediction time once again. United will host Ipswich Town tonight in the third round of the Football League Cup. Louis van Gaal went with a starting formation on Sunday that included both of the strikers Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney. We’re predicting he’ll do the same here once again. You can’t...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

#6 Notre Dame football game preview (UMass)

If Notre Dame football is left out of the college football playoff this postseason, it might be due to their schedule. Those schedule issues aren’t related to this week, even though UMass does represent the weakest game on their schedule. The only threat the Minutemen provide here is the chance of ND “looking ahead” to their big road test at #11 Clemson the following week...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Manchester United achieve third highest attendance in Europe

Tourism Review recently released their list of the top five stadiums with the highest attendance in Europe. Manchester United’s Old Trafford came in third overall, and first the Barclay’s Premier League. Allianz Arena, home to Bayern Munich was fifth, Real Madrid and the Santiago Bernabeu was fourth. Manchester United was topped only by Camp Nou, home to Barcelona and Borussia...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United defender Phil Jones might return vs Ipswich

The Manchester United “defender crisis” from last August and September might unfortunately be rearing its ugly head again. Of course, the double leg fracture suffered by starting left back Luke Shaw has put the Red Devils in a tough spot. Manager Louis van Gaal revealed today that Marcos Rojo and Paddy McNair suffered injuries versus Southampton and won’t be available for...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United defender Phil Jones returns, might play vs Ipswich

The Manchester United “defender crisis” from last August and September might unfortunately be rearing its ugly head again. Of course, the double leg fracture suffered by starting left back Luke Shaw has put the Red Devils in a tough spot. Manager Louis van Gaal revealed today that Marcos Rojo and Paddy McNair suffered injuries versus Southampton and won’t be available for...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Marcos Rojo has wants to stay at Man United claims agent

There have been multiple reports that Marcos Rojo has fallen out of favor with Louis van Gaal again. In spite of this, he started the last game for Manchester United a 3-2 win at Southampton. Of course, the double leg fracture suffered by starting left back Luke Shaw has put the Red Devils in a spot where they really need the Argentine Defender. Rojo lost his starting place...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Illini football has been a Mid-Major program for a half-decade

Under the Tim Beckman and Bill Cubit regimes, Illini football has gone 10-2 versus FCS and FBS non power five conference teams. That’s the good news. The bad news? They’re 4-24 against the power five. In other words, Illini football is not a bonafide Big Ten program right now, and hasn’t been for a half-decade. We crunched the numbers like a Wall Street type trying to utilize...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Chelsea star Diego Costa receives three match ban from FA

UPDATE: Chelsea star Diego Costa received a three match ban from the Football Association today. “‘We are extremely disappointed with the FA Regulatory Commission’s decision to suspend Diego Costa,” a response statement from Chelsea read. “We will await their written reasons before commenting further.” You can take a look at footage of Costa’s malfeasance at this...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Liverpool star Christian Benteke gets MRI; could miss Aston Villa reunion

Liverpool might be without their star striker and big money summer signing Christian Benteke for a little while. Benteke suffered a hamstring injury in the Reds 1-1 draw with Norwich City this past Sunday.  Speaking to the media ahead of Liverpool’s League Cup third round clash against Carlisle United at Anfield on Wednesday, first team coach Gary McAllister said this regarding...
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September 22, 2015  |  Discuss
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