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Boost Your Body With a Pro Hockey Workout

Hockey players are famous for their epic endurance when out on the ice. Maintaining peak playing ability for the duration of a game requires often grueling exercise regimens to ensure players remain in top physical condition. The following exercises are just sampling of those used by world-renowned players during workouts. Stride Like a Skater Leg strengthening exercises are highly...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Sixers Jahlil Okafor NBA ROY favorite according to NBA GMs

NBA.com’s survey of NBA rookies has overwhelmingly deemed Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor (with 41.9% of the vote) the favorite to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award this season. The No. 3 overall pick in the draft, a one-and-done our of Duke was followed by Stanley Johnson of the Detroit Pistons (19.4%) and No. 1 draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United starting XI vs CSKA Moscow is now in

Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal has selected his starting XI for the UEFA Champions League group stage match-up against CSKA Moscow. Take a look below as the United official verified Twitter account has just Tweeted out the first team: #mufc XI: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Rojo, Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin, Lingard, Herrera, Martial, Rooney pic.twitter.com/oRCzjldXaZ...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Anthony Martial can play four different positions, says Van Gaal

Last month, Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal stressed caution regarding all the Anthony Martial hype taking place at the time. United Captain Wayne Rooney described Martial as “incredible” and likely to provide “magic” at Old Trafford in the future. Then you have all the media pundits saying Martial is the next Thierry Henry. (Martial himself does the right thing...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

What Wayne Rooney wants for his birthday today

Manchester United head to “Mother Russia” to take on CSKA Moscow in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League. Today Manager Louis van Gaal and team Captain Wayne Rooney met the media to preview the match. Here are some of the main takeaways. Van Gaal says the Champions League schedule has given City a slight advantage in preparation for what should be an epic Manchester...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Projected Manchester United starting XI vs CSKA Moscow

It’s that time again: Manchester United starting XI prediction time. United head to the capital of Mother Russia to take CSKA Moscow to continue group stage play in the UEFA Champions League. Louis van Gaal has indicated that he won’t change much from Sunday when he selects the Manchester United first team Wednesday night (here’s more on that).  Given how the win at Goodison...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Northwestern basketball looking to model on Cubs success

As much as you hear “1908” ad nauseam (we’re 27 outs away from at least one more year of that, at minimum), college basketball has its own 1908. That would be the “Northwestern basketball has never made the NCAA Tournament” fact/factoid/storyline/reference/allusion/mention/personal gag reflex at this point. The Chicago Cubs and Northwestern basketball athletics are closely...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Not the “Derrick Rose led Bulls” anymore; Jimmy Butler’s team now

Last year, Jimmy Butler was a better, more effective player for the Chicago Bulls than Derrick Rose. There is more than one list out there ranking Butler ahead of Rose right now. Butler will be the better, more effective player on this year’s Bulls team too. Butler was asked by a reporter at Bulls Media Day if this team is now “Jimmy Butler’s team” or is it still “Derrick...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Illini football game preview (week 8 vs Wisconsin)

By the very lofty standards of Wisconsin Badgers football, this is a pretty much a “meh” kind of season thus far. Like Nebraska, they’re a big red machine that’s suffering a down season due to regime change and injuries at the skill positions. Both red clad powerhouses were expected to contend for, if not win the Big Ten West, but now the undefeated Iowa Hawkeyes seem to...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Sixers Jahlil Okafor overwhelming NBA ROY favorite according to NBA GMs

NBA.com’s survey of NBA rookies has overwhelmingly deemed Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor (with 41.9% of the vote) the favorite to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award this season. The No. 3 overall pick in the draft, a one-and-done our of Duke was followed by Stanley Johnson of the Detroit Pistons (19.4%) and No. 1 draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Takeaways from Van Gaal, Rooney pre CSKA Moscow presser

Manchester United head to “Mother Russia” to take on CSKA Moscow in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League. Today Manager Louis van Gaal and team Captain Wayne Rooney met the media to preview the match. Here are some of the main takeaways. Van Gaal says the Champions League schedule has given City a slight advantage in preparation for what should be an epic Manchester...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Van Gaal willing to take a draw with CSKA Moscow

As Manchester United descends behind the former Iron Curtain to take on CSKA Moscow in the Champions League group play, United boss Louis van Gaal admits he’d settle for a draw. Van Gaal said at his prematch press conference: “I said before the away match against PSV Eindhoven, one point is good. Three points is better but one point is good.” Van Gaal also said that he...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Chelsea won’t sack Jose Mourinho, says Carlo Ancelotti

With Carlo Ancelotti saying he wants to get back into Managing in the Premier League soon, speculation began to begin on where he would end up. Ancelotti is a big name and can only manage at a select few elite, big name clubs. It just so happens that Chelsea (where Ancelotti previously managed) is off to a terrible start and Blues Manager Jose Mourinho is currently under fire....
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Tottenham Hotspur lose Nacer Chadli to ankle injury

Tottenham Hotspur, currently in seventh place in the Premier League table, are riding a significant hot streak right now. Across all competitions, they have lost just once in their last seven. That momentum has taken a bit of a hit today though with the announcement that winger Nacer Chadli will be gone for the next six weeks with an ankle injury. A club statement revealed that...
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Tottenham Hotspur lose Nacer Chadli for six weeks

Tottenham Hotspur, currently in seventh place in the Premier League table, are riding a significant hot streak right now. Across all competitions, they have lost just once in their last seven. That momentum has taken a bit of a hit today though with the announcement that winger Nacer Chadli will be gone for the next six weeks with an ankle injury. A club statement revealed that...
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Wisconsin Badgers game preview (week 8 vs Illinois)

By the very lofty standards of Wisconsin Badgers football, this is a pretty much a “meh” kind of season thus far. Like Nebraska, they’re a big red machine that’s suffering a down season due to regime change and injuries at the skill positions. Both red clad powerhouses were expected to contend for, if not win the Big Ten West, but now the undefeated Iowa Hawkeyes seem to...
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Purdue’s Rapheal Davis on B1G DPOY competition with Hammons (Exclusive)

Purdue Senior Guard Rapheal Davis was handed the captaincy in the middle of his sophomore season; establishing him as the leader of a promising Boilermakers team. With the Johnson brothers gone, Davis assumed even more of a leadership role last year, and a team picked to finish 11th in the Big Ten actually reached the NCAA Tournament. Along the way Rapheal Davis won the Big Ten...
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Illini basketball injury updates: Kendrick Nunn out till mid December

It’s one of the most shopworn cliches in all of sports: “next man up.” If you’re a sports journalist, your eyes instinctively roll whenever you hear this tired platitude. Unfortunately, “next man up” is the only thing Illini basketball players and Illini basketball coaches can really say right now about the rash of injuries that just keep coming. “Next man up,” as...
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Nebraska football game preview (week 8 Northwestern)

Nebraska football fans don’t have to deal with the dreaded 11 AM kickoffs too often. For those of us who cover Illinois and Northwestern regularly, starting your autumn Saturdays early is pretty much routine. It’s also very odd to see those numbers in the Cornhuskers record: 3-4. We’re all used to seeing numbers that start with # in front of the Nebraska football name, and...
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Wisconsin football game preview (week 8 Illinois)

By Wisconsin football standards this is a pretty meh season. Like Nebraska, they’re a big red machine that’s suffering a down season due to regime change and injuries at the skill positions. Both red clad powerhouses were expected to contend for, if not win the Big Ten West, but now the undefeated Iowa Hawkeyes seem to have that locked down. Wisconsin football has two losses...
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Van Gaal reveals why he benched Blind and Depay

Manchester United  Manager Louis van Gaal revealed why he dropped both winger Memphis Depay and midfielder Daley Blind from the starting line-up versus Everton on Saturday. Both players had been staples in the starting XI this season, and their relegation to the bench shocked most football observers. The very versatile Blind has a couple man of the match awards to his credit...
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Schweinsteiger finds United road match support unbelievable (video)

Former Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger was Manchester United’s number one midfield target this summer. When the Red Devils closed the deal and signed him, he became the first German in the club’s history. Considered one of the better deals done by Old Trafford this summer, Schweinsteiger is both a veteran leader and a fan favorite.  The United fans certainly came...
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Predicted Manchester United starting XI vs CSKA Moscow

It’s that time again: Manchester United starting XI prediction time. United head to the capital of Mother Russia to take CSKA Moscow to continue group stage play in the UEFA Champions League. Louis van Gaal has indicated that he won’t change much from Sunday when he selects the Manchester United first team Wednesday night (here’s more on that).  Given how the win at Goodison...
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Ancelotti says Liverpool never approached him for managerial job

Before Liverpool hired Jurgen Klopp they targeted Carlo Ancelotti. That’s the claim of former Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur Manager Harry Redknapp. “I have heard from good sources that he (Ancelotti) was offered the Liverpool job,” Redknapp is quoted in TalkSport. “I don’t think (he wanted it). They spoke to him at some stage.” That’s quite interesting...
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Indianapolis Colts “WTF? Play” explained by Steve Beuerlein

Facebook and Twitter blew up last night over the Indianapolis Colts attempt to run some sort of trick play against the New England Patriots. It failed massively, and EVERYBODY ripped the Colts, and Colts Coach Chuck Pagano for calling it. Deservedly so too! We all took shots at the Indianapolis Colts, here’s mine: Worse than John Shoop's "throw a 3-yd out on 3rd & 7" or...
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October 19, 2015  |  Discuss
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