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Projected Manchester United starting XI vs Everton

International break is finally over, so we can once again post our Manchester United starting XI. Bastian Schweinsteiger pulled out of Germany’s match against the Republic of Ireland during warm-ups due to a thigh injury. He did however, report to United’s Carrington training ground today, and his status for the Everton match on Saturday is still up in the air. Wayne Rooney...
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October 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Anthony Martial wins Premier League Player of the Month

19-year-old Anthony Martial was reportedly a target of both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur before Manchester United signed him for £36 million on deadline day. There was also a report in the French media that Chelsea offered Martial more money than United did, but the young striker turned the Blues offer down. Since coming over from Monaco, the expensive teenager has been a God...
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October 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Juan Mata wins MUFC Monthly award; fails in challenge video

Manchester United have awarded their September Player of the Month, and he’s a teammate of the Red Devil who took home the Premier League Player of the Month Award. Juan Mata won the club’s award while Anthony Martial claims the League award. So who’s right? Which player is more deserving? Well, you can’t really go wrong either way. Both Mata and Martial played in...
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October 17, 2015  |  Discuss

#14 Notre Dame football game preview: week 7 USC Trojans

No shortage of story lines in your week seven Notre Dame football game preview. The biggest intersectional rivalry of all is renewed, as the USC Trojans come to town in the midst of their very own, very large…. …#$%storm. Or cluster%^&*. Those two terms are interchangeable in Troy right now. For the sake of journalistic integrity, there’s really no other way to put it...
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October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

#17 Iowa Football game preview: week 7 at #20 Northwestern

Iowa football is 6-0 for the first time since 2009. That season they started 9-0, and what team was the first to knock them off? That’s right- Northwestern, this week’s opponent. That game marked the first meaningful action that we ever really saw of former Wildcats QB Dan Persa, as the NU QB1 at the time Mike Kafka was knocked out with an injury. Persa would go on to be a very...
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October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Update: full NLCS game times, announcer pairings set

The Chicago Cubs are in the NLCS. I repeat the Chicago Cubs are in the NLCS. Even though we’ve had a day and a half for all of this to soak in, it still seems incredibly surreal. Here are all the start times and announcer assignments that have been set, via TBS Media Relations. Every game will be on TBS as Ernie Johnson will provide play-by-play for the NLCS with analysts Ron...
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October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United will likely not face Aguero, Silva in Manchester Derby

Sergio Aguero will miss significant time for Manchester City and that includes the Manchester Derby at Manchester United next weekend. Aguero is currently second in the Premier League with six goals, although five of those six came in the last fixture against Newcastle. Like Aguero with Argentina, City Defender David Silva suffered an injury while on international duty with Italy...
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October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Rojo, Herrera, Rooney and Carrick fit for Man United-Everton

Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal been given a big fitness boost when United travel to Goodison Park to take on Everton tomorrow. Marcos Rojo, Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney and Ander Herrera have all been deemed fit to play today. Louis van Gaal met the media today, here is the full video of his morning press conference.  “Wayne Rooney, I think he can play and Michael...
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October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Louis van Gaal full press conference pre Everton

Said Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal this morning: “We want to be the champions, so we must behave like champions. You have to improve every time.” Below you’ll find the entire video of the full press conference today: As Louis van Gaal pointed out, everyone shares the blame for what happened in the last Premier League fixture. That result was a disastrous 3-0 loss...
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October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Four Cubs-Mets NLCS cliches the media will run into the ground

The National League Championship Series is upon us! Here’s the link to the start times and announcer assignments for the Chicago Cubs versus New York Mets NLCS. That said, let’s look at four cliches the media will run into the ground this week. The Cubs in the NLCS means that now the news side, in addition to the sports side, will be covering the NLCS. You know what usually...
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October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs take over B1G Basketball Media Day

Chicago is the nation’s third largest metropolitan area, but it often acts like a provincial campus town regarding local sports teams. Basically, this town gets complete tunnel vision for whoever is winning. From 2010-2014, it’s been all Blackhawks. Excuse me, I meant “BLACKHAWKS!!!” “KANER! “KNEEL BEFORE SAAD!” In October 2015, we are now all Cubs all the time. ...
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October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Tom Izzo rips Michigan fan “idiots” who vandalized Magic Johnson statue

“Oh ho ho it’s magic…you know. Never believe it’s not so. It’s magic; you know.” (Apologies to 1975 one-hit wonder “Pilot”). Seriously, show some respect to Magic Johnson. Think about all that Earvin Magic Johnson has done to grow the game of college basketball, and the NBA for that matter. More importantly, think about how much Magic Johnson has enlightened our...
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October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

United’s Memphis Depay has third best selling kit in the world

Memphis Depay’s Manchester United kit is the highest seller of any in England this season. Worldwide, he’s third behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. This is according to a listing in Kit Bag, with a hat tip to FOX Sports @ The Buzzer, video below: As the video points out, Angel Di Maria was the #1 best seller in England last year. United gave both players the number...
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October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Predicted Manchester United starting XI vs Everton

International break is finally over, so we can once again post our Manchester United starting XI. Bastian Schweinsteiger pulled out of Germany’s match against the Republic of Ireland during warm-ups due to a thigh injury. He did however, report to United’s Carrington training ground today, and his status for the Everton match on Saturday is still up in the air. Wayne Rooney...
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October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Bastian Schweinsteiger has the 4th best selling shirt in the world

Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has the second best selling shirt in England; fourth in the world. This according to a listing in Kit Bag, with a hat tip to FOX Sports @ The Buzzer. Schweinsteiger’s team mate, Memphis Depay, is the only British kit ahead of him.  Depay ranks third globally. Top 10 selling players shirt #messi #ronaldo #memphis #schweinsteiger...
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October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Update on all the Illini basketball injuries

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 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Matt Painter gives his take on who should succeed Bo Ryan

Wisconsin Badgers Coach Bo Ryan released this statement in early July regarding his coaching future: “Back in the spring, in the days after the national championship game, (UW Director of Athletics) Barry Alvarez and I discussed the possibility of me retiring. I’ve always been told that is not a decision to make right after a season is completed. Barry thankfully encouraged...
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October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Chelsea boss Mourinho calls his fine and ban by the FA “a disgrace”

Embattled Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho has responded to the charges leveled against him by the Football Association. “I’m happy that I don’t have an electronic tag,” said the Special One, who was speaking at Waterstones Piccadilly to promote his book MOURINHO. “£50,000 is a disgrace. The possibility of getting a stadium ban is astonishing.” Yes, that was the punishment...
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October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Illini basketball: injuries, injuries, more injuries

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 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Liverpool FC loses Danny Ings for the season

The honeymoon is already over for Jurgen Klopp. His first week as Liverpool Manager has been injury plagued. Yesterday, the Reds lost Defender Joe Gomez for the season. Today, it’s striker Danny Ings who will be absent for the rest of 2015-16. Liverpool striker Danny Ings is set to miss the rest of the season after suffering a cruciate ligament injury, sources have told...
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October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Pumpkin Spice is not autumnal nor Pumpkin (videos)

It is odd that we only care about Pumpkin spice latte, or pumpkin spice muffins, or pumpkin scones, or pumpkin flavored anything from late September to the first week of December. It is also odd that the pumpkin spice trend gains more strength every October. It’s not quite as annoying and oppressive as daily fantasy sports, but it does rival “wearing ugly Christmas sweaters...
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October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Tottenham Hotspur vs San Antonio Spurs: tale of the tape

Spurs are a beloved team; both Spurs and the Spurs. England’s Barclay’s Premier League and America’s National Basketball Association are two massive global sports juggernauts. What Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool are to the BPL the L.A. Lakers, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat are to the NBA. Tottenham Hotspur and the San Antonio Spurs, from a...
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October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Michigan State basketball #2 in early B1G power rankings

Today is Big Ten Basketball Media Day and that is just insanely early. Not only does the event start insanely early in the morning (hey, basketball is a “night” thing, like hockey. Football and baseball are “day” games) today, but usually the event falls on Halloween, or just before. Here’s what’s crazier- as early as this event is, quite a few schools have already had...
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October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Diamond Stone makes Maryland Terrapins B1G favorite this year 

When Diamond Stone chose Maryland over Wisconsin in April, it was a flash point about Big Ten basketball changing of the guard this season. The timing of Stone’s commitment and Melo Trimble’s decision to return to school, happened at about exactly the same time; obviously conveying that the two decisions are obviously related. With top ten recruit Diamond Stone teaming up with...
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October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Anthony Martial reportedly turned down Chelsea to join Man United

When he was with Monaco, teenage striker Anthony Martial supposedly had a lot of suitors. Today, a French outlet named Canal+ is claiming that Chelsea was one of those suitors. Martial signed a £36 million deadline deal to join Manchester United, a record setting fee for a teenager, and the third highest amount in United club history.  However, this report in the French media...
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October 15, 2015  |  Discuss
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