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Liverpool transfer rumors: Fabio Borini, Joe Flanagan

It’s never too early to talk Liverpool transfer rumors. Yes, the last deadline just shut, but we’re already speculating on the next one. The Reds were the fourth biggest net spenders at £77 million. And that figure even counts the massive amount they received from the sale of Chewy Luis. Liverpool striker Fabio Borini is being lined up by Inter Milan for a move during the...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United looking to bring Paul Pogba back next summer

Juventus admits they would likely lose Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba if the Red Devils were to make him a huge offer. Pogba departed Old Trafford on transfer after his relationship with United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson became strained. Of course, now that Louis van Gaal is in charge, everything has changed.But to bring Paul Pogba over, it would take a huge deal and a lot...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears WRs: strong enough to carry team to Division Title?

Sheryl Crow asked us in the mid 1990s “are you strong enough to be my man?” Well, I don’t have the answer to that question, but the message of that song resonates with the Chicago Bears organization this fall. As the Bears begin their season on Sunday hosting the Buffalo Bills, they will do so with perhaps the best wide receiving corps in the entire NFL. Yes, there are a couple...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Bob Costas perfectly articulates how huge the NFL is

Brad Daugherty, former North Carolina and Cleveland Cavaliers star turned ESPN NASCAR broadcaster, said it best “the NFL slaughters everything.” I use that quote early and often. It’s very true on multiple levels. While that soundbite is short and to the point, Bob Costas articulated the same message in a more detailed and eloquent manner here. Costas was on media conference...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Will Brian Kelly guide Notre Dame through another minefield?

Since Brian Kelly took over the Notre Dame football program in 2010, there’s been a whole host of off-the-field issues that have tarnished the Golden Dome. No need to go into detail on all of the PR black eyes here, simply stating the individual names will suffice: Everett Golson, Manti Te’o, Tommy Rees, Michael Floyd, Carlo Calabrese, Declan Sullivan, Lizzy Seeberg/Prince Shembo...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Pat Fitzgerald makes Olbermann’s “Worst Person in the World”

Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald made “the worst person in the sports world” tonight on Keith Olbermann’s show “Olbermann” on ESPN2. Fitz got runner-up, why? Press play on the embedded YouTube below: Saturday’s post game press conference after the NIU game at Northwestern just got a lot more interesting now. Some how, some way, even if it’s a very subtle form, (most...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEOS: Man United signing Angel Di Maria goal, assists for ARG

New Manchester United signing Angel Di Maria had a massive, and I mean massive game tonight for Argentina versus Germany. It was an international friendly and the match that everyone wanted to see in the World Cup this past summer. United broke the all time British transfer record to sign Angel Di Maria; the final tab was £59.7 million. However, Old Trafford could have probably...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Cristiano Ronaldo wishes to return to Manchester United

The summer transfer window just closed, but there’s already been plenty of transfer rumors for January. I seriously doubt anyone will publish rumors about Cristiano Ronaldo coming back to Manchester United, but if they did…no one would believe it. Still, you can’t help but pay a lot of attention to this Ronaldo interview in the Daily Mail: ‘I love Manchester,’ Cristiano...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Northwestern Wildcats vs. NIU Huskies: Jim Phillips Bowl Preview

On Saturday we’ll see, to quote Dr. Peter Venkman in “Ghostbusters,” “cats and dogs living together!” as the Northwestern Wildcats host the NIU Huskies. It’s the team who markets itself as “Chicago’s Big Ten Team” versus “Chicago’s #MACtion Team.”  NU opened up as a 2.5 point favorite, and now the spread is up to 6. Apparently Las Vegas thinks very highly...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Alex Flanagan: why was she removed from Notre Dame on NBC?

As you no doubt noticed in the week one blowout of Rice, Alex Flanagan is no longer the sideline reporter for Notre Dame home football broadcasts on NBC. She was replaced by Kathryn Tappen, formerly of NHL Network and NESN. Flanagan did not leave NBC by choice, as she pointed out in a very revealing, detailed blog on her personal website. “Former Nose Tackle Louis Nix jokingly...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Kevin Strootman: Man United’s top January transfer target

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. Yes, the summer window may have just closed two days ago, but it’s still...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United trying hard to get Radamel Falcao in for QPR game

The last minute signing of Radamel Falcao on transfer deadline day by Manchester United was a massive coup that no one saw coming. It was an “October Surprise” kind of move, occurring on the first day of September. Now, when will we see Falcao make his Old Trafford debut? It turns out that some red tape administration might be holding up his move. It’s not as bad as the international...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Louis van Gaal takes away Man United players cellphones

Louis van Gaal is known as the “Iron Tulip” due to his extremely hard-line leadership style. He’s continuing his habit of imposing strict policies with Manchester United. Van Gaal is winless in his first four tries with United, but it’s certainly not because of a lack of discipline. LVG takes away the players cellphones the night before a match. Obviously, he returns them...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

What Michael Sam adds to the Dallas Cowboys

Provided his physical checks out, Michael Sam will be a member of the Dallas Cowboys, and the NFL will have it’s first ever openly gay player. Sam will be signed to the practice squad, so that fact should shut up those deriding this transaction as just a publicity stunt. It’s the DALLAS COWBOYS, the most valuable American sports franchise. They are the biggest brand in the nation’s...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN’s Lisa Salters stopped using “Redskins” on air

The ESPN Monday Night Football crew were all on conference call today to preview the 2014 NFL season. As you would expect the Washington team name controversy came up. All three weighed in on how they will approach using the team name. Here is the response from Lisa Salters: “My opinion is pretty simple. I never want to offend anyone with my actions or my words. So if I offend...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Jon Gruden stands with Joe Gibbs on Washington name debate

The ESPN Monday Night Football crew were all on conference call today to preview the 2014 NFL season. As you would expect the Washington team name controversy came up. All three weighed in on how they will approach using the team name. Here is the response from Jon Gruden: Q. Jon, you have a long history in the league and I know you appreciate the history of football, so I think...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Tirico: time for Washington to take a long look at name change

The ESPN Monday Night Football crew were all on conference call today to preview the 2014 NFL season. As you would expect the Washington team name controversy came up. All three weighed in on how they will approach using the team name. Here’s Mike Tirico’s answer: “We broadcast a Washington preseason game and then ESPN released a network policy I think it was five days after...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

What do the bookies think of Man Utd’s £150 million+ transfer spend?

Many Man Utd fans are getting excited about the heavy investment the club have made in new acquisitions over the summer. After many years of what the Old Trafford faithful thought was an insufficient transfer budget compared to their City rivals Man City, United have spent more than any other Premier League team during this transfer window, a staggering £156 million. Even fans...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Man United led summer spending with £199m

Manchester United led all the big spenders this summer with £199 million this window. Arsenal is second at £113m, so the Premier League took the top two slots. La Liga giant Barcelona was third at £100m, with Liverpool coming in fourth at 77 million pounds. So the PL took in three of the top four spots in Europe this summer. The figures reflect net spending and the source is...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Notre Dame football hosts Michigan: brutally honest preview

It’s the final time that we have a Michigan versus Notre Dame football game on the schedule. All the “chickening out” stories have been written. That narrative has been played out. Today at the press conference Brian Kelly simply said that having Michigan off the schedule now opens itself up to new opportunities, the chances to play Texas and Georgia. So we’ll leave it at...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Chip Kelly has made the Eagles a Super Bowl darkhorse

Chip Kelly, in year one of his NFL experiment, showed everyone that his offensive genius does translate from college football to the NFL. Look what he did with QB Nick Foles: his mastermind with the Oregon Ducks carried over to the Philadelphia Eagles. Unfortunately, the Eagles didn’t do a whole lot this offseason other than let DeSean Jackson, their best receiver, go and make...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Brian Kelly rocks hilariously loud suit at Notre Dame presser

Brian Kelly is a great salesman and a great face for the Notre Dame football program. That’s part of the reason he’s such a great recruiter. Unfortunately, the top athletes are usually not the top character guys. Week one went well, as ND crushed a very weak Rice team into many little pieces, but the schedule gets much tougher, starting this week with the Michigan Wolverines...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Have we seen the best of Trevor Siemian at Northwestern?

Before he suffered his “lower body injury” in 2013, Northwestern QB Trevor Siemian was one of the best pure passers in the Big Ten. However, his production slipped in midseason as his ankle/foot etc slowed him down. His accuracy and efficiency declined. In a couple games, Siemian made the critical mistake of staring down his primary receiver when near his own South end zone....
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Wisconsin shuts down starting QB Joel Stave indefinitely

Now we know why Wisconsin played QB Tanner McEvoy all game in the loss to LSU. The true starting QB, Joel Stave, is lost indefinitely. He’s shut down for a very long time, and don’t be shocked if he doesn’t return at all this season. UW head coach Gary Andersen announced Tuesday, regarding Joel Stave: “Joel has been dealing with some issues with his throwing shoulder for...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United loan Tom Cleverley to Aston Villa for the season

Manchester United supporters won’t have Tom Cleverley to kick around anymore; at least not for this season. The midfielder has been loaned to Aston Villa for the season, so Red Devils fans don’t need to hurl any further online abuse his way. There were online petitions to get Cleverley removed from both his club and country teams. Tom Cleverley had to shut down his Twitter account...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss
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