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Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ son is a Northwestern basketball walk-on

Northwestern basketball player Charlie Hall is not your run-of-the-mill freshman walk-on. The 6’5″ guard is the son of Julia Louis-Dreyfus (estimated net worth $200 million according to Google) and grand-son of Gerard Louis Dreyfus (estimated net worth $3.4 billion according to Forbes). Charlie Hall is the great-great-great grandson of Leopold Louis-Dreyfus, founder of the Dutch...
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October 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Pat Fitzgerald tells fantastic tales about his glory days

After the Northwestern annual spring scrimmage one season, NU Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald regaled the media with a tale of being in Dallas Cowboys training camp with Troy Aikman. Fitzgerald, like all football loving boys who grew up in Chicagoland in the 1980s dreamed of being Mike Singletary and Walter Payton. Fitzgerald’s “glory days” stories are always entertaining. He once...
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October 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Louisiana St. RB Leonard Fournette: Heisman front-runner

(Update: with 1/3 to 1/4 of the college football season complete, we re-publish our piece from New Year’s Eve 2014, in which we declared Leonard Fournette the Heisman Trophy front-runner for this season. With the season’s first month done, Fournette has lived up to this prediction and much much more. He’s far surpassed even our expectations) LSU Tigers Freshman tailback Leonard...
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October 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Manchester United cracks top 5 in ESPN FC global power rankings

Doing a world football power rankings is quite the ambitious project. There are so many leagues to watch and analyze, but as you would expect the top ten would always be all Europe. Shaka Hislop of ESPN FC releases a power rankings almost every Thursday, and it’s almost always all Europe in his top ten list. Last year, he had Racing Club and River Plate (both from Buenos Aires...
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October 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Predicted Man United starting XI vs Arsenal

Very quick turnaround again this week for the Man United starting XI prediction. In August, everyone had Chelsea favored to win the Premier League, with Manchester City considered their main competition. Manchester United and Arsenal, the two teams meeting tomorrow, were thought to be in that third and fourth place mix. The Gunners may have been considered title contenders in the...
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October 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Jessica Mendoza to make Baseball history this MLB postseason

ESPN broadcaster and current Women’s Sports Foundation President Jessica Mendoza will make Major League Baseball history on Tuesday night. According to a release sent out just now by Bristol’s big red PR machine: “Jessica Mendoza will become the first female analyst to call a nationally televised MLB postseason game” on Tuesday night when ESPN broadcasts the AL Wild...
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October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

LSU RB Leonard Fournette: Heisman trophy front-runner

(Update: with 1/3 to 1/4 of the college football season complete, we re-publish our piece from New Year’s Eve 2014, in which we declared Leonard Fournette the Heisman Trophy front-runner for this season. With the season’s first month done, Fournette has lived up to this prediction and much much more. He’s far surpassed even our expectations) LSU Tigers Freshman tailback Leonard...
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October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United Vice-Capt Michael Carrick fit to play again

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick could return against Arsenal on Sunday. United manager Louis van Gaal gave a press conference today previewing the weekend fixture, instead of on Friday as is the usual routine. Carrick’s availability for selection was possibly the most important news to emerge from the media session, although there was some significant talk about...
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October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Draft Kings, Fan Duel ads are ruining sports consumption

“This living and breathing and moment of your life is presented by FanDuel!” Just like every other living, breathing moment of your life. Well, the moments that aren’t presented by Draft Kings that is. The Daily Fantasy Sports advertising isn’t just obnoxious, ubiquitous or pervasive anymore, it’s oppressive. Yes, it’s an oppression. Like in August when the hear index...
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October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Hurricane Joaquin changes Illinois-Nebraska, Michigan-Maryland start times

Hurricane Joaquin is baring down on the Eastern seaboard, and right now, people aren’t quite sure which way the tropical storm is going to travel. At least, the experts differed in opinion as of last night. This is a very fluid situation. It could be upgraded to a Category 4 storm by the time you read this, but downgraded to a Category 1 by the time it makes landfall, which should...
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October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Hurricane Joaquin changes Big Ten football start times

Hurricane Joaquin is baring down on the Eastern seaboard, and right now, people aren’t quite sure which way the tropical storm is going to travel. At least, the experts differed in opinion as of last night. This is a very fluid situation. It could be upgraded to a Category 4 storm by the time you read this, but downgraded to a Category 1 by the time it makes landfall, which should...
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October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Louis van Gaal press conference previewing Arsenal match (video)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal gave a press conference today, instead of on Friday as is the usual routine, previewing the weekend fixture. Van Gaal says he may have to rotate the squad in order to deal with fatigue when they travel to Arsenal on Super Sunday. The main takeaway today is the discussion involving the fatigue coach. “The solution is recovery, recovery...
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October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Schneiderlin believes Man United have answered their critics

Manchester United currently reside on top of the Premier League table, and their recent run of success makes 2015’s early season drama seem like ancient history right now. It was only a few weeks ago that headlines were dominated by the transfer saga of goal keeper David de Gea, and Manager Louis van Gaal’s decision not to play him. Then you had the “panic buy” criticism...
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October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears on the road to #1 overall draft pick

“Fail for Cardale.” “Get Sacked and Worse for Hackenberg.” “Lose-ah for Bosa.” Whatever your slogan/mantra, it’s the mantra the Chicago Bears should embrace. Let the NFL Draft tanking begin. Given how bad they have looked thus far, plus the sell off they’ve initiated on defense, it looks like the Monsters of the Midway will soon be on the clock. That’s perfect...
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October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Draft Kings, Fan Duel advertising is a horrible OPPRESSION

“This living and breathing and moment of your life is presented by FanDuel!” Just like every other living, breathing moment of your life. Well, the moments that aren’t presented by Draft Kings that is. The Daily Fantasy Sports advertising isn’t just obnoxious, ubiquitous or pervasive anymore, it’s oppressive. Yes, it’s an oppression. Like in August when the hear index...
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October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears have perfect #1 overall NFL draft pick profile

“Fail for Cardale.” “Get Sacked and Worse for Hackenberg.” “Lose-ah for Bosa.” Whatever your slogan/mantra, it’s the mantra the Chicago Bears should embrace. Let the NFL Draft tanking begin. Given how bad they have looked thus far, plus the sell off they’ve initiated on defense, it looks like the Monsters of the Midway will soon be on the clock. That’s perfect...
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October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Lane Kiffin leading Illini football is a bad idea

A week ago today, Lane Kiffin rumors ran rampant. That opened the floodgates for the Lane Kiffin to Illinois rumors to resurface once again. These rumors may be as credible as those sung about by Timex Social Club or Bananarama, but still, the “Lane Kiffin Illini,” “Lane Kiffin Illinois” search volume was quite significant last Thursday and Friday. We’ll pass on disclosing...
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October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Retro Man United shirt inadvertently leaked by Beckham photo

Adidas planned to unveil a brand new Man United shirt, with a retro theme and design, later this year. Well, the cat is out of the bag now as the shirt was inadvertently leaked by club legend David Beckham. Becks was photographed at the opening of the sportswear concern’s HomeCourt’s concept store at the Mall of Emirates in Dubai yesterday. Here you can take a look at Beckham...
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October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Van Gaal interview post victory over Wolfsburg (video)

Very big night for the Premier League tonight as both Manchester clubs won their UEFA Champions League group stages matches. Given all the scrutiny the English top flight has been under lately, today’s effort was huge. Manchester United beat Wolfsburg 2-1 today and as Louis van Gaal said in the interview after the game: “It is very difficult to beat a German team. They were...
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October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Wenger amazingly optimistic on Arsenal’s Champions League chances

It doesn’t appear that Arsenal is any better this season than they were last season. Nothing about the Gunners results thus far, either domestically or in Europe, convey a sense of significant improvement. Manager Arsene Wenger needs to answer for that. He stood by his decision to start reserve goalkeeper David Ospina at home versus Olympiacos in the UEFA Champions League yesterday...
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October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Brendan Rodgers believes Prem is more physical than other leagues

Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers may or may not have a job for very long, but that’s not stopping him from expressing his opinion on significant Barclay’s Premier League issues. His Liverpool side are relegated to the Europa League, but Rodgers is still making a call to action regarding the Premiership’s fortunes in the UEFA Champions League. It’s not just Arsenal who...
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September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Smalling UCL game winning goal for United (video)

A team from England has actually won a UEFA Champions League match again! Huzzah! Manchester United beat Wolfsburg 2-1 tonight, getting goals from Juan Mata and Chris Smalling. Mata provided the equalizer on a penalty kick and then revealed after the match that he is now United’s first taker of penalty kicks. He also set up the game-winner with a sublime pass. Take a look below...
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September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Juan Mata is now United’s #1 penalty kick taker

Manchester United won their second Champions League group stage match today 2-1 over Wolfsburg at Old Trafford. Juan Mata equalized on a penalty kick in the first half. Defender Chris Smalling would find the back of the net in the second half to complete tonight’s scoring in this one. You can see the footage of that brace below, pay special attention to the final pass, from...
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September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United starting XI vs Wolfsburg is in

Louis van Gaal has set his line-up for tonight versus Wolfsburg in the group stages of UEFA Champions League competition. England is taking a beating right now in Europe, and maybe the Red Devils can change their fortunes a bit. Here is the Manchester United first team for the upcoming kickoff against the German Bundesliga side: #mufc XI: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Darmian...
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September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Brendan Rodgers calls for PL solidarity amidst UCL struggles

Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers may or may not have a job for very long, but that’s not stopping him from expressing his opinion on significant Barclay’s Premier League issues. His Liverpool side are relegated to the Europa League, but Rodgers is still making a call to action regarding the Premiership’s fortunes in the UEFA Champions League. It’s not just Arsenal who...
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September 30, 2015  |  Discuss
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