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Ohio State Buckeyes: circled date on NIU Huskies schedule

The Ohio State Buckeyes see your “SEC speed,” and raise the stakes on you. The SEC is essentially the AAA of the NFL, and Ohio State’s roster this upcoming season is essentially a NFL Developmental League franchise. There are first, second and third round picks everywhere; in all position groups. John Calipari has made Kentucky basketball a de facto NBA D-League franchise...
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September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

What the NWSL must do in order to survive

The NWSL is fairly certain that it will return in 2016, but 2017 is still up in the air. Next year is season number four for the National Women’s Soccer League and no professional American women’s soccer league has ever survived beyond three seasons. So the NWSL has already achieved more than any of their predecessors, but 2016 is a critical crossroads year. The league has...
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September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

#8 Notre Dame football game preview (#16 Georgia Tech)

“How come everybody wanna be keep it like the Kaiser?”Anthony Kiedis asked us in the early ’90s. Notre Dame football fans are hoping Kizer can keep it like Ohio State quarterbacks J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones. That’s a tall order for freshman and new QB1 DeShone Kizer, who gets his first start against arguably the toughest team on Notre Dame’s schedule. Clemson is good...
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September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Actual “Rudy” play: video of Notre Dame vs Georgia Tech 1975

“Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!” With #16 Georgia Tech coming to South Bend to take on #8 Notre Dame on Saturday (full game preview and prediction at this link), it’s time to re-visit the actual play and player that inspired the “Rocky” of college football movies. Here’s the actual grainy game footage in black and white of the real life Rudy play. Notre Dame scores a late touchdown...
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September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Luke Shaw suffers double fracture; out six months

Manchester United Left Back Luke Shaw was just settling in at Old Trafford. This season, he was finally finding a solid, consistent groove after enduring so many injury setbacks. Now he’ll have to endure yet another, and this one is indeed a doozy. At least it’s not as bad as it looked. Shaw went down on a challenge from PSV Eindhoven center back Hector Moreno, and stayed...
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September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United given 10-1 title odds; Man City overwhelming favorites

When Bet 365.com removed Chelsea and installed Manchester City as the new Premier League title favorite on August 17th, it seemed a bit sensational more than credible. This idea seemed like jumping the gun a little bit. Now, a month later, Bet 365 was prescient and foreshadowing. Here’s where we stand today: Man City 4-11, Arsenal 11-2, Man United 10-1, Chelsea 14-1. On August...
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September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Memphis Depay scores, but team loss ruins PSV return

Manchester United visited PSV Eindhoven for the Champions League group stage clash tonight; marking the return of Memphis Depay. The winger joined United when the summer transfer window opened after the two clubs agreed upon a reportedly £25 million fee on May 7. When he returned to the Philips Stadion Tuesday evening, he announced his arrival with a first half goal. Unfortunately...
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September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Memphis Depay scores in return to PSV (video)

When Manchester United head to PSV Eindhoven for the Champions League group stage clash tomorrow night, it will mark the return of Memphis Depay. The winger joined United when the summer transfer window opened after the two clubs agreed upon a reportedly £25 million fee on May 7. He played two more games for the Dutch Eredivisie champions, scoring one more goal after he had already...
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September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

United Defender Luke Shaw suffers broken leg (video)

You really have to feel for Manchester United Left Back Luke Shaw. He’s dealt with a whole host of injuries since coming over to Manchester United from Southampton, and he’s missed a lot of time due to all those injuries. Today was yet another setback for Shaw as he suffered a broken leg in the first half of the UEFA Champions League group stage clash at PSV Eindhoven. Warning...
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September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Di Maria scores first goal since Man United vs Yeovil Town in January (video)

Angel Di Maria, the polarizing ex Manchester United and current Paris Saint Germain winger is breaking Twitter right now due to this beautiful brace today for PSG. This is Di Maria’s first goal for Les Parisiens and also the first scoring strike in the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League (group stages, not counting the playoff “round”). Take a look at the footage below. This...
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September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Angel Di Maria scores first goal of Champions League (video)

Angel Di Maria, the polarizing ex Manchester United and current Paris Saint Germain winger is breaking Twitter right now due to this beautiful brace today for PSG. This is Di Maria’s first goal for Les Parisiens and also the first scoring strike in the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League (group stages, not counting the playoff “round”).   Take a look at the footage below. This...
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September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United wear black 3rd kit; Fellaini gets a bit ill

A couple of Manchester United news and notes heading into kickoff today of the UEFA Champions League group stage match at PSV Eindhoven. Marouane Fellaini has fallen a bit ill according to Manager Louis van Gaal, and will not be starting. Fellaini will be available as a substitute. Louis van Gaal tells #MUTV Marouane Fellaini felt "a little bit ill" ahead of kick-off, with the...
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September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United starting XI set; Anthony Martial gets first team assignment

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney will sit out the club’s opening match in the group stages of UEFA Champions League due to a hamstring injury. Marouane Fellaini “felt a little bit ill” according to Manager Louis van Gaal. This opened the door to Anthony Martial making his first start with the Red Devils. Here’s the full starting XI. #mufc XI: De Gea; Darmian, Smalling...
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September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs Minor League All-Star Team Part Three: 2B, SS and 3B

Today, we name a second-baseman, shortstop and third baseman to the third annual Sports Bank Chicago Cubs minor-league All-Star team.  Previously, we added pitchers and a catcher and first baseman to the squad. Culling the ranks for a viable starting second baseman was not challenging. Chesny Young:  A 14th round selection in the 2014 draft, the right-handed hitting Young...
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September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Illini football game preview (week three North Carolina)

Illinois versus North Carolina- what a wonderful Big Ten/ACC Challenge match-up. Oh wait, it’s football??? Well then, at least I’ll still have the memories of my second most favorite press conference moment ever. (2010 Roy Williams at Assembly Hall, I guess I’m just an instigator) It is odd though how both Northwestern and Illinois hosted FCS Directional Illinois last weekend...
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September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

#23 Northwestern football game preview (week 3 Duke)

As we said this summer, Northwestern football needs to get at least a split in their two match-ups against similarly privilege, elite institutions (or as the coaches and administration refer to them “the academic comparables”) this non-conference season. They beat the first offspring of 1%ers school handily at Ryan Field in week one. The Wildcats 16-6 victory over Stanford was...
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September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Predicted Man United Starting XI vs PSV Eindhoven

Once again it’s time for another Man United starting XI prediction. In a manner of hours, the Red Devils will kick off against PSV Eindhoven in a Champions League group stage battle. The primary story line is obviously the homecoming of Memphis Depay, as he was the first major buy for United this summer transfer window. United purchased his contract from the Dutch Eredivisie side...
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September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Manchester United given 5.1% chance of winning Champions League

The goal for 2014-15 at Manchester United was to get back into the UEFA Champions League. After finishing seventh in the one disastrous season under David Moyes in 2013-14, getting back into Europe was the realistic ceiling. No one really expects them to win it, and one statistical projection service reflects that sentiment. According to the Daily Mail: “The projections are...
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September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Oregon Ducks re-creation of the Animal House “Shout” scene (video)

The seminal 1978 film “Animal House” hasn’t exactly held up well over time. It’s still a hilarious classic, but I wouldn’t exactly describe it as timeless. There’s a couple scenes in that film which…let’s just say you can’t make those jokes today in the 2015 political climate. Most of the movie though was comic genius and the “Shout” scene is one that almost...
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September 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Alex Morgan’s harsh hotel comments addressed by NWSL commish

When United States Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan made some Tweets ripping the National Women’s Soccer League for substandard team accommodations a month ago, it received a lot of media coverage. Anything involving bed bugs, as this matter did, tends to get a lot of attention. Both bed bugs and Alex Morgan are indeed clickbait. The NWSL response to Morgan’s complaints...
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September 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Di Maria admits he didn’t get along with Van Gaal

It’s not exactly news that Angel Di Maria didn’t adjust well to life at Manchester United, or living in England in general. We’ve also known for awhile that Di Maria didn’t gel with United Manager Louis van Gaal. On the first of this month Di Maria publicly blasted Van Gaal, and blamed his philosophy for why he didn’t flourish at Old Trafford.  Di Maria was sold to...
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September 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Memphis Depay warned he’ll receive an unwelcome return to PSV

When Manchester United head to PSV Eindhoven for the Champions League group stage clash tomorrow night, it will mark the return of Memphis Depay. The winger joined United when the summer transfer window opened after the two clubs agreed upon a reportedly £25 million fee on May 7. He played two more games for the Dutch Eredivisie champions, scoring one more goal after he had already...
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September 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Projected Man United Starting XI vs PSV Eindhoven

Time for another Man United starting XI. That was certainly a quick turnaround. The Red Devils head to PSV Eindhoven for a Champions League group stage clash. The primary story line is obviously the homecoming of Memphis, as he was the first major buy for United this summer transfer window. United purchased his contract from the Dutch Eredivisie side in May. It will be fascinating...
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September 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Five very unlikely Illini football head coaching “candidates”

First off, let’s give Bill Cubit a genuine chance here. Maybe Cubitism is indeed a real thing. If Cubit is truly a schematic Picasso for Illini football, then what he did with Nathan Scheelhaase in 2013 was his “Guernica.” Scheelhaase was not a great pocket passer his first two years in Champaign, and his third season (2012) saw a horrendous regression. I’m not saying the...
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September 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Van Gaal pokes fun at media stories of United discord

Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal had a drama filled week and weekend. Last week, the internet buzzed with stories of United senior players confronting Van Gaal about the issues they had with his training and direction. The news dominated the headlines in European football coverage. Van Gaal, a man nicknamed The Iron Tulip, lightened the mood and eased the tension by breaking...
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September 14, 2015  |  Discuss
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