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#5 Michigan State vs #7 Oregon Ducks game preview

Like Kermit the Frog told us, “it’s not easy being green.” It’s the primary color of both teams playing the primary college football game of the pre-conference. Well, sort of. The Oregon Ducks now have about 1,345 different team colors; because Oregon rolls out a new uniform for just about every drive of every game of every season in their entire history. For the Michigan...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Gareth Bale’s agent dismisses Man United rumors again

We’ve been down this road before. Here we go again. It’s been claimed in some outlets that Manchester United launched not one but two audacious £100 million bids for Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale– but Bale is keen to stay at the Bernabeu. That was after earlier reports that United offered £80 million. It doesn’t seem like Bale is leaving Real Madrid; as his agent...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Ander Herrera: Man United have “no excuses” this season

There are no excuses for Manchester United not to compete for trophies this season, proclaims United midfielder Ander Herrera.  Speaking from a financial stand point, he is entirely right. A computation released earlier this week conveyed that United have the third costliest roster in all of Europe. The study calculated how much each club in the big five European leagues spent...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Wayne Rooney breaks England goal scoring record (video)

Captain of both Manchester United and the England National Team Wayne Rooney tied Sir Bobby Charlton two days ago for the English scoring record. Rooney is now level with Charlton at 49 goals as England beat San Marino 6-0. The Three Lions became the first team to qualify for Euro 2016. Tonight he broke England’s goal-scoring record versus Switzerland. Here’s the footage...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Wayne Rooney looks to break scoring record tonight

Captain of both Manchester United and the England National Team Wayne Rooney tied Sir Bobby Charlton two days ago for the English scoring record. Rooney is now level with Charlton at 49 goals as England beat San Marino 6-0. The Three Lions became the first team to qualify for Euro 2016. Tonight he’ll look to break the goal-scoring record as England takes on Switzerland. He’s...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

David de Gea starts for Spain; United recall next?

You could call this a boost for Manchester United.  David de Gea has put his elongated transfer soap opera from this summer behind him. He’s returning to action, as he was just named starting #1 for Spain tonight in the Euro Qualifier versus Macedonia. Since he’s playing for country again, then logic holds he might also play for club again soon. Spain: De Gea, Carvajal,...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Re: Patriots, Goodell: Just sub “NFL” for “TV” in Howard Beale’s “Network” rant

There’s nothing left to say regarding the “integrity” of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the NFL itself and the New England Patriots. Everybody is talking about this today on every channel, and this time, they’re right. As much as the DeflateGate hullabaloo was much ado about nothing, the ESPN report breaking today is extremely relevant, to all of us. Among the findings...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

14 things we learned about Big Ten Football in Week 1

We don’t do Big Ten football power rankings here because well, every single website in the entire world does that. What we do instead is the “one thing we learned about each team” this week. Yes, there are people who do this bit as well, but their version is more “PR friendly.” Put it this way, it’s the same routine, but those people do a rendition that’s like the...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

#5 Michigan State vs #7 Oregon Ducks: Preview Du Jour

Like Kermit the Frog told us, “it’s not easy being green.” It’s the primary color of both teams playing the primary college football game of the pre-conference. Well, sort of. The Oregon Ducks now have about 1,345 different team colors; because Oregon rolls out a new uniform for just about every drive of every game of every season in their entire history. For the Michigan...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Stanley Cup coming to Northwestern’s Ryan Field Saturday

Hear ye! Hear ye! Thine most trophy of all highest esteem within all of sport, thy Cup of thee Lord Stanley shall be descending upon thy gridiron of Northwestern University. Yes, the Stanley Cup came to Ryan Field in 2010, it didn’t come in 2013, but it will be here Saturday for NU’s 3 p.m. kickoff against Eastern Illinois. According to a release via the University: “Blackhawks...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Daily Fantasy Sports Ads are inescapable during NFL programming

Sports is perhaps the most “DVR proof” type of programming there is. You can’t skip the commercials during live sports, because you want to live in the moment with everybody else who’s a fan of your team. Therefore, the ads that run during sporting events have a much greater impact and reach than the promotional spots which air during taped programming. During commercial...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United Midfielder Michael Carrick suffers another injury

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick may have been poised to make his return against Switzerland in the Euro Qualifiers. Instead he pulled out Monday, having pulled a calf muscle. It remains to be seen how much time he’ll actually miss for United, but the setback inspired England Manager Roy Hodgson to vent his frustration over the series of injuries Carrick has suffered...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

David de Gea ready to play again, says Spain Manager

You could call this a boost for Manchester United.  David de Gea has supposedly put his elongated transfer soap opera from this summer behind him. He’s ready to return to action, says Spain Manager Vincent Del Bosque. If he’s ready to play for country again, then logic holds he could also play for club again soon. “He’s in condition to play,” Del Bosque is quoted in...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United deemed most wasteful spenders by Transfer Review

Since 2013, Man United have been the most inefficient spenders of any Premier League club. That’s the conclusion reached by The Soccerex Transfer Review by Prime Time Sport. (Hey, these are the types of things we talk about during the international break a week after the transfer window has just shut) The review found that United spent almost £118 million on players who were...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Ohio St. and Virginia Tech helmet decals honor WDBJ victims (photos)

Both Ohio St.and Virginia Tech are doing the right thing Monday night by honoring the two victims slain earlier this week by yet another senseless shooting made possible by lax gun control regulations. The two teams will play Monday night sporting helmet decals in homage to the two WDBJ journalists shot and killed by a mad man who easily obtained a firearm without much of a screening...
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September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Danica Patrick finishes 42nd out of 42 at Darlington

“The Lady in Black” (as Darlington S.C. Raceway is known) was extremely cruel to the most well known lady in auto racing, Danica Patrick today. Danica finished in 42nd place today, which is quite a problem when you consider there are only 42 places possible in a given NASCAR race. She started 30th, via qualifiers but wrecked on lap 191 of 367.    The dismal finish dropped...
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September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Di Maria sale to PSG netted United £11.2m above value, says study

A report revealed on September 3rd revealed that Manchester United took an even bigger financial hit on the sale of Angel Di Maria than was previously thought. That was bad news. However, another study revealed today brings good news. United received £11.2 million more than they should have from Paris St. Germain. This claim of over-payment is according to CIES, who ranked...
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September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Notre Dame loses top RB Tarean Folston for the entire season

Notre Dame beat Texas up pretty bad Saturday night, but that win came with a massive cost. Their top running back, Tarean Folston is now out for the season. Saturday night’s telecast showed Folston conveying a lot of emotion on the sideline following his injury, and that foreshadowed the bad news just released via ACC Now.  Their lead reads: “Notre Dame’s football team has...
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September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United paid three times too much for Anthony Martial, study claims

Manchester United‘s final acquisition of the summer transfer window, Anthony Martial, takes home a dubious “honor” as Europe’s most over-priced signing of the summer. The Red Devils acquired the 19-year-old striker from Ligue 1 side Monaco for a transfer fee of £36 million, which made him the third most expensive signing in club history. With add-ons the sum could rise...
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September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Still doubt about when Daniel Sturridge will return to England, Liverpool FC

Looks like Liverpool supporters will have to wait a little while longer for the return of Daniel Sturridge. England Manager Roy Hodgson is unsure if Sturridge will feature or not in Euro 2016. Hodgson said: “Well, Welbeck bothers me now. He has already been out for me since March and for Arsenal since April, so that’s over four months, isn’t it? And now I hear it’s...
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September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Stars postseason X-Factor is possibly Adriana Leon

Christen Press is the focal point of the Chicago Red Stars offense. With 10 goals in 11 National Women’s Soccer League games this season, she’s a constant. FC Kansas City will focus their game plan around her when the two teams meet in the NWSL semi-final. Press scored both of Chicago’s goals when the two teams played to a 2-2 draw in Chicago on August 1st. To beat the reigning...
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September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Arsenal Forward Danny Welbeck will miss six more months

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger hasn’t been able to select striker Danny Welbeck for the past few months. It will be quite awhile until Welbeck will be available again for selection. Arsenal announced on the 3rd that Welbeck elected to have surgery on his left knee, and that he will be ”out for a period of months.”   Today, England Manager Roy Hodgson indicated that a...
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September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Northwestern football has 3rd down go-to in Christian Jones

“We’ve got our weapons back now,”  said Northwestern football Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald, in reference to wide receivers Christian Jones and Miles Shuler. Fitzgerald said this following NU’s stunning upset of #21 Stanford, in which the Wildcats dominated the Cardinal in a manner not reflected by the 16-6 final score. We don’t know if Stanford football is that bad, or...
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September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Christian Jones, finally back, gives Northwestern exactly they need

“We’ve got our weapons back now,”  said Northwestern Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald, in reference to wide receivers Christian Jones and Miles Shuler. Fitzgerald said this following NU’s stunning upset of #21 Stanford, in which the Wildcats dominated the Cardinal in a manner not reflected by the 16-6 final score. We don’t know if Stanford is that bad, or if Northwestern is...
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September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Adriana Leon will have a key role in Red Stars postseason

Christen Press is the focal point of the Chicago Red Stars offense. With 10 goals in 11 National Women’s Soccer League games this season, she’s a constant. FC Kansas City will focus their game plan around her when the two teams meet in the NWSL semi-final. Press scored both of Chicago’s goals when the two teams played to a 2-2 draw in Chicago on August 1st. To beat the reigning...
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September 07, 2015  |  Discuss
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