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Harry Kane scores in Euros, hopeful Tottenham goals are coming next

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is perhaps the best homegrown young scorer in England right now. He had a major breakout this past season and provides a cornerstone for Spurs to build around if they are to progress beyond Europa League mediocrity. Kane was the subject of transfer rumors involving a move to Manchester United for much of the summer, even though the idea was...
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September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Arsenal’s uneventful transfer window ripped by former Gunners winger

How did Arsenal do in the summer transfer window. Some analysts see their lack of buying as a total failure (especially when they could be on the precipice of something special). Other football pundits say The Gunners were just slightly below average in their transfer activity. There is one inarguable truth about Arsenal’s transfer window- they were the only team in all of Europe’s...
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September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Harry Kane scores for England, hopes Spurs scoring is next

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is perhaps the best homegrown young scorer in England. He had a major breakout this past season and provides a cornerstone for Spurs to build around if they are to progress beyond their Europa League mediocrity. Kane was the subject of transfer rumors involving a move to Manchester United for much of the summer even though the idea was never...
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September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Trevor Siemian is your Denver Broncos’ QB3

Before he suffered his “lower body injury” in 2013, the newest member of the Denver Broncos, former Northwestern QB  Trevor Siemian, was the best pure passer in the Big Ten. That’s not hyperbole. The 2013-14 Big Ten was a tailback driven league, and most of the QBs were dual threat, read-option guys. The state of the QB position is not what it once was, so it’s not a stretch...
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September 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Liverpool striker Christian Benteke starts working with mental coach

Going from Aston Villa to Liverpool is a big time adjustment. Moving up to a big name club, and signing an expensive contract, means sky high expectations. The Reds triggered the pricy release clause of striker Christian Benteke in order to bring him over from AVFC, and they expect successful results. Benteke could be Liverpool’s most important signing of the summer, and this...
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September 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United’s £36m signing Anthony Martial ripped by former Monaco player

Lots of people have criticized Manchester United’s acquisition of striker Anthony Martial from Monaco. Many people referred to the £36 million (which could reach the £50 millions with potential add-ons) Martial signing as a “panic buy.” Most of the critique has been directed at United for their spending habits. Other critics point to Martial’s lack of experience or gaudy...
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September 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United’s £36m signing Anthony Martial ripped by ex-teammate

Lots of people have criticized Manchester United’s acquisition of striker Anthony Martial from Monaco. Many people referred to the £36 million (which could reach the £50 millions with potential add-ons) Martial signing as a “panic buy.” Most of the critique has been directed at United for their spending habits. Other critics point to Martial’s lack of experience or gaudy...
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September 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Pundits are overrating the P.J. Fleck to the Illini idea

If you write an Illinois Fighting Illini Head Coaching Candidates listicle, Federal law mandates that you must include Western Michigan Coach P.J. Fleck. The DOJ or FBI or CIA will likely come after you if publish a list sans Fleck. Now Fleck does have a lot of merit as a candidate. He’s a bonafide contender for the gig. However, I’ve also seen a couple articles that have designated...
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September 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Christen Press leading Red Stars to their best season ever

The Chicago Red Stars are having the best season of their short history, and scoring sensation Christen Press is leading the way. The Red Stars were founded in 2007, hence the hashtag #crs07, and this is the first season in which they reached the postseason. Today is their regular season finale, versus World Cup Golden Ball winner Carli Lloyd and the Houston Dash. It’s 4 p.m....
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September 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Wayne Rooney ties Sir Bobby Charlton’s scoring record

Captain of both Manchester United and the England National Team Wayne Rooney tied Sir Bobby Charlton today 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. “It’s a proud moment to equal Sir Bobby Charlton’s record,” Wayne Rooney told the media...
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September 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Comical Manchester United blooper video published

As we’re on international break, it’s a bit of a slow news week. Of course, there’s still more fallout from the botched David de Gea transfer, as Manchester United and Real Madrid continue to trade barbs over who is to blame for that debacle. However, it’s still summer time, and if you want something lighter and more pleasant in your news cycle, a change of pace from transfer...
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September 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Man United Asst. Manager rips the club’s transfer habits

The comings and goings at Old Trafford this summer transfer window have been subjected to heavy scrutiny. Sure that happens every summer transfer window, but the 2015 edition saw more media critique and protracted drama than usual. Overall, Manchester United’s transfer business produced mixed results and conveyed an overall direction that was difficult to visualize. Many people...
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September 05, 2015  |  Discuss

How Northwestern football upset #21 Stanford

The dual threat at quarterback is back for Northwestern football. Quarterback Clayton Thorson, making his first career start, did just enough passing to keep the defense of #21 Stanford honest in the Wildcats 16-6 upset of the Cardinal. This was not a game of high octane passing offense though. On both sides, it was all ground and pound, as the season opener clipped along at a rapid...
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September 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United promotional blooper reel released (video)

As we’re on international break, it’s a bit of a slow news week. Of course, there’s still more fallout from the botched David de Gea transfer, as Manchester United and Real Madrid continue to trade barbs over who is to blame for that debacle. However, it’s still summer time, and if you want something lighter and more pleasant in your news cycle, a change of pace from transfer...
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September 05, 2015  |  Discuss

United respond to Real Madrid criticism over De Gea debacle

There is still some David De Gea related drama going on, days after the the transfer window closed. Manchester United will of course keep De Gea because the paperwork required for the deal with Real Madrid was filed after the Spanish transfer deadline. The two clubs had reportedly agreed upon a deal that was supposed to include Keylor Navas. However, the documents didn...
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September 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Manchester United Asst. Manager says club is “panic buying”

The comings and goings at Old Trafford this summer transfer window have been subjected to heavy scrutiny. Sure that happens every summer window, but the 2015 edition saw more media critique and protracted drama than usual. Overall, the Manchester United transfer business produced mixed results and conveyed an overall direction that was difficult to visualize. Many people referred...
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September 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Los Angeles will likely have an NFL team by 2017

It looks like an NFL team in Los Angeles is a fait accompli. It could possibly happen next year, but more likely the move will happen in 2017. Whether that’s the St. Louis Rams, the Oakland Raiders or the San Diego Chargers remains to be seen, but it appears there’s a lot more to this narrative than just franchises holding their home towns hostage in order to obtain new stadium...
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September 05, 2015  |  Discuss

The Sports Bank podcast is re-tooled

Time for one of those masturbatory announcement posts. Which to our credit, hasn’t been done in so long that I honestly can’t remember the last one. Hey, we’re not a big national TV network, where we actually hire people to write and then mass mail self-congratulatory “news” about “breaking” some ratings record. OMG! We cherry picked the Nielsen numbers, so we can...
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September 05, 2015  |  Discuss

New Man United striker Anthony Martial helps France defeat Portugal

A few days ago, Anthony Martial was a promising but relatively obscure striker. Before transfer deadline day he was known mostly to only Monaco and Lyon fans, as well as those who cover international football for a living. Today, he’s the owner of the richest contract ever for a teenage footballer, the back-up to Wayne Rooney at Manchester United and a contributor to the France...
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September 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Man City 2nd biggest transfer spenders in Europe, Man United 3rd, Chelsea 5th

The CIES Football Observatory has calculated and graphed the transfer spending in the big five leagues of Europe.  CIES computed how much was spent in total by each club in order to acquire the players currently residing on their roster. Real Madrid led the continent with 587 million euros. Manchester City was second at 560 million euros. Manchester United was third at 533 million...
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September 04, 2015  |  Discuss

London Fletcher is the NFL pundit out there

Today’s sports media talking heads are getting increasingly vanilla. Sure you have a Charles Barkley here and an Alexi Lalas there, but the majority of big time national television network pundits are often dry. Every team is great. Every player is “among the best in the game.” Monday Night Football’s Jon Gruden takes the most heat for embodying this stereotype, but there...
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September 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicharito’s move from Man United to Bundesliga crashed FC Bayern servers

The term “broke the internet” gets thrown around a lot these days. However, when Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez left Manchester United for Bayern Munich, that’s literally what happened. Hernandez’s massive global following, combined with the excitement surrounding his transfer to the Bundesliga side, took Bayern’s servers down. So many people were interested in...
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September 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicharito’s move to Bayern crashed their servers

The term “broke the internet” gets thrown around a lot these days. However, when Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez left Manchester United for Bayern Munich, that’s literally what happened. Hernandez’s massive global following, combined with the excitement surrounding his transfer to the Bundesliga side took Bayern’s servers down. So many people were interested in...
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September 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Sir Alex Ferguson reveals that Wayne Rooney rejected United twice

Manchester United fans aren’t exactly thrilled with Wayne Rooney right now, and that’s understandable given his slow start to the Premier League season. However, as we’re now into the international break, Rooney is closing in on England’s all-time goal scoring record. Despite how much he’s been chastised lately, he’s still an all-time legend for both club and country...
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September 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Ohio St. and Virginia Tech honoring WDBJ victims with helmet decals (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 04, 2015  |  Discuss
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