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Will Fuller is Notre Dame’s best shot at the Heisman

Notre Dame has an illustrious history of producing Heisman Trophy winners. Every year, someone prominent in the national media will make sure to put a Fighting Irish player in the discussion, but during Brian Kelly’s regime, only one player was a finalist for the most recognizable individual award in sports. And he actually played defense. Kelly is certainly not interested in...
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August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

“Talk about” and 7 more crimes against sports journalism

Sports journalism is a world populated by shopworn cliches and tired, predictable narratives, but the “talk about” might truly be the abyss. We’ve all fallen victim to it at some point in our career. Either through osmosis from others doing the talk about, or just being inexperienced, we’ve made that horrendous mistake at some point. However, most of us grow and develop...
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August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Wayne Rooney hits back at critics of his slow start

As Captain of both England and Manchester United, Wayne Rooney is one of the most iconic players in all of global football. Not just in the United Kingdom, but the entire world. Therefore, the standards for his performance are always extremely high. When he’s drawing 4s out of 10s in individual player ratings, something is really up. he’s off to a very rough start this season...
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August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Pedro undergoing Chelsea FC medical; £21m deal agreed

Barcelona forward Pedro is finalizing his move to Chelsea. Everyone is expecting an official announcement out of Stamford Bridge soon; maybe tomorrow as the winger is currently in London, and undergo his Chelsea medical. After the Champions League win over Club Brugge, United reportedly lost their interest in Pedro and weren’t interested in meeting Barca’s asking price of...
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August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

CBS’ Jenny Dell moves from NFL to College Football

Last season, CBS Sports’ number two NFL team was Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, and Jenny Dell. (The first string was Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson) This season, Jenny Dell will partner with Carter Blackburn and Aaron Taylor to form CBS’ lead college football announcer team.   You can look at it as a step up as Dell moves from the second string to the first string now. That’s...
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August 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Sixers Jahlil Okafor deemed NBA Rookie of the Year favorite

NBA.com’s survey of NBA rookies has overwhelmingly deemed Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor (with 41.9% of the vote) the favorite to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award this season. The No. 3 overall pick in the draft, a one-and-done our of Duke was followed by Stanley Johnson of the Detroit Pistons (19.4%) and No. 1 draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves...
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August 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Sadio Mane rumored to be Man United’s Pedro alternative

With a Pedro move to Chelsea reportedly imminent, Manchester United must move on to the next target. The contingency plan is rumored to be Sadio Mane. Depending on how the story is told, and which outlet you believe, United pulled out of the Pedro derby or refused to meet Barcelona’s asking price for the star winger, or (and this is the most popular narrative out there) Chelsea...
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August 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Reports claim Chelsea, not Man United to sign Pedro now

The media coverage of the Pedro “will he or won’t he?” transfer situation has been mildly entertaining. The public presentation of information surrounding his future has certainly not been painful and annoying like the Angel Di Maria to Paris St. Germain transfer; nor has it reached the levels of over-extended tedium that’s been the David de Gea situation. Of course, we...
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August 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Van Gaal confident in Wayne Rooney, current striker options

Wayne Rooney needs just one more goal to equal Denis Law’s 171, and move into a tie for third on the club’s all-time leading league scorers. With seven more goals, he’ll tie Law for second all time on the club list. However, he’s off to a very rough start this season though. Pundits have ripped Rooney, and rightfully so, for his performances in the first two league games...
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August 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Original Buffy the Vampire Slayer to open Cubs ’90s night

Everything ’90s nostalgia is extremely hot right now. Hollywood has always lacked originality; and the entertainment industry has always regarded the American public to have a very short attention span. These two ideas have been ramped up a notch with the current “let’s reboot everything from the ’90s” craze. Of course, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is very unique in...
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August 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Cornerback KeiVarae Russell won Notre Dame Media Day

Just hours before Notre Dame Media Day began, the school informed the media which 10 specific players would be appearing and conversing with the media. When we saw KeiVarae Russell listed as one of those ten players, we knew that his NCAA eligibility was reinstated. Russell was suspended and missed all of 2014, but he promised he would return to South Bend and finish school. KeiVarae...
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August 19, 2015  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Michael Carrick scores own goal on United

Michael Carrick is a cerebral, composed player who does most of his work hovering in the holding-midfield position. The Manchester United midfielder is a gifted passer and reader of the game, and has never received a red card in 432 EPL appearances (premierleague.com). Update: Carrick scored an “own goal” for United tonight in 3-1 victory over Club Brugge KV in the Champions...
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August 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Arsenal target Karim Benzema has a giant $250,000 diamond ball

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema won’t be making headlines as the big splash signing for Arsenal this summer. Gunners Manager Arsene Wenger was asked about Benzema coming to London. “No. Honestly no,” Wenger said. Well, then. The short, but sweet answer concisely supplements what Real boss Rafa Benitez insisted on July 25th regarding Benzema: “I’m sure he will stay...
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August 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Reports that Pedro to Manchester United deal has been agreed

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said that the club needs to sign a player similar to Barcelona forward Pedro back in late July. Last week Van Gaal directly answered a Pedro question. He didn’t confirm or deny the interest/whether or not a deal was in the works. You can read the full quote at this link. Pedro has also been linked to Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool this...
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August 19, 2015  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Marouane Fellaini goal in Champions League Playoff

Midfielder Marouane Fellaini scored an extremely critical goal for Manchester United tonight in the third minute of extra time. Watch his brace below in 90′ +3, which gave the Red Devils a 3-1 advantage as time ran out on their opponent Club Brugge KV in the playoff round of UEFA Champions League. Now United head to Belgium in a great position towards advancing into the group...
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August 18, 2015  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Memphis Depay scores 2 goals in Champions League win

Memphis Depay was the man of the match for Manchester United today with 2 goals 13′, 43′ and an assist. He really should have had a third to complete the hat trick, but he blew the open shot. Wayne Rooney set him up perfectly in a situation where Depay saw lots of open space up ahead. This is why Depay was brought in from PSV Eindhoven for £25 million on May 7th to score...
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August 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Alex Morgan RIPS NWSL for shady team hotel

Alex Morgan the face of the franchise that is the U.S. Women’s National Team has seen her sport take off this summer. The whole nation rejoiced as the USWNT won their first World Cup since 1999. And while Americans are truly embracing the international game here at home, the domestic leagues still have some work to do.  The National Women’s Soccer League is getting a big...
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August 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United starting XI vs Club Brugge (Champions League) is in

The Man United starting XI versus Club Brugge XV in the the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Playoff is now in.  Here is the lineup Louis van Gaal is going with as the European tournament returns to  Old Trafford tonight: Manchester United starting XI pic.twitter.com/x0TlNGa2aW — UICHATA – TANGERANG (@UtdIndonesiaTGR) August 18, 2015 How do you think this line...
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August 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Predicted Man United Starting XI: Champions League playoff vs Club Brugge

Man United starting XI prediction time again, as European competition returns to Old Trafford. United Will host Club Brugge KV in the first match in UEFA Champions League playoff. Winner moves on to the group stages. Locally, the match will kickoff at 1:45 pm central and televised on FOX Sports 1 What combination and formation will Manager Louis van Gaal choose. Our lineup prediction...
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August 18, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Notre Dame football is national title or bust

“We talk in terms of championships, absolutely,” Notre Dame football Coach Brian Kelly said in response to a reporter question this summer. “For us to be a championship football team there has to be attention to detail.  For us to be a championship football team you have to hold each other accountable.  For us to be a championship football team, we talk in those terms every...
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August 18, 2015  |  Discuss

10 Ohio State Football Players who might be 1st round picks

Ohio State football players, like the players at any big time college football program are aware of how they rate in the NFL mock drafts. Every player at every school claims they don’t pay attention to the mocks, or read the op-eds, or have basic awareness of their stats, yadda yadda yadda. Don’t believe that noise for a second. Maybe a lot of players don’t aggressively seek...
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August 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Eliaquim Mangala staying at Man City says ESPN FC

Despite his links to Valencia and the Nicolas Otamendi deal, Eliaquim Mangala is not going anywhere. Manchester City will not let Mangala leave on loan in this transfer window, sources told ESPN FC. Manchester United and Nicolas Otamendi have been linked all summer long, but it appears that a move to the blue side of Manchester is what’s actually imminent for the Valencia defender...
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August 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Given the new Ramos deal, De Gea staying at United?

Time for your daily David de Gea and Sergio Ramos updates. The summer’s never ending transfer window soap opera, the 2015 version of the Arturo Vidal saga last summer, is now over. Will De Gea stay at Manchester United, or move to Real Madrid? Same question regarding Ramos (just reverse the teams) is what everyone has been talking about since early June. The two players’...
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August 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United target Sergio Ramos says he never wanted to leave Madrid

Time for your daily David de Gea and Sergio Ramos updates. The summer’s never ending transfer window soap opera; the 2015 version of the Arturo Vidal saga last summer is now over. Will De Gea stay at Manchester United, or move to Real Madrid? Same question regarding Ramos (just reverse the teams) is what everyone has been talking about since early June. The two players...
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August 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Jarron Jones: how will Notre Dame replace him?

Notre Dame starting defensive tackle Jarron Jones is now out for the season due to damage to his medial collateral ligament. As the video below tells us, that’s a huge loss. Although you don’t need to be a “rocket surgeon” to realize that. (See what I did there, combining the two intellectual metaphor cliches “brain surgeon” and “rocket scientist.” DT Sheldon...
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August 17, 2015  |  Discuss
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