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VIDEO: Matt Alviti, Northwestern QB1 candidate profile

Officially, it’s still a wide open three horse race to become Northwestern‘s starting quarterback, but I’m pretty confident that Clayton Thorson will win the job. I’ve come to this conclusion in the same manner that one solves a geometric proof. Because of A you have B, and then B precludes C, and then C leads to D etc. We’ve profiled this in depth here. With NU Media...
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August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Zack Oliver, Northwestern QB1 candidate profile

Officially, it’s still a wide open three horse race to become Northwestern‘s starting quarterback, but I’m pretty confident that Clayton Thorson will win the job. I’ve come to this conclusion in the same manner that one solves a geometric proof. Because of A you have B, and then B precludes C, and then C leads to D etc. We’ve profiled this in depth here. With NU Media...
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August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Clayton Thorson, Northwestern QB1 candidate profile

Officially, it’s still a wide open three horse race to become Northwestern‘s starting quarterback, but I’m pretty confident that Clayton Thorson will win the job. I’ve come to this conclusion in the same manner that one solves a geometric proof. Because of A you have B, and then B precludes C, and then C leads to D etc. We’ve profiled this in depth here. With NU Media...
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August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

VIDEO: How Does Notre Dame replace DT Jarron Jones?

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

Adnan Januzaj determined to keep first team spot at United

Manchester United played their first Friday night fixture in 11 years, and just the seventh (excluding holidays) in Premier League history. Adnan Januzaj provided the scoring with this 28′ goal (video below). Following the goal, Januzaj became a top ten trending term in the United States. Now Januzaj says he’s determined to show his best form, and then maybe he’ll remain...
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August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Van Gaal Champions League playoff press conference

Manchester United are back in the Champions League! Yes, the playoff round, for entrance into the group stage of UEFA Champions League competition returns to Old Trafford Tuesday night. Here’s the link to our prediction of what lineup Louis van Gaal might put on the pitch to take on Club Brugge. And here in the video embedded below, Van Gaal discusses all the pressure that comes...
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August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United exec in Barcelona to negotiate Pedro deal, claims Mail

Barcelona forward Pedro has been linked with a move to Manchester United all summer. It was reported four weeks ago that talks had opened between United and Barcelona, as well as United and Pedro’s people. And now that Angel Di Maria has left for Paris St. Germain, it could seem like a Pedro to United transaction would be a logical and natural. And now the Daily Mail is claiming...
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August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Tottenham signing Clinton N’Jie says he turned down Arsenal

   Tottenham Hotspur signed Lyon’s speedy star Clinton N’Jie; the kid dubbed the next Samuel Eto’o on Saturday. Today, he revealed that he turned down a move to the Emirates before he committed to White Hart Lane. He told French paper L’Equipe Monday that he was never tempted to join Arsenal because he believed that he would get more playing time with Spurs. “I was...
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August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Van Gaal discusses pressure of Champions League playoff

Manchester United are back in the Champions League! Yes, the playoff round, for entrance into the group stage of UEFA Champions League competition returns to Old Trafford Tuesday night. Here’s the link to our prediction of what lineup Louis van Gaal might put on the pitch to take on Club Brugge. And here in the video embedded below, Van Gaal discusses all the pressure that comes...
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August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Four MSU Football Players who could be 1st round draft picks

Heading into the 2015 NFL Draft, we did a feature on eight MSU football players who could be selected in the 2015 or 2016 Draft (read it here). Today, as we’re just 18 days away from the kick-off of MSU football season (Michigan State travels a very short distance to visit Western Michigan in yet another Friday night tilt) we take a closer look at four Spartans who could be first...
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August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Michael Carrick says ‘more to come’ for Man 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). The Red Devils were good enough to get a 1-0 victory over both Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa, but both matches...
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August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Tottenham reportedly move closer to signing Saido Berahino

What had been a relatively quiet summer transfer window at Tottenham Hotspur is really heating up now. Toby Alderweireld was the first major acquisition; but then there wasn’t much chatter until Manager Mauricio Pochettino said on August 9th that the team would buy a striker “in the next few days.” Lyon’s Clinton N’Jie moved to Spurs this weekend. The next striker...
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August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Tottenham Hotspur to sign Saido Berahino? Or Clinton Njie?

What had been a relatively quiet summer transfer window at Tottenham Hotspur is really heating up now. Toby Alderweireld was the first major acquisition; but then there wasn’t much chatter until Manager Mauricio Pochettino said on August 9th that the team would buy a striker “in the next few days.” Lyon’s Clinton N’Jie moved to Spurs this weekend. The next striker...
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August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Manchester City replace Chelsea as BPL title favorites

Manchester City really took it to Chelsea today. The 3-0 score is indicative of what a true rout we witnessed. And now the book makers have taken note. On August 7th, Manchester City was given 11-4 odds to win the 2015-16 Barclay’s Premier League title. Chelsea was at 7-4; this according Bet365.com Today, the same sports book gives City 5-4 odds, and Chelsea checks in at 10...
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August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Danica Patrick to announce new sponsor, SHR future Tuesday

Danica Patrick will hold a press conference Tuesday morning at 11 AM Eastern to make an unspecified announcement. This press conference will be held at the headquarters of Stewart Haas Racing in Kannapolis, North Carolina. It will be streamed LIVE on NASCAR.com. The specific reason for the press conference was not given, but it’s widely believed that Patrick will make two announcements...
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August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Have others clubs closed the gap on Mourinho and Chelsea?

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho makes great copy. Love him or hate him, he certainly is an entertaining and intriguing character. Following a week in which The Special One was at the center of a major media circus (the club medical staff storyline, more on that here) Mourinho took “credit” for the Premier League’s ramped up spending spree this summer. According to a story...
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August 16, 2015  |  Discuss

De Gea back in United first team training, but Romero still starting

Time for your daily David de Gea update. Will he stay at Manchester United, or move to Real Madrid? In the words of Sideshow Mel from The Simpsons, “this endeavor is the height of tedium.” Nothing is official yet of course, but here’s the latest headlines on the situation. According to the Mail on Sunday, De Gea has returned to first-team training after being dropped...
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August 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Nicolas Otamendi joining Man City on Monday, claims Spanish outlet

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. Well, supposedly, remember to take all these things with a grain of salt. Last week, it was reported that United lost interest in the center back, and today, one Spanish outlet is claiming...
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August 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Maybe BPL clubs have closed gap on Mourinho, Chelsea this summer?

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho makes great copy. Love him or hate him, he certainly is an entertaining and intriguing character. Following a week in which The Special One was at the center of a major media circus (the club medical staff storyline, more on that here) Mourinho took “credit” for the Premier League’s ramped up spending spree this summer. According to a story...
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August 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon gives an “interesting” description of his style

Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon is right up there with Bruce Bochy as the best in the game. (That’s why the Cubs risked “tampering” infractions to go get him, right? I kid, I kid) FOX Sports Analyst Frank Thomas, no stranger to the Chicago baseball community, said before the season started that the addition of Maddon was worth another 12-20 wins to the Cubs. How he’s turned...
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August 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Illini fan base keeps enduring new and more painful lows

It never ends. It just keeps getting worse. Yesterday brought yet another new low for Illini sports fandom. Until the next one happens. This Tweet pretty much encapsulates what being an Illini basketball and Illini football fan entails these days.  https://twitter.com/joshuaevans/status/632579425901502464 That’s a one Tweet summation, but if you want...
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August 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Wayne Rooney performance vs Aston Villa gets rightfully ripped

Wayne Rooney has not had a very good first couple of games for Manchester United this season.  The Red Devils were good enough to get a 1-0 victory over both Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa, but both matches were unsightly. You can’t argue with getting six points from the first two games, but most of the football pundits rightfully declared both matches to be snoozefests...
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August 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Predicted Manchester United Starting XI: Champions League playoff

The UEFA Champions League playoff for Manchester United and Club Brugge kicks off in mere hours. The winner of this playoff series, advances to the group stages of Champions League. MANCHESTER UNITED SQUAD IN FULL Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Anders Lindegaard, Sergio Romero, Sam Johnstone Defenders: Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Paddy McNair...
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August 16, 2015  |  Discuss

VIDEO: beIN Sports scandalously edits Manchester United piece

All media outlets do hit pieces; all the time. With Manchester United being the biggest and most valuable brand in all of sports, they are a very big target. However, hit pieces, like all journalistic endeavors, should be a process that emphasizes integrity. Perhaps even more so than puff pieces, due to the highly sensitive nature of the content. The facts should be able to stand...
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August 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Pedro to Manchester United transfer situation hits obstacles

 Barcelona forward Pedro has been supposedly targeted by Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea this season, but lately the talk has been all about Manchester United. The sports books have given the Spain international ridiculously favorable odds of landing at Old Trafford, and the talk seemed to shift from “if” to “when.” United Manager Louis van Gaal answered a question about...
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August 15, 2015  |  Discuss
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