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Bears 1st round pick Kevin White could miss the entire season

As if the Chicago Bears needed any more challenges to overcome this season. Their rookie wide receiver, Kevin White, the 7th overall draft pick out of West Virginia will miss at least the first six games. His current shin injury is a stress fracture, and it will require surgery, according to Bears General Manager Ryan Pace. Pace also said Saturday that it’s possible White could...
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August 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Hard to imagine Darius Paul ever plays for the Illini

Darius Paul, little brother of former Illini great Brandon Paul, has been suspended from the Illini basketball program and sent home from the the team’s European tour. Given that he was already suspended once, for the entire 2014-15 season, it’s hard to envision him coming back again. The story of Darius Paul is still being told, but you can obviously see where this is going...
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August 15, 2015  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Clinton N’Jie gives first interview with Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur have made Clinton ‘Njie their second big signing of the summer; following Toby Alderweiereld. Upon completing his move from French Ligue 1 side Lyon, Clinton N’jie speaks to Spurs TV about what it means to him to join Spurs and what we can expect to see from him on the pitch. Unfortunately, the Spurs official site doesn’t allow embedding video so we just...
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August 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Christen Press talks Chelsea, Real Madrid fandom; being “Simpsonized”

Chicago Red Stars and USWNT forward Christen Press has something in common with one of her two favorite men’s teams. Both Press, and Chelsea have been “Simpsonized.” Press was one of just three U.S. Women’s National Team players, (the others were Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach) to be re-created in animated images as Simpsons characters. Take a look: Obviously, this...
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August 15, 2015  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho on medical staff controversy

All summer long Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho has been a lightning rod; even more so than usual. His media appearances keep provoking additional levels of scrutiny and controversy. It was ratcheted up another notch today as Mourinho spoke for the first time since his public criticism, then demotion, of two members of Chelsea’s medical staff. This story has been on both the front...
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August 15, 2015  |  Discuss

PHOTOS: Matteo Darmian’s neck grab, face prank of Micah Richards

With the signing of Matteo Darmian from Torino, the back line at Manchester United improved significantly.  His addition also forced Rafael out the door; with the Brazillian finding a home at Lyon. Darmian has definitely looked good in these first two games for United. Both his play and his style are drawing praise from United fans. However, he totally got away with one tonight...
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August 15, 2015  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Daley Blind, Adnan Januzaj postgame interview

Daley Blind was hailed the man of the match in a very uninteresting Manchester United victory at Aston Villa today. Much like the week one victory over Tottenham Hotspur, the triumph came by a score of 1-0; and much like the first win, most people described the game as exceedingly boring. But hey, six points in the first two games is a hell of a lot better than how last year...
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August 14, 2015  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Adnan Januzaj puts United up 1-0 on Villa

Manchester United are currently playing in the first Friday night fixture in 11 years, and just the seventh (excluding holidays) in Premier League history. Adnan Januzaj opened the scoring with this 28′ goal. Januzaj opens the scoring for #mufc pic.twitter.com/nzZwN0mJug — Semper Fi : United (@SemperFiUnited) August 14, 2015 This offseason Januzaj was determined to regain...
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August 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Tottenham Hotspur send Roberto Soldado to Villareal

Roberto Soldado never displayed a form at Tottenham Hotspur that was anything remotely close to what he showed at Valencia. And after two forgettable seasons at White Hart Lane, he’s getting the fresh start that he truly needs. Spurs purchased Soldado for a club record £26 million from Valencia in 2013. Soldado had at least 25 goals in each of his last three seasons at Valencia...
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August 14, 2015  |  Discuss

The Man United starting XI vs Aston Villa is in

The Man United starting XI versus Aston Villa is now in.  Here is the lineup Louis van Gaal is going with in his first away fixture of the season: Tonight's starting eleven v villa, comment your score prediction? #avfc #mufc pic.twitter.com/92Lt92CqKp — #ManUtd Follows Back (@MufcManUtd20) August 14, 2015 How do you think this line-up will do versus the Villans? Do you...
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Patrick Kane coverage has seen some serious mistakes

The Buffalo News is doing pretty much all of the reporting in the Patrick Kane rape accusation story, and with that great power comes great responsibility. Kane is a demigod in Buffalo, just like he is in Chicago, so reporting on an issue this sensitive involving Patrick Kane requires more than a bit of courage. While TBN has indeed done some excellent fact-finding and strong reporting...
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August 14, 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 14, 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 14, 2015  |  Discuss

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 14, 2015  |  Discuss

VIDEO: 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 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Clinton N’Jie confirms Tottenham Hotspur move on Instagram

   Tottenham are racing towards finalizing a £10 million, £12.5 million deal with add-ons for Lyon’s speedy star Clinton N’Jie; the kid dubbed the next Samuel Eto’o. This according to L’Equipe (h/t Ligue 1 Show‘s Matt Spiro), This would be the first attacking signing of the summer for Tottenham Hotspur. N’jie was photographed at a French airport, and the photos...
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August 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Is David de Gea going full on Raheem Sterling now?

Time for your daily David de Gea update. It’s a a never ending soap opera like Arturo Vidal was last summer. Will he stay at Manchester United, or move to Real Madrid? As Sideshow Mel from The Simpsons famously said “this endeavor, is the height of tedium!” Nothing is official yet of course, but here’s the latest headlines on the situation. For most of the summer, the...
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August 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Van Gaal directly answers the Pedro to United rumors

Manchester United’s pursuit of Barcelona forward Pedro has been one of the more interesting and entertaining transfer rumors this summer. The sports books gave the Spain international ridiculously favorable odds of landing with United. Despite his falling down the Barca pecking order after Luis Suarez’s arrival, United Manager Louis van Gaal seemed to hint that he could be...
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August 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Jaguars legend Maurice Jones-Drew joins NFL Network

Maurice Jones-Drew is inarguably the greatest running back in the brief history of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jones-Drew retired this past March after nine seasons in the NFL. In eight years with the Jags and then spending last season with the Oakland Raiders he compiled career totals of 8,167 rushing yards and 81 total touchdowns. MJD made three Pro Bowls and he currently holds...
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August 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United plan to keep Chicharito as Wayne Rooney’s back-up

 Javier Hernandez still has a future at Old Trafford. Over the course of the summer Chicharito has been linked with moves to West Ham, West Brom, Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton, a couple of Serie A sides (it was rumored that Torino had jumped into the derby yesterday) and even the MLS (Chicharito is reported to have turned down offers from both L.A. Galaxy and Orlando City)....
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August 13, 2015  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Louis van Gaal press conference previewing Aston Villa match

The Louis van Gaal press conference previewing this week’s match was a day earlier as Manchester United play Friday night football in week two; instead of the usual weekend fixture. It’s the first road game for United as they’ll take on Aston Villa at Villa Park. The very first question was about David de Gea, and Van Gaal confirmed that his #1 is still dropped. The Spaniard...
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August 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Can the Cleveland Cavaliers bounce back in ’16?

After losing to Golden State Warriors in the 2015 NBA Finals, Cleveland Cavaliers will be desperate to go one better and claim the NBA title in the 2015-16 season. The NBA title that has eluded Cleveland for so long was within their grasp last season but they fell 4-2 to the Warriors, who claimed their fourth NBA championship success. This year, the people of Cleveland have high...
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August 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Jim Harbaugh is totally right about Twitter trolls

Most coaches are on Twitter, verified blue check mark and all, but most don’t actually do the Tweeting. It’s usually a member of the Sports Information Department who runs it, writes and publishes the Tweets. Jim Harbaugh says he does his own Tweets and given the way he answered questions about the micro-blogging platform, I believe him. The way he articulated his experiences...
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August 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Julie Johnston’s next goals: Olympics, NWSL Title

Chicago Red Stars and U.S. Women’s National Team Defender Julie Johnston is right up there with Meghan Klingenberg of the Houston Dash and Becky Sauerbrunn of FC Kansas City as one of the best defenders in the National Women’s Soccer League. (Although she had a rough game yesterday with a call for defensive handling, and giving up the ball on FC Sky Blue’s goal) Johnston...
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August 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Auston Anderson has more personality than your team’s RB

Auston Anderson has a garrulous personality, as his Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald put it. The loquacious and witty Northwestern running back would stand out an entertaining dude if he hung out with you and your buddies on an average Saturday night. So when you place Anderson and his gregarious nature within the sanitized press conference culture…well, he really does seem like…...
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August 13, 2015  |  Discuss
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