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Chelsea FC icon Didier Drogba signs with new team

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, who won 14 major trophies with the Blues, has turned down the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer for the second time. In 2012, the Fire pursued Drogba, but he decided to take his talents elsewhere. History repeated itself today, and it just became official- Didier Drogba joined the the Montreal Impact. We’ve covered this transfer rumor in more detail...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Sergio Ramos to Man United will not happen

Time for your daily David de Gea and Sergio Ramos updates. It was the summer’s never ending transfer saga soap opera; just like the Arturo Vidal was in the summer of 2014. Will De Gea stay at Manchester United, or move to Real Madrid? Same question regarding Ramos (just reverse the teams). The two players’ potential transfer moves became inter-twined; and the narrative dragged...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

John Terry says he has two more years left at Chelsea

Chelsea are heavily pursuring Everton central defender John Stones as the eventual replacement to John Terry, but the 34 year old English international isn’t going anywhere just yet. Terry, a member of a very exclusive club of footballers who have spent their entire career with one club, insists he is not ready to leave Chelsea right now and feels that he has two more good years...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Zlatan Ibrahimovic welcomes Angel Di Maria to Paris St. Germain

International superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic has welcomed Angel Di Maria to Paris Saint Germain ahead of his proposed £45 million transfer from Manchester United. The deal isn’t signed, sealed and delivered as of yet. However, when you have the face of our club speaking a manner such this, it’s not “if” Di Maria goes to PSG, it’s “when.” “I don’t know if it is...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

How does Drew Hare compare to Jordan Lynch, Chandler Harnisch?

Northern Illinois starting Quarterback Drew Hare is not Chandler Harnisch; nor is he Jordan Lynch. He’s not as talented or versatile as either of those guys; but he’s still pretty damn good. Hare’s story is yet to be fully told, as he’s entering his final season. When all is said and done, he could en up putting up bigger and better numbers than those two guys. In his first...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Ohio State Buckeyes gives NIU Football a great opportunity

The Ohio State Buckeyes see your “SEC speed,” and raise the stakes on you. The SEC is essentially the AAA of the NFL, and Ohio State’s roster this upcoming season is essentially a NFL Developmental League franchise. There are first, second and third round picks everywhere; in all position groups. John Calipari has made Kentucky basketball a de facto NBA D-League franchise...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Louis van Gaal reveals why he let Robin van Persie leave

RVP had resurrected his career under Louis van Gaal; it seemed about a year ago at this time. Robin van Persie had a great World Cup in 2014; as he and his Manager for both club and country led the Netherlands to 3rd place in the world’s biggest sporting event. One year later, Van Persie was driven out of Manchester United and sold to Fenerbach. The 31-year-old forward left...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Manchester United officially sign, introduce GK Sergio Romero

Although it may not begin until next year, Manchester United are preparing for eventual life after David de Gea. Real Madrid have handed the #1 shirt to Keylor Navas; further cementing the idea that De Gea isn’t going anywhere this season. In fact today, it seems that Los Blancos have pretty much conceded defeat in their pursuit of #DaveSaves. But if and when he does move next...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Ex Tottenham GK Brad Friedel: the elusive elite homegrown commentator?

Brad Friedel won 82 caps for the United States. Upon his retirement from the game this past May, he returned to America to become an analyst, pundit and co-commentator for FOX Sports. The former Spurs Goalkeeper will now also serve as Tottenham Hotspur’s club ambassador in the U.S. And he could become something even more special and unique in his post-retirement life- that elusive...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Van Gaal says United need to go get superstars

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal is ready to spend big again this summer given the comments he made today regarding the club’s transfer ambitions. The Dutchman made it clear that the club is not done spending this transfer window, and that they need to go out and get a Galactico type superstar. It will not be living legend and former Red Devils Cristiano Ronaldo however...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Manchester United vs Paris St Germain Preview: PSG past, present, future

Manchester United and Paris St. Germain will square off Wednesday night in a preseason friendly that is now the “Angel Di Maria Cup” of sorts. Of course, it’s just exhibition, and the result of the game will have no actual consequence on Di Maria’s decision. However, it looks like this week will be when Di Maria swaps sides and completes his transfer between the two teams...
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July 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Manchester United vs Paris St Germain Preview: MUFC past, present, future

Wednesday’s preseason friendly between Manchester United and Paris St. Germain really is becoming a de facto “Angel Di Maria Cup.” Of course, it’s just a friendly, and the result of the game will have no actual consequence on Di Maria’s decision. However, it looks like this week will be when Di Maria swaps sides and completes his transfer between the two teams. With the...
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July 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Pedro Martinez on his Hall of Fame induction

2015 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee Pedro Martinez was on teleconference, along with fellow TBS analysts Ron Darling and Cal Ripken Jr., to preview the Sunday MLB on TBS package. Here is Martinez on his Hall of Fame induction: “I’ve always been a fan of expressing what I feel at the time.  I had a draft of things and people I wanted to mention that I couldn’t have forgotten...
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July 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Real Madrid have seemingly conceded that David de Gea will stay at United

Time for your daily David de Gea update. The prolonged transfer soap opera, like Arturo Vidal was last summer, has been raging for a long time. Will he stay at Manchester United, or move to Real Madrid? Well, it appears this will be the final time we use this introduction, because if you read in between in the lines, you can see that Los Blancos have conceded that De Gea will...
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July 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United supposedly now rivaling Chelsea for John Stones

It’s been a very quiet summer transfer window for Chelsea, and Manager Jose Mourinho indicated that would be the case with public comments towards the end of last season. Then again, he also made similar comments about the winter transfer window and that proved to be false, as the Blues moves for Juan Cuadrado was about as exciting as the winter window would get. Not that Cuadrado...
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July 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Angel Di Maria misses flight to join United Tour; moves closer to PSG?

Wednesday’s preseason clash between Manchester United and Paris St. Germain really is becoming a de facto “Angel Di Maria Cup.” Of course, it’s just a friendly, and the result will have no consequence on Di Maria’s decision. However, it looks like this week will be when Di Maria swaps sides and completes his transfer between the two teams; potentially. Angel Di Maria missed...
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July 26, 2015  |  Discuss

VIDEO Adnan Januzaj goal, Man United 3, Barcelona 1

Adnan Januzaj had a perfect wide open scoring opportunity late in the second half versus Barcelona Saturday. He did not capitalize though; as his shot went wide left; just off the post. No big deal though; it’s just preseason. Januzaj would redeem himself for that blown chance in extra time; making a shot that looked much more “midseason form” than the earlier offering. Here...
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July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

VIDEOS: Louis van Gaal press conference, Lingaard goal vs Barca

Here’s the video of Louis Van Gaal (who was joined by Wayne Rooney) as they held a press conference before Manchester United took on Barcelona in Santa Clara, California. The main points were: -The team that starts against Barca could be selected to face Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on the opening day of Premier League season on  August. -Bastian Schweinsteiger is injured...
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July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Wayne Rooney header puts United up 1-0 on Barcelona

Wayne Rooney, captain of both the England national team and Manchester United is a top ten trending term in the United States right now due to his amazing header which put the Red Devils up 1-0 on Barcelona. The goal scored in the 6′ on a great corner pass from Winger Ashley Young has been the only scoring thus far for either side. Luis Suarez has hit each post however with a...
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July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United in 4th place at International Champions Cup midpoint

Manchester United is undefeated thus far in their preseason tournament as they defend the 2014 International Champions Cup crown. Yes, it’s a “preseason championship” or “preseason title,” and you obviously know how oxymoronic that is. Or a misnomer at the very least. It’s only preseason, but it’s a lot better to win. Man United went undefeated in the preseason last...
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July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Tottenham GK Brad Friedel to call Spurs vs. MLS All-Stars

When last we saw former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Brad Friedel, he was saying a very emotional farewell to the fans during half-time of Spurs final home match of the season against Hull in mid May. You can see video of that at this Spurs TV link. Friedel was the longest player in the history of both Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa. Friedel, an American from Lakewood, Ohio...
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July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Brey on his ESPN announcing experience (podcast)

When Mike Brey is done coaching at Notre Dame (he has seven years left on the contract extension he got in 2012) he may go into broadcasting. A media career could be in the works post coaching retirement and he got his first taste of doing analyst work tonight for ESPNU. Brey called “The Basketball Tournament” live from DePaul’s on campus gym in Chicago. The returning champs...
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July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

NIU A.D. on program’s potential conference realignment (Exclusive)

We’ve debated the finer points of whether or not NIU football is ready to move up to the Big 12 (And whether or not they’re ready for a step up to a bigger conference in general) at this link. So here it is, I asked NIU Athletic Director Sean Frazier straight up he’s thoughts about NIU currently being in the Mid-American Conference, and here’s the audio of his response....
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July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

PHOTO: New 2015-16 Manchester United Kit leaked

A Dick’s Sporting Goods shop in the United States has leaked the new Manchester United kit for 2015-16. The new line of shirts is currently on sale in the retail shop and that’s about a week ahead of schedule. The club and their new apparel partner Adidas planned to unveil the shirt on August 1st. Adidas paid the club a world record £750 million to produce the new Manchester...
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July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Still not buying Ronaldo returning to Man United rumors

Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo is having some issues with the new Real Madrid Manager Rafael Benitez. It seems they just do not see eye-to-eye, and the situation is getting worse. This has been widely discussed in the tabloids over the past couple of days. Many gossip publications have also claimed that Manchester United are working towards re-signing Ronaldo after...
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July 25, 2015  |  Discuss
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