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Man United in Pedro talks with Barcelona

Barcelona forward Pedro is getting linked with a move…everywhere. He seems to be in high demand, but Chelsea and Manchester United are the two clubs that his name gets linked to the most by far. Makes sense as they are two of the richest and biggest clubs. And now talks have opened between United and Barcelona, as well as United and Pedro’s people. Manchester United will meet...
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July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Arsenal target Karim Benzema is ‘1000 percent’ staying at Real Madrid

Arsenal have had a pretty quiet transfer window; aside from the one major move for Petr Cech. When things do change it won’t be Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema making headlines as the big splash signing. Real boss Rafa Benitez insisted: “I’m sure he will stay with us.” And on top of that, Benzema’s agent Karim Djaziri really drove home the point that there is absolutely...
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July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

David De Gea will start today versus Barcelona

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? Well, for now he’s staying, as he will start on Saturday versus Barcelona. Here’s the latest headlines on the situation. Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal confirmed that both David de Gea and Anders...
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July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Are Big 12 Football and the NIU Huskies a good fit?

Big 12 football needs to take action soon. As we learned this past December, the College Football Playoff selection committee harshly punishes you for not playing a conference championship game. Big 12 members Baylor and TCU learned that the hard way. The NCAA is a subjective, inconsistent, arbitrary and capricious being, and they have deemed that you need 12 teams in your league...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Tottenham still trying to sign Saido Berahino from West Brom?

It’s been a relatively quiet summer transfer window at Tottenham Hotspur. Toby Alderweireld was the biggest major acquisition; and lately there hasn’t been much activity. They did just sell Benjamin Stambouli to Paris St. Germain, but he didn’t feature all that much at White Hart Lane. Today’s edition of rumors and gossip indicates that a deal between Spurs and West Brom...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Chelsea FC closing deal to acquire Baba Rahman

  Chelsea have been targeting Abdul Baba Rahman for quite some time. With Filipe Luis on his way back to Atletico Madrid after just one season, this transfer started to make much more sense. Today, it appears that the Blues are closing the deal for the Augsburg left back who had been rated for £15 million. The deal is supposedly likely to be completed before the Community...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Zlatan Ibrahimovic doesn’t get along with Louis van Gaal

As if the Manchester United versus Paris St. Germain friendly didn’t have enough story lines already, there’s this talk from Zlatan Ibrahimovic. With all the speculation over Angel Di Maria leaving United for PSG, this match has a lot more compelling narratives than the typical preseason friendly. Well, add one more talking point. Ibrahimovic told Sports Illustrated that...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Brey on his ESPN announcing experience (exclusive)

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 24, 2015  |  Discuss

NIU Athletic Director on the Huskies’ future in the MAC (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 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Is Big 12 Football ready to add the NIU Huskies?

Big 12 football needs to take action soon. As we learned this past December, the College Football Playoff selection committee harshly punishes you for not playing a conference championship game. Big 12 members Baylor and TCU learned that the hard way. The NCAA is a subjective, inconsistent, arbitrary and capricious being, and they have deemed that you need 12 teams in your league...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United contract talks with Ashley Young have stalled

It was thought, just last month, that Ashley Young was set to be rewarded this summer for his returning to form this past season season. The Daily Mirror claimed on June 5th that Young was set to complete his Manchester United resurgence next month by signing a new three-year deal. But now it appears, talks have stalled out. Ashley Young impressed with his versatility and...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Pedro supposedly available if Man United or Chelsea meet release fee

Barcelona forward Pedro is getting linked with a move…everywhere. He seems to be in high demand, but Chelsea and Manchester United are the two clubs that he keeps getting linked to the most. Makes sense that it would be two of the richest and biggest clubs. According to the Daily Mirror, Barcelona boss Luis Enrique says forward Pedro, who has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Angel di Maria future with United keeps getting murkier

It’s the summer, and since there’s no action (at least matches that count) on the pitch, it’s time to talk off the pitch transactions. (Potential transactions actually) The Angel Di Maria storyline is starting to become like the David de Gea and Sergio Ramos transfer sagas; it just keeps going and going. The most expensive signing in British history, who cost Manchester United...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Manchester United vs Paris St. Germain at Soldier Field now sold out

Obviously, there were some serious issues with ticket sales for the second game of the 2015 #MUTour. Manchester United versus Major League Soccer side the San Jose Earthquakes was moved from the University of California’s Memorial Stadium (capacity 60,000) to the Earthquakes brand new facility (capacity 18,000). The official reason given was “logistics and travel concerns...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Record £750m Man United kit deal with Adidas begins Aug 1

Manchester United signed a world-record £750 million kit deal with Adidas a little over a year ago. The deal will kick in eight days from now, as the Red Devils will play the 2015-16 season with a new kit and a new kit provider. United’s 13-year association with Nike will soon be over. The Adidas contract for the Man United kit is understood to be worth much more than the £24...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Memphis Depay confident he can be Man United club legend

According to the Soccerex 20 Football Value Index, Manchester United winger Memphis Depay is the third most valuable player in Europe under the age of 21. His teammate, Left back Luke Shaw ranks 9th on this designation. “Combining all the factors, we came up with (Raheem) Sterling as the most valuable,” the study’s author Esteve Calzada said. The study, featured in an article...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Adult film star Jenna Jameson proclaims her Man United fandom

Arguably the world’s most famous adult film star, Jenna Jameson is trying to get tickets to Saturday’s big clash between Manchester United and Barcelona at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. When asked what side she’ll be supporting, the queen of porn said Manchester United of course! I'm trying so hard to get tickets to this!!!! pic.twitter.com/0d5Q65rLAx —...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders Season Preview with Erin Coscarelli

The Oakland Raiders are a team that looks poised to make a significant improvement this season. Younger NFL fans only know of the Raiders as a team that lost the tuck rule game to Tom Brady, and then fell into oblivion. Nothing could be further from the truth however, as the Raiders are actually one of the NFL’s most storied franchises; with a fine tradition. Erin Coscarelli hails...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

NFLN’s Erin Coscarelli previews the Chicago Bears season

Our Never Too Early Season Preview series continues with another NFL Network personality podcast. On Tuesday we discussed the Chicago Bears offensive outlook with Curtis Conway. Today we break down the defense with Erin Coscarelli. She host of ‘Preseason HQ.’ Which airs from 5-7am pt. on NFL Network. Starting August 3rd, it’s your one stop shop and everything you need to...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

FOX Sports legitimately competing with ESPN this month

A confluence of factors this month has led to a situation in which FOX Sports has conveyed to us that yes, somebody can actually compete with ESPN. Make no mistake about it Bristol still has hegemony of sports media and they will for years to come, but FOX has displayed that they are a legitimate potential threat. Due to the lack of sporting events available right now, FOX has most...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Sergio Ramos to Man United deal suffers major blow

Time for your daily David de Gea and Sergio Ramos updates. It’s a a never ending soap opera like Arturo Vidal was last summer. 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, if and when they happen, are somewhat inter-twined now. This storyline is pretty much speeding...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Mourinho believes Chelsea hero Didier Drogba will succeed in MLS

Didier Drogba set his sights on the MLS soon after he made his Chelsea goodbye at the end of May. Shortly after ending his Stamford Bridge career by being part of a Premier League championship team, the talk began that Major League Soccer might be the perfect place for him. Today, there are claims that the Chicago Fire are leading the chase to acquire his services. (Update: Fire...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Manchester United hang out with the San Francisco 49ers

World Football and American Football (or soccer and the NFL) coalesced for the second time this week as a group of Manchester United players hung out and had some fun with a pair of San Francisco 49ers. Just three days after a group of four United players went through some drills and light workouts with the Seattle Seahawks, three different United footballers were given a special...
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July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Di Maria set to join United on the 25th, despite PSG rumors

Angel Di Maria, the most expensive signing in British history, who cost Manchester United £59.7 million, it still set to join his current team on July 25th. Yes, rumors are running wild today that Di Maria has played his last game for United and joined Paris St. Germain, but the last official word contradicts that. Louis van Gaal has confirmed that Angel Di Maria will fly out...
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July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Real Sports Exposes Participant Trophy Culture (Follow Up)

Following up on the post we did last Friday, HBO Real Sports aired a damning expose on American participation trophy culture. Lots of kids today get trophies not just for winning, not just for effort, but for simply signing up. Not even showing up mind you, just simply being on the roster. Woody Allen famously said that half of success in life is just showing up, but today parents...
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July 22, 2015  |  Discuss
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