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Brendan Rodgers’ job hinges on Christian Benteke signing

As we wrote this past Saturday, the job security of Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers rests with the performance of the recently signed striker Christian Benteke. With Benteke’s £32.5 million release fee, it means just 17 million of the transfer kitty acquired for Raheem Sterling remains. And Rodgers was right to spend that newly added money on scoring. The team needs scoring...
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July 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Jose Mourinho ‘s transfer spending comments make him look hypocritical

There have been rumors that Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho might have to pay a new transfer record for a Defender if he wishes to land Everton’s John Stones. He’s already had a £20 million bid rejected. No one can say for certain what the fee will be but you know it will be very expensive if Chelsea are able to bring Pedro over from Barcelona. Raheem Sterling, who had just...
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July 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Tottenham Hotspur opponent roster revealed (MLS All-Star Game)

Tottenham Hotspur will face the MLS All-Stars on July 29th in Colorado. That means Spurs will take on the very best that American Major League Soccer has to offer in an exhibition friendly. You know how the pecking order goes. English Premier League is the top. La Liga is right up there with them. Bundesliga; although last year it was sort of Bayern Munich and a bunch of guys....
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July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Jose Mourinho sends Filipe Luis back to Atletico Madrid

Chelsea outcast Filipe Luis said back on June 12th that his future is up to Jose Mourinho, stating: “I have a contract with Chelsea and I belong to the club, so it’s up to them.” Over the weekend it was reported that Luis, along with Mohammed Salah and even Juan Cuadrado, would all be free to leave Stamford Bridge as it doesn’t appear that any of them will be guaranteed...
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July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Manchester United work out with Seattle Seahawks

World Football and American Football joined forces this week as a group of Manchester United players visited the Seattle Seahawks practice facility. It was a light-hearted day that included a couple of Seahawks stars teaching the United footballers some of the finer points of NFL football. United traveled to Seattle to begin their preseason exhibition tour of the United States...
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July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Robin van Persie says Louis van Gaal didn’t give him an honest chance

Now that Manchester United and Robin van Persie have parted ways, RVP has taken a final parting shot at Manager Louis van Gaal. Given that Van Persie was willing to uproot his family and move to Turkey, you knew that their had to be underlying tension during his third and final season at Old Trafford. It was revealed that Van Gaal informed Van Persie that his United career...
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July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

David De Gea negotiations have stalled between United and Real Madrid

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? Nothing is official yet of course, but it’s being reported that negotiations for a possible deal are off; for now. Marca reports that talks between Real Madrid and Manchester United have “come to a halt...
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July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Lindsay McCormick previews “The Basketball Tournament”

Lindsay McCormick is a TV personality from Houston who has appeared on “ESPN Streak for the Cash” and “ESPN College Pick’em” on ESPN.com. She began her career at Auburn covering the football team and then covered the NFL for ESPN The Magazine. On Thursday night, McCormick will be doing sideline for The Basketball Tournament (TBT, not Throwback Thursday, but yes “The...
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July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

NIU Football: Never Too Early Season Preview

Making an Orange Bowl, grabbing a BCS bid, having a Heisman Trophy finalist and dominating the MAC still hasn’t out NIU football where it ultimately wants to be, or even where it should be. It’s time for a NIU football to move up a weight class. NIU has the longest home winning streak in all of college football, and the fourth most wins of any FBS program since 2010. This fall...
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July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Notre Dame Football: Never Too Early Season Preview

Season three of “Inside Amy Schumer” was a lot like the 2014 Notre Dame football season- started out very strong, collapsed in the middle, limped toward the end. And like Amy Schumer herself, ND Football is poised for bigger and better things. Which will in turn attract even more publicity and hence make them more polarizing. Actually, Notre Dame Football finished it’s season...
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July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Theo Walcott believes he can get a £100,000-a-week deal at Arsenal

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger revealed Saturday that he is in talks with Theo Walcott, the current Gunners player who has been with the team the longest. He only has one year left on his dealm but he is confident that he will sign a new deal with the club. There are multiple British media reports claiming that the 26-year-old forward is confident he can land a new contract in...
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July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Who replaces Victor Valdes at Man United? Romero or Cillessen?

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 right now. But if and when he does move next year, who will be in goal at Old Trafford? A more pressing question perhaps is who will back him up this year...
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July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Mourinho willing to let Cuadrado, Luis and Salah leave Chelsea

It’s time for Chelsea’s summer transfer window to heat up. Yes, you can expect them to mainly stand pat with what they have; given that it’s the winning hand, but there will be some roster changes. Chelsea brought in Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to replace the departed Petr Cech, but otherwise not much has happened this offseason at Stamford Bridge. We could see more activity...
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July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Schweinsteiger praises young Man United stars; especially Depay

Friday night brought the Manchester United debut of Bastian Schweinsteiger, the first German in club history. He started the second half of United’s 1-nil defeat of Club America in Seattle, as Manager Louis van Gaal went with two starting XIs; one for each half. Preseason exhibition tours such as these mean a chance to see bench players who rarely ever get playing time. It also...
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July 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Juan Mata knew about United’s transfer ambition before arriving

Before Juan Mata made the move from Chelsea to Manchester United he knew that big things were going to happen at Old Trafford regarding the transfer market. Mata was given advance knowledge of all the acquisition activity we’ve seen this summer and last pas summer. Manager Louis van Gaal has publicly said that two more signings are on the way; complementing the approximately...
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July 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Jenn Sterger takes funny, but cheap shot at Brett Favre

This past weekend was the Brett Favre Legends Game at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. (You know the exhibition flag football game that the Green Bay Packers wouldn’t let the Ole Gunslinger have at Lambeau, with the lamest excuse ever given as rationale). What was much more Favre newsworthy this past week however was a Tweet from Jenn Sterger.  The 1-woman media circus who exposed...
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July 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Amy Schumer to become even more over-exposed now

 If you thought the Amy Schumer over-exposure was bad now, get ready, because it’s about to ramp up significantly. The critics overwhelmingly loved “Trainwreck (which stars Lebron James and was heavily marketed during the NBA Finals thereby making it technically a “sports movie,” hence discussing it is a “sports topic”);” just further cementing the idea that Schumer...
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July 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Mourinho admits Chelsea dropped out of Paul Pogba derby

Previously it was reported that Chelsea could possibly include Oscar as part of their attempt to land Paul Pogba from Juventus. Pogba is certainly one of the top players on the market this summer transfer window. One team no longer in the running is Chelsea. Jose Mourinho reported it himself, in a way that only The Special One can.  “I think everybody has an interest in Pogba...
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July 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Chelsea see Everton Defender John Stones bid rejected

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 19, 2015  |  Discuss

If Angel Di Maria wants out of Man United, he’ll have to force it

It’s very possible that Angel Di Maria will reject Paris St. Germain this summer and instead fight for his first-team place at Manchester United. There’s been plenty of speculation over the weekend that PSG were drawing closer to finalizing a deal for the Premier League’s record signing, but if that were true how come none of the major, most trust-worthy French or Parisian...
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July 19, 2015  |  Discuss

More noise with potential Nicolas Otamendi to Man United move

Manchester United are likely in the market for a new center back, as they probably can’t win the Premier League with their current set of central defenders. The pursuit of Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels didn’t work out. It appears that Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos is not going anywhere. So now the prime target for Louis van Gaal appears to be Valencia’s Argentine centre...
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July 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Liverpool to close Christian Benteke deal soon; reportedly

It appears Liverpool will complete the signing of Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke quite soon. When exactly depends on which source you believe. Tony Evans, The Times’ Football Editor, says Liverpool will cross the Ts and dot the Is ‘by the end of next week’.  “I am almost certain that this is going to happen. Brendan Rodgers really wants the player and the...
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July 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Tottenham Hotspur Wembley Stadium plan blocked by Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur unveiled their full stadium scheme, with new graphics, artist renderings and videos, ten days ago. They’re planning to move into their newly built stadium by August of 2018. In the meantime, they’ll need a temporary home; and a move to Wembley Stadium in London is what they’ve been seeking. However, according to The Independent, the Premier League will block...
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July 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Chelsea to break the bank for Everton Defender 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 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United vs. Club America: 2nd Half News and Notes

Manchester United defeated Club America in Seattle tonight 1-nil. You got to remember- it’s preseason. Don’t read too much into it. Last summer Man United stormed through the preseason undefeated; winning the International Champions Cup with a title game victory over Liverpool in Miami. Of course, how can you have a preseason tournament? It doesn’t really make sense by definition...
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July 18, 2015  |  Discuss
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