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Liverpool News: Sterling, Jones, Bogdan, Ings, Falcao

Time to talk Liverpool news and notes. It’s not just Chelsea who are after Radamel Falcao; now Liverpool have entered the race to obtain the wayward forward. -(Daily Star) Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is desperate to add some new firepower to his misfiring squad this summer and is keen on luring the Colombian flop to Anfield. But he will have to go head-to-head with former mentor...
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June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Julie Johnston: USWNT’s very underrated defender

The U.S. Women’s National Team gives America a side that we can all root for. Hence the #1N1T “One Nation, One Team” hashtag. However, there are provincial angles to every World Cup too. Julie Johnston plays her club ball here in Chicago for the Red Stars; along with Shannon Boxx, Christen Press (who scored the game winning goal last night) and Lori Chalupny.  Despite her...
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June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Cutty Awards: NBC Sports Group, Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, Gronk Party Boat

You know the drill by this point. It’s the Cutty Awards, also known as the Jay Cutler Awards for the outstanding excellence in the Field of DOOOOOON’T CAAAAAAAARE. We receive a lot of banal and pointless story pitches and press releases every week. Some are bad; some are worse. This week, these three stood out as the worst. Dishonorable mention (these are the ones that just...
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June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Kristin Cavallari’s latest remarks make Cutler even more unlikeable

If there were approval ratings for NFL quarterbacks and their wives, then Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari would be at about the same level as former President George W. Bush right after he bungled the emergency response to Hurricane Katrina. Now, following the comments of the anti-vaxxer and former reality show actress Thursday morning, Cutler and K-Cav would be polling around...
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June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Alex Morgan will be full go tonight versus Sweden

As expected, star striker Alex Morgan did not start for the U.S. Women’s National Team in their first World Cup game against Australia. It was anticipated that the face of American soccer would see limited minutes in the first match of group play, and she didn’t come on until right after the U.S. went up 3-1 late; when the game was effectively in hand. Alex Morgan replaced Sydney...
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June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Chelsea News: Filipe Luis, Raheem Sterling, Jose Mourinho

Time to talk Chelsea news and notes, with today’s items covering The Special One Jose Mourinho as well as Raheem Sterling transfer rumors. -(Goal) Jose Mourinho has been handed a six-month driving ban after pleading guilty to speeding. The Chelsea manager was caught doing 60 mph in a 50 mph zone on the A3 in Esher, Surrey, close to the club’s training ground at Cobham. Mourinho...
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June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United News: Schneiderlin, Firmino, Falcao, Lloris

Time to talk about about the comings and goings at Old Trafford this summer transfer window. It’s time for another edition of Manchester United news and notes, with a heavy emphasis on transfer rumors. -(ESPN FC) former Brazil player Jose Elias told ESPN Brasil that United have agreed an €18 million deal for 23-year-old Roberto Firmino, with the Hoffenhiem midfielder set to...
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June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United get big boost in David de Gea contract saga

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 here’s the latest headlines on the situation. -(ESPN FC) The Sun (we’d link to the London newspaper directly, but they have a paywall, so really what would be the point...
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June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Manchester United to bid £50m for Spurs Harry Kane

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is perhaps the best homegrown young scorer in England. He had a major breakout this past season and provides a cornerstone for Spurs to build around if they are to progress beyond their Europa League mediocrity. However, Manchester United are ready to swoop in with a big money move to get him. Watch this space! From the Manchester Evening News...
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June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United News: De Gea, Cech, Krychowiak, preseason, FIFA, Cavani

A lot of ground to cover today’s edition of Manchester United News and notes. There’s some transfer rumors, some FIFA talk, and some key dates to circle on your summer calendar; for various reasons. -(Mirror) Real Madrid want David De Gea signed from Manchester United before they embark on their pre-season tour this summer. Real are expected to table a formal bid of between...
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June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Arsenal News: Cech, Krychowiak, preseason fixtures, FIFA, Community Shield

A lot of ground to cover today in Arsenal News and notes. There’s some transfer rumors, some FIFA talk, and some key dates to circle on your summer calendar; for various reasons. -(The Telegraph) Arsenal and Manchester United lead the queue of teams looking to sign Chelsea‘s Petr Cech. -(Daily Express) Southampton have reportedly had a £12m bid for Sevilla’s Grzegorz Krychowiak...
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June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

With OTAs, Chicago Bears begin struggle to regain balance

This week brings us Chicago Bears OTAs, and with that a reminder that mini-camp is less than a week away. In other words, even though it’s mid-June, “are you ready for some football?” We’ve certainly had enough dark and depressing stories this offseason courtesy of Ray McDonald. We can start by breaking down Bears trying way too hard to fit in with today’s ultra pass...
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June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

The Chicago Blackhawks bandwagon at its best (or worst)

The Chicago Blackhawks bandwagon is bigger and badder this year than ever before. “HAWKS WIN” was a top ten national trending term on Twitter last night. And yes it was HAWKS WIN, in ALL CAPS, because Tweeters were YELLING. It was not Hawks win because that’s not quite LOUD ENOUGH! Yes, it’s obvious that the Blackhawks are the most powerful national hockey brand. They...
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June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Leslie Osborne develops cult following among World Cup fans

Of all the FOX soccer pundits this Women’s World Cup, the one that’s developed a cult following on Twitter this tournament is Leslie Osborne. Here’s a little more on her professional background: From her Fox Sports bio: Leslie Osborne, a retired United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) defensive midfielder and member of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ team that...
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June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United News: De Gea, Pogba, Sterling, Ronaldo

In this morning’s edition of Manchester United news and notes we’ll cover some former players that have rumored to be once again current players in the future. As well as a player who getting very close to becoming a former player. Let’s dive right in! -All reports revolving around Cristiano Ronaldo are meant to be taken with a grain of salt. ESPN FC has a transfer talk...
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June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Chelsea News: Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling

Comedian and political pundit John Oliver described the credentials of professional Social Media Experts thusly: “all it takes is wanting it bad enough, and not caring about whether strangers hate you or not.” Sorry for quoting a Liverpool supporter in the intro, but the quote is somewhat apt when reporting on transfer rumors too. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of people...
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June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Chelsea News: Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling

Comedian and political pundit John Oliver described the credentials of professional Social Media Experts thusly: “all it takes is wanting it bad enough, and not caring about whether strangers hate you or not.” Sorry for quoting a Liverpool supporter in the intro, but the quote is somewhat apt when reporting on transfer rumors too. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of people...
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June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Chelsea News: Thibaut Courtois, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling

Comedian and political pundit John Oliver described the credentials of professional Social Media Experts thusly: “all it takes is wanting it bad enough, and not caring about whether strangers hate you or not.” Sorry for quoting a Liverpool supporter in the intro, but the quote is somewhat apt when reporting on transfer rumors too. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of people...
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June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United News: David de Gea, Karim Benzema, Nicolas Otamendi

Comedian and political pundit John Oliver described the credentials of professional Social Media Experts thusly: “all it takes is wanting it bad enough, and not caring about whether strangers hate you or not.” Sorry for quoting a Liverpool supporter in the intro, but the quote is somewhat apt when reporting on transfer rumors too. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of people...
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June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United News: De Gea, Butt, Lindegaard, Clyne

Time to talk Manchester United news and notes. As it’s summer time, transfer gossip is ruling the roost in the current news cycle. Also the Mail ran a story on third-string goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard, and his model wife Misse Beqiri. which gives us an excuse to post photos of Beqiri. Speaking of which, you can find more of those here at this link. -(Daily Mail) With no football...
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June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Tottenham Hotspur News: Pochettino, Werner, Wimmer

Time to talk Tottenham Hotspur news and notes. As it’s summer time, transfer gossip is ruling the roost in the current news cycle. As you would expect, there’s a lot of talk about reshaping the attack. Without a doubt, there will be a makeover in the forward department at United this coming summer. -(Daily Mirror) Tottenham are interested in signing Stuttgart striker Timo...
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June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Liverpool News: Milner, Lallana, Rodgers, Klopp, Sterling, Gerrard

Time to talk Liverpool news and notes. As it’s summer time, transfer gossip is ruling the roost in the current news cycle. As you would expect, there’s a lot of talk about reshaping the team, both on the field and in the back room. It’s pretty clear that this summer will bring a lot of transition to Anfield. -(Daily Mirror) Adam Lallana has hailed new Liverpool team-mate...
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June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Chelsea News: Mourinho, Cech, Higuain, Loftus-Cheek, Remy

Time to talk Chelsea news and notes. As it’s summer time, transfer gossip is ruling the roost in the current news cycle. We do however, also have an item or two relating to Jose Mourinho and the latest public controversy surrounding him. The Special One is a lightning rod for both giving and receiving criticism. -(Daily Star) England U21 manager Gareth Southgate has backed...
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June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears strive to regain a balanced attack

This week brings us Chicago Bears OTAs, and with that a reminder that mini-camp is less than a week away. In other words, even though it’s mid-June, “are you ready for some football?” We’ve certainly had enough dark and depressing stories this offseason courtesy of Ray McDonald. We can start by breaking down Bears trying way too hard to fit in with today’s ultra pass...
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June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

5 Ways to Empower The 21st Century Athlete Today

Today’s generation of athletes have often been labeled the 21st Century Athlete. And some of the common traits they possess are that they often appear unable to see beyond their own self-worth and self-importance. A lot of them are garnering more attention for their off-field/court behavior than they are for their on-field/court performance. So much so, that the 21st Century Athlete...
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June 10, 2015  |  Discuss
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