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Chelsea FC transfer rumors: Reus, Schwarzer, Bamford

Here are the latest Chelsea FC transfer rumors circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. Not all of these will happen, but they are very interesting to read nonetheless. -(Daily Mirror) Chelsea’s Patrick Bamford will extend his loan at Middlesbrough. -(The Sun) Newcastle United are eyeing up a January swoop for Chelsea’s veteran backup goalkeeper...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Tottenham transfer rumors: Van Dijk, Albiol, Rodriguez, Schneiderlin

According to the Daily Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur Manager Mauricio Pochettino is demanding a new spine for his team in January, and the club’s board want to make it happen. They believe they can finance a spending spree in January and the summer through player sales. Pochettino wants a new center-back, central midfielder and center-forward. Napoli’s Spain international Raul...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Derrick Rose makes statement; let’s applaud athletes who do

The worst thing you could say about Derrick Rose right now is the old, shopworn cliche “just shut up and play” (or something along those lines). The backlash against Derrick Rose right now is to mainstream sports what the backlash against Natalie Maines and the Dixie Chicks was to mainstream music back in 2006. They made a documentary about it called “Shut up and sing.”...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Jim Harbaugh isn’t going to Michigan. Period

It’s time for the Michigan football community to put the Jim Harbaugh, hopes, dreams and wishes to bed for good. It’s not happening; and people inside the program, at this highest levels, know this. Jim Harbaugh is staying in the NFL. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport  On San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh:  “The Raiders do have interest in Jim Harbaugh...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Bears DC Mel Tucker: NFLN says his days are numbered

Defensive Coordinator Mel Tucker has been the scapegoat for the Chicago Bears failings much of this season. Bears nation has directed a lot of their vitriol towards him (as well as Marc Trestman and Jay Cutler, who the Bears are also having serious buyer’s remorse with) for an abysmal season that’s been a complete team effort. Or lack there of. If you have to single out somebody...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

What Chicago can do about Jay Cutler buyer’s remorse

Both fairly and unfairly, Quarterback Jay Cutler has been the scapegoat for the Chicago Bears failings much of this season. Bears nation has directed a lot of their vitriol towards him (as well as Marc Trestman and Defensive Coordinator Mel Tucker, who could likely be dismissed soon) for an abysmal season that’s been a complete team effort. Or lack there of. If you have to single...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Projected Man United starting 11 vs Southampton (M.E.N.)

Time for another Man United starting 11 prediction, this one comes from Manchester Evening News or (M.E.N.) writer Stuart Mathieson. How big is this game? Well, United can leapfrog Southampton if they win at St. Mary’s, moving up from fourth to third. Mathieson’s diamond formation lineup is below, and you can read the rationale behind his lineup, as well as see the Manchester...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United transfer rumors: Reus, Alves, Januzaj

Here are the latest Man United transfer rumor stories circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. Not all of these will happen, but they are very interesting to read nonetheless. -(Daily Mail) It has been reported that Real Madrid feel Manchester United are their nearest challengers for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus. The Mail on Sunday claims...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Predicted Man United starting XI vs Southampton (Daily Mail)

Time for another Man United starting XI prediction, this one comes from the Daily Mail. How big is this game? Well, here’s what Louis van Gaal said: “The game against Southampton has great importance, and it is crucial for us to win that game. Losing is not an option.” With Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool all suffering set-backs this past weekend, it’s time for the Red Devils...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcao must be a sub, not fit to start, says Van Gaal

Radamel Falcao is having a lot fitness issues since his move to Old Trafford on transfer deadline day.  When the club made the move to acquire him on loan, Falcao was recovering from cruciate damage that was sustained while he was with Monaco. The surgery and rehabilitation kept him out of the World Cup.  Louis van Gaal has delayed his decision on whether to buy Radamel Falcao...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

True story of how college bowl games began

A friend of mine who’s a Chief of Staff to a Chicago Alderman once told me years ago how college bowl games began. Basically, he said the convention and visitor’s bureaus, and chambers of commerce got together and came up with an excuse to sell hotel rooms during a notoriously slow period. During the holidays people travel, but usually only to see other members of their family...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Singletary: hot NFL Coaching commodity?

The Oakland Raiders have started the spinning of the coaching carousel, and one name to consider is Mike Singletary. Wait, What?? Mike Singletary? Yes, Mr. boxer shorts, Mr. “cannot play with them, cannot win with them, cannot coach with them, can’t DO IT!” is supposedly a hot coaching prospect again and he will likely have a gig next season. For realzies. Just don’t expect...
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December 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Sources: Bears have serious Jay Cutler buyer’s remorse

Both fairly and unfairly, Quarterback Jay Cutler has been the scapegoat for the Chicago Bears failings much of this season. Bears nation has directed a lot of their vitriol towards him (as well as Marc Trestman and Defensive Coordinator Mel Tucker, who could likely be dismissed soon) for an abysmal season that’s been a complete team effort. Or lack there of. If you have to single...
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December 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Sources: Bears likely dismissing Mel Tucker at end of season

Defensive Coordinator Mel Tucker has been the scapegoat for the Chicago Bears failings much of this season. Bears nation has directed a lot of their vitriol towards him (as well as Marc Trestman and Jay Cutler) for an abysmal season that’s been a complete team effort. Or lack there of. If you have to single out somebody, Tucker is about as appropriate as it gets, given that the...
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December 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Chelsea FC transfer rumors: Kramaric, Reus, Ivanovic, Brozovic

Here are the latest Chelsea FC transfer rumors circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. Not all of these will happen, but they are very interesting to read nonetheless. -(Daily Star) Chelsea have entered the battle for battle for Germany’s coveted midfielder Marco Reus. The Borussia Dortmund star has a £19.6 million buy-out clause. -(The Sun...
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December 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Liverpool FC transfer rumors: Reid, Balotelli, Baez, Odegaard

Here are the latest Liverpool FC transfer rumors circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. Not all of these will happen, but they are very interesting to read nonetheless. -(The Sun) Liverpool are leading the chase for West Ham defender Winston Reid. -(Sunday Express) Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has warned Mario Balotelli that his career is in...
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December 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Arsenal FC transfer rumors: Destro, Reus, Ampadu, Martinez

Here are the latest Arsenal FC transfer rumors circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. Not all of these will happen, but they are very interesting to read nonetheless. We begin with an item in the Sunday Sun. -(The Sun) Arsenal are set to beat Manchester United to the signature of teen star Ethan Ampadu, 14, son of former Gunner Kwame. -(The Sunday...
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December 07, 2014  |  Discuss

The U Part 2 (30 for 30 sequel) premieres after the Heisman

The next installment in ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 series will also be the first sequel. The U Part 2 directed by Billy Corben, will premiere on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 9 p.m. ET after the Heisman Trophy presentation on ESPN. The original film seems to be a consensus favorite among the people I talk to. I rated the U #3 all time in my 30 for 30 top 10. Watching it, it’s easily understandable...
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December 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Steve Lavin scores HUGE streak-breaking win at Syracuse

The Fighting Coach Lavs will be a factor in the Big East race this season. St. John’s look like they might finally be headed back to the NCAA Tournament as well come March. Sure, the Cuse are not the Cuse that we know, but tonight was still huge for Steve Lavin and the Johnnies. 69-57 victory over Syracuse on Saturday before 24,884 fans at the Carrier Dome, the largest crowd for...
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December 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Predicted Manchester United starting XI vs Southampton

This game’s outside outlet Manchester United starting XI prediction comes from blogger Zone Shortcut. The Monday night clash at Southampton will be huge for both teams, as third place is one the line. The Red Devils could also announce their entrance into the Premier League title race with a win here; especially so if the win comes in convincing fashion. As for the Saints, no...
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December 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Projected Man United starting XI vs Southampton

Manchester United will have their work cut out for them as they will be again missing their best player, Angel Di Maria, at Southampton Monday night. Still Louis van Gaal’s side has momentum; having won four in a row. Obviously, their away form has been rather poor, but maybe they confidence they’ve accrued on this winning streak will help them when they visit St. Mary’s....
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December 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United transfer rumors: Valdes, Anderson, Nani, Lindegaard, Strootman

Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal has supposedly been told that he must sell before he can buy, so that it means there will be a mini clear-out at Old Trafford. Waive goodbye to back-up goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard, midfielder Anderson and winger Nani. The new backup to David De Gea will be Victor Valdes.  Anderson and Nani have both been with MUFC since the summer of 2007...
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December 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardale Jones came to play football; with authority

Before this evening, Ohio State QB Cardale Jones was known first and foremost as the guy who infamously tweeted: “we ain’t come to play school, classes are pointless” He was designated the “I don’t play school” guy. After his superlative performance tonight, he’s known as a guy who came to play football. He didn’t just play football; he dominated. Cardale Jones...
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December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Wisconsin Badgers football: worst. episode. ever.

This B1G Title game didn’t have as many compelling story lines as previous years. It certainly didn’t have the sizzle or steak of last year’s #2 vs #10, 24 game unbeaten streak on the line, Rose Bowl berths hang in the balance affair. With the Wisconsin Badgers qualifying for the third time in the four years that this event has been in existence; and the Ohio State Buckeyes...
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December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Northwestern seeing progress in Chris Collins year 2?

Northwestern Wildcats Coach Chris Collins following his teams 65-56 loss at the #23 Butler Bulldogs. “This was a step in the right direction, we have not been playing well, although we were disappointed in the end result, this is the best we’ve played in awhile. We were right there. We just played a really good team on their home floor that’s tough to beat.” “I like the...
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December 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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