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Man United News: Fellaini, Clyne, Hummels, Van Gaal

Here are some of the most interesting Manchester United news and transfer rumor stories circulating amidst the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. -(Metro) Manchester United believe they are on the cusp of signing Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne, according to reports. Having snapped up Dutch starlet Memphis Depay already, Louis van Gaal is looking to continue...
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May 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United News: De Gea, Cavani, Lloris, Van Gaal, Giggs

Here are some of the most interesting Manchester United news and transfer rumor stories circulating amidst the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. -(ESPN FC) Fresh from scoring a hat trick for Paris Saint-Germain this weekend, Edinson Cavani is once again in hot demand. The Uruguay forward looks set to disappoint Manchester United this summer, though, with La...
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May 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United News: Fellaini, Rooney, De Gea, Young

Here’s a collection of Manchester United news and notes; nuggets and tidbits from today’s 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace which was VITAL for pushing United towards clinching a Champions League berth. This was the most exciting, enthralling and meaningful match involving Palace since the 3-3 draw with Liverpool on Cinco de Mayo last year. So Liverpool supporters probably HATE...
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May 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United News: Juan Mata, Luke Shaw, Champions League scenarios

As of posting time, it’s 1-0 Manchester United at Crystal Palace. It’s currently halftime at Selhurst Park. Remember United can clinch a Champions League berth with a win today and a Liverpool loss at Chelsea tomorrow. They can “all but clinch” with a win today and a Liverpool draw on Sunday. They are guaranteed a top four finish and UEFA Champions League qualification...
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May 09, 2015  |  Discuss

The Man United starting XI vs Crystal Palace is in

The Man United starting XI is now in.  Here is the lineup Louis van Gaal is going with. As it was just Tweeted minutes ago on Man Utd.com Young    Rooney  Fellaini Blind    Herrera    Mata Shaw   Jones   Smalling    Valencia De Gea   At this link, you can see my predicted Man United starting XI versus Crystal Palace. Here’s the Man United starting XI from the writers...
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May 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Andrew Wiggins should make Team USA in 2016

The Minnesota Timberwolves Andrew Wiggins took home the NBA Rookie of the year award, with the Chicago Bulls Nikola Mirotic finished second. Nerlens Noel of the Philadelphia 76ers finished third. Without a doubt, Noel was the most upside of all rookies this season. He’s the only member of this class who could make the 2016 Team USA Olympic team I broke down all the top rookies...
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May 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Nikola Mirotic: Chicago Bulls crucial, unsung hero

Chicago Bulls stretch four Nikola Mirotic finished second in the Rookie of the Year Award voting.  Nerlens Noel of the Philadelphia 76ers finished third. The Minnesota Timberwolves Andrew Wiggins took home the award.  I broke down all the top rookies for the Chicago Tribune RedEye edition. You can read that whole piece here.  NBA on TNT Analyst Webber on Nikola Mirotic: “He’s...
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May 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Dan Dakich vs SB Nation’s Purdue website: “What’s beef?”

I’ve never met Dan Dakich, so I can’t truly opine on his personality or character. I’m well aware of his public persona as I consume his work quite regularly. There are aspects of his public figure personality that can be…I guess, “grating” is the word. Nevertheless, he’s a phenomenal announcer. He truly brings it an analyst. Whether you love him or hate him, you have...
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May 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Nerlens Noel gives Sixers something to build around

Nerlens Noel of the Philadelphia 76ers finished third in the NBA Rookie of the Year award voting. He even garnered three first place votes. The Minnesota Timberwolves Andrew Wiggins took home the award, with the Chicago Bulls Nikola Mirotic finished second. Without a doubt, Noel was the best defensively, of all rookies this season. I broke down all the top rookies for the Chicago...
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May 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Predicted Man United Starting XI vs Crystal Palace (M.E.N.)

It that time of the week again; Man United starting XI prediction time. It’s one of our favorite features here at The Sports Bank because it’s highly interactive. This week, our outside media outlet lineup prediction comes from the Manchester Evening News. You can read the rationale behind Rob Dawson’s 4-3-3 lineup and see M.E.N.’s other two lineups here at this link. ...
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May 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Chelsea News: Mourinho, Firmino, Varane, Power Rankings

Here are some of the most interesting Chelsea news and transfer rumor stories circulating amidst the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. We begin today with the latest updates on the talks to lock up The Special One. Once that’s resolved, the Blues can dive right into their summer buying and selling. -(The Sun) Jose Mourinho has demanded Chelsea pull out...
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May 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Arsenal News: Wenger, Walcott, Power Rankings, Firmino

Here are some of the most interesting Arsenal news and transfer rumor stories circulating amidst the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. -(Fox Soccer) Arsene Wenger insists Theo Walcott will not leave Arsenal this summer even if a new contract is not agreed. The 26-year-old, whom Wenger signed from Southampton as a 17-year-old, is out of contract at the...
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May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons: Elvis Presley of Sportswriters

Maybe you remember an old Sirius XM radio advertisement. The spot highlighted the men who changed music (Elvis Presley), comedy (Richard Pryor), sports (Michael Jordan) and radio (Howard Stern). If and when the title is bestowed upon a sportswriter, it will no doubt be former ESPN.com’s “Sports Guy” Bill Simmons. As the daily newspaper sports section diminishes; finding a...
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May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United News: Wilson, Rojo, Van Gaal, Fellaini, Moyes

Here are some of the most interesting Manchester United news and transfer rumor stories circulating amidst the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world in the wake of today’s Louis van Gaal prematch press conference. -(MUTV) Marcos Rojo is on his way back to full fitness. James Wilson could be among the substitutes after recovering from illness. “There is a...
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May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United News: Depay, Van Gaal, Carrick, Shaw, Evans

Here are some of the most interesting Manchester United news and transfer rumor stories circulating amidst the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world in the wake of today’s Louis van Gaal prematch press conference. -Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says he was forced to sign Memphis Depay before the end of the season due to markets, but insists he must now...
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May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Liverpool News: Daniel Sturridge, Memphis Depay, Mario Balotelli

Here are some of the most interesting Liverpool news and transfer rumor stories circulating amidst the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. The Reds still have a chance to claim a Champions League spot albeit a small one. ESPN FC’s Soccer Power Index claims they have a 7% chance. So although they haven’t lost that coveted position to Manchester United yet...
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May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears DB Sherrick McManiss leads GRIDIRON FIT

I don’t know if Chicago Bears nickel back Sherrick McManis ever won the IRON CAT competition during his days at Northwestern, but he’s leading the very first session of Nike’s Train Chicago; a very IRON CAT like experience. The Iron Cat is an annual award Northwestern football hands out to the player who wins the weight room. McManis is a great American success story of re...
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May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Train Chicago: CHALLENGING Workout! Earn your summer body!

Most sports journalists are former athletes who eventually got passed up by the game. The rest are athletes who achieved all that was possible in their respective sports, then transitioned nicely to cushy media gigs. It happens to everyone, just a question of when. I’m no different in that I’m a washed up former athlete myself. Except I wasn’t actually good even when I was...
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May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Jimmy Butler among best overall two-way players in NBA

Jimmy Butler has emerged this season to become one of the better shooting guards in the NBA. He’s developed a tremendous offensive game to complement his always been there stellar defensive skills. His stock has risen so much this season that he’ll likely receive a max contract from some team (if not the Bulls, then somebody else) this offseason. He’s basically to the Chicago...
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May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United News: Gareth Bale, Angel Di Maria, Ron Vlaar

Gareth Bale has been torn to shreds by both the Spanish media and the global media. He hasn’t had his best season at The Bernabeu, and the critics are out in full force. When things have gone wrong for Real Madrid, Bale has often been the scapegoat. That doesn’t mean he’s leaving Real Madrid and returning to the Premier League however. He’s been heavily linked with moves...
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May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Memphis Depay picks Man United over Liverpool; £22m move

It’s officially official now- Memphis Depay has chosen Manchester United; over Liverpool. This news is doubly special to Red Devils supporters. They get a top notch player, who fills team needs. AND….he snubbed a move to their arch-rivals. The move, pending medical, will be completely completed when the transfer window opens in June. However, the club’s official site has...
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May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Predicted Man United starting XI vs Crystal Palace

It’s fun to predict how Louis van Gaal will construct his Manchester United lineup. Everyone has an opinion, but no one really knows what The Iron Tulip will do. There’s so many different ways you can go with it. Be creative. What’s not fun, at all, is this three game losing skid. A result is needed, in the worst way, here. The latest Soccer Power Index by ESPN FC gives United...
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May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Tottenham News: Lloris, Cuesta, Rodriguez, club valuation

Here are some of the most interesting Tottenham Hotspur news and transfer rumor stories circulating amidst the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. –According to Forbes: “Despite occasional outbursts of cup success, Tottenham has yet to recapture the glory days of 1960-61 when it became the first team of the 20th century to win the English league and cup...
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May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Why Caleb Swanigan could choose Purdue over Michigan St.

Caleb Swanigan, the five star big man from Ft. Wayne, Indiana, publicly committed to Michigan State four weeks ago. Just last week he gave a public statement that was a re-affirmation/vote of confidence. Well, that’s long gone now. Swanigan de-committed from MSU, dropping the Spartans recruiting class from consensus top three to only the top 20 now. The 6’9″ 280 Center/Power...
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May 07, 2015  |  Discuss

NBA condemns Cleveland Cavaliers domestic violence “joke”

At least one person at the Cleveland Cavaliers is getting fired today; and deservedly so. How their domestic violence-y video got through their chain of command and saw the light of day is inexplicable and inexcusable. How this idea was even conceived, let alone green-lighted is inexplicable and inexcusable in itself. Someone (hopefully no longer employed by) at the Cavaliers thought...
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May 07, 2015  |  Discuss
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