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Charlotte Hornets poised to add even more talent this off-season

The Charlotte Bobcats Charlotte Hornets made a huge jump this past season, exceeding their win total from the past two seasons combined and making the playoffs for just the second time in the past ten years. Last summer’s signing of Al Jefferson played a major factor in that improvement and in being well under the salary cap and having a pair of first round picks, the Bobcats...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Adam Lallana desperate to join Liverpool, Saints want £30m

We know Liverpool has a much publicized interest in Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana for this summer transfer window. The Reds saw a £20 million bid for the England international rejected last week and were told to up their offer to at least £30 million. They went up to 25, and that was rejected. So then it was reported that supposedly ditched this transfer effort and moved...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Tottenham Hotspur eye Wilfried Bony as Lukaku contingency

Tottenham Hotspur are targeting Swansea’s Wilfried Bony as a plan B, should their plan to buy Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea fails, the Daily Mail claims.  Bony has been a highly sought after target this transfer window, linked in numerous publications to multiple clubs. However, the Swans claim no formal offers have come in, from either Liverpool or Arsenal, or anyone else for...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Manchester United making move for Daley Blind

In the Sunday Mirror, there were a couple of interesting Manchester United transfer rumors: Old Trafford supposedly sizing up a £12 million bid for Ajax left-back Daley Blind after the 23-year-old impressed in the Netherlands‘ World Cup opening rout of Spain. Today, the Daily Mirror had another story about Daley Blind saying that United are fully into the race to acquire his...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Wayne Rooney FINALLY ends World Cup goal drought

In case you missed it, and I’m sure you did not, here is the video of Wayne Rooney FINALLY scoring his first goal in World Cup play. It took ten games and 759 minutes of play, but here it is. Wayne Rooney provided the equalizer for England. The all time leading scorer in Manchester United history made the score 1-1. This was such a big deal that #FinallyRooney was trending worldwide...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Wayne Rooney just misses amazing header

Wayne Rooney and England are just 45 minutes away from being eliminated from the 2014 FIFA World Cup. They trail Uruguay 1-0 at the half as Luis Suarez proved how fit he truly is. Rooney is the all tie goal scorer in the long illustrious history of Manchester United. However, he’s still scoreless in 729 minutes of World Cup play. That streak almost ended in the first half today...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Everton Boss Roberto Martinez calling World Cup match on TV

Everton Manager Roberto Martinez had a successful first campaign taking over the Toffees in 2013-14. He proved that he could handle the step up from Wigan Athletic with aplomb. He certainly had a better year than his predecessor David Moyes; as the blue portion of Merseyside finished higher than Manchester United and swept the Red Devils. Now Roberto Martinez is showing us what he...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Are they rushing Liverpool star Luis Suarez back too quickly?

Uruguay have admitted that Luis Suarez will not be in the same form that saw him terrorize defenses in the Premier League last season, claims the Daily Express. (via Paper Chase of Fox Sports) The health of the scoring sensation is one of the hottest topics of this World Cup. His injury and convalescence has been very much analyzed and scrutinized. Liverpool FC and Uruguay National...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Manchester United bidding £40m for Arjen Robben

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben is once again a target for Louis van Gaal. I guess the thought process here is that Van Gaal can persuade him to come to Manchester United after the World Cup, and he’s using his time in Brazil now,  coaching him on Oranje to convince him to come to Old Trafford down the line. The Daily Express is publishing a rumor of £40 million today. ...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Luis Suarez will not be 100% healthy tonight in World Cup

Uruguay have admitted that Luis Suarez will not be in the same form that saw him terrorize defenses in the Premier League last season, claims the Daily Express. (via Paper Chase of Fox Sports) The health of the scoring sensation is one of the hottest topics of this World Cup. His injury and convalescence has been very much analyzed and scrutinized. Liverpool FC and Uruguay National...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

David Moyes has turned down 7 jobs since Man United sacking

David Moyes sacked: that was the headline heard all around the world on April 22nd. At 8:31 A.M. that morning, Manchester United made the David Moyes sacking official, confirming what just about every media outlet reported the previous morning. His failure at Old Trafford was truly abysmal. So we all saw the axe coming. But since then, he supposedly been offered seven different jobs...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Eric Bledsoe decision headlines Phoenix Suns off-season

I’m not going to lie, I thought the Phoenix Suns were going to be one of the worst teams in the NBA this past season. Instead, the Suns made a 23-game improvement finishing 14-games over five hundred. Unfortunately, that type of turnaround still wasn’t enough to get Phoenix into the Western Conference playoffs which really stings since they would have been tied for the third...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Miami Heat: who’s staying and who’s leaving?

The Miami Heat and their “Big Three” are currently standing at a crossroads. Each member of the big three, and the rest of the team will have to make very important decisions this summer. Will they stay united and give it another go for the championship? Or will they decide to part ways and seek a better, more suitable environment? The only player under contract for the upcoming...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs prospects: Jensen, Beeler, Conway and more

Clearly the most significant development in the universe of Cubs prospects this week was the promotion of 2013 first round pick 3b Kris Bryant to AAA Iowa.   Bryant’s meteoric ascent through the system takes some of the sting away from the spate of injuries that have sidelined several top prospects this season, including RF Jorge Soler and RHP’s C.J Edwards, Piece Johnson...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Ranking the top 50 Penn State football players of all time

It’s never too early to talk Penn State football. And in mid June, I couldn’t think of a better time than now to rank the top 50 Penn State football players of all time. With “Linebacker U.” there’s a whole lot of legends to choose from at that one position alone: Shane Conlan, Courtney Brown, Jack Ham, LaVar Arrington, etc. etc. etc. What about the running backs: Blair...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Hawks have money to spend this off-season

Despite finishing six games under five-hundred, the Atlanta Hawks secured a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference even with star center Al Horford being sidelined for most of the season. The nearly pulled off the huge first round upset by taking the Indiana Pacers to seven games before being bounced. For the second straight summer, Atlanta possesses a good amount of cap space to...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Liverpool closing in on Bayern’s Xherdan Shaqiri

Update: according to claims from the Daily Star, Liverpool are closing in on a summer transfer window arrangement for Bayern Munich attacker Xherdan Shaqiri. Rumors of this supposed deal drawing close to completion were first published by Swiss newspaper 20 Minuten over two weeks ago. The Switzerland international has been strongly linked with the Reds in recent weeks amid talk...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Manchester United lead race to sign Alexis Sanchez

There’s a derby for Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez, and the Red Devils seem to be winning it. Manchester United are yet to make a purchase in this summer transfer window, but in this race, they’ve moved ahead of Liverpool and Juventus. We’ve even heard rumors that Tottenham Hotspur are into the fray on this one. Now Arsenal could be making the move. The Express have claimed...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Arsenal increase Mario Balotelli bid to £180,000 a week

If you can’t beat ‘em, buy ‘em. One of the main reasons Italy defeated England 2-1 in the World Cup opener is Mario Balotelli, and he’s the subject of a major Arsenal transfer rumor. The Gunners are looking at a£180,000 a week bid (previous rumors quoted £25 million bid) to bring Mario Balotelli to the Emirates this summer;  according to Metro.  Boss Arsene Wenger said...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Bears Icon Jim McMahon wears Sausage King T on ‘Today’

Jim McMahon is one of the most beloved players in Chicago Bears history. Sure, he won games mostly to being a “game manager,” a decade or so before that term became a cliche, but he’s still the most iconic signal caller in the long, rich history of the Bears franchise. “The Punky QB” won it all because he had a great defense and running game around him, so it’s not his...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Robin van Persie gets controversial yellow card, suspension

Netherlands and Manchester United star striker Robin van Persie drew a yellow card today against Australia, and he will now miss Holland’s next game versus Chile. Yes, the world’s 81st highest paid athlete will now be suspended for the rest of group play at the World Cup. Van Persie picked up a yellow card in the Dutch’s first match against Spain. And RVP picked up his second...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder would consider Man United move

Back in December, it was rumored that then Manchester United manager David Moyes was trying to get a deal done including wingers Nani and Antonio Valencia in for Galatasaray’s Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder. The Daily Express was the first to report the transfer rumor, but other media outlets picked it up. Nothing happened of course. But as we learned during the 2014 FIFA...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Arsenal transfer rumors: Balotelli, Ochoa, M’Vila, Lavezzi

Is Super Mario coming to North London? Yes, that is one Arsenal transfer rumor that is gaining a lot of steam on the internet today, and causing excitement for Gunners everywhere. Mario Balotelli making a possible return to the Premier League, a few publications are “reporting” this. The Guardian says the agent of Mario Balotelli believes that the former Manchester City striker...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Only a matter of time before Timberwolves trade Kevin Love

Had the Minnesota Timberwolves been in the Eastern Conference, they would have been in the playoffs. Instead, the T-Wolves finished tenth in the more competitive Western Conference and extended their playoff drought to a decade. As a result, they fired their general manager and head coach and now face the dilemma of what to do with the face of their franchise, Kevin Love who will...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Houston Texans: 3rd consecutive going from worst to playoffs?

Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien decided to state the obvious Tuesday morning, naming Ryan Fitzpatrick the starting quarterback. Now, if Andre Johnson wants to hurry over to mini-camp already, the Texans might have a shot to contend in the AFC South. LOUD NOISES! Brick, and everybody else screaming their heads off, please, settle down. In 2013, Houston had some significant...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss
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