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Liverpool FC transfer rumors: Dybala, Rondon, Martinez

Here are the latest Liverpool transfer rumors circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. Not all of these will actually happen, but they are all interesting to read nonetheless. It’s always fun to speculate who might be coming to/leaving from Anfield. Hey, it’s never too early to talk about the summer window! We start with Paulo Dybala -(Daily...
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Liverpool transfer rumors: Dybala, Rondon, Martinez

Here are the latest Liverpool transfer rumors circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. Not all of these will actually happen, but they are all interesting to read nonetheless. It’s always fun to speculate who might be coming to/leaving from Anfield. Hey, it’s never too early to talk about the summer window! We start with Paulo Dybala -(Daily...
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United transfer rumors: Martinez, Reus, Schweinsteiger, Dybala

Here are the latest Manchester United transfer rumors circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. Not all of these will actually happen, but they are all interesting to read nonetheless. It’s always fun to speculate who might be coming to/leaving from Old Trafford. Hey, it’s never too early to talk about the summer window! We start with one time...
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

MSU PG Lourawls Tum Tum Nairn Jr. is a natural man

You’ll never find, as long as you search, a name in sports as unique as Lourawls Tum Tum Nairn Jr. The freshman point guard is indeed a natural man. He’s now officially dropped the Lourawls part of his name, and goes by just Tum Tum Nairn Jr. Which means I no longer have to force any more obvious Lou Rawls puns into this. That’s good because I really didn’t have a clue on...
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United news: Rooney, Van Gaal, Di Maria

Here are a collection of the latest and most intriguing Manchester United news stories circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. -(The Guardian) Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal hits back at ‘long-ball United’ jibe by West Ham’s Sam Allardyce with a four-page document listing statistics. The manager, whose dossier included diagrams...
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United transfer rumors: Schweinsteiger, Dybala

Here are the latest Manchester United transfer rumors circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. Not all of these will actually happen, but they are all interesting to read nonetheless. It’s always fun to speculate who might be coming to/leaving from Old Trafford. Hey, it’s never too early to talk about the summer window! We start with one time...
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Arsenal FC transfer rumors: Ochoa, Upamecano, Fekir

Here are the latest Arsenal transfer rumors circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. Not all of these will actually happen, but they are all interesting to read nonetheless. It’s always fun to speculate who might be coming to/leaving from The Emirates. Hey, it’s never too early to talk about the summer window! We start with speculation on a...
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February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Predicted Manchester United starting XI vs Burnley (4-3-3)

It’s that time again: Manchester United starting XI prediction time. United host Burnley tonight, looking to play more inspired football than they’ve shown lately. They’ve been boring during this recent stretch, and the early season tilt between these two clubs, at Burnley in August was a rather dull goalless draw. For our outside Manchester United starting XI prediction...
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February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United transfer rumors: De Gea, Lloris, Pogba, Varane

Here are the latest Arsenal transfer rumors circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. Not all of these will actually happen, but they are all interesting to read nonetheless. It’s always fun to speculate who might be coming to/leaving from The Emirates. Hey, it’s never too early to talk about the summer window! We start with speculation on the...
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February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Arsenal transfer rumors: Ochoa, Upamecano, Fekir

Here are the latest Arsenal transfer rumors circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. Not all of these will actually happen, but they are all interesting to read nonetheless. It’s always fun to speculate who might be coming to/leaving from The Emirates. Hey, it’s never too early to talk about the summer window! We start with speculation on a...
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February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Liverpool transfer rumors: Sterling, Ochoa, Salvio

Here are the latest Liverpool transfer rumors circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. Not all of these will actually happen, but they are all interesting to read nonetheless. It’s always fun to speculate who might be coming to/leaving from Anfield. Hey, it’s never too early to talk about the summer window! We start with the still unsettled...
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February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Why The Sports Bank is not “a blog” and I am not “a blogger”

Last summer, in the video below, Keith Olbermann referred to me as a “blogger,” and I was taken a bit aback. It’s probably just that Keith has a different definition of that word is than I do. I’m not certain anyone actually knows what that word means these days. There is no universal for what is and what is not a “blog” anymore. Just the other day a publicist asked...
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February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

How to fix the annual Illini basketball United Center game

It was officially announced yesterday that Illinois and Northwestern will meet in football at Soldier Field this fall. They will play each other again on the lakefront in three of the next five years in total. This is a brilliant move on the part of Illinois Athletic Director Mike Thomas. It’s an excellent attempt to get the Chicago market, a die-hard pro sports town, interested...
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February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Michigan State basketball: filling out a #10 seed profile

When it comes to Michigan State basketball, only March matters. Tom Izzo’s program has supplanted Indiana as the brand name traditional power of the Big Ten. Therefore, the Spartans usually carry the flag for the league once the NCAA Tournament starts. In East Lansing, it’s simply when the real season begins. The second weekend of the NCAA Tournament is just a natural part...
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February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United news: Mata, Van Gaal, Top 4 odds

Here are the latest Manchester United news stories circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. We start with the chances of United making the top four, and getting back into Champions League next year. Juan Mata had something to say about it. -(Mirror) Juan Mata admits Manchester United face a real battle to make next season’s Champions League. Louis...
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February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Projected Manchester United starting XI (4-3-2-1) vs Burnley

It’s that time again: Manchester United starting XI prediction time. United is suffering an identity crisis under Louis Van Gaal. We posed the question yesterday, has the team really progressed all that much under LVG? What is is his philosophy? What about his tactics and formations, is he a three-at-the-back, four-at-the-back, diamond? How many of his problems are self-imposed...
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February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United news: Juan Mata, Louis van Gaal, Top 4 chances, odds

Here are the latest Manchester United news stories circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. We start with the chances of United making the top four, and getting back into Champions League next year. Juan Mata had something to say about it. -(Mirror) Juan Mata admits Manchester United face a real battle to make next season’s Champions League. Louis...
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February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United news: Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Wayne Rooney

Here are the latest Manchester United news stories circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. We start with the problems in the attack and the issues up front. -(Daily Mail) Louis van Gaal converting Wayne Rooney from a striker to a midfielder is certainly a decision that is much maligned. It’s controversial to say the least. Here’s a hot take...
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February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Bulls defensive issues, in the eyes of TNT pundits

Only five teams in the Eastern Conference, the weaker of two conferences in the NBA, give up more points per game on average than the Chicago Bulls. That means there are nine teams who are better defensively in the East than your Chicago Bulls. It just sounds so weird to say: a Tom Thibodeau team is below average (or close to it) defensively. It’s a figurative paradox. like ...
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February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Illini football to face Northwestern at Soldier Field this season

In an effort to boost the profile and interest of both programs in the Chicago area, Illini football and Northwestern football will meet three times in the next four years at Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears. The series commences this fall. In 2015, Illinois will play Northwestern at Soldier Field on Nov. 28, in a game originally scheduled for Memorial Stadium in Champaign...
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February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Unnamed Man United player investigated for bathroom sex tape scandal

Manchester United football club would not release a public statement, but some players on the team are apparently set to be questioned by United’s senior officials for some antics away from the pitch, claims The Mirror. These extra-curricular activities are believed to have taken place during a evening in which the team was out partying at a Manchester night club. It revolves...
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February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Chelsea transfer rumors: Courtois, Icardi, Pogba, Ivanovic, Schurrle

Here are the latest Chelsea transfer rumors circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. Not all of these will actually happen, but they are all interesting to read nonetheless. It’s always fun to speculate who might be coming to/leaving from Stamford Bridge. Especially with the window set to close on Monday. We start with a couple of Chelsea transfer...
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February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Man United transfer rumors: De Gea, Alves, Pogba

Here are the latest Manchester United news ands transfer rumors stories circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. We begin with our top story, the top story of all things Man United related, when will David de Gea be locked up long term? De Gea is not only the team’s MVP, he’s personally responsible for about 6-9 of the teams 44 points on the...
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February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NCAA Tournament Bracketology

With about a month left of the regular season, the NCAA Tournament picture is getting a a whole lot more interesting.  Here is an early projection of the 2015 NCAA Tournament Bracketology.   You will notice on the Bracket Matrix grades that The Sports Bank’s bracketology has been more accurate than ESPN’s Joe Lunardi four of the past five years. UPDATED: 2/9/15   (click...
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February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Illini basketball: what would and wouldn’t get them in the dance

In our latest bracket projection, we have Illinois as one of the last four in. Here you can see where we have Illini basketball slotted, and against which team.  Illini basketball is now 4-1, a winning percentage of 80% in the five games that they have been missing both the best: Rayvonte Rice, and the worst: Aaron Cosby, player on their roster. In the nine games that the Illini...
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February 09, 2015  |  Discuss
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