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Manchester United to strengthen midfield with summer transfers, not now

The two main Manchester United midfield targets in the January transfer window, Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan and Atletico de Madrid’s Koke, might be coming, but not until the summer transfer window according to reports in the Daily Mail on Sunday. The Glazers have reportedly handed David Moyes £200m to spend on the transfer window to ensure that United  finishes in the...
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January 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Illini basketball play and lose uglier than the Northwestern shorts

Illini basketball played so ugly and atrocious tonight, that their horrendous offense overshadowed the ugliness of the infamous “Northwestern shorts” tonight at Welsh-Ryan Arena.  There wasn’t that much of a buzz among the Chicago media for this one. Understandable. Twitter was rather quiet for this one too. And if you did watch the ugliest Big Ten basketball game since 2009...
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January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

How many years does Peyton Manning have left?

Peyton Manning just broke the single season NFL TD pass record of Tom Brady. With a full game left. So what more does Peyton Manning have left to accomplish? When will Peyton Manning leave the game behind? What’s left for him to do? The NFL on CBS crew weighed in on Peyton Manning. Phil Simms – I’ve never seen anything like it and I don’t think we ever will again in our...
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January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Phil Simms says some “interesting” gibberish about Phillip Rivers

Leave it to Phil Simms, legendary former New York Giants QB and current CBS NFL Analyst to help me better understand the insane meatheads I used to work with then I was a teenager. I think. And although I’m going to rip Simms’ comments here below I actually enjoy his work. I know everyone on Twitter rips Phil Simms every time he calls a game, but I like his heel turns and controversial...
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January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears logo re-imagined as a European football crest, NFL badges

This comes to us from football as football.com. It’s every NFL team reimagined as a European football crest. Or “soccer” as we call it here in the United States. And it is AWESOME! That’s why it’s called “football as football” Every team more than one to choose from. I’ll lead with the hometown team the Chicago Bears of course, but we’ll include everyone here from...
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January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

NBA logos as European football badges

Behance.net seems to be the origin of this one. And it’s getting all around the sports blogosphere this week. I saw it on both Yardbarker and SB Nation. It’s NBA team logos redesigned as European football club emblems or “soccer badges,” as we would say stateside. It’s a very ambitious and creative project. That’s our Chicago Bulls above. Let’s look at the rest of...
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January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Corey Crawford with RIDICULOUS kick save

“That’s hockey baby!” Yes, Corey Crawford gave us the NHL highlight of the night, maybe the week or month with this ridiculously awesome skate save. “F%^&*ing A right, Chicago! Biggest bunch of beauties in the league….” Corey Crawford saved 32 of the 33 Montreal Canadiens shots he faced in regulation, with this one being the most memorable. Unfortunatley, they still...
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January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

New Orleans Pelicans maybe pulling an Eric Gordon on Eric Gordon

The New Orleans Pelicans are actively shopping Eric Gordon. The Pelicans have talked with several teams and have even concocted a few three-team trade scenarios. Now wouldn’t it be HILARIOUS if the Pelicans tell Eric Gordon he’s going to one specific NBA team, only to hear rumors and innuendo that he’s going to another, and then the front office telling him “we’re still...
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January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Arsenal legend Gilberto Silva to call World Cup for ESPN

ESPN today announced that 2002 FIFA World Cup champion Gilberto Silva from Brazil and legendary Dutch footballer Ruud van Nistelrooy will serve as studio analysts during the company’s month-long presentation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, June 12 – July 13. Silva and van Nistelrooy will appear on pre-match, halftime and post-match shows, SportsCenter, ESPN FC, and FIFA...
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January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy calling World Cup

ESPN today announced that 2002 FIFA World Cup champion Gilberto Silva from Brazil and legendary Dutch footballer Ruud van Nistelrooy will serve as studio analysts during the company’s month-long presentation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Silva and van Nistelrooy will appear on pre-match, halftime and post-match shows, SportsCenter, ESPN FC, and FIFA World Cup-themed news...
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January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Fabio Coentrao move to Manchester United will be completed this week

Fabio Coentrao will formalize his loan move to Manchester United this week, according to Real Madrid’s former Director of Communications and current AS (a Spanish sports daily) journalist Joaquin Maroto. The Telegraph also ran the Fabio Coentrao today, and according to United fan site The People’s Person, “United may be able to secure the 25-year-old in time for him to be part...
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January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

What the Indianapolis Colts need to fix in 2014

The Indianapolis Colts and the NFL postseason have now split due to “creative differences.” The NFL playoffs decided they “wanted some space” from the Colts. The January one-and-done tournament is “going in a different direction” from the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts clinched the NFL’s most awful division. That’s how they got to host a first round game. And the result...
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January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Bruno Mars will be joined by Red Hot Chili Peppers for Super Bowl performance

Bruno Mars will make a special announcement regarding his Super Bowl Halftime performance today during halftime of the New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks NFC Divisional playoff game. That comes to us via a Fox Sports press release sent out the evening of January 8th. What is the Bruno Mars news? The Los Angeles Times revealed the answer. In what might be considered a rather...
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January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Manchester United youngster Daehli signs with Cardiff City

Cardiff City have officially completed the signing of Mats Moller Daehli from Molde. The former Manchester United youngster turned down a return to the Red Devils, according to The Independent. Daehli is reunited with his former manager, becoming the second Norwegian player to join the Bluebirds. Lots of transfer news involving connections between Cardiff City and United today. By...
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January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Manchester United close to signing Ezequiel Garay?

Manchester United have opened talks with Benfica over a deal for centre-back Ezequiel Garay which will be completed at the end of the season. That’s what Goal UK is saying. Ezequiel Garay has been targeted by the Red Devils in each of the last four transfer windows, with both Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes coveting him. Despite Benfica insisting that they won’t sell the player...
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January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Manchester United target Gundogan with 24 million bid

Manchester united and David Moyes may have an answer soon on one of their top midfield targets. Borussia Dortmund’s lkay Gündogan is about to sign according to reports in Germany. Moyes ready to splash £24million on highly-rated Gundogan, Metro says. He’s been the subject of interest from many top European clubs including Arsenal, Real Madrid and Barcelona in recent months...
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January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Julia Mancuso will be a hot topic come Sochi

Julia Mancuso is a 29-year-old is a World Cup alpine ski racer from Reno, Nevada. Mancuso was the gold medalist in the giant slalom at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin and the silver medalist in both downhill and combined at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Her three Olympic medals are the most ever for a female American alpine skier. Julia Mancuso made her World Cup debut...
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January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Gretchen Bleiler is a name you need to know for Sochi

Gretchen Bleiler is one of the names you need to know when the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics gets going early next month. Gretchen Bleiler received a lot of publicity in October of 2011 when she appeared in ESPN the magazine’s “Body Issue.” Although the main star of that show was soccer star Hope Solo, pretty much naked almost on the cover. 32-year-old Gretchen Bleiler is an halfpipe...
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January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Very Rare Michael Jordan North Carolina Tar Heels items up for auction

Four pieces of Michael Jordan college memorabilia including his University of North Carolina Diploma, recruiting letters from UNC Head Coach Dean Smith and Assistant Coach Bill Guthridge and an original copy of Jordan’s UNC undergraduate academic record are now open for bidding from Jan. 10 through Feb. 7, 2014 at www.GoldinAuctions.com. The Chicago Bulls and UNC Tar Heels legend...
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January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Bulls sign Cartier Martin to 10 day contract

The Chicago Bulls have signed forward Cartier (Karr-tee-A) Martin to a 10-day contract. Yes, Cartier, like the luxury brand of watches and jewelry you’ll find for sale on the most upscale parts of Michigan Avenue.  Martin (6-7, 220) is currently in his sixth year in the NBA. He was just waived by the Atlanta Hawks. The Chicago Bulls waived Center Andrew Bynum on Tuesday morning...
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January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Johnny Manziel is a Chicago Cubs fan now, apparently

Johnny Manziel appears to be a fan of both Brett Favre in his Atlanta Falcons days and the Chicago Cubs. Or at least that’s what his wardrobe would have you believe. Johnny Manziel declared for the 2014 NFL draft earlier this week and drew comparisons to legendary former Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings quarterback from Brett Favre. It was ESPN Analyst Trent Dilfer who did...
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January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Chris Collins is having a Tim Beckman like debut season

Regime change is often difficult. In both sports and politics. Sometimes, it’s a simple peaceful democratic election; where political party and politician are swapped out without major turmoil. Other times, it’s a violent overthrow resulting in bloodshed. In the world of sports, sometimes new leadership is installed and the machine keeps rolling along. Look at the line of Butler...
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January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

PHOTOS: Northwestern basketball unveiling new uniforms vs Illinois

Northwestern basketball and Under Armour will unveil a “By The Player” inspired uniform Sunday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena in a home game against in-state rival Illinois. Hopefully, for the sake of Northwestern basketball, the reaction to these uniforms goes over better than the jingoistic flag uniforms Northwestern football wore against Michigan around Veteran’s Day. There was...
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January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Shaq says J.R. Smith doesn’t care; Barkley says he’d drive Dr. Phil nuts

J.R. Smith has been owning NBA headlines, at least from a web news perspective ever since his “heel turn.” The shoe tying scandal has made J.R. Smith a trending term, but not for the reasons you’d want if you were the agent of J.R. Smith. The NBA Punditocracy ripped him a new one last night. As TNT’s crew of Charles Barkley, Steve Kerr and Shaquille O’Neal all took turns...
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January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Blackhawks get it right with Kruger centering Kane

Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville stated Thursday that Swedish-born center Marcus Kruger will get a chance to play alongside Patrick Kane and Kris Versteeg on the second line. Kruger saw time with Kane and Versteeg in a 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers Wednesday night. Veteran center Michal Handzus has been playing on the second line, but with minimal results. Handzus...
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January 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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