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Who has been Manchester United’s best player this season?

Manchester United are on a bit of a hot streak now. Louis van Gaal got off to a bit of a slow start in the in 2014-15 Premier League season, but they’re right up there in Champions League contention now. They’ve turned it around now. Which players have made that happen? David de Gea has been transcendent. Wayne Rooney grades out very high. Angel Di Maria has been worth the...
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October 18, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Louis van Gaal full press conference pre West Brom

Manchester United will take on West Bromwich Albion Monday night. (TV info at this link) Breaking news in that midfielder Ander Herrera told Manager Louis van Gaal that he will play versus West Brom. (More on that here). Herrera recovered quite fast it seems. And Louis van Gaal gave quite a colorful soundbite at this press conference today.  Below you’ll find the entire video...
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October 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Projected Manchester United starting XI vs West Brom

As matchday is just about here, time to create your own Manchester United Starting XI. The international break is finally over; United are set to take on West Bromwich Albion on Monday night. (TV info at this link) Also, there is breaking news in that midfielder Ander Herrera told Manager Louis van Gaal that he will play versus West Brom. (More on that here). He recovered quite...
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October 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Mario Balotelli gives Brendan Rodgers a compliment? Sort of

The gossip rags are all about Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli today. Some of the narratives conflict with one another. We’ll get to that in a minute.  First let’s get Super Mario’s thoughts on pre-match sex. Someone told me recently that I had apparently said that if I have sex three or four hours before a game, it is working for me on the pitch. Trust me, if I am having...
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October 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Chelsea Champions League upcoming TV schedule

Chelsea are everybody’s favorite to win UEFA Champions League. They are the overwhelming favorites of the ESPN FC panel of experts, and they even top the latest ESPN FC power rankings poll. The highly competitive group stages resume with Barcelona, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Liverpool FC all featured. MULTIMATCH 90, the live UEFA Champions League whip-around show, continues on FOX...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Richard Pitino admits dubious “achievement” of NIT “Championship”

There wasn’t a whole lot said during the podium portion of Big Ten Basketball Media Day. Yes, lots of words were spoken, but in terms of anything memorable or interesting….well, that’s what always happens during the on dais sessions at all conference media days. And Thursday gave us very little that was worth getting up early to see and hear. (Why Big Ten Media Day still starts...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: FSU legend Derrick Brooks takes “adversity” cliche to new low

Derrick Brooks accomplished a lot as a NFL Linebacker with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Before that, he was quite the acclaimed college football player with the Florida State Seminoles. As a broadcaster though, I am anything but impressed. Whenever I hear that stupid “adversity” cliche perpetrated by coaches and athletes, my eyes roll. If you see my eyes roll from that…good,...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Mario Balotelli on his Liverpool future, getting it on before a match

The gossip rags are all about Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli today. Some of the narratives conflict with one another. We’ll get to that in a minute.  First let’s get Super Mario’s thoughts on pre-match sex. Someone told me recently that I had apparently said that if I have sex three or four hours before a game, it is working for me on the pitch. Trust me, if I am having...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Mario Balotelli on pre-match sex, Liverpool FC future

The gossip rags are all about Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli today. Some of the narratives conflict with one another. We’ll get to that in a minute.  First let’s get Super Mario’s thoughts on pre-match sex. Someone told me recently that I had apparently said that if I have sex three or four hours before a game, it is working for me on the pitch. Trust me, if I am having...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Louis van Gaal evaluates himself: “I am always great”

Louis van Gaal asked everybody in July to wait three months before judging him. The Iron Tulip believed his performance deserved until mid October before he deserved evaluation. Well, that time is here, so what does The Dutchman think of how he’s done thus far? ‘I am always great,’ said Van Gaal jokingly today. ‘That’s a very easy question. Thank you!” ‘How do I respond...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

How YOU can get inside the exclusive Illini basketball event

If ever there was a year where the phrase ” Illini basketball season cannot get here fast enough ” this is it. Illini football tweets are making me lose followers in droves, mostly die hard Illini fans and page view numbers for material relating to Tim Beckman’s program have reached a new low. Well, Illini basketball season is already here. Thankfully! Media/Photo Day was...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Arsenal transfer rumors: Van Dijk, Podolski, Hummels

Mesut Ozil picked up his nightmare injury – just by passing the ball, says a story in The Sun today. He’s just one of many who’ve been bitten by the injury bug this season at The Emirates. So how will Arsene Wenger solve the injury crisis? Who could be bought and brought over to the North London side? Time to talk Arsenal transfer rumors. We begin with some Mats Hummels talk...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United transfer rumors: Vlaar, Vidal, De Gea, Shawcross

We know you have Arturo Vidal fatigue. Both Vidal and his agent have done absolutely everything they possibly can to milk all the media attention they can get out of the speculation over his future. But as the January transfer window approaches, the Juventus midfielder will be the focus of Man United transfer rumors. So let’s get this party started:  We begin with a couple of...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL team in L.A. movement gets boost from FCC ruling

At first glance, the city appears to have it all. Lights, glamour, culture, and art. It is the hub of entertainment, and its influence as the creative capital of the world is unmatched. Two world class universities tether its western and southern boundaries, and a renaissance has turned its long dormant downtown into the hub of urban excitement and civic vitality. Once blessed with...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Dale Earnhardt Jr admits he coasted off his name, legacy

So much of life depends on who you know, and so much of that is determined by who your parents are. NASCAR is like applying to an Ivy League school or rushing a fraternity: being a legacy trumps everything else; always. NASCAR’s most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr, admitted how much being a part of a dynasty has influences his success. In a visit to the remains of a North...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Where will E’Twaun Moore fit in on the Chicago Bulls roster?

Chicago Bulls Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson often drafts players from brand name programs who stayed in school at least three years. E’Twaun Moore fits that mold, as he’s the Purdue Boilermakers’ all time leader in minutes played, games started and games won.  This fall, Moore will gets his chance to make the Bulls roster. It comes as a free agent signee...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Brutally honest B1G Basketball rankings; Bo Ryan supreme overlord

As Tom Izzo pointed out Wednesday night in Chicago, Bo Ryan and the Badgers are sitting up top, and then you can flip a coin 2-10 in the Big Ten this season. That’s entirely correct. The Badgers are the class of the league. There’s a whole bunch of teams that are in the NCAA Tourney and NIT mix in (2-10) in the second tier. Then there’s a third tier of teams that won’t be...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Notre Dame vs. Florida St: then ’93 and now ’14

I don’t see any sense in doing a “play by play” on the historic November 13, 1993 ballgame between Notre Dame and Florida State. I mean, let’s be realistic, isn’t that why God put Google and Wikipedia at our disposal? So, let’s have our own “two man” game. Here’s the drill. Each time I toss out a reflection, I’ll give you a hook on Saturday’s battle between...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Predicted Manchester United Starting XI vs West Brom

It’s that time again. Time to create your own Manchester United Starting XI. The long international break is finally over. And breaking news in that Ander Herrera told Manager Louis van Gaal that he will play versus West Bromwich Albion. (More on that here) As always, feel free to post your own Manchester United starting XI in the comments section below. And speak your mind on...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Chelsea Champions League TV info

Chelsea are everybody’s favorite to win UEFA Champions League. They are the overwhelming favorites of the ESPN FC panel of experts, and they even top the latest ESPN FC power rankings poll. The highly competitive group stages resume with Barcelona, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Liverpool FC all featured. MULTIMATCH 90, the live UEFA Champions League whip-around show, continues on FOX...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Manchester City Champions League TV schedule

Manchester City have looked solid thus far in defense of their Premier League title, and could be Chelsea’s biggest competition for the top of the table. What about UEFA Champions League? What’s up for City next? The highly competitive group stages resume with Barcelona, Manchester City, Chelsea FC, Real Madrid and Liverpool FC all featured. MULTIMATCH 90, the live UEFA Champions...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Ander Herrera says he’ll play for Man United vs West Brom

Ander Herrera could actually be available for Manchester United Monday night versus West Bromwich Albion. Herrera suffered a fractured rib in United’s victory of West Ham, leaving the match with 15 minutes to play. It was thought that he would miss six weeks. However, it’s clear that Ander Herrera has progressed and he supposedly told his Manager Louis van Gaal that he will...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Liverpool vs Real Madrid Champions League TV info

It’s been a rough start for Liverpool in the Premier League. Maybe the Reds can make up for it in UEFA Champions League. Their next opponent though, is the La Liga giants of La Liga giants: Ronaldo and Los Blancos. The highly competitive group stages resume with Barcelona, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Liverpool all featured. MULTIMATCH 90, the live UEFA Champions League whip-around...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Exclusive: Tom Izzo on Nick Saban’s anti-media outburst

Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio were voted the nation’s number 1 coaching combo in a recent poll; up from #7 last year. Yes, in the two college sports that people care about, you can’t find a better one-two punch then H to tha Izzo and MD. However, there was once a time in Spartan lore when both Tom Izzo and Nick Saban were coaching in East Lansing, Michigan. The...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Purdue G Raphael Davis at Big Ten Media Day (Exclusive)

Purdue Junior Guard Raphael Davis was handed the captaincy in the middle of last season; establishing him as the leader of this very young Boilermakers team. Now that the Johnson brothers are both gone, Davis assumes even more of a leadership role. He won’t be expected to run the offense, but he can bring it up and run the half court set if needs be. Raphael Davis is actually...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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