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Man United news and notes: Herrera, Di Maria, Falcao, Rojo

As we enter the international break, it’s going to be more of the talking season (again) than anything else. So, in that spirit, let’s go over the latest Man United news and notes buzzing around the internet. -From the Daily Mail, Gabriel Heinze, who was in the same Argentina squad as Angel Di Maria for the 2010 World Cup, says the 26-year-old winger is among the top four footballers...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

#5 Notre Dame football vs UNC Tar Heels preview, prediction

This is a battle of “iconic/legendary in one sport, total afterthought despite being solid in the other.” If we decide to do a Notre Dame versus North Carolina game preview ahead of the January 5th meeting in basketball, we could copy and paste the exact same sentence. UNC Tar Heels football actually has a decent history; they’ve produced a lot of great defensive players....
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Liverpool FC transfer rumors: Iker Casillas, Suso, Johnson, Alves

Liverpool need a reboot to get back into contention. Brendan Rodgers needs to make some changes in order to insure that The Refs remain in the top four for another season. Therefore, as we hit the international break, it’s time to talk Liverpool FC transfer rumors. -We begin our Liverpool FC transfer rumors with an item from the Daily Express, hat tip to Fox Sports Paper Chase...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Who gets the last two Chicago Bulls roster spots?

Based on what we’ve seen in the first two Chicago Bulls preseason games, it appears we have a probably starting lineup in place. By looking at the starting fives that Coach Tom Thibodeau has used in both preseason tilts, and given how the minutes were allocated in those two games, it’s safe to assume that the Chicago Bulls depth chart looks like this: The 1: Derrick Rose, Aaron...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United transfer rumors: Vidal, Ronaldo, Bale, Alves, Ferdinand

Time to talk Man United transfer rumors, and all of our favorite names are back in the tabloid pages today. All the usual suspects are here: Arturo Vidal, Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and more. So let’s dive right in. -“Juventus will let Manchester United target Arturo Vidal leave in January after an alleged nightclub brawl,” says a story in The Sun. He will supposedly...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Kyle Orton the Bills savior?

Before Kyle Orton (who is no longer Captain Neckbeard, but now Uncle Rico from “Napoleon Dynamite” when it comes to the facial hair presentation) threw for over 300 yards, completed 70% of his passes and a 88.1 quarterback rating, ESPN’s Cris Carter said this on ESPN NFL Sunday Countdown: “You draft a guy. You trade up last year for him. So you’re basically giving him...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

The Chicago Bears 2014 season feels like root canal

The Chicago Bears have been a mix of bad, interesting and downright painful to watch this season. Those feelings peak on Sunday, last through the following days and bleed into the next week’s matchup. There is no break from the pain and suffering; and no positive outlook. That is exactly how I feel watching the Chicago Bears. It is also how I feel dealing with my lower left incisor...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild: your 2014-15 NHL sleeper?

The NHL season begins tonight and one of the teams that could be poised to take the next step is the Minnesota Wild. There’s obstructions aplenty in the Western Conference; the stronger of the two. Sports Illustrated picked Chicago to win it all. Los Angeles is pick by some to repeat. No team was more aggressive this offseason than Anaheim. St. Louis and Colorado will be very...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

SEC Basketball Preview: #9 Mississippi State Bulldogs

The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12 and Big 12 now we turn our attention to the SEC. After last season’s last place finish in the SEC, there is nowhere to go but up for the Mississippi State...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Glen Johnson set to leave Liverpool

Glen Johnson’s days at Anfield could be coming to a close, according to The Daily Star. Yes, this is a transfer rumor that has been circulating for a very long time now, but it seems it’s more when not if right now. The England international has been missing for six weeks due to an injury. He’s also out of contract next summer and so far Johnson says chatter between parties...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Liverpool FC and Glen Johnson set to part ways

Glen Johnson’s days at Anfield could be coming to a close, according to The Daily Star. Yes, this is a transfer rumor that has been circulating for a very long time now, but it seems it’s more when not if right now. The England international has been missing for six weeks due to an injury. He’s also out of contract next summer and so far Johnson says chatter between parties...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United Director David Gill running for FIFA VP

FIFA is making headlines, well sort of, for their movie about themselves bombing at the box office. The propaganda film made by FIFA isn’t popular, and looking like straight to DVD material. In other FIFA news, former Manchester United Director David Gill will make a bid to become FIFA vice president next year. David Gill sits on UEFA’s executive committee and is a vice chairman...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Zealous Tottenham Hotspur fan changes name to White Hart Lane

White Hart Lane is one of the most magical venues in all of English football. And Tottenham Hotspur supporters are some of the most devoted followers of any club. Gary Lane has turned it up a notch conveying to the world that he is #1 Spurs supporter extraordinaire. Gary paid £100 to legally change his middle name from Mark to White Hart. So now he will be now be known in the eyes...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United transfer rumors: Martin Odegaard, Daley Sinkgraven

As we head into the international break, the transfer gossip will be heating up. After all, we won’t have much else to talk about now will we? Things are already warming some. Here’s a couple Man United transfer rumors. United, Liverpool and Monaco are all keeping tabs on Norway’s 15-year-old starlet Martin Odegaard.  That’s right, 15. Odegaard recently became the youngest...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor targeted by QPR

Tottenham Hotspur are currently right back where they ended last season; 6th place. Sure, they have as many points as the fourth and fifth place teams, but so far it doesn’t really seem like much has changed. Mauricio Pochettino hasn’t made the team any better than what it was under AVB or Tim Sherwood.  Perhaps changes are coming this January? What about star striker Emmanuel...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Trent Dilfer, ESPN NFL countdown re-define “analysis”

I’m sure there is context to this. What that context is and how that it explains what Trent Dilfer said here…I’m not sure I want to know. I’m sure Dilfer has an explanation for this, but my head hurts enough already from having seen and heard this. Further explanation of what the hell this is supposed to mean would only give me a more painful ice cream headache. This might...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Van Gaal, Hodgson resolve Luke Shaw conflict of interest

According to a story in The Sun yesterday, Manchester United want Roy Hodgson to intervene so Luke Shaw does not go to next summer’s European U21 Championship. United won the race this past transfer window against Chelsea (the young player’s favorite team) to obtain the Southampton left back who played for England in the World Cup this summer. So they’ve invested a lot of...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Barack Obama’s bro-in-law, Craig Robinson, hired by ESPN

Craig Robinson has friends in high places. Unlike myself, and Garth Brooks, who have friends in low places. However, Robinson’s political connections weren’t enough to save his job in Corvallis, Oregon. Sometimes it’s actually NOT about who you know (shocking, revolutionary concept I know) but more about the results you can produce. Robinson didn’t produce many results with...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Northwestern moves into contention, Illini move toward regime change

There was a time, not so long ago, when the Northwestern Wildcats and Illinois Fighting Illini were on equal footing. You could even say that as recently as two weeks ago. However, Saturday gave us clarity now on both programs. NU beat a ranked team and looked solid for the second week in a row. There are now a factor in the Big Ten West division, where they control their own destiny...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United getting their money’s worth from Angel Di Maria

When Manchester United bought Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid the price tag was £59.7 million, a British transfer record. It shattered, and I mean absolutely shattered the club’s previous record of £37.2 million for Juan Mata; set last January. Has it been worth the price tag? Well, Di Maria has a few “man of the match” awards at Old Trafford to his credit already, and he...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Late Man United owner Malcolm Glazer received death threats; FBI reveals

Malcolm Glazer was the patriarch of the Glazer family who own both Manchester United of the English Premier League and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL. The Glazers are very much polarizing figures; with the late Malcolm Glazer one of the primary targets of the backlash. For the last years of his life he was an extremely unpopular figure among Man United supporters. Documents...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Legendary Deion Sanders inspired Northwestern RB Justin Jackson

In true freshman Justin Jackson, Northwestern has found their featured back on offense. Regardless of what the depth chart says, Jackson (@JManPrime21 on Twitter) is the true starter. NU has found life of offense after Venric Mark. Certainly, they’ve found a a new focus in the rush-first attack. Coming closer to finding an offensive identity is a big reason why the Cats have gone...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Will Melvin Gordon break the Badgers rushing record Saturday?

Melvin Gordon ripped off a 58-yard run on his first carry at Northwestern and a 51-yarder on his first rush of the 2nd half. He now has seven runs of 40+ yards this season and 17 in his career. Gordon is now averaging 40.8 yards per carry on his first attempt of the second half. This Saturday, Gordon and Wisconsin welcome Illinois and their 119th (out of 125) ranked run defense...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

#5 Notre Dame football vs North Carolina game preview

This is a battle of “iconic/legendary in one sport, total afterthought despite being solid in the other.” If we decide to do a Notre Dame versus North Carolina game preview ahead of the January 5th meeting in basketball, we could copy and paste the exact same sentence. UNC Tar Heels football actually has a decent history; they’ve produced a lot of great defensive players....
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Man United target Arturo Vidal caught partying night before game

Remember that time when Arturo Vidal heading to Manchester United rumors dominated the news cycle? At least it completely owned the English Premier League transfer rumors for an entire summer? Well, it never materialized, and a couple days ago Vidal claimed that he didn’t know anything about all the hoopla. Total rubbish, I don’t buy that B.S. for a second, but moving on to...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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