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Illini fire Tim Beckman amidst serious allegations of abuse

Firing your Head college football coach a week before the season starts is a very drastic measure. So these are drastic times at the University of Illinois. Tim Beckman, who went 12-25 (4-20 in Big Ten play) during his three years leading the Illini, has been dismissed by Illinois Athletic Director Mike Thomas. Thomas, himself on very thin ice, will address the media today at 3...
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VIDEO: Louis van Gaal Man United pre Swansea press conference

Here is the video of the full Louis van Gaal press conference today previewing the match on Sunday between Manchester United and Swansea City. Here’s the YouTube embedded below.  The main takeaways were: -Adnan Januzaj is injured and he will not feature in this match. Phil Jones is also injured and will not play -Marouane Fellaini could feature now that his suspension is over...
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Manchester United favored to win their Champions League Group

Manchester United lucked out with a very favorable Champions League playoff draw. Then they were even more fortunate in their Champions League Group stages draw. There’s really no excuse for them not to advance to the knockout round, not with all their resources. If they do fail here, then there needs to be some serious heat on Manager Louis van Gaal. Soccer Power Index gives...
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Jim Nantz says Raiders ready to be relevant again

Hello friends. Hello Oakland Raiders fans. It’s very difficult to interview CBS’ Jim Nantz and only use the print/online version of the discussion. You know and love his voice, so when you converse with him, not providing audio and/or video is to do a great disservice to your readers. This week we caught up with part of the NFL on CBS’ lead announce team, and we discussed...
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Chicago Bears Season Preview with NFL Network’s Erin Coscarelli

Our Never Too Early Season Preview series continues with another NFL Network personality podcast. Earlier this summer we discussed the Chicago Bears offensive outlook with Curtis Conway. Today we break down the defense with Erin Coscarelli. She hosts of ‘Preseason HQ.’ Which airs from 5-7am pt. on NFL Network. It’s your one stop shop and everything you need to get you ready...
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VIDEO, AUDIO: Clayton Thorson, Northwestern QB1 profile

Northwestern named their starting quarterback yesterday, and we’ve been pretty confident all along that Clayton Thorson would win the job. Now it’s official. We came to this conclusion in the same manner that one solves a geometric proof. Because of A you have B, and then B precludes C, and then C leads to D etc. We’ve profiled this in depth here. At NU Media Day yesterday...
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Notre Dame has sleeper stars in Martin, Day, Stanley

You wouldn’t think a star football player at Notre Dame would fly under the radar, but there are actually three which don’t get a ton of attention despite their talents and abilities. FOX Sports did a college football preview press call today, and former ND icon Brady Quinn was one of the participants. I asked Quinn for his thoughts on Notre Dame’s prospects this season, as...
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Notre Dame’s Ronnie Stanley looking like a top 10 pick

Many NFL scouting services/media outlets/draftniks etc. rate Notre Dame‘s  Ronnie Stanley as the top offensive tackle prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft class and a near certain top ten overall pick. Many analysts see Stanley playing himself into top five overall selection territory come April. Given how much extra value the NFL places on left tackles these days (i.e. the ability...
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Hull City A.F.C. adds Shaun Maloney

Everyone has already known this for quite some time, but now it’s official. Hull City A.F.C. have picked up midfielder Shaun Maloney from the Chicago Fire of American the Major League Soccer. Usually, these kind of moves go the other way, a player goes from England’s BPL to the USA’s MLS. At least, when it’s a transfer of this variety which gets extensive media coverage...
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Predicted Man United starting XI vs Swansea City

It’s Man United starting XI prediction time. The match at Swansea City kicks off Sunday afternoon. Swansea City heads into their home date against Manchester United sitting in 6th place in the Premier League table. They are two points behind United who reside in fourth place with seven points. Liverpool and Leicester City also have seven, and reside in third and second while Manchester...
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Man United bid £21.9m for Felipe Anderson, claims Italian outlet

What’s the Manchester United fall back option post Pedro? Well, the latest transfer gossip revolves around Brazilian star Felipe Anderson. The latest update today comes from Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb.com, who are reporting that United made an offer of €40 million (Or about £21.9 million) plus bonuses for the 22-year-old. Sources have told ESPN FC that Ed Woodward and...
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Manchester United get favorable Champions League draw

Fresh off the demolishing of Club Brugge (don’t you just love the way Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal pronounces the name of the Belgian side in press conferences? I have trouble in trying to type out the sounds) the Red Devils now have their draw for the group stages of the Champions League. United have a relatively easy draw. Their group includes PSV Eindhoven, CSKA...
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Hull City A.F.C. signs midfielder Shaun Maloney

Everyone has already known this for quite some time, but now it’s official. Hull City A.F.C. have picked up midfielder Shaun Maloney from the Chicago Fire of American the Major League Soccer. Usually, these kind of moves go the other way, a player goes from England’s BPL to the USA’s MLS. At least, when it’s a transfer of this variety which gets extensive media coverage...
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Clayton Thorson named Northwestern’s starting QB

It’s now official, Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald has named Clayton Thorson his starting quarterback. Here’s the Tweet below, as well the original post we ran back on August 3rd, predicting this. I also called it while doing a TV hit on CLTV “Sports Feed” and radio hit for 1620 The Zone Omaha right around that time. Per @coachfitz51, redshirt freshman Clayton Thorson...
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Hull City acquire new midfielder Shaun Maloney

Everyone has already known this for quite some time, but now it’s official. Hull City A.F.C. have picked up midfielder Shaun Maloney from the Chicago Fire of American the Major League Soccer. Usually, these kind of moves go the other way, a player goes from England’s BPL to the USA’s MLS. At least, when it’s a transfer of this variety which gets extensive media coverage...
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Arsene Wenger got a very tough Champions League draw

If Arsene Wenger and Arsenal are to get through the knockout stages of UEFA Champions League, they’ll truly really have to earn it. The selection process absolutely did them no favors today with the grouping they received. They’ll have to deal with the powerhouse of Germany, the reigning Bundesliga Champion Bayern Munich. The Gunners do not have an easy road, as Arsene Wenger...
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Arsenal receive tough Champions League group stage draw

If Arsenal are to get through the knockout stages of UEFA Champions League, they’ll truly really have to earn it. The selection process absolutely did them no favors today with the grouping they received. The Gunners do not have an easy road. If we have to apply the “Group of Death” cliche to one Champions League grouping, and really this is highly subjective and very arguable...
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Chelsea FC receive favorable Champions League draw

Chelsea FC have received their group stage assignment for UEFA Champions League, and it’s a pretty nice path to advancing. The reigning Premier League Champions have a favorable road. Group G – Chelsea FC, Porto, Dynamo Kiev, Maccabi Tel-Aviv If we have to apply the “Group of Death” cliche to one Champions League grouping, and really this is highly subjective and very arguable...
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Arsenal FC receive tough Champions League group stage draw

  If Arsenal FC are to get through the knockout stages of UEFA Champions League, they’ll truly really have to earn it. The selection process absolutely did them no favors today with the grouping they received. The Gunners do not have an easy road. If we have to apply the “Group of Death” cliche to one Champions League grouping, and really this is highly subjective and very...
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Manchester United receive their Champions League draw

Fresh off the demolishing of Club Brugge (don’t you just love the way Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal pronounces the name of the Belgian side in press conferences? I have trouble in trying to type out the sounds) the Red Devils now have their draw for the group stages of the Champions League. United have a relatively easy draw. Their group includes PSV Eindhoven, CSKA...
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Raiders LB Khalil Mack draws high praise from Tony Gonzalez

Khalil Mack has potential to be a transcendent NFL player. He also has the potential to help finally get the Oakland Raiders going in the right direction again. They have a good core of young players, that quarterback is really good and Amari Cooper is going to be a stud,” said Tony Gonzalez, future NFL Hall of Famer and Studio Analyst on The NFL Today. Gonzalez, pretty much...
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John Fox: one of the Chicago Bears’ few bright spots

This fall John Fox will be keeping on wearing orange and blue. Of all the deals that rookie Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace has made thus far, the one to acquire “Foxy” as he is affectionately known, is the best. When the Coaching carousel finished spinning, the Bears had a feeling of winning. Don’t get used to that feeling this season, because it’s not going to happen much...
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VIDEO: Ander Herrera scores 1st goal of season, United to group stages

Manchester United are now through to the group stages of UEFA Champions League, having crushed Belgian side 4-0 today, 7-1 on aggregate. Midfielder Ander Herrera scored the final goal, after Wayne Rooney had already completed a hat trick. Here’s the footage, watch as Ander Herrera slides the ball in just in by the pole in the corner; taking his shot from just outside the box...
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Liverpool FC target Illarramendi signs with Real Sociedad

Liverpool have had a very busy and productive summer transfer window. The Reds have signed plenty of new players, and are to a decent start on the young season. Although they landed many of their targets this summer, one player they won’t get is a youngster who struggled to acquire playing time with Los Blancos: Asier Illarramendi. The 24-year-old has decided to return to...
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VIDEO: Wayne Rooney talks hat trick, Champions League win

As Captain of both England and Manchester United, Wayne Rooney is one of the most iconic players in all of global football. Not just in the United Kingdom, but the entire world. Yet he got off to a very rough start in 2014-15. Pundits have ripped Rooney, and rightfully so, for his performances in the first two league games (as we’ve detailed here). Today, Rooney answered those...
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