Liverpool to take Christian Benteke from Aston Villa?


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As we articulated earlier this week, Liverpool have been the most active and interesting Premier League club this summer transfer window.  Anfield has brought in six new players thus far, and Christian Benteke from Aston Villa could be next.

If Benteke indeed joins the Reds, he would be the biggest name brought over this summer. Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino joined for a fee of £29 million, a price that shows Liverpool are prepared to pay big money this summer.

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Raheem Sterling ranked most valuable Underage 21 player in Europe


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How much is Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling worth?

Depends on who you ask. According to all the transfer discussion, Manchester City believes he’s worth £40 million. (As there’s been multiple reports that City offered Liverpool that exact amount).

Liverpool rate him at £50 million (As there have been multiple reports claiming that this is the sum Anfield is holding out for). According to the Soccerex 20 Football Value Index, it’s £35 million.

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Top Six Midfielders of the Premier League era


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Since its inception in 1992, the Premier League has grown to become the biggest football championship in the world and, with it, some of the greatest players of all time have graced English shores.

As we wave farewell to Stevie G, in no particular order we’ve been inspired to take a look at the top 5 greatest midfielders of the Premier League era.

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Memphis Depay ranked 3rd most valuable Underage 21 player in Europe


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According to the Soccerex 20 Football Value Index, Manchester United winger Memphis Depay is the third most valuable player in Europe under the age of 21. His teammate, Left back Luke Shaw ranks 9th on this designation.

“Combining all the factors, we came up with (Raheem) Sterling as the most valuable,” the study’s author Esteve Calzada said.

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World Cup Title Game Viewership shatters U.S. Soccer Records


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You can stop waiting for soccer to arrive in America; it’s already here. The evidence was first laid out in an op-ed for the Chicago Tribune RedEye edition published on the eve of the 2015 Women’s World Cup Tournament. Now, a month later, the TV ratings numbers further validate the thesis.

The USA’s emphatic 5-2 victory over Japan in the Women’s World Cup 2015™ final is the most- watched soccer match in U.S. history, according to Nielsen.  The match posted a prodigious 12.9 household rating/share with 25.4 million viewers, and peaked at 30.9 million between 8:30-8:45 PM ET.

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Chelsea, Man United target Arda Turan signs with Barcelona


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The Independent claimed just two days ago that Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan was offered a huge contract by Manchester United, but that he turned it down because he was holding out for a move to Chelsea instead. Today, the sensational playmaker signed with Barcelona.

The move is now official; with the deal being reported as worth £25 million, 34 million Euro.

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USWNT D Ali Krieger featured in ESPN’s Body Issue


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Ali Krieger began her career with the Penn State Nittany Lions. In Happy Valley she was a two-time All-American, a first team NSCAA All-American, co-defensive player of the year, team captain, Big-Ten Freshman of the year and a semifinalist for the M.A.C. Hermann trophy.

Those honors are all well and good, but it’s peanuts compared to what she accomplished yesterday- World Cup Champion!

Krieger and company routed Japan to achieve the third star on the USWNT jersey, representing America’s third World Cup title. That’s more than any other nation.

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Schneiderlin to Man United idea condescendingly endorsed by ex France Manager


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Former France boss Raymond Domenech supports the idea of one Frenchman Manchester United target joining the team, but is against the idea of another. When commenting on both potential transfers, Domenech took some not so subtle shots at United.

Domenech is in favor of Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin transferring to United, but he expressed his approval with a very condescending remark and an extremely back-handed complement.

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Raheem Sterling returns to Liverpool; but likely not for long


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Raheem Sterling was boisterously booed by his own fans at the team awards dinner in May. Yes, Liverpool supporters, not fans of a rival club, let the forward have it while he was being honored at the team’s end-of-year dinner.

That’s indicative of how much of the Liverpool community feels about him right now. Given all that has been said during the ongoing soap opera that is his transfer saga, his return to the team today was likely rather awkward.

When Sterling showed up at the Melwood training ground in his Mercedes today, you know he could feel the tension.

His days with the club could be numbered, as a third Manchester City bid could be forthcoming. 

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Alex Morgan drove a very rare Lexus IS 350 in high school


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In July of 2013, we learned that Alex Morgan was a child of privilege. It doesn’t diminish her achievements on the field in any way. Whether you’re a 1%er or from a low income background, or anything in between, it won’t or win or lose an athletic event for you.

However, it is a major determinant of whether or not you win in life.  America certainly has plenty of social mobility. It’s just that America has WAY LESS social mobility than advertised. Remember that when we have a Clinton vs Bush Presidential election in 2016.

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Marc Gasol nearing 5 yr, $100m extension with Grizzlies


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Marc Gasol is an unrestricted free agent and the best player available at his position this summer signing period. The Memphis Grizzlies big man hasn’t negotiated with any other NBA team, but his future still remains in doubt a little bit.

Reportedly, he’s getting close to signing a new contract with the Grizzlies worth over $100 million for five years. At least the two sides are talking. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Lebron James haven’t even started negotiating yet. Other than this difference, the two situations are somewhat similar.

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Lebron James, Cavaliers not talking contract just yet


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The Cleveland Cavaliers aren’t worried at all about LeBron James returning. The King has said he will return to The Land, and his opt-hot this free agency period isn’t about leaving. James intends to keep signing short-term deals until the league pushes up the salary cap.

When that does happen in the next couple of years, Lebron James can sign a long term deal when the max contract is much more lucrative.

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