Catholics vs Convicts Review: Compelling Amalgam of Previous 30 for 30s

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The next ESPN Films 30 for 30, “ Catholics vs Convicts ”, premieres 9 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPN, directly after the Heisman Trophy presentation. The timing of this debut is understandable, as it nicely helps fill the gap on the one specific Saturday during the college football season in which there isn’t much actual football; bridging the gap between the regular season and the bowl season.

However, a golden (pun intended) opportunity was missed, as the University of Miami just came to Notre Dame to play the Fighting Irish on October 29th; with ND winning an exciting, tightly contested affair.

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Chelsea FC Injury Report: Pedro, Nemanja Matic, Diego Costa

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It’s looking likely that Chelsea FC will be without three key players heading into their game against West Bromwich Albion. Diego Costa, Pedro and Nemanja Matic, three players who have been crucial in Antonio Conte’s 3-5-3 formation, all have fitness issues to resolve. Only time will tell if their absences will be felt in this weekend’s upcoming game.

(Editor’s Note: the following Chelsea FC injury report is by Caleb Thompson)

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Marcus Rashford Adapts to Playing Wide, Learns Under Ibrahimovic

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There were worries in September of 2015, among the Manchester United faithful that Anthony Martial might end up being a proverbial “false dawn.” The young Frenchman was so dominant in the very beginning that a “too good to be true” concern set in, or at the very minimum you knew he’d “come back to Earth.”

Then February came along and another young, previously obscure forward, Marcus Rashford, arrived with authority. Like Martial, Rashford scored at will in the beginning, and then later came closer to complying to the law of averages.

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan Adapting Well, Jose Mourinho Taking Notice

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored the first goal in Manchester United’s 2-0 win at Zorya Luhansk on Thursday; and it was the second time in the last ten days that he turned in a man of the match level performance.  His contributions really do make United fans happy that the earlier far out of favor Armenian decided to keep fighting for his spot.

He’s had four starts now and he’s truly delivering in in the opportunities that he’s been given.

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Predicted Chelsea FC Starting XI vs West Brom

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With Chelsea FC coming off a 3-1 win against Manchester City, they will be looking to keep the positive momentum rolling. It was an important result, and the most important fixture of last weekend, but it was of also darkened by an ugly skirmish, which saw Sergio Kun Aguero suspended, and some interesting comments from Gary Cahill.

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Man United Injury Report vs Tottenham: Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling

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For all your wagering, fantasy football and daily fantasy concerns (daily fantasy is just gambling anyway), here is the Manchester United injury report and odds versus Tottenham Hotspur. Or perhaps you are only perusing this for entertainment and novelty purposes. That’s totally fine as well. 

Two familiar names in the back line, Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw, are still out of action, but returning soon. Their fellow defender, Eric Bailly returned from a long absence on Thursday in the win over FC Zorya Luhansk.

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Manchester United Starting XI Prediction vs Tottenham Hotspur

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Manchester United really need to get a win, not a draw, but a win on Sunday. If they don’t, then they’ll soon see the Europa League their only rout back into UEFA Champions League next season.

United are currently nine points adrift of Manchester City for fourth place, so it’s time to start taking three points each week instead of just one, in order to stay in contention for Europe. When it comes to competing the Premier League title, well it’s time to accept how that ship has already sailed. 

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Liverpool FC Starting XI Prediction vs West Ham

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Liverpool looks to bounce back on Sunday after suffering a stunning 4-3 defeat at Bournemouth last week which saw them blow a 2-0 and 3-1 lead in the final third of the game. This week they host West Ham.

Loris Karius was awful in the net last week for the Reds, there is no denying that. But if he is you No. 1 keeper, you can’t throw him straight to the bench after one bad performance. He will be on a short leash, but he still gets the start over Simon Mignolet.

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Liverpool FC Injury Report: Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge

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Heading into the home fixture against West Ham United, the two big injury concerns for Liverpool remain Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge.

Coutinho, obviously one of the club’s most important players, continues to sit out with an ankle injury and won’t be available until early January at best.

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Antonio Conte Answers Alexis Sanchez Transfer Rumor Question

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It’s not your normal Arsenal transfer rumor, it’s star forward Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean has established himself as an early leading candidate Player of the Year Award, as he put up a hat trick in last Saturday’s rout of West Ham United and now has 11 goals in 14 matches.

Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte, in his weekly press conference today, took a question about the possibility of side moving the superstar from North London to West London.

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Pedro, Diego Costa and Antonio Conte Winners as Chelsea FC Sweep Monthly Awards

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Chelsea FC had a very dominant November, winning every single game in which they played. Currently riding an eight wins in eight games streak, the Blues have ascended to a three point lead in the top of the table. As reward for their dominance, Stamford Bridge have swept the Premier League monthly awards.

Antonio Conte and Diego Costa have won the Premier League Manager and Player of the Month awards for November, and Pedro took home goal of the month for his scoring strike against Tottenham Hotspur.

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Paul Pogba Gave His Shirt to a Girl Attending MUFC’s Win in Ukraine

Heading into Manchester United’s Europa League tie with FC Zorya Luhansk, the story was all about the weather. The cold climate caused a permafrost pitch, but the frigid temperatures didn’t keep Paul Pogba from giving this nice fan the shirt of his back.

The world’s most expensive player gave his jersey away to this really nice girl, after United won 2-0 and advanced to the round of 32.

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