Josh Ferguson carried the Illini on his back


Watching Illini running back Josh Ferguson today reminded me of those old “we secretly switched Folgers Crystals with the leading brand….let’s see if anyone notices” commercials from back in the ’80s. Except the switch would be Josh Ferguson for Marshall Faulk.

That’s how special Ferguson was in the passing game; complementing his running for Illinois. “Now that we’ve made the switch, let’s see what happens during Big Ten play.”

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Louis van Gaal stresses importance on Manchester United youth


There’s been a lot of talk lately about how Manchester United has been overly focused on buying players and abandoning the development of their youth program. Given all the big spending on big name transfers in this past window, the critics came out to condemn United for stressing the buying of veterans and new players instead of developing prospects in their own system.

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Pep Guardiola annoyed by Van Gaal saying everyone wants to join Man United


Here we go, battle of past and present Bayern Munich managers round three: Pep Guardiola vs. Louis van Gaal.

The Manchester United Manager got under the skin of the Bayern boss by saying that every player he targeted in the summer transfer window would love to join United. It was part of an interview in which Van Gaal refuted the vicious critiques Pep Guardiola made of the Red Devils. 

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Man United told that Kevin Strootman will cost £60m


Manchester United had offered £30 million and bonuses for Kevin Strootman, according to Roma Newspaper Il Tempo in June. Strootman is a Dutch international footballer who will not play again until this November. Numerous publications list him as Old Trafford’s top priority for the January transfer window.

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Louis van Gaal refutes Guardiola’s harsh criticism of Man United


Louis van Gaal has hit back at Pep Guardiola’s stinging criticisms at Manchester United. If you don’t recall what he said, I’ve linked his brutal attack at the club here. Guardiola claimed that several of his players were sought after by United during the summer transfer window but they preferred to stay at Bayern Munich instead.

He also called out United by saying Old Trafford didn’t have enough money to purchase his best players.

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Illinois football let EVERYONE into their game, ticket or no ticket

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Today, the college football world experienced something quite rare. A massive storm front moved into Champaign, Illinois while the Illinois Fighting Illini trailed the Texas State Bobcats 14-6 with 13:35 left to play in the second quarter.

Lightning forced an evacuation of Memorial stadium and delayed the game well over two hours. But that’s not the story here. What makes this specific college football game so unique is what transpired once the storm passed and the stadium re-opened.

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Rafael loves Man United, and never wants to leave


Rafael seems to have a starting place in the Manchester United starting back line. For now, as he’s had plenty of playing time. But with all the knew defenders who have been acquired his position and even his future with the team could be in doubt.

Well, Rafael doesn’t want to go anywhere. He wants to stay at Old Trafford.

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VIDEO: Ex Man United F Javier Hernandez’s 1st Real Madrid goal


Javier Hernandez has found the back of the net as a member of Los Blancos. His brace complemented a hat trick from Cristiano Ronaldo and two goals from ex Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale as Real Madrid went up 6-2 on Deportivo. Javier Hernandez made it 7-2 in the 87th minute.

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Wayne Rooney says United attack is “great problem” for Van Gaal


As Captain, Wayne Rooney is the only member of this Manchester United team who will get preferential treatment. And only the very slightest of an advantage. Very slight. United Manager said so in similar words yesterday at this prematch press conference previewing Sunday’s contest with Leicester City. With all those great strikers and forwards: Rooney, Robin Van Persie, Radamel Falcao, who’s in and who’s out?

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Pac-12 Basketball Preview: #1 Arizona Wildcats

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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a facelift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference, breaking down each team beginning with the Pac-12.

Even though the Arizona Wildcats lose the Pac-12 Player of the Year and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, Sean Miller’s team will be among the elite in the country. The challenge for this season’s team; help Miller get over the hump and to his first ever Final Four. [Read more...]

Chicago Cubs farm system All-Star team: outfielders


We complete our second-annual Cubs minor-league All-Star team today by naming three outfielders to the squad.  In previous installments, we selected pitchers; a catcher and  first-basemanand a second-baseman, shortstop and third-baseman.


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Nearly 1000 Kentucky Wildcats fans camped out for Midnight Madness


You know that Kentucky Wildcats are crazy.

But you didn’t know that they have reached this level of insanity. Last year’s all-time “Big Blue Madness” (the Lexington version of Midnight Madness) campout record has been broken with an estimated 760 tents set up as of Friday at 9 a.m. ET. The 2013 campout held the record previously with 755 tents. With the record number of tents on site, the school said that any new campers will not be guaranteed entry to the event.

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