Manchester United closing a £30 million deal for Luke Shaw


Manchester United are confident they’ll secure a £30 million deal for Southampton‘s Luke Shaw according to a variety of sources.

Daily MailThe Telegraph, Daily Star and Red Issue and sources close to Andy Mitten have now all said that United are feeling pretty sure they’ll secure a deal to bring the Saints star left-back to Old Trafford in the summer.

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Manchester United sealing a £35 Million William Carvalho deal


Reports in Portugal today suggested that Manchester United have agreed to a £35 million deal for Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho. Carvalho has been coveted by United for some time. That’s no secret. We’ve posted about the midfielder’s transfer rumors over and over again. As have numerous publications. Now it appears William Carvalho is indeed coming to Old Trafford.

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PHOTOS of the Hillsborough Memorial at Liverpool FC (Anfield) today

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Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy, during which 96 Liverpool F.C.  men, women and children lost their lives, having travelled to Sheffield Wednesday Stadium at Hillsborough to watch their team play an FA Cup semi-final versus Nottingham Forest.

That means April 15th 2014 was a time for reflection and remembrance. For unity, as every one put their traditional and local rivalries aside. Liverpool fans will never walk alone; and Everton and Manchester United fans walk with them.

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PHOTOS: pictures of new Illinois Fighting Illini uniforms leaked


The Illinois Fighting Illini will debut their new uniforms at a special event tomorrow night on the UI campus.  Illinois Fighting Illini student-athletes employees (according to a recent local NLRB ruling) from football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, volleyball, soccer and baseball will model several of the new uniforms.

You can watch the show on live stream at the University’s website

In the meantime, a couple photos of the new uniforms leaked. And wow! They do look sharp. I’m loving these. Truly fantastic work by all those involved!

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Mets Curtis Granderson unveiling new $10m college ballpark


New York Mets star outfielder and native Chicagoan Curtis Granderson will help christen the newly completed Curtis Granderson Stadium on April 17. The University of Illinois at Chicago, Granderson’s alma mater, will unveil the new ballpark with a grand opening celebration; kicking off a weekend of activities at the new ballpark.

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NBA Scouts believe Jabari Parker is staying at Duke another year


(Update: Jabari Parker decision to be made tomorrow Wednesday April 16th)

Is Jabari Parker returning to Durham for his sophomore season? News stories from multiple outlets linked below believe that the wind is indeed blowing that way.

A report in January first indicated that the Duke Blue Devils forward from Chicago, Illinois was leaning toward playing at least one more season for Coach K., where he’ll be joined by the best incoming freshmen class in all of college basketball: #1 rated Jahlil Okafor, #3 Tyus Jones #19 Grayson Allen and #11 Justise Winslow.

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UPDATED: Complete 2014 NBA Draft Early Entries List

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The post-NCAA Tournament fallout has begun as college basketball players are already announcing their intentions to either return for another year of college or enter the 2014 NBA Draft.  Here is the up-to-date list of the 2014 NBA Draft early entries.

Click here for The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Draft.  Click on the player’s name for an in-depth scouting report.

UPDATED: 4/15/14

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How dangerous can the Golden State Warriors be in the playoffs?

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The Golden State Warriors were considered as championship contenders prior to the start of the 2013-2014 season. However, soon after the start of the season they didn’t seem to be as dangerous as initially projected. After a not so great first half of the season the Dubs managed to bounce back in the second half of the season and they are now considered as one of the most significant underdogs in this year’s playoffs. But can they really threaten the best teams in the West? [Read more...]

Ranking the top 57 Chicago Bears of all time (vote here)

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Who is the greatest Chicago Bears player of all time? Jay Cutler? No, of course I do not have a straight face as I type that. In my opinion it’s Walter Payton, but you can make a case for Red Grange too. Or George Halas. Or Dick Butkus.

Well, it’s an endless, timeless debate for Chicago Bears fans. And now you can contribute your two cents.

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“Hillsborough” leads ESPN 30 for 30 Top 10 List


The ESPN 30 for 30 series (along with Grantland, Outside the Lines, Nate Silver, Jay Bilas and a couple other programs/personalities) comprises what grown-ups and intellectuals go for when consuming the World Wide Leader.

If you’re under 14, or your intellectual development is, then by all means enjoy all the SportsCenter, NFL Primetime, Baseball Tonight, Numbers Never Lie, First Take, Around the Horn, Skip Bayless, Chris Berman, Jemele Hill, Ray Lewis, Darren Rovell, Stephen A. Smith rubbish that you wish. While you’re at the kiddie table, we’ll debate the best ESPN 30 for 30 films of all time.

And it’s highly debatable, as there’s so many great documentaries to choose from. Near impossible to limit this list to just ten. Here’s the ESPN 30 for 30 episode list Click the titles where highlighted for more on each one.

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VIDEO: CAPA, Unions, Colter, NCAA Reform makes it to Stewart and Colbert

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Kain Colter’s “the NCAA acts like a dictatorship” soundbite made The Colbert Report. NU Coach Pat Fitzgerald’s spring college football media session made The Daily Show. The unionization battle in big time college athletics is on every channel in every medium all of the time right now.

And when something is this ridiculously saturated in over-coverage to this grandiose effect we get…..

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Liverpool rumored to be making £38m bid for Everton’s Ross Barkley


Do you buy into all the Ross Barkley transfer hype? As  £38 million, Liverpool Football Club record setting transfer hype for Ross Barkley? Well, only the Daily Star is reporting it as of now, so make of it what you will.

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