Illini Football: Is Carroll Phillips a 3-4 OLB or 4-3 Will in the NFL?

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Illinois football had a very rough season in 2016, but that doesn’t mean they won’t have a strong presence in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Two Illini defensive ends, Dawuane Smoot and Carroll Phillips, will certainly hear their name called in this draft, it’s just a question of where. Illinois finished 105th in the nation (out of 128 teams) in rushing defense and that of course raises some issues about the run stuffing capabilities of all members of the Illini defense.

On the opposite of the spectrum, Illinois finished tenth in the nation in tackles for a loss. 

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Illini Football: Dawuane Smoot Projects as a NFL Draft 3rd-4th Round Prospect

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Illinois football had a very rough season in 2016, but that doesn’t mean they won’t have a strong presence in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Two Illini defensive ends, Dawuane Smoot and Carroll Phillips, will certainly hear their name called in this draft, it’s just a question of where. Illinois finished 105th in the nation (out of 128 teams) in rushing defense and that of course raises some issues about the run stuffing capabilities of all members of the Illini defense.

On the opposite of the spectrum, Illinois finished tenth in the nation in tackles for a loss. 

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Manchester United Transfer Rumors: Marquinhos, Andrea Belotti

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We’ve heard stories propagating the Antoine Griezmann going to Manchester United narrative pretty consistently for the past four or five months. Multiple news outlets have kept going with it, and it’s not just the tabloids. Your more conservative, less trigger-happy outlets have reported it too.

Who, besides the superstar Frenchman at Atletico Madrid, could be on their summer shopping list?

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Eden Hazard Coming off the Bench was Part of Antonio Conte’s Plans

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Chelsea superstars Eden Hazard and Diego Costa didn’t start in today’s 4-2 FA Cup semifinal triumph over Tottenham Hotspur, but instead came on in the 61′.

Hazard fired home the game-winning goal in the 75′ with Blues boss Antonio Conte admitting in the postgame that the master plan was to indeed bring Hazard off the bench and hopefully provide a spark.

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Liverpool Injury Report vs Crystal Palace: Henderson, Leiva, Lallana, Matip, Klavan, Sturridge

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Liverpool’s quest for a top-4 finish will also include a battle against injuries.Several key players for the Reds will be at less than full strength as they host Crystal Palace on Sunday.

The biggest concerns come in the back, where Joel Matip (thigh) and Ragnar Klavan (knee) both missed time at training this week. Both were training at the end of the week on the side, and will be late fitness tests before Sunday’s contest.

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Liverpool FC Starting XI Prediction vs Crystal Palace

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Liverpool host Crystal Palace on Sunday as the race for the top-4 hits the stretch run. The Reds sit third in the table and have five matches to go, while all their rivals have games in hand.

Liverpool, as they have throughout the season, will be battling injuries in key spots. On area where there isn’t much concern in recent weeks is at goalkeeper. Simon Mignolet recorded a shutout last week and will be a key factor for the Reds in the final five games.

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March for Science Chicago: Some of the Best Signs (PHOTOS)

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While the Women’s March in January and the Tax March last weekend had more than their fair share of clever signs, March for Science Chicago blew both of them away. The signage here was beyond brilliant. I guess that’s to be expected when you hold a rally that advocates reason, logic and critical thinking.

On this, the 47th edition of Earth Day, Saturday April 22nd, March for Science Chicago was held, sending a strong message  to our leaders in Washington D.C.

An estimated 4o,00 attended the event, which began with a speaker’s program at 10-11 am, then a march to the Field Museum of Natural History. There, an exposition was held until 3 pm, all in the name of supporting of science.

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Christian McCaffrey Projects as a Top 15 pick; Eagles, Colts, Panthers Likely Landing Spots

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Former Stanford Cardinal running back Christian McCaffrey has been a hot topic since the 2015 college football season, when he became the Heisman Trophy runner-up.

Shortly before the NFL scouting combine, McCaffrey made it clear that he wanted to impress coaches at a multitude of positions.

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2017 NBA Draft Early Entrants, Returning to School List

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The NCAA passed a new rule last year that gives any early entries until ten days after the 2017 NBA Draft Combine to announce their intention to return to school, as long as they haven’t already hired an agent. This is a change from previous years in which college players had to decide if they were staying in the draft prior to the combine. Therefore, expect to see a ton of non-seniors “test the waters” only to ultimately return to school.

Here is a list of college basketball players who have already declared for the 2017 NBA Draft or announced they are returning to school.

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2017 College Basketball Transfers List

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College basketball transfers continue be a growing trend as college hoops has seen it’s own off-season form of free agency.  Here is a list of players from the marquee conferences who are transferring out of their respective programs after this past season and a list of college basketball transfers who will be eligible to play at their new school for the 2017-18 season.  Bookmark this page as we will continue to update the list as the off-season progresses.

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Marcos Rojo Suffers Ruptured Cruciate Ligament, Out for the Rest of the Season

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(UPDATE: Marcos Rojo is out for the season, having suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament in his left knee, according to multiple newspapers in England).

Manchester United fought deep into extra time, gaining a home win over Anderlecht in the UEFA Europa League quarter-final, and securing a spot in the semis. Marcus Rashford was the hero securing the game winner in the 107′, but the victory game with a tremendous price.

Defender Marcos Rojo had to be stretchered off, and a back line that’s already missing Chris Smalling and Phil Jones just got that much thinner.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Suffers Ligament Damage, Ruled Out Until January

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(UPDATE: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has suffered serious ligament damage in his knee, which will require surgery, and he’s ruled out until January 2018, according to ESPN FC)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic may have played his final game with Manchester United having suffered a serious knee injury that was initially reported as a hyperextension. He is now ruled out for the rest of the season, and that’s crushing on many different levels. The Europa League final is in Ibrahimovic’s home town in Sweden, and now there is no way he’ll be able to play in it.

With his Old Trafford future still up in the air, and other clubs (including both Los Angeles Major League Soccer clubs) looking to pony up major dough in order to procure his services, last night might have been the final time that we got to see him in a red shirt.

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