Archives for May 2016

America’s Cup: Rich History Impacts Future Direction (Photos)

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For the first time in its illustrious 165 year history, the America’s Cup competition with be held in fresh water.

In just 11 days, the premier sailboat racing event comes to Chicago and Lake Michigan. It will be based at Navy Pier, a venue that itself turns 100 this year.

Of course, it’s still not nearly as old as the America’s Cup, affectionately known as the “Auld Mug,” the oldest trophy in all of sports.

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John Terry Believes Former Boss Jose Mourinho Will Succeed at MUFC

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Long serving Chelsea captain John Terry won a Premier League title at Stamford Bridge under Manager Jose Mourinho in 2014-15. Although their title defending season was atrocious on numerous levels, resulting in Mourinho getting sacked in December, Terry has no doubt that The Special One can duplicate his success, which he’s accomplished in a few different countries with multiple teams, at Manchester United.

The aging defender backs his former boss to be a big hit at Old Trafford.

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Manchester United Announce Marcus Rashford Extension

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It was reported back in April that Marcus Rashford was attracting interest from Jay Z, with the rapper’s Roc Nation Sports company interested in representing him. That’s how big the Manchester United striker, completely obscure a couple months ago, is getting these days- Jay-Z might come calling.

You know you have arrived when Hova/The Roc is scouting you. Today, Rashford’s club made his ascension in the world official, by announcing a new contract extension.

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Man United Announce Cameron Borthwick-Jackson Extension

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Today, Manchester United proudly announced a contract extension for young Defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson. It comes on the same exact day that the club also announced a new deal for striker Marcus Rashford, a fellow major contributor on the season who came up through United’s youth program.

(Here’s a link to more on that)

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Eden Hazard Can’t Wait to Face Jose Mourinho

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Chelsea had about as rough a season as a Premier League title defending campaign could have. Likewise, on the individual level, for Eden Hazard, last year’s PFA Player of the Year. Enduring an injury-riddled campaign that’s seen him fall out of form, Hazard shockingly didn’t score his first Premier League goal until late April.

Then Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho lost the dressing room early in the season and was sacked by December.

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Mourinho Will Bring X Factor to Man United says Lampard

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Former Chelsea and current New York City FC midfielder Frank Lampard has tabbed his former boss Jose Mourinho to succeed at Manchester United. The Special One replaced Louis van Gaal officially this week. However, the entire world of football media, since February, seemed to think that Mourinho to Old Trafford by May would be a done deal. 

If Jose Mourinho moving to Man United was supposed to be a secret, then it was a very poorly kept one.

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Arsenal FC Links Jamie Vardy Transfer Rumors on Official Page

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The official Arsenal FC homepage has a section that updates daily with a collection of Gunners news story links circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world.

Today, they shockingly linked two Sunday back page transfer gossip stories pertaining to four players, and then promoted their news round-up page thusly:

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New Arsenal FC Signing Xhaka Like Pirlo Says Teammate

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Arsenal FC did not buy a single outfield player last summer transfer window. Their only signing of note in the 2015 summer was goalkeeper Petr Cech, who won the golden gloves award. The Gunners are off to a more eventful and interesting start in 2016 as they have announced their first signing of the summer just a little over a week after the season concluded.

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger landed Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach, reportedly for £35 million.

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Juan Mata Seeking Assurance over Old Trafford Future

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Anything major going on with Manchester United these past couple years and chances are Juan Mata has something poignant to say about it. Wayne Rooney is the Captain, and Michael Carrick the Vice-Captain, but Mata is very much indeed the players’ true spokesman. The blog that he updates on occasion reflects this.

So if and when he moves on Old Trafford, that is a special void that the club would need to fill.

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Ed Woodward to Give Jose Mourinho Huge Transfer Kitty

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Manchester United Executive Vice President Ed Woodward called newly minted Manager Jose Mourinho the best manager in football. Actually the full quote read:

“José is quite simply the best manager in the game today,” said United chief Woodward.

“He has won trophies and inspired players in countries across Europe and, of course, he knows the Premier League very well, having won three titles here.”

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Memphis Depay Admits He’s Got to Prove Himself at MUFC

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Manchester United Manager at the time Louis van Gaal dropped his fellow countryman, Winger Memphis Depay the night before the FA Cup Final in London at the national stadium. This decision had a two fold result. On one hand, it was a last laugh for LVG, on a player that he often bench. Secondly, it might have served as a wake up call for Depay.

The leading scorer in the Dutch Eredivisie, Depay came to United with big expectations on a big money contract a year ago. He didn’t come remotely close to living up to the hype. He now recalls his first season at Old Trafford; in a slightly more rose colored manner than most people would describe it.

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Marcus Rashford, Daniel Sturridge Give Hodgson a Tough Decision

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Roy Hodgson‘s Three Lions have moved another step closer to this summer’s European Championships. Their latest result was a 2-1 victory over Australia Friday evening in Sunderland.

All eyes were on 18-year-old Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford, who definitely didn’t disappoint in his debut. The youngster was cool, calm and collected and it didn’t seem like the gravity of the occasion frazzled him in the slightest. Rashford took only 3 minutes to open his account.

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