Theo Epstein statement on Renteria firing, Maddon hire


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Yes, Theo Epstein the “smartest man in the room” always. Regardless of whatever room he’s in. Like I said on Twitter:

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Tottenham Hotspur transfer rumors: Assou-Ekotto, Levy, Rodriguez


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Can Tottenham make the right moves this January to get them into top four contention? Can they make a move next year up from the the Europa league to the Champions League? It’s time to talk Tottenham Hotspur transfer rumors.

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VIDEO: Louis van Gaal press conf previewing Manchester Derby


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Time for another Louis van Gaal press conference previewing the week’s match. A truly huge Manchester derby is Sunday, and we begin of course with injuries. According to LVG, Wayne Rooney is in while Radamel Falcao is out.

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Ryan Giggs subject of upcoming documentary “Life of Ryan”


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24th November 2014 will sees the release of “Life of Ryan” on DVD & Blu-ray. It’s a documentary celebrating Ryan Giggs ’ illustrious career at Manchester United Football Club. Currently assistant manager at Manchester United, Ryan Giggs is celebrated as the most decorated player the Premier League has produced, accumulating 34 career trophies.

He has made more appearances and won more honors than any other player in the clubs illustrious history.

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Man United news and notes: Falcao, Rooney, Giggs, Van Gaal


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The Man United news and notes column today focuses on Sunday’s Manchester derby of course. We get you updated on who’s fit and who’s injured for both Man United and Man City. It appears Wayne Rooney is in and Radamel Falcao is out.

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Michigan Wolverines A.D. Dave Brandon resigns


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We already knew that Michigan Wolverines Athletic Director Dave Brandon is a dead man walking; just like Head Coach Brady Hoke. Michigan President Mark Schlissel will host a news conference at 130 eastern and it is being widely reported that Dave Brandon will step down. Happy Halloween Michigan Wolverines football fans.

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VIDEO: Charles Barkley talks about imagining Shaq naked


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Charles Barkley is always an interesting soundbite. Sports media is world filled with platitude and niceties, but the Chuckster is a refreshing and interesting candid change of pace. His chemistry with Shaquille O’Neal makes Inside the NBA on TNT the best studio show in all of sports media.

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Tom Izzo sizes up the B1G basketball hierarchy


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Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio were voted the nation’s number 1 coaching combo in a recent poll; up from #7 last year. Yes, in the two college sports that people care about, you can’t find a better one-two punch then H to tha Izzo and MD. However, there was once a time in Spartan lore when both Tom Izzo and Nick Saban were coaching in East Lansing, Michigan.

The overlap period was 1995-1999, and you’d be hard pressed to find a better pair in modern college sports history than Izzo and Saban. The two remain close friends today.

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NU DE Ifeadi Odenigbo looks up to Man City D Vincent Kompany


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For Ifeadi Odenigbo, there are two huge games this weekend. In the first one on Saturday morning, he’ll have a tremendous influence on the result. Northwestern visits Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes at 11 A.M. (Miss Iowa, and Miss America finalist, Aly Olson will perform before kickoff)

Sunday morning at 7:30 A.M, Odenigbo will be a distant but passionate observer for the Manchester Derby (pronounced “dar-by”). Ifeadi Odenigbo (pronounced “if-AH-dee o-DEN-uh-bo”) is a dedicated Manchester City supporter, and this weekend the Citizens take on their hated rivals Manchester United. It’s a must win for both sides as the defending champions (City) have won just twice in their last six. Newcastle eliminated them from the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.

United enter the contest in high spirits having salvaged a point versus a Chelsea juggernaut that looks like it could easily run away with the title.

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Man United news and notes: Carrick, Falcao, Van Persie


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Time to link out the latest Man United news and notes ahead of the big Manchester Derby on Sunday. Also, here’s our five big important story lines to watch out for in the Derby. Our first Manchester United news item concerns RVP.
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Chelsea FC #3, Southampton #10 in ESPN FC Power Rankings


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Every Thursday ESPN FC Analyst Shaka Hislop releases his weekly power rankings of European football. Chelsea broke through to the top spot a couple weeks ago before falling to second last week., Among Premier League teams….the Blues are joined by Southampton. Those are the only Premier League teams to crack the top ten this week.

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Man United very keen on Abdul Majeed Waris


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Manchester United have been keeping a close eye on striker Abdul Majeed Waris from Trabzonspor of the Turkish League. That’s obviously not the position of need right now, but okay. We’ll see where this goes.

The Daily Mail,  had a new update today on the Ghana forward.

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