Likely Man United vs Liverpool ICC Final match-up


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International Champions Cup has now played two games, with English Premier League rivals, and I mean the bitterest of rivals, Manchester United and Liverpool leading Group A and B, respectively, and are headed toward a likely finals matchu-p at Sun Life Stadium in Miami on Monday, August 4th.

Man United tops the table in Group A after their shootout victory over Inter Milan at FedEx Field while Liverpool, fresh off their own win in penalty kicks against Manchester City at Yankee Stadium, leads Group B.
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VIDEO: Stl. Rams RB Tre Mason refuses to be rookie hazed


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St. Louis Rams running back Tre Mason is not down with the idea of hazing. Of course, that may not be up to him really. You know what NFL players can do. You’ve seen how brutal they can be. Tying players up to the goalposts and what not.

However, the rookie out of Auburn says he will have none of it.
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Cutty DON’T CARE Award winners: Paramount, Nike, Bucks


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Welcome to the August 1st, 2014 edition of “The Cuttys,” or the Jay Cutler DON’T CARE awards. They honor, as one Facebook commenter put it:

“all the non-news that’s fit to delete.”

Or more literally:  “all the terrible attempts at creating news, that I instantly deleted upon seeing it in my inbox.”

All media members receive dozens of press releases and story pitches from publicists, Sports Information Departments, Media Relations and PR people every week. These were the most utterly asinine and completely worthless among the 100-150 or so that I received per week.

And as always, in case you missed it, here’s how these awards got named.

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Your 2014 Chicago Bears Season Preview


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It’s August, which means it;s  Chicago Bears season preview time. Without further ado,

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Wolverines QB Devin Gardner is good, but he’s not Heisman level


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I understand where the Devin Gardner and Braxton Miller Heisman Trophy talk is coming from, but I don’t buy it. The starting signal callers for Michigan and Ohio State are indeed stars, among the best in the Big Ten, but they’re not among the elite in the nation.

The Big Ten simply isn’t all that great. But it’s summer, it’s preseason and you got to hype somebody. Everyone is 12-0 right now. And pretty much anyway player who’s even mediocre or better is on some stupid, asinine preseason award watch list.

But make no mistake, Devin Gardner is not mediocre.

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Michigan WR Devin Funchess should be in your NFL mock draft


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Michigan star Devin Funchess moves to wide receiver in 2014 after appearing in the first 26 games of his career at tight end. Last season he was named the Big Ten Tight End of the Year and a semifinalist for the John Mackey Award. But more importantly, he’s a guy that belongs in your NFL mock draft. At least he belongs in mine. And I am one of those people who talks about NFL mock drafts in August.

Hey, it’s still preseason, so what is there to talk about? Let’s talk about Devin Funchess and what makes him next level talent.

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VIDEO: fan meets Steven Gerrard, then cries and melts down


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Steven Gerrard has made a lot of news lately. Reports came yesterday that he’s open to a move away from Liverpool. And he just retired from international football as the all-time third-most capped England player behind Peter Shilton and David Beckham. He captained the Three Lions on 38 occasions.

And what follows isn’t news, but it’s entertaining and interesting nonetheless.

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Man United closing deal for Mats Hummels, dependent on LFC’s Ilori


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Manchester United went ALL OUT for Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels; now trying to revive a deal that seemed as dead as doornail. The secret to it succeeding? United’s most hated of rivals: Liverpool. Yes, it’s summer transfer window domino theory in action.

According to a Daily Mirror story, Dortmund are looking at Liverpool’s Portuguese centre-back Tiago Ilori.

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VIDEO: Liverpool’s Lazar Markovic nails security guard with errant kick


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Previous Chelsea target Lazar Markovic recently signed with Liverpool. In his first game with the team, a preseason friendly that they won 1-nil he made a shot on goal that was….well, that’s why it’s preseason. Things like this happen. Markovic had an errant kick that left the pitch and he bounced the ball so perfectly off the back of a security guard’s head at Soldier Field in Chicago.

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UPDATED: Manchester United vs Real Madrid TV info


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Manchester United takes on Real Madrid at Michigan Stadium, nicknamed “The Big House”  in the International Champions Cup on Saturday. The Big House, home to Michigan football, is known for having the highest capacity of any stadium in the United States and among the most in the worldTickets to this game sold out in just two hours!

And the attendance will break the U.S. domestic record!

 Here’s the updated television broadcast info.

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Texans’ Arian Foster gives WORST. INTERVIEW. EVER.


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Arian Foster of the Houston Texans is very good at running the football. He’s also exceptional at wasting the time of the media. You know I love to rip on the pointlessness of most press conferences. I’m very vocal in pointing out the worthlessness of 90% of athlete interviews.

So I’ve seen and heard it all when it comes to sports cliches, bromides, platitudes, coachspeak, buzzwords, shopworn phrases and other language that dumbs you down. So it really takes something truly awful to shock me.

Arian Foster did just that.

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MUFC ownership selling 8m shares of Man United stock, making £87m


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According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United’s American owners, the Glazer family, are set to raise about £87m by selling eight million shares in the club on the New York Stock Exchange. The club won’t receive any of the money raised from the new share sale,  a statement says. All money raised from the class A Man United stock will go to controlling owners.

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