Backpages highlight potential Jose Mourinho to Man United move


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With Manchester United set to take on Chelsea tomorrow at Stamford Bridge, you could call this contest the Jose Mourinho Cup. Multiple news outlets are going with the Mou to MU narrative, and it’s not just the tabloids. Your more conservative, less trigger-happy outlets are reporting it too.

The Daily Mail says “Jose Mourinho is on the brink of getting the job of his dreams and is expected to become Manchester United manager this summer.”

The Guardian offers this: “Manchester United have refused to comment on reports that the club have held talks with representatives of Jose Mourinho, with the former Chelsea manager said to be increasingly hopeful of succeeding Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford at the end of the season.”

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Via the Manchester Evening News:  “Manchester United have held talks with Jose Mourinho‘s representatives about the possibility of the Portuguese succeeding Louis van Gaal.”

And finally, ESPN FC yesterday: “Jose Mourinho and his representatives are increasingly confident he will be Manchester United manager next season, sources have told ESPN FC, although a deal has yet to be signed.”

Now of course, we’ve heard this one before, and we should take each of these latest round of stories with a grain of salt, but hey, watch this space, maybe Jose Mourinho to Man United might actually happen this time.

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10,000 Liverpool fans walk out of Anfield to protest ticket price hike


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“You’ll never walk alone” Liverpool fans. Or to be more accurate, you’ll never do a walk out protest alone. Because about 10,000 Reds supporters left Anfield early today as a way to protest the big ticket price hike. The extremely passionate, zealous fan base just made an early exit at the 77′, symbolizing the new £77 ticket price tag.

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Reggie Wayne reveals what “OMAHA!” actually means


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Former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne had many fruitful years with Peyton Manning. From an on the field perspective, Wayne knows Manning about as well as anybody.

Appearing on the NFL Network’s Sunday morning preview show NFL Gameday Morning, Reggie Wayne provides some insight into what “Omaha” means.

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Chelsea FC reportedly reject £58m Oscar bid from China


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It’s Oscar season as the Academy Awards are just 22 days away. Our first nominee in the category “most over-priced, ridiculous bid” goes to Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning.

Chelsea have rejected an offer of £58 million from Jiangsu for Brazilian playmaker Oscar, the player’s agent told ESPN Brasil.

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Liverpool FC target Alex Teixeira joins Chinese club for £38.6 million


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Liverpool’s last adventure in the January transfer window didn’t work out. It’s very well known that the Reds were hoping to sign Shakhtar Donetsk forward and Chelsea target Alex Teixeira. 

Via Goal.com

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Report: Man United held talks Jose Mourinho’s representatives


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Will Manchester United axe Manager Louis van Gaal and replace him with Jose Mourinho? Is he the favorite ahead of Ryan Giggs? Maybe that supposed six page letter Mourinho wrote will pay off.

Or perhaps the switch will be made in the offseason this summer. Today brings a new development in this situation via the Manchester Evening News.

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Predicted Man United starting XI vs Chelsea


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It’s Man United starting XI prediction time as the Red Devils head to Stamford Bridge on Sunday as underdogs. In August, everyone had Chelsea favored to win the Premier League, with Manchester City considered their main competition. Manchester United was thought to be in that third place mix.

Today, the Blues are in 13th place, 8 points above the current relegation zone.

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Dele Alli interviews Tottenham teammate Eric Dier and it’s LOL (video)


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Spurs TV, the official Tottenham Hotspur Youtube channel, put out two offerings this week highlighting Dele Alli.

That makes sense given the exceptional break out season that he’s having. With seven goals in 22 games, the 19 year old is establishing himself and helping Spurs move up the table this season.  One of Alli’s seven goals is a front-runner for goal of the year.

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Jim Nantz has a mind blowing Super Bowl 50 factoid


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Hello friends.

Jim Nantz, who will call the big game Sunday, offered this MVP race insight:

“As the game gets broken down a million different ways, and every possible conceivable story angle has been written before the kickoff, I want to be the first to say that if Star Lotulelei ends up the MVP, then the Super Bowl will have officially come full circle in 50 years. From (Super Bowl I MVP) Bart Starr to Star Lotulelei.”

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Chicago Bears must prioritize drafting a Linebacker


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With football season long over with (well,pretty much) you can now look ahead to the draft Chicago Bears fans. With the #11 overall pick in the draft, I think you got to get the linebacker or offensive lineman. 

Like Curtis Conway told me at the NFL Network’s NFL Draft Media luncheon in Chicago last year:

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Protest against Governor planned at Michigan St-Michigan basketball game


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Michigan State and Michigan basketball fans obviously butt heads a lot. (Ditto for football, hockey and every other sport). It’s a very heated rivalry to say the least. Michigan basketball fans tastelessly defacing the Magic Johnson statue in the week leading up to the football game between the two schools is the latest classic example.

However, tomorrow will see Michigan State and Michigan basketball fans comes together in unison for a much bigger cause than hoops.

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Dele Alli vs Harry Kane in Super Bowl Challenge (video)


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This week’s offerings on the Tottenham Hotspur Youtube channel, feature a steady dose of Dele Alli. With 7 goals in 22 games, the teenager is the breakout star for Spurs this campaign. One of his seven goals is a no doubt front-runner for scoring strike of the year.

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