Manchester United vs Chelsea: news, links, notes


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No doubt the Premier League contest of the weekend is Manchester United versus Chelsea. It’s absolutely huge. Not quite as big as El Clasico, Real Madrid versus Barcelona, but still big. Here’s some of the latest news relating to Man United v. Chelsea.

Also, we’re linking some of the more interesting articles and stories out there relating to the match.

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Man United transfer rumors: Garay, Valdes, Lindegaard


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Time to talk Man United transfer rumors ahead of the big match with Chelsea this weekend. So let’s dive right in.

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Liverpool vs Hull City telecast switched due to Balotelli issues


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The Liverpool-Hull City Premier League match tomorrow (Saturday, October 25) at 10 a.m. ET will move to NBCSN, while the Sunderland-Arsenal match that was originally scheduled on NBCSN will be shown live on the Premier League Extra Time bonus TV package. Sunderland-Arsenal will air in Spanish on mun2 as previously scheduled.

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VIDEO: Louis van Gaal press conference previewing Chelsea


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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal Press Conference 24/10/2014 previewing the huge match versus Chelsea. Video of the Louis van Gaal Q&A is below.

Van Gaal was in an affable mood at the Training Complex. At the start of the press conference, Sky Sports’ James Cooper, who’s traditionally the first journalist to speak, asked the boss if his side were ready for Chelsea.

“We are always ready, so that’s not the problem,” he replied. “My question to you is why do you always ask the first question?” Cue much laughter.

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Man United news and notes: Van Gaal, Valdes, Ferdinand


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Happy 29th birthday to Wayne Rooney. Saluting the owner of the richest contract in British football history is how we begin today’s Man United news and notes column. Let’s get this party started.

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Angel Di Maria deemed fit for Man United vs Chelsea


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Rest assured Manchester United fans, the £60 million investment will be fine. Angel Di Maria, one of the finest players in the world, will be ready to take on Premier League leaders Chelsea on Sunday. Di Maria came off in the 76th minute on Monday night, with an ailment that was identified has a minor groin injury.

Angel Di Maria then underwent a precautionary scan of the injured area.

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Highlights of the Tim Miles, Nebrasketball comedy hour


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Nebraska Coach Tim Miles doesn’t do “coachspeak” all that much. He tries to shy away from cliches too. While other coaches can ramble on and on for 20 minutes, yet say nothing interesting, Miles gives you a whole week’s work of articles in about five or six minutes.

Tim Miles summed up Big Ten Media Day best:

“Today is not media day, it’s the nightmare for sports information directors.”

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Man United transfer rumors: Chicharito, Robben, Sir Alex, Bellarabi


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Time to talk Man United transfer rumors a couple days ahead of the big Chelsea match. It doesn’t seem that Chicharito is very happy at his new, current team. much like Chicharito was unhappy at Old Trafford.

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Miami Heat begin life without front-runner fanboy support


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With Lebron James gone, the Miami Heat are no longer ESPN’s overwhelmingly favorite team. Now Bristol will root for and over-saturate us with the Cleveland Cavaliers. So that means all those front-runner d-bag frat boy idiots who rooted for the Heat (but don’t actually like sports to begin with) will have to find a new team.

That’s their problem, and a topic we’ll ignore here.

No, this is about what the Miami Heat will be with life after Lebron. Their real fans, who actually like the basketball team, will be intrigued to see how this season plays out.

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Rayvonte Rice talks about Ray Rice (exclusive)


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Up until mid January, Rayvonte Rice was the leading scorer in the Big Ten last season. However, the season went downhill for both him and his Illinois Fighting Illini at Northwestern. An adductor strain slowed Rice down for awhile, and the Illini offense had major issues. However, Rayvonte Rice and the Illini finished strong. Had it not been for that loss at NU, and probably the home loss to Purdue that happened next, Illinois could have been a NCAA Tournament team.

So this year, can the Illini be a couple games better to get the big dance? I had an exclusive with Rice at Big Ten Media Day and we discussed that topic, as well as other issues.

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Brooklyn Nets: 99 problems and…….


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If you’re a Brooklyn Nets fans I feel bad for ya son, cuz the Brooklyn Nets can 99 problems and the ownership is one. Not that there’s anything specifically wrong with Jay-Z’s leadership role in the franchise, it’s just that the team is already being blown apart. The people at the top might be giving up, and all that exorbitant amount of money that was spent went for nothing.

Brooklyn set the payroll record last year and “achieved” a lop-sided loss to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semi-finals as their return on investment. With Paul Pierce gone, the team takes a step back in 2014-15.

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Tom Izzo hilariously lists out MSU’s bizarre, freakish injuries


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Tom Izzo has seen some of his Michigan State Spartans underachieve, overachieve and everything in between. Often in the same season. One of the few reasons he’s earned the nickname “Mr. March” is because his teams often struggle in midseason and/or start slowly. Last year’s Spartans had an 18-1 start to the season, the best in school history. They looked like a national champion.

However, Sparty then had a brutal 5-7 stretch over from January 25th to March 9th. February was not kind.

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