Man United set internal summer transfer deadline date


Manchester United are aware that there’s so much that needs to be done in terms of re-tooling their club. That’s why Man United apparently have set their own deadline date of sports to get everything accomplished.

It’s like a summer transfer window deadline day with a deadline day as David Moyes and company want to get most of their deals done this offseason before the World Cup begins in Rio.

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Manchester United to sign world record £600 million kit deal


Manchester United are the world’s most popular sports franchise. The biggest brand in the world of athletics, more people identify themselves of Man United than any other team. Team Ambassador Bryan Robson said that the last survey indicated 660,000,000. So you can imagine how valuable that AON advertising space on their kit is. Remember in soccer/world football, they’re called “kits,” not “jerseys.” Nike’s contract with United expires at the end of the 2014-15 season.

However, a big announcement is coming.

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Robin van Persie is prepared to forgo £10m in order to leave United


Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is willing to leave a huge £10m loyalty bonus on the table in order to exit the reigning Premier League champions at the end of the season. This according to reports in the Sunday Daily Mirror.

So much for what David Moyes said yesterday when he disputed the reports that RVP is unsettled and looking to leave. Van Persie must be at the very least somewhat disgruntled is he’s willing to forgo all that cash to in order to leave Old Trafford.

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Joachim Low rules out possibility of replacing David Moyes at United


Joachim Low is one of the rumored replacements for David Moyes at Manchester United. In fact, the odds-makers who speculate on such things were quite enamored with the idea at times. The Germany National Coach was considered a favorite. Well, it’s not going to happen.

First off, the “Moyes being sacked” rumors have quieted down. Second, Joachim Low himself has ruled it out.

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Northwestern’s Alex Olah: Potential NBA Draft pick in 2015 or 2016


Northwestern center Alex Olah seems to play his best college basketball versus the best competition. The sophomore 7-footer had one of his best games versus Noah Vonleh of the Indiana Hoosiers; a likely top ten pick in the NBA Draft this June. Olah’s career high in scoring came versus the Wisconsin Badgers, who have the best NCAA Tournament resume of anyone in the Big Ten.

And Alex Olah has shown how tough he is too. NU Coach Chris Collins said before the IU game that Olah had “a walking boot on both feet, I didn’t even know if he was going to play until an hour before tip off, yet he comes out and puts up 17, 11. versus a lottery pick.”

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Chicago Bears make DL Corey Wootton now a free agent


Corey Wootton and the Chicago Bears were not able to reach an agreement. The Northwestern product, best known for sacking/injuring Brett Favre on the final play of “the ole gunslinger’s” career will now test the free agent waters. Corey Wootton tweeted today:

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Fran McCaffery on Hawkeyes Tourney profile: “I’m not Joe Lunardi”


Fran McCaffery and his #24 Iowa Hawkeyes are likely in the NCAA Tournament. They will fall out of the polls, deservedly, after losing a Senior Night game in which they were favored by 12. But I still think they’re good to go dancing even if they get knocked out of the first round of the Big Ten Tournament this week.

The Hawkeyes lost in dramatic fashion to an Illinois Fighting Illini team that has been playing very well down the stretch, winning four of their last five. Jon Ekey, or “3Key,” broke their hearts with a last second triple. And in the postgame media session, Fran McCaffery got a NCAA Tourney bubble question.

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PHOTO: Duke fan takes unique, funny swipe at James Michael McAdoo


North Carolina big man James Michael McAdoo was as blue chip a recruit  as blue chip can be. He was MVP of the 2011 McDonald’s All-American game in Chicago before he came to Chapel Hill. Back then he was known as James McAdoo, not James Michael McAdoo. His college basketball career has been a bit up and down. He hasn’t quite lived up to the enormous hype that accompanied him into Roy Williams’ blue blood program.

And one Duke Blue Devils fan took a very specific and very unique swipe at James Michael McAdoo tonight during the big rivalry game at Cameron Indoor.

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Cavaliers retiring Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ jersey: joke writes itself

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With Zydrunas Ilgauskas night, the Cleveland Cavaliers are doing everything they can to try and supplant the Browns as the most pathetic sports franchise in Cleveland. And you thought the infamous “Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video 2″ made Cleveland a laughingstock.

We know the Browns are an organization that operates to the tune of Yakety Sax a.k.a. the Benny Hill theme, but the Cavs are right down there beside them.

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Packers re-sign CB Sam Shields, four years, $39 million


The Green Bay Packers will keep Sam Shields in place next year as they try to revamp a beleaguered secondary. Pass defense was not exactly the Pack’s strong suit, and perhaps retaining Sam Shields will be a step in the right direction towards improving that. At least it does augment the concept of continuity on the defense.

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Does Malcolm Hill deserve a spot in next year’s Illini starting 5?


Illini freshmen Malcolm Hill and Kendrick Nunn have been the main reason Illinois has rebounded somewhat from a disastrous season and moved closer towards respectability with a strong finish. Obviously, the Senior Night train wreck versus Michigan kind of dilutes that. However, even when you include the horrific showing versus the Wolverines on Tuesday, the Illini are 4-3 since John Groce decided to start Kendrick Nunn and Malcolm Hill instead of bringing them off the bench.

Just like, ahem, one prominent Chicago sportswriter, cough cough, had been calling for since February 1st. Now that 4-3 mark with Hill and Nunn starting is certainly an improvement over the 2-8 league record Illinois was sporting before Groce made the switch.

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Chicago Fire Soccer: 2014 Season Preview

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Chicago Fire soccer opens the 2014 MLS season tomorrow versus Chivas USA. Despite the polar vortex and it’s never ending grip on all of us, MLS soccer season kicks off today, and the Fire’s home opener at Toyota Park is two weeks from tomorrow. That Chicago Fire soccer scarf you like to wear- you may need it that day.

MLS is just as popular as MLB among the youth demographic, a new ESPN poll conveyed. Could Americans finally be embracing soccer? American Major League Soccer? It looks like Major League Baseball is no longer the only game going in the summertime now.

Locally, you know how the White Sox and Cubs performed last year. And you know how Las Vegas expects them to perform this season. So let’s get to talking Chicago Fire soccer, who finished with a winning record last year, and are projected by most experts to finish with a winning record again this season.

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