Chelsea FC Improve League Title Odds with Big Win; in Five Team Race

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It’s very crowded at the top of the English Premier League table right now. It’s anybody’s race to win the league title, and Chelsea FC have thrust themselves into the conversation with an extremely dominant 4-0 home win over Manchester United today. The Blues, a trendy sleeper pick to win the league title this preseason, are now in fourth place with 19 points, and looking like they’re truly for real.

They’re just one point behind the three way logjam of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester atop the table.

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L.A. Lakers Ready to Break Through This Season? Maybe?

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This is alien to Los Angeles Lakers fans, what’s been going on in with the team the past two seasons. This upcoming season likely won’t be much better either. Hope springs eternal on NBA opening night, but the L.A. Lakers have been given 1000/1 odds to win the NBA title according to Sports Betting

The same sports book gives them very poor odds, 500-1, to win the Western Conference as well.

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Chicago Bulls Season Preview: Three Alphas? Really?

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Three Alphas sounds like the name of a pleasant tasting micro-brew on tap at your corner pub. It’s not a beer though. It’s actually the catch-phrase defining the Chicago Bulls upcoming season.

It’s a proverbial “Great Experiment” to say the least. An Alpha Dog, by definition, is solo. Like Highlander, “there can only be one,” but Chicago trots out three this year in Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo.

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Can Dwyane Wade Reinvent Himself This Season?

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“In New York you can be a new man. In New York you can be a new man.” It’s one of the more catchy lines from the title song to Hamilton, a musical absolutely owning Chicago right now.

Hamilaria has actually spread far beyond just the Windy City, as #HamilDocPBS was the #1 trending term nationally on Twitter all of Friday night.

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Chelsea Destroys Man United; Twitter Explodes Over It


Man U is top ten worldwide trending right now on Twitter and it’s mostly due to the side being heavily criticized. The Red Devils are deservedly being ripped due to their total no show at Chelsea today. The Blues, a side with many issues of their own, utterly destroyed the Red Devils 4-0 and the Twitterverse explodes with #CHEMUN trending.

A lot of it is hot takes, some of it is very insightful analysis, and other Tweets are just schadenfreude. Here’s some of the more interesting and memorable Tweets out there.

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Jose Mourinho Gets Warm Reception in Return to Stamford Bridge

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With Manchester United coming to Chelsea today, the A block story was the return of manager Jose Mourinho to Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho, who was sacked by Chelsea this past December and hired by United in May, received a very warm welcome by crown attending the match in West London.  Welcome to the Jose Mourinho Cup.

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Man United-Chelsea News: Antonio Conte, Jose Mourinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic


With Manchester United traveling to Chelsea on Sunday, story line A, B and C will no doubt be the return of manager Jose Mourinho to Stamford Bridge. Mourinho, who was sacked by Chelsea this past December and hired by United in May, gave his weekly news conference today, and all kinds of storylines emerged from that.

Here’s what else is trending in the Man United and Chelsea worlds right now.

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Predicted Chelsea FC Starting XI vs Manchester United


The upcoming game for Chelsea against Manchester United will be a huge test for the side as they look to sustain their good form. Antonio Conte will look at this game as a good place to pick up a crucial three points. With Manchester United holding Liverpool to a 0-0 draw, it is likely that United will approach this one in a similar fashion to the previous outing.

This means that Chelsea’s forwards are going to have to create something special if they want to break open United’s strong defence.

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Hamilton-Chicago Cubs Mashup Video is Totally Brilliant!


I’ve stated numerous times that I CANNOT STAND 1.) pop songs about sports teams and their bandwagons and 2.) amateur attempts at singing.

Thus when an edition of this genre comes along and it’s great, not just great, but brilliant…it’s almost transcendent. Cubs memes creator Matt Paolelli did just that with his Hamilton Chicago Cubs mashup.

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#3 Michigan Football: Wolverines have National Title Bonafides

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“You’re a terrorist if you’re not excited about this game,” a friend told me as #2 Michigan vs. #1 Ohio State on November 18th, 2006 approached.

I was in fact excited about the game, in which both teams entered undefeated, I was just mocking the EXTREME HYPE that the media was creating for it. (I know the media over-hyping something?! Who knew, right?!) “The Game,” in Columbus like this year’s meeting will be, was actually extremely exciting and very entertaining. The Buckeyes won it 42-39, the day after Bo Schembechler died.

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Illini Football Fans, Dig in for a REALLY REALLY LONG Rebuild


Well, that certainly escalated quickly.

It didn’t take very long for Illini football fans’ excitement and hope to completely degenerate into despair, and then apathy. The March hire of Lovie Smith as Illinois Football Coach brought a level of buzz that the program has arguably not seen since the Rose Bowl season of 2007.

Week two saw Illinois sell out Memorial Stadium; for the first time since 2001 versus Michigan and the first non-conference affair since 1987.

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Liverpool FC Starting XI: Adam Lallana Makes 100th Club Appearance

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Liverpool have set their lineup for their late Saturday afternoon kickoff against West Bromwich Albion and the starting eleven marks a milestone. Yes, Manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed it- Reds midfielder Adam Lallana will make his 100th appearance with the club.

Only 201 other Reds have ever his the century club in games played with the Anfield outfit.

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