Wayne Rooney has not had a very good first couple of games for Manchester United this season. The Red Devils were good enough to get a 1-0 victory over both Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa, but both matches were unsightly. You can’t argue with getting six points from the first two games, but most of the football pundits rightfully declared both matches to be snoozefests.Follow paulmbanks
Barcelona forward Pedro has been supposedly targeted by Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea this season, but lately the talk has been all about Manchester United. The sports books have given the Spain international ridiculously favorable odds of landing at Old Trafford, and the talk seemed to shift from “if” to “when.”
United Manager Louis van Gaal answered a question about the rumors this week as directly as he could, given the current situation.
No matter how this ends, it looks like the narrative could run all the way to transfer deadline day.Follow paulmbanks
As if the Chicago Bears needed any more challenges to overcome this season. Their rookie wide receiver, Kevin White, the 7th overall draft pick out of West Virginia will miss at least the first six games. His current shin injury is a stress fracture, and it will require surgery, according to Bears General Manager Ryan Pace.
Pace also said Saturday that it’s possible White could miss the entire 2015 season. White will start the season on the PUP list, which is a lot less warm and cuddly than it sounds.Follow paulmbanks
Darius Paul, little brother of former Illini great Brandon Paul, has been suspended from the Illini basketball program and sent home from the the team’s European tour. Given that he was already suspended once, for the entire 2014-15 season, it’s hard to envision him coming back again.
The story of Darius Paul is still being told, but you can obviously see where this is going- the same exact route as Aaron Cosby. Once we heard Illini Coach John Groce publicly reveal that Cosby’s future with the program was in doubt, we all knew that the Seton Hall transfer wasn’t coming back. [Read more…]Follow paulmbanks
Tottenham Hotspur have made Clinton ‘Njie their second big signing of the summer; following Toby Alderweiereld. Upon completing his move from French Ligue 1 side Lyon, Clinton N’jie speaks to Spurs TV about what it means to him to join Spurs and what we can expect to see from him on the pitch.Follow paulmbanks
Chicago Red Stars and USWNT forward Christen Press has something in common with one of her two favorite men’s teams. Both Press, and Chelsea have been “Simpsonized.” Press was one of just three U.S. Women’s National Team players, (the others were Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach) to be re-created in animated images as Simpsons characters.
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All summer long Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho has been a lightning rod; even more so than usual. His media appearances keep provoking additional levels of scrutiny and controversy. It was ratcheted up another notch today as Mourinho spoke for the first time since his public criticism, then demotion, of two members of Chelsea’s medical staff.
This story has been on both the front pages and the back pages in the United Kingdom all week. It’s not just a sports story, but a news story as well.Follow paulmbanks
With the signing of Matteo Darmian from Torino, the back line at Manchester United improved significantly. His addition also forced Rafael out the door; with the Brazillian finding a home at Lyon.
Darmian has definitely looked good in these first two games for United. Both his play and his style are drawing praise from United fans.
However, he totally got away with one tonight. Of course, it’s not cheating if it doesn’t get called.Follow paulmbanks
Daley Blind was hailed the man of the match in a very uninteresting Manchester United victory at Aston Villa today. Much like the week one victory over Tottenham Hotspur, the triumph came by a score of 1-0; and much like the first win, most people described the game as exceedingly boring.Follow paulmbanks