Joakim Noah to Make $18m per Season, Reunite with Derrick Rose

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It’s no mystery why the New York Knicks have just one playoff series win this century. If there’s one thing the Knicks do well, and do very consistently, it’s OVERPAY for big name players who are way past their prime. It’s like Owner James Dolan bases his entire roster on just one trait- individual brand name awareness.

Enter Chicago Bulls Center Joakim Noah, who is joining the Knicks for $18 million per season, according to multiple sources.

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Martin Skrtel Called Jurgen Klopp a Vulgarity on Instagram

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If the Instagram feed of Liverpool FC Defender (for now anyway) Martin Skrtel is any indication, then he’s already mentally out the Anfield door. In the comments section of an Instagram post on Skrtel’s feed the player called LFC Manager Jurgen Klopp a vulgarity. Or maybe you can call this word an expletive.

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Liverpool D Martin Skrtel Closing in on Fenerbahce Move

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Liverpool FC appear ready to move on from defender Martin Skrtel. Once considered perhaps the best player in the back line during part of the Brendan Rodgers era, he’s now struggled to regain that fine form and now fallen way out of favor under Jurgen Klopp. After he suffered an injury in a January loss to Watford, Skrtel descended down the depth chart, and found himself selected for the first team just four times the rest of the season.

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Arsenal Boss Arsene Wenger: Top Candidate to Replace Roy Hodgson?

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Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger is a leading candidate to replace ex-England Boss Roy Hodgson, who resigned yesterday after his gaffes and poor leadership helped inspire quite possibly the most embarrassing moment in Three Lions history. According to ESPN FC:

“England could be willing to wait for a manager such as Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger to complete his current contract as the Football Association searches for a manager to replace Roy Hodgson, chief executive Martin Glenn has suggested.”

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Denzel Valentine on Wearing Michael Jordan’s Number

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Denzel Valentine wasted no time beginning his transition to “the league.” The Chicago Bulls selected him with the 14th and final pick of the  NBA Draft Thursday night. By Monday he was at Bulls headquarters to meet the media and display his #45 jersey, the number both he and his Dad wore with the Michigan State Spartans, and briefly worn by Michael Jordan himself during his 1994 Bulls comeback. 

In the media session, Bulls GM Gar Forman said that Zel showed up with four or five large duffel bags, indicating that he’s moved in now and ready to hit the ground running.

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E’Twaun Moore Might Be Highlight of Bulls Free Agency

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You can count down the hours now until the NBA free agency signing period opens, so an early Happy Canada Day to all! Yes, free agency and Canadian Independence Day always intersect each year, and perhaps the Toronto Raptors will be a more interesting to team to watch this free agency season than the Chicago Bulls.

No offense to combo guard E’Twaun Moore, as you know how much we love the former Purdue Boilermakers star over here at The Sports Bank, but his story might be the most interesting Bulls narrative this silly season. Seriously, you should expect a very quiet FA summer in Chicago this year.

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Long time Man United Winger Nani Leaving Fenerbahce

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Portugese Winger Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha, commonly known as Nani or Luís Nani, is set for a move to Valencia after Los Che triggered the Portuguese star’s £7 million release clause in his Fenerbahce contract.

About a year ago, he completed his move away from Manchester United and officially ended his eight year career with the Red Devils. Only July 6th, 2015 he signed a deal with Fenerbahce for six million Euros.

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Northwestern Football Preseason Prognostications a Mixed Bag

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Big Ten Media Days are now just 27 days away, meaning it’s time to delve into what the preseason publications are saying about Northwestern football. Coming off a very pleasantly surprising 10 win season, with an important core of key players returning, hopes should be high in 2016, right?

Yes, to an extent. This isn’t the summer of 2013 with the “OMG! Northwestern football is GOING TO BE SO AWESOME!!! IT COULD BE THE GREATEST SEASON IN NU HISTORY!!!!! WOWWWW!!!!!!” hype we saw from the Chicago media. However, if Northwestern football doesn’t have a slot in both preseason polls come August, something is wrong.

Time to get serious about the Cats.

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan Edging Closer to Manchester United Move

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Borussia Dortmund had previously stated publicly decided that star midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be sold to Manchester United; or Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur or anywhere else for that matter. BVB have done a total 180 from that stance as the Armenian’s transfer to Old Trafford appears to be imminent.

Depending on which source you’re looking at, the Mkhitaryan is “in advanced talks” or “reached an agreed upon fee.”

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Chelsea FC News, Transfer Rumors: Batshuayi, Hiddink, Ake

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Here are the latest Chelsea FC news and transfer rumors circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. Not all of these will actually happen, but they are all interesting to read nonetheless.

It’s always fun to speculate who might be coming to/leaving from Stamford Bridge.

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Notre Dame Football a Top 10 Team, Say Preseason Publications

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There are 67 days till Notre Dame Football season begins on Sunday Sept 4th. The Fighting Irish will travel to Texas for an under the light contest nationally featured on ABC. If that seems like a long ways away, then consider this, ACC Media Days begin in just 21 days! That said, we already did our “Way Too Early Notre Dame Football Season Preview” which you can check out at this link.

In the meantime, let’s look at what those preseason college football publications (the magazines make such great beach/poolside reading don’t they?) are saying about the Irish.

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Julie Johnston Modeling New USWNT Jersey (Photos)

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Have you seen the just released photo of Julie Johnston modeling the new United States Women’s National Team jersey? Well, by clicking over here you now have. Here’s the pic emailed out by US Soccer Communications minutes ago, suffixed by the following description in the press release:

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