Manchester United Passes Real Madrid, Barcelona as Richest Club in the World

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Manchester United is one of the world’s largest, richest, well known and most football clubs of all time. They have broken the British transfer fee purchase record 12 times, most recently with Angel Di Maria in 2014 at £59.3 million.

United finally broke the world transfer fee purchase record this summer with the re-acquisition of Paul Pogba for £89.3 million.
Indeed #Pogback was the media sensation of the summer. United can spend money like water because they’re proverbially printing currency over there at Old Trafford.

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Northwestern Basketball Will Make the NCAAs, Say Two More Pundits

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Jay Bilas says Northwestern basketball is headed to their first NCAA Tournament ever, and now two more big name ESPN personalities have followed suit. (Here’s the link to analysis of the team’s current resume)

ESPN college basketball analysts Dick Vitale and Seth Greenberg participated in a media conference call Wednesday, and I asked them if they think NU is headed to the NCAA Tournament this season. I also asked them, being television men, how will TV cover that story if and when it happens.

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Illini Basketball: Seth Greenberg on the Program’s Issues

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There’s only one Illini basketball topic that any fan really cares to discuss right now and you know exactly what it is.

Just about every member of the Illinois basketball community has one question on their mind, and then the natural follow-up:

“Will John Groce be relieved of his duties, and if so, could it happen before the season ends?”

After that, the natural query is “who could Illinois get to replace Groce?”

ESPN college basketball analysts Dick Vitale and Seth Greenberg participated in a media conference call Wednesday, and I asked them about the current state and direction of the program.

The answers, which were way off-the-point at times, were also extremely out of touch with the feelings and moods within the base.

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Yankees, Former Cubs P Adam Warren has Great “when I got traded” Story

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The New York Yankees recently announced that they have agreed to terms with SS Didi Gregorius, OF Aaron Hicks, LHP Tommy Layne, RHP Michael Pineda, C Austin Romine and RHP Adam Warren on one-year, non-guaranteed contracts, thus avoiding arbitration.

Given today’s world of extremely excessive communication technology and ridiculous over-communication, it’s nearly impossible to actually go off the grid. Like the B-52’s “roam if you want to, roam around the world,” and you’ll find more and more roaming available.

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United Finalizing £14.7m Memphis Depay Sale to Lyon

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Manchester United forward Memphis Depay has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford for a few months now.

Of course, United had not accepted a bid for Depay, because the market for the Dutch winger is very much down. That appears to have changed today with Old Trafford now receiving a bid that they find acceptable. French side Lyon was among the few interested clubs, (Everton was too) and the price they’re willing to pay is half what United paid in May of 2015.

Still, it looks like a deal has now been struck.

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Manchester United fan Kate Abdo Leaves Sky Sports, Joins FOX

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Sky Sports personality and Manchester native Kate Abdo will now join FOX Sports to serve as a studio host for the network’s soccer/portfolio. This comes on the heels of her “loan move” from Sky to FOX (two companies who are in partnership with one another) for the broadcast of the Women’s World Cup 2015 in Canada that summer.

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Donald Trump WAR on Media MUST Unite ALL Journalists Right NOW

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Donald Trump has such an utter contempt for journalists that it’s become worse than Richard Nixon and Bobby Knight combined.

He’s openly declared full scale war against the concepts of transparency and accountability, and he’s blatantly aiming to dismantle the very ideal of a free press.

Last Wednesday’s press conference, the first Donald Trump had held in nearly half a year, was a farce on numerous levels, with the condescension aimed at CNN and Buzzfeed the most egregious offenses. However, it was also the incident which can galvanize us journalists to fight back, and make no mistake about it, we will fight back!

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Liverpool FC Field Young Starting XI against Plymouth Argyle

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After a 1-1 draw against Manchester United, Liverpool heads to an FA Cup replay against Plymouth Argyle Wednesday. In the 0-0 draw at Anfield two weeks ago, Liverpool sent out its youngest squad ever and will probably do something similar Wednesday.

Loris Karius has been relegated to Cup duty for Liverpool but has played well in his last two outings.

He wasn’t challenged much against Plymouth in the first meeting, but his distribution was good the few times he touched the ball.

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Purdue Basketball: Caleb Swanigan NBA Draft Stock Update

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Purdue Boilermakers Power Forward Caleb Swanigan came to West Lafayette with much fanfare and this season you’re seeing exactly why.

The former McDonald’s All-American and blue chip 5-star prospect from Ft. Wayne Indiana is our pick to win B1G Player of the Year. Biggie Swanigan has been dominant with a capital D.

He figures prominently in the discussion of national player of the year award candidates.

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Manchester United Confident They’ll Sign Antoine Griezmann in Summer

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French winger Antoine Griezmann is intrigued by all things Manchester United. He currently plays alongside United’s £89.3 million man, midfielder Paul Pogba on the French National Team, and he wants to play with Pogba on the club level as well.

The Atletico Madrid star is often gossiped about leaving, and he’s also been a Manchester United target off and on the past couple years. It’s increasing clear that United are going to do absolutely nothing of note this January transfer window. There’s 13 days until it closes, but don’t expect any action.

Come summer time though, it should be a different story. The team is confident they’ll sign Griezmann once the real transfer window opens.

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David de Gea Happy to Meet Favorite Band Avenged Sevenfold

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It looks like Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea had a very thrilling night this week. He attended the Avenged Sevenfold show at Manchester Arena Monday night and his outing included some back stage passes. De Gea, who’s girlfriend is a major music act (Spanish pop sensation Edurne, here’s a link to more on her) got to meet one of his apparently favorite bands.

Take a look at the Tweets below:

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Manchester United Will Reportedly Sell Luke Shaw this Summer

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When Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho called out left back Luke Shaw, singling out the young defender for his mistake back in September, it was alarming. It was reminiscent of a habit Mourinho sometimes had last season at Chelsea- throwing his own players under the bus.

While Luke Shaw did not publicly respond to his manager’s harsh criticism of him, there have been reports that he was privately very disappointed. Around the same time, Shaw suffered what was reported then as a minor groin tear.

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