U.S. does not apologize for Hope Solo glorification


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In 2011, America fell in love with their starting goalkeeper. Hope Solo became a national hero during the USA run to the women’s World Cup title game. But by late 2012, the secret was out about Hope Solo. Her descent towards being a Tonya Harding like villain was nearly complete.

And with the domestic abuse charges, where she called a family member a pussy before allegedly beating him up, she may be even more unfavorable and unlikable than Tonya Harding.

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VIDEO: Hope Solo utterly LACERATED by Keith Olbermann


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Quick, name the professional U.S. Soccer team that Hope Solo plays for….

Stumped?

Okay, what’s the name of the professional women’s soccer league in America?

You don’t know that either?

Hold on, you’re telling me that the mere existence of an American women’s professional soccer league is in fact news to you?

Well, that puts you in the same category as 99.999% of the American population. The NWSL (National Women’s Soccer League) may want to try and make themselves more relevant to the sports consumer. Also in need of more positive PR is Hope Solo herself. You may have heard her name in the news lately; for all the wrong reasons. Right now, neither the NWSL nor Hope Solo is getting it right when it comes to image CPR.

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Ex Man United striker Chicharito could be star says Real Madrid icon


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Javier Hernandez has been a super sub for three different teams in 2014: Manchester United, the Mexico national team “El Tri” and Real Madrid. However, there’s one man who believes Chicharito could be so much more.

And his opinion matters a lot, as it’s Los Blancos legend Hugo Sanchez

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Ed Woodward and Louis van Gaal meet to plan January transfer window


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Manchester United Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward and Manager Louis van Gaal are set to meet this week as the club step up their January transfer plans, Goal has learned.

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Five defenders Man United should buy in January


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Man United blew a late second half lead at newly promoted Leicester City on Sunday as a 3-1 advantage degenerated into a 5-3 collapse. We’re done pointing fingers, we’re done doing damage control as we took stock of the crisis situation in detail here. We’ve also discussed the opportunity that’s now there for Luke Shaw.

In the summer, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic left Man United and they never truly replaced their veteran leadership. They also lost out on Mehdi Benatia, Eliaquim Mangala, Mats Hummels, Thomas Vermaelen and Ezequiel Garay in the transfer market.

Now’s the time to look at who United could buy in January.

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Detailing the Manchester United crisis situation in defense


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Here comes Luke Shaw to save the day right? Well, that’s a whole lot to ask of a youngster. Yet the left back signed the richest contract for a teenager in British football history. There’s no time like the present to start earning that pay. He gets his chance Saturday versus West Ham United. 

Manchester United blew a late second half lead at newly promoted Leicester City on Sunday as a 3-1 advantage degenerated into a 5-3 collapse. We’re done pointing fingers, let’s do damage control and take stock of the crisis situation.

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WR Stefon Diggs: a reason to care about Maryland football


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As I’ve been saying for years, both Maryland football and Maryland basketball happen to be the ACC versions of the Illini, I have a soft spot for the Terps. With the University of Illinois being my alma mater and all. Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delaney badly wanted the television arm of his public relations department, that being the Big Ten Network, to be watched on TV sets in the Washington D.C. market.

So now Delaney has two Illini, regular Illini and ACC Illini, in his league. As we welcome the Long John Silver’s of the college football into the Big Ten, I’m kind of excited for their arrival, even if you’re not.

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Big 12 Basketball Preview: #8 Oklahoma State Cowboys


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a facelift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12 and now we turn our attention to the Big 12.

After getting off to a 15-2 start last season, the Oklahoma State Cowboys went into a downward spiral by losing ten of their next 16 games. Travis Ford now faces the daunting task of replacing his starting backcourt of Marcus Smart and Markel Brown. [Read more...]

Cincinnati Bengals: your new Super Bowl favorite


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It seems early to already be down to just one undefeated team in the AFC, but the Bengals are playing like they could maintain that storyline well into November.

They’re led by a defense who is hungry for more. Aside from the Ravens making a game of it late during the fourth quarter, the Bengals have been almost untouchable. That defense is suffocating opposing quarterbacks and running attacks; while the offense continues to play simple, efficient football.

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Luke Shaw to finally make Man United debut Saturday


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(Update: detailing the entire Man United defender crisis, player by player)

(Update: 5 center-backs Manchester United could buy this January)

Manchester United has a new Defender in Luke Shaw this season. United won the race this transfer window against Chelsea (the young player’s favorite team) to obtain the Southampton left back who played for England in the World Cup this summer. But unfortunately, we haven’t been able to see him yet. Now we FINALLY will when Manchester United host West Ham United Saturday.

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Former Man United Captain Gary Neville calls team soft, not tough


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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was in disbelief at all the individual gaffes made at Leicester City yesterday. United had a 3-1 lead, and it all slipped away. The late second half was a disaster and the unthinkable happened. Van Gaal lost the newly promoted Foxes 5-3, and he’s now off to a worse start than David Moyes. And that’s with a £150 million of new players.

So you knew the hot takes and the harsh criticisms would be coming.

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Juan Mata apologizes for Man United’s disaster yesterday


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Spain had a disastrous World Cup; that’s not breaking news. The defending champs were the first side to be eliminated, and it happened in humiliating fashion. But Juan Mata scored a goal, video below, as #ESP defeat Australia 3 to nil in their final game. Mata has 10 goals in 34 caps for Spain. So Mata has done his part for hi national team.

Unfortunately, his club team is dealing with a disastrous result now too. In the preseason, Juan Mata said today that scoring more goals will be a priority for him this season at Old Trafford.

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