Chelsea, Man United target Arda Turan signs with Barcelona


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The Independent claimed just two days ago that Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan was offered a huge contract by Manchester United, but that he turned it down because he was holding out for a move to Chelsea instead. Today, the sensational playmaker signed with Barcelona.

The move is now official; with the deal being reported as worth £25 million, 34 million Euro.

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USWNT D Ali Krieger featured in ESPN’s Body Issue


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Ali Krieger began her career with the Penn State Nittany Lions. In Happy Valley she was a two-time All-American, a first team NSCAA All-American, co-defensive player of the year, team captain, Big-Ten Freshman of the year and a semifinalist for the M.A.C. Hermann trophy.

Those honors are all well and good, but it’s peanuts compared to what she accomplished yesterday- World Cup Champion!

Krieger and company routed Japan to achieve the third star on the USWNT jersey, representing America’s third World Cup title. That’s more than any other nation.

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Schneiderlin to Man United idea condescendingly endorsed by ex France Manager


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Former France boss Raymond Domenech supports the idea of one Frenchman Manchester United target joining the team, but is against the idea of another. When commenting on both potential transfers, Domenech took some not so subtle shots at United.

Domenech is in favor of Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin transferring to United, but he expressed his approval with a very condescending remark and an extremely back-handed complement.

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Raheem Sterling returns to Liverpool; but likely not for long


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Raheem Sterling was boisterously booed by his own fans at the team awards dinner in May. Yes, Liverpool supporters, not fans of a rival club, let the forward have it while he was being honored at the team’s end-of-year dinner.

That’s indicative of how much of the Liverpool community feels about him right now. Given all that has been said during the ongoing soap opera that is his transfer saga, his return to the team today was likely rather awkward.

When Sterling showed up at the Melwood training ground in his Mercedes today, you know he could feel the tension.

His days with the club could be numbered, as a third Manchester City bid could be forthcoming. 

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Alex Morgan drove a very rare Lexus IS 350 in high school


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In July of 2013, we learned that Alex Morgan was a child of privilege. It doesn’t diminish her achievements on the field in any way. Whether you’re a 1%er or from a low income background, or anything in between, it won’t or win or lose an athletic event for you.

However, it is a major determinant of whether or not you win in life.  America certainly has plenty of social mobility. It’s just that America has WAY LESS social mobility than advertised. Remember that when we have a Clinton vs Bush Presidential election in 2016.

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Marc Gasol nearing 5 yr, $100m extension with Grizzlies


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Marc Gasol is an unrestricted free agent and the best player available at his position this summer signing period. The Memphis Grizzlies big man hasn’t negotiated with any other NBA team, but his future still remains in doubt a little bit.

Reportedly, he’s getting close to signing a new contract with the Grizzlies worth over $100 million for five years. At least the two sides are talking. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Lebron James haven’t even started negotiating yet. Other than this difference, the two situations are somewhat similar.

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Lebron James, Cavaliers not talking contract just yet


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The Cleveland Cavaliers aren’t worried at all about LeBron James returning. The King has said he will return to The Land, and his opt-hot this free agency period isn’t about leaving. James intends to keep signing short-term deals until the league pushes up the salary cap.

When that does happen in the next couple of years, Lebron James can sign a long term deal when the max contract is much more lucrative.

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Dwyane Wade locked up, Miami Heat need more wing depth


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The next team up in our NBA offseason team needs series is the Miami Heat. Four days ago, they dominated NBA free agency headlines with the announcement of Dwyane Wade agreeing to a one-year $20 million deal.

Luol Deng has opted-in as well, meaning the Heat now should focus on adding extra depth behind their two star wings.

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Alexi Lalas with some GREAT USA Soccer Jingoism


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Alexei Lalas is someone with candid opinions that I always enjoy hearing. The FOX studio analyst and National Soccer Hall of Famer might just be the finest American home grown soccer commentator around.

Panayotis Alexander “Alexi” Lalas is as candid and as entertaining as it gets.

Happy Independence Day everyone!

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Angel Di Maria could miss United’s Premier League opener


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Angel Di Maria suffered a hamstring injury in Argentina’s Copa America final loss to Chile that will sideline him for some time. The extent of the injury is not known at this time, and a timetable for his return has not been set as of now. The winger could miss both the crucial Champions League playoffs and the opener versus Tottenham Hotspur on August 8th at Old Trafford.

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David de Gea, Sergio Ramos won’t be moving anytime soon


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Time for your daily David de Gea and Sergio Ramos updates. It’s a a never ending soap opera like Arturo Vidal was last summer. Will De Gea stay at Manchester United, or move to Real Madrid? Same question regarding Ramos (just reverse the teams). The two players potential transfer moves, if and when they happen, are somewhat inter-twined now.

This storyline could potentially last a couple more months before it’s resolved. However, yesterday actually brought something official (FINALLY!)

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Robin van Persie returns to United; transfer stories discredited


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Two days ago we there were published reports indicating Manchester United striker Robin van Persie had turned down an offer to join Besiktas; a giant club in Turkey. TalkSPORT claimed that Van Persie was reluctant to uproot his family and move to the large Eurasian nation. They maintained that RVP will not consider any proposal from the club.

Then we yesterday’s rumblings; claims made in both The Guardian and Turkish-football.com that the Dutchman has agreed to terms on a move to Fenerbahce.

Both proved to be false, as Van Persie returns to United today with the beginning of training camp.

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