Derrick Rose Maintains Innocence Regarding Gang Rape Allegations

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It’s the official start of basketball talking season as most NBA teams held their individual Media Days on Monday. It’s the first Chicago Bulls Media Day without Derrick Rose since 2007, as the point guard was traded to the New York Knicks in June. At the time, many thought the Bulls got fleeced on that deal, but it was still easy to understand why Chicago was looking to part ways with the controversial, injury prone locally produced star.

Exactly one year ago today, the hometown hero pretty much punched his ticket out of town when he made very strange, self-defeating remarks at Chicago Bulls Media Day. 

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Mino Raiola Says Zlatan Threatened him over Paul Pogba Deal

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Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Midfielder Paul Pogba share the same agent. It’s not just any agent, but super agent Mino Raiola, the man who brokered the world breaking £89.3 million deal sending Pogba from Juventus to United this summer.

In addition that $115 million transaction, he also brought Henrikh Mkhitaryan over to Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund this past transfer window; and obviously the Zlatan transaction too.

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Illini Football: Complete Quarterbacking History 1980-Wes Lunt

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At no previous point during his Illini football career has quarterback Wes Lunt looked as “off” as he’s looked in 2016.

The home loss to North Carolina may have been the poorest game of his collegiate career. The following week against Western Michigan, the only time he led the offense to the end zone, against a very mediocre MAC defense, was via a goofy gadget play.

While Lunt is a great kid off the field, with big plans for life after football, he’s just not performing up to expectations.

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Antonio Conte Literally Losing Sleep over Chelsea FC Woes

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The biggest game in the Barclays Premier League this weekend was Arsenal versus Chelsea FC. The London derby was surprisingly one-sided in favor of the Gunners. Chelsea’s defense, a question mark all season long, was extremely exposed. The play of Gary Cahill reached a new low and the world took notice.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte certainly did not sugarcoat anything in the postgame. He said that right now Chelsea FC are a good team only on paper. Not on the pitch, where it counts, where it matters, but only on paper.

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Antonio Conte: Chelsea a “Great Team Only on Paper”

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Chelsea were a very sexy Premier League title pick this summer. While Manchester City were the consensus favorites, with Manchester United mostly picked to finish second, Chelsea kept showing up third in a lot of preseason prognosticators picks. A whole lot of people saw Chelsea finishing in third place, or at least somewhere in the top four.

Now it’s very early in the season, and there’s a long way to go, but the Blues aren’t living up to their hype thus far.

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Paul Pogba Says He Doesn’t Read the Newspapers Ripping Him

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Ah, the old “athlete claims he doesn’t read what’s written/hear what’s said about him” cliche. Whether it’s true or not, none of us ever believe it. Especially those of us who work in the sports media. Having been confronted by angry people who didn’t like what we wrote about them, we never believe the “I just don’t hear the noise” routine.

I believe that maybe the jocks may or may not actively seek out the media coverage of them, but I’m sure they have handlers, family members, agents, publicists, hangers-on etc. who are more than any to go look it up and then tell them.

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Zlatan Lookalike, Imposter Invades Pitch; Meets Real Zlatan

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“I am Zlatan.”

That is the name of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s autobiography. He’s such an international superstar that the world is filled with others trying to capitalize off his fame. Including this lookalike, who ran onto the pitch Saturday to meet his doppelganger.

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Former Bears, Illini Coach Ron Turner FIRED by FIU

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In The Great Gatsby, narrator Nick Carraway describes the main character, Jay Gatbsy, early on in the story as possessing “a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again.”

Sub “romantic readiness” for “obsession with full back screen passes” and you have football coach Ron Turner.

Make that now on-the-market football coach Ron Turner.

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Notre Dame Football: What’s the Way Forward Now?

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There will have to be some changes within the Notre Dame football team this week. There will likely be bigger changes ahead for the Notre Dame football program down in the not too distant future. The Duke Blue Devils came in to South Bend as 22 point underdogs yesterday. They left victorious; meaning it was the biggest upset, using just point spreads as your criteria, in 20 years for the the Fighting Irish.

You have to immediately wonder how much longer Notre Dame Defensive Coordinator Brian VanGorder will remain employed.

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Chelsea FC Looking to Send Cesc Fabregas to West Ham?

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Back in May, we received word that Chelsea were looking to offload Cesc Fabregas. This notification came via email from a people claiming to be a member of the Chelsea board, but lacking any sort of verifiable status that he in fact held the position he claimed.

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Pat Fitzgerald Will Get HARD LINE on his Northwestern Football Team

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Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald is going to get tough love on his team this week. He’s going to go hard line, hard core and really ride the squad pretty hard in practice this week. Fitzgerald was very upset following his team’s very disappointing loss to #20 Nebraska.

The Northwestern Wildcats got out-gained 310-137 on the ground and 556-388 overall. Those stats do a much better job telling the story of this game than the 24-13 final score did.

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Tommy Armstrong, Nebraska Run Over Northwestern Very Ho Hum

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Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Tommy Armstrong continues cementing his position as the school’s greatest statistical quarterback ever. He’s re-writing the University of Nebraska offensive record book. He threw for 246 yards tonight, in a 24-13 win at Northwestern, increasing his career total to 7,622 yards. Entering the game, he had already broken the previous record of 7,258 yards held by Taylor Martinez. 

He also added 132 yards rushing tonight, giving his 378 of total offense for the evening. He’s now just 1,023 yards of total offense away from breaking the school record currently, also held by Martinez (10,233). Expect Tommy Armstrong to reach those marks by late October, early November.

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