Manchester United getting in and out of Chicago QUICKLY


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Chicago is the greatest summer city in the entire world (see the photo above for proof), but Manchester United won’t have time to experience it. If they beat Paris St. Germain tonight at Soldier Field, the Red Devils will get the chance to lift a preseason trophy, so the city of broad shoulders could given the team some very pleasant memories.

But the heat, and more so the humidity impairs United’s ability to effectively train in my hometown. And no one is going to argue with Manager Louis van Gaal in that time spend on the training pitch is much more important that these preseason friendlies.

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Illini basketball have more serious issues beyond Abrams’ absence


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It is not the fault of Illini basketball Coach John Groce that senior point guard Tracy Abrams has sort of become the Big Ten version of Derrick Rose. (Or maybe an Illinois version of Robbie Hummel; when it comes to being snake bit by injuries, but not in terms of talent).

It is the fault of John Groce that he has no other options beyond Abrams. 

Yesterday’s news is devastating for Abrams, the Illini basketball program, and those connected to the program. Abrams appears to be an all round good guy, on and off the court, and his valuable presence will truly be missed.

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Latest headlines on Angel Di Maria PSG transfer saga


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Manchester United and PSG will meet today in my hometown of Chicago to settle the International Champions Cup. The winner of the preseason friendly tonight at Soldier Field will take home the preseason tournament “championship.” The two clubs are also looking to settle the deal for Angel di Maria (although that’s completely remote and independent of this match).

This transfer saga is still on going, even though it’s certain that Di Maria is headed to Paris St. Germain.

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PHOTOS: Manchester United arrive in Chicago to complete tour


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Manchester United flew from San Jose, California to Chicago, Illinois this evening in advance of tomorrow night’s International Champions Cup finale. The match will also complete United’s 2015 preseason tour of the United States. The team touched down at O’Hare International Airport hours ago, and from the photos posted on the club website it looks like the team hotel this time is the exact same establishment they stayed in the last time they visited Chicago.

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Protecting Your Heart: Lifesaving Lessons for Sports Lovers


If you consider yourself to be an athletic and sporty person in general and enjoy regular exercise and taking part in competitions and training exercises, you would be forgiven for thinking that your heart would be in good shape.

Any athlete partaking in regular sports and exercises will be putting their heart under strain and pushing themselves sometimes to the limits of their physical ability.

Sometimes due to tragic circumstances and mainly due to continued research, it has been established that even elite athletes who enjoy high fitness levels, may be at risk from heart abnormalities.

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Man United can clinch International Champions Cup by beating PSG


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Heading into the final stretch of International Champions Cup international friendlies, the New York Red Bulls (American Major League Soccer) stand atop the tournament standings with 10 points. However, Manchester United (English Premier League) and Paris Saint-Germain (French Ligue 1) are right behind them with nine and seven points, respectively. All other teams in the tournament have been officially eliminated from championship contention.

In other words, tonight’s clash between the English and French giants will be decisive in the outcome of the entire preseason tournament.

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Tottenham Hotspur opponent roster changed (MLS All-Star Game)


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Tottenham Hotspur will face the MLS All-Stars on July 29th in Colorado. That means Spurs will take on the very best that American Major League Soccer has to offer in an exhibition friendly. You know how the pecking order goes. English Premier League is the top. La Liga is right up there with them. Bundesliga; Serie A, then down to Ligue 1 then etc.. MLS is probably somewhere between the 6th and 8th best professional soccer league in the world (probably).

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Jose Mourinho has more harsh words for Pellegrini, Wenger


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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho “makes great copy.” While most individuals across the sporting landscape talk without saying anything at all at press events, the self proclaimed Special One instead takes pride in speaking his mind. No doubt he enjoys the controversy that it stirs up as well. There are actually three Jose Mourinho commentary stories making headlines today.

First, you have the Portugese boss making comments implying that Eden Hazard is better than Cristiano Ronaldo but not as good as Lionel Messi. Mourinho’s message seemed to be that individual player talents are less important than team accomplishments.

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Mexico Coach Miguel Herrera fired for punching journalist


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Update: Herrera’s dismissal has been officially announced

Mexican National Team Head Coach Miguel Herrera, no stranger at all to controversy, reportedly punched a journalist following Mexico’s victory in the Gold Cup Final. As we’ve said in the past, Miguel Herrera looks like what would happen if Pete Rose, Chris Farley and Tom Crean had a kid, but what he did here, is no laughing matter.

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Wisconsin Badgers the pick to win Big Ten West


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The Big Ten East division is the NBA Western Conference. The Big Ten West division is the NBA Eastern Conference. The Big Ten East is the English Premier League. The Big Ten West is the Championship. The Big Ten East are the New York Yankees. The Big Ten West are the Staten Island Yankees. Well, I’m exaggerating a bit, especially on that last one, but you get the idea.

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Four Greatest Premier League Deadline Day Signings


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By Sean Edmundson

Love it or hate it, the transfer window in its current incarnation has been part and parcel of football for over a decade and fans across the country watch on with great anticipation as their clubs frantically try to strengthen their squads (and keep hold of their stars) ahead of the new campaign. The culmination of silly season occurs when Jim White presses his suit and travels the length of the nation to bring you all the last minute deals on transfer deadline day. Is your club renowned for a spot of last minute bargain hunting? Or a sucker for a last minute panic buy? We’ve delved into our archives to bring you just some of the best 11th hour Premier League signings but we’d still love to hear yours below!

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Ohio State favored to win Big Ten East Division


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The Big Ten East division is the NBA Western Conference. The Big Ten West division is the NBA Eastern Conference. The Big Ten East is the English Premier League. The Big Ten West is the Championship. The Big Ten East are the New York Yankees. The Big Ten West are the Staten Island Yankees. Well, I’m exaggerating somewhat, especially so on that last one, but you get the idea.

As we’ve been chronicling for the past month or so, the Big Ten has it all in terms of story lines this football talking season, but they failed miserably in terms of who they selected to attend Media Days this Thursday and Friday.

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