Archives for May 2021

Edinson Cavani: Possibly the Best Signing of 2020-21

On May 10th, 2021, Edinson Cavani put pen to paper on a one-year extension with Manchester United. Since arriving at Old Trafford, the 34-year-old has shown that he’s still capable of performing at the top level both domestically and in Europe, and that has served the Red Devils well throughout the 2020-21 season.

Therefore, it’s not outlandish to say that the Uruguayan has truly been the Premier League signing of the season. But how does he compare to other big money big time recruits? Well, let’s delve into the numbers.

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Illini Baseball Coach Dan Hartleb on Approaching Milestones (Exclusive)

Illinois baseball coach Dan Hartleb is closing in on second place on the school’s all-time wins list. With the Illini thrashing Iowa today, he’s now up to 471 total Ws, and that means he needs just four more victories to surpass his mentor, Richard “Itch” Jones, who led the program from 1991-2005.

In 2006, Hartleb assumed the reigns of the Illini, having been the associate head coach for the previous four seasons, and an assistant with the Ilini for nine years prior to assuming that associate coach position. Hartleb, who was named D1Baseball Big Ten Coach of the Decade for 2010s, isn’t too far off fron the number one position either. The penthouse suite, of this list, is currently occupied by Lee Eilbracht (1952-78) with 518 wins. [Read more…]

Will Conor McGregor’s Time under the Middle East Sun Pay Off?

Conor McGregor’s UFC future currently hangs in the balance after a defining loss against Dustin Poirier in late January. On the night, the Irishman was well beaten after the American landed a series of kicks that left McGregor on crutches as he left Abu Dhabi. For fans of the fighter they call ‘the Notorious,’ it was an image that was hard to comprehend as the 32-year-old had the unrecognizable look of a man that had just been on the losing end of a ferocious fight. 

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Chelsea FC vs Leicester City Team News: Evans, Barnes, Justin

Chelsea and Leicester City will square off again, a little more than 72 hours later, this time in the Premier League competition. The Foxes got the better of the Blues in the trophy match, claiming their first FA Cup title in club history. But it still remains to be seen who will finish higher in the Premier League table, and if both will qualify for Champions League or not.

In other words, this game is by far the biggest of matchday 37/the mid-week fixtures coming up.

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Manchester City Starting XI Prediction vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Manchester City continue their victory lap around the Premier League as they travel to Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday. What kind of changes in the team can we expect from manager Pep Guardiola?

City come into this game on the back of a thrilling 4-3 win over Newcastle United. Getting as many wins as possible is crucial towards building momentum ahead of the Champions League final. At the Amex Stadium, they will be up against a team that is known for their expansive and possession-based style of play.

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Manchester City Team News vs Brighton: Kevin De Bruyne, Ferran Torres

Manchester City will have an eye on the Champions League final when they travel to Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday night in the Premier League. What is their team news looking like for this one?

City bounced back from the Chelsea defeat and secured a thrilling 4-3 win over Newcastle United. They will look to get three more points at the Amex Stadium and with the form that Pep Guardiola’s men are in, Brighton should definitely be worried about playing them.

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Chelsea FC vs Leicester City: Starting XI Predictions

The fifth time was the charm for Leicester City, who achieved their first FA Cup title on Saturday, after having lost in their first four final apperances. The upset victory marked the club’s first trophy since the magical league title season of 2015-16 and also the first trophy in English football for manager Brendan Rodgers.

Now comes the rematch, three days later, where there are different repercussions, but the stakes remain high. Once again the clash will take place in London, but this time at Chelsea’s home ground, as the two clash in league play, with Champions League qualification on the line.

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Chelsea vs Leicester City: UCL Ramifications, Odds, FYIs, Match Preview

It all comes down to these last two matches for three teams Chelsea, Liverpool and Leicester City, battling for the two still open Champions League qualification slots. If the Reds win out, they finish with 69 points, which should be enough to clinch them a spot in Europe’s premier competition.

This is because Chelsea and Leicester (the two teams in front of Liverpool in the table) play each other on Tuesday night, just 72 hours after clashing in the FA Cup final. Leicester won 1-0 to give the club its first FA Cup title.

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Manchester United Starting XI Prediction vs Fulham FC 

Manchester United will allow a limited, finite number of fans into their home finale on Tuesday night against Fulham FC. Yes, indeed, some supporters will be inside the Theatre of Dreams on matchday 37. Let’s hope they behave. According to the Daily Mail: “the decision to allow 10,000 fans into the ground for Tuesday’s game against Fulham was reviewed on Friday following anti-Glazer demonstrations.”

You can expect a very VERY heavy police presence on Tuesday night as United look to clinch runner-up in the table. A win gets them there, while a draw or better, plus a draw in the Chelsea-Leicester match on the same evening will get it done as well.

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Man United vs Fulham Team News: Maguire, Martial, Mawson, Kongolo

The weirdest thing about Manchester United’s midweek, 4-2 loss to arch-rival Liverpool is how much the result flew under the radar. The biggest game in English football, the British El Clasico, and what happened on the pitch takes a backseat to what occurred outside Old Trafford.

The shape, size and scale of the supporter protests against United’s owning entity, the Glazer family, on that evening transcended football. United were playing their third league fixture in five days this past week, due to the Liverpool match having to be rescheduled. Why was it called off the first time? Because of those same protests against the Glazers of course.

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Cubs Legend Ryne Sandberg Surprisingly Becomes Marijuana Pitchman

Move over former House Speaker John Boehner, because we have a new “OMG! This guy is working with a cannabis company” spokesman. Chicago Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg, one of the greatest second basemen of all time and a first ballot hall-of-famer, now pitches the good weed for Verilife, a Chicago based company that’s a division of Pharmacann.

At age 61, Ryno is getting into marijuana for the first time in his life. Not only is he investing in the company, but he also claims that he’s consuming the substance for the very first time in his life. It’s amazing what we’re seeing these days regarding the legalization of marijuana and the mainstreaming of pot culture.

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Javy Baez, Fernando Tatis an Inspiration to Illini SS Branden Comia

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Shortstop Branden Comia graces the cover of Illinois Fighting Illini baseball’s 2021 record book. He’s one of the team’s top Major League Baseball Draft prospects and an Orland Park, IL native. A Carl Sandburg High School graduate, he hails from hard core White Sox country.

Born and bred in Sox territory, he was and is a Chicago Cubs fan, as his father hailed from the north side of Chicago. Naturally, lots of rivalry banter ensued. “It definitely helped with the World Series (title in 2016), it finally gave some something to fire back with,” Comia said during our exclusive interview this week.

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