Man United News: Solskjaer, Fernandes, Bailly, Ronaldo

The coronavirus pandemic has brought all of world football down for the foreseeable future. The Premier League announced suspension of play until April 30, and at that point they will re-evaluate again. That said, there are still plenty of interesting Manchester United related news and notes to go over.

Let’s take a look at some of the news items trending in cyberspace right now during these very strange days and extremely uncertain times. (For today’s MUFC transfer rumors round-up, go here)

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Confident United Will ‘Exploit’ Transfer Market

Manchester United is a polarizing brand, just like any other big, rich, powerful and successful sports franchise. For those who hate United, a big reason is the club’s financial power, and their practice of exploiting in the transfer market.

A lot of people have no interest in rooting for a sporting enterprise that is always splashing the cash, buying up other team’s best players, because they feel MUFC are playing with an unfair advantage. Obviously, most clubs do not have the financial resources that United do, and now, in these unprecedented times, the fiscal disparity is made even greater.

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Illini Basketball: Five Players Deserving of UI Athletics Hall of Fame

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The Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame Class for 2020 was announced earlier today and it includes athletes and coaches from nine different sports. It’s only the fourth such class in U of I sports history and when you look at the full class, aggregated with the previous three, you still have some names missing.

(And we covered who should be next to get in, from football, in this post). What’s the most glaring omission from Illini basketball (on the men’s side)? Well, we’d argue any of the five below on this list…

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Illini Football: Five Players Deserving of UI Athletics Hall of Fame

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The Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame Class for 2020 was announced earlier today and it includes athletes and coaches from nine different sports. It’s only the fourth such class in U of I sports history and when you look at the full class, aggregated with the previous three, you still have some names missing.

(And we covered who should be next to get in, from men’s basketball, in this post). What’s the most glaring omission? Still not a single quarterback in the hall yet. It’s only the single most individual position in all of team sports. Plus the Illini had a dominant run of signal callers in the 1980s.

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Liverpool FC Will Have Chance to Win Title, Says UEFA President

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Liverpool FC and their fans have waited way too long to be denied now. Just ask super supporter and talk show host John Oliver. The Reds were just two victories away from clinching their first league title since 1990 before the season was suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Is that what it’s going to take to keep this drought going- a global pandemic? Well, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has made some remarks that will ease the minds of the Liverpool community. He said there is “no way” Jurgen Klopp’s side will be denied the opportunity to earn the Premier League title this season.

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Amid Talk of Potential MLB Restart, Casinos Favor the L.A. Dodgers

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Today brought talk of a potential start to the 2020 Major League Baseball season, and with it hopes that it could commence sometime in May. There are a lot of details to be figured out yet to see if it could actually happen, and we’ll get to that in a bit.

If we do get a baseball season, somehow someway amid the coronavirus pandemic, then who will be will the leading contenders to win it all? The betting community seems to be heavily backing the Los Angeles Dodgers. When perusing wagering websites, be sure to check out the biggest Australian gambling guide on the web. It’s an excellent resource for links that cover betting of all types, include sports betting.

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Illini Center Kofi Cockburn Announces Entry into NBA Draft

Illinois Fighting Illini Center Kofi Cockburn announced, just minutes ago via his Instagram page, his early entry into the 2020 NBA Draft. It is unclear, given the text of the message he posted, whether he is just testing the waters or not.

The message says nothing about hiring an agent, which is the determining factor for whether or not he can return to school for his sophomore season. If he has representation, then his college career is over. If not, then he can come back to Champaign next year, and even go through this process after his next two seasons, if he so desires. See his IG posting below:

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New Illini Athletics HOF Class Announced; Still No Quarterbacks

Pro Football Hall of Famer Ray Nitschke, 1995 Butkus Award winner Kevin Hardy and long-time NBA star Derek Harper headline 15-person Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame Class for 2020. The class, which was announced just minutes ago, includes athletes and coaches from nine different sports and covers athletes from 1901 through 2013.

It’s only the fourth such class in Illini athletics history and when you look at the full class, aggregated with the previous three, you have plenty of snubs to point out. (And we’ll do that in another post shortly). What’s most glaring here? Still not a single quarterback in the hall yet.

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Tottenham Hotspur Transfer Talk: Denis Zakaria, Vedat Muriqi

Tottenham Hotspur, along with the rest of global football, are off indefinitely, so instead we’ll have to do some transfer talk. If there’s one thing that can survive a global pandemic, it’s transfer rumors. Besides, White Hart Lane may have a really busy summer, as there have been reports claiming Jose Mourinho wants to bring as many as five new players to north London this upcoming transfer window.

With that in mind, ee start with the German outlet Express highlighting a Borussia Moenchengladbach man who is coming into his own right now.

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Arsenal Transfer Talk: Aubameyang, Aouar, Kavanagh, Nunez

Arsenal FC, along with the rest of global football, are off indefinitely, so instead we’ll have to do some transfer talk. If there’s one thing that can survive a global pandemic, it’s transfer rumors. We start with Middlesbrough striker Calum Kavanagh, who despite being just 16-years-old, is attracting a lot of interest from several club.

He’s Graham Kavanagh’s son and he’s being scouted by the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Newcastle and Leicester City.

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Manchester City Transfer Talk: Ferran Torres, Houssem Aouar

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Manchester City, along with the rest of global football, are off indefinitely, so instead we’ll have to do some transfer talk. If there’s one thing that can survive a global pandemic, it’s transfer rumors. We start with 21-year-old starlet Houssem Aouar, who is wanted by several big, rich clubs according to The Sun.

The list includes Manchester City, but also Arsenal, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Juventus.

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Liverpool FC Transfer Talk: Torres, Zakaria, Thuram, Aouar

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Liverpool FC, along with the rest of global football, are off indefinitely, so instead we’ll have to do some transfer talk. If there’s one thing that can survive a global pandemic, it’s transfer rumors. We start with a young up-and-comer who could carry a price cost that nears 100 million pounds.

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