In thrilling win at Cornell, Penn men's basketball takes one step closer to March Madness


Win and we’re in.

That has to be the message from coach Steve Donahue to his players after Penn men’s basketballsurvived a latethriller in Ithaca, N.Y., placing the team in a position where a win at Columbia in 24 hours’ timewould virtually guarantee a postseason bid.

Behind a superb all-around performance from freshman Ryan Betley, Penn overcame a series of Cornell runs to win 69-66 in a game that came down to the final seconds.

The Quakers (12-12, 5-6 Ivy), as they have been known to do recently, started the game out strong, opening up a 7-2 lead in the opening minutes. Despite struggling on the boards throughout, the team managed to head to halftime up 36-28. Most of this lead can be attributed to the sensational shooting of Betley, who scored 13 of his team-high 21 points in the opening half.

The Red and Blue looked as if they were about to put the game away, as AJ Brodeur and Betley came out of the half on fire, but Cornell proved that it was not the type of team to roll over.

In fact, the Big Red (7-19, 3-8) proved much more than that, using a 13-0 run to take a two point lead with just underten minutes remaining. That lead would extend to four just before the seven minute mark. All hope appeared lost for the Quakers, as Cornell seemed to have all the momentum.

However, the Quakers, sensing that their playoff hopes were in jeopardy, dug deep. Betley proved that he was more than just an offensive specialist, coming up with a crucial block with 49 seconds remainingto force the Cornell shot clock violation that effectively altered the momentum of the game. On the ensuing possession, Brodeur hit a tough shot in the post to recapture the lead for Penn, 65-63.

From that point onward, Penn’s free throw shooting prevailed in a way it hadn’t all season, with Betley and junior Darnell Foreman each knocking down both of theirCheikhou Kouyate hailed victory over Bournemouth as among their “best”.Jeffrey Schlupp struck the only goal of the game on Tuesday night.Kouyate said: “We started the game very, very good. Everything was good, we fought for every ball and then we los attempts to seal the game.

Although it wasn’t necessarchanges this summer will prove successful.Villa signed 12 new players during pre-season in a spending spree of £130million, including new £22m record buy Wesley from Club Brugge.Boss Dean Smith has revamped his squad and McGinn knows the jury is ouily the prettiest or most seamless game for a Penn squad that has been running over opponents recently, its merits as an important and gritty road victory are indisputable.

That being said, a much stronger performance will be required from Penn on Saturday when the team battles Columbia on the road in the hopes of securing a spot in the Ivy League Tournament. A win would all-but guarantee Penn atictory over Arsenal.Klopp is happy to be getting full weeks of training with his players.He said, “We enjoyed a lot the opportunity to have a week of training. We will have another week of training and then we go to a very difficult place, to Burnley least the fourth-place spot, with the potential to go even further in pursuit of Yale’s current No. 3 seed.

All of the Ivy League will be watching on Saturday. Win, and Penn is in.

Penn Relays | Track legend running his final lap


A few years ago, Penn men’s track coach Charlie Powell was ushering Arkansas track coach John McDonnell through Weightman Hall to the press room.

A security guard stopped them and said that McDonnell wasn’t allowed past.

“His team just won the distance medley, and I’m taking him to the preChelsea are watching Atalanta midfielder Ruslan Malinovskyi.The Russia international, 26, only moved to Italy this summer from Genk.Sport Arena says his form has caught the eye of Chelsea scouts so far this season.Malinovskyi has thus far been able to play eight competition games for Atalanta.The 26-year-old’s contract with the Serie A club expires in the summer of room,” Powell explained.

But the guard didn’t budge.

“I’m sorry, but I don’t know who he is, so he’s not coming through.”

They turned around, and McDonnell whispered to Powell: “It’s okay. We have people like that at Arkansas, too.”

McDonnell wasn’t too miffed about the incident. After all, he’s recognized enough for his unparalleled success in track and field.

But after 30 years, 42 national titles and 83 conference championships later, McDonnell is calling it a career. He has, by far, the most national titles of any coach in any college sport, ever.

The next closest is Texas A&M; track coach Pat Henry, with 27.

Those 42 national titles comprise 11 cross-country, 19 indoor track and 12 outdoor track crowns. His 12 consecutive indoor championships, from 1984-95, set an NCAA record.

At a press conference, Arkansas vice chancellor for Athletics, Jeff Long, said: “The recognition and pride he has brought to the University of Arkansas and Razorbacks across the nation and around the world is truly legendary.”y over reports of bidding for Juventus defender Merih Demiral.Reports in Italy claim Leicester have had a bid of about £25million rejected for the player, who joined Juventus from Sassuolo only last summer. Demiral may also be allowed to depart the

McDonnell said he was stepping down to spend more time with his wife.

“She has sacrificed a lot for the sake of track and field,” he said. “She’s raised our kids, and done a great job, and now it’s time for us to do some things together.”

Powell, has known McDonnell for over 25 years, wasn’t surprised. He described McDonnell as a man who held traditional values.

“He is very dedicated to his personal family and his extended family, which is his athletes,” Powell said.

“Every one of his athletes said what a great person he is; after they graduate, they say he was a father figure. He’s given a lot to track, a lot to Arkansas, and he deserves his time off.

“It’s great to see coacarri’s move to Juventus would transform Italian football.Chelsea manager Sarri is expected to soon be named Juve coach.Sacchi said, “I’ve always thought that a Coach must be both screenwriter and director, whereas others view the role differently. hes with values like his, that coaching is about developing people, not just winning.”

In fact, every year, between tending to his cattle on his ranch in Oklahoma and winning national titles, McDonnell takes his athletes on a fishing trip.

He admitted that his one regret will be that he’s leaving his current athletes. But he’ll undoubtedly miss winning as well.

Powell remembers McDonnell jumping up and down on the sidelines after yet another national title from one of his team.

Powell asked him, half-joking, if it ever got old winning national titles.

“It never gets old,” McDonnell answered with a beaming smile.

Field Hockey: Quakers triumph without missing a beat


It only took five minutes for the Penn field hockey team to shake off the rust accumulated during a two-week break.

Dartmouth had the ball for the first five minutes of the game, but as soon as Penn got its first possession, the Quakers dominated, winning 5-1. The Red and Blue improve to 3-4 on the season and 2-1 in the Ivy League.

“Dartmouth was on the fritz the whole game,” said Nicole Black, who scored two goals in the game.

Black said the defense and offense pushed each other over the last two weeks of practice, and that translated to better production in the field.

“We are really goal hungry,” she said — and it showed.

During Penn’s current three-game winning streak, it has outscored opponents 9-3.

“You never know who is going to score,” coach Val Cloud said. “It is not just one girl.”

In addition to Black, Margaretha Ehret, Meghan Rose and Jamie Calahan each also netted a goal.

Junior Meredith Moran had two assists and was part of a midfield that moved the ball eff for Nicolas Pepe was close.Pepe eventually left Lille for Arsenal in a club record €80m deal this summer.But Zubizarreta revealed: “Nicolas Pépé was on our list, he came to Marseille and we almost agreed. “It could have been done, but it was finectively in transition.

“We are moving the ball well and scoring goals from the field instead of from set plays,” Moran said. “We are really balanced on both sides of the field.”

Although Penn led 3-0 at halftime, Cloud told her squad at the break to play as if the score were 0-0.

Dartmouth goalie Ashley Heist may have been thinking the same thing, as she relieved Jordan Sedlacek, who as clash with coach Thomas Tuchel.Di Maria has wfrom home village Bambali in Senegal.In January, the goalscorer was crowned African Player of the Year for 2019.This followed a sensational year for Mane which saw the 27-year-old hit the heights by winning the Champions League, Super Cup and Club Woarned teammate Mbappe following the striker’s outburst in their 5-0 Ligue 1 win over Montpellier.Speaking after the game, Di Maria told Canal Plus: “It is very difficult, nobody wanted to go off, everyllowed three goals on four shots, at the beginning of the second.

But Heist didn’t fare any better, and Meghan Rose scored Penn’s fourth goal of the game ten minutes into the half.

After the Big Green scored their only goal of the game soon after halftime, the Quakers responded with a score of their own 31 seconds later.

Cloud was pleased that she got a chance to play every player, with the exception of backup goalkeeper, freshman Sara Heinze, during the contest.

Black and Moran both associate the three-game winning streak – which came after a distressingly slow start – with an increase in the team’s overall intensity.

Cloud and the team will try to bring that again to Wednesday’s home game against Villanova.

Needing to win for title shot, W. Squash forgets Howe


NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Recovering from “the most disappointing day of squash I’ve ever had” wasn’t easy for senior and co-captain Paula Pearson or her Penn teammates.

And it was a bittersweet weekend for them at the Howe Cup in New Haven. A No. 2 seed in the championship tournament, the Quakers expected nothing less than at least a berth in the final – and a national title was well within their grasp.

But instead it was No. 1 Princeton who left with the Howe Cup. The Quakers leave Yale disappointed after a 6-3 semifinal loss to No. 3 Harvard, but proud after reversing those numbers over the host Elis to capture third place.

“We’re definitely focusing on the latter aspect of is excited to be facing with Champions League opponents Manchester City.Atalanta lost their opening two games to Dinamo Zagreb and Shakhtar Donetsk – and visit City next week.“Manchester City are certainly capable of winning the Champions League, that,” coach Jack Wyant said.

On Friday, seventh-seeded Williams provided a sparring partner, as the Quakers won, 9-0.

But the real tournament would begin Saturday, when it would come down to the top four teams in the country: Princeton taking on Yale, and Penn playing Harvard.

Confidence was high going in: The Quakers defeated the Crimson 6-3 last week at Ringe Courts, and Yale’s courts are similar to Penn’s.

Nobody expected a physical or talent letdown on the part of the Red and Blue against Harvard. If it was going to lose, Penn would lose in the mental game. According to the team, that’s what happened.

Pearson and classmate Radhika Ahluwalia both agreed that the team was too tentative in hitting shots and laid back when it should have attacked.

“We all could have played better,” Pearson said. “We might have been too focused on our next match instead of dealing with the present. I had high expectations and I think everyone else did too.”

“Mentally, they were probably more prepared than we were,” Ahluwalia said. “I think the fact that they were the underdog gave them some more motivation, a killer instinct.”

Devastating losses are not unfamiliar to the team – it lost a critical match and its No. 1 ranking to Princeton last month. But this one ended a championship dream that seemed very real, and the players would have less than 24 hours to collect themselves to face Yale for third place.

As they’ve done before, the senior trio of A win over Granada.Lionel Messi scored the only goal of the game in the second half as the hosts dominated possession at the Camp Nou.”I think it was a good,” Setien said when asked how he would grade his team’s performance.”Maybe we lacked a bit of chluwalia, Pearson, and Caitlin Russell took the initiative in leading their team.

“I told them that we could take this two ways,” Pearson said. “That we could look at it and be negative, or that we could turn it to our advantage, since Yale also lost.”

Ahluwalia made sure that the team didn’t lose sight of what they’d done all year. In her rallying cry, she said that “third in the country is great; we haven’t done that in seven years.” She added that they had to push the Harvard loss out of their minds against Yale.

On Sunday, Penn looked more like the team that was ranked first in the country. It jumped out to a 3-0 lead, and Wyant cautioned that the team had done that before against the Elis and only ended up winning 5-4.

Only this time, the wins kept on coming until the final score read an impressive 6-3.

Even the usually optimistic Wyant admitted that he druce has explained the benching of Allan Saint-Maximin for their 0-0 draw against Burnley.The French winger was only involved in a cameo role for the Magpies and didn’t look fully fit.Bruce later told the media he’d been carrying a hamstring injury.Bidn’t think the team could bounce back so quickly.

Chalk that recovery up to the team’s leadership and camaraderie. Ahluwalia said that the trio fed off of their younger teammates, who made “win it for the seniors” a theme for Sunday.

Although her two classmates won, Ahluwalia fell in her last collegiate team match. Wyant refused to feel sorry about that.

“You know, I can’t ever be disappointed with Paula or Radhika,” he said. “They’ve both won tough matches for us and lost big ones as well. But without them and their leadership, we’d never be in this position. I’m incredibly proud.”

art with Arsenal.The Ivory Coast international bec


Angels rotation candidate made it five full innings on WednChampionship Swansea City have rejected a £15m bid for striker Oli McBurnie from Premier League newcomers Sheffield United.Swansea are fighting to hold on to the 23-year-old, who scored 24 goals last season as the Swans finished 10th.The Championship club are only likely to consider selling McBurnie if they receive a bid in excess of £20m.esday in a his style to adjust to manager Frank Lampard’s demands.The of the world. Another show of contempt. And the reaction from the board at Manchester United is to reward Paul Pogba with a £200,000-a-week pay-rise…Well, that’s the latest coming out of the London press today. Rather than show some backbone. Soe 27 year-old’s midfield responsibilities appear to have changed this season under Lampard, even if his position on the pitch has not altered too much.Jorginho explained to “We Cactus League start against San Diego. The veteran hurler gave up two earned runs on the afternoon over five hits and no walks as he lowered his spring ERA to 3.86. Blanton struck out two in the performance and has now given up three earned runs this spring over seven innings with four Ks.

Sidibe says he’s happy at Everton.The fullback ha


Top pitching prospect took the mound on Wednesday in Cactus League action againlieves there’s more old boys like h Dummett withdrew himself from Wales selection for the sake of his Newcastle United career.The Evening Chronicle says Dummett has not closed the door for good with Wales and the conversation with coach Ryan Giggs is still an open one.But in the long imself eager to return to the Dutch giants. The Holland international, after four years away in England with Manchester United, chose to return to the Eredivisie and Ajax last year. It was a decision that paid off hst the Indians. Seattle’s No. 1 overall prospect, according to Baseball Prospectus, followed prospect to the mound and completed two innings. Walkerirror says they are so worried by Gareth Bale’s injury history they will only offer the winger a pay-as-you-play deal.Fresh reports indicate the Red Devils want to cover their backs if Real Madrid ace Bale wants to sign – having hired a private inves did not allow a run or hit as he walked one and struck out two batters. Walker has allowed a hit over two scoreless innings this spring.

Giants claim infielder Tony Abreu off waivers from Royals


The announced Monday that the team has claimed infielder off waivers from the .

Abreu was designated for assignment in late January after the Royals claimed catcher off waivers.

The 28-year-old switch-hitting Abreu has played 168 games since debuting inve asked Ajax to name their price for Sven Botmng Real Madrid as a teenager.Neymar famously trialled at Real as a junior player before eventually leaving Santos for Barcelona. Both LaLiga giants are now trying to prise the Brazilian away from PSG.Meanwhile, Teixeiera told AS: “If he didn’t go thean.De Telegraaf says Norwich have sought to open talks with Ajax about a fee for the defender, who is currently on-loan with SC Heerenveen.With Botman still on a youth team contract, the Canaries can sna 2007, hitting .252/.280/.355 with four home runs in 464 plate appearances.

Abreu hit .257/.284/.357 in 74 plate appearances last season with the Royals. He spent most of his seled out a title challenge this new season.Emery says the gap to champions Manchester City and runners-up Liverpool is too big to close.He warned: “We need to be realistic because the distance between City and Liverpool to us is a lot of points.”We neason with Triple-A Omaha, hitting .322/.347/.492 with nine home runs and seven stolen bases in 453 plate appearances. Abreau is a familier face in the NL West, playing for the Diamondbacks in 2010 and the Dodgers in 2007 and ’09.

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Report: Sandy Alomar Jr. ‘expects’ to join Terry Francona’s coaching staff in Cleveland


Sandy Alomar Jr. “expects” to join Terry Francona’s coaching staff in , tinguito says Espanyol are focusing on a deal for Real striker Mariano Diaz as a priority.However, they have also asked after Mariano’s teammate Brahim Diaz, who like the striker has found himself frozen out this season.A move away in January for botho the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes. 

Alomar is expected to retain his role as the team’s bench coach on the new staff. While Alomar expects to be with the Indians, it’s unclear if he would leave to take an open manager job with or . Alomar was a candidate for the Red Sox position last season, losing out to Bobby Valentine. 

Hoynes notes that if the Red Sox are able to acquire manager John Farrell from the Blue Jays, then Alomar would likely be a candidate in . Farrell was Boston’s pteve Bruce is turning to Dwite admits he doesn’t want Christian Eriksen taking his time to bed down.The Dane is to start Sunday’s derby against AC Milan.Conte said, “We brought in Eriksen because he has characteristics that suit our style of football. Italy is far more tacticght Gayle in a bid to solve their goalscoring crisis.The 29-year-old spent last season on loan at West Brom and was expected to leave St James’ Park on a permanent basis.But with Andy Carroll now missing because of a groinitching coach 2007-10.

Grading Monday’s LDS action: Orioles pitchers come up huge


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We only had two games Monday, as opposed to the four games Sunday, and one was a blowout. Still, there was plenty of drama in the later game and we’re here to dole out some red ink.

: I already said starting pitcher was the hero for the Orioles in Game 2, but the entire pitching staff got it done for Monday. Chen left with one out in the seventh and a runner on first base. struck out the only batter he faced, and then induced an inning-ending fly out with runners on second and third in a one-run game. Matusz then got three more big outs in the eighth before worked a perfect ninth. Johnson’s outing was especially important considering his disastrous ninth inning Sunday night in Game 1. The Orioles really needed this one, and they got it, due mostly to their pitching staff.

With starting pitcher needing to be pulled due to a shoulder injury after just two innings — and the facing a 1-0 deficit in the series — the defending champs were put in a tough spot. The offense was easily the biggest reason for the win, but the bullpen deserves some credit here for workiners this summer.City are facing the prospect of a two year UEFA Champions League ban, unless they can successfully overturn the verdict on appeal.And it means some of their stars, such as Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne, may want tg seven innings. In those seven innings, they allowed eight hits, one walk and three runs while striking out eight.

He definitely wasn’t awful and the New York offense was mostly to blame for the ‘ loss. But, it was Pettitte who coughed up an early 1-0 lead during a two-out rally in the second inning. In all, he went seven innings and gave up three runs. That’s good for a 3.86 ERA on a cold night, and cold nights are pretty conducive to good pitching. All in all, it feels like a good C, no?

The defects summer signing Rodri to improve upon his early displays.Rodri has shone in victories at West Ham and in the Community Shield against Liverpool.”Rodrigo has to play better, so does everyone,” Guardiola said. “He has potential as a young player, hense played by the Orioles, and Yankees. Balls were being booted, going through the legs of solid defenders like and , being air-mailed by and play was just generally pretty sloppy on defense in several big spots for all three of these teams. I’m not sure if it was the weather in Baltimore, but that game was especially baffling through the middle innings.

We’ll give this to the entire pitching staff. The entire team pretty much played like it was content to go home with a split, having already won Game 1, but the pitching was awful. could only last three innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits. The bullpen wasn’t much better, coughing up six moessed for victory over Bordeaux on the weekend.He has now played 13 Ligue 1 games in 2019 and ASSE have won 11 of those matches. That’s a 33 points from 39 available when he has been on the pitch.Also in those 13 games, St Etienne have only conceded re earned runs on six hits. They collectively allowed four home runs, three doubles and a triple.

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Report: 15 scouts at Josh Johnson’s Sunday start


Fifteen scouts — one of them Boston’s top scout, Gary Hughes, ESPN’s Jim Bowden — are at ‘s start Sunday afternoon in Miami, ESPN’s Jayson Stark. Six teams are talking to the about trading for Johnson. 

The , , , , , and are in on Johnson, according to Stark, yet all have expressed concern of Johnson’s health, durability, and dip in velocity (from 95 MPH to 93 MPH).The Marlins have told the Rangers not to bother if they’re not willing to send third baseman prospect Mike Olt to Miami. The ‘ chances of making the playoffs are almost nothing — 0.3 percent — and if ths to join Livingston in loan deal.The 22-year-old right winger will be with the Scottish club until January.Stobbs first played for Sheffield United in 2014, but has only managed five first team appearances since then.He will be hoping to gain regulaey decide to sell, they can move , , , and in a matter of hours. Stark linked Victorino to the Dodgers, , , or ; Pierre to the Reds; Blanton to the Orioles; and Wigginton ther Leandro Trossard admits that it is difficult for him to celebrate goals because of VAR.The Seagulls had a goal canceled out (correctly) by VAR in a 2-0 loss to Southampton this weekend.A similar incident happened a week ago, when Trossard’s volley . is more likely to be moved in the offseason, Ssocial media.Barcelona remain the favourites to sign the young Holland international. The Catalan giants have already secured the services of his former team-mate Frenkie de Jong. It is feared that a lack of Champions League football will also resulttark noted.There’s also a possibility the Phillies keep the aforementioned players until August and try to trade them after the non-waiver trade deadline, giving the Phillies more time to assess all their options, even though it looks like their playoff hopes are shot.Speaking of which,’s Jon Heyman has put together who could be traded after July 31. Baltimore considered third baseman , who’s been , and continue to look for starting pitchers. Stark mentioned , Joe Blanton, and on the Orioles’ shopping list.The Braves, who tried valiantly to acquire , have shifted their focus completely to adding to their bullpen.The Giants and have reportedly talked about a deal that would send and to San Francisco, but the Giants want a more high-impact outfielder than Francoeur. The Reds want an outfielder who can bat atop their lineup, and they’ve checked in on and , in addition to Victorino and Pierre in Philadelphia.The have put in feelers on Josh Johnson and , but are more focused on acquiring bullpen help.About Shields, Tampa is in no hurry to move him. The Yankees may not be done dealing with the , as Stark wrote that they could be interested in adding slick-fielding . Teams interested in bullpen help are waiting for prices to come down, especially for such guys as Seattle’s . The Giants, Dodgers, Braves, and are all interested in League, according to Stark.

Jose Contreras tears UCL in right elbow


Late Saturday morning, the announced that right-handed relief pitcher was placed on the disabled list with a “right elbow strain.” As a corresponding move, right-handed reliever Michael Schwimer was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Contreras, 40, was removed Friday night without even throwing an official pitch (see the photo here). The Phillies announced Saturday that an MRI showed Contreras tore his ulnar collateral ligament and requires Tommy John surgery to repair. He is getting a second opinion, but if the diagnosis is the same, Contreras will miss the remainder of the 2012 season. “Unfortunately we’re pretty confident he’s got a couple very, very serious issues,” Phillies general manLeeds United.White spoke to LUTV after signing for the club on a season-long loan deal.White completed a move to Elland Road from Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday.“When I heard of the opportunity to come, I was just so excitager Ruben Amaro Jr. said of Contreras (). “I feel badly for him. He worked pretty hard to get back to the point where he started to be pretty effective. It’s a tough piece of news to take.”Contreras began the season on the disabled list following offseason elbow surgery. He had a 5.27 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 15 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings this season since returning, however,  he hadn’t gen Klopp insists they can handle going into the new season without any big name additions.The only newcomer in the Reds’ squad during the transfer window has been 17-year-old Dutch defender Sepp van den Berg, and Klopp does not expect that situationallowed a run in his last seven appearances. For more baseball news, rumod to a change of team mentality.And he has called on his team-mates to show the same fight and belief against Champions League opponents Bayern Munich. “Of course it is very important for our confidence to win after the loss against United,” said trs and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

Tampa Bay activates Desmond Jennings


After missing about a month with a left knee sprain, left fielder and leadoff hitter Desmond Jennings is back. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Jennings has been and is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday night against Andy Pettitte and the . On the season, the 25-year-old Jennings is batting lt in a great modern no.9.The Frenchman has been a revelation since joining Arsenal, scoring 36 goals for the club over the past two seasons. He has two in five this term.Lacazette was asked by Arsenal Player about his thoughts on the qualities strik.265/.333/.398, which is good for an of 108. He also has eight stolen bases in nine attempts. Jennings return means that Rays will no longer be forced to make wear a glove. However, in order to make room for Jennings on the roster, the Rays have demoted . For more basernational, a former U20 World Cup winner, is being lined up for a January move to England by the Toffees, says Blic.It’s been revealed Everton failed with an offer for Zivkovic last summer, with Benfica demanding €35m to sell at the time – a price ball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitte boss Roy Hodgson admits they wanted to sign Cenk Tosun two years ago.Tosun joined Palace on-loan on Friday.Hodgson said: “As long ago as two years now when we were looking to improve our striking force, Cenk’s name came up and was quite heavily scoer, subscribe to the and .

Adrian Beltre leaves game with hamstring injury


third baseman was forced to leave Saturday’s game against the with a left hamstring injury (). Beltre led off the second ith West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere.Wilshere was seen as a coup when loaned from Arsenal for the 2016-17 campaign, but grabbed just two assists and failed to score in 27 games.Howe told The Sun: “I’ve heard a couple of people say Jack didn’t do wenning with a double and pulled up lame as he got to second base. He was replaced by . Beltre told reporters his hamstring doesn’t feel as bad as it did last season, when he hit the disabled list, and hopes to only miss four games (). The Rangers didn’t miss Beltre Saturday afternoon, the Tigers, but the second half ofly against New England Revolution on Wednesday night.Loftus-Cheek came on as a substitute only to injure his achilles, which will require surgery.Sarri was angry that his side had to be play the friendly in the first ploan spell with Leeds United.The centre-back has joined the promotion hopefuls for the 2019/20 campaign.White, 21, said: “I’ve learnt so many things from going out on loan, such as playing against different players every week, who are usually big andlace, with the Europa League fin the double-header is Saturday night. And losing Beltre for a few games would obviously hurt. Beltre, 33, hit .296/.331/.561 with 32 homers and 105 RBI last season, winning the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger. He upped his 2012 average to .304 by going 2-for-2 Saturday before his injury. For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

Cubs, Red Sox complete Theo Epstein compensation saga


Finally, after five months, the Red Sox and Cubs compensation for Theo Epstein has been finalized, as the Cubs acquired minor-league first baseman Jair Bogaerts from the Red Sox to complete the process.

In the end, the Cubs got Epstein, their president of baseball operations, and Bogaerts, while the Red Sox received right-hander right-hander Aaron Kurcz.

Bogaerts, 19, is the twin brother of Red Sox minor-league shortstop . The two are natives of Aruba. Xander Bogaerts is ranked the second-best prospect in the Red Sox system by Baseball America. Jair Bogaerts was not ranked by the publication. In to the idea of joinauricio Pochettino was furious with Heung-min Son’s dismissal in their draw with Everton.The 1-1 draw was overshadowed by Andre Gomes’ horrific injury in the second half – after he was challenged by Son and collided with Serge Aurier. Son originally ing Bayern Munich.The Denmark international is expected to leave Spurs when his contract expires at the end of the season, but the club could offload him in January.And Bundesliga champions Bayern have reportedly approached Erikse two minor-league seasons, Bogarts has hit .227/.320/.321 in 372 plate appearances over two seasons in the Dominican Summer League. Last season he hit .288/.387/.404 with two homers. He caught in 2010, but not in 2011.

The announcement comes the same day Carpenter is slated to have elbow surgery to replace a bone spur.

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer told the Chicago Tribune the team didn’t know about Carpenter’s elbow injury.

“We just found out about that,” . “It’s obviously something you never want to happen. In any trade, you want both sides to feel good. That’s not a great thing to have happen, (either) for Chris or the Red Sox.

“It’s something we just learned about and are looking into it. I wouldn’t read anything into that.”

While this does close the bookry highly rated and is seen as someone who could flourish in the Premier League.He has previously been linked with moves to Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.The Independent suggests that Carlo Ancelotti’s team will attempt to sign the Brazilian in the s on the compensation saga for Epstein, Chicago still owes San Diego a player as compensation for signing Hoyer.

GM Williams on the White Sox: ‘We’re a lot better than people think’


PHOENIX — Tuesday, I talked to a scout who has followed the White Sox this spring and said they might lose 100 games this year.

Wednesday, White Sox general manager Ken Williams responded.

“I think we’re going to be a lot better than some people think — a lot betmas schedule.Wolves’ festive programme was already tough with matches against Manchester City and Liverpool to finish 2019 but those games will now take place on December 27 and December 29 respectively – separated by just 44 hours and 45 minutes better,” Williams said.

The White Sox haven’t looked good in Arizos they’re calm about his situation at PSG.The Polish goalkeeper left Chelsea in the summer for PSG, where he has been strictly third choice this season.But agent Yves Le Mee told “From the start, it was agreed that he had to attack the na. They lost eight of their first 10 games, and fell far behind again Wednesday before rallying against a group of pitchers who won’t make the Angels’ major-league roster.

Meanwhile, Jake Peavy has struggled, with another scout saying that Peavy “isn’t the same guy. Even his body language shows it.”

Williams expressed confidence that Peavy will have a bounce-back year, saying that the right-hander is healthier than he has been since coming to the White Sox in a midseason trade in 2009.

“He’s got something to prove,” Williams said.

Williams also said he believes several White Sox hitters — notably Ad of their Nou Camp stadium by 2024, according to AS, reports, /.Unlike a standard naming rights deal – where the sponsor takes on sole ownership of the inventory – AS says Barcelona want any partner to come after the famous Nou Camp moniker.The dam Dunn, Alex Rios and Gordon Beckham — will show improvement.

“We have some particular guys who struggled, who are in so much better position to hit,” he said. “If we can keep them right where they are right now, they’ll have tremendously better seasons.”

Williams began last winter by saying that he planned to rebuild, if he could get the deals he was looking for. As it turned out, though, Williams only traded closer Sergio Santos and outfielder Carlos Quentin.

There’s still a chance that he could trade pitcher Gavin Floyd this spring, although Williams insists that he hasn’t had any trade talks about Floyd since spring training began. Some people even believe that Williams would still be open to trading John Danks, even after Danks signed a five-year contract over the winter.

Without discussing which players were involved, Williams admitted Wednesday that he was willing to do more “rebuilding” than he has done so far.

“We looked to see if we could acquire some of the game’s most impactful young players,” he said. “Our target list was our target list. We set the price high, and we stuck with it.”

Now, some outside the organization wonder if they’re stuck with a team that can’t win. The early spring games haven’t done much to change that thought.

Then again, as one scout remembered Wednesday, the two teams that looked the worst in Arizona last spring were the Diamondbacks and the Indians.

The Diamondbacks went on to win the National League West. The Indians led the American League Central for most of the first half of the season.