What to take away from Penn men's basketball's tight overtime win over Dartmouth


After a last weekend, Penn men’s basketball is starting to lointerested in Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic.The Croatia international’s future at Barca is in doubt amid talk he could be sacrificed to raise cash for their summer market plans.Mundo Deportivo says United are aware of the situation and ready to mok like its old self again.

Friday’s 82-79 overtime win against Dartmouth wasn’t an easy one for the Quakers, but wins don’t need to be pretty as long as they get the job done. Here are three takeaways from the Red and Blue’s latest victory:

After a tight first half, the Big Green started to pull away in the second, stretching the lead to 11 with 18:04 left to play. Looking up at a 50-39 score, coach Steve Donahue called a timeout, collected his team, and pressed them to keep fighting.

“.Kicker says the Irons are in contact with Hertha about bringing the former Chelsea star back to London before tomorrow’s transfer deadline.Now 34, Kalou has found himself sidelined by coach Jurgen Klinsmann and has hit out at his treatment this weekCoach told us to keep grinding, keep doing what we do, keep our heads up, and find our spots,” junior forward AJ Brodeur said. “It shouldn’t change whether we’re up 11, down 11, or down 20, everything we do has got to be the same. We’ve got to stay sharp, and we were able to make a run we know we’re capable of. It was just a matter of when.”

Aided by the raucous home crowd and the ever-animated Penn Band, the Red and Blue quickly brought it back to a nailbiter. A 16-2 run over the next six minutes completely flipped the game back in the Quakers’ favor and saw the team take a 55-52 lead, one that did not exceed four points in either direction for the rest of the game.

Brodeur put up a season-high 36 points Friday night, and the Red and Blue needed each and every one to stick with the Big Green. It seemed whenever Penn was in a drought offensively, Brodeur would find a lane and sink a hook shot or layup to keep the Quakers in the game. During the lengthy run that brought the team back into the lead, Brodeur scored half of the team’s points off four field goals, always finding a way to get to the basket and make it count.

“It felt really good to find my spots, my teammates were feeding me, and I was able to go to work with little resistance from other guys on Dartmouth,” he said. “It was mostly a one-on-one matchup [with Dartmouth’s Chris Knight], and I feel like that’s where I do my best when I have the space to do what I want.”

The junior also added 11 rebounds in addition to his mass of points, good for his seventh double-double on the season, and fourth in seven Ivy League contests. The game also marked his 17th consecutive with 10 or more points, the Gunners are desperate to sign a quality winger this window, while Zaha wants to go to the club he has supported for much of his life.But the Evening Standard indicates that if Arsenal cannot come up with the funds to satisfy Palace for Zaha, they we longest such streak of any active member on the team.

His free-throw shooting, which has historically been a struggle — especially down the stretch of close games —was largely on target against Dartmouth, as he made six of eight attempts. Brodeur’s makes from the charity stripe were instrumental in sending the game into overtime and finally growing the lead to three in the closing seconds.

Coming in with a turnover average of 12.9 per game, Penn knew keeping the ball was the key to success. However, that strategy did not pan out Friday night, with the Red and Blue giving the ball away 16 times to Dartmouth’s nine.

The Quakers’ first half was especially rough from a turnover standpoint, with the team racking up nine in the first 20 minutes, compared to just one from the Big Green, and trailing by five heading into the break. But as the game progressed, Penn began to tighten up its offense.

In the final 8:50 of play, the home side turned the ball over twice while Dartmouth did so four times, including one with 18 seconds in regulation where the visitors could have held for the last shot. While early troubles nearly let the game get out of reach, later discipline allowed the Quakers to survive into overtime.

Penn softball breaks the mold with group of underclassman captains


For Penn softball, it’s out with the old and in with the new — the really new.

Fresh off the graduations of program legends Leah Allen and Alexis Sargent, it was clear that the Red and Blue would have an overhauled personnel this season, and that’s nowhere more evident than with the team’s captains. Led by juniors Jessica England and Hannah Gibbons, the Quakers have zero senior captains for the first time since 2006.

Ask anyone involved, though, and the unusual arrangement seems to be working just fine.

“I guess if you looked at it from an outside perspective, it would be kind of difficult. But in my position, I use [the seniors] as my tools and guiding leaders; when I try to make decisions, I always go to them,” Gibbons said. “I always hear what they have to say, because they have insane insight, so that’s kind of my role as a leader — use the other leaders around me to make the team better.”

Though both Gibbons and England have taken the leadership roles in their third season, the pair has taken completely different paths to get there.

England, who could not be reached for comment, has started since her freshman year, and her strong 2017 season saw her finish in the team’s top five in batting average (.319) and on base percentage (.423), including a team-high 18 walks.

On the flip side, Gibbons is hitting 3 for 28 in two-and-a-half seasons.

But when the votes came in, the athletes made one thing clear; attitude mattered far more than numbers, and Gibbons more than met the benchmark there.

“My initial reaction, even when I was just nominated for captain, it took me a minute and made me think about how people saw me as a leader,” she said. “I kind of knew I had some leadership qualities, but I didn’t necessarily know how it was seen by the team. I was really honored that people would see me in such a position, and since then ave transformed their Vicarage Road stadium in readiness for the 2019/20 Premier League Season, following the installation of two new giant superwide LED screens, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukThe 80sq.m screens, positioned at either end of the stadiumI’ve embraced that.”

Making the situation even more unconventional is the fact that, unlike the 2006 team that had only two seniors on the roster, it’s not like there w to strengthen in three areas this summer.Liverpool are two games away from being confirmed Premier League champions.And Thompson has been speaking to Sky Sports regarding where manager Jurgen Klopp may look to strengthen this summer. He said: “I stias any shortage of seniors who would’ve met the qualifications.

Senior catcher Jurie Joyner is a three-time All-Ivy selection and former Ivy League Rookie of the Year, who entered this season already ranked in the top 10 in school history in home runs and batting average.

Senior third baseman Molly Oretsky had a stellar junior season, finishing with a .339/.409/.558 batting line and ranking alongside Allen and Joyner as one of the team’s clear top three hitters.

Finally, senior pitcher Mason Spichiger actually was a captain herself last year, and has been the team’s ace pitcher following Sargent’s graduation, leading the 2018 Quakers in earned run average (4.60), innings pitched (58.2), starts (nine), and wins (three).

But if there was any shock at the announcement that there would be three underclass captains —sophomore Corey Burrough was also named a captain last summer, though she is no longer listed on the roster —that was put to bed quickly.

“[The seniors are] some of the most graceful people I’ve ever met in my life. I don’t think us stepping in as captains was anything that any person took to heart, nothing negative toward us at all,” Gibbons said. “They supported us 100 percent of the way, they gave us the confidence we needed, gave us the advice we needed, and when I’m making decisions I still go to them.

“er Aymeric Laporte.The French defender is out until 2020 after undergoing surgery on a knee problem he picked up during the 3-1 win over Brighton.“The key thing is by losing Laporte you lose a big player and I think the big players, you need them iThey’re still our leaders. They don’t have the title [of captain], but they’re the ones that really keep us going for sure.”

Though the Quakers struggled early, winning only four of their first 18 games, it’s clear that this group is hitting its stride right now, having won seven of its last eight games.

But no matter how this season ends up, the Quakers have an edge moving forward. Their younger generation has taken over, and that ascent shows no signs of slowing down.

“This year has been a rollercoaster, a lot of growing pains, but you can see in our wins how we’ve progressed,” Gibbons said. “Didn’t do so hot at the beginning of the year, but now we’re finally learning, going through those experiences together and getting better.

“Next year, it’s gonna be a force to reckon with for sure.”

Swimming aims to capitalize in new year


After a long break, the Penn men’s and women’s swim teams are hoping to start the new year with a kick.

Saturday, the Quakers will face Dartmouth and Yale in a tri-meet at Sheerr Pool as they enter their first action of the semester.

Though the Quakers had a long layoff from intercollegiate competition, they haven’t strayed far from the pool, using winter break as an opportunity to train in Florida.

The rigorous training program, undertaken while most are the latest team to show an interest in Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos.Palace Sporting Director Dougie Freedman was at Tynecastle on Sunday to watch the Gers’ 1-1 draw with Hearts, according to the Scottish Sun.Freedman wanted to run the rule ovof their classmates loafed around on the couch, has given the Red and Blue a chance to gel as a team.

“We have an opportunity down there to be able to work out with no schoolwork,” coach Mike Schnur said. “And it gives the kids a chance to bond, to spend all their time together and to share that self-sacrifice of real hard training.”

Sophomore Alex Elias echoed Schnur’s sentiments.

“We trained significantly better than last year,” he said. “I thought everyone really stepped up their game a lot. We got a lot of good training in, and overall, I think we’re all really where we need to be right now.”

The men’s and women’s teams will try to pick up where they left off prior to break. Both squads posted first place finishes at Kenyon College’s Total Performance Inlback Aaron Wan-Bissaka was left frustrated by his U21 Euros campaign with England.The Daily Mail says Wan-Bissaka has been left fuming by his treatment from England U21s boss Aidy Boothroyd.The right back was in the process of completing a move fromvitational, their last joint competition of 2012

They’ll now face a formidable challenge in their Ivy League opponents.

Both Yale squads are 2-0 on the season, and Dartmouth has benefited from already launching into early Ivy competition. The Big Green have already taken on Harvard, Cornell, Brown and Princeton, with both men’s and women’s teams splitting at 2-2.

“A lot of times in a tri-meet you’re going to be in a situation where you can beat one team and you can lose to the other team, and you can tailor your strategy to that,” Schnur said. “This is not one of those meets. It’s very competitive for both the men and women.”

Coming off their difficult training Mourinho says Nuno is capable of leading Wolves to victory in the Europa League.Mourinho was relieved after Spurs managed to see off Wolves on Sunday.And afterwards, he said of fellow Portuguese Nuno: “It’s a matter for Nuno, but I think they are witregiment, the Quakers are eager to prove themselves.

“We’re definitely looking to swim real fast against them because we really feel that these are two teams that we should be competitive with,” Elias said.

In addition to conference implications, Saturday’s meet will also hold a deeper meaning for the Penn swimmers.

The meet will be the Red and Blue’s Senior Day, the final chance for many of the Quakers to compete in front of a home crowd at Sheerr Pool.

“It’s going to be weird,” senior Melissa Parratto said. “It’s our last home meet, and it will mean something, and hopefully we can win.”SEE ALSO

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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J., Jan. 15 – Just over a minute into the Quakers’ contest at Seton Hall last night, Penn guard Sarah Bucar came up with a loose ball and flipped it to Anca Popovici, who looked up the court for an easy fast break. She saw Maggie Burgess and lobbed up a pass, hoping to hit her on the run.

But the Pirates were a step quicker. They stole the ball before it ever got to Burgess and quickly converted Di’Shon Bernard, Ethan Laird and Dylan Levitt will start Thursday’s Europa League match against Astana.Lee Grant, Axel Tuanzebe, Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingard are the only four senior players in the Norwegian’s squad for the match in Kazakhstan.Asked ia three-pointer to open the scoring.

It was that kind of game for the women’s basketball team last night at Seton Hall. The closest the two teams ever got was when they shook hands at the end. Penn travelled, airballed and turned it over all the way to a 67-50 loss.

In fact, it’s been that kind of season, as the Red and Blue dropped their tenth straight game and fell to just 3-13 (0-1 Ivy). But the Pirates (12-3, 2-1 Big East) were a tough matchup, having won seven of their last eight heading in and owning a 13-game home winning streak.

However, that was no excuse for the general carelessness with which Penn played. Seton Hall pounced on a sloppy Quakers squad that looked as if it felt boxing out and help defense were optional.

“Whenever you play a team as good as Seton Hall, you have to really steel yourself and be mentally prepared from the first minute,” Penn coach Pat Knapp said. “We were weak early on. And with the Ivy season coming up, we’re going to havt allocation for the Champions League final against Tottenham.Both the Reds and Spurs were given 16,613 tickets each for the clash at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid on June 1.That is despite the new stadium boasting a capacity of 68,000, with the e to be able to switch gears for tough games.”

Even had they played better, it’s unlikely that Penn would have beaten the Pirates last night. Every last-second shot-clock buzzer-beater, one-hand runner, and hand-in-the-face jumper seemed to go down.

“It was really tough watching that,” Penn guard Caitlin Slover said. “Watching them hit some of those shots really took its toll on us.”

On the other hand, the Quakers had trouble sinking even their open shots. While they generated opportunities off the drive-and-dish and screens, they were unable to convert.

And there was no answer for Seton Hall’s 6-foot-2 forward Noteisha Womack. While she was not the tallest player on the floor, her length gave the Red and Blue problems on both sides of the floor. She owned the glass, grabbing 10 boards by the half and finishing with 14 caroms and 13 points in just 24 minutes. Womack was one of several Pirates starters to get pulled with 10 minutes to play.

Despite the result, and the losing streak dating to November, Knapp still felt that his team is only a game away from turning the corner.

“If you sa will ‘live his dream’ as Barcelona manager during the LaLigaTV launch in London on Monday.With Tribalfootball.com present, Pochettino, alongside Gus Poyet, Graham Hunter and Guillem Balague, was a guest pundit at the event which officially announcedw us against Temple or St. Peter’s, which are similar teams [to Seton Hall], we’ve definitely improved,” he said.

When asked when he believed the team would snap it’s winning streak, he quickly answered: “Next game.”

Slover echoed his optimism.

“We go into every game expecting to win,” she said. “We think we can turn it around.”

pions League victory.Lorenzo Insigne came off the


pitcher will attempt to solidify his role in the team’s rotation Tuesday.

Cuique Setien is being linked with Watford.Quique Sanchez was sacked by the Hornets earlier this week.Sport says Setién is one of the men the Hornets are keen on along with Roger Schmidt, Chris Hughton, Mark Hughes and Sam Allardyce. Hayden Mullins iashner will get the start against the Giants, and could win the fifth spot in the rotation based on how he performs. He’s been limited to just six innings this spring, after injuring his thumb during the offseason. 

Cashner is builg tracked by Swanseated on AC Milan and Inter plans to build a new stadium.He said, “These are lovely projects, I am sure it’ll be a modern and beautiful arena. “We are fond of San Siro because we won everything there, every spectator gets a good view and I hope that and Bristol City in the Championship plus clubs in Germany should he be made available on a short-term deal.The Sun says Kop boss Jurgen Klopp will weigh up whether allow Brewster out to get regular football for the second half oding up his arm strength this spring, and only went 2 2/3 innings in his last start. If he can build up his arm strength, Cashner would be the likely candidate for the fifth spot in the rotation, according to CBSSports.com’s Scott Miller. If he’s unable to do that, he would build up innings as a long-man in the pen, or in Triple-A, and rejoin the team’s rotation after a few weeks. 

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The are placing third baseman on the disabled list to begin the season, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Tuesday. Freese has a back injury. 

St. Louis will return to the major-league roster to take Freese’ed with their 2-1 win over Torino.Defenders Kostas Manolas and Giovanni Di Lorenzo struck the goals for the Azzurri.“We are giving a sense of consistency to our results, the team is improving in the overall performance, the attitude, the way it is s place. The third baseman, expected to begin the year as the starter, underwent an MRI Monday which gave the Cardinals encouraging results. 

Unfortunately, after Freese was ger United win trophies again. The Premier League’s leading title winners went trophy-less last season.”I think when the club and the manager said we would take time we believe it’s not going to be too long,” said Mata before Thursday’s Europa League iven an anti-inflammatory injection, it appears the team has decided to shelve him. He’ll have his DL stay retroactive to March 23 and should be able to return shortly into the regular season, if healthy. 

Jackson will be on the other bid from Everton for Abdoulaye Doucoure.The central midfielder is subject to interest from the ambitious Merseyside club.Everton are flexing their financial muscles this summer, as they also hope to sign Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace.Howeveroster until Freese is healthy enough to return. The 25-year-old is hitting .136 this spring over 22 at-bats. He played in 13 games for the Red Birds last year and hit .118 over 17 at-bats without an RBI. 

Real Madrid have set their price for Dani Ceballos


catcher missed Saturday’s Cactus League game due to a stiff lower back, something he woke up with on Friday, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

“I think it might be sleeping funny or something, maybe a little dehydrated from that 107 in Tempe (on Thl boss Jurgen Klopp says there’s no doubting his players’ motivation levels.The Reds are European champions and sit eight points clear at the top of the table.Klopp says the sheer size and legend of the club means his players will always stay hungry:ursday when temperatures climbed into the mid 90s in the Sox game against the Angels),” he said. “But [tre a 52-year-old Bundesliga record as he inspired Borussia Dieves that his Manchester City side “dignify” football with their style of play.The two-time Premier League defending champions failed to defeat Tottenham at home during the second game of the season, despite having a lionshare of possession and goalortmund to victory over Cologne.His goal in the 3-1 away win was the 15th league strike of his fledgling career, beating a record which has stood since 1967.Aged just 19 years 151 days, Sanchainer] Herm [Schneider] is kicking my butt in there so we should be back shortly.”Flowers is expected to start behind the plate for the White Sox on opening day, with Hector Gimenez as his backup. He hopes to return to the lineup shortly.

2013 Team Preview: Houston Astros


For the poor, miserable , it’s all about the future. Fortunately for the Astros, the future is shaping up to be as bright as the present is dismal. That’s thanks in large part to a general manager who knows a thing or three about rebuilding a young talent base.

Let’s break down the AL West’s newest combatant …

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1. , 2B2. Ronny Cedeno/Marwin Gonzalez, SS3. , DH4. , LF5. , 1B6. , CF7. , C8. , RF9. , 3B

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Alex White or Brad Peacock

Closer: Setup: ,

C , IF

— Jed Lowrie, in this instance — who’s stretched defensively at short and who has never managed more than 97 games played in a season, and you get in  return a haul that includes the useful likes of Chris Carter, and , you’ve made a nifty little move. This is kind of the seemingly back-page transaction that new GM Jeff Luhnow has made a habit of since taking over. From the Astros’ standpoint, that’s a very good thing.

“It appears Veras will get a chance to close for the Astros, and to look at his double-digit strikeout rates per nine innings from the last three seasons, one might think he could succeed in the role. Veras is able to get Ks as a result of recording a high rate of called strikes, but far too often his pitches fall outside the strike zone. Of this season’s prospective closers, only Carlos Marmol threw strikes at a lower rate last season. Marmol has had his problems in the ninth inning, and Veras doesn’t miss as many bats as the Cubs’ closer. Even in deeper leagues, owners can find safer options than Veras, and he could very well lose his job to Wesley Wright, or by midseason.” — Al Melchior []

Full, unqualified embrace of the rebuilding process.

Most teams in rebuilding mode tend to hedge — they’ll sign a superfluous mid-line vet or two so as to pacify the fan base. Or they’ll lose patience and strive for contention before they’re truly ready. The Astros under Luhnow and owner Jim Crane, however, are indulging in no such half-measures. As noted in , just two players remain from the team’s 2011 opening-day roster. It’s a necessary demo job, as Luhnow’s precessor, Ed Wade, put off the process for too long. In a related matter, Luhnow has drastically improved the farm system in a relatively short amount of time. It’s not just the high-ceiling likes of 2012 top overall pick ; it’s also about the incredible system-wide depth that Luhnow has built by pawning off veterans who couldn’t possibly be a part of the next good Astros team.

In terms of wins and losses at the major-league level, things might indeed get worse before they get better. But the utter commitment to the rebuilding process is as rare as it is praiseworthy. Slowly but surely, Luhnow and the Astros will get this done. In large part, that’s because the Astros have so wholeheartedly devoted themselves to creating a foundation of young talent. Given Luhnow’s prior success in turning the Cardinals’ farm system from one of the worst into the very best, it’s obvious he has the acumen for a project of even this scope. All that’s needed is patience and the single-mindedness that’s already in place.

Also, .

Pretty much the entire major-league roster.

All you need to do is survey the above lineup and rotPaul on his shopping list.Marotta remains unconvinced by Inter’s midfield options, despite the additions of Stefano Sensi and Christian Eriksen, says Tuttosport.As such, he has put De Paul back on his list of transfer targets.Before Serie A’s coronavation and bullpen and bench, and you’ll quickly realize that the Astros are going to lose an indecent number of games in 2013. Also consider that this team lost 107 games last season (and 106 the year before that) while playing in the NL Central. Now, they’re base-jumping into the AL West, which boasts three winning clubs and two playoff teams from a season ago. Now add in the improved Mariners, and the Astros could lose, well, an even more indecent number of games. Is the modern-day record of 120 losses endured by the 1962 Mets within reach? Probably not, but it will be a “chase” that bears monitoring. Insofar as the roster is concerned, it’s also worth noting that, outside of possibly Jose Altuve, not many current Astro regulars figure to have any bearing on the team’s long-term future. This franchise truly is “all-in” on the replenished farm system. The consoling news is that the Astros will al a new deal.The Telegraph says the Magpies will make one final attempt to convince Benitez to sign a new contract this week as it appears increasingly likely he will quit the club.Benitez’s contract will expire on June 30 and he is expected to announmost certainly lock up the top overall pick in the draft for the third straight year.

Last place by respectable margin but not good enough to needlessly squander their draft position, fewer than 100 losses.

Also, with any luck, nothing like this will happen in 2013 …

Or this …

Last place by a disrespectable margin and enough losses to dislodgeeille striker has been in talks with Flamengo about a move to Brazil and a contract offer has been received.However, Sky Italia says Balotelli is set to sign for Brescia – with an announcement potentially today.Brescia have tabled the striker a €1m the ’62 Mets from the bottom rung of infamy.

Last place by a margin that skews more disrespectable than respectable. A loss total that’s comfortably in the triple digits but not historically so. Top overall draft pick!

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MLB.com reports Rangr City boss Brendan Rodgers is making a £15million swoop for Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer.With Harry Maguire finaer United and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan has been named new coach of Penarol.Forlan will replace head coach Diego Lopez, whose contract ends at the end of this month.The Montevideo-based club announced the move on Twitter. The 40-year-old Flly landing his dream £80m move to Manchester United, the Foxes now face a race to boost Neymar should join his old club.Neymar was linked with both Los Blancos and Barcelona this summer, but remained at the Parc des Princes.”Any player would want to wear the Madrid shirt,” the ex-Madrid and Brazil star said.”But the Neymar story is ovetheir central defensive options, says the Mers pitcher threw an inning in a “B” game on Tuesday as he continues to recover from shoulder inflammation. Font gave up a hit and walked a batter in the appearance.

McCann takes batting practice for first time since shoulder surgery


catcher took batting practice on Thursday for the first time since having right shoulder surgery in October, reports . He will hit again on Saturday and will be on an every-other-day routine for another week.

“It was nice to get back in there and see sohas announced his retirement.While the 38-year-old has not been playing for the past 18 months since departing from Kerala Blasters in India, his future was in doubt.Now he has confirmed that he will hang up his boots to focus on the next chapter of mething coming at you,” McCann said. “I’m on pace. Everything they have asked me to do, I’ve done.”

McCann, 29, was hampered by shoulder problems last year and hit just .230/.300/.399 with 20 homers. He’d produced a .281/.362/.482 line with 82 homers from 2008-11, when he established himself as one of the two or three best catchers in baseball.

McCann will earn $12 million this year and is scheduled to be in regular contact with Lazio president Claudio Lotito since the end of last season.And Milinkovic-Savic, 24, has told Lotito he wants to leave this summer.Lazio and representatives of Milinkovic-Savic are in contact with Manchester United, which arcome a free agent next offseason. A full, healthy year of his typical productioi says the club didn’t know enough Mario Lemina to complete a deal this summer. The Southampton midfielder instead joined rivals Galatasaray on a season-long loan.Discussing Lemina, Avci said: “We looked at him and thought he could be a good player, n should bring a sizeable free-agent contract given the dearth of quality catchers.

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argeting a run of games with Liverpool.The 26-year


Astros outfielder ez told .com on Friday that while he has yet to starting swinging a bat again, he feels he’ll be ready when spring training rolls around. Martinez underwent surgery to remove the hook of the hamate bone in his left hand in September. “I really haven’t been able to swing that much yet, but I feel like it’s right there and really close,” he said. “I’m trying to rest it asos has blasted Barcelona captain Leo Messi after his weekend meltdown.Messi slammed the Copa America’s refereeing after Argentina failed to reach the final.”It’s frustrating to seker Leandro Trossard has revealed Arsenal and VfL Wolfsburg are going head-to-head for the youngster.Rated in the €20m class, Trossard has managed a stunning 22 goals so far this season.”There is still no agreement with any club. But I think that Ge a player of his quality, admired by all, say such things,” said Marqu much as I can now because I know when spring training starts, it’s going to be non-stop. I feel like I’ll be ready and it will be stalace.The manager is ready to talk about extending his stay at his “boyhood club”.The rejuvenated former England manager, 72, said: “I’m as fit as I have been for the last 20 years.”Hodgson took over at Selhurst Park in September 2017 after Frankrong enough for me to do what I have to do.”

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The Kansas City Royals announced on Fridaendan Rodgers insists Kelechi Iheanacho is in his plans.The Nigeria striker has battled for minutes since Rodgers’ arrival.But the Foxes manager says: “He’s very much a part of the squad. “We have a really tight training group which he is a part of. y that the club had reached agreement on a one-year deal with pisic his chance will soon arrive.While the American has been less involved of late, Azpilicueta stressed he will have a crucial part to play in the coming months.He said, “As the manager said, we are a group, we are all important on this long par the lack of testing opposition in Euro 2020 qualifying, says boss Gareth Southgate.The Three Lions hammered Bulgaria 4-0 at Wembley on Saturday courtesy of a hat-trick from captain and Tottenham striker Harry Kane.Under Southgate, England reached tth, witcher .

Dodgers, Ryu Hyun-jin far apart in negotiations


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The have until 5 p.m. EST on Sunday to negotiate a contract with Korean left-hander Ryu-Hyun jin. However, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reports that Ryu, who is represented by Scott Boras, and the club are far apart in their talks and that those talks are likely to con Samir Nasri has been flooded by offers from around the world.While he failed to win a new deal with the Irons, the six months he enjoyed at West Ham was enough to put him in the shop window.Foot Mercato says several Ligue 1 clubs have made contact, tinue right up until the deadline.

Boras has previously said his client projects as a third starter in the U.S. majors and . The Dodgers have already paid a posting fee of $25.7 million to Ryu’s Korean team in exchange for a 30-day negotiating window, but that fee would be returned to admits he was desperate for his first win as Arsenal manager. The Gunners appeased their new boss with a 2-0 victory over Manchester United on New Year’s Day.Speaking after the game, Arteta said: “It feels great, incredible; I’m so happy and proud ofthe Dodgers in the event they fail to reach an agreement with Ryu. By the sounds of things, that’s a distinct possibility.

In seven seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization, the 25-year-old Ryu boasts a 2.80 ERA and a WHIP of 1.15. He’s also struck out 1,238 batters in 1,269.0 Spanish tennis champ Rafa Nadal.Emery likes to unwind by taking to the court and admits that he admires the mentality of Nadal, having read the world number two’s autobiography.”I read his book and I know some things about his history and he is work innings pitched.

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Playoff Snapshot: Crazy NL wild-card race getting crazier


The NL wild-card race is getting awesome. Here’s a look at that and more.

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Saturday’s reed a move to Derby County.The Daily Mail reports DC United striker Rooney’s January move to Derby has been partially funded by gambling firm 32Red.The Championship side confirmed on Tuesday the ex-Everton and Manchester United striker will be joinitop five games.

The Brewers have won 24 of their last 30. Before that happened, they were 12 1/2 games out of the second wild-card spot. They are now just 1 1/2 out. Thus, this is the biggest story in baseball.

The Cardinals had Friday afternon must be finished, no matter how much it disrupts subsequent campaigns.Premier League football has been tentatively suspended until April 30, although authorities have promised the season will be concluded.And Wilder, whose side is pushing for Eurooon’s game in hand, but a two-run homer tied it in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and the Cubs went on to win in extra innings. The Cardinals then watched the Brewers win and trim their lead to 1 1/2 games. So Saturday’s game takes on even more importance.

A Reds victory clinches the NL Central for Cincinnati, while a Dodgers win keeps them right in the thick of the NL wild-card race as they enter Saturday just two games out.

Here we go again. The Phillies faltered last weekend in losing three of four to the lowly , but they’ve now won four in a row and are just three games out of the wild-card spot.

The White Sox hold a 1 1/2-game lead over the Tigers in the AL Central, so these gamenot where the club “belong”, but insisted time is needed to turn things around, reports Sky Sports.”We know where we belong and of course we do not belong to the second part of the table where we were,” Mourinho said.”We do not even belong in positios are obviously huge.

NL Central: Reds, 1NL West: , 2NL WC1: Braves, 5NL East: Nationals, 7AL WC1: , 8AL WC2: , 9AL West: , 9NL WC2: Cardinals, 11AL Central: White Sox, 12AL East: , 12

The will be mathematically eliminated on Saturday with either a loss or a White Sox win. The next closest elimination number is four, which belongs to the Padres in the NL wild-card race. The following teams have been mathematically eliminated from any playoff spot: Astros, Cubs, Rockies, Indians, Twins, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Mariners, Marlins and Mets.

Yankees 77.5%Orioles 22.4% 0.1%White Sox 68.5Tigers 31.5%Rangers 88.1%Athletics 11.8%Angels 0.1%

Orioles 77.1%Athletics 75.1%Yankees 21.8%Angels 12.3%Rangers 11.6%Rays 7%Tigers 0.7%White Sox 0.5%Nationals 98.3%Braves 1.7%Reds 100%Giants 99.9%Dodgers 0.1%Braves 98.3%Cardinals 56.6%Brewers 28.9%Dodgers 9.6%Phillies 2.7% 2.2%Nationals 1.7% 0.1%

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Report: Giants to give Gregor Blanco majority of left-field starts


Rodgers says Leicester are now fully focused on their Premier League opener against Wolves after a strong preseason.The Foxes ended their Premier League preparations with Friday’s 2-1 win over Serie A side Atalanta, who will play in the Champions Lea

In the wake of the suspeny crowned Premier League champions Manchester City, has announced a partnership with Indin.The London Evening Standard says Chelsea have yet to confirm reports that Higuain can be re-signed on loan, despite the transfer embargo.It has been suggested that because Higuain was registered as a Chelsea player when he joined from Juventus in Jan agency Kwanabler to build commercial opportunities in the country, reports, /CFG’s interest in the Indian market has been known for a while. Reports emerged esion, the will use as the team’s regular left fielder, to the San Jose Mercury-News’ Alex Pavlovic.

Blanco has hit .236/.331/.346 with 19 stolen bases in 350 plate appearances this season.

Pavlovic also that the Giants want to give prospect outfielder a full season at Double-A. It is not clear at this time whether the Cabrera suspension will accelerate Brown’s timetable. To be eligible for postseason play, Brown will have to be promoted before Sept. 1.

CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman Monday that Alfonso Soriano has cleared trade waivers and could be an option for the Giants. Soriano himself has said that he’s still not interested in playing in San Francisco, to the Chicago Tribune’s Paul Sullivan.