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Comeback effort falls short as Penn men's basketball loses to Temple, 60-51

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It was physical. It was defensive. It was .

Unfortunately, the Quakers will have to wait another year to snap their losing streak to Temple.

In a nearly sold-out Palestra, the Red and Blue were locked into a hard-fought matchup the whole game against the Owls, but ultimately fell 60-51.

The cold shooting was unfortunately the story of Penn’s (12Stuttgart ace Orel Mangala is interesting Arsenal.HLN says the Gunners are weighing up making an offer for the talented 21-year-old.Lyon, Marseille, Lille and Roma are also interested in the central midfielder, who has nine caps for the Belgium Under-21 international squad.It’s claimed Unai Emery’s side will need to cough up £26million to secure his signature.-6, 0-3 Big 5) night; they shot 28 percent on 17 of 60 shooting.

During the first five minutes, coach Steve Donahue did something unexpected: He went deep on his bench and reached for two unlikely faces. Raith Manchester United.The Manchester Evening News says United are taking Polish prospects Radoslaw Sewerys and Mateusz Lipp on trial, their clubs have confirmed.Sewerys, 16, is currently contracted to Korona Kielce who play in the Ekstraklasa – the tther than going to guards Jackson Donahue and Devon Goodman as a second unit, junior Jake Silpe and sophomore Jakub Mijakowski checked into the ball game.

Silpe came into the game having played in only seven games this season and playing a total of 35 minutes in those games. Mijakowski, similarly, had only appeared in three games up until today and had logged a grand total of 28 minutes.

“Anyone who plays well in practice and does what he’s done, deserves a chance,” Donahue said about Silpe. “I think he can make us a better team.”

Both players played meaningful roles in the first half, playing nine and six minutes, respectively.

Once the starters checked back into the game halfway through the first half, the Red and Blue began to chip away at the three-point Temple (10-9, 2-2) lead.

By halftime, a three from sophomore Ryan Betley and contributions from guards Antonio Woods and Caleb Wood helped the Quakers take a 25-24 lead.

The second half did not start they way the Red and Blue would have hoped.

Temple stormed out on a 14-1 run to begin the half to hold a substantial 12-point lead. The run was sparked by tremendous shooting from senior Obi Enechionyia. He drained two shots from downtown and added a jumper in the lane, showcasing the ability that makes him an NBA prospect.

But once again, as they did in the first half, the Quakers began chipping at the Temple lead.

After a pair of free throws from Foreman to cut the lead to three at the 7:50 mark, the Palestra started to get loud. The noise increased on the next possession, when Betley cut the lead to one off an assist from .

At this point, all of the momentum favored the Quakers. It felt like the scales had tipped in their favor and that their losing streak to Temple would finally be snapped.

But as quickly as that momentum came, it was gone the next possession as Owl’s junior Shizz Alston Jr. hit a mer in January – confident their transfer ban will be lifted.The Sun says Frank Lampard has made a back-up striker to Tammy Abraham his top target, with Bournemouth star Callum Wilson and RB Leipzig hitman Timo Werner both on the club’s radar.FIFA banassive three to tie the game at 51 with a little less than four minutes to play.

It was the beginning of the end for the Red and Blue as they saw Temple go on a 12-0 run over the final 3:45 to seal the game.

Penn failed to score over 60 points for the first game all season. They ended up shooting 28.3 percent in the game on 17 of 60 from the floor. The had trouble finishing around the rim all game and it ended up costing them in the end.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t play well on offense, we just didn’t get enough to go in the basket,” said Donahue.

In addition to their offensive struggles, Penn has not been accustomed to playing tight, low scoring defensive games this season.

Temple’s length (they come in as the seventh tallest team in the country), and style of play were factors in Penn’s lack of offensive efficiency.

“It is hard to get [Temple] out of position,” Donahue explained, “[we] started rushing our shots and that played a factor.”

A persistent trend throughout the game was Donahue’s willingness to go to his bench as 12 different Quakers saw the court and nine played significant minutes.

The Red and Blue will go for their last chance at a Big 5 victory this season next weekend against Saint Joseph’s.

Food, football, and fun: Penn Athletics to host Fan Fest this Friday

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Do you like free food? Do you like football? Do you want to do something other than prepare for that interview you have next week?

Well, you’re in luck!

Penn Athletics will bhas been revealed.Sport says Neymar is convinced he will be back at Barcelona next season. That’s what he’s told his would-be teammates. Barcelona’s players, at least some of them, have news because they’re in touch with him. There’s interest inside e hosting their first Fan Fest of the season this Friday before the Red and Blue’s Ivy League opener again Dartmouth. The event will take place from 5-7 p.m. at Shoemaker Green, which is the green field right in front of the Palestra, and right next to DRL (David Rittenhouse Laboratory).

The Fan Fest, which is free to enter, will include many different attractions, including free food, beer, and a live DJ. Penn Athletics will also be hosting a similar Fan Fest prior to Penn football’s season finale against Cornell on November, 18. Thez hopes for a chance with parent club Watford.Suarez is currently impressing on-loan with Segunda Division Zaragoza this season.”Every year has been better than the year before, that is a fact,” he said of his development since arriving in Europe.”Se event mirrors similar popular events that are held at many Power-5 conference schools like USC, Florida State, and Texas.

This is the second consecutive year that Penn Athletics is hosting these events, which are aimed at encouraging people, especially students, to showcase their school spirit. Last year, there were four separate Fan Fest events, two during the football season and two before men’s basketball games.

The event promises to be entertaining and will serve as a great warmup to the main event s to make his debut for England. It was an assured performance,” Aston Villa boss Dean Smith on defender Tyrone Mings’ debut for England against Bulgaria on Monday.”It was like he was playing for Villa as he was organising players around him, he playon Franklin Field. Come get rowdy and ready to root on your defending Ivy League Champs on Friday.

Penn men's basketball's Red & Blue Scrimmage ends in laps

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It’s not every day that a basketball game ends in a tie, but when Penn men’s basketball is involved, it seems like anything is possible.

In the annual Red and Blue scrimmage, the Quakers were divided up into two teams under the direction of the assistant coaches. With head coach Jerome Allen looking on, both veteran and incoming freshmen players went toe-to-toe for 30 minutes.

After two halves, the Red and Blue teams were deadlocked at 42. Though the teams entered sudden-death overtime, neither squad could score and Allen ended the scrimmage with the contest still knotted after 10 possessions, forcing both squads to run.

“No one really stood out, it wasn’t like there was any ssa Djenepo’s solo second-half effort made it back-to-back wins on the road for Saints – something which they had not done since March 2017.“I think it was a very concentrated performance from every player. We had a different shape today again so tellar play,” Allen said. “Both teams had some very good pocan understand Arsenal’s interest in defender Tierney.“Oncawing Liverpool in the Champions League draw.The 2018 finalists are both in the round of 16, though as defending champions, Liverpool would be clear favourites should they meet again.”If we play Liverpool, we will eliminate them,” said Zidane with a e you’re a top quality player like he [Tierney] is, like what Callum [McGregor] is, what James [Forrest] is, you are always going to get bids. You are always going to get speculation and youssessions, but I can’t say that I’m really surprised or encouraged by what I saw.”

The teams were fairly even throughout the morning, as neither squad was able to register a lead larger than five points.

Sophomore guards Tony Hicks and Jamal Lewis, freshman guard Matt Howard and senior forward Fran Dougherty were among the starters for the Blue squad. The Red squad was led by juniors Henry Brooks and Patrick Lucas-Perry, senior Miles Cartwright and freshman Tony Bagtas.

“I thought we shared the ball, I thought we defended hard and to me it seemed like we were definitely physical, but we have to go back and watch the film,” Cartwright said. “We need to pick out some of things we did well and some of the things we didn’t do well and use that to get better as a team.”

Though it was clear that there is room for improvement across the board and neither team shined, there were a few positive takeaways from the scrimmage.

Bagtas thrived while leading the Red offense, and he often was able to get into the key before kicking the ball out to teammates for open shots on the wing. Despite playing with Cartwright, it was most often Bagtas running the point.

“It was exciting,” Bagtas said. “It felt really exciting to be on the court for the first time in a game situation with all the lights on in a big, historic arena. I loved it.”

In addition to Bagtas, Lucas-Perry also stood out for the Red squad, while Lewis had a nice day from beyond the arc for the Blue team.

Due to injury concerns, Allen held out sophomore center Darien Nelson-Henry, senior guards Dau Jok and Steve Rennard, junior forward Greg Louis and freshman center David Winfield.

Even without a bulk of his team in uniform, Allen cited sloppy play and lack of execution as consequences for the team’s lack of playing at game speed thus far in the preseason.

“I think that all the guys played hard and they competed,” Allen said. “They may not have executed that well or gotten the ultimate plan finished all the way, but we tried to keep it competitive throughout.

“It was okay, it was fair, but we’ve gotta keep working.”SEE ALSO

Quakers sweep ’Nova, go 2-1 at Big 5 Tourney

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Everton have made a move for Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure.RMC says Watford have rejected a £32m bid from Everton foross Dean Smith says their spending spree is far from over.Smith has spent upwards of £83m so far this summer, and is reportedly interested in Manchester City midfielder Douglas Luiz. They have already signed defenders Tyrone Mings, Ezri Konsa and Ma Doucoure.The Blues wrapped up the signing of midfielder Jean Philippe-Gbamin last week from Mainz and RMC says they are keee Cherries defender has spent pre-season with the Blues and scored in their 3-2 friendly win over Billericay Town on Tuesday. Bond said: “Due to my relationship with Bournemouth and Eddie, they will help us where they can. We need a centre half or n on also adding Doucoure to the ranks at Goodison Park.Everton are said to be ‘very interested’ and are set to submit an improved offer.

Penn softball slams its way into first

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In the past four seasons, Penn softball has claimed one victory against Cornell. This weekend, the Quakers beat the Big Red three times in just over 24 hours.

Entering the series two games behind Cornell, the Red and Blue defied history by winning three of four against the Big Red to tie up the race for first in the Ivy League South Division.

The Quakers (27-15, 11-5 Ivy) swept their opponent in a doubleheaancini admits he had to change the team’s “philosophy” when first taking charge.Mancini has just led Italy to Euro 2020 with a 100 per cent record.He said, “Johan Cruyff once said: ‘Italy can’t win, but you can still lose to them’. This is what we der on Friday before splitting with the Big Red (21-19, 11-5) on Saturday.

“Taking three for four from [Cornell] is a very good weekend for us,” coach Leslie King said. “It’s been a long time since we’ve done that.”

To be exact, this is the first four-game series Penn has won against Cornell since 2007, which was also the last time the program captured the division title.

Freshman Alexis Borden reinforced her bid for Ivy League Pitcher of the Year with complete game wins in the first and third matches of the weekend, as she conceded just three earned runs in 14 innings in those performances.

However, the rookie pitcher narrowly avoided a loss in the second game of the series thanks to an offensive outburst by the Quakers.

In the second half of Friday’s doubleheader, Borden yielded three runs in 3.2 innings before being relieved by sophomore Mikenzie Voves. With the Penn offense looking stagnant, Cornell was nursing a comfortable 5-0 lead by the fifth inning.

But in the bottom of the fifth, the bats came alive. Georgia Guttadauro, Samantha Erosa and Elysse Gorney singled, Kayla Dahlerbruch launched a three-run homer and the Quakers scored five runs in the inning to tie the game.

After a scoreless sixth for Cornell, Guttadauro opened the inning with a solo shot, and Gorney soon followed with a three-run bomb of her own, as the Quakers claimed victory, 9-6.

Saturday, Penn picked up where it left off, scoring eight runs in the first two innings.Cornell avoided the mercy-rule loss, but Penn cruised to a 9-2 victory.

In the first three games of the series, the Quakers racked up 23 runs on 25 hits. But in the second half of Saturday’s doubleheader, Cornell held Penn scoreless behind a five-hit, complete game performance by Alyson Onyon.

The Big Red pitcher stayed ahead in the count throughout the game and stifled the Penn offense on the way to a 5-0 win.

“We pressed a little in the batter’s box and just didn’t have good at-bats,” King said. “Whenever [Onyon] got ahead of us, we started chasing stuff out of the strike zone.”

Despite offensive struggles in the last game, Penn’s bench and field remained energetic.

“Even juimovic has arrived on a free transfer, Milan management are now in talks to sell goalkeeper Pepe Reina to Aston Villa.Defender Mattia Caldara is in the final stages of a deal with Atalanta and fullback Ricardo Rodriguez is in talks with Fenerbahce.Cast their general talk … throughout the game out on the field, I thought was really good, and that’s something that’s developed,” King said. “I think they’re playing with a lot more confidence.”

As the Quakers are now tied with Cornell in Ivy standings, this weekend’s four-game set against Colthe season.Anthony has joined Weymouth.Anthony joins a series of Cherries talents at the Terras as they continue their fight for promotion from the National League South under the tutelage of Under-21s Assistant Manager, Mark Molesley. Meanwhile, strumbia will very likely determine whether the Red and Blue walk away with a division title. Cornell will head to Princeton for a four-game series.

“Right now, we’re confident,” Erosa said. “But … we’re going to keep our heads level.”

The one that got away

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – In a game that came down to field goals, Penn’s struggles continued when it mattered most.

In overtime, Yale kicker Alan Kimball connected for the game-winning field goal from 35 yards out after Penn kicker Derek Zoch banged his 37-yard attempt off the right goal post during Penn’s overtime drive. This left the Quakers with a 17-14 overtime loss to Yale Saturday.

The loss snapped Penn’s five-game winning streak against Yale (5-1, 3-0 Ivy), and dropped the Quakers (4-2, 2-1) into a tie for third place in the league with Harvard, which fell to undefeated Princeton that day.

Although Penn coach Al Bagnoli was disappointed with the result, he said that his team gave a strong effort and the Ivy race is still wide open.

“We didn’t lose to an 0-5 team,” Bagnoli said. “We’re on the road agr Duncan Ferguson inspired Everton to a win on his coaching debut as they stunned Chelsea 3-1 at Goodison Park on Saturday.Richarlison scored the hosts’ opening goal with a towering header from Djibril Sidibe’s cross.Dominic Calvert-Lewin doubled theainst a 4-1 team. It’s a pretty good football game, and we’ve got some injuries on top of everything else. We’re certainly not ready to fold the tent at this point.”

Yale took a lead three minutes in when it reached the endzone on a nine-yard pass to Chandler Henley on its opening drive.

And after Penn quarterback Robert Irvin threw an interception on only his second pass attempt, the Elis looked poised to take control of the game early.

But Kimball missed his first field-goal attempt from 42 yards out, and the Penn offense immediately took advantage.

Irvin led the Quakers to touchdowns on their next two drives, with a six-yard pass to senior tight end Chris Mizell followed by a six-yard handoff to running back Joe Sandberg that put them up, 14-7.

When the Quakers recovered their own kickoff after their second touchdown, the team had a chance to add to its lead. But Sandberg got tackled on the 5-yard line, leading to a fourth and goal, and the lead remained at seven when Zoch missed a 25-yard field goal try.

“With two really evenly matched teams, you just can’t leave points there,” Bagnoli said. “When they’re there you have to take them, and if you don’t they ultimately come back and bite you in the tail.”

And the Elis wasted no time tying the game. Yale converted on its ensuing drive, going 80 yards in 10 plays, including a 19-yard rush by running back Mike McLeod and a 20-yard run by quarterback Chris Polhemus.

The teams went to halftime tied at 14, and the score remained static until overtime.

“We had a couple opportunities and so did they, and both defenses stepped up and made some plays in big situations,” Yale coach Jack Siedlecki said.

Penn was forced to use backup quarterback Bryan Walker for most of the second half when Irvin re-injured his ankle on a hit in the third quarter.

Walker embraced the opportunity, saying afterwards, “If you’re going to play, why not play in a situation like that.”

But the junior nens of playing in Turkey, it has been claimed.The Belgium talisman, who moved to Real Madrid from Chelsea in a £150million deal this summer, has told former Fenerbahce chief Hasan Cetinkaya he will play for the Turkish Super Lig side.Cetinkaya said: ver built any momentum, and finished with 89 yards on 8-for-16 passing and only ran for four yards.

Penn won the ground war, with the senior Sandbirst days at Manchester United.The former Southend United goalkeeper joined United on deadline day.Bishop told manutd.com: “Yeah, it’s been crazy. It has gone really fast as well to be fair. It’s been unreal being around the boys and meeting new peoperg outrushing league leading runner McLeod, 125 to 122.

But the end the game came down to a battle of feet, and Yale’s one field goal defeated Penn’s zero.

W. Lax: Ivy-leading Dartmouth rallies late to push past Quakers

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This was not the way the Penn women’s lacrosse team’s seniors wanted to remember their final home game.

On Saturday, the oldest Quakers athletes were unable to defeat Ivy League-leading Dartmouth, falling 9-7 and having their three-game winning streak snapped.

“It’s disappointing that this was our last game on Franklin Field,” Penn senior Christy Bennett said. “We would have like to go out a different way.”

Penn jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first five minutes, courtesy of senior Kate Murray’s two unassisted goals.

“After I scored a few goals early against Penn State, everyone has been telling me to come out strong,” Murray said. “Those goals gave us a lot of confidence.”

But the Big Green, ranked No. 9 nationally, would battle back — scoring four of the next five goals to enter halftime with a 4-3 lead.

Another Penn forward opened the second half strong, as junior Lindsey Cassidy tallied two quick goals to open the half. This put Quakers back on top, 5-4, in the first three minutes of the second half.

Penn’s defense was determined to make this lead stick, holding Dartmouth scoreless for the next 12 minutes.

But the Big Green proved to be too much for Penn.

Dartmouth began to rally, netting four consecutive goals from four different athletes — Lana Smith, Whitney Jamison, Leah Skypeck and Elizabeth Right — which put the Big Green on top for good, 8-5.

The Quakers began to mount a comeback, scoring two of the next three goalsnchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects more additions before next week’s Premier League transfer deadline.United have agreed a fee with Leicester for England centre-back Harry Maguire. Solskjaer told PA: “We’re still hope one or two deals — courtesy of seniors Crissy Book and Alison Polk-Williams — but time expired before they could overtake Dartmouth.

Though the team lost, the Quakers were pleased with their effort.

“I am happy with the way the team played,” Penn head coach Karin Brower said. “lona management are preparing a major clearout after their Champions League flop this week.Defeat at Liverpool has stunned Barca’s board, with both players and coach Ernesto Valverde now under major scrutiny.Spanish media sources report loan pair KevWe played a strong two halves and played good defense.”

Bennett, the defensive captain, was especially pleased with the way her squad defended the Big Green.

“The defense did a great job at holding them out,” she said. “We held them scoreless for long stretches.”

Brower agreed that the defense was much better than usual.

“The defense really played as a unit,” she said. “They played great. They were denying and doubling a lot more.”

Several problems accounted for the narrow Penn defeat.

Poor shooting, which has hurt the Quakers all year, troubled the them again Saturday.

Penn outshot its opponent, 23-21, yet still lost by two.

“If we had shot better, we would have won,” Brower said.

The Quakers also failed to capitalize on several eight-meter penalty shots.

“When we get fouled, we’ve got to put those eight-meter shots in,” Brower said. “That would have made the difference. That’s two goals right there.”

Bennett also credits the Dartmouth team’s perseverance, as it refused to quit on the road despite trailing for long stretches of the game.

“We just never could put it away,” she said. “Every zil and Alexandre Lacazette has endorsed new manager Mikel Arteta. The experienced duo have both seen improvements at the club since Arteta replaced Unai Emery in December.Talking at Arsenal’s Dubai warm-weather training camp, Ozil said: “As a team, time we got a couple, they’d match.”

Brower is quick to note that the Quakers should be proud of the way they played against such a strong team.

“Overall, I’m happy with the overall effort,” she said. “Dartmouth is a top team. I would not be surprised at all if they were ranked in the top 10 [again] this week.”

Former Real Betis striker Ivan Perez hopes Dani Ce

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The announced Thursday reliever had successful reconstructive elbow (Tommy John) surgery. He will beginout the season ahead.Pereira is currently training hard in Perth, Australia, as part of a 28-man squad for Tour 2019, working closely each day with his good friends David De Gea, Sergio Romero and Lee Grant. “I feel amazing,” Pereira told manutd.co his rehab Sed Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba against claims the World Cup winner has ‘laid down the tools’.Critics believe Pogba, who is currently recovering from injury in Dubai, has not performed well this season on purpose after missing out on a movachester United midfielder Scott McTominay says he’s proud to maintaining the club’s academy traditions.United also fielded the youngest starting line-up in the Premier League this season, with the side that beat Brighton 3-1 last month boasting an avturday, but he will be out for the 2013 season.

linked with a shock return to Chelsea.Tuttosport

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The New York Post reports ‘s agent, Alan Chang, said they are talking to numerous teams, including the . Hottl felt a denied penalty claim for Danny Ings was the difference for their 4-0 defeat at Liverpool.The visitors, though, were well in the game until Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s opener two minutes into the second half, which came moments after Southampwever, no decision has been made and there’s no timetable to make a Liverpool goalscorer Divock Origi hailed the team’s unity for their Champions League final victory over Tottenham.The Reds won 2-0, with the Belgian scoring the late second goal.Origi told RMC: “It’s he settles in with the team.The Japanese international arrived from Red Bull Salzburg and has played a few games for the Reds this month.The 25-year-old knows that he must improve in some areas if he is to dislodge the likes of Mohamed Salah or Sadi amazing, we did it all together. “The team fought,decision. Wang last pitched for the in 2012, going 2-3 with a 6.68 ERA in 10 appearances (five starts).

Tigers release Brennan Boesch

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The have released outfielder , the club announced Wednesday morning.

The Tigers should have nontendered the 27-year-old outfielder lader Dominik Szoboszlai has revealed the interest of Serie A clubs.The youngster admits a move to Italy tempts him.He said, “I like it Italy. I spent my summer holidays there. But I don’t know now which direction my career will go when I change clubs st December, but they thought they could trade rials at Barcelona.The pair are now starring at senior level for their respective teams.Martinelli recalled to Marca: “I spent 15 days there, which was the time I hadenal.The Scot has been in the dugout for three games, with a win over Chelsea and draw with Manchester United.He will be replaced by Carlo Ancelotti, who has secured a release from his contract with Napoli.Sky Sports says Ancelotti will be in the sta on vacation with the U17s that ended in October. As Copinha did not start until Janhim. As it turned out, they weren’t getting any bites, so cutting bait now was the right move. Boesch’s contract for the 2013 season was worth $2.3 million. By cutting him now, the Tigers only owe him a sixth ($383,333) of that.

Also note that the Tigers have , , , and as outfield options, so there’s no need for Boesch.

Boesch finished fifth in AL Rookie of the Year voting in 2010 and then hit .283/.341/.458 with 16 homers in just 115 games in 2011, but last season was a different matter. Boesch regressed to .240/.286/.372 with 12 homers in 503 plate appearances. He struck out 104 times while walking just 26. For those into the advanced metrics, Boesch’s WAR was 2.3 in 2011 and negative-1.4 last season.

The Yankees have “some interest” in Boesch, reports CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. The Yankees have a serious need for corner infield help to start the season and Boesch has never played first base, but they could always try to have him learn it on the fly. While it’s not “easy” per se, it is the easiest position on the field.

Per Heyman, the Mets also have interest. Boesch makes sense for the Mets, as outfield appears a serious weakness heading into the season.

This spring, Boesch is hitting .188/.278/.250 in 18 plate appearances.

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The club also stated that all those who had come i

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Mariners outfielder batted leadoff again in Wednesday’s Cactus League game against the Brewers. He went 1 for 3 e midfielder is interesting Atalanta this summer.And he told Foot Mercato: “Today, I’m in Southampton. I still have three years of contract. But it’s true that I do not rule out the possibility of going elsewhere. The last four months have not been ewith an RBI and a r linked with a move to the Premier League with Leicester, Southampton, Crystal Palace and West Brom. “I always had the dream of going to the Premier League,” Almeida told Mega Hits.“I really like Liverpool and Manchester United for their history.un scored, bringinhester United trainingahead of Thursday’s upcoming clash with Spurs.Lukaku, who has been linked with a move to Inter Milan, has not featured in any of United’s three preseason fixtures.Chong and Lindelof were both forced off during the second half ofg his spring average to .313 through six games. Gutierrez also has three homers and eight RBI in 16 at-bats. Manager Eric Wedge told .com that Gutierrez could end up batting leadoff for Seattle this season. “We’ve been looking at that,” Wedge said. “We’ve been looking at multiple people up top, but obviously the veteran presence of Gutierrez up there and the way he sees pitches and the way he’s been hitting the ball, all those things are positives for us.”

Thong years long gone, Giambi has remade himself into mature mentor

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Jason Giambi is like afuture conduct after admitting breaching Football Association betting rules, reports BBC Sport.The 24 year old appeared in a TV advert for Colombian betting company Betjuego.In mitigation, Everton said defender Mina’s “command of the English language “bad penny,” he says, because nobody’s going to get rid of him so easily. Certainly not the sport he still loves just as much as when he came up — with such a long-ago A’s team that it still included Mark McGwire, Dave Stewart and Terry Steinbach.

Really, it’s quite amazing that Giambi is still in baseball, considering not only his 42 years but his previous carefree lifestyle. He wasn’t a guy opposed to having a good time, let’s put it that way, and that includes late-night fun.

“I go to bed at 9 o’clock now. I used to see 9 in the morning,” Giambi said. “I had a lot of fun. But I take care of myself now. I finally grew up.”

He seems decades away from his thong days. But if he hadn’t reformed, he would have been like one of patented homers, long gone. Giambi, one of the oldest players in uniform, knows that, and so does everyone else in baseball. He’s matured to the point where he’s now considered a great mentor and even manager material. And his engaging personality would surely make him a natural for parts of the job.

No one who witnessed Giambi’s prime and heard the legendary stories of fun would have believed he’d still be in the big leagues, not at age 42. But here he is, in a revitalized camp, loving it like he’s a kid. (He’s always been a kid at his core, anyway.)

After slipping to .225 with just one home run in 2012, (following a 2011 season in which he hit .260 with 13 home runs and a .958 OPS), he has a minor-league deal that’ll pay him $750,000 if he’s on the big in the top five best players in the world.For tonight’s Europa League final, Hazard could well be plying his final game for the Blues ahead of an expected move to Real Madrid. “Hazard is a player of instants, but decisive instants. It is what we havclub. And, while no spot is guaranteed to an over-40 player on a minor-league deal, he has a good shot. The Indians are a lot deeper than they’ve been in the past, but they look like they could use his lefty power off the bench, and yes, his mentoring ability.

“It’s an opportunity to play with good young players,” Giambi said. “It keeps me young.”

It’s an opportunity for him, and for the Indians, who are engendering excitement throughout Cleveland (, and ticket sales are up 40 percent). “They’ve made some nice moves to give themselves an opportunity,” Giambi said. “They competed last year, until the wheels came off.”

They’ve placed his locker here between and , two corner infielders who could learn from Giambi. Reynolds has star potential if he can drastically cut down his strikeouts, Chisenhall is all about potential.

It’s another youngster that has changed Giambi’s life, though … his 15-month-old daughter London.

“I’m loving every minute of it,” he said.

Giambi earned so much respect for the way he handled his part-time role with the the past four years that they pretty seriously considered giving him the managerial job, despite him having no experience, before they settled on respected ex-Rockie Walt Weiss, who only beat Giambi for experience by managing his kid’s high school team. Other teams (including the ) wanted Giambi as a coach, so it’s easy to see him becoming a major-league manager at some point.

But Giambi isn’t done playing, not for awhile, not as far as he’s concerned. And he makes more sense here with the Indians, where he can DH a couple times a week, as opposed to Colorado.

Giambi said, “nager of India, and has hopes of guiding a squad made up exclusively of home-based players to their first-ever FIFA World Cup finals in 2022.“I am enjoying every bit of my work here,” he confirmed to whufc.com. “I was brought not only to manage tI’m going to keep playing until they tear the uniform off or my body tells me it’s time to go.”

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Brewers outfielder said it was difficullo Kante.Bulka left Chelsea last summer for Paris after coming off contract.He revealed to Foot Truc the Norwich City team as they were promoted back to the Premier League last season. But Klose revealed that his future might have lay elsewhere if they weren’t promoted according to the Evening News.”I quickly realised that Norwich wants to keep me k: “He always wants others to shine. I think if he ran a marathon he would let win the guy who was behind him for two hours. “He drives a Mini and cart to withdraw from the World Baseball Classic, but he’s focused on the 2013 seasoremier League referee Mark Halsey believes Manchester United were fortunate in their 1-1 draw with Liverpool.The Red Devils opened the scoring through Marcus Rashford, after an excellent cross from Daniel James.But the goal could have been been ruledn since he is entering a contract year. “This year is really important to me for my career,” Gomez said, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I’m going to take advantage of spring training because if I go to the WBC that is going to be wasted time for me. I won’t have the time I need to prepare for the year I want. I think it will help more for me to stay here and prepare for the season. It was a tough decision. It’s a great experience to represent your country at that level. But, personally, my future and my career is more important, and my job for my city.”

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The Rays re-signed first baseman/designated hitterrpool are seeking two key senior signings for the summer market.The Reds are planning a transfer swoop for a RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner this summer, reports the Athletic.Liverpool will lose Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah for up to six weeks next se to a one-year, $2.75 million contract on Wednesday. Scott batted .229 w the ‘Fergie time’ of past great Manchester United teams.Writing after Liverpool’s win at Aston Villa, Shearer told The Sun: “Liverpool have become like Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United teams in the 90s.”Since the start of last season, the Reds ith 14 home runs and 55 RBI in 314 at-bats for Tampa Bay lhis feet on the ground.Like Fowler, the Scouse teenager has emerged as a potential first-team regular this season, having scored the winning goal against Everton in the FA Cup third-round.Jones also became the club’s youngest ever captain last week, ast season.

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Although it’s been nearly two years since has pitched in a major-league game, the former first-round pick has lofty expectations as he heads into spring training as a non-roster invitee with the Indians. “I think I can be one of the best pitchers in the game,” Kazmir told the New York Post. “Hands down. I definitely believe that. I’m gonna keep tuning myself and I’m gonna be one of the best pitchers in the game. If it doesn’t happen [in camp], if it doesn’t happen right then, then it just wasn’t in the cards right there. I ddrid.A tars warned Serge Aurier about his social media use.Mourinho issued a stern warning to Aurier after joining the club, says Foot Mercato. The Portuguese was keen to discipline his full-back upon arrival, something that is being reflected in his impressivget for Manchester United and Manchester City, Record says Felix could undergo an Atletico Madrid medical and sign for the Spanish giants in the coming hours.Atletico are prepared to make the Portugal international their record signing – toon’t know when, but it’s gonna happen. It’s gonna happen. Where everything’s just gonna click and I’m gonna take off.” Kazmir isn’t the only person who still believes the left-hander could be successful in the majors. “If his velocity’s back and his confidence is back,” Kazmir’s former pitching coach with the Angels, Mike Butcher, says, “this guy still could be an impact incomponent be included in any offer for Neymar.Real Madrid and Barcelona are both in contact with PSG for the wantaway Brazil attacker.And L’Equipe says no matter which players are included in their offers, Leonardo is demanding €100m in cash – at t the major leagues.”