Torgersen, Williams take home Ivy weekly awards for Penn football


It may have taken four years and 30 games, but Alek Torgersen finally has his secondweekly award.

The Penn football senior quarterback, recipient of Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors for his first-ever appearance against Cornell in 2013, was named the conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, the second such award for his career.

Torgersen was joined by a teammate on the other side of the field, as sophomore defensive back Mason Williams was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for the first time of his career.

It is the third time in the last four weeks the Red and Blue have had a player get the award, as junior defensive lineman Louis Vecchio won it last week and sophomore defensive back Sam Philippi brought it home on Oct. 31.

With a second-quarter interception against Cornell, Williams became the first Penn player to record six picks in a season since Ross Armstrong in 1984.

Torgersen concluded his career with a bevy of program records, including total yards, passing touchdowns and completion percentage. He becamrry Winks admits he models his game on Real Madrid’s Ballon d’Or Luka Modric.Winks also takes inspiration from Barcelona ace Frenkie de Jong.The midfielder told the London Evening Standard: “I compare myself to De Jong and Modric and I take it as ae just the eighth player in Ivy League history to surpass 7,000 career passing yards, which he did during his 284-yard performance on Saturday.

Along with junior wide receiver Justin Watson, Torgersen has been one-half of the most productive duo in Penn history. In 29 games together over the course of the last three years, they combined for 192 receptions, 2,456 yards and 17 touchdowns, all program records for could be ready to play his first game for the club.Welbeck signed on a free transfer after being released by Arsenal at the end of last season.Gracia will be hoping that he can count on the Englishman to add much needed quality and pace to his attaca single partnership.

For his part, Watson has been named one of 15 finalists for the Walter Payton Award, which goes to the top player iner their Champions League shock at Liverpool.He is not the only one to be hurting as he admitted that his players had felt the impact of defeat too.”We’re hurting, I won’t deny it, we have a responsibility to ourselves and our fans,” the coach admitt the Football Championship Subdivision each year. Watson led the Ivy League in receptions (89), receiving yards (1,115) and touchdowns (8) this season, setting program records in each of the first two.

Two other finalists for the award, Chase Edmonds of Fordham and Troy Pelletier of Lehigh, played against Penn this season, with the Rams and Mountain Hawks handing the Quakers two of their three losses on the year.

The Quakers clinched a record-tying 18th Ivy league title with Saturday’s 42-20 win over Cornell, sharing the crown with Princeton after both went 6-1 in conference play.

Phillips | The horror of Penn football's play-calling


Fitting with the season, the Quakers traveled to Yale on Saturday, only to find themselves immersed in a horror story. For what it lacked in blood and gore, this tale made up for in psychological torture.

The Red and Blue faced two possible outcomes: taking the Ivy League by the horns, or making their last four contests — against the toughest of competition — must-wins.

They chose the latter, and the Red and Blue’s terrifyingly passive play-calling stands as proof.

On the second drive of the game, after moving the ball 57 yards with ease on the first eight plays, Penn stood on Yale’s 12-yard line with a 1st-and-10. It’s here where the horror begins.

First down: Ragone completes an eight-yard ster City youngster Brandon Barker is wanted by Celtic.The Celtic-line-cut-price-deal-Manchester-City-winger-Brandon-Barker.html”>Daily MailCeltic-line-cut-price-deal-Manchester-City-winger-Brandon-Barker.html”> says Celtic are lining up a cut-price pass to Ryan Mitchell. Just two yards separate the Quakers and a brand new set of downs; four yards stand between them and the end zone.

Second down: Ragone goes for six, but his pass to Conner Scott falls incomplete. That’s okay, though — they still only need two yards.

Third down: Ragone rushes for a yard, making it 4th-and-1 on the Yale 3. Momentum is on the Quakers’ side — even the Bulldogs wouldn’t bet on themselves to make the stop.

Fourth down: Loftus attempts a 21-yard field goal. And to add insult to passivity, Loftus misses.

You could just hear the ghosts of football games past laughing in Bagnoli’s face over the Yale Bowl crowd.

Bagnoli deserves the flack. For repared to start the season without Sadio Mane.Mane helped set up an extra-time own goal as Senegal beat Tunisia 1-0 to reach Friday’s AFCON final against Algeria.The final takes place exactly three weeks before Liverpool’s Premier League opener at han offense that runs on fumes just as often as it clicks on all cylinders, he should know better than to let one of the times when his offense is in sync go to waste.

But by the fourth quarter, down should’ve stood last night.Promes had Ajax 1-0 ahead in the Champions League tie – but VAR ruled it out for offside. Chelsea went onto win 1-0 thanks to Michy Batshuayi’s goal.“It was very funny that it was rejected, I don’t know if it was offside10, he’s sure to have changed his mentality, right?

The Quakers, who had moved 37 yards in four plays, began the fourth quarter on the Yale 28 with a Jeff Jack rush for 11 yards. Both Jack and Lyle Marsh ran well on Saturday, each averaging 5.7 yards per carry.

First down: A Ragone pass falls incomplete. Aggression is good. They need to put points up quick.

Second down: Ragone completes a pass to Scott for six yards. Alright, Bagnoli can either take a shot downfield, and if it fails, kick a field goal, or he can call a play that’ll put Penn in good position to make a conversion.

Third down: Ragone finds Marsh in the slot, where he gains just a yard. Sure, a run may have been a smarter move, given the way the Quakers have run the ball, but that’s okay.

Fourth down: Not surprisingly, Bagnoli sends out the field goal unit. Loftus drills one through the uprights for three.

From there on out, Penn was unable to match the Bulldogs’ bite, never reaching enemy territory for the rest of the game.

When a coach is unwilling to take chances, to play with his heart rather than his head, then his team will follow suit. That’s what happened on Saturday.

Bagnoli has shown an inability to instill in his team the energy it needs to win too many times this season. That’s what makes it so horrifying.

In two vital situations, Bagnoli opted not to lose rather than taking the chances necessary to win.

The ghosts of games past never reward such a mentality.

If you find yourself walking past Franklin Field as we draw closer to All Hallows’ Eve, stop and listen. You’ll still hear them laughing.

JOHN PHILLIPS is a junior English major from Philadelphia. He can be reached at dpsports@theDP.com.SEE ALSO

Blast from the past


The Bill Russell quote doesn’t hit you in the face when you walk through the doors. You have to do some looking to find it on one of the exhibits.

“Athletes have a unique ability to inspire, motivate and exhilarate,” it reads. “Through their actions, athletes touch the hearts and lives of all Americans. Herein lies the hidden message of sports: sports inspire us individually and as a nation to be better.”

That is the message that the collection “Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers,” now shown at the National Constitution Center, wants to stuff down the throats of its visitors, and it does so at Taison is angry being blocked from joining AC Milan.Shakhtar refused to negotiate with Milan during the summer market, referring them to Taison’s buyout clause.“Congratulations on ending my dream. Another dream broken,” wrote the 31-year-old on Inevery turn. Unlike most outlets of sports history, ones that you would find in a sports hall of fame or a news segment, this experience is meant show the value of athletics in advancing causes.

Those causes range from racial or gender integration to the American side of the Cold War.

And though the individual stories sometimes border on the political (one, ostensibly about the national championship Immaculata women’s basketball team, talks at length about the touchy subject of Title IX), virtually all have something worthwhile to say. They won’t dazzle every visitor with aesthetics, in part because they demand that the casual viewer tak Bergwijn.The former PSV Eindhoven attacker is being played out of position by Mourinho due to injury problems.And after their draw with Burnley, Mourinho conceded he’s risking Bergwijn’s fitness: “The original plan was to let Bergwijn play for 55 toe the time to read every caption and do more than just absorb “The first woman to…”

At the same time, the exhibit wisely keeps most of the material relevant. In the back of the large room sits an employee asking sports trivia questions to a crowd of a half dozen. I found myself testing my own useless knowledge base after a short time.

And it stays practical. Near the “Local Legends” corner sits an homage to the Palestra with a not-so-historical addition, a flat-screen TV airing a promotional bit for an upcoming documentary on the Palestra. The film, entitled “The Palestra: Cathedral of Basketball,” is produced and written by Mikaelyn Austin, who graduated from Penn in 2004 after four years on the women’s basketball team.

The promotional bit, solicited by the museum, is promoting a film set for release in the coming months.

“We’ve been editing for the past two weeks,” Austin said. She plans to have an early version of the film ready for the important events of the college basketball season starting with Midnight Madness, the first day when teams are permitted to practice under NCAA rules.

Right next to that, every Philadelphian can be reminded that Dawn Staley — who coaches ahe prospect of a return for Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is being discussed inside Bayern Munich.BILD says Bayern bosses have held a secret meeting with Italian agent Giovanni Branchini as they discuss their next managerial appointment.Niko Kov women’s basketball powerhouse at Temple in her free time — was a bona fide Olympian, bringing home medals in 2000 and 2004. And the rest of the reminders range from Franklin Field’s NFL history to a dominant swimmer at La Salle some 50 years ago.

It’s almost enough to make a fan forget that Philadelphia sports are at a spectacular low this year. Almost.

But the entire culture of the long, rectangular room is as much a testament to sports culture as to sports feats — witness the prominent placement of Philadelphia Daily News references, or the 19-page handout printed by the very same paper and given to every entrant.

In the end, Austin’s documentary and its latest home have a similar and (mostly) noble goal.

“This film is an opportunity to throw the car into reverse, travel back twelve exits and take a ride on the little dirt road where it all began,” Austin’s website says.

Whether or not the upcoming film or the NCC exhibit, which runs until August 20 before continuing its cross-country journey, are successful in that endeavor still may depend on whether those who support the sports industry can see beyond the high-strung product they are constantly fed.

Quakers offense has some T.O. problems of its own


It’s rare that a victory is a wake-up call, but that’s exactly what happened to the football team when it narrowly escaped losing to perennial Ivy pushover Dartmouth two weeks ago.

But after closing out its non-conference schedule with a decisive win against Bucknell on Saturday, it was clear that Penn had responded. However, even coach Al Bagnoli won’t claim that the Quakers had hit their stride yet: “We’re by no means a finished product,” he said.

Offensive gaffes

Despite taking a 27-10 lead after three quarters against Bucknell, the Quakers had to hold their breath a few times after some miscues on offense.

Penn fell on three of its own fumbles in those three quarters, and quarterback Robert Irvin was intercepted twice by Bucknell defensive back Stephen Collage.

The 32-yard return following the first pick set up a Bison touchdown, and the second happened in Bucknell’s end zone, halting dfielder Stuart Armstrong admits there’s a lot of frustration after defeat at home to Everton.The visitors took the lead early on, but Saints rallied thereafter and drew level via Danny Ings’s seventh of the season – only to be stung late on by a Rica Penn drive at the end of the second half.

And all of this before the second-stringers entered the game.

When the backups did come in during the fourth quarter, the Bison put a little fear into Penn by scoring 14 quick points off of two Penn fumbles. Not long after, running back Sam Shepherd put the ball on the ground deep in Quakers territory, and punter Anthony Melillo dropped a snap on the next Penn drive, leading to a 20-yard loss and a turnover on downs on the 14-yard line.

The Quakers are fortunate that these gaffes came in a game that was already well in hand, because next time they might not be so lucky.

“That’s points left off the board, that’s momentum-breakers; that’s drive-stops,” Bagnoli said. “We have to do a much better job of protecting the football.

Just kickin’ iEmerson Palmieri says the players are responding to manager Frank Lampard’s attacking tactics.Emerson, speaking before Saturday’s home defeat to Bournemouth, was reflecting on reaching the Champions League round of 16.”The thing I like most about Lamt

One reason the Quakers were able to put Melillo’s fumble behind them was Melillo himself.

Along with kicker Derek Zoch, Melillo – who Bagnoli says is “capable of being the best punter in the league” – made sure to take advantage of his limited opportunities on the field. He averaged a whopping 38.3 yards per punt, including a long of 44 yards.

Zoch also came through, making all six of his kicks. He connected on four extra points and made two field goals, one from 24 yards and then a 36-yarder, his longest this season.

Both Bagnoli and Zoch think he may be past his early-season troubles.

“Every day is a new day,” Zoch said. “When things get hard, you’ve just got to stay positive.”


The Penn defense takes pride in i has stunned him after their 4-0 thumping of Southampton.The Reds have now won 24 of 25 games this season to move 22 points clear at the top of the Premier League.Liverpool have now taken 100 points from a possible 102 and, when told none of the assets ability to stop the run, but few could have predicted the type of success it had against the Bucknell offense, which lives and dies by its running game.

On Saturday, the Bison died by it – the Quakers held them to 2.2 yards per carry and didn’t allow starting running back A.J. Kizekai to ever settle in.

Although Kizekai isn’t the usual starter, the real reason Bucknell’s ground game couldn’t get going was that its reputation preceded it.

“When you come into a game geared up mainly for the run and not the pass, it’s much easier to defend,” said linebacker Joe Anastasio, who led Penn with eight tackles. “That just makes our job easier.”

For now, Penn’s front seven will try to ride this momentum as they enter the thick of league play.

“It feels good to get a game in where we can really be dominant,” Anastasio said.

“And it feels good going into the rest of the season . that we’ve got some confidence to go on.”

Showtime in Dallas


ised John Terry for taking the assistant coachingh faffing about. It’s now time to WIN… Whether it’s been sounded out, or simply inferred, this will be the message bouncing around the walls of Tottenham’s dressing room today.Jose Mourinho has arrived to win. No more five-year plans. No more coura job at Aston Villa.Chelsea legend Terry will meet his former mentor in the dugout when Mourinho’s Tottenham visit Villa Park in the League on SFormer Southampton striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo is ready to quit retirement.The Argentine, 33, has been out of the game since 2016.But Ole says he could join Gimnasia, where Diego Maradona is now coach.Indeed, he has even offered himself, via agents, to Maradona and says he has “all the batteries” charged. And now the former Espanyol star could be back in action to help Maradona’s new team.unday.“Some [former] players, unlike in the past when y

Hall of Fame honors


Penn alumnus and retired NFL player Joseph Valerio makes the first of two inductee remarks at the fifth annual Penn Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony during Homecoming weekend. Tity boss Pep Guardie is on the brink of joining Jiangsu Suning.Sources close to Wales’ record goalscorer confirmed reports in Spain that although not yet finalised, a move is “very close”.The Welshman is set to put pen to paper on a £20million-a-year contract with Juaola was angry about questions regarding financial fair play after their FA Cup final triumph over Watford.The 6-0 demolishing of Watford at Wembley on Saturday added the FA Cup to last weekend’s Premier League title and February’s welve former Penn athletes were inducted at the ceremony, which was held at the Inn a.The midfielder’s deal has been terminated by mutual consent and he is now a free agent.”Last summer the directors told me to look for another club, since I was no longer part of their plans,” he told Globo Esporte.“It was towards the end of the mat Penn.

M. Hoops assistant interviews for head job at Columbia


Though Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the recognizable name on the radar for the recent Columbia men’s basketball head coaching openingMcNeil says Burnley’s players are delighted with the way they turned their season around.The Clarets finished 15th in the table after going down to a 3-1 defeat at home to Arsenal on the final day of the campaign. “We’re pretty happy, especially beca, Penn assistant coach Gil Jackson is also among the candidates for the job.

The 14-year Penn assistant interviewed in New York on Saturday afternoon and feelsdown in the coming weeks.The Sun says City could still face a Champions League ban ‘within weeks’ – despite asking the Court of Arbitration for Sport to throw out UEFA’s case against them.UEFA’s investigators want City to be banned from Europe’s prem that he made a positive impression on the Columbia Athletic Department.

Columbia Athletic Director Dr. John Reeves refused to comment last night aboujaer says they’re on track to close the gap on Prem champs Manchester City.It’s been 10 years since ­ Manchester United last did a ­Premier League double over ­their rivals – and Solskjaer ­reckons that’s way to long. “That stat is not nice tt any issues concerning the coaching search.

“With Kareem involved, I hope they won’t just make the celebrity hire,” Jackson said. “I don’t think they will.”

Jackson has been with the Penn program since the beginning of the Fran Dunphy coaching era and he feels this wealth of experience would aid him at another Ivy school.

“I’m familiar with the Ivy League — the Ivy League is a different type of environment,” Jackson said. “The rules, the financial aid part…That’s unique to the Ivy League.”

The most veteran Penn assistant by nine years, Jackson has served an all-purpose role in recent years, with the overall goal “to keep Penn at the forefront of the Ivy League.”

Jackson, a guard during his playing days at Elizabethtown College, has been at the forefront of recruiting for the Quakers.

A staple on the bench often sporting a polka-dot bow-tie, Jackson has had unsuccessful head coaching interviews for positions at the University of Delaware and Cornell University in the past.

The current Penn assistant figures that this could be a different scenario, despite pressure from Columbia alumni to hire Abdul-Jabbar.

“With most jobs [where I have interviewed], I had an idea who would be hired,” Jackson said. “Usually there is some connection in the athletic department and they have a certain card in mind.”

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manager Bo Porter said Tuesday he considers first baseman an everyday player, according to the Houston Chrhe winner against SPAL this week.He posted to social media: “A goal doesn’t change the story. It does not erase a negative moment. Nor the jeers, [which are] deserved. Nor the criticism, [which is] fair.”Ae for victory rsenal.The Viola lost 3-0 in their International Champions Cup opener.“I’m happy with how we held our own for the first 60 minutes,” Montella told Sky Sport Italia.“We did especially well in the first half. We were very imposing at the back and wover Southampton.Oxlade-Chamberlain impressed having been hooked at halftime of the Super Cup triumph in midweek.Klopp said, “Brilliant. It was outstandingly good. It was 45 minutes on Wednesday, we can now say they helped for sure, to goal makes us breathe, makes us understand tonicle. Wallace will be given chance to prove he doesn’t have to platoon.

Wallace is batting .271 (13 for 48) with three homers, four doubles and 12 RBI in 19 spring games.

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I just passed on as my first reliever in a 12-team Head-to-Head categories league, instead opting for Jim Johnson. According to my , I also would have passed os warn Nicolas Pepe and these ex-players. “Horrible”. “Redundant”. “I don’t know what he is”. Of course they’re right. Of course they’re right in what they say about Arsenal’s record signing……oh wait. Hang on. That wasn’t messrs Keown, Merson and Wrighed the board they must buy this summer.Lampard has also warned his younger players that they need to show more of their potential or risk being axed at the end of the season.“There iam are aware of Manchester United’s attacking threat.The Red Devils’ produced a counter-attacking masterclass to stun City with a 2-1 win at the Etihad last month.And Garcia knows City must avoid a repeat of that performance when the two sides meet is a reason why we are where we are at the moment,” Lampard sn him for J.J. Putz.

And just between you and me, Greg Holland and Glen Perkins as well.

Look, the rankings have to take into account perception and projected finish, but as an individual drafter, at a position that already has a high degree of turnover, I want as safe as possible to begin the season.

The did their best to downplay the injury, but they also said they’d need a week to assess the severity of the problem. That suggests to me it might be more than just an elbow strain.

Granted, “might be” is far short of “is,” but again, safety first.

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Astros starting pitcher did a fine job in his second start of the spring Tuesday against the Nationals. Han Schar has jumped to support Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka.Xhaka cupped his ear and told fans to ‘f*** off’ when he was hauled off in the draw with Crystal Palace on Sunday.Newcastle defender Schar was shocked by the incident and fears for his compae tossed four shutout innings in the game, striking out for six weeks for breaking Football Association betting rules, a punishment his club has called “disproportionate”.The midfielder, 19, admitted a charge of placing 59 bets last season, five on matches involving the Whites.Stevens will be suspended unfour batters and walking just one. He allowed one run on three hits, all of which went for singles. Harrell lowered his spring ERA to 3.00, despite a .303 batting averaging against. Harrell told .com after the game that he is working on adding a curveball to his repertoire as a fourth pitch. “I felt like it was pretty good early, and we threw it a few times to lefties, a few times to righties,” Harrell said. “It was my first time throwing it in a game. I really worked on it the last couple of days, really worked on it a lot this offseason trying ho admits he wants to sign permanently with Bayern Munich.The Brazilian struggled during his time at the Camp Nou and was finally moved on last summer and now he’s hoping to stay in Bavaria.”I’m very comfortable,” he said.”I plan to stay here for theto get it better.”

Spring Training injury update: March 1


Friday was a busy day on the injury front, with significant nary Neville feels they face at least two more years in the wilderness.They finished in sixth last season following a disappointing beginning and end to the campaign that saw them sack Jose Mourinho and replace him with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Christmews on (), (), () and (). Here is the rest of the day’s injury news:

: SS is likely to be sidelined through the weekend with the tight hamstring that forced him from Thursday’s gamhat the club are not rushing Arnaut Danjuma’s return.The Dutchman suffered a stress fracture to his foot against Liverpool in December.The 23-year-old has been missing since then.Howe says they are taking their time to ensure he is 100 percent ready e. He has said his goal is to play all 162 games in 2013. (): OF was scratched from Friday’s game with a blister on his hand. It’s in the same place as the blister that gave him trouble last season. (): OF exited Friday’s game with a sore right shoulder. It only bothers him when he throws and he’ll be re-evaluated on Saturday. (): OF (sore right quad) and C (sore left oblique) were both scratched from Friday’s game. Neither injury is thought to be serious. (): OF was “a little bit stiff” according to manager on. The Reds won the UEFA Super Cup final on Wednesday by beating Chelsea on penalties.But Matip has warned his teammates they risk losing if they don’t set their minds on facing the Saints on Sunday.He said: “We have to recover and we have to focus Ron Gardenhire, so he did not accompany the team on Friday’s road trip. ()

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


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.”

Spring training injury update: Feb. 21


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How’s Marlins masher Giancarlo Stanton recovering from ? We’ve got that and more as we round up injury news from Cactus and Grapefruit League camps …

: Reliever Scott Downs is limited by lower-back stiffness, but he’s confident the injury won’t affect his status for opening day. (): Despite some optimism on the part of outfielder Corey Hart, manager Ron Roenicke still expects him to be out until late May after undergoing knee surgery in January. () … Right-hander Wily Peralta was limitess Dean Smith would not be drawn on his interest in Joe Hart.The Villains are facing an injury crisis in goal, with Tom Heaton out for the foreseeable future.It means that Villa could dip into the transfer market for a new keeper, whether it is on lod very early in camp by someey believes the club should sign Jadon Sancho.The young Borussia Dortmund star has been heavily linked with a return to England, with Manchester United reportedly interested.But Heskey thinks Liverpool should also make themselves an option for the wi minor shoulder discomfort, but he impressed with his bullpen session on Thursday and should be ready to throw live batting practice soon. (): Because of a sore throwing elbow, switch-hitting shortstop Rafael Furcal is limited to batting from the right side only for the time being. He’s also not able to throw at full strength yet. () … Right-hander Shelby Miller (shoulder tightness) has been cleared to throw off flat ground and could be back on a mound as early as Friday. (): Infielders Dustin Ackley and Brendan Ryan, who are each recovering from minor offseason surgical procedures, are likely to be held out of the first three games of the spring. (): Good news for outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, as the slugger showed no lingering effects from . He’s expected to be in the lineup o with his season form.It hasn’t been the best season for Alli for Tottenham and England. The midfielder missed glorious chances in their third-place game in the Nations League against Switzerland on Sunday and was below par throughout the season for n Saturday. (): 3B Ryan Zimmerman has been limited thus far because of offseason shoulder surgery, but he’s slated to take live bp on Friday. (): 1B Mike Napoli (hip) may be ready for spring-game action by the end of next week. () … As for David Ortiz (Achilles), he still has no clear time table. (): CF Lorenzo Cain suffered a strained right hand early in camp, and he’ll test that hand on Saturday when he takes batting practice on Saturday. If all goes well, he could be in the lineup on Monday. (): DH Victor Martinez, who’s on the mend after missing the entire 2012 season with a knee injury, is, in the words of Jim Leyland “100 percent” and will be in the lineup on Friday. (): 3B Trevor Plouffe (calf) might still miss the first handful of spring games, but he was able to increase his activity level on Thursday. ()

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Sportsnet reportstions this season ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Ajax in the Champions League.The Blues, who are fourth in the Premier League, are top of Group G after beating Ajax in Amsdelaying sale plans for Kurt Zouma.The defender spent last season Rovers manager Micky Mellon has no time to sympathise with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer FA Cup opponents Manchester United.United have lost four of their past seven matches, but with Tranmere third bottom in League One and three points adrift of safety, Mel on-loan with Everton.Goal says Chelsea are now waiting to appoint their new manager before a decision will be made on Zouma’s future.Blues legend Frank Lampard is expected to be unveilterdam last month.”We’ve had to deal with competition throughout our whole time Blue Jays starting pitcher , who is recovering from Tommy John surgery in August, said Tuesday his elbow feels good and he hopes to throw off a mound by end of March.

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Although had a bounce-back season hitting fifth in the White Sox lineup last season, he isn’t opposed to moving up in the batting order. “If you have success in a spot in the lineup you might not want to change that, but I might actually bemit for the north London side.“Spurs have got the best stadium in the country and the best training facilities in the country,” he told the Mirror. “It needs now to be one of the most successful clubs and that means winning trophies.“It’s OK fi better off third with [Paul] Konerko and (Adam) Dunn behind me because I might get better pitches,” Rios said, per the Chicago Sun-Times. “I really don’t mind. I’ve always felt that hitting is the same in any spot.” Rios said it might make more sense to have his speed in front of Konerko and Dunn. “Thoer thought of quitting. Silva’s job is on the line tonight against Liverpool.But he told the Liverpool Echo: “Never. Never, never. I never give up. If I want my plaeen surprised with his prominent role this season.The 21-year-old was brought in as an exciting prospect from Swansea City this summer.And he has been pleasantly surprised with appearances in all 12 Premier League matches.”Coming in was always going yers to fight for every second then I have to show them, I am the leader of this grose are guys who are going to drive the ball,” Rios said. “With people who can move on the bases, that might help us to score more runs, I don’t know.”