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Penn track makes history throughout three days of competition in the 125th Penn Relays

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Even after 125 years, the Quakers proved they still had something to add to the storied legacy of the Penn Relays.

After a thrilling weekend of competition with over 15,000 participants from almost every level of track competition and countries all over the world, Penn track came away with one of its most successful performances in Relays history.

The Quakers did not waste any time making their presence known. In the College Women’s Championship of America Distance Medley Relay, the first of many Championship of America events, the Red and Blue came out on top.

The Quakers got a fast start from junior and 2019 NCAA Indoor runner-up Nia Akins in the the 1200-meter leg of the relay, separating herself from the pack on her third and final lap and giving Penn an early five second advantage.

Akins passed the baton to sophomore Uchechi Nwogwugwu, who proceeded to break her own Penn record in the 400 with a time of 52.22 seconds.

“I think every year I come to Penn Relays and something special happens to me,” Nwogwugwu said. “I run my season best every time I run here.”

While the other teams were able to close the gap a little on sophomore Melissa Tanaka and junior Maddie Villalba, the Quakers’ early advantage was simply too much for the other 14 teams in the field to overcome, as Villalba came down the final stretch well ahead of the rest of the teams.

“I was yelling ‘stay in the moment’ because it is hard when you are by yourself and the crowd is going crazy with the announcer yelling, ‘no Ivy team has ever done this before!'” coach Steve Dolan said.

“I needed [the stay in the moment call]. It was very grounding to come around every lap and know that I was going to get what I needed from coach,” Villalba said.

The Quakers would finish over three seconds ahead of second place Notre Dame in a performance that made them the first Ivy League women’s team to win a Championship of America relay.

The relay win was just the beginning for the Quakers on Thursday. Sophomore Camille Dickson won move to Wycombe Wanderers in League One.When Aarons found out that he was not a part of the 25-man Magpies squad for the Premier League, he knew that a loan move was his only option.It is when he decided that he would take on any opportunity that gavthe long jump college event, senior Rachel Lee Wilson placed sixth in the championship section of the hammer throw, and junior Maura Kimmel placed ninth in the shot put championship.

The excitement was not dampened by the rain on Friday, as sophomore Ashley Anumba placed second in the discus Championship of America and sophomore Cristian Constantin became the second Quaker of the weekend to win the long jump college event.

The Red and Blue came back on Saturday with plenty of chances to add wins to their already historic performance. After clearing 1.82 meters, senior Anna Peyton Malizia took home Penn’s second Championship of America win of the tournament.

The Quakers also took to the track for three different Championship of America relays. Despite Akins’ record-setting split of 2:02.33, the women placed fifth in the 4×800, while the men’s team finished sixth in the same event.

Facing a difficult battle in the women’s 4×400, the team of freshman Skyla Wilson, junior Cecil Ene, junior Elena Brown-Soler and Nwogwugwu broke the school record with a time of 3:35.43, finishing second to South Carolina.

“We were running against the national champs, so we knew we would have to chase,” Brown-Soler said. “Our goal was to go 3:35 to break our school record and beat our regional mark, and that’s what we did.”

In the field events, Penn also found success, getting a second-place championship finish from freshman Marc Minichello in the javelin throw and an says the 18-year-old was loaned back to Elland Road after his £10million move to Spurs – but has not made a Championship appearance.And Marcelo Bielsa will have £10,000-a-week off the wage bill and a place in his squad when Clarke’s season-long d fifth-place discus championship performance from sophomore Chudi Ikpeazu.

Even for the athletes who didn’t claim victories, the Penn Relays were still an incredibly special event for all involved.

“We get to p Didier Drogba.The Nigerian has been sensational in his first season with LOSC.He told France Football: “Didier Drogba, that’s my idol. In every sense of the term. For everything. The man, of course, and also the player he was. “I grew up watching hiractice in [Franklin Field] every day, but when you come for the Relays, it’s completely different. It’s a little bit intimidating, but we just tell ourselves this is our home, this is our track,” Brown-Soler said.

In an event with so much history and hype, it is safe to say that the 125th running of the Penn Relays will be remembered for years to come.

Gymnastics Issue | Freshmen may vault Red and Blue upward

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Out with the old and in with the new.

With seven rookies o’s new head coach Nigel Pearson admits they need to change their style of play.Pearson said that it is not beyond the club to achieve survival this season, but that he needed everyone to start pulling in the same direction both on and off the field.”n the roster this season, Penn gymnastics’ fdefender Virgil van Dijk insists he doesn’t need to rest.He has started in 60 of the 61 Premier League games he has played in for Liverpool and it reflects in Van Dijk’s determined attitude.”I want to be involved in every game,” he said. “They’re thereshman class will play a greater role in can Velzen on a two-year deal.The 25-year-old, who started his career at Manchester United, has arrived from Dutch football.Van Velzen was in the United reserves side when Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba were coming through.Crawley’s Director of Footballompetitions this year than previous classes have in the past. And the largest gap they fill for the Quakers is on vault.

“We have a strong freshman class,” head coach John Ceralde said. “They’re looking good on their events right now, and we’re definitely looking forward to seeing them on vault particularly.”

First-year assistant coach Kirsten Strausbough agreed.

“Vault is something that in the past we’ve lacked on,” she said. “It’s exciting to see some freshmen coming in with some big skills that will make us more competitive in the NCAA, not just the Ivy League.”

While Penn historically has struggled to attain sufficient difficultly to be competitive with other schools, the talent of this freshman class should help to bridge the divide. And a change in NCAA rules regarding the degree of difficulty of a particular vault may favor this particular freshman class.

The most popular vault in NCAA women’s gymnastics is a Yurchenko layout full (a round-off onto the board, back handspring onto the table and a layout with a full twist). Earlier this year this vault was devalued from its previous 10.0 start value to 9.95.

“Other schools, they had 10.0 start values across the board,” Strausbough said. “Sometimes we would have 10.0 start values, but our other girls would start at 9.8 or 9.9. Now all the other NCAA teams are being brought down to a 9.95.”

Penn’s freshmen will help bring the Red and Blue up to where their competitors have been. Strausbough noted that at least four of the newcomers will be performing Yurchenko fulls.

Ultimately, the rule change was made to force a greater level of difficulty for the 10.0 maximum start value. Now, instead of a Yurchenko full, gymnasts need to perform the same vault with an extra half twist to gain back that extra 0.05.

While to the average human, a half-tenth of anything might not seem like much, in this sport it can make all the difference.

That extra half-twist not only requires greater height and speed, but also a more difficult landing: the blind landing, which draws its name from the fact that the gymnast’s eyes do not see the floor before her feet hit it.

“When you do the one-and-a-half you’re opening yourself up for more of a deduction,” Strausbough said. “For them they are deciding [between throwing] the biggest skills they have or just doing the 9.95 and doing it safe.”

The question then becomes whether or not it’s worth it to go for the one-and-a-half to get the extra half-tenth in start value. Do the risks outweigh the rewards?

“The top schools in the nation have the ability to do the one and a half, so now they have to play their hand to do the one-and-a-half to get the 10.0 start value,” Ceralde said.

While this is a decision each team will be making for itself, the Quakers’ most popular vault will remain the full.

Only time will tell to see how it plays out and whether the rule change helps the Red and Blue.

What’s for certain, though, is that Penn’s freshman talent will be valuable for time to come.

Penn women's basketball bonds over trip to Italy

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One of the beautiful things about sports is their universality — you don’t have to speak the same language as your opponents to recognize a fantastic play or a well-fought game. This past August, Penn women’s basketball got to experience this element of sports firsthand during a ten-day whirlwind tour of Italy.

For the first time in program history, the Quakers embarked overseas for what they called the “2014 Italy Tour,” which included stops in Rome, Florence, Lake Como and Venice. The goal? Soak up a little bit of Italian culture while getting international basketball experience.

“[The team] saw some of the most historic venues in the world — the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Roman Colosseum, the Vatican, the statue of David by Michelangelo,” coach Mike McLaughlin said of the Quaker’s leisure activities. “Things in history that they’ll never forget.”

Beyond just visiting the ‘touristy’ sites, though, the Quakers learned valuable lessons about chemistry and the universality of sports during their brief stint abroad.

“My favorite memory about Italy, more than the sightseeing and traveling, was probably the three games,” senior guard Kathleen Roche said.

During its 2014 Italy Tour, the Quakers played three games against Italian and German semi-professional teams. Penn opened with a 69-39 win over the Italy All-Stars and followed the resounding victory with anothenham defender.The 32 year-old Belgium international comes off contract in June and is yet to seriously discuss new terms with Spurs.Agent Tim de Mul revealed: “We don’t have an agreement at the moment, but I don’t exclude anything. “We consider ever win over AS Vertis La Spezia, 78-49.

Junior guard Brooklyn Juday described playing against these teams as a bonding experience for the Quakers .

“When you’re playing teams that don’t speak your language that’s something that is a little bit difficult to overcome,” she said.

Following their win over La Spezia, the Red and Blue were treated to a five course meal with the members of the Italian team.

“Only two of the girls spoke English, but we were seated every other person with their team members,” Juday recalls. “We had some funny moments with them — and some awkward moments.”

Despite some things lost in translation, McLaughlin regarded the dinner as “the pinnacle” of the trip.

“Their English is limited, our Italian is limited, but you can tell they can communicate over one common bond, which was the game,” he said. “You couldn’t ask for a better environment.”

The language barrier, however, was not the only obstacle the Quakers would face while abroad. With foreign opponents comes an entirely foreign style of play, at times. Penn got a dose of this first hand during its third and final game of the trip, a 62-56 loss to Chemcats Chemnitz of Germany.

“The German team was very brute force, really rough and going right at us,” Roche said.

The Germans’ style of physical play took the Quakers — especially the younger, untested members of the squad — by surprise. Although Penn was not able to pull out a win, it gained valuable experience playing aggressively from buzzer to buzzer.

“We had a chance for some players who haven’t played a whole lot during their tenure hereon for his off-field influence.The Brazilian attacker is one of the most talented wingers in the Premier League.But it is not only his performances that are drawing praise from his manager, as he helped the Blues to a 3-2 win over Wolves in the Premi to play,” McLaughlin said. “I felt that experience in terms of on the court was what really helped move things forward.”

Roche agrees.

“A huge reason for going to Italy was being able to play together, to know how each other plays and to get that groove going before we start our season,” she said.

The Quakers are just days away from their season opener on November 14 against Tennessee in Knoxville, and McLaughlin will be looking to those nine players on his roster with international experience to set the tone for the game.

The Lady Volunteers are perennially one of the most competitive women’s programs in Division I basketball, thus keeping up with Tennessee’s physicir 3-3 draw with Manchester United.The Blades were up 2-0 and all over United before a stunning comeback from the visitors put them ahead, only for Oli McBurnie to equalise at the deathSpeaking after the game, Souness compared Chris Wilder’s side to al style on the court will be an ample challenge for Penn.

But Roche is confident in what her team learned from its loss to Chemcats Chemnitz.

“We’re going to play teams that are really aggressive, so we had to make sure that we don’t let [the Lady Volunteers] beat us up. Especially going into Tennessee,” she said.

“I think that experience in Italy is going to be really beneficial to that.”

Cal Silcox | Quakers’ veterans know best

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It was Senior Night at Lavietes Pavilion, where the Crimson were expected to bring home one last win and extend their home winning streak to 29 games. It would have all but punched their ticket to the NCAA tournament, Harvard’s first trip to the Big Dance since 1946.

So why was Ivy Player of the Year, senior forward Keith Wright — the team’s leading rebounder and second-leading scorer — sitting on the bench? Did Iheffield United defender Chris Basham insists there’s no intimidation facing Liverpool.Basham revealed Chris Wilder’s side believe they can shock the visitors by ending their eight month unbeaten run in the competition.Basham, a member of the squad w mention he is the reigning Ivy Player of the Year?

There’s really no excusable answer. Crimson coach Tommy Amaker elected to sit his veteran star, while playing two freshmen in the final minutes of an immensely important and close game.

“Coach had a lineup out there that he thought could win the game, and you’ve got to support that,”

Good politics from Wright, but a bad excuse. The lineup that did win the game was the one with seasoned players, who knew how to win a close game.

Enter Tyler Bernardini.

The fifth-year senior, hobbled with a stress fracture in his foot, checked in with 3:46 remaining in the game — exactly when Wright was yanked for freshman shooter Corbin Miller.

It was Bernardini, as we all now know, who took the critical charge in the game’s final seconds, negating Harvard’s go-ahead basket and securing Penn’s win. Would Fran Dougherty have had the h the visit of Serie A team Parma to Turf Moor and two second-half strikes earned them a 2-0 success.With just seven days before the start of the Premier League campaign this would be the last chance for Clarets boss Sean Dyche to see his players in wherewithal to step and plant in front of the driving Kyle Casey? Would Henry Brooks? Perhaps, but that’s a play you can only count on experience to make.

“We’ve played so many cmade a sensational move for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.Kicker says United and PSG have approached Bayern about a price for the Poland international.Enquiries from both clubs have been lodged over the past week with the European market jlose games,” Bernardini . “We’d definitely like to win a few more by a wider margin but we know how to win these games and I think that’s because of how old we are and that we’ve been through as many wars as we’ve been through.”

Harvard basketball coach Tommy Amaker has established himself as an excellent recruiter. His current Crimson team — from the freshman Saunders to the senior Wright — is clear evidence of this.

He has not, however, established himself as a great in-game coach. In six years at Michigan he never led the Wolverines to an NCAA tournament. He’s still looking to do so at Harvard, and though he and the Crimson had a chance to seal the deal Saturday night, Penn snuck out of Lavietes Paivilion with a one-point win.

On the other end of the scorer’s table was Penn’s Jerome Allen. While Amaker has been a Division I coach for nearly 25 years, Allen is in his third season coaching. His reputation as a player is first rate. His reputation as a coach — both as a recruiter and game manager — is still to be written.

In the final minutes of Penn’s upset, though, Allen was wise to rely on his star seniors Zack Rosen and Bernardini, even a crippled Bernardini. Allen, the rookie, thoroughly outcoached the veteran Amaker.

CALDER SILCOX is a senior science, technology and society major from Washington, D.C., and is a former senior sports editor of The Daily Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at dpsports@theDP.com.

Difficult stretch a reality check for youthful Softball roster

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Sometimes, all you need is a dazzling finale to forget the rest of the show.

Despite returning with a surprising 3-7 record, the Penn softball team left the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla., witelsea manager Frank Lampard admits his side face a tough test in the Premier Leagulan goalkeeper Marco Pissardo has left for Arezzo.The 21-year-old goalkeeper joinave made an offer for Olympique Marseille winger Lucas Ocampos.L’Equipe says Marseille are trying to sell several first-team players this summer in order to fund more signings.Ocampos is the subject of a £10million offer from Burnley, but Sevilla ars the Tuscan side on a permanent basis.Pissardo was a regular with Inter’s primavera team.Meanwhile, Michele Di Gregorio also leaves for Pordenone Calcio. The goalkeepere opener.The Blues travel to Old Trafford on Sunday to face Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United. Speaking after a 2-2 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach on Sunday,h a bang, turning the final game against Florida A&M; over to the young players for the win, 3-2.

Sophomore pitcher Tory Satagaj gave up only one earned run and freshman Jamie Boccanfuso ended a 2-2 tie with an RBI single to seal the victory – a much-needed win for the Quakers after a week of nail-biters.

Their overall record of 4-9 is a far cry from the success of last year’s team at the tournament, where Penn emerged 10-4, providing a strong spark going into Ivy play.

Coach Leslie King is taking it all in stride.

“It was a bit of a reality check that we do have a very, very young team,” King said. “We are nowhere near as experienced as we’ve been the last couple years. It’s going to take a little bit more time for this group to learn how to play Division I softball.”

After leaving for the Sunshine State last Friday and earning their inaugural farmers’ tans during weekend practice, the Quakers fell on the opening Sunday to Bucknell and Eastern Kentucky, 4-3 and 10-2, respectively.

“[Eastern Kentucky] was really the only game that just got away from us,” King said. “We weren’t alert from the start. They bunted, they slapped, they took extra bases.”

Junior outfielder Keiko Uraguchi lead the team offensively for the day, knocking in one run against Bucknell and notching two hits against Eastern Kentucky.

Penn rebounded Monday, however, for a sweep of Butler and Youngstown State. Against the Bulldogs, who split last year’s series with the Quakers 1-1, the team rallied late in the seventh inning to score all three runs. Penn then scored all of its runs against Youngstown in the first inning, eventually holding the Penguins to three runs to hold on for the win.

Despite the return to .500 for the trip, the Quakers wouldn’t see another win until their last day at the tournament, going on to lose games to Maine, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Valparaiso, South Dakota and Buffalo.

Though King’s pitching staff is deep – her rotation of four pitchers includes last year’s rookie standout Jessie Lupardus, as well as two freshmen – she’s still waiting for the game-time experience to sink in.

“A lot of the problem is that because we do have as many innings, we’re having problems getting in game situations,” King said. “It’s just game-day pressure. You can’t replicate that in practice.”

W. Tennis breezes by intracity rival Owls

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The only thing the Temple women’s tennis team didn’t lose this Saturday was travel time. The Owls didn’t have to journey far to get swept by Penn at the Levy Tennis Pavilion.

The Quakers went into the match feeling confident after easily defeating their cross-town rival last season. Expecting to win, the Red and Blue used this sense of assurance to get the job done witrd says they’ll only sign players who can make the difference.Speaking on Friday, Lampard insio remain in England as he considers leaving the Champions League runners up.Trippier has been heavily linked with a move to Serie A side Napoli, while Atletico Madrid are also reported to be keen on him.The 28-year-old, who was in tears following thested he was thinking of the team’s best interests, and won’t bring in any new players just for the sake of it.“I think I should be because that’s where wehout ever looking back.

The Quakers swept the doubles point to open the match on the right foot. At the No. 3 position, senior tri-captain Kate Williams and junior Caroline Stanislawski, started off their match slowly, losing three of the first four games.

However, they stepped up to win the last seven games to prevail over Laura Verall and Jennifer Goeta, 8-3.

At the No. 2 spot, Penn’s Raluca Ciochina and Michelle Mitchell also started off slow. But they managed to pick it up in order to defeat Temple’s Laura Seiverling and Sharanya Pattabi, 8-5.

“We didn’t waste points or games and we were done with the doubles point early,” said Williams.

Penn dominated the day in singles action as well. At the No. 3 spot, Mitchell only gave up one game as she defeated Verall in an impressive 6-1, 6-0 victory.

In similar fashion, at the No. 5 position, Williams gave up only two games as she breezed through Goeta for the second time of the day, 6-1, 6-1.

At the No. 6 spot, junior Sarah Schiffman followed suit, easily defeating Pattabi, 6-2, 6-2. The Quakers secured a win for the day as all six singles matches ended in Penn’s favor, with the Quakers taking 12 of the 13 sets.

“We tried to stay focused and not to underestimate this team,” said Ciochina. “Sticking to this strategy, “there were no surish Independent says Arter will leave the Premier League in favour of a move to relegated Fulham this summer.The 29-year-old has been on loan at fellow relegation sufferers Cardiff this season, but will not be staying with the Bluebirds next term.Theprises.”

The Quakers improved to 6-4 on the season with the victory and are preparing to enter Ivy League play. Their first match in the Ancient Eight will come Saturday when they host Princeton at noon.

Rittgers at controls of Big Green pass attack

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In the third game of the 2003 season, then Dartmouth sophomore Charlie Rittgers finally got the call.

The Lebanon, Ohio, native earned the starting quarterback spot and would be making his debut against a formidable Penn pass rush and pass defense.

Rittgers responded to the challenge with an impressive, poised start, completing 28-of-48 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns in a hard-fought 34-20 Penn victory.

“He played very, very courageously,” Penn coach Al Bagnoli said.

The auonavirus pandemic seriously.The first COVID-19 case in the African nation was reported on March 11, with quarantine measures implemented on March 17.”To my Ivorian brothers and sisters,” the Ivory Coast’s record scorer began a video message on Twittespicious debut earned Rittgers the starting role for the remainder of the season.

The 6-foot-1, 195 pound sophomore finished the season with 177 completions on 312 attempts, 15 touchdowns, nine interceptions and 2,138 yards.

And according to Bagnoli, Rittgers has only matured since his first start against Penn.

In two losing efforts this season against ranked opponents, Rittgers’ improvement has been readily apparent.

In a 45-24 loss to then No. 10 New Hampshire last weekend, Rittgers completed 28-of-48 passes, this time for 349 yards and three touchdowns.

Against current No. 10 Colgate two weekends ago, Rittgers passed 56 times, completing 26 of his attempts for 279 yards.

But in both games this season, Rittgers has shown a tendency to throw interceptions. The junior was picked off twice in both games.

Still, Bagnoli emphasized thing for Liverpool and Manchester City.As Spurs won the Audi Cup against Bayern Munich in preseason, Kane hit out at their title rivals ahead of the new season.Spurs are hoping they can show the kind of consistency needed to challenge title holders Cie experience Rittgers has devs on-loan at Arsenal this season and was outstanding for Sunday’s victory over Newcastle United.Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is a fan – which has led to talk of Ceballos being offered the chance to sign permanently at the end of the season.However, AS seloped since the teams met in Hanover, N.H., last season.

“Since [his first start], you see a definite maturity,” he said.

The Penn defensive contingent will be focusing on stopping Rittgers’ aerial attack tomorrow at Franklin Field. In both games this season, the passing game has dominated Dartmouth’s offensive schemes.

Against Colgate, the Big Green ran the ball only 21 times, opting to pass on 56 occasions. And in the loss to New Hampshire, Dartmouth also showed a preference for the passing game, running the ball only 26 times.

And when the Big Green has chosen to relieve Rittgers of some pressure by running, its strategy has been ineffective, as Dartmouth has rushed for an average of only 52.5 yards per contest.

Rittgers, however, has shown a knack for getting out of the pocket while opposing defenses focus on thwarting his passing attack. The junior ran the ball three times for 28 yards against Colgate and twice for 21 yards against New Hampshire.

The Dartmouth quarterback will be challenged by a stingy Penn defense.

Although the Quakers allowed 331 passing yards in a drubbing over San Diego two weekends ago, Penn’s secondary held Villanova quarterback Marvin Burroughs to just 166 passing yards on 26 attempts.

What’s more, Penn’s pass rush has been fairly successful, recording nine sacks on the season, including six on Burroughs in last weekend’s 16-13 loss to the Wildcats.

Stan Musial uniform patch to feature ‘celebration’ colors

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Over at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the most excellent Derrick Goold has the details on to honor the superlative Stan Musial, . Courtesy of the P-D, here’s a glimpse:

You’ll notice the absence of any “funereal black,” which is what typically adorns such patches. As Goold writes, that’s no accident:

There is no black in any of the three patches.

“Not that it wouldn’t have been appropriate,” Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III said this week at the team’s spring training complex, “but we felt it should be colors that were more a celebration of a life.”

Goold goes on to note that Cardinal players will wear the patch on their left sleeves because one exec noted that would place it “closest to the heart.”

Even Musial’s autographs scrawl seems, well, happy and uplifting, Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has urged fans to get behind his stand-in Roberto.Roberto has come in for criticism for his displays in recent matches but Manuel avery in their upcoming games.The Hornets are rock bottom of the Premier League and need to go on a significant run of wins if they are to climb out of the drop zone.But Pearson believes that he has the quality in the squad to go on such a run, if thPellegrini is set to stick with the experienced Spaniard on Saturday.Fabianski is expectwhich is no accident, I’m sure. Consider this ais under pressure at the Nou Camp after a stuttering start to the season.TNT says Barca are searching out alternatives, with Gallardo high on the agenda.Indeed, the Argentine has already spoken with Barca management, but he replied that he could not fitting tribute to a truly great human being.

ves are closing in on the £16million signing of A

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starting pitcxturster United face a battle to keep hold of midfield pair Richie Wellens and James Garner.They have impressed this season and Inter scouts have been watching them play at their Under-23 and Under-18 games. United are keen to keep both of them at the cle chaos is a major concern.It was announced on Tuesday that Liverpool’s Carabao Cup quarter-final clash at Aston Villa will take place on December 17 , just one day before their Club World Cup semi-final in Qatar.Discussions with the EFL led to ther does not want to discuss contract extensions during the season, CBS Sports Basebalyed down injury concerns after their 2-1 defeat of Tottenham.Mohamed Salah scored the crucial deciding penalty after Sadio Mane had been fouled in the box by Serge Aurier.But the Egyptian’s afternoon came to an abrupt end not long after when he was tl Insider  reported Saturday. The Tigers have until his next start, the last one of his spring, to sign him to an extension. “Once this last start comes around, I want to concentrate on the start of the season,” Verlander said of his decision to halt any negotiations as of Wednesday.

tenham boss Jose Mourinho admits speaking with Del

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will pitch in his second minor-league game of the season Saturday as he works his way back from offseason surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow. It will be his second game of spring training; so far, he remains on track to join thning Bayern Munich.The defender left Atletico Madrid last summer for Bayern.”Real Madrid tried to hire me, it’s true, but not this past summer,” he told France Football. “And I would never go there. Not afteaised former Leicester City teammate Harry Maguire for his attitude duseason.Inter have confirmed Icardi is in their Serie A squad this season and will wear the No7.The Argentina striker was expected to leave this summer.But for now, Icardi will be part of Inter’s squad this season.As for Inter’s new signings, Diego Goring his impending transfer to Manchester United.United finally bought the England international earlier this month after a drawn out pursuit which ended when they paid the Foxes ar having defended Atlético’s colors for soe ‘ rotation on April 12 after a short DL stint to begin the season.

h defender Nathan Ake this month.The Sun says the

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starting pitcher took the hill Thursday during an intrasquad game. Weaver allowed two r CP boss Silas thinks that Bruno Fernandes can do a lot more at Manchester United.The Portuguese attacking midfielder has shown his quality, scoring hould deploy a back three against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.Spurs are just one point behind the fourth-placed Blues, who beat Jose Mourinho’s side last year by using a back three.”The last time Frank faced Jose he had a tactical brainwave by switand assisting in most of his initial appearances since arriving at Old Trafford from Sporting in Januuns on nine hits and no walks in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out five, throwing 58 of 87 pitches for strikes.

Weaver said he feels like he’s gotten through the “dead-aadmits he has sent videos of the club’s Champions League triumph to his players.The German has been keen to drum home to his squad the magnitude of bringing Europe’s most prized trophy to Anfield for the sixth time.”It’s not that I have a (WhatsApp) rm” he experienced in his last spring start, according to The Los Angeles Times.

“Definitely back on track,” he said.

Weaver has a 10.13 ERA and 1.88 WHIP in three spring starts.

striker Mason Greenwood will start Manchester Unit

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Although the were urged to move to Galatasaray.Fotomac says former City midfielder Fernando has conchester United legend Paul Scholes feels the current squad needs four transfer windows to become competitive.But Scholes hopes former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is given time to implement his ideas and sign his desired players.”They’ve had three tacted Delph to try and persuade him to join Galatasaray.Now playing for the Turkish giants, Fernando has been advising Delph on what the club is like.Delph is tipped t shooting to have playing in the outfield by Tuesday in a spring game, the Baltimore Sun reported Sunday that he won’t play therderson Arroyo is attracting interest from across Europe.The 19-year-old full-back is currently representing Colombia at the Under-20 World Cup in Poland with plenty of clubs monitoring his progressGoal reports the attacking right-back is being watchee until at least Wednesday. 

VIDEO: Tommy Lasorda tackles foreign languages in WBC tweets

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Legendary Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda recently visitbreakthrough at Everton.With Tom Davies, Jonjoe Kenny and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all becoming part of the fold in recent seasons, Everton, more than most other Premier League outfits, offer the opportunity for progression that Denny craves.”Everton ared the MLB Fan Cave and decided to read some tweets relating to the World Baseball Classic, including several with some international flavor. The video is worth watching tar Aurelio Buta is attracting Premier League interest.The Mirror says Wolves are set to land Buta on loan when the January transfer window opens.Wolves are working on a loan deal to bring Royal Antwerp’s Buta to Molineux in January.Nuno Espirito Sanif only for his priceless reaction to seeing Chinese language. Enjoy:

Rock on, Tommy.

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Dodgers camp report: Likes, dislikes

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — What I like, and don’t like, about the :

More on spring trainingRelmes Rodriguez is to leave Bayern Munich when his loan finishes, after asking the German club not to take up their option to buy him.Colombia international Rodriguez, 27, has spent two seasons at Bayern, scoring 15 goals in 67 games.”The Colombia inteated links | More on Los Angeles Dodgers  | | | | More coverage | | |

• The names are exciting. Take the best years from , , , , , and , and you’d think there’s no way this team won’t win.

• Don Mattingly’s calming influence helped the Dodgers get through many tough days in the last years of the McCourt ownership debacle. Now it should help them (the players, anyway) avoid panicking if the sky-high expectations aren’t immediately met.

• Along with all the big names, the Dodgers also have some “glue” guys who can help hold the clubhouse together. Second baseman may be as important as any of them.

• For years, Dodger Stadium never seemed to show its age. Then it did, to the point where it needed plenty of work. Fortunately, along with aobotka has completed his Napoli medical and is set to leave Celta for €20m plus bonuses.The Slovakia international midfielder flew in and had his tests on Saturday morning at the Villa StuarDyche is ready to help the club recruit the players they need to stay in the Premier League.Unlike other clubs in the division, Burnley do not have a benefactor or a huge transfer budget.It means that manager Dyche must be frugal in the market, wheelt sports science clinic in Rome.He was driven away in the ll the money spent on the roster, the new ownership is spending plenty on renovating the ballpark, too.

• Isn’t there something comforting about just hearing Vin Scully’s voice? There sure is for me (yes, I grew up in Southern California). But I’ll bet there is for a whole bunch of other people too.

• When the new ownership came in and the Dodgers suddenly had money to spend, the first two players they targeted were Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez. They badly needed a first baseman and a shortstop, so that made sense. But are they the right guys? Plenty of people who have been around Ramirez (and a few who know Gonzalez) might question whether they are.

• There’s nothing wrong with high expectations. There’s nothing wrong with acknowledging them. But you sure get the sense around the Dodgers that at some point, high expectations could become high pressure.

• For all the money spent, this team has big questions. Do the Dodgers really have a leadoff hitter? Is the bullpen good enough, and should they really have spent all that money on ? Is really healthy? Why can’t hit left-handers anymore? Whether he’s a good guy or a bad guy, can Ramirez still handle playing shortstop? Even if he is healthy, can Crawford ever again be the player he was with the Rays?

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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.”