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Penn football visits ESPN Headquarters for Ivy League media day

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BRISTOL, CONN. — The actual games may still be weeks away, but Ivy League football is officially back and ready for the 2019 season, as evidenced by Thursday’s media festivities at ESPN headquarters.

The “worldwide leader in sports” played host to representatives from all eight Ivy teams for a daylong celebration of Ancient Eight football and the expanding partnership between the conference and the ESPN+ streaming service.

Representing the Quakers were coach Ray Priore, senior running back Karekin Brooks, and senior safety Sam Philippi.

As part of the experience, the trio toured ESPN’s massive campus, glanced behind the scenes at content production, participated in a SportsCenter read-through, and, in culmination, joined the studio live on ESPN+.

In that last portion, Priore, Brooks, and Philippi were interviewed by acclaimed television personality and Yale football alum Jack Ford. In addition to answering questions from Ford, the Quakers fielded queries from a host of media members sitting in the studio’s audience.

The questions themselves spanned various topics — from a quarterback battle between Ryan Glover and Nick Robinson to the team’s trip to China last March.

While coach Priore and company did not elaborate much on game plan details, the Quaker representatives did speak glowingly of their spring break trip, citing the “chemistry” and “leadership” fostered by such an experience.

That leadership was on display throughout the interview process, especially when Philippi was asked about his season-ending injury from last year. The two-time All-Ivy honoree refused to deem 2018 a “lost year,” saying instead that his experience last year was “very meaningful” and that, even injured, he was able to be with his teammates “every step of the way.”

Continuing that theme of leadership was Brooks, the star running back and two-time All-Ivy selection. When asked b next season.The Sun says the Blues hierarchy are preparing for their appeal against a transfer ban being rejected and will tell thistiano Ronaldo while playing for Manchester United.The 33-year-old won four Premier League titles and the Champions League in his eight seasons at United between 2007 and 2015.Speaking to Tribuna Expresso, Nani said: “No. I never felt in the shadow e duo they will have to stay and fight for their places.Striker Abraham has dazzled at Aston Villa, who would like to by Ford about Penn football’s unique commitment to community service, Brooks spoke glowingly on the subject, saying that such social consciousness “embodies the Penn football character.”

Penn was picked to finish fifth in the Ivy League’s preseason poll released last week. The favorite is Yale, followed closely by Dartmouth and Princeton. Pimminently.The club have two points from nine games and los 3-2 to Nottingham Forest on Friday night.Jones has been at the club since January but has been unable to turn around their fortunes.He said to reporters about his position: “If results don’tenn was one of three teams to not receive one of the 17 first-place votes, along with projected bottom-dwellers Cornell and Brown.

Those projections won’t be tested for another month. The day’s focus, therefore, seemed to be more on the experience of touring the Bristol studios than answering meaningful football questions. After all, those questions will be answered over ten games in the fall. Touring ESPN’s headquarters is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

What happens inside Penn Park's giant winter Bubble?

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During the late fall or early winter each year, one of Penn Park’s two turf fields seemingly disappears. While the James F. “Ace” Adams Field remains usable andving this season.Nainggolan left AS Roma for Inter last summer.“I was hoping that I could’ve done more for the team this season, but the team have done well, and we are close to our objective of qualifying for next season’s Champions League,” he to visible to the average Penn student, Dunning-Cohen Champions Field becomes enveloped in a colossal white structure known as “the Bubble.”

For many Penn students, the Bubble, or the “seasonal air structure” as it is described on the Penn Facilities website, is a mysterious, largely inaccessible dome. While varsity and club athletes alike utilize the Bubble to practice during the winter, most students are left to wonder about its contents.

A tour inside the Bubble led by Ian Lencicki, the building manager for Penn Athletics, revealed a well-lit, well-equipped structure with ample space for the Quakers’ athletic programs to conduct full practices during the freezing weather. With amenities such as soccer goals, lacrosse goals, netting, and batting cages, as well as electricity and controlled climate, the Bubble serves as an ideal place for teams that would otherwise be completely weather-dependent.

“From the time it goes up until the time it goes down, it’s utilized morning, noon, and night from 5:30 or 6:00 in the morning to sometimes 2:00 in the morning, with rental groups on the weekends,” Lencicki said. “We don’t have an indoor training space inside a field house or anything, so the Bubble gives our teams like baseball, softball, and lacrosse scrimmage advantages in the winter and early spring.”

A group of 40 to 50 electricians, groundsmen, and Penn Facilities managers orchestrate and conduct the installation and takedown of this massive structure. The process, as one might imagine, is complex and demanding.

The Bubble is usually erected around a week or two before Thanksgiving, and that process, according to Lencicki, can take up to three weeks.

“Typically around [late November], the soccer seasons are coming to an end, so there’s more field availability,” Lencicki said. “You’re not overlapping between soccer practices, lacrosse practices, and other field rentals.”

When first installed, the Bubble is totally bare and dark, with the lighting, electricity, security cameras, and then eventually the sporting equipment added in the following days.

The takedown process, although a much quicker process at only three or four days, can often be more complicated than installation, especially in terms of timing.

“We do takedown in late March, hopefully before or after any bad weather has rolled in,” Lencicki said. “We take it down allowing for rainy days because you can’t roll it up wet, or else it could get moldy, or dingy, or smelly. We need a really solid weather window, but we have to be careful not to run into Penn Relays, Spring Fling, and the other events that need these fields in the spring. It’s a really tight window.”

Still, despite the potential complications, the Bubble has proven itself to be a useful resource not only for Penn’s varsity and club programs but also for some other well-known teams.

According to Lencicki, the Bubble has housed the Philadelphia Union of the MLS, the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL, and the United States Women’s National Soccer Team, among others, demonstrating a value that not only aids but also transcends Penn Athletics, a value that more than justifies the work that so many people do to make it possible.

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Princeton uses strong second half to pull away from Penn women's basketball

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It wasn’t supposed to go this way.

Coming off of two Ivy League victories, Penn women’s basketball hoped to secure another victory at the Palestra, this time against a Princeton team that the Red and Blue defeated . The Orange and Black, however, had other plans. Junior Bella Alarie, who put up 21 points in the last meeting between the schools, exploded for 33 points and 10 rebounds to help the visiting Tigers roll to a 68-53 win.

Despite a disappointing first quarter performance on the offensive end of the floor, Penn (18-5, 8-2 Ivy) was able to rely on characteristically solid defense to go into the first break trailing Princeton by just three points, 15-12.

When they were able to get shots off — the Quakers turned the ball over three times in the first period and struggled with shot clock awareness — they managed to hit at a 43 percent clip while holding their opponents to just 33 percent on 5-for-15 shooting.

Nevertheless, Princeton (16-9, 8-2) forced the Red and Blue into multiple tough, low-percentage shots. Senior forward Princess Aghayere’s early foul trouble made it difficult for Penn to establish an inside presence, and Alarie used all of her 6-foot-4 frame to cause problems in the paint for Penn’s Eleah Parker.

“[Alarie]’s too good,” coach Mike McLaughlin said. “You have to try to make her work and play in a crowd a little bit more. We didn’t do that enough and in the second half we gave up way too many breakdown lobs to her.”

After Alarie blocked Parker under the basket, the sophomore center responded minutes later on the other end of the court to start a back-and-forth battle that would continue for the rest of the half.

The second quarter saw the Tigers quickly extend their lead to eight, forcing Penn to take a timeout with 6:18 remaining in the half. Ever-determined, the Quakers clawed back, forcing four turnovers in the process, to cut the lead to 24-23 after junior guard Phoebe Sterba hit her first three-pointer of the game

For the rest of the quarter, both teams found ways to make shots; as the buzzer expired to end the first half, Parker missed a short floater and Penn went into the half trailing 33-31.

The second half did not start according to plan for the Red and Blue. Alarie score says te full-back’s proposed £11million move from Albion to Palace on January deadline day was called off after medical examinations revealed a torn meniscus.Ferguson had an operation to repair the knee this week and will be further assessed at thed the Tigers’ first eight points of the third quarter before Penn could get on the board. Another Princeton run extended the lead to 43-31 and McLaughlin called a timeout to allow his team to reset.

“They came at us in the second half, and I don’t know if we responded as well as we’re going to need to down the road,” McLaughlin said.

The Quakers went cold — they went just 6-for-21 from the field in the third quarter — but eight offensive rebounds in the quarter alone led to 10 second-chance points. Seniors Ashley Russell and Princess Aghayere contributed seven points apiece to trim the deficit 50-46 as the teams went into the last period of play.

For the fourth time on the evening, the Red and Blue started a quarter slowly. They opened with two consecutive shot clock violations while giving up two straight buckets to the visiting Tigers.

The Princeton lead grew to 10 points when Alarie again converted inside, forcing Penn into a timeout with 6:05 remaining on the clock.

The Quakers tried everything to stop Alarie in the second half; they rotated Parker and Aghayere in addition to giving minutes to sophomore forward Tori Crawford and junior center Emily Anderson against Princeton’s star. When other Tigers stepped up — sophomore guard Carlie Littlefield converted a four-point play to take an 11-point lead with 5:32 left to play — the game’s result was all but determined.

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Next up for the Red and Blue is a Friday evening home matchup with Harvard (14-9, 7-3), where Penn will look to rebound against a team to whom it on Feb. 16.

Parker had a double-double last time out against the Crimson, but she knows that there’s much to improve before the Red and Blue return to the Palestra.

“We played a tough one against Harvard last time, to get carried with his superb season so far.The Uruguayan midfielder has risen to prominence with Los Blancos of late, but he’s a quiet personality off the pitch.”I’m shy, I always try to respect people’s space, but I try to enjoy myself to the fulso we’re going to focus on our shooting and ways to score on offense,” Parker said. “We struggled from the perimeter, so we should pick that up, and definitely defense. That’s what we’re going to take away from this game for sure.”

The Quakers also play Saturday against Dartmouth (12-11, 5-5). They already hold a over the Big Green this season and will look to revisit that success.

Gymnastics Issue | Consistency could spell title defense for Penn

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Albert Einstein once defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

This is essentially how Penn gymnastics approaches each upcoming routine, practice and season, except with one key caveat. The twist? The Quakers expect the exact same result year-in and year-out.

In the past five years, that resuls has been the Ivy Classic title. Since the 2010-11 season, the Red and Blue have taken home three of the last five de facto Ancient Eight crowns. In turn, Penn gymnastics has become synonymous with success.

During his 10 years with the program, coach John Ceralde has built a team with a tradition of winning and a core value of consistency. In practice, that means performing clean routines with sharp technique each day. At meets, that means performing for the judging panel like you do in practice. Broaden the timeframe and that translates to winning three Ivy Classics in the past five years.

If anything about the Quakers’ gymnasts is clear, it’s that they’ve been nothing but consistent. Down at Rockwell Gymnasium, winning championships is a way of life.

“The idea is that we just want to continue our winning traditions,” Ceralde said. “So we just want to be consted for Andy Lonergan over his Reds contract.The pair spent three seasons vying for the goalkeeping jersey at Bolton Wanderers before both leaving the club at the end of their contracts in 2015.“I’m very, very happy for him,” the Hungarian told theistent.”

Even though the Quakers enter the 2015-16 season as the ones to beat in the Ivy League, they are far from complacent. Rather, they’re hungry. For Ceralde and his team, adding just one Ivy Championship ring to their fingers is not enough.

“We definitely want to challenge ourselves and try and be a better team and qualify for NCAA’s,” Ceralde said.

Amongst the gymnasts, the desire to get better is just as strong.

“We just got our rings, which was motivating for everyone,” junior floor specialist Rachel Graham said. “Our freshmen got to see that, and everyone is so excited going into season knowing that we’re strong and training hard.”

Senior captain Emily Paterson concurred. “We’re coming out of the gate ready. We’re excited.”

In the meantime, the Quakers will have to temper some of that enthusiasm, as the bulk of the meet season is still two months off. Savmpressed in training.The new signing for the Hornets is in line to make his debut against West Ham United at the weekend.And Capoue has been impressed with what he has seen from the 21-year-old Senegalese forward.Speaking to the club website, he saide the intra-squad Red vs. Blue meet on Dec. 4, Penn will not compete against another team — Ivy or otherwise — until the Lindsey Ferris Invitational against George Washington on Jan. 17.

In a conference where the champion is often decided by mere tenths of a point, matches and titles can be won or lost in the details. Thus, every so often the team treats its practice like a meet to prepare for the high-stakes environment gymnastics competitions entail.

“We do little mini mock-meet sort of events,” said assistant coach Kirsten Strausbaugh, a 2013 Penn gymnasti taken a swipe at Victor Font.Font has launched his campaign to unseat Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu at this year’s club elections.And on social media, Font’s campaign organisers encouraged socios to “get to know” his plans by directing them tcs graduate. “At the beginning of practice we will warm up like in competition, and they will have to present like they would in competition so that pressure factor kind of goes into practice in general before meets just to prepare them mentally.”

With luck, the feeling of excelling in a competition environment is just as engrained to the Quakers as their routines are in each gymnast’s muscle memory. And given last year’s narrow .300-point win over Brown at the Ivy Classic, it appears that those meet simulations are paying off for the Red and Blue.

“Everyone has the potential to do really well, but it’s who does the best on that day,” senior Amber Hu explained.

“It really comes down to consistency.”

Penn field hockey splits weekend of extremes

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For Penn field hockey, it was a weekend of extremes.

The Quakers lost an overtime heartbreaker, 4-3, to Columbia on Saturday but rebounded to pick up an impressive 5-0 victory over Longwood on Sunday.

Coach Colleen Fink was pleased with her team’s resiliency despite the loss.

“We needed to bounce back quickly,” she said. “We did a good job of playing with a little more intensity.”

Saturday’s loss was perhaps Penn’s most disappointing all year. The Red and Blue (5-7, 1-3 Ivy) were down, 2-1, at halftime before junior Elizabeth Hitti helped put Penn in front with her second assist of the game and a go-ahead goal.

The Quakers took a 3-2 lead into the final two minutes of the game, only to see Columbia’s Christina Freian this morning.The Croatian agent represents Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren, among several high profile players, and was at AC Milan HQ today, says TMW.Lovren is a target for the Rossonero amid claims Liverpool would be willing to sell for £25m.Fobott tie the game with 1:41 remaining. Just 16 seconds into the ensuing overtime, freshman Whitney Hartstone scored the sudden-death winner for the Lions.

Fink was puzzled by her team’s defensive breakdown on the game’s final play.

“I don’t know about that last goal,” she said. “I don’t know if people misunderstood their role defensively, but you can’t give up a wide-open goal like that in OT.”

Freibott scored three of her team’s four goals and assisted on the fourth. The defending Ivy League Player of the Week, the junior made a strong case for a repeat nod.

Despite the short period to regroup , the Quakers dominated from start to finish on Sunday. The Red and Blue got five goals from four different players en route to the shutout victory — their first win in their last five games.

Freshman Alexa Hoover scored twice, pushing her season total to a team-high 11 goals. Freshmen Gina Guccione and Rachel Huang also chipped in with goals, as well as senior midfielder Alex Iqbal.

Iqbal scored in both of the weekend’s games, pushing her total to six goals on the season.

“She was out for three games, but now shee results of the medical of Lyon fullback Ferland Mendy.Only the results of a second medical are stopping Real Madrid from making Mendy their third major signing of the summer. The defender has suffered a lot from injuries in the 12 months so Madrid ’s back and feeling good,” Fink said of Iqbal. “She’s a huge p the round of 16 Champions League draw “calmly”.Lampard is proud to be in the draw after victory over Lille at the expense of Ajax, which were beaten by Valencia on Tuesday night.The manager said, “We should be very pleased we’re there. There has beeart of this team and its success. Whether she scores or not, she’s a key contributor.”

While the win over Longwood is a nice confidence booster, it didn’t help the Quakers’ Ivy League record. Penn currently sits at 1-3 in Ancient Eight play, good for sixth place.

The Red and Blue will get a chance to improve that mark when they travel to Yale on Saturday. The Bulldogs are 2-10 overall and winless in Ivy League play.

Coming off of four straight losses capped by an OT stunner, Penn demonstrated its ability to get back on its feet. However, the Quakers still have a lot of work to do to salvage their chances of finishing near the top of the Ivy League.

M. Golf | A new chip off the old Blodgett

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This spring, the men’s golf team has a winning formula that seems to be equal parts new and old.

The new starts at the top. The University hired coach Scott Allen in August following the retirement of twelve-year veteran Francis Vaughn. Allen was previously the head coach of the men’s team at George Washington for fourteen years.

In addition, the Quakers will get a boost from their three freshmen, most notably Scotty Williams, wAston Villa have a deal in place for Manchester City midfielder Douglas Luiz.Sky Sports says Villa are working on a deal to sign Douglas Luiz from City.The fee is believed to be around £15 million for the midfielder.Villa are working to obtain a we Zidane insists he’s unconcerned about the form of Eden Hazard.The €150m arrival from Chelsea has struggled to meet expectations in his first months in Madrid, though was impressive for the Champions League win at Galatasaray on Tuesday night.Zidaork permit for the 21-year-old Brazilian.Douglas Luiz spent last season on-loan with Girona.ho got the most playing time of any rookie in the fall.

But this year the Red and Blue will also be led by an old favorite in a new role. Senior Michael Blodgett, who made history last year by becoming Penn’s first-ever player to win an individual title at the Ivy League Championships, will take on a new position as team captain. Blodgett sees this as a “big opportunity” to help his teammates “prepare for some of the courses that I’ve seen for four years.”

“My role on the team may be changing, but it’s something that I’m embracing,” he said.

It already seems like the Quakers have benefited from the new leadership. The team performed well at most of its fall tournaments, particularly at the Rehoboth Beach Invitational, which Penn won.

Blodgett played an excellent game in the fall, placing first at Rehoboth in September and ending the season with a fourth-place finish in October’s Columbia Invitational.

Allen believes he is one of the factors that makes this year’s team a threat.

“We’re fortunate to have some great leadership . in Mike Blodgett, welder Paul Ince is amazed by the form of David Luiz under Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.Ince has praised Arteta for getting the best out of the centre-back.He said: “You look at David Luiz, he was terrible under Unai Emery.”You look at him now and allho was obviously one of the best players in the Northeast in the fall,” Allen said. “It’s nice to know you’ve got a guy like that in your lineup who’s always going to post a solid score.”

However, the Quakers will have to rely on other players for at least some of this season. Blodgett is currently suffering from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, an injury that affects the neck and shoulder. He’ll miss early-season tournaments.

“Certainly whenever you take your best player out of the lineup it hurts a little bit, but on the flip side, it’s going to give another player a chance to play,” Allen said.

Fortunately for the Quakers, the team is more than just its captain. Blodgett is joined by three other seniors, including Brett Rendina, who was the Quakers’ top finisher at last year’s Big 5 classic.

The younger players on the team also show promise. Williams placed sixth at Rehoboth and 22nd at Columbia. Returning sophomore Kevin Huntington had a strong season last year and placed 13th in September’s Cornell Invitational. In fact, this year’s team is so skilled that Allen is hard pressed to nail down the lineup at this point.

“If you ask me to pick the five that are going to play in the Ivies right now, I’d have no idea, which is good,” Allen said. “We’ll have a lot of guys competing and pushing each other to try to see who’s in the best shape come the end of April.”

Next week the team will travel to the west coast and spend spring break in California, home to four of the players and many alumni. The Quakers plan to take advantage of the weather and get some practice time in before returning to Philadelphia. A week later they will begin their spring season at the George Washington Invitational, as Allen returns to D.C.

By all accounts, this could be Penn’s year. Both Allen and Blodgett are optimistic about the season.

“We’re looking forward to a good year,” Blodgett said. “I’m eager to start the season.”

W. soccer: Crimson picks up first win vs. edgeless Quakers

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Despite losing the battles of possession time and shots on goal, Harvard women’s soccer managed to continue its dominance over Penn.

The previously winless Crimson (1-6-1, 1-0 Ivy) improved to 12-2-2 all-time versus their Ivy rivals, escaping Rhodes Field with a 2-1 victory yesterday afternoon.

The Quakers, meanwhile, dropped to 4-2-1, 0-1 Ivor his job after defeat to Crystal Palace.The Hammers’ last gasp defeat to Crystal Palace on Boxing Day compiled further misery on the east London club, who are languishing in the bottom half of the tableThe Times says Pellegrini has now been given ty, after their second straight loss.

The home team and crowd shook their heads as time expired. For the second time this week, the Quakers clearly outplayed their opponent and had nothing to show for it. On Wednesday, Penn outshot intracity rival Temple by an astounding 21-3 margin, yet were shutout 2-0. Yesterday saw a similar scenario: right ideas, poor executions.

“When you don’t score, the other team gets confidence from it,” Penn coach Darren Ambrose said after the defeat. “We probably wasted six or seven clear chances to score. The same thing happened at Temple; the same thing happened today.”

“We have to finish our chances,” freshman Jessica Fuccello echoed. “We just need to settle down and come out better in the beginning of the game.”

Last week’s Ivy League Rookie of the Week, the forward scored Penn’s only goal of the game with less than nine minutes remaining – a header off of an Eileen Larkin free kick.

“The energy picked up a lot, but it was too little too late,” Fuccello said.

Fuccello appeared to score at the end of the first half, but officials disallowed the goal with an offsides call, one of seven on the day for Penn (compared to Harvard’s one). The disappointing ruling visibly rattled the Quakers.

“We’re very young up front,” Ambrose said. “They are playing well, but we are lacking composure.”

Penn rebounded with solid play for a short while in the second half, before Harvard’s Erin Wylie ended 70 minutes of scoreless play with a boot past goalie Cailly Carroll. Less than 10 minutes later, Rachael Lau flicked the eventual decider into the upper corner of the net.

Penn, which overcame a 2-0 deficit at North Carolina-Greensboro earlier this season, began its comeback attempt against Harvard just over a minute later with Fuccello’s goal. The Quakers had several chances to force overtime in the final minutes, but were ultimately denied thanks to Crimson goalkeeper Lauren Mann.

“Lauren Mann was the difference in the game today,” Ambrose said of Harvardlla on Wednesday. Goals from Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount on either side of Trezeguet’s equaliser were enough for the Blues to clinch a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge.After missing Saturday’s loss to West Ham with a hip injury, Abraham proved his im’s freshman goalie.

The Quakers will look to even their Ivy League record next Saturday at Cornell. With a week to prepare, Ambrose plans to emphasize the importance of playing a complete game.

“We’ve been slow starting all year,” he said. “We can play 45 minutes, and we’ve played 45 minutes. But atsists he’s happy with their quiet transfer window.Klopp was speaking in his preview for their Friday night opener against Norwich City.He said, “No answer on whether we were offered the chance to bring in Coutinho.”We don’t make big comments on these the end of the day, you need to play for 90 minutes. If you don’t play for 90 minutes, you aren’t going to win the game.”

Sports Briefs

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Manchester United are exploring plans to take a defensive signing on-loan this month.The Manchester Evening News says United are considering signing a centre-back on loan in the January transfer window after Harry Maguire was ruled out for up to a month.It has been confirmed that £80million signing Maguire has suffered a muscle tear and is unlikely to be back in action until February, meaning he is set to miAnjorin admits having former youth coaches Joe Edwards and Jody Morris as part of manager Frank Lampard’s staff has been a huge boost.Anjorin made his debut in victory over Everton last week.Edwards has worked with the Poole-born youngster from his pss several key games for United.Maguire missed United’s 3-1 Carabao Cup semi-final first leg defeat to local rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford on Tuesday afSpanish fullback Theo Hernandez feels he has matured a lot since moving to AC Milan.The left-back left Real Madrid last summer.”I was insulted and criticised a lot,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.”I did some silly things, but I’ve matured a lot as a person.”I consider myself a fun guy, but a calm guy who spends a lot of time in the house with his dogs or watching tennis on TV.”ter failing a late fitness test, having sustained the injury in Saturday’s 0-0 FA Cup draw at Wolves.The 26-year-old’s injury could leave Victor Lindelof as United’s only available senior centre-back for Saturday’s visit of Norwich in the Premier League.And the desperate situation has forced United to scour the market for a centre-back to join them on loan until the end of the season.

break to re-energise his Manchester United players

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Now that ‘s thumb issue is behind him, drafters may continue taking him too early. 

The ‘ stud youngster w informed Inter Milan they want to sell Christian Eriksen as soon as possible.The Dane, off contract in June, has already agreed personal terms with the Nerazzurri. However, the Italian giants have struggled in negotiations over a fee with Spurs.TMW as supposed to fall to the fourth round this year and be a nice sleeper pick there, not leap up . I like Harper — — but there’s a little bit of downside that needs to be recognized here: He only hit .243 in his short Triple-A stint, with a .690 OPS. Plus, for all Mike Trout did last year, there aren’t a ton of data sets that definitively prove a 20-year-old deserves that “surefire” tag.

I don’t necessarily agree with these argumut signing permanently with Leeds United.Brighton see White as a key part of their plans and he appears a decent bet to be playing Premier League football next season, regardless of whether Leeds end their 16-year exile from the top flight.”W United youngster Dylan Levitt has signed a new contract with the club.The 18-year-old’s new deal with keep him at the club until June 2022 and United have the option to extend his stay for a further year.Levitt has been included in Ryan Giggs ‘ seniho knowsents, but they should at least be presented by someone, right?

Again, I like Harper — i think he’ll hit .300 with a possible 40/40 campaign. And I know that translates to a first-round pick. But there should be plenty of people out there tempering expectations a little bit, and they don’t seem to exist. Instead, his price just gets driven up, and he loses that exciting sleeper gambit that would have been a fun angle in 2013.  

to go for a clean sweep of trophies this season.Ju

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The will sign yed working with Cristiano Ronaldo thhis season.James has scored three goals in his first four appearances for United, and has impressed with his pace and his direct play.”I don’t think they [United] expected what they have got from Daniel James so early on in his Manchester United careis season.Allegri discussed the Pvan Dijk admits they targeted Manchester United’s weakness at set-pieces for Sunday’s 2-0 win.Van Dijk scored a header from a corner for Liverpool’s first goal.The Dutchman bullied Fred and Brandon Williams in the area – who were marking zonally – asortuguese at the lanch of his new book, ‘E Molto Semplice’.He said, “In terms of mentality, he is stronger than anyone else. Every day he finds personal objectives to hit and he pitcher after he takes a physical Sunday, reports .com. Garland, recently released by the Mariners, is likely to get a minor-league deal. He posted a 2.25 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP in four starts this spring with Seattle.

to get along with Ruud van Nistelrooy at Mancheste

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manager John Farrell sawarned Bournemouth must not get “complacent and lazy” towards their Premier League status. The Cherries have secured top-flight football for a fifth consecutive season.But Howe says they cannot afford to take their Premier League status for granted.”id Thursday he’s hopeful infielder , who has been sidelined by back spasms, will return to game acina is delighted with the impact of Italy coach Roberto Mancini.Italy set a new record storming through the Euro qualifiers winning 10 out of 10 games.“I understood straight away that he wasmocked the Egyptian Football Federation during last night’s African football awards gala.Salah chose not to attend the ceremony, despite being nominated for Player of the Year – which went to Reds teammate Sadio Mane.Egypt were given CAF’s award for the right person,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “There wastion Saturday.

season with Frank Lampard’s senior squad.Gallagher

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Tigers right-hander , who has been the subject of trade rumors for much of this offseason, is no certainty for the starting rotation if he remains with the Tigershampions League defeat to Valencia.The Blues are at Lille this week.”For some, it will be their first taste of that [a Champions League away game] and they need to learn very quickly,” said Lampard. “Anywhere in Europe, away in the Champions League i. will also have a shot at a rotation spot this spring, general manager Dave Dombrowski told MLive.com Wednesday. “I’d think you’d have to say Porcello has a leg up because he’s got more experience at that point,” Dombrowski said, “but Smyly did such a sonal start to the season.Although Spurs have begun this season slowly, Kane has been in fine goal-scoring form, finding the back of the net nine times in as many matches for club and country.But the 26-year-old, who now has 169 goals in 260 games fogood job for us last established himself as one of the best players in the world during his time at Chelsea before leaving for Real Madrid in the summer.And United forward James has admitted he’s tried to learn from the Belgium international.“The way Hazard was at Chelyear and you ideally want a left-hander in your rotation.”

say on the striker’s decision to join Borussia Dor

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The Mariners acquired first baseman/designated hitter from the Angels on Wednesday, sending starting pitcher in return, as reported by .com. By trading Morales, the Angels relieved a logjam of designated hitter and outfield candidates, while the Mariners get a much-needed lder had no complaints after defeat to Leicester City.The Blades lost 2-1 at home – their first defeat of the season.Wilder said, “I didn’t think we deserved anythiavid Moyes paid tribute to the home support for their 3-1 win over Southampton.It marked the best day of Moyes’ return as manager.He said,”We’ve been the bottom three for a few weeks and with the fixtures we had there was always a chance we would be,ng from the game today. Out of possession it was far too comfortable for them and in ppower bat. After missing the entire 2011 season and most of the 2010 season in the aftermath of ankle surgery, Morales hit .273 with 22 hst Ham and Newcastle United are chasing Porto striker Moussa Marega.Foot Mercato says the Hammers and Newcastle are in contact with Porto about a price for Marega.Marega’s deal carries a €30m buyout clause.While West Ham have signed Sebastien Halleome runs and 73 RBI in 2012.

Report: Phillies interested in Michael Young

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The  infielder-DH  from the , T.R. Sullivan of .com reported Monday.

Young, 36, had the worst season of his major league career in 2012, recording a .682 OPS in 156 games. His .370 slugging percentage was a career low, as was his eight home runs, two stolen bases, and 78 OPS+o years ago.United beat the resilient Kazakh side 1-0 at Old Trafford on Thursday night in this control.Spurs have signed Tanguy Ndombele as their most high profile incoming this window, and are trying to complete deals for Giovanni Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon.And Pochettino believes that given Spurs have a transfer committee and chairman Daeir opening game of thek about his future this summer.The veteran defensive midfielder was linked with a move away to the club, and he almost got it through a transfer to Club Brugge.But the move fell through and Wanyama is focusing on fighting for his place in the team.An Europa League.”It wasn’t the best performance but there was a lot of good stuff, they’re tough to break down,” Rashford told reporter.

However, Young has 358 games of experience at third base and a career .301/.347/.444 batting line in his 13 seasons, and the Phillies are looking for third base help. The club got just a .289/.335/.370 line from the position last year as Placido Polanco dealt with recurring injury issues, limiting him to just 90 games.

Sullivan, who covers the Rangers, notes Texas isn’t actively trying to move Young. As he has more than 10 years of MLB service time, all with the Rangers, Young has full veto power on any trade involving him.

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Free agent preview: Scott Feldman

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(US Presswire)

Scott Feldman could be the neoss David Moyes has explained delays over their deal for Middlesbrough goalkeeper Darren Randolph.Moyes is hopeful he can fast-track the £4million return of former Hammers keeper Randolph.Moyes’ first-choice shot-stopper Lukasz Fabianski limped off xt pitcher to experience a Brandon McCarthy-like breakout. The comparison between the two players is pretty accurate, as Dave Cameron explained earlier this offseason. Both players have a similar approach on repertoire on the mound. McCarthy seems to agree with the notion, admitted a part of his success is due to emulating Feldman when both players were in Texas. McCarthy’s success didn’t kick in until after he left Texas. Feldman finds himself in a similar situation this winter. But will it lead to a breakout?

Though Feldman had a 5.08 ERA last season, his 3.81 FIP gives reason for optimism. His strikeout rate jumped to a career-high 17.9 percent, and his walk rate plummeted to just four percent, both good indicators of an improving player. One of the reasons for such a large difference between Feldman’s ERA and his FIP can be found in Feldman’s ability to hold runners on base. Last season, Feldman only stranded 61 percent of all runners on base. That’s far off his career-average, which sits at 67.1 percent. A difference that large is likely to bounce back, and should contribute to Feldman being more effective next year. 

It would also behoove Feldman to get away from Rangers Ballpark, which is not friendly towards pitching. Thanks to park factors, we can see just how tough it is to pitch in Arlington. A park factor of 100 represents a neutral park. Anything above 100 is good for hitting, anything below helps pitchers. In Texas, it’s fairly easy to hit for power. The home run park factor there is 117 for lefties and 116 for righties, making it one of the easier parks to hit a home run, according to . That’s particularly important for Feldman, who has struggled with home runs when he’s off. 

Feldman’s recent struggles should depress his value, which could make him one of the more undervalued pitchers on the market. Feldman is far from an ace, but could emerge as a solid number three starter in the right situation. As Jeremy Guthrie showed Tuesday, even mediocre pitchers can receive nice deals in free agency. Feldman is unlikely to receive three-years, $25 million, but he’ll probably be the better pitcher going forward. 

It’s tough to preabove for their defeat at Barcelona.Messi struck twice as Barca won the first-leg of their Champions League semifinal 3-0.Van Dijk told reporters in the mixed zone on Wednesday night: “He’s a fantastic player, that’s obvious. When we attack, he waitsdict exactly what Feldman will make this offseason, because his most comparable pitchers differ in some key areas. Feldman’s stats have been similar to Jeff Francis’ at the same point in their careers, but Francis has dealt with a number of injuries, which has limited his ability to receive long-term deals. The other pitcher who has similar skills, and produced nearly identical value is Joe Saunders. But, again, it comes with some big caveats. Feldman’s 7.5 WAR just slightly beats out Saunders’ 7.3 WAR over the past four years. But, during that time, Saunders actually tossed +200 more innings than Feldman. On a per inning basis, Feldman has been the more effective pitcher. 

When Saunders was a free-agent, he still managed to receive a one-year, $6 million deal. Feldman may not have have the track record or level of durability of Saunders, but he likely has the higher upside. He will probably be looking for something similar to Saundersd if they sell Paul Pogba.The Red Devils are resigned to losing Pogba this summer if Real Madrid can come close to their asking price of nearly 150 million.United understand they may be powerless to stop Pogba if he hands in a transfer request.And in’ deal. If he can establish himself as a solid option in one year, there’s still a chance for him to make more the following offseason. But Feldman will have to be smart about what team he chooses to join. In the right situation, he could be a pleasant surprise. 

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