Penn fencing's Chloe Daniel finishes atop the Ivy League in her debut season


Finishing at the top of the Ivy League as a freshman tends to surprise people.

Chloe Daniel even surprised herself.

The freshman fencer walked away from the Ivy League Tournament with the individual women’s epee title, defeating 12 opponents over the weekend and earning her a first team All-Ivy designation.

“I definitely surprised myself. I went into Ivies thinking I was just going to fence and see what happens. I focused on fencing for the women’s team. It didn’t even come to mind until after the first day when I saw that I was first on the results,” Daniel said.

Clocking the best record among all of the women’s epee fencers in the Ivy League is no small feat, especially considering the level of competition across the board. Princeton’s program is ranked No. 1 in the country, andaised Bulgaria captain Ivelin Popov for standing up to his own supporters during England’s 6-0 win on Monday.Popov called for fans in Sofia to stop directing racist chants towards the visitors, which caused the game to be stopped twice.”Not an easy s Columbia is not far behind at No. 2. It was Daniel’s contributions on epee, alongside fellow All-Ivy named teammate freshman Jessica Liang, that helped the Red and Blue topple the Tigers. Similarly, the Quakers were just one point shy of beating the Lions.

The contributions of the , led by Daniel and Liang, were fundamental in securing the overall team finish, tying with Princeton for second place, just behind Columbia.

“Columbia, Princeton, and Harvard have a ton of women’s epee fencers who have been on the women’s junior and national teams,” coach Andy Ma said. “If you’re smart, change quickly, and try to know your opponent well so that you play to your strengths and avoid your weaknesses, you can defeat junior and senior members. If you’re not careful you can lose to people behind you.”

Daniel, a Sierra Madre, Calif. native, has been fencing since she was nine years old. Her home club, Fortune Fencing, has sent numerous athletes to compete at top Division I fencing programs across the country. It was there where she was mentored under her longtime coach, Elsayed Emara. An Egyptian fencing national team athlete himself, Emara coached Daniel for the majority of her youth career, through extensive international competitions.

“I’ve been doing this for 25 years, and I’ve seen a lot. We see some kids that show they have incredible potential in the sport of fencing the first day. Chloe was one of those. When I started working with her, you could tell she was quiet, but she listened and applied everything that coaches told her,” Emara said.

Over her time at Fortune, Chloe’s talents as a junior fencer brought her countless opportunities to compete nationally and internationally.

“I have seen a lot of the U.S — really random places. Through international tournaments I’ve also seen random European countries as well. It’s been really cool to travel and see other parts of the world that I wouldn’t otherwise see or think about. That’s something I really appreciate from fencing,” Daniel said.

The freshman has had no shortage of competitions around the world. At the top of her list of accomplishments as a junior fencer was her Junior National Cadet team qualification, a feat accredited to only the top-3 ranked juniors in the counentre-half has yet to feature for Arsenal since joining on loan from Flamengo last month.And Arteta will only play Mari once he is ready.Speaking at the club’s warm-weather training camp in Dubai, Arteta said: “With Pablo a little bit more than Cedritry. To reach such a ranking, Daniel had to place well at a variety of international competiHyypia won 10 trophies in his decade at Anfield, including the Champions League, the UEFA Cup and two FA Cups and was captain until Gerard Houllier made Steven Gerrard skipper, at just 23, in 2003.The Finn told the Mirror: “You don’t need the armbations.

In 2016, Daniel competed at the USA Fencing Junior Olympics and recorded an impressive seventh-place finish. She’s traveled to compete across Europe from Finland to Bulgaria, where the Cadet World Fencing Championships were held in April of 2017.

After achieving great successes on the international circuit, the freshman has clearly adapted well to the collegiate fencing circuit. While junior programs typically focus on individual performance, shifting to a team setting places greater responsibility on individual performances for squad outcomes.

“Fencing collegiately is more fun because it turns it into a team sport. You’re fencing for your team instead of fencing for yourself. When you win, the team wins,” Daniel said.

Daniel has done a lot of just that.

The freshman has a 51-17 record on the season for a winning percentage of .750—the highest of the epee squad. With the end of her debut season in sight, she’s looking to continue improving.

“I want to develop some of my actions more so I have more options, so I’m relying less on the same thing when I fence. It also makes it more interesting. It gets kind of boring when there’s only a few actions that have been working that day but you want to do more,” Daniel said.

Women’s fencing still has the Temple Invitational ahead of them this weekend, where they will face off with high caliber teams including No. 5 Temple and No. 6 Penn State. It will also offer a rematch with Princeton. At their current eighth-place ranking, the Red and Blue will look to perform as a team in their last official tournament before NCAA Regionals in early March.

Going forward, the Ivy Tournament finish has also inspired great confidence for the potential of the program in future years. The Ivy League is incredibly competitive, and the Red and Blue were extremely close to coming away with a win.

“We lost to Columbia and Yale and for both of those it came down to a 5-4 bout to determine who would win. Deep down, we knew we won based off of calls that were made. We know that next year we can do better, and learn from what happened and try to get first,” Daniel said.

With the potential to end the season on a very high note, Daniel has an entire club rooting for her back home.

“I knew she would do really well at Ivies, but to be honest with you, she surprised me when she won last week. The competition was very high and very strong… We were jumping at the club, like, ‘Wow Chloe did it.’ It was a really happy moment for us,” Emara said.

If there are more surprises like that in store for Daniel and the rest of Penn women’s fencing, the Red and Blue are sure to round out the season on a high note.

Penn softball slams its way into first


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Football Notebook | Wide is the new Blackmon


When crafting his offense this preseason, Penn coach Al Bagnoli conceived of a backfield that utilized the shifty Bradford Blackmon in tandem with the powerful Mike DiMaggio.

“I think we’ve got a really nice one-two that hopefully are gonna cause people some problems,” Bagnoli said in early September.

Lately, though, that two-headed monster has been missing one of its noggins. Blackmon is still part of the Quakers’ attack, but he’s no longer receiving many handoffs.

In Penn’s 24-21 loss to Harvard on Saturday, the sophomore had just two carries – more than in the past two weeks combined. Most often, he set up not in the backfield, but as a slot receiver; when he began the play behind the line, he was usually sent in motion.

So while Blackmon is quickly fading as a running option – despite beginning the year as Penn’s starting back, he’s fourth on the team in net rushing yards – he’s helped bolster a shaky receiving corps. He hauled in two passes on Saturday to give him 20 for the year, and his two touchdown receptions pace the Quakers.

Big play from the big man. Harvard’s Matt Luft is the Ancient Eight’s tallest receiver. Indeed, at 6-foot-6, he’s one of the Ivy’s most sizable players of any kind; only a handful of offense linemen can look down upon him.

So when he lined up against Penn corner Chris Wynn, well, the Quakers knew they had a problem.

As athletic as he is, Wynn stands just 5-foot-9, a full head below Luft.

The Crimson didn’t exploit the matchup often – Luft cmer teammate Raul.October 29, 2019, marks the 25th anniversary of Raul Paulo Fonseca’s Roma) to Serie A, but for now the impact of Inter Milan pair Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku has been decidedly different.The Chilean, on-loan from Manchester United, is struggling a lot, between the bench and injuries that are keep’s Real Madrid debut.”We had already been told that there was a kid who was banging in the goals in the lower age groups and that he was different,” Hierro told Radio MARCA.”He wasaught just three balls – but when they did, they made it count. Three plays after quarterback Keiffer Garton’s 63-yard third-quarter rush brought the Quakers within three points, Harvard quarterback Chris Pizzotti lofted the ball high and deep down the left sideline. Forty-two yards later, Luft came down with it.

“We knew that was going to come – it’s not hard math or anything,” Wynn said of the height matchup. “He just made a better play on the ball than I did.”

Luft added: “Chris put it up in thl Madrid are threatening Manchester United plans for Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes.Record says Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane is looking to strengthen his midfield before the start of the new La Liga campaign and had been hoping to complete air, and whenever he does that, the thought process from him is just go up and make a play: ‘Here’s the ball, it’s your turn.'”

Asked if it helped to be 6-foot-6, he said, “Probably a little bit,” with a laugh.

Head-scratching hardware. For the second straight week, Garton took home conference Offensive Player of the Week honors.

To be sure, Garton’s 174 rushing yards were the most by any quarterback in Bagnoli’s 17 seasons, and the signal caller accounted for 316 of Penn’s 336 second-half yards.

But he also threw three interceptions, a Penn season high. Two were in the end zone, derailing key Quakers threats, and the other set up a Harvard field goal.

He is, not surprisingly, the first player this year to win the award after throwing three picks.

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W. Tennis completes the mission


The ice water felt good.

Coaches Mike Dowd and Sara Schiffman and senior co-captain Ashley Lostritto got the celebratory bath on Saturday as the women’s tennis team beat Columbia 7-0 to cap a perfect Ivy League season.

As the music blared and his players celebrated, a wet coach Dowd described the mood: “It’s a tremendous feeling,” he said. “At the beginning of the with their swoop for Mario Balotelli.Balotelli was presented to local media on Monday.“This was not a publicity stunt, in fact it was also a way of thanking the fans for buying so many season tickets and showing such enthusiasm,” said Cellino.“I year it was our goal to win an Ivy League championship and get back to the NCAA tournament. Today we accomplished that goal.”

“At the start of the ls he and Lionel Messi are now working better together at Barcelona.Messi laid on an assist for Griezmann to score in last night’s Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund.Afterwards, the France World Cup winner said: “After that, the same happeneseason each player wrote down their goals for the year and winning the Ivy League title was on everyone’s piece of paper,” Lostritto said.

The Quakers trounced Cornell 6-1 Friday to guarantee a share of the title. But there was no intensity lost after the banner was in hand.

“We wanted to go undefeated,” Lauren Sadaka said. “This title was ours and we didn’t want to share it with anyone.”

Sadaka also posted an undefeated mark on the season after winning her matches last weekend to cap off a 15-0 record for the spring season.

“I just tried to take it each match one by one,” Sadaka said. “When I got to 10-0 it became more real. I was 13-0 coming into this weekend and just said to myself ‘I want to do this, I want to get to 15-0.'”

Sadaka was so dominant that she never went to a third set all year.

“She is relentless out there,” Dowd said. “She doesn’t give away any points. She doesn’t have bad days. That’s why you can have a player go 15-0.”

Ekaterina Kosminskaya won both her No. 1 singles matches leaving her a perfect 7-0 for the Ivy league season.

Saturday will be remembered not only for the championship but also for Lostritto’s Ivy League debut. The senior captain rarely cracks the everyday starting lineup, but she started at No. 6 singles against the Lions. Lostritto did not disappoint, demolishing her opponent 6-0, 6-0.

“Ashley has been a huge part of this program,” Dowd said. “She has been a mentor, coach, friend and leader to all these players. She would probably be a starter for many Ivy teams. She went out and proved that today without surrendering a game.”

The whole team was energized to see Lostritto in the lineup in her final home match.

“We wanted this so much for Aobin van Persie thinks Paul Pogba should be playing further in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.The World Cup winner has lined up primarily as a defensive midfielder under the Norwegian this season.Speaking after Monday’s draw with Arsenal, van Persie saishley,” fellow captain Yulia Rivelis said. “She played wonderfully.”

And while Lostritto “could [not] have asked for a better way to leave this great program,” the team is now looking to the NCAA tournament. The Quakers’ seeding and first round competitor will come during a May 1 selection show. Last year, No. 45 Penn drew No. 30 Tennessee in the first round and won in Atlanta, 4-2, before falling to powerhouse Georgia Tech in round two.

W. Tennis breezes by intracity rival Owls


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.

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outfielder said Thursday he was OK af thrilled to see Bruno Fernandes make the move to Manchester United.Giaretta previously held directorial roles at Udinese and Ascoli and played a key role in bringing Fernandes to Italy e Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United for one final season.That’s according to the Juventus-2020.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mail.The Frenchman has been heavily linked with a move to Spain, while a return to Juventus could also be on the cards. Hoduring his time at Novara.”It all started with a trip to Boavistter leaving Wednesday’s game with a sore right for the Brazil number one goalkeeper spot, according to coach Claudio Taffarel.Liverpool star Alisson was Tite’s first choice throughout the World Cup and is expected to do the same at Copa America.But Taffarel says Ederson has a chance of making th Achilles. Dickerson, who is trying to make the 25-man roster, said he could be used in Thursday’s spring game against the Rays, if needed.

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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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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.

to get along with Ruud van Nistelrooy at Mancheste


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.

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rotation candidate managed three innings on Saturday in a Grapefruit League start against the Pirates. De Vries walked two during the outing and gave up one run on two hits with a strikeout. The run De Vries allowed Saturday was the first earned run he’s given up all spring over 10 innings. He now has six strikeouts in the Grapefruit League to go with an ERA of 0.90.a big say in his move to Atletico Madrid.The former Real Madrid pair are now teammates again with Atletico.Llorente told Marca: “Yes, I exchanged a message with him. He encouraged me to come, he told me that I would be very happy here.”He continued: The 28-year-old went 5-5 last year for Minnesota with a 4.11 opp was refirmed he had tried to make the tie a test of physique rather than football in an effort to dilute the opposition’s Premier League quality.But Rowett, whose side are eighth in the Championship, said: “We had to try and make the game a bit of a scraluctant to heap too much praise on Virgil van Dijk after victory over Brighton.The Dutchman handed the Reds a two-goal lead in the first half of Saturday’s Premier League meeting at Anfield after twice heading in from Trent Alexander-ArnoldERA over 17 games and 16 starts. De Vries is battling with Kyle Gibson, Brian Duensing and Mike Pelfrey for the final rotation spot for manager Ron Gardenhire.

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There usually isn’t much pressure in spring training for established starters, and that proved especially true for starter  on Thursday against the Yankees. The Blue Jays spotted Johnson an eight-run lead in the first inning, and he was able to work three lk on loan until the end of the season.Lossl, 30, joined the Toffees from Town in the summer but has not played for the Premier League side this season.The Denmark international made 69 league appearances in two seasons with the Terriers.Willock, 22, ow-stress innings in a 17-5 win. Johnson struck out five batters in three innings, while allowing just a first-inning solo home run to Kevin Youkilis and two hits total. After the start, Johnson expressed his excitement at the chance to pitch for a loaded offense that finished 13th in runs scored last season and added more weapons in the offseason.

“It’s somethingnsists there’s plenty to play for this season.Sanchez Flores thinks the decision to bring him back in place of Gracia demonstrates the club’s ambition and shows why they can achieve “something special”. “I never see Watford at the bottom,” he said.”T, hopefully, I can get used to this year,” Johnson said. “I don’t think I’ve ever really been through something like that. That was crazy, especially the first inning, come out and do that. It was awesome, but not fun at the time. You want to get out there and find that tempo. It was kind of here and there, but it was a good outing overall.”

Johnson is 3-0 in the spring, with a 1.69 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings, after a rough final season in Miami. He posted an 8-14 record and 3.81 ERA in 191 1/3 innings last seand Borussia Dortmund have been among those linked with City’s academy graduate. “He (Aarons) has got a wonderful future and he’s playing superbly well in the Premier League at the moment,” Edworthy told“Ideally, they’d love to keep ason, his worst full-season ERA ever. 

Tigers release Brennan Boesch


The have released outfielder , the club announced Wednesday morning.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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felt accepted at Manchester United.Lukaku believes


As the R United striker Romelu Lukaku has been offered to Napoli and Juventus.The Belgium striker held talks last week with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and told he is no longer first-choice at Old Trafford.But a £75million dream move to Inter Milan with Antonio Coangers’ continue to audition pitchers for the fifth spot in the rotation, has emerged as a candidate, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Tepesch made his first start of the spring Saturday against the A’s, allowing one run on three hits in three innings. He’s had a strong spring, posting a 2.25 ERA in eight iscored a hat-trick as Liverpool’s U18s smashed seven past Napoli.Luis Longstaff scored twice and Jake Cain and Elijah Dixon-Bonner also got on the scoresheet in an emphatic victory for Barry Lewtas’ side.Harvey Elliot and Neco Williams were also excennings. He also has eight strikeouts to two walks. “I just go Chelsea boss Frank Lampard admits their initial transfer ban worked to their advantage this season.The suspension has since been overturned, allowing Chelsea to work the winter market.Lampard said, “The transfer ban gave us – myself and the staff – tabout my business and work as hard as I can every day,” Tepesch said. “Whatever happens happens. Just control what I can control. That’s probably the best way to say it.”

Aggravating Achilles pushing David Ortiz deeper into the twilight


FORT MYERS, Fla. — So we’re sitting in the dugout talking, just a couple of guys who have been around for a bit, trying to figure out how to move better in the warm Florida sun.

“You can’t run on the road, it’s too hard,” is telling me. “You have to run on something softer, like dirt or grass.”

He makes a slap, slap, slap motion with his hands, demonstrating his point. The pounding. It takes its toll.

Does it ever.

I’ve known David Ortiz since before he was David Ortiz. Literally. When we first became acquainted in September 1996, he was David Arias.

He was just a kid trying to gain a foothold in the majorst official esports player, Owen Venn, reports a proud history of producing and developing footballing talent, the club is now entering the world of esports by aiding Owen’s progression. Owen, who will play under the gamer tag.

Now he’s a New England treasure in the twilight, pushing back hard against the falling shadows, and here we are comparing Achilles tendon notes.

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Ortiz, 37 and still unable to play in a Grapefruit League game, is charging forward to regain his wallop, calm his inflamed right Achilles and again slug 25 or 30 homers for the .

Me, I’m working toward moving past the tendinitis in my right Achilles in order to regain my end-of-the-day runs before my head explodes or I melt right into my laptop.

No small part of the upcoming Boston summer depends on one of us getting right.

“The thing is, we don’t have circulation down there,” he says. “It’s very slow. Very slow.

“It’s a minimum, compared to the rest of your body.”

Preach it, brother.

The poor guy has become an unwitting — and unwilling — expert on all things Achilles since first injuring his last July 16 when he pulled up lame on an Adrian Gonzalez home run.

He talks about rehabilitation turning into agility drills turning into baseball activity. But not enough baseball activity. Two days of running hard on the back fields. A day off. And still … his Achilles ache will not abate.

It is discouraging him.

And the April 1 opener at Yankee Stadium is not exactly moving further away.

He is a Big Papi with a Big Problem. A caged lion pawing at the gate.

“You have no idea,” he says. “I can’t watch any more baseball on TV.”

A man who is not naturally patient is working overtime to be just that, stranded at the corner of walk and don’t walk, his new two-year, $26 million deal flashing in the background.

His career is coming full circle five miles down Daniels Parkway from where it started.

Reminds me of another impatient moment on the other end of his story, when he was one of the last players cut by the Twins in the spring of 1999 following a promising 1998 season (nine homers and 46 RBI in 86 games) that was interrupted by a broken hamate bone.

On that warm spring day when the Twins optioned him to Triple-A Salt Lake, I found Ortiz hiding out in a back room of the spring clubhouse, tears streaming down his face.

“You remember that?” he says. “I was mad. I was mad. Because I knew I should have made that ballclub.

“If I don’t make that ballclub, I don’t make any ballclub in America. That was a bad ballclub.”

Yes, it was. The ’99 Twins finished 63-97, last in the AL Central, and Ortiz was frozen out until the September call-ups. He led the Triple-A Pacific Coast League with 110 RBI that summer, then promptly went 0 for 20 in 10 September games for the Twins.

He shakes his head at the memory. The Twins inexplicably wound up releasing him in December 2002. They still shudder at the memory. The rest, it’s all Red Sox history.

Now, without both feet under him, you can only wonder if the man with 401 career homers and a .928 OPS over 16 seasons has any more history left to author.

“He takes batting practice like he’s not even hurt,” Sox outfielder says. “You wouldn’t think there’s a sore bone in his body.”

Until he tries to run, something even a DH cannot completely avoid.

“He’s not a small guy, either,” Gomes notes. “So that thing’s gotta be working.”

That “thing” has been the source of misery since it gave out last July 16. Ortiz only played in one game after that, on Aug. 24. He reinjured the Achilles on the very day Boston was finalizing the bombshell trade of Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett to the Dodgers, and the Sox shut him down for the season.

There was no surgery. The Achilles is not torn.

There is only rehab, and “management.”

“Like training a new foot,” Ortiz says.

It is not training easily.

“The doctor said, ‘You’re going to be sore. You’re going to be in pain. You need to manage it until it goes away,’” he says.

The unspoken fear: What if it doesn’t go away?

There is a time in your life when you spring out of bed … jog down the street … leg out a double … and with each of these things, you never even give it a second thought.

Then one day, you suddenly can no longer run on the road. It’s become too hard.

His twilight getting deeper, Ortiz will give you the road. But he damn well will continue running on the dirt, in tson.The Arsenal legend lasted three months as coach at ASM.But former Manchester City trainee Lopes told Record: “I learned a lot with Henry but I feel that I could have learned more if we had worked longer together. “He has very good game ideas, buthe grass, chasing after two good feet and more yards of history.

“I still have that love for the game,” says the man who is so aggravated right now he can barely watch it on television. “It never goes away.

“Even when delighted with his move to Sevilla.The former Olympique Marseille winger has joined Sevilla in a €15m deal.Ocampos said, “I am very happy to be in Seville and La Liga. “My former teammates told me good things about Sevilla. I spoke with Joaquin CoI’m done playing, it will not go away.”

Quote of the Day: Gio Gonzalez on his dog


First, let’s not bury the lede: lefty showed up on Monday with a case of rug burn on his head — a consequence of playing with his French bulldog named “Hollywood.”


Insofar as the lovely and talented Hollywooeipzig of pricing him out of a move away.The Swede is interesting Everton, Arsenal and AS Roma.”Last year, RB wanted Emil to stay for another year and that they would rather extend the contract than to sell. We accepted it,” said Hasan Cetinkaya to Bd is concerned, Gonzalez subsequently admitted to having conflicted feelings towardidfielder Jesse Lingard insists he’s a “humble guy”.Lingard also says he takes his career seriously.He told the Mirry on Sunday.United’s 2-0 victory over City means fierce rivals Liverpool need just two wins from their remaining nine Premier League games to win the club’s first top-flight title in 30 years. Asked if he had watched the Manchester derby, Robertson sor: “If you don’t really know me, a lot of of people judge me through social media and what they see. It’s a different perception of the hound:

“She gave me a rug burn. I hate her. Then I love her. I look at her face, and I love her again.”

Most often, this kind of wrenching turmoil is reserved for one’s human children, but with Gonzalez it’s Hollywood — Hollywood! — who evokes such feelings.

If memory serves, Richard Burton uttered these exact words in this precise sequence about Liz Taylor. As always, love is equal parts fire and water.

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