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  • Penn baseball enters season with high expectations and an Ivy League title in its sights

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    The regular season hasn’t even started yet, but Penn is already the team to beat.

    The 2019 baseball season ended in a devastating fashion, with the Quakers dropping from second to fourth place on the final day of the regular season and falling right out of contention for the Ivy League Championship. But that’s all in the past now, and Penn i harbours hope of joining Spanish giants Real Madrid.The former Ajax ace missed out on a move to the Bernabeu over the summer after Real raided Chelsea for Eden Hazard.But that has not dampened his hopes of Madrid being his next destination, followins topping the preseason polls from and as the early favorite to win the Ivy trophy and earn a berth to the NCAA Championship.

    Despite last season’s unfulfilling ending, the Red and Blue have a lot to be proud of. Offensively, Penn led the Ivy League in almost every hitting category, including team batting average (.334), runs (354), and hits (533). The Quakers finished the season with the second-highest batting average out of all Division I teams, and this year they intend to preserve that offensive dominance.

    One might expect that the graduation of two offensive powerhouses, catcher and first baseman Sean Phelan, could put a dent in those stats. O’Neill led the 2019 Quakers in batting average (.405) and on-base percentage (.527), while Phelan had the most hits (65), including 18 doubles and six home runs. However, the Quakers are confident that the depth of their roster will more than make up for the loss of two of their captains and All-Ivy honorees.

    “Losing O’Neill and Phelan — that was a big loss, but honestly I think they left us in a good place,” sophomore infielder Josh Hood said. “Their leadership last year was over-the-top awesome, so I think we definitely have the talent here to make up for that. And we’re in even better shape having [had] their leadership and their imprint that they left us to build on.”

    The rest of the lineup is likely to stay relatively intact, with the Quakers returning six starting position players, among them four of eight total . That list includes the 2019 Ivy League Rookie of the Year in Hood, who led the team with eight home runs and 25 extra-base hits. His .331 batting average was good for fourth on the team in his first collegiate season.

    “I just plan to keep the same game against FIFA's two-window transfer ban.The only change to the ban, which was given for breaching rules for signing foreign players under 18 years of age, is that the west London club can sign U16 players from the UK during the suspension period.The plan,” Hood said. “I’ve always been the type of guy that’s always trying to get better, so I never try and look at my past accomplishments as a ceiling.”

    Fellow first team All-Ivy selection in 2019 and one of three captains, senior outfielder Peter Matt, will also look to lead the Quakers offensively. Matt was a serious threat on the basepaths last season, leading the Ivy League with 46 runs and notching a team-high 14 stolen bases.

    For a real shot at the Ivy Tournament, however, defensive development must be a priority for the Quakers. Penn had the most errors (56) and second-lowest fielding percentage (.964) in the Ivy League in 2019.

    “I will say I think we’re more athletic defensively,” coach John Yurkow said. "Our foot speed is better. I think our arm strength is better all around, so I think you’re going to see a pretty significant improvement, especially with the infield defense.”

    Penn will also feel the loss of O’Neill behind the plate, as he had cemented himself as one of the best catchers in the Ivy League throughout his four years at Penn. The starting job looks to be taken over by junior Jackson Petersen and sophomore Andrew Hernandez, who each saw some time on the field last season.

    “I don’t know if you ever replace a player like Matt O’Neill, but I’d like to think [Petersen and Hernandez] will be able to pick up the slack and do a very good job for us,” Yurkow said. “They both had very good summers in summer ball and came back and played well in the fall. I feel pretty confident about those two guys being able to fill in there.”

    The Red and Blue pitching staff will be spearheaded by senior Christian Scafidi, reigning Ivy League Pitcher of the Year and one of Penn’s captains. Coming off a junior season with an ERA of 2.62 and 59 strikeouts, Scafidi will lead a veteran rotation on the mound that includes seniors Mitchell Holcomb and John Alan Kendrick.

    Left-hander Joe Miller will be another name to watch in the bullpen. The sophomore posted an ERA of 4.76 and totaled 41 strikeouts in his rookie season for a record of 4-1.

    A younger pitching class might be on the rise, too. In D1Baseball’s preseason poll, freshman left-hander Owen Coady was projected to receive the Ivy League Rookie th no lofty goals.Sanchez Flores said he is pleased to be returning to further develop a project that he helped with in its earlier stages, but that his primary focus is avoiding relegation."I felt happy that the team kept growing," he said."And I'm of the Year honor in 2020.

    Coady won’t be the only freshman looking to make an impact in his first season with the Quakers.

    “There’s definitely some guys who I think as the season goes on will get some opportunities, some of the younger players. I just don’t know how long it’ll be,” Yurkow said. “That’s one of the good things about having depth and having all the older guys back: you don’t really have to rely on freshmen. So it’ll be nice to sprinkle them in so they can get their feet wet.”

    There are also changes in the coaching staff this season. New assistant coach Joe Brooks has replaced Will Kaufman, who left the Quakers at the end of the 2019 season to serve as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at NCAA Division II Erskine College.

    The Quakers’ first test will come this weekend when Penn travels to Marietta, GA to face Kennesaw State for a three-game series. Ivy play will commence March 21, when the Red and Blue host Dartmouth at Meiklejohn Stadium.

    If all goes according to plan, the Quakers might have a shot at their first Ivy League title since 1995. But right now, they need to take it one game at a time.

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  • Penn women's soccer heads to Yale with momentum ahead of weekend showdown

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    Legendary Alabama football coach Bear Bryant’s old adage, “offense sells tickets and defense wins championships,” is an oft-repeated phrase in the modern sports world. The thinking is that, while offense may be flashy and exciting, solid defensive play – less noticeable, but more steady and predictable – forms thechettino has had a dig at his players.After two transfer windows without signing a single player, Spurs returned to business this summer and secured the services of Ryan Sessegnon, Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndomele and Jack Clarke.And although only a foundation of successful teams.

    For Penn women’s soccer, this season has been all about steady defensive play. It currently leads the Ivy League in two scoring categories, with 20 goals for and just 3 goals allowed.

    This Saturday, the Quakers (10-1-1, 3-0-1 Ivy), currently on a four-game win streak and nine matches without a loss, will travel to New Haven, Conn. to battle a familiar foe in Yale (6-5-1, 1-3 Ivy).

    Sitting atop the Ivy Leriker Luis Suarez is set for another loan spell next season.The Watford Observer says Suarez will go out on loan again next season, with a move to Real Zaragoza set to be announced next week, according to reports from Spain.Suarez joined Watford backague standings, Penn has been dominant defensively this season, having allowed just three goals in 12 games. Its only loss this season came against then-No. 13 NC State in a game decided by a single goal in the opening minutes.

    Moreover, the Quakers haven’t allowed a goal since Sept. 9. Junior goalkeeper Kitty Qu ranks fourth in the nation in goals allowed per game, letting in just 0.293 a match. For coach Nicole Van Dyke, defense is a crucial part of her coaching philosophy.

    “I just think that in order to win games and be successful, [you have to] play good defense to get the ball back. We focus on trying to do that [so we can have] more opportunities to attack. [For our defense,] everyone has a role, and I think that everyone does a good title winner Paul Merson is surprised Liverpool haven't moved for Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp worked with Aubameyang at Borussia Dortmund and has publicly stated his admiration for the forward in the past job at their role,” Van Dyke said. “We’re having success defensively, so we continue to believe in it. The other thing is defending isn’t just something that happens overnight — it takes a lot of effort.”

    Offensively, the Quakers have been extremely consistent and productive. Nonetheless, Van Dyke is continuing to look for other ways to improve in attack.

    “[We’re practicing] keeping possession and being better in transition moments. We are winning the ball in good spots, and we want to be able to keep the ball for one or two passes or be able to counter teams,” Van Dyke said.

    Regardless of how the season ends, Penn has already achieved more success this season than last. Van Dyke attributes this to the team’s dedicated, hardworking culture.

    “Everyone is truly bought in, comes to practice, and commits themselves to making other people better. So whether you’re playing five minutes or 500, there’s an expectation that you want to get better,” Van Dyke said. “[We want] practice to be harder than the games so that when we get to the games, the games are easier."

    This weekend against Yale, the Red and Blue will need to continue their strong defensive play. Highlighted offensively by junior midfielder Noelle Higginson, the Bulldogs also boast a strong defense that has allowed just 1.15 goals per game so far, and one goal per game in Ivy play.

    Given Yale’s defensive strength, Penn will need to be able to create as many opportunities as it can against a tough Bulldog defense. Van Dyke has stressed in practice some points of emphasis specific to Yale.

    “Yale sometimes plays three at the back, sometimes they play four at the back, so we’re just making sure that we’re ready for that,” Van Dyke said. “We really focus on us during the week and really throw in a couple small tweaks about the opponent, usually more so from an attacking standpoint so we can know how to break them down.”

    At the end of the day, the fourth year coach maintains that the Quakers always have the same mentality each game.

    “Every game brings another set of opportunities and another set of challenges to find a way to score and to defend their top players,” said Van Dyke. “Every game in the Ivy League is like the World Cup. We never take anything for granted.”

    As the Quakers travel to Connecticut to play in Reese Stadium this Saturday, they’ll need more than Bear Bryant prescribed: both the defense and the offense must show up to play.

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  • Penn volleyball head coach Katie Schumacher-Cawley is leaving the program after just one season

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    Penn volleyball had one head coach for 19 years, but will open the 2018 campaign with its third coach in three seasons.

    After just one season at the helm of the Red and Blue, coach Katie Schumacher-Cawley is leaving the program to take an assistant coaching job with perennial powerhouse Penn State, sources told the Daily Pennsylvanian. The Schumacher-Cawley, herself an alumnus of Penn State volleyball who was , told the team about her departure in a meeting on Thursday morning.

    "It was pretty tough," the coach said. "I really have enjoyed my time here at Penn, as short as it's been. I enjoy this team, this group, from the seniors down to the freshmen, it's been great, it's been such a wonderful university to be a part of, and that's because of the girls on the team."

    The Quakers went 12-11, including 7-7 in Ivy League play, in Schumacher-Cawley's first season as longtime coach Kerre are two young players who will excel at the Stamford Bridge club in Hazard says Romelu Lukaku will be a big hit with Inter Milan.The pair played together at Chelsea.Speaking with Corriere dello Sport, Hazard said: "Lukaku is a fantastic striker, a hitman who can adapt to most teams. "He scores many goals, which of f Frank Lampard becomes their next manager.The Blues are searching for their next boss after allowing Maurizio Sarri to leave for Juventus after only a year in charge.Lampard is the y Carr's successor following Carr's resignation in . With six seniors graduating from the 2017 team after zero players graduated from the 2016 roster, the 2018 squad will once again need to adjust to a new coach while this time adjusting to a vastly changed roster as well.

    The Nittany Lions, who have been led by Saido Berahino.Blues will invite the striker for a trial after he was axed by Stoke City following a controversial spell in the Potteries, says The Sun.The 25-year-old made his name at neighbours West Brom and coach Pep Clotet thinks he could be a s head coach Russ Rose since 1979, will add Schumacher-Cawley's coaching talents to a team which is coming off a Final Four appearance and has won six national championships in the last 11 years.

    Schumacher-Cawley cited the opportunity to coach her alma mater and work for her own former coach as an opportunity that was too great to pass up.

    "I'm honored to go back there, and to work with the school that I played for in a different role now, and continue the tradition that they have, and find the best players in the country that we can."

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  • Nowlan | Penn football very good, but not the best in 2016

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    has given a short and sweet response to questions over his future."I'm only thinking about my holidays. ver of Newcastle United by ChristmSwansea City striker Jordan Ayew is set to join Crystal Palace. The 27-year-old is expected to undergo a medical this week, according to Sky Sports.Ayew spent the last season on loan at Selhurst Park.Palace have been waiting for Ayew to return from the African Cup of Nations to complete a deal.Ayew's Ghana were knocked out on Monday night following a 5-4 penalty shootout loss to Tunisia.as.The Mirror says the former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive is understood to be remaining hopeful of reaching an agreement with Toon owner Mike Ashley.Kenyon has joined forces with US-based investmentI've got two years on my contract at Barcelona," the Chilean was quoted as saying in his native country.Vidal was speaking at an event called 'Re
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  • Jaffe | Lesson learned: Don't doubt the Bagnoli System

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    For much of the first half at Saturday’s Penn-Cornell game while I sat in the press box at Schoellkopf Field, I questioned coach Al Bagnoli’s strategy. I couldn’t fathom why Penn was still trying to barrel its way a move for PSG star Neymar after fresh developments.Neymar has gone AWOL from preseason training just as PSG chief Leonardo has admittedgement aren't short of high profile options should they choose to give manager Unai Emery the push.The Mirror says Arsenal are determined to try and give Emery every chance to turn things around and have denied reports suggesting their Head of Footba he could be sold.Last Friday the Blaugrana president said there was no Neymar situation and was asked what his stthrough Cornell’s problem with Antoine Griezmann being jeered by his old Atletico Madrid fans last night.It was the first time Griezmann was returning to the Wanda Metropolitano since leaving Atletico over the summer.Barca chief Guillermo Amor said: "It was respectabldefensive line on the ground.

    That might sound ridiculous — a mere sophomore second-guessing a coach who, at the time, had won eight outright Ivy titles in 20 seasons.

    But I felt the stat sheet justified my doubt: In the first half the Quakers averaged less than 1.3 yards per carry, and they had still gone to the ground more than the air.

    Penn’s last drive of the first half gave me hope. Andrew Holland’s aerial attack led the Red and the Blue down the field to retake the lead, as the Quakers handed it off just twice in six plays. The march was more than methodical — it was dominant. Every time Holland dropped back, he picked up a first down, and he culminated the drive with a 41-yard strike to Jason Seifert for a touchdown.

    The drive couldn’t have been more unlike Penn’s previous possessions — the Quakers hadn’t scored in over 27 minutes, and in just 51 seconds they had traversed 89 yards in six plays.

    Surely the drive would convince Bagnoli to stick to the passing game.

    It didn’t. Out of the break, Penn came out running again. On the first three plays, the Quakers surprised me by going back to the turf. Apparently, they surprised Cornell too. On the fourth play, Lyle Marsh broke free down the sideline for a 55-yard touchdown run.

    Bagnoli: 1. Jaffe: 0.

    I’m not the only one who has questioned Bagnoli’s system. Many fans were disgruntled about how insistent he was about giving backup quarterback Andrew Holland playing time in every game.

    That decision paid off too, after Billy Ragone dislocated his ankle against Harvard. Penn might not have sole possession of the Ivy League title had Holland not marched his team down the field for the winning touchdown with just one minute remaining — the Quakers might not have even been in a position to win. Would you want your outright title hopes on the shoulders of a quarterback who hasn’t taken a snap?

    Yes, I had fallen into the same trap many others had: I doubted the Bagnoli System. The Bagnoli System might seem obstinate, but it’s tried and tested.

    Next season, the Ivy League will be as wide open as it was this year. The Quakers will have to face 2013 with a new senior captain, uncertainty at quarterback and turnover at a slew of other positions.

    There will be much frustration and experimentation, and as a result, there will be those who question Bagnoli.

    For those fans, I say this: Wait and watch. And when Penn breaks free for a crucial 55-yard touchdown, you may just be pleasantly surprised.

    STEVEN JAFFE is a sophomore economics major from McLean, Va. He can be reached at Jaffe@theDP.com.SEE ALSO

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  • M. Squash | Navy experienced, but Penn cruises

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    For all but one member of the men's squash team, Thursday night's win over No. 12 Navy was your typical 9-0 rout. But for freshman Thomas Mattsson, this victory meant a lot more.

    That's because sitting at the No. 1 spot for the Midshipmen (16-2) was his brother, Nils. But thanks to dominating play throughout the lineup, the No. 7 Quakers (2-1, 0-1 Ivy) gave the younger Mattsson bragging rights over his big brother.

    "I love it," Thomas said. "I'm gonna be rubbing it in his face for the next 12 months."

    And he'll have plenty to boast about. Penn easily handled its opponent, winning seven matches 3-0 with four Quakers dropping fewer than ten points total in three games.

    Particularly impressive were the younger Mattson, who won 9-3, 9-4, 9-0, and senior Joey Raho (9-4, 9-1, 9-1). The Quakers did not lose a game until the evening's final rotation.

    The only true drama came at the top of the ladder, where junior Mark Froot had his hands full with the elder Mattsson. Mattsson grabbed the first two games over Froot - who pulled an all-nighter Wednesday night to study - before coming back to earn the victory.

    "I didn't get enough rest," he said. "I came in not expecting much, then got into the game. I got lucky on some shots, but it was definitely fun. I'll remember this day for a while."

    The younger Mattsson refereed the match, and insisted that he was unable to root for either his brother or his teammate. Rather, he rootman produced a positive response from a social media post after victory over Southampton on Sunday.Despite being one of the better players on the day, Willems was critical of his performance online - comments which drew a positive reaction from fans.ed for a good match, which his brother and Froot definitely provided.

    "They play pretty contrasting styles," Thomas said. "My brother picks a lot of balls up, and Froot likes to go for shots. It makes for a good match."

    The win is a big lift for the Quakers, whose spirits had been sagging since an 8-1 defeat to No. 6 Cornell two weeks ago. Now, the team has regained focus, and Froot credits that for the dominating performance last nisign Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.Dyche says he tried to sign Vardy before he joined Leicester but could not match Fleetwood's £1million asking price.“We were in for him but we were in for him for about £2.50," he said, joking. “We offereght.

    "We weren't ready when Cornell came into town; I don't think we had really accepted that the year started," Froot said. "We definitely have our heads in the game now."

    Penn coach Craig Thor behind the rest of the players in terms of fitness having joined up with them after taking part in the Copa America with Chile. He suffered a hamstring injury in his final game of the competition which also set him back.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists pe-Clark came into the night expecting a win (upsets in squash are a rarity) but did not expect to see his squad dominate the way it did.

    Navy had played 15 more matches than the Quakers this season, but any advantage that experience may have provided the Midshipmen was outweighed by the talent discrepancy.

    The Quakers "played well as a team and they played well individually," Thorpe-Clark said. "They controlled points, and they played good squash tonight against a team that's always pretty fit, and I was pleased to see us play as solidly as we did. It was a very good win for us."

    Now, the Red and Blue must turn their attention toward a weekend that looks to be much tougher.

    But the dominating win over Navy will surely provide the team with much-needed confidence as they travel to No. 3 Yale Saturday and Brown Sunday.

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  • W. Lax suffers another tough loss

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    One week ago, the Penn women's lacrosse team, ranked 15th in the nation, controlled its own Ivy League destiny. But after losses to the top two teams in the Ivy League -- Princeton and Dartmouth -- the Quakers' Ivy title hopes were gone.

    And it seems that maybe the wheels have begun to loosen on Penn's season.

    The Quakers lost to a struggling Loyola team in Baltimore yesterday afternoon in a high-scoring 16-12 contest. The loss was their third straight and sixth in their last eight games, dropping Penn fell to 6-7 (3-3 Ivy) on the year.

    The Greyhounds improved to 4-8 on the year, picking up their first win since a March 30 drubbing of George Mason.

    Yesterday, Penn came out flat-footed, giving up a goal 23 seconds into the game and falling behind 8-1 with 10 minutes left in the first half. Maura Kenny picked up a hat trick in that run, and Rachel Schuck and Kate McHarg each scored a pair of goals.

    To their credit, the Quakers fought back, scoring nine of the next 13 goals to cut their deficit to two at 12-10 with just more than nine minutes remaining.

    All four Greyhound goals during that stretch were tallied by McHarg, who brought home the double hat trick on the afternoon.

    And McHarg's teammates were able to do just enough to hold of the Quakers, scoring four of the last six goals, not allowing Penn to get any closer than two.

    Freshman attacker Rachael MansPSG are due to complete the signing of Ander Herrera today.The midfielder is a free agent after being allowed to come off contract at Manchester United this week.Le Parisien says Herrera is now set to sign for PSG and be handed the number 21 shirt.PSG have already snapped up Pablo Sarabia from Sevilla this week.Herrera turned down a new contract offer from United before agreeing to move to Paris.on continued to be a bright spot amid the up-and-down season Penn has had, scoring three more goals yesterday to bring her season total to a now team-leading 19. Junior midfielder Emily Cochran also had a hat trick fo Real Madrid.Theent Mino Raiola.The Mirror says Woodward, Old Trafford's Executive Vice-Chairman, and super-agent Raiola severed contact after Paul Pogba's aggressive Italian-born advisor made repeated attacks on United at the turn of the year.But the pair are in di midfielder has been linked with a move away next month.But Diaz says, "I've always lived in the here and now, I've never thought about the future, but when a club like Real Madrid come calling, you really think about returning to Spar the Quakers, and sophomore attacker Chrissy Muller added three assists.

    As is often is the case with struggling teams, the Quakers failed to play a complete game.

    They had been averaging just over eight goals per game so far this season, and the 12 yesterday were certainly a step up from that.

    But the Quakers have only allowed fewer than 12 goals in one loss this season, so both sides have rarely come together.

    Against Loyola, the Quakers used three different goalies -- junior Karrie Moore, senior Liz Lorelli freshman Sarah Waxman -- and neither seemed to be the answer. Moore gave up six goals and only stopped two, Lorelli gave up three without a save and Waxman stopped two and let seven through.

    To finish the season above .500, Penn needs to beat Brown and Rutgers, both on the road.

    Neither game will be easy, and to accomplish this task Penn definitely needs 60 minutes of its best effort.

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  • lner says Liverpool will only benefit from a gruel

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    will see noted sports injury specialist Dr. James Andrews Wednesday for a checkto Torino.Roma had 30 shots on goal, but Andrea Belotti's brace decided the game.Fonseca lamented, “Ity.The Dutch international, 32, only joined Fulham from Besiktas in January.The Sun says hBorussia Monchengladbach chief Max Eberl is confident keeping hold of Dennis Zakaria.The Swiss midfielder is a target for Manchester United and Liverpool ahead of the summer market.However, when quizzed about his future recently, the club's sporting e is on the verge of agreeing a big-money deal with Turkish giants Galatasaray.Babel was a hit in West London, grabbing five league goals and three assists despi was not an attitude issue, as the team did many good things, including 31 shots on goal, but the ball didn't want to go in.“I don't think we haup on his injured left elbow, .com reports.

    Venters left the ' March 26 game with an elbow injury later diagnosed as a sprain. But any time Dr. Andrews is consulted, the worst is feared. Dr. Andrews performed Tommy John surgery on Venters' left elbow in 2006, when he was a minor-leaguer in the Braves' system.

    Venters is doubtful for opening day, and his longterm status should be known following Wednesday's examination.

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  • s accepted a £1.8million bid for Duncan from Fior

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    pitcher struggler Chelsea fullback Graeme Le Saux is happy seeing Frank Lampard succeed as Blues manager.Le Saux has no hesitation in admitting who must take credit for his meteoric rise.He told The Sun: “Frank came from a footballing background and family and haed in a regular season tune-up Monday.

    LeBlanc, who is Furlong is full of praise for West Brom teammate Grady Diangana.Furlong first became aware of Diangana's talent while he was at QPR with the Chelsea boss Frank Lampard spoke about his dream return to Stamford Bridge.The former Blues midfielder faced his first home game as manager against Leicester City on Sunday.Despite the negative of a 1-1 draw, Lampard admitted it was a special moment defender taking on Diangana and his parent club West Ham in a pre-season friendly.And he admits Diangana was fighting for a spot in the team’s rotation, gave up four runs and seven hits over five innings. He did manage to strike out four batters. 

    LeBlanc, 28, had a 3.67 ERA and a 4.04 FIP in 68 2/3 innings last year.

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  • an Eriksen has no interest in a move to Manchester

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    With less than two weeks remaining until opening day, manager Ron Roenicke announced his rotation members for the beginning of the season season. As expected, will take the hill for the season opener and will be fTottenham boss Jose Mourinho admits Dele Alli's return to form is about motivation.Alli appears to have been rejuvenated under Jose Mourinho, having scored twice in the 3-2 win over Bournemouth, while he was also on target in the 4-2 defeat of Olympiollowed by , , that have emerged stating that he will be leading his country for the upcomingrmer AS Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has expanded on why Zenit St Petersburg striker Artem Dzyuba failed to land a move to England last summer.Linked with Wolves and Everton, Dzyuba hired super agent Jorge Mendes to get him a move to the Prem Nations League semi-final against the Netherlands.The Colossal Sports Management company issued a statement on Tuesday evening stating the City star will lead out his couand . Roenicke added the alignment is subject to change.

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  • he came close to making the move last summer.Wirra

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    Texas third baseman (calf) is currently on schedule to make his Cactus League debut on Monday against Sa is drid coach Zinedine Zidane admits their market work is not yet over.Zidane hints more signings will be on their way after yesterday's defeat in Germany against Tottenham.He said, "Anything can happen until August 31, as always and in any club. "For tdelighted with his move to Udinese.Okaka spent the second-half of last season on-loan.“It was a wonderful sensation, above all setting foot in the Dacia Arena," Okaka told Udinews TV.“We had a great ending to the season and it felt like I wasn Diego, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Sath Manchester City.Newcastle fans faced taunts from Man City followers with questions about the lack of the "famous atmosphere" on Tyneside.But Bruce said: "It would have been nice to get a kick of the ball, that would have given them something to shourday. The Rangers have been cautious with Beltre early in camp.

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  • 2013 Prospect Watch: Boston Red Sox

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    Prior to the start of the season, we'll highlight a few players in each team's minor-league system to let you know which players you should be payin.The Daily Mail says with potentially no Champions League football until 2022, City must act to ensure their best players are not tempted away.And the club will open new-contract talks with De Bruyne and Sterling following the home leg of their Champg attention to throughout the year. These aren't meant to be comprehensive top-prospect lists, but should provide a look at some key players within each team's organization.

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    The completed a franchise-altering trade last season by sending , , and away for and a package of prospects and young players who may as well still be considered prospects. While one of the pitchers from that deal can be counted upon as a top prospect, most of the talent in this minor-league organization is homegrown. Who are the players that could play a key role in the next great Red Sox team?

    While the Red Sox have plenty of quality prospects in the minor leagues, none appear to be on the cusp of making a significant impact in the majors in 2013. One young player who could make a mark in the majors this season but isn't still considered a prospect -- but may as well be -- is right-handed pitcher .

    A component of last August's massive trade with the Dodgers, De La Rosa pitched 60 2/3 solid innings with the Dodgers in 2011, posting a 3.71 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 13 appearances (10 starts). Capable of reaching the upper 90s with his fastball, De La Rosa was sidelined for much of 2012 while recovering from Tommy John surgery. However, he's drawn attention early in Red Sox camp, and while the team is likely to limit the number of innings he pitches this season, he could be primed to make an impact in the Red Sox bullpen if called upon.

    The jewel of the Red Sox' system, Bogaerts was tabbed the No. 8 prospect overall by Baseball America this offseason after hitting .307/.373/.523 with 20 home runs in 532 plate appearances at Clrs has agreed to join Burnley and become Sean Dyche's first summer signing.Burnley have agreed a deal with Stoke for the Potters outcast, who is not part of Nathan Jones' first-team plans after spending the second half of last season on loan at Amienass A Advanced and Double-A. With his 6-foot-3 frame, Bogaerts may not stick at shortstop long-term, though the team will certainly pursue that avenue as long as possible. Even if moved off the position, he has the power potential and bat speed to play just about anywhere offensively. Just 20 years old, Bogaerts is likely to start the season at Double-A and work his way into Triple-A, though unless the Red Sox are surprisingly competitive in 2013, he shouldn't play much, if at all, in the big leagues.

    The 40th overall pick in the 2011 draft, Bradley lit up Class A Advanced in 2012, hitting .359/.480/.526 before being moved to Double-A, where he still produced a solid .271/.373/.437 line. The lefty shows a solid ability against left-handed pitching and should be a quality on-base player immediately. His excellent defensive skills, including a good arm and great range, make him a natural favorite to start in center field for the Red Sox in 2014. Once fully developed, Bradley should be capable of contributing double-digit home runs and 20-plus steals on a yearly basis while getting on base at a healthy clip.

    A first-round pick in the 2011 draft, Barnes, 22, turned in a great first season in the Red Sox system, dominating Class A for five starts (42 strikeouts, four walks, one earned run allowed in 26 2/3 innings) before producing a nice year at the Class-A Advanced level, striking out 91 batters and walking 25 guys in 93 innings over 20 starts. While all his pitches still need work, Barnes has the ability to be a quality No. 2 starter long-term for the Red Sox once he further develops and settles in against major-league-caliber hitting.

    The big name coming to the Red Sox in the Adrian Gonzalez deal, Webster has the potential to be an extreme groundball pitcher in the majors thanks to a sinking fastball and a potentially excellent breaking ball. However, Webster needs to develop better command of his pitches, having walked 4.2 batters per nine innings over 130 2/3 innings in 2012. Despite having thrown over 220 innings at the Double-A level over the last two years, Webster is likely to start back at that familiar level while the Red Sox evaluate the prospect. He should slot in behind Barnes in the Red Sox rotation by some point in 2014 barring injury.

    The favorite to start at shortst ideal choice for manager.Ratcliffe was delighted to see caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson lead the team to victory over Chelsea on Saturday in his first game in charge.He wrote for the Everton-pick-boss-knows-club-attract-Mauricio-Pochettino.html">Dop for the Red Sox before the team signed , Iglesias is at best a work-in-progress at the plate, hitting .251/.302/.287 in 783 plate appearances at the Triple-A level over the last two seasons. He performed even worse at the major-league level in 2012, hitting .118/.200/.191 in 77 plate appearances. However, he plays exceptional defense at the game's toughest defensive position, which should keep him employed at the major-league level for a very long time. If Drew can't stay healthy over the course of a full season, Iglesias will likely become the team's stopgap until Bogaerts is ready.

    The Red Sox boast four prospects ranked in the top 50 of Baseball America's 2013 top-100 list. While none are expected to be ready to produce in the majors in 2013, the rebuilding Red Sox can afford to be patient and hope for a huge boost both in the starting lineup and the rotation in 2014.

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