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  • Penn softball coach Leslie King inducted into Softball New Zealand Hall of Fame


    While many Penn students were "dartying" over Labor Day weekend, one member of the Red and Blue family was accomplishing sons.Pepe left LOSC this week for the Gunners in a club record €80m deal.He said, "Lille, Lille, it's time for me to say goodbye ... After two years under your colors, I leave my red jersey LOSC for the jersey of Arsenal ..ance despite losing the Community Shield to Manchester City on penalties.Former Reds winger Raheem Sterling opened the scoring for City in the first half, before Joel Matip grabbed an equaliser on the 77th minute mark.Gabriel Jesus scored the winning. From the bottom of my heamething far more memorable.

    Penn softball coach Leslie King spent the weekend across the Pacific Ocean in Wellington, New Zealand, where she was inducted into the Softball New Zealand Hall of Fame on Sept. 2.

    King, who has been the Quakers' head coach since 2004, starred for New Zealand's national team over a 14-year period. included an appearance at the 2000 Olympics as the team's captain, and a National Player of the Year selection.

    "I feel truly humbled by this honor," King said in a statement. "The New Zealand softball community provided me the opportunity and the support to excel at a sport I love. I had the opportunity to compete at the highest level all over the world—what more could any athlete want? I am very proud to have played for New Zealand, and will always be grateful for my time there."

    Even if she had never picked up a softball, King would still be a legend in New his feelings about Tanguy Ndombele after their 1-1 draw at Burnley.Mourinho was less than impressed with the £52million man, who was dragged off at half-time along with central midfield partner Oliver Skipp with Spurs a goal down.And not for the firZealand. In addition to her work on the diamond, she starred for the national team in soccer and captained the team in the 1991 World Cup.

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  • Penn men's basketball beats Brown, 95-90 in overtime thriller


    It took a full 40-minute effort, and then some.

    But in one of the most exciting Penn men’s basketball games in a season full of them, the Quakers came back and then held on late to beat Brown 95-90 in overtime.

    The Quakers (14-6, 4-0 Ivy) were led with massive performances from guards Antonio Woods and Caleb Wood. Both hit big threes from all over the court – first to bring Penn back ibeing linked with the Rossonero.“I think so, I've worked for it," he told Tuttomercatoweb when asked if he was ready for a move to Europe.“I'd like to test myself in Europe with international players so I can learn and grow, both as a man and as nto the game, then to put them ahead.

    With the game on the line down the stretch, and the referees calling fouls at seemingly every contact (much to the anger of the Palestra crowd), the fate of the game was decided at the charity stripe.

    Brown (9-9, 2-3) was in the double bonus less than ten minutes into the second half, but it was the Quakers that found themselves at the line most often. Penn finished the game with a whopping 44 free throws, making 30 – just enough to edge them across the finish line.

    Meanwhile, Brown failed to take advantage of their big opportunity at the line, which came with fifteen seconds left in overtime with the ball in the hands of their best player. Freshman Desmond Cambridge, who finished with 29 hard-earned points, missed both attempts, squandering a chance to tie the game late.

    The large number of calls lead to foul trouble for both teams. Both Foreman and forward Max Rothschild were among those forced to sit for Penn. In all, four players fouled out, including Foreman and Cambridge.

    Cambridge carried Brown for large stretches of the game. In the opening five minutaco midfielder Youri Tielemans.The Sun says City are chasing £40m-rated Tielemans, 22, as they plan for life without Spanish maestro David Silva.City have already made contact with Tielemans' people.Monaco's Belgian international has been starring oes, the guard made several contested shots, leading to a 12-2 run that put the Bears up 15-6 just minutes into the game.

    “We had the benefit of watching the tape, and [Cambridge], he takes hard [shots],” Donahue said. “I think Antonio is one of the better defenders, if not the best on-ball defender in this league. I thought Cambridge surprised him at first, got it going and then made harder ones. I really didn’t think we let our guard down on that kid.”

    If Woods’ defensive effort failed to stop Cambridge from scoring, the junior’s offensive output almost matched his. Woods finished with 21 points on the night, including four three-pointers.

    The biggest three – in terms of distance if not importance – came in the first half. With seven seconds left after a Brown bucket, senior Darnell Foreman drove the court, dishing to a wide-open Woods trailing the play. Woods stepped up and calmly sunk the thirty-footer at the buzzer to pull within one.

    “Anytime you can score before the clock runs out, a buzzer-beater, it gives you a sense of momentum going into the half. I think we came out in the second half with a lot of energy, a lot of poise, and I think it showed,” Woods said.

    Unlike the first half, when Penn trailed by as much as nine, the second half was much closea.The midfielder's deal has been terminated by mutual consent and he is now a free agent."Last summer the directors told me to look for another club, since I was no longer part of their plans," he told Globo Esporte.“It was towards the end of the mr. Brown continued to lead the majority of the time, but the lead was one or two points. Penn struggled defensively to contain Brown’s guards, and on the interior against Bears driving the paint.

    Offensively, Penn’s lack of consistency was largely an effect of the turnovers they coughed up. The Quakers struggled at times offensively, forcing passes into tight windows. In a departure from the beginning of the season, it was the forwards who turned the ball over.

    Caleb Wood was there off the bench when the Red and Blue needed an offensive spark. The 6-foot-three guard finished with four triples of his own for 22 points.

    “Wood came off the bench and was terrific on some cuts and made big plays,” Donahue said. “They were game planning us a certain way, and Caleb Wood kind of messes that up a little bit … So I thought that got [Brown] on their heels a little bit.”

    Brown led for most of the game, but when it came down to it in the final minutes and in overtime, Penn’s free throw shooting and clutch defense were enough to overcome Cambridge’s hot shooting.

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  • Mixed results end Penn men's tennis' year


    It wasn’t the end the Quakers were looking for.

    Over the weekend, Penn men’s tennis closed out its season with three matches over three days, losing to Columbia at home, and then beating Binghamton and losing to Cornell on the road.

    While their 2-5 league record marks a one-game improvement from last season, it’s not what the Red and Blue had expected, nor what they had hoped for after starting off 2-0, a start which included a win over Princeton.

    “I didn’t think we played worse as the year went on, in fact in some ways I thought we playuricio Pochettino says documentary cameras filming his every move is a concern.Tottenham are the latest club to sign up with Amazon as part of the All Or Nothing series which previously featured Manchester City."When the club agreed the deal with Amaed a little bit better toward the end,” coach David Geatz said.

    “The competition was a little better at the end. We played the two best teams in the Ivy League [Columbia and Harvard] at the end of the year,” he added.

    On Friday, Penn ran into one of those teams: No. 19 Columbia, a behemoth which was on a 16-match win streak and which had dropped just one point in league play going into the match. The Lions routed the Red and Blue, 4-0, yielding only one set in total — to freshman Matt Nardella . Columbia went on to win its 11th Ivy League title — and its first since 2010 — over the weekend, as it finished undefeated in league play.

    After taking on their New York rivals, the Red and Blue headed up to the Empire State itself for their final matches of the year. Saturday was a more successful day for the Quakers, as they dropped Binghamton for the second straight year, taking the two through five-spot singles matches to win, 5-2. Penn finished 5-9 in nonconference play.

    No. 52 Cornell represented Penn’s final chance to finish with its best Ivy League record since the 2007-08 season, a feat it missed narrowly, losing 4-3. Penn took three singles matches on the backs of senior Zach Katz, sophomore Vim de Alwis and Nardella, the last of whom picked up his 13th win of the year. But the Quakers couldn’t earn that necessary fourth victory, something Katz and Geatz chalked up to the doubles point.

    For the three seniors on the team — Katz, Nikola Kocovic and Andrew Berman — Sunday marked their last day of Ivy League tennis.

    “[It’s] bittersweet,” Katz said. “I’m definitely going to miss it. It’s not the way you ever want to stop playing the sport you’ve been playing since you were four years old, but I’m happy to turn a new chapter.”

    Geatz praised the outgoing seniors, stopping especially to single out one of his co-captains, Katz.

    “Zach Katz is the best player in the Ivy League,” he said, noting that Katz didn’t drop a match in conference play.

    “There’s a lot more pressure, a lot more intensity, every match is so close and I think having played for four yearsder Matt Doherty has won praise from manager Nuno for his commitment.Doherty missed a month of pre-season but jumped back in from the start against FC Pyunik a week ago and contributed a goal in Armenia. The Irishman then retained his shirt for the r, you just get a lot more comfortable, and then the confidence that comes with that [helps],” Katz said of his performance in conference matches.

    While the five-game skid to end Ivy play left Penn with a bitter taste, with just three outgoing players, a strong incoming recruiting class and some play they're to sign Leicester City defender Harry Maguire.The Mirror says City are still in the hunt for £80million-rated Maguire – but must offload Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala to fund the deal.The domestic treble winners are wary of Financers returning from injuries next year — including Ismael Lahlou, who filled the No. 3 singles spot last year — the Red and Blue have something to look forward to.

    “With good recruiting classes, coach Geatz and coach [Ty] Schaub will definitely have a nationally ranked program soon,” Katz said.

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  • Zachary Levine: Newsflash, Joe Scott: It's about winning, too


    It took 157 words for Joe Scott to explain his goals for the rest of the season after his Tigers fell to 1-6 in the Ivy League Tuesday at the Palestra.

    It took only six to show just how far the Princeton program has fallen under Scott's watch.

    It's not about the end result.

    "Our goals are the same every game," Scott said after the Tigers' 48-35 loss. "We're building a program where our guys know why and how. Why we play the way we play. How we play that way. And we make ourselves play that way every single game.

    "When you do that, when you become successful, you know why and how. You keep doing it over and over again. It's called habits. That's what we're building. There's no time frame for when those things are going to occur. It's not about the end result. We're building something. It's about developing young guys who are willing to do that and do it all the time."

    In Scott's three-year tenure, he's taken Princeton from a defending Ivy League champion to a program where it's not about the end result.

    That's something for the fifth-grade coach at the YMCA to say. Not the coach of a 25-time conference champion.

    And Scott has brought it all upon himself.

    It was funny to see him huffing and puffing on the sideline, not because anyone was amused by the fact that he ended the contest sounding like an 80-year-old chain-smoker, but because he was doing it at all the wrong times.

    He stomped around like a lunatic after nearly every foul call in the second half. But he barely took notice when Marcus Schroeder and Lincoln Gunn - with seconds to go on the shot clock, of course - turned it loose and burned Penn defenders to the basket.

    There had to be a part of him that asked what would happen if he just let this team play basketball.

    What would happen if he realized the only talented "point-center" he had who can make the Princeton offense funcLuton Town's James Justin as a possible replacement for Harry Maguire. The Foxes are expected to pay at least £12 million, according to the Leicester Mercury.The youngster enjoyed an excellent season for Luton last term as they were promoted to the tion is Howard Levy, sitting next to him in a jacket and tie?

    Not only is he running a center's offense without a center, but he's also running a shooter's offense without shooters. In Scott's final season at Air Force, his Falcons went 22-7, hitting at 48.1 percent from the floor. In the midst of this year's debacle, the Tigers are at a league-worst 40.9 percent.

    And it's not just bad luck that he doesn't have the parts. It's Scott's inability to land the missing pieces to fit his system.

    Or maybe the pieces were there all along.

    Maybe that fundamental center was Noah Levine, gone after wehe club.Fernandes arrived at Old Trafford with a reputation as an on-field leader and he's already barking out instructions on the pitch and urging for more from his teammates.And according to McTominay he is like that in training as well and takes teks as a freshman. Maybe the shooter was Max Schafer, a John Thompson III recruit who left Scott's system. Or maybe it was Blake Wilson, who left for St. Joseph's after one semester in Orange and Black.

    Maybe they all went the way of Harrison Schaen and Patrick Ekeruo, leaving a team that's had more defections than the Cuban baseball squad.

    Those guys are probably planning to form their own summer league team now, and they might even score 50 points in a game once or twice.

    It's astounding what this

    program has turned into in three years. Just listen to more from Scott after the game.

    We're just going to keep working on getting went from newly promoted to booking their place in the Europa League with a seventh-placed finish.The Black Country club have signed a two-year deal with sponsors ManBetX, the most lucrative in the club's history.Introducing the new @adidasfootball better at what we do.

    Keep working on guys being able to finish plays, make a lay-up, make a shot, make a post move.

    Never mind not being Senator Bradley's Final Four team or the No. 5 seed in the Tournament from 1998.

    This isn't even the 6-8 mess he created out of an Ivy champion with four returning starters.

    This version of the Tigers needed double overtime at home against Harvard to avoid going 0-for-the-first-half.

    For Joe Scott, fifth-grade basketball coach, it's not about the end result.

    For Joe Scott, Division I basketball coach, it may be just about the end.

    Zachary Levine is a senior mathematics major from Delmar, N.Y., and is former Sports Editor of The Daily Pennsylvanian. His e-mail address is zlevine@sas.upenn.edu.

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  • NCAA spurns Field Hockey


    The Quakers sat in silence with coaches, friends and fans, their eyes glued to the television. In the next few moments, they would hear a list of the field hockey teams to participate in the NCAA Tournament later this month. The announcements began, starting with North Carolina and ending with defending champion Wake Forest. The team strained to hear the news they so desperately wanted to hear.

    News that would never come.

    Some tears and hugs later, the Quakers (13-4, 6-1 Ivy) could finally step back and reflect on their completed 2004 season, as they gathered for dinner at Cavanaugh's Restaurant.

    They had assembled to watch the selection show for this year's NCAA Field Hockey Tournament; however, being denied a chance at the national title did not detract from this season's overwhelming success.

    "We came tonight knowing it was a slim chance," Penn coach Val Cloud said. "I can't say we were surprised."

    Still, hopes ran hig Soccer Link reports PSG chief Leonardo has made an approach to Wolves for the Spanish winger.But he's been quickly frightened off by Wolves' asking price - a massive €100m.Leonardo is keen to bring Adama to Paris, but not at the valuation Wolves ah, especially among the seniors. Fearing the end of their field hockey careers, they watched their last season at Penn slip away.

    But what a year it was.

    "When we met before the season, we set a bunch of goals for ourselves," senior tri-captain Sara Shelley said. "We accomplished every one."

    Aside from clinching a share of the Ivy League title with Harvard (11-6, 6-1), the Red and Blue also won their last eight games, seven of which were shutouts. On top of everything, they beat Princeton (7-10, 5-2), a feat they hadn't accomplished in 10 years.

    "When [the seniors] were seniors in high school applying to Penn, we were eighth in the Ivy League and the only team to lose to Columbia," senior All-American Liz Lorelli said. "And now we are the best."

    "Last year we were fifth in the Ivy League," Shelley said. "And that was considered a breakout season. I don't think that we ever thought we'd be 13-4 by our senior year."

    Every Quakers player will receive her Ivy League title ring. Four ne revealed Kompany played a key part in luring him to City - and already misses him since he left to take up a player manager role back in their homeland.De Bruyne said: “I hope his career will be just as amazing at Anderlecht as it was at City. Iof the players were further honored with All-Ivy recognition.

    Freshman defender Melissa Black was named Ivy Rookie of the Year, a title not received by a Penn player since 1985. As starting sweeper, Black played an integral role in the team's defense, which earned seven straight shutouts. Shuique Setien has risked the wrath of Gerard Pique by having the squad train in the RAIN yesterday.Setien has promised to take the squad he's inherited back to basics and this includes having his multi-millionaire players train in cold weather.AS repoe was named Ivy Rookie of the Week twice during the season. Black was also chosen for the All-Ivy second team.

    Lorelli, sophomore goalie Liz Schlossberg and junior midfielder Lea Salese were all chosen for the first team.

    Despite such honors, Cloud and others point to unity, not individual talent, as the team's biggest strength.

    "We won the big games because the team won," Cloud said. "They played so well together. It takes a team to win, not any one individual."

    "We set out our goals and got all of them," senior tri-captain Kate Murphy said. "But the great thing is that we did it with our best friends."

    Perhaps the key to these friends' success is their ability to let loose and have fun.

    "It's a self-proclaimed title, but we've got to be the happiest team," Shelley said.

    Aside from support within the team, the players express great gratitude to the parents, friends, students and other athletes who crowded the sidelines on both home and foreign turf.

    At the last game, "we had more fans than Princeton did," Cloud said. "The team really appreciated it. Knowing that everyone is behind them makes a big difference."

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  • W. Tennis' Ptak comes up short at ITA tourney


    Penn senior Nicole Ptak's bid to cr Marco Silva's job after defeat to Sheffield United.Silva's side now sit 14th in the Premier League table after six games in which they have scored five goals and conceded nine.Pundit Charlie Nicholas told Sky Sports: "I've been speaking to David Molaim her first appearance at the NCAA National Indoor Championships fell just short yesterday in Blacksburg, Va.

    Ptak's semifinal defeat at the hands of Maryland's Emily Marker brought about the end of an incredible run through the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional Championships.

    By falling in the semis, 6-4, 6-3, Ptak failed to claim one of the tournament's two automatic bids to the NCAA Championships in November.

    However, Penn women's tennis coach Michael Dowd saw the result as far from disappointing.

    In fact, Dowd said that it has been "very gratifying as a coach to see one of your players improve."

    Dowd referred to the "tremendous improvement curve" he has seen since Ptak arrived during her freshman year.

    After falling last year in the quarterfinals, the round of 16 her sophomore year cible Robert Pires supports Aaron Ramsey's move to Juventus.Ramsey officially becomes a Juve player on July 1.“I don't think it's an opportunity but rather a great chance for him to play for a big club like the Bianconeri," the Gunners legend told and the first round as a freshman, Ptak's result was satisfying, though somewhat bittersweet.

    "[Marker's] an intense player," Ptak said. "I set up points well but I just made too many errors."

    Dowd echoed Ptak's assessment of the match.

    Marker's "a very scrappy player," Dowd said. "It was very close. A couple of points here and there made the difference."

    Ptak's run was highlighted by a three-set victory over Candace Fuchs, the tournament's No. 1 seed from William and Mary.

    After receiving a bye in the first round, Ptak soundly defeated Virginia Tech's Carolyn Kramer and topped Marshall's Lille Nzudie in three sets before meeting up with Fuchs.

    Her quarterfinal victory over Virginia's Mariko Fritz-Krockow in the quarterfinals marked the furthest Ptak had ever been in this prestigious tournament.

    Though Ptak will not be playing in the upcoming Nationals, she and the rest of the squad now lumental offer for Mbappe NEXT summer.That could mean the 20-year-old developing a long-term link-up with Real's new Serbia frontman Luka Jovic, 21, a £52m buy from Eintracht Frankfurt.Bernabeu chief Zinedine Zidane is slowly overhauling a squad thatook ahead to the spring season where they hope to take the Ivy Championship back from Harvard.

    "Everyone had a great fall," Ptak said. "We have high expectations."

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  • ctory at Europa League opponents Torino.Moutinho h


    pitcher showed he is ready for the regular season in his final outing of the Cactus League on Tuesday night against the Angels. He worked 6 2/3 scoreless innings, givinchester United striker Romelu Luk boss Mikel Arteta wants to strengthen the team spirit within his squad.As hee transfer window.Lampard was speaking before their FA Cup win at Hull City."There's no movement to speak of now," he told BT Sport. "It's clear, we got a punishment in the summer, for right or for wrong, where we couldn't bring in players and a puni prepares his side for their FA Cup third-round tie against Leeds at the Emirates on Monday night, Arteta - a former Arsenal skipper himself - is keen to engender a sense ofaku has agreed terms with Inter Milan.Gazzetta dello Sport says Lukaku has settled personal terms with the Serie A club, which will see him earn over £6m in bonuses.The two clubs are yet to agree a fee with United lng up just two hits while striking out eight. The right-hander also walked one. Kennedy, Arizona's opening-day starter, posted a 4.67 ERA in four starts this spring while striking out 17 in 17 1/3 innings.

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  • Photo of the Day: The Uptons as ‘Step Brothers’


    Let us waste no time. First, the original and the muse ...

    And now the inspired homage by and -- the baseball-ing Upton brothers -- of the ...

    While there's a disappo midfielder Nathan Redmond admits they're "embarrassed" after their home thrashing by Leicester City.The Foxes ran out 9-0 winners over the Saints at St Mary's, with Youri Tielemans, Ayoze Perez (3), Jamie Vardy (3) and James Maddison all on the scorinting absence of argyle in the Upton version, props to Justin for owning the vacant-eyed stare.

    (Wink of CBS eye: )

    For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually ifee.The 19-year-old, who has agreed a two-year-deal with the option of a further 12 months, has experience of playie was disappointed Kurt Zouma did not return from Chelsea this past summer.Zouma spent the entire campaign on-loan at Goodison Park last season and struck up an impressive partnership with Keane. "Obviously [Kurt] was brilliant for us and a great perng in the EFL with Bury and joins the under-23s ahead of the 2019/20 season.Wolves U23 coach Rob Edwards is pleased with the first imprnteract with us on Twitter: , and .

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  • AC Milan and Inter Milan have signed a joint allia


    The Washington Post reports Nationals third baseman took a big step in his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery when he took infield Thursday and threw to second base for the first time this spring. “Next few days, I’ll start doing my throwing program and I’ll do it in the infield, just to start getting the vision, using my legs and getting that angle -- all that,” Zimmerman said. Zimmerman said he hopes to increase his throwing program to 120 feet by the weekend. Zimmerman hdo Llorente could stay at Tottenham Hotspur.The Spaniard's contract expires at the end of next month.It had been expected that Spurs would allow Llorente to leave on a free transfer.However, Sky Sports claim the north London club are now considering opes to make throws to first base shortly and ber Mat Ryan says he learnt about Chris Hughton's sacking while getting a haircut.Ryan was in the barber's chair when he heard Hughton had been axed as Seagulls manager after four-and-a-half years in charge."I was actually in the barbershop and a fan cgin DHing he will find solutions to the team's problems in the next few days.The Toffees face one of the most important games of their season - a Merseyside derby against Liverpool on Wednesday.Silva knows that a poor result and performance against their fierin spring games soon. He could be playing in the field perhaps next week. “I just have to get back to taking groundballs and getting my feet and everything in rhythm to go to first,” Zimmerman said. “Do that for a week or so to make sure it’s strong, then be ready to rock.”
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  • Astros to give J.D. Martinez time in right field


    manager Bo Porter indicated Wednesday that left fielder will get playing time in right field this spring, to .com's Brian McTaggart.

    Martinez played 100 games in the field for the Astros last year, including 97 starts, with all his defensive appearances coming in left field. Aside from one start in right field for the Astros in 2011, Martinez's last time at the position came in 2010, when he made 92 appearan's first winter break.Klopp will skip the FA Cup replay against Shrewsbury Town, along with his players, as they take a winter break.Some view the decision as disrespectful to both Shrewsbury and the FA Cup but Klopp defended his position on Tuesday.ces in right field in the minors.

    He hit .241/.311/.375 with 11 home runs in 439 plate appearances for the Astros in 2012.

    The Astros appear to be planning to start rhe goalkeeper has extended his deal at the Allianz Stadium until June 2024.Juve announced: "The wonderful adventure between Szczesny and Juventus will therefore continue until 2024 and there is no doubting this is a deserved renewal."OFFICIAL @13Szczecent trade acquisition in left field, should he prove himself capable this spring. If n Mbappe has spoken of Jurgen Klopp's impact on European champions Liverpool.The World Cup winner's name keeps getting linked to the Reds with a number of intriguing things happening only fueling the flames.Now the France international has actively nthat happens, it would likely leave Martinez battling for playing time in right field with .

    For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers ,  and , follow .

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  • ham has quickly adjusted to coach Diego Simeone’s


    Indians starting pitcher yielded two hits in two scoreless inning of relief during Cleveland's 7-4 win over Milwaukee in CWith retimes has already gone through ankle surgery after his injury against Tottenham.Gomes seriously hurt his ankle after a Heung-Min Son tackle led him to awkwardly collide with Serge Aurier.But the club says he has gone through a procedure and is now recoring Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech in the frame for the sporting director's job at Chelsea, he could be joined by former Blues teammate Makelele.That's according to well-connected French outlet Euro United.Makelele, currently coach of Eupen iactus League play Sunday. Bauer, one of a handful la as coach for next season.Montella met new owner Rocco Commisso on Friday and will now stay on. “I met Vincenzo this afternoon and he made an excellent impression on me," the Italo-American told the Viola's official website.“He was full of enthof players competing for a spot in the back end of the rotation, mowed down two of the eight batters he faced via strikeout without permitting a walk. Two of his competitors -- and -- combined for two strikeouts in three innings.

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  • nar Solskjaer is delighted to be staring down his


    Kansas City outfielder could not take regular batting practice on Sunday, reports the Kansas City Star. Cai Kelly into their squad "with open arms."The summer signing who arrived from Bristol City is already making a name for himself the long-rumoured news that Charlotte in North Carolina will be the home of its 30th franchise, reports, /.Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper, who led Charlotte's bid to join North America's top-tier soccer league, will pay a record US$325 millionwith the Cherries.The versatile defender, who can maintain a first team pathway for their young players.The likes of Morgan Gibbs-White and Rúben Vinagre have proved a big hit in Wolves' run to a seventh place finish in the Premier League this season.And Shi told CNBC: "Yeah we've spent a lot on tfill in at left back and centre-back, impressed in preseason games againsn injured the back of his right hand during drills in the batting cage. The injury is not believed to be serious and he is considered day to day at this time.

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  • With baseball and PEDs, a return to uncomfortable uncertainty


    (US Presswire)

    , you're doing it to us again.

    LeavingHarry Arter is a step away from leaving Bournemouth.Sky Sports says Arter completed his medical at Fulham on Saturday night.It's thought a potential season-long loan deal with an obligation to buy could be complete later today.Arter spent last season on-loan with Cardiff City. us wondering. Leaving us asking questions.

    Leaving us in that zone of uncertainty that we'd hoped we had left behind, when baseball and its players union finally stopped looking the other way on steroids.

    Drug testing was supposed to clean up the game, but it was also supposed to give us clarity. It was supposed to give us trust that we could believe what we were watching.

    More on PEDsRelated links

    Some players would fail tests, but they would be suspended and we would know who they were.

    Now we're back to where we were before testing began. We're back with suspicions and reports.

    For now, the star lives in that steroid gray area. Braun's defense then was based on problems with the chain of custody. Since the test itself was never challenged, many will always believe he cheated.

    His National League MVP award from 2011 will forever be tainted, even though an arbitrator overruled his suspension for a failed test.

    But what about 2012, when he basically duplicated his MVP numbers, finished second in the voting and passed all his drug tests? Now we're asking if that was real, or whether it was tainted, too?We're left wondering again, this time because Braun somehow . His name is in the records from Bosch's since-closed anti-aging clinic, as first reported by Yahoo Sports and later confirmed by CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.The link isn't at level, because Braun's name doesn't have any specific drugs next to it, the way A-Rod's name does, the way 's name and 's name do. Braun's explanation, in was that his lawyers had consulted with Bosch, and that he never had any other relationship with Bosch.

    Left unanswered is why Bosch -- an alleged PED distributor who ran an aging clinic -- was considered an expert on T/E ratios and tainted urine samples (which Braun said was the subject of the consultation).

    is investigating, and you can bet they'd love to find something they can pin on Braun, just as they'd love to find something they can pin on A-Rod. MLB was openly upset with the arbitrator's decision on Braun last year, and there have long been questions about how truthful A-Rod was when MLB investigators spoke with him in 2009.

    Besides, the pressure is on MLB now, even more than it's on A-Rod, Braun or any of the others.

    The standard of proof is necessarily high. There's no way baseball can suspend Braun based only on what came out in the Yahoo report, and yet that report and have left the baseball public believing that the PED issue is alive and well.

    There seems to be some confidence that they'll find more, that they'll find enough, based on what people in the game are saying privately. They'd better, because the risk is that they lose what remains of the public's trust.

    MLB and its union believe they have pro sports' most thorough and effective testing system, and it's very possible that they do. There was never a chance that they could completely clea former Tenerife whiz is attracting interest from Tottenham, along with Atletico Madrid and Valencia.Asked if he will be staying, Perez told the Shields Gazette, "It's something I can't say right now. You can't guarantee it. We'll see. There will be n up the game, not when the potential rewards are so great that the incentive to cheat remains high.

    They know and we know that testing can never stop all the cheaters. The testing improves all the time (big improvements are coming this season), but the big rewards ensure that some will always try to beat the newest tests -- and some will succeed.

    Still, the testing made everyone -- players, executives and fans alike -- feel that we could trust most of what we saw. Some would try to cheat, but many would get caught and the risk of a suspension would keep many others from trying.

    Now, once again, we're not so sure. Now, once again, we're back in that zone of uncertainty, less willing to trust that anyone is actually clean.

    No, Ryan Braun, it's not all your fault. Perhaps you're not guilty of anything except having your lawyer associate with the wrong guy and offering an unsatisfying explanation.

    But as we've seen so many times before, when the subject is PEDs, the court of public opinion can be unforgiving (and perhaps even unfair).

    One big reason for testing is to move beyond that, to move to a time when the answers are more available and where we can belof Nathan Redmond.The winger suffered an injury against Fulham and will be absent for the coming games.But given the international break, it is possible he will only miss a couple of key Saints clashes.Hasenhuttl said of the star's fitness in his preieve with some certainty that any steroid taints are fully deserved.

    In some ways, it was easier back when we knew nothing, or even when we knew very little. Not necessarily better, but easier.

    Now it feels like it's getting tougher again. Now it feels like we're left asking, sometimes left guessing.

    And often left hoping to find something we can really trust.

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  • nal on-loan.Former Manchester City striker Dzeko s


    MLB.com reports Mets vice president of player development and amateur scer Daniel James.Nicol has questioned why United signed James.“This is youiogo Dalot is playing his own role in the club's transfer plans.Dalot has attracted support from two United transfer targets after posting an end of season message on social media.Thursday marked 12 months since Dalot moved to United from Porto."A yer guy for the future," Nicol said.“This is who your guy is.“But guess what, Manchester United don't need guys for the future right now.“They need people who can come in outing Paul DePodesta considers right-handers and to be under-the-radar prospects. "These guys have a chance to be really goodre prepared to sell Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan this summer.The Sun says manager Unai Emery wants a minimum of five big names out the door, with Ozil and Mkhitaryan the highest-profile exits.Emery has already had the final say on Danny Welbeck ," DePodesta said. "Montero's come around quickly. We signed him in January 2011 in the Dominican, and he's coming to major league camp. He's come through six levels already and hasn't missed a beat in any of them. Tapia's a bigger arm. He's touched 100 [mph] on occasion. He usually tops out at 97-98, with good command, good sinker, good changeup."

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  • Tweet of the day: Lonely Giants World Series trophy


    As every sports fan with a pulse knows, the Balti says the club must stand by manager Marco Silva.Gray can see parallels between Silva's plight at Everton and the situation facing Howard Kendall when he arrieen to bring Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi to Turin.Tuttosport says Sarri fancies bringing the youngster to Turin when his Chelsea contract expires next year.Hudson-Odoi is yet to agree a new deal to prevent him leaving the Blues on a free transfved at Goodison Park back in 1983. Kendall would eventually go onto win the First Division wmore Ravens won the Super Bowl Sunday night. That means that on the losing end of the spectrum were the , obviously coming from the same city as baseball's World Series champions, the .

    And since everything in the world has to have a Twitter account nowadays, we got this:

    Kind of bummed....thought i'd have a new friend to hang out with this week

    — World Series Trophy (@wstrophy)

    For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Tionel Messi was at his best for victory at Real Betis on Sunday.While he didn't score, Messi produced all three assists as the visitors won 3-2 at the Benito Villamarín.Gol TV have released footage of Messi motivating his teammates throughout the gawitter: , and .

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