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  • Papazekos | The Red and Blue should beat Princeton in the biggest game of the season

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    They stumbled out of the gate, but Penn women’s basketball is exactly what we thought they were: a team that should win the Ivy title.

    Coach Mike McLaughlin has lead his team to back-to-back conference titles, including last year’s triumph at the inaugural Ivy Tournament. This year, the gapRooney has questioned Manchester United's pursuit of Real Madrid star Gareth Bale.United's all-time leading goalscorer has told his former club to ignore the enticement of a big named signing like Bale or Cristiano Ronaldo to focus on rebuilding the between Penn and the rest of the league has closed – or at least, the gap between Penn and Princeton has. Want proof? , the next closest team behind Penn and Princeton, is now two games back after two straight blowout losses to those two teams.

    runner-up, Princeton shocked the Red and Blue in their conference opener last month by a . It was the worst possible start to Ivy play for Penn, one that meant they had to work themselves back to the top of the league the hard way. Now, after three straight Ivy weekend sweeps, Penn finds itself in a tie for first in the confered with Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata.United are in the market for a new forward ahead of the January market.And Calciomercato says Zapata has caught their eye.The Colombia striker scored 28 goals and had eight assists in a total of 48 games last seaence with the only team they have yet to beat.

    Since that loss to Princeton, Penn has won nine straight, including two clinching wins over Villanova and Temple. Of those nine, only the two-point was within 15 points – that’s right, Penn has won eight of its last nine, including six Ivy and one Big 5 matchups – by a margin of 15 or more.

    So what’s the lesson?

    First of all, not to panic. One loss in the Ivy League is anything but a death sentence; both of the last two years Penn has won it all with a one-loss record. Even if the Quakers drop another game, the Ivy Tournament and the home court advantage it provides make perfection less of a necessity.

    That doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be strived for or even achieved. Penn has the talent to go perfect in the conference, fluky opening losses notwithstanding. This team has high standards: like last year, the goal shouldn’t be to qualify for the tournament, or even to win it. The Quakers should strive to : win both the regular season and tournament conference titles. And, optimistically, to win a game even after that.

    The second lesson from Penn’s recent run of play is that the Quakers are who we thought they were. They didn’t always show it early in the season, but this is a good basketball team by any standard. They have the best frontcourt in the conference in reigning Ivy Player of the Year Michelle Nwokedi and presumptive Ivy Rookie of the Year . They have one of the better defenses in the country (the Quakers are 27th nationally in points allowed per game), a great stable of guards, and a coach who has been there and done that.

    Princeton is a good team, too, which is why Tuesday’s game will be so fun to watch. The Tigers are just as good, if not better, defensively. They have one of the better players in the league in Bela Alarie, and when their three ball is on like it was in January, they are nigh unstoppable.

    While it will be just the eighth conference game of the season for both these teams, Tuesday’s game will likely decide the league. The top seed is up for grabs.

    It will be low-scoring, physical, and spirited in Jadwin Gym. Here’s what it comes down to: who wins tChelsea boss Frank Lampard is reluctant to talk up their title chances after moving into third place.The Blues are eight points behind leaders Liverpool."It's nice to be above City, because I've got huge respect for them," Lampard said after victory he guard matchups? How will seniors Anna Ross and Lauren Whitlatch match-up against Princeton’s Gabrielle Rush’s sharpshooting and Alarie’s versatility? Down low, will Penn win on the glass and prevent the Tigers’ Leslie Robinson from racking up easy buckets?

    I think the Quakers win those matchups. As McLaughlin put it, “We’re better than we were then [in January].”

    The Quakers are better than they were in January and certainly better than they were on January 6th. Nwokedi and Parker are more comfortable playing off each other, as Nwokedi’s 30-point outburst on Saturday proved. Junior Ashely Russell’s role as the gritty defender has come into focus. Three-point shooting is up too.

    Penn should win this game.

    Because they are who we think they are.

    is a College sophomore from Pittsburgh, Pa., and is a Sports Editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at papazekos@thedp.com.

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  • Penn swimming takes down Cornell, falls to Princeton

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    “Unfortunately you don’t get to play defense in swimming.”

    That was how coach Mike Schnur described Penn’s tri-meet against Cornell and Princeton this weekend. While the Quakers were able to record some impressive times on Saturday and were easily able to handle the Big Red, the Tigers were just too fast, handing both the men’s and women’s squads their first defeats of the season.

    For the women, a 200-100 victory over Cornell was offset by a 134-164 loss to Princeton, while the men notched a 217-83 win to go along with a 173.5-124.5 defeat.

    On the women’s side, Penn started the meet off hot by registering its first victory of the day in the opening event, the 200-yard medley relay.

    The duo of freshmen Libby Jardeleza and Carter Orth combined with juniors Haley Wickham and Rochelle Dong to post a time of 1:43.23 and set a tone of early success for the Quakers.

    All four members of this relay team also went on to score significant individual points. Orth claimed the top time in 200 individual medley with 2:05.09 — edging out Princeton’s Olivia Chan by two-tenths of a second — and Jardeleza finished third in the 100 backstroke.

    Dong continued her dominance in short-distance events, posting two first-place finishes on the day. Her times of 55.82 in the 100 back and 55.08 in the 100 butterfly were both good enough for a top spot on the podium.

    Wickham touched up first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.21 before claiming the 200 breast with a time of 2:19.51.

    Not to be outdone, freshman Madison Visco also recorded two individual wins on the day, taking both distance freestyle events by winning the 500 in 4:57.3 and finishing the 1,000 in 10:14.22.

    “I think we were just absolutely awesome on the women’s side today, and I think we had several girls who had breakout days,” Schnur said. “Haley Wickham went faster today than shited boss Steve Bruce is targeting Tottenham fullback Danny Rose.The Daily Star says Bruce has already identified the left-back position at St James' Park as one that needs addressing urgently – and would love a player of Rose's calibre The Englande was at the Ivy championship meet last year, and Visco absolutely crushed it in an event she had never swam before. So that was incredible to see.”

    While the men fell short of Princeton just like their female counterparts, they too had some impressive performances.

    Eric Schultz added another victory to his lengthy resume, as the senior took first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 20.40 while also picking up points with a second-place finish in the 100 free.

    “I was worried that we were going to be tired coming into this race, but I was impressed with some of the absolutely great swims we had,” Schnur said. “With some guys under the weather, we had other guys step up and swim incredibly fast times and even win races, so that was awesome.”

    As with the women, the distance freestyle events were kind to the Quakers. Sophomore Alex Peterson finishethe players are discussing qualifying for the Champions League.United are currently sixth in their first season back in the Premier League, just two points off the top four with 12 games remaining in the campaign."There's no getting away from the facd second in the 500 with a time of 4:31.69, before doing one better and winning the 1,000 free.

    The Red and Blue would grab two more first-place individual finishes, as junior Wes Thomas went 2:02.56 to win the 200 breast and the freshman tandem of Mark Andrew and Thomas Dillinger went one-two in the 200 individual medley.

    The men capped the day with a victory in the 400 freestyle relay, as Dillinger and Schultz, combined with juniors Kevin Su and Michael Wen, posted a commanding final victory over Cornell by 3.47 seconds in a time of 3:01.70.

    Despite some of Penn’s potent performances, Princeton remained just too quick for the Quakers to catch. But the coaching staff and the athletes remain positive about the progress the team is making.

    “Princeton today was just incredibly fast, and when another team has a race like that, there’s nothing you can do to catch them,” Schnur said. “That was probably the best Princeton team I’ve ever seen race, but I was incredibly proud of the way our team swam. If we keep having races like that going forward, we will be more than fine.”

    While the team’s next Ivy competition is not for anor says Chelsea have been offered the chance to sign Isco in a £44 million deal by Real Madrid.The Spanish giants are trying to offload players to make way for a move for Tottenham's Christian Eriksen next month.Spain midfielder Isco, 27, has struggother seven weeks, the Quakers do have their second-biggest meet of the season coming up at the Kenyon Invitational on Dec. 3. There, Penn will look to post fast enough qualifying times to make the NCAA Championship meet before several swimmers compete to earn a place at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

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  • Three up, three down: Penn women's soccer ends nonconference slate

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    After a draw against Yale, Penn women’s soccer closes out its nonconference slate against Lehigh on Tuesday. Here’s what’s up and what’s down as the Quakers (5-5-3) take on the Mountain Hawks (4-5-5).

    To be frank, she is on fire. In Penn’s last five matches, the freshman forward has scored three of the Red and Blue’s four goals, including game winners against CoJoel Matip hopes he can continue scoring goals for Liverpool.The centre-back was a surprising figure to open the scoring for the Reds in Saturday's 3-1 win over Arsenal.Matip told the club's website: "I want to score more goals and it's nice that I could score, but it's early in the season and there's still a lot to increase. "Maybe I'll get the opportunity to score a few more."lumbia and Loyola (Md.). Last weekend, Provini provided the equalizer in the Quakers’ 1-1 tie with Yale. She currently leads Penn in scoring with seven points on the season.

    Tuesday’s match against Lehigh marks the Quakers last nonconference tilt of the 2014 season. This means that Penn has one last chance to work out its kinks before it faces its final two Ivy foes: Brown and Princeton. If the Red and Blue can pull out a win against the Mountain Hawks, they might just give the team enough momentum to finish the season with a 3-3-1 conference record.

    This season, Penn’s 10 goals have been netted by seven players. Of those seven, just two are upperclassmen — senior back Haley Cooper and senior midfielder Kaitlyn Moore. Sophomores Ana Chevtchenko and Lindsey Sawczuk and freshmen Provini, Anna Estep and Kristen Miller are responsible for the rest of the Quakers’ goals. As the team has gotten deeper into the season, a core group of freshmen and sophomores — players that will likely be the backbone of the team in the years to come — have dominated Penn’s presence in the opposing third. This is good news for the future of the team, both for the last three games of this season and for the long-term success of the women’s soccer program at Penn.

    In Penn’s last nine matches, seven have been decided by one goal or fewer. Thus, it is clear that the Red and Blue are battling through every game. But it seems like they can’t quite make the tables turn in their favor. That is not to say that the Quakers have not had close calls and near misses — in Penn’s last game against Yale on Saturday, junior midfielder Erin Mikolai’s would-be game-winner deflected off the crossbar with three minutes remaining in overtime.

    With a current Ivy record of 1-3-1, Penn is sitting at seventh place in the Ancient Eight — definitely not a mark that the team was hoping for back in August. With so little left of the season, it is unlikely that the Quakers will be able to finish much higher than the middle pack. Yes, the team is young. Yes, the team is injury-ridden. But this year’s performance has been disappointing.

    Ultimately, it won’t matter whether or not the Red and Blue can pull off a victory over the nonconference Mountain Hawks on Tuesday because their fate within the to the club's academy coaches.Rashford has been speaking to Inside United magazine about what makes the United academy so special.He said, “The coaches are very good and they're almost doing, maybe, 12 years of developing an individual.“And in thIvy League is all but sealed. Even if Penn defeats Brown and Princeton in the coming weeks, a top-three league finish is already out of the question. Unfortunately for the Quakee on Anfield - placed on the stadium by a witchdoctor.Grobbelaar, known for his lively character and fiery personality, opened up on a secret prior to Liverpool's Premier League clash with Watford on Saturday lunchtime.The 62-year-old recounted a stors, this year’s performance is not quite up to snuff with coach Darren Ambrose’s expectation of success, which he defined back in August as perennially finishing at the top of the conference.

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  • Tony | Penn basketball can beat Harvard's small ball with smart ball

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    We’ve known for a while now that Harvard’s basketball team is a very beatable bunch.

    Maybe it was the Crimson’s struggles in two games against Dartmouth that tipped off Ivy hoops fans that the Crimson weren’t all they were cracked up to be. Maybe it was Harvard’s failure to close out Yale at home with authority.

    Or for the few who don’t believe in style points, maybe it was the way Crimson coach Tommy Amaker’s squad wilted in the second half at Columbia Sunday afternoon.

    But what we didn’t know until recently is that, even without Fran Dougherty and with Darien Nelson-Henry coming off of a low-grade MCL sprain, the Quakers should still have an advantage in the paint against the Crimson.

    That’s because Harvard plays small ball. Amaker lacks a true center, so he’s consistently gone with a lineup of four perimeter players throughout the season. Nailing perimeter jumpers and pushing the pace of games in transiti to make an immediate appointment of a sporting director.The club hired Jose Mourinho to take over from the sacked Mauricio Pochettino this week.But the Evening Standard reports that any suggestions there would be an imminent sporting director / direon from the outset have been two of Harvard’s top priorities this year, and they’ve got just tt has gotten a lot more difficult for top teams in the Premier League lately.The Red Devils have struggled against sides lower than them in the table, as they have a better record against teams in the so called top six.And Matic believes a lot of teahe horses to run such an offense.

    Sophomore forward Wesley Saunders, freshman guard Siyani Chambers and junior guard Laurent Rivard all average at least 42 percent shooting from beyond the arc, and the Crimson rank 10th in the country in team field goal percentage. So it’s no surprise that Harvard easily ranks first among Ivies in three-point percentage. Forget Mouse Davis — this is the real run-aue landing the top job in the future.Pique hasn't hidden his desire to become president of Barca in the future.And Laporta says: "If I [become president], it wouldn't be bad if Gerard Pique followed me as president because I see him as an ideal persond-shoot offense.

    And we’ve seen that it can be a double-edged sword. When Harvard’s hot, they’re really hot, but the Crimson’s 63-41 second-half lead against Brown completely evaporated when they started bricking their jumpers. Scoring 49 points in one half and 20 in the other means you must be gambling too much on perimeter shooting somewhere.

    Harvard’s not an efficient team either, ranking third-to-last in the mediocre Ancient Eight in turnovers per contest.

    And that’s why Penn needs to put its money where its momentum is: in the paint.

    The Quakers have a blossoming low-post presence back in Nelson-Henry who could be a gamechanger both in scoring and rebounding. Penn snared a combined 24 offensive boards last weekend against Yale and Brown, the two best rebounding teams in the conference. Harvard, in contrast, ranks dead last among Ivies on the boards.

    So when Harvard plays small ball Friday night, will Penn play smart ball?

    Coach Jerome Allen needs to go big here. Give sophomore forward Henry Brooks extra minutes. Emphasize patience for Miles Cartwright in running the motion offense in order to slow down the game’s tempo and wear down Harvard’s six-man rotation. Let Harvard beat you from deep, because eventually, they’ll start beating themselves.

    If Penn is to win at Lavietes Pavilion for the second straight year, it’ll have to work a little half-court magic. That’s still a big if, though, since the Crimson have done an excellent job of walking the fine line between beatable and beaten up to this point.

    But the Quakers haven’t had an offensive identity other than “give it to Zack” in a long time, so rolling their inside out from start to finish should make Quakers fans breathe a little easier against the Cardiac Crimson.

    MIKE TONY is a junior English and history major from Uniontown, Pa., and is senior sports editor of The Daily Pennsylvanian. He can be reached at tony@thedp.com.SEE ALSO

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  • Jaaber brothers pull double steal

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    With seven seconds left in the Division II national championship basketball game, Luqman Jaaber deflected a pass and stole the ball. His two free throws a second later secured the win for Virginia Union University over Bryant College.

    Luqman, the older brother of Penn guard Ibby Jaaber, was an integral part of the national champion Virginia Union team.

    "I was probably happier than he was," Ibby said.

    The steal, which Luqman procured to end the championship game, was anything but an aberration for the Jaaber brothers. Penn fans know that Ibby was sixth in Division I this year with 2.9 steals a game. However, Luqman outpaced his brother, getting 3.0 takeaways a game -- good enough for eighth in Division II.

    Both brothers have set their school records for steals in a game. Ibby set the steals record for Penn this year with nine against Dartmouth at home -- the previous record of eight was held by three different Quakers. Luqman earned not only the Virginia Union record but the record for the state of Virginia when he robbed Longwood 10 times in December 2003. Luqman was also the best free-throw shooter in Division II this year, shooting at an 89.9dorf on loan for the 2019/20 season.The 24-year old has been with Chelsea since the age of nine and made his debut in an FA Cup tie at Derby County in January 20ri midfielder Radja Nainggolan has sung the praises of two Inter Milan players.Nainggolan is on-loan at Cagliari from the Nerazzurri.And he said: "(Marcelo) Brozovic, who always does his best at Inter, always plays well and is doing a lot. "(Nicolo) 14. The midfielder spent the first half of last term at Leeds before switching to fellow percent clip.

    The two brothers agree that stealing the ball is not something they have worked on or picked up from each other. Luqman claims that the steals and their defense in general "came from us being so competitive."

    Furthermore, Luqman says their defense was developed when they used to play dribbling games if they did not have a basket. And, while steals are not genetic, it may have something to do with the Jaabers' wingspans.

    Ibby, 21, and Luqman, 24, grew up playing basketball. It has always been an important part of their lives and their relationship with each other.

    And although Ibby's reflexes may be lightning quick now, Luqman recalls a time when that was not necessarily the case.

    When Luqman was nine and Ibby was six, the two were playing recreational basketball in North Carolina when one of Ibby's older brothers tossed him the ball. Instead of Ibby reacting with the speed Quakers fans are familiar with, he ducked out of the way.

    Ibby fondly remembers their teen years, when they would play against one another wherever there was a basket. They would set up a video camera to record their spectacular plays.

    "Afterwards we would watch the dunks going on," Ibby said.

    And nobody is more proud of how Ibby and Luqman have grown up with the game than their mother Aisha.

    "I try to support them as much as I possibly can," she said. "I enjoy watching them.

    "I also take pride in how they conduct themselves, playing the sport, interacting with people, dealing with life."

    Despite the fact that the brothers have played such important roles in developing each other's skills, they have never seen each other play a college game in person. Ibby keeps up with how his brother is doing by watching games on TV and following the Virginia Union web site. Luqman does likewise, noting that the last game he watched was the Penn-Princeton game at Princeton this year.

    Though the distance between Philadelphia and Richmond, Va., prevents them from seeing each other's games, it has not challenged their relationship. While they do not have any particular rituals, they do talk to each other frequently.

    Ibby calls Luqman before every game and makes sure he calls after the game as well if Penn wins.

    "When I talk to him, I look to him for strength and confidence, some advice, and I get that most of the time," Luqman said. "We don't talk about technique -- it is more spiritual, preparing for our games."

    Each brother has incredible respect for his counterpart's basketball talent. BuRoma veteran Aleksandar Kolarov offered no excuses after defeat to Bologna on Friday night.Musa Barrow bagged a brace and assisted the opener for Riccardo Orsolini at the Stadio Olimpico, while Stefano Denswil got an own goal and Henrikh Mkhitaryan's late header set up a tense finale.“We lost a game, Bologna deserved to win, that is all," Kolarov told Sky Sport Italia.“Our 2020 has not started well, but these periods can happen during a season. All we can do is keep our heads down and work harder.“We knew Bologna were tough to beat and dangerous on the counter-attack. Our pressing was not good enough and that left us flat-footed on the counter. Bologna absolutely deserved to win and we did not perform up to our standards today. We did better after the break, but it was not enough.“There are many elements to the negative period, but as the oldest of the group, I stay close to my friends, we discussed it, know what we need to do and keep going forward."t Ibby believes that Luqman is the more dedicated of the two.

    "He is a harder worker than I am," Ibby said.

    Luqman had just as much praise for his brother though.

    "He can shoot and he can handle the ball," Luqman said. "He has definitely developed a keen sense of the game."

    They both agreed that Ibby is the quicker of the two. When Ibby visited Richmond over winter break, the brothers played a game of one-on-one. Ibby noted that "he couldn't guard me as well as I guarded him." However, Ibby gave Luqman credit for inspiring his defensive approach and helping him to work harder on his skills.

    Luqman is a senior at Virginia Union, which certainly influenced how Aisha followed her sons this year.

    "Luqman's last year, I was trying to be a little more supportive on [his] end this year," Aisha said.

    While the Division II championship was Luqman's last at Virginia Union, he hopes he has not played his last basketball game.

    "I definitely want to test the NBA market first," Luqman said.

    If he does not make the NBA, he will test the market overseas. Luqman wishes post-college success for Ibby as well.

    "I would not be surprised if the NBA starts knocking on his door."

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  • Despite team struggles, Seddon plans to return

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    Say this for Penn baseball coach Bob Seddon. He is not easilydiscouraged.

    Seddon's Quakers (8-25, 3-13 Ivy), losers of five straight and 11 of their last 12, will look to end the season on a positive note when they travel to Princeton for a season-ending four game series.

    While the coach admitted that this has been a tough season, he sees no reason why the Red and Blue cannot return to the elite of the Ivy League next season.

    "Almost everyone's coming back, and we've got a good recruiting class coming in," Seddon said. "This year, we knew that we had a long road ahead of us, with seven starters gone, and all the pitchers except for [Bill] Kirk.

    "But there's not a lot of difference between the top and bottom in this league. You can go from bottom to top in one year. We've done that before."

    Seddon is referring to the 1988 team, a squad that rebounded from a 2-12 league finish in 1987 to win the Eastern Intercollegiate Baseball League with a 14-4 record. The EIBL consisted of the current Ivy League squads plus Army and Navy and was in existence until 1992.

    But that was 16 years ago. Many have questioned the 69-year-old coach's ability to lead the team on the field and some have suggested that it is time for the skipper to take an emeritus position in the Penn athletic department.

    But for now, that does not appear to be in Seddon's plans.

    "I'll definitely be back next season," Seddon said. "That's in stone. I will have a meeting with the athletic director after the season, but I've made a decision. That's all I'm going to say right now."

    One of Seddon's motivations for returning is his optimism that better things are on the way for his team.

    With only three seniors on this year's squad -- third baseman Mike Goldblatt, designated hitter Jon Slaughter and utility man Graham Bangert, the team will return mostly intact.

    As for the pitching, the achilles heel of this year's club, it could hardly get any worse. The staff is currenming increasingly resigned to losing Paul Pogba in 2020.While they're determined to keep hold of the Frenchman in January, United directors accept they'll lose the midfielder next summer, says Tuttosport.Indeed, in Turin, there's confidence that Unittly sporting an unsightly 7.42 ERA, and lately the performances have been Nabil Fekir can leave this summer.Liverpool were poised to land Fekir last summer before negotiations broash.And afterwards, Salah was seen posing for a photo with a group of DR Congo players and coaching staff following the final whistle at the Cairo International Stadium.After the snap was taken Salah applauded fans, who will have been pleased to see ke down at the eleventh hour amid fears about the Frenchman's knee.But he has continued to be linked with a move away from Lyon and Liverpool ar getting worse rather than better.

    This week the Quakers gave up 10 and 12 runs, respectively, to city rivals St. Joseph's and Temple. Neither one of those teams have the reputation of an offensive powerhouse.

    "If you don't pitch, you don't win," Seddon said. "Right now we're developing a pitching staff. We've already got [Brian] Cirri, [Josh] Appell and [Brian] Winings, and that's a pretty good start.

    "But we need more than three, four or five good pitchers. Then we'll be successful. But right now, that's not the case."

    Some of those close to the team have reasoned that with the season already unraveling, it is time for more freshmen to get playing time.

    While first-year pitchers Joe Thornton and Drew Matheson already receiving extensive time on the mound, young position players have found at-bats to be more scarce.

    But, as always, Seddon found a way to explain his tactics.

    "It's hard to play freshmen," Seddon said. "There isn't an impact freshman on this team. People have to wait their turn. [Junior] Evan Sobel waited two years. This year he's been our most improved player."

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  • Ousmane Dembele’s dismissal against Sevilla baffle

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    The will start behind the dted defender Rio Ferdinand has hammered Moyes' time in charge at Old Trafford.But Moyes has now responded by insisting he had to make his own mark at the club.“Well I look at it in many ways, they're very experienced players," Moyes told BBC Sport ish on manager Steve Bruce hopes he's winning over fans after their 3-2 victory at West Ham United.The Hammers were caught out in the first-half by two headers as Ciaran Clark and Federico Fernandez gave Newcastle alensteen says they should stick with Jesse Lingard.The midfielder is being linked with a move away this summer.Speaking to The Michael Anthony Show podcast, Meulensteen said: "Jesse had various loan clubs and then he came back."And I think Louis van 2-0 lead before half-time. Jonjo Shelveyopening night, says manager John Gibbons, the National Post reports Monday. 

    The Jays optioned Josh Thole on Sunday and CBS Sports Baseball Insider Jon Heyman says Mike Nickeas won't make the team. Gibbons will have Arencibia and Henry Blanco handle the pitching staff, including R.A. Dickey all season. Both catchers will see time with Dickey on the mound, though Arencibia does start the first time around. 

    Nickeas hit just .226 this spring over 31 at-bats and will begin the year in the minors. Blanco, who should see plenty of at-bats during the season, has hit .320 this spring with a homer and three RBI over 25 at-bats. The 27-year-old starter Arencibia, however, has been awesome this spring with a .448 batting average, two homers and six RBI over 29 at-bats. 

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  • tion after the latest deal to buy the club collaps

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    A day after making his spring debut at third base, received a rest day Sunday, but reported no issues with his right shoulder. Zimmerman, who had shoulder surgery last October, had been serving as the ' designated hitter this spring.

    It didn't take long for him to get tested Saturday as Houston's Carlos Corporan led off th loanee Jordi Osei-Tutu scored his first goal for VfL Bochum on Saturday.Bochum came back from 3-0 to secure 3-3 draw with SV Wehen Wiesbaden.20-year-old Osei-Tutu came on with 24 minutes remaining in the clash.And he quickly grabbed the club's secone second inning with a slow roller up the third base line. Zimmerman had to field the ball on the run and throw across his body to get the out at first base. "I was a little nervous in the first inning, but everything was good," he said. "I felt better each inning. It was good to back out iwen was one of three players brought in during the January transfer window as the Hammers prepared for a fight against relegation, arriving from Hull for £25m.Moyes says it would be unfair to put pressure on a signing who has just moved from the Chan front of people and get back into a game."

    He also finished 0 for 2 at the plate for his first hitless outing in eight games this spring to drop his battine approached Brighton for Lewis Dunk.The Times says they have been told to cough up £50million for Dunk.The Blues are looking for reinforcements in defence and see the Seagulls centre-back as a viable alternative to Antonio Rudiger, Fikayo Tomori, Kg average to .458. Zimmerman is expected to play third base on opening day.

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

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    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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  • enhuttl says Che Adams retains his confidence.Adam

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    Texas starter , who could be in line to start on opening day for the Rangers, though no decd Real Madrid as the kings of Europe ahead of their Champions League clash on Wednesday.City will meet the 13-time champions in the last-16, with the first leg on Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabeuby Chelsea.The 22-year-old spent last season on loan at League One side Burton, making 35 appearances in all competitions.Collins, who has also spent time on loan at Forest Green, won the Uefa Youth League and FA Youth Cup with Chelsea in the 2014-15.And former Barcelona coach Guardiola insists he has ision has been made by manager Ron Washing thinks Liverpool should go after Todd Cantwell.The 21-year-old is impressive as an attacking midfielder for Norwich City in the Premier League.He has six goals for a team that is bottom of the table in their first season back in the top flight.And Bton yet, enters spring training with less weight and more muscle, reports ESPN. "I wanted more muscle up here," Darvish said, pointing to his upper body. Darvish completed a bullpen session Sunday and catcher said he threw well. "He looked good," Soto said. "It's still early, but he's getting a feel for his pitches."

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  • end Jamie Carragher believes it is already a two h

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    Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux told MLB.com Friday that , and will be among the candidates to compete for the No. 5 spot in the rotation this spring. Perez went 1-4 with a 5.88 ERA in six starter Sheffield United with the Champions League midweek fixture in mind.After returning from injury against MK Dons in the Carabao Cup last week, Keita was surprisingly left out of the clash at Bramall Lane.But Klopp says the decision was part of Keitas for Texas last season. "Maybe someone steps up like [Alexi] Ogando did a couple of yeuld resist a move to China.While insisting Bale does need to leave Madrid this summer, Calderon insists the Wales captain needs to stay in Europe."Join a Chinese club? I think it will not be the right decision for Gareth Bale. The Chinese league is nars ago and claims the spot and prospers with it," Maddux said. "We have some youth in that role, we have some six-year free agents that might Villa boss Dean Smith believes that having John Terry on his coaching staff changed the mentality of his players.Terry has served as assistant manager at Villa since last October.He helped the team during their promotion charge in the Championship l qualify for that role, there's still some free agents out there. There's really no telling who the forerunner is on it, but we do have some in-house candidates out there."

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  • MLK’s telegram to Jackie Robinson

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    In 1962, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was unable to attend a dinner in honor of Jackie Robinson in advance of Robinson's induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Here's the telegram Dr. King wrote to Mr. Robinson:

    In case you're having trouble reading this image, here's the text of King's dispatch:

    Warmest heartfelt greetings to all of you assembled on this auspicious occasion. An important turn of events in Albany, GA, made it imperative for me to return here immediately. Had looked forward with great anticipation to being with you tonight. Can think of nothing I regret more than having to miss this opportunity to personally join with you in this testimonial to one of the truly great men of our nation. —Martin Luther King Jr.

    , King simply could not turn away from his pressing mission in Albany, Ga. A week later, he was jailed there.

    Historian Pellam McDaniels III notes that this was no easy decision for King, who recognized and cherished Robinson's central importance to the Civil Rights movement:

    King could not attend this dinner. In fact, King was one of the coordinators of the dinner. He was helping a number of people acknowledge the significance of Jackie Robinson's contribution. The fact that he was being inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame three days later was important because, again, Robinson was the first African American to play in the major leagues in the modern era. Those that eason.Rondon has been on-loan at Newcastle from West Brom.Rondon said: “Better with age? For me, yes. It's like a wine! I try to be healthy all the time. I am cardo Pereira is adamant his side will be targeting Champions League football next term.The full-back joined the Foxes last summer from Porto and says he is hungry for European's elite competition once again, just as many other Leicester stars."For tgetting older so I have to work more than the young players. I have to work really hard aplayed -- the last group of African Americans that played played in the 1880s; so Robinson becoming the first integrated baseball [player] in 1947 was significant. Reason being, he was the first to demonstrate this idea of integration in a public way. His baseball play on the baseball field was a demonstration of the ability of African Americans to persevere. The things that he was able to achieve, the things that he endured made him an example for people like Dr. King; it was an example for young men like an Arthur Ashe. So this Testimonial Dinner was to acknowledge his accomplishments.

    It's no surprise that two sky-scraping contemporaries who shared greater goals would cross paths in such a way. Indeed, , King credited baseball's African-American pioneers for "shaking the gates" in their own way. As King, mere weeks before his assassination, once told Dodgers great Don Newcombe:

    "You'll never know how easy you and Jackie [Robinson] and [Larry] Doby and Campy [Roy Campanella] made it for meussia Dortmund whiz Jadon Sancho bacl to England.The Spanish giants, who previously wanted to sign Sancho when he was leaving Manchester City, have begun doing their groundwork as they plot a fresh move for the 19-year-old next summer, says the Daily to do my job by what you did on the baseball field."

    Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Happy baseball.

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  • Madson is close to a deal with the Angels, and will likely be their closer

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    The are close to a deal with free agent righthanded reliever , major-league sources told CBSSports.com.

    The deal is believed to be for one guaranteed year.

    Madson, from nearby Moreno County, was looking for a chance to close, and he should have that with the Angels. He missed the 2012 season after having Tommy John surgery.

    Last year was his one season with the after spendingeight seasons with the .Madon had been one of the National league's best set-up man before a promotion to closer in 2011, when he saved 32 games in 34 chances. From 2008-2011 with Philadelphia, Madon had a 2.81 ERA and averaged 68 streikouts in 68 innings, Alden Gonzalez of .com pointed out.

    The Phillies were among the teams that tried to re-sign Madson. the Re down the gauntlet to matchwinner Riyad Mahrez after victory over Chelsea.The Algerian netted City's second goal to secure all three points after Kevin De Bruyne's deflected effort restored parity following N'Golo Kante's opener.Picking the ball up ods showed interest, as well, but are deep in talks with now. Madson used Angels doctors to help him rehab following his surgery his elbow surgery.

    The Angels were looking for a closer after leading the American League with 22 e says last season's Champions League final loss has strengthened Tottenham's resolve.Spurs were defeated 2-0 by Premier League rivals Liverpool in their first ever Champions League final.And Kane says they are using heartbreak in Madrid to motivate blown saves last year and struggling the year before in the very same category. was a strikeout sensation after coming over in a trade from San Diego, but the Angels prefer him to be the set-up man.

    The Angels didn;t want t ahead of Liverpool's visit on Sunday.The German likened them to the youthful Borussia Dortmund side he developed.“I just respect him hugely. It was a nice thing for me going up against him in the Super Cup because I've got a huge respect," said Lao spend too much on a closer and are aiming to bring back star righthanded starter .

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  • Report: Cody Ross wants a Josh Willingham contract

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    Free agent outfielder sees 's three-year, $21-million contract as like himself, Alex Speier of WEEI reported Monday.

    Ross, 32 next season, is coming off a sharp rebound season with the Red Sox in which he hit .267/.326/.481 (113 OPS+) with 22 home runs. He signed a meager one-year, $3-million deal for the chance to rebuild his value with , a deal that now has him in position to angle for a multiyear contract in free agency.

    A comparison to Willinghabameyang delaying new contract talks.Aubameyang, 30, is said to have put contract talks with Arsenal on hold due to the uncertain future of manager Unai Emery.“Do you blame him?" declared Morrison on Talksport.“He's gone to Arsenal thinking they'm, however, sets the bar too high. Willingham was a year older when he signed his deal with Minnesota, but he was coming off a better season in the tough Oakland Coliseum (.246/.3tle United manager's job.Chelsea legend Terry has catapulted from a 50/1 outsidve to Atletico Madrid collapsed.Los Rojiblancos are now longer on the lookout for a defensive midfielder following the signing of Real Madrid's Marcos Llorente.Switzerland international Xhaka has also been linked with Inter Milan this month.However, er to 6/1 second favourite to become Newcastle boss, reports The Sun.Terry trails only 5/2 tip Mikel Arteta, the Manchester City No 2, in the race to succeed Rafa Benitez.32/.477, 121 OPS+) and owned a more robust history of success than Ross. Consider, in the three years prior to hitting free agency:

    Willingham: 1516 PA, .257/.360/.479, 126 OPS+, 69 HR, 184 BB, 215 RBI, 193 R

    Ross: 1558 PA, .260/.324/.434, 105 OPS+, 50 HR, 128 BB, 198 RBI, 195 R

    In similar playing time, Willingham has shown himself as a significantly better power hitter and on-base threat than Ross. Willingham also can hit both lefties and righties (.872 and .834 OPS respectively) whereas Ross's splits are heavily skewed toward hitting lefties (.928 against .727 versus righties). 

    Ross' skills have value, and some team will likely make a multiyear home for him this offseason. Just probably not a three-year, $21-million home.

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  • Report: Jason Giambi will have another meeting with Rockies

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    Rockies first baseman has earned a second meeting with the team’s brass, to Troy Renck of The Denven Stamford Bridge into a fortress.The Blues are yet to win a game at home this season."Of course [we need to win more at home], if you look at the games we have had we can take positives from every game we have had," Mount said with Chelsea facing hor Post. 

    Giambi reportedly had an “impressive” interview on Thursday, and the team is intrSouthampton.Matej Vydra's goal sealed a third win in four games for Dyche's bang-in-form side, following wins over Leicester City and Manchester United and a draw at home to Arsenal that came close tono Guimaraes has hit a brick wall.Goal says Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of talented Brazilian midfielder Guimaraes.The Gunners are among a number of clubs who have been linked with a move for the 22-year-old, who currently plays f yielding maximum points.“It's a brilliant resuligued about what he could offer as manager. Giambi has stated that if he were to be hired as the club’s manager, he would retire as a player. 

    The will not look at candidates outside the organization anymore, according to Renck. He believes that’s a sign that the team is taking Giambi’s candidacy seriously. 

    Giambi has emerged as a respected leader in the clubhouse throughout his tenure in Colorado. He has the respect of his teammates and has spent time discussing strategy with Rockies bench coach Tom Runnells. Runnells also remains a candidate to be the next Rockies manager. 

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