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


    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 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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  • Six Penn sports events to keep an eye on this weekend


    Men’s and women’s track and field

    After splitting up and spreading out across the country last weekend, Penn track and field is ready to get the band back together and head to Virginia to compete in the Virginia Quad Meet.

    Last weekend’s meets — with the long-distance runners competing in California, the sprinters and throwers in Florida, and many of the younger Quakers in Pennsylvania— served as an opportunity for the Penn athletes to showcase their individual skills, and showcase they did. Four school records were shattered and new personal bests were established across the board as the Red and Blue executed the “divide and conquer” technique to perfection.

    This weekend’s meet in Virginia will allow the Quakers to build off of their impressive individual performances in an attempt to form a collective unit strong enough to defeat the likes of Virginia, Columbia and Maryland. While Penn, on paper, should match up well with the Columbia and Maryland squads, defeating the Virginia men will be a challenge, as the team is ranked No. 9 nationally according to the USTFCCCA.

    However, as last weekend’s times prove, the Penn men’s and women’s track and field teams are only getting better, so counting them out against any team could be dangerous.

    Men’s golf

    It’s been two weeks since Penn men’s golf has last competed, leaving the Quakers rested and ready for this weekend’s invitational, hosted by arch rival Princeton.

    At Towson, the vn Klopp are ready to promote from within to replace Daniel Sturridge.Sturridge, who joined the Reds from Premier League rivals Chelsea in 2013, is set to end his nine-year stay at Anfield when his contract expires in the summer.The Times says with Stenue of the team’s last outing, the Red and Blue played solidly, finishing eighth in a field of 22 teams. More importantly, Penn finished ahead of two other Ivy League teams in the field, as Cornell and Columbia had squads in 12th and 13th, respectively. The Quakers were led by junior Carter Thompson, a sports reporter for the Daily Pennsylvanian, who individually finished 12th out of 120 golfers.

    In order for Penn to stand out at the Princeton Invitational, Thompson’s strong play must continue. Fortunately for the Quakers, Thompson has help in the form of senior Matt Kern and sophomore Josh Goldenberg, both of whom shot well at Towson.

    Last year, the Penn men finished 10th, but it will be important to improve on that finish, especially with the Ivy Championships quickly approaching.

    Women’s golf

    While the men’s team enters the weekend with moderate, if any, fanfare, the women’s team is on fire, flushed with momentum after a strong performance at the Harvard Invitational last weekend.

    Finishing fifth overall, the Quakers showcased their potential, carding a team 296 on Sunday, the best score the women have posted since the 2014 Ivy League Championships. Contributing most directly to this extremely impressive score was senior Isabella Rahm, who shot an even-par 72 in the final round.

    Heading into the 54-hole Hoya Invitational this weekend, Rahm and her teammates should be overflowing withhe Sun says Scott looks set to join Newcastle for free on a two-year deal.Scott, 21, has been out of contract since being let go by Chelsea last month and joins the Toon on a freebie.The central midfielder is said to have agreed to personal terms and confidence, ready to take on all comers in the last tuneup before the Ivy League Championships.

    Men’s heavyweight rowing

    The weather has not been kind to Penn men’s heavyweight rowing.

    Severe storms in New England prevented the team from opening its spring season at the expected date, as Boston’s Burk Cup was cancelled.

    However, it is possible that the cancellation was a blessing in disguise for the Quakers, as now they will be opening this weekend in familiar territory — the Schuylkill River. Instead of starting the season on the road, the Red and Blue will battle Columbia and Princeton on their home turf, or in this case, in their home water.

    Men’s lightweight rowing

    Like its heavyweight brethren, the lightweight squad will also make its spring debut, being thrown right into the mix of Ivy competition with a showdown against Cornell and Harvard. Also like the heavies, the Quakers will get to open their season in the comfort of their hometown, sharing the Schuylkill River with the heavyweight squad despite their separate competitions.

    Despite the built-in home court advantage, though, nothing will come easy to the Red and Blue — Cornell has won two of the past three EARC Lightweight Sprints titles, a competition in which Penn has only cracked the top five once in the last two decades.

    Women’s rowing

    Though their counterparts on the men’s side are forced to deal with some rust, Penn women’s romier League title this season.Last season the Reds won the Champions League and finished second to Manchester City with the third-highest points total in Premier League history. "I'd say there are at least six teams in contention," he told Sky Sportswing has no such issue entering the weekend, as the Quakers are coming off two stellar performances at the Murphy Cup (including three champion boats) and the Doc Hosea Invitational, where Penn took third of nine teams.

    But now the real season begins for the Red and Blue, as Penn travels to Connecticut to take on Dartmouth and Yale in a three-team meet. As impressive as the early spring season has been for the Quakers, these Ivy foes may be their biggest test yet, as Penn hasn’t finished in the top half of the Ancient Eight since the league began its own championship system in 2012.

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  • Penn basketball assistant Mihalich Jr. blazes his own trail


    The mystique of Philadelphia college basketball has been well-documented — with the Palestra earning the designation of the nation’s most “Hallowed Hall” in a Dec. 2014 feature — and that allure makes it quite difficult for local figures to stay away.

    For Penn men’s basketball, consider Joe Mihalich Jr. the latest victim.

    Hired in April to serve under first-year head coach Steve Donahue, the Philadelphia native is back in town, immediately jumping into the school’s efforts to rebuild what was once Penn Athletics’ premier program into a perennial powerhouse again.

    “It’s a day-by-day process, and we just try to compete every single day,” said Mihalich, who was an assistant at Division III Scranton (Pa.) from 2011-15. “Our culture is definitely growing, heading in the direction that we want it go.”

    As is natural in the world of Philadelphia basketball, the relationship between Mihalich and Donahue goes back far further than their 10-month partnership at Penn.

    Donahue, also born in Philadelphia, was an assistant coach for the Red and Blue from 1990 to 2000, contributing to five Ivy League titles in that time. Meanwhile, Mihalich’s father, Joe Sr., was an assistant coach at local rival La Salle from 1981 to 1998. For the younger Joe, childhood was filled with passionate Big 5 rivalry games pitting his father and his future boss against one another.

    “I remember being a waterboy for one of my dad’s teams and meeting Coach Donahue, and he was great to me,” Mihalich said. “Then we crossed paths in the basketball world when I was coming up.”

    Driven by a pair of tempting offers, both coaches would go their separate ways, with Mihalich Sr. taking the head coach position at Niagara in 1998 and Donahue at Cornell in 2000. After moving to New York, Mihalich — who admittedly “wasn’t good enough or smart enough to go to Cornell, Penn, or any other Ivy League school” — played at D-III Nazareth (N.Y.) from 2005-09.

    Still, even with all three parties headed on their own respective paths to the Empire State, the relationship between them continued.

    “I enjoyed watching his Cornell teams [which won three Ivy League titles from 2008-10] and rooting for him, and afterwards I followed him at Boston College too,” Mihalich said. “In the basketball world, especially in the Philadelphia area, it’s a really tight-knit community, so both my dad and I absolutely kept in touch with [Donahue] throughout.”

    Immediately after his playing career concluded, Mihalich became a graduate assistant for Villanova before gaining his first coaching position at Scranton, where the program went 89-25 and won three Landmark Conference titles in his four-year tenure there. Basketball was an integral part of Mihalich’s life from day one, and that passion hasn’t remotely faded as he’s embarked on the journey from fan to player to coach.

    “I was always in my dad’s office — I had to work really hard to be a very mediocre basketball player, so I was always in the gym dribbling and shooting. When your dad’s the coach, you always have the keys,” Mihalich said. “I remember hanging out in the office with him, remember thinking that it never seemed like work. ... So I knew that getting into coaching could be something that I’d really enjoy.”

    The elder Mihalich offers a ready-made mentor for his son, having put together a quite impressive resume since leaving La Salle. In 15 seasons with Niagara, he led the Purple Eagles to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2005 and 2007 before taking over at Hofstra in 2013.

    “I would be thrilled to work for my dad, and I think that would be really cool,” Mihalich said. “But the best advice I’ve ever gotten about coaching is that you just worry about the job you got right now.

    “We plan, and God laughs,” he added.

    Indeed, focusing on the present job might be the only feasible option for a kid who was literally kicking and screaming for the opportunity to return to the Cathedralan Dijk says they're unharmed from last season's Premions League final against Tottenham.It was Mohamed Salah, such a disconsolate figure when he was injured early in that loss to Real Madrid, who set Liverpool on their way with a penalty after two minutes when Moussa Sissoko was contentiously punishedier League title heartbreak.Van Dijk believes that ­Liverpool's Champions League ­success healed the scars of losing the Premier League title today's opponents Manchester City on the final day.He of College Basketball.

    “When I first got offered this job, my mom told me this story where she was pregnant and walked into the Palestra for a game, and she said she could feel me kicking as she walked into the gym. Now that might just be a ‘Mom’ story, but I always thought that was pretty cool,” Mihalich said. “The Big 5 is the coolest basketball conference in the country. Being a part of that really is a dream come true, and it’s always been where I wanted to be.”

    The decision to hire Mihalich didn’t seem difficult for Donahue, as his appointment was announced only 17 days after Donahue’s own. Factoring in both the family-friendship and the basketball body of work from Mihalich, he was a no-brainer for Donahue to fill his final assistant coaching position.

    “It starts with the fact that I’m a very good friend of his father’s, and I’ve known Joe [Jr.] since he was a baby,” Donahue said. “He understands how hard you have to work to be a coach.”

    Although Mihalich is in his first coaching role at a D-I school, the adjustment process has been going smoothly for the youngest of the program’s four coaches. Joining a staff of assistants that includes 1996 Ivy League Player of the Year Ira Bowman and Nat Graham — who also played for Donahue at Penn before coaching under him at both Cornell and Boston — there’s a huge sense of familiarity between Donahue and his three proteges, an arrangement that isn’t accidental by any means.

    “It absolutely helps having two guys like Ira and Nat,” Mihalich said. “I just try to fill in the cracks wherever I can, just try to follow their lead and be a part of what they’re doing,” he added. “But having them around is unbelievable for me and the players.”

    While Mihalich is the Quakers’ only coach to not have played or coached at the school prior to this season, it didn’t take long for the first-year assistant to immediately assert himself on a staff stocked with Red and Blue legends.

    “Joe has incredible energy 24 hours a day, and I think that’s the thing the guys love about him,” Donahue said. “He’s always upbeat, 100 percent ready to go, and he’s younger, he’s single, so he probably relates to the players a little better. Whether it’s basketball issues or personal issues, he’s someone they can go to and talk to a little differently than the other assistants and myself.”

    For a Penn program on pace to miss the NCAA Tournament for the ninth consecutive season after making 22 of 38 between 1970 and 2007, all hands will be needed on deck to orchestrate a return to relevancy. With the vibrant and passionate Mihalich joining a coaching staff comprised of two proven players and an eight-time Ancient Eight champion running the ship, the Red and Blue mayhree brothers now playing pro football.Chris, formerly of Arsenal's academy, has now joined West Bromwich Albion on loan from Benfica, while Matty has moved from Manchester United to League One side Gillingham.Willock told "My dad deals have found their secret ingredient.

    “His engagement level is off the charts, and he loves what he does every day,” Donahue said. “Whether it’s running camps or getting scouts, everything is done right and 100 percent.

    “And some day, I think he’s going to make a great head coach.”

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  • Great beginnings, Greater goals


    As the meet against Ivy rival Columbia drew nearer, Penn women's swimming coach Mike Schnur had a decision to make.

    Before last year's match against Columbia, the team had rested, shaved and taken all measures necessary to achieve maximum speed. Still, they could not overcome the Lions.

    This year, Schnur did things a little differently.

    "I wanted to test the girls to see how well they had prepared and how tough they were," said Schnur, who had his team train through to the Columbia meet.

    The team passed his test with flying colors last Friday.

    The Quakers (3-1, 2-1 Ivy) surpassed the Lions (2-3, 1-3) 157-143 in an intense match that was determined by the very last event.

    "It was one of those meets where it comes down to the last few races," freshman Megan Carlin said. "Everyone was either on the blockhead or behind the blocks cheering for the swimmers in the water ... we ended up winning the last meet but it was really close. It came down to the last event."

    The Columbia win was "representative of how strong our team has gotten over the past couple of years," junior Laura Hotaling said. "This year we swam through it and trained hard ... we won by our own merit, not because of special suites or because we rested."

    The Red and Blue's success against Columbia affirms the swimmers' high hopes for the Ivy tournament this year. This 2004-05 squad has united to create a powerful aquatic threat.

    "They are a team with lots of heart, a close team," Schnur said. "They are a much tougher, more dedicated, heartfelt team" than those of past years.

    "Our success is indicative of how close we are," Hotaling said. "In past years it has been more competitive, but this year we are realizing that each person is an asset to the team."

    This idea of equality among the swimmers may stem from the success of this year's freshman class. Though young, the nine newcomers have already helped the Quakers conquer Cornell, La Salle, and most recently Columbia.

    "We are brinandes.Skriniar and Fernandes spent a year together at Italian club Sampdoria.The Portugal international has had an instant impact at Old Trafford since arriving from Sporting CP in January."I think one of my best team-mates was Bruno Fernandes," Skriging new people into positions of importance and they are responding beautifully," Schnur said.

    Carlin, a standout freshman, has already played an integral role in many of the team's quality wins. Though strongest in the 100-yard breaststroke, Carlin has also shown promise in the 200-yard breast.

    "Megan has stepped in as a freshman and she is already one of the best swimmers on the team, not to mention of the rest of the league," said Schnur, who was especially impressed by the freshman's performance in the 200 against Columbia. The 200 "is not her strength, but she had a great win over Columbia," Schnur said.

    The talent of this year's freshman class complements the skill of the team's veterans, who consistently lead and unify the team by example. Seniors Kathryn Stores, Maureen Schriver and Katie Coxe are just some of the upperclassmen who continue to lead the Quakers with outstanding performances.

    Juniors Hotaling and Kristen Kelly have also stepped up this year, contributing quality times to help power the squad. Even the sophomore class has assumed a greater role in the team's performances.

    "The sophomore class has really stepped up this year," Schnur said.

    In fact it seems that each class brings a different ingredient to the mix.

    But is it a recipe for success?

    The Quakers hope so. They continue to work intensely, aiming all of their efforts at the ultimate test of their abilities: the Ivy League Tournament, which takes place Feb. 24-26 at Princeton.

    "I just want us to throw everything we have into that last weekend in February," Schnur said.

    Though the team placed sixth laembrace their upcoming two games.Villa travel to reigning champions Manchester City on Saturday before hosting current leaders Liverpool the following weekend.Goalkeeper Heaton said: “They are widely regarded as the two best teams in the league andst year, the swimmers have high hopes for their 2005 campaign.

    "A goal of the team is definitely to do better at the Ivy's," Carlin said. "Last year we got sixth by a one-point loss to Columbia, so we are definitely capable of moving up in the ranking."

    Tomorrow, the Quakers continue the quest for the Ivy League title when they travel to Harvard to swim against the defending Ivy League runners-up in a crucial matchup.

    Harvard sits at 4-0 in the Ancient Eight and 6-0 overall, coming oe regrets leaving Liverpool.Shelvey has said he should never have left Liverpool.Shelvey left Liverpool for Swansea in 2013, before joining the Magpies in 2016.“I probably shouldn't have left Liverpool," the former Charlton Athletic youngster told ff wins over Houston and Kansas. So to keep any hopes alive of a regular season title, the Quakers must come out victorious.

    And to do so, Penn must rely on the blend of senior leadership and young talent that has the bar set so high for the Quakers this season.

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  • Herrington: frosh phenom


    Crisp shards of metallic red and blue erupt into the sky. Two flaming pillars roar, and between them emerges a six-foot, 174-pound man of steel. He calls himself "The Smackdown."Cloaked and masked, he is more monolith than man. The Smackdown, new to the WWE, addresses hordes of fans."I've been trained to become a lethal machine," The Smackdown declares. "I really do know how to hurt people."The Smackdown is 100-percent pain generator, but he is also a figment of the imagination. He is the hypothetical alter-ego of Penn freshman wrestler Matt Herrington.Herrington comes to West Philadelphia from Cambridge, N.Y., after one of the most prolific prep wrestling careers ever. His 243 victories -- contrasted to just nine losses -- stand as the national rLeicester City are in the hunt to sign Sporting CP winger Gonzalo Plata.The £20m-rated Ecuadorian is now a first team player at the Portuguese clutus have clinched the signing of PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot.Rabiot passed a medical on Monday and has signed a four-year contract.The 24-year-old broke through for PSG in 2013 and went on to play 227 times for the French giants, scoring 25 goals, pb.And The Sun suggests Leicester, Watford and other Premier League clubs want to sign him.Plata has 17 games, two goals and one assist this season.He only arrived at Sporting from Independiente del Valle last year, but he has already made his mark.ecord for wins in a high school career."You don't set out in your career and say, 'One of my goals is to break the national record for most wins,'" Herrington said. "At the beginning of the season my senior year was when we actually realized, 'Wow, I've got a shot to break the national record.'"With the ballyhooed record marking his steps for the whole of his senior season, the recordbreaking win was more exhale than exhilaration. It "was a really big sigh of relief," he said.Herrington's storied career started when he was 6 years old. At that point, he divided his time between wrestling, football, soccer and cross country."I got really serious in cross country for a while -- I thought that might be my sport," he said. "Then wrestling just kind of outlasted the rest of them."After becoming a member of the varsity high school wrestling team in the seventh grade -- legal in New York -- Herrington progressed into a nationally-recognized blue chip prospect.His early rise to prominence gave him a two-year head start on breaking the career-wins record. During his junior and senior years, he won two Greco-Roman national titles and two New York state championships.Penn wrestling coach Roger Reina heard about Herrington through word of mouth."We had some people in the upstate New York area who had been involved in our program who were saying, 'Hey, this is a top-level student, athlete [and] leader,'" Reina said. "He's the whole package."Herrington spearheaded the Quakers' lauded recruiting class that also featured national high school runner-up and two-time New Jersey state champion Matt Valenti. The two are neighbors in the dorms and best friends."It doesn't matter who he's around," Valenti said. "He's easy-going and just gets along with everybody."During a meet, however, Herrington puts away his amiable side and instead, puts his opponent's face to the mat. Herrington has garnered the publicity that comes with early success.Herrington is ranked No. 20 in his 174-pound weight class. Over Winter Break, he captured an individual title at the UC Davis Aggie Open. More impressive yet, he was the only Penn wrestler to advance to the second day of competition at the Midlands Championships in Evanston, Ill."Id.United's third-choice goalkeeper, who is desperate to return from an arm injury before the season is out, has expressed his delight at signing the new deal."I love being here and clearly somebody likes me being here also, so it's good to have it so think he is at least as good or maybe a little bit ahead of many of the best that we've had come through here," Reina said.Comparing Herrington to other highly-touted wrestlers he's coached, Reina added, "He got to the round of place at the Midlands as a freshman. Brandon Slay didn't, Brett Matter didn't [and] Rick Springman didn't."Slay -- the 2000 Olympic gold medalist, that is.For Herrington, however, it's not about reveling in success -- it's about building off failure. He said that of his 243 high school victories, he could name no more than half of his opponents. But ask who he lost to and he can rattle them off as though the matches were yesterday.And that was the easy part of his career to date."You're used to being the best at what you are when you're in high school," he said. "When I come here, no one cares. You really feel like you're dumb in your classes. And when you get into the wrestling room, all the juniors and seniors are beating up on you at first."A semester into his four-year journey, Herrington admits that adjusting to collegiate wrestling hasn't been easy. But in adapting to the amplified intensity of college competition, Herrington believes that his early stumbles make for a sweeter recovery."It feels good to finally just break into some college success," Herrington said, "and know that you're not completely clueless on how to get there."For Herrington, "there" is a very ambitious place. The freshman hopes that by the time this season comes to a close, he will be an All-American. But that isn't enough.Loftier yet, he hopes that when he graduates, he will be a three-time NCAA champion."It might seem outrageous because Penn has never had a two-time national champion, but I don't see why it's not possible," Herrington said. "It's just going to come down to how much work I'm willing to put in to achieve it."

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  • Thierry Henry is being discussed at Barcelona.The


    The Los Angeles Times reports fellow Cuban defector and A's outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who finished second in the AL rookie of the year voting in 2012, said prospect shouldn't be sent back to the minors. 

    "To me and to anyone who's seen what he's done, he's ready," Cespedes said.

    Puig is turning heads in camp this spring with a .500 average (23 for 46) through 21 games. He also hk to discuss his career and ambitions for tnderson slammed Bulgaria coach Krasimir Balakov after he refused to outright condemn racist behaviour directed towards England in Sofia on Monday night.Play was stopped twice during the match - an eventual 6-0 win for England - because of racist chanhe season. Nothing is off limits in this Q&A as Marc discusses working with Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel, along with life from the La Masia academy to what he finds today with Betis.It was really goodas one triple, three doubles, three homers, 10 RBI, 13 runs and four stolen bases. 

    Asked whether he thought Puig could match his rookie numbers, Cespedes replied, "Of course. He can do even more."

    m Howard is part-owner of Dagenham & Redbridge FC.Howard, 40, who made 414 appearances for the Blues across a decade-long stint between 2006-16 – more than any other player from outside the British Isles – played the final game of his profess

    The Dodgers have recently been evading the question on whether or not Puig will make the opening day roster because their outfield is already stacked with Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier.

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  • ames Rodriguez.Colombia’s former national team doc


    pitcher worked on keeping the ball on the ground during his fourth Cactus League start Thursday against the Mariners. Bailey turned in a decent outing, but allowed an RBI single to Justin Smoak in the second and a two-run home run to Michael Morse in Chelsea-exit-Galatasaray-open-talks-loan-40million-flop.html">Daily MailChelsea-exit-Galatasaray-open-talks-loan-40mry.The young centre-back has joined Villa from Brentford and is looking forward to being coached by assistant manager Terry.Konsa, 21, said: "I can't wait to get started with Dean again and especially John Terry. Me and Dean had a good relationship."illion-flop.html"> says Galatasaray have entered negotiations with Chelsea over a potential loan deal for Bakayoko.The Frenchman spentthe fourth inning for his only damage of the eaking with Sport this week, Abidal insists there was never an offer made to Xavi about replacing Ernesto Valverde over the New Year.Cadena Ser says Xavi is upset with Abidal's comments, insisting Barca did he indeed make an offer - which he turned dovening. He gave up three runs on six hits in four innings of work in an 8-7 defeat. He struck out one and did not issue a walk as his spring ERA rose to 4.00.

    "Got a lot of ground balls, which is something we were looking for," Bailey said. "One pitch, kind of left it middle, and it hasn't landed yet."

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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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  • Mariners agree to deal with catcher Kelly Shoppach


    The have agreed to a deal with catcher , according to baseball insider Jon Heyman.

    Shoppach, 32, and Mariners manager Eric Wedge were with the Indians from 2006 to 2009.

    Shoppach split time with the Red Sox and Mets in 2012, hitting .233/.309/.425 with eight homehe bottom-placed Canaries look likely to be relegated this season.And with a return to the Championship, they may be willing to cash in on some of their prized assets.And the Daily Express claims Mourinho wants to sign young defensive duo Ben Godfrey runs in 245 plate appearances. in 2011, as a member of the Rays, he led the majors by throwing out 40.9 percent of potential base-stealers.

    For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the laalling for a boycott of social media after Manchester United star Paul Pogba was racially abused.Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham and Reading's Yakou Meite have also recently received online racist abuse."I personally think that we have to take senior players following their relegation.Laurent Depoitre is one of five players who will be released by Huddersfield.Depoitre made 23 appearances during the 2018-19 Premier League season but failed to score a single goal and registered just one as drastic test rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow.

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  • Red Sox work out Bobby Abreu


    The  for free-agent outfielder , a major league source told Alex Speier of WEEI on informed Inter Milan they want to sell Christian Eriksen as soon as possible.The Dane, off contract in June, has already agreed personal terms with the Nerazzurri. However, the Italian giants have struggled in negotiations over a fee with Spurs.TMW Monday. insider Jon Heyman confirmed the story.

    Abreu, 38, appeared in 100 games last season, eight with the Angels and 92 with the Dodgers. Overall, he recorded a .242/.350/.342 line (94 OPS+) with three home runs in 257 plate appearances.

    The Red Sox's outfield is crowded with Jacoby Ellsbury, Shane Victorino, Jonny Gomes, Daniel Nava and Ryan Kalish the likely five to make the opening day rosenal circling, the midfielder is reportedly far from convinced of his place in Juventus' future, after his disappointing start to the campaign, says the Daily Express.But, Sarri has categorically ruled out a January move for Rabiot.The manager insistter. However, the Red Sox had Abreu go through drills at first base, a position currently empty for the Red Sox with Mike Napoli's contract status in limbo (he officially remains a free agent).

    The Angels effectively ate all but the league minimum on Abreu's $9 million 2012 salary when he was traded. If the Red Sox do decide to give Abreu a spin this spring, it will likely be on a minor-league contract or a low-guarantee deal.

    For more up-tadmits he's a fan of Leicester City youngster Wilfred Ndidi.Indeed, Hargreaves says the Nigerian would suit United's midfield.“It's not about quantity, it's about quality," he told Premier League Productions.“If you can have a Jadon Sancho – tho-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow.

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  • The Lineup: The Chase is on


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    Sunday brought plenty of drama and some playoff-race clarity, so let's dig in ... 

    : It would hardly be fair to include one and not the other, right? As noted on these EOB pages, Upton tallied three bombs on Sunday, and Shields, despite facing perhaps the toughest lineup in baseball, held the to a pair of singles in the course of throwing a shutout. The series ends on a high note as the Rays now face two critical road sets against the Orioles and . : The right-hander was certainly on against the Nationals on Sunday: 9.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 6 K, 1 BB. That's his second shutout of within the last two weeks. On this day, Nolasco took a no-no into the fifth and then a one-hitter into the eighth. : Headley's remarkable season continues. Against the D-backs, his lone hit was a grand slam, which gave him the NL lead in RBI. Headley is now hitting .284/.368/.489 on the season, and that, of course, is despite calling home the toughest hitter's park in all of baseball. : After getting cuffed around by the lowly (4.0 IP, 4 R, 9 H), Cueto ceded the NL ERA lead to . There's still a compelling case he deserves the NL Cy Young Award over the ' knuckle-baller, but Sunday's outing was a setback. : Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Cubs means the Astros have now gone 2-7 in recent days against the likes of the Cubs, Astros and . Needless to say, a team with designs on a wild-card berth can't squander such opportunities. It's starting to feel a lot like 2011 in . : While starter hardly did his job, it was the bullpen that truly blew the critical contest against the Yankees on Sunday. , and combined to bleed eight runs in 4.0 innings of work. The O's had little chanco the season.Reguilon is on-loan from Real Madrid.He told Marca: "I'm very happy. I'm happy with the team, the fans, the city. Everyone has welcome me with open arms. I am really grateful to everyone for the affection and confidence placed in me. It'e after that, and the Yankees prevailed 13-3. : Can the struggling Pirates (see above!) rescue their 2012 fortunes? As the wild-card slips from reach, can they secure their first winning season since 1992? They'll be tasked with taking on the first-place Reds starting Monday. opposes in GABP. : It's looking increasingly likely that the AL Central runner-up will not claim one of the two AL wild-card spots (although there is of course plenty of time for that to change), so that raises the stakes for the -White Sox series that starts Monday. In the opener, the Tigers will start , who's had some success against the Sox despite disappointing overall numbers thiKlopp has issued a message to Liverpool - and sports - fans underlining his belief that it is right to postpone events due to coronavirus, reports Sky Sports.Klopp has consistently played down his own importance in the issue, instead urging people tos season. , meanwhile, counters with , who was brutalized by the last time out and has turned in back-to-back disappointing starts. For much of the season, though, he's been outstanding. This one's big. : The wild-card-contending A's and Angels will cross swords once again, this time in Anaheim. The Angels come in on a roll: they've won six in a row and 11 of 12 overall, and baked into that streak is a recent three-game sweep in . It's not certain whom the Angels will start, but will go for the A's. Those A's, by the way, have won nine straight road games.

    • : What happens when T.J. Simers of the Times, who's famous for trolling athletes, talks to of the Dodgers, who's famous for not enjoying the media-relations aspects of his job? Yes: . • ?: To what extent does Marlins Park suppress home run rates? Wendy Thurm of SB Nation . • : B.J. Upton lost his wallet. A fan found it. A fan returned it. A fan received autographed swag. Thank you, Twitter. [] • : Veterions League opponents Manchester City.Real will host City for the first-leg of their round 16 tie on Wednesday night.And Okdiario's chief pundit Eduardo Inda, speaking on El Chiringuito, revealed Bale will start - with Isco dropping to the bench.He dan baseball writer Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Chicago Sun-Times observes the media variant of the "Strasburg Shutdown" in action … 

    Veteran beat writer reaches Cub innings limit, goes home

    — Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub)

    • : Since time immemorial, there has been no greater signifier of a team's nadir than the fan with a paper bag over his or her head. , you have officially entered your "Baghead Period" … 

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  • Jets’ Adam Gase says he still hasn’t talked to Jamal Adams: ‘All I care about’ is if he’s ready to play


    A day after star after hearing general manager Joe Douglas had taken phone calls from teams interested in trading for him, coach Adam Gase said he still hasn't spoken to the Pro Bowler.

    Thursday, Gase informed the media that Adams has continued to prepare for Week 9's game against the -- without having a single conversation with him.

    "He's focused on Miami right now," Gase said. "He's flying around, same energy. I like the fact that he's focused on Miami."

    Asked if he's concerned about the relationship between Adams and team management, particularly GM Joe Douglas, Gase wouldn't bite, per Iannazzone, instead assuring reporters that he believes the safety will be his usual self when the Jets take the field.

    "I watched him practice yesterday," he said. "I watched how interacted with his teammates. He's focused on this game. As long as he's focused on this game, that's all I care about."

    It might, however, not be all that Adams cares about. The former sixth overall draft pick told reporters this week he's still "excited to be here," but he also said he wasn't ready to sit down with Gase or Douglas after hearing his name floated in.Luis comes off contract at the end of the month."I still haven't signed for any club, I haven't said yes to any club and I will not do so until the Copa America finishes," Luis told Fox Sports."I've given my word to the Brazilian national team [to n reported trade talks.

    "At the end of the day, I know (Douglas) has a job to do, and I respect it," he said Wednesday. "But I hold myself in a high regard. I've done everything they've asked me to do since I've been here for the three years. I didn't take that lightly. I really didn't ... (and) when I heard, my agent called me and he told me what was going on, it definitely hurt me. I hold myself at a high level. The don't take calls on . The don't take calls on . That's where I hold myself, in that regard."

    For what it's worth, Adams did not rule out reconciling with the Jets, suggest-season Premier League Asia Trophy.Wolves beat champions City to win the final following a penalty shootout in China.Ian Poveda and Adrian Bernabe both started the game and showed flashes of their ability against their defensively-minded opponents asing he eventually will meet with Douglas to iron things out. But he also left his future with the team open to interpretation.ure with Barcelona.It looks unlikely that Dembele will be given a consistent starting place under Ernesto Valverde, following the arrival of Antoine Griezmann."I don't care who comes in, competition doesn't scare me; I will fight to succeed here," De

    "I'm excited to put on the uniform," he said. "I'm excited to be part of this organization. But for the future, I don't know. I really don't. I thought I did, but I don't know right now."

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  • NFL Rookie Power Rankings Week 8: Nick Bosa continues to lead impressive group of rookie pass rushers


    Rain played a role in this past weekend's game but the pass rushers were still able to get some traction. A few padded their already impressive stats while each rookie qublicly stated that his former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri joining Juventus would be the ultimate betrayal.The Chelsea manager was previously at Napoli for three seasons before his move to Stamford Bridge, but rumours have been ripe that the Italian uarterback struggled in their own way. Here is how the rookie class shakes out after Week 7 in the regular season. 

    These rankings are cumulative and not solely based on how each rookie played this week.  to see how they have changed.   

    1 Bosa added another sack to his season total. The 49ers needed every bit of help they could get Sunday in order to beat the one win Redskins, 9-0. The rookie has been fantastic and celebrated his most recent sack by sliding through a water puddle. 5 games -- 16 tackles, four sacks, a forced fumble2 Jacobs had a solid day -- 21 carries for 124 yards as well as three receptions for ten yards -- but it was not enough to overcome the Packers. He busted off a long run in which he showed his ability to cut and stiff arm. After that play, he was hobbled a bit but returned. Stats: 6 games -- 109 carries for 554 yards, 4 TDs; nine receptions for 87 yards3 The Steelers were off this weekend. Bush has been one of the most productive rookies in the NFL this season. Stats: 6 games -- 52 tackles, a sack, three pass deflections and two interceptions4 The Redskins only completed nine passes and one of those went to McLaurin for 11 yards. Rain altered the course of the day but it only slightly dampened an impressive season from the rookie. Stats: 6 games -- 24 receptions for 419 yards, five touchdowns5 The rookie out of Kentucky has had at least one sack in four of the team's previous five gamrio has been on the books at Inter since 2016.“I could not train or play in friendly matches like everyone else," Joao Mario told A Bola.“I trained alone with Mauro Icardi. I don't understand their position, because Inter paid €40m for me and tes. He is the leading rookie sack producer currently with five. Stats: 7 games -- 21 tackles, five sacks, a forced fumble6 The Panthers rookie has had a great season. He was finally slowed down this week by their bye week. Stats: 6 games -- 15 tackles, 4.5 sacks, a forced fumble7 No Drew Brees, no problem. The Saints have rattled off five consecutive victories with the latest being a 36-25 win over the Bears. Chicago had not lost a game by double-digits in the Matt Nagy era.8 Murray's game was impacted by rain as well. He completed 14 of 21 passes for 104 yards in addition to ten carries for 28 yards. It was not the impressive output that was seen from the rookie the prior week. Stats: 6 games -- 169 of 259 passes completed for 1,768 yards, seven touchdowns, four interceptions; 49 carries for 266 yards, 2 TDs9 Minshew showed more of what everyone has come to expect from him against the Bengals. He completed 15 of 32 passes for 255 yards and a touchdown in addition to scrambling nine times for 48 yards. He has not completed more than 60-percent of his passes in a game since Sep. 19 against the Titans. Stats: 7 games -- 139 of 226 passes completed for 1,697 yards, 10 touchdowns, two interceptions; 30 carries for 173 yards10 Aaron Rodgers had a career day for Green Bay. Jenkins was one of those linemen that helped pave the way for that play.11 Metcalf had four receptions for 53 yards in a 30-16 loss to the Ravens. In four games against the AFC North, he has recorded 15 receptions for 272 yards and a touchdown. In his three other games, he has recorded five receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately for him, there are no more AFC North games left on the team's schedule. He has also had at least 40 receiving yards in all but one of his games. Stats: 7 games -- 20 receptions for 389is place in defeat to Inter Milan.Giampaolo surprised everyone by picking Leao in the starting XI.The 20-year-old Portuguese striker had played only 15 minutes against Udinese in August.“Leao is a good player, he is fast, agile and has skill. I tho yards, two touchdowns12 Denver's offensive line has not been very good with the exception of Risner. The Broncos were trounced by a Patrick Mahomes-less Chiefs team, 30-6, but Risner continues to show promise.13 Williams had displayed flashes of brilliance this season but he has also dropped some passes and fumbled along the way. One of those fumbles came Sunday against the Bills. However, he also had six receptions for 82 yards. Stats: 6 games -- 23 receptions for 314 yards, a touchdown14 Hockenson's stats could be even better but he has not capitalized on some opportunities. The saving grace for the rookie tight end is that he also contributes as a blocker. Stats: 18 receptions for 219 yards, two touchdowns15 Winovich has been practically non-existent over the past few weeks but it is difficult to ignore his four sacks. If he has another down performance next week against the Browns, he will likely slip from this list. Stats: 7 games -- Nine tackles, four sacks
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  • Steelers vs. Chargers odds, line: Sunday Night Football picks, top predictions from projection model on 85-57 run


    The , off to one of their worse starts ever under coach Mike Tomlin, look to turn the tables on the when they meet in a Sunday Night Football showdown at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. The Steelers (1-4) have finished no worse than 8-8 in Tomlin's 13 years as their coach, while the Chargers (2-3) have won at a .622 clip under third-year coach Anthony Lynn. Sunday's kickoff is set for 8:20 p.m. ET. Tomlin has amassed a 134-77-1 record, including 8-7 in the postseason, as Pittsburgh's coach. His 2008 team won XLIII. Los Angeles is favored by six-points in the latest Steelers vs. Chargers odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 42.Before you lock in your Steelers vs. Chargers picks, you'll want to see the predictions from SportsLine's proven projection model.

    The model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 nchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects more additions before next week's Premier League transfer deadline.United have agreed a fee with Leicester for England centre-back Harry Maguire. Solskjaer told PA: "We're still hope one or two deals times, is up almost $7,000 for $100 players on its top-rated since its inception four years ago. It has nailed its recent top-rated NFL picks, entering Week 6 of the 2019 NFL schedule on a strong 23-14 run that dates back to last season. It's also on an 85-57 roll on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season. And in Week 5, it nailed the (+1.5) staying within the spread against the and the (-4) covering with room to spare against the .

    The model also ranked in the Top 10 on NFLPickWatch for the third year in a row on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 96 percent of CBS Sports office pool players. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

    Now, the model has dialed in on Steelers vs. Chargers on Sunday Night Football. We can tell you it is leaning under, and it's also generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in over 50 percent of simulations. That one is only available at SportsLine.

    The model has taken into account that the Chargers have had two consecutive winning seasol James.James underwent a United medical yesterday ahead of a £17m move to Swansea City.And Lewis says the Wales international deserves his chance."He's very quick! I'm quick and he was probably the quickest I played against last season," Lewis saidns and four over the past six years. They've also had success against AFC North opponents in recent years. In fact, the Chargers have won five of their last six games against an AFC North team. 

    Running back has proven to be a dual threat for Los Angeles this season, rushing 59 times for 227 yards and three touchdowns. He has also caught a team-high 39 passes for 356 yards and three scores. He's recorded three catches for 20-plus yards, including a 55-yard reception. Now, Ekeler and the Chargers' offense will look to exploit a Pittsburgh defense that is giving up 355.6 yards per game. 

    Plus, the Steelers will have to start  at quarterback on Sunday, with  (elbow) out for the season and  still in the concussion protocol.

    But just because Los Angelestaly.Smalling is impressing at Roma on-loan from Manchester United this season.In the summer he will have a decision to make about his future too, with him currently set to return to his parent club United.However, the centre back says he and his fam has home field advantage does not guarantee it will cover the Steelers vs. Chargers spread on Sunday. 

    The Steelers have been known for their defense and this year is no exception. Defensive tackle has been giving opposing offenses fits and is tied for the team lead in sacks with 3.5 and is tied for third in both tackles for loss (4) and quarterback hits (5). His sack total is the second most of any defensive tackle in the NFL, while his tackles for loss are tied for the fourth most in the league at his position.

    Linebacker returned to the lineup last week against Baltimore after missing two weeks with a hamstring injury and made an immediate impact. Williams recorded a team-high nine tackles to go along with one sack, one tackle for loss, one quarterback hit and one pass defensed. Pittsburgh's disruptive defensive line has helped the Steelers record six interceptions so far this season. 

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  • Justin Herbert NFL Draft scouting report: What went right and what didn’t go right against Montana


    Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert could be a polarizing prospect during the NFL Draft process. He possesses all the traits: size, enough mobility to extend the play and a cannon attached to his right arm. However, he has been inconsistent with his accuracy and other fine details. CBS Sports took a deep dive into the Oregon native's tape against Montana.

    What Herbert did weesse Lingard should have scored his chance early in their 2-0 loss to Watford.The Red Devils suffered a humiliating Premier League defeat against the team that was rock bottom of the table.But they did have a golden opportunity to take the lead earlyll

    As noted, Herbert possesses ideal size. He has devoted his offseasons to gaining weight necessary to withstand the brutal hits that he could sustain within the Pac-12 and . His sturdy frame allows him to shake off would-be tacklers and have a second chance to make a play. It was on display Saturday in the team's 35-3 win over Montana. On one of his five touchdown passes, Herbert side-stepped a defender, rolled out of the pocket and threw a duck to wide receiver Johnny Johnson III for an 18-yard touchdown in the final minute of the first half. 

    Oregon did not receive much competition from the Grizzlies. The quarterback completed 30-of-42 pass attempts for 316 yards and five touchdowns. There were a lot of screens where yards after the catch boosted his statistics, but that happens with all quarterbacks. Last season, Herbert completed just 59.4 percent of his passes. Those results were due to poor footwork in the pocket. It looks as though he worked hard on his technique this offseason because he has completed 77.3 percent of his passes in 2019. 

    The 21 year old looked really calm and comfortable in the pocket this weekend. He was able to estabUnder new boss Lampard, the Denmark international has started in all three games, and gave a glimpse into what it is like under the iconic former Chelsea midfielder."So far, it's been good," Christensen told Sky Sports. "I've got a lot of game time ilish a solid base and align his body with the target for most of the game. Montana senior inside linebacker Dante Olson and senior safety Josh Sandry are both potential draft prospects, but it is difficult to compete against an Oregon offensive line that features five future NFL linemen. 

    On this touchdown to tight end Jacob Breeland, Herbert pump fakes to the running back in the flat (reminder, they threw a lot of screens) and it drew Sandry up, which allows Bree United midfielder Sean Longstaff.Toon have no desire to sell Longstaff, who is under contract until 2022.However, ESPN claim United have hope the 21-year-old could be convinced about a move to Old Trafford.The Red Devils have been in discussions witland to sneak up the sideline for an easy pitch and catch. 

    Those are some of the small details that Herbert needs to continue improving upon. I wanted to start with those because it is always easy to take the check down in the end: his arm strength. There are not many college quarterbacks who can throw the out route like Herbert. On the first play of this montage, the 6-foot-6, 237 pound quarterback shows off his arm by throwing the ball just as Breeland gets his head around to find the ball. 

    When a strong-armed quarterback can throw with this much anticipation, the defense has no chance. 

    Where Herbert could improve

    While there were more positives than negatives this week, Herbert can always find an area for improvement. When pressured, it appears that Herbert gets flustered and is known to take his eyes from downfield. He does not have a natural feel in the pocket yet. There are quarterbacks playing on Sunday who seemingly have eyes in the back of their head and can detect the faintest sense of danger. 

    Ball placement could be better for the Eugene, Oregon native. He made a dangerous throw down the sideline that should have gone to the back shoulder. The defender was in the hip pocket of the wide receiver every step of the way. 

    He has done a better job of manipulating the defense with his eyes, as noted in the wheel route that went for a touchdown above. There are times where he will stare down a receiver. On this play, as Ian Wharton notes, he senses a little bit of pressure and tries to fit the ball into a tight window but it sails low and behind. The ball falls harmlessly to the ground, but the linebacker was watching his eyes the entire time. If he could have held the linebacker with his eyes for one more second, then a window may have opened. He was already feeling the pressure of the blitz though. 

    Herbert can get away with that at the collegiate level but the success rate will not be nearly as high in the big leagues. He has a strong arm but he can ill afford to give the defensive back an advantage. On a wide receiver screen, he did not see the linebacker playing up and it could have been a pick six had it been six inches lower. 


    Herbert has already shown better accuracy and more consistency in his mechanics this season to go along with his strong arm and ideal frame. If he can improve his pocket awareness and his understanding of what the defense is showing him, as well as how to manipulate the defense with his eyes, then he will be impossible to defend. 

    will continue to monitor his progression but there are several reasons to like what he brings to the table. There is no way that the Ducks quarterback falls to the second round. Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa is his primary competition to be the No. 1 overall selection in the 2020 . He has the higher upside but his floor is starting to rise as well.

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