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  • Football Supplement | Quakers' secondary highlighted by sophomore talent

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    Trusting a true freshman to start in the secondary at any level of college football is bold. Sending two out there at the same time is simply reckless.

    In 2015, head coach Ray Priore and defensive coordinator Bob Benson had the guts to start three true freshmen in Penn football’s defensive backfield — and their brashness brought home the school’s 17th Ivy League championship.

    And as the Red and Blue begin their quest to repeat as conference champs, sophomore defensive backs Mason Williams, Sam Philippi and Jyron Walker are set to pick up where they left off and prove one thing to the college football world: the former freshmen phenoms aren’t kids anymore.

    “This year, moving forward and having returners play, it’s going to be our second year with this defensive style and coach Benson, so we’re really going to get after the quarterbacks and offensive coordinators of opposing teams,” Philippi said. “I think we’ll even be a better defense than last year.”

    It wasn’t too hard to diagnose weaknesses when Penn football limped to a 2-8 finish in Al Bagnoli’s final season in 2014, but none was more glaring than the inability to stop the pass. Opposing teams shredded the Quakers to the tune of 272.8 passing yards per game, 8.1 yards per attempt, a 25-to-6 TD-INT ratio and a ridiculous overall passing efficiency of 152.1 — the 14th highest in the entire FCS.

    So when that secondary saw two starters graduate, including leading tackler and two-time All-Ivy safety Evan Jackson, it was only natural for Penn to fear a repeat of the previous season’s results.

    Enter the Class of 2019.

    Being a true freshman isn’t easy at any college football program, but Ivy League regulations made the task for Penn’s trio ev Everton as new manager.The Times says Moyes appears set for a sensational return as Everton manager.It comes after the favourite to replace Marco Silva, Vitor Pereira, pulled outo key players.Solskjaer spoke at his press conference ahead of their UEFA Europa League tie against Partizan Belgrade.He mentioned that Luke Shaw and Nemanja Matic are close to being available for selection."Both have injuries," the United manager to of the running on Tuesday to concentrate on his current job in China.Men harder. Unlike Power 5 conferences which practice all summer long — that is, if the incoming freshman recruits don’t opt to graduate high school a semester early to get an even further headstart in spring ball — Ivy programs are only allowed 29 practices before the regular season.

    And even with the time constraints, California natives Williams and Philippi earned starting roles right off the bat, initially being joined by returning senior starters Kevin Ijoma at cornerback and Ian Dobbins at safety.

    “The best people play; at the end of the day, you earn everything that is given to you in terms of playing time,” said Benson, who also serves as the defensive backs’ position coach. “They get here as freshmen, and it’s not like other places where they spend the whole summer there, so they came in here — they had to do NSO — and tried to adjust to college and everything that comes with it, tried to learn new terminology and a new defense, new personalities, new coaches, so it’s just a very difficult situation.”

    Like the rest of the 2015 Quakers, the secondary had its share of early struggles – none more notable than Dartmouth’s Dalyn Williams’ record-setting 23-for-25 performance while accounting for six touchdowns in the Big Green’s 41-20 shellacking of Penn in early October.

    But Ijoma went down with an injury the following week when Penn hosted eventual FCS playoff qualifier Fordham, forcing Penn’s coaches to give Walker his own trial by fire in the second half. And although the Red and Blue’s epic comeback effort fell short in a 48-45 loss, Walker made four tackles as the team allowed only one second half touchdown after conceding five in the first half.

    The small sample size was good enough for Benson; when Penn took the field a week later at Columbia, it suddenly found itself with three true freshmen starting in the secondary, and all three would stay there the rest of the way.

    “I definitely came in trying my hardest to play as soon as possible; I’m a competitor and I just wanted to get on the field,” Williams said. “I was able to pick up on the schemes pretty well and I liked the fact that I got to play as soon as possible. I wasn’t coming in thinking that I was going to start every game; I just wanted to try my hardest and work as best as I could to maybe get on the field, but it happened a lot sooner than I thought it would.”

    When all was said and done, Philippi finished with 46 tackles and a team-leading four interceptions — only two fewer than Penn’s entire team recorded in 2014 — Williams had 43 tackles and Walker secured 20 stops.

    With all three freshmen starting from mid-October onwards, the Red and Blue embarked on a historic six-game win streak to stun the nation and secure a share of the conference title.

    “It was obvious that they were young, going to make some mistakes, but they definitely were the best solution for Penn to win football games,” Benson said. “They are students of the game, they care deeply, and they are extremely talented young men, so it was pretty obvious that those three guys needed to be on the field.”

    Certainly, the three rookies on the gridiron all found their own ways to contribute to Penn’s unprecedented turnaround, but a fellow newcomer on the sidelines was arguably more important than any of them. Following a phenomenal 2014 debut season as Albany’s defensive coordinator — when the Great Danes finished first in the nation in turnover margin and went 7-5 after being 90th in turnover margin with a 1-11 record in 2013 — Benson took his talents to Philadelphia to re-unite with Priore and made an immediate impact for the second consecutive year.

    To say Penn’s secondary was perfect last year would be a stretch — its 135.99 defensive passing efficiency was the Ivy League’s second worst, and Penn gave up the most passing yards in the conference. But Benson’s blitz-happy, 3-4 scheme helped Penn leave its turnover troubles behind, as the Quakers secured 14 interceptions to vault to eighth in the nation in turnover margin after being a paltry 106th the year before.

    “The moment we got on campus, Coach Benson preached turnovers; he wanted a turnover ratiohelsea's young players to cement their futures at the club.The Blues' serial loaning of their young players looks set to end this summer as they will be unable to sign any players until 2020.Abraham is returning from a loan spell with Aston Vill and , and we had quotas every practice,” Williams said. “He really pushes a very good pressure defense and he’s after the ball, so I think that we kind of feed off his leadership and his style of play-calling, and it definitely transitions onto the field and causes turnovers.”

    Still, as impressive as the Quakers’ epic vault from sixth to first a season ago was, players and coaches understand that 2015 is in the past now. With the three returners all having completed their first offseason with the program, there’s room for even further improvement after an already stellar opening year.

    “I think mentally it definitely helps us out [to have a full offseason] because we know the defense even better this year,” said Philippi, who was named to the 2016 preseason first team All-Ivy defense by both Football Gameplan and College Sports Madness, making him the only underclassman to gain the nod from either publication.

    And as for what might happen even further down the road — they all have three more seasons of eligibility, remember — Ivy League quarterbacks best be on watch for years to come.

    “We had three freshmen starting last year and we also have two or three other sophomores going to get a lot of playing time, so this year and the next two years coming, we definitely have a lot of potential,” Walker said. “We’re all definitely looking forward to what we can do — the sky is the limit.”

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  • Ivy title on the line for Penn women's tennis

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    In coach Sanela Kunovac’s first season in 2009, Penn went winless in the Ivies for the first time ever.edly made it clear that there is no future for Sanchez at Old Trafford.The Chile international was sent out on loan to Inter Milan for this season, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists there's no way back for him, says the Daily Express.United are hoping Now, six seasons later, the Red and Blue have the chance to lay claim to their fourth title since competition opened in 1979.

    With two matches left in the season, the time to vie for the Ancient Eight title has come again, and for better or worse, it all comes down to the Quakers’ performances this weekend.

    “It is the first time in maybe nine, ten years, that going into the final weekend, we are completely in the fulm Allardyce can see his old club breaking the top six this season.Allardyce says Everton will finish above Manchester United and Chelsea.“I think Everton should break into the top six and if they're going to break in, this is the season to do it," l control of our destiny,” Kunovac said.

    Sitting in a three-way tie for second, the Red and Blue (10-7, 3-2 Ivy) will go up against the New York contingent of the Ivy League in Cornell and Columbia. The Big Red (14-7, 3-2) join Penn in second place as the Lions (14-5, 4-1) stand alone in first place with a lone loss to Yale.

    If the Quakers can defend their home courts this Friday against Cornell and escape from Columbia with a win as well, they guarantee themselves at least a share of the Ivy title.

    A quick glance at ITA rankings confirms that No. 52 Penn will face stiff competition in No. 63 Cornell and especially No. 34 Columbia, but time and time again, the Ancient Eight has showed that anything is possible.

    “We started off the Ivy season with two really tough losses,” junior Kana Daniel said. ”But we’ve been doing a really good job of just keeping our focus in the right place and working on improving every day of practice.”

    Throughout the season, Kunovac and her team have stressed the importance of their training. Now is the time to see if all that hard work has actually paid off.

    “What we’re going to do is we’re going to train as hard as we did all these weeks coming in and look for our normal tennis,” Kunovac said. “Nothing extraordinary, but our normal should be good enough to put us in the running.”

    “At this point it comes down to trusting our training,” she continued. “I feel like a champion team is one whose average is going to get them there.”

    There is no doubt that there will be at least one championship team on the court when Columbia and Penn confront each other on Sunday, but if the Quakers can pull off the upset, there may very well be two.

    For some of the Red and Blue players, however, a win over the Lions may not seem like an upset but a sign that all is well in the tennis world. Sonya Latycheva, the team’s lone senior, has not forgotten Penn’s 5-2 triumph over the Lions from last season.

    “I still have that in the back of my head,” the Toronto native said.

    Unfazed by Columbia’s top-forty ranking, the Quakers are quick to draw attention to their own strengths, most notably in their new additions of freshmen Marta Kowalska and O.J. Singh.

    “I don’t really want to think about whatever additions Columbia has had, but we’ve got those two [Kowalska and Singh], and I believe in them,” Latycheva added.

    But as important as having strengths are, Kunovac believes that the team’s recenLive to carry exclusive Spurs TV programming in the US, reports SportBusiness.The deal designates B/R Live as Tottenham's US streaming partner for the club's international programming block.Under the agreement, the Spurs TV weekly highlights programmt success can be attributed to one thing — confronting its weaknesses.

    “I think each match in itself throughout the season had a meaning, whether we lost or won,” Kunovac said. “We were willing to look at the bad, put a mirror to our faces and really look at it and, as painful as it was in certain moments, I think that we are reaping the benefits right now.

    “It’s good to be at this level in the Ivies right now.”

    This weekend, they'll find out exactly what that level is.

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  • Penn basketball puts best foot forward on and off court

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    Everyone knows it’s important to make a good first impression, to put your best foot forward.

    Perhaps none more so than seniors Zack Rosen, Tyler Bernardini and the Penn men’s basketball team, who have been parlaying hot starts into dramatic victories as of late.

    Most recently, it was an 82-67 squashing of rival Princeton, a game in which the Quakers built an early 11-2 lead, surged ahead by as much as 16 and withstood a Tigers onslaught.

    Befhreat of RB Salzburg in the Champions League.The Reds are facing a tricky opponent in their second game of the group stages.They badly need a win after their defeat against Napoli in the first round of games.And Klopp believes they are fully preparedore that came decisive wins over Cornell and St. Joseph’s — the Red and Blue never trailed in either game.

    In fact, Penn has not spent even a minute behind or tied in a game since it visited Columbia to open the Ivy season.

    Getting ahead early is a huge advantage to a team that relies heavily on the hot shooting of its two star scorers.

    Bernardini, especially, has been known to get streaky, meaning that when he’s on, he’s really on.

    But even more infectious than Bernardini’s shooting is the confidence and enthusiasm that emanates from undisputed team leader Zack Rosen, especially when he’s playing well.

    “It’s my responsibility to push him to play a perfect basketball game,” coach Jerome Allen said of Rosen after the Princeton win.

    Perfectionism trickles down from Allen to Rosen to the rest of the team, rising and falling with the point guard’s successes and failures.

    Indeed, the New Jersey native averages 20.6 points per Penn win, compared to 15.4 points per loss.

    The team’s success is something of a positive feedback loop: the better the Red and Blue play, the more confidence they gain, in turn enhancing their play, and so on and so forth.

    Off-court activities have also translated into hardwood success, as players — as well as Penn Athletics and The Daily Pennsylvanian — have put considerable effort into reaching out to the Penn community and cultivating student interest.

    Theand in a foreign land. But Raul Sanllehi, after so many years being kept away from the spotlight, is finally receiving the public appreciation he deserves.Kings of the summer market? It's hard to argue otherwise. Particularly when talking just Premie team’s two most recognizable stars — Rosen and Bernardini — have posted up on Locust Walk in days preceding games, conducting contests and selling merchandise.

    The ‘Puck Frinceton’ motto on the shirts being sold on Locust was a bit unoriginal, but the campaign was effective nonetheless.

    Grassroots marketing has worked: the Palestra was packed to capacity for the St. Joe’s game, and 6,385 were on hand as the Quakers handled Princeton.

    The way in which such promotional efforts help Penn on the court can be seen and felt in the energy and enthusiasm of the crowd.

    That energy flows in a downward trajectory from the fans to the players.

    “I just appreciate the overall support, from the student body to all the alumni,” Allen said. “The reality is, you tend to perform better, you tend to give more, when you know other people care.”

    The more the team continues to excite the community — mainly through winning — the more people are going to care.

    There shall once again come a time when a majority of students bleed Red and Blue.

    Thismissed qualifying for Europe this season as unrealistic and admits his side still have relegation fears."We are an awful lot of points off the teams at the moment who have got those positions in their grasp, so it's not something that occupies my te Quakers just need to put their best foot forward.

    ELI COHEN is a senior philosophy major from Washington, D.C. He can be reached at dpsports@theDP.com.

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  • castle, Liverpool striker Sadio Mane has become th

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    pitcher was hit by a comebacker in his start Wednesday and left the game in the second inning with a rib contusion. Jurrjens allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk in his inning-plus of work before exiting. He will have a precautionary X-ray taken Thursday. Jurrjens has posted a 4.91ndan Rodgers admits they're happy rattling the elite ed his first game for the Burnley under-23 side.The deadline-day arrival from Chelsea has been getting himself match fit for the Clarets.The 29-year-old played in a 1-1 draw against Coventry yesterday.While he will need more games before he is ready again.The underdog Foxes woed over a VAR decision to award a penalty to Manchester United winger Daniel James.Tettey claims James admitted he was not fouled by Ben Godfrey, which was the belief of referee before VAR intervened."It was a bit strange," Tettey told VG. "The refen the title in 2016 before the big powers spent huge sums to redress the balance of power.Rodgers said: “You have to fight.“You can't accept that is the top six in te ERA in 14 2/3 innings this spring.

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  • lo Carli admits they have offers for Nicolo Barell

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    outfielder returned to the starting lineup Sunday for the first time in three weeks, but it csays Liverpool are capable of going through the season undefeated.Henry was part of the Gunners team which achieved this feat for the 2003/04 United Soccer League (USL) club Sacramento Republic FC have brought in Elevate Sports Ventures to support ticket sales and other commercial opportunities, reports /.The consulting firm will also help the MLS expansion franchise source a stadium naming rights and jersey sponsor ahead of their move to North America's top soccer competition in 2022.campaign.“I think this team can go without defeats, and the question remains who will be the first to defeould still be too late for a spot on the opening day roster.

    Nieuwenhuis, who was sidelined with a bone bruise in his right knee, went 0 for 3 with a pair of walks while serving as the leadoff hitter in New York's 9-4 loss to Detroit. He is now hitting .045 during Grapefruit League play and his extended absence could result in him starting the season with Triple-A Las Vegas.

    "Anytime you go down to the last week of spring, you’ve got that going on, but I just got to relax and get going and just play like myself," Nieuwenhuis told The Star-Leg career.The 19-year-old is primarily considered a right-back and has shone in that role in his career so far, especially on loan at Wigan last season."Reece would never play in the position that he played at Chelsea," his father said to Alex Goldberdger. "It’s been a long time since I’ve felt like myself so really just more of that, trying to concentrate on where I should be and where I can be."

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  • ise on Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks after his

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    starter turned in anotMark Pannes has joined Vancouver Whitecaps as the club's chief executive officer, reports, /.He has previously held the same role at Italian soccer club AS Roma, and also worked as vice president of marketing at the NBA's New York Knicks.her dominant performance in Friday's Cactus League outing aack from plans of signing Celtic fullback Kieran Tierney.The Daily Star says Leicester's plans to replace Ben Chilwell with Celtic's Tierney are unlikely to go ahead, as City are said to have pulled out of a deal for the Foxes full back.City were repgainst the Padres.

    Hernandez, who made his third start of the spring, looked in midseason form as he tossed six scoreless innings and allowed just two hits -- a single to Nick Hundley and a double to Cameron Maybin.

    He struck out nine and did not issue a walk in a 3-1 victory. He has a 1.64 ERA and a 0.55 WHIP this spria, have hit out at comments by Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora criticising the lack of free-to-air access to matches amid the country's coronavirus crisis, reports SportBusiness.The Italian government last week ordered all sporting events ng.

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  • o training at Atletico Madrid this week.Atletico c

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    The Cubs have tabbed starting pitcher as the team's opening day starter on Sunday, reports .com. Samardzija will face the Pirates in Pittsburgh on April 1. He's made two spring starts and has gone 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA with two runs allowed over five innings and three strikeouts. “He’s a guy who players rally around because of his work ethised Celtic aren't la defender Ethan Ampadu is a target for RB Leipzig.The Sun says RBL are the frontrunners in the race to land Ampadu on a season-long loan.The Wales international, 18, stayed behind from Chelsea's pre-season tour in Japan to sort out a deal.And the Geooking to sell the 22-year-old, but admitted they will support him whatever the outcome.Asked whether the club had received another bid for Tierney, Lennon said: "Not that I'm aware of."Arsenal are aware of what we value the playerc, his bulldog mentality when he’s on the mound,” manager Dale Sveum able advice before the teenager's Manchester United debut.19-year-old Williams was excellent in the goalless draw with AZ Alkmaar last week."I thought he did brilliantly," McTominay told MUTV."I said to him before the game to just be himself and toldsaid. “It’s a very obvious choice, really.”

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  • First in war, first in peace, first to shut down an ace pitcher in pennant race

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    That swishing sound you hear is the air going out of 's season.That whooshing sound you hear is Nationals fans trying to suck oxygen back into their lungs.That smashing sound you hear probably is the kid taking a baseball bat to several lockers, doors and the food spread in the clubhouse.By all accounts, Strasburg is an unhappy camper with this decision, and I don't blame him. When you're 24, you want it all. And with the best record in baseball on Sept. 8 and a World Series within reach, the Nationals and Strasburg are so close to having it all.

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    But here's the thing. It's hard to blame the Nationals for this, too.Because in making the decision to shut down their franchise pitcher, they are following their heart.Repeat: They are following their heart.Isn't that a nice change from a professional sports team following the money ... and then attempting to suck as many much of it out of a situation as it can?Look, you can follow the science in this thing, spend all the time you want in the laboratory with the microscope and you can read every scholarly scientific study you can find.Nobody can tell you for sure that the Nationals are making the right decision.But nobody can tell you it's the wrong decision, either.Kerry Wood, Mark Prior, Steve Avery, Mark Fidrych ... the baseball dumpster is stufed player.Goals from Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford secured a 3-0 victory over Partizan Belgrade as United made it through to the last-32 of the Europa League on Thursday night.Rojo was making his eighth appearance of the seasonfed with the baseball cards of young phenoms who flamed out far earlier than they should have. Here one day, gone the next. Heartbreaking stories. Tragic stories.The trick as we become smarter, wiser and learn more about ourselves and the world is to not repeat mistakes from history.So general manager Mike Rizzo and the Nationals, with significant input from Strasburg's agent Scott Boras, are trying to do just that. There are , as Danny Knobler writes.Will it work? Well, they tried keeping him in bubble wrap from the beginning and he blew out his elbow two years ago anyway, didn't he? This even after Strasburg was nurtured as well as any ace college pitcher in history by his coach at San Diego State, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn.There are no guarantees. Pure and simple. Maybe they shut Strasburg down this instant, with 159 1/3 innings pitched, a 15-6 record, a 3.16 ERA, 197 strikeouts (second in the NL to the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw) and a .230 opponents' batting average (tied for seventh in the NL) ... and maybe he still gets hurt next year or the year after.I hope not. And every surizio Sarri is doing.The Chelsea manager is in talks with Juventus.“(Carlo) Ancelotti did very well, the results confirm that he did," De Laurentiis told the Corriere dello Sport.“I don't pay attention to the Sarri to Juventus rumours, I am compingle person involved with baseball is on board with that.This kid is electric. He is so fun to watch. He's great for the game., D.C.? Hasn't hosted a postseason game since 1933. Nineteen Thirty-Three. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was in the White House. An October run for the Nationals would be great for them and great for the game.Doing the right thing is never easy. It's less easy when it's not guaranteed what the right thing is.But the Nationals are trying, and bless them for that.Ah, Was.Klopp has downplayed Oxlade-Chamberlain's angry reaction to being substituted in Liverpool's 2-0 victory against Manchester United on Sunday.Oxlade-Chamberlain was replaced by Adam Lallana in the 66th minute at Anfield and was visibly unhappy to leahington. First in war, first in peace ... and, now, first to shut down an ace pitcher in the middle of a pennant race, with October on the line.

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  • Phillies: Could third base be in Chase Utley’s future?

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    Phillies second baseman Wedneremier League referee Mark Halsey believes Manchester United were fortunate in their 1-1 draw with Liverpool.The Red Devils opened the scoring through Marcus Rashford, after an excellent cross from Daniel James.But the goal could have been been ruledsday afternoon, exploring the option of a move for Paul Pogba.The Daily Star says United are willing to sell Pogba for around £140m.And United want most of that fee paid up front. Real Madrid and Juventus have been linked with Pogba.Yesterday Mino Raiola confirmed he was working on a deal for Poto third base for the future, Jim Salisbury of Comcast Sports reported.

    Utley has never played the position in the major leagues but played 123 games at third base for Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre in 2002, making 28 errors and posting an atrocious .918 fielding percentage. Although errors and fielding percentage are at times only tangentially related to actual fielding ability, no major league third baseman with at least 500 innings this year has a mark below .923, and the worst three -- Wilson Betemit (.923), (.929) and (.938) are generally considered poor (or worse) at the position.

    However, Utley has shown himself to be one of the league's better second basemen according to most advanced fielding metrics. If he could handle the transition, the more reflex-heavy third base could be easier on his perennially injured knees than the range-heavy second base. It would also allow Freddy Galvis, a slick fielder himself, to take over at second base when he returns to action n Coutinho sold last year.Klopp has long argued he didn't want to lose the midfielder to Barcelona.But Fowler told talkSPORT: “You look at Jurgen Klopp as a manager, getting rid of Coutinho, okay he wanted to go but people are always saying 'get somext season.

    For now, it's just an experiment between Utley and the Phillies, but surely Ruben Amaro Jr., Charlie Manuel and the rest of the Phillies brass would be interested if they believed it would help keep Utley on the field -- he hasn't played more than 115 games since 2009.

    For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow .

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  • Report: Angels’ Garrett Richards expected to make his next start

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    ’ pitcher Garret Richards is expected to make his next start, to The Orange County Register’s Bill Plunkett.

    Richards was removed from Tuesday’s Triple-A start due to a left knee injury. Richards had thrown three scoreless innings before he had to leave the game. He was injured trying to cover first base on a grounder. The injury is not believed to be serious, and Richards is not expected to miss time.

    The Aston Villa have allowed James Bree to join Luton Town on loan.The 21-year-old will spend the 2019/20 with the Championship club."It's lovely to be here," said the Wakefield-born defender."I spoke to my agent yesterday and it's all come pretty quickly since then. It got sorted latyad Mahrez paid tribute to Sergio Aguero after his hat-trick on Sunday.The Algerian winger, who bagged the opening two goals in the 6-1 victory at Aston Villa, says the City strikeSwedish striker joined the Blues as a 16 year-old from Malmo and spent five years with the giants before moving onto Brescia.Explaining the Italy switch, he recalled to Fotbollskanalen: "When Villas-Boas came, all the youths left for other leagues. "r is one of the greatest he has ever played with."We try to pass to eae today and I'm happy to be here. I can't wait to get started."24-year old pitcher was recently demoted so the Angels could add to their bullpen. He has thrown 54 innings with the Angels this season, registering a 4.33 ERA. 

    If continues to struggle in the rotation, Richards would be the most likely in-house candidate to take his place. 

    For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and Navin Vaswani, follow .

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  • Steady White Sox taking advantage of summer Sale

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    LOS ANGELES -- He's all skin and bones, just 23, and he looks more like a guy who would show you around a college campus than a fire-breathing lefty pitching monster with the second-best ERA in the American League.Go ahead, get a good look.Because the next place you may see is pitching in next month's All-Star Game. Hey, sillier things have happened.Like. ..."Just watch that guy eat," reliever says. "I wish I had that metabolism."I eat a cookie, I gain a pound-and-a-half. He eats 10 cookies and doesn't gain an ounce."Sale stands 6-6, and a laughable 180 pounds. Maybe. That's how he's listed. Teammates guess 160, 170.They tease him by calling him "Flat Stanley." Or, "Slim Jim." You'd swear, even folded in half, he could fit through a mail slot.But step into that batter's box, and you wish the guy was giving you a college tour instead of unleashing a fastball that sizzles as whisks through the zone.That sizzle got away from him for one night Friday, when he helped blow a four-run lead against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers, turning it into a 7-6 White Sox loss. The cookie crumbled when the Dodgers slowed Sale's sails during a sixth-inning knockout as he uncharacteristically walked four in 5 2/3 innings."You get five runs off of a guy like that, the best in the league ... I've got to be better than that," Sale said afterward, bitterly. "That was a load of crap is what that was."It wasn't pretty, no.But it also was the first of 13 starts in which he's surrendered more than three earned runs.The guy is 5-0 with a 1.93 ERA and 49 strikeouts in his past six starts, including Friday's no-decision. For the season, he's 8-2 with a 2.46 ERA, second in the AL to the Angels' C.J. Wilson (2.30)."He's got all the attributes you'd want," Sox pitching coach Don Cooper says. "He's a competitor, he's tough, he's a fighter, he's got good stuff, good movement, he throws strikes, he changes speedwatch Valencia striker Maxi Gomez against Barcelona at the weekend.And the reports back are bound to have been positive - the 23-year-old scored twice as Los Che stunned Messi and co with a 2-0 win.Gomez, who is more likely not to arrive until the sus."About the only thing Sale doesn't do is wash Chicago's uniforms after he starts."He's got a good combination of power and a feel for strikes," Cooper continues. "Heck, he's always given me the impression, even when he first got here, that he's been around longer than he has."He's an old soul at 23. The Sox picked him in the first round of the 2010 draft (13th overall), and he was in the majors barely more than a month later. A grand total ojaer this season.United head to Chelsea tomorrow with Shaw acknowledging he and the rest of the squad have hung Solskjaer out to dry with woeful results which have left them languishing near mid-table.Shaw said: “We're all aware how the manager hasf 11 minor-league appearances and, voila.The plan always was to make him a starter, though his first 79 major-league appearances in '10 and '11 came in relief."He's a really strong competitor," Sox starter says. "Besides his natural, God-given ability, he knows how dominant he can be."I think being in the bullpen, working in the late innings, molded him to have that attitude."As general manager Kenny Williams seriously overhauled both the roster and the coaching staff in what many figured would be a rebuilding year for the White Sox, Sale moved into the rotation this spring and has looked very much at home ever since.Only question came in early May, after washed out as the White Sox closer and Sale let on that he was feeling soreness in his elbow. Hitting the pause button to make sure his elbow was sound, the Sox moved him to the bullpen. It lasted one appearance. Then Sale talked his way back into the rotation.What his old bullpen-mates saw during these few days didn't surprise them."He's an unbelievable competitor," Thornton says. "It takes quite a bit of backbone to stand up to the GM and the coaching staff. It wasn't like it was a big confrontation, but to say, 'No, I want to start' ... especially at that age."It's one thing for someone to do that who's a 30-year-old veteran."Sale's bullpen appearance came in one inning on May 8. He was back in the rotation on May 12 against Kansas City."A lot of it was in the terms used with what was going on," first-year manager Robin Ventura says. "We were reacting to alleviate that."During later conversations, Ventura says, "different words were used."That, combined with doctors' clearance, enabled Sale to win the debate. And beginning May 17, over a five-start span, he went 5-0 with an 0.98 ERA, 43 strikeouts and only seven walks.When he whiffed 15 Rays on May 28, he became the youngest pitcher to fan 15 or more since the Cubs' Mark Prior punched out 16 Brewers in 2003.His fastball normally is 94-96 m.p.h., and he can crank it up into the high 90s or even 100. He throws a terrific change-up and a slurve, and they all come from behind uncanny deception in his delivery."To me, those are attributes of the top guys," Cooper says.The Dodgers faced him once this spring, enough to know what they were getting into Friday."He's surprising because he's long and lanky, and it looks from that motion like he wouldn't be a starter," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly says. "But all of our guys were coming back to the dugout like, 'Ooooh!' They all came back talking."Thanks to leadoff man Dee Gordon and Jerry Hairston Jr., Friday they were walking. Two of the five runs they scored against Sale reached base via walks. Against the pitcher who led the AL in lowest bl keep improving after victory on Saturday against Crystal Palace.Second-half goals from Tammy Abraham, 22, and 21-year-old Christian Pulisic secured a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.It was the Blues' sixth straight league victory and manageatting average against at .188, that was the opening the Dodgers needed.Competitive? You bet."That was everything this team did not need from me tonight," Sale said with disgust.But to this point, he's given them everything they've needed."That wasn't his best," Ventura said, "but it was still pretty good."

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  • Tigers handle losing streak well, Young situation not as well

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    NEW YORK -- The played it calm when they lost five straight games this week, and it was the perfect response.This is a very good team that had a fairly tough week. Those things happen. No need to panic.The Tigers are also playing it calm on , and I'm not nearly so sure that it's the right response.Morger has played just 473 minutes this campaign across ten appearances.Onda Cero says coach Quique Setien has told the 21-year-old to look for a new club between now and the summer.MARCA reports he could even be let go as early as January, with Barceloe on TigersRelated contentYoung but the Tigers termed it not as discipline but simply as what they had to do. Baseball's new basic agreement provides for any player involved in an alcohol-related incident to get professional evaluation, and Young will be evaluated for alcohol and anger management issues on Monday.And then?"If he's cleared to play by the doctors, he will play," Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said Saturday afternoon.In other words, no further discipline -- no real disciplinary action at all -- if the team has any sactor Hugo Viana were in London on Friday to visit Manchester United's Mayfair office.Varadas and Viana spent the morning and afternoon with United officials before returning to Lisbon in the evening.O Jogo says the subject of the meeting was Sportingy over it.Dombrowski said Young is "extremely remorseful" and "extremely apologetic" about his drunken incident outside the Tigers' hotel in the early hours of Friday morning."He knows that there's no excuse for what he did," Dombrowski said.No excuse, but the Tigers are ready to put him right back in their lineup. No excuse, but I get the idea that if the Tigers had gotten their way, Young might have been back in the lineup Sunday."What, do you think he should be released?" one Tigers person asked me Saturday.I didn't say yes, but I didn't say no.Players don't need to be great guys. The greatest Tiger of all time, Ty Cobb, was by all accounts one of the worst guys ever.But players also represent their teams, in uniform and out of uniform.Do the Tigers want to be represented by a guy capable of drunkenly hurling anti-Semitic epithets at (non-Jewish, as it turns out) tourists on a Manhattan street at 2:30 in the morning?Dombrowski said that he still doesn't know all the details. None of us do, but the fact that Young told the team that there's "no excuse" for what he did tells you that even he is admitting that he did something wrong.Releasing him now may well be too strong a reaction (although I'm hearing from some Tiger fans who wish they would do exactly that).But is it too much to ask for the team to publicly say that his actions and words -- or even alleged actions and words -- are unacceptable for someone who plays for the Tigers?When I asked Dombrowski if he had a problem with what Young was accused of doing and saying, he answered, "I'm not going to get into supposeds. I want to see what happens."If Dombrowski felt any outrage at what Young allegedly did and said, he didn't say it, and the tone of his voice didn't show it. Disappointment, yes, but no oauro Icardi's agent if the Inter Milan striker requests it.Wanda insists she always tries to do her best for Icardi and their family.“If one day Mauro were to ask me to stop being his agent, I'd do that," the Inter forward's wife told L'Equipe.“Butrage.I get that the Tigers are limited in what they can do, that disciplinary measures for players are subject to negotiations with their strong union.Even the evaluation and the employee assistance system is new, bargained into the CBA in response to all the alcohol incidents involving baseball players in recent years. Under the old CBA, there was almost no recourse for teams when players got into similar trouble.The new program at least ensured that Young was out of the lineup this weekend at Yankee Stadium. The response to Young in would have been ugly, and understandably so.If the independent doctor who evaluates Young on Monday decides that he needs treatment, perhaps the Tigers' decision will again be made for them.But what if he is cleared, if the doctor decides that there is no underlying issue that requires treatment that would keep him away from the team?Can it really be so simple as putting him right back in the lineup as soon as possible?Maybe it is. The Tigers allowed to play in the final games of the 2009 season, even after Cabrera had an alcohol-related incident that included allegations of domestic abuse.This time it's hate speech, and again the Tigers' inclination is to let the player play.I'm not sure what the right response is.But I know this one doesn't feel right.
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  • Patriots’ Isaiah Wynn reportedly to undergo MRI after suffering toe injury in win over Dolphins

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    The registered a huge 43-0 win against the on Sunday, but they also suffered a loss.

    Left tackle left the game after just 11 snaps and did not return. Ian Rapoport reported that the former University of Georgia star to get it checked out on Monday. The severity of the injury is unknown, but if it's turf toe, then he is expected to miss some time. 

    The Patriots' No. 23 overall pick in the 2018 missed his entire rookie season after he tore his Achilles in hilippe Coutinho this summer.Both Ousmane Dembele and Coutinho have been linked with moves away from the Camp Nou, notably in a potential swap deal for Neymar, but the president made clear that Barcelona have put a lot of faith in the two players."Ththe second game of the preseason. Through the first two games of this year, Wynn has impressed as blindside blocker. He's only been sacked three times so far this season, but if Wynn misses some time, Brady's protection will definitely take a hit. 

    Through two games, New England has looked like the best team in the . They dropped a combined 77 points Wales coach Ryan Giggs has revealed what he told Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer about Daniel James.Giggs says the former Swansea City winger has noticeably improved over the past six months."From a standing start, he is quick and he'll bon the and Dolphins, and have given up just three points. 

    Adding wide receiver has just made this already dominant offensive attack better, as he recorded four receptions for 56 yards and a touchdownd Devils went down early when David De Gea carelessly cleared the ball straight into Dominic Calvert-Lewin, whose rebound flew into an empty net.But United's new talisman in Bruno Fernandes tied things up before half-time with a brilliant first time on Sunday. 

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  • Colts GM: Andrew Luck calf strain now high-ankle issue, not ready to say regular season in jeopardy

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    The mystery of injury continues to grow by the day. In a conference call with reporters Tuesday night, Colts general manager Chris Ballard revealed Luck's calf strain that has kept him out of camp is now a high-ankle issue. Ballard revealed Luck will not play in the preseason, as he will use the remaining four weeks to rehab the ankle and get ready for the start of the regular season.

    Ballard told reporters he believes the ankle injury has stemmed from the franchise quarterback having ankle issues for a few seasons. This cumulative effect was exacerbated by the calf strain that kept Luck out of practice the majority of the offseason, per . The issue for Luck is side-to-side movement and moving around in the pocket. 

    This comes on the heels of Colts owner Jim Irsay saying Luck is battling a "small little bone" injury earlier this week. 

    "I know everyone's having their questio manager Jose Mourinho.Mourinho will deliver trophies to Tottenham - if the fans can compromise their devotion to the glory, glory game and accept their new manager's methodical, safety-first style of football, says Francis.“I can see why the club'ns about Andrew, and that sort of thing, but I really feel very confident that he's going to find his way through this thing," Irsay told SiriusXM  Radio. "After the Kevin (Durant) thing and everything, everyone's erring on the side of caution, but quite frankly, this is not even in the Achilles tendon. This is in another area, it's a bone -- I'm not good at these things -- it's a small little bone, and (former Colts) Ryan Diem had it, and Raheem Brock had it, the trainers told me.ier League should persist with VAR.Wenger has recently taken up a role with FIFA as chief of global football development, and gave his thoughts on the video technology being used to help match officials.And he pinpointed the lack of referral by refer And he's doing very well, very excited, he's a married man, baby on the way, and he couldn't be more excited for the season."

    The calf and ankle injuries Luck is battling feels similar to 2017 when Luck underwent shoulder surgery to fix a recurring issity boss Brendan Rodgers says James Maddison needs to respond positively to his England snub.Maddison has been named in a couple of England squads under Gareth Southgate but is yet to make his debut, remaining an unused substitute in the most recent ue. Luck ended up missing the entire season and did not throw a football again until the summer of 2018. 

    Ballard is not worried over Luck potentially missing the season, but his comments also weren't reassuring. 

    "Look this is not 2017," Ballard said, via . "I've thought about this a lot when I first came in the door, one of the first things we talked about when building a team that's wasn't going to be about just one guy. I understand the importance of Andrew Luck. This guy is one of the top-five quarterbacks in the league, but we also got another quarterback we like in . So to me that's part of building a team. You got to be able to handle when things don't go how you planned them to be." 

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  • Randy Moss and Ray Lewis headline 108 nominees for Hall of Fame class of 2018

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    On Tuesday night, the Pro Football Hall of Fame . Headlining the group are Randy Moss, Ray Lewis, and (the you're thinking of -- the and  greato hold talks with any potential new technical director.Indeed, they're yet to approach a candidate over the vacant technical director job.The Telegraph says United's search is continuing but there is an expectation it will be one of the club's formet -- isn't eligible yet). And yes, Terrell Owens, , is on the list.

    In all, there are 53 offensive players, 38 defensive players, five special teams players and 12 coaches. Here's the entire group, via the Pro Football Hall of Fame's website:

    Quarterbacks (5):

    Randall Cunningham Rich GannonDonovan McNabbSteve McNairPhil Simms

    Running backs (10):

    Tiki BarberEarnest BynerRoger CraigCorey DillonEddie GeorgeEdgerrin JamesLorenzo NealFred TaylorHerschel Walker (also KR)Ricky Watters

    Wide receivers (13):

    Isaac BruceDonald DriverHenry Ellard (also PR)Torry HoltChad JohnsonRandy MossTerrell OwensSterling Sharpe, Steve SmithJohn TaylorHines Ward

    Tight ends (4)

    Mark BavaroBen CoatesFerrell EdmundsJay Novacek

    Offensive linemen (21)

    Willie Anderson (T), Matt Birk (C)Tony Boselli (T)Lomas Brown (T)Ruben Brown (G)Ray Donaldson (C)Alan Faneca (G)Bill Fralic (G/T)Jay Hilgenberg (C)Chris Hinton (G/T)Kent Hull (C)Steve Hutchinson (G)Joe Jacoby (T)Mike Kenn (T)Kevin Mawae (C/G)Tom Nalen (C)Nate Newton (G)Bart Oates (C)Jeff Saturday (C)Richmond Webb (T)Steve Wisniewski (G)

    Defensive linemen (11)

    La'Roi Glover (DT/NT)Leonard Marshall (DE/DT)Keith Millard (DT/NT/DE)Leslie O'Neal (DE)Michael Dean Perry (DT/DE)Simeon Rice (DE)Richard Seymour (DT)Neil Smith (DE) (DE/NT/LB)Kyle Vanden Bosch (DE)Bryant Young (DT)

    Linebackers (15)

    Carl Ba coach Eugenio Corini was left frustrated after their 2-1 defeat to Juventus.Alfredo Donnarumma put the hosts in front, but an own goal and Miralem Pjanic's volley earned Juve the points.Mario Balotelli made his debut after the four-match ban left ovnksCornelius BennettTedy BruschiSeth JoynerRay LewisGreg LloydWilber MarshallWillie McGinest (also DE)Karl MecklenburgSam MillsJoey PorterDarryl TalleyZach ThomasBrian Urlacher

    Defensive backs (12)

    Eric Allen (CB)Steve Atwater (S)Ronde Barber (CB/S)LeRoy Butler (S)Brian Dawkins (SS)Rodney Harrison (S)Ty Law (CB)Albert Lewis (CB)John Lynch (S)Dennis Smith (S)Everson Walls (CB)Darren Woodson (S)

    Kickers/punters (3)

    Gary Anderson (K)Sean Landeta (P)Nick Lowery (K)

    Special teams (2)

    Brian Mitchell (KR/PR also RB)Steve Tasker (ST also WR)

    Coaches (12)

    Don CoryellBill CowherTom FloresMike HolmgrenJimmy JohnsonChuck KnoxBuddy ParkerRichie PetitbonDan ReevesMarty SchottenheimerCs a necessary decision for the club's future."There's no doubt it's harsh from a human and personal perspective," he said."I get that. But I've got to make a professional decision and what I think is best for the football club is not perhaps what thelark ShaughnessyDick Vermeil

    Joining that group are  and who were already announced as the first three candidates in August. Unlike Kramer, Brazile, and Beathard the players above are not guaranteed to be finalists. After a process that whittles down the list, 15 modern-era finalists eventually will join Beathard, Kramer and Brazile on the final list. The final vote will take place in February. Somewhere between four and eight new members will be selected.

    Back in August, our John Breech . Here's his list:

    Terrell OwensRay LewisAlan FanecaJohn LynchDon Coryell

    Thoughts?

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