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  • What to take away from Friday's dominant win by Penn women's basketball over Brown

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    There’s a lot of basketball left to be played, but with four Ivy League games in the books, the Quakers are doing exactly what’s expected of them.

    Penn women's basketball put together a dominating performance with a that has now dropped four consecutive contests. Here are some takeaways from Friday night’s matchup as the Quakers look on toward an Ivy League slate that figures to be much more demanding.

    The first thing that jumped out about Penn’s showing against Brown was its defense. After a tightly contested, back-and-forth first quarter, the Red and Blue started the second quarter aggressively; they forced only five turnovers after making the Bears give the ball up eight times in the first ten minutes of play, but the Red and Blue limited Brown to just six points in the sec-old was excellent in Sunday's 4-3 win over Reading, bagging himself his first brace for the club.Reflecting on what he could contribute to the Blues this season, Mount said: "The goals are going to come from different places and I want to contributeond quarter. They went into halftime with a 23-point lead and from there, the margin only grew.

    “When you have a lead, [the other team] is making some changes at halftime,” coach Mike McLaughlin said. If they make a couple of shots coming out of the o Madrid fans.The defender will leave at the end of the season and addressed the home support after their 1-1 draw with Sevilla on Sunday."Thanks everyone for giving me this day that I'll never forget," Godin said as he addressed the crowd with a micgates and you give them life, then you have to chase your way back, but I thought that right out of the gates, we came out strong and opened up the game.”

    The Quakers gave up 43 points to a Brown team that averages more than 70 per game and didn’t allow a double-figure scorer. Their disruptive defense forced 19 turnovers, which led to 23 points on the other end. If there were a recipe for success throughout the grind of a college basketball season, this kind of suffocating defense would be the main ingredient.

    On top of its airtight defensive performance, Penn was able to get things moving on the offensive side of the ball. The Red and Blue’s 83 points were good for their second-best scoring output of the season. Despite missing all nine of their attempts from beyond the arc in the first quarter, the Quakers worked the ball inside the paint, where they outscored their opponents 18-4 in the quarter and 44-18 throughout the game.

    “I liked the shots we were getting” said McLaughlin. “I play this game where the basket gets bigger once the ball goes in and it gets smaller when it doesn’t, so it’s uets tried to be positive after defeat at Valencia on Saturday.Busquets says they still must adapt to coach Quique Setien's system."In the first half we lacked cutting edge and the best thing at half-time was the result," said the midfielder. "In thepart of the sport.”

    Penn added 19 second-chance points off of 15 offensive rebounds. Its presence on the glass kept the Bears on their heels and out of transition. Strong offense makes for easier defense, and vice versa.

    Flexibility on the offensive end and lockdown defense are hallmarks of winning teams. Thus far, the Quakers have left each of their Ivy League matchups, all of which have come against teams that have more losses than wins, victorious. The Red and Blue are spreading the wealth – four players were in double figures against Brown, while sophomore guard Katie Kinum and junior guard Phoebe Sterba each added nine points – and winning the games that they need to win.

    Of course, not all games will be against sub-.500 competition — Saturday night will feature a matchup against a hot Yale team that is in search of its first win against the Red and Blue since the 2016-17 season — but the Quakers have taken advantage of their opportunities against weaker teams to show that their position atop the Ivy League is deserved. It remains to be seen whether Penn can continue its all-around performances throughout rest the Ivy League schedule.

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  • Penn sprint football set for Senior Night against archrivals

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    There might not be much left at stake for Penn sprint football, but there is still plenty to play for.

    After be at Manchester United was a great grounding for his career.United's incredible defensive quality made it difficult for Pique to get competitive action at Old Trafford, but despite only making 13 senior appeareances for the club he says the spell is wing eliminated from Collegiate Sprint Football League championship contention in last week’s double-overtime loss to Army West Point, the Quakers will look to reset and finish the season on a high note against rival Princeton this Friday.

    Aside from going up against their Ivy League rival, this game holds a special significance for the Quakers (4-2), as it is the team’s Senior Night. Accordingly, much of the focus during the night will be on the seniors, who are not only playing their last home game, but also their last game for the Red and Blue.

    “Their parents are going to be here, all of the fans are going to be here, we want to have a celebration,” coach Bill Wagner said.

    The players also want to put their best foot forward in the seniors’ last games and the final game of the season.

    “We want to go out and win, put out a good showing, especially for our fans and for our seniors because this is it for them,” said senior linebacker and defensive back Stu Helgeson.

    The festivities for Senior Night include honoring all 10 seniors on the field before the game, and many oconnected Soccer Link reports Mourinho is in talks with the Federation about succeeding Tite.Should Brazil flop at the Copa America, Tite will be axed and the Special One is the favourite inside the Federation to replace him.For his part, Mourinho haf their families will be in attendance. The night is sure to be an emotional one for the seniors.

    “There will probably be some tears, knowing it’s the last time you’re going to play in a collegiate game, on Franklin Field, and against our archrival Princeton,” Wagner said.

    Wagner also expects a solid performance from his seniors in their last contest.

    “They want to do their best game, they want to do as well asat Chelsea.The Ivory Coast winger is being tipped for a big money move in January or the summer.And Holloway believes that Zaha has all the qualities to make the step up and excel for a Champions League club."I think he would be fantastic over there they possibly can,” Wagner said.

    The Red and Blue is ready to move past last week’s tough loss — a come-from-behind effort against the top team in the nation that just missed victory after a botched field goal attempt. Now, its time to focus on the game at hand.

    “Every game is a new game,” Wagner said. “Princeton is on our schedule, it’s Senior Night, our guys are ready to go.”

    Helgeson agrees with Wagner’s sentiment.

    “You just flush it down the toilet after a day of mourning the loss, then you just have to refocus, have a good week at practice, prepare, and just kind of forget about the loss,” Helgeson said.

    Although Princeton (0-3) has not won a game this year — or for the last 16 years — the Quakers are not taking their opponent lightly or treating them any differently.

    “It’s a football game,” Wagner said. “You can never underestimate your opponent, you’ve got to have respect for them, and you’ve got to play hard and clean and finish up strong.”

    The same holds true for Penn’s approach to the game itself, despite the fact that the Red and Blue are no longer in championship contention. This week’s game provides the team with the opportunity to just enjoy themselves and not worry as much about the outcome of the game.

    “They’re ready to have another battle, and I think you’ll see a lot of guys play and have a lot of fun and win with class,” Wagner said.

    For the Quakers, an area of emphasis this week is closing out games strong, something that they failed to do last week against Army.

    "[We need to] finish the game,” Helgeson said. “We didn’t do that last week, we let Army hang around too long, and we’ve got to put them away.”

    Friday night’s festivities will certainly be exciting, and Penn will look to put up a strong effort for their seniors’ last hurrah.

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  • Green Bay Packers sign Greg Van Roten

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    Three-time All-Ivy offensive lineman and recent graduate Greg Van Roten just signed a free agent contract with the Green Bay Packers.

    Van Roten will attend the Packers training camp, which runs from Thursday, July 26, to Tuesday, August 28, and includes preseason games against the San Diego Chargers, the Cleveland Browns, the Cincinnati Bengals and the Kansas City Chiefs.

    “I’m so happy for Greg,” said Penn offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Jon McLaughlin. “This opportunity is a real testament to him and all the hard work he’s put in. Coming out of high school, he was told by several coaches that he couldn’t play at the Division I level, and he always used that as motivation.”

    Though Van Roten will face unprecedented challenges to his capabilities on the field, Van Roten’s performance as a Quaker, particularly in his junior and senior seasons, certainly helped him impress NFL scouts on Penn’s Pro Day back in March.

    On theielder Sandro Tonali is emerging as a major target for Manchester United.The Sun says United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has received glowing reports and their Italian spies watched him play the full 90 minutes in last Monday's goalless draw with Fiore Pro Day, at which Van Roten’s teammates Luke Nawrocki, Erik Rask and Matt Hamscher also participated, Van Roten put up numbers that were on par with results reported from the NFL Regional Combine hosted at the New York Jets facility.

    In the 40-yard dash, Van Roten ran a 5.06 seconds, compared to the average combine time of 5.11 seconds. His vertical jump reached 34.5 feet, two inches better than the combine average of 32.5.

    As a result of his Pro Day performance and stellar junior and senior seasons as a Quaker, Van Roten was invited to play at three NFL mini-camps in May. The invites came from the Chargers, the Jets and the Packers, and he chose to attend thlegends match next year, nine years after leaving the club to sign for Cime header helped Tottenham Hotspur to a 2-1 victory over Wolves at Molineux on Sunday.Spurs were ahead after 8 minutes thanks to a stunning strike from Lucas Moura.Adama Traore produced an equally as spectacular goal to draw the hosts level with 23 helsea. The Spaniard, who retired from professional football in June, will feature for the Reds against Barcelona legends in a charity game in March. The 35-year-old was a fan fae San Diego and New York camps, as the Packers camp was the same weekend as the New York camp.

    In his senior season, even despite his switch from tackle to guard midway through the season, Van Roten anchored the fifth-best offense in program history (2,284 total yards of offense).

    Van Roten was also an All-Ivy honoree on the 2010 squad that had the highest rushing and scoring offense in the Ivy League. That year, the Red and Blue also finished with the sixth-best rushing attack in the FCS and the second-best rushing season in program history.

    Van Roten finished his Penn career with a 28-12 record overall and a 23-5 Ivy League mark. The Class of 2012 won two Ivy titles and were just the third team ever to string together back-to-back undefeated Ivy seasons.

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  • M. Squash | Navy experienced, but Penn cruises

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Penn the EIWA favorite in three weightclasses

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    For reigning NCAA champion Matt Valenti, it will be impossible to improve on last year's results.

    But for this year's wrestling team, a top-20 ranking means that Valenti is not the only one who will compete strongly at the national level.

    Penn's most competitive sport in the NCAA bedrid.The 18-year-old Japan international is currently on loan at Real Mallorca after joining Los Blancos in the summer."He's a very good player," Kagawa told MARCA."He already speaks Spanish because he was at the Barcelona academy for a bit and this gins this season ranked No. 14 in the country in the USA Today Coaches' Poll. In a recent EIWA media poll, Penn was picked third in the division behind No. 9 Cornell and No. 21 Lehigh.

    The strong team rankings directly correlate to the respect thaited for the summer market.The manager remains locked in talks with management about a new deal.The Evening Chronicle says owner Mike Ashley will not budge on the club's approach to spending but a potential £61million transfer pot is on the table fot individual Quakers wrestlers are getting.

    Sophomore Matt Dragon and senior Matt Herrington join Valenti as the preseason favorites at their respective weight divisions in the EIWA. Valenti competes in the 133-pound weightclass, Dragon at 149 and Herrington at 174. Valenti is the national by wearing Everton's number nine jersey.The 22-year-old, who was signed by the club in 2016, inherited the shirt from Sandro Ramirez this summer.He told Sky Sports News: "It is a dream come true to wear the No 9 shirt. It is such a big club with a gfavorite at his position; Herrington is second at his.

    Several other Penn wrestlers made the top five rankings in the EIWA. This includes Gene Zannetti, Zack Shanaman, Lior Zamir and Cesar Grajales.

    The Quakers hope that this preseason hype leads to in-season success.

    In just his second year, coach Zeke Jones looks to lead his squad on another impressive run. Last year's team finished third in the EIWA and had an incredible 12th-place standing in the NCAA Tournament. Jones believes that his team's success will only increase with time.

    "You have to adjust to the new environment," Jones said. "I am still learning the 'Penn way.'"

    Penn should get a feel for its potential early in the season. On Nov. 12, the Quakers travel to East Lansing for the Michigan State Open. They come back home to the Palestra for the Keystone Classic, and then travel to Albany, N.Y., for the Northeast Duals. Trips to Las Vegas, Nev., and Cedar Falls, Iowa, soon follow.

    But the question this year, as it has been for several years, is whether the Quakers are strong enough to challenge Cornell for the Ivy title.

    Those who follow Penn wrestling already have the date circled on their calendars. Friday, Feb. 9 marks the showdown with Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y., one that the Quakers lost, 20-12, last year at the Palestra.

    Beyond that, it remains to be seen if Penn can do what it has seemed poised to do for the last couple of years - overtake Lehigh, Cornell or both in the EIWA.

    "I think there are four or five teams that have the potential of winning [the EIWA title]," Jones said. "Cornell is definitely the favorite right now," though.

    The prospects for the season on the whole seem strong. The Quakers lost only four seniors, and this year's squad is stacked with young talent - six freshmen and two transfer students join the team.

    And while a No. 14 preseason ranking is higher than any other Penn team in recent years, the Quakers are poised and eager to continue their ascent.

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  • alking about their transfer suspension.Lampard has

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    outfielder hit his first home run of the Cactus League on Saturday against the Royren this summer.The Liverpool Echo says Liverpool are planning for the new season with Lovren on board.The Croatia centre-back has been linked with a summer move away from Anfield with AC Milan understood to be keen on securing his services.It's beenals. He launched a solo shot off Bruce Chen in his first at-bat and finished 1 for 3. DeJesus is batting .308 am.The Englishman has Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Willian and Pedro to pick from for the Champions League clash.Speaking ahead of the clash, Lampard said: "Christian Pulisic's impact was good when he came on as well. Callum gave me that in(8 for 26) through 11 spring games and told ESPN.com that he has made some adjustments working with hitting coach James Rowson. “We found something that clicks,” DeJesus said. “Actually, it’s just looking at the ball. You always take for granted seeing the ball but I started looking at the inner half of the ball and it’s helped me out because you’re e Gunnar Solskjaer.The 31-year-old made his first start of the season in Saturday's 1-0 home win over Leicester City."Of course [it has been frustrating]," Matic said. "I want to play, I always give my best for the team."The coach is the man who pickable to trust your hands and do all the stuff that I’m doing in the cage and can bring it to the game.”

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  • olskjaer has welcomed new signing Aaron Wan-Bissak

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    Dodgers starting pitcher turned in a decent outing in Thursday's contest against the Rangers in Cactus League action. Billingsley tossed three scorereiro.MLS outfit Cincinnati FC have a deal in place for Pereiro, however he has revealed Villa are now in contact."PSV told me they have reached an agreement with Cincinnati," confirmed Pereir Cup against Chelsea.The two Premier League clubs will compete for the trophy in Istanbul.Speaking to the club's website, Robertson said: "Of course, we want to win more trophies now. We don't want to just stop at the Champions League, that's Norwich City and Aston Villa are both tracking right-back Daniel Opare.The 28-year-old spent this season at Antwerp.Both newly promoted sides are looking for a bargain buy as Opare could cost just £500,000.The Ghanian has one year left on his contract. Opare has spent Standard Leige, Porto and Augsburg.all we'o on Uruguayan radio station Sport890.“My agent (Paco Celess innings before running into trouble in the fourth. He allowed two runs -- one earned -- on two hits over 3 1/3 innings of work as he did not factor into the decision. He also struck out three and walked two in a 12-12 tie.

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  • ham has quickly adjusted to coach Diego Simeone’s

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

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  • Tweet of the day: Lonely Giants World Series trophy

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

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

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

    — World Series Trophy (@wstrophy)

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

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  • The Lineup: Chris Johnson powers D-Backs; Indians still in free-fall

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    , the baseball player. (Getty Images)

    The and are hot, the are hotter and the just can't win. But let's cover everything. Dive on in.

    The unheralded acquisition by the D-Backs in late July continues to pay huge dividends. He hit two homers and drove home five runs in a 10-4 win over the Tuesday, and is now hitting .344/.387/.897 with five homers and 15 RBI in just eight games for Arizona. He took a perfect game into the seventh against the and eventually finished with eight strong innings, only allowing three hits and one run while striking out seven. The rookie sensation now sports a 1.80 ERA and has struck out exactly one batter per inning. The came into the game pla target for Arsenal.Arsenal are looking to Matviyenko to shore up their leaky back four after the Ukrainian's agent confirmed an approach from the Premier League club. New boss Mikel Arteta is keen to bring in alternative defensive options before theying great baseball and sporting one of 's best offenses. None of their biggest sticks are left-handed, either, but Zito (a lefty, for those who still don't know) put up a great outing in St. Louis Tuesday. Zito threw 6 2/3 innings, allowing only two earned runs and picking up the victory. As for scorching hot 's due love, he'll get some in Wednesday's power rankings. Trying to finally escape the losing streak that has ruined their season, the Indians jumped out to a 4-1 lead through two innings. It was then 5-1 heading into the seventh. A couple defensive gaffes helped allow the back into the game, but it was still 5-4 heading into the ninth. All-Star closer Chris Perez was coming on, so this streak should have ended. But Perez allowed four hits, a walk and three runs. The go-ahead run was a Tsuyoshi Nishioka sacrifice fly. Only one run Perez allowed was earned because a error was also pivotal in the awful inning. In the end, the Indians lost 7-5 and have dropped 11 in a row. Cubs are baby bears. These new Cubs are even younger and they're getting their teeth kicked in now, after a good July (15-10 record, though a few of the key components are now playing elsewhere). In August, the Cubs are now 0-6. Losing in 14 innings is pretty rough, but imagine going 0-for-7 with four strikeouts while losing in 14? That's what Mariners' three-hole hitter Saunders did Tuesday night, while leaving five men on base. That'll leave a mark. Yep, the Indians have dropped 11 straight. So the focus turns to avoiding a dozen. It'll be (7-10, 4.78) for the Tribe against (2-6, 4.39) of the Twins. The Cincinnati Reds have lost three straight, though there's still plenty of comfort in the NL Central for now, with a 3.5 game cushion over the Pirates. Still, they'd surely like to stop the bleeding before it gets too bad, so Wednesday's game is big. The pitching matchup certainly favors the division leader, as it is (10-3, 3.94) against lip Benkovic.They wanted to take the player on loan in the summer, but the move was blocked by Brendan Rodgers.However, Benkovic has not gotten a look in at Leicester all season.It means that he could be available for the right move, according to his (3-8, 5.57) of the Brewers. With the Tigers having caught fire, the A's and may only get one wild card spot between themselves, so the head-to-head games are paramount. In this current three-game series, they've each taken one game so far. Wednesday brings the rubber game and also an intriguing pitching matchup. It's new Angels acquistion (0-1, 5.14 with Angels) against rookie phenom (0-0, 1.50).

    • The Area Code baseball games are taking place this week in Long Beach State's home park. They are a showcase for the best high school baseball players in the entire country. . • Well this is a trip down memory lane. Remember Adam Sandler's "Chanukah Song" from 1994? At one point in the song, he's mentioning famous jewish people -- and he says, "O.J. Simpson ... not a jew. But guess who is, Hall of Famer Rod Carew ... he converted." As it turns out, that isn't totally true. "I was about to convert, but I never did. I think Adam found out about that." Carew went on to say he's developed a good relationship with Sandler since the song, so there are obviously no hard feelings. ()• Only the spends more money on lobbying the government, among sports leagues, than Major League Baseball, which contributed $3.6 million in political lobbying from 2007-2011. . • Obviously after that absurdly hot streak the Oakland put up last month, a hot topic oente.Sky Sports says Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has set his sights on securing Real Madrid's James Rodriguez or Inter's Mauro Icardi. However, neither deal is close and both have significant hurdles to overcome before any agreement is reaf conversation has been whether or not they can keep it up. But what if they do make the playoffs, in spite of having a bad offense -- including a lackluster on-base percentage? at some recent sub-par offensive teams that made the playoffs. One of them won the World Series, too. • In recent years, it's become a somewhat popular Internet thing for athletes (mostly football players, I'll anecdotally recall) to show off athleticism by jumping out of a pool and landing on their feet. Nationals catcher provides the video evidence that he can do it:

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  • lder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed how his

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    The Tigers signed infielder to a minor-league contract hester United academy chief Nicky Butt is pleased with the progress of Axel Tuanzebe at Aston Villa.The defender has spent thyle and that of Atletico Madrid.The Reds are facing a huge tie in the Champions League if they wish to progress to the quarterr at Turf Moor against his will.Dyche knows that the club will always have to field interest in their rising stars."It's part of the reality of the club," Dyche told Lancs.live. "We're not giants in the Premier League."We can't pay the wages that oth finals.And Wijnaldum knows that getting past Diego Simeone's Atletico will be no easy task.The Reds face the first leg on Te season on-loan at Villa Park."Axel is a very talented boy, who I do believe is going to have a good career at Manchester Unon Wednesday.

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  • Cowboys reportedly offer to make Ezekiel Elliott second-highest paid running back in NFL

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    They're getting closer, folks.

    has yet to report to training camp for the with the goal of landing a new contract, currently training in Cabo while the team readies to take on the in what's known as the preseason dress rehearsal. Elliott wouldn't have participated in the coming game even if he was with the team in Frisco, TX, but both he and the team would like to reunite as soon as possible, and definitely before the season opener against the .

    Talks have been progressive and optimistic for weeks, a source continues to affirm to me, but the two sides have been far apart on key pointcide his future.The Argentine attacker only has 18 months left on his contract with City.He will be a free agent at the end of next season.And Guardiola hopes the man who has scored 244 goals for the club will stay, but insists the striker determiness such as guaranteed money. The Cowboys are eyeing the four-year deal on worth $52.5 million with $35 million guaranteed as the floor, but Elliott is focused on surpassing the four-year, $60 million deal awarded to that includes $45 million guaranteed.

    As it stands, things have reportedly progressed to a point where the Cowboys have moved the needle north of Bell but still behind Gurley -- per Ed Werder of ESPN -- with an offer that would make him (at ming their win at Brescia.Brescia went ahead before Napoli struck twice in the second-half to earn the 2-1 triumph - with Fabian Ruiz proving the matchwinner.Gattuso later stated, “What did I say to the team at half-time? Let's go to the next questionimum) the second-highest-paid RB in the .

    There are still details to be hashed out, however, and with no additional insight into if the offer of guaranteed money has buoyed -- it could mean nothing is imminent, even if there are strides being made. So kids is no surprise to him.Potter takes his side to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.He said, "Chelsea have some really good young players - I came across them in the Championship (with Swansea) last season. "We knew the likes of Abraham, Mount and Tomorurces continue to inform me the odds are still great that Elliott will be on the field come Week 1, and with Sept. 8 being just 17 days away, it's very possible terms will soon be agreed upon.

    The average annual salary for Bell sits at $13.125 million with Gurley's owning the throne $14.375 million annually. The latest reported offer to Elliott would mathematically land in between those two points, and talks will continue as he works to at least surpass Gurley in at least one metric.

    Maybe all it takes here is to offer Elliott a deal that beats Gurley with average annual pay, but keeps his guaranteed money at around $38 million. That's more guaranteed funds than Bell but less than Gurley, giving Elliott bragging rights, salary-wise, but tempers the guaranteed money due to noted off-the-field issues that the team has fully supported him through -- including helping him combat the NFL in federal court in 2017. 

    All things considered, it's not a question of if the deal gets done with Elliott, but rather when and for how much. When you also , there's more than enough fuel to power these longstanding talks to a nearing and favorable conclusion.

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  • Patrick Mahomes reportedly in line to land record-setting $200 million extension when he signs new deal with Chiefs

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    After watching lead them to their first AFC Championship game in 26 years, it appears the are planning to handsomely reward their franchise quarterback. 

    According , Mahomes could end up landing a new deal worth up to $200 million when the time comes for himgue final with Chelsea is one of his remaining two goals in football.The Blues must beat Lille in the final group stage match next week to secure their passage into the knockout phase."I have two goals still in football," said Willian to the club's f to sign an extension with the Chiefs. If that happens, that number would blow every record out of the book. 

    The record for biggest overall contract currently belongs to , who with the in May. Although Ryan has the biggest overall contract, currently has the highest average annual salary on his deal. The quarterback is  per year thanks to a four-year, $134 million . If Mahomes were to sign a five-year, $200 million extension, that deal would pay him an average of $40 million per yo extend his contract and has openly declared his loyalty to Chelsea after almost 200 games in more than six years.Lampard said: “I knew he had that talent before I got the job.“But the last year or two I have looked at him from afar and wasn't sear.

    Of course, one thing that's not clear is when this deal will happen. As a player who was drafted in 2017, Mahomes is eligible to sign an extension after the 2019 season. However, most players don't get an extension the first year that they're eligible. In Mahomes' case, the Chiefs could technically keep him under contract through the 2021 season without giving him an extension, although it's highly unlikely they would do that considering his value to the franchise. 

    For Mahomes, the one small advantage of waiting for a new deal is that the salary cap basically goes up every year. The league had a cap of $177.2 million in 2018 and that of $188 million in 2019. Every time the cap goes up, that potentially means there's more money for the Chiefs to give Mahomes. 

    No matter what happens, Mahomes is almost certainly going to break the bank, especially since the Chiefs are currently getting him for a bargain. As the 10th overall pick in the 2017 draft, Mahomes earned a slotted four-year rookie deal worth $16.4 million. The 23-year-old quarterback is under contract until 2021 and if he hasn't signed a new deal by then, the Chiefs would have the rights to keep him for another season by exercising his fifth-year option. 

    Thanks to his rookie contract, the Chiefs got the best bargain in football this year: The team only paid $555,000 in base salary for a  player who led them to the AFC title game while becoming just the third quarterback in history throw 50 or more touchdown passes in a season. In 2019, Mahomes will make just $645,000 in base salary. 

    Of course, Mahomes isn't the only key player on the roster who the Chiefs have to worry about paying. is going to be a more pressing concern for the team and that's because he's eligible for a new deal right now. As a fifth-round pick in 2016, Hill is allowed to negotiate an extension after his third season, which he officially completed on Sunday when the Chiefs lost to the in the AFC title game. 

    After making $630,000 in 2018, it won't be surprising if Hill tries to become one of the highest-paid receivers in the NFL heading into 2019. During the 2018 season, Hill d's new technical director Frank Arnesen is returning to his old club to improve their midfield and has Baker in his sights.Baker is available after a difficult loan with Eintracht Frankfurt was cut short this month. The midfielder is currently trainfinished fourth in the NFL in both receiving yards (1,479) and receiving touchdowns (12). To keep Hill happy, the Chiefs are likely going to have pay him between $16 million and $18 million per year. Even if the contract doesn't go that high, the Chiefs will almost certainly have to pay him more than they're scheduled to pay , who's currently slated to make $11.95 million in base salary in 2019. 

    If you still haven't marked your calendar for the , the game will be kicking off from Atlanta on Feb. 3 and will be televised by CBS . If you're thinking about buying a new TV for the big game, CNET has you covered. They shared .

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  • Darrelle Revis on why he’s still playing football: ‘I’m under contract’

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    This season has been a trying one for . Once one of the 's best players at his position, if not the best, Revis has seen his play take a in 2016.

    The season still has one week left, though, so Revis will be on the field Sunday when the take on the . How excited is he about that prospect? Not very, .

    It's quite possible the Jets will part ways with the aging cornerback after this season. And when asked Thursday in Florham Park how badly he wants to continue playing football, Revis gave an unconvincing answer.

    "I'm under contract," he said. "So I'm still playing."

    Does that mean the only reason he wants to keep playing is because he's under contract?

    "Yeah," Revis said. "It's my job."

    If "I'm under contract" is really the only reason Revis is sticking around, he may not have to worry about that for long. The Jets can save $9.3 million against the cap by cutting ties with him this offseason, , and if they decide to go with a full-scale rebuild, it's certainly possible that they do just that.

    They would not have gotten much return on their five-year, $70 million deal they handed Revis last offseason if they do go thatoints" this season, says midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.The defending champions are second in the Premier League, eight points behind Liverpool,his season hasn't been good enough.Young is the latest player to admit the former kings of English football have underachieved.He told United's official website: “We haven't managed to get ourselves in the top four.“We needed other teams to help who have won all of their eight games.City have lost twice - 3-2 at Norwich and 2-0 at home to Wolves on Sunda route, but it's not like they're all that likely to recoup much excess value in the final three years of the deal as Revis ages further.

    If the Jets do decide to move on, it's possible Revis could move to safety (he earlier this season) or even retire, trm futures of two of their main stars.David de Gea only has a year remaining on his contract and talks thus far have suggested that he could be ready to make a move to PSG. Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford is yet to sign a new deal with the club.Juan Mata hough he's stated that he's doing that just yet.

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  • Calvin Johnson never listed as suffering a concussion but says he had his ‘fair share’

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    Another day, another former NFL player talking about the negative consequences of playing football. Only this time, it's doing the talking.

    Johnson, who retired this offseason at the age of 30 even though he just polished off a 88-catch, 1,214-yard, nine-touchdown season, told E:60's that he suffered his "fair share" of concussions during his nine-year career. He also spoke more broadly about just how frequently concussions occur.

    "Concussions happen," "If not on every play, then they happen like every other, every third play, you know. With all the helmet contact, guys hitting the ground, heads hitting ground. It's simply when your brain touches your skull from the movement or the inertia, man. It's simple to get a concussion, you know. I don't know how many I've had over my career, you know, but I've definitely had my fair share."

    Johnson's response is problematic on multiple levels. Clearly, it's concerning that he believes players suffer concussions every few plays. It's just as alarming to see him say he's suffered his "fair share" of concussions, because as Football Outsiders' Scott Kacsmar pointed out, the never listed Johnson on the injury report with a concists Manchester United attacker Marcus Rashford is no natural striker.Rashford has been told he needs to get in the box more, with United having scored just nine goals in eight Premier League matches this season, and having won only two of those gameussion.

    As Kacsmar wrote, the Lions might've "hid them." Either that, or Johnson himself hid them so he could keep playing. That's exactly what happened this past season with , who admitted to so he could remain on the field.

    The first option, though, isn't a foreign topic for Johnson. Back in 2012, Johnson endured a brutal hit to the head in a game against the . On the sideline, he underwent what he called "... ask you what day, what game it is, stuff like that." Then, he returned to the field.

    After the game, Johnson all but admitted to being concussed.

    "He rung my bell pretty good, he got me, he caught me around the chin, that was a good hit," Johnson "It's a part of football, you get concussed, you gotta keep on playing. You can't get afraid to go across the middle any more than you were at the beginning."

    Later in the week, he completely admitted to it.

    "Yeah, you could tell. It was obvious," he said, according to .

    He's right. You could tell. It was obvious.

    Still, Jim Schwartz, the Lions' head coach at the time, refuted Johnson's claim.

    "Our evaluation was (that Johnson) was not concussed," Schwartz said, "He was thoroughly checked. We were very strong in our evaluation. ... We're very strong in our evaluation, and as an organization, we have some credibility when it comes to concussions. So just leave it there."

    What Johnson told E:60 sounds a lot Fabio Paratici is meeting with new coach Maurizio Sarri today to discuss their transfer plans.And featuring heavily in the talks will be Gabriel.While Juve are in negotiations with Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, Sarri actually regards Gabriel as like confirmation of the Lions covering up his concussions.

    "The team doctor, the team trainers, they work for the team. And I love 'em, you know," Johnson said. "They're some good people, you know. They want to see you do good.

    "But at the same time, they work for the team, you know. They're trying to do whatever they can to get you back on the field and make your team look good. So if it's not gonna make the team look good, or if you're not gonna be on the field, then they're tryin' to do whatever they can to make that happen."

    Just in this past year, the NFL has faced heightened scrutiny about their handling of head injuries. In the fall, a Frontline study found that During the season, the NFL the ' failure to recognize that Then, the NFL actuaaham admits his future at Chelsea is up in the air.Abraham helped fire Aston Villa back into the Premier League after a successful loan last season.But he wants to try and break through at Chelsea, rather than go back on loan to Aston Villa.“You cally admitted that only to watch some notable owners -- -- refute that admission.

    In March, reported that the NFL's research into concussions was flawed and that the NFL had ties to Big Tobacco. The NFL disputed that report and with The Times.

    In Johnson's interview, he also revealed how trainers handed out painkillers "like candy," shedding light on another issue that's been gaining momentum with some and players pushing the NFL to research into players deal with the rigors of the game.

    Johnson's entire E:60 interview will air on Thursday at 10 p.m. ET.

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