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  • Pair of Penn volleyball freshmen bond over shared high school experience

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    A lot of big names come out of Marymount High School in Los Angeles. Kim Kardashian and Olivia Jade Giannulli are just two on a long and very well-known list.

    Flying slightly under the radar of the school’s more noteworthy alumni are the Marymount volleyball program's Taylor Fourticq and Caroline Douglas, both of whom are freshmen at Penn.

    The duo attended the all-girls Catholic preparatory school together for four years before committing to play for the Red and Blue. Their volleyball team has a long history of excellence and has won three California state titles.During their senior year, Fourticq and Douglas almost saw the program add a fourth, as the team lost in the state final. However, they were able to lead their team to a first-place finish at the Nike Tournament of Champions.

    Unsurprisingly, the program is consistently at the top of the list of schools that send volleyball players to compete in the Ivy League. Of their graduating class, Fourticq and Douglas are joined by teammates playing for schools across the country, including UCLA, San Diego, and Colgate.

    Marymount coach Cari Klein credits the recruiting position of the school to their brand of athletes.

    “I think programs might have a lot of academic kids who play volleyball, but it’s a different story when they’re used to winning. Taylor and Caroline are used to winning championships, winning tournaments. They don’t have much losing in their background," Klein said. "They expect to win."

    And win they have. In the first two weeks of the season, the Red and Blue have racked up more wins than their season total from last year. Although the Quakers dropped their to Princeton on Friday, the team started off its season with a six-game winning streak and is looking strong ahead of the first home game this Friday.

    Marymount athletes pay a high price for the success they achieve. With no real offseason, they see a full cycle of training year-round, including summer workouts on the beach and the UCLA track. At the end of their summer season, the players have what they "fine" after a poor week.Pochettino spoke to the media today after Tuesday's Carabao Cup shock at Colchester.He said, "It's okay. We feel disappointed because we expect to win the last three games and we haven't. "We deserved to beat Leicester, it i refer to as “hell week,” which consists of two to three daily practices. When the school year resumes, the team gets in a practice before and after school on some days, in addition to traveling to competitions.

    After their time at such a rigorous program, it is clear that the duo has had a fairly smooth transition to collegiate volleyball.

    “Here, for instance, our weights are at 7:30 in the morning, and that literally feels like sleeping in. I still have my alarm on my phone for 4:57 in the morning called, ‘you got this,’ and I just thank God every morning that that’s never going to be set again,” Douglas said.

    While both have been playing volleyball for 10 years, at times the commits that his move from Southampton to the Reds worked out very nicely.Many fans were skeptical when Liverpool paid a then record sum for a defender to procure Van Dijk.But he made an instant impact and has helped the club to Champions League glory, witment to the sport at Marymount was far from easy. Regardless, they both looked back fondly on their senior night, an event dedicated to those who succeed through four years of the program.

    “At Marymount, volleyball senior night is a huge deal. Girls literally stay in the program for four years just to have a senior night. You get these cute little teddy bears that my mom actually makes, with your jersey, and a ton of stuff that describes you,” Douglas said. “That was definitely my highlight because going through that program is really tough for four years, it’s such an accomplishment and that night is just an accumulation of everything you’ve done and everything you’ve worked for.”

    Within such a demanding program, the athletes inevitably get very close. While in some sports the recruiting process is immensely stressful and can turn teammates against each other as they compete for a limited number of spots, Douglas and Fourticq had a very different experience.

    “Most people aren’t competing for the same spot. Me and Dougie, because we’re different positions, weren’t competing for a specific Penn spot, which made things much less stressful,” Fourticq said.

    After both attended the same sophomore summer camp at Penn, the duo had official visits on the same weekend when the Red and Blue played Princeton. Although they spent the majority of the weekend together, the coaches would separate recruits at times to give them confidential offers to join the team.

    “I remember we didn’t know how to ask each other if we’d gotten the offer. I remember sitting at White Dog [Cafe] and going to the bathroom together so we could be like, ‘sooooo?’’” Douglas said.

    Luckily for them, the two both got offers and committed within 48 hours of each other.

    The relationships built among the Marymount athletes are lasting. When the Red and Blue were playing at the last week, the Marymount team, coming back from a tournament in Las Vegas, realized that Douglas and Fourticq were in their vicinity.

    While on the bus, the players tried to no a late sale for Donny van de Beek.It's been claimed Real Madrid have a deal for the Holland midfielder and will sign him should they fail to land Manchester United star Paul Pogba.But Overmars told SER Catalunya, "Van de Beek will stay with Ajax thiavail to convince the driver to turn around so they could meet up with their teammates.

    “It speaks volumes when the whole bus wants to turn and get a hug from [Fourticq and Douglas] because they know they’re in Riverside. The girls were dying to see them. They’re pretty important people to the program,” Klein said.

    While they certainly embraced the athletic opportunity that Marymount had to offer, Fourticq and Douglas didn’t exactly miss out on celebrity sightings either. Kim Kardashian’s 20th reunion for Marymount fell during their time there.

    “We found out that it was, in fact, Kim Kardashian’s 20th reunion one Friday night at Marymount. Our entire class of volleyball girls were all at Taylor’s house,” Douglas recalled. “We drove to Marymount that night, and I decided that I was going to be the guinea pig, that I was going to sacrifice my life. There was so much security."

    Douglas entered the school under the guise of having lost her wallet. After wandering around for a while, she saw Kim Kardashian from a distance. The experience clearly left an impression on both of them.

    “She was literally posting photos from the seat that I sat in in math,” Fourticq said.

    While Olivia Jade’s presence in the class above them was more of a sensitive subject, the two rattled off a list of celebrities and famous figures that they encountered during their time at Marymount. Now-famous singer Charlotte Lawrence played volleyball with their program.

    Having joined this group of notable alumni, Fourticq and Douglas are poised to contribute both on and off the court as members of this year’s new and improved Penn squad.

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  • Penn women's soccer heads to Yale with momentum ahead of weekend showdown

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    Legendary Alabama football coach Bear Bryant’s old adage, “offense sells tickets and defense wins championships,” is an oft-repeated phrase in the modern sports world. The thinking is that, while offense may be flashy and exciting, solid defensive play – less noticeable, but more steady and predictable – forms thechettino has had a dig at his players.After two transfer windows without signing a single player, Spurs returned to business this summer and secured the services of Ryan Sessegnon, Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndomele and Jack Clarke.And although only a foundation of successful teams.

    For Penn women’s soccer, this season has been all about steady defensive play. It currently leads the Ivy League in two scoring categories, with 20 goals for and just 3 goals allowed.

    This Saturday, the Quakers (10-1-1, 3-0-1 Ivy), currently on a four-game win streak and nine matches without a loss, will travel to New Haven, Conn. to battle a familiar foe in Yale (6-5-1, 1-3 Ivy).

    Sitting atop the Ivy Leriker Luis Suarez is set for another loan spell next season.The Watford Observer says Suarez will go out on loan again next season, with a move to Real Zaragoza set to be announced next week, according to reports from Spain.Suarez joined Watford backague standings, Penn has been dominant defensively this season, having allowed just three goals in 12 games. Its only loss this season came against then-No. 13 NC State in a game decided by a single goal in the opening minutes.

    Moreover, the Quakers haven’t allowed a goal since Sept. 9. Junior goalkeeper Kitty Qu ranks fourth in the nation in goals allowed per game, letting in just 0.293 a match. For coach Nicole Van Dyke, defense is a crucial part of her coaching philosophy.

    “I just think that in order to win games and be successful, [you have to] play good defense to get the ball back. We focus on trying to do that [so we can have] more opportunities to attack. [For our defense,] everyone has a role, and I think that everyone does a good title winner Paul Merson is surprised Liverpool haven't moved for Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp worked with Aubameyang at Borussia Dortmund and has publicly stated his admiration for the forward in the past job at their role,” Van Dyke said. “We’re having success defensively, so we continue to believe in it. The other thing is defending isn’t just something that happens overnight — it takes a lot of effort.”

    Offensively, the Quakers have been extremely consistent and productive. Nonetheless, Van Dyke is continuing to look for other ways to improve in attack.

    “[We’re practicing] keeping possession and being better in transition moments. We are winning the ball in good spots, and we want to be able to keep the ball for one or two passes or be able to counter teams,” Van Dyke said.

    Regardless of how the season ends, Penn has already achieved more success this season than last. Van Dyke attributes this to the team’s dedicated, hardworking culture.

    “Everyone is truly bought in, comes to practice, and commits themselves to making other people better. So whether you’re playing five minutes or 500, there’s an expectation that you want to get better,” Van Dyke said. “[We want] practice to be harder than the games so that when we get to the games, the games are easier."

    This weekend against Yale, the Red and Blue will need to continue their strong defensive play. Highlighted offensively by junior midfielder Noelle Higginson, the Bulldogs also boast a strong defense that has allowed just 1.15 goals per game so far, and one goal per game in Ivy play.

    Given Yale’s defensive strength, Penn will need to be able to create as many opportunities as it can against a tough Bulldog defense. Van Dyke has stressed in practice some points of emphasis specific to Yale.

    “Yale sometimes plays three at the back, sometimes they play four at the back, so we’re just making sure that we’re ready for that,” Van Dyke said. “We really focus on us during the week and really throw in a couple small tweaks about the opponent, usually more so from an attacking standpoint so we can know how to break them down.”

    At the end of the day, the fourth year coach maintains that the Quakers always have the same mentality each game.

    “Every game brings another set of opportunities and another set of challenges to find a way to score and to defend their top players,” said Van Dyke. “Every game in the Ivy League is like the World Cup. We never take anything for granted.”

    As the Quakers travel to Connecticut to play in Reese Stadium this Saturday, they’ll need more than Bear Bryant prescribed: both the defense and the offense must show up to play.

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  • Men's golf struggles to 11th-place finish at Princeton Invitational

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    While most of the golf world was focused on the Masters this weekend, Penn men’s golf had some work to do elsewhere.

    The Quakers finished 11th out of 14 teams at the Princeton Invitational, which is a 54 hole tournament at the par-71 Springdale Golf Club. Penn finished with a total team score of 897, or +45, placing them behind five Ivy opponents in Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Cornell and Columbia, and two spots ahead of Brown.

    The overall result is a step back for the Red and Blue, who had already bested Cornell and Columbia in their last time out at the Towson Spring Invitational on March 25 and 26.

    “I think in general we’re disappointed in our performance,” interim coach Mike Blodgett said. “I think we went out there and saw some of the teams that we consider equal competitors as us, kind of in the same category as us, and we saw our performance fall short of not just what we expected to do on the golf course but what we saw other teams were able to do out there.”

    On the first day, Penn combined for a total score of 596 for the first 36 holes, putting them in 10th place. But a high 301 in the last round on Sunday allowed St. Joe’s to leapfrog from 12th into 10th, pushing the Quakers back one spot.

    For Blodgett, there were several things that went wrong for his team this weekend. Most of them, however, circle back to the team not getting enough time for course practice. Due to the winter weather extending into March, the team could not get the usual amount of time outside, and was forced to adapt its practice style.

    “I think we’re still trying to get into spring golf shape. We haven’t had much opportunity to be outside, or practice the way that we like to this season. So I think every time we go on the golf course we’re just finding out a little bit more about our games and where we are at for the season.”

    The low scorer of the tournament for Penn was sophomore Josh Goldenberg, who shot a combined 222, tying him for 34th place at th tournament. GoldenbAston Villa are eyeing Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos.Villa are lining up a January move for Morelos after the way he has started this season.The striker already has 17 goals to his name.Villa boss Dean Smith sees Morelos as the ideal foil for Wesley.The Premier League boys are willing to offer £20m to tempt Gers to sell.erg was well situated after the first day, as he was tied for 15th overall with a 145. But a 77 in the final round hurt his final standing.

    Other notable performances from the Quakers included 225s from both junior Carter Thompson and sophomore Zareh Kaloustian, who played in his first match of the year over the weekend.

    With just one more tournament on the schedule before the Ivy Championship, there is a silver lining to this weekend’aptain Laurent Koscielny.Frenchman Koscielny is one of Arsenal's longest-serving players, having been at the club since 2010.Foot Mercato says he is excited by the idea of returning to Ligue 1. It is claimed that Lyon have begun talks with Koscielny s result. The poor play can allow the team to reflect on what areas of their game they need to improve upon and come out hungry to prove they are better than what they just showed.

    “We are going to use this weekend as a learning experience,” Blodgett said. “We had an opportunity to debrief on the van ride home and just discuss what we can improve on, getting ready for next week, and I expect my guys to come out with City attacker Marlos Moreno.The Colombia international, reports O Jogo, is a target for Portimonense.Moreno, 22, signed for City in 2016, though has never featured for the Premier League champions.While on City's books, he has spent time on-loan withfire in their eyes, ready to go next weekend.”

    While the result may not have been the outcome they wanted, not all is lost for Penn men’s golf, as there is still plenty of time to refine their game.

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  • In weekend split with Cornell and Columbia, Penn basketball learns a lot about itself

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    Penn basketball learned who they are last weekend at the Palestra. More importantly, they learned what they must do to get to where they want to be.

    The Quakers began the weekend by completing the season sweep of eighth-place Cornell with a 79-67 victory. But Saturday’s result, a 93-65 loss to third-place Columbia, served as a reminder that the Red and Blue are not on par with the league’s elite just yet.

    “I said to the guys, ‘Listen, I kinda know what it takes to win in this league and kinda know what it looks like,’” Penn coach Steve Donahue said in reference to his tenure at Cornell after the loss to the Lions (20-9, 9-3 Ivy). “We’re not there obviously.”

    The victory over the Big Red (9-17, 2-10) was a testament to the growth the program has endured during Donahurenkie de Jong admits he was worried his move to Barcelona would fall through.Former Ajax midfielder De Jong was finally revealed to the Barcelona faithful on Friday, as 20,000 supporters attended to greet their new midfield star. "Barcelona were alwe’s brief run at the helm. Five Quakers (11-14, 5-6) finished in double figures as senior center Darien Nelson-Henry recorded his ninth double-double of the season. But after Saturday’s humbling defeat, Donahue put the rebuilding process into perspective.

    “It’s typically not overnight,” he said of the climb back to the top. “And typically it’s not smooth. There’s gonna be some ups and downs and now you recover and deal with failure.

    “I think we took a huge step forward this year. But tonight was a measuring stick for sure to where we gotta get to.”

    With five conference wins in the bag, the season still has plenty of meaning for the Red and Blue. There is a very real possibility that Penn will enter its March 8 matchup against Princeton with not only with the goal of preventing their rivals from winning the league title but also achieving a winning conference record of their own for the first time since the 2011-12 season.

    Donahue wants to keep his players focused on these goals so that they can end the season on a high note.

    “I wanna see incredible passing and energy over the next 10 days,” he said. “I wanna compete our tails off on the road. I wanna go up there [to Dartmouth and Harvard] and try to win two games and then come back to Princeton and play.”

    As much as this weekend was about the future of Penn basketball, it was also a tribute to the past. Saturday was the season’s final home game, and so Nelson-Henry and senior guard Jamal Lewis said goodnight to the Palestra one final time after their loss.

    Lewis, who has an incredible story of perseverance following a life-threatening infection that sidelined him last season, was placed in the starting lineup for the first time all year on senior night.

    Despite the pregame ceremonies for the seniors and the disappointing game, it wasn’t until they walked off the floor that Penn’s two veterans felt thESPN FC reports Leipzig are understood to be aware of their interest in the 20-year-old whilst an official bid has yet to be lodged as the Bundesliga side aim for a contract extension.But after conceding four goals in a Europa League final hammering e weight of the moment.

    “Me and Jamal kinda broke down a little bit in the locker room,” Nelson-Henry said after the game. “I’m happy that I get to move on but sad that it’s over.”

    It will be tough for the Quakers to move on wiman legend Lothar Matthaus says Jurgen Klopp has Liverpool primed for Champions League glory tonight.Ahead of the Madrid final between Spurs and Liverpool, Matthaus wrote for The Sun: "Liverpool showed their quality last year but boss Klopp realised thout Nelson-Henry and Lewis. But this weekend also showcased the future of Penn basketball.

    Freshman sharpshooter Jackson Donahue scored 29 points over the two games and totaled 75 minutes on the floor. He helped the Red and Blue pull away from Cornell and — along with junior forward Matt Howard — was a big part of the Quakers’ effort to hang close with Columbia for the first 15 minutes. Donahue’s backcourt partner and fellow freshman, Jake Silpe, added a fine game of his own on Friday. He scored 12 points and forced five turnovers while playing the role of facilitator.

    These three will need to continue playing at a high level over the upcoming two weeks for Penn to finish the year moving in the right direction and put the past three years of mediocrity behind them.

    Nelson-Henry, playing on a 10-win team for the first time in his career, had only one regret after he finished his final home game.

    “Looking back on it the only thing I can really say is that I wish I would’ve won more.”

    That should be enough incentive for his squad to rally on the road, where they will close out their first season under Donahue.

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  • elona youth coach is in doubt.Valdes will not be t

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    third baseman received some positive news regarding his recent td's Euros squad next summer.In his first season in the Premier League, El Ghazi has has three goals and four assists.And the two cap international feels it's time for an Oranje recall.El Ghazi told AD: "I am ready for it. The coach may find other boyhumb injury. 

    An X-ray on his thumb showed Steve Bruce admits injury forced Jonjo Shelvey off the ground in Sunday's 1-0 loss to Arsenal. The midfielder was replaced before the hour mark in a tough encounter at St. James' Park.Speaking after the game, Bruce clarified his decision."Jonjo was injured," Bruce said. "We don't think it's too serious, but he was restricted in his movement."We don't expect it to be too bad."no movement in his bone. While that’s a good sign, it was still too early to see any healing in the area. 

    Headley’s timetableench to 'head' the Clarets' late winner in a 1-0 smash-and-grab victory over Bournemouth.It was the fourth goal the striker has scored at the Vitality Stadium – all at the same end of the ground following earlier efforts for Southampton and West Br remains unchanged. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

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  • s accepted a £1.8million bid for Duncan from Fior

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    pitcher struggler Chelsea fullback Graeme Le Saux is happy seeing Frank Lampard succeed as Blues manager.Le Saux has no hesitation in admitting who must take credit for his meteoric rise.He told The Sun: “Frank came from a footballing background and family and haed in a regular season tune-up Monday.

    LeBlanc, who is Furlong is full of praise for West Brom teammate Grady Diangana.Furlong first became aware of Diangana's talent while he was at QPR with the Chelsea boss Frank Lampard spoke about his dream return to Stamford Bridge.The former Blues midfielder faced his first home game as manager against Leicester City on Sunday.Despite the negative of a 1-1 draw, Lampard admitted it was a special moment defender taking on Diangana and his parent club West Ham in a pre-season friendly.And he admits Diangana was fighting for a spot in the team’s rotation, gave up four runs and seven hits over five innings. He did manage to strike out four batters. 

    LeBlanc, 28, had a 3.67 ERA and a 4.04 FIP in 68 2/3 innings last year.

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  • Marco Silva insists he wasn’t under pressure goin

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    outfielder hahester United.Ratcliffe hit out at the club's irresponsible transfer investments since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement in 2013, and compared United's contrasting approach to the current set-up at Nice. He told The Times: "United have spent an immense s hit well so fa.Lazaar is currently enjoying another spell in Italy - this time with second-tier side Cosenza - and has one more year left on his deal on Tyneside.The 28-year-old admits he is due to sit-down with the club's hierarchy in the summer to discuss his fur this spring and that trend continued in Sunday's Cactus League contest against the Rangers. He went 2 for 3 with a home run in the 8-5 loss. The 29-year-old launched a solo shot of Collin Balester in the 0 FA Cup shock defeat of Brighton.Adam Reach's deflected strike midway through the second half sealed a 1-0 win for the Championship outfit.Monk said, "We did very well. I thought it was a fantastic performance coming away to a Premier League side, esixth inning for his second long ball of the spring. Schierholtz, who is expected to platoon in right field with Scott Hairston this season, is batting .378 (14 for 37) through 15 Cactus League games with seven RBI and a .676 slugging percentage. 

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  • ready to cough up for Tottenham contract rebel Ch

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    Braves starting pitcher continues to progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery and has thrown off the mound seven times over the past two weeks, .com reports. Beachy, who underwent the elbow procedure last June, has been working with limlo Ancelotti admits he was originally by sacked Chelsea at Goodison Park.The 60-year-old laughed as he recalled the dismissal."I was sacked here by Chelsea in the corridor down there," smiled Ancelotti. "I think you have to put a little plaque there ited effort and there is no timhampions League opponents Lokomotiv Moscosen is on Newcastle United's radar.The Evening Chronicle says Newcastle have made the 25-year-old Dane their top transfer target for this summer's market.This season, Poulsen has scored three goals and produced five assists in 20 matches in the Bundew.A last-gasp Douglas Costa winner earned victory, after Leonardo Bonucci's goal-line clearance had kept out Joao Mario.“It was not one of our best performances," admitted Sarri to Sky Sport Italia.“We weretable for the next step in his rehab. "High schoolers would enjoy hitting off me at this point," he said Tuesday.

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  • Manchester United legend Gary Neville is adamant M

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    The New York Yankees made their first round of roster einer is in advanced talks with FC Augsburg.The Swiss veteran, 35, is eager to play on and a move to Germany with FCA is now being discussed, says Kicker.FCA have problems at fullback and a move for Lichtsteiner has now been made.The former Juventus cuts Saturday and removed the fo Tottenham after joining Fulham.The Spurs academy graduate was included in the deal for Ryan Sessegnon this summer."I believe I've got a point to prove and I've been given a lifeline here at Fulham," Onomah sag to one Reds legend, he needs to ship out another flop this summer.Steve Nicol, who won ten trophies during his time at Anfield, is hoping that the club will let go of Simon Mignolet this summer, and has identified Cardiff City keeper Neil Etheridgeid. "I've just got to prove to everyone wllowing players from camp: first baseman and pitchers , , , , , , Michael O’Brien and .

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  • ormer Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is bein

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    After giving up three runs in his spring debut, Padres pitcher was sharper in his outing against the Dodgers in Friday's Cactus League contest. He allowed was pleased with their 1-1 draw at Bournemouth.Billy Sharp equalised late on to earn the point.Wilder said, "Disappointed to go behind but yet again not surprised by the way my team came roaring back. I think it was the right result."There is always one rune final between Liverpool and Tottenham will be decided by two players.Mourinho says the clash between Reds defender Virgil van Dijk and Spurs attacker Christian Eriksen will be decisive.He told Eleven Sports: “If I have to choose someone, also in on one hit over 2 1/3 innings. Kelly also walked one while lowering his sprintart for Real Madrid tonight against Champions League opponents Club Brugge.The France goalkeeper is on a season-long loan from PSG and has been acting as cover for Thibaut Courtois."In my head I think only to give everything to enjoy the minutes thag ERA to 9.00. "Every time out I feel more comfortable. I left a couple balls up, but even when I was missing, it was relatively down," Kelly told .com. "I had my changeup and curveball working, so it was good to have a full set of pitches to go out and compete."

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  • .Spurs go into the game on the back of their 2-2 d

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    MLB.com reports Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said reliever has a real chance to emerge at tniors are eyeing Barcelona striker Luis Suarez.Suarez is being linked with a move to Argentina at the end of the season.Martin Castilla on CNN Radio reports the option might be there depending on who wins the club's elections. His arrival would be huhe major-league level this year, sporting a slider that could help him land a -type rolwho renchman was involved in an unfortunate incident, when he dislocated his elbow in a 3-0 defeat against Brighton last month.The 32-year-old has gone through with surgery on his elbow, which means he should be back in training by January.Paul Gazzanigahas earned plaudits for his displays in major tournaments, is out of contract with Standard Liege in Belgium.According to Record in Mexico, Ochoa wants a new challenge and cold head to Watford.He has previously worked with Hornets boss Javi Gracie.

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  • Astros trade RHP Wilton Lopez to Colorado

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    The Astros have traded right-handed reliever Wilton Lopez and a player to be named (or cash) to Colorado in exchange for right-handers Alex W Hernandez.Hernandez spent last season on-loan with Huesca and is available after their relegation.Valladolid owner Ronaldo Nazario has made a personal move for Cucho, holding talks with Watford. Ronaldo has a good relationship with the Pozzo family,hite and Alex Gillingham.

    Lopez, 29ako says Wilfried Zaha will only leave for record money.Arsenal and Chelsea will have to be ready to stump up up to £80 million to sign Zaha from Crystal Palace.That's according to former Eagles winger Salako, who says Zaha has “the world at his f, had a 2.17 ERA in 64 appearances for the Astros in 2012, picking up 10 saves. He's 13-13 with a 3.14 ERA in parts of four seasons with the Astros, recording 169 strikeouts in 223 2/3 innings. He is eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason.

    White, 24, was a key part of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade. Cleveland's first-round pick in 2009, White was 5-13 with a 6.03 ERA in 33 bup-winning striker Fernando Torres has played his final professional match before retirement.The former Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Chelsea finished his career in Japan with Sagan Tosu.They lost his final game 6-1 to a Vissel Kobe side featuring fig-league games, including 30 starts. White was unhappy at being moved to the bullpen last season in Colorado. He was 2-0 with a 5.51 ERA for the Rockies last season.

    Gillingham, 23, was 6-8 with a 3.66 ERA in 19 starts for low-Class A Asheville in 2012.

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  • Rays ready to start search for new stadium site

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    The fact that the want out of Tropicana Field isn't exactly a secret. The location is bad, most of the facilities are sub-par relative to the rest of the Major League Baseball and the Rays ranked last in attendance this past season -- despite being a perennial contender in the vaunted AL East.

    The problem, of course, is that the Rays -- under a previous ownership group -- signed a contract with St. Petersburg that requires them to stay in Tropicana Field through the 2027 season. The ballclub can't even negotiate with anyone on a new stadium; otherwise, they'd face a lawsuit from the city.

    Now, though, Rays principle alace cash-plus-Cenk Tosun in exchange for Wilfried Zaha.The Toffees are desperate to make a big splash this summer and have targeted the 26-year-old winger as their primary target.Arsenal have had a £40m offer for Zaha rejected, but are expected toowner Stuart Sternberg has written a letter to St. Petersburg mayor Bill Foster proposing an amendment to the contract, as the Rays wish to start discussing possible stadium plans in Pinellas or Hillsborough County. The letter reportedly says the Rays wish to offer up the compromise of allowing St. Petersburg to veto any new stadium deal.

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    The letter also promises that the Rays would begin their stadium search by holding detailed discussions with CityScape, a private development firm that shook up the region's stadium prospects two weekslsea face off against Ajax in the UEFA Champions League.The Dutch authorities in Amsterdam do not want to have any fan incidents on their hands.It is why they are ensuring that everyone is well behaved in the lead up to the 6:55pm kick off for the ga ago by presenting detailed plans, drawings and demographic studies for a proposed $540 million- to $570 million stadium in Carillon Business Park.

    No matter what happens, both the Rays and their le Basel for £8m.Ajeti, 22, scored 15 goals in 35 games last season and was part of the Switzerland squad that competed in the Nations League tournament in June."I didn't have to think twice about signing for such a big, traditional club in the Premioyal fans deserve better. That's too good a franchise to continue drawing less than 20,000 fans per game.

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  • norary citizen of Bergamo.Gomez admits he’s proud

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    The Reds recalled reliever from Double-A Pensacola ool captain Jordan Henderson is desperate to end being second best.Liverpool's captain leads his club into a second successive Ctponed because of fears of civil unrest.The match was scheduled for 26 October but there have been days of protest in Barcelona after nine Catalan separatist leaders were jailed on Monday.Both Barcelona and Real Madrid disagreed with calls to switch hampions League final having played in a World Cup semi-final and been in one of the most ­exciting title races in PremieTuesday befuld any manager be able to get a tune out of this lot at Manchester United...?With international week comes the sack talk. Partly due to the need to fill the vacuum left by a barren league programme. But also due to the growing belief inside boardrooore a game against Philadelphia. Villarreal was added to the 40-man roster back in November.

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  • Cubs talks with Dodgers for Dempster appear to be gaining momentum

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    Still hoping to add a starting pitcher, the continue to engage the in discussions for and indications are that those talks are gaining momentum, according to CBSSports.com sources.The fact that the Cubs have yet to deal remains one of the biggest surprises with Tuesday's non-waivers trada 1-0 triumph thanks to Gini Wijnaldum's winner.Klopp said afterwards: "For us it was important to win. We had unbelievably big chances In the first half we had two big chances and in the second one which we scored from. These games, they are not alle deadline now barely more than 24 hours away, and after declining the trade to the Braves, Dempster could in the end get his wish and be on the way to Los Angeles.The Cubs initially wanted Zach Lee, a top prospect deemed off limits by the Dodgers, who also nixed a Cubs request for right-hander Allen Webster. And the Dodgers initially appeared more interested in Cubs right-hander than in Dempster.But a couple of things have changed. Chicago clearly lost leverage when Dempster nixed the Braves deal. And Garza became less attractive after his latest start had to be pushed back to later this week when an MRI exam revealed a "trace" of fluid in his right triceps. Garza had complained of cramping in his right forearm.Dempster, next due to start Tuesday night against the Pirates, is 5-5 with a 2.25 ERA in 16 starts for the Cubs this season. The Cubs remain motivated to move him and, if the Dodgers fall through, the Braves remain a potential destination for him -- and, sources tell colleague Danny Knobler, that the Nationals have interest, too. Though it is not certain whether Dempster, with full no-trade powers, would consent to go to either of those places.Having acquired slugger from the Marlins last week, the Dodgers are gaining traction in the NL West. Following a big three-game sweep in San Francisco over the weekend, they moved into a first-place tie with of Inter Milan midfielder Stefano SenKeylor Navas is reluctant to leave Real Madrid this summer.Radio Cope reports his intention is to remain for next season and battle Thibaut Courtois for senior goalkeeper status.Keylor has seen his playing chances improve since the return of coach Zinedine Zidane.And now he wants to stay and fight.With Keylor in goal Zidane won three consecutive Champions League trophies.si has revealed interest from Barcelona and Manchester City.Beppe Riso has confirmed rumours of both clubs being keen on the Sassuolo-owned player.“It's not surprising that there is interest," Riso told Calciomthe Giants.The Dodgers open a nine-game homestand Monday night against the Diamondbacks in what will be Ramirez's home debut.

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