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Gabriel Magalhaes sends message to Mikel Arteta after failed Arsenal move

first_img Comment Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 16 Feb 2020 1:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Gabriel Magalhaes sends message to Mikel Arteta after failed Arsenal move Arsenal target Gabriel has talked up a move to the Premier League (Picture: Getty)Gabriel Magalhaes admits he would ‘love’ to play in the Premier League and has refused to rule out a move to Arsenal in the summer.Mikel Arteta was desperate to bring in a central defender in January after Calum Chambers suffered a season-ending knee injury and Lille star Gabriel was identified as a realistic target at the start of the window.Lille reportedly rejected several ‘firm offers’ from Arsenal for Gabriel and the north London club went on to complete a six-month loan deal for Flamengo’s Pablo Mari.But the Gunners have maintained an interest in Gabriel and are expected to return with another bid for the Brazilian at the end of the campaign.ADVERTISEMENT The defender was asked about Arsenal’s interest in French television (Picture: Telefoot)It’s understood Lille have slapped a £30million price tag on the player they signed for just £1.5m back in 2016.AdvertisementAdvertisementGabriel’s performances this season have caught Everton’s attention, as well as Arsenal, and it’s clear the centre-back has one eye on a potential switch to England.Asked whether joining Arsenal is a possibility in the future, Gabriel told Telefoot: ‘Maybe, I don’t know.‘But I would love to play in the Premier League.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArteta has satisfied with Arsenal’s business this winter after Mari and Cedric Soares arrived through the doors at the Emirates.On Mari, Arteta said: ‘He is a player who has big experience, he’s played in this country and in different leagues.‘He knows what it means. He has been very willing to go to another top club. He has that desire and that commitment.‘I followed him a few seasons ago and I really like what he can bring and it was the right conditions for us as well to try and improve the squad.’MORE: N’Golo Kante delivers top four prediction ahead of Chelsea vs Manchester Unitedlast_img read more

‘Pusher’ falls in buy-bust

first_imgThe 23-year-old Norly John Lipura was nabbed in a buy-bust operation inBarangay Paraiso, Sagay City, Negros Occidental, a police report showed. Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the ComprehensiveDangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against Lipura./PN BACOLOD City – He allegedly sold illegal drugs. Lipura – resident of the village – was caught after he sold a sachet ofsuspected shabu to an undercover cop for P500 around 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 27, itadded.center_img When frisked, Lipura yielded three more sachets of suspected illegaldrugs. The suspect was detained in the custodial facility of the Sagay Citypolice station.last_img

Roger Eugene Cromer Sr.

first_imgRoger Eugene Cromer Sr., of Sunman, Indiana, passed away November 11, 2017 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.He was born May 21, 1950 in Milan, IN, son of the late Raymond Cromer and Vada Saylor CromerHe was a Union Millwright, retiring after over 30 years of service. He was a member of Moores Hill Church of Christ. Roger loved watching Brandon and Brooklyn play basketball, he loved to eat, ride the All Terrain Vehicle at the farm with all of the grandkids. For his recent haircut, Roger got to be Brooklyn’s first paying customer since her cosmetology school. Spending time with his family was his greatest joy. He was devoted to his wife of 50 years, Kathy. Who was also his faithful and loving care giver since Roger’s stroke 12 years ago. He was a wonderful husband , father and grandfather. He will be sadly missed.Surviving are his wife, Kathy Cromer of Sunman, IN; children, Kathy Renae Cromer of Alexandria, KY, Roger “JR” (Aimee) Cromer of Manchester,IN, Christopher (D’Lisa) Cromer of Lawrenceburg, IN; Siblings, Raymond (Sandy) Cromer of Greendale, IN, Roy (Linda) Cromer of Greendale, Zora (Kenny) Peters of Aurora, IN, Regina Holmes of North Vernon, IN; grandchildren, Shanna Cromer, Katelyn Cromer, Kristyn Cromer, Brooklyn Cromer and Kylee Cromer; great grandson, Dylan Vestal.He was preceded in death by Father, Raymond Cromer, Mother, Vada Cromer,grandson, Brandon Tyler Cromer,and Sister, Carol Funch.Friends will be received Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 12:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana. Masonic services will be held atServices will be held at the Funeral Home, Wednesday at 2:00 pm . Interment will follow in the Greendale Cemetery, Greendale, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Brandon Cromer Memorial Scholarship Fund. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Martinez wants rules on concussion

first_img The issue has become a talking point after Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was knocked out in the goalless draw at Goodison Park on Sunday, yet played on after treatment. Spurs came in for criticism for allowing the France international to continue but Martinez argues the decision should be taken out of manager’s hands. Everton manager Roberto Martinez has called for legislation to be introduced to safeguard players against the effects of concussion. “My view is that I don’t think it should be a manager’s decision whether you take a player off or not,” he said. “If there is a strong view from the medical side that when a player gets concussed he should come off, I think we should look into it and make it a rule. “It should be part of the game and a law. “It shouldn’t be the manager’s decision or a game decision based on how the result goes, what type of game it is or how many substitutes have been used when it is a serious situation on the health of the player. “In that situation you need to understand whether the player is in a position to make a decision. “There are many issues that are medical grounds and others which are football grounds, and we have to be careful one doesn’t overlap the other. “The manager is going to make decisions to win games, but when you have a player who is risking severe damage, that is a completely different area away from sport which no-one wants to go into. “It is a decision to be made at the highest level and I think there should be a rule included for medical reasons, but I don’t think it is a manger’s decision.” Martinez also responded to Tottenham counterpart Andre Villas-Boas’ questioning of Romelu Lukaku’s role in Lloris’ concussion. The Spurs boss claimed the Belgium international could have avoided his knee connecting with the goalkeeper’s head and asked why more questions had not been directed at the striker and why Lukaku had not apologised. But Martinez responded, suggesting there should have been a similar conversation the other way regarding Roberto Soldado’s apparent elbow on Phil Jagielka. “The good thing is you can watch the replay and see the video evidence,” said the Spaniard. “All Romelu is doing is carrying on his run, he cannot disappear. It is unfortunate. “I don’t think Andre Villas-Boas mentioned there was any intent or any wrongdoing from Romelu, he only mentioned he expected a bit of an apology. “Obviously we are waiting for Roberto Soldado to apologise to Phil Jagielka, and so we can use the same phone call so we don’t have to spend on two phone calls.” Asked whether he thought there should have been retrospective action taken against the Spain international, Martinez said: “That is not for me to comment. I don’t think it would give anything to Everton. “That is down to the authorities to decide whether they want to implement it. “I am more about the referee making decisions in the game and whatever happens in the game is where it matters. “I’m not too keen about retrospective punishment unless it (the action) goes against the values of the competition. “I don’t think they (officials) saw it, obviously, otherwise they would’ve acted accordingly. “Nowadays you have action replays and you can see everything that happens but for the referee it is very difficult.” Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: IPC president says postponing was only option

first_imgThe Latest: IPC president says postponing was only option DeMartini says that he is a fan of a “soonest possible” reschedule but not until the situation is a bit more predictable. That could mean early in 2021 or an Olympics that is pushed into the fall of next year.DeMartini says “we just need to be sure everything is being done to protect their safety.”___IOC president Thomas Bach says he did not discuss new dates for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.One option would be July 23-Aug. 8. That is exactly one year from the now-postponed July 24-Aug. 9 dates. Bach says the exact dates is a question for the Tokyo organizing committee and an International Olympic Committee panel overseeing the preparations.Swimming and track have their biennial world championships scheduled to start in July or August 2021.___IOC president Thomas Bach says “alarming figures” in the past few days about the coronavirus were key to deciding the Tokyo Olympics must be postponed.Bach cites the World Health Organization “saying in the last couple of hours that Africa has to prepare for the worst.” Japan’s NHK public television says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will propose a one-year postponement for the Tokyo Olympics during talks with IOC President Thomas Bach.Abe says a postponement is unavoidable if the 2020 Games cannot be held in a complete manner amid the coronavirus pandemic.Abe held telephone talks with Bach after IOC said it would make a decision on the Tokyo Games over the next four weeks.___The European club rugby finals in May have been suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. The IOC has been advised by the WHO, which said Monday the pandemic is accelerating.Bach says the original health issue for hosting the Tokyo Olympics was “could Japan offer a safe welcome” and the IOC was confident it could.___The Tokyo Olympics have been officially postponed until 2021.The International Olympic Committee along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and local organizers have decided that the Tokyo Games cannot go ahead as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak. Associated Press The Paralympics are governed by the same contract as the Tokyo Olympics.IPC president Andrew Parsons says “by taking this decision now, everyone involved in the Paralympic Movement, including all Para athletes, can fully focus on their own health and well-being and staying safe during this unprecedented and difficult time.”___USA Cycling chief executive Rob DeMartini tells The Associated Press that athletes were surveyed over the weekend by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and that the consensus was that postponing the Tokyo Games was the correct call.DeMartini says “training disruption and qualification challenges are too big to overcome even if the environment returns to a degree of normal by late summer.” Governing body European Professional Club Rugby announced the decision a day after a conference call by the board.The Champions Cup and second-tier Challenge Cup had already suspended the quarterfinals scheduled for next month. Now the semifinals on May 1-3 and the finals in Marseille set for May 22-23 are off.EPCR says it “remains committed to completing the 2019-20 Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup season.”___The Tokyo Olympic torch relay will start Thursday as planned in northeastern Fukushima prefecture but with no torch, no torchbearers and no public because of the coronavirus outbreak.center_img The IOC says the games will be held “not later than summer 2021” but they will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.___Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed “100%” to his proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bach had previously said the IOC would make an announcement about postponing the 2020 Olympics in the next four weeks.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The president of the International Paralympic Committee says postponing the Olympics and Paralympics to 2021 was “the only logical option.” Football Federation Australia chief executive James Johnson says the latest measures imposed by the federal government made it impossible for the A-League to continue. The league had only a few regular-season games remaining before the playoffs. Johnson said the postponement will be reviewed on April 22.Johnson says “as a national competition played in all parts of Australia, as well as New Zealand, mission complicated became mission impossible.”Newcastle’s 2-1 win over Melbourne City at an empty stadium on Monday was the last game completed. Sydney FC leads the standings with 48 points after 20 games.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 There will be an Olympic flame carried in a lantern and transported by a vehicle along what organizers hope will be empty roadsides.The Tokyo Games and the relay have been caught in limbo since International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said four weeks were needed to decide on an inevitable postponement of the planned opening on July 24. He has ruled out a cancellation.___Australian soccer’s A-League has suspended its season indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.That brings an end to all professional football competitions in Australia and New Zealand. Taiwan’s professional baseball league has set April 11 as the revised date for opening day.The start of the Taiwan-based Chinese Professional Baseball League’s season has been delayed twice this month because of the coronavirus pandemic.The CPBL’s website says the opening game would go ahead in a closed stadium but there could be up to 150 season ticket holders allowed entry under strict social distancing guidelines if the government approves.Sports leagues across Asia have been postponed or suspended because of the virus outbreak. The professional baseball and soccer leagues in Japan are aiming to start or resume their seasons in late April.___ March 24, 2020last_img read more

Badgers exceed expectations, earn 1st NCAA bid since 2002

first_imgDespite being picked to finish seventh in the Big Ten by the media and 10th by coaches, head coach Lisa Stone and the UW women’s basketball team had different expectations for the 2009-10 season, expectations which Stone wasted no time outlining at the team’s preseason media day.“This team wants to get to the NCAA tournament — there’s no question about that,” Stone said presciently back in October. “We’re small. We’re not real big, but we’re very, very gritty and that’s our identity. And that grit and [a] servitude mentality defensively is going to put us in a position to be there at the end.”And “there” — in the NCAA tournament field — they ended up, as unlikely as it may have seemed.Entering the year, the team faced a handful of assurances against many more uncertainties.What the team knew was that it was going to be experienced, returning 10 of 12 letter-winners from the previous season, including all five starters.The players knew they would hang their hats on defense, following the 2008-09 transition to the “pack” defense brought by assistant coach Kathi Bennett (daughter of former UW men’s coach Dick and sister of Virginia men’s coach Tony), which yielded a 10.3 points per game improvement in its first season in place.They knew on the other end of the floor they would be adjusting to and growing into a new “4-out, 1-in” motion offense, replacing the familiar “swing” system.And lastly, they knew they had to try to repeat their nonconference performance from the 08-09 season (when they went 10-1) while avoiding the Big Ten collapse that sealed their demise and third straight WNIT bid.Everything else was a rather large and ominous question mark.Yet, even with a new offense and a few new faces — most notably 6-foot freshman Taylor Wurtz — the Badgers jumped out to an equally impressive nonconference start.After halving in-state matchups with UW-Milwaukee and UW-Green Bay and escaping in an early thriller versus Cleveland State, the squad was presented with its first big test over the Thanksgiving holiday. UW traveled to Eugene, Ore., for the World Vision Invitational, beginning a brutal stretch of eight games in 18 days, including six straight on the road.Showing their resolve, though, the Badgers emerged from Eugene as the tournament champions and proceeded to gather road wins at N.C. State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and at Marquette.With two easy mid-December victories over SIU-Edwardsville and Robert Morris, the team concluded the nonconference slate in a nearly identical position to the year before — 10-1 with a holiday tournament to its credit, riding a wave of momentum into Big Ten play.But the question remained, can the Badgers do it in the league?For the most part, the answer was mixed.Compared to 2008-09, when the Badgers finished 6-12 in conference play, the 10-8 record this year’s UW squad posted represented significant improvement. Wisconsin received its first taste of Big Ten competition Dec. 6 in Columbus, Ohio against the Buckeyes.OSU had claimed the conference title every season since the 2005-06 campaign, and this year boasted the Big Ten Preseason of the Year in junior center Jantel Lavender.However, the Buckeyes came out flat on their home court, allowing the Badgers to jump out to a 28-20 halftime lead. After a 50-point second half, though, OSU made sure UW would not leave with an upset, and Wisconsin departed with a disappointing 70-55 loss.Big Ten play did not resume for Stone’s squad until Dec. 28, when the Badgers upset the then-No. 16 Michigan State Spartans at home. With the UW football team set to face Miami in the Champs Sports Bowl the next day, Stone was in a gridiron state of mind after the game.“I tell you, it was like a football game,” Stone told reporters after the game. “I know we’ve got the bowl game tomorrow, but it was a very physical Big Ten battle out there tonight.”Unfortunately for Wisconsin, any good feelings stemming from the Michigan State upset were quickly erased as the Badgers dropped their next two, both on the road, against Iowa and Illinois.Never a squad to lament its shortcomings, Wisconsin rebounded quickly to put together a four-game win streak by defeating Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State (in East Lansing, Mich., this time) and Illinois again.Once again, though, the euphoria was short-lived.Wisconsin followed the Illinois victory with a disappointing home showing against Penn State in a 54-43 loss. After that mark, the Badgers followed a win-one, lose-one pattern by playing .500 ball until a late February two-game win streak over Michigan and Penn State gave UW some momentum.The regular season also ended on a disappointing note as Iowa bested Wisconsin in a 68-60 overtime battle. Against the Hawkeyes, the Badgers used a ferocious second-half attack to rebound from a 13-point deficit before being outscored 12-4 in overtime.Five days after the loss to Iowa, Wisconsin entered the Big Ten tournament as the No. 4 seed. The Badgers earned a first-round bye in the conference tournament for the first time under Stone and the first time since 2001.Facing Purdue in the second round, UW had no difficulty in cruising to a 73-51 victory that saw one of Wisconsin’s best offensive performances of the year. As a team, the Badgers shot 50.8 percent from the field, including 47.1 percent from behind the arc.In the Big Ten semifinals, Wisconsin faced No. 1 Ohio State for the third time of the season.Once again, the Badgers were in solid position to complete an upset, but fell apart down the stretch to fall 82-73 as the Buckeyes hit key free throws down the stretch. This time, Lavender and Samantha Prahalis could not be stopped, as the duo combined for 56 points.With most bracketologists having Wisconsin firmly in the eight- or nine-seed range, UW somewhat surprisingly earned a No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and squared off Sunday against No. 10 Vermont in Notre Dame, Ind.Despite their higher seeding, the Badgers fell to the Catamounts 64-55 as Vermont’s senior guard Courtnay Pilypaitis proved to be too much to handle. The 6-foot-1 Ontario native finished with 25 points and eight rebounds, as Vermont overcame Wisconsin’s 12-0 run to open the second half.With that early exit, the Badgers’ season came to an abrupt end once again.Although mixed reactions and tearful goodbyes followed the upset to Vermont, a sense of optimism for next year could not be completely overshadowed, with only two players departing — senior guards Rae Lin D’Alie and Teah Gant — and an incoming freshman class highlighted by 6-foot-4 post player Cassie Rochel, Minnesota’s No. 1 high school player per gPrep.net.“But, after all that is said and done, we’re still bringing back a lot of people, and it’s the same principles,” sophomore forward Anya Covington said. “We’ve got to learn from this experience. It’s sad that we lost in the first round, but because of this game, we’re going to be more ready for next year.”last_img read more

Frank Howard’s return to full strength a key for Syracuse as conference play heats up

first_imgIt came in one swift motion. A behind-the-back dribble was followed by a step back. Frank Howard stood inches behind the 3-point line while Duke’s Alex O’Connell lay on the floor in front of him. Howard nailed the 3 and pulled Syracuse within five.After SU’s upset over then-No. 1 Duke, it seemed Howard was back to full strength. In a season that started late due to injury and took nearly 12 games before finding his groove, Howard has been the spark during Syracuse’s (16-7, 7-3 Atlantic Coast) hot start to conference play. As the Orange enters its toughest stretch of the season that includes four Top 25 matchups in the next month, their success will be synonymous with the play of Howard.“Frank has struggled (all season),” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said on Jan. 14, after the Duke win. “When he plays like that, we’re a different team. …Last year, Frank averaged 15 points per game and this year it’s been six. So I hope he’s back.”Howard’s lower leg injury held him out of Syracuse’s first four games. To make up for his loss, SU went to freshman Jalen Carey and junior Tyus Battle to fill his minutes. Carey struggled turning the ball over and Battle hadn’t adjusted to running point. SU dropped two-straight games at Madison Square Garden.Then, Howard’s long-awaited return came on Nov. 21 against Colgate. He started and played 19 minutes, shooting five 3s — he had five assists, three steals and no turnovers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThat started a tumultuous 12-game stretch where Howard worked back to full strength. Inconsistency followed. Howard’s jump shot, one that SU head coach Jim Boeheim said had progressed tremendously in the offseason, had yet to come to fruition. He struggled finishing around the rim and in the paint, too.In Howard’s first 12 games of the season, he averaged 6.7 points per game on 32.1 percent shooting, and 26.4 percent from 3. He had just four points in a comeback win over Georgetown, and nine in a shocking loss to Old Dominion.All the while, he and Boeheim constantly reinforced that he was close to 100 percent.“It’s been very frustrating,” Howard said of his recovery process on Jan. 14. “I think this was the first year I got a full summer to really work. I got to a great spot … Not really knowing it would take this long to get your rhythm back.”Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorPositives came sporadically. He stole the ball four times in back-to-back games in mid-December. But then he shot 2 for 7 in an upset loss to Old Dominion in which SU blew a double-digit lead. He made 60 percent of his 3s against Buffalo. But then he was 1-of-6 from the field with three turnovers against Arkansas State. And he shot 50 percent in a strong home win against Clemson, while dishing out four assists. But after he scored eight points in a 14-point loss to Georgia Tech.Then came Duke. Howard’s second-half breakout performance against the Blue Devils keyed the Orange in an upset win, 95-91. After no first half points and three fouls, the senior point guard shot 7 for 12 in the second half and overtime, scoring 16 points. He added five assists and six rebounds, too, while adding a momentum-shifting breakaway steal-and-score in overtime.“I definitely feel explosive again,” Howard said after the win. “I’m still working, but yeah, I’m definitely back.”Since Duke, and over the last seven games, Howard has become an integral part of Syracuse’s offense. His scoring average has jumped by nearly four points and his shooting percentages by nearly double digits compared to his first 12 games.Some of that can be credited toward an increased pressure on Battle. Howard said when Battle handles the ball, Howard has extra space to shoot or make a quick move to get by a defender.When Battle missed his first 10 shots and was held to six points to Pittsburgh on Feb. 2, Oshae Brissett and Howard took on the bulk of the offensive load. On one play, Battle drove toward the paint and drew Howard’s man. Once he hit the free-throw line, Battle kicked it to Howard on the left wing.The lone player with four years of experience in the Syracuse offense stood beyond the 3-point line, right hand curled, as his 3-ball arced toward the hoop.His defensive nature — Howard led the ACC in steals per game as a junior — and ability to run the offense had been desperately needed. Carey has struggled with both, and while Battle has seen an increase in time at the point, his success has come with Howard playing at 100 percent.SU’s offense as a whole has seen an uptick in production, scoring more points and shooting the 3 ball much better. Before Duke, SU had shot above 40 percent from deep just twice. Since, the Orange have done it three times, with Howard shooting 35.9 percent in that span.“With injuries like that you just have to take your time,” Battle said after downing Clemson on Jan. 9. “It takes time to get back. That’s the hardest part with injuries is getting back. He was thrown into the fire.”Howard’s presence has added another 3-point threat that can also finish around the rim. Another defensively sound, lengthy, athletic guard that anchors the front of the 2-3 zone. Another player that’s as experienced as anyone on the roster and has been to the NCAA Tournament twice in three years.In Syracuse’s most recent game, an 18-point home loss to No. 22 Florida State, Howard played just 14 minutes. He took just two first half shots — missing both — before returning in the second half and making two errant passes that resulted in turnovers. It was a rare off-game from Howard, and this time Boeheim didn’t offer him the time and pulled him from the contest. The Orange were able to cut the FSU lead from 22 to one, but without Howard in the lineup, fatigue eventually set in and the Seminoles put one final run on the Orange.If one thing was made clear from Tuesday night’s loss, it was that Syracuse needs Howard on the floor. Published on February 7, 2019 at 12:06 am Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

Sharapova Powers to Madrid Open Finals

first_imgMaria Sharapova blasted her way past third seed Agnieszka Radwanska in 68 minutes to reach the Madrid Open final.The Russian, seeded eighth, made a storming start and withstood a second-set Radwanska fightback to win 6-1 6-4. Sharapova, 27, will face Simona Halep today after the Romanian beat Petra Kvitova 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 6-2 to reach her first Premier Mandatory level final.Sharapova hit 28 winners to four from Radwanska, who extended the contest by fighting back from 3-0 down in the second set but never looked likely to score only a third win in 12 meetings between the pair. Reigning champion Serena Williams, who pulled out with a thigh injury on Friday, is the only woman to have beaten Sharapova on clay since 2011.Halep, 22, was ranked 64 in the world this time last year but has rocketed to fifth on the back of six titles in 2013 and another one in 2014.“I’m very excited that I can play in my biggest final tomorrow,” said Halep. “I hope that I can control my emotions and just play.”last_img read more

Dodgers acquire OF Brett Eibner from Oakland A’s

first_imgTarsovich was a 22nd-round draft pick in 2015. He made it to Double-A for 59 games last season, batting .219. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers add to their crowded outfield depth chart Wednesday by acquiring Brett Eibner from the Oakland A’s in a trade for minor-league infielder Jordan Tarsovich.Eibner joins Joc Pederson, Yasiel Puig, Andrew Toles, Trayce Thompson, Darin Ruf, Scott Van Slyke, Kike’ Hernandez and Andre Ethier as outfield options on the Dodgers’ 40-man depth chart. Eibner has minor-league options remaining and will likely open the season in Triple-A.Right-hander Carlos Frias was designated for assignment in order to clear a spot on the 40-man for Eibner.A 28-year-old right-handed hitter, Eibner hit .193 with six home runs in 70 games for the A’s and Kansas City Royals last season. He was traded from Kansas City to Oakland at the non-waiver deadline for Billy Burns. Over parts of three seasons in Triple-A, Eibner hit .280 with an .831 OPS and 38 home runs.last_img read more