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Rekik leaving City for OM

first_imgMarseille have agreed a deal to sign Holland defender Karim Rekik from Manchester City subject to a medical, the Ligue 1 club have announced. No terms of the deal were disclosed. Rekik, a left-sided defender, made his Holland debut in March last year against France, but it remains his only cap to date. Rekik, 20, has made only three appearances for City but earned international recognition during two seasons on loan with PSV Eindhoven, where he also won an Eredivisie title in the season just finished. He previously had stints on loan with Blackburn and Portsmouth. “Olympique de Marseille and Manchester City have reached an agreement in principle for the permanent transfer of Dutch international Karim Rekik on Tuesday evening subject to passing the medical examination,” said a statement on Marseille’s website. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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UW hoping to be more aggressive on road trip

first_imgBEN CLASSON/Herald photoAfter only two days of practice this week, the Wisconsin softball team hits the road again Friday, traveling to Austin, Texas for the Texas Classic.The four-team tournament, hosted by the No. 22 Longhorns (8-4-1), also features Wichita State (8-5) and Utah (7-3), a team which beat Wisconsin 3-1 on Feb. 8 as a part of the Red Desert Classic.The Badgers (6-8), who have outscored opponents 45-44 through 14 games, are confident going into this weekend that they have what it takes to come away with wins in close games.?We?re only losing by one run or two runs,? freshman pitcher Kristyn Hansen said. ?Just one more hit or one more out in the inning, and we could?ve won some more games.?Last weekend, Wisconsin competed in the USF-Louisville Slugger Tournament hosted by South Florida in Tampa. The weekend started with a pair of losses Friday to South Carolina and Wright State and a rainout of the Badgers? first game Saturday.After the weather cleared up, the Badgers defeated the tournament-hosting Bulls 2-1.Hansen earned her second victory of the season, allowing only one hit in two innings of work.Teammates and coaches alike have praised Hansen?s performance so far, going 2-0 in her first four collegiate appearances. Hansen currently leads the team with a 1.12 ERA, allowing only six hits and one earned run in eight innings.?[Kristyn?s] doing awesome,? head coach Chandelle Schulte said. ?She?s coming into tough situations, and she?s a dropball pitcher, so she?s getting us ground balls and outs.?The Badgers, after scoring at least one run in the first 10 games of the season, were shut out three times last weekend and only scored two runs all weekend.After managing only two runs in four games last weekend, Wisconsin is very focused on improving its hitting in the upcoming weeks.?As a team, we?re just trying to be more aggressive at the plate,? senior infielder Lynn Anderson said.?We?ve been hesitant up there, watching a lot of strikes, so we want to be more aggressive swinging the bat.?Schulte added that the team needs to focus on putting the ball in play more, noting the team?s high numbers of both home runs and strikeouts.However, despite the team?s offensive woes, the Badgers? defense led by the pitching staff has consistently played well this season. Last weekend, Wisconsin opponents ? minus a 5-0 loss to Wright State ? never scored more than two runs per game.?Our pitchers did very well minus one game,? Schulte said. ?I?ve always thought they had it in them. What impresses me the most is that each and every time they get out there, they get better.?Schulte also noted a small sense of urgency among the players in practice this week with 20 percent of the season already complete.?We?ve had a lot of moral victories in the last three weeks,? Schulte said. ?But it?s not good enough to come close. We?re very focused on getting ready for the Big Ten season.?Over the weekend, the Badgers remained undefeated in their new all-red uniforms with a win over South Florida. Their performance in these uniforms ? wins of 4-3, 8-4, 5-2 and 2-1 ? has led some to speculate about their significance.?We?re starting to think there may be something about the red uniforms,? Hansen said. ?We were starting off the weekends with different uniforms, so we?ll see what we can do with that.?Schulte added that if there truly is something special about the new uniforms, she may have to ?petition the Big Ten so we can wear only red instead of switching for home and away.?Lucky uniforms aside, the Badgers? goal as they travel for the fourth consecutive weekend is simple ? as Anderson put it: ?win and have fun.??We want to come out with some victories,? Schulte added. ?More importantly, we just want to feel like we?re playing good three-way ball with pitching, hitting and defense ? something we haven?t yet.?last_img read more

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Lakers evaluate draft potential of Duke’s Grayson Allen, and not just for kicks

first_img“I definitely have to answer the questions,” he said. “It’s something that has to be addressed. Every team’s asking about it and at the end of the day, you just have to explain what I’ve been saying. And it’s that I’ve made mistakes, I went too far, and that I’ve grown and matured from it and am honestly a lot better now having gone through it.”Allen is not entirely unfamiliar with the Lakers, having played alongside Brandon Ingram in 2015-16, Allen’s sophomore year when he averaged a career-best 21.6 points per game.“I stay in touch with him a little bit,” Allen said, “and I saw him back at Duke (this spring). He was back home … working out in the gym so I caught up with him a little bit.”What stood out to Allen about his former teammate?“I told him he looks bigger,” Allen said. “He put some weight on, his shoulders are broader, he looks like he’s not getting pushed around anymore. Obviously, he’s come a long way since he came to Duke. He was super skinny, but he looks like he’s put some good weight on. He looks pretty big.”The Lakers are deep in their pre-draft process, which will continue next week when LiAngelo Ball is scheduled to work out as part of a six-man group on Tuesday.Ball is among the few players who might be a more controversial draft choice than Allen. The younger brother of Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball is not projected to be drafted after leaving UCLA last November. He spent most of last season along with younger brother LaMelo playing for Prienai Bytautas in Lithuania. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBoth Allen and Huerter are considered potential first-round picks. While Huerter boasts the better shooting touch, Allen averaged 4.6 assists and 1.7 steals to go with his 15.5 points per game last season.His 38 percent from deep also helps, especially considering the Lakers ranked 29th out of 30 teams in 3-point shooting last season.“Shooting translates for sure,” Allen said. “If you watch the league now you’ve got a bunch of shooters on the court. But also you have to figure out how you can contribute in other ways.”He was one of the players the Lakers interviewed last week during the NBA’s draft combine in Chicago.The athletic Allen’s career was marred by several on-court incidents and in 2016 he was suspended for a game by Coach Mike Krzyzewski for kicking an Elon player. It was one of three tripping incidents in his career. Those have been a major focus for teams who have met with Allen.center_img EL SEGUNDO — When it came to Grayson Allen, most college basketball observers could be lumped into two general categories: Those who found him easy to root against and, well, Duke fans.But now the controversial guard, with a legacy of legsweeps, is now auditioning for a job in the NBA. And any team that struggles to make shots from the perimeter and could stand to play with more edge might be inclined to take a look at the fiery Allen.Enter the Lakers, owners of the 25th pick in the first round of next month’s draft.On Friday, Allen became the most high-profile draft hopeful to work out for the Lakers so far this month, headlining a pre-draft workout group that also included Maryland guard Kevin Huerter, a 41.7 percent 3-point shooter in his sophomore season.last_img read more

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Yankees’ Luke Voit thought he had a broken jaw after Chad Bettis hit

first_img MLB wrap: Dominic Smith, Pete Alonso shine in Mets’ win over Giants MLB players, fans do what they can to stay cool in record heat wave “I thought broken jaw. My teeth were going to be all scattered everywhere,” Voit said Sunday, via The Associated Press. “I grabbed my face. So I was like, ‘Uh-oh.’ … But then, it wasn’t as bad as I thought. Just a scary thing.”A scary moment in the bottom of the fourth, but take a deep breath Yankees fans. The Yankees have announced that Luke Voit was removed from today’s game for precautionary reasons and underwent concussion protocol testing. Those test results came back clear. pic.twitter.com/s92l7K6Y7z— YES Network (@YESNetwork) July 20, 2019Luckily for Voit, he wasn’t severely injured and was back in the lineup Sunday for the Yankees’ series finale against the Rockies. He said he was sore when he woke up, but the swelling has gone down after he iced it.  Related News Voit added he has a small cut under his chin and tests for a concussion came back negative.”I dodged a bullet, got lucky,” Voit said.center_img Luke Voit feared the worst after he was hit in the face off a pitch from Chad Bettis.The Yankees slugger said he remembered how Giancarlo Stanton suffered a broken jaw when he was pelted by a pitch five years ago and thought the same thing happened to him. The force from the ball, which was going 91 mph, was slowed a bit when it grazed against Voit’s shoulder. He said he plans to wear a protective chinstrap Sunday.Yankees manager Aaron Boone was less than forgiving toward the Rockies after his first baseman was hit.”Sometimes intent doesn’t matter,” Boone said after Saturday’s game. “Throw the ball over the plate.”last_img read more

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Week 12 Fantasy TE Rankings: Ryan Griffin, Jacob Hollister among top sleepers

first_imgThe most interesting storylines in our Week 12 fantasy TE rankings might involve players who could miss action this week. We know fantasy football owners will be without Travis Kelce and Hunter Henry due to Week 12 byes. We’ll also be on George Kittle watch all week to see if he makes it back from his knee injury or lets Ross Dwelley keep balling out for San Francisco. Evan Engram, too, has a foot injury that could keep him out. If you’re keeping score at home, that’s four of the top-five or six TEs that might miss action this week (Oh yeah, and Austin Hooper is still out, too).At a position that hasn’t been regarded as deep all season, it will feel especially shallow in Week 12. All the better reason to invest heavily in Jacob Hollister on your waiver wire coming off his Week 11 bye after he had three scores in the two weeks prior to go with consistent targets. LISTEN TO THE SN FANTASY WEEK 12 PREVIEW PODCAST BELOWWeek 12 Fantasy TE RankingsThese rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues.RankPlayer1George Kittle, SF vs. GB. Kittle’s knee injury will need to be monitored throughout the week. He’s an auto-start if he plays, but if he’s out, Ross Dwelley should start in fantasy leagues. Dwelley caught two touchdowns in Week 11, and Green Bay allows the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends. 2Darren Waller, OAK @ NYJ3Mark Andrews, BAL @ LAR4Zach Ertz, PHI vs. SEA5Gerald Everett, LAR vs. BAL. Everett disappointed with just one target in Week 11 despite the absences of Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods. Overall, though, Everett’s workload has been too strong to consider sitting him in Week 12.6Jared Cook, NO vs. CAR. A week after 10 targets, Cook saw just two passes his way in Week 11. Fortunately, he caught both, one of which went for a touchdown. Cook seems to have found a big enough role in this offense to continue counting on him going forward.7Greg Olsen, CAR @ NO8Ryan Griffin, NYJ vs. OAK. In three of the past four weeks, Griffin has been targeted at least four times. That culminated in five catches for 109 yards and a score in Week 11. With Oakland’s third-worst defense against TEs coming to town, you can count on Griffin to put up solid numbers once again.9Jacob Hollister, SEA @ PHI. In the four weeks before Seattle’s bye, Hollister saw 24 targets. In the two games before the bye, Hollister caught three touchdowns. Expect another six-plus targets and a solid chance of finding the end zone. 10Darren Fells, HOU vs. IND11Tyler Eifert, CIN vs. PIT. Pittsburgh allows the sixth-most fantasy points to tight ends, and Ryan Finley definitely doesn’t look confident throwing downfield, so Eifert should be in his sights plenty Sunday.12Benjamin Watson, NE vs. DAL. The Cowboys allow the fifth-most fantasy points to tight ends, and Watson has seen nine targets combined across the past two games. With Phillip Dorsett hurting, Watson should see a similar workload again. 13Eric Ebron, IND @ HOU. Ebron normally feels pretty touchdown-dependent, but if Jack Doyle misses another week, Ebron’s floor is a bit higher.14Vance McDonald, PIT @ CIN15T.J. Hockenson, DET @ WAS16Jonnu Smith, TEN vs. JAX17Jason Witten, DAL @ NE18Jimmy Graham, GB @ SF19Mike Gesicki, MIA @ CLE20Noah Fant, DEN @ BUF. Fant’s 11 targets in Week 11 represent a career high — it’s just too bad he has to face one of the league’s best defenses at stopping the tight end in Week 12 or he’d be higher in our rankings. 21Cameron Brate, TB @ ATL. After O.J. Howard pretty much handed New Orleans an interception, it was all Cameron Brate for the Buccaneers on Sunday. He finished with 10 catches on 14 targets and, if indications are his role will stay big, could be looking at a solid output against a bad Falcons’ pass defense.22Dallas Goedert, PHI vs. SEA. Goedert continues to find ways to produce and be usable even with Zach Ertz healthy, and that should remain the case going forward, especially if Alshon Jeffery misses more time.23O.J. Howard, TB @ ATL24Dawson Knox, BUF vs. DEN25Jeremy Sprinkle, WAS vs. DET26Demetrius Harris, CLE vs. MIA. If David Njoku (wrist) is healthy in time for this game, he’ll be just outside the top 10.27Jaeden Graham, ATL vs. TB. We’d really like to recommend one of these Atlanta tight ends against the Bucs’ second-worst fantasy TE defense, but there’s nothing to suggest either will see more than a couple targets.28Luke Stocker, ATL vs. TB29Jack Doyle, IND @ HOU WEEK 12 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | D/ST | KickerWe’d love to be able to recommend one of Hooper’s replacements in Atlanta, either Jaeden Graham or Luke Stocker. With the Cardinals on bye this week, the Falcons’ opponent, Tampa Bay, is the best defense to attack for fantasy TE purposes. But Graham and Stocker combined for three targets in Week 11 and just don’t look featured enough to really want to use either of them. If you’re really desperate, Graham seems the more talented receiver of the duo.WEEK 12 DFS LINEUPS: FD cash | FD GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | Y! cash | Y! GPPYou can potentially take advantage of Ryan Griffin’s recent production and relatively low ownership heading into a matchup with Oakland. The same is true for Tyler Eifert as the Bengals take on the Steelers. Sticking with the veterans theme, Pats’ TE Benjamin Watson also has a fantasy-friendly matchup against the Cowboys in Week 12.WEEK 12 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endIn addition to Henry and Kelce, fantasy owners will notably be without Irv Smith Jr. and Kyle Rudolph due to bye.MORE WEEK 12:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOSNote: These rankings will be updated throughout the week, so check back for the latest.MORE WEEK 12 DFS: Values | Stacks | Lineup Builderlast_img read more