From a players’ perspective, Bruce Arena was just what the Revolution needed

From his youngest players to some of the club’s most senior members, Revolution coach Bruce Arena has been getting the most out of his talent.

After taking over a 2-8-2 team last May, Arena has the Revolution in the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference final for the first time since 2014, where New England will face the host Columbus Crew at 3 p.m. Sunday at Mapfre Stadium.

On Wednesday, homegrown midfielder Scott Caldwell and second-year defender DeJuan Jones spoke about Arena’s impact on the club.

“Ever since Day One [Arena has] brought a sense of success from his history — something that we can really rely on and learn from,” said Caldwell, who assisted on Charlie Davies’ 70th-minute goal in the 2014 Eastern Conference final.

New England's DeJuan Jones likes the way Bruce Arena has handled the team.
New England’s DeJuan Jones likes the way Bruce Arena has handled the team.Stew Milne/Associated Press

“He’s really done a nice job in player management

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Oregon recognizes Cal’s defense features several of the best players the Ducks will face this season

EUGENE — For all the attention Evan Weaver deservedly received last year at Cal, the former Bears inside linebacker wasn’t the only major contributor on the defense.

No. 23 Oregon (3-1) knows this well and isn’t looking past winless Cal (0-3) on Saturday (4 p.m., ESPN). The only team to hold the Ducks under 20 points last season, albeit in a 17-7 defeat, the Bears have key playmakers back at every level of the defense in edge rusher Cameron Goode, weak-side linebacker Kuony Deng and cornerback Camryn Bynum.

“I think it was no secret going into the season there was a lot of attention surrounding their program, and as it warrants because they’ve done a really good job of recruiting and done a really good job of developing football players and you know they’re coached really well,” Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said. “We feel they’re as good as any team

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Coach Boeheim talks about the players missing in action in post game conference

Right before tip off of Syracuse athletics made the announcement that one member of the men’s basketball team tested positive for Covid-19. Because of that, a few others, including Buddy Boeheim had to miss out on tonights game. Despite that, Syracuse were able to come away with a convincing win against Niagara.

Coach Boeheim said in the post game conference that the player who did test positive was away and was not in contact with the team. He did talk about what this meant for his son Buddy Boeheim,

“In this case, Buddy suffered and I’m not talking as his coach but as his father, he worked his tail off everyday since last season to be on the court.”

Teammates Quincey Guerrier and Marek Dolezaj also spoke about how when they found out and how they felt about going into the game without Buddy

“We found out today and we

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DePaul women’s basketball is one of the few teams that wears masks during games, and the players won’t use it as an excuse

CHICAGO — The complaining lasted a week.

Doug Bruno standing in front of a crowd: DePaul head coach Doug Bruno on the sidelines during a 2017 game against Connecticut at Wintrust Arena in Chicago.

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DePaul head coach Doug Bruno on the sidelines during a 2017 game against Connecticut at Wintrust Arena in Chicago.

OK, it lasted a couple of weeks. All right, maybe it was a month.

Yet DePaul women’s basketball players have dutifully worn face masks during every practice since Aug. 7 and all three of their games this season.

“We’re pretty used to it,” senior guard Deja Church said. “We complained a lot about it. But like Coach (Doug) Bruno says, ‘We’re going to make adversity our best friend.’ With or without masks, we’ll play to the best of our abilities. We’re not going to make masks an excuse.”

Seeing coaches and players wearing masks on sidelines has become routine as a precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic.

But players competing in them? That’s rare.

The NCAA and the Big East

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In era of silent nights, U basketball players create their own atmosphere

After Marcus Carr’s step-back three-pointer sealed Monday’s 67-64 victory for the Gophers against Loyola Marymount, he turned toward his bench to see teammates leaping in celebration.

Behind them, though, were nothing but empty seats at Williams Arena.

When Carr gazed in the opposite direction, the junior guard saw more of the same. Emptiness. The game announcer and players shouted with emotion during the play. Then the Barn went silent.

Gophers coach Richard Pitino said he thought, “What do I do?” in reaction to Carr’s dynamic shot.

“I hate it for Marcus Carr,” Pitino said. “[He] makes a great play and he can’t feel that enthusiasm. That’s why you play sports … I hate it. I hate it for our guys.”

The state’s COVID-19 restrictions have kept the Gophers (3-0) from having fans at games this season, erasing the atmosphere at the Barn. It’s been up to the players to generate

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Brewers trade reliever Knebel to Dodgers, cut 3 players

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers traded reliever Corey Knebel to the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday for a player to be named or cash.

The Brewers also announced they did not offer 2021 contracts to left-hander Alex Claudio, outfielder Ben Gamel and utilityman Jace Peterson. The team reached one-year deals with shortstop Orlando Arcia ($2 million), first baseman Daniel Vogelbach ($1.4 million) and catchers Omar Narváez ($2.5 million) and Manny Piña ($1.65 million).

In another move, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press the Brewers agreed to terms on a major league contract with catcher Luke Maile. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal had not been announced.

Milwaukee faced a Wednesday night deadline on whether to tender Knebel a contract for next year. Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns said the deal with the Dodgers was completed

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Lebanon basketball players ditch game for better future

Basketball player Charles Tabet was once a national hero blocking shots for Lebanon, but a crumbling economy has forced him into a new life selling cars in Michigan.

a group of people playing a game of basketball: Basketball fast gained popularity in Lebanon after the country's civil war, with Lebanese clubs Sagesse and Al-Riyadi racking up big wins on the regional stage

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Basketball fast gained popularity in Lebanon after the country’s civil war, with Lebanese clubs Sagesse and Al-Riyadi racking up big wins on the regional stage

After a decade playing in his country of origin, the 33-year-old Lebanese-American last month returned to his native US state to start a new career.

“I sold my first vehicle today,” the 2.05-metre-tall (6 feet 9 inches) player wrote on social media, posting a snapshot of himself, eyes smiling above a face mask, next to a much shorter woman and her new white SUV.

a group of people playing a game of basketball: Lebanon's team competed against China in a semi-final match in the Asian Basketball Championships in Tianjin, northern China in 2009

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Lebanon’s team competed against China in a semi-final match in the Asian Basketball Championships in Tianjin, northern China in 2009

Basketball was once the sporting pride of

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Dolphins’ starting QB Tua Tagovailoa, two other key players will not play vs. Jets

The Miami Dolphins are proceeding with caution with rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s left thumb injury.

a man holding a helmet: Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tua Tagovailoa take the field before their game against the Rams on Nov. 1.

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Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tua Tagovailoa take the field before their game against the Rams on Nov. 1.

Tagovailoa is considered day-to-day, with hopes the swelling he is experiencing can subside from the injury he suffered during a practice last Wednesday in preparation for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.

Tagovailoa has a chance to return as the Dolphins’ starting quarterback when the team hosts the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 6, a league source told the South Florida Sun Sentinel on Sunday.

The NFL Network also reported Sunday that Tagovailoa could see a “multi-game absence, but there is no way of telling” before he returns to practice this week.

The Dolphins will start 16-year veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick against the Jets with hopes to improve

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Arsenal manager Arteta admits club needs to sell players to buy targets

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has hinted the club may have to sell players before they can buy in the January transfer window after admitting they are “restricted” by the size of their squad.

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The Gunners were unable to move on several fringe players in the summer with Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Sead Kolasinac and Mesut Ozil among those made available only to stay at the club.

Arteta is keen to strengthen in January although he will need to raise funds to help finance any major incomings after triggering Thomas Partey’s £45 million release clause to sign him from Atletico Madrid on deadline day in September.

The Gunners retain an interest in signing another midfielder with RB Salzburg’s Dominik Szoboszlai and Lyon’s Houssem Aouar among the names on their shortlist, while Arteta would also like to strengthen at centre-back.

But Arteta has suggested any move

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Leading candidates to preside over Biden’s covid response are central players in transition

Within Biden’s camp, the thinking appears to be evolving as to who should lead the Department of Health and Human Services, a sprawling department with moving parts crucial to bringing the pandemic under control. Murthy has been considered for that role,while New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D), had been considered a leading candidate although she is said to be out of the running. She has the emphatic support of Latino organizations and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

These names reflect the latest internal thinking, but the chess pieces are still in motion, and final decisions have not jelled, according to a variety of individuals close to the Biden transition. The individuals spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss personnel choices that have not yet been made.

According to these individuals, the president-elect is moving at a deliberate pace, wanting to be certain he assembles

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