Fulham are set to complete the signing of Ghana international Derek Boateng, Press Association Sport understands. The 30-year-old is a long-standing target of Martin Jol, who has attempted to bring in the Dnipro midfielder on several occasions before. Boateng’s transfer had to be put on ice previously due to contract disputes with his Ukrainian club, but Press Association Sport understands a deal is now close to being pushed through. The former Getafe, Cologne and Beitar Jerusalem man will reportedly pen a two-year deal at Craven Cottage. Boateng is one of the unnamed players manager Jol revealed he had agreed a deal with at last week’s pre-Swansea press conference. The Dutchman confirmed he had also agreed a deal with one of Wolves’ Bakary Sako, Athletic Bilbao defender Fernando Amorebieta or Roma goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg. Fulham have already completed a deal for right-back Sascha Riether, who will join the west Londoners permanently after a successful loan spell. Press Association
Tipperary will play Waterford at 4 while before that at 2 it’s Cork against Dublin.The Senior Hurlers will probably have to plan without the services of Seamus Callanan after his straight red card during their league victory over Offaly.Cathal Barrett was then sent off on a second yellow and the Premier had to play with 13 men until the full time whistle.
Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir did his best to pile on. After walking a career-high seven in his previous start, Kazmir struck out 12 in six innings Wednesday. It was his first double-digit K total since his first start of 2015 for the Oakland A’s, his high-whiff mark since another 12-K game for the Cleveland Indians in Sept. 2013 and one short of his career-high (set in 2007 with the Tampa Bay Rays).“This was big, to be able to bounce back after that last outing,” Kazmir said. “Seven walks – I wanted to clean that up.”He did by focusing on his mechanics during a side session between starts.“I was a little more crisp with my delivery,” he said. “There’s a lot of boring things that go along with mechanics. Just say everything was moving towards the plate.“It felt like I had a good fastball. I was able to go in and out and work my changeup off of that.”The Dodgers did a lot of whiffing of their own early on against Reds starter Dan Straily. He retired the first nine Dodgers in order, six by strikeout.The Dodgers reached him for two runs in a third inning that featured a leadoff single by Chase Utley, a walk, a hit batter and a two-run, two-out, bases-loaded single by Joc Pederson. They were Pederson’s 13th and 14th RBI of the month.An inning later, Yasmani Grandal led off with a home run into the right field pavilion. It was the first spark of offensive life from Grandal in some time. He had just two hits in his previous 34 at-bats, striking out 15 times during the blackout. Even with the home run, Grandal has hit a dreadful .117 (7 for 60) in May with 21 strikeouts and just two walks.Those were the only hits the Dodgers had in seven innings against Straily, who racked up 11 strikeouts of his own.But the Reds make everything around them look better – even the Dodgers’ bullpen. After retiring all 10 batters they faced Tuesday, Dodgers relievers retired the final nine Reds in order Wednesday. Including the 12 innings the bullpen pitched in Sunday’s 17-inning marathon, Dodgers relievers have allowed just one run and five hits with 12 strikeouts in 18-1/3 innings over the past four games. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The sweep gives the Dodgers a season-high four-game winning streak and ends a stretch of 20 consecutive games between days off. They haven’t a day off at home since April 11 and will spend their first off day since May 5 flying to New York on Thursday after having gone 11-9 during the long stretch.“Any you play 20 games it’s awful, doesn’t matter if you play well or not. It’s 20 days. I’m just glad we got through it,” said closer Kenley Jansen. “I love baseball. But with all the traveling and all that stuff, it’s not healthy for players, I feel like.“I don’t mind doing it. But 20 days (between off days) – I feel like it’s awful.”Imagine if Jansen had to watch the Reds every day.The woeful Reds have lost their past 10 games now, a stretch that has seen them outscored 72-26 while batting .187 as a team with a 6.85 ERA. Like a bingo card, the National League schedule comes with some free squares.The Dodgers cashed in three this week, completing a sweep of the Cincinnati Reds with a 3-1 victory Wednesday night despite managing just three hits in the game.“It was good to play some clean baseball,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Obviously that team over there is struggling now. … They’re not playing great baseball. But for us to take care of business and win three at home, we feel pretty good about ourselves right now.”The Dodgers haven’t been playing particularly great baseball either. But they’ve been playing a lot of it.
TODAY:AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — State Wrestling Dual Tournament involving Osage and Lake Mills== Osage — 2A quarterfinal at 9:00 vs. PCM, if lose wrestle at 11:00 & 4:30, if win wrestle at 1:00 & 6:30== Lake Mills — 1A quarterfinal at 11:00 vs. West Sioux, if lose wrestle at 1:00 & 4:30, if win wrestle at 1:00 & 6:30If a school wrestles at 6:30, it will be tape-delayed on KRIB after girls tournament basketball IOWA CITY — The 21st ranked Iowa Hawkeyes are using the week off to gear up for the stretch run which begins Saturday at Rutgers. The Hawkeyes roared back from a late 15 point deficit to beat Northwestern on Sunday and coach Fran McCaffery feels they way they won the game is a plus.McCaffery feels the late rally will be a confidence boost.Junior guard Jordan Bohannon says the Hawkeyes are motivated after missing the NCAA Tournament the past two years.Bohannon says the Hawkeyes feel good about the position they are in heading down the stretch.Tipoff on Saturday is scheduled for 5 o’clock, a game you can hear on KGLO. CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — D.J. Wilkins tied his season high with 20 points as Drake narrowly beat Southern Illinois 72-69 on Tuesday night.Brady Ellingson had 17 points for Drake (19-7, 8-5 Missouri Valley Conference). Nick McGlynn added 10 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks. Tremell Murphy had seven rebounds for the visitors.Armon Fletcher had 21 points and eight rebounds for the Salukis (13-13, 6-7). Kavion Pippen added 19 points.The Bulldogs improve to 2-0 against the Salukis for the season. Drake defeated Southern Illinois 82-70 on Jan. 8. Drake matches up against Valparaiso at home on Saturday. Southern Illinois matches up against Indiana State on the road on Saturday. AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — 1A girls regional quarterfinal — Newman at Garrigan — pre-game 6:45, tipoff 7:00 CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson says the Panthers need to be better at crunch time. UNI plays host to Illinois State Wednesday night after dropping games to Drake and Bradley last week.Illinois State enters with a 7-5 Missouri Valley record and is part of a tie for second with Drake and Missouri State.Jacobson says the Redbirds have been playing well the past few weeks.The Panthers are 5-7 in the Valley. AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — 3A girls regional semifinal at Humboldt — Clear Lake vs. Kuemper of Carroll — pre-game 6:45, tipoff 7:00 DES MOINES — The state wrestling tournament gets underway today in Des Moines with the state duals. In Class 2A, Osage is the third seed and will face 6th-seed PCM of Monroe at 9 o’clock this morning in the quarterfinal round. If Osage wins its quarterfinal round match, they’ll wrestle in the semifinals at 1 o’clock and then either in the first or third place match at 6:30. If they would lose, they’d wrestle in the consolation semifinals at 11 o’clock and the fifth or seventh place match at 4:30. In Class 1A, Lake Mills is the fifth seed and will face 4th-seed West Sioux at 11 o’clock this morning. Lake Mills will wrestle at 1 o’clock either in the semifinals or consolation semifinals. If they win that first match, they’ll wrestle for first or third place at 6:30, but if they lose they’d wrestle at 4:30. We’ll have live coverage of Osage and Lake Mills in the state duals on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB and kribam.com this morning and afternoon. If either team wrestles in a match at 6:30, that will be tape delayed until after Clear Lake girls tournament basketball. Make sure that you check out our state tournament wrestling page at kglonews.com throughout the tournament. MASON CITY — The NIACC basketball teams are moving up in the rankings after both teams knocked off Kirkwood over the weekend. The Lady Trojans move up from #5 to #2 in the new rankings released on Tuesday. That’s the highest ranking for NIACC since the December 19 2017 poll. Illinois Central remains the top-ranked team. The NIACC men after their win over previously top-ranked Kirkwood move from #12 to #8 this week. Potomac State is the new #1 team in junior college Division II. Both NIACC teams travel to Little Priest Tribal College tonight. MASON CITY — Several high school tournament games were postponed on Tuesday due to the wintry weather, while Class 3A girls basketball teams are scheduled to play regional semifinals tonight. Looking at tonight’s schedule:== 3A girls Region 2Clear Lake vs. Kuemper of Carroll at Humboldt (KRIB, 6:45)Carroll at Roland-Story== 3A girls Region 3Forest City at OsageNew Hampton at Crestwood== 1A girls Region 2 quarterfinalsNewman at Garrigan (KGLO, 6:45)North Butler at TripoliRockford at ClarskvilleTurkey Valley at Kee== 1A girls Region 1 quarterfinalsWest Bend-Mallard at West Hancock== 2A girls Region 3 quarterfinalsLake Mills at Grundy CenterWest Fork at St. Ansgar== 1A boys District 3 first roundNorthwood-Kensett at North Union== 1A boys District 4 first round at Clarksville5:00 — Riceville vs. North Butler6:30 — West Central of Maynard vs. Clarksville