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reliever took the mound in a bian Delph feels good times are around the corner at Everton under manager Carlo Ancelotti.The Toffeemen have won five and drawn two of their eight games under the former AC Milan, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich boss, which has taken them to within firelief appearance Friday night against the Brewers.

Craide by World Cup winner Marcos Cafu.Alexander-Arnold has been tipped to claim the Ballon d’Or by the legendary Cafu.He said: “Obviously massive praise from a legend of the game, which is something that I’m really thankful for and I have to give thann yielded one hit and struck out one as he tossed a scoreless innings of work in a 7-2 victory. It was his first scoreless outing of the spring since Feb. 25 have been encouraged monitoring Sontje Hansen’s situation at Ajax.The 17 year-old striker is regarded among the most talented players of his generation and has Europe’s biggest clubs monitoring his progress.TMW says this interest includes from Juven. Crain is working his way back from a groin issue and should be ready for the season opener. Manager Robin Ventura would like to see him “let it go” on the mound.

“He’s been holding back a little bit in the way he pitches,” Ventura said. “It’s going to be cold when we’re at home. He’s got to be able to go out there and play.”

Everton Soares.UOL says the Toffees have been keep

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With Vernon Wells traded to the Yankees on Tuesday,  has no competition for the center field job in Anaheim. The let Torii Hunter walk this past offseason and moved rookie phenom Mike Trout to left field to openlled out of the running for Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes.O Jogo says City have given up on signing Fernandes.City have withdrawn themselves from the battle having disagreed with the Portugal’s clash at Anfield.The Reds were convincing 3-1 winners over their rivals thanks to a double from Mohamed Salah.”The intention was to be us – just be us. Our identity is intensity, and the intensity we put into the game was really incredible,” Klopp club over price. The report claims City have all up the spot in center for the 26-year-old. The club also traded away Kendrys Morales, alloowing Mark Trumbo to serve as full-time DH.Bourjos told the Los Angeles Times that he is looking forward to settling in as an every-day player.”Getting regular playing time will be huge,” Bourjos said Tuesday. “You ctory over Leicester City.The Foxes, despite taking the lead through Harvey Barnes, were beaten 2-1 in Lancashire after Jamie Vardy had a penalty saved and Burnley found the net through Chris Wood and Ashley Westwood.“I thought it was a deserved widon’t have the struggles in your mind of saying, ‘I’ve got to get a hit this at-bat or I might not play tomorrow.’ Knowing you’re in the lineup day in and day out, you can relax and play the game.”

Peter Bourjos has batted .352 (19 for 54) with two homers, 10 RBI and three stolen bases through 20 Cactus League games. 

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The are still deciding who will back up Erik Kratz at catcher to begin the season with Carlos Ruiz servdelighted with their 4-1 victory at Osasuna.Real went behind early on at El Sadar but rallied to produce an impressive comeback in the end.”They scored a goal from a set piece and came out with intensity,” Zidane said.”There was a tohe top-flight leagues in North America and Mexico respectively, have announced a new cross-league, annual cup competition that will debut this July, reports, /.The Leagues Cup will feature four teams from MLS and four from Liga MX. Chicago Fire, Housugh moment, 10 miing a 25-game suspension, according The Philadelam this season.On Friday, Moyes challenged Rice to use Sunday’s game at Manchester City to showcase his talents and continue “carrying” this team towards safety.”Declan is arguably the best holding midfield player in the country,” Moyes said. “The bephia Inquirer. was considered the favorite at the beginning of the spring, but has impressed the coaching staff with his defense, making it a tougher decision as the spring winds down.

“I’d love to make the big-league team and be a part of what they have going on here, but I just have to keep doing what I’m doing and let everything play out how it’s going to,” Lerud said.

Lerud is batting .235 this spring, while Quintero is hitting .296.

Spring training injury update: Bad news for Hanley Ramirez?

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Some injury-related news and notes from around the Cactus League and Grapefruit League (and the World Baseball Classic) …

: As CBSSports.com’s Scott Miller reported, is . Pujols, who underwent knee surgery this offseason, played the field on Tuesday for the first time this spring. … RP experienced further discomfort in his surgically repaired elbow and is limited to long toss. He’ll open the season on the DL. (Alden Gonzalez via Twitter): RHP (shoulder) is slated to make an appearance in a minor-league game on Wednesday. He’s not likely to be ready for opening day. (Gregor Chisolm via Twitter): 3B (tailbone) is hoping to be back in the lineup on Thursday. () : 3B (quad) will not be ready for opening day. ()   … SP has been shut down after feeling soreness in his surgically repaired elbow. () : OF (calf) on Tuesday was able to run on a treadmill and take batting practice. It still appears he’ll open the regular season on s plans.The South Korean’s father has revealed he was ‘trying to find a new home in January’ but Bruce believes you can’t write-off anyone in the squad.”I’m never going to rule out anyone. [Javier[ Manquillo, [Federico] Fernandez, [Ciaran] Clark havethe disabled list. (Jack Magruder via Twitter): CBSSports.com’s Danny Knobler reports SS . He’ll be examined by team doctors on Wednesday. … RHP (elbow) is slated to throw 45 pitches in a minor-league game on Wednesday. will be dispatched to catch him. () … GM Ned Colletti said he thinks OF (elbow surgery) will be reagement are fast-tracking Joe White through their youth teams.The 16-year-old midfielder has quickly rose through the ranks from the youth team and made his reserves debut against West Ham United.White has been training with the first team but Under-ady by opening day. (): 3B has been laid up with nerve irritation in his elbow, but he said he’s improving and believes he’ll be ready for opening day. () : Although RHP said he has lost 10 pounds in a span of two days, he still hopes to make his next scheduled start on Saturday. () : Ace is still sidelined with neck stiffness. After a Tuesday workout, his status still isn’t known. If a Thursday bullpen session goes well, then he could return to game action on Saturday. If Darvish sufferis young teammates fly out to Qatar to join Liverpool’s Club World Cup squad.Sixteen-year-old Elliott was the youngest and most impressive member of the Reds’ youngest ever side which featured in the 5-0 Carabao Cup quarter-final defeat at Villa Parks a setback or shows no progress, his status for opening day could be in doubt. () : DH , who has been severely limited by his healing Achilles this spring, was able to take 50 swings on Tuesday. He’s still likely to open the season on the DL. () … SS (concussion) is headed to Pittsburgh for additional testing. There’s no timetable for his return. () : LHP (shoulder surgery) was battered in his fourth start of the spring. It’s looking less and less likely that Danks will be ready for the start of the regular season. (: SS/Cap’n underwent an MRI and X-ray on his mending ankle. CBSSports.com’s Scott Miller reports . Jeter’s day-to-day. … RHP (back) pitched a pain-free simulated game on Monday and could appear in a minor-league game this weekend. ()

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d Roy Keane says Marcus Rashford says he should us

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outfielder returned to the lineup in Saturday’s contesta is not happy with the Premier League.The Hammers star is not pleased with how the Premier League reacted to the coronavirus epidemic.The league was continuing to schedule matches until Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta got a positive test.While the Gunners against the Mariners in Cactus League play. Blackmon, who has been out since March 1 with a right knee infection, slapp has not been in the past four matchday squads for United.The Red Devils also have Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly anChelsea U18s have progressed to the FA Youth Cup fourth round with a win over Huddersfield Town on Wednesday.First team coaching staff Jody Morris and Joe Edwards were in the stands as Ed Brand’s side claimed a 4-0 victory.Armando Broja scored a stunning hat-trick at Kingsmeadow, with Myles Peart-Harris also chipping in with a goal.The Blues will face Bradford in the next round.d Axel Tuanzebe for the central defensive positions.But Solskjaer denied that it meant Jones’ United career ed a pair of doubles in his first game back. He went 2 for 4 in a 5-2 victory. Blackmon is hitting .667 (6 for 9) with two RBI this spring.

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picther turned in a decent outing Friday against the Angels in Cactus League play.

Bonderman, who made his first start since Feb. 25, allowed an RBI double to Chris Iannetta and a second run on a ground ball out in the second inning. He allowed just two runs on five hits in four innings of work in an 8-5 victory. He struck out two and did not issue a walk to improve his ERA to 7.20 through four Cactus League appearances. 

“They’ve gotten better every outing,” Bonderman said. “I’m going to try to keep working and get quick outs and get in and out. I think my breaking ball has gotten a lot sharper, a lot better. Overall, I’m getting that feel back. I threw four or five [split-finger fastballs] and bunch of breaking balls, til the end of the season for West Ham winger Natha that have emerged stating that he will be leading his country for the upcoming Nations League semi-final against the Netherlands.The Colossal Sports Management company issued a statement on Tuesday evening stating the City star will lead out his coun Holland.Holland, 21, featured against the U’s for his parent club when they were beaten 4-0 in the third round of the Carabao Cup in September.He has since made two substitute appearances in the Prfour-seamers, two-seamers.”

Bonderman, wh leaving Arsenal on loan. The teenager started both of Arsenal’s Premier League games and has held his own.Unlike other Gunners youngsters, Willock has never left on loan and he doesn’t plan on doing so anytime soon.”My head was always about playing o signed a minor-league deal in January, told reporters after the game that he does not have time to work on his pitches as he continues to fight for a rotation spot this spring. 

“I need results,” Bonderman said. “It’s not like when you’re on the team for sure and you can go out there and work on stuff. It’s working out all right so far.”

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The Astros endured their first cuts of the spring Sunday and a few of their top prospects were among the names reassigned to minor-league camp. Players reassigned Sunday were Jr., , , , , and . Owens is one player on the Astros’ radar for a potential promotion in 2013. “The important thing for players like DeShields and Springer, who are a part of our future, was to come up here and make a good impression with a new staff and botrmer England striker Michael Owen criticised Arsenal fans for booing under-fire captainanager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he hopes to see Marcus Rashford back in action before the international break.The England forward was forced off during the second half of United’s loss to West Ham on Sunday.Solskjaer confirmed Rashford had sustained Granit Xhaka off before his tirade.The Swiss midfielder was taken off during the Gunners’ draw with Crystal Palace on Sunday and his departure was greeted with deh of them absolutely did that,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said, per .com. “Goebbert has been a part of our minor league system for a while and made a good impression, and Krauss had some big hits for us. The me250,000 (US$283,000) fine for violating several EU laws on transparency and data privacy, reports, /.According to Spain’s national data protection agency (AEPD), La Liga failed to adequately inform users of its official app that the platform can actissage to all those guys basically is you accomplished what your goal was this spring, you came up here and made a good impression on the staff. For all those guys, they did exactly what we wanted them to do.”

City and Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri has been

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Relief pitcher is making a comeback after having not pit says their derby defeat to Inter Milan was self-inflicted.Milan blew a 2-0 lead to lose 4-2 on Sunday. Only once before had the Nerazzurri won the derby when trailing by at least two goals, in a 6-5 thriller in November 1949.Pioli said afterwards, “ched in the majors since 2010. Cordero has signed a minor league contract with the Angels and will be invited to spring led for a reality check from fans has they hit a form blip.Inter meet Cagliari today attempting to stay in touch with Serie A leaders Juventus.Conte said, “Our idea is always to go on the attack, even when we score the first goal. We must try to sctraining. He last pitchedArsenal boss Mikel Arteta has denied reports he is interested in bringing Manchester City central defender John Stones to North London.New Gunners boss Arteta coached Stones for three years at Manchester City, after joining the club at the same time as the England centre-back in the summer of 2016.Asked if there is any truth in his reported interest in Stones, Arteta said: “No, no truth at all.” with Seattle.

Yanks, Cano have work to do to reach deal before free agency hits

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TAMPA — The recently began multiyear contract negotiations with star second baseman , but a resolution appears nowhere in sight.

Early indications are that they begin with at least a significant difference in either talent assessment or valuation, suggesting a decent likelihood that Cano — the storied franchise’s best position player in his prime — has a pretty decent chance to become a free agent at year’s end. While the sides won’t admit he’s sure to hit free agency, at the very least it’s clear there’s plenty of work to do.

Word is, early on the team has suggested they considered Cano a “top 10” or maybe at worst a top 15 player in the game, while Cano, following three straight top-six finishes in American League MVP voting, seems to be thinking a bit higher than that.

“There are few elite players. That just is a very short list — less than Inter Milan.The striker has been linked with Barcelona.“Lautaro Martinez will not leave Inter and he can’t wait to start work with Conte,” agent Beto Yaque told FCInterNews.“Obviously, being praised by the best player in the world is wonderful afive,” Cano’s agent Scott Boras said by phone of his client.

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner recently revealed to Yankees writers that the sides have had “a conversation or two.” But left unsaid at the time is where things stand.

“Robinson is happy being a Yankee, and both sides recognize that this is one of the elite players in the game,” Boras said.

Exactly how elite may be at issue, however, as the Yankees aim to keep him from becoming a free agent after the season. This isn’t going to be a short process, however, and it appears it will take some major concessions from one or both sides to beat the deadline to get him signed before his free agency begins five days after the 2013 season ends.

Star players generally go to the marketplace when they get within a year of free agency, though there have been exceptions. The Yankees themselves have a policy to allow long-term contracts to expire before trying to extend players, and they made an exception just by opening negotiations with Cano.

The Yankees tried the same last spring with catcher Russell Martin, offering a three-year deal for $18 million in a rare attempt to head off free agency, but Martin turned that down and wound up signing a free-agent deal with the Pirates for $17 million over two years. Cashman, whose own extension waited until his contract was up, suggested he will on rare occasions make an exception for younger players, such as Martin and Cano.

“There’s been a conversation or two,” Steinbrenner told Yankees writers six days ago. “We’ll get into that, and we’ll talk about it at a later date. He’s been a great erty has announced he’s cut ties with Arsenal.Jeorge Bird’s Arsenal academy reports Flaherty has confirmed that he has left Arsenal after seven years at the club.The 18-year-old spent time on trial at West Ham United and then Newcastle United. It is Yankee, and we hope he’s here his entire career.”

Cashman flatly declined comment on the Cano talks, deferring to Steinbrenner’s brief earlier remark.

This is obviously a touchy subject.

Another dynamic at play is the Yankees’ stated intention to get their payroll below $189 million for the 2014 season in order to markedly reduce their luxury tax rate, from 50 percent to 17 percent. However, the verbiage on-loan striker is hoping to fire Villa into the Premier League today when the club take on Derby in the Play-off final.”Ever since I stepped foot through the door, I have felt at home,” he said in the Wembley match programme.”We are a family here e has changed in recent days; it was once said to be a mandate to go below $189 million, now they refer to it as a “guideline.” While slightly different payrolls are cited, the Yankees’ current payroll, the second highest in baseball to the Dodgers, is currently pegged at $217 million, according to an executive with another team.  

It isn’t known what the Yankees may have offered Cano so far, but if they see Cano as a “top 10 player,” that would mean somewhere from Adrian Gonzalez’s $154.3 million deal and up. Top 15 would put him at least on part with the $138 million, eight-year contract for crosstown Mets star David Wright.

The average of the top five contracts, from Alex Rodriguez’s $275 million Yankees deal down to Joe Mauer’s $184 million contract (Albert Pujols $240 million, Joey Votto $225 million and Prince Fielder $214 million are in between), is $223 million.

Boras also will be making the case that baseball’s revenues have shot up over the past several years, as have franchise valuations. “The marketplace has dramatically changed from five years ago,” he said.

Also likely at the center of the talks will be a disagreement over term. Cano, 30, will surely seek at least a 10-year deal, with the Yankees likely hoping to keep it to eight. A-Rod got his 10-year Yankees deal at age 32.

A-Rod himself may be another area of disagreement, as the Yankees will point out the A-Rod deal hasn’t worked out, certainly the last half of it. Boras, who negotiated that contract but no longer represents Rodriguez, will counter by saying Cano is his own entity and personality, a clean liver with a clean resume whose only similarity with A-Rod is that they share a clubhouse.

praise for Reinier ahead of the youngster’s move

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CBSSports.com Senior Columnist Danny Knobler reported on Friday that closer has agreed to a one-year, $7.3 million deal with the Indians, eberson believes RB Salzburg striker Erling Haaland would offer something different.The Norway international i admits the Roma midfielder is facing six months out after suffering an ACL injury.The 20-year-old ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament and da million) bond in a move to help restructure debt repayments, reports, /.The club’s planned five-year senior secured notes sale will then be used to finance a €215.5 million (US$239.7 million) credit facility and a €2.6 million (US$2.89 million) maged the meniscus during the 2-1 home defeat to Juventus on Sunday.”Naturally, he wants to be there, buts being linked with a January move to Old Trafford.Kleberson told BonusCodeBets, “Haaland is a player wanted by many clubs, not just Manchavoiding arbitration. The contract includes performance bonuses.

Rays trade for Yunel Escobar

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The have acquired shortstop from the via trade, the club announced late Tuesday night. In return, the Marlins would receive minor-league middle infielder Derek Dietrich.

Escobon Saturday.Miguel Almiron was the matchwinner with his first goal for Newcastle.Hodgson said: “We had a lot of chances and were in pole position to win the game. We had done very well to stop the crosses but didn’t do well with that one at the end.”ar, 30, hit .253/.300/.344 with nine homers, 51 RBI and 58 runs in 145 games for the last season. He fell out of favor late last season due to his poor play in addition to playing .

Escobar was then traded to the Marlins as enjoyed his week with new Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho.Moura has started both games under Mourinho and his main joy is that he is finally given a chance to shine in his more comfortable position as a wider support player to the main striker.”Every ppart of the blockbuster deal that sent three All-Stars — , and — to the Blue Jays. The deal became official Nov. 19, so Escobar only spent a few weeks at his team was improving over preseason. The Reds registered their first win in five friendly matches, coming back from a goal down to win 3-1.Memphis Depay’s fourth-minute penalty was cancelled out by Roberto Firmino, before Joachim Andersen’s own gs a member of the Marlins.

Dietrich, a 23-year-old second-rounder in 2010 out of Georgia Tech, is a career .278/.342/.470 hitter across parts of three minor-league seasons. In 2012, he batted a combined .279/.338/.457 with 14 homers and 28 doubles for High-A Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery. Baseball America recently listed him as the ninth-best prospect in the Rays’ system.

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Indians invite Hector Rondon, Luis Hernandez to spring training

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The have signed pitcher and infielder to minor-league contracts with invitations to spring training, the club announced Thursday.

Rondon, a 24-year-old riph Hasenhüttl was disappointed losing 2-1 at ten-man Tottenham on Saturday.Spurs went down to ten men after the dismissal of Serge Aurier in the 31st minute, shortly after taking the lead through Tanguy Ndombele, but Saints fought back to level thinghty, has spent the last six years in the Indians’ system. After undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2010, he was forced to undergo another surgery for an elbow fracture sustained in winter ball in November, 2011. He has thrown just 10 professional innings in the last two seasons. In his last full season, 2009, Rondon posted a 3.38 ERA between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus.

Hernandez, 28, appeared in just two major-league games for the Rangers this past season. Prior to that, he had 47 plate appearances for the Mets in 2010; for his career, Hernandez is a .243/.284/.296 hitter in Arsene Wenger says his Invincibles side was the greatest team that he managed.Wenger was in charge of some other excellent sides at Arsenal, including the double-winning teams of 1997-98 and 2001-02.Wenger is quoted by the Metro: “You would say the I292 plate appearances. He spent much of 2012 at Triple-A Round Rock in the Texas system, hitting .262/.303/.376 inted are extending their singing section at the Stretford End of Old Trafford.The Red Devils have been impressed by the improvement in atmosphere from the designated section in recent games.It was particularly evident during their game against Manches 572 plate appearances.

Jason Motte brought the heat in Game 3

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First, a clarification: closer always brings the heat. But if his outings are usually jalapeno hot, this one was habanero hot (food metaphor! ).

In his two-inning Game 3 save, Motte lfred Schreuder is delighted for Hakim Ziyech over his move to Chelsea.It was confirmed on Thursday that Ziyech would be joining Chelsea at the end of the season for a fee rising to €44m. And Hoffenheim coach Schreuder enthused: “I never shared tthrew 19 pitches. Every single one was some form of a fastball. He threw two cutters and one two-seamer, but otherwise Motte went straight smoke: The four-seam fastball.

Motte’s 16 four-seamers averaged 97.02 miles per hour, . From that same website, here’s Motte’s pitch-speed chart. Note that the scale need not dip below 92:

Time to break out the heat/gas/smoke-related superlatives. Don’t be shy. Anything goes.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribee Karim Benzema should be playing for France.Benzema hasn’t played for France since before the 2016 Euros after being caught up in an alleged blackmail plot.Hazard says: “Ah, these are French problems. Me, I can jut night’s FA Cup win at Derby County.United’s new £68million signing is set to play in his first Manchester derby on Sunday.”He’s the same as he was at Sporting,” said Solskjaer. “I like to see that in a player, that he doesn’t change coming into a dge only on the performances. And in to the and .

Photo: Rangers step up rookie hazing

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Photos of rookie hazing — most often “perp marches” in women’s clothing — are pretty banal and juvenile by this pointlanning a January move for the former Manchester United attacker, Koeman says the Dutchman should be considering his options.He said, “The fact that he does not play for the biggest team in the world obviously has no consequences for his place in the (after all, there can be only one ). But credit to the for concocting something that’s viving their interest in Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic.TuttoJuve says Manchester United were keen on signing Mandzukic as well as his Juventus team-mate Paulo Dybala during the summer transfer window but the double deal broke down at the eleventh fairly original by the unoriginal standards of the genre. Courtesy of US Presswire. 

The afflicted youngsters are and , and let us just say that Mr. Profar is owning the look with a bit more confidence than his fellow sufferer Mr. Font. 

And looh says manager Chris Wilder has his full support.The Saudi prince, who won an 18-month-long legal battle with fellow co-owner Kevin McCabe over the club’s ownership on Monday, says Sheffield United are “blessed” to have the Englishman in charge at Brk: Even McKayla is impressed!

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Kyle Lohse could start Game 3 for Cardinals if Nats win Game 2

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manager Mike Matheny is considering as changed in recent years.The pair were instrumental to the greatest spell in Chelsea’s history as Mourinho brought the best out of Lampard and they won three Premier League titles together.Lampard has outlined how the relationship between the two cpitching in Game 3 on Wednesday instead of if the win Monday’s Game 2, to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

If he’s tabbed as the Game 3 starter, Lohse would be pitching on regular rest after last pitching in Friday’s wild-card game against the . He picked up the win after allowing two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Lohse was 16-3 this season with a 2.86 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 143 strikeouts in 211 innings.

Carpenter only made three appearances for the Cardinals this season, all starts, after dealing with thoracic outlet syndrome for much of the year. The 2005 Cy Young award winner was 0-2 with a 3.71 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 12 strikeouts in 17 innings.

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis onoposed designs for its iconic new stadium which wourmances for Aston Villa in an interview with Tribal Football this week.Fenton started his career at Aston Villa, winning the League Cup, and said Grealish had impressed him since breaking into the side.Now managing in the Northern Premier Division, Fld be built on semi-derelict dockland in North Liverpool and deliver a £1bn boost to the city’s economy have been revealed, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukWorld-renowned architect Dan Meis revealed the the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow .