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starter threw four shutout innings, allowing two hits and a walk in Thursday’s start ly striker Christian Vieri insists AC Milan director Zvonimir Boban was right to publicly criticise chief exec Ivan Gazidis.Boban accused Gazidis of “going behind our backs” with his unilateral approach to Red Bull chief Ralf Rangnick to replace coacagainst the Astros.

It was a fitting finish to a fine spring. Maholm will head north to Atlanta with a 1.53 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in seven starts covering 29 1/3 innings. He struck out 20 against 11 waw contract talks with Napoli.The veteran’s agent admits an agreement is still to be found, however.“(Napoli President Aurelio) De Laurentiis always wanague opponents Slovan Bratislava.Victory against Slovan Bratislava at Molineux on Thursday would put Wolves on the brink of reaching the last 32.”We are always confident, we cannot expect things to happen, we have to make them happen,” he said.”We hated to renew his contract,” agent Manuel Garcia Quilon told Calciomercato.it.“We are grateful flks. Maholm has been an average pitcher at best for much of his career with Pittsburgh, but he could be a decent Fantasy value this season as part of a solid Braves’ roster.

unachievable dream”.It was claimed – and quickly d

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The  placed pitcher on the 60-day disabled list Saturday a joined the battle for Benfica defender Ruben Dias.Having already closed a deal for Porto stopper Eder Militao, Real are returning to Portugal for Dias.That’s according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduar Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez held crisis talks after their Copa del Rey final defeat to Valencia last night.AS says during the team bus ride to Seville airport, the three stars held an impromptu meeting about their the Copa loss and also their Champdo Inda, when speaking on El Chiringuito.Inda says he continues to deal with elbow discomfort, the Houston Chronicle reports. White also told reporters that he has dealt with minor triceps tendinitis throughout spring training.He will be re-evaluated Sunday and is unsure if his injury will require surgery.White posted a 6.86 ERA in 16 2/3 innings of work this spring, which may be partly says he is “buzzing” for Frank Lampard and his budding young stars.The Blues are currently third with eight wins from 12 Premier League games, despite not being able to sign any players until 2020 due to a FIFA transfer ban.In just his first season iattributed to his injury. He is eligible to return from the disabled list in early June.

oss Frank Lampard has revealed Ruben Loftus-Cheek

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akeover bid from C&N Sporting Risk collapsed.The League One club had been given until 17:00 BST on Tuesday to complete the deal, having been granted an extension to Friday’s initial deadline.Bury are the first team to drop out of the EFL since Mapitcher told .com Sunday that he was feeling better after taking a comebacker off his left ankle the day before. X-rays came back negative on the right-hander and Latos is being considered day to day. “It doesn’t hurt too bc of Ireland coach Mick McCarthy admits he’s been impressed by Norwich City striker Adam Idah.Cork-born teenage striker Idah announced himself with a brilliant, clinical hat-trick in Norwich’s 4-2 FA Cup win at Preston.McCarthy, a pundit alongside Noad today, but it did yesterday,” Latos said. “I can walk on it. I don’t have to use crutches.”His final spring start is scheduled for Thursday. “I better be able to make my next start. I’m not one to sit out,” said Latos, who has a 3.78 w at Leicester City.The 38 year-old Argentine was selected ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga for his first Premier League appearance of the season.”I feel great because I played and we got one point in a difficult stadium against a difficult team,” he said.ERA through four Cactus League starts. “I asked the lady who took the X-ray that if it was broken, could she make a cast with spikes in it. It’s just sore. We’re taking it day by day and we’ll see how it goes.”

Didier Deschamps is full of praise for Barcelona

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The Indians optioned , , , and to Triple-A Columbus Monday. The team also reasLiverpool have made a Sardinians until 2022.Cagliari announced on Thursday: “Maran got stuck into his new role with enthusiasm, appreciated for his professional and human qualities.“With sincerity and dedication, he immediately put the team at the base of the technical move for Augsburg fullback Philipp Max.Sport says Liverpool are in talks with the agent of Max.The 25-year-old Augsburg ace plays at left-bacared Jose Mourinho’s arrival was “strange”.Tottenham’s form has been hit and miss under Mourinho this campaign, but Alderweireld says he and his team-mates are trying to “make the best of it”.Opening up on Mauricio Pochettino’s sacking and Mourinho’sk, where Liverpool are short of cover after allowing Alberto Moreno to leave on a free signed and to minor-league camp.

Tigers still have a question to answer about their closer’s role

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The have spent north of $300tenham and Ajax star Rafael Van der Vaart says Spurs should move for Hakim Ziyech.Van der Vaart sees the Ajax midfielder as a replacement for Christian Eriksen.”I hope Ziyech goes to Tottenham and I think it will happen,” he said. “I talked to (chair million over the last two years to bolster their roster and make a run at the world championship. They were swept by the Giants in the Fall Classic last year, but they remain an excellent club and the clear favorite in the AL Central. That’s why their passive approach to the closer’s role during the offseason was surprising.

The decision to let 34-year-old Jose Valverde walk as a free agent was understandable. While Valverde saved 35 games and pitched to a 3.78 ERA for Detroit in 2012, he struggled in September (5.02 ERA) and was completely unusable in the postseason (30.38 ERA). It’s no secret why the right-hander remains unemployed though spring training is well underway.

The decision to entrust the ninth inning to 22-year-old rookie is a little less understandable. The right-hander throws very hard — says he “touched 103 during the season and normally works at 97-100 mph” — but he also struggles to throw strikes. Last summer, he walked 26 in 53 innings (4.4 BB/9), the year before that 34 in 40 innings (7.7 BB/9). Rondon has never pitched in the big leagues, and he has a whopping eight innings at the Triple-A level. At least one scout has some concerns:

“He’s throwing 98 mph on March 1 and not missing any bats. Hitters see his fastball for some reason.”

— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1)

Manager Jim Leyland does have a veteran setup crew at his disposal, including former closer . The 39-year-old has not closed in two years now, and he does struggle against lefties (108 OPS+ in 2013), making him a less than ideal candidate ninth inning candidate. Righty , 35, has been rock solid for three seasons now (2.71 ERA), but he became alarmingly homer prone in 2012 — 14 homers allowed in 71 innings (1.8 HR/9), including eight allowed during a 15 1/3-inning stretch at midseason. That’s scary.

The Tigers got a little lucky in the postseason when 30-year-old did his best Billy Wagner impression. The lefty pitched to a 4.00 ERA during the regular season but replaced Valverde as closer in October, allowing only one run and striking out 13 in 10 1/3 innings. Young right-handers and both miss bats with impressive stuff, so perhaps one of them or Coke emerges as a ninth-inning option come April.

2013 ZiPS Projections for Tigers’ bullpen (via )PlayerIPERAWHIPRH Bruce Rondon455.601.78RH Joaquin Benoit583.721.16RH Octavio Dotel46 2/33.471.16RH Al Alburquerque34 2/33.891.41RH Brayan Villarreal66 1/33.531.34LH Phil Coke59 1/34.251.43LH 56 2/34.451.45

Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski had an opportunity to not just replace Valverde this offseason but to improve his team’s closer situation. Forty-two-save man Rafael Soriano was the big free-agent reliever on the market, but others like Jonathan Broxton, Koji Uehara, Ryan Madson, Joakim Soria and former Tiger Kyle Farnsworth were available as well. Former Giants closer Brian Wilson remains unsigned, but he is recovering from Tommy John surgery like Madson and Soria. Able bodies were out there if Dombrowksi wanted to add someone from the outside.

Leyland has reportedly expressed interest in re-signing Valverde as a “,” but that seems unlikely. Closers have a tendency to come out of nowhere, and we really r, the Brazilian insists he never heard from Arsenal nor Everton last month amid claims of both English clubs making offers for hrgen Klopp admits Sadio Mane after being taken off for their 3-0 win at Burnley.In a moment during the second half, Mohamed Salah wasted an opportunity to pass to Mane when his team-mate was unmarked in front of goal.And asked if he knew why Mane wasim.He told Telefoot: “Contact with Arsenal? No. And with (Everton manager) Carlo Ancelotti? No.”(But) maybe, the Premier needn’t to look further than Coke in the postseason. The Tigers could very well have a lights-out closer already in house in Rondon or Alburquerque or whoever, but that guy hasn’t stepped forward just yet. The closer’s role is a question the team will have to answer during the regular season because they opted for a half-measure when it could have been handled over the winter.

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s their official gaming and betting partner, repor

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Rangers outfielder waat this stage, but as far as endorsements go, Frank Lampard couldn’t have hoped for better. Getting Callum Hudson-Odoi’s signature on a new Chelsea contract is as good as it gets…The money mentioned is mad. Cr Jurgen Klopp needs to buy a new striker.Aldridge feels the current attack could use some extra variety.He wrote for the Irish Independent: “Jurgen Klopp should look to strengthen a couple of key positions in his Liverpool squad this summer and the fazy. But it’s also inflated. As a base s scratched from Wednesday’s spring lineup against the White Sox with tightness in his left hamstring. azard scored both goals when Maurizio Sarri’s Blues won 2-1 at Vicarage Road on Boxing Day.”I prefer to speak about the whole team. We play against Chelsea – not only Hazard,” said Gracia at his pre-match press conference, according to watfordfc.com.He is considered day to day. “It’s nothing bad. I just need a day,” he said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

mi Hyypia says the European champions must not res

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Scott White  and puts as the only relief pitcher in his “Elitesays he’s quickly felt comfortable on the south coast.Potter yesterday signed a new six-year contract just months into his time with the Seagulls.He praised the backing from the chairman Tony Bloom, deputy chairmahester United for Romelu Lukaku.Tuttosport says Juve have stepped up their pursuit of Lukaku and are set to offer Dybala in return – but want a decision from the Premier Leaguel for Rapid Vienna prospect Benjamin Kanuric.Calciomercato.com says the Gunners are favourites to land the 16 year-old ahead of the January market. Inter Milan, Juventus and Roma are also in contact, though Arsenal are leading the race for the midfie club within seven days.Inter Milan were believed to be leading the race fn and chief executive Paul Barber and” tier. His “Near Elite” guys include , , Fernando Rodney, Mariano Rivera, Joe Nathan and Rafael Soriano.

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.

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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eing the players defeat Liverpool yesterday.Stack

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Oakland infielders and will share second base duties going forward with optioned ‘Beast’ has partnered with McDonald’s to sign a deal and promote the ‘Appy Day deals available exclusively on the My McDonald’s App.Thening Hoffenheim striker Joelinton.The Magpies have not made a signing this summer but Bruce is hoping to tie up a deal for Joelinton.When asked about transfers Bruce said: “Of course we have, but the whole club is geared up to do that in the next f skilled striker who is known for switching into “Beast Mode” on the pitch, signs a deal with McDonald’s in a mocto Triple-A Sacramento, reports .com. Rosales starteskipper would form a formidable attack with Cristiano Ronaldo in a bid to finally win the Champions League.But the Italians will face competition from Premier League giants Manchester United and Manchester City.Kane, who is currently recovering from d at second in Tuesday’s game against Minnesota.

Astros claim reliever Chuckie Fick

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The have claimed right-handed reliever off waivers from the St. Louis , FOXSportsMidwest.com’s B.J. Rains. Fick was r Giroud for upcoming fixtures against Moldova and Albania.The 33-year-old has only played 120 minutes of top-flight football for Chelsea this season.But Deschamps says he has trust in the striker.”Maybe that means something but it’s mostly what happdesignated for aoving for Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas.With Gigi Buffon announcing yesterday that he is leaving the Parisians after one season, the French giants are in need for a senior goalkeeper signing.Mundo Deportivo says PSG are ready to move for Keylorssignment by the Cardinals on Wednesday, to make room for veteran reliever . 

A 15th-round draft pick by the Cardinals in 2007, Fick has spent the majority of the 2012 season with Triple-A Memphis. In 42.1 innings out of the bullpen, he has 4.68 ERA, and has struck out 20 batters while walking 13. 

The Astros will have to make a 40-man roster move on Saturday, when pit captain Lionel Messi has been banned from international football for three months after claiming the Copa America was “corrupt”.Argentina forward Messi, 32, was sent off in the 2-1 third-place play-off win over Chile and later said the “cup was fixecher Armando Galarraga is called up to start from Triple-A Oklahoma.

Tigers, White Sox both chasing top starting pitchers

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The , have prioritized starting pitching in trade talks this week, with the top target.The surprising White Sox are hoping to hold off the . . . who also have decided to make starting pitching a top priority, according to sources. It’s not yet clear what pitcher tops the Tigers’ wish list, but they have been linked to the (, ) and are also known to have interest in .Why a pitcher and not another hitter, or a second baseman?Wellsays West Ham, Sheffield United and Watford are looking at the striker, who is a free agent.The Hammers want a replacement for Andy Carroll and it is understood Adebayor, 35, wants to play in London after spells with Arsenal and Tottenham.He has not , first off, chasing a pitcher doesn’t mean the Tigers are ignoring the second base issue. They have watched of the , and would be interested in if the are willing to move him.But pitching has become a major concern, because of this simple question: After , which Tiger starter would you feel comfortable starting in Game 2 of a postseason series?While the Tigers still need to get to the postseason, they’ve been clear all along that success this year would be winning in October, not simply getting there. Any second baseman they could possibly acquire now is less likely to be an October difference-maker than a top starting pitcher would be.The Tigers had hoped they had a solid top of the rotation, but the first half of this year has raised concerns about (who hasn’t been as healthy or consistent as he was last year), (inconsistent) and (mostly disappointing). The Tigers will turn to prospect Jacob Turner this week to fill the spot of injured rookie Drew Smyly, but Turner is more likely to be a tradManchester United are handing Russian superkid Sergey Pinyaev another round of trials.He will spend 14 days in England in January, according toScouts in Attendance.Pinyaev has already trained twice with the United youth team at Carrington.The last tie chip to acquire a top-level starter than he is to be the 2012 answer.The White Sox, despite their 3 1/2-game lear his season start.Capello believes he’d have been better if captain Giorgio Chiellini had been fit.”We need to give him time, but he has remarkable qualities. Perhaps in his first season in Serie A he would have needed to find Chiellini at his side.d over the Tigers, have even more pressing rotation concerns. has now had to miss a start because of a sore elbow, and John Danks doesn’t appear close to returning. The White Sox have relied on the impressive and , but they have concerns about how Sale will hold up and about whether Peavy can remain healthy.

Current players, please get off Reggie Jackson’s lawn

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The straw that stirs the drink is stirring the pot again, and this time it’s with today’s players. That’s right, Hall of Famer Reggie er is delighted seeing results fall Steve Bruce’s way.Charlton boss Bowyer played for Newcastle under Sir Bobby Robson.Appearing on Sky Sports’ The Debate, he said: “It was a no win situation for him at the beginning because he was working at SundeJackson doesn’t like the excesss between his team and the 2000 Scudetto winners.Lazio are top of the table following their 2-0 defeat of Bologna.Former striker Inzaghi was part of Lazio’s 1999/2000 title winners.He said, “I see a similar atmosphere. I see lads who care for each ive amount of showboating he’s seeing, with a caveat. : “If you had talent, you could have style. There’s nothing wrong with style. I had style when I hit (563) home runs. But you’ve got to build up some history.” “What I’m seeing these days, and some of the arrogance, I feel like walking up, and saying, ‘What’s wrong with you? You can’t play. That’s not style. It’s a goofy act.'”I know it’s entertainment, but if you have style and can’t play, then you’re nothing more than a fool. I see a lot of fools out there.”It’s hard to nail down exactly who Jackson is talking about, as he doesn’t offer up specific names. He does mention some guys not being as concerned with winning as they are with Twitter, so names of prolific Twitter personalities , , Brandon McCarthy, and come to mind.I have tons of respect for Jackson’s playing career, especially his historic postseason performances, but it’s hard to read the above quotes without coming up with far too many questions. It just feels like he’s making up his own definitions of “style” — especially since in one sentence he said a “goofy act” was not style and in the next sentence he said these players “have style” but just “can’t play.” The reality is, the 66-year-old Jackson is probably just tons more mature than he was as an outspoken and wonderfully productive baseball player. And that’s fine. I’m just not sure he should be taking the (anonymous and possibly even hypothetical) players to task for being as immature as he might have been atct in June, the midfielder has claimed Chelsea are yet to table a new offer.But the Telegraph says the London side are adamant that a new contract has been tabled for the former Barcelona target.Willian’s preference for a two-year deal could prove a one point. The game has always had colorful personalities, no matter the generation. For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .