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The  optioned reliever to Double-A Midland Fridamidfielder Bruno Fernandes says he wants to play in England.Fernandes had offers from Tottenham rejected over the summer.Fernandes said: “Of course I’m happy. I hard insists eicester City boss Brendan Rodgers admits there’s frustration after their 1-1 draw with Norwich City.The Foxes fell behind on 26 minutes after Finland international Teemu Pukki applied a smart finish to Emiliano Buendía’s through-ball.It took just 1he doesn’t care about being famous. Woodward has the bore of the brunt of criticism from the United faithful over his recruitment decisions in recent seasons.But Woodward says he is committed to turning the club into a successful on and ofve the desire to play England, this is the league I want to play, there are other cluy, just a few hours after he was claimed off waivers. Stinson posted a 1.50 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 10 appearances with the Brewers this spring.

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The  designated pitcher Travis Blackley and first baseman for assignment Friday, as they begin to trim down their roster heading into the regular season..

Barton has been unable to live up to his former billing as a top prospect at the majors, and struggled in the spring as well. He batted .206 with 11 walks and only two extra-base hits in 48 plate appearances.

Barton left the clubhouse without commenting to the iverpool captain Sami Hyypia says Steven Gerrard could handle the manager’s job.Gerrard is already being linked with the Liverpool job (for the post-Klopp era) after just rmer Barcelona captain Carles Puyol admits he twice had offers to join Real Madrid during his career.The Spaniard has claimed that Los Blancos unsuccessfully approached him twice, in 2001/02 and 2004/05.”Real Madrid appointed [Jose Antonio] Camacho aone season as Rangers manager. Does Hyypia believe Gerrard could cope with the media. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that if Barton clears waivers, he cannot refuse a minor-league assignment, since this is the first time he has been designae Ireland U21 star signed a new long-term contract with the club earlier this season.And Howe has been delighted with Kilkenny’s improvement in training.He told the Daily Echo: “It’s a massive moment for him because I think it’s further evidence thatted for assignment. 

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If this wasn’t ‘s final year of his contract…and if he wasn’t 37…and if he didn’t have a ready-made replacement in Rex Brothers — we’d be embracing him as a top closer option. With a 2.85 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in 120 innings over the last two years, Betancourt has looked like one of the few pitchers immune to Colorado’s thin air.

Unfortunately, Betancourt is all but wearing a sign around his neck that says, “I will be traded in July.”

And with the ‘ trade partner likely being a team that doesn’t need a cgoalkeeper Dean Henderson on a season-long loan.England Under-21 international Henderson, 22, has agreed a new contract at Old Trafford until 2022.He played all 46 league games for Sheffield United last season as they won promotion to the Premier Lealoser (as it often is), he’ll prnited boss Steve Bruce insists they didn’t deserve defeat at home to Everton.Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s brace sandwiched Fabian Schar’s goal for the hosts.Bruce said: “I don’t think we deserved to get beaten today. It was important we didn’t lose the maobably be relegated to middle relief duty for the season’s final two months. 

That gives us four months of saves from Betancourt, which may come out to about 20-25 total. Is that g Chelsea youngsters get their chance this season.Mee saw up close the potential of Chelsea on Saturday in their 4-2 defeat.“They have all got fantastic academies (in the Premier League) and when you see the young lads coming through it definitely enough to use a RP slot on him? Only, if he’s slipping below his ADP of 179, meaning I need to see Betancourt in the 18 or 19th round before I click the “draft” button. 

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pitcher will begin the season in the minors, according to the Seattle Times.

The team will likely go wi striker Fernando Llorente has been appthe kids in their FA Cup tie with Everton.Midfielder Naby Keita became the eighth player to be added to the injured list, having sustained a groin problem in the 2-0 win over Sheffield United, which restored their 13-point lead at the top of the Premroached by Fiorentina.Sky Italia says the Spaniard has been offered the chance of joining Fiorentina as the Viola look to reinforce their attack.Now 34 years of age, Llorente is an experienced attacker who has pth Blake Beavan and Brandon Maurer to fill out the starting rotation. 

Ramirez, 22, had a nice debut for the teer Frank Lampard says it is only a “matter of time” before Jack Grealish wins an England call-up.Lampard will have the task of stopping the playmaker when Aston Villa visit Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.”I think he’s doing it,” Lampard said of Grealisam last season, tossing 59 innings with a 3.36 ERA and a 3.55 FIP. He will likely be one of the first pitchers called up if the team has an injury. 

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pitcher (elbow) was placed on the 60-day disabled list Sunday in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Feliz, whing hammered instico Madrid attacker has announced this week he will leave the Spanish giants at the end of the season.Barca are favourites to land Griezmann, with a willingness of meeting his €120m buyout clause.However, ZDF says Bayern sports chief Hasan Salihamide Holland.Dutch pundit Johan Derksen has accused Kuyt of undermining Feyenoord coach Jaap Stam, the former Manchester United defen for Newcastle United.The Mirror says the 58-year-old slapped in his resignation to Wednesday yesterday to speed a switch to St James’s Park, but Bruce’s imminent arrival is one of the most unpopular on Tyneside for years.Fans already at boiling poinder. Kuyt is the club’s U19 coach.Before going into Sunday’s clash with FC Twente, the heat was being o advanced to throwing from 60 feet in his rehab from Tommy John surgery last month, is expected to return in August.

Cuban pitcher Yadier Pedroso dies in car accident

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Cuban pitcher Yadier Pedroso Gonzalez was killed in a car accident in Cuba, according to the director of sports for the territory of Artemisa, Cuba ().

According to reports, the car in which Pedroso was seated collided with a freight truck, and two others were killed in the accident, which happened about 10:30 p.m. local time Saturday.

Pedroso, 26, was one of the best pitchers in Cuba and just took part in the World Baned the differences he sees between Jurgen Klopp’s work at Liverpool. he doesn’t want to leave. Even better, nor does his manager. Problem is, the way this club is managed, the decision could be taken out of both men’s hands.No matter how it was parsed. Sliced. Nowhere in that long, honest and insightful interview To and Pep Guardiola with Manchester City.The top two will meet on Sunday at Anfield.And Capello told Sky Sports: “Klopp he made something magic for me. The atmosphere of Anfield is faseball Classic. , Pedroso’s best season was 2008-09, when he went 9-3 with a 1.91 ERA.He was 76-45 hing Hearts fullback Aaron Hickey.The Daily Mail says City are keeping tabs on Hickey at Hearts after the teenage fullback’s rapid rise to prominence over the last four months.City have forged a good relationship with Hearts and sent 21-year-old Ryotwith a 3.15 ERA in his career and competed in 10 international competitions.

Pedroso appeared in two games in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, allowing four hits and an earned run in 1 2/3 innings of action.

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r United midfielder Paul Pogba has been ruled out

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The finalized their rotation plans Thursday for the start of the season. As expected, will start opening day, April 1, at Pittsburgh. He will be followed by on April 3 at Pittsburgh and the following dayshford was delighted after their Carabao Cup win at Chelsea.Rashford scored a sensational free-kick winner as United beat Chelsea.The England striker gave United the lead with a penalty after Marcos Alonso fouled Daniel James.Michy Batshuayi equalise to finish the series. will open a three-game series at Atlanta on April 5 and be followed by before the rosay the Turin club intends to move for the Brazilian next summer, when his contract with thoma winger Cengiz Under is on the radar of Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho.Gunes says he has impressed Mourinho enough to make him a key Spurs target.However any move for the 22-year-old would only come if Spurs can retain their place in the Champions Le Londoners expires.Willian’s agreement with Chelsea expires in the summer of 2020 – and so far negotiations for its extension have not been successful .The 31tation resets. Jackson, who signed as a free agent in the offseason, is 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in three spring starts.

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Angels reliever made his Cactus League debut on Wednesday against the Padres. After dealing with back stiffness earlier in c determined to be a first choice this season.Walker-Peters is pushing hard for a place in Mauricio Pochettino’s starting XI following Kieran Trippier’s departure to Aris Wilder says he has spoken with Harry Redknapp about controversial trialist Ravel Morrison. The former Manchester United, West Ham United and Lazio midfielder is a free agent after being released by Ostersunds.He played under Redknapp at QPR and Wtletico Madrid.He told The Sun: “Is there a chink of light with Tripps leaving? I amnar Solskjaer was delighted with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Chelsea.The duo combined for three goals in the exciting win at Old Trafford.Speaking after the game, Solskjaer said: “Marcus Rashford played that left handp, he allowed two runs on four hits over one-third inning. “I’m disappointed in myself,” Burnett told .com. “I’m frustrated. I don’t care if it’s spring training. You still want to go out there and give it your best, and being my first impression, it was sloppy.”

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The Brewers have the top of his January shopping list.The Mirror says Lampard is set to move for Zaha next month to beef up Chelsea’s attack – despites-Mesut-Ozil-Sead-Kolasinac-return-Arsenal-training-following-security-scare.html”>Daily MailArsenal-news-Mesut-Ozil-Sead-Kolasinac-return-Arsenal-training-following-security-scare.html”> says Arsenal are optimistic the pair will be cleared to play a reaching the Champions League knockout stages. Zaha made clear during the summer he is desperate to leave Crystal P extended the contract of outfielder for three years, real see the Dane as a successor to veteran playmaker Luka Modric and El Chiringuito reports a deal is already settled.Reporter Jaime Astrain claims a fee and personal terms have now been struck by all parties.An announcement is due after the Championsports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Wednesday. The 27-year-old Gomez has hit well this spring after deciding not to play in the World Baseball Classic. Gomez is batting .529 over 17 at-bats with a home run, an RBI and two stolen bases.

Rangers’ Profar will join Netherlands for WBC finals if given the chance

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Last month, baseball’s top prospect the World Baseball Classic and instead focus on making the with a strong camp. Now that the Netherlands has with its walk-off win over Cuba, he might have a chance to do both. From :

In the wake of the Netherlands walk-off win over Cuba, which sends the Dutch to the World Baseball Classic finals that start Sunday, Profar said Monday he has been asked about possibly joining the team. And, he said, he’d like to go.

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“If they give me a chance, I will go,” Profar said, smiling widely. “They are doing a really great job.”

WBC rules allow for adjusting of rosters between rounds due to injuries. Several players have come up with minor injuries that could limit their availability for the finals.

GM Jon Daniels he will encourage the 20heir clash with Liverpool.The 20-year-old limped off after being caught by Francis Coquelin during the Blues’ 1-0 defeat by Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday.The extent of the blow was not known until scans revealed that it is a minor knock-year-old Profar to participate in the WBC if given the chance. Since the championship round runs from March 17-19, he’d oe Gunnar Solskjaer admits they’ve been hit by an injury crisis.Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial to miss Leicester clash on Saturday, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Jesse Lingard doubtful.”The treatment room has been busy and still is,” Solskjaer said. “We nly miss about a week of camp.

Profar has gone 7 for 33 (.212) with seven walks and eight strikeouts in camp so far, and Baseball-Reference.com’s OppoQual stat indicates he’s faced mostly big-league-calibe hold onto Lucas Digne.The former Barcelona fullback has been a revelation for the Blues this season – and is being linked with a return to France.With Olympique Lyon preparing to sell Ferland Mendy to Real Madrid, they have identified Digne as a repr pitching. Unless someone gets hurt, Profar’s best chance to make the Rangers would be as a utility player.

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Toronto outfielder (shoulder) likelysmall” to make it at Manchester City.Wright-Phillips spent four years playing under Keegan at City before joining Chelsea in a £21m deal in 2005.”When Keegan first took over it was difficult for me because he deemed me as too small,” he told ManCity won’t play in Grapefruit League action again until Thursday, reports .com. Rasmus was scratched last Thursday due to a sore non-throwing shoulder. He’s taking a bit longer tcial style partner in the shape of Boglioli, according to Sempre Milan, reports, /.Boglioli look set to replace current category partner Diesel, which will end its relationship with Milan on 30th June having been partners since February 2017.Bogliolihanomori on loan from Chelsea if they are unable to sign Kurt Zouma.The Blues are reluctant to let Zouma leave because of their current transfer ban.However, they would be open to letting Tomori leave the club after his successful spell with Derby last expected to return.

PSG have opened talks with Everton for Idrissa Gue

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MASN.com reported on Tuesday that on loan for the rest of the season by the Hornets.However, multiple outlets – via the Watford Observer – in thrpool fans.City accused the Premier League of threatening the “sporting integrity” of the competition after handing the champions a fixture schedule that could give rivals Liverpool a big advantage in the title race. City’s chief operating officer,e UK are reporting the move is not sitting well with the Clarets.They do not want to lose Gibson unless they can secure m Massimiliano Allegri for next season.A decision about the coach’s future will be made at the end of the season.“The meeting between coach and president has always been in June, traditionally, so if anything it’ll be brought forward. We’ll wait,” a replacement.He on the Baltimore Orioles have no intention of shutting down top prospects and at the end of the year, instead opting to monitor their innings early on, ensuring their availability to pitch into September and October.

MLB investigating the age of Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz

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Major League Baseball is investigating the age of Cuban free-agent shortstop Aledmys Diaz, reports . In a twist, is investigating him for being younger than he presented rg defender Branislav Ivanovic insists Eden Hazard will come good for Real Madrid.The pair are former long time Chelsea teammates.Ivanovic told Marca, “I think he is not well physically. He was injured a couple of times, but everyone knows that Hazarhimself, not older. Players usually try to make them themselves younger and more desirable to clubs.

Diaz, who defected to Mexico, presented himself as a 23-year-old born on Jan. 8, 1990. That date conflicts with other documents and sources, which indicate an Aug. 1, 1990, birthdate. That would make Diaz only 22 years old, which means he would be subject to the international spending caps put in place by the latest Collective Bargaining Agreement. Teams can sign players age 23 or older for any amount.

“I only go by the documentation that I have from the player,” said Jaime Torres, Diaz’s agent. “I’ve seen from different rosters, different ages for players in Cuba, so I don’t pay much attention to Manchester United last summer for the Hornets.”I spent 14 years at United. I grew up there and it was a massive part of my life,” Whelan told the Watford club website.“I’ve still got lots of friends there so it will be a strange one, wanting them twhat is put on the pages from Cuba … Only the player and the family should know the correct date of birth, not the sports authority from Cuba, the Cuban government. What I have, showing his date of birth, is 1/8/90—January 8, 1990.”

Torres added that MLB is insisting Diaz present an unblocking license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control before he can agree to a contract. Players can typically prese League clash with Manchester City.Gasperini has labelled international friendlies “useless” and demanded a single international break after top scorer Zapata was ruled out against City with an abductor strain sustained with Colombia.”‘I reacted withnt an OFAC unblocking license or two permanent residency documents from a non-Cuba country, but MLB wants the former in this case. Badler says scouting reports on Diaz are “modest.”

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The Rangers met with free-agent catchf executive.It has been reported that Manchester United are looking for a director of football to take some of the responsibility off executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and their former goalkeeper Van der Sar was linked to the role.”Besides my familer on Tuesday, according to multiple sources. Pierzynski batted .278 with a career-high 27 home runs and 77 RBI for the Whell Mauro Icardi to Juventus this summer.Icardi is on-loan at PSG this season from Inter Milan and can sign permanently thanks to a €70m option.French media soe Laurentiis and his family has raked in huge dividends from the club’s past year.Calcio e Finanza has released figures for the earnings of board members over the last financial year in Serie A – with Napoli topping the table.The board chaired by De urces say PSG would be willing to sign the Argentina international outright and sell him ite Sox last season.

Jim Thome says he’s not retired

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Apparently 612 home runs aren’t enough for — the 42-year old slugger wants to play in 2013.

“I’m not retired,” Thome . “If someone wants me captain.33-year-old Koscielny looks set to leave the Gunners after refusing to join the club on a preseason tour in the US.And Monreal insists he would be proud to accept the role.”Two captains left last season, if I have to be one of the captains Ito play, I”d consider it for sure. I feel good. If I didn’t feel goodverton striker Cenk Tosun.Turkish media sources say Eintracht Frankfurt are in talks to sign Tosun this month.The Turkey international is viewed by the Bundesliga outfit as a replacement for Sebastien Haller, now with West Ham.Tosun, 28, is a former , I wouldn’t even consider it. But I feel good. I’d like to play.”

Thome saire Jim Ratcliffe admits buying a Premier League could happen in the future – though he has distanced himself from a move for Chelsea.Ratcliffe already owns Lausanne in Switzerland and was linked with Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea earlier this year.“tarted the 2012 season with the Phillies and made 71 plate appearances, hitting five home runs in 30 games. He started four games at first base and nine as a DH during interleague play.  The Phillies traded him to Baltimore on June 30. He played in 28 games during the regular season with the Orioles, including 26 starts at DH, with three home runs. Overall he hit .252/.344/.442 with eight homers and 25 RBI.

Thome said he’d be better as a DH, but wouldn’t rule out signing with a National League team.

“At this stage, am I an everyday player? No,” Thome . “But I think I can still play. The best thing for me is being a designated hitter somewhere. But if an NL team calls, sure I’d consider it. I still feel like I can give a team a veteran presence and get a big hit off the bench.”

Thome’s home run total is the seventh-best in history, 18 shy of Ken Griffey Jr. for sixth on the list.

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