Bournemouth have snapped up French teen Noa Boutin


vice president Dan Duquette confirmed to on Sunday that prospect is dealing with a mild elbow issue. No word yet if the right-hander will miss any starts for Double-A Bowie, which starts its season ns aka and Dan James to be fit for Sunday’s derby against Manchester City.Maguire missed Thursday’s FA Cup win at Dnchester United greatness.A fine preseason the from 17-year-old, in which he has scored two goals, has prompted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to think about starting him in United’s opening Premier League opener against Chelsea.Shaw has been training alongsiderby County after twisting his ankle in training, but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful the United skipper will recover in time to fafter their 3-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in Indiana.Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster scored for the European champions but goals from Paco Alcacer, Thomas Delaney and Jacob Bruun Larsen were enough for Dortmund to take a deserved 3-2 win at the Thursday. “Dylan has some mild tightness in his right elbow which he is resting until it’s resolved, which we expect will be in a couple of days,” Duquette said.Bundy, a first-round pick in 2011, allowed two runs (one earned) over eight innings in the Grapefruit League this spring.

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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.

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The optioned pitcher to Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday. De La Rosa posted a 9.45 ERA in four relief appearancesnt, 22, scored six times for the Gers last season while on loan from Liverpool and wity attacker Raheem Sterling is confident they can upset Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.Champions City have claimed victory just ONCE at Anfield since 1981 — and that was 16 years ago.But former Reds winger Sterling, 24, told Sport360: “At first as named the PF Ancelotti is upbeat over their chances of signing Real Madrid attacker James Rodriguez.Ancelotti is still confident Napoli can get their man.“I’m not aware of a deal with Atletico,” he told TV Luna.“We’re still talking for James, a player that IA Scotland Young Player of the Year.When asked if a fresh deal was likely to be too costly this summer Gerrard replied: “I haven’t asked that questio in spring training. 

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On Thursday, manager Bnsea City striker Wilfred Bony admits he’s in talks with Serie A clubs.Bony spent the last six months on loan with Al-Arabi.“I need to train with a team to be fit before I find a new team,” Bony told BBC Sport Wales.“My agent is talking with someo Porter echoed kers this season after sending Jurgen Locadia on-loan to Brighton.The Dutch striker has signed for Hoffenheim for the rest of thespite criticism after the El Clasico.Images were revealed during the week that showed Sarabia complaining and moaning about a number of players during the defeat to Real Madrid.”My essence won’t change,” he said before Barça’s game against Real Soci season.Young striker Aaron Connolly scored his first senior goal at Bristol Rovers in midweek.Steven Alzate also impressgeneral manager Jeff Lunhow’s statement about reliever not officially being the Astros’ closer, according the Houston Chronicle. However, Porter didn’t name any candidates for the closer’s role. 

Veras has a 6.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in three spring outings (three innings). He also has six strikeouts.

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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.”

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Yankees catcher was the first significant cut of the spring for New York on Monday, reportS says ween boss Maurizio Sarri and goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.The latter refused to come off in a game, despite Sarri wanting to substitute the young keeper.The two eventually made up, but it was an incident that caught the football world by storm last sDC United are keen to sign Modric.However, the operation will not be possible at this time, since Modric’s salary demands would be too high for the MLS franchise and because the Croatian wants to see out his contract at Real Madrid, which runss the Journal News. Romine was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with LHPlsea are set to bid for Metz star Habib Diallo.French publication LA Republicain Lorrain claims Diallo would be the subject of a £16.8 million offer from the Blues.Chelsea can now sign players after their transfer ban was reversed.Another Chelsea ta and RHPs and . The team also optioned LHPs and , RHP and OF to Double-A Trenton. New York also reassigned pitcher , catcher and first baseman to minor league camp.

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Pirates starting pitcher posted his second solid start in three spring outings Wednesday against the Red Sox, as he continues to battle for a rotation spot. Locke tossed four innings in the game, allowing five baserunners on three hits and two walks. He limited Boston to just onehas spoken of leaving Arsenal for Juventus.Ramsey left north London for Turin in the summer on a deal worth more than £400,000 per week after a contract offer was taken off the table by the Gunners amid what the player calls “a lot of confusion”.He run scored in the gamss Jose Mourinho.Mourinho returned to the Premier League with Spurs last month.Former Chelsea fullback Bosingwa, who played under Mourinho at Porto, tosfield are interested in signing Watford striker Isaac Success.The Watford Observer reports they are one of several teams who are interested in securing the player’s signature.Anderlecht and Cardiff City are the other teams who want the striker.The Nld Omnisport: “I think football needs Mourinho. I’m happy he came back.”I hope he will do a good joe, lowering his ERA in 10 innings to 3.60. Locke struck out three batters in the start to earn the win.

an update on his fitness.The young defender has s


Philadelphia outfielder (ankle) is expected to have his surgically-repaired right ankle examined on Tuesday by a doctor in Los Angeles, reports .com Monday. Youngreat striker.Aubameyang, the Premier League’s joint-top goalscorer with 17 goals this term, will have just one year Uruguay striker, 32, says he’s confident they can reach an agreement should new terms be offered.He told Sport, “I am very happy in the club. I have always given myself to the fullest. Statistics and numbers support me, I think I am up to the task a to run on his contract come the summer and is yet to win silverware since joining the club in January 2018.He told Sky Sports: “I’m ag has been limited in spring camp and has only hit off a tee andey want to avoid a second-straight defeat against Tottenham on Boxing Day.The Seagulls succumbed to a disappointing home loss to Sheffield United on Saturday.He said: “They were playing with a lot of energy and were pushing forward quite hard in the thrown long toss to this point. Young is hopeful he’ll be cleared Tuesday to increase his rehab program.

Johan Santana throws from mound


, the were surprised that showed up at camp in something less than optimal condition. Here’s another surprise: (Adam Rubin, ESPN New York).

This soss Manuel Pellegrini can understand the jeers last night for defeat to Arsenal.The Hammers were competitive until their collapse in the final half-hour for the 3-1 home loss.Pellegrini said: “I understand the boos because in the hing staff should Mikel Arteta go to Arsenal.The current City no.2 is wanted by the Gunners for their vacant managerial position.If Arteta answers the call and becomes the next Arsenal boss, Pep Guardiola will try to tempt Xabi Alonso to City.The newlast four or five pring, the veteran lefty, as Heyman noted, has been battling shoulder fatigue, which likely stems from the surgical procedure that he underwent last offseason. GM Sandy Alderson had previously indicated Santana was 10 days or so from seeing the mound. “What’s spring training for?” Santana said after his surprise bullpen session (). “What’s practice? To get you better. That’s what I’m doing right now. That’s what I’m here for, and that’s what I’m going to do. That’s what I’m working on.”

The Post notes that Santana “showed no signs of discomfort” during his mound session. It’s unclear what this means in terms of Santana’s questionable opening-day status.

The 33-year-old two-time Cy Young winner is coming off a season in which he posted a disappointing 79 ERA+ in 117 innings. The Mets will almost certainly opt for the $5.5 million buyout that they have on Santana’s $25 million 2014 option, which means he’ll be a Sir Alex Ferguson was delighted seeing their derby win over Manchester City.United completed a Premier League double over neighbours City for the first time since the 2009/10 season, following their 2-1 victory over Pep Guardiola’s side at the Etihafree agent at season’s end.

In parts of 12 major-league seasons, Santana boasts a record of 139-78 and a career ERA of 3.20. He’s also 12 strikeouts shy of 2,000.

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ainst Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.The Hornets


oach this summer.The London Evening Standard says United held a transfer summit meeting less than 24 hours after being humbled by Manchester City in April. That recruitment meeting – held inside one of the offices at United’s Carrington training baAs first reported by Baseball Insider Danny Knobler, the Pirat and Benfica have reached an agreement over the transfer of the De Tomas to the Portuguese club. The move is expected to be completed imminently.The Lisbon club are set to pay a sum of over €20m for the forward, even thol van Dijk is surprised by claims he’s agreed a new six-year deal.The Liverpool Echo says Van Dijk has crushed speculation suggesting that Liverpool have opened talks with the star defender over a new deal. Recent reports suggested that the Merseysidugh Los Blancos began negoties and third baseman agreed to a minor-league contract on Tuesday. The deal also includes an invitation to spring training. Inge underwent surgery on his shoulder in September and is expected to be ready by opening day.

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content_img 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.

Phillies, Astros deal for Wilton Lopez delayed


An agreement reached yesterday between the and for reliever has yet to become official, insider Danny Knobler confirmed Thursday.’s Jon Heyman the two clubs had agreed to a deal sending Lopez to Philadelphia in exchange for “minor league players.” Lo Everton did not happen over the summer.Everton were one of many clubs linked with a possible deal ahead of the summer window.He told HLN: “There was interest and there have been conversations, but it never came to a point where I had to deceeding this season.Abraham has scored seven goals in five Premier League games at the beginning of the campaign.”Yeah, I’ve known him [Abraham] since he’s been like this,” Drogba explained.”These are kids we used to see, they used to come and watch uide: Do opez, 29, posted a 2.17 ERA and 2.70 FIP in 66.1 innings in 2012.

Lopez dealt with a sprained elbow this past season, however, and the issue may be with his physical exam. Brian McTaggart of .com says Lopez Wednesday.

A scout from a third team said Philadelphia “had better get a physical” on Lopez. The right-hander also missed time due to the elbow in 2011 with ulnar neuritis, inflammation of the arm’s ulnar nerve causing hand numbness or weakness.

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from blogirror says the move was rubberstamped despite a late attempt from Brighton to hijack the deal.Liverpool will receive a £2million fee for the loan, after refusing to consider a permanent transfer for a player manager Jurgen Klopp insists will return gers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow .

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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Jason Motte brought the heat in Game 3


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 .

Who’s got the edge? Reds or Giants?


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The and have met seven times this season, with three of those games decided by a single run. The NLDS shouldn’t be any different, as the two teams start in pitcher-friendly AT&T Park with two impressive rotations and two offenses that can be streaky. By all accounts, the games in this series should be low-scoring, well-pitched and tight. Of course, baseball rarely goes as it’s supposed to go, so it could end up being a slugfest.

The Reds were the first team to clinch a division — and went into the last day of the season with a chance at claiming the best record in the game. Meanwhile, the Giants were able to hold off a charge from division rival and claim their second division crown in the past two years. While both teams won their division two years ago, the Reds were swept in the first round of the playoffs, while the Giants went on to win the World Series. There are some changes from this year’s Giants to the one that topped the two years ago, but there are plenty of holdovers and that experience could be important.

With the series beginning Saturday at AT&T Park in San Francisco, let’s take a look at how these two teams match up:


This is not the runaway you think it is. Posey is the likely MVP and deserves every single vote he gets. He’s definitely the better player, and the Giants have the edge here — but even if Hanigan isn’t the big-name drawing card, don’t sleep on his contributions to the Reds. Posey and Hanigan play the same position but play different roles with their team. Posey is asked not just to catch but also to serve as the catalyst for the team’s offense. Hanigan is the catalyst for the team’s pitching and defense. He’s one of the best handlers of a pitching staff in the game, and his 48.5 percent caught-stealing percentage was tops in the majors. While Posey threw out the most baserunners in baseball (38), he also allowed 87 stolen bases (and we will note here that pitchers are a huge portion of caught-stealing percentage) to the 44 successful swipes against Hanigan (with 32 caught stealing). Posey gets the edge because of the bat, but Hanigan’s defense keeps it from being a runaway.

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Brandon Belt has had a fine season, hitting .275/.360/.421, but he’s hit only seven home runs. The team has also used Buster Posey, and Aubrey Huff at first base and even experimented with Belt in left field recently. The Reds, of course, have former MVP Joey Votto. If Votto hadn’t missed more than a month with a knee injury, he’d likely be in the MVP discussion. But he did, and since he’s returned, he’s hitting .316/.505/.421, but hasn’t hit a home run in 105 plate appearances. A Votto with diminished power is still a dangerous hitter even if the ball stays in the park.


Since arriving in San Francisco, Scutaro has solved the Giants’ second base problem, putting up an impressive .362/.385/.473 line and providing stability at a position San Francisco hasn’t had in years. Phillips, on the other hand, is one of the game’s premier players at his position. Last season he won the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger at the position. His offensive numbers are down a little this season, but his defense is as good as ever. The only thing that doesn’t make this a runaway is recent performance. While Scutaro has been hot, Phillips hit just .209/.269/.326 over the previous 28 days. He was supposed to help bring stability to the Reds’ troublesome leadoff spot, but he’s just continued the role of a leadoff hitter who can’t get on base, as Cincinnati leadoff men have just a .208/.254/.327 line this season.


Crawford has a smidge more experience, but other than that, they’re similar players. Both are very good defensive players, which is why they’re the starters. Crawford has put up a .248/.304/.349 line, while Cozart is hitting .246/.288/.399, but does have 15 home runs (nine of those at homer-friendly Great American Ball Park).

Pablo Sandoval vs.

The last time the Giants were in the playoffs, Sandoval was living in Bruce Bochy’s doghouse, having gained weight and lost production. Bochy is apparently losing a little patience with Sandoval now, but at least he’s producing. His four home runs in the last month were as many as he hit in any other month this season, and he’s hitting .283/.342/.447 with 12 home runs. At 37, Rolen is still better defensively than Sandoval ever hoped to be, but he’s had some struggles at the plate in what could end up being the final season of a remarkable career. After bouncing back in July and August when Votto was out, Rolen has struggled in the last month, hitting .222/.259/.370 since the start of September.

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The Giants, by a mixture of a suspension and their own choosing, will be without one of the game’s most productive players in Melky Cabrera, replacing him with a mixture of Blanco and Nady. Nady has played 19 games with the Giants after starting the season with the . Overall he’s hitting just .184/.253/.316, but is hitting .240 in a Giants uniform. Blanco has been forced into plenty of action this season for the Giants, and no doubt they’d like more production than the .244/.333/.344 line he’s put up. Belt could play some in left during the series. On the other hand, Ludwick has overcome a slow start to make a case for comeback player of the year. The 33-year-old has clubbed 28 home runs and put up a .275/.346/.531 line.

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Pagan is hitting .288/.338/.440 and led the majors with 15 triples. He’s been all the Giants could have hoped for when San Francisco sent two players to the in return for the 31-year-old. Stubbs, meanwhile, has been a disaster at the plate, hitting just .213/.277/.333 with 14 home runs legend Peter Schmeichel has blasted critics of David De Gea.The Spanish goalkeeper has endured a miserable run of form in the past four to six weeks.However, Schmeichel wants everyone to remember De Gea’s quality in the past few seasons when they de. In his fourth big-league season, he’s yet to put together his exceptional speed and good power with a consistent approach at the plate. His range in center field is what has kept him in the lineup and what will, at least, in the first two games of the series, which will be played at spacious AT&T Park. Heisey (.265/.315/.401) could also play in center or left, depending on matchups.


Pence hasn’t lived up to hopes, hitting just .219/.287/.384 for the Giants. Bruce is one of the game’s streakiest players and has the ability to carry a team offensively unlike any other player on the Reds roster (which is saying something considering Votto is his teammate). It all depends on which Bruce shows up — the April (.296/.337/.617, 7 HR) or August (.290/.349/.600, 7 HR) Bruce, or the May (.229/.296/.469, 4 HR) or September (.233/.295/.485, 6 HR) version of Bruce. 

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The Giants are better at the top with Cain and Bumgarner, but the Reds are deeper. That depth is less important in a best-of-five series, but it’s still impressive that the team’s No. 4 starter is coming off a no-hitter and has a 2.84 ERA and .207 batting average over his last 10 starts. Cain didn’t give up a run in three starts in the postseason two years ago, while Bumgarner was 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA in three starts and a relief appearance. Lincecum had appeared to turn a corner recently but struggled in his last two starts.

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Both teams lost their closer early in the season, but both have to be happy with their replacements. In and , the Giants have two pitchers who can close. The Reds have three — Chapman, and . Both bullpens are deep and effective, but the Reds’ 2.65 ERA from their bullpen was the best in baseball. Chapman gave the Reds reason to worry, not just before his shutdown, but in his first few appearances after the shutdown. But in his last appearance, the average of his 16 pitches was again above 100 mph.

The Reds have four different players (Votto, Phillips, Arroyo, Rolen) who have won Gold Gloves the last two years, plus another three who could have arguments (Bruce, Hanigan, Stubbs) and one who may win one in the future (Cozart). The Giants aren’t a bad defensive team, but the Reds are a very good defensive team.

The homefield advantage isn’t a huge advantage this season with the first two games being played at the home field of the lower-seeded team, in this case, the Giants. The Reds have benefitted from big home runs all season, while the Giants are last in the majors with 103, in part because they play at AT&T Park, where it is tougher to Tottenham’s £600million stadium debt puts them at a major disadvantage against Arsenal and the rest of their title rivals on the Premier League grid.But he refused to liken his club’s situation to the one today’s opponents faced just over a decade hit homers. With the first two games of the series at AT&T Park, plus Cain and Bumgarner on the mound, the Giants could take a commanding lead, much like the did two years ago, dismissing the Reds in three games. A two-game lead could be a death knell to Cincinnati again. With the Reds struggling to score runs of late, a good pitching staff and a pitcher-friendly environment for the first two games, the Giants get it done inRB Leipzig have made a second offer for Everton winger Ademola Lookman.The German club’s initial bid was worth £13m.The Daily Mail says they have now returned with a £22.5m offer for the English winger.21-year-old Lookman enjoyed a fruitful loan spell with Leipzig in 2017/18. four games.

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