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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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outfielder returned to action Thursday, starting in left field and recording a walk and a run in Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale.AS says Bayern are watching developments closely, withinal against Paraguay due to illness.The Everton forward has caught a case of the mumps.Selecao boss Tite has confirmed Napoli’s Allan will start in his place.”Confirming Allan before the game is to give him confidence,” Tite told his pre-match news plans for a loan move being discussed at the Al Hodgson says Crystal Palace need reinforcements when the January transfer window opens. The Eagles are in sixth place and look capable of pinching a European spot with a number of big clubs struggling.But Hodgson believes he needs more depth in his lianz Arena.Having just seen James Rodriguez complete a two-season loan with them, Bayern are open to discussing sthree plate appearances. Berry had been out since Sunday while dealing with patellar tendinitis. The hitless outing dropped his line to .190/.222/.190 in 24 plate appearances.

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.

paid tribute to Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola

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All you single-season owners out there, listen up.

You’ve been told the are going to turn loose this year, that the days of them limiting his innings are over, and technically, that may be true. But Strasburg recently suggested to the Washington Post that they may limit him in other ways.

“You look at some of the top pitchers in the game, they go at least 110 [pitches] evenchester City boss Pep Guardiola was effusive in his praise for Phil Foden after Sunday’s EFL Cup final win over Aston Villa on Sunday.Foden, 19, set-up Sergio Aguero to score the opener in the 2-1 win at Wembley.Speaking after the game, Guardiola sary time out,” he said. “I’m going to be prepared for it. I’m not saying that they’re going to let me do it.”

Jordan Zimmermann, a fellow National, averaged 96.5 pitewcastle United attacker Lomano LuaLua admits he would puncture Sir Bobby Robson’s tyres after learning he wasn’t selected.While appearing on Sky Sports’ Soccer AM on Saturday morning, LuaLua revealed he used to puncture the former Englandrid coach Zinedine Zidane confirmed snubbing Gareth Bale for their defeat of Atletico Madrid.Bale didn’t make the squad for the 1-0 win.And Zidane later explained, “He was available but when I had to choose I went for someone else.”He’s here, he’sd and Barcelches in his 32 starts last year, when he was as far removed from Tommy John surgery as Strasburg is now. He ended up with less than 200 innings. Why would the Nationals treat their golden boy with any less care?

I’m not saying Strasburg won’t be a Fantasy ace this year, but those thinking he’ll emerge as the top starting pitcher might want to think again.

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MLB.com reports Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said he’s still deciding whether or will be the team’s starting second baseman. “It’s going to come down to the wire, and … we may end up playing both of them a lot there,” GibVigo has him on the brink of overtaking a Cristiano Ronaldo record.Barcelona ran out 4-1 winners on Saturday evening at Camp Nou – and Messi scored three of the goals, all from dead-ball situations. This haul brought the Argentine level with Ronaldo bons said Tuesday. “They’re both having really good camps and they’re both proven big league players.” Although the Blue Jays added Bonifacio in a trade this offseason, Gibbons is giving Izturis every chance to win the job. “I saw Izzy play a number of years out in Anaheim with the Angels, and the one thing he always did was play the game the right way,” Gibbons said. “If you needed to do something on the field — get a runner over, bunt, big hit, have a great a bat, make a great play on defense — whatever it is, he always does the right thing. I’ve seen him do really well in the past, so we can expgn the Chelsea star.DH reports Thierry Henry has gained his licence to become a player agent and is ready to get involved in the negotiations.Talks have stalled over the past week with Chelsea now concerned about being blocked from signing a ose Mourinho has paid tribute to Manchester United defender Max Taylor.The 19-year-old was diagnosed with testicular cancer in October 2018 when Mourinho was in charge at Old Trafford and the Portuguese was devastated with the news.Following surgery replacemect him to be a big boost and do those things for us.”

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.

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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ship Queens Park Rangers are keen to re-sign Burnl

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Orioles starting pitcher threw a side session Tuesday and reported no problems with the groin issue that pushed his most recent start back. Bundy is expected to throw Thursday as well, and told prospect is the younger brother of PSG and France star Kylian Mbappe.AS says Ethan impressed at the International Champions Cup Futures tournament last month, playing for PSG’s youth side in front of scouts from the Rea up during his first Liverpool training session.The Scotsman has been a revelation since signing from Hull City in 2017, taking his game to the top-level in two seasons.But it didn’t all start rosy for the 25-year-old when he arrived at Melwood.”The l Madrid set-up.Real lub is lucky to have a player like Arnaut Danjuma.The 22-year-old is one of the most promising talents in the Cherries squad, and Howe is not afraid to lavish praise on his starlet.The Netherlands international played 61 minutes during his first comphave long .com that he hopes to return to game action by Saturday.

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Nationals starter was obliterated by the Cardinals on Friday, giving up eight runs on nine hits and two walks over three innings. Zimmermann, who threw 61 total pitches, struck out one batter and raised h Impact sporting director Olivier Renard is delighted with their deal for Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama.Wanyama joins as a Designated Player on a free transfer from Spurs. He’s signed a three-year contract with the club. “Victor is an importais spring ERA to 11.00. Acming Euro 2020 qual and Jan Vertonghen to sign new contracts.Toby Alderweireld penned terms to 2023 yesterday.Mourinho said: “Toby’s statement for me was beautiful, simple: ‘I couldn’t be happier in another place.'”“In football now there are some people that it looifiers.The England boss is relying on a mix of tried and trusted players, along with some new faces.The likes of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Tyrone Mings will make their debuts, while Mason Mount and James Maddison also have another chancording to .com, the right-hander has been dealing with an early case of “dead arm,” but the issue is not uncommon for pitchers at this time of year.

Carl Crawford suffers setback; opening day in question

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left fielder has been shut down for a week due to nerve irritation that stems from offseason Tommy John surgery on his left elbow, manager Don Mattingly told reporters on Friday (). And though it has been expected that Crawford would be the opening-day starter in left for the Dodgers, Mattingly told reporters that is now a question mark.

“I think it challenges opening day a little bit,” Mattingly said (), “[but] I don’t think it’s out of the question.”

And it’s not just opening day that is in question. At this point, it appears opening the season on the disabled list is possible, too.

“Opening day would be great,” Mattingly said (). “But if it’s 10 days into it, if it’s 15 days into it, if it’s 20 days into it, I want him to be healthy when he starts.”

Crawford, 31, hit .282/.306/.479 with 10 doubles, two triples, three homers, 19 RBI, 23 runs and five steals in 31 games last yime with Besiktas.Karius moved to Istanbul on a two-year loan deal last summer, following his 2018 Champions League Final nightmare and the Reds’ big-money purchase of Alisson.”This season, through my agent, two clubs in the UK, three clubs from Germear. He has been a major disappointment since signing a gigantic contract with the Red Sox before the 2011 season. Before that, he was a four-time All-Star and finished seventh in AL MVP voting in 2010.

Also of note here is that the Dodgers — after spending all that money in the past eight months — have a bit of a void when it comes to outfield depth. Theye their home form.Chelsea seek a first Premier League win at Stamford Bridge since early December when Burnley visit SW6 on Saturday afternoon.”We’re striving to get into the top four and I think that will be a big achievement if we can do it but if could play in left, otherwise it’s , who hit .232/.276/.293 last season.

Also: Crawford is owed $107.7 million in the remaining five years on his contract.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Twitter: , a Frenchman is attracting the interest of Manuel Pellegrini as he looks to build a team that can qualify for Europe next season.According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Hammers want to sign the central midfielder for roughly €4 to €5million.The 30-ynd .

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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.

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Nationals pitcher made his second stinto manager Frank Lampard.The Blues were humiliated 3-0 at home in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg by Bayern Munich this week.The loss has shown the levels behind the top European clubs Chelsea are at the moment.And Cascarino is not art of the Grapefruit League on Friday night against the Braves. He allowed two runs on five hits over three innings of work. The right-hander surrendered a solo homer to in the first before giving up his final damage the following frame. Zimmermann also struck out four while issuing no walks. “He threw some really good changeups to lefties and righties,” mr Chateauroux forward Haissem Hassan.The Watford Observer says multiple reports in France suggest that the Hornets have made an offer of around €2.5million for the 17-year-old, with the added incentive of a sell-on percentage.However, Barca are alsanager Davey Johnson said. maintain a first team pathway for their young players.The likes of Morgan Gibbs-White and Rúben Vinagre have proved a big hit in Wolves’ run to a seventh place finish in the Premier League this season.And Shi told CNBC: “Yeah we’ve spent a lot on t”Adding this pitch makes him that much tougher.”

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FOXSports.com reports that the a scan on his injured calf.The Reds booked their place in the Champions League final after they overturned a 3-0 deficit against Barcelona at Anfield on Tuesday night. Robertson had to watch the second-half from the stands after injuring his calf in Mariners are in agreement with starting pitcher on a one-year contract, pendingPorto forward Moussa Marega has been offered to West Ham.Sky Sports says West Ham have been offered the chance to sign Marega in recent days.Marega has a €30m release clause and wants to move to the Premier League.The player scored 21 times last season, including six Champions League goals in nine appearances.The Hammers were in talks to sign Marega last summer. a physical. Saunders split last season between the Diamondbacks and Orioles, going 9-13 with a 4.07 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. Saunders also went 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA in two playoKlopp confirmed his release this week.Sturridge has posted a message on Facebook in tribute to Liverpool’s supporters and colleagues on the playing and coaching staff. “What can I say… It’s been one hell of a ride at this beautiful club,” he said. ff starts with the Orioles.

Report: Ryan Braun’s name in Biogenesis clinic records

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that the name of slugger is found within the records of the controversial Biogenesis clinic in South Florida, which has been central to baseball’s PED scandal. Passan and Brown also report that Major League Baseball will investigate Braun’s links to the clinic.

in which he says he consulted with Biogenesis regarding his appeal of a 2011 drug test and “never had any other relationship” with disgraced clinician Anthony Bosch.

Bosch has in recent days been alleged to have supplied banned substances to current major-leaguers, including , and . Here’s an image of one of the documents obtained by Yahoo!:

CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman confirms the presence of Braun’s name in the documents and also confirms that, as you may be able to glean from above, the names of catcher and third baseman also appear.

‘s “Biogenesis” scandalRelated con under-19s put in a spirited display as they came back against RB Salzburg to move into the last 16 of the UEFA Youth League.The Reds were down during the group stage clash, but they managed to win 3-2 to avoid the playoffs.Barry Lewtas side looked itent

Neither Braun, Cervelli or Valencia are listed in conjunction with any specific PED; however, Braun’s name does appear alongside what looks to be a dollar amount in one of the documents obtained by Yahoo!.

As CBSSports.com’s Danny Knobler has noted, .

Braun, of course, successfully appealed a 2011 drug test that showed elevated leted on AC Milan and Inter plans to build a new stadium.He said, “These are lovely projects, I am sure it’ll be a modern and beautiful arena. “We are fond of San Siro because we won everything there, every spectator geir 2-3 defeat at home to Wolves.First goals of the season for Jan Bednarek and Shane Long had Saints sitting pretty at the interval, before Long headed against the post soon after half time.Instead of leading 3-0, Hasenhüttl’s men were pegged back ets a good view and I hope that vels of testosterone in his urine. Because of procedural errors in the testing process, the 2011 NL MVP avoided what would have been a 50-game suspension under MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Braun, 29, is coming off a season in which he batted .319/.391/.595 with 41 home runs. He long ago established himself as one of the top power hitters in the game today and is signed through the 2020 season.

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Scott Rolen sounds like he’s going to retire

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CINCINNATI — As reporters huddled around ’s locker in the clubhouse one last time in 2012, there was a sense — even if Rolen didn’t come out and say it — that it would be the last time for the 37-year-old third baseman.

Rolen, a free agent after the World Series, sounded as if he had made up his mind on his future. A 17-year veteran and winner of eight Gold Gloves, as well as the 1997 NL Rookie of the Year, Rolen can be content with an exceptional career, despite striking out to end Game 5 of the National League Championship Series, ending the Reds season and likely his career.

“I don’t know what I’m doing, I’ll probably go home and pitch some balls (to my son) and he’s going to be acting like he was in the same situation I was just in, that’s the situation you want to be in, no question,” Rolen said. “He’s going to grow up and be in that spot some day and dad was in that spot. I’m thankful and happy to be in that spot, and to have that opportunity. It obviously didn’t go the way I wanted it to. That’s where I want to be.”

A TV reporter then said he wouldn’t ask if Rolen had made a decision about retirement, and Rolen responded, “You just did.”

And while the question may not have been direct, and Rolen’s answer wasn’t any more so, the intent and the answer were both clear.

Rolen was then asked if he had “anything left in the tank?”

“Is there anything left in the tank? Like another game? I don’t know,” Rolen said. “I’m going to go home and be a dad and move forward a little bit right now and see what happens.”

Soon, some sort of announcement will ls have offered the German to clubs across Europe.But Ozil told Adidas in a video which continued the launch of Arsenal’s new kit: “I’ve played for so many clubs already who all have their own fanbase but what I appreciate about Arsenal, and I’ve beikely be made. When he does retire, Rolen finishes as just one of three third basemen to produce at least 2,000 hits (2,077), 500 doubles (517), 300 home runs (316) and 1,200 RBI (1,287).

A seven-time All-Star, Rolen was limited to 92 games in 2012, hitting .245/.318/.398 with eight home runs. He hit .297/.376/.473 in 50 ga says City are waiting for Brazilian defender Danilo to tell themrdo Silva says there’s lessons to learn from defeat at Manchester United.Despite enjoying the lion’s share of possession, Pep Guardiola’s side rarely tested David De Gea in the United goal, with Anthony Martial’s first half strike and Scott McTominay if he is unsettled in Manchester before stepping up their interest in Juventus full-back Joao Cancelo.Danilo, who is wanted by Italian heavyweights Inter Milan, is said to be growing fmes in the second half, but was just 4 for 16 in the NLDS.

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