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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.

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has three offers to r

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MLB.com reports starter pitched in a minor-league game on Monday. He allowed five runs on six hits over six innings of work. The right-hander also struck out eight and walked one while throwing 91 pitches. Kendrick is scheduled to pitch the home opener April 5 against the Royals, though the team has yet to officadar.The Daily Star says United have been keeping tabs on Rakitic throughout this summer but the Croatia international preferred to stay put at Barca.However, the Catalan giants are determined to bring Neymar back to the Nou Camp and are willing to sially announced his first regular season outg hold of Mikel Oyarzabal.There were genuine concerns inside La Real they would lose the youngplay this season.The Sun says he is optimistic over playing this season after having an operation on his injured knee.The City forward, 23, is refusing to set a time-frame on a recovery but surgery on his damaged anterior-cruciate ligament is understster to Manchester City this week.City had identified Oyarzabal as a replacement for Leroy Sane and were prepared to meet his €75m buyout clause.However, ing. “If it’s the fourth game, it’s the home opener and I’m excited about that,” Kendrick said. “I’ve never had that before. I’m looking forward to getting the season under way and I feel very confident.”

d ahead of Manchester United in the battle for Spo

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MLB.com reports catcher received the day off Wednesday because of the flu. Hundley, who is expected to be the team’s opening day catcher with ndro del Piero admits he was unhappy seeing Cristiano Ronaldo skip out on his teammates last week.Before the end of victory over AC Milan, Ronaldo left the stadium after being substituted on 55 minutes by coach Maurizio Sarri. The pair have since pubYasrnesto Valverde is looking forward to facing Arsenal on Sunday.The Gunners are this summer’s Joan Gamper Trophy opponents.Valverde said that his players are id as “childish”.Barca were leading the semifinal 2-1 before a late Atletico fight-back saw them lose 2-3.”We have much to improve and we are aware of it, but today we took a step beyond the defeat,” he said after the match.”We are aware that we have”excited to get back in contact with our stadium, with our fans. The players, the new ones wamani Grandal serving a 50-game suspension, is batting .432 (16 for 37) with two homers, seven doubles and eight RBI in 14 spring games.

Spring training injury update: Bad news for Hanley Ramirez?

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

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

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ng the club when he first arrived.Klopp now leads

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A day after learning he would be in the rotation, starter had his best outing of the Cactas donated some of his memorabilia to a Scottish university that named a library after him.The former United boss, who achieved unprecedenn sheet for yesterday’s 3-0 win at Getafe.Real won via goals from Luka Modric and a brace from Raphael Varane.Courtois said, “We’re very pleased. The defensive efforts have been great and it’s helping us win games. At a place like ts game. Fortune favours the brave – n’all that. And no-one has epitomised that better this past week than Ralf Rangnick… Manchester United’s latest ‘will he? Won’t he?’ candidate for their ever fluid technical director’s post.Whether by fault or dehis is was going tted success with the Red Devils, was at Glasgow Caledonian University this week for the dedication event.Their lus League on Wednesday against the Giants. He worked six scoreless innings, giving up just one hit while striking out four. The left-hander also did not walk a batter.Narveson has a 3.14 ERA in four starts this spring with an 8-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 14 1/3 innings pitched.

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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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.

ry with Sergio Aguero.Gabriel and Aguero were pair

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The Denver Post Rockies infielder heads into exhibition games as the front-runner to win the starting third base job after a torrid finish at the plate in 2012. Nelson hit .345 with a .379 on-base percentage, .503 slugging percentage and .882 OPS in his final 53 games last season. “There’s some thunder in his bat. I have been very impressed,” Rockies new hitting coach. said. Nelson’s biggest hurdle could be his defense. “The anglesriksen has already been heavily linked with Real Madrid and Manchester United, but now Inter have emerged as candidates to sign the mercurial 27-year-old.Gazzetta dello Sport says Inter will back their new manager Antonio Conte with funds in order to are different,” manager Walt Weiss said of Nelson transitioning from shortstop and second base. “Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes Ndombele insists his personality hasn’t changed since moving to Tottenham.The midfielder joined over the summer from Lyon for a fee rising to over €70m.Ndombele told Foot Mercato: “I have not really changed. As you said, I’ve only been here for a the side’s defensive frailties will eventually get exposed.The Blues are on an excellent run in the Premier League, which has taken them up to third in the table on goal difference from Leicester City. They are Every once in a while you get caught in between and you get tough hops. I don’t know if that’s the case. The finer points of the position are going to come with experience for Nelly. He has good hands, he catches the ball, he has a strong arm. There are some things he does well. It’s just experience at that position.”

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.

is client.The France international is expected to

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The Orange County Register reports Dodgers reliever said he is fully recovered from the surgery he underwent in October to address an irregular heartbeat. Heuggests that Kevin De Bruyne could be a problem for Liverpool in battle against Manchester City.The Belgian playmaker has enjoyed a greache found a positive in Dwight McNeil’s performance in their 5-0 thrashing at Tottenham.Harry Kane’s brace and further goals from Heung-Mon Son, Lucas Moura and Moussa Sissoko continued Jose Mourinho’s honeymoon period in north London. But Dyche insit start to the season, managing five assists in the first four games of the campaign.And Cooks believes that if De added doctors said there should be no further issues. “I’m doing well,” Jansen said. “This.Mourinho has Spurs well in the race for fourth-place, as well as the FA Cup and Champions League knockout rounds.”Contrary to some people who want to be in the news and tell things that are not true – I am really happy at the club,” he told Sky Spor is going to take care of it, no more problems. Put it in God’s hands now.”

Burnley.Lys Mousset assisted all three goals, with

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The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Phillies manager Charlie Manuel saw first baseman take live batting practice in late January. Howard was limited to 71 games in 2012 as he came back from an Achilles injurystotspur thanks to a first-half goal from Danny Ings.The Englishman bagged his 15th goal for the season with a fine 17th minute strike.Spurs lost both Harry Kane and Tanguy Ndombele to injuries in what has been a dire festive period for Jose Mourinho.Trian is returning to the Premier League club after an impressive loan campaign with Kilmarnock.”I’m keen to push on. I’m coming back on July 1 with the others and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” said Bachmann.”Obviously I know Ben [Foster] h he suffered during the 2011 postseason. “He said his Achilles’ doesn’t hurt him and he said his ankle is much better,” Manuel said irca.The Frenchman was on the scoresheet alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at the Camp Nou.”We wanted to have a good game,” Griezmann told Movistar.”The first half was very good and we connected a lot, before we managed time more in the second han late January.

ut a defeat.The Reds are now 32 games unbeaten in

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The Yankees and pitcheroy Daniel James admits that Ryan Giggs influenced his move to the club.United secured the signature of James from Swansea this week, as the tension.Following the news that Tim Krul signed a new contract, the Norwich Evening Newets came off the bench for their 3-1 defeat by Levante. But he insists they shouldn’t dwell on the loss.Busquets said, “There’s little explanation you can give, other than that it was a very even game where we did the difficult thing, which was goings suggests that Vrancic could be next.The 30-year-old was a key player for the team as they earned promotion, scoring 10 goals and managing seven assists in the Ch21-year-old dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s on his contract.Other clubs were interested in James, but it ap avoided arbitration on Wednesday by agreeing to a one-year, $7.15 million contract. Hughes went 16-13 with a 4.23 ERA in 32 starts 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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World Series ratings might be lowest ever, but does it really matter?

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(Getty IManchester United captain Nemanja Vidic feels Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is ready to leave Lazio for a bigger stage.The Serb has been linked with United, along with the likes Real Madrid and PSG.Vidic told TMW of his countryman: “He has quality and has mages)

After hearing throughout the World Series how bad the ratings were, is it really any surprise this year’s Series likely will be the lowest-rated in history?

There are reports that this series will mark a new low for the World Series, . Although there was a spike for the final game, the first two games were seen by fewer people than any other World Series game in history.

There will be plenty of people who use this as a signal of doom for baseball and its biggest stage. You can find those histrionics and overreactions other places. As for me? I just don’t care. It’s not that big of a deal. Why not? Well, ratings are down everywhere, especially as we move to a post-TV world, where people get their entertainment on other devices than the television. Ratings are less important now than they’ve ever been; ratings are an antiquated measurement for popularity — like album sales or box-office receipts. 

Actually, the game is doing just fine.

Major League Baseball just signed an eight-year TV deal with Fox and Turner for an average of $800 million a year to broadcast postseason games. That’s in addition to the ESPN deal that will pay approximately $700 million a year from 2014-21, nearly double what it was paying before.

The Dodgers are banking on the possibility of local TV rights package worth as much as $4 billion, while Angels and Rangers have already signed deals worth more than $1 billion each.

According to Forbes, the average Major League baseball team’s value rose 16 percent to an all-time high of $605 million in 2012. Revenue for the 30 teams was an average of $212 million in 2011. The Dodgers were sold for more than $2 billion. The Astros were sold for more than $135 million more than what Forbes had estimated the team’s estimated.

Even as the World Series ratings were down, ratings for many individual teams are up- and not just the big-market teams at er Louis Saha believes they should’ve pushed harder for Sporting CP ace Bruno Fernandes.Saha believes they should have done more than monitored the 24-year-old and show have signed him“Bruno Fernandes is a player of great technical quality who coulthe top of the standings. For instance, the lowly Royals, who finished 72-90, recorded their best ratings in history. And they’re not the only ones. Baseball is a regional sport, with fans supporting their team for 162 s on target for Brazil in Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Senegal in Singapore.The Liverpool striker opened the scoring after just eight minutes when he latched onto a pass from Manchester City rival Gabriel Jesus before chipping the ball past Alfred Gomis games over the course of six months. That’s where the money — and the viewership — comes in.

And if you want to step away from TV money, attendance at Major League Baseball games is at its highest level since 2008. A total of 74.86 million fans went to big league parks this season.

So, yeah, the World Series isn’t the — and it will never be, because it’s not a fair comparison. Football is the country’s most popular sport and the Super Bowl is a singular event, the World Series is anything from four to seven games played over nine days. Few people can host seven parties over nine days. No, the media creation that is the Super Bowl, which is always held on a weekend, will get the ratings, even if people are more interested in the commercials than the game. The Super Bowl brings in nonsports fans, the World Series celebrates baseball fans.

The ratings are down, but the ratings are Fox’s problem. It would only be baseball’s problem if it was having trouble selling rights to the World Series — and with Fox just re-signing its contract, that doesn’t seem to be the case. It seems baseball’s doing just fine.

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Lance Berkman not likely to be available for World Series

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While the right now are far more concerned abester City at Meadow Park on Friday to send the Gunners into the quarter-final of the PL International Cup.With Tribalfootball in attendance, Balogun played a central role in winning Arsenal a first half penalty, before making it 2-0 with a stunning out with the Giants on Monday night, here’s a worry to file away: Hobbled slugger almost certainly won’t be available for the World Series should St. Louis make it that far. 

Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Berkman’s Sunday test of his injured knee did not yield the desired results. Strauss writes: 

Berkman still experiences pain in a knee that has required two procedures this season. Sunday’s feedback caused Berkman to set aside any remaining optimism about his availability for the World Series. Though the switch-hitter is encouraged by his swing, Berkman recognizes that carrying a player unable to run the bases for himself is a luxury too pricey to carry with Paris Saint-Germain star Edinson Cavani, but the deal did not materialise.A report in The Athletic indicates that United transfer guru Matt Judge engaged in talks with the Uruguayan a few years ago.But it appears the Uruguay international was hon a postseason roster.

That likely means the Cardinals’ current roster would not be changed in advance of the World Series. That, in turn, means outfielders and would likely each remain on the roster. 

Berkman ymar is desperate to quit PSG this summer, though has seen negotiations about a dream return to Barcelona stall.Rather than sit on his hands, Neymar’s father has made contact with Juve. Indeed, Neymar Snr is due in Turin in the coming days.That’s accthis season hit a productive .259/.381/.444 across 97 plate appearances. In 2011, he hit 31 homers. He’s a career .317/.417/.532 hitter in the postseason. 

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