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outfielder played in a minor-league game on Wednes Aubameyang is convinced by the potential of Arsenal’s new-look attack.Aubameyang says Arsenal could try to fight fire with fire on Saturday by deploying him in a front three alongside Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe when they travel to face Livday as he continues to recover from a strained right shoulder, .com reports. He is expected to return to Cactus League action on Thursday.Tottenham star Christian Eriksen is in doubt for Saturday’s clash with Watford.The Dane will be assessed prior to kick-off at Tot French veteran’s move to Anderlecht was confirmed on Friday. Wanitez said, “He’s a player Paul (Le Guen) appreciates. For the moment, only Paul talked with him. “What is certain is that it would not have been a financial blow for him. I know he has tenham Hotspur Stadium.Eriksen picked up a dead leg on international duty.Spurs are looking for just a second victory in seven matches in all competitions. Jackson, who will begin the year at Triple-A, is batting .313 (5 for 16) with four RBI and two stolen bases.

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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.”

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Seemingly lost in the shuffle of the ‘ decision to keep Aroldis Chapman as their closer is the role for heading into the 2013 campaign. Signed to a lucrative three-year deal during the offseason with the anticipation he would be the team’s closer, Broxton will now serve as the setup man tar players.Marca says Boubakary Soumare, hn Terry at Aston Villa.The former England skipper was one of the reasons Mings chose to ditch his frustrations at Bournemouth and give his career a crucial shot in the arm.He admits the move will have proved to be just perfect if Aston Villa clamberVictor Osimhen and red an update on the fitness of Sergio Aguero and David Silva.The two City veterans are doubts for their highly anticipated clash with Leicester City on Saturday in the Premier League.And Guardiola is not sure if either will be prepared to take part Gabriel dos Santos Magalhaes, who is known simply as ‘Gabriel’, are all on Real’s radar.Casemiro is the only pure defensive-minded midfielder that Zinedine Zidane has at the moment and findio Chapman this year.

Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said the veteran right-hander will earn save opportunities in  days when Chapman is unavailable. Broxton notched a 2.48 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 25 games with the Reds after being obtained in a trade with Kansas City.

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.

goal after Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Sheffield United.

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starting pitcher tossed six scoreless innings, scattering six hits — oach Zinedine Zidane.The Frenchman’s status has been questioned this season and though Real have enjoyed a mini revival, they stumbled again for Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Atletico Madrid.But amid claims of tension between Zidane and certain players, Coufive of them singles — during Miami’s 6-0 win over St. Louis in a Grapefruit League contest Sunday. After altering his mechanics after his last start, the Marlins’ likely opening day starter struck out five and did nosists he’s not had any transfer chat with France teammate Kylian Mbappe.Varane is now with his national team to prepare for the games against Bolivia (friendly), Turkey and Andorra in Euro 2020 qualifying. He was asked about team-mate and PSG strikert walk a batter.

“I did a good job of sth Christophe Galtier has spoken of the friendship he’s struck with former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.Mourinho has been a regular at LOSC games this year thanks to good pal Luis Campos, the club’s sporting director.And Galtier told France Foaying closed and keeping my fastball down,” said Nolasco, who trimmed his spring ERA to 4.30. “Everything else today was pretty decent.”

Miami manager Mike Redmond also was pleased with Nolasco’s turnaround, especially with only two weeks until the regular season begins. The veteran right-hander was tagged for seven runs in three innings during his previous outing. “It was nice to see Ricky bounce back like that today. That’s what veteran pitchers do,” Redmond said. “He pitched with a little bit of adrenaline out there.”

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picther turned in a decent outing Friday against the Angels in Cactus League play.

Bonderman, who made his first start since Feb. 25, allowed an RBI double to Chris Iannetta and a second run on a ground ball out in the second inning. He allowed just two runs on five hits in four innings of work in an 8-5 victory. He struck out two and did not issue a walk to improve his ERA to 7.20 through four Cactus League appearances. 

“They’ve gotten better every outing,” Bonderman said. “I’m going to try to keep working and get quick outs and get in and out. I think my breaking ball has gotten a lot sharper, a lot better. Overall, I’m getting that feel back. I threw four or five [split-finger fastballs] and bunch of breaking balls, til the end of the season for West Ham winger Natha that have emerged stating that he will be leading his country for the upcoming Nations League semi-final against the Netherlands.The Colossal Sports Management company issued a statement on Tuesday evening stating the City star will lead out his coun Holland.Holland, 21, featured against the U’s for his parent club when they were beaten 4-0 in the third round of the Carabao Cup in September.He has since made two substitute appearances in the Prfour-seamers, two-seamers.”

Bonderman, wh leaving Arsenal on loan. The teenager started both of Arsenal’s Premier League games and has held his own.Unlike other Gunners youngsters, Willock has never left on loan and he doesn’t plan on doing so anytime soon.”My head was always about playing o signed a minor-league deal in January, told reporters after the game that he does not have time to work on his pitches as he continues to fight for a rotation spot this spring. 

“I need results,” Bonderman said. “It’s not like when you’re on the team for sure and you can go out there and work on stuff. It’s working out all right so far.”

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.

r Champions League clash at Liverpool should be pl

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Yankees catcher was the first significant cut of the spring for New York on Monday, reports the y sports chief Txiki Begiristain.However, Gilmar Veloz says that although he has met with Begiristain there is ‘no possibility’ his client will join City this summer.“There is nothing. We have to be very careful, take responsibility with the fans, Journal News. Romine was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with LHP and RHPs and . The team also optioned LHPs and , RHP and OF to Double-A Trenton. New excited to be moving to Real Madrid.The departing Santos star admits playing alongside Vinicius Junior is lder, a target for Manchester City and Bayern Munich, has told Atletico chiefs that he intends to leave the club this summer, says Marca.With both City and Bayern willing to meet Rodrigo’s €70m buyout clause, it means Atletico have no say in prevenan ambition he’s long had.Rodrygo said, “Since I was little, when he played for Flamengo and I played for Santos, people dreamed that we could York also reassigned pitcher , catcher and first baseman to minor league camp.

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Detroit outfielder participatedot to have worked with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.Rooney reckons England’s golden generation would hr Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng.Arsenal are in the market for a new centre back following Calum Chambers’ season-ending injury, with RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano one potential suitor.Boateng is seen as a cheaper alternative as Mikel Arteta fiave “won everything” if they had Guardiola as manager.Speaking on his personal podcast, Rooney said: “You look at our team ten years ago and a in batting practice Tuesday as he continues to recover from a right oblique injury that has sidelined him since the beginning of camp, .com reports. Boesch said he hopes to be able to take live batting practice — with a Tigers starter pitching — either Wednesday or Thursday, and possibly play in ae snapped up Argentine striker Jonathan Calleri.The 26 year-old arrives on-loan from Uruguay’s Deportivo Maldonado.Calleri is a former West Ham and Alaves loanee. He’s been with Deportivo Maldonado since 2016.#CalleriPericoBenvingut!¡Bienvenido!Welc Grapefruit League game this weekend.

ainst Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.The Hornets

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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 CBSSports.com 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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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.”

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Right-hander , who will attempt to wig Manchester City on Sunday.As second-place Liverpool play Wolves at Anfield, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City stars are aiming to secure back-to- back titles by winning at Brighton.But Gross says: “They have not won it yet. “They have to play onen a job with the Twins this spring after missing all of 2012 because of surgery to repair a torn shoulder capsule, is more likely to make the team as a reliever, according to 1500 ESPN Twin Cities, but the Twins would prefer to see him as a starter. “He has done both,” general manager Terry Ryan said. “And I would tell you starter not for sale.The midfielder has battled for minutes this season, with the youngster being urged to quit City for the sake of his career by many ex-player pundits.But Guardiola insists Foden has his total confidence – and there’s no way the club willif the health issue was not a part of this thing, burised at the recent comments made by Danny Rose about his future at the club.The England left back recently commented that he would be okay if he were to transfer away from the club this summer.”It’s not about regular first-team football. I know my at he’s not been healthy. So we have to keep that option open.”

th Tottenham at the weekend.The Gunners found them

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CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Danny Knobler reported Monday that the Braves have told teams prospect could be the starting left fielder for the club in 201ams meet later today.Hasenhuttl said: “I still stand by that decision because we had a few other options in the summer which, finally, we couldn’t realise them.“if you want, this was our Moussa Djenepo we got, and Moussa has brought us a few poin3. Gattis batted .305 with 18 home runs and 67 RBI in 74 games between three stops in the minors lastaken aim at current directors Paolo Maldini and Zvonimir Boban.Mirabelli believes the team’s woes are due to the two former stars.He stated: “Milan’s big problem is that they mustn’t live in the past,” the 50-yed only 300 euros (£265) by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) for their approach to Antoine Griezmann while he was at La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid, reports BBC Sport.Spanish champions Barcelona signed Griezmann after paying his 120m-euro (£1ear-old, who was the Diavolo’s sportit season.

Orioles’ Manny Machado OK after meningitis scare

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third baseman should be OK for spring training after a scare with meningitis, manager Buck Showalter told reporters at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday.

“Manny had a little scare there with, I believe it was meningitis, but he’s over it,” Showalter told reporters. “I talked to him a couple of times, and he’s doing well and doing a full workout. He’s going to go in and get an opportunity to be our third baseman potentially, but he’s got to earn it. We’ve got some other options there. He’s not ready to pick up where he left off.”

Meningitis is the inflammation of protective membranes covering the braimade a sensational move for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.Kicker says United and PSGChe Adams says dropping into the non-league after being dumped by Coventry City was the making of him.Adams joined Saints this summer from Birmingham City.He told the Daily Echo: “I was at Coventry as a youngster and then went for the non-league ro have approached Bayern about a price for the Poland international.Enquiries from both clubs have been lodged over the past week with the European market jn and spinal cord and can be serious, even deadly, if not diagnosed early.

The 20-year-old Machado played 51 games for the Orioles last season, hitting .262/.294/.445 with seven home runs in 202 plate appearances. The third overall pick of the 2010 draft, Machado was o John Achterberg spoke about the differing fortunes of two keepers that he coached in the past year.As Alisson Becker lifted the Champions League with the Reds on Saturday, it was tough not to think about Loris Karius’ struggles at the same stage of ne of the game’s top prospects but it was still a surprise when the team called him up in August. 

A shortstop, Machado had played just two games at shortstop in the minors but was inserted into the starting lineup beside Gold Glove shortstop J.J. Hardy. 

, Machado declined further comment through a club official.

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Who is winning the Battle for LA?

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Theold talks with captain Granit Xhaka this week after his outburst during Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.Xhaka was booed by Gunners supporters for taking too long to come off the ground against the Eagles. The Swiss international responded by cu have been making noise throughout the offseason — or, really, going back to late August when they added , and from the Red Sox — but the have once again made a big-ticket free-agent signing in December, landing Josh Hamilton.

So it’s on. Battle: Los Angeles.

Who is winning so far? Let’s go to the tale of the tape — in tongue-in-cheek fashion at times.

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It’s Crawford– vs. either –Hamilton or Hamilton-Trout-. I’d rather go the former route due to having an outstanding defender in two spots of the outfield, but I’m guessing the Angels choose power and go with the latter. Either way, I’m taking the Angels here. Trout is better than Kemp and Hamilton is much better than Ethier or Crawford.

The Angels look like this right now: , , , Joe Blanton and . The Dodgers? , , Beckett, and either or — at least until the Dodgers do more shuffling. I like the Dodgers by a nose, with most of the advantage being Greinke over Wilson.

Think about how funny this would’ve been last year. Frank McCourt jokes never get old, after all, but now it’s deadly serious. Arte Moreno has proven he’ll spend what it takes to get his guys, but the new Dodgers ownership group is poised to boast the highest payroll in MLB history. It’ll be interesting to see if the Dodgers react to the Anster United legend Roy Keane says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be supported after defeat to Liverpool.United sit a full 30 points off Liverpool in fifth place, with Solskjaer under mounting pressure given the Red Devils’ frustrating season so gels’ reaction to being upstaged out West. Regardless, you gotta follow the money here. Plus, the Dodgers have Magic Johnson. I mean, he’s so cool he tilts the scales automatically. It’s Dodgers.

“Donnie Baseball” (that’s Dodgers manager Don Mattingly to you non-baseball fans) was a far superior player to Angels manager Mike Scioscia, but they aren’t players anymore. Though both managers get sucked into doing things like throwing away outs via the bunt (which makes me want to scream), we have to give Scioscia the edge here for his pedigree, as he has six playoff appearances and a World Series championship under his belt.

It’s been a while, but Angel Stadium of Anaheim was once Anaheim Stadium, a ’60s-’70s style cookie-cutter yard that housed the ‘s Rams in addition to the Angels. It was then completely revamped into a baseball-only stadium prior to the 1997 season, most notably the trees, rocks and cascades in the outfield. But now, the Dodgers are making $100 million worth of renovations to Dodger Stadium (). Still, I lean toward Anaheim due to the aesthetic scene in the outfield.

The Angels are stuck with , who is still owed more than $40 million over the course of the next two seasons. Of course, Crawford is owed more than $100 million for the next five seasons, so we’ll call the Dodgers the “winner” here. Then again, does it really matter? Both teams are unbelievably flush with cash. That’s because (obvious segue alert!):

The Angels landed a windfall last December when they inked a $3-billion deal for the next 20 years in local TV broadcasting. Then again, it appears the Dodgers are going to double that, as they work toward a reported $6-billion deal for 25 years of local TV broadcasting. So it’s Dodgers here.

The Angels don’t yet have a list of 2013 ballpark promotions, but it doesn’t matter. This one is over before it starts because the . Knockout punch … delivered.

Well, both missed last year. As things stand, both certainly have enough talent to make a postseason run in 2013, though neither seems even close to a sure thing with the likes of the Rangers, Athletics and World Series champion Giants all playing out West.

And here’gland U21 goalkeeper Dean Henderson has welcomed support from Manchester United fans.Henderson, 22, enhanced his glowing reputation on Tuesday night as he produced a superb display for England U21s despite their heartbreaking 2-1 defeat.The United sts what really matters and where we have to get serious. If the Angels were willing to pony up $125 million over five years to add offense, when they clearly need pitching help, why couldn’t they go to six years and $150 for Greinke? Hamilton is two years older, much more injury-prone and the Angels already had a capable three-man outfield. The Dodgers win this one, and so far that’s why they currently lead the Battle for Los Angeles. It must be noted, of course, that this battle results in exactly zero wins in the 2013 season. But it sure is fun. 

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