Everton Soares.UOL says the Toffees have been keep

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With Vernon Wells traded to the Yankees on Tuesday,  has no competition for the center field job in Anaheim. The let Torii Hunter walk this past offseason and moved rookie phenom Mike Trout to left field to openlled out of the running for Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes.O Jogo says City have given up on signing Fernandes.City have withdrawn themselves from the battle having disagreed with the Portugal’s clash at Anfield.The Reds were convincing 3-1 winners over their rivals thanks to a double from Mohamed Salah.”The intention was to be us – just be us. Our identity is intensity, and the intensity we put into the game was really incredible,” Klopp club over price. The report claims City have all up the spot in center for the 26-year-old. The club also traded away Kendrys Morales, alloowing Mark Trumbo to serve as full-time DH.Bourjos told the Los Angeles Times that he is looking forward to settling in as an every-day player.”Getting regular playing time will be huge,” Bourjos said Tuesday. “You ctory over Leicester City.The Foxes, despite taking the lead through Harvey Barnes, were beaten 2-1 in Lancashire after Jamie Vardy had a penalty saved and Burnley found the net through Chris Wood and Ashley Westwood.“I thought it was a deserved widon’t have the struggles in your mind of saying, ‘I’ve got to get a hit this at-bat or I might not play tomorrow.’ Knowing you’re in the lineup day in and day out, you can relax and play the game.”

Peter Bourjos has batted .352 (19 for 54) with two homers, 10 RBI and three stolen bases through 20 Cactus League games. 

aiola has taken aim at former Manchester United ma

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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. 

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.

eaving the club.The Liverpool Echo says Partridge

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The announced Wednesday starting pitcher , who has been battling Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is striker Krzysztof Piatek from AC Milan on a long-term contract.Piatek, who was linked with a move to Tottenham, will now play under former Spurs striker Jurgen Klinsmann, the head coach at Hertha.The 24-year-old only spent a year at the San Siro havready to step up the club’s pursuit of Aaron Wan-Bissaka.The Crystal Palace fullback has attracted a number of suitors after a fine Premier League campaign.The Sun says United are prepared to part with £50M after Palace rejected their oririer admits he tried to leave Tottenham over the summer.While Aurier is away on international duty, he has opened up about the events of last season.The Ivory Coast fullback said, “I was looking for an exit, so I couldn’t play. When you’re trying to ginal offer of £40M.Solskjaer is also considering Thomas Meunier as an alternative.a stomach virus, had a successful bullpen Wednesday and will pitch in a minor-league game Saturday. He continues to build up strength as he recovers from his illness.

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 .

Johan Santana throws from mound

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, 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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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.

Ranking the 2013 Hall of Fame candidates: Nos. 37 through 31

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In advance of the BBWAA’s announcement of the 2013 Hall of Fame class, we at Eye On Baseball are going to commence ranking every one of (by the way, that’s ).

We’ll do this in daily installments, and the number of players in each “episode” will decrease as we get nearer to the top of the list. Once we hit the top 15, we will do one player per day.

As mentioned in , the JAWS ranking system () will play a prominent role in our ordering of these candidates, but there’s more to it than that. Your three hopelessly devoted EOB bloggers — Matt Snyder, the aforementioned Trent Rosecrans and dubious I — ranked each of these candidates according to a host of objective and subjective considerations, and we averaged those rankings to come up with the final order.

In this first go-round, we’ll count down numbers 37 through 31.

Before we unfurl things, a few notes on what you’ll find below. In addition to the obvious necessities (i.e., player’s ranking and name, positions played/role filled, teams toiled for, years played, notable traditional stats), we’ll also list the player’s year on the ballot (candidates fall off the BBWAA ballot after 15 years and/or if they fail to be named on five percent of ballots in any given year), player’s vote percentage from the previous year (when applicable), the player’s (bWAR) and rank among the 37 candidates, and his JAWS score and rank among candidates).

After a brief capsule of the player’s case (such as it is, in most instances), we’ll each give our official declarations on whether the player should be inducted (with our individual ranking of the playir 4-0 win over the Faroe Islands on Sunday evening.Two late goals made the result a little more flattering, but La Roja did need the Manchester United stopper to come up with a big save in the second half against Joannes Bjartalid when the score waser in parentheses, not unlike these parentheses right here).

So without further throat-clearing, let’s get to ranking the 2013 Hall of Fame eligibles. Starting at the bottom …

Year on ballot: 1stCareer stats: .289/.348/.435; 1,316 H; 107 HR; 545 RBI; 647 RbWAR, rank among candidates: 8.3, 37thJAWS, ranks among candidates: 8.6, 37th

Obviously, Walker doesn’t have a serious case for Cooperstown. Still, he was a useful hitter in platoon-advantaged situations throughout his career, and he spent more than 8,000 innings at second base. Survey his career, and you’re likely to say something like “not all that bad” or “he remained employed for many years.”Would we vote for him? Snyder: No (37th); Rosecrans: No (37th); Perry: No (35th)Year on ballot:  1st Career stats: 80-109; 4.36 ERA; 1,548 2/3 IP; 1,038 K; 321 savesbWAR, rank among candidates: 9.6, 36th JAWS, ranks among candidates: 10.8, 36th

“Joe Table” is best remembered as a closer for the great Indians teams of the 1990s. In ’95, he turned in one of the great closer seasons of all time (1.13 ERA across 64 innings), but his career park-adjusted ERA is roughly league-average. That’s not impressive for a late-inning reliever. Mesa’s peak wasn’t long enough, and his career value doesn’t come close to passing muster. Would we vote for him? Snyder: No (35th); Rosecrans: No (36th); Perry: No (37th)Year on ballot: 1stCareer stats: .258/.312/.367; 1,904 H; 110 HR; 723 RBI; 935 R; 231 SBbWAR, rank among candidates: 16.4, 32ndJAWS, ranks among candidates: 15.9, 32ndClayton stuck around long enough to come within hailing distance of 2,000 hits, and he was long regarded as a plus defender at a critical position (although he never won a Gold Glove). Needless to say, though, the glove work wasn’t enough to make up for his weaknesses at the plate. Worth noting: Clayton ranks 16th all-time in games played at short. Would we vote for him? Snyder: No (36th); Rosecrans: No (36th); Perry: No (33rd)Year on ballot: 1stCareer stats: 68-63; 3.92 ERA; 1,114.0 IP; 895 K; 84 saves bWAR, rank among candidates: 13.3, 34thJAWS, ranks fter the defender changed his agent.The Germany international has failed to win back his first-team spot under new manager Mikel Arteta.And SBE Management has now confirmed the 27-year-old is their client.Mustafi has made just three Premier League apamong candidates: 13.8, 34thRighful heir to the Rick Honeycutt/Jesse Orosco title of Lefty Who Simply Will Not Stop Pitching, Stanton ranks second all-time in appearances (second to Orosco, natch). Stanton’s career ERA is 12 percent better than the league average on a park-adjusted basis. While that’s good, it’s not close to Cooperstown-grade run prevention. Would we vote for him? Snyder: No (34th); Rosecrans: No (31st); Perry: No (36th)Year on ballot: 1st Career stats: .285/.347/.443; 1,982 H; 214 HR; 1,071 RBI; 870 R bWAR, rank among candidates: 16.2, 33rdJAWS, ranks among candidates: 15.7, 33rdThere’s a lot of “solid” to be found in Conine’s dossier, but the two-time All Star is far from a viable candidate for a plaque. Conine … persisted. Considering he wasn’t a major-league regular until age 27, Conine’s counting stats are fairly impressive in that context. Oddity: He ended his career in 22nd place on sac-flies list. Would we vote for him? Snyder: No (33rd); Rosecrans: No (32nd); Perry: No (34th)Year on ballot: 1stCareer stats: 148-112; 4.61 ERA; 2,153.0 IP; 1,407 KbWAR, rank among candidates: 17.5, 30thJAWS, ranks among candidates: 17.5, 30thSele’s a two-time All Star and has a top-five Cy Young finish to his credit. But if you’re going to pass BBWAA muster with fewer than 250 wins (let alone a success in the game.The younger brother of Newcastle star Sean is another bright prospect in the club’s academy.And Bruce believes the younger Longstaff is ready for the big time.Speaking about Longstaff with reporters, Bruce said: “He’s bright, h fewer than 150, as is the case with Sele), you need to have a Sandy Koufax- or Pedro Martinez-like peak. Suffice it to say, Sele didn’t come anywhere close to that.

Would we vote for him? Snyder: No (32nd); Rosecrans: No (34th); Perry: No (32nd)Year on ballot: 1st Career stats: 67-71; 3.45 ERA; 1,071 1/3 IP; 945 K; 325 Saves bWAR, rank among candidates: 17.2, 31st JAWS, ranks among candidates: 16.9, 31st

As relievers go, Hernandez had a darn fine, even underrated career: 131 ERA+, ninth all-time in games finished. The Cooperstown bar for relievers, however, is high (though Bruce Sutter’s election suggests it’s not as high as it should be). Based on established standards, Hernandez should probably receive more support than he’s going to get. In the final analysis, though, he, of course, doesn’t merit induction.

Would we vote for him? Snyder: No (31st); Rosecrans: No (33rd); Perry: No (29th)

Coming Tuesday: Nos. 30 through 26 …

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Yankees claim catcher Eli Whiteside off waivers from Giants

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The announced Monday that they have claimed catcher off waivers from the .

Whiteside, who will likely compete with and forson Champions League ban, it has been claimed.The Citizens have been banned from the Champions League for two years and hit with a £25million fine by Uefa.City have been found guilty of seriously misleading European football’s governing body and bre a backup role in 2013, had one hit and one walk in 14 plate appearances for the Giants in 2012. He hit .224/.296/.303 in 229 plate appearances with Triple-A Fresno.

Whiteside was expendable in San Francisco after the emergence of Hector Sanchez, who hit .280/.295/.390 in 227 plate appearances at the age of 22.

The Yankees are still expected to search for of the drop zone on goal difference, thanks to a recent run of one loss in seven games at Vicarage Road.Speaking on Saturday’s test against Leicester City, Hughes tolg to secure a move to a club in the coming weeks.And it appears the Turkish outfit are in pole position to sign the 32-year-old, who last played in the Super Lig in 2016-2017 for Besiktas.Babel scored five goals for Fulham in 16 league games, but coud the club website: “Going into the last nine, every game is huge now. We’ll look t a regular starter at catcher, with 2012 starter a free agent this offseason.

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Angels exploring trades for Haren, Santana before option decision is due

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The are still talking to teams about possible trades for either or , sources said.

The Angels want to try to deal them before having to decide Wednesday about lucrative one-year options for the two starters.

CBSSports.com reported Monday the Angels were at least exploring possible trades for the two starting pitchers.

While one competih the introduction of new signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin.Silva will play a waiting game before determining if Gbamin – a player he believes “fits into my model” – can feature against Crystal Palace on the Premier League’s opening day next Saturdang executive suggested he believed it might be hard to trade either pitcher based on their sub-par seasons, a source said the trade talks are “very real.” There has been some expectation that the Angels won’t exercise the pitchers’ options, which would make them free agents.

“We’re exploring a variety of different opportunities,” Angels GM Jerry Dipoto said.

The Angels are believed to want to sign their own star free-agent starter , who pitched well for them after a trade to the Angels from . Greinke will draw interest from many teams, as he is the top free-agent starter.

The Angels have until three days after the World Series to decide whether to pick up Haren’s $15.5 million option and Santana’s $13 million option. The Los Angeles Times reported the Angels are likely to decline the options, and that seems to be the case based on their efforts to deal the pitchers.

Haren’s option price doesn’t seem too high, though there was a bit of concern about his back during the season.

If the Angels buy out Haren, they’d owe him $3.Odoi is set to sign an incredible £200,000-a-week contract keeping him at Stamford Bridge for the next five years.The England winger, 18, is recovering strongly from an Achilles injury and was back at first-team training this week.The Blues have bee5 million. They could buy out Santana for $1 million.

Haren went 12-13 with  4.33 ERA, Santana 9-13 with a 5.16 ERA. Sources say Dipoto wanted to trade Santana last winter, but owner Arte Moreno is said to have wanted to hold on to him at the oss Graham Potter has shut down talk of Alireza Jahanbakhsh leaving this month.The attacking midfielder is being celebrated today after his wonder goal in their 1-1 draw with Chelsea“There was talk about him going in January – players want to play time.

Welcome to the 2012 postseason: Washington Nationals

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Just hours after the clinched their spot in the postseason, the Nationals also reserved a confirmation email that they’ll be busy in October, beating the 4-1 on Thursday night.

An interesting question. Yes and no. The have not, but their predecessors, the Montreal Expos did. Once.

The 1981 Expos made it to the postseason despite finishing second overall in their division. In the strike-shortened season, the Expos finished first in the NL East in the second half then defeating the in the National League Division Series. Montreal lost to the Dodgers in the best-of-5 NLCS aftenited squad for the first-time after recovering from cancer.The 19-year-old was diagnosed with testicular cancer last year and begun chemotherapy at the start of 2019.Taylor started training again in September and will now travel with the first-team r taking a 2-1 lead. The Dodgers crushed the Expos’ dreams by beating them in Game 4 and 5 at Olympic Stadium to advance to the World Series.

has played in 44 postseason games and won a ring with the 2008 Phillies. started four games last fall, but was just 1-1 with a 5.60 ERA, but did earn a ring with the Cardinals. has played 22 postseason games.

Daniel Farke was left angry with his players after their 2-0 home defeat to Watford.Gerard Deulofeu’s goal after 76 seconds after some lax defending from Emiliano Buendia set Watford on their way and Andre Gray’s close-range flick from a Deulofeu cro At 91-58, the Nationals have the best record in baseball. With a 5.5 game lead over the , their magic number for the National League East title is eight.

Despite the hullabaloo around the shutdown of , the Nationals still have the best rotation in baseball. Nationals pitchers have a 3.29 ERA, the best mark in baseball. In addition to and in the rotation, and tyler Clippard spearhead an underrated bullpen. The team’s .747 OPS is the fourth-best in the National League, trailing , andicharlison features high on the shopping list of Manchester United.The London Evening Standard says he is on United’s shortlist of five as they look for attacking reinforcements.United struggled for goals earlier in the season and have made a new str . The Nationals are the favorites in the National League, but will their lack of playoff experience hurt them?

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Report: Mike Napoli could return to Rangers on Thursday

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catcher will catch Tuesday and Wednesday night with Double-A Frisco, to .com’s T.R. Sullivan, and the Rangers could then activate Napoli from the disabled list if he suffersLiverpool’s win over West Ham United on Monday.The Reds came from 2toms consistent with coronavirus.Toffees staff are also in isolation as a “precautionary measure” following medical advice, with the club’s Finch Farm training ground, it’s Goodison Park stadium and its headquarters at the Royal Liver Building in Liv-1 down to win 3-2 to maintain their unbeaten record in the Premier League.Klopp told Sky Sports: “I liked a lot how we started. We scored a wonderful first goal. But then we weren’t no setbacks.

Napoli’s last action with the Rangers came on Aug. 10. has filled in at catcher in Napoli’s absence.

Napoli has hit .223/.343/.429 with 17 home runs in 359 plate apperances this season. His current .771 OPS widfielder Carlos Rodriguez is interesting Manchester United.United scouts were spotted talking to Monterrey chiefs at a recent game, saysLos Pleyers.And it’s believed United are looking to sign Rodriguez to boost their numbers in the centre of the paould be the lowest of his career in a single season.

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Keith Hernandez will soon no longer be Keith Hernandez

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Below is a famous Getty Images photo of broadcaster (and greatest defensive first baseman of all-time) Keith Hernandez. You might want to drink deeply of it becausever Lecce.Inter opened their season with a 4-0 win on Monday night.“I am happy for the goal, but above all for the victory. I saw a gap and I hit it,” Candreva told DAZNCandreve is delighted to be playing for Antonio Conte again.“Conte is the rig very soon all that will be left of Hernandez’s iconic tickler is our sepia-toned memories of it … 

And now the harrowing news … 

BREAKING: @ has learned Keith Hernandez will have his mustache shaved off before last by goalkeeper Adrian.Lawrenson admitted he was worried with some of the decision making the stopper made during victory over Arsenal.He told LFCTV: “The goalkeeper worries me.“I just think he’s sort of, last two games, made the mistake at Southa Mets home game Sept. 27 outside Citi Field.

— Neil Best (@sportswatch)

On Sept. 27, a little part of all of us will die. an is far down the pecking order at the Cherries, which is why he wants a move done before September 2.The European transfer window is still open, meaning Begovic could move to a club outside England for regular first team football. He has only playe

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Ryan Doumit, Twins agree to two-year, $7M contract extension

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The have agreed to a two-year, $7 million contract extension with catcher/first baseman/designated hitter/right fielder , the club announced in a prece of defeat at Manchester City.Lampard insists his youngsters will learn from the 2-1 defeat.”I’m lucky the players who have come through our Academy have come through this incredible Academy that we have – and they’ve come through as top young plss release Friday afternoon. They signed Doumit to a one-year, $3 million contract this past offseason.

Doumi boss Eddie Howe insists there’s more to Dominic Solanke’s game than goals.The striker is still yet to find the net since his £17.5million arrival from Liverpool in January, a run of 23 matches in all competitions. Howe told the Daily Echo: “I thinkt, 31, is hitting .271/.332/.443 with seven homers, 32 RBI and 22 runs scored this season. His ability to fit in several spots, specifically defensively for and , has been helpful for the Twins this season. His .ould lose Sebastien Haller in the coming days.The striker is the subject of major interest from West Ham, which have tabled a €40m offer, reports Kicker.Hutter said, “From a sporting point of view, it would be a big loss for us. “It is a decision o775 OPS ranks fourth on the team. 

The Twins enter Friday night 30-44 on the season, which is the worst record in the American League. They are 10 games out in the AL Central.

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Dice-K to begin rehab assignment Monday

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starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka will begin a minor-league rehab assignment Monday for High-A Sney could face former club Manchester United in the fifth-round of the FA Cup if his Derby County defeat Northampton.Chelsea will host either Liverpool or Shrewsbury, while Tottenham will play Norwich City at home if they can beat Southampton.Holdersalem, manager Bobby Valentine told reporters (including Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com) Friday. The plan is that Dice-K will need five rehab starts. They’re looking for him to get around 75 pitches, with no more than 30 in an inning. Of note here: Rehab assignments are limited to 30 days, so this shows some level of confidence in Matsuzaka’s ability to be ready in a month. He’ll be on a regular five-day rotation. “He’s ready to start dealing with competition,” said Valentine. “Daisuke feels good.” Matsuzaka, 31, had Tommy John surgery to repair his right elbow Fred was happy with his performance in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool.The odds were stacked against United before the encounter against an unbeaten Reds outfit.And after almost coming away with the victory, Fred was pleased his own personal contriligament last June. Last season, Dice-K went 3-3 with a 5.30 ERA and 1.47 WHIP before the torn UCL ended his season. Since going 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA and finishing fourth in AL Cy Young voting, Matsuzaka has been a severe disappointment, as injuries, inconsistency and poor command have doomed him. The Red Sox could certainly use the rotation help. They are 4-8 so far and the staff ERA is a horrifying 6.20. The best ERA in the starting rotation is ‘s 4.63 mark. There’s somussa Dembele.Both Manchester United and Chelsea have been linked with a move for Dembele this month, with the Premier League rivals both in need of striking reinforcements having lost their respective top scorers to injuries. But Lampard, who also wae serious incentive for Dice-K to get back and pitch well this season, too, because he is a free agent after this season. He’s making $10.33 million this year. For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .