l fullback Kieran Tierney admits facing his recent

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Tampa Bay designated catcher for assignment Sunday, reports the Tampa.Toni Rudiger struck both goals for the Blues at the Foxes.Lampard said, “In a game that swung this way and that in an incident-packed second half, the boss left the East Midlands ultimately satisfied his team had something to show for our efforts.”A Bay Times. The needed to clear up roster space on the 40-man. 

Vogt, 28, hit .296 this spring with a home run and four RBI over 27 at-bats. He did not get a baGomez was made an honorary citizen of Bergamo.Gori stated, “He is the captain and the symbol of the European Atalanta,” the mayor said. “They have reached the highest level of the club’s history, to which he has contributed, with the team and these hit over 25 at-bats last year with rated Blues boss Frank Lampard saw the winter market shut on Friday without a signing being made.Instead, Chelsea are set for a big spending summer and ESPN says high on their shopping list will be Ziyech.Ziyech is also being tracked by Manchester Unthe Rays. 

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starter threw four shutout innings, allowing two hits and a walk in Thursday’s start ly striker Christian Vieri insists AC Milan director Zvonimir Boban was right to publicly criticise chief exec Ivan Gazidis.Boban accused Gazidis of “going behind our backs” with his unilateral approach to Red Bull chief Ralf Rangnick to replace coacagainst the Astros.

It was a fitting finish to a fine spring. Maholm will head north to Atlanta with a 1.53 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in seven starts covering 29 1/3 innings. He struck out 20 against 11 waw contract talks with Napoli.The veteran’s agent admits an agreement is still to be found, however.“(Napoli President Aurelio) De Laurentiis always wanague opponents Slovan Bratislava.Victory against Slovan Bratislava at Molineux on Thursday would put Wolves on the brink of reaching the last 32.”We are always confident, we cannot expect things to happen, we have to make them happen,” he said.”We hated to renew his contract,” agent Manuel Garcia Quilon told Calciomercato.it.“We are grateful flks. Maholm has been an average pitcher at best for much of his career with Pittsburgh, but he could be a decent Fantasy value this season as part of a solid Braves’ roster.

this summer.The highly-rated Newcastle United midf

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Remember how this time last year, was the young pitcher Fantasy owners were happy to stash for when the Athletics inevitably caorked his way into manager Nuno’s plans this season. The winger has enjoyed 16 appearances in the Premier League so far this term. Saiss has also been a regular in the Europa League, playing a significant role in Wolves’ qualification for the round olled him up.

He may not have the same hype this year, but he does have a major-league job.

The haven’t specified whether it’s in the starting rotation or th joined the battle for Sporting CP star Bruno Fernandes.A Bola says Manchester United have requested a meeting with Sporting this week to thrash out a deal for Fernandes – as Tottenham enter the race.United are willing to splash around £70million foe bullpen, but with Alex White, Peacock’s remaining competition for a starting gig, getting knocked around this spring, Peacock at least has a shot to factor in Fantasy. His stuff may be a little mora, have hit out at comments by Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora criticising the lack of free-to-air access to matches amid the country’s coronavirus crisis, reports SportBusiness.The Italian government last week ordered all sporting events e hittable than the prospects hounds perceived it to be at this time a year ago, but much of his struggles at Triple-A Sacramento last year likely had to do with pitching in the hitter-friendly PCL.

His 14 stirkeouts in 14 2/3 innings this spring suggest his stuff is still good enough to make him worth a flier in AL-only leagues.

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.

ding the UEFA Champions League final.The goalkeepe

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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.

tactical advice to the players.Ronaldo is now own

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Tos pleased with Lorenzo Insigne’s preseason fokend’s Clasico to the Bernabeu from Camp Nou. LaLiga feel that the game should not be played in Barcelona due to the political unrest in Catalonia following the prison sentences handed to nine politicians and civil leaders.AS reports Spain’s Sports Crm.Inzaghi struck in the 3-0 defeat of Liverpool on Sunday.Ancelotti said, “In an attacking sense, Insigne must take the initiative like he did against Liverpool. I have to congratulate Mertens and Insigneronto closer threw off a mound on Sunday morning and has felt no ill effects since, reports .com Tuesday. Janssen had thrown off the mound earlier in the spring but suffered a minor setback and was then limited to flat ground. “He felt good in that side session, felt good yesterday and feels good again today,” pitching coach Pete Walker said of Janssen, who is recovering from offseason shoulder debut for AC Milan in a friendly on Saturday.Ibrahimovic provided a goal and an assist as he made his return to action in an AC Milan shirt during a 9-0 friendly win over sixth-tier Italian club Rhodense.Sweden’s all-time leading goalscorer representsurgery. “We’re going to take a look at his schedule from here on out and see where he is. He’s day to day right now. There could be adjustments daily.”

an update on his fitness.The young defender has s

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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.

Yanks, Cano have work to do to reach deal before free agency hits

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TAMPA — The recently began multiyear contract negotiations with star second baseman , but a resolution appears nowhere in sight.

Early indications are that they begin with at least a significant difference in either talent assessment or valuation, suggesting a decent likelihood that Cano — the storied franchise’s best position player in his prime — has a pretty decent chance to become a free agent at year’s end. While the sides won’t admit he’s sure to hit free agency, at the very least it’s clear there’s plenty of work to do.

Word is, early on the team has suggested they considered Cano a “top 10” or maybe at worst a top 15 player in the game, while Cano, following three straight top-six finishes in American League MVP voting, seems to be thinking a bit higher than that.

“There are few elite players. That just is a very short list — less than Inter Milan.The striker has been linked with Barcelona.“Lautaro Martinez will not leave Inter and he can’t wait to start work with Conte,” agent Beto Yaque told FCInterNews.“Obviously, being praised by the best player in the world is wonderful afive,” Cano’s agent Scott Boras said by phone of his client.

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner recently revealed to Yankees writers that the sides have had “a conversation or two.” But left unsaid at the time is where things stand.

“Robinson is happy being a Yankee, and both sides recognize that this is one of the elite players in the game,” Boras said.

Exactly how elite may be at issue, however, as the Yankees aim to keep him from becoming a free agent after the season. This isn’t going to be a short process, however, and it appears it will take some major concessions from one or both sides to beat the deadline to get him signed before his free agency begins five days after the 2013 season ends.

Star players generally go to the marketplace when they get within a year of free agency, though there have been exceptions. The Yankees themselves have a policy to allow long-term contracts to expire before trying to extend players, and they made an exception just by opening negotiations with Cano.

The Yankees tried the same last spring with catcher Russell Martin, offering a three-year deal for $18 million in a rare attempt to head off free agency, but Martin turned that down and wound up signing a free-agent deal with the Pirates for $17 million over two years. Cashman, whose own extension waited until his contract was up, suggested he will on rare occasions make an exception for younger players, such as Martin and Cano.

“There’s been a conversation or two,” Steinbrenner told Yankees writers six days ago. “We’ll get into that, and we’ll talk about it at a later date. He’s been a great erty has announced he’s cut ties with Arsenal.Jeorge Bird’s Arsenal academy reports Flaherty has confirmed that he has left Arsenal after seven years at the club.The 18-year-old spent time on trial at West Ham United and then Newcastle United. It is Yankee, and we hope he’s here his entire career.”

Cashman flatly declined comment on the Cano talks, deferring to Steinbrenner’s brief earlier remark.

This is obviously a touchy subject.

Another dynamic at play is the Yankees’ stated intention to get their payroll below $189 million for the 2014 season in order to markedly reduce their luxury tax rate, from 50 percent to 17 percent. However, the verbiage on-loan striker is hoping to fire Villa into the Premier League today when the club take on Derby in the Play-off final.”Ever since I stepped foot through the door, I have felt at home,” he said in the Wembley match programme.”We are a family here e has changed in recent days; it was once said to be a mandate to go below $189 million, now they refer to it as a “guideline.” While slightly different payrolls are cited, the Yankees’ current payroll, the second highest in baseball to the Dodgers, is currently pegged at $217 million, according to an executive with another team.  

It isn’t known what the Yankees may have offered Cano so far, but if they see Cano as a “top 10 player,” that would mean somewhere from Adrian Gonzalez’s $154.3 million deal and up. Top 15 would put him at least on part with the $138 million, eight-year contract for crosstown Mets star David Wright.

The average of the top five contracts, from Alex Rodriguez’s $275 million Yankees deal down to Joe Mauer’s $184 million contract (Albert Pujols $240 million, Joey Votto $225 million and Prince Fielder $214 million are in between), is $223 million.

Boras also will be making the case that baseball’s revenues have shot up over the past several years, as have franchise valuations. “The marketplace has dramatically changed from five years ago,” he said.

Also likely at the center of the talks will be a disagreement over term. Cano, 30, will surely seek at least a 10-year deal, with the Yankees likely hoping to keep it to eight. A-Rod got his 10-year Yankees deal at age 32.

A-Rod himself may be another area of disagreement, as the Yankees will point out the A-Rod deal hasn’t worked out, certainly the last half of it. Boras, who negotiated that contract but no longer represents Rodriguez, will counter by saying Cano is his own entity and personality, a clean liver with a clean resume whose only similarity with A-Rod is that they share a clubhouse.

MLB investigating the age of Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz

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Major League Baseball is investigating the age of Cuban free-agent shortstop Aledmys Diaz, reports . In a twist, is investigating him for being younger than he presented rg defender Branislav Ivanovic insists Eden Hazard will come good for Real Madrid.The pair are former long time Chelsea teammates.Ivanovic told Marca, “I think he is not well physically. He was injured a couple of times, but everyone knows that Hazarhimself, not older. Players usually try to make them themselves younger and more desirable to clubs.

Diaz, who defected to Mexico, presented himself as a 23-year-old born on Jan. 8, 1990. That date conflicts with other documents and sources, which indicate an Aug. 1, 1990, birthdate. That would make Diaz only 22 years old, which means he would be subject to the international spending caps put in place by the latest Collective Bargaining Agreement. Teams can sign players age 23 or older for any amount.

“I only go by the documentation that I have from the player,” said Jaime Torres, Diaz’s agent. “I’ve seen from different rosters, different ages for players in Cuba, so I don’t pay much attention to Manchester United last summer for the Hornets.”I spent 14 years at United. I grew up there and it was a massive part of my life,” Whelan told the Watford club website.“I’ve still got lots of friends there so it will be a strange one, wanting them twhat is put on the pages from Cuba … Only the player and the family should know the correct date of birth, not the sports authority from Cuba, the Cuban government. What I have, showing his date of birth, is 1/8/90—January 8, 1990.”

Torres added that MLB is insisting Diaz present an unblocking license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control before he can agree to a contract. Players can typically prese League clash with Manchester City.Gasperini has labelled international friendlies “useless” and demanded a single international break after top scorer Zapata was ruled out against City with an abductor strain sustained with Colombia.”‘I reacted withnt an OFAC unblocking license or two permanent residency documents from a non-Cuba country, but MLB wants the former in this case. Badler says scouting reports on Diaz are “modest.”

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.Marca says Rakitic has had many doubts concerning

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Angels pitcher , who has been playing long toss since December, expehero Lee Dixon praised his old team ane-year deal with Leicester City.The popular 33-year-old Austrian has been a significant figure for the Foxes since his arrival from Germany in the summer of 2015, going on to make 118 appearances in Leicester City colours at left-back.Speaking to LCfter their 3-1 first-leg win against Europa League semifinal opponents Valencia.Alexandre Lacazette (2) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were the Gunners’ goalscorers.Dixon said on BBC Sport, “That third goal has takcts to be ready for spring training after undergoing surgery to remove bone spurs in OGrosso remains unhappy with the striker’s attitude in training, though insists he will play again.He explained today: “I don’t always want to talk about him, every time you go to see if he goes away a minute before or a minute later. “With him I havectober. “I have normal extension again,” Wilson told the Los Angeles Times. “Before, I could only bend it, stretch it up to around 30%.” Wilson said that he started losing motion in July; he previously noted that he couldn’t throw his sinker at one point in the season because of the pain. “I knew I needed surgery,” Wilson explained, “because I had gone through the same thing in 2008.”

Indians invite Hector Rondon, Luis Hernandez to spring training

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The have signed pitcher and infielder to minor-league contracts with invitations to spring training, the club announced Thursday.

Rondon, a 24-year-old riph Hasenhüttl was disappointed losing 2-1 at ten-man Tottenham on Saturday.Spurs went down to ten men after the dismissal of Serge Aurier in the 31st minute, shortly after taking the lead through Tanguy Ndombele, but Saints fought back to level thinghty, has spent the last six years in the Indians’ system. After undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2010, he was forced to undergo another surgery for an elbow fracture sustained in winter ball in November, 2011. He has thrown just 10 professional innings in the last two seasons. In his last full season, 2009, Rondon posted a 3.38 ERA between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus.

Hernandez, 28, appeared in just two major-league games for the Rangers this past season. Prior to that, he had 47 plate appearances for the Mets in 2010; for his career, Hernandez is a .243/.284/.296 hitter in Arsene Wenger says his Invincibles side was the greatest team that he managed.Wenger was in charge of some other excellent sides at Arsenal, including the double-winning teams of 1997-98 and 2001-02.Wenger is quoted by the Metro: “You would say the I292 plate appearances. He spent much of 2012 at Triple-A Round Rock in the Texas system, hitting .262/.303/.376 inted are extending their singing section at the Stretford End of Old Trafford.The Red Devils have been impressed by the improvement in atmosphere from the designated section in recent games.It was particularly evident during their game against Manches 572 plate appearances.

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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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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Report: Red Sox will begin serious negotiations with David Ortiz next week

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The will begin serious contract talks with designated hitter  at “some point next week,” according to Joe McDonald.

The 36-year-old Ortiz was on his way to another solid season but was limited to jys it’s too soon to compare Tammy Abraham with Blues heros Didier Drogba and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.However, the West Ham youth coach says Abraham is well on his way.He tl Madrid teammate Eden Hazard.Like the Belgian, Rodrygo is another new addition for Real this summer.The former Santos starlet told Marca: “Hazard! He is a player that I always followed. I had him as the screen photo of my mobile. So imagine. And nowold 888sport: “Tammy right now doesn’t compare to Hasselbaink and Drogba becaust 90 games due to injury. Ocastle United insiders insist there’s been no contact with former AC Milan coach Rino Gattuso.The Evening Chronicle says Newcastle have not made any moves to speak to Gattuso – despite reports in Italy touting him as a replacement for Rafa Benitez.Gartiz hit .318/.415/.611 in 383 plate appearances with the Red Sox. 

Ortiz has wanted a multi-year contract from the Red Sox since last offseason but had to settle for arbitration. He made $14.6 million this season. 

The Red Sox also plan to start negotiations with outfielder . Ross hit .267/.326/.481 in 528 plate appearances with the team this season. 

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