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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. 

Spring training injury update: Freese homers in return to lineup

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The were dealt a pretty big blow Thursday, as shortstop will following thumb surgery. He originally hurt himself diving for a ball during the World Baseball Classic earlier this week. Los Angeles will rely on the less than ideal duo of and on the left side of the infield until Ramirez returns.

Here are the rest of Thursday’s injury updates:

: RHP (elbow) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session, his third of the spring. He’ll do it again Sunday. (): 1B left Houston’s game with pinched nerve in his left trap and is day-to-day. (): 3B (tailbone) returned to the lineup and hit a home run. He missed about a week with the injury. (): SS (elbow) will begin throwing this weekend. Manager Kirk Gibson believes he’ll be ready by mid-April. (): 2B was scratched from the lineup with back tightness. (): RHP (root canal) is expected to pitch on Friday as scheduled. (): 1B was scratched from Pittsburgh’s game witol ahead of Sunday’s showdown.The United boss has come out fighting on the eve of their big clash with Liverpool – and said their time in the title wilderness won’t be as long as their Anfield rivals, who last won in 1989/1990.Solskjaer defiantly sh some kind of allergic reaction. (): OF (hamstring) hit in a minor league game and will do the same Friday. He must play the field before getting back into regular spring training games. (): OF (back spasms) took part in a workout, but hek.The Frenchman has been named new coach of St Etienne.Saint Etienne announced on Friday afternoon that Ghislain Printant had been fired – and just a half-hour later Puel’s appointment was confirmed.ASSE announces that Puel has signed a contract to 2 has yet to return to the lineup. He’s been out sl under pressure after a poor week.Pochettino spoke to the media today after Tuesday’s Carabao Cup shock at Colchester.He insisted: “The most difficult was the first season. A few seasons were tough in some periods. I am so relaxed. I become more relince March 16. (): SS (concussion) has been cleared to resume baseball activity. There is no timetable for returning to game action, however () … IF (back spasms) is improving and could play in Saturday’s game () … 1B Lyle Overbay (back tightness) is expected to play the next two days. (): RHP (groin) isn’t getting any better. “It got tight and ended up being swollen,” he said after pitching in a minor-league game Wednesday. ()

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pitcher (elbow) was placed on the 60-day disabled list Sunday in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Feliz, whing hammered instico Madrid attacker has announced this week he will leave the Spanish giants at the end of the season.Barca are favourites to land Griezmann, with a willingness of meeting his €120m buyout clause.However, ZDF says Bayern sports chief Hasan Salihamide Holland.Dutch pundit Johan Derksen has accused Kuyt of undermining Feyenoord coach Jaap Stam, the former Manchester United defen for Newcastle United.The Mirror says the 58-year-old slapped in his resignation to Wednesday yesterday to speed a switch to St James’s Park, but Bruce’s imminent arrival is one of the most unpopular on Tyneside for years.Fans already at boiling poinder. Kuyt is the club’s U19 coach.Before going into Sunday’s clash with FC Twente, the heat was being o advanced to throwing from 60 feet in his rehab from Tommy John surgery last month, is expected to return in August.

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

rged Flamengo attacker Reinier not to get carried

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The could be without outfielder and infielder when the season begins, as both continue to recover from injuries, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Quentin is attTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insists Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez is among the best players on the planet.His performances have led to interest from a host of top clubs, including LaLiga giants Barcelona. But Chelsea became the latesempting to come back from knee surgery, while Forsythe has been out of action since March 7 due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

“We’re looking for those guys to be in a good spot physically and to be ready April 1. There is not a make or break day, but there’s no doubt we have to see something,” manager Bud Black said.

When asked if either player would begin the season on thas ‘scary’ potential.The England international, 22, has been scouted by Manchester City and Manchester United in recent times.As one of the first names on his team-sheet, Foxes boss Rodgers has been wowed by Chilwell’s room for growth.”The beadrid.The 24-year-old took his medical in the Spanish capital on Thursday.The centre-back joins Kieran Trippier, from Tottenham, as a new Atletico signing, as they look to bolster a back-line shaken by the departures of Diego Godin and Lucas Hernandezuty wite disabled list, Black was noncommittal. “Let’s hope not. Possibly,” he said. “We’re not to that point yet. We’ll do what is best for the player and the organization.”

Forsythe has been limited to drill work in recent days, while Quentin has appeared mostly in minor-league games, playing the field just once. The Padres open the season April 1 in New York. 

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.

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.

Didier Deschamps is full of praise for Barcelona

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The Indians optioned , , , and to Triple-A Columbus Monday. The team also reasLiverpool have made a Sardinians until 2022.Cagliari announced on Thursday: “Maran got stuck into his new role with enthusiasm, appreciated for his professional and human qualities.“With sincerity and dedication, he immediately put the team at the base of the technical move for Augsburg fullback Philipp Max.Sport says Liverpool are in talks with the agent of Max.The 25-year-old Augsburg ace plays at left-bacared Jose Mourinho’s arrival was “strange”.Tottenham’s form has been hit and miss under Mourinho this campaign, but Alderweireld says he and his team-mates are trying to “make the best of it”.Opening up on Mauricio Pochettino’s sacking and Mourinho’sk, where Liverpool are short of cover after allowing Alberto Moreno to leave on a free signed and to minor-league camp.

artinez and Antonio Candreva decided the Champions

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Houston non-roster invitee was scratched from his latest start due to a strained gltspur signing Memphis Depay from Lyon.The Dutch forward took to social media to mention that he was set to leave Lyon with the season coming to an end.Reports suggested a move to Liverpool and the Premier League was a possibility.However, Sky Sports repor it has announced plans for a UK-based academy designed to create a pathway for British stude class signings can improve his squad.Klopp has often been asked why they did not spend more money in the summer transfer window.But given the quality of players at his disposal, Klopp knows that only the very best can take them to the next level.”Innts to play college football in the US, reports, /.Based at Barnet and Southgate College, the NFL Academy, which has also secured support from Nike – thuteal muscle, reports the Toronto Sun. “He’s been getting treatment and hopefully we get him back out there soon,” Astros manager Bo Porter told .com.

s are prepared to include players in an offer for

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

s after victory over Aston Villa.With league leade

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Marlins manager Mike Redmond told reporters Sunday free-agent acquisition is expected to work in a setup role. “We sign football.The number one goalkeeper at the Magpies wants to get the club into Europe as he signed a new six-year contract.The 30-year-old, who was rumoured to leave the club in the summer, has committed to the St. James’ Park outfit until 2025.And heed Rauch to be that setup guy, that veteran guy, who’s been around,” Redmond said, per The Miami Herald. “He’s closed games. He’s been a setup guy. He’s obviously going to take some of the pressure off some of those young guys, behind that he’s been in that role and done thattest rejected bid for William Saliba could cost them dearly.Saint-Etienne have knocked back the Gunners’ offer of £27m for the French centre-back, according to the Mirror.The Ligue 1 club are holding een difficult adjusting to the Premier League’s intensity.The central defender, signed from Reims, has featured in both of Villa’s matches this season, losses against Tottenham Hotspur and Bournemouth.He told The Birmingham Mail: “It was the same [agout for £30m for the 18-year-old, who has three .”

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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.

praise for Reinier ahead of the youngster’s move

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CBSSports.com Senior Columnist Danny Knobler reported on Friday that closer has agreed to a one-year, $7.3 million deal with the Indians, eberson believes RB Salzburg striker Erling Haaland would offer something different.The Norway international i admits the Roma midfielder is facing six months out after suffering an ACL injury.The 20-year-old ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament and da million) bond in a move to help restructure debt repayments, reports, /.The club’s planned five-year senior secured notes sale will then be used to finance a €215.5 million (US$239.7 million) credit facility and a €2.6 million (US$2.89 million) maged the meniscus during the 2-1 home defeat to Juventus on Sunday.”Naturally, he wants to be there, buts being linked with a January move to Old Trafford.Kleberson told BonusCodeBets, “Haaland is a player wanted by many clubs, not just Manchavoiding arbitration. The contract includes performance bonuses.

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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.”

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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