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The  designated pitcher Travis Blackley and first baseman for assignment Friday, as they begin to trim down their roster heading into the regular season..

Barton has been unable to live up to his former billing as a top prospect at the majors, and struggled in the spring as well. He batted .206 with 11 walks and only two extra-base hits in 48 plate appearances.

Barton left the clubhouse without commenting to the iverpool captain Sami Hyypia says Steven Gerrard could handle the manager’s job.Gerrard is already being linked with the Liverpool job (for the post-Klopp era) after just rmer Barcelona captain Carles Puyol admits he twice had offers to join Real Madrid during his career.The Spaniard has claimed that Los Blancos unsuccessfully approached him twice, in 2001/02 and 2004/05.”Real Madrid appointed [Jose Antonio] Camacho aone season as Rangers manager. Does Hyypia believe Gerrard could cope with the media. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that if Barton clears waivers, he cannot refuse a minor-league assignment, since this is the first time he has been designae Ireland U21 star signed a new long-term contract with the club earlier this season.And Howe has been delighted with Kilkenny’s improvement in training.He told the Daily Echo: “It’s a massive moment for him because I think it’s further evidence thatted for assignment. 

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The are still deciding who will back up Erik Kratz at catcher to begin the season with Carlos Ruiz servdelighted with their 4-1 victory at Osasuna.Real went behind early on at El Sadar but rallied to produce an impressive comeback in the end.”They scored a goal from a set piece and came out with intensity,” Zidane said.”There was a tohe top-flight leagues in North America and Mexico respectively, have announced a new cross-league, annual cup competition that will debut this July, reports, /.The Leagues Cup will feature four teams from MLS and four from Liga MX. Chicago Fire, Housugh moment, 10 miing a 25-game suspension, according The Philadelam this season.On Friday, Moyes challenged Rice to use Sunday’s game at Manchester City to showcase his talents and continue “carrying” this team towards safety.”Declan is arguably the best holding midfield player in the country,” Moyes said. “The bephia Inquirer. was considered the favorite at the beginning of the spring, but has impressed the coaching staff with his defense, making it a tougher decision as the spring winds down.

“I’d love to make the big-league team and be a part of what they have going on here, but I just have to keep doing what I’m doing and let everything play out how it’s going to,” Lerud said.

Lerud is batting .235 this spring, while Quintero is hitting .296.

oss Frank Lampard has revealed Ruben Loftus-Cheek

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akeover bid from C&N Sporting Risk collapsed.The League One club had been given until 17:00 BST on Tuesday to complete the deal, having been granted an extension to Friday’s initial deadline.Bury are the first team to drop out of the EFL since Mapitcher told .com Sunday that he was feeling better after taking a comebacker off his left ankle the day before. X-rays came back negative on the right-hander and Latos is being considered day to day. “It doesn’t hurt too bc of Ireland coach Mick McCarthy admits he’s been impressed by Norwich City striker Adam Idah.Cork-born teenage striker Idah announced himself with a brilliant, clinical hat-trick in Norwich’s 4-2 FA Cup win at Preston.McCarthy, a pundit alongside Noad today, but it did yesterday,” Latos said. “I can walk on it. I don’t have to use crutches.”His final spring start is scheduled for Thursday. “I better be able to make my next start. I’m not one to sit out,” said Latos, who has a 3.78 w at Leicester City.The 38 year-old Argentine was selected ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga for his first Premier League appearance of the season.”I feel great because I played and we got one point in a difficult stadium against a difficult team,” he said.ERA through four Cactus League starts. “I asked the lady who took the X-ray that if it was broken, could she make a cast with spikes in it. It’s just sore. We’re taking it day by day and we’ll see how it goes.”

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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.

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.”

Cuban pitcher Yadier Pedroso dies in car accident

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Cuban pitcher Yadier Pedroso Gonzalez was killed in a car accident in Cuba, according to the director of sports for the territory of Artemisa, Cuba ().

According to reports, the car in which Pedroso was seated collided with a freight truck, and two others were killed in the accident, which happened about 10:30 p.m. local time Saturday.

Pedroso, 26, was one of the best pitchers in Cuba and just took part in the World Baned the differences he sees between Jurgen Klopp’s work at Liverpool. he doesn’t want to leave. Even better, nor does his manager. Problem is, the way this club is managed, the decision could be taken out of both men’s hands.No matter how it was parsed. Sliced. Nowhere in that long, honest and insightful interview To and Pep Guardiola with Manchester City.The top two will meet on Sunday at Anfield.And Capello told Sky Sports: “Klopp he made something magic for me. The atmosphere of Anfield is faseball Classic. , Pedroso’s best season was 2008-09, when he went 9-3 with a 1.91 ERA.He was 76-45 hing Hearts fullback Aaron Hickey.The Daily Mail says City are keeping tabs on Hickey at Hearts after the teenage fullback’s rapid rise to prominence over the last four months.City have forged a good relationship with Hearts and sent 21-year-old Ryotwith a 3.15 ERA in his career and competed in 10 international competitions.

Pedroso appeared in two games in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, allowing four hits and an earned run in 1 2/3 innings of action.

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paid tribute to Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola

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All you single-season owners out there, listen up.

You’ve been told the are going to turn loose this year, that the days of them limiting his innings are over, and technically, that may be true. But Strasburg recently suggested to the Washington Post that they may limit him in other ways.

“You look at some of the top pitchers in the game, they go at least 110 [pitches] evenchester City boss Pep Guardiola was effusive in his praise for Phil Foden after Sunday’s EFL Cup final win over Aston Villa on Sunday.Foden, 19, set-up Sergio Aguero to score the opener in the 2-1 win at Wembley.Speaking after the game, Guardiola sary time out,” he said. “I’m going to be prepared for it. I’m not saying that they’re going to let me do it.”

Jordan Zimmermann, a fellow National, averaged 96.5 pitewcastle United attacker Lomano LuaLua admits he would puncture Sir Bobby Robson’s tyres after learning he wasn’t selected.While appearing on Sky Sports’ Soccer AM on Saturday morning, LuaLua revealed he used to puncture the former Englandrid coach Zinedine Zidane confirmed snubbing Gareth Bale for their defeat of Atletico Madrid.Bale didn’t make the squad for the 1-0 win.And Zidane later explained, “He was available but when I had to choose I went for someone else.”He’s here, he’sd and Barcelches in his 32 starts last year, when he was as far removed from Tommy John surgery as Strasburg is now. He ended up with less than 200 innings. Why would the Nationals treat their golden boy with any less care?

I’m not saying Strasburg won’t be a Fantasy ace this year, but those thinking he’ll emerge as the top starting pitcher might want to think again.

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MLB.com reports Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said he’s still deciding whether or will be the team’s starting second baseman. “It’s going to come down to the wire, and … we may end up playing both of them a lot there,” GibVigo has him on the brink of overtaking a Cristiano Ronaldo record.Barcelona ran out 4-1 winners on Saturday evening at Camp Nou – and Messi scored three of the goals, all from dead-ball situations. This haul brought the Argentine level with Ronaldo bons said Tuesday. “They’re both having really good camps and they’re both proven big league players.” Although the Blue Jays added Bonifacio in a trade this offseason, Gibbons is giving Izturis every chance to win the job. “I saw Izzy play a number of years out in Anaheim with the Angels, and the one thing he always did was play the game the right way,” Gibbons said. “If you needed to do something on the field — get a runner over, bunt, big hit, have a great a bat, make a great play on defense — whatever it is, he always does the right thing. I’ve seen him do really well in the past, so we can expgn the Chelsea star.DH reports Thierry Henry has gained his licence to become a player agent and is ready to get involved in the negotiations.Talks have stalled over the past week with Chelsea now concerned about being blocked from signing a ose Mourinho has paid tribute to Manchester United defender Max Taylor.The 19-year-old was diagnosed with testicular cancer in October 2018 when Mourinho was in charge at Old Trafford and the Portuguese was devastated with the news.Following surgery replacemect him to be a big boost and do those things for us.”

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.

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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.

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.”

son wasn’t ready to manage the club.Hodgson claime

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Pirates starting pitcher posted his second solid start in three spring outings Wednesday against the Red Sox, as he continues to battle for a rotation spot. Locke tossed four innings in the game, allowing five baserunners on three hits and two walks. He limited Boston to just onehas spoken of leaving Arsenal for Juventus.Ramsey left north London for Turin in the summer on a deal worth more than £400,000 per week after a contract offer was taken off the table by the Gunners amid what the player calls “a lot of confusion”.He run scored in the gamss Jose Mourinho.Mourinho returned to the Premier League with Spurs last month.Former Chelsea fullback Bosingwa, who played under Mourinho at Porto, tosfield are interested in signing Watford striker Isaac Success.The Watford Observer reports they are one of several teams who are interested in securing the player’s signature.Anderlecht and Cardiff City are the other teams who want the striker.The Nld Omnisport: “I think football needs Mourinho. I’m happy he came back.”I hope he will do a good joe, lowering his ERA in 10 innings to 3.60. Locke struck out three batters in the start to earn the win.

Baseball America releases Top 100 prospects list

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(US Presswire)

Many outlets release prospect rankings nowadays, but Baseball America still seems to be the list with the most prestige. Tuesday, the outlet . 

Just as has been the case with pretty much every outlet, infielder was ranked as the top prospect. pitcher checked in at number two, followed by outfielder Oscar Taveras, outfielder Wil Myers and pitcher Jose Fernandez, respectively. 

The rest of the top 10, in order: (P, STL); Gerrit Cole (P, PIT); Xander Bogaerts (SS, BOS), Migud Luiz is pleased with his new two-year contract.And the Brazilian is adamant Chelsea can compete on all fronts next season – despite their transfer ban.He told the Chelsea magazine: “The new contract means a lot as well. I’m glad to be here, so happel Sano (3B, MIN),ng his old club fail to land Manchester City attacker Leroy Sane.Bayern have pursued a deal for Sane all summer, but it now appears off after the winger’s ACL injury.Hitzfeld is convinced City were ready to sell Sane before he broke down in the Commu Byron Buxton (OF, MIN). 

Also, here is a breakdown in graphic form of how many prospects each team has in the top 100:

The Cardinals have been by Baseball America, which is reflected here in the club being tih.Sky Sports says Arsenal are looking to specifically sign left-footed players in January.Arteta is keen to get players in who can support his forward line and that he wants a left-footer to help Pierre_Emerick Aubameyang and co.Bayer Leverkusen ace ed for the most entrants in the top 100 and also having two of the top 10. 

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Last October’s Bronx hero Raul Ibanez on Granderson: ‘It’s terrible’

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PEORIA, Ariz. — Echoes from his October homer pinch-hitting for Alex Rodriguez still reverberating in the distances to be Manager of the Year.The Sheffield United boss took the gong last week ahead of bigger Premier League names.McMenemy wrote for the Daily Echo: “Saints supporters of a certain age will remember that he signed for us as a schoolboy around the te, was watching his old team in the ’ clubhouse here Sunday when went down.

“I knew the spot it hit him, that was not a good spot,” Ibanez said. “It’s terrible. I feel for him. He’s a great player. A great guy. A great human being.

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“I wish him the best.”

Ibanez was watching in the Seattle clubhouse just before the Marinerloney from Portsmouth.The 18-year-old managed 26 goals in the academy for Pompey last term.Such form has alerted top clubs to the availability of the teenage winger.The Sunsays Chelsea have the most accelerated interest in signing him.While they haves-Padres Cactus League game Sunday afternoon.

Granderson is expected to be out until May. It would be too much to suggest that his injury probably causes the to re-think their decision to let Ibanez walk after last season, because with andPersie says a move into coaching is unlikely.Van Persie will hang up his boots today after his final game for Feyenoord against ADO Den Haag.“Becoming a trainer means stress. If you do it like Pep Guardiola, you are busy day and night,” Van Persie , they’re already lefty-heavy in the outfield.

But, regardless, there suddenly is a big gap in the Yankees’ outfield now.

“I had a great time there,” said Ibanez, who signed a one-year, $2.75 million deal over the winter to return to Seattle, the place where he started his career. “I wish them the best. Or second-best. I wish us the best.”

Ibanez called his game-tying homer against the Orioles in Game 3 of last season’s AL Division Series while batting for A-Rod “the best moment of my professional career.”

Then he crushed the game-winning home run in the 12th inning.

“That was awesome,” Ibanez said. “Just to be a part of something like that, for that organization, it was a humbling experience.”

As for coming home to play for the Mariners at 40, giving Seattle an extra bat and veteran in the clubhouse, so far, so good.

“Great,” Ibanez said. “I’m loving it. It’s a great group of guys. I like our team. I like or talent, the way guys are going about their business.

“Very professional, hard-working kids.”

ry with Sergio Aguero.Gabriel and Aguero were pair

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