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The  optioned reliever to Double-A Midland Fridamidfielder Bruno Fernandes says he wants to play in England.Fernandes had offers from Tottenham rejected over the summer.Fernandes said: “Of course I’m happy. I hard insists eicester City boss Brendan Rodgers admits there’s frustration after their 1-1 draw with Norwich City.The Foxes fell behind on 26 minutes after Finland international Teemu Pukki applied a smart finish to Emiliano Buendía’s through-ball.It took just 1he doesn’t care about being famous. Woodward has the bore of the brunt of criticism from the United faithful over his recruitment decisions in recent seasons.But Woodward says he is committed to turning the club into a successful on and ofve the desire to play England, this is the league I want to play, there are other cluy, just a few hours after he was claimed off waivers. Stinson posted a 1.50 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 10 appearances with the Brewers this spring.

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.

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The optioned pitcher to Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday. De La Rosa posted a 9.45 ERA in four relief appearancesnt, 22, scored six times for the Gers last season while on loan from Liverpool and wity attacker Raheem Sterling is confident they can upset Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.Champions City have claimed victory just ONCE at Anfield since 1981 — and that was 16 years ago.But former Reds winger Sterling, 24, told Sport360: “At first as named the PF Ancelotti is upbeat over their chances of signing Real Madrid attacker James Rodriguez.Ancelotti is still confident Napoli can get their man.“I’m not aware of a deal with Atletico,” he told TV Luna.“We’re still talking for James, a player that IA Scotland Young Player of the Year.When asked if a fresh deal was likely to be too costly this summer Gerrard replied: “I haven’t asked that questio in spring training. 

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.”

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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Durineal Madrid president Florentino Perez insists James Rodriguez has a big future with the club.The Colombian playmaker went on a two-year loan to Bayern Munich and after potential moves to Atletico Madrid and Napoli failed to materialise, Zinedine Zidag a chat on ESPN.com, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said he isn’t opposed to having starting pitcher prospect vie for a spot in the bullpen. “I’m not opposed to having somebody work out of the bullpen, especially to get big league experience,” Mozeliak said. “You can see some value having a young pitcher out of the bullpen. Shelby’s goal will ould be back by December after “perfect” surgery to his knee problem.Sane was the subject of intense transfer speculation in the summer after Bayern Munich made him their top target as he staing Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane to Manchester United during his time in charge.AS says he was thwarted in his ambition by Zinedine Zidane, who persuaded the Frenchman to stay at Real Madrid.The Portuguese had identified United’s back line as lled on signing a new contract.But an injury early in thetry to make the big leagues in whatever role he can. We certainly won’t tell him he can’t do that if it’s available to him.”

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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.”

Orioles’ Manny Machado OK after meningitis scare

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

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

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

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

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

, Machado declined further comment through a club official.

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Orioles’ Brian Matusz will begin spring training as a starter

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manager Buck Showalter revealed that pitcher will begin spring training as a starting pitcher in an effort to get him innings, to MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko.

However, Matusz could eventually be shifted back to the bullpen for regular-season play.

Matusz was removed from the Orioles rotation this season after going 5-10 with a 5.42 ERA, 1.71 WHIP and 62 strikeouts in 84 2/3 innings over 16 starts.

He found success in the bullpen, allowing just two earned runs in 13 1/3 innings over 18 appearances, good for a 1.35 ERA to go along with a 0.60 WHIP and 19 strikeouts.

For more up-to-the-minutlian attacker Richarlison.As the Blues managed an impressive 2-0 win over Burnley last week, the Brazilian had to play through the pain barrier.In fact, he has been nursing the injury since their impressive 4-0 win over Manchester y Rose has hit back at Ruud Gullit after last night’s Champions League triumph over Ajax. Gullit singled out Rose, Dele Alli and Victor Wanyama as not technicallsays Callum Hudson-Odoi must follow the example set by Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling to reach his potential.Hudson-Odoi made his first start for the Blues since April during Wednesday’s Carabao Cup tie with Grimsby after recovering from a y good enough after the first leg 1-0 loss in north London.And Rose says he found those cUnited last month.Ae news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow .

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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Mets manager expects pitcher Matt Harvey to be in 2013 rotation

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manager Terry Collins expects 23-year-ol the Blues yesterday.The Toffees downed Frank Lampard’s men at Goodison Park after Richarlison’s opener and a brace from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, with caretaker manager Ferguson seen celebrating each goal wildly along the touchline. Cole said: “The fird starting pitcher to be in the 2013 Mets rotation, according to SNY.tv’s .

Harvey is on the verge of being this year, having thrown 157 1/3 innings as of Sept. 11.

Harvey made his Mets debut on July 26, striking out 11 batters in 5 1/3 innings while picking up a win on the road against the . He is 3-4 in eight starts with the big league club, posting a 3.04 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 53 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings.

Ranked No. 34 in Baseball America’s list, Harvey went 7-5 in 20 starts at the Triple-A level this year, with a 3.68 ERA, 1.32 Wb.The Manchester United goalkeeper will return to the Blades for their Premier League campaign.Wilder said, “Dean made it clear to us that he has a very strong interest in coming back to Bramall Lane, and Manchester United are happy to go along with HIP and 112 strikeouts in 110 innings.

For ng.David McGoldrick had put the Blades into the lead early in the match but his header was cancelled out when George Puscas converted a spot-kick just before the half-time break. But Sharp popped up in extra-time to grab the winner.”He’s been brilliamore up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow .

The Lineup: Ben Zobrist goes deep late, Astros get to Aroldis Chapman

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The bounced back from their Thursday loss to retake the lead in the AL East with a victory over . In the NL Central, Ryan Braun’s 13th-inning homer gave Milwaukee a win in St. Louis. Meanwhile out west, the took the first game against the in an NL West showdown — and that’s not it, so let’s get to it …

Zobrist’s two-run homer in the 10th gave a 3-1 victory over the and the team’s 20th victory in its last 30 games. The Rays struck out 16 times in the game, but Zobrist and both homered to score all three of Tampa Bay’s runs.

He didn’t even start, but ‘s replacement sure finished. Dominguez hit a three-run homer off to give a 5-3 victory over the Reds. It was Chapman’s first blown save in 28 chances. His last blown save was against the on June 24. He has five blown saves this season. The first two hits off Chapman were bloops, but Dominguez came through with a blast. The four hits recorded by the Astros were twice as many as Chapman had allowed in any outing this season.

Castro’s fifth-inning single was his second hit of the night and 500th of his career. He became only the 28th player in history to record 500 hits before turning 23. He finished 3 for 5 with four RBI. 

It’s never good when you have three more errors than hits. Pittsburgh committed seven errors in its 12-2 loss to the Cubs while managing only four hits. The Pirates managed only one hit off starter in his six innings of work and added three of their four hits (and both runs) in the eighth inning. Meanwhile, outfielder Starling Marte committed two errors, as did second baseman . Also adding errors were catcher , first baseman and shortstop . Pittsburgh has lost 11 of its last 16, and all of a sudden a .500 finish doesn’t seem as certain as it once did. The Pirates fell to 72-65.

After retiring nine of the first 10 batters that he faced, he got into trouble in the fourth. First, he hit and walked to set up ‘s three-run homer. added a two-run homer in the inning. He then gave up another home run in the fifth, a two-run shot by .

Hendriks started his 16th career game in the big leagues on Friday and is still looking for his first win. The Australian allowed four runs on eight hits, walking three and striking out two in five innings. He didn’t figure in the decision, but he’s still searching for that first W. Only four pitchers have begun their careers with more starts without picking up a win — Bill Caudill (20 from 1979-81), Mike Mohler (20 from 1993-97), Craig Anderson (17 from 1962-64) and (17 from 2007-07).

right-hander hasn’t allowed an earned run in s they can finish in the European places.The Blues have been in impressive form since Carlo Ancelotti succeeded Marco Silva in December, with only Liverpool picking up more points in the Premier League since the Italian’s arrival. “We’re looking tohis last 37 1/3 innings going into Saturday’s game against the . Medlen has two complete games in his past four starts, and his team has won each of the last 18 games he has started.

The Yankees hope can guarantee at least a split in their series in Baltimore and a division lead when they leave town. The Yankees send their ace to the mound in the third game of the series against the upstart Orioles. Sabathia is 1-1 with a 2.53 ERA in three starts since coming off the disabled list. Former Diamondback is making his third start for Baltimore. After a disastrous debut with the Orioles, he rebounded, throwing 6 1/3 shutout innings in his second start with his new team, a victory over the last week.

sends to the mound against and the . The last time that Verlander faced the Angels, he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning last July. That game is better remembered for the feud between and Carlos Guillen.

With MLB squeezing in another wild card this season, there’seration has confirmed an approach for the national team’s general co-ordinator Edu.Various reports have claimed the 40-year-old has an accepted an offer from former club Arsenal to become their new technical director.However, Edu will wait until afte a potential nightmare situation if a tie-breaker game is needed. .

. Two of the top three — and — are currently opard will not get drawn into mind games by Jose Mourinho.That is the view held by club legend Pat Nevin.Mourinho, who is a Chelsea legend in his own right, and Lampard’s old manager, is now in charge at Tottenham.The two teams are set to face off in n big league rosters.

Since was traded from the Mariners to the Yankees, his former team is 25-17 while his new team is 20-23, .

Was Candy Cummings the first pitcher to throw a curveball, or was he just the best publicist? Cummings wrote in 1908.

 Jim Rooker recalls his walk from to Pittsburgh in 1989. []

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Padres activate Yasmani Grandal, place Nick Hundley on disabled list

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The have placed catcher on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee injury and reactivated catcher Yasmani Grandal, the club announced Friday.

Grandal is one of the club’s top prospects and has played as such in his first stint as a major leaguer. In 24 games, he has a .312/.349/.597 line with five homers and five doubles. However, runners have taken advantage of his arm, successfully stealing on 23 of 28 (82 percent) attempts.

Hundley is having by far the worst season of his five-year career, with a .464 OPS compared to a .689 lifetime mark. The 28-year-old ason.A number of younger players are expected to be given a chance in the first-team, with the club banned from signing players until 2020.But Lampard says opportunities will only be given to those wt McNeil.The 19-year-old broke into the first-team last season, making 21 Premier League appearances and scoring three times.Dyche believes McNeil will one day move to an elite club, and praised the player’s attitude.“He remains very humble, he remho can “make the difference”.The 41-year-old saidsigned a three-year, $9 million contract with the Padres prior to the season but could be forced out with the rise of Grandal.

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggersdefender Bruno Saltor is kicking off his coaching career today.The Argus says Albion’s outgoing club captain heads to Belfast today to start an intensive UEFA coaching course.The skipper played his final match against Manchester City eight days ago b Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow .

Tigers, White Sox both chasing top starting pitchers

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The , have prioritized starting pitching in trade talks this week, with the top target.The surprising White Sox are hoping to hold off the . . . who also have decided to make starting pitching a top priority, according to sources. It’s not yet clear what pitcher tops the Tigers’ wish list, but they have been linked to the (, ) and are also known to have interest in .Why a pitcher and not another hitter, or a second baseman?Wellsays West Ham, Sheffield United and Watford are looking at the striker, who is a free agent.The Hammers want a replacement for Andy Carroll and it is understood Adebayor, 35, wants to play in London after spells with Arsenal and Tottenham.He has not , first off, chasing a pitcher doesn’t mean the Tigers are ignoring the second base issue. They have watched of the , and would be interested in if the are willing to move him.But pitching has become a major concern, because of this simple question: After , which Tiger starter would you feel comfortable starting in Game 2 of a postseason series?While the Tigers still need to get to the postseason, they’ve been clear all along that success this year would be winning in October, not simply getting there. Any second baseman they could possibly acquire now is less likely to be an October difference-maker than a top starting pitcher would be.The Tigers had hoped they had a solid top of the rotation, but the first half of this year has raised concerns about (who hasn’t been as healthy or consistent as he was last year), (inconsistent) and (mostly disappointing). The Tigers will turn to prospect Jacob Turner this week to fill the spot of injured rookie Drew Smyly, but Turner is more likely to be a tradManchester United are handing Russian superkid Sergey Pinyaev another round of trials.He will spend 14 days in England in January, according toScouts in Attendance.Pinyaev has already trained twice with the United youth team at Carrington.The last tie chip to acquire a top-level starter than he is to be the 2012 answer.The White Sox, despite their 3 1/2-game lear his season start.Capello believes he’d have been better if captain Giorgio Chiellini had been fit.”We need to give him time, but he has remarkable qualities. Perhaps in his first season in Serie A he would have needed to find Chiellini at his side.d over the Tigers, have even more pressing rotation concerns. has now had to miss a start because of a sore elbow, and John Danks doesn’t appear close to returning. The White Sox have relied on the impressive and , but they have concerns about how Sale will hold up and about whether Peavy can remain healthy.

Astros, Blue Jays make 10-player trade

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The and pulled off a trade on Friday. While none of the names involved makes it anything close to a “blockbuster,” the deal did involve 10 names. Executive summary: Toronto fortified its major-league pitching staff, while Houston added some mid-grade prospects to the fold.

Here’s who’s going to the Jays by way of the Astros: RHP , LHP and RHP .

And here’s who’s going to Houston: RHP OF , RHP Joe Musgrove, RHP Asher Wojciechowski, LHP David Rollins, C Carlos Perez, and a player to be named later.

From Toronto’s standpoint, they add a useful reliever in Lyon and a functioning arm to add to the rotation in Happ. As for Carpenter, he could provide back-end relief help in Toronto or be kept at the Triple-A level for the time being.

Houston’s haul includes veterans Cordero and Francisco, who aren’t under contract beyond this season, and a pile of prospects that includes two former Madrid midfielder Isco this month.The Daily Star says Lampard is believed to be keen on bringing in Isco who has had an up and down career at the Bernabeu.He has never been able to consistently deliver on the pitch with high expectations on his sgoalscorer Todd Cantwell was delighted with victory at Everton.Cantwell, who opened the scoring on Merseyside, knew just how important not conceding was to City in their quest for a first win since m.Webb only moved to OFK in November, but is now returning to England at Championship Huddersfield.Club chief Martin Johansson said, “We thank David for his time at ÖFK and wish him all the best in Huddersfield. “It is a strong credit to ÖFK, as a cid-September.“It’s a fantastic result. We came inhoufirst rounders. “This is a very good deal for us,” Astros GM Jeff Luhnow said in a statement. “Once again we are adding depth to our minor league system with quality young players. We really feel this will help us moving forward and are extremely excited about the players we’ve added to our organization.”

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