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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.

r says new Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti is repo

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catcher was behind the plate with A.J. Burnett on the mound for the first time this spring in Wednesday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Twinsjaer admits they’re likely underdogs in their FA Cup tie with Wolves.United return to the Black Country for the fourth time under Solskjaer, having drawn 1-1 at Molineux back in August.But the Red Devils were beaten 2-1 in last season’s FA Cup quarte. “We got to work on some things and throw some pitches in some counts that might happen during the seaclubs Manchester United and Inter Milan are favourites for this season’s Europa League.Inter have dropped into the competition after their Champions League group failur Philippe Coutinho must regret leaving Liverpool for Barcelona.The Brazilian playmaker forced through a £142m move to the LaLiga giants in January 2018 but struggled to live up to lofty expectations at the Catalan club.Petit said: “If I was Philippee.Vidic told TMW: “They are very important clubs for the competition, they certainson,” Burnett said. “He’s caught one of my bullpen (sessions), so us going out there and doing some different things, it was good.”Martin went 1 for 3 in the 7-4 loss and is batting just .158 (6 for 38) with three RBI through 15 spring games.

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.

Liverpool.Adrian has made 10 appearances this ter

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The Tigers and outfielder avoided arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $2.3 million contract. Boesch bhe defender, 17, headed home from a second half corner in their Carabao Cup defeat to Aston Villa.He told brightonandhovealbion.com, “I didn’t think it was real, it’s what you dream of when you’re growing up. “Tooan at Sporting from Everton to the end of the season.O Jogo says the Lions have not been satisfied with Bolasie’s form this season – which has seen score only twice and contribute four assists – and will not pay the reported €eper Lukasz Fabianski will be out for the rest of the year.The number one shot stopper at the club suffered a hip problem during a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth at the weekend.Scans show that he tore a muscle in his hip, which means that he will be out f4.5m to keep him afte do it for my hometown club as welatted .240 last season with 12 home runs and 54 RBI.

.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.”

Miguel Tejada agrees to minor-league deal with Royals

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Free-agent infielder Miguel Tejada has signed a minor-league deal with the , Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com confirms. The news th PSG over Neymar.Le Parisian says Leonardo, sports director of PSG, and Oscar Grau, general director of Barcelona, along with Javier Bordas and Eric Abidal, are meeting today.PSG want €100m plus Ousmane Dembélé and Nelson Semedo to part with Newas first reported by the Associated rd.Hayward had the position as head of sports science at the Premier League club.He is departing to fill a similar role with LA Galaxy in the United States.Hayward was pictured by the LA Times in the U.S. with the Galaxy squad for their most recent tPress on Monday. The deal is for $1.1 million, though that money isn’t guaranteed, as Tejada would need to make the team.

Tejada, 38, hit just .239/.270/.326 with four homers and 26 RBI in 91 games for the in 2011. The extent of his play during the 2012 season came in 36 games with Triple-A Norfolk (‘ system), where he hit .259/.325/.296. So it appeared he was cooked.

But, according to Heyman, the Royals have been impressed with Tejada’s play in winter ball. He’s playinro Steve Walsh is adamant they’re a top four chance this season.The Foxes currently sit fourth in the Premier League. Walsh told the Daily Star: “The one thing we’re not doing is getting too carried away.“In football, things can change at one momg for the Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican league, and he’s hitting .284/.336/.433 with four homers, nine doubles and 19 RBI in 34 games.

Tejada’s chances of starting on the left side of the infield are pretty much nil, as and are locked in. Tejada is still a long shot at second base, but he has a chance — albeit a slim one, I’d bet — to play over and/or at some point.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo: Rangers step up rookie hazing

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Photos of rookie hazing — most often “perp marches” in women’s clothing — are pretty banal and juvenile by this pointlanning a January move for the former Manchester United attacker, Koeman says the Dutchman should be considering his options.He said, “The fact that he does not play for the biggest team in the world obviously has no consequences for his place in the (after all, there can be only one ). But credit to the for concocting something that’s viving their interest in Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic.TuttoJuve says Manchester United were keen on signing Mandzukic as well as his Juventus team-mate Paulo Dybala during the summer transfer window but the double deal broke down at the eleventh fairly original by the unoriginal standards of the genre. Courtesy of US Presswire. 

The afflicted youngsters are and , and let us just say that Mr. Profar is owning the look with a bit more confidence than his fellow sufferer Mr. Font. 

And looh says manager Chris Wilder has his full support.The Saudi prince, who won an 18-month-long legal battle with fellow co-owner Kevin McCabe over the club’s ownership on Monday, says Sheffield United are “blessed” to have the Englishman in charge at Brk: Even McKayla is impressed!

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Kyle Lohse could start Game 3 for Cardinals if Nats win Game 2

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manager Mike Matheny is considering as changed in recent years.The pair were instrumental to the greatest spell in Chelsea’s history as Mourinho brought the best out of Lampard and they won three Premier League titles together.Lampard has outlined how the relationship between the two cpitching in Game 3 on Wednesday instead of if the win Monday’s Game 2, to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

If he’s tabbed as the Game 3 starter, Lohse would be pitching on regular rest after last pitching in Friday’s wild-card game against the . He picked up the win after allowing two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Lohse was 16-3 this season with a 2.86 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 143 strikeouts in 211 innings.

Carpenter only made three appearances for the Cardinals this season, all starts, after dealing with thoracic outlet syndrome for much of the year. The 2005 Cy Young award winner was 0-2 with a 3.71 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 12 strikeouts in 17 innings.

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis onoposed designs for its iconic new stadium which wourmances for Aston Villa in an interview with Tribal Football this week.Fenton started his career at Aston Villa, winning the League Cup, and said Grealish had impressed him since breaking into the side.Now managing in the Northern Premier Division, Fld be built on semi-derelict dockland in North Liverpool and deliver a £1bn boost to the city’s economy have been revealed, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukWorld-renowned architect Dan Meis revealed the the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow .

Welcome to the 2012 postseason: Washington Nationals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cardinals move Lance Lynn to bullpen

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The surging Cardinals have moved the struggling to the bullpen and nager Jurgen Klopp has no transfer concerns as he continues preseason preparations.The Reds are set to defend their Champions League title, while they hope to break their Premier League hodoo next term as well.They have not made any significant movesreplaced him in the rotation with , .

The 25-year-old Lynn, who made the NL All-Star Team earlier this season, has a 3.93 ERA in 144.1 innings this season. However, he’s struggled badly of late (5.23 ERA in departure.El Ahly says Arsenal might be about to offload Elneny with the Egyptian midfielder’s agent in London for talks over his future.Elneny has never been a sure-fire starter during his time at Arsenal and has been pushed further to the fringes bthe second half, 6.56 ERA for August), which raises concerns that Lynn has hit a wall. The burly right-hander lasted just 2.0 innings in decision at the start of their game against Arsenal.The Blues had to come from 1-0 down against the Gunners away from home in the London derby on Sunday.Lampard had started the team in a 3-4-3 formation, but switched to a 4-3-3 for the second half.”Friday’s win over the . Lynn, however, insists that he’s not going through any kind of “dead arm” phase.

Kelly, age 23, has posted a 3.26 ERA in 77.1 innings at the major-league level this season. Of 14 appearances for , 12 have been starts.

Manager Mike Matheny tells Goold that the new arrangement will be reevaluated after each of Kelly’s starts.

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r entire FA Youth Cup final squad for the new seas

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Houston made a series of moves following Monday’s game at Pittsburgh. The Astros recalled catcher , relieveg Chronicle says Newcastle are prepared to play hardball over Gayle amid interest from several Championship clubs.Gayle has been linked with a move away from ronavirus.In Egypt, it’s been claimed Salah had come down with the virus amid the suspension of the Premier League for three weeks.But his agent, Ramy Abbas, was quick to act and rubbish the rumours.Abbas posted to social media: “It is a shame that sSt James’ Park, with Fulham, Nottingham Forest and former club West Brom all keen had mixed emotions after being blocked from leaving Chelsea last month.It’s emerged Giroud was prevented from leaving Chelsea by manager Frank Lampard with offers from Lazio, Tottenham and Inter Milan on the table.However, while frustrated, Giroud i on his serrs and and outfielder ez. The players will be available beginning Tuesday.

Astros claim reliever Chuckie Fick

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The have claimed right-handed reliever off waivers from the St. Louis , FOXSportsMidwest.com’s B.J. Rains. Fick was r Giroud for upcoming fixtures against Moldova and Albania.The 33-year-old has only played 120 minutes of top-flight football for Chelsea this season.But Deschamps says he has trust in the striker.”Maybe that means something but it’s mostly what happdesignated for aoving for Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas.With Gigi Buffon announcing yesterday that he is leaving the Parisians after one season, the French giants are in need for a senior goalkeeper signing.Mundo Deportivo says PSG are ready to move for Keylorssignment by the Cardinals on Wednesday, to make room for veteran reliever . 

A 15th-round draft pick by the Cardinals in 2007, Fick has spent the majority of the 2012 season with Triple-A Memphis. In 42.1 innings out of the bullpen, he has 4.68 ERA, and has struck out 20 batters while walking 13. 

The Astros will have to make a 40-man roster move on Saturday, when pit captain Lionel Messi has been banned from international football for three months after claiming the Copa America was “corrupt”.Argentina forward Messi, 32, was sent off in the 2-1 third-place play-off win over Chile and later said the “cup was fixecher Armando Galarraga is called up to start from Triple-A Oklahoma.

Afternoon roundup: Huston Street re-signs, Shin-Soo Choo, Kurt Suzuki

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Here’s the latest in news and rumors from around thague opponents Olympiacos.The Gunners face off against the Greek side as they hope to go deep into the competition.The round of 16 first leg clash takes place on Thursday night in Greece.And Arteta knows Olympiacos are dangerous opponents.He told a pe league before Sunday’s action begins.

is staying in , having sis.The Cameroon international took advantage of Joe Gomez’s ‘s huge lead at the top of the table.Victory over Everton now has City 11 points behind the champions-elect.But Guardiola says: “I’m so delighted about the performance.“Being far away from first position, after being champions for the previous twstint on the sidelines earlier this season to cement his place alongside Virgil van Dijk at centre-back.Given his own history with injuries, Matip is relishing Saturday’s showdown with Tottengned a two-year, $14 million contract, weakening an already thin relief pitching market, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman.You can read more about the Street deal at .The bullpen market isn’t being helped by the fact the Blue Jays and Red Sox are not selling, CBSSports.com’s Danny Knobler. The contine to check in on right-fielder , who has rebounded nicely from a poor — by his standards — 2011, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Biertempfel. But Pittsburgh’s might have to go the other way, and that may be too steep a price for the Pirates to pay. With having , A’s catcher could be on the move, the Chronicle’s Susan Slusser. The ,  and are thought to be interested in Suzuku, Slusser noted. Suzuki is having by far the worst season of his professional career, posting a .524 OPS. After hitting 15 home runs in 2009, 13 in 2010, and 14 in 2011, Suzuki’s power stroke has gone missing; he’s hit one home run this season in 73 games and 253 at-bats. Suzuki is under contract through next season at $6.45 million. There’s an $8.45 million club option on his deal for 2014, with a $0.65 million buyout. However, if Suzuki starts 113 games in 2013, his 2014 option is guaranteed at $9.25 million.

Tim Lincecum strikes out a season-high 11 batters

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Leading up to Saturday’s game, many were suggesting was pitching for his spot in the rotation. He looked more like he was pitching for his third Cy Young — throwing eight shutout innings against the . He also struck out a season-high 11 batters, while walking just one, allowing five hits.Linves Liverpool winning the Premier League title this season will be an anti-climax.With the competition suspended due to coronavirus concerns, Liverpool face a further wait to be crowned champions.’Smith wrote for the London Evening Standard: “I know cecum’s bid for his fourth win of the season was blown by closer , who gave up two runs in the ninth. The came back to win it in the 12th, moving into first place in the National League West.The 28-year-old entered the game 3-10 with a 6.42 ERA, and had lost his last two, failing to get out of the fourth inning in either start. Earlns League.Klopp admits the response from fans was overwhelming.”It’s no problem to speak about it,” he says, before pausing to gather his thoughts. “It was…absolutely overwhelming. It was too much to comprehend, one of the best things I’ve witnesseier this week, Giants manager Bruce Bochy did nothing to discount the assertion that Lincecum was pitching for his spot in the rotation. When asked on Thursday, he said, “I don’t want to put added pressure on him,” Bochy said, . “But you have to do what’s right.”It appears he earned another chance, with just his second scoreless outing. He allowed just four hits in seven shutout innings against the.The on-loan PSG goalkeeper kept a clean sheet on debut for the 2-0 win.Zidane said, “He is a member of the squad, he played tonight and did well. We’re happy that the players who played tonight have done well. He has shown that we can count on him on June 27. He allowed just an unearned run against the in eight innings on April 28. The Giants have an off day on Monday, meaning they could skip him in the rotation, but now his next start would likely be Friday at .

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