unachievable dream”.It was claimed – and quickly d


The  placed pitcher on the 60-day disabled list Saturday a joined the battle for Benfica defender Ruben Dias.Having already closed a deal for Porto stopper Eder Militao, Real are returning to Portugal for Dias.That’s according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduar Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez held crisis talks after their Copa del Rey final defeat to Valencia last night.AS says during the team bus ride to Seville airport, the three stars held an impromptu meeting about their the Copa loss and also their Champdo Inda, when speaking on El Chiringuito.Inda says he continues to deal with elbow discomfort, the Houston Chronicle reports. White also told reporters that he has dealt with minor triceps tendinitis throughout spring training.He will be re-evaluated Sunday and is unsure if his injury will require surgery.White posted a 6.86 ERA in 16 2/3 innings of work this spring, which may be partly says he is “buzzing” for Frank Lampard and his budding young stars.The Blues are currently third with eight wins from 12 Premier League games, despite not being able to sign any players until 2020 due to a FIFA transfer ban.In just his first season iattributed to his injury. He is eligible to return from the disabled list in early June.

Juventus hero Andrea Pirlo believes Inter Milan ar


outfielder played in a minor-league game on Wednes Aubameyang is convinced by the potential of Arsenal’s new-look attack.Aubameyang says Arsenal could try to fight fire with fire on Saturday by deploying him in a front three alongside Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe when they travel to face Livday as he continues to recover from a strained right shoulder, .com reports. He is expected to return to Cactus League action on Thursday.Tottenham star Christian Eriksen is in doubt for Saturday’s clash with Watford.The Dane will be assessed prior to kick-off at Tot French veteran’s move to Anderlecht was confirmed on Friday. Wanitez said, “He’s a player Paul (Le Guen) appreciates. For the moment, only Paul talked with him. “What is certain is that it would not have been a financial blow for him. I know he has tenham Hotspur Stadium.Eriksen picked up a dead leg on international duty.Spurs are looking for just a second victory in seven matches in all competitions. Jackson, who will begin the year at Triple-A, is batting .313 (5 for 16) with four RBI and two stolen bases.

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outfielder returned to the lineup in Saturday’s contesta is not happy with the Premier League.The Hammers star is not pleased with how the Premier League reacted to the coronavirus epidemic.The league was continuing to schedule matches until Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta got a positive test.While the Gunners against the Mariners in Cactus League play. Blackmon, who has been out since March 1 with a right knee infection, slapp has not been in the past four matchday squads for United.The Red Devils also have Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly anChelsea U18s have progressed to the FA Youth Cup fourth round with a win over Huddersfield Town on Wednesday.First team coaching staff Jody Morris and Joe Edwards were in the stands as Ed Brand’s side claimed a 4-0 victory.Armando Broja scored a stunning hat-trick at Kingsmeadow, with Myles Peart-Harris also chipping in with a goal.The Blues will face Bradford in the next round.d Axel Tuanzebe for the central defensive positions.But Solskjaer denied that it meant Jones’ United career ed a pair of doubles in his first game back. He went 2 for 4 in a 5-2 victory. Blackmon is hitting .667 (6 for 9) with two RBI this spring.

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relief pitcher ‘s up by Real Madrid for a January move to Spain.Real president Florentino Perez is a big fan of Van de Beek and saw him as an ideal – and cheaper – midfield alternative to Manchester United ace Paul Pogba.However, TMW says Ajax management have made it performance caused much consternation early in the spring, but he appears to be making significant progress in his battle to be the team’s closer. Rondon had arguably his finest appearance yet Thursday in Grapefruit League action against the Mets. Rondon needed just 12 pitches to finish out his lone inning of work, striking out one red side of North London to face the Gunners, who have a new manager in Mikel Arteta and a familiar face in former Blues defender David Luiz.Azpilicueta said: Lukaku has offered him to Juventus.Federico Pastorello met with Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici yesterday to offer him the Belgium international, says TMW. Inter Milan and United are locked in talks over a fee for Lukaku, though negotiations h“When I arrived here David was here.“He was very important for Chelsea, he was part ofbatter while flashing a very effective slider.

“Today, I thought my slider was the best that it has been all spring,” Rondon told .com. “I felt very confident with that pitch, and the catcher gave me the pitch I wanted to throw and it made it even better.”

Rondon lowered his ERA to 4.05 in seven spring outings, with 10 strikeouts and five walks in 6 2/3 innings. Rondon is the team’s No. 2 prospect according to MLB.com and the No. 95 overall prospect in the league, according to Baseball America, coming off a 1.53 ERA over three minor league levels in 2012. 

schamps has told Olivier Giroud to leave Chelsea i


Yankees catcher was the first significant cut of the spring for New York on Monday, reportS says ween boss Maurizio Sarri and goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.The latter refused to come off in a game, despite Sarri wanting to substitute the young keeper.The two eventually made up, but it was an incident that caught the football world by storm last sDC United are keen to sign Modric.However, the operation will not be possible at this time, since Modric’s salary demands would be too high for the MLS franchise and because the Croatian wants to see out his contract at Real Madrid, which runss the Journal News. Romine was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with LHPlsea are set to bid for Metz star Habib Diallo.French publication LA Republicain Lorrain claims Diallo would be the subject of a £16.8 million offer from the Blues.Chelsea can now sign players after their transfer ban was reversed.Another Chelsea ta and RHPs and . The team also optioned LHPs and , RHP and OF to Double-A Trenton. New York also reassigned pitcher , catcher and first baseman to minor league camp.

old, who joined the Gunners in 2015, has confirmed


Marlins right-hander , who made a start earlier this exhibition season, pitver a job incomplete.The Evening Chronicle says Benitez thinks he will leave unfinished business at Newcastle United when his contract regrettably expires on Sunday at midnight.It’s understood that while he hasReal Madrid chief Emilio Butragueno insists Gareth Bale is valued by management.It’s been suggested the two parties are preparing to part in the New Year.But Butragueno says: “Gareth Bale is a very important player, who always brings a lot to us when he plays. “The coach spoke a lot about this topic on Tuesday, so do not insist. “Big games are coming up and we need everyone.” come to the conclusion he can not work ched the ninth inning of Wednesday’s exhibition game at the NatNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce is happy to still be in the hat after their FA Cup replay win over Oxford United.Newcastle now meet West Brom in the fifth round.Bruce said, “We’ve had two replays against Rochdale and Oxford – no disrespect – so we’ve made hard work of it. “But I think the team deserve to be in the fifth round. “Let’s see how we do at West Brom.”ionals. He didn’t allow a run, but he did surrender a hit and a walk.

Report: Ryan Braun’s name in Biogenesis clinic records


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that the name of slugger is found within the records of the controversial Biogenesis clinic in South Florida, which has been central to baseball’s PED scandal. Passan and Brown also report that Major League Baseball will investigate Braun’s links to the clinic.

in which he says he consulted with Biogenesis regarding his appeal of a 2011 drug test and “never had any other relationship” with disgraced clinician Anthony Bosch.

Bosch has in recent days been alleged to have supplied banned substances to current major-leaguers, including , and . Here’s an image of one of the documents obtained by Yahoo!:

CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman confirms the presence of Braun’s name in the documents and also confirms that, as you may be able to glean from above, the names of catcher and third baseman also appear.

‘s “Biogenesis” scandalRelated con under-19s put in a spirited display as they came back against RB Salzburg to move into the last 16 of the UEFA Youth League.The Reds were down during the group stage clash, but they managed to win 3-2 to avoid the playoffs.Barry Lewtas side looked itent

Neither Braun, Cervelli or Valencia are listed in conjunction with any specific PED; however, Braun’s name does appear alongside what looks to be a dollar amount in one of the documents obtained by Yahoo!.

As CBSSports.com’s Danny Knobler has noted, .

Braun, of course, successfully appealed a 2011 drug test that showed elevated leted on AC Milan and Inter plans to build a new stadium.He said, “These are lovely projects, I am sure it’ll be a modern and beautiful arena. “We are fond of San Siro because we won everything there, every spectator geir 2-3 defeat at home to Wolves.First goals of the season for Jan Bednarek and Shane Long had Saints sitting pretty at the interval, before Long headed against the post soon after half time.Instead of leading 3-0, Hasenhüttl’s men were pegged back ets a good view and I hope that vels of testosterone in his urine. Because of procedural errors in the testing process, the 2011 NL MVP avoided what would have been a 50-game suspension under MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Braun, 29, is coming off a season in which he batted .319/.391/.595 with 41 home runs. He long ago established himself as one of the top power hitters in the game today and is signed through the 2020 season.

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MLB investigating the age of Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz


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

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

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

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

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ALCS Game 4: Cloudy with a (good) chance of baseball, still no A-Rod


DETROIT — It’s cool and wet in  before the reboot of Game 4, but you can spot some sunshine and blue skies beyond the clouds. 

calls for temps in the high 50s at game time and forecasts just a 10 percent chance of rain through the rest of the afternoon and evening. . 

The ‘ lineup is unchanged from what manager Joe Girardi posted on Wednesday. That, of course, means no and no . 

1. , LF2. , RF3. , 2B4. , 1B5. , DH6. , 3B7. , C8. , CF9. , SS, P 

And the Tigers’ lineup for the rescheduled Game 4 is also uelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek says manager Maurizio Sarri inspired their 3-0 victory over Watford on Sunday.The England star, 23, scored just moments after the break as the Blues ran-out 3-0 winners. He claimed: “[Sarri] said at half-time that nchanged. 

1. , CF2. ,eatured in all four of Chelsea’s Premier League games this season after joining from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.”It’s everything I hoped it would be and more,” Pulisic told reporters Wednesday ahead of the USA’s clash with Mexico.”The speed, it’ 2B3. , 3B4. , 1B5. , DH6. , SS7. , LF8. , RF9. , C, P 

As noted on Wednesday, Laird has had an improbable amount of success against Sabathia (.417/.500/.625 and one homer and two doubles in 28 plate appearances). The sample size is obviously tiny, but it’ll nonetheless be interesting to see if the Tigers’ otherwise light-hitting backup catcher can continue handling one of the best pitchers in the game. 

Wednesday’s rainout also means that Sabathia will be starting on five days’ rest. For whatever reason, that could be a modestly good thing for him. 

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As you can see, Sabathia on five days has been a bit better in terms of ERA and strikeout-to-walk ratio, and that’s across a pretty meaningful agement are fast-tracking Joe White through their youth teams.The 16-year-old midfielder has quickly rose through the ranks from the youth team and made his reserves debut against West Ham United.White has been training with the first team but Under-sample of 112 starts. This season, Sabathia’s posted a 3.25 ERA on five days of rest (12 starts) versus a 3.96 ERA on regular rest (also 12 starts). While the Wednesday postponement cost the Yankees’ a chance at starting Sabathia in a possible (though highly unlikely) Game 7, it might move the needle for him a bit in Game 4. 

Scherzer, meanwhile, was already going on extra rest prior to Wednesday’s wash-out. He’s made 15 career regular-season starts on six or more days’ rest, and he’s been slightly less effective under those conditions. However, given Scherzer’s semi-recent shoulder and ankle concerns, the additional time off can’t be considered any kind of negative. 

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Jason Motte brought the heat in Game 3


First, a clarification: closer always brings the heat. But if his outings are usually jalapeno hot, this one was habanero hot (food metaphor! ).

In his two-inning Game 3 save, Motte lfred Schreuder is delighted for Hakim Ziyech over his move to Chelsea.It was confirmed on Thursday that Ziyech would be joining Chelsea at the end of the season for a fee rising to €44m. And Hoffenheim coach Schreuder enthused: “I never shared tthrew 19 pitches. Every single one was some form of a fastball. He threw two cutters and one two-seamer, but otherwise Motte went straight smoke: The four-seam fastball.

Motte’s 16 four-seamers averaged 97.02 miles per hour, . From that same website, here’s Motte’s pitch-speed chart. Note that the scale need not dip below 92:

Time to break out the heat/gas/smoke-related superlatives. Don’t be shy. Anything goes.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribee Karim Benzema should be playing for France.Benzema hasn’t played for France since before the 2016 Euros after being caught up in an alleged blackmail plot.Hazard says: “Ah, these are French problems. Me, I can jut night’s FA Cup win at Derby County.United’s new £68million signing is set to play in his first Manchester derby on Sunday.”He’s the same as he was at Sporting,” said Solskjaer. “I like to see that in a player, that he doesn’t change coming into a dge only on the performances. And in to the and .

Photo: Rangers step up rookie hazing


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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AL Rookie of the Year Watch


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squad this season.The Juventus-swap-deal-Christian-Eriksen-Paulo-Dybala.html”>Daily MailJuventus-swap-deal-Christian-Eriksen-Paulo-Dybala.html”> says Pochettino rejected the chance to swap Christian Eriksen for Dybala and now faces the prospect of loOf all the awards handed out at the end of the season, only one has probably already been sent to the engravers without hesitation — the American League Rookie of the Year.

The only question that remains is whether he’ll do what Ichiro Suzuki and Fred Lynn have done before him, win Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player.

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‘s jack of all trades won’t have enough playing time to make Trout sweat, idane feels he’s improved since his first spell in charge.Zidane is preparing to lead Real into the final of the Supercopa de Espana against Atletico Madrid.He said, “I consider myself to be better than I was in my first stint and I’m progressing. Inbut he’s made the most of his opportunity in Boston. The 26-year-old former Pirate is hitting .350/.363/.483, logging playing time at second base, third base, shortstop, right field and center field.

He hasn’t had a decision in his last two starts, but he’s pitching meaningful games for the AL Central leaders and pitching well. As the pennant race continued and more eyes are on the White Sox, more people will notice the 23-year-old lefty.

Middlebrooks’ season is likely over with a hairline fracture in his right wrist — something we noted in , so it’s hard to have a status less changed than Middlebrooks’. He hasn’t played since Aug. 10 and his final line — .288/.325/.509 with 15 home runs in 75 games — gives more hope for the future than pause for award voters.

Darvish hasn’t been the ace many expected out of Japan, but his 182 strikeouts in 154 2/3 innings show he can miss bats. If he puts it all together, he can still be an ace. Just not this season.

Cespedes has just two home runs in August. He’s still hitting an impressive .294/.355/.500 on the season, but the length of the season appears to be catching up to the Cuban import.

A tough season is getting even tougher for the Mariners catcher/designated hitter. In August, he’s hitting just .229/.247/.386. In his last 10 games, he’s hitting just .154/.175/.333. Bur United vice-chairman Ed Woodward is dithering over a deal for Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes.O Jogo says Woodward is hesitating on a deal to bring Fernandes to the club.The 24-year-old has impressed in the Portuguese Primeira Liga this seast of his six hits, two are homers, so there’s that.

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


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.

Bud Selig says baseball will expand replay, but gives no timetable


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When it comes to expanding instant replay, MLB commissioner Bud Selig can’t seem to make up his mind.

After — — saying there won’t be expanded instant replay in baseball, Selig seems to have changed his mind.

“We’re now going to add it on trapped balls in the outfield and as I call them bullets down the right and left field line,” Selig said on “The Mike Lupica Show” on ESPN Friday (via Sports Xchange).

Wait, what? We’ve been hearing for years that more replay wasn’t doable and Selig himself even said “no one” wants more a few weeks ago. All of a sudden, this bombshell on a radio show?

It’s worth noting that no timetable was given as to when this would be implemented. Also, to under Frank Lampard’s stewardship following his £40 million move from Real Madrid.Kovacic drew mixed reactions from the Stamford Bridge faithful last season, but he is hoping that the arrival of Lampard will see him add goals to his game to make hi be fair to Selig, he has said in the past that he would consider expanding replay when the technology was available. So maybe what he said Friday means will eventually do this, but not any time soon.

Still, it really seemed like it would be years before we heard Selig say something like this. Replay could actually be used oeicester will face Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup semi-finals after beating Everton on penalties.The Foxes blew a two-goal lead as Everton fought back with goals from Tom Davies and Leighton Baines.But Kasper Schmeichel was immense in nto the France squad.Bakayoko last appeared for France in March 2017 in a defeat against Spain.He said, “It will happen through the field, and big performances. And especially by being regular over the next six months and a season. “At one point, I dthe shootout, sn catch/no-catch situations in the outfield in the very near future.

Dare we dream that one day we’ll be able to review egregious mistakes on out/safe calls on the bases?

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li Gigli is yet to be won over by coach Maurizio S


Rays shortsord.The plane flew over the ground just moments before kick-off against Chelsea as fans continue to voice their displeasure at the way the club is being run from the top.It comes weeks after they released a defiant open letter directed at the Glazer top prospect has been a much better offensive contributor for Double-A Montgomery in the se to his natural game.James has impressed since his summer arrival from Swansea City.He told manutd.com: ““I think you have to. Most people told me when I signed here: ‘Just be yourself, otherwise there’s no point. You’re here for a reason’. So I wocond half. Lee hit just .243 in 67 first-half games, but he is batting .331 with a .392 on-base percentage, .444 slugging percentage and .836 OPS in 30 second-half games. He also has five triples, five doubles, 12 stolen bases, 14 RBI and 22 runs after the Double-A All-Star ved their win on Saturday.Despite holding the hosts to a goalless scoreline at half-time, goals from Jorginho and Willian after the break inflicted a third Premier League defeat of the season on Potter’s hard-working side in south-west London.He saidbreak.