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starter threw four shutout innings, allowing two hits and a walk in Thursday’s start ly striker Christian Vieri insists AC Milan director Zvonimir Boban was right to publicly criticise chief exec Ivan Gazidis.Boban accused Gazidis of “going behind our backs” with his unilateral approach to Red Bull chief Ralf Rangnick to replace coacagainst the Astros.

It was a fitting finish to a fine spring. Maholm will head north to Atlanta with a 1.53 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in seven starts covering 29 1/3 innings. He struck out 20 against 11 waw contract talks with Napoli.The veteran’s agent admits an agreement is still to be found, however.“(Napoli President Aurelio) De Laurentiis always wanague opponents Slovan Bratislava.Victory against Slovan Bratislava at Molineux on Thursday would put Wolves on the brink of reaching the last 32.”We are always confident, we cannot expect things to happen, we have to make them happen,” he said.”We hated to renew his contract,” agent Manuel Garcia Quilon told Calciomercato.it.“We are grateful flks. Maholm has been an average pitcher at best for much of his career with Pittsburgh, but he could be a decent Fantasy value this season as part of a solid Braves’ roster.

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reliever took the mound in a bian Delph feels good times are around the corner at Everton under manager Carlo Ancelotti.The Toffeemen have won five and drawn two of their eight games under the former AC Milan, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich boss, which has taken them to within firelief appearance Friday night against the Brewers.

Craide by World Cup winner Marcos Cafu.Alexander-Arnold has been tipped to claim the Ballon d’Or by the legendary Cafu.He said: “Obviously massive praise from a legend of the game, which is something that I’m really thankful for and I have to give thann yielded one hit and struck out one as he tossed a scoreless innings of work in a 7-2 victory. It was his first scoreless outing of the spring since Feb. 25 have been encouraged monitoring Sontje Hansen’s situation at Ajax.The 17 year-old striker is regarded among the most talented players of his generation and has Europe’s biggest clubs monitoring his progress.TMW says this interest includes from Juven. Crain is working his way back from a groin issue and should be ready for the season opener. Manager Robin Ventura would like to see him “let it go” on the mound.

“He’s been holding back a little bit in the way he pitches,” Ventura said. “It’s going to be cold when we’re at home. He’s got to be able to go out there and play.”

American players philosophical about Team USA loss

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — When it comes to the World Baseball Classic, it seems that major-league players and managers are like any other fans.

The guys from countries like the Dominican Republic and Venezuela are passionate. The Americans are philosophical.

What does it mean that, for the third time in three WBC tournaments, Team USA won’t win it?

“That shows that maybe this isn’t as much of an American game as we’d like to think,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said Saturday.

Not only has Team USA never won the WBC, but twice in three tournaments the Americans haven’t even advanced to the four-team final round. Team USA made it to the semifinals in 2009, then lost to Japan.

This year, this resisting new contract talks with the Rossonero, where his deal runs to 2021.Gazzetta dello Sport says Juve are watching developments closely and would be willing to set up a swap arrangement for the youngster.Milan aren’t interested in a deal fore Americans survived a Game 1 loss to advance past the first round but lost to the Dominican Republic on Thursday and to Puerto Rico on Friday and exited the tournament in the second round.

“It hurts me to see it — not the elimination part but the fact that most of our best players didn’t play,” Baker said.

Team USA’s elimination will bring yawns from many and scorn fond goalkeeper Loris Karius back to Liverpool.Takvim says Besiktas will open talks to cancel Karius’ loan contract with Liverpool in January .The shot-stopper has kept clean sheets in three of his last four outings but that hasn’t stopped recently-insr the WBC from others. Some will complain about the way the tournament is set up. of the Rockies doesn’t buy the most common excuses.

“People talk about hitters’ timing being off and about pitchers not being ready,” Tulowitzki said. “But the thing that stood out to me was just that anybody can beat anybody on any given day. I know people talk about the guys who didn’t play, that we didn’t have all our best players. That might help. But at the end of the day, anything can happen.

“You can’t sit and make excuses. It’s just baseball, at the end of the day.”

Tulowitzki and Rockies teammate both expressed disappointment at Team USA’s elimination, although neither seemed as broken up as their Venezuelan teammates might have been over their country’s WBC losses.

“I’m disappointed, but I’m not disappointed in the players for losing,” Cuddyer said. “You see some of the Team USA guys getting crushed for not getting hits with runners in scoring position. Hey, it’s their 20th at-bat in four months.

“Three weeks into spring training, I know I’m not ready to play in front of 50,000 fans, in a playoff atmosphere.”

Cuddyer did have one suggestion for how to make Team USA better in future tournaments and how to get around the problem of starting pitchers not wanting to commit to the tournament.

“I would build a pitching staff with all relievers,” he said. “Then I’d pitch them one inning at a time.”

Perhaps Baker will be the one to decide in the future. He said Saturday that he wouldn’t mind managing Team USA, once his major-league managerial career is done.

For now, he watches along with the rest of us. He sees the passion that players from other counteak.Chelsea now have a fortnight off after their 2-2 draw at Leicester City.Lampard said, “Being a footballer is a fortunate job. You do what you love. Sometimes you get home after lunchtime. But it’s also taxing with the pressure, taxing on the playries show.

“Some of it is over-emotion,” Baker said. “Some of it is close to clowning.”

But those teams are still playing, and Team USA isn’t.

Maybe this isn’t as much of an American game as we’d like to think.

Rangers’ Profar will join Netherlands for WBC finals if given the chance

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Last month, baseball’s top prospect the World Baseball Classic and instead focus on making the with a strong camp. Now that the Netherlands has with its walk-off win over Cuba, he might have a chance to do both. From :

In the wake of the Netherlands walk-off win over Cuba, which sends the Dutch to the World Baseball Classic finals that start Sunday, Profar said Monday he has been asked about possibly joining the team. And, he said, he’d like to go.

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“If they give me a chance, I will go,” Profar said, smiling widely. “They are doing a really great job.”

WBC rules allow for adjusting of rosters between rounds due to injuries. Several players have come up with minor injuries that could limit their availability for the finals.

GM Jon Daniels he will encourage the 20heir clash with Liverpool.The 20-year-old limped off after being caught by Francis Coquelin during the Blues’ 1-0 defeat by Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday.The extent of the blow was not known until scans revealed that it is a minor knock-year-old Profar to participate in the WBC if given the chance. Since the championship round runs from March 17-19, he’d oe Gunnar Solskjaer admits they’ve been hit by an injury crisis.Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial to miss Leicester clash on Saturday, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Jesse Lingard doubtful.”The treatment room has been busy and still is,” Solskjaer said. “We nly miss about a week of camp.

Profar has gone 7 for 33 (.212) with seven walks and eight strikeouts in camp so far, and Baseball-Reference.com’s OppoQual stat indicates he’s faced mostly big-league-calibe hold onto Lucas Digne.The former Barcelona fullback has been a revelation for the Blues this season – and is being linked with a return to France.With Olympique Lyon preparing to sell Ferland Mendy to Real Madrid, they have identified Digne as a repr pitching. Unless someone gets hurt, Profar’s best chance to make the Rangers would be as a utility player.

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r Champions League clash at Liverpool should be pl

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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.

price for Morgan Sanson.The midfielder is a targe

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Mariners reliever has been shut down after suffering a stress reaction in his left side. He will be out several weeks to prevent further damage to his rib area and will then be nchester United, it is being claimed in Spain.United are pushing hard to sign De Ligt, who they believe can be a mainstay of their defence for years to come.Barcelona, who were initially confident of signing the 19-year-old, are now facing a fight tore-l.The German is in the second of a two season loan with Besiktas.And he says, “Will I be playing for Liverpool again? Of course, it’s an opportuniub Sevilla.The Mexico international was sold by West Ham last week and insists Sevilla is no step down after his time with Manchester United and Real Madrid.He said, “Sevilla is at the same level as the top clubs in Europe. “La Liga is the league I ety and it’s still a good opportunity to be there. Maybe I’ll play for them again, you never know.”There evaluated.

ship Queens Park Rangers are keen to re-sign Burnl

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Orioles starting pitcher threw a side session Tuesday and reported no problems with the groin issue that pushed his most recent start back. Bundy is expected to throw Thursday as well, and told prospect is the younger brother of PSG and France star Kylian Mbappe.AS says Ethan impressed at the International Champions Cup Futures tournament last month, playing for PSG’s youth side in front of scouts from the Rea up during his first Liverpool training session.The Scotsman has been a revelation since signing from Hull City in 2017, taking his game to the top-level in two seasons.But it didn’t all start rosy for the 25-year-old when he arrived at Melwood.”The l Madrid set-up.Real lub is lucky to have a player like Arnaut Danjuma.The 22-year-old is one of the most promising talents in the Cherries squad, and Howe is not afraid to lavish praise on his starlet.The Netherlands international played 61 minutes during his first comphave long .com that he hopes to return to game action by Saturday.

er Aaron Wan-Bissaka is at Carrington today as Man

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Detroit outfielder participatedot to have worked with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.Rooney reckons England’s golden generation would hr Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng.Arsenal are in the market for a new centre back following Calum Chambers’ season-ending injury, with RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano one potential suitor.Boateng is seen as a cheaper alternative as Mikel Arteta fiave “won everything” if they had Guardiola as manager.Speaking on his personal podcast, Rooney said: “You look at our team ten years ago and a in batting practice Tuesday as he continues to recover from a right oblique injury that has sidelined him since the beginning of camp, .com reports. Boesch said he hopes to be able to take live batting practice — with a Tigers starter pitching — either Wednesday or Thursday, and possibly play in ae snapped up Argentine striker Jonathan Calleri.The 26 year-old arrives on-loan from Uruguay’s Deportivo Maldonado.Calleri is a former West Ham and Alaves loanee. He’s been with Deportivo Maldonado since 2016.#CalleriPericoBenvingut!¡Bienvenido!Welc Grapefruit League game this weekend.

in Wednesday’s 5-2 win over Everton.Regular subst

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Philadelphia outfielder finished 1 for 2 with a solo homer during the Phillies’ 4-3 win over the Yankees in a Grapefruit League matchup Tuesday. Brown connected off reliever Zach Nuding, sending his second home run this spring deep over the fence in center field. “That was a well-struck baseball … the ball went a long ways,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “He put a good swing on it: nice, short and compact, with balance at the plate. His swing is more fluid anke up the numbers.The Reds bolstered their squad with the astute signing of the Japanese international from Red Bull Salzburg.And Klopp believnel Messi.Radio Continental says Galaxy are in talks with Messi’s father and agent, Jorge Messi, about a shock move to the USA.Messi has less than 18 months to run on his current contract, which carries a break clause at the end of this season allowies the youngster has what it takes to push the regular starters for a position in the first eleven.”We will d compact. It’s more explosive.”nted to secure the Brazilian international for the long term.But it appears the defender does not want to stay in Portugal for much longer.A Bola suggests that Porto will now look to move Telles on in the summer so they can get a substantial fee.He i

Astros’ Porter has Parcells and passion, but it may not help

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JUPITER, Fla. — It happened again Monday.

It’s happened every day since spring training began.

Someone, unprompted, predicts the will lose 120 games.

Monday, it was a veteran scout. Sometimes, it’s a player, or a manager, or a general manager.

Everyone is talking about the Astros, and the only topic is how bad everyone is convinced they’re going to be.

“We will outperform the expectations,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said with some confidence, and also with a smile.

For now, some of the focus is on new manager Bo Porter’s passion, and on his high-profile friends.

Monday’s game trip to play the Cardinals gave Luhnow a chance to reconnect with his St. Louis past, but it also gave Porter another chance to get together with Bill Parcells.

And it gave Parcells a chance to remind people that in the first season of what became a Hall of Fame coaching career, his New York Giants finished 3-12-1.

“I almost got fired,” Parcells said. “Sometimes the situation won’t let you win.”

Parcells and Porter met several years back through mutual friends. The two have become close enough that last month, Parcells spent a day with Porter, talking about coaching and about what it takes to win.

“I know he wants it bad,” said Parcells, a longtime baseball fan who was close with ex-Cardinals manager Tony La Russa. “That inspires me to give it everything I have to help him.”

But sometimes the situation won’t let you win.

Parcells knows that. Porter will likely learn, as only a manager with an overmatched team learns.

Dave Trembley learned. In Trembley’s two full seasons managing in Baltimore, the Orioles lost 93 and 98 games. By the end, when he was fired in the middle of the 2010 season, Trembley looked beaten down.

And he never lost 100 games in a season. Many believe Porter’s Astros will go way past that — and even threaten the 1962 Mets’ modern-day record of 120.

Trembley’s Orioles couldn’t compete in the American League East. It’s hard to see how Porter’s Astros will be able to compete in the American League West.

“The AL West now is what the AL East was then,” Trembley said.

Trembley and Porter have been close since 1995, when Porter played for a Class A team that Trembley managed in the Cubs organization. He played three seasons for Trembley in the minors, and came away saying that if he ever got a chance to manage in the major leagues, Trembley would be on hiter United aftew Real Madrid fullback Ferland Mendy has been ruled out for a month after picking up a thigh injury in pre-season.The latest blow for Los Blancos comes just days after Marco Asensio suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament which will keep him on thr snubbing them at the beginning of the January market.The former RB Salzburg hotshot has revealed Borussia Dortmund blew United out of the race for his signature by going all out to convince him to play in the Bundesliga – and claims staff.

Now Trembley is a Porter believer.

“He’s competitive, but he’s got a plan,” Trembley said. “He’s got a striker Marcus Rashford admits they need to find a way to win consistently.Rashford says they need to learn to win when not playing well.He explained, “The consistency in the performance and the consistency in the games you win are two completely difvision. You want these guys play. They play with passion.”

For now, they do. The Astros are thrilled with the way their spring has gone. They don’t think they’re going to lose 120 games, even if everyone else seems to think so.

For now, they have Porter’s passion.

“It’s hard to be around me and not have passion,” Porter said Monday.

We’ll check back on that once the season starts. We’ll check back on that in June or July.

Everyone else thinks it’s going to be bad by then, real bad.

Passion won’t be enough.

Sometimes the situation won’t let you win.

Max Aarons and Todd Cantwell are being tracked by

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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.”

Jim Thome says he’s not retired

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Apparently 612 home runs aren’t enough for — the 42-year old slugger wants to play in 2013.

“I’m not retired,” Thome . “If someone wants me captain.33-year-old Koscielny looks set to leave the Gunners after refusing to join the club on a preseason tour in the US.And Monreal insists he would be proud to accept the role.”Two captains left last season, if I have to be one of the captains Ito play, I”d consider it for sure. I feel good. If I didn’t feel goodverton striker Cenk Tosun.Turkish media sources say Eintracht Frankfurt are in talks to sign Tosun this month.The Turkey international is viewed by the Bundesliga outfit as a replacement for Sebastien Haller, now with West Ham.Tosun, 28, is a former , I wouldn’t even consider it. But I feel good. I’d like to play.”

Thome saire Jim Ratcliffe admits buying a Premier League could happen in the future – though he has distanced himself from a move for Chelsea.Ratcliffe already owns Lausanne in Switzerland and was linked with Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea earlier this year.“tarted the 2012 season with the Phillies and made 71 plate appearances, hitting five home runs in 30 games. He started four games at first base and nine as a DH during interleague play.  The Phillies traded him to Baltimore on June 30. He played in 28 games during the regular season with the Orioles, including 26 starts at DH, with three home runs. Overall he hit .252/.344/.442 with eight homers and 25 RBI.

Thome said he’d be better as a DH, but wouldn’t rule out signing with a National League team.

“At this stage, am I an everyday player? No,” Thome . “But I think I can still play. The best thing for me is being a designated hitter somewhere. But if an NL team calls, sure I’d consider it. I still feel like I can give a team a veteran presence and get a big hit off the bench.”

Thome’s home run total is the seventh-best in history, 18 shy of Ken Griffey Jr. for sixth on the list.

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Homer Bailey’s amazing no-hitter velocity chart

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The most amazing thing about ‘s  for the over the than, you know, not giving up a hit? It might be the extent to which he got stronger as the game went on. Check out this velocity chart of his historic night, from :

You’ll note much less variance and a middle-inning peak as opposed to what happened on Friday night. 

So, did Bailey get progressively more amped up, or was it er United star Paul Pogba and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have come in for criticism from Matt Le Tissier.The Southampton legend, who is a pundit on Sky Sports, spoke about United’s weak start to the season.Pogba came in for particular criticism, wijust one of thosn Wan-Bissaka and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are happy to be together again at Manchester United.The pair first struck up a friendship during their time together at Crystal Palace, where Fosu-Mensah spent a season on loan in 2017/2018, and recently renewed e nicastle United.The Portos-Conceicao-vacant-managers-job.html”>Daily MailPortos-Conceicao-vacant-managers-job.html”> says Newcastle have sounded out Conceicao over their vacant manager’s job.Newcastle are on the hunt for a successor for Rafa Benitez afghts? Whatever the case (bet on the former), the underpinnings of Bailey’s no-no are almost as impressive as the no-no itself. 

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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 .

Report: Red Sox not sure if John Lackey will pitch this season

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The aren’t sure whether will pitch for them this season, to CSNNE.com’s Sean McAdam.

Lackey, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, recently threw a side session with manager Bobby Valentine in attendance. Lackey threr Sunday’s 2-2 draw.McLean says Norwich deserved more than a point.“We deserved the three points,” he said. “We had some great chances and played some nice stuff. We looked pretty solid but in the end it’s a point against a very good Arsenal teamw 45 pitches, 35 to 37 of which “were excellent,” according to Valentine. 

Lackey will begin throwing breaking balls on flat ground as the next part of his rehab. Then, he’ll throw in a scenario that mimics how he would pitch during a game. 

Though Lackey has made progress, the Red Sox haven’t decided whether they’ll bring him back in September. General manager Ben Cherington said that the team hasn’t looked that far ahead yet. The team would like to have Lackey pitch in a “competitive environment” this season, so that he has a normal offseason. 

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Ja clean sheet for their 0-0 draw at Champions League opponents Borussia Dortmund.The German international made a string of fine saves in the game to ensure Barça kept a clean sheet, including stopping Marco Reus’ ala remains high on Manchester United’s shopping list.Tuttosport says United are willing to reopen negotiations to sign Dybala from Juve.United failed to sign the Argentine in the summer window but remain on the hunt for a new forward after selling Rpenalty. “I think they had some clearck Moore and R.J. White, follow .