aiola has taken aim at former Manchester United ma

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If this wasn’t ‘s final year of his contract…and if he wasn’t 37…and if he didn’t have a ready-made replacement in Rex Brothers — we’d be embracing him as a top closer option. With a 2.85 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in 120 innings over the last two years, Betancourt has looked like one of the few pitchers immune to Colorado’s thin air.

Unfortunately, Betancourt is all but wearing a sign around his neck that says, “I will be traded in July.”

And with the ‘ trade partner likely being a team that doesn’t need a cgoalkeeper Dean Henderson on a season-long loan.England Under-21 international Henderson, 22, has agreed a new contract at Old Trafford until 2022.He played all 46 league games for Sheffield United last season as they won promotion to the Premier Lealoser (as it often is), he’ll prnited boss Steve Bruce insists they didn’t deserve defeat at home to Everton.Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s brace sandwiched Fabian Schar’s goal for the hosts.Bruce said: “I don’t think we deserved to get beaten today. It was important we didn’t lose the maobably be relegated to middle relief duty for the season’s final two months. 

That gives us four months of saves from Betancourt, which may come out to about 20-25 total. Is that g Chelsea youngsters get their chance this season.Mee saw up close the potential of Chelsea on Saturday in their 4-2 defeat.“They have all got fantastic academies (in the Premier League) and when you see the young lads coming through it definitely enough to use a RP slot on him? Only, if he’s slipping below his ADP of 179, meaning I need to see Betancourt in the 18 or 19th round before I click the “draft” button. 

e Eden Hazard has set a deadline for his move to R

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pitcher will begin the season in the minors, according to the Seattle Times.

The team will likely go wi striker Fernando Llorente has been appthe kids in their FA Cup tie with Everton.Midfielder Naby Keita became the eighth player to be added to the injured list, having sustained a groin problem in the 2-0 win over Sheffield United, which restored their 13-point lead at the top of the Premroached by Fiorentina.Sky Italia says the Spaniard has been offered the chance of joining Fiorentina as the Viola look to reinforce their attack.Now 34 years of age, Llorente is an experienced attacker who has pth Blake Beavan and Brandon Maurer to fill out the starting rotation. 

Ramirez, 22, had a nice debut for the teer Frank Lampard says it is only a “matter of time” before Jack Grealish wins an England call-up.Lampard will have the task of stopping the playmaker when Aston Villa visit Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.”I think he’s doing it,” Lampard said of Grealisam last season, tossing 59 innings with a 3.36 ERA and a 3.55 FIP. He will likely be one of the first pitchers called up if the team has an injury. 

eaving the club.The Liverpool Echo says Partridge

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The announced Wednesday starting pitcher , who has been battling Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is striker Krzysztof Piatek from AC Milan on a long-term contract.Piatek, who was linked with a move to Tottenham, will now play under former Spurs striker Jurgen Klinsmann, the head coach at Hertha.The 24-year-old only spent a year at the San Siro havready to step up the club’s pursuit of Aaron Wan-Bissaka.The Crystal Palace fullback has attracted a number of suitors after a fine Premier League campaign.The Sun says United are prepared to part with £50M after Palace rejected their oririer admits he tried to leave Tottenham over the summer.While Aurier is away on international duty, he has opened up about the events of last season.The Ivory Coast fullback said, “I was looking for an exit, so I couldn’t play. When you’re trying to ginal offer of £40M.Solskjaer is also considering Thomas Meunier as an alternative.a stomach virus, had a successful bullpen Wednesday and will pitch in a minor-league game Saturday. He continues to build up strength as he recovers from his illness.

noussi declared himself a good fit for Celtic afte

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Angels reliever made his Cactus League debut on Wednesday against the Padres. After dealing with back stiffness earlier in c determined to be a first choice this season.Walker-Peters is pushing hard for a place in Mauricio Pochettino’s starting XI following Kieran Trippier’s departure to Aris Wilder says he has spoken with Harry Redknapp about controversial trialist Ravel Morrison. The former Manchester United, West Ham United and Lazio midfielder is a free agent after being released by Ostersunds.He played under Redknapp at QPR and Wtletico Madrid.He told The Sun: “Is there a chink of light with Tripps leaving? I amnar Solskjaer was delighted with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Chelsea.The duo combined for three goals in the exciting win at Old Trafford.Speaking after the game, Solskjaer said: “Marcus Rashford played that left handp, he allowed two runs on four hits over one-third inning. “I’m disappointed in myself,” Burnett told .com. “I’m frustrated. I don’t care if it’s spring training. You still want to go out there and give it your best, and being my first impression, it was sloppy.”

e is ready to face Manchester United attacker Anth

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The Astros endured their first cuts of the spring Sunday and a few of their top prospects were among the names reassigned to minor-league camp. Players reassigned Sunday were Jr., , , , , and . Owens is one player on the Astros’ radar for a potential promotion in 2013. “The important thing for players like DeShields and Springer, who are a part of our future, was to come up here and make a good impression with a new staff and botrmer England striker Michael Owen criticised Arsenal fans for booing under-fire captainanager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he hopes to see Marcus Rashford back in action before the international break.The England forward was forced off during the second half of United’s loss to West Ham on Sunday.Solskjaer confirmed Rashford had sustained Granit Xhaka off before his tirade.The Swiss midfielder was taken off during the Gunners’ draw with Crystal Palace on Sunday and his departure was greeted with deh of them absolutely did that,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said, per .com. “Goebbert has been a part of our minor league system for a while and made a good impression, and Krauss had some big hits for us. The me250,000 (US$283,000) fine for violating several EU laws on transparency and data privacy, reports, /.According to Spain’s national data protection agency (AEPD), La Liga failed to adequately inform users of its official app that the platform can actissage to all those guys basically is you accomplished what your goal was this spring, you came up here and made a good impression on the staff. For all those guys, they did exactly what we wanted them to do.”

tactical advice to the players.Ronaldo is now own

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Tos pleased with Lorenzo Insigne’s preseason fokend’s Clasico to the Bernabeu from Camp Nou. LaLiga feel that the game should not be played in Barcelona due to the political unrest in Catalonia following the prison sentences handed to nine politicians and civil leaders.AS reports Spain’s Sports Crm.Inzaghi struck in the 3-0 defeat of Liverpool on Sunday.Ancelotti said, “In an attacking sense, Insigne must take the initiative like he did against Liverpool. I have to congratulate Mertens and Insigneronto closer threw off a mound on Sunday morning and has felt no ill effects since, reports .com Tuesday. Janssen had thrown off the mound earlier in the spring but suffered a minor setback and was then limited to flat ground. “He felt good in that side session, felt good yesterday and feels good again today,” pitching coach Pete Walker said of Janssen, who is recovering from offseason shoulder debut for AC Milan in a friendly on Saturday.Ibrahimovic provided a goal and an assist as he made his return to action in an AC Milan shirt during a 9-0 friendly win over sixth-tier Italian club Rhodense.Sweden’s all-time leading goalscorer representsurgery. “We’re going to take a look at his schedule from here on out and see where he is. He’s day to day right now. There could be adjustments daily.”

ding a debrief on the past season.Emery saw Arsena

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Blue Jays closer , who is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, was pleased with his firstwere the victim of a home invasion last week.Vertonghen was in Germany for Spurs’ Champions League clash at RB Leipzig when wife Sophie and their two children were at the £3million home as four men with machetes and knives burst in.The maskanged Liverpool.A fine campaign saw Van Dijk become the most coveted defender in world football, after helping the Reds to a Champions League title and second place Premier League finish.”Everybody realises how good he is as a footballer, what he hased gang f bullpen session of the spring Thursday. “I’m happy where I’m at and as long as I don’t have a setback, I think I’m in a good spot. Juute to PSG striker Edinson Cavani.Emery was responding to praise from the Uruguayan he recently offered to his former PSG coach.”He gave me his thoroughness and his perfectionism,” said Cavani.To which, Emery responded with: “Human and professional qst stay the course,” he said, per Sportsnet. Janssen also described his shoulder having a “bit of crankiness” to the Toronto Sun, but says that he’s still on pace to be 100 percent by March 16, per his doctors.

Todd Helton arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence

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(US Presswire)

Long-time Rockies first baseman Todd Helton was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. The Rockies have confirmed the arrest with the :

We were extremely disappointed to learn that Tncia are chasing West Ham striker Javier Hernandez.He is an £8million target for La Liga side Valencia.The Mexico striker will be allowed to leave Manuel Pellegrini’s squad this summer for the right price, says The Sun.And Valencia are willing to taodd was arrested this morning. This type of behavior is taken very seriously by our organization. We know that he clearly understands the seriousness of his poor decision, the harm that could have been inflicted on others and the embarrassment his mistake has caused to himself, his family, the Colorado Rockies organization and to Majora “step back”.Gnabry, 24, was voted Player of the Year for Bayern Munich last season and has realised his full potential in the Bundesliga after struggling in English football.Kovac said: “It is hard for young players, he was young when he went to League Baseball.

Todd is taking full accountability for his actions with his family, his fans and the organization. The man we have grown to know has strong values that are grounded in his family and hard work. Todd clearly understands the severity of the situation.

Helton has now released the following statement himself:

“Last evening I exercised poor judgment and was charged with drinking and driving after driving to a gas station near my house. I am very sorry and embarrassed by my actions. I hold myself to a high standard and take my responsibility as a public figure very seriously. My entire career I have worked to set a positive example for my family and in our community and I fell far short of this standard.

I sincerely ask my family, the Colorado Rockies Organization, Major League Baseball and the community to accept my apology. I make no excuses and accept full responsibility for my actions. I humbly ask your forgiveness.”

Aside from these two statements, there are no further details at this time.

Helton, 39, has played for the Rockies since 1997 and avoided off-field trouble his entire career. He hit .238/.343/.400 with seven homers and 37 RBI in just 69 games last season. He plans on returning to the Rockies for his 17th season in 2013.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Ae the Premier League title sewn up.This time last season, City had long since secured the Premier League and were ready to be presented with it.However, the destination of this year’s crown is still up in the air with two games to go.City have 92 poilso, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

Burnley.Lys Mousset assisted all three goals, with

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The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Phillies manager Charlie Manuel saw first baseman take live batting practice in late January. Howard was limited to 71 games in 2012 as he came back from an Achilles injurystotspur thanks to a first-half goal from Danny Ings.The Englishman bagged his 15th goal for the season with a fine 17th minute strike.Spurs lost both Harry Kane and Tanguy Ndombele to injuries in what has been a dire festive period for Jose Mourinho.Trian is returning to the Premier League club after an impressive loan campaign with Kilmarnock.”I’m keen to push on. I’m coming back on July 1 with the others and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” said Bachmann.”Obviously I know Ben [Foster] h he suffered during the 2011 postseason. “He said his Achilles’ doesn’t hurt him and he said his ankle is much better,” Manuel said irca.The Frenchman was on the scoresheet alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at the Camp Nou.”We wanted to have a good game,” Griezmann told Movistar.”The first half was very good and we connected a lot, before we managed time more in the second han late January.

.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.”

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.

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 .

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 .

eing the players defeat Liverpool yesterday.Stack

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Oakland infielders and will share second base duties going forward with optioned ‘Beast’ has partnered with McDonald’s to sign a deal and promote the ‘Appy Day deals available exclusively on the My McDonald’s App.Thening Hoffenheim striker Joelinton.The Magpies have not made a signing this summer but Bruce is hoping to tie up a deal for Joelinton.When asked about transfers Bruce said: “Of course we have, but the whole club is geared up to do that in the next f skilled striker who is known for switching into “Beast Mode” on the pitch, signs a deal with McDonald’s in a mocto Triple-A Sacramento, reports .com. Rosales starteskipper would form a formidable attack with Cristiano Ronaldo in a bid to finally win the Champions League.But the Italians will face competition from Premier League giants Manchester United and Manchester City.Kane, who is currently recovering from d at second in Tuesday’s game against Minnesota.

Kevin Youkilis gets perfect ending in Boston

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This season hasn’t had many highlights for Kevin Youkilis, but he finished his Boston career on a high note Sunday.

Youkilis is headed to the Chicago White Sox, CBSSports.com Insider Jon Heyman reports, but he finished his career with the Red Sox on an RBI triple in the seventh inning of the team’s 9-4 victory over the Braves at Fenway Park.

General manager Ben Cherington had already told manager Bobby Valentine that there was a  “situation pending” with Valentine when Youkilis came to the plate with two outs and Adrian Gonzalez in the seventh inning. Youkilis hit a 2-1 pitch to right-center field between Atlanta’s Jason Heyward and a diving Michael Bourn. Youkilis was husting around first when the ball dropped in and then saw the ball bounce off Bourn’s foot, away from Heyward and he went to third for an RBI triple.

Valentine lifted Youkilis for Nick Punto and Youkilis hugged Punto and then was greeted by teammates at the top of the steps of the Red Sox dugout. More hugs followed, before Youkilis was called out for a curtain call.

“It worked out perfectly,” Valentine said (). “A minute before he was going to the batter’s box, Ben called me down to the runway and said, ‘There’s a sitation pending.’ We said, ‘OK, we’ll do it the right way.’ Someone was looking down because that’s the right way.”

Youkilis wasn’t around to talk to the media after the game, but his teammates said they were sad to see him go. Punto said Youkilis is one of the reasons he ended up with the Red Sox. Youkilis hugged Punto as he left the fieLiverpool are keeping a close eye on Jeremy Doku’s development at Anderlecht.The 17-year-old forward has scored three goals ilder Rodri.Marca says Guardiola ‘only has interest’ in one Atletico Madrid player – Rodri.City are expected to add to their squad this summer and Rodri has been rumoured to be the successor of Fernandinho, who is now 34 and is picking up injuries morn 21 Belgian Pro League outings for Anderlecht this season.And the Reds are keeping a close eye on his progress, according to Belgian outlet Het Nieuwsblad.Anderlecht will demand aante admits winning trophies with his teammates is what he values most as a footballer.While the French midfielder has received several individual accolades including the Footballer of the Year award in 2016/17, it is the team prizes he treasures most least €20m for their star young player.Doku has four caps for Belgium’s U21 side.ld.

“I think it was just instincts. When they call you off the field like that it’s usually something,” Punto said (). “We’ve been friends a long time, probably 10 years. I know how much blood, sweat and tears he has thrown into this organization. I think for me it’s kind of a goodbye. We haven’t been teammates, but we’ve been friends for a long time. I think for the sake of baseball, it’s always sad to see someone go like that.

“After he got that ovation in the first inning we were sitting next to each other and he goes, ‘Man, it was hard to hit after that. That felt pretty good.’ He hasn’t been feeling too great about himself this season. But not too many Boston Red Sox players have two world championships. He was a heck of a player for this organization.”

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