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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.

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!:’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’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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.Marca says Rakitic has had many doubts concerning


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.”

Padres activate Yasmani Grandal, place Nick Hundley on disabled list


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

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

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

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

The Lineup: Hanley Ramirez and Marlins end skid, Indians don’t


All eyes were on and until led off the 10th inning — and then Kemp did what Kemp does, crushing his 11th home run of April to give the team a walk-off win and ruin Harper’s storybook debut. But there were 13 other games on Saturday, so we’ll take a look at baseball from everywhere but Dodger Stadium. Heading into Saturday’s game with the , the Marlins hadn’t won in six games and Ramirez didn’t have a hit during the streak. Both streaks ended at Marlins Park on Saturday, as Ramirez snapped his 0-for-26 streak with a two-out, walk-off single off of . ‘s 14 strikeouts helped, as did ‘s eighth-inning homer to tie the game. Drew Smyly was able to do Saturday what could not on Friday — halt the Tigers’ losing streak. The rookie left-hander gave up a solo homer to the ‘ with one out in the first inning and then didn’t give up another hit until led off the seventh with a single. In his six-plus innings, Smyly allowed just the two hits, walked two and struck out seven. After his first four starts, Smyly is leading the American League with a 1.23 ERA and has 22 strikeouts in 22 innings. Saturday was his first career big-league victory as the Tigers snapped a five-game losing streak. Since a career-worst 0-for-19 streak, Bruce is hitting .429 (15 for 35) in his last seven games and has homered in three straight. In addition to his two-run homer on Saturday, Bruce also had a two-run double. For the 10th straight game, the Indians were held homerless in Satura screamer for the 5-2 win at Wolves yesterday.He told “Obviously we are disappointed to have conceded two goals, but we try to think positive, the manager tries to keep us positive in training and off the pitch, in meetings.”He’s a leday’s 2-1 loss to the Angles. The last homer was by on April 17.  That came in the fifth inning and it’s now been 93 innings and 334 at-bats without a home run. It’s the longest homerless streak for a Cleveland team since April of 1983. They haven’t hit a home run at ProgessItaly as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team battle for a top four finish.With United sitting in eighth position, six points behind fourth placed Chelsea, there is pressure on Solskjaer to secure Champions League qualification. And has beeive Field since April 11. For the second straight start, Garcia’s been yanked in the second inning. Saturday at home against the Tigers, Garcia gave up six runs on five hits with two walks in 1 2/3 innings. Garcia helped dig the Yankees a 9-run whole to dig out of last Saturday in . Manager Joe Girardi said he hasn’t made a decision about Garcia’s future yet, but it seems doubtful he’ll make another start anytime soon. White SoxChelsea defender Ethan Ampadu has joined Bundesliga side RB Leipzig on a season-long loan, reports BBC Sport.The 18-year-old Welsh international failed to make a Premier League appearance last season after signing a new five-year deal in September 2018.He did not travel to China for Chelsea’s pre-season tour and manager Frank Lampard, speaking last week, said he was keen for him to go out on loan. third base coach Joe McEwing waved Dunn home on ‘s first-inning double that was misplayed by , but Dunn was looking into left field instead of his third base coach and held up at third base. The White Sox went on to lose 1-0 to Boston. After his first-inning walk, Dunn was 0 for 3, striking out twice. He’s struck out at least once in each of his first 21 games of the season and has 33 on the season. BUt at least his average is up to .224, which is good by his 2011 standards (and the fourth-best among Saturday’s starters for the White Sox). Tim Hudson will make his first start since undergoing spinal fusion surgery in November. The 36-year-old made four minor-league rehab starts, allowing just one earned run in 10 2/3 innings in two starts at Triple-A Gwinnett. He’ll be opposite right-hander , who is 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA in three starts this season. He’s 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in three starts and a relief appearance at Turner Field. Bryce Harper’s debut was enough to want us see more. Saturday he showed off his power, absolutely crushing a ball for his first big-league hit and also gave us a glance of his cannon of an arm from the outfield. And if Harper’s not enough for you, you have a pair of lefties on the mound in (2-0, 1.52 ERA) and (2-0, 3.52) who have yet to lose a game. Gonzalez hasn’t allowed a run in 20 innings. Of course, there’s also Matt Kemp, the undisputed best player in the game’s first month. Tampa left-hander is coming off his best start of the season and Texas lefty is coming off his worst start of the season. Price threw a five-hit shutout against the on Tuesday, while Holland gave up seven runs in six innings against the Yankees on Monday. Could the Angels be leaving Orange County to move to downtown ? The team has an out clause in its lease in 2016 and if the isn’t coming back to L.A., the Angels could be on their way. [] Hall of Famer George Brett took and out to lunch last week in and said he keeps an eye on the ‘ third baseman whom former teammate and current Jays broadcaster Buck Martinez said reminded him of a young Brett. [] . Haddix retired the first 36 batters he faced, but lost the game in the 13th. Despite some speculation that things could be changing, — and that the team’s current home is likely to keep the rights to the team.. You may or may not have seen the hubbub around a ball thrown into the stands at a game last week. Sterling had some harsh words for the couple that ended up with the ball instead of a crying kid. The couple asked for an apology — something Sterling told our Jon Heyman wasn’t coming. The father of the kid caught crying said the couple’s action wasn’t a big deal and had no hard feelings. [] Funny stuff from the UCB folks (and a Hat Tip to ):

Yankees rotation conjuring a question: When are Pettitte & Pineda coming?


NEW YORK — Obscured by Curtis Granderson’s three-homer barrage, the Yankees Thursday night continued their tryouts to determine who gets to stay in their rotation once returning hero Andy Pettitte and dieting newcomer Michael Pineda are ready for the show, and forever prospect Phil Hughes didn’t score big with the fans (or even himself).Hughes was booed as he fell behind 4-zip in the first ining, though he did manage to hang around 5 1/3 innings (his reception was better when he left) to grab the win a 7-6 game against the Twins, thanks mainly to Granderson’s heroics. The well-liked introspective Hughes didn’t give himself the best mark, either, summarizing his night this way: “Not a great outing.”Yankees starters have been turning in not-so-great outings most of this young year, giving rise to constant speculation about who will be demoted to the pen once the admirable Pettitte and the ridiculed Pineda emerge. Hughes, an 18-game winner two years ago whose best work was still done his best today.Stones will start against Liverpool at Anfield.And Southgate said, “The playing for Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid.The former Real Madrid midfielder made the move last week.”There’s not much I can say [about Simeone] that you don’t know already,” Llorente said.”He’s a coach with a winning mentality and a great abilite games that he’s played in so far he’s looked absolutely fine, but they [City] are not always tested without the ball and I think this Sunday they certainly will bpreviously in the pen, could be a candidate for relief duty once the others come.But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. At least a couple folks inside the Yankees clubhouse castigated Pineda for coming to his first Yankees camp out of shape (candidly, he admitted to weighing 280 pounds upon arrival), and one remarked, unflatteringly that now that Pineda has finally gotten into playing shape he can begin his own form of spring training. Although, respected Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild asserted, “I don’t buy into all that. Six weeks into spring training, no matter what shape you are in, you’re going to throw it the way you can.”Pineda, who was acquired in exchange for big-time hitting prospect Jesus Montero, couldn’t throw it very well, mentioned shoulder soreness and was left behind. Hughes, conversely, had a big spring to surprise folks and earn the No. 3 spot in the rotation, but he has slipped back since the season started (but since only two of the six runs he allowed Thursday night were earned, his ERA dipped from an even 9 to 6.75). His fastball is better than last year, when it went missing, but not what it once was, either.Anyway, Hughes (now 1-2) and cagey veteran Freddy Garcia (0-1, 6.97) look like the two likely candidates for pen duties once the reinforcements are ready, and while one Yankees person wondered aloud whether Garcia has anything at all left, the reality is he’s gotten by with almost nothing for two years now. Rothschild said the issue in Garcia’s slow start is really location, which needs to be very good when a pitcher has little to nothing.No one Yankees starter has really pitched to their past performance yet, with Rothschild seeing ace CC Sabathia’s issue as his usual early-season woes and Hiroki Kuroda’s as a league adjustment. Not a moment needs to be wasted on the great Sabathia (1-0, 5.59), and Rothschild asserted about Kuroda, who sandwiched one stellar no-run game with two poor performances, “He certainly has the pitches to pitch in the league.” Ivan Nova’s numbers (2-0, 4.15) look best of all, though opposing batters are hitting .333 against him.Yankees people aren’t putting a timetable on Pettitte, who’s 39 and took last year off, though a week or two into May would seem logical if he can do it. Team higerups have suggested amazing hope and faith regarding Pettittood dream come true.As a player, Hughes was synonymous with the success of Manchester United.But he revealed to Chelsea Magazine: “A lot of my mates, all the same age, supported them and I think it’s safe to say there’s a lot of Chelsea fans because e, whose playoff pedigree is among the best in the game. Meanwhile, there’s really no way they can have an exact timetable for Pineda, whose issues have been his shape and his shoulder and who was throwing five-to-eight mph slower this spring than last.So while the Yankees have depth and will eventually have more options than almost anyone else, they still haven’t found one starter who’s really pitching great yet.

Orioles sign Dontrelle Willis to minor-league deal


Pick your cliche here. We could go with: You can’t derailnham star Jamie O’Hara believes that Jose Mourinho is the right man to lead the club.And he points to their recent 2-0 win over Manchester City as testament to the Portuguese manager’s quality.Mourinho took over from Mauricio Pochettino in the middle the D-Train. Or maybe: This cat has nine lives. Whatever we choose, the news remains the same: has again found a job after being released by the Phillies last week. Willis allowed five hits, five earned runs and four walks in just 2 2/3 innings for the Phillies this spring. The biggest news here, at least for me, is which team has signed the 30-year-old left-hest Ham United.Goals from Bernard and Gylfi Sigurdsson secured a 2-0 win for the Blues at Goodison and in the process ended a four game losing streak that had piled the pressure on Silva. “I think we clearly deserved the three points, but we should sander: The Baltimore . Tuesday evening. The Orioles now have approximately one pitcher in camp for every dollar of our nation’s debt. I kid, I kid. But it’s awfully crowded. Here’s a non-complete list of potential Orioles starting pitchers this season: , , , , , , , , , , and . Sos a reunion with Real Madrid attacker James Rodriguez.AS says Ancelotti has long been a big fan of James, having worked with him as Real and also Bayern Munich coach.And a reunion is now being considered as the January market swings open.For his part if you ever pitched at a high level and feel like you’re in even decent shape, it can’t hurt to report to Orioles camp. They don’t seem to be content with any number of competitors for the pitching staff.

Leonard Williams trade rumor: Jets reportedly taking calls for former top-10 pick


The are widely considered sellers ahead of the ‘s Oct. 29 trade deadline, and , the players they’re selling include a guy the team drafted sixth overall just four years ago.

Teams have reportedly been calling new Jets general manager Joe Douglas about the availability of defensive lineman , New York’s first-round pick in 2015, and Douglas has not turned them away, Vacchiano wrote Friday. That doesn’t mean the Jets are actively shopping the 25-year-old starter, but it also doesn’t mean they’re averse to dealings a top ten finish is within their grasp.The Saints have gone through major changes as Ralph Hasenhuttl took over as coach last season. Gunn told the Mirror: “We ­definitely want to aim for the top half of the Premier League.“Having a younger sq him. The sense around the league, per Vacchiano, is that Douglas and the Jets “know time is running out” and are more open to trading Williams than in the past.

A coveted front-four presence coming out of USC, Williams hasn’t missed a single game since coming to the NFL and emerged as a Pro Bowler in 2016, when hisappointment after their 1-1 draw with Champions League opponents Shakhtar Donestk.City were again caugoalkeeper Mouez Hassan admits a return to England would be a priority.The Nice keeper admits he’s likely to leave after Tunisia’s African Cup of Nations campaign.Hassan had a spell on-loan with the Saints and he told Foot Mercato: “I have a preferencht by a counter-attacking goal as they went looking for a killer second against the Ukrainian champions.That cost them in defeats by Liverpool ande logged a career-best seven sacks. Since then, however, his production has dipped as he’s absorbed more double teams and focused on the “dirty work,” as Vacchiano put it, in the trenches. As an impending free agent on a team near the bottom of the AFC East, he’s long been considered a likely trade chip, especially considering the Jets might also want to shed the remaining $8.35 million on his current contract.

Vacchiano reported Friday the general expectation around the NFL is that the Jets could receive at least a third-round draft pick in exchange for Williams, who could start as either a 3-4 defensive end or 4-3 defensive tackle. He’s also not the only big name the team could be looking to move. The a day earlier that the Jets are after 2020 draft picks and have informed other teams that wide receiver , another impending free agent, “can be had” in exchange for just that.

Steelers Pro Bowler says Tom Brady’s tweet has influenced decline in holding calls


tweet during an otherwlegrini admits their thrashing by Manchester City was a poor start to the season.Pellegrini bemoaned the quantity of mistakes his side made in the 5-0 gubbing at the hands of the champions last weekend. He said: “It wasn’t a good start fans continued their protest against owner Mike Ashley as the club had their lowest Premier League attendance for nine years for their 0-0 draw with Brighton.There were rows and rows of empty seats at St James’ Park, fans still wanting Ashley out bu to the season.ise forgettable Week 3 Thursday night game has impacted how NFL games have been officiated over the past several weeks, according to one Pro Bowler.

After seven holding calls were made the first half of the ‘ eventual 20-7 win over the , , “Too many penalties. Just let us play!!!!” which received nearly 100,000 likes and over 11,000 re-tweets. Holding calls after a conference call between the league office and officials two days after the Titans win, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

While the has not offered an explanation for the recent decline in holding calls, Pro Bowl offensive guard pointed to New England’s future Hall of Fame quarterback . DeCastro mentioned Brady when asked about that took place during Pittsburgh’s Week 5 loss to the , when roughing the passer was called on Steelers linebacker  during a critical point in the game. 

“And [Adeniyi] was pushed in the back,” DeCastro told Jim Wexell of 247Sports. “I don’t know. I don’t know what you’re supposed to do. The only time they’ll do something is if the fans get mad. The constant holding calls were the same thing. Those have kind of died down since Tom Brady tweeted out something and people started saying, ‘You’re killing the game.’ You could call holding on every play.”

It’s pretty remarkable that one NFL player could have that kind of influence. But this isn’t just any player we’re talking about. It’s Tom Brady, the most accomplished player in league history and arguably the greatest player in league history. Like LeBron James in the , Bradyker Krzysztof Piatek is attracting Premier League interest.The centre-forward’s future at Milan is in doubt after the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Corriere della Sera says West Ham and Aston Villa have moved to quickly to register their interest in is at a level that no other NFL player has reached when it comes to his opinion carrying significant weight with the NFL’s front office. 

Brady’s power move is also a sign of how social media can impact pro sports. The NFL, while they do make decisions that fans don’t like from time to time, do make decisions with their consumers’ wants in mind. The NFL also surely doesn’t want negative comments about their officiating going viral, especially when the comments are being made from arguably the best player in league history. 

Regardless, it’s pretty clear that holding calls are down over the last few weeks. While that’s been a welcome change for the league’s offensive linemen, it’s also a welcome change for NFL fans who want to see less flags thrown during their viewing experience. 

Bears reportedly to cut ties with kicker Cody Parkey in move that will cost them millions


Less than one year after signing , the have apparently had enough of him. 

According , the team has decided to cut ties with Parkey in a move that will become official on March 13. Parkey was arguably the biggest free-agent signing among kickers in 2018, but he definitely didn’t pan out for the Bears. 

Not only did Parkey miss a total of 10 kicks (seven field goals, three extra points) during a disastrous regular season, but he finished with the third worst field goal percentage in the (23 of 30, 76.7 percent). Of course, the missed kick that fans in Chicago will remember the most is the one that took place during the Bears’ 16-15 wild-card loss against the . 

Wiined Evo-Stik Southern Premier side Gosport Borough on loan for the remainder of the season.Latham, now 20, signed a one-year contract extension with the club this month.He has previously enjoyed loan spells at Dorchester Town and Havant and Waterlooth just under 10 seconds to play, Parkey missed after the ball was tipped by Philadelphia’s . The flailing ball hit off the the left upright and the crossbar before bouncing out. 

Although there’s a chance the Bears might have been willing to hold on to Parkey after his rough season, those chances basically flew out the window after the kicker decided to . Bears coach Matt Nagy definitely wasn’t thrilled with Parkey’s decision to go on national television. 

Chelsea-exit-Galatasaray-open-talks-loan-40million-flop.html”>Daily MailChelsea-exit-Galatasaray-open-talks-loan-40million-flop.html”> says Galatasaray have entered negotiations with Chelsea over a potential loan deal for Bakayoko.The Frenchman spent”We always talk about ,” Nagy said in January. “We always talk as a team, we win as a team, we lose as a team. You know, I just, I didn’t necessarily think that that was too much of a ‘we’ thing. Again, I didn’t think it was a ‘we’ thing.”

The decision to cut Parkey isn’ta – with his hamstring injury ruling him out for ten weeks.Dembele looked distraught as he had to come off with an injury during Wednesday’s match against Borussia Dortmund and tests have confirmed that the injury is a serious one. He won’t be expect going to come cheap, which tells you how eager the Bears were to get rid of him. Back in March, the Bears signed Parkey to a four-year, $15 million deal that included $9 million in guaranteed money, which means Parkey is going to make $9 million from the Bears for one season of work. Due to the guarantees in Parkey’s contract, the Bears will be taking a salary cap hit of $5.2 million in 2019, even though Parkey won’t be on the team.  

When he officially gets released, Parkey will be joining a crowded free agency field at kicker that includes and . For more on the kickers who are slated to be . 

WATCH: Steelers’ Martavis Bryant scores first touchdown after yearlong suspension


did something Sunday that he hadn’t managed since Week 13 of the 2015 season: Haul in a regular-season touchdown reception. If you’re counting fingers and toes, that’s 651 days.

missed tomething special” in the Carabao Cup.The Toffees must defeat Lh chasing Linfield whizkid Charlie Allen.The 15-year-old has already impressed on trials with Spurs and Manchester City.The Chelsea-transfer-news-Charlie-Allen-Linfield-Southampton-Tottenham-Man-City-Rangers”>Daily Express says Chelsea and Saints wanincoln City on Wednesday night if Silva wishes for his dream to come true.”We have to react and, since the day after the Villa game, the players have shown a very good reaction,” he said.”he 2016 season because of a suspension, but came into 2017 as a key cog in what was expected to be one of the league’s best offenses. The unit struggled in Week 1 against the — Bryant had only two catches for 14 yards — but it’s only a matter of time before Ben Roethilsberger, and Bryant catch up with ,ndouts to stricken lower-division clubs. Albion’s vc and chief executive says bailing out a club like Bury, who went out of the EFL recently, would be unfair on well-run rivals and would encourage excessive risk-taking. In the match programme for Bur who had an otherworldly effort in Cleveland (11 targets, 11 receptions, 182 yards).


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Denver Broncos make ‘difficult decision’ to release Pro Bowl safety T.J. Ward


The NFL’s new roster-cutdown policy has led to a deluge of moves this weekend, as teams have only a few days to trim their rosters from 90 players down to 53. We’ve got and a list of , but Saturday brought wilinked with Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.Sportmediaset says Milinkovic-Savic is one of the most highly-rated midfielders in Europe and English clubs are keen to sign him this summer with United currently at the head of the queue. The playth it another big name that’s heading to the open market. 

In a move first reported by .com and later confirmed by the team, the have parted ways with safety T.J. Ward. 

Ward’s name had surfaced in trade rumors earlier this week, but Broncos coach Vance Joseph . Just a few days later, he’s been let go with no compensation at all. The move saves the Broncos $3.25 million against the salary cap, with $1.25 million counting against their books asJack Clarke and immediately loaned him back to the Championship club for the 2019-20 season.Clarke is Spurs’ first signing since Brazil forward Lucas Moura joined from Paris St-Germain inarcelona would suit him.The France attacker has found himself pushed to the flank to make room for skipper Leo Messi.He explained, “It is certain that playing in the centre is better for me. I have my bearings. I’ve been managing this position for ye January 2018.The 18-year-old has signed a deal with the Premie dead money. 

Broncos president of football operations John Elway called the move “a difficult decision.”

The Broncos still have one of the better secondaries in football with Chris Harris Jr., , and at corner, plus at the other safety spot. They have several options they can use to replace Ward, with William Parks and likely to pick up a bunch of snaps. 

As for Ward, there should be plenty of interest for his services around the league. He may not be a Pro Bowl quality player anymore, but he’s still got plenty left in the tank. He should be at or near the top of the wish list for teams in need of an in-the-box safety. The and are two playoff hopefuls who could use an upgrade at the position. 

How to watch, live stream Texans vs. Patriots: Time, channel, odds, predictions


Are you ready for a hard sell? Because you’re about to get a hard sell on the Patriots-Texans game, easily the least entertaining game on the schedule this weekend. The are either 15- or 16-point favorites depending on where you pick up the line, and just about no one expects them to lose.

It might not be worth anything more than DVR-ing the game and watching it later. But I have an even better idea. Call your favorite restaurant and book a dinner at 6:30 or 7 p.m. with your significant other. Tell him/her you are skipping football to spend time together out of love.

Then click right here and , get a free week trial, and stream the Patriots-Texans game while you’re out and about. Lay that phone on your lap at the restaurant and encourage your loved one to chug water and visit the bathroom at least six times. Visit the bathroom yourself eight times. You’ll get to watch all of the game and score brownie points.

If you end up staying in and watching the game for whatever reason … well, good for you too. It might end up being better than expected. Maybe.

Some people think this game will be close late. That includes CBS Sports Nick Kostos, my partner in crime on the Roughing the Passer Podcast (!), who believes the are the lock of the millenium (listen below).

The reality is these two teams met in the regular season when was suspended and the Patriots, who started at quarterback, beat the Texans 27-0.

The line is historically high for a reason. The Patriots losing would go down as an all-time upset, maybe even bigger than New England losing an undefeated season to the in 2007.

That seems like hyperbole, but this Texans team doesn’t belong on the same field. has looked really good and has blossomed into the player the Texans wanted when theto train hard.The Belgian has received criticism for his conditioning since joining Real Madrid this summer.”Hazard has an incredible talent,” Mikel told beIN Sports in Turkey. “Maybe not as good as [Lionel] Messi, but he can do whatever he wants wity took him in the first round. This Houston defense is good, but it’s also coached by a guy in Romeo Crennel who was mentored by Bill Belichick.

Everyone on this staff spent time in New England, so the head games are out of control here. If it does end up being close, there will be high drama.

How to Watch What: Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots When: Saturday, January 14, 8:15 p.m. ET Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts TV: CBS Streaming: , Online: (available to watch online after midnight) Odds: The Patriots are 16-point favorites, according to .Injury report

WR (Knee) — Questionable

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The Patriots have dominated the Texans over the years, beating them 27-0 in Week 3 this season with Jacoby Brissett at quarterback. Tom Brady is back now, which isn’t a good thing for the Texans’ teague star Jan-Aage Fjortoft says RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner would be the ideal signing for Liverpool.After hitting the winner from the spot at Tottenham last night, Werner declared himself “very proud” knowing Liverpool were interested in him.Anop-ranked defense. Houston looked good on defense last week, but that was for the . This will be Brady and his quick passing game. Can the Texans get to him? If they can, the Patriots might have issues.

I just don’t think the Texans will be able to put up too many points here with against the league’s top-scoring defense. The Houston defense will keep it close for a while, but in the end Brady will get it going and pull it out in the second half.

Patriots 23, Texans 13

2016 Final NFL MVP Vote: Matt Ryan holds off Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers


Back in September, the CBS Sports NFL writing staff submitted None of us picked quarterback .

We had no real reason to, considering Ryan was coming off a 2015 season that saw him throw 21 touchdowns and 16 interceptions, average 7.5 yards per attempt, and post a 89.0 passer rating. Kyle Shanahan’s offense failed the first time around. Ryan was even a month before this season.

On Tuesday, the CBS Sports writing staff submitted our final MVP ballot. We didn’t hand the award to , who led our vote for most of the year, or or rookie sensation . We gave the award to Ryan.

Final 2016 MVP vote Matt Ryan — 24 Tom Brady — 20 Aaron Rodgers — 14 awards, derby drama and a 16-year-old goalscorer.After three LaLiga Santander rounds, just one team with a 100 percent record remains. Atleti fought back from a 2-0 deficit to earn a 3-2 home win over Eibar, taking them top with nine points from a p Ezekiel Elliott — 9 — 8

Below, you’ll find our individual ballots. Of note: All five writers chose the same five players and four of our five writers placed Ryan in first. So, he was nearly a unanimous choice.

Ryan Brady Bell Rodgers Elliott

Ryan has been the best quarterback in football this year on an 11-win team that also featured the 27th-ranked defense in points allowed. He posted a better completion percentage, yards per attempt, touchdown percentage, and passer rating than Brady and Rodgers. He quarterbacked He’s the MVP. And, to be honest, it wasn’t even much of a debate for me.

Jared Dubin’s top 5Ryan Brady Elliott Rodgers Bell

Ryan was the best quarterback in the NFL this season and led one of the 10 best scoring offenses in NFL history. He led the league in yards per attempt, passer rating, touchdown rate, DYAR, DVOA, and QBR, and he outperformed Brady in games against common opponents. He had a great offensive line, two good running backs, and , but everyone on this list is working with good teammates. Everybody gets some help.

Brady was downright incredible this year, setting a new record for TD:INT ratio and keeping the Pats humming even without Gronk over the final few weeks. Had he played 16 games, he might have pushed in front of Ryan for me. It’s not necessarily his fault he didn’t play those four games, but he really did sit out. It happened.

Zeke was the best player on what was the league’s best team for mer saga involving Alfredo Morelos.The Colombian international is wanted by the likes of Leicester City after his red hot form in the Scottish Premiership. Morelos has 22 goals in 26 games this term.But Gers chairman Dave King has rejected the idea ofost of the season. Anyone that thinks anybody could do what he did this year didn’t actually watch the Cowboys. Rodgers pushed his way onto the list with his ridiculous final six games, but he did contribute to Green Bay being 4-6 in the first place and I can’t pretend that didn’t happen. Still, another awesome season and he’s absolutely on fire heading into the playoffs. And Bell might just be the best player in football. Had he not missed four games, he also might have pushed higher on the list.

Ryan Wilson’s top 5Brady Ryan Rodgers Bell Elliott

Brady finished with 3,554 yards, 28 touchdowns and just two interceptions in 12 games, and looks nothing like a 39-year-old, 17-year veteran. Ryan, meanwhile, had 4,944 passing yards, 38 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 16 games to go along with a 117.1 passer rating. And if you’re into the whole advanced stats thing, Brady was No. 2 in value per play among passers, according to Football Outsiders’ metrics, and Ryan was No. 1. And according to Pro Football Focus, Brady graded out as the league’s best quarterback while Ryan was second.

It took until Week 16 but Ezekiel Elliott finally cracked our top five. This isn’t a knock on him or what he’s been able to accomplish as a rookie, but an acknowledgement that he has a fantastic supporting cast that includes an all-world offensive line, , and the other rookie in the Cowboys’ backfield, quarterback . Still, Elliott has been consistently great this season and it’s hard to overlook his 1,631 rushing yards, 5.1 YPC afee.The 19-year-old, who has agreed a two-year-deal with the option of a further 12 months, has experience of playing in the EFL with Bury and joins the under-23s ahead of the 2019/20 season.Wolves U23 coach Rob Edwards is pleased with the first imprverage, or his 15 touchdowns.

John Breech’s top 5Ryan Brady Rodgers Elliott Bell

Matt Ryan must’ve taken my ballot last week as a personal challenge. Going into Week 17, I had Ryan at No. 3 and said that I’d need to see him throw at least six touchdown passes if I was going to move him up to No. 1. Although he didn’t do that against the (he ONLY threw four), I’m still moving him up to No. 1.

The bottom line is that Ryan just finished one of the most impressive seasons put together by any quarterback in NFL history. The one stat that really stood out to me was Ryan’s 9.26 yards per attempt. That total was higher than any quarterback since 2000 (when Kurt Warner hit it and won MVP), and higher than even Rodgers’ 2011 total when the quarterback won the MVP after putting together one of the best all-around seasons for a QB in NFL history.

Ryan led the Falcons to the No. 2 overall seed in the NFC plus a first-round bye despite the fact that he was stuck on a team that had the NFL’s seventh-worst defense in terms of total yards surrendered. Basically, Ryan and the Falcons offense had to outscore everyone they played, and that’s exactly what they did.

Although I love what Ezekiel Elliott did in Dallas, I could just as easily give his vote to Dak Prescott. As for Brady, he was good, just not better than Ryan.

If Ryan doesn’t win it, it will prove everyone in Atlanta’s theory that the media doesn’t know the Falcons exist.

Will Brinson’s top 5Ryan Rodgers Brady Elliott Bell

I kind of feel like I’m taking crazy pills here because Matt Ryan just put up a historically good season and he’s not getting nearly enough credit for it. The Falcons quarterback played lights out all season, even when Julio Jones was gone, and ended up passing for just under 5,000 yards. He’s one of three quarterbacks in the last 25 years to average 9 yards per pass attempt while throwing for 4,500 yards and 35 passing touchdowns. The other two — in 2004 and Aaron Rodgers in 2011 — were slam dunk MVP winners. Ryan should be too.

Titans Notebook: Can RB Chris Johnson end prolonged slump?


A more focused, disciplined and chiseled has promised to put a career-worst season behind him.

At times during training camp, the ‘ running back compared his recent career-path to one encountered by LeBron James over the last year. Just as the most valuable player rebounded from a trying season in 2010, a humbled Johnson is motivated to prove his doubters wrong.

Still, Johnson’s numbers through three preseason games are similar to his statistics from 2011. Johnson has rushed for 81 yards on 28 carries (2.9 yards per carry) after Thursday’s win over the Cardinals. Last season, the All-Pro running back rushed for 1,047 yards (4.0 ypc) — both career lows.

On several carries, Johnson again appeared hesitant to attack the creases in the defense by dancing for too long after taking a handoff. It was a tendency that limited Johnson’s production throughout the 2011 season.

“If you get that mistake corrected, there would have been an opportunity for the big one,” Johnson said.

The Titans faced an Arizona defense known for stacking the box with its safeties. If Johnson found an opening on the second level, he may have broken a couple of runs for long gains.

“They are a good defense,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “There were a couple runs we had with CJ that we got a lot of one-yard gains or one-yard losses. We just have to eliminate some of (them).”

In an early-August joint practice with the Falcons, Johnson arguably had the best performance of any player on the Titans’ roster. Munchak lauded Johnson for his sharp cutting and decisiveness in hitting the holes. Johnson also demonstrated speed on the outside in two touchdown runs last week vs. the Buccaneers.

Munchak doesn’t expect to play more than a half in next Thursday’s preseason finale vs. the Saints. Locker played deep into the third quarter against the Cardinals.

Defensive tackle injured his elbow just before halftime against Arizona and will likely miss the New Orleans game, Munchak said. Cornerback (concussion) has been ruled out. Defensive end Dave Ball, who has missed the majority of the preseason with concussion-like symptoms, will be held out of practice next week.

Defensive irre believes Gareth Bale can yet stay with Real Madrid.Bale was jeered by home fans during victory over Real Sociedad – his first appearance since celebrating Wales’ Euros qualification with a flag mocking his commitment to Madrid.Mexican great Aguilinemen (shoulder) and (knee) could also be sidelined.

Rookie wide receiver has developed instant chemistry with Locker during the preseason. Wright leads the Titans in receptions with eight and receiving yards with 100.

On Thursday, Locker impressed Munchak by cheArroyo has joined Liverpool’s first team for the start of preseason training.The Liverpool Echo says Arroyo is yet to make an appearance for Liverpool after joining from Fortaleza in his Colombian homeland in February 2018.While Liverpool supporters cking a run into a pass on a 10-yard touchdown completion to Wright in the first quarter. Locker took a three-step drop and connected with Wright on a back shoulder fade route.

“I just played over top of him, he had a good release off the ball,” Locker said. “It was something we worked on in practice, he kind of had an expectation for it.”

flashed his potential yet again on Thursday with a spectacular, over the shoulder 35-yard catch. Cook’s 15.5 yards per catch average in 2011 was among the highest by tight ends in the AFC.

The Titans agreed to terms with cornerback on Thursday Greenwood’s eye for goal.The 18-year-old joined Brandon Williams on the scoresheet in Sunday’s draw with Sheffield United, taking his season tally to 4.”It’s definitely a special feeling [for both of them to score], Brandon especially,” Rashford tolon a five-year, $43 million extension, according to ESPN. Could Cook be next? Cook’s contract expires after the season.

“I’m not really focused on it,” Cook said. “There’s still another year on my contract. My job is to be here to play football.”

The 10 highest-paid tight ends in the this season will all earn at least $3.6 million in base salary. Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis, the fifth-highest paid tight end, is set to earn a base salary of $4.2 million.

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