Bournemouth have snapped up French teen Noa Boutin


vice president Dan Duquette confirmed to on Sunday that prospect is dealing with a mild elbow issue. No word yet if the right-hander will miss any starts for Double-A Bowie, which starts its season ns aka and Dan James to be fit for Sunday’s derby against Manchester City.Maguire missed Thursday’s FA Cup win at Dnchester United greatness.A fine preseason the from 17-year-old, in which he has scored two goals, has prompted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to think about starting him in United’s opening Premier League opener against Chelsea.Shaw has been training alongsiderby County after twisting his ankle in training, but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful the United skipper will recover in time to fafter their 3-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in Indiana.Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster scored for the European champions but goals from Paco Alcacer, Thomas Delaney and Jacob Bruun Larsen were enough for Dortmund to take a deserved 3-2 win at the Thursday. “Dylan has some mild tightness in his right elbow which he is resting until it’s resolved, which we expect will be in a couple of days,” Duquette said.Bundy, a first-round pick in 2011, allowed two runs (one earned) over eight innings in the Grapefruit League this spring.

unachievable dream”.It was claimed – and quickly d


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

Spring training injury update: Bad news for Hanley Ramirez?


Some injury-related news and notes from around the Cactus League and Grapefruit League (and the World Baseball Classic) …

: As’s Scott Miller reported, is . Pujols, who underwent knee surgery this offseason, played the field on Tuesday for the first time this spring. … RP experienced further discomfort in his surgically repaired elbow and is limited to long toss. He’ll open the season on the DL. (Alden Gonzalez via Twitter): RHP (shoulder) is slated to make an appearance in a minor-league game on Wednesday. He’s not likely to be ready for opening day. (Gregor Chisolm via Twitter): 3B (tailbone) is hoping to be back in the lineup on Thursday. () : 3B (quad) will not be ready for opening day. ()   … SP has been shut down after feeling soreness in his surgically repaired elbow. () : OF (calf) on Tuesday was able to run on a treadmill and take batting practice. It still appears he’ll open the regular season on s plans.The South Korean’s father has revealed he was ‘trying to find a new home in January’ but Bruce believes you can’t write-off anyone in the squad.”I’m never going to rule out anyone. [Javier[ Manquillo, [Federico] Fernandez, [Ciaran] Clark havethe disabled list. (Jack Magruder via Twitter):’s Danny Knobler reports SS . He’ll be examined by team doctors on Wednesday. … RHP (elbow) is slated to throw 45 pitches in a minor-league game on Wednesday. will be dispatched to catch him. () … GM Ned Colletti said he thinks OF (elbow surgery) will be reagement are fast-tracking Joe White through their youth teams.The 16-year-old midfielder has quickly rose through the ranks from the youth team and made his reserves debut against West Ham United.White has been training with the first team but Under-ady by opening day. (): 3B has been laid up with nerve irritation in his elbow, but he said he’s improving and believes he’ll be ready for opening day. () : Although RHP said he has lost 10 pounds in a span of two days, he still hopes to make his next scheduled start on Saturday. () : Ace is still sidelined with neck stiffness. After a Tuesday workout, his status still isn’t known. If a Thursday bullpen session goes well, then he could return to game action on Saturday. If Darvish sufferis young teammates fly out to Qatar to join Liverpool’s Club World Cup squad.Sixteen-year-old Elliott was the youngest and most impressive member of the Reds’ youngest ever side which featured in the 5-0 Carabao Cup quarter-final defeat at Villa Parks a setback or shows no progress, his status for opening day could be in doubt. () : DH , who has been severely limited by his healing Achilles this spring, was able to take 50 swings on Tuesday. He’s still likely to open the season on the DL. () … SS (concussion) is headed to Pittsburgh for additional testing. There’s no timetable for his return. () : LHP (shoulder surgery) was battered in his fourth start of the spring. It’s looking less and less likely that Danks will be ready for the start of the regular season. (: SS/Cap’n underwent an MRI and X-ray on his mending ankle.’s Scott Miller reports . Jeter’s day-to-day. … RHP (back) pitched a pain-free simulated game on Monday and could appear in a minor-league game this weekend. ()

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eny the penalty of former Arsenal teammate Jeff-Re


The Brewers have the top of his January shopping list.The Mirror says Lampard is set to move for Zaha next month to beef up Chelsea’s attack – despites-Mesut-Ozil-Sead-Kolasinac-return-Arsenal-training-following-security-scare.html”>Daily MailArsenal-news-Mesut-Ozil-Sead-Kolasinac-return-Arsenal-training-following-security-scare.html”> says Arsenal are optimistic the pair will be cleared to play a reaching the Champions League knockout stages. Zaha made clear during the summer he is desperate to leave Crystal P extended the contract of outfielder for three years, real see the Dane as a successor to veteran playmaker Luka Modric and El Chiringuito reports a deal is already settled.Reporter Jaime Astrain claims a fee and personal terms have now been struck by all parties.An announcement is due after the Championsports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Wednesday. The 27-year-old Gomez has hit well this spring after deciding not to play in the World Baseball Classic. Gomez is batting .529 over 17 at-bats with a home run, an RBI and two stolen bases.

price for Morgan Sanson.The midfielder is a targe


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.

hel Seri has plenty of suitors this summer.The all


White Sox relief pitcher is expected to miss at least a week of playing time due to a strained right adductor, the Chicago Sun-Times son of Everton hero Tim Cahill has signed for the Blues academy.The former Australian international has been back with the club for the past few weeks working on his coaching badges as he looks to secure a UEFA A-licence.The 39-year-old announced hi reports. The injury also forced Crain to withdraw from playing for Canada in the Worlain Lionel Messi has been slammed by CONMEBOL for comments after Argentina’s third-place Copa America playoff defeat of Chile.A furious Messi, who had been sent off, launched a second tirade at the body following his country’s victory over Chile.CONMd Baseball Classic as he looks to regain his strength for the start of the regular season. “I’m bummed about it but I have to get ready for the season,” he said. ” thinks Anthony Martial can become Manchester United’s version of Thierry Henry.Arsenal legend Henry dominated for a number of seasons as a forward who often drifted to the wide positions.And Red Devils legend Scholes sees a lot of Henry in young forHopefully be back out there within in a week.”

The Lineup: Orioles take flight; can Yanks pick up pieces?


Panic in the AL East! Over in Central country, though, it wasn’t a good night to pitch for either Chicago squad … 

– Tuesday night’s 12-0 slaughter of the Blue Jays not only extended Baltimore’s scoreless-innings streak to 22 and gave them a record of 60-0 when leading after seven innings, but it also pushed them into a first-place tie with the Yankees. Damn the negative run differential, the Orioles are in first place! In September! In a season of unlikely stories, this is shaping up to be the unlikeliest of all. A nation asks: Can they do it?: The D.C. first baseman had a night to remember on Tuesday. In the course of an 11-5 thumping of the Cubs, LaRoche went 4-for-4 with a pair of home runs and a walk. He’s now hitting a nifty .266/.338/.498 on the season.

: Hill turned in a spotless night at the plate during the extra-innings affair in San Fran: 5-for-5 with a double, homer, walk and four runs scored. Among those hits was Hill’s leadoff single to start the 11th. Moments later, he scored the eventual winning run. Hill’s oustanding season continues.: From a perfect game to … this? After coming out of the bullpen against Minnesota irror says Arsenal boss Unai Emery is a big fan of Izzo, 27, and would like to see him in North London.Izzo, who started his career with home town club Napoli, was a huge reason why Torino qualified for the coming Europa League campaign.Emery had Izzon Tuesday night, Humber somehow managed to give up eight runs on seven hits and two walks in just one-third of an inning. Yes: eight runs, 0.1 innings pitched. Even the one out he recorded was a sac fly. : Rusin’s second major-league start did not go swimmingly. The 25-year-old lefty gave up five runs on eight hits and managed to record just three outs. Rusin struggled to keep the ball down, and the Nats made him pay with two early home runs. : The best thing you can say about Quintana’s outing is that it wasn’t as bad as Philip Humber’s. Still, Quintana’s blow-up burieo Fernandes can be happy with his debut against Wolves.The former Sporting CP captain impressed in the 0-0 draw.Lindelof said, “It’s not easy to come in here. “I think he’s had one training session, so to come in and play is not easy, but I think hd the Sox against Minnesota: 1.1 IP, 7 R, 5 H, 2 K, 2 BB. Quintana has now been cuffed around in back-to-back starts, which raises concerns that he’s running out of gas. Needless to say, the White Sox hope that isn’t the case. : R.A. Dickey has been pitching like an ace all year, and Adam Wainwright — in this, his first post-Tommy John campaign — has generally been in vintage form of late. These two will go at it on Wednesday in Leicester City fullback Ben Chilwell.Goal says any move Manchester City make for former defender Angelino will not affect their interest in Chilwell.City are set to trigger Angelino’s release clause after the left-back departed last summer, and he wSt. Louis. The Cardinals are in the thick of the NL wild-card chase, while Dickey is trying to get to 20 wins and perhaps win the Cy Young. : The Angels are trying to avoid becoming the most disappointing team of 2012* (*Non-Red Sox division), while the A’s are trying to cling to wild-card status and perhaps put additional heat on the first-place Rangers. Dan Haren, coming off one of his best starts of the year, goes for L.A., while Oakland sends out ace Brandon McCarthy. : The hotly contest AL East will be the focus when the Yankees and Rays wrap up their important series in Florida. The Yanks will pitch their surprise ace, 37-year-old Hiroki Kuroda (3.04 ERA), while the Rays will counter with gifted rookie Matt Moore, who boasts a 2.08 ERA since the break. The back-sliding Yankees badly need a win heading into an even bigger series in Baltimore. • : Cubs GM Jed Hoyer has new home, and it’s a $2.1-million, five-bedroom house in Chicago’s tawny Lincoln Park neighborhood. The Chicago Tribune . • : . It’s also for a great cause. It’s also in New Jersey. • : Progressive. Field. Wind. Turbines. Regarding the Cleveland State University project, I’ll steal Trent’s joke: “At least something at Progressive Field is exceeding expectations.” [] • : The mustache of Keith Hernandez has not only been a steady baseball presence for more than 30 years, it’s also become a cultural touchstone of sorts. But might Hernandez soon shave his iconic tickler? Perish the thought. [] • : During the near-brawl between the Rangers and Royals on Monday, KC broadcasters had some pointed words for Texas outfielder Nelson Cruz, who’s half-hearted stroll toward the mound kicked off the festivities. : 

“You don’t need to stand there that long against Bruce Chen. You’re not that good.””If you want a piece of him, go get him.””I agree with you 100 percent. If you’re going to charge the mound, don’t stand there and wait for someone to grab you. Go get him.””And he’s still over there crying at first base.”

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Rangers agree to 1-year, $5 million deal with Roy Oswalt


Roy Oswalt has signed with the , Insider Jon Heyman confirms. . Oswalt, 34, was 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA with the last season, but had two stints on the disabled list with a back issue., Oswalt received better offers from the Dodgers, Cardinals and Phillies, but chose the Rangers to play for team president Nolan Ryan. The Red Sox and made offers to him in the offseason, but Oswalt chose to wait for the season to start to land in either Texas or .Oswalt had said he wanted to return to the mound by Juom Inter Milan for Ashley Young.The London Evening Standard says Young is on the verge of completing a move to Inter Milan after Manchester United agreed a fee of around £1.3m for their club captain.Young has already agreed a deal in principal with ne 15, but that may be a bit optimistic for someone who hasn’t pitched since last season. Fraley reports that Oswalt will make “a few” minor-league starts before joining the Rangers’ rotation.Oswalt spoke to the Rangheir Champions League win at Inter Milan.La Masia graduates Carlos Perez and Ansu Fati struck for the 2-1 triumph to condemn Inter to the players are discussing qualifying for the Champions League.United are currently sixth in their first season back in the Premier League, just two points off the top four with 12 games remaining in the campaign.”There’s no getting away from the facthe Europa League.Valverde said, “You can think about how a game will go, but you ultimately don’t know for sure whaers in the offseason, but at that time their rotation was full. Since then Neftali Feliz went on the DL with an elbow injury and was replaced in the rotation by , the team’s long reliever..For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

Jared Goff on Rams’ struggling offense: ‘We expect to be better’


The are 3-0 and in first place in the NFC West. But if you’ve watched their games, you probably can’t help but be a bit underwhelmed by their performance thus far. Wade Phillips’ defense has lived up to or perhaps even exceeded expectations, but the relative struggles the offense experienced over the latter portion of last season have carried over to this year. 

As of this writing, the Rams rank just 16th in yards per game, eighth in points per game, and 16th in offensive efficiency, per Football Outsiders’ DVOA. They ranked second behind only the in all three categories a year ago. 

The main thing that has slipped off for the Rams is their passing game. Despite concerns about health and utilized by the , , and last seaitter account hacked.After being forced to apologise on behalf of Peter Lim to the Valencia squad for Marcelino’s sacking, his Twitter account was hacked on Wednesday night.Murthy managed to regain control of his account, stating that he’d been hackeson, the Los Angeles run game has been pretty efficient this year. Meanwhile, completion percentage, yards per attempt, touchdown rate, interception rate, passer rating, QBR, perfoto benefit from increased squad investment and a new leadership structure as the club sets its sights on challenging for major honours, reports part of changes announced today, an injection of increased resources for squad devermance under pressure, play-action success, and deep passing efficiency are all down significantly. Goff 44-year-old had been head of the club’s academy since 2016.The former United midfielder will report to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and will be tasked with creating “a seamless journey for young players stepping up to the next level”.”Manchester United is inknows that he’s not yet lived up to expectations. 

“For us internally, our standards are so high, especially offensively,” Goff said this week, . “We expect to be better, and we need to be if we want to win games late in the year. We’ve been fortunate enough to do enough to win these past three games, but we know that in certain games down the road, it won’t be enough. We need to elevate that standard even further and continue to be detailed and be sharp on offense.”

Some of the Rams’ relative passing game struggles can be attributed to having played against three strong defenses in the , , and ; and that could be rectified by facing the , , and within the next five weeks before they head into their bye. But the Rams also need to do a better job of A. scheming guys open; B. protecting Goff long enough to see those openings; and C. having Goff deliver the ball on time and on target. 

“I haven’t done a good enough job for us,” Rams coach Sean McVay admitted this week. “I think it starts with me. I like the way we’ve responded and been able to finish games out in the second half, but we expect to be sharper overall. If I do a better job, and then everybody else does a little bit better, we’re hopeful that we’ll see better results.”

McVay is widely considered one of the best offensive minds in the game. It seems somewhat unlikely that his offense has just been “solved,” given the amount of success he’s already had. But the Rams are definitely searching right now. Stacking three wins while doing that search helps, but they need to get on track if they want to accomplish all of their goals. 

DeSean Jackson reportedly to play in Eagles’ season opener despite broken finger


The will have on the field for the season opener. Eagles insider Dave Spadaro said prior to the team’s final against the that Jackson will play in Week 1 against the , eliminating all doubts regarding his availability for the opener. Jackson suffered a broken ring finger in practice ted Hugo Lloris send a private WhatsApp message to the squad after his departure, it has been revealed.The Argentine’s five-and-a-half year reign in north London was brought to an end last week, when he was sacked by Daniel Levy with the side in 14thearlier in the week, which was . He was scheduled to er City, Liverpool and Newcastle striker Craig Bellamy has been named U21 coach at Anderlecht.Bellamy joins the staff of new Anderlecht player-manager Vincent Kompany.Anderlecht youth director Jean Kindermans said: “We are very happy with Craig’s atry a custom splint on Wednesday for the broken ring finger on his left hand.

Jackson has been arguably the best deep-ball receiver since he entered the league in 2008, leading the league in yards per catch four times and having a career yards per catch average of 17.4. Since Jackson’s first stint with the Eagles, he has 233 catches for 4,144 yards (17.8 yards per catch) and 21 touchdowns.

Jackson has produced the most 60-plus-yard receiving touchdowns (24) in history and ranks second in 50-plus-yard receiving touchdowns (29), trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rmery has defended his decision to rest Mesut Özil for Thursday’s Europa League tie with Eintracht Frankfurt.The German has only played 71 minutes so far this season, but Emery says he needed to stay in London this week.”We are playing now a lot of mice (36). He also leads all NFL players in 40-plus-yard receptions (63) since 2008, further solidifying his status as one of the most productive receivers in the league.

Jackson had seven catches that went over 30 yards in 2018, and four were for touchdowns. Jackson had 41 catches for 774 yards and four touchdowns in 2018, leading the NFL with 18.9 yards per catch, proving he still is one of the best deep-ball receivers in the game. 

The Eagles will have Jackson and his much anticipated return on schedule, a second coming five years in the making. 

Odell Beckham Jr. still dealing with nagging hip injury, hoping adrenaline takes over on Sunday


star wide receiver  Jr. was not listed on the team’s injury report on Wednesday, but that doesn’t mean that he’s healthy.

Beckham Jr. is still dealing with a hip injury, and he says that it’s getting better, “but it’s something that prevents me from opening up and sprinting,” he told .

Naturally, opening up and sprinting is very important for a wide receiver, and it has many wondering how effective he will be against the on Sunday. Beckham Jr. clearly still plans on suiting up, but if he will feel 100% is a totally different issue. When he was asked if 90% of him is better than 100 of someone else, he responded by saying, “I’m confident in me.” 

He’s hoping that the adrenaline takes over when he plays in front of the Dawg Pound as a Brown for the first time. 

The former star says that he has never dealt with something like this before and that he’s been rehabbing his hip every day. The three-time Pro Bowler is expectdknapp does not believe Manchester City would swap winning the domestic treble for a place in the Champions League final.City can wrap up an unprecedented treble with a victory over Watford at Wembley on Saturday.They were knocked out of the Championed to play a big part in this offense in 2019 — a campaign many are hoping will be the best one for Cleveland in over a decade. 

Beckham has missed 16 of his last 32 games with various injuries to his lower body (ankle, quad). A hamstring injury caused himrrard and the prospect of a Liverpool return.Ferguson says fans could be left worried about losing their boss after Frank Lampard became Chelsea manager earlier this month.He told the Daily Record: “Watching Frank Lampard’s unveiling at Chear first team football and doesn’t believe he can get that with Los Che.Superdeporte says Valencia are unwilling to sell the midfielder, but are prepared to release him for loan.Ajax and Espanyol are among several clubs interested in Lee.Valencia manlsea the to miss the first four games of his rookie season in 2014. 

If for some reason Beckham Jr. is on a pitch count this weekend, expect either or to get more reps. The Browns also have former Titans wideout , who Tennessee shipped to Cleveland just this past weekend. 

Josh Rosen responds with a confident, mature perspective on Dolphins naming Ryan Fitzpatrick their starting quarterback


was obviously disappointed when he heard the news from head coach Brian Flores that was named the Miged Jadon Sancho not to join Manchester United.The young English winger looks set to leave Borussia Dortmund next summer, with both United and Liverpool showing an interest.”I think he’s crazy if he goes to Man United,” Nicol told ESPN FC.”We’re talkami Dolphins starting quarterback, but you wouldn’t know it from listening to him speak. Wiser than his experience in the league suggests, Rosen acknowe needs a big squad if he is to be successful at Chelsea.Several players are unhappy with the amount of game time they have received so far this season.But with all the cup competitions in full flow, Lampard knows that he will need every member of hiledged the quarterback competition is far from over.

“I think I’ve just got to play football like I know how to play football. In our discussion when (Coach Flores) told me ‘Fitz’ (Fitzpatrick) was going to get the job, he told me that I’ve made a lot of really good, steady upward progress,” Rosen said after Thursday night’s preseason finale versus the . “I think it’s only time that this team is mine, but until then I’m going to be as supportive a backup as I can, and like I said, push him every single day.”

The quarterback battle was so close between Rosen and Fitzpatrick it took Flores four preseason games to name the starter. Based on the preseason numbers, Rosen appeared to have the edge over Fitzpatrick. Rosen completed 62.2% of his passes (28 of 45) for 352 yards and interception while Fitzpatrick completed 53.1 of his passes (17 for 32) for 166 yards and a touchdown. 

In the third , Rosen led the Dolphins on a 13 play, 99 yard drive that showed the progress he made over the past month. That helped stall Flores’s decision for a week, which helped Rosen in his quest for the job. 

“I think I’m in a pretty good spot. It’s not the spot I’d prefer to be in at the moment, but it doesn’t change my progression as a quarterback,” Rosen said. “That’s why I’m really focusing on what I can do day-to-day. In terms of my progression as a quarterback, I think I’m substantially better a quarterback now than I was three weeks ago and a way better quarterback than I was a year ago. On this progression, I think the future is pretty bright. I’m excited. I wouldn’t say it’s a setback, but the temporary – it’s not even a hurdle to cross over; it’s part of the journey.”

The Dolphins face four of the league’s best defenses in the first four weeks before the bye in Week 5. Miami opens up the season at home against the and , followed by a road trip to the than a home game against the . All four defenses finished in the top-10 in points allowed per game while three of the four finished 2018 in yards allowed per game. 

Fitzpatrick is one play away from the Dolphins turning to Rosen for good. 

“The battle and competition never stops. I’ll push him every single day for him to get better, and if he doesn’t get better, I’ll hopefully surpass him at some point,” Rosen said. “We’re teammates. We’re both , and I’m rooting for him as hard as anyone bec chance for a winner during their 0-0 draw with Everton.Meyer had a glorious opportunity to give the Eagles the lead, just moments after Jordan Ayew had failed to score from a similar position, but Jordan Pickford was equal to both attempts.Meyer saiause I think – as I said before – a rising tide raises all ships. I think our quarterback room has a lot of good talent and I think it’s making me better as well.”

NFL insider notes: Dwayne Haskins shows why he won’t be on the bench for long; Redskins and Bengals OL woes grow


LANDOVER, Maryland – had no sense of fear, no signs of any flinching, when he uncorked the 55-yard touchdown bomb under pressure. Linebacker of the was breaking free, wrapping an arm around the rookie quarterback from behind as Haskins located a free receiver deep down the left hash.

The Bengals safeties had faltered, fooled by the rookie’s hard count, receiver was a stride behind them, and Haskins coolly delivered a strike right in stride. If anything, he made it look easy, not being able to fully stride forward, under less-than-perfect conditions. It could not have been any prettier. It captured his abundant arm talent, and poise, and it stood out like a beacon on a night of often brutal football filled with penalties by two teams, the Skins and Bengals, who are probably a lot closer to a full-blown rebuild than either would like to admit.

It was what Haskins did with his mind and his mouth that was, at this stage of his development, even more impressive than what he did with his arm on the TD throw.

“I was more proud of what happened pre-snap than anything,” Haskins said after the game. “I did a hard count, showed rotation late, put the protection in and that was picked up. I still got hit but Rob did a great job of getting open. It was quarters coverage and I seen the (defensive back) back-peddling pretty slow, so I said, alright, we’re going deep. I wasn’t even worried about getting hit.”

Coach Jay Gruden said: “The best part I liked was Dwayne handled the protection and did a great job.”

For generations of football fans in these parts, beaten into apathy by a perpetually stumbling franchise, it showed hope of what might be to come. Might the Skins finally – after churning through high picks like Patrick Ramsey and Jason Campbell and RGIII and still not far removed from the saga – have a young, talented quarterback to build around? Haskins certainly flashed, and while he still has much to learn and the nuance of protections and checks and adjustments will most surely lead to him starting the season on the bench … it won’t be for all that long (I’m still thinking around Week 6).

Haskins acquitted himself well, looking left and to the middle before taking off and running for positive yards when there was nowhere to go with the ball on his firnts to stay at Bramall Lane.The 28-year-old is one of a handful of players Blades boss Chris Wilder wants to sign a new contract, with the likes of John Lundstram, Enda Stevens and John Fleck already in talks over new deals.“It’s nice that the clubst drop back. Then he just missed a big gain on a nice play-action, again moving his eyes but just throwing the ball a little high (no issues with the velocity on that one, however – his ball oozes zip). Haskins entered late in the first quarter and went the rest of tll again do battle with Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo at The Best FIFA Awards later this month.The trio have been named as the final three for the Men’s Player of the Year, after a 10-man shortlist including Harry Kane, he way, going 7-for-14, missing a few open receivers down the right sideline later in the game, and was under pressure quite a bit, settling for one intoeeper Thomas Strakosha is being tracked by Everton.Il Tempo says Everton are interested in signing goalkeeper Strakosha.The Albania international is impressing in Serie A for Lazio, conceding just 23 goals from 26 appearances so far this season.And hxicating highlight in the end.

“Dwayne shows flashes,” Gruden said. “There were a couple of shots he rushed a little bit and didn’t put enough air under it. But this is all a process for him. It was good to see him get out there and take some hits here and there and have him do the protections and get the running game going, call the plays. It’s just the presentation that I am interested in right now.”

With Williams trade inevitable, OL a massive concern

As I first reported back months ago, left tackle is entrenched in his position that he will never play for the Skins again, and if anything, the front office’s ham-handed approach to his holdout has only exacerbated things. He does not trust this team’s brass or its medical team, and a trade is inevitable. Numerous contending teams are interested, and the situation with Williams, based on everything I have heard, is past the point of no return. Oh, and in the meantime, Washington’s offensive line is a total mess. Erick Flowers at guard next to (who was getting abused by guys who likely won’t make the Bengals in the second half) at left tackle might get a quarterback or two maimed around here. It has to be a massive concern at this point.  

Finley impressive; could he see more action than we thought?

I left Bengals camp — and my conversation with coach Zac Taylor — with the distinct impression he thought rookie QB could be special. The kid certainly was Thursday night. He entered the game late in the first quarter backed up to his own end zone, and coolly led a 90-plus yard drive. He completed a great pass on third-and-long to start the drive, sensing pressure, sliding up away from pressure. He continued to carve the defense primarily in the middle of the field. He had a nice rhythm and tempo, found a few secondary receivers, showed nice mobility and very much looked the part, leading another scoring drive in the second half. On the night, Finley, who seems like the obvious No. 2 QB now with Jeff Driskell likely headed to a hybrid role, went 20-for-26 for 150 yards and two touchdowns. In what could be a lean year, and with a possible rebuild looming should the Bengals be as bad as I suspect, and with Dalton nearing the end of a very tradable contract, I can’t help but wonder if the fourth-round pick seems more action that most would have expected this season.

Bengals’ OL concerns growing

Of course, the Bengals’ offensive line woes might be even more significant than Washington’s, which in and of itself could prompt a QB change. Injuries and retirement have wiped out what was already a suspect unit. How comfortable would you be behind the grouping of , Michael Jordan, , and ? There were a bunch of early flags against the unit, including some holds that staved off serious pressure on the QB. “We had way too many penalties,” Dalton said, with the flag-fest continuing for both teams well after that starting QB left the field. Even when 2018 first-round pick slides in at center – and his health has been a concern since before he entered the league – there has to be massive concerns about this unit. There were multiple false starts (and six penalties on the starting unit in the first quarter alone) and against exotic defenses like the and , and with the bolstering the defensive line, well, good luck.

More notes from Bengals-RedskinsLot of buzz about tight end . He has been a story of Skins camp, and look for him to get a preponderance of targets early in the season. Of course, health has always been an issue with him, and concussions in particular, but regardless of the QB he is primed to start the season on a tear.With the Bengals still without starting receivers A.J. Green and – another huge area of concern for this team – it was more Cody Gore and with the starting offense. They had several young receivers flash throughout the night – albeit largely against backups – and are doing more with less given the injury situation. “We’ve been impressed by the receiver groups as a corps,” Taylor said. may have a hard time being ready for anything close to a heavy load early in the season. The Skins had massive plans for him last year after grabbing him in the second round, but he tore his ACL in August of last year. Guice’s comeback has had some setbacks and he still is not cleared to play. With and in the fold, I wouldn’t anticipate Guice in anything close to a featured role for a while.It might become a moot point due to the potentially ugly state of the offense, but I am very high on Washington’s defense. Recent drafts have resulted in an influx of size and speed and this should be a top-10 unit. When they weren’t committing a bevy of personal fouls on the opening drive they swarmed the Bengals’ first-string offense, with safety returning a deflected pass 96 yards for a pick-six on the opening drive. Problem is, with this offense, will it really matter?The Bengals’ kickoff return team showed very well. They had a few big returns early in the game, and returned a punt for a TD late in the game, as well. Is that more on them, or a Skins special teams unit that has been brutal this summer? Time will tell.I sincerely hope this is the most inconsistent and maddening performance by any officiating crew this season. If it’s not, heaven help us all. Both coaches were repeatedly baffled by the decisions, for good reason.

Panthers’ Eric Reid facing possible fine from NFL for late hit on Patriots tight end


may have to open up his wallet after a late hit to tight end in Carolina’s third preseason contest on Thursday night. As  reports, the is now looking into potentially giving the safety a fine for th year. And yes, I’m aware the festive season is well and truly over, but transfer time is one of the most heg Jesse Lingard both barrels during their Carabao Cup win at Manchester City last night.United won the second-leg 1-0, but lost the semifinal tie 3-2 on aggregate.With the game approaching the hour mark, Lingard conceded possession, allowing City to ctic times for football clubs, players and fans around the world.From worst kept secrets to 11th hour bids, the mid-season window allows everye infraction, which was called for a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty. 

Reid knocked Watson out of the game after delivering that late hit to the head in Carolina’s 10-3 loss to New England. 

Watson and Reid did have a recent disagreement on Twitter, which adds certain questions about the incident. On Sunday, Watson of the Players Coalition. 

It should be noted, however, that Reid did go up to Watson following the hit to check on him and said after the game that the social media beef had nothing to do with the late hit. In fact, he wasn’t even aware of it. 

“I didn’t even know he tweeted me,” Reid said, via . “That’s not even something you process in a game. I’m not analyzing who has the ball in their hand and what they tweeted at me while I’m playing the game.”

He added: “I looked at the replay. Yeah, he was down. We’ll see what the league decides to do with it. I anticipate myself getting a fine. But I’m just playing the game.”

These are the types of hits that the NFL is s being mentioned as a target for Tottenham and Arsenal this month.But Mundo Deportivo says Wolves have emerged as another option for Lemar.Wolves, who signed Jonny Otto and Diogo Jota directly from Atletico, are hoping that agent Jorge Mendes’ relattrying to phase out of the game, especially in the preseason. With that in mind, along with the fact that Reid has been in similar situations like this in the past, it won’t be too surprising to see the league go at him with yet another fine. 

Agent’s Take: Tyreek Hill situation among unfinished NFL business that needs attention as camps get set to begin


The NFL typically goes on hiatus when mandatory minicamps end in the middle of June. Things don’t start picking back up until the week following the fourth of July. Very little NFL business gets conducted during the lull.

Here’s a look at some key outstanding offseason business matters, some of which should be completed prior to training camps opening later this month.

The franchise player negotiating deadline

Six players were designated as franchise players this year. Three of the six have already signed long-term deals. Edge rusher was the first. He received a five-year, $85 million contract as a part of his trade from the to the for a 2020 second round pick in mid-March. The made defensive end the third member of the $20 million per year non-quarterback club in early April. He has a five-year, $105 million contract with $65 million in guarantees where $48 million was fully guaranteed at signing. Chiefs defensive end signed a five-year, $104 million contract with $62.305 million in guarantees ($43.805 million fully guaranteed at signing) in connection with his trade from the shortly before the was held in late April.

edge rusher , 49ers kicker and defensive tackle have until 4 p.m. EDT on July 15 to sign multi-year contracts. They must wait until the 2019 regular season ends to sign long term once the deadline passes. 

A long-term deal isn’t expected with Clowney, whose franchiately if given the job.Freddie Ljungberg took charge on an interim basis last month following the sacking of Unai Emery but has been unable to oversee a turnaround in fortunes.A 3-0 home loss to reigning Premier League champions Manchester City meanise tender is $15,967,200, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson. Gould reportedly tabled contract discussions with the 49ers in late April and wants to be traded, presumably to the , who haven’t had a reliable kicker since releasing him at roster cutdowns in 2016. He spent the first 11 years of his career in Chicago. Gould’s franchise tag amount is $4.971 million. Atlanta owner Arthur Blank proclaimed earlier in the offseason that Jarrett, who has already signed his $15.209 million franchise tender, would be a Falcon for life. Jarrett’s agent, Todd France, represents the NFL’s two highest paid interior defensive linemen, ($22.5 million per year) and ($17.1 million per year). France likely views those deals he negotiated as being relevant to his Jarrett negotiations.

Running back was the first franchise player to sit out a full season since 1998, last season. Unless Clowney or Gould are going to follow in Bell’s footsteps, their respective franchise tenders will eventuallyy Real Madrid have handled his first weeks in Spain.Reinier scored his first goals for Real Madrid Castilla last week, having joined from Flamengo at the end of the January market.The attacker’s father, Mauro Brasilia, said on Cadena COPE: “Everythin be signed. Clowney is expected to sit out a significant portion of training camp before signing.


Hill met with NFL investigators for eight hours in late June regarding allegations of child abuse against his three-year-old son. The Chiefs banned the wide receiver from offseason activities for the foreseeable future in April while local authorities conducted a criminal investigation into Hill’s actions. The Johnson County (Kansas) District Attorney’s Office announced last month that the investigation is no longer active.

Ideally, the NFL will make a determination whether Hill will face any discipline under the NFL’s personal conduct policy before Chiefs veteran players report to training camp on July 26. Criminal charges are not necessary for Commissioner Roger Goodell to suspend someone under the personal conduct policy. According to Kansas City radio stations, the Chiefs are cautiously optimistic that Hill won’t be suspended. A favorable outcome for Hill could lead to negotiations for a new deal, which were put on hold because of the allegations, resuming since he is in a contract year.

Veteran contract extensions

Every year, signings during the summer and leading up to the start of the regular season, change the complexion of the following year’s free agency. The most anticipated veteran player signing may be Cowboys quarterback , but the two sides are reportedly far apart in negotiations. Prescott seems destined to join the $30 million per year quarterback club, which currently has five members (, , , and ) if he signs a long-term deal. 

and the typically haven’t had much trouble reaching an agreement on a new deal when he is in his contract year, like he is now. Things shouldn’t be any different this time around, especially since Patriots owner Robert Kraft indicated he envisioned Brady, who turns 42 in August, as New England’s quarterback for quite a while in the days leading up to LIII. One thing that can be counted on is Brady giving the Patriots some sort of hometown discount. That’s something he’s consistently done since 2013 when he first renegotiated the 2010 extension which made him the NFL’s highest paid player. 

Falcons wide receiver about giving him the new deal he was promised last summer. He said a couple of months ago he didn’t care about becoming the NFL’s highest paid wide receiver. Nonetheless, Jones, who has two years left on his contract totaling $21.026 million, could become the NFL’s first $20-million per year wide receiver if doesn’t beat him to it.

Negotiations between the and Thomas are ongoing. Thomas reportedly dropped his demands to $22 million per year recently while the Saints are in the $18 million per year neighborhood.

Linebacker is representing himself in negotiations with the Seahawks. He was pretty adamant that any new deal he signs must pay him more than C.J. Mosley’s $17 million per year, which re-set a stagnant inside linebacker market, when asked about his contract during Seattle’s offseason workouts.  

First round signings

Only 11 2019 draft picks remain unsigned because there are very few negotiable items under the rookie wage scale, which was implemented in 2011. Just two of the first six picks, quarterback (first overall) and defensive end (fourth overall) have signed. 

Defensive end , who was selected second overall by the 49ers, could be the most challenging signing. His older brother Joey, the third overall pick in 2016, had the longest contract dispute for an incoming NFL player under the rookie wage scale. He missed 31 days before signing his contract.

The dispute was largely over whether the deal should contain offsets and the payment schedule of his signing bonus. The concession the made to Bosa was a better payment schedule than they typically give to players with big signing bonuses.

An offset clause allows a team to reduce the guaranteed money owed to a player when he is released by the amount of his new deal with another team. The player receives his salary from the team that released him in addition to the full salary from his new contract with another club when there isn’t an offset (also known as “double dipping”). An offset should only come into play in the latter years of a rookie deal if the player hasn’t lived up to expectations.

The voiding of contract guarantees could be a bigger sticking point in the Bosa negotiations. The 49ers have some of the NFL’s broadest language for guarantee voiding. Even quarterback , who briefly became the league’s highest paid player last offseason, has San Francisco’s team friendly language.

This specific issue was responsible for linebacker , 2018’s eighth overall pick, missing the first two weeks of training camp last year because he and his agents (Brian Ayrault and Todd France) objected to language where the Bears had the right to void his guarantees for an ejection or suspension from a game for violating NFL playing rules. A compromise was reached on the number of games in a suspension necessary to trigger voiding. Ayrault and France also represent the Bosa brothers.

Agents have essentially lost the battle on offsets. Teams with early first round picks in 2013 were adamant that contracts contain offsets after largely conceding the issue the previous year. Nearly every team besides the and the require offsets with salary guarantees for draft picks, including those selected in the top ten. As a compromise, a lot of teams structure deals containing minimum base salaries in the final three years with the remainder of a player’s salary in annual fully guaranteed third or fifth day of training camp roster bonuses. The contract edge rusher signed with the Jaguars as the seventh overall pick doesn’t have offsets. 

A quarterback has the best chance of extracting a concession on offsets than players at other positions although it wasn’t the case with Murray. , the second overall pick in 2017, signed a deal with the Bears where his training camp roster bonuses in 2018 through 2020, which contain most of the money in the last three years of his contract, don’t have offsets. All of the other Bears first round picks signed under the rookie wage scale have offsets.

It will be interesting to see whether sixth overall pick can get treated by the in a similar manner as Trubisky was by the Bears especially considering the player taken right after him, Allen, doesn’t have offsets. , who was selected second overall last year by the Giants, signed a contract with offsets. defensive tackle (third overall) and linebacker (fifth overall) are also unsigned.

Minicamp holdouts

defensive tackle , Chiefs defensive lineman , Jaguars defensive end , Lions cornerback and offensive tackle were willing to risk incurring a fine of $88,650 for missing last month’s mandatory three-day minicamp with their respective teams because of contract unhappiness. Clowney and Gould didn’t attend minicamps either. As franchise players with unsigned tenders, Clowney and Gould weren’t subject to a fine. Unsigned players aren’t withholding services they are contractually obligated to perform. 

Any training camp holdout by Jones or Ngakoue shouldn’t last too long. Both are entering the final years of their rookie contracts and have three years of service towards free agency (i.e. accrued seasons). An accrued season isn’t earned when a player doesn’t report to his team at least 30 days prior to the NFL’s first regular season game. The reporting deadline this year is August 6.

Missing this August 6 deadline after a failed holdout where either of these two play out their rookie contracts would make them restricted free agents in 2020 rather than unrestricted. Under this scenario, the Chiefs and Jaguars would have the ability to give Jones and Ngakoue a restricted free-agent tender, which will be between $4.627 million and $4.848 million, where they would get a first round pick next year if signed to an offer sheet by another team that isn’t matched. Getting the year of service isn’t a concern for holdouts with four or more years of service since these players already have enough accrued seasons to qualify for unrestricted free agency.

The Williams situation has the potential to be the most acrimonious. In addition to reportedly wanting his contract addressed because of the left tackle market dramatically escalating since signing in 2015, Williams hasn’t been happy about how the Redskins’ medical staff handled a growth on his scalp that was surgically removed early in the offseason. 

The penalties are more severe for a training camp absence. A team can fine a player a maximum of $40,000 for each day missed. Training camps typically run from 35 to 40 days. Missing all of camp would subject a player to approximately $1.5 million in fines. A team can also recover a portion of a player’s signing bonus. 15 percent of the prorated amount of signing bonus can be recouped on the sixth day of a training camp holdout. It’s one percent for each additional missed day with a maximum of 25 percent of the prorated amount during training camp. The recoupment increases when a holdout extends to the regular season. 

Veteran free agents

There are usually veteran player signings right before training camps open and during the preseason. For some of the veterans, a conscious decision to wait has been made because the free agent market hasn’t been to their liking. A few will further delay signing in hopes of gaining some contractuasays Liverpool are braced for a battle to keep hold of Shaqiri as Roma have renewed their interest in the midfielder.The Reds turned down a loan bid from Roma earlier this month for the Swiss star, who has struggled to force his way into Jurgen Kloppl leverage through a training camp or preseason injury. The most prominent veterans available include running back , safety , wide receiver , wide receiver , tight end , edge rusher and defensive lineman .