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catcher was behind the plate with A.J. Burnett on the mound for the first time this spring in Wednesday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Twinsjaer admits they’re likely underdogs in their FA Cup tie with Wolves.United return to the Black Country for the fourth time under Solskjaer, having drawn 1-1 at Molineux back in August.But the Red Devils were beaten 2-1 in last season’s FA Cup quarte. “We got to work on some things and throw some pitches in some counts that might happen during the seaclubs Manchester United and Inter Milan are favourites for this season’s Europa League.Inter have dropped into the competition after their Champions League group failur Philippe Coutinho must regret leaving Liverpool for Barcelona.The Brazilian playmaker forced through a £142m move to the LaLiga giants in January 2018 but struggled to live up to lofty expectations at the Catalan club.Petit said: “If I was Philippee.Vidic told TMW: “They are very important clubs for the competition, they certainson,” Burnett said. “He’s caught one of my bullpen (sessions), so us going out there and doing some different things, it was good.”Martin went 1 for 3 in the 7-4 loss and is batting just .158 (6 for 38) with three RBI through 15 spring games.

ays Southampton pushed them hard for Saturday’s 4-


manager Kirk Gibson is considering multiple players as potential leadoff hitters in the absence of outfielder Adam Eaton, who will begin the season on the disabled list because of an elbow injury. Gibson said , , and Martin Prado are all possibilities, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

“We’ll just piece our way through it,” Gibson said. “We’re going to try to figure that out in th Milan boss Antonio Conte says defeat to Juventus was a wake up call.Paulo Dybala and substitute Gonzalo Higuain secured Juve victory at San Siro, despite a Lautaro Martinez equaliser from the penalty spot.“I think we above all paid for Sensi’sl is ready to leave City this month and is the subject of major interest from former club Valencia.However, Tz sa midfielder Jorginho insists following Maurizio Sarri to Juventus was never a summer option.Indeed, Joao Santos insists Jorginho remains a huge Napoli fan.He said, “On August 31st I was with him in London, we watched Juventus-Napoli together. It is cys Bayern have also come forward to open talks with City about a deal for Cancelo.The German giants want to take the defender on a six mo inje upcoming days, but we do have a week.”

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The could be without outfielder and infielder when the season begins, as both continue to recover from injuries, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Quentin is attTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insists Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez is among the best players on the planet.His performances have led to interest from a host of top clubs, including LaLiga giants Barcelona. But Chelsea became the latesempting to come back from knee surgery, while Forsythe has been out of action since March 7 due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

“We’re looking for those guys to be in a good spot physically and to be ready April 1. There is not a make or break day, but there’s no doubt we have to see something,” manager Bud Black said.

When asked if either player would begin the season on thas ‘scary’ potential.The England international, 22, has been scouted by Manchester City and Manchester United in recent times.As one of the first names on his team-sheet, Foxes boss Rodgers has been wowed by Chilwell’s room for growth.”The beadrid.The 24-year-old took his medical in the Spanish capital on Thursday.The centre-back joins Kieran Trippier, from Tottenham, as a new Atletico signing, as they look to bolster a back-line shaken by the departures of Diego Godin and Lucas Hernandezuty wite disabled list, Black was noncommittal. “Let’s hope not. Possibly,” he said. “We’re not to that point yet. We’ll do what is best for the player and the organization.”

Forsythe has been limited to drill work in recent days, while Quentin has appeared mostly in minor-league games, playing the field just once. The Padres open the season April 1 in New York. 

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The optioned pitcher to Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday. De La Rosa posted a 9.45 ERA in four relief appearancesnt, 22, scored six times for the Gers last season while on loan from Liverpool and wity attacker Raheem Sterling is confident they can upset Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.Champions City have claimed victory just ONCE at Anfield since 1981 — and that was 16 years ago.But former Reds winger Sterling, 24, told Sport360: “At first as named the PF Ancelotti is upbeat over their chances of signing Real Madrid attacker James Rodriguez.Ancelotti is still confident Napoli can get their man.“I’m not aware of a deal with Atletico,” he told TV Luna.“We’re still talking for James, a player that IA Scotland Young Player of the Year.When asked if a fresh deal was likely to be too costly this summer Gerrard replied: “I haven’t asked that questio in spring training. 

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

old, who joined the Gunners in 2015, has confirmed


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

MLB investigating the age of Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz


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

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

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

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

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The Rangers met with free-agent catchf executive.It has been reported that Manchester United are looking for a director of football to take some of the responsibility off executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and their former goalkeeper Van der Sar was linked to the role.”Besides my familer on Tuesday, according to multiple sources. Pierzynski batted .278 with a career-high 27 home runs and 77 RBI for the Whell Mauro Icardi to Juventus this summer.Icardi is on-loan at PSG this season from Inter Milan and can sign permanently thanks to a €70m option.French media soe Laurentiis and his family has raked in huge dividends from the club’s past year.Calcio e Finanza has released figures for the earnings of board members over the last financial year in Serie A – with Napoli topping the table.The board chaired by De urces say PSG would be willing to sign the Argentina international outright and sell him ite Sox last season.

Ranking the 2013 Hall of Fame candidates: Nos. 37 through 31


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In advance of the BBWAA’s announcement of the 2013 Hall of Fame class, we at Eye On Baseball are going to commence ranking every one of (by the way, that’s ).

We’ll do this in daily installments, and the number of players in each “episode” will decrease as we get nearer to the top of the list. Once we hit the top 15, we will do one player per day.

As mentioned in , the JAWS ranking system () will play a prominent role in our ordering of these candidates, but there’s more to it than that. Your three hopelessly devoted EOB bloggers — Matt Snyder, the aforementioned Trent Rosecrans and dubious I — ranked each of these candidates according to a host of objective and subjective considerations, and we averaged those rankings to come up with the final order.

In this first go-round, we’ll count down numbers 37 through 31.

Before we unfurl things, a few notes on what you’ll find below. In addition to the obvious necessities (i.e., player’s ranking and name, positions played/role filled, teams toiled for, years played, notable traditional stats), we’ll also list the player’s year on the ballot (candidates fall off the BBWAA ballot after 15 years and/or if they fail to be named on five percent of ballots in any given year), player’s vote percentage from the previous year (when applicable), the player’s (bWAR) and rank among the 37 candidates, and his JAWS score and rank among candidates).

After a brief capsule of the player’s case (such as it is, in most instances), we’ll each give our official declarations on whether the player should be inducted (with our individual ranking of the playir 4-0 win over the Faroe Islands on Sunday evening.Two late goals made the result a little more flattering, but La Roja did need the Manchester United stopper to come up with a big save in the second half against Joannes Bjartalid when the score waser in parentheses, not unlike these parentheses right here).

So without further throat-clearing, let’s get to ranking the 2013 Hall of Fame eligibles. Starting at the bottom …

Year on ballot: 1stCareer stats: .289/.348/.435; 1,316 H; 107 HR; 545 RBI; 647 RbWAR, rank among candidates: 8.3, 37thJAWS, ranks among candidates: 8.6, 37th

Obviously, Walker doesn’t have a serious case for Cooperstown. Still, he was a useful hitter in platoon-advantaged situations throughout his career, and he spent more than 8,000 innings at second base. Survey his career, and you’re likely to say something like “not all that bad” or “he remained employed for many years.”Would we vote for him? Snyder: No (37th); Rosecrans: No (37th); Perry: No (35th)Year on ballot:  1st Career stats: 80-109; 4.36 ERA; 1,548 2/3 IP; 1,038 K; 321 savesbWAR, rank among candidates: 9.6, 36th JAWS, ranks among candidates: 10.8, 36th

“Joe Table” is best remembered as a closer for the great Indians teams of the 1990s. In ’95, he turned in one of the great closer seasons of all time (1.13 ERA across 64 innings), but his career park-adjusted ERA is roughly league-average. That’s not impressive for a late-inning reliever. Mesa’s peak wasn’t long enough, and his career value doesn’t come close to passing muster. Would we vote for him? Snyder: No (35th); Rosecrans: No (36th); Perry: No (37th)Year on ballot: 1stCareer stats: .258/.312/.367; 1,904 H; 110 HR; 723 RBI; 935 R; 231 SBbWAR, rank among candidates: 16.4, 32ndJAWS, ranks among candidates: 15.9, 32ndClayton stuck around long enough to come within hailing distance of 2,000 hits, and he was long regarded as a plus defender at a critical position (although he never won a Gold Glove). Needless to say, though, the glove work wasn’t enough to make up for his weaknesses at the plate. Worth noting: Clayton ranks 16th all-time in games played at short. Would we vote for him? Snyder: No (36th); Rosecrans: No (36th); Perry: No (33rd)Year on ballot: 1stCareer stats: 68-63; 3.92 ERA; 1,114.0 IP; 895 K; 84 saves bWAR, rank among candidates: 13.3, 34thJAWS, ranks fter the defender changed his agent.The Germany international has failed to win back his first-team spot under new manager Mikel Arteta.And SBE Management has now confirmed the 27-year-old is their client.Mustafi has made just three Premier League apamong candidates: 13.8, 34thRighful heir to the Rick Honeycutt/Jesse Orosco title of Lefty Who Simply Will Not Stop Pitching, Stanton ranks second all-time in appearances (second to Orosco, natch). Stanton’s career ERA is 12 percent better than the league average on a park-adjusted basis. While that’s good, it’s not close to Cooperstown-grade run prevention. Would we vote for him? Snyder: No (34th); Rosecrans: No (31st); Perry: No (36th)Year on ballot: 1st Career stats: .285/.347/.443; 1,982 H; 214 HR; 1,071 RBI; 870 R bWAR, rank among candidates: 16.2, 33rdJAWS, ranks among candidates: 15.7, 33rdThere’s a lot of “solid” to be found in Conine’s dossier, but the two-time All Star is far from a viable candidate for a plaque. Conine … persisted. Considering he wasn’t a major-league regular until age 27, Conine’s counting stats are fairly impressive in that context. Oddity: He ended his career in 22nd place on sac-flies list. Would we vote for him? Snyder: No (33rd); Rosecrans: No (32nd); Perry: No (34th)Year on ballot: 1stCareer stats: 148-112; 4.61 ERA; 2,153.0 IP; 1,407 KbWAR, rank among candidates: 17.5, 30thJAWS, ranks among candidates: 17.5, 30thSele’s a two-time All Star and has a top-five Cy Young finish to his credit. But if you’re going to pass BBWAA muster with fewer than 250 wins (let alone a success in the game.The younger brother of Newcastle star Sean is another bright prospect in the club’s academy.And Bruce believes the younger Longstaff is ready for the big time.Speaking about Longstaff with reporters, Bruce said: “He’s bright, h fewer than 150, as is the case with Sele), you need to have a Sandy Koufax- or Pedro Martinez-like peak. Suffice it to say, Sele didn’t come anywhere close to that.

Would we vote for him? Snyder: No (32nd); Rosecrans: No (34th); Perry: No (32nd)Year on ballot: 1st Career stats: 67-71; 3.45 ERA; 1,071 1/3 IP; 945 K; 325 Saves bWAR, rank among candidates: 17.2, 31st JAWS, ranks among candidates: 16.9, 31st

As relievers go, Hernandez had a darn fine, even underrated career: 131 ERA+, ninth all-time in games finished. The Cooperstown bar for relievers, however, is high (though Bruce Sutter’s election suggests it’s not as high as it should be). Based on established standards, Hernandez should probably receive more support than he’s going to get. In the final analysis, though, he, of course, doesn’t merit induction.

Would we vote for him? Snyder: No (31st); Rosecrans: No (33rd); Perry: No (29th)

Coming Tuesday: Nos. 30 through 26 …

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Angels exploring trades for Haren, Santana before option decision is due


The are still talking to teams about possible trades for either or , sources said.

The Angels want to try to deal them before having to decide Wednesday about lucrative one-year options for the two starters.

CBSSports.com reported Monday the Angels were at least exploring possible trades for the two starting pitchers.

While one competih the introduction of new signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin.Silva will play a waiting game before determining if Gbamin – a player he believes “fits into my model” – can feature against Crystal Palace on the Premier League’s opening day next Saturdang executive suggested he believed it might be hard to trade either pitcher based on their sub-par seasons, a source said the trade talks are “very real.” There has been some expectation that the Angels won’t exercise the pitchers’ options, which would make them free agents.

“We’re exploring a variety of different opportunities,” Angels GM Jerry Dipoto said.

The Angels are believed to want to sign their own star free-agent starter , who pitched well for them after a trade to the Angels from . Greinke will draw interest from many teams, as he is the top free-agent starter.

The Angels have until three days after the World Series to decide whether to pick up Haren’s $15.5 million option and Santana’s $13 million option. The Los Angeles Times reported the Angels are likely to decline the options, and that seems to be the case based on their efforts to deal the pitchers.

Haren’s option price doesn’t seem too high, though there was a bit of concern about his back during the season.

If the Angels buy out Haren, they’d owe him $3.Odoi is set to sign an incredible £200,000-a-week contract keeping him at Stamford Bridge for the next five years.The England winger, 18, is recovering strongly from an Achilles injury and was back at first-team training this week.The Blues have bee5 million. They could buy out Santana for $1 million.

Haren went 12-13 with  4.33 ERA, Santana 9-13 with a 5.16 ERA. Sources say Dipoto wanted to trade Santana last winter, but owner Arte Moreno is said to have wanted to hold on to him at the oss Graham Potter has shut down talk of Alireza Jahanbakhsh leaving this month.The attacking midfielder is being celebrated today after his wonder goal in their 1-1 draw with Chelsea“There was talk about him going in January – players want to play time.

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


Here’s the latest in news and rumors from around thague opponents Olympiacos.The Gunners face off against the Greek side as they hope to go deep into the competition.The round of 16 first leg clash takes place on Thursday night in Greece.And Arteta knows Olympiacos are dangerous opponents.He told a pe league before Sunday’s action begins.

is staying in , having sis.The Cameroon international took advantage of Joe Gomez’s ‘s huge lead at the top of the table.Victory over Everton now has City 11 points behind the champions-elect.But Guardiola says: “I’m so delighted about the performance.“Being far away from first position, after being champions for the previous twstint on the sidelines earlier this season to cement his place alongside Virgil van Dijk at centre-back.Given his own history with injuries, Matip is relishing Saturday’s showdown with Tottengned a two-year, $14 million contract, weakening an already thin relief pitching market, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman.You can read more about the Street deal at .The bullpen market isn’t being helped by the fact the Blue Jays and Red Sox are not selling, CBSSports.com’s Danny Knobler. The contine to check in on right-fielder , who has rebounded nicely from a poor — by his standards — 2011, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Biertempfel. But Pittsburgh’s might have to go the other way, and that may be too steep a price for the Pirates to pay. With having , A’s catcher could be on the move, the Chronicle’s Susan Slusser. The ,  and are thought to be interested in Suzuku, Slusser noted. Suzuki is having by far the worst season of his professional career, posting a .524 OPS. After hitting 15 home runs in 2009, 13 in 2010, and 14 in 2011, Suzuki’s power stroke has gone missing; he’s hit one home run this season in 73 games and 253 at-bats. Suzuki is under contract through next season at $6.45 million. There’s an $8.45 million club option on his deal for 2014, with a $0.65 million buyout. However, if Suzuki starts 113 games in 2013, his 2014 option is guaranteed at $9.25 million.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Phillies’ Freddy Galvis out with fractured vertebra


As feared, second baseman Freddy Galvis has a fractured vertebra and no clear timetable for a return. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the 22-year-old rookie will . At the point, Galvis will be reevaluated, and it’s possible he’ll need to be immobilized for even longer. Galvis could miss the remainder of the season. “I don’t know yet,” team trainder Scott Sheridan said of the possibility that Galvis is done for the year. “When we get to three weeks, we’ll see where he’s at. A lot depends on how he responds to the first three weeks.”Galvis’ injury is similar toarrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at AC Milan.Ibra and Milan announced their agreement last night.Asked about Poland striker Piatek, Bia told TMW: “We have to do a lot of evaluations, on the role that Ibra will have on the field. Now the Polish is not wo the one suffered last season. Wright missed 58 games as a result.Galvis is hitting a meager Manchester City fullback Oleksandr Zinchenko was impressive for victory at Bournemouth.Zinchenko played the full 90 for the 3-1 win at Bournemouth.According to Squawka, the 22-year-old Ukrainian created 5 chances for teammates. This was more than all Bournemouth players created together. For all three Premier League games so far this season, Zinchenko has played without being substituted..226/.254/.363 on the season, but with out until at least early July, Galvis was a necessary presence on the roster. It’s likely that , and will share time at second until Utley is ready to return. For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe has explained not giving Manchester United legend Paul Scholes a regular game.Scholes starred in the centre for United for two decades, lifting an incredible 11 Premier League titles.However, Eriksson decided to pick Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard to the and .

NFL DFS: Top Preseason Week 1 DraftKings, FanDuel daily Fantasy football picks for Saturday, August 10, 2019


The first full weekend of the 2019 NFL preseason concludes Saturday evening with a trio of matchups that will lead to some tough decisions for NFL DFS players. After shattering multiple offensive records in 2018, the will make their 2019 debut against the at 8 p.m. ET. Also at 8 p.m. ET, the defending NFC champions, the , get their preseason underway against Jon Gruden’s . The evening concludes with a traditional NFC rivalry matchup between the and at 9 p.m. ET. With all six teams expected to go deep down the depth chart in their preseason openers, you’ll want to see what Mike McClure has to say. He’s a professional DFS player with almost $2 million in career winnings and his top DFS picks, optimal lineups and advice can help you crush your Saturday selections. 

McClure uses a powerful prediction model that simulates every snap of every game 10,000 times, taking factors like matchups, statistical trends and injuries into account. This allows him to find the best values and create optimal NFL DFS lineups that he shares only over at SportsLine. They’re a must-see for any NFL DFS player. 

McClonversation with Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will remain “private” and that it was “pure chance” that the pair were together in Dubai.The French duo were pictured talking by the sea amid constant speculation that Zidane wants to bring Pogure absolutely rolled through the 2018 NFL season, cashing in the top 5 percent of tournaments on FanDuel and DraftKings multiple times. His optimal lineups cashed as high as the top 0.1 percent on FanDuel and as high as the top 1 percent on DraftKings. rostering quarterback on both sites Friday. The result? He threw for 80 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 45 yards on six carries. Anyone who has folir traveling squad for their trip to Champions League opponents Napoli.Sport says Quique Setién has called up 21 players for the trip to face Napoli in the Champions League last 16 first leg on Tuesday. Braithwaite has been included but cannot play lowed McClure’s picks has seen some huge returns. Now he’s turned his attention to Saturday’s games in Week 1 of the .

For Saturday’s action, where every player on FanDuel is $6,000 and every player on DraftKings is $5,500, one of McClure’s top preseason NFL DFS picks is Rams quarterback . Bortles never lived up to expectations as the franchise quarterback in Jacksonville, but he gets a fresh start as the backup for the Los Angeles Rams. Sean McVay’s system is known to be extremely quarterback-friendly and Bortles should get several series as the Rams look to get him ready in case were to go down at any point. 

Part of McClure’s optimal NFL DFS strategy for Saturday’s preseason action includes rostering Cowboys rookie running back , who should see extended action as Dallas looks for options during holdout. Dallas picked Weber out of Ohio State in the seventh round of the 2019 looking for more depth at running back. 

Now, with Elliott’s status uncertain, Weber joins fellow rookie as the backs who should see plenty of reps during the preseason. Expect Pollard to get most of the early reps, whilehey’re delighted with the current form of Cristiano Ronaldo.Ronaldo was back amongst the goals for victory over Udinese on Sunday.”He is a champion and when he’s needed, he’s always there,” Nedved said of Ronaldo. “He had some physical problems and i Weber could get double-digit touches later in the game against the 49ers’ reserves, paving the way for big returns for NFL DFS players. 

McClure is also targeting a player who could go off for massive numbers Saturday because of a dream matchup. This pick could be the difference between winning your tournaments and cash games or going home with nothing. 

NFL Insider Notes: Don’t blame Russell Wilson for wanting his share, plus the latest draft buzz and more


It’s contract deadline day, and I remain skeptical the sides accomplish much. And if in fact April 15 comes and goes without the managing to sign their All-World quarterback to a long-term extension, don’t believe the hype some are already peddling about Wilson’s intentions.

Some folks in the media didn’t even wait for the deadline to come and go without opining that Wilson doesn’t want to be a Seahawk. He wants out, they suggest. If he and the Seahawks can’t find sufficient common ground on a mega-deal, then surely it must be someone’s “fault,” so why not point to the player – the one who has done nothing but completely dedicate himself to his team and his craft from the moment he walked into the building as a mid-round pick, who shockingly won the starting job as a rookie and der Tiemoue Bakayoko has defended his actions last night in the bust-up with coach Rino Gattuso.The pair were filmed in a furious exchange during victory over Bologna after Gattuso ordered Bakayoko back to the bench amid claims the midfielder showed then has done nothing but win games since.

Sure, it must be on the player that the things got to this point. I mean, how dare him and his representative for believing that as we stand on the precipice of gambling money entering the like never before, and with an economic recalibration coming with a new labor deal and broadcast deals on the horizon, that any new contract should include mechanisms that keep 020.The Daily Star says Sancho will snub Manchester United in favour of a move to Spain.The winger is ready to move to La Liga, with Real Madrid or Barcelona his ideal choice of destination.It comes as a blow to United and Liverpool, who are said to the QB’s compensation in line with that growing pie. How dare they want to resolve a negotiating process – one that should have begun in earnest a year prior to the start of offseason work, when Wilson will focus solely on trying to bring a back to Seattle in 2019.

I mean, imagine the gall of this guy thinking, perhaps, that he was worthy of being approached in the same manner that franchises like the (), (Matt Stafford), (), (), () and (), to name a few, have gone about doing business with the men they identified as their franchise quarterbacks. I mean, who would think Wilson belongs in that group (insert sarcasm font here)? Forgive him for not wanting his lame-duck status – and ongoing negotiations – to dwarf whatever else the Seahawks are trying to accomplish.

Here is a dirty little secret in professional sports – when you have a generational talent, and a truly iconic player, you need to be always re-recruiting them. As transcendent as some talent can be, there is always a person in there as well who has the same insecurities and concerns and emotions as everyone else. The question – should this marriage in fact be on the rocks – isn’t about why this deadline exists now. The question was and always will be: why was there not a single exploratory phone call to Wilson a year ago, at the same time the Falcons and Packers were falling all over themselves to lock up their QBs? Why let the process get to the spring of 2019 – now months away from an expiring contract – to make any real attempt to retain him on a long-term deal in the first place? Is that on Wilson, too?

A quarterback who has never missed a snap with a historic QB rating and an obvious first-ballot Hall of Fame career trajectory, who just turned 30 in November – who gathered teammates en masse for offseason workouts and played through high-ankle sprains and never said a word about the way and other members of that defense would pile on at times – has already proven who he is. This was never was or should be about his intentions; the onus is always on the team to recommit to a player of this magnitude, at the right time and at the right price. The QB market was always only skyrocketing (just as with the 49ers, who went big in Jimmy G before he’d even done much of anything on the field for them). Cost of doing business and all.

Don’t let the timeline get lost amid all the breathless talk and keyboard pounding being done over this deadline right now. And the idea that an NFL player is somehow abandoning anyone or anything by believing only a truly generational contract should prevent him from hitting the open market in his prime is doing nothing more than following his collectively-bargained rights. It’s championed in other sports, and in a post-Kirk Cousins NFL, teams had better start bracing for it to become a more frequent occurrence. Plan accordingly. Don’t blame the superstar.

More insider notesIf I had to do a mock draft right now, I’d put Ed Oliver to the Bucs with the fifth-overall pick. For all of the hand-wringing about how the defensive lineman performed in 2018, the bottom line is teams see how to unlock him more at the next level and better utilize him, and his projectables are off the charts … Had a trusted top executive for a team that is not in the rookie QB market tell me that there is chatter on the scouting circuit about Drew Lock, comparing his attitude and mentality to . Yikes. That would be a massive red flag for me. If he is rubbing these people that way now, I can’t imagine that trends differently once he’s making millions. It won’t preclude him from being drafted higher than he should …Agents and executives I spoke to over the weekend believe a wild rush of contract-extension talks will begin after the draft. Some of the recent market forces in baseball are bleeding over into football – veterans not shattering new contract thresholds in free agency and a glut of quality starters still on the open market deep into the offseason (when is the last time you heard boo about , Ziggy Ansah, , , , , or , all of whom remain unrestricted free agents?). In that has led to a recent spate of contract extensions for young players who are nowhere close to free agency (Max Kepler, Aaron Nola, Luis Severino, Ozzie Albies). In the NFL, we’ve chronicled in this space how veteran free agents are getting squeezed out by compensatory pics and the franchise tag and how cheap players are on their rookie contracts now – which could lead to a lot more players signing extensions before they begin to play out their fourth NFL season. “That will be the next trend,” one prominent agent told me. “Look at baseball and the market forces there. We are usually a year or two behind them but a lot of the same principles apply. Check out the 2016 draft class, and watch how many of those guys sign new deals between May (after the draft) and September.” Expect to hear plenty about it, from guys like Zeke Elliott and at the top of the drat to guys like and , who have emerged as impact players despite their draft status. With so many players being caught in the middle, I expect a lot of action on this front in the coming months …Agents are also wondering if the fallout of the collapse of the AAF will have a chilling impact on undrafted free agency. Sure, a lot of the guys being signed out of the demise of the AAF are offseason “camp bodies” for the most part, but they are in football shape and are signing cheap and could displace room for post-draft players. “Some teams are effectively already at 75-man rosters,” one agent pointed out. “The collapse of that league has been good business for NFL teams. They are bolstering their rosters before the draft, which we haven’t really seen much of before.” … I’m hearing that Michigan pass rusher Rashan Gary might not do as well in real life in the first round as he is on a lot of mock drafts going around. That is a great position of strength and I could see him slipping down the board. … Princeton QB John Lovett won’t show up in many (any?) draft guides, but he is getting a lot of attention from NFL teams recently. The and 49ers are among those to work him out and I wouldn’t be shocked at all at this point if he hears his named called on ant to sell Pogba before the Euro 2020 finals in order to fund a summer transfer spree.Pogba’s disappointing spell at United looks set to end this summer, with Real Madrid and Juventus likely to battle it out for the France midfielder’s signature.TheDay 3.