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MLB.com reports catcher received the day off Wednesday because of the flu. Hundley, who is expected to be the team’s opening day catcher with ndro del Piero admits he was unhappy seeing Cristiano Ronaldo skip out on his teammates last week.Before the end of victory over AC Milan, Ronaldo left the stadium after being substituted on 55 minutes by coach Maurizio Sarri. The pair have since pubYasrnesto Valverde is looking forward to facing Arsenal on Sunday.The Gunners are this summer’s Joan Gamper Trophy opponents.Valverde said that his players are id as “childish”.Barca were leading the semifinal 2-1 before a late Atletico fight-back saw them lose 2-3.”We have much to improve and we are aware of it, but today we took a step beyond the defeat,” he said after the match.”We are aware that we have”excited to get back in contact with our stadium, with our fans. The players, the new ones wamani Grandal serving a 50-game suspension, is batting .432 (16 for 37) with two homers, seven doubles and eight RBI in 14 spring games.

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The acquired outfielder from the Padres on Tuesday in exchange Inter Milan.The striker has been linked with Barcelona.“Lautaro Martinez will not leave Inter and he can’t wait to start work with Conte,” agent Beto Yaque told FCInterNews.“Obviously, being praised by the best player in the world is wonderful afor a player to be named later or cash considerations. Dore, 21, hit .242 iterday.Jose Mourinho was named new manager of Spurs this morning.Ardiles sn a free transfer.The versatile midfielder’s contract expires this summer and he can begin to discuss terms with foreign clubs next month.Clubs are lining up to sign the 31-year-old, who has had to settle for sporadic first-team appearances for the laid before the Portuguese’s appointment: “Mauricio put us in the elite of world football. “We owe him so many memories. Where to start? With him we learned to believe. Everybodn 33 at-bats between three stops in the minors last season.

Cuban pitcher Yadier Pedroso dies in car accident


Cuban pitcher Yadier Pedroso Gonzalez was killed in a car accident in Cuba, according to the director of sports for the territory of Artemisa, Cuba ().

According to reports, the car in which Pedroso was seated collided with a freight truck, and two others were killed in the accident, which happened about 10:30 p.m. local time Saturday.

Pedroso, 26, was one of the best pitchers in Cuba and just took part in the World Baned the differences he sees between Jurgen Klopp’s work at Liverpool. he doesn’t want to leave. Even better, nor does his manager. Problem is, the way this club is managed, the decision could be taken out of both men’s hands.No matter how it was parsed. Sliced. Nowhere in that long, honest and insightful interview To and Pep Guardiola with Manchester City.The top two will meet on Sunday at Anfield.And Capello told Sky Sports: “Klopp he made something magic for me. The atmosphere of Anfield is faseball Classic. , Pedroso’s best season was 2008-09, when he went 9-3 with a 1.91 ERA.He was 76-45 hing Hearts fullback Aaron Hickey.The Daily Mail says City are keeping tabs on Hickey at Hearts after the teenage fullback’s rapid rise to prominence over the last four months.City have forged a good relationship with Hearts and sent 21-year-old Ryotwith a 3.15 ERA in his career and competed in 10 international competitions.

Pedroso appeared in two games in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, allowing four hits and an earned run in 1 2/3 innings of action.

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The Yankees and pitcheroy Daniel James admits that Ryan Giggs influenced his move to the club.United secured the signature of James from Swansea this week, as the tension.Following the news that Tim Krul signed a new contract, the Norwich Evening Newets came off the bench for their 3-1 defeat by Levante. But he insists they shouldn’t dwell on the loss.Busquets said, “There’s little explanation you can give, other than that it was a very even game where we did the difficult thing, which was goings suggests that Vrancic could be next.The 30-year-old was a key player for the team as they earned promotion, scoring 10 goals and managing seven assists in the Ch21-year-old dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s on his contract.Other clubs were interested in James, but it ap avoided arbitration on Wednesday by agreeing to a one-year, $7.15 million contract. Hughes went 16-13 with a 4.23 ERA in 32 starts last season.

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The Tigers and outfielder avoided arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $2.3 million contract. Boesch bhe defender, 17, headed home from a second half corner in their Carabao Cup defeat to Aston Villa.He told brightonandhovealbion.com, “I didn’t think it was real, it’s what you dream of when you’re growing up. “Tooan at Sporting from Everton to the end of the season.O Jogo says the Lions have not been satisfied with Bolasie’s form this season – which has seen score only twice and contribute four assists – and will not pay the reported €eper Lukasz Fabianski will be out for the rest of the year.The number one shot stopper at the club suffered a hip problem during a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth at the weekend.Scans show that he tore a muscle in his hip, which means that he will be out f4.5m to keep him afte do it for my hometown club as welatted .240 last season with 12 home runs and 54 RBI.

Who is winning the Battle for LA?


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Theold talks with captain Granit Xhaka this week after his outburst during Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.Xhaka was booed by Gunners supporters for taking too long to come off the ground against the Eagles. The Swiss international responded by cu have been making noise throughout the offseason — or, really, going back to late August when they added , and from the Red Sox — but the have once again made a big-ticket free-agent signing in December, landing Josh Hamilton.

So it’s on. Battle: Los Angeles.

Who is winning so far? Let’s go to the tale of the tape — in tongue-in-cheek fashion at times.

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It’s Crawford– vs. either –Hamilton or Hamilton-Trout-. I’d rather go the former route due to having an outstanding defender in two spots of the outfield, but I’m guessing the Angels choose power and go with the latter. Either way, I’m taking the Angels here. Trout is better than Kemp and Hamilton is much better than Ethier or Crawford.

The Angels look like this right now: , , , Joe Blanton and . The Dodgers? , , Beckett, and either or — at least until the Dodgers do more shuffling. I like the Dodgers by a nose, with most of the advantage being Greinke over Wilson.

Think about how funny this would’ve been last year. Frank McCourt jokes never get old, after all, but now it’s deadly serious. Arte Moreno has proven he’ll spend what it takes to get his guys, but the new Dodgers ownership group is poised to boast the highest payroll in MLB history. It’ll be interesting to see if the Dodgers react to the Anster United legend Roy Keane says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be supported after defeat to Liverpool.United sit a full 30 points off Liverpool in fifth place, with Solskjaer under mounting pressure given the Red Devils’ frustrating season so gels’ reaction to being upstaged out West. Regardless, you gotta follow the money here. Plus, the Dodgers have Magic Johnson. I mean, he’s so cool he tilts the scales automatically. It’s Dodgers.

“Donnie Baseball” (that’s Dodgers manager Don Mattingly to you non-baseball fans) was a far superior player to Angels manager Mike Scioscia, but they aren’t players anymore. Though both managers get sucked into doing things like throwing away outs via the bunt (which makes me want to scream), we have to give Scioscia the edge here for his pedigree, as he has six playoff appearances and a World Series championship under his belt.

It’s been a while, but Angel Stadium of Anaheim was once Anaheim Stadium, a ’60s-’70s style cookie-cutter yard that housed the ‘s Rams in addition to the Angels. It was then completely revamped into a baseball-only stadium prior to the 1997 season, most notably the trees, rocks and cascades in the outfield. But now, the Dodgers are making $100 million worth of renovations to Dodger Stadium (). Still, I lean toward Anaheim due to the aesthetic scene in the outfield.

The Angels are stuck with , who is still owed more than $40 million over the course of the next two seasons. Of course, Crawford is owed more than $100 million for the next five seasons, so we’ll call the Dodgers the “winner” here. Then again, does it really matter? Both teams are unbelievably flush with cash. That’s because (obvious segue alert!):

The Angels landed a windfall last December when they inked a $3-billion deal for the next 20 years in local TV broadcasting. Then again, it appears the Dodgers are going to double that, as they work toward a reported $6-billion deal for 25 years of local TV broadcasting. So it’s Dodgers here.

The Angels don’t yet have a list of 2013 ballpark promotions, but it doesn’t matter. This one is over before it starts because the . Knockout punch … delivered.

Well, both missed last year. As things stand, both certainly have enough talent to make a postseason run in 2013, though neither seems even close to a sure thing with the likes of the Rangers, Athletics and World Series champion Giants all playing out West.

And here’gland U21 goalkeeper Dean Henderson has welcomed support from Manchester United fans.Henderson, 22, enhanced his glowing reputation on Tuesday night as he produced a superb display for England U21s despite their heartbreaking 2-1 defeat.The United sts what really matters and where we have to get serious. If the Angels were willing to pony up $125 million over five years to add offense, when they clearly need pitching help, why couldn’t they go to six years and $150 for Greinke? Hamilton is two years older, much more injury-prone and the Angels already had a capable three-man outfield. The Dodgers win this one, and so far that’s why they currently lead the Battle for Los Angeles. It must be noted, of course, that this battle results in exactly zero wins in the 2013 season. But it sure is fun. 

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Who’s got the edge? Reds or Giants?


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The and have met seven times this season, with three of those games decided by a single run. The NLDS shouldn’t be any different, as the two teams start in pitcher-friendly AT&T Park with two impressive rotations and two offenses that can be streaky. By all accounts, the games in this series should be low-scoring, well-pitched and tight. Of course, baseball rarely goes as it’s supposed to go, so it could end up being a slugfest.

The Reds were the first team to clinch a division — and went into the last day of the season with a chance at claiming the best record in the game. Meanwhile, the Giants were able to hold off a charge from division rival and claim their second division crown in the past two years. While both teams won their division two years ago, the Reds were swept in the first round of the playoffs, while the Giants went on to win the World Series. There are some changes from this year’s Giants to the one that topped the two years ago, but there are plenty of holdovers and that experience could be important.

With the series beginning Saturday at AT&T Park in San Francisco, let’s take a look at how these two teams match up:


This is not the runaway you think it is. Posey is the likely MVP and deserves every single vote he gets. He’s definitely the better player, and the Giants have the edge here — but even if Hanigan isn’t the big-name drawing card, don’t sleep on his contributions to the Reds. Posey and Hanigan play the same position but play different roles with their team. Posey is asked not just to catch but also to serve as the catalyst for the team’s offense. Hanigan is the catalyst for the team’s pitching and defense. He’s one of the best handlers of a pitching staff in the game, and his 48.5 percent caught-stealing percentage was tops in the majors. While Posey threw out the most baserunners in baseball (38), he also allowed 87 stolen bases (and we will note here that pitchers are a huge portion of caught-stealing percentage) to the 44 successful swipes against Hanigan (with 32 caught stealing). Posey gets the edge because of the bat, but Hanigan’s defense keeps it from being a runaway.

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Brandon Belt has had a fine season, hitting .275/.360/.421, but he’s hit only seven home runs. The team has also used Buster Posey, and Aubrey Huff at first base and even experimented with Belt in left field recently. The Reds, of course, have former MVP Joey Votto. If Votto hadn’t missed more than a month with a knee injury, he’d likely be in the MVP discussion. But he did, and since he’s returned, he’s hitting .316/.505/.421, but hasn’t hit a home run in 105 plate appearances. A Votto with diminished power is still a dangerous hitter even if the ball stays in the park.


Since arriving in San Francisco, Scutaro has solved the Giants’ second base problem, putting up an impressive .362/.385/.473 line and providing stability at a position San Francisco hasn’t had in years. Phillips, on the other hand, is one of the game’s premier players at his position. Last season he won the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger at the position. His offensive numbers are down a little this season, but his defense is as good as ever. The only thing that doesn’t make this a runaway is recent performance. While Scutaro has been hot, Phillips hit just .209/.269/.326 over the previous 28 days. He was supposed to help bring stability to the Reds’ troublesome leadoff spot, but he’s just continued the role of a leadoff hitter who can’t get on base, as Cincinnati leadoff men have just a .208/.254/.327 line this season.


Crawford has a smidge more experience, but other than that, they’re similar players. Both are very good defensive players, which is why they’re the starters. Crawford has put up a .248/.304/.349 line, while Cozart is hitting .246/.288/.399, but does have 15 home runs (nine of those at homer-friendly Great American Ball Park).

Pablo Sandoval vs.

The last time the Giants were in the playoffs, Sandoval was living in Bruce Bochy’s doghouse, having gained weight and lost production. Bochy is apparently losing a little patience with Sandoval now, but at least he’s producing. His four home runs in the last month were as many as he hit in any other month this season, and he’s hitting .283/.342/.447 with 12 home runs. At 37, Rolen is still better defensively than Sandoval ever hoped to be, but he’s had some struggles at the plate in what could end up being the final season of a remarkable career. After bouncing back in July and August when Votto was out, Rolen has struggled in the last month, hitting .222/.259/.370 since the start of September.

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The Giants, by a mixture of a suspension and their own choosing, will be without one of the game’s most productive players in Melky Cabrera, replacing him with a mixture of Blanco and Nady. Nady has played 19 games with the Giants after starting the season with the . Overall he’s hitting just .184/.253/.316, but is hitting .240 in a Giants uniform. Blanco has been forced into plenty of action this season for the Giants, and no doubt they’d like more production than the .244/.333/.344 line he’s put up. Belt could play some in left during the series. On the other hand, Ludwick has overcome a slow start to make a case for comeback player of the year. The 33-year-old has clubbed 28 home runs and put up a .275/.346/.531 line.

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Pagan is hitting .288/.338/.440 and led the majors with 15 triples. He’s been all the Giants could have hoped for when San Francisco sent two players to the in return for the 31-year-old. Stubbs, meanwhile, has been a disaster at the plate, hitting just .213/.277/.333 with 14 home runs legend Peter Schmeichel has blasted critics of David De Gea.The Spanish goalkeeper has endured a miserable run of form in the past four to six weeks.However, Schmeichel wants everyone to remember De Gea’s quality in the past few seasons when they de. In his fourth big-league season, he’s yet to put together his exceptional speed and good power with a consistent approach at the plate. His range in center field is what has kept him in the lineup and what will, at least, in the first two games of the series, which will be played at spacious AT&T Park. Heisey (.265/.315/.401) could also play in center or left, depending on matchups.


Pence hasn’t lived up to hopes, hitting just .219/.287/.384 for the Giants. Bruce is one of the game’s streakiest players and has the ability to carry a team offensively unlike any other player on the Reds roster (which is saying something considering Votto is his teammate). It all depends on which Bruce shows up — the April (.296/.337/.617, 7 HR) or August (.290/.349/.600, 7 HR) Bruce, or the May (.229/.296/.469, 4 HR) or September (.233/.295/.485, 6 HR) version of Bruce. 

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The Giants are better at the top with Cain and Bumgarner, but the Reds are deeper. That depth is less important in a best-of-five series, but it’s still impressive that the team’s No. 4 starter is coming off a no-hitter and has a 2.84 ERA and .207 batting average over his last 10 starts. Cain didn’t give up a run in three starts in the postseason two years ago, while Bumgarner was 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA in three starts and a relief appearance. Lincecum had appeared to turn a corner recently but struggled in his last two starts.

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Both teams lost their closer early in the season, but both have to be happy with their replacements. In and , the Giants have two pitchers who can close. The Reds have three — Chapman, and . Both bullpens are deep and effective, but the Reds’ 2.65 ERA from their bullpen was the best in baseball. Chapman gave the Reds reason to worry, not just before his shutdown, but in his first few appearances after the shutdown. But in his last appearance, the average of his 16 pitches was again above 100 mph.

The Reds have four different players (Votto, Phillips, Arroyo, Rolen) who have won Gold Gloves the last two years, plus another three who could have arguments (Bruce, Hanigan, Stubbs) and one who may win one in the future (Cozart). The Giants aren’t a bad defensive team, but the Reds are a very good defensive team.

The homefield advantage isn’t a huge advantage this season with the first two games being played at the home field of the lower-seeded team, in this case, the Giants. The Reds have benefitted from big home runs all season, while the Giants are last in the majors with 103, in part because they play at AT&T Park, where it is tougher to Tottenham’s £600million stadium debt puts them at a major disadvantage against Arsenal and the rest of their title rivals on the Premier League grid.But he refused to liken his club’s situation to the one today’s opponents faced just over a decade hit homers. With the first two games of the series at AT&T Park, plus Cain and Bumgarner on the mound, the Giants could take a commanding lead, much like the did two years ago, dismissing the Reds in three games. A two-game lead could be a death knell to Cincinnati again. With the Reds struggling to score runs of late, a good pitching staff and a pitcher-friendly environment for the first two games, the Giants get it done inRB Leipzig have made a second offer for Everton winger Ademola Lookman.The German club’s initial bid was worth £13m.The Daily Mail says they have now returned with a £22.5m offer for the English winger.21-year-old Lookman enjoyed a fruitful loan spell with Leipzig in 2017/18. four games.

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


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

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

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

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

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

eing the players defeat Liverpool yesterday.Stack


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

Marcus Peters says Rams need to eliminate the big plays with the undefeated 49ers up next


The ‘ defense appears to have a problem. 

We all were surprised when the dropped a franchise record 55 points on them in Week 4,ce to sign Celtic left back Kieran Tierney.The Gunners want to sign someone with a better defensive presence than Sead Kolasniac.They also have a limited transfer budget, which means that Tierney could be an appealing target for the London club.Accor and the Rams followed up that abysmal performance with a one-point loss to the divisional rival the following Thursday night. 

Both games were highlighted by big performances from the opposing quarterbacks. played arguably the game of his career, throwing for 385 yards, four touchdowns and one interception against the Rams. also took advantage of their secondary, furthering his MVP case by throwing for 268 yards and four touchdowns. 

That’s a total of eightetic.Dyche’s side led at the DW Stadium through goals in the opening 10 minutes from Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil.He said: “In the early part of the game I thought we were excellent.“We had total control of proceedings in the right way, agains touchdowns that have been thrown on the Rams over the past two games, and with the undefeated next up on the docket, something needs to change quickly. 

Cornerback says that he thinks the problem could be a quick fix, as the Rams still have the talent on paper to make a return to the . It’s all about getting back to basics. 

“,” Peters said, via the Los Angeles Times. “Everybody just do their job and line up and just play our ball.”

Peters believes that the defense as a whole is responsible for the two straight losses, not just the secondary. They may be the guys who you see getting beat on long passes, but playing defense is a collective effort.

“I don’t think it’s just as far as the defensive backs,” Peters said. “It’s the defense, period. Just all of us, just harping on it, just how to play better defense overall. How do we get off on third downs. How we can create some more turnovers. And just how we eliminate the big balls.”

“The big ball’s the thing that’s been occurring these last few weeks, and just eliminate it.” 

The Rams’ matchup with the 49ers will be a good test to prove Peters’ theory. deep ball hasn’t made as many headlines as Winston and Wilson’s this year, but they do have one of the best rushing attacks in the league. Is this a good thing since the secondary may not be tested like in weeks past? Or is the defense as a whodelighted seeing Jack Bycroft involved with England Under-19s.Callum Slattery is also with England Under-20s this week.Hale told the club’s website: “Callum has shown a great attitude this season. We know what he’s capable of. He’s had that opportule to blame, like Peters hypothesizes. 

In their 31-3 win over the on Monday night, the 49ers rushed for a total of 275 yards, which is more than the 180 yards of total offense the Browns recorded as a team. San Francisco is dangerous because they can hurt you in several different ways. They can establish tempo with the run and then catch you off guard with a 60-yard bomb to . 

The Rams once again have their work cut out for them defensively this week. Another loss will drop them to .500 on the year. 

Avonte Maddox provides update on his status after he was carted off in Eagles-Packers game


cornerback tweeted “everything is going well” after suffering a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit in the fourth quarter of the Eagles’ win over the Thursday night. Maddox was down on the field for several minutes before being carted off on a stretcher. , Maddox flew home with the team last night. He wasMamadou Sakho is launching legal action against the World Anti-Doping Agency.The Liverpool Echo says Sakho is suing for £13million – claelino.The Sun says the Gunners board are drawing up a list of potential targets to replace Unai Emery after swinging the axe yesterday.One name on the shortlist is 54-year-old Marcelino who was dismissed from Valencia in September.The Spaniard achieviming a drug-test ‘blunder’ torpedoed his career at Liverpool.Sakho, 29, was suspended from football in April 201 sent to a local hospital, but he was discharged quickly enough to return to Philadelphia. The Eagles released a statement on Maddox moments after the game. 

“Avonte Maddox has movement in all extremities. Fdr Zinchenko was disappointed with their 2-2 draw with Tottenham.The draw ended City’s 15-game winning run in the Premier League, dating back to January, but Zinchenko believes that City’s competitors will also drop points over the course of the 38-gor precautionary reasons he has been sent to the hospital for further evaluation.”

Maddox updated his status Friday morning, hours after the hit that had the entire Eagles sidelines on the field praying for his health. 

Two plays after the injury, Eagles cornerback broke off an pass just short of the end zone that was intercepted by linebacker that sealed the Eagles’ victory. 

“We pretty much just clicked into the mentality of, ‘We’ve got to win it for him,'” Bradham said, . “That was a critical loss for us, a guy that plays multiple positions.

“We were playing for him. He took a critical hit on that play, and hopefully everything turns out all right for him.”

Rookie Quinnen Williams starstruck meeting Le’Veon Bell, Jets teammates: ‘I was like a little fan’


plays for the after the team took him with the third-overall pick in this year’s draft, making him the teammate of players like , , , and , but as Williams reminded us on Friday, it can be quite the adjustment to go from an hopeful to an actual NFL player competing alongside some of the best football talent in the world. 

Sinc.City had a buy-back clause inserted in Angelino’s contract after he joined PSV last summer.The 22-year-old will now compete with Benjamin Mendy and Oleksandr Zinchenko for the left back slot next season, according to City Director of Football Txiki e getting drafted, Williams has had the opportunity to meet some of the players he’s watched from afar and/or sometimes played with in “Madden.” On Friday, he opened up about that experience, failing to conceal just how starstruck he was when he met them. 

“When he first walked in, I’m like, ‘Man, that’s Leonard Williams. He’s a beast. He’s from USC.’ … I was like a lup win over Newport, he was substituted in the 82nd minute on Tuesday, having done enough to help West Ham reach the League Cup third round by breaking the deadlock just before half-time.”The way Jack continues working every day and playing in games,ittle fan at first,” Williams said. “You’ve gotta think about it, at the time, like seven months ago, I didn’t even know if I was going to start. To be in a position right now, I’m like ‘Bro, that’s crazy.’ When I get to meet people, I’ll be like, ‘Manl skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang enjoyed a swipe at Manchester United fans after last night’s win.Before the match, a Manchester United fan approached Aubameyang in the street and taunted him, claiming he would be “in Phil Jones’ pocket” during th, that’s dope.’ I met Le’Veon Bell yesterday. I’m like ‘Woah, that’s Le’Veon Bell, the number one running back in the NFL.’ It’s just crazy.

“But I know I’m one of the people too, though. I don’t really look at it like that, though. I met Sam Darnold. That’s crazy. Like bro, you’re Sam Darnold. Jamal Adams. I’m like, I’ve got Jamal Adams on my ultimate team. That’s crazy.”

It’s an awesome clip:

Williams might just be the happiest person in New York. Just listen to him talk about potentially returning kicks (unrealistic, but the enthusiasm was appreciated) and sacking NFL quarterbacks (very realistic).

Williams might be a fan of Bell, Darnold, Williams, and Adams and he might be only able to dream about all of the sacks that await him, but it won’t be long until it’s Week 1 and he’s one of the most important players on the field for the Jets. There’s a reason why some thought he could become the first pick in last month’s draft. And there’s a reason why the Jets couldn’t pass on him at No. 3. 

At Alabama last season, Williams racked up eight sacks and 19.5 tackles for a loss. In New York, he should slide in alongside Leonard Williams on the Jets’ defensive front, smack dab in the middle of the defensive line. Behind him will be C.J. Mosley and , both of whom secured big paydays in free agency over the past two years. On the back end of the defense will be , one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in football, and Adams.

The Jets, who haven’t made the playoffs since 2010, are . It’s unlikely to happen barring an injury to , but if it does happen, it’ll likely be because the Jets’ recent offseason additions played up to their potential. 

Williams won’t face as much pressure as Darnold, of course, but the Jets need Williams to become their interior wrecking ball. Brady, like all quarterbacks, struggles under pressure. He’s And that’s where Williams comes into play. He might be initially starstruck the first time he lines up across from Brady, but once that wears off, he’ll need to add Brady to his list of sacked quarterbacks.

2019 NFL Schedule: Cowboys and Lions opponents for Thanksgiving will reportedly be these two teams


The 2019 NFL schedule won’t be released anytime soon, but it apold Paul Pogba he won’t be allowed to leave this summer.The London Evening Standard says Woodward is determined to keep hold of the club’s record signing – even after Pogba publicly stated henal manager.The Gunners have won only two of their seven matches since the Spaniard took charge in December, replacing Unai Emery.But Cazorla told Goal: “Yes, I believed he would become a manager in the future. Even when I was playing with him, he sis intention to leave.The £89m midfielder used a promotiopears the league has already made at least one key decision in regards to next season’s slate of games.   

According , the has tentatively picked the four teams that will be playing during the afternoon on Thanksgiving Day. Two of those teams will be the and , which comes as no surprise, since they always play on Thanksgiving. According to SBJ, the other two teams will likely be Miami and Chicago. 

The will travel to Dallas in Week 13 for a Thanksgiving showdown on Nov. 28 while the will head to Detroit to face the Lions on Turkey Day for the second year in a row. 

With the NFL getting set to celebrate its 100th anniversary during the 2019 season, it makes some sense that the league is sending the Dolphins to Dallas. For one, the two teams actually have a long Thanksgiving history together. The trip to Dallas will mark the eighth time that the Dolphins have played on Thanksgiving Day and the sixth time that they’ve played against the Cowboys (they played atrto Firmino is out of the second-leg of their Champions League semifinal at Barcelona.Firmino was absent from the Reds’ squad for Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Newcastle United due to the muscular injury he sustained in training last week.During his po Dallas in 1973, 1993, 1999, 2003 and 2011. They played at Detroit in 2006 and played at the in 1977). 

During the Dolphins’ 1993 trip to Dallas, they beat the Cowboys 16-14 after Leon Lett pulled off one one of the most infamous plays in NFL history. After the Cowboys blocked a potential game-winning field goal in the snow, they should’ve won the game, but Lett touched the ball past the line of scrimmage and the Dolphins recovered it, which gave them another shot at a field goal, and this time, they didn’t waste it. 

Here’s a look at the full play. 

As for the Bears and Lions, they played during the 2018 season on Thanksgiving in a game that Chicago ended up winning 23-16. The Lions played the on Thanksgiving in both 2016 and 2017, so the fact that they’re playing the same team two years in a row is nothing new. 

Although the isn’t expected to be released until April, there are a few nuggets that have been released. 

According , the likely won’t get to host the traditional Thursday night opener that goes to the defending champion. Instead, the league plans to kick off its 100th season by celebrating its oldest rivalry with an opener that features the Bears and the . 

The only games that . Here’s a look at the 10 teams that will be playing abroad in 2019. 

at in Mexico at in LondonChicago Bears at in London at in London at in London

The dates of these five games won’t be announced until April. 

Jaguars Notebook: WR Justin Blackmon set to make debut


The are set to play the New Orleans Saints on the road in their second Friday night (8:00 p.m. ET). There will still be no RB Maurice Jones-Drew, but the team’s other notable holdout, WR , will make his debut. Blackmon had signed his contract before the Jaguars took on the New York Giants last week, but coach Mike Mularkey decided to sit him until he got more acclimated with the offense.His chance will come Friday. Blackmon is expected to planager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team sheet.Butt also had a special word for Brandon Williams.He told the Manchester Evening News, “Those two lads have done amazing.”Scott is probably the first name on the teamsheet at the minute and Brandon has done ry as much as a full half as he tries to make up for lost time. “He’s getting better,” coach Mike Mularkey . Mularkey, however, is concerned about Blackmon learning the two-minute drill. “That’s hurry up. The plays are being called at the line, you’ve got to execute them, get back at the line in a quick fashion and his conditioning will show up there especially in the game. He’s just got to get in the game condition which we’re trying to do with him. That’s why we’re putting him in as quickly as we are.” Blackmon was the No. 5 restructured Spanish Supercopa club mini-tournament averaged 1.43 million domestic viewers per game, according to Palco23, reports, /.The Spanish sports business outlet reports that a total of 2.2 million people watched the final on pay-TV network M overall pick in the 2012 draft. He totaled 244 receptions for 3,378 yards and 37 touchdowns during his three-year career at Oklahoma State.  Jaguars’ LB Nate Bussey will have some extra motivation when he plays the Saints Friday night. They cut him last week. Bussey was a sixth-round pick of the Saints in 2011, but he spent the entire regular season on the practice squad. He was activated for the teams’ two playoff games. He recorded five total tackles in those two contests.“It’s amazing going back to a place I just left,’’ he told . “I definitely have a chip on my shoulder knowing I got released. I want to prove to everybody I can play football. That’s all I want to do.’’

G (ankle), C (knee), G (foot), LB (groin), FB (knee), DE (foot), and TE (pectoral muscle) have all been ruled out of Friday’s game.CB might be held out since the game is being played on artificial turf. Mathis tore his ACL in 2011.For more updates and analysis of the Jaguars delighted to welcome Naby Keita back into the first team fold.Keita started in the Carabao Cup against MK Dons, a game that Liverpool won 2-0.It was a tough clash and the Reds had to do a lot of defending, but they escaped with a win to progress int, follow Daniel Lewis  

Raiders CB Ron Bartell passes physical, puts hamstring injury behind him


CB , one of the ’ key free agent pickups, passed his physical and joined the active training camp roster Sunday.

Bartell suffered a hamstring injury working out a week before reporting and was placed on the non-football-injury list when he arrived at Napa, Calif.

The new CBA prohibits players from participating in full-contact drills for three days after being activated. Bartell can take part in noncontact drills for the next two days during the “acclimation” period.

“I understand why they do it,” Bartell said. “I can’t really complain about it. I’m just happy to finally be able to get back on the field.”

The Raiders have their exhibition opener against Dallas on Aug. 13, but Bartell said he expects to play.

“I’m going in with the mindset that I’ll bet Reading.A youthful-looking Wolves team overcame the challenge of finishing with ten men and conceding in the ninth minute of injury time to progress in the competition. Real Madrid loanee Vallejo told the club’s website: “I think it was a very im playing until I hear otherwise,” he said. “That’s my mindset. Barring a setback, I don’t think it will be a question if I’m playing or not. I’m in pretty good shape. to duck comparisons with Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho.The 32 year-old has been dubbed the ‘Baby Mourinho’ across Europe.But ahead of their Champions League clash, Nagelsmann insisted: “I don’t think about how it feels to beat Mourinho. I think it They did a great job of conditioning me while I was out. So the only thing I’m kind of leery about is my timing and technique because I haven’t been going against guys live in a while. But I can clean those things up within the next few weeks before the regular season starts.”

Bartell said he’s “pretty much” pain free.

“It’s football so you’re going to deal with some pain, but as long as I’m able to run without restriction I’m fine. I can deal with the pain. The issue is being able to run without restriction. I’m past that part of it. The pain can be managed and I feel pretty good.”

Bartell worked with the first te of ‘arrogance’ from the local media during their time in China.Guardiola is adamant they’ve been well accepted by China’s football fans.“I completely disagree with this, this is not true,” said Guardiola. “With such statements, they should understam at left corner throughout the offseason, but has filled in at that spot while he’s been out.

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