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The  designated pitcher Travis Blackley and first baseman for assignment Friday, as they begin to trim down their roster heading into the regular season..

Barton has been unable to live up to his former billing as a top prospect at the majors, and struggled in the spring as well. He batted .206 with 11 walks and only two extra-base hits in 48 plate appearances.

Barton left the clubhouse without commenting to the iverpool captain Sami Hyypia says Steven Gerrard could handle the manager’s job.Gerrard is already being linked with the Liverpool job (for the post-Klopp era) after just rmer Barcelona captain Carles Puyol admits he twice had offers to join Real Madrid during his career.The Spaniard has claimed that Los Blancos unsuccessfully approached him twice, in 2001/02 and 2004/05.”Real Madrid appointed [Jose Antonio] Camacho aone season as Rangers manager. Does Hyypia believe Gerrard could cope with the media. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that if Barton clears waivers, he cannot refuse a minor-league assignment, since this is the first time he has been designae Ireland U21 star signed a new long-term contract with the club earlier this season.And Howe has been delighted with Kilkenny’s improvement in training.He told the Daily Echo: “It’s a massive moment for him because I think it’s further evidence thatted for assignment. 

for Newcastle United.The Mirror says the 58-year-

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pitcher was hit hard in Saturday’s Cactus League game against the A’s. Lincecum, who made his fourth start of the spring, allowed a two-run home run to Yoenis Cespedes in the first and a run-scoring single to Eric Sogard in the second. He also gave up two er their Europa defender Jonny Evans has likened manager Brendan Rodgers to his former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal.Leicester have shocked many with their performances this season and are on course to qualify for the Champions League for only the second timLeague defeat to Olympiakos.The Gunners fell to Olympiakos in extra-time, losing 2-1 at home and being dumped out of the competition on the away goals rule.Arteta said, “I’ve seen today the way they fight and the way we try to pla of Ireland international has attracted tentative enquiries from Juventus in recent days. However, they’re not alone.Tuttsport says Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are also keen on tempting Parrott away from London.Juve sports directy runs in the fourth before being pulled. He yielded five runs on six hits in three innings of a 12-5 loss. Lincecum struck out five and walked three and reached 80 pitches, which puts him in line for a full workload when he makes his season debut. He has allowed at least three runs in three of his four outings.

“I’m just letting batters get away and not finishing guys off,” Lincecum said. “It goes back to location. I’m not repeating my mechanics, but I don’t feel like I’m too far off.”

Didier Deschamps is full of praise for Barcelona

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The Indians optioned , , , and to Triple-A Columbus Monday. The team also reasLiverpool have made a Sardinians until 2022.Cagliari announced on Thursday: “Maran got stuck into his new role with enthusiasm, appreciated for his professional and human qualities.“With sincerity and dedication, he immediately put the team at the base of the technical move for Augsburg fullback Philipp Max.Sport says Liverpool are in talks with the agent of Max.The 25-year-old Augsburg ace plays at left-bacared Jose Mourinho’s arrival was “strange”.Tottenham’s form has been hit and miss under Mourinho this campaign, but Alderweireld says he and his team-mates are trying to “make the best of it”.Opening up on Mauricio Pochettino’s sacking and Mourinho’sk, where Liverpool are short of cover after allowing Alberto Moreno to leave on a free signed and to minor-league camp.

ship Queens Park Rangers are keen to re-sign Burnl

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Orioles starting pitcher threw a side session Tuesday and reported no problems with the groin issue that pushed his most recent start back. Bundy is expected to throw Thursday as well, and told prospect is the younger brother of PSG and France star Kylian Mbappe.AS says Ethan impressed at the International Champions Cup Futures tournament last month, playing for PSG’s youth side in front of scouts from the Rea up during his first Liverpool training session.The Scotsman has been a revelation since signing from Hull City in 2017, taking his game to the top-level in two seasons.But it didn’t all start rosy for the 25-year-old when he arrived at Melwood.”The l Madrid set-up.Real lub is lucky to have a player like Arnaut Danjuma.The 22-year-old is one of the most promising talents in the Cherries squad, and Howe is not afraid to lavish praise on his starlet.The Netherlands international played 61 minutes during his first comphave long .com that he hopes to return to game action by Saturday.

is client.The France international is expected to

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The Orange County Register reports Dodgers reliever said he is fully recovered from the surgery he underwent in October to address an irregular heartbeat. Heuggests that Kevin De Bruyne could be a problem for Liverpool in battle against Manchester City.The Belgian playmaker has enjoyed a greache found a positive in Dwight McNeil’s performance in their 5-0 thrashing at Tottenham.Harry Kane’s brace and further goals from Heung-Mon Son, Lucas Moura and Moussa Sissoko continued Jose Mourinho’s honeymoon period in north London. But Dyche insit start to the season, managing five assists in the first four games of the campaign.And Cooks believes that if De added doctors said there should be no further issues. “I’m doing well,” Jansen said. “This.Mourinho has Spurs well in the race for fourth-place, as well as the FA Cup and Champions League knockout rounds.”Contrary to some people who want to be in the news and tell things that are not true – I am really happy at the club,” he told Sky Spor is going to take care of it, no more problems. Put it in God’s hands now.”

Yankees claim catcher Eli Whiteside off waivers from Giants

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The announced Monday that they have claimed catcher off waivers from the .

Whiteside, who will likely compete with and forson Champions League ban, it has been claimed.The Citizens have been banned from the Champions League for two years and hit with a £25million fine by Uefa.City have been found guilty of seriously misleading European football’s governing body and bre a backup role in 2013, had one hit and one walk in 14 plate appearances for the Giants in 2012. He hit .224/.296/.303 in 229 plate appearances with Triple-A Fresno.

Whiteside was expendable in San Francisco after the emergence of Hector Sanchez, who hit .280/.295/.390 in 227 plate appearances at the age of 22.

The Yankees are still expected to search for of the drop zone on goal difference, thanks to a recent run of one loss in seven games at Vicarage Road.Speaking on Saturday’s test against Leicester City, Hughes tolg to secure a move to a club in the coming weeks.And it appears the Turkish outfit are in pole position to sign the 32-year-old, who last played in the Super Lig in 2016-2017 for Besiktas.Babel scored five goals for Fulham in 16 league games, but coud the club website: “Going into the last nine, every game is huge now. We’ll look t a regular starter at catcher, with 2012 starter a free agent this offseason.

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li Gigli is yet to be won over by coach Maurizio S

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Rays shortsord.The plane flew over the ground just moments before kick-off against Chelsea as fans continue to voice their displeasure at the way the club is being run from the top.It comes weeks after they released a defiant open letter directed at the Glazer top prospect has been a much better offensive contributor for Double-A Montgomery in the se to his natural game.James has impressed since his summer arrival from Swansea City.He told manutd.com: ““I think you have to. Most people told me when I signed here: ‘Just be yourself, otherwise there’s no point. You’re here for a reason’. So I wocond half. Lee hit just .243 in 67 first-half games, but he is batting .331 with a .392 on-base percentage, .444 slugging percentage and .836 OPS in 30 second-half games. He also has five triples, five doubles, 12 stolen bases, 14 RBI and 22 runs after the Double-A All-Star ved their win on Saturday.Despite holding the hosts to a goalless scoreline at half-time, goals from Jorginho and Willian after the break inflicted a third Premier League defeat of the season on Potter’s hard-working side in south-west London.He saidbreak.

Ryan Doumit, Twins agree to two-year, $7M contract extension

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The have agreed to a two-year, $7 million contract extension with catcher/first baseman/designated hitter/right fielder , the club announced in a prece of defeat at Manchester City.Lampard insists his youngsters will learn from the 2-1 defeat.”I’m lucky the players who have come through our Academy have come through this incredible Academy that we have – and they’ve come through as top young plss release Friday afternoon. They signed Doumit to a one-year, $3 million contract this past offseason.

Doumi boss Eddie Howe insists there’s more to Dominic Solanke’s game than goals.The striker is still yet to find the net since his £17.5million arrival from Liverpool in January, a run of 23 matches in all competitions. Howe told the Daily Echo: “I thinkt, 31, is hitting .271/.332/.443 with seven homers, 32 RBI and 22 runs scored this season. His ability to fit in several spots, specifically defensively for and , has been helpful for the Twins this season. His .ould lose Sebastien Haller in the coming days.The striker is the subject of major interest from West Ham, which have tabled a €40m offer, reports Kicker.Hutter said, “From a sporting point of view, it would be a big loss for us. “It is a decision o775 OPS ranks fourth on the team. 

The Twins enter Friday night 30-44 on the season, which is the worst record in the American League. They are 10 games out in the AL Central.

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Blue Jays acquire Sean O’Sullivan from Royals for cash

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Money can’t buy you everything, but it can buy you Sean O’Sullivan.

That’s the lesson the Jays have learned, as they’ve acquired the right-handed swing man from the in exchange for redeemable currency.

The 24-year-old Sullivan, who was out-righted to Triple-A Omaha back in April, ha Pogba and Jesse Lingard appeared to exchange angry words on the streets of Perth yesterday.Victor Lindelof was seen pulling a tense-looking Pogba away when Lingard appeared to confront the unsettled Real Madrid and Juventus target, reports The Sun.Ls a 6.92 ERA in 53.1 PCL innings this season, largely working out of the bullpen. Over that span, he’s struck out just 26 against 23 walks.

In 193.2 career innings at the major-league level, O’Sullivan has an ERA of 6.13. In those innings, he’s been plagued by low K rates and high HR rates. Suffice it to say, O’SullivanManchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists he won’t pursue a deal for unsettled Barcelona star Leo Messi.Messi’s future at Barcelona has been thrown into jeopardy after he publicly criticised sporting director Eric Abidal this week.The row between th is an uninspiring addition, but after ‘s run of pitching injuries they’re probably taking a “throw it against the wall and see if it sticks” approach.

For the Royals, in addition to fattening the coffers by thousands upon thousands of dollars, the move opens up a spot on the 40-man roster.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the a other Premier League sides want to sign Butland, but have been put off by Stoke’s valuation, according to the Birmingham Mail.The Potters want more than £20 million for the 25-year-old, which no one is willing to pay.Stoke boss Nathan Jones confirmnd .

Nationals closer Storen has elbow surgery, expected back this year

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NEW YORK — The have made it through six games without closer Drew Storen, and they have a winning record after one week of the season for the first time in their eight-year history.Now, can they make it through two or three more months without Storen?Storen underwent surgery on Wednesday, to remove a bone chip from his troublesome right elbow. While the surgery was described as minor, and while there’s a real chance he could return before the All-Star break, he’ll still miss significant time.The Nationals have conve.Vardy says Leicester have proved their credentials in the title race ahead of their top two showdown with Liverpool.”I think we were pretty confident in our ability, but we knew that we had to show that game by game,” said the Premier League’s 17-gorted their only two save opportunities of the season, with and getting one each. Rodriguez pitched the ninth inning with a four-run lead Wednesday, preserving a 4-0 win over the .Storyern Munich.Nketiah only spent nine minutes on the pitch against Bayern Munich but he got plenty out of it: three shots, the winning goal and a man-of-the-match award.”It’s brilliant,” he told Arsenal.com after the 2-1 win. “They’re such a great teamen went 43-for-48 in save opportunities last year.The Nationals are still awaiting word on outfielder Michael Morse, who has been out witegui has called for unity facing Espanyol on Sunday.Lopetegui praised the Catalan team, while he underlined that they have already played several official games in Europe before the start of the 2019/20 campaign.”It will be difficult, because Espanyoh a strained right lat. Manager Davey Johnson said the team sent Morse’s records to Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion.

Surgery likely for Giants closer Brian Wilson

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A recent MRI showed structural damage in the throwing elbow of Giants closer Brian Wilson, and surgery, possibly Tommy John surgery, is likely, reports the Associated Press. “There’s definitely some isays it’s important to stay grounded amid all the success he’s enjoying.He told Sport360: “I’m no hero. Nah. It’s an amazing moment for me, for football, but I just need to keep that humbleness and keep going.“It’s always niwinger has been linked with a move away this summer, but has intimated he wants to stay.”We have to work as a team and win games on weekends, we have to get good feelings and, above all, get titles at the end of the season,” said Vazquez.Real meet Bace to hear good thingsssues there,” Manager Bruce Bochy said. “Initially I was just being optimistic he would be fine, but after the test done yesterday it doesn’t look very good right now. … Likely he’s looking at surgery.” Wilson will soon meet with Dr. James Andrews. If reconstructive surgery is required, then he’ll miss the remainder of the season and likely part of 2013. Wilson previously underwent the Tommy John procedure while in college. Wilson missed 30 games in 2011 with an elbow strain and has struggled badly in two outings this season, in addition to showing . Fortunately for the Giants, they have options when it comes to repalth of Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri.Bulka left Chelsea last summer for Paris, having worked for a season with Sarri.He told Foot Truck: “He can do a specific training for a week. Corners, fouls, outings … He has many exercises to counterattack orlacing Wilson including Sergio Romo, who’s one of the top right-handed setup men around, and fire-balling prospect Heath Hembree are among them. For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

Bayern Munich.Goal says the youngsters have suitor

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The New York next season.Pasalic helped the Oribici qualify for the Champions League while on-loan last season.Gazzetta dello Sport says Chelsea have agreed to renew the loan for another 12 months.Pasalic is under contract with the Premier League club until JuneYankees sent the following players to their minor-league cr United and Chelsea defender Paul Parker believe final.The Gunners are going to Baku after a comfortable 4-2 victory at Valencia on Thursday night. They reach the final 3-7 on aggregate.Lacazette said, “We reacted well to going behind and we knew we had to score a minimum of one goal tonight. Aubes Frank Lampard’s position is more shaky with the Blues than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s.Despite Lampard seeming to operate with lowered expectations due to his youthful squad, Parker feels the Blues chief amp on Saturday: (Triple-A Scranton), and .

29-year-old has spent much of his time in French

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MLB.com reports told the Brewers on Sunday that he will accept his assignment and report to Triple-A Nashville on Monday. Lopez, who was outrighted on Wednesday, iso Akieme and Alex Balde.Both defenders are in line for first tee against Liverpool last night.The young Scot was impressive in the FA Cup win.Goalscorer Barkley said: “I see him doing it in training every day, he doesn’t have a day when he is struggling.”For a young lad he is really mature with his ability on tham promotion next season as Barca plan to shake-up their left-back options.Barca chiena to commit to Los Angeles FC.The SD Aucas defender, who was on-loan with Willem II last season, had an offer from Barca to sign with the B team.Sport says he’s turned down Barça and will sign with Los Angeles on a four-year deal. One of the reasonf Ramon Planes was in Germany this week to check on RB Leipzig fullback Angelino, on-loan from Manches batting .206 with two homers and 11 RBI between stints with Tampa Bay and Milwaukee this season.

Jay Gruden likely heading for divorce with Washington, could join brother in Las Vegas move

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coach Jay Gruden entered 2019 under difficult circumstances, with his starting quarterback unlikely to ever play again, his best player holding out over concerns about the team’s managemed Bruce Rioch never had the right qualities to be successful as Arsenal manager.Rioch spent a year at Arsenal prior to the arrival of Arsene Wenger, having been at Milwall earlier in his career.With Arsenal finishing fifth during his only season at tnt and medical staff, a suspect roster on offense and an owner who is not accustomed to being very patient with coaches. After three difficult weeks, it would not come as a shock to some on that staff if they were elsewhere by 2020, sources said, with the situation between the coaches and front office becoming untenable.

There have been several differences of opinion about the roster and specific players, with team president Bruce Allen holding all significant personnel power and Gruden, as well as general manager Doug Williams, sometimes unaware of major transactions or signings as they occur, multiple sources said. Allen’s record in putting together a roster has been poor at best, and frustrations have grown since the start of last year, with some believing a rebuild was in order with quarterback on the verge of departing as a free agent in 2018. Allen, however, traded for and immediately extended him for $71 million in injury guarantees (Smith went on to suffer a career-threatening injury in 2018).

The holdout of star left tackle has further crippled the ofional recognition for his players.The Canaries have received praise for their league displays, with eye-catching performances from the team’s young talent resulting in maiden England U21 call-ups for Max Aarons, Ben Godfrey and Todd Cantwell.”The thrfensive line, but team management has dug in and not attempted to facilitate a resolution to that matter. Running back roster spot has been an issue of contention as well, sources said. With the defense — where most of Washington’s talent is comprised — faltering every week thus far, Gruden has been adamant about not considering any changes to his staff. Defensive coordinator Greg Manusky has long been under scrutiny there and his role is another potential hot spot between the coach and the organization, sources said.

At some point rookie quarterback , the 16th overall pick, is likely going to play, and a decision will have to be made on whether or not Gruden is the man to oversee that transition. Sources said that Gruden is not inclined to play Haskins soon unless dictated by injury and would turn to veteran should starter struggle (he turned the ball over five times in Monday’s loss to the ). It remains to be seen if Allen and owner Dan Snyder share that vision for the quarterback position.

Team brass is high on first-time offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell, sources said, after letting a slew of young coaches leave to find great success elsewhere in recent years. Washington has a former head coach on staff in offensive line coach Bill Callahan, who would make sense as the interim head coach should an in-season move be made.

Gruden, who is signed through 2020, is well-liked and respected among his peers, and t around this summer.According to The Sun, Solskjaer has cut his holiday plans short in order to get his Manchester United players ready for next season.The Norwegian wants his players back at the start of July already in tip-top shape.The United stafhere has long been chatter around the league that he would eventually join his brother Jon’s staff with the should he not remain a head coach (Jon Gruden is in his second year of a 10-year deal with the Raiders). That team is set to begin play in Las Vegas in 2020. Jay Gruden is the only head coach under Snyder to get a second contract, but after six years in the long dysfunctional organization, some close to him believe a stint in a lower profile role with the Raiders would suit him perfectly.

Colts wide receiver Parris Campbell suffers setback from hamstring injury; Andrew Luck still out

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The have gone through the majority of training camp without franchise quarterback and second-round pick , both of whom are going to be out longer than nd Tottenham target Dani Ceballos prefers a loan to a permanent exit from Real Madrid.The 22-year-old midfielder has failed to gain a regular first team place at the Spanish giants since moving from Real Betis two years ago.But Ceballos has not givenanticipated. Colts head coach Fra coach Gennaro Gattuso insists there’s never been internal pressure about Champions League qualification.Gattuso’s future remains in doubt ahead of the end of the season.He said, “Training Milan is a dream. It has been difficult and I hope to contink Reid with Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Haaland. The teenage striker had bagged 28 goals for Red Bull Salzburg in all competitions pre-January. Yet, Haaland’s December performance versus Liverpool in the Champions League turned Manchester United, andch won’t admit Campbell suffered a setback regarding the hamstring injury that kept him out for 10 training camp practices, but the Colts second-round pick won’t be returning to the field this week. 

“He was kind of getting close, then we had a little bit of a, I don’t want to call it a setback, but a little something yesterday. He felt a little something yesterday,” v. “So we’re kind of re-evaluating that.”

Campbell set an Ohio State season-single record with 90 receptions in 2018. He also tallied 1,063 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Big Ten and Rose Bowl champion Buckeyes. His statistics improved with each passing season.

Campbell was fifth in the country in yards per route run at 3.47, but only caught two passes of over 20 yards. Projected as a slot receiver in the , Campbell’s 79 slot receptions were third in the nation and 939 slot receiving yards were fifth. Campbell averaged 11.8 yards per catch and 9.7 yards per target.

The Colts have T.Y. Hilton and as their starting wide receivers on the outside, while Campbell was expected to compete for snaps in the slot and second-team reps on the outside. Since Campbell has been out the majority of camp, the Colts have turned to Chester Rodgers and for second-team reps. 

While Campbell is still working through his hamstring injury, Andrew Luck is out for the joint practices with the this week. Luck has participated in just three practices since April and has been out since July 28 with a calf injury. Luck isn’t concerned the injury will affect his preparation for the season, but remains cautious regarding any injury over the last few years. 

“At times I do worry about it,” Luck . “It can be frustrating. The arc of an injury, whether it’s a big surgical one or something you’re rehabbing through. But no, because I’ve improved. Maybe I’m not improving as fast as I want and missing things is no fun. It eats at you. But I do know at the end of the day if I’m getting the most out of myself, if I’m being the best I can that day, then that’s what I need to do.”