Everton Soares.UOL says the Toffees have been keep


With Vernon Wells traded to the Yankees on Tuesday,  has no competition for the center field job in Anaheim. The let Torii Hunter walk this past offseason and moved rookie phenom Mike Trout to left field to openlled out of the running for Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes.O Jogo says City have given up on signing Fernandes.City have withdrawn themselves from the battle having disagreed with the Portugal’s clash at Anfield.The Reds were convincing 3-1 winners over their rivals thanks to a double from Mohamed Salah.”The intention was to be us – just be us. Our identity is intensity, and the intensity we put into the game was really incredible,” Klopp club over price. The report claims City have all up the spot in center for the 26-year-old. The club also traded away Kendrys Morales, alloowing Mark Trumbo to serve as full-time DH.Bourjos told the Los Angeles Times that he is looking forward to settling in as an every-day player.”Getting regular playing time will be huge,” Bourjos said Tuesday. “You ctory over Leicester City.The Foxes, despite taking the lead through Harvey Barnes, were beaten 2-1 in Lancashire after Jamie Vardy had a penalty saved and Burnley found the net through Chris Wood and Ashley Westwood.“I thought it was a deserved widon’t have the struggles in your mind of saying, ‘I’ve got to get a hit this at-bat or I might not play tomorrow.’ Knowing you’re in the lineup day in and day out, you can relax and play the game.”

Peter Bourjos has batted .352 (19 for 54) with two homers, 10 RBI and three stolen bases through 20 Cactus League games. 

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outfielder returned to action Thursday, starting in left field and recording a walk and a run in Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale.AS says Bayern are watching developments closely, withinal against Paraguay due to illness.The Everton forward has caught a case of the mumps.Selecao boss Tite has confirmed Napoli’s Allan will start in his place.”Confirming Allan before the game is to give him confidence,” Tite told his pre-match news plans for a loan move being discussed at the Al Hodgson says Crystal Palace need reinforcements when the January transfer window opens. The Eagles are in sixth place and look capable of pinching a European spot with a number of big clubs struggling.But Hodgson believes he needs more depth in his lianz Arena.Having just seen James Rodriguez complete a two-season loan with them, Bayern are open to discussing sthree plate appearances. Berry had been out since Sunday while dealing with patellar tendinitis. The hitless outing dropped his line to .190/.222/.190 in 24 plate appearances.

Johan Santana throws from mound


, the were surprised that showed up at camp in something less than optimal condition. Here’s another surprise: (Adam Rubin, ESPN New York).

This soss Manuel Pellegrini can understand the jeers last night for defeat to Arsenal.The Hammers were competitive until their collapse in the final half-hour for the 3-1 home loss.Pellegrini said: “I understand the boos because in the hing staff should Mikel Arteta go to Arsenal.The current City no.2 is wanted by the Gunners for their vacant managerial position.If Arteta answers the call and becomes the next Arsenal boss, Pep Guardiola will try to tempt Xabi Alonso to City.The newlast four or five pring, the veteran lefty, as Heyman noted, has been battling shoulder fatigue, which likely stems from the surgical procedure that he underwent last offseason. GM Sandy Alderson had previously indicated Santana was 10 days or so from seeing the mound. “What’s spring training for?” Santana said after his surprise bullpen session (). “What’s practice? To get you better. That’s what I’m doing right now. That’s what I’m here for, and that’s what I’m going to do. That’s what I’m working on.”

The Post notes that Santana “showed no signs of discomfort” during his mound session. It’s unclear what this means in terms of Santana’s questionable opening-day status.

The 33-year-old two-time Cy Young winner is coming off a season in which he posted a disappointing 79 ERA+ in 117 innings. The Mets will almost certainly opt for the $5.5 million buyout that they have on Santana’s $25 million 2014 option, which means he’ll be a Sir Alex Ferguson was delighted seeing their derby win over Manchester City.United completed a Premier League double over neighbours City for the first time since the 2009/10 season, following their 2-1 victory over Pep Guardiola’s side at the Etihafree agent at season’s end.

In parts of 12 major-league seasons, Santana boasts a record of 139-78 and a career ERA of 3.20. He’s also 12 strikeouts shy of 2,000.

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says Chelsea boss Frank Lampard needs to stick wi


Baltimore rotation candidate settno.Pochettino was is happy with how the team has recovered from their indifferent start to the season.But he is not happy about their porous defence, which has seen them fail to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League so far.Speaking about their evolution as a team, replaced in the Spurs dugout by Jose Mourinho last week.Foyth was signed by his compatriot two-and-a-half-years ago and couldn’t be more thankful for his guidance.He said: “We are very grateful to Mauricio and all his staff.”For me,led down nicely after allowing a solo homer to to open his outing Wednesday against Boston. Britton started the fourth inning and immediately served up the long home run. He was otherwise sharp and finished two full innings with the one run and two hits allowed. Britton dh.Nevin, 56, told how he narrowly avoided running over the tycoon with his car when he turned a corner while driving around the Isle of Arran.The ex-Scotland international player said he had to take evasive action and “just missed” colliding head-on id not walk a batter and struck out three in the performance. His ERA on the spring after two appearances is now at 3.00.

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Rangers outfielder waat this stage, but as far as endorsements go, Frank Lampard couldn’t have hoped for better. Getting Callum Hudson-Odoi’s signature on a new Chelsea contract is as good as it gets…The money mentioned is mad. Cr Jurgen Klopp needs to buy a new striker.Aldridge feels the current attack could use some extra variety.He wrote for the Irish Independent: “Jurgen Klopp should look to strengthen a couple of key positions in his Liverpool squad this summer and the fazy. But it’s also inflated. As a base s scratched from Wednesday’s spring lineup against the White Sox with tightness in his left hamstring. azard scored both goals when Maurizio Sarri’s Blues won 2-1 at Vicarage Road on Boxing Day.”I prefer to speak about the whole team. We play against Chelsea – not only Hazard,” said Gracia at his pre-match press conference, according to watfordfc.com.He is considered day to day. “It’s nothing bad. I just need a day,” he said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Astros’ Porter has Parcells and passion, but it may not help



JUPITER, Fla. — It happened again Monday.

It’s happened every day since spring training began.

Someone, unprompted, predicts the will lose 120 games.

Monday, it was a veteran scout. Sometimes, it’s a player, or a manager, or a general manager.

Everyone is talking about the Astros, and the only topic is how bad everyone is convinced they’re going to be.

“We will outperform the expectations,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said with some confidence, and also with a smile.

For now, some of the focus is on new manager Bo Porter’s passion, and on his high-profile friends.

Monday’s game trip to play the Cardinals gave Luhnow a chance to reconnect with his St. Louis past, but it also gave Porter another chance to get together with Bill Parcells.

And it gave Parcells a chance to remind people that in the first season of what became a Hall of Fame coaching career, his New York Giants finished 3-12-1.

“I almost got fired,” Parcells said. “Sometimes the situation won’t let you win.”

Parcells and Porter met several years back through mutual friends. The two have become close enough that last month, Parcells spent a day with Porter, talking about coaching and about what it takes to win.

“I know he wants it bad,” said Parcells, a longtime baseball fan who was close with ex-Cardinals manager Tony La Russa. “That inspires me to give it everything I have to help him.”

But sometimes the situation won’t let you win.

Parcells knows that. Porter will likely learn, as only a manager with an overmatched team learns.

Dave Trembley learned. In Trembley’s two full seasons managing in Baltimore, the Orioles lost 93 and 98 games. By the end, when he was fired in the middle of the 2010 season, Trembley looked beaten down.

And he never lost 100 games in a season. Many believe Porter’s Astros will go way past that — and even threaten the 1962 Mets’ modern-day record of 120.

Trembley’s Orioles couldn’t compete in the American League East. It’s hard to see how Porter’s Astros will be able to compete in the American League West.

“The AL West now is what the AL East was then,” Trembley said.

Trembley and Porter have been close since 1995, when Porter played for a Class A team that Trembley managed in the Cubs organization. He played three seasons for Trembley in the minors, and came away saying that if he ever got a chance to manage in the major leagues, Trembley would be on hiter United aftew Real Madrid fullback Ferland Mendy has been ruled out for a month after picking up a thigh injury in pre-season.The latest blow for Los Blancos comes just days after Marco Asensio suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament which will keep him on thr snubbing them at the beginning of the January market.The former RB Salzburg hotshot has revealed Borussia Dortmund blew United out of the race for his signature by going all out to convince him to play in the Bundesliga – and claims staff.

Now Trembley is a Porter believer.

“He’s competitive, but he’s got a plan,” Trembley said. “He’s got a striker Marcus Rashford admits they need to find a way to win consistently.Rashford says they need to learn to win when not playing well.He explained, “The consistency in the performance and the consistency in the games you win are two completely difvision. You want these guys play. They play with passion.”

For now, they do. The Astros are thrilled with the way their spring has gone. They don’t think they’re going to lose 120 games, even if everyone else seems to think so.

For now, they have Porter’s passion.

“It’s hard to be around me and not have passion,” Porter said Monday.

We’ll check back on that once the season starts. We’ll check back on that in June or July.

Everyone else thinks it’s going to be bad by then, real bad.

Passion won’t be enough.

Sometimes the situation won’t let you win.

lsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday.The Blues’ home


Cardinals would-be second baseman has been cked youngster Mason Greenwood when he had a starting the season without Sadio Mane.The talented attacker will line-up for Senegal in the African Cup of Nations final on Friday, only 16 days before the Reds take on Manchester City in the Community Shield.And Klopp has bemoaned the fact that hisrow with Alexis Sanchez last season.Greenwood, who rescued a point for United against Everton on Sunday, is already showing his goal scoring prowess at 18 years of age.And according to the Athletic, when hdrawing praise from his will be hoping to make it two wins from two at the Emirates.Speaking before the game, Emery said: “It’s going to be a very physical match and we need that adaptation physically to be strong.”We need our game plan with our structure, with our tactics coaches for the work he’s done at second base in the offseason. “I could tell he did a lot of work, which shouldn’t surprise anybody because that’s who he is,” manager Mike Matheny told Fox Sports. “He looks smooth, he doesn’t look uncomfortable and that’s just the result of hard work. … A lot of things yet to be seen but so far he looks great.”

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Marlins manager Mike Redmond told reporters Sunday free-agent acquisition is expected to work in a setup role. “We sign football.The number one goalkeeper at the Magpies wants to get the club into Europe as he signed a new six-year contract.The 30-year-old, who was rumoured to leave the club in the summer, has committed to the St. James’ Park outfit until 2025.And heed Rauch to be that setup guy, that veteran guy, who’s been around,” Redmond said, per The Miami Herald. “He’s closed games. He’s been a setup guy. He’s obviously going to take some of the pressure off some of those young guys, behind that he’s been in that role and done thattest rejected bid for William Saliba could cost them dearly.Saint-Etienne have knocked back the Gunners’ offer of £27m for the French centre-back, according to the Mirror.The Ligue 1 club are holding een difficult adjusting to the Premier League’s intensity.The central defender, signed from Reims, has featured in both of Villa’s matches this season, losses against Tottenham Hotspur and Bournemouth.He told The Birmingham Mail: “It was the same [agout for £30m for the 18-year-old, who has three .”

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oach this summer.The London Evening Standard says United held a transfer summit meeting less than 24 hours after being humbled by Manchester City in April. That recruitment meeting – held inside one of the offices at United’s Carrington training baAs first reported by CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Danny Knobler, the Pirat and Benfica have reached an agreement over the transfer of the De Tomas to the Portuguese club. The move is expected to be completed imminently.The Lisbon club are set to pay a sum of over €20m for the forward, even thol van Dijk is surprised by claims he’s agreed a new six-year deal.The Liverpool Echo says Van Dijk has crushed speculation suggesting that Liverpool have opened talks with the star defender over a new deal. Recent reports suggested that the Merseysidugh Los Blancos began negoties and third baseman agreed to a minor-league contract on Tuesday. The deal also includes an invitation to spring training. Inge underwent surgery on his shoulder in September and is expected to be ready by opening day.

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CBSSports.com Senior Columnist Danny Knobler reported on Friday that closer has agreed to a one-year, $7.3 million deal with the Indians, eberson believes RB Salzburg striker Erling Haaland would offer something different.The Norway international i admits the Roma midfielder is facing six months out after suffering an ACL injury.The 20-year-old ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament and da million) bond in a move to help restructure debt repayments, reports, /.The club’s planned five-year senior secured notes sale will then be used to finance a €215.5 million (US$239.7 million) credit facility and a €2.6 million (US$2.89 million) maged the meniscus during the 2-1 home defeat to Juventus on Sunday.”Naturally, he wants to be there, buts being linked with a January move to Old Trafford.Kleberson told BonusCodeBets, “Haaland is a player wanted by many clubs, not just Manchavoiding arbitration. The contract includes performance bonuses.

ALCS Game 4: Cloudy with a (good) chance of baseball, still no A-Rod


DETROIT — It’s cool and wet in  before the reboot of Game 4, but you can spot some sunshine and blue skies beyond the clouds. 

calls for temps in the high 50s at game time and forecasts just a 10 percent chance of rain through the rest of the afternoon and evening. . 

The ‘ lineup is unchanged from what manager Joe Girardi posted on Wednesday. That, of course, means no and no . 

1. , LF2. , RF3. , 2B4. , 1B5. , DH6. , 3B7. , C8. , CF9. , SS, P 

And the Tigers’ lineup for the rescheduled Game 4 is also uelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek says manager Maurizio Sarri inspired their 3-0 victory over Watford on Sunday.The England star, 23, scored just moments after the break as the Blues ran-out 3-0 winners. He claimed: “[Sarri] said at half-time that nchanged. 

1. , CF2. ,eatured in all four of Chelsea’s Premier League games this season after joining from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.”It’s everything I hoped it would be and more,” Pulisic told reporters Wednesday ahead of the USA’s clash with Mexico.”The speed, it’ 2B3. , 3B4. , 1B5. , DH6. , SS7. , LF8. , RF9. , C, P 

As noted on Wednesday, Laird has had an improbable amount of success against Sabathia (.417/.500/.625 and one homer and two doubles in 28 plate appearances). The sample size is obviously tiny, but it’ll nonetheless be interesting to see if the Tigers’ otherwise light-hitting backup catcher can continue handling one of the best pitchers in the game. 

Wednesday’s rainout also means that Sabathia will be starting on five days’ rest. For whatever reason, that could be a modestly good thing for him. 

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As you can see, Sabathia on five days has been a bit better in terms of ERA and strikeout-to-walk ratio, and that’s across a pretty meaningful agement are fast-tracking Joe White through their youth teams.The 16-year-old midfielder has quickly rose through the ranks from the youth team and made his reserves debut against West Ham United.White has been training with the first team but Under-sample of 112 starts. This season, Sabathia’s posted a 3.25 ERA on five days of rest (12 starts) versus a 3.96 ERA on regular rest (also 12 starts). While the Wednesday postponement cost the Yankees’ a chance at starting Sabathia in a possible (though highly unlikely) Game 7, it might move the needle for him a bit in Game 4. 

Scherzer, meanwhile, was already going on extra rest prior to Wednesday’s wash-out. He’s made 15 career regular-season starts on six or more days’ rest, and he’s been slightly less effective under those conditions. However, given Scherzer’s semi-recent shoulder and ankle concerns, the additional time off can’t be considered any kind of negative. 

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Welcome to the 2012 postseason: Washington Nationals


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Just hours after the clinched their spot in the postseason, the Nationals also reserved a confirmation email that they’ll be busy in October, beating the 4-1 on Thursday night.

An interesting question. Yes and no. The have not, but their predecessors, the Montreal Expos did. Once.

The 1981 Expos made it to the postseason despite finishing second overall in their division. In the strike-shortened season, the Expos finished first in the NL East in the second half then defeating the in the National League Division Series. Montreal lost to the Dodgers in the best-of-5 NLCS aftenited squad for the first-time after recovering from cancer.The 19-year-old was diagnosed with testicular cancer last year and begun chemotherapy at the start of 2019.Taylor started training again in September and will now travel with the first-team r taking a 2-1 lead. The Dodgers crushed the Expos’ dreams by beating them in Game 4 and 5 at Olympic Stadium to advance to the World Series.

has played in 44 postseason games and won a ring with the 2008 Phillies. started four games last fall, but was just 1-1 with a 5.60 ERA, but did earn a ring with the Cardinals. has played 22 postseason games.

Daniel Farke was left angry with his players after their 2-0 home defeat to Watford.Gerard Deulofeu’s goal after 76 seconds after some lax defending from Emiliano Buendia set Watford on their way and Andre Gray’s close-range flick from a Deulofeu cro At 91-58, the Nationals have the best record in baseball. With a 5.5 game lead over the , their magic number for the National League East title is eight.

Despite the hullabaloo around the shutdown of , the Nationals still have the best rotation in baseball. Nationals pitchers have a 3.29 ERA, the best mark in baseball. In addition to and in the rotation, and tyler Clippard spearhead an underrated bullpen. The team’s .747 OPS is the fourth-best in the National League, trailing , andicharlison features high on the shopping list of Manchester United.The London Evening Standard says he is on United’s shortlist of five as they look for attacking reinforcements.United struggled for goals earlier in the season and have made a new str . The Nationals are the favorites in the National League, but will their lack of playoff experience hurt them?

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National League West All-Star team


As we continue the series on just-for-fun divisional All-Star teams, we move West. Friday we’re doing the West divisions to conclude our short series, as we’ve already done the Centrals and Easts.

Here are Eye on Baseball’s selections for the National League West All-Stars.

Coming off a broken leg, Posey is hitting .295/.365/.466 with 10 homers, 43 RBI and 33 runs, earning himself a start in the real All-Star Game. Though Posey has more star power, this was actually not a no-brainer choice, as both and merit some discussion.

With struggling, Goldschmidt has been a valuable power stick to the D-Backs as they try to stick around in the race. He’s hitting .302/.370/.541 with 11 homers. Worth noting: If Bruce Bochy had simply let play all season, he may have given Goldschmidt a run for his money here. Belt is hitting .324/.413/.603 with four homers, five doubles and a triple in the past 22 games.

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Pretty easy choice here. Hill is hitting .297/.354/.507 with 11 homers, 39 RBI, 37 runs, 20 doubles and five triples.

He’s only played 47 games, but he’s still provided more value than anyone else. would be the next choice due to his solid glove, but the pick is still Tulo.

In addition to the really cute nickname (so says GM Sandy Alderson), Sandoval is hitting .315/.372/.503 with seven homers, 28 runs and 28 RBI. This wasn’t as easy as one might think, because (.272/.374/.421 with better defense) has a real good case as well. 

Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier insists there are no splits in the squad.But he says the north London club are in crisis after conceding 10 goals in their last two games.“We are obviously going through a difficult period,” said the England midfielde I tried to make it through these without cheating. I really did, and I almost made it. But we’re going to do it here. Melky is a left fielder, but he has made 11 starts in right. So we’re shifting him here (and you’ll see why when we get to left field). Cabrera is an MVP candidate at this juncture, hitting .356/.395/.518 with 18 doubles, seven triples, seven homers, 42 RBI, 54 runs, 10 stolen bases and an -best 116 hits. If you want to make me stick to keeping Cabrera in left, Andre Ethier would be the choice here.

Hey, he’s almost back from his hammy injury. He’s only played 36 games, but what a glorious 36 games those were, as he hit .355/.444/.719(!) with 12 homers, 28 RBI and 30 runs. The other choices here would be , and , in that order.

When presented with the choice between Cargo and Melky, I flipped Melky to right field. When forced to pick between the two studs, I choose both. Gonzalez flirted with the triple crown in 2010 and he appears headed down that path again. He’s hitting .336/.394/.589 with 17 homers, 58 RBI and an NL-best 59 runs.

Long second fiddle in his own rotation, Cain is now the best pitcher in his entire division. He’s 9-3 with a 2.62 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 118 strikeouts in an NL-best 120 1/3 innings. The two complete-game shutouts — including a perfect game — are just gravy.

Recent rough starts from and made this tough choice a bit easier. Kershaw has followed up his stellar 2011 campaign — which landed him a Cy out selecting Manchester United veteran Chris Smalling to play at Euro2020 squad.The defender has enjoyed a renaissance this season on loan at Serie A giants Roma.And Southgate admits he has been watching the 30-year-old.”I’ve never ruled anybody ouYoung — with another very solid season. He’s 6-4 with a 2.65 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 112 strikeouts in 115 1/3 innings. Miley and Bumgarner actually check in behind ,on Ibe has been found guilty of failing to stop at the scene of a road traffic accident last year.Ibe, reports the Mirror, crashed his white Bentley through the front of The Pantry, on Plaistow Lane in Bromley, at 4am last July, causing around £15,0 who loses out to Kershaw by a nose. Vogelsong just keeps getting it done as a wonderful reclamation story. He’s 7-3 with a 2.26 ERA (NL-best), 1.11 WHIP and 72 strikeouts in 103 2/3 innings. I wouldn’t argue with those who want Vogelsong over Kershaw here. It’s a toss up.

Romo has one loss, but he hasn’t blown a lead yet, with 14 holds and four saves. He has a 0.75 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 30 strikeouts in 24 innings pitched. There were several other really good candidates in this pitching-rich division, too, notably , and .

There is no “next Mariano Rivera,” but Jansen’s cutter certainly resembles the stuff of the best closer of all-time. Jansen has saved 15 of 18 games since taking over for . He sports a 2.11 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and a daunting 61 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings. deserves mention here, too, for handling the duties given to him after Brian Wilson’s injury. 

And now that we’ve seen all three divisional teams for the National League, which one looks the strongest? I actually think it’s the NL Central, despite it being overall the worst division. Interesting how that works out, eh? As I said from the get-go, teams are a sum of their parts. Having the most All-Stars doesn’t equal the best team.

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Chris Perez: ‘I don’t understand’ what Red Sox have done with Bard


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — says Daniel Bard will be fine. isn’t so sure.The outspoken closer said Monday that he blames the for Bard’s struggles.”Give the guy a role, and let him stay there,” Perez said at Monday’s All-Star interview session. “What are you trying to get out of him as a starter? I don’t understand.”Bard served as Papelbon’s setup man last year, but the Red Sox moved him tomery is pleased their Champions League hopes are alive.While a fourth place finish is unlikely today, the Gunners acan qualify by winning the Europa League final at the end of the month.Emery said, “We are here to give the club one step more in the P the rotation over the winter. They sent him to the minor leagues after 10 starts, and shortly thereafter moved him back to the bullpen.Since then, Bard has had a few good outings, but just as many where he was completely unable to find the strike zone. Overall, in 13 appearances forfrom Manchester United to sell Issa Diop.The Mirror says United are targeting Diop – but could be forced to pay as much as £75million to prise him away from the London Stadium.The defiant Hammers are insistent their 22-year-old star defender is not Triple-A Pawtucket, he has an 8.16 ERA, with 14 hits and 10 walks in 14 1/3 innings.”He’s going to be fine,” Papelbon insisted. “I really think he’s going to be fine. He’s a pretty mentally strong kid. Sitting with him inor more action with Arsenal tonight.Martinelli finds himself in line to feature for Arsenal tonight, when they host Standard Liege in the Europa League.Gunners head coach Unai Emery said: “He is with us because he deserves to be with us. Pre-season the bullpen, I saw the days he got beat up [last year], and how he came back from them.”

Current players, please get off Reggie Jackson’s lawn


The straw that stirs the drink is stirring the pot again, and this time it’s with today’s players. That’s right, Hall of Famer Reggie er is delighted seeing results fall Steve Bruce’s way.Charlton boss Bowyer played for Newcastle under Sir Bobby Robson.Appearing on Sky Sports’ The Debate, he said: “It was a no win situation for him at the beginning because he was working at SundeJackson doesn’t like the excesss between his team and the 2000 Scudetto winners.Lazio are top of the table following their 2-0 defeat of Bologna.Former striker Inzaghi was part of Lazio’s 1999/2000 title winners.He said, “I see a similar atmosphere. I see lads who care for each ive amount of showboating he’s seeing, with a caveat. : “If you had talent, you could have style. There’s nothing wrong with style. I had style when I hit (563) home runs. But you’ve got to build up some history.” “What I’m seeing these days, and some of the arrogance, I feel like walking up, and saying, ‘What’s wrong with you? You can’t play. That’s not style. It’s a goofy act.'”I know it’s entertainment, but if you have style and can’t play, then you’re nothing more than a fool. I see a lot of fools out there.”It’s hard to nail down exactly who Jackson is talking about, as he doesn’t offer up specific names. He does mention some guys not being as concerned with winning as they are with Twitter, so names of prolific Twitter personalities , , Brandon McCarthy, and come to mind.I have tons of respect for Jackson’s playing career, especially his historic postseason performances, but it’s hard to read the above quotes without coming up with far too many questions. It just feels like he’s making up his own definitions of “style” — especially since in one sentence he said a “goofy act” was not style and in the next sentence he said these players “have style” but just “can’t play.” The reality is, the 66-year-old Jackson is probably just tons more mature than he was as an outspoken and wonderfully productive baseball player. And that’s fine. I’m just not sure he should be taking the (anonymous and possibly even hypothetical) players to task for being as immature as he might have been atct in June, the midfielder has claimed Chelsea are yet to table a new offer.But the Telegraph says the London side are adamant that a new contract has been tabled for the former Barcelona target.Willian’s preference for a two-year deal could prove a one point. The game has always had colorful personalities, no matter the generation. For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .