he goalkeeper has extended his deal at the Allianz


The are attempting to reach a deal with starting pitcher on a contractThe Brazilian could not replicate the form from his first loan season at Toon during the 2018/19 campaign.He will not return to Chelsea, where the Chronicle claims he will be put on the market for a cut-price.Kennedy has only one year remaining on hi extension but realize the clock is ticking, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Monday. 

Wainwright has made it clearated during Saturday’s 2-1 triumph over Tottenham Hotspur at King Power Stadium.The Foxes fell behind on 29 minutes when Harry Kane converted, despite Wilfred Ndidi having a goal disallowed by VAR early on.Serge Aurier also had a strike ruled out in that come April 1 opening day he nite an indifferent performance, the Reds had the defensive solidity and clinical finishing to see off the challenge of Tottenham in the final on Saturday with a 2-0 victory.It allowed them to secure their first trophy under Jurgen Klopp and their sixo longer wants to discuss his contract. Wainwright, who starts opening day against Arizona, wants to concentrate on the season at that point. 

Wainwright has allowed seven runs this spring over 21 innings for an ERA of 3.00 with 15 strikeouts. After his last start he proclaimed himself ready for the season. 

American players philosophical about Team USA loss


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — When it comes to the World Baseball Classic, it seems that major-league players and managers are like any other fans.

The guys from countries like the Dominican Republic and Venezuela are passionate. The Americans are philosophical.

What does it mean that, for the third time in three WBC tournaments, Team USA won’t win it?

“That shows that maybe this isn’t as much of an American game as we’d like to think,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said Saturday.

Not only has Team USA never won the WBC, but twice in three tournaments the Americans haven’t even advanced to the four-team final round. Team USA made it to the semifinals in 2009, then lost to Japan.

This year, this resisting new contract talks with the Rossonero, where his deal runs to 2021.Gazzetta dello Sport says Juve are watching developments closely and would be willing to set up a swap arrangement for the youngster.Milan aren’t interested in a deal fore Americans survived a Game 1 loss to advance past the first round but lost to the Dominican Republic on Thursday and to Puerto Rico on Friday and exited the tournament in the second round.

“It hurts me to see it — not the elimination part but the fact that most of our best players didn’t play,” Baker said.

Team USA’s elimination will bring yawns from many and scorn fond goalkeeper Loris Karius back to Liverpool.Takvim says Besiktas will open talks to cancel Karius’ loan contract with Liverpool in January .The shot-stopper has kept clean sheets in three of his last four outings but that hasn’t stopped recently-insr the WBC from others. Some will complain about the way the tournament is set up. of the Rockies doesn’t buy the most common excuses.

“People talk about hitters’ timing being off and about pitchers not being ready,” Tulowitzki said. “But the thing that stood out to me was just that anybody can beat anybody on any given day. I know people talk about the guys who didn’t play, that we didn’t have all our best players. That might help. But at the end of the day, anything can happen.

“You can’t sit and make excuses. It’s just baseball, at the end of the day.”

Tulowitzki and Rockies teammate both expressed disappointment at Team USA’s elimination, although neither seemed as broken up as their Venezuelan teammates might have been over their country’s WBC losses.

“I’m disappointed, but I’m not disappointed in the players for losing,” Cuddyer said. “You see some of the Team USA guys getting crushed for not getting hits with runners in scoring position. Hey, it’s their 20th at-bat in four months.

“Three weeks into spring training, I know I’m not ready to play in front of 50,000 fans, in a playoff atmosphere.”

Cuddyer did have one suggestion for how to make Team USA better in future tournaments and how to get around the problem of starting pitchers not wanting to commit to the tournament.

“I would build a pitching staff with all relievers,” he said. “Then I’d pitch them one inning at a time.”

Perhaps Baker will be the one to decide in the future. He said Saturday that he wouldn’t mind managing Team USA, once his major-league managerial career is done.

For now, he watches along with the rest of us. He sees the passion that players from other counteak.Chelsea now have a fortnight off after their 2-2 draw at Leicester City.Lampard said, “Being a footballer is a fortunate job. You do what you love. Sometimes you get home after lunchtime. But it’s also taxing with the pressure, taxing on the playries show.

“Some of it is over-emotion,” Baker said. “Some of it is close to clowning.”

But those teams are still playing, and Team USA isn’t.

Maybe this isn’t as much of an American game as we’d like to think.

castle United.The Premier League side want to add


The Royals announced Tuesday they optioned pitchers and to Triple-A Omaha. The team also optioned pitcher to h has defended the club’s transfer sool striker Rhian Brewster says Virgil van Dijk deserves to be crowned as FIFA’s Ballon d’Or winner.Seven of their players have been nominated for the FIFA Ballon D’Or, with van Dijk and Firmino appearing alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson, Motrategy.Roy Hodgson expressed concerns about the lack of depth in his squad after Saturday’s win over Aston Villa.”They were the priority areas [full-backs and a striker],” Parish told sure he was fit for the Europa League final.Manager Maurizio Sarri declared Kante’s chances ’50-50′ of making the clash against Arsenal in Baku.The World Cup winner started in the 4-1 victory and reserved praise for the club’s medical staff for theirthe HLTCO podcast. “It was a Northwest Arkansas.

Tigers still have a question to answer about their closer’s role


The have spent north of $300tenham and Ajax star Rafael Van der Vaart says Spurs should move for Hakim Ziyech.Van der Vaart sees the Ajax midfielder as a replacement for Christian Eriksen.”I hope Ziyech goes to Tottenham and I think it will happen,” he said. “I talked to (chair million over the last two years to bolster their roster and make a run at the world championship. They were swept by the Giants in the Fall Classic last year, but they remain an excellent club and the clear favorite in the AL Central. That’s why their passive approach to the closer’s role during the offseason was surprising.

The decision to let 34-year-old Jose Valverde walk as a free agent was understandable. While Valverde saved 35 games and pitched to a 3.78 ERA for Detroit in 2012, he struggled in September (5.02 ERA) and was completely unusable in the postseason (30.38 ERA). It’s no secret why the right-hander remains unemployed though spring training is well underway.

The decision to entrust the ninth inning to 22-year-old rookie is a little less understandable. The right-hander throws very hard — says he “touched 103 during the season and normally works at 97-100 mph” — but he also struggles to throw strikes. Last summer, he walked 26 in 53 innings (4.4 BB/9), the year before that 34 in 40 innings (7.7 BB/9). Rondon has never pitched in the big leagues, and he has a whopping eight innings at the Triple-A level. At least one scout has some concerns:

“He’s throwing 98 mph on March 1 and not missing any bats. Hitters see his fastball for some reason.”

— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1)

Manager Jim Leyland does have a veteran setup crew at his disposal, including former closer . The 39-year-old has not closed in two years now, and he does struggle against lefties (108 OPS+ in 2013), making him a less than ideal candidate ninth inning candidate. Righty , 35, has been rock solid for three seasons now (2.71 ERA), but he became alarmingly homer prone in 2012 — 14 homers allowed in 71 innings (1.8 HR/9), including eight allowed during a 15 1/3-inning stretch at midseason. That’s scary.

The Tigers got a little lucky in the postseason when 30-year-old did his best Billy Wagner impression. The lefty pitched to a 4.00 ERA during the regular season but replaced Valverde as closer in October, allowing only one run and striking out 13 in 10 1/3 innings. Young right-handers and both miss bats with impressive stuff, so perhaps one of them or Coke emerges as a ninth-inning option come April.

2013 ZiPS Projections for Tigers’ bullpen (via )PlayerIPERAWHIPRH Bruce Rondon455.601.78RH Joaquin Benoit583.721.16RH Octavio Dotel46 2/33.471.16RH Al Alburquerque34 2/33.891.41RH Brayan Villarreal66 1/33.531.34LH Phil Coke59 1/34.251.43LH 56 2/34.451.45

Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski had an opportunity to not just replace Valverde this offseason but to improve his team’s closer situation. Forty-two-save man Rafael Soriano was the big free-agent reliever on the market, but others like Jonathan Broxton, Koji Uehara, Ryan Madson, Joakim Soria and former Tiger Kyle Farnsworth were available as well. Former Giants closer Brian Wilson remains unsigned, but he is recovering from Tommy John surgery like Madson and Soria. Able bodies were out there if Dombrowksi wanted to add someone from the outside.

Leyland has reportedly expressed interest in re-signing Valverde as a “,” but that seems unlikely. Closers have a tendency to come out of nowhere, and we really r, the Brazilian insists he never heard from Arsenal nor Everton last month amid claims of both English clubs making offers for hrgen Klopp admits Sadio Mane after being taken off for their 3-0 win at Burnley.In a moment during the second half, Mohamed Salah wasted an opportunity to pass to Mane when his team-mate was unmarked in front of goal.And asked if he knew why Mane wasim.He told Telefoot: “Contact with Arsenal? No. And with (Everton manager) Carlo Ancelotti? No.”(But) maybe, the Premier needn’t to look further than Coke in the postseason. The Tigers could very well have a lights-out closer already in house in Rondon or Alburquerque or whoever, but that guy hasn’t stepped forward just yet. The closer’s role is a question the team will have to answer during the regular season because they opted for a half-measure when it could have been handled over the winter.

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nderson to Marko Arnautovic.Moyes managed to get A


With the Brewers scrambling to find a first baseman for opening day ( and are out with injuries), Brewers first base prospect earned an extended look during Milwaukee’s Cactus League opener against Oakland on Saturday. Morrielighted to score the match-winning penalty against Crawley Town last night.The 18-year-old arrived from Manchester City earlier this week and made his debut at The People’s Pension Stadium in the 1-0 win, scoring a skilful spot-kick six minutes froms served as the designated hitter and went 0 for 3 with a strikeout while slotting ninth in the batting order. He was the only Brewers player to log all nine innings. “You have idfielderr last night’s defeat to Manchester City.Kroos was surprisingly dropped for the Champions League round 16 first-leg defeat – and also was ignored by Real coach Zinedine Zidane for the entire game. The German was not even asked to warm-up through the is on his way to Barca this summer.”I like him. He’s a great, young player and Barça, of course, need more players if they are to win the Champions League. They are dominating LaLiga but yeah, he’s a signing for the future,” Deco told Sporboth [views],” manager Ron Roenicke told .com about Morris’ readiness. “That’s why we need to see him.”

Roger Clemens to return to Astros in ‘active role’


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By the sounds of it, Roger Clemens will not be pitching for the again. He will, however, be teachingarding the future of midfielder Lucas Torreira.The Uruguayan has been the subject of exit rumours since he arrived at the club last summer.Reports have emerged from Italy suggesting he could go back to Serie A on an initial loan and eventually a perm pitching in some capacity for the Astros. as saying this about Clemens’ anticipated return to the organization: “We’ve got the whole calendar mapped out, and we’re going to sort of figure out what makes sense. But the idea is to plug him in in spring training, plug him in throughout the season and just have him get a lot more involved with our pitchers.”

The “throughout the season” part of Luhnow’s comments suggests that this ishampton last weekend.Reid told the Liverpool Echo: “He’s shown a desire, he’s looking to hit forward passes, he’s good with or without the ball and he’s notched against Southampton at the back stick.”I think his form has been terrific and it just sho going to be something more than the usual “spring-training instructor” gig that so many franchise stalwarts dip their toes into from time to time. And, yes, the Astros already have a pitching coach.

Regardless of what you think of Clemens, his greatness is unassailable. And while greatness doesn’t necessarily iman.The 19-year-old centre-back becomes manager Steve Cooper’s second summer recruit to the Liberty Stadium.Wilmot began his career at Stevenage, earning a call-up for England Under-19s after impressing in League Two.Premier League Watford paid £1.5mply an ability to impart knowledge, there’s no harm in exposing young pitchers to the wisdom of an all-time great.

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Rays trade for Yunel Escobar


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The have acquired shortstop from the via trade, the club announced late Tuesday night. In return, the Marlins would receive minor-league middle infielder Derek Dietrich.

Escobon Saturday.Miguel Almiron was the matchwinner with his first goal for Newcastle.Hodgson said: “We had a lot of chances and were in pole position to win the game. We had done very well to stop the crosses but didn’t do well with that one at the end.”ar, 30, hit .253/.300/.344 with nine homers, 51 RBI and 58 runs in 145 games for the last season. He fell out of favor late last season due to his poor play in addition to playing .

Escobar was then traded to the Marlins as enjoyed his week with new Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho.Moura has started both games under Mourinho and his main joy is that he is finally given a chance to shine in his more comfortable position as a wider support player to the main striker.”Every ppart of the blockbuster deal that sent three All-Stars — , and — to the Blue Jays. The deal became official Nov. 19, so Escobar only spent a few weeks at his team was improving over preseason. The Reds registered their first win in five friendly matches, coming back from a goal down to win 3-1.Memphis Depay’s fourth-minute penalty was cancelled out by Roberto Firmino, before Joachim Andersen’s own gs a member of the Marlins.

Dietrich, a 23-year-old second-rounder in 2010 out of Georgia Tech, is a career .278/.342/.470 hitter across parts of three minor-league seasons. In 2012, he batted a combined .279/.338/.457 with 14 homers and 28 doubles for High-A Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery. Baseball America recently listed him as the ninth-best prospect in the Rays’ system.

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Orioles’ Brian Matusz will begin spring training as a starter


manager Buck Showalter revealed that pitcher will begin spring training as a starting pitcher in an effort to get him innings, to MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko.

However, Matusz could eventually be shifted back to the bullpen for regular-season play.

Matusz was removed from the Orioles rotation this season after going 5-10 with a 5.42 ERA, 1.71 WHIP and 62 strikeouts in 84 2/3 innings over 16 starts.

He found success in the bullpen, allowing just two earned runs in 13 1/3 innings over 18 appearances, good for a 1.35 ERA to go along with a 0.60 WHIP and 19 strikeouts.

For more up-to-the-minutlian attacker Richarlison.As the Blues managed an impressive 2-0 win over Burnley last week, the Brazilian had to play through the pain barrier.In fact, he has been nursing the injury since their impressive 4-0 win over Manchester y Rose has hit back at Ruud Gullit after last night’s Champions League triumph over Ajax. Gullit singled out Rose, Dele Alli and Victor Wanyama as not technicallsays Callum Hudson-Odoi must follow the example set by Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling to reach his potential.Hudson-Odoi made his first start for the Blues since April during Wednesday’s Carabao Cup tie with Grimsby after recovering from a y good enough after the first leg 1-0 loss in north London.And Rose says he found those cUnited last month.Ae news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow .

Photo: Colby Rasmus has a new hair-do


Blue Jays center fielder seems to have found a sense of belonging in , which is a good thing. While his overall numbers still leave something to be deter United’s radar.The Sun says Old Trafford No2 Mike Phelan went for a personal check on the Elland Road star against Birmingham City last week as they take a close look.And coach Kieran McKenna followed it up by checking on Phillips, 23, as he turnsired, one gets the sense that young Mr. Rasmus is at the very least getting to know himself.

Witness, for instance, his new hairstyle!

On the left, you’ll find his “before” state, in which he features some plunging “” and a mighty will trapped within. On the right, though, you’ll finRafa Benitez is being linked with a return to Italy.Off contract next month, Benitez is yet to settle on new terms as he seeks assurances from mcial to their title hopes this season.The Germany midfielder underlined his importance to the Blues with two goals and an assist as the national team beat Estonia 3-0 in their Euro 2020 qualifier.And he said that anyone writing off City at this stageanagement about his transfer budget.Claudio Ranieri has announced he will leave Roma at the end of the sead his new look, which evokes not only the self-discovery that time abroad so often allows but also a comfortable geographic distance between son and … 

Carpe diem, young Colby.

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AL Rookie of the Year Watch


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squad this season.The Juventus-swap-deal-Christian-Eriksen-Paulo-Dybala.html”>Daily MailJuventus-swap-deal-Christian-Eriksen-Paulo-Dybala.html”> says Pochettino rejected the chance to swap Christian Eriksen for Dybala and now faces the prospect of loOf all the awards handed out at the end of the season, only one has probably already been sent to the engravers without hesitation — the American League Rookie of the Year.

The only question that remains is whether he’ll do what Ichiro Suzuki and Fred Lynn have done before him, win Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player.

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‘s jack of all trades won’t have enough playing time to make Trout sweat, idane feels he’s improved since his first spell in charge.Zidane is preparing to lead Real into the final of the Supercopa de Espana against Atletico Madrid.He said, “I consider myself to be better than I was in my first stint and I’m progressing. Inbut he’s made the most of his opportunity in Boston. The 26-year-old former Pirate is hitting .350/.363/.483, logging playing time at second base, third base, shortstop, right field and center field.

He hasn’t had a decision in his last two starts, but he’s pitching meaningful games for the AL Central leaders and pitching well. As the pennant race continued and more eyes are on the White Sox, more people will notice the 23-year-old lefty.

Middlebrooks’ season is likely over with a hairline fracture in his right wrist — something we noted in , so it’s hard to have a status less changed than Middlebrooks’. He hasn’t played since Aug. 10 and his final line — .288/.325/.509 with 15 home runs in 75 games — gives more hope for the future than pause for award voters.

Darvish hasn’t been the ace many expected out of Japan, but his 182 strikeouts in 154 2/3 innings show he can miss bats. If he puts it all together, he can still be an ace. Just not this season.

Cespedes has just two home runs in August. He’s still hitting an impressive .294/.355/.500 on the season, but the length of the season appears to be catching up to the Cuban import.

A tough season is getting even tougher for the Mariners catcher/designated hitter. In August, he’s hitting just .229/.247/.386. In his last 10 games, he’s hitting just .154/.175/.333. Bur United vice-chairman Ed Woodward is dithering over a deal for Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes.O Jogo says Woodward is hesitating on a deal to bring Fernandes to the club.The 24-year-old has impressed in the Portuguese Primeira Liga this seast of his six hits, two are homers, so there’s that.

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Michael Pineda arrested for DUI in Florida


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Injured Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda has been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Tampa, Fla. early Monday morning, . From the report:

Pineda, 23, “had a fixed gaze and his eyes were bloodsdhoven fullback Angelino.De Telegraaf says City will sign their former left-back soon.Angelino has left PSV and will not be returning as he finalises a move back to City.PSV signed Angelino last summer for €5.5m and now face losing the young Spaniahot, watery and glassy,” a Tampa police officer wrote after pulling the 23-year-old hurler over at 2:35 a.m. on North Dale Mabry Highway.”I could smell a distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, and his speech was slurred,” the cop wrote about Pineda.

The Post also notes that Pineda’s blood-alcohol level was .128 and .125 in two separate tests. Pineda was released on a $500 bond around noon Monday.

Pineda is out for the entire 2012 season as he’s rehabbing from shoulder surgery. He came over to the Yankees in a trade on January 23 with Jose Campos in exchange for Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi.

Last season, for Seattle, the 6-foot-7 Pineda was 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA, 1.10 WHIP offload Olivier Giroud this month, with Inter Milan chasing the Frenchman. An according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, if Giroud moves to link up with Antonio Conte again, Chelsea may bid for Piatek.Milan are reportedly demanding £25m for the forward,and 173 strikeouts in 1g to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, when speaking on El Chiringuito.With United demanding €180m to sell Pogba, Inda says the Frenchman has made it clear he wants to see the transfer happen.”Pogba has told his relatives that he will do everyt71 innings pitched. He rode a hot start (6-2, 2.16 in his first nine starts) to an All-Star Game trip, but faded down the stretch a bit. Still, he’s only 23 years old and has tons of promise.

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Astros, Blue Jays make 10-player trade


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The and pulled off a trade on Friday. While none of the names involved makes it anything close to a “blockbuster,” the deal did involve 10 names. Executive summary: Toronto fortified its major-league pitching staff, while Houston added some mid-grade prospects to the fold.

Here’s who’s going to the Jays by way of the Astros: RHP , LHP and RHP .

And here’s who’s going to Houston: RHP OF , RHP Joe Musgrove, RHP Asher Wojciechowski, LHP David Rollins, C Carlos Perez, and a player to be named later.

From Toronto’s standpoint, they add a useful reliever in Lyon and a functioning arm to add to the rotation in Happ. As for Carpenter, he could provide back-end relief help in Toronto or be kept at the Triple-A level for the time being.

Houston’s haul includes veterans Cordero and Francisco, who aren’t under contract beyond this season, and a pile of prospects that includes two former Madrid midfielder Isco this month.The Daily Star says Lampard is believed to be keen on bringing in Isco who has had an up and down career at the Bernabeu.He has never been able to consistently deliver on the pitch with high expectations on his sgoalscorer Todd Cantwell was delighted with victory at Everton.Cantwell, who opened the scoring on Merseyside, knew just how important not conceding was to City in their quest for a first win since m.Webb only moved to OFK in November, but is now returning to England at Championship Huddersfield.Club chief Martin Johansson said, “We thank David for his time at ÖFK and wish him all the best in Huddersfield. “It is a strong credit to ÖFK, as a cid-September.“It’s a fantastic result. We came inhoufirst rounders. “This is a very good deal for us,” Astros GM Jeff Luhnow said in a statement. “Once again we are adding depth to our minor league system with quality young players. We really feel this will help us moving forward and are extremely excited about the players we’ve added to our organization.”

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Without the votes, Moorad had no way into the owners’ club


The club of major-league owners is like just about any other club.If you want in, you’d better have people already there who want you in. And not people who badly want to keep you out.Jeff Moorad wanted to be an owner, wanted to be in the club. The club didn’t want him, something that has become clearer and clearer in recent weeks.Moorad needed 22 votes of approval to become the Padres owner. He didn’t have them.Two weeks ago, he withdrew his application for control, ostensibly because it was the only way for the Padres to get their new television deal approved in time for their first spring training telecast.Thursday, Moorad went a step further, adres CEO.All that remains is for John Moores, who still owns 51 percent of the team (with Moorad’s group owning the other 49), to find a new buyer, one who can get approval.It’s probably better if he finds one who wasn’t a player agent, as Moorad was. It’s definitely better for him to find one who ha crowd after selling more than 50,000 tickets for a game against Germany at Wembley in November, reports BBC Sport.The previous record was 45,619 when Germany were also the opponents and claimed a 3-0 win at Wembley in 2014.”We are really grateful fosn’t annoyed other owners, as Moorad had.According to sources, Moorad had two strong voices campaigning against him, in White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick. Moorad was a limited partner of Kendrick’s before leaving to buy the Padres, and the breakup didn’t go well.With Reinsdorf and Kendrick strongly opposing him, Moorad faced an uphill battle to get the 22 votes he needed, as CBSSports.com colleague Jon Heyman Sources now tell Heyman that in recent weeks even Moorad’s relationship with Moores has soured.It also didn’t help Moorad that after baseball suffered through the Frank McCourt embarrasment, MLB officials have become more vigilant about making sure prospective owners have enough financial backing to run a team properly. There were questions about Moorad’s financing.Moores figures to come out of this all right, and probably even richer. The strong bidding foAlaves are wrapping up a deal for Newcastle United striker Joselu this weekend.MKeita looks likely to make his Liverpool return against Milton Keynes Dons in the Carabao Cup third-round on Wednesday.Reds assistant Pep Ljinders also confirmed Xherdan Shaqiri would miss the match with a calf injury.”Yes [Keita may return]. I will arca says Joselu will be signing a three year contract at Alaves, and is expected to partnered with Lucas Perez, who recently arrived from West Ham United.The fee is expected to be €2m.The forward will also be taking a pay cut, just as Perez had to do.Joselu is expected to be confirmed an Alaves player next week.r the Dodgers has raised expectations for the sale price of major-league teams, and there’s even the possibility that some losing bidders with the Dodgers could turn to the Padres.Moorad’s contract with Moores gave him another two years to complete the sale i.e. get the votes he needed. But he wasn’t getting them, not now and not two years from now.To get in the club he needed approval from those already in.They didn’t want him in.

Ravens’ Lamar Jackson says he hates running, would rather ‘just sit back and pass’


Watching move, you might assume the quarterback really enjoys running the football.

And you’d be wrong.

“I hate running,” Jackson . “Only if I have to, but my job is to get the ball to the receivers, the tight ends, running backs. If I have to run, I’ll do it, but I’d rather just sit back and pass it. I like throwing touchdowns instead of running them.”

It might be hard to believe considering Jackson averaged 17 rushes per game as a starter during his 2018 rookie season, which he finished with 695 yards on the ground — more than half his yardage total through the air. But the former first-round drould be ready for Tottenham on Sunday.The French winger is trying his best to get fit for the Premier League clash this weekend.He is training on his own and may train with the team on Friday to get himself into contention for the game.”I think thereaft pick came into 2019 with , and so far, that’s held up. , Jackson iseague thumping by Bayern Munich.Chelsea were completely outclassed all night by the Bundesliga giants and Jorginho, who will miss the second leg in Munich through suspension, claims Bayern are serious contenders to win the Champions League.”It is ver now averaging ed to enjoy his career as he admits retirement is getting closer.Messi made the admission after winning his sixth Ballon d’Or.He stated: “As we just saw in the video, 10 years ago I received my first Ballon d’Or in Paris. I remember I came with my thjust nine carries per game.

That’s still more rushes than most QBs pull off during a single game, let alone a three-week stretch, but Jackson’s athleticism — and that the Ravens might run him more — actually suggest No. 8 is holding back when it comes to breaking out of the pocket. It’s not as if his teammates are unaware of his ability to move.

“He’s wild, man,” running back said, per ESPN. “He’s amazing. I don’t think there is anything like him in the league, as far as just extending plays and being able to juke defenders. He’s special. He can extend plays and buy time for us to get open, receivers to get open, or him take off and run at the last resort and juke people, spin around people, make people fall.”

So far this season, Jackson’s produced 172 yards and one touchdown on the ground. He’s been even more dangerous, however, throwing the ball. During Baltimore’s 2-1 start, the second-year signal-caller has thrown 863 yards, seven touchdowns and zero interceptions for a passer rating of 113.9 — good for fifth-best in the .

2019 NFL Draft: Biggest combine snubs include big Nebraska running back, receiver who shined at Senior Bowl


The 2019 NFL Combine list is out, and after scouring all 338 prospects invited to this year’s athleticism exhibition in Indianapolis, I’ve identified the biggest snubs.

You can check out , but now, let’s get to the eight players I believe deserve to be at the combine.

Devine Ozigbo, RB, Nebraska

Ozigbo is the combine-snub headliner after his 1,082-yard campaign at Nebraska in 2018 that featured a hefty 7.0 yards per carry. At 6-foot and around 235 pounds, Ozigbo is a load, but he’s not a straight downhill back. He’s flexible, can make defenders miss on occasion, and is capable of making cuts you wouldn’t expect for such a big back. Ozigbo is currently my No. 87 overall prospect and RB7. 

Penny Hart, WR, Georgia State

Hart dazzled at the Senior Bowl just a few weeks ago, in the eyes of many. He outshined fellow slot receiver Andy Isabella with crisp, elusive routes, soft hands (better than he showed on film), and plenty of quickness to make cornerbacks miss in space. Maybe scouts saw enough in Mobile? Hart was a late add to the Senior Bowl roster and averaged 13.7 yards per grab with 669 receiving yards in 2018, so the production could be scaring some teams away. Then again, Hart made 72 receptions for 1,109 yards (15.4 yards per) with eight scores as a freshman in 2015.

Malik Reed, EDGE/LB, Nevada

Reed isn’t the biggest outside linebacker at a listed 6-foot-2 and 235 pounds, but he performed admirably throughout his illustrious career at Nevada as both an edge rusher and traditional, off-ball linebacker. He registered 25.5 tackles for loss and 16 sacks over the past two seasons. He doesn’t have a clear-cut trump card. However, Reed is smooth around the corner and uses his hands well to defeat bigger blockers. There’s some sideline-to-sideline range to his game too. 

Darwin Thompson, RB, Utah State

The complete opposite of Ozigbo pertaining to size, the 5-foot-8, 200-pound back has a tiny frame but runs like an angry hornet. A junior college transfer, Thompson spent just one year at Utah State and averaged 6.8 yards per carry with 14 rushing scores en route to a 1,044-yard campaign. He’s twitchy and has serious long speed to hit home runs. 

, OG, NC State

Here’s a prospect I clearly like much, much more than the . Prescod is currently my OG1, just outside of Round 1. But the 6-foot-4, 335-pound redshirt senior with a super-strong anchor and impressive lateral agility for his size won’t be in Indianapolis later this month and into the first week of March. He’ll have to exhibit his athleticism at the NC mpleted his move to Paris Saint-Germain.It brings to an end his five-season stay at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.It was made clear to the Costa Rican that Thibaut Courtois was going to be Real Madrid’s No.1 goalkeeper moving forward, so he asked ZinState pro day.

Olamide Zaccheaus, WR, Virginia

Zaccheaus was the Cavaliers offense in 2018 with 1,073 yards on 93 catches and nine receiving touchdowns. That came after he hauled in 85 passes in 2017 and 51 in 2016. At 5-foot-8 and 190 pounds with excellent wiggle, reliable hands, and deceptive long speed, Zaccheaus projects perfectly to a slot/gadget position in the pros. He had big games against NC State (9-109-2) and in the Belk Bowl against South Carolina (12-100-3). 

Cortez Broughton, DT, Cincinnati

Broughton came out of nowhere in 2018 with 18.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks after 10.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in his first three seasons at Cincinnati. He has a lightning-fast first step and converts that quickness to low-center-of-gravity power. Heck, his defensive tackle teammate had good candidacy for a combine invite too.  

Anthony Ratliff-Williams, WR, North Carolina

Ratliff-Williams proved to be a bigor a return to action after the international break.James was forced to withdraw from England U21 duty on Thursday due to an ankle injury, but he’s expected to be back in training next week.According to the Daily Mail, the injury is not serious.Rudig-play threat on some bad North Carolina teams after Mitchell Trubisky bolted for the NFL after the 2016 season. In 2017, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound receiver averaged 18 yards per grab with eight touchdowns. This past year, he aveng Chelsea at the end of this season.That’s according to Joao Castelo-Branco, of ESPN, who says the Bosman prospect is now leaning towards walking out on Chelsea when his deal expires in June.He stated: “Just spoke to Willian’s PR team and they say traged 16.4 yards per reception with six more scores. He has impressive build-up speed and flashed the ability to win in jump-ball situations.