this summer.The highly-rated Newcastle United midf


Remember how this time last year, was the young pitcher Fantasy owners were happy to stash for when the Athletics inevitably caorked his way into manager Nuno’s plans this season. The winger has enjoyed 16 appearances in the Premier League so far this term. Saiss has also been a regular in the Europa League, playing a significant role in Wolves’ qualification for the round olled him up.

He may not have the same hype this year, but he does have a major-league job.

The haven’t specified whether it’s in the starting rotation or th joined the battle for Sporting CP star Bruno Fernandes.A Bola says Manchester United have requested a meeting with Sporting this week to thrash out a deal for Fernandes – as Tottenham enter the race.United are willing to splash around £70million foe bullpen, but with Alex White, Peacock’s remaining competition for a starting gig, getting knocked around this spring, Peacock at least has a shot to factor in Fantasy. His stuff may be a little mora, have hit out at comments by Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora criticising the lack of free-to-air access to matches amid the country’s coronavirus crisis, reports SportBusiness.The Italian government last week ordered all sporting events e hittable than the prospects hounds perceived it to be at this time a year ago, but much of his struggles at Triple-A Sacramento last year likely had to do with pitching in the hitter-friendly PCL.

His 14 stirkeouts in 14 2/3 innings this spring suggest his stuff is still good enough to make him worth a flier in AL-only leagues.

n derby favourites.The Nerazzurri face their city


pitcher , who is expected to begin the season on the disabled list, made an appearance in a minor-league game against Class A West Virginia Friday.  Hughes pitched Friday night.Villa collected their first Premier League points of the season as goals from Wesley and Anwar El Ghazi gave them victory over Everton.Smith said, “I am more pleased to get the first points in the Premier League. Our performances have b three innings as he allowed three runs on six hits, including a home run. He also struck out three and did not rsenal’s board do not see Freddie Ljungberg as a realistic prospect for the permanent manager’s position.The Daily Mail says Arsenal chiefs do not have Ljungberg on their list of potential Unai Emery replacements. Instead, Mikel Arteta, Patrick Vieirissue a walk. Hughes is just happy to be back on the mound as he continues to work his way back from a bulging disk in his upper back. 

“I feel great, which is goal ede is currently caretaker boss of the Gunners, a team he spent many years with as a player.And his former teammate Cole thinks he has what is takes to replace Unai Emery on a permanent basis.”Every club has to change. They’re in another transition pNo. 1,” Hughes told .com. “I got up to [57] pitches, so I was happy with that. I would have liked to go more than three innings, but it is what it is and hopefully the next one I’m a little bit better, a little bit cleaner out there.”

ng the club when he first arrived.Klopp now leads


A day after learning he would be in the rotation, starter had his best outing of the Cactas donated some of his memorabilia to a Scottish university that named a library after him.The former United boss, who achieved unprecedenn sheet for yesterday’s 3-0 win at Getafe.Real won via goals from Luka Modric and a brace from Raphael Varane.Courtois said, “We’re very pleased. The defensive efforts have been great and it’s helping us win games. At a place like ts game. Fortune favours the brave – n’all that. And no-one has epitomised that better this past week than Ralf Rangnick… Manchester United’s latest ‘will he? Won’t he?’ candidate for their ever fluid technical director’s post.Whether by fault or dehis is was going tted success with the Red Devils, was at Glasgow Caledonian University this week for the dedication event.Their lus League on Wednesday against the Giants. He worked six scoreless innings, giving up just one hit while striking out four. The left-hander also did not walk a batter.Narveson has a 3.14 ERA in four starts this spring with an 8-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 14 1/3 innings pitched.

goal after Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Sheffield United.


starting pitcher tossed six scoreless innings, scattering six hits — oach Zinedine Zidane.The Frenchman’s status has been questioned this season and though Real have enjoyed a mini revival, they stumbled again for Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Atletico Madrid.But amid claims of tension between Zidane and certain players, Coufive of them singles — during Miami’s 6-0 win over St. Louis in a Grapefruit League contest Sunday. After altering his mechanics after his last start, the Marlins’ likely opening day starter struck out five and did nosists he’s not had any transfer chat with France teammate Kylian Mbappe.Varane is now with his national team to prepare for the games against Bolivia (friendly), Turkey and Andorra in Euro 2020 qualifying. He was asked about team-mate and PSG strikert walk a batter.

“I did a good job of sth Christophe Galtier has spoken of the friendship he’s struck with former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.Mourinho has been a regular at LOSC games this year thanks to good pal Luis Campos, the club’s sporting director.And Galtier told France Foaying closed and keeping my fastball down,” said Nolasco, who trimmed his spring ERA to 4.30. “Everything else today was pretty decent.”

Miami manager Mike Redmond also was pleased with Nolasco’s turnaround, especially with only two weeks until the regular season begins. The veteran right-hander was tagged for seven runs in three innings during his previous outing. “It was nice to see Ricky bounce back like that today. That’s what veteran pitchers do,” Redmond said. “He pitched with a little bit of adrenaline out there.”

tactical advice to the players.Ronaldo is now own


Tos pleased with Lorenzo Insigne’s preseason fokend’s Clasico to the Bernabeu from Camp Nou. LaLiga feel that the game should not be played in Barcelona due to the political unrest in Catalonia following the prison sentences handed to nine politicians and civil leaders.AS reports Spain’s Sports Crm.Inzaghi struck in the 3-0 defeat of Liverpool on Sunday.Ancelotti said, “In an attacking sense, Insigne must take the initiative like he did against Liverpool. I have to congratulate Mertens and Insigneronto closer threw off a mound on Sunday morning and has felt no ill effects since, reports .com Tuesday. Janssen had thrown off the mound earlier in the spring but suffered a minor setback and was then limited to flat ground. “He felt good in that side session, felt good yesterday and feels good again today,” pitching coach Pete Walker said of Janssen, who is recovering from offseason shoulder debut for AC Milan in a friendly on Saturday.Ibrahimovic provided a goal and an assist as he made his return to action in an AC Milan shirt during a 9-0 friendly win over sixth-tier Italian club Rhodense.Sweden’s all-time leading goalscorer representsurgery. “We’re going to take a look at his schedule from here on out and see where he is. He’s day to day right now. There could be adjustments daily.”

Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre has resigned


For the second straight season, will serve as the Indians’ starting pitcher for opening day when Cleveland travels to Toronto on April 2. Masterson, who finished 11-15 with a 4.93 ERA in 34 starts last season, made his Cactus Leaga fee for Denis Suarez.Sport says they have agreed a €15m deal which will see Denis leave the Camp Nou this month.Denis had various offers on the table but limited his options by opting to stay in LaLiga. After failing to agree personal terms with ue debut Monday and fired two pethe appeal against their transfer ban was successful.Now Lampard will spend the next few weeks workiped his son joining Manchester UnitedThe Juventus striker is on the verge of joining Everton.”I did stop his transfer at the time, his mother wanted to send him to Manchester [United],” Biorou Jean Kean told Omnisport.”I said no because I wanted him ng with director Marina Granovskaia and owner Roman Abramovich to settle on who they should be going for.He said: “I have ideas of players in my minrfect innings against Oakland. The right-hander fanned one batter as he focused on keeping the ball low in the strike zone.

Baseball America releases Top 100 prospects list


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Many outlets release prospect rankings nowadays, but Baseball America still seems to be the list with the most prestige. Tuesday, the outlet . 

Just as has been the case with pretty much every outlet, infielder was ranked as the top prospect. pitcher checked in at number two, followed by outfielder Oscar Taveras, outfielder Wil Myers and pitcher Jose Fernandez, respectively. 

The rest of the top 10, in order: (P, STL); Gerrit Cole (P, PIT); Xander Bogaerts (SS, BOS), Migud Luiz is pleased with his new two-year contract.And the Brazilian is adamant Chelsea can compete on all fronts next season – despite their transfer ban.He told the Chelsea magazine: “The new contract means a lot as well. I’m glad to be here, so happel Sano (3B, MIN),ng his old club fail to land Manchester City attacker Leroy Sane.Bayern have pursued a deal for Sane all summer, but it now appears off after the winger’s ACL injury.Hitzfeld is convinced City were ready to sell Sane before he broke down in the Commu Byron Buxton (OF, MIN). 

Also, here is a breakdown in graphic form of how many prospects each team has in the top 100:

The Cardinals have been by Baseball America, which is reflected here in the club being tih.Sky Sports says Arsenal are looking to specifically sign left-footed players in January.Arteta is keen to get players in who can support his forward line and that he wants a left-footer to help Pierre_Emerick Aubameyang and co.Bayer Leverkusen ace ed for the most entrants in the top 100 and also having two of the top 10. 

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und winger Jadon Sancho has revealed he’s been gag


Thes aiola if they want Erling Haaland.United spies watched the Champions League sensation hit a hat-trick in RB Salzburg’s 6-2 demolition of Genk on Tuesday, says The Sun.Erling, 19, had a season at Molde under Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.But not believe that he is on the verge of retirement.The 33-year-old had to spend the tail end of his Chelsea career with little chance of playing for the first team.But he does not think that he is anywhere close to callector’s post at Manchester United.The former United striker has revealed he is qualified for the job.”After Rio Ferdinand last week, Darren Fletcher is the latest name linked with the Director of Football role but why not Dimitar Berbatov? I have theing time on what has been an e Angels signed infielder to a minor-league contract on Monday. The deal also included an invitation to spring training.

Miguel Tejada agrees to minor-league deal with Royals


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Free-agent infielder Miguel Tejada has signed a minor-league deal with the , Jon Heyman of confirms. The news th PSG over Neymar.Le Parisian says Leonardo, sports director of PSG, and Oscar Grau, general director of Barcelona, along with Javier Bordas and Eric Abidal, are meeting today.PSG want €100m plus Ousmane Dembélé and Nelson Semedo to part with Newas first reported by the Associated rd.Hayward had the position as head of sports science at the Premier League club.He is departing to fill a similar role with LA Galaxy in the United States.Hayward was pictured by the LA Times in the U.S. with the Galaxy squad for their most recent tPress on Monday. The deal is for $1.1 million, though that money isn’t guaranteed, as Tejada would need to make the team.

Tejada, 38, hit just .239/.270/.326 with four homers and 26 RBI in 91 games for the in 2011. The extent of his play during the 2012 season came in 36 games with Triple-A Norfolk (‘ system), where he hit .259/.325/.296. So it appeared he was cooked.

But, according to Heyman, the Royals have been impressed with Tejada’s play in winter ball. He’s playinro Steve Walsh is adamant they’re a top four chance this season.The Foxes currently sit fourth in the Premier League. Walsh told the Daily Star: “The one thing we’re not doing is getting too carried away.“In football, things can change at one momg for the Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican league, and he’s hitting .284/.336/.433 with four homers, nine doubles and 19 RBI in 34 games.

Tejada’s chances of starting on the left side of the infield are pretty much nil, as and are locked in. Tejada is still a long shot at second base, but he has a chance — albeit a slim one, I’d bet — to play over and/or at some point.

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MLB execs: Zack Greinke is headed for a record payday for right-handed pitchers


Baseball executives see star free-agent right-hander landing a deal for at least six years and perhaps as much as $25 million a year, which could bring Greinke’s total haul to $150 million.

The presence of both teams in the bidding is likely to benefit Greinke, who should easily set a record for pay for a right-handed pitcher.

star set the record for salary for right-handers when he signed in spring training for $112.5 million over five years, an extension that took him to $127.5 million over six years. left-hander has the per-season record salary on a multiyear deal at $24 million, while fellow lefty of the has the record contract for a pitcher, at $161 million over seven years.

While Greinke isn’t quite as accomplished as Cole Hamels, who signed during last season for $144 million over six years, a case could be made that Hamels r being knocked back in their approach for Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gomez; West Ham are close to signing Eintracht Frankfurt striker Sebastien Haller for £45 million. That’s according to Yahoo Sport.Haller was a big part of an electric attack, combining wimight have gotten even a bit more than that had he chosen to test the free-agent market rather than re-sign with his old team.

Theday’s clash at Manchester United.Klopp has warned Mohamed Salah – searching for his first goal against Manchester United – to beware of “old-school” challenges as Liverpool head to their big rivals desperate to keep their 100 per cent winning P Dodgers also are said to like , but he has been asking teams for at least $90 million over six seasons, so he’s not inexpensive either. They might also look at , as well. However, Dodgers people have begun asking around about Greinke, Danny Knobler reported, and their presence in talks only benefits Greinke, who went 15-5 with a 3.48 ERA for the and Angels.

Angels people have seen the Dodgers as their biggest threat.

The Angels want to re-sign Greinke, and they set thstal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has admitted frustration over their winter market campaign.Hodgson says he wanted Palace to do more business in the January transfer window, with Cenk Tosun their only senior signing and the Eagles on a run of one win froemselves up for that possibility by trading and letting go. The Angels suggested last winter that they wouldn’t pay a starting pitcher more than ace ‘s $85 million, five-year deal, but such a stance would be a major impediment to any Greinke deal, and an Angels person suggested that they will consider that strategy on a “case-by-case” basis.

The , a main Angels rival, loom as another threat in the Greinke market, and so might the , who have long coveted Greinke (they offered him $100 million two years ago as part of a possible trade deal, before he chose the Brewers). Asked at the GM meetings about Greinke, Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said, “What’s not to like?”

About the only big-market team looking to sign a pitcher to a multiyear deal that appears to be shying away from Greinke is the .

Greinke’s other two previous teams, the and Brewers, would love to have him back. But in a bidding situation with at least the two L.A. teams, their chances seem quite remote. They certainly aren’t about to pay anyone $150 million.

r entire FA Youth Cup final squad for the new seas


Houston made a series of moves following Monday’s game at Pittsburgh. The Astros recalled catcher , relieveg Chronicle says Newcastle are prepared to play hardball over Gayle amid interest from several Championship clubs.Gayle has been linked with a move away from ronavirus.In Egypt, it’s been claimed Salah had come down with the virus amid the suspension of the Premier League for three weeks.But his agent, Ramy Abbas, was quick to act and rubbish the rumours.Abbas posted to social media: “It is a shame that sSt James’ Park, with Fulham, Nottingham Forest and former club West Brom all keen had mixed emotions after being blocked from leaving Chelsea last month.It’s emerged Giroud was prevented from leaving Chelsea by manager Frank Lampard with offers from Lazio, Tottenham and Inter Milan on the table.However, while frustrated, Giroud i on his serrs and and outfielder ez. The players will be available beginning Tuesday.

Will Middlebrooks to miss rest of season with broken wrist


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Boston feared the worst when rookie third baseman took an pitch off the wrist in the ninth inning on Friday night. That was later confirmed, and Middlebrooks now believes he’ll miss the rest of the season.

The 23-year-old Middlebrooks is hitting .288/.325/.509 on the season with 15 home runs in y Cahill over the summer.Cahill left Stamford Bridge at the end of his contract in the summer before Crystal Palace snapped him up on a free transfer. “I think the problem for Arsenal, going back to the Wenger regime, has always been recruitment,” Co286 plate appearances.

On Saturday, he said he believes he’ll likely miss the rest of the season, but there is a small chance he could return in the final weeks of the season.

“I want to play, but I have to do the right thing,” he on Saturday.

In late June, the traded away longtime third baseman in large part because of Middlebrooks’s early success.

“He had a terrific run with us. He’s a terrific player,” manager Bobby Valentine said (). “I don’t think he’ll be back this year. He might for a short stint, I don’t know. I couldn’t be happier or more proud of everything he did, developing into the player he is right now and contributing to our team. It’s a damn shame.”

The Sox called up infielder Danny Valencia to replace Middlebrooks on the active rosteer the season will resume in Italy.Serie A is suspended due to the coronavirus crisis.“We’ll se reach 100 Premier League wins is a group achievement.While the Spaniard will get all the plaudits for his success in this area, he believes the coaching staff and all the players deserve credit.Guardiola, who has won two Premier League titles with Ce if we play again from this season or the next. To be honest, I think it’ll be impossible to finish the season, as we need at least 20-30 days of trainir. Boston acquired Valencia from the Twins last week in exchange for minor-league outfielder Jeremias Pineda. Middlebrooks became the 10th Boston player currently on the disabled list.

Middlebrooks’s injury also means that every lineup regular save for and soon will have spent time on the DL in 2012.

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Lions at Packers: Channel, time, odds, prediction for ‘Monday Night Football’


The NFC has seen a massive shakeup over the past few weeks. The and are stumbling. The look bad. The and appear ascendant. The have weathered absence. The have done the same without . 

Amid all this upheaval, thth defeat at Liverpool, the newcomers took their first three points with victory over Newcastle before losing at home to Chelsea.Farke feels his side pushed Chelsea all the way in last weekend’s 3-2 defeat, but admits they must turn positive performae NFC North looks like it might be the best division in the league. All four of the division’s teams are above .500, and all four have outscored their opponents this season. In first place are the at 4-1, and their only loss was a one-possession game against the Eagles on a Thursday night. The are in second at 4-2 after back to back wins against NFC East squads, but right behind them are the , who have the single most impressive win of any team in the division. Detroit looked awful blowing a lead to the in Week 1, but their most recent game was a near-upset of the in which they seemed to provide a blueprint for slowing down the ‘s most explosive offense. 

Can they do the same to but actually come away with a win this time around? Let’s break things down. 

Lions at Packers Monday, Oct. 13 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN (via SportsLine)

Who wins Lions vs. Packers? And what crucial factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? to see which side of the spread you should jump on Monday, all from the top NFL expert who’s 28-4 on Green Bay picks.

When the Packers have the ball

If last week’s dominant performance against the Dallas Cowboys doesn’t finally convince his coaches to make the full-time featured back, then it’s probable that nothing ever will. Jones, who had previously been splitting work with , was simply electric against Dallas: 19 carries for 107 yards and four touchdowns, plus seven catches for another 75 yards. And he was still, for some reason, only on the field for 67 percent of the team’s snaps, as Green Bay insisted on using to split the work. Williams has been practicing in full this week after sitting out against Dallas due to the scary concussion he suffered the prior week, and it seems likely that he will continue to share the touches with Jones. That’s a shame.

Will Brinson is joined by Jared Dubin to preview tonight’s Lions-Packers game, then Jason La Canfora stops by to break down the biggest story lines from NFL Week 6.

The Lions defense has been solid, if unspectacular against the run this season, ranking 14th in rush defense efficiency, per Football Outsiders’ DVOA. has been pretty much exactly the same player in Detroit as he was in New England (Flowers has only one sack, but he’s got 14 pressures, three QB hits, 15 total tackles, and nine run stops, per Pro Football Focus), and his two-way effectiveness has helped Matt Patricia build the unit he was hired to build. 

Specifically, Detroit’s ability to get pressure up front without having to resort to the blitz has made this one of the most consistent pass defenses in the league so far — and for the second consecutive year, one that appears to have set the blueprint for slowing down one of the bests form.Referring to Everton’s defeat to Brighton, Cascarino wrote for The Times: “Yet another entry in the catalogue of Jordan Pickford errors shows why the Everton keeper’s days as England’s number 1 are numbered… beaten easily by a set piece, (wh offenses in the NFL. (The Rams last year and the Chiefs this year.) Detroit’s willingness to adjust its scheme based on the opponent is notable, but the reason they’re able to do that is because of the play of an underrated secondary. 

is a star. Slot corner looks like one of the best signings of the offseason. appears to have recaptured his 2016 form. Safeties and are balling out. When Slay missed a game due to injury, stepped in and played well. 

While it would have been fascinating to watch Slay and lock horns once again, as they have done so often over the years, Adams is out for this game with turf toe. It’s sounding more and more like he’s going to be out for a while, and that means it’ll fall to Marques Valdez-Scantling, , and to work as Rodgers’ top three options on the perimeter. Nn Henderson says they’re European champions thanks to manager Jurgen Klopp.The Reds beat Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid thanks to an early Mohamed Salah penalty and a late Divock Origi strike.Henderson paid tribute to Klopp. “Without this manager this is imone of them is even close to Adams’ caliber, but Valdes-Scantling and Allison have at least shown they have Rodgers’ trust and have the ability to make some plays down the field. 

It seems wildly unlikely that a team will come into a game with a “stop Aaron Jones and make Aaron Rodgers beat us” strategy, but the Lions should consider this a warning that if they do, Rodgers will beat them. Rodgers has not necessarily been his usual self this season, but he’s rounding into form over the past few weeks and there are few things more dangerous in the NFL than daring Aaron Rodgers to make plays. 

When the Lions have the ball

Remember when was the No. 1 overall pick out of Georgia and all anybody could talk about was his ridiculous arm strength? From the way the Lions have used him throughout his career, you could be forgiven if you’d forgotten about that. 

Through the first decade of Stafford’s career, deep passes (at least 20 yards downfield) never accounted for more than 12.4 percent of his total attempts, per Pro Football Focus. During that time, he never ranked higher than 13th in the NFL in terms of the percentage of his passes that were thrown deep downfield. This year, at long last, that has changed. 


































TWENTY TWO PERCENT OF MATTHEW STAFFORD’S THROWS HAVE TRAVELED AT LEAST TWENTY YARDS IN THE AIR. This is a major development, folks. And it’s a big reason why has been able to get off to such a good start. He somehow is the only receiver in the league not to go off against the Eagles this season (2 catches for 17 yards on 8 targets), but in the other three games, Golladay has gone 4-42-1, 8-117-1, and 5-67-2. 

The Golladay-focused passing game has been complemented by the Lions doing what the Packers refuse to and turning into their full-time feature back. With C.J. Anderson on the roster for the first two games, Johnson played 56 percent of the team’s offensive snaps. Since Anderson’s been cut, Johnson has been on the field for 73 percent of the snaps. Johnson did not do all that much with the increased opportunities in Week 3, but he ran all over the Chiefs (26 carries for 125 yards) in Week 4. Considering how poorly the Packers have defended the run this season, it would not be surprising if the Lions attempted to run it down Green Bay’s throats early and often in this game. 

The Packers rank 28th in Football Outsiders’ rush defense DVOA, and dead last in Adjusted Line Yards allowed per carry. To put in perspective their Adjusted Line Yards (ALY) mark, consider that last year the Rams’ offense set the Football Outsiders record for ALY. Of any offense since 1989, the Rams’ 5.49 ALY per carry mark was the single best. The 2019 Packers are allowing 5.44 ALY per carry. It is extremely easy to run the ball against them — especially to the left side of the offensive line. 

Unfortunately for Green Bay’s opponents, running the ball is not how you win in the modern NFL. You win by throwing the ball. And the Packers’ pass rush has been ridiculously good, and their secondary has been nearly as good as the pass rush. had a tough go of things against last week, but prior to that had looked like one of the best corners in the NFL. is off to the best start of his career. Slot corner is beatable, but maybe not by . is expected to miss this game, which means will again see increased snaps alongside . The Lions appear to be getting T.J. Hockenson back for this game, which will help them test this defense up the seam. If they can do that, perhaps Golladay and Jr. will have an easier time working against Alexander and King on the outside.

Patriots offense in position to run through their backfield in 2019, following a similar path to the stretch run in 2018


When you think of the offense, it’ll take you a couple of minutes before you start talking about the backfield. 

First (and rightfully so), you’ll start under center with , make your way to LIII MVP and the rest of the receivers, maybe give recently retired tight end Rob Gronkowski a mention and then turn your attention to what the reigning champs have going on in that running back stable. 

By the end of 2019, however, this unit is poised to put themselves on the map throughout the entire . 

Despite coming off another Lombardi Trophy-winning season, the Pats enter 2019 with something of an identity crisis on offense, especially at the skill positions with tight end Rob Gronkowski calling it a career earlier this offseason. For this entire decade, Gronkowski has been a pillar to how the Patriots moved the ball offensively even if it wasn’t directly in his hands. 

With him now out of the picture and no suitable replacement on the roster at the position, Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels are forced to change how they do business. 

That change will likely be the Patriots turning to their extremely versatile backfield. 

As things stand currently, it’s arguably the deepest position on the roster, highlighted by , , , , and , who are all seemingly locked to make the opening 53-man roster. That’s also not mentioning fullback , who has proven to be a timely weapon when the Patriots call his number. 

First, it’s important to point out that New England was already a run-heavy team in 2018. They ranked third in the NFL in rushing attempts per-game, only being out-run by Baltimore and Seattle. Even with an all-time quarterback at the helm, the Patriots know the importance of running the football and have shown they are more than willing to hand the ball off when the situation calls for it. 

At the NFL on CBS Media day earlier in August, CBS Sports analyst Rich Gannon broke down to run-oriented attack as Brady enters his age-42 season.

But running the ball was just one way the Patriots attacked opposing defenses with their backfield. Thanks to arguably the best pass-catching back in the game in James White, New England utilizes their backfield in the passing game as good as anyone. 

In all, the Patriots logged 1,119 offensive snaps in 2018. 478 of those were rushing attempts, while there were 171 passes thrown to either White, Michel, Burkhead or Develin. When you add that all up, that means New England turned to their backfield on a given play nearly 58% of the time last season. 

Even if that percentage stays the same for 2019, the PatArsenal hero Ray Parlour says Manchester United are “MAD” if they’re going to meet Crystal Palace’s price for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.United have had a £40 million bid rejected for the England under-21 international, with Palace reportedly after a summer nearer £65m.“It is madness, absolute madness,” Parlour said told talkSPORT.“I really like him, I think he’s an excellent player and I’ve seen him on quite a few occasions.“His defending is very good and he gets forward. But for £65 million, it’s crazy.“Look at those Ajax youngsters, they’re only young. They’ve not really done anything yet. They’ve really shown that they can play in an Ajax shirt and have done really well in the Champions League but they’re going for £70-80 million as well.”riots could improve on their efficiency. According to , New England was the ninth most efficient rushing s youngster Ivan Angulo.Yahoo Sport says City have made a formal approach for Palmeiras attacker Angulo.The 20-year-old is currently with Brazilian giants Palmeiras on loan from Envigado.The Serie A champions signed Angulo on loan in January for the team last season, despite being top-3 in attempts. 

That responsibility to improve on those totals will mostly fall on the shoulders of Michel. Now that he’s entering Year 2 of his career, he should see an uptick in efficiency this season. The 2018 first-round pick is building off a rookie campaign where he totaled 931 yards on 4.5 yards-per-carry and six touchdowns in 13 games played in the regular season. 

He already started to show signs of improved efficiency during New England’s three playoff games en-route to a Super Bowl title, averaging 112 yards-per-game and found the end zone six times. notes that Michel ranked 20th among backs with 25 forced missed tackles. 

With him healthy entering 2019, there should be a noticeable increase in production. 

As for White in the passing game, Football Outsiders had him ranked third in the league in DYAR only behind and . Where he could see an increase in production is in the red zone. Already he’s been a reliable weapon for Tom Brady in that area catching 16 of his 22 targets in the red zone last year for 117 yards and seven touchdowns. With question marks surrounding most of the New England’s pass catchers, Brady will likely double-down with White when they get within striking distance of the end zone. 

With Damien Harris and Burkhead, they’ll serve as complementary pieces to both Michel and White, but they have the potential for even bigger roles in 2019. If Burkhead can stay healthy (which is no sure thing), he’s shown the ability to work in-between the tackles and move out as a receiver in the slot at times in New England’s offense. 

In Harris, the Patriots are getting a back who split time with first-round at Alabama and averaged 5.8 yards-per-carry his senior season for 876 yards and nine touchdowns. While he may not see a ton of volume during his rookie year, he’ll be insurance for New England so they won’t have to resort to finding the next to place in their backfield. 

What makes this unit even more lethal beyond these numbers we’ve already mentioned is that they don’t shoot themselves in the foot. They hang on to the ball, fumbling just twice last season. 

This is a long way of saying that the Patriots runn an exciting time to take charge of AC Milan.Milan are rebuilding, but so are Juventus, Inter and Roma under new coaches, while Napoli continue the Carlo Ancelotti era.Giampaolo said, “I think with the return of Maurizio Sarri and Antonio Conte aloing back group can’t be slept on. They had a strong 2018 campaign and have only gotten more experienced, deeper and healthier over the course of the offseason. 

Look out NFL, New England’s backfield is ready to roll. 

Patriots vs. Chiefs goes to overtime: Here how playoff OT rules work in AFC Championship


With the AFC Championship tied at 31 after four quarters, it’ll take overtime to decide whether the New England Patriots or Kansas City Chiefs represent their conference in Super Bowl LIII. This after the Rams and Saints took the NFC Championship into overtime.

So here’s a quick refresher on the rules for overtime in the :

Unlike in the regular season, playoff OTs feature 15-minute periods until a winner is declared. Each team sormer teammates Larnell Cole and Ravel Morrison ahead of returning for pre-season training.The England international has been posting regular updates as he aims to up his fitness levels ahead of returning for training with the rest of the squad at Catill receives at least one possession unless the firstince his coach Jose Bordalas admits he’s working towards a Premier League move.Bordalas has Getafe well placed in the LaLiga and Europe this season.Asked about a move to England, he told Sport: “Yes, it’s something I have always had in mind and, as a professiJanuary arrival from Sporting CP.Wan-Bissaka is a fairly new arrival himself, and believes Fernandes’ smooth start is thanks largely to the Spanish contingent.”I think he has settled in right,” Wan-Bissaka told the official United website.”H team with the ball scores a touchdown or records a safety.

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