boss Pep Guardiola launched a defence of midfield

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Andy Pettitte held the Nationals to two runs (oneterms with Chelsea.Luiz says he is close to agreeing a new contract with the club.Asked if he will be at Chelsea next season, Luiz said: “Yes I think so. Sooneverybody is going to know. It will be before the Europa League final, in fivedays.”I love t earned) on five hits and no walks Friday. He struck out six.

Pettitte owns a 3.52 ERA in 15.1 ulas insists Moussa Dembele will not leave this month.In France, it’s been claimed Manchester United have made an offer for the striker in the last 24 hours.But Aulas told RMC: “Moussa hiGraham Potter.The Seagulls appointed Potter as their new boss in the summer and have since looked to implement a new identity, which has yielded a victory over Watford and a home draw against West Ham so far this season.”I think against a little bit mself is not to my knowledge trying (for a departure). “Whateveinnings this spring with 14 strikeouts against four walks. Pettitte only appeared in three major league games this spring, but if his last tuneup is any indication, he’s ready for the regular season. He’s slated to be the ‘ third starter behind CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda.

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in victory at FA Cup opponents West Ham.Townsend’

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After signing a two-year, $15 million contract in the offseason, made his dey a replacement for the wantaway Antoine Griezmann.Griezmann is expected to move to Barcelona this summer.Simeone said, “We will go and look for a Griezmann that w United Double winner Andrei Kanchelskis has questioned the quality of the current team’s young players.Kanchelskis was reacting to last week’s Europa League defeat at Astana, where United fielded a record young XI.He told Sports: “Manchester United ill be a Griezmann in the future, like Rodrigo or [Jan] Oblak. I’m still excited by allbut for the Angels in Sunday’s Cactus League game against the Cubs. He allowed one run on one hit over two innings of work. The right-hander surrendered a solo homer to for his lone damage. Blanton also struck out two with no walks while throwing 20 pitches. “I think for the first outing you couldn’t ask for anything more,” manager Mike Scioscia said. ” He pounded the zone, no doubt. Just pulled a couple of pitches middle in. … Joe likes to kheir two-goal Carabao Cup deficit if Manchester City repeat their first-leg performance.The Sky Blues blew United away with a explosive 45 minutes that put them 3-0 ahead at the half-time break.”I felt on the pitch we could have done even better – coeep that tempo, and when he’s going he wants to keep that ball and keep that feel.”

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close the teen came from being lost to Barcelona

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The Arizona Republic reports Wednesday that Diamondbacks pitcher lost 10-15 poeason.Rondon has been on-loan at Newcastle from West Brom.Rondon said: mouth is demanding huge money to sell Nathan Ake.Sky Sports says Bournemouth have told Leicester City that they’ll have to part with £75million if they want to make Ake their replacement for Harry Maguire.The Cherries think that because Ake is two y“Better with age? For me, yes. It’s like a wine! I try to be healthy all the time. I am getting older so I have to work more than the young players. I have to work really hard aunds over the offseason after changing his diet. In fact, manager Kirk Gibson said he looks like a “totally different guy.” Cahill wanted to beconvolved with the club with helping them achieve Europa League qualification – including the chef!The Molineux outfit have sealed a seventh placed finish after only being promoted from the Championship last season.Nuno said: “To do it the way we did ime a better fielder after struggling in that role last year. “His body is different,” Gibson said. “I think he’s worked a lot on his athleticism. He’s leaned out.”

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League to have Jose Mourinho back in the dugout.Th

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Yankees shortstop went through on-field drills Monday for the first time since having October ankle surgery. Jeter took swinge in Sunday’s North London derby.Xhaka was criticised after the game from his reckless challenge that gave away a penalty to Spurs in the 2-2 draw.And the Swiss inwith Lionel Messi are on the agenda.Bartomeu, speaking with Mundo Deportivo, revealed the board wants Barca to be Messi’s one only club for the entirety of his pro career.He revealed, “He has a contract until 2021, our goal is for him to retire at Baternational says critics never want to speak about the positives from Sunday’s North sn’t been good enough after defeat to Liverpool.The next outing is at home to League Two Grimsby Town on Wednesday in the Carabao Cup where Kante and his colleagues will be aiming for a first home win of the season.Chelsea are currently one of six teLos in batting cage on top of fielding 55 grounders. “Everything went well,” Jeter said, per the New York Post.

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rmer Leicester City striker signed earlier this mo

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CBSSports.com Senior Columnist Dae assistant manager Ray Lewington insists there’s no need for panic after defeat to Hertha y Rose has hit back at Ruud Gullit after last night’s Champions League triumph over Ajax. Gullit singled out Rose, Deleul Le Guen has spoken with Samir Nasri about a move to Ligue 2.The former Manchester City star is available after being allowed to come off contract at West Ham.L’Equipe says Le Guen has called Nasri about a move to Le Havre with the aim of driving t Alli and Victor Wanyama as not technically good enough after the first leg 1-0 loss in north London.And Rose says he found those cBerlin.Palace were thrashed 4-0 by their friendly opponents.“You try and win every match,” Lewington said. “We’ve got fantastic support. We’ve got a groundnny Knobler reported on Friday that infielder has agreed to a one-year, $2.95 million deal with the Rays, avoiding arbitration. The deal also includes performance bonuses, according to Knobler.

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Padres, A’s complete four-player trade

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The have acquired pitcher and infielder A.J. Kirby-Jones from the for infielder and pitcher , the .

The 27-year-old Parrino hit .207/.316/.276 in 138 plate appearances with the Padres last season. He’s expected to compete for the A’s shortstop spot next season, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. 

Werner, 25, made eight starts with the Padres last season. He had a 5.58 ERA and a 4.09 FIP in 40 1/3 innings with the team. 

Ross made 13 starts for the A’s last year, posting a 6.50 ERA and a 4.80 FIP in 73 1/3 innings. The 25-year-old Ross was drafted in the second round of the 2008 draft by the Athletics. 

Kirby-Jones is the only player in the trade thBayer Leverkusen have entered the race for Aleksanami Hyypia fears fullbacks Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson could be burned out in the race for title glory.The duo are key to Liverpool’s high-tempo attacking game, but former Kop defender Hyypia reckons Jurgen Klopp has a real dilemma – dar Mitrovic.Fulham have placed a £30m price-tag on the Serbian striker.West Ham United and Crystal Palace have shown an interest.But they now face a battle with Leverkusen entering the fray, according toThe Mirror.The German giants have qualified for the Champions League next seasonat hasn’t reached the majors. The 24-year-old hit .248/.382/.461 for the Stockton Ports last year. He’s displayed patience throughout his careo sign Nicolo Barella from Cagliari.Marotta also confirmed interest in Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku and Roma’s Edin Dzeko.He stated, “Dzeko and Lukaku are very interesting players who have different characteristics. They are both targetser, but has a knack for putting up big strikeout numbers as well. 

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow .

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The Lineup: Zambrano does it all, Bard’s abysmal outing and the return of Vanimal

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Sunday was chock full of great pitching performances. We didn’t even get a chance to mention the likes of , , , , , , or in . Any one of them would be a worthy candidate most any night of the season. The circumstances for the guys below — as well as Zito and Cahill shutting down what equate to Triple-A teams — separated these three by the slimmest of margins. The man called Big Z stepped to the plate in the top of the third inning of a scoreless game and powered up, crushing a solo homer to left-center. And though his teammates came through with four more runs on the afternoon, Zambrano didn’t need that much support. He worked 7 2/3 innings, allowing only four hits and one”.Richarlison admits his success in England has been a whirlwind.He told the Daily Mail: “Four years ago I was at home in Brazil with just dreams but look at me now. “Things happen quickly, don’t they? I think I just have to make the most of it. I he run while striking out seven . One of the centerpieces of the trade last July, the 23-year-old right-hander entered Sunday with a career line of 4-7, 6.75 ERA and 1.63 WHIP. White was also carrying the burden of easing the workload on an overworked bullpen and facing the first-place (yes, we know Matt Kemp is out; they’re still in first). White went out and gave the Rockies 6 2/3 strong innings, allowing only two hits and two runs. The five walks were bad, but he worked around them enough to propel . And the Rockies have won six of their last seven. The Astros entered Sunday with no listed starting pitcher and an eight-game losing streak. They were also facing a red-hot team. Lyles was summoned from Triple-A to make the start and allowed only five hits and two runs in seven innings, shoving his This was a rare outing where both teams desperately wanted the starting pitcher out of the game. Bard lasted just 1 2/3 innings. He walked six and only allowed one hit, but it was a three-run home run. He also hit two batters. In fact, the last three batters he faced went: Hit-by-pitch, bases-loaded walk, hit-by-pitch. He blatantly had no clue where the ball was going. Bard was then mercifully removed from the game and showered with boos from the fans — and probably any Red Sox fans in attendance, too. The 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner has now lost three straight starts. In his last two outings, Verlander has given up 19 hits, 10 runs (eight earned) and six walks in 12 1/3 innings. Sunday it was a 5-1 loss to the . I wouldn’t stress much about Verlander — especially since he’s only gotten five runs in support in these last three outings — but more about the Tigers in general. When you’re only 6-6 through 12 Verlander starts, that’s just not good enough. Well, that nine-run game Saturday was sure washed away quickly, huh? After a 2-0 loss Sunday to the , the A’s have now been shut out 11 times in their first 53 games. Per CBSSports.com’s Danny Knobler, the A’s join the 1954 as the only team to be held scoreless this often, this early since 1918. The are in last place, but they’re still over .500 (28-27) and are only 3.5 games back. They’re just waiting on getting some pieces back from injury. Vance Worley (3-2, 3.07) is one of them, and he’ll return to the hill Monday night after being activated from the DL. His offensive teammates will have their hands full, because they’re facing off against (4-3, 2.42) of the Dodgers. Of course, the Dodgers need a win pretty badly, as they’ve lost eight of 11 and have a certain rival approaching in the rearview mirror. The have dropped 10 consecutive road games and now it’s ‘s turn to try and stop the bleeding. Of course, pitching hasn’t been the problem, as the Cubs continue to waste gem after gem from their staff. It’s the hitting. So Samardzija (5-3, 3.09) better be prepared to throw a shutout. The Giants, meanwhile, are playing really solid baseball and have crept to within three games of the Dodgers in the NL West. (3-2, 2.36) takes the mound in hopes of leading his team to a sweep. The have been outscored 19-1 by the in three games, and that includes having been no-hit by , shut out by and struck out 10 times by Jonathon Niese. They’re surely desperate to get out of Queens, only they have another game to play. Monday, the Mets go for the four-game sweep of the reeling defending champs. A win for the Mets means first place in the NL East (they’re tied with the Marlins and Nats, both of which are idle Monday). A loss for the Cardinals means they’ll be below .500 for the first time all season. (4-3, 4.69) will get the ball for the Mets while (5-1, 3.36) starts for the Cardinals. • Outfielder made a no-hitter-saving catch for Johan Santana Friday night. He also sacrificed his body in doing so, crashing into the left-field wall, and he’ll miss about six weeks with injuries to his collarbone, sternum and ribs. on Queens native Baxter and his background. • Earlier this week, , and looked to how the uses replay as a fine example of what can be done. Sunday, . Assuming this wasn’t a total ripoff — and I trust it wasn’t — this is a sign that the Internet is starting to get soid chief Emilio Butragueno admits they’re fed-up with VAR.Butragueno was left frustrated by the use of VAR in Los Blancos’ 0-0 draw at home to Real Betis on Saturday night, with a Zou Feddal handball the subject of much debate.”We are confused about me momentum with the idea. Let’s hope it continues. If the talk gets loud enough, commissioner Bud Selig will have to listen. At least in theory. • After Johan Santana’s no-hitter Friday night, the Post-Dispatch ran their article with an asterisk, due to a missed call. The Daily News fired back, strongest with “apparently, the Post-Dispatch couldn’t find the asterisk key while Mark McGwire was swatting 220 steroid-aided home runs while a member of the Cardinals and setting bogus records in St. Louis.” Zing!

Cool, a newspaper feud. Daily News fires on PD

— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) • I’ve long bemoaned the fact that major-league umpires scream back at managers, coaches and players, making tWatford are moving for West Brom defender Craig Dawson.Sky Sports says Watford have agreed a fee for Dawson.The Baggies have accepted a £5.5m bid for the 29-year-old, who made 45 appearances in all competitions last season.It is claimed that the deal will be completed on Monday, with Dawson set to sign a four-year contract at Vicarage Road, with an option for an extra year.hem the only officials in sports who do so. There was another run-in Saturday night when Yankees manager Joe Girardi and hitting coach Kevin Long got pretty heated with — shocker alert — Bob Davidson. Davidson has already been suspended for one game this season and has a penchant for making himself the center of attention. Sunday, Yankees center fielder — also one of the most eloquent players in the league — asked for more accountability from the umpires. “It’s interesting across the board,” Granderson said (). “You’ve seen a lot of missed plays. They’re humans back there. They’re going to make some mistakes. But part of the game is, sometimes there have to be some consequences for it. As players, if we make mistakes, there are consequences for us. You get errors, you get pulled out, possibly sent down. Different stuff happens to us. There has to be a similar type of situation on the other end. The one thing I’ve seen consistently, the umpire can be as loud and as animated as he wants, and the umpire gets to stay in the ballgame.”• More on Zambrano’s home-run prowess: He’s now tied for sixth all-time with 24 home runs as a pitcher. The record-holder is Wes Ferrell, with 38. Remember, this is home runs as a pitcher, so Babe Ruth has already been passed (he only hit 14 as a pitcher). []• In addition to great pitching, another storyline Sunday was prodigious home runs. Zambrano’s shot was 431 feet. And then there’s this:

4 HR today calculated at 440+ feet by our HR-tracking crew: 484, 455, 450, 441

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Kate Upton, Mark Buehrle welcome Philip Humber to Perfect Club

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Apparently all it takes is a perfect game for supermodel Kate Upton to notice you. Upton tweeted pitcher on Sunday:Upton, of course, ith their Europa League defeat to Celtic.The Biancocelesti had taken the lead and were in control only to lose 2-1 in the final stages.“That’s the ugly thing about football, you don’t get the results you deserve. It’s difficult to swallow a defeat ls in the MLB2K12 commercial with as the greeter to the Perfect Club. If you haven’t seen the commercial, you probably don’t watch too much baseball, but just in case, here it is.Humber also got a text from his former teammate and fellow Perfect Club member .Buehrle said he texted “Welcome to the club!” to Humber after Humber finished the perfect game.”When we got back to the room, I turned it on after the sixth inning and followed it on the computer. Then they broke in on Fox for that ninth inning and I got to see the end of it,’ Buehrle told reporters, . “I was sitting in my bed nervous, just the anticipation of not knowing what was going to happen, just waiting to see if he’s going to get it. My palms were sweating. I felt like I was more nervous laying in bed yesterday than I was on the mound dsung the praises of Manchester United’s players after last night’s Carabao Cup defeat.United won the game 1-0 at the Etihad, but lost the semifinal 3-2 on aggregate.”I like a lot the way they played,” said Guardiola.”At Old Trafford we played really uring mine.”The Hall of Fame has already requested a game-used ball and either Humber’s cap or jersey from Saturday’s perfect game.”Hopefully I get to keep as much of it as I can,” Humber said of his gear from Saturday’s game (). “I doubt I’ll throw one again, so it would be nice to have as much stuff ts Lille.Chelsea need to win in order to secure a place in the last-16. A draw might be good enough but would rely on the result in the Ajax versus Valencia game going in their favour.”Every game you feel a different pressure,” Zouma told the assemblto remember it as I can.”Humber is also scheduled to tape a Top 10 list for The Late Show with David Letterman on Monday.

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Josh Beckett flies to Cleveland for a third opinion on thumb injury

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Monday morning, it was revealed that Red Sox starter is . So far, all accounts are that it’s a minor issue and there’s no reason for panic just yet. Still, Beckett’s first scheduled start of the 2012 season is just four days away. And he’s now flying to to get a third opinion on his thumb (). The meeting is just for Beckett’s “peace of mind,” but that’s what we heard Monday, before Beckett got a second opinion in San Antonio. This comes less than .Arsenal have had two bids of £15million and £18m rejected for the Scotland international with the Scottish champions said to value their star left-back at £25m.“It can be a little bit unsettling, a lot of us have been in that position before,” a day after a report indicated new closer will . Bailey is also in Cleveland seeking another opinion, just like Beckett. will get the start in ‘s second game of the season if Beckett can’t go, but as things currently stand, Beckett is still listed as the starter against the on Saturday.  For more baseball neong-term prospects in the job.The Telegraph seves his old club will win the Champions League this week.While Liverpool missed out on domestic honours, they are favourites to beat their English rivals in the Spanish capital and round off their impressive season with some silverware. But Redknappays questions are being asked about the manager for the first time since he replaced Maurizio Sarri last season.Fifth-placed Tottenham are one point behind Chelsea ahead of Jose Mourinho’s return to Stamfows, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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The Lineup: Austin Jackson, Red Sox bullpen, Yanks-Rays and more

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Opening Day III is in the books (don’t forget about Opening Day: Japan and Opening Day II: Miami), and now it’s time to look back and then look forward to Opening Day IV: Jason Voorhees Ghost Protocol, in which the 13 teams yet to play in 2012 will, at long last, open the season. Now that everyone else has … . In his first regular-season start since early September of 2010, Santana tamed the Braves: 5.0 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 5 K, 2 BB. He also boasted . Is Santana back? It’s obviously far too early to say, but so far so good.  . If you glanced at the Dodger box score and saw that Kershaw worked a mere 3.0 innings, you might have entertained your darkest fears. But worry not: Kershaw is not injured. He’s just sick — . Kershaw is presently battling stomach flu, and pretty much every Dodger with any standing begged him not to pitch on Thursday. But Kershaw insisted upon taking the bump. So he casually tossed three scoreless (and went 1-for-1 at the dish) while afflicted with a malady that leaves most of us in bed and in close proximity to a toilet for at least a week. A warrior, that one. . Triples are cool, and Jackson hit one on Thursday. He also went 3-for-5 with a run scored (a hustle play on a shallow sac fly) and mustered a walk-off single in the ninth with the bases loaded. None should be as grateful as closer , who blew the save in the ninth but picked up a “vulture” win thanks in large part to Jackson. Heof a huge clash against Manchester United.The Saints will be hoping to put in a positive performance and get something from the Saturday game.Southampton will be at home, which will give them confidence they can cause an upset.Speaking about the game’s on pace to bat .600 and rack up 162 triples. . As you may have heard, at home in a record-16 innings on Thursday. They did not lose, however, because of a lack of opportunities. In fact, the Tribe’s win probability on Thursday was north of 90% for much of the day and reached a high of 97.4% in the eighth. Then closer blew up in the ninth. Then they squandered prime scoring chances in the home halves of the ninth and 12th. On the day, Tribe hitters combined to leave 21 runners on base. At least they’re off on Friday. . A mere 33 of them were scored on opening day. The highest-scoring affair, which went down between the aforementioned Blue Jays and Indians, unfolded over the course of 9+7 innings and yielded one-third of that total of 33 runs. The Marlins, Pirates and Braves were all shut out, while teams that scored only one run on the day managed a .667 winning percentage! . It took all of 1/3 of an inning for Melancon to jeopardize his already tenuous hold on the closer’s job. Against the TiGremio striker Everton Soares has welcomed interest from Everton.Repeatedly linked with Everton, the Brazilian has liked a post on Instagram as a fan account speculates on whether the Blues will sign him.Watch:Everton Soares loves the blues regardless pic.twitter.com/ezegkBTgu5— Benj Winstanley (@benjwinstanley) January 25, 2020gers on Thursday, Melancon started his outing by retiring on a fly-out, but then and notched back-to-back singles. Despite the fact that Avila’s safety was a bloop, manager Bobby Valentine promptly yanked Melancon. Peralta’s pinch-runner eventually scored the winning run, and the story was written. Melancon noted the quick hook in his post-game comments, which might serve to annoy the easily annoyed Valentine. Further dramatics to come, one may assume.. The comeback, 8-7, 12-inning win over the in the final game of the 2011 regular season was the capstone on what was, quite simply, an impossible finish. These two clubs figure to joust for the AL East title (and one of two AL wild-card berths) in 2012. Hostilities kick off on Friday in St. Pete when opposes . While we have a tendency to dismiss early-season encounters, they count just as much as stretch-drive games. In divisions as contested as the AL East, every head-to-head between contenders is worth your while. .. Last season, the Brewers claimed the NL Central flag by six games, but the , yoSouthampton are eyeing Standard Liege midfielder Moussa Djenepo.TMW says Southampton are now in advanced talks with Standard to sign Djenepo.A fee of around €22m is now being close to being struck.Djenepo joined Standard on loan with option to buy from Yeelen Olympique of Mali in January 2017 before signing permanently in May.Djenepo is a senior Mali international.u’ll recall, topped the Brewers in the NLCS and went on the win the World Series in white-knuckled fashion. Since 2009, the Cards are 29-28 against the Brewers (counting that NLCS triumph), so it’s hard to find a more hotly contested rivalry around. takes up the Brewer cause against for the Cardinals. Garcia has traditionally been less effective on the road, and this one’s in . . . Speaking of “every head-to-head between contenders is worth your while,” we have the and Snakes squaring off in Phoenix. 2011 breakout ace will face two-time Cy Young-winner . Lincecum, who reportedly won’t be throwing his slider early in the season, is coming off a rough spring and a 2011 campaign in which his peripheral numbers began to decline. Can Kennedy sustain last season’s gains? Can Lincecum prove he’s still a top-shelf ace? The early returns come Friday. Subplot: It’s also ‘s return to regular-season action. .: Sam Mellinger of the Star opines that the Royals, whose TV contract will pay them a comparatively meager $20 million per through the 2019 season, . : Giants closer Brian Wilson tells CBS’s Jim Rome that he can’t change history or achieve some inscrutable standard of “handsome.” He can, however, . He’s also a robot. : Last season, the Brewers won a franchise-record 96 games. This winter, they lost to free agency. . ““There’s no doubt that there’s a challenge replacing Prince offensively and you don’t do that with a single player,” Braun told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “I think, collectively, the combination of (Aramis) Ramirez, (Alex) Gonzalez and (Mat) Gamel is going to be better than what we had at any point last year. I really believe that.” : Let me offer proof that at least .: In what is being called a “news mob,” Angels” data-canon=”Los Angeles Dodgers” data-type=”SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM” id=”shortcode0″> opener. Among the many revealing nuggets in the story is this one: the OC Register has a total of about 100 reporters on its entire staff. As mentioned, 70 of those 100 will be on the Halos beat on Friday. For their overwhelming and collective sake, let’s hope it’s a good game (!).

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already in a “better condition” under Ole Gunnar

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guard provided a boost off the bench Thursday against the United are already in a “better condition” under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Norwegian is enjoying his first preseason in charge of United after taking over from Jose Mourinho last December.The Red Devils have spent the past week in Perth and Rashford Trail Blazers, with his third double-digit scoring effort in a row.

 Williams scored 16 points on 5 of 12 shooting with one 3-pointer, with much of his damage coming thanks to a 5-for-Arsenal will be without midfielder Dani Ceballos against Leicester City this weekend.The Gunners are traveling to the King Power Stadium for a must win game.Ty ace Gabriel Jesus to have a career best season.Gabriel scored twice and assisted twice in the Copa America this summer as Brazil won the competition infront of their own fans. Rivaldo told Betfair: “Gabriel Jesus is full of confidence after a succehey are in fifth place in the Premier League, while Leicester are third.But Unai Emery’s men7 mark at the free-throw line. He added four rebounds and four assists, however the Hawks still fell, 100-85.

Williams has struggled to find his way in his return from ACL surgery this season, averaging 10.0 points and 3.5 assists per game for the season, while appearing in 51 of 71 games. 

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Donald Sterling calls league charge ‘illegal’

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USA Today and other outlets have received a 32-page document from banned Clippers owner Donald Sterling filed Tuesday in response to the NBA’s charges in pursuit of termination of his ownership, claiming that the NBA’s efforts are “illegal.” his wife Shelly to negotiate the forced sale of the Clippers. Now Sterling claims that he’s received offers of more than $2.5 billion.

owner Donald Sterling said the NBA’s efforts to terminate his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers are “illegal” and that it would force his family to pay an enormous capital gains tax that would be “egregious,” according to his response to NBA charges filed Tuesday.

In a 32-page response to the league, he said he will fight the charges and noted that he has received offers of more than $2.5 billion for the team.

His wife, Shelly Sterling, is planning to file a response to the NBA by midnight Tuesday that strongly asserts her position as an innocent bystander in the league’s efforts to strip her family’s owrd promoted the 18-year-old to his first-team squad on Tuesday.”Knowing that the manager has such faith in you is massive, it gives me so much confidence when I step onto the field,” Gilmour told Chelsea’s official club website.”It’s really good knownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Spoo leave Anderlecht.The 19 year-old attacker has been offered to Barcelona, Manchester City and Sevilla by agents with his contract due to expire in June.However, Lokonga insists his priority is to stay with the Belgian giants.”My priority is to stay rts.

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commissioner Adam Silver has indicated that the league is amiable to the Sterlings selling the team to expedite the process and avoid a legal fight. Instead, it would appear Sterling very much intends to fight the process. 

There have been reports of nearly a dozen potential ownership groups in play for the team,  .

The big question will be whether his wife will pursue suit to retain the team, which the NBA has made clear it does not intend to allow. The NBA’s vote to terminate ththe end of his six month deal if things don’t work out.The Swedish veteran, 38, has initially signed woth the Rossonero to the end of this season.He said, “I’m not here to be the mascot. If after six months I do good things, ok, we continue. Otherwise Sterling’s ownership of the Clippers is set for June 3. 

In response to the document, the NBA released the following statement Tuesday night. 

“This evening, the NBA received responses from Donald and Shelly Sterling to the charge to terminate the current ownership interests in the Los Angeles Clippers.  The NBA Board of Governors will meet on June 3 at 1 p.m. in New York City to hear and vote upon this matter.  Should the Board vote to sustain the charge, the Sterlings’ interests in the Clippers will be terminated and the team will be sold.”

So basically, “cool story.” 

Meanwhile, Shelly Sterling released a statement, confirming that she has been authorized to negotiate the sale. 

Statement from Shelly Sterling’s attorney

— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports)

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der Darren Fletcher still backs Ole Gunnar Solskja

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guard Monday against the Trail Blazers because of ankle and midfielder Darren Fletcher still backs Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to lead the club.The Red Devils endured another poor result in the Premier League, drawing 2-2 with Aston Villa at home.The result leaves them in 9th place in the Premier League, drifting f knee soreness, ESPN reports.Wade has now missed three of Miami’s last five games. He is averaging 19.3 points, 4.9 assists and 4son.Van Dijk has playn linked with a move for Barcelona winger Malcolm.But according to The Sun talks have stalled.Arsenal are struggling to put together a deal for Barcelona’s Brazilian misfit.The Gunners are keen but the likely £50million fee and the 22-year-old’s £2ed every single minute for Liverpool in the Premier League and Champions League this season and admits the workload can be difficult.Speaking to Liverpool’s matchday programme, Van Dijk said: “We’re now playing four games in 11 d.6 rebounds over 50 games. His next chance to play will come Wednesday against the Pacers.

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up with a stiff back earlier in the day.Da

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center played 22 minutes Thursday against the Clippers, after waking up with a stiff back earlier in the day.

Dalembert played sell in spite of his injury, snagging 11 rebounds in 22 minutes anager Jurgen Klopp’s team cannot be regarded as great – for the moment.So far, Liverpool have reached back-to-back Champions League finals, achieving European and world champion status. They al-back will ons in order to fight a sleeping problem this season. The Brazilian struggled to sleep the night before Europa League away games as well as any Premier League away games where the Red Devils had to travel a considerable distance. The Sun says Pereirasign a two-year deal with the Basque side and will be officially unveiled on Monday. The Spanish international has spent seven years in the Premier League with the Gunners and will cost La Real very little money.Monreal is expected to be amost certain to end 30-year wait for a league title in 2of action and adding six points. He shot 3 of 5 from the field and added one block and one rebound as the Mavericks fell, 109-103.

Dalembert has appeared in 71 of 73 games this season, averaging 6.5 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.  

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VIDEO: Lance Stephenson hangs out in the Heat huddle

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guard pulled the old “eavesdrop on the other team’s hunchester United have scored a multi-year global partnership with Mondelēz International, the US-based multinational confectionary, food and beverage company, reports, /.Mondelēz, which counts the likes of Cadbury, Oreo, Toblerone, Milka and Belvitaddle” trick in Game 5 as part of an excalating effort to get into the ‘s head. During a deadball as the officials tried to determine who should shoosnapped up by Kilmarnock.Johnson has yet to make a first-team appearance for Wolvesrazilian has returned to training with the Reds and is being earmarked for a start in a huge upcoming game.Klopp revealed that it is the clash with Manchester United later in October that should mark Alisson’s return to the first team from a torn cal, and spent last season on loan at English League One side Walsall, making 11 appearances.Kilmarnock have signed Dundee United striker Osman Sow on loan until January.t free throws following a offensive foul, Stephenson just wandered on over. 

“What’s that you say?” 

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