ll return to Manchester United this summer.Inter M

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returned to the lineup Thursday after a week of dealing s record-breaking win at Southampton kicked off an entertaining weekend of Premier League action that saw the previous week’s paltry tally of 17 goals more than doubled. The highlight was perhaps Friday’s non-contest, although Liverpool and Tottenhamwith back tightness. The second baseman went 0 for 3.

But the big news for Solano was his placement in the lineup — second, directly in front of Giancarlo Stanton. If the Marlins use Thursday’s lineup during the regular season — a good chance, as these late-spring lineups usually reflect managers’ preferences — Solano looks a lot better as a second-base sleeper in deepern’s move for Roma striker Edin Dzeko.The former Italy star is a big fan of the Bosnian.He said, “I believe Dzeko is the most complete striker in Italy. He is strong physically, has technique Anro insists ex-Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is interested in a move to the club.Previous reports linking the 37-year-old LA Galaxy star with a switch to the Argentine giants had been denied by Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola, althou, good in the air, can shoot with both feet. He scores goals leagues because he should be scoring often if he can reach base in front of Stanton.

 

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pitcher completed a bullpen session Saturday without any noted issues to his back, the Boston Globe reports. It was Morales’ first session since he made his lo for a new midfield addition next month.Milan coach Stefano Pioli is eager to add a box-to-box midfielder over the winter market and their search is leading to the Premier League.While Napoli ace Allan is a target, the Rossonero are also keen on sackne Grapefruit League appearance on Feb. 27, as he has been dealing with a bulging disk in his baerih Demiral from Juventus.Reports in Italy suggested that Leicester had made an offer to Juve of around £25 rrect use of VAR in the Premier League.The Blues right back is not happy about VAR being present, but he feels as though referees are not making proper use of the technology.He was especially unhappy about a penalty being awarded to Watford during thmillion, but it was rejected.Now they are considering a loan move for the rest of the season, per The Sun.Demiral is not first choice at Juvck.

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reaking his goal scoring drought was a significant

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picked up his first win of the spring Friday ar Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton.The Sun says Burnley are lining up enchman was fired close to the end of the Premier League season, with Brendan Rodgers taking over and going on an impressive run of results.However, Puel may not have to wait long for his next job.Le10 Sport in France is reporting that Saint-Etienne a cut-price £1million deal for Bitton.Dyche is a keen admirer of Bitton and wants to try to sign him in January to boost his options in a number of areas.The versatile 28-year-old, whgainst Tampa Bay. Jurrjens held the Rays scoreless for five innings with just two hits allowed and three strikeouts in relief of Steve Johnson. He now has a 4.61 spring ERA.

Jurrjens isn’t expected to breakn taunting Leeds United fans after yesterday’s FA Youth Cup win.The Leeds support chanted ‘you’re just a s*** Sideshow Bob’ towards Mejbri, given his resemblance to the Simpsons character.But he took it in good humour, posting a picture of Sideshow B camp with the — Jake Arrieta looks like he’ll win the fifth starter job — but the Orioles will be able to keep him in the minors until his opt-out clause can be exercised on June 15. He’ll have until then to convince the Orioles he’s worth a major league spot.

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verpool for his first game in charge.The Reds won

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pitcher , who threw a simulated game Monday, is scheduled to pitch in a minor-league game Saturday, according to .com. Hughes, who continuresh talk of Bruno Fernandes’ sale.Portugal international Fernandes has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford and Record says Sporting president Frederico Varandas and sporting director Hugo Viana have been discussing the deal with United chiees to work his way back from a bulging disk in his upper back, has been optimistic that he will be ready to go when his first turn comes around in the rotation. But according to the report, there is some concern he’ll miss his fb has the Premier League title sewn up.After the Reds defeated Watford, Cole believes the title is already in the Reds’ hands, even though there are 21 games to go this sea their 1-1 draw at Numancia.The result leaves Almeria well out of the running for the promotion places in the Segunda Division.Afterwards, Guti snapped: “We would have to spend the whole night to explain what we have lacked. We have not had the ball,son. He said: “I think the title’s done. This year it’s coming to Anfield no pirst start.

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K£38 million (US$49 million) for the financial ye

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For the first time since second baseman went down with a rib injury last month, the expressed some concern that he might not be reManchester United defender Eric Bailly is adamant his Instagram account was hacked amid surprising social media activity from the Ivorian.Screenshots appeared on social media of Bailly’s account ‘ericbailly24’ apparently liking derogatory comments abady for tstle United are close to announcing the transfer of Joelinton from Hoffenheim.The 22-year-old Brazilian attacker is joining as the club’s record transfer.Per Chronicle Live, the announcement will be made by the end of this week.The versatile forward he start of the regular season. Manager Terry Collins said Sunday that Murphy will stay sidelined until at least Wednesday while he recovers from a strained intercostal muscle.

The 27-year-old has yet to McCann admits he wants to sign Liverpool midfielder Herbie Kane.Kane starred under McCann at Doncaster Rovers last term and the boss is keen to take him to the Championship.“Herbie’s top class, he really is,” he said. “He’s a Liverpool player. H play in a Grapefruit League game with New York after originally suffering the injury Feb. 18. If Murphy — and David Wright — are unavailable for opening day, is expected to patrol second base for the Mets while Justin Turner takes third.

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pions League.Khedira was asked about his side’s ch

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The Reds made their first big cuts of the 2013 spring training season on Tuesday and among those optioned to Triple-A Louisville were starting p into while playing the derby on Saturday night.The home burglary occurred with his wife and daughter inside, says El Chiringuito.The Brazilian is the latest in a string of players to be hit while with their teams. Casemiro lives in La Moraleja, one itcher candidates and . Pitcheds winger Steven Bergwijn has described Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk as an “absolute beast”.The young PSV star says he has learned a lot from playing alongside the imposing centre-back.”Van Dijk is an absolute beast,” Bergwijn told Goaland Voetbalzrs and were optioned to Double-A Pensacola. Pitcher and outfielder were sent to Class A Bakersfield, while pitcher was optioned to Class A Dayton. Several others were reassigned to minorr River Plate midfielder Nicolas de la Cruz.The Uruguayan youngster helped Marcelo Gallardo’s River Plate reach this year’s Copa Libertadores final, which was won by Flamengo last week.Marca says City chiefs are so impressed they’re willing to pay MO league camp and they are as follows: RHP , RHP , C , IF Kristopher Negron and OF .

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Jordan Lyles not concerned about rough spring

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right-hander continued his rough spring on Friday, allowing six runs on seven hits to the Braves while recording just two outs. He has now surrendered 15 runs (14 earned) in five innings across three starts in camp. Despite the rough start, Lyles told he is not concerned.

“I’m definitely not concerned, but I don’t think anybody in this clubhouse is happy with giving up runs after runs,” Lyles saiio Sarri plans to take a close look at Mason Mount in preseason.The Sun says the Blues are preparing to unleash Mount on their first team squad next season after applying for ar-old Irishman has been included with fellow homegrown youngsters Juan Foyth, Oliver Skipp, Alfie Whiteman and Brandon Austin.Each club must name a maximum of 25 players. Two must be goalkeepers. There are a minimum of eight places reserved exclusive visa for him to join their pre-season tour of Japan.Mount’s impressive lod. “It’s part of the game, but I think next outing I’ll start mixing in my cutter and slider. I think these outings won’t show up as much when I start mixing in those pitches and start going for outs.”

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“When you’re out there, you’re still competing, don’t get me wrong,” he said. “I’m not saying ‘Here’s the ball hit, it as far as you can.’ Guys are going to see the boxscore and are not going to be happy, but I’ed’s current status hurts him every day.The striker penned a new four-year deal with United on Monday.And the Englishman hopes he can fire United back up the table after a sixth-placed finish last season. “Me being a fan changes the emotional side ofm getting myself ready for April, and this is spring training and I want to go into the season healthy. That’s my main focus.”

Lyles, 22, went 5-12 with a 5.09 ERA in 25 starts for Houston last summer. He owns a career 5.20 ERA in 45 starts and 40 relief appearances since being named the 42nd prospect in baseball by Baseball America before the 2011 season.

This is one of those rare instances in which spring training statistics matter, at least to a certain extent. Lyles is competing with the likes of (6.75 ERA in Grapefruit League play), (7.20 ERA) and (4.91 ERA) for one of the two rotation spots behind , and , and he currently lags behind them all. It’s good that he’s working on things, but he’s going to have to get some outs at some point if he wants to actually make the team.

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d those bonus targets for the marketing department

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Kansas City pitcher made his first start of the spring Saturday afternoon against a split-squad Giants team in Cactus League play. He ran into trouble early on as he allowed a two-run triple to in the opening frame for his only mistake of the day. Guthrie settled down as he allowed just two runs on four hits over two innings of work and did not factor into the decision. He also struck out two and did not issue a walk in a 9-5 victory. “I wanted to make sure I was able to move the fastball around,” Guthrie said. “For the mostayer-manager Vincent Kompany says Manchester Cityts he’s unhappy with Amazon’s cameras following him for their documentary.Filming for the ‘All or Nothing’ series has been taking place since the start of the 2019/20 campaign, and in November cameras captured footage of Mauricio Pochettino’s dramati must keep hold of Pep Guardiola.Guardiola signed a new contract last year until 2021, but reports earlier this month suggested that the deal included an option to depart 12 months early – something he part, I was aminated the Euro 2020 qualifier in Athens, scoring all three goals in a 10-minute spell through Nicolò Barella, Lorenzo Insigne and Leonardo Bonucci.“(Coach Roberto)Mancini told us to play football and try to enjoy ourselves. I think we’re doing tble to go back and forth; I was just up in the zone, so in the first inning, those guys put some good swings on some balls that were thigh-high and really hittable pitches.”

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ve, massive”.Abraham insists they’re capable of wi

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is among the Phillies’ non-roster invitees to banager 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 almost certain to end 30-year wait for a league title in 2ig-league camp this spring, and though he doesn’t have a real chance of making the team, the 22-year-old can further establish himself as the club’s third baseman of the future, according to MLB.com. “He came a long way last year,” said general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. “We talked about it a lot, that he made a mechanical adjustment.” After hitting only .192 in 239 at-bats as a first-year bian Delph feels good times are around the corner at Everton under manager Carlo Ancelotti.The Toffeemen have won five and drawn two of their eight games under the former AC Milan, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich boss, which has taken them to wity.Unai Emery is still on the look out for defensive reinforcements after signing David Luiz and Kieran Tierney in the summer and the Wolves man may fit the bill, says The Sun.Boly, 28, joined Wolves in 2017 and won promotion to the Premier League in hin fipro in 2011, Asche hit .324 with 12 homers and an .849 OPS in 518 at-bats between Class A and Double-A last year. “He seems to be one of those baseball rat type guys, where he’s not going allow impediments to stop him,” Amaro said. “We’ll see how he continues to progress. Obviously, he’s got a chance to swing the bat. He’s got a chance to be a decent third baseman. We’ll see how he progresses.”

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GIF: Alfredo Aceves really doesn’t like Bobby Valentine

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This has long since gotten out of hand, but it’s so bad now the may have to fire Bobby Valentine before the season ends. Remember this, from about a week-and-a-half ago?

That set off a confrontation between Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine and relief pitcher . The two eventually had to be separated. And the problem obviously hasn’t gone away.

Wednesday night, Aceves took his public disdain for Valentine to another level, the likes of which are rarely seen on a major-league mound:

It may be subtle, but note that Aceves refuses to look at Valentine and then makes an effort to run around his teammates instead of simply passing directly by his manager, like every other pitcher in the game does every time he’Tottenham Hotspur are leading the race to sign PSV winger Steven Bergwijn.Ajax and Manchester United have also shown an interest in the lively 21-year-old. However, Sky Sports says Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is a huge fan of the Netherlands international and is pushingierre-Emerick Aubameyang can improve on his goal tally from last season. The Gabon international opened his 2019/20 account by scoring the only goal in Sunday’s win over Newcastle United.Asked if Aubameyang could eclipse his total of 22 goals from la the club to make a deal.The report claims Bergwijn could depart PSV for £35m.s removed from a game. Knowing what we know about Valentine vs. Aceves — and also considering Aceves hasn’t done this before — it’s a good bet this was intentional. If it was, it was a total lack of professionalism from Aceves.

Sidebar: Why did Valentine smell the baseball not once, but twice?

Foanuary.Moyes was appointed as Manuel Pellegrini’s successor at The Hammers over the weekend.Speaking on Monday, the Scot refused to get drawn into discussing a potential move.He did, however, suggest that he will be opening the chequebook in the Janur more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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Dodgers’ Chad Billingsley leaves game with ‘tender elbow’

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It’s a good thing the Dodgers are on the verge of a trade for another starter, because Chad Billingsley left Friday night’s game with the in the fo of his two season loan from Real Madrid, James’ future is yet to be settled.Bayern hold a €42m permanent option in the deal and directors haven’t wrote off keeping hold of the Colombia international.Indeed, the debate will continue beyond this weeurth inning with what the team called a “tender right elbow.”

Billingsley spent time on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation in July, but had been 6-0 with a 1.30 ERA in six starts since then.

The right-hander exited the game in the fourth inning with one out and runners at second and third and a 2-0 count on pinch-hitter . relieved him. Wright walked Hernandez, but struck out his next two batters to end the inning. Billingsley allowed three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out just one.

The Dodgers have feat at home to West Ham.Lampard admitted his team have questions to answer after their limp display as the Hammers claimed a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge – their first win in two months.He said: “I still believe in the squad.“But when you look at reportedly agreed to a trade that would bring to , which would help if Billingsley has to return to the disabled list. With the addition of Beckett, it looked as if the Dodgers would move to the bullpen, but if Billingsley can’t go, Blanton will stay in the rotAurelio Andreazzoli has been named new coach of Genoa.He leaves Empoli to succeed Cesare Prandelli as Genoa coach.Although Empoli failed to stay up last season, they were praised for their attractive style of play.Andreazzoli also worked for AS Roma between 2005 and 2017.Genoa beat the drop last season by the virtue of a superior head-to-head with Empoli.ation.

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Marlins offering tickets on Groupon

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For all those who still seem to think a new stadium cures all that ails a franchise, we have the sadly predictable tale of the .

Exhibit Q: The Marlins .

Despite their shiny new stadium, Miami is still 18th Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard.With the Blues still to play in the Europa League fina the Rennes’ presidency.Wenger was a candidate for the job after Olivier Letang’s departure.But he explained to RMC, “Regarding Rennes, I am not a candidate because I am working a lot at the moment for the development of the game with FIFA and I focul Real Madrid haven’t been able to make ground in pursuit of the Belgian.”How are we supposed to talk to a club who are playing in a final?,” Perez asked, speaking in attendance in baseball, averaging 28,128 per game, 75.1 percent of capacity. While that’s up dramatically from last season (19,007 per game), it’s still on track to be the worst season attendance-wise for a team in a new stadium since the 1982 .

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, fror says Pochettino has been relieved of his duties after five-and-a-half years in charge.His assistant Jesus Perez, and coaches Miguel D’Agostino and Antoni Jimenez have also left the club.The manager penned a new five-year contract in May 2018 and ollow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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Giants sign Madison Bumgarner to five-year extension

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The have announced that they’ve signed left-hander to a five-year contract extension. CBSSports.com Insider Jon Heyman reports that Bumgarner will make a guaranteed $35 million and that the deal also includes two team/vesting options on top of the initial five years. Potentially, Bumgarner could be locked up through the 2019 season. As Insider Danny Knobler notes, . In 337.0 r to sell Paul Pogba this summer, it has been claimed.While United have adopted the stance that they want to keep him, they are actually happy to let the midfielder go this summer.So says Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol: “In public, United are saying hecareer innings at the highest level, Bumgarner boasts a career of 119 and K/BB ratio of 3.70. He’s also universally regarded as one of the most abuse during defeat to Hellas Verona.He kicked the ball into the stands of the Stadio Bentegodi after hearing the chants.He then threatened to walk off the pitch, before being conn Trippier and Danny Rose, according to reports.Spurs attempted to offer both Trippier and Rose to Roma in exchange for Nicola Zaniolo.The Serie A giants were not interested, although a deal involving Toby Alderweireld is being discussed.The Guardianvinced to stay by teammates and his Hellas Verona opponents, while the promising young pitchers in all of baseball.  Earlier this month, the Giants locked up right-hander to .

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Do Warriors need a new coach instead of keeping Mark Jackson?

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On the surface, everything looks promising. The just took a healthy team to the end of Game 7 while missing for the entire series. That’s an accomplishment for coach Mark Jackson. 

His in-game speeches in the huddle look great on television. The majority of the players on the team outwardly love him and the trust and atmosphere he brings to the locker room. And yet, rumblings from those in the organization and covering the team tell us there is something dysfunctional going on in the East Bay. After the Warriors couldn’t quite match the Clippers point for point in Game 7 at Staples Center, there was a quick movement from journalists and fans on Twitter saying Jackson’s removal from the coaching position would be idiotic.

The thing is it’s not about his coaching; it’s about the culture. There were reports of multiple assistants over the last two seasons not getting along with Jackson to the point in which the environment became untenable. There may have been a rift between him and lead assistant Michael Malone, now the coach of the Sacramento Kings, a season ago. Jackson had issues with assistant this season and reassigned him to the D-League. Darren Erman, another promising assistant coach, was fired after reportedly recording conversations around the team, coaches, and just about anybody else.

Erman’s situation didn’t take too long to resolve, as the Boston Celtics quickly hired him to their staff even after friker Jack Harper.Harper is set to become Getafe’s first summer signing with the Malaga player to join Jose Bordalas’ pre-season plans from July 1.An agreement has been reached between the two clubs for around 1.5 million euros and the Scottish forwainding out just what happened in Oakland. Could it have been that bad for Erman if a rebuilding team would immediately hire him despite the potential trust issues of working with someone who may have recorded conversations without the other person’s permission?

That’s the alleged culture Jackson has created with the Warriors, which is why it seems as if the ownership and front office have fallen more and more out of love with Jackson. Even with the franchise enjoying its most successful two-year run since 1990-92, only a deep playoff run with a team that had championship aspirations after investing $48 million in wing  this past summer could have secured Jackson’s job. Whether he ends up getting let go or not, a solid coaching job wasn’t enough for the rumors to go away. 

On the surface, the Warriors seem like a fun, freewheeling offense that shoots a lot of 3-pointers and maximizes the most of its weapons. And yet, too much frustration emanated from the fan base this season as they watched what used to be a fun offense devolve into a lot of isolation post-ups that didn’t include getting the ball to , the most electrifying shooter in the . They had the 12th best offense in the NBA, but that’s mostly because Curry did a great job with a disappointingly basic system.

Jackson managed to bring confidence to his team and his motivational tactics appeared to be some of the best in the NBA. That’s an underrated part of coaching which gets overlooked far too often. Jackson may be arguably the best motivator in the NBA, as long as you buy into his core religious ideals and choose to identify with them. He’ll still give you confidence to go do your job, but it’s up to you and your faith in him with how high that confidence rises. 

This season makes you wonder if Jackson is a good enough coach to cut out all of the rumors and conjecture following the last two seasons, which happened to be good seasons. In some organizations, it might be. In this Warriors organization, it might not be because the owner is intent on proving to his customers they mean business when it comes to winning a title. With the team taking a step back from a second-round exit last season to a first-round exit this season, that’s a hard sell to make, injuries or not.

Jackson’s reported paranoia with his own job security could be as much the team owner’s fault as it is Jackson’s, but convincing the owner to take the responsibility in a situation like this is not typically how the NBA works. Jackson never got the contract extension he wanted and it may have driven insecurities to new heights.

You don’t meet expectations and the coach is likely to take the fall. Sometimes that fall is deserved and sometimes it sets the franchise back. The Warriors are an attractive market with a great roster, a great front office, and a growing Q rating that make it one of the best jobs available if it becomes available.

You can find a long list of deserving coaching candidates for the Warriors to interview, and Jackson probably isn’t the best coach on that list if you include him for having a shot at the job next season. Even if all the players love him, can’t they j informed Barcelona they’re prepared to sell Neymar this month.However, Le Parisien says PSG have warned Barca not to consider trying to low-ball them.While it’s been claimed in Spain that PSG would be prepared to cash in for €180m, the French gianust as easily love the next coach, especially if he’s a better tactician? These are the answers the Warriors’ ownership and front office have to procure. 

Mark Jackson will not stop being a coach inla always believed Leicester would be challenging for the top four this season.”Last year after the game it was my feeling that this season they would be fighting for the top four and it’s happened,” he said.”They did really well last season when [Ro this league after the series loss to the Clippers; we just don’t know where and for whom that coaching job will be.

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Hornets president Rod Higgins steps down late Thursday night

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Rod Higgind in Australia in response to the bushfire crisis, reports BBC Sport.The club said it will contribute over 30,000 Australian dollars (£15,870).”This is a fantastic gesture by the club,” said Ryan.”Adversity can bring out the best in penited official is being linked with the technical director’s job.United vice-chairman Ed Woodward and co are hoping to appoint a new director of football in the coming months to oversee the incomings and outgoings at the club this summer.The Daily Exople and it’s s has stepped down as president of the , the team . This is surprising timing for this type of move, as Charlotte sent out a press release at 12:21 a.m., shortly after the completion of Game 4 of the Finals. 

“I would like to thank Rod for his seven years of dedication to this organization,” Hornets os season.His 12 wins, four defeats and one draw gave him an impressive 72.54 percentage of points won during his spell, but the humiliation against Ajax proved too much to handle for those at the Santiago Bernabeu.Then came Zinedine Zidane who accumuwner Michael Jordan said the press release. “Rod has been a consummate professional throughout his time with the team. Thanks to his hard work and commitment, we have an improved roster and we are poised for success in the future. Rod was of great help to me as I navigated my first four years as majority owner of this franchise. I wish him all the best.”

He worked alongside Charlotte general manager Rich Cho in the front office, and now Cho will “assume responsibility for the team’s basketball operations.” 

Charlotte has the ninth, 24th and 45th picks in the upcoming . that he expects the team to be a major player in free agency this offseason.

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