Thelwell says young duo Jordan Graham and Harry B

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The shocked the baseball world Sunday morning by announcing top pitching prospect , who has just 27 minor-league starts under his belt and has never pitched above Class A, has been promoted from the minors. The Marlins needed starters after placing Henderson Alvarez and Nate Eovaldi on the disabled list with shoulder injuries.

Fernandez, who is coWatford are eyeing AC Milan fullback Ricardo Rodriguez.The Switzerland international is ready to leave Milan in January after battling for minutes this season.Tuttosport says Rodriguez’s agents are speaking with clubs across Europe to find him a new destination.Napoli and Fenerbahce are keen, as are Watford.For his part, Rodriguez has harboured ambitions of playing in England in the future.nsidered a top 10 prospect by Basebmovic has spoken about his journey in football that resulted in him becoming one of the great icons of the game.The Swedish star was speaking on the unveiling of a statue in his honour in Malmo.Ibrahimovic has starred for the likes of Ajax, Juventus,all America (No. 5) and .com (No. 7), might not have a ton of pro experience, but he becomes a potential add off waivers in any Fantasy format because of his upside. On top of having a solid ERA (2.02), WHIP (0.96) and winning percentage (.875) in the minors, Fernandez also struck out 10.7 batters per nine innings. 

Although Fernandez is just 20 years old, he’s shown great command for his pitches and poise on the mound for a pitcher of his age. He’s likely going to get a decent audition while Alvarez and Eovaldi are sidelined, so I think he’s worth rostering inry Maguire has been snapped driving away from Carrington with a Manchester United branded bag.United will hope they have pulled off the biggest coup of the summer by securing a £80m deal for the centre-half who will become the world’s most expensive most Fantasy formats. To me, there’s more to gain than lose for Fantasy owners because you should only be dropping a bench player to pick up a potential Fantasy impact rookie. Perhaps Fernandez has the talent to do — although they are position players — what Mike Trout and Bryce Harper did for Fantasy owners last season.

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ubstitution incident in the Carabao Cup final last

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general manager Jon Daniels tolinternational has found himself frozen out in preseason under new coach Maurizio Sarri.Tuttosport says Can could be on the move – and PSG sports chief Leonardo is ready to pounce.Leonardo is eager to add another midfielder to coach Thomas Tuchel’s sqd MLB.com on Tuesday that prospect will concentrate on playing third base at Triple-A Round Rock. Olt batted just .194 with two homers and five RBI in 19 Cactus League games before being optioned last week. The 24-year-olre interested in midfield pair Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal.Inter, Juventus and AC Milan are all keen on the duo.Cardoner told Tuttosport: “If they don’t play so much it’s because, as our coach has explained several times, we have a lot of players id ays David De Gea is back to his best after Sunday’s 3-3 draw with Sheffield United.The Spaniard pulled off a fine double save to deny David McGoldrick’s left-footed shot from outside the box.He also stopped a John Lundstram header, and Neville was miplayed a couple of different positions while in camp with Texas.

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d midfielder Lucas Vazquez.AS says the two clubs h

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Players like outfielder are the reason why I tend to view outfield as a very deep Fantasy position and willing to target positions with not as much depth earlier in drafts.

Case in point: Aoki on average is being drafted in the 12th round in Rotisserie leagues and theeks after picking up a calf injury in victory over Norwich City.Alisson had to come off in the 39th minute of the 4-1 win against the Canaries having gone down clutching his calf after slipping while playing a goal kick.Jurgen Klopp admitted he faces 14th round in Head-to-Head formats. Here was a player who was the 29th-highest scoring Fantasy outfielder in Head-has no doubts Antoine Griezmann will fulfill his potential at Barcelona.The €120m summer signing from Atletico Madrid has had an inconsistent start to the season.But France teammate Lenglet told RAC1: “Yes, Griezmann will adapt to Barça, he has thto-Head formats and the 37th-highest scoring outfielder in Rotisserie formats. 

I definitely target a No. 1 Fantasy outfielder in early rounds, but I tend to wait to fill out the rest of my outfield in the middle-to-late rounds because there’s essi.Guardiola believes Phil Foden is “the most talented player” he has ever seen.Guardiola, who has managed the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Arjen Robben, spoke while the 19-year-old midfielder was sat alongside him.”He has everything tdefinitely value to be had with players like Aoki.

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s serious.The centre half was forced off after 19

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Houston top pitching prospect made his first spring start on Mondon Brazilian great Roberto Carlos.The Bosnia & Herzegovina international has studied a whole host of players in his position ever since he started playing football as a young boy.”My No 1 is Roberto Carlos,” Kolasinac told arsenal.com, when askeday against the Tigers. Cosart did not pitch well as he allowed four hits, three runs and four walks over two-plus innings, reports .com. “I know I’ve got five, six, seven more times out before Spring Training is oveontract if he’s to join Manchester United.The Arsenal-Spurs-Zaha-Chelsea-latest-gossip-updates”>Daily Express says Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri has claimed the Argentina international wants no clause in his contract that would see his wages rer,” he said. “I have to put this one behind me. Any time I can make an impression with the coaching staff and front office — whoever happens to be here — it’segrets leaving Real Madrid for PSG.The goalkeeper left Madrid in August for Real, where Thibaut Courtois has struggled this season.But Keylor says: “My adaptation is going very well, with the city, the club, my teammates and the championship. The res huge for me. I can take some positives, but I know for the most part what I need to work on, which is going to be huge for me going forward.”

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The San Jose Mercury News reports Giants third basn to football at Malaga.Calderon was seen in talks with Malaga officials this week.”I will not be president of Malaga,” he reacted. “Ien Hazard is growing frustrated over talks dragging on with Real Madrid for his signing.The Chelsea-Transfer-News-Eden-Hazard-Real-Madrid”>Daily Express says Hazard went public about his feelings after the 0-0 draw with Leicester, and tt Reading.A youthful-looking Wolves team overcame the challenge of finishing with ten men and conceding in the ninth minute of injury time to progress in the competition. Real Madrid loanee Vallejo told the club’s website: “I think it was a very imhe fact that h don’t want to go back to football. I am simply advising and contributing my grain of sand to try to help a club andeman said he’s fully recovered from an intestinal issue that plagued him this offseason, but he isn’t worried about it. Sandoval was hospitalized in Venezuela in mid-January, according to the Oakland Tribune.

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In Arizona, gritty is good, and Upton may not have been gritty enough

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The like gritty.

Kirk i Puig is set to leave on-loan.Puig has voiced his discontent at his lack of playing time with the Blaugrana’s first team, yet Kluivert feels like he would be better served going out on loan.”If you see the midfielders in the first team already – FreGibson-type gritty.

“That’s the way Gibby played the game,” general manager Kevin Towers said on a Thursday afternoon conference call.

And although Towers stopped short of saying the Diamondbacks didn’t consider “gritty” enough, he never used that exact word as he praised Upton on the day that he finally traded him away.

In fact, if you were looking for an answer to the long-asked question of why the Diamondbacks would trade away a 25-year-old All-Star outfielder, I think you have at least part of it.

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“That’s how we won in 2011,” Towers said. “Justin was a part of that team. We kind of like that gritty, hard-nosed player. I’m not saying Justin isn’t that type.”

But he wasn’t exactly saying Upton was that kind of player, either.

ToAnfield.Guardiola is relishing the ­hostile atmosphere that awaits him and his Manchester City players at Anfield.While Guardiola hopes there is no repeat of the ugly scenes that saw City’s coach come under ­attack there in 2018, he welcomes the ­wers suggested that although he thought Upton played hard, his style may not have always made that clear to people watching. He spoke of the way that Upton would walk back from the plate after striking out.

And he suggested that the players whom the Diamondbacks received in Thursday’s deal, including but also some of the minor-league prospects, were gritty-type guys.

Towers gave other reasons for trading Upton, suggesting that although he thinks Upton has the potential to become a superstar, it was going to be harder for him to realize that potential in Arizona. Because Upton came up to the Diamondbacks at age 19 and had success at a young age, Towers thinks there was more pressure on him there than there will be with the , where he won’t come in as the face of the franchise.

Even with all that, Towers insisted again thaSadio Mane believes Liverpool deserved to beat RB Salzburg on Wednesday.The Reds went up 3-0 before Salzburg scored three unanswered goals.Mohamed Salah popped up to save his team, and Mane said it was a deserved victory.He told BT Sport: “Salzburg at he wasn’t as determined to trade Upton as it seemed. He said that as of two days ago, he still didn’t have any deal that he was willing to make and that he acted only after the Braves added two players in the final days.

That’s fine, but Upton had been very available — and very publicly available — for more than a year. Towers can say he’ll listen on any player (and he does), but he has been listening a lot harder on Upton.

And if you guessed it’s because Upton’s style of play didn’t fit in perfectly with his manager and general manager, well, you’re probably right.

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Report: Blue Jays interview DeMarlo Hale for bench coach

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The have interviewed third base coach DeMarlo Hale for their bench coach position, to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.

Hale had been mentioned for the Red Sox manager vacancy earlier in the offseason. The team eventually traded for John Farrell. Hale was a finalist for the the Blue Jays manager position in 2010, eventually losing out to Farrell. Prior has been in contact with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during his loan spell at Roma.Smalling has excelled in the Italian capital after signing for the season late in the transfer windowmore crowded.The Sun says Crystal Palace and Lazio have joined Inter Milan in the battle to sign Young.’The 34-year-old has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford this month with Inter offering the 34-year-old an 18-month deal to come to the .He is one of the best defenders in Serie A this season, which mean to being with the Orioles, Hale spent six seasons with the Red Sox. Hed and I’m at number 14 on the fixture list; Blackburn Community Sports Club Women are hosting West Kirby Ladies at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Harrison Playing Field.The season’s of Autumn, Winter and Spring will have passed by the time of the served as the team’s third base coach from 2006 to 2009, and was the bench coach in 2010 and 2011.

Manny Acta could also be a candidate for the position, according to Rosenthal. Acta has previously managed the Nationals and Indians. He was fired with six games left to play in 2012. Prior to managing with those teams, Acta was a third base coach with the Mets and the Expos. 

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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Rangers won’t negotiate with Josh Hamilton in exclusive window

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The will not negotiate with in the club’s exclusive window before Hamilton hits free agency, the club announced in a news conference on Tuesday. Since the 2010 season, teams have owned exclusive negotiating rights with departing free agents until five days after the end of the World Series. 

from CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman suggested the Rangers are willing to bring Hamilton back on a new contract but aren’t likely to break the bank for him:

Rangers people see little point in making an ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ruled out the sale of Paul Pogba.Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane publicly flirted with Pogba earlier this year and, ahead of the European transfer deadline on Monday, said: “Until Monday everything can happen. One surprise, ffer they know he won’t accept now, say people familiar with their thinking. They’d be happy to sign him back, but apparently only at their price and contract length.

As such, the Rangers will allow Hamilton to test the market. Hamilton has said he will give the Rangers the chance to match any offer that he receives. However, these developments seem to indicate the Rangers will allow him to leave if another team deems him worthy of an elite (likely nine-figure) contract.

Hamilton was productive again this season, notching a 139 OPS+ in 148 games in earning his fifth straight All-Star Game appearance, but his final days of the 2012 season were unpleaseant. Helkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell from Leeds United for £2.5m.The Northern Ireland international has come in as a replacement for outgoing keeper Tom Heaton, who joined Premier League rivals Aston Villa on Thursday for £8m.The 22-year-old, who has sig dropped a crucial fly ball in the season finale against the Athletics that helped Oakland take the AL West title from Texas. And in last week’s wild-card game in Arlington against Baltimore, he went a brutal 0-for-4 to prompt boos from the home fans. Hamilton has also failed to play in 150 games in each of the last four seasons.

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik,s Heung-min Son.The South Korean star, who scored a sensational solo goal to help his side to a 5-0 win, was the subject of some racist discrimination.It appears the stewards immediately caught the incident and ejected the fan, per the Evening Standa Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow .

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A troubled All-Star and open Dodgers arms … Manny? Nope, Hanley Ramirez

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The “Wow” factor doesn’t quite reach the Manny Ramirez level, but the ‘ overnight strike to acquire from the Miami is awfully reminiscent of their 2008 July deal with the Boston .Troubled All-Star in need of a fresh start … a Dodgers team that hasn’t reached the World Series since 1988 looking to add second-half punch … aggressive general manager Ned Colletti figuring out a way to add that second-half punch while electrifying Tinseltown.

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That deal sent the Dodgers to back-to-back NL Championship Series appearances in 2008 and 2009, eaGodin.The defender is expected join Inter Milan this summer.”I don’t think it would be right to speak about his situation in his place,” he said.”We love him a lot, he gives us a lot in life and in football.”Professionally he’s faultless, we’re proudch time against a potent Phillies club.The Dodgers are hoping that this trade, along with one they still hope to complete for a starting pitcher (? ?), will help send them even further.The Dodgers also acquired left-handed reliever from the Marlins in exchange for young right-handed starter and minor-league pitcher Scott McGough, sources told CBSSports.com.Flawed for most of thle Gunnar Solskjaer has blocked any plans from Fred to leave.The Times says the Brazilian has yet to feature for United this season but he won’t be going anywhere.This despite attracting interest from Fiorentina.United are unwilling to sell the 26-yee first half with injuries forcing spare parts into key roles, the Dodgers nevertheless maneuvered themselves into the NL West lead at the All-Star break. Iconic broadcaster Vin Scully has taken to calling them the “Wonder Team” — as in, “you wonder how they do it.”Slugger was disabled twice with hamstring troubles, second baseman missed most of the first half with a knee injury, , Jr., … the injured list went on.Manager Don Mattingly’s greatest wish in early July for a long conversation was, “I’d like to walk out of the break with the club we designed, pretty much intact, and say, ‘OK, we’ll take anyone on.'”We weren’t a juggernaut before. But we put some runs up and were winning. I’d like to say, ‘Let’s go. This is our team. Are we good enough or not?'”Forget all that. Because with that team now mostly intact, and with the addition of Hanley Ramirez, they’re better. Even though shortstop Dee Gordon is out for six weeks with a thumb injury, and even though Ramirez is just a shell of the .300 career hitter he once was.He is expected to move back to his old shortstop position in Los Angeles, at least as long as Gordon is out. After that, according to sources, he will play wherever the Dodgers need him. Could still be shortstop. Could be third base if Mattingly likes Gordon’s speed back in the lineup and if Uribe isn’t producing.Ramirez is still just 28, and while his average is alarmingly down (.246), he does have 14 home runs and 47 RBI in 92 games. Those aren’t Ruthian numbers, but as they work toward boxing out the NL West rival Giants, the Dodgers can use that power.Adding Ramirez also gives the Dodgers some stable and solid pop into the near future. Ramirez is signed through 2014, the Dodgers last winter extended Kemp through 2019 at $160 million and, earlier this season, they awarded Ethier a five-year, $85 million extension.While Kemp’s deal was done under the old Frank McCourt regime, Ethiggles at AS Monaco.Now in charge of Montreal Impact, Henry’s tenure as Monaco coach last season lasted barely three months.Sidibe was still with ASM at the time and told RMC: “The problem was not his ambitions, he was someone invested in it. The situer’s came under new ownership. And in committing some $38 million to Ramirez via Tuesday night’s blockbuster, the Dodgers’ new ownership is putting it’s money where it’s ol’ mouth is.If anybody in the game is in need of a fresh start, it’s Ramirez. He clashed with multiple managers in Miami, from Fredi Gonzalez to Edwin Rodriguez to Ozzie Guillen. When the Marlins signed shortstop last winter and announced Ramirez would move to third base, there was all sorts of drama over whether Ramirez would be happy and accept the move.He did, mostly, but things still didn’t go smoothly. Agitated after a poor plate appearance just before the All-Star Game, he slugged an electric fan in the Marlins dugout and cut his hand. Recently, that hand became infected when he failed to take his medicine, causing him to miss more time.Los Angeles optimists will say, yeah, Manny arrived with baggage, too. That didn’t stop Mannywood from sprouting up as Ramirez almost single-handedly carried the Dodgers down the stretch in ’08.Can Ramirez do anything even remotely similar in 2012? Is he capable? As was the knock on Manny, Hanley needs to mature. He’s got a lot to prove.A Dodgers team reaching for the stars — and reaching deep into its wallet — is happy to provide him with that opportunity.

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Sir Alex Ferguson was delighted seeing their derb

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The Braves reassigned , , ,ler of the Year award.It is y.Down to 10-men thanks to Isaac Hayden’s 43rd minute red-card, Toon capitulated at the Kinottenham Hotspur’s move for Giovanni Lo Celso.Reports last week stated Spurs had lodged an offer worth £52m to sign the Real Betis midfielder.However, Marcasays United are looking to make their own play for the Argentina international.United have mag Power and Lascelles wasn’t happy with the display.”It was terrible from the boys and we have no one but ourselves to blame,” he told Sky Sports. “Leaking fouthe second time the shot-stopper has won the award, with the first coming with Club Brugge in 2015.His performances last season were imperative in Albion retaining their Premier League status.Upon collecting the award, Rya , and to minor-league camp on Monday.

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Reported $2B sale of Clippers to Ballmer could delay Sterling vote

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SAN ANTONIO — Steve Ballmer’s reported winning bid to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion could postpone a vote scheduled for Tuesday to rid the NBA of Donald Sterling by terminating the team’s ownership, a league source told CBSSports.com Thursday.

Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft who has chased ownership for years, has reached an agreement with representatives of Sterling’s wife, Shelly, to buy the team for nearly four times the highest price ever paid for an NBA franchise,  CBS News reported that Shelly Sterling has signed a to sell the team.

But it’s not clear how ironclad the agreement will be, given Donald Sterling’s mixed signals on whether he would authorize his wife to sell.

After Sterling initially authorized his wife to sell the franchise, Sterling’s attorney, Max Blecher, said this week that the billionaire has “disavowed” that agreement and will “fight to the bloody end.” Sterling responded in writing Tuesday to the NBA’s charge agaPaul Pogba is likely to leainst Everton last night.The Toon fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 in injury time.”I’ve never been involved in a game with an ending like that,” Longstaff told nufc.co.uk. “I’m still in a bit of shock. I think that game shows the fight that we have Manchester United this summer with Real Madrid and Juventus both chasing the midfielder, according to Sky Sports in Germany.The 26-year-old France midfielder would prefer to join Zinedine Zidane’s side in Spain, per the same source.United want to keep Pogba at least until the end of the season due to a lack of replacements available on the market in January.inst him that his ownership should be terminated over racially insensitive remarks and other conduct that violated the league’s Constitution and By-Laws and other agreements.

In another bizarre twist, ESPN reported Thursday night that experts in conjunction with the Sterling family trust have found Donald Sterling to be mentally incapacitated, making Shelly Sterling the sole trustee with authority to sell the team.

Officially, the NBA has been steadfast that it is moving forward with a hearing Tuesday in New York at which Sterling’s fellow owners could terminate all ownership interests in the team by a three-fourths vote. But if a signed purchase agreement could be presented to the league prior to the meeting, the vote could be rendered immaterial to the league’s goal of removing Sterling from the NBA.

Any agreement to sell an NBA franchise must be reviewed by the owners’ advisory/finance committee, chaired by Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, and any prospective controlling owner would have to be vetted and interviewed by the committee. If the committee recommended to the full Board of Governors to proceed with the sale, it would have to be approved by a three-fourths vote.

Donald Sterling’s lawyer spoke with multiple outlets Thursday and said he has not signed off on any sale and that he does not want to sell. Keep in mind, if NBA lawyers have serious doubt his presence at a Seville festival last week.The Croatian was pictured smiling in pictures from the festivities a day after he was part of Ernesto Valverde’s team that lost 4-0 at Champions League opponents Liverpool.”I don’t have any problem with ss about whether Donald Sterling’s lack of cooperation would scuttle the sale to Ballmer, the league would have to proceed with the vote and sell the team itself — at the risk of legal action.

In any case, Ballmer is well known to the NBA owners who’d be voting on the sale, having tried unsuccessfully to buy the Sacramento Kings and move them to Seattle. League sources say any agreement to sell the Clippers to Ballmer would be on the condition that he would not move the team. The Clippers long-term lease with the Staples Center would be a serious impediment to such a move in and of itself.

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forward continued his recent success on can play anywhere the manager wants.Speaking with Icons, Pogba says he is happy to play where the team needs him moshe summer signing from AC Milan is eager to give his best for the Premier League team.The Italian went close to getting his first goal in a 3-2 loss to Everton.The 21-year-old wants to establish himself in Nuno Espirito Santo’s exciting team in the ct.”(I can play) On the right, on the left, up front. I do not care much. I can play behind the attackers, in f’s squad.Real are leading the LaLiga table and Florentino praised the players at Reinier Jesus’ signing ceremony.The president declared: “Our players are already a legend and are still hungry to keep winning, hunger that is essential to wear this shiront of the defence. It Friday, setting a new career high with 24 points in a 110-105 defeat to the Magic.McRoberts shot 8 of 16 from the floor, including 6 of 12 from 3-point land, and 2 of 2 from the free throw line. He also contributed with seven rebounds, six assists, two blocks and one steal while logging 35 minutes of game action. He is averaging 12.2 points, 5.0 assists and 4.8 rebounds over his last five games.

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For some reason, Knicks haven’t given Melo an MRI on ailing shoulder

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Out of sight, out of mind? 

has been dealing with what the team called at one point a “right shoulder sprain” for a number of days now. It’s also been described as both a “dead arm” and a deep bruise.”

Doesn’t seem like anyone totally knows what’s wrong with Anthony’s shoulder. Why? Because he hasn’t had an MRI on it yet. :

If it seems like Anthony doesn’t actually know what’s wrong with his shoulder, well, the might not know, either. First, the organization called Anthony’s injury a “strained right shoulder,” and said X-ray results had come back negative. But the Knicks, who have been off since Sunday’s loss in Miami, still haven’t given Anthony a more-detailed MRI exam, which could highlight any ligament or tissue damage.

Anthony has remained adamant about playing through the injury, saying it doesn’t matter what the tests say, he’s not missing games. But at the same t to see his young team improve on their concentration and focus in order to overcome Valencia on Wednesday.The Blues were beaten on home soil by the Spanish club in their first Champions League meeting this season.And in order to exact revenge at theime, the Knicks’ playoffs hopes are basically on life support, so you have to wonder if the team is chancing making the injury worse for the long-term. 

Via the WSJ, Anthony has shot just 3-15 on open shots the past twtinho will not join Manchester United out of respect for Liverpool, according tted with their 2-0 win at Norwich City.Gerard Deulofeu’s goal after 76 seconds after some lax defending from Emiliano Buendia set Watford on their way and Andre Gray’s close-range flick from a Deulofeu cross secured the points.But they had to surviveo reports.Barcelona are open to selling the Brazilian this summer as they look to fund other transfers.The Spanish giants have been unconvinced by Coutinho’s productivity o games, both of which ended in Knicks losses. In the two games, Anthony scored a total of just 23 points on 9-31 shooting. Something clearly isn’t right. 

“Only Melo knows the severity of his pain,” Mike Woodson told reporters. “If he tells me he’s hurt, and that he can’t play, it’s my job to sit him. But I don’t know that he would ever tell me that.”

It’s not a rule that the team has to announce an MRI, so it’s possible the Knicks performed one on Anthony and just didn’t say so. Either way, he’s in obvious discomfort and battling through a difficult injury, probably for no reason. 

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Report: Pacers uncertain about Lance Stephenson’s future

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guard is a conundrum. He’s capable of , and he’s prone to decisions, with the ball in his hands or with microphones in his face, that . A few months ago, hper squad.Conte has declared his squad has been “reduced to the bare bones” by injuries.“Conte’s concerns are legitimate and shared by all of us,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia.“It is a growth process, we have to take these steps with all the te was an All-Star candidate, and indicates that feeling snubbed from the team changed him.

Teammates reportedly noticed Stephenson being selfish and trying to prove an individual point, and he sometimes wasn’t present during late-season team meetings when Indiana was teetering. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent in July and, at 23 years old, is due for a big payday that the Pacers are wary of giving him, according to ESPN:

Despite Stephenson’s tantalizing talents, souace a trip to League One side MK Dons, while Tottenham will take on Colchester United and Manchester United host Rochdale.Arsenal will play Nottingham Forest at the Emirates, and Chelsea will clash with the winner of Grimsby vs Macclesfield, which wirces said there are many in the organization who don’t think it’s a good decision to give him a rich, long-term contract, given the way he has acted during the season.

This is a tricky situation. Stephenson was a second-round pick in 2010, which is why he’s hitting unrestricted free agency so soon. Players as talented and young as him usually aren’t available without their originall legend is currently in charge of French club Nice but is now emerging as the top choice to take charge of the Major League Soccer new boys.Inter Miami have considered a number of experienced managers including Belgium’s Roberto Martinez and River P teams being able to match offers. Indiana is short on depth, and it’s hard to imagine a scenario in which he walks for nothing and the team finds a way to make up for it in the short term. The ideal situation for the Pacers would probably be to keep him, with a contract not as rich as it looked like it’d be earlier in the season.

That would be done with the hope that any lingering chemistry issues could be smoothed over, and no one outside of that circle can be sure of how significant those issues were. Other teams might still be willing to offer Stephenson a lot of money, so Indiana has a big decision to make.

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because of lower back strain, the team announcedE

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center for Thursday’s contest against the Trail Blazers in Portland because of lower back strain, the team announcedEmerick Aubaont man was raving about new signing Tanguy Ndombele.The Frenchman impressed in a 3-2 friendly win over Juventus, while Kane already believes the central midfielder brings qualities that Spurs have lacked in past seasons.”He’s been great. He intercepmeyang’s situation at Arsenal.The striker has a deal to 2021 and is refusing to consider new contract talks until he knows whether they’ll be playing Champions League football next season.A top four finish appears out of reach for the Gun. Gortat suffered the injury during Thursdayan Qualifiers against Denmark and Gibraltar due to a hamstring injury picked up during training.It will be a disappointment for manager Mick McCarthy who would have seen Long end the season strongly by scoring four goals in the last seven matches of ‘s pregame shootaround session. Kevin Seraphin will start in his place.Gortat is averaging 12.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game this season. His next chance to play will come Friday against the Lakers.

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