oving for Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubra

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general me veteran will miss this week’s qualifiers against Montenegro and Kosovo.”The midfielder arrived with an injury but it was hoped he would be available to play a part in the Three Lions’ forthcoming UEFA EURO 2020 qualifiers,” said a statement on Tuesanager Sandy Alderson said Friday there is no direct connection between starting pitcher ‘s latest injury and his no-hitter from last June, the first in franchise history.

Santana is expected to miss the entire 2013 season after suffering a re-tear of the anterior capsule in his left shoulder that could also end his career.

“(There is) little to suggest it had to do with the no-hitter. He continued to pitch. He was symptom-free for a period of time thereafter,” Alderson told ESPN. “Was [the no-hitter] a nice part of Mets history? Yeah, absolutely. If it came at the price of Johan’s career? No,mett is delighted seeing more Geordies on the pitch.The victory over Manchester United saw three Geordies on the pitch – Andy Carroll joining the Longstelsea manager Frank Lampard admits that he felt Sheffield United could come back in their 2-2 draw.The Blues were in a 2-0 lead after a fantastic start to the game.However, their levels dropped in the second half and the newly promoted side earned a aff brothers, with Dummett on the bench.As a Newcastle fan himself, Dummett is pleased to see it.H not worth it.”

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d manager Glenn Hoddle believes that young Chelsea

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manager John Gibbons said he expects to have a rotation at third base to open the season now that Brett Lawrie will begin the year on the disabled list, MLB.com reports Monday. 

Toronto expects to have a combination of and at third base while Emilio Bonifacio concentrates on playing m USA duty.Yahoo says Pulisic is set to return to Stamford Bridge early from international duty, inlucky to not get three points at Old Trafford.The Gunners played out a drab 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Monday night.They equalised in the second half through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, after a stunning first half strike from Scott McTominay n order toger Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tough preseason regime.United signed off for preseason 2019 with Saturday’s 2-2 draw against AC Milan in Cardiff. Pereira was given a start by Solskjaer in a three man midfield alongside Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic. I prepare for their crucial Premier League clash against Wolves next Saturday.The 20-year-old played for the USA in their 3-0 loss to Mexico oneveryday second base. 

DeRosa, 38, has homered twice this spring with seven RBI and a .471 batting average over 34 at-bats. He struggled last year with Washington over 85 at-bats as he hit just .188, but he’s getting another opportunity in the American League. 

Izturis, who was expected to split time at second with Bonifacio with Lawrie healthy, has hit .239 this spring over 46 at-bats with nine RBI. 

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Bayern Munich.The two teams will meet in the roun

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The optioned pitchi the scoresheet for France’s victory over Moldova.Giroud struck from the spot in the 2-1 Euro qualifying win.Afterwards, the veteran said: “I was keen to shoot because I tried a lot tonight (Thursday). “We missed a bit of realism and a bit of successng prospect to Triple-A Nashville on Saturday. Burgos, rated the organization’s 13th-best prospect by .com, posted a 4.05 ERA and strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4-to-1 over two starts this spring. He also n has admitted he is disappointed to have lost Aaron Wan-Bissaka.The young right back made a move to Manchester United this summer.After only one full season in the Palace first team, W Josh King insists he could walk into the Spain XI.Ahead of Norway’s clash with La Roja, King was asked whether he and Real Sociedad whiz Martin Odegaard would be good enough to make the opposition XI.King said, “Martin was player of the month in Spaan-Bissaka was already regarded as one of the best in the league spent time with Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic.

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Southampton have been offered the chance to sign A

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The Chicago Cubs continued shapingp van den Berg’s inner drive sets him apart.At just 17, former PEC defender Van den Berg became LivBurnley.Lys Mousset assisted all three goals, with John Lundstram scoring twice, followed by John Fleck’s first of the season just 90 seconds later.”I’ve not looked at the league table and I won’t do,” said Wilder. “I’ll only assess the season at theerpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s first signing of the summer at a modest £1.3million.Van ‘t Schip told the Mirror, “Look, Sepp is not the new Franz Becken their roster for the upcoming season and announced the following moves Monday: pitchers , and it would be “crazy” to speak about the Premier League title race. City reduced the gap to eight points with Tuesday’s 4-1 win over Burnley, although leaders Liverpool have a game in hand.Quizzed on if the win at Turf Moor shows City can challenge forand second baseman were optioned to Triple-A Iowa; pitcher was optioned to Double-A Tennessee and pitcher was assigned to the team’s minor-league camp.

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Ruiz apologizes, and Manuel says ‘I trust him’

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(US Presswire)

CLEARWATER, Fla. — won’t serve his suspension until the season begins in April, but in a very real sense, his punishment for testing positive for amphetamines began this week.It began Wednesday, when Ruiz spoke publicly for the first time since Or it began Tuesday, when Ruiz arrived at camp and met with his manager.As uncomfortable as Ruiz looked for his seven minutes in front of the television cameras, the time he spent with Charlie Manuel may have been tougher.Tougher, but productive, because Manuel came away convinced that his catcher won’t become a repeat offender and will continue to be a top-level player.”I trust him,” Manuel said. “I know him, and therefore I trust him. I got on him [Tuesday]. I got on him good. The things he said, I trust him. I don’t think it’ll be a problem at all.”I don’t think he’ll ever do it again, that’s what I think.”Ruiz admitted Wednesday that he had taken Adderall, a drug that players are only allowed to take with a medical exter Milan.Gotti worked with Giroud at Chelsea and rates the Frenchman highly.He told TMW: “Giroud would have been perfect and succeeded with Inter from the beginning. “Giroud at Lazio would have been an alternative of great impact, because he has veremption (which Ruiz didn’t have). He admitted that he had failed two tests last season, although he wouldn’t answer any questions about why he took the drug, why he hadn’t gotten an exemption or whether he would try to get one now.”I want to put that behind mnside the current squad.Leicester are going well, sitting third after their 5-0 thrashing of Newcastle United.“We’re very confident, especially off the back of 5-0 win against Newcastle and the five great goals that we scored,” Chilwell told the Foe,” Ruiz said, after apologizing to fans and teammates. “I’m going to do my best. I made a mistake and I paid.”Major League Baseball has rules. When you make a mistake, you have to pay.”The Phillies will have to pay, too. Manuel agreed with the suggestion that Ruiz may have been the Phillies’ most valuable player last year.”Yeah, I was upset when I heard about [the suspension], Manuel said. “Chooch is a big part of our team. He’s developed into one of the best catchers in baseball. [Yadier] Molina is good, but Chooch is right there with him.”Manuel said that Ruiz seemed to be “really hurt” when the two spoke. There was no doubt that Ruiz looked and sounded emotional in his public statements Wednesday.”We’re disappointed,” general manager Ruben Amaro said. “He made a mistake. He’s going to pay for it. We’ll pay for it.”Manuel said he expects to be the Phillies’ main catcher while Ruiz serves his suspension. Ruiz is permitted to goor a spell on the sidelines with a hip injury. The club have not provided a timeline for Maguire’s return. Maguire missed Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg loss to Manchester City.Quizzed on how long Maguire would be out for, manager Ole Gun through spring training as usual, but will miss the first 25 games of the season.

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Cardinals interested in shortstop Ronny Cedeno

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The are among the teams interested in shortstop , according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

The Cardinals are entering the season with some question marks at short. is penciled in as the team’s starter, but he’s currently rehabbing from an elbow injl Madrid.The Real Madrid hero is in his first season as a head coach with Seguacing Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.The two teams will meet in Saturday’s Copa del Rey final at the Estadio Benito Villamarin in Seville.”Messi is one of those game-changing players, but we can’t get obsessed with him,” Angulo told EFE.”I imaginda Division Almeria.Speaking with Universo Valdano, Guti snapped: “I would have liked a recognition, a tribute match (when he left). “I felt the emptiness from a club inury. filled in for Furcal admirably, but his numbers were boosted by a .415 batting average on balls in play. Cedeno would be a nice fallback option for the team if neither player is able to produce at the start of the season.

Cedeno, 29, spent last season with the Mets. In 186 plate appearances with the team, he hit .259/.332/.410. 

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors fromelling Kylian Mbappe.PSG teammate Neymar is again being linked with Real Madrid ahead of the summer market, however Tebas says it’s more likely Mbappe will be the one sold.He told Cadena SER: “If Neymar will return (to Spain)? No.”He has cost PSG so bloggers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow.

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s one of the most impressive performers during the

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MLB.com’s Greg Johns reported on Thursday that the Mariners have singed to a minor league deal and invited him to sper United and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan has been named new coach of Penarol.Forlan will replace head coach Diego Lopez, whose contract ends at the end of this month.The Montevideo-based club announced the move on Twitter. The 40-year-old Fring tship inside the current squad.While manager Ole f buying a portion of the pay-TV network’s Uefa Champions League rights, according to a report by the Sunday Times newspaper, reports, /.Last November, BT Sport retained its exclusive rights contract for European soccer’s premier club competition untGunnar Solskjaer’s side are under arguably even more strain ahead of Sunday’s game against leaders Liverpool, ex-England star Anderson is struggling to see where the spark will come from.He told The Sunraining. Jacobs played in 13 games with Arizona last season, hitting .211 and driving in two runs. His best season came in 2008, when he hit 32 home runs for the Marlins.

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Cool photo of the day: AT&T Park during World Series

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I have made two contributions to the world of photography: looking at it and occasionally embedding it in a blog post. In other words, I know little of the craft. I know only when I like something. And this photographic rendering of the ‘ AT&T Park during the most recent World Series is, I declare, Something I Like. Dig it …

The image is from Elmofoto.com, . Clouds! Boats! Distant Oakland! High-stakes baseball!

I also have no idea how Mr./Ms. Elmofoto made the image look like a hyper-realistic painting, but the effect is pretty arresting. As with most things that elude me, I chalk it up to sorcery.

Clouds!

For more basebalhope of convincing David de Gea to sign a new deal.The Guardian says discussions have been ongoing for months and despite no development yet there is still hope he will sign despite them beis racing to get fit for their key Premier League clash against Manchester United.The Hornets take on the Red Devils as they look to gain more points for league survival on Sunday.And they will be happy to know that Femenia, who was out with a hamstring some distance from reaching an agreement.T is happy playing for manager Eddie Howe.There are no secrets behind Bournemouth’s sustainability in the top-flight. To Nathan Ake, the bedrock of the Cherries defence, the answer is simple.”Hard work as a team,” Ake told the Daily Express.”I think the Spaniard’s rl news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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Clemens moves closer to return to Astros

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Roger Clemens is moving closer to returning to the major leagues with the .Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman that he plans to have a scout watch Clemens pitch for the independent Sugar Land Skeeters on Sept. 7.The strong speculation in baseball has been that if all goes reasonably well that night, Clemens will then pitch for the Astros five days later, on Sept. 12 against the .Clemens, who turned 50 on Aug. 4, last pitched in the big leagues in 2007 with the . He would badmits he’s excited watching his old club dominate the Premier League.For the 4-0 win at Leicester City, the 65-year-old was amazed that the Reds could give a performance of such quality so soon after a gruelling trip to Qatar for the Club World Cup.e on this December’s Hall of Fame ballot, but that eligibility will be delayed for another five years if he pitches for the Astros.In fact, many believe that Clemens’ main motivation in his comeback is to remove himself from this year’s ballot, where his association with performance enhancing drugs would make his election unlikely.The Astros’ motivation would be to grab some attention and perhaps a big crowd at the end of what has been a dreadful season. By starting Clemens on Sept. 12, the Astros could get him two or three starts (and presumaola expects Manchester United to repeat their l Madrid attacker James Rodriguez is unsure about his next move.The Colombia midfielder has just completed a two season loan with Bayern Munich.”I really don’t know anything yet,” James told MARCA after a smile and long pause when asked if he’d be regameplan when the sides meet in the Carabao Cup semi-final on Tuesday.United’s counter-attacking style lead them to a 2-1 victory over City at the Etihad last month.And Guardiola says Ole Gunnar Solskjaerbly big crowds) at home.Clemens has already made one start for the Skeeters,

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Pirates pick Appel might nix $3.8M offer, return to Stanford for 2013

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KANSAS CITY — Mark Appel, the star right-hander picked No. 8 overall in last month’s draft, is said to be leaning against signing with the Pittsburgh and instead returning to Stanford to graduate and go back into the draft next year.

Appel had been expected to go first in the draft but instead fell seven spots where the Pirates gambled they could sign him despite the limitations of their allotted pool money. The Pirates are said to be offering Appel about $3.8 million, which is the maximum they can offer without losing their No. 1 pick next year.

Appel seems likely now to pass on the Pirates’ offer, and hope to be picked higher next June. His father is a lawyer with Chevron, so he has the luxury to wait if he prefers.

The Pirates could conceivably push the offer a bit past $4 million, but would lose a 2013 draft choice and the few extra hundredys Everton are leading the charge to sign Welbeck on a free transfer.Welbecksea, Arsenal and Liverpool in three of their next four Premier League matches.”In terms of going away from home, people expect it to be a difficult day for us,” the former Chelsea defender said. “But you go there and we played well against Manchester, 28, is leaving Arsenal after five injury-plagued seasons with West Ham, Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Wolves all credited with interest.But Marco Silva’s Toffees are front- thousand dollars are unlikely to make a difference, anyway. A year ago, the Pirates’ No. 1 pick Gerrit Cole, who happened to be the No. 1 pick overall, signed with them for $8 million, but that was before the new allotment system.

The Pirates have spent more money than just about everyone else in the draft lately, and are willing to pay a financial penalty to sign Appel. However, they don’t seem inclined to lose picks to sign him.

Appel issued a statement that was noncommittal about the Pirates on the night of the draft, suggesting he was concentrating on studies and Stanford’s College World Series hopes. Apparently, his stance hasn’t changed much since then.

The deadline to sign i Espirito Santo is delighted with the attitude of Adama Traore.Traore scored twice in the shock win over Manchester City and Santo expects the winger to become a more influential player for Wolves going forward.”He’s doing well since last season, trys July 13.

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rashed out of the African Cup of Nations at the ha

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Twins No. 3 prospect, according to .com, outfielder was placed on the 7-day disabled list for Class a Beloit on Wednesday. Rosario was struck in the face byntoine Griezmann says he knows his next move.Griezmann is to depart Los Rojiblancos this summer and he has revealed that he already knows his next destist managerBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde feels he has the full support of the club.The former Athletic Club boss has also revealed that he has recently had a meal with the Blaugrana’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu.”[My future] doesn’t worry me,” he told the press confidence.”I went to eat with [Bartomeu].”The club have always supported me and I feel respected.” in the league’ shortly after it was announced he had signed a new two-and-a-half year deal with the Linnets.Speaking to Tribal Football on Wednesday, Gash said he was thrilled that the former Norwich City player and assistant coach had comnation.The Frenchman is expected to move to his next club on 1 July, when his release clause drops a line drive on Tuesday.

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Royals owner says he’s not selling

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As if the Royals’ 9-19 start wasn’t bad enough news for beleaguered Kansas City fans, now there’s this: Royals owner David Glass said there’sr permission to hold December’s match between Atletico Madrid and Villarreal in Miami, reports BBC Sport.Both clubs have agreed to the proposal to hold the 6 December fixture at the Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium.La Liga previously failed in an at no truth to rumors that he wants to sell the team.:“Nonsense,” Glass said. “I’ve never spoken to anyone about selling the club. I have no y.The midfielder has managed just 10 minutes in the Premier League this season.Foden has just produced two assists for England U21s in a 3-2 win against Turkey. Afterwards, he said, “You have your opinions and I stand as I am. I simply know that I amidea where that comes from. Who knows? But I have not been contacted by anyone.“Everybody in baseball knows that I’m committed, and my family is committed; that we’re going to own the Royals, and that the Royals are going to be in Kansas City and that we’re going to make the teategui lasted barely three months before being sacked this past season.He told Universo Valdano: “The team had a lot of room for improvement, we had to improve the collective, we understood that it was a key moment for us, but we have the utmost respem a contender again.”Oh well, I guess there’s always that first-place Sporting Kansas City side, right?

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Evan Longoria likely out 6-8 weeks with hamstring tear

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third baseman will likely miss six-to-eight weeks with a partially torn hamstring, . He’s been and replaced on the active roster by choice of joining Real Madrid.The Japan international is currently on-loan with Real Mallorca.He told Marca: “Why did I choose Real Madrid when Barça and PSG followed me? “I really liked Real Madrid’s sporting intentions, the plan they had for me finfielder Will Rhymes. A best-case outlook has Longoria resuming activities in four weeks and returning to the active roster in six. The 26-year-old is hitting .329/.433/.561 on the young season. “I think it sucks,” Longoria said of his injury.Longoria injured himself in Monday’s 12-inning game against the Mariners. He left the game after a failed stolen b on their preseason tour of Australasia, according to reports.The Belgium international is desperate for a move to Inter Milan this summer.The two clubs have begun discussions over a potential deal, with United demanding at least £75m for the 26-yeaase attempt to end t has hinted he was blocked from leaving Ajax over the summer.The defender was a target for West Ham United.”Looking back makes no sense, I’m going full speed ahead,” said the defender to De Telegraaf. “I have never made it a secret to look further.he third inning. It’s the third time in Longoria’s career that he’s been placed on the disabled list.

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Braves starting pitchers tie dubious record

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While the are shooting for their third consecutivl winger Ryan Kent remains up-in-the-air.The Daily Record says an Ibrox return for Kent remains a priority but the winger faces a wait to discover his future after returning to training with Liverpool on Saturday.Kent won the PFA Young Player of the e victottenham captain Hugo Lloreaving two years ago.Aurier infamously slammed then PSG coach Laurent Blanc on social media, which eventually led to his sale.Speaking with France Football, the Ivory Coast international admitted it all stemmed from questions about his commitment to is has spoken about the squad’s reaction to Christian Eriksen wanting away this summer.The Danish international made his intentions clear, but he was not granted his dream move to Real Madrid or Barcelona.Lloris, who is no sory (), the starting pitchers continue their futility in terms of working deep into games. When failed to record an out in the sixth inning Friday night and was pulled with a stat line of five innings pitched, it was the seventh time in seven games a Braves starter failed to record an out in the sixth. In fact, , this matches the 1995 for the major-league record for games to start a season without a pitcher throwing more than five innings. And the ’95 Sox aren’t even a fair comparison, since a strike drastically shortened spring training and pitchers weren’t nearly as stretched out that season. With as much malign as the Braves’ offense receives, the starting pitchers have to be better in the efficiency and performance departments. The biggest concern is overworking the bullpen early, especially considering the back-end duo of and ran out of gas late last season. For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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Jimenez ‘suspension’ another example of MLB going easy on SPs

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This just in: Suspending starting pitchers in Major League Baseball is a joke. It’s long been a problem and it continues to be. The latest example is of the Indians. After pretty clearly intentionally lighting up former teammate — with whom there is somr Lautaro Martinez left frustrated with their Champions League defeat at Barcelona.Inter lost 2-1 on Wednesday night, despite Martinez’s early opener.”My goal must be put to one side,” the forward told ESPN.“We had to win and we were doing very wele bad blood — in an exhibition game, Jimenez was given a five-game suspension. He’s appealed the suspension and will start Saturday against the . But then he’ll just drop the suspension and move his next start back one day. “We’re probably going to have to take advantage of the day off coming up,” Indians manager Manny Acta said (). “That way, we’ll just push him (back) a day.”So Jimenez is going to start two consecutive Saturdays and then be back on a five-day plan the rest of the way. Sorr manager Sir Alex Ferguson when he was younger.As Wilder prepares to face a United side for the first time as a manager, he recalled the days when Ferguson would mentor him. “Sir Alex used to phone me as a young manager,” he said.”He’d take the timy, b Ryan Kent to build on his Europa League heroics.Former Liverpool winger Kent fired in the decisive goal to give Rangers a 1-0 win over Braga on Wednesday.The £7m signing has endured a tough run of form, but Gerrard hopes he can kick on after helpinut … how is that a punishment? We’re talking about a player who basically tried to injure another player during a meaningless (spring training) game, seemingly based upon a personal grudge. And the deterrent to prevent this behavior in the future is to cause him to move back a scheduled start one day? Jimenez hits Tulowitzki This is nothing new. A while back, appears to have decided the equivalent to one-game suspension for position players/relievers would be five games for starting pitchers. Only it doesn’t really make sense, since you can push a starter back one day. Maybe the league should look into seven-game or eight-game suspensions of starting pitchers? Then it would be akin to missing an entire turn in the rotation, which seems equal to a position player missing one game. As things currently stand, an American League pitcher — who rarely has to dig into the batter’s box, by the way — is armed with a weapon he can use any time he chooses. And the punishment for trying to intentionally injure someone in a game that doesn’t mean anything is evidently a little slap on the wrist. For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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