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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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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s leaving Liverpool after 17 years with the club.R

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Jedd Gyorko has hit 55 home runs in the last two minor league seasons combined. His average nevon.The striker, who spent last season on loan at Newcastle United, is set to be reunited with manager Rafa Benitez.With Benitez taking over at the Chinese club this summer, his first piece of business is to bring Rondon to the Super League.Sky Sportser dipped below .300 in any of his three minor league campaigns. He also stole 12 bases in 2011. And San Diego moved the fences in at PETCO. There’s really nothing not to like about Gyorko. I have two minor notes of caution, though:

1. Gy-progress.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mail says Marco Silva was sacked as manager on December 5, with Duncan Ferguson taking interim charge of the last two matches, but now the Toffees are close to appointing a permanent successor in the form ofsistant coach Per-Joar Hansen is well aware of the transfer interest swirling around RB Salzburg striker Ering Haaland.The teenage forward is being celebrated across Europe after his Champions League hat-trick last week against Genk. The treble in th Anceorko will start the year with only third base eligibility in Fantasy, so make sure you have another MI/2B option for the first week or two.2. If Gyorko starts off slowly, there have other options at second base, including Logan Forsythe and Alexi Amarista (assuming Everth Cabrera starts at short).

Still, Gyorko’s exciting and has a ton of power, and has .

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b Brugge.Trossard arrived this summer from Genk.So

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Dodgers reliever will have his left knee examined after he felt a pop while making an appearance on Tuesday against the Padres in Cactus League action. Tolleson only managed one outed stvalues by stripping Granit Xhaka of the captaincy.Xhaka was removed as skipper earlier this week in response to his furious outburst at fans who jeered him during the draw with Crystal Palace a fortnight ago.Wenger said, “As a manager you have to facar Ander Herrera has been listed on the Paris Saint-Germain official website.Herrera officially confirmed his departure from United and is a free agent, but he has not announced a move to PSG as yet.Eaglhristian Eriksen has backed up the Dane’s words today about leaving Tottenham.Real Madrid target Eriksen has confirmed he wants to leave Spurs, stating he wants to “try something new”.And Martin Schoots told the London Evening Standard: “Last seae eyed fans spotted that “Herrera 21” on t in the appearance before leaving the mound in the eighth inning. His spring ERA is at 3.38.

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y moved to Juve in the summer on a free transfer,

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The National Post reports Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker said he believes closer is on track to be ready for opening day. Janssen is working his way back from minor shoulder surgery in November. “He’s coming along as expected,” Walker said. “It’s ad Real Madrid as the kings of Europe aheang to the speculation of a move to Manchester United.Fernandes’ agent Rui Guimaraes set tongues wagging when he ‘liked’ a post on the OfficialWhoScored Instagram page.The post features a picture of Fernandes playing for Sporting Lisbon.Alongside it, d of their Champions League clash on Wednesday.City will meet the 13-time champions in the last-16, with the first leg Smith admitted attempting to steal luxury watches worth £200,000 from the pair in Hampstead, north-west London.A second man, Jordan Northover, 26, has also admitted his role in the robbery.Smith, 30, of Archway in north London, was jailed for 10 yeaon Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabeu.And former Barcelona coach Guardiola insists he has little slow. We’re still hopeful he’s ready to start the season. If he’s not, then we’ll go to Plan B.” Janssen is scheduled for two more bullpen sessions before throwing to hitters in batting practice. “His schedule is subject to change at any time,” Walker said. “We’re just going to take it day by day, see how he’s feeling. Our goal is just to get him to 100 percent, whether it’s opening day or seven days after that.”

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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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Fireworks coming to Safeco Field in 2013

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The have called Safeco Field home for 14 seasons now, but for the first time since the building opened, the club will have postgame fireworks dispse Mourinho has apologised to Eric Dier after dragging the midfielder in the first-half of Tuesday’s 4-2 win over Olympiakos.Spurs were stunned when Ruben Semedo made it 2-0 for the visitors after Youssef El-Arabi’s early opener.Mourinho sprung into lays in 2013. reports the M’s are teaming up with Pyro Spectaculars — the company that puts together the New Year’s Eve display at the Space Needle — to provide fireworks displays following games on June 28 (Cubs) and Aug. 9 (Brewers). Both games are on a Friday.

“Fireworks have a long tradition in Major League Baseball and we’re excited to bring that to Safeco Field,” said Marinlans for Manchester United’s preseason.Former Red Devils striker Saha revealed Solskjaer will focus heavily on the fitness of his players, as he wants his team to outrun their opponents next season.”The main thing we talked about was the foundation oers marketing director Kevin Martinez. “Hopefully it becomes a new summer tradition here in Seattle.”

The City of Seattle has limited the team’s fireworks ability through the years because of concerns over traffic safety on nearby Interstate 5, so the Mariners and Pyro Spectaculars worked with the fire department to develop a safe and acceptable show. The two fireworks nights are part of a special events schedule that includes Ken Griffey Jr.’s induction into the Mariners Hall of Fame on Aug. 10. The full promotion schedule can be found on the .

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is confident Antoine Griezmann won’t be moving this summer.The attacker is again being linked with Barcelona.But Simeone says: “Griezmann is our captain, he is important, I am not worried at all.”He has everything to continue growing. But I am not in his body, so he will see.”He has two more years on his contract.” on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

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Chipper Jones on the one-game playoff: ‘It’s stupid’

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As we get closer to the end of the season, we’re going to hear more and more about the new playoff format. I happen to like its biggest (and intended) result, division titles mean something with those teams avoidng the one-game playoff. The Braves’ , though, disagrees.

“I think it’s stupid, to be honest with you,” Jones told reporters in on Friday (). “But Major League Baseball wants a bunch of teams in the playoffs. There’s nothing like cut-throat baseball for the fans. And people love that 163rd regular-season game. They’ve loved it in the past. I’m sure that’s probably what’s promoted a second wild-card team. I wish tp has revealed he played a hand in Frank Lampard becoming manager of Derby County.The 41-year-old impressed enough in his debut season at Pride Park to be named as Maurizio Sarri’s successor at Chelsea.And Redknapp says he advised Rams owner Mel Morrhey would’ve done it a year earlier so we would have had a chance last year.”

If I’m Jones and the Braves, I’m probably not sold on the idea of the one-game wild card, either. Atlanta entered Friday’s game with a 6 1/2-game lead over the for the top wild card slot, and 8 1/2 games ahead of for the second. The team is also 5 1/2 games behind the in the NL East, so it seems like the Braves are a shoo-in for at least one of the wild card spots.

“You say to yourself, we could possibly have the second- or third-best record in the National League when the season’s over and we have to play a one-game playoff just to get in,” Jones continued (). “That doesn’t seem fair because anything can happen [in one game]. Now if you were to say the two wild-card teams will play a best two-out-of-three [series], I’d be OK with that. I think it’s more fair from a standpoint that anything can happen in one game — a blown call by an umpire, a bad day at the office … at least in a two-of-three game series you have some sort of leeway.”

Again, I understand where he’s coming from and in his seat, I’d likely feel the same. But if you’re talking about castle United.The Portos-Conceicao-vacant-managers-job.html”>Daily MailPortos-Conceicao-vacant-managers-job.html”> says Newcastle have sounded out Conceicao over their vacant manager’s job.Newcastle are on the hunt for a successor for Rafa Benitez affair, is it fair for a team that won its division to sit around for three-to-six days before starting its postseason series?

Whatever anyone at this point says, it’s not going to change anything this year and unlikely to change anythinglsea defender Marcos Alonso has cast doubt on his future today.Alonso signed a new five-year contract only last October, but has struggled for form under coach Maurizio Sarri and reports in Spain have linked him with a return to Real Madrid.When aske down the line. Will it work out as expected? It rarely does, but that’s one of the beauties of baseball.

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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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Padres activate Andrew Cashner from disabled list, Anthony Bass close to returning

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The activated pitcher from the 15-day disabled list Saturday.

A converted r like Theo Hernandez and Ismael Bennacer is the right approach.He told MilanNews.it: “Milan have acted well on the transfer market so far. “They have made smart signings indeed. Theo, Krunic, Bennacer? They are all pretty young and they all have a loeliever, Cashner left his third start of the season on July 3 with a lat injury. The Padres have not indicated whether Cashner will rejoin the rotation or the bullpen, though he has been working as a starting pitcher during his rehab, striking out 31 batters in 23 1/3 innings over six starts while allowing just six earned runs.

Cashner returns to a 3-3 record, 3.44 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 45 strikeouts in 36.2 innings this season.

The Padres are also expected to activate pitcher after a rehab start Sunday, leaving the club with a few decisions to make regarding its rotmouth will avoid relegation this season.The Cherries are currently 18th with 14 games remaining in the Premier League.Eddie Howe’s side were also knocked out of the FA Cup by the Gunners on Monday, but Arteta has nothing but sympathy for the South Coation.

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers ey coach Antonio Mohamed has blasted Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp after their Club World Cup clash last month.The semifinal was marred by a disagreement on the touchline between Klopp and Mohamed, with the latter suggesting the German coach insulted hChris Cwik, Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow .

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as has visited Ronaldinho in jail.The Barcelona gr

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The Indians claimed pitcher off waivers from the Angw deal for free-to-air rights to the domestic A-League and W-League club football competitions, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, reports SportBusiness.The newspaper rts he could be on the move.Miranda says he’d like to eventually sign for former club Coritiba.He said, “I won’t deny that I’d like to come back for a season. My idea is to return to Brazil in a couple of years.“I left when I was very young. I onleported that the deal would see Ten broadcast two A-League matches and one W-els on Monday and optioned hurt striker Luka Jovic.Indeed, AS says Real management believe they’ll sign the Serb before any deal for Chelsea star Eden Hazard.Jovic has been the subject of talks over the past fortnight between the two clubs.And while claims of an agreement was dim to Class A Carolina. Martinez compiled an 0-5 record with a 10.72 ERA for the Angels’ Class A affiliate at Inland Empire before being released last week.

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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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Jay Gibbons retires

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The announced on Monday that outfielder Jay Gibbons . Gibbons spent time with Double-A Huntsville and Triple-A Nashville this season, batting a combined .253/.345/.431.

Gibbons struggled with Nashville in the Pacific Coast League, hitting only .204/.275/.439 in 34 games and 98 at-bats. He nho could play as centre-half this season.City have John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Nicolas OAxel Tion fight.The Hornets have performed an impressive recovery in the past few weeks, under their third manager of the season.Pearson has pulled them out of the bottom spot in the league and into contention for survival.But he knows the work is not evenuanzebe.The youngster is wanted at Old Trafford by boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The central defender, who was on loan at Aston Villa last season, will get a chance to stake his claim for a starting spot.The Sunclaims Tuanzebe will not go out on lotamendi as options, while Guardiola reckons Fernandinho, 34, could fill in if needed.Asked if he was looking to replace Vincent Kompany, the former Barcelonregistered his final hit on Sunday, a single. 

Gibbons spent parts of 2010 and 2011 with the , and while he retires as part of the Milwaukee organization, he’ll always be remembered as a Oriole, where he spent the majority of his big-league career.

Drafted in the 14th round of the 1998 draft by the , Gibbons accumulated 4.7 Wins Above Replacement (WAR) over his nine-year career, according to , and leaves the game a .260/.315/.453 hitter. He hit 127 home runs and drove in 427 runs. 

Farewell, Mr. Gibbons. 

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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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