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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ve Bull has backed Raul Jimenez to become the club

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The signed infielder to a minor-league contract on Saturday, less than 24 hours after he was released by the Giants. Valdez, who hs’ versatility in the 1-1 draw with Newcastle United on Sunday.Behind 1-0 at half-time, Nuno changed formations from 3-5-2 to 3-4-3 which saw them dominate the second stanza and eventually score an equaliser through Jonny.Speaking after the game, Nunit just .206 in 77 games with the Reds last season, will re top table in January.The club have been linked with the likes of Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell as thventus are eyeing moves for David de Gea, Eric Bailly and Nemanja Matic’ next summer. The Turin-based side have history of targeting Premier League players near the end of their contracts having picked up Aaron Ramsey from Arsenal for free this summeey have an estimated £150million to spend.Lampard would not reveal what players he was targeting, but he did export to Miami’s major-league camp.

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ome the club’s talisman.Iwobi stepped up another l

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manager Davey Johnson told reporters Wednesday closer  has an infected wisdom tooth that might need to be repaired. Johnson isn’t sure how severe Soriano’s situation might be, United.The Sun says Portuguese transfer guru Campos, 55, could get the job.Vice-chairman Ed Woodward felt that Campos’ appointment would give Jose Mourinho too much power 18 months ago.But now he favours Campos due to his ama Eden Hazard.The Brazil defender spoke to Efe after yesterday’s 3-2 defeat of Everton.Asked about his former Chelsea teammate, Luiz was aware of Hazard’s latest injury setback suffered in defeat at Levante.He insisted: “It is not worrying, because itzing record at Monaco anbut he wants it done as soon as possible so he still has time to prepare for the start of the season. Soriano is scheduled to pitch again Friday, but his status is TBD.

The Waser Issa Diop.United have already had one offer turned down by the Irons, while the Londoners have demanded Anthony Martial in part exchange.Meanwhile, Sky Sports says PSG are making a move for Diop.The free-spending Paris giants see Diop as a long-tehington Post reports Soriano traveled to the Dominican Republic on Tuesday to tend to a family matter, which was unrelated to his wisdom tooth issue.

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ierney to consider any move away carefully.Arsenal

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MLB.com reports Dodgers pitcher , who was reassigned to minor-league camp Monday, had arthroscopic left knee surgery Tuesday and will be sidelined 6-8 weeksubs across Europe are on alert after the agent of Emil Forsberg admitted he’s ready to leave RB Leipzig.The Sweden midfielder has long been interesting Arsenal, Liverpool and AS Roma.”He stayed thanks to Ralf Rangniirement.The midfielder has remained a free agent since leaving Milan last season.He announced today: “I will stop here. I live in Milan with my family, what I will do now I do not know, I have to think about it. “Atalanta-Milan of May 13 2018 will reck last yead Celta Vigo will be safe for another season.Celta’s safety is basically confirmed as Girona would rely on a series of unlikely events in order to remain in the Primera Division.”After [the situation we were in] in the last few months, we would all hr. Then there were many .

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exis Sanchez’s failure at Manchester United.The Ch

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Dodgers first baseman made his presence felt for Team Mexico in Friday’s World Baseball Classic game against Team USA. Gonzalez took deep in the third inning for a two-run shot. He finip has revealed he played a hand in Frank Lampard becoming manager of Derby County.The 41-year-old impressed enough in hheffield United boss Chris Wilder insists Leon Clark can force his way into their first team plans.Wilder has reminded the 34-year-old he provides a potentially valuable alternative should his team find themselves being forced to change tactics mid-gis debut season at Pride Park to be named as Maurizio Sarri’s successor at Chelsea.And Redknapp says he advised Rams owner Mel Morrshed 1 for 2 with three walks, a home run and three RBI in a 5-2red PSG striker Edinson Cavani this month.The Telegraph says United are weighing up the possibility of signing Cavani – but are wary of repeating the mistakes made with Alexis Sanchez.Cavani is out of contract at Paris-Saint Germain this summer and l victory.

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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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must embrace the challenge ahead without Harry Ka

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Padres prospect had another impressive day at the plate in Tuesday’s Cacmpard has provided a positive update on the fitness of N’Golo Kante.World Cup winner Kante trained separatelyhim Diaz would be a welcome addition.Getafe president Angel TorBarcelona midfielder Carles Alena won’t rule out moving to Real Madrid.Alena signed for Real Betis last week on-loan to the end of this season.Asked about using Betis as a stepping stone to Madrid, Alena laughed: “In football there can be a lot goingres has confirmed they’ve made a loan offer for Brahim.”I can say that we are working on a situation, although I do not like talking about names because it is not good for the player or f from the Blues squad in Ireland last week, but will now integrate with his teammates in Japan.”N’Golo hopefully is going to integrate into ptus League game against the Reds. He came on in the eighth inning and launched a solo homer off for his third homer of the spring. Gyorko, who is competing for the starting job at second base, has gone 4 for 10 (.400) with nine RBI and a 1.300 slugging percentage through four games.

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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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Padres, A’s complete four-player trade

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

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

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

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

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

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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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MLB, ESPN agree to $5.6 billion TV deal

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and CBSSports.com Insider Jon Heyman confirms: ESPN and Major League Baseball have agreed to a new national-television contract that’s worth a whopping $5.6 billion. Yes, that’s a “b” preceding “illion.”

The deal will span eight years and grants ESPN domestic and international television rights, as well as digital and radio rights. In addition to its holdover broadcasts, ESPN will also now carry one wild-card game. 

USA Today’s Gabe Lacques also points out , which will surely displease fans of, oh, 28 of ‘s 30 teams … 

However, there’s a wrinkle in there that may rankle many fans nestled outside of ESPN’s Northeast corridor: Picking up the rights to carry popular teams like the and more frequently.

Hooray?

As Ourand notes, though, the deal breaks down to $700 million per annum, which, on an annual basis, is more the douben Klopp after last week’s Champions League elimination.Klopp has come under fire for criticising Atletico Madrid’s style of play after the defeat.“I am really upset by people who think that everyone should attack completely,” Van Hanegem said.“Lle the value of the previous deal. That’s a lot more money coming in, and that doesn’t even account for the new playoff television contracts, which are still being negotiated. club.And the Dutchman admits Cristiano Ronaldo will be a big influence on his decision.”During the season, at the club, and during the various competitions, you really do not have time to reflect. But there are times when I realise that this is not n

MLB equally shares national-television revenues, which, obviously, means teams are going to enjoy quite a windfall thanks to the new deal with ESPN. What are the long-term consequences of that? This Joe Sheehan tweet sums it up fairly well:

More TV/central fund money will, counterintuitively, continue to dry up the FA market, as every team locks up its homegrown stars.

— Joe Sheehan (@joe_sheehan)

While I don’t agree with so much of what Bud Selig has done during his sprawling reign, there’s no doubting the extent to which he has grown the game as a business. 

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe ce to sign Celtic left back Kieran Tierney.The Gunners want to sign someone with a better defensive presence than Sead Kolasniac.They also have a limited transfer budget, which means that Tierney could be an appealing target for the London club.Accorto the and .

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Report: Zach Britton to start Saturday, Orioles option Joe Mahoney

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T for Benfica whizkid Joao Felix.Bayern Munich chief Uli Hoeness has confirmed the club’s interest in Sane.The Sunclaim Bayern can have the former Schalke man – if they pay £90m.City would then use that money to pay Benfica for teenage sensation Felihe have optioned first basGenoa coach Aurelio Andreazzoli felt they did not deserve defeat to AC Milan. Lasse Schone had Genoa ahead before Theo Hernandez and Franck Kessie struck for the visitors. Pepe Reina secured the points with an injury-time penalty save.Andreazzoli saieman to clear a 25-man roster spot for Saturday swipe at Cristiano Ronaldo.Amoruso has questioned Ronaldo’s form this season and feels age is catching up on the 34 year-old striker.”For a few months, Cristiano is crawling on the field,” he said. “He should be humble and recognise that he is old a starter , to The Baltimore Sun’s Eduardo A. Encina.

Update: The Orioles have confirmed the transaction via a press release.

With pitcher remaining on the roster for a potential long-relief, the Orioles have just three bench hitters for Saturday’s game against the : C , IF and OF .

Britton’s last major-league start came on Aug. 7 when he allowed seven runs (four earned) in five innings against the . He returns to a 1-1 record, 8.10 ERA and 2.01 WHIP.

Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com IF/OF could be recalled by the Orioles before long. Flaherty is currently on the disabled list with a bacterial infection.

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Jerome Williams hospitalized after fainting

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Scary stuff for right-hander and the : Williams, after being pulled in the fourth inning of Monday night’s eventual loss to the , experienced dizziness and shortness of breath prior to passing out in the clubhouse.

He was hospitalized and kept overnight in what the team says was a precautionary measure. “I think he’s feeling much better right now than he did when he left,” , “but obviously we have to just take it one step at a time and hopefully it’s not going to be anything serious.”

On the season, Williams has a 4.46 ERA in 82.2 innings pitched.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twr in a bid to catch the league’sham will miss Tuesday’s FA Cup fifth-round meeting with Liverpool.The England international travelled to Barcelona for treatment of an ankle injury.But Lampard says the striker has since contracted a bug that has kept him out of action this week.”He top two.Solskjaer and United are aware that another season spent in sixth place is unacceptable, especially given the performance levels shown by the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool.According to the Evening Staitter, subscribe to tn Longstaff still on the books.Bruce has spoken of his relief after Manchester United’s pursuit of Sean Longstaff came to an enforced end on deadline day.Bruce told the Evening Chronicle: “Whether it had serious legs I’m not too sure because the kid he and .

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Bryan LaHair to RF; Anthony Rizzo to Chicago?

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Fact: The have moved Bryan LaHair to right field. Assumption: The Cubs have moved Bryan LaHair to right field because they will soon call up top prospect Anthony Rizzo, who plays first base, which is LaHair’s old position.

That’s how Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune . LaHair was in the lineup in right on Monday against the White Sox, and besides hitting his 13th homer of the season, he also made a nifty play on a Gordon Beckham liner. As for the obvious implications of LaHair’s powin over Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday.Pepe, who has struggled in his early games for the Gunners, finished off some fine work from Wilffour threat on Monday night.It’s claimed Chelsea are seeking revenge for a 4-0 opening-day defeat at Old Trafford back in August, but Kante insists the only ambition in the dressing room is to solidify their position in the top four.”We are having anried Zaha with a cheeky backheel finish to make it 2-0.Crystal Palace winger Zaha then got one of his onesition switch, basebal of their summer transfer budget.The Gunners have finally caved to Saint-Etienne’s demand that the 18-year-old return to play for them next season.Saliba’s potential is considered worthy of the wait, despite Unai Emery not getting immediate help for l-ops honco Theo Epstein was tellingly coy: “You see the lineup tonight,” Epstein told Sullivan. “We might be taking a look at players in different positions to allow the team to be in a position to succeed when we do potentially make a move.”

The 22-year-old Rizzo is presently hitting .364/.426/.745 at Triple-A Iowa, so, yeah, a call-up is a tad overdue.

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Steinbrenner denies story he might sell Yankees; Levine calls Hal ‘enthusiastic’

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Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner issued a strong statement not only denying a New Yorkpool to revive talks for Nabil Fekir’s sale.Last summer, a fee and contract had been agreed but Liverpool pulled the plug at the last minute due to problems in his medical.However, the attacker is said to still be on Klopp’s radar – but not according Daily News story suggesting he will explore selling the Yankees but ridiculing it. “I just read the Daily News story. it is complete fiction. Me and my family have no intention to sell the Yankees and expect it to be in the family for years to come,.”The story used unnamed sources who speculated that Steinbrenner might want to sell following the sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2.15 billion to a group led by the Guggenheim partners, plus basketball icon Magic Johnson and longtime baseball executive Stan Kasten. There were no named sources supporting the contention Steinbrenner might sell, and the story seemed to be built on speculation Steinbrenner prefers non-baseball business. While Yankees people were enthused by that Dodgers sales price, no tangible evidence of any Yankees sale talk has surfaced, in that story or elsewhere. More on YankeesRelated links More coverage | | | Yankees president Randy Levine this morning painted a picture of the story being so far from the truth it barely deserved a serious response. Levine joked, saying, “I am going to put together a group and call Mort Zuckerman to buy the Daily News. Would you like to join me?”On a more serious note, Levine said that the picture of Hal Steinbrenner lacking interest in baseball or the team is absurd. “He is very enthusiastic,” Levine said of Hal. “He’s been managing partner three years. He won the World Series once, got to the ALCS once and we’re here now. He doesn’t have George’s personality, but nobody doeed £2.7m.The 18-year-old centre-back has agreed a five-year contract with the Hammers.Cardosa played 15 times for Portuguese side Boavista last season and has eight caps for Portugal at Under-19s level.He is West Ham’s fifth signing of the summer fos.”George Steinbrenner bought the Yankees for under $10 million in January, 1973. He died in 2009. His younger son Hal was initially portrayed as reticent to take over the team as managing partner, but he has seemed to embrace the role sinThe move was instigated by the top flight’s £30 limit on away tickets and the Canaries felt it was right to keep the rule consistent for their home fans as well.And now other Prem clubs are being urged to follow suit by making home tickets more affoce taking over for older brither Hank who is more of a wild card than the Williams-educated Hal and has since virtually disappeared from the public scene.Levine also asserted that the idea that the younger Steinbrenner doesn’t like players is absurd. Said Levine, “It’s total BS.”

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