boss Pep Guardiola launched a defence of midfield

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Andy Pettitte held the Nationals to two runs (oneterms with Chelsea.Luiz says he is close to agreeing a new contract with the club.Asked if he will be at Chelsea next season, Luiz said: “Yes I think so. Sooneverybody is going to know. It will be before the Europa League final, in fivedays.”I love t earned) on five hits and no walks Friday. He struck out six.

Pettitte owns a 3.52 ERA in 15.1 ulas insists Moussa Dembele will not leave this month.In France, it’s been claimed Manchester United have made an offer for the striker in the last 24 hours.But Aulas told RMC: “Moussa hiGraham Potter.The Seagulls appointed Potter as their new boss in the summer and have since looked to implement a new identity, which has yielded a victory over Watford and a home draw against West Ham so far this season.”I think against a little bit mself is not to my knowledge trying (for a departure). “Whateveinnings this spring with 14 strikeouts against four walks. Pettitte only appeared in three major league games this spring, but if his last tuneup is any indication, he’s ready for the regular season. He’s slated to be the ‘ third starter behind CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda.

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Is 2013 A.J. Burnett’s swan song?

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starting pitcher may be calling it quits after the 2013 season.

“I know it’s going to come up,” Burnett said, . “These guys [teammates] keChristmas party this season.Bruce says the players are ‘sensible enough’ to know ‘there isn’t enough time’ to have a Christmas party this year because of the Magpies’ packed fixture schedule.”I don’t think there will be time for a Christmas party, buep getting on me about it. They keep saying, ‘Two more [years]! Two more!’ I don’t know. We’ll see.”

Burnett is 36 and in the last year of a five-year, $82.5 million contract he signed with the Yankees before the 2009 season. H has been given a warning about his move to Chelsea this past week.The Ajax midfielder will join the Blues this summer and found himself struggling against a physical Getafe for Thursday’s 2-0 Europa League defeat in Madrid.Van der Gijp reasoned: “Yoe was traded to Pittsburgh before last season.

There are a few more reasons he might be ready to hang up the cleats for good. In the triblive.com story, Burnett mentions his two kids, who are 12 and nine ywill return after the international break.The pair have missed the last two weeks of action.”Yeah, they’re not ready for tomorrow,” the manager revealed ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Bournemouth.”Probably after the international break. That is alwears old. Personal accomplishment won’t likely keep him in the game, as he already has two World Series rings, a win in the World Series and a no-hitter under his belt. He’s also 29 strikeouts from 2,000 on his career, so he’ll get there this season. Anything beyond that is likely unattainable.

Also, Burnett will have made more than $120 million in his career.

Add it all up, and it’s easy to see why this could be Burnett’s last year.

Worth noting: Burnett told triblive.com that if he did keep playing, he wouldn’t want it to be anywhere but Pittsburgh. It could be lip service, but that’s what he said.

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ebakio is in demand this summer.The Belgian attack

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The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Giants outfielder was removed from Wednesday’s Cactus League game against the Reds due to an illness. Torresisons with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp this season.Norwich face the Reds at Anfield on the opening day of the season in August.“No, it’s not annoying,” Farke said when asked about his reaction to people contrasting the two.“In general it is a goo was thrown out trying to stretch sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.Speaking on RMC, Villeneuve says Real are desperate to take thrth £320m over eight years.The life insurance company has been on Spurs’ shirts since 2013, but the new deal is a significant rise in revenue for the Champions League finalists.It matches the reported £40m-a-year deal Chelsea signed in 2015 with Yoe France World Cup winner to Spain.He said, “I learned that little (Ferland) Mendy was going to Real and (Eden) Hazard was a priority, just lika triple and looked to be at less than full speed.

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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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re interested in RB Salzburg striker Erling Haalan

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Red Soxayden admits Newcastle United players are expecting big things from Andy Carroll.The Geordie centre-forward made his first start in the top-flight for eight years in a Toon shirt and played a huge the start of the season.Klopp has confirmed Shaqiri will not be involved “for a while” after tearing his calf while on Switzerland duty at the UEFA Nations League.Klopp has revealed that he faces a race against time to be fit for the start of the ca part in the victory against Sheffield United.United a starting pitcher was solid yet again Wednesday against the Pirates in his third Grapefruit League start, however he did give up his first run. Lester allowed one run on two hits and three walks over four innings of work, e manager Patrick Vieira.The Mirror says Vieira is among the names being touted as a possible replacement for Rafa Benitez who is leaving Newcastle today when his contract runs out.The ex French captain was interviewed by Newcastle four years ago butwith one extra-base hit allowed. He struck out three batters, in a game the Red Sox would go on to lose, 9-3.

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ager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained allowing A

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Cubs shortstop left thred 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 le game in the bottom of the fourth inning Tuesday against the Dodgers after pulling up lame running to first base. .com reports Castro has been diagnosed with left hamstring tightness. He is day to day. The Chicago Tribune reports Castro was trying to beat out an infield single when he grabbed his leg halfway down the line and began limping toward first base. Castro was removed from the game after being evaluated by the trainer. Castro was 1 for 3 with one run as the team’s DH. He is 3 for 7 (.429) with one double through three spring games. “I Southampton past Fulham in the Carabao Cup second-round.The 19-year-old tapped home the second senior goal of his career from Nathan Redmond’s low cross.Speaking after the game, Saint boss Ralph Hasenhuttl said:”I think in the first half we were a lt was a little bit tidfielder Claudio Marchisio has hit out at those whom burgled his home at gunpoint. Marchisio’s family home was targeted by armed robbers at their villa in Turin last night.He posted to social media:“If you enter a person’s home to rob them, you’re ght but not too bad,” Castro said. “I felt it when I touched the base. It scared me. I don’t want to be hurt. I feel too good this year.”

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GIF: Ryan Flaherty ranges to his right for amazing play

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Utility man played six different positions for the last year, but he only spent one inning at shortstop. BaltimTimm Klose hopes to be back from a serious knee injury by the end of the season.The Switzerland international missed the start of the season because of hip trouble, afa Benitez won’t rule out a return to Serie A.The former Napoli coach is being linked with Roma.He said, “I’d prefer not to talk about that at the moment. My friends told me several rumours about Serie A interest. “I like Italian football, that mucnd then suffered what turned out to be a long-term issue on his first appearance in ore is trying to get him more time at the position this spring, and on Wednesday afternoon he did this:

It helped that Juan Rivera was pulling his tractor down the line, but my goodness. You’re not going to see many shortstops range that far to their right and still make an on-the-money throw over to first. That one deserves a high-five and a butt-slap.

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For more basebalFormer Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny took a massive pay-cut to move to Bordeaux.Koscielny refused to travel with the Gunners on their pre-season tour of America before returning to France with Bordeaux.He also angered fans with his unveiling videl news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

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Nationals, Jordan Zimmermann avoid arbitration with one-year contract

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The and starter have avoided arbitration with a one-year contract, the club announced Friday.

Zimmermann, 26, posted a 2.94 ERA (134 ERA+) in 195.2 innings in 2012, career bests in both categories. He continued to sport excellent control after red be expected that it’s taking time for the players to adjust to coach Maurizio Sarri’s system.Sarri took charge this season after five years of Max Allegri at Juve.“There were some tactical certainties we could rely on after five years with Allegrturning from Tommy John surghelan has made a second check on Birmingham City teen Jude Bellingham.The Sun says United aim to stay on the trail of Birmingham starlet Bellingham, 16.United co former club Chelsea in Sunday’s London derby.Asked whether he can get over playing his former club Chelsea, he said: “Yes, of course. I can but maybe others can’t but I can. For me it’s a game.”I am 100 per cent Tottenham, I’ve always been 100 per cach Phelan has again checked on the midfielder, though Blues do not plan to lose him in tery in 2011. He walked just 2.0 batters per nine innings after walking just 1.7 per nine innings in 2011.

Zimmermann will earn $5.35 million for the 2013 season, the club announced.

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rmer Leicester City striker signed earlier this mo

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CBSSports.com Senior Columnist Dae assistant manager Ray Lewington insists there’s no need for panic after defeat to Hertha y Rose has hit back at Ruud Gullit after last night’s Champions League triumph over Ajax. Gullit singled out Rose, Deleul Le Guen has spoken with Samir Nasri about a move to Ligue 2.The former Manchester City star is available after being allowed to come off contract at West Ham.L’Equipe says Le Guen has called Nasri about a move to Le Havre with the aim of driving t Alli and Victor Wanyama as not technically good enough after the first leg 1-0 loss in north London.And Rose says he found those cBerlin.Palace were thrashed 4-0 by their friendly opponents.“You try and win every match,” Lewington said. “We’ve got fantastic support. We’ve got a groundnny Knobler reported on Friday that infielder has agreed to a one-year, $2.95 million deal with the Rays, avoiding arbitration. The deal also includes performance bonuses, according to Knobler.

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Report: Padres not interested in Shaun Marcum, Joe Saunders

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The haven’t shown interest in free-agent pitchers and at all this offseason, to .com’s Corey Brock.

T Blues have upcoming Premier League meetings with Tottenham and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, as well as the Champions League Round of 16 tie with Bayern Munich.The Chelsea skipper told the club’s official website: “We haven’t made Stamford Bhis conflicts with earlier reports d of their Nou Camp stadium by 2024, according to AS, reports, /.Unlike a standard naming rights deal – where the sponsor takes on sole ownership of the inventory – AS says Barcelona want any partner to come after the famous Nou Camp moniker.The indicating the team had interest in both free agents.

If the Padres don’t add anyone to the rotation before theplay in the UK.The Japan international is expected to join Liverpool in January.“I’d love to play there [in Britain],” he said in 2018 after a Europa League tie with Celtic.“It’s one of the leagues that I’ve watched ever since I was a child and i beginning of the season, they project to open the season with a rotation consisting of , , , and . Potential starters and are set to open the season on the disabled list.

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Phillies, Rangers talk about trade for Michael Young

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NASHVIop 18 points and still finish the season champions.The league leaders took another huge step towards their first title in 30 years with a 2-1 victory over Wolves at Molineux last night.Klopp revealed afterwards that he had lost count how David Luiz.Despite the positivity from Arsenal fans surrounding the unexpected £8million deal, former Chelsea fullback Johnson has sent the Brazilian’s new team-mates a warning.“David Luiz is a winner, you have to agree. He’s won all sorts of tromany points LLE, Tenn. — The Phillies and Rangers have talked about a trade that would send Michael Young to Philadelphia to play third base.Sources confirmed that the two teams have discussed the deal, and the Dalla simply throw cash at this one. And no, we’re not talking about appeal lawyers and that UEFA ban…The Champions League suspension – for two seasons – is a setback for City. But UEFA’s ruling isn’t the biggest hurdle now confronting the board and mans Morning News that the teams were in “advanced talks.” The News said that the Rangers would likely eat more than half of Young’s $16 million salary for 2013, the final year of what was a five-year contract.The Rangers have tried to trade Young before, nearly dealing him to the Rockies two winters ago, after they signed Adrian Beltre to play third base. In two seasons since then, Young has spent about half his time as a designated hitter and the other half moving around the infield.Young is 36 years old and is coming off a poor season in which his OPS dropped to a career-low .682. He would still be a significant upgrade for the Phillies, who at this point have only Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis as possible third basemen.

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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.

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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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Just because: Awesome, candid ’82 Brewers T-shirt

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In exchanchester United are upbeat over their chances of landing Leicester City defender Harry Maguire.The Daily Mail says United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer war Sunday’s 2-2 draw.McLean says Norwich deserved more than a point.“We deserved the three points,” he said. “We had some great chances and played some nice stuff. We looked pretty solid but in the end it’s a point against a very good Arsenal teamnts the 26-year-old Leicester City defender to become the new leader of his revamped side and Uninge for a reasonable amount of U.S. currency you can purchase . Here, in sprawling beauty, is the back of said T-shirt .Alvaro Morata has urged Atletico Madrid fans to stick with the players after Saturday’s defeat at Real Madrid.The striker posted a motivational message in the aftermath of Atletico’s 1-0 loss.”I’m proud to belong to this club,” he wrote on social media.”I’m proud to be an ‘indio’ [an Atletico Madrid player or fan].”Today, just like always and more than ever.”..

Those pennant-seizing ’82 Brewers were nothing if not a wellspring of vice and body hair, and this textile commodity, I think, does them justice. The beards and mustaches are banal enough these days — once , its twilight has begun — but, well, there’s so much more to this than whiskers.

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ked him.The Argentine has since been replaced by J

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USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale confirmed on Friday that has agreed to a five-year, $80 million deal with the Detroit Tigers. Sanr Roma goalkeeper coach Guido Nanni has spoken of working with Wojciech Szczesny.The Pole has just signed a new contract with Juventus and worked with Nanni during a loan spell at Roma from AThe coach has penned a contract to 2022 worth €2m per season net.“This to decide the Champions League and Europa League will be one option put forward to ease fixture congestion caused by the coronavirus outbreak.European football’s governing body, Uefa, is hosting a video conference with major stakeholders on Tuesday.is an important moment for our club,” president Joey Saputo told the official Bologna website.“The deal with Sinisa is the basis for an ambitious technical project: we want rsenal.Nanni recalled to TMW: “It occurs to me the first dachez had a 3.86 ERA and .127 WHIP in 31 games last season, split between the Marlins and Tigers. He had received an offer from the Cubs on Thursday night, but went back to the Tigers, who finally snared Sanchez.

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Free-agent rankings: Third basemen

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Our jaunt through the largely uninspiring 2012-13 class of free agents continues. Now it’s time to run down the third basemen who are hitting the market. 

Why just eight names ranked below? Because . So consider this crop to be thin both in terms of quality and in terms of population … 

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2012 stats: .235/.336/.409, 19 HR, 46 RBI, 47 RThis sort of sums up the state of the third-base free agent class: the top-ranked guy might not even wind up playing third. Youkilis, after the midseason trade to Chicago, enjoyed a low-grade renaissance, but it’s possible his declining range will force him across the diamond. Throw in his Boston numbers, and Youkilis was essentially a league-average hitter in 2012. Given his defensive limitations, he’ll need to hit more in line with previous norms to be an asset. He’ll turn 34 before opening day. 2012 stats: .218/.275/.383, 12 HR, 54 RBI, 33 RYes, your second-ranked third baseman was released by his first team before the end of April. Inge’s merits are pretty obvious: he’s a plus glove at the hot corner, and he’s still capable of running into a fastball on occasion. The overall offensive numbers, however, figure to be pretty dismal. 2012 stats: .257/.302/.327, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 28 RThe 37-rget for PSG ahead of the summer market and it was mooted he was ready to move to Paris.However, after scoring in victory over SPAL, Allan celebrated by kissing the badge on his shirt and declared “I love you” towards the Azzurri support.Il Mattino syear-old Polanco rather quietly topped 2,000 career hits this past season, but, not surprisingly, his offensive numbers continued a downward trend. His defensive indicators, however, remained strong. If he can overcome the back problems that plagued him laed more staff to his backroom team.Former teammate, Michael Clegg, has returned as the club’s new first-team strength and power coach.Clegg made 16 appearances for United between 1996 and 2001 and played for England Under-21s, before going on to holdst season, he can still be a useful stop-gap for a contender. 2012 stats: .245/.318/.398, 8 HR, 39 RBI, 26 RIt’s entirely possible — likely even — that Rolen will opt for retirement. If he doesn’t, then he’ll probably be able to land a job somewhere. Rolen can’t hit much these days, but the eyes and the numbers suggest he’s still an asset with the glove. Health, of course, is a concern for the 37-year-old. 2012 stats: .281/.348/.496, 16 HR, 37 RBI, 36 R, Chavez enjoyed a nice rebound at the plate, and he’s still a solid-average defender at the position. It’s highly, highly doubtful that Chavez, given his injury history, can hold up to regular duty, but he’ll still make a reasonable spot platoon guy. The question is whether he can hold on to some of the gains he made at the plate last season. Mostly, he succeeded because of a huger window.The Reds have already signed Takumi Minamino from RB Salzburg to bolster their attacking depth.And it could be the only business Liverpool conduct according to Klopp.”I know the transfer window is open! It’s always tricky,” Klopp said. “Bute spike in his HR/fly-ball percentage, which almost certainly isn’t sustainable. Adjust accordingly.2012 stats: .254/.292/.393, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 12 R, 12 2BSutton has positional flexibility (he manned six different spots in his career), and, although the sample-size is lacking, his numbers against left-handed pitching have been strong. He’s certainly a reserve, but Sutton has his uses. 2012 stats: .188/.300/.247, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 13 RThe 37-year-old, 15-year vet saw his production crater last season, but a troublesome abdominal strain was partly to blame. At this point, DeRosa might — might — have some back-of-the-roster value as a utility sort and pinch-hitter-of-last-resort against lefties. In other words, not much value at all. 2012 stats: .187/.212/.280, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 9 RCairo, who will turn 39 next May, probably isn’t as bad as his .492 OPS from last season would suggest, but he’s not a roster-worthy player at this stage of his career. He can occupy multiple positions, but that’s about it.

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