er failing to make the squad for defeat at Liverpo

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The have released left fielder , according to ESPNNewYork.com. Zapata hit .213/.258/.290 in 358 plate appearances for the Mets’ Double-A to be title challengers.Matic, 30, is in contention to be United’s captain this term and appeared in all their pre-season wins, against Perth Glory, Leeds, Inter Milan and Tottenham.”Quality and experience brings you the title. In this squad we have affiliate in semiro admits he regards himself as a homegrown player at Real Madrid.The midfielder joined Los Blancos froidfielder Mateo Kovacic says he likes the rough and tumble of the Premier League.The Croatian is enjoying a fine campaign, his second with the Blues since arriving from Real Madrid. Speaking to the club’s website, Kovacic said: “I remember my first gm Sao Paulo at the age of 20 and played for Castilla in Spain’s second tier.”It was always an honour and a pleasure to come through the youth t2012.

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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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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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y insists they were robbed of a penalty in their 2

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has been assigned to the ’ minor-league camp. He will likely begin the season at Triple-A.

Terdoslavich made a push to make the opening day roster, hitting .395. Terdoslavich made the transition to ot a target man.Mourinho was speaking after Rashforero Emmanuel Frimpong says they should move for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.Frimpong believes the towering centre-back would make a big impact on Unai Emery’s side.“I watched the game against Watford and it wasn’t good. Our defence is certaind scored in United’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.”When we beat Liverpool a couple of years ago, we played with Rashford and Romelu Lukaku up front. He is not a target man, he is a man of movemecorner outfield this srld Cup-winning coach Cesar Luis Menotti has taken another dig at Barcelona star Lionel Messi.With the Copa America looming, Menotti has again questioned Messi’s commitment to his country.”I’m sure that Messi is happy in the Argentina national team,”pring, after he struggled defensively at third last season. 

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ill be alongside Derby boss Phillip Cocu in the du

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reliever has been oed by his own England fans.Van Dijk defended Gomez after his row with Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling and has called for people to “leave him alone”.”It’s disappointing to see,” Van Dijk said of England supporters’ treatment toward Gomez.”I”falling in love” with his slider this spring, according to the Seattle Times.

“I know that at 1-0, I can come back with a slider and almost steal a strike,” he said. “Guys are hunting my fastball so hard, especially on fast Luiz is aware of why his teammate Eden Hazard may want to leave.While everyone at the Blues is hoping that Hazard will sign a new deal and continue his association with the club, Luiz is realistic.He knows that the 28-year-old has an ambition to plaball counts. It’s not even a thought in their mind, so it definitely helps. It speeds up (the look of) my fastball a little bit, so that helps it out, too.”

The report also indicated that manager Eric Wedge has confidence using Capps, who has an axe coach Ernesto Valverde with no compensation due, it has been revealed.Valverde is under pressure after Barca’s Champions League collapse at Liverpool this week.Sport says in his new contract there exists an exit clause which can be activated bstruck out seven of the last nine batters he faced.

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tral role for their Carabao Cup win at Manchester

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Diamondbacks pitcher pitched what amounted to five innings in a “B” game at the team’s facility in nearby Scottsdale on Sunday. He gave up one hiut on Ajax defender Matthijsr United.The 37-year-old has embraced his new role and admits he is learning all of the time, as he explained to us during the club’s recent end-of-season awards night at Old Trafford.“I was ready to finish playing, I’d had enough,” Carrick told ma de Ligt this summer.Barca have been in talks with the De Ligt camp for much of the season and there has been a confidence they would welcome him this summer.However, Mundo Deportivo says the Catalans have been rattled by t over four innings and struck out three, although he was given an extra out each inninghis red card.Alexis scored and saw red in victory over Sampdoria.“We played a good game, I don’t think it should’ve been a red card, but we soaked up pressure and did well,” Brozovic told Sky Sport Italia.“Conte says what we need to do in every t. Kennedy has already been named the opening day starter for Arizona.

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ventus midfielder Juan Cuadrado would be happy if

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

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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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of returning to Athletic Bilbao.While happy in Lon

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Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said during the press conference to introduce g linked with Atletico Madrid as a replacement for the wantaway Antoine Griezmann.Gustavo Dybala told Futbolemiko: “There are many chances that Paulo leaves Juventus, he needs a change, there are several uncomfortable players in the club.”In additionon Monday that will remain at second base in 2013 Maddison, according to the Leicester Mercury.Maddison had been linked with moves to Manchester United, Manchester City, Spurs and Arsenal, while Chilwell was thought to be City’s first choice left-back option for next season.However, Chilwell is not. will serve as the team’s first baseman with prospect likely beginning thrid are set to duke it out for Mexican striker Raul Jimenez.The Wolverhampton Wanderers man is a hot property for the summer transfer window.Jimenez has enjoyed an impressive season for Wolves, helping the team to promising positions in the Premier Le year at Triple-A. There had been rumors during the offseason that Kinsler might change positions so Profar could play second base for Texas.

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Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis’ third child born in car

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Let’s not bury theBurnley have completed the signing of young goalkeeper Lukas Jensen.The Dane has completed his move to the Clarets after the player’s international clearance went through.Jensen was named in the U23s side who faced QPR two weeks ago.He has most recently played for Danish club HIK. lead: catcher ‘ third child entered this world in a car. Molly Knight of ESPN the Magazine — the magazine that subscribes to you — : 

On Oct. 12, Ellis’ wife, Cindy, gave birth to the couple’s third child in the front seat of their car on Interstate 43 South, just outside Milwaukee. Ellis — who estimates he was traveling 75 mph down the highway in a futile attempt to make iter Adama Traore.Ahead of Wolves’ Premier League visit to Anfield on Sunday, Klopp concedes Traore has long been on his radar.He said: “He finally found his manager who found a position for him.“At Middlesbrough he was exceptional, but somebody ha to the hospital — didn’t even have a chance to pull the vehicle off to the side of the road before the baby arrived.

Eighteen miles from the hospital and two weeks early, Audrey Elizabeth Ellis was born in the front seat of a car. 

You really should read the entire piece, but we will share a particular money-quote with you. After his daughter was born, Ellis could not resist the urge to look at the … situation, even though Ellis’ wife cautioned him not to. “But whenever someone says that, of course, you’re going to look,” said Ellis. “… It looked like purple brains.”

The good news is that mom and baby are perfectly healthy after the episode.has again angered Barcelona management with his poor timekeeping.Dembele ended defeat against Athletic Bilbao at the San Mames with muscle problems which were clear on television as he felt his leg as he walked off.The Frenchman finished the game but The other good news, for Ellis, at least, is that it all went down in his father-in-law’s car. 

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Reds ‘cautiously optimistic’ Johnny Cueto could return in NLDS

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CINCINNATI — Reds starter  was feeling better on Monday, general manager Walt Jocketty said, but the team still is unsure when he’ll pitch again or who would be the Game 4 starter in the National League Division Series against the Giants, if necessary.

That “if necessary” phrase looms large, as the Reds hold a 2-0 lead heading into Tuesday’s Game 3 at Great American Ball Park. Since the advent of the wild card, no National League team has lost a division series after winning the first two games in the best-of-5 series.

Cueto, the team’s Game 1 starter, left his start on Satof the club.Drogba knows Lampard is working with one hand tied behind his back due to the club’s transfer ban.”I think he is a very good coach, but this year it is a little more difficult because he does not have many options because of the penaltiesurday after just eight pitches because of back spasms. The team has since run-league side AFC Flyde in the FA Cup third-round on Sunday.Veteran Leon Clarke gave the Blades a 2-0 lead on the 60th minute mark after Callum Robinson’s early opener.But the last remaining non-league in the competition made it uncomfortable for Sheled out an oblique injury. The Reds moved up one day in the rotation to start Game 3 in the spot originally slated for , who pitched four innins confirmed Real Madrid are in talks to sign him.Van de Beek’s move to Real Madrid is edging ever closer and could be completed in the next few days. “It is true that Madrid are in talks with Ajax, but I can’t say any more,” Van de Beek stated.The 22gs in relief of Cueto in Game 1.

Before the Reds defeated the Giants 9-0 behind on Sunday, Cueto and Bailey flew back to Cincinnati so they could sleep at home instead of taking the overnight flight from  with the rest of the team.

Cueto was unavailable for comment after Monday’s optional workout at Great American Ball Park, but he was in the clubhouse and seemingly had little trouble moving around.

“He was much better [Monday], and so we just have to wait to see how it is in another day or so,” Jocketty said.

Jocketty said the team was “cautiously optimistic” he could pitch again in the series. Manager Dusty Baker had not yet spoken to Cueto or the team’s trainers when he addressed the media.

Bailey said he and Cueto were able to watch the first two innings of Sunday’s game on the flight from San Francisco before landing. From there, he returned to his Cincinnati home and watched the rest of the game from the comfort of his couch. Although strange to be away from the team, he noted it was nice to be able to watch from home and then go right to sleep.

“I didn’t land at 7 a.m.; I was still sleeping,” Bailey said. “So [Monday] I woke up back on regular time and I have one more whole day to kinda get back into it.”

The Giants have yet to announce their Game 4 starter either, and could go with either or Game 1 starter . starts for San Francisco on Wednesday.

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NL West Notes: Geoff Blum, Dexter Fowler, Jeremy Guthrie, Luiz Cruz

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The swap an ailing utility man for a healthy one; the deal with soreness and make a slight rotation change; the Dodgers add a utility man of their own from the minors.

Arizona Geoff Blum (oblique) from the 60-day disabled list, the team announced via Twitter. The 39-year-old utility man has played just eight games this season, the last as a pinch-hitter April 16th. Blum made just 12 starts last season and will see a similar role this season, serving as a switch-hitting bench bat. He hit a modest .224/.309/ys Manchester United teammate Mason Greenwood has been working hard on the training field.17-year-old Greenwood grasped his first-team opportunities with both hands against Astana on Thursday night, scoring the winning goal in the 1-0 victory over Ol.408 last season in 55 plate appearancesTo make room for Blum, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury. McDonald is an ace glove at shortstop and has provided some rare pop in 2012 with aJames admits he draws inspiration from club legend Ryan Giggs.James is delighted to be playing for the Wales coach.”Giggsy, as soon as I came into the Wales set up, had ambitions for me,” James said.”The way he brought me and a lot of other youngster .488 slugging percentage (.332 career). The need for a slick-glove shortstop is lessened by ‘s return from injury, as both he and can hapies manager has been offered an extension to his current deal, which expires on June 30.But despite briefly chatting to managing director Lee Charnley at the club’s training ground on Monday, Benitez has given no indication as to whether he is goingndle the position. Monday as he deals with a sore lat muscle, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports. Wednesday in order to take some pressure off and Christian Friedrich, Tracy Ringolsby of Root Sports reports. This is the first deviation from the Rockies’ four-man rotation since moving to it June 20th. The infielder Luiz Cruz from Triple-A Albuquerque, Dylan Hernandez of the Times reports. Cruz is a career .221/.275/.260 hitter in 56 games at the level but the 28-year-old has destroyed the Pacific Coast League this year, hitting .318 with eight home runs in 74 games. Shawn Tolleson was optioned and Ted Lilly was shifted to the 60-day DL to make room for Cruz.

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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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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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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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