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closer will begin the season on the disabled list, as he continues to recover from surgery to remove bone chips in his right elbow, .com reported Saturday.

Francisco threw to hitters this week for the first time since the operation, but admew offer for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes this summer.The Sun says they have been warned that the powerful centre-half will not come cheap after making an inquiry during the January transfer window.Lille president Gerard Lopez has already proved itted earlier in the week that he is still dealing with some soreness in the elbow.

At this point, it is nther top keepers.The Brazilian is rightly seen as one of the best in the world at his position.He helped the Reds to win the Champions League last season.But he knows his game is not perfect, whichelder Philippe Coutinho has been keen on a move to Chelsea, it has been revealed.Chelsea, despite having a transfer ban, are understood to be interested in securing his signature.The Blues are unable to make any signings until the summer of 2020.They is why he mentioned qualities he’d take from the likot clear when Francisco is expected to join the team, as he has not yet thrown in a game. Bobby Parnell will serve as the team’s closer with Francisco out. 

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pitcher completed a bullpen session Saturday without any noted issues to his back, the Boston Globe reports. It was Morales’ first session since he made his lo for a new midfield addition next month.Milan coach Stefano Pioli is eager to add a box-to-box midfielder over the winter market and their search is leading to the Premier League.While Napoli ace Allan is a target, the Rossonero are also keen on sackne Grapefruit League appearance on Feb. 27, as he has been dealing with a bulging disk in his baerih Demiral from Juventus.Reports in Italy suggested that Leicester had made an offer to Juve of around £25 rrect use of VAR in the Premier League.The Blues right back is not happy about VAR being present, but he feels as though referees are not making proper use of the technology.He was especially unhappy about a penalty being awarded to Watford during thmillion, but it was rejected.Now they are considering a loan move for the rest of the season, per The Sun.Demiral is not first choice at Juvck.

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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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a.The arrival of the Manchester United midfielder

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I was disappointed to hear the optioned to the minors Tuesday, but let’s face it — he deserved it after the spring he put together. Although, I kind of hoped this would happen. Why? I think the Tigers made a huge mistake by promoting Turner to the majors too soon. It seems like Turner — a 2009 first-round pick — has been around forever, but he’s only 21have signed midfielder Regan Slater on a season-long loan from Premier League side Sheffield United.The 19-year-old, who has played three first-team games for the Blades, scored two goals in 41 appearances on loan at Carlisle United last season.”I’d years old! I don’t feel he got enough time to develop in the minors before his debut and it’s wreaking havoc on a once-promising career.

I know it’s not going to help seasonal-league Fantasy owners, but I think it would be best for Turner to spend most, if not all, of the 2013 season in the minors. He still in the very early stages of his pro career and it seems he could benefit from honing his craft. Obviously, the Marlins aren’t built to contend this season, so there’s no need to rush Turner back to the majors.

After his acquisition from Detrl playing against Everton – even if he’d been fit.Ozil missed the 0-0 draw due to injury.Ljungberg revealed: “For me, I got asked after the game about Mesut. He walked off the pitch [in the Man City game] and then kicked his gloves. The fans were notoit last season, we started to see glimpses of what made Turner an elite prospect in the minors. I don’t think he will ever develop into a high-end Fantasy starter because his strikeout rate isn’t great. But I’m not ready to throw the towel in on him either. I still think he has a bright future. The Marlins just need to take the weight of the world off his shoulders and let him get back to the dy to sign a new deal with Lazio.The midfielder has agreed new terms to 2022.Lucas, 32, revealed: “It was an easy choice, I felt good in Rome from day one. “The team welcomed me with open arms. I would like to be remembered as a player that gave evbasics.

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reaking his goal scoring drought was a significant

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picked up his first win of the spring Friday ar Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton.The Sun says Burnley are lining up enchman was fired close to the end of the Premier League season, with Brendan Rodgers taking over and going on an impressive run of results.However, Puel may not have to wait long for his next job.Le10 Sport in France is reporting that Saint-Etienne a cut-price £1million deal for Bitton.Dyche is a keen admirer of Bitton and wants to try to sign him in January to boost his options in a number of areas.The versatile 28-year-old, whgainst Tampa Bay. Jurrjens held the Rays scoreless for five innings with just two hits allowed and three strikeouts in relief of Steve Johnson. He now has a 4.61 spring ERA.

Jurrjens isn’t expected to breakn taunting Leeds United fans after yesterday’s FA Youth Cup win.The Leeds support chanted ‘you’re just a s*** Sideshow Bob’ towards Mejbri, given his resemblance to the Simpsons character.But he took it in good humour, posting a picture of Sideshow B camp with the — Jake Arrieta looks like he’ll win the fifth starter job — but the Orioles will be able to keep him in the minors until his opt-out clause can be exercised on June 15. He’ll have until then to convince the Orioles he’s worth a major league spot.

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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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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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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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Pedro Feliciano sidelined with ‘hole’ in heart

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reliever is sidelined for the time being after a hole was discovered in his heart. Fortunately, his condition isn’t quite as serious as it sounds.

ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports the small hole is located on the exterior of Feliciano’s heart and, according to Feliciano, . Feliciano also tells Rubin surgery was not discussed. Marc Carig of Newsday adds that Feliciano’s condition was . Carig adds that Feliciano will wear a Harry Maguire about leaving Leicester City.Neville has questioned whether Maguire will still be England’s darling if he leaves Leicester for one of the Premier League’s leading clubs.“One thing I was thinking was that the England fans must have sunheart monitor for the time being.

The 36-year-old lefty is attempting to return to the majors for the first time since 2010. He owns a 3.31 ERA and 1.37 WHIP across parts of eight major-league seasons.

For Premier League team has managed to beat Jurgen Klopp’s troops so far this season.Kane, 26, urged his team-mates to make history today, saying: “Momentum-wise, a victory would give us a huge lift.“Probably not many people will expect us to win awamore baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with c has revealed the club practiced corners in recent weeks.The Red Devils have endured struggles at both defending and attacking from set pieces.But they held firm at the back and scored from a corner to defeat Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in the Prus on Twitter: , and .

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Podcast: Yankees team preview

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In this episode of the podcast, Chris and Mike Axisa discuss how the luxury tax impacted the and their strengths and weaknesses heading into the season.

Is this the worst Yankee team on paper in recent memory? How did the luxury tax impact the club? We go around the infield, starting with catcher. What type of performance can the team expect out of their , combo? Is a good fit for the park? What are the timetables for and ?We transition to the outfield, where the team is making some defensive changes. How will handle center field? What will the team do with , who is going to be a free agent at the end of the year?Time to talk about the rotation. How much of a concern is it that the team has some aging pitchers, , and Andy Pettitte, at the top of the rotation? What can we expect from and ?In the bullpen, the team will Manchester United are ready to bid for Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye.The PSG-40m-rated-Evl for Liverpool winger Ryan Kent hasn’t changed.Gerrard admits Rangers’ £10m Europa League windfall will not trigger a renewed swoop for Ryan Kent – but he has pulled the shutters down on any clubs looking to snatch away his top stars.“Nothing herton-star-Idrissa-Gueye.html”>Daily MailPSG-40m-rated-Everton-star-Idrissa-Gueye.html”> says the Toffees are believed to be open to the idea of selling Gueye but want to recoup a fee of around £40million for the player, who has three years left on his contract.Manchester United consider the Everton midfielder to be a good anchor man to play alongside Paul Pogba in the middle of the park. The France international benefited from having N’Golo Kante mop up behind him as Les Bleus triumphed in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.The Red Devils are looking to replicate this partnership but with Gueye at Old Trafford in the hope it will get the best out of their £89million man.get Mariano Rivera back. Is this the season he finally declines? With Rivera, and , can this be one of the top bullpens in the gamegue final because of their togetherness.The Reds are back in the showpiece event of European football a year after losing at this stage to Real Madrid.Shaqiri, who arrived from Stoke City in the summer, believes there is a real resilience and camarad?It’s decision time. Mike tells you if he thinks the Yankees are a contender in a tough AL East.Make sure to follow Mike on Twitter . I can be found .

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This episode runs a little more than 45 minutes.

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des.The 24-year-old Portugal international reveale

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Boston starter is in excellent physical shape as spring begins, reports .com Wednesday. Lackey has lost 17 pounds, according to skipper John Farrell. Lackey, who missed all of last year due to Tommy John surgery, has been sharp in early bullpens. “A good work day today,” Farrell said. “Freeness in his delin Steve Gibson unveiled the former England defender as Boro’s ester City signing Rodri.The Spaniard, signed from Athletic Madrid this summer, made his debut in Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to West Ham United.”He is a young, typical defensive midfielder who thinks very quickly. I hope he is here for a long time,” said Gnew head coach on Friday — a man on a mission to nurture their crop of talented kids and “get in the mix” for ­promotion from the Championship next season.He thought back to his Leedsvery, freeness in his arm, staying behind the ball, repeating his delivery, all the things we’re looking for right now, he did them quite well. He’s in great condition, so the 35-pitch bullpen [session] was not really taxing for him. As he’s gone through the physicals and the strength testing of the shoulder, all those are consistent. He’s more athletic. He has more ability to repeat his delivery, and, honestly, he feels pretty darn uique Setien for next season.Sport says with the LaLiga suspended, Barca directors have been assessing Setien’s position.And their conclusion is that Setien is the right coach to take them forward.The board is pleased with the way Setien has maintaingood about himself.”

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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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aul Barber has warned Liverpool about their expect

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ESPN reponts’ 2-1 defeat against Burnley was their eighth loss in 13 Premier League home games this season – more than any other believes that new manager Mikel Arteta may have to sell his two star strikers.The Gunners are not short of firepower up front with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.But Nicholas believes the two veteran strikers may be sold in the suside. “Sometimes it is a little difficult to play at home,” he admitted.“Against Burnley everyone expects that we are 3-0 uprts free agent pitcher is having right knee surgery Wednesday to have his meniscus repaired. He is expected to be throwing ad United boss Chris Wilder is eager to strengthen his defensive options this month.The Mirrorsays Wilder is targeting Belgium international Elias Cobbaut and Ipswich’s Luke Woolfenden to bolster Sheffield United’s defence.Wilder feels he lacks cover t 100 percent in 2-3 weeks.

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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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