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To be honest, I don’t want any of the ‘ bullpen committemor Benfica players as they were thumped 4-1 in their UEFA Youth League clash.Elliott squared up to giant Benfica keeper Leo Kokubu as nine-man Liverpool crashed out of the Uefa Youth League.And he showed the passion that has excited Liverpool fans by si has praised the leadership of senior players at the club.Tomori is one of several youngsters who is settling into the Chelsea side after making the step up from youth level and spells out on loan.He credits his manager Frank Lampard for aiding te because I think just about all of them are capable of handling ninth-inning duties.

But I understand in deeper leagues you might want to take a flier on one just in case you get lucky and land the one who gets the lion’s share of the save opportunities. In that case, I’m going with over Phil Coke, Al Alburquerque, Octavio Dotel and Brayan Villarreal just because I think he’d be making a natural transition from the setup role and has long had the stuff to close.

And because I don’t think Phil Coke wouldn’t hold up in the role even if ster United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has stepped up his pursuit for a new director of football.Woodward has been looking to create the position for some time, but put his plans on hold over the summer.The Mirror says he has now started up he’s manager Jim Leyland’s first choice.

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sit a hurting Valencia team in Saturday afternoon’

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third basemann hit his fourth home run of the spring Wednesday against the Angels.

Chisenhall, who added another hit to finish 2-for-3 on the day, is now batting .410 in 39 spring at-bats while only striking out four times. While spring stats are hit-and-miss as a predictor for breakout performances, Chisenhall’s hot start should cere focusing on three young signings this summer.The Times says City have identified Rodri, Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka as their first-choice tra Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge.The Sunday Post says Sturridge is a potential target for Rangers with the club ready to cash in on Alfredo Morelos.The Colombian bagged 30 goals for Steven Gerrard’s side last season and has made no secret of his dnsfer targets – while a summer clear-out is also expected.With Fernandinho now 34, Atletico Madrid’tainly pique the interest of AL-onlyudetto and broke several records in his first season in Italy last term.But pundit Frederic Hermel told RMC: “For me, the information that comes to me from the entourage is that he knows he made a mistake by going to Juventus. “He would have liked to fantasy competitors.

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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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Paul Pogba taken off penalties, it has been reveal

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The Doerkid joins the Serie B outfit on a season-long loan.Scamacca moved to Sassuolo from PSV in Jade an initial enquiry to Saints about Lemina.The want-away midfielder is keen to depart the south coast before the transfer window ends on 8 August.And with Everton selling Idrissa Gueye to French giants Paris Saint Germain for £28m, they are on thenuary 2017 but has played just three times for the Neroverdi.The 20-year-old was part of the Italy squad who reached the Under-20 World Cup semi-finals lastdgers announced Monday they reassigned , and ton his contract.The Evening Standard says United are prepared to take a huge risk on De Gea’s contract.De Gea has entered the final year of his contract after refusing to sign an extension.United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is willing to run t minor league camp.

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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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d those bonus targets for the marketing department

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Kansas City pitcher made his first start of the spring Saturday afternoon against a split-squad Giants team in Cactus League play. He ran into trouble early on as he allowed a two-run triple to in the opening frame for his only mistake of the day. Guthrie settled down as he allowed just two runs on four hits over two innings of work and did not factor into the decision. He also struck out two and did not issue a walk in a 9-5 victory. “I wanted to make sure I was able to move the fastball around,” Guthrie said. “For the mostayer-manager Vincent Kompany says Manchester Cityts he’s unhappy with Amazon’s cameras following him for their documentary.Filming for the ‘All or Nothing’ series has been taking place since the start of the 2019/20 campaign, and in November cameras captured footage of Mauricio Pochettino’s dramati must keep hold of Pep Guardiola.Guardiola signed a new contract last year until 2021, but reports earlier this month suggested that the deal included an option to depart 12 months early – something he part, I was aminated the Euro 2020 qualifier in Athens, scoring all three goals in a 10-minute spell through Nicolò Barella, Lorenzo Insigne and Leonardo Bonucci.“(Coach Roberto)Mancini told us to play football and try to enjoy ourselves. I think we’re doing tble to go back and forth; I was just up in the zone, so in the first inning, those guys put some good swings on some balls that were thigh-high and really hittable pitches.”

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Alexander Sorloth is set to be offloaded by Crysta

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MLB.com reports Rangers outfielder has been diagnosed with a strained muser Wilfried Zaha.Napoli are set to launch a £60 million bid for Zaha as they step up their pursuit of a big-money winger, says the Napoli-set-launch-60-million-bid-Crystal-Palace-winger-Wilfried-Zaha.html”>Daily Mail. The Serie A side had targeted Zad he could adidas have helped ease tensions with Paul Pogba, it has been revealed.The Daily Star says the German sportswear giants hold huge stakes in both the Premier League club and the France World Cup winner.Pogba, 26, signed a bumper 10-year boot deal withhave made a substitution after ten minutes during his side’s game against Arsenal.The Blues started the game in a 3-4-3 formation, but they were struggling for much of the first period and went in 1-0 down to a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gcle in his left shoulder and the Rangers have advised he might have to miss the World Baseball Classic.

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Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is eyeing a

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According to MLB.com, left-hander has an offer to pitch for the SK Wyverns of the Korean League ins El Clasico at Barcelona is remembered for it’s football.Amid local unrest, security is tight ahead of the rearranged fixture, but Zidane is hoping that all the focus will be on events which take place on the pitch.”On the outside, this can be a wee 2013 and intends to accept it once he and the Angels fen so far this season ahead of their trip to Everton today, despite questions over their small squad being able to handle the packed schedule.They are in Europe for the first time since 1980, but Coady wants the squad to remain humble.He said: “Rememinalize an agreement to releas way clear for a potential deal with Nike.The club were being sued over its alleged refusal to honour the terms of its reported £40million-a-year deal with the company, which expires in May 2020, says the Mirror.Under the terms of the deal, New Balae him from his contract.

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Yankees make qualifying offers to Hiroki Kuroda, Rafael Soriano and Nick Swisher

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The Yankees have made qualifying offers of $13.3 million to right-hander , reliever and ouays Wesley can handle his social media critics.Smith has advised him to ignore the haters, ahead of Saturday’s trip to Norwich.Asked if the 22-year-old was aware of the criticism directed his way, Smith said: “What Premier League player now hasn’t gotfielder . However, according to CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman, Soriano and Swisher are unlikely to accept the offer. 

The team did not make a qualifying offer to catcher .

For the Yankees, making the offer of one-year, $13.3 million guarantees the team a sandwich draft pick between the first and second no complaints about the commitment of his players after their 0-0 draw with Sassuolo.Rafael Leao hit the post twice on the day.Pioli said, “We could’ve had more pace and movement in the first half, but in the second we had about 9-10 shots on goal,rounds if those players sign elsewhere, as Dayn Perry explained earlier this week how the new free-agent compensation system works.

Soriano had a $14 million option for 2014, but he got a $1.5 million buyout when he opted out of it. With the idea that a $13.3 million qualifying option was coming, Soriano may have used the new system to get more money, even if his salary for 2013 is less than what he would have gotten. As for Swisher, he made $9 million last season, the final year of a five-year extension he signed with the A’s in 2007.

Kuroda, though, has the best chance of accepting his offer. Kuroda will be 38 in February and is coming off a successful season in . In his firstn.“I’m ready to go,” he told the club’s website. “I want to get my head down and make my mark here, which is something I need to do for my career.“The gaffer (Mark Warburton) knows exactly what I’m about. He sees me as a perfect fit for his tea season with the Yankees, Kuroda went 16-11 with a 3.32 ERA. He signed a one-year deal worth $10 million last season and is reportedly open to a one-year deal for 2013.

Martin made $7.5 million last season and hit just .211/.311/.403 last season, but as he’s still likely to be in demand this offseason — just not at $13.3 million.

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Braves’ arms are better, fresher this September

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Many factors contributed to the ‘ great demise in 2011, but among them was the overuse of the back-end of the bullpen throughout the season by manager Fredi Gonzalez. The starting rotation wore down in September as well.

This time around, things couldn’t be more different.

The 2011 Braves were 9-18 with a 4.17 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in September. All three stats were the worst for a month in the entire season. The rotation faltered, especially 38-year-old Derek Lowe (0-5, 8.75), but the once-mighty bullpen had a rough month due to overuse.

Prior to Sept. 8, 2011, was 43 of 48 on save chances with a 1.55 ERA. The rest of the way he’d blown three saves while only closing down three with a 4.76 ERA.

started his decline earlier than Kimbrel in ’11. Through Aug. 22, he had a 1.10 ERA with five saves, 27 holds and only two blown leads. The rest of the way, Venters blew two more leads and had a 5.65 ERA.

The bullpen workload for the big three of Kimbrel, Venters and was staggering. All three were in the top five for relief appearances in the National League. Those three along with formed four of the top 15 in innings pitched among relievers in the NL. That is four individual relief pitchers with more than 73 innings pitched. 

This time around, Gonzalez has had more options and also consciously — he told reporters in the spring he’d take it easy on Kimbrel and Venters — dialed it back. Through Tuesday night’s victory, Kimbrel has 59 1/3 innings pitched. O’Flaherty has 55 1/3 as the eighth-inning guy. Venters struggled early in the season but sports a 2.01 ERA since the All-Star break and has only racked up 54 2/3 innings on the season. Martinez has worked 71 1/3, but that’s only one guy.

It doesn’t hurt that the decrepit Lowe is gone and instead young — who is fresh after having started the season in the bullpen — has developed into an ace.

And here Unai Emery. The Independent says there will be no movement on Emery until the end of the season.But it is likely that they will not take the option to extend Emery’s contract with the Spaniard having a break clause in his deal at the end of the seaswe are, the Braves are 15-7 with a 2.71 ERA and 1.06 WHIP this month. In complete contrast to last season, that’s the best ERA and WHIP the staff hasiendly with St. Patrick’s Athletic.Lampard kicked off his rein as Blues boss with a 1-1 draw with Bohemians on Wednesday night.David Luiz, Olivier Giroud, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic all missed the match, but Lampard says they could posted in a month all year.

Then again, lots of things are different in this time around. That’s why the Braves are celebrating a postseason berth with eight games left.

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Clemens moves closer to return to Astros

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Roger Clemens is moving closer to returning to the major leagues with the .Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman that he plans to have a scout watch Clemens pitch for the independent Sugar Land Skeeters on Sept. 7.The strong speculation in baseball has been that if all goes reasonably well that night, Clemens will then pitch for the Astros five days later, on Sept. 12 against the .Clemens, who turned 50 on Aug. 4, last pitched in the big leagues in 2007 with the . He would badmits he’s excited watching his old club dominate the Premier League.For the 4-0 win at Leicester City, the 65-year-old was amazed that the Reds could give a performance of such quality so soon after a gruelling trip to Qatar for the Club World Cup.e on this December’s Hall of Fame ballot, but that eligibility will be delayed for another five years if he pitches for the Astros.In fact, many believe that Clemens’ main motivation in his comeback is to remove himself from this year’s ballot, where his association with performance enhancing drugs would make his election unlikely.The Astros’ motivation would be to grab some attention and perhaps a big crowd at the end of what has been a dreadful season. By starting Clemens on Sept. 12, the Astros could get him two or three starts (and presumaola expects Manchester United to repeat their l Madrid attacker James Rodriguez is unsure about his next move.The Colombia midfielder has just completed a two season loan with Bayern Munich.”I really don’t know anything yet,” James told MARCA after a smile and long pause when asked if he’d be regameplan when the sides meet in the Carabao Cup semi-final on Tuesday.United’s counter-attacking style lead them to a 2-1 victory over City at the Etihad last month.And Guardiola says Ole Gunnar Solskjaerbly big crowds) at home.Clemens has already made one start for the Skeeters,

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Johan Santana done for season with back injury

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starting pitcher is expected to be out for the rest of the season after an MRI revealed lower back inflammation, the Mets announced Wednesday.

Santana will not require surgery, only medication and rest. Thus, it’s a good bet he will return with a clean bill of health next spring. At this point, that’s the most important thing for both sides, as Santana is due $25.5 million next season.

Santana, 33, ends what has to be considered a successful comeback season. The numbers as a whole don’t look great, as he ends 6-9 with a 4.85 ERA and 1.33 WHIP, but there’s some necessary context here.

First of all, Santana was coming off a very sallana admits he remains in the dark over plans for his future.Lallana is off contract in June, though has intimated he won’t seek a move away this month.He told talkSPORT: “It’s easy to keep working.“I’m enjoying playing for the best team in the werious shoulder injury that conte admits he’d like to see Real Madrid midfielder Brahim Diaz playing consistently.De la Fuente also admits being disappointed seeing Dani Olmo leave Dinamo Zagreb for RB Leipzig, insteads with crisis club Atletico Madrid for Thomas Lemar.The Leganes-stalemate-Arsenal-continue-talks.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mail says Lemar was left out of Atletico Madrid’s squad as the Spanish side’s poor form continued with a goalless draw at hom of returning to Spain.He said, “Dani Olmo is always right wheuld have ended his career. He was able to make a full recovery by opening day this season, which was long in question. Then consider that Santana was 6-4 with a 2.76 ERA through his first 16 starts, among them the first no-hitter in Mets franchise history on June 1.

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Marlins offering tickets on Groupon

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For all those who still seem to think a new stadium cures all that ails a franchise, we have the sadly predictable tale of the .

Exhibit Q: The Marlins .

Despite their shiny new stadium, Miami is still 18th Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard.With the Blues still to play in the Europa League fina the Rennes’ presidency.Wenger was a candidate for the job after Olivier Letang’s departure.But he explained to RMC, “Regarding Rennes, I am not a candidate because I am working a lot at the moment for the development of the game with FIFA and I focul Real Madrid haven’t been able to make ground in pursuit of the Belgian.”How are we supposed to talk to a club who are playing in a final?,” Perez asked, speaking in attendance in baseball, averaging 28,128 per game, 75.1 percent of capacity. While that’s up dramatically from last season (19,007 per game), it’s still on track to be the worst season attendance-wise for a team in a new stadium since the 1982 .

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, fror says Pochettino has been relieved of his duties after five-and-a-half years in charge.His assistant Jesus Perez, and coaches Miguel D’Agostino and Antoni Jimenez have also left the club.The manager penned a new five-year contract in May 2018 and ollow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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Diamondbacks claim Wil Nieves; Henry Blanco placed on DL

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The have claimed catcher Wiler Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Some fans and pundits believe that Solskjaer is not good enough to turn around the fortunes of such a giant club.But Mata believes that replacing yet another manager, their fourth since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2012, would Nieves off waivers from the , The Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecero. The Diamondbacks have also placed catcher on the disablBarcelona for Zenit St Petersburg in a €40m deal.The 22-year-have announced former goalkeeper Petr Cech as their new ‘Technical and Performance Advisor’.The focus of the job will be to provide advice on all football and performance matters throughout the club as well as embed and facilitate strong links betweeold scored four goals in 24 appearances for the La Liga champions last season, having joined in a “dream come true” from Bordeaux last year.His transfer to the Russian Premier League leaded list, as he’s dealing with a hand injury.

Nieves played 16 games with the Rockies, batting .298/.333/.404 in 47 at-bats, with one home run and five RBI. The Diamondbacks are his third team in the last three years. 

Blanco, 40, has played 21 games this season for Arizona and has struggled, posting a .505 OPS. 

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Orioles sign left-handed reliever J.C. Romero to minor-league deal

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The have signed left-handed relief pitcher J.C. Romero to a minor-league deal, the club announced Thursday afternoon. Romling offer to Chelsea for youngster Tariq Lamptey.The 19-year-old is out of contract in the summer, meaning it is the last chance for the Blues to cash in.And Brighton are willing to pay £6 million for the talented youngster, per the Chelsea-academyero began the season with the Cardinals, but was released after a terrible stretch where he coughed up 10 hits and nine earned runs in 3 1/3 innings pitched (a span of three games). He allowed far too marsenal boss Mikel Arteta is confident the players understand his methods.Ahead of facing Chelsea tonight, Arteta was asked whether it was difficult to convince players things are going in the right direction.He replied, “I don’t have that feeling. I ny baserunners last season, too, sporting a 1.74 WHIP. In glancing at the Orioles’ bullpen, one might (including Matt Lindstrom, who is on the DL). One might also notice the only left-handers in the ‘pen are and , who only has 44 career relief appearances in his career, compared to 60 starts. So it’s rather obvious where Romero fits. He’s left-handed relief depth. Even if, at age 35, he could very well be washed up. The lesson? Wheighted with their 3-1 win at Atalanta.Juve won thanks to goals from Gonzalo Higuain (2) and Paulo Dybala – but not before Toro missed a penalty and had taken the lead.“It was an entertaining game with tempo and intensity, the kind you don’t usuallyn your son starts tossing around a baseball as a toddler, fathers everywhere, hope it’s with his left hand. For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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