21 and enjoyed a signing ceremony on Monday.”I’ve

content_img

infielder , who is dealing with plantar fasciitis in his right foo his style of play.Bonucci is regarded as your typical Italian stopper.And he explained, “I alwayormer Tottenham boss Juande Ramos believes Harry Kane will be key in the Champions League final against Liverpool.Ramos was the last manager to win silverware for Spurs.Ramos, who lifted the League Cup in 2008, said: “Both clubs know each other very s greg of Frank Lampard. Derby boss Lampard is expected to be named as Maurizio Sarri’s successor this week.Only one season of experience has lead some to suggest Lampard isn’t ready for the role, but Desailly thinks the Blues hierarchy should be trusted.w up wanting to be of help to the team, providing assists as a midfielder or scoring goals as a striker. I had to reset that way of thinking and rt, suffered a setback Tuesday. Forsythe appeared to be in a great deal of pain and is a strong candidate to the start the season on the disabled list, according to .com.

Read more →

ester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Daniel

content_img

is not yet officially on the ‘ roster as the deal has not been announceEverton boss Marco Silva has told Moise Kean to forget his critics.Silva has dismissed Graeme Souness’ comments after the Sky Sports’ pundit speculated that Juventus s Marcus Rashford is back to his best.The striker scored in England’s 4-0 win over Kosovo on Sunday.The former Red Devils captain told on ITV: “Brilliant, brilliant goal. What a finish. He is back to his best. “It was a lovely play, nice and simple. sold Kean this summer because his “off-field activities are not the best”.But the manager told the Liverpool Echo: “I heard something.“My people told me and our media people also but I don’t want my players to see, read or pay attention to this situation.“I don’t lose my focus with this situation. Ok, some managers, some people talking on TV and on radio as well, it is their opinion and we have to respect opinions, don’t lose focus, keep doing your work and keep believing in your players.“For me it is not an important thing and I don’t want our players to lose their focus and lose energy with this situation because it is not something you can control.”d, the Journal News reports Tuesday. That said, Wells already has a locker and is listed in a batting practice grouping for New York Tuesday. He expects to playtbid eachother for Benfica whiz Joao Felix.The Sun says City boss Pep Guardiola is determined to land the youngster regardless of whether Leroy Sane stays at the Etihad.The 19-year-old shot into the consciousness of Europe’s elite this season after b against the Astros Tuesday night in a Grapefruit League night game. 

Read more →

y insists they were robbed of a penalty in their 2

content_img

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. 

Read more →

ve Bull has backed Raul Jimenez to become the club

content_img

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

Read more →

ebakio is in demand this summer.The Belgian attack

content_img

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.

Read more →

o to lift the mood inside a stadium, to loosen sei

content_img

The New York in principle to a new collective bargaining agr Bednarek was happy with their friendly win over FC Koln.Goals from Danny Ings and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg either side of the interval earned a 2-0 victory over German club 1. FC Köln in front of 14,871 inside St Mary’s.”The most important was to geteement (CBA) that will increase pay and improve working conditions, reports, /.The five-year deal, which covers tt.TMW says Leicester City are eyeing Vina, along with Atletico Madrid and Napoli. All three European giants are in contact with the defender’s minders.Vina has just secured a European passport and was named the local Uruguayan competition’s Player ofhe 2020 to 2024 seasons of North American soccer’s top flight, is subject to formal approYankees made their first round of roster cuts Saturday and removed the following players from camp: first baseman and pitchers , , , , , , Michael O’Brien and .

Read more →

Cardinals interested in shortstop Ronny Cedeno

content_img

The are among the teams interested in shortstop , according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

The Cardinals are entering the season with some question marks at short. is penciled in as the team’s starter, but he’s currently rehabbing from an elbow injl Madrid.The Real Madrid hero is in his first season as a head coach with Seguacing Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.The two teams will meet in Saturday’s Copa del Rey final at the Estadio Benito Villamarin in Seville.”Messi is one of those game-changing players, but we can’t get obsessed with him,” Angulo told EFE.”I imaginda Division Almeria.Speaking with Universo Valdano, Guti snapped: “I would have liked a recognition, a tribute match (when he left). “I felt the emptiness from a club inury. filled in for Furcal admirably, but his numbers were boosted by a .415 batting average on balls in play. Cedeno would be a nice fallback option for the team if neither player is able to produce at the start of the season.

Cedeno, 29, spent last season with the Mets. In 186 plate appearances with the team, he hit .259/.332/.410. 

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors fromelling Kylian Mbappe.PSG teammate Neymar is again being linked with Real Madrid ahead of the summer market, however Tebas says it’s more likely Mbappe will be the one sold.He told Cadena SER: “If Neymar will return (to Spain)? No.”He has cost PSG so bloggers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow.

Read more →

League to have Jose Mourinho back in the dugout.Th

content_img

Yankees shortstop went through on-field drills Monday for the first time since having October ankle surgery. Jeter took swinge in Sunday’s North London derby.Xhaka was criticised after the game from his reckless challenge that gave away a penalty to Spurs in the 2-2 draw.And the Swiss inwith Lionel Messi are on the agenda.Bartomeu, speaking with Mundo Deportivo, revealed the board wants Barca to be Messi’s one only club for the entirety of his pro career.He revealed, “He has a contract until 2021, our goal is for him to retire at Baternational says critics never want to speak about the positives from Sunday’s North sn’t been good enough after defeat to Liverpool.The next outing is at home to League Two Grimsby Town on Wednesday in the Carabao Cup where Kante and his colleagues will be aiming for a first home win of the season.Chelsea are currently one of six teLos in batting cage on top of fielding 55 grounders. “Everything went well,” Jeter said, per the New York Post.

Read more →

ve, massive”.Abraham insists they’re capable of wi

content_img

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.”

Read more →

Gian Piero Gasperini has accepted Dejan Kulusevski

content_img

Just se to drop their bid to bring Neymar back to the Nou Camp.It’s since been formally confirmed by Barca that PSG turned down two separate offers for the Brazil captain over the summer.And now they’re to try again in January, accoto be overturned.It will mean he is set to miss the clash with Real Madrid. The RFEF code says insulting a referee comes with at least a two game ban.Mateo Lahoz sent off Dembele for saying “very bad, you’re very bad” after he dismissed Ronald Araujording to Okdiario’s chilike last offseason, when they weren’t in the running for until the 11th hour, the Angels crept into the talks Thursday and ended up nabbing the free agent outfielder with a five-year, $125 mily Mail says United fear Shaw could be out for five weeks with a hamstring injury.The 24-year-old pulled up during the first half of Saturday’s defeat to Crystal Palace and was replaced by Ashley Young.Scans have since confirmed he is facing at least lion deal. Previously, the Rangers, Mariners and Phillies were thought to be the leading candidates for Hamilton’s services.

Read more →

Early start time a welcome break in work productivity for many Giants fans

content_img

SAN FRANCISCO — With the usual World Series start time being 8:07 p.m. ET, fans out west have a sacrifice to make in order to see their beloved team play baseball. The first pitch for Game 1 was scheduled for 5:07 p.m. loon Greenwood hopes to end the season with silverware.With United still in both the FA Cup and Europa League, there is every possibility he could fire Ole Gunnar er their 2-2 draw with Chelsea.Blues fullback Marcos Alonso struck twice for the visitors.Asked how frustrating it was to see a defender score twice against his side, Billing replied: “Oh yeah. When I saw Alonso for the second I was like ‘ah man’. Solskjaer’s side to glory.Speaking to ManUtd.com about his dramatic rise, Greenwood said:cal time Wednesday, or seven minutes past when many fans get off work.

So how are there so many people here? Well, it’s obvious. It’s time to play hooky from work. In speaking with about 50 fans in the upper deck of AT&T Park, nearly all of them had to get out of work in some fashion. About half took half-days.

“I left at 11 [a.m.], but my boss was really cool because it’s the World Series,” said one female fan. She wasn’t alone. Over half the fans I surveyed took a half-day. Some waited until 2 or 3 p.m. local time before skating.

Others just used up a few vacation days.

“I took two vacation days, one [Wednesday] and one [Thursday],” said a man in his 30s named Ryan. 

And finally, of course, there were those who didn’t exactly do things by the book (only five of the people I talked to). One married couple with a youe’s Atletico have bid £63million for the Denmark international.Barcelona, Manchester United and Real Madrid have all been linked with the 27-year-old playmaker.But Atletico have delivered the first blow and could join Joao Felix at the Wanda Metropong daughter looked at each other and kind of sheepishly laughed when I asked if they both took a vacation day. The man just shook his head with a smile.

“I just called my boss and said something came up and I can’t make it to work,” said the wife, begging the question how naive or out-of-touch with the city the boss must be if he or she fell for the excuse.

Suffice it to say, though, losing a few days of full productivity due to celebrating a trip to the World Series is quite welcome across all of .

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

Read more →

Free-agent rankings: Third basemen

content_img

(Getty Images)

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 … 

More free agency coverage | | | | |

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.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow  on Twitter, subscribe to the  and.

Read more →

Justin Verlander won’t confirm or deny dating Kate Upton

content_img

(Getty Images) (Getty Images)

There are certain things in this world I just have trouble understanding. Among them: 1. throwing 100 mph, 2. earning $20 million in one year, 3. playing coy when asked about dating Kate Upton.

Yet, has all those things. Basically, he’s living the dream.

We knew all about the first two and have sus1 coach Aidy Boothroyd has no doubts about the future of Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden.Foden scored both goals for England’s U21s as they made it back-to-back wins in Euro 2021 qualifying with a 2-0 win over Kosovo at the KC Stadium.“He’s ppected the third. In Tuesday’s USA Today, Verlander was asked about his relationship with the hat in Verlander’s suite at Comerica Park suite earlier this season.

“I’m not confirming or denying anything,” Verlander . “I’ll leave that to my grandfather. God bless him.”

Verlander’s 87-year-old grandfather did tell Celebuzz this month that his grandson was dating Upton.

“I never thought I’d have to prepare my grandfeam-bonding dinner organised by Juan Mata and David de Gea.The Rochdale.html”>Daily MailRochdale.html”> says De Gea and Mata led some of their team mates on a bonding night out following their uncomfortable Carabao Cup win over League One Rochdale onather,” Verlander told the newspaper. “It’s a whole different world. I can’t believe that people would call my grandparents. It’s tough when people start trying to dig into your personal life.”

Justin, if the worst they find is that you’re dating Upton, you’re pretty much living the good life — complete with Ferrari 458 Italia and six other cars. Again, a little different than my Subaru with a baby seat in the back.

But hey, we both really do like the Cheesy Gordita Crunch, so maybe we’re not that different after all.

Funich are being linked with unsettled Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.AS says Liverpool will face a fight to keep hold of Champions League hero Salah this summer, with United and Real Madrid battling to sign him.The giants both want to lure the Egyptianor more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

Read more →

Michael Brantley undergoes sports hernia surgery

content_img

Indians outfielder Michael Brantley will be inactive for 3-6 weeks after undergoing surgery for a sports hernia, the club announced Thursday. Brantley is expected to resume his offseason workouts at some point in November. 

Brantley had the best year of his career in 2012, establishing himself as ‘s starting center fielder and hitting .288/.348/.402 in 149 games. So far, Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata.Sky Italia says Napoli could offer Roberto Inglese in exchange for Zapata. Inglese is a favourite of Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini.In recent days, Zapata has insisted he is happy with the Oribici.“I am dreaming ohe is the only piece from the CC Sabathia trade with in 2008 to pan out — Matt LaPorta has been awful in the majors, Rob Bryson continues to toil in Double-A, and Zach Jackson was last seen in Triple-A for the .

For more up-to-the-minute newfans are siding with president Aurelio De Laurentiis in his ritiro row with the e Roma legend, now a free agent, is on the verge of a switch to Argentine giants Boca Juniors.“De Rossi will definitely arrive in the next few days, he has the desire to wear the Boca shirt,” Angelici said in a Press conference.“[Nicolas] Burdissplayers and coach Carlo Ancelotti.The players have refused to return to their training camp after their draw with Champions League opponents RB Salzburg, defying ADL’s ors and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow .

Read more →

Chris Carpenter to start Friday for Cards

content_img

(Getty Images)

Following a pain-free bullpen session, right-hander is ready to return to the mound. The Cardinals have announced Carpenter’s return against the  at Wrigley Field. 

The start will mark Carpenter’s first appearance since Game 7 of the 2011 World Series. He has been sidelined since spring training and underwent surgery in July to correct . The surgery, which entailed the removal of one of Carpenter’s ribs, was supposed to be season-ending and, given his age (37), possibly career-ending.ish great Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits he’s a big fan of Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki.The Finn has just penned a new deal with the Canaries.And LA Galaxy forward Ibrahimovic told Mestarit: “I think everyone is impressed by him.”When you score many g

Instead, the Cardinals’ warhorse returns in time to make perhaps two stretch-drive starts and bouy a struggling rotation. He’s also eligible for the postseason roster, should the Cardinals earn a playoff spot. 

Last season, Carpenter posted a 3.45 ERA and led the NL with 237 1/3 innings pitched. He finishedameyang has backed Shkodran Mustafi’s move to AS Monaco.The German centre-back has been linkonio Conte was delighted with their Coppa Italia defeat of Cagliari.Inter won 4-1, with Romelu Lukaku scoring twice. Borja Valero and Andrea Ranocchia also struck for Inter.Conte said, “There was certainly an excellent response from all the guys. I’med with a move away from Arsenal for most of the summer, although his exit stalled following Laurent Koscielny going on strike.Monaco are keen on landing the second in the NL Cy Young balloting in 2009 and won the award in 2005. 

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

Read more →