ays Divock Origi will improve after their 4-1 rout

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Yup, that aicer has been charged with murder over the death of former Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson.Atkinson collapsed and later died after he was Tasered in Telford in August 2016.He was struck by a 50,000-volt shock after reportedly threatening his eldebout sums it up. is going to Class A Dunedin instead of Toronto because he’s, well, a mess. With the tinkering with his delivery this late into spring training, and no progress evident in the results, it was inevitable, really. He simply needs more time.

Will he be worth the time? And the spaceArturo Vidal insists Barcelona must keep hold of Ousmane Dembele.Despite his problems off the pitch, Vidal says the France attacker has world class potential.He told L’Equipe: “Above all, Ousmane is a footballer with a crazy talent. When he reaches m? Would you invest a precious bench spot in a player the Blue Jays are having to remakstle United boss Steve Bruce has confirmed they hope to sign Inter Milan winger Valentino Lazaro today.Lazaro could make his Newcastle debut against Oxford in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday after arriving on Tyneside to undergo a medical.Speakine — one with no timetable for his return? Outside of AL-only leagues, I think you lose far more than you gain with that approach.

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Southampton have been offered the chance to sign A

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The Chicago Cubs continued shapingp van den Berg’s inner drive sets him apart.At just 17, former PEC defender Van den Berg became LivBurnley.Lys Mousset assisted all three goals, with John Lundstram scoring twice, followed by John Fleck’s first of the season just 90 seconds later.”I’ve not looked at the league table and I won’t do,” said Wilder. “I’ll only assess the season at theerpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s first signing of the summer at a modest £1.3million.Van ‘t Schip told the Mirror, “Look, Sepp is not the new Franz Becken their roster for the upcoming season and announced the following moves Monday: pitchers , and it would be “crazy” to speak about the Premier League title race. City reduced the gap to eight points with Tuesday’s 4-1 win over Burnley, although leaders Liverpool have a game in hand.Quizzed on if the win at Turf Moor shows City can challenge forand second baseman were optioned to Triple-A Iowa; pitcher was optioned to Double-A Tennessee and pitcher was assigned to the team’s minor-league camp.

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Start vs. Italy helps Weaver and Angels, but not the WBC

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TEMPE, Ariz. — looked good against Team Italy on Wednesday.

That’s great news for Weaver, and great news for the . It’s terrible news for the World Baseball Classic.

“It’s nice to feel this good early on,” Weaver said, after his three strong innings in an exhibition game.

Weaver credited the Angels’ athletic training staff for helping loosen up his right shoulder, which he said had felt tight over the last couple of years (even as he was pitching at a near-Cy Young level).

“I ith Guardiola’s brother Pere now part-owner. Pep signed up as a member during his visit.”I am very excited to be a member of Girona and that’s why I called my brother, so he could do it. From Manchester we follow the resultSolskjaer has ruled Anthony Martial out of returning for Thursday’s clash with AZ Alkmaar.The Norwegian was speaking after Monday’s draw with Arsenal at Old Trafford.He could not provide an update on right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who missed the matchs and watch the games whenehaven’t had this range of motion in a while,” he said. “I can go back to my normal arm slot. I’m more of a three-quarters guy, but the last couple of years I had to be more over the top.”

He feels good. He feels strong. He likes the WBC concept so much that he says he’ll watch every game he can when the WBC begins for real for Team USA this weekend.

But Weaver still didn’t want to pitch for Team USA this month.

“Maybe if they’d figure out a better time to have it,” Weaver said.

For this WBC, even at this time of year, Team USA was able to assemble a strong roster. The biggest problem was finding top starting pitchers.

It wasn’t just Weaver. , and , among others, also turned down the chance to pitch.

Most gave the same reasons Weaver did. Pitchers need more time than position players to get ready, and they didn’t feel they could be ready for competitive games in early March.

“I would be quite to where I needed to be,” Weaver said. “I think it would be a little tough to go out with your best stuff now. If I had to go out and turn it on, I think it would be a little tough.

“As great as it would be to wear the red, white and blue, it’s a tough thing to get ready for.”

Weaver threw 52 pitches Wednesday against Team Italy. By WBC rules, if he had joined Team USA, he would have been limited to no more than 65 pitches this weekend.

He allowed Italy one run in three innings, with five strikeouts. He was good enough to pitch in a spring game, but he didn’t feel ready to pitch in a game that counted.

He was comfortable facing Team Italy on WednesdFootball League ban pre-match handshakesThe Premier League and EFL have said pre-match handshakes between both teams and officials will not take place until further notice because of fears over the spread of coronavirus, reports BBC Sport.The teams way. He didn’t want to face them in a WBC game on Saturday.

For anyone who wants the WBC to succeed (and I count myself among that group), that’s too bad.

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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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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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boss Jurgen Klopp admits Harvey Elliott won’t be

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After being sidelined since Sunday due to a mild intercostal (is season.Emery says he is happy with their progress, despite facing the prospect of missing out on the top four.He stated: “Yes I am. Our progred a warning at Liverpool defender Joe Gomez a day before Monday’s furious England clash.The Mirror says Sterling warned Gomez ‘don’t f**k with me’ during their heated exchange in Sunday’s Premier League game.The pair clashed towards the end of Cityress I think – when we started the season we lost against Man City and Chelsea and we worked for this procerib) injury, Tigers outfielder returned to the lineup for Friday’s Grapefruit League game against the Mets. H Barcelona ahead of their Champions League showdown.Victory over Slavia Prague last night means Inter are still in with a chance of reaching the knockout phase – if they beat Barca at San Siro in a fortnight’s time.Conte declared: “We stayed alive ine went 1 for 3 with two strikeouts in the 6-2 loss.

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ager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained allowing A

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

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y moved to Juve in the summer on a free transfer,

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The National Post reports Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker said he believes closer is on track to be ready for opening day. Janssen is working his way back from minor shoulder surgery in November. “He’s coming along as expected,” Walker said. “It’s ad Real Madrid as the kings of Europe aheang to the speculation of a move to Manchester United.Fernandes’ agent Rui Guimaraes set tongues wagging when he ‘liked’ a post on the OfficialWhoScored Instagram page.The post features a picture of Fernandes playing for Sporting Lisbon.Alongside it, d of their Champions League clash on Wednesday.City will meet the 13-time champions in the last-16, with the first leg Smith admitted attempting to steal luxury watches worth £200,000 from the pair in Hampstead, north-west London.A second man, Jordan Northover, 26, has also admitted his role in the robbery.Smith, 30, of Archway in north London, was jailed for 10 yeaon Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabeu.And former Barcelona coach Guardiola insists he has little slow. We’re still hopeful he’s ready to start the season. If he’s not, then we’ll go to Plan B.” Janssen is scheduled for two more bullpen sessions before throwing to hitters in batting practice. “His schedule is subject to change at any time,” Walker said. “We’re just going to take it day by day, see how he’s feeling. Our goal is just to get him to 100 percent, whether it’s opening day or seven days after that.”

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, with Norwich beating Manchester City headlining

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Cardinals startiIan Carlo Poveda to leave for Leeds United.Guardiola was asked after the FA Cup win over Fulham why City had let Poveda go and went on to explain why he thinks Leeds will be a good fit.”Because he’s young, he has to play, he’s not able [to play here]ng pitcher isn’t considering retirement despite the unlikelihood of him pitching in 2013 because of recurring neck, shoulder and arm issues. “I don’t think I’ll ever retire, to be honest with you, I’ll never say that word,” he said. “There might always be hope. Maybe when I’m 48 I can come back and do it some more.” Carpenter will remain away from the team while he recovers from his latest setback. If my arm is what it is like now, at some point in time you have to be like, ‘All right, enough’s enough,'” Carpenter said. “You can only push it so mu the Hammers have communicated to Bilbao they will meet the €30m option in Nunez’s contract to bring him to London in January.Nunez, 22, is ready to leave Bilbao after finding himself on the fringes of the first team this season behind fellow defench. I can’t pitch with the way that Ies fan attacked Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish last season, reports BBC Sport,Paul Mitchell ran onto the pitch and hit Grealish from behind during March’s Championship derby between the sides.Mitchell was jailed for 14 weeks on 11 March.An indepen feel right now. It’s not fair to anyone. I’m going to go ahead and rest it and wait until our guys get back. … We’ll just have to see what happens through time.”

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Report: Mat Latos, Reds barely beat arbitration buzzer

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The and Tuesday. The two parties were in the arbitration hearing room as his new was finalized, John Fay of the Cincinnati Inquirer reported.

Latos, 25, had a 3.48 ERA (122 ERA+) in 33 starts for Cincinnati in 2012, his first year as a Red after a blockbuster trade brought him from Sadhoven fullback Angelino.De Telegraaf says City will sign their former left-back soon.Angelino has left PSV and will not be returning as he finalises a move back to City.PSV signed Angelino last summer for €5.5m and now face losing the young Spanian Diego. Latos assuaged doubts about his ability to transition from pitcher-friendly Petco Park to hitter haven Great American Ballpark — he had a 3.47 ERA in 2011 as a Padre. 

This is Latos’s first arbitration-eligible season. He will be eligible for arbitration once more, when his new contract expires after the 2014 season.

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwice are looking into the abuse midfielder Jesse Lingard received as he boarded the team coach after Thursday’s FA Cup victory at Derby County’s Pride Pl Madrid hero Roberto Carlos insists there’s no need for major squad changes this summer.Real are facing an overhaul this summer.But Roberto Carlos told Marca: If I were the coach I wouldn’t change much. The team has won a lot recently. I don’t thinkark.United are furious and feel the behaviour was unacceptable and should be condemned in the stronik, Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow .

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In Arizona, gritty is good, and Upton may not have been gritty enough

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The like gritty.

Kirk i Puig is set to leave on-loan.Puig has voiced his discontent at his lack of playing time with the Blaugrana’s first team, yet Kluivert feels like he would be better served going out on loan.”If you see the midfielders in the first team already – FreGibson-type gritty.

“That’s the way Gibby played the game,” general manager Kevin Towers said on a Thursday afternoon conference call.

And although Towers stopped short of saying the Diamondbacks didn’t consider “gritty” enough, he never used that exact word as he praised Upton on the day that he finally traded him away.

In fact, if you were looking for an answer to the long-asked question of why the Diamondbacks would trade away a 25-year-old All-Star outfielder, I think you have at least part of it.

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“That’s how we won in 2011,” Towers said. “Justin was a part of that team. We kind of like that gritty, hard-nosed player. I’m not saying Justin isn’t that type.”

But he wasn’t exactly saying Upton was that kind of player, either.

ToAnfield.Guardiola is relishing the ­hostile atmosphere that awaits him and his Manchester City players at Anfield.While Guardiola hopes there is no repeat of the ugly scenes that saw City’s coach come under ­attack there in 2018, he welcomes the ­wers suggested that although he thought Upton played hard, his style may not have always made that clear to people watching. He spoke of the way that Upton would walk back from the plate after striking out.

And he suggested that the players whom the Diamondbacks received in Thursday’s deal, including but also some of the minor-league prospects, were gritty-type guys.

Towers gave other reasons for trading Upton, suggesting that although he thinks Upton has the potential to become a superstar, it was going to be harder for him to realize that potential in Arizona. Because Upton came up to the Diamondbacks at age 19 and had success at a young age, Towers thinks there was more pressure on him there than there will be with the , where he won’t come in as the face of the franchise.

Even with all that, Towers insisted again thaSadio Mane believes Liverpool deserved to beat RB Salzburg on Wednesday.The Reds went up 3-0 before Salzburg scored three unanswered goals.Mohamed Salah popped up to save his team, and Mane said it was a deserved victory.He told BT Sport: “Salzburg at he wasn’t as determined to trade Upton as it seemed. He said that as of two days ago, he still didn’t have any deal that he was willing to make and that he acted only after the Braves added two players in the final days.

That’s fine, but Upton had been very available — and very publicly available — for more than a year. Towers can say he’ll listen on any player (and he does), but he has been listening a lot harder on Upton.

And if you guessed it’s because Upton’s style of play didn’t fit in perfectly with his manager and general manager, well, you’re probably right.

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Report: Padres not interested in Shaun Marcum, Joe Saunders

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

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

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

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remen defender Milos Veljkovic is interesting Watf

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Yankees generae Perez.Newcastle are in limbo at the moment, unable to sort out new player contracts or go for Benitez’s targets with the manager yet tog Germany in Sunday’s final.Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz opened the scoring for Spain with a surging run and 25-yard strike from Mikel Oyarzabal’s pass.Dani Olmo doubled the lead with a clever chip after Alexander Nubel fumbled Ruiz’s shot before Na extend his deal which ends on June 30.But Benitez said: “Fight to keep him? Yeah, he is an important player fol manager Brian Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com on Thursday that the team sees as a utility player — at best — for 2013. Nunez was previously be after signing a new contract. The goalkeeper committed to the club for another four years on Monday.And Solskjaer was always confident the Spaniard would stay at Old Trafford.”Most of the time we get to keep the ones we want to keep,” said Solskjaerlieved to be in the mix for at-bats as the team’s designated hitter, but Cashman smacked that down with force, even suggesting Nunez might not make the major league roster. “If he makes our club, it will be at a utility role,” Cashman said. “He could be a starting shortstop at Triple-A. He could be helping us on the big-league level. It remains to be seen how our team shakes out and how he looks in the spring.”

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Report: Yankees and Mets competing for Scott Hairston

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The bidding for free-agent outfielder “mainly involves” the and , to ESPNNewYork.com’s Wallace Matthews.

According to Hairston’s agent, the free agent is expected to decide his destination within “a matter of days,” says Matthews.

Other teams that had been reportedly interested in Hairston this offseason were the Braves, Phillies, Giants, Cardinals, Tigers and Indians.

If Hairston re-signs with the Mets, he would likely be an everyday stter their 2-1 home den’s Super League season.The team will now be known solely as Everton, with Women only added to differentiate from the men’s squad in club news and press releases.”The identity change is an important and progressive step,” chief executive officer Proffeat to Burnley.Returning to Premier League action following the inaugural winter player break, strikes from Ashley Westwood and Matej Vydra secured the win for the visitors.Danny Ings had restored parity with his 18th of the camarter in the outfield. With  the Yankees, Hairston, who bats right, could mainly start against left-handed pitching to r the FA Cup.The Hammers coach only recently took over from Manuel Pellegrini.While he knows the FA Cup is a chance to win silverware and please the supporters, he wants to ensure the team remains in the Premier League beyond this season.The Hammers complement a lefty-heavy starting three.

Hairston hit .263/.299/.504 with 20 home runs in 398 plate appearances for the Mets in 2012. But he hit .286/.317/.550 in 199 plate appearances against left-handed pitching, in line with his favorable career splits against lefties.

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Gian Piero Gasperini has accepted Dejan Kulusevski

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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.

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