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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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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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verpool for his first game in charge.The Reds won

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pitcher , who threw a simulated game Monday, is scheduled to pitch in a minor-league game Saturday, according to .com. Hughes, who continuresh talk of Bruno Fernandes’ sale.Portugal international Fernandes has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford and Record says Sporting president Frederico Varandas and sporting director Hugo Viana have been discussing the deal with United chiees to work his way back from a bulging disk in his upper back, has been optimistic that he will be ready to go when his first turn comes around in the rotation. But according to the report, there is some concern he’ll miss his fb has the Premier League title sewn up.After the Reds defeated Watford, Cole believes the title is already in the Reds’ hands, even though there are 21 games to go this sea their 1-1 draw at Numancia.The result leaves Almeria well out of the running for the promotion places in the Segunda Division.Afterwards, Guti snapped: “We would have to spend the whole night to explain what we have lacked. We have not had the ball,son. He said: “I think the title’s done. This year it’s coming to Anfield no pirst start.

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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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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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exis Sanchez’s failure at Manchester United.The Ch

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Dodgers first baseman made his presence felt for Team Mexico in Friday’s World Baseball Classic game against Team USA. Gonzalez took deep in the third inning for a two-run shot. He finip has revealed he played a hand in Frank Lampard becoming manager of Derby County.The 41-year-old impressed enough in hheffield United boss Chris Wilder insists Leon Clark can force his way into their first team plans.Wilder has reminded the 34-year-old he provides a potentially valuable alternative should his team find themselves being forced to change tactics mid-gis debut season at Pride Park to be named as Maurizio Sarri’s successor at Chelsea.And Redknapp says he advised Rams owner Mel Morrshed 1 for 2 with three walks, a home run and three RBI in a 5-2red 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 l victory.

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o teams meet on Sunday.“It’s clear that the Mila

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MLB.com reports Pirates prospect was grouped with the other starters during workouts on Tuesday. Manager Clint Hurdle said that there was a motive to put the right-hander with , , , and . “Yes, we put a lot o London Evening Standard says Tottenham will not give Jose Mourinho major funds in January,.The Portuguese has spent big at his previous clubs but will not oversee sweeping changes to the Spurs squad in the winter window.It is claimed Mourinho acceptf thought into how we group guys. We don’t just pick names out of a hat and put them together,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “We look at guys we may want to match up, so they can watch some other people, see how they go about things, to help with that educational process. That’s something we definCrystal Palace striker Alexander Sorloth eld schemer has emerged as a top summer target for Wolves in recent months.Le Parisian says Wolves are prepared to offer as much as €40m for Sanson – a proposal which will meet OM’s demands.The French giants need to sell with UEFA threatening a Finhas joined Trabzonspor on loan.The Norwegian will spend the entire 2019/20 campaign at the Turkish Super Lig club.Palace posted on their website: “Everyone at the club wishes Alexander the very best during the loan period.”Sorloth has made 20 appearances for the Eagles since joining from FC Midtjylland in January 2018.itely keep in mind with some of our prospects.”

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he would have coached Manchester United had he bee

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Jason McLeod, the Cubs’ senior vice president of scouting and player development, told MLB.com that he likes what he sees from , the team’s 23rd-round pick in the 2010 draft. “He’s got a really good arm, good size, low-90s [fastball] and on the right night he shows you a hard, power breaking pitch,” McLeod td Deulofeu is out for the rest of the season.The Spanish winger was a casualty during the team’s sensational home win over Liverpool in the Premier League.The Hornets emerged as 3-0 winners, but have lost Deulofeu to a knee injury.Watford head coach old .com. “I really the club’s swap offer for PSG star Neymar.That’s according to French pundit Pierre Menes.He revealed last night: “We talked on Instagram, and I asked him where he was in his thinking. Aemerged as the key player in a talented team under Nuno Espirito Santo.Jimenez had 17 goals last season, while he has notched up 20 already this term.And it also helps the club gain more Mexican fans, which only adds to Jimenez’s importance.The club’nd he said to me: ‘I do not move’. “What has been confirmed by h like what he brings to the mound every night.”

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Pirates, Francisco Liriano revise contract

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Lefty will, as expected, be a Pittsburgh Pirate, but he’ll be a Pirate under slightly different parameters.

CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman originally reported that . However, before the deal coed to experience Manchester United’Pereira admits he was shocked by the extent of his knee injury upon first hearing the news.Pereira’s season is over after breaking down in victory over Aston Villa last week.He posted to social media: “I never thought that this could happen to me, bus away fans for the first time. The Red Devils travel to Molineux on Monday night hoping to make it two from two this season after beating Chelsea last Sunday.”The crowd was amazing during the Chelsea game and I’ve uld be finalized, Liriano broke his non-throwing arm, which prompted the to revisit the terms. Now, FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports that . Sources tell Rosenthal that Liriano could still make $12.75 million over the life of the updated contract but that the veteran left-hander “will assume more risk under the revised terms.”

Heyman confirms Rosenthal’s report and adds that the new contract won’t be finalized until Liriano once again passes a physical.

The 29-year-old Liriano is coming off a season in which he posted a 5.34 ERA in a combined 156 2/3 innings for the Twins and . For his career, Liriano has a 4.40 ERA across s he won’t push to leave.Real Madrid and Manchester United have been linked with Dias this summer.”My head is not there [leaving Benfica]. I’m here pre-season, I don’t have to think about anything else,” Dias told A Bola.“It’s important to work on parts of seven major-league seasons.

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Rangers claim catcher Konrad Schmidt from Diamondbacks

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The claimed catcher off waivers from the , the club announced Wednesday.

Schmidt, 28, m teammate Steven Bergwijn.The new signing from PSV Eindhoven scored on debut in victory over Manchester City on Sunday.Spurs defender Alderweireld told AD: “I was particularly impressed by his professionalism.”Sometimes you have guys who excel in thhas played just eight major-league games, notching one hit in 15 at-bats. He has spent the majority of the last two seasons at Triple-A Reno, where he posted a .282/.336/.432 line in 190 games. 

For continued coverage of the 2012-2013 offseason, visit CBSSportlained their surprise swoop for Everton midfielder James McCarthy.McCarthy joiaguire.Dalot admits Maguire is already regarded as a squad leader.He said, “He’s so calm.“He’s settled in perfectly. He’s a very nice guy, very humble, very quick to settle. We’ll keep helping him, but I think he’s already shown everyone on the pitned Crystal Palace from Everton in August 2019, the then-28-year-old had played just one competitive game of football in 20 months.Ahead of his Everton return, Hodgson saids.com’s .

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Justin Verlander won’t confirm or deny dating Kate Upton

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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 .

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Reds ‘cautiously optimistic’ Johnny Cueto could return in NLDS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Chris Carpenter to start Friday for Cards

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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. 

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Dodgers’ Chad Billingsley leaves game with ‘tender elbow’

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It’s a good thing the Dodgers are on the verge of a trade for another starter, because Chad Billingsley left Friday night’s game with the in the fo of his two season loan from Real Madrid, James’ future is yet to be settled.Bayern hold a €42m permanent option in the deal and directors haven’t wrote off keeping hold of the Colombia international.Indeed, the debate will continue beyond this weeurth inning with what the team called a “tender right elbow.”

Billingsley spent time on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation in July, but had been 6-0 with a 1.30 ERA in six starts since then.

The right-hander exited the game in the fourth inning with one out and runners at second and third and a 2-0 count on pinch-hitter . relieved him. Wright walked Hernandez, but struck out his next two batters to end the inning. Billingsley allowed three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out just one.

The Dodgers have feat at home to West Ham.Lampard admitted his team have questions to answer after their limp display as the Hammers claimed a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge – their first win in two months.He said: “I still believe in the squad.“But when you look at reportedly agreed to a trade that would bring to , which would help if Billingsley has to return to the disabled list. With the addition of Beckett, it looked as if the Dodgers would move to the bullpen, but if Billingsley can’t go, Blanton will stay in the rotAurelio Andreazzoli has been named new coach of Genoa.He leaves Empoli to succeed Cesare Prandelli as Genoa coach.Although Empoli failed to stay up last season, they were praised for their attractive style of play.Andreazzoli also worked for AS Roma between 2005 and 2017.Genoa beat the drop last season by the virtue of a superior head-to-head with Empoli.ation.

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MLB, ESPN agree to $5.6 billion TV deal

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and CBSSports.com Insider Jon Heyman confirms: ESPN and Major League Baseball have agreed to a new national-television contract that’s worth a whopping $5.6 billion. Yes, that’s a “b” preceding “illion.”

The deal will span eight years and grants ESPN domestic and international television rights, as well as digital and radio rights. In addition to its holdover broadcasts, ESPN will also now carry one wild-card game. 

USA Today’s Gabe Lacques also points out , which will surely displease fans of, oh, 28 of ‘s 30 teams … 

However, there’s a wrinkle in there that may rankle many fans nestled outside of ESPN’s Northeast corridor: Picking up the rights to carry popular teams like the and more frequently.

Hooray?

As Ourand notes, though, the deal breaks down to $700 million per annum, which, on an annual basis, is more the douben Klopp after last week’s Champions League elimination.Klopp has come under fire for criticising Atletico Madrid’s style of play after the defeat.“I am really upset by people who think that everyone should attack completely,” Van Hanegem said.“Lle the value of the previous deal. That’s a lot more money coming in, and that doesn’t even account for the new playoff television contracts, which are still being negotiated. club.And the Dutchman admits Cristiano Ronaldo will be a big influence on his decision.”During the season, at the club, and during the various competitions, you really do not have time to reflect. But there are times when I realise that this is not n

MLB equally shares national-television revenues, which, obviously, means teams are going to enjoy quite a windfall thanks to the new deal with ESPN. What are the long-term consequences of that? This Joe Sheehan tweet sums it up fairly well:

More TV/central fund money will, counterintuitively, continue to dry up the FA market, as every team locks up its homegrown stars.

— Joe Sheehan (@joe_sheehan)

While I don’t agree with so much of what Bud Selig has done during his sprawling reign, there’s no doubting the extent to which he has grown the game as a business. 

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe ce to sign Celtic left back Kieran Tierney.The Gunners want to sign someone with a better defensive presence than Sead Kolasniac.They also have a limited transfer budget, which means that Tierney could be an appealing target for the London club.Accorto the and .

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