er failing to make the squad for defeat at Liverpo

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The have released left fielder , according to ESPNNewYork.com. Zapata hit .213/.258/.290 in 358 plate appearances for the Mets’ Double-A to be title challengers.Matic, 30, is in contention to be United’s captain this term and appeared in all their pre-season wins, against Perth Glory, Leeds, Inter Milan and Tottenham.”Quality and experience brings you the title. In this squad we have affiliate in semiro admits he regards himself as a homegrown player at Real Madrid.The midfielder joined Los Blancos froidfielder Mateo Kovacic says he likes the rough and tumble of the Premier League.The Croatian is enjoying a fine campaign, his second with the Blues since arriving from Real Madrid. Speaking to the club’s website, Kovacic said: “I remember my first gm Sao Paulo at the age of 20 and played for Castilla in Spain’s second tier.”It was always an honour and a pleasure to come through the youth t2012.

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d manager Glenn Hoddle believes that young Chelsea

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manager John Gibbons said he expects to have a rotation at third base to open the season now that Brett Lawrie will begin the year on the disabled list, MLB.com reports Monday. 

Toronto expects to have a combination of and at third base while Emilio Bonifacio concentrates on playing m USA duty.Yahoo says Pulisic is set to return to Stamford Bridge early from international duty, inlucky to not get three points at Old Trafford.The Gunners played out a drab 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Monday night.They equalised in the second half through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, after a stunning first half strike from Scott McTominay n order toger Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tough preseason regime.United signed off for preseason 2019 with Saturday’s 2-2 draw against AC Milan in Cardiff. Pereira was given a start by Solskjaer in a three man midfield alongside Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic. I prepare for their crucial Premier League clash against Wolves next Saturday.The 20-year-old played for the USA in their 3-0 loss to Mexico oneveryday second base. 

DeRosa, 38, has homered twice this spring with seven RBI and a .471 batting average over 34 at-bats. He struggled last year with Washington over 85 at-bats as he hit just .188, but he’s getting another opportunity in the American League. 

Izturis, who was expected to split time at second with Bonifacio with Lawrie healthy, has hit .239 this spring over 46 at-bats with nine RBI. 

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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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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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eir finishing after a 2-2 draw at Bournemouth.Chel

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pitcher endured his roughest outing of the spring Thursday against the Astros. Soriano, who made his fourth Grapefruit-League appearance, gave up a leadoff single to Brandon Laird and a first-pitch home rlva’s squad.Indeed, a European place is still in their thoughts going into Friday night’s penultimate game of the season at home to Burnley.Keane told the Mirror: “That’s the next step.“For five or six years now, Everton have been around the top siun to Nate Freiman in the sixth inning. He allowed two runs on two hits in just one inning of work in a 6-3 victory. He also struck out two and did not issue a walk. 

Manager Davey Johnson did not seem concerned with Soriano’s struggles on ThursManchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits he could be sacked if they’re beaten by Champions League opponents Real Madrid.The two teams will face-off in the round of 16 this month.The fact that City have never won the title simply adds to the difficulday. 

“I thought he threw the ball good,” Johnson said. “If you throw a high fastball out over the plate and somebody gets part of it, it’s going to be gone.”But he was basically just getting his work in. He used a few e football chief Mateu Alemany is on the brink of leaving.Alemany, reports AS, has fallen out with Valencia owner Peter Lim and is now weighing up departing.A decision could be made today with Alemany and Lim at odds over transfer policy.Los Che coachxtra pitches. Early on, he was just getting his location and his arm stretched out. That’s what you expect,” Johnson added. “Then, he started establishing his breaking stuff, which was awfully good.”

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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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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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the international break.Wales international Chest

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Marlins outfielder told reporters Thursday X-rays were negative after he was hit in the head Wednesday during a simulated game. He said he plans to take it easy in workouts the next few days, so he can “get back on planet earth.’’ Stanton remains hopeful to play in Saturday’s spring opener against the Cardinals. “I was pretty loopy, I must say, yesterday, but for ed Matteo Guendouzi after his performance against Manchester United on Monday.The 21-year-old Arsenal midfielder ended the 1-1 draand international has been out with an Achilles injury since May.But after a posting a video of himself doing football drills in training this week, the Blues think the midfielder could return to action next month.A fit again Loftus-Cheek would help w with the best passing accuracy of any player in the final third.And former Gunners star Fabregas took to Twitter to prthe most part I feel fine,” Stanton said, per The Palm Beach Post. “We’re going to see how a bunch of activity in the weight room goes. lan Rice insists he’s committed to West Ham.Manchester City and United have both been linked with Rice and, while the 20-year-old believes he is good enough to play for a top club, he is happy at West Ham.Rice said, “If you look at the contract I’vI’d like to at least get some hitting in today, but it’s probably smarter not to do much.’’

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Nationals, Jordan Zimmermann avoid arbitration with one-year contract

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The and starter have avoided arbitration with a one-year contract, the club announced Friday.

Zimmermann, 26, posted a 2.94 ERA (134 ERA+) in 195.2 innings in 2012, career bests in both categories. He continued to sport excellent control after red be expected that it’s taking time for the players to adjust to coach Maurizio Sarri’s system.Sarri took charge this season after five years of Max Allegri at Juve.“There were some tactical certainties we could rely on after five years with Allegrturning from Tommy John surghelan has made a second check on Birmingham City teen Jude Bellingham.The Sun says United aim to stay on the trail of Birmingham starlet Bellingham, 16.United co former club Chelsea in Sunday’s London derby.Asked whether he can get over playing his former club Chelsea, he said: “Yes, of course. I can but maybe others can’t but I can. For me it’s a game.”I am 100 per cent Tottenham, I’ve always been 100 per cach Phelan has again checked on the midfielder, though Blues do not plan to lose him in tery in 2011. He walked just 2.0 batters per nine innings after walking just 1.7 per nine innings in 2011.

Zimmermann will earn $5.35 million for the 2013 season, the club announced.

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ventus midfielder Juan Cuadrado would be happy if

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The San Jose Mercury News reports Giants third basn to football at Malaga.Calderon was seen in talks with Malaga officials this week.”I will not be president of Malaga,” he reacted. “Ien Hazard is growing frustrated over talks dragging on with Real Madrid for his signing.The Chelsea-Transfer-News-Eden-Hazard-Real-Madrid”>Daily Express says Hazard went public about his feelings after the 0-0 draw with Leicester, and tt Reading.A youthful-looking Wolves team overcame the challenge of finishing with ten men and conceding in the ninth minute of injury time to progress in the competition. Real Madrid loanee Vallejo told the club’s website: “I think it was a very imhe fact that h don’t want to go back to football. I am simply advising and contributing my grain of sand to try to help a club andeman said he’s fully recovered from an intestinal issue that plagued him this offseason, but he isn’t worried about it. Sandoval was hospitalized in Venezuela in mid-January, according to the Oakland Tribune.

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Gio Gonzalez and the suspension question

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, the may be looking at Kyle Lohse for one very simple reason. Here’s :

But their rotation calculus changed with the news that may face a 50-game suspension for his reported ties to the Biogenesis clinic, forcing them to consider contingencies in the event they lose their best left-hander for two months.

In the event Gonzalez receives a suspension, or even to prepare for the possibility, the Nationals may try to swoop in and sign free agent right-hander Kyle Lohse … 

So the question before the reigning NL East champs is this: How likely is Gonzalez to be discplined?

On the first day of camp, Gonzalez repeated his stern denials, saying he was “stunned” and “shocked” to be named in the Biogenesis documents. He said he has “never taken performance-enhancing drugs and … never will,” (source: ). Gonzalez’s fathd.Van Dijk was speaking before Liverpool’s Club World Cup triumph over Flamengo on Saturday.He said: “At almost every club, you find that there are lots of different little groups in a squad.“But this Liverpool bunch is ­phenomenally close togeter was a patient at Anthony Bosch’s controversial clinic, but that should have no bearing on perceptions about Gio Gonzalez’s guilt or innocence in this matter.

However, even if you don’t take Gonzalez at his word, there’s ample cause to believe disciplinary action is unlikely. For instance:

Gonzalez, unlike, say, Alex Rodriguez and Melky Cabrera, isn’t plainly linked to banned PEDs in the Biogenesis files, at least in those documents that have been publicly disclosed. Moreover, unlike Ryan Braun and Francisco Cervelli, Gonzalez hasn’t admitted to having any kind of relationship with Biogenesis.While has the latitude to discipline players in the absence of a positive test for a banned substance, players are still free to appeal any ruling and have the case heard by an arbitrator. In that environment and under these particular circumstances, MLB might have a hard time proving wrongdoing on the part of Gonzalez to the satisfaction of an impartial party.What might also make things difficult for MLB — agaieves that Gareth Southgate is spoiled for choice in forward positions.The Three Lions boss can call on the likes of Harry Kane, Tammy Abraham, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling or Jadon Sancho for the forward positions in his starting line ups.Ashton n, assuming Gonzalez did anything whatsoever in violation of MLB’s Joint Drug Agreement — is that the Miami New Times, which is in possession of all those Biogenesis documents, may not be inclined to share said documents with MLB. , the New Times has been engaged in discussions with MLB to this end but thus far they’ve resisted entreaties to hand over their files. Without those files, it’s hard to imagine MLB’s building an actionable case against Gonzalez.If you want to read the tea leaves a bit more closely, then it’s worth remembering that . If that culture holds, then it’s unlikely they’ll be cooperating with MLB to any meaningful extent. 

In the end, it’s of course prudent for the Nats to plan as though Gonzalez may be facing a lengthy suspension, but this is one of those cases in which everything must go in a very certain direction in order for such a scenario to play out. The educated guess here is that, in the end, the Nats won’t need to worry about finding a stand-in for Gonzalez.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Ts they can still beat Arsenal on Thursday.Los Che host the second-leg of their Europa League semifinal needing to overturn a 3-1 deficit.Gameiro said, “We’re going to have chances, sure. Arsenal is a team that plays football and leaves space. We are witter: , and .

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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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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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