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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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.

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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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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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ill be alongside Derby boss Phillip Cocu in the du

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reliever has been oed by his own England fans.Van Dijk defended Gomez after his row with Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling and has called for people to “leave him alone”.”It’s disappointing to see,” Van Dijk said of England supporters’ treatment toward Gomez.”I”falling in love” with his slider this spring, according to the Seattle Times.

“I know that at 1-0, I can come back with a slider and almost steal a strike,” he said. “Guys are hunting my fastball so hard, especially on fast Luiz is aware of why his teammate Eden Hazard may want to leave.While everyone at the Blues is hoping that Hazard will sign a new deal and continue his association with the club, Luiz is realistic.He knows that the 28-year-old has an ambition to plaball counts. It’s not even a thought in their mind, so it definitely helps. It speeds up (the look of) my fastball a little bit, so that helps it out, too.”

The report also indicated that manager Eric Wedge has confidence using Capps, who has an axe coach Ernesto Valverde with no compensation due, it has been revealed.Valverde is under pressure after Barca’s Champions League collapse at Liverpool this week.Sport says in his new contract there exists an exit clause which can be activated bstruck out seven of the last nine batters he faced.

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striker Olivier Giroud after Thursday’s victory o

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pitcher turned in a dominant performance in Friday’s game against the Rangers in Cactus League play.

Cain, who made his fifth start of the spring, tossed five scoreless innings and allowed just two hits in a 5-2 victory. He also struck out two and did not issue told Liverpool they’ll keep upld has become one the hottest properties in Europe over the past few months.The Sunclaims that Arsenal boss Unai Emery is a huge fan of Dembele and wants to add him to the squad.But it appears that he will have competition. PSG are interested, while the pressure as they target a third successive United.Anderson, who lives in Whitley Bay, agreed terms with the Magpies after turning 17 on Wednesday and has been involved in the under-23 squad this term. “I’m delighted to be signing a professional contract with Newcastle United,” the teenager e Premier league title.City earned a hard-fought 3-1 win away to Everton after league leaders Liverpool beat Sheffield United to keep up their 100% record.”We knew Liverpool a walk as he improved his ERA to 3.60.

“I felt good in the bullpen (warming up before the game),” Cain said. “I thought about where I wanted to throw. I was confident throwing whatever I wanted. The misses weren’t as big.”

Cain was 16-5 in 32 starts in 2012 and has been tabbed the opening day starter April 1 against the Dodgers.

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

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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 .

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s serious.The centre half was forced off after 19

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Houston top pitching prospect made his first spring start on Mondon Brazilian great Roberto Carlos.The Bosnia & Herzegovina international has studied a whole host of players in his position ever since he started playing football as a young boy.”My No 1 is Roberto Carlos,” Kolasinac told arsenal.com, when askeday against the Tigers. Cosart did not pitch well as he allowed four hits, three runs and four walks over two-plus innings, reports .com. “I know I’ve got five, six, seven more times out before Spring Training is oveontract if he’s to join Manchester United.The Arsenal-Spurs-Zaha-Chelsea-latest-gossip-updates”>Daily Express says Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri has claimed the Argentina international wants no clause in his contract that would see his wages rer,” he said. “I have to put this one behind me. Any time I can make an impression with the coaching staff and front office — whoever happens to be here — it’segrets leaving Real Madrid for PSG.The goalkeeper left Madrid in August for Real, where Thibaut Courtois has struggled this season.But Keylor says: “My adaptation is going very well, with the city, the club, my teammates and the championship. The res huge for me. I can take some positives, but I know for the most part what I need to work on, which is going to be huge for me going forward.”

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Alexander Sorloth is set to be offloaded by Crysta

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

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old.The South Londoner was a junior at Chelsea alo

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Mariners pitcher saw his first action of the spring on Monday against the Angels but did not fair too weourinho enjoyed another dig at Luke Shaw after their victory over Chelsea.Mourinho has warned Old Trafford signing Harry Maguire he “will have to learn” how to play alongside the left-back.The new Sky Sports pundit said: “When Maguire gets drawn out ll. He allowed three runs on two hits with a walk over an inning of work. The right-hander surrendered a three-run homer to and ended up throwing 17 pitches, 11 for strikes. “It wasn’t the way I wanted it go, but it wa Lionel Messi insists his relationship with Antoine Griezmann is rock solid.There’s been claims from Griezmann’s end that he and Messi do not get along.But the Argentine told Mundo Deportivo: “How’s it going with Griezmann? We have a good relationshis good to get out there and get my feet wet again,” Bonderman said. “It was good to get the first one out of the way, but it’s no excuse. I have to go out there and get ? Here are 10 of the top stories, from new signings and departures to a farewell for a Spanish legend.REAL MADRID CLOSE GAP AT THE TOPBarcelona went into 2020 with a two-point advantage over Real Madrid at the top of the LaLiga Santander table but thouts.”

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is RB Leipzig loan.Ampadu has not managed any play

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The Rockies signed pitcher to a minor-leagu hit the ground running for Southampton last season.The striker made his loan move from Liverpool permanent this summer.And Ings feels excited for the season with a solid preseason under his belt.Speaking to the Daily Echo, Ings said: “I think it wase contract on Sunday. The Denver Post reports the deal ier Ruben Loftus-Cheek admits he models his game on club icon Frank Lampard.He admits he wants to improve his goalscoring like the Derby County manager.RLC said, “He was obviously the best at that. I studied him a lidfielder Marco Verratti has heaped praise on Chelsea playmaker Jorginho.The pair were outstanding for Italy’s win in Greece on Saturday.”We work well together and Jorginho really reminds me of Thiago Motta, someone who also played it simple, but madot in the Academy with my coaches, hs worth $1.5 million. Volstad went 3-12 with a 6.31 ERA in 21 starts for the Cubs last season.

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Cool photo of the day: AT&T Park during World Series

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I have made two contributions to the world of photography: looking at it and occasionally embedding it in a blog post. In other words, I know little of the craft. I know only when I like something. And this photographic rendering of the ‘ AT&T Park during the most recent World Series is, I declare, Something I Like. Dig it …

The image is from Elmofoto.com, . Clouds! Boats! Distant Oakland! High-stakes baseball!

I also have no idea how Mr./Ms. Elmofoto made the image look like a hyper-realistic painting, but the effect is pretty arresting. As with most things that elude me, I chalk it up to sorcery.

Clouds!

For more basebalhope of convincing David de Gea to sign a new deal.The Guardian says discussions have been ongoing for months and despite no development yet there is still hope he will sign despite them beis racing to get fit for their key Premier League clash against Manchester United.The Hornets take on the Red Devils as they look to gain more points for league survival on Sunday.And they will be happy to know that Femenia, who was out with a hamstring some distance from reaching an agreement.T is happy playing for manager Eddie Howe.There are no secrets behind Bournemouth’s sustainability in the top-flight. To Nathan Ake, the bedrock of the Cherries defence, the answer is simple.”Hard work as a team,” Ake told the Daily Express.”I think the Spaniard’s rl news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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Your 2012 AL Rookie of the Year (Non-Mike Trout division)

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(US Presswire)

It hardly seems fair. Any number of restaurant-quality rookie campaigns in the AL are going to be overlooked because decided to foil the suspense by authoring perhaps the greatest debut season in history. So let us give the distant remainder its due.

We’re asking this: In a lesser universe in which Trout did not exist (perish this thought), who should have been AL Rookie of the Year?

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put ‘s in second place and also found ‘ , ‘s and Oakland’s worthy of mention.

Elsewhere, of the and of the A’s merit a nod, but both lacked the playing time necessary for serious consideration. On the pitching side, down-ballot worthies included  of the A’s, of the , of the , of the Rays, of the and Kelvin Herrera of the . They, however, don’t stack up to Darvish or Parker (and neither does Chen, for that matter).

So the merits of each serious contender not named Mike Trout:

Cespedes dgers is determined not to pay over the odds for Harry Maguire’s replacement.Manchester United are set to swell the Leicester boss’ transfer kitty by a cool £85million to sign the Enited hero Gary Neville for celebrating Liverpool blowing their unbeaten Premier League run.The Reds, who return to league action against Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday lunchtime, saw their hopes of going the entirety of the 2019/20 Premier Leaguegland defender.Asked if he feared having to pay a premium now selli… He batted .292/.356/.505 and averaged an extra-base hit every 9.2 at-bats, and he did all that despite playing his home games in a pronounced pitcher’s park. On the bases, he swiped 16 bags in 20 attempts. His value in the field, though, is up for debate. The A’s liked him enough to allow him to log almost half his defensive innings in center, but the eye test suggests he’s not a plus glove at the position. He does, however, look much better in left, where he spent the narrow majority of his time. Ultimate Zone Rating doesn’t seem to think much of Cespedes’ defense, but those numbers are simply not to be trusted across single-year samples. While Cespedes’ reads off the bat leave a bit to be desired, he has more than enough speed to paper over that shortcoming. I’m comfortable calling him an asset in left.

Darvish … Like Cespedes, he toiled in a home yard that was hostile toward his interestsclosing on an agreement with Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes.The Benfica-star-Gedson-Fernandes-18-month-loan-deal.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mail says Spurs are close to agreeing terms over an 18-month loan for Fernandes.The 21-year-old had been. In spite of that backdrop, Darvish posted a 116 ERA+ across 191 1/3 innings, ranked fifth in the AL in strikeouts and did a good job of keeping the ball in the park. Walks were an occasional problem, but he showed much better command after making some mechanical tweaks in early August. Darvish’s peripherals say his ERA should’ve been better than it was.

Parker … He notched a 114 ERA+ in 181 1/3 innings, so he falls just short of Darvish on those fronts. Parker’s K rate left a bit to be desired, but he made up for it by generally keeping the ball on the ground.

The call … Cespedes’ case would be air-tight if he hadn’t missed more than 30 games to various hand and leg injuries. Even so, Cespedes is the choice. The completeness of his game in tandem with the inherent advantage that position players have over pitchers when it comes to overall value makes Cespedes the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year.

Except for Mike Trout, of course.

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

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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 .

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Michael Brantley undergoes sports hernia surgery

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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 .

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