has not been the subject of any formal offers – y

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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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ubstitution incident in the Carabao Cup final last

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general manager Jon Daniels tolinternational has found himself frozen out in preseason under new coach Maurizio Sarri.Tuttosport says Can could be on the move – and PSG sports chief Leonardo is ready to pounce.Leonardo is eager to add another midfielder to coach Thomas Tuchel’s sqd MLB.com on Tuesday that prospect will concentrate on playing third base at Triple-A Round Rock. Olt batted just .194 with two homers and five RBI in 19 Cactus League games before being optioned last week. The 24-year-olre interested in midfield pair Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal.Inter, Juventus and AC Milan are all keen on the duo.Cardoner told Tuttosport: “If they don’t play so much it’s because, as our coach has explained several times, we have a lot of players id ays David De Gea is back to his best after Sunday’s 3-3 draw with Sheffield United.The Spaniard pulled off a fine double save to deny David McGoldrick’s left-footed shot from outside the box.He also stopped a John Lundstram header, and Neville was miplayed a couple of different positions while in camp with Texas.

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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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ve Bull has backed Raul Jimenez to become the club

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

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s summer.TMW says Juventus, AC Milan and Inter all

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starter was knocke to Burnley.Farke says that his young squad can sometimes learn more from a loss, after they were defeated 2-0 by Burnley on Saturday.“I would prefer to learn all our lessons from wins if I’m honest,” he said. “I’m never happy with a loss, but sod around in Friday’s Cactus League contest against the Royals. Wilson, who made his fourth start of the spring, was charged with eight runs — six earned — on eight hits in just 2 2/3 innings of work. He allowed a three-run home run to Eric Hosmer and a solo shot to Jeff Francoeur in the third inning before he was pulled. He also struck out five and walked. His ERA stands at 7.11 this sprIghalo at Manchester United.Ighalo played for both Udinese and Watford, two clubs owned by the Pozzo family, before leaving for China and Shanghai Shenhua.Ighalo is now on-loan at United and made his debut in victory at Chelsea on Monday night.Marinoing.

“In spring training, you have toved their win on Saturday.Despite holding the hosts to a goalless scoreline at half-time, goals from Jorginho and Willian after the break inflicted a third Premier League defeat of the season on Potter’s hard-working side in south-west London.He said take everything with a grain of salt,” Wilson said. “The infield is a little bit hard. The ball travels really well. The adrenaline isn’t quite there.”

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With David Ortiz out indefinitely, the are expected to use a mix of players in the first base/DH spot. You may want to take a closer look at . In 102 at-bats last year with the Red Sox, Gomez hit .275 with two home runs, five doubles and 17 RBI. At 28 years old, that’s his only major-league experience. 

But Gomez is more than a happy wanderer destined to remain in the minors. He’s hit .306 the last two seasons in Triple-A, with 48 home runs and 68 doubles in 893 at-bats. And this was in the pitcher-friendly Internatientino Perez will not consider doing business over Paul Pogba at Manchester United’s current asking price.Despite Real coach Zinedine Zidane’s demands, Florentino refuses to be held to ransom by United.Tuttosport says United are refusing to budge froonal League. Gomy boss Pep Guardiola has jumped to the defence of Jurgen Klopp regarding his upcoming FA Cup replay against Shrewsbury Town.The Reds are set to field a team of youngsters, along with the youth team coach, for the match.It falls during the period the ez was blocked in the Atlanta system by Freddie Freeman. He’s blocked in Boston by Ortiz and Mike Napoli. But given the chance last year, Gomez proved he could hit at the major-league level.

If he’s the primary fill-in to start 2013, Gomez could be a great source of power and average. I’m grabbing him late in AL-only leagues. And if there’s any indication he will be the main replacement if Ortiz continue.For the left-back, a comment made by Valdano really struck him.”A few days before the final a former Real Madrid player had said something about me on TV that stuck in my head,” Marcelo wrote for the The Players’ Tribune, referring to Valdano who was to battle heel pain, Gomez could work his way into 15-team mixed consideration as an early-season sleeper. 

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The Reds made their first big cuts of the 2013 spring training season on Tuesday and among those optioned to Triple-A Louisville were starting p into while playing the derby on Saturday night.The home burglary occurred with his wife and daughter inside, says El Chiringuito.The Brazilian is the latest in a string of players to be hit while with their teams. Casemiro lives in La Moraleja, one itcher candidates and . Pitcheds winger Steven Bergwijn has described Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk as an “absolute beast”.The young PSV star says he has learned a lot from playing alongside the imposing centre-back.”Van Dijk is an absolute beast,” Bergwijn told Goaland Voetbalzrs and were optioned to Double-A Pensacola. Pitcher and outfielder were sent to Class A Bakersfield, while pitcher was optioned to Class A Dayton. Several others were reassigned to minorr River Plate midfielder Nicolas de la Cruz.The Uruguayan youngster helped Marcelo Gallardo’s River Plate reach this year’s Copa Libertadores final, which was won by Flamengo last week.Marca says City chiefs are so impressed they’re willing to pay MO league camp and they are as follows: RHP , RHP , C , IF Kristopher Negron and OF .

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ighs up leaving Gremio.The Brazil star shone as hi

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is under pressure at the Nou Camp after a stuttering start to the season.TNT says Barca are searching out alternatives, with Gallardo high on the agenda.Indeed, the Argentine has already spoken with Barca management, but he replied that he could not

Astros starting pitcher continued his rocky spring Friday against the Braves, allowing six runs on seven hits in only two-thirds of an inning. He has allowed 14 earned runs in five innings this spring. “Definitely not concerned, but I don’t think anybody’s happy with giving up runs after runs,” the 22-year-old right-hander said. “It’s part of the game, but I think next time I’ll start mixing in my cutter and slider. I think the results will be different when I start mixing in all those pitches and start going for outs more than quality strikes.” Manager Bo Porter agreed. “There are some things that we would want to address. The ball looks elevated a little bit,” Porter said. “But we’re not worried about it. We’re going to continue to work, he’s going to continue to get the balnjoying his record-breaking loan with PSG.Icardi has become the quickest player to score 10 goals for the Parisians.“I didn’t know that and it’s a source of pride to achieve this kind of thing and make history for a team like Paris Saint-Germain,” l. There’s stilRomelu Lukaku took his Inter Milan teammates to dinner this week.The striker used the moment to thank the squad for the way they have welcomed him.“I’m very happy to be here with you,” he said during a speech around the table. “Thanks for the help you’ve given me. This is a special group.”l a lot of time left in spring training, and we feel confident he’ll be ready to go when the season starts. We expect him to be part of our rotation.”

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GIF: Ryan Flaherty ranges to his right for amazing play

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Utility man played six different positions for the last year, but he only spent one inning at shortstop. BaltimTimm Klose hopes to be back from a serious knee injury by the end of the season.The Switzerland international missed the start of the season because of hip trouble, afa Benitez won’t rule out a return to Serie A.The former Napoli coach is being linked with Roma.He said, “I’d prefer not to talk about that at the moment. My friends told me several rumours about Serie A interest. “I like Italian football, that mucnd then suffered what turned out to be a long-term issue on his first appearance in ore is trying to get him more time at the position this spring, and on Wednesday afternoon he did this:

It helped that Juan Rivera was pulling his tractor down the line, but my goodness. You’re not going to see many shortstops range that far to their right and still make an on-the-money throw over to first. That one deserves a high-five and a butt-slap.

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For more basebalFormer Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny took a massive pay-cut to move to Bordeaux.Koscielny refused to travel with the Gunners on their pre-season tour of America before returning to France with Bordeaux.He also angered fans with his unveiling videl news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

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close the teen came from being lost to Barcelona

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The Arizona Republic reports Wednesday that Diamondbacks pitcher lost 10-15 poeason.Rondon has been on-loan at Newcastle from West Brom.Rondon said: mouth is demanding huge money to sell Nathan Ake.Sky Sports says Bournemouth have told Leicester City that they’ll have to part with £75million if they want to make Ake their replacement for Harry Maguire.The Cherries think that because Ake is two y“Better with age? For me, yes. It’s like a wine! I try to be healthy all the time. I am getting older so I have to work more than the young players. I have to work really hard aunds over the offseason after changing his diet. In fact, manager Kirk Gibson said he looks like a “totally different guy.” Cahill wanted to beconvolved with the club with helping them achieve Europa League qualification – including the chef!The Molineux outfit have sealed a seventh placed finish after only being promoted from the Championship last season.Nuno said: “To do it the way we did ime a better fielder after struggling in that role last year. “His body is different,” Gibson said. “I think he’s worked a lot on his athleticism. He’s leaned out.”

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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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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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League to have Jose Mourinho back in the dugout.Th

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

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

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is among the Phillies’ non-roster invitees to banager Jurgen Klopp’s team cannot be regarded as great – for the moment.So far, Liverpool have reached back-to-back Champions League finals, achieving European and world champion status. They almost certain to end 30-year wait for a league title in 2ig-league camp this spring, and though he doesn’t have a real chance of making the team, the 22-year-old can further establish himself as the club’s third baseman of the future, according to MLB.com. “He came a long way last year,” said general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. “We talked about it a lot, that he made a mechanical adjustment.” After hitting only .192 in 239 at-bats as a first-year bian Delph feels good times are around the corner at Everton under manager Carlo Ancelotti.The Toffeemen have won five and drawn two of their eight games under the former AC Milan, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich boss, which has taken them to wity.Unai Emery is still on the look out for defensive reinforcements after signing David Luiz and Kieran Tierney in the summer and the Wolves man may fit the bill, says The Sun.Boly, 28, joined Wolves in 2017 and won promotion to the Premier League in hin fipro in 2011, Asche hit .324 with 12 homers and an .849 OPS in 518 at-bats between Class A and Double-A last year. “He seems to be one of those baseball rat type guys, where he’s not going allow impediments to stop him,” Amaro said. “We’ll see how he continues to progress. Obviously, he’s got a chance to swing the bat. He’s got a chance to be a decent third baseman. We’ll see how he progresses.”

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