ll return to Manchester United this summer.Inter M


returned to the lineup Thursday after a week of dealing s record-breaking win at Southampton kicked off an entertaining weekend of Premier League action that saw the previous week’s paltry tally of 17 goals more than doubled. The highlight was perhaps Friday’s non-contest, although Liverpool and Tottenhamwith back tightness. The second baseman went 0 for 3.

But the big news for Solano was his placement in the lineup — second, directly in front of Giancarlo Stanton. If the Marlins use Thursday’s lineup during the regular season — a good chance, as these late-spring lineups usually reflect managers’ preferences — Solano looks a lot better as a second-base sleeper in deepern’s move for Roma striker Edin Dzeko.The former Italy star is a big fan of the Bosnian.He said, “I believe Dzeko is the most complete striker in Italy. He is strong physically, has technique Anro insists ex-Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is interested in a move to the club.Previous reports linking the 37-year-old LA Galaxy star with a switch to the Argentine giants had been denied by Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola, althou, good in the air, can shoot with both feet. He scores goals leagues because he should be scoring often if he can reach base in front of Stanton.


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For the first time since second baseman went down with a rib injury last month, the expressed some concern that he might not be reManchester United defender Eric Bailly is adamant his Instagram account was hacked amid surprising social media activity from the Ivorian.Screenshots appeared on social media of Bailly’s account ‘ericbailly24’ apparently liking derogatory comments abady for tstle United are close to announcing the transfer of Joelinton from Hoffenheim.The 22-year-old Brazilian attacker is joining as the club’s record transfer.Per Chronicle Live, the announcement will be made by the end of this week.The versatile forward he start of the regular season. Manager Terry Collins said Sunday that Murphy will stay sidelined until at least Wednesday while he recovers from a strained intercostal muscle.

The 27-year-old has yet to McCann admits he wants to sign Liverpool midfielder Herbie Kane.Kane starred under McCann at Doncaster Rovers last term and the boss is keen to take him to the Championship.“Herbie’s top class, he really is,” he said. “He’s a Liverpool player. H play in a Grapefruit League game with New York after originally suffering the injury Feb. 18. If Murphy — and David Wright — are unavailable for opening day, is expected to patrol second base for the Mets while Justin Turner takes third.

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reliev Park.Borja arrived in January from Swansea City.He told Marca: “I had several offers, but the Aston Villa is a historic club in the Premier. “Also, (Pepe) Reina and Jota are helping me a lot in the adaptation.” Villa meet Manchester City in the Caraer  made an emergency srn Munich are maintaining a watching brief on Philippe Coutinho’s situation at Barcelona.Despite the deal for Inter Milan midfielder Ivan Perisic, BILD says Bayern’s interest in Coutinho remains alive.For the moment, Bayern are keeping tabs on the mitart for Kyle McClellan Sunday against the Mariners in Cactus League play. The left-hander rose to the occasion as he tossed three perfect innings of work and struck out two. Kirkman has extended his scoreless streak to nine innings and has allowed just three hits in five outings this spring. 

Kirkman is expected to see a greater role this season, especially with seven of the eight bullpen roles still undefined for the Rangers. 

“I don’t see myself as anything right now,” Kirkman said before his emergency start. “I can go in there and get any lefty out, but I think I can go out there and pitch three or four innings, too. Whatever [Washington] needs that night, I French great Luis Fernandez has used Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to take aim at PSG coach Thomas Tuchel.Fernandez has praised Klopp for the way he improves his players.He said, “Thomas Tuchel p***ed me off with the kids. Just look at what another Gerfeel I can go out there and do it.” 

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Jedd Gyorko has hit 55 home runs in the last two minor league seasons combined. His average nevon.The striker, who spent last season on loan at Newcastle United, is set to be reunited with manager Rafa Benitez.With Benitez taking over at the Chinese club this summer, his first piece of business is to bring Rondon to the Super League.Sky Sportser dipped below .300 in any of his three minor league campaigns. He also stole 12 bases in 2011. And San Diego moved the fences in at PETCO. There’s really nothing not to like about Gyorko. I have two minor notes of caution, though:

1. Gy-progress.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mail says Marco Silva was sacked as manager on December 5, with Duncan Ferguson taking interim charge of the last two matches, but now the Toffees are close to appointing a permanent successor in the form ofsistant coach Per-Joar Hansen is well aware of the transfer interest swirling around RB Salzburg striker Ering Haaland.The teenage forward is being celebrated across Europe after his Champions League hat-trick last week against Genk. The treble in th Anceorko will start the year with only third base eligibility in Fantasy, so make sure you have another MI/2B option for the first week or two.2. If Gyorko starts off slowly, there have other options at second base, including Logan Forsythe and Alexi Amarista (assuming Everth Cabrera starts at short).

Still, Gyorko’s exciting and has a ton of power, and has .

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GIF: Ryan Flaherty ranges to his right for amazing play


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.


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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The Boston Globe reports Red Sox manager John Farrell said is making progress as he begins to tweak his delivery. “The delivery you see now is like he was before,” Farrell said. “The lead leg was like a swinging gate, collapse on the backside, lost that downward plane. He’s made some tangible adjustments in camp. They started late last season.” Lester has seen a drop in velocity the last two seasod by England.The winger, who has been a revelation for United since arriving from Swansea this summer, made his full Wales debut last year.Despite being born in Hull, James has represented Wales from U17 to U21 level.”[My father] took me to a camp inns, but Farrell isn’t overly concerned. “It could be he’s logged 1,000 innings the last five years and there’s going to be a natural effect,” Farfor CSKA Moscow striker Fedor Chalov is heating up ahead of the winter market.Chalov, 21, remains a target for Crystal Palace, which failed with an offer for the Russia international last summer.However, Chelsea have also made enquiries in the past wrell said. Lester madenjury.He insists the Chelsea midfielder was pulled out of the France line-up to face Iceland as a precaution.Kante handed Chelsea boss Frank Lampard a fresh injury worry by limping off with a groin problem in the warm-up ahead of France’s Euro 2020 q his Grapefruit debut Sunday against the Cardinals. He pitched two perfect innings and struck out one batter.

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Cardinals interested in shortstop Ronny Cedeno


The are among the teams interested in shortstop , according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

The Cardinals are entering the season with some question marks at short. is penciled in as the team’s starter, but he’s currently rehabbing from an elbow injl Madrid.The Real Madrid hero is in his first season as a head coach with Seguacing Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.The two teams will meet in Saturday’s Copa del Rey final at the Estadio Benito Villamarin in Seville.”Messi is one of those game-changing players, but we can’t get obsessed with him,” Angulo told EFE.”I imaginda Division Almeria.Speaking with Universo Valdano, Guti snapped: “I would have liked a recognition, a tribute match (when he left). “I felt the emptiness from a club inury. filled in for Furcal admirably, but his numbers were boosted by a .415 batting average on balls in play. Cedeno would be a nice fallback option for the team if neither player is able to produce at the start of the season.

Cedeno, 29, spent last season with the Mets. In 186 plate appearances with the team, he hit .259/.332/.410. 

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors fromelling Kylian Mbappe.PSG teammate Neymar is again being linked with Real Madrid ahead of the summer market, however Tebas says it’s more likely Mbappe will be the one sold.He told Cadena SER: “If Neymar will return (to Spain)? No.”He has cost PSG so bloggers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow.

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League to have Jose Mourinho back in the dugout.Th


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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Phillies, Rangers talk about trade for Michael Young


NASHVIop 18 points and still finish the season champions.The league leaders took another huge step towards their first title in 30 years with a 2-1 victory over Wolves at Molineux last night.Klopp revealed afterwards that he had lost count how David Luiz.Despite the positivity from Arsenal fans surrounding the unexpected £8million deal, former Chelsea fullback Johnson has sent the Brazilian’s new team-mates a warning.“David Luiz is a winner, you have to agree. He’s won all sorts of tromany points LLE, Tenn. — The Phillies and Rangers have talked about a trade that would send Michael Young to Philadelphia to play third base.Sources confirmed that the two teams have discussed the deal, and the Dalla simply throw cash at this one. And no, we’re not talking about appeal lawyers and that UEFA ban…The Champions League suspension – for two seasons – is a setback for City. But UEFA’s ruling isn’t the biggest hurdle now confronting the board and mans Morning News that the teams were in “advanced talks.” The News said that the Rangers would likely eat more than half of Young’s $16 million salary for 2013, the final year of what was a five-year contract.The Rangers have tried to trade Young before, nearly dealing him to the Rockies two winters ago, after they signed Adrian Beltre to play third base. In two seasons since then, Young has spent about half his time as a designated hitter and the other half moving around the infield.Young is 36 years old and is coming off a poor season in which his OPS dropped to a career-low .682. He would still be a significant upgrade for the Phillies, who at this point have only Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis as possible third basemen.

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


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.


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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Report: White Sox interested in Jack Hannahan


After signing to a three-year contract, the are left-handed third baseman , Scott Merkin of .com reported Wednesday.

Keppinger will ostensibly be the starting third baseman for the White Sox with his new long-term contract. However, Keppinger has struggled against right-handers over his career, hitting just .269/.321/.358 in 1918 plate appearances.

Hannahan could form the left-handed side of a platoon. However, he’s a better fielder than a hitter, and even against righties he only owns a career .233/.318/.363 line in more than 1,200 plate appearances. Perhaps the White Sox believe their homer-friendly park can signed by Tottenham.The Dutchman conceded he would be a big loss to the team but was not surprised Tottenham had to break their transfer record to landn Tuesday to book their place in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.Nicolas Otamendi and Sergio Aguero had the hosts up by two goals at half-time, before the latter added his second for the game after 56 minutes.Jack Stephens grabbed a consolation for Sa his services, as he is built for the Premier League.“Tanguy is a wonderful character to have in unlock some of Hannahan’s power — he’s spent his entire career in pitcher-friendly parkhester United last month.Rondon has revealed he had interest from United on transfer deadline day before the club eventually opted to sign Odion Ighalo on-loan from Shanghai Shenhua.Like Ighalo, Rondon is known to Premier League sides after featurings (Oakland, Seattle, Cleveland).

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Report: Yankees will consider offering Robinson Cano contract extension


The will discuss whether to try to negotiate a contract extension with before he becomes a free agent at the end of 2013, to Joel Sherman of the NewKean said no to Arsenal as he signed for Everton from Juventus.The youngster shocked everyone by agreeing to a move to the Premier League from the Italian champions.It is a deal that could rise to £36 million, with Juventus needing to balance their York Post.

As per Sherman, it is against the organization’s policy to negotiate extensions with players before they reach free agency, but the Yankees might break protocol in an attempt to save money on a potential deal.

The Yankees own a $15 million option (with a $2 million buyout) on Cano for 2013 that is all but certain to be exercised. That would put the total value of thLiverpool.Dyche felt the Clarets were the victims of a clinical Liverpool side as they became the Reds’ 13th successive premier League victims.A fortuitous own goal from Chris Wood, who deflected an intended cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold, broke te contract that Cano signed in 2008 at $57 million over six seasons.

Cano hit .313/.379/.550 with a career-high 33 home runs in 697 plate appearances this season. He was limited to just one hit in 18 plate appearances against the Tigers in the ALCS.

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Jaudi Garcia will leave Marseille at the end of the season – and Benitez is a target.Benitez comes off contract next month and is on the agenda of the OM board.The Spaniard’s experience and career success is attractive to OM and he would also find counck Moore and R.J. White, follow .

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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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GIF: Alfredo Aceves really doesn’t like Bobby Valentine


This has long since gotten out of hand, but it’s so bad now the may have to fire Bobby Valentine before the season ends. Remember this, from about a week-and-a-half ago?

That set off a confrontation between Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine and relief pitcher . The two eventually had to be separated. And the problem obviously hasn’t gone away.

Wednesday night, Aceves took his public disdain for Valentine to another level, the likes of which are rarely seen on a major-league mound:

It may be subtle, but note that Aceves refuses to look at Valentine and then makes an effort to run around his teammates instead of simply passing directly by his manager, like every other pitcher in the game does every time he’Tottenham Hotspur are leading the race to sign PSV winger Steven Bergwijn.Ajax and Manchester United have also shown an interest in the lively 21-year-old. However, Sky Sports says Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is a huge fan of the Netherlands international and is pushingierre-Emerick Aubameyang can improve on his goal tally from last season. The Gabon international opened his 2019/20 account by scoring the only goal in Sunday’s win over Newcastle United.Asked if Aubameyang could eclipse his total of 22 goals from la the club to make a deal.The report claims Bergwijn could depart PSV for £35m.s removed from a game. Knowing what we know about Valentine vs. Aceves — and also considering Aceves hasn’t done this before — it’s a good bet this was intentional. If it was, it was a total lack of professionalism from Aceves.

Sidebar: Why did Valentine smell the baseball not once, but twice?

Foanuary.Moyes was appointed as Manuel Pellegrini’s successor at The Hammers over the weekend.Speaking on Monday, the Scot refused to get drawn into discussing a potential move.He did, however, suggest that he will be opening the chequebook in the Janur more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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Photo: Elliot Johnson’s face the morning after


‘s was gunned down at the plate by ‘s to end Friday night’s game. Johnson ran into Blue Jays catcher at the plate and ended up scraping his face in the d hasn’t dropped his long-term interest in Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho.Sport says United have lodged an enquiry over the availability of Coutinho.The Brazil international has struggled on loan at Bayern Munich this season and Solskjaer is mirt around home plate.

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You can see Johnson’s face was bloodied on the plate. Check out how he looked on Saturday morning. Arsenal.The 19-year-old has been with Arsenal since he was eight, but he spent last season on loan at German club Hoffenheim.Nelson, who started for Arsenal in Sunday’s 1-0 win at Newcastle, has revealed how his aim is to make it at the Emirates and The picture on the left is from the Associated Press, while teammate tweeted the picture on the right:

Tampa Bay’s called Johnson “Two-Face,” in reference to the Batman villain, .

Johnson did pass the postgame concussion test, but had trouble sleeping and putting his contact lens in his left eye. He also had a sore hip that kept him from running at 100 percent, he said.

For more baseball news, rumors and anaottenham defender Toby Alderweireld says the players are now adjusting to manager Jose Mourinho’s system.Their 0-0 draw at Watford was a first away clean sheet in the Premier League since New Year’s Day 2019.”You only see us improving,” said Alderweilysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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