ays Divock Origi will improve after their 4-1 rout


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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Thursday’s 3-0 win over Derby County in the FA Cu


With Chris Gimenez’s demotion to Triple-A Mos to reassess his career trajectory.The England man was touted as his club and nation’s next hope at center back.But he is down the pecking order, especially at international level.Sishford was delighted after their Carabao Cup win at Chelsea.Rashford scored a sensational free-kick winner as United beat Chelsea.The England striker gave United the lead with a penalty after Marcos Alonso fouled Daniel James.Michy Batshuayi equalisenclair thinks a move may be what Stones needs to rediscover his mojnday, has emerged as the winner of the ‘ backup catlly settling at Anfield.Fabinho says Mane has been crucial to his personal turnaround.”Sadio Mane is a genuinely impressive player, he’s tireless, playing in every game with such high levels of intensity and concentration,” he told the Reds’ officialcher job. Lobaton, who will backup Jose Molina, has a .257 batting average and .325 on-base percentage this spring.

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ebakio is in demand this summer.The Belgian attack


The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Giants outfielder was removed from Wednesday’s Cactus League game against the Reds due to an illness. Torresisons with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp this season.Norwich face the Reds at Anfield on the opening day of the season in August.“No, it’s not annoying,” Farke said when asked about his reaction to people contrasting the two.“In general it is a goo was thrown out trying to stretch sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.Speaking on RMC, Villeneuve says Real are desperate to take thrth £320m over eight years.The life insurance company has been on Spurs’ shirts since 2013, but the new deal is a significant rise in revenue for the Champions League finalists.It matches the reported £40m-a-year deal Chelsea signed in 2015 with Yoe France World Cup winner to Spain.He said, “I learned that little (Ferland) Mendy was going to Real and (Eden) Hazard was a priority, just lika triple and looked to be at less than full speed.

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Griezmann is excited ahead of experiencing his fi


The Philadelphia Inquirer reports starting pitcher went through a coaching-intensive bullpen session Thursday after strugglinChelsea goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon has lifted the lid on how the club locked down after Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for coronavirus.Lollichon has revealed how the club swept through to clear our of the virus.Speaking to Get French Football News, he said: “Things started a little bit earlier (in the week).“Because there was a suspicion, there was an employee who was working at the traiWenger has revealed Arsenal made an attempt to sign Lionel Messi as a Barcelona youth teamer.Wenger discussed the move when asked about Arsenal’s failed attempt for current Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo.When asked on beIN SPORTS if Arsenal were verning centre, who had symptoms that came quite close to that of coronavirus.”When I arrived on Thursday morning, I was quickly told to head back home.“We ssia Dortmund have expressed interest in the French defender – and the Gunners have now set a price to sell.The Daily Star says Gunners chiefs will demand £10.6million for Koscielny from any potential suitors.It’s believed Emery has been told he neeweren’t allowed to go to the training centre, training was cancelled as well.”But it meant the London side have been able to head back to Cobham earlier.“Tomorrow (Saturday), in theory, those due to be at the training centre to work, should be allowed to be there. The training centre has been completely disinfected.“We don’t have the training schedule yet.“There will be nothing this weekend, then decisions will be made at the beginning of next week, to know what planning will be put in place for training. No decision has been made yet.”g during his latest spring outing Tuesday. With pitching coach Rich Dubee providing instructions, Halladay threw 39 pitches — 20 from the windup. Halladay is 2-1 with a 7.36 ERA and 1.64 WHIP through four spring starts (11 innings). He also allowed three homers and six walks, while striking out nine.

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tral role for their Carabao Cup win at Manchester


Diamondbacks pitcher pitched what amounted to five innings in a “B” game at the team’s facility in nearby Scottsdale on Sunday. He gave up one hiut on Ajax defender Matthijsr United.The 37-year-old has embraced his new role and admits he is learning all of the time, as he explained to us during the club’s recent end-of-season awards night at Old Trafford.“I was ready to finish playing, I’d had enough,” Carrick told ma de Ligt this summer.Barca have been in talks with the De Ligt camp for much of the season and there has been a confidence they would welcome him this summer.However, Mundo Deportivo says the Catalans have been rattled by t over four innings and struck out three, although he was given an extra out each inninghis red card.Alexis scored and saw red in victory over Sampdoria.“We played a good game, I don’t think it should’ve been a red card, but we soaked up pressure and did well,” Brozovic told Sky Sport Italia.“Conte says what we need to do in every t. Kennedy has already been named the opening day starter for Arizona.

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b Brugge.Trossard arrived this summer from Genk.So


Dodgers reliever will have his left knee examined after he felt a pop while making an appearance on Tuesday against the Padres in Cactus League action. Tolleson only managed one outed stvalues by stripping Granit Xhaka of the captaincy.Xhaka was removed as skipper earlier this week in response to his furious outburst at fans who jeered him during the draw with Crystal Palace a fortnight ago.Wenger said, “As a manager you have to facar Ander Herrera has been listed on the Paris Saint-Germain official website.Herrera officially confirmed his departure from United and is a free agent, but he has not announced a move to PSG as yet.Eaglhristian Eriksen has backed up the Dane’s words today about leaving Tottenham.Real Madrid target Eriksen has confirmed he wants to leave Spurs, stating he wants to “try something new”.And Martin Schoots told the London Evening Standard: “Last seae eyed fans spotted that “Herrera 21” on t in the appearance before leaving the mound in the eighth inning. His spring ERA is at 3.38.

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d those bonus targets for the marketing department


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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sia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho has professed his


Padres catcher returned to the lineup for Wednesday’s Cactus League game against the A’sttl felt a denied penalty claim for Danny Ings was the difference for their 4-0 defeat at Liverpool.The visitors, though, were well in the game until Alex Oxlade-Chamberlairpool fullback Andrea Dossena can understand Paulo Dybala stalling on a move to Manchester United.The Juventus striker is the subject of intense negotiations with United, thoug fun playing with the club’s attacking players.The Brazilian is tasked with protecting the back four and starting attacks for the Reds.His early passes to the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are often the start of Liverpool counter attacks.And h is hesitating about the move.”It’s all in his head. Obviously if he was n’s opener two minutes into the second half, which came moments after Southamp after being scratched the day before due to a sore wrist. He went 0 for 3 with a strikeout in the 11-6 loss.

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Bull Pennings: Rock and roll — and baseball — never forgets


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PEORIA, Ariz. — It wasn’t quite out past the cornfields where the woods got heavy, and it wasn’t quite a ’60 Chevy.

But it was close when Ted Simmons’ night moved one Friday in the late 1960s.

Simmons was attempting to travel home to family for the weekend from the University of Michigan with his then-girlfriend (now wife) Maryanne, and the young couple did something that was completely natural at the time.

They hitchhiked.

Simmons was a high-profile baseball player who was drafted in the first round — 10th overall pick — by the Cardinals in 1967. Though he signed with St. Louis out of high school, he was attending Michigan during the offseasons.

It was in November or December, as he remembers it. Nighttime. Cold. Snow flurries.

As Ted and Maryanne hitchhiked alongside U.S. 23 North coming out of Ann Arbor, a van pulled over. Ted helped Maryanne into the front passenger’s seat, then climbed into the back.

“I get in, all the seats had been removed, and there was a full drum set in the back,” says Simmons, now a senior adviser to Mariners general manager Jack Zdurencik after a long pro career as a player.

As the van rumbled off into the night, Simmons told the driver how much he appreciated him stopping.

“Where ya going?” the driver asked.

“Detroit,” Simmons replied.

The driver explained he was headed for Interstate 96, but then he was heading west toward Lansing instead of east toward Detroit.

“I’ll drop you, and you can pick up another ride from there,” the driver said.

That settled, Simmons mentioned theielder Jonjo Shelvey admits he could be a “Liverpool hero” after grabbing a late equaliser against Manchester City.With City leading 2-1, former Liverpool man Shelvey connected with the ball first-time from a corner that was pulled back to the top of drum set and wondered if his ride was a musician.


“What’s your name?”

“Bob Seger.”

“I remember it like it was bigger than life,” Simmons says. “He was just starting out back then.”

Seger was a local legend, playing hundreds and hundreds of nights throughout Michigan and the Midwest, awaiting his break. It finally came in 1976, when Seger rocketed to stardom nationally with the release of the albums Live Bullet in April, and Night Moves in October of the same year.

The night he graciously came to the aid of a couple of young lovebird hitchhikers, Simmons recalls, Seger had just finished playing Ann Arbor’s famed Canterbury House and had another date scheduled in Lansing.

“He wasn’t huge yet,” Simmons says. “Then he got huge. It was just super for anybody to stop.

“It could have been a serial killer.”

And had that happened, the Cardinals in 1970 would have had to find someone else to replace aging catcher Joe Torre.

Except, this story has a far better ending. Simmons went on to have a 21-year career with the Cardinals, Brewers and Braves, and he has a very cool story to tell about Bob Seger.

Now 63, Simmons says he’s seen Seger perform two or three times since his roadside brush with rock ‘n’ roll greatness.

And when his playing days were finished, Simmons, a physical education and speech major, went back and earned his degree from Michigan in 1996.

Presumably, not by hitchhiking.

Yes. It’s finally warming up in the desert. After a week of long pants, sweaters and jackets, it’s finally warm enough to remove your jacket.

White Sox starter , who owns hunting property with De a teammate.The PSG striker is being linked with a big money move to Real in 2020.And Carvajal admits he’s aware of the speculation and would welcome the striker to Madrid next year.”Do I want to play with Mbappé? This is one of the biggest playersiamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, also tells a great story of meeting Seger a few years ago. Peavy landed in a remote airport on a private plane one winter’s day en route to his property, and Seger happened to be at the airport. “Mr. Seger, I’m a big fan,” Peavy stammered. “Call me Bob,” Seger told him.

Journeyman pitcher Mark Hamburger popped for a failed drug test a second time and a 50-game suspension. Even The Hamburgler is embarrassed for him.

“Roll, roll me away, 

“Won’t you roll me away tonight 

“I too am lost, I feel double-crossed 

“And I’m sick of what’s wrong and what’s right

“We never even said a word, 

“We just walked out and got on that bike 

“And we rolled 

“And we rolled clean out of sight”

— Bob Seger, Roll Me Away

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aul Barber has warned Liverpool about their expect


ESPN reponts’ 2-1 defeat against Burnley was their eighth loss in 13 Premier League home games this season – more than any other believes that new manager Mikel Arteta may have to sell his two star strikers.The Gunners are not short of firepower up front with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.But Nicholas believes the two veteran strikers may be sold in the suside. “Sometimes it is a little difficult to play at home,” he admitted.“Against Burnley everyone expects that we are 3-0 uprts free agent pitcher is having right knee surgery Wednesday to have his meniscus repaired. He is expected to be throwing ad United boss Chris Wilder is eager to strengthen his defensive options this month.The Mirrorsays Wilder is targeting Belgium international Elias Cobbaut and Ipswich’s Luke Woolfenden to bolster Sheffield United’s defence.Wilder feels he lacks cover t 100 percent in 2-3 weeks.

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Mariners, Raul Ibanez agree to one-year contract


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The Mariners have agreed to terms with outfielder/DH Raul Ibanez on a one-year contract worth $2.75 million plus incentives.

Ibanez is coming off a 2012 season for the Yankees in which he batted .240/.308/.453 for the Yankees with 19 home runs in 425 plate appearances.

The 40-year-old Ibanezg their win at Brescia.Brescia went ahead before Napoli struck twice in the second-half to earn the 2-1 triumph – with Fabian Ruiz proving the matchwinner.Gattuso later stated, “What did I say to the team at half-time? Let’s go to the next question had some success taking advantage of the short right-field porch in Yankee and was able to pop some home runs off right-handers. However, take him out of that oh-so-accommodating environment and move him into Safeco (even a Safeco with the fences nudged in), and he’s almost certainly going to be, at best, a replacement-le Ghazi says that he is ready for a national team call up.Ghazi is being considered by Ronald Koeman for the Netherlands squad.And the winger, who got his first Premier League goal on Friday, thinks that he can step up to the plate.”At that moment I fvel player. It’s hard to understand Seattle’s thinking on this one.

Ibanez previously played for the Mariners from 1996-2000 and 2004-2008.

For more baseball news, rumors and anAC Milan goalkeepr Pepe Reina hopes to earn a late career return to the LaLiga.But he concedes it’s a long shot.”I think it’s hard for me to finish my career in Spain,” the former Barcelona keeper admitted.”If God wants it and everything goes well, maybe I can coach there.”I want to stay connected to football and I will live there, but as a player it’s hard to see.”alysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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NLDS Reds-Giants Game 3 preview: Ryan Vogelsong vs. Homer Bailey



The Giants’ season is on the right shoulder of , as the two teams will face off in Game 3 of the NLDS on Tuesday in with the Reds holding a 2-0 series lead.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, since the advent of the wild card, 90 percent of the teams that have taken a 2-0 lead in the division series have gone on to win (38 of 42). National League teams are a perfect 21-for-21 when going up 2-0 in the division series since the wild card was introduced in 1995. 

While there was plenty of talking coming into the series about the Reds’ struggling offense, it’s the Giants who haven’t been able to put up runs against the Reds, scoring a total of two runs in two games. is hitting just .143/.250/.222 in the first two games of the series, while neither Giants starter has gone past the fifth inning.

Game 3 will be Vogelsong (14-9, 3.37) for the Giants against the Reds’ (13-10, 3.68).

Bailey hasn’t liked pitching much at Great American Ball Park this season, going 4-8 with a 5.16 ERA in 17 starts at home and 9-2 with a 2.32 ERA in 16 starts away from home, including his no-hitter in inspiration from Chelsea icon Didier Drogba.The striker has confirmedtegen has cast doubt on the mentality inside the Barcelona dressing room.After their Champions League eliminations by Roma and Liverpool in consecutive seasons, Ter Stegen admits it could yet happen again.He told 11Freunde: “They cannot be clarified the promise of his 26 goals for Aston Villa last season last season by breaking his Premier League duck with four in the Blues’ first six games of the current campaign.Highly-rate . Of the 26 home runs he’s allowed, 21 have gone out at Great American Ball Park.

Bailey received a no decision in his first start of the season against the Giants, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits in 6 1/3 on April 26 at Great American Ball Park. In five career starts against San Francisco, he’s 1-0 with a 5.59 ERA.

No current Giant has hit a home run off of Bailey, and only and have extra-base hits off of Bailey, both with a double each. Arias has faced him just three times and has two hits. , a former Cub, is 4 for 14. In six career plate appearances against Bailey, is 0 for 5 with two strikeouts and a walk.

Vogelsong, 35, was 14-9 with a 3.37 ERA for the Giants this season. In two starts against the Reds, he gave up six earned runs over 13 innings. He did not have a decision in either start. 

The former Pirate has appeared in six games at Great American Ball Park in his career, starting two. He’s 1-0 with a 4.57 ERA at Cincinnati. Both of his starts have come as a Giant, earning a no decision in both and putting up a 5.25 ERA.

This season he’s pitched much better at home, putting up a 2.86 ERA at AT&T Park and 3.87 away. He actually gave up one more home run at home than on the road.

has faced Vogelsong hase option in any loan deal this summer.The Real Madrid man was resigned to going out for the season, as he was not in manager Zinedine Zidane’s plans.However, the 23-year-old sees his long term future at Real, which is why he did not want Arsenal omore than any other Red and has seven hits (six singles) in 15 at-bats. (4 for 10), (4 for 12) and (2 for 4) have all touched Vogelsong for home runs. Vogelson, though, has had his way (more or less) with . Votto has just one hit in six at-bats, striking out twice and walking three times. has struck out five times in 13 plate appearances against the Giatns starter.

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After huge game, Miguel Cabrera a legitimate Triple Crown threat


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third baseman  went 3-for-4 with two horate incidents of racism at the club’s Amex Stadium, reports BBC Sport.The first incident involved two fans and took place at an Under-23 fixture against Tottenham on 27 September.The second occurred during Saturday’s win over Spurs, with one person mers, a double, six RBI and three runs in a big Tigers win over the A’s, 12-2. The big blow as far as Cabrera’s individual stat line is concerned was a grand slam in the eighth. That blast put him in a pretty good position to lead the AL in batting average, home runs and RBI — a.k.a. the AL Triple Crown. If Cabrera wins it, he’ll become the first player to win his league’s Triple Crown since Hall of Famer Carl Yastrezemski in 1967.

Cabrera is now hitting .333, leading the AL. In second place is center fielder  who is batting .327 batting average.

After the six RBI Tuesday, Cabrera now has 129 RBI. Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton has 123.

Cabrera’s two-bomb night gives him 40 homers, which trails Hamilton by two. Also of note for Cabrera on an individual level, his 39th homer marked a career high and he’s now (obviously) reached 40 homers for the first time in his already-stellar career.

So Cabrera is right on the cusp of a triple-crown victory with just over two weeks left in the season. The side storyline here is the Sunday’s meeting with Manchester City.In the space of a week, Arsenal have come from behind to beat West Ham and draw at Standard Liege – and the Swede is pleased with what he has seen.”I’m happy you saw [the players telling each other what to do in AL MVP race. Trout is considered the frontrunner because his all-around game is better — as Trout is a far superior defender and baserunner.

Bngue in cheek, Ratcliffe says it would be a dream come true to sign the Barcelona star – no matter his age.He told L’Equipe: “The player I would like to see in Nice? For me, the best player in the world is Lionel Messi. “If I can buy him? Maybe when ut wouldn’t the first triple crown since the LBJ administration sway some voters? It would be a glorious old-school stat vs. new-school stat debate.

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With 32 games left, Nationals pitchers set club record for strikeouts


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Thursday night’s game against the marked Game No. 130 for the Nats. Seeing as how the Nationals have never finished above .500 and this season they have been as many as 31 games over .500, club records are going to be shattered. 

Here’s one that just happened. When Nationals starter struck out Cardinals left fielder in the top of the sixth inning, it was the 1,069th strikeout by the Washilks with Thibaut Courtois about his future.Since his return, replacing Julen Lopetegui after his sacking, Zidane has rotated his keepers Courtois, Keylor Navas and son Luca Zidane. It has led to talk of Courtois being moved on this summer.However, Okngton pitching staff this season. That established a newo Manchester United.United paid £46.5m plus add-ons for Fernandes but Varandas admitted they were nearly forced them to take a lower offer from Tottenham.“At the end of June, we had become aware that we were going to sell Bruno,” he told Record.”W Nationals record ().

The Nats are fourth in the majors in strikeouts, behind the , and , so they aren’t going to set a big-league record or anything.

This is newsworthy because the Nationals are going to obliterate a club record. They came into Thursday averaging 8.21 strikeouts per game. At thed star Ander Herrera has been listed on the Paris Saint-Germain official website.Herrera officially confirmed his departure from United and is a free agent, but he has not announced a move to PSG as yet.Eagle eyed fans spotted that “Herrera 21” on tat pace, the Nats will end with 1,331. And, again, they previously never struck out more than 1,068 hitters in one season. That is pretty impressive.

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A’s place Seth Smith on DL


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Bad news for the improved helsea legend John Terry believes they are in the best position to finish fourth in the Premier League.The Blues have seen their lead cut down after losing to Manchester United at home on Monday night.And they have the small matter of Tottenham cominyet still precarious offehape when Arsene Wenger was in charge.Many Gunners fans were tired of Wenger by the end of his spell, given the team had fallen away from being a regular in the Champions League under the Frenchman.The arrival of Spaniard Unai Emery was meant to ushense, as OF/DH has been forced to the DL because of a strained hamstring.

Smith, who has a solid of 112 on the season, injured himself while running out a grounder on Thursday night. While he’s started 27 games at DH this season, he’s also spent 436.0 innings in the field.

The A’s have rr Herrera admits PSG won’t be his last club.The former Manchester United midfielder hopes to close out his career back in Spain, where he shone for Real Zaragoza and Athletic Bilbao.”I was immensely happy in Bilbao, but I am from Zaragoza, which is seplaced Smith on the active roster with outfielder Michael Taylor. The 26-year-old Taylor, who was once a highly regarded prospect, had a brief and unsuccessful call-up in May. He’s hitting .301/.413/.471 at Triple-A Sacramento.

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