Thelwell says young duo Jordan Graham and Harry B


The shocked the baseball world Sunday morning by announcing top pitching prospect , who has just 27 minor-league starts under his belt and has never pitched above Class A, has been promoted from the minors. The Marlins needed starters after placing Henderson Alvarez and Nate Eovaldi on the disabled list with shoulder injuries.

Fernandez, who is coWatford are eyeing AC Milan fullback Ricardo Rodriguez.The Switzerland international is ready to leave Milan in January after battling for minutes this season.Tuttosport says Rodriguez’s agents are speaking with clubs across Europe to find him a new destination.Napoli and Fenerbahce are keen, as are Watford.For his part, Rodriguez has harboured ambitions of playing in England in the future.nsidered a top 10 prospect by Basebmovic has spoken about his journey in football that resulted in him becoming one of the great icons of the game.The Swedish star was speaking on the unveiling of a statue in his honour in Malmo.Ibrahimovic has starred for the likes of Ajax, Juventus,all America (No. 5) and .com (No. 7), might not have a ton of pro experience, but he becomes a potential add off waivers in any Fantasy format because of his upside. On top of having a solid ERA (2.02), WHIP (0.96) and winning percentage (.875) in the minors, Fernandez also struck out 10.7 batters per nine innings. 

Although Fernandez is just 20 years old, he’s shown great command for his pitches and poise on the mound for a pitcher of his age. He’s likely going to get a decent audition while Alvarez and Eovaldi are sidelined, so I think he’s worth rostering inry Maguire has been snapped driving away from Carrington with a Manchester United branded bag.United will hope they have pulled off the biggest coup of the summer by securing a £80m deal for the centre-half who will become the world’s most expensive most Fantasy formats. To me, there’s more to gain than lose for Fantasy owners because you should only be dropping a bench player to pick up a potential Fantasy impact rookie. Perhaps Fernandez has the talent to do — although they are position players — what Mike Trout and Bryce Harper did for Fantasy owners last season.

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ve Bull has backed Raul Jimenez to become the club


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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de admitted some relief after their 0-0 draw with


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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Podcast: Fantasy Preview — Busts


Fantasy previews, both on and on other Fantasy providers, often center around a discussion of sleepers and busts. For such a conversation to be worthwhile, we should at least try to define the terms. 

So let’s think a bit about busts. Is a first-round player a bust if he only provides third-round value? Or does the player have to go full awful, like Tim Lincecum in 2012?

For the Fantasy player, it’s important to understand the context the term is used in. When we talk about Mike Trout’s bust potential — as Nando di Fino and Scott White cover in the podcast — we might consider him a bust if he merely produces 20th-overall value as opposed ton Wan-Bissaka and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are happy to be together again at Manchester United.The pair first struck up a friendship during their time together at Crystal Palace, where Fosu-Mensah spent a season on loan in 2017/2018, and recently renewed 2nd-overall.

Eighteen spots may seem minimal, but in the mock AL-Only auction, the difference between number 2 and number 20 was $12 — the same price paid for players likee celebrated their swoop for Birmingham City striker Che Adams with a swipe at Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp.With a host of Saints players going to Liverpool in recent years, Virgil van Dijk, Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane to Rays phenom Wil Myers and Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan. For those players, busting would mean a complete implosion, but for Trout, busting boss Simone Inzaghi insists they didn’t deserve defeat to Inter Milan on Wednesday night.Danilo D’Ambrosio’s header proved the winner, with Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic outstanding.“We did well in the first half and the only thing we really gomay just be a down season.

Host Adam Aizer and experts Scott White and Nando di Fino cover the Trout case and many others, like David Ortiz, Zack Greinke and Gio Gonzalez, to name a few. Who do the experts agree on? Where is the disagreement? With just a couple of weeks remaining until the season starts, now’s the time to figure out who you shouldn’t be drafting.

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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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Chris Davis’ contract: $3.295 million to hit, $5,000 to pitch


SARASOTA, Fla. — The aren’t asking to get on the mound this spring.

But they are paying him to pitch.

Seriously. Or half-seriously.

Davis provided one of the big early moments of the Orioles’ surprisingly successful 2012 season, pitching the final two innings of in Baltimore. As the season went on, general manager Dan Duquette joked that he was going to pay Davis as a pitcher.

And he did.

When negotiations on Davis’ 2013 contract reached the final stages, agent Scott Boras asked Duquette for an additional $20,000, to make it an even $3.3 million.

“I told him, ‘I’ll give him $15,000, and then you have to tell him that the other $5,000 is for that win in BJean-Clair Todibo has no regrets over his move to Barcelona.The defender joined Barca in January from Toulouse, though his career in Spain has so far been a slow burn.Despite this, Tobido is happy with his choice.The 19 year-old admits he had contact with Juventus, but was eager to move to Spain.”Juventus wanted me, but I chose to join Barça,” said the youngster.oston,’ ” Duquette said Monday.

Boras kept his part of the bargain.

“Five thousand dollars? That’s cheap,” Davis said Monday, laughing about it. “But I never thought I’d get paid to pitch, and now I have. And $5,000 is just about the right amount.”

Duquert is a target for Blackburn Rovers.The Sun says Rovers boss Tony Mowbray wants a new No 1 and is interested in the former England star.Hart, 32, has endured another miserable campaign having moved to Turf Moor in the summer following a dismal loantte has one more request for Davis. He wa – despite his loan move to Bayern Munich.The London Evening Standard says the 27-year-old’s struggles in Spain have had little effect on the size of the fee received by Liverpool for his transfer.Once Jurgen Klopp showed willingness to sanction Coutnts his first baseman to get his picture taken next to the Babe Ruth statue, since Davis and the Babe are two of just three players in the modern era (Jim Tobin is the other) to have a win as a pitcher and a three-homer game in the same season.

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atford goalkeeper Ben Foster has poured cold water


Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Friday that first base prospect could make his major-league debut during the upcoming season despite his recent suspension. Singleton, considered the team’s top prospect, will be suspended fence ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Sheffield United.The Red Devils travel to Bramall Lane on the back of five wins in their last six games. And with the likes of Anthony Martial back from injury, McTominay says United are raring to go.He told repoMourinho says Nuno is capable of leading Wolves to victory in the Europa League.Mourinho was relieved after Spurs managed to see off Wolves on Sunday.And afterwards, he said of fellow Portuguese Nuno: “It’s a matter for Nuno, but I think they are witor the first 50 games of the season after testing positive for marijuana. He will be able to parovers.Former Manchester United prospect Whelan says the U23 players, who included goalscorer Kaylen Hinds, can only grow stronger from the experience.After making his first senior start for the club, Whelen, 21, told the club website: “I’ve been workticipate in Houston’s minor-league camp and could appear in some Grapefruit League games. “I think we’ve always thought this is the year probably gets to the big leagues, whether it’s the beginning, middle or end of the season,” Luhnow told .com. “I think he’s got a good shot. If he stays healthy and continues to produce, he’ll be there.”

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Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is eyeing a


According to, left-hander has an offer to pitch for the SK Wyverns of the Korean League ins El Clasico at Barcelona is remembered for it’s football.Amid local unrest, security is tight ahead of the rearranged fixture, but Zidane is hoping that all the focus will be on events which take place on the pitch.”On the outside, this can be a wee 2013 and intends to accept it once he and the Angels fen so far this season ahead of their trip to Everton today, despite questions over their small squad being able to handle the packed schedule.They are in Europe for the first time since 1980, but Coady wants the squad to remain humble.He said: “Rememinalize an agreement to releas way clear for a potential deal with Nike.The club were being sued over its alleged refusal to honour the terms of its reported £40million-a-year deal with the company, which expires in May 2020, says the Mirror.Under the terms of the deal, New Balae him from his contract.

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rmer Leicester City striker signed earlier this mo

content_img Senior Columnist Dae assistant manager Ray Lewington insists there’s no need for panic after defeat to Hertha y Rose has hit back at Ruud Gullit after last night’s Champions League triumph over Ajax. Gullit singled out Rose, Deleul Le Guen has spoken with Samir Nasri about a move to Ligue 2.The former Manchester City star is available after being allowed to come off contract at West Ham.L’Equipe says Le Guen has called Nasri about a move to Le Havre with the aim of driving t Alli and Victor Wanyama as not technically good enough after the first leg 1-0 loss in north London.And Rose says he found those cBerlin.Palace were thrashed 4-0 by their friendly opponents.“You try and win every match,” Lewington said. “We’ve got fantastic support. We’ve got a groundnny Knobler reported on Friday that infielder has agreed to a one-year, $2.95 million deal with the Rays, avoiding arbitration. The deal also includes performance bonuses, according to Knobler.

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Just because: Awesome, candid ’82 Brewers T-shirt


In exchanchester United are upbeat over their chances of landing Leicester City defender Harry Maguire.The Daily Mail says United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer war Sunday’s 2-2 draw.McLean says Norwich deserved more than a point.“We deserved the three points,” he said. “We had some great chances and played some nice stuff. We looked pretty solid but in the end it’s a point against a very good Arsenal teamnts the 26-year-old Leicester City defender to become the new leader of his revamped side and Uninge for a reasonable amount of U.S. currency you can purchase . Here, in sprawling beauty, is the back of said T-shirt .Alvaro Morata has urged Atletico Madrid fans to stick with the players after Saturday’s defeat at Real Madrid.The striker posted a motivational message in the aftermath of Atletico’s 1-0 loss.”I’m proud to belong to this club,” he wrote on social media.”I’m proud to be an ‘indio’ [an Atletico Madrid player or fan].”Today, just like always and more than ever.”..

Those pennant-seizing ’82 Brewers were nothing if not a wellspring of vice and body hair, and this textile commodity, I think, does them justice. The beards and mustaches are banal enough these days — once , its twilight has begun — but, well, there’s so much more to this than whiskers.

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Padres, A’s complete four-player trade


The have acquired pitcher and infielder A.J. Kirby-Jones from the for infielder and pitcher , the .

The 27-year-old Parrino hit .207/.316/.276 in 138 plate appearances with the Padres last season. He’s expected to compete for the A’s shortstop spot next season, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. 

Werner, 25, made eight starts with the Padres last season. He had a 5.58 ERA and a 4.09 FIP in 40 1/3 innings with the team. 

Ross made 13 starts for the A’s last year, posting a 6.50 ERA and a 4.80 FIP in 73 1/3 innings. The 25-year-old Ross was drafted in the second round of the 2008 draft by the Athletics. 

Kirby-Jones is the only player in the trade thBayer Leverkusen have entered the race for Aleksanami Hyypia fears fullbacks Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson could be burned out in the race for title glory.The duo are key to Liverpool’s high-tempo attacking game, but former Kop defender Hyypia reckons Jurgen Klopp has a real dilemma – dar Mitrovic.Fulham have placed a £30m price-tag on the Serbian striker.West Ham United and Crystal Palace have shown an interest.But they now face a battle with Leverkusen entering the fray, according toThe Mirror.The German giants have qualified for the Champions League next seasonat hasn’t reached the majors. The 24-year-old hit .248/.382/.461 for the Stockton Ports last year. He’s displayed patience throughout his careo sign Nicolo Barella from Cagliari.Marotta also confirmed interest in Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku and Roma’s Edin Dzeko.He stated, “Dzeko and Lukaku are very interesting players who have different characteristics. They are both targetser, but has a knack for putting up big strikeout numbers as well. 

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Justin Verlander won’t confirm or deny dating Kate Upton


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There are certain things in this world I just have trouble understanding. Among them: 1. throwing 100 mph, 2. earning $20 million in one year, 3. playing coy when asked about dating Kate Upton.

Yet, has all those things. Basically, he’s living the dream.

We knew all about the first two and have sus1 coach Aidy Boothroyd has no doubts about the future of Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden.Foden scored both goals for England’s U21s as they made it back-to-back wins in Euro 2021 qualifying with a 2-0 win over Kosovo at the KC Stadium.“He’s ppected the third. In Tuesday’s USA Today, Verlander was asked about his relationship with the hat in Verlander’s suite at Comerica Park suite earlier this season.

“I’m not confirming or denying anything,” Verlander . “I’ll leave that to my grandfather. God bless him.”

Verlander’s 87-year-old grandfather did tell Celebuzz this month that his grandson was dating Upton.

“I never thought I’d have to prepare my grandfeam-bonding dinner organised by Juan Mata and David de Gea.The Rochdale.html”>Daily MailRochdale.html”> says De Gea and Mata led some of their team mates on a bonding night out following their uncomfortable Carabao Cup win over League One Rochdale onather,” Verlander told the newspaper. “It’s a whole different world. I can’t believe that people would call my grandparents. It’s tough when people start trying to dig into your personal life.”

Justin, if the worst they find is that you’re dating Upton, you’re pretty much living the good life — complete with Ferrari 458 Italia and six other cars. Again, a little different than my Subaru with a baby seat in the back.

But hey, we both really do like the Cheesy Gordita Crunch, so maybe we’re not that different after all.

Funich are being linked with unsettled Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.AS says Liverpool will face a fight to keep hold of Champions League hero Salah this summer, with United and Real Madrid battling to sign him.The giants both want to lure the Egyptianor more baseball news, rumors and analysis, 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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Quote of the day: Andrew Bailey on whether he’s named Boston closer


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This past offseason, the traded for Andrew Bailey to be their closer, replacing the now-departed . Instead, a thumb injury landed Bailey on the shelf. He’s now on a rehab assignment, so he won’t likely miss the entire 20helsea midfielder Jorginho has opened the door to a move to Juventus.Joao Santos insists his Napoli background wouldn’t be a factor.He told Radio Marte: “He played 50 games and finished third in the Premier League, he’s in the Final of the Europa L12 season.

When he does come back, will he supplant current closer ?

“I don’t give a [expletive], frankly,” Bailey said ().

ry Maguire has been snapped driving away from Carrington with a Manchester United branded bag.United will hope they have pulled off the biggest coup of the summer by securing a £80m deal for the centre-half who will become the world’s most expensive

Bailey’s overall message was that he just wants to help the team and he wants to make the playoffs. Also, the bullpen has been doing well … blah, blah, blah. That’s all s Marcus Rashford is back to his best.The striker scored in England’s 4-0 win over Kosovo on Sunday.The former Red Devils captain told on ITV: “Brilliant, brilliant goal. What a finish. He is back to his best. “It was a lovely play, nice and simple. ancillary due to that succinct line that Sergeants Riggs and Murtaugh would have loved in Lethal Weapon 2. Classic.

Bailey, 28, closed down 24 games in 26 chances last season for the A’s with a 3.24 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 41 strikeouts in 41 2/3 innings. Injuries have hampered him several times in his still-young career.

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