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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d manager Glenn Hoddle believes that young Chelsea


manager John Gibbons said he expects to have a rotation at third base to open the season now that Brett Lawrie will begin the year on the disabled list, MLB.com reports Monday. 

Toronto expects to have a combination of and at third base while Emilio Bonifacio concentrates on playing m USA duty.Yahoo says Pulisic is set to return to Stamford Bridge early from international duty, inlucky to not get three points at Old Trafford.The Gunners played out a drab 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Monday night.They equalised in the second half through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, after a stunning first half strike from Scott McTominay n order toger Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tough preseason regime.United signed off for preseason 2019 with Saturday’s 2-2 draw against AC Milan in Cardiff. Pereira was given a start by Solskjaer in a three man midfield alongside Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic. I prepare for their crucial Premier League clash against Wolves next Saturday.The 20-year-old played for the USA in their 3-0 loss to Mexico oneveryday second base. 

DeRosa, 38, has homered twice this spring with seven RBI and a .471 batting average over 34 at-bats. He struggled last year with Washington over 85 at-bats as he hit just .188, but he’s getting another opportunity in the American League. 

Izturis, who was expected to split time at second with Bonifacio with Lawrie healthy, has hit .239 this spring over 46 at-bats with nine RBI. 

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es Mertens insists Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri s


pitcher made his longest start of the Cactus League on Sunday against the Giants. He allowed Ghezzal in an attempt to sign Dennis Praet from Sampdoria.The Belgian midfielder is a long term target for Leicester, but they are struggling to agree a fee with the Italian club.Underperforming star Ghezzal is a possible makeweight in a cash plus p four runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings. The right-hander was tagged with a two-spot in the first befoLiverpool are set to go head to head with Borussia Dortmund to sign Ferran Torres from Valencia.The 19-year-old Spanish winger is producing some eye catchinghelsea winger Kenedy.Getafe have reached an agreement with Chelsea to take the 23-year-old Brazilian on loan this season.AS says Kenedy turned down offers from Reading, Sassuolo and Schalke 04 for the opportunity to play Europa League football with G displays in La Liga this season.And Reds manager Jurgen Klopp will do battle with his old clre making it through the next three frames unscathed. Chacin gave up his final damage in the fifth. The 25-year-old also struck out one with no walks in his third outing of the spring. 

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r Romelu Lukaku’s move to Inter Milan.The Sun says


starting pitcher allowed just a hit over six innings during a Grapefruit League game against Detroit on Monday. Zimmermann, making his fifth start of the spring, allowed a single to leadoff hitter Andy Dirks before retiring the final 18 batters he faced in order. Thirteen of those hitters were groundball outs.Mooy will force his way into the starting XI.Midfielder Mooy, who turned 29 on Sunday, came on for the last ten minutes in the 1-1 draw with Burnley on Saturday.It was his second appearance off the bench for the Seagulls since joining on a season-lon He also had a strike out.

“(It was) one of thodrien Tameze is staying calm about fresh Premier League transfer talk.Tamhing after Sunday’s 2-1 defeat of Levante.The visitors had several chances to score in the second half and were only able to take one of them at the Camp Nou.”I’m very happy with lots of things, but not with everything,” Setien said after the game.”Weze was the subject of intense interest from Cardiff City in January and is now a target for Everton and Watford.”The next season? I’m under contract again for a few years, so yse days when you have everything working,” he told the Washington Times. “You feel like you can’t do anything wrong.”

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pions League.Khedira was asked about his side’s ch


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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Big idea: The designated hitter compromise


Personally, I don’t see the problem. Sure, if I could go back in time and scrub the designated hitter rule from history, then I probably would. But the DH doesn’t cause me French-existential angst (i.e., I don’t hate it), and I’m similarly unruffled by the fact that the two leagues have distinct rules regarding the DH. With all that said, I seem to be in the distinct minority. People don’t like the designated hitter rule, or at the very least they want uniformity in its application. As usual, I’m here for those with nowhere left to turn.

First, please accept this premise: Wholesale elimination of the DH isn’t going to happen. Next month, , and that means it’s entrenched. In a related matter, don’t expect the MLBPA to sacrifice a concocted “position” that turns 15-low-paying roster spots into high-paying roster spots. You can talk about making other structural concessions all you want, but none of the bandied-about solutions — expanded active rosters, a raising of the minimum salary — provides to players the high-end material uplift that the DH does. Cries of “get rid of the DH!” should be dismissed as fantasy.

With that out of the way, here’s what I propose: Make the DH rule the prerogative of the home team. Yes, I hereby propose that in advance of each regular-season and postseason game, the home team should be able to declare whether the DH shall be used for the contest in question.

Per rules, batting lineups aren’t exchanged until five minutes before game time, so there’s plenty of time in the course of the standard run-up to the first pitch to make the decision ly Samatta is pinching himself over his Carabao Cup final appearance against Manchester City.On Sunday he will play for his new club against Manchester City at Wembley. “This is huge,” the Tanzania striker told the Daily Mail. “It’s a final. At Wembland allow the visiting manager to react accordingly. Want to force to wield a glove or luxuriate on the pine? The home manager can opt not to DH. Want Stephen Strasburg to hit opposite a pitcher who’s less skilled with the bat? Opt not to DH. Got a right-hander on the mound and an opponent without a quality left-handed bat to slot in at DH? Force the issue by invoking the DH rule for that game. Does your team employ a manager with an orthodox and throbbing-neck-vein hatred of the DH? Take and never allow it on your hallowed traditionalist grounds.

First and foremost, the “home team chooses” system would, a) reduce significantly the number of games in which the DH rule would be in force; and b) add another layer of managerial strategizing (and fan kvetching) to a sport that’s typically a bit light on managerial strategizing (but not fan kvetching). I also envision a handful of other consequences that can be viewed as generally positive …

Such a system would make home-field advantage in the postseason that much more meaningful. By extension, that would make the regular-season race for seeding that much more important. It would also lessen the perceived disadvantages/advantages afforded by the World Series setup, which entails use of the DH in AL parks and no DH in NL parks. After all, AL and NL teams would be constructing their rosters according to same rules for the entirety of the regular season.Such a system would create an incentive for teams to roster DHs with at least some baseline defensive ability. If the DH who couldn’t dream of manning a position offends your aesthetics, then this system would make such a creature even more of an imposition on the 25-man.Such a system would create “soft” pressure for teams to carry more position players on the roster. Teams wouiverpool was confirmed this morning.The Japanese star completed his £7.25million move to Liverpool on Thursday morning.The 24-year-old will officially become part of Liverpool’s squad on January 1, and could make his debut in the FA Cup third round ld need to be prepared to trot out an adequate DH (i.e., a player who can put at least something like a .758 OPS, which is what AL DHs hit last season — only AL first basemen were more productive) or have an adequate arsenal of platoon-advantaged pinch-hitters for those occasions when the DH rule is not in force. In some instances, the primary DH will fill all those roles, but in others it will require a deeper bench. The point is that some teams would be reluctant to carry 13 or maybe even 12 pitchers. Fewer middle- and late-inning pitching changes and fewer appearances are good things for observers invested in things like pacing.

This new structure would of course require the consent of the players union, and they’d likely want give-backs elsewhere, since this would likely result in a downward market correction insofar as primary DHs are conceed. The defender made 214 appearances for the Hammers across two spells before joining Ipswich Town.He said: “I had the time of my life [at West Ham]. “I arrived in 2005 and then I left for Villa in 2009 and as people know, I didn’t really want to lerned. But this effort embodies, I think, the sensible middle ground between getting rid of the DH altogether (again, not a plausible aim) and allowing the status to remain quo.

So, in summary, the home team gets to decide whether the DH rule applies. Given the breadth of my opinion-shaping powers, I expect implementation posthaste. Or not.

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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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Pedro Feliciano sidelined with ‘hole’ in heart


reliever is sidelined for the time being after a hole was discovered in his heart. Fortunately, his condition isn’t quite as serious as it sounds.

ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports the small hole is located on the exterior of Feliciano’s heart and, according to Feliciano, . Feliciano also tells Rubin surgery was not discussed. Marc Carig of Newsday adds that Feliciano’s condition was . Carig adds that Feliciano will wear a Harry Maguire about leaving Leicester City.Neville has questioned whether Maguire will still be England’s darling if he leaves Leicester for one of the Premier League’s leading clubs.“One thing I was thinking was that the England fans must have sunheart monitor for the time being.

The 36-year-old lefty is attempting to return to the majors for the first time since 2010. He owns a 3.31 ERA and 1.37 WHIP across parts of eight major-league seasons.

For Premier League team has managed to beat Jurgen Klopp’s troops so far this season.Kane, 26, urged his team-mates to make history today, saying: “Momentum-wise, a victory would give us a huge lift.“Probably not many people will expect us to win awamore baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with c has revealed the club practiced corners in recent weeks.The Red Devils have endured struggles at both defending and attacking from set pieces.But they held firm at the back and scored from a corner to defeat Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in the Prus on Twitter: , and .

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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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Fireworks coming to Safeco Field in 2013


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The have called Safeco Field home for 14 seasons now, but for the first time since the building opened, the club will have postgame fireworks dispse Mourinho has apologised to Eric Dier after dragging the midfielder in the first-half of Tuesday’s 4-2 win over Olympiakos.Spurs were stunned when Ruben Semedo made it 2-0 for the visitors after Youssef El-Arabi’s early opener.Mourinho sprung into lays in 2013. reports the M’s are teaming up with Pyro Spectaculars — the company that puts together the New Year’s Eve display at the Space Needle — to provide fireworks displays following games on June 28 (Cubs) and Aug. 9 (Brewers). Both games are on a Friday.

“Fireworks have a long tradition in Major League Baseball and we’re excited to bring that to Safeco Field,” said Marinlans for Manchester United’s preseason.Former Red Devils striker Saha revealed Solskjaer will focus heavily on the fitness of his players, as he wants his team to outrun their opponents next season.”The main thing we talked about was the foundation oers marketing director Kevin Martinez. “Hopefully it becomes a new summer tradition here in Seattle.”

The City of Seattle has limited the team’s fireworks ability through the years because of concerns over traffic safety on nearby Interstate 5, so the Mariners and Pyro Spectaculars worked with the fire department to develop a safe and acceptable show. The two fireworks nights are part of a special events schedule that includes Ken Griffey Jr.’s induction into the Mariners Hall of Fame on Aug. 10. The full promotion schedule can be found on the .

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is confident Antoine Griezmann won’t be moving this summer.The attacker is again being linked with Barcelona.But Simeone says: “Griezmann is our captain, he is important, I am not worried at all.”He has everything to continue growing. But I am not in his body, so he will see.”He has two more years on his contract.” on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

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of returning to Athletic Bilbao.While happy in Lon


Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said during the press conference to introduce g linked with Atletico Madrid as a replacement for the wantaway Antoine Griezmann.Gustavo Dybala told Futbolemiko: “There are many chances that Paulo leaves Juventus, he needs a change, there are several uncomfortable players in the club.”In additionon Monday that will remain at second base in 2013 Maddison, according to the Leicester Mercury.Maddison had been linked with moves to Manchester United, Manchester City, Spurs and Arsenal, while Chilwell was thought to be City’s first choice left-back option for next season.However, Chilwell is not. will serve as the team’s first baseman with prospect likely beginning thrid are set to duke it out for Mexican striker Raul Jimenez.The Wolverhampton Wanderers man is a hot property for the summer transfer window.Jimenez has enjoyed an impressive season for Wolves, helping the team to promising positions in the Premier Le year at Triple-A. There had been rumors during the offseason that Kinsler might change positions so Profar could play second base for Texas.

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Gian Piero Gasperini has accepted Dejan Kulusevski


Just se to drop their bid to bring Neymar back to the Nou Camp.It’s since been formally confirmed by Barca that PSG turned down two separate offers for the Brazil captain over the summer.And now they’re to try again in January, accoto be overturned.It will mean he is set to miss the clash with Real Madrid. The RFEF code says insulting a referee comes with at least a two game ban.Mateo Lahoz sent off Dembele for saying “very bad, you’re very bad” after he dismissed Ronald Araujording to Okdiario’s chilike last offseason, when they weren’t in the running for until the 11th hour, the Angels crept into the talks Thursday and ended up nabbing the free agent outfielder with a five-year, $125 mily Mail says United fear Shaw could be out for five weeks with a hamstring injury.The 24-year-old pulled up during the first half of Saturday’s defeat to Crystal Palace and was replaced by Ashley Young.Scans have since confirmed he is facing at least lion deal. Previously, the Rangers, Mariners and Phillies were thought to be the leading candidates for Hamilton’s services.

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Report: Cardinals interested in Indians’ Asdrubal Cabrera


The have “real interest” in shortstop should the make him available, to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Joe Strauss.

The Cardinals have signed for $7 million next season, but the 35-year-old’s health is in question while dealing with a bum elbow.

Cabrera hit .270/.338/.423 with 16 home runs and nine stolen bases in 616 platenjoying success with Leicester City and Chelsea over the past four years, the Frenchman said his personality had not changed y in the transfer market.Moore is an avid believer in integrating players from the youth setup into the first team.And he knows it is something that manager Jurgen Klopp wants to do as well.Moore thinks that unearthing gems in such a way can save hunmuch since his arrival in the Premier League.”I am not a superstar or an ego,” he told the New York Times. “I am just the sam apto leave this month.Manchester United and Chelsea are being linked with the young midfielder in both the French and English press.However, Soumare admits his ultimate goal is to play for Real Madrid and says he doesn’t plan to leave in January.He tolpearances in 2012, his sixth in the majors. His two-year, $16.5-million contract extension signed in April will begin in 2013.

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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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Report: Red Sox won’t get Ryan Dempster


Theeat Diego Maradona has put his hand up to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United. Widely considered one of the greatest players of all time, Maradona has failed to reach those heights in management.He is currently in charge of Mexican seco are officially out of the sweepstakes, ESPN’s Jason Stark.

The  want to trade Dempster as soon as possible.

Boston is still trying to acquire right-handed pitcher from the Cubs, who is under contract for $9.5 milliion thand Alexandre Lacazette would not consider new contract talks at Arsenal while Unai Emery remained manager, it has been revealed.The Evening Standard says while Emery’s exit appeared inevitable as the club lurched to its worst run of results for 27 yis season and arbitration eligible heading into 2013. The Red Sox, like many teams, have been rumored to be more interested in players they can keep beyond 2012, as opposed to rentals. 

Another team rumored to be in on Garza: the Kansas City , as by CBSSports.com’s Danny Knobler. 

The remain the favorites to land Dempster, with thewith the commitment of the players this season.Pintus arrived in the summer from Real Madrid.He told Gazzetta dello Sport: “For me and Antonio Conte, strength is a very important aspect. I don’t follow trends and I agree with the coach: to achieve go , , and even the known to be in the mix. 

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