d’s sale plans are likely to stall amid the Premie


The h young fullback Brandon Williams plays lcNeil back to Old Trafford.After being axed by United’s youth side aged 14, McNeil went on to join the Clarets where he has developed into an integral part of Sean Dyche’s first-team squad.McNeil, 19, has played in all 11 of Burnley’s Premier League ike a South American.Williams, 1is stalling on a move to England.Leicester City have made an €18m offer for the Belgium international – which has brought Samp to the negotiating table.TMW says Samp are willing to sell and will do business for €25m.However, Praet is unconvinced 9, only made his United bow against Rochdale in the League Cup on September 25 but is poised to make his full Premier League debut against Brighton since Ashley Young is suspendeave claimed reliever from the , the club announced Friday.

Stinson, 25, spent the bulk of 2012 at Double-A Huntsville in Milwaukee’s farm system, where he allowed a 3.16 ERA in 145.1 innings of work with a 1.3 K/BB. Stinson reached Milwaukee in September, where he gave up a run on seven hits and five walks over 9.1 innings.

Stinson was designated for assignment by the Brewers last week after he was informed he wouldn’t make the club’s opening day bullpen.

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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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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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des.The 24-year-old Portugal international reveale


Boston starter is in excellent physical shape as spring begins, reports .com Wednesday. Lackey has lost 17 pounds, according to skipper John Farrell. Lackey, who missed all of last year due to Tommy John surgery, has been sharp in early bullpens. “A good work day today,” Farrell said. “Freeness in his delin Steve Gibson unveiled the former England defender as Boro’s ester City signing Rodri.The Spaniard, signed from Athletic Madrid this summer, made his debut in Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to West Ham United.”He is a young, typical defensive midfielder who thinks very quickly. I hope he is here for a long time,” said Gnew head coach on Friday — a man on a mission to nurture their crop of talented kids and “get in the mix” for ­promotion from the Championship next season.He thought back to his Leedsvery, freeness in his arm, staying behind the ball, repeating his delivery, all the things we’re looking for right now, he did them quite well. He’s in great condition, so the 35-pitch bullpen [session] was not really taxing for him. As he’s gone through the physicals and the strength testing of the shoulder, all those are consistent. He’s more athletic. He has more ability to repeat his delivery, and, honestly, he feels pretty darn uique Setien for next season.Sport says with the LaLiga suspended, Barca directors have been assessing Setien’s position.And their conclusion is that Setien is the right coach to take them forward.The board is pleased with the way Setien has maintaingood about himself.”

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close the teen came from being lost to Barcelona


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

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is RB Leipzig loan.Ampadu has not managed any play


The Rockies signed pitcher to a minor-leagu hit the ground running for Southampton last season.The striker made his loan move from Liverpool permanent this summer.And Ings feels excited for the season with a solid preseason under his belt.Speaking to the Daily Echo, Ings said: “I think it wase contract on Sunday. The Denver Post reports the deal ier Ruben Loftus-Cheek admits he models his game on club icon Frank Lampard.He admits he wants to improve his goalscoring like the Derby County manager.RLC said, “He was obviously the best at that. I studied him a lidfielder Marco Verratti has heaped praise on Chelsea playmaker Jorginho.The pair were outstanding for Italy’s win in Greece on Saturday.”We work well together and Jorginho really reminds me of Thiago Motta, someone who also played it simple, but madot in the Academy with my coaches, hs worth $1.5 million. Volstad went 3-12 with a 6.31 ERA in 21 starts for the Cubs last season.

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Report: Padres not interested in Shaun Marcum, Joe Saunders


The haven’t shown interest in free-agent pitchers and at all this offseason, to .com’s Corey Brock.

T Blues have upcoming Premier League meetings with Tottenham and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, as well as the Champions League Round of 16 tie with Bayern Munich.The Chelsea skipper told the club’s official website: “We haven’t made Stamford Bhis conflicts with earlier reports d of their Nou Camp stadium by 2024, according to AS, reports, /.Unlike a standard naming rights deal – where the sponsor takes on sole ownership of the inventory – AS says Barcelona want any partner to come after the famous Nou Camp moniker.The indicating the team had interest in both free agents.

If the Padres don’t add anyone to the rotation before theplay in the UK.The Japan international is expected to join Liverpool in January.“I’d love to play there [in Britain],” he said in 2018 after a Europa League tie with Celtic.“It’s one of the leagues that I’ve watched ever since I was a child and i beginning of the season, they project to open the season with a rotation consisting of , , , and . Potential starters and are set to open the season on the disabled list.

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Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis’ third child born in car


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Let’s not bury theBurnley have completed the signing of young goalkeeper Lukas Jensen.The Dane has completed his move to the Clarets after the player’s international clearance went through.Jensen was named in the U23s side who faced QPR two weeks ago.He has most recently played for Danish club HIK. lead: catcher ‘ third child entered this world in a car. Molly Knight of ESPN the Magazine — the magazine that subscribes to you — : 

On Oct. 12, Ellis’ wife, Cindy, gave birth to the couple’s third child in the front seat of their car on Interstate 43 South, just outside Milwaukee. Ellis — who estimates he was traveling 75 mph down the highway in a futile attempt to make iter Adama Traore.Ahead of Wolves’ Premier League visit to Anfield on Sunday, Klopp concedes Traore has long been on his radar.He said: “He finally found his manager who found a position for him.“At Middlesbrough he was exceptional, but somebody ha to the hospital — didn’t even have a chance to pull the vehicle off to the side of the road before the baby arrived.

Eighteen miles from the hospital and two weeks early, Audrey Elizabeth Ellis was born in the front seat of a car. 

You really should read the entire piece, but we will share a particular money-quote with you. After his daughter was born, Ellis could not resist the urge to look at the … situation, even though Ellis’ wife cautioned him not to. “But whenever someone says that, of course, you’re going to look,” said Ellis. “… It looked like purple brains.”

The good news is that mom and baby are perfectly healthy after the episode.has again angered Barcelona management with his poor timekeeping.Dembele ended defeat against Athletic Bilbao at the San Mames with muscle problems which were clear on television as he felt his leg as he walked off.The Frenchman finished the game but The other good news, for Ellis, at least, is that it all went down in his father-in-law’s car. 

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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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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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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.

Watch it here:

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: Zach Britton to start Saturday, Orioles option Joe Mahoney


T for Benfica whizkid Joao Felix.Bayern Munich chief Uli Hoeness has confirmed the club’s interest in Sane.The Sunclaim Bayern can have the former Schalke man – if they pay £90m.City would then use that money to pay Benfica for teenage sensation Felihe have optioned first basGenoa coach Aurelio Andreazzoli felt they did not deserve defeat to AC Milan. Lasse Schone had Genoa ahead before Theo Hernandez and Franck Kessie struck for the visitors. Pepe Reina secured the points with an injury-time penalty save.Andreazzoli saieman to clear a 25-man roster spot for Saturday swipe at Cristiano Ronaldo.Amoruso has questioned Ronaldo’s form this season and feels age is catching up on the 34 year-old striker.”For a few months, Cristiano is crawling on the field,” he said. “He should be humble and recognise that he is old a starter , to The Baltimore Sun’s Eduardo A. Encina.

Update: The Orioles have confirmed the transaction via a press release.

With pitcher remaining on the roster for a potential long-relief, the Orioles have just three bench hitters for Saturday’s game against the : C , IF and OF .

Britton’s last major-league start came on Aug. 7 when he allowed seven runs (four earned) in five innings against the . He returns to a 1-1 record, 8.10 ERA and 2.01 WHIP.

Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com IF/OF could be recalled by the Orioles before long. Flaherty is currently on the disabled list with a bacterial infection.

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riezmann wasn’t as sharp in the win over Napoli as


The Rangers signed catcher to a minor league contract the team announced Tuesday. Hill was rei iverpool are keeping tabs on Werder Bremen star Milot Rashica.BILD says the Kosovo international has caught the eye of Reds boss Jurgen Klopp after a sensational first-half of the season. Klopp has since instructed scouts to keep tabs on Rashica to tsays Juventus don’t have the players to make the most of Maurizio Sarri’s system.Giaccherini played for Sarri at Napoli.“The club made a specific choice by bringing in a coach who bases his football on quick passing, above all seen at Napoli,” saleased by the Nationals earlier this month after batting .163 is summer from Borussia Dortmund, having signed for the Blues in January.Pulisic will wear 22, which has been vacated by Willian, who will now wear 10 following the departure of Eden Hazard.Andreas Christensen will now wear 4 and Kurt Zouma 15, with with their Triple-A Syracuse.

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