ays Divock Origi will improve after their 4-1 rout

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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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To be honest, I don’t want any of the ‘ bullpen committemor Benfica players as they were thumped 4-1 in their UEFA Youth League clash.Elliott squared up to giant Benfica keeper Leo Kokubu as nine-man Liverpool crashed out of the Uefa Youth League.And he showed the passion that has excited Liverpool fans by si has praised the leadership of senior players at the club.Tomori is one of several youngsters who is settling into the Chelsea side after making the step up from youth level and spells out on loan.He credits his manager Frank Lampard for aiding te because I think just about all of them are capable of handling ninth-inning duties.

But I understand in deeper leagues you might want to take a flier on one just in case you get lucky and land the one who gets the lion’s share of the save opportunities. In that case, I’m going with over Phil Coke, Al Alburquerque, Octavio Dotel and Brayan Villarreal just because I think he’d be making a natural transition from the setup role and has long had the stuff to close.

And because I don’t think Phil Coke wouldn’t hold up in the role even if ster United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has stepped up his pursuit for a new director of football.Woodward has been looking to create the position for some time, but put his plans on hold over the summer.The Mirror says he has now started up he’s manager Jim Leyland’s first choice.

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

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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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d manager Glenn Hoddle believes that young Chelsea

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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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mits he turned down Manchester United last summer.

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infielder continued to hit in his bid to win a starting role, reaching base in all four plate appearances against the Giants Saturday, including hitting his first home run of the spring. He’s hitting .538 in 45 Cactus League plate appearances and has only struck out twice. The outstanding line could land him the starting job at second base.

“He’s certainly right in the middle of the mix,” manager Bob Melvin told .com. “He was always in there and probably came out of the pack a little bit, but he’s a guy that’s played for us beforeHarry Kane’s long-term injury is a heavy blow.He is ruled out until April wi preparing for a move to England.Allegri and Juve split after five years at the end of last season.Chi reports Allegri and his partner, TV presenter Ambra Angiolini, will be in London this summer and taking English classes while they are there.Allegrth a hamstring injury that requires surgery.England captain Kane has scored 27 goals iaken the lead through Cristiano Ronaldo only to fall apart in 10 minutes.Fabio Borini’s angled drive beat Wojciech Szczesny, then Giampaolo Pazzini converted a penalty for Leonardo Bonucci’s handball offence.”Evidently we have different performances n 31 appearances for club and country this season.”If I speak too much about Harry, I ge, comes to camp trying to win a job, and he’s doing everything he can to do that.

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reliever has been oed by his own England fans.Van Dijk defended Gomez after his row with Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling and has called for people to “leave him alone”.”It’s disappointing to see,” Van Dijk said of England supporters’ treatment toward Gomez.”I”falling in love” with his slider this spring, according to the Seattle Times.

“I know that at 1-0, I can come back with a slider and almost steal a strike,” he said. “Guys are hunting my fastball so hard, especially on fast Luiz is aware of why his teammate Eden Hazard may want to leave.While everyone at the Blues is hoping that Hazard will sign a new deal and continue his association with the club, Luiz is realistic.He knows that the 28-year-old has an ambition to plaball counts. It’s not even a thought in their mind, so it definitely helps. It speeds up (the look of) my fastball a little bit, so that helps it out, too.”

The report also indicated that manager Eric Wedge has confidence using Capps, who has an axe coach Ernesto Valverde with no compensation due, it has been revealed.Valverde is under pressure after Barca’s Champions League collapse at Liverpool this week.Sport says in his new contract there exists an exit clause which can be activated bstruck out seven of the last nine batters he faced.

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Southampton have been offered the chance to sign A

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The Chicago Cubs continued shapingp van den Berg’s inner drive sets him apart.At just 17, former PEC defender Van den Berg became LivBurnley.Lys Mousset assisted all three goals, with John Lundstram scoring twice, followed by John Fleck’s first of the season just 90 seconds later.”I’ve not looked at the league table and I won’t do,” said Wilder. “I’ll only assess the season at theerpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s first signing of the summer at a modest £1.3million.Van ‘t Schip told the Mirror, “Look, Sepp is not the new Franz Becken their roster for the upcoming season and announced the following moves Monday: pitchers , and it would be “crazy” to speak about the Premier League title race. City reduced the gap to eight points with Tuesday’s 4-1 win over Burnley, although leaders Liverpool have a game in hand.Quizzed on if the win at Turf Moor shows City can challenge forand second baseman were optioned to Triple-A Iowa; pitcher was optioned to Double-A Tennessee and pitcher was assigned to the team’s minor-league camp.

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old.The South Londoner was a junior at Chelsea alo

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Mariners pitcher saw his first action of the spring on Monday against the Angels but did not fair too weourinho enjoyed another dig at Luke Shaw after their victory over Chelsea.Mourinho has warned Old Trafford signing Harry Maguire he “will have to learn” how to play alongside the left-back.The new Sky Sports pundit said: “When Maguire gets drawn out ll. He allowed three runs on two hits with a walk over an inning of work. The right-hander surrendered a three-run homer to and ended up throwing 17 pitches, 11 for strikes. “It wasn’t the way I wanted it go, but it wa Lionel Messi insists his relationship with Antoine Griezmann is rock solid.There’s been claims from Griezmann’s end that he and Messi do not get along.But the Argentine told Mundo Deportivo: “How’s it going with Griezmann? We have a good relationshis good to get out there and get my feet wet again,” Bonderman said. “It was good to get the first one out of the way, but it’s no excuse. I have to go out there and get ? Here are 10 of the top stories, from new signings and departures to a farewell for a Spanish legend.REAL MADRID CLOSE GAP AT THE TOPBarcelona went into 2020 with a two-point advantage over Real Madrid at the top of the LaLiga Santander table but thouts.”

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Gio Gonzalez and the suspension question

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, the may be looking at Kyle Lohse for one very simple reason. Here’s :

But their rotation calculus changed with the news that may face a 50-game suspension for his reported ties to the Biogenesis clinic, forcing them to consider contingencies in the event they lose their best left-hander for two months.

In the event Gonzalez receives a suspension, or even to prepare for the possibility, the Nationals may try to swoop in and sign free agent right-hander Kyle Lohse … 

So the question before the reigning NL East champs is this: How likely is Gonzalez to be discplined?

On the first day of camp, Gonzalez repeated his stern denials, saying he was “stunned” and “shocked” to be named in the Biogenesis documents. He said he has “never taken performance-enhancing drugs and … never will,” (source: ). Gonzalez’s fathd.Van Dijk was speaking before Liverpool’s Club World Cup triumph over Flamengo on Saturday.He said: “At almost every club, you find that there are lots of different little groups in a squad.“But this Liverpool bunch is ­phenomenally close togeter was a patient at Anthony Bosch’s controversial clinic, but that should have no bearing on perceptions about Gio Gonzalez’s guilt or innocence in this matter.

However, even if you don’t take Gonzalez at his word, there’s ample cause to believe disciplinary action is unlikely. For instance:

Gonzalez, unlike, say, Alex Rodriguez and Melky Cabrera, isn’t plainly linked to banned PEDs in the Biogenesis files, at least in those documents that have been publicly disclosed. Moreover, unlike Ryan Braun and Francisco Cervelli, Gonzalez hasn’t admitted to having any kind of relationship with Biogenesis.While has the latitude to discipline players in the absence of a positive test for a banned substance, players are still free to appeal any ruling and have the case heard by an arbitrator. In that environment and under these particular circumstances, MLB might have a hard time proving wrongdoing on the part of Gonzalez to the satisfaction of an impartial party.What might also make things difficult for MLB — agaieves that Gareth Southgate is spoiled for choice in forward positions.The Three Lions boss can call on the likes of Harry Kane, Tammy Abraham, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling or Jadon Sancho for the forward positions in his starting line ups.Ashton n, assuming Gonzalez did anything whatsoever in violation of MLB’s Joint Drug Agreement — is that the Miami New Times, which is in possession of all those Biogenesis documents, may not be inclined to share said documents with MLB. , the New Times has been engaged in discussions with MLB to this end but thus far they’ve resisted entreaties to hand over their files. Without those files, it’s hard to imagine MLB’s building an actionable case against Gonzalez.If you want to read the tea leaves a bit more closely, then it’s worth remembering that . If that culture holds, then it’s unlikely they’ll be cooperating with MLB to any meaningful extent. 

In the end, it’s of course prudent for the Nats to plan as though Gonzalez may be facing a lengthy suspension, but this is one of those cases in which everything must go in a very certain direction in order for such a scenario to play out. The educated guess here is that, in the end, the Nats won’t need to worry about finding a stand-in for Gonzalez.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Ts they can still beat Arsenal on Thursday.Los Che host the second-leg of their Europa League semifinal needing to overturn a 3-1 deficit.Gameiro said, “We’re going to have chances, sure. Arsenal is a team that plays football and leaves space. We are witter: , and .

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atford goalkeeper Ben Foster has poured cold water

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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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Pirates, Francisco Liriano revise contract

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Lefty will, as expected, be a Pittsburgh Pirate, but he’ll be a Pirate under slightly different parameters.

CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman originally reported that . However, before the deal coed to experience Manchester United’Pereira admits he was shocked by the extent of his knee injury upon first hearing the news.Pereira’s season is over after breaking down in victory over Aston Villa last week.He posted to social media: “I never thought that this could happen to me, bus away fans for the first time. The Red Devils travel to Molineux on Monday night hoping to make it two from two this season after beating Chelsea last Sunday.”The crowd was amazing during the Chelsea game and I’ve uld be finalized, Liriano broke his non-throwing arm, which prompted the to revisit the terms. Now, FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports that . Sources tell Rosenthal that Liriano could still make $12.75 million over the life of the updated contract but that the veteran left-hander “will assume more risk under the revised terms.”

Heyman confirms Rosenthal’s report and adds that the new contract won’t be finalized until Liriano once again passes a physical.

The 29-year-old Liriano is coming off a season in which he posted a 5.34 ERA in a combined 156 2/3 innings for the Twins and . For his career, Liriano has a 4.40 ERA across s he won’t push to leave.Real Madrid and Manchester United have been linked with Dias this summer.”My head is not there [leaving Benfica]. I’m here pre-season, I don’t have to think about anything else,” Dias told A Bola.“It’s important to work on parts of seven major-league seasons.

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remen defender Milos Veljkovic is interesting Watf

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Yankees generae Perez.Newcastle are in limbo at the moment, unable to sort out new player contracts or go for Benitez’s targets with the manager yet tog Germany in Sunday’s final.Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz opened the scoring for Spain with a surging run and 25-yard strike from Mikel Oyarzabal’s pass.Dani Olmo doubled the lead with a clever chip after Alexander Nubel fumbled Ruiz’s shot before Na extend his deal which ends on June 30.But Benitez said: “Fight to keep him? Yeah, he is an important player fol manager Brian Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com on Thursday that the team sees as a utility player — at best — for 2013. Nunez was previously be after signing a new contract. The goalkeeper committed to the club for another four years on Monday.And Solskjaer was always confident the Spaniard would stay at Old Trafford.”Most of the time we get to keep the ones we want to keep,” said Solskjaerlieved to be in the mix for at-bats as the team’s designated hitter, but Cashman smacked that down with force, even suggesting Nunez might not make the major league roster. “If he makes our club, it will be at a utility role,” Cashman said. “He could be a starting shortstop at Triple-A. He could be helping us on the big-league level. It remains to be seen how our team shakes out and how he looks in the spring.”

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Report: Mets sign Drew Carpenter

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The reliever Drew Carpenter, Adam Rubin of ESPN reported Friday. The club assigned Carpenter to Double-A Binghamton.

Carpenter threw nine i Roma striker Stephan El Shaarawy admits they need Atalanta to drop points in their top four battle.El Shaarawy struck in yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Genoa, which leaves them three points behind fourth placed Atalanta.He said: “I think we need to stannings for ressed by Manchester United’s 17 year-old striker Mason Greenwood.Boothroyd has also revealed he’s sharing a room with Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden.He said: “He’s a very, very talented player. He walks through the door and you instantly li this season, allowing a whopping four home runs and a 5.00 ERA. The 27-year-old has a 3.38 ERA for Triple-A Las Vegas but hasn’t been able to break through to the majors for an extended stint. Since 2008, he has a 7.56 ERA in 33.1 innings and a 3.37 ERA in 449 innings at the Triple-A level.

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on thract with the club until 2023.He said: “I try to be [a leader]. I have a lot of experience, I’m now 30 years old.”If I can help new signings and even some players who have been at the club a long time, I’m trying to do it.”It will be helpful for evere latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and Navin Vaswani, follow .

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Report: Tigers looking to add pitching

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The will look for a , and it could be or , according to the Detroit Free Press’ John Lowe.

The team considers the asking price for to be too high, and could turn its attention to Rodriguez or Vargas. As CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman , the Tigers are interested in Dempster, but the are viewed as the favMiddlesbrough have turned down Burnley’s offer for defender Dael Fry.The Clarets lodged a bid of £8m for the England U21 centre-back.But Boro boss Jonathan Woodgate is determined to keep Fry, according to The Northern Echo.Former England centre-back Woodgate has worked with Fry at youth and senior level and is desperate to improve him as a player.orite for his services.The Tigers could for if they are willing to includ wants Tottenham to step up to another level in the coming season.Spurs reached the Champions League final but still finished the season trophyless.Lloris, their veteran goalkeeper, hopes the team can take enough of a leap to win a domestic or Europee third baseman Nick Castellanos in a deal, ESPN’s or Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes.The Times says Everton are facing tough competition to keep hold of Barcelona loanee Gomes.Midfielder Gomes starred for the Toffees during a season at Goodison Park from the Nou Camp.Barca are happy to allow Gomes Buster Olney reported.The team has also been  to and , according to CBSSports.com’s Danny Knobler.

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MLB should send message, suspend Nyjer Morgan for contact with fan

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Just before the recorded the final out in their victory over the Wednesday, drifted up against the right-field stands in Cincinnati, in an attempt to haul in a foul ball. What happened after that would garner a suspension, if I were in charge of such things.

Here’s the video, courtesy of .com:

Fox Sports Cincinnati showed a camera angle more from the center of the field, and it was very clear that Morgan slapped the fan in the face with his glove intentionally. For anyone who saw that replay, there is no arguing this point thinks Arsenal have a good player in Pablo Mari.The Spaniard, on loan from Flamengo, made his debut for the Gunners in Monday’s FA Cup fifth-round win over Portsmouth.And Arteta was impressed with his performance when speaking after the game.”I thin. I’ll reiterate: Morgan hit a fan in the face on purpose.

Now, if the fan was reaching over into the field or he struck Morgan first, I’d have no problem with a reaction. In this case, however, Morgan was reaching over the rail into the stands. The field is the players’ domain, but Morgan was clearly reaching over into the domain of the fans. The fan in question did absolutely nothing but raise his hands toward the ball. And for that, he gets struck in the face and a “get back!” from Morgan. I don’t care for the childish posturing afterward from Morgan either, but that’s harmless.

Now, in and of itself, the physical contact from Morgan could be spun as relatively harmless. The fan did not appear harmed physically and a slap of the glove is not nearly as severe as, say, a punch with a closed fist. But that’s not what this is about. Players cannot be allowed to strike the fans in any shape or form. The fans are the lifeblood of Major League Baseball. The players are only paid because fans pay to watch them play, whether by buying a ticket or by subscribing to television channels that air the games.

If Morgan is suspended, Major League Baseball sends a message to its players that physically contacting fans — especially those who have done nothing wrong — will not be tolerated.

If a fan reaches out onto the field and strikes a player, he faces ejection from the ballpark, an arrest and probably a lifetime ban from the ballpark. This has to be a two-way street. Nyjer Morgan crossed into the domain of the fan and struck a fan unjustifiably.Aston Villa have signed Wolves defender Kortney Hause on a permanent deal.The 23-year-old impressed on loan at Villa Park last season.He becomes boss Dean Smith’s fourth signing of the summer window to date, with Villa having already sealed sCorriere della Sera says the Serie A side are preparing to ramp of their pursuit of the Belgian.The Nerazzurri have been trying to convince the Red Devils to let the striker go all summer but are yet to meet their asking price.But they face a challemoves for Jota, Anwar El Ghazi and Wesley Moraes.Hause’s move brings to an end a five-and-a-half year stay at Molineux for the defender.

The office of the commissioner owes Morgan a suspension and hefty fine. Your move, Commissioner Selig.

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