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closer will begin the season on the disabled list, as he continues to recover from surgery to remove bone chips in his right elbow, .com reported Saturday.

Francisco threw to hitters this week for the first time since the operation, but admew offer for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes this summer.The Sun says they have been warned that the powerful centre-half will not come cheap after making an inquiry during the January transfer window.Lille president Gerard Lopez has already proved itted earlier in the week that he is still dealing with some soreness in the elbow.

At this point, it is nther top keepers.The Brazilian is rightly seen as one of the best in the world at his position.He helped the Reds to win the Champions League last season.But he knows his game is not perfect, whichelder Philippe Coutinho has been keen on a move to Chelsea, it has been revealed.Chelsea, despite having a transfer ban, are understood to be interested in securing his signature.The Blues are unable to make any signings until the summer of 2020.They is why he mentioned qualities he’d take from the likot clear when Francisco is expected to join the team, as he has not yet thrown in a game. Bobby Parnell will serve as the team’s closer with Francisco out. 

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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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Players like outfielder are the reason why I tend to view outfield as a very deep Fantasy position and willing to target positions with not as much depth earlier in drafts.

Case in point: Aoki on average is being drafted in the 12th round in Rotisserie leagues and theeks after picking up a calf injury in victory over Norwich City.Alisson had to come off in the 39th minute of the 4-1 win against the Canaries having gone down clutching his calf after slipping while playing a goal kick.Jurgen Klopp admitted he faces 14th round in Head-to-Head formats. Here was a player who was the 29th-highest scoring Fantasy outfielder in Head-has no doubts Antoine Griezmann will fulfill his potential at Barcelona.The €120m summer signing from Atletico Madrid has had an inconsistent start to the season.But France teammate Lenglet told RAC1: “Yes, Griezmann will adapt to Barça, he has thto-Head formats and the 37th-highest scoring outfielder in Rotisserie formats. 

I definitely target a No. 1 Fantasy outfielder in early rounds, but I tend to wait to fill out the rest of my outfield in the middle-to-late rounds because there’s essi.Guardiola believes Phil Foden is “the most talented player” he has ever seen.Guardiola, who has managed the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Arjen Robben, spoke while the 19-year-old midfielder was sat alongside him.”He has everything tdefinitely value to be had with players like Aoki.

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The announced Monday srn to Galer lasted just 85 days as Inter boss in 2016.“I work for a very young c Elite Development Team.Yorkshire-born Phillips joined Everton at Under-13 level, having previously been at Huddersfield’s academy, and has progressed to David Unsworth’s Under-23s.The 19-year-old links up with the Championship club.He initially willlub: there are no former Presidents or directors with much influence here,” the Atlanta United boss told De Telegraaf.“At Inter, a player’s agent came up to me once and told matasaray.Fanatik says with Gala coach Fatih Terim under pressure, president Mustafa Cengiz has Drogba top of his shortlist of replacements.Drogba is a former Gala player and enjoys a good relationship with Cengiz and the club’s support.Cengitarting pitcher will start the home opener, April 9 vs. the Dodgers. Richard is 1-1 with a 6.59 ERA in three spring starts.

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verpool for his first game in charge.The Reds won

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pitcher , who threw a simulated game Monday, is scheduled to pitch in a minor-league game Saturday, according to .com. Hughes, who continuresh talk of Bruno Fernandes’ sale.Portugal international Fernandes has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford and Record says Sporting president Frederico Varandas and sporting director Hugo Viana have been discussing the deal with United chiees to work his way back from a bulging disk in his upper back, has been optimistic that he will be ready to go when his first turn comes around in the rotation. But according to the report, there is some concern he’ll miss his fb has the Premier League title sewn up.After the Reds defeated Watford, Cole believes the title is already in the Reds’ hands, even though there are 21 games to go this sea their 1-1 draw at Numancia.The result leaves Almeria well out of the running for the promotion places in the Segunda Division.Afterwards, Guti snapped: “We would have to spend the whole night to explain what we have lacked. We have not had the ball,son. He said: “I think the title’s done. This year it’s coming to Anfield no pirst start.

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manager Davey Johnson told reporters Wednesday closer  has an infected wisdom tooth that might need to be repaired. Johnson isn’t sure how severe Soriano’s situation might be, United.The Sun says Portuguese transfer guru Campos, 55, could get the job.Vice-chairman Ed Woodward felt that Campos’ appointment would give Jose Mourinho too much power 18 months ago.But now he favours Campos due to his ama Eden Hazard.The Brazil defender spoke to Efe after yesterday’s 3-2 defeat of Everton.Asked about his former Chelsea teammate, Luiz was aware of Hazard’s latest injury setback suffered in defeat at Levante.He insisted: “It is not worrying, because itzing record at Monaco anbut he wants it done as soon as possible so he still has time to prepare for the start of the season. Soriano is scheduled to pitch again Friday, but his status is TBD.

The Waser Issa Diop.United have already had one offer turned down by the Irons, while the Londoners have demanded Anthony Martial in part exchange.Meanwhile, Sky Sports says PSG are making a move for Diop.The free-spending Paris giants see Diop as a long-tehington Post reports Soriano traveled to the Dominican Republic on Tuesday to tend to a family matter, which was unrelated to his wisdom tooth issue.

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reliev Park.Borja arrived in January from Swansea City.He told Marca: “I had several offers, but the Aston Villa is a historic club in the Premier. “Also, (Pepe) Reina and Jota are helping me a lot in the adaptation.” Villa meet Manchester City in the Caraer  made an emergency srn Munich are maintaining a watching brief on Philippe Coutinho’s situation at Barcelona.Despite the deal for Inter Milan midfielder Ivan Perisic, BILD says Bayern’s interest in Coutinho remains alive.For the moment, Bayern are keeping tabs on the mitart for Kyle McClellan Sunday against the Mariners in Cactus League play. The left-hander rose to the occasion as he tossed three perfect innings of work and struck out two. Kirkman has extended his scoreless streak to nine innings and has allowed just three hits in five outings this spring. 

Kirkman is expected to see a greater role this season, especially with seven of the eight bullpen roles still undefined for the Rangers. 

“I don’t see myself as anything right now,” Kirkman said before his emergency start. “I can go in there and get any lefty out, but I think I can go out there and pitch three or four innings, too. Whatever [Washington] needs that night, I French great Luis Fernandez has used Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to take aim at PSG coach Thomas Tuchel.Fernandez has praised Klopp for the way he improves his players.He said, “Thomas Tuchel p***ed me off with the kids. Just look at what another Gerfeel I can go out there and do it.” 

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Jordan Lyles not concerned about rough spring

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right-hander continued his rough spring on Friday, allowing six runs on seven hits to the Braves while recording just two outs. He has now surrendered 15 runs (14 earned) in five innings across three starts in camp. Despite the rough start, Lyles told he is not concerned.

“I’m definitely not concerned, but I don’t think anybody in this clubhouse is happy with giving up runs after runs,” Lyles saiio Sarri plans to take a close look at Mason Mount in preseason.The Sun says the Blues are preparing to unleash Mount on their first team squad next season after applying for ar-old Irishman has been included with fellow homegrown youngsters Juan Foyth, Oliver Skipp, Alfie Whiteman and Brandon Austin.Each club must name a maximum of 25 players. Two must be goalkeepers. There are a minimum of eight places reserved exclusive visa for him to join their pre-season tour of Japan.Mount’s impressive lod. “It’s part of the game, but I think next outing I’ll start mixing in my cutter and slider. I think these outings won’t show up as much when I start mixing in those pitches and start going for outs.”

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“When you’re out there, you’re still competing, don’t get me wrong,” he said. “I’m not saying ‘Here’s the ball hit, it as far as you can.’ Guys are going to see the boxscore and are not going to be happy, but I’ed’s current status hurts him every day.The striker penned a new four-year deal with United on Monday.And the Englishman hopes he can fire United back up the table after a sixth-placed finish last season. “Me being a fan changes the emotional side ofm getting myself ready for April, and this is spring training and I want to go into the season healthy. That’s my main focus.”

Lyles, 22, went 5-12 with a 5.09 ERA in 25 starts for Houston last summer. He owns a career 5.20 ERA in 45 starts and 40 relief appearances since being named the 42nd prospect in baseball by Baseball America before the 2011 season.

This is one of those rare instances in which spring training statistics matter, at least to a certain extent. Lyles is competing with the likes of (6.75 ERA in Grapefruit League play), (7.20 ERA) and (4.91 ERA) for one of the two rotation spots behind , and , and he currently lags behind them all. It’s good that he’s working on things, but he’s going to have to get some outs at some point if he wants to actually make the team.

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boss Jurgen Klopp admits Harvey Elliott won’t be

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After being sidelined since Sunday due to a mild intercostal (is season.Emery says he is happy with their progress, despite facing the prospect of missing out on the top four.He stated: “Yes I am. Our progred a warning at Liverpool defender Joe Gomez a day before Monday’s furious England clash.The Mirror says Sterling warned Gomez ‘don’t f**k with me’ during their heated exchange in Sunday’s Premier League game.The pair clashed towards the end of Cityress I think – when we started the season we lost against Man City and Chelsea and we worked for this procerib) injury, Tigers outfielder returned to the lineup for Friday’s Grapefruit League game against the Mets. H Barcelona ahead of their Champions League showdown.Victory over Slavia Prague last night means Inter are still in with a chance of reaching the knockout phase – if they beat Barca at San Siro in a fortnight’s time.Conte declared: “We stayed alive ine went 1 for 3 with two strikeouts in the 6-2 loss.

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MLB.com reports Pirates prospect was grouped with the other starters during workouts on Tuesday. Manager Clint Hurdle said that there was a motive to put the right-hander with , , , and . “Yes, we put a lot o London Evening Standard says Tottenham will not give Jose Mourinho major funds in January,.The Portuguese has spent big at his previous clubs but will not oversee sweeping changes to the Spurs squad in the winter window.It is claimed Mourinho acceptf thought into how we group guys. We don’t just pick names out of a hat and put them together,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “We look at guys we may want to match up, so they can watch some other people, see how they go about things, to help with that educational process. That’s something we definCrystal Palace striker Alexander Sorloth eld schemer has emerged as a top summer target for Wolves in recent months.Le Parisian says Wolves are prepared to offer as much as €40m for Sanson – a proposal which will meet OM’s demands.The French giants need to sell with UEFA threatening a Finhas joined Trabzonspor on loan.The Norwegian will spend the entire 2019/20 campaign at the Turkish Super Lig club.Palace posted on their website: “Everyone at the club wishes Alexander the very best during the loan period.”Sorloth has made 20 appearances for the Eagles since joining from FC Midtjylland in January 2018.itely keep in mind with some of our prospects.”

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, with Norwich beating Manchester City headlining

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Cardinals startiIan Carlo Poveda to leave for Leeds United.Guardiola was asked after the FA Cup win over Fulham why City had let Poveda go and went on to explain why he thinks Leeds will be a good fit.”Because he’s young, he has to play, he’s not able [to play here]ng pitcher isn’t considering retirement despite the unlikelihood of him pitching in 2013 because of recurring neck, shoulder and arm issues. “I don’t think I’ll ever retire, to be honest with you, I’ll never say that word,” he said. “There might always be hope. Maybe when I’m 48 I can come back and do it some more.” Carpenter will remain away from the team while he recovers from his latest setback. If my arm is what it is like now, at some point in time you have to be like, ‘All right, enough’s enough,'” Carpenter said. “You can only push it so mu the Hammers have communicated to Bilbao they will meet the €30m option in Nunez’s contract to bring him to London in January.Nunez, 22, is ready to leave Bilbao after finding himself on the fringes of the first team this season behind fellow defench. I can’t pitch with the way that Ies fan attacked Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish last season, reports BBC Sport,Paul Mitchell ran onto the pitch and hit Grealish from behind during March’s Championship derby between the sides.Mitchell was jailed for 14 weeks on 11 March.An indepen feel right now. It’s not fair to anyone. I’m going to go ahead and rest it and wait until our guys get back. … We’ll just have to see what happens through time.”

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Ruiz apologizes, and Manuel says ‘I trust him’

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CLEARWATER, Fla. — won’t serve his suspension until the season begins in April, but in a very real sense, his punishment for testing positive for amphetamines began this week.It began Wednesday, when Ruiz spoke publicly for the first time since Or it began Tuesday, when Ruiz arrived at camp and met with his manager.As uncomfortable as Ruiz looked for his seven minutes in front of the television cameras, the time he spent with Charlie Manuel may have been tougher.Tougher, but productive, because Manuel came away convinced that his catcher won’t become a repeat offender and will continue to be a top-level player.”I trust him,” Manuel said. “I know him, and therefore I trust him. I got on him [Tuesday]. I got on him good. The things he said, I trust him. I don’t think it’ll be a problem at all.”I don’t think he’ll ever do it again, that’s what I think.”Ruiz admitted Wednesday that he had taken Adderall, a drug that players are only allowed to take with a medical exter Milan.Gotti worked with Giroud at Chelsea and rates the Frenchman highly.He told TMW: “Giroud would have been perfect and succeeded with Inter from the beginning. “Giroud at Lazio would have been an alternative of great impact, because he has veremption (which Ruiz didn’t have). He admitted that he had failed two tests last season, although he wouldn’t answer any questions about why he took the drug, why he hadn’t gotten an exemption or whether he would try to get one now.”I want to put that behind mnside the current squad.Leicester are going well, sitting third after their 5-0 thrashing of Newcastle United.“We’re very confident, especially off the back of 5-0 win against Newcastle and the five great goals that we scored,” Chilwell told the Foe,” Ruiz said, after apologizing to fans and teammates. “I’m going to do my best. I made a mistake and I paid.”Major League Baseball has rules. When you make a mistake, you have to pay.”The Phillies will have to pay, too. Manuel agreed with the suggestion that Ruiz may have been the Phillies’ most valuable player last year.”Yeah, I was upset when I heard about [the suspension], Manuel said. “Chooch is a big part of our team. He’s developed into one of the best catchers in baseball. [Yadier] Molina is good, but Chooch is right there with him.”Manuel said that Ruiz seemed to be “really hurt” when the two spoke. There was no doubt that Ruiz looked and sounded emotional in his public statements Wednesday.”We’re disappointed,” general manager Ruben Amaro said. “He made a mistake. He’s going to pay for it. We’ll pay for it.”Manuel said he expects to be the Phillies’ main catcher while Ruiz serves his suspension. Ruiz is permitted to goor a spell on the sidelines with a hip injury. The club have not provided a timeline for Maguire’s return. Maguire missed Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg loss to Manchester City.Quizzed on how long Maguire would be out for, manager Ole Gun through spring training as usual, but will miss the first 25 games of the season.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he will head into spring training with and in a platoon situation at third base. “That can always change,” Gonzalez said. “You start hitting the ball, you start playing well you find yourself in there more and more.” Gonzalez is eager to see what kind of shape Francisco is in when he reSilva and his teammates after breaching club rules – for a second time.The Liverpool Echo says he was late for a team meeting ahead of the game with Southampton.And Kean’s breach of club rules was the reason he was dropped from the matchday 18 for thports to camp. “He looked OK to me when we saw him in the Dback his players in public.He believes that so long as his team are true to their attacking philosophy and mentality, he will always protect them.But Wilder says that all bets are off if they are not giving it a proper go it at Chelsea.Willian’s effort from the edge of the area slipped from Adrian’s grasp after only 13 minutes of their FA Cup encounter at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.But Liverpool manager Klopp was in no mood for blaming his players after a slack pn games.Wilder said to repoominican right after the winter meetings, the 10th or 11 of December,” Gonzalez said. “We’ll see. He’s got a great opportunity, and he knows that. I expect him to be in good shape and I expect him to have a heck of a spring training. If he’s not, shame on him. It’s a good opportunity.”

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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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Happy birthday, overhand pitching

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If we need a reminder not all changes to baseball are bad, this anniversary should suffice. On Nov. 20, 1884, the National League agreed to allow overhand pitching,elighted to see Erling Braud Haaland performing well for Borussia Dortmund.Haaland snubbed United last month to sign for Dortmund, where he scored twice in a 2-1 win over PSG on Tuesday.Speaking after Thursday’s Europa League clash with Club Brugge, .

That’s right, prior to that, pitchers had to go all slow-pitch softball. Of course, the evolution of pithton at Selhurst Park on Monday.Albion were dominant for much of the contest and lead thr China. The day that RCD Espanyol de Barcelona completed the transfer of Wu Lei from Shanghai SIPG saw the arrival of a new hero to Spanish football, who could form a central part of the league’s strategy for growth in the country. The subsequent incough Neal Maupay’s 54th minute strike.But not for the first time, Zaha saved Palace’s blushes with a sublime strike with 14 minutes remaining in the match.Speakiching was far from complete, as pitchers still were forced to keep both feet on the ground throughout their motion, in order to keep their velocity under control. Also, pitchers were required to throw the ball at the height requested by the batter.

So, basically, it went from slow-pitch softball to parents-pitch Little League.

Still, this is a banner day in baseball history, as the move marked at least babysteps toward what we see on the mound in modern times.

I wonder if back then the “purists” kicked and screamed about how the change was “ruining baseball?” We should ask Bud Selig. I hear he was commissioner then.

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