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manager Ron Washington named left-handed pitcher as one of his two primary setup men to begin the yearth Crystal Palace.Now back with Malmo, the midfielder had a year away with Benfica, which sent him on-loan to Palace. However the Sw tenure with Burnley comes to an end.The 33-year-old only played 11 times this season. He had spent the past five seasons at the Turf Moor club.However, he will now move on to pastures new after his contract expires.Taylor, who took his place in the ede failed to make an impression in London.He told Fotbollskanalen: “It was an educational year. It’s not something I , according to the Dallas Morning News. Ross was in ty attacker Kevin de Bruyne says David Silva deserves his goal in victory over Aston Villa.The Belgian was awarded the goal, as his teasing cross seemed to evade everyone before bouncing into the back of the net – although there had been a suggestithe running for a rotation spot this spring before being shifted to the bullpen. Ross has allowed five earned runs in 18 1/3 innings of work, posting a 2.45 ERA and 1.47 WHIP.

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MLB.com reports Mariners starter pitched in a minor-league intrasquad game on Monday. He allowed three runs on 1, Luiz has spent the past season away on-loan due to work permit problems.The Manchester Evening News says Luiz made 20 starts and seven substitute appearances in a season which saw him suffer with injuries, and also saw the club relegated.He has bee0 hits over five innings of work. Ramirez year-old starred under Lampard at Derby County last term, before returning to become a vital player for the Blues.But Mount says he wasn’t guaranteed a spot in Lampard’s side when he returned to Stamford Bridge this summer.He said: “I hadn’t had a fualso struck out seven with no walks while throwing 70 pitches. ready to bid for Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.The Sun says Mignolet, 31, lost his place in Jurgen Klopp’s team this season following the arrival of Alisson Becker – but has attracted interest from Eddie Howe.Howe is ready to offer regular Prem

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Paul Pogba taken off penalties, it has been reveal

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The Doerkid joins the Serie B outfit on a season-long loan.Scamacca moved to Sassuolo from PSV in Jade an initial enquiry to Saints about Lemina.The want-away midfielder is keen to depart the south coast before the transfer window ends on 8 August.And with Everton selling Idrissa Gueye to French giants Paris Saint Germain for £28m, they are on thenuary 2017 but has played just three times for the Neroverdi.The 20-year-old was part of the Italy squad who reached the Under-20 World Cup semi-finals lastdgers announced Monday they reassigned , and ton his contract.The Evening Standard says United are prepared to take a huge risk on De Gea’s contract.De Gea has entered the final year of his contract after refusing to sign an extension.United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is willing to run t minor league camp.

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is under pressure at the Nou Camp after a stuttering start to the season.TNT says Barca are searching out alternatives, with Gallardo high on the agenda.Indeed, the Argentine has already spoken with Barca management, but he replied that he could not

Astros starting pitcher continued his rocky spring Friday against the Braves, allowing six runs on seven hits in only two-thirds of an inning. He has allowed 14 earned runs in five innings this spring. “Definitely not concerned, but I don’t think anybody’s happy with giving up runs after runs,” the 22-year-old right-hander said. “It’s part of the game, but I think next time I’ll start mixing in my cutter and slider. I think the results will be different when I start mixing in all those pitches and start going for outs more than quality strikes.” Manager Bo Porter agreed. “There are some things that we would want to address. The ball looks elevated a little bit,” Porter said. “But we’re not worried about it. We’re going to continue to work, he’s going to continue to get the balnjoying his record-breaking loan with PSG.Icardi has become the quickest player to score 10 goals for the Parisians.“I didn’t know that and it’s a source of pride to achieve this kind of thing and make history for a team like Paris Saint-Germain,” l. There’s stilRomelu Lukaku took his Inter Milan teammates to dinner this week.The striker used the moment to thank the squad for the way they have welcomed him.“I’m very happy to be here with you,” he said during a speech around the table. “Thanks for the help you’ve given me. This is a special group.”l a lot of time left in spring training, and we feel confident he’ll be ready to go when the season starts. We expect him to be part of our rotation.”

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the international break.Wales international Chest

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Marlins outfielder told reporters Thursday X-rays were negative after he was hit in the head Wednesday during a simulated game. He said he plans to take it easy in workouts the next few days, so he can “get back on planet earth.’’ Stanton remains hopeful to play in Saturday’s spring opener against the Cardinals. “I was pretty loopy, I must say, yesterday, but for ed Matteo Guendouzi after his performance against Manchester United on Monday.The 21-year-old Arsenal midfielder ended the 1-1 draand international has been out with an Achilles injury since May.But after a posting a video of himself doing football drills in training this week, the Blues think the midfielder could return to action next month.A fit again Loftus-Cheek would help w with the best passing accuracy of any player in the final third.And former Gunners star Fabregas took to Twitter to prthe most part I feel fine,” Stanton said, per The Palm Beach Post. “We’re going to see how a bunch of activity in the weight room goes. lan Rice insists he’s committed to West Ham.Manchester City and United have both been linked with Rice and, while the 20-year-old believes he is good enough to play for a top club, he is happy at West Ham.Rice said, “If you look at the contract I’vI’d like to at least get some hitting in today, but it’s probably smarter not to do much.’’

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Report: Mat Latos, Reds barely beat arbitration buzzer

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The and Tuesday. The two parties were in the arbitration hearing room as his new was finalized, John Fay of the Cincinnati Inquirer reported.

Latos, 25, had a 3.48 ERA (122 ERA+) in 33 starts for Cincinnati in 2012, his first year as a Red after a blockbuster trade brought him from Sadhoven fullback Angelino.De Telegraaf says City will sign their former left-back soon.Angelino has left PSV and will not be returning as he finalises a move back to City.PSV signed Angelino last summer for €5.5m and now face losing the young Spanian Diego. Latos assuaged doubts about his ability to transition from pitcher-friendly Petco Park to hitter haven Great American Ballpark — he had a 3.47 ERA in 2011 as a Padre. 

This is Latos’s first arbitration-eligible season. He will be eligible for arbitration once more, when his new contract expires after the 2014 season.

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwice are looking into the abuse midfielder Jesse Lingard received as he boarded the team coach after Thursday’s FA Cup victory at Derby County’s Pride Pl Madrid hero Roberto Carlos insists there’s no need for major squad changes this summer.Real are facing an overhaul this summer.But Roberto Carlos told Marca: If I were the coach I wouldn’t change much. The team has won a lot recently. I don’t thinkark.United are furious and feel the behaviour was unacceptable and should be condemned in the stronik, Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow .

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rmer Leicester City striker signed earlier this mo

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

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Cool photo of the day: AT&T Park during World Series

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I have made two contributions to the world of photography: looking at it and occasionally embedding it in a blog post. In other words, I know little of the craft. I know only when I like something. And this photographic rendering of the ‘ AT&T Park during the most recent World Series is, I declare, Something I Like. Dig it …

The image is from Elmofoto.com, . Clouds! Boats! Distant Oakland! High-stakes baseball!

I also have no idea how Mr./Ms. Elmofoto made the image look like a hyper-realistic painting, but the effect is pretty arresting. As with most things that elude me, I chalk it up to sorcery.

Clouds!

For more basebalhope of convincing David de Gea to sign a new deal.The Guardian says discussions have been ongoing for months and despite no development yet there is still hope he will sign despite them beis racing to get fit for their key Premier League clash against Manchester United.The Hornets take on the Red Devils as they look to gain more points for league survival on Sunday.And they will be happy to know that Femenia, who was out with a hamstring some distance from reaching an agreement.T is happy playing for manager Eddie Howe.There are no secrets behind Bournemouth’s sustainability in the top-flight. To Nathan Ake, the bedrock of the Cherries defence, the answer is simple.”Hard work as a team,” Ake told the Daily Express.”I think the Spaniard’s rl news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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Early start time a welcome break in work productivity for many Giants fans

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SAN FRANCISCO — With the usual World Series start time being 8:07 p.m. ET, fans out west have a sacrifice to make in order to see their beloved team play baseball. The first pitch for Game 1 was scheduled for 5:07 p.m. loon Greenwood hopes to end the season with silverware.With United still in both the FA Cup and Europa League, there is every possibility he could fire Ole Gunnar er their 2-2 draw with Chelsea.Blues fullback Marcos Alonso struck twice for the visitors.Asked how frustrating it was to see a defender score twice against his side, Billing replied: “Oh yeah. When I saw Alonso for the second I was like ‘ah man’. Solskjaer’s side to glory.Speaking to ManUtd.com about his dramatic rise, Greenwood said:cal time Wednesday, or seven minutes past when many fans get off work.

So how are there so many people here? Well, it’s obvious. It’s time to play hooky from work. In speaking with about 50 fans in the upper deck of AT&T Park, nearly all of them had to get out of work in some fashion. About half took half-days.

“I left at 11 [a.m.], but my boss was really cool because it’s the World Series,” said one female fan. She wasn’t alone. Over half the fans I surveyed took a half-day. Some waited until 2 or 3 p.m. local time before skating.

Others just used up a few vacation days.

“I took two vacation days, one [Wednesday] and one [Thursday],” said a man in his 30s named Ryan. 

And finally, of course, there were those who didn’t exactly do things by the book (only five of the people I talked to). One married couple with a youe’s Atletico have bid £63million for the Denmark international.Barcelona, Manchester United and Real Madrid have all been linked with the 27-year-old playmaker.But Atletico have delivered the first blow and could join Joao Felix at the Wanda Metropong daughter looked at each other and kind of sheepishly laughed when I asked if they both took a vacation day. The man just shook his head with a smile.

“I just called my boss and said something came up and I can’t make it to work,” said the wife, begging the question how naive or out-of-touch with the city the boss must be if he or she fell for the excuse.

Suffice it to say, though, losing a few days of full productivity due to celebrating a trip to the World Series is quite welcome across all of .

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Rangers claim catcher Konrad Schmidt from Diamondbacks

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The claimed catcher off waivers from the , the club announced Wednesday.

Schmidt, 28, m teammate Steven Bergwijn.The new signing from PSV Eindhoven scored on debut in victory over Manchester City on Sunday.Spurs defender Alderweireld told AD: “I was particularly impressed by his professionalism.”Sometimes you have guys who excel in thhas played just eight major-league games, notching one hit in 15 at-bats. He has spent the majority of the last two seasons at Triple-A Reno, where he posted a .282/.336/.432 line in 190 games. 

For continued coverage of the 2012-2013 offseason, visit CBSSportlained their surprise swoop for Everton midfielder James McCarthy.McCarthy joiaguire.Dalot admits Maguire is already regarded as a squad leader.He said, “He’s so calm.“He’s settled in perfectly. He’s a very nice guy, very humble, very quick to settle. We’ll keep helping him, but I think he’s already shown everyone on the pitned Crystal Palace from Everton in August 2019, the then-28-year-old had played just one competitive game of football in 20 months.Ahead of his Everton return, Hodgson saids.com’s .

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rashed out of the African Cup of Nations at the ha

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Twins No. 3 prospect, according to .com, outfielder was placed on the 7-day disabled list for Class a Beloit on Wednesday. Rosario was struck in the face byntoine Griezmann says he knows his next move.Griezmann is to depart Los Rojiblancos this summer and he has revealed that he already knows his next destist managerBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde feels he has the full support of the club.The former Athletic Club boss has also revealed that he has recently had a meal with the Blaugrana’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu.”[My future] doesn’t worry me,” he told the press confidence.”I went to eat with [Bartomeu].”The club have always supported me and I feel respected.” in the league’ shortly after it was announced he had signed a new two-and-a-half year deal with the Linnets.Speaking to Tribal Football on Wednesday, Gash said he was thrilled that the former Norwich City player and assistant coach had comnation.The Frenchman is expected to move to his next club on 1 July, when his release clause drops a line drive on Tuesday.

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Steinbrenner denies story he might sell Yankees; Levine calls Hal ‘enthusiastic’

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Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner issued a strong statement not only denying a New Yorkpool to revive talks for Nabil Fekir’s sale.Last summer, a fee and contract had been agreed but Liverpool pulled the plug at the last minute due to problems in his medical.However, the attacker is said to still be on Klopp’s radar – but not according Daily News story suggesting he will explore selling the Yankees but ridiculing it. “I just read the Daily News story. it is complete fiction. Me and my family have no intention to sell the Yankees and expect it to be in the family for years to come,.”The story used unnamed sources who speculated that Steinbrenner might want to sell following the sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2.15 billion to a group led by the Guggenheim partners, plus basketball icon Magic Johnson and longtime baseball executive Stan Kasten. There were no named sources supporting the contention Steinbrenner might sell, and the story seemed to be built on speculation Steinbrenner prefers non-baseball business. While Yankees people were enthused by that Dodgers sales price, no tangible evidence of any Yankees sale talk has surfaced, in that story or elsewhere. More on YankeesRelated links More coverage | | | Yankees president Randy Levine this morning painted a picture of the story being so far from the truth it barely deserved a serious response. Levine joked, saying, “I am going to put together a group and call Mort Zuckerman to buy the Daily News. Would you like to join me?”On a more serious note, Levine said that the picture of Hal Steinbrenner lacking interest in baseball or the team is absurd. “He is very enthusiastic,” Levine said of Hal. “He’s been managing partner three years. He won the World Series once, got to the ALCS once and we’re here now. He doesn’t have George’s personality, but nobody doeed £2.7m.The 18-year-old centre-back has agreed a five-year contract with the Hammers.Cardosa played 15 times for Portuguese side Boavista last season and has eight caps for Portugal at Under-19s level.He is West Ham’s fifth signing of the summer fos.”George Steinbrenner bought the Yankees for under $10 million in January, 1973. He died in 2009. His younger son Hal was initially portrayed as reticent to take over the team as managing partner, but he has seemed to embrace the role sinThe move was instigated by the top flight’s £30 limit on away tickets and the Canaries felt it was right to keep the rule consistent for their home fans as well.And now other Prem clubs are being urged to follow suit by making home tickets more affoce taking over for older brither Hank who is more of a wild card than the Williams-educated Hal and has since virtually disappeared from the public scene.Levine also asserted that the idea that the younger Steinbrenner doesn’t like players is absurd. Said Levine, “It’s total BS.”

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Royals owner says he’s not selling

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As if the Royals’ 9-19 start wasn’t bad enough news for beleaguered Kansas City fans, now there’s this: Royals owner David Glass said there’sr permission to hold December’s match between Atletico Madrid and Villarreal in Miami, reports BBC Sport.Both clubs have agreed to the proposal to hold the 6 December fixture at the Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium.La Liga previously failed in an at no truth to rumors that he wants to sell the team.:“Nonsense,” Glass said. “I’ve never spoken to anyone about selling the club. I have no y.The midfielder has managed just 10 minutes in the Premier League this season.Foden has just produced two assists for England U21s in a 3-2 win against Turkey. Afterwards, he said, “You have your opinions and I stand as I am. I simply know that I amidea where that comes from. Who knows? But I have not been contacted by anyone.“Everybody in baseball knows that I’m committed, and my family is committed; that we’re going to own the Royals, and that the Royals are going to be in Kansas City and that we’re going to make the teategui lasted barely three months before being sacked this past season.He told Universo Valdano: “The team had a lot of room for improvement, we had to improve the collective, we understood that it was a key moment for us, but we have the utmost respem a contender again.”Oh well, I guess there’s always that first-place Sporting Kansas City side, right?

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Evan Longoria likely out 6-8 weeks with hamstring tear

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third baseman will likely miss six-to-eight weeks with a partially torn hamstring, . He’s been and replaced on the active roster by choice of joining Real Madrid.The Japan international is currently on-loan with Real Mallorca.He told Marca: “Why did I choose Real Madrid when Barça and PSG followed me? “I really liked Real Madrid’s sporting intentions, the plan they had for me finfielder Will Rhymes. A best-case outlook has Longoria resuming activities in four weeks and returning to the active roster in six. The 26-year-old is hitting .329/.433/.561 on the young season. “I think it sucks,” Longoria said of his injury.Longoria injured himself in Monday’s 12-inning game against the Mariners. He left the game after a failed stolen b on their preseason tour of Australasia, according to reports.The Belgium international is desperate for a move to Inter Milan this summer.The two clubs have begun discussions over a potential deal, with United demanding at least £75m for the 26-yeaase attempt to end t has hinted he was blocked from leaving Ajax over the summer.The defender was a target for West Ham United.”Looking back makes no sense, I’m going full speed ahead,” said the defender to De Telegraaf. “I have never made it a secret to look further.he third inning. It’s the third time in Longoria’s career that he’s been placed on the disabled list.

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Fewer sliders for Tim Lincecum?

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ace has gotten rid of his slider, at least for now. Indeed, as Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area reports, . Lincecum hasn’t thrown a slider this spring (during which time he’s struggled badly) and by the sounds of it won’t do so in the regular season, at least in the early going. One might first wonder whether Lincecum is worried about his elbow. On this point, there’s no indication that he is, and by the sounds of it this decision is more preemptive measure thaneeded 1-0 win over fellow relegation battlers Norwich City on Boxing Day.Jack Grealish was in inspirational form as Conor Hourihane’s second-half strike gave Villa all three points.And speaking after the game, manager Dean Smith said Grealish hasn’tn anything reactionary. It’s also worth noting that Lincecum, despite heavy workloads as a young pitcher, has never been on the DL and never dealt with any arm issues as a pro. So there’s that. One might next wonder whether cutting back on the slider will make Lincecum less of a pitcher moving forward. The answer is a resounding: maybe. As Eno Sarris of FanGraphs notes, , so he’s carving out quite a piece of his repertoire. What’s more, Lincecum’s slider has been a very valuable pitch for him throughout his major-league career. In fact, last season Lincecum’s slider, in terms of runs prevented, was . Sure, there’s some margin for error in the data, but the overarching point — that Lincecum’s slider is a very good pitch — stands. In part, it was the new grip on his slider that afforded him so much success in the 2010 postseason. He’s added velocity to it over the years, and it’s always had good vertical movement. It’ll be missed — to the extent that it’s going away, that is. On that point, manager Bruce Bochy’s comments suggest that Lincecum isn’t abandon trouble after theas slammed the Premier League over their response to the COVID-19 outbreak.Wednesday’s match between Manchester City and Arsenal was cancelled after it was learnt that Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis, who had visited the Emirates two weeks ago, ir 0-0 draw with Bournemouth.The Hornets remain at the bottom of the Premier League after failing to win at the 10th attempt this season.Sanchez Flores admits his side’s goal tally is not good enough with just five to their name to ing the pitch wholesale, but rather “banking” those sliders for later use: “He just wanted to back off,” Bochy said. “It’s a long season and he has a lot of innings in him. It probably puts a little more stress on his arm. He probably wants to wait to break it out later.”Lincecum, even when not leaning on the slider, will still have a deep repertoire and will almost certainly remain among the best pitchers in the game. But is this development in tandem with his declining strikeout rate a sign that Lincecum may soon decline from “great” to “very good”? That remains to be seen.

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