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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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is not yet officially on the ‘ roster as the deal has not been announceEverton boss Marco Silva has told Moise Kean to forget his critics.Silva has dismissed Graeme Souness’ comments after the Sky Sports’ pundit speculated that Juventus s Marcus Rashford is back to his best.The striker scored in England’s 4-0 win over Kosovo on Sunday.The former Red Devils captain told on ITV: “Brilliant, brilliant goal. What a finish. He is back to his best. “It was a lovely play, nice and simple. sold Kean this summer because his “off-field activities are not the best”.But the manager told the Liverpool Echo: “I heard something.“My people told me and our media people also but I don’t want my players to see, read or pay attention to this situation.“I don’t lose my focus with this situation. Ok, some managers, some people talking on TV and on radio as well, it is their opinion and we have to respect opinions, don’t lose focus, keep doing your work and keep believing in your players.“For me it is not an important thing and I don’t want our players to lose their focus and lose energy with this situation because it is not something you can control.”d, the Journal News reports Tuesday. That said, Wells already has a locker and is listed in a batting practice grouping for New York Tuesday. He expects to playtbid eachother for Benfica whiz Joao Felix.The Sun says City boss Pep Guardiola is determined to land the youngster regardless of whether Leroy Sane stays at the Etihad.The 19-year-old shot into the consciousness of Europe’s elite this season after b against the Astros Tuesday night in a Grapefruit League night game. 

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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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ve Bull has backed Raul Jimenez to become the club

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The signed infielder to a minor-league contract on Saturday, less than 24 hours after he was released by the Giants. Valdez, who hs’ versatility in the 1-1 draw with Newcastle United on Sunday.Behind 1-0 at half-time, Nuno changed formations from 3-5-2 to 3-4-3 which saw them dominate the second stanza and eventually score an equaliser through Jonny.Speaking after the game, Nunit just .206 in 77 games with the Reds last season, will re top table in January.The club have been linked with the likes of Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell as thventus are eyeing moves for David de Gea, Eric Bailly and Nemanja Matic’ next summer. The Turin-based side have history of targeting Premier League players near the end of their contracts having picked up Aaron Ramsey from Arsenal for free this summeey have an estimated £150million to spend.Lampard would not reveal what players he was targeting, but he did export to Miami’s major-league camp.

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ave announced Axitea as their official security pa

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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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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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Start vs. Italy helps Weaver and Angels, but not the WBC

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TEMPE, Ariz. — looked good against Team Italy on Wednesday.

That’s great news for Weaver, and great news for the . It’s terrible news for the World Baseball Classic.

“It’s nice to feel this good early on,” Weaver said, after his three strong innings in an exhibition game.

Weaver credited the Angels’ athletic training staff for helping loosen up his right shoulder, which he said had felt tight over the last couple of years (even as he was pitching at a near-Cy Young level).

“I ith Guardiola’s brother Pere now part-owner. Pep signed up as a member during his visit.”I am very excited to be a member of Girona and that’s why I called my brother, so he could do it. From Manchester we follow the resultSolskjaer has ruled Anthony Martial out of returning for Thursday’s clash with AZ Alkmaar.The Norwegian was speaking after Monday’s draw with Arsenal at Old Trafford.He could not provide an update on right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who missed the matchs and watch the games whenehaven’t had this range of motion in a while,” he said. “I can go back to my normal arm slot. I’m more of a three-quarters guy, but the last couple of years I had to be more over the top.”

He feels good. He feels strong. He likes the WBC concept so much that he says he’ll watch every game he can when the WBC begins for real for Team USA this weekend.

But Weaver still didn’t want to pitch for Team USA this month.

“Maybe if they’d figure out a better time to have it,” Weaver said.

For this WBC, even at this time of year, Team USA was able to assemble a strong roster. The biggest problem was finding top starting pitchers.

It wasn’t just Weaver. , and , among others, also turned down the chance to pitch.

Most gave the same reasons Weaver did. Pitchers need more time than position players to get ready, and they didn’t feel they could be ready for competitive games in early March.

“I would be quite to where I needed to be,” Weaver said. “I think it would be a little tough to go out with your best stuff now. If I had to go out and turn it on, I think it would be a little tough.

“As great as it would be to wear the red, white and blue, it’s a tough thing to get ready for.”

Weaver threw 52 pitches Wednesday against Team Italy. By WBC rules, if he had joined Team USA, he would have been limited to no more than 65 pitches this weekend.

He allowed Italy one run in three innings, with five strikeouts. He was good enough to pitch in a spring game, but he didn’t feel ready to pitch in a game that counted.

He was comfortable facing Team Italy on WednesdFootball League ban pre-match handshakesThe Premier League and EFL have said pre-match handshakes between both teams and officials will not take place until further notice because of fears over the spread of coronavirus, reports BBC Sport.The teams way. He didn’t want to face them in a WBC game on Saturday.

For anyone who wants the WBC to succeed (and I count myself among that group), that’s too bad.

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Barca B debut last season and Girona chief Quique

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Diamondbacks pitcher made his Cactus League debut on Sunday against the Rockies. He worked two scoreless innings, giving up one hit while striking out four. The left-hander also itar Neymar has agreed personal terms with Barcelona, it has been revealed.Sport says Barcelona has a verbal agreement with Neymar to return this summer on a five-year deal.Neymar is so desperate to re-sign for Barca that he accepted the offer made byssued one walk while thr already been won over by Moussa Djenepo.Both Saints scored in victory over Brighton yesterday.”I think everyone can see around the training ground how much of a fun and bubbly character he is,” Redmond told Southampton’s club website.”He’s still onlowing 18 pitches, 14 for strikes. “Last year I came up and wanted to show them what I have and this year you have a definite goal s assurances from the Egyptian FA over how Mohamed Salah will be managed if he is to be released for the Olympics this year.Ahram Online says Klopp will seek a ‘comprehensive file’ on Egypt’s training programme for the 2020 Olympics before he decidesin mind,” Corbin said. “I can relax and just try to be myself and show that I can be the guy.”

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The Boston Globe reports Red Sox manager John Farrell said is making progress as he begins to tweak his delivery. “The delivery you see now is like he was before,” Farrell said. “The lead leg was like a swinging gate, collapse on the backside, lost that downward plane. He’s made some tangible adjustments in camp. They started late last season.” Lester has seen a drop in velocity the last two seasod by England.The winger, who has been a revelation for United since arriving from Swansea this summer, made his full Wales debut last year.Despite being born in Hull, James has represented Wales from U17 to U21 level.”[My father] took me to a camp inns, but Farrell isn’t overly concerned. “It could be he’s logged 1,000 innings the last five years and there’s going to be a natural effect,” Farfor CSKA Moscow striker Fedor Chalov is heating up ahead of the winter market.Chalov, 21, remains a target for Crystal Palace, which failed with an offer for the Russia international last summer.However, Chelsea have also made enquiries in the past wrell said. Lester madenjury.He insists the Chelsea midfielder was pulled out of the France line-up to face Iceland as a precaution.Kante handed Chelsea boss Frank Lampard a fresh injury worry by limping off with a groin problem in the warm-up ahead of France’s Euro 2020 q his Grapefruit debut Sunday against the Cardinals. He pitched two perfect innings and struck out one batter.

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Nationals, Jordan Zimmermann avoid arbitration with one-year contract

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The and starter have avoided arbitration with a one-year contract, the club announced Friday.

Zimmermann, 26, posted a 2.94 ERA (134 ERA+) in 195.2 innings in 2012, career bests in both categories. He continued to sport excellent control after red be expected that it’s taking time for the players to adjust to coach Maurizio Sarri’s system.Sarri took charge this season after five years of Max Allegri at Juve.“There were some tactical certainties we could rely on after five years with Allegrturning from Tommy John surghelan has made a second check on Birmingham City teen Jude Bellingham.The Sun says United aim to stay on the trail of Birmingham starlet Bellingham, 16.United co former club Chelsea in Sunday’s London derby.Asked whether he can get over playing his former club Chelsea, he said: “Yes, of course. I can but maybe others can’t but I can. For me it’s a game.”I am 100 per cent Tottenham, I’ve always been 100 per cach Phelan has again checked on the midfielder, though Blues do not plan to lose him in tery in 2011. He walked just 2.0 batters per nine innings after walking just 1.7 per nine innings in 2011.

Zimmermann will earn $5.35 million for the 2013 season, the club announced.

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Cardinals interested in shortstop Ronny Cedeno

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The are among the teams interested in shortstop , according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

The Cardinals are entering the season with some question marks at short. is penciled in as the team’s starter, but he’s currently rehabbing from an elbow injl Madrid.The Real Madrid hero is in his first season as a head coach with Seguacing Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.The two teams will meet in Saturday’s Copa del Rey final at the Estadio Benito Villamarin in Seville.”Messi is one of those game-changing players, but we can’t get obsessed with him,” Angulo told EFE.”I imaginda Division Almeria.Speaking with Universo Valdano, Guti snapped: “I would have liked a recognition, a tribute match (when he left). “I felt the emptiness from a club inury. filled in for Furcal admirably, but his numbers were boosted by a .415 batting average on balls in play. Cedeno would be a nice fallback option for the team if neither player is able to produce at the start of the season.

Cedeno, 29, spent last season with the Mets. In 186 plate appearances with the team, he hit .259/.332/.410. 

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors fromelling Kylian Mbappe.PSG teammate Neymar is again being linked with Real Madrid ahead of the summer market, however Tebas says it’s more likely Mbappe will be the one sold.He told Cadena SER: “If Neymar will return (to Spain)? No.”He has cost PSG so bloggers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow.

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is among the Phillies’ non-roster invitees to banager Jurgen Klopp’s team cannot be regarded as great – for the moment.So far, Liverpool have reached back-to-back Champions League finals, achieving European and world champion status. They almost certain to end 30-year wait for a league title in 2ig-league camp this spring, and though he doesn’t have a real chance of making the team, the 22-year-old can further establish himself as the club’s third baseman of the future, according to MLB.com. “He came a long way last year,” said general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. “We talked about it a lot, that he made a mechanical adjustment.” After hitting only .192 in 239 at-bats as a first-year bian Delph feels good times are around the corner at Everton under manager Carlo Ancelotti.The Toffeemen have won five and drawn two of their eight games under the former AC Milan, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich boss, which has taken them to wity.Unai Emery is still on the look out for defensive reinforcements after signing David Luiz and Kieran Tierney in the summer and the Wolves man may fit the bill, says The Sun.Boly, 28, joined Wolves in 2017 and won promotion to the Premier League in hin fipro in 2011, Asche hit .324 with 12 homers and an .849 OPS in 518 at-bats between Class A and Double-A last year. “He seems to be one of those baseball rat type guys, where he’s not going allow impediments to stop him,” Amaro said. “We’ll see how he continues to progress. Obviously, he’s got a chance to swing the bat. He’s got a chance to be a decent third baseman. We’ll see how he progresses.”

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MLB.com’s Greg Johns reported on Thursday that the Mariners have singed to a minor league deal and invited him to sper United and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan has been named new coach of Penarol.Forlan will replace head coach Diego Lopez, whose contract ends at the end of this month.The Montevideo-based club announced the move on Twitter. The 40-year-old Fring tship inside the current squad.While manager Ole f buying a portion of the pay-TV network’s Uefa Champions League rights, according to a report by the Sunday Times newspaper, reports, /.Last November, BT Sport retained its exclusive rights contract for European soccer’s premier club competition untGunnar Solskjaer’s side are under arguably even more strain ahead of Sunday’s game against leaders Liverpool, ex-England star Anderson is struggling to see where the spark will come from.He told The Sunraining. Jacobs played in 13 games with Arizona last season, hitting .211 and driving in two runs. His best season came in 2008, when he hit 32 home runs for the Marlins.

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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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Sneak peek at new Petco Park fences

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, the are bringing in the fences at Petco Park so that it plays as something other than the most extreme pitcher’s environment in the majors. Ommer signing from Swansea, 21, has scored three goals in four games for United.And he’s clearly a loved character in his national team.Defender Joe Rodon said: “DJ hasn’t got a bad bone in his body.”He’s a brilliant kid, aineux outfit would arguably not be sitting pretty in seventh had it not been some scintillating performances from Traore this season.And Wolves boss Nuno confirmed the Spaniard will be available to face the third-placed Foxes.”All the squad, with the close friend and is in greaur C. Trent Rosecrans noted at the time that the most notable alteration will be the decision to shift the right field fence plate-ward by 11 feet, the height lowered to eight feet. 

Courtesy of team president and CEO Tom Garfinkel, here’sEverton have agreed a deal to sign Djibril Sidibe from Monaco, according to Sky Sports. The France international fullback will arrive on loan with a view of making the deal permanent.Sidibe, 27, will undergo a medical on Wednesday.He has made 114 appearances in all competitions for Monaco since joining from Lille in 2016. a sneak peek at the changes afoot in right field … 

@ RF wall demo

— Tom Garfinkel (@TomGarfinkel)

As you can see, it looks pretty drastic, which it is. In any case, this could be good news for the switch-hitting and the lefty-swinging . 

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