er failing to make the squad for defeat at Liverpo


The have released left fielder , according to Zapata hit .213/.258/.290 in 358 plate appearances for the Mets’ Double-A to be title challengers.Matic, 30, is in contention to be United’s captain this term and appeared in all their pre-season wins, against Perth Glory, Leeds, Inter Milan and Tottenham.”Quality and experience brings you the title. In this squad we have affiliate in semiro admits he regards himself as a homegrown player at Real Madrid.The midfielder joined Los Blancos froidfielder Mateo Kovacic says he likes the rough and tumble of the Premier League.The Croatian is enjoying a fine campaign, his second with the Blues since arriving from Real Madrid. Speaking to the club’s website, Kovacic said: “I remember my first gm Sao Paulo at the age of 20 and played for Castilla in Spain’s second tier.”It was always an honour and a pleasure to come through the youth t2012.

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


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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mits he turned down Manchester United last summer.


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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reaking his goal scoring drought was a significant


picked up his first win of the spring Friday ar Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton.The Sun says Burnley are lining up enchman was fired close to the end of the Premier League season, with Brendan Rodgers taking over and going on an impressive run of results.However, Puel may not have to wait long for his next job.Le10 Sport in France is reporting that Saint-Etienne a cut-price £1million deal for Bitton.Dyche is a keen admirer of Bitton and wants to try to sign him in January to boost his options in a number of areas.The versatile 28-year-old, whgainst Tampa Bay. Jurrjens held the Rays scoreless for five innings with just two hits allowed and three strikeouts in relief of Steve Johnson. He now has a 4.61 spring ERA.

Jurrjens isn’t expected to breakn taunting Leeds United fans after yesterday’s FA Youth Cup win.The Leeds support chanted ‘you’re just a s*** Sideshow Bob’ towards Mejbri, given his resemblance to the Simpsons character.But he took it in good humour, posting a picture of Sideshow B camp with the — Jake Arrieta looks like he’ll win the fifth starter job — but the Orioles will be able to keep him in the minors until his opt-out clause can be exercised on June 15. He’ll have until then to convince the Orioles he’s worth a major league spot.

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injury.Kane has been out of action since New Year’


Mariners pitching prospect , who is recovering from a mildly strained right ht Ham as a replacement for Adrian, who is about to come off contract.The 21-year-old Polish keeper has been on loan at Empoli this season having made just seven appearances in three seasons for his parent club Fiorentina.Dragowski has also attracted ipDeeney is back in light training.The attacker is going through rehabilitation following a knee injury.He had surgery two weeks ago and is already back at the club’s training ground, working back to full match fitness.”It’s my first proper day back an flexor, completed a light bullpen session Friday, according to the Seattle Times. He is scheduled to throw a regular bullpen sood midfielder Nemanja Matic is being offered to clubs in Serie A.The Serb’s current deal is to expire in June and says the Serbian’s representatives are already assessing options for his next move.Italian giants AC Milan, Inter Milann as he is back at 100 percent.

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erb start to the season.Sterling has gone from str

content_img 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


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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Bull Pennings: Rock and roll — and baseball — never forgets


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PEORIA, Ariz. — It wasn’t quite out past the cornfields where the woods got heavy, and it wasn’t quite a ’60 Chevy.

But it was close when Ted Simmons’ night moved one Friday in the late 1960s.

Simmons was attempting to travel home to family for the weekend from the University of Michigan with his then-girlfriend (now wife) Maryanne, and the young couple did something that was completely natural at the time.

They hitchhiked.

Simmons was a high-profile baseball player who was drafted in the first round — 10th overall pick — by the Cardinals in 1967. Though he signed with St. Louis out of high school, he was attending Michigan during the offseasons.

It was in November or December, as he remembers it. Nighttime. Cold. Snow flurries.

As Ted and Maryanne hitchhiked alongside U.S. 23 North coming out of Ann Arbor, a van pulled over. Ted helped Maryanne into the front passenger’s seat, then climbed into the back.

“I get in, all the seats had been removed, and there was a full drum set in the back,” says Simmons, now a senior adviser to Mariners general manager Jack Zdurencik after a long pro career as a player.

As the van rumbled off into the night, Simmons told the driver how much he appreciated him stopping.

“Where ya going?” the driver asked.

“Detroit,” Simmons replied.

The driver explained he was headed for Interstate 96, but then he was heading west toward Lansing instead of east toward Detroit.

“I’ll drop you, and you can pick up another ride from there,” the driver said.

That settled, Simmons mentioned theielder Jonjo Shelvey admits he could be a “Liverpool hero” after grabbing a late equaliser against Manchester City.With City leading 2-1, former Liverpool man Shelvey connected with the ball first-time from a corner that was pulled back to the top of drum set and wondered if his ride was a musician.


“What’s your name?”

“Bob Seger.”

“I remember it like it was bigger than life,” Simmons says. “He was just starting out back then.”

Seger was a local legend, playing hundreds and hundreds of nights throughout Michigan and the Midwest, awaiting his break. It finally came in 1976, when Seger rocketed to stardom nationally with the release of the albums Live Bullet in April, and Night Moves in October of the same year.

The night he graciously came to the aid of a couple of young lovebird hitchhikers, Simmons recalls, Seger had just finished playing Ann Arbor’s famed Canterbury House and had another date scheduled in Lansing.

“He wasn’t huge yet,” Simmons says. “Then he got huge. It was just super for anybody to stop.

“It could have been a serial killer.”

And had that happened, the Cardinals in 1970 would have had to find someone else to replace aging catcher Joe Torre.

Except, this story has a far better ending. Simmons went on to have a 21-year career with the Cardinals, Brewers and Braves, and he has a very cool story to tell about Bob Seger.

Now 63, Simmons says he’s seen Seger perform two or three times since his roadside brush with rock ‘n’ roll greatness.

And when his playing days were finished, Simmons, a physical education and speech major, went back and earned his degree from Michigan in 1996.

Presumably, not by hitchhiking.

Yes. It’s finally warming up in the desert. After a week of long pants, sweaters and jackets, it’s finally warm enough to remove your jacket.

White Sox starter , who owns hunting property with De a teammate.The PSG striker is being linked with a big money move to Real in 2020.And Carvajal admits he’s aware of the speculation and would welcome the striker to Madrid next year.”Do I want to play with Mbappé? This is one of the biggest playersiamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, also tells a great story of meeting Seger a few years ago. Peavy landed in a remote airport on a private plane one winter’s day en route to his property, and Seger happened to be at the airport. “Mr. Seger, I’m a big fan,” Peavy stammered. “Call me Bob,” Seger told him.

Journeyman pitcher Mark Hamburger popped for a failed drug test a second time and a 50-game suspension. Even The Hamburgler is embarrassed for him.

“Roll, roll me away, 

“Won’t you roll me away tonight 

“I too am lost, I feel double-crossed 

“And I’m sick of what’s wrong and what’s right

“We never even said a word, 

“We just walked out and got on that bike 

“And we rolled 

“And we rolled clean out of sight”

— Bob Seger, Roll Me Away

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vin de Bruyne.The Belgium playmaker missed the mid


On Thursday, Nationals catcher caught pitchers for the first time since tearing his ACL in May. Ramos told .com that he didn’t feel any pain, but admitted his right knee felt a little tiAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says Manu Sanchez deserved his debut in victory over Osasuna.Sanchez did well, which pleased his boss.”I loved him,” he said.”It’s not easy. He’s young, growing and has been working a loted manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been happy having new signing Nathan Bishop with his squad in Marbella.The young goalkeeper was signed last month from Southend United. Also included is Jacob Carney, who is back from his loan with Stocksbridge Par with us.”He has to keep growing and today was an important moment for his career.”Today Juanfran said goodbysea ace Christian Pulisic after his hat-trick in victory at Burnley.The 21-year-old’s achievements were well received back home, with a crowd in Texas particularly enjoying the spectacle.Chelsea revealed prior to the match that broadcaster NBC were he and another debuted, someone new was born.”red. “I was a little bit scared behind the plate. I felt excited to be behind the plate again,” Ramos said. “[During the bullpen sessions], I felt my knee getting tired, a little bit weak. I have to keep working out, trying to get my knee stronger for the next bullpen [session].”

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o teams meet on Sunday.“It’s clear that the Mila

content_img 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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ventus midfielder Juan Cuadrado would be happy if


The San Jose Mercury News reports Giants third basn to football at Malaga.Calderon was seen in talks with Malaga officials this week.”I will not be president of Malaga,” he reacted. “Ien Hazard is growing frustrated over talks dragging on with Real Madrid for his signing.The Chelsea-Transfer-News-Eden-Hazard-Real-Madrid”>Daily Express says Hazard went public about his feelings after the 0-0 draw with Leicester, and tt Reading.A youthful-looking Wolves team overcame the challenge of finishing with ten men and conceding in the ninth minute of injury time to progress in the competition. Real Madrid loanee Vallejo told the club’s website: “I think it was a very imhe fact that h don’t want to go back to football. I am simply advising and contributing my grain of sand to try to help a club andeman said he’s fully recovered from an intestinal issue that plagued him this offseason, but he isn’t worried about it. Sandoval was hospitalized in Venezuela in mid-January, according to the Oakland Tribune.

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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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rmer Leicester City striker signed earlier this mo

content_img 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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Fireworks coming to Safeco Field in 2013


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The have called Safeco Field home for 14 seasons now, but for the first time since the building opened, the club will have postgame fireworks dispse Mourinho has apologised to Eric Dier after dragging the midfielder in the first-half of Tuesday’s 4-2 win over Olympiakos.Spurs were stunned when Ruben Semedo made it 2-0 for the visitors after Youssef El-Arabi’s early opener.Mourinho sprung into lays in 2013. reports the M’s are teaming up with Pyro Spectaculars — the company that puts together the New Year’s Eve display at the Space Needle — to provide fireworks displays following games on June 28 (Cubs) and Aug. 9 (Brewers). Both games are on a Friday.

“Fireworks have a long tradition in Major League Baseball and we’re excited to bring that to Safeco Field,” said Marinlans for Manchester United’s preseason.Former Red Devils striker Saha revealed Solskjaer will focus heavily on the fitness of his players, as he wants his team to outrun their opponents next season.”The main thing we talked about was the foundation oers marketing director Kevin Martinez. “Hopefully it becomes a new summer tradition here in Seattle.”

The City of Seattle has limited the team’s fireworks ability through the years because of concerns over traffic safety on nearby Interstate 5, so the Mariners and Pyro Spectaculars worked with the fire department to develop a safe and acceptable show. The two fireworks nights are part of a special events schedule that includes Ken Griffey Jr.’s induction into the Mariners Hall of Fame on Aug. 10. The full promotion schedule can be found on the .

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is confident Antoine Griezmann won’t be moving this summer.The attacker is again being linked with Barcelona.But Simeone says: “Griezmann is our captain, he is important, I am not worried at all.”He has everything to continue growing. But I am not in his body, so he will see.”He has two more years on his contract.” on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

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Justin Verlander won’t confirm or deny dating Kate Upton


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There are certain things in this world I just have trouble understanding. Among them: 1. throwing 100 mph, 2. earning $20 million in one year, 3. playing coy when asked about dating Kate Upton.

Yet, has all those things. Basically, he’s living the dream.

We knew all about the first two and have sus1 coach Aidy Boothroyd has no doubts about the future of Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden.Foden scored both goals for England’s U21s as they made it back-to-back wins in Euro 2021 qualifying with a 2-0 win over Kosovo at the KC Stadium.“He’s ppected the third. In Tuesday’s USA Today, Verlander was asked about his relationship with the hat in Verlander’s suite at Comerica Park suite earlier this season.

“I’m not confirming or denying anything,” Verlander . “I’ll leave that to my grandfather. God bless him.”

Verlander’s 87-year-old grandfather did tell Celebuzz this month that his grandson was dating Upton.

“I never thought I’d have to prepare my grandfeam-bonding dinner organised by Juan Mata and David de Gea.The Rochdale.html”>Daily MailRochdale.html”> says De Gea and Mata led some of their team mates on a bonding night out following their uncomfortable Carabao Cup win over League One Rochdale onather,” Verlander told the newspaper. “It’s a whole different world. I can’t believe that people would call my grandparents. It’s tough when people start trying to dig into your personal life.”

Justin, if the worst they find is that you’re dating Upton, you’re pretty much living the good life — complete with Ferrari 458 Italia and six other cars. Again, a little different than my Subaru with a baby seat in the back.

But hey, we both really do like the Cheesy Gordita Crunch, so maybe we’re not that different after all.

Funich are being linked with unsettled Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.AS says Liverpool will face a fight to keep hold of Champions League hero Salah this summer, with United and Real Madrid battling to sign him.The giants both want to lure the Egyptianor more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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