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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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mits he turned down Manchester United last summer.

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

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

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For the first time since second baseman went down with a rib injury last month, the expressed some concern that he might not be reManchester United defender Eric Bailly is adamant his Instagram account was hacked amid surprising social media activity from the Ivorian.Screenshots appeared on social media of Bailly’s account ‘ericbailly24’ apparently liking derogatory comments abady for tstle United are close to announcing the transfer of Joelinton from Hoffenheim.The 22-year-old Brazilian attacker is joining as the club’s record transfer.Per Chronicle Live, the announcement will be made by the end of this week.The versatile forward he start of the regular season. Manager Terry Collins said Sunday that Murphy will stay sidelined until at least Wednesday while he recovers from a strained intercostal muscle.

The 27-year-old has yet to McCann admits he wants to sign Liverpool midfielder Herbie Kane.Kane starred under McCann at Doncaster Rovers last term and the boss is keen to take him to the Championship.“Herbie’s top class, he really is,” he said. “He’s a Liverpool player. H play in a Grapefruit League game with New York after originally suffering the injury Feb. 18. If Murphy — and David Wright — are unavailable for opening day, is expected to patrol second base for the Mets while Justin Turner takes third.

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r Romelu Lukaku’s move to Inter Milan.The Sun says

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starting pitcher allowed just a hit over six innings during a Grapefruit League game against Detroit on Monday. Zimmermann, making his fifth start of the spring, allowed a single to leadoff hitter Andy Dirks before retiring the final 18 batters he faced in order. Thirteen of those hitters were groundball outs.Mooy will force his way into the starting XI.Midfielder Mooy, who turned 29 on Sunday, came on for the last ten minutes in the 1-1 draw with Burnley on Saturday.It was his second appearance off the bench for the Seagulls since joining on a season-lon He also had a strike out.

“(It was) one of thodrien Tameze is staying calm about fresh Premier League transfer talk.Tamhing after Sunday’s 2-1 defeat of Levante.The visitors had several chances to score in the second half and were only able to take one of them at the Camp Nou.”I’m very happy with lots of things, but not with everything,” Setien said after the game.”Weze was the subject of intense interest from Cardiff City in January and is now a target for Everton and Watford.”The next season? I’m under contract again for a few years, so yse days when you have everything working,” he told the Washington Times. “You feel like you can’t do anything wrong.”

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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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The Reds made their first big cuts of the 2013 spring training season on Tuesday and among those optioned to Triple-A Louisville were starting p into while playing the derby on Saturday night.The home burglary occurred with his wife and daughter inside, says El Chiringuito.The Brazilian is the latest in a string of players to be hit while with their teams. Casemiro lives in La Moraleja, one itcher candidates and . Pitcheds winger Steven Bergwijn has described Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk as an “absolute beast”.The young PSV star says he has learned a lot from playing alongside the imposing centre-back.”Van Dijk is an absolute beast,” Bergwijn told Goaland Voetbalzrs and were optioned to Double-A Pensacola. Pitcher and outfielder were sent to Class A Bakersfield, while pitcher was optioned to Class A Dayton. Several others were reassigned to minorr River Plate midfielder Nicolas de la Cruz.The Uruguayan youngster helped Marcelo Gallardo’s River Plate reach this year’s Copa Libertadores final, which was won by Flamengo last week.Marca says City chiefs are so impressed they’re willing to pay MO league camp and they are as follows: RHP , RHP , C , IF Kristopher Negron and OF .

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The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Giants outfielder was removed from Wednesday’s Cactus League game against the Reds due to an illness. Torresisons with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp this season.Norwich face the Reds at Anfield on the opening day of the season in August.“No, it’s not annoying,” Farke said when asked about his reaction to people contrasting the two.“In general it is a goo was thrown out trying to stretch sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.Speaking on RMC, Villeneuve says Real are desperate to take thrth £320m over eight years.The life insurance company has been on Spurs’ shirts since 2013, but the new deal is a significant rise in revenue for the Champions League finalists.It matches the reported £40m-a-year deal Chelsea signed in 2015 with Yoe France World Cup winner to Spain.He said, “I learned that little (Ferland) Mendy was going to Real and (Eden) Hazard was a priority, just lika triple and looked to be at less than full speed.

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ierney to consider any move away carefully.Arsenal

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MLB.com reports Dodgers pitcher , who was reassigned to minor-league camp Monday, had arthroscopic left knee surgery Tuesday and will be sidelined 6-8 weeksubs across Europe are on alert after the agent of Emil Forsberg admitted he’s ready to leave RB Leipzig.The Sweden midfielder has long been interesting Arsenal, Liverpool and AS Roma.”He stayed thanks to Ralf Rangniirement.The midfielder has remained a free agent since leaving Milan last season.He announced today: “I will stop here. I live in Milan with my family, what I will do now I do not know, I have to think about it. “Atalanta-Milan of May 13 2018 will reck last yead Celta Vigo will be safe for another season.Celta’s safety is basically confirmed as Girona would rely on a series of unlikely events in order to remain in the Primera Division.”After [the situation we were in] in the last few months, we would all hr. Then there were many .

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GIF: Chris Robinson, meet Karim Garcia

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In the bottom of the fourth inning Saturday in the World Baseball Classic, Karim Garcia of Team Mer League side are enjoying their first Europa League campaign, and are hopeful of getting into the round of 16.They won 4-0 against Espanyol in the first leg and must navigate the second leg on Thursday to go through.Reflecting on the European games xico was attempting to score and was thrown out at home plate. But the play was far more interesting than that.

Garcia levels Canadian catcher Chris Robinson, who held onto the ball. Here it is, thanks to Cork Gaines ():

Now, there are a few things of note here.

First of all, multiple replay angles appear to confirm that Robinson never actually tagged Garcia. And you’ll note in the above GIF that the umpire doesn’t immediately call Garcia out. On extended replays, it’s clear that the umpire never called Garcia out until he left the vicinity of home plate, meaning when he left the baseline.

Note that Garcia never touched home plate. As Robinson was gathering himself, Garcia could have touched home plate and — considering the umpire had yet to make a call — probably would have been called safe.

Also, Robinson is several feet up the baseline when Garcia runs into him. According to rules, a runner has the right to an unobstructed path to a base. Obviously a catcher can block the plate, but with Robinson so far up the line and not close to home plate any longer, it may have been possible to call him for obstruction and grant Mexico the run.

So, yeah, it was an all-around interesting play.

And since Karim Garcia is involved, we’re not going to pass on posting this:

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, indieague final in Azerbaijan.The Gunners face Chelsea in Baku but will be without Armenian attacker Henrikh Mkhitvincing Achraf Hakimi to return from his loan at Borussia Dortmund.Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc wants to keep the Madrid born defender in Germany.”We have expressed our interest several times in extending Achraf’s deal after next summer,aryan who is not travelling because of fears over his safety.”It’s a scandal that he cannot play because of that, he works hard all season avidually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

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exis Sanchez’s failure at Manchester United.The Ch

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Dodgers first baseman made his presence felt for Team Mexico in Friday’s World Baseball Classic game against Team USA. Gonzalez took deep in the third inning for a two-run shot. He finip has revealed he played a hand in Frank Lampard becoming manager of Derby County.The 41-year-old impressed enough in hheffield United boss Chris Wilder insists Leon Clark can force his way into their first team plans.Wilder has reminded the 34-year-old he provides a potentially valuable alternative should his team find themselves being forced to change tactics mid-gis debut season at Pride Park to be named as Maurizio Sarri’s successor at Chelsea.And Redknapp says he advised Rams owner Mel Morrshed 1 for 2 with three walks, a home run and three RBI in a 5-2red PSG striker Edinson Cavani this month.The Telegraph says United are weighing up the possibility of signing Cavani – but are wary of repeating the mistakes made with Alexis Sanchez.Cavani is out of contract at Paris-Saint Germain this summer and l victory.

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The New York in principle to a new collective bargaining agr Bednarek was happy with their friendly win over FC Koln.Goals from Danny Ings and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg either side of the interval earned a 2-0 victory over German club 1. FC Köln in front of 14,871 inside St Mary’s.”The most important was to geteement (CBA) that will increase pay and improve working conditions, reports, /.The five-year deal, which covers tt.TMW says Leicester City are eyeing Vina, along with Atletico Madrid and Napoli. All three European giants are in contact with the defender’s minders.Vina has just secured a European passport and was named the local Uruguayan competition’s Player ofhe 2020 to 2024 seasons of North American soccer’s top flight, is subject to formal approYankees made their first round of roster cuts Saturday and removed the following players from camp: first baseman and pitchers , , , , , , Michael O’Brien and .

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Tim Lincecum scratched from Saturday’s start due to blister

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right-hander has been scratched from Saturday’s start due to a blister along the nail of his right middle finger. notes this is an annual issue for the two-time Cy You Aguero is desperate to help Lionel Messi win his first international trophy with Argentina.Barcelona star Messi is yet to win a major trophy with his country.Ahead of this summve Bull has backed Raul Jimenez to become the club’s all-time Premier League record goalscorer.The Mexican has 15 to his name, seven behind Steven Fletcher’s record of 22.Bull told the Express & Star: “Easy. He should do that with absolute ease.”er’s Copa America, Aguero told FOX Sports: “I’m more anxious to be a chamng award winner and not a huge concern.

“It’s not too terrible,” said Lincecum to . “It’s just hot and sensitive like it gets here. I’ll just play it day by day and see how it feels. I don’t want to complicate the issue and make it worse. I don’t want it to be anything that will keep me from the season.”

Lincecum, 28, skipped his usual between-starts bullpen session and instead played catch, which he’ll do again on Saturday. The righty got hit pretty hard by the Dodgers in his first Cactus League outing on Tuesday, but by the way the ball was coming out of his hand.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and ped by Manchester United.United released McNeil at 14 because his set pieces were deemed not good enough.He said, “It was quite an upsetting time for me. It was my boyhood club of my dreams. I’m still a United fan now despite what happened.”Going to .

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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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Chris Davis’ contract: $3.295 million to hit, $5,000 to pitch

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SARASOTA, Fla. — The aren’t asking to get on the mound this spring.

But they are paying him to pitch.

Seriously. Or half-seriously.

Davis provided one of the big early moments of the Orioles’ surprisingly successful 2012 season, pitching the final two innings of in Baltimore. As the season went on, general manager Dan Duquette joked that he was going to pay Davis as a pitcher.

And he did.

When negotiations on Davis’ 2013 contract reached the final stages, agent Scott Boras asked Duquette for an additional $20,000, to make it an even $3.3 million.

“I told him, ‘I’ll give him $15,000, and then you have to tell him that the other $5,000 is for that win in BJean-Clair Todibo has no regrets over his move to Barcelona.The defender joined Barca in January from Toulouse, though his career in Spain has so far been a slow burn.Despite this, Tobido is happy with his choice.The 19 year-old admits he had contact with Juventus, but was eager to move to Spain.”Juventus wanted me, but I chose to join Barça,” said the youngster.oston,’ ” Duquette said Monday.

Boras kept his part of the bargain.

“Five thousand dollars? That’s cheap,” Davis said Monday, laughing about it. “But I never thought I’d get paid to pitch, and now I have. And $5,000 is just about the right amount.”

Duquert is a target for Blackburn Rovers.The Sun says Rovers boss Tony Mowbray wants a new No 1 and is interested in the former England star.Hart, 32, has endured another miserable campaign having moved to Turf Moor in the summer following a dismal loantte has one more request for Davis. He wa – despite his loan move to Bayern Munich.The London Evening Standard says the 27-year-old’s struggles in Spain have had little effect on the size of the fee received by Liverpool for his transfer.Once Jurgen Klopp showed willingness to sanction Coutnts his first baseman to get his picture taken next to the Babe Ruth statue, since Davis and the Babe are two of just three players in the modern era (Jim Tobin is the other) to have a win as a pitcher and a three-homer game in the same season.

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Boston starter is in excellent physical shape as spring begins, reports .com Wednesday. Lackey has lost 17 pounds, according to skipper John Farrell. Lackey, who missed all of last year due to Tommy John surgery, has been sharp in early bullpens. “A good work day today,” Farrell said. “Freeness in his delin Steve Gibson unveiled the former England defender as Boro’s ester City signing Rodri.The Spaniard, signed from Athletic Madrid this summer, made his debut in Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to West Ham United.”He is a young, typical defensive midfielder who thinks very quickly. I hope he is here for a long time,” said Gnew head coach on Friday — a man on a mission to nurture their crop of talented kids and “get in the mix” for ­promotion from the Championship next season.He thought back to his Leedsvery, freeness in his arm, staying behind the ball, repeating his delivery, all the things we’re looking for right now, he did them quite well. He’s in great condition, so the 35-pitch bullpen [session] was not really taxing for him. As he’s gone through the physicals and the strength testing of the shoulder, all those are consistent. He’s more athletic. He has more ability to repeat his delivery, and, honestly, he feels pretty darn uique Setien for next season.Sport says with the LaLiga suspended, Barca directors have been assessing Setien’s position.And their conclusion is that Setien is the right coach to take them forward.The board is pleased with the way Setien has maintaingood about himself.”

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