d’s sale plans are likely to stall amid the Premie

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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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oving for Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubra

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general me veteran will miss this week’s qualifiers against Montenegro and Kosovo.”The midfielder arrived with an injury but it was hoped he would be available to play a part in the Three Lions’ forthcoming UEFA EURO 2020 qualifiers,” said a statement on Tuesanager Sandy Alderson said Friday there is no direct connection between starting pitcher ‘s latest injury and his no-hitter from last June, the first in franchise history.

Santana is expected to miss the entire 2013 season after suffering a re-tear of the anterior capsule in his left shoulder that could also end his career.

“(There is) little to suggest it had to do with the no-hitter. He continued to pitch. He was symptom-free for a period of time thereafter,” Alderson told ESPN. “Was [the no-hitter] a nice part of Mets history? Yeah, absolutely. If it came at the price of Johan’s career? No,mett is delighted seeing more Geordies on the pitch.The victory over Manchester United saw three Geordies on the pitch – Andy Carroll joining the Longstelsea manager Frank Lampard admits that he felt Sheffield United could come back in their 2-2 draw.The Blues were in a 2-0 lead after a fantastic start to the game.However, their levels dropped in the second half and the newly promoted side earned a aff brothers, with Dummett on the bench.As a Newcastle fan himself, Dummett is pleased to see it.H not worth it.”

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d midfielder Lucas Vazquez.AS says the two clubs h

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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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Bayern Munich.The two teams will meet in the roun

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The optioned pitchi the scoresheet for France’s victory over Moldova.Giroud struck from the spot in the 2-1 Euro qualifying win.Afterwards, the veteran said: “I was keen to shoot because I tried a lot tonight (Thursday). “We missed a bit of realism and a bit of successng prospect to Triple-A Nashville on Saturday. Burgos, rated the organization’s 13th-best prospect by .com, posted a 4.05 ERA and strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4-to-1 over two starts this spring. He also n has admitted he is disappointed to have lost Aaron Wan-Bissaka.The young right back made a move to Manchester United this summer.After only one full season in the Palace first team, W Josh King insists he could walk into the Spain XI.Ahead of Norway’s clash with La Roja, King was asked whether he and Real Sociedad whiz Martin Odegaard would be good enough to make the opposition XI.King said, “Martin was player of the month in Spaan-Bissaka was already regarded as one of the best in the league spent time with Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic.

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b Brugge.Trossard arrived this summer from Genk.So

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Dodgers reliever will have his left knee examined after he felt a pop while making an appearance on Tuesday against the Padres in Cactus League action. Tolleson only managed one outed stvalues by stripping Granit Xhaka of the captaincy.Xhaka was removed as skipper earlier this week in response to his furious outburst at fans who jeered him during the draw with Crystal Palace a fortnight ago.Wenger said, “As a manager you have to facar Ander Herrera has been listed on the Paris Saint-Germain official website.Herrera officially confirmed his departure from United and is a free agent, but he has not announced a move to PSG as yet.Eaglhristian Eriksen has backed up the Dane’s words today about leaving Tottenham.Real Madrid target Eriksen has confirmed he wants to leave Spurs, stating he wants to “try something new”.And Martin Schoots told the London Evening Standard: “Last seae eyed fans spotted that “Herrera 21” on t in the appearance before leaving the mound in the eighth inning. His spring ERA is at 3.38.

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sia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho has professed his

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Padres catcher returned to the lineup for Wednesday’s Cactus League game against the A’sttl felt a denied penalty claim for Danny Ings was the difference for their 4-0 defeat at Liverpool.The visitors, though, were well in the game until Alex Oxlade-Chamberlairpool fullback Andrea Dossena can understand Paulo Dybala stalling on a move to Manchester United.The Juventus striker is the subject of intense negotiations with United, thoug fun playing with the club’s attacking players.The Brazilian is tasked with protecting the back four and starting attacks for the Reds.His early passes to the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are often the start of Liverpool counter attacks.And h is hesitating about the move.”It’s all in his head. Obviously if he was n’s opener two minutes into the second half, which came moments after Southamp after being scratched the day before due to a sore wrist. He went 0 for 3 with a strikeout in the 11-6 loss.

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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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Pirates, Francisco Liriano revise contract

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Lefty will, as expected, be a Pittsburgh Pirate, but he’ll be a Pirate under slightly different parameters.

CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman originally reported that . However, before the deal coed to experience Manchester United’Pereira admits he was shocked by the extent of his knee injury upon first hearing the news.Pereira’s season is over after breaking down in victory over Aston Villa last week.He posted to social media: “I never thought that this could happen to me, bus away fans for the first time. The Red Devils travel to Molineux on Monday night hoping to make it two from two this season after beating Chelsea last Sunday.”The crowd was amazing during the Chelsea game and I’ve uld be finalized, Liriano broke his non-throwing arm, which prompted the to revisit the terms. Now, FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports that . Sources tell Rosenthal that Liriano could still make $12.75 million over the life of the updated contract but that the veteran left-hander “will assume more risk under the revised terms.”

Heyman confirms Rosenthal’s report and adds that the new contract won’t be finalized until Liriano once again passes a physical.

The 29-year-old Liriano is coming off a season in which he posted a 5.34 ERA in a combined 156 2/3 innings for the Twins and . For his career, Liriano has a 4.40 ERA across s he won’t push to leave.Real Madrid and Manchester United have been linked with Dias this summer.”My head is not there [leaving Benfica]. I’m here pre-season, I don’t have to think about anything else,” Dias told A Bola.“It’s important to work on parts of seven major-league seasons.

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s one of the most impressive performers during the

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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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Report: Yankees and Mets competing for Scott Hairston

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The bidding for free-agent outfielder “mainly involves” the and , to ESPNNewYork.com’s Wallace Matthews.

According to Hairston’s agent, the free agent is expected to decide his destination within “a matter of days,” says Matthews.

Other teams that had been reportedly interested in Hairston this offseason were the Braves, Phillies, Giants, Cardinals, Tigers and Indians.

If Hairston re-signs with the Mets, he would likely be an everyday stter their 2-1 home den’s Super League season.The team will now be known solely as Everton, with Women only added to differentiate from the men’s squad in club news and press releases.”The identity change is an important and progressive step,” chief executive officer Proffeat to Burnley.Returning to Premier League action following the inaugural winter player break, strikes from Ashley Westwood and Matej Vydra secured the win for the visitors.Danny Ings had restored parity with his 18th of the camarter in the outfield. With  the Yankees, Hairston, who bats right, could mainly start against left-handed pitching to r the FA Cup.The Hammers coach only recently took over from Manuel Pellegrini.While he knows the FA Cup is a chance to win silverware and please the supporters, he wants to ensure the team remains in the Premier League beyond this season.The Hammers complement a lefty-heavy starting three.

Hairston hit .263/.299/.504 with 20 home runs in 398 plate appearances for the Mets in 2012. But he hit .286/.317/.550 in 199 plate appearances against left-handed pitching, in line with his favorable career splits against lefties.

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Phillies acquire Ben Revere from Twins for Vance Worley, Trevor May

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The have traded for Minnesota’s , thus giving them . Right-hander and minor league hurler Trevor May are headed to the  in return.

The 24-year-old Revere is coming off a 2012 season in which he batted .294/.333/.342 with six triples and 40 stolen bases in 124 games played. While he was a primary right fielder last season, he’s spent the majority of his career defensive innings in center.

As for Worley, 25, he boasts a career ERA of 3.50 across two seasons and change at the highest level. In 2012, however, his ERA was a les after their Champions League thriller at Chelsea.Veltman and Daley Blind were both sent off as Chelsea fought back from 4-1 down to draw 4-4.“A typical English evening, yes. I have never experienced anything like this. Ultimately 4-4, how this cams imperrard as his greatest teammate.The 35-year-old has retired from football after a coveted career with the Spain national team, Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Chelsea and Sagan Tosu.At his exit press conference, a teary Torres said: “I always say the besressive 4.20. The 23-year-old May,meanwhile, posted a 4.87s with Nottingham Forest for midfielder Ben Osborn.United have been trying to land the 24-year old for the last fortnight, having had an original offer rising to £3m turned down by Forest, says Sky Sports. But it is understood the Blades made an imp ERA at Double-A last season. He was named the Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2011, and .com presently has him listed as the second-ranked prospect in the Phillies’ system.

CBSSports.com’s Danny Knobler reports that Twins prospect is “in the mix” to replace Revere in the Minnesota outfield. Keep in mind the Twins also recently dealt center fielder to the Nationals.

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Gian Piero Gasperini has accepted Dejan Kulusevski

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Just se to drop their bid to bring Neymar back to the Nou Camp.It’s since been formally confirmed by Barca that PSG turned down two separate offers for the Brazil captain over the summer.And now they’re to try again in January, accoto be overturned.It will mean he is set to miss the clash with Real Madrid. The RFEF code says insulting a referee comes with at least a two game ban.Mateo Lahoz sent off Dembele for saying “very bad, you’re very bad” after he dismissed Ronald Araujording to Okdiario’s chilike last offseason, when they weren’t in the running for until the 11th hour, the Angels crept into the talks Thursday and ended up nabbing the free agent outfielder with a five-year, $125 mily Mail says United fear Shaw could be out for five weeks with a hamstring injury.The 24-year-old pulled up during the first half of Saturday’s defeat to Crystal Palace and was replaced by Ashley Young.Scans have since confirmed he is facing at least lion deal. Previously, the Rangers, Mariners and Phillies were thought to be the leading candidates for Hamilton’s services.

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Report: Cardinals interested in Indians’ Asdrubal Cabrera

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The have “real interest” in shortstop should the make him available, to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Joe Strauss.

The Cardinals have signed for $7 million next season, but the 35-year-old’s health is in question while dealing with a bum elbow.

Cabrera hit .270/.338/.423 with 16 home runs and nine stolen bases in 616 platenjoying success with Leicester City and Chelsea over the past four years, the Frenchman said his personality had not changed y in the transfer market.Moore is an avid believer in integrating players from the youth setup into the first team.And he knows it is something that manager Jurgen Klopp wants to do as well.Moore thinks that unearthing gems in such a way can save hunmuch since his arrival in the Premier League.”I am not a superstar or an ego,” he told the New York Times. “I am just the sam apto leave this month.Manchester United and Chelsea are being linked with the young midfielder in both the French and English press.However, Soumare admits his ultimate goal is to play for Real Madrid and says he doesn’t plan to leave in January.He tolpearances in 2012, his sixth in the majors. His two-year, $16.5-million contract extension signed in April will begin in 2013.

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Happy birthday, overhand pitching

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

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

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

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

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

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Free-agent rankings: Third basemen

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Our jaunt through the largely uninspiring 2012-13 class of free agents continues. Now it’s time to run down the third basemen who are hitting the market. 

Why just eight names ranked below? Because . So consider this crop to be thin both in terms of quality and in terms of population … 

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2012 stats: .235/.336/.409, 19 HR, 46 RBI, 47 RThis sort of sums up the state of the third-base free agent class: the top-ranked guy might not even wind up playing third. Youkilis, after the midseason trade to Chicago, enjoyed a low-grade renaissance, but it’s possible his declining range will force him across the diamond. Throw in his Boston numbers, and Youkilis was essentially a league-average hitter in 2012. Given his defensive limitations, he’ll need to hit more in line with previous norms to be an asset. He’ll turn 34 before opening day. 2012 stats: .218/.275/.383, 12 HR, 54 RBI, 33 RYes, your second-ranked third baseman was released by his first team before the end of April. Inge’s merits are pretty obvious: he’s a plus glove at the hot corner, and he’s still capable of running into a fastball on occasion. The overall offensive numbers, however, figure to be pretty dismal. 2012 stats: .257/.302/.327, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 28 RThe 37-rget for PSG ahead of the summer market and it was mooted he was ready to move to Paris.However, after scoring in victory over SPAL, Allan celebrated by kissing the badge on his shirt and declared “I love you” towards the Azzurri support.Il Mattino syear-old Polanco rather quietly topped 2,000 career hits this past season, but, not surprisingly, his offensive numbers continued a downward trend. His defensive indicators, however, remained strong. If he can overcome the back problems that plagued him laed more staff to his backroom team.Former teammate, Michael Clegg, has returned as the club’s new first-team strength and power coach.Clegg made 16 appearances for United between 1996 and 2001 and played for England Under-21s, before going on to holdst season, he can still be a useful stop-gap for a contender. 2012 stats: .245/.318/.398, 8 HR, 39 RBI, 26 RIt’s entirely possible — likely even — that Rolen will opt for retirement. If he doesn’t, then he’ll probably be able to land a job somewhere. Rolen can’t hit much these days, but the eyes and the numbers suggest he’s still an asset with the glove. Health, of course, is a concern for the 37-year-old. 2012 stats: .281/.348/.496, 16 HR, 37 RBI, 36 R, Chavez enjoyed a nice rebound at the plate, and he’s still a solid-average defender at the position. It’s highly, highly doubtful that Chavez, given his injury history, can hold up to regular duty, but he’ll still make a reasonable spot platoon guy. The question is whether he can hold on to some of the gains he made at the plate last season. Mostly, he succeeded because of a huger window.The Reds have already signed Takumi Minamino from RB Salzburg to bolster their attacking depth.And it could be the only business Liverpool conduct according to Klopp.”I know the transfer window is open! It’s always tricky,” Klopp said. “Bute spike in his HR/fly-ball percentage, which almost certainly isn’t sustainable. Adjust accordingly.2012 stats: .254/.292/.393, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 12 R, 12 2BSutton has positional flexibility (he manned six different spots in his career), and, although the sample-size is lacking, his numbers against left-handed pitching have been strong. He’s certainly a reserve, but Sutton has his uses. 2012 stats: .188/.300/.247, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 13 RThe 37-year-old, 15-year vet saw his production crater last season, but a troublesome abdominal strain was partly to blame. At this point, DeRosa might — might — have some back-of-the-roster value as a utility sort and pinch-hitter-of-last-resort against lefties. In other words, not much value at all. 2012 stats: .187/.212/.280, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 9 RCairo, who will turn 39 next May, probably isn’t as bad as his .492 OPS from last season would suggest, but he’s not a roster-worthy player at this stage of his career. He can occupy multiple positions, but that’s about it.

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