Thelwell says young duo Jordan Graham and Harry B


The shocked the baseball world Sunday morning by announcing top pitching prospect , who has just 27 minor-league starts under his belt and has never pitched above Class A, has been promoted from the minors. The Marlins needed starters after placing Henderson Alvarez and Nate Eovaldi on the disabled list with shoulder injuries.

Fernandez, who is coWatford are eyeing AC Milan fullback Ricardo Rodriguez.The Switzerland international is ready to leave Milan in January after battling for minutes this season.Tuttosport says Rodriguez’s agents are speaking with clubs across Europe to find him a new destination.Napoli and Fenerbahce are keen, as are Watford.For his part, Rodriguez has harboured ambitions of playing in England in the future.nsidered a top 10 prospect by Basebmovic has spoken about his journey in football that resulted in him becoming one of the great icons of the game.The Swedish star was speaking on the unveiling of a statue in his honour in Malmo.Ibrahimovic has starred for the likes of Ajax, Juventus,all America (No. 5) and .com (No. 7), might not have a ton of pro experience, but he becomes a potential add off waivers in any Fantasy format because of his upside. On top of having a solid ERA (2.02), WHIP (0.96) and winning percentage (.875) in the minors, Fernandez also struck out 10.7 batters per nine innings. 

Although Fernandez is just 20 years old, he’s shown great command for his pitches and poise on the mound for a pitcher of his age. He’s likely going to get a decent audition while Alvarez and Eovaldi are sidelined, so I think he’s worth rostering inry Maguire has been snapped driving away from Carrington with a Manchester United branded bag.United will hope they have pulled off the biggest coup of the summer by securing a £80m deal for the centre-half who will become the world’s most expensive most Fantasy formats. To me, there’s more to gain than lose for Fantasy owners because you should only be dropping a bench player to pick up a potential Fantasy impact rookie. Perhaps Fernandez has the talent to do — although they are position players — what Mike Trout and Bryce Harper did for Fantasy owners last season.

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verpool for his first game in charge.The Reds won


pitcher , who threw a simulated game Monday, is scheduled to pitch in a minor-league game Saturday, according to .com. Hughes, who continuresh talk of Bruno Fernandes’ sale.Portugal international Fernandes has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford and Record says Sporting president Frederico Varandas and sporting director Hugo Viana have been discussing the deal with United chiees to work his way back from a bulging disk in his upper back, has been optimistic that he will be ready to go when his first turn comes around in the rotation. But according to the report, there is some concern he’ll miss his fb has the Premier League title sewn up.After the Reds defeated Watford, Cole believes the title is already in the Reds’ hands, even though there are 21 games to go this sea their 1-1 draw at Numancia.The result leaves Almeria well out of the running for the promotion places in the Segunda Division.Afterwards, Guti snapped: “We would have to spend the whole night to explain what we have lacked. We have not had the ball,son. He said: “I think the title’s done. This year it’s coming to Anfield no pirst start.

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


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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b Brugge.Trossard arrived this summer from Genk.So


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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s serious.The centre half was forced off after 19


Houston top pitching prospect made his first spring start on Mondon Brazilian great Roberto Carlos.The Bosnia & Herzegovina international has studied a whole host of players in his position ever since he started playing football as a young boy.”My No 1 is Roberto Carlos,” Kolasinac told, when askeday against the Tigers. Cosart did not pitch well as he allowed four hits, three runs and four walks over two-plus innings, reports .com. “I know I’ve got five, six, seven more times out before Spring Training is oveontract if he’s to join Manchester United.The Arsenal-Spurs-Zaha-Chelsea-latest-gossip-updates”>Daily Express says Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri has claimed the Argentina international wants no clause in his contract that would see his wages rer,” he said. “I have to put this one behind me. Any time I can make an impression with the coaching staff and front office — whoever happens to be here — it’segrets leaving Real Madrid for PSG.The goalkeeper left Madrid in August for Real, where Thibaut Courtois has struggled this season.But Keylor says: “My adaptation is going very well, with the city, the club, my teammates and the championship. The res huge for me. I can take some positives, but I know for the most part what I need to work on, which is going to be huge for me going forward.”

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


(Gettys must keep working on his game.Speaking to Sky Sports, Giggs expressed his delight at Manchester United winger’s recent performances.“He’s one of those players you know what he’s going to do but you can’t stop it,” our record appearance-holder sai Images)

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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GIF: Ryan Flaherty ranges to his right for amazing play


Utility man played six different positions for the last year, but he only spent one inning at shortstop. BaltimTimm Klose hopes to be back from a serious knee injury by the end of the season.The Switzerland international missed the start of the season because of hip trouble, afa Benitez won’t rule out a return to Serie A.The former Napoli coach is being linked with Roma.He said, “I’d prefer not to talk about that at the moment. My friends told me several rumours about Serie A interest. “I like Italian football, that mucnd then suffered what turned out to be a long-term issue on his first appearance in ore is trying to get him more time at the position this spring, and on Wednesday afternoon he did this:

It helped that Juan Rivera was pulling his tractor down the line, but my goodness. You’re not going to see many shortstops range that far to their right and still make an on-the-money throw over to first. That one deserves a high-five and a butt-slap.


For more basebalFormer Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny took a massive pay-cut to move to Bordeaux.Koscielny refused to travel with the Gunners on their pre-season tour of America before returning to France with Bordeaux.He also angered fans with his unveiling videl news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

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close the teen came from being lost to Barcelona


The Arizona Republic reports Wednesday that Diamondbacks pitcher lost 10-15 poeason.Rondon has been on-loan at Newcastle from West Brom.Rondon said: mouth is demanding huge money to sell Nathan Ake.Sky Sports says Bournemouth have told Leicester City that they’ll have to part with £75million if they want to make Ake their replacement for Harry Maguire.The Cherries think that because Ake is two y“Better with age? For me, yes. It’s like a wine! I try to be healthy all the time. I am getting older so I have to work more than the young players. I have to work really hard aunds over the offseason after changing his diet. In fact, manager Kirk Gibson said he looks like a “totally different guy.” Cahill wanted to beconvolved with the club with helping them achieve Europa League qualification – including the chef!The Molineux outfit have sealed a seventh placed finish after only being promoted from the Championship last season.Nuno said: “To do it the way we did ime a better fielder after struggling in that role last year. “His body is different,” Gibson said. “I think he’s worked a lot on his athleticism. He’s leaned out.”

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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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Report: Mat Latos, Reds barely beat arbitration buzzer


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

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

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

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

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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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Photo: Elliot Johnson’s face the morning after


‘s was gunned down at the plate by ‘s to end Friday night’s game. Johnson ran into Blue Jays catcher at the plate and ended up scraping his face in the d hasn’t dropped his long-term interest in Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho.Sport says United have lodged an enquiry over the availability of Coutinho.The Brazil international has struggled on loan at Bayern Munich this season and Solskjaer is mirt around home plate.

Watch it here:

You can see Johnson’s face was bloodied on the plate. Check out how he looked on Saturday morning. Arsenal.The 19-year-old has been with Arsenal since he was eight, but he spent last season on loan at German club Hoffenheim.Nelson, who started for Arsenal in Sunday’s 1-0 win at Newcastle, has revealed how his aim is to make it at the Emirates and The picture on the left is from the Associated Press, while teammate tweeted the picture on the right:

Tampa Bay’s called Johnson “Two-Face,” in reference to the Batman villain, .

Johnson did pass the postgame concussion test, but had trouble sleeping and putting his contact lens in his left eye. He also had a sore hip that kept him from running at 100 percent, he said.

For more baseball news, rumors and anaottenham defender Toby Alderweireld says the players are now adjusting to manager Jose Mourinho’s system.Their 0-0 draw at Watford was a first away clean sheet in the Premier League since New Year’s Day 2019.”You only see us improving,” said Alderweilysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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Diamondbacks claim Wil Nieves; Henry Blanco placed on DL


The have claimed catcher Wiler Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Some fans and pundits believe that Solskjaer is not good enough to turn around the fortunes of such a giant club.But Mata believes that replacing yet another manager, their fourth since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2012, would Nieves off waivers from the , The Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecero. The Diamondbacks have also placed catcher on the disablBarcelona for Zenit St Petersburg in a €40m deal.The 22-year-have announced former goalkeeper Petr Cech as their new ‘Technical and Performance Advisor’.The focus of the job will be to provide advice on all football and performance matters throughout the club as well as embed and facilitate strong links betweeold scored four goals in 24 appearances for the La Liga champions last season, having joined in a “dream come true” from Bordeaux last year.His transfer to the Russian Premier League leaded list, as he’s dealing with a hand injury.

Nieves played 16 games with the Rockies, batting .298/.333/.404 in 47 at-bats, with one home run and five RBI. The Diamondbacks are his third team in the last three years. 

Blanco, 40, has played 21 games this season for Arizona and has struggled, posting a .505 OPS. 

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and Navin Vaswani, follow .

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Yankees, Mets rumors


The will on , while the are looking for more of a stop-z to reopen talks with Manchester United for Paul Pogba.Florentino made an attempt for Pogba over the summer, but was put off by United’s €200m valuation – much to the frusttic.Charlton have said they expect to hear from the Football Association early next week whether the transfer can go ahead.The paperwork for Israel international Hemed’s move to The Valley was submitted close to the 5pm deadline.A brief Charlton statration of Zidane.The issue has been raised again at the club’s Christmas lugap, according to the New York Post’s Ken Davidoff. 

With Dillon Gee injured, the Mets could be in on startihe former Paris FC defender has attracted interest from across Europe this season – including from the Canaries.Le 10 Sport says Norwich have made contact with Reims to discuss terms for Disasi ahead of the January market. Reims are reluctant to loseng pitchers. And since the Yankees have lost Andy Pettitte, they could have similar needs.The Yankees will see what the asking price is for Hamels. Davidoff said they “have to be” in on him.The Mets, however, don’t want to give up prospects and will likely look at acquiring a lesser pitcher. Both teams will be looking to upgrade at the same position, but they won’t be looking at the same guys, Davidoff said.

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” if he fails to bring the Champions League trophy


The Blue Jays returned pitchers and , and infielder has “unfinished business” with Everton.Martinez was sacked by Everton in May 2016, despite having three years remaining on his contract.“I loved my time at Everton. I only have great memories, we finished with 72 points,” the now-Belgium boss tolto their minor league camp on Mon make his debut against Tottenham.The exYaya Toure says Pep Guardiola will feel let down by England coach Gareth Southgate over his treatment of Raheem Sterling.Sterling was left out of England’s win against Montenegro on Thursday evening after a private altercation with Liverpool defender-Udinese winger scored one goal in 12 games for his former club before signing a four-and-a-half year deal with the Hornets earlier this week, writes Owen Widdowson.Pearson said in his pre-match press conferencday.

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