e not received an improved offer from Arsenal for


With Johan Santana (shoulder) potentially unavailable to start the season, manager Terry Collins said Friday that veteran might get a look as a potential starter before spring training ends. Laffey threw ncelotti blasted referee Piero Giacomelli after their 2-2 draw with Atalanta for sending him off.Napoli had a penalty denied by VAR and Atalanta in turn were able to equalise.“Do you have any doubts as to whether it ays they’re taking legal action against Corriere dello Sport.Conte was commenting after their 1-1 draw with Fiorentina.The newspaper published an email from a Bologna fan noting he was “relishing” Inter’s Champions League elimination, calling Contewas a penalty or not?” Ancelotti2 2/3 hitless innings to finish a 5-2 Grapefruit League win over Atlanta.

“We’ve got to find ourselves another insuranch Jose Bordalas took aim at his critics after eliminating Ajax to progress in the Europa League on Thursday evening.The Dutch side won 2-1 on the night but the Spaniards advanced to the round of 16 on away goals.”We had to endure accusations all weeke (starter),” Collins said. “We need some other guys in the mix.” Collins said this week that Jeremy Hefner would take Santana’s place in the rotation if he’s out for the opener.

umbus Crew have announced a multi-year sponsorship


CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports Dodgers outfielder , who is recovering from Tommy John surgery in Augusindows.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is targeting more young homegrown players to revamp his underperforming squad.British trio Dan James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire have proved to be successful additions so far.And United are planning to follow the t, will play in his first spring game Thursday. Howeed back at Twitter trolls after being ridiculed about his career achievements.The Spaniard posted a to be presented at Juventus stadium on Thursday, the Bianconeri have slapped in an offer for Marquinhos.Le 10 Sport says a €55m bid has been tabled to PSG for the Brazil international.PSG have since turned down the proposal, though they expect Juvphoto of 12 shirts from his career and asked followers which one gave them the best memories.Marcos Breton called out the former Chelsea and Arsenal mver, he will be the DH as he remains on a limited throwing program.

he Gunners are not looking to sell too many player


Barring an injury to one of the team’s projected starters, Mets top pitching prospect likely will start the season at Triple-A Las Vegas, The Associated Press reports. New York manager Terry Collins said Wheeler needs more time at tUnited have a hefty £100m January war-chest, it seems they won’t be rushed into making signings with Solskjaer revealing he isn’t interested in short-fix solutions.“It is not about ‘X’ amount of money we have to spenvin de Bruyne says he’s happy at Manchester City.While this season hasn’t been as successful as previous campaigns for City and De Bruyne, the player’s father Herwig has spoke of how content he is at the club – praising him for taking his game to thed – it is about who do we thihe highest minor-league level, where he made just six starts last season. “He needs to go to Triple-A and pitch,” Collins said Saturday. “He wants to be on the staff? Go be the best pitcher in Triple-A. Force us to call interest.Record says Chiquinho’s form in Portugal’s L2 this season has attracted interest from Chelsea.Blues scouts have been watching the 20 year-old regularly over the past year and believe he can develop into a Premier League class player.With th him up.” The Mets tailored a similar plan for last season before promoting him in late July.

Stat of the day: Alfredo Aceves equals losses


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relief pitcher was the Red Sox’s closer for a large chunk of the season, but he has since informed Bayern Munich of their price for Leroy Sane.The German giants, having pushed to sign Sane over the summer, remain eager to land the winger once he recovers from knee surgery.Sane is expected to be back in full-scale training by February.BIL lost that job. Instead, he seems to have taken on a new role: Designated loser.

Saturday, Aceves’ line was ugly: 2/3 of an inning, three hits, three earned runs and the loss. His terrific example for the club’s young players.The 31-year-old penned a new contract with the Red Devils on Wednesday.”Juan is the ultimate professional and one of the most intelligent players I have worked with,’ said the United manager.”He is a grearecent exploits, however, are even uglier.

Anyway, here’s the stat of the day. The Red Sox have lost each of the last 11 games in which Aceves has appeared. That’s right. Beginning Aug. 21, Aceves has appeared in 11 games and the Red Sox have los arrived from Eibar.He told Marca: “I won’t suffer, it was a basic element of play at Eibar. Thanks to that and the team, I developed a lot as a player. I learnt new concepts on the ball but above all off the ball, which has made me a much better plst every one of them.

During that span, Aceves has a 9.87 ERA. This season, Aceves has 10 losses and eight blown saves with a 5.31 ERA.

Considering that, , it’s hard to see how Aceves still has a job.

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Rumor roundup: Braves, Rangers, Angels, White Sox want starting pitching


It’s the worst-kept secret in baseball: the , , and are looking for top-tier pitching. And the are in the mix, too. 

The Braves remain focused on adding “a top-flight starting pitcher” before Tuesday’s 4:00 p.m. EST non-waiver trade deadline, .com’s Mark Bowman. Here’s more from Bowman, about a funny moment on the Braves’ team bus: When Braves general manager Frank Wren got on the team bus before Wednesday afternoon’s game against the , greeted him by audibly saying “” multiple times while coughing.The Braves will assess their options over the next few days, Bowman wrote, and will stay in the loop on both and . Especially Dempster, if his desired trade to the doesn’t end up happening. The Braves have also shown interest in the services of ‘s , and the ‘ , but the price tag on those two is out of Atlanta’s range, for now. The Rangers have a trade deadline wish-list, and atop it is Zack Greinke, CBSSports.com’s Danny Knobler. After Greinke is Josh Johnson, then Shields, and then bullpen help help, with moving to the bullpen if Texas lands a starter.The White Sox want Greinke, too, badly, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman, but they’ll only land him if they send major-league talent to , because their farm system doesn’t stack up against Texas’, Atlanta’s, or evplayer-coach in January from MLS side DC United, reports BBC Sport.The 33-year-old forward, who is Manchester United and England’s all-time record goalscorer, will join the Rams on an initial 18-month contract.He signed for Washington-based DC from Een the Ane will continue to work hard at Liverpool, despite having his request for a transfer denied.The Belgian aired his desire to leave Anfield throughout last season after serving as the club’s back-up goalkeeper behind Alisson.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp saidgels’. The Rangers aren’t just looking to oud was on target again for France in Monday’s 1-1 draw with Turkey.The Chelsea striker was brought on as a substitute in the 72nd and took just four minutes to turn the game on its head, heading home Antoine Griezmann’s corner at the near post.It waadd to their rotation, but also their bullpen, and are one of a number of teams interested in , ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick.

Two scouts side with Bobby V. on Iglesias, Lavarnway, Bard debates


The soap opera is already starting in Red Sox camp. Love it.New manager Bobby Valentine and the Red Sox front office are in disagreement over three important questions, , with Valentine looking to go against the orig admits he is eager to maintain his progress in 2020.Mount’s 2019/20 has exceeded expectations so far. He is an instrumental part of Frank Lampard’s team, has five Premier League goals to his name and six senior England caps since making his Sheffield Wednesday have appointed former Leeds United and Swansea City boss Garry Monk as their new manager.The Owls, who are 11th in the Championship table, have not disclosed the length of Monk’s contract.Monk was unveiled at a press conference at Hillsborough at 4pm today, Friday, September 6.debut foinal club plan in all three cases. And two scouts from competing teams are siding with Valentine — though, it’s highly unlikely he wins a majority of these debates.Valentine is said to favor top prospect Jose Iglesias for starting shortstop, catcher Ryan Lavarnway for a roster spot and Daniel Bard back in the bullpen. One A.L. scout, who’s been following the team all spring, said Valentine is correct on Iglesias and Bard, at least, and maybe on Lavarnway, too (though he doesn’t see Valentine having a real chance of winning that one).That scout said there’s no question in his mind Iglesias should be the starter at shortstop over journeyman Mike Aviles, who’s the front office choice. The scout favors Iglesias despite Iglesias’ meager .235 batting average at Triple-A last year and .174 average so far this spring. “He looks much better at bat than he did last year,” the scout said of Iglesias. “The important thing is, he’s going to make all the plays at shortstop. He’ll bat ninth so that doesn’t matter so much.”That scout has said all along that Bard should be in the pen. “He’s a thrower not a pitcher,” the scout said. Bard was given the original commitment, so it may be hard for the Red Sox not to give him a chance to begin the season as a starter. The other candidates for the rotation are Felix Dinal success following the conclusion of Liverpool’s US tour.The Reds concluded the preseason trip on Wednesday night with a 2-2 draw against Sporting Lisbon in the Western Union Cup.Now that the season is less than two weeks away, Klopp wants to focoubront, Aaron Cook and Alfredo Aceves, as Vicente Padilla will apparently go to the bullpen as a long man.Though the scout said he likes Lavarnway very much, he wouldn’t blame the Red Sox for sending him down so he can catch every day. The Red Sox have committed to Jarrod Saltalamacchia as the starter, so the scout says he wouldn’t want Lavarnway sitting on the bench in the majors and can see career backup Kelly Shoppach as the backup.Yet another scout said Valentine is right on all three counts. But it will be interesting to see who wins these debates. The dynamic between Valentine and the Red Sox front office will be one of the most intriguing storylines of the season. GM Ben Cherington selected Valentine after a bit of a nudge from club president Larry Lucchino, owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner.The vote here would be to move Bard to the pen, send Iglesias to the minors and put Lavarnway on the team to get significant time behind Saltalamacchia.

Court Vision: Pacers force Heat into Game 6 with careless whisper


Here’s what we learned on Wednesday, as the pulled out an ugly comeback win full of controversy to pull within 3-2 of the  

• That was weird. Just a weird, weird, weird, weird game. For half of the game, LeBron James was in foul trouble, playing just 24 minutes. Yet the Heat went on a 30-13 run, and had the lead at the half. The Pacers looked totally unable to do anything against them. They couldn’t get out of a double team to save their lives. They couldn’t find any open buckets. They couldn’t make shots. It got so bad, I started writing the “Series in Review” post. Sorry, Heat fans. 

• And then somehow, everything flipped. Everything. The Pacers picked up the fourth foul on LeBron James, and that set them on fire. They were running, pushing, hitting shots, finding the opsea hero Ashley Cole believes a fully fit Ruben Loftus-Cheek will make a big difference to Frank Lampard’s team.Cole says Lampard needs Willian back to match fitness and ready to help them bounce back from just one point in their first two Premier Leen man, crashing the offensive glass, and generally playing like that team that we all assumed was dead andy.Down to 10-men thanks to Isaac Hayden’s 43rd minute red-card, Toon capitulated at the King Power and Lascelles wasn’t happy with the display.”It was terrible from the boys and we have no one but ourselves to blame,” he told Sky Sports. “Leaking fou gone from three months ago. They battled, they had heart, they were fierce. 

• They won by three. 

• So despite foul trouble to James (some were legit, some weren’t as is often the case), a no-show from the Heat bench outside of Ray Allen, and 17 Heat turnovers, the Pacers still had to eke out a win. Not exactly confidence-inspiring heading down to South Beach. 

• But they are going to South Beach, thanks in large part to a masterful Paul George game. George stepped up big time, knocking down monster shots and playing with confidence for the first time in a long time. He’s had a good series. But he was great in this game, and he carried Indiana once the effort ramped up thanks to Stephenson. 

• Speaking of…

• That’s Lance! Stephenson has shown himself to be the boldest of the bold in this series but at some point, the Pacers do  need an edge and Stephenson is providing that. I mean, it wasn’t a dedicated, serious blow in the ear. It was a careless whisper. 

• Roy Hibbert with 13 rebounds and 10 points in Game 5 and you still feel like it was a mixed performance. 

• The big controversy will revolve around LeBron passing to Chris Bosh for the corner three. I mean, we can debate it, but at this point, good or bad, LeBron Jam De Bruyne.The Belgian was in fine form as City swept aside second placed Leicester City in their key clash at the weekend.City went behind, but rallied to claim a 3-1 win to keep up the pace for a second place finish this season.Mahrez was asked aboes is not going to change. He’s the guy who makes that pass. He makes the right play. That’s in his DNA. Some things you can’t change. And if that makes him weak, so be it. But he’s going to go with what his gut tells him, and his gut tells him “You don’t have a great look, make the pass you need to make to find a corner three.” Bosh missed. The end. 

• Ian Mahinmi played 12 seconds. 

t some rest, the team announced shortly before tip


forward  will sit out Saturday’s game against the Bucks in order to get some rest, the team announced shortly before tip. Nene is two games into his return from an MCL sprain, so the team does not want to push him back too quickly.

uben Loftus-Cheek is doing his part to get Eden Hazard to stay at the club.The young English midfielder, who broke into the ChelManchester United are assisting Barcelona’s platheir number one.The second choice keeper has come in for the injured Hugo Lloris.But his impressive displays have left Scotland legend Hutton very impressed.Gazzaniga started against Liverpool in the Premier League at the weekend and was very confidns to bring Neymar back from PSG, it has been revealed.Barca’s board have agreed to focus everything on re-signing the Brazil captain as their big addition for 2020.And L’Equipe says Neymar has been worksea first team this season, does not want his talented teammate to leave for Real Madrid.He revealed in an interview that

The Wizards have two games left on the schedule after Saturday, with the next coming Monday against the Heat.  

League-worst Bucks send ping pong balls to select fans ahead of lottery


ICYMI: The are sending packages containing ping pong balls to select fans:

— Eric Buenning (@ericbuenning)

The Milwaukee Bucks, perhaps the NBA’s standard bearer for wacky promotions after this season’s — if you missed it: $7 tickets, Coolio at halftime and a Glenn Robinson autograph signing, obviously — and , might have topped themselves. Embracing their unintended lottery status, the team that finished 15-67 is sending select fans custom ping pong balls featuring a Bucks logo. Those fans also get a card with Milwaukee’s apparent new slogan, “OWN THE FUTURE. WIN THE LOTTERY.” 

Oh, how far the Bucks have come (or, how low they have sunk, depending on how you look at it). Last summer, Milwaukee was signing good-not-great veterans in order to push for a potential playoff berth. Now, with a 25-percent chance of winning that No. 1 spot they never gunned for, the Bucks have an official draft lottery hashtag. It’s #BucksLuck, if you were wondering. 

for a chance to woyd Hasselbaink wants to see manager Maurizio Sarri stay.Sarri is attracting interest from Juventus over in Italy and, ahead of the Europa League final with Arsenal, is facing an uncertain future at the club.But Hasselbaink told the Chelsea-news-Maurin two season tickets and an autographed draft hat. 

It might sound a bit backward to be going all-in on the lottery like this in the middle of the postseason, but most in Milwaukee have been waiting years for this moment. Lhester United veteran Nemanja Matic has heaped praise on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Matic has struggled to nail down a starting spot in the United team this season, but has made a comeback to start seven of United’s last eight Premier League games.ong tired of mediocrity, the people behind are nothing short of elated that their team finished with the worst record in the league. 

We are less than two weeks away from the May 20th NBA Draft Lottery. Take a test drive with the ESPN simulator!ter Saturday’s FA Cup win at Burnley.Within the space of eight days, City beat Bournemouth, lost to Spurs and beat Burnley, with the boss feeling pleased with what he saw.“Performance-wise we were top class in all three games,” he said. “Sadly, t

— Save Our Bucks (@SaveOurBucks)

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ry had defender Ethan Ampadu continues to be froze


guard again on Sunday against the Suns, NBC4 Los Angeles reports. Henry had defender Ethan Ampadu continues to be frozen out at RB Leipzig.The Wales international moved to RBL this summer on a see Brazilian centre-back, who rejoined the Europa League finalists from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016, has signed a fresh two-year deal that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until the summer of 2021.”I am so happy to be here and to have this opportunityason-long loan.However, Ampadu is yet to see any action under new RBL coach Julian Nagelsmann – the youngster has not had a single been playing through torn ligaments in his left wrist, but his right knee has been acting up again. He has now missed 31 games this season, mostly due to his knee iss midfielder Jeff Hendrick was delighted with his winning goal against Everton.Hendrick made it two goals in four games as he volleyed the Clarets to a 1-0 victory over the Toffees at a joyous Turf Moor.“We had to dig deep,” Hendrick said. “The seue. Henry is averaging 10.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists over 41 appearances. He’ll look to get back on the court Tuesday night against the Trail Blazers.

utes in Wednesday’s finale against the Bucks, thou


The will have most of their starting lineup available for limited minutes in Wednesday’s finale against the Bucks, though forward is getting the night of to face Atletico Madrid whizkid Joao Felix ahead of their Champions League last-16 second leg at Anfield.The 20-year-old missed the first leg due to a calf injury, but will return on Wednesday after he faced Sevilla over the weekend.Klopp told a pref in order to rest for the start of the postsderson is delighted for Philippe Coutinho over his move to Bayern Munich.Coutinho left Barcelona for Bayern last month.Ann is excited about the potential of Everton’s team this season.The Blues beat Lincoln City and Wolves in their final two outings before the international break, scoring seven goals in the process.The midfielder said, “Over the past two games, it has d Ederson told BILD of his Brazil teammate: “Bayern is always a great team. Now with Coutinho they definitely belong among the tieason.

and in his right knee. he remains hopeful of pla


guard received a second opinion from surgeon James Andrews on Monday and in his right knee. he remains hopeful of playing again at some point this season, his agent Kevin Bradbury told FOX26 in Houston. Beverley sufferthe week.Despite the Premier League transfer window coming close to its conclusion, The Independent reports that Zaha is confident he will leave Crystal Palace.Per the same source, Palace would accept a £65 million fee if most of the money is up froed a torn meniscus in his right knee on Thursday against Philadelphia. He was averaging e clubs are scrambling for Hull City attacker Jarrod Bowen.Goal says Newcastle, Aston Villa, Brighton and Southampton are joining the race for Bowen.The Premier League rivals are all monitoring the 23-year-old, whose contract with the Championship ex9.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 53 appearances before t role with the club when he hangs up the boots.The midfielder feels he may have something to offer when he is no longer playing.He told the Daily Mail, “I would like one day to be involved in decisions that the club makes. “I feel I have enough experhe injury.

of re-signing PSG star Neymar.While the Brazil at


forward has so far managed to with his recovery from a spr prospect of re-signing PSG star Neymar.While the Brazil attacker’s return has the support of the players, there’s disagreement inside the boardroom over the prospect.A high level source told L’Equipe: “A return of Neymar? This is not the majority opafender Patrick van Aanholt.The PSV-Eindhoven-bid-Patrick-van-Aanholt.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mail says the 29-year-old who has 18 months on contract is valued around £9million. The Holland international has made 17 Premier League appearances thiined MCL, and has shed his crutches according to the Washington Post. Nene has been out a mnchester United to drop his valuation.The Sun says United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given the wantaway striker until Wednesday to thrash out a deal to join Inter Milan.If Lukaku fails to meet the deadline, Solskjaer will look to bring him back inonth while recovering from the injury, and has progressed to running on an anti-gravity treadmill.

His initial timetable for returning from the injury was four to six weeks, and the team still . 

Damian Lillard delivers as Blazers stave off elimination


is too good not to have a game like this. He’d been held in check for the first three second-round games with the , shooting 37.5 percent from the field and missing almost all of his 3-point attempts. Lillard’s defining characteristic is his poise, though, and it seemed inevitable he’d find some answers in Game 4. 

Facing elimination on Tuesday, the point guard came through with a game-high 25 points on 11-for-21 shooting, plus five assists and four rebounds. He orchestrated the attack that outscored the Spurs by 15 points in the third quarter, then scored the first nine points of the final frame to help his team pull away.

“It could have been our last game, so I just wanted to leave it all out there,” Lillard said.

He hit a couple of 3s and in-between shots, but what will stick out is the way Lillard n from international duty for Colombia.Colombia have agreed the versatile Alzate, who was called into their under-23 squad for two friendly matches against Peru in Lima, should remain with Albion for treatment on a minor injury.Alzate, who signed a nattacked the basket. San Antonio had done such an excellent job of sending help and stifling him earlier in the series, but he stayed persistent and he recognized his opportunities. He when he had to, and on the rare occasion when the Spurs gave him some space, he pounced.

After Game 3, when his team surrendered any realistic chance of advancing to the conference finals, Lillard had every right to be deflated. It was the third game in a row in which San Antonio built a huge halftime lead and withstood every Portland run.

“We’re just seeing them put on a clinic on how to execute, how to guard every option of our offense,” he said on Friday night, . He added, though, that .

The Blazers did not. In Game 4 they finally finished the first quarter with the lead, and they held onto it at halftime. Lillard and couitor for Bruno Fernandes from Sporting CP.The Portuguese midfielder is a hot property this summer, after scoring and assisting in double digits for Sporting in Liga NOS last sterm.The Daily Mail says Manchester United are seriously looking at Fernanmpany fed off the energy of the Moda Center crowd from the siri – at the end of this season.Both Sevilla and Roma have made approaches to sign the Swiss international on loan in January, offers Liverpool have swiftly rejected as they continue to challenge for the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.Butart. It could very well have been the last game played there this season, and if so, at least the fans went home happy. Lillard said this one had “a completely different feel.”

“I wasn’t so much embarrassed about being down 3-0, I was embarrassed about how they won the three games,” Lillard said. “I think that was the more embarrassing thing, just looking like we didn’t belong in the series. I thought tonight we played our basketball, we competed and we showed why we’ve been able to get to this point.”

The great thing about Lillard has always been how he learns. This sophomore season is just a stepping stone, whether it ends in San Antonio on Wednesday or later on. Three and a half years ago, a broken foot in college briefly had Lillard down in the dumps. He then started shooting from a chair and devouring game film. He came back an improved player, and turned himself into an unlikely lottery pick. 

When Lillard won Rookie of the Year a year ago, he said he wanted more: to be an All-Star, an MVP-winner, a champion. He crossed the first one off his list in February, and he’s since added to his resume. The Spurs tested him in this series, and it took him a few games for him to find his rhythm. Regardless of how many games he has left in this battle against San Antonio, there’s no doubt he’ll be better for it.

Lead singer of the Village People bans Clippers from using ‘YMCA’


Victor Willis is the original lead singer of the musical group the Village People. Their song “YMCA” is often played at sporting events, because … I’m not really sure to be honest with you. It’s just one of those things that happenyed down injury concerns after their 2-1 defeat of Tottenham.Mohamed Salah scored the crucial deciding penalty after Sadio Mane had been fouled in the box by Serge Aurier.But the Egyptian’s afternoon came to an abrupt end not long after when he was ts, like the wave, or ironic mustaches. Anywayto buy Indian Super League side Mumbai City.A deal is set to be struck ahead of their new season starting next month.The City Football Group have held talks with a number of Indian clubs as they seek to expand their global reach, says the Mirror.Mumb, he’s pretty upset at the alleged racist obertson has been struggling with an ankle injury, which is why he missed out on the Scotland squad during the international break.He was fit enough to play during the Reds’ 2-1 win over Crystal Palace at the weekend. But he admitted that he is not fstatements from Donald Sterling and took to Twitter to let the team know he’s revoking the rights of the team to use the song. 

Sterling, you’re banned from playing “Y.M.C.A.” or any of my music games. And I mean it!

— Victor Willis (@victorwillis)

Willis does in fact own rights to the song as well as many other Village People hits. So, no “Macho Man” for the Clippers, either. TMZ reports that a spokesman for the singer confirmed . 

So just to recap. The list of people who have weighed in on this controversy now includes the President of the United States and the lead singer of the Village People.