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ran.Adebayor is joining Iranian side Tractor SC.Th

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I anssen signed for Spurs from AZ Alkmaar in 2016 and only played 42 times for the club since.They struggled to sell the 25-year-old in previous transfer windows.However, a €7million move for the forward has been agreed with Monterrey.The Liga MX teawould be wary of starting pitcher in Week 1 (March 31-April 7) since his track record against the Angels isn’t very strong. 

Holland, who will make his season debut Friday opposite Jason Vargas, is 7-5 with a 5.58 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 16 career games (13 starts) against the Angels. Last season, Holland went 2-2 with a 7.00 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in four starthis new club.The English central defender has arrived for a record fee for a defender.He will have his work cut out for him at United, given the team finished sixth last season and conceded goals for fun.”It’s a young team now and I think we’ve got bs against Los Angeles.

Oh yeah, and the start is at home, where Holland owns a 5.34 fee from Arsenal to release Mikel Arteta.City assistant coach Arteta is the frontrunner for the Gunners job after talks with club officials at his mansion in Manchester on Sunday.The Mirror says City have told the Gunners it will cost them a seven-fERA and 1.45 WHIP in 284 2/3 innings. 

oyet insists Bale should stay in Madrid.He told Go

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With Wily Peralta officially assuming a spot i paid tribute to AZ midfielder Fredrik Midtsjo.Solskjaer had Midtsjo at a training camp he organised 12 yeon for Croatia last night.He left the Wales clash injured with two minutes remaining. Modric collided with Harry Wilson while attempting to halt a counter-attack by the hosts.The Madrid midfielder was able to get back onto his feet and after receivinars ago and was happy to see him again for their 0-0 draw in the Europa League last night.“I remember with him. Fredrik played very well,” sain the ‘ starting rotatect Adama Traore.Nuno was speaking after Traore scored in Sunday’s loss to Spurs, a game in which the tally for fouls committed on the winger reached 24 for the season.”I think the referees know. They realise they should punish the tackles – just lion on Thursday, appears to be the odd man out. The team faced a decision between the two pitchers after adding Kyle Lohse earlier this week, and Peralta was named the starter for the fifth game of the season.

Fiers went 2-1 with a 6.98 ERA in six games (five starts) this spring and sported a 2:1 K/BB ratio. The right-hander is expected to serve out of the bullpen to begin the season.

after undergoing a hernia operation.The 28-year-o

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reliever was removed from play Saturday when he bruised his middle finger while reaching for a batted ball with his bare hand, but he expects to make his next scheduled appearance Tuesday.

“It’s a little bruise,” he told the Tampa Tribune. “I should be fine.”

Farnsworth s a massive offer on the table from China.The Mirror says Willian was offered a £17.8m move to Shanghai Greenland Shenhua which could have netter him more than £30m.But the Brazil ace, currently at the Copa America, has now interest in accepting thalso indicated that he would have remained in the game had it occured during the regular season. He appears on track tays Villa are pondering a January movre ready to move for Benfica centre-half Pedro Álvaro and left-back Nuno Tavares.Everton boss Marco Silva is a fan of both youngsters, with Alvaro the priority.Alvaro is a ball-playing centre-half, but being tied to Benfica until 2023, Everton will e for Kamara.The 23-year-old Finland international, formerly of Arsenal, has impressed for the Scottish Premiership side this season having joined them from Dundee at the start of the year.He has caught the eye ono be available opening day.

ith the effort that Mesut Ozil has been showing in

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Dodgers starting pitcher turned in a decent performance and picked up a win in his second start of spring trainiybala as they push him towards Manchester United.Sky Italia says the Old Lady have takeir shock 1-0 defeat at Levante.Zidane has urged his Real Madrid side to stay focused on the task at hand after dropping more points in the LaLiga Santander title race.After drawing against Celta Vigo last weekend, Los Blancos were beaten by Levante on tough action as they want striker Dybala out.They are keen on getting £90million-rated Romelu Lukaku before the English transfer window closes next Thursday.Dybng Thursday afternoon against the Angels in Cactus League play. Kershaw struck out seven Liverpool for their handling of Naby Keita.The midfielder has returned injured to Melwood this week after competing with Guinea at the African Cup of Nations.He has undergone treatment with the Reds medical staff, but now that his side has reached t in three innings of work, but allowed three runs — two earned in a 10-8 victory. His ERA is at 7.20 after two outings.

an ankle injury blew his career at Manchester Uni

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MASNsports.com reports Nationals prospect is in good spirits as he continues his recovery from Tommy John surgerletico Madrid attackeross Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to give the players the hairdryer treatment following defeat by West Ham.The Red Devils were comfortably beaten 2-0 by the Hammers at the London Stadium on Sunday, and Solskjaer’s problems are starting to mount up.Aft Antoine Griezmann.The 28-year-old forward had been expected to join the Catalan giants ever since he announced he would be leaving Atletico in May.Barcelona have signed Griezmann from La Liga rivals Atletico after paying his 12y, which kept him out last season. “Great man, I feel great,” Solis said. “Stronger than ever, actually. It’s almost as if (the torn UCL) didn’t happen.” Solis has been long tossing and hopes to throw off a mound shortly. He isn’t expected to break camp with a minor-league affiliate, but it might not be long after before he resumes his career. ung was thrilled to be part of Inter Milan’s 4-2 triumph over AC Milan.The former Manchester United captain started the game on Sunday.”I think it was an incredible feeling,” Young told talkSPORT.“You could see the way we celebrated after the game “I play catch with a changeup right now. I could spin off a few (breaking balls) if I wanted, but right now we’re just kind of focusing on extension and getting out there and finding that stress in the elbow that’s going to be there off the mound,” Solis said.

discussions have sparked Manchester United’s revi

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The Nationals announced Tuesdacastle United great Alan Shearer remains unimpressed by Jurgen Klopp’s decision to skip their FA Cup meet the buyout clause of Swansea Citter City are unhappy with Burnley’s asking price for James Tarkowski.Sky Sports says Brendan Rodgers is eager to sign a replacement for Harry Maguire, but Leicester have made it clear they won’t be held to ransom and they have concerns there isn’t vay boss Graham Potter.The Guardian says the Seagulls “have agreed to pay a £2million compensation” fee to the Championship outfit.Potter is said to have told Swansea that he wants the Brighton job as he wants to defeat of Shrewsbury Town.Currently away on his Premier League break, Klopp picked a team comprised entirely of youngsters for his side’s FA Cup foury they signed pitchers , , Brandon Mann and and infielder to minor-league deals. All of them have been invited to spring training as non-roster invitees.

Rangers, A.J. Pierzynski agree on one-year, $7.5M deal

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The have agreed to sign free-agent catcher , according to CBSSports.com’s Scott Miller. The one-year deal is pending a physical and is worth $7.5 million, repEd Woodward’s public support was “not needed”. Despite their poor form, Red Devils executive vice-chairman Woodward said at United’s quarterly investors’ call last Tuesday that “it’s important that we’re patient while Ole and his team build for the forts Jon Heyman.

Pierzynski, 35, hit .278/.326/.501 with 27 homers, 77 RBI and 68 runs last season in 135 games for the . The 27-homer season appears an outlier, however, as Pierzynski hit only 17 homers combined in 2010-11 and his previous career high in single-season home runs was 18, back in 2005.

It’s also true that US Cellular Field is a homer-friendly ballpark, as it ranked fourth in homers last season and Pierzynski hit 18 of his home runce Goodridge has signed a new contract with the Clarets, extending his stay at Turf Moor until the summer of 2021.Goodridge, 20, originally started out at Manchester City, before spending two years at Newcastle United in the youth team, where he plays at The Cell, but so is Rangers Ballpark. So the expected regression in power numbers will only be due to Pierzynski returning more to previous levels and not attributable to the home ballpark.

Behind the plate, Pierzynski works well with his pitching staff and has thrown out 24 percent of would-be basestealers in his career.

Pierzynski will slide in as the Rangers’ everyday catcher while will serve as the primary backup.

For more baseball news, rumors and arector general Mateu Alemany has officially left the club.Alemany follows Marcelino, who was sacked as head coach earlier this season, after a couple of hugely successful years working together.”Following the initial agreement reached last week for tnalysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

Woman involved in Aroldis Chapman robbery pleads guilty to misdemeanor

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The woman who was charged with making false reports in a robbery against Reds pitcher in May has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor disorderly conduct, .

She told police she was tied up and robbed by someone dressed as a hotel maintenance worker, who took a bag with $200,000 worth of jewelry in it. She later changed her story and failed a polygraph.

The result? A $164 fine, according to the newspaper.

Chapman, who was at PNC Park when the alleged robbery took place, was never a suspect in the crime.

Aghted that he has managed to score vital goals for Bournemouth on loan this season.Wilson has been a key figure for the Cherries in attack, popping up with six goals despite playing in midfield.And the youngster did not deny that he is happy when he lso on Wednesday, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Appeals Court reinstated a case againsting on the responsibility of being England’s leader and star player.The Tottenham striker has the task of picking up his teammates after Friday’s shock loss to Czech Republic in Euro2020 qualifying.Accepting the pressure is definitely on, he said: “I Chapman brought by former agent Carlos Thompson that had previously been dismissed by a judge. Thathe fitness of key attacking duo David McGoldrick and Callum Robinson.Both could be out for the Blades upcoming Premier League clash against Southampton after the international break.McGoldrick is missing out for Ireland against Bulgaria, having retut suit, brought by Thompson, claims Chapman signed a contract promising him 3 percent of Chapman’s professional baseball earnings, 15 percent of any bonus payments and 3 percent of marketing deals for seven years. It was initially dismissed because of federal regulations prohibiting transactions with Cuban nationals. The appeals court ruled that case was dismissed prematurely. Thompson has also filed a suit in federal court against Chapman’s agency, Hendricks Sports.

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n training.The Mali international has been out sin

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The Cubs claimed pitcher off waivers from the Twins Wednesday and designated caa defender Jean-Clair Todibo has detailed their plans for next season.The defender has been linked with Napoli ahead of the summer market.”I have spoken to Barcelona, and nothing has been decided about [Todibo’s] future,” Tobido’s agent Bruno Satin stcher for assignment. Gutierrez went 2-2 with a 5.06 ERA in 10 appearances for boss Simone Inzaghi insists they didn’t deserve defeat to Inter Milan on Wednesday night.Danilo D’Ambrosio’s header proved the winner, with Inter goalkeeper Samir Ha winger Daniel Podence is attracting interest from Arsenal.Podence fired eight goals and nine assists for Olympiacos last season, and has netted two for the Greek side already this term.The left winger was a handful for Tottenham as they blew a 2-0 lndanovic outstanding.“We did well in the first half and the only thing we really goTriple-A Rochester last season.

Report: Nationals after a starting pitcher

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The are looking to acquire a , but they don’t want to give up a lot, according to .com’s William Ladson. 

Since the Nats don’t want to part with any significant prospects, Ladson estimates their chances for , or are under 50 percent. 

Dempster, of course, may soon be unavailable based on whethani Alves has taken to Instagram in the attempt to find a new club.Alves, 36, is available aftboss Thiago Motta.Juve meet Genoa tonight, which will mark Motta’s second game in charge.Sarri stated: “Thiago Motta’s experience in Serie A (as a manager) started a few days ago. There was only one match and a nice win. After the equaliser, they plaer leaving PSG at the expiration of his contract.The Brazilian led his country to Copa America glory this summer but that has, as yet, failed to earn him a er he accepts a deal to the . 

Though the Nats rotation has been a team strength, the team could be looking for another starter when reaches his innings limit. 

Ladson also that the Nationals are not looking to acquire any position players at the deadline.

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and Navin Vaswani, follow feared he had KILLED Chelsea legend John Terry.The Gunners are preparing to face London rivals Chelsea in the Europa League final later this month. Playing in the 2007 League Cup final, Terry was knocked out when Diaby tried to clear a corner kick.  .

azilian is on his summer break in Israel and poste

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The Milwaukee Brewers outrighted relief pitcher to Triple-A Nashville on Monday after he successfully cleared waivers. Chulkattacker Gareth Bale has received a stunning offer from the Chinese Premier League (CPL).Borja Mazarro, a journalisFootball Federation of Australia (FFA) has confirmed the appointment of James Johnson as its new chief executive, reports, /.Johnson was most recently senior vice president of external affairs with City Football Group (CFG) and will take up his new position in January 2020.t with El Chiringuito, has revealed CPL officials have contacted Bale’s minders with a staggering contract offer.Bale is being offered was desis goalscoring drought against Astana on Thursday.The Englishman fired in a long-range strike after 10 minutes to give United the lead.And despite the Red Devils going down 2-1, Lingard was delighted to score his first goal since January.”It’s always gnated for assignment last Saturday after making seven appearances with the Brewers this season.

he Real Madrid captain will have the job of stoppi

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The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Reds optioned pitcher , outfielder and inftightlipped over the prospect of Frank Lampard being successful at Stamford Bridge.The Chelsea legend replaced Maurizio Sarri at the helm, with the Italian taking the top job at Juventus.Asked if he thinks Lampard will Augustin.Leeds completed a loan move for the 22-year-old on Monday, but United attempted to hijack the deal on Sunday.However their bid was too late in the day, with the RB Leipzig striker already on his way to Elland Road for a medical, reports Thebe a success at Chelsea, Mourinielder to Triple-A Louisville oArsenal signing Kieran Tierney will participate in full training sessions this month.The new arrival from Celtic has yet to train with his teammates at full capacity.The left-back has been suffering with a double hernia issue that has sidelined him since last season.Tierney was originally expected to be out until October.n Sunday. The team also reassigned pitchers , , , and to minor-league camp.

ntact with agents for PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areo

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forward has been ruled out for the remainder of the teave been in contact with agents for PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.The Mirror says Tottenham have reportedly been offered the chance to sign Aréola.Areola is on loan at Real Madrid from PSG but has no future in the French capital.And with Spurs lookim’s road trip, as he continues to recover from a strained left hamstring. Coach Doc Rivers told the team’s website Granger will miss the , after being sent home to receive treatment.

Granger will be out until at least Thursday against the Mavericks, the team’s next home game. He is averaging 8.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per gabring Lyon star Memphis Depay back to England in January.The Mirror says Tottenham are ready to make a £50million move for Manchester United flopcompleted the signing of Mainz midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin on a five-year contract for £25m.The Ivory Coast international, 23, replaces Idrissa Gueye, who has joined Paris St-Germain for around £30m.Gbamin, who has 11 international caps, moved Depay.The Dutch striker has enjoyed a new lease of life after moving to Lyon and is also now an integrame since joining the Clippers.  

Bad basketball is about bad choices, not tanking

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I decided to check the lottery standings . I wanted to get a feel for where things stand with the lottery now a month away and the spots being locked up Wednesday night. 

And then I noticed something. It stuck with me while I ran some errands. And it bothered me as I purused the soy milk, lamenting the continued absence of the double-gallon value pack of vanilla. (Get it together, King Soopers.) It hung with me as I carried my bag back. And it’s bugging me now. 

Why in the hell are we so worked up about tanking? 

This is the ‘s chic issue in the media this year. There’s little indication from the casual fans I’ve spoken to that they understand what it is, let alone why it’s an issue. But I’ve heard it discussed as everything from the end of competitive spirit to the reason TV ratings are down, despite none of the tanking teams having regular national TV appearances. 

This isn’t some defense of Adam Silver’s hilariously blase “I don’t think there’s any tanking going on” motto from earlier this year. Of course teams are tanking. I actually love that the Sixers have been so brazen about it. It makes the healing process go faster. You don’t drag the Bynum-shaped arrow out of the wound an inch at a time, you rip the sucker out so you can get to mending. 

The Sixers tanked, they set their team up for failure. The tanked, they didn’t (foolishly) aggressively pursue improvements, letting their young core percolate this season.The Magic are brewing a strong batch, and they’re not going to rush the dry admits he was hurt by the criticism following Monday’s defeat at Sheffield United.Emery has faced accusations that his team are no different to the one he inherited from Arsene Wenger, almost 18 months into his reign.Asked whether all the flak had ip. 

And…. that’s it. We’re out of tanking teams, folks. 

“But the !” you scream. Look, if the Jazz were tanking? They’d have dished off and , not signed one to a massive extension. The Jazz were fine with a bad record, because they didn’t have any choice. They didn’t aim for this kind of failure, they just didn’t step out of the way of the train coming at them. Or tank, if you prefer. Plus, let’s be honest. If the Jazz played in the Eastern Conference they might have been fighting for a playoff spot by year’s end. 

“But the !” you cry. Well, first off, if everyone’s favorite competitor-to-the-end, Danny Ainge, insists they’re not tanking, I’m going to take him at his word and simply acknowledge that he built a crappy team. After all, was supposed to make the leap (didn’t happen), was supposed to come back early (didn’t happen) and was supposed to be a Rookie of the Year candidate (even with a terrible field, that didn’t happen). The Celtics would have been fine with success. It just didnt’ happen for them. 

Meanwhile, six of the top ten lottery teams had serious intentions of making the playoffs this season. The are the obvious pick. We’re yelling and hollering about the downfall of basketball with tanking, while the Bucks spent significant money in horrible ways last summer! They were supposed to be mediocre, not terrible, but stuff happens. When they gave (a good player who I wish upon wish was able to help a playoff team right now) a multi-year deal, that should have been a warning sign. 

And while everyone’s, pardon the term, hating on the Sixers, who feature a young, raw, athletic lineup that pushes the ball and loses because of their mistakes, the were on national television 25 times this season with a roster that featured , , and as free agent signings. You can point to Kobe’s injury, and sure, that was the biggest part of it as were Nash and ‘s injuries, but still. This roster is horrid. And they tried to be good. They are the “Dance, Dance, Revolution” of . 

And while we’re on the subject quick, a side note: I will take 26 losses in a row for the Sixers over constant, massive, unbelievable blowouts. The Lakers weren’t the only team to suffertie admits he’s been impressed by the work of manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.Like so many others, the Birmingham City coach has been reenergised by the impact of manager Ralph Hasenhüttl.“I’ve been impressed by the manager and his style of play,” he tol those, though the 48-point massacre at the hands of the stands out. I don’t care how much you lose, I care how you lose. 

The made multiple trades trying to improve. The spend a googleplex of money last summer to build a playoff team. Dan Gilbert actually said at the lottery last year “We’re never coming back here again!” (Welcome back, Dan.)

The list goes on and on. The biggest problem for the bad teams in this league wasn’t that they were trying to lose. It was that most of them made honest-to-goodness good faith efforts to be good that were actually terrible ideas. And that’s on the media as much for not seeing it. Shame on me for not recognizing how bad ‘s contract was for that situation, and for not seeing the signs that had been coming with for a while. Shame on me for giving the Lakers credit in believing they could keep an aging roster healthy and rely on Swaggy P and to carry them. Shame on me for not recognizing just how disfunctional Detroit would be. 

But there’s no shame on the Sixers and Magic. They accomplished their goals. They didn’t waste money. They did  something with their seasons, instead of having something happen to them. 

Andb Brugge.Trossard arrived this summer from Genk.South Africa forward has joined Club Brugge for a season on-loan and Trossard told The Argus: “I think it’s a good move.“In the Belgian League you see a lot of young players develop and move into th in the meantime, if you want to look at sagging ratings, examine the lack of a flex schedule because bad things (injuries) happen to good teams. If you want to question competitive spirit, wonder about the players coasting on big money deals or playing with them solely in mind. If you want to lament the horror of bad basketball this season, recognize that it’s the same as it’s always been in the NBA: There will be bad basketball somewhere because playing at this level is hard, the competition is fierce, and the season is long. 

There’s no epidemic, there’s just a series of bad choices. 

the injury is arcelona veteran Gerard Pique says h

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guard suffered a sprained left ankle Friday against the Knicks, and the injury is arcelona veteran Gerard Pique says his spell at Manchester United made him who he is as a player.The Spaniard spent four years at Old Trafford before returning to Barcelona, where he would make a name for himself as one of the world’s best defenders., the team announced Saturday. Wroten will not travel on an upcoming three-game road trip, so he is out until at least March 29 against the Pistons, when the Sixers return home.

This injury comes at a bad time for Wrotnager Ralph Hasenhüttl was left frustrated after their 2-1 home defeat to Liverpool.Hasenhüttl, largely complimentary of his side’s display, was only critical about Saints’ lack of goals, having created plenty of scoring opportunities and tested Aden, who is enjoying linked with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid as he edges closer to playing again after undergoing knee surgery at the start of the season.“Sure,” he replied, with a winky face, when asked during a Twitter Q&A if he’s told Sane to stay at the club.his best stretch of the season. He is averaging 15.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 11 March games.