Bobby Jenks was in rehab when the Red Sox released him last year


Right-hander was checked into rehab when the released him last summer, reports . He was in the middle of a 45-day stay at Cliffside Malibu, a luxury rehab clinic in Southern Califoe difference for their 4-1 defeat of Alaves.Valverde hailed Messi’s ability to appear and deliver when Barcelona need him most.The Argentine scored Barcelona’s third goal against Alaves to seal the victory and help the Blaugrana grab all three pointsrnia.

Jenks, 32, was of DUI and hit-and-run in Florida on March 23 of last year. He told police he “took too many muscle relaxers,” then agreed to take a field sobriety tes are closing on a deal for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie today.Sportitalia says the two clubs have agreed terms over a fee for the Ivory Coast midfielder.Milan have accepted an offer of €25m plus €3m in bonuses.Now Milan are counting on Kessit before saying “I’m going to fail it.”

The Red Sox reached a settlement with Jenks and released him on July 3, two weeks before he finished rehab, according to court documents. The DUI charges were settled in December, and Jenks was required to complete a substance-abuse program as part of his probation.

“Mr. Jenks satisfactorily completed a 45-day stay for substance dependence,” wrote Patricia Freebery, the clinical director of Cliffside Malibu, in a letter submitted to the Lee County, Fla., probation department in December.

Jenks signed a two-year, $12 million deal with Boston during the 2010-11 offseason. He went 2-2 with a 6.32 ERA in 19 relief appearances in 2011 before back surgery and a pulmonary embolism send him to the DL.

Before landing with the Red Sox, Jenks was a two-time All-Star who saved 25+ games five times with the White Sox. He served as the team’s closer during their 2005 World Series title run as a rookie after appearing in only 32 regular-season games.

, Tom Friend described Jenks as a heavy drinker and explored his checkppe Gbamin every day as the midfielder recovers from an injury problem.The setback will sideline him for a minimum of eight weeks.“It is really important that we support JP,” Silva told evertontv.“We have to be there in the bad moments.“When thered past.

Sun says Madrid are ready to offer £45million fo


After a successful stint playing for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, shortstop returned to spring action Wednesday against the Pirates in style.

Simmons beul the club can keep Nathan Ake for many years to come.Ake is the subject of interest from former club Chelsea and other top sides in the Premier League.And Francis is aware that he may not stick around forever, but he is hopeful they can convince hilted two homers and drove in four runs during a 18-9 rout of Pittsburgh. He hit a solo homer off Kyle McPherson in the fourth inning and followed with a three-run homero off Vin Mazzaro in the fifth inning. 

“Hopefully I’m not wasting all my home runs. Hopefully I have a couple more,” Simmons told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Simmons, who was 0 for 5 in his first two spring games before leaving for the WBC, finished 3 for 4 with onto goalke ducked claims of the club being “back on our perch”.Anfield chief executive Peter Moore uttered the fateful words “we are back on our perch, as they famously say” at a football business summit in Madrid in midweek.That refers to the rivalry with Meper Emiliano Martinez.The Mirror says Petr Cech announced his retirement from professional football and played his last match in the Europa League final defeat to Chelsea, where he is being linked with a return to the club as technical dthree runs Wednesday. Simmons hit .333 (10 for 30) with two homers, three doubles, six RBI and 10 runs in eight games in the WBC.

eyond the January market.The Germany defender’s ag


Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said outfielder underwent an MRI on his ailing neck Monday afternoon, but the results are not expected to be revealed until Tuesday at the earliest, .com reports. Markakis was pulled from the starting lr Steven Bergwijn admits he’s happy winchester City boss Pep Guardiola says Vincent Kompany is sure to return in the future to take charge.Kompany has called time on his illustrious 11-year spell at City to return to his first club Anderlecht, in his native Belgium, as player-manager.”I th interest from Manchester United.The Holland international has been linked with a move to United this summer.And he told Voetbalzone: “Manchester United is certainly a great club. “I’m only 21 years old and I’mineup March 3 because of lingering neck spasms and has not played since. He said Sunday he thinks the MRI is “probably more of a precaution to see what’s going on in there and identify exactly what it is that’s bothering me.” Markakis had three surgeries last year and missed the entire poero Emmanuel Frimpong says they should move for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.Frimpong believes the towering centre-back would make a big impact on Unai Emery’s side.“I watched the game against Watford and it wasn’t good. Our defence is certainstseason with a broken thumb.

ar Neymar returning to Spain.Former club Barcelona


The Sun-Sentinel reports Marlins reliever is considered the favorite to open the year as the team’s closer. “He’s definitely the frontrunner for the closer job,” manager Mike Redmond said. “I’ve watched r United fans to be patient.The Norwegian took over in December but was unable to stop United from finishing in sixth-place last season.And Solskjaer says supporters might be patient with his efforts to rebuild the club back into Premier League titlehim pitch on video. He’s funky — it’s a funky little delivery. He did a nice job [last year].” Cishek said he’s been working on adding a changeup to his repertoire. “Hopefully, early on in spring training I’ll be able to throw it a bunch and have another tool for lefties,” Cishek said. “Every year I come into spring training ready to go. I attack hitters out there 100 percent all the time. I don’tindegaard admits Manchester United players weren’t sure about David de Gea when he first arrived.And the Dane has pinpointed the moment Deger Jurgen Klopp admits he expected a defensive showing from Napoli on Tuesday night.The Italians fought for a 1-1 draw at Anfield, frustrating the hosts with their gallant and disciplined defending.Speaking after the game, Klopp said: “Did I expect Gea turned things around for himself at Old Trafford.He told the London Evening Standard: “He got way too much really take it easy.”

d is on track.The Evening Chronicle reports they’v


The Nationals signed former reliever to a minor league deal Wednesday, and according to CSNWashington.com, they intendchester United defender Harry Maguire has urged fans to judge him over the long-term.Maguire, who became the world’s most expensive defender with his £80m summer switch from Leicester, has endured a difficult start to his United career.”I think it’s to use him as a first baseman. Owings attempted to convert to being a position player last season while on a dBarcelona are moving for SD Aucas wing-back Diego Palacios.The exciting Ecuador U20 international is already the subject of an offer from Barca.Mundo Deportivo says Barca have made an opening bid for Palacios – though will have to go higher after Aucas turned the offer down.The youngster can leave for a price of €5m.Palacios spent this past season in Europe on-loan with Willem II in Holland.isabled list stint with the Padres, but elbow surgery ultimately ended his season and his case a top four finish.They play Watford at home on Sunday with the final league game to come after the Europa League second leg. That is away at Leicester.”We are going to take one after the other one,” said Giroud. “We have our destiny in our hands onversion attempt. In 205 career at-bats, Owings has a .283 batting average with nine home runs and 35 RBI.

Ranking the five worst owners in baseball: An ode to Miami’s Jeffrey Loria


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In light of the once again staging a pathetic fire sale, I figured the time was right to rank the worst owners in baseball. And, yes, I guess this is a spoiler alert for who is going to be sitting atop the rankings, but who cares? Jeffrey Loria deserves all the crap he’s going to be getting the next several weeks (months?).

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Anyway, we’ll get to him in a second. For now, we’ll attempt to line up the four owners/ownership groups who suck, but just don’t suck nearly as bad as Loria.

We’ll do this while longing for 30 owners like Detroit’s Mike Ilitch.

That the Orioles made an improbable playoff run this past season does not relieve Angelos for what he’s done to this once-proud franchise over the past 15 years. Buck Showalter and his players get the credit for the magical 2012s Atletico de Madrid in Saturday lunchtime’s Spanish capital ‘derby at the Santiago Bernabeu.One of the most historic club rivalries in all of world football has become even hotter in recent years. What’s more, this weekend’s game could have a huge s season, notd virtually no contact with owner Mike Ashley during his stint at the club.When news broke that recently departed Toon boss Rafa Benitez did not even know about his official departure until a club statement released onto social media, Allardyce was n Angelos. I’ll need to see an extended run of playoff berths before thinking Angelos is good at owning an .

Remember when the Indians used to go to the playoffs every year? It wasn’t that long ago, but it sure seems like it. The Dolans bought the team in 2000 and the Indians have made the playoffs only once since 2001. They have traded CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee since then, though. Cry small market if you wish, but Dolan bought the club for $323 million in 2000 and Forbes magazine values the club at $410 million now. Also, the Reds, Cardinals and Brewers play in smaller TV markets. They seem to do OK.

If there’s anything fans in a great baseball city like Kansas City hate, it’s frugality. Glass has refused for years to put much money into the on-field product, instead content to stare at the not-in-the-red bottom line and enjoy the revenue sharing checks. He has said and the Royals did trade for . So maybe he will move off this list soon. We’ll see.

The Mets should be one of baseball’s powerhouse franchises, residing in by far the largest media market. Yes, they share the market with the uber-powerful Yankees, but it’s New York. Two teams can easily succeed as elite franchises there (In fact, I’d argue that a third team could be supported — the Brooklyn Marlins, perhaps? I kid, I kid.) Instead, the Mets toil underhe Championship club.The former Norwich City, West Ham and Wales full-back replaces Jose Gomes, who was sacked last week after less than 10 months in charge.The 55 year old has spent most of his coaching career working under Mark Hughes, most recentl a mass of financial questions, stemming at least partially from the Wilpons’ involvement with ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff. It’s actually amazing that the Wilpons aren’t No. 1 here now that Frank McCourt doesn’t own the Dodgers anymore. Then again. …

First, . Miller nailed it. Good lord, for years we heard they just needed a new stadium. Then they got one, using taxpayer money to help get the job done. And now after just one year in their luxurious new digs, it’s another firesale. Embarrassing. Let us also not forget it was Loria who ruined the Montreal Expos. So I guess we can say he ruined two franchises. Let’s hope it stops there. He needs to sell this ballclub and never own one again.

Bob Nuttig, Pirates; the Monfort family, Rockies; Lew Wolff, A’s; and Hiroshi Yamauchi of the Mariners, simply because he’s never attended a game of the team he owns. Also, I almost threw in Frank McCourt just because I felt like he deserved it.

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Weirdest stat line from 18-inning game belongs to Miguel Olivo


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When a game lad Chelsea must not be reactionary in next month’s transfer market.The Blues have seen a two-transfer window embargo lifted, meaning they can participate in dealings in January.Lampard is expected to aby Maurizio Sarri as the former Chelsea manager negotiated his move to Juventus.The Mirror says Chelsea appear to be moving on quickly from Sarri with the last of the Italian’s possessions having been removed from their training ground in Cobham.The dd depth and experience to his squad, but says anysts 18 innings, there are bound to be plenty of baseball oddities. Tuesday night’s — OK, Wednesday morning’s — marathon game between the and Mariners in Seattle was chock full of weird circumstances. But there was one I loved the most.

Entering the game, Mariners catcher had struck out 77 times and walked just four.

During this game, though, Olivo drew three walks and did not strike out a single time in his first seven plate appearances.

This coming on a night when Mariners hitters struck out 18 times. Olivo strikes out just about once every four at-bats this season, yet he avoided the punch-out for 17 innings before finally succumbing to being himself in the 18th.

Mariners hitters only drew six walks. Entering the game, Olivo drew one walk about every 48 plate appearances. Yet he drew three on this night.

Not only that, but Olivo’s two-run homer in the fourth inning amounted to the only runs the Mariners could muster in 18 innings.ad received the Legion of Honour from French president Emmanuel Macron.Macron awarded the players and coaching staff the Chevaliers de la Légion d’Honneur, which is the country’s highest level of civil merit.The current France squad, which features

Obviously the big story here is the amazing Orioles and their penchant for winning close games and in extra innings, but oddities are fun, too. And Olivo gave us quite the stat-line, under the circumstances.

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as goalkeeper Loris Karius says a return to parent


Nationals outfielder was outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday. He was designated fots he’s unhappy with Amazon’s cameras following him for their documentary.Filming for the ‘All or Nothing’ series has been taking place since the start of the 2019/20 campaign, and in November cameras captured footage of Mauricio Pochettino’s dramatin.Having been eliminated from the Champions League, Inter will meet Ludogorets in the Europa League round of 32.Zanetti told TyCthampton on Saturday.Villa are precariously placed just a point above the bottom three but victory would both boost their own hopes and drag the Saints, who have lost three of their previous four league games, back within striking distance.Nakamba sa Sports: “We’re still only halfway through the season, but we want to compete in Serie A, the Coppa Italia and Europa Leagr assignment on Friday.

ves that goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga will not be


New York has signed reliever to a minor league contract on Sunday, reports Newsday. Bulger was rec.The attacker has only played in six league games for Sean Dyche’s side this season.He is available on loan and the two Championship clubs are very eager to sign him, per Football League World.The 27-year-old wants a chance to play for the Czech Repuently let go b to Barcelona.Onana was linked with Barca over the summer.And he told Marca: “It has always been my club, it gave me everything, it allowed me to return to Europe and I am very grateful. “If Barcelona shows interest again for me, I will go withper has completed his move to Turin, signing a deal to 2024.De Ligt: “I’ve always been fascinated by how Italians defend. “There are so many players that I follow as an example: Maldini, Baresi, Nesta, Cannavaro, Scirea. And I could go on. “I fell in greaty the Twins.

Report: Kings want Love, wouldn’t require guarantee he’d re-sign


The want to enter the sweepstakes, and they’ve told the that they would trade for the superstar power forward without a guarantee that he’d re-sign in Sacramento, .

The Kings are willing to give up their eighth overall pick in this year’s NBA draft and a combination of players for Love, even though he would not be expected to sign a contract extension before next season – if ever, with the rebuilding, small-market franchise, the source said. Sacramento envisions Love and DeMarcus Cousins playing alongside each other in the front court. Swingman Rudy Gay has a player’s option for next season.

The Kings know they’d have to gamble on convincing Love to re-sign, given that the franchise is rebuilding and Love is looking to play for a contender after never reaching the playoffs with the Timberwolves. Love’s suitors also figure to include a number of bigger markets, including the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Golden State Warriorse for Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Foot Mercato says PSG have opened talks with Aubameyang’s agents about a stunning move to Paris.Aubameyang would arrive as a replacement for wantaway striker Edinson Cavani, with PSG willing to pay big , Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls.

The Kings have likely have no real choice but to attempt to do a deal on these terms. Given how the franchise has fared for the better part of the last decade, why would Love guarantee Sacramento anything? Any team outside of one of his preferred destinations would have the same idea, to bring him in and prove ter Andrea Radrizzani is not interested in selling the club.There is serious interest from Qatar in the club.The owners of Paris Saint-Germain, Qatar Sports Investment, want to buy Leeds.However, Radrizzani does not want to sell for at least another yo him that he can win there.

The problem here is Dalot has been having treatment at Shanghai SIPG.Dalot is working with a Brazilian physio known as the “Miracle Doctor”, reports AFP.The 20-year-old Portuguese right-back is yet to feature this season and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said last monththat another team will almost assuredly offer Minnesota a better package than Sacramento can craft, unless DeMarcus Cousins is included. A deal centered around No. 8 pick and Ben McLemore probably isn’t going to do it for the Wolves.

ury suffered Wednesday against Indiana, ESPN repor


guard will on Monday against the Raptors because of a hamstring injury suffered Wednesday against Indiana, ESPN reports.Wade has only played in 51 of Miami’s 72 games this season. He is averaging 19.2 points, 4.8 assists and 4.6 rebounds over that span. His negba after his penalty miss against Wolves.Pogba received a series of racist messages on Twitter after his penalty was saved by Rui Patricio in the 1-1 draw at Molineux.”It’s not someto di Vaio is in Los An on hold.The wing-back has impressed at St. James’ Park this season, and the club have an option to make his loan deal from Eintracht Frankfurt permanent.But Willems insists he is only focused on performing on the pitch.He told the Chronicle: “It is geles today speaking with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Off contract next month from LA Galaxy, Ibrahimovic plans to return to Europe in January and favours a move to Serie A.Former club AC Milan have been regarded as favourites for the Swhing we should be speaking about, because it should have been eradixt chance to play will come Wednesday against Milwaukee.

irst game back following a two-game absence due to


forward continued his solid play Friday against the Pacers, in his first game back following a two-game absence due to an illness.

Haslem played 31 minutes in the-price fee, it has been revealed.Steve Walsh, who was axed from Merseyside 18 months ago, moved from Leicester after helping lead their incredible Premier League triumph three-years-ago thanks to his savvy recruitment. Walsh told The Athletic: “Whi game had a big impact, nearly recording his first double-double of the season. He scored 11 points on 5 of 7 shooting and added nine rebounds and a steal, in the 98-86 win.

Haslem is pretty much averaging career lows across the board, putting up 3.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in 43 appearances this season. Still, he has improved his play since finding his way back into the rotatit decision.He decided in August to join Brugge rather than remain an understudy to Alisson, a decision that backfired soon afterielder has been linked to both Tottenham and AC Milan in recent weeks.“I’ve always said that I have a four-year contract with Madrid, but it’s true that I’m happy when I am playing football,” Ceballos told reporters.“When I feel important on the wards when Jurgen Klopp’s No1 hurt his calf and allowed the new deputy Adrian to play 10 league games.”The moment Alisson on recently, averaging 8.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in the month of April. 

Dumars to move into advisory role with Pistons



Joe Dumars, who led the Detroit Pistons to back-to-back championships as a player and another title as an executive, will not return next season as president of basketball operations, a league source told CBSSports.com on Sunday.

Dumars, 50, will remain with the organization as an adviser — a role that will be similar to Jerry West’s advisory role with the Golden State Warriors, a person familiar with the transition said.

Dumars’ new role, however, won’t preclude him from considering opportunities to run another franchise if one presents itself, sources said. Only Dumars and the Heat’s Randy Pfund have hit the open market after winning a championship in that role since West left the Lakers in 2000. West ran the Memphis Grizzlies from 2002-07. Pfund resigned as the Heat’s GM in 2008 after Miami won the 2006 title, though Pat Riley had final say on personnel matters.

Dumars has been with the Pistons for 30 years, but his championship tenure handerland – once he nears retirement.The 29-year-old helped the Reds lift their sixth Champions League trophy last month.Henderson’s success was celebrated on Wearside, where he was born and bred, but the former Sunderland midfielder wants to wait befs been marred by several difficult seasons as team president. The Pistons haven’t made the playoffs or won more than 30 games since 2009, and a long list of acquisitions — Allen Iverson, Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva, Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith — have not panned out, nor have the past several coaching hires. The biggest scar was the infamous selection of Darko Milicic No. 2 overall in the 2003 draft (ahead of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade).

Despite it all, Dumars still has the respect of owner Tom Gores, it was important to the organization for Dumars to be phased out in a dignified manner, a person familiar with the transition said. League sources say Dumars, the rare executive free agent with a championship on his resume, will draw interest in the offseason as other teams look to fill front-office openings.

Before the Pistons’ recent slide, Dumars led them to the 2004 NBA title, another Finals appearance and six consecutive Eastern Conference finals. Assistant GM George David will lead the franchise through its draft and free-agency preparaalkeeper Hugo Gatti says Barcelona star Leo Messi should move to Real Madrid.Although Messi produced a spectacular performance in Barcelona’s 5-1 win ag City attacker Raheem Sterling admits his goal drought against Manchester United is weighing on him.City host United in Saturday’s Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium with Sterling in the form of his life, having scored 15 goals in all competitionainst Real Valladolid on Tuesday – scoring a brace and assisting another two – his compatriot isn’tion, though Gores is expected to embark on a long and thorough search or Dumars’ replacement.

Anthony Bennett has tonsils out, will play in summer league


, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 , had his tonsils and adenoids removed at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuedy e Spaniard, who revealed he came close to joining the Hammers in 2015 before eventually taking over at Real Madrid, insists he is happy in China.”It was in the past, it’s true that I was nearly there (at West Ham),” he said. “Then Realntus midfielder Federico Bernardeschi admits he’s a fan of Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.Sarri is in talks about taking the vacant manager’s job at Juve.Bernardeshi says the achievements of departing coach Max Allegri need to be celebrated.”Allegri sho Madrid came, aon a six-month deal after he was released by Wolves.The 21-year-old Scot began his career with Rangers before moving to Spain with Real Murcia.He joined Bury in 2014 before a three-year stint at Molineux that included loan spells with Oldham, Ayr sday, announced. 

The procedures should not impact him nearly as much as his rotator cuff surgery did last summer; the team said that he would participate in summer league in Las Vegas.

Summer league will run from July 11 to July 21 at COX Pavillion and Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV, Bennett’s alma mater, the NBA announced on Monday.

VIDEO: Spurs’ Gregg Popovich gets a technical foul in Game 4


Perhaps Gregg Polves fans to play their part tonight against Manchester City.Jimenez grabbed the winner in Wolves’ 2-1 comeback win at Norwich on Saturday.And he hailed the fans’ support for him and for helping the whole team roar back at Carrow Road, as he called fpoviceverkusen.BILD says Liverpool and Barcelona are also admirers of the Germany international, but it is the Old Trafford club showing the strongest conviction. United are currently at the front of the queue and Leverkusen are hoping for £81million forh really thought the weren’t getting the calls they should be getting against the or maybe he was trying to find a way to fire up his team. Regardless of what his reasoning was, Pop earned another technical foul, this time in Game 4 of theonfirmed the door is open to Neymar returning from PSG.It was confirmed earlier this season that Barca failed with at least two formal offers to buy back their former Brazilian star.And speaking with Sport, Abidal stated: “Will PSG be open for the sa Western Conference finals.

Pop is not a happy camper.