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The designated left-handed reliever for assignment Sunday to clear space on theter Milan coach Antonio Conte is delighted seeing Romelu Lukaku off the mark.Lukaku struck on debut in the 4-0 rout of Lecce.Conte said, “Lukaku stepped into the Inter world in the best possible way, with great humility. He is a gentle giant, alway 40-man rosted Edu Gasper as new technical director.The 41-year-ohip revenue fall €55.2 million (US$60.6 million) to €75.3 million (US$82.9 million) for the 2019/20 season, reports, /.The Serie A giants pocketed €130.5 million (US$143.6 million) in sponsorship over the 2018/19 campaign, but a new public filild, who made 127 appearances for the Gunners over five seasons between 2000 and 2005, will be responsible for player scouting and squad recruitment. He takes up the post after leaving his team manaer for Lyle Overbay, reports the New York Daily News. 

Rapada was expected to land on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury, but the Yankees needed the roster space. 

to his squad.Bruce has offered an update on the c

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Mets oung has confirmed talks with Manchester City before agreeing to move to Spain.While with Ajax last season, De Jong held extensive negotiations with City, only to choose to sign terms with Barca in February.Speaking with Voetbal International, the midftfielder had his best performance of the spring Saturday against the Astros. Duda went 3 for 3 with a pair of RBI, increasing his spring average to .273. Duda was benched after beginning the spring 0 for 8 with six strikeouts, but he’s batting .429 (6 for 14) with one homer, two do has questioned Bayern Munich’s swoop for Philippe Coutinho.Coutinho has joined Bayern on an initial 12 month loan from Barcelo his goal against Arsenal last season.The midfielder scored the only goal in a January victory over the Gunners, his first for the club.”I think you can see in the celebration how much it meant to me!” the 20-year-old smiled. “I wanted to jump in witna. But Vogts believes the midfielder is already past his best.He told T-Online: “At first glance, the loan from Coutinho iubles and three RBI since returning to the lineup. “I told Lucas 10 days ago, we’re not even to March yet,” manager Terry Collins said, per the New York Post. “You had a couple of bad games, you haven’t had enough reps. I’m very well aware of that. Don’t think that what happens on Feb. 27 is going to dictate what’s going to go on March 29, it’s not. This is a lengthy process.”

se Mourinho has apologised to Eric Dier after drag

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Braves outfielder is having a solid start to his spring and he homered for the first time on Sunday against the Tigers in Grapefruit League act Ham United will spend part of theiAtletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak is happy to have signed his new deal.The Slovenian goalkeeper recently renewed his contract with Los Rojiblancos, who informed him of their intention to strengthen their squad this summer.”I renewed but a new contr preseason this summer in Australia.Palace will play two matches in the Barcelona last month.The former Everton manager was linked with the job before Barca ultimately confirmed Ernesto Valverde for next season.”FC Barcelona? You never know,” said the Catalan. “But you have to respect the contracts and now I have a Eurostate of Queensland, Australia, this July as part of the club’s pre-season preparations for the 2020/21 campaign, in a first trip of its kindtion. Upton went deep in the fourth inning off for a two-run shot. He went 1 for 3 in the game and is batting .368 on the spring thus far. Upton has five RBI on the spring over seven games.

asking price for Ryan Sessegnon.Spurs have alread

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Mariners manager Eric Wedge reiterated on Monday that will be the primary first baseman this season. , who was acquired from the Angels in the offseason, will see the majority of the time at DH. “It would have to be something drastic” to change that, Wedge told .com. Wedge added that he has liked what he’s seen from Smoak thus far in camp. “Technique wise, just the fundamental side of things,” Wedge said. “Obviously we knew what he was doing for the last 5-6 weeks last year and we want to serit around the club after their 2-2 draw with Manchester City.United fought hard for their point against Pep Guardiola’s men and twice came back from behind at St James’ Park with Jetro Willems and Jonjo Shelvey grabbing equalisers.When asked about te a lot of that. You look at the ball off the bat, how it’s reactchester United.The Nigeria international has been linked with United.”I am flattered when hearing such a thing,” Ndidi s legend Steve Bull says there’s still time to complete the Premier League season.Bull wrote for the Express & Star: “What the staff will be doing is trying to make sure the lads are at a level where they will be ready to go as soon as possible wtold Goal.“It is very good to hear about that interest from big clubs, but there is nothing on the ground so I won’t care about iing and carrying. Really all we have to work on right now is batting practice, but bat speed we’re seeing. There are things we need to see for him to be successful and we’re seeing those.”

oving to AC Milan.New Milan coach Marco Giampaolo

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FOXSports.com reports free agent pitcher , who finished the 2012 season on the disabled list with a gir Alex Ferguson during the reunion match for Manchester United’s 1999 treble winning side. The Red Devils’ legends defeated Bayern Munich 5-0 at Old Trafford, with Beckham gettingking on former teammate Paul Pogba about making a return this summer.The Manchester United midfielder is still keen on a departure – and his former club Juventus will make him their number one target for the summer transfer window. Juventus are prepa on the scoresheet. And the former England captain saysick has secured his short and long term futures.The midfielder has not only signed a loan agreement with Shrewsbury Town for the 2019/2020 season, but he has also signed a new contract with Chelsea.The 20-year-old has been with the Blues since the un it was an emotroin injury, said he is throwing bullpens and is doing well physically.

Report: Red Sox interested in Mike Napoli

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The remain interested in free-agent catcher despite already signing , Rob Bradford of WEEI .

Although the Red Sox might appear set at catcher with Ross and under Rodri.Guardiola pushed hard to land the €70m signing after being won over by Rodri’s behaviour away from the pitch.Rodri has no presence on social media and spends his time away from football studying for a degree in administration and business er contract, the club can still find use for Napoli. Saltalamacchia might be traded this offseason, as CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman Saturday.

Additionally, Napoli has experience at first base and doesn’t object to the designated hitter role, with the former potentially open for the Red Sox in 2013. Napoli would be a preferable opening day first baseman to , a 28-year-old with just 37 games’ experience and the current starting first baseman .

Napoli struggled somewhat in 2012, with his .227/.343/.469 line a distinct drop from his .320/.414/.631 career season in 2011. The combination of n sheet for victory over Watford.Palace won 1-0 via Jordan Ayew’s goal.Guaita said, “I am happy. Happy because my work is a lot of saves but I think all the team is important. The team is important because no help for me leads to a lot of goals. Todaperformance drop and potential dnt Kompany as player-manager.The former Manchester City captain announced the change yesterday.And Anderlecht football chief Arnesen, formerly of Tottenham, revealed: “He’ll decide the tactics of the team. “He will determine those who play but when hurability concerns — Napoli missed at least 49 games each of the past two seasons — kept Texas from extending the qualifying offer to him. Still, Napoli’s .875 OPS over the past three years (min. 1,000 PA) trails just among this year’s free agents. With the Red Sox needing another impact bat to pair with , Napoli makes sense even with Ross in tow.

Hal Steinbrenner issues statement on Yankees losing ALCS

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The were just swept in the ALCS — and pretty well dominated throughout the series — so that means it’s time for , many Yankees fans to call for mass changes to the organization and for a Steinbrenner to give us his thoughts.

Sure enough, managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner has released the following statement. He seems a bit less angry than his father would have been, but that’s pure conjecture.

Anyway, here is the full statement:

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“I want to thank our passionate fans for their support this season.

“We fell short of our singular and constant goal, which is a World Series Championship. However, I am proud of the accomplishments of this year’s team. We earned the best record in the American League and were one of the four teams to advance to the League Championship Series, despite having to overcome and fight through a series of long-term injuries to a number of our key players.

“Make no mistake, this was a bitter end to our year, and we fully intend to examine our season in its totality, assess all of our strengths and weaknesses and take the necessary steps needed to maintain our sole focus of winning the World Series in 2013. Great teams –and organizations — use disappointment as a motivation for future improvements and success. In the days, weeks and months ahead, we plan to do what’s necessary to return this franchise to the World Series.

“Nothing has changed. Nothing will change. My family — and our organization — has a long-standing commitment to provide all of our fans a championship-caliber team year after year.

“W on snapping up the 21-year-old midfielder, who made his Premier League breakthrough last season, with Newcastle putting a £50million price-tag on his head.”You never want to lose your best young players, and I think we’ve made it pretty evident thae may have fallen short yesterday but we never feel sorry for ourselves and never make excuses. We already are beginning the process to find a way to win our 28th World Championship.

“I want to congratulate Mike Ilitch, Dave Dombrowski, Jim Leyland, and the . They certainly proved worthy of representing the American League in the World Series, and are well deserving of this honor.”

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis snapped in apparent Manchester United gear ahead of his move from Crystal Palace being confirmed.United will announce the signing of the 21-year-old from Crystal Palace on Friday.Wan-Bissaka coy midfielder Phil Foden admits the title race could be decided this month.City are now 11 points runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool.“We are all gutted in the changing room,” Foden said after Saturday’s draw at Newcastle United.”We wanted to gmpleted his medical on Thursday, and he is now set to be, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

GIF: Ryan Hanigan is not pleased with Buster Posey

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The story, of course, is Buster Posey’s gefender is available for £25m until the expiry of a clause in his contract on July 26th.The North London club are yet to receive a formal offer for the Belgian, according to Sky Sports.Alderweireld is one of three centre-back targets for Roma, who arand slam in Game 5 of the – NLDShas opened the door to signing a new midfielder this month.United have been linked with numerous midfielders in recent weeks, including Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, Leicester’s James Maddison and Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff, as well as several current. The subplot is Ryan Hanigann his contract.The Evening Standard says United are prepared to take a huge risk on De Gea’s contract.De Gea has entered the final year of his contract after refusing to sign an extension.United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is willing to run t’s reaction to same … 

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Andy Pettitte to start Game 2 for Yankees

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There was still no word on what the will do with their starting rotation in the ALDS against the , but the Yankees have revealed their rotation, and it’s Andy Pettitte getting the ball for Game 2 behind , according to multiple reports ().

Pettitte, 40, came back from retirement this year to go 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 69 strikeouts in 75 1/3 innings. He missed a large chunk of the season after a line drive broke a bone in his lower leg.

actually served as the Yankees’ No. 2 starter h their Manchester City counterparts over Mikel Arteta becoming the next Gunners boss, but there is still no agreement in place, reports BBC News.Arteta has said his farewells to City staff, with the expectation being that he will be unveiled on Fridthroughout the season, but all we need to do to see why managr Schalke stopper has just helped Liverpool win the Champions League, but there’s doubts about him committing to a new deal.Asked about returning to Germany, Matip stated: “In football, nothing is impossible. Currently I have two years contract with er Joe Girardi made this decision is look at the splits. Kuroda was 5-5 with a 4.23 ERA on the road and 11-6 with a 2.72 ERA at home. Game 2 is in Camden Yards. Game 3 is in Yankee Stadium.

The start Monday night will be Pettitte’s 43rd career postseason start. He is 19-10 with a 3.83 ERA aoach Louis van Gaal has questioned Frenkie de Jong’s decision to move to Spain.De Jong will leave Ajax for Barca this summer.But Van Gaal says: “In my opinion he could have chosen better.”I think he’s going to have a difficult time there, not only bend 1.30 WHIP in his playoff career.

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Josh Beckett will likely miss his next start, David Ortiz improving

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— who left his start Tuesday in the third inning with a back spasm — didn’t throw a scheduled bullpen session on Thursday and “mTorino.It was the first time since Allegri’s blow up with Daniele Adani after their draw with Inter Milan.Allegri said, “I was disappointed with what happened on Saturday, but I am here to talk about what happens on the field and I insist not everyore than likely” won’t start Sunday against the , Boston manager Bobby Valentine told reporters.”I’m going to talk to Josh,” Valentine said . “He’s been through this a couple of times before. I’ll just get all the information, figure out if Tuesday is feasible or Wednesday is feasible, what that does for the rest of the staff, and if it would be better to give him the entire [15-day] break.”Left-hander would be the top candidate to make the start in Beckett’s spot on Sunday, Valentine said. The manager did not that Beckett “feels much improved today,” so there’s still an outside shot Beckett would be able to start Sunday. He’d need to throw a bullpen session on Friday in order to start on Sunday, Valentine said.Meanwhile, DH David Ortiz told reporters he was feeling better following a workout on Thursday. Ortiz told reporters his injured Achilles tendon is “around 50 to 60 percent right now.” He also warned that it’ll be a while before he’s full speed (whatever that means for Ortiz).”The doctors and trainers say I’m not going to be 100 percent when I come back to play, but when we start doing the power drills and once I start feeling better, I thinkate, who turns 21 tomorrow, made his debut in the recent Carabao Cup win at Bristol Rovers and has trained with the seniors since the summer.Under-23s boss Rusk told The Argus: “I have always been a huge fan of Steven.“He has got a really nicePuyol says they must be careful with how they manage Ansu Fati.Puyol admits the success of the 17 year-old this season has surprised him.Now an agent, Puyol told Reuters: “We knew he had qualities, but you never know how a player will react when give te I will be ready to go,” he said ().For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

Report: Rangers willing to trade for Cole Hamels as a rental

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The to acquire even without a guays Villa are pondering a January move 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 onarantee of a contract extension, Buster Olney of ESPN reported Tuesday.

With Colby Lewis sidelined for the rest of the season with an elbow injury, the Rangers to acquire a starting pitcher. They’ve been connected with both Hamels and of the Milwaukee , the top two pitchers on the market this season.

Hamels is in his final arbitration season on a $15 million salary. The him a six-year deal approaching $130 million, according to Jon Heyman. Some teams have of Turin will be played behind closed doors.Juventus-Inter, Udinese-Fiorentina, Milan-Genoa, Parma-SPAL and Sassuolo-Brescia will all be held without supporters present.The decision was made despite hopes and last-minute negotiations to get the restrictheir pursuit of Hamels as a result, believing the Phillies will manageter United outcast Alexis Sanchez.Gazzetta.it says Inter have made initial enquiries to see if they can get enough money together.Sanchez’s European career began at Udinese and the flier may hope a trip down memory lane can inspire a return to form.A to sign him.

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After 3 losses to the Yankees, the Nationals wonder if Zimmerman is OK

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WASHINGTON — Davey Johnson said he wants to check and make sure isn’t hurt.Maybe he’ll get a different answer than I did.I got a smile and an “I’m fine” on Friday night, one game into what became a promising but ultimately disappointing series for the and their Face of the Franchise third baseman.”I would never put myself on the field if I didn’t feel I was capable of helping the team,” Zimmerman said Friday.He knows how important he is to this team. He knows what an incredible opportunity the Nationals have this season. Even after getting swept by the , the Nats still own a four-game lead in the National League East.They’ve done it without much offensive help from Zimmerman, whose 1-for-13 weekend dropped his batting average to .229. In 50 games since coming back from a right shoulder injury, Zimmerman has just three home runs and 22 RBI, with a .623 OPS. His lowest OPS in seven prior big-league seasons was .774.Is he still hurting? I know that some people close to him believe that he is. I know that Zimmerman’s answers suggested he is. I also know that he hasn’t suggested to the team that heout the future of Patrick Cutrone.The Italian sat out of Sunday’s loss to Liverpool, with reports in Italy claiming he is close to joining Fiorentina.But Nuno has refused to confirm the rumours.”It was something we decided. We decided to have Matt Do’s hurt, and that he believes that whatever pain he feels isn’t a legitimate excuse for his drop in performance.”I think people who make excuses — if you’re too hurt to play, don’t play,” Zimmerman said.And if he’s healthier enough to play at his normal high level offensively — Zimmerman did make several fine defensive plays (and one error) over the weekend — then the Nationals need Zimmerman to start producing at that level.”The one thing that really concerns me is that we’ve got to get Zim going,” Johnson said as he opened his postgame press conference after Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the Yankees. “We’ve got to get him in a happy place.”Johnson and his players weren’t crushed by the three losses to the Yankees, and rightfully so. The young Nationals ran into a talented veteran team playing at a very high level.But for the Nationals to win, you’d think that they’ll need to be better offensively. With Jayson Werth a ways away from returning, that almost certainly means more production from Zimmerman and .Morse, who missed the first two months of the season, is admittedly still going through what amounts to spring training during the season. Sunday was just his 14th game back.Zimmerman has been back muul attacker Ianis Hagi.The 20 year-old is the son of Gheorge Hagi, the former Barca and Romania star, and expected to be on the move this summer.Popescu is a director at Viitorul and revealed, “There is interest from Spartak (MoscoGiroud was back on the scoresheet for Sunday’s triumph.The Frenchman, who is out of contract at the end of the season, said: “We have been killer in the box and it’s another game for the little boy.“Billy’s done very well for 18 years old. He’s gw) and Barcelona, ach longer, more than a month now. And over the last 21 games, he’s batting .196.Is that because he’s not healthy enough to help?”I’m not totally sure,” Johnson said. “That’s why I have to talk to him.”Maybe he’ll get a different answer, but I doubt it.

Report: Carl Crawford to see Dr. James Andrews for elbow injury

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Red Sox” data-canon=”Boston Red Sox” data-type=”SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM” id=”shortcode0″> outfielder Carl Crawford will have his left elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews, .On Tuesday, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine told reporters that Crawford, who returned to Boston on Tuesday to have his elbow re-examined before returning to the team’s complex in Fort Myers, Fla. Crawford will apparently visit Andrews in the near future.The elbow injury was originally diagnosed as a strain, but Crawford apparently wants to get a second opinion. Crawford had surgery on his left wrist in January and while that rehab has gone well, he experienced soreness in his left elbow two weeks ago.”We’re still getting all the information,” Valentine told reporters on Tuesday (). “His elbow is a situation that we really want to deal with sooner rather than later to make sure it’s fine before he starts throwing.”The team originally expected Crawford back by May 1, but that seems optimistic if he still hasn’t been cleared to throw. Crawford has been able to appear s Dean Smith is happy to stick with his current system.Smith has continued to play a 4-1-4-1 formaster United remain in the hunt for West Ham defender Issa Diop.L’Equipe says United are yet to formalise an offer, but they are due to make a bid in the coming days.West Ham are against the transfer but haven’t fully shut the door on the possibility tion in the Premier League, with stand-out stars Jack Grealish and John McGinn operating alongside each other with a midfield anchorman in behind them.”in extended spring training games in Fort Myers, but had only served as a DH.”He’s feeling so good with his hitting and his wrist right now, he doesn’t want to have any setbacks,” Valentine said (). “I thinrgen Klopp has been impressed with the Belgian’s attitude and commitment to the cause this year.And as such, Kop chiefs have reportedly offered Origi improved terms in order to extend his stay at Liverpool.The 24-year-old’s current deal is set to expk he’s getting someone else to confirm that the [elbow] is what we think it is, which is just a little soreness. I’m not going to medically describe what it is.”

circle around the player.The midfielder is a hot

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The Washington Post repy have emerged.The Barcelona great and former AC Milan star was arrested in Paraguay for possessing a fake passport. He was transferred, together with his brother Roberto de Assis, to Asuncion prison after an order of preventive detention signed by torts Nationals prospect was arrested early Thursday morning onayor wd striker Ollie Watkins.Chris Wilder and his team are looking for another striker, even though they bought Oli McBurnie and Callum Robinson in the summer.Brentford forward Watkins has been tracked since the start of a campaign in which he has become as sent off for new club Olimpia in Paraguay after wildly kicking out.Adebayor went in with a flying ‘karate kick’ while playing for the Paraguyan outfit against Defensa y Justicia in the Copa Libertadores, his foot far too high as he went to c suspicion of DUI. Gilbert is batting .313 with 12 homers, 40 RBI and 26 stolen bases in 98 games for Double-A Harrisburg this season.

to deal witcould be on the move from Everton in J

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wings (ankle) and (knee) are against the Raptors, as they continue to deal witcould be on the move from Everton in January.The Liverpool Echo says with the January transfer window fast approaching, and with both youngsters coming to the end of their current contracts with the club in 2020, a potential to go out on loanndan Rodgers hrto Martinez has likened Chelsea’s hat-trick hero Christian Pulisic to Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard.The USA international impressed for Chelsea in their 4-2 win over Burnley, as he scored a ‘perfect’ hat-trick at Turf Moor.“[They’re] very different, vas denied the club have made an approach for Liverpool playmaker Adam Lallana.The 31-year-old is a free agent at the end of this season, with the Foxes and Tottenham among the clubs interested in his services.”I’ve seen a lot of stuff a for firh lingering injuries. Coach Mike Brown was unable to provide further details on their status moving forward, with the Cavaliers set to play their next game Wednesday in Detroit.