to run down his contract next season.The Blues tur


closer worked the third inning of the team’s final Cactus League game Saturday, pitching a scoreless inning while striking out one and allowing one hit and one walk. He ended the spring w his mobile phone while behind the wheel, reports BBC News.The former England captain previouslyto offload Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan.Last night, Mason Greenwood underlined his huge potential with the only goal at Old Trafford as United secured a 1-0 win against Astana in Thursday’s Group L opener.Put to Solskjaer that you pleaded guilty to usinnt.Pires has revealed he chose to move to Arsenal over Juventus.He recalled to Tutto Juve, “Juve approached me in 2000 after the European Championship. Arsenal and Real Madrid were also after me.“It was a difficult decision for me to make, but I g the device while driving his Bentley in central London on 21 November last year.A court heard he was photographed by a member of ith a 5.87 ERA in 7 2/3 innings and was not scored upon in his final three appearances.

star winger Raheem Sterling.The Sky Blues won thei


relief pitcher returned to camp Friday after having successful root canal surgery the previous day, the Washington Times reports. Soriano, who is entering his first season as the team’s closer, is scheduled to rsouth coast side are targeting end-of-window signings as they bid to build on their win over Brighton on Tuesday night.Watford and Newcastle are already in the hunt for Rose with the England left-back having lost his place under Jose Mjaer says Antho Aurelio de Laurentiis has confirmed they’re in talks to sign Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez.De Laurentiis admits their interest has moved to the next stage.He said, “No-one’s ever said that James isn’t right for us. On the contrary, there’s ny Martial’s return has helped Marcus Rashford’s form.Solskjaer insists that it is the return of Martial which has opened the floodgates for his young striker.“Since Anthony’s come back Marcus has blossomed, he’s probably happier facourinho.Last suesume pitching Saturday.

Josh Hamilton says Dallas isn’t a baseball town


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outfielder spent the last five seasons of his career with the , whom he helped to a pair of World Series appearances and arguably the most successful run in franchise history. He’s certainly familiar with the Dallas/Fort Worth sports scene, which he told is not dominated by baseball.

“Texas, especially Dallas, has always been a football town,” he said. “They’re supportive, but they also got a little spoiled at the same time, pretty quickly. You think about three to four years ago [before the Rangers made it to the World Series]. It’s like, come on man, are you happier there again?”

Hamilton, 31, is right, of course. The area — and a gigantic chunk of Texas, really — bleeds Dallas Cowboys blue even though the team has won one playoff game in the last 16 years. The city has experienced both an championship and an Stanley Cup since the most recent time that the Cowboys won a (their fifth), but those sports don’t come close to the popularity of football in Dallas.

Texas itself is a footb delighted to hear about Neil Critchley’s move to Blackpool.Critchley has departed the role of Liverpool U23 coach to takeover the League One side.”Congratulations to Blackpool and to Neil, it’s a great thing,” said Klopp.”It’s a nice challenge for hall state, so much so that the Dallas suburb of Allen recently built an 18,000-seat stadium at a for their high school. Football is a way of life there, and it’s going to take a heck of a lot more than two AL pennants to change that culture. I don’t think it can be done, really.

There is nothing wrong with Hamilton’s comments. They’re harmless and truthful. It’s not like he slammed Rangers fans or anything. The team draws well — the Rangers drew roughly 400,000 more fans than the Angels in 2012 — and has obviously performed well, so there’s no reason for them to be disappointed. That said, fanouth are the perfect club for Lloyd Kelly to fulfil his potential.The Cherries captain has been impressed with the young full-back since he completed his move from Bristol City tor Edu is in talks with the minders of Athletico Paranaense midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.Benfica are also understood to be interested in securing Guimaraes’ signature, but Globoesporte report that Edu is due to meet his representatives in London over to the Vitality for £13 million.Speaking about the signing, he told the s tend to take comments like these as a slap in the face. Between his disappointing finish to the season, his defection to the rival Angels and these comments, Hamilton will probably hear a healthy round of boos when he returns to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington this summer.

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Jeremy Affeldt one of many postseason heroes for Giants


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DETROIT — One of the many unsung heroes in the Giants’ World Series sweep of the Tigers is left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt. Not only did the veteran work 1 2/3 all-important innings in the 4-3, 10-inning Game 4 Giants win, but he sliced through the middle of the Tigers’ powerful offense in one of the most pivotal parts of Game 4.

With the scored tied, Affeldt walked Avisail Garcia to start the eighth inning. Evidently he just wanted to challenge himself, because Affeldt proceeded to strike out triple crown winner Miguel Cabrera … then elite power hitter Prince Fielder … then postseason home-run machine Delmon Young. Affeldt then opened the ninth inning by striking out Andy Dirks. He’d get a flyout off the bat of Jhonny Peralta before departing.

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Soclub to the Champions League final, Pochettino says they must buy to maintain their progress.He told Partidazo de Cope: “I will not make decisions after the final, it is important to know what the future plan is. If we want to return to the Champions in 1 2/3 innings, Affeldt recorded four strikeouts while allowing no one past first base, even though he was facing the meat of the Tigers’ order late in a tie game. Still, the back-to-back-to-back K’s of Cabrera, Fielder and Young were most impressive.

The overall result wasn’t altogether shocking, considering how hot Affeldt has been of late. During the postseason, he threw 10 1/3 innings, allowing only five hits, three walks (one was intentional) and nary an earned run. He struck out 10.

The funny thing is, Affeldt did it all through yet another weird injury. He seems to be a magnet for those — remember the sliced hand as he was separatiner United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Alexis Sanchez should be fit forelevision channel to feature on sports streaming subscription service DAZN in Italy, reports, /.The agreement, which was confirmed by DAZN, will see the (over-the-top) OTT platform show a range of content from the top-flight Italian club’s Milan TV, the start of the season.The Chilean suffered an injury representing his country at Copa America.Sanchez suffered a hamstring strain during their defeat in the third-place playog frozen hamburgers with a sharp knife, or perhaps hurting his knee while hugging his son? Then, in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Reds, a hard foul ball into the Giants’ dugout sent Affeldt to the ground to avoid being struck, bracing himself with his left hand and jamming it. And yet, he still continued to thrive in the postseason.

“He did such a tremendous job down the stretch,” said Game 4 starter Matt Cain. “He’d been kinda struggling with some little injuries throughout the season. It was kinda odd, it seemed like him getting oddly hurt in Cincinnati kind of benefitted him a little bit.”

And while Affeldt was good before the injury, Cain is kind of right. Affeldt allowed three hits in 3 2/3 innings before the injury with two strikeouts. After, he only gave up two hits in 6 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts. Even ignoring stats, the eye test showed us a knee-buckling breaking ball. Cain agreed.

“He went out there with unbelievable stuff with the sinker/slider combo.”

And the other thing Affeldt did was record perhaps the three most important outs of the series. So when praising the likes of Pablo Sandoval, Marco Scutaro, Sergio Romo, Tim Lincecum, Ryan Vogelsong, Brandon Crawford, Gregor Blanco, Hunter Pence, Buster Posey, Barry Zito, Madison Bumgarner, Bruce Bochy and, well, pretty much the entire team, do not forget about Affeldt. He was integral.

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Remember this? Davey Johnson believed playoffs or bust for Nationals in February


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The clinched a , marking the first time Washington, D.C., has a postseason team since FDR was living in the White House — 1933, to be exact.

Who saw this coming? The Nationals’ manager, for one.

“We should make tudio Marchisio has paid tribute to Zenit St Petersburg after his departure this week.The midfieldeery pleased for Adam Lallana after the latter scored their equaliser against Manchester United on Sunday.The Englishman came off the bench to change the game in the Reds’ favour, allowing them to get a foothold in midfield that led to their equaliserr was allowed to come off contract on. MondayMarchisio took to social media to thank Zenit and their fans.”You guys really gave me a lot in a difficult he playoffs,” Johnson said in late February (). “There’s no doubt in my mind.”When asked if the season would be considered a failure if the Nats didn’t make the playoffs, Johnson didn’t relent. “No question in ego Godin has enjoyed his first months with coach Antonio Conte.Both men were signed by Inter this summer.“Conte and Diego Simeone are two Coaches with great characters,” the former Atletico Madrid defender told Marca.“Inter have built around Conmy mind,” Johnson said, “and they can fire me.”

It should be noted that the Nats’ big season isn’t a complete shock, but it’s still pretty surprising. I believed the Nationals were very well set up for a breakout season … in 2013. With the innings limit, injuries to and , still only 19 years old and playing in what looked like it would be a very tough NL East, it just appeared the Nationals needed another year of maturity.

Instead, here they are. Just as their manager said they should be.

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Phillies announce $144 million extension with Cole Hamels


It’s official — Cole Hamels has signed a six-year extension worth $144 million with the Phillies.Philadelphia put out a press released Wednesday morning that said the two sides had agreed to the extension through the 2018 defensive midfielder Declan Rice.Neville believes Rice can develop into a ‘fantastic’ player but nadmits he turned down AC Milan out of loyalty to Jose Mourinho.Fellaini didn’t leave Manchester United until after Mourinho’s sacking.”My agent spoke to Milan, but I know Mourinho very well, I always felt good about him and he wanted me to stay with ot sure if he’s the player that United need.”Would I say yes now at 80million, 90 million? I’m not feeling that personally at this moment in time,” he tseason with a club/vesting optioby Duncan.The England U18 international left Liverpool in controversial circumstances at the start of the season, but is eager to move on again after just months in Florence.Duncan is unhappy playing at Primavera level with the Viola and his managemen for 2019. Hamels will also have a limited no-trade provision until his five-and-10 rights kick in.With the 28-year-old left-hander off the market, Milwaukee’s Zack Greinke becomes the belle of the trade deadline ball, unless perhaps the Marlins are serious about dealing Josh Johnson.

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Chris Perez fans flames in Indians-Royals spat


Benches cleared twice and there were three ejections in Saturday night’s – game, . The rift between the two clubs began when Royals starter hit Indians right fielder with a pitch early in the game. The Indians took exception and at least one of them was still a bit riled up after the game. Closer , who picked up his second save of the season in the game, :

Huge team win tonight; time for a sweep to tell the Royals it’s not “Our Time”, it’s . P.S.You hit us, we hit you. Period.

— Chris Perez (@ChrisPerez54) Fon striker Richarlison doesn’t expect him to be allowed to leave this summer.The Brazil international is a target for Inter Milan.”He still has a four-year contract with Everton,” Renato Velasco told Italian media. “I think there will be some officir those unaware, the Royals have made “our time” their mantra for the 2012 season, so Perez is sniping at them. According to the Royals broadcast Sunday, the entire locker room — even the players without Twitter accounts — is quite aware of Perez’s tweet. After Sunday’s game, the Indians and Royals will square off 15 more times this season — so there’s definitely potential for some more brawling. For more baseball news, rumors aidfielder Steven Defour is delighted with his move to Royal Antwerp.Defour has penned a one-year deal.He said, “Burnley never intended to let me go, but at the end of the transfer period we sat down together to find a solution. “I know that the KV Mend analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the helsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel is facing longer on the sidelines as he recovers from knee surgery.Eindhovens Dagblad says PSV Eindhoven were keen to sign Van Ginkel this summer after his successful loan.However, the midfielder may not be fit for and .

Video: Umpire Jeff Kellogg tackles fan on the field


Next time you heckle the ump, you may want to make sure it’s not Jeff Kellogg.Here’s whea if Paul Pogba will commit himself to their jaunt to Australia.The Mirror says United officials admitted on Saturday night they don’t know where their ­£150million star is – and senior ­officials are sweating on whether the French World Cup ­at Kellogg did Friday night to one fan in Baltimore:For the fourth time already this young season at Camden Yards, a fan ran out onto the field, at least by the count of the Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly.Because the Baltimore City Police officers are instructed to seal around the trespassers, it gives those on the field plenty of time to work the crowd. Players, told the San Francisco Chronicle, have been told not to get involved with fans on the field, so they don’t do anything either.Kellogg, apparently had enough. He didn’t wait for the police to get the fan, instead taking matters into his own hands. , Kellogg declined comment on tlistening to the Brazilian commentary of his third and winning goal in Tottenham’s Champions League semi-final against Ajax.
The winger’s hat-trick goal came deep in injury time and helped Spurs progress to the final on away goals.É IMPOSSÍVEL VOhe incident. But the ‘ didn’t.”That was awesome. I told [Kellogg], ‘That’s awesome,'” Jones . Jones even went on to say he wished people got tased when they ran onto the field, .”You don’t run on the field and just disturb a game that’s going on. It’s private property, and I’m sick and tired,” Jones said (). “I don’t like the way the cops go after them here. I know it’s not their call. I know the rules; they want them to create a circle or seal. Those kids are running all around those guys. No disrespect to the cops, but go get this dude, put your knee in his throat and tie his [butt] up, simple as that. It’s so annoying. I wish I can go out there as a player, but we can’t.”A’s outfielder said it was nothing new to see fans on the field at Baltimore.”That was hilarious, but I’m surprised how slow security is here,” Reddick said (). “It was the same way when I was here with Boston.”On opening day, a fan dressedite Friday’s 9-0 humiliation by Leicester City.The Daily Echo says management plan to stick by their Austrian boss in the wake of the record 9-0 loss to Leicester at St Mary’s contrary to press reports speculating that he will soon be dismissed.Saint in nothing but a cape Batman underwear ran around the field, eluding cops long enough to create a scene. . Perhaps that highly publicized incident garnered the wrong response. Tasing is likely a little much, but, at some point, there has to be a deterrent, and prosecution of trespassing may be the right way to go.

made his second appearance of the seasonin the 4-


The Phillies acquired minor-league RP from the Blue Jays in exchange for OF on Monday, according to .com. Gailey spnited host Astana from Kazakhstan in their Europa League opener on Thursday, with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expected to rotate his squad and bring in some youngsters.Mason Greenwood, Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes and James Garner are among those expectedlit last season between Class A and Double-A, poe Premier League winter break and insists it should stay.Klopp believes the wintn has revealed how Pep Guardiola has heavily influenced his own managerial career.Speaking ahead of his second ever Champions League match against Lyon, Nagelsmann identified Manchester City boss Guardiola and PSG’s Thomas Tuchel as two inspirationaler break is useful in managing players’ workload as they continue to chase silverware on three fronts.He said, “It is very important we keep this winter break. This time sting a 3.41 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 45 appearances.

van Persie believes Unai Emery is failing to conne


MLB.com reports that Pirates OF prospect has not played since May 22, but that director of player development Kyle Start said that his absence has not been due to injury. “We’re continuing to help him make some adjustmentsan striker Mauro Icardi has turned down a move to Arsenal.Sportmediaset says Icardi has rejected the chance to join Arsenal as part of a swap deal involving Pierre-Emerick Aubameyan’s clear Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling is rapidly improving.Sterling netted another England goal in the win against Bulgaria yesterday and Three Lions boss Southgate has been explaining how the City attacker’s game has changed in the last g.Icardi was offered a move to north London in a deal which would hav to the Triple-A level and picking our spots to help him make those adjustmentroversy isn’t going away anytime soon.Real Madrid were unhappy with decisions not taken at this week’s El Clasico, which ended 0-0.”We’ve talked about it more than once,” Valverde said at his press conference ahead of their game against Alaves on Sats rather than just competing in games,” Stark said.

Report: Suns’ Goodwin arrested outside Arkansas skating rink


guard was charged with disorderly conduct and refusal to submit to arrest after an incident outside of an Arkansas skating rink earlier this month, :

Goodwin, 19, was leaving the Arkansas Skatium, an ice and roller rink in his hometown of Little Rock, on May 4 when the incident occurred at approximately 11 p.m., according to Arkansas State Police public information officer Bill Sadler. A state trooper wilback was overlooked by Gareth Southgate for his latest Three Lions squad to face Kosovo and Bulgaria.Southgate stated he wanted to take a look at younger fullbacks Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United).Despite tnessed Goodwin cursing and “exhibiting aggressive gestures” toward another person while exiting the building and ther Milan have announced captain Samir Handanovic has suffered a hairline fracture to his wrist.The goalkeeper missed Sunday night’s 2-0 win away to Udinese and seemed to have part of his left hand immobilised under a wool glove.“Samir Handanovic hae trooper reported telling Goodwin twice to stop cursing twice, Sadler said.

Goodwin went to jail in Sherwood, Ark., that night, and has a court date on June 3, according to the Ang eight goals yesterday.Speaking after the match, Foster conceded his side were far from their best, but said at times he could only stand and admire the way City were playing during the thrashing.”It’s probably a bit of shock, embarrassment,” said rizona Republic.

In his rookie season, the 29th pick in the 2013 averaged 3.7 points and 1.7 rebounds per game, making 52 appearances for Phoenix. 

ch he suffered in mid-April, according to the Bay


center told the Australian media that he is from fractured rib, which he suffered in mid-April, according to the Bay Area News Group.”I’ve had some car accident-type injuries, so my bodyo leave Anderlecht.The 19 year-old attacker has been offered to Barcelona, Manchester City and Sevilla by agents with his contract due to expire in June.However, Lokonga insists his priority is to stay with the Belgian giants.”My priority is to stay ‘s taken a beating, so I’ve got three yearsin talks with the Rossonero over a dual head coach and sports director role.Rangnick left RB Leipzig as coach last season to take up the global position with the sports drink giant. But it’s now claimed in Germany he’s ready to return to football at left on my deal, and I’ll reevaluate at the end of that,” Bogut said. “But the body’s starting to get a few nicks.”Bogut missed the entire postseason because of the injury and was limite see Ernesto Valverde sacked.Valverde was axed at the start of the month and replaced by Quique Setien.Font stated, “I know that the players didn’t want Valverde anymore.”The businessman admits he was happy Al Sadd coach Xavi turned down the job, “I d to only 67 appearances. He averaged 7.3 points, 10.0 boards and 1.8 blocks per game over that span.

ractice facility on Thursday, according to Newsday


center is no longer wearing a walking boot, and was in the team’s practice facility on Thursday, according to Newsday.Lopez had surgery to repair his broken right foot and had the arch in that foot lowered in January. He then underwent an additional surgery to clean out his left ankle and repair a torn tendon in early March. Lopez told the New York Post earlier this week that he , but is still fau adl Pearson insists Andre Gray is not for sale.Pearson wants to keep hold of Gray amid interest from Leeds United and Nottingham Forest.He said: “I spoke with Andre and he is very much a part of what we are trying to do here.“I don’t have any messamits the team could be performing better – despite being top of the table.Bartomeu made to change of coach mid-season for the first time at Barca since Louisted were supposed to be back. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was seen as a United man who knew the club, understood both the demand for trophies and the expected playing style, and after his appointment results temporarily improved. But a sharp downturn at the van Gaal was sacked by the board in 2003. He justified the decision saying, “Barcelona ir off from basketball activities. He averaged 20.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 boards in 17 games played before getting hurt this season. The 26-year-old should be ready to go next season.

Rockets stave off elimination thanks to Dwight Howard’s effort


The have been wildly inconsistent throughout the first four games of their series against the . The Blazers have made the Rockets look uncomfortable. Houston can’t seem to defend the various weapons, motion, and quick pace of a lethal Blazers’ attack. They can’t seem to get their perimeter attack on board against some staunch wing defenders in and .

Portland grabbed control in the first two games on the road in the series and walked into Game 5 with a 3-1 lead and the capability of giving themselves a second round berth. With the uncomfortable nature in which the Rockets played in much of the first four gamecio Pochettino waiting for a Premier League job.United are currently in eighth position on the table and could miss out on European football next season.Pochettino, sacked by Spurs in November, stated earlier this week that he was waiting on a returns, it looked like a foregone conclusion they would be eventually on their way to the summer, sooner rather than later. But their main prize in free agency stepped up and played like the superstar he’s supposed to be.

did everything in the Game 5 victory, from scoring efficiently inside and not imploding at the free throw line to taking the most dangerous weapon of the first round  out of the offensive flow for most of the night. His 22 points, 14 rebounds, and three blocks don’t even begin to explain the impact he had on the game, performing as their best player in a time in which still can’t seem to figure out the Blazers’ defense.

r Milan’s deal for former Manchester United teammate Alexis Sanchez.The Daily Mail says Inter have now pulled off the switch they have been pursuing all summer, and will sign Sanchez on loan for the duration of the season without the option to buy. LHoward was instrumental in keeping Aldridge in check with the Blazers’ power forward putting together only an eight-point night on 3-of-12 shooting. Aldridge scored at least eight points in six of the first seven quarters of this series, but the defensive charge led by Howard and complemented by and stymied his entire attack throughout the Portlainterested in selling Fedor Chalov.Palace made an attempt for the Russia international last week.Babayev told Sport-Express: “The offer from Crystal Palace was made. “We talked with the English club. But initially we made it clear to colleagues that nd loss. And Howard blocked Aldridge’s last two attempts of the night to cap off a wonderful defensive performance.

This is what he was brought to do with this team too. He was the leader we saw in Orlando when he had so much success under Stan Van Gundy. He was a wrecking force on offense and a closer on defense. He showed emotion on key stops and left out a lot of the preening and mannerisms that have helped him lose favor with the general basketball public during the past three years, fair or not.

Game 5 was a nice reminder for the Rockets and Howard himself that they’re capable of playing with anybody and winning this series. They have the talent and they have the ability. However, there is concern they expended too much energy to stave off elimination and live to play another day. We’ll find out Friday night when these two teams face off in Portland and the Rockets once again try to extend their season.

If we see the Dwight Howard we saw in Game 5, Rockets fans will get a chance to see it again in person during a Game 7.

Andrei Kirilenko will play for Nets Friday, Kevin Garnett still out



The haven’t been at full strength all season long and even with center  bethe signing of Real Madrid striker Raul de Tomas.He has moved to Lisbon for over €20m.A five-year contract has been signed by l Madrid about a new goalkeeper signing.PSG have asked about Thibaut Courtois or Keylor Navas during talks over the sale of Neymar, says Le 10 Sport. PSG management are eager to find a new No1 and expressed genuine interest in Courtois.Real insist ththe forward after Benfica managed to talk Real Madrid down from their initial asking price of €35m.De Tomas arrived in ting done for the season, we still haven’t seen them at full strength with the rest of their players. The team will get back Friday night when they take on the Detroit Pistons, after he’s missed six straight games with a sprained left ankle. However, don’t expect them to have their full complement of players just yet.

is going to miss his 19th straight game of the season with back spasms that have left him unable to even try getting out there. He last played on February 27 when he gave the Nets 12 minutes in a win over the Nuggets. 

Andrei Kirilenko is playing tonight. Kevin Garnett is noity are prepared to BLOCK Islam Silmani’s dream return to the Premier League.On-loan with AS Monaco, the striker is prepared to cut short the spell to return to England where he is fielding interest from Tottenham and Manchester United this week.Howet.

— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps)

Kirilenko said he had a 1-on-1 workout with Garnett yesterday, and that Garnett “is feeling a lot better.”

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On a serious note, Kidd said Garnett will travel to Philadelphia and Florida, and said playing tomorrow depends on how workout today goes.

— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps)

The Nets have survived this stretch of games without Garnett thanks to stepping up in his rookie season. The team is 13-5 in this latest stretch and should be able to win another game without their big man with the Pistons in town. Kiriklenko being back should help immensely as well. The team is 26-11 when he plays this season.