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22-year-old completed a big money move from Brentf

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reliever earned his third save of the spring with a cl Azzurri were knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage which included finalists Liverpool and were dumped out of the Europa League in the last eight by Arsenal, who will face Chelsea in Baku.Ancelotti said, “It is a small consolation ean ninth inning Thursday against the Marlins.

Boggs has a 1.13 ERA in eight spring innings and remains in line to close for the Cardinals until Jason Motte returns from injury. Motte is exp has confirmed the club are weighing up loan options for Emile Smith Rowe, Eddie Nketiah and Tyreece John-Jules.A’s No1.Martinez is currently backup for Bernd Leno.But he wrote for arsenal.com: “I made a promise to my dad that I would make it. I intend to keep that promise.”I’m the No 2 for now, but it won’t stay that way. My aim is to be No 1 and I’ll keep worsked about exciting midfielder Smith Rowe, Arteta said: “We are assessing the situation with three of them [young players]. “We are evaluected to open the season on the disabled list, and there isn’t a hard timetable for his return. The injury is denoted as a “strain” for now, suggesting it won’t keep Motte out for long.

Yankees eye Chipper, who says he’s happy being a ‘bad golfer’

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The made some noise Monday morning when general manager Brian Cashman revealed he has some level of interest in the (who didn’t even play in 2012), (who is likely to retire) and . Obviously the biggest name there is Chipper, who seems to be the most content retired player we’ve seen in recent memory.

“He’d be perfect,” Cashman said (). “I’d take Larry in a heartbeat. I think everybody would.”

Larry! Atta boy, Cashman. Just the fact that Cashman called Chipper by his rarely used given first name leads me to believe he was kCity boss Brendan Rodgers has rejected the public perception that his 2013/14 Liverpool title challenging team was The Luis Suarez show.Suarez was the Premier League’s top scorer during his final season at Liverpool, when the Reds missed out on the tind of discussing the situation tongue-in-cheek. And Cashman did say that he didn’t think Jones would have any interest in playing.

And he was right. Chipper took to Twitter to pre-emptively shoot down any rumors:

Enough with the rumors! While I am flattered about the speculation of being enticed out of retirement, I’m happy with life as a bad golfer!

— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10)

The Yankees appear desperate for corner infield help because they are without for at least half the season and for probably arounened to Rino Gattuso and joined Milan’s youth academy when he was a child, but it’s the Rossoneri who are left with regrets.He recalled, “I was eight years old and had a trial for the Milan academy, although at the time I was a striker. “They rejecd the first six weeks of the season. They could use at third or first, so filling either corner would work.

Here’s the rub, though: Once Teixeira returns, whoever the Yankees sign will likely be relegated to bench duty. So if you’re Lee or Rolen, do you really want to play so badly that you just play for six weeks and then ride pine? It’s worth noting they wouldn’t be pursuing a first World Series ring, as Lee won it all with the 2003 Marlins and Rolen won with the ’06 Cardinals.

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2013 Prospect Watch: Seattle Mariners

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Before the start of the season, we’ll highlight a few players in each team’s minor-league system to let you know which players you should be paying attention to throughout the year. These aren’t meant to be comprehensive top-prospect lists, but should provide a look at some key players within each team’s organization.

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The system received a big boost mid-season after drafting catcher Mike Zunino. Previously, the team had been known for its trio of pitching prospects: Danny Hultzen, James Paxton and Taijuan Walker. All three of those players took steps forward, bringing them closer to the majors. And while the Mariners might not be ready to contend just yet, those four players could make an impact on the major-league club as soon as this season. 

After being selected with the third overall pick in the 2012 draft, Zunino shot up the Mariners’ minor-league system. He hit .373/.474/.736 in 133 plate appearances in Short-Season A ball, causing the team to promote him to Double-A in his first professional season. Zunino was the highest college player chosen in the draft last year, and is pretty polished for his age. It also seems like he’s a solid bet to stick at catcher, which is sometimes a problem with young prospects. The team is set to begin the season with as its full-time catcher, but that’s probably not the ideal position for him based on defensive scouting reports. If Zunino continues to hit well, he might be able to force his way onto the team later this year. 

Paxton has moved fairly quickly, making 21 starts at Double-A in his second professional season. While his control was a slight issue (he walked 11.9 percent of hitters), he managed to post a solid 3.09 ERA. Paxton may not have the upside of Walker or Hultzen, but he’s the closest of the three right now. As long as he doesn’t falter early in the season, he could be up before the trade deadline. 

At age 20, Walker is already considered one of the best pitching prospects in the minors. The consensus among prThe young midfielder is being tracked by Arsenal amid claims the Gunners are already in talks with his club about a summer deal.Voetbal International says Feyenoord are keen to offer Kokcu a pay-rise and a one-year contract extension to 2024.Along wiospect analysts is that he already has a strong fastball, but needs to work on the consistency with his curve and change-up, both of which have shown flashes of being above-average offerings. Walker may begin the season in Double-A, but could threaten to be a September call-up if all goes well. Of the three big pitchers in the Mariners’ system, he’s the one who has the highest upside.

Hultzen is known for his strong command, which made him a candidate to move quickly through the Mariners’ system after he was drafted. He did just that, reaching Triple-A during his first full season as a professional. Once he got to Triple-A, though, his performance suffered. Hultzen had a 5.92 ERA in 48.2 innings in Triple-A. It’s not as if he wasn’t ready, as he shut down hitters in Double-A, with a 1.19 ERA in 75.1 innings. His command also deserted him in Triple-A, leading to a 17.9 percent walk rate. It’s unclear what led to the drop-off in his production once he reached that level, and perhaps he just needs more time to sort things out. His struggles in Triple-A have pushed back his promotion timeline, but he could still make his major-league debut this season provided he can shake off his struggles at the end of 2012. 

Franklin was having a strong year before stumbling a bit once he reached Triple-A. In 296 plate appearances, he hit just .240/.306/.412. He’ll likely begin the year at that level, and is a candidate to push for a major-league job if he performs well. There are some questions about whether Franklin can stick at short. He seems to display strong intelligence, and gets good reads, but lacks some of the physical tools to play there. At worst, he becomes an above-average second baseman. With in town, Franklin is unlikely to see much time at ser Stegen and Barcelona have suspended new contract talks.Barca have been pushing for several weeks to reach terms with the Germany goalkeeper over a new deal to 2024.However, Sport says negotiations have now been put on-hold during the LaLiga’s coroecond in the majors this season. And while is an awful hitter, he’s a special defender at short. Franklin may prove to be ready this year, but the Mariners shouldn’t feel compelled to rush him.

The Mariners could receive significant contributions from both Zunino and Paxton early in the year, and get a taste of the future if Hultzenrahma admits he has an ambition to play in the Premier League.Benrahma is being linked with Newcastle, Leicester City and Arsenal this week.When asked about his future, Benrahma told BBC Sport: “For the moment I am focused on Brentford. This summer I and Walker make strides in the minors. The club may not be ready to contend this season, but most of its top prospects are close to reaching the majors. The future should look a lot brighter as soon as next year.

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on.Almost 18.4 million people attended the 1,655 m

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Orioles starting pitcher got his first start of the spring Tuesday against Toronto, but he scuffled a bit for the first time. Johnson tossed a pair of innings, allowing two earned runs, including one on a one-out solo home run by in the second inning. Johnson struck out two batters in the two innings, with two hits and aJonjoe Kenny has no doubts about the wPochettino was in attendance for the official launch of the LaLigaTV event in London along with his assistant Jesus Perez and ex-Spurs and Chelsea midfielder Gus Poyet.He said: “For me I was so lucky to start my career as a manager at Espanyol in Barisdom of moving to Schalke.The Everton defender is on a season-long loan.He told BILD: “The Bundesliga is a good place to play. “Young people are given the chance to play here and can show off on a big stage.”My idol? (Philipp) Lahm. He was a handyman, he could play left, right, in the middle. For me, he was always exceptional and the best right-back.” walk allowed. After the game, he told reporters that he is currently struggling with the command of his fastball. “Just the fastball command. I’ve been battling that a little bit,” he said. “It always comes around. It’s just right now it’s a little hit or miss.“ Johnson still managed to outpitch , who took the mound after him and allowed three runs in 2 2/3 innings.l he wants to sign a new contract with the club. The Dutchman was instrumental in the Reds’ successful 2018/19 campaign, which culminated in a Champions League final win last Saturday.Van Dijk penned a five-year deal after arriving from Southampton i

Team USA has bats and resolve to win WBC (but are arms enough?)

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PHOENIX — Team USA is missing maybe the best five American pitchers — , , , and — as it tries to buck its stunningly mediocre World Baseball Classic record and win in the sport America invented.

But say this for this team: They brought a group with an uncommonly patriotic bent. The 27 guys who agreed to play for Joe Torre’s team are a supremely focused, determined and even personable group that is talking a great game on the eve of the third WBC event.

“Write this, ‘We didn’t come all the way here to (bleepin’) lose,'” USA outfielder said.

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Torre and his veteran group of coaches, including longtime right-hand men Larry Bowa and Willie Randolph, are impressed by the competitive attitude shown by a group led by , , and other country-first guys. Randolph, in particular, said he noticed a difference between this crew and Team USA’s previous two squads, suggesting this one is singularly focused on the prize after a dismal 7-7 mark posted in the disappointing 2006 and 2009 events.

No one can claim that the USA roster is made up of only the very best American players, but Randolph pointed out the roster’s strengths include speed, versatility and other less obvious positive traits. gives any team options. can put a scare into any opposing pitcher.

Torre talked up the table-setting Rollins and . , a .300 hitter, was the ninth-place hitter in one of the exhibitions. The strong and crazy-deep 10-man bullpen, with at the end, would be the envy of any manager.

In a short few days, the staff and its players have bonded. Perhaps best of all, it also has the guys who wanted to be here representing their country, which USA officials often cite as the biggest positive.

That is, of course, another way of admitting that not all the very best and brightest stars are here. In particular, the starting pitching is solid but less than glittering.

Verlander and Kershaw are said to have shown interest in playing, his disappointment over comments by Birmingham City following his dismissal from the club.The 40-year-old was sacked on Tuesday, with the Blues reasoning that Monk did not serve the “long term interests of the club” and that they wanted to “adopt a fbut Kershaw had a hip injury late last season that allowed the to discourage him, and Verlander’s extra October innings delayed his training start, eliminating him.

Team USA retains outward confidence. But there’s concern that Team USA has a bull’s-eye on its back. And there’s more concern that many of the top starters aren’t here.

“The other teams want to beat the piss out of the U.S.,” one USA official said. ‘”Until we win, we’re not going to get all our (very) best players to come.event pitch invasions.The Liverpool Echo says Liverpool are planning to write to UEFA to voice their concerns after a pitch-invader left Adrian with an injury by gatecrashing the Super Cup celebrations.The Reds were toasting their 5-4 penalty-shootou”

The hope is that once Team USA brings home the trophy, then relays how great winning felt, no one will again decline an invite. Sometimes it’s hard to push.

is in the group of late October players from last year. is returning from a shoulder injury, an ankle injury.

, the best player in the majors last year, hasn’t earned financial security yet. So it’s understandable he didn’t go. (Word is, he consulted with Bryce Harper, who also didn’t make it).

The pitching is the real issue though. , , and are four more that couldn’t, or didn’t, make it. Contracts just signed, about to be signed or being negotiated acted as a disincentive for top pitchers. Arms are fragile, and there’s a fine line between a $150-million-plus contract and no contract at all.

Team USA seems to be doing an exemplary job not focusing on who isn’t here (except when we ask about it), though it’s obvious who’s missing. One plus: None of the other teams seems to have overwhelming starting pitching, either.

Team Mexico, who Team USA faces in its opener Friday, saved its ace for this game. Mexico used journeyman Rodrigo Lopez in its loss to Italy on Thursday. Other teams are similarly thin.

Team USA will start with 37-year-old knuckleballer , had been close to completing the deal in January for £200,000, but it has taken until now for Kilmarnock to confirm an agreement had been reached.Smith, 16, will join the Elite Development Squad with immediate effect.Kilmarnock said in a statement:whose fast knuckleball could be a major weapon, then use , and as starters. It’s a very nice group but less than optimal.

When one Team USA official was reminded how great the lineup should be, he noted, cautiously, “What happens from 60 feet, six inches is what matters.”

Dickey should give Team USA a great chance in the opener, as it appears he’s reached his prime in his late 30s, winning the National League Cy Young Award last season. He also is very much into it, which counts, too.

“I’m here because this is one of the greater privileges of my athletic career. And that’s how I see it,” Dickey said.

Team USA will try to make up for what it lacks in established arms with bats and attitude. It’s a group that loves the idea of representing its country, which can’t hurt.

“We are not here to get out of spring training. We’re not here to go on a little vacation,” Wright said. “It’s time for us to win. A lot of other teams have been preparing longer. But pride will kick in. We are 0 and 2. We want to be the team that snaps that.”

Randolph, Wright’s first major-league manager with the , is thrilled at how the star third baseman has grown into a leader. Others, too, are here because they are excited about it.

New outfielder personally called Torre to beg his way onto the team as a reserve. first baseman rushed over from Surprise, Ariz., when went out with a wrist injury.

Pride is already starting to kick in.

“It’s our game,” Torre said. “That doesn’t mean other teams can’t play it. But we’re here to win. We’re here to get to San Francisco. We’re interested in moving on. Our goal is long-term, long range.”

Their hearts and their intentions are in the right place. The only question is whether they have enough arms to do the job.

title race.The ice-cool Belgian knows the champion

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Baltimore outfield hopeful homered late in Saturday’s Grapefruit League opener against Minnesota. Robinson was also solid in the outfield, according to manager Buck Syed enough to earn a move to Real Madrid, according to former Los Blancos winger Steve McManaman.The Frenchman has played in just seven Premier League games this season, and talks over a move to Real have persisted.McManaman told HorseRacing.net: “Hehowalter, reports MASNSports.com. “He played the elements well today,” Showalter said, referencing the wind blowing out to left field. “Tray had a good day. Hitting a home run is RB Leipzig have made a second offer for Everton winger Ademola Lookman.The German club’s initial bid was worth £13m.The Daily Mail says they have now returned with a £22.5m offer for the English winger.21-year-old Lookman enjoyed a fruitful loan spell with Leipzig in 2017/18.not something Trayvon’s foreign to. We like him.f Lionel Messi leaves LaLiga for… Australia!The Barcelona star was this evening named the Ballon d’Or winner for 2019 – for the sixth time.”The future of Real Madrid depends on Messi going to play in Australia,” Rajoy explained in a book promotion I talked to him about the fact that, just because he came off the (40-man) roster doesn’t change the way we feel about him. He’s going to get an opportunity here to show what he can do. Switch-hitting guys that can play three spots are hard to find, and especially at his age (25). He’s still a young man.”

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Minnesota outfielder started his spring season off with a bang on Saturday in a Grapefruit League loss to the Orioles. Willingham homered in the agreed to move to Inter Milan, according to Danish sources.Off contract in June, the Denmark international could quit Spuet in Inter Milan’s Champions League victory over Slavia Prague.Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez (2) were both on the scoresheet for the win.The Belgian later said, “I am very happy, I have to keep working and improving as time goes on. The coach and I rs this month as he refuses to consider talks over a new deal. Ekstra Bladet says Eriksen is a step away from agreeing personal third inning off for a two-run shot with one out. He finished 2 for 2 in the game and iison is determined not to let his success go to his head.Maddison is confident his family will keep him in line.He told the Daily Mail: “I would never want to come across as arrogant because I wasn’t brought up that way and my mum would be the first s perfect thus far on the spring.

Report: Ichiro wants to stay in New York

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wants to return to the next season, to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman.

Sherman spoke to a person close to Ichiro, who said the 38-year-old outfielder really enjoyed playing for the team. Ichiro t allocation for the Champions League final against Tottenham.Both the Reds and Spurs were given 16,613 tickets each for the clash at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid on June 1.That is despite the new stadium boasting a capacity of 68,000, with the liked that the atmosphere in the clubhouse was “professional” and that many of the players on the teamhis game on two Brazilians.Lampey left Chelsea for Brighton last week.He spoke about his personal qualities and the players he has admired during his development, which includes two famous Brazilians.Lamptey said, “I’m very hardworking and will giv are close to his age.

It may not take a lot of money to entice Ichiro to stay, either. According to Sherman’s source, Ichiro would likely decline a larger contract in order to stay where he’s happy. He allegedly deferred about $5 million per year on his last longterm deal in order to stay in . Sherman said that a one-year deal worth betw with Southampton.Adrian suffered a freak ankle injury after his penalty shoot-out heroics against Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup final when he was clattered by a pitch invader.“Today I feel much better,” he told the official club website.“It was een $5 million and $8 million could be enough for Ichiro to re-sign. He added that Ichiro may want an option for the following season. Since joining the Yankees, Ichiro has hit .283/.307/.390 in 240 plate appearances. 

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Hanley Ramirez hospitalized with infected hand, returns to play Friday

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‘s recent clubhouse temper tantrum — a snit that ended in his punching a cooling fan — has landed him in the hospital with an infected hand, . Ramirez was back at the ballpark summer move for AC Milan goalkeeper Gigio Donnarumma.Gazzetta dello Sport says Chelsea’s goalkeeping situation has made many headlines this season as Kepa Arrizabalaga struggles to convince boss Frank Lampard he can be trusted with the No1 jersey lonon Friday, pinch-running in the ninth intal Palace wearing the captain’s armband.Xhaka finished the game as skipper with forwards Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang off the pitch.Arsenal captain Aubameyang – who opened the scoring at Selhurst – was sent off for a reckless foning of a 4-3 loss to the Pirates.

Despite his pinch-running appearance, Ramirez is expected to miss a couple of days. And if that weren’t bad enough, Ramirez’s infection was preventable, according to manager Ozzie Guillen. Guillen told reporters that Ramirez didn’t take his prescribed medication, leading to the infection.

“Hopefully the doctor will find exactly what he needs and macester City attacker James Maddison.Carragher can see him slotting in well into the Reds system.“I think he is the one player outside of the top six who Liverpool should be looking at,” said Carragher on Sky Sports.“People have been talking aboutke sure baby Hanley takes (it). I will every night ‘open your mouth’ and put it in his mouth,” Guillen said, “How do you forget to take a pill that the doctors (tells) to take?”

Ramirez developed an infection where he received stitches and is likely to miss at least the next few games. Guillen said the hand was swollen and “pretty ugly and pretty sensitive.”

On the season, Ramirez is hitting .246/.322/.430 with 14 home runs in 91 games. In other words, he’s barely improved over last year’s disappointing numbers.

While Ramirez is out, will likely be his replacement at third base.

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Is Mariano Rivera waffling on his promise to return?

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Is Mariano Rivera coming back next season? His words gave some hints, but often the truth is in the eye of the beholder.

Rivera appeared Saturday at the practice of English soccer team Chelsea on Saturday before the team’s game at Yankee Stadium on Sunday and spoke to reporters.

The Daily News wrote Rivera was having second thoughts about returning in 2013, while was that he was not rushing back for 2012.

The lead quote for the Daily News certainly strengthens its case:

“I don’t even -Jules move out on-loan.The young striker signed to the end of the season with Lincoln City last week.Bould said, “It’s fabulous for him. “Playing with men, playing proper league football and that’s where we want to move them to and that’s our next sknow if I want to play next year,” Rivera said Saturday, . “I don’t know what tomorrow is going to bring. One day at a time.”

That quote doesn’t appear in the Post’s storyis season.Speaking with Sport, Messi was asked about Barcelona’s rivals in the Champions League.“I think everyone strengthened and signed the players they needed,” he said.“I think Atletico have built a great team and made some very good signings.

The guts of the story is that Rivera, 42, said he is rehabbing his injury every day and would love to be playing right now. Still, he said he doesn’t have a timetable for his return and doesn’t want to rush his rehab.

After he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in May, Rivera said he was coming back — he wasn’t quite so adamant on Saturday. Still, even the same statement can be read either way. Both stories had what is presumably the same quote, even though there’s slightly different wording and interpretations.

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“I love it,” Rivera said. “I love the game. I love the competition. I love being on the field.

“Going out like that, to me, I won’t take it. I want to go out on my own terms. Definitely. As a Christian you have to understand when the Lord is trying to tell you something. But I will do my part. The rest is out of my control.”

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“I want to go out on my own terms,” Rivera said on Saturday. “But also as a Christian, you have to understand the Lord is trying to do tell you something. I will do my part, though.”

His comments may be a Rorschach test of what you want to believe. Two reporters heard the same thing and believed the words meant two different things. What is certain iChelsea goalkeeper Nathan Baxter has joined Ross County on loan for the 2019/20 season.The goalkeeper, 20, spent the previous campaign with Yeovil Town in League Two.He enjoyed a fine spell at Huish Park, claiming all five of the club’s Player of the Season awards.Baxter has previously helped Chelsea lift both the FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League.s that Rivera’s comments left his future open to interpretation, something he didn’t do in May when he said he’d be back.

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Mets don Canadian camouflage for trip to Toronto

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It seems everyone is copying Joe Maddon and the Rays these days with themed road trips. Thursday alone had the Cardinals and the Mets went to Canada wearing hockey jerseys (one Maddon used last year for the Rays).

So here’s :

At the moment, hockey is enjoying a large part of the New York sports spotlight with an Eastern Conference featuring teams from Manhattan and Newark.

To commemorate this, the were all sporting hockey sweaters when they got off the bus in for their trip to play the . OK, so the timing happens to be coincidental as the Mets planned on this a while ago when deciding on their themes for road trips this season, but that just makes the story so much more fitting, so I’labinho and Frenkie De Jong to improve as a holding midfielder.The 31-year-old has transitioned into a deeper role under Jurgen Klopp this season.”You get a couple of the lads joking about it, but that shows that you play that role quite well,” humentary series, according to the Daily Mail.The UK newspaper reports that the internet giant has secured a deal for the fly-on-the-wall content from Yorkshire media company the City Talking, which was given behind-the-scenes access to the second-tiee toll go with it.

Among the Mets you have Jason Bay, a Canadian boy. There’s a lot of pressure on him in this situation; hockey is in his bloodlines as a Canuck. He stepped up to the plate and hit a home run with his choice, so to speak.

To show off how deep the hockey roots go, Bay decided to go back in time and wear a Ray Ferraro Hartford Whalers jersey — not one from his Vancouver — seeing as he grew up not far away in B.C.

Here’s the scene from Toronto, with Mets manager Terry Collins explaining things in his sweater.

As you’d expect, there are a lot of Rangers sweaters — New York, not Texas — in the bunch. Hey, stick with the local team and you can never go wrong.

But the best, even better than Bay’s Whalers jersey? Star third baseman David Wright sporting the Goldberg Mighty Ducks sweater from the movies. To see that with Wright and a beager for his European champions to maintain his competitive edge.He said, “The spirit in the team could not be better at the moment – they won the Champions League last year together and won 32 games, I don’t know exactly. So if they would not be unch of the other Mets.

I think I like the Mets a lot more now than I did a few minutes ago.

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The Phillies agreed to terms with free agent RHP on a minor league deal on Thursday. Redding will report to Triple-A Lehigh ValJames Sands is trialling this week with Germany’s Fortuna Dusseldorf.The US youth international is a defender who can also play in midfield and is tied to NYCFC’s academy.City have already seenn Sanson.Sanson is the subject of an offer from West Ham this week, but a move to Wolves could ornets were struggling under Javi Gracia and Quique Sanchez Flores this season.But Pearson has come in and the team has managed to pick up 10 points from the past 12 available in the Premier League.They are trying to claw their way out of the relegatyet happen, says Le 10 Sport.Key to Wolves’ plans is super agent Jorge Mendes, who is close to the Premier League club.Mendes takes care of new OM coach An the talented Gio Reyna move to Borussia Dortmund this yeley.

Boris Diaw gives Spurs their best look

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checked in for with 7:18 left in the first quarter on Thursday. There was speculation leading up to Game 1 of the Finals that the crafty forward would be inserted into the starting lineup, but coach Gregg Popovich decidenaldo was in good spirits after victory against Champions League opponents Atletico Madrid.Paulo Dybala struck the only goal of the night.Defender De Sciglio said, “It was an important victory, it was the first short-term goal to trace the long road d against it. The score was tied 9-9 when Diaw entered between a pair of made free throws. Immediately, the Spurs went on a run and took a six-point lead into the second period.

San Antonio trailed by two when Diaw replaced at around the same mark in the second quarter, and the same thing happened. In the fourth quarter, he was on the floor for the Spurs’ ridiculous 30-9 run. San Antonio outscored the Heat by 30 points — 30 points! — in his 33 minutes of playing time, making him by far the game’s most impactful player in terms of plus-minus. Diaw only finishizio Sarri.The Chelsea-refuse-let-Sarri-join-Juventus-meet-demands.html”>Daily MailChelsea-refuse-let-Sarri-join-Juventus-meet-demands.html”> says the Blues are in no rush to finalise Sarri’s situation and are prepared to let the current uncertainty ed with two points on 1-for-5 shooting, but added 10 rebounds, six assists and sturdy defense. If it wasn’t obvious that San Antonio’s best look features Diaw playing next to Duncan i former Manchester United midfielder Ravel Morrison on a one-year deal, reports BBC Sport.The 26 year old attended the Blades’ pre-season training camp in Portugal earlier this monthHe played in Manchester United’s 2011 FA Youth Cup-winning side withn the frontcourt, it should be now. 

This is just a continuation of what we’ve been seeing. Diaw scored 26 points on 8-for-14 shooting in the Spurs’ series-clinching win over the Thunder, and . Diaw is far from a traditional power forward, and he’s not your average stretch-four, either. His passing instincts are better than those of most point guards, and he can both post up and make threes. He makes up for his lack of great speed or leaping ability with defensive smarts; while he won’t be confused for a lockdown defender, he can capably cover both bigs and smalls. Splitter brings better rim protection, but San Antonio looks just about unstoppable when Diaw is out there with its best players.

Popovich played Diaw with , , and Duncan together for eight minutes, and in that span they made 11 of their 13 field goal attempts. In the 26 minutes that Diaw played alongside Ginobili, San Antonio had 21 assists on 27 field goals and outscored Miami by 36 points. The two of them combined for 17 assists in the game, and their willingness to keep the ball moving is why the Spurs’ offense is so beautiful. Other teams just don’t have shooting guards and power forwards who pass like they do. 

Diaw had 71 touches and passed the ball 63 times on Thursday, per SportVU, an absurd figure. Tony Parker is the only one on either team who had a higher total, with 73 passes on 97 touches. Whether he starts or not, that should tell you something about his role in San Antonio’s system. He can change games without scoring, and he is essential to the Spurs’ success. 

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forward played Sunday but told reporters his shouldtus.The former Ajax captain turned down Barcelona and PSG to sign for Juve. However, the defender has struggled for minutes so far this serd’s new Chelsea system.The Spaniard left-back says he has afforded plenty of freedom in Lamparese is on his way to Accrington Stanley.He will moe on loan until January, says Sky Sports.The 18-year-old attracted interest from Championship side West Brom earlier in the summer, but the size of the loan fee put them off a deal. Alese, who has beed’s high intensity tactics.He told Sky Sports: “The first few sessions have been going very well.”I feel very good playing the way the manager wants with hason.But De Ligt says: “I’m really happy with the choice made this summer to sign for Juventus. “Many changes haer went “right back to what it was” during a 100-89 win over Chicago.Anthony scored 17 points, with three assists, one rebound and one steal while logging 28 minutes of game action. He told the Wall Street Journal that he on his injured shoulder in the “the next couple of days.”

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center Friday night against the Bobcats because of a sore Achilles tendukebakio.The free-scoring midfielder has been outstanding on-loan with Fortuna Dusseldorf this season, where his form has attracted interest from across the Bundesliga.BILD says Watford are prepared to sell and will seek €25m to cash in.Wagner is aon, the Orlando Sentn Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The Mirror says Spanish media sources say Aubameyang is keen to join Barca this summer so he can play with star forward Lionel Messi.However, the 30-year-old has always insisted he’s happy in north London.And clinger Miguel Palanca has signed for Barcelona defender Gerard Pique.Palanca, 31, has joined Pique’s Andorra for the new season.He left Real Madrid in 2009, to look for minutes on loan with Castellón. A season later, he went to Elche and broke all tiub officialinel reports.Vucevic went through pregame drills but received the red light just before tip-off. He is averaging 14.2 points and 11.0 rebounds in 57 appearances. His next chance to return will come Saturday against Minnesota.