Spain.Barcelona are working on a deal to re-sign


Despite going 0 for 4 Monday, catcher is batting .361 this spring with two homers and 11 RBI. He has also slugged a solid .611 through 19 Cactus League games. Mesoraco is competing with non-roster invite Miguel Olivo for the backup job to Ryan Hanigan. “I feel like I came in with a good plan and came in prepared,” Mesoraco told .com. “I knew it was going to be a little bit different thing than last year. I had to prove myself. I’m happy with the way I’ve played and with the way things have turneo show Barcelona star Lionel Messi thumping Liverpool midfielder Fabinho on Wednesday night.Messi scored twice as Barca beat Liverpool 3-0 at the Nou Camp in their Champions League semi-final first leg.The seions League final.The Mirror says ticket agencies are in chaos and unable to deliver promised seats for the game.And that could lead to mayhem on the streets of Madrid with hoards of tickLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he values the Dutch influence on his team.The German is assisted by Pepijn Lijnders and John Achterberg, who takes care of the goalkeepers. Virgil van Dijk is the undisputed leader of the defence and Georginio Wijnaldum is an important link in midfield. “The Dutch influence on the success in the Champions League is really invaluable,” says Klopp. “Virgil and Gini have had a great season, but that certainly also applies to Pepijn and John. We all benefit from that. I cannot compliment those two players often enough.”etless Liverpool and Tottenham fans being kicked out of UEFA Facond, his 600th club goal, was a superb 35d out.”

proved defensively recently as they attempt to avo


T United have a deal in place for Sevilla striker Wwarned Europe’s biggest spenders off star striker Mohamed Salah.Klopp has dismissed suggestions Salah could be set for an uncertain hed a sigh of relief after Mason Mount was cleared of suffering a serious injury against Valencia on Tuesday night.Mount injured his ankle after a brutal tackle from Francis Coquelin just fifteen minutes into the clash at Stamford Bridge.The 20-year-summer, insisting the Liverpool star is happily settled on Merseyside.Asked on Friday if he thought Salah would still issam Ben Yedder. La Colina de Nervion says despite interest from PSG and Barcelona, the Frenchman prefers a move to Old Trafford.The 28-year-old is one of the most feared hitmen in La Liga – scoring he continued shaping their roster by optioning relief pitcher to Triple-A Nashville Saturday. Olmsted registered a 5.23 ERA over 11 relief appearances during Cactus League play, but did total 14 strikeouts.

Pochettino says “the fans are right to criticise”


rookie surrendered one earned run on three singles while working the ninth inning against the Astros Thursday. The hits came to consecuing linked to Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz.The attacking midfielder has been interesting top clubs around Europe for the past couple of years.The 20-year-old has impressed in the Bundesliga, despite a slight dip in form this season.He manative batters after Rondon got Rick Ankiel to fly out to start the ninth, but he settled down to get an inning-ending double play to limit the damage.

Another reliever battling forNewcastle United pair Jonjo Shelvey and Karl Darlow have reportedly been snapped in a in a street fight.The — Lilian Chan (@bestgug) JulyManchester United attacker Alexis Sanchez.Alexis is joining former United teammate Romelu Lukaku at Inter Milan.”Sanchez has been there before so he will adjust to that really well. Obviously Lukaku is a big, strong player and is different to what th 18, 2019 a look as the team’s closer, Joaquin Benoit, pitched a perfect eighth inning, recording one strikeout.

amme.Saints host Crystal Palace 48 hours after the


pitcher allowed two earned runs on three hits and three walks against the Tigers Thursday, striking ouragher’s Premier League team of the decade.Former pros and Sky pundits Carragher and Gary Neville picked their teams of the decade for the league.Carragher picked Vincent Kompany and Virgil Van Dijk as his two central defenders.Terry, who appeared int two batters. It was a solid effort for the Astros’ No. 2 startol fullback Andrew Robertson expects RB Salzburg striker Erling Haaland to make a big club move.The Norway international is today being linked with a January move to Liverpool’s rivals Manchey’re counting on Adrien Rabiot.The summer arrival from PSG is already being linked with a January move away.Paratici said: “For us he’s very important, we’re happy about him like he is about us. I have no doubts that he will stay, both at the endhester United.Robertson told VG: “He has been a fantastic plaer, who now has a 2.50 ERA and 13 strikeouts through 18 spring innings.

Mets’ Wright says goal is opening day, but can’t guarantee it


PORT ST. LUCIE — star said his goal is to play opening day. It’s too early to guarantee it, though.

“That’s looking to predict the future,” said Wright, who returned to Mets camp after trips to both the WBC and the doctor. “I can’t do that. I won’t do that. … Obviously the goal of mine is to be ready for opening day. But first things first, and that’s getting the pain out of my side.”

Wright came out of the WBC with what’s being called a moderate strain of the left y Blind has been diagnosed with a heart condition after suffering from dizziness during the Champions League game against Valencia on 10 December.The ex-Manchester United player, 29, has missed the last two matches of the year and will not rejoin traintercostal. He was given a cortisone injection and prescribed three to five days of rest. He said the shot may take a few days to work. “It’s not nearly as bad as it was,” he said, “but I can still feel it.”

Wright said he first felt stiff the first or second day in Arizona, but for several days saw the stiffness as tolerable. He was scratched from the USA lineup less than an hour before the game in Miami against the Dominican Republic, not too long after reporting the pain to the Mets a midfielder Mateo Kovacic is enjoying his partnership with Jorginho.The pair have been outstanding for the Blues under manager Frank Lampard.”I watched Jorginho when he was at Napoli, when we played against each other, but I think now he is getting end Team USA. “If I can still play my game, I’m going to try to play through it,” he said. “When it got to the point where I was not able to sleep … that’s when I got treatment.”

Wright said he tries to play through tweaks and bruises, whether he’s in spring training, the WBC or regular-season games. “If I needed to call somebody everytime I felt something, I wouldn’t play too many games,” he said.

He doesn’t blame the WBC. “Playing ball, there’s some risk that comes along with that,” he said.

When Wright started to have concern about whether the injury could affect playing real games for the Mets, that’s when he reported it and started getting treatment. And that’s when his stint in the WBC was over. He is hopeful he can make it back for the real games because he has played a lot already and is baseball-ready.

His concern, he said, is that “once this thing is knocked out, we have to keep it out.”

He did return with a new nickname, “Captain America,” for his superb play and leadership in guiding Team USA to three wins in four games before the Americans lost two straight to fall out of it without him. He said he had fill be in Baku for the Europa League final between Chelsea and Arsenal.The Italian champions have identified Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri as their top priority to take over from Max Allegri at the Allianz.Agnelli, who has been in charge at Juve since un and wasn’t especially embarrassed. One of his teammates was humming God Bless America when Wright entered the Mets’ clubhouse.

Said Wright, “Captain America is a cool super hero.”

ss Dean Smith would not be drawn on his interest i


MLB.com reports manager Davey Johnson on Thursday continued to avoid the question about who will be his opening day catcher — or ? 

“I’m going to be smart whicheayers are ready for the start of the campaign after a tough preseason.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino likened the pre-season schedule to the Champions League and having faced Juventus, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, Inter provide thver way I go,” Johnson said. “I’m not concerned with that. It’s the least of my worries.”

Johnson said he wants to see how Ramos, who is coming off a torn ACL last season, handles catching on consecutive days.

“He has done everything every catYosuke Ideguchi has returned to Gamba Osaka after a disappointing spell with Leeds United.The Japan international joined Leeds from the J-League ouster City youngster Brandon Barker is wanted by Celtic.The Celtic-line-cut-price-deal-Manchester-City-winger-Brandon-Barker.html”>Daily MailCeltic-line-cut-price-deal-Manchester-City-winger-Brandon-Barker.html”> says Celtic are lining up a cut-price tfit in January 2018.But he failed to make a first team appearance for the club.Ideguchi spent time on loan at Cultural Leonesa and SpVgg Greuther Fürth.cher has done,” Johnson said.

r Lautaro Martinez left frustrated with their Cham


The Indians optioned , , , and to Triple-A Columbus Monday. The team also reaformance of Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk on Sunday.The defender scored in the 2-0 win over Manchester United.Van der Vaart said on Ziggo Sport: “I enjoyed him again. “ul Niguez admits he’s been impressed by Liverpool this season.The two teams will clash in the Champions League round of 16 this week.”I was watching the game against Norwich on Saturday,” he says. “If not for the goal from [Sadio]ord City are seeking new training facilities.The Sun says Manchester City rented their plush Carrington facility, their home for years, to Bury before the Shakers ran into major financial troubles that cost them their Football League status.News of a Mane, who produces He really is the leader of Liverpool. It is of course great that he slowly cassigned and to minor-league camp.

is set to make his debut as Anderlecht player-mana


es. According to ESPN, United have reached the last stage of negotiations with b.The former Chelsea captain decided to extend his stay at Villa Park this summer, signing a new two-year deal to remain as manager Dean Smith’s right-hand man.Asked if he wants to be the main man in the dugout now, Terry replied: “Not yet. I’m hapSwansea City over a fee for the 21-year-old.The report claims the Red Devils will part witue Hakim Ziyech from Ajax because of Jadon Sancho, according to the Evening Standard.The paper suggests that United have a long standing interest in Sancho, along with Jack Grealish or James Maddison.They want two of those three in the summer, and alh around £15m to sign the Wales international.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has tMinnesota recalled reliever and infielder prior to Monday’s game at Chicago, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

NL Cy Young Watch


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As we continue our look this week at the races for individual awards, let’s hit the National League Cy Young race, which has a shot to provide history and includes lots of guys from our nation’s capital. Remember, these aren’t necessarily our picks, more a snapshot of where we believe the votes are likely to fall. 

And this would be history. No knuckleballer has ever won a Cy Young, but Dickey has a real, legitimate shot and it’s not because of a gimmick or that he has a great story. It’s because there’s a good argument to be made that he’s been the best pitcher in the league this season. He is 15-3 with a 2.72 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 166 strikeouts in 162 1/3 innings pitched — leading or tied for the NL lead in wins, complete games, shutouts, strikeouts and WHIP.

Tony r Dendocker’s late strike separated the two teams.”We came here today knowing it was going to be a tough game,” Parker site from fellow Women’s Super League side Birmingham City on a two-year contract.In 80 senior international games, the 30 year old has scored 28 goals and was the WSL’s top scorer in 2017-18.Manchester City won both the Women’s FA Cup and Continentalaid. “We wanted to take the sting out of it and follow the gameplan of denying Wolves the ball, and I felt we did that very, very La Russa doesn’t get to pick the Cy Young winner, so Cueto has that going for him. He’s also 15-6 with a 2.45 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 127 strikeouts in 161 2/3 innings. He has to make half his starts in a notoriously hitter-friendly yard. Voters don’t traditionally favor playing for a winning team as much in Cy Yost Leicester City’s ambitions.Evans thinks the Foxes must retain star players like Harry Maguire, Ben Chilwell and James Maddison if they want to continue to push the top-six clubs.”It is important to keep them,” he said.”There will be interest and Iung as they do in MVP, but it still doesn’t hurt that Cueto’s Reds are in first.

The innings limit will likely prevent him from staying in the top three, or even top five, but he has to sit here at this point. Strasburg is the anchor of the best team in baseball’s rotation. He’s 13-5 with a 2.90 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and an NL-best (tied with Dickey) 166 strikeouts. Again, though, due to what’ll end up a lack of workload, he’s only going to go down from here. I’m betting 10 years from now it won’t matter, because he’ll have more than one Cy Young by then.

He’s only allowed one earned run against the National League all season, good for a 0.17 ERA and has struck out 106 hitters in 57 total innings. Plus, the majority of his work comes in “high-leverage” situations. On the flip-side, can we just throw out his stats against the AL? And can we ignore that he’s only impacted 57 innings this season? Those questions will only intensify if Chapman keeps toying with the NL the rest of the way.

If we include Chapman, Kimbrel needs to be in the mix, too, as he’s almost as dominant. The 24-year-old righty has an identical ERA to Chapman (1.26) to go with a nasty 0.65 WHIP and 75 strikeouts. He’s closed down 31 of 33 save chances. Of course, the same workload question will come up with Kimbrel. Braves pitchers have thrown over 1,000 innings this season and Kimbrel has only worked 43 of them. Even in high-leverage situations, that’s pretty small.

Here’s my sleeper pick. When Strasburg is shut down, Zimmermann takes over as the top half of a 1-2 punch fronting the Nats’ rotation (the bottom half is the guy listed next). Zimmermann leads the NL with a 2.35 ERA and sports a nice 1.06 WHIP in 145 1/3 innings. One issue: His record is 9-6 right now. Personally, I hate relying upon that archaic measure, but many voters don’t. In recent years, we’ve seen some give when it comes to not having a great win-loss record ( in 2009), but when you see Dickey’s 15-3 against Zimmermann’s 9-6, I’d say right now that alone would sway many people. If Zimmermann can get “hot” in the W-L category, he’ll have a good shot. 

The standard stats: 15-6, 3.29 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 158 K, 147 2/3 IP. Impressive. Still, Gonzalez’s true value this season has been his ability to prevent opposing clubs from hits and home runs, as both his hit rate and home run rate are sparkling (he leads the NL in the former and the majors in the latter). At this point in the season, though, being the third-best pitcher on his team hurts his chances.

That discussion above on win-loss record? Yeah, repeat it here. Burnett is 14-4 and clearly the ace of the upstart Pirates. What if he gets to, say, 22-5? He may well win this thing, that’s what. And wouldn’t that be something?

He’s not having the season he did last year, but it would be foolish to ignore him. First of all, his numbers on their own deserve mention here. He’s 10-6 with a 2.88 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 157 strikeouts in 162 2/3 innings. Secondly, he’s bound to get insanely hot down the stretch and thrust himself into frontrunner territory. Ignore this guy at your peril (the same could be said for white-hot now, too).

He was much higher on the list until his implosion Monday night against the Nationals. Still, one start does not a season make. Vogelsong has still had an excellent campaign. He is 10-6 with a 2.72 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 110 strikeouts in 145 2/3 innings. As an added bonus, for purely entertainment purposes, we would have ranked him fourth preseason on the Giants staff in terms of best shot to win Cy Young, right?

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50 games isn’t enough, and Melky proves it


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You hear people say Melky Cabrera cost himself a ton of money with his decision to use synthetic testosterone.No Valencia boss Marcelino has emerged as a target for Arsenal and Everton.The Spaniard has been unemployed since being sacked by Valencia in September following a fallout with owner Peter Lim.Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi admires Marcelino t necessarily.Not if Melky’s breakthrough season — or seasons, if you want to count last year — were fueled by his drug use. Not if Clean Melky was never going to put up anything close to those numbers, and wasn’t going to be in line for that big contract in the first place.

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And there’s the problem with baseball’s drug policy. There’s the reason that manager Kirk Gibson may well be right when It wasn’t enough — not enough to deter a journeyman player who saw That’s $60 million or more, because who knows how high the Melky bidding might have gone, on a free-agent market that offers few impact bats.A 50-game suspension isn’t enough deterrence. Melky is the proof.I’m not saying he wrote out a pros and cons of using, a list of the possible rewards and the possible risks, but imagine if he did.Reward: A huge contract, for far more money than he’d ever made before. Adoration from loving fans and teammates. Celebrity like he’d never seen before.Risk: Might get caught, might have to miss 50 games. Will still get an OK contract, maybe nothing like the one he’d get if he got lucky and slipped past the test, but maybe better than the one he’d have gotten before he started using. A said to be demanding £27m for the Belgian, plus bonuses, which could thwart the Gunners’ attempts to sign him.Manchester United have already enquired about the services of Meunier, and discussed a £22m deal with PSG earlier this month.However the hit to the reputation, but it’s not like he had a big reputation, anyway, before he started using.Add it up, and then tell me for sure that you wouldn’t take that risk for that possible reward. Add it up, and tell me if the risk of a 50-game suspension is deterrent enough.It is for some guys. I hear it all the time from major-league players, that with the testing and punishment system in place now, they’d never take the chance.No matter what Victor Conte says, it seems obvious that the current testing and punishment system has significantly lowered the percentage of players who are using.No system of testing and punishments would ever lower that number to zero. rrent thoughts about Sunday’s showdown with Liverpool.Angelino made his first league start for the champions as they scored late in the game to beat Southampton 2-1 – only to learn Liverpool had bagged two late goals to maintain their lead at the tThat can’t be the goal, because it’s unrealistic.But if the Melky news proved anything, it’s that 50 games isn’t enough of a deterrent for guys like him. Not when the potential reward is so big.

Cubs call up Brett Jackson, Josh Vitters


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The future is taking shape in Chicago, as the have called up toper United after the friendly win against Perth Glory.Second-half goals from Marcus Rashford and James Garner proved decisive at the Optus Stadium.Pogba provided the assist for Rashford in his first game since stating a desire to leave Old Trafford, a prospects Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters, . Jackson and Vitters will join the big-league club in .

The 24-year-old Jackson, a late-first-round choice out of Cal-Berkeley in 2009, has hit .256/.338/.479 for Triple-A Iowa this season. In parts of four minor-league seasons, Jackson has a career batting line of .282/.379/.488 with 91 steals. Jackson is capable of manning center on a regular basis, and he figures to develop power as he matures. His biggest challenge will be to make consistent contact against the best pitchers in the world.

As for Vitters, the 22-year-old third baseman was the fourth-overall choice of the 2007 draft. This season, he’s enjoyed his strongest campaign to date: .304/.356/.513 with 17 homers and 32 doubles in 110 games for Triple-A Iowa. Vitters has improved defensively to the point United Double winner Andrei Kanchelskis has questioned the quality of the current team’s young players.Kanchelskis was reacting to last week’s Europa League defeat at Asle Rugani.Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to find a new centre-half signing for January and the Telegraph says his search has led him to Italy.Juve have made Rugani available after he’s found himself frozen out this season by coach Maurizio Sarri.tana, where United fielded a record young XI.He told Sports: “Manchester United that he should be able to stick at the hot corner long-term. But will he be able to recognize and handle major-league breaking stuff?

Coming into this season, Jackson ranked 38th on , while Vitters didn’t appear in the top 60.

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Ron Roenicke discusses Zack Greinke, Brewers’ status as sellers


Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that a number of discussions regarding the Brewers’ future plans — both in general and with particular regard to Zack Greinke — .

The Brewers are not committed to trading Greinke for prospects, despite trailing the Cincinnati Reds by seven games in the NL Central race entering Monday’s games. The club believes they can sign Greinke to a long-term contract but recognizes that trade winds will be swirling until either the deadline comes or the former Cy Young winner is dealt.

Roenicke specifically mentioned a stretch of nine games following the All-Star break — three series against Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Cincinnati respectivehange the dynamic” by beating Liverpool on Sunday.Currently sitting in 12th on nine points, the Red Devils will be heavy underdogs when the Premier League leaders arrive at Old Trafford.But Mata says the match can be a watershed moment if United can ly — that will likely determine the team’s course of action heading into the July 31st deadline.

The final date of the Cincinnati series in question is July 22nd. As sucho to Liverpool – if Villa go down.The historic Premier League club are fighting for their lives, and will have to get enough points to stay up when the season resumes.But Phillips thinks despite the host of clubs that want to sign Grealish, he has ey, it appears any Greinke trade will be coming down to the final week of non-waiver trade season, if not t Hasenhuttl says winning six of their last nine league games and rising to 12th in the table has lessened the pressure to enter the transfer market.”It’s not long ago I said it was important to bring someone in, but the way the team has played in thehe final day.

Matt Kemp’s numbers are insane


Yes, we know it’s early. Yes, there’s no possible way he can keep this pace up. And yes, the have only played the and so far this season. Still, ‘s stat line right now is sick. Through just 10 games, Kemp is hitting .487/.512/1.026. Yes, that’s a 1.538 OPS. He also has six homers, 16 RBI, 13 runs and 19 hits. All of those counting stats lead the majors. Oh, and most importantly: Kemp’s Dodgers are now a . Sure, he may ham fullback Kyle Walker-Peters.The Sun says the Seagulls have their eye on the young fullback.The 22-year-old academy graduate has made only one appearance since the arrival of Jose Mourinho — and that was in a much-changed side against Bayern Muniave fallen behind on stolen bases — since his goal is to go 50-50 this year — as Kemp is just one for three in stolen base attempts. But everything else is so overwhelmingly good that the lack of steals is pretty irrelevant. More Kemp/Dodgers Everyone knows Kemp has tons of talent. Last season, he hit .324/.399/.586 with 39 homers, 126 RBI, 115 runs and 40 stolen bases. The Dodgers failed to contend, however, so Kemp had to settle for second place in MVPteammate Edu Gaspar as technical director.Edu ha abroad.The France international is being linked with Arsenal, Chelsea and Barcelona this week.Asked about the speculation, Upamecano told Foot Mercato: “Naturally (it’s an honour). “But as I said, I’m in Leipzig and I want to achieve my goals with ts moved from the Brazilian Federation to take up the post.”I think it is very interesting because he understands this role and he understands the expectancy at Arsenal,” Keown told Sky Sports. “He canno (for the record, I believe MVP is an individual award in a team sport and wouldn’t penalize a player for his teammates not being better. Simply: ). If things moving forward even remotely resemble what we’ve seen thus far, Kemp won’t be a runner-up to anyone in MVP balloting. In fact, he’s surging toward the “best player in baseball” label. For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

epared to bid for the veteran in January.However,


forward ‘s series aga target for Bayern Munich.BILD says Bayern are prepared to bid for the veteran in January.However, with Matic off contract in June, they’re willing to discuss pre-contract terms if United refuse to do business.Despite his struggles at on all 10 of his previous knockout fixtures as Liverpool manager and the financial rewards of reaching the Champions League final in 2018 – then winning the tournament 12 months ago – have been huge.The Liverpools-Champions-League-exit-cost-30millionUnited this seainst the Clippers ended a couple of hours before his teammates’, as he was forced to leave Thursday’s game early with a calf injury.

Ibaka played 26 minutes before suffering a calf injury, and he was unable Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident they’ll clinch a top four finish.United’s win over Newcastle on Boxing Day moved them up to seventh place, four points off Chelsea in fourth, as they prepare to play again at Burnley on Saturday.”If we get consisten to return from it. He scored six points and had just two rebounds before leaving, as his teammates went on to close out the series with a 104-98 win in Game 6.

Fortunately, Ibaka has three days to get healthy before Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, though an update on his status is not expected until Friday. 

, as he continues to deal with back spasms. Coach


center will miss his 16th straight game Friday against the Cavaliers, as he continues to deal with back spasms. Coach Jason Kidd told The Record there for Garnett’s return to action, though he has now not played in over a month.

Garnewantaway Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng.The Gunners are in the market for a new centre-half signing as they struggle at the back this season. Sport1 says their search has led to Germany internatiost Ham goalkeeper Les Sealey has confirmed takeover interest in Bury.Joe Sealey, who trained alongside the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard during his youth career at West Ham, is a former agent and owns several gyms in Cheshire.He told the Bnal and former Manchester City defender Boatengtt is struggling through by far the least productive season of his career, averaging 6.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in ith the running of the club.Almost 10,000 supporters completed an online survey at the start of the season, which was open for six weeks, on a wide ranging selection of topics including match going issues and how the club is run.The results of the ‘Ujust 49 of the Nets’ 70 games.