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Dodgers facing pitching crunch before Sunday’s roster deadline

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The have acquired a lot of players and spent a whole bunch of money over the last 12 months, especially on the pitching side. They have a logjam of arms to clear before Sunday’s 3 p.m. ET roster deadline, when all 30 clubs must have their 25-man opening day rosters finalized.

We can fit all of Los Angeles’ big-league-ready pitchers into four caggling with his massive summer price-tag.Previous Gunners boss Unai Emery approved the £72million purchase of Pepe from Lille last summer, but the Ivory Coast international has so far scored just three goals in 21 Premier League appearances for the tegories:

: LHP , RHP , RHP , RHP , LHP , RHP , RHP , LHP

This is the easiest group. These guys will all make the team because they’re either really good or because the team paid a lot of money to acquire/retain them in the not-too-distant past. As easy as it gets.

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Elbert resumed throwing this week after on his elbow. He’ll begin the year on the DL and appears to be a few weeks from returning.

: RHP , LHP , RHP

In another year, these three would have been fighting for a bullpen spot during spring training. Because the Dodgers are so loaded, they’ll instead go to the minors and serve as depth players who will help cover for the inevitable injury.

: LHP , RHP , LHP , RHP , RHP , RHP

Assuming the Dodgers carry a typical 12-man pitching staff — five starters and seven relievers — four of these guys will make the team while two others will be left on the outside looking in.

Gregg is on a minor-league contract. Though he hasn’t been particularly effective in recent years (92 ERA+ from 2011-12), he allowed just one run on three hits and no walks in 10 1/3 inning this spring. Guerrier had a rough spring (6.48 ERA) after missing most of last season with an elbow issue, but he’s owed $4.75 million in 2013. Belisario is out of minor-league options — meaning he can’t be sent to Triple-A without clearing waivers — and pitched to a 150 ERA+ in 2012.

Capuano, Harang and Lilly are where it gets really interesting. All three are starters who lost their rotation spots due to the club’s spending spree. Capuano, 34, finished the spring strong after a rough start (7.20 ERA overall). As a lefty, he could move into the bullpen to complement Howell. At the same time, he has trade value because he’s relatively affordable ($6 million in 2013) and was solid last summer (102 ERA+).

Harang, 34, has also had a rough spring overall (8.20 ERA), but like Capuano he is coming off a solid year (105 ERA+) and is affordable ($7 million). He doesn’t have Capuano’s injury history (which includes two Tommy John surgeries), but teams do value left-handedness, which Harang can’t offer. He also doesn’t have much experience pitching out of the bullpen.

Lilly, 37, has pitched to a 14.00 ERA this spring and was limited to just eight starts (122 ERA+) last summer due to shoulder problems. Between that and his salary ($12 millioty to break down deep-lying opponents after Sunday’s 2-0 defat to Watford. The result means United have won only once in their 17 games in which they have enjoyed the majority of possession.”We were sloppy, we gave the ball away numerous times especin), he lags cn touch.Mihajlovic was diagnosed with leukaemia in July, so spent all of pre-season and most of the campaign so far in hospital undergoing two courses of chemotherapy.“Don’t worry, the boss can make himself heard even when he’s not physically preseonsiderably behind Capuano and Harang in the trade-value department. There is room for all three guys in the bullpen, but it will cost the team elsewhere.

The Dodgers haven’t made any indications about their pitching plans, but my guess is they will trade either Capuano or Harang (Mets? Rockies?) before Sunday’s deadline and somehow cut ties with Guerrier. That could mean a trade, a release or a trip through waivers. Belisario, Gregg, Lilly and either Harang or Capuano would join the other eight guys on the opening day staff. Injuries (Lilly’s shoulder? Guerrier’s elbow?) could change things, obviously.

That is all just a guess on my part. It seems like the Dodgers have so much pitching depth — both starters and relievers — that sticking both Capuano and Harang in the bullpen would be a waste. Some team will surely give up a prospect for one of those guys. They’re probably stuck with Lilly given his salary and recent injury history, and Belisario was too effective last summer to cut loose. I suppose Gregg could go in favor of Guerrier if the team doesn’t think the scouting reports back up the spring performance. Something has to give, though. Los Angeles simply has too many arms for too few spots right now.

r Riqui Puig, it has been revealed.Esport3 says To

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outfielder is in the team’s lineup Wednesday. Fulde Tanguy Ndombele reaches his best.The Frenchman, who became the first senior arrival in the Tottenham squad since Lucas Moura in January 2018 when he moved from Lyon for £55.5million in July, impressed in the 5-0 Champions League win over Red Star has missed a large chunk of this spring with a hamstring injury, but was always exing Standards Authority (ASA) has reminded Uefa Champions League finalists Tottenham Hotspur not to tweet their line-up alongside promotions for betting company William Hill if players aged under 25 feature in the matchday squad, reports, /.The move pected to be ready for opening day. As long as he doesn’t aggravate the injury over the next few days, he should be goodld he wish to leave for Juventus this summer, it has been revealed.The London Evening Standard says Juventus are still keen on the idea of making Sarri their new head coach, despite Chelsea demanding a £5million fee in compensation.Sources within Ch to go.

changes in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup defeat to Leic

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The last time played for the — back in 2008 — he was in his mid-30s. Now entering his third stint with the team during his standout career, how old does he think is now?

“Twenty-five,” Ibanez told .com with a chuckle. “I really do. I’m 25. I really do think that. I don’t even see what the big deal is with the age thing. Maybe I’m naive to it all, but I feelsive win over disappointing West Ham United at Goodison Park.Silva is fighting to ease doubts over his future after four straight Premier League defeats plunged Everton into the relegation zone – but this was a vastly-improved, excellent display to e great, so I really don’t think about it. Except when these guys remind me; which is pretty much every day.”

Ibanez, who is actually 40, has n Murray says he didn’t know anything about Manchester United’s reported interest towards the end of January.The 36-year-old striker penned a new deal with Brighton this week, after he was linked Barca B debut last season and Girona chief Quique Carcel saw enough to make a move for him this week.AS says Carcel hopes to take Villarasa on-loan next season.Girona boss Juan Carlos Unzue believes Villarasa will fit seamlessly into his system in twith a late move to Old Trafford.Murray told talkSPORTseemingly discovered a youthful vigor this spring, hitting .366 with four homers and 13 RBI over 14 Cactus League games. Coincidentally, he has not hit above .310 in spring training since 2008, his last year with Seattle.

ks.Thierry Henry took charge of MLS side Montreal

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pitcher was able to stretch out his start against the Rockies in Tuesday’s Cactus League contest. He allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits over six innings of work. Th the summer transfer window, failing to complete deals for Christian Eriksen, Paulo Dybala and Bruno Fernandes.This was after the club broke the world-record fee for a defender when they bought Harry Maguire from Leicester, and Saha thinks the Red Dee right-hander also struck out two and walked one. Guthrie has a 5.25 ERA through three spring starts with six strikeouts in 12 innve to England this week.Sanson has been linked with several Premier League clubs throughout the summer transfer window. West Ham were pushing to sign him earlier in the marited.Orlandelli had previously spent 10 years in north London as a South American scout under Arsene Wenger.The Brazilian is credited with bringing in the likes of Denilson and Carlos Vela.He had also been working with the Brazilian Football Federatiket. La Provence says Everton and Crystal Palace are in talks with OM for the ings pitched.

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

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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.”

hard Scudamore has been named special advisor to t

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Kansas City shortstop could return to the lineup by the end of the weekend as the team continues to exercise caution regarding his stiff back, .com reported. Escobar missed his fourth straight Cactus League gamta has intimated Lucas Leicester have reportedly joined Arsenal in the race to nab Sarr for £25million in the summer.The 21-year-old netted the crucial spot-kick in the penalty shootout that won his side the French Cup last month as the Red and Blacks beat Paris Saint-Ge Torreira is a required player after victory over Manchester United.The Uruguay midfielder is being linked with Napoli this month.But after last night’s 2-0 win, Arteta said: “He was really good again. “He wants to fight for evee on Friday as the looked to prevent a setback in order to keep him ready for opening day.

“If it was the regular season, he’d be playing today, but it’s not,” managheir ownership.There is planned protests outside Old Trafford at 2pm today.Fans have already got #GlazersOut trending on Twitter now word has been spread on social media of the protest at the ground.The Manchester United Supporters Trust are not behier Ned Yost said. “It’s just about gone. The thing is, we’ve got two weeks left, we don’t need to rush this.”

Sterling is alongside the biggest names in the gam

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After a rocky start to spring training in which he allowed 27 runs in his first 13 innings, starting pitcher was back in form in his last outing on the mound, limiting the Rockies to two hits in five innings. While most pitchers downplay spring struggles, Kershaw admitted during that rough patch that he’s not getting the results he’s wants, which may have scared offregrets.Foster has enjoyed late career success with the Hornets.And he recalled to the club’s website: “…there was a tweet by Edwin van der Sar that got a bit of attention a while back. I said that goalkeepers are the hardest workers and he replied a few early drafters. Their loss. Unless you hear of Kershaw’s velocity being down or his elbow or shoulder aching, you should assume any spring struggles are just a case of him building up to mie Norway international is available from Genk for €25m as interest intensifies this month.Voetbal Primeur says Brighton and the Blades have made a move for Berge ahited boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is delighted with the form this season of Fred.The 26-year-old struggled for form in his first season at the club, following his £52m ­arrival from Shakhtar Donetsk.But he scored two goals in the 5-0 Euro romp over Clead of this week’s Premier League transfer deadline.However, Fiorentina are also intdseason form.

olves manager Nuno wants to see his side continue

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Orioles starting pitcher allowed four runs — one earned — and four hits over two innings during Baltimore’s 5-2 loss to Pittsburgh in a Grapefruit League matchup Sunday. Making his first start of the spring, Gonzalez finished with two strikeouts and walked two batters as his earned-run average swelled to 2.25. He hurled European Super Cup final.The Bluadding he is the “best person for the job”.In an open letter to fans, midfielder Noble, 32, said Moyes was “really liked and respected” by Hammers players who had worked with him during his first spell in charge at the club. Noble declared: “As captaes lost their superstar Eden Hazard to Real Madrid this past summer.Van Dijk said: “He is a quality player and he was important to them but I think they [have] plenty of quality players.”I think they play a little bit two scoreless innings during his only other exhibition appearance last Sunday. “I felt great in the ‘pen. Just one of those days,” he told reporters. “Things weren’t working when I went on the field. Off-speed wasn’t there, my fastball wam teammate Steven Bergwijn.The new signing from PSV Eindhoven scored on debut in victory over Manchester City on Sunday.Spurs defender Alderweireld told AD: “I was particularly impressed by his professionalism.”Sometimes you have guys who excel in ths up.”

ead of Scotland, it has been revealed.The 16-year-

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Giants starting pitcher worked three scoreless innings during San Francisco’s Cactus League contest against Arizona on Sunday. Zito rebounded from a poor showing in his spring debut when he served in a relief role las thendan Rodgers has admitted to being disappointed by their January transfer window.The Foxes manager was hoping to bolster his squad as they push to finish in the top four of the league.Rodgers knows that his team will face tough tests in the second ha view of Michael Chopra.The Leicester City star is on the verge of getting national team recognition.He is impressing for Brendan Rodgers at Leicester. Choudhury is a key member of the club’s midfield alongside Wilfried Ndidi.And Chopra thinks tst Wednesday and permitted just two singles to the Diamondbgreatest players in Chelsea’s history during his long and illustrious career, Lampard returns to Stamford Bridge having signed a three-year contract.The 41-year-old, who left Derby County, said: “I am immensely proud to be returning to Chelsea as heaacks. He finished with two strikeouts and did issue a walk as he chipped his ERA down to 3.86 after his first exhibition start.

Cardinals camp report: If anyone can take loss of Carpenter, Lohse …

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JUPITER, Fla. — Every year it seems, the lose a star, a legend or an icon — sometimes for the year, and sometimes for good.

So if any team can absorb the sudden loss of perennial October hero , it is St. Louis. Carpenter isn’t coming back this season, no matter what the rumor mill spins out. His nerve condition was causing pain or discomfort in his shoulder and his back, and discoloration in his fingers. Retirement seems more realistic than return.

So it’s not a matter of Carp doing what he usually does, which is toughing it out. There’s no amount of tough to combat this sort of pain, numbness and discoloration.

“We just want him to be happy. We don’t want him to walk around with a numb arm the rest of his life,” said , who will be counted on to be the ace in the absence of both Carpenter and , the real 2012 ace who’s still job seeking though perhaps not on the Cardinals’ immediate radar.

Wainwright’s comments epitomize the Cardinals way in recent years. Whether it’s Tony LaRussa managing or now able replacement Mike Matheny, no group seems to have a greater sense of team, a greater resolve or more intense focus. They come together, time and again.

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Carp, they all say, is going to be missed as much for chemistry as sabremetry. Around here, cohesion counts.

But while they won’t have Carpenter around to watch their bullpens, to cheer them on from the bench and advise them from the foxhole, like usual, the impression he left will live on.

“He left his mark,” said. “Now it’s our job to continue to carry it on.”

Two years ago, it was Wainwright who went down for the year, and the Cardinals were counted out, several months before they won World Series No. 11. Last year, it was a trio of legends who left — , La Russa and Dave Duncan. Now Carpenter is out for the year (more likely forever) and Lohse is probably going elsewhere.

Carpenter is the loss that’s recalled today because Lohse was presumed gone as soon as he turned down the team’s $13.3 million qualifying offer. Carpenter was assumed back, especially after his first several Busch stadium workouts with young fireballer went without a hitch. Then suddenly, there was pain, numbness and discoloration, a trifecta that would KO anyone, even the beloved Carp.

In a way though, Lohse, who is fielding interest from others right now (and could become of interest to St. Louis, but likely only if its starters aren’t panning out here) is the bigger loss. He went 16-3 last year, and that’s with three one-run defeats and six late leads blown by the bullpen. He was more the man than even the vaunted Carpenter in 2012. “Let’s be honest,” once Cardinals person said, “Carp threw only 17 innings last year.”

Whether it was 17 or 170, the Cardinals will find a way to overcome, because that is what they do. Which brings us to the big question: How do they do it? And more, to the point, can they do it again?

The easy answer is: Why not?

Seeing as how they defender Jan Vertonghen is not ruling out a move away from the club.The veteran defender has been at Spurs since 2012.But he is unsure whether his long term future lies in North London, especially given Spurs’ policy of wanting a younger squad.He sa endured the loss of Wainwright for a season to the win the 2011 World Series, the retirements/defection of La Russa, Duncan and Pujols plus the loss of Carpenter (for all but 17 innings plus postseason) to make it within one game of the World Series in 2012, who’s to say they can’t make it without Carpenter and Lohse (plus , the ’11 hero who recovered and is with his home-state Rangers)?

Here are six reasons the Cardinals are playoff contenders yet again:

Their lineup is AL-caliber once again. , Holliday, , and form one of the deepest batting orders in the game. Plus, the little guys can hit, too. Veteran shortstop , assuming he’s back to health (he says he is), improving and second-base hopefuls and (especially Carpenter) are all threats , too. “One through eight, we offer tough outs,” Holliday said.Even without Carpenter and Lohse, the rotation looks better than most, and maybe even better than that. Wainwright is a bona fide ace when right, and should be even better his second year back after Tommy John surgery. , and provide viable alternatives for the middle of the rotation, though with Garcia comes the obvious question of the health of his shoulder after he was shut down last October, along with some ultra-fastidiousness that can worry the bosses, too.Between , and , they have not one or even two but three top pitching prospects who could more than adequately replace Carpenter, at least in terms of numbers. “We’re going to miss Carp. But I think all three can do it,” Molina said. All three are upper-90s throwers, and Rosenthal hits 100 with ease. “The nation got to see what they could do. Their demeanor is way beyond their years,” said Freese, who showed poise early when he was a World Series hero his second season. All three bring reason to believe their time is now. Kelly impressed in 16 starts for the Cards last year, Rosenthal wowed them out of the ‘pen and Miller, with a superb repertoire, is maybe one of the top two or three pitching prospects in the game. This trio is the envy of just about every other team. “Good young pitchers in this game, it’s like gold,” Holliday said.Molina is one of the best players in the game. He’s no longer a secret star after his third-place National League MVP finish, but this two-way gem is no less valuable. The worth of the best defensive catcher in the game who also is a .315 hitter (with .874 OPS) is close to incalculable. “If he’s not one of the top five players in the game, I’d be surprised,” Holliday said. To which Molina responded, “That’s what you do the work for, to be considered like that.”Their depth is perhaps better than ever. If Furcal can’t make it, , who helped get the Cardinals into the NLCS last season and “opened eyes” in the words of GM John Mozeliak, plus provide two more options. Descalso, another September/October hero, plus Carpenter, who could be explosive offensively, are two viable second-base options (with Kozma). is .It was the first time in two years the former Ajax captain had been benched.”Naturally, I would have preferred to play and I had no clue in training so I didn’t expect to be on the bench,” said De Ligt after the victory.”I respect the decision. “Thea nice bat off the bench while Kolten Wong, and power hitting provide further infield depth. They did lose a bit of veteran leadership with Berkman and gone to the Rangers and Dodgers.If they are missing something truly vital, the front office will figure it out. Their top-ranked system is a reflection on the job the front office does, and it is also adept at filling in the gaps. Mozeliak, who just received a well-deserved extension, added to the depth by acquiring the type of help one doesn’t normally get from the farm, namely a veteran bench hitter (Wigginton), a lefthanded reliever (, who held lefty hitters to a .405 OPS last season) and the versatile Cedeno. In mid-2011, the initially much-criticized trade of for relievers was a key to the championship. “It starts with the front office,” said Freese, who was acquired in Mozeliak’s first trade for aging veteran Jim Edmonds, who is now working with the front office. “The Cardinals’ front office is top notch. Our organization speaks for itself.”

With the Cardinals, their play is the thing, not their words.

It goes without saying, the Cardinals’ greatest attribute may be their resolve to win. It’s not clear whether that’s a carryover from the LaRussa-Duncan era (Matheny had a nice first season) or something more deeply ingrained, perhaps even steeped in the tradition of the organization.

Clearly, they didn’t rest after their fantastic come-from-behind 2011 World Series win, forging a 3-1 NLCS lead in games before falling to the eventual champion Giants. Most of them seemed to spend the winter not luxuriating in another success story but raths has offers arriving from Brazil.Off contract at the end of the month, Juanfran has been contacted by Sao Paulo and Corinthians.Efe says Sao Paulo chief Rai has spoken with Juanfran directly about a move to South America.Earlier this month, the fuller thinking about what might have been. Freese ultimately concluded the Giants simply deserved the ring. Speaking of the trio of gems spun by , and , Freese said, “I haven’t seen three games pitched like that in a row, especially in a high-pressure situation.”

That certainly doesn’t mean these Cardinals brushed it off easily because, if anything, the opposite is true. They take defeats personally. Asked if the anguish of a tough finish lingers more than the joy of a great one does, Wainwright answered, succinctly, “Apparently, because I’m still hurting.”

The talent in the Cardinals’ room is obvious, but the success goes way deeper than that. The loss of Carpenter (and Lohse) will be felt, at least initially, but their trio of kid pitchers has a chance to be special. If it is, don’t be shocked if they win a 12th World Series title. Even if they all aren’t quite ready to take Carp’s place on the mound or in the clubhouse, the Cards will still be a threat. You know they will.

asking price for Ryan Sessegnon.Spurs have alread

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

ar Neymar returning to Spain.Former club Barcelona

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

Topps baseball cards refuses to name Pete Rose as Hit King

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Pete Rose — Major League Baseball’s all-time Hit King – reports of an £85m bid from Barcelona were swiftly knocked down by the club this evening but the Blues are preparing for interest in the 22-year-old to intensify.Richarlison, who joined Everton in the summer of 2018 for an initial £35m, has become- is banned from baseball. We know this. That doesn’t mean we’re banned from acknowledging that he exists, yet that’s exactly what Topps baseball cards has decided to do ().

On the back of each baseball card for the 2013 season, Topps is running a “Career Chase.” That is, on the back of Paul Konerko’s card it says that his 422 career homers are 340 shy of Barry Bonds’ record 762. Yet on the back of Starlin Castro’s card, Chicago Side Sports notes, it says that his 529 hits are 3,727 shy of the record. It just doesn’t say who owns the record, as it does with all other records.

The website, Chicago Side Sports (), reached out to Topps and heard back the following:

Clay Luraschi, a spokesman for Topps, called the omission of Rose “a simple decision” but declined to elaborate. When pressed, he repeated that it was “plain and simple” that Rose’s name should not appear on cards.

Topps has every right to make this decision, as it’s their product and we live in a free country. I will in turn exercise my right to say it’s a laughably asinine policy. In addition to being petty, it’s a bad business decision, in my opinaff to quit for Manchester United.Chopra has been left frustrated and disappointed by the way owner Mike Ashley is managing the club.And he told the Evening Chronicle: “I would go. What is keeping him at Newcastle United? They have no ambition.”At leion, because Rose has legions of protective fans who anger easily. I envision a website being put together to boycott the cards in the near future.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interar Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.Inter accept Lautaro will leave at the end of the season after it emerged his management had struck personal terms with Barcelona last week.With his deal carrying a €111m buyout clause, Inter will be powerless if Bact with us on Twitter: , and .

an ankle injury blew his career at Manchester Uni

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MASNsports.com reports Nationals prospect is in good spirits as he continues his recovery from Tommy John surgerletico Madrid attackeross Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to give the players the hairdryer treatment following defeat by West Ham.The Red Devils were comfortably beaten 2-0 by the Hammers at the London Stadium on Sunday, and Solskjaer’s problems are starting to mount up.Aft Antoine Griezmann.The 28-year-old forward had been expected to join the Catalan giants ever since he announced he would be leaving Atletico in May.Barcelona have signed Griezmann from La Liga rivals Atletico after paying his 12y, which kept him out last season. “Great man, I feel great,” Solis said. “Stronger than ever, actually. It’s almost as if (the torn UCL) didn’t happen.” Solis has been long tossing and hopes to throw off a mound shortly. He isn’t expected to break camp with a minor-league affiliate, but it might not be long after before he resumes his career. ung was thrilled to be part of Inter Milan’s 4-2 triumph over AC Milan.The former Manchester United captain started the game on Sunday.”I think it was an incredible feeling,” Young told talkSPORT.“You could see the way we celebrated after the game “I play catch with a changeup right now. I could spin off a few (breaking balls) if I wanted, but right now we’re just kind of focusing on extension and getting out there and finding that stress in the elbow that’s going to be there off the mound,” Solis said.

cision to step down as manager on matchdays.Kompan

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Cubs shortstop turned down an opportunity to play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic in order to prepare for the 2013 season. “I told (Moises Alou) I’d think about it. But I don’t want to be on the bench. is there. I haChampionship Huddersfield have signed Chelsea midfielder Trevoh Chalobah on a season-long loan.The 20-year-old joins the Terriers on the back of a f their three big name loan players.Inter are eager to buy defender Jesus Vallejo.The on-loan Real Madrid centre-half is ready to quit his season-long deal this month and return to Spain.Real are eager to loan him out again and has offers from Granada and Leganes. However, Vallejo is yet to make a choice.Intagain in January – and will seek to fund their plans with three sales.Mauro Icardi, Ivan Perisic and Joao Mario will all be cashed in.Argentine striker Icardi has started the season very well ull season of experience in the Championship with Ipswich Town.ve respect for him. I’d be on the bench. It’s better for me to be working, playing every day in spring training,” Castro said in mid-January, per ESPN.