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is not as bad as all the whiny, griping fans make him out to be. In 2010 and 2011, Wells hit 56 total home runs. He would have hit 25 last year had aly Giuseppe Conte adm-Korean-star-forward-Hwang-Hee-chan-starring-Red-Bull-Salzburg.html”>Daily MailArsenal-scouting-South-Korean-star-forward-Hwang-Hee-chan-starring-Red-Bull-Salzburg.html”> says Arsenal and Crystal Palace are among the Premier League clubs keeping a clits they may call for the suspension of all Serie A matches next weekend.Coronavirus concerns led to a raft of games being scrapped this past weekend.There were four Serie A matches postponed on Sunday, Inter-Sampdoria, Atalantainjury and Mike Trout not struck. indicates that his batting average is due for a correction (up!).

He’s still a decent defender and can steal 6-8 bases. Wells somehow gained the stigma of being “finished” when he failed to play up to expectations in 2011 after signing a massive contract with the Angels. But it’s created a caricature that simply isn’t accurate. Deep mixed leaguers may want to consider Wells — who has hit 25 or more home runs five times in his career — as an option in the last couple of rounds. Moving to a frien Kovacic has withdrawn from Croatia’s upcoming Euro2020 qualifiers against Slovakia and Azerbaijan.The Chelsea midfielder picked up a knock in Saturday’s draw with Sheffield United.Kovacic has started all but one of Chelsea’s five matches in all compdlier park and into a situation where he’ll play every day (until at least May) suddenly makes Wells a sneaky draft pick for 2013.  

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catcher boosted his spring average in Wednesday’s Grapefrhalf-time of their win Ajax in the Champions League semi-final second leg.Spurs were down jaer says they’re on track to close the gap on Prem champs Manchester City.It’s been 10 years since ­ Manchester United last did a ­Premier League double over ­their rivals – and Solskjaer ­reckons that’s way to long. “That stat is not nice t3-0 on aggregate at the break but managed to score three goals in the second half to book their spot in the final. And fullback Kieran Trippier has revealed Kanuit League contest against the Astros. He went 3 for 4 with a run scored in the 6-2 win. Buck singled for all three of his hits, raising his average to .343.The 32-year-old also WORST in his new job at Juventus.De Laurentiis admits there’s little love lost between the pair.“Maurizio’s a good Coach, I saw a lot of him,” he told Corriere dall Sera.“I’m not surprised, football is no longer about icons. He didn’t win anythinhas two homers, seven RBI and a .600 slugging percentage through 15 spring games.

k twice for Roma as Cagliari set up a nervous fini

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new starting pitcher is expected to be in Colorado’s rotation this season, Fox Sports reports Sunday. Garland, who was just acquired by the Rockies after he was released by Seattle this Steve Bruce is being considered for tThe Spurs and England full back is surplus to requirements as the club seek to freshen up the squad in several positions.Per The Independent, Trippier will likely to go Napoli, who will meet the roughly £25 million price tag Spurs have put on the plhe vacant Newcastle managerial role.Bruce hails from the North East and has previously managedosovo U21 in Hull on Monday night.Foden has been frustrated with his limited opportunities at Manchester City this season and he was at the prove a point at the KCOM Stadium.The attacking midfielder got his first after 25 minutes when he poked home f Sunderland.Toon are interested in bringing the Sheffield Wednesday boss back to Tyneside, according to Sky Sports.Newcastle are hoping to appoint a successor to Rafa Benitez before flying to China for the Premier League Asia Trophy on Saturday.spring, signed a major-league deal worth $500,000 base with more than $2 million in incentives. 

Mariners turned profit in ’12 despite low attendance, $84M payroll

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Think it’s tough for Major League Baseball teams to make money? Well, the made $5.86 million last season, .

That’s definitely not a huge figure, as many baseball players earn more than that in a given season. But here’s why this is important: The Mariners ranked 26th in attendance last season, only drawing 21,258 fans per game, .

So we’re talkinyear extension of their kit deal with sportswear firm Kappa until the end of the 2021/22 season, reports, /.According to Calcio Finanza, the original five-year agreement, due to expire at the end of the season, was worth €8 million (US$8.7 million)g about a fourth-place team barely drawing over 21,000 per game with a payroll north of $80 million still making money. And I couldn’t help but think about the Miami Marlins’ offseason.

The Marlins had a similar payroll in 2012, at $89,875,132. Of course, the trade of in July helped free up some dollars, but overall they weren’t drastically higher than the Mariners. The Marlins ranked 18th in attendance, drawing 27,400 per game. So if the Marlins were losing money while the Mariners made money, the business model needs to be altered.

For Jeffrey Loria and company, that just means slashing payroll without worrying about their immediate on-field product. Now, let’s understand something: Teams shouldn’t gather payroll just for the sake of doing so. Getting ‘s salary off the books, for example, was the correct move. He was already overpaid and then forgot how to be a quality closer. I’m just finding it hard to believe the Marlins had no shot at building a contender around now-departts new Manchester United teammate Bruno Fernandes can enhance his own game.Pereira is determined to take his own chances to shine in United’s midfield, with a start likely against Club Brugge on Thursday night, and the arrival of Fernandes can assisted , and . Saying they finished in last place — Loria’s favorite excuse this offseason — is far too simplistic. There were injury issues and they started selling (with otiations along with Real Madrid.Real are locked in talks with Chelsea over a fee for the Belgium captain, but are unhappy with their valuation.Chelsea are insisting on at least €100m to sell Hazard – a fee Real president Florentino Perez views as the and trade) when they were only seven games out of a wild-card spot.

Let us not forget that for years the Marlins promised everything would be different once they secured their new stadium, and now they have it, at a significant price () to local taxpayers. And club president David Samson had the nerve to say on Tuesday night’s broadcast of the World Baseball Classic that Marlins Park has been “great for Miami.” Pathetic.

As for this season in Miami, attendance is going to plummet, but fret not Loria fans, he’ll make plenty of money. The Marlins’ payroll won’t even hit $40 million this season.

The lesson in all of this is that if you ever have enough money to join an ownership group of a Major League Baseball team, do it in a heartbeat. You’ll make money and you don’t have to be accountable to your fan base unless you want to be.

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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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Rangers lose Martin Perez to fractured forearm

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lefty had b about Southampton as much as any fan.The defender says Saints is now “part of me”.He told the Daily Echo: “I care enormously. “I’ve got a lot of pride playing for and representing this club. “Sometimes it’s difficult in football because players een in linafter victory over Udinese.Inter only sparked into life after Eriksen was replaced by Marcelo Brozovic.But Conte argued: “I think that for a lad who arrived five days ago, and let’s not forget we had to rush him in because we were missing several me for the fifth starter’s job, but then this happened Sunday:

Rangers announce Martin Perez suffered a broken bone in his forearm when he was hit by a Brad Miller line drive today. Won’t throw for 4 wks

— DKnobler (@DKnobler)

It’s a fractured ulna bone in his throwing forearm, and he’s not going to be in game shape until May at the earliest.

The 21-year-old Perez has a 5.45 ERA in 38 innings at the major-league level. Across parts of five minor-league seasons, he’s pitched to a 4.23 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 2.03 K/BB ratio. Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus recently and tabbed him as a future No. 3 starter in the bigs.

In related matters, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman wonders whether the injury to Perez will cause the Rangers to Kyle Lohse.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Twion.The Brazil striker proved the matchwinner at Tottenham on Saturday.And Alisson said, “Bobby is one of the most important players in our team – and we have a lot. “I think everybody is important but Bobby not only scores when we need him, he maketter: , and .

he Gunners are not looking to sell too many player

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Barring an injury to one of the team’s projected starters, Mets top pitching prospect likely will start the season at Triple-A Las Vegas, The Associated Press reports. New York manager Terry Collins said Wheeler needs more time at tUnited have a hefty £100m January war-chest, it seems they won’t be rushed into making signings with Solskjaer revealing he isn’t interested in short-fix solutions.“It is not about ‘X’ amount of money we have to spenvin de Bruyne says he’s happy at Manchester City.While this season hasn’t been as successful as previous campaigns for City and De Bruyne, the player’s father Herwig has spoke of how content he is at the club – praising him for taking his game to thed – it is about who do we thihe highest minor-league level, where he made just six starts last season. “He needs to go to Triple-A and pitch,” Collins said Saturday. “He wants to be on the staff? Go be the best pitcher in Triple-A. Force us to call interest.Record says Chiquinho’s form in Portugal’s L2 this season has attracted interest from Chelsea.Blues scouts have been watching the 20 year-old regularly over the past year and believe he can develop into a Premier League class player.With th him up.” The Mets tailored a similar plan for last season before promoting him in late July.

Josh Hamilton says Dallas isn’t a baseball town

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

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

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

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

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

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ighted to have Callum Hudson-Odoi back in training

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Rockies catcher told .com Thursday that he remains hopeful of making the team — even as the backup catcher. Torrealba signed a minor-league deal in January and will have to work his way behrsenal boss Mikel Arteta has confirmed plans to find a new centre-half signing this month.The manager is hoping Arsenal will do some business in the January transfer market after being struck by a defensive injury crisis.RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot ind , veteran and potentially even ordan Pacheco, who caught on a few occasions last yearlum Hudson-Odoi has provided fans with a positive update after posting footage of himself training on social media.The 18-year-old ruptured his Achilles against Burnley in April.He posted a 30 second video undertaking drills with a member of Chelsea’ and is in camp with the catchers this year. “Obviously, you’re getting older, you don’t move the same, you don’t hit the same, all you can do is just teach young guys — that’s how you become as a backery should move for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.Robson thinks that Emery is looking for a holding midfield player this summer and thinks Rice would be the perfect addition.“I think Unai Emery will be looking for a holding midfield player,” Robsup catcher,” he said. “I never consider myself a backup because I really believe I can do the job playing every day. But there’s going to be a year where I have to do it, no matter what. Maybe this is it, this is the year to do it.”

d is on track.The Evening Chronicle reports they’v

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The Nationals signed former reliever to a minor league deal Wednesday, and according to CSNWashington.com, they intendchester United defender Harry Maguire has urged fans to judge him over the long-term.Maguire, who became the world’s most expensive defender with his £80m summer switch from Leicester, has endured a difficult start to his United career.”I think it’s to use him as a first baseman. Owings attempted to convert to being a position player last season while on a dBarcelona are moving for SD Aucas wing-back Diego Palacios.The exciting Ecuador U20 international is already the subject of an offer from Barca.Mundo Deportivo says Barca have made an opening bid for Palacios – though will have to go higher after Aucas turned the offer down.The youngster can leave for a price of €5m.Palacios spent this past season in Europe on-loan with Willem II in Holland.isabled list stint with the Padres, but elbow surgery ultimately ended his season and his case a top four finish.They play Watford at home on Sunday with the final league game to come after the Europa League second leg. That is away at Leicester.”We are going to take one after the other one,” said Giroud. “We have our destiny in our hands onversion attempt. In 205 career at-bats, Owings has a .283 batting average with nine home runs and 35 RBI.

b, it has been revealed.The Argentine was sacked b

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MLB.com reports Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington expects DH (Achilles) to be ready for opening day after meeting with the veteran slugger in the Dominican Rrom Barcelona.Reports claimed that the La Liga champions are planning a £70million swoop for the striker this summer.It has been suggested that the Catalan side could offer Arsenal both Andre Gomes and Samuel Umtiti to tempt Unai Emery into acceptinepublic last week. However, Cherington wasn’t sure what Ortiz’s status would be at the begi stunned at an angry tirade from Charlie Austin about manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.Austin, 30, unleashed a dressing room tirade about Hasenhuttl after he learned he was not going on the club’s pre-season tour.He is training with the under-23 players as tnning of spring training. “He’s hitting and doing his agility and starting to run,” Cherington said Monday in an inrez was delighted to feature in victory over Real Betis.The 5-2 win marked Perez’s home debut.“I am very happy to be able to help the team and for everything that is happening. Debuting at Camp Nou is always very special for someone from the house terview with Network Radio. “He’s . We’ll see where he is as we report 10 days from now or so and take it from there. We don’t have any reason to think he won’t be in our lineup on opening day.”

Dodgers to give away mini statue of Robinson, Newcombe, Campanella

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Regardless of how the ‘ high-salaried players fare on the field this coming season, Dodger Stadium easily has the best promotional calendar in the majors. We’ve already praised their bobblehead giveaways — seriously, — and now there’e midfielder endured a torrne.The England international has been sidelined with a hamstring injury that will likely keep him out for a lengthy period of time.Mourinho started Heung-min Son up front in Sunday’s FA Cup draw with Middlesbrough.He told reporters after the game: “Wid run with injuries during his time with Arsenal, which ended in the summer of 2018.Now with West Ham United, Wilshere has opened up on one of the most difficult periods of his life.”It was 2016, and I picked up an injury s this:

In celebration of Jackie Robinson’s birthday, here’s your first look at the Robinson, Newcombe and Campanella Statue:

— Los Angeles Dodgers (@DodAlex Telles’ contract.A Bola says Porto have told Chelsea they must pay £40m for left-back Telles as Frank Lampard looks to shore up his side’s leaky back line.The 27-year-old Brazilian has been a key target for the Blues, who have made several attegers)

That statue of Hall of Famers Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella, along with Cy Young and MVP winner Don Newcombe, will be the giveaway April 15, when the Dodgers square off against the Padres.

Once again, well done, Dodgers promotional braintrust. It’s amazing what people can do once freed from the shackles of Frank McCourt, no?

[Note: No, I actually don’t think McCourt hurt them in promotions, but it’s still fun to jab at him anyway. He deserves it.]

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a move away.The Manchester Evening News says repor

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Pittsburgh and pitcher still have not finalized the re-working of a contract. Liriano agreed to a two-year deal with Pittsburgh in December, but the deal was revised after the lefty broke his non-pitching arm in a home-related accident. “The proar-old, who signed from Southampton in July 2014, will be available on a free transfer and a series of clubs have already begun to register an interest, says the Liverpool-midfielder-Adam-Lallana-set-leave-Arsenal-Tottenham-interested.html” target=”_cessBournemouth manager Eddie Howe has planned talks with Harry Arter.The midfielder spent last season on loan at Cardiff City.The Mirror claims Arter is being chased by the Bluebirds and Fulham.But first Howe wants to sit down with Arter to discuss his future.The Republic of Ireland international has been at the Cherries since 2010. continues,” GM Neal Huntingtonchester City attacker Leroy Sane admits his injury recovery has been a battle this season.Sane has been out of action since suffering knee ligament damage against Liverpool in the Community Shield last August. “It was the hardest and longest injury t said. “We have ongoing conversations. I’m not an oddsmaker, so I don’t know if it is likely or unlikely that we will add another pitcher.”

Rangers, A.J. Pierzynski agree on one-year, $7.5M deal

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The have agreed to sign free-agent catcher , according to CBSSports.com’s Scott Miller. The one-year deal is pending a physical and is worth $7.5 million, repEd Woodward’s public support was “not needed”. Despite their poor form, Red Devils executive vice-chairman Woodward said at United’s quarterly investors’ call last Tuesday that “it’s important that we’re patient while Ole and his team build for the forts Jon Heyman.

Pierzynski, 35, hit .278/.326/.501 with 27 homers, 77 RBI and 68 runs last season in 135 games for the . The 27-homer season appears an outlier, however, as Pierzynski hit only 17 homers combined in 2010-11 and his previous career high in single-season home runs was 18, back in 2005.

It’s also true that US Cellular Field is a homer-friendly ballpark, as it ranked fourth in homers last season and Pierzynski hit 18 of his home runce Goodridge has signed a new contract with the Clarets, extending his stay at Turf Moor until the summer of 2021.Goodridge, 20, originally started out at Manchester City, before spending two years at Newcastle United in the youth team, where he plays at The Cell, but so is Rangers Ballpark. So the expected regression in power numbers will only be due to Pierzynski returning more to previous levels and not attributable to the home ballpark.

Behind the plate, Pierzynski works well with his pitching staff and has thrown out 24 percent of would-be basestealers in his career.

Pierzynski will slide in as the Rangers’ everyday catcher while will serve as the primary backup.

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Cubs agree to sign Kyuji Fujikawa for two years, $9.5M

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The are in agreement to sign Japanese closer Kyuji Fujikawa for two years and $9.5 million,yad Mahrez this summer.City’s two-year ban from UEFA competition, which is subject to appeal, means a number of the club’s better players might look for new clubs in the Champions League.And one of those players is said to be Mahrez, according to Cal reports CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. Fujikawa also has the chance to earn an extra $2 million per year in performance bonuses.

Fujikawa, a 32-year-old right-hander, had 24 saves with a 1.32 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 58 strikeouts in 47 2/3 innings last season for the Hanshin Tigers in Nippon Professional Baseball.

In a six-season career for Hanshin, Fujikawa amassed 202 saves with a 1.36 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 510 strikeouts in 369 2/3 innpended proceedings against AC Milan over Financial Fair Play transgressions.For the moment, the development means Milan will be allowed to compete in the Europa League next season.“The suspension of the proceedings will remain in place until after ings. He’s an elite closer in Japan. The had been seen as the favorites to land Fujikawa.

Where Fujikawa fits with the Cubs shouldn’t be a huge mystery. We know Cubs brass has been listening to trade offers for closer — there was even an initial agreement in place to trade Marmol for earlier this of.Eriksen has rejected a new contract from Spurs reportedly worth £200,000-a-week.The Dane wanted to join Barcelona and Real Madrid this summer, but no offers arrived.The Express says Atleti will wait until January to make a move for the playmaker.Erfseason. The best guess is the Cubs continue to try to find a suitor for Marmol and head into the 2013 season with Fujikawa as the closer. Marmol is a free agent following the 2013 season, for which he is set to earn $9.8 million.

News of Fujikawa’s signing was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

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