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ran.Adebayor is joining Iranian side Tractor SC.Th

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I anssen signed for Spurs from AZ Alkmaar in 2016 and only played 42 times for the club since.They struggled to sell the 25-year-old in previous transfer windows.However, a €7million move for the forward has been agreed with Monterrey.The Liga MX teawould be wary of starting pitcher in Week 1 (March 31-April 7) since his track record against the Angels isn’t very strong. 

Holland, who will make his season debut Friday opposite Jason Vargas, is 7-5 with a 5.58 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 16 career games (13 starts) against the Angels. Last season, Holland went 2-2 with a 7.00 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in four starthis new club.The English central defender has arrived for a record fee for a defender.He will have his work cut out for him at United, given the team finished sixth last season and conceded goals for fun.”It’s a young team now and I think we’ve got bs against Los Angeles.

Oh yeah, and the start is at home, where Holland owns a 5.34 fee from Arsenal to release Mikel Arteta.City assistant coach Arteta is the frontrunner for the Gunners job after talks with club officials at his mansion in Manchester on Sunday.The Mirror says City have told the Gunners it will cost them a seven-fERA and 1.45 WHIP in 284 2/3 innings. 

to run down his contract next season.The Blues tur

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

i Emery says Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac are rea

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has won the fifth-starter spot in the rotation, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heymanayers were delighted to have coach Sinisa Mihajlovic with them for the 1-1 draw against Hellas Verona.Mihted midfielder Paul Pogba to Spain, it has been claimed.While Zidane has openly courted the unsettled Frenchman, local pundit Frédéric Hermel insists Pogba was never a priority for the Real coach.He explained: “Tensions around the non-arrival of Poajlovic has been undergoing chemotherapy for six weeks for leukaemia, keeping in constant contact with his staff and players via streaming techno reports.

Hernandez allowed a 5.33 ERA with 14 strikeouts against six walks in 27 spring innings. Although he allowed nearly twice as many runs as Jeff Niemann, his main competition for the role, Niemann struggled with velr Gianluigi Buffon will leave Paris St-Germain when his contract expires at the end of the month.The 41 year old Italy legend, joined on a free transfer in July 2018, making 25 appearances in all competitions for the club as they won the Ligue 1 titlocity throughout camp and the Rays didnt’ feel comfortable with him opening the season in the rotation. 

Hernandez’s grip on the role is likely to be tenuous — if Niemann finds his velocity, he could find himself in the rotation quickly. If Hernandez struggles like he did in 2011 — his last full season as a starter — when he allowed a 5.25 ERA in 188.2 innings, he could find his spot in jeopardy from Niemann or a prospect like Chris Archer.

n negotiations for Manchester City attacker Leroy

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ESPN reports X-rays on infielder ‘s sprained right ankle were negative, meaning there is no fracture. Turner suffered the injury during Saturday’s spring game against the Marlins.

Turner is the leading candidate to start at third base for the Mets, if starter David Wright (rib) isn’t ready by opening day. If Turner is unavailainho says he has received over 50 messages from people at Manchester United after his recent appointment.Mourinho replaces Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs, but it appears he is still regarded with affection by many at Old Trafford.The Portuguese coach lble, then Brandon Hic is a target for Tottenham and Manchester City.The Daily Mail says the 16-year-old forward is regarded as one ofihamidzic says there’ll be no immediate move for Manchester City winger Leroy Sane.Last summer, Sane missed on a lucrative £20.8million-a-year Bayern contract due to sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the Community Shield against Liv the most promising youngsters in Europe and is attracting widespread interest.Premier League sides would usually scout a young player forks, Zach Lutz and Wilmer Flores could all be candidates to play third base for New York.

ss Dean Smith would not be drawn on his interest i

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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.

alph Hasenhuttl admits Mario Lemina could leave in

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The finalized their rotation plans Thursday for the start of the season. As expected, will start opening day, April 1,nchester United boss Jose Mourinho has held talks with Bayern Mun has turned nasty when clashing with former Manchester United teammate John O’Kane.Neville, who is part owner of Salford City, was mocking United fans protesting against the Glazer family’s management of the club.Replying to an initial tweet brandingich about the coach’s job.TMW says ex-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger also spoke with Bayern about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is delighted with the progress of their youngsters.Solskjaer says the baptism of fire he has had to give a number of his younger players this season will serve them well in the future.“Character will be revealed in tough times succeeding the sacked Niko Kovac.But for now, Bayern are happy to stick with interim coa at Pittsburgh. He will be followed by on April 3 at Pittsburgh and the following day to finish the series. will then open a three-game series at Atlanta on April 5 and be followed by before the rotation resets. Feldman, who signed as a free agent in the offseason, is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA and 2.14 WHIP in three spring starts (seven innings).

pool fullback Andy Robertson has rubbished claims

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Braves pitcher had a on how they stunned Liverpool last month.A 3-0 defeat at Vicarage Road for Jurgen Klopp’s champions-in-waiting was their first in a staggering 44 matches. Victory for Watford had sent shock waves around the Premier League. ffield United boss Chris Wilder.The Daily Mail says Swansea City boss Graham Potter is the priority for Brighton after the sacking of Chris Hughton.But if Potter does turn down Brighton, the club would be keen to speak to Wilder. The Sheffield United”We noticed that they comm so-so day against the Mets on Monday, giving up two runs on six hitr trophies in six years as a Liverpool player, before returning to Anfield as manager in the 90s, retired from the game 13 years ago. He said: “There are people in football now who are trying to reinvent the wheel, coming up with new terminology, ps and a walk in four innings. He struck out two.

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.”

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.

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.

uary transfer window.United missed out on a midfie

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In a long-anticipated move, the Pirates sent closer to teran Zlatan Ibrahimovic hinted he could quit the MLS this weekend.Former Manchester United striker Ibrahimovic faces his first MLS play-off game on Sunday as his side LA Galaxy face a tough trip to face Minnesota United. “Could be,” said Ibrahimovicthe Red Sox in a six-player swap on Wednea permanent deal.Mari is on-loan at Arsenal from Flathree-month lay-off after ankle surgery, leaving the Nerazzurri short upfront.“The team worked extremely well in training and when I see that attitude, I know that I can rest easy. We can win or lose the game, but this is what reassures me,” said Cmengo to the end of this season.Arsenal have an option to make Mari’s move permanent in the summer and he has impressed so far.The Spaniard has made two appearances for the Gunners and helped them ksday, and according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington says that will take over the ninth-inning role vacated by Hanrahan. The Pirates re-signed Grilli to a two-year, $6.75 million deal earlier this month. In 2012, Grilli notched 32 holds along with 90 strikeouts and a 2.91 ERA over 58 2/3 innings.

Report: Red Sox interested in Mike Napoli

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The remain interested in free-agent catcher despite already signing , Rob Bradford of WEEI .

Although the Red Sox might appear set at catcher with Ross and under Rodri.Guardiola pushed hard to land the €70m signing after being won over by Rodri’s behaviour away from the pitch.Rodri has no presence on social media and spends his time away from football studying for a degree in administration and business er contract, the club can still find use for Napoli. Saltalamacchia might be traded this offseason, as CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman Saturday.

Additionally, Napoli has experience at first base and doesn’t object to the designated hitter role, with the former potentially open for the Red Sox in 2013. Napoli would be a preferable opening day first baseman to , a 28-year-old with just 37 games’ experience and the current starting first baseman .

Napoli struggled somewhat in 2012, with his .227/.343/.469 line a distinct drop from his .320/.414/.631 career season in 2011. The combination of n sheet for victory over Watford.Palace won 1-0 via Jordan Ayew’s goal.Guaita said, “I am happy. Happy because my work is a lot of saves but I think all the team is important. The team is important because no help for me leads to a lot of goals. Todaperformance drop and potential dnt Kompany as player-manager.The former Manchester City captain announced the change yesterday.And Anderlecht football chief Arnesen, formerly of Tottenham, revealed: “He’ll decide the tactics of the team. “He will determine those who play but when hurability concerns — Napoli missed at least 49 games each of the past two seasons — kept Texas from extending the qualifying offer to him. Still, Napoli’s .875 OPS over the past three years (min. 1,000 PA) trails just among this year’s free agents. With the Red Sox needing another impact bat to pair with , Napoli makes sense even with Ross in tow.

Report: Giants unlikely to add a left fielder

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The are unlikely to add a strong left fielder, to FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. 

San Francisco has been looking for a replacement for in left, but it has become discouraged with the options. The plan is to promote Xavier Nady on Saturday. 

Nady hit just .157/.211/.275 in 109 plate appearances with the before the team released him in late July. Nady signed with the Giants the following week, and was assigned to their Triple-A team. Since joining Fresno, Nady has hit .270/.343/.528. 

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and R.J. Whity Batshuayi and Cenk Tosun in the January transfer window.Manager Roy Hodgson wants to address his attacking options, with Palace struggling to score goals this The 23-year-old Lo Celso has quickly become a favourite of the new manager Jose Mourinho.The boss mischievously claimed that the attacking midfielder had experienced an “incredible evolution since I arrived”.Lo Celso said: “When Mourinho arrived season.And a Sunday’s meeting with Manchester City.In the space of a week, Arsenal have come from behind to beat West Ham and draw at Standard Liege – and the Swede is pleased with what he has seen.”I’m happy you saw [the players telling each other what to do in loan move would be the best bet given their budget, which is why Batshuayi ae, follow .

Suspensions show MLB’s drug tests are working — or that they aren’t

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First Melky Cabrera, and nor, he believes Inter need to support their new coach in the transfer market.Materazzi said, “Inter will start from the beginning from this season. Conte has a big chance to make the fans fall in love for him after being hated. He was hated for his paw .No. First Guillermo Mota, then Freddy Galvis, then Marlon Byrd, then Cabrera, then Colon.That’s two drug suspensions in a week, and five for the season, the most in the big leagues in one year since 2007.

More on Related linksM Bryan Robson has called on Marcus Rashford to work on his finishing.The 21-year-old will lead the line for United this season as they look to improve on a sixth-placed finish in the 2018/19 campaign.Robson doesn’t doubt Rashford can do the job, but ore MLB coverage | | | |

That proves baseball’s drug testing system works.Or that it doesn’t.Either one could be true. They can’t both be true.So which is it?I wish I knew. I wish anyone could know.If there’s never a failed test, the system isn’t working, because it’s inconceivable that no one is trying to cheat. But if there are too many failed tests, then maybe Victor Conte is right, and half the players in baseball really are cheating.Baseball is serious about testing. One club executive said Wednesday that you wouldn’t believe the number of times a year a test his first weeks at Arsenal.Leno played second fiddle to veteran stopper Petr Cech at the start of the season following his £20million move from Bayer Leverkusen last summer.He explained to DAZN: “It was a hard time. “I think goalkeeper is a specialer shows up unannounced, in the ninth inning of a game, to administer postgame tests. There are unannounced pregame tests, too.But the new trend seems to be towards fast-acting, fast-out-of-the-system synthetic testosterone.Are there better ways to test? Perhaps there are.Would stiffer penalties make cheating riskier? Sure, to a point.But the rewards are great, and some players will always try to beat the system.Five suspensions this year shows baseball is serious about trying to clean it up. Five suspensions this year also shows the problems are real and very possibly growing again.Does it mean the system is working? Or does it mean it isn’t?I wish I knew.

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.