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Bobby Jenks was in rehab when the Red Sox released him last year

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Right-hander was checked into rehab when the released him last summer, reports . He was in the middle of a 45-day stay at Cliffside Malibu, a luxury rehab clinic in Southern Califoe difference for their 4-1 defeat of Alaves.Valverde hailed Messi’s ability to appear and deliver when Barcelona need him most.The Argentine scored Barcelona’s third goal against Alaves to seal the victory and help the Blaugrana grab all three pointsrnia.

Jenks, 32, was of DUI and hit-and-run in Florida on March 23 of last year. He told police he “took too many muscle relaxers,” then agreed to take a field sobriety tes are closing on a deal for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie today.Sportitalia says the two clubs have agreed terms over a fee for the Ivory Coast midfielder.Milan have accepted an offer of €25m plus €3m in bonuses.Now Milan are counting on Kessit before saying “I’m going to fail it.”

The Red Sox reached a settlement with Jenks and released him on July 3, two weeks before he finished rehab, according to court documents. The DUI charges were settled in December, and Jenks was required to complete a substance-abuse program as part of his probation.

“Mr. Jenks satisfactorily completed a 45-day stay for substance dependence,” wrote Patricia Freebery, the clinical director of Cliffside Malibu, in a letter submitted to the Lee County, Fla., probation department in December.

Jenks signed a two-year, $12 million deal with Boston during the 2010-11 offseason. He went 2-2 with a 6.32 ERA in 19 relief appearances in 2011 before back surgery and a pulmonary embolism send him to the DL.

Before landing with the Red Sox, Jenks was a two-time All-Star who saved 25+ games five times with the White Sox. He served as the team’s closer during their 2005 World Series title run as a rookie after appearing in only 32 regular-season games.

, Tom Friend described Jenks as a heavy drinker and explored his checkppe Gbamin every day as the midfielder recovers from an injury problem.The setback will sideline him for a minimum of eight weeks.“It is really important that we support JP,” Silva told evertontv.“We have to be there in the bad moments.“When thered past.

Pochettino says “the fans are right to criticise”

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

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

amme.Saints host Crystal Palace 48 hours after the

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

epe after Sunday’s win over Newcastle, but warned

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Judging by his position in the CBSSports.com draft averages, nobody is really counting on the ‘s for much this season.

But if you’re one of the few pegging him as a sleeper after last season’s shoulder procedure, perhaps you should stop.

Not only is he set to begin the year on the DL, but his lack of velocity has me thinking he’s not even close to making an impact. The surgery he had to repair a torn capsule in his shoulder is similar to what Johan Santana and Chien-Ming Wang had in recent years. They both needed more than a year to come back from it, and you could argue (though to a lesser extent for Srding the club’s defence.Many fans are curious as to whether he knows his best back four, given the amount of chopping and changing he does in defence.Arsenal face a battle to keep hold of Lucas Torreira.Gazzetta dello Sport says Milan have opened talks with Torreira’s representatives over a potential return.The Uruguayan has struggled to adapt to life in England and admitted this week that he misses Italy.He moved from Sampdoria to the Gunners last summer.Milan are keen to do a deal in the region of £35million.But Emery insists that his way of picking players is the correct method.”We are improving defensiveantana) they weren’to after their 0-0 draw with Athletic Bilbao.Now 18 months on since Ronaldo’s departure for Juventus, Courtois concedes they’re still struggling without him.He said, “Cristiano is an uncle who scores 40 or 50 goals a year, you obviously miss that, but the same after it.

My tepid interest in Hector Santiago as a replacement trumps my lack of interest in Danks.

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.”

ameron John is staying tightlipped on his future a

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The San Francisco Giants continued shaping their roster Friday and reassigned the following players to their minor-league camp: shortstop , pitchers , , antalks with Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.Leonardo signen Wan-Bissaka is as good as any defender in the Premier League.Townsend made the claim after Arsenal hero Lee Dixon questioned Wan-Bissaka’s defensive work.“I think Wan-Bissaka’s a really great signing for them although needs huge amounts of coachid Bakayoknsists he’s staying grounded over frenzied transfer talk.Olmo has emerged as one of the most coveted young players in Europe.But the Spain international told Calciomercato.com: “The interest of Juventus, Barça, AC Milan and Manchester City, among oto on a season-long loan last summer as AC Milan sports chief and has remained in contact with the player’s camp.RMC says he is now actively in talks with Bakayoko’s representativesd , and catcher .

lla are desperate to keep hold of Jack Grealish th

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Cardinals second baseman hit his second home run of the spring on Thursday in the team’s 7- striker Jamie Vardy says he should have more goals at this stage of the season.Vardy can be his own harshest critic and he surprisingly admonished himself for “fluffing” chances against Aston Villa, despite scoring twice.His double at Villa Park mea6 win over tue opponents Vitoria.Arsenal left Vitoria with a 1-1 draw as Shkodran Mustafi’s header was cancelled out by an injury-tAston Villa signing Louie Barry was on target for England U17s 4-0 win over Ukraine on Monday.It followed Barry’s substitute appearance in Saturday’s 4-2 victory over Russia.Villa spent 1m euros to sign Barry from Barcelona last month.The move came just six months after Barry joined Barca from Villa’s rivals West Bromwich Albion.ime bicycle kick from Bruno Duarte. Keown told BT Sport: “There are problems all over the pitch. It can quickly be turned around. Ihe Yankees. He is now batting .360

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.

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 .

oving to AC Milan.New Milan coach Marco Giampaolo

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FOXSports.com reports free agent pitcher , who finished the 2012 season on the disabled list with a gir Alex Ferguson during the reunion match for Manchester United’s 1999 treble winning side. The Red Devils’ legends defeated Bayern Munich 5-0 at Old Trafford, with Beckham gettingking on former teammate Paul Pogba about making a return this summer.The Manchester United midfielder is still keen on a departure – and his former club Juventus will make him their number one target for the summer transfer window. Juventus are prepa on the scoresheet. And the former England captain saysick has secured his short and long term futures.The midfielder has not only signed a loan agreement with Shrewsbury Town for the 2019/2020 season, but he has also signed a new contract with Chelsea.The 20-year-old has been with the Blues since the un it was an emotroin injury, said he is throwing bullpens and is doing well physically.

Free agent preview: Mark Reynolds

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There will always be a market for power hitters. Outside of Josh Hamilton, no player on the market can hit the long ball as well as Mark Reynolds. While Reynolds has the ability to mash 30 home runs a season, he’s just a likely to break the record for strikeouts in a single season, which, coincidentally, he already owns. At the plate, Reynolds is considered a three true outcomes player. The three true outcomes refer to the three results of a plate appearance that don’t involve fielders: walks, home runs and strikeouts. Players that lead the league in three true outcomes stats typically walk a fine line. A small loss in power or plate discipline, or a slight uptick in strikeouts can turn a once valuable player into a complete wreck in the batter’s box. 

Unfortunately for Reynolds, that time may have already come. The Orioles not only declined his $11 million option for next season, but decided to not even tender him a contract, making him a free-agent. The team had control over Reynolds for next season, but didn’t want to take the chance that he would receive significant money during arbitration. 

It looks like that may have been the right call. Reynolds made $7.5 million last season, and was due to receive a raise in arbitration. Though the market at first base isn’t all that strong, Reynolds isn’t likely to receive a big contract this winter. 

Finding a recent comparable player for Reynolds is nearly impossible due to his strikeout rate. Over the past three seasons, Reynolds has struck out in 32.3% of his plate appearances. That is a staggering rate for a full-time player. Recent players with similar strikeout rates either flamed out after a season or two, like Jack Cust and Wily Mo Pena, or were used as part-time sluggers, like Kelly Shoppach or Russell Branyan. 

Reynolds’ status as a full-time player is definitely boss Roy Hodgson insists there’s no plans for a squad overhaul.Hodgson has dismissed suggestions the departures of veterans Julian Speroni and Jason Puncheon mean Crystal Palace are embarking on a “new era”.He said: “This isn’t a question of regiin doubt. His reputation as a poor defender isn’t going to help, either. One of the main reasons teams have been willing to commit to Carlos Pena, who displays a similar skill set, is because he’s regardthe first team.Miller was involved for the Reds against Shrewsbury Town in an FA Cup fourth round replay, when the senior side was rested.The player will never forget the moment when he got to put on the Liverpool shirt as a first team starter for thed as a strong defensive first baseman. Reynolds’ best hope for consistent playing time may come as a designated hitter.

Reynolds is rumored to be looking for a deal in the same range as last yeaLazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is close to a move to PSG.Blic says the Serb has told PSG he wants to join them.PSG are offering €80m for the transfer and talks are in the final stages.PSG sporting director Leonardo is a known admirer of the player and tried to take him to Milan when he was still working for them.Milinkovic-Savic’s move will be funded by the sale of Neymar.r’s $7.5 million salary. That might not be out of line, as teams have shown a willingness to pay for power in the past. Carlos Pena managed to receive a one-year, $10 million deal with the Cubs after hitting .196/.325/.407 in 2010. And he was 32-years-old at the time. The following year, Pena received $7.25 million to return to Tampa for his age-34 season. Reynolds isn’t coming off as strong a year as Pena’s 2011, but he does have an age advantage. A one-year deal worth between $6 million and $7.25 million is probably an accurate range for Reynolds. He’ll have to prove he’s worth it, as this will likely be his last chance at significant playing time if he falters. 

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Woman involved in Aroldis Chapman robbery pleads guilty to misdemeanor

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The woman who was charged with making false reports in a robbery against Reds pitcher in May has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor disorderly conduct, .

She told police she was tied up and robbed by someone dressed as a hotel maintenance worker, who took a bag with $200,000 worth of jewelry in it. She later changed her story and failed a polygraph.

The result? A $164 fine, according to the newspaper.

Chapman, who was at PNC Park when the alleged robbery took place, was never a suspect in the crime.

Aghted that he has managed to score vital goals for Bournemouth on loan this season.Wilson has been a key figure for the Cherries in attack, popping up with six goals despite playing in midfield.And the youngster did not deny that he is happy when he lso on Wednesday, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Appeals Court reinstated a case againsting on the responsibility of being England’s leader and star player.The Tottenham striker has the task of picking up his teammates after Friday’s shock loss to Czech Republic in Euro2020 qualifying.Accepting the pressure is definitely on, he said: “I Chapman brought by former agent Carlos Thompson that had previously been dismissed by a judge. Thathe fitness of key attacking duo David McGoldrick and Callum Robinson.Both could be out for the Blades upcoming Premier League clash against Southampton after the international break.McGoldrick is missing out for Ireland against Bulgaria, having retut suit, brought by Thompson, claims Chapman signed a contract promising him 3 percent of Chapman’s professional baseball earnings, 15 percent of any bonus payments and 3 percent of marketing deals for seven years. It was initially dismissed because of federal regulations prohibiting transactions with Cuban nationals. The appeals court ruled that case was dismissed prematurely. Thompson has also filed a suit in federal court against Chapman’s agency, Hendricks Sports.

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How the new free agent compensation system works

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One of the most important changes brought about by MLB’s new collective bargaining agreement has to do with how teams are compensated for losing free agents. Since we’re up against the free-agent signing period, let’s take a look at those new rules and how they compareer’s “apology” about him as motivation at Arsenal.Holding moved to north London from Bolton for around £2million in the 2016 summer transfer window – having only previously played in the Championship.”Unfortunately no one speaks about the performanc to the old ones. 

Under the old system, noteworthy free agents were classified by Elias (nonsensically, in some cases) as being either “Type A,” “Type B” or “Type C” players. Teams that lost an or A- or a B-rated free agent to whom they had offered salary arbitration received compensation in the form of additional draft picks. To be more exact, a team losing a type-A player received the signing team’s first- or second-round pick (depending on the signing team’s draft slot) and a supplemental pick between the first and second rounds. A team that lost a type-B player was given a supplemental choice only. The loss of a type-C resulted in no compensation. 

The system now in place doesn’t entail any arbitrary classifying of free agents. Instead, a team that wishes to receive compensation must submit a “qualifying offer” to the outgoing free agent. A qualifying offer constitutes a one-year proposal worth at least the annuaham.The defender sees the Anfield showdown as an opportunity rather than an assignment to be scared of.“You can see it two ways,” said Alderweireld after their 1-1 draw with Watford. “It’s a big opportunity for us on Tuesday. We must use that.“l average salary of the top 125 free agents from the previous winter. For this offseason, that comes to a one-year offer of $13.3 million. 

If a team makes such a qualifying offer to an outgoing free agent and the free agent signs elsewhere, then his former team will receive a sandwich draft pick between the first and second rounds. The signing team, meanwhile, will forfeit its first-round choice — unless it’s a top-10 pick, in which case the team would give up a second-round pick. The lost picks don’t go to any other team; rather, the teams behind the vanished pick all slide up a slot. 

One other important change is now in place: To be entitled to compensation, a team must now have a departing free agent on its roster for the entirety of the season. Under the old framework, a team that acquired a walk-year player at, say, the non-waiver trade deadline could offer that player salary arbitration at season’s end and thus be entitled to compensatory draft picks. That’s no longer permitted.

For example, in previous years, the Angels would be compensated in the event that Zack Greinke signed elsewhere (provided, of course, they offerr United’s academy.Cox replaces Nicky Butt, who has moved into the new position of Head of First Team Development.Cox said: “Having spent over 20 years working to support the development of young people, it is an honour to be asked to lead the Mancheed arbitration to him). That won’t be the case this time around, since Greinke was on the Angels’ roster for only part of the 2012 season. 

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nal are open to selling Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mu

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Astros pitcher made his farcelona veteran Gerard Pique says his spell at Manchester United made him who he is as a player.The Spaniard spent four years at Old Trafford before returning to Barcelona, where he would make a nas game has improved at Everton since his first team promotion.The 19-year-old has been training with the first team for most of the campaign after having established himself as an integral part of David Unsworth’s Under-23s in the closing stages of 2me for himself as one of the world’s best defenders.irst appearance since getting hit in the face by a comebacker on Saturnd Cristiano Ronaldo.The Brazilian played alongside Ronaldo at Old Trafford for two seasons.And he believes Rashford possesses some of the same attributes as the Juventus superstar.”Marcus Rashford has been the best United player this season,” the exday against the Phillies. He tossed two-thirds innings of work with out allowing while striking out two in a 5-0 victory.

defender Federico Fazio is full of praise for Chri

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The Cardinals recalled outfielder from Tripl midfielder Bruno Fernandes has spoken of his relationship with Portugal teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.Fernandes admits he gets along well with the former United star, now leading the line at Juventus.”He welc a team.Tuanzebe and his fs Gareth Southgate says that he knew Mason Mount would be a star for the national team when he was only 16.The Chelsea midfielder is set to get his first start in their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers.Mount will be in the team against the Czech Republiellow academy graduates are getting their chance under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.He told the UTD Podcast: “I still have contact with a lot of players that I came up with through the youth team, even back in omed me with open arms to the national team.e-A Memphis Tuesday.