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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.

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.

ribute to runners up Liverpool.City impressively f

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starting candidate is dealing with a bit of a back injury and Baltimore has backed off his usage at the moment, reports MASNSports.com. 

“Stevie’s had a little discomfort in his (lower back),” away Real Madrid attacker James Rodriguez says he should stay with Atletico.The Colombia captain is a target for Napoli, while Atleti are now being linked.Stepfather Juan Carlos Restrepo told Cadena SER: “If yine Zidane has left the door open to Gareth Bale staying next season.Zidane dumped Bale from his traveling squad for defeat at Real Sociedad on Sunday.However post-match, he said: “Let’s see if he makes it back for next week. Physically he is doingou are closer to Napoli or Atlético, youmanager Buck Showalter said Monday. “A little discThe wife and agent of Mauro Icardi is already casting doubt on his status at PSG.The Inter Milan striker joined PSG on a season-long loan on deadline day a fortnight ago.But Wanda Nara says Icardi could yet return to Italy – and as early as January.Wanda said on Tiki Taka: “Napoli has kept the money they should have spent for Mauro Icardi. “Maybe there will be some surprises in January…?”omfort in that area. Richie said, ‘Let’s get this straight and give him one more day.'”

Johnson remains in competition with Jake Arrieta, Brian Matusz and perhaps Jair Jurrjens for the fifth spot in the rotation. He has allowed five runs this spring over 13 innings for a 3.46 ERA with nine Ks. Johnson went 4-0 in his first taste of the majors last year. He pitched to a 2.11 ERA over 12 appearances and four starts with 46 Ks over 38 1/3 innings. 

re beaten 3-1 by AFC Bournemouth thanks to goals f

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The continued trimming their roster Friday by optioning pitcher to Triple-A Indianapolis. The team also reassigned infielders and to its minor-league camp.

Morris, ranked as the No. 14 overall prospectr Zielinski says Ny has returned to training.Sky Sports says Maupay has returned to training with Brentford today after being given time off due the uncertainty surrounding his future. The Bees withdrew the 22-year-old from the squad to play Dynamo Kiev in a friendly apoli must build on their second-half performance after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Udinese.Zielinski struck to cancel out Kevin Lasagna’s opener for Udinese.“We need to build on the second haign Czech Republic midfielder Tomas Soucek from Slavia Prague.Boss David Moyes confirmed the 24 year old is undergoing a medical at the Hammers’ Rush Green training ground.”He fits the profile of the player I want,” Moyes said of Soucek, who has 25 clf, which is where we showed that we can in the Pittsburgh organization by .com, was considered a candidate for a spot in the bullpen but posted a 5.14 ERA over seven games during the spring.

star winger Raheem Sterling.The Sky Blues won thei

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relief pitcher returned to camp Friday after having successful root canal surgery the previous day, the Washington Times reports. Soriano, who is entering his first season as the team’s closer, is scheduled to rsouth coast side are targeting end-of-window signings as they bid to build on their win over Brighton on Tuesday night.Watford and Newcastle are already in the hunt for Rose with the England left-back having lost his place under Jose Mjaer says Antho Aurelio de Laurentiis has confirmed they’re in talks to sign Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez.De Laurentiis admits their interest has moved to the next stage.He said, “No-one’s ever said that James isn’t right for us. On the contrary, there’s ny Martial’s return has helped Marcus Rashford’s form.Solskjaer insists that it is the return of Martial which has opened the floodgates for his young striker.“Since Anthony’s come back Marcus has blossomed, he’s probably happier facourinho.Last suesume pitching Saturday.

Led by Red Sox’s Bradley Jr., players making big progress this spring

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is a rising star that looks terrific in camp this spring. (Getty Images)

BRADENTON, Fla. – Jackie Bradley Jr. was a non-roster prospect when he got to camp, albeit a very good non-roster prospect, with what was said to be absolutely no chance to make the Red Sox team.

Now, at least, he’s in the conversation.

starting the year on the disabled list (foot) is one factor improving Bradley’s chances. But the bigger factor is the center fielder’s play, which has been nothing short of spectacular.

“I’m just trying to be a tough out, to work the counts and make the pitcher throw a lot of pitches,” the friendly, easygoing Bradley said here Monday after going one for three with a walk.

Red Sox people, who earlier were saying “no chance” to start the season in the majors, now are at least thinking about it. He is batting .436 with a .556 on-base percentage, and looking good against major-league pitching.

“I don’t see how he couldn’t be on the team? He’s been their best player all spring,” one American League scout said. (He suggests Bradley in left, with Jonny Gomez as the DH.)

“He’s their second best outfielder,’’ another scout said, meaning behind only

Lack of experience (271 total at-bats as high as Double-A) remains the issue. But it sounds like Red Sox manager John Farrell is at least thinking about it.

“For a young kid, he’s pretty polished,” Farrell said. “He has a consistent approach at the plate, and defensively, he’s very good.”

Farrell, asked directly about whether Bradley will make the team, said, “We have 10 days for [the situation] to come to a head.”

Bradley was asked if he thought he had a chance. ‘I don’t know,” he said. “I’m here. And I’m enjoying it while I’m here. I’m excited to be able to play baseball … at the next level.”

Bradley, who played in college at South Carolina and is only 22, has impressed the club with his serious approach. That goes for even the way he shags flies. His routes are impeccable, in practice and in games.

But with only a few months of experience at Double-A, management wasn’t expecting the left-handed hitter to hit like this. 

Farrell said, “He’s hit good pitching, and he’s hit left-handed pitching.”

And he might make the team, out of left field.

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After some fits and starts, he looks like the major power threat again. The tried to pry him for Alfonso Soriano this winter. No way is that happening now. “If he carries this over, he’s every bit the player they thought he was,” one scout said.

The stat guys who love him may see him rise to star status this year. Looked terrific in Giants camp, as he’s finally turning on more balls. Has four homers, 11 RBI and a .404 batting average.

He’s been sent down but he was so impressive in spring scouts were suggesting he might even be a better choice as the fifth starter than the Cardinals’ two very good candidates, and . He has hit 97 mph and has a dynamic change-up and better breaking ball than advertised. said he showed three above average pitches. “Plus, he’s a good kid,” Holliday said. Looks like the Cardinals hit the jackpot with the big right-hander outo the team before the end of this season.Klose was feared to have missed the entire campaign due to a knee injury that he suffered at the start of the season.But the 31-year-old has a chance of being back before the run in, which would greatly improv of Texas A&M, their first-round pick in 2012.

Like Wacha, he as a first-rounder in the 2012 draft, so he has only 15 professional innings under his belt. And like Wacha, he looks like a star in the making. “Electric” one scout says of his stuff. He is throwing in the mid-to-high 90s, and his breaking ball was getting better reviews than at LSU. Also, he throws across his body a bit like , so the ball is hard for batters to pick up. “With him and Dylan Bundy [the first-rounder the year before], they are going to be tough for years,’”one scout said.

He was throwing 97 to 98 mph and wowing them on the west coast of Florida. Rubby De La Rosa, the other prospects received in the big deal with the , is also getting good reviews. “That’s one heck of a trade,” noted a scout. Not to mention the fact they excised $260 million in player salaries.

He looks primed to make the jump from Double-A to replace (and ) in center field. He had a three-homer game that drew attention, but within that game, what really impressed folks was a single on a tough pitch in his last at-bat. will make the team, but only as a backup.

He’s squaring up almost everything. He has three homers, 11 RBI and a .310 batting average. He’ll probably squeeze onto a stacked Cardinals roster, but the , for one, could really use him. The lefty swinger would be a monster power source at Yankee Stadium.

He’s made the transition seamlessly, from third base to second, and should give the Padres needed extra offense.

The former No. 1 overall pick was sent out today, much to his disappointment. “He’s awesome,” catcher said. “He’s a smart kid who makes adjustments and is unafraid. He has a power fastball and a power changeup. He has a slider that’s in the works, and a curve in the works. He really fills up the strike zone.” He was throwing 92 to 96 and occasionally touching 97. “Good stuff,’’ one scout summarized. He’ll be in the majors sometime soon.

He’s being tried in the No. 2 hole, between superstars and , and he seems to be enjoying it. Batting .500 exactly (20 for 40). Two words of small caution: Nobody has better hitting conditions (in Tempe, and between Trout and Pujols), and he has a history of big spring.

Some scoffed when the Dodgers gave this rarely-seen Cuban $42 million. But it looks like it might be a steal along the lines of the deal ($36 million, four years) now. Hitting .452 over at Camelback Ranch with Dodgers.

He was sent out after a homer streak. Has to be one of the very best prospects in baseball. Cubs are stacked at shortstop.

Good thing they made room for this guy. He’s going to give the D-Backs a great speed dimension, though his one negative this spring is being thrown out on four of six steal attempts. Batting .458. He’s been “even better” than his stats raves a D-backs official.

The highly-touted LSU product is “finally healthy and made some adjustments with his setup.” Looks ready for the prime time. Hitting .387 in the desert. Another Sox outfield prospect Trayce Thompson, son of basketballer Mychal Thompson, is a great defender with an “improving bat.”

The free swinger is batting .359 as he tries to lock down the center-field job. Even better, he has five walks and a .422 on-base percentage.

Miami has three terrific minor-leaguer outfielders, including also Jake Marisnick (5 of 11 before suffering a broken hand being hit by a pitch) and Marcell Osuna, and if they’re all in the same outfield that’d be something. Yelich hit up a storm in Jupiter.

He had a huge spring, and appears to be a slight favorite to win the 2B job over . He looked serviceable defensively but the real selling point is that he should hit a ton for a second baseman.  Hitting .410 this spring.

Looks like the money ($75.2 million, five years) hasn’t gone to his head. He and his brother Justin are thriving together in Braves camp so far. Especially Justin, who’s hitting .408.

He came to camp without a job but it appears he’ll either start at second base (if isn’t back yet) or in the outfield, and appears to be penciled in as the Mets’ leadoff hitter.  He’s shown big power in spring.

Maurer, a mid-round draft choice, could crack th Inter Milan proved themselves short of the Bianconeri on Sunday.Juve took a grip of the Scudetto race with victory against the Nerazzurri.“Inter did well in first half, kept their ground with personality,” Lippi told Radio Anch’io Sport. “But the rotation. No less than identified him early on as the young Mariners prospect most ready to pitch in the bigs.

He has a chance to make the team, thanks partly to being out until at least mid-April while recovering from shoulder surgery. He’s hitting .378 and has big-time pop. A great story, he was out of the game a couple years. Ready to emerge.

Terrific all-around talent provides hope for future, and could lead to finding himself on the trade market. “He’s a real good looking middle infielder with a chance to hit,’’ one scout said.

He’s 15 for 39, and better still, with only five strikeouts. The two questions surrounding this “toolsy’’ play are his ability 1) stay health, and 2) avoid strikeouts. So far he’s doing both.

 A terrific defender, he’s hitting up a storm in the desert. Took a step back last year, but now looks ready to bloom. He’s slowed a bit after a hot start but still has a 1.069 OPS.

He’s banging the ball so well he was considered to be added to Team USA. Could be primed for a breakout season after second-half falloff last year. Hitting .415.

The lefty hitter is wowing scouts in Cardinals camp. They don’t need him … yet, anyway.

If he’s on the trading block, somebody better pony up quite a bit. He has 18 strikeouts and only two walks.

He’ll get the Opening Day start due to ’s slow spring, but he earned it. He’s 1-0 with a 0.71 ERA and a nice changeup has complemented his bread-and-butter curveball.

 Highton & Hove Albion.The 22-year-old joins the League One side on a one-year contract with the option of a further 12 months.Barclay began his career at Manchester City before moving to Brighton and had a loan spell at Notts County last term.”It’e’s been simply dominating for Boston, which needs a comeback year, from him and the team. He’s 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA. is 2-0 with a 0.00 after an early hamstring strain.

 He’s made the adjustment from a 97-mph thrower with little-to-no command to a pitcher who works at 91-94. Has 25 Ks and just six walks in 20 innings.

They need him to get his swing back with Yasmani Grandal missing 50 games due to his PED suspension, and he has done that. Batting .457 in Peoria.

 Some worry that his nice September might be a mirage, but at least he’s carried it into February and March. The Mariners having been hitting like crazy in Arizona. (Trade pickup has five homers.)

 He was drawing raves as an all-around player in Mesa, not just a power threat. The Cubs are doing a nice job building for the future.

 Kansas City has looked very good this spring, and Gordon is one reason. His big second half suggests he may be ready to become a bona fide star. Like Kendrick, he’s 20 for 40 this spring.

He’s returned from a bad bout with Desert Fever and looks like he has a chance to regain his career. Has chance to make team. Nice story. (Last year’s nice story, Lew Ford, is hitting .483 this spring.)

Big arm. He impressed scouts early but had a rough one late. “Not quite ready,’’ said a scout.

 He looks ready to break out. Could be a nice year in K.C.

 No surprise, the Rays’ young pitchers look good. Cobb has 23 strikeouts and just two walks. Chris Archer was shipped out with a 0.00 ERA.

The two second-year players are showing no signs of letting up. Trout looks like he might duplicate what he did last year (.408 this spring), and Harper should take a big step forward. He’s hitting a point higher at .409 with three homers and eight RBI.

List of the Day: HR leaders sorted by … popes

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Bless you, Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun!

Connolly, you see, has posted, courtesy of baseball historian Bill Arnold, . Yea, verily: Home runs, Popes.

As Connolly notes, 11 Holy Fathers have held sway during the life of major-league baseball, which provides us with some surprising and not-so-surprising home-run, um, archbishops.

Recreated for your spiritual uplift is said list:

home-run leaders, by PopePope, years of reignPapal HR leader, no. of homersPius IX, 1846-76Charley Jones, 6Leo XIII, 1878-1903Roger Connor, 138Pius X, 1903-14Frank Schulte, 73Benedict XV, 1914-22Babe Ruth, 162Pius XI, 1922-39Babe Ruth, 552Pius XII, 1939-58Ted Williams, 482John XXIII, 1958-63Hank Aaron and Harmon Killebrew, 174Paul VI, 1963-78Hank Aaron, 437John Paul I, 1978Jim Rice, 13John Paul II, 1978-2005Barry Bonds, 703Benedict XVI, 2005-13Albert Pujols, 312 Data courtesy of Dan Connolly and Bill Arnold; Popes courtesy of God

Jim Rice, taking the service entrance to greatness yet again.

Anyhow, bets on the HR leader during the reign of ? Giancarlo Stanton? M defender Toby Alderweireld insists they go to RB Leipzig in good spirits.Spurs fought back fro emulate club legend Dennis Bergkamp if he is to stay at the club for the next few years.The future of Ozil has come into sharp focus, given his huge contract and dwindling impact on the first team.Boss Unai Emery would prefer to offload the £350,00m a goal down to draw 1-1 at Burnley on Saturday ahead of Tuesday’s second-leg Champions League round 16 clash in Germany. RBL lead the tie 1-0 on aggregatike Trout? Ryan Braun or Miguel Cabrera if, God forbid, the actuarial estimates pDarmian, formerly of Torino, could be headed for Italy before the European transfer window closes on September 2. Meanwhile, centre-back Marcos Rojo, who came close to a Deadline Day move to Everton, will be staying at the club. “I can see maybe Mattrove to be accurate? Tony Campana in a verifiable miracle that will advance Francis’ case for sainthood?

On the subject of Popes and the smiting of baseballs, consider this obligatory in the utmost:

And also with you.

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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.”

ic.The 20-year-old, signed for £58m in the summer

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MLB announceChelsea veteran Olivier Giroud is not throwing his toys out of the pram at the club.The French striker has been struggling to get regular game time at the club this season.But rather than sulking about his position, he is taking steps to help his youd Monday free agent z scored twice as Wolves magnificently came from 2-0 down to win at in-form Southampton.Nuno enthused, “The way we are this season, Ryan Sessegnon is back with the England under-21 squad.The left back made his Spurs debut on Sunday after suffering from injury problems for the first few months of his tenure with the North London club.The 19-year-old also played on Wednesday in thwe must have a reaction within the competition, which is very hard when you are 2-0 down because you cannot abandon minor league pitcher has been suspended 50 games for a drug of abuse, which is is his second violation.

ea’s interest in Atalanta midfielder Ruslan Malino

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Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said MonUnited want an answer by Monday evening from Paulo Dybala about a move from Juventus.Corriere dello Sport says the Argentine must decide by Monday where his future lies, with a potential switch to Old Trafford one the United from Peter Kenyon includes highlighting manager Steve Bruce’s ‘European record’.The Sun reports former Manchester United and Chelsea chief Kenyon has been working with American firm GACP Sports – who also own Ligue 1 club Bordeaux – on a £3at involves Romelu Lukaku heading day pitcher ‘s MRI shows a mild strain where his lat and oblique meet on the left side of his body. Hoyer said Garza will rest a week to make sure he is pain-free. “What it means for the regular season, it’s too early to say. But reaalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen for their shock 3-1 win.He explained that Paco López had placed particular emphasis on Ter Stegen in his pre-match planning.“I knew exactly what I had to do,” the 26-year-old said. “We had been watching videos of hlly, it’s good news,” Hoyer said.

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.”

Report: Diamondbacks to make another push for Rick Porcello

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The willunk to training around the holidays.The Portugese winger spoke about his time with the Red Devils under Sir Alex Ferguson.And while he acknowledged that Ferguson was a tough manager, he said the boss had his moments of letting things slide.Speaking t attempt to package recently acquired shortstop and a pitching prospect to try and get pitcher from the , to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. 

Ahmed technically isn’t a member of the Diamondbacks yet, as the deal hasn’t been officially announced. But once it’s official, Ahmed might not remain in Arizona for long.

The Diamondbacks were mentioned as a potential trade partner for Porcello , but they weren’t thought to have the right mix of players to get a deal done. The Tigers reportedly were then seeking a shortstop. But now that the D-Backs have an extra shortstop, they may have the pieces to match up with the Tigers.

Porcello would likely jump into a starting role witt a permanent transfer for Sheyi Ojo.The 22-year-old is on a season long loan at the club, managed by Reds legend Steven Gerrard.He has played 17 games this term, scoring five and managing four assists.Football Insider says Rangers are exploring a peh the Diamondbacks, although the team has plenty of qualified candidates. , , and seem like locks for the first-four spots, with , and as potential candidates for the fifth spot.

The team will also get a mier Ademola Lookman has a bright future in the game.The 21-year-old signed for RB Leipzig in a permanent transfer, putting pen to paper on a five-year contract.He did not make it at Everton, but his former teammate Sigurdsson has no doubts about the wd-season boost from , who is recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Last season, Porcello had a 4.59 ERA and a 3.91 FIP in 176 1/3 innings with the Tigers. 

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ender John Stones.The Arsenal-hope-summer-transfer

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“Clearly, something went wrong for (Jon) last season.” That’s how regarding the Boston starter’s disastrous 2012 campaign. But Scott says Lester remains a great candidate for a significant bounce-back season in 2013, despite the 9-14 record and 4.82 ERA (both career worsts) from a year ago. Lester is just too talentema Tyres.The Blues announced on Friday that it is extending its partnership wited legend Chris Waddle is surprised Steve Bruce wants to join the club.Bruce is expected to leave Sheffield Wednesday to takeover at the club he supported as a boy.And Waddle warned the former Manchester United defender that he was walking into one oh the Japanese tyre company, who have been their shirt sponsor since 2015, although their logo will no longer be emblazoned on the front of defeat to Everton.Theo Walcott struck an injury-time winner as 10-man Everton came back from two goals down to stun Watford in a topsy-turvy encounter at Vicarage Road.Pearson reflected: “To play very positively in the first 44 minutes, to go two the club’s kit. Instead, Yokohad to be that bad again. His peripherals remained consistent with career norms, so location within the zone appears to be a culprit. We’re betting new manager John Farrell can root out the problem and bring Lester back to being a very good Fantasy pitcher. If all of this actually happens, and you pick Lester with a mid-round selection on Draft Day, you’ll be the envy of your league.