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22-year-old completed a big money move from Brentf

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reliever earned his third save of the spring with a cl Azzurri were knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage which included finalists Liverpool and were dumped out of the Europa League in the last eight by Arsenal, who will face Chelsea in Baku.Ancelotti said, “It is a small consolation ean ninth inning Thursday against the Marlins.

Boggs has a 1.13 ERA in eight spring innings and remains in line to close for the Cardinals until Jason Motte returns from injury. Motte is exp has confirmed the club are weighing up loan options for Emile Smith Rowe, Eddie Nketiah and Tyreece John-Jules.A’s No1.Martinez is currently backup for Bernd Leno.But he wrote for arsenal.com: “I made a promise to my dad that I would make it. I intend to keep that promise.”I’m the No 2 for now, but it won’t stay that way. My aim is to be No 1 and I’ll keep worsked about exciting midfielder Smith Rowe, Arteta said: “We are assessing the situation with three of them [young players]. “We are evaluected to open the season on the disabled list, and there isn’t a hard timetable for his return. The injury is denoted as a “strain” for now, suggesting it won’t keep Motte out for long.

k twice for Roma as Cagliari set up a nervous fini

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

Team USA has bats and resolve to win WBC (but are arms enough?)

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PHOENIX — Team USA is missing maybe the best five American pitchers — , , , and — as it tries to buck its stunningly mediocre World Baseball Classic record and win in the sport America invented.

But say this for this team: They brought a group with an uncommonly patriotic bent. The 27 guys who agreed to play for Joe Torre’s team are a supremely focused, determined and even personable group that is talking a great game on the eve of the third WBC event.

“Write this, ‘We didn’t come all the way here to (bleepin’) lose,'” USA outfielder said.

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Torre and his veteran group of coaches, including longtime right-hand men Larry Bowa and Willie Randolph, are impressed by the competitive attitude shown by a group led by , , and other country-first guys. Randolph, in particular, said he noticed a difference between this crew and Team USA’s previous two squads, suggesting this one is singularly focused on the prize after a dismal 7-7 mark posted in the disappointing 2006 and 2009 events.

No one can claim that the USA roster is made up of only the very best American players, but Randolph pointed out the roster’s strengths include speed, versatility and other less obvious positive traits. gives any team options. can put a scare into any opposing pitcher.

Torre talked up the table-setting Rollins and . , a .300 hitter, was the ninth-place hitter in one of the exhibitions. The strong and crazy-deep 10-man bullpen, with at the end, would be the envy of any manager.

In a short few days, the staff and its players have bonded. Perhaps best of all, it also has the guys who wanted to be here representing their country, which USA officials often cite as the biggest positive.

That is, of course, another way of admitting that not all the very best and brightest stars are here. In particular, the starting pitching is solid but less than glittering.

Verlander and Kershaw are said to have shown interest in playing, his disappointment over comments by Birmingham City following his dismissal from the club.The 40-year-old was sacked on Tuesday, with the Blues reasoning that Monk did not serve the “long term interests of the club” and that they wanted to “adopt a fbut Kershaw had a hip injury late last season that allowed the to discourage him, and Verlander’s extra October innings delayed his training start, eliminating him.

Team USA retains outward confidence. But there’s concern that Team USA has a bull’s-eye on its back. And there’s more concern that many of the top starters aren’t here.

“The other teams want to beat the piss out of the U.S.,” one USA official said. ‘”Until we win, we’re not going to get all our (very) best players to come.event pitch invasions.The Liverpool Echo says Liverpool are planning to write to UEFA to voice their concerns after a pitch-invader left Adrian with an injury by gatecrashing the Super Cup celebrations.The Reds were toasting their 5-4 penalty-shootou”

The hope is that once Team USA brings home the trophy, then relays how great winning felt, no one will again decline an invite. Sometimes it’s hard to push.

is in the group of late October players from last year. is returning from a shoulder injury, an ankle injury.

, the best player in the majors last year, hasn’t earned financial security yet. So it’s understandable he didn’t go. (Word is, he consulted with Bryce Harper, who also didn’t make it).

The pitching is the real issue though. , , and are four more that couldn’t, or didn’t, make it. Contracts just signed, about to be signed or being negotiated acted as a disincentive for top pitchers. Arms are fragile, and there’s a fine line between a $150-million-plus contract and no contract at all.

Team USA seems to be doing an exemplary job not focusing on who isn’t here (except when we ask about it), though it’s obvious who’s missing. One plus: None of the other teams seems to have overwhelming starting pitching, either.

Team Mexico, who Team USA faces in its opener Friday, saved its ace for this game. Mexico used journeyman Rodrigo Lopez in its loss to Italy on Thursday. Other teams are similarly thin.

Team USA will start with 37-year-old knuckleballer , had been close to completing the deal in January for £200,000, but it has taken until now for Kilmarnock to confirm an agreement had been reached.Smith, 16, will join the Elite Development Squad with immediate effect.Kilmarnock said in a statement:whose fast knuckleball could be a major weapon, then use , and as starters. It’s a very nice group but less than optimal.

When one Team USA official was reminded how great the lineup should be, he noted, cautiously, “What happens from 60 feet, six inches is what matters.”

Dickey should give Team USA a great chance in the opener, as it appears he’s reached his prime in his late 30s, winning the National League Cy Young Award last season. He also is very much into it, which counts, too.

“I’m here because this is one of the greater privileges of my athletic career. And that’s how I see it,” Dickey said.

Team USA will try to make up for what it lacks in established arms with bats and attitude. It’s a group that loves the idea of representing its country, which can’t hurt.

“We are not here to get out of spring training. We’re not here to go on a little vacation,” Wright said. “It’s time for us to win. A lot of other teams have been preparing longer. But pride will kick in. We are 0 and 2. We want to be the team that snaps that.”

Randolph, Wright’s first major-league manager with the , is thrilled at how the star third baseman has grown into a leader. Others, too, are here because they are excited about it.

New outfielder personally called Torre to beg his way onto the team as a reserve. first baseman rushed over from Surprise, Ariz., when went out with a wrist injury.

Pride is already starting to kick in.

“It’s our game,” Torre said. “That doesn’t mean other teams can’t play it. But we’re here to win. We’re here to get to San Francisco. We’re interested in moving on. Our goal is long-term, long range.”

Their hearts and their intentions are in the right place. The only question is whether they have enough arms to do the job.

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.

e announced plans for a new stadium.The Milan gian

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A’s catcher clubbed his his presence at a Seville festival last week.The Croatian was pictured smiling in pictures from the fesed.Newcastle are in form facing an impressive Blades tonight.Wilder said, “I am not surprised by the job he has done at Newcastle.“It is a big, big football club and you need a big personality and Steve certainly has it.“There is a result on the tivities a day after he was part of Ernesto Valverde’s team that lost 4-0 at Champions League opponents Liverpool.”I don’t have any problem with ssecond home run in three days Thursday, as he took Cubs lefty starter deep in the second innGenoa have snapped up free agent Valon Behrami.The 34-year-old Swiss international was a free agent after his deal with FC Sion was terminated by mutual consent at the start of October.This is a return to Serie A and indeed to Genoa, where Behrami already played in 2003-04.Mattia Perin has also arrived on-loan from Juventus and Mattia Destro in a similar deal from Bologna.ing. Norris’ shot was a solo home run, his second of the spring. He added one walk and a pair of runs, in a 5-3 win in Cactus League action.

Klopp has turned down an approach from Juventus.Th

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MLB.com reports Ra admits it will be very hard for his team to qualify for the Champions League next season.The Gunners were knocked out of the Europa League by Olympiacos on Thursday.And qualifying through the Premier League will be tough considering they are ninth ockies starting pitcher (back, neck) is making positive progress after throwing bullpen sessions Monday and Wednesday. “No pain,” Friedrich said. “Everything’s as it should be. I’m recovering well. I threw all my pitches. I couldn’t ask for it to fe pride making a winning Premier League debut against Southampton.The 22-year-old finally made his first league start over seven years after joining the Blues, after returning to the club from PSV Eindhoven in a £5.5million deal in the summer.And thael better.” Friedrich said he needs at least one more side session before facing live hitters. He said he’s possibly 7-10 days from pitching in a game. “I hope I’m not too far behind. I’ll worry about that once I come to it,” Friedrich said of competing for a spot in the team’s rotation. “Everyone else i fourth round Carabao Cup clash with Manchester United.The Blues were drawn at home to United in the next round of the competition, after defeating Grimsby Town 7-1.Instead of fearing getting another big team so early in the competition, Lampard belis hating it, but I’ll take any extra time I can to get past this minor setback.”

cision to step down as manager on matchdays.Kompan

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

Real Madrid veteran Marcelo expects Keylor Navas t

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The Chicago White Sox announced on Friday that they agreed to a deal with second baseman on a one-year deal worth $2.935 million, avoidinhester Unitetacker Gabriel Barbosa.The 23-year-old has scored goals for fun during a loan spell with Flamengo, having smashed in 43 in all competitions.Despite Frank Lampard wanting to bolster his attack this month, the Blues are not interested in signing the Brd. So those at the theatre are beginning to dream to again. And their biggest ally in this battle happens to pulling the on Liverpool and Manchester City.FIFA announced on Thursday that they would not overturn their decision to ban Chelsea from buying players over the next two transfer windows. And Sarri admits it will be difficult for the Blues to challenge for the tstrings at Tottenham…It began in London, then spread to Turin. The Kane rumours. Talk of England’s captain being ung arbitration.

Hal Steinbrenner issues statement on Yankees losing ALCS

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The were just swept in the ALCS — and pretty well dominated throughout the series — so that means it’s time for , many Yankees fans to call for mass changes to the organization and for a Steinbrenner to give us his thoughts.

Sure enough, managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner has released the following statement. He seems a bit less angry than his father would have been, but that’s pure conjecture.

Anyway, here is the full statement:

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“I want to thank our passionate fans for their support this season.

“We fell short of our singular and constant goal, which is a World Series Championship. However, I am proud of the accomplishments of this year’s team. We earned the best record in the American League and were one of the four teams to advance to the League Championship Series, despite having to overcome and fight through a series of long-term injuries to a number of our key players.

“Make no mistake, this was a bitter end to our year, and we fully intend to examine our season in its totality, assess all of our strengths and weaknesses and take the necessary steps needed to maintain our sole focus of winning the World Series in 2013. Great teams –and organizations — use disappointment as a motivation for future improvements and success. In the days, weeks and months ahead, we plan to do what’s necessary to return this franchise to the World Series.

“Nothing has changed. Nothing will change. My family — and our organization — has a long-standing commitment to provide all of our fans a championship-caliber team year after year.

“W on snapping up the 21-year-old midfielder, who made his Premier League breakthrough last season, with Newcastle putting a £50million price-tag on his head.”You never want to lose your best young players, and I think we’ve made it pretty evident thae may have fallen short yesterday but we never feel sorry for ourselves and never make excuses. We already are beginning the process to find a way to win our 28th World Championship.

“I want to congratulate Mike Ilitch, Dave Dombrowski, Jim Leyland, and the . They certainly proved worthy of representing the American League in the World Series, and are well deserving of this honor.”

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis snapped in apparent Manchester United gear ahead of his move from Crystal Palace being confirmed.United will announce the signing of the 21-year-old from Crystal Palace on Friday.Wan-Bissaka coy midfielder Phil Foden admits the title race could be decided this month.City are now 11 points runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool.“We are all gutted in the changing room,” Foden said after Saturday’s draw at Newcastle United.”We wanted to gmpleted his medical on Thursday, and he is now set to be, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

Coco Crisp hero again as Athletics push Tigers to Game 5

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OAKLAND — Ah, October. That magical, mystical time of year, when the most unexpected, inspirationkeeper Joel Periera has explained his reasons for going out on loan to Hearts.The Portuguese under-21 international will spend the coming season at Tynecastle.The youngster is hoping that he can gain first team experihile Manchester United have been regarded as favourites to sign the Norway international, TMW are reporting Juve are now leading the race – thanks to their relationship with Haaland’s intermediary Mino Raiola.Indeed, it’s suggested Raiola has assuredence and prove his value to the Ual and Cinderella of stories … can deflate like a horrible dream.And so it was late Wednesday when, not long after the Orioles suffered devastating loss to the Yankees, the Athletics, within three outs of signing off for the summer … delivered another moment for the ages.

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Trailing by two runs and facing closer to start the ninth, , with eight strikeouts in four games, knocked a leadoff single. followed with a double and followed with another double.Game tied. And then untied when , one of Tuesday’s heroes, helped himself to another dose of glory with a two-out, run-scoring single to deliver a thrilling 4-3 victory.It was wild, it was rowdy and, oh my, here comes Game 5.How do you explain this stuff that Oakland keeps doing?Detroit wase clear his commitment to Manchester United.Sutton has called on Pogba to make a final decision on his future so that everybody at the club can move on.The 26-year-old has been linked with a move away from United ever since he declared he was interes three outs from winning. Three outs from advancing to a second consecutive AL Championship Series.Now, an alley fight stands between the Tigers and another stab at playing for a chance to advance to their first World Series since 2006.This ending was as quick, sudden and shocking as so many others authored by Oakland in this dream season. was terrific for four innings, and then worked into the sixth to set the Tigers up to win., , , and, finally, Valverde followed him to the mound. And all but Valverde kept the A’s in check.And then, Oakland was unleashed.

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.

Perfect is perfect, but Felix’s was as good as it gets

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Imagine what they’ll get for him now.No, I Pep Guardiola can be tempted back home.Font plans to stand for election at the next Barca presidential poll and is in contact with Al Sadd coach Xavi and agent Carles Puyol about quitting their current jobs to join his ticket and return to their for’m not going there. Not yet. It wouldn’t be fair to . It wouldn’t be fair to the Mariners.Besides, now that the King has written himself even more deeply into Mariners history, how could they ever think of trading him (if they ever did think of it)?

How could they ever let him leave, after what he has done — and what he did Wednesday.

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We probably shouldn’t rank perfect games — perfect is perfect, right? — but I’m about to, anyway.This one was as good as it gets.This was a pitcher so dominating that you were sure the weren’t going to break it up — and so confident that he was sure of it, too.This was a guy who had a 95 mph fastball — but mostly stayed away from it because his curve and sinker were even better.”Late and just straight down,” catcher said, describing Hernandez’s curveball in a postgame interview on ‘s Root Sports. “You can’t hit that. No human can.”That’s what the Rays had to be thinking. That’s what I was thinking as I watched. That’s no doubt what you were thinking, too.No one can hit that.Hernandez had 12 strikeouts, and I’m half-tempted to write that he ONLY had 12 strikeouts.The surprise wasn’t that the Rays never got to first base. The surprise was that 15 of the 27 guys who came to the plate actually put the ball in play.Of course, only four of the final 12 guys did put it in play. After the fifth inning, no one got a ball out of the infield.That domination was part of what made this special, but only part of it.The other part was that it was Felix.They call him the King in Seattle, but when you’re so good that you only need a first name, you don’t really need a nickname (even if it’s a fitting one).Everyone knows Felix . . . as opposed to, say, Phil Humber.It was Humber who threw the first perfect game of 2012, back in April, in Seattle against Felix’s Mariners. And it was Humber who Felix referred to as “” in his postgame television interview Wednesday.I bring that up not to belittle Humber, and not to make fun of Felix’s faulty memory. I bring it up because of what Felix said it meant to him.”When [Humber] did that, I said, ‘I have to throw one. I have to,'” Hernandez said.He was thinking about it.He was thinking about it in April, and he was thinking about it Wednesday.”It was in the mind the whole game,” he said. “It was, ‘You’ve got to do it. You’ve got to.'”A pitcher who tells himself that he has to throw a perfect game — and then does it?Yes, that’s special. That’s Felix.And yes, that’s why he’s worth so much to the Mariners — and would be worth so much if general manager Jack Zduriencik ever decides he’s willing to trade him.

But he can’t.

Zduriencik regularly says that he won’t trade him. He regularly says that you win with pitchers like Felix, with pitchers capable of doing what Felix did Wednesday.There just aren’t that many of them out there.But what if he did trade him? If he did, it would happen in the winter, rather than in July, because the Mariners believe it would be easier to create a market then. If he did, he’d want a huge return, and he’d want players back who could help the Mariners win right away.It’s very possible that Zduriencik never wacht Frankfurt defender Martin Hinteregger.It is no secret the Gunners are looking for long term defensive signings in the January and summer transfer windows.William Saliba will join the squad at the start of next season, but the Gunners want anotheill trade away the King.But if he did, imagine how much he could get back?Especially after a day likee with Atletico Madrid.The striker quit Chelsea for Atletico last January.”On a personal level, I feel at home,” Morata noted.”I’m very comfortable with my teammates, with the people at the club, and on a professional level it’s been a very important Wednesday.

Chris Perez fans flames in Indians-Royals spat

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Benches cleared twice and there were three ejections in Saturday night’s – game, . The rift between the two clubs began when Royals starter hit Indians right fielder with a pitch early in the game. The Indians took exception and at least one of them was still a bit riled up after the game. Closer , who picked up his second save of the season in the game, :

Huge team win tonight; time for a sweep to tell the Royals it’s not “Our Time”, it’s . P.S.You hit us, we hit you. Period.

— Chris Perez (@ChrisPerez54) Fon striker Richarlison doesn’t expect him to be allowed to leave this summer.The Brazil international is a target for Inter Milan.”He still has a four-year contract with Everton,” Renato Velasco told Italian media. “I think there will be some officir those unaware, the Royals have made “our time” their mantra for the 2012 season, so Perez is sniping at them. According to the Royals broadcast Sunday, the entire locker room — even the players without Twitter accounts — is quite aware of Perez’s tweet. After Sunday’s game, the Indians and Royals will square off 15 more times this season — so there’s definitely potential for some more brawling. For more baseball news, rumors aidfielder Steven Defour is delighted with his move to Royal Antwerp.Defour has penned a one-year deal.He said, “Burnley never intended to let me go, but at the end of the transfer period we sat down together to find a solution. “I know that the KV Mend analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the helsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel is facing longer on the sidelines as he recovers from knee surgery.Eindhovens Dagblad says PSV Eindhoven were keen to sign Van Ginkel this summer after his successful loan.However, the midfielder may not be fit for and .

van Persie believes Unai Emery is failing to conne

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MLB.com reports that Pirates OF prospect has not played since May 22, but that director of player development Kyle Start said that his absence has not been due to injury. “We’re continuing to help him make some adjustmentsan striker Mauro Icardi has turned down a move to Arsenal.Sportmediaset says Icardi has rejected the chance to join Arsenal as part of a swap deal involving Pierre-Emerick Aubameyan’s clear Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling is rapidly improving.Sterling netted another England goal in the win against Bulgaria yesterday and Three Lions boss Southgate has been explaining how the City attacker’s game has changed in the last g.Icardi was offered a move to north London in a deal which would hav to the Triple-A level and picking our spots to help him make those adjustmentroversy isn’t going away anytime soon.Real Madrid were unhappy with decisions not taken at this week’s El Clasico, which ended 0-0.”We’ve talked about it more than once,” Valverde said at his press conference ahead of their game against Alaves on Sats rather than just competing in games,” Stark said.