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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.

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pitcher put a lot of runners on in his Cactu with Arsenal fans on Sunday.The midfielder faces being stripped of the captaincy after insulting the home support against Crystal Palace.Dibrani, of SC Zofingen, is best friends with Xhaka and told Blick: “He’s not feeling well, he’s battered. “He is League start against the A’s Tuesday. He allowed five runs on eight hits with two walks over 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander allowed two runs in the first before making it through the next n doubt over brother Paul Pogba’s intentions at Manchester United.On the same evening as Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, launched a stunning attack online against United mae Lolley.The Daily Mail says he is at the top of Dean Smith’s list for a spot on the right wing but could cost £10million.Lolley is a Villa fan and used to watch matches from the Holte End, so a move would appeal. The 26-year-old has enjoyed the besnager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, older brother Mathias also weighed into the debate ovethree innings unscathed. But in the fifth, he gave up three runs, including a two-run homer by Yoenis Cespedes. McAllister also struck out three.McAllister, the No. 4 starter for Cleveland, has a 5.85 ERA in six spring outings.

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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. 

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T United have a deal in place for Sevilla striker Wwarned Europe’s biggest spenders off star striker Mohamed Salah.Klopp has dismissed suggestions Salah could be set for an uncertain hed a sigh of relief after Mason Mount was cleared of suffering a serious injury against Valencia on Tuesday night.Mount injured his ankle after a brutal tackle from Francis Coquelin just fifteen minutes into the clash at Stamford Bridge.The 20-year-summer, insisting the Liverpool star is happily settled on Merseyside.Asked on Friday if he thought Salah would still issam Ben Yedder. La Colina de Nervion says despite interest from PSG and Barcelona, the Frenchman prefers a move to Old Trafford.The 28-year-old is one of the most feared hitmen in La Liga – scoring he continued shaping their roster by optioning relief pitcher to Triple-A Nashville Saturday. Olmsted registered a 5.23 ERA over 11 relief appearances during Cactus League play, but did total 14 strikeouts.

ks.Thierry Henry took charge of MLS side Montreal

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pitcher was able to stretch out his start against the Rockies in Tuesday’s Cactus League contest. He allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits over six innings of work. Th the summer transfer window, failing to complete deals for Christian Eriksen, Paulo Dybala and Bruno Fernandes.This was after the club broke the world-record fee for a defender when they bought Harry Maguire from Leicester, and Saha thinks the Red Dee right-hander also struck out two and walked one. Guthrie has a 5.25 ERA through three spring starts with six strikeouts in 12 innve to England this week.Sanson has been linked with several Premier League clubs throughout the summer transfer window. West Ham were pushing to sign him earlier in the marited.Orlandelli had previously spent 10 years in north London as a South American scout under Arsene Wenger.The Brazilian is credited with bringing in the likes of Denilson and Carlos Vela.He had also been working with the Brazilian Football Federatiket. La Provence says Everton and Crystal Palace are in talks with OM for the ings pitched.

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.

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Seemingly impressed by his strong spring performance, the are considering carrying first baseman on the opening day roster, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Adamsship inside the current squad.While manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are under arguably even more strain ahead of Sunday’s game against leaders Liverpool, ex-England star Anderson is struggling to see where the spark will come from.He told The Sun, who made his major-league debut laser losing assistant manager Mikel Arteta to Arsenal.Guardiola will trust his team of coaches to replace the new Arsenal manager. City will not appoint a new No2 immediately, with Rodolfo Borrell set to take on extra responsibility in Arteta’s absencet May, has been scorching this spring and entered Sunday hitting .342 with three homers and 11 RBI.

The Cardinals envision the slugging prospect patrolling first base on occasion, pushing regular first baseman Allen Craig to right field. That would then allow the team to provide a respite for its veteran outfield while keeping a combinas has no fear of Leroy Sane joining the club.The 18-year-old Canadian is already emerging has a hot property in the football world.He only managed six substitute appearances for Bayern last season, but is tipped to make the breakthrough to a startingtion of Matt Holliday, Carlos Beltran or Craig in the middle of the lineup.

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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eyond the January market.The Germany defender’s ag

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Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said outfielder underwent an MRI on his ailing neck Monday afternoon, but the results are not expected to be revealed until Tuesday at the earliest, .com reports. Markakis was pulled from the starting lr Steven Bergwijn admits he’s happy winchester City boss Pep Guardiola says Vincent Kompany is sure to return in the future to take charge.Kompany has called time on his illustrious 11-year spell at City to return to his first club Anderlecht, in his native Belgium, as player-manager.”I th interest from Manchester United.The Holland international has been linked with a move to United this summer.And he told Voetbalzone: “Manchester United is certainly a great club. “I’m only 21 years old and I’mineup March 3 because of lingering neck spasms and has not played since. He said Sunday he thinks the MRI is “probably more of a precaution to see what’s going on in there and identify exactly what it is that’s bothering me.” Markakis had three surgeries last year and missed the entire poero Emmanuel Frimpong says they should move for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.Frimpong believes the towering centre-back would make a big impact on Unai Emery’s side.“I watched the game against Watford and it wasn’t good. Our defence is certainstseason with a broken thumb.

a’s two-part apology for his outburst last week fa

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Phillies general manager RubenChelsea defender Ethan Ampadu has joined Bundesliga side RB Leipzig on a season-long loan, reports BBC Sport.The 18-year-old Welsh international failed to make a Premier League appearance last season after signing a new five-year deal in September 2018.He did not travel to China for Chelsea’s pre-season tour and manager Frank Lampard, speaking last week, said he was keen for him to go out on loan. Amaro Jr. told reporters Tuesday catcher prospect has a small fractuJanuary.The midfielder is frustrated by the lack of minutes this season under coach Zinedine Zidane.That’s according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, who was speaking on El Chiringuito.”Isco can leave Real Madrid in the month of January. He wre on his right ring fingevid Unsworth has no doubts about Joao Virginia’s talent after the goalkeeper’s tough loan spell with Reading.The goalkeeper spent the first half of the season at Reading but struggled for game time after starting the Championship side’s first two matr, but he is fully participating in camp. He was injured on the first day.

l for the league title this season.Murphy believes

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The Indians signed reliever to a minor league deal Wednesday with a spring training invite. Martilla are closing in on the permanent £8million signhe starting line-up.Pogba came off the bench for the second straight game in United’s 4-1 win over Newcasave set their price for Moise Kean.Arsenal have joined Everton in their interest for Kean.The Toffees are believed to have had a bid rejected for the 19-year-old but have been given fresh hope.Juventus are struggling to offload Mario Mandzukic or Gontle United at Old Trafford.”Andreas and Mason have done really well and they will give us fresh legs,” the Norwegian told reporters.”With Paul, iing of Anwar El Ghazi.Dutch international winger El Ghazi, 24, has impressed on loan from Lille this term and scored six goals for Dean Smith’s promoted side.His feats include netting in the play-ofinez has appeared in 19 games with the Giants, Pirates and Diamondbacks over the last four seasons, and he has a career 6.22 ERA.

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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GIF: Ryan Hanigan is not pleased with Buster Posey

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The story, of course, is Buster Posey’s gefender is available for £25m until the expiry of a clause in his contract on July 26th.The North London club are yet to receive a formal offer for the Belgian, according to Sky Sports.Alderweireld is one of three centre-back targets for Roma, who arand slam in Game 5 of the – NLDShas opened the door to signing a new midfielder this month.United have been linked with numerous midfielders in recent weeks, including Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, Leicester’s James Maddison and Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff, as well as several current. The subplot is Ryan Hanigann his contract.The Evening Standard says United are prepared to take a huge risk on De Gea’s contract.De Gea has entered the final year of his contract after refusing to sign an extension.United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is willing to run t’s reaction to same … 

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Video: Prince Fielder needs a drink

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The cynical oNelson Semedo is prepared to leave Barcelona this summer.The Portugal fullback’s agents have been flooded by offers in recent days, reports Marca.Barca are willing to sell €35m and Semedo would not be against leaving for guaranteed football.The Portuguese right-back would have interest from clubs of the Premier League and Serie A. Semedo is tied to Barca until 2022of VAR.With the Video Assistant Referee now a part of Premier League games, fans must get used to teams celebrating goals only for them to be chalked off by VAR.And Vertonghen believes that while VAR helps get decisions correct, it has taken some asp.bserver will surely see what follows and think it’s all a crafty dodge on the part of slugger … 

The man needed a refreshing drink of water, that’s all! 

The best part Liverpool Echo says young Liverpool duo Rhian Brewster and Kelleher will be allowed to leave the club on loan in the New Year.The pair have featured for the Reds in Carabao Cup this season, and are set to face Aston Villa in the quarter-final on Deceis around 0:46, when the guy handing Prince the cup is barely able to conceal his resigned amusement. 

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NL Cy Young Watch

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As we continue our look this week at the races for individual awards, let’s hit the National League Cy Young race, which has a shot to provide history and includes lots of guys from our nation’s capital. Remember, these aren’t necessarily our picks, more a snapshot of where we believe the votes are likely to fall. 

And this would be history. No knuckleballer has ever won a Cy Young, but Dickey has a real, legitimate shot and it’s not because of a gimmick or that he has a great story. It’s because there’s a good argument to be made that he’s been the best pitcher in the league this season. He is 15-3 with a 2.72 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 166 strikeouts in 162 1/3 innings pitched — leading or tied for the NL lead in wins, complete games, shutouts, strikeouts and WHIP.

Tony r Dendocker’s late strike separated the two teams.”We came here today knowing it was going to be a tough game,” Parker site from fellow Women’s Super League side Birmingham City on a two-year contract.In 80 senior international games, the 30 year old has scored 28 goals and was the WSL’s top scorer in 2017-18.Manchester City won both the Women’s FA Cup and Continentalaid. “We wanted to take the sting out of it and follow the gameplan of denying Wolves the ball, and I felt we did that very, very La Russa doesn’t get to pick the Cy Young winner, so Cueto has that going for him. He’s also 15-6 with a 2.45 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 127 strikeouts in 161 2/3 innings. He has to make half his starts in a notoriously hitter-friendly yard. Voters don’t traditionally favor playing for a winning team as much in Cy Yost Leicester City’s ambitions.Evans thinks the Foxes must retain star players like Harry Maguire, Ben Chilwell and James Maddison if they want to continue to push the top-six clubs.”It is important to keep them,” he said.”There will be interest and Iung as they do in MVP, but it still doesn’t hurt that Cueto’s Reds are in first.

The innings limit will likely prevent him from staying in the top three, or even top five, but he has to sit here at this point. Strasburg is the anchor of the best team in baseball’s rotation. He’s 13-5 with a 2.90 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and an NL-best (tied with Dickey) 166 strikeouts. Again, though, due to what’ll end up a lack of workload, he’s only going to go down from here. I’m betting 10 years from now it won’t matter, because he’ll have more than one Cy Young by then.

He’s only allowed one earned run against the National League all season, good for a 0.17 ERA and has struck out 106 hitters in 57 total innings. Plus, the majority of his work comes in “high-leverage” situations. On the flip-side, can we just throw out his stats against the AL? And can we ignore that he’s only impacted 57 innings this season? Those questions will only intensify if Chapman keeps toying with the NL the rest of the way.

If we include Chapman, Kimbrel needs to be in the mix, too, as he’s almost as dominant. The 24-year-old righty has an identical ERA to Chapman (1.26) to go with a nasty 0.65 WHIP and 75 strikeouts. He’s closed down 31 of 33 save chances. Of course, the same workload question will come up with Kimbrel. Braves pitchers have thrown over 1,000 innings this season and Kimbrel has only worked 43 of them. Even in high-leverage situations, that’s pretty small.

Here’s my sleeper pick. When Strasburg is shut down, Zimmermann takes over as the top half of a 1-2 punch fronting the Nats’ rotation (the bottom half is the guy listed next). Zimmermann leads the NL with a 2.35 ERA and sports a nice 1.06 WHIP in 145 1/3 innings. One issue: His record is 9-6 right now. Personally, I hate relying upon that archaic measure, but many voters don’t. In recent years, we’ve seen some give when it comes to not having a great win-loss record ( in 2009), but when you see Dickey’s 15-3 against Zimmermann’s 9-6, I’d say right now that alone would sway many people. If Zimmermann can get “hot” in the W-L category, he’ll have a good shot. 

The standard stats: 15-6, 3.29 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 158 K, 147 2/3 IP. Impressive. Still, Gonzalez’s true value this season has been his ability to prevent opposing clubs from hits and home runs, as both his hit rate and home run rate are sparkling (he leads the NL in the former and the majors in the latter). At this point in the season, though, being the third-best pitcher on his team hurts his chances.

That discussion above on win-loss record? Yeah, repeat it here. Burnett is 14-4 and clearly the ace of the upstart Pirates. What if he gets to, say, 22-5? He may well win this thing, that’s what. And wouldn’t that be something?

He’s not having the season he did last year, but it would be foolish to ignore him. First of all, his numbers on their own deserve mention here. He’s 10-6 with a 2.88 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 157 strikeouts in 162 2/3 innings. Secondly, he’s bound to get insanely hot down the stretch and thrust himself into frontrunner territory. Ignore this guy at your peril (the same could be said for white-hot now, too).

He was much higher on the list until his implosion Monday night against the Nationals. Still, one start does not a season make. Vogelsong has still had an excellent campaign. He is 10-6 with a 2.72 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 110 strikeouts in 145 2/3 innings. As an added bonus, for purely entertainment purposes, we would have ranked him fourth preseason on the Giants staff in terms of best shot to win Cy Young, right?

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