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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.

says te full-back’s proposed £11million move fro

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catcher boosted his spring average in Wednesday’s Grapefrhalf-time of their win Ajax in the Champions League semi-final second leg.Spurs were down jaer says they’re on track to close the gap on Prem champs Manchester City.It’s been 10 years since ­ Manchester United last did a ­Premier League double over ­their rivals – and Solskjaer ­reckons that’s way to long. “That stat is not nice t3-0 on aggregate at the break but managed to score three goals in the second half to book their spot in the final. And fullback Kieran Trippier has revealed Kanuit League contest against the Astros. He went 3 for 4 with a run scored in the 6-2 win. Buck singled for all three of his hits, raising his average to .343.The 32-year-old also WORST in his new job at Juventus.De Laurentiis admits there’s little love lost between the pair.“Maurizio’s a good Coach, I saw a lot of him,” he told Corriere dall Sera.“I’m not surprised, football is no longer about icons. He didn’t win anythinhas two homers, seven RBI and a .600 slugging percentage through 15 spring games.

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.

Trading Rick Porcello would be a mistake

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starting pitcher has been involved in trade rumors throughout the spring. The latest is that the and are “active” in talks on Porcello, . The Tigers reportedly would need a “strong” return to cough up Porcello, and it’s always worth listening to offers, so the Tigers aren’t doing anything wrong.

Yet.

If they do trade Porcello, however, I believe they will regret it down the road.

The folly would be to surmise that Porcello has had four years in the majors and has proven he’s not a quality starter. He was 10-12 with a 4.59 ERA last season and led the AL in hits allowed, sure, but he’s still only 24 years old. History is lined with both l tactical advice to the players.Ronaldo is now owner Real Valladolid, while Berlusconi controls Monza.”Why did you never make a goal from the corner? It’s so easy,” Ronaldo claimed Berlusconi said.“Put everybody outside the area and when he kicks iate bloomers and players who didn’t even hit the majors until they were 24. There’s a reason why Porcello was taken in the first round out of high school and landed a spot in the Tigers’ rotation at the tender young age of 20. He’s incredibly talented.

And we nue to grow.The 22-year-old has scored eight goals which is good enough to make him the joint-leading scorer in the Premier League.Although he didn’t score in Saturday’s win over Newcastle, Lampard is pleased with other facets of Abraham’s game.Lampamight just be seeing the start of something special this spring.

This obviously comes with a huge caveat. Spring stats for the most part don’t mean much. There are just far too many circumstances that don’t equate to success in the regular season. With someone young and on the trading block like Porcello, however, I feel like it’s worth a look. And he has a 2.50 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 18 strikeouts in 18 innings this spring. Oh, and zero walks. That’s right. Eighteen strikeouts and zero walks in 18 spring innings.

So Porcello could very well be primed for a breakout season, meaning the Tigers have the potential to have an elite rotation.

The flip side to the argument would be that the Tigers are in “win now” mode and that holding a youngster in hopes that he breaks out goes against the mindset. I’d offer up two items in rebuttal:

1. Porcello is the fifth starter. Not a prospect. 2. What the Tigers reportedly seek in return — a right-handed hitting outfielder and/or a closer — isn’t worth coughing up a major-league-caliber starter with breakout potential like Porcello.

The Tigers might have no intention of trading Porcello and instead are merely listening to offers because they are .The 24-year-old rarely posts on social media, but took to Twitter just before 9pm to reveal his home down south had been broken into while he popped out for some food with his partner, Lauren, reports the Evening Chronicle.Hayden had been spending tgetting them. If that’s the case, they are doing exactly what they should — because trading Porcello right now would be a mistake.

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ameron John is staying tightlipped on his future a

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

this summer.The English winger just completed his

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Though a failed physical negated the three-year, $39 million offer the Red Sox made to free agent catcher earlier this ofnager Marcelo Bielsa does not believe that it is wise to compare his side to Arsenal.The two teams are set to go head to head in the FA Cup third round, with Bielsa’s promotion chasing team getting a chance to battle against a Premier League side.Butfseason, the two sides havein the Premier League.Despite being part of Villa’s team fohas not future at the club. Xhaka told fans to f*** off after he was booed off the ground whilst being substituted during Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.”The sympathy is not with the reaction, the sympathy is with him being nominated captain br Sunday’s thrashing by Manchester City, El Ghazi insists he’s happy in England and feels there’s more to come from him.”But the fact that I now play in the Premier League almost every week f been working on a new deal in the weeks since, and according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, the situation should be resolved by late January. Though Napoli’s hip was the cause of concern in his physical, he’s expected to be ready for opening day.

Rangers, A.J. Pierzynski agree on one-year, $7.5M deal

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The have agreed to sign free-agent catcher , according to CBSSports.com’s Scott Miller. The one-year deal is pending a physical and is worth $7.5 million, repEd Woodward’s public support was “not needed”. Despite their poor form, Red Devils executive vice-chairman Woodward said at United’s quarterly investors’ call last Tuesday that “it’s important that we’re patient while Ole and his team build for the forts Jon Heyman.

Pierzynski, 35, hit .278/.326/.501 with 27 homers, 77 RBI and 68 runs last season in 135 games for the . The 27-homer season appears an outlier, however, as Pierzynski hit only 17 homers combined in 2010-11 and his previous career high in single-season home runs was 18, back in 2005.

It’s also true that US Cellular Field is a homer-friendly ballpark, as it ranked fourth in homers last season and Pierzynski hit 18 of his home runce Goodridge has signed a new contract with the Clarets, extending his stay at Turf Moor until the summer of 2021.Goodridge, 20, originally started out at Manchester City, before spending two years at Newcastle United in the youth team, where he plays at The Cell, but so is Rangers Ballpark. So the expected regression in power numbers will only be due to Pierzynski returning more to previous levels and not attributable to the home ballpark.

Behind the plate, Pierzynski works well with his pitching staff and has thrown out 24 percent of would-be basestealers in his career.

Pierzynski will slide in as the Rangers’ everyday catcher while will serve as the primary backup.

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Free agent preview: Mark Reynolds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Woman involved in Aroldis Chapman robbery pleads guilty to misdemeanor

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

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

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

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

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

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Report: Ichiro wants to stay in New York

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wants to return to the next season, to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman.

Sherman spoke to a person close to Ichiro, who said the 38-year-old outfielder really enjoyed playing for the team. Ichiro t allocation for the Champions League final against Tottenham.Both the Reds and Spurs were given 16,613 tickets each for the clash at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid on June 1.That is despite the new stadium boasting a capacity of 68,000, with the liked that the atmosphere in the clubhouse was “professional” and that many of the players on the teamhis game on two Brazilians.Lampey left Chelsea for Brighton last week.He spoke about his personal qualities and the players he has admired during his development, which includes two famous Brazilians.Lamptey said, “I’m very hardworking and will giv are close to his age.

It may not take a lot of money to entice Ichiro to stay, either. According to Sherman’s source, Ichiro would likely decline a larger contract in order to stay where he’s happy. He allegedly deferred about $5 million per year on his last longterm deal in order to stay in . Sherman said that a one-year deal worth betw with Southampton.Adrian suffered a freak ankle injury after his penalty shoot-out heroics against Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup final when he was clattered by a pitch invader.“Today I feel much better,” he told the official club website.“It was een $5 million and $8 million could be enough for Ichiro to re-sign. He added that Ichiro may want an option for the following season. Since joining the Yankees, Ichiro has hit .283/.307/.390 in 240 plate appearances. 

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Mat Latos ready for Game 5 start

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CINCINNATI — Last December, Walt Jocketty traded three of the Reds’ top prospects to for a pitcher he thought could put the team over the edge — the type of pitcher that you can count on in the postseason if you have just one game to win. will have his chance to prove he’s that guy on Thursday.

Latos will start Game 5 of the National League Division Series against the Giants for the Reds at Great American Ball Park on Thursday afternoon with the chance to send to the National League Championship Series for the first time in 17 years.

Latos, 14-4 with a 3.48 ERA, came into Game 1 in relief for the injured and pitched four innings of one-run baseball. He was 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA against during the regular season and has quite the history with the team. To say he’s fired up, one teammate said, would be an understatement.

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After the Game 4 loss, Latos was brought into the interview room for a postgame news conference. Manchester United team of the Premier League era.The Red Devils lost 2-0 to West Ham United on Sunday, leaving theme with eight points from their first six matches in the Premier League.”This is the worst group Manchester United have ever had since tHis responses were terse, but he said he was certainly up for the task, especially pitching on regular rest.

“I’m just looking at it as another start,” Latos said. “I just got to go out there and pitch my game.”

The last time Latos faced a Giants team in a do-or-die situation, the Giants beat Latos and the Padres on the final day of the 2010 season — “2010 was in 2010. 2012 is a little different,” Latos said. “It’s two years ago, so …”

He’ll be facing Giants ace , the loser of Game 1.

“All four games have been pretty mentally tiring, well-played games on our end there and well-played games on their end here,” Reds left fielder said. “It’ll be a good matchup, Latos, Cain, that’s two pretty-good pitchers.”

Despite the Reds’ two losses, the team remained confident, especially in Latos.

“I’m excited he’s getting the ball, I have a lot of confidence in him, he’s got a lot of confidence,” catcher said. “He’s going to be Mat, he’s going to be aggressive and come at guys and do what it takes. He’s pitched well for us, he’s been hot. That’s all in our favor.”

For more baseball nhe career plan.The ex-midfielder, who has retireyang is too selfless to play for an elite club.Aubameyang has been linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona throughout his career.But former Gunners scout Mislintat, who signed the striker from Borussia Dortmund, was quoted by The Athletic saying: “He id and is now the coach of Al Sadd in Qatar, has recently completed his UEFA Pro Licence at Las Rozas in Madrid. And his goal remains to make it back to Barça as the club’s first team coach one day. “Myews, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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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Weirdest stat line from 18-inning game belongs to Miguel Olivo

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When a game lad Chelsea must not be reactionary in next month’s transfer market.The Blues have seen a two-transfer window embargo lifted, meaning they can participate in dealings in January.Lampard is expected to aby Maurizio Sarri as the former Chelsea manager negotiated his move to Juventus.The Mirror says Chelsea appear to be moving on quickly from Sarri with the last of the Italian’s possessions having been removed from their training ground in Cobham.The dd depth and experience to his squad, but says anysts 18 innings, there are bound to be plenty of baseball oddities. Tuesday night’s — OK, Wednesday morning’s — marathon game between the and Mariners in Seattle was chock full of weird circumstances. But there was one I loved the most.

Entering the game, Mariners catcher had struck out 77 times and walked just four.

During this game, though, Olivo drew three walks and did not strike out a single time in his first seven plate appearances.

This coming on a night when Mariners hitters struck out 18 times. Olivo strikes out just about once every four at-bats this season, yet he avoided the punch-out for 17 innings before finally succumbing to being himself in the 18th.

Mariners hitters only drew six walks. Entering the game, Olivo drew one walk about every 48 plate appearances. Yet he drew three on this night.

Not only that, but Olivo’s two-run homer in the fourth inning amounted to the only runs the Mariners could muster in 18 innings.ad received the Legion of Honour from French president Emmanuel Macron.Macron awarded the players and coaching staff the Chevaliers de la Légion d’Honneur, which is the country’s highest level of civil merit.The current France squad, which features

Obviously the big story here is the amazing Orioles and their penchant for winning close games and in extra innings, but oddities are fun, too. And Olivo gave us quite the stat-line, under the circumstances.

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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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Gavin Floyd out indefinitely with elbow tendinitis

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starting pitennes.The exciting midfield talent, just 17, has some of Europe’s biggest clubs eager to ferry him away from Rennes as soon as possible.Manchester United, Barcelona and Inter Milan have all had scouts posted to Rennes games this season to watch Camavcher was slotted to start Monday in coming out of the All-Star break, but he’s now been scratched and replaced by . Floyd had an MRI on his balky elbow/forearm area, which showed no structural damage. So that was relatively good news.

As far as when Floyd can pitch again, the White Sox currently have him in a holding pattern — which means he’s out “indefinitely,” but that doesn’t mean he’s necessarily going to be out for a long period of time. He may even avoid a stint on the disabled list.

“It shouldn’t be a DL, but we’ll see when he gets back and how much soreness he has,” said White Sox manager Robin Ventura ().

Floyd, 29, is 7-8 with a 4.54 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 91 strikeouts in 103 innings for the first-place White Sox this season. If he did hit the disabled list, he’d join fellow starters John Danks and Philip Humber.

For more baseball news, rumors andof Tammy Abraham.The striker struck again in victory over Aston Villa last night and Azpilicueta says he can win this season’s Golden Boot.Azpilicueta revealed that Abraham never mentions the Golden Boot award – but insisted: “He doesn’t talk abo analysis, follow on Twitt on the signing of Kieran Tierney from Celtic.The fullback was expected to complete a move to the Gunners from the Scottish treble winners.However, a report in The Sun suggests that a £15 million offer was rejected.Celtic want close to twice as mucter, subscribe to the and .