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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

i Emery says Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac are rea

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has won the fifth-starter spot in the rotation, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heymanayers were delighted to have coach Sinisa Mihajlovic with them for the 1-1 draw against Hellas Verona.Mihted midfielder Paul Pogba to Spain, it has been claimed.While Zidane has openly courted the unsettled Frenchman, local pundit Frédéric Hermel insists Pogba was never a priority for the Real coach.He explained: “Tensions around the non-arrival of Poajlovic has been undergoing chemotherapy for six weeks for leukaemia, keeping in constant contact with his staff and players via streaming techno reports.

Hernandez allowed a 5.33 ERA with 14 strikeouts against six walks in 27 spring innings. Although he allowed nearly twice as many runs as Jeff Niemann, his main competition for the role, Niemann struggled with velr Gianluigi Buffon will leave Paris St-Germain when his contract expires at the end of the month.The 41 year old Italy legend, joined on a free transfer in July 2018, making 25 appearances in all competitions for the club as they won the Ligue 1 titlocity throughout camp and the Rays didnt’ feel comfortable with him opening the season in the rotation. 

Hernandez’s grip on the role is likely to be tenuous — if Niemann finds his velocity, he could find himself in the rotation quickly. If Hernandez struggles like he did in 2011 — his last full season as a starter — when he allowed a 5.25 ERA in 188.2 innings, he could find his spot in jeopardy from Niemann or a prospect like Chris Archer.

ty attacker Raheem Sterling this summer.The Sun sa

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is not as bad as all the whiny, griping fans make him out to be. In 2010 and 2011, Wells hit 56 total home runs. He would have hit 25 last year had aly Giuseppe Conte adm-Korean-star-forward-Hwang-Hee-chan-starring-Red-Bull-Salzburg.html”>Daily MailArsenal-scouting-South-Korean-star-forward-Hwang-Hee-chan-starring-Red-Bull-Salzburg.html”> says Arsenal and Crystal Palace are among the Premier League clubs keeping a clits they may call for the suspension of all Serie A matches next weekend.Coronavirus concerns led to a raft of games being scrapped this past weekend.There were four Serie A matches postponed on Sunday, Inter-Sampdoria, Atalantainjury and Mike Trout not struck. indicates that his batting average is due for a correction (up!).

He’s still a decent defender and can steal 6-8 bases. Wells somehow gained the stigma of being “finished” when he failed to play up to expectations in 2011 after signing a massive contract with the Angels. But it’s created a caricature that simply isn’t accurate. Deep mixed leaguers may want to consider Wells — who has hit 25 or more home runs five times in his career — as an option in the last couple of rounds. Moving to a frien Kovacic has withdrawn from Croatia’s upcoming Euro2020 qualifiers against Slovakia and Azerbaijan.The Chelsea midfielder picked up a knock in Saturday’s draw with Sheffield United.Kovacic has started all but one of Chelsea’s five matches in all compdlier park and into a situation where he’ll play every day (until at least May) suddenly makes Wells a sneaky draft pick for 2013.  

ribute to runners up Liverpool.City impressively f

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

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

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

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

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

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

star winger Raheem Sterling.The Sky Blues won thei

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

Mariners turned profit in ’12 despite low attendance, $84M payroll

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Think it’s tough for Major League Baseball teams to make money? Well, the made $5.86 million last season, .

That’s definitely not a huge figure, as many baseball players earn more than that in a given season. But here’s why this is important: The Mariners ranked 26th in attendance last season, only drawing 21,258 fans per game, .

So we’re talkinyear extension of their kit deal with sportswear firm Kappa until the end of the 2021/22 season, reports, /.According to Calcio Finanza, the original five-year agreement, due to expire at the end of the season, was worth €8 million (US$8.7 million)g about a fourth-place team barely drawing over 21,000 per game with a payroll north of $80 million still making money. And I couldn’t help but think about the Miami Marlins’ offseason.

The Marlins had a similar payroll in 2012, at $89,875,132. Of course, the trade of in July helped free up some dollars, but overall they weren’t drastically higher than the Mariners. The Marlins ranked 18th in attendance, drawing 27,400 per game. So if the Marlins were losing money while the Mariners made money, the business model needs to be altered.

For Jeffrey Loria and company, that just means slashing payroll without worrying about their immediate on-field product. Now, let’s understand something: Teams shouldn’t gather payroll just for the sake of doing so. Getting ‘s salary off the books, for example, was the correct move. He was already overpaid and then forgot how to be a quality closer. I’m just finding it hard to believe the Marlins had no shot at building a contender around now-departts new Manchester United teammate Bruno Fernandes can enhance his own game.Pereira is determined to take his own chances to shine in United’s midfield, with a start likely against Club Brugge on Thursday night, and the arrival of Fernandes can assisted , and . Saying they finished in last place — Loria’s favorite excuse this offseason — is far too simplistic. There were injury issues and they started selling (with otiations along with Real Madrid.Real are locked in talks with Chelsea over a fee for the Belgium captain, but are unhappy with their valuation.Chelsea are insisting on at least €100m to sell Hazard – a fee Real president Florentino Perez views as the and trade) when they were only seven games out of a wild-card spot.

Let us not forget that for years the Marlins promised everything would be different once they secured their new stadium, and now they have it, at a significant price () to local taxpayers. And club president David Samson had the nerve to say on Tuesday night’s broadcast of the World Baseball Classic that Marlins Park has been “great for Miami.” Pathetic.

As for this season in Miami, attendance is going to plummet, but fret not Loria fans, he’ll make plenty of money. The Marlins’ payroll won’t even hit $40 million this season.

The lesson in all of this is that if you ever have enough money to join an ownership group of a Major League Baseball team, do it in a heartbeat. You’ll make money and you don’t have to be accountable to your fan base unless you want to be.

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r Lautaro Martinez left frustrated with their Cham

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The Indians optioned , , , and to Triple-A Columbus Monday. The team also reaformance of Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk on Sunday.The defender scored in the 2-0 win over Manchester United.Van der Vaart said on Ziggo Sport: “I enjoyed him again. “ul Niguez admits he’s been impressed by Liverpool this season.The two teams will clash in the Champions League round of 16 this week.”I was watching the game against Norwich on Saturday,” he says. “If not for the goal from [Sadio]ord City are seeking new training facilities.The Sun says Manchester City rented their plush Carrington facility, their home for years, to Bury before the Shakers ran into major financial troubles that cost them their Football League status.News of a Mane, who produces He really is the leader of Liverpool. It is of course great that he slowly cassigned and to minor-league camp.

to his squad.Bruce has offered an update on the c

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Mets oung has confirmed talks with Manchester City before agreeing to move to Spain.While with Ajax last season, De Jong held extensive negotiations with City, only to choose to sign terms with Barca in February.Speaking with Voetbal International, the midftfielder had his best performance of the spring Saturday against the Astros. Duda went 3 for 3 with a pair of RBI, increasing his spring average to .273. Duda was benched after beginning the spring 0 for 8 with six strikeouts, but he’s batting .429 (6 for 14) with one homer, two do has questioned Bayern Munich’s swoop for Philippe Coutinho.Coutinho has joined Bayern on an initial 12 month loan from Barcelo his goal against Arsenal last season.The midfielder scored the only goal in a January victory over the Gunners, his first for the club.”I think you can see in the celebration how much it meant to me!” the 20-year-old smiled. “I wanted to jump in witna. But Vogts believes the midfielder is already past his best.He told T-Online: “At first glance, the loan from Coutinho iubles and three RBI since returning to the lineup. “I told Lucas 10 days ago, we’re not even to March yet,” manager Terry Collins said, per the New York Post. “You had a couple of bad games, you haven’t had enough reps. I’m very well aware of that. Don’t think that what happens on Feb. 27 is going to dictate what’s going to go on March 29, it’s not. This is a lengthy process.”

made a plea to Gareth Bale.Toshack has urged Bale

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Yankees closer felt good after throwing 18 pitches in his first simulated game since knee surgery last spring. Rivera tossed one inning of work against minor-league. He also fielded and covered first base. According to .com, the 43-year-old has no timetable for his spring debut. “There is no real timetable, in a sense,” manager Joe Girardi said. “We just go day by day to see how he’s doing. I expect he’ll th Ivan Campo admits he regrets never playing for Real Sociedad.Campo revealed to AS that he had a chance to join La Real when with Bolton Wanderers.He said: “Yes, once I was in England, I received an offer from La Real. But I was so good in the Premierow another simulated game and then we’ll evaluate after that. You’re just able to c around holding the Europa League final in Baku.Smertin is hoping his old club to beat Arsenal tonight, but is upset with the way the English press has portrayed the city and the Azerbaijan football lowu has signed for Cork City in the League of Ireland Premier Division.The 20-year-old is on loan at the club for the rest of the season.Olowu has been with Arsenal since he was 13, when he arrived from Charlton Athletic.The academy graduate will becommunity.He scoffed to Sputnik: “Criticism for theontrol it.”

ea’s interest in Atalanta midfielder Ruslan Malino

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

Report: Angels sign Bill Hall to minor-league deal

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The have signed 2B/OF to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training, to FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal.

Hall made 14 plate appearances for the Orioles in 2012, hitting a solo home run and a single to go with graaf says despite only arriving last summer from Club America, the Mexico midfielder is set to be on the move at the end of this season.And a move to London could be on for Alvarez, where Spurs are keen.Both Tottenham and LA Galaxy made attempts forfive walks, good for a .222/.500/.566 line. He spent most of the season at Triple-A Norfolk (Va.), hitting .246/.300/.430 with 15 home runs in 370 plate appearances.

Hall has also made more than 250 career plate appearances at shortstop and third base, but he hasn’t played the former since 2006 or the latter regularly since 2009.

He has played the role of major-league journeyman since the Brewers, the team that drafted him, traded him to the Mariners in 2009 for minor-league pitcher Ruben Flores. The Mariners traded Hall to the Red Sox for first baseman Casey Kotchman the following offseason, and Hall made appearances ager Frank Lampard wants to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga with Nick Pope.Arrizabalaga was dropped by Lampard for Saturday’s draw with Leicester City.The Englishman has become fed up with Arrizabalaga’s form and wants to sign a replacement in the summer.Twith the Astros and Giants in 2011.

For more up-to-the-minute for Eden Hazard.HLN says Chelsea are staying strong in the negotiations to recoup as much as possible from the transfer fee, and have rejected two initial offers. This is a key transfer week for Florentino Pérez.The first offer, of €100m was madenews and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow.

CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes has agreed personal

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Phillies second baseman , who hasn’t participated in spring training since 2010 because of chronic knee issues, is expected to be ready for spring training this year, according to the News Journal. Presumably, then, he’d also be ready for the start of the season after beginning each of the last two on the DL. “When a guy is down for two years and doesn’t play full seasons in the two years prior you have to be a little concerned. But we think Chase has learned and we have learned to manage whatever he’s got going on in his knees pretty well,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “We thinNew Everton assistant manager Luis Boa Morte admits he’s been shaped by all the coaches he’s worked with.As a player who made 296 Premier League appearances he plaact with Tottenham until 2021.He has now joined League One side Ipswich Town on loan until January.A product of the Spurs Academy system, the 22-year-old winger made his first team debut for us in a Champions League group stage fixture against APOEL yed under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and Jean Tigana at Fulham.But he also worked alongsik he’s put hiy bid for Birmingham City attacker Jude Bellingham.ESPN says United’s pursuit for Bellingham failed with Brum rejecting a £20million offer for the highly-rated midfielder.The Red Devils’ bid was rebuffed due to the structure of the deal and an agreemself in the position to be ready to go out of the chute this spring. But that remains to be seen.”

Report: Scott Rolen still undecided on whether he’ll play next year

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Scott Rolen is still undecided on whether he will play next season, to Mark Sheldon of .com. 

Rolen has discussed the idea of retirement throughout the offseason, but the Reds have said they take the 37-year-old third baseman back in a different role. In December, Reds GM Walt Jocketty told CBSSports.com’s C. Trent Rosecrans that he thought Rolen wedine Zidane is weighing up what to do with Brahim Diaz.The midfielder is impressing Zidane in preseason and he’s rethinking sending him away on-loan.Mundo Deportivo says Brahim is interesting several LaLiga rivals, including Getafe.”It is in the midould make a decision before Christmas. That, obviously, did not happen, and Jocketty told Sheldon “it could be another week to 10 days.”

Last season, Rolen hit .245/.318/.398 in 330 plate appearances with the Reds. The team is expected to mohe agent of Lucas Torreira says he expects the midfielder to stay with Arsenal.The former Sampdoria star is being linked with AC Milan after a tough season so far.But Raffaele Bentang to win the Carabao Cup.The Gunners host Nottingham Forest in the third round on Tuesday night as they start their campaign at the Emirates.”I think he mixed the team with experience and youngsters,” Parlour said of Arsenal’s run to the quarter-finncur told Radio Marte, “Anything is possible in football.”Torreira isve forward with Todd Frazier at third, meaning Rolen would likely be back in a reduced role. 

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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.