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ran.Adebayor is joining Iranian side Tractor SC.Th

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I anssen signed for Spurs from AZ Alkmaar in 2016 and only played 42 times for the club since.They struggled to sell the 25-year-old in previous transfer windows.However, a €7million move for the forward has been agreed with Monterrey.The Liga MX teawould be wary of starting pitcher in Week 1 (March 31-April 7) since his track record against the Angels isn’t very strong. 

Holland, who will make his season debut Friday opposite Jason Vargas, is 7-5 with a 5.58 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 16 career games (13 starts) against the Angels. Last season, Holland went 2-2 with a 7.00 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in four starthis new club.The English central defender has arrived for a record fee for a defender.He will have his work cut out for him at United, given the team finished sixth last season and conceded goals for fun.”It’s a young team now and I think we’ve got bs against Los Angeles.

Oh yeah, and the start is at home, where Holland owns a 5.34 fee from Arsenal to release Mikel Arteta.City assistant coach Arteta is the frontrunner for the Gunners job after talks with club officials at his mansion in Manchester on Sunday.The Mirror says City have told the Gunners it will cost them a seven-fERA and 1.45 WHIP in 284 2/3 innings. 

lako believes that Aaron Wan-Bissaka was “drifting

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first baseman was a late scratch from Thursday’s Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox with mild back tightness, according to the Star Tribune. Chris Parmelee will take his place at first. Morneau is lishelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater.The Chelsea-midfielder-Danny-Drinkwater-loan.html”>Daily MailChelsea-midfielder-Danny-Drinkwater-loan.html”> says Drinkwater is wanted by Brighton on a was delighted with Reece James’ performance in viche Manchester United hero has been playing in MLS for a year.Asked if he’s thought about going into management, Rooney told Sky Sports News: “Yeah of course.”I’m taking the steps to get my badges completed and when I finish playing I’ll see what oppotory over Crystal Palace.It marked James’ full Premier League debut with the Blues.Lampard said, “Reece was fantastic against one of the best wingers in the league one v one, Zaha is a real threat, esseason loan.The 29-year-old was left out of Chelsea’s squad forted as day-to-day.

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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.

after undergoing a hernia operation.The 28-year-o

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reliever was removed from play Saturday when he bruised his middle finger while reaching for a batted ball with his bare hand, but he expects to make his next scheduled appearance Tuesday.

“It’s a little bruise,” he told the Tampa Tribune. “I should be fine.”

Farnsworth s a massive offer on the table from China.The Mirror says Willian was offered a £17.8m move to Shanghai Greenland Shenhua which could have netter him more than £30m.But the Brazil ace, currently at the Copa America, has now interest in accepting thalso indicated that he would have remained in the game had it occured during the regular season. He appears on track tays Villa are pondering a January movre ready to move for Benfica centre-half Pedro Álvaro and left-back Nuno Tavares.Everton boss Marco Silva is a fan of both youngsters, with Alvaro the priority.Alvaro is a ball-playing centre-half, but being tied to Benfica until 2023, Everton will e for Kamara.The 23-year-old Finland international, formerly of Arsenal, has impressed for the Scottish Premiership side this season having joined them from Dundee at the start of the year.He has caught the eye ono be available opening day.

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After a successful stint playing for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, shortstop returned to spring action Wednesday against the Pirates in style.

Simmons beul the club can keep Nathan Ake for many years to come.Ake is the subject of interest from former club Chelsea and other top sides in the Premier League.And Francis is aware that he may not stick around forever, but he is hopeful they can convince hilted two homers and drove in four runs during a 18-9 rout of Pittsburgh. He hit a solo homer off Kyle McPherson in the fourth inning and followed with a three-run homero off Vin Mazzaro in the fifth inning. 

“Hopefully I’m not wasting all my home runs. Hopefully I have a couple more,” Simmons told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Simmons, who was 0 for 5 in his first two spring games before leaving for the WBC, finished 3 for 4 with onto goalke ducked claims of the club being “back on our perch”.Anfield chief executive Peter Moore uttered the fateful words “we are back on our perch, as they famously say” at a football business summit in Madrid in midweek.That refers to the rivalry with Meper Emiliano Martinez.The Mirror says Petr Cech announced his retirement from professional football and played his last match in the Europa League final defeat to Chelsea, where he is being linked with a return to the club as technical dthree runs Wednesday. Simmons hit .333 (10 for 30) with two homers, three doubles, six RBI and 10 runs in eight games in the WBC.

n negotiations for Manchester City attacker Leroy

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ESPN reports X-rays on infielder ‘s sprained right ankle were negative, meaning there is no fracture. Turner suffered the injury during Saturday’s spring game against the Marlins.

Turner is the leading candidate to start at third base for the Mets, if starter David Wright (rib) isn’t ready by opening day. If Turner is unavailainho says he has received over 50 messages from people at Manchester United after his recent appointment.Mourinho replaces Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs, but it appears he is still regarded with affection by many at Old Trafford.The Portuguese coach lble, then Brandon Hic is a target for Tottenham and Manchester City.The Daily Mail says the 16-year-old forward is regarded as one ofihamidzic says there’ll be no immediate move for Manchester City winger Leroy Sane.Last summer, Sane missed on a lucrative £20.8million-a-year Bayern contract due to sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the Community Shield against Liv the most promising youngsters in Europe and is attracting widespread interest.Premier League sides would usually scout a young player forks, Zach Lutz and Wilmer Flores could all be candidates to play third base for New York.

2013 Prospect Watch: Seattle Mariners

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Before the start of the season, we’ll highlight a few players in each team’s minor-league system to let you know which players you should be paying attention to throughout the year. These aren’t meant to be comprehensive top-prospect lists, but should provide a look at some key players within each team’s organization.

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The system received a big boost mid-season after drafting catcher Mike Zunino. Previously, the team had been known for its trio of pitching prospects: Danny Hultzen, James Paxton and Taijuan Walker. All three of those players took steps forward, bringing them closer to the majors. And while the Mariners might not be ready to contend just yet, those four players could make an impact on the major-league club as soon as this season. 

After being selected with the third overall pick in the 2012 draft, Zunino shot up the Mariners’ minor-league system. He hit .373/.474/.736 in 133 plate appearances in Short-Season A ball, causing the team to promote him to Double-A in his first professional season. Zunino was the highest college player chosen in the draft last year, and is pretty polished for his age. It also seems like he’s a solid bet to stick at catcher, which is sometimes a problem with young prospects. The team is set to begin the season with as its full-time catcher, but that’s probably not the ideal position for him based on defensive scouting reports. If Zunino continues to hit well, he might be able to force his way onto the team later this year. 

Paxton has moved fairly quickly, making 21 starts at Double-A in his second professional season. While his control was a slight issue (he walked 11.9 percent of hitters), he managed to post a solid 3.09 ERA. Paxton may not have the upside of Walker or Hultzen, but he’s the closest of the three right now. As long as he doesn’t falter early in the season, he could be up before the trade deadline. 

At age 20, Walker is already considered one of the best pitching prospects in the minors. The consensus among prThe young midfielder is being tracked by Arsenal amid claims the Gunners are already in talks with his club about a summer deal.Voetbal International says Feyenoord are keen to offer Kokcu a pay-rise and a one-year contract extension to 2024.Along wiospect analysts is that he already has a strong fastball, but needs to work on the consistency with his curve and change-up, both of which have shown flashes of being above-average offerings. Walker may begin the season in Double-A, but could threaten to be a September call-up if all goes well. Of the three big pitchers in the Mariners’ system, he’s the one who has the highest upside.

Hultzen is known for his strong command, which made him a candidate to move quickly through the Mariners’ system after he was drafted. He did just that, reaching Triple-A during his first full season as a professional. Once he got to Triple-A, though, his performance suffered. Hultzen had a 5.92 ERA in 48.2 innings in Triple-A. It’s not as if he wasn’t ready, as he shut down hitters in Double-A, with a 1.19 ERA in 75.1 innings. His command also deserted him in Triple-A, leading to a 17.9 percent walk rate. It’s unclear what led to the drop-off in his production once he reached that level, and perhaps he just needs more time to sort things out. His struggles in Triple-A have pushed back his promotion timeline, but he could still make his major-league debut this season provided he can shake off his struggles at the end of 2012. 

Franklin was having a strong year before stumbling a bit once he reached Triple-A. In 296 plate appearances, he hit just .240/.306/.412. He’ll likely begin the year at that level, and is a candidate to push for a major-league job if he performs well. There are some questions about whether Franklin can stick at short. He seems to display strong intelligence, and gets good reads, but lacks some of the physical tools to play there. At worst, he becomes an above-average second baseman. With in town, Franklin is unlikely to see much time at ser Stegen and Barcelona have suspended new contract talks.Barca have been pushing for several weeks to reach terms with the Germany goalkeeper over a new deal to 2024.However, Sport says negotiations have now been put on-hold during the LaLiga’s coroecond in the majors this season. And while is an awful hitter, he’s a special defender at short. Franklin may prove to be ready this year, but the Mariners shouldn’t feel compelled to rush him.

The Mariners could receive significant contributions from both Zunino and Paxton early in the year, and get a taste of the future if Hultzenrahma admits he has an ambition to play in the Premier League.Benrahma is being linked with Newcastle, Leicester City and Arsenal this week.When asked about his future, Benrahma told BBC Sport: “For the moment I am focused on Brentford. This summer I and Walker make strides in the minors. The club may not be ready to contend this season, but most of its top prospects are close to reaching the majors. The future should look a lot brighter as soon as next year.

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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.

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.”

t the win.Milan go into the game underdogs.But Mus

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You might not know a lot about Rays pitching prospect , but apparently it’s time to take notice, accors squad.Spurs have started the season poorly, getting only four points from their first three fixtures.They suffered a stunning 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday – thanks to a goal from Joelinton.And Pochettino spoke about problems within the ding to .com. “This kid’s a legitimate upper-90s guy with life, and he’s left-handed,” Rays minor league pitching coordinator Dick Bosman said. He’s not the only person in the Rays’ organization who raves about Romero. “The first time I saw him throw in a game was last year in spring training,” Double-A Montgomery catcher said. “He got every guy out and struck out 11 of 12 — four innings, he struck out 11. I’m like, ‘Whew.'” Romero is now considered the Rays’ sixth-best prospect by Baseball America and MLB.com. “It’s nice to waed boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is weighing up the futures of Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira.The Sun says Solskjaer axed the pair in the games leading up to football’s lockout.He believed they needed a break after their displays were heavily scrutinitch him he’d welcome the chance to speak with Manchester United about taking players on-loan.The Kazakhs stunned United on Thursday night, winning 2-1 to keep their hopes alive of reaching the final 32 of the Europa League. United had already qualified for grow up,” Bosman said. “He comes over here and has all the basic requirements. He’s long and tall and his arm works well. The ball comes out of his hand real well. Now, can we harness all this stuff?”

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.

lkeeper Dominik Livakovic is being tracked by Manc

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MLB.com reports Indians manager Terry Francona spoke Tuesday about how ‘s signing will impact his lineup. Francona said will play in left field and will move to right field. Fappy with the form of Christian Eriksen.The Dane struggled last night for their 2-2 draw with Champions League opponents Olympiakos.But Pochettino insists he has no concerns about the midfielder’s focus.”No I am happy with [Eriksen’s] performance,” srancona added will now primarily plrial.The teenager recently penned a one-year extension to his current deal but has been allowed to trial with tnd Sebastian Prodl for Saturday’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur.The pair join Troy Deeney and Isaac Success in the treatment room.”We have Etienne Capoue, Troy Deeney, Prodl and Success, all of them they are out,” said the head coach.”We have no idea he Blades following just five-minutes of under-23 football at Everton, says the Liverpool Echo.Phillips joined up with the squad last week ay at first base and receive some playing time in right field, while will see most of his playing time at DH and receive some starts at first base.

an ankle injury blew his career at Manchester Uni

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MASNsports.com reports Nationals prospect is in good spirits as he continues his recovery from Tommy John surgerletico Madrid attackeross Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to give the players the hairdryer treatment following defeat by West Ham.The Red Devils were comfortably beaten 2-0 by the Hammers at the London Stadium on Sunday, and Solskjaer’s problems are starting to mount up.Aft Antoine Griezmann.The 28-year-old forward had been expected to join the Catalan giants ever since he announced he would be leaving Atletico in May.Barcelona have signed Griezmann from La Liga rivals Atletico after paying his 12y, which kept him out last season. “Great man, I feel great,” Solis said. “Stronger than ever, actually. It’s almost as if (the torn UCL) didn’t happen.” Solis has been long tossing and hopes to throw off a mound shortly. He isn’t expected to break camp with a minor-league affiliate, but it might not be long after before he resumes his career. ung was thrilled to be part of Inter Milan’s 4-2 triumph over AC Milan.The former Manchester United captain started the game on Sunday.”I think it was an incredible feeling,” Young told talkSPORT.“You could see the way we celebrated after the game “I play catch with a changeup right now. I could spin off a few (breaking balls) if I wanted, but right now we’re just kind of focusing on extension and getting out there and finding that stress in the elbow that’s going to be there off the mound,” Solis 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.

b, it has been revealed.The Argentine was sacked b

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MLB.com reports Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington expects DH (Achilles) to be ready for opening day after meeting with the veteran slugger in the Dominican Rrom Barcelona.Reports claimed that the La Liga champions are planning a £70million swoop for the striker this summer.It has been suggested that the Catalan side could offer Arsenal both Andre Gomes and Samuel Umtiti to tempt Unai Emery into acceptinepublic last week. However, Cherington wasn’t sure what Ortiz’s status would be at the begi stunned at an angry tirade from Charlie Austin about manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.Austin, 30, unleashed a dressing room tirade about Hasenhuttl after he learned he was not going on the club’s pre-season tour.He is training with the under-23 players as tnning of spring training. “He’s hitting and doing his agility and starting to run,” Cherington said Monday in an inrez was delighted to feature in victory over Real Betis.The 5-2 win marked Perez’s home debut.“I am very happy to be able to help the team and for everything that is happening. Debuting at Camp Nou is always very special for someone from the house terview with Network Radio. “He’s . We’ll see where he is as we report 10 days from now or so and take it from there. We don’t have any reason to think he won’t be in our lineup on opening day.”