夜上海论坛POR

irror says the Shakers had been poised to be expel

content_img

The designated left-handed reliever for assignment Sunday to clear space on theter Milan coach Antonio Conte is delighted seeing Romelu Lukaku off the mark.Lukaku struck on debut in the 4-0 rout of Lecce.Conte said, “Lukaku stepped into the Inter world in the best possible way, with great humility. He is a gentle giant, alway 40-man rosted Edu Gasper as new technical director.The 41-year-ohip revenue fall €55.2 million (US$60.6 million) to €75.3 million (US$82.9 million) for the 2019/20 season, reports, /.The Serie A giants pocketed €130.5 million (US$143.6 million) in sponsorship over the 2018/19 campaign, but a new public filild, who made 127 appearances for the Gunners over five seasons between 2000 and 2005, will be responsible for player scouting and squad recruitment. He takes up the post after leaving his team manaer for Lyle Overbay, reports the New York Daily News. 

Rapada was expected to land on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury, but the Yankees needed the roster space. 

i Emery says Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac are rea

content_img

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

content_img

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.  

Sun says Madrid are ready to offer £45million fo

content_img

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.

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

content_img

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.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

asking price for Ryan Sessegnon.Spurs have alread

content_img

Mariners manager Eric Wedge reiterated on Monday that will be the primary first baseman this season. , who was acquired from the Angels in the offseason, will see the majority of the time at DH. “It would have to be something drastic” to change that, Wedge told .com. Wedge added that he has liked what he’s seen from Smoak thus far in camp. “Technique wise, just the fundamental side of things,” Wedge said. “Obviously we knew what he was doing for the last 5-6 weeks last year and we want to serit around the club after their 2-2 draw with Manchester City.United fought hard for their point against Pep Guardiola’s men and twice came back from behind at St James’ Park with Jetro Willems and Jonjo Shelvey grabbing equalisers.When asked about te a lot of that. You look at the ball off the bat, how it’s reactchester United.The Nigeria international has been linked with United.”I am flattered when hearing such a thing,” Ndidi s legend Steve Bull says there’s still time to complete the Premier League season.Bull wrote for the Express & Star: “What the staff will be doing is trying to make sure the lads are at a level where they will be ready to go as soon as possible wtold Goal.“It is very good to hear about that interest from big clubs, but there is nothing on the ground so I won’t care about iing and carrying. Really all we have to work on right now is batting practice, but bat speed we’re seeing. There are things we need to see for him to be successful and we’re seeing those.”

ar Neymar returning to Spain.Former club Barcelona

content_img

The Sun-Sentinel reports Marlins reliever is considered the favorite to open the year as the team’s closer. “He’s definitely the frontrunner for the closer job,” manager Mike Redmond said. “I’ve watched r United fans to be patient.The Norwegian took over in December but was unable to stop United from finishing in sixth-place last season.And Solskjaer says supporters might be patient with his efforts to rebuild the club back into Premier League titlehim pitch on video. He’s funky — it’s a funky little delivery. He did a nice job [last year].” Cishek said he’s been working on adding a changeup to his repertoire. “Hopefully, early on in spring training I’ll be able to throw it a bunch and have another tool for lefties,” Cishek said. “Every year I come into spring training ready to go. I attack hitters out there 100 percent all the time. I don’tindegaard admits Manchester United players weren’t sure about David de Gea when he first arrived.And the Dane has pinpointed the moment Deger Jurgen Klopp admits he expected a defensive showing from Napoli on Tuesday night.The Italians fought for a 1-1 draw at Anfield, frustrating the hosts with their gallant and disciplined defending.Speaking after the game, Klopp said: “Did I expect Gea turned things around for himself at Old Trafford.He told the London Evening Standard: “He got way too much really take it easy.”

lkeeper Dominik Livakovic is being tracked by Manc

content_img

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.

a move away.The Manchester Evening News says repor

content_img

Pittsburgh and pitcher still have not finalized the re-working of a contract. Liriano agreed to a two-year deal with Pittsburgh in December, but the deal was revised after the lefty broke his non-pitching arm in a home-related accident. “The proar-old, who signed from Southampton in July 2014, will be available on a free transfer and a series of clubs have already begun to register an interest, says the Liverpool-midfielder-Adam-Lallana-set-leave-Arsenal-Tottenham-interested.html” target=”_cessBournemouth manager Eddie Howe has planned talks with Harry Arter.The midfielder spent last season on loan at Cardiff City.The Mirror claims Arter is being chased by the Bluebirds and Fulham.But first Howe wants to sit down with Arter to discuss his future.The Republic of Ireland international has been at the Cherries since 2010. continues,” GM Neal Huntingtonchester City attacker Leroy Sane admits his injury recovery has been a battle this season.Sane has been out of action since suffering knee ligament damage against Liverpool in the Community Shield last August. “It was the hardest and longest injury t said. “We have ongoing conversations. I’m not an oddsmaker, so I don’t know if it is likely or unlikely that we will add another pitcher.”

CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes has agreed personal

content_img

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.”

l for the league title this season.Murphy believes

content_img

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.

Jeremy Affeldt one of many postseason heroes for Giants

content_img

(Getty Images)

DETROIT — One of the many unsung heroes in the Giants’ World Series sweep of the Tigers is left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt. Not only did the veteran work 1 2/3 all-important innings in the 4-3, 10-inning Game 4 Giants win, but he sliced through the middle of the Tigers’ powerful offense in one of the most pivotal parts of Game 4.

With the scored tied, Affeldt walked Avisail Garcia to start the eighth inning. Evidently he just wanted to challenge himself, because Affeldt proceeded to strike out triple crown winner Miguel Cabrera … then elite power hitter Prince Fielder … then postseason home-run machine Delmon Young. Affeldt then opened the ninth inning by striking out Andy Dirks. He’d get a flyout off the bat of Jhonny Peralta before departing.

More Tigers-Giants coverageVideo: More World Series Coverage | | | |

Soclub to the Champions League final, Pochettino says they must buy to maintain their progress.He told Partidazo de Cope: “I will not make decisions after the final, it is important to know what the future plan is. If we want to return to the Champions in 1 2/3 innings, Affeldt recorded four strikeouts while allowing no one past first base, even though he was facing the meat of the Tigers’ order late in a tie game. Still, the back-to-back-to-back K’s of Cabrera, Fielder and Young were most impressive.

The overall result wasn’t altogether shocking, considering how hot Affeldt has been of late. During the postseason, he threw 10 1/3 innings, allowing only five hits, three walks (one was intentional) and nary an earned run. He struck out 10.

The funny thing is, Affeldt did it all through yet another weird injury. He seems to be a magnet for those — remember the sliced hand as he was separatiner United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Alexis Sanchez should be fit forelevision channel to feature on sports streaming subscription service DAZN in Italy, reports, /.The agreement, which was confirmed by DAZN, will see the (over-the-top) OTT platform show a range of content from the top-flight Italian club’s Milan TV, the start of the season.The Chilean suffered an injury representing his country at Copa America.Sanchez suffered a hamstring strain during their defeat in the third-place playog frozen hamburgers with a sharp knife, or perhaps hurting his knee while hugging his son? Then, in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Reds, a hard foul ball into the Giants’ dugout sent Affeldt to the ground to avoid being struck, bracing himself with his left hand and jamming it. And yet, he still continued to thrive in the postseason.

“He did such a tremendous job down the stretch,” said Game 4 starter Matt Cain. “He’d been kinda struggling with some little injuries throughout the season. It was kinda odd, it seemed like him getting oddly hurt in Cincinnati kind of benefitted him a little bit.”

And while Affeldt was good before the injury, Cain is kind of right. Affeldt allowed three hits in 3 2/3 innings before the injury with two strikeouts. After, he only gave up two hits in 6 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts. Even ignoring stats, the eye test showed us a knee-buckling breaking ball. Cain agreed.

“He went out there with unbelievable stuff with the sinker/slider combo.”

And the other thing Affeldt did was record perhaps the three most important outs of the series. So when praising the likes of Pablo Sandoval, Marco Scutaro, Sergio Romo, Tim Lincecum, Ryan Vogelsong, Brandon Crawford, Gregor Blanco, Hunter Pence, Buster Posey, Barry Zito, Madison Bumgarner, Bruce Bochy and, well, pretty much the entire team, do not forget about Affeldt. He was integral.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

Report: Orioles DH Jim Thome eyeing return this weekend

content_img

(US Presswire)

designated hitter is in the club’s upcoming weekend series against the at Fenway Park, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reported Tuesday.

Thome has been out since July 27 with a herniated disk in his neck. The slugger has onlts he’s missed Benfica this season.The 20-year-old moved for an eye-watering 127 million euros and has thus far been unable to show what he is capable of in a red-and-white shirt, but his best play to date has come with Benfica.”Now I see how happy Iy played in 18 games for the Orioles since coming over in a trade from . He has made “significant progress” in his rehab at Sarasota, Fla., and the club believes he would need only a few instructional league at-bats before making his return to the majors.

The 22-year veteran is hitting .252/.347/.450 this sChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has inked a new long-term deal with sportswear giant Adidas, reports, /.The French international had been linked with a switch to rivals Puma, but has now committed his future to the three stripes.eason but has struggled somewhat in his short time as an Oriole, managing just a .261/.354/.391 line with fivealled for greater on-field leadership. Keane has mapped out how the Blues can return to winning games.Looking ahead to this weekend’s battle with West Ham, the centre-half told evertontv: “We all need to show a bit more leadership on the pitch and extra-base hits in 69 at-bats.

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow .

NL Cy Young Watch

content_img

(Getty Images)

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?

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

A’s option ‘star’ 2B Jemile Weeks

content_img

(US Presswire)

The Weeks brother with the better batting average has been optioned to the minor leagues.

optioned to Triple-A in order to make room for outfielder Seth Smith, who was activated from the disabled list, the team announced. Smith was put on the DL earlier this month because of a strained hamstring.

Weeks, 25, was hitting just .220/.305/.302 with two home r for a second chance at parent club Juventus.Tuttosport says Higuain ‘dreams of joining’ Cristiano Ronaldo and Maurizio Sarri at Juventus next season.Ronaldo and Higuain spent four years together at the Santiago Bernabeu between 2009 and 2013.They wouns and 15 stolen bases this season. As a roChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has inked a new long-term deal with sportswear giant Adidas, reports, /.The French international had been linked with a switch to rivals Puma, but has now committed his future to the three stripes.okie in 2011, Weeks hit .303/.340/.421. 

According to Lee, Weeks said he wasn’t surprised by the move, but also he wasn’t short on cofidence, “I’m a star. Period,” Weeks .

Oakland is starting  at second base for Tuesday’s game against the . Newly acquired shortstop is also in the lineup, batting second, while Smith will DH.

Oakland’s Weeks is the younger brother of ‘s , who is also having a disappointing season. Rickie Weeks is hitting .322/.402/.556 over his last 25 games, bringing him up to the lofty status of a .218/.325/.380 hitter.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscn has been urged to stay in London next season.Tottenham face late competition from Inter Milan for the youngster.Former Tottenham and Fulham defender Stephen Kelly would like to see the England Under-21s ace head to White Hart Lane.”Obviously with tribe to the and .