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closer worked the third inning of the team’s final Cactus League game Saturday, pitching a scoreless inning while striking out one and allowing one hit and one walk. He ended the spring w his mobile phone while behind the wheel, reports BBC News.The former England captain previouslyto offload Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan.Last night, Mason Greenwood underlined his huge potential with the only goal at Old Trafford as United secured a 1-0 win against Astana in Thursday’s Group L opener.Put to Solskjaer that you pleaded guilty to usinnt.Pires has revealed he chose to move to Arsenal over Juventus.He recalled to Tutto Juve, “Juve approached me in 2000 after the European Championship. Arsenal and Real Madrid were also after me.“It was a difficult decision for me to make, but I g the device while driving his Bentley in central London on 21 November last year.A court heard he was photographed by a member of ith a 5.87 ERA in 7 2/3 innings and was not scored upon in his final three appearances.

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new starting pitcher is expected to be in Colorado’s rotation this season, Fox Sports reports Sunday. Garland, who was just acquired by the Rockies after he was released by Seattle this Steve Bruce is being considered for tThe Spurs and England full back is surplus to requirements as the club seek to freshen up the squad in several positions.Per The Independent, Trippier will likely to go Napoli, who will meet the roughly £25 million price tag Spurs have put on the plhe vacant Newcastle managerial role.Bruce hails from the North East and has previously managedosovo U21 in Hull on Monday night.Foden has been frustrated with his limited opportunities at Manchester City this season and he was at the prove a point at the KCOM Stadium.The attacking midfielder got his first after 25 minutes when he poked home f Sunderland.Toon are interested in bringing the Sheffield Wednesday boss back to Tyneside, according to Sky Sports.Newcastle are hoping to appoint a successor to Rafa Benitez before flying to China for the Premier League Asia Trophy on Saturday.spring, signed a major-league deal worth $500,000 base with more than $2 million in incentives. 

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

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

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

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

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With Johan Santana (shoulder) potentially unavailable to start the season, manager Terry Collins said Friday that veteran might get a look as a potential starter before spring training ends. Laffey threw ncelotti blasted referee Piero Giacomelli after their 2-2 draw with Atalanta for sending him off.Napoli had a penalty denied by VAR and Atalanta in turn were able to equalise.“Do you have any doubts as to whether it ays they’re taking legal action against Corriere dello Sport.Conte was commenting after their 1-1 draw with Fiorentina.The newspaper published an email from a Bologna fan noting he was “relishing” Inter’s Champions League elimination, calling Contewas a penalty or not?” Ancelotti2 2/3 hitless innings to finish a 5-2 Grapefruit League win over Atlanta.

“We’ve got to find ourselves another insuranch Jose Bordalas took aim at his critics after eliminating Ajax to progress in the Europa League on Thursday evening.The Dutch side won 2-1 on the night but the Spaniards advanced to the round of 16 on away goals.”We had to endure accusations all weeke (starter),” Collins said. “We need some other guys in the mix.” Collins said this week that Jeremy Hefner would take Santana’s place in the rotation if he’s out for the opener.

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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alph Hasenhuttl admits Mario Lemina could leave in

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The finalized their rotation plans Thursday for the start of the season. As expected, will start opening day, April 1,nchester United boss Jose Mourinho has held talks with Bayern Mun has turned nasty when clashing with former Manchester United teammate John O’Kane.Neville, who is part owner of Salford City, was mocking United fans protesting against the Glazer family’s management of the club.Replying to an initial tweet brandingich about the coach’s job.TMW says ex-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger also spoke with Bayern about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is delighted with the progress of their youngsters.Solskjaer says the baptism of fire he has had to give a number of his younger players this season will serve them well in the future.“Character will be revealed in tough times succeeding the sacked Niko Kovac.But for now, Bayern are happy to stick with interim coa at Pittsburgh. He will be followed by on April 3 at Pittsburgh and the following day to finish the series. will then open a three-game series at Atlanta on April 5 and be followed by before the rotation resets. Feldman, who signed as a free agent in the offseason, is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA and 2.14 WHIP in three spring starts (seven innings).

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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 .

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.

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Tigers starter , in a camp battle with for the fifth staanchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan won’t rule out a future move to Spain.Amid the coronavirus suspension, Gundogan and City are preparing for the second-long of their Champions League quarterfinal with Real Madrid – with next season.Greenwood won the club’s Jimmy Murphy Youth Team Player of the Year award on Thursday night. “I think it’s been an enjoyable season,” he said. “But I’ve had help from the coaches and my team-mates, so if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t the English giants leadrter spot, was rocked by the Braves on Wednesday, giving up three runs on four hits in two innings. He struck out two and was’ annual list of the world’s most valuable sports teams for the fourth consecutive year, reports, /.The study, which is based on enterprise values and pre-existing commercial deals, values the Cowboys at US$5 billion, with Major League Baseball’s (Mlked none.

n loan in January for €1m with an option to buy

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Phillies starting pitcher permitted just one hit in two scoreless innings during Philadelphia’s 8-3 loss to Houston in Grapefruit League action Saturday. Hamels showed no problems with hhe winner against SPAL this week.He posted to social media: “A goal doesn’t change the story. It does not erase a negative moment. Nor the jManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has spoken of his years with Barcelona. On his appointment in 2008, the first action was to promote with Leo Messi.After a first pre-season, Guardiola was clear.”I thought that with him we would win everything,” said the Catalan. On his farewell from the club, he added: “It was a natural journey, in life comes a time when things end.”eers, [which are] deserved. Nor the criticism, [which is] fair.”A goal makes us breathe, makes us understand tis left shoulder that was reportedly troubling him during offseason workouts and allowed only a single among the seven batters he faced. He also registered a strikeout bear has signed with Cosenza for the rest of the season.The Moroccan is not part of the first team plans at the St. James’ Park club.He was not in their Premier League squad and will be playing in Serie B this term.Lazaar has two years left on his contfore he was removed at the beginning of the third inning. “Physically, I feel really strong,” Hamels said. “It’s just getting the timing and reps for the muscle memory. Mentally, it’s just being prepared every five days now. Starting to get into that routine because it’s nice to dial in the routine for throughout the season.”

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The Nationals signed former reliever to a minor league deal Wednesday, and according to CSNWashington.com, they intendchester United defender Harry Maguire has urged fans to judge him over the long-term.Maguire, who became the world’s most expensive defender with his £80m summer switch from Leicester, has endured a difficult start to his United career.”I think it’s to use him as a first baseman. Owings attempted to convert to being a position player last season while on a dBarcelona are moving for SD Aucas wing-back Diego Palacios.The exciting Ecuador U20 international is already the subject of an offer from Barca.Mundo Deportivo says Barca have made an opening bid for Palacios – though will have to go higher after Aucas turned the offer down.The youngster can leave for a price of €5m.Palacios spent this past season in Europe on-loan with Willem II in Holland.isabled list stint with the Padres, but elbow surgery ultimately ended his season and his case a top four finish.They play Watford at home on Sunday with the final league game to come after the Europa League second leg. That is away at Leicester.”We are going to take one after the other one,” said Giroud. “We have our destiny in our hands onversion attempt. In 205 career at-bats, Owings has a .283 batting average with nine home runs and 35 RBI.

Report: Diamondbacks to make another push for Rick Porcello

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The willunk to training around the holidays.The Portugese winger spoke about his time with the Red Devils under Sir Alex Ferguson.And while he acknowledged that Ferguson was a tough manager, he said the boss had his moments of letting things slide.Speaking t attempt to package recently acquired shortstop and a pitching prospect to try and get pitcher from the , to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. 

Ahmed technically isn’t a member of the Diamondbacks yet, as the deal hasn’t been officially announced. But once it’s official, Ahmed might not remain in Arizona for long.

The Diamondbacks were mentioned as a potential trade partner for Porcello , but they weren’t thought to have the right mix of players to get a deal done. The Tigers reportedly were then seeking a shortstop. But now that the D-Backs have an extra shortstop, they may have the pieces to match up with the Tigers.

Porcello would likely jump into a starting role witt a permanent transfer for Sheyi Ojo.The 22-year-old is on a season long loan at the club, managed by Reds legend Steven Gerrard.He has played 17 games this term, scoring five and managing four assists.Football Insider says Rangers are exploring a peh the Diamondbacks, although the team has plenty of qualified candidates. , , and seem like locks for the first-four spots, with , and as potential candidates for the fifth spot.

The team will also get a mier Ademola Lookman has a bright future in the game.The 21-year-old signed for RB Leipzig in a permanent transfer, putting pen to paper on a five-year contract.He did not make it at Everton, but his former teammate Sigurdsson has no doubts about the wd-season boost from , who is recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Last season, Porcello had a 4.59 ERA and a 3.91 FIP in 176 1/3 innings with the Tigers. 

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Report: Michael Bourn still too expensive for Reds

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general manager Walt Jocketty says free-agent center fielder is still out of their price range, Mark Sheldon of .com reported Friday.

Bourn, 29, made just under $7 million last year, his last arbitration season. The center fielder hit .274/.348/.391 with the in 2012 with 42 stolen bases. Although he isn’t expected to pull in a contract like ‘s five-year, $75-million deal with the Braves, Bourn should pull in at least $10 million per year for at least four years — a deal similar to or better than the one receivee style of manager Graham Potter.The stats say Newcastle had less of the ball against Albion than Manchester City managed versus Watford. Asked whether he had played in a side quite like that which Graham Potter is moulding, the Albion midfielder told fmidfielder Scott Banks.The Dundee-United-Scott-Banks-latest” target=”_blank”>Daily Express says Palace have agreed a substantial transfer fee with Dundee United to sign their talented youngster Banks. Sources close to the Premier League side have conrom the .

The Reds had an $87 million opening-day payroll last season andlam Slimani at AS Monaco.On-loan from Leicester City, Slimani has been a revelation for ASM so far this season, hitting four goals and providing six assists.”Slimani is walking on the water, doing exceptional things in a moribund team,” declared Belm the club isn’t expected to significantly raise salaries. The club already has roughly $85 million committed to 2013, not including the contract Ryan Ludwick agreed to with the Reds on Friday. As Jocketty said, Bourn “would have to really fall” to end up in Cincinnati.

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Report: Royals discuss trading Wil Myers for Jon Lester or James Shields

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The have discussed dealing outfielder , one of the highest regarded prospects in baseball, to the or in an attempt to find an ace, to The Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton.

The Royals and Red Sox have discussed a trade involving Myers going to Boston for left-handed starting pitcher . They have also discussed dealing Myers to the Rays for right-handed starting pitcher .

All three teams remain hesitant to continue further in trade talks, writes Dutton.

Myers, who turns 22 in December, hit .314/.387/.600 with 37 home runs in 591 plate appearances between Double-A and Triple-A in 2012. He is the Royals’ best prospect, to Baseball America.

Lester, who turns 29 in January, wiSassuolo face a battle to keep hold of Gianluca Scamacca.The young striker, 21, is the subject of serious interest from AC Milan and Benfica.Both clubs have had opening offers turned down, with Sassuolo seeking €25m to sell.Scamacca is currently on loan with Ascoli, where he has scored 10 goals in 17 games between Serie B and the Coppa Italia.Sky Italia says Benfica’s initial bid was for €10m.ll earn $11.625 mill coach Carlo Ancelotti says he’s “outraged” by the state of the San Paolo andr United have confirmed a new date for their EFL Trophy game against Lincoln City.The Reds are travelling to the lower division side on Tuesday October 1st.United started the competition with an impressive win over Rotherham.The Reds’ under-21s will says it is an insult to the club.Ancelotti inspected the stadium this week after summer reconstruction work.He blasted: “I saw the conditions of the San Paolo dressing roion in 2013, and the Red Sox have a $13 million club option on him for 2014. He’s coming off a down year for the Red Sox, going 9-14 with a 4.82 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 166 strikeouts in 205 1/3 innings in 2012.

Shields, who turns 31 in December, will earn $10.25 million in 2013 and has one more club option remaining on his deal. He went 15-10 with a 3.52 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 223 strikeouts in 227 2/3 innings for the Rays in 2012.

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