Toon have re-signed former Arsenal defender O’Conn


pitcher put a lot of runners on in his Cactu with Arsenal fans on Sunday.The midfielder faces being stripped of the captaincy after insulting the home support against Crystal Palace.Dibrani, of SC Zofingen, is best friends with Xhaka and told Blick: “He’s not feeling well, he’s battered. “He is League start against the A’s Tuesday. He allowed five runs on eight hits with two walks over 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander allowed two runs in the first before making it through the next n doubt over brother Paul Pogba’s intentions at Manchester United.On the same evening as Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, launched a stunning attack online against United mae Lolley.The Daily Mail says he is at the top of Dean Smith’s list for a spot on the right wing but could cost £10million.Lolley is a Villa fan and used to watch matches from the Holte End, so a move would appeal. The 26-year-old has enjoyed the besnager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, older brother Mathias also weighed into the debate ovethree innings unscathed. But in the fifth, he gave up three runs, including a two-run homer by Yoenis Cespedes. McAllister also struck out three.McAllister, the No. 4 starter for Cleveland, has a 5.85 ERA in six spring outings.

Jadon Sancho.England star Sancho, 19, continues t


As exphat he can trim his squad in the coming weeks.The Saints have a bloated squad, but there are several players who are not a part of the manager’s long term plans.However, Hasenhuttl believes that several moves will happen in the coming weeks, allowingected, the shipped shortstop to Triple-A Albuquerque Tuesday, according to the team’s official website. Gordon hit .206 with a .386 on-base percentage and a .20e award for Goal of the Month for February.The Czech Republic international scored with a stunning strike in the away victory over Southampton.It capped off an impressive comeback for Vydra after he was almost sold in January.Matej Vydra has been cho6 slugging in 20 Cactus League g Milner will renew with Liverpool this summer.That is according to Steve Nicol, who believes there is no chance of Milner leaving on a free transfer.The English midfielder is out of contract, but given his value to the club, Nicol thinks he will exteames before he was sent down.

pool fullback Andy Robertson has rubbished claims


Braves pitcher had a on how they stunned Liverpool last month.A 3-0 defeat at Vicarage Road for Jurgen Klopp’s champions-in-waiting was their first in a staggering 44 matches. Victory for Watford had sent shock waves around the Premier League. ffield United boss Chris Wilder.The Daily Mail says Swansea City boss Graham Potter is the priority for Brighton after the sacking of Chris Hughton.But if Potter does turn down Brighton, the club would be keen to speak to Wilder. The Sheffield United”We noticed that they comm so-so day against the Mets on Monday, giving up two runs on six hitr trophies in six years as a Liverpool player, before returning to Anfield as manager in the 90s, retired from the game 13 years ago. He said: “There are people in football now who are trying to reinvent the wheel, coming up with new terminology, ps and a walk in four innings. He struck out two.

lkeeper Dominik Livakovic is being tracked by Manc

content_img 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.

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


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’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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Report: Orioles DH Jim Thome eyeing return this weekend


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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.

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AL Manager of the Year Watch


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So, our tour of the BBWAA award races ends here, with the big daddy of them all — the American League Manager of the Year. This is the one I know you have spent hours debating at the bar, so let’s just get to it…

The Orioles have allowed 46 more runs than they’estored confidence to Tottenham Hotspur’s playing group.That is according to Spurs legend and club ambassador Ledley King.The North London club have won four out of their last five Premier League fixtures since Mourinho’s appointment.”Confidence playve scored, that’s worse than the , and only six runs better than the . Of those teams, only the Orioles are within 3 1/2 games of the lead in their divisioSchalke sports director Jochen Schneider admits they’re delighted with the impact of Jonjoe Kenny.The fullback is on a season-long loan from Everton.”We are happy that we have him. Not only as a player, but also as a person and as a type he suits Schalke,” said Schneider.”I hope that we will have the chance to keep him longer.”Kenny’s loan deal does not include a buy option.n. While their Pythagorean record is 60-69, their real record is 71-58. There has to be a reason, and the manager’s influence may be as good of a guess as any. Showalter’s done a masterful job, and there’s no question about that.

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The are fading, but the A’s aren’t — and that’s something nobody would have expected a month ago. While not matching their blistering 19-5 pace of July, the A’s put together their second-best month of the season in August. If that continues into September and the A’s make the playoffs and the Orioles miss out, Melvin could swoop in and take the award.

Don’t laugh. Even though the Mariners are 63-68, the Mariners are 27-17 in the second half of the season and 21-13 since was traded. Wedge should be in consideration, even with his team’s last-place standing. By going under the radar the second half of this year and joining the AL West next season, he’s a good sleeper pick for the 2013 Manager of the Year Award.

The White Sox are still leading the AL Central, even though the perception still may that they’re only there because has sputtered.

He’s arguably the best manager in the game, but there’s no overwhelming narrative that boosts his case — and while bloggers love to blast voters over narratives for other awards, this is the one where that actually does account for votes. The Rayhero Andrea Pirlo insists they’re capable of upsetting derby rivals Inter Milan on Sunday.Pirlo is adamant form goes out the window in such games.”Despite the 19 points difference in the standings, I don’t think it is a one-way match, in fact, it wils are at their sneaky best, pitching well, scoring enough runs and within striking distance entering the final month of the season.

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is set to make his debut as Anderlecht player-mana


es. According to ESPN, United have reached the last stage of negotiations with b.The former Chelsea captain decided to extend his stay at Villa Park this summer, signing a new two-year deal to remain as manager Dean Smith’s right-hand man.Asked if he wants to be the main man in the dugout now, Terry replied: “Not yet. I’m hapSwansea City over a fee for the 21-year-old.The report claims the Red Devils will part witue Hakim Ziyech from Ajax because of Jadon Sancho, according to the Evening Standard.The paper suggests that United have a long standing interest in Sancho, along with Jack Grealish or James Maddison.They want two of those three in the summer, and alh around £15m to sign the Wales international.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has tMinnesota recalled reliever and infielder prior to Monday’s game at Chicago, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Rumor roundup: Braves, Rangers, Angels, White Sox want starting pitching


It’s the worst-kept secret in baseball: the , , and are looking for top-tier pitching. And the are in the mix, too. 

The Braves remain focused on adding “a top-flight starting pitcher” before Tuesday’s 4:00 p.m. EST non-waiver trade deadline, .com’s Mark Bowman. Here’s more from Bowman, about a funny moment on the Braves’ team bus: When Braves general manager Frank Wren got on the team bus before Wednesday afternoon’s game against the , greeted him by audibly saying “” multiple times while coughing.The Braves will assess their options over the next few days, Bowman wrote, and will stay in the loop on both and . Especially Dempster, if his desired trade to the doesn’t end up happening. The Braves have also shown interest in the services of ‘s , and the ‘ , but the price tag on those two is out of Atlanta’s range, for now. The Rangers have a trade deadline wish-list, and atop it is Zack Greinke,’s Danny Knobler. After Greinke is Josh Johnson, then Shields, and then bullpen help help, with moving to the bullpen if Texas lands a starter.The White Sox want Greinke, too, badly,’s Jon Heyman, but they’ll only land him if they send major-league talent to , because their farm system doesn’t stack up against Texas’, Atlanta’s, or evplayer-coach in January from MLS side DC United, reports BBC Sport.The 33-year-old forward, who is Manchester United and England’s all-time record goalscorer, will join the Rams on an initial 18-month contract.He signed for Washington-based DC from Een the Ane will continue to work hard at Liverpool, despite having his request for a transfer denied.The Belgian aired his desire to leave Anfield throughout last season after serving as the club’s back-up goalkeeper behind Alisson.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp saidgels’. The Rangers aren’t just looking to oud was on target again for France in Monday’s 1-1 draw with Turkey.The Chelsea striker was brought on as a substitute in the 72nd and took just four minutes to turn the game on its head, heading home Antoine Griezmann’s corner at the near post.It waadd to their rotation, but also their bullpen, and are one of a number of teams interested in ,’s Jerry Crasnick.

Hamels hears recruiting pitches, says they won’t work


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Recruiting pitches at the All-Star Game don’t always work.Remember that two years ago in Anaheim, the Angels made sure Torii Hunter lockered right next to free-agent-to-be Carl Crawford. Crawford, of course, bypassed the Angels that winter to sign with the Red Sox.But bring the best players in baseball together, and you can be sure they’ll try to influence their teammates-for-a-McTominay into a better player.Fernandes is getting rave reviews for his own performances since joining United in January.“Bruno can help Scott impove, definitely. Bruno is going to give us loads, definitely, and he is going to help the young kid,”day. The last two days, Cole Hamelsade-Chamberlain clashed Manchester United fans after full-time at Old Trafford.The midfielder was clearly told to “F*** off” while talking to one fan, while another rejected his offer of a fist bump.It’s not clear why the 26-year-old went to the home has heard it all.Hamels, whose locker in the National League clubhouse was next to Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw’s, insisted that the recruiting pitches won’t help.”All I say to them is that I’ve been to every city, and I know what every city is like,” Hamels said before Tuesday’s game.The Phillies are still trying to re-sign Hamels, and there’s also a real chance he could be traded by July 31 if he doesn’t sign first. But Hamels spent Tuesday talking abored PSG striker Edinson Cavani this month.The Telegraph says United are weighing up the possibility of signing Cavani – but are wary of repeating the mistakes made with Alexis Sanchez.Cavani is out of contract at Paris-Saint Germain this summer and lut how the Phillies still might be able to go on a run and get back in a race.Hamels was encouraged by the news that Roy Halladay will make a rehabilitation start Thursday, and could rejoin the Phillies rotation soon after that.”We might start a roll,” Hamels said. “We might even be able to sweep a team. Have we done that this year?”We have to get back to having confidence. If we do that, we can be the team that won 102 games [last year].”The Phillies have not swept a three-game series this year. They swept seven three-game series and three four-game series last year.

Top 25 most awesome names of the MLB draft


Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft is over, and that, quite obviously, means it’s time to rank the most awesome names of all those who were selected over an interminable span of 40 rounds. Yes, we have done the yeoman’s work of vetting to determine the 25 most awesome names of all, and what follows is our authoritative ordering of those names. We’re also listing each young man’s draft position, so that, if you wish, you may verify that, yes, someone actually has that awesome name. We have also taken the liberty of telling you what each evokes within the imagination — i.e., what each name sounds like. Will any of these gentlemen challenge ? That’s for you to decide. To the rankings … Sounds like: Character name suggested by Toby Tolkien, 12-year-old younger brother of J.R.R.Sounds like: Handsome amn offer for Crystal Palace fullback Patrick van Aanholt.Having had a bid turned down for the Dutchman last week, Voetbal International says PSV tabled a new bid last night to Palace.PSV’s first offer was for €5m and Palace want €10m to sell.For hiesia victim on “Days of Our Lives.”)Sounds like: Guy who got into a lot of fights in elementary school.)Sounds like: Merle Haggard’s pedal-steel guitarist.ver a job incomplete.The Evening Chronicle says Benitez thinks he will leave unfinished business at Newcastle United when his contract regrettably expires on Sunday at midnight.It’s understood that while he has come to the conclusion he can not work Sounds like: Monarchical heir to the throne of Indiana.Sounds like: Backup catcher for Connie Mack’s Philadelphia A’s, worked in an Omaha blast furnace during the offseason.Sounds like: Guy who enjoys brawling in the streets of Eastern Europe. Sounds like: Up-and-coming celebrity illusionist.Sounds like: Character in Harlequin romance novel.Sounds like: Alias that Keanu Reeves uses when making hotel reservations.Sounds like: Young minister in a Nathaniel Hawthorne novel who’s tortured by impure thoughts of Lady Ravishing. Sounds like: Headmaster at Connecticut boarding school, former classics professor, owns a monocle. Sounds like: Murderous cattle-rustler.Sounds like: Sheriff who’s hellbent on taking down murderous cattle-rustler Lex Rutledge. Sounds like: I have no idea.Sounds like: Man of few words with special-forces background who’s there for those with nowhere left to turn. Sounds like: An energy drink.Sounds like: A software upgrade.Sounds like: An asteroid headed straight for us.Sounds like: The happiest guy in town.Sounds like: Star student and rugby player at Phildrick Llewellyn’s boarding school. Owns a monocle.Sounds like: Recurring character on “Saved by the Bell.”Sye on going through the season unbeaten.Should the Reds avoid defeat at home to Sheffield United on Thursday, it would mean they have not lost in the league for a full calendar year.Robertson told Liverpool’s official website: “I think it says more aounds like: Arch-villain with designs on poisoning the water supply. Sounds like: Given name of the Most Interesting Man in the World.Sounds like: German-engineered touring sedan.

circle around the player.The midfielder is a hot


The Washington Post repy have emerged.The Barcelona great and former AC Milan star was arrested in Paraguay for possessing a fake passport. He was transferred, together with his brother Roberto de Assis, to Asuncion prison after an order of preventive detention signed by torts Nationals prospect was arrested early Thursday morning onayor wd striker Ollie Watkins.Chris Wilder and his team are looking for another striker, even though they bought Oli McBurnie and Callum Robinson in the summer.Brentford forward Watkins has been tracked since the start of a campaign in which he has become as sent off for new club Olimpia in Paraguay after wildly kicking out.Adebayor went in with a flying ‘karate kick’ while playing for the Paraguyan outfit against Defensa y Justicia in the Copa Libertadores, his foot far too high as he went to c suspicion of DUI. Gilbert is batting .313 with 12 homers, 40 RBI and 26 stolen bases in 98 games for Double-A Harrisburg this season.

van Persie believes Unai Emery is failing to conne

content_img reports that Pirates OF prospect has not played since May 22, but that director of player development Kyle Start said that his absence has not been due to injury. “We’re continuing to help him make some adjustmentsan striker Mauro Icardi has turned down a move to Arsenal.Sportmediaset says Icardi has rejected the chance to join Arsenal as part of a swap deal involving Pierre-Emerick Aubameyan’s clear Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling is rapidly improving.Sterling netted another England goal in the win against Bulgaria yesterday and Three Lions boss Southgate has been explaining how the City attacker’s game has changed in the last g.Icardi was offered a move to north London in a deal which would hav to the Triple-A level and picking our spots to help him make those adjustmentroversy isn’t going away anytime soon.Real Madrid were unhappy with decisions not taken at this week’s El Clasico, which ended 0-0.”We’ve talked about it more than once,” Valverde said at his press conference ahead of their game against Alaves on Sats rather than just competing in games,” Stark said.