rested in re-signing Arsenal fullback Hector Belle

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Afterounced the first-team squad and coaching staff will donate their wages from last Friday’s humiliating 9-0 loss to Leicester to the charity Saints Foundation.Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side created unwanted history by being thrashed by the Foxes at St. Mary’s being signed to a minor-league deal with the earlier this week, was informed that he earned a spot on the bullpen to start the season, e German’s team have impressed in the first weeks of the season.Farke told Sky Sports: “EacRay Parlour has urged Arsenal to sell Mesut Ozil in January.But the Gunners hero can’t see him leaving the club.“He won’t be sold in January so no chance of that because Ozil won’t go nowhere,” Parlour told talkSPORT.“Should he be sold? Yes, he should be.“If you’re not going to play him on a regular basis you might as well get rid of him, yeah.”h and every head coach has their own ideas and philosophy. This club had a clear picture of what I would bring, and I was aware of what Norwich City means. I daccording to the Los Angeles Times. Lowe finished spring training with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP in 10 2/3 innings of work. 

joe Kenny is excited about his move to Schalke.Ken

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second baseman is having a pretty par for the course spring. He’s batting .298 (14 for 47) with a triple, two homers, three doubles and six RBI in 18 spring games. He has hit .309 with a .507 slugging percentage in the spring since 2006, so he’s doing what we expect this time of year. That’s definitely a bonus, as well as the fact Weeks has stayed healthy, which has been a problem in the past. 

Weeks’ Fantasy uitor for Bruno Fernandes from Sporting CP.The Portuguese midfielder is a hot property this summer, after scoring and assisting in double digits for Sporting in Liga NOS last sterm.The Daily Mail says Manchester United are seriously looking at Fernanvalue hasn’t changed much this year. He’s a good source of power at a weak Fantasy position. But the negatives are that he doesn’t hit for a pretty average and strikes out a lot. He’s being drafted ahead of Aaron Hill in formats and behind Hill in leagues. I’d take Hill before Weeks in both formats, but I have no problem with Weinstructed to play Callum Hudson-Odoi last season.Sarri faced backlash from supporters and critics alike over his refusal to play Hudson for the first time about his hooking during victory over AC Milan.Ronaldo admits Maurizio Sarri was right when the coach said he was playing injured.He stated, “In the last three weeks I have been limited. Everyone knows that I don’t like to be subs-Odoi, who handed in a transfer request in attempt to join Bayern Munich.He recently a new long-term contract, andeks’ current ADP.

estigious individual prize in men’s football been

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starter , who lefdmits Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has suffered ankle ligament damage.The England international limped off with an ankle injury in Liverpool’s 1-0 Club World Cup final victory over Flamengo on Saturday.”The ankle is what we probably expected,” said Klopp.t ool boss Jurgen Klopp.Maradona says the German coach is the one he follows most closely from Europe.Known for his own passionate displays on the touchline as highlighted in the Netflix series ‘Maradona in Mexico’ which documented his turbulent spell his start Tuesday against the Cardinals after getting hit in the right elbprove Inter Milan wrong after returning to Cagliari.The midfielder has moved to Sardinia on a season-long loan.He told TMW: “I’m happy to be back home. I made a choice, it was a little bit forced upon me, but in the end, I made this decision and I ow, underwent X-rays, reports Newsday. Hefner has a contusion of the right elbow and is considered day-to-day. He should be able to make his first start for the Mets in the regular season. 

oss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has deleted his Twitter a

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outfielder is expected to learn his roster fate this week because of an opt-clause in his contract that forces the Tigers to tell him whether or not he’ll be on the 25-man roster, according to MLive.com.

“I had some other opportunities where ason, it has been revealed.Just days after his dismissal by Bayern, reports Sport1, Kovac was offered the Everton job after they had sacked Marco Silva.However, the Croatian turned down the proposal as it came too soon after his departure. Everton wothey told me that I’d have a good chance to make their ballclub,” he said. “But you don’t know what’s going to happen when you go into a different situation.”

If K hunt for Lorient striker Alexis Claude-Maurice.The Gunners are star Fabrizio Maiello admits he was the brains behind the plan.He hatched the plan when he was behind bars along with a another group of inmates who were members of a notorious crime syndicate.But the plan failed after Maiello lost his nerve and instpreparing a second bid for the Lorient star, reports Get French Football News. It comes two weeks after their first bid of £7m was rejected. Claude-Maurice is a former team-mate of Gunnelly makes the roster, he would be used as a reserve outfielder/infielder. Kelly is batting .244 (10 for 41) with one triple, two doubles, three homers and six RBI in 21 spring games.

ngs. El-Ghazi appeared to throw his head at Mings,

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Phillies outfielder had to leave Sunday’s spring game against the Astros in top of the sixth inning after getting hit by a pitch. Ruf said he was hit on the left triceps, but he said he feels fine after icing down the area, according to .com. Ruf was 0 for 2 before leaving the game, lowering his batting average to .188 (6 fleted his move to Shanghai SIPG.Arnautovic has left West Ham to join Shanghai SIPG in a £22.4mttenham midfielder Eric Dier.United have been long term admirers of the England international without being able to lure him to Old Trafford.But United bosses believe Dier could be tempted to leave Spurs this summer, with the London club willing to lillion move – six months after failing to secure a dream switch to the Chinese Super League.The Austrian was keen to leave the London Stadium this summer aor 32) in 11 spring games says the 22-year-old has reportedly been monitored by Real Madrid, Manchester United and Arsenal.Dias has 11 caps for Portugal and was part of their Nations League success.He is believed to fit Wolves’ recruitment model as a young player whose value.

Honest Greinke gets elbow checked, and Dodgers come away relieved

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PHOENIX — As my colleague Jon Heyman Zack Greinke may well be the most honest person in the game.The Dodgers are learning all about that.Greinke told them Sunday he still felt a little discomfort in his right elbow. The Dodgers reacted Monday by sending him to Los Angeles to have the elbow examined by their team doctor.But if news of that visit set off alarm bells about the right-hander who was the biggest free-agent pitcher on the market last winter, the Dodgers quickly worked to silf their Europa League last-32 tie.The Spaniards travel to Molineux for the first leg having struggled all season in La Liga.But Nuno says that accounts for nothing when speaking ahead of the clash.He said: “It’s going to be a tough game. The table doencegri admits he wants to “recharge my batteries”.He said, “I am going to take a year off to recharge the batteries and take my personal life back in hand, rediscover after many years the affection of my family, children and friends.“The last 16 yea those bells.They announced Monday afternoon that Dr. Neil ElAttrache had found only inflammation, and that Greinke would be shut down for just 2-3 days. Later, manager Don Mattingly said he believes Greinke will still be on track to make his scheduled April 2 start, in the Dodgers’ second game of the regular season (after Clayton Kershaw starts on opening day).”Yeah, I expect him to,” Mattingly said.Greinke was given anti-inflammatory drugs, and also an injection of PRP, or platelet-rich plasma.Mattingly insists that he was never overly concerned, because of the way Greinke threw in a bullpen session Friday. But Mattingly understood how this got to the point that Greinke was flying to California on a day when he was scheduled to make a spring training start against the Brewers.”He tells the truth,” Mattingly said. “nsfer policy on the qualities of Scott McTominay.The London Evening Standard says McTominay has been identified in a report as the type of player and character that United need to acquire more of. United’s recruitment team and manager Ole Gunnar SolsWhen he tells the truth, and with the deal he signed ($147 million for six years), you go into ultra-caution.”The result was that Greinke missed another spring start, after missing one earlier when he had the flu. Instead, he had an exam that theoretically proved to him and to them that what he’s feeling isn’t too serious.”It relieves your mind — and ours,” Mattingly said.And it gave them a little more insight into who Zack Greinke is.

ited from Saudi Arabia is cooling.A report suggest

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The Chicago Cubs continued shaping their roster for the upcoming season and announced the following moves Monday: pit Paulo Fonseca’s Roma) to Serie A, but for now the impact of Inter Milan pair Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku has been decidedly different.The Chilean, on-loan from Manchester United, is struggling a lot, between the bench and injuries that are keepchers , and and second baseman were optioned to Triple-A Iowa; pcardi to leave.Wanda Nara, the wife and agent of the striker, has stated Icardi is staying.But Marotta says: “We greeted Wanda Nara’s comments with a pinch of irritation, both for the timing and the method.“I can also categorically deny that someitcher was optioned to lix Passlack this summer.Bild says Passlack has been released by the German club.The 21-year-old spent this season on loan at Norwich but found it hard to displace Max Aarons in the starting line-up.However, the Norwich Evening News says manager DaniDouble-A Tennessee and pitcher was assigned to the team’s minor-league camp.

cio Pochettino’s job title.The Argentine said on t

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The Kansas City Star reports Friday that Royals pitcher will skip his nest Cactus League start due to shoulder soreness. Davis is scheclash with crosstown rivals Manchester United. The Belgian was absent for Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday o offers for Callum Wilson in January.The Chelsea-Transfer-News-Callum-Wilson-Bournemouth-Exclusive-Rumours”>Daily Star says Bournemouth have placed an eye-watering £75million price tag on Wilson, as Chelsea continue to mull over the idea of making in the FA Cup fifth-round. And manager Pep Guardiolat-again Diogo Dalot hopes for the chance to challenge Aaron Wan-Bissaka as Manchester United’s first-choice right-back.Hip and groin problems have restricted the 20-year-old — signed by Jose Mourinho in the summer of 2018 — to just three appearan has confirmed De Bruyne has suffered an injury.”He [Kevin de Bruyne] fell downduled to pitch at some point next week.

Report: Vladimir Guerrero seeking minor-league deal

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Outfielder Vladimir Guerrero is attempting a comeback and looking for a minor-league deal, to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.

Guerrero, 38, signed a minor-league deal with the last season, but he only played in 12 minor-league games before asking for his release. His last significant role was in 2011, when he played in 145 games wletico and Inter Milan are interested in the veteran, with the La Liga club believed to be preparing a bid.Atletico boss Diego Simeone wants to add an experienced midfielder to his squad and believes Matic fits the bill.Coughing up a fee would suit Uith the . 

That season, Guerrero hit .290/.317/.416 w defender, 17, joined this summer from PEC Zwolle.Van den Berg told NOS, “When I just came in, I was nervous. You could see that. “Now it’s normal. I have a good relationship with the trainer (Jurgen Klopp). He said I shouldn’t be in a hurry and justith 13 home runs in 590 plate appearances. It was a precipitous drop from his .318/.379/.553 career line. Guerrero was mainly used as a DH ima.The striker joined Leipzig on loan with option to buy this season.However, his injury problems have continued in Germany, where he has managed to make only two appearances so far.Pavel Paska, Schick’s agent, says a return to Roma could happen.“Hn 2011, and might have a better shot signing with an American League team. 

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers ,  and , follow .

Mike Scioscia: Angels’ closer position wide open

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With all but certain to begin the season on the disabled list, manarton manager Marco Silva wants Richarlison and Yerry Mina to improve their English skills.The duo are important players for Silva, and he believes their inability to speak fluent English is impeding his team.Asked about Richarlison’s progress, Silva ger Mike Scioscia said , Alden Gonzalez of .com reported Wednesday.

Scioscia mentioned four relievers who could be in play for the role: , who racked up 23 saves ins urged Wilfried Zaha to join Arsenal.Both Everton and the Gunners failed with attempts to sign the Ivory Coast international over the summer.”If a player wants to go enough and is desperate enough to leave then it’s possibly not in your best interes the role last year, as well as , and . Frieri appears the most likely option given his success last season — he blew just three saves and posted a 2.32 ERA (163 ERA+). 

Downs also earned a shot at the closer role but doesn’t fit the typical closer mold. His fastball usually lives in the high 80s and he’s a lefty. Jepsen posted a sharp 3.02 ERA and offers a blazing (average velocity 96.6 MPH) fastball, but he has limited late-inning experience (three career saves). Burnett has the worst track record of the four, with a 3.58 career ERA and mediocre 4.15 career FIP.

For more up-to-the-minute news and analyss international future to China.Browning swapped Everton for Guangzhou Evergrande in February, but intends to swap a lot more too —starting with his citizenship.The defender was born in Liverpool and represented England at Under-17, U19 and U21 levis on the latest rumors from bloggers ,  and , follow .

Pirates camp report: Youngsters like Cole expected to help turnaround

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BRADENTON, Fla. — Bob Nutting starts talking about winning the World Series, and no doubt plenty of people start laughing. Or sighing.How about winning more games than you lose?

But the owner is right.

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The goal can’t be just having a winning season, no matter how many losing years you’ve had in a row. The goal can’t be just to end the streak.

The Pirates should be thinking about winning World Series.

And that’s where Gerrit Cole comes in.

There’s no way to know for sure exactly what Cole will become. There’s no way to know for sure how soon he’ll become it.

He may not help the Pirates at all this year. Barring something crazy happening this spring, he’s going to start the season in the minor leagues. While the Pirates believe he could debut (and could make an impact) a few months later, there are no guarantees?

So why does he matter, for a team where the owner is demanding “a step forward” this season?

Simply because if your goal really is to win a World Series, you need to find and then develop talents like Gerrit Cole.

Somehow, in the 20 months since the Pirates made Cole the first overall pick in the June 2011 draft, he’s been pushed out of our thoughts by other guys from that draft. His UCLA teammate Trevor Bauer has already debuted in the big leagues, already been traded and already been raved about.

Meanwhile, as strange as it seems for someone taken with the first overall pick, Cole doesn’t get the same hype. Even some of his teammates laugh at the idea that a No. 1 draft pick can be under the radar, even as they agree that Cole is just that.

He probably shouldn’t be.

“Pure stuff, he’s jaw-dropping,” says Jameson Taillon, the Pirates’ other big pitching prospect. “I charted him some last year, and you see that 92 mph slider, the 101 mph fastballs … it’s like a video game.

“I think once Gerrit gets his shot, he’ll blow people away.”

The way general manager Neal Huntington puts it, the Pirates “haven’t closed the door completely” to Cole making the team out of spring training. But the Pirates think of themselves now as an organization that is cautious in promoting prospects (as opposed to the one that previously pushed up before he was really ready).

“The worst reason to bring [Cole] to the big leagues is that we need him,” Huntington said. “I’d rather be a week too late tven Gerrard’s side lost 3-1 at home to Bayer Leverkusen in the first leg of their round of 16 clash.It means Gers will have to go to Germany and overturn a two goal deficit if they are to progress into the quarter finals.Leon Bailey gave Leverkusen than a month too early.”

Huntington believes in Cole, Taillon and his other prized prospects. The organization believes in the prospects so strongly that the Pirates backed away from a proposed trade for Chase Headley last July, even though the team seemed to need a boost and even though it wasn’t going to cost them either Cole or Taillon.

Huntington also believes in his current roster, and in the small improvements he was able to make to it over the winter. He believes in new catcher (“One of our scouts said we didn’t just make one position better, we made half the team better”), and he believes in and and Alvarez and .

“We have a group that’s very hungry,” Huntington said.

They have a group that for now has one true star (center fielder ), and a lot of players who are better than the ones the Pirates had 3-4 years ago.

Everyone in camp reminds you that the 2012 team won as many games as any Pirates team in the last 20 years, even though that number was only 79. Everyone reminds you that the Pirates have improved by 22 wins in two years, even though they know that the owner is right when he says the goal has to be winning World Series, not winning 82 games.

There’s a tendency with bad teams to think that improvement necessarily comes in steps, but that’s not always true. Years ago,seille midfielder Maxime López has revealed an approach from Barcelona.Lopez admits Barca were in contact two years ago.”In the summer of 2017, the sports director of Barça ( Robert Fernández) spoke with my agent, who said there was interest in th the Braves became a great team overnight, going from last place in 1990 to the World Series in 1991.

More recently, the same thing happened with the Tigers, who had a streak of 12 consecutive losing seasons that ended with a team that went to the World Series.

Nutting isn’t going to spend the way Mike Ilitch did in Detroit, but there is one comparison between those Tigers and these Pirates: a high-end, hard-throwing young but unproven pitcher drafted by Greg Smith.

Maybe it’s not fair to compare Gerrit Cole to Justin Verlander. But in both cases, Smith chose a college pitcher who wasn’t a finished product, bypassing others who he believed would get to the big leagues sooner for one he was convinced had a real chance to end up being better.

“There’s some roughness around the edges, and I like that,” Smith said. “Because it means there’s more in there.”

Smith said if you re-ran the 2011 draft today, he’d still take Cole, even as others have gotten more attention and have already begun big-league careers.

“Oh, absolutely,” he said. “I haven’t wavered at all.”

Cole himself admits he notices the other guys in his draft class. He and Bauer were college teammate appoint a new manager.Hartson believes caretaker Freddie Ljungberg, who was appointed after Unai Emery’s dismissal, is not the man to steady the “sinking ship” and says the Arsenal board must act quickly — like Tottenham did.He told The Sun: “s, but they were never particularly close.

“I don’t think we focus on each other very much,” Cole said.

He knows Bauer and others have had higher profiles. He should also know that Verlander didn’t have the highest profile in his draft class in the months before he debuted as the 2006 American League Rookie of the Year.

In that spring of 2006, Baseball America ranked Verlander as the eighth-best prospect in the game. He was third among pitching prospects, behind and Chad Billingsley.

This week, Baseball America released its 2013 prospect rankings. Cole was seventh.Verlander ended that 2006 season in the World Series.

I’m not saying Cole is Verlander, and I’m not saying the Pirates are going to the World Series.

But getting the most out of talent like Gerrit Cole is the way they could get there.

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Despite spring traininger Mauro Icardi.Inter are seeking a buyer for the Argentine as they need to raise funds to land Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.After a difficult six months, Icardi has seen his asking price plummet from €110m a year ago to €60m now.Such games starting in less than two weeks, starting pitcher remains in the dwindling free-agent pool. Lohse posted a career-low 2.86 ERA over 33 starts with the Cardk Butland for below their asking price.Aston Villa and Bournemouth have been put off by the Potters demand of £20m for the England international goalkeeper.”We don’t want Jack to go. Jack’s a Premier League goalkeeper, no two ways about it,” said Joinals last season, but most teams have been reluctant toager Pep Guardiola.Mahrez is in his second season at City.He told France Football: “It is really very simple. He is a winner, he is there to make us progress. “Guardiola, he’ll explain everything to us, decrypt everything, from A to Z, with the aim o sign the veteran right-hander as it would cost a pick in the 2013 Draft. “He’s a good player and has been through this a couple of times,” his agent, Scott Boras, told MLB.com on Friday. “This was kind of anticipated with his draft compensation dynamic.”

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Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told ESPN.com Thursday that is does not have much confidence in incumbent closer , who has been dealing with elbow issues in the offseason. “Coming out of last season, looking with what Frankie has been dealing with in the offseason as far as his elbow is concerned, I don’t know that we could have a lot of confidence in where we are,” he said when asked about the team’s bullpen situation. “But to answer your question — not terribly comfortable,” Alderson said. “But I hope that Frankie over the next few weeks does something to dispel that discomfort.” Francisco isrged Richarlison to match Cristiano Ronaing addition is bolts around the neck, inspired by Roman god of the sky Jupiter.“Roman mythology and its influence on Roman identity played a huge part in the concept,” Pete Hoppins, Nike Football Apparel Senior Design Director, told the club’s offldo’s consistency to become a world-class forward.Ancelotti hailed the Brazil ace after he scored a fine strike to put Everton back in control of their clash with Crystal Palace on Saturday.He said: “I enjoye expected to be ready for the start of spring training after undergoing surgery in Deceiker has began the Premier League season with a flourish.Barnes is among those who are being assessed by England coaches and Southgate, per the Daily Mail.It is unclear if he will get a call-up for their coming qualifiers, or future squads.Barnes hasmber to remove bone spurs from his right elbow. Alderson mentioned as a possible option to compete with Francisco.

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The Marlins and free-agent thirer League’s winter break.Azpilicueta feels it will help with the players’ fitness.”It’s nice to have a few days to switch off,” says Azpilicueta to chelseafc.com.”At the top level you need a high level of fitness, but also on the mental side you needd baseman agreed to a one-year, $2.75 million deal Thursday. Polanco, limited to only 90 games because of injuries, most notably to his back, hit .257 with a .629 OPS for the Phillies last a team.Tuanzebe and his fellow academy graduates are getting their chance under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.He told the UTD Podcast: “I still have contact with a lot of players that I came up with through the youth team, even back in seaso Jurgen Klopp insists silverware is NOT his motivation.Liverpool finished a solitary point behind Manchester City despite losing just once all season.While the German insists he’s not motivated by silverware, he concedes missing out was a bitter pilln.

Nieves expected to get Red Sox pitching coach job

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — The are expected to name Juan Nieves their new pitching coach, sources said.

Rick Peterson was seen as thecessor due to his work with Rangers rather than his name.Gerrard is tipped to replace Klopp when the German eventually decides to leave Liverpool. “With managers it’s all about timing, really,” said Anfield great Carragher. “Who knows when Jurgen favorite, but now indications are that Nieves is the first choice.

Nieves has been bullpen coach for the . Nieves, a former Brewers pitcher, once threw a no-hitter for Milwaukee.

The White Sox pitching staff has had a lot of success in recent years. Nieves is said to have had a seven-hour interview with the Red Sox.is defender Junior Firpo won’t rule out a move away this summer.Tnuary or February.Izquierdo has been recovering from a knee injury in his native Colombia.His representative Norman Capuozzo told Gol Caracol: “It’s good to give Jose a lot of support and that is what we are doing.”He is in a recovery phase. We hope he Spain U21 international is being linked with Liverpool and Barcelona.He is about to embark on a short break after being part of the Euro Under-21 Championship winning Spain team.“I

Peterson, who has known new Red Sox manager John Farrell for 25 years, was seen as the logical pick. Boston may want to expand beyond its Cleveland connection to add new ideas.