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. 

Trying Rondon was fine, but Tigers needed a better backup plan

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Teams find closers.

The Giants found one last year, and they won the World Series. The found one last October and got to the World Series (and the bullpen wasn’t why they lost).

The White Sox found one and spent most of the season in first place.

Teams find closers. The Tigers aren’t doomed simply because wasn’t .

But why in the world did they put themselves in this position?

They have a team fully capable of getting back to the World Series and winning it this time. With an 83-year-old owner who is desperate to win and willing to spend big to do it, they feel as much urgency as any team in the game.

And tm France.The former Lille man arrived with a big reputation and for a club record fee.But he has failed to show the kind of form that made him one of the most wanted attackers of the summer transfer window.And Pepe admits the language has been a barrhey went into spring training hoping that a 22-year-old kid with no big-league experience and only nine appearances above Double-A would prove ready to close for a second Norwegian teen after landing Bryan Solhaug Fiabema from Tromso.VG says Chelsea are continuing to look to Norway for fresh young talent and are close to snapping up a second youngster.After 16-year-old Fiabema’s move was confirmed, 18-year-old contender.

With no real backup plan.

How does that make any sense?

The Tigers can spin it any way they want now. They can tell you they have plenty of pitchers capable of closing games, from (who did it last October) to (who has 109 career saves, more than all but 11 pitchers currently employed by big-league teams) to (who has a 151 ERA+ over the last three seasons) to (who some in the organization would love to see get the opportunity).

But let’s go back to the first day of spring training, back before it became so painfully obvious that Rondon’s 100-mph fastball couldn’t mask his other weaknesses (bad command, shaky secondary pitches).

Tigers manager Jim Leyland made a couple of things clear that day.

One, he wants a full-time closer.

Two, he doesn’t trust any of those other pitchers with the job.

“I’ve got several guys who can close a game, or two games,” . “I’m not sure I’ve got guys who can be a pure closer.”

Maybe he’ll find out one of those other guys can be trusted. Maybe Rondon will go to Triple-A Toledo and come back in a few weeks or months looking like a major leaguer (which he didn’t this spring)Bartra insists they’re capable of beating Barcelona.The two teams are due to meet on Sunday – which will see Bartra face his former club.Speaking after their 1-1 draw with Eibar, Bartra said: “Let’s see if this result gives us the chance to build. Th.

Maybe the Tigers will trade for a closer, although they tried this spring and didn’t come up with any palatable options.

It might all work out. The Tigers might find a closer.

But with a team this good, why in the world did they leave themselves this vulnerable in case they don’t?

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The announced Thursd interested in signing Wes Foderingham from Rangers.The 28-year-old is being seen as a replacement for Darren Randolph, who may be leaving for West Ham.If the Hammers put in a big offer for Randolph, then Boro will look to the Rangers shot stopper asay they will go with a closer-by-committee approach after Bruce Rondon was optioned to Triple-A Toledo. 

General manager Dave Dombrowski said manager Jim Leyland als from his players.Lampard is a fan of the culture of what rugby boasts.Having been struck during the tournament by the vastly different approach of rugby players towards referees, Lampard said: “I think maybe yes (footballers could learn from rugbwill mix and match relievers in save situations according to matchups. One of those options could left-handed reliever .

Coke hasn’t had a great spring, posting a 4.09 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 1season.It emerged that the Saudi Arabia sovereign wealth fund were interested in buying Newcastle ahead of the Magpies’ FA Cup draw against Oxford United at St James’ Park on Saturday.The Evening Chronicle says Newcastle insiders are confident the la1 innings. But he has nine strikeouts. Coke has six career saves during the regular season, including one last season. However, he was a key reliever in the postseason last year, which included two crucial saves during an ALCS series win against the Yankees.

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.

PHOTO: Big bump on Jesus Montero’s head

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As noted in , catcher took a bat to the head. Fortunately he did not suffer a conster United defender Marcos Rojo admits he on the management of Frank Lampard.Tomori also played for Lampard on-loan with Derby County.He believes Lampard is having success be is being lined up for a return to LaLiga.Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad are keeping a close eye on the defender’s blip in form and his forthcoming battle to remain first choice right back.New Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is fast-tracking academy fucause has bothered to keep tabs on Chelsea’s youngsters, which has enabled him to build a strong level of trust with had plenty of offers ahead of joining Estudiantes.The Argentina international returned to his former club on-loan last month.Rojo told CIELOSPORTS: “I told my representative ‘whatever comes, you must block ecussion, but he did get a nice lump for his troubles. And here’s the photo evidence, thanks to Steve Kinsella on Twitter (click on the photo for a full size version):

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— Steve Kinsella (@MrNegative1)

Ouch.

o Inzaghi as new coach.Inzaghi terminated his cont

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I’m loving the fact Fantasy ownerArsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has been shown to still require a 24-hour security th their 3-1 defeat of Valencia in the Supercopa de Espana.The result sees Real move to the final in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.Toni Kroos scored an Olympic goal to open the scoring, while Isco capped an impeccable 90 minutes with a goal, followed by a suppresence.The German was seen with guards on Wednesday after being targeted in a London gang war.The precaution has been taken to protect the Arsenal star following threats against him and his family in the aftermath of last month’s car-jacking incident, says the — Lilian Chan (@bestgug) August 14, 2019s are buying into first baseman . The 25-year-old slugger is the 10th-highest drafted first baseman in and 12th-highest in .

First base is obviously a deep Fantasy position and there’s great value to be had late in drafts at the position. But Goldschmidt is on the verge of a breakout season and apparently I’m not the only one sensing it. 

Goldschmidt got off to a slow start last season, but he hit .303 with a .379 on-base percentage, .528 slugging percentage and .907 OPS in his last 113 games. Those definitely are numbers we wa a success in the game.The younger brother of Newcastle star Sean is another bright prospect in the club’s academy.And Bruce believes the younger Longstaff is ready for the big time.Speaking about Longstaff with reporters, Bruce said: “He’s bright, hnt to see from a first baseman, but here’s one stat where Goldschmidt brings added value — stolen bases. He had 18 last season and has two through 23 spring games. It’s not a reason for Goldschmidt to rank up with the elite Fantasy first baseman, but it’s definitely a nice bonus.

Real Madrid have set their price for Dani Ceballos

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catcher missed Saturday’s Cactus League game due to a stiff lower back, something he woke up with on Friday, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

“I think it might be sleeping funny or something, maybe a little dehydrated from that 107 in Tempe (on Thl boss Jurgen Klopp says there’s no doubting his players’ motivation levels.The Reds are European champions and sit eight points clear at the top of the table.Klopp says the sheer size and legend of the club means his players will always stay hungry:ursday when temperatures climbed into the mid 90s in the Sox game against the Angels),” he said. “But [tre a 52-year-old Bundesliga record as he inspired Borussia Dieves that his Manchester City side “dignify” football with their style of play.The two-time Premier League defending champions failed to defeat Tottenham at home during the second game of the season, despite having a lionshare of possession and goalortmund to victory over Cologne.His goal in the 3-1 away win was the 15th league strike of his fledgling career, beating a record which has stood since 1967.Aged just 19 years 151 days, Sanchainer] Herm [Schneider] is kicking my butt in there so we should be back shortly.”Flowers is expected to start behind the plate for the White Sox on opening day, with Hector Gimenez as his backup. He hopes to return to the lineup shortly.

Valencia are ready to pounce for Newcastle United

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first g’s position as caretaker manager remains unclear as the club continue to plan for a full-time successor to Unai Emery: with the likes of Ans Jurgen Klopp has admitted he cried during the club’s Champions League trophy parade on Sunday.It was the German’s first title success since arriving at Anfield in 2015.”I cannot really describe it because I cried a little bit as well because it’s scelotti in the running alongside the former Sweden international.But Allardyce reckons that Arsenal’s miserablbaseman hit his first home runs of the spring in Sunday’s Cactus League contest against the Brewers. He launched a three-run shot off starter Yovani Gallardo in his first at-bat and hit a two-run bomb off Brandon Kintzler in the fifth inning. Gonzalez also added a sac fly triker Lautaro Martinez admits he has ambitions for his son beyond Italy.Lautaro was impressive last season with Inter – his first in Europe.And father Mario Martinez admits he’d like to see the striker eventually pop up at Manchester City.He explainand finished 2 for 2 with six RBI in the 11-1 win. Both drives by the left-handed-hitting Gonzalez went to left field.”That’s where my swing should go,” he said. “Hopefully, I can carry that over into the regular season.”

o Club Financial Control Body adjudicatory chamber

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MLB.com reports Rangr City boss Brendan Rodgers is making a £15million swoop for Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer.With Harry Maguire finaer United and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan has been named new coach of Penarol.Forlan will replace head coach Diego Lopez, whose contract ends at the end of this month.The Montevideo-based club announced the move on Twitter. The 40-year-old Flly landing his dream £80m move to Manchester United, the Foxes now face a race to boost Neymar should join his old club.Neymar was linked with both Los Blancos and Barcelona this summer, but remained at the Parc des Princes.”Any player would want to wear the Madrid shirt,” the ex-Madrid and Brazil star said.”But the Neymar story is ovetheir central defensive options, says the Mers pitcher threw an inning in a “B” game on Tuesday as he continues to recover from shoulder inflammation. Font gave up a hit and walked a batter in the appearance.

was in a witty mood with journalists after his sid

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Mariners outfielder hit leadoff for averpool chief Damien Comolli isn’t surprised by Michael Edwards’ success as sporting director.His work is credited with bringing in a host of top stars for Jurgen Klopp, including Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Naby Keita, Andy Robertson an second straight day during Wednesday’s spring game against the Royals. The Mariners continue to look at numerous players in the leadoff spot. “I think everybody else thinks it’s a little more novel than I actually do,” Bay said, per The Seattle Times. “It’s going to be the same as if I’m hitting fourth, fifth, or eighth. I’m just going to be doing the same thing.” Bay has been pleased with his spring results. “I’m surprised with how comfortable I’ve been early on,” er Ryan Fraser is “keeping his options open”.Fraser’s existing deal expires at the end of the season and he has been linked with a free transfer to Premier League leaders Liverpool.emmens says getting the season completed by the end of June is crucial.Semmens stressed the importance of completing the season by the end of June, when a host of players from various clubs are set to be out of contract.He added that getting such pla”In terms of his contract, that’s obviously for him to decide what hehe said. “Usually in spring training — whether I’m doing really well or haven’t done so well — spring training has always been where the first couple of weeks I’ve been a big timing guy. You can bust your butt all winter but you can’t simulate the timing. And that’s the one thing where I work really on just the swing and getting that down to where ‘OK, I feel good about that.’

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.

Jordany Valdespin’s cup came in handy Monday

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Young or sensitive readers, avert your eyes.

When facing ace on Monday, utility man squared to bunt. And then he had probably the most horrifying thing possible happen to him. He got hit with a pitch. Right, well, there. Yep, a 94 mile-per-hour heater to the junk.

, Valdespin was laughing afterward and said that he’s OK, so we can put two and two together here and realize he was wearing a protective cup. Thankfully. I don’t even wanna imagine what a Verlander fastball would do to … nevermind. I can’t even finish that sentence.

Good work on wearing the cup, Jordany. Everyone else, take note.

Additional kudos go to Valdespin for being able to laugh about it so soon. I feel like having a scare like that would scar me for life.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the aArsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette today addressed questions around a possible Champions League exit cla in selling attackers this summer.He also believes that a move for Mario Mandzukic from Juventus in January is a good option.United sold Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan, while they also allowed Alexis Sanchez to leave on loan to the same club.Marouane Fuse in his contract.He’s totally dismissed any knowledge of such a clause.”I didn’t know about this. I did not know,” said Lacazette.”Yeah, I have a contract with the club so there is no point for me to leave, everybody is happy with me at the clubts about the quality of Thiago Almada.The teenage midfielder is a target for Manchester City, which plan to sign Almada ahead of sending him on-loan to Sporting CP.Bravo isn’t surprised by the interest and told O Jogo: “I had Thiago at every level ub.”nd . Also, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

at goals after his stunner against Coventry City o

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Braves left-hander , who allowed four runs on six hits over three innings in his last spring appearan their time as they iron out the finer points of his elsea defender Frank Leor Laurie Dalrymple.There has been talk of a deteriorating relationship with Dalrymple and chairman Jeff Shi for months now.Dalrymple’s four-and-a-half year stay at Wolves will end up immediately.”With the strong management team we have in place at Wboeuf rates Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk ahead of ex-Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic.Vidic won five Premier League trophies and the Champions League at United. Van Dijk has won a solo Champions League, and was on his contract.But Lampard is set to leave Derby and take up the post at his former club.Sky Sports says an announcement could be made as early as Thursday.The 41-year-old is holding final talks about thce Saturday, wasn’t quite as bad Friday at the Astros, but he wasn’t especially good either. He allowed two runs on five hits with no walks and one strikeout in three innings.

er Yannick Bolasie was satisfied with his Sporting

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Phillies outfielder continued his torrid spring pace on Wednesday, going 2-for-3 with a double andhas helped Algeria defeat Nigeria and book a place in the African Cup of Nations final.The Manchester City winger struck five minutes into injury-time with a precise and fierce set-piece intoy against Arsenal, despite being pushed to leave by Real coach Zinedine Zidane.Odriozola said, “Bale has always looked good to me. “They talk about him a lot, but he knows how to take it and he focuses on his day-to-day work. Today he scored a goal the top corner.Algerialing good after being diagnosed with coronavirus last week.The defender spoke to Juventus TV about having contracted the virus.“I’m fine, I’ve been pretty good. I haven’t had the symptoms you read about in the news,” Rugani said.“I was lucky desp opened the scoring when Nigeria def a run scored.

McCann takes batting practice for first time since shoulder surgery

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catcher took batting practice on Thursday for the first time since having right shoulder surgery in October, reports . He will hit again on Saturday and will be on an every-other-day routine for another week.

“It was nice to get back in there and see sohas announced his retirement.While the 38-year-old has not been playing for the past 18 months since departing from Kerala Blasters in India, his future was in doubt.Now he has confirmed that he will hang up his boots to focus on the next chapter of mething coming at you,” McCann said. “I’m on pace. Everything they have asked me to do, I’ve done.”

McCann, 29, was hampered by shoulder problems last year and hit just .230/.300/.399 with 20 homers. He’d produced a .281/.362/.482 line with 82 homers from 2008-11, when he established himself as one of the two or three best catchers in baseball.

McCann will earn $12 million this year and is scheduled to be in regular contact with Lazio president Claudio Lotito since the end of last season.And Milinkovic-Savic, 24, has told Lotito he wants to leave this summer.Lazio and representatives of Milinkovic-Savic are in contact with Manchester United, which arcome a free agent next offseason. A full, healthy year of his typical productioi says the club didn’t know enough Mario Lemina to complete a deal this summer. The Southampton midfielder instead joined rivals Galatasaray on a season-long loan.Discussing Lemina, Avci said: “We looked at him and thought he could be a good player, n should bring a sizeable free-agent contract given the dearth of quality catchers.

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