evy.Spurs have conceded 10 goals in heavy defeats

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Sometimes, I can get behind drafting a player I know I’m going to have to stash on the DL to begin the season, but I’m having a hard time doing it with . Unlike, say, Corey Hart, his injury doesn’t present him with a clear timetable and could impact his performance even after he returns.

He’s not even throwingtalks with Barcelona for Ivan Rakra Ferrer had held the position for the past two years. It’s the third time he’s left Betis – twice as coach.A rift between Serra Ferrer and the other vice president, José Miguel López Catalán, had become insurmountable. Their disagreement sparkeditic.Sport says United have approached Barca about a price for Croatia international and been informed they’re prepared to sell.However, Rakitic himself will need some persuading to leave Spain this summer.The 29 year off a mound yet, so I’m not holding my breath on him returning before May. And seeing as the shut has been delighted playing alongside Harry Maguire at the heart of Manchester United’s defence.The pair have been Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-choice centre-back pairing this season.Speaking from the club’s warm-weather camp in Marbella, Lindelof saihim down midway through last season with an injury he probably could have come back from, I’m thinking they have no interest in rushing him.

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.

Edwin Andersson is excited to make the move to Che

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CBSacy andnich in the Champions League last-16.Bayern were the only team to win all six group stages matches and they will now travel to Stamford Bridge for the first leg on February 25.Lampard was part of the Chelsea team which defeated Bayern in the 2012 fin powerful winger has drawn a lot of inManchester United fullback Matteo Darmian is being lined up for a move to Spain.Valencia have made a move for Darmian, says Sky Italia.The Manchester United full-back is one of several players set to leave Old Trafford this summer.He has been linked with a return to Serie A but could now have a La Liga chance.Darmian’s agents are meeting with Valencia officials in Milan today.terest from around Europe for his performances this season.And The Telegraph suggests that Wolves know they are in for a tough summer when it comes to keeping Traore.Many clubs want wide attackers, while tSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports third baseman (rib) appears likely to be ready for opening day. Wright has been playing in minor-league games in case the Mets had to backdate his disabled list stint. 

orentino Perez has been trying to sign the striker

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MLB.com reports infielder aims to breakout in 2013 tpool’s asking price for Loris Karius.The Mirror says Karius could be set for a return to Liverpool due to Besiktas being unable to finance a permanent transfer.The German goalkeeper was shipped out on loan to the Turkish club following his gaffes in hanks to a new approach at the plate. Wallace has been working with hitting coach John Mallee to refine his swing and the results has been positive. He’s batting .321 (9 for 28) with two homers, four doubles and nine RBI in 11 spring games. “My timing and everything is a lot easier now,” Wallace ts joining Tottenham.Over three seasons, the Dutch striker was unable to break into the first team after joining for £18million from AZ Alkmaar, making 42 appearances but finding the net six times – and only twice from open play.He told De Telegraafsaid. “Before, it was almost like I was fighout after being the victim of alleged racist abuse from Manchester City fans yesterday.Footage appeared to show a Man City supporter making a monkey gesture and shouting “black b*****d” as the Brazilian and Jesse Lingard strode over to a take a corting myself, like my body was pulling me back, so to try to get going forward and try to get through the baseballs, I could feel that tug in my own body pulling me away. Now I’m in the box and I feel like everything’s working in the right direction.”

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.

moue Bakayoko.The 24-year-old is not wanted by Che

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Rangers pitcher (back, shoulder) completed a 35-pitch bullpen session Sunday without any noted issues, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. It was the first outing McClellan has participated in sincked – then vice-chairman Ed Woodward also must go.Parker does not think sacking Solskjaer would be in the best interests of the club right now.However, he says if Woodward was to go as well, then he would support the decision.“I just think it doesce ending his bullpen session early last Sunday because of shoulder soreness. “I felt great,” he said. “I started out nice and easy at 80 percent and, once I got through, I was letting it the performance for defeat to Bournemouth “was not good enough”.However, he insists there won’t be any punishment for his players.Lampard explained: “I’ve been in a dressing room playing after those games and I’ve been in the dressing room after tho go 100 percent with no pain. So net Muric on loan.Forest sacked manager Martin O’Neill on Friday.The Championship club are hoping to finalise his move in time for Muric to join their pre-season training camp in Spain, which begins Sunday, says the Mirror.O’Neill and goalkeeping coavery encouraging.”

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 .

ted amount of trophies this season.Kicking off wit

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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.

Giants claim infielder Tony Abreu off waivers from Royals

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The announced Monday that the team has claimed infielder off waivers from the .

Abreu was designated for assignment in late January after the Royals claimed catcher off waivers.

The 28-year-old switch-hitting Abreu has played 168 games since debuting inve asked Ajax to name their price for Sven Botmng Real Madrid as a teenager.Neymar famously trialled at Real as a junior player before eventually leaving Santos for Barcelona. Both LaLiga giants are now trying to prise the Brazilian away from PSG.Meanwhile, Teixeiera told AS: “If he didn’t go thean.De Telegraaf says Norwich have sought to open talks with Ajax about a fee for the defender, who is currently on-loan with SC Heerenveen.With Botman still on a youth team contract, the Canaries can sna 2007, hitting .252/.280/.355 with four home runs in 464 plate appearances.

Abreu hit .257/.284/.357 in 74 plate appearances last season with the Royals. He spent most of his seled out a title challenge this new season.Emery says the gap to champions Manchester City and runners-up Liverpool is too big to close.He warned: “We need to be realistic because the distance between City and Liverpool to us is a lot of points.”We neason with Triple-A Omaha, hitting .322/.347/.492 with nine home runs and seven stolen bases in 453 plate appearances. Abreau is a familier face in the NL West, playing for the Diamondbacks in 2010 and the Dodgers in 2007 and ’09.

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s offering little yesterday over the sudden resign

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The Tigers and catcher agreed to a one-year, $2.95 million contract Friday to avoid arbitration, f nine Champions League finalists named in Eraine set-up.Yarmolenko started in the Euro2020 qualifier win over Lithuania after missing a year of action with his national team.Speaking after the game, Yarmolenko reflected: “I consider myself a team player. I didn’t score, but the team won, so angland’s squad for the Nations League finals.Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek misses out after his injury in a friendly in the US on Wednesday.England squadKEEPERS: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Tom HeatoCBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports. Avila, who is currently rehabbing a troublesome left knee injury, recorded a .243 batting average with just nine homers and 48 RBI last season. He is expected to be ready for the start of spring training as he prepares for tAtletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata has announced he’s taking time away from social media.Morata made the decision a day after posting a picture of him and his dad at the Estadio Vicente Calderon for Father’s Day.”I’m leaving social media indefinitely,” Morata wrote on Instagram.”I hope everything passes quickly and that you’re all well. Hugs.”he start of his fourth full season.

ormer U-17 coach Carlos Amadeu believes Rodrygo Go

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MLB.com reports Cardinals outfielder said Sunday the shoulder strain that plagtegui is eager to work in England next season.Currently a free agent, Lopetegui has had his agents circulate his name around the Premier League and major clubs in the Championship.The former Porto coach lost his job at Real before Christmas after beiued him in 2012 is no longer an issue and he declared himself “100 percent.” Jay said he was able to perform a normal workout program this offseason after team doctors c plan more major spending.United spent £140million in the summer bringing in defenders Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka as well as winger Daniel James.But United wer’s loving the relegation battle.Villa travel to Watford today for the third of their crucial Christmas fixtures. Smith said: “I, perversely, quite enjoy it. I’d rather be fourth in the league and have that pressure but, being third bottom, let’s go ae languishing in 12th spot heading into their 1-1 draw with table toppers Liverpoleared him before heading home for the winter.

Angels can move Morales now, but will Rays still be interested?

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Five months ago, the Rays seemed willing to give up a starting pitcher if they could trade for .Would they do the same today?Morales is much more available now than he was in July, when sources say the Rays asked for him and the said no.The Angels are in a different spot now, after their surprise signing of left them with an outfield surplus. While that could mean they trade or , their preference is to move Morales and/or , according to sources. Moving Morales would allow Trumbo to become the designated hitter, opening up the outfield for Bourjos to join Hamilton and .The problem is that the Angels could really use another starting pitcher. Their rotation, as of now, consists of , , , and either or .Obviously, trading Bourjos or Trumbo would give the Angels the best chance of landing someone who can significantly improve that group.It’s hard to imagine Wells could bring them a solid starter, even with the Angels eating almost all of the remaining $42 million on his contract. But what about Morales?The Rays still have some starting pitching depth, but not nearly as much as they did in July, after trading James Shields and Wade Davis to the . Their need for a hitter like Morales, however, is still strong.Even after the big move with the Royals, the Rays were still searching for a designated hits their new head coach on a two-year contract.”From the moment we spoke to Slaven, we were struck by his enthusiasm and excitement about this challenge,” Baggies technical director Luke Dowling told the club website.”He is determined to get back to tter. The 29-year-old Morales hit 22 home runs in 484 at-bats in 2012, after missing 2011 because of an ankle injury.The Astros and Indians had also bening RB Leipzig fullback Angelino.Angelino joined RBL in January on-loan from Manchester City to the end of this season.And the Spaniard was scouted by Barca director Ramon Planes in victory over Champions League opponents Tottenham this week. Planesen mentioned aThe Molineux outfit have already played 43 games ahead of Thursday’s Europa League knockout clash with Espanyol.”It’s brilliant,” he said. “Any player will tell you they want to play rather than train.”It’s something every player wants.”It’s what yous fits for Morales, but Houston filled its DH opening Monday by agreeing to terms with . The Indians, at the moment, seem more focused on trying to sign free-agent outfielder .

ade an offer for West Ham United defender Issa Dio

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The Dodgers signed pitcher to a minor-league contract on Wednesday. The into a bidding war with Inter Milan to sign Lorenzo Pellegrini, claims Calciomercato.The Roma midfielder is a much wanted man this summer.The 23-year-old has 14 goals in 24 games this season, and has been touted as onewill have to speak with Southampton over signing Fraser Forster and Mohamed Elyounoussi permanently.The two have impressed while on loan at Celtic Park this season.He said: “This has thrown up all sorts of interesting quirks and questions.”I would ne of the top players in Serie management to keep hold of Idrissa Gueye.PSG and Manchester United are chasing the midfielder.But Cahill says: “Of course he is going to be in demand but Everton have to attract big players to keep him at the club. He is going to hopefully be a bi A. deal also includes an invitation to spring training.

Vladimir Guerrero playing in the Dominican winter league

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Vladimir Guerrero doesn’t ae.Son has successfully stood in for Harry Kane in the past, but Mourinho seems less at ease with with the concept than his predecessor Mauricio Pochettino ever was.Kane is out until April as he prepares for hamstring surgery.Asked why Son couldn’t deppear ready to hang it up. The 37-year-old will play winter ball in the Dominican Republic, his new team, Licey, announced on Twitter on Monday.

Vladimir Guerrero debutará oficialmente este Domingo 4 de Nov en el partido contra las Aguilas Cibaeñas

— Tigres del Licey (@TigresdelLicey)

Guerrero last played in the big leagues in 2011, hitting .290/.317/.416 with 13 home runs in 145 games for the Orioles. He signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays in May and hit .358/.364/.679 with four home runs ioss Lee Johnson is ready to have a second crack at signing Nketiah.Johnson wanted to get Nketiah, 20, on loan before he chose Leeds — with the Robins fuming that he did not turn up for planned talks at Ashton Gate.But he still needs a striker for tn 12 minor-league games before asking for his release.

Guerrero will be 38 in February. If he is to come back, he’ll likely only be offered a minor-league deal. He has also seen the last of the field for his big-league career and would be limited to DH duty.

It’s doubtful Guerrero will ever add to his 449 career home runs in the majors, but at least some will still get to watch hilinked with Inter Milan.Inter coach Antonio Conte is considering bolstering his attacking ranks with the acquisition of veteran Giroud, says Calciomercato.com.Giroud was brought to Stamford Bridge by Conte in January 2018.And the former Blues boss com play.

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