efender Virgil van Dijk says Gini Wijnaldum is a k

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right fielder posted the only hit of the game for the Mets in Saturday’s spring finale against the Orioles. The 1-for-2 day gives Byrd a .357/.393/.571 line to close out the Grapefre full of confidence ahead of today’s Copa del Rey final.Barca meet Valencia as they chase the Double.”This game is very important to us because it bringrry Winks is pleased with the support of England assistant coach Steve Holland.Winks is “a player we have very much been waiting for”, according to Holland. The midfielder told the London Evening Standard: “The whole game is about dealing with prs the opportunity of winning another double and bringing another trophy to the club, which is whauit League season.

Byrd, who secured a spot on the team’s 25-man roster Friday, could see regular playing time this season in a Mets outfiham will hand manager Mauricio Pochettino a bumper transfer kitty this summer.The Sun says Pochettino will be handed a £100million transfer kitty this summer at Tottenham.Spurs failed to spend a penny in the past two windows, but have still managed eld without many appealing options.

pions League victory.Lorenzo Insigne came off the

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pitcher will attempt to solidify his role in the team’s rotation Tuesday.

Cuique Setien is being linked with Watford.Quique Sanchez was sacked by the Hornets earlier this week.Sport says Setién is one of the men the Hornets are keen on along with Roger Schmidt, Chris Hughton, Mark Hughes and Sam Allardyce. Hayden Mullins iashner will get the start against the Giants, and could win the fifth spot in the rotation based on how he performs. He’s been limited to just six innings this spring, after injuring his thumb during the offseason. 

Cashner is builg tracked by Swanseated on AC Milan and Inter plans to build a new stadium.He said, “These are lovely projects, I am sure it’ll be a modern and beautiful arena. “We are fond of San Siro because we won everything there, every spectator gets a good view and I hope that and Bristol City in the Championship plus clubs in Germany should he be made available on a short-term deal.The Sun says Kop boss Jurgen Klopp will weigh up whether allow Brewster out to get regular football for the second half oding up his arm strength this spring, and only went 2 2/3 innings in his last start. If he can build up his arm strength, Cashner would be the likely candidate for the fifth spot in the rotation, according to CBSSports.com’s Scott Miller. If he’s unable to do that, he would build up innings as a long-man in the pen, or in Triple-A, and rejoin the team’s rotation after a few weeks. 

chdays of the LaLiga Santander and LaLiga SmartBan

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There’s no denying first baseman  has had his struggles against left-handed pitchers the last two seasons. He hit .163 against lefties in 2011 and .174 off lefties last season, but it hasn’t always been that way for the 25-year-old slugger. Davis hit .295 against lefties as a rookie in 2010 and manager Terry Collins feels Davis is getting back to that level of success. 

“Ike has spread out his stance a little bit,” Collins tcontract offer from Southampton, according to reports.The Dane is out of contract in 2021 and has recently paired up witotti wants to land an experienced target-man and has recommended Torino captain Andrea Belotti to Everton football chief Marcel Brands.Goal says Toro could be prepared to sell the 26 year-old striker after the Euros.Everton are watching developments,h super-agent Pini Zahavi.This move fuelled speculation that the midfielder could join Spurs this summer.But the Daily Echo says told ESPN. “He’s taking much better swings against left-handed pitching — much better, which I think is going to really help him on the production side, because he sees a lot of them.

“Every time there’s a lefty coming in, I’m going to try to make sure he’s in that game to see some of them. I just think he’s made some good adjustments at the plate.” 

Davis is having a strong spring, batting .364 (12 for 33) with one homer, ter Milan boss Antonio Conte has jumped to the defence of Alexis Sanchez.The on-loan Manchester United striker made his full debut in victory over Sampdoria with a goal and red card, with second yellow for diving.Conte said, “Some things were said three doubles, four RBI and seven runs in 13 spring games.

nference.The Italian was then coy on the prospect

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is currently the 157th player taken in Roto drafts. The cortisone shot he received this week makes him a little less attractive to Fantasy owners, but he’s already stuck in a weird ADP limbo to begin with — between the upside of Josh Rutledge and the general blahness of Erick Aybar. 

If Jeteidfielder is back with Flamengo.“Barcelona wanted Gerson and reached a purchase agreement,” Marcao told Globoesporte.“That was until I checked into the Fluminense offices one day and their President told me Roma had made a special offer, a ‘magicr misses a month, will it really matter? Is there a world in which you’d consider taking Marco Scutaro over Jeter’s .300-plus average and double-digit potential in homers and steals?

Probably not.

Because someone like Scutaro (or Andrelton Simmons… or Jean Segura…) likely will be avRay Parlour believes that Aaron Ramsey is gutted that he is leaving the club.Ramsey has secured a deal with Juventus, which he signed earlier in the year.He will leave Arsenal on a free transfer when his contract runs out at the end of this term.But ailable on the wire to help you through Jeter’s DL stint. Don’t sweat the ankle injury yet; pushing Jeter down the ranks will just be overreacting to something that ultimately may cause him to miss about two weeks.

And pushing Jeter up the ranks gets into the dangerous territoryldes’ departure as Juvenil A coach.Valdes lasted just months in the job before he left over disagreements with management.”I don’t want to go down a negative path,” Kluivert told Mundo Deportivo when asked about Valdes.”I don’t want to harm anyone.”I of knokcing down shortstops with more to offer in power and steals. Stay the course with the captain; his stats won’t be overwhelming, but they won’t shrply decline, either. There’s something to be said for having a known factor like Jeter in your middle infield. 

Yankees, Red Sox to honor Newtown victims on opening day

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On April 1 at Yankee Stadium, the and will team up to honor the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn. The Wall Street Journal :

Pregame ceremonies include a joint honor guard of Newtown police and firefighters, and a momentnce Leroy Sane about a move.Bayern powerbrokers have confirmed plans to sign the Germany international from Manchester City.And Rummenigge said, “I cannot answer that seriously today. But one must not forget that he has a two-year contract and Manche of silence at which time a list of the victims’ names will be recognized on the center-fnandinho’s 90th-minute own goal ensured the Eagles claimed a draw at Etihad Stadium in a remarkable conclusion to the game.The result leaves champions City 13 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool, who have two games in hand and play Manchesield scoreboard.

The Yankees and Red Sox will wear a special ribbon on their uniforms. Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has asked that all other 28 major league teams wear the ribbon during their opening games.

“Months have passed, yet we are still trying to come to grips with this incomprehensible tragedy,” Red Sox owner John Henry said in a statement. “As our teams look to face each other on opening day, we will stand united in support of the families affected as we remember and honor those who were lost.”

The Yankees will also host “Newtown Day at Yankee Stadium” on July 7.

This is obviously a commendable gesture on the part of these two long-time rivals.

For mate Joao Felix.The €120m signing from Benfica has been a revelation in preseason.And Oblak enthused, “We’re still in pre-season but it’s clear that he’s a huge talent. With talent like that he can grow to be a magnificent player. I’m sure that tmore baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

honey has won the Birmingham City young player of

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The Kansas City Star reports Sunday that shorstop is expected to play three innings during a minor league game. It will be his first actiAlex Iwobi.Xavier believes Iwobi is the man to watch when his team faces Nigeria on Sunday.”With Nigeria, Iwobi plays more of an inside role as a second striker than at Everton,” Xavier told BBC Sport.“He is the link in the counter-attack, drags opon in a game in over a week after he’d been dealing with stiffness in his back. 

Escobar is expected to start at shortstop on opening day for the Royals. He’s hitting .290 thiis work as manager at Chelsea.The Blues legend joined in the summer from Derby County, with some fans doubtful about the impact he could make given he is so new e have six offers from different clubs on the table for Soumare. There has been no indications made as to which clubs have submitted a bid for the Frenchman but Napoli, Real Madrid, Valencia and Manchester City have all previously been linked with hito management.But Lampard has ushered in a new style of play, while promoting several yous spring over 31 at-bats with three RBI, two triples and a double. 

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.

t has turned down the likes of Real Madrid and Bar

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The Detroit Tigers continued shaping their roster for the upcoming season and announced till spend the 2019/20 season on loan in Turkey.Brighton head coach Graham Potter said: “We feel this loan to Galatasaray gives Florin the opportunity to go and play regularly, which he’s foundndes from Palmeiras.The Brazilian will join the Blaugrana in July in exchange for seven million euros plus three million euros in variables.Fernandes will sign a five-year contract and his buyout clause will be set at 300m euros.Hours later it was an difficult here.”He also has the prospect of Champions Leahe fonth.Zaha was a target for both Arsenal and Everton during the summer, and handed in a late transfer request in the hope of pushing through a move. With the European transfer window still open until September 2, there is a possibility Zaha could yet ollowing moves Monday: catcher and shortstop were assigned to Double-A Erie; pitcher was sent to Class A Lakeland while outfielder and shortstop were assigned to the team’s minor-league camp.

jaer reserved praise for midfielders Fred and Scot

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Mariners closer madestriker produced three assists for their 3-0 defeat of Southampton on Sunday.Klopp said, “Bobby is just exceptional, a very football smart person, I do not know a player like him, that is true.“But even a player like Bobby needs an address where his third straight scoreless appearance in Monday’s Cactreaking contract extension with Nike, according to the Daily Mail, reports, /.The US sportswear giant is facing competition to retain the Manchester City forward as one of its global ambassadors, with Sterling’s existing deal in its final year.Howeveus League game against the Rockies. He entered in the fifth and allowed one hit in the scoreless inning.lham wing-back Ryan Sessegnon retains hope of a move to Liverpool.Tottenham remain interested but Manchester United are the only club to have made initial contact with Fulham. However, Sessegnon’s ultimate dream is to join Liverpool.Sessegnon is a bo Wilhelmsen converted 29 of 34 save chances last season.

ng Liverpool winger Ryan Kent.The Sun says Kent wi

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Yankees closer threw a simulated game on Sunday and afterwards told reports that he believes he’s ready to pitch in a game, reports .com. That said, Rivera said he’ll wait for skipper Joe Girardi to make that ultieason to be awarded the Premier League title.He remains adamant that the remainder of the 2019/20 games must be played, no matter how lengthy the timescale.The 56-year-old, who played 407 matches for the Ren Hazard is growing frustrated over talks dragging on with Real Madrid for his signing.The Chelsea-Transfer-News-Eden-Hazard-Real-Madrid”>Daily Express says Hazard went public abohris Wilder admits there’s been transfer interest in John Fleck.The Scottish international committed his peak years to the Blades by signing a new contract, which will tie him to Bramall Lane until 2023.Wilder revealed, “He’s been wanted elsewhere ut his feelings after the 0-0 draw with Leicester, and the fact that heds, scoring 108 goals, told Sky Sports: “Ymate decision.

to win it.The competition’s draw will be held toda

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A’s infielder played his second game of the spring on Sunday against the Angels. He went 0 for 1 with a walk and an RBI, making him 1 for 3 with two walks thus far. After missing last season due to a touthampton.The midfielder is being linked with Manchester United and Arsenal this week.”The best thing for me would be to stay here, but I don’t close the door on any club, or any country. I aspire to play in the very biggest clubs, now we will see worn ACL, Sizemore, who is competing for the starting job at second base, told .com that he glad to be playing in games again. “I’d say I’m still more comfortable at second than anywhere else,” Sizemore said. “It felt real good to get out there to just run around different situations, be in differ City striker Gabriel Jesus has cooled talk of a move to Bayern Munich.BILD reports Bayern turned down the chance to sign the Brazilian over the summer.The report states City were unwilling to part with Leroy Sane, offering Gabriel instead in a dealrent places, have different st Brom whizkid Louie Barry is finally set to make his debut for Barcelona’s Juvenil A (U19s).The team this weekend will meet San Francisco after receiving international clearance from FIFA. Sport says Barcelona confirmed the signing of Barry from Weresponsibilities, all the stuff that you don’t really practice until you’re in a game. It felt good to be out in a game for the first time in awhile. It’s nice to have your body do what it’s used to doing.”

pard is happy seeing the academy staff getting the

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Seattle pitching prospect , who was named the No. 5 prospect in .com’s Top 100, is participating in spring training with the Mariners and doesn’t want the accolades he’s received to get to his head. “It’s a great feeling, Wilder says Ravel Morrison could see action against Chelsea.Morrison produced a man-of-the-match performance on his full Sheffield United debut in midweek, setting up one of the goals in a 2-1 Carabao Cup win over Blackburn.Wilder says the 26-year-olbut at the same time, you can’t really look into the top prospects too much, you know,” Walker said. “Just going to have to go about doing your own business, and don’t worry about that too much. Just keep working towards the ultimate goal.” Pitching coach Carl Willis loves Walker’s potential. “I exphey could’ve nicked a draw in defeat to Liverpool.Shaw claimed they were in the game until Mohamed Salah’s second for the hosts in injury-time.He said, “Very disappointed. We didn’t really deserve that – especially 2-0.”When it was 1-0 it was victory over Aston Villa.Sergio Aguero hit the opener for City at Wembley, before Rodri doubled their lead 10 minutes later.But Villa gave life to the game when Mbwana Samatta pulled one back before half-time.Dean Smith’s side pushed all game for an really ect him to compete for a spot on the club,” the coach said. “He is still young from an experience standpoint, but you can’t disregard the stuff that you see.”

Report: Diamondbacks mulling Atlanta offer for Justin Upton

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The are currently from Atlanta for outfielder , Buster Olney of ESPN.com reported Wednesday. CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman confirmed the report . The Braves are now generally considered the frontrunner for Upton if he is dealt.

Pieces in the offer have not been revealed. The best comparison available is the rejected deal between the and Diamondbacks for Upton, which r finishing second last season with a record points total of 97.The Reds have got off to the perfect start to this term with five wins from five games.”Last season we achieved a club record number of points in the Premier League,” he told the officiawould have sent top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker, shortstop prospect Nick Franklin and relievers Stephen Pryor and Charlie Furbush to Arizona. 

Last week, our R.J. White put together for Justin Upton based on prospect rankings. His hypothetical deal from the Braves would send pitching prospects and , shortstop prospect and reliever to Arizona. Although the names are unlikely to match up exster United youngster Angel Gomes was blocked from a loan departure on deadline day last week.The Manchester Evening Nith Claudio Ranieri’s Sampdoria, Corriere dello Sport says AS Roma and AC Milan are also keen.The pair want to take the 19-year-old on loan in the January transfer window.There could also be an option to buy included for €25m.His estranged father Jews says Gomes’s camp made a last-ditch attempt to secure the 19-year-old a loan to a top-flight team on Friday, even though the Uniactly if the trade comes to fruition, the general shape of the deal — one or two solid pitching prospects, one or two relievers, and a middle infield prospect — makes sense given the Diamondbacks’ stated needs and their nixed trade with the Mariners.

If the Braves do manage to acquire Upton, their Opening Day lineup will look something like this:

Martin Prado 3B

Jason Heyward RF

Justion Upton LF

Freddie Freeman 1B

B.J. Upton CF

Brian McCann C

Dan Uggla 2B

Andrelton Simmons SS

Although the National League will have some strong lineups this season — the Reds and Nationals stand out, with the Cardinals and Brewers bringing back high-scoring lineups as well — this hypothetical Atlanta team could compete with all of the above.

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow.

Phillies’ Amaro has faith in Delmon Young: ‘He’s not an anti Semite’

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took nearly a 90 percent pay cut in guaranteed dollars after a year in which he hit 18 home runs and 74 RBI at age 26, had a 1.000-plus OPS in both the ALCS and World Series and won the ALCS MVP.

And he may be lucky to get what he got.

No, it’s not mostly because he is disliked by the statistics crowd for his extremely low 0.6 lifetime WAR (and worse -1.2 this past season). The real issue is an incident in New York early last season that led to him pleading guilty to aggravated assault in a hate crime.

general manager Ruben Amaro agreed to sign Young to a $750,000 guaranteed deal (down from the $6.75 millon he made with the last year), but not until after many interviews regarding Young’s character, Amaro said in a phone interview with CBSSports. Amaro Lampard has shrugged off claims from Jason Cundy.Former Chelsea player and now radio presenter Cundy said every team bar Manchester City and Liverpool would want to be Chelsea at the moment, with an icon as manager, good results and lots of young taladmitted that the incident was a “big part” of the consideration as he weighed whether to gamble on Young.

Amaro said he talked to rabbis from Philadelphia and Detroit (the Detroit rabbi knows Young well, according to Amaro), the Philadelphia Anti Defamation League and Young himself before giving the player a chance.

“I certainly feel comfortable with the due diSouthampton have secured a raft of young players to new deals.Nathan Tella, Dan N’Lundulu, Oludare Olufunwa and Kieran Freeman have all put pen to paper on fresh terms at the club.Forward pairing Tella and N’Lundulu have signed one-year contract exteligence we put together. But it’s really up to Delmon to prove us right,” Amaro said.

Amaro was a particularly interesting GM to make this decision, given his own background.

“I’m part Jewish, so it’s a concern to me,” said Amaro, a 2009 inductee into the Philadelphia Jewish Hall of Fame whose mother is Jewish.

Ultimately, Amaro concluded that Young shouldn’t be kept from employment with them based on one incident, no matter how ugly. Young was said by police to have uttered an anti-Semitic slur while rles says they should’ve pushed harder for Totteham ace Christian Eriksen.United legend Scholes admits he would have loved the Dane to join his former club.”I was quite excited when Christian Eriksen got mentioned,” Scholes told Robbie Savage’s Premieoughing up a tourist (who turned out not to be Jewish) in Manhattan on April 27, 2012. Young, who had no prior arrests, was sentenced to 10 days of community service and suspended seven days by .

“He’s not an anti-Semite. He made a mistake,” Amaro said. “Hopefully, he can move on from that.”

Amaro pointed out that Young’s two agents, Arn Tellem and Joel Wolfe, are Jewish. But the key for Amaro was a meeting with Young a few weeks back. Amaro said it was a “very long” meeting.

“I got a good feel for the player,” Amaro said.

The Phillies have looked at several corner outfielders this winter, including , who signed with the , , who is still a free agent, and trade targets Alfonso Soriano and . Young gives them a proven run producer at the right price (he reportedly can make $3.5 million if he hits his incentives).

Young allows the Phillies to stay under the luxury tax threshold (they finished last year a few hundred thousand below that limit). While they may have a few dollars left, Amaro indicated he’s not uncomfortable going with the seven outfielders he now has for three spots, with trade acquisition set in center field, Young favored to take right field, and youngsters Jr., , and others vying for playing time.

Amaro said their reports suggest Young will do better in right field than left, where he struggled mightily the past two years with Detroit, contributing to his awful WAR numbers. The Phillies see Young improving since there’s no DH option for them.

“We’re hopeful he can come back and be much better defensively than he was the last couple years,” Amaro said.

Young also had an ankle procedure that should help his range, though Amaro admitted it may mean he won’t be ready for Opening Day.

“We’re not going to rush him,” Amaro said.

The expectation, though, is that Young will do enough to be the team’s right fielder, and there’s hope he could even fill the spot of the righthanded-hitting No. 5 hitter they’ve been seeking. Amaro pointed out he filled such a role for the AL champion Tigers. Young, still only 27, had 112 RBI in 2010 for the .

Young filled his role best in the postseason, and three more postseason homers made it a Tigers career record eight for him. He had 1.186 OPS in the ALCS to win the MVP award, then a 1.043 OPS in the World Series.

Amaro see the Phillies marriage as one that can be “mutually beneficial.”

In more ways than one, Young certainly has a lot to prove.

Cashman: Yankees ‘have more work to do’

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The are still looking to make moves, to George A. King III of the New York Post. 

General manager Brian Cashman admitted the team is looking for a right-handed hitting outfielder and another player who can fill the DH role. He doesn’t feel as if he has to move quickly, though, saying a number of impact players have signed in January in recent seasons. 

The team had contacted outfielder earlier in the offseason, but the 32-year-old outfielder is likely seeking a two-year deal. The Yankees are not likely to give him that type of deal, according to King. King also mentioned that if the team wants outfielder back, they probably can’t wait until January. Ibanez has drawn interest from the Rangers and could make a decision soon about where he will play. 

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Watford have sent summer signing Filip Stuparevic to the Czech Republic.The striker was signed from Vozdovac at the end of last season.And the Hornets have sent him on-loan to the top flight in thetough to handle.Matic was coached by his father as a junior player.He recalled to Blic: “Mum and Dad took me to training and matches. My dad was a coach for three years and I hated it! It was a nightmare. It was very difficult with him, because even Czech Republic. His transfer to Pribrabeyond the Bundesliga outfit.Nagelsmann has been linked with Barcelona as an eventual successor to Ernesto Valverde.And he told ZDF: “I have said many times, Barcelona is a beautiful city, a beautiful club. “But this is not the only club that is attrm is now official.Stuparevic, 19, is a Serbia U21 international.Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow .