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manager Joe Girardi said Thursday has a bone bruise in his knee, which takes him out of the running for a roster spot. Mustelier had a solid anager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he hopes to see Marcus Rashford back in action before the international break.The England forward was forcedding the UEFA Champions League final.The goalkeeper, who many deemed responsible for the club’s failure to win last season’s final against Real Madrid, is on loan at Besiktas for two seasons.Per the Daily Mail, he was invited to attend, along with al off during the second half of United’s le former South Korea international had a mixed debut campaign on Tyneside, making 18 Premier League appearances, but also finding himself out of the side for long periods due to injury problems and his involvement in the Asian Cup.“I had an injury,oss to West Ham on Sunday.Solskjaer confirmed Rashford had sustainedspring, batting .314 (11 for 35) with a double, a triple, two homers and five RBI in 21 games. He also had two stolen bases.

t described the pitfalls as ‘nightclubs, alcohol a

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center fielder posted a rare hitless performance Thursday against the Astros, going 0 for 3 and failing to record a hit for just the second time in his past 16 Grapeason.Rondon has been on-loan at Newcastle from West Brom.Rondon said: “Better with age? For me, yes. It’s like a wine! I try to be healthy all the tiain the best team in the country.Juve n their battle with Inter Milan for Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen.The Mirror says United could be set for a boost in their hopes of signing Eriksen, as Inter Milan consider pulling out of a deal.The Italian club are interested in signing Totare top of the table after defeating Inter Milan in the last game before the coronavirus suspension.“Juventus are still the best of all, and they don’t fail in these kinds of matches,” Mihajlovic told La Gazzetme. I am getting older so I have to work more than the young players. I have to work really hard aefruit League games. The goose egg drops Upton’s spring line to .347/.342/.507, and a fourth-inning strikeout gives him a 14:0 K:BB ratio this spring.

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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. 

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.

dge is excited to have joined Trabzonspor.The form

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manager Don Mattingly admitted Tuesday that pitcher might not begin the season in the rotation as he has lagged behind the other starters in camp. Lilly made two relief appearances before making his first start in Cactus League play on Sunday as he was limited from the outset of spring training while recovering verpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold admits he and Andrew Robertson don’to Ramos has backed Zinedine Zidane to stay as Los Blancos coach.More doubts have emerged about Zidane after defeat to Real Mallorca.But Ramos said, “It would be very easy to say that Zidane will be here until the end of the season.”That would put an want to ‘Gary Neville-type’ fullbacks.After victory over Sheffield United, Alexander-Arnold name-dropped Neville, with Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher once claiming “no one wfrom offseason shoulder surgery.

His pitching schedule was also affected by an illness and weather conditions which scrapped one of his outings. “Atastle United boss Steve Bruce says he’s been assured of a competitive transfer budget by club owner Mike Ashley.Bruce insists he’s had assurances on his budget from Ashley.He said: “We’ve talked about budgets and it was pretty straight forward.“I this point, it’s real hard to get Ted built up to 90 pitches,” Mattingly told the Los Angeles Times.

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.

he tactical battle is what motivates him every day

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Dodgers starting pitcher endured a rough outing in Saturday’s Cactus LeaBrighton midfielder Steven Alzate has made his international debut for Colombia.The 21-year-old has been a revelation for Albion this season.He came on as a substitute in their 1-0 friendly win over Peru in Miami.Alfredo Morelos scored the winner for Columbia in the 90th minute.gue contest against the Mariners. Harang, who made his second appearance in the spring, ran into the trouble in the second inning as he allowed a two-run single to . He allowed just two runs on six hits over three innings of work in a 3-2 victory. He also struck out two and walked two. “It was typical Aaron,” manager Don Mattingly said. “He knited.The Magpies have won six of their last seven Premier League home matches during a run that has lifted them comfortably clear of the relegation zone.But Van Dijk believes James Milner has emerged as a shock candidate for PSG.The Liverpool midfielder will be out of contract next month.According to Le Parisien, PSG believe 33-year-old Milner could add experience and versatility to their squad.It is unclear whether Milner or Liverpool want to end their four year association.Liverpool can approach the encounter with their confidence undiminished byind of bends but doesn’t [break]. He gets it out of the way and throws zeros. That’s how he was all last year. He knows who he is and what he’s doing. He keeps himself in the game.”

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.

McCann admits he wants to sign Liverpool midfield

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ESPN reports Yankees third baseman , who was scratched from Tuesdays lineup because of a sore left oblique, took some swings with a fungo bat and sat in on a 90-minute Players Association meeting before heading home. “I’m perfectly all right [but] I’m following all orders,” Youkilis said. “F to be fit and in charge for their clash with Fiorentina.Sarri missed the start of the season due to pneumonia.“It wasn’t easy to sit out,” said Sarri.“I thank the doctors who treated me. They made me understand that I had to take a small step baor me, the limitations of holding me back stinks, but I understand what they’re doing. And it makes a lot of sense.” Youkilis hopes to be back in the lineup soon. “If they let me play tomorrow, I’m totale Griezmann.The deciManchester United are weighing up a summer raid on Benfica’s academy.O Jogo says United scouts were in attendance to watch Benfica against Liverpool in the UEFA Youth League.A United official was watching players from both sides, it is claimed.Benfica won 4-1 to knock Liverpool out of the competition.sion comes just a year after the Frenchman turned down the chance to join Barcelona in favour of staying with Simeone and Los Rojiblancos.”First of all, I grateful for the footballer that we’ve had,” Simeone said in his pre-match ly in for playing tomorrow,” he said.

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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.

Cool map: Where the ballparks are

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 comes this, an interactive Googlon Francis is desperate for his side to avoid relegation.But he wants to see them do it the right way, by finishing out the season.The Cherries currently in the drop zone, which means if the season ended today they would go down.But that is not how Fe map of every major-league, affiliated minor-league and independent-league ballpark in the United States and Canada. Alternative terminating mark for previous sentence: !

‘s performance against Manchester City on Sunday.A double from Sergio Aguero saw Pep Guardiola’s side seal a 3-1 victory against a valiant Cherries outfit.Speaking after the game, Howe said: “The lads left everything on the pitch, which was all I cou

First, regard the map itself, and, second, daydream about a paid sabbatical!

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That’s a lot of baseball-hosting facilities and a lot of implied playing of baseball.

On that topic, a desperate petition: Come back to us, baseball. Now, please.

For more baseball newsdelighted seeing Jack Bycroft involved with England Under-19s.Callum Slattery is also with England Under-20s this week.Hale told the club’s website: “Callum has shown a great attitude this season. We know what he’s capable of. He’s had that opportu, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

ver Manchester City on Sunday.The Molineux outfit

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hton have received a huge boost after the initial take up of new season ticket holders.More than 92% of supporters have already opted to renew, compared with a final figure of 93% at the end of last season.In recent years, the renewal rate peaked fol

MLB.com reports that the Cubs re-signed reliever to a one-year deal Monday. Camp will earn $1.35 million plus up to another $200,000 in incentives. The 37-year-old pitched in a career-high 80 games in 2012, going 3-6 with a 3.59 ERA and tstle United midfielder Matt Ritchie says Miguel Almiron and Joelinton’s attacking partnership will excite Too on-loan with Killie this season.“The person who deals with players on loan from Liverpool came up to watch me when we played Hearts away,” he told the Kilmarnock Standard.“He said I was good, he said I was defensively decent and going forward I n fans.Ritchie believes the signs are there that Joelinton and Almiron’s combination will be a success.”I thought Miguel and Joe were a real wo saves.

Edgar Martinez and wife Holli to stage marathon in New York for charity

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With the , a former great and his wife have found a way to turn a negative into a positive.

he Gunners from Brazilian side Flamengo on an initial six-month loan deal in January for a fee of around £4milllion.The defender made his debut for the U23s in defeat to Chelsea on Monday.”Great feelings during my first minutes in Arsenal colours yeEdgar and Holli Martinez have decided to put together an informal marathon Sunday morning in Central Park. Proceeds from the evens Karius at the end of the season.Fotospor says Karius has been dealt a new blow as Besiktas don’t want to sign him even if Liverpool cancel his contract.The shot-stopper is currently nearing the end of his second season on loan with the Turks with tt will go toward New York Cares. The couple has set up a .

“This just feels like the right thing to do,” Edgar . “There are a lot of runners here and there are a lot people in need in New York, and this is something we can do to help.”

“I completely understand why they had to cancel the New York City Marathon,” Holli . “But I’m thrilled we’re here to do something ty are moving for Barcelona fullback Moussa Wague.TMW says the Foxes have opened talks with Barca and Wague’s minders about a deal this month. For the moment, there’s no information regarding the form of the transfer.Wague could arrive as a replacemepositive and helpful. We love this city. I chose my first marathon to be in New York because nowhere else in the world is like this city. I love New York and the people. If we can help in any way, it will be more meaningful than ever to have this be my first marathon.”

So, yes, Holli is going to run. As for Edgar, he is not. He’ll be handing out water.

“I don’t even drive that far,” he said ().

So there will be a marathon in New York City on Sunday morning in addition to some money being raised to help the relief efforts. It’s a win-win. Kudos to Edgar and Holli Martinez.

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R.A. Dickey’s Cy Young season among best knuckleball seasons ever

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became the first knuckleballer to win the National League Cy Young Award, Clayton Kershaw in the voting announced on Wednesday by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Dickey, 38, may have had the best season of any pitcher in the National League, but was it the best season ever by a knuckleballer? It was maybe the most unique, as few knuckleballers struck out batters at the rate Dickey did in 2012. Dickey recorded a l understand they can’t turn things around overnight.Solskjaer says he’s made it plain to the United top brass that putting a club now on its fourth permanent manager since last winning the title in Sir Alex Ferguson’s 2012-13 retirement season back oeague-best 230 strikeouts in 233 2/3 innings, while walking just 54 — good for a strikeout-to-walk ration of 4.26. That strikeout ability combined with the low number of walks (54), put Dickey in a unique class of controlling the game’s most unpredictable pitch.

But Dickey’s not the first player to dominate the big leagues with the knuckleball; he’s just the latest. In 1919, White Sox right-hander Eddie Cicotte, credited by many as inventing the pitch, was 29-7, throwing al eague-leading 306 2/3 innings, 30 complete games and putting up an ERA of 1.82 and 0.995 WHIP. That was two years after leading the league with a 1.53 ERA and a 28-12 record. Of course, Cicotte is better remembered for his 1919 postseason than his 1919 regular season.

Hall of Famer Phil Niekro twice finished in the top three of Cy Young voting, finishing second in 1969 when he went 23-12 with a 2.56 and third in 1974 when he went 20-13 with a 2.38 ERA.

Left-handed knuckleballer Wilbur Wood finished in the top three in Cy Young votingo play on after his release from PSG this summer.Sky Italia says talks between Buffon and Juve are ongoing as he ‘inches closer’ to the Bianconeri. Juve will first wait to offload Mattia Perin with Roma and Sevilla keen. Once Perin leaves, everything from 1971-73. His best season among those may have been 1971, when he went 24-17 with a 2.51 ERA, finishing third in Cy Young voting and nine in the MVP.

Here are some of the other best seasons by knuckleballers, sorted by ERA+, which adjusts the ERA according to the rest of the league and a pitchers’ ballpark (with the average set at 100):

Best seasons by knuckleball pitchersSorted by ERA+Player, YearW-LERAWHIPSO/9SO/BBWilbur Wood, 197122-131.911.0005.73.39Phil Niekro, 196711-91.871.0585.62.35Eddie Cicotte, 191929-71.820.9953.22.24Eddie Cicotte, 191728-121.530ow with the news that Ciaran Clark is out for the rest of the season.The 30-year-old is also going to miss his country Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2020 playoff against Slovakia.He suffered a serious injury against Arsenal, hurting his ankle.Now it has.9123.92.14Hoyt Wilhelm, 195915-112.191.1285.51.81Ted Lyons, 194214-62.101.0702.51.92Tim Wakefield, 199516-82.951.1835.51.75Phil Niekro, 197420-132.381.1155.82.22Tom Candiotti, 199113-132.651.1556.32.29Jesse Haines, 192724-102.721.1642.71.16Dutch Leonard, 194517-72.131.1254.02.74Roger Wolff, 194520-102.121.0123.92.04Bob Purkey, 196223-52.811.1244.42.20Phil Niekro, 196923-132.561.0276.13.39R.A. Dickey, 201220-62.731.0538.94.26Joe Niekro, 198217-122.471.0674.32.03

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Playoff Snapshot: Crazy NL wild-card race getting crazier

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The NL wild-card race is getting awesome. Here’s a look at that and more.

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Saturday’s reed a move to Derby County.The Daily Mail reports DC United striker Rooney’s January move to Derby has been partially funded by gambling firm 32Red.The Championship side confirmed on Tuesday the ex-Everton and Manchester United striker will be joinitop five games.

The Brewers have won 24 of their last 30. Before that happened, they were 12 1/2 games out of the second wild-card spot. They are now just 1 1/2 out. Thus, this is the biggest story in baseball.

The Cardinals had Friday afternon must be finished, no matter how much it disrupts subsequent campaigns.Premier League football has been tentatively suspended until April 30, although authorities have promised the season will be concluded.And Wilder, whose side is pushing for Eurooon’s game in hand, but a two-run homer tied it in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and the Cubs went on to win in extra innings. The Cardinals then watched the Brewers win and trim their lead to 1 1/2 games. So Saturday’s game takes on even more importance.

A Reds victory clinches the NL Central for Cincinnati, while a Dodgers win keeps them right in the thick of the NL wild-card race as they enter Saturday just two games out.

Here we go again. The Phillies faltered last weekend in losing three of four to the lowly , but they’ve now won four in a row and are just three games out of the wild-card spot.

The White Sox hold a 1 1/2-game lead over the Tigers in the AL Central, so these gamenot where the club “belong”, but insisted time is needed to turn things around, reports Sky Sports.”We know where we belong and of course we do not belong to the second part of the table where we were,” Mourinho said.”We do not even belong in positios are obviously huge.

NL Central: Reds, 1NL West: , 2NL WC1: Braves, 5NL East: Nationals, 7AL WC1: , 8AL WC2: , 9AL West: , 9NL WC2: Cardinals, 11AL Central: White Sox, 12AL East: , 12

The will be mathematically eliminated on Saturday with either a loss or a White Sox win. The next closest elimination number is four, which belongs to the Padres in the NL wild-card race. The following teams have been mathematically eliminated from any playoff spot: Astros, Cubs, Rockies, Indians, Twins, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Mariners, Marlins and Mets.

Yankees 77.5%Orioles 22.4% 0.1%White Sox 68.5Tigers 31.5%Rangers 88.1%Athletics 11.8%Angels 0.1%

Orioles 77.1%Athletics 75.1%Yankees 21.8%Angels 12.3%Rangers 11.6%Rays 7%Tigers 0.7%White Sox 0.5%Nationals 98.3%Braves 1.7%Reds 100%Giants 99.9%Dodgers 0.1%Braves 98.3%Cardinals 56.6%Brewers 28.9%Dodgers 9.6%Phillies 2.7% 2.2%Nationals 1.7% 0.1%

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