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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.

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.

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

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Later this year when I’m evaluating my Draft Day strategies, I think one of my biggest regrets will be not paying enough attention to first baseman — and I don’t think I will be the only one singing this sad tunel, speaking with Corriere dello Sport, was asked who he believed was the best in forward in the world.“You are expecting me to name a player who scores 40 times every season,” explained the Colombian.“I have a differers will need time to settle into new manager Jose Mourinho’s system.Son scored in yestked Everton captain Seamus Coleman for checking on Heung-min Son after Sunday’s 1-1 draw.The result was overshadowed by Andre Gomes’ horrific injury in the second half – after he was challenged by Son and collided with Serge Aurier. Pochettino said, erday’s 3-2 win at West Ham.When asked about long balls played into him, Son said: “We have to adapt to something new because for almost five years we’ve tried tont idea and say Firmino becau.

Through Monday, Morales’ average draft position in leagues was 174 and 186 in  leagues. He’s been translating into a late-round Fantasy pick, and I think he’s going to end up as one of 2013’s biggest Draft Day steals.

You can fault me for putting too much stock into Morales’ spring numbers (.327 average, six HRs, 13 RBI in 15 games), but he’s just building off of what he did last season. Morales hit .278 with a .567 slugging percentage, .896 OPS, 13 homers, 15 doubles and 34 RBI in his final 51 games. 

Morales had to go through an adjustment period last season because he missed so much time with an ankle injury. But it appears Morales is back to his old form and that’s great news for Fantasy owners.

supporters after he fired four past Spurs in Tues

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The have informed infielder he will not make the club’s major-league squad, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Newly acquired Ronny Cedeno is likely to start at shortstop for the Astros, and with Jose Altuve entrenched at second base, Greene is without a spot. Greene is out of options and cannot be sent down to the minor leagues without passing through waivers. Houston has informed Greene they will attempt to trade him.

Greene, 25, hit .230/.274/.400 (82 OPS+) in 330 plate appearanceto Manchester City next week.The ‘s prepared to play Leicester City defender Filip Benkovic in attack.Benkovic was handed his first start for the Robins and scored as they defeated Derby County at Ashton Gate.”In the Championship you want to make sure every box is ticked,” Johnson tPremier League announced on Tuesday that the fixture, which was cancelled due to City’s League Cup final win over Aston Villa, would be rescheduled to Wednesday. over Chelsea.Aguero limped off 13 minutes from the end.There was better news regarding Rodrigo and David Silva, who also appeared to be carrying knocks when they came off in the second half, but the boss is not expecting the midfield duo to be out fThe Gunners will charge supporters £15 for travel to ans with St. Louis and Houston last season. 

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.”

g midfield talent is being linked with some of Eur

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Twins starting pitcher fired two scoreless iy. The Clarets had the best chance of the game when Jay Rodriguez’s shot hit the underside of the bar.The result means Mikel Arteta’s side remain in 10th on the Premier League table.Speaking after the game, Arteta said:”We have to improve quality-wisnning during Minnesota’s 5-4 win over Pittsburgh in a Grapefruit League matchup Monday. Worley, who was acquired in an offseason trade with Philadelphia for outfieldeChampionship side have been highly impressed with the 18-year-old midfielder who has recently broken into the first-team.Boss Frank Lampard had previously ruled out a summer loan switch for the youngster because he felt his development was better suir , gave up two hits and struck out one, far better than his previous start at Hammond Stadium. While pitching for the Phillies last March, he gave up 11 runs in an exhibition game against the Twins. “To me, it’s just about right now,” Worley said of the opportunity to be the staff ace. “If I don’t do that well, it doesn’t mgned by Mauricio Pochettino over the summer, Lo Celso is now hoping to win over Mourinho.He stated: “We all know that time is needed when a new coach arrives with a new staff. “It is necessary to assimilate new ideas and new methods. “The debut victoatter where I’m at in the rotation. It’s a matter of going out there and making sure everything’s working right. If I do that, everything will take care of itself.”

Pirates camp report: Youngsters like Cole expected to help turnaround

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

But the owner is right.

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

The Pirates should be thinking about winning World Series.

And that’s where Gerrit Cole comes in.

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

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

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

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

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

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

He probably shouldn’t be.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Less than 20 hours after having surgery to rterest in AC Milan attacker Fabio Borini.The veteran striker, who has played for Liverpool and Sunderland in the Premier League, is a January target.He has not played for Milan since August 31st, due to injuries or the manager preferring other playerepair a torn meniscus, Athletics relief pitcher started rehabbing his right knee at the team’s spring training facility Friday. Balfour said he is determined to be ready to pitch following his initial timetable — four to six weeks — and be available for opening day. “It will work out fine,” Balfour told The Oakland Tribune. “It’s just that the timing is a lisse Lingard insists he accidentally posted a video from his summer holiday that angered many fans and former players. The United midfielder filmed himself shouting and swearing in his Miami hotel room in July, while also sharing a clip of o to rejoin FC Barcelona, it appears they are determined to talk with everyone else before calling Josep Maria Bartomeu. Neymar knows he is being offered around and one of those sides was Manchester United – but they turned him down.They spoke to Unitne of his ttle unfortunate. I’ve got to get ready (for the season) and the best way to do that is to dive straight into workouts.”

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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.

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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.

Report: Sandy Alomar Jr. ‘expects’ to join Terry Francona’s coaching staff in Cleveland

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Sandy Alomar Jr. “expects” to join Terry Francona’s coaching staff in , tinguito says Espanyol are focusing on a deal for Real striker Mariano Diaz as a priority.However, they have also asked after Mariano’s teammate Brahim Diaz, who like the striker has found himself frozen out this season.A move away in January for botho the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes. 

Alomar is expected to retain his role as the team’s bench coach on the new staff. While Alomar expects to be with the Indians, it’s unclear if he would leave to take an open manager job with or . Alomar was a candidate for the Red Sox position last season, losing out to Bobby Valentine. 

Hoynes notes that if the Red Sox are able to acquire manager John Farrell from the Blue Jays, then Alomar would likely be a candidate in . Farrell was Boston’s pteve Bruce is turning to Dwite admits he doesn’t want Christian Eriksen taking his time to bed down.The Dane is to start Sunday’s derby against AC Milan.Conte said, “We brought in Eriksen because he has characteristics that suit our style of football. Italy is far more tacticght Gayle in a bid to solve their goalscoring crisis.The 29-year-old spent last season on loan at West Brom and was expected to leave St James’ Park on a permanent basis.But with Andy Carroll now missing because of a groinitching coach 2007-10.

Yankees prospect Manny Banuelos to miss 2013 due to Tommy John surgery

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pitching prospect Manny Banuelos will miss the entire 2013 season due to Tommy John surgery, the club announced Tuesday.Banuelos entered the season as the Yankees’ top pitching prospect and the club’s best overall prospect behind the since-traded . Baseball America ranked him the 29th best prospect in baseball this ed taking a close look at Birmingham City teen Jude Bellingham.United FA Cup winner Robins has been scouting Brum thoroughly as his Coventry side are ground-sharing St Andrews with Brum this term.And he can see why his old club are trying to buy the year after placing him 41st on the list prior to the 2011 season.In six starts for Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barrter to prevent Billy Sharp’s goal after their 1-1 draw with Sheffield United.Howe was left “disappointed” after their 1-1 draw with Sheffield United.Defender Chris Mepham’s first Premier League goal, which came after 62 minutes, appeared to have sette, Banuelos mustered just a 4.50 ERA, allowing 10.9 hits per nine innings. Now just 21 years old, Banuelos will still b a move away from AS Roma.A change has been mooted this summer, with Tottenham among clubs keen on the youngster.”He has a four-year contract and I see no reason why he’d think of leaving,” Igor Zaniolo told Centro Suono Sport radio.“However, if the relatively young for the league when he returns to action in 2014.

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Reds’ Todd Frazier to step in for hobbled Scott Rolen

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As the Reds prepared for life again with first baseman  there was plenty of hand wringing over what would happen with rookie , who jumped to the front of the Rookie of the Year class in Votto’s absence.

That dilemma might have sorted itself out. thirs delighted with their 3-0 Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen.Gonzalo Higuain, Federico Bernardeschi and Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed the goals.“I liked the way Bernardeschi trained over the last few days, Aaron Ramsey needed a rest, and we knd baseman is out with a bad back and will likely miss at least this weekend’s series with the . Rolen had an MRI that showed a protrusion in two discs in his lower back, .

“Since my setback in [Aug. 9-12], I’ve been uncomfortable and not able to perform and move offensively and defensively the way I hoped to have by this point,” .

In 12 games since the Reds played in Chicago, Rolen has gone 9 for 41 (.220) without a home run. In his 12 games before the Chicago series, he was 15 for 37 (.405) with two home runs.

Frazier played third base in the Reds’ game on Wednesday, Votto’s first since knee surgery.

In the 48 games that Frazier played with Votto on the DL, he hit .300/.347/.500 with eight home runs and the Reds recorded a 33-15 record in those games. Frazier has started 55 games at third base this season, 36 at first base, five in left field and one as a DH. Last season, he played two games at second base and two at shortstop. Overall, he’s hitting .289/.347/.531 with 18 home runs and 62 RBI.

“Everyone wants to know what’s going to happen next week,” Reds manager Dusty Baker told reporters (). “I don’t even think it’s right to ask. But I answer it to the best of my ability. But you don’t know. You never have enough pitching, you never have enough players, you never have enough anything.

“Something always works out. Sometimes, you’ve got to let life run its course. I’m just glad we have the personnel we have.”

Reds shortstop is also missing his third straight game with a sore back. is starting Friday’s game against the Astros. the Foxes will le scouts posted for Brescia’s Seria A clash with Juventus on Tuesday night.United will have Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali watched, says Gazzetta dello Sport.The 19-year-old, who has been compared to Andrea Pirlo due to his playing style and long set Maguire sign for United – but only if the Red Devils meet their £80million valuation.Reports this weekend suggested Manchester United had agreed to pay £80million for the England international centre-back.But sources from both clRookie made his big-league debut on Wednesday at shortstop.

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Josh Beckett placed on waivers

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CBSSports.com Insider Jon Heyman reports that the have placed right-hander on waivers. However, rival execs don’t expect Beckett to be traded, in large part because of his contract, which runs through to 2says the Argentine deserved his FIFA The Best award on Monday night.He stated: “It is normal that he has taken The Best because he is the best and will continue to be until he no longer wants to. “He is magical, he is a player that while we can we mu014 at a cost of $15.75 million for each of the next two seasons. 

Heyman characterizes the as “the wild card” in all of this but says that any deal for Beckett remains a long shot. 

On the season, the 32-year-old Beckett has a 5.23 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 127.1 innings pitched. In parts of 12 major-leagueNewcastle United are preparing to move for Hull City attacker Jarrod Bowen.The Telegraph says Newcastle are planning to make at least one news signing during January.Hull winger Bowen is among those being looked at by manager Steve Bruce.The 22-year-old has scored 13 goals in 20 games for the Championship club this season. seasons, he has a career ERA of 3.93. The three-time All-Star finished second in the AL Cy Young Ard admits Chelsea can’t afford to lose against Valencia on Wednesday night.Along with Ajax, the two sides are on seven points in Group B ahead of their group stage clash at the Mestalla.And Lampard says the Blues must walk away with at least a draw.”ward voting in 2007. 

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