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The have officially placed on the 15-dayAl Gharafa have completed the signing of Aston Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia.Kodjia arrived in Doha to undergo a medical and thrash out personal terms earlier this week to bring his stay at Villa to an end after three-and-a-half seasons.The @J_Kodjiapic.twitter.com/1PALoC4kkN— Al Gharafa SC (@ALGHARAFACLUB) January 19, 2020 disabled list, the club announced Sunday.

Forsythe will miss about six weeks due to plantar fasciitis. He was likely to start at third base with Chase Headley out. Instead, his injury opens up playing time for Alexi Amarista and Cody Ransu Suning.It broke on Sunday that Real had ended ntus.The Sun says Sarri is the Italian giants’ No 1 target after cooling their interest in ex-Blues boss Antonio Conte.Stamford Bridge chief Sarri, 60, is preparing his team for next Wednesday’s Europa League final against Arsenal but his future istalks with the Chinese giants over the sale of the Wales captain.And speaking with ESPN, agent Jonathan Barnett confirmed the reports.”They changed their minds when the player was given the go-ahead tosom in the Padres infield.

o Inzaghi as new coach.Inzaghi terminated his cont

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

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

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

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rotatireturn to the Premier League.Bale has been linked with Manchester United and former club Tottenham.”I think it would benefit him to come back and play regular football again and play in a team at the top end of the Premier League,” Allardyce told talon candidate took the mound on Saturday in a Grapefruit League start against Toronto. Possibly a longer shot to win a starting job this spring than some of the other options, Arrieta was solid against the Blue Jays. 

Last season’s opening day starter, Arrieta went 4 2/3 scoreless innings on Saturday. He allowed three hits and walked three with two strikeouts and his Grapefruit League ERA is now 2.38. 

return to Chelsea.Obi is happy Frank Lampard is now in the Stamford Bridge hotseat. He was alongside Lampard in midfield for every minute at the Allianz Arena when Chelsea shocked Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final – sharing the dressin

Arrieta has allowed three earned runs this spring over 11 1/3 spring innings with five Ks. He is looking to regroup this season after a terrible 2012 that saw him get demoted to the minors and go 3-9 with a 6.20 ERA over to the end of the season.The news has been officially announced via a statement on the club’s official website:”AC Milan announces that Ricardo Rodríguez has joined PSV Eindhoven on a temporary basis.”The Club wishes the player all the best for the24 appearances and 18 starts for the Orioles. 

Dyche is ready to help the club recruit the player

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Minnesota starting pitcher took the mound for a Gr OGCN, Vieira says he does harbour bigger things.”If it’s my dream to coach Arsenal or Team France? Yes, like any player, when we do this job we want to touch the very high level,” he told RMC. “But the very high level – I can very well touch with OGapefruit League start against Baltimore on Sunday. Things didn’t go his way. 

Worley gave up three earned runs on six hits and a walk over four innings as the Orioles built a lead against him. Worley surrendered a solrnational footballer Rafael van der Vaart has made his debut in professional darts.Van der Vaart, who played for the likes of Real Madrid, Tottenham and Ajax during an illustrious career, participated in the BDO Denmark Open in Esbjerg.Van der Vaart o homer to J.J. Hardy in the fourth inning as he was knocked around a bit. He struck out two batters in the outing and his Grapefruit ERA is now at 6.00. 

Worley, projected to possibly be the opening day starter for the , has now surrendered eigrnard Lama has had his say on Real Madrid’s Alphonse Areola.Areola is on-loan at Real this season from PSG.Lama told Culture PSG, “Areola? He has more athletic potential than Keylor Navas but he has less experience. “A goalkeeper must be able to matuht earned runs this spring over 12 innings with six Ks. He was 6-9 over 23 starts with a 4.20 ERA for the Phillies last year. 

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.

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Top pitching prospect took the mound on Wednesday in Cactus League action againlieves there’s more old boys like h Dummett withdrew himself from Wales selection for the sake of his Newcastle United career.The Evening Chronicle says Dummett has not closed the door for good with Wales and the conversation with coach Ryan Giggs is still an open one.But in the long imself eager to return to the Dutch giants. The Holland international, after four years away in England with Manchester United, chose to return to the Eredivisie and Ajax last year. It was a decision that paid off hst the Indians. Seattle’s No. 1 overall prospect, according to Baseball Prospectus, followed prospect to the mound and completed two innings. Walkerirror says they are so worried by Gareth Bale’s injury history they will only offer the winger a pay-as-you-play deal.Fresh reports indicate the Red Devils want to cover their backs if Real Madrid ace Bale wants to sign – having hired a private inves did not allow a run or hit as he walked one and struck out two batters. Walker has allowed a hit over two scoreless innings this spring.

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.”

Loria says no extension for Giancarlo Stanton in 2013

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As part of owner Jeffrey Loria’s charm offensive (light on charm, heavy on offense) he is — in addition to — addressing the media for first time since .

In the midst of his conversation with members of the local media, he addressed ‘s contract status. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post :

“We are hoping that that moment will come but Giancarlo needs to play this year. He is here for certainly the foreseeable d by Everton for their vacant managerial role.But the former Arsenal boss, who was sacked in December, prefers a return to Spain.”Everton was interested in me and I thought about it. I didn’t say no, we also had a three-hour interview,” Emery said infuture and we will cross that bridge at the appropriate moment. …

He will be here this year and I’m hopeful he will come here the next year. … I would love to see him be the centerpiece of this ball club. He’d the young giant inantamaria is attracting big Premier League interest.L’ Equipe says Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Everton are all weighing up a move for Santamaria, who has a contract with Angers until 2022.Angers are keen to extend the 24-year-old’s deal, but in the ball club but you can’t make promises in this game because strange things happen all the time. …

I dont think this is the year to go to Giancarlo with an offer. We have to let him play it out, let him feel more comfortable.”

Stanton has just a bit more than two years of major-league service time, so there’s nothing urgent in that sense. Still, you’ll notice a lot of hedgingthe Champions League spots.But he feels there is big competition from at least five other teams for a fourth-place finish.Tottenham face Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday, with Spurs four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea after a 2-0 vict, qualifiers and Loria-speak in the above excerpt. Of course, all of this presumes that a player of Stanton’s gifts and dedication to craft has any interest in remaining with this self-parody of an organization.

In a related matter, Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel notes that of altering the team’s longstanding policy of not offering no-trade clauses. Locking up a player like Stanton long-term would almost certainly require such a provision.

Unless, like, say, Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle, he’s content to take Loria at his sterling, unimpeachable word.

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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.”

Pirates sign Jose Contreras to minor-league contract

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The have announced that they’ve signed veteran right-hander Jose Contreras to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Contreras, 41, is recovering from elbow surgery and will continue the rehabilitation process during camp. Last season, Contreras logged a 5.27 ERA in 13 2/3 innings for the Phillies. He was able to log just 14 innings in 2011, again because of elbow surgery.

In parts of 10 major-league seasons, the Cuba native has a 4.55 ERA across 292 games, 175 of which have been starts. As a reliever, Contreras has a career ERA of 3.78.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us g coach Rafa Benithat ruled him out of the Copa del Rey final.With Suarez sitting in the stands as Valencia defeated Barcelona, with Leo Messi ock Origi for his Champions League final appearance.Pirlo says only Origi’s goal against Tottenham could redeem him for his poor performance.”Tottenham showed no character, there were players like Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen who didn’t want the bthe only recognised attacker in the side.”The injury that led to surgery has nothing to do with my cartilage but because of aez admits he has plans to return to England.The former Liverpool and Newcastle United manager is in his first season in the Chinese Premier League.He told BBC Sport: “In the future I will return to England. I’m happy here, it’s not on Twitter: , and .

2013 Team Preview: Toronto Blue Jays

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The enter the season in a quite different light than they have entered any season for the past decade-plus: They are in the spotlight. No team garnered as many headlines as the Blue Jays in the offseason, as they went out and added , , , , and more. Will this be enough to make a 73-89 team into a contender? Absolutely, because we must consider how much injuries ravaged the Jays last season. They used 12 different starting pitchers, was held to 92 games and was held to 125. Also, there is expected improvement from some younger players like Lawrie and , in addition to a bounce-back season from former ace . 

1. Jose Reyes, SS2. Melky Cabrera, LF3. Jose Bautista, RF4. , 1B5. Colby Rasmus, CF6. Brett Lawrie, 3B7. , DH 8. , C9. , 2B 

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Remember when the ? Maybe not, since they have made two blockbuster trades since then, but Izturis could serve as a backup at second base, shortstop and third base while being fully capable of starting several times a week. He has a career .337 on-base percentage, good speed (17 steals in 19 attempts last season) and is a capable defender. That’s a pretty good player to have around as an insurance policy at three different positions, especially since the Blue Jays had such major injury woes last season. 

“A limited number Former Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell has revealed Didier Drogba was in tears by Jose Mourinho’s sacking.Sidwell recalls how none of the players agreed with a decision which destroyed the “family culture” in the Chelsea dressing room.”I’ve been at of saves caused Janssen’s breakthrough to go by the wayside last year. But while , and made history with the kind WHIPs they were putting up, Janssen’s 0.86 mark ranked fifth among closers with at least 50 innings. And it’s not like his 2.54 ERA or 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings were anything to sneeze at. So then … about those saves. Beginning 2013 as the team’s closer will help. He didn’t claim ninth-inning duties from an injured Sergio Santos until May last year, and by then, the Blue Jays starting rotation was so decimated by injuries that a closer was hardly necessary. They either outslugged the competition, or they lost. Obviously, that formula is destined to change this year with all the upgrades they made this offseason, particularly to their starting rotation. Add, say, 15 to last year’s save total, and you’ll see why Janssen is a bargain after the top 20 closers go off the board.” — Scott White []

I think it’s how well-rounded the offense is. There are speedy table-setter types in Reyes, Bonifacio and Izturis. There are two potential 40-homer power hitters in Encarnacion and Bautista. There’s the power-speed combo in Lawrie and a possible hit-machine in Cabrera. As long as the Jays stay healthy — which is a huge question after last season — they will be able to beat teams offensively in a number of ways. Teams this well-rounded are great bets to stave off extended team-wide slumps. 

The back end of the bullpen. Janssen has never been a full-time closer, Santos is coming off surgery and Delabar has had control issues at times. Overall, I don’t think this is a huge issue and the trio is more than capable enough to have a py Aston Villa following a training ground bust-up.The on-loan Chelsea man reportedly headbutted Villa teammate Jota, with his future at the club now being discussed.Phillips says he’s surprised about the conduct of his former Leicester teammate, but roductive season, but I had to name something here, and there really isn’t a glaring weakness on this ballclub. 

For the first time since 1993, the Blue Jays win the World Series. They definitely have enough talent, and this should be the ultimate goal for this club in 2013. 

There are obvious areas where the wheels could totally fall off here. Reyes, Johnson and Morrow are injury risks, to various degrees. Which Melky are the Jays gonna get? What if Encarnacion’s power surge last year was a fluke? What if Janssen spits the bit as closer and Santos can’t regain pre-injury form? What if Romero is just as bad as he was last season? What if Lawrie’s all-out style recklessy injures him? Rasmus and Lind are enigmas offensively as well. Dickey’s old and last season’s numbers are an outlier compared to the rest of his career. In the tough AL East, if everything that could possibly go wrong does, I could see the Blue Jays ending up in last place. 

Honestly, though, what are the odds that every single bad thing listed above happens and nothing good happens? Very, very low. There will be injuries, but every team deals with those. Dickey’s 2012 season came from out of nowhere because he started throwing his knuckler harder, not because he just started to get lucky out of the blue, and Encarnacion has always shown the ability to hit for big-time power when he’s in the lineup. 

It’s tough to predict how Cabrera, Rasmus and Lind will fare, but overall there is so much talent here that I don’t see a realistic scenario where they miss the playoffs. In fact, I predict they win the AL East for the first tining over a loan deal for Islam Slimani.Inter are turning to the Algeria international after being informed that Chelsea were removing Olivier Giroud from their transfer list.Slimani is currently on-loan with AS Monaco, but both parties are willing tme since …

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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.”

bian Delph feels good times are around the corner

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The Orange County Register reports Dodgers outfielder , who continues to recover from Tommy John surgery in August, said he is throwing from 60 feet. He said he has also bcommendation of manager Jurgen Klopp.Grujic returned to Hertha Berlin for a second season of Bundesliga football on the advice of Klopp.“I spent a few days in Liverpool for medical tests at the end of the season,” Grujic told Bild. “We sat down teen swinging off a tee and hitting rton manager Marco Silva wants Richarlison and Yerry Mina to improve their English skills.The duo are important players for Silva, and he believesb, it has been revealed.The Argentine was sacked by Spurs fortnight ago and replaced by Jose Mourinho.Arsenal are now in a similar situation after dumping Unai Emery on Friday.The Arsenal.html”>Daily MailArsenal.html”> says the Gunners want someone w their inability to speak fluent English is impeding his team.Asked about Richarlison’s progress, Silva soft toss for about three weeks. He added there is no pain in his elbow.

Quote of the Day: Tyler Austin’s mom on signing autographs

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Toward the end of on the challenges of snagging a autograph, recounts what his mother told him regarding his obligations to sign things and body parts fo Galega says Celta are willing to offer €11m for the midfielder.Castillejo arrived from Villarreal only a year ago for €25m.The winger has struggled to fit into new Coach Marco Giampaolo’s 4-3-1-2 formation and was used as a makeshift striker durr fans. Here’s what she said:

“One day you’re going to be there, and I swear if I ever see you walk by anybody and not sign a thing for them, I will come and personally slap you right across the face.”

Fair eving Fulham.The Germany attacker joined on-loan from Borussia Dortmund for two seasons, however he is leaving after 12 months due to the Cottagers’ relegation.He told the club’s website, “It is difficult for the family because we have signed for two nough!

Now contrast that sentiment with what a Yankees employee regularly tells those fans seeking Jeter’s autograph outside the team’s minor-league complex in Florida, where’s he rehabbing his broken ankle …

“Single file! No chitchat! He doesn’t want to hear about your personal life, so don’t ask him about his!”

“If anyone from the back moves forward, we’re going to cut the session off!”

This isn’t to pile on Jeter, who has no doubt endured countless absurd requests from fans. In fact, one wonders whether Tyler Austin’s mom will stick to her pledge if her son one day achieves stardom. I’m guessing they’d rather face that “problem” than not.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, indnited’s schedule. The Red Devils defeated Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday to keep their top-four hopes alive.They will take on Club Brugge in the Europa League last-32 on Thursday, and Solskjaer can’t understand why his team couldn’t play Chelseividually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

2015 All-Star Game headed to Cincinnati

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The 2015 All-Star Game will be played in Cincinnati, reports . Commissioner Bud Selig will be in the Queen City this week and is expected to make the announcement.

The last hosted the Midsummer Classic in 1988, back when they played in Riverfrlerin is playing with painkillers.The Gunners right-back has suffered a tear in his right groin, which has made crossing the ball a hard task for the Spaniard.Bellerin picked up the injury in training ahead of Arsenal’s win over Newcastle in Februaryont Stadium. They also hosted the event in 1938, 1953, and 1970. The NL won three of those four games. The 2013 and 2014 All-Star Games will be played in CitiField and Target Field.

The Nationals had also been pushing for the 2015 game, so they’ll likely havehn McGinn.Bruce signed McGinn for Aston Villa for a knockdown £2m.”I wish I could find a few more of him,” admitted Bruce of McGinn. “He has to be one of my best ever signings because he has a determination to do well.“It took him a minute to wi to wait until 2017 since alternates AL and NL host cities.

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