rested in re-signing Arsenal fullback Hector Belle

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Afterounced the first-team squad and coaching staff will donate their wages from last Friday’s humiliating 9-0 loss to Leicester to the charity Saints Foundation.Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side created unwanted history by being thrashed by the Foxes at St. Mary’s being signed to a minor-league deal with the earlier this week, was informed that he earned a spot on the bullpen to start the season, e German’s team have impressed in the first weeks of the season.Farke told Sky Sports: “EacRay Parlour has urged Arsenal to sell Mesut Ozil in January.But the Gunners hero can’t see him leaving the club.“He won’t be sold in January so no chance of that because Ozil won’t go nowhere,” Parlour told talkSPORT.“Should he be sold? Yes, he should be.“If you’re not going to play him on a regular basis you might as well get rid of him, yeah.”h and every head coach has their own ideas and philosophy. This club had a clear picture of what I would bring, and I was aware of what Norwich City means. I daccording to the Los Angeles Times. Lowe finished spring training with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP in 10 2/3 innings of work. 

Trying Rondon was fine, but Tigers needed a better backup plan

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Teams find closers.

The Giants found one last year, and they won the World Series. The found one last October and got to the World Series (and the bullpen wasn’t why they lost).

The White Sox found one and spent most of the season in first place.

Teams find closers. The Tigers aren’t doomed simply because wasn’t .

But why in the world did they put themselves in this position?

They have a team fully capable of getting back to the World Series and winning it this time. With an 83-year-old owner who is desperate to win and willing to spend big to do it, they feel as much urgency as any team in the game.

And tm France.The former Lille man arrived with a big reputation and for a club record fee.But he has failed to show the kind of form that made him one of the most wanted attackers of the summer transfer window.And Pepe admits the language has been a barrhey went into spring training hoping that a 22-year-old kid with no big-league experience and only nine appearances above Double-A would prove ready to close for a second Norwegian teen after landing Bryan Solhaug Fiabema from Tromso.VG says Chelsea are continuing to look to Norway for fresh young talent and are close to snapping up a second youngster.After 16-year-old Fiabema’s move was confirmed, 18-year-old contender.

With no real backup plan.

How does that make any sense?

The Tigers can spin it any way they want now. They can tell you they have plenty of pitchers capable of closing games, from (who did it last October) to (who has 109 career saves, more than all but 11 pitchers currently employed by big-league teams) to (who has a 151 ERA+ over the last three seasons) to (who some in the organization would love to see get the opportunity).

But let’s go back to the first day of spring training, back before it became so painfully obvious that Rondon’s 100-mph fastball couldn’t mask his other weaknesses (bad command, shaky secondary pitches).

Tigers manager Jim Leyland made a couple of things clear that day.

One, he wants a full-time closer.

Two, he doesn’t trust any of those other pitchers with the job.

“I’ve got several guys who can close a game, or two games,” . “I’m not sure I’ve got guys who can be a pure closer.”

Maybe he’ll find out one of those other guys can be trusted. Maybe Rondon will go to Triple-A Toledo and come back in a few weeks or months looking like a major leaguer (which he didn’t this spring)Bartra insists they’re capable of beating Barcelona.The two teams are due to meet on Sunday – which will see Bartra face his former club.Speaking after their 1-1 draw with Eibar, Bartra said: “Let’s see if this result gives us the chance to build. Th.

Maybe the Tigers will trade for a closer, although they tried this spring and didn’t come up with any palatable options.

It might all work out. The Tigers might find a closer.

But with a team this good, why in the world did they leave themselves this vulnerable in case they don’t?

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The announced Thursd interested in signing Wes Foderingham from Rangers.The 28-year-old is being seen as a replacement for Darren Randolph, who may be leaving for West Ham.If the Hammers put in a big offer for Randolph, then Boro will look to the Rangers shot stopper asay they will go with a closer-by-committee approach after Bruce Rondon was optioned to Triple-A Toledo. 

General manager Dave Dombrowski said manager Jim Leyland als from his players.Lampard is a fan of the culture of what rugby boasts.Having been struck during the tournament by the vastly different approach of rugby players towards referees, Lampard said: “I think maybe yes (footballers could learn from rugbwill mix and match relievers in save situations according to matchups. One of those options could left-handed reliever .

Coke hasn’t had a great spring, posting a 4.09 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 1season.It emerged that the Saudi Arabia sovereign wealth fund were interested in buying Newcastle ahead of the Magpies’ FA Cup draw against Oxford United at St James’ Park on Saturday.The Evening Chronicle says Newcastle insiders are confident the la1 innings. But he has nine strikeouts. Coke has six career saves during the regular season, including one last season. However, he was a key reliever in the postseason last year, which included two crucial saves during an ALCS series win against the Yankees.

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CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Danny Knobler reports on Thursday that the optioned to their Triple-A club in Toledo. 

Rondon, 22, had his name thrown around all winter as the team’s potential closer by general manager Dnager Jurgen Klopp has no transfer concerns as he continues preseason preparations.The Reds are set to defend their Champions League title, while they hope to break their Premier League hodoo next term as well.They have not made any significant movesave Dombrowski, but he failed to deliver on the promise this spring, with a 5.84 ERA and 2.11 WHIP — including nine walkser can deliver trophies.The Frenchman joined his teammates for their trip to Australia on Sunday, despite his agent Mino Raiola confirming he wanted to leave the club over the weekend.Real ty legend Shaun Goater insists they can afford a defeat at Liverpool on Sunday in the title race.Goater, who scored 103 goals in 212 games over six season with the club between 1998 and 2003, insisted it was still too early for a loss to be fatal to Madrid are the frontrunners to sign the World Cup winner, wit — over 12 1/3 innings. 

Knobler says the team will go with a committee, which could include Phil Coke, Joaquin Benoit, Octavio Dotel, and Al Alburquerque. 

ff the disappointment of his Super Cup shootout mi

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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.

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.

admits they face losing Bruno Fernandes.The midfi

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The pared down their roster Sunday, reassigning pitchers and to their minor-league camp. Gilmartin is viewed as on44-year-old had been head of the club’s academy since 2016.The former United midfielder ool striker Rhian Brewster says Virgil van Dijk deserves to be crowned as FIFA’s Ballon d’Or winner.Seven of their players have been nominated for the FIFA Ballon D’Or, with van Dijk and Firmino appearing alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson, Mowill report to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and will be tasked with creating “a seamless journey for young players stepping up to the next level”.”Manchester United is ine of the club’s top pitching prospects and will open the season in the rotation for Tribian Delph after his blow-up on social media.The Toffees midfielder had a spat with some fans on Instagram after Ancelotti’s side were embarrassed by Liverpool’s kids in the FA Cup. Speaking in his pre-match press-conference before Everton’s home tieple-A Gwinnett.

ter Milan boss Antonio Conte admits he wants to si

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pitchers (back) and (shoulder) continue to throw at the spring training complex, but neither is closelan Levitt.o preseason friendlies in Norway.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will take United to his homeland to play hometown team Kristiansund on July 30, with the women’s team playing Valerenga a day later.Announcing the news, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said thGarner is a surprise, as he is a central midfielder and the Red Devils have an injury crisis in the position.But the Manchester Evening News reports that Garner could be given permission to go on loaner wanted to join Southampton.Mane admits Jurgen Klopp first wanted to sign him while he was at Salzburg and the German was managing Dortmund.“That transfer (from Salzburg to Southampton) was tough and complicated. I’ll tell you the truth. Southamp at the last moment.United want to conf to getting back on a mound, reports the Boston Globe Saturday. Both will remain in extended spring training when the team breaks camp. 

PHOTO: Big bump on Jesus Montero’s head

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As noted in , catcher took a bat to the head. Fortunately he did not suffer a conster United defender Marcos Rojo admits he on the management of Frank Lampard.Tomori also played for Lampard on-loan with Derby County.He believes Lampard is having success be is being lined up for a return to LaLiga.Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad are keeping a close eye on the defender’s blip in form and his forthcoming battle to remain first choice right back.New Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is fast-tracking academy fucause has bothered to keep tabs on Chelsea’s youngsters, which has enabled him to build a strong level of trust with had plenty of offers ahead of joining Estudiantes.The Argentina international returned to his former club on-loan last month.Rojo told CIELOSPORTS: “I told my representative ‘whatever comes, you must block ecussion, but he did get a nice lump for his troubles. And here’s the photo evidence, thanks to Steve Kinsella on Twitter (click on the photo for a full size version):

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— Steve Kinsella (@MrNegative1)

Ouch.

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.”

Honest Greinke gets elbow checked, and Dodgers come away relieved

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PHOENIX — As my colleague Jon Heyman Zack Greinke may well be the most honest person in the game.The Dodgers are learning all about that.Greinke told them Sunday he still felt a little discomfort in his right elbow. The Dodgers reacted Monday by sending him to Los Angeles to have the elbow examined by their team doctor.But if news of that visit set off alarm bells about the right-hander who was the biggest free-agent pitcher on the market last winter, the Dodgers quickly worked to silf their Europa League last-32 tie.The Spaniards travel to Molineux for the first leg having struggled all season in La Liga.But Nuno says that accounts for nothing when speaking ahead of the clash.He said: “It’s going to be a tough game. The table doencegri admits he wants to “recharge my batteries”.He said, “I am going to take a year off to recharge the batteries and take my personal life back in hand, rediscover after many years the affection of my family, children and friends.“The last 16 yea those bells.They announced Monday afternoon that Dr. Neil ElAttrache had found only inflammation, and that Greinke would be shut down for just 2-3 days. Later, manager Don Mattingly said he believes Greinke will still be on track to make his scheduled April 2 start, in the Dodgers’ second game of the regular season (after Clayton Kershaw starts on opening day).”Yeah, I expect him to,” Mattingly said.Greinke was given anti-inflammatory drugs, and also an injection of PRP, or platelet-rich plasma.Mattingly insists that he was never overly concerned, because of the way Greinke threw in a bullpen session Friday. But Mattingly understood how this got to the point that Greinke was flying to California on a day when he was scheduled to make a spring training start against the Brewers.”He tells the truth,” Mattingly said. “nsfer policy on the qualities of Scott McTominay.The London Evening Standard says McTominay has been identified in a report as the type of player and character that United need to acquire more of. United’s recruitment team and manager Ole Gunnar SolsWhen he tells the truth, and with the deal he signed ($147 million for six years), you go into ultra-caution.”The result was that Greinke missed another spring start, after missing one earlier when he had the flu. Instead, he had an exam that theoretically proved to him and to them that what he’s feeling isn’t too serious.”It relieves your mind — and ours,” Mattingly said.And it gave them a little more insight into who Zack Greinke is.

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.”

fender Marc Cucurella.Getafe have exercised their

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In another indication of how quickly time passes, veteran starting pitcher will enter his ninth season in Atlanta this year. And the campaign could be his last as a member of the Braves as he heads into the final year of his contract with the club. The 37-year-old said he would like to finish his career with Atlanta, but is not focused on the situation. “We’ll make the most of it,” he told .com. “My job is to go out and help this team win. I’m going to enjoy it and savor it as much as I can. Hopefully it’s not, but it could be the last year for talks between the club and Maddison’s representatives started last November, but a fresh deal is only just moved to Parma from Manchester United for £1.4m.But Corriere dello Sport says a deal is already in place for Darmian to join Inter Milan in January.As part of the deal, Parma will take Alessandro Bastoni on loan.Moving to Inter will see Dyet to be agreed.City wanted to reward their number 10 with a contract that reflected his importance to the club and his rise to full England internatiome here. Hopat he is far better than Carlos Vela.While Vela is the top scorer in MLS this season, Ibrahimovic believes that he is still the best player in the league.Despite being in the twilight of his career, Ibrahimovic has lost none of his arrogance and passefully, I’ll play a while longer, and hopefully it’s here.”

Report: Twins starter Scott Diamond iffy for opening day

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starter , who underwent arthroscopicnext season.Griezmann revealed last month that he would finally leave after teasing at a move away last summer.Barcelona are the front-runners to sign Griezmann but he has also been linked with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United s elbow surgery earlier in the offseason, , Lavelle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported Friday.

Diamond, 26, required surgery to remove a bone chip in his left (throwing) elbow. He was the Twinhe wants to leave this summer.The Sun says Manchester United had a £70million bid rejected for the England star yesterday — with the Foxes wanting £85m.But centre-back Maguire has now made it clear that his future now lies elsewhere next season.Ms’ best starter last season with a 3.54 ERA (115 ERA+), 90 strikeouts and 31 walks in 173 innings. Diamonde without England striker Harry Kane, who is ruled out until April with a hamstring injury that requires surgery.Mourinho says the club need to sign a replacement this month if the right target becomes available.”Lots of names are coming and the majo’s 1.6 BB/9 led the American League.

If he can get healthy in time, Diamond may have the inside track as the opening day starter for the Twins. His stiffest competition will come from new additions and , both of whom posted ERAs over 4.00 in 2012.

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Just because: Ty Cobb goes in high and hard

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Ty Cobb, besides being one of the best ballplayers in the history of ballplayers, was famously competitive to the point of affliction. So consiarcelona striker Luis Suarez is delighted to be back for Uruguay’s Copa America campaign.He underwent a procedure on his knee which ruled him out of Barcelona’s Copa del Rey final with Valencia in order to reach the tournament in Brazil.The 32-year-oder the semi-famous image that follows to be highly representative of the way that Cobb played the game …

Four observations on what we see unfolding above: That’s high, that’s hard, that hurts, that’s taekwondo. And while we don’t have the angle to say so definitively, tels the back four is now getting stronger.Maguire has praised young fullbacks Brandon Williams and Aaron Wan-Bissaka ahead of Sunday’s trip to Liverpool.He said, “We’ve been settled for a couple of games now and have kept a few clean sheets. Brandon here’s a non-zero chance that Cobb just spiked this poor chump in the rascal basket. Perish the thought. 

In any event, says that the photograph in question was taken at Detroit’s Navin Field in 1912 or 1913.

Most of all, know this: That nameless, long-dead catcher is still feeling it.

Foad’s midfield. We caught up with the former Newcastle United prospect to ask about working with Imanol Alguacil, comparisons with Rafa Benitez and La Real’s push for Europe.Question: Getafe, Sevilla, Valencia, Athletic Club, Betis or Villarreal apartr more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and .