act situation.The Daily Echo says Hasenhuttl has m


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— 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.

ical director’s role is “unnecessary”.Scholes has


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.

peaking about how he is under pressure, with the H


‘s playing time will come strictly at catcher this season, according to Montero is hitting .395/.435/.674 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 43 at-bats this spring. manager Eric Wedge has been impressed with his performance after a slow start in camp.”From a playing-time standpoint, hiue title this season.He took Liverpool on for the first time as Tottenham boss on Saturday, and came out second best as Jurgen Klopp’s Reds ran out 1-0 winners.After the match Mourinho was asked whether he thinks Liverpool will win the title this seas time is going to have to be behind home plate,” said Wedge. “Obviously, I’m comfortable with him DHing, but we have so many other options with thatReal Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos is being urged to make up his mind on a move to North London.The Spaniard has offers from both Arsenal and Tottenham.Real are only willing to allow Ceballos to leave on a season-long loan.AS says the decision rests on the 23-year-old on who he wants to join.Losdelines after undergoing knee surgery.Khedira missed the 2-2 draw with Sassuolo last weekend and has decided to go under the knife.Juve confirmed on their official website surgery was “perfectly successful”.However, they added in their statement he Blancos expect the situation to be resolved sometime this week. to get people in the lineup we feel make us a better team.”

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


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?

o Inzaghi as new coach.Inzaghi terminated his cont


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.

er Yannick Bolasie was satisfied with his Sporting


Phillies outfielder continued his torrid spring pace on Wednesday, going 2-for-3 with a double andhas helped Algeria defeat Nigeria and book a place in the African Cup of Nations final.The Manchester City winger struck five minutes into injury-time with a precise and fierce set-piece intoy against Arsenal, despite being pushed to leave by Real coach Zinedine Zidane.Odriozola said, “Bale has always looked good to me. “They talk about him a lot, but he knows how to take it and he focuses on his day-to-day work. Today he scored a goal the top corner.Algerialing good after being diagnosed with coronavirus last week.The defender spoke to Juventus TV about having contracted the virus.“I’m fine, I’ve been pretty good. I haven’t had the symptoms you read about in the news,” Rugani said.“I was lucky desp opened the scoring when Nigeria def a run scored.

argeting a run of games with Liverpool.The 26-year


Astros outfielder ez told .com on Friday that while he has yet to starting swinging a bat again, he feels he’ll be ready when spring training rolls around. Martinez underwent surgery to remove the hook of the hamate bone in his left hand in September. “I really haven’t been able to swing that much yet, but I feel like it’s right there and really close,” he said. “I’m trying to rest it asos has blasted Barcelona captain Leo Messi after his weekend meltdown.Messi slammed the Copa America’s refereeing after Argentina failed to reach the final.”It’s frustrating to seker Leandro Trossard has revealed Arsenal and VfL Wolfsburg are going head-to-head for the youngster.Rated in the €20m class, Trossard has managed a stunning 22 goals so far this season.”There is still no agreement with any club. But I think that Ge a player of his quality, admired by all, say such things,” said Marqu much as I can now because I know when spring training starts, it’s going to be non-stop. I feel like I’ll be ready and it will be stalace.The manager is ready to talk about extending his stay at his “boyhood club”.The rejuvenated former England manager, 72, said: “I’m as fit as I have been for the last 20 years.”Hodgson took over at Selhurst Park in September 2017 after Frankrong enough for me to do what I have to do.”

Cool map: Where the ballparks are


 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 .

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.

For more baseball news, rumors an emotional farewell to Tottenham.Perez was let go by Spurs on Monday, along with manager Mauricio Pochettino and the rest of his coaching staff.He wrote on Twitter: “#COYS. Thank you from our heart to our players , staff, and special thanks to you 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


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 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.

Video: Anthony Rizzo escapes serious injury after awkward collision


The got a serious scare Tuesday night in an otherwise meaningless game against the . Promising first baseman awkwardly — and slightly — collided with Astros first baseman on a play at first base.

Here it is:

Fortunately, the Associated Press is reporting that, while the Cubs will monitor Rve claimed in recent weeks that Fiorentina and FC Nordsjælland have made bids for the 18-year-old who scored 25 goals for the U18 development squad last season.The Liverpool Echo says Duncan was left out of the Premier League 2 clash away to Southamizzo the next few days, “they believe he will be OK.” The AP does report that per squad.Conte has declared his squad has been “reduced to the bare bones” by injuries.“Conte’s concerns are legitimate and shared by all of us,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia.“It is a growth process, we have to take these steps with all the tRizzo has a sore right shoulder and upper back, but he appears to have dodged a bullet in terms of a serious injury. Upon initially viewing the play, I thought maybe his knee was at risk as well from that uncontrollable plant on the base.

ate Serge Gnabry was never a prolific goalscorer with Arsenal.The Germany international has blossomed since leaving the Gunners in 2016, first with Werder Bremen and now with Bayern.Gnabry scored twice in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Br

Rizzo, 23, is hitting .293/.346/.464 with 12 homers and 34 RBI in 286 plate appearances in this his rookie season. As the Cubs eye the future, he’s a significant part of the nucleus.

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Report: Giants to give Gregor Blanco majority of left-field starts


Rodgers says Leicester are now fully focused on their Premier League opener against Wolves after a strong preseason.The Foxes ended their Premier League preparations with Friday’s 2-1 win over Serie A side Atalanta, who will play in the Champions Lea

In the wake of the suspeny crowned Premier League champions Manchester City, has announced a partnership with Indin.The London Evening Standard says Chelsea have yet to confirm reports that Higuain can be re-signed on loan, despite the transfer embargo.It has been suggested that because Higuain was registered as a Chelsea player when he joined from Juventus in Jan agency Kwanabler to build commercial opportunities in the country, reports, /CFG’s interest in the Indian market has been known for a while. Reports emerged esion, the will use as the team’s regular left fielder, to the San Jose Mercury-News’ Alex Pavlovic.

Blanco has hit .236/.331/.346 with 19 stolen bases in 350 plate appearances this season.

Pavlovic also that the Giants want to give prospect outfielder a full season at Double-A. It is not clear at this time whether the Cabrera suspension will accelerate Brown’s timetable. To be eligible for postseason play, Brown will have to be promoted before Sept. 1.’s Jon Heyman Monday that Alfonso Soriano has cleared trade waivers and could be an option for the Giants. Soriano himself has said that he’s still not interested in playing in San Francisco, to the Chicago Tribune’s Paul Sullivan.

Marlins send Hanley Ramirez to Dodgers in four-player swap


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The have swung a deal for third baseman , .

Ramirez will head to L.A. along with lefty reliever (2.49 ERA, 25.1 IP) in exchange for 22-year-old right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (4.15 ERA in 56.1 IP) and minor-league reliever Scott McGough (3.88 ERA in 46.1 IP at High-A Rancho Cucamonga). Insider Jon Heyman reports that Ramirez is likely to play short until Dee Gordon at returns from injury. Once Gordon rejoins the roster, Ramirez will likely take over at third base, where the Dodgers have struggled to get adequate production all season. Thus far, Dodger third basemen — chiefly — have combined to hit .246/.306/.369. Ramirez, m City defender Harry Maguire.The Mirror says Solskjaer has canvassed his United England stars for tha midfielder Ross Barkley has invited more controversy during the international break.The Chelsea-star-Ross-Barkley-filmed-TOPLESS-Dubai-nightclub.html”>Daily MailChelsea-star-Ross-Barkley-filmed-TOPLESS-Dubai-nightclub.html”> says he is facing furtheir thoughts on Maguire.United have stepped up their interest in the Leicester City defender tabling an improved £70million bid.Manchester City are aeanwhile, has a slash line of .246/.322/.430 with 14 home runs.

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that , which means that the Dodgers will be on the hook for the remainder of Ramirez’s $15-million salary for 2012 and the total of $31.5 million he’s owed for 2013 and 2014.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and ves have quickly understood the importance of growing the quality in their squad, and the Express and Star are reporting that two players that could leave the West Midlands club are Ivan Cavaleiro and Helder Costa.The Portuguese duo have been with th.

While Cubs stare down Dodgers, Yankees emerge as possible Dempster suitor


While the and continue tverde was sacked by Barca over the New Year and replaced by Quique Setien.He said, “People ask me sometimes ‘How about the Premier League?’ and I say ‘Well actually I’d like to go to Australia.”A career in football does not last forever and sometimeHam United attacker Michail Antonio is confident he will face Arsenal on Monday night.Antonio returned after three months on the sidelines in last weekend’s win over Chelsea, but he tweaked his groin and missed the midweek match at Wolves.He said: “Isheir standoff on , another door may be slightly open.The Cubs and had one conversation about Dempster,’s Jon Heyman reports. Dempster, according to sources, still strongly prefers to be dealt to the Dodgers, but sources told Heyman that Dempster would agree to go to the Yankees.The Dodgers and Cubs are about where they have been on the Dempster talks, with the Cubs asking for pitching prospect Allen Webster and the Dodgers saying no.The Dodgers have begun investigating deals for other pitchers, should they fail to reach a deal with the Cubs on Dempster.Dempster has spent his whole career in the National League. But Larry Rothschild, his former pitching coach with the Cubs, is now the Yankees pitching coach. Also, former Cubs general manager Jim Hendry now works for the Yankees.

Dempster malopp’s terms, along with extending his deal after their Champions League triumph.Klopp has three seasons left on his £7m-a-year deal but Liverpool’s owners will look to improve and potentially extend his terms, says the Daily Mail.Fenway Sports Grouy also have felt some pressure to say yes, since he already turned down a chance to go to the Braves last week.

Report: 15 scouts at Josh Johnson’s Sunday start


Fifteen scouts — one of them Boston’s top scout, Gary Hughes, ESPN’s Jim Bowden — are at ‘s start Sunday afternoon in Miami, ESPN’s Jayson Stark. Six teams are talking to the about trading for Johnson. 

The , , , , , and are in on Johnson, according to Stark, yet all have expressed concern of Johnson’s health, durability, and dip in velocity (from 95 MPH to 93 MPH).The Marlins have told the Rangers not to bother if they’re not willing to send third baseman prospect Mike Olt to Miami. The ‘ chances of making the playoffs are almost nothing — 0.3 percent — and if ths to join Livingston in loan deal.The 22-year-old right winger will be with the Scottish club until January.Stobbs first played for Sheffield United in 2014, but has only managed five first team appearances since then.He will be hoping to gain regulaey decide to sell, they can move , , , and in a matter of hours. Stark linked Victorino to the Dodgers, , , or ; Pierre to the Reds; Blanton to the Orioles; and Wigginton ther Leandro Trossard admits that it is difficult for him to celebrate goals because of VAR.The Seagulls had a goal canceled out (correctly) by VAR in a 2-0 loss to Southampton this weekend.A similar incident happened a week ago, when Trossard’s volley . is more likely to be moved in the offseason, Ssocial media.Barcelona remain the favourites to sign the young Holland international. The Catalan giants have already secured the services of his former team-mate Frenkie de Jong. It is feared that a lack of Champions League football will also resulttark noted.There’s also a possibility the Phillies keep the aforementioned players until August and try to trade them after the non-waiver trade deadline, giving the Phillies more time to assess all their options, even though it looks like their playoff hopes are shot.Speaking of which,’s Jon Heyman has put together who could be traded after July 31. Baltimore considered third baseman , who’s been , and continue to look for starting pitchers. Stark mentioned , Joe Blanton, and on the Orioles’ shopping list.The Braves, who tried valiantly to acquire , have shifted their focus completely to adding to their bullpen.The Giants and have reportedly talked about a deal that would send and to San Francisco, but the Giants want a more high-impact outfielder than Francoeur. The Reds want an outfielder who can bat atop their lineup, and they’ve checked in on and , in addition to Victorino and Pierre in Philadelphia.The have put in feelers on Josh Johnson and , but are more focused on acquiring bullpen help.About Shields, Tampa is in no hurry to move him. The Yankees may not be done dealing with the , as Stark wrote that they could be interested in adding slick-fielding . Teams interested in bullpen help are waiting for prices to come down, especially for such guys as Seattle’s . The Giants, Dodgers, Braves, and are all interested in League, according to Stark.