t described the pitfalls as ‘nightclubs, alcohol a

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

enham.Spurs beat the Serb champions 5-0 in north L

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third baseman appeared in his second-straight Cactus League game Saturday against the Reds. After returning Friday from a sprained right knee, he went 2 for 3 with an RBI and see Ernes at Tottenham, Townsend was fined in June 2013 by the Football Association and suspended for four months for breaching betting regulationsTownsend, 28, wrote on The Players’ Tribune: “I don’t drink. I don’t do drugs. I don’t think I’ve ever been insito Valverde sacked.Valverde was axed at the start of the month and replaced by Quique Setien.Font stated, “I know that the players didn’t want Valverde anymore.”The businessman admits he was happy Al Sadd coach Xavi turned down the job, “I two runs scored in the 9-9 he exclusive worldwide rights to the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), the top flight of women’s soccer in the US, reports, /.ESPN already has domestic rights to the NWSL under a deal signed with the league at the beginning of July. The new agretie. Ramirez told .com on Friday that he plans to get as many at-bats as he can before the end of spring training. “We don’t have that much time left right now,” Ramirez said. “I expect everything to be normal.”

honey has won the Birmingham City young player of

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The Kansas City Star reports Sunday that shorstop is expected to play three innings during a minor league game. It will be his first actiAlex Iwobi.Xavier believes Iwobi is the man to watch when his team faces Nigeria on Sunday.”With Nigeria, Iwobi plays more of an inside role as a second striker than at Everton,” Xavier told BBC Sport.“He is the link in the counter-attack, drags opon in a game in over a week after he’d been dealing with stiffness in his back. 

Escobar is expected to start at shortstop on opening day for the Royals. He’s hitting .290 thiis work as manager at Chelsea.The Blues legend joined in the summer from Derby County, with some fans doubtful about the impact he could make given he is so new e have six offers from different clubs on the table for Soumare. There has been no indications made as to which clubs have submitted a bid for the Frenchman but Napoli, Real Madrid, Valencia and Manchester City have all previously been linked with hito management.But Lampard has ushered in a new style of play, while promoting several yous spring over 31 at-bats with three RBI, two triples and a double. 

insists transfer speculation around the Spurs squ

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Making his spring debut against Spain’s World Baseball Classic team Wednesday, Orioles closer allowed an unearned run on one hit in one inning of work. He also recorded a strikeout. Manager Buck Showalter opted to hold Johnsora after his hat-trick in Tottenham’s Champions League semifinal win at Ajax.The Barcelona great says he was happy for his fellow Brazilian on the night.He told Betfair: “I can’t remember how much I cheered during a game. Then I look at the goals, n out for the first couple weeks of spring training after calling on him 76 times rites to land Spezia striker David Okereke.The young forward is a target for Sassuolo, though they’re falling behind Saints in the race for his io coach Simone Inzaghi insists he never doubted his position after victory at AC Milan.Inzaghi led Lazio to a first win at San Siro since 1989 on Sunday.He said, “I know what football is like. “I never felt in doubt, as the club was always by my ssignature.Okereke favours a move to England and Southampton are happy to outbid all rivals to convince Spebetween the regular season and playoffs last year.

Report: Vladimir Guerrero seeking minor-league deal

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Outfielder Vladimir Guerrero is attempting a comeback and looking for a minor-league deal, to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.

Guerrero, 38, signed a minor-league deal with the last season, but he only played in 12 minor-league games before asking for his release. His last significant role was in 2011, when he played in 145 games wletico and Inter Milan are interested in the veteran, with the La Liga club believed to be preparing a bid.Atletico boss Diego Simeone wants to add an experienced midfielder to his squad and believes Matic fits the bill.Coughing up a fee would suit Uith the . 

That season, Guerrero hit .290/.317/.416 w defender, 17, joined this summer from PEC Zwolle.Van den Berg told NOS, “When I just came in, I was nervous. You could see that. “Now it’s normal. I have a good relationship with the trainer (Jurgen Klopp). He said I shouldn’t be in a hurry and justith 13 home runs in 590 plate appearances. It was a precipitous drop from his .318/.379/.553 career line. Guerrero was mainly used as a DH ima.The striker joined Leipzig on loan with option to buy this season.However, his injury problems have continued in Germany, where he has managed to make only two appearances so far.Pavel Paska, Schick’s agent, says a return to Roma could happen.“Hn 2011, and might have a better shot signing with an American League team. 

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McCann takes batting practice for first time since shoulder surgery

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catcher took batting practice on Thursday for the first time since having right shoulder surgery in October, reports . He will hit again on Saturday and will be on an every-other-day routine for another week.

“It was nice to get back in there and see sohas announced his retirement.While the 38-year-old has not been playing for the past 18 months since departing from Kerala Blasters in India, his future was in doubt.Now he has confirmed that he will hang up his boots to focus on the next chapter of mething coming at you,” McCann said. “I’m on pace. Everything they have asked me to do, I’ve done.”

McCann, 29, was hampered by shoulder problems last year and hit just .230/.300/.399 with 20 homers. He’d produced a .281/.362/.482 line with 82 homers from 2008-11, when he established himself as one of the two or three best catchers in baseball.

McCann will earn $12 million this year and is scheduled to be in regular contact with Lazio president Claudio Lotito since the end of last season.And Milinkovic-Savic, 24, has told Lotito he wants to leave this summer.Lazio and representatives of Milinkovic-Savic are in contact with Manchester United, which arcome a free agent next offseason. A full, healthy year of his typical productioi says the club didn’t know enough Mario Lemina to complete a deal this summer. The Southampton midfielder instead joined rivals Galatasaray on a season-long loan.Discussing Lemina, Avci said: “We looked at him and thought he could be a good player, n should bring a sizeable free-agent contract given the dearth of quality catchers.

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hile United have been pushing for a deal with Ajax

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Boston catcher returned to Grapefruit League action as the designated hitter on Sunday against the Yankees. Dealing with lower-back stiffness early in camp, Saltalamacchia appears to be over it after goingucceed at Chelsea.Henderson could come up against his compatriot when Chelsighting to keep hold of Hamza Choudhury.The Mirror says Leicester have rebuffed loan enquiries from Burnley and Newcastle for midfielder Choudhury.The Foxes have used the 22-year-old local lad largely as a substitute this season.And that prompted Seaea host the Premier League leaders at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.He told Sky Sports: “They’ve go Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen.The Dane’s current deal is due to expire in June.The Guardian says Inter have offered Eriksen a four-year deal and want to sign the Tottenham star this month.The midfielder is out of contract in the summer andot huge potential with the likes of Mason already training for England, I can see 1 for 2 with a double. Saltalamacchia said Saturday that he’s been wanting to play and that he believes the Red Sox were just being careful with him. He’s batting .375 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.”

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The Phillies traded relief pitcher to the Blue Jwhen facing smaller clubs.Over the past month Chelsea have suffered embarrassing home defeats to West Ham, Bournemouth and Southampton – as well as being thrashed at Everton.Before victory at Arsenal, the 25-year-old told Canal+: “For the big matchesays on Saturday in exchange for minor-league first baseman Art Charles. Schwimer ms sports director Fabio Paratici is convinced he can bring Paul Pogba to Turin – and for an affordable price.The Manchester United midfielder continues to be linked with Real Madrid, with agent Mino Raiola confirming they attempted to engineer a moveade 35 appearances for Philadelphia last season and registered a 2-1 record with a 4.46 ERA and 36 strikeoutsgue opponents Liverpool.Haaland has scored 17 times in just 12 appearances, including a hat-trick against Genk in their Group E opener last month. Marsch sounded a positive note on his frontman to SiriusXM FC, saying the teen will be “ready to go”.”I.

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: Diamondbacks mulling Atlanta offer for Justin Upton

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(US Presswire)

The are currently from Atlanta for outfielder , Buster Olney of ESPN.com reported Wednesday. CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman confirmed the report . The Braves are now generally considered the frontrunner for Upton if he is dealt.

Pieces in the offer have not been revealed. The best comparison available is the rejected deal between the and Diamondbacks for Upton, which r finishing second last season with a record points total of 97.The Reds have got off to the perfect start to this term with five wins from five games.”Last season we achieved a club record number of points in the Premier League,” he told the officiawould have sent top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker, shortstop prospect Nick Franklin and relievers Stephen Pryor and Charlie Furbush to Arizona. 

Last week, our R.J. White put together for Justin Upton based on prospect rankings. His hypothetical deal from the Braves would send pitching prospects and , shortstop prospect and reliever to Arizona. Although the names are unlikely to match up exster United youngster Angel Gomes was blocked from a loan departure on deadline day last week.The Manchester Evening Nith Claudio Ranieri’s Sampdoria, Corriere dello Sport says AS Roma and AC Milan are also keen.The pair want to take the 19-year-old on loan in the January transfer window.There could also be an option to buy included for €25m.His estranged father Jews says Gomes’s camp made a last-ditch attempt to secure the 19-year-old a loan to a top-flight team on Friday, even though the Uniactly if the trade comes to fruition, the general shape of the deal — one or two solid pitching prospects, one or two relievers, and a middle infield prospect — makes sense given the Diamondbacks’ stated needs and their nixed trade with the Mariners.

If the Braves do manage to acquire Upton, their Opening Day lineup will look something like this:

Martin Prado 3B

Jason Heyward RF

Justion Upton LF

Freddie Freeman 1B

B.J. Upton CF

Brian McCann C

Dan Uggla 2B

Andrelton Simmons SS

Although the National League will have some strong lineups this season — the Reds and Nationals stand out, with the Cardinals and Brewers bringing back high-scoring lineups as well — this hypothetical Atlanta team could compete with all of the above.

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s offering little yesterday over the sudden resign

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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.

g to parent club Real Madrid.AS says his bad relat

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The Kansas City Royals announced on Fridaendan Rodgers insists Kelechi Iheanacho is in his plans.The Nigeria striker has battled for minutes since Rodgers’ arrival.But the Foxes manager says: “He’s very much a part of the squad. “We have a really tight training group which he is a part of. y that the club had reached agreement on a one-year deal with pisic his chance will soon arrive.While the American has been less involved of late, Azpilicueta stressed he will have a crucial part to play in the coming months.He said, “As the manager said, we are a group, we are all important on this long par the lack of testing opposition in Euro 2020 qualifying, says boss Gareth Southgate.The Three Lions hammered Bulgaria 4-0 at Wembley on Saturday courtesy of a hat-trick from captain and Tottenham striker Harry Kane.Under Southgate, England reached tth, witcher .

ormer U-17 coach Carlos Amadeu believes Rodrygo Go

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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: Tigers may be out on Rafael Soriano

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A official says that a deal between the team and free-agent closer isn’t happening, to .com’s Peter Gammons.

Soriano, the highest-profile closer on the free-agent market this offseason, was to be looking for a four-year deary.Emery was sacked by the Gunners on Friday.And El Confidencial says beffter suffering a sprained internal ligament on his left knee.James has been struggling for fitness at Real Madrid and has been absent from Zinedine Zidane’s recent training sessions. However, he did travel to meet up with his national team.During a tore his dismissal, Emery was counting on the Gunners trying again for Vazquez after failing to prise the winger away from Real Madrid last summer.Emery was hoping to add the harl worth $60 million this offseason.

The Tigers reportedly with Soriano’s agent, Scott Boras, in late November.

Soriano, who turns 33 in December, saved 42 games for match of Barcelona’s season against Athletic Club, but was taken off at half time and hasn’t been used since.”There is no explanation for me being dropped after the game in Bilbao,” he told RAC1 while on Spain Under-21s duty.”No player likes being lthe in 2012, two years after saving 45 games for the . He owns a 2.78 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 502 innings over an 11-year career.

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