Former Premier League manager Neil Warnock has hai

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The have officially placed on the 15-day disabled list, the club announced Sunday.

Lewis is recovering from elbow surgery and remains on track t to Newcastle United.According to The Sun, the 27-year-old has been a target for Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez in the past.Benito is in London days after celebrating a Swiss Super League win with Young Boys.However, he is out of contract this summer afo return to the Rangers’ rotation around mid-to-lateottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho insists he doesn’t need to rebuild his squad over the summer. Spurs were beaten 3-0 by RB Leipzig on Tuesday, ending their Champions League campaign at the last-16 stage. They are ninth on the Premier League table May. The placement o onto goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.The Mirror says Petr Cech announced his retirement from professional football and played his last match in the Europa League final defeat to Chelsea, where he is being linked with a return to the club as technical df Lewis on the 15-day DL as opposed to the 60-day DL could indicate the Rangers are encouraged by his recovery speed.

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?

Reds have made their decision, and Chapman is headed to the bullpen

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Aroldis Chapman is pitching out of the bullpen for the Reds in a spring training game on Friday. More importantly, Chapman will be pitching out of the bullpen for the Reds this season.The team had yet to announce anything asf their shock defeat at Watford.Jurgen Klopp’s men went down 3-0 to Watford at Vicarage Road as they saw their 44-match unbeaten run come to a shuddering halt in what was a first league loss since January 3 last year. “We had a nice meeting after the of Friday morning, but sources say the decision has already been made. Chapman will be the Reds’ closer, and Mike Leake will be the fifth starter.

The Cincinnati Enquirer that the Reds were likely to put Cnderland captain Lee Cattermole has signed with VVV Venlo for 12 months.The midfielder has won the deal after successful preseason trials.Cattermole said: “I am very happy that after so many seasons in England I can now work in the Netherlands at a bhapman back in the bullpen, “barring a significant change of minds.” As it turned out, there was no significant change.

Chapman was a dominant closer for the Reds last season, but the team decideld has no problem embracing the responsibility of being a role model.He admit he finds it hard to believe that kids look up to him now but he accepts that that is a responsibility he has to face.”I want to be the person who, when a young player goes d to try him in the rotation this spring. The thinking was that Chapman might be able to be a front-end starter, and that the Reds could get 200 innings out of him, rather than the 71 2/3 he pitched last year out of the bullpen.

But manager Dusty Baker always favored keeping Chapman as closer. And when I asked Chapman after his start last Saturday what role he would prefer, he made it clear that his desire was to close.

All along, the Reds knew that keeping Chapman in the bullpen because while he has already proven that he can be dominant in that role, no one can say for sure that he would be as effective as a starter.

Leake has started 78 games for the Reds over the last three seasons. He was 8-9 with a 4.58 ERA in 179 innings in 2012.

Valencia are ready to pounce for Newcastle United

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I’m wondering if it’s time to get concerned about DH , who hasn’t homered in 20 spring games. The spring isn’t a time Trumbo usually struggles. In his previous two spring trainings, he’s hit .310 with 12 homers, 13 doubles and 36 RBI in 48 games. This spring, he’s battingiker Lautaro Martinez.The Argentina international is a wanted manMerseyside Police will not take action after investigating an allegation of racist behaviour by a fan at Everton’s Premier League match against Tottenham.The force said it did not believetheir showdown with Premier League champions Manchester City.Many critics have suggested the club have no chance against Pep Guardiola’s side and should focus on the next game. Yet Silva said that is not the mentality of a big club – and Everton ar a crime had been committed in the incident, which occurred during Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.Everton launched their own investigation and that is ongoing. after his exploits for Antonio Conte’s side.ESPN says Martinez prefers a move to Catalan giants Barcelona over United.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can now add the 22-year-old to his list of mi .255 (14 for 55) with no homers and four RBI.

You can’t really blame the move to DH as a potential cause of Trumbo’s struggles. He hit .310 with a .571 slugging percentage and .948 OPS in 84 at-bats as a DH last season, so strictly focusing on hitting hasn’t been a problem in the past.

It’s just too premature to say a bad spring is going to translate into a bad season for Trumbo. Our only history with Trumbo is that good springs have translated into good seasons for the 27-year-old slugger.

I’m not about to overlook him on Draft Day because he hasn’t homered this spring. He’s still going to get plenty of lineup protection hitting behind the likes of Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton, so my concerns are still minimal when it comes to Trumbo.

nference.The Italian was then coy on the prospect

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is currently the 157th player taken in Roto drafts. The cortisone shot he received this week makes him a little less attractive to Fantasy owners, but he’s already stuck in a weird ADP limbo to begin with — between the upside of Josh Rutledge and the general blahness of Erick Aybar. 

If Jeteidfielder is back with Flamengo.“Barcelona wanted Gerson and reached a purchase agreement,” Marcao told Globoesporte.“That was until I checked into the Fluminense offices one day and their President told me Roma had made a special offer, a ‘magicr misses a month, will it really matter? Is there a world in which you’d consider taking Marco Scutaro over Jeter’s .300-plus average and double-digit potential in homers and steals?

Probably not.

Because someone like Scutaro (or Andrelton Simmons… or Jean Segura…) likely will be avRay Parlour believes that Aaron Ramsey is gutted that he is leaving the club.Ramsey has secured a deal with Juventus, which he signed earlier in the year.He will leave Arsenal on a free transfer when his contract runs out at the end of this term.But ailable on the wire to help you through Jeter’s DL stint. Don’t sweat the ankle injury yet; pushing Jeter down the ranks will just be overreacting to something that ultimately may cause him to miss about two weeks.

And pushing Jeter up the ranks gets into the dangerous territoryldes’ departure as Juvenil A coach.Valdes lasted just months in the job before he left over disagreements with management.”I don’t want to go down a negative path,” Kluivert told Mundo Deportivo when asked about Valdes.”I don’t want to harm anyone.”I of knokcing down shortstops with more to offer in power and steals. Stay the course with the captain; his stats won’t be overwhelming, but they won’t shrply decline, either. There’s something to be said for having a known factor like Jeter in your middle infield. 

Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti was pleased with vict

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told the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday that he has received offers to play this season but has yet to find the right fit. Theriot has been on each of therpool Echo says Moshiri has increased in stake in Everton to 77.2%.The Blues have today confirmed the majority shareholder has purchased more of the club.Moshiri initially boe contenders.Asked if United, currently 27 points behind runaway leaders Liverpool , can challenge for the title next season Solskjaer did not sound convinced it is a genuine prospect.“That’s the aim, onfidence of his players.Groves has said the club’s players have lost confidence in their manager given their summer arrivals have failed to impress and after their poor start to the season.“The thing with the Arsenal situation with Unai Emery is, of course,” said Solskjaer. “I’m not saying iught 49.9% of shares in February 2016 before upping that to 68.6% in Septeme previous two World Series winning clubs, the 2011 Cardinals and 2012 Giants, and batted .270 with 28 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 104 games last season.“I’ve had some stuff come up, no doubt. It’s not really exactly what I’m looking for playing-time-wise,” Theriot said. “That’s where we’re at right now. We’ll see what happens.”

Must-see video: Division III team imitates ‘Major League’

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For those who , it’s no secret that I absolutely love the movie Maj on Wednesday.Rodri opened the scoring after 30 minutes before Kevin De Bruyne capped off a magnificent performance with a 62nd minute goal.City dominated throughout, finishing with 78 per cent possession and seven shots on target.The result leaves Wor League. So when I saw this, I was giddy.

Division III Sul Ross State’s baseball team models this “commercial” directly after the one the Indians made for American Express in the movie. Check it out.

Unbelievable idea and execution. And if you haven’t seen the movie and, thus, are lost as to what is going on in the above clip, it serves you right. Now, go find a way to watch it pronto. There are only like 357 different ways to see a movie in this day and age.

Hat-tip:

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to thto partner Marko Arnautovic next season.The Hammers were reportedly interested in signing West Bromwich Albion striker Rondon, who spent this season on loan at Newcastle, as a replacement for Arnautovic.The Austrian been the subject of long-term intee and . Also, individuit Pierre Menes has passed judgement on Arsenal defender William Saliba.The youngster has shone on-loan with St Etienne this season, despite some injury problems.Menes said on his personal video channel: “He is an interesting player, who has potentally interact with us on Twitter: , and .

ited from Saudi Arabia is cooling.A report suggest

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The Chicago Cubs continued shaping their roster for the upcoming season and announced the following moves Monday: pit Paulo Fonseca’s Roma) to Serie A, but for now the impact of Inter Milan pair Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku has been decidedly different.The Chilean, on-loan from Manchester United, is struggling a lot, between the bench and injuries that are keepchers , and and second baseman were optioned to Triple-A Iowa; pcardi to leave.Wanda Nara, the wife and agent of the striker, has stated Icardi is staying.But Marotta says: “We greeted Wanda Nara’s comments with a pinch of irritation, both for the timing and the method.“I can also categorically deny that someitcher was optioned to lix Passlack this summer.Bild says Passlack has been released by the German club.The 21-year-old spent this season on loan at Norwich but found it hard to displace Max Aarons in the starting line-up.However, the Norwich Evening News says manager DaniDouble-A Tennessee and pitcher was assigned to the team’s minor-league camp.

at goals after his stunner against Coventry City o

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Braves left-hander , who allowed four runs on six hits over three innings in his last spring appearan their time as they iron out the finer points of his elsea defender Frank Leor Laurie Dalrymple.There has been talk of a deteriorating relationship with Dalrymple and chairman Jeff Shi for months now.Dalrymple’s four-and-a-half year stay at Wolves will end up immediately.”With the strong management team we have in place at Wboeuf rates Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk ahead of ex-Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic.Vidic won five Premier League trophies and the Champions League at United. Van Dijk has won a solo Champions League, and was on his contract.But Lampard is set to leave Derby and take up the post at his former club.Sky Sports says an announcement could be made as early as Thursday.The 41-year-old is holding final talks about thce Saturday, wasn’t quite as bad Friday at the Astros, but he wasn’t especially good either. He allowed two runs on five hits with no walks and one strikeout in three innings.

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.

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 .

ted amount of trophies this season.Kicking off wit

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Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told ESPN.com Thursday that is does not have much confidence in incumbent closer , who has been dealing with elbow issues in the offseason. “Coming out of last season, looking with what Frankie has been dealing with in the offseason as far as his elbow is concerned, I don’t know that we could have a lot of confidence in where we are,” he said when asked about the team’s bullpen situation. “But to answer your question — not terribly comfortable,” Alderson said. “But I hope that Frankie over the next few weeks does something to dispel that discomfort.” Francisco isrged Richarlison to match Cristiano Ronaing addition is bolts around the neck, inspired by Roman god of the sky Jupiter.“Roman mythology and its influence on Roman identity played a huge part in the concept,” Pete Hoppins, Nike Football Apparel Senior Design Director, told the club’s offldo’s consistency to become a world-class forward.Ancelotti hailed the Brazil ace after he scored a fine strike to put Everton back in control of their clash with Crystal Palace on Saturday.He said: “I enjoye expected to be ready for the start of spring training after undergoing surgery in Deceiker has began the Premier League season with a flourish.Barnes is among those who are being assessed by England coaches and Southgate, per the Daily Mail.It is unclear if he will get a call-up for their coming qualifiers, or future squads.Barnes hasmber to remove bone spurs from his right elbow. Alderson mentioned as a possible option to compete with Francisco.

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

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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.”

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.

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow.

Report: R.A. Dickey willing to accept a two-year extension

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k on loan until the end of the season.Lossl, 30, joined the Toffees from Town in the summer but has not played for the Premier League side this season.The Denmark international made 69 league appearances in two seasons with the Terriers.Willock, 22,

pitcher is willing to take a two-year extension, to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.

Dickey and third baemanja Matic are resuming light training.While neither player should be ready for their next game on Thursday, they could be involved at the weekend or next week.Metro says both players are ready to return to training with the whole group this week.Sseman were said to be a “package deal” earlier this offseason. With Wright now in the fold, the Mets can turn their attention to the Cy Young winner. 

Coming together on a contract could be difficult. While Dickey is coming off a great season, he’s also 38-years-old. Making things even more tricky is that Dickey’s main pitch is the knuckleball. Normal aging curves don’t normally apply to knuckleball pitchers, as the pitch doesn’t put nearly as much stress on the arm. Still, the Mets want to proceed with caution and only give Dickey a two-year extension, as CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman in October. With Dickey willing to accept a deal for two years, both sides will now have to come up with an acceptable value for the deal. Rubin mentions that people with the Mets are “confident” a deal will be reached.

In 223 2/3 innings last season, Dickey had a 2.73 ERA and a 3.27 FIP with the team. He won the Cy Young awaon.The Brazilian winger has been one of the brightest spots of the Chelsea attack, despite many fans assuming he would be sold in the summer.The veteran has played a key role as the Blues race up the table to fight for a top four position.And Nevin ird in a landslide, receiving 27 out of a possible 32 first-place votes.

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