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.

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.

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.”

McCann admits he wants to sign Liverpool midfield

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ESPN reports Yankees third baseman , who was scratched from Tuesdays lineup because of a sore left oblique, took some swings with a fungo bat and sat in on a 90-minute Players Association meeting before heading home. “I’m perfectly all right [but] I’m following all orders,” Youkilis said. “F to be fit and in charge for their clash with Fiorentina.Sarri missed the start of the season due to pneumonia.“It wasn’t easy to sit out,” said Sarri.“I thank the doctors who treated me. They made me understand that I had to take a small step baor me, the limitations of holding me back stinks, but I understand what they’re doing. And it makes a lot of sense.” Youkilis hopes to be back in the lineup soon. “If they let me play tomorrow, I’m totale Griezmann.The deciManchester United are weighing up a summer raid on Benfica’s academy.O Jogo says United scouts were in attendance to watch Benfica against Liverpool in the UEFA Youth League.A United official was watching players from both sides, it is claimed.Benfica won 4-1 to knock Liverpool out of the competition.sion comes just a year after the Frenchman turned down the chance to join Barcelona in favour of staying with Simeone and Los Rojiblancos.”First of all, I grateful for the footballer that we’ve had,” Simeone said in his pre-match ly in for playing tomorrow,” he said.

id defender Ricardo Carvalho is happy for Eden Haz

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Despite spring traininger Mauro Icardi.Inter are seeking a buyer for the Argentine as they need to raise funds to land Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.After a difficult six months, Icardi has seen his asking price plummet from €110m a year ago to €60m now.Such games starting in less than two weeks, starting pitcher remains in the dwindling free-agent pool. Lohse posted a career-low 2.86 ERA over 33 starts with the Cardk Butland for below their asking price.Aston Villa and Bournemouth have been put off by the Potters demand of £20m for the England international goalkeeper.”We don’t want Jack to go. Jack’s a Premier League goalkeeper, no two ways about it,” said Joinals last season, but most teams have been reluctant toager Pep Guardiola.Mahrez is in his second season at City.He told France Football: “It is really very simple. He is a winner, he is there to make us progress. “Guardiola, he’ll explain everything to us, decrypt everything, from A to Z, with the aim o sign the veteran right-hander as it would cost a pick in the 2013 Draft. “He’s a good player and has been through this a couple of times,” his agent, Scott Boras, told MLB.com on Friday. “This was kind of anticipated with his draft compensation dynamic.”

2013 Team Preview: Toronto Blue Jays

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

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

1. R.A. Dickey2. 3. Josh Johnson4. Mark Buehrle5. Ricky RomeroALT:  

Closer: Setup: , Lefty specialist:  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ham broke a record held by Eden Hazard in victory

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Nationals shortstop is coming off a career year in 2012 and is out to prove in 2013 it wasn’t a fluke. He’s always looking to improve and there iwill take place behind closed doors.The first leg of the Europa League last 16 tie, to be played in the Linzer Stadion in Austria, will now be held in front of an empty stadium, due to fears about the spread of Coronavirus.The spread of the disease as one area he feels needs immediate improvement. “Striking out over 100 times isn’t something that I feel like I should be doing,” he said, per The Washington Post. “I’d like to cut down on the strikeouts, works some more walks, be a little more aggressive running the bases, pick up some more stolen bases and just try to help the team in any way that I feel lPedro full of pride with his goalscoring form this season.The Brazilian is on 11 goals after 17 games in Serie A. Juventus ace Cristiano Ronaldo is on 10 goals from 14 games.“It gives you confidence [having scored one more than Ronaldo],” he told Gike I can.” Desmond said he has followed the same offseason routine he had prior to last season, but did make some adjustments. “Everything’s good,” he said. “My body feels great. I basically stuck to the same workout program I did last year, but I’ve added some things and try to eliminate the leg injuries and things like that and justubameyang admits it feels strange to celebrate goals after the implementation of VAR.The technology checked Aubameyang’s equaliser against Manchester United, eventually deciding the Gabon international was not offside.Speaking after the game, the Gab really see if I can put one solid year, 162 games, and just go out there and play everyday and see what kind of production we can come up with.”

Cool map: Where the ballparks are

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 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 .

Willian lifted the lid on his future earlier this

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The Red Sox and relief pitcher agreed Friday to a one-year contract worth $4.1 million to avoid arbitration, CSN New England reports. Bailey was limited to just 19 appearances last season, his first with Boston, and didn’t make his season debut until mid-Auguends with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.The pair had a season together at the Nou Camp before Eto’o left for Impions Bayern Munich.Boateng has long been linked with a move away, with both Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United linked last summer.The Gunners are emerging as a possible destination this offseason.He has not been first choice for Bayern this nter Milan in a swap for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.”I love him as a coach, but not as a person,” said Eto’o to Marca.”I learned to play footbast because of a thumb n their academy.Along with Manchester United, the Blues are keen on signing the talented 16-year-old.Bellingham has made 32 appearances this season and Birmingham reportedly want £50m for his signature.But any move from Chelsea could have ramificatiinjury. He collected just six saves after registering at least 24 saves in each of his previous three seasons as a member of the Athletics.

Phillies’ Amaro has faith in Delmon Young: ‘He’s not an anti Semite’

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took nearly a 90 percent pay cut in guaranteed dollars after a year in which he hit 18 home runs and 74 RBI at age 26, had a 1.000-plus OPS in both the ALCS and World Series and won the ALCS MVP.

And he may be lucky to get what he got.

No, it’s not mostly because he is disliked by the statistics crowd for his extremely low 0.6 lifetime WAR (and worse -1.2 this past season). The real issue is an incident in New York early last season that led to him pleading guilty to aggravated assault in a hate crime.

general manager Ruben Amaro agreed to sign Young to a $750,000 guaranteed deal (down from the $6.75 millon he made with the last year), but not until after many interviews regarding Young’s character, Amaro said in a phone interview with CBSSports. Amaro Lampard has shrugged off claims from Jason Cundy.Former Chelsea player and now radio presenter Cundy said every team bar Manchester City and Liverpool would want to be Chelsea at the moment, with an icon as manager, good results and lots of young taladmitted that the incident was a “big part” of the consideration as he weighed whether to gamble on Young.

Amaro said he talked to rabbis from Philadelphia and Detroit (the Detroit rabbi knows Young well, according to Amaro), the Philadelphia Anti Defamation League and Young himself before giving the player a chance.

“I certainly feel comfortable with the due diSouthampton have secured a raft of young players to new deals.Nathan Tella, Dan N’Lundulu, Oludare Olufunwa and Kieran Freeman have all put pen to paper on fresh terms at the club.Forward pairing Tella and N’Lundulu have signed one-year contract exteligence we put together. But it’s really up to Delmon to prove us right,” Amaro said.

Amaro was a particularly interesting GM to make this decision, given his own background.

“I’m part Jewish, so it’s a concern to me,” said Amaro, a 2009 inductee into the Philadelphia Jewish Hall of Fame whose mother is Jewish.

Ultimately, Amaro concluded that Young shouldn’t be kept from employment with them based on one incident, no matter how ugly. Young was said by police to have uttered an anti-Semitic slur while rles says they should’ve pushed harder for Totteham ace Christian Eriksen.United legend Scholes admits he would have loved the Dane to join his former club.”I was quite excited when Christian Eriksen got mentioned,” Scholes told Robbie Savage’s Premieoughing up a tourist (who turned out not to be Jewish) in Manhattan on April 27, 2012. Young, who had no prior arrests, was sentenced to 10 days of community service and suspended seven days by .

“He’s not an anti-Semite. He made a mistake,” Amaro said. “Hopefully, he can move on from that.”

Amaro pointed out that Young’s two agents, Arn Tellem and Joel Wolfe, are Jewish. But the key for Amaro was a meeting with Young a few weeks back. Amaro said it was a “very long” meeting.

“I got a good feel for the player,” Amaro said.

The Phillies have looked at several corner outfielders this winter, including , who signed with the , , who is still a free agent, and trade targets Alfonso Soriano and . Young gives them a proven run producer at the right price (he reportedly can make $3.5 million if he hits his incentives).

Young allows the Phillies to stay under the luxury tax threshold (they finished last year a few hundred thousand below that limit). While they may have a few dollars left, Amaro indicated he’s not uncomfortable going with the seven outfielders he now has for three spots, with trade acquisition set in center field, Young favored to take right field, and youngsters Jr., , and others vying for playing time.

Amaro said their reports suggest Young will do better in right field than left, where he struggled mightily the past two years with Detroit, contributing to his awful WAR numbers. The Phillies see Young improving since there’s no DH option for them.

“We’re hopeful he can come back and be much better defensively than he was the last couple years,” Amaro said.

Young also had an ankle procedure that should help his range, though Amaro admitted it may mean he won’t be ready for Opening Day.

“We’re not going to rush him,” Amaro said.

The expectation, though, is that Young will do enough to be the team’s right fielder, and there’s hope he could even fill the spot of the righthanded-hitting No. 5 hitter they’ve been seeking. Amaro pointed out he filled such a role for the AL champion Tigers. Young, still only 27, had 112 RBI in 2010 for the .

Young filled his role best in the postseason, and three more postseason homers made it a Tigers career record eight for him. He had 1.186 OPS in the ALCS to win the MVP award, then a 1.043 OPS in the World Series.

Amaro see the Phillies marriage as one that can be “mutually beneficial.”

In more ways than one, Young certainly has a lot to prove.

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Japanese news outlet Sponichi reported Wednesday that has ster United are interested in Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz.Calcionapoli24 says United have now joined the list of clubs pursuing Napoli’s Ruiz.It was claimed Napoli president med Premier League champions at Goodison Park.If Manchester City were to lose another game between now and March 16 and the Rr he left Atletico Madrid for Barcelona.The Atletico striker spoke to Youtube channel Que Partidazo. “His dream was to play with (Lionel) Messi and with (Luis) Suarez,” said Costa.”We all know the player that (Griezmann) is. As a player you always waeds kept their winning streak going, then they could be crowned champions just across Stanley Park.”Liverpool is going to winAurelio De Laurentiis last summer rated the midfielder at £150million.Butsigned a three-year deal with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball league. Fukudome played 24 games for the White Sox last season and batted .171 with four RBI.

What can we expect from R.A. Dickey in 2013 and beyond?

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After days of speculation and negotiation, reigning NL Cy Young winner is . That, of course, raises the matter of what we can expect from Dickey moving forward.

The incovenient reality is that there’s never been a case quite like Dickey’s. He’s an artie Swede actually met with Bologna director Marco di Vaio in LA as he considered his options after coming off contract with the LA Galaxy.However, he eventually signed with AC Milan, where he has proved a revelation.Sabatini revealed: “He spoke with tsan of the most elusive, befuddling pitch in captivity, and he didn’t break out until his mid-30s. All of that makes projecting him outward an uncommon challenge. But try we must!

Dickey used his forkball as the foundation of what would become one of the best knuckleballs ever seen. The pitch took years to master, but master it he did. While Dickey’s skyscraping 2012 stands above his pre-existing work, he’s been at another level for a while.

For instance, here are his combined numbers from 2010 and 2011: 383 IP, 3.08 ERA. So he was working at an “ace-like” level even before his work in 2012. What distinguishes his 2012 season is the leap in strikeout rate, from 5.8 in 2011 to 8.9 in 2012. Sustainable? Signs point to yes.

First, look to the tools we typically use to identify outlier pitching performances — BABIP, home-run/fly-ball percentage, and percentage of base-runners stranded — and you find little cause for concern. The BABIP and HR/FB numbers are in line with 2010-11 levels, and the strand rate is just modestly elevated. That strand rate may regress in 2013, but even if it does Dickey still figures to perform at a high level. Let’s probe a little more deeply into why that appears to be the case …

Courtesy of the most excellent , have a look at Dickey’s velocity chart …

As you can see, Dickey’s knuckler (represented by the color … lime? ochre? sad  lime? jaundice?) has steadily added “oomph” over the years. That bodes well for his ability to sustain his success (knucklefeat to Lecce.However, he insists he was to blame for the 2-1 loss.Mazzarri said, “I want to apologise to the fans, as they were exceptional despite this being our worst performance for a very long time.“We got almost everything wrong tonight. Ters in the high 70s/low 80s are simply unprecedented) — adding mph at an age when conventional pitchers are shedding them. Here’s another good sign for Dickey …

Dickey’s vertical movement, after dipping a bit in 2010 and 2011, spiked this past season, back to 2008-09 levels. It must be noted that Dickey wasn’t effective in 2008 and 2009, but the increased vertical movement in tandem with the improved command (substantially better control, substantially higher K%) he showed in 2012, suggest that one key to Dickey’s surge has been his ability to harness that increased movement. Add it all up, and it looks like a knuckleball that’s continuing to evolve. 

It’s no surprise, then, that Dickey least season went to his knuckle-piece more than 85 percent of the time, which is a career-high. There’s no getting around the fact that Dickey is 38, but he almost exclusively throws a pitch that helps one to defy the typical aging curve. And that pitch has been getting even better. Even if his movement charts and gun readings plateau, Dickey’s knuckler will remain one of the best go-to pitches in the game today. 

Dickey may be g the departure of club legend Gianfranco Zola.The Italian will not be part of Lampard’s new staff after spending the season as an assistant to Maurizio Sarri.Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, before Zola’s departure was made official, Lampaa novelty, but he’s a novelty who’s very good at getting major-league hitters out. Expect that to continue in .

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Report: Yankees expect Mark Teixeira to return Saturday

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After discussing the possibilitthe race for Brighton defender Ben White.Mikel Arteta is looking for a centre-back to sign this summer as he looks to mould Arsenal’s defence to his liking.Football Insider says the Spaniard has been impressed by 21-year-old White.The Englishman has y of a Friday return to action, the Yankees out of the lineup until Saturday, New York’s Daily News reported.

Teixeira, sidelined since Aug. 27 with a calf strain, without issue, paving the way for a return to the lineup sometime this weekend. Teixeira said he “would have loved to play [Friday],” but Yankees management wants to exercise caution.

Manager Joe Girardi said “if he feels OK [Saturday], we’re going to put him in there.” Judging by Teixeira’s comments, cameyang has thanked fans for their support after Thursred a new sponsorship deal that will earn the club up to £20million.The shirt sponsorship agreement is set to run for the next three years and will be with sports betting website Sportsbet.io.The betting site will take over as the club’s front shirtday’s shock Europa League elimination by Olympiakos.The captain was left floored by their collapse at home.But Aubameyang posted: “I Woke up This Morning praying as usual and I thanks [sic] God hances are high he will be back in the lineup Saturday against . The Yankees could use his bat in the lineup; despite a disappointing overall .813 OPS, Teixeira is hitting a sharp .271/.358/.521 since May 10.

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No evidence Yankees will release Joba, but his season likely over

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The Yankees have no real expectation that will pitch again this yeer Rob Green has revealed how Cesar Azpilicueta couldn’t handle Callum Hudson-Odoi during training sessions. Green admits the academy graduate made his experienced teammates looks silly in training last season.”We had Willian, Pedro and obviously Edear, due to his freak ankle injury, despite a couple slightly more encouraging public comments the past couple days. His gruesome injury is severe enough that one person familiar with the case wondered aloud whether Chamberlain’s absence could extend into the 2013 season, as well, though the Yankees haven’t suggested anything like that publicly.Chamberlain will need to remain in a cast for six weeks then a boot for another six after suffering an open dislocation of his right ankle at the kids’ place Rebounderz while jumping on the trampoline and misstepping. Chamberlain had surgery Thursday, but several complications remain, including his rehab from Tommy John surgery last summer being affected by his inability to throw in coming weeks. Another concern is that his right ankle is his push-off ankle.The Yankees had previously spoken about Chamberlain returning this summer, but realistically, that was always a long shot. There are a lot of unknowns with such a rare injury for a baseball player, but there seems be little to no thought that this year is possible — though, they won’t rule it out. Yankees GM Brian Cashman said by lon D’Or.The Dutchman was integral to Liverpool’s Champions League final triumph, which included beating Lionel Messi’s Barcelona in the semi-finals. And Barnes thinks van Dijk has done enough this season to be crowned as the world’s best player.Askephone, “If everything goes e Roma legend, now a free agent, is on the verge of a switch to Argentine giants Boca Juniors.“De Rossi will definitely arrive in the next few days, he has the desire to wear the Boca shirt,” Angelici said in a Press conference.“[Nicolas] Burdissright, it’s possible.”Agents wonder whether the Yankees might consider releasing Chamberlain to save a good portion of the $1.8-million salary of his non-guaranteed contract. But Yankees people have said privately and publicly that Chamberlain’s health is their foremost concern, suggesting a release isn’t on their radar.”That’s not something we’re contemplating at this point,” Yankees GM Brian Cashman said. They would need to release Chamberlain by March 30 to recover a significant portion of his contract.”We’re behind him. We’re going to take care of him, we’ll get him back. But right now he’s going through a hard time,” manager Joe Girardi told writers in Tampa.”I just feel bad for him as an individual, as a member of our family,” Cashman added. “We care a great deal about him and we’re just right now going to be there (for him).” 

Allen Craig to open season on Cards’ roster?

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Cards outfielder Allen Craig, who hit .315/.362/.55 in spot duty last season, manned six different positions and famously tallied three home runs in the World Series, has been limited this sprinr Maurizio Sarri should stay.Sarri is expected to leave the club this summer for Italian champions Juventus following the departure of Massimiliano Allegri.Wise tweeted on Monday: “Will be disappointed if Sarri goes. “Chelsea are back where they belog after having screws surgically implanted in his kneecap last November. Originally, it was thought Craig wouldn’t be able to return until May, but now, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, . The catch is that Craig would be limited to a pinch-hitting role in the early stages of the season. If the Cards take suc new deal.He has signed a new contract at Carrow Road until June 2021.Vrancic, 30, joined City from SV Darmstadt in June 2017 and has made 77 appearances since moving to Norfolk.Speaking to canaries.co.uk, Vrancic said: “I’m obviously very pleased.h a route, then the fifth outfielder on the roster would need to be capable of playing center, something Craig can’t do, particularly in his present, compromised state. Still, even a sub-100% Craig is an asset to the roster; if healthy, he’s one of the Cardinals’ top hitters on a rate basis. Manager Mike Matheny, however, is tasked with finding Craig regular ABs in a lineup that already includes Matt Ht Everton.The 21-year-old midfielder’s deal is up this summer but it is understood the Blues have the option of extending it by an extra 12 months, reports the Liverpool Echo.On Friday night, the young Dutch player impressed against U23 leaders Chelsolliday, Carlos Beltran and Lance Berkman at Craig’s most familiar positions. There are, of course, worse problems to have.