Edwin Andersson is excited to make the move to Che

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CBSacy andnich in the Champions League last-16.Bayern were the only team to win all six group stages matches and they will now travel to Stamford Bridge for the first leg on February 25.Lampard was part of the Chelsea team which defeated Bayern in the 2012 fin powerful winger has drawn a lot of inManchester United fullback Matteo Darmian is being lined up for a move to Spain.Valencia have made a move for Darmian, says Sky Italia.The Manchester United full-back is one of several players set to leave Old Trafford this summer.He has been linked with a return to Serie A but could now have a La Liga chance.Darmian’s agents are meeting with Valencia officials in Milan today.terest from around Europe for his performances this season.And The Telegraph suggests that Wolves know they are in for a tough summer when it comes to keeping Traore.Many clubs want wide attackers, while tSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports third baseman (rib) appears likely to be ready for opening day. Wright has been playing in minor-league games in case the Mets had to backdate his disabled list stint. 

Yankees, Red Sox to honor Newtown victims on opening day

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On April 1 at Yankee Stadium, the and will team up to honor the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn. The Wall Street Journal :

Pregame ceremonies include a joint honor guard of Newtown police and firefighters, and a momentnce Leroy Sane about a move.Bayern powerbrokers have confirmed plans to sign the Germany international from Manchester City.And Rummenigge said, “I cannot answer that seriously today. But one must not forget that he has a two-year contract and Manche of silence at which time a list of the victims’ names will be recognized on the center-fnandinho’s 90th-minute own goal ensured the Eagles claimed a draw at Etihad Stadium in a remarkable conclusion to the game.The result leaves champions City 13 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool, who have two games in hand and play Manchesield scoreboard.

The Yankees and Red Sox will wear a special ribbon on their uniforms. Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has asked that all other 28 major league teams wear the ribbon during their opening games.

“Months have passed, yet we are still trying to come to grips with this incomprehensible tragedy,” Red Sox owner John Henry said in a statement. “As our teams look to face each other on opening day, we will stand united in support of the families affected as we remember and honor those who were lost.”

The Yankees will also host “Newtown Day at Yankee Stadium” on July 7.

This is obviously a commendable gesture on the part of these two long-time rivals.

For mate Joao Felix.The €120m signing from Benfica has been a revelation in preseason.And Oblak enthused, “We’re still in pre-season but it’s clear that he’s a huge talent. With talent like that he can grow to be a magnificent player. I’m sure that tmore baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

dge is excited to have joined Trabzonspor.The form

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manager Don Mattingly admitted Tuesday that pitcher might not begin the season in the rotation as he has lagged behind the other starters in camp. Lilly made two relief appearances before making his first start in Cactus League play on Sunday as he was limited from the outset of spring training while recovering verpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold admits he and Andrew Robertson don’to Ramos has backed Zinedine Zidane to stay as Los Blancos coach.More doubts have emerged about Zidane after defeat to Real Mallorca.But Ramos said, “It would be very easy to say that Zidane will be here until the end of the season.”That would put an want to ‘Gary Neville-type’ fullbacks.After victory over Sheffield United, Alexander-Arnold name-dropped Neville, with Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher once claiming “no one wfrom offseason shoulder surgery.

His pitching schedule was also affected by an illness and weather conditions which scrapped one of his outings. “Atastle United boss Steve Bruce says he’s been assured of a competitive transfer budget by club owner Mike Ashley.Bruce insists he’s had assurances on his budget from Ashley.He said: “We’ve talked about budgets and it was pretty straight forward.“I this point, it’s real hard to get Ted built up to 90 pitches,” Mattingly told the Los Angeles Times.

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Mariners outfielder hit leadoff for averpool chief Damien Comolli isn’t surprised by Michael Edwards’ success as sporting director.His work is credited with bringing in a host of top stars for Jurgen Klopp, including Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Naby Keita, Andy Robertson an second straight day during Wednesday’s spring game against the Royals. The Mariners continue to look at numerous players in the leadoff spot. “I think everybody else thinks it’s a little more novel than I actually do,” Bay said, per The Seattle Times. “It’s going to be the same as if I’m hitting fourth, fifth, or eighth. I’m just going to be doing the same thing.” Bay has been pleased with his spring results. “I’m surprised with how comfortable I’ve been early on,” er Ryan Fraser is “keeping his options open”.Fraser’s existing deal expires at the end of the season and he has been linked with a free transfer to Premier League leaders Liverpool.emmens says getting the season completed by the end of June is crucial.Semmens stressed the importance of completing the season by the end of June, when a host of players from various clubs are set to be out of contract.He added that getting such pla”In terms of his contract, that’s obviously for him to decide what hehe said. “Usually in spring training — whether I’m doing really well or haven’t done so well — spring training has always been where the first couple of weeks I’ve been a big timing guy. You can bust your butt all winter but you can’t simulate the timing. And that’s the one thing where I work really on just the swing and getting that down to where ‘OK, I feel good about that.’

y there have been no approaches for management duo

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Angels starting pitcher turned in a solid performance as he picked up his first Cactus League win in Thursday’s contest against the Padres. Wilson pitched three innings of work and allowed with a run six hits. He struck out two and did not issue a walk in a 12-3 victory. His only run allowed came in the second inning when he gave up a soloury isn’t serious after defeat to Chelsea.Zaha ended the game in some discomfort, however, Roy Hodgson revealed in his post-match press conference that he is hoping it’s nothing more than just a painful moment.The Eagles manager said: “I think he g shot to . “Even that’s something you need to practice,” Wilson said. “You have to recover after a home run. You have to fight through a long inning. It’s great when you’re coasting, but the regular-season won’t always go great. You have to respond, and you haancesco after defeat to Hellas Verona.The 2-0 result was their sixth defeat in seven Serie A games.“We are all disappointed, to England.The Belgian veteran is leaving Barca this summer and has an offer from Al-Arabi for one year. He will be in Qatar today to visit the club, but his priority is to stay in Europe – and specifically England.Vermaelen’s wife is English and sh it’s clear for all to see what is happening,” Ferrero told Sky Sport Italia.“We will get together, have a meeting and I wve to get mentally prepared for that right now.”

t of playing for Spain at Euro 2020.The midfielder

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Astros outfield prospect made his first spring start Wednesday against the Blue Jays and didn’t waste it by belting two homers. His first was a three-run, opposite-field homer in the fourth inning. His second was a two-run blast in the fifth inning. Springer, who was a 2011 first-round pick, is in his second spring training with the Astros. “As of right now, it’s all been good,” Springer told .com. “You’re getting quality reps, quality swings and other offensive reps every single day over and over. As a player, that’s good. You definitely want to get your legs underneath you after a long offseason. As for going from last year to this year, the atmosphere here has completely changed. Bo Porter and all the other new coaches have done a fantastic job so far of establishing that the old Astros are the old Astros. This is a new year, and that’s a great way of thinking. And that doesn’t just go for cked – then vice-chairman Ed Woodward also must go.Parker does not think sacki not having to sell his best players at Liverpool.Klopp stands on the verge of ending the club’s 30-year wait for a top-flight title, with the Reds following up last season’s Champions League success with a near flawless Premier League campaign in 20ng Solskjaer would be in the best interests of the club right now.However, he says if Woodward was to go as well, then he would support the decision.“I just think it doesthe big-league team.of the summer market.Tuttosport says Barca have already struck personal terms with Martinez’s agent, Beto Yaque, for next season and now must decide whether to negotiate a fee with the Nerazzurri.Barca can cut Inter out of the deal by simply meeting It’s an attitude the organization as a whole is taking.”

want to win the Europa League.The two Premier Lea

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The Rays announced Sunday they signed to a minor-league contract. He reported for sprat Blythe Spartans.Thsays Manchester United need to rediscover their identity.Paul Pogba’s agent feels that there must first be a clear vision for the first team so that he can thrive in the centre of the park – citing Sir Alex Ferguson’s iconic style that saw 13 Premiere 21-yomelu Lukaku.Corriere dello Sport says United are willing to consider the loan proposal tabled by Inter, but are insisting the terms be improved.Inter are offering €10m for a two season loan with a permanent option worth €60m.United are open to tear-old was one of the stars of the season in the Under-23s last season and has been spending time at National League North side Blyth under former Toon player Lee Clark.But the keeper has now ended his spell at Croft Park.ing training Sunday.

Rockies, Dexter Fowler avoid arbitration with two-year contract

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The and outfielder have agreed to a two-year deal, avoiding arbitration, the club announced Monday. The contract will pay Fowler $11.6 million, according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman.

Fowler, 26, had a career year in 2012. The switch-hitter had a .300/.389/.474 (117 OPS+) line wdgers was delighted with their 2-1 win at West Ham.Kelechi Iheanacho opened the scoring for the Foxes and, while Pablo Fornals levelled before the break, Demarai Gray recovered from an early penalty miss to win it in the second half.”It”s a really gith 13 home runs and 11 tmpton failed with a bid for Wolfsburg defender Felix Uduokhai earlier this month, it has been revealed.Saints landed Kevin Danso from Augsburg in the final hours of the Premier League transfer window – but not before an attempt was made for Uduokhai.riples in his fourth full season as a major leaguer. 

Fowler was arbitration-elirweireld has denied any unrest in the dressing room.Spurs have endured a disappointing start to the season, culminating in a humiliating 7-2 home loss to Bayern Munich.The Champions League group stage defeat has prompted much soul searching among thegible as a Super 2 player last season and earned a $2.35 million contract. When his new contract expires following the 2014 season, Fowler will be arbitration-eligible for one final season.

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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.”

Rumor roundtable: What happens to Jurickson Profar?

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With GM Jon Daniels saying to first base, it’s starting to look like prospect might begin next season in the minors. Is this the right move? Is he a candidate to be traded?

There’s nothing wrong with giving a soon-to-be 20-year-old another year in the minors, especially when he hasn’t even taken a swing in Triple-A. It helps that they don’t exactly need him in the big-league lineup right now. Profar’s play in Trwith the club to sort out Bukayo Saka’s contract situation.With 18 months remaining on his contract, Saka has become a target for Liverpool and Manchester United.On the prospect of Saka, who managed ten assists and three goals this season, penning a iple-A will likely dictate how early the Rangers go to him this season. In no way is he a trade candidate — if they haven’t dealt him for a guy like Justin Upton yet, on whom would they pull the trigger?

I can’t see it happening. However, Ian Kinsler’s play fell off last year, and he’s due quite a bit of money. I wonder if the Rangers could match up on a Kinsler trade with the Dodgers during the season, especially if they’re looking to add pitching. We know that Kinsler’s contract won’t faze the Dodgers’ pocketbook.

I agree with R.J. that he’s probably not going to be dealt. Every other team in the league knows the Rangers’ situation Cup fourth-round clash with Arsenal.Klopp is expected to ring the changes for the meeting at Anfield, with a number of young players likely to be a given a chance to impress.”Tonight we select a team to win,” Klopp wrote in the matchday programme. ” and has likely called asking if they would part with Profar. The fact that there’s been no indication that the Rangers are willing to deal him seems like he’s there to stay. Even if he begins the year in the minors, I don’t see him staying there all that long.

I don’t think is going to have a long leash, and if he gets off to a poor start, I could see the team shifting Kinsler to first to make room for Profar. Also, it’s not like is a beacon of health. If he goes down, they could get creative with the DH spot and bring Profar up. When prospect rankings come out, there’s a very good chance that Profar is going to be a top-five guy on that list, with a shot at being No. 1. I think he forces his way to the Rangers early this season and still has a chance to break camp with the big-league club. 

The “problem” we’re discussing here is just representative of what has kept the Rangers at or near the top of the American League the last four seasons. Thanks to their depth, any decision the Rangers make with Profar and Kinslive sporting director as soon as possible, according to the editor of the club’s fanzine United We Stand.Ed Woodward has expressed his desire to hire a former player to fulfil the role, while legendary manager Alex Ferguson wants to see Steve Walsh eer leaves them with great talent at the major-league level, a luxury most teams don’t have.

But I wouldn’t be surprised if we still see Kinsler dealt, either at the trade deadline this year or next offseason. He had by far his worst offensive season in 2012, hitting just .256/.326/.423 (95 OPS+), a level that works at second base but frankly doesn’t play in either left field or at first base. If Profar tears up Triple-A for the first two months of the season or so, the Rangers’ hand could be forced.

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Report: Sandy Alomar Jr. ‘expects’ to join Terry Francona’s coaching staff in Cleveland

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Sandy Alomar Jr. “expects” to join Terry Francona’s coaching staff in , tinguito says Espanyol are focusing on a deal for Real striker Mariano Diaz as a priority.However, they have also asked after Mariano’s teammate Brahim Diaz, who like the striker has found himself frozen out this season.A move away in January for botho the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes. 

Alomar is expected to retain his role as the team’s bench coach on the new staff. While Alomar expects to be with the Indians, it’s unclear if he would leave to take an open manager job with or . Alomar was a candidate for the Red Sox position last season, losing out to Bobby Valentine. 

Hoynes notes that if the Red Sox are able to acquire manager John Farrell from the Blue Jays, then Alomar would likely be a candidate in . Farrell was Boston’s pteve Bruce is turning to Dwite admits he doesn’t want Christian Eriksen taking his time to bed down.The Dane is to start Sunday’s derby against AC Milan.Conte said, “We brought in Eriksen because he has characteristics that suit our style of football. Italy is far more tacticght Gayle in a bid to solve their goalscoring crisis.The 29-year-old spent last season on loan at West Brom and was expected to leave St James’ Park on a permanent basis.But with Andy Carroll now missing because of a groinitching coach 2007-10.

Video: Anthony Rizzo escapes serious injury after awkward collision

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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.

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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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As big stretch begins, Yankees see some needed progress with Pettitte

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NEW YORK — The made a minor adjustment with their rotation for this weekend’s series with the , pushing and up a day, and pushing back to Tuesday’s game at .But as they look ahead to the playoffs, the fact is that none of those three are as important to the Yankees as Andy Pettitte is.So as important as these next 10 days seem to the Yankees, with two series against the second-place Orioles sandwiched around three games with the third-place Rays, what happens with Pettitte over the next 10 days could be even more significant.Pettitte’s mood was positive Friday, because he was able to throw 20 pitches off a bullpen mound, for the first time since he broke his left ankle on June 27. Pettitte said he felt “really good,” but he also said that he didn’t really push hard on the ankle this time.It was a big step, but not the big step.”I’m getting real close to being over the hump,” Pettitte said. “It is a relief.”Imagine how the Yankees feel.They got back from the disabled list last week, and they rely on him as their ace. They’ve been thrilled with , who has 12 win and a 2.98 ERA going into Friday’s start agadrid ace Eden Hazard is a doubt for their Champions League clash with Manchester City.Hazard was taken off injured during Real Madrid’s 1-0 loss against Levante on Saturday evening.The Belgian only returned from a three-month absence with an ankle iainst the Orioles.But Pettitte is supester United’s friendly clash with Leeds United in Perth on Wednear-old played 35 games for Bristol last season, but is refusing to sign a new contract.It means his club are willing to cash in on him, but would like a fee of around £8 million.Per Sky Sports News, Fulham are interested but are not prepared to go esday. The two storied rivals have spent more than a decade in different domestic competitions.Western Australian police have reported a number of stand-offs between supporters in Perth,posed to be the third starter in the playoffs. Then the Yankees would just need to find one more starter from among Hughes, Phelps, Garcia and Ivan Nova, who at some point may return from the DL himself.Pettitte admits that he was getting a little worried as his recovery dragged on. He admits that another setback could make it difficult for him to be ready for the postseason.He needed to see progress. The Yankees needed to see progress.Friday was progress.

Report: Reds could go after a leadoff man

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The are in t step backwards if they brought Philippe Coutinho back to Anfield.Barcelona are looking to offload the Brazilian, who they bought from the Reds in January 2018.After winning the Champions League last season, Murphy thinks Jurgen Klopp’s are doing finhe playoff hunt, but could bolster their chances by adding a , said the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Jon Fay.

outfielder and outfielder could be good fits. Pierre, whose contract is up at the end of the season, is hitting .316/.354/.385 this season.

Span isn’t performing as well, hitting .278/.340/.380, but he’s younger and under contract through at least the 2014 season. Span’s contract includes ay.Harry Maguire, Diogo Dalot, Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood all scored in the FA Cup foule Rugani.Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to find a new centre-half signing for January and the Telegraph says his search has led him to Italy.Juve have made Rugani available after he’s found himself frozen out this season by coach Maurizio Sarri.rth round 6-0 rout.The Sun reports while many fans revelled in how many of those players hardly ever get on the scoresheet, it ia $9 million team option for 2015. 

Span’s is “very high,” Fay tweeted.

Fay also that he doesn’t see the Reds going after pitcher . 

Astros activate Wilton Lopez; option David Carpenter

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Right-handed reliever Wilton Lopez has been activated from the 15-day DL, and right-handed reliever David Carpenter has been optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma, the official account. 

Lopez last pitched on June 10, before a right elbow sprain kept him out of act shock departure of Denmark coach Age Hareide.Hareide will allow his contract with the DBU to expire this summer, meaning he won’t be in charge for the rescheduled Euros in 2021.”You don’t usually use the term sin in football, but this is so bad. DBUion. He’s had a good season, posting a 2.51 ERA in 32.1 innings of relief, and striking out 26 batters while only walkSantos midfielder Tailson Pinto Goncalves.The 20 year-old goalscoring midfielder is coming off a superb season with Santos U20 in Brazil.Sport says Tailson is off contract and can sign for Barca for a knockdown training fee. The youngster is set to sing four.

Lopez has been a valuable member of the Astros bullpen since becoming a regular in 2010. This is the third straight season of sub-3.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 sup00 ERA relief Lopez is working on, and he’s cut his walk rate (1.11) in half from 2011. 

As for Carpenter, he’s been hit and hit hard in 29.2 innings of relief. He heads back down to the minors with a 6.07 ERA. Opponents were hitting .341 against him this season.