efender Virgil van Dijk says Gini Wijnaldum is a k

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right fielder posted the only hit of the game for the Mets in Saturday’s spring finale against the Orioles. The 1-for-2 day gives Byrd a .357/.393/.571 line to close out the Grapefre full of confidence ahead of today’s Copa del Rey final.Barca meet Valencia as they chase the Double.”This game is very important to us because it bringrry Winks is pleased with the support of England assistant coach Steve Holland.Winks is “a player we have very much been waiting for”, according to Holland. The midfielder told the London Evening Standard: “The whole game is about dealing with prs the opportunity of winning another double and bringing another trophy to the club, which is whauit League season.

Byrd, who secured a spot on the team’s 25-man roster Friday, could see regular playing time this season in a Mets outfiham will hand manager Mauricio Pochettino a bumper transfer kitty this summer.The Sun says Pochettino will be handed a £100million transfer kitty this summer at Tottenham.Spurs failed to spend a penny in the past two windows, but have still managed eld without many appealing options.

joe Kenny is excited about his move to Schalke.Ken

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second baseman is having a pretty par for the course spring. He’s batting .298 (14 for 47) with a triple, two homers, three doubles and six RBI in 18 spring games. He has hit .309 with a .507 slugging percentage in the spring since 2006, so he’s doing what we expect this time of year. That’s definitely a bonus, as well as the fact Weeks has stayed healthy, which has been a problem in the past. 

Weeks’ Fantasy uitor for Bruno Fernandes from Sporting CP.The Portuguese midfielder is a hot property this summer, after scoring and assisting in double digits for Sporting in Liga NOS last sterm.The Daily Mail says Manchester United are seriously looking at Fernanvalue hasn’t changed much this year. He’s a good source of power at a weak Fantasy position. But the negatives are that he doesn’t hit for a pretty average and strikes out a lot. He’s being drafted ahead of Aaron Hill in formats and behind Hill in leagues. I’d take Hill before Weeks in both formats, but I have no problem with Weinstructed to play Callum Hudson-Odoi last season.Sarri faced backlash from supporters and critics alike over his refusal to play Hudson for the first time about his hooking during victory over AC Milan.Ronaldo admits Maurizio Sarri was right when the coach said he was playing injured.He stated, “In the last three weeks I have been limited. Everyone knows that I don’t like to be subs-Odoi, who handed in a transfer request in attempt to join Bayern Munich.He recently a new long-term contract, andeks’ current ADP.

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. 

ter Milan boss Antonio Conte admits he wants to si

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pitchers (back) and (shoulder) continue to throw at the spring training complex, but neither is closelan Levitt.o preseason friendlies in Norway.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will take United to his homeland to play hometown team Kristiansund on July 30, with the women’s team playing Valerenga a day later.Announcing the news, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said thGarner is a surprise, as he is a central midfielder and the Red Devils have an injury crisis in the position.But the Manchester Evening News reports that Garner could be given permission to go on loaner wanted to join Southampton.Mane admits Jurgen Klopp first wanted to sign him while he was at Salzburg and the German was managing Dortmund.“That transfer (from Salzburg to Southampton) was tough and complicated. I’ll tell you the truth. Southamp at the last moment.United want to conf to getting back on a mound, reports the Boston Globe Saturday. Both will remain in extended spring training when the team breaks camp. 

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.”

er Yannick Bolasie was satisfied with his Sporting

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

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.”

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.

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 .

Cashman: Yankees ‘have more work to do’

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The are still looking to make moves, to George A. King III of the New York Post. 

General manager Brian Cashman admitted the team is looking for a right-handed hitting outfielder and another player who can fill the DH role. He doesn’t feel as if he has to move quickly, though, saying a number of impact players have signed in January in recent seasons. 

The team had contacted outfielder earlier in the offseason, but the 32-year-old outfielder is likely seeking a two-year deal. The Yankees are not likely to give him that type of deal, according to King. King also mentioned that if the team wants outfielder back, they probably can’t wait until January. Ibanez has drawn interest from the Rangers and could make a decision soon about where he will play. 

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Watford have sent summer signing Filip Stuparevic to the Czech Republic.The striker was signed from Vozdovac at the end of last season.And the Hornets have sent him on-loan to the top flight in thetough to handle.Matic was coached by his father as a junior player.He recalled to Blic: “Mum and Dad took me to training and matches. My dad was a coach for three years and I hated it! It was a nightmare. It was very difficult with him, because even Czech Republic. His transfer to Pribrabeyond the Bundesliga outfit.Nagelsmann has been linked with Barcelona as an eventual successor to Ernesto Valverde.And he told ZDF: “I have said many times, Barcelona is a beautiful city, a beautiful club. “But this is not the only club that is attrm is now official.Stuparevic, 19, is a Serbia U21 international.Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow .

Nieves expected to get Red Sox pitching coach job

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — The are expected to name Juan Nieves their new pitching coach, sources said.

Rick Peterson was seen as thecessor due to his work with Rangers rather than his name.Gerrard is tipped to replace Klopp when the German eventually decides to leave Liverpool. “With managers it’s all about timing, really,” said Anfield great Carragher. “Who knows when Jurgen favorite, but now indications are that Nieves is the first choice.

Nieves has been bullpen coach for the . Nieves, a former Brewers pitcher, once threw a no-hitter for Milwaukee.

The White Sox pitching staff has had a lot of success in recent years. Nieves is said to have had a seven-hour interview with the Red Sox.is defender Junior Firpo won’t rule out a move away this summer.Tnuary or February.Izquierdo has been recovering from a knee injury in his native Colombia.His representative Norman Capuozzo told Gol Caracol: “It’s good to give Jose a lot of support and that is what we are doing.”He is in a recovery phase. We hope he Spain U21 international is being linked with Liverpool and Barcelona.He is about to embark on a short break after being part of the Euro Under-21 Championship winning Spain team.“I

Peterson, who has known new Red Sox manager John Farrell for 25 years, was seen as the logical pick. Boston may want to expand beyond its Cleveland connection to add new ideas.

Report: Padres ownership could try to sign Chase Headley to extension

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Signing third baseman to a contract extension “seems to be the goal set by the new owners” of the , to Bill Center of the U-T San Diego.

Headley, who made $3.475 million in 2012, is due for a big raise in arbritation after leading the National League with 115 RBI. He hit .286/.376/.498 with 31 home runs in 699 plate appearances this season.

The Padres control Headley’s rights for two more seasons before the 28-year-old can become a free agent.

Center also points out that some over selling Sadio Mane.However, Mane might fancy a new challenge after he claims the Premier League title, with Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid ready to spend big in the summer.”That’s only any good if you bring in Timo Werner,” Nichol said of Mane’sin the Padres organization want to tchdays of the LaLiga Santander and LaLiga SmartBank seasons have been suspended due to the Coronavirus and this could have significant economic consequences.There have been 27 rounds played in the top tier and 31 in the second tier, meaning those divrade Headley while his value is at his highest, potentially in a -type deal.

For more up-to-ter Manchester United assistant manager Steve McClaren says Anthony Martial should be played on the wing.Despite scoring 12 goals in all competitions for the Red Devils this season, the 24-year-old forward has been criticised for his recent displays fhe-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow .

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.

Red Sox legend Johnny Pesky dies at 92

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Former Red Sox infielder and manager Johnny Pesky has died at the age of 92.Pesky, who missed three seasons due to his service in World War II, played 10 years in the big leagues, eight of those with the Red Sox before finishing his career with the Tigers and Senators. He finished his career a .307/.394/.386 hitter with 1,455 hits.Pesky managed the Red Sox in 1963 and 1964 and again served as the team’s interim manager for five games in 1980.The right field foul pole at Fenway Park is known as Pesky’s Pole, named after the left-handed hitting Pesky. The legend is that the name stems from a game in 1948 when Pesky hit a game-winning home run just around the short porch in right field at Fenway. Pesky had just 17 home runs in his 4.745 at-bats in the big leagues. Pesky’s No. 6 was retired by the team in 2008.

Members of the Red Sox front office have offered up the following statements:

“We have lost a dear and beloved friend,” said owner John Henry. “Johnny was happiest when wearing the Red Sox uniform. He was able to do that for 61 wonderful years. He carried his passion for the Sox, for Fenway Park, and for baseball everywhere he went, and he was beloved in return. We will miss him. We share the sadness that his family and legions of friends are all feeling.”

“Johnny was one of the wonderful links to 70 years of Red Sox history,” said chairman Tom Werner. “He was the grandfather of the Red Sox. He was as loving and kind a gentleman as one could imagine. His stories were delightful, and his love of Ted Williams and his teammates s 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 afhone through in virtually every conversation. We know that those stories, and his spirit, will continue to live on at Fenway Park. We extend our sympathies to his son, David, his daughter-in-law Alison, and all of the members of the Pesky family.”

“Johnny Pesky will forever be linked to the Boston Red Sox,” said president and CEO Larry Lucchino. “He has been as much a part of Fenway Park as his retired Number 6 that rests on the right-field façade, or the foul pole below it that bears his name. But beyond these physical testaments, Johnny will be remembered most for his warmth, kindness, and loyalty. It was through his countless friendships that Johnny made his greatest impact on us, and we will miss him dearly. His was a life well-lived.”

commissioner Bud Selig has issued the following statement:

“The national pastime has lost one of its greatest ambassadors today. Johnny Pesky, who led a great American life, was an embodiment of loyalty and goodwill for the Boston Red Sox and all of Major League Baseball. A part of the Greatest Generation and forever one of ‘The Teammates,’ Johnny was a wonderful player who excelled alongside his dear friends Ted Williams, Boerpool’s sale of Allan Rodrigues de Souza to Atletico Mineiro has been revealed.The Liverpool Echo says Liverpool have confirmed the departure of Allan – making a profit of more than £2.5million on a player who was unable to ever make an appearance bby Doerr and Dom DiMaggio. Just as importantly, Johnny touched the hearts of hundreds of Red Sox players and its legion of fans around the world.”

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of this special man, whose number six will be a part of Fenwating director Monchi is delighted working with coach Julen Lopetegui.Sevilla has been a surprise packet so far this season.Monchi told Marca: “There are always doubts until you really know the coach. Julen has presently surprised me. Everyone told mey Park forever. I extend my deepest condolences to Johnny’s family, his many friends throughout the game and all the fans of the Boston Red Sox.”For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

Yadier Molina sets new career high for homers in a season

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Sunday night against the , catcher hit his 15th home run of the 2012 season. That wouldn’t normally be such a huge deal, especially since the Reds are in first and ended up sweeping the Cardinals with a win Sunday night. But it was Molina’s 15th home run of the season, meaning he’s already established a new career high. Check out the numbers:

• From 2005-2010, Molina averaged six homers in 424 at-bats per season.

• In 2011, Molina hit 14ady to move to PSG.Coutinho has made it no secret he has been unsettled at Barca these past six months.Sport says a move to PSG could now be on after the midfielder agreed personal terms with the Parisians.PSG are yet to formally contact Barca about home runs in 475 at-bats.

• So farlly settling at Anfield.Fabinho says Mane has been crucial to his personal turnaround.”Sadio Mane is a genuinely impressive player, he’s tireless, playing in every game with such high levels of intensity and concentration,” he told the Reds’ official in 2012, Molina has 15 home runs in just 288 at-bats.

So what’s up with the power surge?

Numbers-wise, he’s simply far more powerful than he ever has been before. He’s actually hitting less fly balls than he has in the past, but those fly balls are becoming home runs at a significantly higher rate. In his entire career, 6.7 percent of his fly balls have left the yard. This year it’s happening at a rate of higher than 17 percent.

Otherwise, we’re looking at a guy who came up from the minors at a young age largely due to defensive prowess and has been progressively improving his offense through experience — such as becoming more aware of how certain pitchers like to work him — and hard work on his offensive mechanics.

Whatever he’s doing, it’s working. Molina has become a legitimate power source. Last decade, that just didn’t seem possible.

For more baseball news, rumors and happy with Vinicius Junior’s performance for victory over Espanyol.Zidane recalled the youngster for the 2-0 and was impressed.He said, “The main thing is that the player wants to score goals, work hard and you’ve got to look at what he did, he did analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .