efender Virgil van Dijk says Gini Wijnaldum is a k


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.

Edwin Andersson is excited to make the move to Che


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. 

o Inzaghi as new coach.Inzaghi terminated his cont


I’m loving the fact Fantasy ownerArsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has been shown to still require a 24-hour security 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 suppresence.The German was seen with guards on Wednesday after being targeted in a London gang war.The precaution has been taken to protect the Arsenal star following threats against him and his family in the aftermath of last month’s car-jacking incident, says the — Lilian Chan (@bestgug) August 14, 2019s are buying into first baseman . The 25-year-old slugger is the 10th-highest drafted first baseman in and 12th-highest in .

First base is obviously a deep Fantasy position and there’s great value to be had late in drafts at the position. But Goldschmidt is on the verge of a breakout season and apparently I’m not the only one sensing it. 

Goldschmidt got off to a slow start last season, but he hit .303 with a .379 on-base percentage, .528 slugging percentage and .907 OPS in his last 113 games. Those definitely are numbers we wa a success in the game.The younger brother of Newcastle star Sean is another bright prospect in the club’s academy.And Bruce believes the younger Longstaff is ready for the big time.Speaking about Longstaff with reporters, Bruce said: “He’s bright, hnt to see from a first baseman, but here’s one stat where Goldschmidt brings added value — stolen bases. He had 18 last season and has two through 23 spring games. It’s not a reason for Goldschmidt to rank up with the elite Fantasy first baseman, but it’s definitely a nice bonus.

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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.’

sed claims of being intimidated by Ajax ahead of t


Marlins second baseman went 2-for-4 against the Yankees on Friday, upping his spring batting average to .526. Hoffenheim are ready to push through a deal for Brighton striker Jurgen Locadia.TSG are in the market for a late striker signing after losing Andrej Kramaric to injury and the rejection of Ajax’s Kasper Dolberg.Aas with Fikayo Tomori’s new deal.The defender recently committed his long-term future to the club by signing a new five-year contract.”He’s been playing fantastically well since I had him at Derby and then this season he’s shown it in the Premier LeaD says Hoffenheim are now seeking to close termhe again merits continued international recognition.”It (England call-up) is deserved. I think he has had a good start to the season,” Howe said.”I think with Callum we have just been focusing on his performances and making sure he delivers what we ns for Locadia.TSG coach Alfred Schreuder is driving the move for his fellow Dutchman.The Bundesliga club would favour a loan arrangement.He also has three RBI and five runs scored in seven games.

market plans.That’s according to Okdiario’s chief


Mets reliever , wearioved since he replaced Unai Emery.Under his watch Arsenal have managed just one league win from eight – a 2-0 victory over Man Utd on New Years Day, although they have progressed in both domestic cups.”There have been a lot of positives,” Arteta toldng a heart monitor around his neck, made his first appearance in a game since 2010 on a back field at the Marlins’ spring training complex Tuesday, reports ESPN. Feliciano allowed a leadoff homer and hit a batter in one inning of work and his fastball registered at 82-83 mph. “It was betn says the 18-year-old was loaned back to Elland Road after his £10million move to Spurs – but has not made a Championship appearance.And Marcelo Bielsa will have £10,000-a-week off the wage bill and a place in his squad when Clarke’s season-long dter than wed to read Michael Owen’s comments about Newcastle, but it’s not something I’m surprised over after sharing the dressing room with him for what was my final season as a player. He didn’t look like a player who was particularly happy at the club and hhat I expected,” Feliciano said.

jaer reserved praise for midfielders Fred and Scot


Mariners closer madestriker produced three assists for their 3-0 defeat of Southampton on Sunday.Klopp said, “Bobby is just exceptional, a very football smart person, I do not know a player like him, that is true.“But even a player like Bobby needs an address where his third straight scoreless appearance in Monday’s Cactreaking contract extension with Nike, according to the Daily Mail, reports, /.The US sportswear giant is facing competition to retain the Manchester City forward as one of its global ambassadors, with Sterling’s existing deal in its final year.Howeveus League game against the Rockies. He entered in the fifth and allowed one hit in the scoreless inning.lham wing-back Ryan Sessegnon retains hope of a move to Liverpool.Tottenham remain interested but Manchester United are the only club to have made initial contact with Fulham. However, Sessegnon’s ultimate dream is to join Liverpool.Sessegnon is a bo Wilhelmsen converted 29 of 34 save chances last season.

2013 Prospect Watch: Toronto Blue Jays



Before the start of the season, we’ll highlight a few players in each team’s minor-league system to let you know which players you should be paying attention to throughout the year. These aren’t meant to be comprehensive top-prospect lists but should provide a look at some key players within each tea by manager Unai Emery.Their frailties were ­exposed as soon as they came up against a top team, with ­ Liverpool beating them 3-1 last weekend. Petit told the Mirror: “I’ve not been impressed with what I’ve seen from Unai Emery in Arsenal ‘s opem’s organization.

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Prospects can have value in two ways. The primary one is obvious — when they reach their ceilings, they become the stars and role-players of the future. This offseason, the reminded us of their other value: trade chips. This offseason, Toronto turned most of their best prospects — numbers 1, 2, 3, 5 and 8 in their system according to  — into a team primed to compete for the American League East title. Still, the club had a deep system before the trades. It’s much weaker now, but the remains aren’t barren.

2013 Impact Player

The Blue Jays are in the enviable position of not needing to rely on a prospect in a prominent role for 2013. But between , and there’s a good chance the rotation needs a fill-in at some point. If so, it’ll likely be Nolin, a hulking 23-year-old lefty. Nolin is a four-pitch starter, with a low-90s fastball, excellent changeup and a developing slider and curveball. The changeup will be the key if he manages to make the majors in 2013, as he’s sure to be met with platoon right-handed batters in droves upon his arrival. Nolin is likely to begin in Double-A, but he tore through the low-minors and if he dominates like he did in 2012 — 2.04 ERA, 108 strikeouts against 27 walks in 101.1 innings — the Blue Jays could turn to him in the second half of 2013.

Future Star

Sanchez, Toronto’s 2010 first-round pick, was the sole jewel the club didn’t have to part with in assembling their new crew. The 20-year-old dazzled in his first run through full-season professional baseball in 2012 with a 2.49 ERA and 97 strikeouts in 90.1 innings. He allowed just 64 hits the entire season, setting the stage for the real test this year in Double-A. At 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, Sanchez defines the projectable frame. He has an excellent fastball (rated tops in the system even before the trading frenzy by Baseball America, as was his curveball) and could just get better as his body fills out. The question is if he can shore up his control and command. Sanchez walked 51 and hit seven batters last season, a number he’ll need to slash before he reaches the majors. Still, his raw stuff and accomplishments in his young career make him one of the top pitching prospects in the game.

Wild Card

Stroman was a possibility to reach the majors last season before he was hit with a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance (specifically, methylhexaneamine, a compound marketed as a dietary supplement as well as a nasal decongestant). As such, we won’t be seeing Stroman early in 2013, but if he can return from his suspension and continue to show his excellent stuff, he’ll be an option for the Blue Jays’ bullpen around midseason. Stroman was a first-round selection by the Jays in 2012 out of Duke, and the polish he picked up in college is what could allow him to hit the majors so quickly. Stroman alreielder Marko Grujic.Speaking at Hertha’s AGM meeting on Sunday, Preetz revealed he is in constant talks with the Reds and Jurgen Klopp regarding a possible return to Berlin for the midfielder.”I’ll keep the ball rolling and our goal is to extend the ady features a major-league slider and used it to get 23 strikeouts in just 19.1 innings last season. He also features a fastball with upper-90s capability. The true wild card is Stroman’s height (5-9). Getting such velocity out of a short frame is a rarity, although it will make it difficult for Stroman to generate the angles necessary to get ground balls. Still, if he has two pitches that can generate swings and misses like his fastball and slider have the potential to, he can be a force out of the bullpen.

With the American League East looking as weak as it has at any time in recent years, general manager Alex Anthopoulos and the Blue Jays knew they wouldn’t have any better chance to strike. It meant parting with many of the prospects that defined the system as one of the league’s greatest. But there’s still something to be mined from Toronto’s farm system, both now and down the road.

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysiRoma have warned they must cough up big to sign Shakhtar Donetsk winger Taison.The Brazilian, 31, wants to join his former Shakhtar coach Paulo Fonseca at Roma.But agent Diego Dornelles told RomaPress: “The situation is stalled by Shakhtar’s refusal to negotiate.”They want the buyout clause paid. Another Italian side even tried to negotiate but they were unsuccessful.“The clause is €30m.”s on the latest rumors from bloggers ,  and , follow .

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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.”

Indians, Mariners in the mix for outfielder Jason Bay


The and have shown interest in outfielder , to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. Bay will likely receive a guaranteed deal.

The Indians might be the favorite for Bay, to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Sherman mentions the as a third team that is in on Bay. 

Injuries ruined Bay’s career with the . After signing a four-year, $66 million deal with the team, Bay hit .234/.318/.369 during the first three years of his deal. The Mets parted wayderson Arroyo is attracting interest from across Europe.The 19-year-old full-back is currently representing Colombia at the UnArne Slot admits they were lucky to avoid defeat to Europa League opponents Manchester United last night.At the final whistle, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer complained about Marcus Rashford being denied a penalty.And Slot said, “We have chased Mder-20 World Cup in Poland with plenty of clubs monitoring his progressGoal reports the attacking right-back is being watches with him before his contract ended, ee points against Roma this weekend.Matuidi recognises Roma will be a tough opponent at the Olimpico.”This is going to be a very difficult game, because Roma are a great team who play very attacking football, a bit like us,” the midfielder told Sky Sbut will still pay a chunk of Bay’s $18.1 million salary next season. 

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Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw still has chance to pitch again in 2012


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manager Don Mattingly updated the stil this season.Arteta has seemingly ruled out Arsenal selling Ozil this January.The German’s future has been the subject of much speculation in recent months, and Fenerbahce are among the clubs keen on signing him.But Arteta suggested Ozil has a big atus of ace Tuesday after Kershaw met with a hip specialist in New York, but his status is still pretty vague.

According to Mattingly, Kershaw’s left hip injury still is considered “ser are moving for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge.The England international will formally leave Liverpool when his deal expires at the end of this week.Takvim says Fenerbache are desperate to sign Sturridge on a free transfer this summer.The Turks aious,” but “it didn’t sound too bad.” And while there are no bullpen sessions scheduled forky Sports says Schalke are leading the race to sign Everton’s Kenny on a season-long loan.Premier League pair Brighton and Crystal Palace are also interested in the 22-year-old, who has fallen down the pecking order at Goodison Park following the ret Kershaw, Mattingly said there’s still a chance Kershaw returns this season ().

Another takeaway from the examination is that Kershaw can pitch through the injury — assuming he can deal with the pain — without risking further future injury. However, the Dodgers will not allow Kershaw to pitch in pain ().

So, basically, this is a bit of a nonupdate, except that Kershaw’s season still isn’t officially over. Time to insert that “so you’re telling me there’s a chance” line from Dumb and Dumber, right?

Kershaw, 24, is 12-9 with a 2.70 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 206 strikeouts in 206 2/3 innings pitched this season. He won the NL Cy Young Award last season.

The Dodgers enter Tuesday’s action only one game behind the for the final NL playoff spot.

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Report: Yankees expect Mark Teixeira to return Saturday


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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Marlins send Hanley Ramirez to Dodgers in four-player swap


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The have swung a deal for third baseman , .

Ramirez will head to L.A. along with lefty reliever (2.49 ERA, 25.1 IP) in exchange for 22-year-old right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (4.15 ERA in 56.1 IP) and minor-league reliever Scott McGough (3.88 ERA in 46.1 IP at High-A Rancho Cucamonga).

CBSSports.com Insider Jon Heyman reports that Ramirez is likely to play short until Dee Gordon at returns from injury. Once Gordon rejoins the roster, Ramirez will likely take over at third base, where the Dodgers have struggled to get adequate production all season. Thus far, Dodger third basemen — chiefly — have combined to hit .246/.306/.369. Ramirez, m City defender Harry Maguire.The Mirror says Solskjaer has canvassed his United England stars for tha midfielder Ross Barkley has invited more controversy during the international break.The Chelsea-star-Ross-Barkley-filmed-TOPLESS-Dubai-nightclub.html”>Daily MailChelsea-star-Ross-Barkley-filmed-TOPLESS-Dubai-nightclub.html”> says he is facing furtheir thoughts on Maguire.United have stepped up their interest in the Leicester City defender tabling an improved £70million bid.Manchester City are aeanwhile, has a slash line of .246/.322/.430 with 14 home runs.

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that , which means that the Dodgers will be on the hook for the remainder of Ramirez’s $15-million salary for 2012 and the total of $31.5 million he’s owed for 2013 and 2014.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and ves have quickly understood the importance of growing the quality in their squad, and the Express and Star are reporting that two players that could leave the West Midlands club are Ivan Cavaleiro and Helder Costa.The Portuguese duo have been with th.

Cubs, Red Sox complete Theo Epstein compensation saga


Finally, after five months, the Red Sox and Cubs compensation for Theo Epstein has been finalized, as the Cubs acquired minor-league first baseman Jair Bogaerts from the Red Sox to complete the process.

In the end, the Cubs got Epstein, their president of baseball operations, and Bogaerts, while the Red Sox received right-hander right-hander Aaron Kurcz.

Bogaerts, 19, is the twin brother of Red Sox minor-league shortstop . The two are natives of Aruba. Xander Bogaerts is ranked the second-best prospect in the Red Sox system by Baseball America. Jair Bogaerts was not ranked by the publication. In to the idea of joinauricio Pochettino was furious with Heung-min Son’s dismissal in their draw with Everton.The 1-1 draw was overshadowed by Andre Gomes’ horrific injury in the second half – after he was challenged by Son and collided with Serge Aurier. Son originally ing Bayern Munich.The Denmark international is expected to leave Spurs when his contract expires at the end of the season, but the club could offload him in January.And Bundesliga champions Bayern have reportedly approached Erikse two minor-league seasons, Bogarts has hit .227/.320/.321 in 372 plate appearances over two seasons in the Dominican Summer League. Last season he hit .288/.387/.404 with two homers. He caught in 2010, but not in 2011.

The announcement comes the same day Carpenter is slated to have elbow surgery to replace a bone spur.

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer told the Chicago Tribune the team didn’t know about Carpenter’s elbow injury.

“We just found out about that,” . “It’s obviously something you never want to happen. In any trade, you want both sides to feel good. That’s not a great thing to have happen, (either) for Chris or the Red Sox.

“It’s something we just learned about and are looking into it. I wouldn’t read anything into that.”

While this does close the bookry highly rated and is seen as someone who could flourish in the Premier League.He has previously been linked with moves to Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.The Independent suggests that Carlo Ancelotti’s team will attempt to sign the Brazilian in the s on the compensation saga for Epstein, Chicago still owes San Diego a player as compensation for signing Hoyer.

GM Williams on the White Sox: ‘We’re a lot better than people think’


PHOENIX — Tuesday, I talked to a scout who has followed the White Sox this spring and said they might lose 100 games this year.

Wednesday, White Sox general manager Ken Williams responded.

“I think we’re going to be a lot better than some people think — a lot betmas schedule.Wolves’ festive programme was already tough with matches against Manchester City and Liverpool to finish 2019 but those games will now take place on December 27 and December 29 respectively – separated by just 44 hours and 45 minutes better,” Williams said.

The White Sox haven’t looked good in Arizos they’re calm about his situation at PSG.The Polish goalkeeper left Chelsea in the summer for PSG, where he has been strictly third choice this season.But agent Yves Le Mee told Paristeam.fr: “From the start, it was agreed that he had to attack the na. They lost eight of their first 10 games, and fell far behind again Wednesday before rallying against a group of pitchers who won’t make the Angels’ major-league roster.

Meanwhile, Jake Peavy has struggled, with another scout saying that Peavy “isn’t the same guy. Even his body language shows it.”

Williams expressed confidence that Peavy will have a bounce-back year, saying that the right-hander is healthier than he has been since coming to the White Sox in a midseason trade in 2009.

“He’s got something to prove,” Williams said.

Williams also said he believes several White Sox hitters — notably Ad of their Nou Camp stadium by 2024, according to AS, reports, /.Unlike a standard naming rights deal – where the sponsor takes on sole ownership of the inventory – AS says Barcelona want any partner to come after the famous Nou Camp moniker.The dam Dunn, Alex Rios and Gordon Beckham — will show improvement.

“We have some particular guys who struggled, who are in so much better position to hit,” he said. “If we can keep them right where they are right now, they’ll have tremendously better seasons.”

Williams began last winter by saying that he planned to rebuild, if he could get the deals he was looking for. As it turned out, though, Williams only traded closer Sergio Santos and outfielder Carlos Quentin.

There’s still a chance that he could trade pitcher Gavin Floyd this spring, although Williams insists that he hasn’t had any trade talks about Floyd since spring training began. Some people even believe that Williams would still be open to trading John Danks, even after Danks signed a five-year contract over the winter.

Without discussing which players were involved, Williams admitted Wednesday that he was willing to do more “rebuilding” than he has done so far.

“We looked to see if we could acquire some of the game’s most impactful young players,” he said. “Our target list was our target list. We set the price high, and we stuck with it.”

Now, some outside the organization wonder if they’re stuck with a team that can’t win. The early spring games haven’t done much to change that thought.

Then again, as one scout remembered Wednesday, the two teams that looked the worst in Arizona last spring were the Diamondbacks and the Indians.

The Diamondbacks went on to win the National League West. The Indians led the American League Central for most of the first half of the season.