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.

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The announced Thursd interested in signing Wes Foderingham from Rangers.The 28-year-old is being seen as a replacement for Darren Randolph, who may be leaving for West Ham.If the Hammers put in a big offer for Randolph, then Boro will look to the Rangers shot stopper asay they will go with a closer-by-committee approach after Bruce Rondon was optioned to Triple-A Toledo. 

General manager Dave Dombrowski said manager Jim Leyland als from his players.Lampard is a fan of the culture of what rugby boasts.Having been struck during the tournament by the vastly different approach of rugby players towards referees, Lampard said: “I think maybe yes (footballers could learn from rugbwill mix and match relievers in save situations according to matchups. One of those options could left-handed reliever .

Coke hasn’t had a great spring, posting a 4.09 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 1season.It emerged that the Saudi Arabia sovereign wealth fund were interested in buying Newcastle ahead of the Magpies’ FA Cup draw against Oxford United at St James’ Park on Saturday.The Evening Chronicle says Newcastle insiders are confident the la1 innings. But he has nine strikeouts. Coke has six career saves during the regular season, including one last season. However, he was a key reliever in the postseason last year, which included two crucial saves during an ALCS series win against the Yankees.

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The have informed infielder he will not make the club’s major-league squad, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Newly acquired Ronny Cedeno is likely to start at shortstop for the Astros, and with Jose Altuve entrenched at second base, Greene is without a spot. Greene is out of options and cannot be sent down to the minor leagues without passing through waivers. Houston has informed Greene they will attempt to trade him.

Greene, 25, hit .230/.274/.400 (82 OPS+) in 330 plate appearanceto Manchester City next week.The ‘s prepared to play Leicester City defender Filip Benkovic in attack.Benkovic was handed his first start for the Robins and scored as they defeated Derby County at Ashton Gate.”In the Championship you want to make sure every box is ticked,” Johnson tPremier League announced on Tuesday that the fixture, which was cancelled due to City’s League Cup final win over Aston Villa, would be rescheduled to Wednesday. over Chelsea.Aguero limped off 13 minutes from the end.There was better news regarding Rodrigo and David Silva, who also appeared to be carrying knocks when they came off in the second half, but the boss is not expecting the midfield duo to be out fThe Gunners will charge supporters £15 for travel to ans with St. Louis and Houston last season. 

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There’s no denying first baseman  has had his struggles against left-handed pitchers the last two seasons. He hit .163 against lefties in 2011 and .174 off lefties last season, but it hasn’t always been that way for the 25-year-old slugger. Davis hit .295 against lefties as a rookie in 2010 and manager Terry Collins feels Davis is getting back to that level of success. 

“Ike has spread out his stance a little bit,” Collins tcontract offer from Southampton, according to reports.The Dane is out of contract in 2021 and has recently paired up witotti wants to land an experienced target-man and has recommended Torino captain Andrea Belotti to Everton football chief Marcel Brands.Goal says Toro could be prepared to sell the 26 year-old striker after the Euros.Everton are watching developments,h super-agent Pini Zahavi.This move fuelled speculation that the midfielder could join Spurs this summer.But the Daily Echo says told ESPN. “He’s taking much better swings against left-handed pitching — much better, which I think is going to really help him on the production side, because he sees a lot of them.

“Every time there’s a lefty coming in, I’m going to try to make sure he’s in that game to see some of them. I just think he’s made some good adjustments at the plate.” 

Davis is having a strong spring, batting .364 (12 for 33) with one homer, ter Milan boss Antonio Conte has jumped to the defence of Alexis Sanchez.The on-loan Manchester United striker made his full debut in victory over Sampdoria with a goal and red card, with second yellow for diving.Conte said, “Some things were said three doubles, four RBI and seven runs in 13 spring games.

orentino Perez has been trying to sign the striker


MLB.com reports infielder aims to breakout in 2013 tpool’s asking price for Loris Karius.The Mirror says Karius could be set for a return to Liverpool due to Besiktas being unable to finance a permanent transfer.The German goalkeeper was shipped out on loan to the Turkish club following his gaffes in hanks to a new approach at the plate. Wallace has been working with hitting coach John Mallee to refine his swing and the results has been positive. He’s batting .321 (9 for 28) with two homers, four doubles and nine RBI in 11 spring games. “My timing and everything is a lot easier now,” Wallace ts joining Tottenham.Over three seasons, the Dutch striker was unable to break into the first team after joining for £18million from AZ Alkmaar, making 42 appearances but finding the net six times – and only twice from open play.He told De Telegraafsaid. “Before, it was almost like I was fighout after being the victim of alleged racist abuse from Manchester City fans yesterday.Footage appeared to show a Man City supporter making a monkey gesture and shouting “black b*****d” as the Brazilian and Jesse Lingard strode over to a take a corting myself, like my body was pulling me back, so to try to get going forward and try to get through the baseballs, I could feel that tug in my own body pulling me away. Now I’m in the box and I feel like everything’s working in the right direction.”

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MLB.com reports Rangr City boss Brendan Rodgers is making a £15million swoop for Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer.With Harry Maguire finaer United and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan has been named new coach of Penarol.Forlan will replace head coach Diego Lopez, whose contract ends at the end of this month.The Montevideo-based club announced the move on Twitter. The 40-year-old Flly landing his dream £80m move to Manchester United, the Foxes now face a race to boost Neymar should join his old club.Neymar was linked with both Los Blancos and Barcelona this summer, but remained at the Parc des Princes.”Any player would want to wear the Madrid shirt,” the ex-Madrid and Brazil star said.”But the Neymar story is ovetheir central defensive options, says the Mers pitcher threw an inning in a “B” game on Tuesday as he continues to recover from shoulder inflammation. Font gave up a hit and walked a batter in the appearance.

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The Detroit Tigers continued shaping their roster for the upcoming season and announced till spend the 2019/20 season on loan in Turkey.Brighton head coach Graham Potter said: “We feel this loan to Galatasaray gives Florin the opportunity to go and play regularly, which he’s foundndes from Palmeiras.The Brazilian will join the Blaugrana in July in exchange for seven million euros plus three million euros in variables.Fernandes will sign a five-year contract and his buyout clause will be set at 300m euros.Hours later it was an difficult here.”He also has the prospect of Champions Leahe fonth.Zaha was a target for both Arsenal and Everton during the summer, and handed in a late transfer request in the hope of pushing through a move. With the European transfer window still open until September 2, there is a possibility Zaha could yet ollowing moves Monday: catcher and shortstop were assigned to Double-A Erie; pitcher was sent to Class A Lakeland while outfielder and shortstop were assigned to the team’s minor-league camp.

ngs. El-Ghazi appeared to throw his head at Mings,


Phillies outfielder had to leave Sunday’s spring game against the Astros in top of the sixth inning after getting hit by a pitch. Ruf said he was hit on the left triceps, but he said he feels fine after icing down the area, according to .com. Ruf was 0 for 2 before leaving the game, lowering his batting average to .188 (6 fleted his move to Shanghai SIPG.Arnautovic has left West Ham to join Shanghai SIPG in a £22.4mttenham midfielder Eric Dier.United have been long term admirers of the England international without being able to lure him to Old Trafford.But United bosses believe Dier could be tempted to leave Spurs this summer, with the London club willing to lillion move – six months after failing to secure a dream switch to the Chinese Super League.The Austrian was keen to leave the London Stadium this summer aor 32) in 11 spring games says the 22-year-old has reportedly been monitored by Real Madrid, Manchester United and Arsenal.Dias has 11 caps for Portugal and was part of their Nations League success.He is believed to fit Wolves’ recruitment model as a young player whose value.

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

ng Liverpool winger Ryan Kent.The Sun says Kent wi


Yankees closer threw a simulated game on Sunday and afterwards told reports that he believes he’s ready to pitch in a game, reports .com. That said, Rivera said he’ll wait for skipper Joe Girardi to make that ultieason to be awarded the Premier League title.He remains adamant that the remainder of the 2019/20 games must be played, no matter how lengthy the timescale.The 56-year-old, who played 407 matches for the Ren Hazard is growing frustrated over talks dragging on with Real Madrid for his signing.The Chelsea-Transfer-News-Eden-Hazard-Real-Madrid”>Daily Express says Hazard went public abohris Wilder admits there’s been transfer interest in John Fleck.The Scottish international committed his peak years to the Blades by signing a new contract, which will tie him to Bramall Lane until 2023.Wilder revealed, “He’s been wanted elsewhere ut his feelings after the 0-0 draw with Leicester, and the fact that heds, scoring 108 goals, told Sky Sports: “Ymate decision.

Quote of the Day: Tyler Austin’s mom on signing autographs


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Toward the end of on the challenges of snagging a autograph, recounts what his mother told him regarding his obligations to sign things and body parts fo Galega says Celta are willing to offer €11m for the midfielder.Castillejo arrived from Villarreal only a year ago for €25m.The winger has struggled to fit into new Coach Marco Giampaolo’s 4-3-1-2 formation and was used as a makeshift striker durr fans. Here’s what she said:

“One day you’re going to be there, and I swear if I ever see you walk by anybody and not sign a thing for them, I will come and personally slap you right across the face.”

Fair eving Fulham.The Germany attacker joined on-loan from Borussia Dortmund for two seasons, however he is leaving after 12 months due to the Cottagers’ relegation.He told the club’s website, “It is difficult for the family because we have signed for two nough!

Now contrast that sentiment with what a Yankees employee regularly tells those fans seeking Jeter’s autograph outside the team’s minor-league complex in Florida, where’s he rehabbing his broken ankle …

“Single file! No chitchat! He doesn’t want to hear about your personal life, so don’t ask him about his!”

“If anyone from the back moves forward, we’re going to cut the session off!”

This isn’t to pile on Jeter, who has no doubt endured countless absurd requests from fans. In fact, one wonders whether Tyler Austin’s mom will stick to her pledge if her son one day achieves stardom. I’m guessing they’d rather face that “problem” than not.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, indnited’s schedule. The Red Devils defeated Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday to keep their top-four hopes alive.They will take on Club Brugge in the Europa League last-32 on Thursday, and Solskjaer can’t understand why his team couldn’t play Chelseividually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

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The New York Post reports Mets starting pitcher , who was shut down last August because of a back injuryat Youri Tielemans will grow in importance at the club.The summer signing from Monaco, who spent the second half of last season on loan at the club, is still finding his feet after rejoining.And Maddison believes that as they get more training sessio and concerns regarding his surgically repaired shoulder, is expected to throw Wednesday. “He says he feels great,” manager ham is a fan of his team.Beckham told Pochettino he wished he was playing for Spurs after watching them demolish Crystal Palace 4-0. “I was talking with Beckham after the game and he said he wished he still played and that he played for Tottenham becTerry Collins said. “He is well-rested and said [the layoff] was real good for him, so I’m expecting him to come in, and he said he’ani Ceballos is attracting Bundesliga interest.Ceballos has been told by Real coach Zinedine Zidane he should find himself a new club this summer.The midfielder is being linked with Tottenham, though a future in Germany could be on for the Spain U21 s ready to pitch like he’s capable of pitching. As long as his arm feels good, he will give us the innings.”

Angels can move Morales now, but will Rays still be interested?



Five months ago, the Rays seemed willing to give up a starting pitcher if they could trade for .Would they do the same today?Morales is much more available now than he was in July, when sources say the Rays asked for him and the said no.The Angels are in a different spot now, after their surprise signing of left them with an outfield surplus. While that could mean they trade or , their preference is to move Morales and/or , according to sources. Moving Morales would allow Trumbo to become the designated hitter, opening up the outfield for Bourjos to join Hamilton and .The problem is that the Angels could really use another starting pitcher. Their rotation, as of now, consists of , , , and either or .Obviously, trading Bourjos or Trumbo would give the Angels the best chance of landing someone who can significantly improve that group.It’s hard to imagine Wells could bring them a solid starter, even with the Angels eating almost all of the remaining $42 million on his contract. But what about Morales?The Rays still have some starting pitching depth, but not nearly as much as they did in July, after trading James Shields and Wade Davis to the . Their need for a hitter like Morales, however, is still strong.Even after the big move with the Royals, the Rays were still searching for a designated hits their new head coach on a two-year contract.”From the moment we spoke to Slaven, we were struck by his enthusiasm and excitement about this challenge,” Baggies technical director Luke Dowling told the club website.”He is determined to get back to tter. The 29-year-old Morales hit 22 home runs in 484 at-bats in 2012, after missing 2011 because of an ankle injury.The Astros and Indians had also bening RB Leipzig fullback Angelino.Angelino joined RBL in January on-loan from Manchester City to the end of this season.And the Spaniard was scouted by Barca director Ramon Planes in victory over Champions League opponents Tottenham this week. Planesen mentioned aThe Molineux outfit have already played 43 games ahead of Thursday’s Europa League knockout clash with Espanyol.”It’s brilliant,” he said. “Any player will tell you they want to play rather than train.”It’s something every player wants.”It’s what yous fits for Morales, but Houston filled its DH opening Monday by agreeing to terms with . The Indians, at the moment, seem more focused on trying to sign free-agent outfielder .

Repeal Day celebration: Baseball-themed beer ads


Although the recent heavy-on-sound, light-on-fury Winter Meetings caused us to give it short shrift, — which, on the fifth of each December, commemorates the end of black-hearted Prohibition — ought to be a holy day of obligation for baseball fans the world over. After all, the day marks our democratic triumph over the meddlesome Protestants who for too long deprived us of wholesome, nutritious alcohol, which, in turn, deprived us of full enjoyment of this, our baseball.

One not need be a Sommelier of the Good Life to know that alcohol in general and beer in particular pair quite swimmingly with the sport that binds us. So let us now pay homage to the beer-baseball nexus — and, by extension, to Repeal Day — by revisiting what entrusted advertisers have taught us about the enjoyment of baseball and sudsy potions.

Come with me, won’t you?

: 1889: E&J Burke (Guinness): Cap Anson and Buck Ewing : You can still enjoy beer even if you or your buddy is ! : $188,000:

: 1913: Hoster-Columbus: Connie Mack and John McGraw: There was no Eastern Hemisphere in 1913, and John McGraw conquered South America with nothing more than hard stares and a mighty will.  :

: 1945: All of beer: Gentlemen rooters of the base-ball: TheseSheyi Ojo is set to sign a new five-year contract with Liverpool.The Guardian says the Reds will immediately loan Ojo out after he commits his long-term future.The 21-year-old endured a tough loan spell with Stade de Reims this season.Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is a keen admirer of Ojo and the Scottish giants are one of many clubs interested in signing the Reds academy graduate. gentlemen are happy and fulfilled for no fewer than five reasons: 1) They are at a baseball game; 2) Beer is sold by the bucket-full; 3) The war is drawing to a close; 4) They live in a time and culture in which hot dogs are served on French porcelain dinnerware; and 5) Syphilis is now .   :

: 1950s: Schlitz: Revelry in general and as a guiding concept: “Schlitz” is not only a refreshing malt beverage but also a treacherously pronounced prefix. Also, the lady in the orange sundress is obviously testing the bounds of decency, perhaps as a consequence of both a rotten moral core and too much Schlitzing.    :

: 1959: Ortlieb’s: Pen-and-ink, lantern-jawed ballplayer and suburban temptress — quite possibly the cleat-chasing bimbo from the Schlitz ad (see the damnably similar hairstyle). : Ortlieb’s pursues a narrow demographic: the heteronormative “he-man” who drinks without ceasing before and after ballgames but not during them. In contrast to other potable liquids, Ortlieb’s is “wet.”    :

: 1962: Rheingold: Casey Stengel, you-know-who: So the floozy who favors hother in the first-half of Sunday’s defeat.The unbeaten Reds were seconds away from their first league defeat in 27 matches before Sadio Mane scored a header in the 94th minute to rescue all three points. “A lot of their players were arguing and youthe latest in orange-hued women’s fashions is as promiscuous with her men as she is with her domestic-swill loyalt for a new midfield addition next month.Milan coach Stefano Pioli is eager to add a box-to-box midfielder over the winter market and their search is leading to the Premier League.While Napoli ace Allan is a target, the Rossonero are also keen on sackies! It matters not to her — smoldering weekender vacantly reliving what might have been, sun-kissed major-leaguer, or pickled skipper clinging to his faculties — as long as they wear the uniform and have a full cooler, she’s a consenting adult. But don’t blame the Ol’ Perfesser: For he knows a good-time dame when he sees one. Plus, syphilis has been cured for nigh 20 years or more! : , of all places

: 1970s: Pabst: Gorman Thomas. That has to be Gorman Thomas, right?: It’s not certain whether Gorman Thomas will range deep into center in pursuit of a baseball or even a mug of beer, but it is certain that Gorman Thomas will range deep into center in pursuit of a snifter of beer. And who can blame him?  :

Note: Further investigation reveals subject to be totally Gorman Thomas …

And although what follows has nothing to do with baseball, no cursory discussion of beer advertisements would be complete without it …

As the history of history teaches us, the past is way creepier than the present.

In closing and in further honor of Repeal Day, please do raise a half-emptied Gorman Thomas snifter to Hall-of-Famer and Drinking ManTM Ed Delahanty, who in 1903 hastened the occasion of his death by getting crocked on train, threatening his fellow passengers with a razor, being given the bum’s rush off that train, and then . “The Good Life,” is what they call it.

Cheers to baseball!

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Will Mariano Rivera have to take a pay cut?


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Two years ago, Derek Jeter was the legend involved in a contentious negotiation with the team, while Mariano Rivera quickly and quietly signed a two-year deal. Things might be different this time around.

, the Yankees himself an important player at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu this season.The Colombian was expected to leave all summer, but he’s still at the club.”I hope this is my season at Real Madrid,” he told the El Chiringuito programme when discussing his swill ask the all-time saves leader to take a pay cut for 2013. Rivera made $15 million in 2012, but one Yankees official tells Klapisch “there’s just no way,” the Yankees would give him another guaranteed $15 million coming off of a major knee surgery that cost him most of the season. The team would likely add performance clauses to his contract that could pay him at least $15 million.

Rivera will turn 43 next month and has . There’s little to no chance Rivera pitches anywhere else in 2013, but it will still be entertaining to watch the negotiations between the Yankees and tus have clinched the signing of PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot.Rabiot passed a medical on Monday and has signed a four-year contract.The 24-year-old broke through for PSG in 2013 and went on to play 227 times for the French giants, scoring 25 goals, ptheir iconic closer.

The rre-Emerick Aubameyang.It emerged earlier this week that preparations are already underway for the Gabon international to move to BarcelonaSome of his relatives have relocated and been living in a coastal town near Barcelona for several months, so fuYankees made a qualifying offer to right-handed reliever Rafael Soriano, who declined a $14-million option for 2013. Soriano served as the team’s closer in Rivera’s absence in 2012, recording 42 saves. Soriano led the American League with 45 saves with the Rays in 2010 before signing with the Yankees as Rivera’s setup man before the 2011 season.

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