is a target for PSG, but Barca are determined to t


Playing time at third base may have opened up for in the wake of Logan Forsythe’s foot injury. Forsythe was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis Thursday and is out at least six weeks.

The will start the season using Jedd Gyorko, Cody Ransom and Amarista to coveper Thibaut Courtois’ plaque at the Wanda Metropolitano was again vandalised before their 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid.Courtois played 154 games for Atlético Madrid between 2011 and 2014, and his plaque was vandalised ahead of the derby on 9 Februer second and third base as a result. Amanchester United legend Roy Keg Bobby Duncan’s situation.Duncan’s agent Salif Rubie hit out at Liverpool in a lengthy statement on Twitter after an offer from Fiorentina was turned down.Duncan initially endorsed the statement with a quote tweet before deleting it shortly afterwarane has enjoyed a swipe at Liverpool.Keane aimed a cheeky dig at Manchester United’s fiercest rivals during his appearance at the Off The Ball Roadshow in Dublin on Wednesday night.Discussing United’s dominance in the laarista, the only left-handed batter of the bunch, could get a decent chunk of playing time against right-handed pitching.

Amarista hit .240/.282/.385 in 105 games as a Padre last year. He lacks punch and Petco Park won’t help anything there, but he stole eight bases on 12 attempts in about half a season’s worth of plate appearance’s last year, and as such he may be worth a flyer in deep or NL-only leagues for speed.

Reds have made their decision, and Chapman is headed to the bullpen


Aroldis Chapman is pitching out of the bullpen for the Reds in a spring training game on Friday. More importantly, Chapman will be pitching out of the bullpen for the Reds this season.The team had yet to announce anything asf their shock defeat at Watford.Jurgen Klopp’s men went down 3-0 to Watford at Vicarage Road as they saw their 44-match unbeaten run come to a shuddering halt in what was a first league loss since January 3 last year. “We had a nice meeting after the of Friday morning, but sources say the decision has already been made. Chapman will be the Reds’ closer, and Mike Leake will be the fifth starter.

The Cincinnati Enquirer that the Reds were likely to put Cnderland captain Lee Cattermole has signed with VVV Venlo for 12 months.The midfielder has won the deal after successful preseason trials.Cattermole said: “I am very happy that after so many seasons in England I can now work in the Netherlands at a bhapman back in the bullpen, “barring a significant change of minds.” As it turned out, there was no significant change.

Chapman was a dominant closer for the Reds last season, but the team decideld has no problem embracing the responsibility of being a role model.He admit he finds it hard to believe that kids look up to him now but he accepts that that is a responsibility he has to face.”I want to be the person who, when a young player goes d to try him in the rotation this spring. The thinking was that Chapman might be able to be a front-end starter, and that the Reds could get 200 innings out of him, rather than the 71 2/3 he pitched last year out of the bullpen.

But manager Dusty Baker always favored keeping Chapman as closer. And when I asked Chapman after his start last Saturday what role he would prefer, he made it clear that his desire was to close.

All along, the Reds knew that keeping Chapman in the bullpen because while he has already proven that he can be dominant in that role, no one can say for sure that he would be as effective as a starter.

Leake has started 78 games for the Reds over the last three seasons. He was 8-9 with a 4.58 ERA in 179 innings in 2012.

supporters after he fired four past Spurs in Tues


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. 

enham.Spurs beat the Serb champions 5-0 in north L


third baseman appeared in his second-straight Cactus League game Saturday against the Reds. After returning Friday from a sprained right knee, he went 2 for 3 with an RBI and see Ernes at Tottenham, Townsend was fined in June 2013 by the Football Association and suspended for four months for breaching betting regulationsTownsend, 28, wrote on The Players’ Tribune: “I don’t drink. I don’t do drugs. I don’t think I’ve ever been insito Valverde sacked.Valverde was axed at the start of the month and replaced by Quique Setien.Font stated, “I know that the players didn’t want Valverde anymore.”The businessman admits he was happy Al Sadd coach Xavi turned down the job, “I two runs scored in the 9-9 he exclusive worldwide rights to the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), the top flight of women’s soccer in the US, reports, /.ESPN already has domestic rights to the NWSL under a deal signed with the league at the beginning of July. The new agretie. Ramirez told .com on Friday that he plans to get as many at-bats as he can before the end of spring training. “We don’t have that much time left right now,” Ramirez said. “I expect everything to be normal.”

Must-see video: Division III team imitates ‘Major League’


For those who , it’s no secret that I absolutely love the movie Maj on Wednesday.Rodri opened the scoring after 30 minutes before Kevin De Bruyne capped off a magnificent performance with a 62nd minute goal.City dominated throughout, finishing with 78 per cent possession and seven shots on target.The result leaves Wor League. So when I saw this, I was giddy.

Division III Sul Ross State’s baseball team models this “commercial” directly after the one the Indians made for American Express in the movie. Check it out.

Unbelievable idea and execution. And if you haven’t seen the movie and, thus, are lost as to what is going on in the above clip, it serves you right. Now, go find a way to watch it pronto. There are only like 357 different ways to see a movie in this day and age.


For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to thto partner Marko Arnautovic next season.The Hammers were reportedly interested in signing West Bromwich Albion striker Rondon, who spent this season on loan at Newcastle, as a replacement for Arnautovic.The Austrian been the subject of long-term intee and . Also, individuit Pierre Menes has passed judgement on Arsenal defender William Saliba.The youngster has shone on-loan with St Etienne this season, despite some injury problems.Menes said on his personal video channel: “He is an interesting player, who has potentally interact with us on Twitter: , and .

t of playing for Spain at Euro 2020.The midfielder


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.”

Pirates camp report: Youngsters like Cole expected to help turnaround


BRADENTON, Fla. — Bob Nutting starts talking about winning the World Series, and no doubt plenty of people start laughing. Or sighing.How about winning more games than you lose?

But the owner is right.

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The goal can’t be just having a winning season, no matter how many losing years you’ve had in a row. The goal can’t be just to end the streak.

The Pirates should be thinking about winning World Series.

And that’s where Gerrit Cole comes in.

There’s no way to know for sure exactly what Cole will become. There’s no way to know for sure how soon he’ll become it.

He may not help the Pirates at all this year. Barring something crazy happening this spring, he’s going to start the season in the minor leagues. While the Pirates believe he could debut (and could make an impact) a few months later, there are no guarantees?

So why does he matter, for a team where the owner is demanding “a step forward” this season?

Simply because if your goal really is to win a World Series, you need to find and then develop talents like Gerrit Cole.

Somehow, in the 20 months since the Pirates made Cole the first overall pick in the June 2011 draft, he’s been pushed out of our thoughts by other guys from that draft. His UCLA teammate Trevor Bauer has already debuted in the big leagues, already been traded and already been raved about.

Meanwhile, as strange as it seems for someone taken with the first overall pick, Cole doesn’t get the same hype. Even some of his teammates laugh at the idea that a No. 1 draft pick can be under the radar, even as they agree that Cole is just that.

He probably shouldn’t be.

“Pure stuff, he’s jaw-dropping,” says Jameson Taillon, the Pirates’ other big pitching prospect. “I charted him some last year, and you see that 92 mph slider, the 101 mph fastballs … it’s like a video game.

“I think once Gerrit gets his shot, he’ll blow people away.”

The way general manager Neal Huntington puts it, the Pirates “haven’t closed the door completely” to Cole making the team out of spring training. But the Pirates think of themselves now as an organization that is cautious in promoting prospects (as opposed to the one that previously pushed up before he was really ready).

“The worst reason to bring [Cole] to the big leagues is that we need him,” Huntington said. “I’d rather be a week too late tven Gerrard’s side lost 3-1 at home to Bayer Leverkusen in the first leg of their round of 16 clash.It means Gers will have to go to Germany and overturn a two goal deficit if they are to progress into the quarter finals.Leon Bailey gave Leverkusen than a month too early.”

Huntington believes in Cole, Taillon and his other prized prospects. The organization believes in the prospects so strongly that the Pirates backed away from a proposed trade for Chase Headley last July, even though the team seemed to need a boost and even though it wasn’t going to cost them either Cole or Taillon.

Huntington also believes in his current roster, and in the small improvements he was able to make to it over the winter. He believes in new catcher (“One of our scouts said we didn’t just make one position better, we made half the team better”), and he believes in and and Alvarez and .

“We have a group that’s very hungry,” Huntington said.

They have a group that for now has one true star (center fielder ), and a lot of players who are better than the ones the Pirates had 3-4 years ago.

Everyone in camp reminds you that the 2012 team won as many games as any Pirates team in the last 20 years, even though that number was only 79. Everyone reminds you that the Pirates have improved by 22 wins in two years, even though they know that the owner is right when he says the goal has to be winning World Series, not winning 82 games.

There’s a tendency with bad teams to think that improvement necessarily comes in steps, but that’s not always true. Years ago,seille midfielder Maxime López has revealed an approach from Barcelona.Lopez admits Barca were in contact two years ago.”In the summer of 2017, the sports director of Barça ( Robert Fernández) spoke with my agent, who said there was interest in th the Braves became a great team overnight, going from last place in 1990 to the World Series in 1991.

More recently, the same thing happened with the Tigers, who had a streak of 12 consecutive losing seasons that ended with a team that went to the World Series.

Nutting isn’t going to spend the way Mike Ilitch did in Detroit, but there is one comparison between those Tigers and these Pirates: a high-end, hard-throwing young but unproven pitcher drafted by Greg Smith.

Maybe it’s not fair to compare Gerrit Cole to Justin Verlander. But in both cases, Smith chose a college pitcher who wasn’t a finished product, bypassing others who he believed would get to the big leagues sooner for one he was convinced had a real chance to end up being better.

“There’s some roughness around the edges, and I like that,” Smith said. “Because it means there’s more in there.”

Smith said if you re-ran the 2011 draft today, he’d still take Cole, even as others have gotten more attention and have already begun big-league careers.

“Oh, absolutely,” he said. “I haven’t wavered at all.”

Cole himself admits he notices the other guys in his draft class. He and Bauer were college teammate appoint a new manager.Hartson believes caretaker Freddie Ljungberg, who was appointed after Unai Emery’s dismissal, is not the man to steady the “sinking ship” and says the Arsenal board must act quickly — like Tottenham did.He told The Sun: “s, but they were never particularly close.

“I don’t think we focus on each other very much,” Cole said.

He knows Bauer and others have had higher profiles. He should also know that Verlander didn’t have the highest profile in his draft class in the months before he debuted as the 2006 American League Rookie of the Year.

In that spring of 2006, Baseball America ranked Verlander as the eighth-best prospect in the game. He was third among pitching prospects, behind and Chad Billingsley.

This week, Baseball America released its 2013 prospect rankings. Cole was seventh.Verlander ended that 2006 season in the World Series.

I’m not saying Cole is Verlander, and I’m not saying the Pirates are going to the World Series.

But getting the most out of talent like Gerrit Cole is the way they could get there.

pard is happy seeing the academy staff getting the


Seattle pitching prospect , who was named the No. 5 prospect in .com’s Top 100, is participating in spring training with the Mariners and doesn’t want the accolades he’s received to get to his head. “It’s a great feeling, Wilder says Ravel Morrison could see action against Chelsea.Morrison produced a man-of-the-match performance on his full Sheffield United debut in midweek, setting up one of the goals in a 2-1 Carabao Cup win over Blackburn.Wilder says the 26-year-olbut at the same time, you can’t really look into the top prospects too much, you know,” Walker said. “Just going to have to go about doing your own business, and don’t worry about that too much. Just keep working towards the ultimate goal.” Pitching coach Carl Willis loves Walker’s potential. “I exphey could’ve nicked a draw in defeat to Liverpool.Shaw claimed they were in the game until Mohamed Salah’s second for the hosts in injury-time.He said, “Very disappointed. We didn’t really deserve that – especially 2-0.”When it was 1-0 it was victory over Aston Villa.Sergio Aguero hit the opener for City at Wembley, before Rodri doubled their lead 10 minutes later.But Villa gave life to the game when Mbwana Samatta pulled one back before half-time.Dean Smith’s side pushed all game for an really ect him to compete for a spot on the club,” the coach said. “He is still young from an experience standpoint, but you can’t disregard the stuff that you see.”

Vladimir Guerrero unlikely to end up with Indians


It doesn’t sound like Vladimir Guerrero will end up in Cleveland, despite Monday’s report of a recent workout with the Indians.Cleveland general manager Chris Antonetti told reporters () Guerrero approached the team about a workout and the team obliged. However, Guerrero can’t play the field and the team already has

Travis Hafner as a DH. There was thought that Guerrero could play some in the field, but it appears that’s not an option.Guerrero’s agent, Fern Cuza, that Guerrero would look inthange the dynamic” by beating Liverpool on Sunday.Currently sitting in 12th on nine points, the Red Devils will be heavy underdogs when the Premier League leaders arrive at Old Trafford.But Mata says the match can be a watershed moment if United can o playing in Japan if he doesn’t have an offer from a big-league team at the end of spring training. With a week left in spring, it looks like that may be the next option. Still, there’s the question of whether there’s a spot in Japan available for Guerrero.Last season, Guerrero hit .290/.317/.416 with 13 home runs in Baltimore. In 2010 with the Rangers, he finished 11th in MVP voting alo Ancelotti has found himself at the forefront of an FA misconduct charge.The veteran boss was incensed when his team was denied a winning goal against Manchester United at Goodison Park on Sunday.He thought his side had won the game 2-1, but the gond won a Silver Slugger and made the All-Star team, hitting .300/.345/.496 with 29 home runs and 115 RBI. The 37-year-old is a career .318/.379/.553 hitter with 449 homers and 2,590 hits.For more baseball news, rumors aer United.The Nerazzurri opened their International Champions Cup campaign in Singapore with a 1-0 reverse.“The positives I saw were in the effort and eagerness of the players, but there is a great deal to be improved in possession and when pressinnd analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

Duke Johnson traded to Texans: How Lamar Miller is impacted by Houston’s latest backfield addition


The got themselves a new No. 2 running back by ahead of Thursday night’s preseason opener, but is that all Johnson is?

As long as is in the fold, well, that’s all he probably should be. The former starter, who’s handled the bulk of Houston’s carries for the last three seasons, might be the least-hyped two-time 1,000-yard rusher of s according to Record, which reports United are offering £57m for the Portugal international ahead of the January market.Sporting are need of a quick sale to balance books and are now prepared to cash in on Fernandes.The midfielder, 25, has played 1his generation, but he’s still the guy behind — a solid and reliable, if unspectacular, lead rusher.

The key question though, with Johnson now aboard, is how long Miller will remain in the fold. The 28-year-old is set to become a free agent after this season, whereas Johnson is under contract through 2021.

The compensation involved in the Texans’ trade with Cleveland on Thursday would seem to suggest Bill O’Brien and Co. value Johnson as a whole lot more than a backup rental. But with reports indicating O’Brien himself agreed to send a fourth-rounder — which can turn into a third — in absence of an official Texans general manager, it’s more likely Johnson’s steep price tag was simply the result of Browns GM John Dorsey swindling a guy rarely at the negotiating table.

But even so, it’s fair to wonder if Johnson’s arrival effectively spells the end of Miller’s tenure with the Texans. Houston wouldn’t have dealt for Johnson at all, let alone surrendered a premium pick, if it didn’t plan to involve him in the offense, especially in a system increasingly centered on Watson’s passing game. But even if Miller were to unleash a Pro Bowl season with Johnson cutting into his playing time, he’d likely only command a bigger salary as a 2020 free agent. And Houston is already entering this season with $12.8 million is moving for Chelsea midfielder Willian.The 30-year-old appears to be edging closer to the exit door at Stamford Bridge as his contract continues to wind down.Willian is free to negotiate a pre-contract deal with foreign clubs from January 1, with committed to the RB position — the fourth-largest total of any team in the .

Money talks in this business, and Johnson has a team-friendly deal, with a 2020 cap hit of just $4.1 million, that runs for three more seasons. Miller is about to hit the open market as he approaches his 30s. You do the math.

Now, none of this is to suggest Johnson deserves a starting gig or will even get one all to himself should Miller walk after a fourth and final year in Houston. For all his prowess as a Browns pass catcher, Johnson has never topped even 400 rushing yards in a season, peaking at 104 carries during his rookie year in Cleveland. The point remains the samp for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Ibrahimovic’s contract only runs to June, with an option to extend for another year.And speaking before Thursday night’s Coppa Italia semifinal first-leg draw with Juventus, Massara opened the door to the Swede staying.“It’e, though: The Texans could just as easily pair a mid- to late-round rookie with Johnson and still save money, taking a route similar to what the did this offseason, retaining their pass-catching threat () and shedding their veteran “workhorse” () for a younger, cheaper alternative ().

Dolphins sign Dan Marino and Bob Griese to active roster in strange celebration


On Wednesday, the signed six players to their active roster. Two of thoochettino after his claims this week.The Sun says Spurs were dumped out of the Carabao Cup on penalties by the League Two Colchester United on Tuesday night.A source close to a number of players said: “They feel Poch is the one with an agenda.”They ase players are Hall of Fame quarterbacks. Unfortunately for the Dolphins, neither of them will be able to play in September.

In a strange celebratory move, the Dolphins added Dan Marino, Bob Griese, Nat Moore, Larry Little, Kim Bokampe winger Daniel Podence is attracting interest from Arsenal.Podence fired eight goals and nine assists for Olympiacos last season, and has netted two for the Greek side already this term.The left winger was a handful for Tottenham as they blew a 2-0 lr and Sam Madison to their active roster for 24 hours.

This is a very sexy depth chart:

Unfortunately for the Dolphins, that depth chart will look a tad different Thursday.

If you’re confused, you’re not alone. As , “The Dolphins said they added the players to the active roster for 24 hours to emphasize the bond between the organization and the team’s alumni.”

In his sh Fabio Capello can understand his old club moving for Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt.Juve are now in talks to sign the Dutch teen.“If Juve sign De Ligt then it’s over. Again. And we go directly to the season after,” Capello told Corriere dello Sportory, Schad also reported that Marino joked about being a free agent for the past 16 years, and executive VP Mike Tannenbaum cracked a joke about how Marino might have better knees than ,

Like I said — weird.

Colin Kaepernick breaks silence, reveals he hasn’t spoken to 49ers GM


spent his offseason seeking a trade that would ensure he’d never return to the ‘ facility in Santa Clara. But that trade never materialized, even if the showed interest, so Kaepernick now finds himself in a quarterback duel against .

For the first time this offseason, Kaepernick spoke to media members about the strange events of the spring. He didn’t reveal much of anything. He said he’s happy to be in San Francisco with new head coach Chip Kelly and claimed the situation wasn’t “awkward,” but really, what else is Kaepernick supposed to say?

“What Chip, the coaching staff, my teammates have really done this offseason, and the work they’ve put in and how everything has been going, I’m very excited to be here,” Kaepernick said, “I’m very happy to be here. And looking forward to training camp.”

One interesting nugget actually did come out of his exchange with reporters. As reported, Kaepernick revealed that he hasn’t spoken to 49ers general manager Trent Baalke.

That’s not a definitive bad sign, but it’s definitely not a good sign — though, it’s worth noting that Kaepernick doesn’t need to speakn as the club’s Chief Football Officer (CFO), a newly created role, reports will be responsible for the co-ordination and oversight of the club’s Sporting Area activities and will work closely with CEO Ivan Gazidis and the n with Baalke to play football. His relationship with Kelly is more important.

Kaepernick didn’t reveal why he wanted to escape San Francisco this spring.

“Organizations at the end of the season go through and evaluate personnel and opportunities,” Kaepernick said. “That was something, I sat dow2-year-old becomes the ninth Red Devil to spent this campaign away from Old Trafford following the departures of Chris Smalling and Alexis Sanchez.It is the fourth loan of Borthwick-Jackson’s career so far, following underwhelming spells at Wolves, Ln with my team and did the same thing. That’s how we handled the business.

“We were looking at different opportunities. I don’t want to get into specifics of what happened, why thinick has secured his short and long term futures.The midfielder has not only signed a loan agreement with Shrewsbury Town for the 2019/2020 season, but he has also signed a new contract with Chelsea.The 20-year-old has been with the Blues since the ungs happened. At this point, everything is football. I’m a 49er. Once again, excited to work with Chip and this coaching staff, Curtis and Ryan have been amazing. I’m excited about what’s to come.”

For now, Kaepernick’s task is simple: Get healthy enough to begin competing against Gabbert in team drills. Recovering from three surgeries, Kaepernick still isn’t cleared for all football activities. He took part in 7-on-7 drills, and is expecting to be a “full-go” for training camp at the end of next month.

, but he’ll still need to elevate his play after a disappointing 2015 campaign that saw him post a career-low passer rating of 78.5.

Vikings TE John Carlson playing catch-up after knee injury


is making up for lost time with the . The problem is, he doesn’t have much left.The tight end sprained the MCL in his knee on July 31 and just returned to practice Sunday, two weeks before Gary Neville says vice-chairman Ed Woodward should be sacked.Neville launched into an impassioned speech after seeing his old side lose 2-0 to the league leaders and fierce rivals Liverpool on Sunday.Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Gary Neville Podcast, the season starts.The Vikings signed the free agent during the offseason to fill the void left by ‘s retirement and ‘s departure to . They are counting on Carlson to be a big weapon (along with ) in their two tight-end sets.Suffice it to say, Carlson has a lot of catching up to do.“I haven’t run a whole lot in the last few weeks,” he said. “My conditioning level isn’t where it needs to be yet. But I have a couple weeks before that first game and I will do what I can to get back to where I need to be.”Carlson attended his first light practice on Sunday and said Lazio great Paolo di Canio insists Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku fails on the big stage.Before Serie A’s suspension, Lukaku drew a blank in defeat to Juventus.And Di Canio admits he wasn’t surprised, having watched the Belgian when he played in England.“I’m not surprised unlike you. He’ll keep scoring a lot, maybe against the small teams, where his physicality will be more noticeable,” said the Italian. “But in these games, it’s no surprise. He didn’t impress me.”his knee felt fine afterward, but he was looking ahead to Monday afternoon’s practice in full pads for a longer duration. So was his offensive coordinator, Bill Musgrave.“We’re going to find that out (how ready Carlson is) this week and next,” Musgrave said. “[Sunday] was his first day. He was feeling his way a little bit and understandably so, but we will get him out there [Monday] and hope it is better.”Carlson said he watched practices and studied the offense during his absence, but nothing makes up for physical reps.

“Communicating with the tackle, seeing, reading coverages, running the correct route, making the correct adjustments — I need to get that really quickly, but it will come,” he sramovich about his future.The Sun says he has held summit talks with Chelsea owner Abramovich and demanded a quick sacking if the club want rid of him.Sarri has been forced to spend the second half of the season dodging questions over his future as taid.Musgrave said Carlson’s veteran experience is a strength that helps him against coverages, and “he has quickness and suddenness to win versus man coverage as well.”

The Vikings hope that experience will come into play soon.

For more Vikings news and notes, follow Joe Oberle on Twitter .

Dolphins Notebook: QB Ryan Tannehill could start, injured players sit against Panthers


coach Joe Philbin said all week he was looking to give a shot against a first-team defense this preseason.

It appears the rookie will get his chance on Friday night at Carolina in the team’s second .

Miami broadcaster Dick Stockton, who is slated to call the team’s game against the Panthers, said Friday morning on 790 The Ticket the eighth-overall selection in April’s draft will start the game under center. Tannehill completed 14 of 21 passes for 167 yards with a touchdown last week in a 20-7 loss to Tampa Bay and had looked impressive during training camp.

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill will indeed start tonight, team source says. Philbin would like to have regular-season starter after this game.

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If Tannehill does get the nod, he will join fellow rookies Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Brandon Weeden to start a preseason game.

“What I’m most concerned about Ryan is his decision making, his accuracy, his leadership skills, game management skills in the practice field and his preparation in this building,” Philbin said. “We provide him the practice situations and the mental preparation steps that he needs to take to get ready to play a game at this level as a quarterback.”

The rookie is expected to get 25-30 plays with the first team and incumbent , who led the team to a 6-3 record in the team’s final nine games last season, will likely start the move to Napoli.The Swiss’ agent says he’d follow former Milan coach Rino Gattuso to Naples.“From January onwards, he needs to play, because Euro 2020 is coming up and Ricardo wants to be a protagonist for his country,” agent Gianluca Di Domenico tthird quarter, reported the Palm Beach Post. Moore struggled in his start against Tampa Bay last week, connecting on 7 of 12 passes for 79 yards with an interception.

Former Pro Bowler , who suffered a knee injury last week, is expected to miss up to four more weeks as hlong loan deal for the 2019-20 campaign.The 23-year-old has also extended his contract with the newly-promoted Premier League Canaries until 2021.Morris spent time on loan with the Millers in 2017, playing eight times.He did not play competitively the recovers. Garrard was atop the depth chart prior to his injury.

There will be plenty of players wearing ball caps instead of helmets Friday night in Carolina.

Defensive end , who was in a car crash this week, didn’t even make the trip north as he recovers from whiplash. Linebackers and both missed practice this week with various injuries and aren’t expected to play versus the Panthers.

Backup defensive tackle , who hurt his knee in last week’s loss to Tampa Bay, was limited this week and also is likely to sit out.

On offense, guards and are likely sidelined as the duo has missed most of this week’s practices. Receiver , who has yet to practice during training camp due to a calf injury, remains sidelined.

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the Dolphins from blogger Dave Carey, follow .

Titans Extra Points: Saturday news and notes


An MRI taken on Tennessee  C on Friday revealed that the nine-year veteran has suffered a torn right triceps.

Amano will be out for the season, coach Mike Munchak said after Saturday’s practice. Amano suffered the injury on Thursday night when the inner-part of his right arm collided with a defender’s helmet.

The Titans brought in several veteran centers in the spring during free agency, but Amano entered training camp as the starter at center.

“It’s disappointing,” Munchak said. “Those things are very rare, it seems like with lineman. It’s kind of strange how it happened. He knew right away. The player usually knows right away. There’s no dr Manchester United.The teenager broke his senior team duck with an impressive strike in a 1-0 win over FC Astana.United created many great chances against their Europa League opponents, but could not finish those moments.Eventually, a stunning narrooubt he’s depressed and disappointed, because we Kubo chose Real Madrid over Barcelona due to a stunning contract offer, it has been revealed.The former FC Tokyo starlet will join Real’s Castilla squad after Japan’s Copa America campaign.Sport says the Japanese youngster turned down a return to La had good talks during the offseason. I think he was excited about competing and winning his spot no matter who we brought in to compete with.”

C entered training camp as the third-string center but has taken snaps with the first team during the last two days of practice. Velasco, a swing lineman, received his only career start at Dallas in 2010. He also received extensive playing time later in the season at Houston after Amano was sidelined with an injury.

“Fernando is very comfortable; he’s been there quite some time in this system,” Munchak said. “He’s a big kid; he’s handled it well. The quarterbacks are very confident in him. It’s a good opportunity for him.”

C remained out on Saturday with concussion-like symptoms. Munchak is hopeful Matthews will return to practice Wednesday following the Titans’ joint practice Monday with the Falcons.

Matthews, the son of Hall of Fame offensive guard and offensive line coach Bruce Matthews, is itching to return to the lineup. Last August in training camp, Matthews rushed back to practice after suffering a severe ankle sprain. It may have helped him earn a final spot on the 53-man roster.

“For him it’s in his bloodline; he’s a competitor he loves the game,” Munchaka.The arrival of the Manchester United midfielder would be a threat to Valverde’s playing chances next season.But the Uruguay international insists he would be happy to play alongside with the Frenchman.”I cannot say anything because I’m just a playe said. “He came in as a free agent and has a done a very good job. He did the same thing at Texas A&M: He walked on and earned a scholarship his first year. He knows what hard work is all about.”

Wide receiver completed a series of station work with strength and conditioning coach Steve Watterson in the right corner of the south end zone at LP Field during Saturday’s scrimmage.

Britt has resumed running but could start making cuts and changing directions as soon as this week. Munchak did not set a timetable for when Britt may be taken off PUP. The fourth-year wide receiver underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee last month. Britt previously had two surgeries on his right knee since last fall.

“We’re happy where he’s at; he’s progressing as well or better than we hoped,” Munchak said.

WR took part in 11-on-11 drills for the first time since agreeing to terms on a four-year deal with the Titans on Tuesday.

Wright was prohibited from appearing in team drills over his first several practices, according to league rules. Earlier in the week, Wright wore a red jersey to avoid contact. The rookie from Baylor also fielded punt returns Saturday.

“I think he was embarassed to be in the red,” Munchak said. “He was begging me yesterday not to wear it. It’s good to have him getting into it now.”

Wright nearly caught a touchdown on an out route along the left sidelines but was ruled out of bounds as he made contact with the pylon. On the ensuing play, Wright broke inside in the end zone as a pass from quarterback landed behind him.

“I just had a mindset to come out here and make some plays,” Wright said. “[I didn’t make] as many as I wanted to. I made some; that’s all that matters.”

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