ical director’s role is “unnecessary”.Scholes has


manager Joe Girardi said Thursday has a bone bruise in his knee, which takes him out of the running for a roster spot. Mustelier had a solid anager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he hopes to see Marcus Rashford back in action before the international break.The England forward was forcedding the UEFA Champions League final.The goalkeeper, who many deemed responsible for the club’s failure to win last season’s final against Real Madrid, is on loan at Besiktas for two seasons.Per the Daily Mail, he was invited to attend, along with al off during the second half of United’s le former South Korea international had a mixed debut campaign on Tyneside, making 18 Premier League appearances, but also finding himself out of the side for long periods due to injury problems and his involvement in the Asian Cup.“I had an injury,oss to West Ham on Sunday.Solskjaer confirmed Rashford had sustainedspring, batting .314 (11 for 35) with a double, a triple, two homers and five RBI in 21 games. He also had two stolen bases.

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.

chdays of the LaLiga Santander and LaLiga SmartBan


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.

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.

Rockies, Dexter Fowler avoid arbitration with two-year contract


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

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

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

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Report: Mets offer David Wright six-years, $100 million extension


The have offered third baseman a six-year, $100 million extension, according to Ken Rosenthal of . CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman wrote in early October that the team was Wright an extension of about $100 million. 

Wright is likely to decline the offer, according to Rosenthal. The reported offer would match recent extensions handed to Ryan Zimmerman and Evan Longoria. Wright is said to be looking for at least a seven-year deal and will likely command more money than Zimmerman and Longoria. Wright, who will be 30 next month, is the oldest of the three players but also has been theZazzarsenal manager Mikel Arteta has lauded Dani Ceballos for training like an ‘animal’.The Spaniard made his first start under Arteta in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Newcastle. And Arteta believes his countrymen was the best player on the park at the Emirates.”roni insists his ‘Black Friday’ headline isn’t racist.The newspaper has been criticised for the headline and featuring Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku and Roma defender Chris Smalling on the front page.Zazzaroni told Radio 24: “Someone pleas most productive over his career. His career slash line is .301/.381/.506 over nine seasons with the Mets. 

Wright is coming off a fantastic bounce-back year, in which he hit .306/.391/.492 in 670 plate appearances. He is under contract for next season at $16 milto Arsenal.Round is set to join Mikel Arteta’s backroom staff at Arsenal – and Allardyce outlined all the things he’ll bring to north London. Allardyce said on BT Sport: “A great coach. Really good coach, Steve, very detailed, very organised.”Likes tlion. If the team doesn’t think they can work out an extension, they could look to trade Wright and pitcher R.A. Dickey. But since both players are only under contract for one more season, the team wouldn’t receive huge offers on the trade market, according to Rosenthal. 

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Report: Phillies outfielder Juan Pierre clears waivers


outfielder has cleared trade waivers, to FoxSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi.

Pierre can now be traded to any team. If traded before midnight, Pierre would be eligible to be put on a postseason roster.

The 34-year-old Pierre has hit .300/.343/.363 in 367 plate appearances with the Phillies this season. There was some interest in Pierre at the July trade deadline, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see today.The Everton winger’s move is due to be rubberstamped in the coming days, reports BILD.RBL will pay €18m for Lookms not enough for his teammates.The Reds are currently leading the Premier League by eight points after finishing second last season.And Henderson says only more silverware will satisfy his teammates.”At the moment, people can talk about the moment wean, with another €2m due in bonuses.It marks a return to Leipzig for the England U21 international.Lookman spent the second hahim moved.

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and R.J. Wland took a big step towards the European Championship on Tuesday night, beating Armenia 3-0 – thanks in part to two goals from Pukki.Next Finland will be at home against Liechtenstein.”We wanted to show that what we delivered in Bosnia was not our thite, follow .

s midfielder Connor Ronan on loan until the end of


rwegian Manchester City fullback Benjamin Mendy will miss the first of month next season.The Mirrorsays Mendy is currently in Barcelona working with Dr. Dr Ramon Cugat.The £52million full-back will not return to Manchester until next month.The 25-year-old has made just 25 appearances since arriving from French club Moeds to be more selfish in front of goal.The 23-year-old has only scored three goals in 30 appearances in all competitions since joining in a club-record £40m deal from Hoffenheim.”He’s had a bit of a sore thigh all week so we expect him to train,” Bnaco in 2017.was annoyed with a few penalty decisions in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace.Asked about video technology after the game, Solskjaer said: “We have to get used to it. There will be discussions because it’s the same referees making those d

Saints vs. Rams odds, line: 2019 NFL picks, Week 2 predictions from projection model on 79-49 roll


The battle for NFC supremacy will heat up quickly when the host the on Sunday. The Rams, who finished first in the NFC West at 13-3 in 2018, opened the season with a 30-27 road win over Carolina, while the Saints, first in the NFC South at 13-3 a year ago, rallied to defeat the Texans 30-28 on Will Lutz’s 58-yard field goal as time expired Monday night. Sunday’s NFC showdown kicks off at 4:25 p.m. ET from the Los Angeles Coliseum. The Rams were 7-1 at home last season, while the Saints were 7-1 on the road. The Rams are favored by two-points in the latest Saints vs. Rams odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 52.5. dfielder Ki Sung-Yueng has been snapped up by Real Mallorca.The South Korea international, 31, was released from his contract at Newcastle earlier this month by mutual consent.And today it’s been announced Ki has signed with Mallorca to the end of thYou’ll want to see the predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model before laying any Saints vs. Rams picks down.

This model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is up over $7,000 for $100 players on its top-rated since its inception four years ago. It has naile confirmed that Michael Carrick will remain part of Old Trafford coaching staff next season.Solskjaer has said he will rebuild his squad this summer but his backroom team is set to stay the same as Mark Dempsey and Kieran McKenna will also remain.Mikd its recent top-rated NFL picks, entering Week 2 of the 2019 NFL season on a sizzling 17-6 run that dates back to last season. It’s also on a strong 79-49 roll on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season.

The model ranked in the Top 10 on NFLPickWatch.com for the third straight year on straight-up NFL picks and beat over 96 percent of CBS Sports office pool players. Anyone who has followed it is way up. 

Now, the model has dialed in on Rams vs. Saints. We can tell you it is leaning over, and it also says one side of the spread cashes in more than 50 percent of simulations. That one is only available at SportsLine.

The model knows the Rams, who lost in the to the , can light up any scoreboard. Last season, Los Angeles had a plus-143 point differential, third best in the league. The Rams posted back-to-back Southampton have announced a multi-year partnership with Indian beer brand Kingfisher, which will now provide the matchday beer at all the team’s home games, reports, /The Saints also welcomed Wow Hydrate as their new sports hydration partner after both parties signed a two-year deal.double-digit win seasons (11-5 and 13-3) for the first time since doing it three years in a row from 1999 to 2001. They have compiled a 569-562-21 (.503) all-time record and are 25-8 (.758) under third-year coach Sean McVay. Through the years, Los Angeles has won 20 division titles and made 29 trips to the postseason.

Leading the Rams’ potent offense is quarterback . He completed 23-of-39 passes for 186 yards and one touchdown against the . The fourth-year veteran has completed 795 of 1,282 career passes for 9,767 yards and 66 touchdowns. He’s also had massive success against the Saints, recording two 300-plus passing games. In four games against New Orleans, he has passed for 1,256 yards and nine TDs.

But just because the L.A.’s offense has been explosive does not guarantee it will cover the Saints vs. Rams spread on Sunday.

That’s because the Saints are led by future Hall of Fame quarterback , who orchestrated a last-second drive to defeat the last Monday night. Brees hit on 32-of-43 passes for 370 yards and two touchdowns with a QB rating of 105.8. In 10 career games against the Rams, he has thrown for 2,668 yards and 20 touchdowns. 

The Saints also have a one-two punch in the backfield with running backs and . Kamara rushed 13 times against the Texans for 97 yards, while Murray added six carries for 43 yards and one touchdown. Murray, a sixth-year veteran who has also played in Oakland and Minnesota, is in his first season with the Saints. He’s rushed for 3,741 yards and 35 touchdowns in his career.

Antonio Brown distances himself from Raiders by unfollowing team and quarterback Derek Carr on social media


divorce from Pittsburgh began when he unfollowed the team on social media. Brown is now following suit in Oakland. 

On Thursday evening, hours after it was reported that the are determining after the star receiver reportedly got into a heated argument with GM Mike Mayock, our own Will Brinson observed that Brown has unfollowed the Raiders and quarterback on social media. 

Brown’s social media use — something that has gotten him in trouble on numerous occasions over the last several years — is what has gotten him in his current predicament. Earlier this week, to him informing him of several team-issued fines on social media. The Raiders fined Brown about $54,000 for unexcused practices. 

Mayock’s issue with Brown’s post, and Brown’s anAlaves are wrapping up a deal for Newcastle United striker Joselu this weekend.Marca says Joselu will be signing a three year contract at Alaves, and is expected to partnered with Lucas Perez, who recently arrived from West Ham United.The fee is expected to be €2m.The forward will also be taking a pay cut, just as Perez had to do.Joselu is expected to be confirmed an Alaves player next week.ger in being fined, is reportedly what led to the two engaging in a verbal confrontation Wednesday at Oakland’s facility. Brown, according to Network’s Ian Rapoport, before punting a football and yelling “fine me for that.” 

and Ryan Wilson joined Will Brinson on an emergency podcast to break down the Antonio Brown news. You can listen below:

While Mayock confirmed that Brown was not at the Raiders’ facility Thursday, Oakland head coach Jon his embattled receiver during his post-practice press conference. 

“If you want to ask about the Raiders, I’ve been talking about the same guy every day,” Gruden said, via the team’s official Twitter handle. “I don’t have much to give other than he’s not here today … We’re still getting to the bottom of everything. I’m on the football field coaching the guys that are here and we got a lot of guys working hard.”

While the Raiders practiced Thursday under the assumption that they won’t have Brown for next Monday night’s season-opener against the , nothing official has been determined by the team as this time. But, based on Brown’s recent actions — both at the facility Wednesday as well as on social media — his odds of suiting up any time soon aren’t looking very good. 

What’s also interesting is Brown’s decisaway from the competition for places at Chelsea.The young striker returned from his season long g linked with Atletico Madrid as a replacement for the wantaway Antoine Griezmann.Gustavo Dybala told Futbolemiko: “There are many chances that Paulo leaves Juventus, he needs a change, there are several uncomfortable players in the club.”In additionloan at Aston Villa, having helped the side to promotion from the Championship.While Villa wanted him back, Chelsea’s transfer ban has presented a chance ion to unfollow Carr, the player Brown showered with praise and adoration as soon as he was traded to Oakland. It seems, based on his decision to unfollow Carr on social media, that Brown’s relationship with his new quarterback has deteriorated significantly quicker than his relationship with his old quarterback, . 

Speaking of the , ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler asked several Pittsburgh players about Brown on Thursday. Their response to Brown’s latest saga was telling, to say the least. 

Brown may have had it good in Pittsburgh for a long time, but it appears that he is already running out of goodwill in Oakland. 

Adam Gase has yet to decide whether or not Le’Veon Bell will play during the preseason for Jets


hasn’t played in an NFL preseason game since 2016. Adam Gase, Bell’s new coach, is not prepared to say whether or not he will break that streak in 2019. 

On Tuesday, two days before Bell’s face their in-state rival in both teams’ first , Gase said that on whether or not Bell would not only play on Thursday but at any point during the preseason. 

“Ion this month.The Norway attacker has been made available by Saints with the European transfer deadline to fall on September 2.VG says Besiktas, along with LaLiga duo Seville and Celta Vigo, are all in contact.And Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl confirm haven’t talked to him about it yet,” Gase told reporters, per ProFootballTalk.com. 

Gase recalled his similar predicament with during his final season in Miami. Gore, who at the time was heading into his 14th season, told Gase that it was his preference to play in the preseason. It was Gase’s preferenceweek.While a host of clubs have shut their stadiums and training grounds, Heaton has confirmed that Dean Smith’s squad could be back training as a group in the coming days.“I think there is probably talk of us getting back in, in a week or so in so to rest his 35-year-old running back until the regular season. Gore, who was ultimately kept on the sideline during the 2018 preseason, respondee for Ademola Lookman.BBC Sport says Everton have told RB Leipzig to pay £25million for Ademola Lookman.The Toffees are open to selling their 21-year-old winger after rebuffing Leipzig a year ago.Lookman spent six months on loan at the German side id by averaging 4.6 yards per carry during the regular season, his highest average in six years. 

“It’s maddening with a guy like [Gore] that wants to play that bad,” Gase said, “and it is a fine line with Le’Veon, he hasn’t played in a year. At the same time, when’s the right time? Is it this game? Is it the next one? Is it the next one? Do we just not play him this preseason? Do we go through the whole time and just give him reps? All those questions are what we keep talking about.”

While he is not sure what he will do with Bell, Gase did say that he is confident that his Pro Bowl running back will accept whatever decision is made. 

“The one conversation we had about [playing in the preseason], he goes, ‘Whatever you tell me you want to do, that’s what we’ll do.’ So, he’s been outstanding in that area,” Gase said.

Bell has a lot to prove after sitting out the entire 2018 season. Once considered the ‘s best running back, the two-time All-Pro is away from his challengers that include , , and . 

“I mean, everybody’s going to have an opinion on what type of back they want, [but] I believe every [general manager] in this league considers me a top-three running back in the league,” Bell recently told on . “I mean, me personally, I feel like I’m the best running back. There’s nothing I can’t do.” 

2020 Super Bowl odds: Chiefs emerge as favorites; Patriots, Saints, Rams not far behind


is in theng themselves down.Gundogan says Manchester City have too much quality to be conceding every week.Shakhtar Donetsk’s equaliser on Wednesday was the sixth successive game in all competitions that Pep Guardiola’s side have failed to keep a clean sheet, books, so now it’s time to start thinking about where we’ll be this time next year. The Patriots continued their dynasty with a sixth ring, while the Rams showed that their window is wide open. As long as Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are helming the Patriots, they always have a chance to anchester City contract.The 22-year-old has also gone back on loan to Leeds.Harrison joined in 2018 from New York City FC, spending most of his City career on loan.But the Etihad club still thinks the left sided midfielder can add value to the first win the Lombardi Trophy, but the rest of the league is closing in fast.

The team with the best odds to win it all next year are the Chiefs, who lost to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. Behind the Chiefs are the Patriots, Rams and Saints — the other championship game participants.

The Chargers, Bears and — perhaps surprisingly — the Steelers make up the third tier. And the Dolphins are dead last at 300-1 odds, despite getting Brian Flores (whose Patriots defense just turned in an outstanding performance on Sunday) as their new head coach.

Here’s a look at the updated odds, per Super Booul Pogba to play with a smile on his face.Solskjaer denied today reports that Pogba has played his last game for the club.Asked what can stop the regular questions and interest in Pogba’s future at the club, he replied: “When he comes back and plays k USA’s Jeff Sherman.

Tom Brady explains why he’s especially ‘proud’ of Rob Gronkowski this year


In Tom Brady’s new book  Brady details how athletes can stay healthy throughout their careers. His teammate, Rob Gronkowski, is ortable 3-0 win over Norwich City.Diogo Jota made it five goals in three days with a brace against the Canaries, following up from hat-trick in Europa League.Raul Jimenez also got on the scoresheet as Wolves kept the pace with their top-four rivals.Amore well-known for his party habits, but he’s putting his money where his mouth is these days.

Gronk hasshould’ve been sent off in their Club World Cup semifinal defeat to Liverpool.Gomez was booked for hauling down goalscorer Rogelio Funes Mori during the second half of the European champions’ 2-1 win.The Reds defender later escaped a second yellow fr undertaken the Brady diet, which is notoriously restrictive. In an interview with “CBS This Morning,” Brady told Norah O’Donnell that he was proud of how Gronkowski has stuck with it.

“You know, I’m really proud of him,” Brady said. “I’ve seen him grow up, you know? He was so young when he got to our team and now he’s one of the older players. And he experienced some really tough things over the course of his career, and I think sometimes when you do that you correlate football with pain.”

Gronkowski, of course, is one of the most talented tight ends in the — when he’s on the field. He has missed significant time in several of his eight seasons ingend Jason McAteer believes the club would suffer more if they lost Roberto Firmino to injury, compared to Mohamed Salah.The latter suffered a niggle against Leicester City, with fans concerned that he would miss game time after the international bre the league, and the hope is that Gronkowski can stay healthy going forward.

Coming off of a monster game against the Saints in which he caught six passes for 116 yards and a touchdown, he isn’t showing signs of slowing down this year. If Gronkowski can continue his pace and stay healthy, he’ll be a key cog in another deep run for the Patriots.

Brady’s book extensively covers his healthy lifestyle. Back in July,  “an ‘athlete’s bible’ that reveals Brady’s methods and approaches to sustained peak performance for people of all ages.”

  It will be available online and in stores nationwide on Tuesday.

Bears: Brian Urlacher’s surgery termed ‘minor’ by Lovie Smith


coach Lovie Smith believes the questions about Brian Urlacher’s knee should end now that he has undergone an arthroscopic debridement procedure on his left knee following an entire offseason of what amounts to wasted rehab.

Urlacher suffered his knee injury in the Jan. 1 regular-season finale at when safety collided with him going for a pass, and the Bears treated the sprained medial collateral ligament and partially sprained posterior collateral ligament with rest and rehab. The knee swelled up on Urton boss Graham Potter wants his players to be brave going into the new season.The Seagulls kick off their Premier League campaign against Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday.Potter told the club’s website, “It’s really important that we build on lacher at camp and a decision was made by Urlacher on Monday night to have it scoped on Tuesday morning.

“There shouldn’t be any reason to really be concerned,” Smith said.

Smith called it a “minor scope on his knee. Everything came out the way that we wanted it to.”

Urlacher returned to the Olivet Nazarene University training camp facility in the morning after surgery but did not attend the afternoon practice.

“I feel good that now we’ve gone in and we’ve done everything we could possibly do and we can’t wait to get him back out on the football field,” Smith said.

As for the less aggressive treatment of the knee, the Bears believe they were in the right with the way it was originally treated.

“We followed protocol in what we thought we should do at the time,” Smith said. “And now that  we’re here going back to last season doesn’t help an awful lot.

“Right now Brian got the knee scoped. He’s feeling really good about that. Again that’s about all you can do right now to put the knee in the best possible position to be ready for the first game.”

A return by the opener Sept. 9 seems reasonable if no complications arise.

Former Bears guard Tom Thayer, who is the radio color analyst on CBS affiliate WBBM AM-780, recalled how former Bears defensive end Trace Armstrong once played with only four days off between his surgery and the game. Thayer himself had three such arthroscopic procedures. On the current Bears, defensive end had a knee scoped in October of 2009 and played in a game 16 days lanext kit deal.The Reds’ current £45m-a-year deal with New Balance will come to an end after this season, says the Mirror.That is comfortably lower than the two Manchester clubs, with United’s Adidas deal worth around £75m-a-year to the Red Devils.Lter.

Then again, defensive tackle said he had a knee scoped after his final college season and never fully recovered from it throughout his rookie season. It wasn’t until he had another procedure this past offseason that he began to feel 100 percent.

“I was walking aine Zidane has left the door open to Gareth Bale staying next season.Zidane dumped Bale from his traveling squad for defeat at Real Sociedad on Sunday.However post-match, he said: “Let’s see if he makes it back for next week. Physically he is doingfter surgery,” Paea said. “Then after three or four weeks, I started jogging and running. He should get range of motion back. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s walking and working after a week or two.”

Until Urlacher returns, the Bears will continue practicing with in the middle and reserve playing Roach’s strong side spot.

With the defense itself, there’s no concern with Roach’s knowledge of the system. He had to play the middle in three games in 2009 after Urlacher suffered a season-ending wrist dislocation in the season-opener. The question is whether Hayes can come into a new system as a starter.

“You can never get too comfortable in the system,” Hayes said. “There’s always something to learn. But right now I’m feeling pretty good about the things I’ve learned so far.”

The system is like Tampa’s scheme, but some terminology is different, like the weakside linebacker is what Tampa called the strongside linebacker, and vice versa.

By and large, defensive players just consider it fortunate that the injury has been addressed well in advance of the regular season.

“This is preseason,” linebacker said. “Brian’s been through this a number of times. He’ll be OK. But having him there when the regular season comes around, that’s what’s most important.”

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Patriots Roll Call: Training camp — Week 2


Boston has long been known as a baseball town, but the might be changing that perception. With the Red Sox having a subpar season, local fans have quickly turned their attention to the Patriots by coming to camp at Gillette Stadium in droves. Every day a new record seems to be set with upward of 17,000 fans in attendance. : WR has lived up to his billing as a huge threat in Josh McDaniels’ offense. QB and Lloyd have hooked up on several big plays already in camp. First-round picks and have already received plenty of reps with the first team at defensive end and strongside linebacker, respectively. Jones has been more impressive in pass-rush drills than his reputation indicated. Two recent second-round picks, DE (2010) and DT (2009), have surged early in camp. Both were thought to be facing make-or-break camps.: The offensive line has been a wreck with starters (ACL surgery), (back) and Brian Waters (hasn’t reported) not in the lineup. Seventh-round CB was looked at as a possible steal in the draft but a hamstring ss Marco Silva admits they’re delaying plans for surgery for Jean-Philippe Gbamin.The summer signing looks set to be out for “at least” eight ly March believes Brighton go on a run in over their next few games.After collecting four points from four games, Albion will face Bur willing to sell Jean Michael Seri for just half of what they paid Nice for his signature last summer.The Cottagers are desperately trying to trim their wage bill after being relegated to the Championship.A move to Italy could be possible, with Seri’nley, Newcastle United and Aston Villa over their next three outings.March said: “We could have won our first three weeks after sustaining a tendon issue in his right leg.Gbamin picked up the problem when taking a shot durinjury has put him on the sideline. Tight end  (undisclosed) has been added to the injury list and defensive end  (undisclosed) sat out team drills on Sunday and Tuesday.