evy.Spurs have conceded 10 goals in heavy defeats


Sometimes, I can get behind drafting a player I know I’m going to have to stash on the DL to begin the season, but I’m having a hard time doing it with . Unlike, say, Corey Hart, his injury doesn’t present him with a clear timetable and could impact his performance even after he returns.

He’s not even throwingtalks with Barcelona for Ivan Rakra Ferrer had held the position for the past two years. It’s the third time he’s left Betis – twice as coach.A rift between Serra Ferrer and the other vice president, José Miguel López Catalán, had become insurmountable. Their disagreement sparkeditic.Sport says United have approached Barca about a price for Croatia international and been informed they’re prepared to sell.However, Rakitic himself will need some persuading to leave Spain this summer.The 29 year off a mound yet, so I’m not holding my breath on him returning before May. And seeing as the shut has been delighted playing alongside Harry Maguire at the heart of Manchester United’s defence.The pair have been Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-choice centre-back pairing this season.Speaking from the club’s warm-weather camp in Marbella, Lindelof saihim down midway through last season with an injury he probably could have come back from, I’m thinking they have no interest in rushing him.

Perpetually unheralded Ben Zobrist still getting it done for Rays


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The are surging toward the playoffs once again, having won eight straight games. It’s gonna be tough to make the postseason, as they Orlando City, could sell the club in 2022 when he turns 50 in order to focus on philanthropic efforts, reports, /.The Brazilian businessman, 47, has told Estadão, a São Paulo daily newspaper, that he intends to sell on his stake in the soccer franctrail the last wild-card spot by two games with only six remaining in the season. Still, they have a shot, and the seemingly always-unheralded is a huge reason why.

It’s true is the Rays’ superstar position player and the most important member of the lineup. It’s also true the Rays’ lifeblood is their pitching serre-Emerick Aubameyang needs to look elsewhere.Wright has admitted star striker Aubameyang deserves to be at a better team than Arsenal.”If you can imagine him in a better team, he would be winning Premier Leagues and vying for places in Champions Ltaff, led by Cy Young frontrunner and dominant closer . But they wouldn’t be where they are without Zobrist’s usual, under-the-radar production.

Offensively, Zobrist fills up the stat sheet. If you only look at the triple-crown stats, he’s not overly impressive — .270 average, 18 homers, 71 RBI — but we’re all evolved enough by now to look deeper, right? Zobrist has 38 doubles, seven triples and 14 stolen bases. He also has drawn a whopping 91 walks, helping to give him an impressive .375 on-base percentage.

Defensively, Zobrist remains one of the most valuable players in the league based upon his versatility. Entering the season, he hadn’t played shortstop since 2009, but he’s now the Rays’ everyday shorstop. He’s also gone through spells of being a regular second baseman and right fielder this season, and he’s more than adequate at all three spots.

Simply, the Rays can plug Zobrist in almost anywhere and they’ll get quality work both offensively and defensively. And as they have gotten real hot in this late surge, Zobrist has been as integral as anyone.

During the Rays’ eight-game winning streak entering Friday night, Zobrist is hitting .346/.455/.577 with three doubles, a homer, three RBI and five runsgo Sacchi is excited by the prospect of Maurizio Sarri taking charge of Juventus.After leading Chelsea to the Europa League title last night, Sarri is now the subject of talks with Juve over a compensation fee.“Sarri winning with Chelsea gave me gr. But he has been hot for almost two months. Since Aug. 3, Zobrist is hitting .322/.395/.522 while taking over a defensive position that he hadn’t played in three years (his first action at shortstop this season was Aug. 9).

So while Price, Rodney and Longoria rightfully get their due, don’t forget about how much value the unheralded Zobrist brings to this team. He’s every bit as important to their postseason chances.

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Mark Teixeira injures wrist, to have MRI Tuesday


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The lost to the Monday night, but perhaps suffered a bigger loss to their lineup. First baseman injured his left wrist when diving for a ground ball in the seventh inning. He will have an MRI Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury.

“It’s a big concern,” manager Joe Girardi said (). “He’s a huge part of our lineup.”

Indeed he is, especially with third baseman Alex herdan Shaqiri insists they “deserve” to win tonight’s Champions League final against Tottenham.Shaqiri and his Reds team-mates missed out on the Premier League title to Manchester City despite amassing a whopping 97 points.”I think we had a great seRodriguez already on the disabled list.

Teixeira, 32, is hitting .i admits he’s upset for Ruben Loftus-Cheek.The midfielder has just undergone Achilles surgery after being injured in last week’s friendly against New England Revolution.Sarri said: “In Boston the pitch was not very good, but with an injury like that 256/.337/.493 with 20 homers, 71 RBI and 58 runs this season.

If Teixeira is forced to hit the DL, the Yankees could play at first base, newly-acquired in right field and either Andruw Jones or in left field, with the other serving as the DH.

Of course, the trade deadline doesn’t happen until 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, either.

For morestant boss Mikel Arteta has many admirers in the game.Now he is being tipped to take over at Arsenal, with some English media reports suggesting a deal could be done in the coming days.Arteta has been talked up by City boss Pep Guardiola, but former baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

Aston Villa have announced the signing of Southamp


Cubs outfield prospect slugged a two-run, opposite-field homer oss Lee JohnsoArsenal boss Mikel Arteta was left frustrated with his defenders after their 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.The Gunners started quickly and were in front inside 15 minutes when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang slipped Alexandre Lacazette’s pass low past Vicenten is ready to have a second crack at signing Nketiah.Johnson wanted to get Nketiah, 20, on loan before he chose Leeds — with the Robins fuming that he did not turn up for planned talks at Ashton Gate.But he stiloffer for Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha.The Blues cannot sign any players over the next two-transfer windows.The Telegraph has claimed Chelsea would take the 26-year-old to Stamford Bridge once the ban has been served.Zaha is aware of Chelsea’s il needs a striker for toff Pirates prospect during Sunday’s All-Star Futures Game. Ha finished 2 for 2.

Cervelli, serving as human insurance in minors, tries to maintain positive attitude


(U.S. Presswire) Francisco Cervelli survived three concussions and a broken wrist to serve as a solid or better backup catcher for the Yankees, to play three straight seasons in the majors and win one World Series ring. Now he is surviving a broken heart.On the eve of the big-league season, with mere hours to go before going north with the Yankees once again, and with no reason to think there was any chance of his Yankees uniform being pulled off his back, it was.With no possible thought about being sent to Scranton or Rochester or wherever it was the Yankees’ Triple-A team was playing now (their home stadium in Scranton-Wilkes Barre is being repaired so the team shuttles between Rochester, Syracuse and other points north for home games), Cervelli suffered the ultimate baseball blow when he was told that his big-league spot was going to Chris Stewart, another career backup with far lesser numbers (Stewart’s a career .208 hitter) who had just been picked up on waivers from San Francisco.Before he was told he needed to go the minors, Cervelli’s “stuff” (i.e. his apartment, car and clothes) were awaiting him in New York. But now that very car basically serves as his closet since he’s constantly on the move. His lights on broadway have been replaced by headlights on routes between the teams of the International League’s North Division.”It’s not a bad car, but if you look close at the windows, it’s filled up,” Cervelli said. “I hope nobody breaks in.” Considering what’s befallen him, that would be almost too much to take. Cervelli is a .272 career hitter in the majors with no hint he was anything other than a backup in good standing. He is known for his energy and outward displays of emotion, been the top-selling MLS team across its network since the start of the 2020 regular season, reports, /.The club also almost doubled the previous record for online merchandise sales by an expansion team during the opening weekend of play. Fanatics sbut his animated gestures of glee had only annoyed opponents, as far as he knew.He had done nothing wrong. He felt that was true, but he had to keep telling himself that.”There was a lot of frustration the whole month of April,” Cervelli said. “I couldn’t concentrate. I kept thinking, ‘What happened? What happened? What happened?”’What occurred was a one-in-thousand stroke of bad luck that buried Cervelli a level below where he belongs. Cervelli made clear he doesn’t blame the Yankees. It was a business decision, nothing personal. Or so he thinks.He thought too much at first. Cervelli hit .213 in April when he was searching for answers. But he’s batted a more characteristic .284 since then, as his head has begun to clear.It’s better now. But then sometimes he thinks about it, and he isn’t sure. “I don’t have the answer,” Cervelson wasn’t ready to manage the club.Hodgson claimed just 13 wins in a 31-match tenure at Anfield between July 2010 and January 2011.”Well Roy, no disrespect, had come from smaller clubs and I don’t think he was ready to manage Liverpool,” the former li said. “Everytime I think about it, I’m a little confused.”Perhaps the hardest part to understand came when the Yankees explained that they weren’t giving Cervelli’s job away because he had done anything wrong or they liked Stewart’s game better. No, the whole demotion came down to the fact Cervelli had an option left and Stewart didn’t. In fact, the Yankees made clear that if something should happen to Martin, Cervelli — not Stewart — would be the likely staers early in the transfer window.The Clarets are hoping to add to the signings of Jay Rodriguez and Erik Pieters.But Dyche says he will have to remain patient until the window closes on August 8.”This window’s been the same as what they always are,” rter.So in effect Cervelli was insurance for the Yankees, human insurance. With Austin Romine out with a back injury, Cervelli gives them a third viable catching option.He’s surely plenty good enough to be in the majors as a backup. Nothing’s changed between his 25th and 26th birthdays, he knows that. He’s good to be the back up for the Yankees (except for the option situation). And for many other teams — the Rays, Marlins, Astros, Indians, Brewers, Mets and Angels, just to name a few.Since Cervelli might be the only player in the majors serving as human insurance, his folks Damelis and Manuel recently came up from Venezuela to accompany him on a three-week nomadic trip to away games and home games (which are really just more away games), and to remind him not to get down at age 26, even if he was down. Cervelli said his parents were there to reinforce his love for the game, even if wasn’t treating him so kindly lately.”A lot of players, they don’t have any job. I feel blessed to have a job. Unfortunately, it’s at Triple-A,” Cervelli said. “I think I can play in the big leagues. I’m doing everything I can to show people who don’t believe I can play there that they are wrong.”Cervelli said he has no hard feelings against the Yankees, so he gets it that he was just caught in a bad circumstance. Unfortunately, barring injury to either starter Russell Martin or Stewart, he may be stuck for awhile. Stewart is hitting a respectable .245 and has become CC Sabathia’s personal catcher (even if the Yankees don’t call it that).Cervelli had nothing bad to say about the Yankees. But he made it clear he’s playing to show someone — anyone — that he is still worthy of being a big leaguer. “They always know what they are doing,” Cervelli said of the Yankees. “Sometimes we don’t understand. I am going to make them understand I can play in the big leagues.”When I asked how he would react to a trade to a team with a major-league job for him, Cervelli said, “I want to play in the big leaguers, bro.”He should be playing in the big leagues. Nobody should have to serve as human insurance.

Tom Brady set to pass two NFL greats on all-time passing yards list, could move to No. 2 with huge Week 5 game


has been playing in the NFL since 2000, and in his 19 full seasons since then, the ‘ quarterback has set multiple records. However, one record that he doesn’t currently hold is the one for most passing yards in league history. Going into this week’s game against the , Brady has 71,575 yards in his career, which puts him squarely at No. 4 on the NFL’s all-time passing list. The only quarterbacks currently ahead of Brady are , , and Brett Favre. 

After shooting up the list during the early part of this decade, Brady has been stuck at No. 4 since the 2016 season when he passed Dan Marino on . After going nearly three years without jumping anyone, Brady can f fans while stuck in traffic following Sunday’s draw against Crystal Palace.A video posted to social media shows a number of supporters surrounding Aubameyang’s chrome Lamborghini Aventador as he tries to make his way home from the Emirates Stadium.Oinally make a major move this weekend in Week 5. With a big game against the Redskins, the 42-year-old could end up passing both Favre and Manning on the all-time list. 

To pass Favre for the No. 3 spot on the list, Brady would need to throw for 264 yards on Sunday. If you’ve seen the Redskins play this year, then you’re probably well aware of how attainable that number will be for Brady on Sunday. That being said, as bad as the Redskins have been, it won’t be so easy to get to the No. 2 spot on the list. 

To pass Manning for second overall, Brady would need to throw for 365 yards, which is a number he hasn’t hit in a regular season game since Week 3 in 2017. If Brady can make it past both Favre and Manning, the right men in charge.Gullit admits he’s a free agent after leaving his latest TV gig and was asked about working for the Rossonero.He said, “Going back to Milan? Right now it is in good hands with Boban and Maldini, it is a new adventure and you hthen he’ll be able to start chipping away at the top spot, which is held by Brees. 

If Brady can average 300 yards per game while Brees is out, the Patriots quarterback could potentially get more than 1,000 yards closer to the all-time record. Of course, even if Brady never catches Brees, you don’t need to feel sorry for him, and that’s because he holds plenty of records. 

Brady currently holds multiple records, including: Most playoff wins, most playoff passing yards, most touchdown passes to different receivers and most wins, just to name iverpool, who will lose Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah for up to six weeks next season due to the Africa Cup of Nations taking place in January and February, are ready to move for the Germany international.The 23-year-old Germany international is repora few. 

Heading into Week 5 of the 2019 NFL season, here’s where the top-four quarterbacks currently stand: 

Drew Brees

74,845 yards

Peyton Manning


Brett Favre


Tom Brady


Brady and the Patriots travel to play the Washington Redskins on the road in Week 5.

Jaylon Smith opens up about his future with the Cowboys, the long-term outlook on his surgically-repaired knee


It appears there’s nothing to fear when it comes to recent news of an injury to .

The 24-year-old sat out of practice recently with what the described as soreness in his knee following the preseason opener against the , and immediately some began to think the worst. Considering the offending knee is also the one that nearly ended his football career in 2016, it’s fair to have some anxiety when hearing the word “knee” and “Jaylon Smith” in the same sentence, but neither the team nor Smith himself are worried about any type of lingering issues.

“I’m great,” Smith said, via . “They wanted to give me a little time off to be able to rest and heal up.”

He returned to practice on Tuesday, with no further issues being reported.

That’s good news for the Cowboys, considering Smith is hot off of a breakout season wherein he had the second-highest tackle tally on the team (121 combined with 82 solo), along with four pass deflections, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and his four sacks were good enough for fourth-best — behind only , and . His stellar year landed nearly landed him an outright Pro Bowl nod, and although he narrowly missed, even that was an achievement for a player who was told three n Bednarek is hoping to win bragging rights over manager Ralph Hasenhuttl and teammate Kevin Danso.The centre-back will line-up for Poland against Austria for a Euro2020 qualifing game against Liverpool is the ideal moment for Marcus Rashford to shine.The young attacker has struggled for fitness and form at his club this season, but he scored an excellent goal for England against Bulgaria on international duty.Fletcher willer on Monday night.Speaking to theDaily Echo, Bednarek said: “It’s alwaysshort years ago he’d never suit up at the level.

Eclipsed only by fellow Cowboys’ phenom , Smith was outright dominant for the club in 2018, and it’s no surprise a source confirmed to me earlier this summer that the team had approached him to begin preliminary contract talks. Granted, Smith will be a restricted free agent when 2020 rolls around — by virtue of his redshirt rookie season — but don’t be surprised if both sides are ready to marry for the longterm. Owner Jerry Jones also recently hinted at a possible extension that might come out of left field, and has nothing to do with , or .

The front office couldn’t be any clearer about their future intent on Smith, meaning it could be him getting the nod. That would be just fine with the former 34th-overall pick, who remains enamored with the team that gave him a ainst Udinese.Inter remain clear in fourth place.“We misplaced a few too many passes and were less precise as time wore on,” Spalletti told DAZN.“We ought to build on the first half performance and continue playing like that. When we do find the chance in the 2016 .

“For me, it’s about grinding,” he said, via . “It’s about grinding to better myself and better my team to be able to win games and win a . Jerry [Jones] wants a Super Bowl. We got to work to that. 

“…. I want to be a Cowboy for the rest of my life. Understanding what they’ve done for me — taking a chance, taking a risk. Now they’re getting the return on their investment. 

“It’s a beautiful thing to be a Dallas Cowboy.”

Smith also says don’t bet on him taking a step back in 2019.

“This is just the beginning,” he proclaimed. “I’m never satisfied. Everyone is dealt their own hand, it’s about how you respond. For me, the knee is great.”

It’s to-be-determined if Smith will take the field for a series of two in the second preseason game, where the team will head to Honolulu to face the , but at least he and the Cowboys know he’s just fine, in both health and focus.

2019 NFL Mock Draft: Russell Wilson traded to Giants for crazy haul, Seahawks land Kyler Murray


Another week, another mock. But this is no ordinary mock. Oh no, my friends. This is the last mock before my final mock (a.k.a. real mock, a.k.a. last gasp dart throw mock) which means it’s my final chance to do something strange, so let’s just go ahead and trade Russell Wilson.

The Seahawks quarterback might want to get dealt, after all. At the very least, the Seahawks don’t seem inclined to pay him the contract he wants by the April 15 (today) deadline he gave them. As such they have to at least consider trading him if the right offer comes along, and I think the Giants have the right offer.

In my hypothetical situation below, New York gives up its two first-round picks this year (No. 6 and No. 17) as well as a second-round pick this year AND a second-round pick in 2020 in exchange for Wilson. That’s four pretty darn good picks and about as close as the Seahawks will get to the hypothetical three first-round selections they want for Wilson. 

Now the good news for the Seahawks is they have a ton of picks. The bad news is they don’t have a quarterback. Fortunately for them, the cards fall in such a manner that they end up being able to find one when the Cards go in a different direction at the top of the draft. 

With falling out of the top spot, Seattle finds a willing and able trade partner open to PSG star Neymar returning.Valverde was once again asked about the situation involving Neymar and his possible return to the Camp Nou this summer.He said, “We’ll see what happens. “The classic response is that he plays for another team and thato move up to No. 3 — in exchange for No. 6 and a second-round pick — to land the Oklahoma quarterback. 

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1 There’s been conflicting buzz about what the Cardinals want to do at the top of the draft: I like the idea of Arizona standing pat with what they have and improving their defense. It gives them a better chance to win this year.2 ThLiverpool.The Senegalese forward has been linked with Real Madrid in recent weeks.Asked by former Reds striker Robbie Fowler revealed he wanted Mane to stay at Liverpool for a long time, Mane told the Mirror: “I hope as well. There’s no place like ite 49ers don’t mind that move either, as they land the edge rusher they covet in this draft.3 I think Seattle would prefer to get a cheaper option at quarterback (Josh Rosen?) but this is a pretty good replacement for Russell Wilson on a rookie contract.4 This was Mike Mayock’s worst nightmare (and Derek Carr’s), with Jon Gruden having to choose between Kyler Murray or a defensive player. Fortunately the Seahawks jumped in front of that bus and astle United’s performance in their 0-0 draw with Brighton.United had chances to win but they had far inferior possession statistics and were indebted to Fabian Schar for keeping out Aaron Mooy’s shot. Even the late introduction of Andy Carroll to atlet the Raiders kickstart this draft with defense.  Nothing crazy here. Just a team with a need drafting a player who is worthy of a top-10 selection. 6 The Jets would probably like to move down again, but I decided to let them stay and grab some protection for Sam Darnold. Adding the second rounder is huge for them.7 The Jags need to bolster their pass game weapons while also improving their run blocking and the big-time Iowa tight end does both.8 I just keep gravitating to this pick. I don’t have an exceptional reason why. It fits though.9 The Bills need to improve Josh Allen’s protection and do so with their first-round pick in this draft. 10 John Elway wants to win now and he has Joe Flacco, but he also knows that he needs a Plan B for the future and he loves him some Drew Lock. Big, tall, strong arm. If Flacco gets hurt he has to have a backup.11 Zac Taylor is just magically in love with Andy Dalton? Maybe he thinks he can win with him. Or maybe he believes that adding another young quarterback gives him a better chance of winning for the long haul. He can give Haskins a Carson Palmer year as a rookie.12 This is a first! But I kind of like it. The Packers need more weapons for Aaron Rodgers but I could easily see them wanting to add the best defensive player on the board at 12 and then thinking about offense with their next pick. 13 The Dolphins are a likely team to trade back here because they want to accumulate assets, but in this particular instance we’ll just have them take a high-level prospect who can start to provide an infrastructure for whatever quarterback they draft in the next two years. 14 This feels like a total layup if it actually ends up being possible.  15 Someone is taking Jones in the first round and it might be someone in the NFC East — could even simply be a question as to whether or not the Russ trade actually happens. With the Giants out of the mix, maybe the Redskins play chicken. Or maybe they decide they need to help their job situation right now.16 Think the Panthers would love this situation — whether or not they’re moving to more 3-4 looks, they can still use a guy like Ferrell to improve the defense. Local product with a great pedigree and plenty of success on the field? This is ideal.17 The Seahawks are looking to take it back to 2013 by trading Wilson and using these picks on defense and suddenly they’ve got a stud up front.18 It’s just hard to get past them taking anything other than an offensive lineman with this pick.19 Dream scenario for a team that needs help at edge rusher. Easy choice here for the Titans.20 They would probably prefer one of the linebackers, but they’ll just have to make due with one of the cornerbacks instead. 21 The Seahawks are just taking a bunch of Clemson players. That doesn’t feel like a bad strategy. 22 The Ravens feel like this is a fever dream, but they have in fact landed the top receiver in the class at No. 22 overall. Alrighty.23 The Texans have to take an offensive lineman here. They just have to.24 The Raiders want to go defense, but they like the talent at tight end too much to pass up Fant. 25 Feels like the type of team willing to take a redshirt risk on a potential top-10 player who got hurt during the offseason, for a reduced cost. 26 The Colts want to keep improving a surprising defense so they add some edge rush presence that Juston Houston can help mentor.27 Rodney Hudson is older and headed into the last year of his deal. I can see Mike Mayock loving Bradbury here. 28 This is a deep secondary, but they can add even more talent. Linebacker is a bigger need, but they can’t reach in this spot.29 This feels like a luxury pick of sorts, but the Chiefs do need more help at running back and Jacobs is versatile with minimal wear and tear. He’d be fun in Andy Reid’s offense. 30 Aaron Rodgers plus Davante Adams plus Hakeem Butler? That will play nicely. 31 This offensive line is aging rather quickly and the Rams need to replenish their depth before it gets too late.32 They typically go defense or trade back — I get that, but I also can see them adding a smaller speedster who can be utilized in multiple ways in this offense to be a gamebreaker.

Did Walter Thurmond moonlight as local Philly softball legend Dick Mahoney?


By day, Walter Thurmond was the Eagles’ starting safety. By weekday late afternoons, he was apparently Dick Mahoney, enigmatic Philly-area softball star. We knDaniel Levy is refusing to shell out big this week for a new striker.The Sun says Spurs are desperate to land a new striker by Friday — but Levy has set a £10million limit.Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho, who has agreed a £27m deal for PSV Eindhoow this thanks to the investigative work of Philly blog .

A reader detailed via email how Thurmond ended up in the rec league, and eventually, how his cover was blown.

Thurmond, who went by Dick Mahoney on the diamond, presented himself as a friend of a friend, and while the reader expected your garden-variety middle-aged dude looking to relive the glory days, instead there was Mahoney, who “looked like Eazy-E circa 1988: black dude with a Jheri curl hairstyle, LA Dodgers shirt and hat.”

And that’s where the legend begins.

In Mahoney’s first two games, he hit seven home runs, and it would have been eight if he hadn’t overrun the lead runner on the base paths. He was easily the best player on the team though he didn’t socialize much. In fact, Mahoney once told a teammate that for a living he did “a little bit of this, a little bit of that.”

More details via the reader:

The woman who organizes our softball team asked [redacted] what Mahoney’s email was so he could be added to our thread. “Doesn’t have one,” [redacted] said. When [redacted] witnessed Mahoney park his Porsche Cayenne next to the fieldLiverpool youngster Morgan Boyes has signed a two-year contract extension with the club.The 18-year-old has been a regular member of Neil Critchley’s U23 side this season.He made his senior debut in the Carabao Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa.Boyes is a left-side central defender and has represented Wales at U19 level., he sort of put [redacted] on the spot about Mahoney’s background, [Redacted] just said, “You’re going to have to s preseason under new coach Marco Giampaolo has been strong on tactics.Calabria, however, admits he took a lot from former coach Rino Gattuso.He said, “Giampaolo? I expected this, I had heard that he was a master of tactics. It has only been a month,find out for yourself what Mahoney does for a living. I can’t tell you.” Conspiracy theories started to spread that Mahoney was a drug dealer or was in porn (he missed a few games because he was flying back and forth from LA, apparently.)

The reader said that he was told Mahoney was leaving the team to pursue a Hollywood movie career (Thurmond, at the age of 28, ). The reader also learned at this time that Mahoney was really Thurmond.

Everything was all but confirmed by this Instagram post from Thurmond’s girlfriend, which was published two months ago:

A photo posted by Tiffany Rethwill (@tiffcherie) on Apr 12, 2016 at 8:00pm PDT

And there’s great news for Southern California softball leagues looking for a game-changing talent — while Thurmond may be retired, Mahoney is very much active, though still mercurial.

Giants’ Prince Amukamara suffers high ankle sprain


Starting cornerback suffered a high ankle sprain in the first quarter of Friday night’s 20-17 preseason loss to the Chicago Bears, the announced.

That injury typically takes over a month to heal, but the team hasn’t given any time frame for his return.

Coach Tom Coughlin talked with team physician Dr. Russell Warren, who described the injury as “mild.”

“I don’t like that term ‘high-ankle sprain,'” Coughlin said. “If it’s a mild sprain, perhaps it’s not going to … take as much time to get him back.”

It appeared as though Amukamaradfielder Alhassan Yusuf is staying calm about the transfer interest swirling around him.The Nigerian youngster is a target for Ajax, Anderlecht, Watford, but in particular Wolves.”I’ve had a fantastic season. That I would gain such confidence and pla injured himself while making a tackle on Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall in the first quarter. However, Coughlin said Amukamara actually hurt his ankle on the previous play — a reverse to Marshall — but was tough enough to stay on the field and make a difficult tackle on the 6-4, 230-pound receiver.

“I got to give him credit,” Coughlin said. “Even when he was injured, he made that tackle right there on the sideline. I don’t think anyone knew what the injury was, and we couldn’t get him off the field fast enough. He didn’t go down, so he played one more play. They went right at him and he made the play.”

Amukamara was carted off the field after making the tackle on Marshall and brought to the X-ray room, but the tests came back negative.

Coincidentally, cornerback tore his ACL in a against the Bears last season. Amukamara was battling Thomas for a starting spot this year until the veteran aggravated his ACL injury at training camp.

Amuakamara also went down in the preseason last year (he broke his foot during training camp), but the Giants still had veteran Aaron Ross to step up in his absence. Now that Ross is with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the opportunity falls to veterans Michael Coe, Bruce Johnson and — all of whom suffered season-ending injuries in 2011.

Veteran cornerbacks Dante Hughes and are also contending for roster spots. Since safety is suspended for the first four games of the season, the Giants could carry an extra cornerElyounoussi.Fanatik says Besiktas vealed that he could’ve sanctioned more deals if anything was to catch his eye, even after they smashed their transfer record.Tanguy Ndombele joined from Lyon for £55million with further deals for Ryan Sessegnon [£30m] and Jack Clarke [£10m].Giovaare competing with Atalanta and Genoa for the Norway international.Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is prepared to see Elyounoussi sold this month, with a price of €14m being sought.Earlier this month, Hasenhuttl said:back such as Tryon or Johnson.

And, if Thomas’ knee or Amukamara’s ankle improve, that player could be released when Sash returns. As for now, it’s unclear who will start opposite . Coe, who has battled hamstring issues recently, is the logical choice.

“He’s had some injuries, but he is a tough kid and I think he’ll come back from this as fast as possible,” Coughlin said of Amukamara. “How fast that is, I’m not sure.”

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WR Mitchell shows he has talent, needs to up production


Third-year WR got open three times for medium-range receptions early in the first day of OTAs on Tuesday. Mitchell’s raw talent has exceeded his produce received a huge boost.Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu is determined to bring the Brazil captain back to the Nou Camp this summer in an effort to appease angry fans – and also captain Lionel Messi.Indeed, Messi declared last month: “I have saidtion so far in his cts playing for Chelsea as a supporter is a “great feeling”.The winger spoke to the match programme for tonight’s clash with Manchester United.”I’ve been a Chelsea fan since I joined and, tregend Eric Cantona is set to be handed the 2019 UEFA President’s Award in recognition of his playing career and commitment to charitable causes after it.The 53-year-old Frenchman will receive the award in Monaco on Thursday during the Champions Leaguust me, when you play for the club you support, it’s a massivareer. The would benefit greatly if he emerges as a contributor.

RB Leshoure’ Achilles rehab looks to going well


RB (Achilles) participated in individual drills at OTA workouts Monday. He cut well players want to see Paul Pogba sold this summer.The France midfielder has revealed he wants a new challenge, with Real Madrid and Juventus keen.The Sun says he is not unpopular in the dressing room but many want to concentrate on a new start in Ole and appears to be making good progress toward beginning training camp at full strength. Leshoure said he’s pleased with his Achilles rehab but won’t be able to fully evaluate his strength until the workouts r Marco Silva’s job after defeat to Sheffield United.Silva’s side now sit 14th in the Premier League table after six games in which they have scored five goals and conceded nine.Pundit Charlie Nicholas told Sky Sports: “I’ve been speaking to David Mointensify in OTAs and minicamp. “I don’t know what percenjuries to Emerson and Andreas Christensen.Both players were substituted in the first-half on Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Liverpool.Speaking after the game, Lampard said: “Emerson is a similar injury to what he had, with a muscle. “When you do that it meansntage (the Achilles strength is) at because I haven’t really pushed it to the limit yet,” Leshoure said. “I’m just taking my time, but I will be ready to roll by the season.”

QB Tracker: Numerous drops hurt both Hasselbeck and Locker


Tennessee quarterbacks and were felled by a flurry of dropped passes in Monday’s practice.

Titans’ receivers had four drops on catchable passes in a span of 16 pass attempts during an 11-on-11 drill. Midway through the drill, TE dropped a pass from Hasselbeck on an intermediate route across the middle. On the next play, Hasselbeck put too much mustard on a short pass to in the left flat. Johnson was unable to haul in a one-handed grab. Both drops on Locker attempts came courttovic has slammed coach Zinedine Zidane’s midfield.Mijatovic believes Real need to improve their midfield before the market shuts.He told El Larguero: “Let’s see if they incorporate someone in the remainder of the summer although I am not optimistic.esy of WR .

The third-year receiver dropped a Lockeratshuayi is desperate to stay with Chelsea.The Belgium striker appears well down on the striker’s pecking order in manager Frank Lampard’s plans.But HLN says Batshuayi wants to stay and has already turned down a move to AS Roma.Lampard said of the ce pass on a crossing route across the middle and another on a short pass Locker threw on the run. For the third straight day, the Titans took the field without wide receivers (knee) and (holdout). Tennessee lost another top wideout when hastle are at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.Former United captain Bruce said: “They’re going through a transitional period which has probably lasted longer than anybody would have thought – three, four, five managers and now Ole’s got the job, trying turt his foot early in practice. It left the Titans thin at receiver in their three-wide sets.

Coach pointed to several other factors for the dropped catches.

“It’s hot, we just practiced last night and guys get a little tired,” Munchak said. “I think that’s why balls start dropping.”

CB didn’t bite on a pump fake by Hasselbeck late in practice and made a leaping interception on a deep pass intended for WR . Locker, meanwhile, was nearly intercepted on an intermediate pass in Washington’s direction. SS Jordan Babineaux had a clear path to the end zone for a pick-six but the pass fell through his hands.

Hasselbeck: 5-10, 0 TDs, 1 INT

Locker: 6-9, 0 TD s, 0 INTs

: Locker

Both quarterbacks were fairly accurate during the period. The two combined for just three incompletions on 14 attempts.

Hasselbeck: 5-6, 0 TDs, 0 INTs

Locker: 6-8, 0 TDs, 0 INTs


Hasselbeck: 10-16, 0 TDs, 1 INT

Locker: 12-17, 0 TDs, 0 INT


Hasselbeck: 29-43, 0 TDs, 2 INT

Locker: 34-50, 0 TDs, 1 INT


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Rams free-agent signings: Will they pay off?


The spent big for corner and center . Will they and other free-agent acquisitions rejuvenate this 2-14 team? 

Signed in March for five years and $50 million, including $27 million guaranteed, the feisty 28-year-old was almost a must-sign player for a team that had no corners. He’Manchester United have turned their attention to Fernando Llorente.The Spaniard is a free agent after being released by Tottenh of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) Jose Francisco Molina has announced the former Barcelona coach can count on their support.Enrique will not attend Spain’s Euro 2020 qualifiers with the Faroe Islands and Sweden in June due to an ongoing persam.The Daily Mail says United are close to agreeing terms with Llorente.The 34-year-old is being brought in as cover for Romelu Lukaku.Inter Milan and Juventus are in talks to sign the Belgium international.s expected to match up with the league’s top wideouts ands they can still beat Arsenal on Thursday.Los Che host the second-leg of their Europa League semifinal needing to overturn a 3-1 deficit.Gameiro said, “We’re going to have chances, sure. Arsenal is a team that plays football and leaves space. We are mentor rookies and . Jeff Fisher, who coached him in Tennessee, likes the “edge” Finnegan brings and says he isn’t concerned Finnegan will cross the line, like he did in 2010 when he got into an on-field fight with Andre Johnson. Finnegan has not disappointed in camp so far. The 31-year-old made his first Pro Bowl last season with the Packers and should be a major upgrade over . Wells got a four-year deal worth $24 million, including $13 million guaranteed. But Wells has yet to practice as he recovers from arthroscopic knee surgery. Fisher is being cautious with Wells, but it’s a concern. The offensive line can’t develop cohesion until Wells returns. Dunbar is lining up as the starting weakside linebacker after leaving the Saints to sign with St. Louis. Dunbar’s critics point out he’s undersized (6-0, 226) and misses too many tackles (13 last season). But he started 14 games for New Orleans last year, making 79 tackles and forcing two fumbles. And he’s 27, younger than the Rams’ other options at OLB. The former undrafted free agent from Boston College certainly should help on special teams: he’s made 34 special teams tackles in his four-year career.Get more Rams updates and analysis from Larry Hartstein .

Rookie CB waived


Free-agent CB was released on Tuesday. The .Kicker says the Irons are in contact with Hertha about bringing the former Chelsea star back to London before tomorrowter Krawietz has assured fans that manager Jurgen Klopp is still working towarr Champions League defeat of Genk.The result maintained confidence ahead of the weekend Premier League visit of Manchester City.”Definitely,” said Origi. “It is good to keep on going, keep the flow going and I think this weekend is going to be a big,ds the long-term.A sixth European Cup was secured in June as Klopp finally triumphed in his fourth final with the Reds, having just guided them to a record-breaking second-‘s transfer deadline.Now 34, Kalou has found himself sidelined by coach Jurgen Klinsmann and has hit out at his treatment this weekundrafted rookie from Michigan, who participated in the weekend minicamp, is the son of former NY Giants RB Butch Woolfolk.