pleted the signing of Mateo Kovacic from Real Madr


first base prospect , who will begin the year in Triple-A, gave a glimpse into what the future might hold for Houston Thursday. Singleton, who is considered a top-100 prospect by Baseball America (No. 27) and .com (No. 27), homered twice off Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez in an 11-4 spring win.

“I was just going out there trying to do my best,” Singleton said to “He left a couple of pitches over the plate and I tried to put a good swing on it.”

Sinder Paul Pogba.They want to replace Pogba with either Philippe Coutinho or Ivan Rakitic, says the Mundo Deportivo.Coutinho, 27, has struggled to light up the Nou Camp like he did Anfield since his £142m move from Liverpool in January 2018.Croatia’s gleton will remaiers were properly focused for their behind-closed-doors match with LASK Linz after the warm-up.United thrashed the Austrian leaders 5-0 in their Europa League round-of-16 first leg to kill the tie, despite uncertainty over the European football calenn in Florida through the end of May as he finishes off a 50-game suspension for faken aim at the Premier League’s foreign managers.Allardyce, 65, has been out of management since 2018, when he left Everton as the Toffees turned to Marco Silva.It was a similar tale at Crystal Palace in his previous job, having kept the Eagles in thiling a second drug test. He’s played in just five major-league spring games, but Singleton is hitting .300 (3 for 10) with a triple, two homers, two walks and six RBI.

oss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has deleted his Twitter a


outfielder is expected to learn his roster fate this week because of an opt-clause in his contract that forces the Tigers to tell him whether or not he’ll be on the 25-man roster, according to

“I had some other opportunities where ason, it has been revealed.Just days after his dismissal by Bayern, reports Sport1, Kovac was offered the Everton job after they had sacked Marco Silva.However, the Croatian turned down the proposal as it came too soon after his departure. Everton wothey told me that I’d have a good chance to make their ballclub,” he said. “But you don’t know what’s going to happen when you go into a different situation.”

If K hunt for Lorient striker Alexis Claude-Maurice.The Gunners are star Fabrizio Maiello admits he was the brains behind the plan.He hatched the plan when he was behind bars along with a another group of inmates who were members of a notorious crime syndicate.But the plan failed after Maiello lost his nerve and instpreparing a second bid for the Lorient star, reports Get French Football News. It comes two weeks after their first bid of £7m was rejected. Claude-Maurice is a former team-mate of Gunnelly makes the roster, he would be used as a reserve outfielder/infielder. Kelly is batting .244 (10 for 41) with one triple, two doubles, three homers and six RBI in 21 spring games.

dge is excited to have joined Trabzonspor.The form


manager Don Mattingly admitted Tuesday that pitcher might not begin the season in the rotation as he has lagged behind the other starters in camp. Lilly made two relief appearances before making his first start in Cactus League play on Sunday as he was limited from the outset of spring training while recovering verpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold admits he and Andrew Robertson don’to Ramos has backed Zinedine Zidane to stay as Los Blancos coach.More doubts have emerged about Zidane after defeat to Real Mallorca.But Ramos said, “It would be very easy to say that Zidane will be here until the end of the season.”That would put an want to ‘Gary Neville-type’ fullbacks.After victory over Sheffield United, Alexander-Arnold name-dropped Neville, with Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher once claiming “no one wfrom offseason shoulder surgery.

His pitching schedule was also affected by an illness and weather conditions which scrapped one of his outings. “Atastle United boss Steve Bruce says he’s been assured of a competitive transfer budget by club owner Mike Ashley.Bruce insists he’s had assurances on his budget from Ashley.He said: “We’ve talked about budgets and it was pretty straight forward.“I this point, it’s real hard to get Ted built up to 90 pitches,” Mattingly told the Los Angeles Times.

he tactical battle is what motivates him every day


Dodgers starting pitcher endured a rough outing in Saturday’s Cactus LeaBrighton midfielder Steven Alzate has made his international debut for Colombia.The 21-year-old has been a revelation for Albion this season.He came on as a substitute in their 1-0 friendly win over Peru in Miami.Alfredo Morelos scored the winner for Columbia in the 90th minute.gue contest against the Mariners. Harang, who made his second appearance in the spring, ran into the trouble in the second inning as he allowed a two-run single to . He allowed just two runs on six hits over three innings of work in a 3-2 victory. He also struck out two and walked two. “It was typical Aaron,” manager Don Mattingly said. “He knited.The Magpies have won six of their last seven Premier League home matches during a run that has lifted them comfortably clear of the relegation zone.But Van Dijk believes James Milner has emerged as a shock candidate for PSG.The Liverpool midfielder will be out of contract next month.According to Le Parisien, PSG believe 33-year-old Milner could add experience and versatility to their squad.It is unclear whether Milner or Liverpool want to end their four year association.Liverpool can approach the encounter with their confidence undiminished byind of bends but doesn’t [break]. He gets it out of the way and throws zeros. That’s how he was all last year. He knows who he is and what he’s doing. He keeps himself in the game.”

jaer reserved praise for midfielders Fred and Scot


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

2013 Team Preview: Toronto Blue Jays


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The enter the season in a quite different light than they have entered any season for the past decade-plus: They are in the spotlight. No team garnered as many headlines as the Blue Jays in the offseason, as they went out and added , , , , and more. Will this be enough to make a 73-89 team into a contender? Absolutely, because we must consider how much injuries ravaged the Jays last season. They used 12 different starting pitchers, was held to 92 games and was held to 125. Also, there is expected improvement from some younger players like Lawrie and , in addition to a bounce-back season from former ace . 

1. Jose Reyes, SS2. Melky Cabrera, LF3. Jose Bautista, RF4. , 1B5. Colby Rasmus, CF6. Brett Lawrie, 3B7. , DH 8. , C9. , 2B 

1. R.A. Dickey2. 3. Josh Johnson4. Mark Buehrle5. Ricky RomeroALT:  

Closer: Setup: , Lefty specialist:  

IF , OF , C

Remember when the ? Maybe not, since they have made two blockbuster trades since then, but Izturis could serve as a backup at second base, shortstop and third base while being fully capable of starting several times a week. He has a career .337 on-base percentage, good speed (17 steals in 19 attempts last season) and is a capable defender. That’s a pretty good player to have around as an insurance policy at three different positions, especially since the Blue Jays had such major injury woes last season. 

“A limited number Former Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell has revealed Didier Drogba was in tears by Jose Mourinho’s sacking.Sidwell recalls how none of the players agreed with a decision which destroyed the “family culture” in the Chelsea dressing room.”I’ve been at of saves caused Janssen’s breakthrough to go by the wayside last year. But while , and made history with the kind WHIPs they were putting up, Janssen’s 0.86 mark ranked fifth among closers with at least 50 innings. And it’s not like his 2.54 ERA or 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings were anything to sneeze at. So then … about those saves. Beginning 2013 as the team’s closer will help. He didn’t claim ninth-inning duties from an injured Sergio Santos until May last year, and by then, the Blue Jays starting rotation was so decimated by injuries that a closer was hardly necessary. They either outslugged the competition, or they lost. Obviously, that formula is destined to change this year with all the upgrades they made this offseason, particularly to their starting rotation. Add, say, 15 to last year’s save total, and you’ll see why Janssen is a bargain after the top 20 closers go off the board.” — Scott White []

I think it’s how well-rounded the offense is. There are speedy table-setter types in Reyes, Bonifacio and Izturis. There are two potential 40-homer power hitters in Encarnacion and Bautista. There’s the power-speed combo in Lawrie and a possible hit-machine in Cabrera. As long as the Jays stay healthy — which is a huge question after last season — they will be able to beat teams offensively in a number of ways. Teams this well-rounded are great bets to stave off extended team-wide slumps. 

The back end of the bullpen. Janssen has never been a full-time closer, Santos is coming off surgery and Delabar has had control issues at times. Overall, I don’t think this is a huge issue and the trio is more than capable enough to have a py Aston Villa following a training ground bust-up.The on-loan Chelsea man reportedly headbutted Villa teammate Jota, with his future at the club now being discussed.Phillips says he’s surprised about the conduct of his former Leicester teammate, but roductive season, but I had to name something here, and there really isn’t a glaring weakness on this ballclub. 

For the first time since 1993, the Blue Jays win the World Series. They definitely have enough talent, and this should be the ultimate goal for this club in 2013. 

There are obvious areas where the wheels could totally fall off here. Reyes, Johnson and Morrow are injury risks, to various degrees. Which Melky are the Jays gonna get? What if Encarnacion’s power surge last year was a fluke? What if Janssen spits the bit as closer and Santos can’t regain pre-injury form? What if Romero is just as bad as he was last season? What if Lawrie’s all-out style recklessy injures him? Rasmus and Lind are enigmas offensively as well. Dickey’s old and last season’s numbers are an outlier compared to the rest of his career. In the tough AL East, if everything that could possibly go wrong does, I could see the Blue Jays ending up in last place. 

Honestly, though, what are the odds that every single bad thing listed above happens and nothing good happens? Very, very low. There will be injuries, but every team deals with those. Dickey’s 2012 season came from out of nowhere because he started throwing his knuckler harder, not because he just started to get lucky out of the blue, and Encarnacion has always shown the ability to hit for big-time power when he’s in the lineup. 

It’s tough to predict how Cabrera, Rasmus and Lind will fare, but overall there is so much talent here that I don’t see a realistic scenario where they miss the playoffs. In fact, I predict they win the AL East for the first tining over a loan deal for Islam Slimani.Inter are turning to the Algeria international after being informed that Chelsea were removing Olivier Giroud from their transfer list.Slimani is currently on-loan with AS Monaco, but both parties are willing tme since …

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Cool map: Where the ballparks are


 comes this, an interactive Googlon Francis is desperate for his side to avoid relegation.But he wants to see them do it the right way, by finishing out the season.The Cherries currently in the drop zone, which means if the season ended today they would go down.But that is not how Fe map of every major-league, affiliated minor-league and independent-league ballpark in the United States and Canada. Alternative terminating mark for previous sentence: !

‘s performance against Manchester City on Sunday.A double from Sergio Aguero saw Pep Guardiola’s side seal a 3-1 victory against a valiant Cherries outfit.Speaking after the game, Howe said: “The lads left everything on the pitch, which was all I cou

First, regard the map itself, and, second, daydream about a paid sabbatical!

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That’s a lot of baseball-hosting facilities and a lot of implied playing of baseball.

On that topic, a desperate petition: Come back to us, baseball. Now, please.

For more baseball newsdelighted seeing Jack Bycroft involved with England Under-19s.Callum Slattery is also with England Under-20s this week.Hale told the club’s website: “Callum has shown a great attitude this season. We know what he’s capable of. He’s had that opportu, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

Report: R.A. Dickey willing to accept a two-year extension


k on loan until the end of the season.Lossl, 30, joined the Toffees from Town in the summer but has not played for the Premier League side this season.The Denmark international made 69 league appearances in two seasons with the Terriers.Willock, 22,

pitcher is willing to take a two-year extension, to Adam Rubin of

Dickey and third baemanja Matic are resuming light training.While neither player should be ready for their next game on Thursday, they could be involved at the weekend or next week.Metro says both players are ready to return to training with the whole group this week.Sseman were said to be a “package deal” earlier this offseason. With Wright now in the fold, the Mets can turn their attention to the Cy Young winner. 

Coming together on a contract could be difficult. While Dickey is coming off a great season, he’s also 38-years-old. Making things even more tricky is that Dickey’s main pitch is the knuckleball. Normal aging curves don’t normally apply to knuckleball pitchers, as the pitch doesn’t put nearly as much stress on the arm. Still, the Mets want to proceed with caution and only give Dickey a two-year extension, as’s Jon Heyman in October. With Dickey willing to accept a deal for two years, both sides will now have to come up with an acceptable value for the deal. Rubin mentions that people with the Mets are “confident” a deal will be reached.

In 223 2/3 innings last season, Dickey had a 2.73 ERA and a 3.27 FIP with the team. He won the Cy Young awaon.The Brazilian winger has been one of the brightest spots of the Chelsea attack, despite many fans assuming he would be sold in the summer.The veteran has played a key role as the Blues race up the table to fight for a top four position.And Nevin ird in a landslide, receiving 27 out of a possible 32 first-place votes.

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Report: Derek Lowe would return to Boston


Derek Lowe would be open to a retThe agent of Fiorentina midfielder Jordan Veretout admits he wants to join Napoli.The former Aston Villa star is being linked with the Azzurri this summer.“I won’t rule out the possibility of Napoli signing Veretout, even if they keep Allan,” agent Mario Giuffredi told Radio Marte.“Napoli are going to build a very strong side and have changed their strategy, focusing on players who already know Serie A and are ready to deliver straight away.“I wouldn’t rule Veretout out of their midfield. There are several clubs interested in Veretout, but the lad is in love with Napoli. If I can make something happen for my hometown club, I’m more than happy to do so.”urn to the , to The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo.

The , who designated Lowe for assi for Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte.Ferrara says Conte would’ve preferred Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal.”Antonio explained it very well, Eriksen needs time to settle into and understand certain tactical mechanisms,” Ferrara told Tiki Taka.“Ashgnment on Aug 2, have 10 days to trade hiperfect club for Jack Clarke.The winger signed for Spurs earlier this month before returning to Leeds United on loan.Bent said: “A lot of the modern day wingers now are shoot first, supply second and I hate that. As a centre forward, I can’t stand thm. If he’s not traded in that time period, Lowe would become a free-agent. 

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington also indicated that there was some interest in bringing Lowe back to the Red Sox. With currently on the shelf, the Red Sox could use some depth at the position. 

The 39-year-old Lowe has a 5.52 ERA, and a 4.48 FIP, in 119 innings pitched this season. 

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Roy Oswalt impressive in Rangers debut


Bad news for the rest of baseball: The — who entered Friday night an -best 43-27 — just added Arsenal have lost Dani Ceballos until mid-December due to injury.The midfielder, on loan from Real Madrid, injured his hamstring against Vitoria on November 6.The Gunners have now posted an update on their website of the Spaniard’s condition.It read: “Left hamstring. Sustained during the Vitoria SC (a) match on November 6. “Aiming to return to full training mid-December.”a healthy and rested to their rotation.

The 34-year-old three-time All-Star was stellar through six innings against the Friday night in his 2012 debut. In those six shutout innings, he gave up only six hits and one walk while striking out six. The Rangers attempted to get hlla are desperate to keep hold of Jack Grealish this summer.The Mirror says Villa will break the banined allowing Chris Smalling to leave for Roma.The 29-year-old will join the Serie A club on a season-long loan. United will receive a fee of £2.7m.”It’s just come up the last couple of days, this opportunity for Chris and we’ve sat down yesterday ak to keep Grealish at Villa Park.Boss Dean Smith has hinted that the Birmingham club’s talismanic playmaker is in line for an eye-watering new deal toim through the seventh inning, where Oswalt would allow three hits — including a double and triple — and one earned run. He was removed after a RBI double with two outs.

Even with Oswalt losing steam in the seventh, his final line (6 2/3 innings, nine hits, one run, one walk, six strikeouts and 109 pitches) is very good. It leaves him with a 1.35 ERA. .

The only mitigating factor here is that Oswalt was facing the Rockies, who are missing Troy Tulowitzki and have one of the worst records in baseball.

Still, Oswalt was facing a major-league club and he looked very solid Friday night. Remember, this is a guy who finished sixth in NL Cy Young voting in 2010 before back injuries hampered his performance last season.

Score another win for the Rangers.

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MLB steps in on Young, and now the response feels right


owner Mike Ilitch can decide for himself if Delmon Young is the type of guy he wants representing him and his team.But major-league players also represent the game itself, and that’s why baseball is more than justified in handing Young a seven-day-without-pay suspension for his drunken and possibly racist incident the other night in .The Tigers had already made clear that they had no plans to discipline Young themselves. Club president Dave Dombrowski said Saturday that Young would return to the lineup as soon as allowed, and that the team planned to continue to pay him while he was on the restricted list. the team’s response didn’t feel right.The commissioner’s response does.Young was evaluated by a doctor on Monday, under a program that the new collective bargaining agreement provides for any player involved in an alcohol-related offense. By day’s end, MLB had announced the suspension, along with a quote from Bud Selig saying that “those associated with our game should meet the responsibilities and standards that stem from our game’s stature as a social institution. An incident like this cannot and will not be toleays Divock Origi will improve after their 4-1 rout of Norwich City.Origi struck in the victory.Klopp said, “We made the decisions we made [in the transfer market] for the reasons we had. I think Div did exceptionally well tonight. He made two or threrated.”Exactly.For those saying that Young should be considered innocent until proven guilty, that’s exactly true in a legal sense. He can defend himself in court.But let’s remember that Young has already issued a statement of apology. Let’s remember that he told Dombrowski there was “no excuse” for his actions that night.He may not be guilty of everything he’s accused of. The legal system can determine that.At the very least, though, he’s guilty of representing his team and his sport very poorly.Young even seems to understand that, to the point where Dombrowski told reporters Monday night in Detroit that Young “is accepting” the punishment and will participate in a required treatment program.Baseball discipline is complicated, because the players’ union is so much stronger than unions in other sports. That’s why baseball felt it was unable to respond to a spree of drunk driving incidents last year, and why MLB pushed to have the employee assistance program included in the new CBA.Dombrowski told reporters Monday that the team couldn’t impose any further discipline on Young, but let’s be serious. The Tigers had mahip revenue fall €55.2 million (US$60.6 million) to €75.3 million (US$82.9 million) for the 2019/20 season, reports, /.The Serie A giants pocketed €130.5 million (US$143.6 million) in sponsorship over the 2018/19 campaign, but a new public filide clear over the weekend that they really didn’t want to discipline him at all, beyond having him spend the weekend on the restricted list withe Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted with Andreas Pereira’s performance in Thursday’s 4-0 win over Leeds United.The midfielder’s new four-year contract with the club was met with skepticism from supporters, who have watched Pereira start just 11 games si pay.Perhaps, as one person in baseball told me Saturday, it’s too difficult for teams to step in, since even the absence of a very average player like Young can be tough on a lineup. Perhaps it has to be the commissioner’s office.I don’t what I’d have done if I owned the Tigers and Young was representing me. But I do know it felt wrong that Young would simply reenter the lineup as if nothing had happened.Now he won’t. He’ll miss a week, and he’ll miss a week’s pay.And with what we know so far, that feels just about right.

field star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is a top target


The Indians reassigned the following players to minor league camp on Sunday: Cleveland sent out reliever , catcher and relidamant their titlluca Mancini is delighted to have signed for Roma.The former Atalanta defender made the move last week.”When my agent told me about the offer, I immediately said to him without any hesitation that I wanted to come,” the defender told the Giallorossi’e defence is not over.City are now nine points behind leaders Liverpool after Sunday’s defeat Pochettino at Tottenham is now under the microscope.With his father having departed from the club, Pochettino Jr is left at Spurs with the club’s U23 team.The winger signed new terms just this year to 2022 and has been participating with Spurs in th.“We are far from them now but there is still a big part of the season left. We are not going to give up. We are the current champions andever .

Patriots reportedly trade for under-the-radar Falcons tight end, continuing a committee approach to replace Rob Gronkowski


, a reserve tight end who spent his first two NFL seasons with the , has been traded from Atlanta to New England for a 2020 seventh-round conditional pick, Network’s Tom Pelissero . 

A fifth-round pick in the 2017 , the 6-foot-5, 253-pound tight end has caught just five passes (all coming during the 2018 season) in 30 NFL regular-season games. He received one start in two seasons in Atlanta before being traded to New England, who continues to try to solidify their tight end position following Rob Gronkowski’s retirement. 

, a 2019 offseason signee who was slated to win the job as New England’s starting tight end coming into training camp, sustained a lower-body injury during the ‘ preseason-opcontract.Williams impressed manager Jurgen Klopp with his performance in the FA Cup fourth-round replay victory over Shrewsbury Town.And Klopp wants to reward the 18-year-old with a bumper contract, per Football Insider.Williams will earn a significaening victory over the Detriot and during the team’s practice on Monday. , a nine-year veteran who spent the past two seasons in Green Bay, did return to practice on Monday after missing New England’s previous six sessions with an undisclosed injury. Kendricks was joined at practice by fellow tight ends and . 

Ben Watson, a 38-year-old and 16-year NFL veteran who was part of New England’s XXXIX championship team, is back in New England after being talked out of retirement this offseason. Watson will have to serve a four-game suspension to start the season after failing a league-issued drug test in March. 

Watson, who recently spent time catching passes from future Hall of Fame quarterback in New Orleans, is catching passes from future Hall of Fame quarterback .

“It is amazing how tremendously you can grow as a player when you have the right coach, the right system, the right offensive coordinator, but also the right quarterback,” Watson said, per the Boston Herald.

“There is a certain gene in a lot of quarterbacks that makes them compete and perfect their craft with other players. With Tom and Drew, it was staying after practice and running eskjaer isn’t writing off Alexis Sanchez.United were ready to cut their losses on Sanchez, but his huge wages have proved an obstacle to any deal ahead of the European transfer deadline on September 2, despite interest from Italy.”Alexis is such a proxtra routes, it was in the meeting room and watching on films.

“Them vocalizing helps you grow as a player.”

Watson is the favorite to see the most snaps at tight end on a per-game basis once he returns from his suspension, but the Patriots are likely to use multiple players at the position — a committee approach — in 2019. In the back half of the 2018 regular season, the Patriots shifted to a run-first offense behind 2018 first-round running back . This change in offensive style led to an increase in the usage of multiple tight end personnel packages. This style of offense is projected to carry over into the 2019 season Brady enters his age-42 season.

The Patriots are surely hoping to get some production out of Saubert, who caught 190 passes for 2,253 yards and 21 touchdowns in four seasons at Drake. Despite his production at Drake, Saubert received an extremely negative review from an AFC team regional scout in his pre-draft bio on 

“He’s body [is] beautiful but he can’t catch,” the scout wrote of Saubert, an All-American during his last two college seasons. “I don’t think it’s coottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino would have to give up his payout if he took another manager’s job this season.The Arsenal-blow-Mauricio-Pochettino-pursuit-Daniel-Levy-clause-EXCLUSIVE”>Daily ExpressArsenal-blow-Mauricio-Pochettino-pursuit-Daniel-Lerrectable either. I just think he doesn’t see the ball well and doesn’t have good hand-eye. You are drafting an athlete and not a tight end if you take him.” 

If anyone can correct Saubert’s mechanical issues, it’s Bill Belichick, who will look to do just that during Saubert’s time in Foxboro. 

Ranking the first four QBs taken in the 2019 NFL Draft, and Josh Rosen, by their chances of success


It takes a village to raise a quarterback. No individual at that position – particularly a rookie – will rise or fall based on singular talent or dedication alone. It simply does not work that way.

The outcomes and results, both short-and-long term, will be predicated on a number of factors that include scheme, coaching acumen and job security, talent around him, health, pocket protection, ability to play with a lead, ability to manage and handle expectations, overall organizational leadership, etc. The old nature vs. nurture debate is always raging in circles, but it seems to me it requires both an individual’s work rate, determination and prowess, combined with all of the outside factors around him, to best develop a young quarterback capable of making a real impact in this league.

At training faternational says Spurs did not allow him to leave.Speaking to French-African broadcaster Bal des Productions, Aurier said: “What competition? There isn’t any.”I’d simply decided to leave [this summer], which was normal for me. Many things were taken cilities around the league, in the throws of organized team activities, the process is just beginning for a handful of the best and brightest of the 2019 rookie quarterback class. They are getting their first indoctrination into professional football, and while the bulk of those just drafted are being groomed for third quarterback/scout team duties, and a spot, perhaps, on the practice squad even, for those selected in the top two rounds things are a bit more complicated (and, after being traded for pick No. 62 to go to Miami, I am including in this exercise).

For those young men, there is obviously significantly more pressure to contribute sooner rather than later, with some already destined to start, others in a robust competition and a few knowing they enter the season as the backup, but could see the field by the middle of the 2019 season if need be. Let’s face it, none of these situations are great, because all of these teams were in the QB market in the first place because they are in some degree of a rebuild. I mean, sure, the and keep trying to pretend they are not, and fight it at all costs, but you don’t make the trades they have made going back to last season if they aren’t gearing for the future.

Of these top five quarterbacks – , , , and Rosen – none is in what you would call an ideal spot. All are fraught with potential peril – some more than others – and any of them could go sideways quickly. The rosters around them are generally lacking, the coaches and GMs in many cases are already on the hottest of seats and the interpersonal dynamics within the quarterback rooms they are entering could be pretty complicated and thorny. ‘ idyllic year holding a clipboard under uber-tutor Alex Smith this is not.

Ultimately, no one knows which one of these novice QBs is truly going to thrive and which will fail miserably (because history tells us at least a few will) and which will enjoy lengthy if undistinguished careers. But I can assure you that draft order alone will not tell this tale; it never really does. If it was that simple then the hit rate on would be markedly higher. At this position in particular it is quite error-prone, and I already have some trepidation about how it will play out for some of these young men. I’d handicap the situations they are entering, from best to worst, like this:   

1. Josh Rosen,

The Dolphins took a lark on a kid picked 10th overall just a year ago. He comes to a team with no pedigree of winning that’s clearly in a long-term rebuild with a chance to show what he can do in a low-pressure environment. knows he is at the end and is good for a short burst of a few weeks at best, and if Miami ends up picking in the top 3 next year I don’t think the owner will be crying. Rosen seems like a strong system fit and has already endured a season in the abyss in Arizona in 2018, and this can’t possibly be as backwards as that. He was already fairly pro-ready before becoming a pro and the calluses he picked up with the should serve him well in 2019. He has some speedy pass catchers on offense in and , and while the offensive line still scares me, it will be better than anything he played behind a year ago. Rosen has the opportunity to prove a lot of people wrong and make a lot of GMs look like fools for not trading for him in the second round. Even if he plays well but not well enough to prevent Miami from using a top pick on a QB in 2020, Rosen could be primed for big things elsewhere and bottom line is he has already endured what will likely be the toughest year of his career. I’d buy low on him all day long and I bet he looks the part foe the Dolphins.

2. Dwayne Haskins,

Enough smart football people have told me that Haskins sitting for at least part of the season is the way to go that I am now convinced of it. And easing him in, I hope, is the way they go. But managing a QB is very high up on the looong, looong list of things that this franchise has proven to be utterly incapable of during owner Dan Snyder’s tenure. They actually excel at chewing them up and spitting them out at an alarming rate, from Patrick Ramsey to Jason Campbell to Robert Griffin III to , no QB gets a second long-term contract after being drafted here. Of this I am acutely aware. And the fact that coach Jay Gruden is coaching for his life gives me pause as well. But this kid went through some coaching chaos at Ohio State and waited his turn and is incredibly mature and, playing high school ball down the road, is aware of Washington’s twisted and sordid QB history. He has the tools to break the cycle, if healthy this offensive line can be stout and they should be able to run the hell out of the ball. and will help him as much as theith Amazon over a fly-on-the-wall documentary, according to the Daily Mail, reports, /.The North London club are reportedly in advanced talks with the US digital giant for the Amazon Prime Original series, scheduled to be broadcast next summer.The pry can and be like extra coaches in the QB room. I think they got better at WR in the draft and can make a lot of plays for him (if, yeah, he can stay on the field himself). Yes, there are a lot of ifs here, but I’ve got a feeling by this time next year Washington is abuzz with Haskins fever and people are feeling a lot better about the Skins.

3. Drew Lock, Broncos

The fact that John Elway fell for him in the draft, in and of itself, is a bad omen. Just ask and and how that worked out for them. But I like the fact that Denver showed restraint in when and where it moved up to select him and sitting behind should be very good for him (Flacco will be fine with him and people need to stop dissecting OTA quotes in May where everything is overblown because nothing is going on). Vic Fangio will unleash this talented defense and look what his unit did for Mitchell Trubisky last season. Just manage the game, son, learn that 15-play script, make two big throws a game and hand it off to Philip Lindsay a bunch. Denver has some blue chip players and while the receiving room doesn’t wow me, it could certainly be worse. If the Broncos have a slow start and Flacco is prone to injuries and interceptions as he’d been the past four years or so, this transition could occur much more quickly than it should. But if Lock gets a redshirt year he could become a solid steward for this offense over time (though expecting him to ever be a top 10-12 QB will likely prove to be a reach).

4. Kyler Murray, Cardinals

The men primarily responsibly for gross organization negligence; the very men who killed Rosen a year ago like Kenny in an un-aired “South Park” episode, are still in charge – owner Michael Bidwell and GM Steve Keim – and the head coach has zero NFL experience outside of a short-lived backup career. Yikes. Strap in there tight, Kyler. Could be a wild ride. I have no idea how Kliff Kingsbury’s coaching career will play out, though nightmares about Chip Kelly and Steve Spurrier do come to mind. Perhaps he will revolutionize football with a diminutive QB. And I love the Cardinals draft overall. But this franchise has zero pedigree incubating and nurturing a young QB and the risk of injury seems high (is this line going to be much better than the one that seemed intent on breaking Rosen?), and, when taken with the first overall selection amid the Rosen debacle, expectations are going to be sky high and difficult to manage. Ultimate boom or bust play with Kliff and Kyler … and Keim, who basically built another coaching staff a year after constructing the Frankenstein staff around one-and-done rookie NFL HC Steve Wilks. We’ll see how long it lasts.

5. Daniel Jones, Giants

Had the GiDe Ligt is to leave Ajax this summer after a remarkable breakout season.Manchester United and Barcelona are thought to be leading the race to sign the 19-year-old.But Liverpool have entered the race to sign De Ligt.It’s suggested De Ligt could be Jurants taken him at No. 17, maybe some of the madness would be mitigated and it wouldn’t already be a tabloid circus in Gotham. But that’s not how GM Dave Gettleman rolls. Maybe, had they not sold all-world WR Jr. for pennies on the dollar (this GM is notorious for running off his most talented players) I’d feel better about the cast around Mr. Jones. And if there weren’t already Peyton Manning comparison bombs being tossed around in some parts due to their connections with coach David Cutcliffe, maybe I wouldn’t have a lump in my throat about how this will all play out. Oh yeah, and if Gettleman wasn’t talking about him maybe sitting for three years because ELI IS TIMELESS AND PERFECT AND DEFINITELY NOT WASHED, THAT IS JUST A STOOPID MEDIA NARRATIVE, then maybe I wouldn’t spell doom. And if the Peyton comparisons aren’t tough enough stuff, then what about the inevitable comparisons to come across town from (didn’t pass Gettleman’s smell test a year ago) or in the division from Haskins or to Josh Allen, the potential All-Pro pass rusher they passed on with the sixth pick to nab Jones instead. Good luck, kid. This franchise has been as backwards as any in football since the demise of the Tom Coughlin era, and this kid is walking into a total firestorm. Godspeed.  

Los Angeles Rams reportedly cut former first-rounder Mark Barron


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Three years into a five-year, $45 million contract as a converted safety within the Rams defense, the former Alabama standout and first-round draft pick has been released by Los Angeles, .

Acquired from the for two draft picks during the 2014 season, Barron began his career as a strong safety, competing with ex-Rams starter T.J. McDonald for that role upon arrival. The following year, he transitioned to inside linebacker to relieve the injured and remained a full-time hybrid starter through 2018. Barron had a pair of 100-tackle seasons with the team and loggedto training.Gomes, who has been undergoing rehabilitation in Portugal, will come back to the club’s training ground next week to step up his recovery.The midfielder, who sustained the injury in the game with Spurs on November 3, had looked set to mis a career-high three interceptions in 2017, but he missed four games during the Rams’ Super Bowl run and would have cost $9.6 million against the salary cap in 2019, .

By releasing Barron, the Rams will save $6.33 million this season, .

The 29-year-old linebacker spent the first two and a half years of his career in Tampa Bay, where he started 37 games in the secondary after being drafted seventh overall out of Alabama. In 2018, he recorded 60 tackles and one pass deflection, his lowest totals since joining the league.