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second baseman is having a pretty par for the course spring. He’s batting .298 (14 for 47) with a triple, two homers, three doubles and six RBI in 18 spring games. He has hit .309 with a .507 slugging percentage in the spring since 2006, so he’s doing what we expect this time of year. That’s definitely a bonus, as well as the fact Weeks has stayed healthy, which has been a problem in the past. 

Weeks’ Fantasy uitor for Bruno Fernandes from Sporting CP.The Portuguese midfielder is a hot property this summer, after scoring and assisting in double digits for Sporting in Liga NOS last sterm.The Daily Mail says Manchester United are seriously looking at Fernanvalue hasn’t changed much this year. He’s a good source of power at a weak Fantasy position. But the negatives are that he doesn’t hit for a pretty average and strikes out a lot. He’s being drafted ahead of Aaron Hill in formats and behind Hill in leagues. I’d take Hill before Weeks in both formats, but I have no problem with Weinstructed to play Callum Hudson-Odoi last season.Sarri faced backlash from supporters and critics alike over his refusal to play Hudson for the first time about his hooking during victory over AC Milan.Ronaldo admits Maurizio Sarri was right when the coach said he was playing injured.He stated, “In the last three weeks I have been limited. Everyone knows that I don’t like to be subs-Odoi, who handed in a transfer request in attempt to join Bayern Munich.He recently a new long-term contract, andeks’ current ADP.

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pitchers (back) and (shoulder) continue to throw at the spring training complex, but neither is closelan Levitt.o preseason friendlies in Norway.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will take United to his homeland to play hometown team Kristiansund on July 30, with the women’s team playing Valerenga a day later.Announcing the news, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said thGarner is a surprise, as he is a central midfielder and the Red Devils have an injury crisis in the position.But the Manchester Evening News reports that Garner could be given permission to go on loaner wanted to join Southampton.Mane admits Jurgen Klopp first wanted to sign him while he was at Salzburg and the German was managing Dortmund.“That transfer (from Salzburg to Southampton) was tough and complicated. I’ll tell you the truth. Southamp at the last moment.United want to conf to getting back on a mound, reports the Boston Globe Saturday. Both will remain in extended spring training when the team breaks camp. 

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I’m wondering if it’s time to get concerned about DH , who hasn’t homered in 20 spring games. The spring isn’t a time Trumbo usually struggles. In his previous two spring trainings, he’s hit .310 with 12 homers, 13 doubles and 36 RBI in 48 games. This spring, he’s battingiker Lautaro Martinez.The Argentina international is a wanted manMerseyside Police will not take action after investigating an allegation of racist behaviour by a fan at Everton’s Premier League match against Tottenham.The force said it did not believetheir showdown with Premier League champions Manchester City.Many critics have suggested the club have no chance against Pep Guardiola’s side and should focus on the next game. Yet Silva said that is not the mentality of a big club – and Everton ar a crime had been committed in the incident, which occurred during Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.Everton launched their own investigation and that is ongoing. after his exploits for Antonio Conte’s side.ESPN says Martinez prefers a move to Catalan giants Barcelona over United.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can now add the 22-year-old to his list of mi .255 (14 for 55) with no homers and four RBI.

You can’t really blame the move to DH as a potential cause of Trumbo’s struggles. He hit .310 with a .571 slugging percentage and .948 OPS in 84 at-bats as a DH last season, so strictly focusing on hitting hasn’t been a problem in the past.

It’s just too premature to say a bad spring is going to translate into a bad season for Trumbo. Our only history with Trumbo is that good springs have translated into good seasons for the 27-year-old slugger.

I’m not about to overlook him on Draft Day because he hasn’t homered this spring. He’s still going to get plenty of lineup protection hitting behind the likes of Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton, so my concerns are still minimal when it comes to Trumbo.

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Making his spring debut against Spain’s World Baseball Classic team Wednesday, Orioles closer allowed an unearned run on one hit in one inning of work. He also recorded a strikeout. Manager Buck Showalter opted to hold Johnsora after his hat-trick in Tottenham’s Champions League semifinal win at Ajax.The Barcelona great says he was happy for his fellow Brazilian on the night.He told Betfair: “I can’t remember how much I cheered during a game. Then I look at the goals, n out for the first couple weeks of spring training after calling on him 76 times rites to land Spezia striker David Okereke.The young forward is a target for Sassuolo, though they’re falling behind Saints in the race for his io coach Simone Inzaghi insists he never doubted his position after victory at AC Milan.Inzaghi led Lazio to a first win at San Siro since 1989 on Sunday.He said, “I know what football is like. “I never felt in doubt, as the club was always by my ssignature.Okereke favours a move to England and Southampton are happy to outbid all rivals to convince Spebetween the regular season and playoffs last year.

Willian lifted the lid on his future earlier this


The Red Sox and relief pitcher agreed Friday to a one-year contract worth $4.1 million to avoid arbitration, CSN New England reports. Bailey was limited to just 19 appearances last season, his first with Boston, and didn’t make his season debut until mid-Auguends with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.The pair had a season together at the Nou Camp before Eto’o left for Impions Bayern Munich.Boateng has long been linked with a move away, with both Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United linked last summer.The Gunners are emerging as a possible destination this offseason.He has not been first choice for Bayern this nter Milan in a swap for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.”I love him as a coach, but not as a person,” said Eto’o to Marca.”I learned to play footbast because of a thumb n their academy.Along with Manchester United, the Blues are keen on signing the talented 16-year-old.Bellingham has made 32 appearances this season and Birmingham reportedly want £50m for his signature.But any move from Chelsea could have ramificatiinjury. He collected just six saves after registering at least 24 saves in each of his previous three seasons as a member of the Athletics.

Edgar Martinez and wife Holli to stage marathon in New York for charity


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With the , a former great and his wife have found a way to turn a negative into a positive.

he Gunners from Brazilian side Flamengo on an initial six-month loan deal in January for a fee of around £4milllion.The defender made his debut for the U23s in defeat to Chelsea on Monday.”Great feelings during my first minutes in Arsenal colours yeEdgar and Holli Martinez have decided to put together an informal marathon Sunday morning in Central Park. Proceeds from the evens Karius at the end of the season.Fotospor says Karius has been dealt a new blow as Besiktas don’t want to sign him even if Liverpool cancel his contract.The shot-stopper is currently nearing the end of his second season on loan with the Turks with tt will go toward New York Cares. The couple has set up a .

“This just feels like the right thing to do,” Edgar . “There are a lot of runners here and there are a lot people in need in New York, and this is something we can do to help.”

“I completely understand why they had to cancel the New York City Marathon,” Holli . “But I’m thrilled we’re here to do something ty are moving for Barcelona fullback Moussa Wague.TMW says the Foxes have opened talks with Barca and Wague’s minders about a deal this month. For the moment, there’s no information regarding the form of the transfer.Wague could arrive as a replacemepositive and helpful. We love this city. I chose my first marathon to be in New York because nowhere else in the world is like this city. I love New York and the people. If we can help in any way, it will be more meaningful than ever to have this be my first marathon.”

So, yes, Holli is going to run. As for Edgar, he is not. He’ll be handing out water.

“I don’t even drive that far,” he said ().

So there will be a marathon in New York City on Sunday morning in addition to some money being raised to help the relief efforts. It’s a win-win. Kudos to Edgar and Holli Martinez.

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Photo: World Series Game 2 fan of the day


SAN FRANCISCO — Meet lovely Rita, Benevolent Witch of Game 2 and most esteemed Fan of the Day … 

Rita, you’ll note, is pictured alongside her husband/boyfriend/whatever. Didn’t catch his name. I mean, who cares about that guy, right?

: Rita

: Sonoma

: Undisclosed

: 29

: The days of McCovey-Maghted to be joining Barcelona.The Brazilian goalkeeper moves from Valencia as cover for No1 Marc-Andre ter Stegen.”I’m Neto, I’m here, come on Barca,” Neto stated on social media.”It’s an adventure, a new possibility in my career, I’m happy and readyys-Marichal

: Brandon Crawford

: One, extended

: Marco Scutaro

: Willie Mays — Mr. Willie Mays

: 5-2, Giants. Madison Bumgarner will strike out the first nine batters he faces. 

: Enough to sit through 15-inning game at Candlestick in order to see them, which she could not on account of the fog.

Thanks for your time and charms, Rita.

Lucky-best bonus footage: Guy juggling today outside AT&T Park, quite adept at his chosen hobby … 

Okay, so he dir was happy with his side’s 1-0 win over his hometown town club Kristiansund.Juan Mata’s 90th minute penalty made it five straight preseason wins for the Red Devils. And Solskjaer thinks United are looking good ahead of their Premier League opener agdn’t “stick the landing,” but Juggling Guy is very good at be is keeping his options open at loan club Everton.Sidibe says he won’t make a decision until the conclusion of his Goodison Park spell.He told L’Est éclair: “A Spanish club had expressed to me its interest, concrete. I had contact with clubs thabouncing things off his head. 

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Carlos Quentin deal done, Padres turn attention to closer Huston Street


Might the mnchester United defender Harry Maguire is eager to take a leadership role with the club.The England star was handed the captaincy for the Europa League clash against Partizan Belgrade recently and was again named skipper for the Carabao Cup clash witake it 2 for 2 in multiyear deals for July 31 trade candidates?On the heels of slugger ‘s extension Sunday, the Padres continue talking with closer . Discussions with Street remain in the early phases and it is too soon to gauge how they will play out, sources with knowledge of the talks told on Sunday.Street, acquired from the Rockies in December, earned his 16th save in San Diego’s 3-2 win over Colorado on Sunday. He is 2-0 with 16 saves and an 0.95 ERA in 30 appearances.Earlier Sunday, the Padres announced a three-year extension for Quentin that colleague Jon Heyman reported to be worth $27 million with a mutual option that could bring the package to $30 million.One of the keys to that deal and the ongoing talks with Street is that general manager Josh Byrnes, in conducting the daily business of the season, received the green light from the Padres’ muddled ownership situation to proceed with the deals. Outgoing owner John Moores is in the process of selling the club in a painstaking process that has been c victory at Manchester City.Rashford struck from the spot to send United on their way to a 2-1 win.He later remarked: “I tried to stay calm and miration and love for his old club Liverpool.Ings completed a transfer to Southampton, after having joined the club on loan for the second half of last season.The attacker struggled at Liverpool since moving there three years ago, but he has nothing get the first goal. It’s an important moment in the game, the main thing is it put us in a good position alose to completion for weeks now.The initial hope was that the Padres’ sale would be completed by the All-Star break so that Byrnes and Co. would have a clear direction as they maneuver through the trade deadline season with an eye on 2013. Though the sale is not finished, it appears as if it will not paralyze the Padres.Street’s deal includes a $9 million mutual option for 2013 with a $500,000 buyout. The cheap buyout lessens the urgency for the Padres to trade him if they do not complete an extension between now and July 31.

Video: Top 10 plays of the week


Personally, I find #6 to be the most impressive, but opinions will vary on the top 10 plays of the week …

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscrib adamant they’re worthy European champions.Alexander-Arnold – who set up 16 goals in all competitions this season – became the first player under the striker Alexander Sorloth.On-loan from Palace to the end of the season, Sorloth’s deal carries a permanent option to the tune of €6m, says Fanatik.And with Real Madrid monitoring the Norway international’s stunning form this term, his asking price age of 21 to appear in consecutive Champions League finals.The 20-year-old England international saie to mate Joao Felix.The €120m signing from Benfica has been a revelation in preseason.And Oblak enthused, “We’re still in pre-season but it’s clear that he’s a huge talent. With talent like that he can grow to be a magnificent player. I’m sure that tthe and .

Week 6 NFL picks: Value on Saints and Lions as underdogs, plus more of Jason La Canfora’s best bets


We per Harry Tyrer has signed his first professional contract.After signing a two-and-a-half-year deal, Tyrer revealed the joy he felt at signing professionally for his boyhood club.“I’ve supported Everton all my life, so I’m very proud. Everyone in mcame half a point away from a clean sweep last week, and the other games covered easily. I loved the Pats on Thursday night and posted that as a best bet on Twitter as well, which puts me at 10-5-1 on the season. Now it’s time to keep it going, as I see several opportunities to win big on the moneyline, for starters, with some ‘dogs who will win outright.

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I believe in the Lions defense, and Matt Stafford has been the best QB in the NFC North this season so far. He comes in hot off an early bye that should allow his hip injury to die down some. I remain a skeptic about the Packers offense, and I believe the Lions will get after . You can run the ball on Green Bay — as long as you don’t fall behind too far, too fast, as many opponents have. I feel like Detroit has been undervalued in what it has done against some elite QBs, while Vegas is a little bigger on the Pack th sign Maxi Gomez. Spurs view the Celta Vigo striker as the ideal back-up for Harry Kane, according to The Mirror.West Ham United came close to signing the Uruguayan in January and remain interested in acquiring his signature.The Hammers are waiting tan I am.

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I will admit this gives me some pause, anytime I see a line that appears as busted as this one. New Orleans may be the best team in football, gets better by the week and this fierce Saints defense will give all that he can handle. I get that this is a dome team on the road, but the heat wont bother the Saints, and they just went to Seattle and won there. To me, there is a significantool striker Fernando Morientes is backing them to win the Champions League final tonight.Having moved to Liverpool in January 2005, Morientes was cup-tied for the Reds’ last Champions League triumph in Istanbul.Now, Jurgen Klopp will look to bring ho disparity in talent here, and I don’t see the Saints overlooking any opponents given the loss of and their Super-Bowl-or-bust mentality. Sean Payton will have them ready to play.

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The return of will not be without some hiccups. Remember, the young QB missed a ton of time and has not taken many snaps in this system in game circumstances after his immune system was thrown for a loop with mono. He was out a while and faces a wounded opponent in his first game back. can mitigate what was an impressive Jets defense from a week ago, and I smell a big bounce-back game for Dallas. The Jets can hang around for a while, but in the second half their key absences on defense will be a problem, and covering 10 points or more should not be an issue, much less a TD.

Colts will rise again fast in post-Andrew Luck era with most projected 2020 salary cap space plus a young, talented core


The will enter the 2020 offseason with the most projected salary cap space of all 32 and that includes the $6.4 million in dead cap tied to . With a general manager who found the 2018 Defensive Rookie of the Year in round two and one of the most talented (and youthful) rosters in the , the Colts will once again be a force to be reckoned with in the post-Luck era — and it won’t take long.

We’ll break down how Chris Ballard — Colts general manaeammate and Aston Villa assistant John Terry at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. The pair faced off in the Championship last season when Lampard was in charge with Derby.But Wednesday will be the first time they clash in the same stadium where they won ger — has the roster in an excellent position to rebound fast. We’ll take a deep dive into their future cap situation, Indianapolis’ options at quarterback during the 2020 offseason, and further break down why this roster is close to being perfectly positioned to welcome aboard a new franchise quarterback.

2020 Salary Cap Space

The Colts are currently projected to have approximately $85 million in 2020 cap space — the most in the NFL. That number will rise once the NFL announces its annual rise in the overall salary cap ceiling later in 2020. The Colts are projected to have nearly double what the ($45 million) — with the 14th-most cap space — will have. The Colts only have one player projected to take up “dead cap” space on their roster and that’s Luck. The dead cap is the salary that counts against a team’s cap for players who are no longer on the roster.

Free-agent spending sprees have tested poorly over time but calculated big moves have reshaped rosters. For example, during the 2017 offseason, the made cornerback the highest-paid player at hia week’s worth of training under their belt before their trip to Burnley.Just as before Saturday’s 3-1 win over Arsenal, the Reds will enjoy a rare seven-day break in between facing the Clarets at Turf Moor.Given European football just around the cors position (annually, at the time) by signing him to a five-year, $65 million contract. Since then, Gilmore has emerged as arguably the NFL’s premier shutdown coverage cornerback (). He has transformed the Patriots’ defense — already heavy in its reliance and usage of extra defensive backs. As the Patriots have transitioned from a pass-first team to a ball-control offense that relies heavily on the defense, Gilmore has become one of the most important players on their entire 2019 -winning roster.

Most successful free-agent splashes have in common a player who just finished his rookie contract (in the 25-27 age-range). However, not all free-agent wins come at top dollar. Ballard is familiar with this. During the 2018 offseason, the Colts nabbed tight end on a two-year, $15 million contract after the end of his rookie deal. Ebron had a breakout season with Indianapolis in 2018. The tight end revived his career and emerged as one of the NFL’s most dominant red-zone threats — he finished with the second-most touchdowns (13) in the NFL.

You can also find value in free agency by targeting veterans who have played more seasons. The ‘ borderline dominant two-year stint would not be possible if they hadn’t signed left tackle during the 2017 offseason. The veteran offensive lineman was 35-years-old at the time and has remained one of the highest-graded players at his position for the past two seasons.

The Colts will have options to continue to build up their roster for their next franchise quarterback with the most flexibility from a cap standpoint of any NFL team plus a general manager who is quickly emerging as one of the league’s most savvy.

Options at Quund the world, including Premier League and Champions League fixtures, have been postponed as the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the globe with over 7,900 death.The Sun says it has had a damming affect on the stock market with United’s value plummeting to arterback

The Colts will most likely attempt to see if they have a future with projected starting quarterback during the 2019 regular season. However, if they instead look to aggressively attack the trade market in search of a veteran quarterback in the next two weeks,  If Brissett is not the answer, while the Colts most likely won’t have an opportunity to draft another they will have a surprisingly strong contingent of future franchise faces in free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft.

, , and are all set to become unrestricted free agents, but we’ll take them off the table. The Colts roster is built for a player like that to come in and compete to win a Super Bowl right away in 2020, but let’s be real — none of their respective teams will let them hit the open market.

However, former No. 1 and 2 draft picks and are also set to hit the open free agent market if their respective teams do not use the franchise tag. Both Winston and Mariota have flashed brilliance and inconsistency thus far in their careers. However, a change of scenery, joining Frank Reich’s offensive system (see: Super Bowl run with ), and an improvement in the supporting roster surrounding them could make all the difference when it comes to tapping into their upside. Players with skill sets like Winston and Mariota are rarely available on the open market which makes the 2020 free-agent class a unique one for the Colts and any other team that needs a quarterback.

is also set to become an unrestricted free agent after his second year learning behind Drew Brees. Those who just chase box-score stats tend to be nonbelievers in Bridgewater, but his ability to throw off-platform (from different arm angles when the pocket is not always clean) and accurately in the short-to-intermediate range makes him a strong fit for Reich’s offensive system. With a seal of approval from both head coach Sean Payton and Brees, signing Bridgewater to a one-year prove-it deal would be a decision with upside baked into the flexibility it affords the Colts from a roster-building standpoint.

Brissett will also be an unrestricted free agent this coming offseason. If the Colts like what they see from Brissett, but they don’t want to get themselves into a Jimmy Garoppolo-like long-term contract situation, they can place the franchise tag on him. This will buy them another year and give them a larger sample size to make the long-term Brissett decision.

A Young and Talented Core

Luck isn’t the sole reason the Colts bounced back in such a strong way during the 2018 season. Ballard absolutely nailed his first three draft picks after already nailing the decision to trade back with the — this added multiple second-round draft picks to Indianapolis’ arsenal. 

In year one, Ballard’s first three picks went on to win Defensive Rookie of the Year (), emerge as arguably the next elite interior offensive lineman (), and settle in as a plus-starter at the NFL’s scarcest position (, offensive tackle). This three-man core is 24, 23, and 23 years old, respectively. 

The Colts’ talented and young core roster goes beyond their slam-dunk 2018 draft picks. On the offensive side of the ball, center (26), running backs (23) and (22) are all on the upswings of their careers and under contract cheap. On the defensive side of the ball, (23), (28), and (23) all emerged in a massive way for Indianapolis’ pass defense in 2018. These three defensive backs led the secondary and they are instrumental in the defensive system. The Colts also have to love what they got from Kemeko Turay (24) in a rotational role as an edge pass rusher.

Andrew Luck’s retirement shocked the world, so Will Brinson, John Breech, Ryan Wilson and Sean Wagner-McGough fired up an emergency Pick Six NFL Podcast to break down every conceivable angle from the news. Can Luck be considered a bust? Who is to blame here? What does this mean for the Colts in fantasy and their win total for 2019? Listen in the player below and .

A Dominant and Young Offensive Line

The pride and joy of Ballard’s impressive roster revival in Indianapolis is his offensive line. You would be hard-pressed to find a general manager who turned around an offensive line so drastically, and in such a short period of time, as Ballard did. 

In a league where it’s almost as difficult to find an offensive tackle as it is a quarterback, Ballard’s duo has exceeded expectations. has mostly finished in the top-10 of Pro Football Focus’ left tackle grades over the last few seasons with the Colts, although he ranked No. 12 in 2018. As a rookie, Smith graded out as a top-10 right tackle (No. 9 overall). 

You probably didn’t need game charting to notice, but Nelson was PFF’s No. 2 left guard. was No. 6 overall at right guard. The Colts also had another top-10 starter on the offensive line in Kelly (No. 8 center overall). 

In his short time on the job, Ballard put together an offensive line with four-of-five starters in the top-10 at their respective positions, a left guard who looks like a future Hall of Famer, and no one who graded outside of the top-12 at their position in 2018.

Flexibility at the Skill Positions

The Colts have shifted to an inside-out roster-building approach — also known as the correct one — under Ballard. In other words, they have shifted assets to the trenches (offensive line, defensive line) and played the temporary game at the skill positions. The Colts have assembled a one-two punch at running back with Day 2 draft picks in consecutive drafts (2017, 2018). They have also assembled a group of pass-catchers who fit Reich’s offensive system and Luck’s skill set. After nailing the Ebron signing, the Colts went back to the well to sign wide receiver this past offseason — both players have the size that fits the system and Luck’s skill set.

With Luck gone, the Colts may want to alter their plan at the skill positions and their roster construction makes it possible. Both Ebron and Funchess will be free agents this offseason. Mack and Hines — their 1-2 at running back — are under team control for less than $1 million (annually) each. 

Next offseason, Ballard has the flexibility and cap space to pursue the skill positions in free agency however he chooses. Knowing his roster-building approach, we doubt he will pour big money into the wide receiver, tight end, or running back positions. That’s a good thing.

For those concerned with how Luck’s retirement impacts the fantasy football landscape for 2019, CBS Sports fantasy analyst Chris Towers offered analysis of the injury’s impact on fantasy football teams: 

The last time the Colts played without Andrew Luck, things fell apart. It won’t be that bad this time around, with Jacoby Brissett having spent a few more years in the system and by all accounts developing into a solid option. Still, you have to downgrade the likes of T.Y. Hilton and Marlon Mack, who fall into the No. 2 range at their respective positions. Eric Ebron, already a regression candidate, joins the crew of touchdown-or-bust options at the end of the No. 1 tier at tight end, with a quarterback who isn’t going to get the team into the end zone nearly as much. As for the rest of the supporting cast? There probably isn’t much reason to worry about Devin Funchess, , or outside of deeper leagues.


While it obviously still stings Colts fans to see Luck go, ironically after the team finally established an elite offensive line for him, the addition of Ballard has turned Indianapolis into a team that is quite literally a quarterback away. The 2020 offseason will be flush with quarterback possibilities — both in free agency and the draft — which we didn’t get to today — but Ryan Wilson did an excellent job breaking down earlier in August in his The future is bright for the Colts even if it might not look that way less than 24 hours after Luck’s retirement.

*All salary cap numbers are courtesy of the fine work Jason Fitzgerald does

Roger Goodell says Bills need a new stadium to remain ‘competitive and stable’


The play in one of the ‘ oldest stadiums. New Era Field, previously known as Ralph Wilson Stadium, opened in 1973. Only five stadiums in the league have been open longer. 

When Terry and Kim Pegula bought the team in 2014, they also announced their intentions to build a new stadium for the team, but noted that it would take ormer Croatia and West Ham boss has jumped to the head of the queuer for the position.According to Sky Sports, there have been face to face meetings between Bilic and West Brom upper management.The only issue that appears to remain is his salary, butsome time to complete. 

“I said in the back room, I hope I don’t have to spend the next eight years of my life answering stadium questions. We will for the Buffalo Bills,” Terry Pegula said at the time. “You know, these things take time. It takes time to get this stuff organized. Where is the stadium going to go and whatnot? I realize it seems to be a significant issue but it wasn’t when we bought the team. We wanted to get the team first. We always have to have the prize before you can build the arena.”

There have been several proposals bandied about in the years since, but not much in the way of firm movement or a definitive development plan. On Monday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the issue, stating that the Bills need a new stadium in order to remain competitive and viable.  

Those who have followed stadium negotiations between pgster Emile Smith Rowe has revealed he was rejected by Chelsea.The 19-year-old played three times in the Europa League during responded to suggestions that he may move to Manchester United in the winter.Reports in the English media had suggested Wilson was on a list of strikers United were scouting ahead of the January transfer window.The Red Devils are desperately seekingthe Gunners’ run to the final, scoring two goals.”When I first joined Arsenal, I was very surprised,” he said.”I had a trialro sports teams and their respective cities will recognize this rhetoric. Leagues routinely employ allusions to a team needing to move elsewhere in order to be viable if it does not receive some sort of tax break or funding from the city to build a new stadium. This is not new, and is all part of what will presumably be an extended and contentious negotiation process.

Rams may consider drastic option if Todd Gurley’s knee regresses during offseason


INDIANAPOLIS — The question of whether or not is healthy has been one of the biggest mysteries in the over the past few months and although the team won’t come out and say it, there’s definitely some concern inside the organization about his left knee. 

The currently have Gurley on an offseason regimen in hopes of getting him completely healthy for the 2019 season, but if that doesn’t work or if his knee regresses, the team may consider stem cell treatment for their star running back, according to a team source.  

Although stem cell procedures haven’t quite gone mainstream in the NFL, multiple former running backs have undergone the treatment, including and . Both Charles and Moreno after  earlier in their football career. Gurley tore his ACL during his junior year at the University of Georgia in 2014. 

Rams coach Sean McVay was asked about the possibility of a stem cell procedure during a one-on-one interview with at the NFL combine on Thursday and denied it, but he did say that the team is looking at “new methods” to help Gurley with his ailing knee.  

“As far as the stem cells, that’s not something that’s been communicated to me, but there is a program,” McVay said. “We’ve got these doctors and there’s aln.The Dutchman handed the Reds a two-goal lead in the first half of Saturday’s Premier League meeting at Anfield after twice heading in from Trent Alexander-Arnold deliveries.It became an uncomfortable afternoon, however, as Alisson Becker was sent oways new methods of staying as up-to-date as you can, and number one, the player has to feel good about it. Todd does such a good job of doing his own research and knowing what are the things [he] can do.”

McVay also added that the team is open to using new advancements in medicine as long as Gurley is comfortable with it. 

“I think every year provides a new opportunity based on the research and some of the medical advances to attack it in the right way,” McVay said. “As long as Todd is feeling good about that, that’s what we’ll do.”

One option that’s not on the table right now is surgery. McVay told a horde of media members at the combine that surgery definitely won’t be happening this offseason. 

Gurley’s troublesome left knee became such an issue this year that it caused him to miss the final two games of the regular season. At the time, the Rams attributed Gurley’s and . According to McVay, the team is hoping that they can get Gurley back at full strength this offseason. 

“We’re going to implement a plan to have him attack it to get that knee back to feeling full strength, feeling good based on just the amount of work that he’s gotten,” McVay said. “That would be no different whether he missed any games or not, though.”

The 33-year-old Rams coach also said that the team has been closely watching Gurley’s knee since the day he was drafted in 2015. 

“We’ve always had the approach with him even going back to when we drafted him before I was here, and that’s really where we’re at,” McVay said. “There’s been a plan in place specific to monitoring that knee every single offseason for him and having a plan to make sure that we’re putting him in a position to sustain that workload. This season will be no different.”

A team source also said that the team is concerned about the amounontract talks.The Austrian is tied to St Mary’s to 2021, but Southampton’s board want to secure him to new terms immediately.The Telegraph says Saints are pushing Hasenhuttl to discuss a new contract before the end of the season.Hazenhuttl joined Sout of hits that Gurley is taking. The Rams running back has carried the ball 1,042 times since his rookie year. To put that in perspective, no other running back in the NFL has even carried the ball 950 times over that time span. Gurley leads the NFL in carries over the past four seasons even though he’s missed six regular-season games in that time span. 

Rams general manager Les Snead didn’t deny that the team is worried about the amount of wear and tear on Gurley. As a matter of fact, during an appearance at the combine Thursday, Snead said that the Rams may consider bringing in a running back to help take some of the load off of Gurley in 2019. 

“There’s an element of wear and tear and I think we have to determine in probably two stages: are we going to give him the amount of load that he’s had in the past or are we going to lessen that load to let’s say keep him fresher for the season and ,” Snead said, via the NFL’s official website. “If you go that route, you have to have a good, let’s call it Batman and Robin combination or add another superhero figure into that and figure how you’re going to do it. We’re in the process of figuring that out and I do think with Todd and his career — it happens to a lot of young guys, all of a sudden they wake up … and you’re a little sorer than you were the day before.”

The problem for the Rams is that Gurley’s soreness has been lingering, which is why the team may eventually consider the stem cell option. 

Due in large part to Gurley’s injury, the Rams brought in C.J. Anderson to help him carry the load at the end of the regular season. It was Anderson who first publicly admitted just how bad Gurley’s knee was back in December.  

“He was more hurt ,” Anderson said on Feb. 19. “The injury was a little bit more than what everybody in the building thought, including himself.n goalkeeper Joao Virginia.After starting the Royals’ first two matches of the season, Virginia lost his place in the starting line-up to fellow new arrival Rafael Cabral.It was expected the Portuguese youth international would return for Reading’s C”

The health of Gurley is now a $45 million mystery for the Rams. Gurley became the highest-paid running back in NFL history back in July when he that included $45 million in guaranteed money. When the Rams signed Gurley to the record-setting deal, they clearly weren’t expecting their offense to turn into a running back by committee, but as Snead said, that’s something that could happen if the 24-year-old’s injury lingers into 2019. 

Todd Gurley trolls Saints fans with ref-related Instagram photo the NFL probably won’t like


After the ‘ controversial 26-23 win over the on Sunday, started a mini-controversy of his own when he posted a picture on Instagram that showed the Rams running back doing a postgame jersey swap witncur insists he’s happy at Juventus.The midfielder has been linked with Atletico Madrid.But he told Corriere dello Sport: “I’m having a great time at Juventus, they’re an incredible club.“If it was up to me, I’d never leave. I have no reason to. h NFC title game referee Bill Vinovich. 

Now, before we move on here, the first thing that should probably be pointed out is that the picture was 100 percent photoshopped. Gurley DID NOT swap jerseys with any member of the officiating crew after the game. However, the photoshop job, which you can see below, was so convincing that some fans thought the trade actually happened. 

Here’s the photoshopped picture of Gurley and Vinovich. 

After watching the that worked out in the Rams favor, some people on Twitter were confused about whether or not the photo was real. 

Even New York radio host Mike Francesa thought the jersey swap had actually taken place. 

Even though the jersey swap didn’t take place, the probably isn’t going to like the fact that Gurley posted the photo. Keeping the integrity of the game intact is important to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and a player posting a picture that insinuates one of the refs in the NFC title game was favoring his team definitely isn’t a good look. 

In a , Saints owner Gayle Benson said that the NFL needs to commit to providing fairness and integrity in its games.

As for Gurley, the photo on Instagram was probably the biggest headline he made rd has said it could be goodbye after Chelsea trounced Arsenal in the Europa League final.Goals from Olivier Giroud, Pedro and a Hazard brace saw the Blues clinch a stunning 4-1 win over Arsenal, who clawed one back through Alex Iwobi.Belgium internaon Sunday, because he didn’t do much against the Saints. Gurley, who carried the ball just four times for 10 yards, spent most of the game on the bench after struggling through a first half that included two dropped passes. 

According to Gurley, he deserved to be on the bench because of how badly he played. 

“I was ,” Gurley said after the game, via “I was sorry. So, C.J. did his thing and the whole team did its thing.”

The good news for Gurley is that his season won’t end with his ugly performance in Sunday’s game and that’s because the Rams running back will get to take the field one more time when Los Angeles heads to Atlanta to play the in LIII.

If you still haven’t marked your calendar for the Super Bowl, the game will a are preparing £50 million bids for the defender. Brendan Rodgers wants to keep the England international at the club but the Foxes are already scouting for a replacement – with Pep Guardiola and Frank Lampard expressing an interest in the 22-year-be kicking off from Atlanta on Feb. 3 and will be televised by CBS . If you’re thinking about buying a new TV for the big game, CNET has you covered. They shared .

Is Dak Prescott a one-hit wonder, destined to fizzle? No, not if these 5 things happen


is the future of the . is the past.

But exactly what their future looks like remains to be seen.

Is Prescott a stunning young-gun quarterback who continues to grow into one of the game’s best? Or is he an overachiever, Christian Ponder-style, who turns some promise in his first couple of seasons into a slow disappearing act? Or the next — a bright, exciting light that crashes and burns in a blaze of overhyped glory?

Put me firmly in the Dak-is-legit camp. He showed poise all season and gracefully handled replacing a star, showed an innate ability to protect the football in their divisional playoff showdown and the biggest football game of his life.

But pitfalls remain, points that could suggest history — that of Ponder, RG3, Daunte Culpepper, and others — could repeat themselves in Prescott. It can be said Dak played with a lead almost all season long, obscuring holes in his game. That he’s a byproduct of a conservative play-calling system, a fact that made a fine QB look like a great one. That the league’s best offensive line — and true sed out.The Blues lost at home to Bournemouth on Saturday.”I watch Chelsea a lot and if you can get through the first 20 minutes against them, their confidence seems to go,” Merson told Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday.”They’ve got a lot of young players atar of the offense — carried the rookie.

That it’s just a matter of time until Dak gets exposed.

I don’t buy any of that, though history says more guys flame out than hang in there. So here are five keys to Dak showing the haters they’re wrong, turning his story into one that endMendy has been included in Manchester City’s squad to face Shakhtar Donestk on Wednesday.Mendy will travel to the Ukraine despite Pep Guardiola stating he would not be ready to play for a few games.The left-back had surgery on his knee that left him s with a career built on long success, and avoiding the pitfalls that have taken down promising QBs before him:

1. Don’t let it go to your head

This is easier said than done, and note.Ramos has hit out at referee Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez following Real Madrid’s shock loss.Los Blancos had appeals for a penalty turned down when they thought Jose Campana had handled the ball in the box and Ramos, who was booked 10 minutes intt because Dak has shown any signs of being an egomaniac. The opposite is true. But all human success, especially great success, risks changing the person and process that led to it. That’s keenly true when you’re talking about being the quarterback for America’s Team — and going from afterthought to household name. There’s a fine line between uber-confidence and unrelenting ego, and Dak will have to walk it.

2. Keep a chip on your shoulder

Ponder was the 12th overall pick in the 2011 draft. RG3 and Ryan Leaf were each the second, in 2012 and 1998. Vince Young went No. 3 in 2006, and while Johnny Football dropped to No. 22 in 2014, the adulation and attention did not. All have utterly underachieved, and only RG3 still looks to have any shot at reclaiming a real career. Yet other guys drafted in some cases much later, like (third round in ’12), Rodgers (first round, but No. 24 overall in ’05) and, of course, (sixth round in 2000), turned those slights into real motivation.

Dak must do the same. Hold onto that feeling, remember every one of the seven QBs drafted ahead of you, and turn that fourth-round, No. 135 overall memory into the fire some of your highly drafted competitors simply don’t have.

Obvious, yes. Out of Dak’s control, largely. But it remains so true that luck plays a huge role in life’s successes or failures. Dak benefited from falling to a Cowboys team with the offensive line, running back and other weapons that made his job easier than most — then, via chance once more, he got to step in when Romo went down. He’ll need more good fortune to stay healthy, though his body type and ability to go mobile without taking the abuse RG3 has also will serve him well.

4. Be well managed by your club

The Cowboys need to continue to support Dak with wise decisions, even when they aren’t as sexy as they are necessary. Some stuff they just can’t control. Same goes for some people, like Jerry Jones. So Jones will have to control himself. Dak must continue to be surrounded by a sturdy and overpowering offensive line. Nurturing that line — through careful care, cap management, through the draft if need be, by overcoming Jones’ past love for splashy moves instead of practical ones — is invaluable to nurturing Dak’s evolution. Dak did benefit from a great situation in Dallas, and it led to great success. Protect it, Jerry, if you want to protect your new QB.

5. Work your ass off

Outwork everyone. Wilson shows up to the ‘ facility in the offseason when the rest of us are sleeping, even though he has already won a . That’s why he has a ring. was obsessive in preparation long after he’d earned a spot among the all-time great QBs. That’s how he got there. “Stay hungry” is a cliché. But work — hard, grueling work, when others are somewhere else relaxing — is the most sure way to success. Outwork ’em all, Dak, and show everyone 2016 was the start of something beautiful instead of a bright flash in the pan.

I believe in Dak Prescott. I believe the Cowboys move past Romo and invest fully in their young rookie QB. But I also believe talent and opportunity are only the beginning of the process. How one manages them defines what comes next.