d coach Alex McLeish has likened Chelsea midfielde

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The Yankees tsos on loan.Zivkovic, 23, arrives on a six-month deal from Chinese club Changchun Yatai.Retsos, 21, will also remain until end of the season after arriving at Bramall Lane from Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen.The Blades, eighth in the Premier Leagulineup might be lacking some firepower to begin the season as Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson recover from injuries, but I would still be hesitant to start starting pitcher Week 1 given his poor history against the Yankees and in Yankee Stadium.

I know benching Buchholz is a tough proposition given the stells assurances from the Egyptian FA over how Mohamed Salah will be managed if he is to be released for the Olympics this year.Ahram Online says Klopp will seek a ‘comprehensive file’ on Egypt’s training programme for the 2020 Olympics before he decidesar spring he had, but the Yankees have had his number. Buchholz is 2-5 with a 7.19 ERA and 1.86 WHIP in nine career starts against New York. He hasn’t had lower than a 5.06 ERA against the Yankees in any of the last three seasons, including when he went 0-2 with a 15.26 ERA in two starts against New York last year.

His numbers in new Yankee Stadium are ugly, too. Buchholz is 2-2 with a 6.14 ERA and 1.55 WHIP in four starts at new Yankee Stadium. The last time he pites striker Diogo Jota isn’t convinced by Manchester United defender Harry Maguire.Jota went home with the match ball the last time he faced Harry Maguire.The Portuguese, 22, banged in a hat-trick when Wolves beat Leicester 4-3 in January, with Maguirched there in 2012, he allowed eight runs on six hits (three homers) and two walks in 1 2/3 innings.

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In an ominous sign regarding his status, relief pitcher is scheduled to visit noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Monday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Venters, whose previously scheduled meeting wl U23 boss Neil Critchley is set to take charge of their Carabao Cup quarterfinal tie against Aston Villa next month.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has not completely made his mind up to miss the last-eight tie at Villa Park, which in an unprecedented move with Dr. cal Gross says Brighton must learn to cope without midfielder Dale Stephens.The 30-year-old will be suspended for next weekend’s derby clash against Crystal Palace, after he picked young midfielder Kyle Taylor.Taylor has just returned from his loan spell at Forest Green Rovers. Howe told the Daily Echo: “All options are available. Kyle, could stay with us, he could go out again on loan. We will wait and see.”The likes of youup his fifth yellow card of the season in Sunday’s draw with Wolves.SAndrews was postponed, appeared in just seven games during spring training as he was plagued by a sprained left elbow.

Venters was also placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with the move retroactive to last Wednesday.

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nando Llorente admits the Tottenham striker would

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left fielder recorded a single and two RBI in his four at-bats against the Dodgers’ Class A Advanced affiliate Thursday night. Crawford has hit safely in his last four Cactus League appearals at home with Manchester United.James says his new United teammates have helped make his move from Swansea City as easy as possible.He said: “They’ve all been great. I haven’t been here for long but I’ve made some great friends already and I thinnces and reached safely in his last seven Cactus League games. His Cactus Leae youngster excelled for the Cherries in the last two games of last season, including the memorable 1-0 win against Tottenham at home.The 20-year-old knows that he has to fight a number of experience of academy graduates have been thrown in the deep end by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.And Mata says it is the responsibility of United’s old guard to guide them through tough times.He said: “We have young players coming through and sometimes I sd players for the no1 shirt at Bournemouth.Now is rgue line sits at .348/.400/.478 in 23 at-bats.

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Spring training injury update: Jonny Venters to see Dr. James Andrews

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The were dealt a big blow on Thursday, as it was announced that left-hander has a “probable” . Surgery is a possibility and could very well be career-ending. Suddenly, some minor bumps and bruises don’t seem so bad. Here’s the rest of Thursday’s injury news:

: RHP Fernando Rodriguez underwent successful Tommy John surgery on Thursday. He will miss the entire 2013 season. (): LHP (elbow sprain) will visit Dr.enjamin Mendy during their 8-0 thrashing of Watford.Guardiola says the decision to take Benjamin Mendy off at half-time was not due to a recurrence of his injury.The French left-back made his first start this season after recovering from a long-term James Andrews next Wednesday. He had Tommy John surgery performed by Andrews back in 2006. (): Manager Bruce Bochy said 3B (elbow) was set for another full day of activity on Thursday. He’s hopeful Sandoval can play on Friday. (): 1B (knee surgery) will start runninnnar Solskjaer has compared Club Brugge star Krepin Diatta to Sadio Mane.The Senegalese winger is back from injury for their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday, with the scores at 1-1.And Solskjaer has warned Luke Shaw might face a tough task handg on the field next week. He’s hopeful of returning to the big leagues by mid-May. (): RHP has sore ribs but no broken bones after being hit by a line drive on Wednesday … OF is day-to-day with an Achilles problem … OF has no timetable for his return. He’s out with a glut strain. (): IF (plantar fasciitis) will be out for at least six weeks. He’ll spend the next three weeks in a boot. (): opened up on Leicester City’s post-match huddle after the win over Bournemouth last Saturday.The Foxes gathered in the middle of King Power Stadium, along with manager Brendan Rodgers, after moving up to third on the Premier League table.”The mood’s OF (ankle surgery) will remain in Florida after the team heads north for the start of the season. The Phils have not put a timetable on his return and he could be out until May. (): SS is likely to start the season on the seven-day concussion DL. (): 1B was scratched from Thursday’s game with mild back tightness. (): SS has a right shoulder contusion. He was hit by a pitch on Wednesday and X-rays were negative. ()

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pe.The Sun reports the Premier League sides aren’t

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manager Kirk Gibson surprised nobody in camp Friday when he told MLB.com that the team will have outfielder begin the season on the disabled list.

Ross has not appeared in a game since March 3, due to a left-leg injury. Ross has been jogging in recent days, but is likely a week or more away from b clear at the top of the table, have started a trend of scoring late goals to win games this season.And Klopp insists the never-say-die attitude is something the squad pride themselves on.”How important is the mental side in football? It’s all, if yoeing ready to play in games, so the team will backdate the DL stint by 10 days.

“We felt like we hadn’t gotten far enough in the running to where I could j RB Salzburg should they sign him in January.United are hot on the heels of the 19-year-he decision to overturn the red card of Tottenham attacker Heung-min Son.Spurs appealed the forward’s dismissal for his tackle on Andre Gomes during the draw at Everton, which led to the Portugal international suffering a fracture dislocation to his old after his impressive start to the season which has seen him net 26 goals in 18 appearances.Haaland has made no secret of his desire to play in the Premier Leaust run out there on Opening Day and not risk injury,” Ross told .com “It’s a tough one to swallow, but at the end of the year, we’ll hopefully look back and say that was the right move.”

Ross could miss a minimum of five games before being eligible to return. The team plans to have him begin a rehab stint in the minors Thursday, before returning to the team during a weekend series in Milwaukee.  

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ly Mail says Gunners boss Unai Emery has launched

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second baseman has value in two areas: batting average and speed. So far this spring, he’s proven he can still contribute in both, with a .309 average and three steals in 55 at-bats. 

Robipzig defender Ibrahima Konate.Konate, 19, has been a mainstay in the Bundesliga side this season, making 43 appearances in all competitions.The France U21 international centre-half cost Leipzig just cost £270k from Sochaux back in 2017, but he is nerts hasn’t seen 300 at-bats since 2009, when he hit .283 with 30 steals. And his four doubles this spring indicate that he can still help out in that category. He’s had 50 or more doubles three times in his career.

While health is always a question with Roberts, there’s the additional worry of his age — he’s 35 — and how much rust he has to shake off says Paul Pogba needs to leave Manchester United.Barnes’ comments follow the claim that Pogba no longer wants to leave United, and is excited by the prospect of playing alongside Bruno Fernandes.”You simply cannot have an unhappy player at a footbalafter playing sparingly the last three years. Upside: 35 steals and a .280 average. And for a 21st-round pick at a weak position (in AL-only, esepcially, second base gets very shallow, very fast), Roberts may be worth the gamble. Just rg defender Branislav Ivanovic insists Eden Hazard will come good for Real Madrid.The pair are former long time Chelsea teammates.Ivanovic told Marca, “I think he is not well physically. He was injured a couple of times, but everyone knows that Hazarthink of it more like a roll of the dice than a strategic game of blackjack. 

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n walking BEFORE last night’s Europa League defeat

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pitcher enjoyed another solid performance in Thursday’s outing againve to move quickly if Xavier Mbuyamba impresses in trials.The MVV defender, 17, is currently trialling with Chelsea this week.However Mbuyamba, who has been likened to Virgil van Dijk, is also a target for Liverpool, who want to also offer him tests.st the Dodgers. Blanton, who madefter victory at Getafe.Pique, Barcelona’s third captain, sent a mess 23-year-old, who has shown for the Cherries in the Premier League in the first eight games of this season, has not played for his country yet.He is now on his third call up, and he is hoping that it will be the moment that allows him to get on the page to the board in the mixed zone of the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.”We have to be united, the fans and the board,” said Pique. “When one person doesn’t want to get angry, there are no his fourth and final start of the spring, tossed six scoreless innings and yielded five hits. He also struck out four and did not issue a walk as he picked up a no-decision. Blanton finished spring training with a 2.37 ERA and 0.68 WHIP.

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h Brazil battling to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic

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shoe’s enjoying playing alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Bennacer says the Swede is the best he’s ever played with.He told RMC: “It is the first time I have played with a champion, it is incredible. He always asks me to give it to him as quickly as possibrtstop hit his third home run of the springeft Everton a second time still weighs on him.Rooney was allowed to leave the club after one season and has admitted all he wanted from the Blues was “a bit of honesty”.Speaking ahead of his reunion with Manchester United in the FA Cup on Thursday, h in the fielder converted a penalty in the 2-0 victory over Greece last night, which secured Italy’s place at Euro 2020.Agent Joao Santos told Radio Sportiva, “He is doing well for the Nazionale and can take part in the Euros. He always converts his penaltteam’s final Cactus League game of the year Saturday. He took Mariners starter Brandon Maurer deep to finish the spring with a .283 average in 53 at-bats.

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ester United face competition from Real Madrid and

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closer struck out two batters in a 1-2-3 seventh inning Wednesday in his return to Grapefruit LeagueBrighton striker Billy Arce has been jailed in Ecuador.The 21-year-old is considered one of the country’s brightest talents, returning to the South American nation this season with Barcelona SC.However, he will now be jailed for 20 days after being caught drink-driving.Arce signed a four-year contract with Albion last year. actiohe Champions League. The Frenchman won it three times during his first tenure as Real Madrid boss, and he’ll riticism of summer signing Tanguy Ndombele.The French midfielder was signed before Mourinho took over at Spurs midway through this season.But he has not been impressed by the effort shown from Ndombele in recent games, especially against Burnley at tbe looking to add to his collection this season. In order to do that, he will have to lead his side beyond Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City inn following a heavy workload in the World Baseball Classic. Including his WBC performance, Rodney has pitched 11 1/3 scoreless innings this spring, allowing just two hits and four walks while striking out 14 batters.

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the Premier League will resume.The 56-year-old wa

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manager Mike Matheny announced Wednesday starting pitcher will make his regular season debut next Wednesday againsinst Everton last night.The Toon fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 in injury time.”I’ve never been involved in a game with an ending like that,” Longstaff told nufc.co.uk. “I’m still in a bit of shock. I think that game shows the fight that we hat the Diamondbacks. He willb, it has been revealed.The Argentine was sacked by Spurs fortnight ago and replaced by Jose Mourinho.Arsenal are now in a sim Sancho is a target for six European heavyweights this summer.Sky Sports says those clubs include Liverpool as well as Manchester United and Chelsea.Manchester City are also contenders for Sancho’s signature, as they have the option to match any bidsilar situation after dumping Unai Emery on Friday.The Arsenal.html”>Daily MailArsenal.html”> says the Gunners want someone w finish out the three-game series after Adam Wainwright starts in the opener and Jaime Garcia pitches in the second game. Lynn is 1-3 with a 6.62 ERA and 1.64 WHIP through five spring starts.

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Juventus refuse to budge on their price for Joao C

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manager Ron Washington said that and will see a fair amount of playing time this eunier.The Arsenal-hold-talks-PSG-right-Thomas-Meunier.html”>Daily Mail says Arsenal have held talks over a £20m move for Paris Saint-Germain defender MFormer Arsenal and Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka is launching a new academy.Anelka, 40, hasn’t played professionally since 2015, though has been involved in coaching and management.La Voix du Nord reports Anelka will launch an academy in April in partnership with US Tourcoing. The academy will be named NA39 and will be responsible for training young goal scorers.eunier.But the Gunners fear the move could fall through following their failure to qualify for thseason. Washington would not commit to specific roles, saying “both guys will play, but I am not announcing a platoon.” He added that he will find a way to get both players into the Ronaldo has been in Madeira, Portugal, to visit his mother as she recovered from a stroke suffered last week.Tuttosport says given the coronavirus outbreak in Italy, Ronaldo has informed Juve he doesn’t plan to return for the moment.The Portuguese grlineup. 

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imself Premier League class.The 27-year-old featur

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pitcher did not make a strong case for a rotation spot in Tuesday’s Cactus League outing against the Royals. He allowed seven runs on 11 hits over 5 1/3 ianagement of the club.Ince says Woodward has been taken for a ride by players and clubs since taking charge.He said, “The footballing decisions at the club have been mental for a few years now. Giving contracts to players who barely deserve them. Thennings. The right-hander also struck out two and walked one. Bonderman, who hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2010, has an 8.80 ERA iyed working with Cristiano Ronaldo this seaso have a future at Chelsea.The duo were left in England for Wednesday night’s friendly with RB Salzburg, which Chelsea won 5-3.Both players are expected to leave Stamford Bridge, but Lampard told reports after the game not to read too much into their n.Allegri discussed the Portuguese at the lanch of his new book, ‘E Molto Semplice’.He said, “In terms of mentality, he is stronger than anyone else. Every day he finds personal objectives to hit and he n five appearances (three starts) this spring.

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niel James.The summer signing from Swansea got his

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pitcher Andy Petter the right backroom team is crucial to tak Swart says Quincy Promes’ goal should have stood in their Champions League defeat to Chelsea.Promes had Ajax 1-0 ahead before the goal was ruled out by VAR to offside.”I ordered a window cleaner to clean those VAR glasses and the TV screens for a heir plans to revive the club.Arteta believes the backroom staff at the club make a huge difference, and has praised the influence they can have on the players.”The staff are very, very important,” he said. “itte has been named the starter for the finale of the Yankees’ openingster United salary to sign permanently with Inter Milan.The Chilean’s contract with Manchester United is worth a whopping £400,000 a week, with a further £160,000 of bonuses dependent on his success.Inter agreed to cover just £4.5million of his £ series with the Red Sox. Pettitte will open his season on April 4 at home, where he posted a 1.85 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in 43 2/3 innings over seven starts in 2012 while recording 47 strikeouts. It will be Pettitte’s first game against the Red Sox since his final start of the 2010 season.

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m’s Inter Miami.Hart, third choice at Burnley, has

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Clearly, my colleague Michael Hurcomb isn’ Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge.The Sunday Post says Sturridge is a potential target for Rangers with the club ready to cash in on Alfredo Morelos.The Colombian bagged 30 goals for Steven Gerrard’s side last season and has made no secret of his dt as optimistic, but I sense Dusty Baker’s perception of has changed enough that the 24-year-old former prospect could begin to realize his potential for the this year.

He’s had a good spring, for whatever that’s worth, but more notable is Baker’s acknowledgement of his good spring and recognition that he’s improved since last season.

True, Mesoraco is still with Sadio Mane at Burnley.The two Liverpool forwards fell out when hacked off Mane lost the plot last month at Burnley over team-mate Salah’s selfish streak.But circumstances behind Michael Verrips’ move to Sheffield United.The Sheffield Star says FIFA confirmed they are receipt of a complaint from the Belgian club after being contacted by The Star last night.Verrips joined United on a free transfer earlier Lampard said, “It’s good for players to test each other. If you didn’t, I think there the backup to to begin the year, but if he hits well enough in that role, I have a feeling the situation will sort itself out.

Then again, it’s Baker we’re talking about.

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yol GM Roger Guasch cannot guarantee keeping hold

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ace posted a solid line in his final spring start Wednesday, holding the Cubs to two earned runs on three hits and a walk while striking out four batters in five innings. He threw 37 of his 57 pitches for strikes, has laughed off Manchester United’s alleged £350,000-a-week offer.The 19-year-old has attracted interest from United and Barcelona after an outstanding season in Amsterdam.And although he scoffed at the reported wages he will earn next season, De Laccording to .com. Shields ended an uneven spring with a 6.75 ERA in 18 2/3 ir United defender Chris Smalling is reluctant to rush a decision over signing permanently with Roma.Despite repeated claims of a permanent deal being close to agreement, the clubs have not entered negotiations and Smalling is happy to wait until the nnings but should be good to go r-old is out of contract in the summer and has so far been unable to reach an agreement with his hometown club.”Of course it’s a concern,” he said. “I just hope that he looks at it as a football decision.”I’m sure there are people in his ear, and disfor the Royals’ opener.

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