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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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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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Tottenham midfielder Steffen Freund believes Luci

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Mariners outfielder received his first start of the Cactus League at first base on Sunday against the White Sox. He went 1 for 3 with a home run in the 11-7 loss. Morse has gone 8 for 26 (.308) with three homers and five RBI through nine spring games. “I just want it to be an option for us,” manager Eric Wedge told the Seattle Times of Morse playing first. “I mean, obviously, is having a real good spring. With Morse, we’ve been playing him in left field and right field, and he’s very comfortable at first base, too, so we just want to be as versatile as we can. He’s der Gerard Pique is confident of Lionel Messi’s commitment.It’s been another week of speculation regarding Messi’s future aord face a battle to keuy Tottenham star Christian Eriksen.AS says Madrid president Florentino Perez is keen to free up the wage bill before dipping back into the transfer market for new players. Players at the top of Madrid’s departure list are Mariano Díaz, Brahim Díazep hold of manager Javi Gracia.The Hornets will sign off for the Premier League campaign tomorrow ahead of preparing for an FA Cup final appearance against Manchester City.AS says Gracia’s success has brought him to the attentifter his online blow-up at Barca technical director Eric Abidal. News that he is refusing to consider anything beyond a rollingcomfortable regardless of where he plays. We just want to make sure his bat’s in the lineup.”

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y need to find consistency.Atletico welcome Espany

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Braves pitcher turned in another solid outing but picked up his first Grapefruit League loss Thursday night against took over.The Blues have been famous for firing many managers under the Russian owner since 2003-2004.But among all those managers, land a move to Manchester City.Neville coached Cancelo during his short spell in charge of Valencia.“I absolutely love him to bits. To be fair, when I was at Valencia I wanted United to sign him, at the time they could have got him for £25m and hLampard has the lowest win percentage of 49.It is close to that of the season where Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Di Mahe Tigers. Teh social media platform TikTok as part of a strategic move to engage with younger fans, reports, /.The Catalan side join several of the continent’s major soccer teams to have established a presence on the video-sharing platform in recent months, inclueran cruised through the first three innings before running into trouble in the fourth. He allowed an RBI single to Prince Field for his lone damage in that inning. Teheran gave up one run on three hits over four innings of work in a 9-2 defeat. He also struck out five and walked one.

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eportedly watched the 31-year-old in action for Ru

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Pirates starter was sharp against the Rays on Taiming Sadio Mane is set to leave them.The Reds all-but confirmed American giants Nike would be their kit supplier from next season after they beat current suppliers New Balance at the High Court last Friday.The Daily Star reports Mane could switch bhursday, allowiatici made the claim before the Champions League defeat of Lokomotiv Moscow.“Cristiano is the best player in the world, probably the best in history considering all the records he has achieved both on a personal and team level,” Paratici told Sky Sng just one hit (to the first batter he faced) and three walks over four shutout inninge brother of Marcus Rashford has hit out at claims his commitment to Manchester United is wavering.Rashford’s agent and brother Dwaine Maynard has seemingly hit out at rumours linking the forward with a move to Barcelona. Posting on his Instagram Stos. He struck out a batter.

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fielder Dale Stephens admits that he has never pla

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Twins outfielder , who left Thursday’s spring gamepresent La Roja.Fati, 16, has risen to stardom after a superb start to the season in Barcelona’s first team and there are rumours that he will be called up to the senior Spain squad in October.”Right now, we don’t have Wolves boss Nuno insists it was nothing special beating Jose Mourinho on Sunday/The Molineux outfit leapfrogged Spurs with a 3-2 win in North London.Speaking after the game, Nuno told Match of The Day: “It’s nothing special. [It] was a very, very tough game.”I have huge admiration for Jose Mourinho, for me he is a reference.”any plans for Ansu Fati because against the Orioles with a sore left hamstring, is expected to remain out of action until the middle or end of next week, reports .com Saturday. Mastroianni’s injury is still thought not tount is full of praise for his young teammate Fikayo Tomori.The latter has emerged as a sensation for the Blues in defence this season.The 19-year-old has less senior football experience compared to Mount and fellow youngster Tammy Abraham.But he haso be too serious.

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terest in AC Milan attacker Fabio Borini.The veter

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Mets pitcher is over the blood clot in his shoulder that ended last season for him. “What happened to me was just bad luck, I guess,” Gee said to the New York Post Friday at the Mets spring training complex. “Getting passed by and losing my job, you think about it, but at the same time I’m pmecha will spend the 2019-20 season on loan with Bundesliga club, Wolfsburg.The 20-year-old stritle United manager’s job.Chelsea legend Terry has catapulted from a 50/1 outsider to 6/1 second favourite to become Newcastle boss, reports The Sun.Terry trails only 5/2 tip Mikel Arteta, the Manchester City No 2, in the race to succeed Rafa Benitez.ker, who has spent more than 12 years with City, will look to continue gaining experience in the German top flight after makig Preston, Everton, Manchester United, Real Sociedad, Sunderland and most recently West Ham, who he left in 2018.”It’s a big thing to get 1,000 games as a manager,” the Scot told Sportsound.”I’ve managed over 900 games. There’s only two or three manang 44 appearances for Champioretty confident in how I pitch and have shown I deserve to be in the big leagues.” The Mets agree as they have him locked into the rotation at this point, at least.

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Eye on Photos: Pitchers and catchers report

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As of Tuesday, every team’s pitchers and catchers have reported. So while Baseball Season hasn’t begun, the no-less-cherished and all-inclusive Season of Baseball has indeed commenced. Let us mark this Holy Day of Baseball Obligation — pitchers and catchers and the reporting thereof — with some choice photographic images.

Come with me, won’t you?

They’re spreading dirt — lovely and talented dirt — at Cubs camp in Arizona. (US Presswire)

Putting on a new coat of paint at the spring home of the prhampions League.Everton and Manchester United have been linked with the Dutch midfielder.”We didn’t get European football, while at Marseille they went out for the Champions League,” Strootman told Algemeen Dagblad. “So the president said in an open esently undefeated Astros. (AP)

Unlike in the World Series, the Detroit bats have arrived at spring training. (AP)

The Cardinals performing stretches, presumably under threat of discipline. ()

Braves prospect Christian Bethancourt, kind enoughited hero Gary Neville believes Chelsea will beat Liverpool on Sunday.Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool face a tough test at Stamford Bridge this weekend, and Neville is hoping Chelsea can get a result.”Sunday’s a big game,” said Neville on Sky Sports. “The l to take his cuts in dramatic silhouette.

Along those same lines, Marlins prospect Dan Jennings was kind enough to play long toss in front of a sprawling, cloud-dappled hos Leicester have identified Tarkowski as a potential replacement for in-demand defender Harry Maguire.Tarkowski has thrived since moving back to north to join Sean Dyche at Burnley three-and-a-half years ago.And his performances at Turf Moor have seerizon. (AP)

At Marlins camp, some batting gloves are jammed in the fence, Little League-style. Those gloves would prefer to play for a contender. Perhaps they will be traded. (AP)

R.A. Dickey and his trusty knuckle-piece are in Blue Jays camp. (AP)

R.A. Dickey and his trusty knuckle-piece (not pictured, though implied) seem existentially delighted to be in Blue Jays camp. (AP)

New Pirates catcher Russell Martin remembered to pack an inspiring T-shirt. Like the Tigers, he also remembered to bring bats. (AP)

Contrary to God’s intentions, it rained in Arizona. (AP)

Terry Steinbach, board-certified Mr. Miyagi of catching. (AP)

Nothing says “spring training” quite like a lefty specialist (Eric O’Flaherty in this instance) attempting a no-look snag of a fly ball. Also, nothing says “spring training” quite like the words “spring training.”

Happy baseball.

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espite the fact that the Magpies still don’t know

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The New York Yankees and relievresident Joan Gaspart has recalled signing Diego Maradona in 1982.Gaspart, who was a Blaugrana vice-president at the time, has explained traw with Arminia Bielefeld.The young centre-back left the stadium in crutches after injuring his ankle.”I am really concerned about Ben Godfrey. He is in a lot of pain. He leaves the stadium on crutches and tomorrow we have a scan,” said Farke. “I amhat the directors who went over to Argentina to sign him had to be escorted tere hoping to build on their massive 2-1 win at Old Trafford against Manchester United at the weekend.But Hodsgon made several changes to his starting lineup, giving the likes of James McCarthy and Sam Woods their first starts of the season.During tho the airport in a tank.”I rememberer agreed to a one-year, $3.1 million deal on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

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Giants hoping to keep Scutaro, but Cardinals, Yankees also believed interested

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Not surprisingly, the want to keep their World Series-winning group together.Also not surprising: They’re facing strong competition in their bid to retain , who seems sedmits he’s a big fan of Jack Grealish.Guardiola offered his opinion on the midfielder after victory over Aston Villa.He said, “He is an incredible, incredible football player. A top football player. I am glad that he plays for Aston Villa.”He had thet to benefit from a good postseason and a thin market for infielders.The Giants, who already re-signed center fielder , would also like to retain Stico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has shut down talk of a move to Chelsea.With Mauriziseason.Young, 34, is revelling in his role as United’s enforcer and guide to the younger players. “Some of the combinations from the boys up front was unbelievable for us watching at the back,” he said. “At times this season, we’ve blown teams away wo Sarri’s future with the Blues in doubt, the Argentine has been linked with the job.“I like my job, I feel very identified and committed to the club,” he said, speacutaro, according to sources. But the and are said to be interested in Scutaro, who is 37 years old but whose versatility makes him a fit with all three clubs.Scutaro played second base for the Giants, the same position he would play if he went to the Cardinals. He has added value for the Cardinals in that he would provide cover at shortstop if doesn’t recover from his elbow injury.The Yankees’ needs are on the left side of the infield, with heading for hip surgery and coming off ankle surgery.If the Giants can’t sign Scutaro, they may look for an outfielder instead, hoping for someone they could pair with in left field.

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Doug Fister takes line drive off head, stays in game

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SAN FRANCISCO — starting pitcher is one tough SOB. He just took a line drive off his head and stayed in the game.

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With two out and Buster Posey on first base in the second inning Thursday night in Game 2 of the World Series, Giants left fielder Gregor Blanco hit an absolute rocket right back up the middle. Fister attempted to get his glove up and protect himself, but there just wasn’t enough time. The ball hit Fister’s head and propelled into center field for a base hit, but obviously the focus immediately turned to Fister’s well-being.

After a few short minutes of meeting with Tigers manager Jim Leyland, umpires and an athletic trainer, Fister took a few warmup pitches and confirmed that he felt OK to continue. And stay in the game he did.

League semifinal at Eintracht Frankfurt.Eintracht took the lead through their top scorer Luka Jovic, who superbly steered in Filip Kostic’s ball.The Blues, who started with Eden Hazard on the bench, equalised when Pedro thrashed home just before halFister then walked Brandon Crawford to load the bases but coaxed a popout off the bat of Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner to end the inning.

Seeing a line drive off the head of a pitcher brought back the scary memories of A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy, who was hit in the head by a liner on Sept. 5 and subsequently needed to undergo emergency surgery to due to an epidural hemmorhage, a brain contusion, and a skull fracture.

At least initially, it appears Fister was lucky to ady to intensifes to youth teamers being ready for first team football.Butt says it’s crucial they introduce their best kids gradually.Speaking to Inside United, he said: “You’ve got to look at our Academy players as potential Manchester United players in the firy their plans to sign PSG star Neymar this week.Bartomeu spent the last hours of the tour of the United States stuck to the phone, says AS. He remained permanently connected with the key men of the Neymar operation. Bartomeu has maintaavoid such serious injuries.

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3 to Watch: The ‘It can’t happen again, can it?’ edition

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There’s no way to guarantee another night as exciting as last Sept. 28.There’s no way we should even expect it.But just remember this: With six days to go in the baseball season, there’s a lot more chance of a fantastic finish than there was at this point a year ago.With six days to go in 2011, we were down to basically the two wild-card races. Three of the six division titles had been clinched, and the other three had a magic number of either one or two.At that point, the led the Rays by two games. The led the by two games.We were on collapse-alert, but we weren’t at all sure we were watching anything special.Now here we are, with six games to go this year. Only two of the six division titles have been clinched, and none of the other four have a magic number of less than three (in other words, no more clinching parties until at least Saturday).Meanwhile, in part because of the addition oWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini insists Jack Wilshere is fully fit the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).Tebas has butted heads with the RFEF’s president, Luis Rubiales, ever since, with the first major disagreement coming with the proposed plan for one domestic league match to be played in the United States.”The .Pellegrini has played down any worries over Wilshere’s fitness after the midfielder was substituted against Manchester City last weekend.”Jack is working without any problems in our squad,” he said. “He’s working with our team. We don’t have any problem about that. “He’s okay.”f an extra playoff spot, we still have four teams alive for the two American League wild-card spots.Last year at this point, the only series that really mattered were the ones involving the Red Sox, Rays, Braves and Cardinals.This year, as many as nine of the final 15 series could impact who makes the playoffs.Will any of these races go down to the final day? Will any of them go to the final inning? Will any of them bring us the twists and turns of last Sept. 28?”That situation was probably a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said , whose wild-card clinching home run provided maybe the most exciting one of those turns. “But this year we have a good opportunity to make more memories — kind of create a new memory.”On to 3 to Watch:1. The ‘ Thursday win over the A’s gave them a four-game lead over with six games to play — and turned the A’s into Rangers fans this weekend. Instead of thinking they can catch the Rangers for first place, the A’s now need help holding off the for a wild-card spot. The Rangers and Angels were thought to be rivals of a sort. Would the Rangers now take any extra delight in potentially ending the Angels’ postseason hopes? The series opens with facing in Dempster’s Rangers career didn’t begin well, but they’ve now won six of his last seven starts, and he has a 2.93 ERA over that span. Apparently, the switch to the American League has been easier than some (including me) thought it would be.2. One National League executive said to me this week that he really hopes that the and A’s hold onto their playoff spots, because the story of their surprise seasons has been such a good one. Both face tough final series, the Orioles at and the A’s at home against the Rangers. That makes this weekend super-important for both. The Orioles host the Red Sox. Meanwhile in Oakland, it’s a series that begins with 3. If English football.The fullback, who formerly played with Manchester City, will leave the club at the end of this season.”We knew we needed to score first,” he said. “In the first ten or 15 minutes they were putting pressure on us with long balls and the Rays weren’t on their usual late-season run towards the playoffs, all they’d just be talking about ‘s chances at the Cy Young. Yes, they still talk about that, but now they also mention that Price would be lined up to start the wild-card play-in game, if the Rays make it there. His final regular-season start (and final chance to impress Cy Young voters) comes in

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What did Lasorda teach Valentine? A mouthful

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A top table in January.The club have been linked with the likes of Bond coach Gareth Southgate for the Euros qualifier with Montenegro.The decision was made after a bust-up during England training with Liverpool defender Joe Gomez.Sterling has now said that he and Gomez have “figured things out and moved on”.He said vrussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell as they have an estimated £150million to spend.Lampard would not reveal what players he was targeting, but he did exNAHEIM, Calif. — Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda, Bobby Valentine’s one-time manager and long-time mentor, stopped by to visit with the manred a new sponsorship deal that will earn the club up to £20million.The shirt sponsorship agreement is set to run for the next three years and will be with sports betting website Sportsbet.io.The betting site will take over as the club’s front shirtager pre-game Tuesday and someone asked Valentine what he learned from Lasorda.”We don’t have enough time,” Valentine said, as Lasorda sat in his office an listened. “I learned a lot about baseball. I learned an awful lot about life. I learned some great banquet stories. And I learned how to eat in all you can eat restaurants and how to stack it on my plate.”

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Chipper Jones, Yu Darvish lead All-Star ‘Final Vote’

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Thstriker Rushian Hepbual-transfer-news-Unai-Emery-Mesut-Ozil-latest-gossip”>Daily StarArsenal-transfer-news-Unai-Emery-Mesut-Ozil-latest-gossip”> says he is demanding Arsenal get rid of Ozil this summer – even if they have to pay off his bumper contract to force his exit.rn-Murphy on a season-long loan.The 20-year-old, who has been capped by England from under-16 to under-20 level, played against Tranmere while on loan at Cambridge United last season.A Villa academy graduate, Hepburn-Murphy has pe “Final Vote” balloting to determine the 34th and final All-Star roster sr the 2019-20 Premier League season will be announced at 09:00 BST on Thursday.The opening matches will be played on the weekend of Saturday, 10 August and the season will end on Sunday, 17 May.For the first time in Premier League history, the clubs pot for each league is ongoing, but the early returns are in. third baseman leads the NL vote, and right-hander paces the AL hopefuls.

.com doesn’t disclose the exact totals, other than to say .”

Jones is followed by of the , of the , of the , and teammate . In the AL, meanwhle, of the is second behind Darvish, followed by ‘s , Anaheim’s ( of) , and ‘s .

Voting continues until 4 pm ET on Thursday .

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Byron Jones activated from Cowboys’ PUP list, Dallas’ shutdown cornerback set to return in Week 1

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is headed back to the field for the . 

The 26-year-old has joined several of his teammates in having surgery to repair a nagging injury this offseason, with Jones having gone under the knife on March 27 to fix a hip ailment that appeared on the back end of the 2018 season. Traditional rest didn’t heal it fully, hence the decision to move forward with the clean-up procedure. The timetable for recovery put him at a possible return for the start of training camp, assuming there were no setbacks between now and then. The more likely outcome was a more deliberate approach that held him out until Week 1 of the regular season, however, as opposed to risking him unnecessarily before then.

In the end, his return landed closer to the latter, with the Cowboys reportedly set to activate Jones from the physically unable to perform list on Monday — head coach Jason Garrett announced. Jones has not missed a single game in his four-year career, and this indicates he’ll continue his streak in 2019.

“Overall, rehab is going well,” Jones said in early June, . “Working on it every day. I’m starting to do lower-body lifts. The frustrating part is I want to go and I feel I can run, but I have to listen to the [athletic trainers].

“So, I’m taking my time, being patient and just doing what they’re telling me to do. … I want to be back at training camp. I want to be back with my teammates and play in the preseason games. That’s the target.”

Jones won’t participate in the preseason finale against the , but should be available for Week 1 when the Cowboys host the . That’s not just good news for the team, but definitely for Jones, who is entering a contract year and looking to prove his 2018 breakout was no fluke. 

With his fifth-year contract option having been exercised, the Pro Bowl corner back is locked in through the 2019 season — but nothing further — and conversations regarding a potential extension haven’t yet gained any real traction. The club met with Jones’ representatives at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis to get the ball rolling, but the more have dominated their time. The club was , but Jones remains patient knowing another strong year will only increase his value.

He’ll need to add ball hawking to his resume, though, or at least do his bel Clyne won’t change their transfer plans.Clyne is likely to be out for at least six months after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament during Friday’s 3-2 friendly defeat to Borussia Dortmund in Notre Dame.“Clyney himself thought it was a knockest to try. That’s easier said than done when considering Jones shut down half of the field for most of last season, with opposing quarterbacks refusing to target the receiver he was assigned to. He did finish with a career-best 14 pass break ups, which shows he can get his hands on the say ushworth.The 18-year-old has been very impressive at Wrothing in non-league football this season.It is said that Barca had scouts watching him in two Isthmian Premier Division games this term, per The Mirror.Rushworth may be among a number of playersin his decision to quit Olympique Marseille for Sevilla.Rami played for Sevilla between 2015 and 2017 before moving to France.And Ocampos told Mundo Deportivo: “At Marseille, Rami always told me about the atmosphere of the stadium. “I wanted to ball, and the only thing left for him to figure out is the takeaway portion. 

Already a shutdown corner, if Jones starts grabbing interceptions, he’ll be a no-doubter for first team All-Pro at his position.

For his part in negotiations with the Cowboys, the former UConn star wants to stay right where he is, and he wants passing game coordinator Kris Richard — the assistant coach responsible for his full-time move to corner and, subsequently, his All-Pro season in 2018 — by his side for as long as is humanly possible.

“You’re not going to find a better, more well-ran organization than the Cowboys,” Jones said earlier in the offseason, via Jon Machota of . “The fans are great. The weather’s great. The food’s great for me.

“I live right in the city too, so I want nothing other than playing for the Dallas Cowboys.”

It would behoove the team to work in a deal for Jones as soon as possible, because it could save them millions in the long run. They have the cap space to make it happen rather now or later, but considering how badly he wants to remain in Dallas, and how long it took the team to stop holding him back by virtue of making him a part-timer at three different positions — it stands to reason it’s a deal that should be fairly easy to nail down.

Then again, that could be why they’re not exactly pressed about it, yet.

One thing is for certain in 2019, though, and that’s how potentially dominant the Cowboys’ defense can again be. With defensive end  , the unit is in good shape to build upon a very impressive 2018, starting on Sept. 8 against a familiar foe. The surgeries on both Lawrence and Jones were well-timed and won’t cost them a single regular season game, and both compliment each other on the battlefield. 

Already all smiles with their premier pass rusher having returned, they now also have their star corner … back.

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