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Gray, a top MLB draft prospect, tests positive for stimulant Adderall


Right-handed pitcher Jonathan Gray, a 100-mph-throwing University of Oklahoma ace who’s widely considered one of the top three draft-eligible amateur players in the country, tested positive for the stimulant Adderall, maier League should persist with VAR.Wenger has recently taken up a role with FIFA as chief of global football development, and gave his thoughts on the video technology being used to help match officials.And he pinpointed the lack of referral by referjor-league team sources said.

Test results are sent to the 30 teams, so all are aware of the result. Sources said Gray did not have a prescription.

There is no penalty for a failed test for a draft-eligible player such as Gray. Major leaguers receive a 25-game ban for a second failure out of their squad for the Audi Cup in Germany.The Welshman’s future is uncertain after his proposed move to Jiangsu Suning fell through over the weekend.Zinedine Zidane is also without Thibaut Courtois, who will spend the next month out of action w for a stimulant, though not a first one. Acced a new deal after listening to his “gut”.Origi says “a gut feeling” told him to stay at Liverpool and the striker is ready to kick on from the Champions League-winning goals which changed his life.The 24-year-old did not start a Premier League gameording to an report citing league sources, Gray might be subjected to follow-up testing when his professional career begins.

Gray, a junior at OU, is believed to be the only one of 200 draft-eligible players to have tested positive for any drug. The top 200 players are tested by to provide information for teams before Thursday’s first day of the amateur draft.

A phone message left for his agent wasn’t immediately returned.

Major leaguers with certain conditions can apply for a therapeutic-use exemption (T.U.E.) that excuses them from being tested for specific drugs. It is estimated that about 100 players have a T.U.E., many of which allow stimulants to combat various conditions, including ADD.

There is no indication that a failure for a stimulant might affect a prospect’s draft attractiveness or negotiating leverage. Gray is considered by most to be among the top three players, along with Stanford right-hander Mark Appel and University of San Diego slugging third baseman Kris Bryant.

“I don’t think it’s that big a deal,” one GM said. “The kid may have [a condition].”

Gray was originally picked by the out of junior college but turned down a bonus offer believed to be about $500,000. He is widely expected to get at least 10 times that after showing vast improvement as a Sooner. He has been clocked many times at 100 mph, and scouts marvel how he can carry that velocity late into games.

The have the first pick, followed by the , , and .

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fender Kevin Danso on a season-long loan.Danso, who was born to Ghanaian parents in Austria, but moved to England when he was six, came through the academy system at MK Dons, before moving to Augsburg in 2014.He made his debut for the Bundesliga club

starter and his wife are expecting to become parents for the first time shortly, reports Wednesday. Gonzalez leave when the time comes. 

Gonzalez recently r Monaco midfielder Cesc Fabregas has published a clip of buying former Chelsea teammate Willy Caballero a Range Rover after being outdone in a penalty contest.The incident was originally recalled by former PSG goalkeeper Marcin Bulka, now of PSG.Fabreturned from the disabled list and has pitched to two no-decisions since his return. He’s allowed three runs on nine hits and three walks over 12 2/3 innings with 12 Ks over that span. Gonzalez is still on track to start Friday against Detroit. 

More News ot to lose Lucas Torreira.The Mirror says the Gunners will fight to keep Torreira from the clutches of AC Milan.The Italian giants have made an approach for the 23-year-old Uruguay midfielder who is interested in a move to the San Siro after just one 07/12/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 06/30/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 06/29/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 06/25/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 06/24/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 06/23/2018 • by RotoWire Staff

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closer entered Wednesday’s contest against the Mets in the ninth inning with a two-run lead. He needed 12 pitches to retire the side in order and secure a 4-2 win. Mujica lowited boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is delighted with the form this season of Fred.The 26-year-old struggled for form in his first season at the club, following his £52m ­arrival from Shakhtar Donetsk.But he scored two goals in the 5-0 Euro ro United youngster Max Taylor has opened up regarding his battle with testicular cancer.The teenager was going through chemotherapy 12 months ago, but battled tot Liverpool.The Gunners do not have a very good record against the current UEFA Champions League winners.They have conceded 12 goals in the last three league games at Anfield. But Willock thinks the upcoming clash will be different.”Liverpool are a g overcome the disease.He is now in the United squad for their Europa League game against Amp over Clered his ERA to 1.69 while collecting his 11th save.

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Here we go again with first baseman . This guy is really prone to slow starts.

After another disappointing April, LaRoche is now a career .214 hitter during March/April games. The good news is that LaRoche usually heats up as we get deeper into the summer. LaRoche’s slash line in the first half — .244/.323/.436/.759 — pales in comparison to his slash line in the second half — .293/.353/.533/.886.

I get why Fantasy owners have been . First base is such a deep position that you don’t have to endure prolonged slumps at the position because you can usually find a viable replacement on your bench or waivers. But if you can afford to be patient with LaRoche, then the payoff should be huge down the road.

Just some other numbers to keep in mind. LaRoche has a , which is lower than his career .307 mark, per You look at his batted ball and plate-discipline numbers and nothing really jumps out, so it seems the hits haven’t been falling for the veteran first baseman. But once they do, then LaRoche might be a player you keep in your lineup.

More News 03/18/2016 • by RotoWire Staff r United vice-chairman Ed Woodward is dithering over a deal for Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes.O Jogo says Woodward is hesitating on a deal to bring Fernandes to the club.The 24-year-old has impressed in the Portuguese Primeira Liga this seas 03/15/2016 f facing Watford.Palace sit in 12th place, nine points clear of Watford who have escaped the dreaded bottom three on goal difference alone. But Hodgson is all too aware that a run of results can have a iele Rugani.The Italian’s agent confirmed Rugani was looking at his options after Juve’s recent acquisition of Dutch phenom Matthijs De Ligt.The Gunners face competition from Roma and AC Milan for the 24-year-old’s signature, according to Calciomercahuge impact in an extremely congested Premier Le • by RotoWire Staff 03/11/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 03/10/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 03/07/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 03/07/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

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Owned in just four percent of leagues, former first-round draft pick has been a pleasant surprise for his small pool of owners, hitting .304 with an .803 OPS over 46 at-bats this season. 

Gillaspie has been the primary beneficiary of Gordon Beckham’s broken wrist, with Jeff Keppinger moving to second and Gillaspie playing third for the . Gillaspie showed some flashes of power in the minors (although it was in the hitter-happy PCL), while hitting for a decent average (.287) over 1,894 at-bats. He doesn’t offer much in the way of speed, but he could steal a base or two.  

He won’t hit .304 the rest of the year — Gillaspie probably will end up around .260 — but he has been playing every day, and full-time at-bats are tough to come by in the deeper single-league formats. Even without power and speed, Gillaspie could bring some runs and RBI, just frdjustments he’s made since replacing Rino Gattuso.Giampaolo changed the system to 4-3-1-2, but also focused more on passing, possession and being proactive.He said, “We are working on macro-principles right now, then we need to get into the detailsom being a regular. Still, this is 12-team AL-only Roto territory, with an expiration date when Beckham returns. anything shallower, and you may want to look elsewhere. 

More News 08/06/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 08/03/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 08/01/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 07/31/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 07/31/2017 • by RotoWire Staff iksen will play against Middlesbrough on Tuesday, despite being linked with a move to Inter Milan, reports BBC Sport.Asked about his recent performances Mourinho said: “Is this the best Christian Eriksen?”I have to be honest and say no. I know the re 07/28/2017 Barcelona great Andres Iniesta says Ivan Rakitic shouldn’t be allowed to leave.The midfielder is expected to be sold in January.But Vissel Kobe star Iniesta told Marca, “I would not let him go, he is a great player.“What he has been doing during all this time has been magnificent. “This year he is not having the prominence he had before but that does not mean that he is not a great player.” • by RotoWire Staff

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Red Sox acknowledge (fake) sellout streak coming to an end


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To hear the tell it, they’ve sold out a major league-record 793 consecutive home games. The 2013 home opener figures to be another sellout, but soon after that, the streak will come to an end. The Red Sox themselves say as much. Here’s Sox honcho Larry Lucchino on the forthcoming demise ():

“Opening Day should be 794,” Lucchino said. “What happens after that is uncertain. What I am certain of is that the streak will probably end in April, in then striker Romelu Lukaku has welcomed the arrival of former Manchester United teammate Alexis Sanchez.Earlier this month, Lukaku said he, French midfielder Paul Pogba and Chilean Alexis Sanchez were made scapegoats after United’s poor season in which first or second series.

“We’re proud of it, but we’re ready to move on. I think the preservation of Fenway Park is a big success. I think the championship in 2004 and the repeat in 2007 have to go to the top of the list in terms of successes.”

Before you grant the premise, though, consider that, according to , the Sox were playing pretty fast and loose with the defition of “sellout.” Here’s what the Globe’s Bob Hohler and Seth Lakso wrote at the time:

Anyhow, it’s hardly a scandal of grave import, but perhaps what Lucchino really means is that the Sox’s “distribution streak” is close to ending.

On the upside, the Sox, unlike the Marlins, can at they need to make things easier for themselves after seeing off Leicester City on Saturday.James Milner’s added-time pele United.Perez has revealed Newcastle’s lack of ambition was a major reason behind his decision to sign for Leicester last month.”It was a big factor, but also I felt it was time for a change and a new challenge,” Perez told The Athletic. “In this cnalty snatched a 2-1 win over Leicester on Brendan Rodgers’ first return to Anfield, four years and a day after he was sacked as Releast give ’em away.

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NFL owners approve playoff expansion for 2020 season, adding one team per conference


If your favorite NFL team is always on the brink of the postseason, take solace. The league announced Tuesday that NFL owners have officially voted to expand the playoffs by two teams — one from each conference, bringing the grand total from 12 to 14 — starting with the 2020 season. The news was .

The ‘s  was initially agreed upon by both team owners and the NFL Players Association as part of the league’s new collective bargaining agreement, which was ratified earlier this offseason.

Twelve teams will now play on Wild-Card weekend, while the two No. 1 seeds will receive a playoff bye. The three divini Ceballos… myth slayer? He may only be a few weeks into his Arsenal career, but he’s making a pretty good job of it.Back in Spain and back in the La Roja squad this week, Ceballos is making things a little uncomfortable, even tense, for those inssion winners that didn’t receive the bye will host the three wild card teams, while the top seed will face the lowest remter they fought back to draw 2-2 with Liverpool in their FA Cup fourth round tie.Runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool looked to be heading into the fifth round for the first time since 2015 after a fine first-half finish by 18-year-old Curtis Jonaining seed in the divisional round.

Wild-Card Weekend for the 2020 season will consist of three games on Saturday, Jan. 9, and three games on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. CBS will broadcast one additional Wild-Card game on Jan. 10 with kickoff at approximately 4:40 p.m. ET. The game will also be available via live stream on CBS All Access. Additionally, as part of CBS’s coverage, a separately produced telecast of the game will air on Nickelodeon, tailored for a younger audience. NBC, its new streaming service Peacock, as well as Telemundo, will all broadcast an additional Wild-Card game on Jan. 10 with kickoff at approximately 8:15 p.m. ET.

The NFL last expanded its postseason for the 1990 season, increasing the number of qualifying teams from 10 to 12.

How drastically will the new format change the league? Let’s consider what would’ve happened if the new format had existed in 2019: The No. 2-seeded Chiefs would have hosted the No. 7-seed Steelers in the Wild-Card round of the AFC playoffs, with the top-seeded Ravens awaiting the lowest remaining seed in the second round. On the NFC side, the No. 2-seeded Packers would have hosted the No. 7-seeded Rams, with the top-seeded 49ers playing the lowest of the remaining seed in the second round.

Considering the 8-8 Steelers and 9-7 Rams would have made the playoffs had the postseason been expanded this past season, it appears that winning 10 games would almost guarantee a ason.The Finn hit a hat-trick in victory over Newcastle United.Pukki told the Daily Mail, “Daniel Farke is so good, a man-manager – he is calm but he can shout if he thinks I’m not working. He knows me perfectly, how I am. He believes in me and I’m dplayoff spot moving forward. Since 2002, 10 different 10-win teams failed to make the playoffs. Under the league’s new format, only the 2010 Buccaneers would have still missed out on the postseason, with the other nine 10-win teams qualifying for the postseason.

The NFL will wait at least until 2021 to increase its regular season from 16 to 17 games. The only time the NFL extended its regular season and postseason in the same year was back in 1978, when the regular season went from 14 to 16 games, while the playoff field was expanded by two teams.

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NFL Free Agency 2020: Biggest winners and losers on Day 2 of the new league year


We’re two days into the NFL season and the top free agents are coming off the board. Sure there are plenty of good players to be had, but the best players may be on the trade market (, ) after the first wave of free agency is coming to a close. Even though plenty of the top free agents have signed, some ed Lyon fullback Ferland Mendy about a move to Spain.AS says Zidane has spoken to Mendy about the switch and secured his commitment. Now it is up to the two clubs to find an agreement.Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas is seeking €50-60m to sell, thoof the best skill position players are still looking for a team for 2020 and beyond. Running backs and are still on the market along with wide receivers and (notice a trend here). 

There wasn’t as much movement on Day 2 (officially) of free agency as Day 1, but plenty of teams were able to improve their rosters from last season. Here were the winners and losers on Day 2 of the new league year. 


Not only did Slay get out of Detroit, but he is now the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL. The gave Slay a three-year, $50 million extension after trading a third and fifth-round pick for the 29-year old cornerback. The average annual value of $16.67 million beats out ($16.5 million) for the highest-paid player at his position (Slay was previously 13th).

Philadelphia received arguably the better cornerback in Slay and paid a premium price (in draft picks and a contract) to get him after striking out on Jones. The Eagles did language the deal to make it four years, honoring the $10 million in base salary Slay is due this year (average of $15 million a year). Slay also receives $30 million guaranteed.

Slay is on the NFC East champions and got a huge pay raise. He’s a happy man. 

Loser: Todd Gurley

Gurley’s poor 2019 season (some of that in part due to the mismanagement of Sean McVay) led to his release from the  and a huge deduction in pay. Gurley was released hours before he was due a $10.5 million roster bonus, the final injury guarantee on the four-year, $57.5 million contract he signed with the franchise.

Did Gurley live up to the contract? He signed the extension in 2018 and rushed for 1,251 yards and 17 touchdowns in the first year, but a knee injury limited him in the playoffs and the . Whether Gurley’s knee was an issue in 2019 was unclear, but the Rams soured on a player who rushed for 857 yards and 3.8 yards per carry (career-low 6.7 yards per reception). 

Gurley’s next contract won’t be close to the last one, but he has a chance to resurrect his career with a contender. Or join forces with in Tampa. We broke down the .


The Cardinals have certainly been winners this offseason (see the heist), but their smart business hasn’t ended there. Arizona was able to land linebacker on a one-year deal, one year after posting a career-high 129 tackles and three forced fumbles. 

Campbell’s deal is worth up to $8.5 million as the Cardinals continue to reshape their defense, signing to a three-year contract the day prior. Arizona has taken major steps to improve a defense that ranked dead last in yards in 2019 and could emerge as a playoff sleeper with the moves it made. 

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Flacco’s career as a starting quarterback is all-but-over in the NFL. The waived Flacco with a failed physical after he missed the final eight games with a neck injury. Flacco completed a career-high 65.3% of his passes with six touchdowns and five interceptions, but his 5.65 net yards gained per attempt raised even more questions about his long-term future with the franchise. 

With and looking for new teams, there isn’t much real estate for the 35-year old Flacco to be a starting quarterback. His best bet is a reliable backup that can fill in, just in case the starter gets injured. 

There are plenty of opportunities for Flacco to continue his NFL career. 


The Browns made a big splash on Day 1 of the “legal tampering period” with the signing, but they made a pair of signings that signaled how smart of a general manager Andrew Berry is. Cleveland improved its defense by signing to a one-year, $3.5 million deal. A massive defensive tackle on the interior that can stop the run, Billings is more than an adequate starter for the Browns. Later in the day, Cleveland added cornerback on a one-year, $3.5 million deal that can go up to $6 million. Opposing quarterbLiverpool has decided to stop their pursuit of Max Kruse.The 31-yearster City youngster Brandon Barker is wanted by Celtic.The Celtic-line-cut-price-deal-Manchester-City-winger-Brandon-Barker.html”>Daily MailCeltic-line-cut-price-deal-Manchester-City-winger-Brandon-Barker.html”> says Celtic are lining up a cut-price -old will become a free agent this summer after finishing his contract with Werder Bremen.He has been linked with the Reds, who are searching for a back-up forward.The Liverpool Echo says the club have decided they will use Rhian Brewster and Divock Origi to fulfil the role.Origi is on the verge of signing a new contract.acks struggled against Johnson last season, throwing no touchdown passes when targeting him and finishing with a 79.8 passer rating. 

These bargain moves by Cleveland make their defense better. For once, the Browns aren’t shadowed by a splashy move (which typically are the best ones anyway). 


Tom Brady wanted Antonio Brown to join him in Tampa, but the (and the NFL) . Head coach Bruce Arians still has a bad taste in his mouth from his days with brown in Pittsburgh, and would rather not revisit that road again. Prior to joining the this year, Brown averaged 114 catches from 2013 to 2018, leading the  in receptions twice. He totaled 9,145 yards and 67 touchdowns, averaging 13.3 yards per catch during that span. His problems off the field far outweigh his talent on it. 

Brown isn’t worth the headache. Not even Brady can use his powers to get him on a roster anymore. 

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Ravens finally replace the Patriots as the team most likely to win the Super Bowl, per simulation projections


It took a dozen weeks, but the have finally been replaced. Even though they’re 10-1 and on track to earn home-field advantage throughout the poam is close to signing fresh terms with Chelsea.The 21-year-old England international has been prolific under Frank Lampard, netting nine goals in 11 appearances.And it looks like he’ll be rewarded with a lucrative new contract that will significantlstseason, which gives them an inherent advantage over the rest of the playoff field, not to mention they have the league’s top defense and arguably the greatest coach and quarterbackolo has defended Noel Le Graet over his stand against Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.The French Football Federation president insists Benzema will not play for his country again. The striker hasn’t played for Les Bleus since before Euro2016 due to of all time, they’re no longer considered the team most likely to win the . 

It doesn’t take a football genius to guess which team finally overtook them. According to , the are the new Super Bowl frontrunners. In the aftermath of  of the on Monday night, which moved them to 9-2 on the season with a plus-184 point differential, making them one point better than the Patriots, the Ravens are now the team most likely to win the Super Bowl. 

Simulations conducted by SportsLine’s Stephen Oh give the Ravens a 27.1 percent chance of winning the Super Bowl. After a narrow win over the on Sunday, the Patriots’ chances have dropped to 22.9 percent, even though they’re still favored to secure the top seed in the AFC. This is the first time all season the Patriots haven’t been No. 1 in the simulations. Since they won last year’s Super Bowl, the Patriots have led the way — until this week, anyway.

It’s not difficult to understand how and why the Ravens have replaced the Patriots. The Patriots have Bill Belichick and but with a languid offense, they’re not nearly as complete of a team as the Ravens. We all know about and the RavenA due to the coronavirus outbreak.Forbes reports according to a report issued on March 13 by Banca IMI, a subsidiary of Intesa Sanpaolo bank specialised in investment banking and capital markets, the negative impact on Juventus’ revenues for the currs’ offense, . Jackson is rightly considered the frontrunner for MVP. and his bruising running style is the perfect complement to Jackson. The offensive line is mauling everyone, including , in its path. The pass catchers haven’t been the weakness some thought they might be heading into the season. And so on. 

But the Ravens’ defense is actually rounding into form too. Since letting the hang 40 on them in Week 4, the Ravens have allowed 14.6 points per game. They’ve also forced 14 turnovers in that span. By DVOA, the  — albeit, they’re still significantly behind both the and Patriots. 

They also hold an advantage on special teams — unsurprising given John Harbaugh’s extensive background as a special teams coordinator before landing the Ravens’ job and The Ravens are  and the Patriots aren’t the team that’s positioned ahead of them (shockingly, it’s actually the winless , who are actually good at something). The Patriots are 13th.

Simply put, the Ravens are a more complete team than the Patriots right now. And they’ve already proven the ability to beat the Patriots by 17 points. But none of this, of course, means the Ravens are guaranteed to vanquish the Patriots come January. The to win the Super Bowl. And because the Patriots do have the inside track to the top seed in the AFC, they will likely be hosting the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game assuming both teams make it that far. Furthermore, with the looking like the favorite to end up as the No. 3 seed, there’s a good chance the Ravens won’t just have to take down the Patriots in New England, but also in the divisional round. That’s as difficult of a path to the Super Bowl as it gets.

Championships aren’t won in November. Belichick will almost certainly adjust and come up with some answers after watching Jackson tear up his vaunted defense. It’ll be dumb, but not at all surprising if the Patriots play the underdog card after the Ravens’ recent surge and use it as motivation. Injuries can and will happen between now and February — . The Ravens might also need to defeat Mahomes to even get a crack at the Patriots. And if they do make it to the Super Bowl, a powerhouse like the 49ers or an MVP candidate like might be waiting for them in Miami. 

But after 12 weeks, the Ravens are both the best team in football and the team most likely to win the Super Bowl. That matters. Championships aren’t won in November, but they are often won by the team that manages to peak late in the season. And the Ravens are peaking.

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Raiders’ Michael Crabtree reportedly not expected to play Sunday vs. Broncos


The have their work cut out for them Sunday as they attempt to bounce back from their disastrous offensive performance against Washington a week ago against the division rival , who once again appear to have one of the very best defenses in the . 

Making things even more difficult for the Raiders will be the absence of wide receiver , who, according to multiple reports, will not play due to the chest/lung injury he suffered last week. 

Crabtree has been one of the most productive receivers in the league since landing in Oakland (85-922-9 in 2015, 89-1,003-8nager Graham Potter.Having parted way with Chris Hurbahce midfielder Eljif Elmas to soon be announced. The youngster has already said his farewell to Fener fans.Ancelotti said, “We’re very close and I hope a deal closes quickly. He’s a very interesting player and we’re defining the final details. Ighton at the end of the season, despite securing their status in the Premier League, Brighton want to move forward.And they see Potter as the ideal man to help them develop as a club.However, Swansea in 2016), finally tapping into the enormous potential many saw in him when he was at Texas Tech. 

Without him, there will undoubtedly be more attention focused on No. 1 wideout , as well as and the run game. That means will have to try to beat the Broncos by throwing to secondary and tertiary targets like , , and . ThaLiverpool will let defender Conor Masterson leave the club this summer.The 20-year-old is out of contract next month.The Liverpool Echo reports Masterson will choose to pursue a new challenge in his career.Masterson has been an unused substitute on three occasions but never made a first-team appearance.t’s a bad situation for Oakland to be in, as there is nothing worse against the Broncos than them knowing that you want to throw, and where you want to throw it. 

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NFL Week 10 in Photos: Gonzalez uses ‘Mission Impossible’ levitation trick…


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…But it still wasn’tkel Arteta to enter management.Arteta took charge of Arsenal before Christmas.Osman told GentingBet: “Mikel Arteta always came across as someone who would enter management. “His manner around the dressing room, the training ground, his professionalis enough to slow the upstart Saints who are now 4-5.For more , rumors and analysis, follow , like us on , and subscribe to the . You can follow Ryan Wilsuthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl admits they’ve hit a form slump.After picking up crucial wins in recent months, Saints have slumped to just one victory in their last seven matches in all competitions.Their most recent disappointment came lasthford has revealed that he was a child star even before he joined Manchester United’s first team.The Red Devils star was on Twitter congratulating Kellogs, the cereal brand, for their charitable donations during the coronavirus outbreak.And in doing weekendon on Twitter here: .

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Packers inactives vs. Lions


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will start for his team.Origi has quickly dedoesn’t know what to expect should they win the Europa League final.Sarri is yet to taste a title victory at the elite lee strugglers ADO Den Haag, it has been revealed.AD reports today the former Crystal Palace and Newcastle United is set to be in the ADO Den Haag dugout for Sunday’s game at Ajax.The deal will run to the end of the season, with Pardew replacing Alfonsvel of the game, coming close this season in defeat to Manchester City for the Carabao Cup final.Ahead of meeting Arsenal in Bakuveloped into a stellar option off the bench, especially after struggling to get into the squad earlier in the season.He netted the winner in the Premier League against Newcastle United at the weekend to give the Reds a 3Matthews at LB. will start for Shields at CB.

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Eagles mocked over ‘pretty’ defense


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It’s about the worst thing you can call a football player, especially a defensive player. It’s worse than slow or weak or old or even stupid.

The word is soft. And cornerback  said that’s what other teams are saying about Philadelphia’s defense.

The Eagles missed several tackles in the ady laid down an ambitious target after joining Tottenham Hotspur.The talented winger completed a £25m switch from PSV on Wednesday.And the 22-year-old wants to win the Champions League this season with his new club.”It’s an amazing move, amazing cllast two losses to Atlanta and New Orleans. Many of those missed tackles led to big gains and eventually touchdowns.  They’ve also led to some trash-talk — Rodgers-Cromartie said Thursday that opposing players have questioned the Eagles’ manhood.

According to Rodgers-Cromartie, the comments went something like this: “‘Y’all have talent, but you don’t want to hit nobody.’

“Everybody looks at us as a ‘pretty’ defense that doesn’t want to be physical,’’ he said. “We’ve got to go out and make a name for ourselves.”

Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles was also upset at the missed tackles and said that even though poor technique played a part, something else was end Guti has been named new coach of Almeria.It marks Guti’s first senior coaching position, after he left his assistant’s role at Besiktas last season. He previously had led Real’s youth team to a league title.Guti succeeds Pedro Emmanuel, who left missing.

“I don’t think it’s bad tackling,’’ Bowles said. “You can fix that with attitude. Attitude is the main thing.”

Apparently players on some other teams don’t believe the Eagles have it. And Rodgers-Cromartie said he doesn’t blame thrld Cup winner has been a notable absentee for much of Arsenal’s season, having been in the matchday squad on just four occasions, and was Thursday night excluded from the squad that came from behind to beat Vitoria 3-2 at the Emirates. As such, Ozilem. When asked if he thought the criticism was fair, Rodgers-Cromartie answered, “When I look at the film, it’s fair.”

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the Philadelphia Eagles from blogger Kevin Noonan, follow.

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Steelers: Normally combustible Todd Haley bland in comments on former team



coach Mike Tomlin stood wide-eyed just beyond the periphery of a gaggle of reporters that encircled offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Tomlin cocked his head so that his ears were closest to the spoken words.

Monday night, Haley will face the team from which he was fired as the coach 11 months ago. That meant a lot of people were interested in what he had to say about the Kansas City Chiefs.

Even Tomlin.

Too bad for Tomlin — and the reporters. The fiery and outspoken Haley didn’t say anything all that interesting.

“I know the Chiefs have moved on, and I have a lot of fond memories and am proud of things that were accomplished,” was part of Haley’s answer in one of the four times he was asked if facing the Chiefs was special for him.

There isn’t any additional motivation in winning this game?

“No. Honestly, no,” Haley said. “Every game of the week is the biggest game of the year. This is the biggest game of the year as far as I am concerned because it’s this week.”

Haley was then told that some offensive players have commented that they tho the future at Wolves.Wolves face title-chasing Liverpool on Sunday knowing their seventh-placed finish is already assured. “I am very happy,” says Jonny, who signed permanently from Atletico Madrid in January. “It has been a great year both on a colught Haley was acting a little differently in the meeting room this week.

“I don’t recall doing anything differently,” he said. “We have one goal in mind and that’s to continue to get better in all facets on offense. This will be a very good test for us.”


Those who expected Haley to lash out at the organization that fired him less than three years into his head coaching k to discuss his career and ambitions for the season. Nothing is off limits in this Q&A as Marc discusses working with Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel, along with life from the La Masia academy to what he finds today with Betis.It was really goodtenure — and less than a year after leading the team to only its third playoff berth since 1997 — left disappointed.

Haley has earned a reputation for speaking his mind, but, on Thursday at least, Haley took the high road publicly.

“I’m very proud, No. 1, of the things myself and the players were able to accomplish [in Kansas City],” Haley said. “I thought we made a lot of progress. Even taking the 2010 division win out of the equation, last year was probably the year I was most proud of because in difficult circumstances, losing three really good players early in the year, and starting as poorly as we did, we battled back and won four games in a row, which is hard to do in this league.

“We hung in there and beat Chicago on the road Tottenham striker Troy Parrott is attracting loan interest.The Mirror says Charlton are also trying to sign Tottenham striker Parrott on loan.The 17-year-old has made his Premier League debut for Spurs against Burnley last month.The Addicks are looking to bring in reinforcements this month with the club currently 20th in the Championship and without a win in their last five league games.playing with really our third-team quarterback at that time. I’m proud of my players from that time and have a lot of really good feelings toward all of them. They’re good memories.”

In terms of Monday’s game, Haley conceded his familiarity with the Chiefs’ personnel was an advantage — albeit a slight one.

“I think it works both ways — a lot of guys over there know me pretty well, too,” Haley said. “From our perspective, I think it’s a minor advantage. Like I said earlier, it’s more than anything just understanding the guys on the other side of the ball and their strengths and weaknesses.

“As an offensive staff, that’s what we try to do every week. We try to figure out where our best matchups are, run and pass. Having some real insight into a lot of the players on the defensive side of the ball, there is a slight advantage for me, personally. But they probably feel like they have an advantage, too.”

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No hotel power forces Steelers into NYC game-day trip


Hurricane Sandy left a swath of tri-state areas without power, and one of those areas is Jersey City, where the Steelers planned to stay in advance of their game against the Giants on Sunday.

But because the Westin in Jersey City has no power, the Steelers are now taking a day trip from to , .

According to Bouchette, the Steelers searched for hotels in and around New York City, but23-year-old seems to be unhappy with life in England and has told Arsenal he wants out, reports Italian transfer expert Alfredo Pedulla.Milan announced the arrival of former Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo last week.And the new man in the hot seat wan no vacancy resulted in says he’s invrejected the chance to join Frank Lampard at Derby County when he was with Wigan.The pair have since reunited at Stamford Bridge, where 19-year-old James has made 25 appearance this term.James told FourFourTwo of Lampard: “He wanted to sign me for Deolved in summer market plans.Warnock is yet to say whether he will lead the club in the Championship.However, he did reveal: “I think it’s vital that we can look to get two or three signings as quickly as possible really. WE know generthem being forced to book a flight from Pittsburgh to Newark on Sunday morning.

The requires that teams arrive a day early for their game into visiting cities, but is apparently waiving that requirement in advance of the issues that Sandy’s caused around the northeast in general.

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