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Real cheers, real emotion and real players make this draft show better


SECAUCUS, N.J. — Darryl Strawberry was sitting in a high school classroom in Los Angeles when he found out the Mets drafted him first overall.

Dominic Smith was in front of a lively studio audience.

I don’t know if the Mets are making progress. But maybe the draft finally is.

I don’t know if Dominic Smith can save the Mets, or if his buddy J.P. Crawford can save the Phillies. But maybe they helped save the draft.

“This is what we hamier League title this season.Last season the Reds won the Champions League and finished second to Manchester City with the third-highest points total in Premier League history. “I’d say there are at least six teams in contention,” he told Sky Sportsd in mind,” commissioner Bud Selig said, in between announcing picks.

For years, baseball treated the draft as if no one cared about it, and few did. It didn’t get all that much better when the draft was first televised, or when it was moved to prime time.

Two years being sold.With 155 goals between them since their partnership was first struck up on Merseyside in 2017, the prolific pair would have no shortage of suitors were they to be made available for transfer.“Well Real Madrid already have Eden Hazard, tago, only one player agreed to show up, and he wasn’t an early pick. Producers had to beg the hand-picked “fans” to cheer each and every announcement.

Thursday night, there were real cheers. There was real emotion. There were real players.

“I can’t stop shaking,” Smith said a few moments after the Mets made him the 11th overall pick.

The baseball draft is never going to be the , or the . Too many things are different, from the relative anonymity of most of the players picked to the reality that most will spend several years in the minor leagues before they’re really heard from again.

But in a game where the youngest players are becoming the biggest stars, baseball needs young and enthusiastic personalities. It needs kids like Smith, who heard that MLB was inviting some prospects to come to New Jersey for the draft, and turned to his father and said, “Dad, I’m going to be in the studio.”

It needs kids like Clint Frazier, the outfielder from Georgia who the Indians took with the fifth pick.

“I’ve had a lot of people tell me I ceenager Bukayo Saka made history in the Manchester United-Arsenal rivalry.He was the youngest ever player to start a game between these historic rivals.The Gunners academy graduate started the clash at Old Trafford on Monday night, which ended in a 1ould become a fan favorite because of my red hair,” said Frazier, who also attended the draft. “I’m very confident. I think I’m outgoing.

“Hopefully, people like that.”

Of the nine prospects who agreed to attend the draft, Frazier was the first to be chosen. But eight of the nine went in the first round, helping make this draft show easily the best one baseball has put on yet.

Strawberry was the first pick overall in 1980. He said when he was pulled out of class and told the Mets had drafted him, he said, “Where’s that?”

Smith spent the day before the draft touring New York.

“New York looks more beautiful every time I see it,” he said.

The draft looks better as a show than it did before, too.

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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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star Lucas Moura could’ve signed for Real Madrid.


starting pitcher successfully Monday and thinks he should be able to make his scheduled start Thursday against the Twins.

Lohse was forced to miss his last scheduled start due to soreness in his elbow, but appears coout his desire to play in a Manchester United cup final, having missed out two FA Cups, an EFL Cup and Europa League final because of injury and selection,”It is a massive ambition for me,” said the Manchester United defender.”I was there for the Eurnfident in his ability to make his next start. 

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Gareth Bale is insisting the Welshman not lose an


outfielder singled in the ninth inning of Sunday’s extra-inning game againstSG, Real Madrid, Brugge, GalatasarayGROUP B: Bayern, TOTTENHAM, Olympiakos, Red Star BelgradeGROUP C: MAN CITY, Shakhtar Donetsk, Zagreb, AtalantaGROUP D: Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, LokomotivGROUP E: LIVERPOOL, Napoli, Salzburg, Gen the Rangers as he came on as a pinch-hitter for Michael Saunders. Bay remained in the game and ended up going 2 for 3. 

Bay is now batting .245 after his performance. He singled twice and drove in a run in the performance of Ravel Morrison for victory over Carabao Cup opponents Blackburn Rovers.Morrison produced a man of the match display in their 2-1 win against Blackburn in the Ceason.Abraham has shone in preseason for the Blues.Mourinho said, “You want a young striker – Tammy Abraham! He’s yours. He knows the club. He was made at the club, he was educated at the club.“He was on loan, he played already some matches in arabao Cup.“He’s not a million miles off. I knew what I was going to the 13th inning to win the game for the Mariners. 

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n Sessegnon.The Fulham full back had a disappointi


ouo Pintus hs called for Nicolas Nkoulou to be banned.The defender turned down team selection last month as he tried to force through a move to Roma.“Nkoulou deserves a very long ban, as he was unprofessional and unreliable, both terrible things,” Graziani tolas moved to Inter Milan.Pintus returns to Italy, where he had already worked at Juventus.Inter coach Antonio Conte made the move after learning Pintus was being isolated at Real Madrid by Zinedine Zidane.Pintus is known for his tough trainitfielder will not be able to return until Friday at the earliest, after a setback in his hamstring while rebles team.The longest streak of games unbeaten in English football history is 49, which Wenger achieved as Arsenal boss over a two-season period 16 years ago.And the Frenchman thinks that this year, Liverpool are on course to repeat his heroics. “Thabbing in the minor leagues, The Washington Post reports Saturday.

Werth is to determine what is wrong with the hamstring. He has been out since May 2 with the injury, and this is the second specialist he is seeing this weekend. 

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Johnny Cueto to return to Reds rotation Monday


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The will get their ace back next week. Johnny Cueto, who has been on the disabled list since the middle of April with lat/oblique issues, will start Monday against the Mets, .

Cueto, 27, finished fourth in NL Cy Young voting last season and was 1-0 with a 2.60 ERA and 1.04 WHIP before hitting the DL this season. So his return is obviously good news for the Reds, but it also leaves them with a dilemma.

There has been an ongoing debate in the blogosphere on vs. , as to who should be sent to the minors upon Cueto’s return.

Leake, 25, has made 85 career starts, including 30 last season as the Reds won 97 games and the NL Central. He’s 2-2 with a 4.32 ERA and 1.49 WHIP this season.

Cingrani, 23, has been excellent since being recalled to take Cueto’s rotation spot. The left-hander is 2-0 with a 2.89 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and a whopping 37 strikeouts in 28 innings.

Each player has minor-league options remriker Wahid Faghir.The Vejle prospect has drawn comparisons with Swedish great Zlatan Ibrahimovic.BT says Leicester aren’t the only English club keen on Faghir, though their strongest competition comes from Ajax.The Denmark U17 international has scoraining on his current contract.

re-back Kalidou Koulibaly.The experienced defender has been a target for Premier League sides in the past.But Napoli have a £100 million release clause that has deterred suitors in the past.Chelsea-latest-gossip” target=”_blank”>90min now reports th

Fay reports that the Reds have yet to make a decision on who will be sent down and we know the Reds won’t activate Cueto until absolutely necessary, so the Leake vs. Cingrani debate will likely continue until Monday, unless a current Reds’ starter suffers an injury inayer of the Year award.The Dutchman beat Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo after helping the Reds claim their sixth Champions League crown last season.”I need to think my team-mates; without them I wouldn’t have achieved what I’ve achieved over the the meantime.

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or League Soccer (MLS) franchise has climbed 30 pe


catcher is scheduled to fly to New York to have his Thursday, the Daily News reports. The team is hoping d’Arnaud will be cleared to ditch his walking boot and start a rehab assignment after his checkup. He entered the season as the No. 23 prospect in baseball according to Baseball America, but City manager Brendan Rodgers has defended midfielder James Maddison.Maddison, 23, has been filmed drinking alcohol and partying in Dubai whilst on midseason break.But Rodgers says he sees nothing wrong with the incident, claiming Maddison was ‘stitcfractured a bone in his right foot back in April.

More News 03/20/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 11/24/2019 • by RotoWire Staff celona defender Gerard Pique admits he could retire before the end of his current contract.Pique is tied to Barca until 2022.He told Mundo Deportivo: “My last team will be Barça, I have no intention of wearing another shirt. “If I see that I lose im 09/29/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/15/2019 • by RotoWire Staff er Fred has liked an Instagram post claiming he is a better player than teammate Jesse Lingard.The £52million signing last summer has not been picked in a single matchday squad so far this season.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has preferred Lingard, S 09/15/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/12/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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Rashford played like a “proper centre-forward” ag


second baseman has returnenal legend Ian Wright is baffled by the decision of Laurent Koscielny to refuse to be part of the club’s US tour.The 33-year-old was due to fly out to the USA with thr Mark Noble says they should be going for the top six.Pellegrini said, “I never say what our team target is for the season. I think though, that if pundits have those feelings, maybe it is because the team is showing in games, we are able to do thate rest of the squad on Thursday but the club announced that the defender would not ed to the team’s lineup Tuesday against the Pirates. 

Weeks will bat seventh for the second straight start. He received a routine day off Monday. He’s struggled this season, hitting just .181/.302/.276 in 127 at-bats. 

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is more critical of his performance than himself.


outfielder turned in a productive day at the plate Sunday against the Marlins. Van Slyke, who made his first start of the year at first base, collected two hits in the 5-3 win. He belted a solo home run off of starter Tom Koehler in the second inning before adding a run-scoring single in the seventh. Van Slyke finished 2 for 4 with two RBI and a run scored.

More News 06/26/2018 • by RotoWire Staff s comments on Leroy Sane.The German giants had thought they were close to signing the winger from Manchester City earlier in the transfer window.However, the askinghizkid Islam Feruz has been without a club for two years, it has been revealed.The Sun says Feruz was plucked away from Celtic, aged 15, to be another star at the club’s Cobham academy.But such promise didn’t translate into success for the striker as price from City was deemed excessive, which meant a transfer was not possible.Bayern 01/13/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 08/15/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 08/09/2017 • by RotoWire Snderland captain Lee Cattermole has signed with VVV Venlo for 12 months.The midfielder has won the deal after successful preseason trials.Cattermole said: “I am very happy that after so many seasons in England I can now work in the Netherlands at a btaff 07/31/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 07/08/2017 • by RotoWire Staff

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n the next 72 hours.L’Equipe says Arsenal and ASSE


outfielder/infielder , who flipped his bat after his home run Friday night, was hit by a pinch during his lone pinch-hit appearance in Saturday’s 11-2 defeat to the Pirates.Pirates reliever Bryan Morris tossed one pitch in the dirt before tagging Valdespin in the right forearm with a 94-mph pitch. Manager Terry Collins was aware of the chance of a retaliation from Pittsburgh despite inserting him in the game. “He plays with a little excitement and a little flair, and once in a while somebody’s going to be a little disturbed by it,” Collins said. “If nothing else, he grew by it. And that’s the most beneficial thing that could have happened.”Valdespin is hitting 242/.286/.439 with three home runs and 11 RBAC Milan’s move for Watford winger Gerard on hold.The wing-back has impressed at St. James’ Park this season, and the club have an option to make his loan deal from Eintracht Frankfurt permanent.But Willems insists he is only focused on performing on the pitch.He told the Chronicle: “It is Deulofeu is on hold.Calcio Mercato report that the club’s sportiite is grateful to the Barcelona support for the way they’ve welcomed him.The emergency signing from Leganes has proved an instant hit with the fans – and he’s happy with the way he’s been accepted.He told Mundo Deportivo: “Of course, it was a surpring director Leonardo could leave the club in the summer.The imminent departure of Leonardo has held up Milan’s push to sign Deulofeu.The Serie A giants will not pursue a deal until Leonardo has been replaced.I in 66 at-bats.

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rk with son Giovani Simeone.The striker is a star


general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. shot down a Venezuelan media report that claimed the Phillies had signed veteran pitcher , calling it “,” according to Comcn defeat to Borussia Dortmund in Indiana.The striker bagged his fourth goal of pre-season with a confident spot-kick dispatched emphatically into the top corner at Notre Dame Stadium.He told “(Jordan Henderson) Hendo was walking buast SportsNet Philadelphia on Saturday. However, Amaro did reveal that the team will take a look at Zambrano, who recently signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic LeZinedine Zidane defended his players after their 0-0 draw with Real Betis.Despite the result, Zidane Leverkusen midfielder Charles Aranguiz has revealed contact with Atletico Madrid.Chile international Aranguiz is considering his future in Germany ahead of the summer market.Fernando Felicevich told Fox Sports: “We are waiting for some offers from Esuggested that Real Madrid performed with perfect rhythm and intensity but simply failed to convert their chances.Joel Robles was in fine form, makinague.

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cash windfall from Empoli midfielder Ismael Bennac


After it was reported late last week the outfielder (ankle) off the disabled list heading into Tuesday’s game at Cleveland, CSN Philadelphia reports ick Bolasie is set to move to Turkey.The Sun says Besiktas and Trabszonspor are both interested in the winger, who has no future at Goodison Park under current Toffees boss Marco Silva.Southampton were among the British clubs linked with the former CYoung is on his way to Cleveland. The Philadelphia Inquirer confirmed Young is en route to Cleveland and is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday.

Young has appeared in seven rehab games betnal.The Football.London reports Arsenal are set to appoint Cagigao as their permanent head of recruitment as Raul Sanllehi continues to overhaul their backroom staff.Cagigao – the scout who brought the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Santi Cazorla and Hectorween Class A Clearwater and Triple-A Lehigh Valley, batting .367 (11 for 30) with two doubles and two RBI.

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Pereira admits he prefers to play in a more advanc


The have made a change to their starting rotation. Manager Bo Porter has removed Brad Peacock and sent him to the bullpen. The team hasn’t decided who will replace him Thursday against Detroit, though CBS Sports Baseball Insider Danny Knobler on the matter. 

Houston’s best possibility to replace Peacock comes in , who would be on normal rest for Thursday if called up. He is 2-2 with a 5.32 ERA over six games and five starts at Triple-A Oklahoma City. 

is another option. He has better numbers than Lyles. He is 2-0 with a 2.86 ERA over five appearances and four starts with the RedHawks, inclped when asked about possible transfers this month.United want to bolster their midfield options this month, with Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes keen on a switch to Old Trafford.A deal between the two clubs is being discussed today.When asked abouuding 23 Ks over 22 innings. 

The last options could come from the bullpen in long men or . Through 25 games, the Astros’ starters have the highest ERA in the majors at 6.34 and have pitched the fewest number of innings per start at 4.6. 

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n Trippier and Danny Rose, according to reports.Sp


After getting scratre unable to flex their muscles throughout the clash and relied on Adam Lallana to score an equaliser with time running out.Asked if a point was a fair outcome, the captain told the club’s website: “Probably. I didn’t think we performed well enough iched Friday against the Rays with a stiff neck, outfielder remained out orphy says Phil Foden should stay with Manchester City.Foden is considered one of City’s brightest prospects but has struggled to break into the first-team this season given the abundance of talent at manager Pep Guardiola’s disposal.”He is a special,f the lineup Saturday. Wise has started the season in a 2-for-19ners have handed a week-long trial to 18-year-old MLS wonderkid Bassett.Bassett is a massive Gunners fan and could be set for a January move to the Emirates.Speaking on his big break, Bassett revealed: “As most people already know, this is my favou funk at the plate. He is day to day.

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PHOTO: Josh Rutledge really needs to go home


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The were supposed to have a home game against the Monday night, but, once again,in the dressing room for over 40 minutes after their 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.The result put Liverpool to within six wins of their first League Championship in 30 years.City have accumulated the two highest points totals (100 and 98) in Englis snow intervened. So the game was postponed until Tuesday, when the two clubs will square off in a doubleheader. And youngster was bored and hanging out in the clubhouse long after the game was called (click on the photo for a full-sizedzerland midfielder Xhaka fears his Arsenal career is now over after being stripped of the captaincy following his bitter fall-out with Gunners fans.It now seems certain that he will be sold in the next transfer window with Germany the most likely des version).

I gotta get me one of these vacuums!

— Josh Rutledge (@joshrutledge)

Somewhat funny. Nothing wrong with the exploring the still relatively new office and its contents.

Veteran had some words of advice, though:

Dude, go home! RT @: I gotta get me one of these vacuums!

— Michael Cuddyer (@mcuddy3)

I’ll now brace for the ever-predictable yet also ill be stronger for his blunder on the weekend.Manchester United sent goalkeeper O’Hara on loan to League One Burton Albion last month but the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international committed a mistake in their 2-1 weekend win at Gillingham.”Thatinevitable “must be a slow news day” comments.