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n midfielder Idrissa Gueye is on the verge of comp


shortstop snapped out of his 3-for-33 funk with three RBI Friday night against the Reds.Kozma singled in a run in the fourth and doubled in two more in the sixth. He finished 2 for 4 with one run scored in a 9-2 victory. He is hittiak Steffen.The Manchester City goalkeeper was loaned to the Bundesliga side in order to gain first-team football with Ederson firmly ahead of him in the pecking order.He told DAZN: “I flew to the USA again for an international game. There I met witng .250/.305/.310 with one home run and 24 RBI in 59 games played.

More News 01/04/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/19/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 11/09/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 10/25/2018 was left upset with his players after their 2-2 draw with Europa League opponents Werder Bremen.Diego Perotti (penalty) and Edin Dzeko struck the goals for the Giallorosso as they reached the round of 32.“We achieved our objective, which is qualif • by RotoWire Staff 10/25/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 09/28/2018 Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay admits the club’s ‘black boots’ law is a real thing.Coming through the ranks at Manchester United , young players are forbidden from wearing coloured boots until they reach the reserves. “I didn’t like the black boots,” recalls McTominay to the Mirror. “But you had to do it. You had to respect the rules.“I probably couldn’t tell you one player who liked wearing black boots, but it was the rule and something accustomed to every academy player.“If someone tried to come out in red boots it’s like ‘you’re no different to any of us so get your black boots back on until you’ve earned the right to wear coloured boots’.“You always wear black boots, you always turn up to meetings on time, you always go to school, everybody does the same thing.“There are no big egos, there’s no young kids coming in wearing jewellery and looking a bit flash, that’s not the case at this club.“If a young player was doing that, I’d certainly be one to say something, the same with other boys in the first-team and the manager as well.” • by RotoWire Staff

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ss Rafa Benitez says there’ll be more contract tal


outfielder is off to a slow start in June. Through four games, Jones is batting .118 (2 for 17) with no extra-base hits or RBI.

Jones also has seven strikeouts, which included a season-high four strikeouts Sunday against the Tigers. 

Before his skid, Jones hit .311 (37 for 119) with a .546 slugging percentage, .890 OPS, seven doubles, seven home runs and 17 RBI in 28 May games.

More News 12/11/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/29/2019 • by RotoWire Staff oss Ralph Hasenhuttl admits defeat at Burnley wasn’t good enough.The manager was disappointed with the way his Southampton players reacted to conceding the opening goal in the 3-0 defeat at Burnley on the opening weekend of the Premier League season. 09/29/2019 Scott McTominay has been named as Manchester United’s player of the month for October.It is the second time in a row McTominay has won the award.The Scotland international is going from strength to strength this season, with his name now one of the first on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s teamsheet.Marcus Rashford finished second in voting, earning 39 per cent of the votes. • by RotoWire Staff prepared to stay with Napoli even if Kieran Trippier arrives.The Tottenham fullback is a target for Napoli and coach Carlo Ancelotti has admitted they’re keen.Bruno Satin says should Trippier arrive, though won’t panic.”If Trippier is coming? For th 09/25/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/24/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/23/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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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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The young midfielder is being tracked by Arsenal a


third baseman is Wednesday against Boston, the Dallas Morning News reports Tuesday. Beltre failed to talk his way into the lineup Tuesday. 

“I’m ready right now,” the third baseman said. Beltre said he knows how to manage playing on the hamstring. 

“It was a fight,” Washington said of having to deny Beltre’s request to play. “He’s ready to go, but we’re trying to give him one more day of rest.”

More News has linked up with Burnley on trial but no deal with the 19-year-old has been completed.The frontman has joined Steve Stone’s Under-23 side in Poland but has not signed for the club.Mumbongo, who was with Verona’s youth team in Italy last season, cou 11/20/2018 • by RotoWire Staff t in June, Giroud failed to find a move away last month, despite being made available by Chelsea.The veteran will now be allowed to run down his contract and leave on a Bosman transfer this summer.Le 10 Sport says the one formal offer he has in front 10/31/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 09/28/2018 • by RotoWire Staff their pursuit of Christian Eriksen.The Dane will be out of contract in the summer with reports stating he is set to move to the Serie A club.”I think Antonio. He has said publicly [about Eriksen],” Mourinho said.”I think we coaches should all behave 09/28/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 09/27/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 09/24/2018 • by RotoWire Staff

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Everton are ready to offer a new contract to defen


The have adjusted ‘s bullpen role, .com reports.

Jim Leyland originally wanted Smyly to be used in long relief so that he could easily be transitioned back into a starter, if needed. Now, the Tigers will put Smyly in more late-game situations due to his ability to get hitters out from both sides of the plate. 

More News 03/27/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 01/16/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 09/26/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/21/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/13/2019 • by RotoWire Staff hot stopper has emerged as one of the key playershe felt inside the English game.Mourinho spent some of his best years managing in the Premier League where he won three league titles as well as five domestic cups. “I lived , Borislav Mihaylov, has resigned, reports BBC Sport.Bulgaria Prime Minister Boyko Borissov called for him to quit on Tuesday after the racist abuse of England players in the Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia.Monday’s match, which England won 6-0, was stoin England most of those years (the 15 years since he left Portugal)” Mourin for Jurgen Klopp’s side.Alisson’s heroics in goal helped them become Champions League winners last season.And he admits the he could have joined the Reds many years ago if things had gone a little dif 09/08/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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ffers for Jordon Ibe.The Cherries are not happy wi


third baseman was forced to leave Thursday’s game against the Rangers after taking just two swings, as he appeared to grab his side during a first-inning at-bat. He wasAaron Wan-Bissar victory over Finland.The Azzurri won their Euro qualifier 2-1 through a Lazio striker Ciro Immobile goal and a Jorginho, of Chelsea, penalty.”There was a liext season.The former goalkeeper hung up the gloves after two seasons away with Arsenal.And last week, Cech was named Chelsea’s new technical and performance advisor.He told the club’s website: “I wanted to consider every possible option I had and I ttle bit of suffering, but we created it ourselves. We were dominating the game and gave awaka.Indeed, United believe they have recruited well over the last 12 months, says Four Four Two.The Red Devils forked out to land the trio from Swansea, Leicester and Crystal Palace during the summer transfer window.And all three have e replaced by Cliff Pennington, and the extent of the injury is not yet known. 

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Cardinals promote top pitching prospect Michael Wacha


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,Ravel Morrison has left Ostersunds in Sweden.The former Manchester United and West Ham midfielder signed for OFK in January on a short-term deal.However, it’s now emerged Morrison has walked out on the club.A club representative admitted to SVT Sport: “We have no contact with him anymore.”He packed up his things when it was summer vacation and no-one speaks about him coming back.” the have made it official and announced that highly touted pitching prospect will be the starter in Thursday’s game against the Royhel Seri has plenty of suitors this summer.The all action central midfielder could not prevent his team getting relegated this season.However,Sky Sports News indicates the 27-year-old could be on the move, despite only signing for Fulham last summer.als.

The Cardinals initially appeared reluctant to call upon Wacha just yet. But with injuries to , and — not to mention — the options to add to the big-league club had grown thin.

Wacha, a 21-year-old right-hander, was drafted in the first round (19th overall) out of Texas A&M last June. Since then, he has dominated the minors. In 21 innings last season, ranging from Rookie ball to Double-A, Wacha had a 0.86 ERA, 0.57 WHIP and 40 strikeouts in 21 innings. In nine starts for Triple-A Memphis this season, Wacha is 4-0 with a 2.05 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 34 strikeouts in 52 2/3 innings. Note that this comes in the notoriously hitd legend Gary Neville says Manchester City could rue not signing Harry Maguire.The England international signed for United instead, and City have now lost Aymeric Laporte to a long-term injury.The former Red Devils defender told Sky Sports: “I said ater-friendly Pacific Coast League, too.

Wacha was the 76th-ranked prospect in baseball by Baseball America this spring, but his outstanding performance in Triple-A means he’d have leapfrogged plenty of players since then ( ).

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confident his team will finish the season strongly


From April 22 to May 8, the ‘ hit .188 (9 for 48), filling those who predicted his imminent demise with glee. But since then, he’s batting .341 (14 for 41) with four home runs in 10 games.

In the biz, we call that “weathering the storm.” Or at least we should. Basically, when a guy overdue for a cold streak comes out of that cold streak with numbers nearly as impressive as when he went in, his breakthrough seems all the more credible.

I still think Davis’ batting average will graduallyt become their prime penalty taker.Gabriel Jesus followed recent examples from Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling in missing from 12 yards for City on Wednesday night as they recorded a narrow 1-0 win away to Sheffield United in the Premier League.And fall to about the .280 range over the next four-plus months, but he’ll have so many bursts of productivity during that time that you’ll hardly care. I recently moved him to 13th in , ahead of Freddie Freeman, making him more or less indispensable in all formats.

More News 03/18/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/21/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/20/2020 • by RotoWire Staff be at the Wanda Metropolitano tonight to see former clubs Liverpool and Atletico Madrid do battle.Atletico will host the Reds in the first-leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie on Tuesday evening.El Niño, who is loved by supporters from bot 09/23/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 08/19/2019 • by RotoWire Staff uper agent Mino Raiola insists Everton management are delighted with Moise Kean.Raiola placed the former Juventus striker at Everton this summer, with the youngster battling for form so far this season.But his agent insisted to Le Repubblica: “:I wou 08/09/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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ove to play under Manchester City boss Pep Guardio


For a while there, ‘s hot spring, when he hit six home runs in 43 at-bats, o has hit out at the management of his old club.Roma are now rebuilding with new coach Paulo Fonseca.Cassano stated: “I am fond of Roma, but the biggest problem is (President James) Pallotta, along with (director Guido) Fienga and (consultant Franclooked like smoke and mirrors, and it may well have been a case of him excelling in less-than-legitimate competition. But at least now, there’s room for debate again. He’s batting .389 (14 for 36) with six doubles and a homer during a nine-game hitting streak.

At age 25, he isn’t a lost cause offensively. He had an .830 OPS over his final 61 games last year and comes with a top-prospect pedigree, having been selected 10th overall by the in 2008. But just because he can hit doesn’t mean he’ll hit well enough or consistently enough to factor in Fantasy.

I have my doubts, which is , but in leagues where every team starts two catchers, I’d be tempted to add him just to see where this latest streak goes.

More News 03/21/2020 • by RotoWire Staff r of Neymar has defended the PSG star after his latest controversial interview.Speaking on Saturday, Neymar admitted Barca’s famous Champions League fight-back against PSG was one of the greatest moments in his career. His comments coming amid talk o 02/16/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 01/03/2020 • by RotoWire Staff o Paratici admits they’re delighted with the early impact of Matthijs de Ligt.De Ligt is beginning to impress since his summer arrival from Ajax.Paratici said, “We have always had an eye on this type of purchases. “I think of (Paul) Pogba, (Kingsley) 09/30/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/01/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 08/11/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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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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eicester City assistant coach Kolo Toure admits he


‘s grand slam highlighted a five-run 10th inning for the , who rallied against the Detroit bullpen for an 8-3 win Thursday. It was Gordon’s first career grand slam and second home run of the season.

Gordon finished 2 for 6 with three strikeouts. Bosing in on a comeback from a hamstring injury that limited him to three games this season.The Sun says United sources say he is set to return to full training next week, although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is likely to give him until after the internationath of his home runs have come in the last three games. Since his 12-game hitting streak ended April 16, Gordon is batting .259 (7 for 27) with three doubles, six runs and six RBI in his last six games.

More News 03/22/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 01/22/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 10/31/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/22/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/15/2019 • by RotoWire Ste the Wales international as part of their future and want him to gain Premier League experience with the Cherries.”It’s great to be here, great to finally get everything sorted and I can’t wait to meet all the staff and the lads,” Wilson told afcbTVaff Liverpool are willing to sell Dejan Lovren this summer for a cut-price fee.The Daily Express says Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has joined Arsenal and Lazio in a transfer battle for Lovren, with Jurgen Klopp demanding at least £18million for his out- 09/12/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to


starting pitcher turned in a decent performance as he picked up his first win of the season during Tuesday night’s doubleheader nightcap against the Twins.Nolasco (1-2), who made his fifth start of the season, nearly blew a four-run lead as he surrendered three in the third inning, including a run-scoring single to Joe Mauer. The right-handeole of star James Maddison.The Englishman got a chance at number 10 against Tottenham on Saturday.And he was the star of the show for Leicester, netting the winning goal in a 2-1 success over Spurs.”The change in personnel, that worked well for us,” r was charged with three runs — two earned — and six hits in five innings of work in an 8-5 victory. HeStates women thrashed New Zealand 5-0 in a friendly in St Louis in front of 35,761 spectators to extend their winning run to five games ahead of their World Cup title defence in France.Goals from Tobin Heath and Rose Lavelle gave the hosts a 2-0 lead struck out four and walked one on 99 pitches, 66 for strikes.Nolasco has a 3.81 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. He is scheduled to start Sunday at home against the Cubs. He allowed three runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innined star Alan Shearer has lifted the lid on how close he came to joining Manchester United.Shearer left Blackburn Rovers in 1996 for Newcastle – though not before speaking with Sir Alex Ferguson about moving to Old Trafford.He told Sky Sports: “That wgs in his lone appearance against the Cubs last season. Nolasco has allowed five runs in 12 innings of work at Marlins Park this season.

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Leeds is planning a swoop for Liverpool duo Harry


outfield prospect was named the top hitter in the South Atlantic Leagu Jermaine Pennant has urged Jude Bellingham to think c midfielder as new club captain.Emery announced the decision today.The manager explained: “First, he is mature and he has experience and we are all living all the time under pressure, under criticism as coaches, as players, as a club,” our head coaarefully about potentially moving to Manchester United.Bellingham’s impressive performances at such a young age have grabbed the attention of Premier League clubs, with United believed to be e snapped in apparent Manchester United gear ahead of his move from Crystal Palace being confirmed.United will announce the signing of the 21-year-old from Crystal Palace on Friday.Wan-Bissaka completed his medical on Thursday, and he is now set to beyeine (Class A) for his performance from April 15-21. Williams hit .419 (13 for 31) with four home runs and 10 RBI. 

Williams’ slash line through 18 games is .303/.618/.952. He has seven home runs, 15 runs and 17 RBI. The 2012 second-round pick is considered the Rangers’ 25th-best prospect by Baseball America.

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k of interest from former club Manchester United.S


The improved to 11-4 following Tuesday’s 4-3 win against the Astros. arry Cook has admitted bidding for Barcelona star Lionel Messi.Cook worked at City between 2008 and 2011 after the club were taken over by the Abu Dhabi United Group, and was in charge of overseeing transfers.And he admits to making ang Mario Mandzukic.The Red Devils were hoping to add the Croatian on a short term deal to help them in the goal scoring department.But it appears that Mandzukic would rather sign for Bayern Munich.Calciomercatobelieves if Bayern sis Everton were restricting in the transfer market because of the demands of other clubs.The Toffees tried to sign Wilfried Zaha but Crystal Palace rejected their £52m bid.”We have some names but the market is really difficult,” Silva said, when askegn a manager who li bid for Messi isince the 1990 squad began the year 12-3, per the Contra Costa Times.

Five of the team’s 11 wins have come against the Astros, who have yet to beat Oakland.

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president and CEO Larry Lucchino expressed optimism Monday about the status of starting pitcher , who left his start Saturday against the Blue Jays with a biceps injury.

“My information is incomplete, but my understanding of the MRI is that he had a mid-biceps strain, no structural damage,” Lucchino . “If you watched it you couldn’t help but feel really sad and sorry for John Lackey — who, by the way, is a very good guy. I know the public perception of him may be different than that, but he is a great teammate. His teammates really care about him. You saw evidence of that yesterday in the way they reacted to his injury. So, we’re going to have to wait and see. I think he’s certainly going to miss a start or two, I’m told. Let’s hope it’s not much more than that.”

The Red Sox haven’t named any potential replacements in the rotation for Lackey. However, Alfredo Aceves came out of the bullpen to toss 3 2/3 inn van Dijk deserves his individual success.The Liverpool defender ultimately lost out to Barcelona star Lionel Messi for FIFA’s The Best gong.De Ligt w agents.Duncan, cousin of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, has enlisted the services of German agency SportsTotal to manage the next phase of his career following his summer move to Fiorentina, says the Liverpool-prodigy-Bobby-Duncan-switches-agentstold TMW: “It is a great honour to be here. “I was fortunate to have played with both Van Dijk and Crings after Lackey left Saturday’s outings, and starters on the 40-man roster at Triple-A Pawtucket include Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster and Steven Wright.

More News 10/01/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 09/28/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 09/28/2017 • by RotoWire Staff rgil van Dijk says they’ll go to Qatar determined to win the Club World Cup.Liverpool haven’t won the Club World Cup in five previous attempts and it is something Van Dijk wants to put right this time around.”For almost everyone in our team [at Liver 09/23/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 09/15/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 09/09/2017 • by RotoWire Staff