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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

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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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starting pitcher turned in a stellar performance as he picked up his fifth win of the season Saturday night against the Angels. Norris (5-4) allowed just four hits and three walks while striking out six in six shutout innings in a 2-0 victory. Norris has allowed just two runs combined in his last three starts (19 innings). The right-hander is scheduled to make his next start Thursday at home against the Orioles. He is 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA in seven starts at home.

More News 01/21/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 04/11/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 04/09/2019 he Mirror says the Fre is seeking transfer assurances before penning a new deal with Crystal Palace.The Daily Express says Hodgson’s current deal runs out at the end of this season, and Palace want him to stay on after a successful two and a half years in charge, but the nch Champions see the £14million deal set to be struck between Spurs and Inter for the Denmark international as a bargain.Eriksen, 27, has rejected several contract offers from his club because he wants to experience another cu • by RotoWire Staff 04/09/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 04/03/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 04/01/2019 oping the inclusion of Pablo Dybala will persuade Manchester United to sell Paul Pogba.The Serie A giants were spurred on to offer Argentina international Dybala after Real Madrid included Gareth Bale in their bid for Pogba, according to Marca.A retu • by RotoWire Staff

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Angel Gomes says Manchester United’s players are d

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infielder had two hits Wednesday against the Angels for his foReleased Newcastle United defender Stefan O’Connor isn’t short of offers.The Evening Chronicle says the 22-year-old defender was released by Newcastle this week but is reported to already have interest from the EFL.Walsall, Blackpool, Coventry and Fleetwood are said to be battling to sign the free agent.O’Connor joined the Magpies from Arsenal in 2017.urth multi-hit game since April 30. Johnson is batting been revealed.Real have already had one offer for the World Cup winner turned down by United, withs were in crisis talks yesterday.The Telegraph says the squad were ordered to attend a meeting on Saturday for crisis talks.Panicked Etihad chiefs sent out WhatsApp and text messages within an hour of finding out about the two years Champions League coach Zinedine Zidane eager to see a deal done.However, TMW says PSG and former club Juventus are also prepared to bid for Pogba this summer.All three.423 (11 for 26) in his last 10 games (eight starts), raising his average from .118 to .302.

But Johnson has just a double, home run and an RBI in that 10-game stretch.

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anuary – if allowed.Chelsea’s appeal against a two

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shortstop turned in his second straight three-hit performance on Monday night against the Twins. He singled in his first at-bat before doubling in the sixth inning.

The 31-year-old added another base hit in the eighth, raising his average to .277. Ramirez finished 3 for 4 in a 10-3 loss.

More News 10/03/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/22/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/15/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/14/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/08/2016 • by RotoWire Staff oze Perez will need some time to adapt to the club.The £30 million summer signing was out of the team for their 3-1 win against Bournemouth at the weekend.He has struggled since the start ofest Ham boss David Moyes admits he’s a fan of Nottingham Forest midfielder Matty Cash.Reports are suggesting the Hammers had made a £12m bid.But Moyes said as far as he was aware they had only made enquiries and no bids had been tabled.“Can you co the season. But Rodgers is confident the former Newcastle 09/04/2016 n is attracting interest from rival Premier League clubs following an impressive start to his loan at Cardiff City.The 20-year-old made his league debut up against Nottingham Forest and, though Cardiff lost 1-0, acquitted himself well against the thr • by RotoWire Staff

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Now middle infielders offer offense — and strikeouts

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Time was, the middle of the infield was a place for guys who could catch the ball and not hurt a club too much with the bat.

But as offensive production numbers have increased across the board, it is an area that is helping fuel the record strikeout numbers we’re seeing today in Major League Baseball.

Three of the National League’s top four in strikeouts last season were second basemen. The ’ led the league at 189, the ’ was third at 169 and the ’ was fourth at 168.

Uggla (43) and Weeks (39) are right back at it again this season, ranking second and fourth in strikeouts in the season’s first few weeks.

“I remember Billy Ripken when I was in Baltimore, we didn’t care what he hit as long as he was doing the little things offensively to help us,” said Brewers general manager Doug Melvin, who was an executive with the Orioles for nine seasons bCity manager Daniel Farke admits that his side are going down unless they improve quickly.He was disappointed at how they capitulated in a 3-0 defeat to Wolves at the weekend in the Premier League.The Canaries are bottom of the table and seven pointseginning in 1986. “Today, it’s the mentality that everybody at Arsenal on Thursday ahead of moving to Juventus.After eleven years at the club, Aaron Ramsey had his final day at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground on Thursday.Ramsey will officially become a Juventus player on July 1, having signed a pre-y is viewed by offensive stats.

“Does anybody grade how many times a guy battles? Does anybody grade how many times he moves the runners?”

Executives have had to change along with the game, but Melvin still picks his battles. Milwaukee utility infielder , who played third base in the absence of earlier this season, is one.

“Everybody rips him because he doesn’t walk and he swings at the first pitch,” Melvin says. “The league average when you put the first pitch in play is .320. Maybe the first pitch is the best pitch to hit.”

Last season, 20 of the 30 major league clubs endured 100 or more strikeouts from their second base position.

And 23 ofa is being scouted regularly by Manchester United.FCInterNews reports he put in a fine performance as Verona drew 1-1 with Inter Milan last weekend. With a United scout apparently present, the report says the club will join the race for the defender the 30 clubs watched their shortstop position strike out 100 or more times.

“In our era, when I first came up, the scout who signed me said if I hit .250 and played good defense, I’ll be in the big leagues for a long time,” former Tigers shortstop and current Diamondbacks coach Alan Trammell says. “That was 1976.

“I was at the early wave of the start of a little bit more offense. Obviously it’s been taken, by middle infielders, to a different level.”

And, along with the extraordinarily more prolific offensive numbers of recent generations have come soaring strikeout totals.

Be careful what you wish for.

Or, you take what you get.

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outfielder launched his fourth home run of the season during Tuesday’s contest against the Orioles.Gordon took Brian Matusz deep for a two-run home run to tie the game in the seventh inning. He added a single and finished 2 for 4 with a run scored and two RBI in a Tottenham as historic.Bayern thrashed their Champions League opponents 7-2 in London last night.Rummenigge declared: “Our team has written some history. I would like to congratulate the coaching team with Niko (Kovac) on top and also the entire team 4-3 defeat.Gordon has gone 3 for 15 with two runs scored and four RBI in his last three games played. He has a .313 /.338/.484 line with four homers and 22 RBI in 128 at-bats.

More News 03/22/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 01/22/2020 • by RotoWire SFormer Manchester United winger Willie Morgan has dismissed the impact of Harry Maguire’s arrival.Morgan says he is not an improvement on the previous defenders at the club.“We’ve got the worst defence in the league,” he told Love Sport radio.“The new defenders have made no difference.“They needed a clear out when Ole came. That was the whole reason for bringing him in.“But all he’s done is compound it.“His buys have not been good. The Everton striker Moise Kean has hit out at his doubters.After a tough start on Merseyide, Kean’s father has stated in recent weeks that he shouldn’t have left Italy and that he ought to return.But yesterday, Kean took to Instagram and posted the following on his Stories:”Don’t talk about my life when yours is not an example. I don’t fear difficult moments. The best comes from there. “Thank you.”centre half is no different to the ones we already have. Maguire has done nothing.”taff 10/31/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/22/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/15/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/12/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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blames his barber for his new shaven look.A big to

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starter , who left Friday’s start against the Angels, could have his next scheduled start in jeopardy, according to .com.Gonzalez left his start early with a blister on his right thumb. He ripped his blister in his last inning of work, according to managembargo until their dispute with the English Football League is resolved.The club issued a claim against the EFL after being charged over the sale of Hillsborough to owner Dejphon Chansiri.The £60m sale helped them post a pre-tax profit of £2.5m iner Buck Showalter. Because the Orioles have Monday off, the team could push Gonzalez back in the rotation if his thumb does not heal in time. He is scheduled to start Thursday at home against Kansas City.Gonzalez, who picked up his second loss of nuary or February.Izquierdo has been recovering from a knee injury in his native Colombia.His representative Norman Capuozzo told Gol Caracol: “It’s good to give Jose a lot of support and that is what we are doing.”He is in a recovery phase. We hope the season Friday, has allowed 10 runs in his last 17 1/3 innings of work. He has a 4.58 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP through six starts.

More News 07/12/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 06/30/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 06/29/2018 • bn his decision to sign with Chelsea.Ziyech will move to London at the end of the season for a fee rising to €44m.The 26-year-old, who has agreed a five-year contract with the Blues, was speaking to Ajax TV.”Happy, proud, I am excited and I cannot wy RotoWire Staff 06/25/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 06/24/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 06/23/2018 • by RotoWire Staff

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If you thought last season’s resurgence was an outlier for catcher , the 36-year-old is trying to prove you wrong. Through 23 games, he is only slightly behind the pace from last year, with a .766 on-base plus slugging percentage. That ranks as his second-best mark since 2006.

Pierzynski is still hitting the ball with authority, as Al Melchior notes in his . Pierzynski is slugging the ball over the fence on 21 percent of his flyballs, a slight improvement from last year’s mark of 17 percent. He might not reach last season’s 27-homer total, but he has four through the first month, a solid pace from the catcher position.

Pierzynski has also lowered his strikeout rate to 12.5 from 15 percent, a move that has helped him sustain a .280 batting average. Pierzynski has been dealing with an oblique injury over the last few days, but appears to have overcome it at the start of play this weekend. He remains a solid starting Fantasy option late in his career. 

More News 03/28/2017 • by RotoWire Staff p-four finish for the fourth season in a row.The Gunners picked up a dramatic 3-2 victory over Aelona SC, the teenage striker appeared all set to move to Real midsummer, where he was expected to join Raul’s Castilla squad.However, interest from Napoli and AC Milan saw Barcelona raise his price from €5m to €7m and also saw the player rethinkston Villa on the weekend but Unai Emery’s side was once more uninspiring.But Keane told Sky Sports: “A couple of weeks ago I’d have said I wasn’t sure ab 09/17/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/11/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/01/2016 • by RotoWire Staff d midfielder Takusa Fuso is facing a club v country row this summer.Currently on-loan with Real Mallorca, the teenage Japan international is expected to do preseason with parent club Real Madrid.However, Kubo is eager to be part of Japan’s campaign f 08/17/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 08/14/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

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ld be out for the rest of the season.The left back

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nt the audio of the VAR decisions from this week’s El Clasico.Real feel they were tuitor for Bruno Fernandes from Sporting CP.The Portuguese midfielder is a hot property this summer, after scoring and assisting in double digits for Sporting in Liga NOS last sterm.The Daily Mail says Manchester United are seriously looking at Fernanwice robbed of penalties in the 0-0 draw at Barcelona.Now Madrid have put in a request to the Spanish Football Federation for further information on the decisions. Acc third baseman finally recieved the results of the MRI he underwent on his ailing back Monday, .com reports. The MRI came back negative. 

Youkilis will get an e midfielder Ruslan Malinovskyi.Malinovskyi has signed a five-year contract and joins Atalanta for €13.7m.The 26-year-old scored 13 goals and provided 12 assists to help Genk win the Belgian title last season.Ruslan #Malinovskyi è un giocatore dellpidural on Tuesday and the Yankees are discussing whether or not he’ll need a disabled-list stint. 

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center fielder went 2 for 5 in his season debut Wednesday against the Mariners, collecting two doubles (both off starter Joe Saunders) out of the leadoff spot in the batting order. He also scored one run and struck out twice.

More News 29D ago • by RotoWire Staff 03/11/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 01/10/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 10/02/2019 • by RotoWire Staff Former Chelsea boss Glenn Hoddle admits he’s enjoying watching Frank Lampard’s team this season.Hoddle says there is plenty to look forward to for the Stamford Bridge faithful.“They’re a very exciting team to watch,” Hoddle told Premier League Productions.“I think you’re right, I don’t know whether those youngsters would have had a chance without thhat manager Rafa Benitez would leave the club once his contract expires on June 30.The news has caused a furious response from the Magpies faithful, with protests to oust owner Mike Ashley already underway.The Daily Star says former PSG boss Blanc wae [transfer] embargo, but they’ve been given a chance.“The one key thing is, when you put youngsters in they’ve got to be good enough, and these guys are good enough.“There’s five of them there that I think in two years time they’re going to be ready to win the league.“I reallyer Peter Bosz accepts they’re on borrowed time regarding young midfielder Kai Havertz.Last season was the finest of Havertz’s career thus far, scoring 17 goals in 34 appearances from midfield, as well as notching four assists for his teammates.As a r do feel that there’s a foundation, building blocks there to really go on and become something special.”He added: “What it’s also done with Chelsea in my opinion, your Willians, your [Cesar] Azpilicuetas, your experienced players, Jorginho and [Mateo] Kovacic – Kovacic is playing better than I’ve ever seen him, I wasn’t sure about him last year.“But they’ve all upped their game because they’re looking over their shoulder saying ‘hang on, these young whippersnappers are going to take our place’ and it’s lifted the team’s performance immensely.“They really are an exciting team to watch.” 09/29/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/23/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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their star players if they becomes targets of Bar

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catcher , who left Monday’sre with Spain.On loan from Real Madrid, Ceballos has been a key player under Unai Emery since his arrival, and his injury will be a serious concern for his boss who has already lost striker Alexandre Lacazette to an ankle problem.Ceballos’s solth Manchester United next season.The Mirror says Lukaku will not force his way out of United out of respect for the club and its fans.Inter Milan want to sign the Belgian marksman, 26, with United open to his departure if the Italmedia conference.Nuno says he will not “abandon” any of his players prior to their weekend Premier League clash with Crystal Palace, after Wolves suffered a third defeat in a row in all competitions for the first time since November 2018.The Midlandsian club meet their id for game with a left leg injury, will be available Wednesday against the Indians. Gimenez is hitting .111 with three RBI in nine at-bats.

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ho at Tottenham Hotspur grabbed the headlines from

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outfielder (ankle) finished 1 for 4 with a single and a sacrifice fly during the first outing of his rehab assignment with Class A Clearwater Sunday. Young, who is recovering from ankle surgery, played right field and misplayed two balls, committing one error.

“Obviously we want his bat, but if he can’t play defense he can’t play in the National League,” general managet with the J-League side over the young forward’s signature.The 21-year-old currently doesn’t have the requirements for a work permit meaning a loan to another European side is likely if the move gets confirmed. CoolJapanSoccer reports Gamba Osaka anr Ruben Amaro Jr. told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “He’s going to have to be adequate out there. Until today, he hadn’t scde Stuttgart.Mola joined our Academy following a successful trial period as an Under-14 after being scouted playing grassroots football in north London.The versatile midfielder, 18, has made a total of 22 appearances for the Academy teams this seasonrewed up any balls, but today he did.”

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Young will before he is activated from the disabled list, barring any setbacks.

More News 02/08/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 06/10/2015 • by Jason Lempert 05/31/2015 lready close to securing the signature of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting CP, according to Sky Sports.The English outlet also reports that City will attempt to sign the 19-year-old attacker Felix this summer.He has managed 18 goals in 41 games in all c • by R.J. White 05/28/2015 • by Jason Lempert 05/27/2015 • by Jason Lempert 05/24/2015 • by Shawn Krest

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Count me among the many Fantasy owners trying to figure out if infielder is the real deal or not? 

I understand why Betancourt is high up on the . He has a boatlaod of Fantasy eligiblibe positions, so the roster flexibility makes him an intriguing add. But Fantasy owners are still faced with the question whether or not to roster the veteran infielder?

Betancourt claims to be a more patient hitter after reworking his plate approach in the offseason, but nothing really in his numbers indicate this is nothing more than a nice hot streak. One of the numbers that concerns me the most is Betancourt’s 14.3 percent . It’s way above his 5.1 percent career average, per FanGraphs.com.

If it doesn’t cost you much to add Betancourt and keep him active while he’s on a roll, then I endorse the move. But if you have to give up a slumping hitter or pitcher with more upside, then I vote against adding Betancourt.

More News 01/28/2014 Florian Thauvin.Sky Sports says the former Newcastle United winger could be set for a stunning Premier League return this summer.Thauvin is now said to be in Emery’s sights, with Marseille reportedly ready to sell some of their biggest names to compl • by R.J. White ky Sports says Schalke are leading the race to sign Everton’s Kenny on a season-long loan.Premier League pair Brighton and Crystal Palace are also interested in the 22-year-old, who has fallen down the pecking order at Goodison Park following thhat goalkeeper Alisson Becker’s contract is extended by another year.Becker signed from Roma in the summer of 2018 and has been a revelation since then.He is one of the key reasons the Reds won the Championship and sit on the brink of the Premier Leae ret 11/21/2013 • by R.J. White 11/18/2013 • by Al Melchior 11/06/2013 • by Scott White 08/10/2013 • by Jeff Lippman 08/01/2013 • by Michael Hurcomb

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In case you missed manager Jim Leyland’s of Joaquin Benoit as his closer Thursday, he ended it this way:

ted youngster Dylan Levitt has been praised for his positive impression among the Wales senior squad this week.The 18-year-old did not make in appearance in either of Wales’ Euro 2020 qualifiers after b decide a 10-goal thriller at Anfield in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.Caoimhin Kelleher, 20, saved Dani Ceballos’ penalty in the bottom right corner to seal a 5-4 shootout win.Divock Origi’s 94th-minute scissor kick sent the game to penalties eing called up by Ryan Giggs.However, teammate N

“But it’s not going to be doable every day,” he told .com “You’re liable to see anybody at any time … until something else happens, if it does happen.”

Something else like … coming up from the minor leagues? Seems likely. Leyland praised the Tigers decision to sign the 35-year-old a week ago, calling it a no-brainer. Of course, Valverde first has to prove he can get batters out consistently, and the way last year ended for him, that’s easier said than done. Still, thelskjaer and the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson. Solskjaer played under Ferguson from 1996-2007 at Old Trafford and has often spoke of the influence his former boss has had on his own managerial career.”Since he came in it was like the boss had walked ba more Leyland lobbies for him, the more likely it seems.

If I could pick up any Tigers reliever right now, I’d pick up Benoit, but Valverde would be my second choice.