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infielder will start Friday against the Rangers.

Izturis has seen most of the playing time at third with Brett Lawrie on the disabled list. He’ll hit seventh against Rangers starter Nick Tepesch. Izturis is hitting .216/.250/.307 in 153 at-bats this season. 

More News 03/04/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 01/29/2016 • by RotoWire Staff ing watched by United scouts leading up to the summer market.Sky Sports says United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is having senior scouts watch Collins, who is tied to Stoke to 2024.The highly-rated youngster has made 12 appearances for Stoke’s first- 11/03/2015 • by RotoWire Staff 06/18/2015 ghton defender Leon Balogun.The African side are involved in a friendly against Zimbabwe, which will be a good chance for Balogun to get 90 minutes under his belt.Balogun had a stop start season with the Seagulls, with his last game coming in the FA • by Micarrived in the summer from Manchester City, but insists Juve are determined to continue “crushing” their opponents.Discussing coach Maurizio Sarri, he said: “He wants to change Juventus, but it’s not simple and it takes time.“Sarri wants to propohael Hurcomb 05/30/2015 • by Marty Gitlin 05/24/2015 • by Shawn Krest

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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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starting pitcher (oblique) will leave for the team’s spring complex in Florida Tuesday because he wants to get . He hopes to begin riding a stationary bike and be running on a water treadmill next week, but he won’t be able to throw .

More News 02/28/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 01/30/2020 ebic was missing for Eintracht FrAston Villa manager Dean Smith has confirmed a deal is close to RacingGenk striker Ally Samatta.The Tanzania international striker is expected to join Villa this weekend for a fee of €10m.With 23 goals in 38 games, 27-year-old Samatta was the top scorer in Belgium last season. “It’s very close,” said Smith. “The paperwork is done. He is a good player and a good character.”ankfurt in this week’s 1-1 draw for the first-leg of their Europa League semifinal.And Giroud is not going as far as saying Chelsea are now favourites to progress from our tie and make the final.”We need to finish the • by RotoWire Staff 11/26/2019 • by RotoWire Staff Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists he’s happy where he is.Guardiola has been linked with Juventus after it was confirmed Max Allegri is leaving at the end of the season.But he said: “I’m not going to Juventus or to Italy. I have two more years here.”I’m not going to move, I’m satisfied here, I’m not going anywhere.”Next season I will be manager of Manchester City.” 11/21/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 08/06/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 06/28/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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ter United defender Marcos Rojo’s move to Everton.


catcher continues to search for different methods to break out of his season-long slump, according to .com. On Saturday, Montero tried positive self-talk and was telling everyone it was about to be “Miggy Time.”

Unfortunately, Montero had just a single in Saturday’s game against the Marlins and is batting .184 on the season.

“He’s been battling,” manager Kirk Gibson said. “We’re going to get him going, he’s going to get it going. You start to analyze things, you pretty much cover it A to Z and it gets tough. You have to go up there and not be over-thinking the situation. If you do, it makes it tough, you analyze things you don’t need to analyze.”

More News 12/08/2018 • by RotoWire Staff utch great Wim Kieft has warned Tottenham fans not to get carried away with new signing Steven Bergwijn.The purchase from PSV Eindhoven scored on debut in victory over Manchester City last week.But Kieft argued in De Telegraaf: “Bergwijn is just 22 04/13/2018 • by RotoWire Staff season. Over the past year, Jurgen Klopp has transformed Liverpool into what many believe to be the best team in the world.They’re miles ahead of every other team in the Premier League and possibly even in Europe. Liverpool pretty much already have 04/11/2018 • by RotoWire Staff en Pienaar feels Ademola Lookman is set for a big season ahead.Pienaar insists Lookman can have a big future at Goodison Park.“I am looking forward to Lookman getting more game time and developing as a player because he is a really exciting young p 04/10/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 04/10/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 04/08/2018 • by RotoWire Staff

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The have signed third baseman to , CLNS Radio reports. He went 0 for 2 with two walks in his first game with Triple-A Scrunk to training around the holidays.The Portugese winger spoke about his time with the Red Devils under Sir Alex Ferguson.And while he acknowledged that Ferguson was a tough manager, he said the boss hads with QPR.Sky Sports says the 25-year-old free agent has turned down a new contract at Stamford Bridge after eight years and as many different loan spells in that time.Rangers have been seeking a right-back following the departure of Darnell Furlong his moments of letting things slide.Speaking tanton/Wilkes-Barre.

The White Sox released Bell on May 7 after he hit .273/.310/.345 in 58 plate appearances with Triple-A Charlotte. He owns a .195/.223/.265 line in 282 major-league plate appearances iMilan are in talks with Nice wing-back Allan Saint-Maximin.The strong-running wing-back has been watched personally by Milan directors Paolo Maldini and Leonardo.Talks are now underway with Nice demanding €30m to sell the 21 year-old.”I certainly fn his career.

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Just because: The Hanshin Tigers vs. Colonel Sanders


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First, the decidedly “apropos of ies.Newcastle have immediately sent out feelers for potential managerial candidates after announcing Rafa Benitez is leaving the club.TMW says Gattuso is on their shortlist, though is yet to hear from Toon reps.While in charge of Milan, Gattuso was lnothing” backstory … Back in 1985 the Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Central League won their loop’s equivalent of our World Series (the Japan Championship Series). According to timeless lore, fans of the newly minted champions celebrated by gathering on the Ebisubashi Bridge in Osaka and calling out each player’s name. In keeping with obvious common sense, when each player’s name was called, a fan who at least vaguely resembled that player jumped into the Dotonbori River. 

Anyhow, cosmic affliction was set in motion when the name of American-born first baseman Randy Bass was intoned. You see, no one in attendance quite looked like Mr. Bass. Lucky-happily, there was a nearby Kentucky Fried Chicken dining establishment, and said establishment had on its premises a statue of Colonel Sanders, America’s favorite member of the landed gentry.

These being ebullient Tigers rooters and these also being streets of fire, the mob set upon the statue of Colonel Sanders because of its unassailble resemblance to Mr. Bass. As you’ll soon see, both were bearded men of Western extraction …

Mr. Bass’s half of the photo is more critical of his performance than himself.The United legend is now tasked with leading his beloved club in his first full season as manager.Solskjaer knows there will be a lot of expectation and pressure from fans and pundits.But he believes is helpfuly captioned so as to prevent any (quite understandable) confusion.

Anyhow, these wilding Tigers fans on those aforementioned streets of fire, plucked the good Colonel from his moorings and tossed him into the river, whereupon he sank to the murky depths. Meanwhile, the vengeful spectral presence of the actual Colonel Sanders looked on with mounting contempt. As the story goes, he declared from beyond the grave that thentus midfielder Claudio Marchisio told Paul Pogba he was wrong to quit Turin for Manchester United.Pogba opted to make the move back to Old Trafford after four successful seasons with Italian giants Juve, rejoining United in a club-record £89million Hanshin Tigers would never again win the Series until their fans made redress for befouling his graven image.

For the next quarter century or so, the Tigers failed to win another championship and often finished in last or next-to-last place in the standings. And then finally, in 2009, after several failed attempts at Colonel retrieval, …

Rescue! No more shall the Colonel rest in the briny deepness like a forgotten Spanish galleon! Possible absolution!

As it turns out, though, the Tigers still haven’t won the series since the Colonel was fished out of the Dotonbori. Some might wield this fact as evidence there was never any curse. Right-thinking types, however, will point to it as evidence the Colonel continues to smolder from his heavenly rocking chair and has not yet decided to show mercy.

As for the statue, grainy YouTube footage, which is nothing if not admissible and incontrovertible evidence, suggests . 

Worth noting is that , which in that sense makes it no different from or .

So what have we learned today? This …

(Wink of CBS eye: , for reminding us of this gripping tale)

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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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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. 

More News 07/24/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 07/20/2017 • by RotoWire Staff to action after 18 months out injured.The Dutch international had spent two-and-a-half years on loan at PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie. His last appearance, however, came in a 0-0 draw with Groningen on May 6 2018, as he skippered PSV to the title. 07/19/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 07/18/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 07/14/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 07/08/2017 • by RotoWire Staff

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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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third baseman hit 20 home runs in 567 plate appearances in 2012. This season, he has yet to hit his first after 79 plate appearances.

Hitting .208/.278/.250, Freese has really struggled at home where he’s season.Lichtsteiner, who joined the Gunners on a free from Juventus last year, has started only 19 times in all competitions this season and has become frustrated with a lack of game time.”I see it being quite difficult to stay but we are going to s4 for 25. The Cardinals kick off a 10-game homestand Friday against the Rockies.

More News 10/12/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 10/03/2019 ex Oxlade-Chamberlain is backing former teammate Philippe Coutinho for success with Bayern Munich.Barcelona midfielder Coutinho joined Bayern Munich on a season-long loan on Monday, with the German club having the option to sign him permanently there • by RotoWire Staff 10/03/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/04/2019 coach Peter Krawietz on victory at Chelsea.Trent Alexander-Arnold thumped home the opener after a well-worked free-kick that involved Mohamed Salah rolling the ball into the path of the young defender.The Reds extended their advantage when Alexander • by RotoWire Staff 09/02/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/01/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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starter entered Wednesday’s outing at Tampa Bay.Wilson this week left his director of football operations role at Saints to join Rangers.Saints boss Hasenhuttl said: “It was surprising for sure.”What I can say is that I had a very good relationship with him and I liked to work with him. He is a f coming off leaving a start against the Mariners early due to a forearm issue. He had an even shorter evening against the Rays, though it wasn’t due to injury. Romero, making justing CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes has told friends he’s desperate to join Manchester United.Record says personal terms have already been agreed with the 25-year-old, who is equally desperate to complete his move to the Premier League, having seen a s his second start since being recalled from the minors, only managed to retire one batter in his performance Wednesday. Given a 2-0 lead when Edwin Encarnacion homered in the top of the firn at deadlock.The Chelsea-news-Tammy-Abraham-contract-talks-stall-key-decision” target=”_blank”>Daily Express says Chelsea are keen to tie Abraham down on a new long-term deal after the striker successfully made the jump up the first team this seasonst, Romero gave up three earned runs on four hits and two walks and was removed after recording just one out. Things could have been worse, but reliever Edgar Gonzalez managed to work out of the bases-loaded jam he inherited. Romero needed 29 pitches to retire one batter and he was far too hittable as 16 went for strikes. After two outings, Romero is 0-2 and has thrown 4 1/3 innings, giving up six runs for an ERA of 12.46. If Toronto chooses to give him another start, it would come Tuesday against San Francisco.

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Phillies place Roy Halladay on disabled list


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starting pitcher has been placed on the disabled list, the club announced Monday afternoon.

Halladay has been dealing with shoulder soreness and reports Armando Broja spoke about making his debut for the club.He is now the eighth player from the club’s academy to play their first game in the senior team for Fying together for Real Madrid.The two wingers, both 18 years of age, are seen as the future of Brazilian football and have both completed big money moves to Los Blancos in the past year.”[Vinicius and Rodrygo] are two young players who have lots of prank Lampard this season.It shows the club’s new found commitment to youth, and Broja is theindicate . General manager Ruben Amaro has, however, told reporters Halladay’s issues are not related to the shoulder injury that took its toll on him last season.

Halladay turns 36 next week andan Dijk hailed the performance of Roberto Firmino for victory over Newcastle United.Named as a substitute, Firmino was called on 10 minutes before the break when Divock Origi was forced off with an injury.With the score 1-1, the No.9 almost immediate went 11-8 with a 4.49 ERA last season after finishing in the top five of Cy Young voting for six consecutive seasons. In seven starts this season, Halladay is 2-4 with an 8.65 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 34 1/3 innings.

Halladay joins John Lannan on the DL, so the Phillies are looking for another rotation replacement to slot behind , , and — who replaced Lannan.

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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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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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reliever threw 26 pitches in a bullpen session on Saturday and told .com that his left groin strain was . “It wasn’t anywhere close to what I felt in Detroit [throwing on Tuesday],” Coke said.The left-hander could begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo later in the week, depending on how he feels Sunday.

More News 02/13/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 12/14/2016 • by RotoWire Staff n regular contact with Gabriel Martinelli.Martinelli has been one of the bright spots for the Gunners this season following his arrival from Ituano over the summer.”I have been in contact with him over text and you can see he is so hungry to do well, wen net 22 times and included in the team of the season.Indeed, at just 22, he has already been linked with a £7 million move to Arsenal.The forward had failed trials at Cardiff and Aston Villa before moving to Hereford as a teenager. He was subsequ 10/05/2016 als admits no serious offers from LaLiga were fielded last summer.The Spain international joined the Irons from Villarreal last year.He told Marca: “Last season was not entirely good in LaLiga either personally or collectively. “West Ham was behind m • by RotoWire Staff 09/23/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/22/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/22/2016 • by RotoWire Staff