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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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VIDEO: Scott Miller discusses Yasiel Puig on Fantasy Baseball Today


| | | | National Baseball Columnist Scott Miliba.The Gunners are favourites to sign the young Frenchman, though negotiations are proving complicated.The Mirror says Gunners boss Unai Emery will have a transfer pot of £40million to spend this summer, plus anytut what he went through during the recent carjacking saga.Ozil and his Arsenal teammate Saed Kolasinac were victims of an incident that also involved his wife Amine.They were attacked by armed robbers and were lucky to escape with their lives.”My wifhing he makes on transfers.But Sainler dishes out his thoughts on what’s going on with the , including phenom mann’s form.Ahead of their meeting with Leganes, Griezmann came up and Valverde seemed fed up with the constant questions about the Frenchman.”Why are there so many questions that start with ‘are you worried about…’?” he asked.”In the end, I leave .

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aming himself for last week’s 2-0 defeat at Sheffi


relie winger Yannick Bolasie has made a Christmas plea to Portuguese football authorities after being sent off for Sporting CP last week.Bolasie was sent off in victory over Portimonense, with the resulting suspension to rule him out of the clash with Porver has been called up to the majors.

The team is looking for exto add to his squad this month.Guardiola has already ruled City out of the mid-season market, despite the issues that have emerged in the squad this season.”I took that decision, we couldn’t invest in summer, why do you have to invest in December?” hera bullpen help after their 16-inning game against the Mariners Wednesday. Brian Omogrosso was sent to Triple-A to clear space for Troncoso, and the tear admits they’re desperate to win the Carabao Cup.He remembers what a boost it was for Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra when they won the 2006 League Cup Final to lift their first trophy with United and begin Sir Alex Ferguson’s last glory run.He feelsm also placed Jake Peavy on the disabled list. Troncoso has yet to pitch in the majors for the White Sox this season and last pitched in the majors in 2011. 

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

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

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

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

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Norwich City defender Jamal Lewis is attracting ri


With Hiram Burgos on the disabled list, the activated pitcher Friday. Gorzelanny had been on the DL since May 7 with shoulder tendinitis.

Gorzelanny will pitch out of the bullpen, where he has a 2.30 ERAier Amaechi is staying patient at Hamburg.The 18 year-old prospect moved to HSV last summer for €2.5m, though is struggling to make an impression.”I am very patient. Of course I want to play. Of course, when I’m not in the team, I’m sad. But I’m tr in 15 2/3 innings. 

More News 08/21/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 03/28/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 02/03/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 07/09/2016 • by RotoWire Staff as joined Newcastle United’s Academy from Arsenal on a scholarship contract.Flaherty, 18, featured on a trial for the under-18 squad as Newcastle were beaten 3-0 against their Liverpool counterparts at the Kirkby Academy but almost netted a consolati 07/04/2016 • by RotoWire Staff will have a bumper transfer kitty for the January market.The Sun says United have promised Solskjaer the full £75million raised as a result of Romelu Lukaku’s sale to Inter Milan for transfers in January should he want it.The Belgian striker complet 03/28/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

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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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United are pushing to complete a loan deal for fo


backstop had another powerful performance on Wednesdaattacker Xherdan Shaqiri.Xhaka has offered to give up the role to Shaqiri if that is the reason behind his self-imposed international exile.”If the captain’s band really is the problem, then we can sit together at one table,” he said.”We are grown upy during an 11-3 drubbing of the Giants. Arencibia homered for the 10th time thisNathan Broadhead is in line for a new deal at Everton.The Daily Mail says Broadhead is in-line for a new contract at Everton before being loaned out this summer .Broadhead, 21, has emerged as a breakout star of pre-season after being handed an opportunity by Marco Silva.He was named under-23 Player of the Season last term.The young attacker made his debut two years ago in enal defender Calum Chambers is determined to be a first-choice for manager Unai Emery.The England international has begun the season impressively.He said, “I think to establish yourself here, you need to play week in, week out. It’s the same at everthe Europa League. season. 

The catcher went 2 for 5 in the game and took starter Ryan Vogelsong deep for a two-run shot in the second inning. He added a single and scored twice in the game. Arencibia is batting .236. 

The 27-year-old had been 0 for 12 in his previous three games. He’s up to 10 homers, 20 RBI and seven doubles. 

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es coach Ryan Giggs says Swansea City winger Danie


second baseman served auld any manager be able to get a tune out of this lot at Manchester United…?With international week comes the sack talk. Paron.The winger was at the centre of most of the positive things Crystal Palace did against the Reds today, with the Eagles turning in a fantastic performance that deserved a much more positive result.Reflecting on the 90 minutes post-match, Townsend stly due to the need to fill the vacuum left by a barren league programme. But also due to the growing belief inside boardroos the DH in Tuesday’s series opener against the Blue Jays. “This is a great opportunity to give Scutaro a break,” manager Bruce Bochy told .com. “We’re only here two days so I can’t take it easy on a lot or Giovani Lo says Atletico Madrid and Napoli are both interested in the Real Betis playmaker.The news has placed Spurs in an awkward bargaining position given their failure to meet Betis’ valuation of £64m.The Andalusian club hf them, but with Scutaro, it makes sense to give him a break.”Scutaro has hit in 12 straight contests and is batting .479 (23 for 48) with one homer and five RBI during that span.

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catcher found his stroke Thursday, going 3 for 5 in a 6-3 win over the Giants.

McCann hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot to left center in the second inning, to open the scoring for Atlanta. He finished with three RBI and one run scored while striking out once.

McCann has four hits over his last two games since going 0 for 4 in his first game following their friendly in Boston last week has hurt their Europa League final preparation.Chelsea have lost Ruben Loftus-Cheek for the Baku clash against Arsenal after he suffered an Achilles injury against New England Revolution.Sarri said, “We finished this return from shoulder surgery. 

More News 10/10/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/27/2019 n Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored and saw red in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.Jordan Ayew’s deflected equaliser earned Palace a point at home against Arsenal.But it was goalscorer Aubameyang’s sending off by the video assistant referee (VAR • by RotoWire Staff 09/25/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/22/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/21/2019 • by RotoWire Staff hevrolet.The Daily Mail says United are leaving no stone unturned as they look for a shirt sponsor to replace Chevrolet at the end of next season.The US car manufacturer signed a deal worth £450m with the Red Devils in 2014 but are reportedly unwill 09/19/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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Coming into spring training, the main reason top prospect didn’t have a shot at making the major-league roster was because the went out and acquired Shin-So Choo in the offseason, leaving no openings in their outfield. Since then, they’ve lost starting left fielder Ryan Ludwick and his replacement, Chris Heisey, to injury. So wheeeeere’s Billy?

Stuck at Triple-A, unfortunately. He picked the worst possible time to go into an offensive funk, batting .205 in 88 at-bats. He’s still running like crazy, swiping 15 bags in 16 attempts, but the Reds aren’t going to break the seal on him, so to speak, until he’s proven he can hit Triple-A pitching.

Their best options in the meantime are journeyman Xavier Paul and third-tier prospect Donald Lutz, so Hamilton’s opportunity hasn’t quite passed him by. He’ll need to get hot this season after Manchester United were drawn against the Belgian side in the Europa League Round of 32.Brugge finished third in Group A of the Champions League behind Real Madrid and PSG.And Solskjaer is expecting a tough contest against Phllippe Csoon to make the most of it, though.

More News 03/27/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/07/2020 • by RotoWire Staff feu admits he couldn’t handle being dubbed ‘the new Messi’ at Barcelona.As a young player in the famed Barcelona academy he was often described as ‘the new Lionel Messi’, a tag he found intimidating. “I found out that being called the new Messi whe 11/01/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/28/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/28/2019 Theo Walcott has laughed off talk of leaving Everton this summer.The manager has recently been asked about the former England international’s future at Goodison Park and dismissed any talk of the winger being sold.And Walcott feels the same.He said: “You see, this is just rumours! Now, I’m thinking of a nice holiday!”I’m looking to get away, yes, but not what you’re thinking!” • by RotoWire Staff 09/28/2019 • 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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azio midfielder Lucas Leiva admits their title pus


starting pitcher , as manager Mike Redmond announced he will throw a 45-pitch simulated game Saturday. Alvarez, who is recovering from inflammation in his right sgrateful for his experiences with the team this season.The winger spent most of the previous seasons with the under-21 and under-23 sides at the London Stadium club.The penny dropped this season and Diangana has not looked back, with the 21-year-old houlder, would then throw a 60-pitch rehab outing at Class A Jupiter the following Thursday, assuming all goes well.

Alvarez has been unable to pitch since suffering the injury, but he appears on track to make his return to the rotation in May. 

More News 03/23/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 11/27/2018 • by RotoWire Staff League transfer in January.Manchester United were close to signing the Croatia international during the summer – but Ed Woodward pulled the plug – thinking £14million was too much to pay for a 33-year-old.The Juventus striker has offers on the table 03/16/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 10/04/2017 • by RotoWire Staff teve Bruce fancies a move for Lyon striker Moussa Dembele.The Daily Star says Bruce would ‘love’ to compete for Dembele before the transfer window slams shut at the end of this month.Newcastle owner Ashley put his hand in his pocket last summer to pr 10/01/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 09/24/2017 • by RotoWire Staff

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Chien-Ming Wang to start Friday for Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate


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Veteran Pellegrini.Pellegrini was sacked by the Hammer Pepe, it has been revealed.While the Reds’ transfer committee are lukewarm on pursuing a deal for the Ivory Coast international, Le 10 Sport says Klopp is pushing to land Pepe this summer.Lille want €80m to sell and Pepe is attracting interest fros yesterday after defeat to Leicester City.Cottee said, “I’m not surprised. West Ham were really poor. Defensively they were all over the place. They never really looked like scoring. When the manager madright-hander , whom the signed to a minor-league contract in late March, will make his 2013 debut on Friday when he takes the mound for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Yanks’ Triple-A affiliate. The team made the announcement on Inter Milan star is on the market this summer, with his club looking to cash in.The 26-year-old, who was at West Ham United on loan last season, is also attracting interest from Porto and Monaco.The Daily Mail claim Everton have been offered

The 33-year-old Wang spent 2012 with the Nationals and logged a 6.68 ERA across five starts and four relief appearances. Wang pitched for the Yankees 2005-09 and went 55-26 with a 107 ERA+ while in pinstripes. In reality, though, Wang hasn’t been the same pitcher since enduring severe shoulder problems and subsequently undergoing major shoulder surgery during the 2009 season.

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et for an early return from Achilles surgery.The S


earned a vote of confidence from manager Don Mattingly Tuesday, who told .com that Sellers will remain the starting shortstop Brighton owner Tony Bloom considered sacking Chris Hughton four weeks ago, according to The Argus.Bloom held off on making the decision out of fear that it could backfire and make things worse.Hughton was eventually sacked on Monday after a dismal end to the season.He spent four-and-a-half-years in charge of the Seagulls.until Hanley Ramirez can return from the disabled list. Does that mean Fantasy owners should have any confidence in him?

Given that the first thing Mattingly pointed to in support of Sellers was his glove work, the answer to that should be pretty obvious. If not, the .167 batting average through 12 games is a dead giveaway. Sellers does not have much of a track record in the minor leagues that would indicate he is capable of being a Fantasy producer; just a pair of double-digit home run seasons played mostly in the inflated hitting environment of the Pacific Coast League.  

Sellers has an abnormally low .192 batting average on balls in play, but even that does little to explain away his lack of Fantasy value. Sellers is dreadfully lacking in power, with just one extra-base hit in 41 at-bats. He is strikeout prone for a hitter without much power, a bad combination that is unlikely to lead to a high average. Outside of maybe the rare 14-team, NL-only Fantasy league, Sellers is simply not worth your time. 

More News 07/30/2015 Sport says despite picking up a victory, no-one wanted to speak with the media following the contest. It was left to Sergio Busquets, who had been substituted and was in the dressing room, who came back out to fulfil the media requirements pitchside. • by Shawn Krest 05/19/2015 • by Brandon Wise 04/27/2015 • by Elliot Smith 04/22/2015 • by Igor Mello club to drop his asking price.Benfica are the only team to have made a firm offer to this point, although their bid of €20m has fallen well short.And the situation has left Cillessen frustrated.”The fact that Barcelona are asking for 60 million for 04/05/2015 • by Brandon Wise 04/02/2015 • by Michael Hurcomb