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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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starting pitcher will aim for a second straight win Tuesday at Kansas City. Manager Ron Gardenhire said United.United sit 14th in the English top flight – just two points above the relegation zone ter City boss Pep Guardiola has refused to accept he implemented a tactical “masterclass” to beat Manchester United on Tuesday. The Sky Blues nullified United’s counterattacking threat, which saw them win at the Etihad last month, and managed to scor- following Sunday’s draw with arch-rivals Liverpool.And Blind says it has been difficult to watch the plight of his former side this season.”Of course I’during an interview with Network Radio he feels the right-hander .

“With that kind of stuff, if he can master the strike zone, if he can do it consistently, he’ll be great,” Gardenhire said.

More News 08/09/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 02/29/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 11/10/2015 • by RotoWire Staff 07/28/2015 • by Jason Lempert 06/22/2015 • by Jason Butt eing unlikely to buy in January.Spurs chairman Daniel Levy made the claim last week.Mourinho said, “I’m relaxed because I took over this club, which I expected to take over.”I expect to be asked that Daniel Levy has said that we do not plan to spend 06/15/2015 • by Shawn Krest

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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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outfielder is , WEEI reportsed Jose Mourinho of “unfair treatment” during his time at the club.Bohui says he reported Mourinho to the club over the language he used, which eventually lead the 20-year-old to leave Old Trafford for NAC Breda.He told the Manchester Evening News: s. The team has one center fielder and one right fielder on its roster.

Bradley couor squad.The 18-year-old has burst onto the scene for Chelsea in recent weeks with consecutive man-of-the-match performances against Liverpool and Everton.Gilmour was called-up to the Scotland U21 squad last week, but McLeish reckons he could be readld be an option once the team’s pitching gets through the next few days. “I thin delighted with their 3-1 win over Genoa.Cengiz Under and Edin Dzeko were both on the scoresheet for the triumph.“All the lads had a good match, especially in the first half, when we were almost perfect,” Fonseca told Sky Sport Italia.“We should k we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves because of the need for a pitcher right now,” manager John Farrell told WEEI. “So as we reshuffle or maybe rebalance our roster, other names will start to come into the mix.”

Bradley has hit .322/.420/.458 in 59 at-bats at Triple-A this season.

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o wear the captain’s armband last month.In Kazakhs

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manager Don Mattingly said starting pitcher , who will be available out of the bullpen through Tuesday, will return to the s 2-2 draw with Villarreal on Sunday as he packed his bags for France.The Costa Rica captain is now undergoing a medical ahead of signing a three-year deal with PSG.The Ligue 1 champs are coughing up €15m to Real for Kble of winning silverware under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.He believes that he can win more silverware for his club and that silverware is within reach for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.Lingard told the Mirror: “There’s always that hunger and eylor.PSG keeper Alphonse Areorotation Saturday against the Cardinals, accordingBrighton goalkeeper Christian Walton is on his way to Blackburn Rovers.Sky Sports says Walton has joined Blackburn on a season-long loan.He underwent a successful medical today and agreed terms on his move.After spending the last two seasons at Wigan, the 23-year-old will replace David Raya at Ewood Park.Raya has left Rovers for Brentford. to .com. Lilly is 0-1 with a 5.63 ERA in two starts this season.

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uit Tottenham and is now training with Thierry Hen

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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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or League Soccer (MLS) franchise has climbed 30 pe

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

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

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pitcher felt better than expected following his extended spring training appearance Wednesday, .com reports. Nova gave up two runs over four-plus innings against the Blue Jays in his first outing since landing on the DL. 

Nova went deeper into the game than expected he would and hopes his next stop is pitching for the Yankees in an upcoming doubleheader Monday against the Indians. 

“It’s going to be in five days, so I can keep doing my work here, do my bullpen here, do everything I’ve got to do here and then be ready to go,” Nova said, though he admitted that he doesn’t actually know what’s next for him. “If they call me up for Monday, then [on] Sunday, see ya.”

More News offer for Crystal Palace fullback Patrick van Aanholt.Having had a bid turned down for the Dutchman last week, Voetbal International says PSV tabled a new bid last night to Palace.PSV’s first offer was for €5m and Palace want €10m to sell.For hi 04/05/2020 • by RotoWire Staff pared to sell Callum Hudson-Odoi this summer.The Chelsea-face-dilemma-Callum-Hudson-Odoi-Blues-weigh-options-wantaway-starlet.html”>Daily MailChelsea-face-dilemma-Callum-Hudson-Odoi-Blues-weigh-options-wantaway-starlet.html”> says Chelsea may be forc 03/05/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 01/13/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 09/29/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/27/2019 • by RotoWire Staff Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was especially pleased with the clean sheet earned in their 2-0 win at Burnley.Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford were on target for United.Solskjaer said, “In the first half I thought we were very good. W09/22/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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third baseman/outfielder was dropped to sixth in the lineup for Monday’s series opener against the Dodgers. Didi Gregorius took his usual spot in the two-hole. Prado is batting .296 (8 for 27) with a solo home run in his last six games but has struck out six times during that span.

More News 02/12/2020 s determined to make a big impression at Liverpool this season.The Liverpool man missed out on last year’s title race and wants to play a key par first win as Brighton manager.The Seagulls sealed an impressive 3-0 away win over Watford thanks to goals from Florin Andone, Neal Maupay and an own goal from Abdoulaye Doucoure.Potter said: “Of course we are very happy with the result and the perfot in this campaign to make up for it.The 26-year-old told Liverpoolfc.com: “It’s on me to try to bring • by RotoWire Staff 11/06/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 08/15/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 07/18/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 07/16/2019 • by RotoWire Staff esentatives of Bayer Leverkusen defender Jonahan Tah.BILD says the Gunners are ‘already getting serious’ about bringing Tah to England this summer.Tah’s contract carries a €40m buyout clause and it’s suggested he feels it is time to make a move.How 07/10/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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cash windfall from Empoli midfielder Ismael Bennac

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

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

More News 02/08/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 06/10/2015 • by Jason Lempert 05/31/2015 • by R.J. White 05/28/2015 • by Jason Lempert am forward Lucas Moura is happy for David Luiz over his move to Arsenal.The pair played together at PSG.”David is a very experienced player and knows how to go through this situation. He will be stronger very soon,” Moura told the London Evening Stan 05/27/2015 • by Jason Lempert 05/24/2015 • by Shawn Krest

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MRI shows only triceps inflammation for Blue Jays’ Josh Johnson

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right-hander hopes to rejoin the rotation late next week after an MRI showed only inflammation in his right triceps. He was as a precaution.

“Just a little tiny bit of inflammation, and that’s it. All good news,” said Johnson to reporters on Saturday afternoon. He will play catch on Sunday and Monday before any plans for his return to the rotation are finalized.

Johnson, 29, is 0-1 with a 6.86 ERA in four starts for Toronto this year. The Blueison is determined not to let his success go to his head.Maddison is confident his family will keep him in line.He told the Daily Mail: “I would never want to come across as arrogant because I wasn’t brought up that way and my mum would be the first Jays acquired him from the Marlins this past offseason as part of the 12-player blockbuster trade. They’re stuck in the AL East cellar at 9-15 going into Saturday’s play.

Johnson has a history of arm trouble, specifically Tommy John surgery and shoulder inflammation. This is thnew contract talks.The Ghanaian midfielder, whose current deal comes to an end in June 2023, expressed his desire to stay at Los Rojiblancos.”My agent is talking to [Atletico Madrid],” he told Onda Madrid.”Sometimes we know that we don’t always have e first time that he has had a problem with his triceps as a big leaguer.

Left-hander e Year.It is the first time the Liverpool star has won the award.Mane helped Liverpool win their sixth Champions League title last season, as well as a second-place finish in the Premier League.He also led Senegal to the final of the African Cup of Nstarted in place of Johnson on Friday and allowed two runs on five walks and two hits in 2 2/3 innings against the Yankees.

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College pitching prospect Jonathan Gray has gone from a 10th-round draft pick two years ago to a in June’s amatuer baseball draft, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The University of Oklahoma right-hander has hit 100 mph on the radar gun.

One N.L. scout evaluated Gray: “Really good. Power arm rumored to have touched 103.”

Another scout said, “The key thing is he sustaeira says he’s more than capable of handling the rigours of the Premier League.The 23-year-old has been given more responsibility by Ole Gunnar Solskjnho is in line for a new contract.The Sun says the Brazilian veteran is in the final year of his contract and many expected next season to be his last at Manchester City after the club-record arrival of Rodri from Atletico Madrid.Yet City sources insaer this season.Pereira insists he’s happy at Old Trafford and ready to help his team win matches.”Iins his velocity throughout the game.”

Gray is 6-1 with a 1.19 ERA for Oklahoma this season. He is among a group of prospects, which includes Stanford pitcher Mark Appel, University of San Diego third baseman/outfielder Kris Bryant and two Georgia prep outfielders — Austin Meadows and Clint Frazier — among the top prospects in this year’s draft class.

Heyman reports the , and — who have the first three picks in this year’s draft — have scouted Gray heavily, which suggebigger opportunities for himself when David Silva departs at the end of the season.While he says he will be sad to see his hero go, he believes the departure of Silva from the club next summer can give him the platform to achieve all of them.“I wansts he could be a top-three selection.

“He’s improved quite a bit. Everything’s gotten better,” one A.L. scouting director said. “The velocity is better. The breaking ball is definitely a lot better. Plus, he’s gotten himself in better shape.”

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oma signing Davide Zappacosta admits their opening

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hit his second home run as part of a 2 for 5, two-run have seen popping up around Europe recently.The Nigerian striker moved to Club Brugge last summer after impressing at Serie B club Spezia.Okereke made his debut for Spezia as an 18-year-old on April 9 2016.Working with the club at the time was Atala, two-RBI day Sunday for the against Cincinnati.

Marte’s home run, a two-run shot, gave the Pirates an 8-6 lead heading into the ninth inning. They eventually held on to win 10-7. Marte has been sharp in the early going, with a .347/.385/.490 line in his first 52 plate appearances. Such play should entrench him at the top of the Pirates’ lineup.

More News 03/21/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/25/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 01/27/2020 • by RotoWire Staff from Quique Setien’s debut as Barcelona coach to a guard of honour for Real Madrid and a new signing made by Sevilla.BARCELONA KICKOFF SETIEN ERA WITH WINQuique Setien replaced Ernesto Valverde in an unexpected managerial change at Barcelona this wee 12/16/2019 ictory over Manchester City.The Reds enter the November international break eight points clear at the top of the Premier League after goals from Fabinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane saw the reigning champions beaten at Anfield.While affording themse • by RotoWire Staff 10/31/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/25/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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Red Sox acknowledge (fake) sellout streak coming to an end

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To hear the tell it, they’ve sold out a major league-record 793 consecutive home games. The 2013 home opener figures to be another sellout, but soon after that, the streak will come to an end. The Red Sox themselves say as much. Here’s Sox honcho Larry Lucchino on the forthcoming demise ():

“Opening Day should be 794,” Lucchino said. “What happens after that is uncertain. What I am certain of is that the streak will probably end in April, in then striker Romelu Lukaku has welcomed the arrival of former Manchester United teammate Alexis Sanchez.Earlier this month, Lukaku said he, French midfielder Paul Pogba and Chilean Alexis Sanchez were made scapegoats after United’s poor season in which first or second series.

“We’re proud of it, but we’re ready to move on. I think the preservation of Fenway Park is a big success. I think the championship in 2004 and the repeat in 2007 have to go to the top of the list in terms of successes.”

Before you grant the premise, though, consider that, according to , the Sox were playing pretty fast and loose with the defition of “sellout.” Here’s what the Globe’s Bob Hohler and Seth Lakso wrote at the time:

Anyhow, it’s hardly a scandal of grave import, but perhaps what Lucchino really means is that the Sox’s “distribution streak” is close to ending.

On the upside, the Sox, unlike the Marlins, can at they need to make things easier for themselves after seeing off Leicester City on Saturday.James Milner’s added-time pele United.Perez has revealed Newcastle’s lack of ambition was a major reason behind his decision to sign for Leicester last month.”It was a big factor, but also I felt it was time for a change and a new challenge,” Perez told The Athletic. “In this cnalty snatched a 2-1 win over Leicester on Brendan Rodgers’ first return to Anfield, four years and a day after he was sacked as Releast give ’em away.