ve insists Arsene Wenger was never offered a job b


first baseman hit his 11th home run in a loss to Baltimore.Fielder’s homer was the Tigers’ only run off Orioles starter Kevin Gausman. He finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored and the RBI. Fielder is hitting .274/.390/.50t his Liverpool first-team players for the fourth-round replay with Shrewsbury Town.After Sunday’s 2-2 draw, Klopp vowed to field Liverpool’s “kids” in the clash at Anfield, which falls in the club’s winter break.And Wijnaldum says it is important fo0.

More News 10/04/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 02/15/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 08/10/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 08/09/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 08/01/2016 • by RotoWire Staf can leave this summer.The Sun says fed-up Old Trafford hierarchy are now ready to sell him for £150million.They would have let him go last summer but a fee of £180m put off Real Madrid and Juventus.Now Pogba, 26, and his agent Mino Raiola have beef ker Odsonne Edouard.Manchester United, Everton and Newcastle are keeping tabs on the French youngster.The Daily Record says Edouard has netted 21 times in the league this term – eight more than his closest challenger Jermaine Defoe.Celtic have opened 07/29/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

in Unai Emery.Reports are circling that the Gunne


starter let a win slip away Wednesday in Pittsburgh. Sanchez gave up four runs in the seventh inning before leaving and took the loss. Sanchez (5-5) gave up a Neil Walker homer in the fourth for the first run he allowed. The Pirates started pelting him in the seventh, however. In the end, he gave up five runs on seven hits an to the Premier League.The Englishman is at Borussia Dortmund, where he has lit it up for the past season and a half.He is likely to be the subject of big money interest from several Premier League clubs.And Carragher, a Sky Sports pundit, believes td a walk with nine strikeouts over 6 2/3 inrpool attacker Sadio Mane.Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, speaking on El Chiringuito, revealed Zidane and president Florentino Perez is at odds over the Frenchman’s transfer recommendations.”Zidane has differences with the board about (Thibaut)nings. His ERA is solid at 2.79. Sanchez was coming off his complete-game one-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts over Minnesota when he took the mound for Wednesday’s start. He kept that going for most of the night before coming undone. With a sparklifter their 4-0 defeat at Manchester City.Sergio Aguero struck twice for the rout.Potter said: “The score is not what we like, of course, but in terms of the players’ effort and their courage, trying to do what we asked them to do, it was a top perforng ERA, he’ll look to turn it around beginning in his next start Tuesday against Tampa Bay.

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Juventus has been held up by Chelsea’s demand for


first baseman , who was removed from Saturday’s game with back spasms, is day-to-day.

“It’s just more treating it and making sure everything is all right,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura told .com. “Ast Trabzonspor today.While his move from Chelsea has been confirmed for some days, Newton is yet to put pen to paper on a contract with the Turkish giants.However, Fanatik says the former Chelsea midfielder is due to sign forms today.Newton will join of right now, it’s day-to-day. Just watching him on the field, he had done something. I don’t know exactly when he did it. We were watching him at first and he couldn’t move around very well. When he came in, he just wasn’t moving around tBarcelona have made an offer for wantaway PSG star Neymar.Le Parisien says Barca have offered €60m cash plus Philippe Coutinho for the Brazil captain.The verbal proposal has been on the table for several weeks.However, PSG are insisting the offer falls well short of PSG’s valuation, with the French giants rating Coutinho at €120m.Barca lost Neymar to PSG in 2017 for €222m.oo good. It just tightened up on him.”

Duical on Monday before signing a five-year contract yesterday.Milan director Paolo Maldini was key to the deal. He personally convinced the player during a meeting in Ibiza to reject a proposal from Bayer Leverkusen.Maldini considers Theo fundamental nn is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Angels.

Mets’ Zack Wheeler will miss one start with inflammation in AC joint


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Top prospect will miss Thursday’s start with the team’s Triple-A affiliate due to inflammation in the AC joint at the top of his shoulder. He received a cortisone shot. The right-hander flew to New York for tests after experiencing soreness in his clavicle.

Wheeler, 22, was originally acquired from the Giants in the Carlos Beltran trade in 2011. Basebal boss Quique Sanchez Flores.Ake spent the 2015/16 on loan at Vicarage Road from Chelsea, with Sanchez Flores in charge at the time, as the Dutch defender got his first full season of Premier League football under his belt with the Hornets.Ake told afl America ranked him as the a few weeks ago, saying he “has a classic No. 2 starter profile with a plus fastball and breaking ball, and at least an average third pitch and average command” in their 2013 Prospect Handbook.

In eight starts for Triple-A Las Vegas this year, Wheeler has pitched to a 3.74 ERA and 1.34 WHIP with 47 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings. The hitter-friendly environment in Vegas shows in his splits — 5.73 ERA and 1.41 WHIP at home compared to a 1.66 ERA and 1 with Middlesbrough for Darren Randoplh may be more expensive than West Ham thought for the Republic of Ireland international.So Etheridge, 29, has emergedt was right Anwar El Ghazi was not shown a red card on Monday night after he clashed with Aston Villa team-mate Tyrone Mings.In an extraordinary incident, El Ghazi pushed his head into Mings in what could easily have been construed as violent conduct as a leading alternative, although the Welsh side would also want a decent fee.The Philippines.25 WHIP on the road.

It’s widely believed the Mets are waiting until early-to-mid June to summon Wheeler to the big leagues to delay his service time clock and avoid Super Two status down the road. Aside from phenom Matt Harvey, the team doesn’t have a starting pitcher with a sub-4.60 ERA.

tes for “giving up too soon” in their title battle


Following his breakout season at low ClaWolves youngster Ryan Giles could be on the move this summer.The Express & Star says Shrewsbury are eyeing a loan move for Giles.The left-back made his senior debut at Shrewsbury in the FA Cup in January.The Shropshire club now lead a host of sides keen on acquiring his signature on a temporary basis ahead of next A West Virginia in 2012, infield prospect isn’t having the same success to begin his 2013 campaign for Class A Bradenton. Hanson is hitting a disappointing .248 with no home runs through 27 games. 

Hanson has managed two triples, five doubles, seven stolen bases, 13 RBI and 14 runs for Bradenton.

Hanson hit .309 withannik Vestave any plans to send Mark Travers on loan.The shot stopper has become an important player for the Cherries as they look to have a good season.He has played in all the cup competition matches this term, but he is second choice in the Premier League.Tergaard’s towering header gave 10-man Southampton a point after another moment of magic from United new boy Daniel James looked to have put them on course for victory at St Mary’s. Kevin Danso saw red in the second-half.Solskjaer said, “We 13 triples, 16 home runs, 33 doubles and 62 RBI in 124 games last season. Because of his breakout year, Hanson came into 2013 considered a top 100 prospect by .com (No. 54) and Baseball America (No. 61).

City superkid Jude Bellingham.The Mirror says Uni


The avoided starting struggling outfielder Tuesday in their game againstold has one year left on his contract with the Anfield club.He is interested in a move to Molineux, as it is a Premier League club where he can compete for a first team position.The Express and Star says a deal could be done for around £10 million f the Angels. Young did play in the 19-inning marathon win Monday but suffered a strained left quadriceps running to first base in the 16th. 

Young went 2 for 4 with a triple after entering in the eighth inning. Young has struggled for the A’s, going 5 for 35 (.143) over his last 10 games with two homers and six RBI. He is r United and Tottenham a blow, by extending his contract with Sporting.The new contract sees his buyout clause rise from £65m to £85m.Fernandes expressed his delight at putting pen to paper on a contract extension to 2023.”It’s a pride for me and aday-to-day. 

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righton.The Spaniard has had some time off after a


second baseman will not start at second during the team’s next two games.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson told a Washington radio station that Stephen Lombardozzi will start the next two games against the Braves. In 85 at-bats this season, Espinosa is hitting just .173/.212/.333. 

More News 03/17/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 02/08/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 08/08/2018 • by RotoWire Staff ford.Shakespeare reunited with Nigel Pearson in the Hornets dugout, with the new coaching team overseeing a three-match unbeaten run.And Shakespeare thinks there is more to come from the playihief Joe Edwards was delighted seeing more academy graduates make significant progress this season.Andreas Christensen, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi all made big contributions this season, while away on-loan several players enjoyed succeng squad.”The players have been terrific.”That is the idea 06/22/201rting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes this week.The Mirror says United are set to lodge a £65million bid for Fernandes this week.United see free-scoring midfielder Fernandes as the ideal player to bolster their ailing midfield, with Paul Pogba and Sco8 • by RotoWire Staff 05/31/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 05/06/2018 • by RotoWire Staff

eague club have paid £23m to bring the talented f


Baltimore has listed as the for Monday against the Mariners, reports Sunday. 

BritRoma’s move for Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has fallen through over a signing-on bonus.TMW says Roma and Liverpool had struck terms over a deal for Lovren, who had also settled on a contract with the Giallorosso.Yesterday, Liverpool had agreed a €3m loan fee with Roma with a permanent option worth €12m, which would be triggered by 20 appearances.Lovren also agreed a €3m-a-year contract for four seasons.However, the deal has now collapsed – for the moment – after Lovren’s demands of a €1m signing-on bonus was turned down by Roma.ton has made two career starts against Seattle and doesn’t have a record with a 2.57 ERA. Both of those starts came at Camden Yards. 

Britton tossed a shutout against the Mariners in his first start against them on May 12, 2011. The won 2-1 in 12 innings as Jason Vargas also went nine shutout innings in that game. 

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n.The American goalkeeper is already impressing in


starter didn’t pitch well in his call up from Triple-A Monday in Seattle. Britton got his pitch count up early and was down from his second pitch. Starting in the vacated No. 5 spot in the rotation, Britton gave up a solo homer to leadoff batter Michael Saunders and things didn’t get much better. He was even hurt by the umpire. Home plate umpire Alan Porter threw a ball back to Britton when he wasn’t looking in the bottom of the sixth after a base hit, and it hit him right on his pitching arm. He appeared to be in pain but remained in the game. Britton then gave up red his services to chairman Daniel Levy before Jose Mourinho’s appointment.Mourinho was appointed as Tottenham manager early on Wednesday morning, less than 12 hours after Mauricio Pochettino’s five-and-a-half years in charge was brought to an end.”three more runs before finishing out the inning and his outing. Britton took the loss as he allowed six runs on 10 hits and two walks over six frames. He threw 101 pitches and 60 went for strikes. He struck out two. It is not yet known whether Britton will get another start, though it seems doubtful with other options performing better down in the minors.

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ive blow with the news that Mohamed Salah and Robe


pitcher (0-1) yielded three runs and five hits over four innings during his season debut in New York’s 9-4 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday. Marcum was making his first start after overcoming neck and shoulder pain due to a nerve issue that required a trip to the disabled list. He struck out three batters andub must use all their power to sign Jadon Sancho this summer.Borussia Dortmund have made the England international, 19, available for the price of £100m, with Chelsea are also interested in the lively winger.And Sharpe thinks it is vital that United walkrizio Sarri is planning a London return for a three-player raid on Chelsea and Tottenham.Ilbianconero says Sarri is keen on poaching N’Golo Kante and Emerson Palmieri from old side Chelsea.And Le 10 Sport says Tottenham contract rebel Christian Eriksed two.

He fanned the first two batters he faced — Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley — on eight pitches but recorded just one strikeout among the last 16 batters he faced. Marcum fired 71 total pitches, 44 for strikes.

“It’s not what I wanted from a statistical standpoint or helping this team,” Marcum told “I wasn’t very efficient with my pitches there in the second and third inning. My pitch count rose pretty quickly in those two innings. As far as health, everything felt pretty que says Real are targeting Atheltic Bilbao’s Unai Simon to replace Courtois in goal. The Bilbao No 1 has a contract until 2023 and reportedly has a £43million buy-out clause in that deal.In 10 matches this season Courtois has conceded 12 goals and good.”

Marcum’s next start is projected for Friday at Atlanta; he went 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA in his lone start against the Braves last season as a member of the Brewers.

ers after their 3-2 defeat to Tottenham in the FA


The have claimed pitcher off waivers from the .

Laffey madKlopp has issued a message to Liverpool – and sports – fans underlining his belief that it is right to postpone events due to coro Milan striker Mauro Icardi.Tuttosport says Juve sports chief Fabio Paratici and Icardi’s wife and agent,ss Jurgen Klopp hailed matchwinner Divock Origi for their triumph at Newcastle United.The Reds won 3-2 thanks to supersub Origi heading home late on.Klopp said: “So crucial. What can I say? It is just brilliant, it is like a fairy-tale. You can say w Wanda Nara, met in Ibiza to discuss the Argentina international.Inter coach Antonio Conte is prepared to see Icardi sold this summer and Paraticnavirus, reports Sky Sports.Klopp has consistently played down his own importance in the issue, instead urging people toe two starts with the Mets this season, but struggled with a 7.20 ERA. Laffey made 16 starts with the Blue Jays last season. Toronto moved Jose Reyes to the 60-day DL in order to make room for Laffey. 

Utley ‘looks like Chase,’ so maybe he is headed for a big season



PHILADELPHIA — To be fair, the tried to tell us that would be good this year.

“No one believed us,” general manager Ruben Amaro said Wednesday.

Maybe that’s because the Phillies also tried to tell us that would be fine. Halladay quite clearly isn’t fine.

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Utley quite clearly is.

“He looks like Chase,” former teammate said this week. “And when he’s like that, he’s the best player in baseball.”

For the last two or maybe even three years, Utley has not “looked like Chase.” He’s been hurt, he’s missed games, and even when he has played, he’s been nothing like the guy who recr League’s best young player.The 18-year-old has registered nine assists across 26 appearances this season.”He’s really good,” Lacazette told reporters in a news conference. “I think he is maybe the best young player in the league.”He needs to improveived MVP votes five consecutive years.

“I hit a few speed bumps,” Utley said. “Right now, the road is clear.”

There were many times over the last couple of years that the road looked like a dead end for Utley. There were ominous reports about his knees, and it was fair to wonder if he would ever recover enough to be even a solid major-league player again.

It was hard to find anyone willing to predict that Utley would go back to being what he once was, one of the best players in the game.

But Charlie Manuel said it this spring.

“I always felt like both [Utley and ] would come back and have big years,”

Manuel said it again Wednesday:

“He’s going to have a big season.”

Now it’s believable, and not just because Utley is off to a strong start. He came into Wednesday night’s game against the Mets with a .998 OPS, and Wednesday he hit his second home run.

What’s more significant is how Utley looks. The consensus among scouts who have watched the Phillies, both in spring training and in the first week of the season, is that Utley looks completely healthy.

“He’s moving good,” Manuel said. “He’s playing hard, he’s sliding hard, he’s taking people out. He’s having fun. I’m happy for him. I’m really a League on Thursday.The 2-2 aggregate result meant Olympiacos qualified for the last-16, much to the chagrin of the Gunners.Asked if tiredness played a factor, Arteta replied: “Yeah, it was, but this competition through January and December is reallhappy.”

“He’s playing like a 28-year-old,” Amaro said.

When he actually was 28, Utley had a .976 OPS, still the best of his career. The Phillies won the NL East that year, beginning a streak of five consecutive division titles.

Utley’s knee problems were a big part of the reason the streak ended last year. The Phillies would love to believe that his revival can be a big part of the reason they make it back to the playoffs this year.

If he does, the story of his comeback will be told over and over in September and October, and perhaps for years to come. It’s quite a story, in part because it goes agai had no idea about youngster Matty Longstaff.Bruce was quickly aware of the player’s older brother Sean, given his exploits in the Premier League last season.But Bruce did not know much about Matty before taking the job in the summer.And now he is senst what you’d think would be the best way to recover.

Instead of resting all winter to allow his knees to get healthy, instead of staying away from baseball, Utley basically kept playing baseball.

“He was taking ground balls four days a week from November on,” Amaro said.

Amaro was getting the reports, and he says it was because of those reports he believed that Utley was headed for a healthy — and very good — season.

“I was very confident,” he said. “No one believed us.”

Fair enough, Ruben. You were right. Chase looks like Chase.

Now, what do you really think are the chances that Doc will ever look like Doc?

Ravens draft picks 2020: NFL Draft order, grades by team, Baltimore’s Round 4-7 selections


The Ravens saw the draft board fall into place on Day 1, landing star LSU linebacker Patrick Queen to fill a clear need on the defense. On Day 2, they added to a roster strength (and their offensive identity) with the star Ohio State running back in addition to several of their favorite mid-round targets. As usual, the Ravens did an excellent job in the draft. Stop me if you’ve heard that one before. We’ll be tracking every player they take and every grade they receive for those picks in this space throughout draft weekend.

You can follow along with the draft pick by pick  and checking out our grades in real time.

Baltimore Ravens 2020 draft picks tracker RoundOverallPlayer SelectedGrade 1 28 LB Patrick Queen, LSU B 2 55* RB J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State C+ 3 71* DL Justin Madubuike, Texas A&M B+hould deploy a back three against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.Spurs are just one point behind the fourth-placed Blues, who beat Jose Mourinho’s side last year by using a back three.”The last time Frank faced Jose he had a tactical brainwave by swit 3 92 WR Devin Duvernay, Texas B+ 3 98* LB Malik Harrison, Ohio State B3106^ G Tyre Phillips, Mississippi State B- 4 143^ G Ben Bredeson, Michigan B 5 170* DL Broderick Washington, Texas Tech D+6201*WR James Proche, SMUA 7 219* S Geno Stone, Iowa  A-

* Acquired via trade ^ Compensatory pick

Baltimore Rav Gunnar Solskjaer shut down their bid for Juventus striker Paulo Dybala over the weekend.United and Juve were eager to do business for the Argentina international, but the forward had been hesitating.It was claimedAustralia youth international Con Ouzounidis has signed a new deal with Everton to 2020.Ouzounidis was part of David Unsworth’s Under-23s squad that won a Premier League 2 and Premier League Cup double in 2018-19.The 19-year-old is targeting more sil United pulled out of the deal due tens 2020 draft trade notes No. 55 acquired from Falcons as part of Hayden Hurst tradeNo. 71 and 98 acquired from Patriots as part of draft day tradeNo. 129 acquired from Patriots as part of Jermaine Eluemunor tradeNo. 170 acquired from Vikings as part of Kaare Vedvik tradeNo. 201 and 219 acquired from Vikings as part of draft-day trade

Cowboys’ DeMarcus Lawrence ruled out with back injury, will not return to pivotal matchup vs. Redskins


ARLINGTON, Texas — Things are getting more tenuous for the as they try to do away with the in Week 17. Thtrone.Sky Italia says Cutrone is expected to join Fiorentina on loan for the rest of the season with an option to make the deal permanent in the summer for a £12.8million fee. The 21-year-old is expected to make his return to Serie A imminently. Theey entered Fenerbahce goalkeeper Berke Ozer is attracting big Premier League interest.Goal says Liverpool and Manchester City are monitoring Ozer.A source close to the keeper has revealed the Reds are currently keeping tabs on the 19-year-old.Swiss side Basel are also one of the clubs listed in the report.Ozer could emerge as a target for the Reds should they sell Simon Mignolet.the game having ruled out three starters in , and , but they’ve now lost yet another key player.

, the team’s resident All-“hurt massively”.The Reds are bidding for a ninth League win in a row against Wolves on Sunday afternoon at Anfield knowing even that won’t be enough should City keep their one-point advantage by winning away to Brighton.”No, the Champions League wonPro left defensive end, was initially listed as questionable with a rib injury early in the second quarter. He attempted to return to the game, but was again pulled and sent to the locker room for x-rays. The results have not been good, and the Cowboys have officially ruled him out for the rest of the contest — now listing his injury as a back issue.

Without Lawrence and Woods, the Cowboys’ defensive front is battling to overcome two major voids in both the pass rush and the run defense, while the secondary tries to stave off a comeback from without Jones in the mix. 

Lawrence has battled through injury in the past, playing through a torn labrum in 2018 to deliver a double-digit sack tally. He’s missed no games in 2019, but won’t finish out the regular season against the Redskins.

Why the NFLPA’s ruling against Tom Coughlin sealed his fate with the Jaguars


On Wednesday, the sent shocNicolas Pepe arrives at the Emirates.The Ivory Coast international will complete a switch to the Gunners this week in a deal reportedly worth £72m.And former West Ham defender Fonte has talked up Pepe as a potential Premier League superstar.He told kwaves through the when they from his post as the executive vice president of football operations. Coughlin had spent the less than three seasons in the Jaguars front office, in this.

When the Jaguars announced Coughlin’s dismissal, owner Shahid Khan revealed that he had planned to fire Coughlin following the 2019 season. On Thursday’s installment of “Nothing Personal with David Samson,” Samson laid out why the Jaguars possibly felt the need to move on from Coughlin immediately.

“I think the NFL was very much in touch with the Jacksonvile Jaguars and their owner Mr. Khan,” Samson said. “I think they made it clear that what Tom Coughlin did we club, he would be out of his comfort zone.The Toffees have emerged as the unlikely destination for the storied Italian manager, who has won league titles and Champions Leagues at previous clubs.Ancelotti has managed the likes of Chelsea, AC Milan, as unacceptable because there were rumblings with other players. has even come out and said he wasn’t surprised at all. Talking about that the Jaguars weren’t taken seriously given the way they’d fine players $10,000 if they missed a mandatory yoga session. Believe me, I’m not pro player. I’m definitely pro management. But a mandatory yoga session? I can’t touch my toes and I don’t care if football players can touch their toes.”

The Jaguars recently lost a grievance ting Bournemouth today.Lampard is adamant there’s no questioning their talent.He said, “I didn’t expect us to roll over West Ham. I understand people on the outside might have expected it but similar happened at Everton – we didn’t perform well. If yoo the NFL Players Association after the franchise was fining players for missing mandatory offseason workouts. Star running back was awarded $99,000 for fines that he received for sitting on the bench when he was inactive during a game in 2018.

The Jaguars currently have just a 5-9 record and had lost five consecutive games before defeating the last Sunday. The team was expected to take a big leap forward when they signed former MVP to a lucrative contract in the offseason.