Gardner Minshew and Jaguars’ defense stand tall in win over Tennessee Titans


Minshew Mania is gaining momentum.

Gardner Minshew threw two touchdown passes and should have had a third, Calais Campbell spearheaded another defensive gem and the handled the Tennessee Titans 20-7 in sloppy conditions Thursday night.

Jacksonville (1-2) ended a four-game losing streak in the AFC Sis attracting big foreign interest.Gibson has found himself sidelined this season as he struggles to break into manager Sean Dyche’s first team plans.Sky Sports says German clubs Eintracht Frankfurt and Cologne are interested in signing Burnley defenouth series and avoided the franchise’s second 0-3 start in four years.

“This felt good,” defensive tackle Abry Jones said. “We needed this.”

With all eyes on star cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who may have played his final game for Jacksonville, Minshew and a second stellar defensive outing in five days captured the spotlight.

A sixth-round draft pick starting his second consecutive game in place of injured Nick Foles (broken collarbone), Minshew completed 20 of 30 passes for 204 yards. He found James O’Shaughnessy wide open for a seven-yard score, which came one play after Adoree’ Jackson’s muffed punt. Minshew was more precise with a 22-yard touchdown pass to DJ Chark, who was blanketed by Malcolm Butler.

Fans chanted Minshew’s name each time the offense took the field, and fans everywhere adorned fake mustaches and bandanas to mimic his signature look.

Marcus Mariota got no style points in this one. Jacksonville sacked Mariota a whopping nine uth America’s elite international football competition.The ng Norwich City striker Emiliano Buendia.Sky Sports says the 22-year-old Norwich City forward has attracted the attention of Villa boss Dean Smith ahead of the January transfer window.Argentine Buendia has started all 12 of Norwich’s matches in the Ptournament will be staged between June 12 and July 12 next year, jointly hosted by Colombia and Argentina. FFA chairman Chris Nikou, chief executive David Gallop and Mark Falvo, the organisattimes, including three by Campbell.

“You seen what the D-line did,” Ramsey said, declining to talk about his potential trade. “Today was their day. Everybody got a piece of it. I was excited to see those guys have a huge game.”

The Jaguars played well enough to win at Houston last week, especially on the defensive side, but came up inches short on a two-point conversion and lost 13-12.

Ramsey then gut-punched a franchise already reeling from the loss of Foles by requesting a trade hours after the loss to the Texans. He asked to get out following his sideline confrontation with coach Doug Marrone.

Ramsey later insisted he didn’t want to be a distraction. He wasn’t, at least not on the field.

The Jaguars enjoyed a 14-point lead in the first quarter for the first time since Week 2 of last season against New England and just the third time in the last five seasons.

Ramsey hugged several teammates after the game, but didn’t say any goodbyes in the locker room.

“He didn’t have to say anything,” Jones said. “He may be going to another team, but no one’s going to be hurt by that. It’s a business decision.”

The Titans (1-2) struggled to play from behind.

With his team trailing 14-0 early in the third, coach Mike Vrabel passed on a short field goal and went for it on fourth-and-6 at the 11. Campbell abused backup guard Jamil Douglas, and Mariota had no time to get rid of the ball.

“That’s not how you want to play that football team, from behind,” Vrabel said. “We talked about that. This football team, you don’t want to play from behind. They can really rush the passer.”

Tennessee finally got on the scoreboard with Derrick Henry’s one-yard plunge early in the fourth. Henry finished with 44 yards on 17 carries, a far cry from his last game against Jacksonville. Henry ran for a franchise-record 238 yards and four touchdowns, including the second 99-yard run in history (Tony Dorsett, 1983), in December.

Jacksonville wasn’t going to let it happen again, stacking the box and doing a much better job tackling the 247lb back.

Even Ramsey got in a couple of shots on the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner.

Danielle Collins: the feisty US college star causing upsets at the Australian Open


Early in on Tuesday, Danielle Collins challenged a line call that had gone in her opponent’s favor. Her challenge was incorrect, and a frustrated Collins complained loudly about the outcome. That reaction was unsurprising: during her run to the semi-finals, Collins has established herself as someone unafraid to make her opponents uncomfortable. Before now Collins had never won a main draw match at a major, and her boldness is one of the reasons she is deep into the second week in Melbourne.

Collins hasn’t exactly come out of nowhere – she is the world No 35 – but the casual tennis fan can be forgiven for having no idea who this vocal, unflinching American is. The 25-year-old was ranked 162nd a year ago, before she put together wins over Madison Keys on her way to the quarters at Indian Wells, Coco Vandeweghe and Venus Williams during a semi-final run in Miami, Victoria Azarenka en route to another semi-final in San Jose, and Carla Suárez-Navarro in Eastbourne.

The reason she is finding success relatively late on is simple: education. Rather than turn pro as a teenager, Collins attended the University of Virginia and graduated in 2016 with an undergraduate degree in media and a masters in business. She was national college champion twice and is the first former collegiate female player to make a major semi-final since Meredith McGrath did so at Wimbledon in 1996. She cites her college experience as a at the Australian Open as she was given the chance to mature before embarking on the grueling professional tour.

“I think not being a superstar at a young age certainly humbled me, made me work harder for things,” . “I was talented and athletic, but maybe not to the level that other players were at, like, 14, 15, 16. Not being a child prodigy, I went a different route. I wasn’t really sure if I could make it playing professional tennis when I was that age. Going to college was really crucial for me and my development. I think it’s made me hungrier.”

It shows, especially in her wins against Pavyluchenkova and in the last 16, during which the 2016 champion only won two games. At one point Collins repeated the German’s “come on!” yell after winning a point – except louder and more purposefully. It was a cry that teetered close to provocation.

She knows not everyone appreciates her on-court temperament – habits inherited from the rowdy environment of college matches – but she thrives on that discomfort, admitting: “I’m feisty. I love making it kiny Ings.The veteran frontman played a pivotal role as his side picked up a key victory against Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday.Ings has seven goals in seven games, and is the third Saints player to ever score 10 Premier League goals befnd of a war. If somebody wants to get in my face on my unforced errors, I have no problem getting right back at them and making it a feisty match.” Her confidence on the court is as enjoyable to watch as her main weapon: her two-handed backhand. Indeed, it’s almost more fun to witness her succeed because she is so unapologetic.

At points, her boldness can come across as gamesmanship. Against Pavlyuchenkova she twice “forgot” new balls had been put in play and lost a point before realizing she hadn’t changed racquets to accommodate springier balls. The second time, late in the match, Pavlyuchenkova complained Collins was violating the serve clock by heading to the bench in the middle of a game to fetch her racquet. One instance, Pavlyuchenkova appeared to be suggesting, could have by moved to Juve in the summer on a free transfer, but has found it difficult to get game time.The Italian champions have a packed midfield and Rabiot is often the odd one out under Maurizio Sarri.Footmercato says Everton have contacted Rabiot’s motheeen a reasonable mistake but the second was harder to chalk up to forgetfulness.

Are her on-court escapades and interview soundbites merely her media degree emerging as another weapon in her arsenal? Or is it just her distinctive personality working to her advantage on a tour where she is a comparatively uninhibited player?

It is most likely a mix, and that mindset has got her close to winning a major. On her third match-point against Pavlyuchenkova her victory came on a slight delay when the Russian challenged the call. This time the challenge went Collins’s way and she got loud once again, screams accenting fist pumps as she celebrated. She’ll next play the two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in a rematch of a loss in Brisbane a few weeks ago, which Collins said was “one of the best matches I’ve played”, despite the outcome.

After dispatching Kerber, Collins admitted in her on-court interview: “I may not have won a grand slam match before this week but I gotta tell you, I think it’s gonna keep happening.” Her prediction hasn’t been disproved yet, and that confidence now has her two matches from on-loan with Killie this season.“The person who deals with players on loan from Liverpool came up to watch me when we played Hearts away,” he told the Kilmarnock Standard.“He said I was good, he said I was defensively decent and going forward I the title.

Phillies prospect Matt Imhof quits baseball at 23 after losing right eye


Philadelphia Phillies pitching prospect Matt Imhof has announced his retirement from baseball at the age of 23, just seven months after losing his right eye in a freak training accident.

, Imhof confirmed he was walking away from the game young, but insisted that it wasn’t because of his injury. “My injury is not whcelotti can bring the glory days back to Goodison Park.Sharp’s goals helped the Toffees to two titles, an FA Cup triumph and success in the European Cup Winners’ Cup in a ­decade in which Merseyside led the way, Liverpool winning the First Division at’s stopping me,” Imhof wrote. “The truth is I need a change of pace after 20 years of doing the same thing.”

In June last year, Imhof was taking part in a resistance-training exercise in Florida, where he was playing for the Clearwater Thrashers, when a metal hook broke away from the wall and slammed into his face. He fractured his nose, broke two orbital bones and severely injured his right eye. “Everything went numb as I hit the ground screaming. I could feel the warmth of the blood running down my face and taste it in my mouth,” he wro Marc-Andre Ter Stegen insists there’s no problem between the players and the board.Gerard Pique has accused board members of planting stories in the local press blaming the players for their poor start to the season.But after victory in the Championte.

Doctors in Miami did their best to repair the damage to his e Arsenal legend has just taken charge of Roots Hall.He told the Mirror, “I don’t want to be pigeon-holed as a firefighter. I had a couple of interviews in the summer, at clubs whose natural habitat was mid-table, but this job was like a ­boomeraneye, but after learning of the seriousness of the injury, Imhof chose to have it removed. He now wears a prosthetic eye.

published on 30 June, five days after the accident, Imhof revealed the extent of the damage.

“Doctors informed me that the damage to my eye was extreme, and essentially that my eye had been crushed like a grape,” he wrote. “The doctors told me they were going to do everything possible, but in all likelihood I would never regain the sight in my right eye. After discussions with my family, it was decided that the best chance I had to live a normal life was to have my right eye removed and a prosthetic eye put it.”

In his ESPN essay, Imhof said it had been a difficult few months, and recounted the tears and the anger and confusion – but said he was determined not to let the injury define him.

“I had two options,” he wrote. “I could let this injury define me. I could be angry – no one would blame me for that. I could be depressed, feel sorry for myself and live in the past. I could let the rest of my life be defined by the worst day of my life. Or, I could pick myself up, dust myself off and move on.”

Imhof was taken 47th in the 2014 draft. He played two-and-a-half minor league seasons with four different teams, and posted a 13-10 record with a 3.69 ERA.

“I am blessed that I was able to play this game for 18 years and will never forget the lessons it taught me along the way,” he said. “Although I am stepping away from playing the game, baseball will always hold a special place in my heart.”

Alex Rodriguez to be released by Yankees, ending controversial career


Alex Rodriguez, one of the most talented and controversial players in the history of baseball, will be released on Friday by the effectively ending his playing career.

He will take up an advisory role with the team after his final game on Friday night.

The New York Yankees slugger announced the news at a press conference on Sunday morning, bringing an end to in which he recorded 696Paul Pogba about the public criticism from his agent Mino Raiola.Raiola recently held an inteBesiktas are pushing for Burnley defender Ben Gibson.Sky Sports says Burnley have rejected a loan offer – with a view to buy – from Besiktas for Gibson. The former Middlesbrough captain struggled to force his way into Sean Dyche’s team last season after suffering two separate hernia injuries. Gibson arrived from Boro for £14m last summer.rview with Italian publication La Repubblica, in which he stated he would not send any of his other clients to United.He also insisted United are “a club out home runs (), 2,084 RBIs and a batting average of .295. He was a 14-time All Star, a three-time American League MVP and led the AL in home runs on five occasions. He won his sole World Series with the Yankees in 2009.

“We all want to keep playing forever,” said a tearful Rodriguez on Sunday. “But it doesn’t work that way.”

Rodriguez also reflected on the game he is stepping away from. “This is a tough day. I love this game and I love this team,” he said. “And today I’m saying goodbye.”

However, the 41-year-old has been in a slump this season, batting just .204 with nine home runs in 216 at-bats. The signs that Rodriguez’s career was coming to an end have been clear since the end of last month. He has started only once in 14 games since 22 July, and has homered just twice since 3 June. He is owed $21m this season and was due to make $21m in 2017, the final season of a $275m, 10-year deal with the Yankees. It is believed the Yankees are contractually obliged to pay Rodriguez his full salary for both 2016 and 2017.

Many considered Rodriguez’s deal, the biggest in baseball history when it was signed, an albatross round the neck of the Yankees who have been paying a huge salary to an ageing player.

“After spending several days discussing this plan with Alex, I am pleased that he will remain a part of our organization moving forward and transition into a role in which I know he can flourish,” said Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner in a statement. “We have an exciting group of talented young players at every level of our system. Our job as an organization is to utilize every resource possible to allow them to reach their potential, and I expect Alex to directly contribute to their growth and success. runs through his blood.

“He’s a tireless worker and an astute student of the game. Alex has already proven to be a er Tuesday’s Champions League win.Saul Niguez’s fourth minute goal was enough to hand Atleti the advantage in the last-16 tie.Liverpool were left fuming when Diego Simeone’s men celebrated wildly at the final whistle.And on Wednesday Atletico were kewilling and effective mentor to many players who have come through our clubhouse, and I am confident that this next phase of his baseball life will bring out the best in Alex and the next generation of Yankees.”

But while Rodriguez’s talents are undeniable his career will always be associated with performance enhancing drugs, something that will always raise questions about the legitimacy of his remarkable achievements. He for his part in , in which MLB players were accused of involvement with performance enhancing drugs allegedly supplied by the now defunct South Florida anti-aging clinic.

“No matter what happens, I’m at peace with myself,” Rodriguez said on Tuesday. “I think I can contribute. I think I can help out in the clubhouse but if not, I have two beautiful daughters waiting for me in Miami.”

Rodriguez returned last season, and enjoyed initial success before a late slump left him with a .250 average for the year with 33 home runs and 86 RBIs.

Swansea City’s owners to make huge profit with sale to US investors


The owners of , whose partnership with the supporters trust has long been hailed as ideal for a British football club, are set to make millions by selling their shares to American investors. The deal, signed in principle by the chairman, Huw Jenkins, values Swansea at around £100m, exactly 100 times more than the £1m paid for the club by the nine shareholders, including the trust, during and after a financial crisis in 2002.

The agreement proposes the eight shareholders apart from the trust – which owns 21.1% of the club and whose elected director, Huw Cooze, was furious at being kept unaware of the negotiations – sell most of their shares to a consortium led by the US sports team investors Stephen Kaplan and Jason Levien. Intense discussions since have led to suggestions not all the shareholders will sell, and Levien and Kaplan may buy only a 60% stake, but their valuation, for a club awaiting the next tranche of vast TV fortunes starting next season, remains around £100m.

So Jenkins’ 13.2% stake, which cost him £125,000 to buy, is valued at £13.2m. He is understood not to be planning to sell all his shares and isFormer Premier League manager Neil Warnock has hailed the improvement in Sheffield United midfielder John Fleck.Warnock says he was offered the Scot when in charge of Cardiff City.He told talkSPORT: “I think they had been tempted to let him go two or three times.“I had his agent on a while ago saying ‘I think he’ll be leaving the club’ but what’s he done? He’s done it on the pitch. He’s worked his socks off, scored important goals and been part of that dressing room.“They’ve got a great chance of getting in Europe. An absolutely great chance.” likely to remain the chairman if the takeover completes, because he is widely credited with having run the club with great acumen, alongside the other directors. The local hotelier Martin Morgan and his wife, Louisa, are the largest shareholders with a 23.7% stake, which cost £225,000 to buy; it is now valued by Kaplan and Levien at around £23.7m. Martin Morgan is said not to be intending to sell, and Levien may try to have separate discussions with Louisa Morgan, who controls more than half of their stake.

One of the original 2002 investors, the South African businessman Brian Katzen, owns 10.5% of the club, as does his business partner, Jeffrey Crevoiserat; the stakes cost each man £100,000 when Swansea were floundering near the bottom of the Football League at a rundown Vetch Field, and are now valued at £10.5m each. Robert Davies, another original investor, also a financial backer of Swansea’s Ospreys rugby union region which shares the Liberty Stadium, also has a 10.5% stake.

The Dutch investor John van Zweden, and Leigh Dineen, formerly the trust’s elected director who bought his own shares for £50,000, both have stakes of just over 5%, now valued at £5m.

The millions to be made by the shareholders who do sell follow £4m already paid to them all in dividends over the past four years – £1m, in effect their original stakes repaid, each year from 2012-15 since Swansea have been in the Premier League. Paid proportionately according to their stakes, Jenkins has received more than £500,000; Martin and Louisa Morgan £900,000; Katzen, Crevoiserat and Davies £400,000 each, and Van Zweden and Dineen around £200,000 each.

The trust, for its 21.1%, has been paid more than to catch up with Arsene Wenger over the weekend.The pair are attending a UEFA educational program.Arshavin played for the Gunners between 2009 and 2013.Arsène Wenger has been photographed with Andrey Arshavin at an event in Paris. The Russian joine £800,000, which it has used to buy new shares and for a “rainy day” fund. Established as a mutual, democratic, not-for-profit body during Swansea’s 2001 financial crisis, with the help of the fan-ownership initiative Supporters Direct, the trust’s members who have provided contributions for the £200,000 investment cannot cash in personally if the trust ever sells.

Cooze, who has told he was “pretty damned hurt” at the secrecy of the negotiations, is now seeking to rebuild bridges with his co-directors and safeguard the trust’s position. Levien’s revised suggestion to buy 60% is intended to show the trust a preparedness to work with them, after supporters’ hostile reaction to the proposed acquisition of 75.1% control.

Cooze and the trust’s chairman, Phil Sumbler, say they knew the other shareholders would sell at some point and are sanguine about them making so much money. They mostly want to know whether the sale to Levien and Kaplan, which Jenkins he believed “will help the club progress on and off the field”, will bring actual investment into the club itself.

“There is no point in a deal without money for the club; that would just be a sale for the shareholders’ personal gain,” Sumbler said. He pointed out that supporters’ unpaid work and donations have contributed to Swansea’s remarkable revival over the past 15 years and massive increase in financial value. “The shareholders are mostly lifelong fans, and we have always believed throughout our partnership with them that they have the best interests of the club at heart.”

Levien, a lawyer, is the managing general partner of Washington’s Major League Soccer team, DC United, having previously been involved at three NBA basketball franchises, including the Memphis Grizzlies, to which he introduced Kaplan as an investor. Kaplan, the principal of , is thought to be the largest proposed investor in the acquisition, with several others so far not named.

Levien has been assuring people they have substantial money and are not financing the deal with debt.

In meetings with the shareholders in Swansea last week, Levien is understood to have emphasised their plan is to develop the club but has not made firm promises that the consortium will invest new money of their own for signing players or expanding the stadium. Like other US investors increasingly taking over clubs, Levien and Kaplan are attracted by the Premier League’s success, the huge TV income, expected to be £8bn across the league for the three years from next season, and the prospect of growth in popularity and earnings, particularly in America, over the next 10-15 years.

The US culture of sports team ownership is much more avowedly commercial than British football’s traditional local “benefactor” shareholders, who have mostly sold out in the Premier League years. Investors in American sports seek to make money by growing their franchises commercially and therefore increasing their value, and that of their own stakes. Levien and Kaplan’s plan is to do the same at Swansea, and promoting the club in the US is thought to be a key feature of the proposed deal.

All of which is a world away from the crumbling, loss-making club the shareholders, galvanised by the trust and wider supporter efforts, bought for £20,000 in January 2002, putting the rerney jokes that he was at a local park when he got a call about his move being complete.The Scottish left back made a deadline day move to the Premier League giants from Celtic.When asked about how he spent the past 24 hours before the finalising of st of the money in to pay off debt. Chroniclers of Swansea’s spectacular upward flight since occasionally miss out two key boosts: a company voluntary arrangement, by which creditors settled for only 5p in every pound, and the great gift of the £27m Liberty Stadium, which is still owned by the local council.

Now, as thousands of jobs locally are , the Swansea City shareholders’ proposed gains highlight again modern football’s stand-out riches, in increasingly post-industrial cities where the clubs evolved more than a century ago.

Jenkins and Dineen declined to comment on the proposed sale, citing confidentiality agreements. Katzen said of his original motivation that he was keen on football and the challenge, and said they were all determined to make progress and run the club as a business, but never envisaged the success they have had, and these exponential profits.

“It has been 15 years, a lot of work; it’s not a quick buck,” Katzen said. “Nobody expected to get anything out of the club at the beginning.”

porting director Michael Zorc accepts they’re on b


The have fallen on hard times during its seven-game losing streak. The team is batting .191 (er Barcelona whizkid Jordi Mboula is back in Spain.The AS Monaco winger has been sent on-loan to Huesca for the remainder of the season.Mboula left Barca in 2017 for Monaco, but has struggled to break into the first team. He was sent to Club Brugge l43 for 224) with no home runs anent regarding Kante’s transfer to the Blues from Chelsea a few years ago.It got to the stage where an armed thug threatened to kill the star’s agent.Mediapart has revealed details aa Dortmund fans.For the final home game of the season, USA international Pulisic was presented with yellow flowers on the Westfalenstadion pitch minutes before kick-off in the Bundesliga match with Fortuna Dusseldorf.”Dortmund will always feel like hbout the saga through their investigative reporting.The site reportedd just 11 runs scored during the losing streak, according to .com.

Chicago has also been shut out three times and the last time the White Sox lost seven in a row was Sept. 9-17, 2011.

van Dijk admits they targeted Manchester United’s


The waived minor-league pitcher Saturday to clear up room on the 40-man roster for the acquisition of David Huff.

Rondon was strugglingMilan this summer.But he told Fph says Chelsea are threatening to recall Morata from Atletico Madrid if the Spaniards don’t cough vealed Sadio Mane suffered a dead leg and knee injury in Sunday’s 2-1 over Chelsea. The Senegalese was forced off after N’Golo Kante’s mazy run and finish got Chelsea back in the game.”It was a knock on the bone, around the knee, and a dead leg,” saiup some £50million for the forward.Morata joined Atletico on an 18-month loan deal in January, but the Blues can cut the loan short this summer if Dieour Four Two: “It’s a nice feeling when you get praise for your good work, but I’m not thinking about a transfer at the moment.”I’ve just arrived at Everton. I’m happy here.”Brazil are set to take on Qatar and Honduras at Double-A Trenton, posting a 7.46 ERA in 12 appearances. 

g says Norway’s players must learn from their fail


infielder hit a walk-off home run off Reds closer Aroldis Chapman Sunday, sending Philadelphia to a 3-2 win. Galvis’ home run followed Erik Kratz’s solo blast that tied the game at 2.

Galvis, who has four home runs, finished 2 for 4 with one strikeout. He’s batting .428 (9 for 21) with one home run, two doubles and three RBI in nine May games (four starts).

More News CP coach Silas insists Bruno Fernandes is being undervalued.Silas confirmed that Fernandes will feature against Benfica on Friday as a protracted transfer to Manchester United this month remains some distance from completion. Reports in Portugal on named trialist Ravel Morrison in his squad for Portugal.Wilder initially let Morrison train with the Blades for week while he assessed the former Manchester United, West Ham and Lazio attacker, who is a free agent, says the Mirror.The Blades boss ha 03/20/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/12/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/08/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/05/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/05/2020 • by RotoWire Staff cho insists he has no problem with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.Sancho left City in 2017 after rejecting the offer of a new contract. He joined Borussia Dortmund for £7m, and has gone on to score or assist 37 goals in 55 appearances at the Wes 03/04/2020 • by RotoWire Staff

Oswalt is out to reclaim his spot in the game and formerly excellent rep


Former pitching star recently signed a deal that will guarantee him a flat $1.5 million if he makes it to the majors, and a bit over $4 million if he hits his incentives. But Oswalt’s real incentive has nothing to do with money.

While he mostly aims to show he can still pitch, it’s true a decent, drama-free year in Colorado could also help him reclaim his once pristine rep, which took a bit of a hit after two missed spring trainings, cameo appearances in the majors, a 10-day sabbatical in Philadelphia and a negative overall experience in Texas. Word is, he is taking this chance very seriously and wants to keep pitching in the big leagues beyond this year, spring trainings included.

“Life changes, and sometimes you appreciate your profession a little bit more after you’re away from it,’’ Oswalt’s agent Bob Garber said by phone about his client.

Oswalt was seen as a quiet and consistent star in Houston. While there, he led the league in ERA, wins, winning percentage and he also led twice in games started, showing his great talent, durability and commitment. Six times he finished in the top six in Cy Young voting, including part of his first year in Philly, when he was magnificent. He’s still only 35, so time’s on his side.

But in the last couple of years, longtime baseball people haven’t appreciated his late starts, seemingly picky taste in team choic keen to become the latest Arsenal Invincible to return to the North London side – with the Brazilian open to a coaching role under caretaker manager. Freddie Ljungberg.”For me, as an ex-player, it is amazing when there is some link to the club,” Gile and an inability to fit into a Texas clubhouse that’s seen as a positive environment.

The half-year approach particularly didn’t sit well with some veteran baseball people.

“He thinks he’s Roger Clemens, and he’s not,’’ one baseball executive said.

It’s not like Oswalt is unaware he’s picked up skeptics the past couple of years. He passed on a couple earlier offers but so impressed Rockies executives Bill Geivett and Jeff Bridich they practically signed him on the spot.

“He’s got things to prove, and he’s ready,’’ Garber said. “He’s not going to come back and embarrass himself.’’

Rockies people were impressed by not only his bullpen sessions but also his shape. And they listened to his version of the Texas time. In the end, they need a starter, and they’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. General manager Dan O’Dowd said the session was indeed impressive but will go into the relationship with his eyes open.

“For us, it’s a low-risk gamble,’’ O’Dowd said. “We’re making a half-year commitment.’’

Garber is indeed correct that Oswalt has something to prove. He received some glowing media reports for leaving the for 10 days in early 2011 afted he will leave Atletico Madrid this summer.AS says Manchester City are ready to meet his release clause, but Atletico are thought to be doing everything they can to keep him.But Rodrigo has decided to leave the Wanda Metropolitano in light of the inr a Tornado swept through his home area of Choctaw County, Miss., but right or wrong, many baseball people wondered why he needed so much time when there was no damage to his own home. That was nothing, though, compared to how many have responded negatively to his mid-year arrivals the last couple of years.

It also didn’t help that word got out that Oswalt didn’t fit into the clubhouse, the same clubhouse that welcomed and enjoyed previous mid-year pickups, from superstar to spare outfielder . Oswalt allegedly told folks felt rushed to the big leagues (though quotes from Oswalt saying the opposite last summer were found by @lonestarball). Then later, Oswalt disagreed when they wanted to move him into the bullpen.

This didn’t create a strong impression since Texas had been to the World series two years running. Overall, he went 4-3 with a 5.80 ERA, with nine starts and eight pen appearances

“He did fantastic in Philadelphia. Texas is a blip,’’ Garber said. “It didn’t work out last year. He’d like to pitch in the future for a bit, and he’s not going to be skipping spring training in the future.’’

ted defender Chris Smalling says “consistency” will be key next season.Smalling admits finishing sixth last season wasn’t good enough.”I think consistency,” he told ManUtd.com of what must improve. “Obviously since Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer) has come iThat’d be a big boost to his chances to come back next year. Word had spread two winters ago that Oswalt only wanted to pitch in St. Louis, Houston or Texas in the months before he chose to go with his old friend from the , Nolan Ryan, the Rangers’ CEO (Texas’ baseball department was said not to favor the signing from the start).

Oswalt did take a chance by rebuffing a couple of previous offers this time before going to Colorado, which isn’t exactly known for being a pitchers’ paradise. They do want him only to start, O’Dowd said, which can’t hurt matters.

“It’s a good fit,’’ Garber said. “He’s always had a thing for Denver and Colorado. He’s an outdoorsman at heart. It’s very team-oriented. They did a good job of letting him know they wanted him.’’

O’Dowd is hopeful that their cohesive clubhouse will help him (though the Rangers are known for the same). “We have strong support. The guys have been together for a long period of time,’’ O’Dowd said. “I do think players mold to the environment they’re put it, and we think we have a pretty good environment here.’’

The scene is set. It’s up to Oswalt to prove that last year was an aberration and to regain his form and his rep. It’s fair to say this is probably his last chance.


pool chief executive Peter Moore says the European


The announced Monday starting pitcher hashaus has blasted Manuel Neuer after his agent talked up a departure this summer.Neuer’s agent has revealed that the Bayern Munich captain is considering leaving the club this summer over concerns the squad is not strong enough to match his ambition.M been diagnosed with elbow tendonitis and a mild UCL sprain. He will not thrated Fulham.Hector, 26, was on his fourth consecutive campaign out on loan tardo has joined the interest in Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Tuttosport says Aubameyang is on PSG’s radar ahead of the summer transfer window.The Ligue 1 champions are set to lose Edinson Cavani and Mauro Icardi this summer and are beliehis term at Sheffield Wednesday, where he scooped the club’s player of the season award.Scott Parker rejuvenated Fulham towards the end of the campaign and the Cottagers willow for two weeks and will only resume throwing when symptom-free.

Myers is 0-3 with an 8.02 ERA and 1.59 WHIP through four appearances (three starts). He is being replaced in the rotation by Corey Kluber.

ct a loss of up to £67m compared to last year due


outfielder has shown a bit of a skill change this season, though his old demons came back to haunt him Wednesday.

Jackson has cut his strikeout rate significantly to begin the season, but notched four punch-outs Wednesday. Research has shown that strikeout rate , so there’s a chance Jackson can retain his early season surge. 

More News ochettino is on the radar of Atletico Madrid, it has been revealed.Should they lose their coveted head coach Diego Simeone, Atletico will move for Pochetttino.That’s according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, while speakSaliba.Arsenal are locked in talks with ASSE over a deal for €25-30m. But Caiazzo has reaffirmed their insistence that Saliba be sent back to them on-loan next season.But Caiazzo says: “Our accounts are in balance. It is not vital to sell him. We king on El Chiringuito. 28D ago • by RotoWire Staff 09/21/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 09/20/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 09/18/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 09/12/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 09/08/2018 n to catch up with Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson after Sunday’s defeat at Anfield.At the end of the game, Fred opted to wait in the tunnel for the home side to leave the pitch in order to greet Liverpool shot-stopper Alisson.Liverpool’s Inside Anfield • by RotoWire Staff

its new signing Joao Cancelo won’t be ready for to


outfielder is on fire to begin the season.

Smith, iverpool have dismissed talk of interest from Real Madrid for Fabinho.The Liverpool Echo says reports in South America emerged online on Tuesday afternoon claiming the European champions had agreed a deal worth close to £60million with the free-spenwho has typically been platooned throughout his career, has eight hits in 12 at-bats against lefties. That’s an incredibly small sample, and not one Fantasy owners should trust, but it could lead to more playing time for Smith early in the year.

He’s always hit righties well, and would be a very useful Fantasy option if he continues to hit against left-handers. Smith is hitting .447/.512/.684 in 43 plate appearances this year. 

More News 09/23/2017 • by RotoWire Staff Lukaku has offered him to Juventus.Federico Pastorello met with Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici yesterday to offer him the Belgium international, says TMW. Inter Milan and United are locked in talks over a fee for Lukaku, though negotiations h 09/22/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 09/20/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 09/18/2017 Palace confirmed their relegation.Bamba has missed the latter part of the season through injury.He said after the 3-2 loss: “Yeah it’s obviously a big disappointment. He feels like we missed a trick but it’s a long season of 38 games. It isn’t just t • by RotoWire Staff 09/12/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 09/05/2017 • by RotoWire Staff

ty to break down deep-lying opponents after Sunday


shortstop responded positively to being moved up to fifth in the batting order Thursday against the Brewers. Crawford led the offensive charge in a 7-2 loss, going 3 for 4 with a solo home run, a double and two runs.

Crawford is batting .354 (11 for 31) with three home runs and seven RBI in nine career games aturizio Sarri’s outcasts a clean slate.Lampard is wiping the slate clean with the entire squad as they fly off for a pre-season training camp in Ireland.He said: “Everybody will have the opportunity to show what they can do — their attitude, the w Miller Park. Crawford extended his hitting streak to 11 games Thursday. He’s batting .432 (16 for 37) with three doubles, three home runs and seven RBI during the streak.

More News 03/27/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/24/2020 Joao Virginia from his loan with Reading in January.The Liverpool Echo says Everton inserted a clause in Virginia’s loan move to Reading that allows them to recall the goalkeeper in January.The 20-year-old has made come true.Cech has returned to Stamford Bridge after a career swansong with Arsenal.He told the club’s website, “It has been an amazing journey. “If you are born in Czechoslovakia behind the Iron Curtain then you have a completely different perspectionly three appearances for the Cham • by RotoWire Staff 02/21/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 09/28/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/26/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/19/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

ried Zaha.Rice defended Zaha after fans claimed th


Acquired just days ago, starter took the mound in Seattle Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers. His performance was solid, but not enough to avoid taking the loss in a 6-2 Detroit win. Harang (0-1) threw 95 Van Persie believe that Paul Pogba should clarify his future.Much speculation has surrounded Pogba in the past few months, as he has struggled to recover from an ankle injury.It appears he may require an operation, according to his manager Ole Gunna pitches over five innings and fell victim to Miguel Cabrera. The Triple Crown winner singled home a run off Harang in the first inning and hit a two-run homer off him in the fifth to account for all three runs the pitcher gave up. Harang surrendered seven hits and didn’t walk a batter with six strikeouts in his debut for the Mariners. He’s certainly earned another start and that is expected to come Sunday in Texas.

More News 11/03/2015 • by RotoWire Staff 10/04/2015 • by RotoWire Staff 10/01/2015 • by RotoWire Staff 09/23/2015 Manchester United and Tottenham have been granted club licences by the Football Association to play in the Women’s Super League next season.Meanwhile, Blackburn Rovers and Coventry United have won licences for next season’s Women’s Championship. • by RotoWire Staff 09/01/20hey lost to Liverpool in Saturday’s Champions League final.The Frenchman explained how it’s never any fun losing a final, especially after such a brilliant season.”We live in a society where you feel that if you are not the best you are Mr. Nobody, a15 • by Sean D’Oliveira 08/27/2015 • by Jason Lempert

Hanley Ramirez says he’ll be back sooner than anyone thinks


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If expectations hold, then Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who underwent surgery to repair thumb ligaments on March 22, will be out until at least the middle of May. To hear Ramirez tell it, however, he’s going to be back “much sooner” than anyone thinks.

“Everybody is going to be shocked,” .

Shaikthe Spanish sun!The Finn is being celebrated this week after his hat-trick in victory over Newcastle United, though admits his time with Sevilla wasn’t the right fit.Pukki, 29, recalled: At the end only one token of presence with the first team anck Elseid Hysaj admits he wants to leave.Hysaj was wanted by Atletico Madrid.”I’ll go to the Dimaro training camp tomorrow to discuss the transfer situation for Hysaj,” agent Mario Giuffredi told Radio Marte.“Hysaj is unlikely to remain at Napoli ad cin notes that Ramirez declined to get more specific than that or indicate whether a minor-league rehab assignment would be required of him. However, CBSSports.com’s Scott Miller passes along word that Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told a group of reporters that Ramirez was able to hit off a tee for the first tinder Virgil van Dijk has discussed his incredible stat which showed no player dribbled past him in the entire Premier League campaign.The Dutchman believes his education on the streets of the Netherlands helped him become a European champion – and come on Monday and was slated for soft-toss on Tuesday. All of that makes it indeed sound as though Ramirez is ahead of schedule.

The 29-year-old Ramirez owns a career OPS+ of 128, but he hasn’t performed at that level since 2010. Last season, after the trade to Los Angeles, he put up a batting line of .271/.324/.450 10 homers in 64 games. This season, Dodger shortstops have combined to hit a miserable .167/.250/.238.