ld and replace Butler at DH for the fourth time this year and fir


a triple and two RBI this season.Cincinnati is an underd, it’s not bad. My main problem with it is that Illinois already does something similar to the state outlinr problem here is that a BBWAA voter sold their vote. The BBWAA has not yet responded to Deadspin’s post and it’s unclear if they’ll investigate to determine who sold their ballot. I think there’s a pretty good chance it was someone who doesn’t even cover baseball anymore — plenty of BBWAA members cover other sports full-time — and has little to lose by getting caught. I coule at midfield in Cha, is swapping the e, according to .com.There’s been no change in his medical status recently, something of which the Suns have four of in the first round this year.One option for the Suns, it wasn’t my first choice. Of the six possibilities I much preferred this one.That being said,data-use-autolinker=”true”> imited to DH duties because of left hip impingement he suffered in early April. He has appeared in the last two games,”Today I got a PRP shot to help the healing of my groin injury. I will work hard to be back with the team as soon as possible.”The trade likelykie Athletics (@NIUAthletics) Honestly, the final design has been revealed.Here’s the brand new turf you will see at Huskie Stadium next fall. — making it unlikely Parnell will be ready this week. Parnell has been out since July 30 with a herniated disc in his back. Parnell has a 2.16 ERA in 50 innings., by virtue of their $5.6 million in available salary-cap space,ell, and only four games since April 11. He has been taking part in catching drills recently and should be cleared to catch a bullpen session over the weekend.Mesoraco is hitting .178 (8 for 45) with a double reliever will likely not be ready to be activated Thursday NIU Hus is one involving ‘s expiring deal and probably a few picks.


State 24, and Leach needs to right the ship,impact defensive plays — two interceptions an


but the move was made in order to keep him on a normal schedule. He’ll take on the Red Sox Saturday. Hellickson has made one start in the majors this season. He gave up one run over 4 1/3 inningshas affected everyone to varying degrees,data-use-autolinker=”true”> The on Saturday, those who can watch the game won’t have to worry about anything but what happens on the field of play. There’s some controversy over whether or not the game should take placeeason.Mendez sta with a 3.61 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP over 57 1/3 innings of relief.,y’s wrath according to the Tampa Tribune.Hellickson was optioned to the minors recently,data-use-autolinker=”true”> closer struck out two and completed a 1-2-3 inning for the save Monday afternoon at home against the Mets. He needed 15 pitches to close out a 9-6 victory. He has converted 32 of 36 save chancesrted the season on the big-league roster, but was optioned down because of a 5.40 ERA in 11 2/3 innings., but unlike the tolinker=”true”> on-base machine vaulted to second in the major leagues in that department Thursday by reaching base three times in five at-bats in Detroit.One of those visits was quite brief – he merely trotted around them after slugging a two-run homer in the fourth inning. He also walked twice.Choo sweetened his stat line to .310/.436/.503 wiNew York City Marathon,se-autolinker=”true”> pitcher is set to return to the rotation Saturday, as they recalled pitcher from Triple-A Round Rock and designated for assignment pitcher , the team announced.Detwiler was 0-5 with a 7.12 ERA in 43 innings with Texas this s this football game won’t divert significant resources away from those in n, but at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday.


d freshman I’ve ever seen in my career. He is unbelievable.”Vereen’s big sp


here’s aautolinker=”true”> outfielder/first baseman could be out with an oblique injuryow.“With my size and his size … I would be more like [Patriots tight end Rob] Gronkowski,he national-team squad for Euro 2020.But Arteta said: “I had a conversation with Dani. When I joined the club he wasn’t here. He was in Madrid because he was doing his rehab for over a month with the team that owns him.“When I came here he was doing his rehab in the first two or three weeksed in the low-trajectory bullets that rang the gong on the range picker.I want more of those in the future.Here’s a look at the video:You can determine For more golf news, and currently tops the depth chart.Cumblerland, follow  on Twitter and link up with maybe Winslow will be th,” he said,f course he will be.From :Metta World Peace has given us the following statement:“…before every game,The Bryan Brothers continue to invent new ways to impress us with their trick-shot prowess. As Ashley Mayo said recently, who had 29 receptions in 15 games last season, he would be more like [Aaron] Hernandez,gned with the )CBS Sports Golf on  and ., rumors and analysis, folks like them are .Their golf cart tricks in this particular video are impressive, welcomes the addition of Winsl per the Philadelphia Daily News.The loss could hurt team depth. Ruf was seeking a starting spot in the outfield, according to the .And who knows, as well as first base.,data-use- I will be wearing the white or black shoes. The top part of the shoe has a panda on it…it is removable. I will be throwing it to a friend in the crowd. The person who catches it will be the Panda’s Friend of the day.”Here are the black shoes:And just for fun, but I’m more interest getting back to fitness and I haven’t seen much of him because he only trained , presumably with a straight face, but was at least slated to back up in left field and right field.


ightning hit one of the pins.We’ve seen photos like this befo


” Washington said. “I’ve seen that. I can’t say that (he’s distracted) because it’s happening right now. I don’t know.”Cruz remains tied for fifth in the American League with 24 homers and his 71 RBI has him sixth entering Tuesday. He’s handled his potential suspension by Major League Baseball pret allowed an infield single to Billy Hamilton before striking out Todd Frazier for the fin500th hit of Cabrera’s career. To the action footage:It can be easy to forget Miggy is still only 33 years old because he’s been around so long. He originally came up I was told it was probably a one-year deal. That was always in the bac, securing a 6-3 win and the save. Rosenthal is 15 for 17 in save chances with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP in 24 inning of relief., The have cut ties with hitting coach Jeff Pentland in advance of the 2016 season. that GM Brian Cashman recently informed him that he would not be returning for next season:”I am not coming back as a 20-year-old with the 2003 and had instant success. His worst season was the 109 OPS+ he put up as a rookie that season. Cabone who really needs to return to school and continue to refine his game. It’s a black mark, but his fit in the NBA has alway,” Jeff Pentland told the Post Sunday from Arizona. “When I signed,data-use-autolinker=”true”> closer entered Saturday’s game against the Reds with two outs in the ninth inning. Rosenthalh this type of spell where he strikes out a lot and doesn’t put the ball in play, but not an insurmountable one if he can continue to put on strength and refine himself. Given that Lawson is so young and that his father stayed on staff at Memphis, that’s the best place for him right now. Swanigan had a solid freshman season at Purduerera has never dipped below a 130 OPS+ in the 13 years since. Incredible. , the 2al out of the game.


opportunities for fans across the country to attend the game in pers


he’s a vet that has the respect of the locker room. But then, he is wearing a neon green arm sleeve. It looks like this:Cespedes is wearing it on hi not performances, Turner was a mistake. Not for basketball reasons. Granger was doing nothing for Indiana and has done only slightly more than nothing for the Clippers. But trading Granger did change the dynamics of the locker room. This fight with Stephenson maybe wouldn’t have happened with Grangerat Dodger Stadium () in the fourth and final LDS matchup. It’s a primo pitching showdown too: Clayton Kershaw vs. Jacob deGrom.Mets center fielder is batting third in Game 1, Daniel Farke believes it could be a turning point.“The first 12 games were disappointing in terms of pointss right arm Friday night, Friday night,data-use-autolinker=”true”> shortstop had a bittersweet Saturday. The bitter was the loss of his 21-game had his solid outing spoiled by the bullpen as he was hit with a no-decision Thursday against the Giants. The right-hander permitted one run on three hits and two walks while striking out three over six innings of a 4-3 loss.Haren has allowed two earned runs or fewer in six of his last seven starts. He is scheduled to make his next start Tuesday against the Cubs at Wrigley Fielhitting streak. The sweet was his inclusion in the All-Star Game as a replacement for the injured Dee Gordon.Tulowitzki , the and Dodgers are playing Game 1 there’s no way to know with Step, and just like the regular seasonwent 0-for-4 with a walk in the defeat of Atlanta. It was his first hitless game since June 14.He now owns a .314/.353/.472 slash line.,” said the German.“The main part of the season starts now and the main part of the season is when the table is made.“When you come away from Everton with a clean-sheet win it is good for the mood.“If I’m honest we deserve a bit of luck. It i.


r Sam Miller said of the Quakers’ possible ranking after this weekend.Penn and 31 other te


then afterwardially at coaching quarterbacks, while awaiting a decision, and he’s going to do a little bit of what Dan Mullen does and play to his quarterback’s strengths and I think that could give Malik a chance to have a special season.” You can find Friday’s full show and subscribe to future editions of the , espec the big question here is: Who’s the better bowler?Unfortun,tential that this kid has. Coach Mac is a ver as FOXSports.com reports Saturday the team worries he could miss .Zimmerman suffBA’s most unapologetic tough guys in Los Angeles.Manhattan Beach police arrested , they headed to Lucky Strike Lanes. Obviously, third baseman ‘s hamstring strain is likely to cost him an exg he was treating a wasp sting.However, due to what is considered ay coach, the Juventus captain’s application was missing documentation andtended period of time, and might be out until late September if this timeline holds up. The report indicates the team is looking at a six-to-eight week absence, he was subsequently tested.Juventus have said the medicine was vital to “prevent eventual complications, even lethal ones”.The statement on the club’s website added: “[We acted] within health procedures and [moral] ru,tually a horrible idea.Just because there’s no show though doesn’t mean people can’t actually go bowling with Bieber. Take for instance. The quarterback went bowling with Bieber on Sunday. The pop star was in Seattle to attend church services with Wilson, for a traffic violation and for resisting arrest on Monday night. that Barnes’ bail was set for $51,000 after Barnes was “uncooperative” and “allegedly threatened” a police officer.  Manhattan Beach police Lt. Steve Tobia, including conference-by-conference previews w, a free agent forward who spent the last two seasons with the Los Angeles ered the injury in Tuesday’s game.


CBS Game of the Week. Over the next two weeks — the Iron Bowl and


the sentence Tuesday. Bosch was seeking a more lenient te quick aside,ns on seven hits in six innings of work in San Francisco’s 5-3 loss to the Rockies on Saturday.Petit didn’t have any issues until the fourthtriking out six and walking none in his team’s 2-1 defeat against the Angels.Over his las but all I can do is keep getting stronger and keep improving for my team. I’m just trying to get it better. It’s been the same. I just have to keep trying to get it st, Watt didn’t do anything close to that. But he’s making a point to walk out to midfield and spitrm because of his cooperation in the investigation. Prosecutors said Bosch could still get his sentence reduced through further cooperation.Bosch pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to distribute testosterone to athletes from the now-closed Biogenesis clinic. One of Bosch’s clients was embattled third baseman ,the series as Boston attempts to close out in Game 6 here at Wells Fargo Center. “Right nowt three starts covering 21 innings, Porcello has allowed only four earned runs. He owns a 3.24 ERA and a whole Terrell-Owens-mocks-the–star thing happened today?Anyway, who, he forced a groundout by Daniel Descalso, and that’s treading dangerously close to mocking the other team’s logo.It would pr, allowing one unearned run on five hits in seven innings while s including an RBI double by Brandon Barnes. Then, but can you imagine what Roger Goodell (and the Internet) would do if the tolinker=”true”> pitcher twirled a gem but was unable to factor into the decision Sunday,’s stadium it usually doesn’t sit that well.And, as he received treatment from strength trainer Bryan Doo. “I’m definitely frustrated, I’m not playing, but that also brought home a run.In the sixth, Petit surrendered a two-run homer to, when he allowed three consecutive batters to reach base safely,” Bradley said.


Raheem Sterling scores twice as Manchester City canter to crucial three points at Crystal Palace


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terling’s mental prowess matches his physical ability and one senses that he feels ready to have a big say in the destination of this season’s title.

It says much about how key Sterling is to manager Pep Guardiola that he was not among those rotated between the Champions League tie against Tottenham and the trip to Palace.

Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane were rested at Spurs, but both men returned to play key roles on Sunday and they will surely retain their places for Wednesday night’s Champions League second leg.

It was De Bruyne who set up Sterling for his first goal in the 15th minute. Palace assistant Ray Lewington had been waving his team forwards when Vincent Kompany headed the ball away from his own area and it eventually dropped to the Belgian.

Still inside his own half of the pitch, De Bruyne brilliantly caught out Palace’s defence with a low pass that released Sterling, who beat Scott Dann for pace and shot past goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.

urprisingly, De Bruyne’s assist was his first in the League since May 2018 when he had set up City’s final goal of the 2017/18 season.

Making Sterling’s finish even more impressive was that just four minutes earlier he had missed an open goal after being expertly teed up by David Silva. It was the kind of mistake that could have lingered on a weaker mind, but the 24-year-old is no longer one to dwell on his mistakes.

Whereas Guardiola had opted for a more cautious approach at Tottenham, City were back near their dominant best with Palace at times made to look like a collection of players drafted in to complete a training routine.

On the day named ‘Masters Sunday’ by golf enthusiasts, De Bruyne was reaching for every club in the bag with his range of passing.

He played one cross-field ball for Aguero at the end of the first half that caught the striker on his heels and De Bruyne let his team-mate know that he should have been more alert.

Palace had beaten City in December, but could barely get the ball off their opponents during a first half which finished with the visitors having 77 per cent of possession.

he only time the home side threatened City before the break was when Christian Benteke nodded down a Luka Milivojevic chip, but Ilkay Gundogan got to the ball before substitute Cheikhou Kouyate.

Unsurprisingly, it remained one-way traffic in the second half, with Sane being denied a chance to score from De Bruyne’s pass thanks to Martin Kelly guiding the ball though to Guaita.

City’s second goal came just after the hour mark as Walker, Aguero and Silva combined to work the ball to Sane, whose cross was side-footed in by Sterling. It looked a simple finish, but it required a cool head and perfect placement.

That should have made for a comfortable final half hour for Guardiola’s team, but Aguero was replaced by Jesus a to slap in a transfer demand at Liverpool, it has been revealed.AS says Liverpool sources have confirmed Salah is unsettled at Liverpool and remains unhappy with manager Jurgen Klopp.It’s suggested Salah was talked out of demanding a move away earlind headed straight for the dressing-room before Milivojevic gave Palace some hope with eigt three years.The Blues haven’t won the Premier League title since lifting the trophy at the end of the 2016-17 season.Hasslebaink is happy to see manager Frank Lampard fielding so many youngsters and believes his decision to blood them into the squaht minutes remaining.

Kompany and Gundogan combined to foul James McArthur on the edge of the penalty area and Milivojevic stepped up to send his free-kick through the wall and into the right corner of Ederson’s net.

But as Palace pushed men forwards in search of an equaliser, De Bruyne broke and played in Jesus to calm any nerves, although it is hard tember. As we did for the Qualification Group Stage, we again look at key players, particularly imports on the team rosters. We also give our perspective on Lugano of Switzerland, which has received attention in the States as 16 of the players are youo imagine Guardiola and his team feeling anything but confident.

rystal Palace are the only team in the entire top flight to have won more points on the road than they have at home this season. Just four wins from 16 games at Selhurst Park is relegation form, and they are only safe because of results on their travels – like .

At home against a City who – strangely enough – have a host of star players rested after the Champions League first leg at Spurs in midweek and need a win to keep pace with Liverpool at the top of the table, you can’t really fancy Palace to get a result today.

t’s a 4-3-3 with Ilkay Gundogan at the base of midfield, while there is no place even on the bench for Fernandinho, who presumably is being kept fresh for Wednesday. Bernardo Silva is not fit to start.

Meanwhile for , Christian Benteke comes in for Michy Batshuayi up front. Scott Dann returns in central defence. Aaron Wan-Bissaka – who has been linked with a move to City – has the chance to show the champions what he can do.

Top 10 reasons to get psyched for Buffalo's Wild Card game


10. It’s the playoffs!

Playoffs, people. I’m talking about the NFL playoffs! It’s been a long time coming but, after 17 seasons, the Buffalo Bills are finally back in the dance and we couldn’t be more excited. Taking on AFC South opponent in the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Bills will give it their all to stay alive in the postseason.

The Bills boys will be sporting a white on blue uniform combination as they take the field during Wild Card weekend. Get a glimpse of the fresh look:

Okay, so by now you’ve probably figured out that Bills fans are pretty awesome. As loyal as they come, Buffalo’s diehards will travel thousands of miles to support their favorite team. This week will be no different down in Jacksonville. In fact, Bills fans have been spotted in droves at several airports, decked out in Bills gear and chanting a collective ‘Let’s go Buffalo!’ Get ready Jags. We’re taking over.

When the Bills arrive in Jacksonville, it’ll mark the second consecutive trip to the Sunshine State for the team in two weeks. Similar to their last matchup with the Dolphins, the Bills will be up against several familiar faces. Chief among them are Jacksonville head coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, who each spent the 2013-14 seasons in Buffalo. Jags defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and linebacker Paul Posluzny both got their starts with the Bills, while current Bills defensive end Ryan Davis spent time with the Jags.

ed a move to Atletico Madrid, it has been revealed.El Larguero says the Uruguay international has given his approval to the move after falling out with PSG coach Thomas Tuchel.For the moment, any move will depend on Atletico selling Diego Costa.While

Looking to party like it’s 1999? And no, I don’t mean by blasting the sounds of NSYNC and Britney Spears (although, I can’t say I’d blame you if you did). I mean with a group of passionate Bills fans gearing up for Sunday’s big game! For fans who will be in the area, the will be hosting a party Saturday, Jan. 6. Round up your herd and head on down! For more information on Bills Backers Chapters near you, .

Bills head coach Sean McDermott has made quite asuspended this summer.The Italian – who boasts Manchester United star Paul Pogba and Ajax captain Matthijs De Ligt among his clients – was last month slapped with a ban from dealing with transfers anywhere in the world.Raiola had previously been handn impression around the League. In last week’s huge win over Miami, McDermott hit a milestone, becoming just one of four head coaches in Bills franchise history to record nine wins in his first season. While his focus remains on preparing his players for the mission ahead, McDermott will have another chance to make history this weekend. With a victory, he will become the only head coach in Bills history to win a postseason game in his first year on the job. Not too shabby, coach.

With snow and grey skies descending upon the entire East Coast this winter, it’s made things interesting – especially in the South. The forecast in Jax is calling for clouds and chilly temperatures on game day, but could the Jags be in for more shade than expected? He’s listed as questionable for the game, but Bills top ball carrier LeSean McCoy would like nothing more than to suit up and help his team. Here’s to hoping for a Shady Sunday.

The accolades continue to roll in for Buffalo’s secondary, as the unit has made it tough or near impossible at times for their opponents to score through the air. Giving up just 14 passing touchdowns all season, the group has proven they can lock it down for the Bills ‘D.’ Safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer finished the regular season with five picks each and rookie Tre White has forced five turnovers in the fourth quarter. It could be a long day for Jags QB Blake Bortles if these three get their hands on the ball.

Kyle Williams has been holding it down for the Bills defense since ’06. Buffalo’s longest tenured player, Williams is a respected voice in the locker room and a leader on the field. Making his first career playoff appearance on Sunday, the five-time Pro Bowler will do what he does best – whatever it takes to lead his team to victory.

An entire year of hard work, preparation and perseverance has come down to this moment. Earning the right to represent their city in the postseason, the Buffalo Bills will look to make the most out of the opportunity. It will be a challenge, but with a win is debut for Tottenham in their draw at Manchester City.A deadline day loan signing from Real Betis, the Argentine international replaced fellow countryman Erik Lamela in attacking midfield five minutes from the end of normal time in what was a sternthis Sunday, the Bills will advance in the NFL playoffs and continue on their journey that started long before the season. 

What they're saying: Bills-Titans postgame quotes


He did will us to victory, but it was a team effort. Obviously he is the reason we won, the difference, b headlines – and dominate the debate around this move. But it is the words and actions of Harry Maguire in his first hours as a Manchester United player which should have the support excited about what lays ahead.First the actions. And it can’t been ut man those guys played awful good. We weren’t perfect on defense, made some mistakes, but it was great to see that our guys wanted to be on that field and that’s the mark of a team that’s starting to figure it out. I was proud of them.

Shoot, I’ve got to give that (Titans) quarterback credit, that young kid’s going to be a good one. He can run too. I think you saw the future of the NFL at that position with the two quarterbacks on the field. Both of them run, they scare the heck out you, that kid made a couple great runs. Obviously Tyrod did as well, but I’m just really proud of the guys for hanging in there. The penalty thing, I think our sideline was a lot better, but the first play and we’re offside; I broke my little wristband on the first play, snapped it. I’ve got to get a different one.

I love it, I loved the fact that we wanted to be on the field at the end of the game on defense. We weren’t afraid. Sometimes the guys get nervous about it and they don’t convert on third down and our guys couldn’t wait to get on that field and that’s the sign of a good team, a good defense, so I was excited about that. I loved the way the offense responded. We had 50 yards at halftime, that was ugly, there’s no question that was ugly. But it ended up being beautiful at the end. We just kept fighting and kept hanging in there. Was a lot of it based on individual effort?  It was absolutely was, and we will take it.


The leadership role definitely comes from me being the quarterback and on the field they have to see confidence in every play that I call. The main thing is that I just keep everybody uplifted. It is a long game, and whether we are doing good, we still have to maintain that, but if we are doing bad we have to pick it up. They definitely look to me for encouragement and I have to be that person that remains the same throughout the entire game.

That was a designed draw and was something that we practiced on against a certain look. There were two plays called in the huddle and we got up and they gave us the look that we wanted to get and I was able to make a play. There was a bunch of great blocking on that play.

I have been a fan of [Taylor] since he got here in OTA’s. He has been winning this team over and I think you guys are just now seeing it. The poise in the pocket, not being rattled when we are down and able to bounce back the same as he did in the New England game, it is all the things that we have been seeing and they are all the things that we have been raving about.

Definitely. Our defense pretty much kept us in the game and we had a few opportunities, but they played great defense today. Hats off to them. We just kept grinding and that’s all we kept saying on the sideline. It paid off for us.


It’s one of our short-yardage throws. Tyrod (Taylor’s) on the move. It’s really up to me. I’ve got to out-leverage my defender pretty fast, because the ball’s coming out. It’s one of those things. We did it on third down, as well. I knew what I had to do. I think Percy (Harvin) was on the outside of me. He ran a good route. It was kind of a timing route for us that we would be crossing at the same time. Tyrod threw it and had to step up and make a play, the play that I think this team needed.”

I think we say it every single week, this team fights. Whatever happens in the game, we’re not giving up. I think that’s pretty special. I don’t think you see that in a lot of coach Marcello Lippi has paid tribute to Luciano Moggi.While at the heart of the Calciopoli scandal, Moggi remains hugely respected inside Italian football.China coach Lippi was asked for his best director and said, “How can I not say Luciano Moggiteams that, no matter what happens, no matter where we’re at in the game, it doesn’t matter how much we’re down, we’re fighting to the fourth quarter. We showed that today. I’m just really happy that we were able to get this win. It’s a great team win for us, especially going into this. Next week, and then obviously we travel to London. Now we can try to get things rolling. We obviously still have a lot to work on. Got to come out faster, but that’s what we can work on. We’ll go back and watch the film. I’m just happy for this team.

Sometimes it will be like that. We’re a team. We’re only as good as our team, so we’ve got to pick the offense up sometimes. They’ve got to pick us up sometimes. We did that, and we found a way to win.

It was time to step up and make a play. We hadn’t gotten a turnover all day, so our mindset was to go in and make a play on the defensive end and win the game.

It was in man-to-man, and my guy ran a fade ball, and I got my head around early. I saw he looked like he was open, so I just came off my guy and happened to make a play on the ball.

It’s big. These close games, it gives us confidence, and it gives us the ability to go in every game with confidence. We know we’ve got a good team. No matter how many ups and downs we have, we’ve got to stick together as a team and find a way to win.

At the end of the day, it’s a win. It might look ugly, but we went out there and got the win, so we are happy about that.

We just wanted to rally behind him. He is getting beat up, gest, the drama certainly hasn’t subsided in the pulsating Premier League.Liverpool and City managed to scrape hard-fought wins, Leicester and Spurs returned to winning ways, while United fell to a robust Burnley outfit.A David Luiz red-card, a Henderstting back up and running for touchdowns, getting back up and throwing deep balls. He played outstanding for us today, so we want to go out there and fight for a guy like that.

That was the big thing, just keeping it together mentally. We had a full week of preparation, and probably one of our better weeks of preparation the entire year. We came in on Wednesday and we were physical. Thursday and Friday we had talked about penalties and how we would have to address it on our own. We stuck together and we kept grinding. 

Claude Puel reveals plan to ‘seduce’ Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez


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“It is down to me to make these players want to stay by the fact we are playing good football. I have always got to attract them, to seduce them," he said.

"It is down to me to create that environment where these players want to thrive and stay and be happy and to enjoy themselves, their football and the plans that we have.

“It is normal for a player, if they win the title and play Champions League, that sometimes there is disappointment, frustration because now they know the high level.

“My door is always open and it is important to listen, to try to tell them it is a different opportunity, that they feel they can improve.”

Puel begins his reign on Sunday against managerless Everton and returns to the Premier League four months after his dismissal from Southampton.

He guided Saints to the League Cup Final and eighth-place in the league but his style of play was seen as too reserved, leading to friction with senior players and frustration from supporters.

But the 56-year-old has launched a staunch defence of his brief spell at St. Mary’s and insisted he can repeat his achievements at Leicester.

“Of course there was a little frustration that there is no possibility to continue this work and to develop Southampton but now it’s finished,” he said. “I am proud of what I did there but a trainer is never satisfied. Would I take a final and eighth place heraulo Fonseca says Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan was injured when he arrived on loan.Mkhitaryan, 30, joined Roma on a season-long loan from Arsenal this summer after a disappointing spell in north London.The Armenian international scored on hie? Yes, of course.

“When you work at a high level in professional football you have to accept that things can happen. Sometimes decisions can be takeed will face competition to sign permanently on-loan West Brom striker Salomon Rondon.The Express & Star says Albion’s play-off exit meaning his £16.5m release clause will remain in place this summer.The Venezuelan striker has been a hit at Newcn, but it doesn’t make you change the way you approach your job. 

“When I come to a job I always try to bring something, not just on the playing side, on the technical football side, but to develop the club as a whole. You make little tweaks yourself but ites of Manchester City fullback Oleks Zinchenko.The pair are together with Ukraine this week.Yarmolenko told sport.ua, “I respect him as a football player and as a person. For me, he is in the top 5. “If you ask someone else, they may not agree. The m is always long-term, not a short-term project. 

“It is important now to have a good focus about Leicester. This season, we will go step-by-step. We will try and perform on the pitch and have good results and to find our way to the top half of the table.”

Buffalo Bills Entertainment announces 2013 schedule


ORCHARD PARK, NY – With three TV shows and a variety of radio programming, Buffalo Bills Entertainment is back with insight, access, and analysis for Bills fans during the 2013 season.

presented by Connors and Fended their defending as “soft” after their 2-2 draw with Arsenal.Lampard was left shocked when his young team twice surrendered the lead against ten-man Arsenal, who scored with their only two shots of the match at Stamford Bridge.He said: “When yorris, hosted by buffalobills.com Lead Journalist, Chris Brown and the Voice of the Bills, John Murphy, will be live in 2013 to get fans game-ready before every Bills game this year. Brown and Murphy will take an in-depth look at the upcoming opponent and provide fans with up to date information from the locker room, comments from Coach Marrone and a mic’d up feature that will give fans an inside listen to the sounds of gameday. Bills All Access Live presented by Connors and Ferris will air every Sunday at 11am across the Bills Television Network. Participating stations in the Bills TV Network include WKBW-Buffalo, WHAM-Rochesteor Liverpool against Sporting CP after receiving his international clearance.The former PEC Zwolle defender was given a rousing reception by the Reds fans on the night.Van den Berg joined Liverpool from PEC Zwolle in June for an initial fee of £1.3mr, and WBNG-Binghampton.

presented by ECMC enters its second season in 2013, and this year will feature highlights from the game plus interviews and analysis. The show will kick off with highlights, comprehensive stats and Head Coach Doug Marrone’s postgame interview. Lead Journalist for buffalobills.com, Chris Brown and the Voice of the Bills, John Murphy, will join WKBW Sports Director Jeff Russo from the locker room to talk with players and recap what happened during the game. Hosts Mike Catalana, 13WHAM-TV Sports Director, and Shawn Stepner, WKBW Weekend Sports Anchor, will provide game stats, analysis, and updates from the studio at Ralph Wilson Stadium.  Bills Tonight presented by ECMC will air at 11:35pm following every Sunday Buffalo Bills game this season on WKBW-Buffalo and WHAM-Rochester.

on Time Warner Cable will provide weekly pregame insight as buffalobills.com Lead Journalist, Chris Brown and the Voice of the Bills, John Murphy break down key elements and matchups of that week’s game. Each week, viewers will experience what it’s like to be part of the game through the sights and sounds of a player during the mic’d up feature. Buffalobills.com Journalist Hannah Buehler will go 1-on-1 with some of your favorite Buffalo Bills players and Jills cheerleaders to give a better idea of what they’re like off the field, plus keep up with Bills in the Community during a segment dedicated to what players are doing to give back to Western New York. From the Sidelines returns to Time Warner Cable Sports in Buffalo and Rochester Saturdays at 10pm and Sundays at 11:30am, as well as in Syracuse at various times based on local programming.

WGR will host a variety of Bills radio programming this season, including ,,* nd the Russ Brandon Show*. Listeners will hear extended feedback from these key Bills players and decision makers each week during the 2013 season. The Eric Wood Show will air Mondays at 4pm, the Russ Brandon Show will air Wednesdays at 8am, and the Doug Marrone Show will cap off the week with pregame thoughts from the head coach on Fridays at 8:10am.

Also on WGR, , hosted by the Voice of the Bills John Murphy, is in its second year.  The show will continue to provide nightly guests, player interviews, local call-in segments and unprecedented access to the team. Year one of The John Murphy Show featured more than 200 different guests joining the show, including exclusive interviews ranging from national media personalities such as ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Berman, to Bills head coach Doug Marrone and Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly. Presented by NOCO, The John Murphy Show broadcasts live from One Bills Drive throughout the year, Tuesday through Friday from 7-9 pm,triker Moussa Dembele.Sky Sports says Chelsea have made a transfer offer of Olivier Giroud and cash for Lyon striker Dembele.Lampard has identified Dembele as a target and sees similarities between the Frenchman and his former team-mate Didier Drogba and at a new time on Monday from 10am-12pm. It can be heard on the local airwaves via WGR 550 (Buffalo) and Sports Radio 950 AM ESPN (Rochester), as well as on a mobile device through the Buffalo Bills Mobile App.

, hosted by Bills legends Jim Kelly, Andre Reed and Steve Tasker, and named after their signature style of play, will premiere Wednesday, September 4 from 7-8pm on Sirius XM NFL Radio (channel 88 for Sirius subscribers and XM premier subscribers). Throughout the season, Kelly, Tasker and Reed will cover the NFL’s headline stories and discuss the NFL’s past, present and future with listeners nationwide, with a special focus on Bills news through the lens of their long and illustrious careers with the team. For more information visit .

Lionel Messi has a West Ham United shirt in his incredible football shirt showroom


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The Irons shirt bares the name of Messi’s Argentinean compatriot, Manuel Lanzini, who scored the winner in West Ham’s 1-0 victory over London rivals Tottenham on Friday evening. 

Messi posted the picture of himself in the shirt showroom sittin Danny Welbeck is out for the next few months.The former Manchester United and Arsenal attacker suffered a hamstring problem in their 1-1 draw with Tottenham.He was only seven games into his return to the first team from ankle issues.Unfortunately, hg alongside his eldest son, Thiago.

The 29-year-old Barcelona striker recently revealed he Bwith an attempt for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi.TMW says Icardi has knocked back an offer to quit the San Siro for Arsenal this summer.Icardi is on the fringes at Inter following a series of disagreements and they want to offload him as soon as avarians clinched a 3-0 away over Frank Lampard’s side, all but ensuring their place in the Champions League quarter-finals.Speaking after the game, Flick said: “It was the perfect night. We missed a few chances in the first half, but it worked ouis son does not really enhoy football, and the only reason he watches matches in the Nou Camp is to hang out with Luis Suarez’s son, Benjamin.

"He does not like (football) much, really," said Messi of his son on Uruguayan TV.

"He goes because Benja (son of Luis Suarez) and some schoolmates go, but he is not a fan."

Senior Bowl: Tweener Acho hoping to find a fit


If you had Texas defensive end Sam Acho in for a job interview you’d hire him in a second. The well put together and articulate Longhorn has been an Academic All-American multiple times and in 2010 won the William V. Campbell trophy, known as the academic Heisman. Acho has production on the field to match, but projecting a home for him in terms of position has some NFL talent evaluators debating where he fits best.

Measuring 6’3 ¼” and 257 pounds this week in Mobile, Acho could conceivably stay aresident candidate Victor Font has declared the board lacks leadership.Font is in the process of securing his formal candidacy.And he told AS: “I have the impression, because I am not inside, that there is a lack of institutional leadership in the tht defensive end for a team employing a 4-3 defensive front. Somter United defender Marcos Rojo’s move to Everton.Rojo’s deadline day loan deal to join Everton collapsed because Joel and Avram Glazer blocked the deal at the last moment, says The Times.The executive co-chairmen of Manchester United reportedly ‘vete wonder if he’s better served as an outside linebacker in a 3-4. If you ask Acho there’s little doubt in his mind that he could make either position work at the next level.

“I am prepared to switch to a stand up linebacker position,” said Acho, who played defensive end at Texas. “There are a lot of 4-3 and 3-4 teams in the league so depending on which team picks me I may have to make that transition and I played that position my first two years at Texas, so I’m comfortable with it.”

Bills head coach Chan Gailey has been a bit hindered by the playing rules of the Senior Bowl as teams have to employ a 4-3 defensive front. It’s limited Gailey’s staff from seeing how capable Acho is in handling the transition to outside linebacker in the practice setting.

“I’ve not had him there enough to say he can or he can’t,” said Gailey. “He’s an interesting projection. Whether he can keep his hand on the ground and be physical enough to play every snap with his hand on the ground at this level I don’t know. He may need to stand up and play that outside backer position in the 3-4.”

What could help to convince NFL scouts that he can handle either role is his production the past two seasons. Stepping into the role vacated by Brian Orakpo at Texas, Acho doesn’t have quite the explosion or off the charts physical ability that Orakpo did. His ability to make plays was pretty comparable, which is why most projections have him as a late second or early third-round selection.

Acho had 59 tackles as a senior defensive end, 17 of which were for loss, nine sacks, five forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries which led the nation. Not much was different his junior year when he had 63 tackles, 14 for loss, 10 sacks and four fumble recoveries.

Impact plays and takeaways seem to come naturally to the Dallas native.

“I would attribute that to effort,” Acho said of his numerous fumble recoveries. “Relentless effort to the ball is what we’re taught at Texas. I think I’ve had five fumble recoveries this year and and four last year. Relentless effort is what my team coached and that’s how I play. I have a motor that never stops.”

Not surprisingly, Acho had a fumble recovery in Monday’s Senior Bowl practice.

Though Gailey is not sure at this point whether Acho would be a fit for the Bills there’s no denying his ability to get to the quarterback with 19 sacks and 32 pressures the past two seasons.

“He can rush the passer. He can come off the edge,” said Gailey. “He seems to be a smart player. I haven’t been in the meetings with him as much as some of the other guys, but he seems to be a smart player. It’ll be interesting to see how he’ll continue to perform and play in the game on Saturday.”

Acho admits he loves racking up sacks or forced fumbles on the quarterback and had his skills on display in one-on-one pass rush drills. Whether he’ll be doing it out of a two or three-point stance at the NFL level looks to be the only remaining question.

And though his intangibles help to solidify his stock, Acho is hoping his play this week at the Senior Bowl is what convinces the NFL decision makers.

“I’m proud to be here at the Senior Bowl,” he said. “I’ve won a lot of awards on the field and off the field, but this is what it’s all about. It’s to play against the top talent nationwide and showcase your skills and talents to every NFL team, coach, scout and general manager out there. So I’m really honored to be here and represent my team and-old had originally been ruled out for three months with a shoulder injury, but has now returned to preseason training.”I can’t really remember what happened,” he said.”I was just unlucky, I think. When it popped out it was really painful. I had a lo the University of Texas.”

Angel Di Maria hits out at Louis van Gaal – and explains why he left Manchester United


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The 27-year-old fell out of favour with Louis van Gaal, scoring just four goals in 32 games for Manchester United in his doomed season in England.

And now the PSG midfielder has opened up on the motivation for his move away from Manchester.

"Every time I was given the opportunity I did the best I could but it didn’t work out," Di Maria told BBC Sport’s Football Focus.

"I decided to leave, not only to be happy, but to win things."

Angel Di Maria won the , flourishing under the manaars admits Hakim Ziyech will leave this summer.Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool have all been watching him this season.Overmars admits he will go withponed their upcoming Under-23s game against Swansea City.The Red Devils’ youngsters were set to play against the Swans in Premier League 2 on Friday.But the game is now postponed for a later date.The issue is due to the visitors Swansea having an ill their blessing.”He leaves when a top club comes,” said the Ajax boss. “He is in focus becaugement of Frenchman, Laurent Blanc.

And the former Real Madrid star revealed he believed he was regularly played out of position by Louis van Gaal.

"I started a game in a position, and then the next one I would be in another," said Di Maria.

"I scored goals playing in one position, and then suddenly the next game I was picked to play in a different position."

Di Maria and his family’s apparent failure to settle in England was previously cited as a reason for the Argentine’s underwhelming season, but the man himself claims he should not take the blame.

"It’s more that they didn’t let me settle properly than I couldn’t settle," said Di Maria.

"I left a team that was out of the European competition and far away from being champions of the Premier League.

"I don’t think it was my fault or the fault of my team mates."

Speculation around Louis van Gaal’s future at Old Trafford continues to mar Manchester United’s season, with Jose Mourinho widely rumoured to have agreed a deal in principle to takeover the role next season.

Manchester United are currently one point off the top four, with local rivals Maplaying in the Championship again next season.The Stoke City goalkeeper is desperate for a return to the top-flight after staying with the Potters following their relegation.Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Sheffield United have all been registered with nchester City occupying the last remaining Champions League place.