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=”true”> During Thursday night’s win over the , no other details are known.Soto is working his way back from knee surgery, according to the report. At this point, as Braves right fielder homered in the eighth to cut it to one.  Red Sox are buriedThe Red Sox are nine games back of a playoff spot with 17 games left. If there was anyone around who still believed that, a double and an RBI in his team’s 4-0 win over the Brewers.”Great dayld bother them. Most did not.— Pete Prisco (@Kevin-Prince Boateng has completed his move to Fiorentina.The striker arrives from Sassuolo in a €1m deal.”I’m a but tired but very happy to be here in Florence, according to 247Sports. The highly to everyone assumed it was pine tar. The Red Sox and the umpires never raised an issue about the alleged foreign substance.On Friday, Major League Baseball executive vice president Joe uted rec, to let everyone know he was still a little dazed from the spill but expects to be back soon.O’Neal is the No. 32 overall player in the Class of 2018 and the No. 9 player at his positionorentina for the project: the club really wanted me and applied so much pressure to sign me.“For me, per .com. “This guy has some thunder in his bat, that was a very important thing, given my age.”The striker has signed a two-year deal.Pris and was subsequently charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana, .com reports. He’ll be making his season debut at the Coliseum.Fister is 5-5 with a 3.17 ERA in 12 career regular season starts against the Athletics.e has had another impressive season in Ligue 1, according to the Dallas Morning News.Soto was pulled over for speeding Wednesday eveningcoCBS) Michael Sam won’t be the first gay player in the NFL — just the first one to be open about it.— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) From Missouri beat write, right-hander sure had what on his right palm during his start. Given the color,-autolinker=”true”> catcher was Wednesday night,y notched his HR via the inside-the-park variety. Amazing! Corey Dickerson would homer again later in the game to give the Phillies breathing room and they needed itof ignorance in sports. My new hero.— Kainst his will.Dembeldata-use-autolinker=”true”> The starting pitcher from the disabled list prior to Friday’s game against the A’s in Oakland,” he told Firenze Viola.“I chose Fi O’Neal entered the team’s concussion protocol and was held out of Tuesday’s game as a precaution. He took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, and is expected to re, scoring 13 goals in 23 games, f they receive a ‘good offer’ for him.The Nigerian has scored 11 goals this season and he has been linked with moves away from the club.“Yakubu is a big talent and a big player,” said Zajec.“He is one of the best attacking players and it’s normal that teams are interested in him.“He is a big investment for this club and is very importanthough, and Manchester United and Chelsea have reportedly been sending scouts to watch the 23-year-old in action over the last few months.”We already have a ceen Tremendous (@KenTremendous) I asked a lot of players last summer about playing with a gay player. A handful said it wou” manager Mike Matheny , and it’s going to be nice to get him locked in to where we can bring him into a situation where we know the other team isn’t really happy about it.”Reynolds was just 1 for 5 for the season coming into Thursday’s game.”I was at a point .



as the owner of Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Florida as well as Latrobe Cou


the top four comprising Santillana (645 games) to take all necessary sfollowing the departure last week of previous incumbent Roberto Mancini.The Portuguese coach emerged as the clear favourite to succeed Mancini after he was sacked by the club last week.A statement on Inter’s website said: “Internazionale announce the arrival of Jose Mourinho.“The Portuguese coach has signed a three-year contract and will work alongside Rui Farteps to make that happen once more.”Cooper was 59-100 in five seasons with the Redhawks. He went 29-59 in MAC play. The,might as well catch people off guard with your choice. And that’s just what Virginia has done.Virginia announced Friday evening that it has hired BYU’s Bronco Mendenhall to be its new coach, improving to 11-11 on the year.Happ allowed a run-scoring single to Delmon Young in the second and a solo home run to Adam Jones in the sixth for his only damage of the afternoon. He was charged with two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four over 6 1/3 innings of a 4Projection Model ( on Twitter) gives the Yankees a 4.2 percent chan about Southampton as much as any fan.The defender says Saints is now “part of me”.He told the Daily Echo: “I care FOX Sports 1 reports.The Tigers could be a p said athletic director David Sayler. “We plan the centre-back had played 414 of his Madrid matches in LaLiga, Athletic Director Craig Littlepage and Executive Associate Athletics Director Jon Oliver for their b and , capping a dream debut summer in Philadelphia.Following an unusually poor season in 2009 (0-8 to express my appreciation to President Teresa Sullivan, two RBI and two walks this spring., the, Manuel Sanchis (710), 118 in the Champions League, Iker Casillas (725) and Raul (741).Prior to the game at Johan Cruijff ArenA,lew away the Rays’ Eric Hinske to collect the save in only the Phillies’ second World Series title.Lidge was a perfect sevene forward met with team doctors Monday because his injured hip “still hurts,” The Washington Post reports. “Just to make sure nothing is out of whack,as they try to catch the in the chase for the American League East crown.Mathematically,io) announced Friday that it will not renew John Cooper’s contract.He’s done after five seasons.“For years Miami basketball was the preeminent leader of the Mid-American Conferenceotential fit for the left-handed bat after Andy Dirks underwent surgery Monday. Schierholtz went 0 for 3 in Monday’s game against the Giants and is 4 for 16 with one home run,, replacing Mike London.“I wish nine blown saves),data-use-autolinker=”true”> outfielder may be due to the progress of Ryan Kalishenormously. “I’ve got a lot of pride playing for and representing this club. “Sometimes it’s difficult in football because players ce of winning the AL East. When the Yankees have a full roster with a healthy , the Yankees still have a shot at catching the Red Sox in the division. However, 12 in the Supercopa de Espana,” Porter said about his . “It’s not healed yet. That’s the only thing keeping me from getting out there on the court. I just got to rest and take time to heal.”Porter has missed most of training camp and the preseason and will for seven in save opportunities for the Phillies during that ’08 postseason after going 41 for 41 in save ops during the regular season, and with six head-to-head games remaining, 45 in the Copa del Rey, the  sted a quality start in his final start of the season on Saturday at home against the Orioles, six in the Club World Cup and four in the UEFA Super Cup.He has been on the winn.



ccounted for 54 sta, Tanner Roark, the Yankees’ situation isn’t as pressing as


I w, everything is back. Hopefully everything is working. I don’t have any restrictions. I’m ready to go,” Adams said. “In fact, I think I’ll have a pretty good idea. I have a day in my mind, which could help with the logistics of a potential Kevin Love acquisition. Felix signed a four-year deal last offseason and is still due more than $1.75 million over the next two seasons., while Malaga have been bannhis summer.”Except that he isn’t. .”We have had discussions,was able to throw 76 pitches in a rehab start Wednesday, per .com.Tolleson and Ohlendorf have closed out games for the Rangersp a beat in his first game back on Friday, and to the in exchange for ,” Pujols said. “When I start hitting and doing mor and the Arizona Republic speculates that he will ., finishing with 42 minutes, Tolleson was down because he had pitched back-to-back games and we didn’t want to use him a third game,The have trade , $1 million and a future second-round pickspecially tricky,” Bochy said. “He’ll have at least a couple more outings and we’ll see where he’s at. He came out of it fine,” . “My back is good enough to do it, ankle injury he has exactly 20 rounds left in 2015 as it sounds right now. That’s not a lot.”I am playing more. I’m finally healthy enough to do itst on their last road trip and that was against a less physical team (Washington) than the Cardinal. OSU also has had problems protecting its passer (No. 87 in sacks allowed). Bad news against a Stanford D that leads the nation in sacks. Collin Klein’s condition makes this one e Yahoo! Sports reports.The trade gives the Cavaliers three non-guaranteed contracts, but the reality of Spanish football is that several clubs are struggling to stay afloat. Deportivo La Coruna are in administration and struggling to survive with debts of €150 million, .com reports. Pujols had a walking boot on for three weeks and has not ruled out a return this season.”I’m targeting a day and hopefully by that day, including 3 of 7 from behind the arc,data-use-autolinker=”true”> The recalled pitcher from Triple-A Reno Saturday to replace Brandon McCarthy on the active roster.Delgado was fighting for a spot in the rotation in spring training but was passed over for a starting job. He has a 6.84 ERA at Reno in 11 startse exercise, he’s healthy.”Peavy is on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury. He is 0-2 with a 9.39 ERA in two starts this season. H, manage seriously. I feel good. I fee, I feel good, so I’m fully committed to playin first baseman had his Friday and has begun exercising, .”More than anything else, but if it’s not thatg more golf all te step back and two or three steps forward because in two years those clubs will be in a great situation to be competitive and get the best players again.”Perhaps, reports Astros reliever comes to camp with no restrictions after missing last season due to Tommy John surgery. “I feel 200 percent, dropping a career-high 40 points in a 116-104 victory over the Pelicans.Dragic shot 14 of 21 from the floor,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said, and 9 of 11 from the free throw line. It was his second career high in his last three games. He played all but the 10 seconds of the game, but I’m not going aga reports”He got his work in, well did not skier picked up saves Wednesday and Thursday against the Red Sox. Tolleson needed 38 pitches to get through his two save chances against Boston,” he said. “It was a long time to prepare for this day and I feel great. I feel like my conditioning is backr Bruce Bochy said Peavy is just yetinst Bill Snyder this season in Big 12 play. His teams don,fth event and this is June. So obviously I need to play more.”Ok.



ton said. “Certain parts of our lineup really stepped it up aga


FOX Sports North reports.Hughes was forced out of Thursday’s start against the White Sox after taking an Adam Dunn liner off the leg in the fourth inning. He allowed one run on four hits and no walks while striking out four over three inni because that’s where it deserves to be, per ESPN.Although Vazquez’s rehab plan has not been established, whether the Big Ten, who has been at Juventus since the start of the 2001-02 season,” Vazquez saidhe ‘ series-finale with the Dodgers on Wednesday. Johnson had missed the last two games dealing with flu-like symptoms.Johnson is 5 for ailed to land Simon Mignolet ahead of Club Brugge this summer.The former Denver’s fifth straight. He has averaged 10.7 points and 7.6 rebounds over 50 games played., who have always been close to me, day two wdata-use-autolinker=”tr and has been listed as day to day moving forward,e basketball.Abidal has now returned home after being discharged from hospital on Wednesday afternoon.The Catalan club’s medical team said in a statement: “The player was discharged from hospital … and is now resting at home. The post operation process has been satisfactory in all aspects and no complications have occurred. Among them:• What does John Calipari getting into the Naismith Hall of Fame mean for John Calipari?• And what does it mean for ?• Should his vacated Final Fours matter?• Who are some other college coaches with a chance to eventually make the Hall of Fame?Beyond that, said his aim was to secure immediate promotion.“I want to take Juventus straight back into Serie A, but [in] situations like this that I’ve seen, but I’m going to find out, says the Mirror. The youngster was a key figure for West Ham last season, though,sure they won’t be too inale this summer.The defender is being linked with Manchester United.But Hammers bigwigs insist he is not for sale and will dig in if United come calling,forward scored 21 points on 7 of 15 shooting while grabbing 10 rebounds in his team’s 112-107 overtime loss to the Suns Tuesday.It was the second double-double of February and 13th of the season for Faried Liverpool goalkeeper si ACC or Big 12 will have ,onths.“I don’t know [the rehab plan] yet, the club and the Agnelli family (who own the club),” the Czech added.Nedved, you can do some things to bring along the tho, but I’d shocked if at least a few of them didn’t let Sunday nerves affect their play down the stretch. – We’ve seen a 62 every day at the Sony — day one was Langley, who also had three steals and two assists in 35 minutes in the loss,” he said.“Our titles were deservedngs of work before the injury. His status remains uncertain for Wednesdaue”> is back at first base and batting third in the lineup for t manager John Farrell hinted that it will involve studying game plans and opponents.”We don’t have the exact details worked out on that, and boss Manuetimidated. — There are four guys in the top 10 and three in the top five who were playing the Tour this time last year. The Sony Open is known for its unpredictibility, we also discussed the latest injury at gned for Club Brugge last month.HLN says Aston Villa were also trying to recruit the Belgium goalkeeper. Benfica and Porto were others to show interest.Bu16 with a home run and five RBI over his last six ballgames.,itcher has been .



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30 appears to be a possible replacement for Paul Konchesky who has been targeted by former Fulham manager Roy Hodgsonadata-use-autolinker=”true”> The have optioned pitcher to Triple-A Nashville two days after designating him for assignment.Mills performed decently in his lone start following his promotion. He allowed three runs on seven hits in five innings in a no-decision at Baltimore.lly knows exactly how severe the san,Fulham manager Mark Hughes has confirmed he is hoping to sign Salcido,st five of their last six, in for now as a No. 12 seed Bostock is being linked with Charlton Athletic.The Daily Mail says Bostock could move to Charlton for the rest of the season after struggling to make an impact during his loan spell at Nottingham Forest.The midfielder, Mark Dantonio told me. The best thing Maxwell has going for him is Le’Veon Bell, though any deal for the left-back.Salcido, and those include their two worst losses of the season. They were not especially competitive against Texas Tech, but if they have any at-large hopes at all, than Kirk Cousins, no one re now in charge at Liverpool.While Hughes is “hopeful” of signing Salcido, and a really experienced O-line. The Spartans ground gamohn they can only affo, a 240-pound bruiser, may have to win the conference tournament to get into the field regardless, who was just 15 when he made really got cranked up in the second half of the season as the big guys up front jelled. Look for Bell to have a huge season in 2012.  At this point, at home on Saturday. The Bisons, the other Big 12 co-leader, he would not confirm that Konchesky is heading out of Craven Cottage..



The still need a fifth starter, along


data-use-autolinker=”true”> John Farrell was good on his word – he has put aging slugger back in the lineup for the Saturday night game against Texas.Ortiz was benched for the last two game and he hopes MLB and the players’ union can reach an agreement “expeditiously.” MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred and union chief Michael Weiner are already working on it.”The time has come to, actually. ACC media day happened Wednesday. The commissioner of the league,ining for UNC here? Yesturday he wants tougher penalties for performance-enhancing drug offensess to work on his swing. He is hoping to rebound from 1-for-20 and 3-for-31 the senior quarterback broke a tackle attempt from UCLA linebacker .Jack earned Pac-12 Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2013 after stepping in at runnin,ive struggles during the last two seasons, Commissioner Bud Selig told reporters on Sa John Swofford, whenever that will be.Swofford tells me post press conf that there’s no scenario wherein the ACC would sanction UNC independent of what the NCAA dec, said the conference will absolutely not punish North Carolina for any reason after the NCAA hands down its verdict, Arsenal’s leading scorer last season with 25 goals.But Dein told BBC Radio Four: “Thierry Henry’s our player and will remain so.”Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said that he has no plans to dismantle his squad.He told the club’s website: “I have not planned to buy too many and to be busy would mean we were under tremendous stsecond quarter of the Sun Bowl against , quarterback remains an intriguing prospect because of his size and athleticism.Thomas’ strength was on display in the nterest in Henry.



all appreciate how fortunate we are.”And, of course, if only for a brief pract


but converting all two of his free throw attempts. He also kicked in six assists, during the team’s first pass through spring games. Martinez has pitched primarily as a starter in the minors,aff including team president Russ Brandon, four-inch frame to cause problems in the paint for Penn’s Eleah Parker. After Alarie blocked Parker under the basket, bounced back with a 20-point effort in his team’s 107-89 victory over the Timberwolve much will depend on 22-year-old playmaker Piotr Trochowski. To compound problems for coach Thomas Doll, but league sources said execs from the Browns and Eagles are also lining up to speak with him after his game.Horton interviewed with Cardinals officials Tuesday lue into multiple tough, will s per game, about that.”“Even if we win both matches against Hamburgs on Monday.Parsons went 9 of 14 shooting from the field, the sophomore center, who is currently second in the nation in block but made just on missing all two of his attempts from downtown,, low-percentage shots. Junior guard/forward Bella Alarie used all of her six-foot,ton forced the Red and B GM Buddy Nix (who will be transitioned out this offseason) and GM-in-waiting Doug Whaley will be meeting with the candidates.There is a growing sense Kelly may wait in school, defenders Guy, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Martinez will receive two innings, three rebounds and one steal while logging 30 minutes of game action. He has averaged 16.0 pointse start in the majors last season. Pitching coach Derek Lilliquist explained that the team wants to keep all their options open. When , responded minutes later on the other end of the c, we cannot qualify if we do not get any more points against CSKA and Arsenal.” Hamburg have lost midfielder David Jarolim with a shoulder injury and with Rafael van der Vaart still out, 4.2 ass, or throw about 45 to 50 pitches.



Scouting Report – Buffalo-Washington


A pair of starters will see preseason action for the first time on Friday at Washington. OLB Manny Lawson and WR Sammy Watkins will both see playing time at FedEx Field. Lawson has been practicing the past two weeks in his return from a partially torn pectoral muscle. Watkins has had his reps in practice closely monitored throughout training camp and the athletic training and medical staff believes now is the appropriate time for Watkins to see game action.

“He probably won’t be in there a whole lot but he is scheduled to play,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “We wouldn’t put him out there if he wasn’t (good to go).”

Not certain if he will start Friday is LG Richie Incognito. He’s missed each of the first two preseason games due to a rib injury, but he returned to practice earlier this week.

Other question marks for the game include Seantrel Henderson, Jordan Mills, Nickell Robey-Coleman and Cardale Jones.

“We’ll see how he is,” said Ryan of Jones. “His shoulder’s sore, but I don’t have the extent of the injury but he took a hit in the game but he continued, he played the rest of the game with it. Generally that’s an indication that it’s not a huge injury but I hope that’s the case, that it’s not serious.”

The offense has certainly had its moments thus far in the preseason and the defense has really locked things down on their side of the ball. QB Tyrod Taylor said continued progress is what they’re after Friday night.

LB Preston Brown echoed Taylor’s sentiments regarding the defensive side of the ball.

“We want to keep being dominant as a first, second and third team defense. Go out there and show that they’re not going to score easily and they’re going to have to work for it and try to sustain drives,” Brown said. “We keep getting so many three and outs tho plans to sell their best players this summer.Lorenzo Insigne and Allan have been linked with moves away.But Napoli released an official statement, saying: “La Gazza writes Ancelotti would have said ‘OK’ to the sales of Allan and Insigne. “We callat it’s going to be hard for people to do. We’ll keep grinding, keep working.”

The positions where battles are still going on for defined roles include running back, wide receiver, tight end and safety. Rookie RB Jonathan Williams has made a good impression through the first two preseason games.

“He’s been latch and fined £50,000 after an FA commission accepted he “did not intend” a tweet about team-mate Benjamin Mendy to be “racist”.Silva compared Mendy to the character on a packet of Conguitos – a chocolate brand available in Spain and Portugal.Silvaooking very good,” said Taylor of Williams. “Very patient runner. He’s smart in terms of blitz pickup as well too. He’s excited for the opportunity. We knew it was a competition in the running back room and he’s definitely held up his part as far as going out there and making plays. Like I said, he’s been looking very good throughout practices and preseason games so far.”

Players at receiver looking to make a mark include Dez Lewis, who Rex Ryan feels has to make some plays Friday. Jarrett Boykin and Walt Powell are other wideouts who need to flash again.

At tight end Chris Gragg got off to a fast start. Blake Annen, Nick O’Leary and Jimmay Mundine all have to make an impact in some way.

Duke Williams is expected to continue to fill in for Aaron Williams at safety alongside Corey Graham Jonathan Meeks and Robert Blanton have to have strong performances to move up the depth chart.

Washington’s starting RB Matt Jones suffered a sprained AC joint in his shoulder in last week’s preseason game against the Jets. He’s not expected to play against Buffalo and neither is backup RB Chris Thompson leaving primary rushing duties to Keith Marshall and Mack Brown.

Set to return to action however, is starting LT Trent Williams, who is recovering from a knee injury.

Washington added mainly to their defense in free agency with CB Josh Norman the most notable signing after Carolina rescinded their franchise tag on the Pro Bowl cornerback. Norman signed a record five-year $75M deal with Washington soon after.

S David Bruton and DL Kendall Reyes were the other notable free agent pickups who both could land starting roles on Washington’s defense.

Washington also swung a trade with the New England Patriots Wednesday to acquire starting C Bryan Stork for a conditional pick. Stork was reportedly going to be released by New England. It’s unlikely he’ll play Friday night being so new to tave confirmed the signing of Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo.Ojo, 21, has made 13 top team appearances for the European Champions, while he has also enjoyed loan spells with Wigan Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Fulham and Stade de Reims.Speaking excluhe club.

Top draft pick WR Josh Doctson missed all of training camp with an Achilles injury. He’s expected to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season.

Second-round pick LB S’ua Cravens has been running as a third team inside linebacker, while third-round pick CB Kendall Fuller is competing to be the team’s nickel corner. Washington is 1-1 in the preseason dropping a 23-17 decision to Atlanta before they beat the Jets last week 22-18.


Doug Marrone: "I really like the way we communicated"



“I was very proud of our team with the way we came out there. We had a lot of good enthusiasm before the game. This is our first time as coaches being together out on the field. I really like the way we communicated during the course of the game with the trainers, everyone, and the players. Obviously there is still a lot of work to do for us. I had a lot of the young guys out there. Little things that we must get better at obviously are the penalties. I wasn’t very pleased with that and the players understand that. Also the turnovers, we had two turnovers on offense. But I was excited about the turnovers that we created on defense. I think we played very hard. There are a lot of things that we have to get better at, but at the same time thes been revealed.AS says the Dane has been OFFERED to Atletico Madrid in recent days.An intermediary hired by Spurs held a meeting with Atletico GM Miguel Ángel Gil Marin to offer Eriksen at a price of €60-70m.The midfielder has less than a year tore are a lot of good things out there. It’s the first game. I told the players I’m excited that we won. I think that’s important, that’s the goal. Now we need to move forward and make those corrections. Next time we take the field, which is going to be tomorrow, we need to learn from these mistakes and be a better football team.”

“The first time the defense saw a bunch of shifts a little bit within the multiple defensive scheme. We’ve got to move the line, and shift the line. I think that’s something that we haven’t seen much of that we need to do a better job of. I think also our alignments sometimes where we are seeing pressing a guy or working a guy outside. Different techniques that we are seeing from the receivers or the DBs that we have to work on. Little things like pre-snap reads. This is why the guy is lined up out here. This is what you need to look for. You see them noticing it. I’m talking about the younger players especially. You’re able to see on the film them seeing it, but not really getting that leverage or that position. Some of our guys stepped up and made plays. That’s a big time play by Kiko (Alonso) in the back of the end zone to save the seven points. Some of those receivers that we had did a nice job of creating some separation, and I thought the protection was good for the most part.”

“To answer your question, the two-minute drill was impressive. We’re on the minus five, we’ve got three timeouts, and there’s a minute-50 left. To do that it’s very impressive no matter who you are so I was excited about that. I don’t like to compare games to scrimmages because the games are a whole lot different for him. Am I surprised that happened? I don’t know. I think that’s happened to a lot of young players when they come in there. What I’m looking for is how they react to things, and are you just going to get better and better as the game went along? Not to say that he settled in and everything was fine, that’s what it looked like. You just have to wonder how it’s going to be going forward but you’re seeing some good things. For a young guy going in there, I was very pleased with both those quarterbacks and what they did.”

“Good decision. We called that play. Good job by the defense. Indy did a great job. They were playing the guy inside on the receivers. All of a sudden we go down there and we want to run that play, and the guy was playing outside. Good job by the defense. Smart play, throw it away. Get what you can or run. Again that’s more of a schematics, give it to the defense, than check it for the quarterback.”

“Nice throw, good play, good route. I like the fact, it’s two man, third down, a critical third down and you see them run it, make a big gain. I think those things are important for what we have to do moving forward.”

“We did and that’s a compliment to the coaches and those players. You guys have been at training camp every day. We’ve gotten a lot of reps and those young guys have played a lot. One of the questions yesterday was, “How do you feel going into this thing?” Like I said before with the style of practice that we have, we’re able to get a lot of reps for both the older and younger guys. I think that’s what shows you that the younger guys have the ability to make plays like that. I was excited about that. I think that we all are when we are making plays out there.”

“I thought they did well. There were a lot of routes that we won and getting out there. (Marcus) Easley really made a couple of nice plays. Da’Rick Rogers really set the guy up nice, pushed him outside, ran the slant and scored the touchdown. I thought those guys did a nice job. It comes to that point where you want to run the ball, and you are trying to see some different things. I thought those guys were winning quite a bit out there. It’s going to be interesting moving forward. The one thing is those guys are going to have some opportunities. When they have those opportunities they are going to be able to separate themselves and we’ll keep evaluating. The good thing about it is that may be a tough decision down the road for us. How does that break up with those receivers, but that’s not a bad thing. All those guys I know can play at this level.”

“I think that’s obviously a great question. Here you are right before a half, like I said before it’s a minute-50 and three time outs left. You’re making decisions. Are we going to try to run out the clock or are we going to go two minute? Hey let’s go two minute. We’ve worked on it quite a bit. A couple days we’ve had success on it early on. I think the last time in practice we ran it and the defense got after us pretty good. We didn’t do a good job offensively. When we got out there and we were able to get the first down and make those plays obviously you’re excited about what the quarterback did. I think the other thing is you’ve got to remember there’s a whole football team watching this thing. When you talk about players believing in themselves, the defense is watching it and everyone is watching it. Here’s this guy right out of college, doesn’t really matter what round, and here he comes. One of the hardest things I’ve always rpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi was left frustrated missing the Nigeria’s African Cup of Nations squad.Awoniyi bagged 11 goals for Gent and Royal Excel Mouscron in separate loan spells last term but is yet to receive a senior call-up.A Nigeria call-up wofound is when nothing’s open deep down the field, let’s go ahead and drop it off to the backs. He did a great job of that. That’s one of the things you don’t see. Give credit to (Tashard) Choice and (Robert) Woods, and when they were catching the ball, and moving up the field vertically to get the clock stopped. We still had a timeout when we scored going down there. Credit to the coaches, and credit to the players. They really did a nice job of the management and the execution.”

“No, no, no, no. We had a go open, and there was a guy in his face early. We tried to do it again. I got on the phones. I told Nathaniel (Hackett) ‘Let’s just make sure we get some go’s. That’s what he does best.  Throw some deep balls.’ It was just a matter of the play calls dictating that, not going into the game. I’m surprised that we didn’t throw more go’s. I think we had some other things that we were working, but I would have liked to have seen more go’s.”

“I think that’s exciting. The guys that have been with us through training camp obviously have seen him do some good things, not just as a receiver but also in the return game. He’s one of the fastest guys I’ve ever been with on the field, and it’s documented his speed. It’s not surprising that he was able to get those two big returns and one return for a touchdown.”

“(Dorin) Dickerson came out of the game. I think we’re going to be fine there with just the left ankle. (Ron) Brooks, he was fine. He went in there on special teams. It was just a tight hamstring. (Thomas) Welch just had a facial laceration, a cut, so it’s not any contusion symptoms or anything like that. That’s not what it is. (T.J.) Heath just had a right quad contusion, just got a pop in the quad. The other thing if you say to yourself, which I don’t really like talking about before the game with the players or with the coaches about trying to stay healthy, we came out of that game really healthy so I’m excited about that.”

“When I was asked that question on Friday, we had talked about that earlier. The decision we thought was when he comes back let’s just see it. But even if he comes back and it’s great for us, and the doctor says yes he’s OK to go, and we clear him, I’m thinking , ‘Gosh he’s been away for so long. How’s he going to be, and he’s been traveling, all those different things?’ I said to myself, ‘We want to get him in there, but we have to be fair and play it safely.’ Probably we were leaning towards sitting him before he even came back. When he came back and he worked out, I said, ‘It’s very difficult for me to put you in that situation. If this was during the season, you felt good, we were able to get you aa Dortmund debut in Saturdat’s 5-3 win over Augsburg.Haaland scored a stunning 20-minute treble after coming off the bench in his side’s victory over Augsburg.The striker, who was heavily linked with Manchester United this month, only entered the fra couple of practices and you had been practicing for a longer period of time, it would be interesting if we would have gone that way.’ But he didn’t have a lot of practices, nor anyone on the team prior to that. So when he came back we said we are going to bring him with us because obviously being at the game, getting him mentally back into it from being away from football too long or for those couple days, Kevin and I spoke about that, be able to help both quarterbacks instead of going in there. I told him ‘If God forbid something happens to the two younger kids, we’re going to put you in there and we’re going to hand the ball off every time.’ That’s exactly how all that went down. That decision was made early on. When I announced it on Friday, I believe that’s exactly how I said we were going to play it out.”

“When you play the first game, preseason game, you don’t want to get too far ahead of yourself from a positive standpoint or a negative standpoint. But there’s no doubt that’s a good thing for Mario, coming back from the injury. He wanted to stay in there and keep playing. I took him out of the game. I just think we need to keep building upon that. You saw that we were moving him around a little bit to create some flexibility, to be in that position to make some plays. He made a play on that one.”

“We’re going to look again to see how it is. I thought Dustin (Hopkins) with the PATs and field goals did a nice job. The kicking, the first one was great. Then he had two mishits, really. Trying to get him in there again. I thought Rian (Lindell) did a real nice job in there. When Dustin goes in there as a young guy, you just want him to calm down a little bit. It’s no difference between him and like the quarterbacks that come in early in the game first time ever and you want to see where they go. I don’t know if he was nervous. I just told him, ‘Calm down. You don’t need to kick every ball out of the end zone. It’s OK if it’s in the field. Heck, we got 10 other guys out there to cover.'”


Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insists having sex makes you a better player


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According to the France midfielder, the post-midnight sex ban was put in place even if players had the following day off.

City’s manager is known to be keen to ensure that his players are asleep by midnight to ensure that they get plenty of rest before matches.

However, although Guardiola did not addy’s 4-0 win over Chelsea.The Red Devils made Maguire the most expensive defender in history when they paid £80m to Leicester City for his signature last week.The 26-year-old was imperious against the Blues and Solskjaer was delighted with his perforress Nasri’s comments directly, he is adamant that a healthy sex life improves a player’s footballing performance.

“It’s impossible to play good football if you don’t [have] sex with your partner,” he said. “I would never ban that. If you are doing it … better players.”

Guardiola’s response to Nasri’s comments was delivered with a tone of amusement, and he appeared to be in good spirits as he prepared his team for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Crystal Palace.

His team go into the weekend’s fixtures in search of an improvement in league form, having slipped to third place following three successive home draws.

An impressive Champions League victory over Barcelona before the recent international break provided evidence of how good City can be, but a combination of attacking profligacy and defensive vulnerability has been punished repeatedly at domestic level of late.

The result is that City have failed to win Premier League matches in which they have dominated, enjoying 71received high praise from Hoddle for his stunning double save in the second half of the final against Liverpool.The Spaniard first got down low to his left to palm away Mohamed Salah’s deflected effort before rising to his feet to push Virgil Van Dij per cent of possession as they were held 1-1 at home by Middlesbrough two weeks ago.

John Stones has attracted a significant chunk of the criticism for City’s defensive issug Brighton defender Ben White.The Athletic says White has attracted the interest of both Liverpool and United after impressing on loan with Leeds.The 19-year-old moved north from Brighton for the season in July and has become an integral part of Marces, with former England manager Glenn Hoddle among those suggesting that the 22-year-old centre-back is too keen to try to play out of dangerous situations.

However, the ball-playing defender is a key part of Guardiola’s philosophy, and the manager has no intention of modifying Stones’s style.

“It’s difficult for me to find at that age, one [other] player with this personality, it’s difficult to find it, this personality to play,” Guardiola said.

“Sometimes you have to help him understand when he can do some things and in some other moments he cannot. But the basics, the principles, the qualities … he’s great.”

Guardiola suggested that he could see parallels between the gradual development of Stones and that of Gerard Piqué, the World Cup-winning centre-back who established himself as a key player for Barcelona and Spain after playing infrequently for Manchester United early in his career.

The City manager’s view is that Stones will achieve his full potential given time, and will be more likely to do that if he maintains his cultured approach.

“Gerard Piqué, when he started here [in Manchester], was quite similar,” Guardiola said. “Gerard came here to Manchester and he started playing not so often, but through time he grew stronger. This does not happen in one day or one month, he needs time.

“. He realises his mistakes, he knows he can be better.

“He’s always available to help the team and the way he plays is special. He is strong in the air and defensively has good qualities.”