Big Unit could return to mound by April

first_img VIERA, Fla. – Travis Lee may miss the first week of the Washington Nationals’ exhibition season with a strained right oblique. Lee said he injured his side last Friday and resumed swinging a bat on Tuesday. “For sure, early next week, we’ll see,” Lee said Thursday of his projected return. SARASOTA, Fla. – Reliever Dustin Hermanson agreed to a minor-league contract with the Cincinnati Reds, who haven’t yet settled on a closer. SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Right-hander Matt Cain and the San Francisco Giants agreed to a four-year contract that includes an option for 2011. “Everything’s kind of coming along and I’m seeing progress.” Johnson threw 55 pitches, all fastballs, in his session. TUCSON, Ariz. – After a third strong bullpen session Thursday, Arizona left-hander Randy Johnson said he might be ready to make his first regular-season start in April. “I’d still like to think some time in April,” said Johnson, who is coming off back surgery last October. “When, I don’t know, but I’d like to think I’m taking the appropriate steps. center_img “When you have an opportunity to cement a working relationship with a young man like Matt, you definitely have to investigate it and I think both parties are happy that we were able to work it out,” general manager Brian Sabean said in a statement. LAKELAND, Fla. – Gary Sheffield met with a Major League Baseball executive to discuss recent comments by the Detroit slugger on whether he would cooperate with former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell’s investigations into steroids. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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ExGermany star blames Guardiola for nations downfall

first_imgHans-Peter Briegel reckons Germany’s struggles began after Pep Guardiola took charge of Bayern Munich in 2013The Catalan coach enjoyed a brilliant three-year spell in Munich, which saw his possession-based style of football lead Bayern to three straight Bundesliga titles.Germany stars Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Philip Lahm (now retired), Mario Gotze, Thomas Muller, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos were all at Bayern when Guardiola arrived.Now Briegel believes that Guardiola’s obsession with possession-based football effectively brainwashed the German squad.“We no longer follow a simple principle – that the result in football is more important than to control the game,” Briegel told La Repubblica.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“Since Guardiola came to Bayern, something has changed,”“We have had the impression that we need 75 per cent of the possession to win, but only having control of the ball is not enough to get a good result.”“The recent history and also the World Champion France have shown that you can also win if you give the opponent the ball and even have below 50 per cent of the possession.”Germany were relegated from Group A1 in the UEFA Nations League over the weekend.This comes following their group stage exit at the 2018 World Cup in the summer at Russia.last_img read more

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New Barca signing KevinPrince Boateng compares Ronaldo to Messi

first_imgKevin-Prince Boateng has joined Barcelona on loan and will have to provide some more attacking options to LaLiga Santander’s current leaders.The Ghanaian compared two world great players, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mess and declared his stance between the players.“For youngsters that are footballers, Ronaldo would have to be the best in the world,” he said, according to Marca.“He is the best example to focus on because he trains at his maximum and has talent.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“He works like a crazy person, he’s passionate about what he does and about football. He always wants to be the best, always wants to be first in everything. He would have to be the model for everyone.”“But what Cristiano does works in this world, and only in this world,” he said.“Outside of this world, the best is Messi. Because he’s incredible.“He does things that nobody else can do. Because of this, I don’t seem as of this world. Cristiano dominates this world and Messi is ahead of everyone.”last_img read more

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