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  • looks set to stay at Liverpool.The goalkeeper had


    outfielder has been optioned to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Gose was called up in late May and hit .304/.385/.391 in 23 at-bats. A corresponding roster move has not been made. 

    More News in a "witch-hunt" after team selection was leaked online, reports BBC Sport.Three members of ground staff were allegedly denied disciplinary hearings or reasons for their sacking on Friday.The GMB union said the dismissal "stinks" and called for Bri 12/08/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 03/23/2018 e 34-year-old will depart Manchester City at the expiration of his contract this summer.And Beckham wants to bring the Spaniard to his new MLS club, per the Daily Star.Silva has bein their FA Cup fourth round tie.Runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool looked to be heading into the fifth round for the first time since 2015 after a fine first-half finish by 18-year-old Curtis Jones was followed by Donald Love's own goal in theen linked with a move to City's sister club in New York.But his repres • by RotoWire Staff 03/09/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 03/05/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 03/03/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 03/01/2018 • by RotoWire Staff
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  • as been suspended immediately because of coronavir


    manager Ron Roenicke said outfielder was scratched from Wednesday's lineup against the Athletics because of a , which has plagued the star outfielder for several weeks.

    "We gain a little bit, and then he’ll have a game where it really bothers him," Roenicke said, per .com. "Somehow, we have to get rid of this thing in the thumb."

    Braun entered play Wednesday mired in a 13-for-61 slump (.213) in his last 16 games (15 starts).

    "He’s frustrated, just like a lot of guys on the team are," Roenicke said. "He’s frustrated for two reasons: Because we’re not playing well as a teaAlexis Sanchez to Inter Milan.Saha thinks United made a mistake agreeing to pay for a large portion of Sanchez's wages."It's a strange one, I think Alexis got to a point where his confidence dropped," the Frenchman told Stadium Astro."The terms of thm … and he’s not performing at a level he’s used to performing at. He has spurts where he does well, but he really hasn’t been consistent for a long period of time. Because we’re not winning, it becomes bigger to him."

    Momond is set to be offered a bumper new deal by manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.Hasenhuttl said: “I can't see the limits for him.“I want a Nathan Redmond who shows again he can make a difference in our game and that's exactly what he wants to do.“We wire News 03/22/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/08/2020 • by RotoWire Staff featured in the same XI when United have reverted to a back three.Shaw said, "We've showed that we can also play together and I love to play with him. We played a couple of times now and we played well together. "I'm learning what he does and he know 03/07/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/01/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/18/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 12/11/2019 • by RotoWire Staff
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    management isn't ready to promote starting pitcher prospect to the majors, citing a need for more consistency before the right-hander is added to the major-league roster. Well, the way he's pitching at Triple-A Rochester, Gibson might force his way into the Twins' rotation sooner than expected.

    Gibson ran his scoreless innings streak to 18 Saturday, tossing eight scoreless innings in a victory over Charlotte. Gibson held an opponent scoreless for the third time in four starts, winning all three of those outings.

    "I wouldn't say I'm surprising myself. I've just had a pretty good plan in three of the past four starts and I executed the plan," he told .com. "I'm just figuring out how to focus on advanced scouting reports."

    Gibson is 4-5 with a 2.82 ERA and .221 opponents' batting average in 10 starts. He's managed 53 strikeouts in 60 2/3 innings.

    "As well as the fans know the game and with what [journalists] write about me, I'm trying not to focus on that too much," Gibson said about a potential promotion. "Whether fans doubt me or write things about me, I don't let it affect me too much because I know what I'm capable off. If I work hman has effectively handed in a transfer demand by refusing to travel to the US with the squad.L'Equipe says Koscielny has offers from Rennes and Bordeaux, but favours a move to the latter.Rennes can offer the veteran European football, but Bordeauxhard ... I'm not too worried about itw's Carabao Cup tie.The St Mary's side were embarrassed on their own turf by Leicester, losing 9-0, following a total capitulation. "It's not easy of course but at the same time I think they are incredible professionals," explained Guardiola."The man."

    More News 27D ago • by RotoWire Staff 03/08/2020 • by RotoWire Staff h Joe Cole says Liverpool are title favourites.Cole says Manchester City have “weaknesses" that make Liverpool firm favourites for the Premier League title.“I said it a couple of weeks ago, I said this team's got everything, they're fully equippe 03/03/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/12/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 11/27/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/25/2019 • by RotoWire Staff
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    manager Mike Redmond indicated Saturday that second baseman , who has been out since May 7 with an intercostal strain, , the Palm Beach Post reports.

    "If he starts hitting on the field (next week), he’s probably maybe another week away from starting to play some games, if everything goes well," Redmonenham midfielder Harry Winks is angry over doubts regarding his fitness.Winks, 23, has already missed World Cup and Nations League tournaments and had to celebrate his Tottenham's epic Champions League semi-final triumph against Ajax via FaceTime becd told the Palm Beach Post.

    Solano has hit .278/.333/.324 with a home run and stolen base in 108 at-bats.

    More News 03/26/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 09/28/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/27/2019 • by RotoWire Stis close to being a first-team regular.The left-sided player made his Champions League debut against Red Star Belgrade, grabbing his first assist for the Whites in their 4-0 win.Fellow new signing Giovani Lo Celso scored his first goal for the club iaff 09/21/2019 • is imminent move to Arsenal.The Mirror says N'Zonzi has apparently been keeping abreast of Arsenal's transfer dealings none the less.And he responded to the Gunners' pursuit of Pepe by showing off his Photoshop skills.On his official Facebook page, Nby RotoWire Staff 09/18/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 08/26/2019 • by RotoWire Staff
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  • Evra has revealed he’s in talks with Manchester U


    reliever began his minor-league rehab assignment with Class A Rancho Cucamonga Friday.Elbert pitched a scoreless inning and struck out two as he continued to work his way back from a left elbow injury. Elben humbled by Bayern Munich with a 3-0 loss at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.The scores were level at half-time and Chelsea looked as though they could get sometanding another trial to Russian youngster Sergey Pinyaev.The 15-year-old has impressed the Red Devils and is already a Russian under-17 squad member.He played a friendly against a Bari youth team and scored five goals the last time he got a trial.Nowhing from the game, despite Bayern being in contert rhopes to return by the endourinho returning to the club.Mourinho is being linked with Zinedine Zidane's job at Real.And Mijatovic admits he can see it happening: "If Zidane came back and I never thought it would happen, why can't Mourinho return to Real Madrid? "All the coach of May.

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  • Simeone was furious after their 3-0 defeat to Espa


    The activated designated hitter from the disabled list Tuesday after he moved past calf and elbow issues that delayed his season debut. Scott was included in the starting lineup for Tampa Bay's game at Kansas City, hitting seventh and serving as the team's designated hitter.

    More News 05/14/2015 • by Igor Mello oan from West Brom, became the first striker to win the award since record-breaking goalscorer Alan Shearer in 2003.He has scored 11 goals this term – his best-ever tally in English football but is due to return to parent club West Brom following N 12/18/2013 • by R.J. White 09/01/2013 • by Jeff Lippman 08/31/2013 der David Silva says they face Manchester United confident of three points.City are back on the rails after victory over Burnley.And Silva told City's website: "We know the derby is important for the fans and us too as when you win, it gives you a.The Mirror says Dennis is one of the Toon's strike targets and sources in Belgium say Newcastle are in talks about a price.Nigerian international Dennis scored twice against Real Madrid in the Champions League in October.The 22-year-old has five goa mo • by Igor Mello 08/28/2013 • by Jeff Lippman 08/27/2013 • by Jeff Lippman
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  • y next week.Benitez is out of contract next month


    first baseman 's two-homer performance Friday against the Marlins was a result of a in Rizzo's swing, according to the Chicago Tribune. Manager Dale Sveum an Billy Gilmour make his Premier League debut.Gilmour featured in erpool ace is often the subject of rough treatment from defenders, but will have the help of VAR in the Premier League this season.He told CNN: "I don't like it ... that's my answer, always. I don't like it. I love football how it is"It's like that wSaturday's 2-2 draw with Sheffield United.Nevin wrote for "He will be and is already a very, very exciting talent; Chelsea fans will definitely see more of him in the comd hitting coach James Rowson found the issue while watching film on Rizzo's swing.

    "I'm not going to get into specifics," Rizzo said. "But the fHall oversaw the appointments of Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson."In many, many ways it's luck. We were lucky with Keegan. Ever since Keegan, and obviously Bobby Robson, we've had some rubbish as managers," Sir John told the Evening Chronicle."I usinish was a little high, even on some of the home runs, which I didn't like. It was good (Friday). This is going to sound stupid, but the single in my last at-bat was probably my favorite one because that's my swing there -- stay inside the ball. It was a good day overall for myself and the team. It sounds dumb, but looking back at the video, the swing is where I want it to be."

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    As expected, shortstop (elbow) started a minor-league rehab assignment trick Kluivert is delighted seeing Frenkie de Jong make the impact he has.Like Kluivert, De Jong came through the system at Ajax before joining Barca this season."Did Barça ask me about Frenkie De Jong? I said that he could bring a lot to the team awith Class A Jupiter Monday night. He went 1 for 4 withBournemouth have snapped up French teen Noa Boutin.The 16 year-old left-back will become the first French player signed by the Cherries to their academy.Boutin will remain this season with AC Boulogne-Billancourt before joining Bournemouth's academy in July.The young left back has signed for three years with the Cherries. a double and a strikeout with the Hammerheads. Hechavarria is scheduled to play with Jupiter again Tuesday and barring any setbacks, he will join the team Thursday in Philadelphia for Miami's upcoming four-game series against the Pic Dier over his fan confrontation.Dier saw red on Wednesday night and launched himself into the crowd to confront an abusive supporter.Ahead of Tottenham's visit to Turf Moor at teatime on Saturday, Dyche said: "You manage a group of people but theyhillies.

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  • Weekend Buzz: Hunter’s return ruined as Angels wax Tigers


    The Weekend Buzz while you were B-ing strong from Boston, Mass., to West, Texas, and at all points in-between. …

     Jim Leyland could not have drawn it up any better. and , the ’ one-two hitters, breezed into Anaheim this weekend ranked one-two in the American League in hits.

    Hunter led the AL with 26. Jackson was second at 25.

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    At that pace, Detroit’s three-four hitters -- a couple of burly sluggers you may recognize, and -- are going to be feasting all summer upon RBI opportunities. Medium-rare, please.

    “Those two guys get hot and we have those two big guys behind them, that’s pretty darn good,” Leyland, the Tigers’ manager, was saying.

    Then, almost as if he knew something, he continued: “But seven through nine have to do something, too. You can’t expect those guys to stay on the pace they’re on.

    “Generally, that’s not going to happen.”

    This was Friday afternoon.

    By the time the had finished waxing the Tigers on Sunday, that pace had slowed. Generally.

    While Hunter basked in the love for his homecoming -- standing ovations, mushy signs in the stands, love all around -- Jackson had a tough go. He was 0 for 14 in the th last season was not up to standards.As well as hoping for a better individual performance next season, Matic is determined to help the team better our sixth-placed finish from 2018/19.“It was not a good season for all of us, as we know," he said. ree games, including an ugly 0 for 7 Sunday.

    So the Tigers, after winning four of the first five games on their nine-game West Coast trip, head home with a few things still to discover about themselves.

    Just when it looked as if maybe they would race out of the gate, they hit the skids as if it was early 2012.

    The problem in Anaheim wasn’t necessarily Detroit’s seven, eight and nine hitters. The bullpen got blasted on Friday night ( in particular), and starter imploded on Saturday.

    Hunter still led the AL with a .400 batting average on Sunday, and he and Jackson were atop the AL in multi-hit games (Hunter first with 11, Jackson tied for second at 8).

    “They kind of set the tone for us, and so far they’ve been setting it real good,” Leyland said.

    Hunter, 37, is playing as if he’s trying to earn his entire two-year, $26 million contract in two weeks. He was the Angels’ MVP down the stretch last summer and might be even better now.

    And he’s got puppy-love eyes for Detroit.

    “I didn’t know they were this fun,” he said of Michigan fans. “These people are into Tigers baseball. Tigers fans are big. They’re huge.

    “They’ve embraced me and accepted me.”

    The Tigers are loving Hunter right back, particularly the way he’s immediately taken some of the younger players under his wing. Especially Jackson, who, among other things, found himself in courtside seats with Hunter this spring to watch Kobe Bryant and the Lakers play in Orlando, Fla.

    “He’s brought some leadership, I think, to basically a young outfield crowd of Jackson, and ,” said Tigers third-base and outfield coach Tom Brookens. “When I’d bring the guys together even in early spring when the minor-league invitees were still there, I’d make a point and then I’d make it a point to ask Torii how he felt about it.”

    You can hear the influence in Jackson.

    “We’re just trying to feed off of each other,” he says.

    You can hear the determination in Hunter.

    “We push each other,” he says.

    Jackson, 26, loved the courtside look at Kobe this spring (“That was really awesome”) and is picking things up daily from Hunter.

    “It is pretty cool,” he said. “He’s a veteran guy with a lot of experience who is willing to share a lot of the experiences he’s had. That kind of puts you at ease. Because a lot of things you’re going through, he’s been through.”

    Including heading into this next stretch. Until this weekend, it was a great 2 1/2 weeks for the guys who need to get on in front of Cabrera and Fielder. But there’s also a long way to go.

     Boston’s pregame ceremony Saturday afternoon in Fenway Park was so pitch-perfect and so moving, even the FCC could not find fault with using a on television.

    “This is our f------ city,” Ortiz said. “And nobody’s going to dictate our freedom.”

    Not long afterward, from the official Federal Communications Commissioner Twitter account, came this from chairman Julius Genachowski: “David Ortiz spoke from the heart at today’s Red Sox game. I stand with Big Papi and the people of Boston -- Julius.”

    Good times never seemed so good (so goodinak.The old Socceroos skipper is officially out of the club, after he was named as one of eight players released at the end of their contracts.As Villa secured promotion, they made decisions regarding players they did not see as part of their future, so good, so good).

     Not to be forgotten, the city of West, Texas, is hurting badly after a fertilizer plant explosion killed at least 14 and injured more than 200 people. And as the Rangers hosted the this weekend, their great fans proved that West will not be forgotten.

    During the three-game series, the Rangers said Sunday that they collected “tens of thousands of essential items for the West victims and residents that filled two large meeting areas at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars in gift cards.” Plus, some $40,000 in cash donations.

    At the same time during one of the saddest and scariest weeks we can recall, events conspired to show how sports can be wholly insignificant in the moment … and yet, in the end, incredibly meaningful as a communal gathering place and mobilizing force.

    Not since Dwight Gooden have the produced as exciting a starting pitching prospect as . And by the time the kid was finished with the on Friday night -- with Gooden watching in Citi Field -- he had done the seemingly impossible. He had turned into yesterday’s news.

      shortstop swiped first base Friday night in one of the you’ve ever seen. He chose a direction even the great Bob Uecker never thought of.

     Great line from Torii Hunter in Anaheim this weekend. Even at 37, he thinks he can play beyond the two-year deal he signed with the Tigers: “I have good genetics. I’m no steroids freak. I’m organonavirus pandemic seriously.The first COVID-19 case in the African nation was reported on March 11, with quarantine measures implemented on March 17."To my Ivorian brothers and sisters," the Ivory Coast's record scorer began a video message on Twitteic.”

     Psst … the secret as to how the and are atop the division? Colorado is 8-1 in Coors Field (8-0 until Sunday’s loss to Arizona). The Giants are 7-2 in AT&T Park -- and after sweeping the this weekend, now have won 16 of their past 20 regular-season games at AT&T.

     He’s made of steel, Teflon ... or some awfully slow-twitch muscles and and no nerve endings. Whatever, new  leadoff man was hit by two more pitches Sunday against the , bringing his NL-leading total . In 19 games! At his current pace, Choo will be hit by 77 pitches this season. The major-league record is 51, set by Hughie Jennings in 1896. Now you understand why Jennings’ nickname was “Ee-Yah”, right?

     Stephen Fife started Sunday in Baltimore, but it was the late, great Barney Fife who once said: “A dog can’t get struck by lightning. You know why? ‘Cause he’s too close to the ground. See, lighting strikes tall things. Now if they were giraffes out there in the field, now then we'd have trouble.” With Zack Greinke, Chris Capuano and now on the DL, the $230 million Dodgers are resembling a herd of giraffes in a lighting storm. Trouble.

     Los Angeles, Saturday, on a 4:30 a.m. flight. Neil Diamond jetting all the way to Boston, showing up unannounced at Fenway Park and asking if he could sing Sweet Caroline that afternoon will remain as one of the coolest moments of the season. Was in the spring, and spring became the summer. …

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  • ns League clash at Anfield.Atletico will defend a


    shortstop notched two triples in the team's first game of April as part of a three-hit game. Andrus hasn't picked up an extra-base hit in 12 games since then, giving him a .241/.317/.315 line through his first 62 plate appearances.

    Despite the deficiency in extra-base hits, Andrus has gotten on base in all but one of hi Nottingham Forest.The 19-year-old has struggled with injuries throughout the last 12 months, and has seen his progress at Stamford Bridge stall as a result. Hudson-Odoi said, "I have been a bit agitated. "Thinking to myself that I have had chances as 14 games played in April.

    More News 03/23/2020 ai Emery.From being discovered by Sevilla as a junior running around Utrera, to making a name for himself with Real Betis and winning a move to Real Madrid, Ceballos has long been earmarked as a future Spain star.Now with the Gunners, Ceballos will b • by RotoWire Staff 02/26/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/25/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 01/18/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 10/31/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/30/2019 uts to watch the draw between RB Leipzig and Lyon in the Champions League on Wednesday.According to the Chelsea-sent-scouts-watch-Moussa-Dembele-Timo-Werner-ahead-January-transfer-window.html">Daily MailChelsea-sent-scouts-watch-Moussa-Dembele-Timo-W • by RotoWire Staff
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  • will want to join the club.As the Reds prepare for


    At this rate, the only issue surrounding first baseman is finding the rookie slugger sufficient playing time. Adams continued his recent torrid run Sunday with a homer in his third consecutive game and is now boasting a sizzling .611 chasing Liverpool midfielder Rafael Camacho.The Liverpools-10m-midfielder-Rafael-Camacho.html">Daily MailLiverpools-10m-midfielder-Rafael-Camacho.html"> says the 19-year-old Portuguese wants to leave Anfield after turning down a new contract and hasbatting average.

    Manager Mike Matheny provided Adams the start at first, which required Allen Craig to shift to right field and leave Carlos Beltran on the bench -- a seemingly elaborate plan to keep his bat in the lineup. He said the plan is to .

    "It's something of a (target) to keep working to make sure he gets a couple a week or else we shouldn't have him here," Matheny told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch before Sunday's game. "If he's playing well and we can't get him a couple starts, then he's in the wrong place. It's going to be a challenge to continue to get him those starts and still keep the other guys going in the right direction."

    More News 03/11/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/09/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/04/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/04/2020 Rakitic, according to the Daily Record.The Red Devils want to sign the World Cup finalist for a fee of around £30m.However, the Blaugrana are not willing to sell 30-year-old Rakitic for less than €55m.There is still hope of a deal getting done as • by RotoWire Staff 02/28/2020 • by RotoWire Staff has top four quality,Jose Mourinho was named new manager of Spurs this morning after Mauricio Pochettino's sacking yesterday.Redknapp told BBC Sport: "Go through the squad, man for man in every position, it is full of internationals, every cover posi 02/27/2020 • by RotoWire Staff
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    After starting the season with just one hit in his first nine at-bats, first baseman bounced back in a big way during Friday's series opener against the Phillies. He singled in a run in the fifth and doubled in another in the ninth as he reached base five times and finished with the first four-hit game of his career.Hosmer went 4 for 5 with three RBI in a 13-4 victoCOMMENT: What a way to introduce yourself to your new boss. If first impressions matter, then Roman Abramovich surely has a new favourite player. That first 45 from Christian Pulisic couldn't have gone any better...Two goals and a penalty won. All bery. He is hitting .357/.500/.429 through the first four games of the season.

    More News 03/23/2020 • by RotoWire Staff ers boss Unai Emery will further add to his forward line with the capture of the unsettled Brazilian.Coutinho, 27, has struggled to settle at the Nou Camp following his move from Liverpool in January 2018 and it is claimed he will now move to the Emi 09/29/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/26/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/22/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/20/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/11/2019 • by RotoWire ons League winner Owen Hargreaves says Fred just needs to add goals to his game to be the perfect midfielder.Despite scoring just once in 45 Premier League appearances, Fred's displays in the Europa League have been for more productive, totaling two Staff
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    ranks as one of the most added players in Fantasy baseball heading into Wednesday's action, as he's gone from owned in 10 percent of leagues to 37 percent over the past week. 

    The youngster impressed in camp and worked his way into the rotatioche found a positive in Dwight McNeil's performance in their 5-0 thrashing at Tottenham.Harry Kane's brace and further goals from Heung-Mon Son, Lucas Moura and Moussa Sissoko continued Jose Mourinho's honeymoon period in north London. But Dyche insin over Erasmo Ramirez. Baseball America called Maurer "yet another pitching prospect with frontline potential," and his fastball-slider combination is appealing. More appealing? Maurer's season begins with the Athletics Thursday -- a team that has mustered six hits in its first two games -- and followed by the Astros -- a team with 28 strikeouts through two games -- his next time around Tuesday.

    Maurer's stuff alone madal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is demanding Gareth Bale be sold this summer.That's according to Okdiario's chief pundit Eduardo Inda, when speaking on El Chiringuito.Inda insists Zidane doesn't want to be work with Bale next season.He declared: "Zide him worth a flyer for Fantasy teams who whiffed on pitching in drafts. His early schedule makes it even easier to give him a pickup and see what he has to offer.

    More News 07/12/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 06/19/2019 • by RotoWoach Stuart Baxter is chasing a deal in Sweden.Former Preston midfielder Baxter's last job was as South Africa coach, having also taken charge of Finland and clubs like Vitoria Setubal and Gençlerbirliği. He was also England U19 coach for two yearsire Staff 03/26/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 03/12/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 03/06/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 01/30/2019 • by RotoWire Staff
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  • Three Raiders poised to break out in 2020: Johnathan Abram headlines list of second-year players


    The are making the move from Oakland to Las Vegas this offseason, and are coming off of a bittersweet 2019 campaign. While they improved from 4-12 to 7-9, they lost their final game in Oakland and couldn't put together something special for the fans during their last season in "The Town." On the flip side, many of the Raiders' nine draft picks made an immediate impact, including former No. 24 overall pick , who set multiple franchise records by rushing for 1,150 yards and seven touchdowns while averaging 4.7 yards per carry. 

    While the young talent is evident on this team, major questions still remain. Is really the franchise quarterback? Can Jon Gruden continue to build on last year's progress and get this team to at least .500? The Raiders have seven picks in the 2020 -- including two first-rounders -- but the fans in Las Vegas won't just be counting on the new faces to change this team for the better. They also hope 2020 will serve as a breakout season for many of the young players on the roster who now have a year or two under their belts, and are ready to step into leadership roles for this team. 

    Let's take a look at three players who are poised to break out this upcoming season

    69 combined tackles, five passes defensed, one interception

    The last of the Raiders' three first-round picks in 2019 didn't see the field much last season, but through training camp and in just one game, Abram made an impact on this team. In the season opener against the , the former Mississippi State star made five combined tackles and one pass defensed -- but , which prematurely ended his season. 

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    Abram might already be one of the most aggressive safeties in the league, and that's not an exaggeration. He inadvertently injured teammate , who had to be carted off after trying to tackle running back as he was heading out of bounds. Abram came in to finish the play, but his leg hit Conley's head -- which caused the injury. rlaser is being lined up for a loan deal with Latics boss Paul Cook a fan of the midfielder's style of play.Wigan have kept a close eye on Barlaser during his successful loan stint with Accrington Stanley this season.Barlaser was eager to get first-tEven during the play in which Abram injured himself -- he was clearly out for blood.

    What's incredible is that Abram ended up returning to the game and continued to play at a high level. It wasn't revealed until after the game that he would have to be placed on injured reserve.

    "I think he probably got a little bit too reckless at times," Gruden said of Abram after the Week 1 win, . "Made some great plays, some impact plays … I think some tackles he's gotta make for us – he missed. His debut was pretty good."

    Abram looked more excited than anyone to be making his NFL debut last season, and since he missed the last 15 games of his rookie season due to his injury, I can't imagine how amped up this hard-hitting defensive back is going to be entering 2020. If he can stay healthy, Abram has the potential to be a star for this defense. 

    61 combined tackles, 9.5 sacks, 16 tackles for loss

    If you were shocked to see the Rarton U23 coach David Unsworth is confident Antony Evans will secure a move away.Evans is likely to leave the club on either a permanent or temporary deal in January.Unsworth told the Liverpool Echo: "I still think it will materialise, I just think itiders take Ferrell with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, you were not alone. While the two-time National Champion was expected to go in the first round, no one was expecting him to be a top-five pick. 

    Ferrell had a decent rookie season, as he started in all 15 games he played in and recorded 38 combined tackles, 4.5 sacks and five passes defensed. Clearly not the numbers you would probably expect from a top-five pick, but he did show flashes. There's no doubt that Ferrell has the potential to be a great player in this league.

    Ferrell will enter the 2020 season as the starter opposite of fellow second-year player . While he was selected in the fourth round in 2019, Crosby actually led the team in sacks with 10. The Raiders aren't going to give up on the player they supposedly reached on, however, and Ferrell has the potential to be a part of a dynamic pass-rushing duo with Crosby.  

    59 receptions, 864 yards, six touchdowns 

    Renfrow will go down as a college football legend, but not many thought he would be a legitimate NFL player. While the former Clemson walk-on proved he could shine on the biggest stage -- catching a game-winning touchdown from in the 2017 National Championship Game against Alabama -- was that success and competitiveness really going to carry over to the next level?

    Grudenr will spend next season on loan at Dutch club VVV Venlo, Watford have confirmed. The move had been on the cards after Oxford United manager Karl Robinson revealed he expected the forward to move to the Netherlands. "We believe Jerome is going to Hol took a flier on Renfrow in the fifth round last year, and there's no doubt that he got more comfortable as his rookie season went on. He caught just two touchdowns in his first 11 games, and then during the Week 12 loss to the . It appeared Renfrow was going to miss the rest of the season, and even if he did come back, he wouldn't be 100 percent. After missing three games, however, Renfrow returned and had two incredible games. 

    In the Week 16 win against the , Renfrow caught seven passes for 107 yards and one touchdown. He scored a long touchdown that showcased his big-play ability -- which got fans excited for his potential moving forward.

    Renfrow proved he wasn't a flash in the pan the following week when he put up 102 yards and another receiving touchdown on six catches in the regular-season finale against the Broncos.

    He has reliable hands, good speed, good route-running ability and is pretty excellent when it comes to the scramble drill. While the Raiders may take a receiver in the first round later this month, Gruden clearly feels Renfrow has earned a spot in this offense, and he could be the starting slot receiver for years to come. He finished second on the team in receptions and targets, and third in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns despite playing in just 13 games. 

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  • 2020 NFL Combine: Most important drills for each position, including target times and distances


    Context is absolutely vital when watching the NFL combine. Every time in the 40-yard dash, every inch in the vertical, etc., has a different meaning for different positions. By reading this article, this year you will head into your viewing experience of the combine with a firm grasp on which figures are good for every participant. That's our goal today.

    Recently on Twitter, Godfather and Hall of Famer Gil Brandt listing the minimum "requirements" in every drill at the combine for every position. He noted that the figures consistently change due to the advancement in combine prep for players. 

    Below you will find those figures listed in the 40-yard dash, three-cone, vertical jump and broad jump for all the positions along with a percentage of participants who've eclipsed Brandt's threshold over the past three years at the combine (the on-field workouts for this year's combine begin Feb. 27 and run through March 1). This is meant to give you an idea of just how impressive a prospect passing a threshold in a specific drill truly is.*

    *Due to teams viewing some participants differently position-wise -- such as offensive tackle or guard -- I combined the offensive linemen and used the faster times/higher jumps. Also, with a gray area for outside linebackers and defensive ends, I took the average for the few drills in which there was a discrepancy in Brandt's thresholds at those positions.


    Over the past three years, 30 of 44 (68.1%) participants in this drill timed faster than the threshold.

    Over the past three years, 27 of 40 participants (67.5%) in this drill timed faster than the threshold.

    Over the past three years, 33 of 44 participants (75%) in this drill were above the threshold.

    Over the past three years, 25 of 45 (55.5%) participants in this drill were above the threshold.

    In general, on-field measured drills for quarterbacks are quickly dismissed as unimportant, but with the improvisational aspect of playing the position seemingly bechester City defender Aymeric Laporte admits he's given up on the French press.Laporte says he's fed up with his commitment to the national team being questioned after pledging himself to France over Spain.He told France Football: "In the last two yeaoming more important in today's game, we all should probably take extra time evaluating what this crop of quarterbacks does in Indianapolis beyond throwing the football.

    Oregon's Justin Herbert, Oklahoma's Jalen Hurts, and Michigan's Shea Patterson should be the best performers across the board at the quarterback position. Utah State's Jordan Love, Missouri's Kelly Bryant, and headliner Joe Burrow from LSU have impressive athleticism on film too. There really isn't anyone who's expected to distance himself athletically in this year's class. 

    Should we believe the Dolphins actually prefer Justin Herbert over Tua Tagovailoa? There are a lot of draft questions out there, and Will Brinson is joined by the Pick Sox Podcast Superfriends to break them all down. Listen below and for daily goodness.

    Running Backs 

    Over the past three years, 35 of 75 participants (46.6%) in this drill timed faster than the threshold.

    Over the past three years, 23 of 42 participants (54.7%) in this drill timed faster than the threshold.

    Over the past three years, 51 of 72 participants (70.8%) in this drill were above the threshold.

    Over the past three years, 16 of 79 participants (20.2%) in this drill were above the threshold.

    From explosiveness (broad jump and vertical) to lateral quickness (three-cone) to downfield speed (40-yard dash), much can be gleaned from a running backs performance in the combine as it pertains to his ability on the field.

    Western Michigan's LeVante Bellmany is burner, as are the two Maryland backs, Anthony McFarland and Javon Leake. Arizona's J.J. Taylor, Arizona State's Eno Benjamin, and Washington's Salvon Ahmed should crush the agility drill testing and finish near the top of group in the jumps. 

    As for the premier backs in this class, who all happen to have similar physical profiles -- Florida State's Cam Akers, Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor, Ohio State's J.K. Dobbins, andign Czech Republic midfielder Tomas Soucek from Slavia Prague.Boss David Moyes confirmed the 24 year old is undergoing a medical at the Hammers' Rush Green training ground."He fits the profile of the player I want," Moyes said of Soucek, who has 25 c Georgia's D'Andre Swift -- we're likely to see some clear-cut separation after they all work out. 

    Also, I'll be watching for another back to enter the prestigious 4.40-40 club, which is running the 40-yard dash in 4.40 or faster and jumping 40-plus inches in the vertical. We've had a new member in each of the past two draft classes -- Saquon Barkley in 2018 and Justice Hill last year -- the first since Cedric Peerman accomplished the feat in 2009. They are the only three backs in the 4.40-40 club over the past 20 years at the combine. 

    Wide Receivers 

    Over the past three years, 56 of 123 (45.5%) participants in this drill timed faster than the threshold.

    Over the past three years, 53 of 95 (55.7%) participants in this drill timed faster than the threshold.

    Over the past three years, 66 of 129 (51.1%) participants in this drill were above the threshold.

    Over the past three years, 43 of 129 (33.3%) participants in this drill were above the threshold.

    Draft analysts like yours truly will occasionally say "the 40-yard dash is overrated." For some positions that is true. But, for receivers, it really isn't. Sure, a litany of star wideouts across the history of the NFL ran somewhat slowly in the 40, but if there's one position that actually runs in a straight line for 40 yards with some regularity, it's the wideouts. 

    Last year, the not nearly as hyped receiver group absolutely scorched the track inside Lucas Oil Stadium with seven times in the 4.30s and 11 more in the 4.40s. 

    Alabama's Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs along with TCU's Jalen Reagor, Penn State's K.J. Hamler, Boise State's John Hightower, and Baylor's Denzel Mims should fly in the 40 and test in the upper echelon in the jumps. 

    Hamler and Reagor should be among the best overall testers, and I expect Ohio State's K.J. Hill and SMU's James Proche to show off their quicks in the three-cone.

    Tight Ends

    Over the past three years, 27 of 37 (72.9%) participants in this drill timed faster than the threshold.

    Over the past three years, 32 of 41 (78%) participants in this drill timed faster than the threshold.

    Over the past three years, 29 of 45 (64.4%) participants in this drill were above the threshold.

    Over the past three years, 27 of 48 (56.2%) participants in this drill were above the threshold.

    As the above percentages at this position indicate, the tight end position has gotten collectively much more athletic of late, as teams have placed a much higher priority on receiving ability than blocking prowess. 

    This is not a class that is likely to have a first-rounder after two went in Round 1 a year ago, but a small group could go on Day 2, including the prospects I expect to demonstrate high-level athleticism like Dayton's Adam Trautman, UCLA's Devin Asiasi, Washington's Hunter Bryant, Florida Atlantic's Harrison Bryant, and Purdue's Brycen Hopkins. 

    Offensive Line

    Over the past three years, 41 of 115 (35.6%) participants in this drill timed faster than the threshold.

    Over the past three years, 57 of 110 (56.2%) participants in this drill timed faster than the threshold.

    Over the past three years, 77 of 119 (64.7%) participants in this drill were above the threshold.

    Over the past three years, 23 of 113 (19.4%) participants in this drill were above the threshold.

    It's easy and seemingly logical to completely overlook offensive linemen's workouts at the combine. While one drill doesn't necessarily stand out at this position, the workouts as a whole paint a pretty vivid picture of how athletic a blocker is, and just like any other non-QB spot on the field, the best players tend to be the best athletes. 

    This is a loaded offensive tackle class, and the interior position isn't nearly as top-heavy or deep. It will be interesting to see how gargantuan blockers like monsters like Louisville's Mekhi Becton and Georgia's Isaiah Wilson compared to some of the "smaller" tackles and if an under-the-radar guard or center jump into the Day 2 conversation with an impressive showing (potentially Charlotte's Cameron Clark or TCU's Cordel Iwuagwu).

    Edge Rushers 

    Over the past three years, 40 of 76 (52.6%) participants in this drill timed faster than the threshold.

    Over the past three years, 18 of 58 (31%) participants in this drill timed faster than the threshold.

    Over the past three years, 39 of 73 (53.4%) participants in this drill were above the threshold.

    Over the past three years, 24 of 75 (32%) participants in this drill were above the threshold.

    The three-cone drill is the lifeblood of analytics centered around the edge-rusher spot, and with good reason. The three-cone tests a player's ability to explode and bend, which translates to defensive ends and outside linebackers tightly turning the corner en route to the quarterback. 

    Unless you're absolutely enormous, you do not want to be anything more than a half-tick above 7.12 seconds in the three-cone. I expect LSU's K'Lavon Chaisson, Notre Dame's Julian Okwara, and Ohio State's Chase Young to rock the three-cone and test through the roof altogether.  

    Utah's Bradlee Anae, who doesn't look especially explosive on film but is a master with his hands, could skyrocket up boards with a big combine. The same is true for Michigan State's Kenny Willekes. Keep an eye on Boise State's Curtis Weaver too. 

    Defensive Linemen

    Over the past three years, 34 of 68 (50%) participants in this drill timed faster than the threshold.

    Over the past three years, 38 of 54 (70.3%) participants in this drill timed faster than the threshold.

    Over the past three years, 67 of 79 (84.8%) participants in this drill were above the threshold.

    Over the past three years, 37 of 62 (59.6%) participants in this drill were above the threshold.

    Defensive linemen are getting smaller and more explosive, following the defender of most defensive positions in the NFL. The run-stuffer who can't get after the passer is being phased out while positional versatility and sheer explosiveness up the field are traits teams are looking for now more than ever. 

    South Carolina's Javon Kinlaw should dazzle, as should Auburn's monstrous interior disruptor Derrick Brown. Look for TCU's Ross Blacklock, Texas A&M's Justin Madubuike, and Oklahoma's Neville Gallimore to test well too. 


    Over the past three years, 55 of 75 (73.3%) participants in this drill timed faster than the threshold.

    Over the past three years, 38 of 55 (69%) participants in this drill timed faster than the threshold.

    Over the past three years, 67 of 79 (84.8%) participants in this drill were above the threshold.

    Over the past three years, 29 of 77 (37.6%) participants in this drill were above the threshold.

    Speed at the linebacker spot has undergone a mammoth shift over the past few years as teams are asking so much from that position in coverage today. Heck, just last year, three linebackers ran sub-4.45 and nine total linebackers ran under 4.60. Change of direction and explosiveness obviously matter this position a great deal too. 

    Clemson's Isaiah Simmons and Oklahoma's Kenneth Murray should steal the show in Indy, and I wouldn't be shocked if Appalachian State's Akeem Davis-Gaither, LSU's Patrick Queen, and Mississippi State's Willie Gay were close behind them. As an experienced, polished-in-coverage prospect, the combine will be huge for Oregon's Troy Dye, as he doesn't look as dynamic athletically as some of his linebacker counterparts in this class.


    Over the past three years, 46 of 99 (46.4%) participants in this drill timed faster than the threshold.

    Over the past three years, 41 of 54 (75.9%) participants in this drill timed faster than the threshold.

    Over the past three years, 52 of 85 (61.1%) participants in this drill were above the threshold.

    Over the past three years, 35 of 84 (41.6%) participants in this drill were above the threshold.

    While the cornerbacks weren't as fast as the receivers at the 2019 combine, the defensive group did have 15 times below 4.50 in the 40-yard dash and 12 prospects with a vertical of at least 38 inches. 

    Ohio State's Jeffrey Okudah, the consensus top corner in this class, should crush his workout. As should TCU's Jeff Gladney and Auburn's Noah Igbinoghene. Baylor's Grayland Arnold and Notre Dame's Troy Pride are two somewhat sleeper prospects who look especially twitchy on loose-hipped on film.


    Over the past three years, 42 of 60 (70%) participants in this drill timed faster than the threshold.

    Over the past three years, 30 of 35 (85.7%) participants in this drill timed faster than the threshold.

    Over the past three years, 37 of 67 (46.4%) participants in this drill were above the threshold.

    Over the past three years, 20 of 67 (46.4%) participants in this drill were above the threshold.

    In terms of on-field responsibility, no position has been altered more in the past decade than safety. Gone are the days of straight-forward delineations between strong safety and free safety. The modern-day players at that position have to be able to cover the slot, range from the deep middle, and take on a quasi-linebacker role against the run without ever looking out of place. 

    As a former cornew away a two-goal lead for the second time in three games and opened their Champions League campaign with a draw at Olympiacos on Wednesday to leave manager Mauricio Pochettino fuming."We're not young anymore," agreed Kane. "We're not inexperienced. rback, Utah's Julian Blackmon should test excellently, and there's tons of buzz about Kyle Dugger from Lenoir-Rhyne after his impressive week at the Senior Bowl. Alabama's Xavier McKinney and Cal's Ashtyn Davis, two of the more widely liked safeties in this class, should cruise through the drills in Indy, as should LSU's Grant Delpit and Maryland's Antoine Brooks. 

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