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United ‘make Fabregas bid’

first_img Press Association Sport understands the bid was submitted Monday evening Sydney time and thus so far there has been no response. If the deal did go through it would represent David Moyes’ first significant signing as United manager. United were heavily linked with the former Arsenal skipper earlier in the summer, although at the time Fabregas claimed his intention was to remain with Barcelona. Press Association Manchester United have submitted a £26million (30million euro) bid for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas.center_img Moyes then turned his attentions to Fabregas’ Barca team-mate Thiago Alcantara. At one point it seemed as though a deal for the Spain Under-21 star was nearing completion. However, at the 11th hour Pep Guardiola stepped in and Thiago has now agreed to join Bayern Munich. Fabregas does appear to be in a similar position to Thiago in that his World Cup place could come under threat if he does not play regularly for Barcelona following their £50million acquisition of Brazilian superstar Neymar. Barca are unlikely to let Fabregas go willingly, having nurtured the player through his formative years, only for Arsenal to sign him as a 16-year-old in 2003. Fabregas spent eight years with the Gunners, making 303 appearances and ending up as club captain, before returning to the Nou Camp in 2011. Though he has played 96 times in two seasons, including 60 league games, he has rarely featured in his preferred midfield role due to the performances of brilliant duo Xavi and Andres Iniesta. His forceful approach in central midfield is just what United are looking for following the retirement of Paul Scholes, continuing doubt over the career of Darren Fletcher and a belief amongst fans Brazilian Anderson will never fulfil the promise that earned him a big money move from FC Porto in 2007. When contacted by Press Association Sport about United’s reported bid for Fabregas, sources at Barcelona said the midfielder was not for sale. “The player is not transferable,” the source said. last_img read more

Beat writers predict Syracuse men’s basketball season record, MVP and X-Factor

first_img Published on November 4, 2018 at 8:14 pm Comments Last season, Syracuse received the final at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and rattled off three wins in five days to make the Sweet 16. This season, the expectations are higher from the start. The Orange are a consensus top-25 team across all major rankings and return all five starters, along with Elijah Hughes being eligible to play after sitting out last season.Here’s what our beat writers think the Orange will accomplish this season.Charlie DiSturcoReady for takeoffRecord: 24-7MVP: Tyus BattleX-Factor: OffenseA year removed from a Sweet 16 appearance, Syracuse returns all five of its starters — including star Tyus Battle, who’s been working on his shot all offseason. Tack on the fact that transfer Elijah Hughes and freshmen Jalen Carey and Buddy Boeheim will work into the rotation in 2018, and this SU team is ready to take that next step. It’s very rare to have a team both this experienced and deep in college basketball. While Syracuse was a very solid defensive team last year, it struggled offensively. That’s where the new additions will play a role. Hughes and Boeheim add another facet to the offense with their 3-ball — the Orange shot 31.8 percent from 3 as a whole — and Carey is a versatile point guard. There’s a lot to love about this Syracuse team, and if the SU offense can put it all together, they have the potential to make a lot of noise in the NCAA Tournament once again.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMatthew GutierrezFive-headed monsterRecord: 23-8MVP: Tyus BattleX-Factor: The BigsAll five starters back, quick guard off the bench, stellar 2-3 zone, finally some depth, blah, blah, blah. The last time SU was this hyped? Two years ago, and we all know how that season panned out. I look forward to seeing how Tyus Battle, Oshae Brissett and Frank Howard develop not so much in their ability to score — we saw them do that last season — but in how they engage their teammates. That’s the key, because we learned a year ago that three scorers aren’t enough to be consistent. Plus, can the bigs pose more of a threat in the paint? Can Syracuse generate more production off the pick-and-roll? Keep an eye there. Nonetheless, the Orange shouldn’t be overlooked with this much talent and depth. There’s a potential for a deep run come the Big Dance.Billy HeyenThe boys are backRecord: 25-6MVP: Tyus BattleX-Factor: Oshae BrissettFor a few spring months, the outlook of this season hung in the balance. Tyus Battle was involved in the NBA Draft process. But he came back. Battle should lead the Orange in scoring for the second-straight year, and Jim Boeheim expects increased depth to help SU play faster. But the difference between good and great will come down to Oshae Brissett. Does he settle in right around 15 points and nine rebounds a game, like last year? Or has he grown into a top-10 player in the ACC, someone who makes 35-plus percent of his 3-pointers and challenges to be an NBA lottery pick in June? Teams with one star — think Ben Simmons at LSU, or Markelle Fultz at Washington — rarely become memorable. Teams with two, like Carmelo Anthony and Hakim Warrick for the 2003 national champs, can be special. If Battle and Brissett both have grown, that’s exactly what this Syracuse team could be.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Michael Hermosillo homers as Angels rally to beat Indians

first_imgUP NEXT: Angels (RHP Dylan Bundy) vs. Mariners (LHP Nestor Cortes), Wednesday, noon, Tempe Diablo Stadium Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Related Articles PreviousThe Angels’ Taylor Ward makes a leaping catch on a fly ball hit by Domingo Santana #24 of the Cleveland Indians during the fourth inning of a spring training game at Goodyear Ballpark on March 03, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)Angels center fielder Mike Trout throws the ball into second base after making a play on a line drive hit by the Indians’ Franmil Reyes during the fourth inning of Tuesday’s Cactus League game at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Ariz.(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney throws to the plate during the first inning of Tuesday’s Cactus League game against the Cleveland Indians at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Ariz. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Indians’ Franmil Reyes hits a two-run home run against the during the second inning of Tuesday’s Cactus League game at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Ariz. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney throws to the plate during the first inning of Tuesday’s Cactus League game against the Cleveland Indians at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Ariz. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)The Angels’ Mike Trout gets ready to step into the batters box against the Cleveland Indians during a spring training game at Goodyear Ballpark on March 03, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)The Angels’ Taylor Ward makes a sliding catch on a fly ball hit by Oscar Mercado #35 of the Cleveland Indians during the second inning of a spring training game at Goodyear Ballpark on March 03, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)GOODYEAR, ARIZONA – MARCH 03: Matt Thaiss #23 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a single during the second inning against the Cleveland Indians during a spring training game at Goodyear Ballpark on March 03, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)The Angels’ Matt Thaiss celebrates with teammates in the dugout after scoring of a single by Michael Hermosillo #21 during the second inning against the Cleveland Indians during a spring training game at Goodyear Ballpark on March 03, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)The Angels’ Michael Hermosillo hits an RBI single during the second inning against the Cleveland Indians during a spring training game at Goodyear Ballpark on March 03, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)Angels Manager Joe Maddontalks with his players in the dugout prior to a spring training game against the Cleveland Indians at Goodyear Ballpark on March 03, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)The Angels’ Jahmai Jones hits an RBI single during the second inning against the Cleveland Indians of a spring training game at Goodyear Ballpark on March 03, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)The Angels’ Taylor Ward makes a leaping catch on a fly ball hit by Domingo Santana #24 of the Cleveland Indians during the fourth inning of a spring training game at Goodyear Ballpark on March 03, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)Angels center fielder Mike Trout throws the ball into second base after making a play on a line drive hit by the Indians’ Franmil Reyes during the fourth inning of Tuesday’s Cactus League game at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Ariz.(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 12Angels center fielder Mike Trout throws the ball into second base after making a play on a line drive hit by the Indians’ Franmil Reyes during the fourth inning of Tuesday’s Cactus League game at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Ariz.(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)ExpandTHE GAME: Andrew Heaney made his second start of the spring and Michael Hermosillo hit a home run as the Angels rallied for an 11-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday at Goodyear, Ariz.PITCHING REPORT: Heaney reached three innings, giving up two runs and three hits, including a two-run home run by Franmil Reyes with the wind in the second inning. Heaney is in the mix to be the Opening Day starter on March 26 at Houston. “If it’s me, that would be awesome,” said the left-hander, who has never made a start before April 13 in his career. “… If I make the first start of the year, or the fifth start of the year, that, to me, is a win. I just haven’t been able to do that.” … Relievers Keynan Middleton, Mike Mayers and Jose Rodriguez all gave up at least one run, but Maddon was satisfied with the performances. … Left-handers Jose Quijada and Hector Yan each pitched a scoreless inning.HITTING REPORT: Hermosillo hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning, his first of the spring, and had four RBIs. He also had a stolen base, giving the Angels eight in 11 spring games. … Matt Thaiss had a hit in his fourth consecutive spring game going back to Friday. … Mike Trout went 0 for 2 but is still hitting .364 this spring. … Victor Acosta gave the Angels the lead in the eighth inning when he scored on a wild pitch, while Connor Justis added another run on a wild pitch in the inning.DEFENSIVE REPORT: It’s hard to catch Trout off guard, even in spring training. Reyes tried to stretch a base hit into a double in the fourth inning, but Trout threw him out from left-center field, with Jahmai Jones applying the tag at second base. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros last_img read more