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Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola apologises to Gabriel Jesus after Riyad Mahrez penalty miss

The result leaves City top going into the international break, but only above rivals Liverpool and Chelsea on goal difference.

However, Guardiola was happy with the point after losing his last three games against Jurgen Klopp’s side, and having done it at a ground where City haven’t won in 15 years.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

“It is a point. We were close, more than ever to winning here but it is better than last season when we lose and especially when we try to be ourselves all the time,” he added. “We compete really, really good. We had our chance. It’s what it is.12

“I am so comfortable with the performance we have done. They didn’t have one shot on target. In Anfield, that is so complicated.”

Guardiola admitted City played a much slower game than in his previous visits to Anfield to restrict Liverpool’s ability to punish any mistakes — describing Klopp’s side as the best in the world at it.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

“Yeah, if you play so quick they are much better than us,” he said. “We want to create but when you make a mistake … If it is an open game at Anfield, you don’t even have one percent of a chance because they are so good, they play for that.

“We controlled it through Riyad, Bernardo [Silva], the guys to give the extra pass. Up and down they are maybe, no I’m pretty sure, the best team in the world in these transitions, offensive, defensive, it is built for that. In that situation, they are much better.”

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Unlikely duo might patch Indians’ holes in the outfield

Cleveland’s center fielders rank 28th in the majors with a combined .628 OPS, and the right fielders had an aggregate 12 home runs and a .399 slugging percentage entering Tuesday night’s game at Fenway Park. Bradley Zimmer (shoulder) and Tyler Naquin (hip) are recuperating from season-ending surgery, and Lonnie Chisenhall’s hamstring issues have been persistent enough to temper expectations that he’ll be back anytime soon.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal

The front office tried to upgrade the product by acquiring Leonys Martin from the Detroit Tigers at the non-waiver deadline July 31. He lasted a mere six games and 15 at-bats before a life-threatening bacterial infection derailed his season. There’s no timetable for his return.

So what’s a manager to do? Keep running out the names at his disposal, pat a few guys on the fanny and hope the production exceeds the résumés.5

While Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez were going a combined 0-for-8 Tuesday, the Indians got some big contributions from complementary sources. Melky Cabrera went 3-for-4 with a home run, and Greg Allen was strong on both sides of the ball in a 6-3 victory over Boston at Fenway Park.

It was the Indians’ second straight win over the Red Sox, who are in the midst of only their second three-game losing streak this season.

This one was a statement game on behalf of veteran players who keep hanging around for the love of the game and prospects who show flashes of promise through a combination of confidence and opportunity. In the first two games of the series, Cabrera and Allen are a combined 8-for-13 with three home runs.

Cabrera, 34, was one of baseball’s premier hit collectors during his peak. In 2011, he batted .305 with 201 hits and 102 runs scored for the Kansas City Royals. But his reputation took a hit in 2012, when he received a 50-game PED suspension and participated in a fake website scam in an attempt to cover his tracks. He even relinquished his 2012 batting title with the San Francisco Giants because he didn’t want to benefit from an achievement that he considered “tainted.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

After stops with the Blue Jays, White Sox and Royals, Cabrera couldn’t get a sniff on the free-agent market last winter. He was all but begging for a job when the Indians signed him to a minor league contract in April.

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Vikings honor Tony Sparano before preseason game

Surrounded by her children, Jeanette Sparano stood at the 40-yard line before kickoff at U.S. Bank Stadium for nearly an hour. One by one, the widow of Tony Sparano Sr., the Minnesota Vikings offensive line coach who died unexpectedly last month, was greeted by players and coaches who offered hugs and words of encouragement before the family served as honorary captains ahead of the Vikings-Jaguars preseason game.

Sparano died from arteriosclerotic heart disease at his home in Eden Prairie two days before rookies and quarterbacks reported to camp. He was 56 years old.

Jeanette proudly donned the name she was given by the man she fell in love with as a teenager, a cursive “Sparano” decal with glitter surrounding the letters stuck on the outside of her tote bag. Standing with her arms around daughter Ryan and son Tony Jr., an assistant offensive line coach for Jacksonville, the three joined the rest of the 66,637 in attendance to honor their father and husband with a moment of silence followed by a tribute video that played on the jumbotron.cheap nike nfl jerseys from china

The video opened with a scene of Sparano inside the locker room at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum giving a heartfelt speech to his players after the Raiders beat Kansas City in Nov. 2014. It was the first of three wins for the Raiders that season after Sparano was named interim head coach, tasked with guiding Oakland through murky waters during an 0-10 start.

Moments from Sparano’s time as a coach in Minnesota, Miami and Oakland played on screen, encapsulating the love he had for his job and how proud he was of his players.

“He loved them like they were us,” Tony Jr. said.9

Testimony from Jeanette, Tony Jr., Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman painted the picture of a coach whose tireless work ethic was second to none; a man who prided himself on bringing out the best in his players.

“Let’s get the details right! Pay attention to the details!” Sparano Sr. said to his players in Miami.

After the emotional ceremony, Jeanette linked arms with her children as they made their way onto the field. Walking on either side of the Sparano family was the Vikings offensive line, who stood in unison at midfield as the family called the coin toss.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

These players were more than that for Sparano. They were an extension of his family.

His starting offensive linemen from the 2017 season — Riley Reiff, Nick Easton, Pat Elflein, Joe Berger and Mike Remmers — along with Rashod Hill served as pallbearers at his funeral. Berger, who played for Sparano in Dallas, Miami and Minnesota, was on hand Saturday to cap off the ceremony by sounding the gjallarhorn before kickoff.

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Bengals look to fix big-play element that was broken in 2017

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green should have had a touchdown connection in the second quarter of their Week 13 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers last season.

Dalton had good protection and dropped back to his own 45-yard line to make the throw, finding Green one-on-one racing down the sideline. The ball flew 50 yards through the air.

As Green reached the Steelers’ 5-yard line, the defensive back had fallen down and the Bengals had a chance to extend their lead to 17-0.

Instead, the ball sailed somewhere over Green’s head right and out of bounds. Cameras caught both players grimacing over the missed opportunity.cheap new nike nfl jerseys

This type of missed opportunity became routine during 2017, and the answers aren’t so clear as to why. It would be easy to point to the offensive line struggles or the change in coordinators after Ken Zampese was fired after the team failed to score a touchdown in the first two weeks.8

Sometimes Dalton just plain missed. At other times, it was clear the protection had broken down. Sometimes the receivers simply didn’t run crisp enough routes or get open in time to make the catch.

“It’s a two-way street,” new quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt said. “Obviously, we don’t want to throw them out of bounds, but we also have to have the space out there.”

It’s not that Dalton doesn’t have the arm or the capabilities to make the deep pass. He routinely has found Green in stride for a touchdown or watched John Ross turn on the jets to shoot past defenders for a big gain in training camp.

In the Bengals’ scrimmage earlier in camp, Dalton hit Green for a 50-yard bomb that probably would’ve been an 85-yard touchdown had they been playing by the rules of a normal game.

But it’s easy to do those things in August when the quarterback knows he won’t get hit and the star receiver routinely gets single coverage. The real test comes in September, and the Bengals’ clearly failed that test last season.cheap nfl jerseys nike china

So what was the problem? Bengals offensive coordinator Bill Lazor smiled slightly one day when he was asked if he could pinpoint that answer.

“Yeah [I can], but I won’t,” he said to a reporter. “Statistically, it looks just like it felt. You were there.”

Lazor is expected to put his stamp on the offense after taking over for the fired Zampese. The Bengals’ offense hasn’t been the same since Hue Jackson left after the 2015 season, and Lazor is under a lot of pressure to right the ship.

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Brewers acquire 2B Jonathan Schoop from Orioles at trade deadline

The Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday traded second baseman Jonathan Schoop to the Milwaukee Brewers, who added another option to a crowded infield as they make a push for the playoffs.

In return, Baltimore acquired veteran second baseman Jonathan Villar, as well as right-hander Luis Ortiz and shortstop Jean Carmona, both minor leaguers.

Schoop, 26, was hitting .244 with 17 home runs and 40 RBIs for the Orioles this season.

An All-Star in 2017, Schoop missed some of the first half of this season with an oblique strain, but he’s heated up since the All-Star break. His nine home runs in July are tied for the second-most in the majors behind Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals (10) entering Tuesday.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal

The trade is the second the Brewers have made for an infielder in recent days, following Friday’s deal for Mike Moustakas of the Kansas City Royals.The plan then was for left-handed-hitting third baseman Travis Shaw to shift to second base. The 26-year-old Schoop now gives Milwaukee a right-handed option at second.

The Brewers have also played Hernan Perez at second of late. The upside of having so many infielders is having another quality bat available on the bench.9

“Really, what it comes down to for us is we think we’re getting better and we think we’re adding to our overall depth,” general manager David Stearns said.

In Schoop, Stearns acquired a young player still under contract for 2019. He has a guaranteed $9 million salary for next year.

“We talk about control and in this case it certainly played into the valuation of the player,” Stearns said.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

Milwaukee (62-47) entered Tuesday’s action one game behind the first-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central. It also traded for reliever Joakim Soria from the Chicago White Sox last week.

But the Brewers did not add a starter, which was an area of concern following injuries to Brent Suter (elbow) and Zach Davies (shoulder). Jimmy Nelson (shoulder) remains sidelined after getting hurt late last season.

Stearns said the team could still look to deal in August, though he voiced confidence in a rotation currently headlined by Jhoulys Chacin (10-3, 3.45 ERA).

“I think we’ve probably had a little bit more confidence in our group throughout this year than perhaps there’s been externally and that’s fine,” Stearns said. “Certainly we were open and active to add to that group, but at this point we were unable to do so.”

Signed by Baltimore at just 16 years old, Schoop played parts of six seasons with the club and was an All-Star last year, when he hit .293 with a career-high 32 home runs and 105 RBIs.

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Matt Patricia trying to change Lions’ culture with more physicality

Matt Patricia had players lay down on the ground, offense on one side, defense on the other. At the whistle, they popped back up and the offensive player — the ball carrier — then had to try to beat the defensive player one-on-one.

On the first padded day of Detroit Lions practice Sunday, they ran a modified version of the Oklahoma drill — just one example of the physicality and intensity under Patricia, the first-year Lions head coach, who is trying to change the culture of a team that hasn’t won a division title since 1993.cheap nike nfl jerseys from china

To do so, Patricia said at some point the Lions will tackle to the ground — a stark difference from former coach Jim Caldwell, who rarely had live tackling during practices. Patricia does want to keep his players upright for the most part, but he recognizes there are times that tackling has to happen.

Just to be prepared.9

“At some point you have to go live. You have to be able to experience that both offensively and defensively because you don’t want to do it for the first time in a game,” Patricia said. “You have to be able to get in good position. There’s certainly a manner in which we can practice in pads where we can thud each other up and be in a good hit position and know that from the strike standpoint everything is clean and we’re in good space but then not really follow through or try to finish at that exact moment.

The potential for more tackling and contact is just one area where Patricia has changed Lions practices. Detroit does more running under Patricia than it did under Caldwell — including running laps for mistakes made in practice, something the defense had to do at least once Sunday.cheap official nike nfl jerseys

On Friday, Patricia opened his first training camp practice by working on goal-line strategy because of the importance Patricia places on it in games. The Lions offensively struggled in goal-line and short-yardage situations in 2017, something general manager Bob Quinn said after the draft bothered him during Caldwell’s final season.

Now, as the pads go on, they can work on that even more. The players noticed an increased energy having pads on as well. The linemen can hit. The players move just a little faster. For the third straight day, practice ran at least two hours.

“It’s definitely physical and that’s what we want to be, a physical team,” receiver Marvin Jones said. “So we’re out here working hard and the most dominant team wins every Sunday, so that’s what we have to be and that’s how we practice.

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Astros’ Alex Bregman wins All-Star Game MVP after go-ahead HR in 10th

Bregman’s homer was one of a record-breaking 10 in the game, and it put the AL ahead for good, as baseball’s best put on a power exhibition in the late innings. Bregman’s Astros teammate George Springer hit one out immediately after Bregman.nfl cheap jerseys nike

“There’s a great love affair with both results. I mean, to kind of empty your tank and hit homers tonight at this event is probably the best thing imaginable,” AL manager A.J. Hinch of the Astros said. “Just to have that kind of emotion that comes with the home run, especially when the big boys hit it and especially when the Astros hit it.”9

Bregman and Springer homered off losing pitcher Ross Stripling of the Dodgers — that’s kind of how last season ended too, with Houston battering Los Angeles’ pitchers in the World Series.

“I took a cutter down the middle first pitch, then kind of went into battle mode and was just trying to put a line drive in play and it left the yard. It was crazy. A lot of fun,” Bregman said. “Normally when we go back-to-back, I have to hit it after Springer does because he leads off, so it was pretty cool to see them go back-to-back.”nfl nike jerseys for cheap

Bregman smiled all around the bases. He is familiar with this city, his grandfather having been the general counsel for the old Washington Senators.

“My dad grew up on Ted Williams’ lap. So to see Ted Williams Most Valuable Player on this trophy is pretty special,” Bregman said.

The 24-year-old Bregman is a first-time All-Star in his third major league season. He hit 19 homers last season, and he has 20 so far this year.

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Orioles make progress in Manny Machado trade talks, sources say

The Baltimore Orioles, deep into trade talks regarding All-Star shortstop Manny Machado, have made progress in recent days and have narrowed their focus to a smaller group of teams, sources told ESPN.

The Orioles are said to be “definitely motivated” to get a deal done, according to one official familiar with the conversations.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

They have had extensive conversations with the Philadelphia Phillies, whose front office is loaded with former Orioles officials who were involved in the drafting and developing of Machado in 2010 for Baltimore — including president Andy MacPhail, general manager Matt Klentak and assistant GM Ned Rice.12

Among the Phillies prospects being evaluated by the Orioles are 23-year-old right-handed pitcher Franklyn Kilome, 19-year-old outfielder Jhailyn Ortiz, 20-year-old infielder Arquimedes Gamboa and 21-year-old right-hander Adonis Medina.

Even if the Phillies do not trade for Machado this summer, they would ardently pursue him after he reaches free agency in the fall.

The Orioles also have discussed possible trade combinations for Machado with the Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks and Cleveland Indians. He is regarded as the prize of this summer’s trade market, the player with the most potential impact.cheap nike nfl jerseys from china

Machado, 26, is off to the best start of his career offensively, tallying several career-high figures for the first half, including home runs (23), RBIs (64), OBP (.384) and OPS (.950).

“It crosses my mind, I’m not going to lie,” Machado said earlier this month of his uncertain future. “You just try to enjoy your moment, try to enjoy the season like I have since day one, since I stepped in here. You try to take it all in. Nobody ever wants to think about that day.”

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Arizona’s Zack Greinke to replace Cubs’ Jon Lester on All-Star roster

Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke will replace left-hander Jon Lester on the National League All-Star roster.

Lester is due to start for the Chicago Cubs against new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap San Diego on Sunday and would be unavailable for Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Nationals Park in Washington.

This is the fifth All-Star selection for Greinke, who has a 9-5 record with a 3.39 ERA, 117 strikeouts and 23 walks in 114 innings. Since May 9, he has gone 6-3 with a 2.88 ERA in 13 starts.

The 2009 Cy Young winner struggled in spring training, with a fastball that was only in the mid-80s, and at one point said he wondered if he still had what it took to pitch.

For that reason, Greinke, 34, said this All-Star nod is his most meaningful.9

“You guys that saw me pitch in spring training —nfl nike jerseys cheap china  I didn’t know if I was going to be able to get any outs this year,” he said Thursday. “To end up doing as good as it’s been so far, it’s pretty exciting.”

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England must make World Cup run the start of something big, not another false dawn

For England, this was so much better than anyone could have possibly expected. But in the end, it wasn’t enough.

That’s the problem with progress. People will always want more and, having been within 22 minutes of playing in their first World Cup final since 1966, England must now prepare for a third-place playoff against Belgium in Saint Petersburg on Saturday, when they really wanted to be playing in Moscow 23 hours later.cheap nike nfl jerseys from china

Croatia, in the end, were simply too good and too streetwise in the semifinal and their 2-1 victory was deserved, despite England’s impressive start to the game.

But defeat still stings for Gareth Southgate and his overachieving players.9

“Did we feel we would be in this position?” Southgate asked after the game. “Realistically, I don’t think any of us did.

“But when you get to this point and play as well as we did in the first half, you want to take those opportunities in life, so the dressing room is a very difficult place at the moment.”

England’s shortcomings, the fault lines that have consumed them long before the semifinal stage in previous tournaments, remain the same as ever. Southgate has done well to mask his team’s flaws and give them a renewed sense of confidence and identity, but the problems that cost them against Croatia were the same that almost handed victory to Colombia in the round of 16.

England don’t have a Modric — few teams do — but they have to learn how to control games better against top-class teams. Had Southgate’s players faced a Brazil, France, Uruguay or Portugal before this stage, they might not have made it so far because the lack of service to Harry Kane would really have told against such high-quality opposition.

Southgate is keen to remind people that England’s squad was the least experienced in Russia. This journey to the semifinal will certainly help his players and make them more confident in the future, but their lack of nous at this level did show against Croatia.nfl replica jerseys cheap

“We played extremely well in the first half, given the size of the game, and I was really pleased with the way we controlled possession,” Southgate said. “But when you’re in charge of the game and have the chances we had, you have to take a second goal at that point.