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De Rossi to leave Roma after 18 years with hometown club

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Roma have announced Daniele De Rossi will be leaving the club at the end of the season, but the World Cup-winner said he will continue playing though league sources tell ESPN FC he won’t be headed to the LA Galaxy of MLS.

De Rossi, who inherited the captaincy of the Giallorossi following the retirement of Francesco Totti in 2017, will move to a new club next season and continue his career away from the Eternal City.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

“We will all shed tears when he pulls on the Giallorossi shirt for the last time against Parma but we respect his desire to prolong his playing career — even if, at almost 36, it will be away from Rome. On behalf of everyone at Roma, I’d like to thank Daniele for his incredible dedication to this club and ensure him that our doors will remain open for him to return to the club in a new role whenever he wants.”

The 35-year-old’s final game for the club will be their fixture with Parma on May 26.10

De Rossi said he understood the club had to take a decision, though he felt he still had more to offer.

“I feel I could still have a made an impact on this team, playing five, 10 games,” he said in a news conference where his departure was confirmed. “[I could help] in the dressing room.
The former Italy international has finished a Serie A runner up eight times without ever winning the title but, asked if he could change one thing from his career, he said it would have been the 2018 Champions League semifinal defeat to Liverpool — the furthest Roma had reached in the competition since 1984.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

He has made a total of 615 appearances for his hometown club, second only to Totti on the list of the club’s all-time leading appearance makers, since debuting in 2001.

De Rossi is expected to move abroad after leaving Roma, having previously stated his attraction to the Premier League.

Cagliari face no punishment after racist abuse aimed at Juventus’ Kean in April

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Serie A have announced Cagliari will face no action after monkey chants were aimed at Juventus players Moise Kean, Alex Sandro and Blaise Matuidi during their match on April 2.

Kean reacted to the chants by celebrating in front of the home fans sat directly behind the goal after putting his side 2-0 ahead with five minutes remaining — an action which led Cagliari president Tommaso Giulini to claim any player would have received the same abuse.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

However, six weeks later — and after AC Milan midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko had been subjected to explicit racist chanting by Lazio fans for which the club was hand a suspended partial stadium closure — Serie A decided Cagliari would not face any punishment because the chants had “an objectively limited relevance” during the match.9

In a statement to ESPN FC on April 20, a Serie A spokesperson said they were committed to fighting racism. ESPN FC has again contacted Serie A for clarification following this most recent decision.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci and manager Massimiliano Allegri were criticised after the Cagliari match for their comments condemning’s Kean’s celebration after the match against Cagliari.

Serie A has seen several incidents of racist chanting this season, including Inter Milan fans’ treatment of Kalidou Koulibaly in December for which the club faced a two-match stadium closure.

Meanwhile, Serie A acknowledged Inter supporters had engaged in territorial discriminatory chanting during Monday’s clash with Chievo but face no punishment.

They were, however, fined €10,000 after fans were found guilty of shining a laser on the pitch in the same match.

MLB places Dodgers’ Urias on leave after arrest

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Major League Baseball has placed Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias on administrative leave in the wake of his Monday arrest on suspicion of domestic violence.

Urias was arrested and charged with domestic battery after an alleged physical altercation with a woman in the parking lot of the Beverly Center, an upscale shopping mall in L.A., at 7:30 p.m. PT, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. He was released at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday after posting $20,000 bail and did not join his teammates later in the afternoon.

MLB said it was conducting an investigation into the matter and is “in the process of gathering facts” while Urias is on administrative leave.

In a statement Tuesday morning, the Dodgers said the team also was gathering information and would have no further comment. Manager Dave Roberts met with the media before the Dodgers’ home game against the San Diego Padres and said he was “choosing my words wisely,” adding, “I don’t know the facts.”nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal

“Obviously, it’s not ideal in any sense of the word,” Roberts said. “But until we know more, it just doesn’t behoove me to make any comments. Fortunately, Major League Baseball is kind of digging into this, as it well should. We’ll know more later.”

In the meantime, the Dodgers, who should soon benefit from the return of lefties Tony Cingrani and Caleb Ferguson, added right-handed reliever JT Chargois to the active roster.10

Urias’ leave expires after seven days, but the league can extend it until its investigation is complete. Urias can also technically come off leave before the seven-day mark, but in prior circumstances, this process has dragged out for several weeks and even months.nfl nike jersey cheap

Eleven players have been investigated and nine have been suspended since 2016, the first full season of MLB’s current domestic violence policy. Suspensions ranged from 15 games (Steven Wright and Jeurys Familia) to 100 (Jose Torres). In between were cases involving household names such as Jose Reyes (51-game suspension), Aroldis Chapman (30 games), Addison Russell (40) and Roberto Osuna (75).

The Astros caught flak for acquiring Osuna in the wake of his domestic violence suspension, as did the Cubs for activating Russell last week.

“Every allegation of domestic violence must be taken seriously and addressed promptly,” the Dodgers said in their statement, “and we will cooperate fully with the authorities and Major League Baseball to ensure that that happens in this case.”

Urias is considered one of the most promising young pitchers in the league. He was beginning to build a special connection with the Dodgers’ fan base in L.A. largely because of his Mexican heritage, drawing comparisons to Fernando Valenzuela.

The secret to Sergei Bobrovsky’s playoff redemption tour

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When Blue Jackets winger Nick Foligno first arrived in Columbus in 2012, he instantly bonded with goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

After every win, the team skated over to congratulate the goaltender. Usually guys tapped Bobrovsky on the helmet or shoulder. Foligno usually lurked by the end of the line and greeted Bobrovsky with both arms outstretched.

“When we were going on that run the first year, we missed the playoffs by a point … every game just got bigger and bigger,” Foligno says. “At first it was just a little hug, and then it just got bigger and bigger, because we kept winning and gave ourselves a chance.”10

Besides the one game the next season when Foligno forgot (and heard about it from Bobrovsky after), the two haven’t missed a hug since. And over the past six years, Foligno, Bobrovsky and the Blue Jackets organization have been through a lot. There have been highs of regular-season success (and many, many hugs) and lows of early playoff exits — or no playoffs at all. Until this spring, the Blue Jackets hadn’t made it past the first round in their 18 years of existence.

Bobrovsky, too, has wavered. He is a two-time Vezina Trophy winner and unquestionably the greatest goaltender in franchise history. Yet the narrative surrounding Bobrovsky is one of a postseason bust. Between 2011 and 2018, Bobrovsky went 5-14 in the playoffs, with a 3.49 goals-against average and .891 save percentage. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Bobrovsky allowed at least three goals in 79 percent of his postseason appearances in that span, by far the most of any goalie with at least 10 appearances.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

This spring, though, it’s been all warm and fuzzy in Columbus. Bobrovsky and the Blue Jackets are rewriting the narrative, and it’s been one big redemption tour.

“I’m not in his head, but I think it’s obvious he was really motivated to have a strong playoffs,” says Joonas Korpisalo, Bobrovsky’s backup. “It doesn’t matter what people think about him, he just wants to work hard for himself and the team. And he works harder and is more of a pro than any goalie I’ve ever seen.”

Columbus in ‘you never know’ mode after ouster

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The Columbus Blue Jackets shocked the NHL this season by doing something few teams do: They went all-in.

Instead of selling off soon-to-be unrestricted free agents such as goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and winger Artemi Panarin, the Blue Jackets kept both players on the roster as their own “rentals.” They also loaded up, adding center Matt Duchene, defenseman Adam McQuaid, winger Ryan Dzingel and backup goalie Keith Kinkaid at the trade deadline.

“You never know what’s going to happen this summer, who is going to stay, who is going to go,” veteran winger Cam Atkinson said. “We had the group to do it this year, that’s for sure.”

Chief among concerns are Panarin and Bobrovsky, two of the most talented players in franchise history. The club tried to work out extensions with both players; Panarin expressed an interest in testing unrestricted free agency, and Bobrovsky and the team were so far apart on money and term that talks broke off.cheap nike nfl jerseys china

General manager Jarmo Kekalainen was characteristically blunt when talking to local reporters.9

“Guys that want to be here are going to be here,” Kekalainen said. “Guys that don’t want to be here, it’s, well, ‘Good luck.'”

Bobrovsky, a two time Vezina winner, spent seven seasons in Columbus. He said it was too early to talk about his future because “it’s a big decision, it’s a lifetime decision.”

“I’m definitely thankful for everything I had here,” Bobrovsky said.

Bobrovsky was somber as he spoke and repeatedly thanked fans for their support. Just as the Blue Jackets did, Bobrovsky rewrote his own narrative this postseason. He was always known as a terrific regular-season goaltender who had a tendency to crumble in the playoffs.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Between 2011 and 2018, Bobrovsky went 5-14 in the playoffs, with a 3.49 goals-against average and .891 save percentage. According to ESPN Stats & Information, he allowed at least three goals in 79 percent of his postseason appearances in that span, by far the most of any goalie with at least 10 appearances.

Bobrovsky was spectacular in the first-round sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning, posting a .932 save percentage, and he had some strong performances against the Bruins.

“We went through some good times, some tough times,” Bobrovsky said. “We’ve been together seven years, so that’s a long time. It was special.”

This was Panarin’s second season with the team after he was traded from the Chicago Blackhawks. He set a franchise record for points and became a fan favorite.

Panarin, who, like Bobrovsky, is Russian, rarely does media interviews, but on Monday, he spoke through an interpreter for a large media scrum.

Davante Adams and then who? Questions remain about Packers WRs

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With Randall Cobb’s $12.7 million cap charge from last year off the books and not a single receiver added in veteran free agency or the draft, the Packers dropped to No. 24 in the NFL when it comes to salary-cap space used by receivers. They’re at $18.65 million in cap space devoted to the position, and Adams accounts for $10.818 million of that.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

The Packers’ receivers account for just 9.75 percent of their salary cap, down from 16.5 percent last season.

That’s what happens when there’s no true No. 2 receiver on the roster.10

Instead, Gutekunst and first-year coach Matt LaFleur appear content to watch a collection of former undrafted players (led by Geronimo Allison and Jake Kumerow) along with last year’s trio of third-day draft picks (underachieving fourth-round pick J’Mon Moore, fifth-rounder Marquez Valdes-Scantling and sixth-rounder Equanimeous St. Brown) fight for the spot.

“I’m really content with the three guys we drafted last year,” Gutekunst said after he opted against a receiver in the draft. “I think they have huge upsides. I thought they took really good steps last year. Obviously, Geronimo coming back, he’s kind of a veteran guy stepping into that role, and I do like some of our guys that are kind of competing for some spots there as well. It’s not like we wouldn’t add one if we thought the right guy was there, but I like that group.”

He likes it better than most outsiders thought, apparently. Mock draft after mock draft had the Packers paired with a receiver for one of their two first-round picks.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

“I think there’s always holes that you think about,” LaFleur said after the draft. “One thing, there’s no doubt we’ve added a lot of key pieces moving forward, both in free agency and in the draft, not only on the defensive side of the ball, but I feel really good about a guy like [offensive lineman] Billy Turner and the three offensive players that we drafted.”

Bayern Munich miss chance to seal Bundesliga title after being held at Leipzig

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Champions Bayern Munich stumbled to a goalless draw at RB Leipzig on Saturday, missing their chance to seal the Bundesliga title as Borussia Dortmund kept their hopes alive and closed to within two points with one game left.

Bayern, who needed a win to make sure of a record-extending seventh consecutive league title, are on 75 points and will now face a final day examination against Eintracht Frankfurt next week.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Dortmund, who beat Fortuna Duesseldorf 3-2, are on 73 and face Borussia Moenchengladbach next week.10

Leipzig are third on 66 and have secured their Champions League spot for next season. “We want to win this thing next week,” Bayern’s Thomas Muller said. “We have battled back from nine points behind [late last year]. We are very greedy.”

The Bavarians missed several good chances with Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski failing to hit the target and also had a Leon Goretzka effort in the second half ruled out after video review.

It was an even more nervous affair at Dortmund, where goals from Christian Pulisic, Thomas Delaney and Mario Gotze eventually sealed a win for the title contenders.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

The hosts suffered with a blunder from keeper Marwin Hitz that allowed Duesseldorf back into the game at 1-1 before the hosts then had to sweat it out after a Duesseldorf goal in stoppage time reduced the deficit to 3-2.

Hitz, replacing injured Roman Buerki, also brought down Dodi Lukebakio for a second-half penalty which the forward fired wide.

Hanover and Nuremberg were relegated while Stuttgart beat Wolfsburg 3-0 to hold on to 16th place and will go into a relegation/promotion playoff with the second division’s third-placed team.

Borussia Dortmund keep title hopes alive in win over Fortuna Dusseldorf

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Borussia Dortmund kept the Bundesliga race alive by beating Fortuna Dusseldorf 3-2 on Saturday.

Dortmund almost blew another two-goal lead after letting 10-man Düsseldorf come perilously close to an equaliser in injury time.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Christian Pulisic, playing his last home game for Dortmund, opened the scoring four minutes before the break with his first headed goal in the Bundesliga. It could be his last. The American midfielder is leaving for Chelsea in a €64 million deal agreed in January.9

Dortmund keeper Marwin Hitz — who was filling in for the injured Roman Burki – let Dusseldorf captain Oliver Fink’s harmless-looking header slip through his fingers in the 47th.

Then came the news that Goretzka had scored for Bayern, but it was ruled out and Thomas Delaney restored Dortmund’s lead over Düsseldorf in the 53rd.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Dodi Lukebakio missed a penalty for Dusseldorf, before Mario Götze thought he’d sealed it in injury time. Dawid Kownacki pulled one back, however, to set up another nervy finale.

Bayern Munich, who drew 0-0 against RB Leipzig, boasts a considerably better goal difference by 17 goals, meaning a draw against Eintracht Frankfurt in Munich next Saturday will be enough to seal the title. Dortmund must win at Borussia Monchengladbach and hope for a Frankfurt victory to take the title.

How a mid-at-bat change to an ax-handle bat helped ignite Kris Bryant

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Kris Bryant is pretty sure it’s not the bat, but right now, he isn’t leaving anything to chance.

After breaking his old bat during a late April plate appearance in Phoenix, Bryant grabbed his backup, an Axe Bat, and homered on his first swing with it. He had never used the unique-looking lumber, but since then, that’s all he has been swinging.

“I’ve been having good at-bats, so I don’t know if it’s the bat or what, but it’s always nice to use a new one and hit a homer,” the Chicago Cubs third baseman said earlier this week.

Axe Bats feature a handle that backers say is more conducive for a hitting grip. They’re becoming increasingly popular across the game, as American League MVP Mookie Betts uses one, and now a former NL MVP is as well. The manufacturer had been trying to get Bryant to use an Axe Bat, but until that game at Chase Field, he had tried it only in batting practice. Now Bryant won’t put it down, and his hitting coach is a fan as well.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal

Bryant added: “There’s a lot of science behind it. How the bat naturally comes through the zone, how it falls into the zone. You don’t have to work for it. I like the idea behind it.”10

Axe or no Axe, Bryant is in the midst of one of his better streaks at the plate, as he has reached base in a career-high 18 straight games. His OPS in that stretch is 1.077. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, since going to the Axe Bat on April 26, Bryant’s hard hit rate is 63 percent, eighth in baseball. He also homered in three straight games for the first time in his career, highlighted by a walk-off, three-run shot to win Tuesday’s game over the Miami Marlins. Bryant has been on fire.

All this good stuff has come after he struggled for the first couple of weeks of the season. But while social media was wondering if the old Bryant would return, the hitter and his team simply went to work.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

“It takes time, and it also takes a true trust and belief,” the hitting coach said. “You don’t want to be hunting for hits. You want to be hunting the process. That can be hard.”

Neither Bryant nor the people around him are quick to offer excuses for a slow-ish start — he was hitting .224 with a .689 OPS on April 11 — but few from the outside viewed the situation the way they did: While Bryant played much of last year with his left shoulder hurting, he lost his way. He was favoring it, swinging differently, and then he landed on the injured list. Twice. His season, from May until October, was laborious. His timing was gone.

“When you’re playing sporadic, getting days off, on the DL, changing your swing, you don’t really get into that good rhythm that you want,” Bryant said.

The bottom line — which Bryant would never state so definitively — is he missed almost a year at the plate. He injured his shoulder in May and just recently is feeling like himself in the batter’s box. The offseason takes everyone out of his rhythm, but for Bryant, it was three more months on top of about five.

Braves’ Fried takes liner off hand; X-rays clean

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Atlanta Braves left-hander Max Fried exited Tuesday’s start against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning after taking a line drive off his pitching hand.

X-rays came back negative, and the Braves said Fried is day-to-day with a contusion on the hand.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

Fried, born and raised in nearby Santa Monica, California, couldn’t dodge an 86 mph line drive off the bat of Dodgers outfielder Alex Verdugo to begin the bottom of the second.9

Fried threw two warm-up pitches, then gave way to reliever Josh Tomlin. Verdugo eventually came around to score on an RBI single by Justin Turner, leaving Fried with a final line of four runs on four hits and a walk in one-plus innings.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal

“I kind of saw it come toward me, and it looked like it was coming toward my face, so I just tried to protect myself and felt it hit the side of my hand,” Fried told reporters. “Luckily I think I knew from right when it hit that it wasn’t anything too bad, but it’s just frustrating. You never want to come out of a game like that.”