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Manchester United’s Maguire in injury doubt for League Cup semi – Solskjaer

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Manchester United defender, Harry Maguire, could miss Tuesday’s League Cup semi-final first leg against Manchester City after picking up an injury in the FA Cup at the weekend, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said. Maguire, who was signed by United for 80 million pounds ($104.67 million) in the close season, suffered a knock on his leg in the first half of Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers but played the full 90 minutes. Solskjaer told BT Sport he was unsure if Maguire would be fit for the game at Old Trafford. “We were close to taking him off at halftime but he battled through. “We were not sure if he should continue, but he was adamant he was going to be OK”, said Solskjaer. Maguire’s absence would compound Solskjaer’s selection problems, with centre backs Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo sidelined and United already without midfielders Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay. Solskjaer hopes to have Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard back for the City clash after they missed the Wolves game through illness.Tags: Harry MaguireManchester CityManchester UnitedOle Gunnar Solskjaerlast_img read more

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Drop Kwarasey for Fatau- Damba

first_imgFormer Ghana goalkeeper Abubakar Damba says Fatau Dauda deserves to start in post for the Black Stars ahead of Stromsgodset Adams Kwarasey at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.The Ashgold goalkeeper has been on top of his game in the Ghanaian top flight and his performance in Ghana’s 3-0 victory over Egypt won him more admirers.Norway-based Kwarasey has been the number one choice for the Black Stars since Richard Kingston’s stint with Ghana ended in September, 2011.Most pundits in Ghana as well as top officials of the Ghana FA have mentioned that the two goalkeepers are almost on the same level.This is different from what happened in the past when Kingston was seen as miles ahead of the local ones.“Looking at the trend and Dauda’s performances, especially in the local league, I think he has come of age and really prepared for the challenge,” Damba told Radio XYZ. “If you look at the Egypt game, he kept a clean sheet and was very confident in post.“For me, I think Fatau Dauda is the best now and should be a starter for Ghana at the 2013 Afcon,” Damba who until last week was goalkeeper’s trainer of Accra Hearts of Oak said.The Black Stars will leave Abu Dhabi on Wednesday for South Africa ahead of their opening Group B game against Congo DR on Sunday.last_img read more

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Matt Kemp is the Dodgers’ first designated hitter of 2018

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Tony Cingrani threw a light bullpen in the 20-to-25 pitch range, Roberts said. His next stop: Arizona, where he will continue his left shoulder rehab at the Dodgers’ facility.HOT MESSWith temperatures in the triple digits and no shade to hide under, the Dodgers limited their on-field reps during batting practice Friday.“Instead of 15 minutes, 10 to 12 minutes,” Roberts said. “Helps the coaches, helps the players get in and out. It doesn’t take a whole lot to get these guys loose. Where we’re at in July, it just makes sense.”UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Ross Stripling, 6-2, 2.27 ERA) at Angels (RHP Deck McGuire, 0-1, 7.56 ERA), Saturday, 4:15 p.m. PT, Fox/11Related Articles Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ ANAHEIM — Matt Kemp served as the Dodgers’ first designated hitter this season in the Freeway Series opener on Friday.Kemp has spent his entire career in the National League, limiting his DH time to 61 career plate appearances. He’s adapted to the role nicely, batting .250 with a .311 on-base percentage and a .571 slugging percentage. That’s comparable to his career slash line of .287/.339/.491.The role of a designated hitter is simple enough, but it involves a lot of waiting between plate appearances. As Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has learned, not everyone is suited to that task.“I’ve tried it with Yasiel in years past and it doesn’t work well with him. He’s very antsy. He likes to be out there and defend. We like to run him out there a lot, but I don’t see him being a DH this series.” Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Roberts said that Justin Turner will be the Dodgers’ designated hitter on Saturday. Sunday’s DH is to be determined.Kemp has a negative Wins Above Replacement this season as a fielder, according to both BaseballReference.com and Fangraphs.com. Joc Pederson drew the start in left field in his stead.“It’s a big left field” in Anaheim, Roberts said. “I just felt like today’s a day that makes sense to get him off his feet when we get an opportunity.”INJURY UPDATESWalker Buehler will throw a five-inning simulated game against major league hitters on Sunday. Buehler is eligible to be activated from the 10-day disabled list Monday.That would line up Buehler to start next Friday at home against the Angels, though that hasn’t been determined yet. He threw a “normal, minimal bullpen” on Friday at Angel Stadium. Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching last_img read more

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