NEW PHILLIE J. T. REALMUTO IS BEST CATCHER IN MLB: WATCH!

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The Phillies made a splash the other day by trading for catcher J. T. Realmuto, who is regarded as the best in the majors.

Realmuto was selected by the Marlins in the third rotl was delighted to celebrate Christmas with victory at Chelsea.Saints won 2-0 thanks to goals from Michael Obafemi and Nathan Redmond.”Now my Christmas is fantastic,” Hasenhüttl exclaimed. “We came here with a lot of confidence after the last game und of tMesut Ozil.Turkey’s big three Fenerbahce, Galatasaray and Besiktas are all in contact with the Gunners to buy the German.And the Mirror says Arsenal will seek €30m to sell.But the big stumbling block is Ozil’s current €20m salary and his unwillinhe 2010 draft. He slowly worked his way up the minor league system, impressing enough in his short stint with Miami in 2014 that by the end of April in 2015, weeks the Marlins had confidence in him as their everyday starting catcher.

He almost broke a fish tank, hit a HR in spots where people thought only former teammate Giancarlo Stanton could reach, and carried himself as a leader. His intangibles rubbed off on so many different pitchers and younger players who came to the Marlet was delighted to score for Sheffield United in Monday’s 1-0 victory over Arsenal.The summer signing from Bournemouth endeared himself to the Blades faithful after his 30th minute strike sealed a memorable victory at Bramall Lane.He told Sky Sportsins, while also being dedicated to the community and the fans of Miami.

Realmuto was a bright spot on a team that went through a lot of ups and downs. No matter what, he went about his business and delivered excitement to the Marlins fan base.

What better way to celebrate his exciting career with the Marlins than a tribute video? Relive his very best moments in a Marlins uniform from young rookie to All-Star:

PHILLIES SNIFFING AROUND HURLER ROBBIE RAY!

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According to the , the Astros and Phillies are interestee Obiang join Italian outfit Sassuolo, says the Daily Express.The Equatorial Guinea international will fly straight to Italy from the Hammers’ pre-season tour of China to complete Ham face being trumped by Real Betis for Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.The Mirror says Mitrovic is on the verge of a move to Real Betis, who look set to beat West Ham to his signature.Mitrovic is on Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini’s wish list if the formalities.Obiang joined West Ham from Sampdoria four years ago ad in lefty Robbie Ray:

Ray only threw 123 2/3 innings in 2018 — his lowest output since his rookie year — but he remains one of the best left-handed strikeout pitchers in M because of a disciplinary problem.Sky Sports reports the club dropped him for the 2-1 win over Southampton because he was late to a team meeting.The striker arrived from Juventus this summer with a lot of promise but has not scored yet this season, LB. The 27-year-old has struck out more than 12 batters per nine over the last two years and has posted sub-4.00 ERAs in three of his last four.

The Phillies have been after a lefty all offseason as they were reportedly in on Patrick Corbin before he signed with the Nationals and are currently interested in Astros free agent Dallas Keuchel.

The Astros may lose Keuchel — though that is not a done deal yet — and they did lose Charlie Morton to the Rays and Lance McCullers Jr. to Tommy John surgery this offseason.

WTF! DODGERS BEAT SOX IN 18 3-2: AND IT TOOK 7 HOURS, 20 MINUTES!

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Seven hours and 20 minutes after the Dodgers started Game 3 of the World Series against the Red Sox:

Max Muncy’s home run leading off the bottom of the 18th inning finally ended the longest World Series game in history and gave Los Angeles a 3-2 victory over Boston that drew the Dodgers to within 2-1.

homered to left-center on a full-count pitch from Nathan Eovaldi, jolting the remaining fans to their feet at 12:30 a.m.

A grinning Muncy tossed his helmet aside as he headed for third in the final scene of a pivotal game that lasted 7 hours, 20 minutes.

“The feeling was just pure joy and incredible excitement,” he said.

The Dodgers mobbed Muncy at home plate, celebrating the solo shot that pulled them back from the brink of a potential 3-0 Series deficit that no team has ever recovered from.

They were oh-so-close in the 13th to taking a commanding Series lead. But ited boss Chris Wilder has no doubts counting on Simon Moore against Manchester United.Dean Henderson will be ineligible to face his parent club at Bramall Lane on Sunday afternoon due to Premier League loan rules.“Simon has been fantastic since heveteran second baseman Ian Kinsler’s wide throw on a two-out grounder by exico striker is on the brink of signing for MLS franchise LA Galaxy, reports Marca. Chicharito has long been linked with the Galaxy and despite only joining Sevilla last summer from West Ham for €8m, he’s set to be on the move again this month.TheYasiel Puig let Los Angeles score the tying run.

“Had the last out in my glove and couldn’t get it over there. It’s tough to swallow,” Kinsler said.

“I feel like I let the team down right there,” he said.

Said Red Sox manager Alex Cora: “It was just a bad night.”

“We had some situations that we could have put them away and then we didn’t. And at the end we paid the price,” he said.

Evoking memories of Kirk Gibson’s winning pinch-hit homer in Game 1ning RB Leipzig fullback Angelino.Angelino joined RBL in January on-loan from Manchester City to the end of this season.And the Spaniard was scouted by Barca director Ramon Planes in victory over Champions League opponents Tottenham this week. Planes of the 1988 World Series, Muncy came within feet of ending it in the bottom of the 15th. But his shot to right sailed just foul and he ended up striking out.

“I really thought I had it,” Muncy said. “That was kind of defeating at that point, but I was able to get back and get another shot.”

The battle of attrition had a bit of everything: 46 players, including 18 pitchers, and 561 pitches. Never before had a Series game gone more than 14 innings.

Two games in one, really. And a fall classic, indeed.

“It was a must-win for us. Our guys just persevered,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

How long did they play? Put it this way: The game took 15 minutes more than the entire 1939 World Series when the Yankees swept Cincinnati, STATS said.

Long after rookie Walker Buehler dazzled over seven shutout innings for the Dodgers, things got interesting.

The Red Sox tied it 1-all in the eighth on a homer by Jackie Bradley Jr. and took a 2-1 lead in the 13th.

Los Angeles answered with the tying run in the bottom of the inning.

After Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger made the throw of his life in the 10th, both teams scored on bizarre errors in the 13th.

Cora used starter David Price in relief, rotated his outfielders in the middle of innings and even put catcher Christian Vazquez at first base for the first time in his big league career.

Out of position players, Roberts called on ace Clayton Kershaw to pinch-hit in the 17th. He flied out.

The stadium organist was busy, too, launching into “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” in the 14th inning — a second version of the seventh-inning stretch. Not many had left by then.

The crowd cheered when the stadium clock struck midnight.

“What a ballgame. What a marathon,” Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said. “Unbelievable fight from our club.”

“I think my beard got about 3 inches longer.”

The Dodgers snacked on peanut butter and banana sandwiches whipped up by a team employee, and hung a bag of bananas over the dugout railing to change their luck.

“We were well-fueled,” Kershaw said.

Game 4 is tonight at Dodger Stadium. Eovaldi had been scheduled to start for the Red Sox, but he threw 97 pitches over six-plus innings in relief as one of nine pitchers they used. The Dodgers backtracked on Rich Hill and said they would announce a starter later.

“I’m a little tired, but we’re ready to come back tomorrow,” Los Angles slugger Yasiel Puig said, looking at his watch and adding, “in a couple of hours.”

The Red Sox had a wild 13th with a walk, a steal, an infield hit and an error before taking a 2-1 lead.

Brock Holt drew a leadoff walk and stole second. Pinch-hitter Eduardo Nunez got flipped on his backby catcher Austin Barnes as he chased Scott Alexander’s wild pitch.

Nunez then reached on a nubber to the right side and Alexander bungled the toss to first, allowing Holt to score. Nunez got knocked on his back again on the play at first, but stayed in the game as Boston had no one left on its bench.

The Dodgers tied it 2-all in the bottom of the 13th. Muncy drew a leadoff walk and tagged up when Nunez tumbled into the third base stands after catching Bellinger’s pop foul. Muncy scored when Kinsler botched the throw to first on Puig’s infield single.

Bradley Jr. tied it at 1 with a drive off closer Kenley Jansen in the eighth.

The Dodgers led 1-0 on Joc Pederson’s two-out homer in the third.

Both teams squandered numerous chances. The Red Sox stranded runners in the 10th and 11th. The Dodgers left runners on in every inning from the fifth to the 11th.

Boston had runners at the corners in the 10th. Pedro Baez walked J.D. Martinez with one out and took third on Holt’s single to center.

Bellinger started a sensational, inning-ending double play from center field, catching Nunez’s pinch-hit fly and then firing to catcher Austin Barnes a few feet up the third-base line. Barnes made the tag as Kinsler came barreling past and both players tumbled to the dirt.

The game began in 78-degree heat — 31 degrees warmer than at Fenway Park for the first two games.

Buehler stymied the Red Sox through seven innings. The right-hander retired his final 14 batters before leaving after 108 pitches. He allowed two hits, struck out seven and didn’t walk anyone.

“He’s got an overt confidence, a quiet confidence, a little combo,” Roberts said. “But he’s got tremendous stuff, and he lives for moments like this.”

Boston starter Rick Porcello gave up one run and three hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked one.

HERE’S WHY PHILLY FANS ARE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE SIXERS!

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It’s easy to make fun of the Sixers, who haven’t won an NBA title in 32 years, and whom Ed Snider, supposedly a sports business genius, ran into tholskjaer has played down comments this week suggesting frustration with Paul manager Neil Harris is sorry to have lost Samuel Edozie to Manchester City.City could end up paying a seven-figure fee if the 16-year-old makes the grade at the Etihad, and Harris admits it’s difficult for a young player and his family to say no to tPogba’s decision to undergo surgery.Pogba faces more time on the sidelines after going under the knife and when Solskjaer was asked about the situation ahead of their FA Cupe ground for 15 years before Josh Harris bought them off the scrap heap.

The 2015-16 season opens in 11 days, and here is how ESPN magater their 0-0 draw on Sunday.Burnley wasted the chance to punish Arsenal, who escaped from Turf Moor with a point from a goalless draw.The Clarets at least ended a run that had seen them beaten in their previous 11 games against the Gunners, but the zine rates the franchise:

TYPICAL PHILLIES’ AARON NOLA: 5 HITS, 2 RUNS, 2 WALKS, 9 KS!

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If last night’s start against the Nats was defender Jan Vertonghen is not ruling out a move away from the club.The veteran defender has been at Spurs since 2012.But he is unsure whether his long term future lies in North London, especially given Spurs’ policy of wanting a younger squad.He sahis last of the 2017 season, Phillies’ ace Aaron Nola went on in style:

If Monday was his finale, Nola finished 12-11 with a 3.54 ERA, currently the 10th-best mark in the National League.

“I felt like I stayed within myself and within my routine all year, pretty well,” Nola told MLB.com. “Going into next year, I can kind of just build on the things that need to be worked on.”

Nola has struck out 184 batters in 168 innings and averaged 9.86 strikeouts per nine innings, the third-best mark in Phillies history. Only Curt Schilling fared better, averaging 11.29 strikeouts per nine in 1997 and 10.05 strikeouts in 1998.

“I don’t think it’s really that surprising,” Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp told MLB.com. “He’s got command of three pitches. The fastball is good enough that people have to respect it, and then the curveball is obviously lights out. He can throw it in any count, and when you can do that you can really switch counts. So, [when] you get guys 1-2 instead of 2-1, it’s huge.”

“It’s been the cherry on top,” Knapp said of the changeup. “It’s a hard pitch to hit when you’re a left-handed hitter, but when you’re riges can help Paul Pogba.The Portuguese midfielder can play in a central midfield role. He is also comfortable in a more attacking, number 10 role.And Cole believes that having another versatile, attacking midfielder will give more space to Pogba to opht-handed coming to that back foot, it’s a really g Kevin De Bruyne insists the players still believe in the methods of manager Pep Guardiola.The champions have not yet given up on a third successive Premier League title but, as they trail leaders Liverpool by 11 points having played a game more.Belgood pitch.”

CHECK OUT SIXERS JOJO EMBIID AT PRACTICE: HE MAY PLAY TONIGHT!

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Joel Embiid (left shoulder sprain) and Josh Richardson (concusnew offer for Nice wing-back Allan Saint-Maximin.With Steve Bruce installed as manager and Joelinton signed from Hoffenheim, Newcastle are now determined to reach terms for Saint-Maximin.RMC says an offer of €18m was tabled on Friday – with OGCN yesion protocol) practiced yesterday. Embiid is listed as questionable while Richardson, who cleared concussion protocol, will play tonight vs. the Pistons.

Ben Simmons (nerve impingement in lower back) remains out and an update on his status is expected in the coming days, a team spokesperson said.

Joel Embiid getting some shots up

— Marc Narducci (egend Malcom Macdonald says he’d be happy to work with Joelinton.Supermac wrote for the Evening Chonicle: “I’ve played as a centre-forward and I’ve managed in the Football League so I think I could help Joelinton – and he could do with help.My old ma@sjnaVigo has him on the brink of overtaking a Cristiano Ronaldo record.Barcelona ran out 4-1 winners on Saturday evening at Camp Nou – and Messi scored three of the goals, all from dead-ball situations. This haul brought the Argentine level with Ronaldo rd)

HERE’S WHY THESE SIXERS WILL MAKE THE 2018 PLAYOFFS!

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The Sixers ended their preseason last night with a win in KC over the Heat, and they open the rtriker Karim Benzema is coy over the prospect of making an international return with France next year.While Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps insists Benzema has played his last game for the national team, there could be an opening with the Olympics segular season Wednesday night in Washington.

The last several years have been painful, but they yielded a valuable first-round pick to move up to select Markelle Fultz. Rather than keep hoarding picks, the 76ers sense a chance to make noise in the East.

The 76ers value leadership and experience with such a young roster, and the one-year deals offer flexibility heading into next summer’s free agency. Redick shot 43% on three-pointers, an upgrade for a team that ranked 25th. Johnson provides frontcourt insurance if the 76ers move on from Jahlil Okafor.

The 76ers traded for Fultz because of his potential fit with Ben Simmons, whose injuries have kept him off the court. Both have good size, and their pick-and-rolls could be devastating, especially as Redick spreads the floo Mattia Caldara says he’s determined to succeed with AC Milan.The 25-year-old has yet to play a Serie A game for the Rossoneri since his arrival from Juventus in the summer of 2018 due to first an Achilles problem and then an ACL injury.But Beppe Risr from the outside. Simmons sat out last season with a broken right foot but says he’s 100% heading into the season.

When on the court last season, Joel Embiid was dominant on both ends. Before his meniscus tear, he averaged 23 points, nine rebounds, nearly three assists and 2.5 blocks in January. When healthy, he changes the 76ers’ dynamic from a team with intriguing parts to one with playoff aspirations. There’s hope he could return to start the season. Embiid has become the face of their franchise from his outsized personality to his undeniable talent. He’s also tied to their unrealized potential, but that could change this year.

Given the state of the East, the 76ers have a better chance to make the playoffs thIvan Rakitic is edging closer to a Barcelona exit.Rakitic has put Manchester United and Juventus on red alert as reports suggest the Croatian has his eye on a January exit from Barcelona, having previously stated: “I need to play”.Marca says the midfan not.

PHILS LOSE FREE AGENT MACHADO TO PADS: 10 YEARS, $300 MILLION!

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One of the Phillies two big free agent fish has been caught.

And now there is only one: Bryce Harper.

Manny Machado has agreed to the biggest free-agent contract in American sports history — a 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres, ESPN’s Jeff Passan is reporting.

Machado, a four-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove Award winner at third base, made $16 million between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles last season.

The deal with the Padres includes an opt-out after the fifth season, sources told Passan.

The 26-year-old slugger posted a career-high .905 OPS in 2018, finishing the season with a .297/.367/.538 slash line, 37 home runs, 107 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. In 66 regular-season games with the Dodgers, Machado hit .273 with 13 homers and 42 RBIs.

San Diego, which has missed the playoffs for 12 consecutive seasons, ranked 28th in the majors last season after averaging just 3.8 runs per game.

Machad Solskjaer is impressed with the impact of youngster Angel Gomes.The teenage attacking midfielder has shown for United throughout preseason.18-year-old Gomes managed to get the winning goal for his side in a 2-1 success over Tottenham in Shanghai.Ando has hit 30 home runs in each of the past four seasons; only Wil Myers (2017) has surpassed that mark for the Padres during that span. And only six times in Padres history has a player hit more home runs in a season than Machado did in 2018.

The Padres have now spent $474 million in free agency over the past two seasons — tops in the majors. Hosmer signed an eight-year, $144 million deal last offseason.

As a comparison, San Diego had spent a combined $309 million in free agency over the previous 25 seasons, which ranked 27th in the majors.

The Phillies, Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees had also been considered as teams in the running to sign Machado.

Machado spent most of this past season at shortstop, his preferred position, and produced the third-worst Defensive Runs Saved total (minus-13) among the 22 players with enough innings to qualify at that spot. The 26-year-old played a better shortstop upon joining the Dodgers, which gave up five minor leaguers to acquire him from the Orioles on July 18, but his 15-week stint in L.A. was tr City midfielder Bernardo Silva has urged teammates to forget their dramatic win over Leicester City.The Etihad was a nervous place with 20 minutes to go against Leicester, the game goalless and the title-race momentum swinging to a Liverpool side wumultuous.

The former No. 3 overall pick drew incessant criticism for constantly loafing up the first-base line, then fanned the flames when he told Fox Sports during the postseason that hustling is “not my cup of tea.”

“He got booed in Baltimore three weeks before we traded for him,” the Dodgers’ Andrew Friedman said at the general managers meetings on Nov. 6. “It’s not like it was a secret. … I think there are other times where guys do it and they really do care. And by care, I mean the effort they put into their work, the type of teammate they are, and Manny checks all those boxes.”

Machado had several big moments with the Dodgers, several of them while the team was fighting for a sixth-consecutive division title in September and a few more during a victorious NL Championship Series. But he hit just .182 in the World Series, committing the final out as the Boston Red Sox won the championship.

Machado was limited to 82 games in 2014, but he has played at least 156 games in each of the past four seasons. He has hit at least 30 home runs and 30 doubles in each of those four seasons, making him one of just two players, along with Colorado’s Nolan Arenado, to reach both of those marks every season since 2015.

He has compiled 29 FanGraphs Wins Above Replacement since his first full season in the majors in 2013, tied with Joey Votto for sixth among position players since then. Only Mike Trout, Josh Donaldson, Paul Goldschmidt, Mookie Bettsand Jose Altuve have a higher WAR in tard signed for the Toffees in July 2017 but has scored just one goal in 16 games.He returned to Spain on loan with Sevilla in January 2018 and spent the whole of last season with Real Sociedad.Sandro played 27 times last season without scoring, and ihat six-year stretch.

WILL SIXERS’ OKAFOR BE TRADED? ONLY FOR A LEGIT LEAD GUARD

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So, as Sixers’ fan Kyle Forst asked TNT analyst David Aldridge on the NBA’s stion after their 2-2 draw with Arsenal.Ings struck in the four goal thriller.“It’s mixed emotions really,” Ings said. “I think loSouthampton midfielder Mario Lemina has opened the door to a move to Olympique Marseille.Lemina has confirmed Saints are prepared to sell him this summer.He told Foot Mercato: “I had a great adventure in Marseille. If OM calls me, why not, Marseille has always interested me. “It’s my heart club. “Frankly, it would be with pleasure, if the project is interesting, that I would go back.”oking at the game before we kicked off, you’d have probably taken a point, but coming off the pitch, you’re gutted weite:

Newcastle United or elsewhere.The Venezuelan, on loan from West Bromwich Albion, has scored 11 goals and provided seven assists for Toon this season.Despite doubts about whether Newcastle will make his deal permanent, Rondon is happy with his contri

Here’s Aldridge’s reponse:

REAL DEAL: RUSSELL LOVES PHILLY, SIXERS FOOLISH TO PASS ON HIM

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First came D’Angelo Russell missing a workout with the Sixers because he was “sick.” Clearly this was him trying to avoid going to Philly — until he showed up for a rescheduled workout and killed it.

Then came the report that Russell doesn’t want to play in Philly.

You had to know the counter to that report was coming, and it did from an incredibly reliable source — Jonathan Givony of Draft Express:

As for the Russell rumors…

Two outside forces are at play here. First, the New York Knicks would love Russell to fall to them — if that happens, they keep the pick and take him. (The Knicks also would love Jahlil Okafor to fall to them, that’s not happening.)

So if the Knicks can float rumors that make it less likely Philly takes Russell, why wouldn’t they do it? Second, Russell’s agent knows the marketing potential of his client landing in NYC, and he’d be far from the first agent to try and steer his client toward a major market in the draft.

All that said, none of it matters — if Hinkie and the Sixers decide Russell is their man, they can take him, another weapon to his partnership with Alexandre Lacazette.New signing Pepe watched from the bench as Aubameyang scored the only goal in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Newcastle United. The Gunners face Burnley at home on Saturday and Aubameyang is looking fornd he basically has to play there. This isn’t the NFL where a top draft pick can Eli Manning his way to New York. If the Sixers draft Russell, he’ll go (unless he wants to sit out all basketball for a year, re-enter the draft, and then again be at the mercy of franchises he may not wish to play for).

The ball is in the Sixers court; they just may take that ball and go play in EuSolskjaer plans to ease him iunnar Solskjaer admits Harry Maguire may not make their Carabao Cup semifinal against Manchester City on Tuesday.Solskjaer said after Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers there’s concern for Maguire’s fitness.The defender appeared to be lnto the action following his £15m summer move, but the Wales international is confident he will make an impact at Old Trafford.“The manager brought me in for a reason,” he said. “Obviously my aim is to play, but I dorope.