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Ex-Padres France, Torrens keep San Diego from clinching
SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres have waited 14 years to get back to the playoffs, so standing by for at least one more day without clinching won't hurt anything. With their magic number down to one, the Padres were done in by former teammates Ty France and Luis Torrens, who backed left-hander Justus Sheffield's strong effort as the Seattle Mariners beat San Diego 4-1 Saturday night. The Padres, who have the NL's second-best record behind the rival Los Angeles Dodgers, were in position to clinch a spot in the expanded playoffs after the Cincinnati Reds lost 5-0 to the Chicago White Sox.
Sheffield United 0-2 Wolverhampton Goals: Jiménez (3rd), Saïss (6th) for Wolves
Three minutes flat.
To repeat their good performance from last season, Wolverhampton aimed to start the new year in the best possible way. From there to slamming two goals in the first six minutes, there was a step ... that the Wolves easily crossed! First thanks to Raúl Jiménez, author of a good recovery of the right following an incisive overflow from Podence on the left side, then to Romain Saïss, scorer with an authoritarian header almost in stride. The men of Espirito Santo did not need more to manage the rest of the half-time calmly and serenely, which Sheffield United, voluntary, but imprecise, has little animated.
Douglas Costa (Juventus) to England?
Brazilian winger Juventus, Douglas Costa, could take charge of the Premier League and Wolverhampton club. © Supplied by Football 365 Douglas Costa Juventus Dispossessed of Diogo Jota by Liverpool at the end of last week, Wolverhampton are set to close the gap in the attacking sector with a choice acquisition. According to Tuttosport, the English club's are ready to make a big offer for Brazilian Juventus international Douglas Costa.
Back from the locker room, Sheffield United came back with much better intentions: much more incisive, the Blades manhandled Wolves not necessarily helped by the positioning at the piston station of Adama Traore. Chris Wilder's colts got plenty of chances, especially through Lundstram and McGoldrick, but they were too imprecise in the finish. Wolverhampton could have made things worse if Saïss and Jiménez had also been more efficient, but ultimately, it is the Blades who can blame themselves, in view of all the failed actions. So much the better for the Wolves, already launched, perhaps, towards a good season.
Sheffield blades already seem duller.
Sheffield United (3-5-2): Ramsdale - O'Connell (McGoldrick, 71st), Egan, Basham - Stevens, Fleck, Norwood (Berge, 76th), Lundstram, Baldock - Sharp, McBurnie. Coach: Chris Wilder.
Liverpool to sign Portugal forward Diogo Jota, says Wolves
WOLVERHAMPTON, England — Wolverhampton manager Nuno Espirito Santo said Saturday that Portugal forward Diogo Jota is joining Liverpool, a move which will add depth to the Premier League champions' attacking options in a congested season. “I know Diogo was really happy here,” Nuno said, "but it’s normal that players like to face new challenges in their careers so joining Liverpool I think is a good move for him.” Liverpool is reportedly paying an initial fee of 41 million pounds ($52 million) for Jota, who was left out of Wolves’ squad for its English League Cup loss to Stoke in midweek. Liverpool has yet to confirm the transfer.
Wolverhampton (3-4-3): Patricio - Saïss, Coady, Boly - Marçal, Moutinho (Vitinha, 85th), Dendoncker, Traoré - Podence (Neves, 76th), Jiménez, Neto (Buur, 69th). Coach: Nuno Espirito Santo.
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England drops Foden, Greenwood for COVID-19 rule breaches .
LONDON — England players Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood were sent home and dropped for Tuesday's game against Denmark after breaching coronavirus rules in Iceland. Social media video was published in Reykjavik purporting to show the players meeting women from outside the team bubble after they made their England debuts in the 1-0 victory against Iceland in the Nations League on Saturday. The English Football Association said the 18-year-old Greenwood and 20-year-old Foden apologized for the “serious lack of judgement" and would return home rather than travel to Copenhagen with the rest of the squad.