Injury woes continue for Newcastle

first_img Newcastle will once again be without injured duo Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy, while full-back Davide Santon is recovering from the after-effects of a bout of tonsillitis and midfielder Sammy Ameobi has an ankle problem. However, Pardew is hoping his available players produce the kind of performance they did in the second half at Goodison Park in September rather than they one they did in the first, when they trailed 3-0 before losing 3-2. He said: “Some of these big clubs can make you all at sea, and Everton did that. “But in the second half we were terrific and we showed Everton that they shouldn’t underestimate us, and I don’t think they will.” Everton have not won away from home in the league since beating Swansea on December 22 and Roberto Martinez admits that form has to change if they are to maintain their challenge for European football. He has a late decision to make on whether to recall fit-again defender Phil Jagielka after a four-match absence. “It is not a frustration. It is important we learn from it and we assess it,” Martinez said. “When you have to face four of the top five sides away from home it will be difficult, but looking at the performances they were encouraging and brave. “It will allow us to develop into a team who can go anywhere in the league and win. “We have been able to get the points at home, and now it is very important we get as many we can in the final nine games of the season. “We need to try to get a very good performance because the away-points return in the last four or five has been disappointing.” Midfielder Sammy Ameobi will be missing with an ankle problem and will join full-back Davide Santon on the sidelines as he continues his recovery from the bout of tonsillitis which prevented him from taking part in Saturday’s 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory over Crystal Palace. The Italian, however, could return for the weekend trip to Southampton, although both full-back Mathieu Debuchy (groin) and striker Loic Remy (calf) are likely to sit out both games. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew’s selection problems show few signs of abating as he prepares to complete his stadium ban with the visit of Everton to St James’ Park on Tuesday evening. Pardew, whose three-game stadium ban will end after this game, will concentrate on the task of easing the club as far up the Barclays Premier League table as he can over the course of the remaining eight games of the campaign. The Magpies sit in eighth place on 46 points after Saturday’s late 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace, but the manager will not allow anyone to relax as they approach the run-in, with European qualification now looking beyond their grasp barring a grandstand finish. Pardew said: “I had a letter from one of our fans this week saying they have been proud of the team since we got 40 points because it’s very difficult. “You look at the history of the Premier League – teams hit 40 points and switch off. Well, we have not done that. “We will just keep fighting away and trying to achieve the best possible results we can for our fans. We have got the best fans in the country and we want to do the best for them.” Saturday’s win, which was secured by striker Papiss Cisse’s header in the fourth-minute of injury time, was greeted deliriously by assistant manager John Carver on the sidelines and the bulk of a crowd of 51,588 at St James’ Park. The celebrations were just as intense at the training ground, where Pardew was watching by video-link. He said with a smile: “Me and the analyst had a little cuddle and a jump around the room because up until that point, it had been frustrating.” Press Associationlast_img read more

MLB trade deadline: Best, worst moves from a wild day

first_img MLB trade news: Astros add frontline starter, deal for Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke Which moves were the best? Which ones were the worst? We have them right here.Best: Astros add Zack Greinke, Aaron Sanchez, Joe BiaginiIt looked like the Astros were going to stand pat at the deadline. When 4 p.m. ET rolled around, Houston had picked up a reliever in Biagini from the Blue Jays and were in the process of sending Max Stassi to the Angels. It was kind of boring.All of a sudden it was great — even if it was costly. About five minutes after the deadline officially ended news broke that the Astros had acquired Zack Greinke from the Diamondbacks. It took a haul, since Houston had to give up Corbin Martin and J.B. Bukauskas, who were both top-100 prospects to start the year, Seth Beer — who currently is in the top 100 — and Josh Rojas, who has done nothing but hit in his minor league career. However, the Diamondbacks reportedly will cover $24 million of Greinke’s contract over the next two years, which makes his deal much more affordable.Houston now has a pitcher for another two years when it may lose Gerrit Cole to free agency in the offseason. In addition, the team added a flyer in Aaron Sanchez, who seems tailor-made for a reclamation project under Brent Strom. And Biagini also has good numbers and high spin rates.Best: Diamondbacks trade Greinke, acquire Zac Gallen, Mike Leake, huge prospectsThe Diamondbacks got a great return for Greinke and some salary relief, as well. But adding Zac Gallen for one upper-level prospect is a steal. He was great for Miami in limited time this year and is a very good prospect in his own right.The addition of Leake is huge, since he is a very similar pitcher to Luke Weaver and can be a good mentor alongside him while adding some value in the rotation, as well. They also held on to Robbie Ray, who they still could get a good package for in the offseason or use him to compete next year.Best: Indians acquire Franmil Reyes, Yasiel Puig, Logan Allen, prospect for Trevor BauerThis one came late in the evening Tuesday, but it was still a deadline deal. To get two outfielders who are talented at hitting is awesome. And to land a viable MLB starter and a prospect is great, as well. To do all that while not losing Bauer for nothing, who said he was going to leave in free agency in 2020, is simply good management.The Indians did exactly what they needed to at the deadline.Worst: Mets acquire Marcus Stroman, hold onto Noah Syndergaard, Zack WheelerAdding Marcus Stroman is great — if you’re a contender. But the Mets aren’t that. They’re 51-55, in fourth place in the National League East and five games back of the second wild-card spot. And this team’s pitching is pretty good. Why add another starter when the pitching already is high? Why not add a closer where the team is struggling? That’s why this move makes no sense at first glance.At second glance, they made the deal even worse by acquiring Stroman for such a low price. The Mets set the market low by sending off two minor league pitchers, but while they were “insistent” on dealing Syndergaard, they kept asking for high prices. Stroman has been better than Syndergaard this year and has just one year less of control. Why would a team give a massive haul for a pitcher with similar numbers and control while paying a low price? The Mets were insulting other teams’ intelligence and their potential trade partners weren’t having any of it.This probably hurt with Zack Wheeler, as well, as the Mets reportedly wanted a big return for him, despite being a mere rental. The Mets shot themselves in the foot and now have the best rotation ever for a team four games under .500. Congratulations.Worst: Yankees stand patThe Yankees absolutely had to add. Not because they had a lack of depth in starting pitching or even in the bullpen, but simply because they needed to make a statement. The Astros just passed them for the best record in the American League and are starting to look like the better team. The Yankees needed to make a statement and needed to improve to get the leg up back on Houston. MLB trade rumors: Diamondbacks acquire starter Mike Leake from Mariners It looked like it was going to be a rather subdued trade deadline.As the 4 p.m. ET deadline came up Wednesday, Madison Bumgarner hadn’t moved, Edwin Diaz was staying put and the Yankees had done nothing. Then 4:05 p.m. ET arrived and all hell broke loose.The Astros made three trades, the Cubs added a big bat and the Diamondbacks came out with a big load. Related News They didn’t do that and the Astros got markedly better with their additions. Houston now is the prohibitive favorite to win the American League and it’s likely won’t be close. The Yankees did this to themselves.Worst: Padres give up Franmil Reyes, Logan Allen, prospect in three-team trade to land Taylor TrammellThis has nothing to do with how Trammell is as a player. He can be good. But to give up a good hitter, pitcher and a potentially good player down the road to get one prospect who is hitting .236 at Double-A is puzzling.Many people are asking why San Diego would do this deal. Why on earth give up that much to get a guy with a similar profile to Manuel Margot? It just doesn’t make sense and if Trammell doesn’t wind up being a superstar down the line, A.J. Preller is going to be hearing about this deal for a while. MLB trade news: Dodgers acquire lefty Adam Kolarek from Rayslast_img read more