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Gareth Bale, Sergio Reguilon and Jadon Sancho plus Premier League updates

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Donny van de Beek has already arrived in a £40m deal from Ajax to the delight of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer while Dean Henderson will compete with David De Gea back from his brilliant loan at Sheffield United, so United are stronger ahead of their Premier League opener against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Sancho remains the club’s No 1 target with an agreement reached over personal terms and agents’ fees. Now they must agree a fee with Borussia Dortmund holding out for £120m. Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale has emerged as a surprise second-choice while Thiago Alcantara of Bayern Munich is another option apparently being considered. Reinforcements at the back in the shape of left-back Sergio Reguilon are also being mooted. We’ll have all the latest throughout the day:

Here are the latest rumours, news, updates surrounding Old Trafford, with plenty of business left to accomplish and ensure Solskjaer has the tools to build on last season’s third place and a Europa League semi-final.

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No. 4 Georgia hosts No. 7 Auburn in SEC tilt

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Here are things to watch in Week 2 in the Southeastern Conference:

GAME OF THE WEEK

No. 7 Auburn at No. 4 Georgia: Two of the SEC’s four top-10 teams meet in an interdivisional matchup in prime time. Both overcame challenges to win their openers, with Georgia rallying for 32 unanswered points with two passing touchdowns by backup quarterback Stetson Bennett to beat Arkansas 37-10. Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart now must choose between Bennett, initial starter D’Wan Mathis and newly-cleared JT Daniels behind center. Auburn battled then-No. 23 Kentucky for three quarters before pulling away in the fourth for a 29-13 win behind two of Bo Nix’s three passing touchdowns. Georgia has won six of seven against the Tigers. No. 2 Alabama also hosts No. 13 Texas A&M in another Top-25 matchup.

MATCHUP OF THE WEEK

Alabama QB Mac Jones vs. Texas A&M’s pass defense. Jones threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns in just under three quarters to lead the No. 2 Crimson Tide past Missouri, but faces a bigger and longer challenge beating the SEC’s best unit against the pass. The No. 13 Aggies held Vanderbilt to just 150 yards passing and registered two interceptions, including one in the fourth quarter, to preserve a narrow win. But A&M faces a tall task with Alabama’s QB and talented receivers looking to follow up a strong opening.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

Kylin Hill set a Mississippi State receiving record for a running back with 158 yards in the victory at LSU, including 155 after the catch. The SEC’s No. 3 rusher last season added 34 yards on seven carries to lead a Bulldogs effort that totaled just nine on the ground. MSU just didn’t need to run that much with Hill among three receivers surpassing 100 yards on a record day.

UPSET WATCH

Mississippi and first-year coach Lane Kiffin visit Kentucky as a 7-point underdog, but the Rebels are coming off a 613-yard performance against No. 3 Florida in a 51-35 loss. The Wildcats outgained Auburn and played the Tigers tough for three quarters before the game slipped away in the fourth. Ole Miss proved it can erase a deficit on its last trip to Lexington in 2017; the Rebels overcame a 27-17 second-half hole to win 38-37 on a short TD pass with five seconds remaining.

IMPACT PLAYER

Mississippi State quarterback K.J. Costello introduced first-year coach Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense in impressive fashion as he passed for a SEC-record 623 yards and five TDs in the Bulldogs’ 44-34 upset of defending national champion and No. 6 LSU last week. The Stanford transfer broke school marks for attempts (60) and completions (36) along with compiling the 11th-best, single-game yardage total in FBS. The fifth-year senior was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week.

More AP college football: http://apnews.com/Collegefootball and http://www.twitter.com/AP-Top25

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How will Carabao Cup fixture play out tonight?

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How will Carabao Cup fixture play out tonight?

The tie of the round in the EFL Cup fourth round takes place at Anfield on Monday night, as Liverpool host Arsenal.

These two teams only met on Monday night in the Premier League, with the Reds running out dominant winners on that occasion.

When they met in this competition last season, however, a back-and-forth encounter ended 5-5, with Liverpool triumphing on penalties – but the Gunners won the league game at the end of last season and also won on spot-kicks in the Community Shield.

Both teams are likely to make plenty of changes from the Monday night team sheets.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game.

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When is it?

The match kicks off at 7:45 pm on 1 October, at Anfield.

How can I watch it?

The game will be shown live on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event. Subscribers can also stream the game via the Sky Go app.

If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.

What is the team news?

Liverpool are without the injured Joel Matip, Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while Thiago Alcantara has been returned a positive coronavirus test and will miss out.

Arsenal have the likes of Gabriel Martinelli, Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari and Shkodran Mustafi injured. Sead Kolasinac is unlikely to play as he negotiates a transfer away and Cedric Soares is a doubt.

Predicted line-ups

Liverpool: Adrian; N Williams, Gomez, Van Dijk, Milner; Grujic, Jones, Wijnaldum; Shaqiri, Minamino, Jota.

Arsenal: Runarsson; Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Maitland-Niles, Willock, Ceballos, Saka; Pepe, Nketiah, Nelson.

Odds

Liverpool – 16/13

Draw – 56/19

Arsenal – 13/5

Prediction

Somewhat less utter dominance from the home side compared to the league match, and potentially more defensive lapses from both teams. There are usually goals when Reds and Gunners clash and last year in the cup they drew 5-5. Perhaps not quite as dramatic, but still an eventful game which Liverpool just edge. Liverpool 3-2 Arsenal

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Wait, is the Yankees bullpen good enough to win a World Series?

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Wait, is the Yankees bullpen good enough to win a World Series?

The Yankees won their wild card series. They fought back, figured it out, and overcame blunders in a wild 10-9 victory over Cleveland that literally began in September and concluded in October.

For all of this, they deserve to celebrate. But they’re trying to win a World Series, not merely the first round. And to that end, this game introduced a significant question: Is their bullpen strong enough to get them through the month?

Were we so busy talking about other Yankee problems this year — the injuries! The inconsistent offense! Gerrit Cole’s hardly existent mini-slump, even! — that we failed to notice all the holes in the ‘pen.

On Wednesday, this was suddenly impossible to ignore. Needing 15 outs from his relievers after a short start from Masahiro Tanaka, there was nothing Aaron Boone could do to paper over or manage around several painful truths: Tommy Kahnle is badly missed. Adam Ottavino is currently unreliable. Chad Green is not quite what he was a year ago.

Put that all together, and you have Jonathan Loaisiga facing Francisco Lindor in the eighth inning of a tie game in the playoffs. To use a term favored by the analytically-savvy Yankees, this is not the ideal lane for him.

Perhaps over the past few years we’ve come to take a dominant bullpen for granted. Last October, the team hardly needed length from its starters because the pen was so loaded. Green dominated in late innings or as an opener, Kahnle stabilized after a bumpy 2018, and Ottavino’s frisbee slider helped him to cruise through the regular season before running into postseason struggles.

On Wednesday night, Tanaka’s exit after four innings forced a gut check from Boone. It turned out he could only trust Green, Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman.

Green allowed an RBI double to Jose Ramirez on a curveball, a curious pitch selection. Britton got a big double play but issued two walks in the seventh.

Knowing he needed to replace Britton, Boone went to Loaisiga over Ottavino. We could understand his reluctance. Ottavino struggled in the playoffs last year, and allowed hard contact during this regular season at a rate worse than 98 percent of pitchers in the league.

But as one savvy baseball person texted after Loaisiga entered Wednesday’s game, “Why is Ottavino on the roster if you’re not going to use him there?”

Pressed afterward about his level of trust in Ottavino, Boone did what he always does and defended the player. He also noted that because Cleveland has so many switch hitters and lefties, it was hard to find a lane in this series for the right-handed Ottavino.

“Otto is still going to be in big spots,” Boone said. “Especially when there are difficult, challenging, right-handed lanes. This team is kind of unique with all the switch hitters and some of the lefties they have sprinkled in. Otto is going to find himself in a big spot, in a big game probably more than once.

“There are going to be obvious non-pinch hitting situations and obvious lanes, and there are going to have to be situations where he’s in where he probably is going to have to be facing a lefty, too. He’s capable.”

Because he was reluctant to call for Ottavino Wednesday, it occurred to us to ask Boone if he might address his bullpen issues by using Deivi Garcia in late-inning, high-leverage spots this month. Boone said that he would not, because he planned to use Garcia as a starter.

He’ll need the rookie to succeed in that role, and pitch relatively deep into games. Cole, Tanaka, J.A. Happ and perhaps Jordan Montgomery will have to do the same. It’s clear that every time a starter leaves early, Boone will have to walk a tightrope to the seventh inning, when he can begin to think about using Britton and Chapman.

It’s also clear, even in the afterglow of a hard-fought win, that the task ahead will not be easy.

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