Primera División Barcelona Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Espanyol Ben Hayward Last updated 2 years ago 22:59 7/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Primera División Barcelona v Espanyol Espanyol Barcelona Everything you need to know ahead of the Catalan derby clash at Camp Nou on Saturday night Barcelona face what is potentially their toughest test yet in the Primera Division as they meet local rivals Espanyol at home in La Liga on Saturday.They have had successive 2-0 wins over Betis and Alaves in their first two league matches and are back in action with a Catalan derby this weekend following the international break.Barca -2 21/20 with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing It is also the first fixture for Ernesto Valverde’s side since the close of the transfer window at the beginning of this month and here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of the Camp Nou clash…BARCELONA INJURIESIvan Rakitic is doubtful with a muscle problem and is unlikely to be risked against Espanyol, while Rafinha is still sidelined and will play no part in the derby duel.Arda Turan will miss out after returning from international duty with a thigh problem, but Luis Suarez featured for Uruguay in the recent break and is back in contention for a starting spot following his injury against Betis on the opening day.BARCELONA SUSPENSIONS Only three Barcelona players, Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto, have been booked this season, so coach Ernesto Valverde has no suspended stars for the game against Espanyol this weekend.BARCELONA POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPOusmane Dembele is set to make his Barcelona debut after moving from Borussia Dortmund for an initial €105 million last month, the France forward starting on the left of attack in Neymar’s old position as Luis Suarez returns to the side after injury in the centre of the attack.In midfield, Rakitic looks set to miss out, so Valverde could hand a full debut to summer signing Paulinho and rest Andres Iniesta (who played twice for Spain in the international break) for the Champions League game against Juventus on Tuesday.Sergi Roberto should start in midfield, with Nelson Semedo in the right-back role.ESPANYOL TEAM NEWS Espanyol have just one point from their two games in La Liga so far, having drawn 1-1 at Sevilla and lost 1-0 at home to Leganes.Midfielder Victor Sanchez and striker Alvaro Vazquez look set to shake off knocks in time for the game against Barcelona. Goalkeeper Diego Lopez is doubtful, while defender Oscar Duarte and midfielder Javi Lopez are set to miss out.Veteran striker Sergio Garcia is relishing the derby atmosphere and said: “The more noise I hear at Camp Nou, the better I will be.”BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Barcelona have won 13 consecutive games at home in La Liga, their best run since January 2014 (25). Espanyol have lost eight games in a row at Camp Nou, their worst run since May 2004 (17). Espanyol have gone 16 games without a win against Barcelona in La Liga (losing 13 of those), their worst run without a win in the Catalan derby. Lionel Messi (15) is the all-time top scorer in the Catalan derby (in La Liga). If he plays, Sergio Garcia will make his 300th appearance in La Liga. He has scored 71 goals in the competition. TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Barcelona versus Espanyol kicks off at 20:45 at Camp Nou on Saturday and will be broadcast live from 19.40 UK time on Sky Sports football.
KUSI Newsroom April 10, 2018 Local gas prices down slightly Updated: 2:24 PM Posted: April 10, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped one-tenth of a cent today for the second consecutive day after a stretch of 18 increases in 21 days pushed it to its highest amount since Aug. 26, 2015.The average price of $3.55 is 1.9 cents more than one week ago, 14.9 cents higher than one month ago and 53.5 cents greater than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. The average price rose 11.8 cents during the run of increases that ended Monday. It has risen 42.8 cents since the start of the year. Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Gas prices FacebookTwitter
SAN DIEGO (AP) — With their city’s long-suffering fans desperate for a winner, the rebuilding San Diego Padres delivered their splashiest free agent signing ever by agreeing with All-Star infielder Manny Machado on a $300 million, 10-year deal.A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement was subject to a successful physical and had not been announced. Machado can opt out after five years and become a free agent again, the person said.Machado’s agreement would be the second-largest in baseball history behind Giancarlo Stanton’s $325 million, 13-year deal signed with the Miami Marlins ahead of the 2015 season. It would be the highest deal for a free agent, topping Alex Rodriguez’s $275 million, 10-year contract with the New York Yankees from 2008-17.More records may be broken soon. Free agent outfielder Bryce Harper could top Stanton’s deal in coming days or weeks.That won’t matter a bit to Padres fans, who have never celebrated a World Series title and were keeping their fingers crossed in recent days as it became apparent that their team, with a mostly sad-sack history stretching back a half-century, actually had a chance at landing Machado, who is only 26.Some fans seemed braced for yet another disappointment. But news of the deal was greeted with euphoria on social media.Speaking at spring training in Peoria, Arizona, Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler said: “We do not have a deal with any free agent player. We are continuing discussions, and that’s all we have to say.”Teams draw a distinction between an agreement subject to a physical and a finalized deal.While Fowler looked serious, general partner Peter Seidler couldn’t help but smile while waiting for his turn to speak.Without confirming the deal, Seidler — a nephew of former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley — spoke of what his ownership group wants to bring to San Diego, where the Padres play in a gem of a ballpark just off the bay.“Ron and I, we love the city of San Diego, we love sports in San Diego, but we’re also well aware of the history. There’s never been a championship from a major sports franchise in San Diego. … We as an organization want to completely change that. We want our franchise to win year after year after year. And we’re going to do whatever we can rationally do to help make that happen.”The Padres lost 96 games last year, haven’t had a winning season since 2010 and haven’t been to the playoffs since 2006. They haven’t won a playoff series since the 1998 NL Championship against Atlanta. They were routed in their two World Series appearances, by Detroit in 1984 and the New York Yankees in 1998.And they’ve had the city’s big league sports scene to themselves since the NFL’s Chargers moved to the Los Angeles area two seasons ago. The Chargers did win the AFL title in 1963 but were blown out by San Francisco in their only Super Bowl appearance, after the 1994 season.Other than the AFL title, the biggest championships won around here were probably Little League World Series titles in 2009 by Park View of Chula Vista and in 1961 by El Cajon-La Mesa Northern, which included Brian Sipe, who won the NFL’s MVP Award in 1980.Padres players were ecstatic, even though the signing was not yet official.Catcher Austin Hedges was headed toward bunting drills when he heard the news. He pumped his fists and said, “I’m just that excited about bunting.”“You see me smiling right here,” said first baseman Eric Hosmer, who exactly a year ago earlier finalized a $144 million, eight-year deal with San Diego. “We’ve all been practicing today, obviously. We’ve all kind heard what’s been going on, and all we can say is he’s a guy we’d love to have, and I think it changes things pretty quickly if we do have him here.“He’s one of the top guys in the league,” Hosmer added. “Obviously extremely young free agent that’s got a lot of amazing baseball left in him and he’s already had a lot of amazing baseball in his career. We’re all just glad he’ll hopefully be here with us in San Diego.”The Padres have been rebuilding mostly with prospects and draft picks since a failed win-now approach with high-priced veterans in 2015.Machado is expected to fill the team’s glaring need at third base. He began last year at shortstop with Baltimore, was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers after the All-Star break and split time and shortstop and third. He struck out to end the World Series loss to Boston.With Machado on board, the next big move for the Padres is expected to be the promotion of shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., the 20-year-old son of a former big leaguer and the No. 2 overall prospect in baseball.A four-time All-Star, Machado hit .297 last year and set career bests with 37 homers and 107 RBIs. A four-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner, he has a .282 career average with 175 homers and 513 RBIs in seven big league seasons.The Chicago White Sox were among the teams that pursued Machado, trying to get in position for a second title under owner Jerry Reinsdorf, who turns 83 next week.“Still in a bit of disbelief,” executive vice president Kenny Williams said. “I feel we put our best foot forward. Jerry, in particular, really stepped up.”Machado also met with the Yankees, a team that had expressed concern over Machado’s remarks about hustling — not hustling, actually — during the playoffs.After failing to run out a grounder in the NL Championship Series, Machado said: “Obviously I’m not going to change, I’m not the type of player that’s going to be ‘Johnny Hustle’ and run down the line and slide to first base.”Machado tried to clarify his remarks after the season, saying, “looking back, it doesn’t come across how I meant it.”Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner took notice of Machado’s initial comments, labeling them “troubling” and added, “That ain’t going to sell where we play baseball.”No worries. Padres fans will take him.___AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum and AP freelance writers Jack Thompson and Weston DeWitt contributed to this report. Posted: February 19, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Sports Manny Machado has agreed to a deal with the @Padres, @JeffPassan reports. pic.twitter.com/oggb6g1X2Q— MLB (@MLB) February 19, 2019Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado (8) hits a single during the fourth inning of Game 7 of the National League Championship Series baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Manny RN. pic.twitter.com/tBdIVVKC78— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) February 19, 2019 Mike McKinnon III Mike McKinnon III, February 19, 2019 Updated: 1:53 PM FacebookTwitter San Diego Padres sign Manny Machado By Bernie Wilson