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  • July 21, 2017 11:24 am IST

    SAN FRANCISCO - The Washington Nationals have placed catcher Wilson Ramos on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring injury and called up catcher Sandy Leon from Triple-A Syracuse. . The Nationals announced the move before Wednesday nights game at San Francisco. Manager Matt Williams says an MRI on Ramos revealed a Grade-1 hamstring strain. Williams hopes Ramos will be back in the lineup as soon as hes eligible to come off the DL. Ramos was injured running out a double in the ninth inning of Tuesday nights 2-1 win against the Giants. He was taken out of the game and initially thought the injury wouldnt sideline him. Ramos is batting .261 with one home run and 11 RBIs. Jose Lobaton started at catcher Wednesday night. . -- Floridas smothering defence returned to form just in time for the third-ranked Gators to keep their winning streak going. . After a tight first half, the Croatians took command in Reykjavik after Skulason was dismissed for a professional foul in the 51st minute, but couldnt find a way past Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson and his packed defence. Eduardo had a weak shot cleared away from near the goalline after barely a minute for Croatia, whose substitute Ivica Olic forced a fine reaction save from Halldorsson in the 55th.Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague believes the timing of Gary Nevilles sacking at Valencia is strange, but feels there was massive pressure on the Englishman. The former Manchester United defenders turbulent spell at the Mestalla was cut short on Wednesday, just 119 days after his surprise appointment in December.Neville leaves the club languishing in 14th position in La Liga having posted the lowest win percentage of any Valencia boss in La Liga history - 18.8%. Neville was assisted by brother Phil (centre) during his spell at Valencia That record during his 17-week tenure infuriated sections of the Valencia support, who took exception with the clubs gamble on the unproven Neville.And, while expressing his personal surprise at the timing of the decision, Balague feels the pressure from both the media and fans would have given Neville a clear indication as to how his first managerial venture would ultimately end. Gary would admit himself that he had no more friends in Valencia. It was clear that the media had decided he was not good enough and the fans had decided that he had to go. Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague I am surprised in a way, Balague told Sky Sports News HQ. Gary knew things werent right but he thought he would have until the end of the season to put it right.Gary would admit himself that he had no more friends in Valencia. It was clear that the media had decided he was not good enough for Valencia, and that the fans had decided that he had to go. Nevilles reign in quotes Gary Nevilles Valencia tenure, in his own words The pressure on [Valencia chairman] Peter Lim was massive, lets not forget Valencia are one of the top 10 clubs in the world. Perhaps the fans expected too much from Valencia this season - many expected them to challenge for La Liga.They felt cheated that Neville was given the job over an experienced coach. Thats not to say Gary couldnt have done a job, its just the expectations were so high from the beginning. Nevilles ability to adapt to Spanish football was under scrutiny from day one There were question marks over whether he could do the job, whether he understood what the job meant and whether he was able to communicate well enough with the players. There was a lot of focus and emphasis on the negatives from the start. Valencia owner Peter Lim is miles away, says Balague The decision to sack Neville comes with just eight games of the Primera Division season remaining, with Los Che just six points clear of the relegation places.Nevilles self-appointed assistant, Pako Ayestaran, has been given the reins until the end of the season and could take the club into the next campaign.And Balague believes the decision speaks volumes, adding: There was no synergy between the interests of Valencia and Gary Neville. Neville was subjected to chants of Gary go now by the Valencia fans after they lost 2-0 at home to Celta Vigo Peter Lim is miles away but his chairman listens to the Valencia fans, spends most of the time in the city and has, for a while, noticed that things were not working.It feels a little bit strange that this is taking place now, why didnt it happen earlier if it was identified earlier? Why now when then there really are no targets left for the rest of the season or many games left?Clearly it seems like theyve stopped listening to Gary and they have moved on to somebody that came in as an assistant, who was doing a lot of the job already. Also See: Valencia sack Neville Nevilles reign in quotes Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

  • July 28, 2017 11:43 am IST

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