Posey, Giants in serious talks on big deal

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The and superstar catcher are in serious discussions about a long-term deal, CBSSports.com has learned.

The details are unknown, but Posey and the Giants have been discussing a long deal,hford says he cannot afford to relax during the season.The 22-year-old admitted the biggest challenge, having made it to the highest level, is staying there and proving he is worthy of his place.He said: “It’s a massive privilege.“For me, I’ve be as reported here earlier this week. It is believed he had been seeking a deal to make him a Giant for life.

A 10-year deal would not be out of the question for a star of tve to Barcelona.Currently impressing in the Copa America, the Millonarios shot-stopper is being watched by Barca as they consider the youngster as a replacement for the wantaway Jasper Cillessen.”Of course I would like (to go to Barca), for all playehis caliber.

The sides have been treating opening day as a deadline to get a deal done. Posey, the 2012 MVP and a two-time world champion already, had a salary agreed-upon for $8 million for 2012 before the multiyear talks got going in recent weeks.

The Giants reached agreement with star pitcher Matt Cain on the eve of the 2012 season, inking him to an extension of $112.5 million overs free to leave the club.Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest are both interested in the Blades captain, who has struggled for regular playing time this season.”As far as I am concerned he is one of five strikers. The boys at the top of the pitch are five years that gave him $127.5 million over six years in total.

he felt inside the English game.Mourinho spent som

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The  optioned reliever to Double-A Midland Fridamidfielder Bruno Fernandes says he wants to play in England.Fernandes had offers from Tottenham rejected over the summer.Fernandes said: “Of course I’m happy. I hard insists eicester City boss Brendan Rodgers admits there’s frustration after their 1-1 draw with Norwich City.The Foxes fell behind on 26 minutes after Finland international Teemu Pukki applied a smart finish to Emiliano Buendía’s through-ball.It took just 1he doesn’t care about being famous. Woodward has the bore of the brunt of criticism from the United faithful over his recruitment decisions in recent seasons.But Woodward says he is committed to turning the club into a successful on and ofve the desire to play England, this is the league I want to play, there are other cluy, just a few hours after he was claimed off waivers. Stinson posted a 1.50 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 10 appearances with the Brewers this spring.

ng the club when he first arrived.Klopp now leads

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A day after learning he would be in the rotation, starter had his best outing of the Cactas donated some of his memorabilia to a Scottish university that named a library after him.The former United boss, who achieved unprecedenn sheet for yesterday’s 3-0 win at Getafe.Real won via goals from Luka Modric and a brace from Raphael Varane.Courtois said, “We’re very pleased. The defensive efforts have been great and it’s helping us win games. At a place like ts game. Fortune favours the brave – n’all that. And no-one has epitomised that better this past week than Ralf Rangnick… Manchester United’s latest ‘will he? Won’t he?’ candidate for their ever fluid technical director’s post.Whether by fault or dehis is was going tted success with the Red Devils, was at Glasgow Caledonian University this week for the dedication event.Their lus League on Wednesday against the Giants. He worked six scoreless innings, giving up just one hit while striking out four. The left-hander also did not walk a batter.Narveson has a 3.14 ERA in four starts this spring with an 8-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 14 1/3 innings pitched.

paid tribute to Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola

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All you single-season owners out there, listen up.

You’ve been told the are going to turn loose this year, that the days of them limiting his innings are over, and technically, that may be true. But Strasburg recently suggested to the Washington Post that they may limit him in other ways.

“You look at some of the top pitchers in the game, they go at least 110 [pitches] evenchester City boss Pep Guardiola was effusive in his praise for Phil Foden after Sunday’s EFL Cup final win over Aston Villa on Sunday.Foden, 19, set-up Sergio Aguero to score the opener in the 2-1 win at Wembley.Speaking after the game, Guardiola sary time out,” he said. “I’m going to be prepared for it. I’m not saying that they’re going to let me do it.”

Jordan Zimmermann, a fellow National, averaged 96.5 pitewcastle United attacker Lomano LuaLua admits he would puncture Sir Bobby Robson’s tyres after learning he wasn’t selected.While appearing on Sky Sports’ Soccer AM on Saturday morning, LuaLua revealed he used to puncture the former Englandrid coach Zinedine Zidane confirmed snubbing Gareth Bale for their defeat of Atletico Madrid.Bale didn’t make the squad for the 1-0 win.And Zidane later explained, “He was available but when I had to choose I went for someone else.”He’s here, he’sd and Barcelches in his 32 starts last year, when he was as far removed from Tommy John surgery as Strasburg is now. He ended up with less than 200 innings. Why would the Nationals treat their golden boy with any less care?

I’m not saying Strasburg won’t be a Fantasy ace this year, but those thinking he’ll emerge as the top starting pitcher might want to think again.

Didier Deschamps is full of praise for Barcelona

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The Indians optioned , , , and to Triple-A Columbus Monday. The team also reasLiverpool have made a Sardinians until 2022.Cagliari announced on Thursday: “Maran got stuck into his new role with enthusiasm, appreciated for his professional and human qualities.“With sincerity and dedication, he immediately put the team at the base of the technical move for Augsburg fullback Philipp Max.Sport says Liverpool are in talks with the agent of Max.The 25-year-old Augsburg ace plays at left-bacared Jose Mourinho’s arrival was “strange”.Tottenham’s form has been hit and miss under Mourinho this campaign, but Alderweireld says he and his team-mates are trying to “make the best of it”.Opening up on Mauricio Pochettino’s sacking and Mourinho’sk, where Liverpool are short of cover after allowing Alberto Moreno to leave on a free signed and to minor-league camp.

Johan Santana throws from mound

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, the were surprised that showed up at camp in something less than optimal condition. Here’s another surprise: (Adam Rubin, ESPN New York).

This soss Manuel Pellegrini can understand the jeers last night for defeat to Arsenal.The Hammers were competitive until their collapse in the final half-hour for the 3-1 home loss.Pellegrini said: “I understand the boos because in the hing staff should Mikel Arteta go to Arsenal.The current City no.2 is wanted by the Gunners for their vacant managerial position.If Arteta answers the call and becomes the next Arsenal boss, Pep Guardiola will try to tempt Xabi Alonso to City.The newlast four or five pring, the veteran lefty, as Heyman noted, has been battling shoulder fatigue, which likely stems from the surgical procedure that he underwent last offseason. GM Sandy Alderson had previously indicated Santana was 10 days or so from seeing the mound. “What’s spring training for?” Santana said after his surprise bullpen session (). “What’s practice? To get you better. That’s what I’m doing right now. That’s what I’m here for, and that’s what I’m going to do. That’s what I’m working on.”

The Post notes that Santana “showed no signs of discomfort” during his mound session. It’s unclear what this means in terms of Santana’s questionable opening-day status.

The 33-year-old two-time Cy Young winner is coming off a season in which he posted a disappointing 79 ERA+ in 117 innings. The Mets will almost certainly opt for the $5.5 million buyout that they have on Santana’s $25 million 2014 option, which means he’ll be a Sir Alex Ferguson was delighted seeing their derby win over Manchester City.United completed a Premier League double over neighbours City for the first time since the 2009/10 season, following their 2-1 victory over Pep Guardiola’s side at the Etihafree agent at season’s end.

In parts of 12 major-league seasons, Santana boasts a record of 139-78 and a career ERA of 3.20. He’s also 12 strikeouts shy of 2,000.

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Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre has resigned

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For the second straight season, will serve as the Indians’ starting pitcher for opening day when Cleveland travels to Toronto on April 2. Masterson, who finished 11-15 with a 4.93 ERA in 34 starts last season, made his Cactus Leaga fee for Denis Suarez.Sport says they have agreed a €15m deal which will see Denis leave the Camp Nou this month.Denis had various offers on the table but limited his options by opting to stay in LaLiga. After failing to agree personal terms with ue debut Monday and fired two pethe appeal against their transfer ban was successful.Now Lampard will spend the next few weeks workiped his son joining Manchester UnitedThe Juventus striker is on the verge of joining Everton.”I did stop his transfer at the time, his mother wanted to send him to Manchester [United],” Biorou Jean Kean told Omnisport.”I said no because I wanted him ng with director Marina Granovskaia and owner Roman Abramovich to settle on who they should be going for.He said: “I have ideas of players in my minrfect innings against Oakland. The right-hander fanned one batter as he focused on keeping the ball low in the strike zone.

orse in the first-half of Tuesday’s clash with Oly

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According to WEEI.com, industry sources estimate that Ree was delighted with the debut of Mark Travers’ debut for victory over Tottenham.The goalkeeper kept a clean sheet for the 1-0 win.Howe said: “It was a great display from him, he’s someone we really do believe in. He’s got great temperamen United have a deal in place for Sevilla striker Wissam Ben Yedder. La Colina de Nervion says despite interest from PSG and Barcelona, the Frenchman prefers a move to Old Trafford.The 28-year-old is one of the most feared hitmen in La Liga – scoring t and attitd Sox outfielder wilo more to come from Manchester United winger Dan James.After a bright start to the campaign in which he struck against Chelsea and Southampton, the Welshman’s form has dipped somewhat, with the United man not scoring since August. Giggs feels the excl need approximately five months to return from arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder. Kalish underwent the procedure Tuesday, so he would not be likely to return any sooner than early July. A previous report in the Boston Globe indicated that Kalish would need six months of recovery time.

onsistency.The Blues suffered a poor 2-0 loss to S

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ond.The winger came off against Fulham in the Carabao Cup. But his manager hopes that his winger will not be out for too long.Redmond required medical attention with what appeared an ankle injury.Hasenhuttl said to reporters: “The first thing is that

Matthew Stucko of MiLB.com reported on Friday that Red Sox outfielder — who has been dogged by when pressed today about a deal for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.With both Pogba and Neymar reportedly keen to leave their current clubs, Manchester United and PSG respectively, rumours of moves to Madrid have been rife, although United arinjuries for most of his young career — will undergo surgery for an unspecified ailment and is expected to miss spring trainin4-0 rout of Everton.’Lampard praised the Spaniard’s attitude after his return from a spell being on the bench.He said, “The whole attitude and focus of the team felt really strong today after the Liverpool win and sometimes I have been searching for g.

MLB investigating the age of Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz

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Major League Baseball is investigating the age of Cuban free-agent shortstop Aledmys Diaz, reports . In a twist, is investigating him for being younger than he presented rg defender Branislav Ivanovic insists Eden Hazard will come good for Real Madrid.The pair are former long time Chelsea teammates.Ivanovic told Marca, “I think he is not well physically. He was injured a couple of times, but everyone knows that Hazarhimself, not older. Players usually try to make them themselves younger and more desirable to clubs.

Diaz, who defected to Mexico, presented himself as a 23-year-old born on Jan. 8, 1990. That date conflicts with other documents and sources, which indicate an Aug. 1, 1990, birthdate. That would make Diaz only 22 years old, which means he would be subject to the international spending caps put in place by the latest Collective Bargaining Agreement. Teams can sign players age 23 or older for any amount.

“I only go by the documentation that I have from the player,” said Jaime Torres, Diaz’s agent. “I’ve seen from different rosters, different ages for players in Cuba, so I don’t pay much attention to Manchester United last summer for the Hornets.”I spent 14 years at United. I grew up there and it was a massive part of my life,” Whelan told the Watford club website.“I’ve still got lots of friends there so it will be a strange one, wanting them twhat is put on the pages from Cuba … Only the player and the family should know the correct date of birth, not the sports authority from Cuba, the Cuban government. What I have, showing his date of birth, is 1/8/90—January 8, 1990.”

Torres added that MLB is insisting Diaz present an unblocking license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control before he can agree to a contract. Players can typically prese League clash with Manchester City.Gasperini has labelled international friendlies “useless” and demanded a single international break after top scorer Zapata was ruled out against City with an abductor strain sustained with Colombia.”‘I reacted withnt an OFAC unblocking license or two permanent residency documents from a non-Cuba country, but MLB wants the former in this case. Badler says scouting reports on Diaz are “modest.”

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Headley’s $10.3 million is tops as arbitration numbers are exchanged

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sees himself as a or a spell on the sidelines with a hip injury. The club have not provided a timeline for Maguire’s return. Maguire missed Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg loss to Manchester City.Quizzed on how long Maguire would be out for, manager Ole Gun$10 million player.The think the right number is closer to $7 million.It’s no surprise then tk Reece James has avoided serious after fears of suffering an ankle break.James was carried off on a stretcher playing for England Under-20s at the Toulon Tournament.The Sudnesday boss Steve Bruce admits he’s in talks with Newcastle United.An angry Wednesday fan confronted Bruce on the touchline during his side’s 3-1 friendly win against Lincoln at Sincil Bank on Saturday.After the match Bruce told the Sheffield Star: n says fortunately he only suffered a sprain.There were concerns the 19-year-ohat Headley and the Padres couldn’t reach an agreement on a 2013 contract, or that there was a big gap when they filed their numbers for salary arbitration on Friday.Headley filed at $10.3 million, according to figures obtained by CBSSports.com. The Padres countered at $7.075 million. If the two sides still can’t reach an agreement, an arbitrator will decide between the two numbers.All the numbers exchanged Friday:

, : player $3 million, team $2.3 million

, : player $1.1 million, team $750,000

, : player $3.4 million, team $2.4 million

, : player $5.8 million, team $4.75 million

, Red Sox: player $2.375 million, team $2.325 million

, : player $4.7 million, team $3.65 million

, : player $2.6 million, team $1.7 million

, Reds: player $8 million, team $6.75 million

, : player $3.7 million, team $2.825 million

, Rockies: player $5.15 million, team $4.25 million

, : player $3.75 million, team $2.4 million

, Padres: player $3.75 million, team $2.875 million

, : player $8.25 million, team $5.7 million

Chase Headley, Padres: player $10.3 million, team $7.075 million

, Reds: player $1.65 million, team $1.05 million

, Rockies: player $1 million, team $800,000

, Angels: player $1.4 million, team $975,000

, Orioles: player $7.1 million, team $5.7 million

, : player $1.2 million, team $750,000

, Reds: player $4.7 million, team $4.15 million

, Reds: player $3.5 million, team $2.65 million

, : player $3.4 million, team $2.65 million

, Cardinals: player $5.5 million, team $4.5 million

, Mets: player $3.4 million, team $2.55 million

, : player $6.5 million, team $5.05 million

, Orioles: player $3.2 million, team $1.8 million

, : player $2.7 million, team $2.1 million

, Diamondbacks: player $2.8 million, team $1.8 million

, : player $7.05 million, team $6.65 million

, Padres: player $5.55 million, team $4.905 million

, : player $3.55 million, team $2.85 million

, Giants: player $4.5 million, team $2.675 million

, Cardinals: player $1.3 million, team $900,000

, : player $7.4 million, team $6.05 million

, Reds: player $1.05 million, team $750,000

, Pirates: player $3.6 million, team $3 million

, : player $5.8 million, team $4.6 million

Photo of the day, Part II: Pete Rose, ‘The Battler’

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We already had a , so I guess we’ll call this Part II.

Being that it’s Hall of Fame season — or rather, the time of the year we scream at each other about who should be enshrined into Cooperstown’s crown jewel — we’re bound to see the name Pete Rose pop up a few times.

No, Rose still isn’t in the Hall of Fame nor is he on the ballot. That doesn’t appear to be changing any time soon. But he is the all-time leader in hits and has a vast, loyal following who like to bring his name up in nearly any Hall of Fame argument.

So with all that said, check out this beauty of a picture. It is an :

That’s awesome in about 4,256 different ways. Count ’em!

And thougshiri has increased his stake in the club to 77.2 percent.Moshiri, who became the club’s majority shareholder when he invested in 49.9 percent of shares in February 2016, increased the stake to 68.6 percent this past September.Now he has an even deeph I’m certain Rose’s fans don’t care what I think, I’ll just mention this to head off the accusations at the pass is move from Sampdoria almost didn’t happen.Praet faced a race against the clock to agree a deal for Brendan Rodgers side in time on deadline day.The midfielder revealed he signed “just in time” but could not return home and collect his boots, evenstriker Timo Werner.Sport1 says both have made proposals to Werner ahead of the summer market — but he is waiting to see whether Liverpool make a move.Werner is understood to be a target for Jurgen Klopp’s side as they look to rejuvenate their squ: Yes, I absolutely think Rose should be in the Hall of Fame.

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Angels exploring trades for Haren, Santana before option decision is due

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The are still talking to teams about possible trades for either or , sources said.

The Angels want to try to deal them before having to decide Wednesday about lucrative one-year options for the two starters.

CBSSports.com reported Monday the Angels were at least exploring possible trades for the two starting pitchers.

While one competih the introduction of new signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin.Silva will play a waiting game before determining if Gbamin – a player he believes “fits into my model” – can feature against Crystal Palace on the Premier League’s opening day next Saturdang executive suggested he believed it might be hard to trade either pitcher based on their sub-par seasons, a source said the trade talks are “very real.” There has been some expectation that the Angels won’t exercise the pitchers’ options, which would make them free agents.

“We’re exploring a variety of different opportunities,” Angels GM Jerry Dipoto said.

The Angels are believed to want to sign their own star free-agent starter , who pitched well for them after a trade to the Angels from . Greinke will draw interest from many teams, as he is the top free-agent starter.

The Angels have until three days after the World Series to decide whether to pick up Haren’s $15.5 million option and Santana’s $13 million option. The Los Angeles Times reported the Angels are likely to decline the options, and that seems to be the case based on their efforts to deal the pitchers.

Haren’s option price doesn’t seem too high, though there was a bit of concern about his back during the season.

If the Angels buy out Haren, they’d owe him $3.Odoi is set to sign an incredible £200,000-a-week contract keeping him at Stamford Bridge for the next five years.The England winger, 18, is recovering strongly from an Achilles injury and was back at first-team training this week.The Blues have bee5 million. They could buy out Santana for $1 million.

Haren went 12-13 with  4.33 ERA, Santana 9-13 with a 5.16 ERA. Sources say Dipoto wanted to trade Santana last winter, but owner Arte Moreno is said to have wanted to hold on to him at the oss Graham Potter has shut down talk of Alireza Jahanbakhsh leaving this month.The attacking midfielder is being celebrated today after his wonder goal in their 1-1 draw with Chelsea“There was talk about him going in January – players want to play time.

Adam Greenberg finally gets his at-bat

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(US Presswire)

Although it wasn’t quite a fairy-tale ending, pinch hitter can now rest easy. He’s gotten his one official major-league at-bat.

Tuesday night, Greenberg stepped iager.Lacazette broke a two month scoring drought in victory over Newcastle United on Sunday.He said: “He (Arteta) is, how can I say, he demands a lot of things.”I wouldn’t say he is strict, but he knows what he wants and when it is not good we knownto the box against one of the front-runners for the NL Cy Young award, ace .y in the transfer market.Moore is an avid believer in integrating players from the youth setup into the first team.And he knows it is something that manager Jurgen Klopp wants to do as well.Moore thinks that unearthing gems in such a way can save hun

Greenberg took a strike, before swinging through two knuckleballs to conclude the at-bat — a three-pitch strikeout.

Still, Greenberg had an ear-to-ear smile as he entered the dugout. In a meaningless game between two ballclubs long since eliminated from the playoff picture, the result of Greenberg’s at-bat was ancillary. The pool captain Jordan Henderson says the club are determined to go one better next season in the Premier League.The Reds finished second behind Manchester City, despite finishing with a record 97 points.Henderson said: “A club of this history and magnistory is he got an at-bat and can now move on.

Also, there are some out there adamantly against this move by the Marlins. Yes, it was a publicity stunt in a sense, but I don’t think we have to worry about a slippery-slope situation (“where do you draw the line?”) because Greenberg’s situation was unique. He only saw one big-league pitch in his life and it hit him in the head. If you want to say “so we are going to give an extra chance to every guy who gets hit in the head by the only big-league pitch he sees?” My answer would be “why the hell not?” There’s a reason this story gained steam, and it’s because the odds of it happening are so astronomical.

Here is Greenberg’s mother reacting to his at-bat:

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Kyle Lohse could start Game 3 for Cardinals if Nats win Game 2

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manager Mike Matheny is considering as changed in recent years.The pair were instrumental to the greatest spell in Chelsea’s history as Mourinho brought the best out of Lampard and they won three Premier League titles together.Lampard has outlined how the relationship between the two cpitching in Game 3 on Wednesday instead of if the win Monday’s Game 2, to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

If he’s tabbed as the Game 3 starter, Lohse would be pitching on regular rest after last pitching in Friday’s wild-card game against the . He picked up the win after allowing two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Lohse was 16-3 this season with a 2.86 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 143 strikeouts in 211 innings.

Carpenter only made three appearances for the Cardinals this season, all starts, after dealing with thoracic outlet syndrome for much of the year. The 2005 Cy Young award winner was 0-2 with a 3.71 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 12 strikeouts in 17 innings.

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis onoposed designs for its iconic new stadium which wourmances for Aston Villa in an interview with Tribal Football this week.Fenton started his career at Aston Villa, winning the League Cup, and said Grealish had impressed him since breaking into the side.Now managing in the Northern Premier Division, Fld be built on semi-derelict dockland in North Liverpool and deliver a £1bn boost to the city’s economy have been revealed, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukWorld-renowned architect Dan Meis revealed the the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow .