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.

Everton Soares.UOL says the Toffees have been keep

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With Vernon Wells traded to the Yankees on Tuesday,  has no competition for the center field job in Anaheim. The let Torii Hunter walk this past offseason and moved rookie phenom Mike Trout to left field to openlled out of the running for Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes.O Jogo says City have given up on signing Fernandes.City have withdrawn themselves from the battle having disagreed with the Portugal’s clash at Anfield.The Reds were convincing 3-1 winners over their rivals thanks to a double from Mohamed Salah.”The intention was to be us – just be us. Our identity is intensity, and the intensity we put into the game was really incredible,” Klopp club over price. The report claims City have all up the spot in center for the 26-year-old. The club also traded away Kendrys Morales, alloowing Mark Trumbo to serve as full-time DH.Bourjos told the Los Angeles Times that he is looking forward to settling in as an every-day player.”Getting regular playing time will be huge,” Bourjos said Tuesday. “You ctory over Leicester City.The Foxes, despite taking the lead through Harvey Barnes, were beaten 2-1 in Lancashire after Jamie Vardy had a penalty saved and Burnley found the net through Chris Wood and Ashley Westwood.“I thought it was a deserved widon’t have the struggles in your mind of saying, ‘I’ve got to get a hit this at-bat or I might not play tomorrow.’ Knowing you’re in the lineup day in and day out, you can relax and play the game.”

Peter Bourjos has batted .352 (19 for 54) with two homers, 10 RBI and three stolen bases through 20 Cactus League games. 

nal boss Unai Emery is delighted with Kieran Tiern

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The will likely make a decision regarding  Thursday. Manager John Farrell said the 25-manWilder has challenged Dean Henderson to build on his first England call-up.Wilder claimed Henderson’s call-up by Gareth Southgate was recognition of the on-loan Manchester United goalkeeper’s progress with the Blades. “He’s working extremely hard and roster should be decided after Thu to join the senior coaching staff at Chelsea.The Times says Newton is set to move into a first-team coaching role with Chelsea once Frank Lampard’s appointment as manager is confirmed, according to The Times.The former midfielder, 47, made 165 leagursday afternoon’s game. Bradley’s hot spring has oValencia are ready to pounce for Newcastle United striker Ayoze Perez.Goal says Valencia could capitalise on the uncertainty surrounding Newcastle by making a move for Perez.The Spanish striker is open to returning to his homeland this summer.But Valencia are hopeful Newcastle will lower their £22m valuation of the striker.Perez is also being linked with Tottenham this summer.ut him in contention for a roster spot despite his lack of experience in the minors. The team will want Bradley to play every day, so that could factor into its decision.

for Newcastle United.The Mirror says the 58-year-

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pitcher was hit hard in Saturday’s Cactus League game against the A’s. Lincecum, who made his fourth start of the spring, allowed a two-run home run to Yoenis Cespedes in the first and a run-scoring single to Eric Sogard in the second. He also gave up two er their Europa defender Jonny Evans has likened manager Brendan Rodgers to his former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal.Leicester have shocked many with their performances this season and are on course to qualify for the Champions League for only the second timLeague defeat to Olympiakos.The Gunners fell to Olympiakos in extra-time, losing 2-1 at home and being dumped out of the competition on the away goals rule.Arteta said, “I’ve seen today the way they fight and the way we try to pla of Ireland international has attracted tentative enquiries from Juventus in recent days. However, they’re not alone.Tuttsport says Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are also keen on tempting Parrott away from London.Juve sports directy runs in the fourth before being pulled. He yielded five runs on six hits in three innings of a 12-5 loss. Lincecum struck out five and walked three and reached 80 pitches, which puts him in line for a full workload when he makes his season debut. He has allowed at least three runs in three of his four outings.

“I’m just letting batters get away and not finishing guys off,” Lincecum said. “It goes back to location. I’m not repeating my mechanics, but I don’t feel like I’m too far off.”

price for Morgan Sanson.The midfielder is a targe

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Mariners reliever has been shut down after suffering a stress reaction in his left side. He will be out several weeks to prevent further damage to his rib area and will then be nchester United, it is being claimed in Spain.United are pushing hard to sign De Ligt, who they believe can be a mainstay of their defence for years to come.Barcelona, who were initially confident of signing the 19-year-old, are now facing a fight tore-l.The German is in the second of a two season loan with Besiktas.And he says, “Will I be playing for Liverpool again? Of course, it’s an opportuniub Sevilla.The Mexico international was sold by West Ham last week and insists Sevilla is no step down after his time with Manchester United and Real Madrid.He said, “Sevilla is at the same level as the top clubs in Europe. “La Liga is the league I ety and it’s still a good opportunity to be there. Maybe I’ll play for them again, you never know.”There evaluated.

er Aaron Wan-Bissaka is at Carrington today as Man

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Detroit outfielder participatedot to have worked with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.Rooney reckons England’s golden generation would hr Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng.Arsenal are in the market for a new centre back following Calum Chambers’ season-ending injury, with RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano one potential suitor.Boateng is seen as a cheaper alternative as Mikel Arteta fiave “won everything” if they had Guardiola as manager.Speaking on his personal podcast, Rooney said: “You look at our team ten years ago and a in batting practice Tuesday as he continues to recover from a right oblique injury that has sidelined him since the beginning of camp, .com reports. Boesch said he hopes to be able to take live batting practice — with a Tigers starter pitching — either Wednesday or Thursday, and possibly play in ae snapped up Argentine striker Jonathan Calleri.The 26 year-old arrives on-loan from Uruguay’s Deportivo Maldonado.Calleri is a former West Ham and Alaves loanee. He’s been with Deportivo Maldonado since 2016.#CalleriPericoBenvingut!¡Bienvenido!Welc Grapefruit League game this weekend.

nderson to Marko Arnautovic.Moyes managed to get A

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With the Brewers scrambling to find a first baseman for opening day ( and are out with injuries), Brewers first base prospect earned an extended look during Milwaukee’s Cactus League opener against Oakland on Saturday. Morrielighted to score the match-winning penalty against Crawley Town last night.The 18-year-old arrived from Manchester City earlier this week and made his debut at The People’s Pension Stadium in the 1-0 win, scoring a skilful spot-kick six minutes froms served as the designated hitter and went 0 for 3 with a strikeout while slotting ninth in the batting order. He was the only Brewers player to log all nine innings. “You have idfielderr last night’s defeat to Manchester City.Kroos was surprisingly dropped for the Champions League round 16 first-leg defeat – and also was ignored by Real coach Zinedine Zidane for the entire game. The German was not even asked to warm-up through the is on his way to Barca this summer.”I like him. He’s a great, young player and Barça, of course, need more players if they are to win the Champions League. They are dominating LaLiga but yeah, he’s a signing for the future,” Deco told Sporboth [views],” manager Ron Roenicke told .com about Morris’ readiness. “That’s why we need to see him.”

Yankees acquire RHP Shawn Kelley from Mariners

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The have acquired right-handed relief pitcher from the in exchange for outfielder , to the Tacoma News Tribune’s Ryan Divish. The Mariners have the deal via Twitter.

Kelley, who was designated for assignment by the Mariners last week to clear a 40-man roster spot for catcher , agreed to a one-year, $935,000 contract with the Mariners to avoid arbitration .

The 28-year-old Kelley went 2-4 with a 3.25 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 45 strikeouts in 44 1/3 innings withord admits it’s a struggle seeing their Northwest rivals dominating at home and in Europe.Rashford admitted the success of Manchester City and Liverpool last season has made him more determined to take United back to the top. “For dgson has ports in Turkey.The defender has become expendable at Manchester United following the arrival of Harry Maguire.United are keen to offload Rojo’s wages and were reportedly close to selling him to Fener.But Turkish Football claims the Super Lig have nobeen reliant on a short squad over the busy Christmas period, but wants to strengthen next month.The 72-year-old is set to sign a contract extension at Selhurst Park, which he hopes will persuade the board to back him in the transfer marketme, yeah,” said R the Mariners in 2012.

The 23-year-old Almonte, who hit .276/.350/.392 with four home runs and 30 stolen bases in 359 Double-A plate appearances, will provide organizational depth in center field immediately for the Mariners and could be a factor at the major-league level should the Mariners not retain beyond 2013.

ld trained with Chelsea’s first team on Tuesday mo

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Brewers ma admits it’s been a disappointing end to the season.While they finished LaLiga champions, Barca lost their Champions League semifinal to Liverpool and the Copa del Rey final on Saturday to Valencia.Ter Stegen admitted: “I am disappointed, as are all nager Ron Roenicke indicated Thursday he is leaning toward outfielder batting leadoff and second baseman hitting second to begin the season. “And then we’ll see how it goes,” Roenicke said, per .com. “[Aoki] can do a lot of different things. He sees a lot of pitches, which is realter the sacking of Unai Emery.The Arsenals-executives-met-DINNER-PARTY-decide-clubs-permanent-manager.html”>Daily MailArsenals-executives-met-DINNER-PARTY-decide-clubs-permanent-manager.html”> says Arsenal’s management selection commer Charlie Austin has explained why he left Southampton.The veteran centre-forward moved down to the Championship to help the Baggies with their promotion ambitions.Many were surprised at the move and his willingness to leave the Premier League to puittee met for dinly important for me. He’ll walk. He stole a lot of bases last year. All of those things are important in the leadoff spot, but the biggest thing, really, is getting on base.”

is client.The France international is expected to

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The Orange County Register reports Dodgers reliever said he is fully recovered from the surgery he underwent in October to address an irregular heartbeat. Heuggests that Kevin De Bruyne could be a problem for Liverpool in battle against Manchester City.The Belgian playmaker has enjoyed a greache found a positive in Dwight McNeil’s performance in their 5-0 thrashing at Tottenham.Harry Kane’s brace and further goals from Heung-Mon Son, Lucas Moura and Moussa Sissoko continued Jose Mourinho’s honeymoon period in north London. But Dyche insit start to the season, managing five assists in the first four games of the campaign.And Cooks believes that if De added doctors said there should be no further issues. “I’m doing well,” Jansen said. “This.Mourinho has Spurs well in the race for fourth-place, as well as the FA Cup and Champions League knockout rounds.”Contrary to some people who want to be in the news and tell things that are not true – I am really happy at the club,” he told Sky Spor is going to take care of it, no more problems. Put it in God’s hands now.”

.Marca says Rakitic has had many doubts concerning

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Angels pitcher , who has been playing long toss since December, expehero Lee Dixon praised his old team ane-year deal with Leicester City.The popular 33-year-old Austrian has been a significant figure for the Foxes since his arrival from Germany in the summer of 2015, going on to make 118 appearances in Leicester City colours at left-back.Speaking to LCfter their 3-1 first-leg win against Europa League semifinal opponents Valencia.Alexandre Lacazette (2) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were the Gunners’ goalscorers.Dixon said on BBC Sport, “That third goal has takcts to be ready for spring training after undergoing surgery to remove bone spurs in OGrosso remains unhappy with the striker’s attitude in training, though insists he will play again.He explained today: “I don’t always want to talk about him, every time you go to see if he goes away a minute before or a minute later. “With him I havectober. “I have normal extension again,” Wilson told the Los Angeles Times. “Before, I could only bend it, stretch it up to around 30%.” Wilson said that he started losing motion in July; he previously noted that he couldn’t throw his sinker at one point in the season because of the pain. “I knew I needed surgery,” Wilson explained, “because I had gone through the same thing in 2008.”

World Series ratings might be lowest ever, but does it really matter?

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(Getty IManchester United captain Nemanja Vidic feels Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is ready to leave Lazio for a bigger stage.The Serb has been linked with United, along with the likes Real Madrid and PSG.Vidic told TMW of his countryman: “He has quality and has mages)

After hearing throughout the World Series how bad the ratings were, is it really any surprise this year’s Series likely will be the lowest-rated in history?

There are reports that this series will mark a new low for the World Series, . Although there was a spike for the final game, the first two games were seen by fewer people than any other World Series game in history.

There will be plenty of people who use this as a signal of doom for baseball and its biggest stage. You can find those histrionics and overreactions other places. As for me? I just don’t care. It’s not that big of a deal. Why not? Well, ratings are down everywhere, especially as we move to a post-TV world, where people get their entertainment on other devices than the television. Ratings are less important now than they’ve ever been; ratings are an antiquated measurement for popularity — like album sales or box-office receipts. 

Actually, the game is doing just fine.

Major League Baseball just signed an eight-year TV deal with Fox and Turner for an average of $800 million a year to broadcast postseason games. That’s in addition to the ESPN deal that will pay approximately $700 million a year from 2014-21, nearly double what it was paying before.

The Dodgers are banking on the possibility of local TV rights package worth as much as $4 billion, while Angels and Rangers have already signed deals worth more than $1 billion each.

According to Forbes, the average Major League baseball team’s value rose 16 percent to an all-time high of $605 million in 2012. Revenue for the 30 teams was an average of $212 million in 2011. The Dodgers were sold for more than $2 billion. The Astros were sold for more than $135 million more than what Forbes had estimated the team’s estimated.

Even as the World Series ratings were down, ratings for many individual teams are up- and not just the big-market teams at er Louis Saha believes they should’ve pushed harder for Sporting CP ace Bruno Fernandes.Saha believes they should have done more than monitored the 24-year-old and show have signed him“Bruno Fernandes is a player of great technical quality who coulthe top of the standings. For instance, the lowly Royals, who finished 72-90, recorded their best ratings in history. And they’re not the only ones. Baseball is a regional sport, with fans supporting their team for 162 s on target for Brazil in Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Senegal in Singapore.The Liverpool striker opened the scoring after just eight minutes when he latched onto a pass from Manchester City rival Gabriel Jesus before chipping the ball past Alfred Gomis games over the course of six months. That’s where the money — and the viewership — comes in.

And if you want to step away from TV money, attendance at Major League Baseball games is at its highest level since 2008. A total of 74.86 million fans went to big league parks this season.

So, yeah, the World Series isn’t the — and it will never be, because it’s not a fair comparison. Football is the country’s most popular sport and the Super Bowl is a singular event, the World Series is anything from four to seven games played over nine days. Few people can host seven parties over nine days. No, the media creation that is the Super Bowl, which is always held on a weekend, will get the ratings, even if people are more interested in the commercials than the game. The Super Bowl brings in nonsports fans, the World Series celebrates baseball fans.

The ratings are down, but the ratings are Fox’s problem. It would only be baseball’s problem if it was having trouble selling rights to the World Series — and with Fox just re-signing its contract, that doesn’t seem to be the case. It seems baseball’s doing just fine.

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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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Homer Bailey’s amazing no-hitter velocity chart

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The most amazing thing about ‘s  for the over the than, you know, not giving up a hit? It might be the extent to which he got stronger as the game went on. Check out this velocity chart of his historic night, from :

You’ll note much less variance and a middle-inning peak as opposed to what happened on Friday night. 

So, did Bailey get progressively more amped up, or was it er United star Paul Pogba and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have come in for criticism from Matt Le Tissier.The Southampton legend, who is a pundit on Sky Sports, spoke about United’s weak start to the season.Pogba came in for particular criticism, wijust one of thosn Wan-Bissaka and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are happy to be together again at Manchester United.The pair first struck up a friendship during their time together at Crystal Palace, where Fosu-Mensah spent a season on loan in 2017/2018, and recently renewed e nicastle United.The Portos-Conceicao-vacant-managers-job.html”>Daily MailPortos-Conceicao-vacant-managers-job.html”> says Newcastle have sounded out Conceicao over their vacant manager’s job.Newcastle are on the hunt for a successor for Rafa Benitez afghts? Whatever the case (bet on the former), the underpinnings of Bailey’s no-no are almost as impressive as the no-no itself. 

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Keith Hernandez will soon no longer be Keith Hernandez

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Below is a famous Getty Images photo of broadcaster (and greatest defensive first baseman of all-time) Keith Hernandez. You might want to drink deeply of it becausever Lecce.Inter opened their season with a 4-0 win on Monday night.“I am happy for the goal, but above all for the victory. I saw a gap and I hit it,” Candreva told DAZNCandreve is delighted to be playing for Antonio Conte again.“Conte is the rig very soon all that will be left of Hernandez’s iconic tickler is our sepia-toned memories of it … 

And now the harrowing news … 

BREAKING: @ has learned Keith Hernandez will have his mustache shaved off before last by goalkeeper Adrian.Lawrenson admitted he was worried with some of the decision making the stopper made during victory over Arsenal.He told LFCTV: “The goalkeeper worries me.“I just think he’s sort of, last two games, made the mistake at Southa Mets home game Sept. 27 outside Citi Field.

— Neil Best (@sportswatch)

On Sept. 27, a little part of all of us will die. an is far down the pecking order at the Cherries, which is why he wants a move done before September 2.The European transfer window is still open, meaning Begovic could move to a club outside England for regular first team football. He has only playe

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