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.

g Slavia Prague is an important game for his team’

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pitcher (elbow) was placed on the 60-day disabled list Sunday in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Feliz, whing hammered instico Madrid attacker has announced this week he will leave the Spanish giants at the end of the season.Barca are favourites to land Griezmann, with a willingness of meeting his €120m buyout clause.However, ZDF says Bayern sports chief Hasan Salihamide Holland.Dutch pundit Johan Derksen has accused Kuyt of undermining Feyenoord coach Jaap Stam, the former Manchester United defen for Newcastle United.The Mirror says the 58-year-old slapped in his resignation to Wednesday yesterday to speed a switch to St James’s Park, but Bruce’s imminent arrival is one of the most unpopular on Tyneside for years.Fans already at boiling poinder. Kuyt is the club’s U19 coach.Before going into Sunday’s clash with FC Twente, the heat was being o advanced to throwing from 60 feet in his rehab from Tommy John surgery last month, is expected to return in August.

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picther turned in a decent outing Friday against the Angels in Cactus League play.

Bonderman, who made his first start since Feb. 25, allowed an RBI double to Chris Iannetta and a second run on a ground ball out in the second inning. He allowed just two runs on five hits in four innings of work in an 8-5 victory. He struck out two and did not issue a walk to improve his ERA to 7.20 through four Cactus League appearances. 

“They’ve gotten better every outing,” Bonderman said. “I’m going to try to keep working and get quick outs and get in and out. I think my breaking ball has gotten a lot sharper, a lot better. Overall, I’m getting that feel back. I threw four or five [split-finger fastballs] and bunch of breaking balls, til the end of the season for West Ham winger Natha that have emerged stating that he will be leading his country for the upcoming Nations League semi-final against the Netherlands.The Colossal Sports Management company issued a statement on Tuesday evening stating the City star will lead out his coun Holland.Holland, 21, featured against the U’s for his parent club when they were beaten 4-0 in the third round of the Carabao Cup in September.He has since made two substitute appearances in the Prfour-seamers, two-seamers.”

Bonderman, wh leaving Arsenal on loan. The teenager started both of Arsenal’s Premier League games and has held his own.Unlike other Gunners youngsters, Willock has never left on loan and he doesn’t plan on doing so anytime soon.”My head was always about playing o signed a minor-league deal in January, told reporters after the game that he does not have time to work on his pitches as he continues to fight for a rotation spot this spring. 

“I need results,” Bonderman said. “It’s not like when you’re on the team for sure and you can go out there and work on stuff. It’s working out all right so far.”

Rangers’ Profar will join Netherlands for WBC finals if given the chance

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Last month, baseball’s top prospect the World Baseball Classic and instead focus on making the with a strong camp. Now that the Netherlands has with its walk-off win over Cuba, he might have a chance to do both. From :

In the wake of the Netherlands walk-off win over Cuba, which sends the Dutch to the World Baseball Classic finals that start Sunday, Profar said Monday he has been asked about possibly joining the team. And, he said, he’d like to go.

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“If they give me a chance, I will go,” Profar said, smiling widely. “They are doing a really great job.”

WBC rules allow for adjusting of rosters between rounds due to injuries. Several players have come up with minor injuries that could limit their availability for the finals.

GM Jon Daniels he will encourage the 20heir clash with Liverpool.The 20-year-old limped off after being caught by Francis Coquelin during the Blues’ 1-0 defeat by Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday.The extent of the blow was not known until scans revealed that it is a minor knock-year-old Profar to participate in the WBC if given the chance. Since the championship round runs from March 17-19, he’d oe Gunnar Solskjaer admits they’ve been hit by an injury crisis.Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial to miss Leicester clash on Saturday, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Jesse Lingard doubtful.”The treatment room has been busy and still is,” Solskjaer said. “We nly miss about a week of camp.

Profar has gone 7 for 33 (.212) with seven walks and eight strikeouts in camp so far, and Baseball-Reference.com’s OppoQual stat indicates he’s faced mostly big-league-calibe hold onto Lucas Digne.The former Barcelona fullback has been a revelation for the Blues this season – and is being linked with a return to France.With Olympique Lyon preparing to sell Ferland Mendy to Real Madrid, they have identified Digne as a repr pitching. Unless someone gets hurt, Profar’s best chance to make the Rangers would be as a utility player.

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r Champions League clash at Liverpool should be pl

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Yankees catcher was the first significant cut of the spring for New York on Monday, reports the y sports chief Txiki Begiristain.However, Gilmar Veloz says that although he has met with Begiristain there is ‘no possibility’ his client will join City this summer.“There is nothing. We have to be very careful, take responsibility with the fans, Journal News. Romine was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with LHP and RHPs and . The team also optioned LHPs and , RHP and OF to Double-A Trenton. New excited to be moving to Real Madrid.The departing Santos star admits playing alongside Vinicius Junior is lder, a target for Manchester City and Bayern Munich, has told Atletico chiefs that he intends to leave the club this summer, says Marca.With both City and Bayern willing to meet Rodrigo’s €70m buyout clause, it means Atletico have no say in prevenan ambition he’s long had.Rodrygo said, “Since I was little, when he played for Flamengo and I played for Santos, people dreamed that we could York also reassigned pitcher , catcher and first baseman to minor league camp.

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Toronto outfielder (shoulder) likelysmall” to make it at Manchester City.Wright-Phillips spent four years playing under Keegan at City before joining Chelsea in a £21m deal in 2005.”When Keegan first took over it was difficult for me because he deemed me as too small,” he told ManCity won’t play in Grapefruit League action again until Thursday, reports .com. Rasmus was scratched last Thursday due to a sore non-throwing shoulder. He’s taking a bit longer tcial style partner in the shape of Boglioli, according to Sempre Milan, reports, /.Boglioli look set to replace current category partner Diesel, which will end its relationship with Milan on 30th June having been partners since February 2017.Bogliolihanomori on loan from Chelsea if they are unable to sign Kurt Zouma.The Blues are reluctant to let Zouma leave because of their current transfer ban.However, they would be open to letting Tomori leave the club after his successful spell with Derby last expected to return.

son wasn’t ready to manage the club.Hodgson claime

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Pirates starting pitcher posted his second solid start in three spring outings Wednesday against the Red Sox, as he continues to battle for a rotation spot. Locke tossed four innings in the game, allowing five baserunners on three hits and two walks. He limited Boston to just onehas spoken of leaving Arsenal for Juventus.Ramsey left north London for Turin in the summer on a deal worth more than £400,000 per week after a contract offer was taken off the table by the Gunners amid what the player calls “a lot of confusion”.He run scored in the gamss Jose Mourinho.Mourinho returned to the Premier League with Spurs last month.Former Chelsea fullback Bosingwa, who played under Mourinho at Porto, tosfield are interested in signing Watford striker Isaac Success.The Watford Observer reports they are one of several teams who are interested in securing the player’s signature.Anderlecht and Cardiff City are the other teams who want the striker.The Nld Omnisport: “I think football needs Mourinho. I’m happy he came back.”I hope he will do a good joe, lowering his ERA in 10 innings to 3.60. Locke struck out three batters in the start to earn the win.

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.

in Wednesday’s 5-2 win over Everton.Regular subst

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Philadelphia outfielder finished 1 for 2 with a solo homer during the Phillies’ 4-3 win over the Yankees in a Grapefruit League matchup Tuesday. Brown connected off reliever Zach Nuding, sending his second home run this spring deep over the fence in center field. “That was a well-struck baseball … the ball went a long ways,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “He put a good swing on it: nice, short and compact, with balance at the plate. His swing is more fluid anke up the numbers.The Reds bolstered their squad with the astute signing of the Japanese international from Red Bull Salzburg.And Klopp believnel Messi.Radio Continental says Galaxy are in talks with Messi’s father and agent, Jorge Messi, about a shock move to the USA.Messi has less than 18 months to run on his current contract, which carries a break clause at the end of this season allowies the youngster has what it takes to push the regular starters for a position in the first eleven.”We will d compact. It’s more explosive.”nted to secure the Brazilian international for the long term.But it appears the defender does not want to stay in Portugal for much longer.A Bola suggests that Porto will now look to move Telles on in the summer so they can get a substantial fee.He i

ry with Sergio Aguero.Gabriel and Aguero were pair

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The Denver Post Rockies infielder heads into exhibition games as the front-runner to win the starting third base job after a torrid finish at the plate in 2012. Nelson hit .345 with a .379 on-base percentage, .503 slugging percentage and .882 OPS in his final 53 games last season. “There’s some thunder in his bat. I have been very impressed,” Rockies new hitting coach. said. Nelson’s biggest hurdle could be his defense. “The anglesriksen has already been heavily linked with Real Madrid and Manchester United, but now Inter have emerged as candidates to sign the mercurial 27-year-old.Gazzetta dello Sport says Inter will back their new manager Antonio Conte with funds in order to are different,” manager Walt Weiss said of Nelson transitioning from shortstop and second base. “Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes Ndombele insists his personality hasn’t changed since moving to Tottenham.The midfielder joined over the summer from Lyon for a fee rising to over €70m.Ndombele told Foot Mercato: “I have not really changed. As you said, I’ve only been here for a the side’s defensive frailties will eventually get exposed.The Blues are on an excellent run in the Premier League, which has taken them up to third in the table on goal difference from Leicester City. They are Every once in a while you get caught in between and you get tough hops. I don’t know if that’s the case. The finer points of the position are going to come with experience for Nelly. He has good hands, he catches the ball, he has a strong arm. There are some things he does well. It’s just experience at that position.”

City and Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri has been

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Relief pitcher is making a comeback after having not pit says their derby defeat to Inter Milan was self-inflicted.Milan blew a 2-0 lead to lose 4-2 on Sunday. Only once before had the Nerazzurri won the derby when trailing by at least two goals, in a 6-5 thriller in November 1949.Pioli said afterwards, “ched in the majors since 2010. Cordero has signed a minor league contract with the Angels and will be invited to spring led for a reality check from fans has they hit a form blip.Inter meet Cagliari today attempting to stay in touch with Serie A leaders Juventus.Conte said, “Our idea is always to go on the attack, even when we score the first goal. We must try to sctraining. He last pitchedArsenal boss Mikel Arteta has denied reports he is interested in bringing Manchester City central defender John Stones to North London.New Gunners boss Arteta coached Stones for three years at Manchester City, after joining the club at the same time as the England centre-back in the summer of 2016.Asked if there is any truth in his reported interest in Stones, Arteta said: “No, no truth at all.” with Seattle.

Yanks, Cano have work to do to reach deal before free agency hits

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TAMPA — The recently began multiyear contract negotiations with star second baseman , but a resolution appears nowhere in sight.

Early indications are that they begin with at least a significant difference in either talent assessment or valuation, suggesting a decent likelihood that Cano — the storied franchise’s best position player in his prime — has a pretty decent chance to become a free agent at year’s end. While the sides won’t admit he’s sure to hit free agency, at the very least it’s clear there’s plenty of work to do.

Word is, early on the team has suggested they considered Cano a “top 10” or maybe at worst a top 15 player in the game, while Cano, following three straight top-six finishes in American League MVP voting, seems to be thinking a bit higher than that.

“There are few elite players. That just is a very short list — less than Inter Milan.The striker has been linked with Barcelona.“Lautaro Martinez will not leave Inter and he can’t wait to start work with Conte,” agent Beto Yaque told FCInterNews.“Obviously, being praised by the best player in the world is wonderful afive,” Cano’s agent Scott Boras said by phone of his client.

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner recently revealed to Yankees writers that the sides have had “a conversation or two.” But left unsaid at the time is where things stand.

“Robinson is happy being a Yankee, and both sides recognize that this is one of the elite players in the game,” Boras said.

Exactly how elite may be at issue, however, as the Yankees aim to keep him from becoming a free agent after the season. This isn’t going to be a short process, however, and it appears it will take some major concessions from one or both sides to beat the deadline to get him signed before his free agency begins five days after the 2013 season ends.

Star players generally go to the marketplace when they get within a year of free agency, though there have been exceptions. The Yankees themselves have a policy to allow long-term contracts to expire before trying to extend players, and they made an exception just by opening negotiations with Cano.

The Yankees tried the same last spring with catcher Russell Martin, offering a three-year deal for $18 million in a rare attempt to head off free agency, but Martin turned that down and wound up signing a free-agent deal with the Pirates for $17 million over two years. Cashman, whose own extension waited until his contract was up, suggested he will on rare occasions make an exception for younger players, such as Martin and Cano.

“There’s been a conversation or two,” Steinbrenner told Yankees writers six days ago. “We’ll get into that, and we’ll talk about it at a later date. He’s been a great erty has announced he’s cut ties with Arsenal.Jeorge Bird’s Arsenal academy reports Flaherty has confirmed that he has left Arsenal after seven years at the club.The 18-year-old spent time on trial at West Ham United and then Newcastle United. It is Yankee, and we hope he’s here his entire career.”

Cashman flatly declined comment on the Cano talks, deferring to Steinbrenner’s brief earlier remark.

This is obviously a touchy subject.

Another dynamic at play is the Yankees’ stated intention to get their payroll below $189 million for the 2014 season in order to markedly reduce their luxury tax rate, from 50 percent to 17 percent. However, the verbiage on-loan striker is hoping to fire Villa into the Premier League today when the club take on Derby in the Play-off final.”Ever since I stepped foot through the door, I have felt at home,” he said in the Wembley match programme.”We are a family here e has changed in recent days; it was once said to be a mandate to go below $189 million, now they refer to it as a “guideline.” While slightly different payrolls are cited, the Yankees’ current payroll, the second highest in baseball to the Dodgers, is currently pegged at $217 million, according to an executive with another team.  

It isn’t known what the Yankees may have offered Cano so far, but if they see Cano as a “top 10 player,” that would mean somewhere from Adrian Gonzalez’s $154.3 million deal and up. Top 15 would put him at least on part with the $138 million, eight-year contract for crosstown Mets star David Wright.

The average of the top five contracts, from Alex Rodriguez’s $275 million Yankees deal down to Joe Mauer’s $184 million contract (Albert Pujols $240 million, Joey Votto $225 million and Prince Fielder $214 million are in between), is $223 million.

Boras also will be making the case that baseball’s revenues have shot up over the past several years, as have franchise valuations. “The marketplace has dramatically changed from five years ago,” he said.

Also likely at the center of the talks will be a disagreement over term. Cano, 30, will surely seek at least a 10-year deal, with the Yankees likely hoping to keep it to eight. A-Rod got his 10-year Yankees deal at age 32.

A-Rod himself may be another area of disagreement, as the Yankees will point out the A-Rod deal hasn’t worked out, certainly the last half of it. Boras, who negotiated that contract but no longer represents Rodriguez, will counter by saying Cano is his own entity and personality, a clean liver with a clean resume whose only similarity with A-Rod is that they share a clubhouse.

Todd Helton arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence

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Long-time Rockies first baseman Todd Helton was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. The Rockies have confirmed the arrest with the :

We were extremely disappointed to learn that Tncia are chasing West Ham striker Javier Hernandez.He is an £8million target for La Liga side Valencia.The Mexico striker will be allowed to leave Manuel Pellegrini’s squad this summer for the right price, says The Sun.And Valencia are willing to taodd was arrested this morning. This type of behavior is taken very seriously by our organization. We know that he clearly understands the seriousness of his poor decision, the harm that could have been inflicted on others and the embarrassment his mistake has caused to himself, his family, the Colorado Rockies organization and to Majora “step back”.Gnabry, 24, was voted Player of the Year for Bayern Munich last season and has realised his full potential in the Bundesliga after struggling in English football.Kovac said: “It is hard for young players, he was young when he went to League Baseball.

Todd is taking full accountability for his actions with his family, his fans and the organization. The man we have grown to know has strong values that are grounded in his family and hard work. Todd clearly understands the severity of the situation.

Helton has now released the following statement himself:

“Last evening I exercised poor judgment and was charged with drinking and driving after driving to a gas station near my house. I am very sorry and embarrassed by my actions. I hold myself to a high standard and take my responsibility as a public figure very seriously. My entire career I have worked to set a positive example for my family and in our community and I fell far short of this standard.

I sincerely ask my family, the Colorado Rockies Organization, Major League Baseball and the community to accept my apology. I make no excuses and accept full responsibility for my actions. I humbly ask your forgiveness.”

Aside from these two statements, there are no further details at this time.

Helton, 39, has played for the Rockies since 1997 and avoided off-field trouble his entire career. He hit .238/.343/.400 with seven homers and 37 RBI in just 69 games last season. He plans on returning to the Rockies for his 17th season in 2013.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Ae the Premier League title sewn up.This time last season, City had long since secured the Premier League and were ready to be presented with it.However, the destination of this year’s crown is still up in the air with two games to go.City have 92 poilso, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

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.

ll chief Stuart Webber.Dyer says Webber’s influenc

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The A’s designated catcher for assignment on Wednesday, the same day they acquired n from the Mariners. Kottaras avoided arbitration with Oakland on Monday by agreeing to a one-year, $1 milliorprised him this season.Juventus lead the table one point ahead of Lazio and Inter Milan.”The real surprise is that Juventus have 10 points less than in previous years, and that’s why their rivals are much closer,” Caon for him to consider a loan move next season.Foden expects to see more action next term.He told the Daily Mail: “There is always talk about mmanager Pep Guardiola has refused to be drawn on links with Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri.Rodri starred in his debut season for Atleti after joining from Villarreal last summer.The Spaniard was highly complimentary of the defensive midfielder, whoe not playing enough but I don’t listen.“I am only 18 but people are trying to judge me now. I don’t needpello told Sky Italia.“They hadn contract.