David Ortiz elected into baseball’s Hall of Fame; Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens denied again

USA Today

David Ortiz needed just one swing to power his way into baseball’s Hall of Fame, narrowly punching his ticket to Cooperstown on the same night voters denied steroid-stained legends Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens for the 10th and final time.

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Giants ‘Remain Hopeful’ Barry Bonds Will Be Elected to HOF After Snub on 2022 Ballot

Bleacher Report

In his 10th and final year on the ballot, former Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds did not receive enough votes needed to earn induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Rays’ Taylor Walls: If Barry Bonds is ‘one of the best hitters ever, then why cheat?’

The Score

Tampa Bay Rays infielder Taylor Walls doesn't believe MLB's all-time home run king Barry Bonds deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

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Dušan Vlahovic negotiations underway with Juventus

Viola Nation

For months, I’ve all dreaded the inevitable. Ever since it was announced in early October that Dušan Vlahovic would not renew, there was a fear that Vlahovic had his mind set on one goal: Juventus.

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Inside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Fall From Grace

CBS Sports

As Arsenal scrabble around for goals on the pitch and goal scorers off it, so the fall from grace of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang becomes harder to truly comprehend.

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Ranking the 10 Best Young Cores in MLB Today

Bleacher Report

The San Francisco Giants proved in 2021 that teams built around veterans can still succeed in today's Major League Baseball, yet young talent certainly remains the modern game's most valuable currency.

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The Rangers Shouldn’t Ease Up After The Lockout

MLB Trade Rumors

Many teams effectively sat out the free-agent market prior to the lockout, and the Rangers took full advantage of the lack of activity from some of the sport’s top spenders.

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MLBPA counteroffer ditches age-based free agency

The Score

The Major League Baseball Players Association dropped a proposal for age-based free agency after returning to the negotiating table with representatives from Major League Baseball on Monday, a source told Evan Drellich of The Athletic.

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Manchester United star Anthony Martial set for 6-month loan to Sevilla

Clutch Points

After Anthony Martial found himself struggling for opportunity at Manchester United, the Frenchman made clear his desire to leave the club on loan in order to get back on the pitch.

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Watford sack Claudio Ranieri after less than 4 months in charge

The Score

Claudio Ranieri's time as Watford manager ended Monday, as the Hornets dismissed the Italian after three-and-a-half months in charge, the club announced.

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Who Will Sign Kenley Jansen?

MLB Trade Rumors

Kenley Jansen has been one of baseball’s best closers for a decade now. He recorded 25 saves in 2012 and hasn’t been below that number since, which the exception of his 11 saves in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

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Ranking MLB’s Biggest Blockbuster Trade Busts Since 2000

Bleacher Report

Per the usual definition, a "bad" Major League Baseball trade involves one team making out like gangbusters while the other one ends up with a whole lot of nothing.

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Alex Rodriguez shown on TV at Packers game with new girlfriend?

Larry Brown Sports

Alex Rodriguez’s bosses at FOX seemed to do the former MVP a big favor on Saturday night.

A-Rod attended the NFC Divisional Round playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field.

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Bayern Munich waiting on response from Niklas Süle regarding new deal

Bavarian Football Works

Bayern Munich could know shortly if it will need to hit the transfer market in the summer for a new center-back.

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David Ornstein: Dele left out of Spurs lineup ahead of possible loan

Cartilage Free Captain

We haven’t yet seen the starting lineup for Tottenham Hotspur against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge today, but we already know one player who will not be on it.

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Why The Blue Jays Shouldn’t Wait To Resign Vladimir Guerrero Jr. And Bo Bichette

Sportsnet

On a Monday afternoon in Texas five days into the 2021 season, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette are sitting together in the Toronto Blue Jays dugout, the former with his right arm around the latter.

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Clayton Kershaw to New York Mets? Major Offerings Could Lure Star Pitcher Away From LA Dodgers

Essentially Sports

The New York Mets are primed for a special 2022. With owner, Steve Cohen, spending big in the off-season and spending well, the Mets look ready to perform.

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Baseball Hall of Fame 2022: Breaking down the top candidates, voting trends for Cooperstown

USA Today

There are first-timers and last-timers, legends and scoundrels and plenty of talent in between. And on Tuesday, Jan. 25,  baseball’s 2022 Hall of Fame class – or lack thereof – will be revealed.

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Eden Hazard Set To Stay at Real Madrid Despite Interest From EPL Clubs

Daily Mail

Eden Hazard is set to stay at Spanish giants Real Madrid after his manager confirmed he was in the club's plans for next season.

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MLS Training Camp Storylines: What does future hold for TFC’s Altidore, Soteldo?

Sportsnet

After a relatively short hiatus, MLS clubs returned to work this past week with the official kick-off of pre-season training camps.

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MLB Free Agency: Breaking Down The Biggest Flaw For Each Remaining Top Free Agent

CBS Sports

Major League Baseball's offseason has been on pause for more than a month and a half now, ever since the 30 club owners voted unanimously to lock out the players and commence with the league's first work stoppage since 1994-95.

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The Reason Jack Flaherty Isn’t Signing an Extension With St. Louis This Offseason

Clutch Points

The MLB is currently in a lockout that shows no current signs of ending anytime soon, despite a glimmer of hope recently.

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Brewers Top Prospects 2022: Left-Hander Aaron Ashby is a Breakout Candidate For Next Season

CBS Sports

Major League Baseball's owners may have locked out the players, triggering the league's first work stoppage since 1994-95 and bringing the offseason to a halt, but that doesn't mean we're letting it derail our typical offseason plans.

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Manchester United Out of Erling Haaland Sweepstakes As Player Prefers Real Madrid Move

The Score

There's at least one club in Manchester that won't try to sign Erling Haaland next summer.

Manchester United have abandoned a possible pursuit of the highly coveted Borussia Dortmund star amid doubts over Haaland's interest in a transfer to Old Trafford, reports Mark Ogden of ESPN.

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Tottenham and Wolves Close to Agreeing to a Deal for Adama Traore

The Athletic

Adama Traore looks likely to depart Molineux this month with Wolves and Tottenham edging closer to agreeing a deal.

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MLB Using Robot Umps For 2022 Triple-A Season

TMZ

The days of Angel Hernandez makin' you pull out your hair may soon be over … 'cause Major League Baseball is instituting robot umpires for the 2022 Triple-A season — moving one big step closer to an eventually automated strike zone in The Show.

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Why Kris Bryant Could Be an Option For the Yankees in Free Agency

SI

Although there are several remaining free agents on the market that are capable of filling the Yankees’ positional needs at first base, shortstop and in the outfield, general manager Brian Cashman could get creative once the lockout ends.

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Unvaccinated Real Madrid, Chelsea stars may miss UCL matches in France

The Score

Real Madrid and Chelsea face the prospect of leaving unvaccinated players at home for the away legs of their upcoming Champions League last-16 matchups due to a law change in France.

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Ousmane Dembele transfer value revealed as Chelsea could save £87m on Eden Hazard alternative

Football London

Chelsea could potentially save up to £87million on Ousmane Dembele if the Thomas Tuchel favourite was to complete a move to the European Champions before the January deadline.

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MLBPA Preparing Response To MLB’s Latest CBA Proposal

MLB Trade Rumors

The MLB Players Association is preparing its response to the proposal made by Major League Baseball last week, tweets Jon Heyman of the MLB Network.

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David Ortiz calls out writer over Hall of Fame snub

Larry Brown Sports

David Ortiz is currently the leading vote-getter for this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame class, but he has an issue with one particular writer who did not vote for him. 

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Yankees top prospects for 2022

CBS Sports

Major League Baseball's owners may have locked out the players, triggering the league's first work stoppage since 1994-95 and bringing the offseason to a halt, but that doesn't mean we're letting it derail our typical offseason plans.

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Manchester United to Help Paul Pogba Secure Dream Transfer to Real Madrid

Daily Star

Paul Pogba has told Manchester United he wants to join Real Madrid in the summer.

And United interim boss Ralf Rangnick has revealed he is even willing to put him in the shop window so the World Cup winner can secure his dream move to the Spanish giants.

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Barcelona Line Up Alexander Isak as Erling Haaland Alternative

90 Min

Barcelona are ready to move for Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak if they fail in their bid to sign Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland this summer.

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CBA Needed By Early March To Avoid Cancellation Of 2022 Regular Season Games

Dodger Blue

MLB and the Players Association failed to come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) last month, which resulted in the team owners imposing a lockout that ended 27 years of labor peace.

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Dodgers Promote Brandon Gomes to General Manager

MLB Trade Rumors

The Dodgers announced this afternoon that they’ve promoted Brandon Gomes from assistant general manager to general manager. The move solidifies Gomes as a key member of a Los Angeles front office that also includes senior vice president Josh Byrnes and is helmed by president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman.

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Potential Weaknesses on Blue Jays’ Roster and How To Solve Them

Sportsnet

 By any definition, the Toronto Blue Jays are a good baseball team but like every team in baseball they can — and should — look to make further improvements before opening day.

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Real Madrid’s £292m Deal For Erling Haaland Puts Liverpool Back in Pole Position for Kylian Mbappe

Four Four Two

Liverpool could well reignite their ambitious plan to bring Kylian Mbappe to Anfield, now that Real Madrid have stepped up their interest of Erling Haaland.

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Growing confidence in Kylian Mbappe extension at PSG amid Real Madrid’s hot pursuit

Clutch Points

There’s been a growing belief that PSG striker Kylian Mbappe will leave the French capital in June and join LaLiga giants Real Madrid, but the French club is now feeling positive over the possibility of Mbappe staying put.

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Each MLB Team’s Potential Breakout Star for 2022 Season

Bleacher Report

With each new Major League Baseball season inevitably comes a new limelight for a fresh crop of stars.

No matter when it starts, the 2022 season will be no different.

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Cubs Eschewing Power In New Ways

MLB Trade Rumors

Last season, as most of Major League Baseball moved incontrovertibly towards a high velocity, strikeout-forward approach, the Cubs put together a soft-tossing rotation not at all focused on missing bats.

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Blue Jays top prospects for 2022

CBS Sports

Major League Baseball’s owners may have locked out the players, triggering the league’s first work stoppage since 1994-95 and bringing the offseason to a halt, but that doesn’t mean we’re letting it derail our typical offseason plans.

#baseball, #professional

Man United’s Ralf Rangnick open to repairing Anthony Martial relationship

ESPN

Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick is open to the idea of rebuilding his relationship with Anthony Martial because the striker could yet remain at the club during the January transfer window, sources have told ESPN.

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Christian Eriksen transfer: Brentford could offer Dane a surprise Premier League return

CBS Sports

Christian Eriksen may return to Premier League action sooner than expected. The former Inter Milan player has become a target for Brentford this transfer window. 

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Who Will Sign Kris Bryant?

MLB Trade Rumors

Kris Bryant had a rough showing in 2020, with injuries limiting him to 34 games and batting line of .206/.293/.351 for a wRC+ of 75.

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Ranking Top 8 Landing Spots for Kenley Jansen

Bleacher Report

Whenever Major League Baseball's lockout ends and the 2021-22 offseason market reopens for business, one of the game's elite closers will be among the top free agents still waiting for a deal.

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Cincinnati Reds sign trio of Top 50 international prospects

Red Reporter

The international signing period opened for all Major League Baseball clubs over the weekend, and while the Cincinnati Reds have played the cheapo card repeatedly on their big league payroll since the end of the 2021 regular season, this marked a window where they once again spent like a competent franchise once again.

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Real Madrid ready to go all in for Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe

Marca.com

Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland are the two most sough-after talents in world football at the moment, and their futures could be decided very soon. 

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Lothar Matthäus thinks Bayern Munich would suit Erling Haaland nicely

Bavarian Football Works

Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland continued his assault on the Bundesliga on Friday by contributing a brace in BVB’s 5-1 victory over SC Freiburg. 

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Why it’s hard to see MLB spring training, season starting on time

New York Post

I have been fairly pessimistic about spring training, and possibly the regular season, starting on time. This has been my gut since the beginning of the lockout, even as folks in the know insisted there was plenty of time to strike a deal and that no games would be lost because both sides recognized how destructive that would be.

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The Impact Of MLB’s International Signing Day

MLB Trade Rumors

Thanks to the year-round work of people like Ben Badler over at Baseball America, we have a pretty clear sense already of how the international signing period has kicked off.

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Boston Red Sox sign three top 50 international prospects, including shortstop Freili Encarnacion

Mass Live

The Red Sox have signed three of the top 50 prospects on the amateur international market.

Boston inked shortstops Freili Encarnacion, who’s listed No.

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Kylian Mbappe ‘In Talks’ With Paris Saint-Germain Over New Contract

Football 365

Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe is ‘in talks’ with the French club over a new contract, according to reports.

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Real Betis vs. Sevilla Abandoned After Player Struck By Metal Bar Thrown From Crowd

101 Great Goals

Disgraceful scenes plagued the showdown between Real Betis and Sevilla on Saturday, ultimately culminating in the clash being abandoned.

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Ranking the Top 10 Landing Spots for Nick Castellanos in MLB Free Agency

Bleacher Report

Nick Castellanos had the best season of his career in 2021, posting a .309/.362/.576 slash line along with a 140 wRC+ and 4.2 fWAR.

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1 MLB player each AL team could trade

The Score

The trade market has always been a popular way for teams to improve their rosters ahead of, or during, the regular season.

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Ranking The MLB’s 10 Best Teams

ESPN

A lot of the credit for the Atlanta Braves' postseason surge was rightly attributed to the midseason deals made by general manager Alex Anthopoulos, because without Eddie Rosario, Jorge Soler, Adam Duvall and Joc Pederson, Atlanta would not have hosted a championship parade.

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Alphonso Davies sidelined for Bayern Munich with COVID-19 complications, could miss Canada-USMNT match

CBS Sports

Alphonso Davies has been in the middle of another stellar season for Bayern Munich but things are now on pause due to his recovery from Covid.

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MLS Next Pro Will Have No Salary Cap, Other Key Differences From MLS Structure

The Athletic

A new soccer league kicks off in North America this year, as MLS Next Pro looks to begin play in March.

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MLBPA Not Impressed With Owner’s Economic Propsal During Lockout Negotiations

CBS Sports

For the first time since the owners locked out the players 43 days ago, MLB and the MLBPA discussed core economic matters in a video meeting Thursday.

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Shohei Ohtani Finally Responds to Stephen A. Smith’s Language Criticism

The Spun

Back in July, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith went on a rant about why he doesn’t believe Shohei Ohtani can be the face of the MLB.

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1 MLB player each NL team could trade

The Score

The offseason may be on hold, but you can expect teams to start picking up the phones once the collective bargaining agreement is figured out.

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Manchester United Have Major Interest in Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele

Mirror

Ousmane Dembele is poised to leave Barcelona as a free agent this summer and complete a move to the Premier League.

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