Gladbach beats Bayern 2-1 to stay top of Bundesliga

By James Ellingworth, Associated Press MÖNCHENGLADBACH, Germany (AP) — Surprise Bundesliga leader Borussia Mönchengladbach showed it's a serious title contender by beating Bayern Munich 2-1 on Saturday with a last-gasp penalty. Left-back Ramy Bensebaini scored both goals for Gladbach, which last won the title in 1977. Bensebaini headed in a corner to draw Gladbach level after Ivan Perisic's volley for Bayern, and then scored the decisive penalty in added time. “That shows why we’re rightly up there," Gladbach coach Marco Rose said. "We tried until the 90th minute to show what's made us stand out in the last few weeks and months, and we got the penalty.” After scoring the opener, it was as if “we forgot how to play football somehow," said Bayern's interim coach Hansi Flick. The seven-time defending champion is now down in seventh after losing back-to-back Bundesliga games for the first time in 14 months. Gladbach leads the league by a point ahead of Leipzig, which beat Hoffenheim 3-1 thanks to two goals from Timo Werner. Jadon Sancho scored twice as Dortmund thrashed Fortuna Düsseldorf 5-0. BAYERN BEATEN AGAIN Another week, another 2-1 defeat and yet more missed opportunities for Bayern. Just as in last week's loss to Bayer Leverkusen by the same score, Bayern had a string of great chances — 15 shots in the first half alone — but a mix of poor finishes and good goalkeeping denied the Munich team. Gladbach keeper Yann Sommer trapped an effort by Joshua Kimmich on the line, and Robert Lewandowski twice flashed shots just wide of the post. After that frustration, Bayern scored with its first shot of the second half, a sweetly hit volley by substitute Ivan Perisic into the top-left corner from the edge of the box. That sparked Gladbach into life. The hosts have been strong at set pieces this season and showed it again when Bensebaini lost his marker to head in the corner in the 60th. Bayern pushed up to chase the win in stoppage time and was caught out by a Gladbach counter. Martinez launched into a desperate slide to stop Marcus Thuram reaching a loose ball and brought him down, giving away a penalty and earning a red card. Bayern's interim coach Hansi Flick started the day with a chance to go within a point of Gladbach, but now finds himself seven points adrift of the top. “The results don’t match" the chances Bayern created, Flick said. Bayern substituted Corentin Tolisso and Jerome Boateng with suspected injuries, which could complicate selection ahead of Wednesday's game against Tottenham in the Champions League. WERNER LEADS LEIPZIG If Leipzig manages to win the Bundesliga title for the first time in its short history, it will be largely thanks to Timo Werner. He's scored 15 goals in 14 league games this season and has nine in his last five Bundesliga matches. Hoffenheim could do nothing to stop Werner giving Leipzig the lead on a counterattack in the 11th minute. Hoffenheim tried fouling Werner, but that just led to the 52nd-minute penalty from which he scored his second goal. Marcel Sabitzer added a third late on. SANCHO'S SCORING RUN Dortmund continued its recovery from a 4-0 loss to Bayern last month, beating Düsseldorf with two goals each from Marco Reus and Sancho. Reus gave Dortmund the lead with a calm finish in the 42nd minute. Thorgan Hazard and Sancho added the second and third goals, before Reus and Sancho each scored again late on. Sancho has now scored in his last four games in the Bundesliga and the Champions League. That makes it three games unbeaten for Dortmund in the Bundesliga since the loss to Bayern, and puts the team third and firmly back into the fight for Champions League places. Freiburg continued its unexpected chase for a Champions League spot, rising to fifth with a 1-0 win over Wolfsburg thanks to Jonathan Schmid's 85th-minute goal. Leverkusen followed up its win over Bayern last week by overtaking the Munich team for sixth place with a 2-1 win over Schalke, which drops to fourth. Lucas Alario scored both of Leverkusen's goals in the win. Augsburg beat Mainz 2-1 to halt Mainz's winning start under new coach Achim Beierlorzer, who had overseen victories in his first two games......»»

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Pardo police chief: Angkas driver person of interest in habal-habal driver’s killing

CEBU CITY, Philippines — An Angkas driver is allegedly a person of interest in the killing of a habal-habal or motorcycle-for-hire driver at past midnight today, December 6, 2019, along Natalio Bacalso Avenue in Barangay Bulacao, Cebu City. Police Lieutenant Colonel John Kareen Escober, Pardo Police chief, said in an interview at Cebu City Hall […] The post Pardo police chief: Angkas driver person of interest in habal-habal driver’s killing appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsDec 6th, 2019Related News

MEET THE ICE KING: Gerry Santos of Mr. Freeze

GERRY Santos is the President, CEO of  Mr. Freeze Tube Ice Inc. Actress- model Isabelle Daza and award-winning  actor/director  Albert Martinez are also business partners of Mr. Ice King. He established Mr. Freeze in 2005, his first 15-ton ice facility was built in Quezon City. After graduating from San Beda College with a degree in […] The post MEET THE ICE KING: Gerry Santos of Mr. Freeze appeared first on Pinoy Parazzi......»»

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Conservative Pou new Uruguay president

Center-right candidate Luis Lacalle Pou won Uruguay’s presidential election Thursday after his rival conceded, bringing an end to 15 years of leftist rule in the South American country. Daniel Martinez, candidate for the ruling Broad Front, recognized that an ongoing vote recount would not affect his already slim chance of victory and conceded. “We greet […] The post Conservative Pou new Uruguay president appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsNov 28th, 2019Related News

Javi GDL mulls joining Nueva Ecija for MPBL’s next season

Javi Gomez de Liano is ready and raring to take the next step in his young career. Following his fourth and, thus far, strongest season for the University of the Philippines, the 6-foot-5 swingman is poised to take his talents to the MPBL where he is leaning towards seeing action for Nueva Ecija. “I’m hoping to join Nueva Ecija,” he said while also adding that the formal agreement between the two sides, hopefully, will come before this year ends. In the recently concluded UAAP Season 82, he put up per game counts of 10.5 points, including a 35 percent shooting clip from deep, to go along with 3.0 rebounds. GDL will be a much-welcome addition for the Charles Tiu-mentored Rice Vanguards who want nothing more than to improve on their 5-16 standing at present in the ongoing Lakan Cup. This will be the 20-year-old’s first appearance in the regional league as well as his second stint away from the Fighting Maroons. He had already opened eyes outside Diliman in the 2018 PBA D-League with Marinerong Pilipino. Now, Javi GDL is hoping his shooting and defensive energy will translate to the semi-pro ranks. As for his fifth and final year for State U, the second of the GDL brothers shared he is still weighing his options. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 28th, 2019Related News

1 killed in Mandaluyong grenade blast

A policeman escaped being killed by a grenade that exploded after falling off his motorcycle, but a bystander was killed and three others were wounded in the incident Sunday morning in Mandaluyong City. Police are investigating the blast which happened at 6:30 a.m. along Martinez Street, P/Col. Remigio Sedanto said. P/Staff Sgt. Aldin Saligo of […] The post 1 killed in Mandaluyong grenade blast appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsNov 24th, 2019Related News

Granadang itinanim sa motorsiklo ng pulis, sumabog sa Mandaluyong

Mandaluyong City – Sumabog ang granadang itinanim sa ilalim ng motorsiklo ng isang pulis nitong Linggo ng umaga sa Mandaluyong City. Nangyari ang pagsabog dakong 6:30 ng umaga sa Martinez St. at nadamay dito ang ilang istambay na malapit dito. Ang motorsiklo ay pagmamay-ari at minamaneho ni Police Staff Sergeant Aldin Saligo ng Mandaluyong Police […] The post Granadang itinanim sa motorsiklo ng pulis, sumabog sa Mandaluyong appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

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Higuain scores 2 as Juventus rallies to win at Atalanta 3-1

By Daniella Matar, Associated Press MILAN (AP) — Gonzalo Higuain scored twice as Juventus came from behind to win at Atalanta 3-1 in Serie A on Saturday. League leader Juventus maintained its one-point advantage over Inter Milan, which won at Torino 3-0. Robin Gosens opened the scoring for Atalanta early in the second half but Higuain netted twice in eight minutes and set up Paulo Dybala in stoppage time. “It is difficult to dominate here; they make everyone suffer,” Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri said. “It's like going to the dentist; maybe you come out well, but you suffer.” Juventus was without Cristiano Ronaldo, having left the forward at home so he’s fully fit on Tuesday for the Champions League match against Atletico Madrid. Atalanta hadn’t beaten Juventus in Serie A since 2001 but had a great chance to take the lead in the 17th minute when it was awarded a penalty. But Musa Barrow hit the crossbar and Mario Pasalic headed the rebound over. Atalanta dominated but was kept at bay by some fine saves from Wojciech Szczesny, until 11 minutes into the second half. Barrow crossed from the right of the penalty area for an unmarked Gosens to head in at the back post. Juventus leveled in the 74th as the ball went to Higuain in a scramble in the penalty area and his swiveling effort was deflected into the bottom right corner. “For us its three points lost after having been superior in everything for 75 minutes,” Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini said. “Higuain’s equalizer is the illustration of an unlucky day: Double rebound and a deflection.” There was controversy around Higuain’s second as there appeared to be a handball from teammate Juan Cuadrado in the buildup. Atalanta players were furious and called for an on-field review but the video assistant referee deemed it unnecessary. Higuain turned provider in stoppage time with a delightful cross-field ball for Dybala to extend Atalanta’s winless run to five matches. EASY DOES IT Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku scored again for Inter to help it to a comfortable win in miserable conditions in Turin. “With Lukaku, we’re getting to know each other better every day,” Martinez said. “It doesn’t matter who scores, just that the team wins.” Heavy rain delayed the start of the match, and when it began Martinez fired Inter in front in the 12th with an angled drive into the far bottom corner. Inter doubled its lead 20 minutes later when Stefan de Vrij escaped his marker for the simplest of tap ins at the back post. Lukaku sealed the result 10 minutes into the second half with his 10th league goal. Between them, Lukaku and Martinez have 16 league goals, more than half of Inter’s tally. STRUGGLING NAPOLI Napoli failed to snap a five-match winless run as it was held at AC Milan to 1-1. Hirving Lozano gave Napoli the lead in the 24th, heading in the rebound after Lorenzo Insigne’s effort crashed off the corner of the goalframe. But Giacomo Bonaventura leveled four minutes later with a magnificent long-range effort. Napoli remained seventh and four points off a Champions League spot. Milan was 13th......»»

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Historic ‘La Madre Filipina’ statue reinstalled ahead of Jones Bridge inauguration

MANILA, Philippines – A pre-war sculpture, La Madre Filipina, was returned to its original location on Jones Bridge on Saturday, November 23, a few days ahead of the inauguration of the newly-restored bridge. La Madre Filipina, sculpted by Ramon Martinez, is one of 4 statues depicting the nation as motherland that ........»»

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Briefs: AEV marks 25th year as listed firm

(From left) Sabin Aboitiz, AEV chief operating officer; Luis Miguel Aboitiz, AEV senior vice president; Erramon Aboitiz, AEV president and CEO; Jose Pardo, PSE chairman; Ramon Monzon, PSE president and CEO; and Roberto Cecilio Lim, PSE director, ring the PSE bell at the opening of trades on 22 November to celebrate the 25th listing anniversary […] The post Briefs: AEV marks 25th year as listed firm appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

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UAAP 82: Javi GDL still undecided on fifth and final year for UP

Javi Gomez de Liano was the first big fish Bo Perasol caught in his first year in the University of the Philippines. A star for the Jr. Maroons, Javi GDL was a blue-chip recruit who committed to the Fighting Maroons' then-rebuilding program. Fast forward to now and the 6-foot-5 wing may very well be Diliman's first homegrown talent in a long while to play out his collegiate career in maroon and green. That, however, is yet to be determined. "I'm gonna take the next month to decide," he answered when asked what's next for him. Javi GDL then furthered that, as of right now, he is weighing his options. "I'm still thinking if I'm gonna join the PBA Draft - that's an option. Another option is if I get a good offer in MPBL," he shared. Of course, the option closest to his heart is playing out his fifth and final year for UP. As he put it, "Of course, I can also play my final year in UP - that will always be an option." Whatever his decision will be, he will always cherish his time as a Maroon - most especially these past two seasons wherein he helped his school make history. "I'm really proud of my team. No one really know what we went through in the offseason and even in the season, but this has been the best years of my life," he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 13th, 2019Related News

UP on UAAP 82 Finals: It wasn t meant to be

Renzo Subido's shot energized University of Sto. Tomas to the Finals of the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament. Right after that big shot, however, the University of the Philippines had the perfect play to retake the lead. Only, Kobe Paras bobbled the ball after getting a good look from the right corner. Still, he was able to recover in time to throw a lob to Javi Gomez de Liano. Unfortunately, with a good look of his own, Javi GDL's shot was too strong. And so, when the final buzzer sounded, the Growling Tigers had gotten the better of the Fighting Maroons. During "UP Naming Mahal" the fourth-year forward had tears in his eyes - apparently still stinging from that miss. "It was a really close shot. I should've made it," he said. He then continued, "Maybe it wasn't meant to be. Maybe we weren't meant to be in the Finals this year." Javi GDL then furthered that it looked like he rushed his attempt. "Pinasa sakin, tumalon agad ako. Minadali ko ata. I'll learn from it. These things make us stronger," he said. Even so, just down three in the dying moments, State U still had a shot, but James Spencer's triple try was way off. "Supposedly, it was Kobe's dapat, but nabasa nila and James got open," head coach Bo Perasol shared. "Bad breaks. It wasn't meant to be." In the end, though, coach Bo said he has no doubt his boys gave it their all - and that in itself is something the Diliman community has to be proud of. "I think that we had disappointed a lot in our community by not being in the Finals, but we have to move forward how we can bring this team back to the Finals," he said. He then continued, "We were just one win away this year, but we played against a very tough team in UST." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 13th, 2019Related News

NCAA 95: Coach Bonnie downed San Beda with a little help from his friends

Colegio de San Juan de Letran had gone winless against San Beda University since 2015. That all came to a close, Tuesday at MOA Arena, as the Knights upended the erstwhile undefeated Red Lions. The last time the Intramuros-based squad had triumphed over their archrivals was in Game 3 of the NCAA 91 Men's Basketball Tournament. In Seasons 92 to 94, they then lost all six of their meetings and in Season 95, suffered two more setbacks in the elimination round. On the biggest stage and under the brightest lights, however, Letran came through and pulled off a shocker. And so, the Knights drew first blood in the best-of-three Finals and, most impressively, dealt San Beda its first defeat in the tournament. The man with the plan for that? First-year head coach Bonnie Tan. Of course, the veteran mentor wasn't alone and in fact, had quite a collection of brilliant minds behind him. "Ang laking tulong nun kasi 'di naman ako nahihiyang sabihing this is our first time in the Finals kaya to get some encouraging words and pointers from legends and (former) players for a championship game like this was big," he said. Part of coach Bonnie's staff are Ginebra point guard LA Tenorio as well as seasoned lieutenants Rensy Bajar, Lou Gatumbato, and Raymond Tiongco. Even more were behind the blue and white bench as NorthPort head coach Pido Jarencio and assistant Jeff Napa were also seen sharing their mind with players during timeouts. And alongside Jarencio and Napa? Well, Letran special assistant to the rector for sports development and San Miguel Corporation sports director Alfrancis Chua, NorthPort team manager Erick Arejola, Columbian governor Bobby Rosales and head coach Johnedel Cardel, and Magnolia governor Rene Pardo. Coach Bonnie, ever humble, had nothing but thanks for all those brilliant minds at his back. "In business, you need partners to be successful and in sports naman, we need friends lalo na yung mga may alam kung paano manalo," he said. He then continued, "Friends ko yan lahat so welcome sila - brainstorm and synergy kami. I'm happy that they're supporting the team and supporting me sa pinasukan ko." Still, the Knights' mentor reminded everybody that their job is far from finished. "'Di pa rin tapos 'to. Although we have the momentum, sana 'di na pakawalan ng players," he said. He then continued, "Sila naman naglalaro so kung gusto nila, kunin nila. We're here to guide and motivate them lang - the rest is up to them." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 12th, 2019Related News

P10.5-M worth of shabu seized in two anti-illegal drug operations

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A total of 1.5 kilos of shabu with an estimated Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) value of P10.5 million were seized by the National Bureau of Investigation in Central Visayas (NBI-7) in two separate operations in Barangay Punta Princesa and Barangay Bulacao Pardo on Friday, November 8. A few minutes past 7 […] The post P10.5-M worth of shabu seized in two anti-illegal drug operations appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsNov 9th, 2019Related News

Nationals fans rejoice in red as hometown heroes are honored

By Carole Feldman and Lynn Berry, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The song "Baby Shark" blared over loudspeakers and a wave of red washed across this politically blue capital Saturday as Nationals fans rejoiced at a parade marking Washington's first World Series victory since 1924. "They say good things come to those who wait. 95 years is a pretty long wait," Nationals owner Ted Lerner told the cheering crowd. "But I'll tell you, this is worth the wait." As buses carrying the players and team officials wended their way along the parade route, pitcher Max Scherzer at one point hoisted the World Series trophy to the cheers of the crowd. At a rally just blocks from the Capitol, Scherzer said his teammates grinded their hearts out to "stay in the fight." And then, after backup outfielder Gerardo Parra joined the team, he said, they started dancing and having fun. And they started hitting. "Never in this town have you seen a team compete with so much heart and so much fight," he said. And then the Nats danced. Team officials, Nationals manager Dave Martinez and several players thanked the fans for their support through the best of times and staying with them even after a dismal 19-31 start to the season. "I created the circle of trust and I trusted these guys," he said. The camaraderie among the players was a theme heard throughout the rally. "It took all 25 of us, every single day we were pulling for each other," said pitcher Stephen Strasburg, the World Series MVP. Nationals veteran slugger Howie Kendrick, 36, said that when he came to the Nationals in 2017, "I was thinking about retiring. This city taught me to love baseball again." Mayor Muriel Bowser declared DC the "District of Champions." The Capitals won Stanley Cup in 2018, the Mystics won the WNBA championship this year, and now the Nationals. The city had been thirsting for a World Series championship for nearly a century. The Nationals gave them that by winning in seven games over the Houston Astros; the clincher came on the road Wednesday night. "I just wish they could have won in DC," said Ronald Saunders of Washington, who came with a Little League team that was marching in the parade. Nick Hashimoto of Dulles, Virginia, was among those who arrived at 5 a.m. to snag a front-row spot. He brought his own baby shark toy in honor of Parra's walk-up song, which began as a parental tribute to the musical taste of his 2-year-old daughter and ended up as a rallying cry that united fans at Nationals Park and his teammates. As "Baby Shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo" played on a crisp morning, early risers joined in with the trademark response — arms extended in a chomping motion. Chants of "Let's go Nats!" resonated from the crowd hours before the rally. Kimberly Ballou of Silver Spring, Maryland, said sports "is a unifier" that transcends race, gender and class and brings people together. The crowd along the route was deeply packed. Cheers went up and fans waved red streamers, hand towels and signs that said "Fight Finished" as the players rode by on the open top of double-decker buses. General Manager Mike Rizzo, a cigar in his mouth, jumped off with the World Series trophy to show the fans lining the barricades and slap high-fives. Manager Martinez also got in on the fun. "We know what this title means to DC, a true baseball town, from the Senators to the Grays and now the Nationals," Bowser said at the rally. "By finishing the fight you have brought a tremendous amount of joy to our town and inspired a new generation of players and Nationals fans." Bowser added: "We are deeply proud of you and I think we should do it again next year. What do you think?" Then she started a chant of "Back to back! Back to back!" Martinez said he liked to hear the mayor pushing for back-to-back championships and said: "I get it. I'm all in. But let me enjoy this one first. I don't know if my heart can take any more of this right now. I need to just step back and enjoy this." Martinez, who had a heart procedure recently, said that during the Series, as things heated up, players and fans shouted at him to watch out for his heart. "All this right here has cured my heart," he said. And as the "Baby Shark" theme played once more, team owner Lerner told the team's veterans, "From now on, you can call me 'Grandpa Shark.'" President Donald Trump has invited the Nationals to the White House on Monday, though relief pitcher Sean Doolittle doesn't plan to attend. "There's a lot of things, policies that I disagree with, but at the end of the day, it has more to do with the divisive rhetoric and the enabling of conspiracy theories and widening the divide in this country," Doolittle told The Washington Post. Doolittle found support from Larry Stokes of Boyds, Maryland, citing Trump's stand on immigrants. "They're playing this game, but he doesn't like immigrants," Stokes said. But to fan Bridget Chapin, who came from Burke, Virginia, with her husband, Mark, "Regardless of how you feel, you go to the Oval Office. I'm really weary of athletes making political statements. I watch sports to get away from all that." The president attended Game 5 in Washington and was greeted with loud boos when he was shown on the giant video screen during a tribute to veterans. The boos more than overwhelmed a scattering of cheers. Delores Smith of Washington, a longtime baseball fan who said she had an uncle who pitched in the Negro Leagues, said the World Series was "a big win" for the city. "This is the first time in a long time that I've seen the whole city come together. There's no fussing about Trump." Even with the threat of stars leaving for free agency — as outfielder Bryce Harper did after 2018 — fans hoped the Nationals' success would continue. "I don't think it's going to be our last time. This team, even when our last superstar left, this team rallied around, they played as a team," Larry Stokes said. Fans urged the Nationals to re-sign third baseman Anthony Rendon, who was greeted with chants of MVP......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 3rd, 2019Related News

Survivors say prayers at Yolanda mass grave in Tacloban

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines – Six years after Super Typhoon Yolanda killed thousands and devastated communities in Eastern Visayas, survivors said on Friday, November 1, the pain of loss had not eased. "I really miss my mom," Nathalia Martinez told Rappler. She visited in the morning of All Saints' Day the ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 2nd, 2019Related News

Cole, Rendon among 131 free agents on market

By Ronald Blum, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon became a free agent Thursday, a day after homering to spark Washington's seventh-inning comeback in Game 7 of the World Series. Houston pitcher Gerrit Cole also went free after warming up in the bullpen but never getting into the season finale. And Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, the World Series MVP, could be joining them in the next few days. He has the right to opt out of his contract, which has $100 million over four years remaining. Baseball's business season starts shortly after the final out. "I think it's hard to kind of fast-forward," Astros manager AJ Hinch said. "Seasons end really fast. I don't care if you get all the way to the seventh game of the World Series. It's all of a sudden — boom! — it's over." Cole, Rendon and Strasburg all are represented by Scott Boras, known for slow, methodical negotiations. Last winter, he reached outfielder Bryce Harper's $330 million, 13-year contract with Philadelphia on Feb. 28. Cole, a 29-year-old right-hander who went 20-5 this year, is expected to get a record contract for a pitcher, topping David Price's $217 million, seven-year deal with Boston before the 2016 season and Justin Verlander's $31.33 million average salary under a three-year deal with the Astros that started in 2019. Cole tweeted a letter Thursday praising Houston fans. "Before I became an Astro I didn't know much about Houston, but after just two years you have made it feel like home," he wrote. "This is a relationship between a team and ... fans like no other that I know." Strasburg, a 31-year-old right-hander, just finished the third season of a $175 million deal and at 18-6 also is coming off his best season. Rendon led the major leagues with 126 RBIs while hitting .319 with 34 homers. A total of 131 players became free agents Thursday, and 53 more potentially are eligible pending decisions on team, player and mutual options during the next few days. Among the pitchers available are major league ERA leader Hyun-Jin Ryu, Zack Wheeler, Madison Bumgarner, Rick Porcello, Cole Hamels, Jake Odorizzi and Dallas Keuchel, who went free after the 2018 season and waited until June to reach a one-year deal with Atlanta. Others eligible include shortstop Didi Gregorius, third baseman Josh Donaldson and outfielders Yasiel Puig, Marcell Ozuna and José Abreu — the AL RBIs leader. Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman and Boston slugger J.D. Martinez also have the right to opt out, and catcher Yasmani Grandal has a mutual option with Milwaukee. Teams must decide by Monday whether to make $17.8 million qualifying offers to their former players who became free agents, Players are eligible for the offer if they were on the roster for the season and never received a qualifying offer before. The price dropped for the first time, by $100,000, following a second straight slow offseason for roster moves. Edwin Encarnación's $25 million option was declined by the Yankees, triggering a $5 million buyout. Cleveland exercised Corey Kluber's $17.5 million team option and declined options on second baseman Jason Kipnis ($16.5 million) and reliever Dan Otero ($1.5 million). Kipnis gets a $2.5 million buyout and Otero $100,000 buyout. Left-hander Oliver Pérez's option became guaranteed at $3 million because he pitched in 60 or more games and passed a club physical. Arizona turned down a $6 million option on infielder Wilmer Flores, who gets a $500,000 buyout. Seattle declined Wade LeBlanc's $5.5 million option and the left-hander will receive a $450,000 buyout. San Diego declined a $2.5 million option on RHP Adam Warren, who gets a $500,000 buyout, and a $2 million option on LHP Aaron Loup, who gets a $200,000 buyout. Both will become free agents. Versatile Oakland reliever Yusmeiro Petit had his $5.5 million contract option for the 2020 season exercised by the Athletics, who declined their half of a $5.75 million mutual option on left-handed pitcher Jake Diekman, who gets a $500,000 buyout......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 1st, 2019Related News

Here comes the bride

Former President Fidel “Eddie” Valdez Ramos and the First Lady of his life Amelita “Ming” Martinez Ramos celebrated recently their 66th wedding anniversary in the most fun way......»»

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