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Atlanta Becomes MLS’ 22nd Franchise

AP Photo/David Goldman

AP Photo/David Goldman

Yesterday, in a massive press event, commissioner Don Garber announced the inclusion of Atlanta into Major League Soccer. The club will be owned by Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank.

The construction of a brand new stadium that will be shared between the teams is also in the works. The stadium will hold close to 29,000 fans for soccer. If all goes according to plan, the team will begin play in 2017 (along with David Beckham’s Miami).

This comes at a time when MLS is reaching new heights. New York City FC (co-owned by Manchester City and the Yankees) will begin play next season (at Yankee Stadium), major airline Ethiad Airways was announced as the official airline of MLS, and attendance has been higher than the NBA. Don Garber could be well on his way to achieving the goal of 24 teams by 2020, and with owners like Man City, David Beckham, and Arthur Blank, revenue should not be an issue. The league is also approaching the end of its current television contract, which could also increase revenue for the league when a new one is signed.

So, this time soccer expansion in America is not a bad thing. MLS will not crumble like the old NASL did, and it could even become a competitor to Europe by 2020. Well done, Don Garber, well done.

Sports-Kings contributor Cody Maggard

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Derek Jeter’s Top 10 Moments

Jeter on his 300th hit home run trot.(AP Photo)

With Derek Jeter calling it a career after the 2014 season it’s hard not to think of all the highlight plays he made look effortless. Over the span of his 19 seasons,  Jeter’s had some iconic moments in not only Yankees history, but in MLB history.

Jeter has had so many memorable moments, it was hard to pick ten. But here goes nothing!

10) All-Star MVP:

July 11, 2000. Of all the Yankees greats to make a All-Star team their has only been one to win this award. That’s right, it was Jeter. He went 3-3 with a go-ahead two-run single off Al Leiter.

9) Set’s All-Time record for hits at Yankees Stadium

With his single to left field off Gavin Floyd on September 16, 2008, Jeter became the all-time hits leader in Yankees Stadium.

 

 

 

8) The Farewell Speech:

After the final game played in the house that Ruth built, Jeter gave the final farewell speech. This speech was short and sweet, but it was powerful. Jeter surrounded by his Yankee teammates said, “We just wanna take this time to salute you, the greatest fans in the world.”

7) 2000 World Series MVP:

In the Subway Series, the battle for New York, Jeter win the MVP of the World Series. With his .402 batting average and leading the Yankees to a Sweep Of the New York Mets.

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6) The Captain passes the Iron Horse:

Coming to the plate on September 11, 2009, Jeter was tied with Lou Gehrig for the most hits in Yankees history. Jeter hits a single to right field, taking over the hit’s lead that was held by the former captain, Lou Gehrig. This was hit #2,722 for the shortstop.

5) 1996 ALCS game 1:

Jeter steps to the plate and delivers, or so you thought. Jeter hit’s a home run that lifts the Yankees over the Orioles. It was pulled over the wall by a fan, but still ruled a home run much to the frustration of Orioles fans.

4) The Dive:

On July 1, 2004 Jeter made a remarkable catch against the rival Boston Red Sox. Running full  speed toward the stands, Jeter makes the catch and continues and dives into the stands. He hangs on the the ball and  the Yankees go on to win the game. The call by the YES Network summed it up perfectly: “No way you can stop. That’s just all out… pure hustle, pure guts. Nothing else matters”.

 

3)Mr.November:

World Series 2001 game 4. Jeter steps to the plate in the 10th inning and delivers again. With the clock just striking 12:00, Jeter blast a home run vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks. This gave him the nickname “Mr.November”.

 

 

 

2) The Flip:

in the 2001 ALDS after losing the first two games at home in the best-of-five series, Jeter delivers again. This time with the hands. He cuts off a throw from the outfield, and flips it to Jorge Posada, just in time to get Giambi at the plate.

 

 

1) Hit Number 3000:

The Yankees had never had a player reach 3,000 hits in team history. Until Derek Jeter on July 9, 2011. In the bottom of the third inning, on a 3-2 pitch, Jeter blasts a Home Run over the left field wall. The pitcher was David Price.

 

 

 

Sports-Kings Contributor- Kelvin Lapierre  

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Report: Yankees land Masahiro Tanaka for $155 million

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(Credit: outsidepitchmlb.com)

According to a report from USA Today, Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has come to terms with the New York Yankees on a seven-year, $155 million contract. The Yankees also have to pay his former team in Japan $20 million. Tanaka posted an incredible 24-0 record in Japan last season, and although he’s never set foot in a Major League Stadium, that was more than enough to earn him the fifth largest contract for a pitcher in baseball history.

The Yankees had $25 million in payroll space freed after an arbitrator upheld Alex Rodriguez’s 162 game suspension. The signings of Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann, and Masahiro Tanaka brings the Yankees’ grand total spent on players to $438 million in an attempt to return to the upper echelon in baseball.

Red Sox win division, spell “won” wrong on shirts

The Boston Red Sox haven’t been in the playoffs since 2009, so in their defense, they probably are a bit rusty on their celebration routines. My guess is Big Papi is a tad bit rusty on his spelling and had an instrumental part in the tagline process of the celebratory shirts. Thus “Own” was placed on the shirts instead of “Won.”

I mean, are the Red Sox going to be splashing the champagne  if they win the first round of the playoffs otherwise known as the ALDS with “American League Dynasty Series” champs shirts? Jeez, what if they happen to make the World Series, would we see “We own the World” shirts?

Alright, jokes over, but do the Red Sox really own the American League East when the New York Yankees have won the division 13 out of the last 18 years? Slow down Boston, lets string together a few years of winning the division before you claim to “own it.”

Congrats idiots, from a Yanks fan!

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Alex Rodriguez skips out on rehab game

A-Rod reportedly skipped out on a rehab game. (AP Photo)

A-Rod reportedly skipped out on a rehab game. (AP Photo)

Alex Rodriguez is currently on a 20-game rehab assignment from the Yankees. But apparently, that’s not cool with A-Rod. He skipped out on a rehab game yesterday with the Tampa Yankees (New York’s Single-A affiliate)- probably not the best decision for a guy who needs to keep as nose as clean as possible while he’s being investigated as part of Major League Baseball’s look into performance-enhancing drug company Biogenesis, and their possible ties to players  like Rodriguez.

It ended up not mattering that much in the short term, as the game was postponed by rain, but that didn’t stop A-Rod’s decision from reportedly “infuriating” Yankees officials, as per the New York Post.

Given that a long-term suspension might be in the works for Rodriguez, he might want to re-think skipping out on any more future games, Single-A or not. If the MLB gets enough evidence on A-Rod, it could be a long time before he sees the diamond again.

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