OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics are staying put under new leadership and determined to find the right location for an intimate new ballpark that brings together the community with a great vibe for fans. One that will be privately funded and, in time, increase revenue and improve the on-field product.Its a big, bold plan. Committed new team President Dave Kaval just pulled off something similar in his other job: Building the San Jose Earthquakes second-year, state-of-the art Avaya Stadium, which just so happens to boast the largest outdoor bar in North America.Kaval is eager to get started evaluating several sites, communicate with city and business leaders and even open his office for two hours a week to anyone who wants to chat about the plan for this low-budget franchise.I know theyre starving for a place to call home, Kaval, also president of the MLS Earthquakes, said Thursday when he was formally introduced.He envisions a unique venue that honors the As winning past with statues of Hall of Famers Rickey Henderson and Reggie Jackson.Lew Wolff is selling all but a small stake in the As and giving up his managing partner role, turning it over to John Fisher.Wolff will become chairman emeritus and Fisher the managing partner. In addition, prior team President Michael Crowley is stepping away from day-to-day operations after nearly 20 years in the role but will advise the As ownership group. Kaval fills Crowleys position while also keeping his same position with the MLS team but focusing the majority of his time now on the As ballpark plan while restructuring his leadership team with the Quakes.Baseball owners approved the leadership transition for Oakland during meetings Thursday in Chicago. Wolff and Fisher bought the As on April 1, 2005.I am pleased my dear friend of almost 25 years, John Fisher, will be even more involved, Wolff wrote in an email to The Associated Press. I will miss Mike Crowley, who has contributed so much to the As, and I welcome my ?somewhat newer friend, Dave Kaval, who will bring lots of talent and energy to the As. And, I will be able to watch games with a slight degree of less stress, not much but a little!Wolff had been committed to keeping the As in Oakland but previously wanted to move the team to San Jose and build a new ballpark. Former Commissioner Bud Selig never ruled on whether the As could move into the San Francisco Giants cherished territory in technology-rich Silicon Valley. New Commissioner Rob Manfred said last month he would like to see the club stay put.Look, I think that John has been really engaged for over a year on the stadium project, Manfred said Thursday in Chicago. Hes made it his project. Hes really focused on Oakland as a result of some direction Ive given him with respect to my view of that market.While the NBA Golden State Warriors are planning for a new arena in San Francisco and the NFL Raiders are looking to relocate to Las Vegas, the As could be it for the East Bay.Whats critical is we need to find a place to bring this community together, Kaval said. The other teams look like they might be leaving. We might be the only team left.Manfred hinted at change when he spoke during the NL Division Series between the Cubs and Giants at San Franciscos AT&T Park, saying more would be known about the As situation soon. Manfred noted that Fisher has become more heavily involved in the ballpark planning and has made multiple trips to New York to meet with Manfred and MLB.In addition, Manfred said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf told him the city is committed to keeping the As in town -- and Kaval will meet with her and other key leaders soon.The small-budget As won consecutive AL West titles in 2012 and `13, losing in five games of the division series to the Detroit Tigers in both years. But they still consider a new ballpark the top priority to be a regular contender. Oaklands payroll of $87 million, pending award bonuses and adjustments, is above only Tampa Bay and Milwaukee.The run-down Coliseum, shared with the Raiders and the last venue with both Major League Baseball and football, had multiple sewage problems in 2013 that caused damage during games.For now, Kaval wants to improve the fan experience at the Coliseum.I know its maybe lipstick on a pig, he said.---AP Sports Writer Jay Cohen in Chicago contributed to this report. http://www.atleticomadridpro.com/Kids-Stefan-Savic-Jersey/
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. Miller reached right to deflect Mikhail Grabovskis attempt with just over 2 minutes remaining in regulation, and then made two more saves in the shootout Sunday to give the Sabres a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals. BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil -- Brazil players have made it clear they will not fear Argentinas Lionel Messi when the two sides meet for their high-profile World Cup qualifier on Thursday.Messis return from injury prompted an exchange between the two sides on Tuesday after Argentina striker Lucas Pratto, who plays for Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro, said the hosts were frightened of the five-time world player of the year.They know that Leo is very tough. They are a little scared, Pratto told Argentine newspaper Ole. Or maybe more than a little.His claim was flatly denied by Brazil captain Dani Alves, one of the Argentina stars closest friends and a former teammate at Barcelona.There is no such thing as being scared in football. There is respect for Messi and for Argentina. And they feel the same about our players, our team, the right back said after Tuesdays training session at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte.Winger Douglas Costa also kept a sense of perspective, saying: (Brazil) has to do what it has been doing -- regardless of Argentina.However, Brazil defender Marquinhos added a note of caution about Messi, saying: We have to be perfect. With the tiniest mistake, he can dribble, he can score.Messi has missed Argentinas last three qualifying matches with an injured left knee, and the results showed with draws against Peru and Venezuela, and a 1-0 loss against Paraguay.He scored in a 1-0 victory over Uruguay in September in the only match hes played under Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza.Thursdays game takes place in the Mineirao sstadium where Brazil was humiliated two years ago in a 7-1 loss to Germany in the World Cup semifinals.ddddddddddddll 62,000 seats are expected to be taken as the hosts focus on containing Messi, rather than the ghosts of the 2014 World Cup debacle.He (Messi) is extremely intelligent and has a great finishing skill, so we have to do double marking on him whenever we can, Brazil midfielder Renato Augusto said. We have to close the gaps for all Argentina players, and we have to remove Messis passing angle whenever he has the ball.Alves said Brazil will have a tough time stopping near perfect Messi.His greatness comes from the fact he doesnt believe he is that great, it is what makes him different from the rest, the defender said.Alves added that he will wear the number 4 shirt in the game as a tribute to Brazil great Carlos Alberto Torres, who died in October.Argentina, World Cup runners-up two years ago against Germany, is five points behind group leader Brazil. It needs points on Thursday and next week in a difficult match against Colombia.Brazil leads qualifying with 21 points, followed by Uruguay with 20 and Ecuador and Colombia with 17. Chile and Argentina have 16 points each.The top four teams qualify automatically for the World Cup. The fifth-place team could advance through a playoff.Brazil has won four straight matches since coach Tite took over after the five-time World Cup champions fired Dunga. Cheap Jerseys China NFL Jerseys China NFL Jerseys Wholesale Discount Basketball Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Authentic Cheap Baseball Jerseys Free Shipping Cheapest College Jerseys Sale Cheap Football Jerseys China Nike NFL Jerseys Canada Wholesale NHL Jerseys From China MLB Jerseys Outlet Canada Wholesale NBA Jerseys Canada Store Cheap Soccer Jerseys China Cheap Authentic Jerseys Canada
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