Tim Raines is the Second Greatest Leadoff Hitter of All Time

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Who’s the greatest lead-off hitter of all time?

Well, almost certainly Ricky Henderson, but Tim Raines, enshrined this weekend in the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, is right up there with him, likely number two. Others in this group, at least from the past 50 years, include Kenny Lofton, Craig Biggio, Maury Wills, Ichiro Suzuki, Vince Coleman, Lou Brock, Chuck Knoblauch, Pete Rose, Bobby Bonds, well we could go on and on.

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Steven Gerrard Hired to be Liverpool FC Youth Coach, Starts in February

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Steven Gerrard, former England National Captain, one of the greatest midfielders in Premier League history, has now made the transition into coaching.

Stevie G. had said he’d plan to get into coaching once his playing days were over, and he hinted at a future back at Liverpool.

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Joel Matip Liberated; FIFA Dismiss All Charges Against Liverpool

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Liverpool defender Joel Matip is now liberated! The club officially confirmed today FIFA have dismissed all charges against the club and Joel Matip. An excerpt from the statement on the Liverpool FC official website reads:

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Diego Costa Ready and Available Again Says Antonio Conte

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There was a lot of news regarding Chelsea striker Diego Costa this past week. The mercurial, polarizing Premier League leading scorer (tied with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexis Sanchez) received a ridiculously lucrative offer from China, and that caused a row with Manager Antonio Conte and the coaching staff.

Thus resulting in Costa being forced to train alone, and away from his teammates. However, it appears now that the situation surrounding the Spaniard has resolved itself. Costa resumed working out with the rest of his mates on Tuesday and should in Sunday’s home fixture against Hull City.

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Jose Mourinho Stoke City Prematch Press Conference (Video)

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Manager Jose Mourinho has guided Manchester United to a current sixth place standing in the Premier League table. The Red Devils are currently on an undefeated run in their last 16 across all competitions. Today brought his weekly press conference. In the Friday presser he previews tomorrow’s clash at Stoke City.

Here is the link to our injury and fitness report for this match.  And the link to our starting XI prediction.

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Manchester United Injury and Fitness Report against Stoke City

Manchester United will head to the Bet365 Stadium, otherwise known as the Britannia Stadium, before selling out the name to a corporation, in Stoke-on-Trent at pretty much full strength. Defender Eric Bailly is the only notable absentee, as he’ll be away on international duty for the Ivory Coast in the Africa Cup of Nations.

They really don’t have any injuries at all for Saturday’s Premier League fixture against Stoke City.

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Memphis Depay Could Return to United Someday, Says Jose Mourinho

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Entering this January transfer window it was thought that the most likely move made by Manchester United would be shipping out Memphis Depay. He supposedly told Jose Mourinho that he is not happy with a place on the bench at Manchester United and says the frustration has left him feeling like a ‘loaded gun;’ according to an October Daily Mail story.

The sale is now complete with the Dutch youngster now off to Ligue 1 side Lyon.

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Liverpool FC Injury and Fitness Report vs Swansea City

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Liverpool continues to return closer to full fitness as they prepare for a visit from Swansea City on Saturday at Anfield.

The two big questions are with Jordan Henderson and Nathaniel Clyne. Henderson has been battling a heel injury for the past couple of weeks, while Clyne was a surprise scratch against Manchester United last weekend.

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Liverpool FC Starting XI Prediction vs Swansea City

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Liverpool advanced to the fourth road of the FA Cup earlier in the week, out-lasting Plymouth Argyle 1-0. They face Swansea City at Anfield on Saturday, hoping for their first Premier League win of 2017.

Liverpool won the first meeting this season at Swansea by a 2-1 score line.

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Predicted Manchester United Starting XI vs Stoke City

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Manchester United will head to the Bet365 Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent for Saturday’s Premier League fixture against Stoke City.

United had won nine in a row, until arch-rival Liverpool snapped that streak last Sunday in a very controversial 1-1 draw. The Red Devils do still have their unbeaten in their last 16 streak going.

The last times the two sides, in October, it was a frustrating match for the home side as Stoke tied it in the 82nd minute and heavily favored United dropped two points. 

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Chelsea FC Back on Top of Global Power Rankings

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Always look forward to when ESPN FC and Analyst Shaka Hislop release their/his weekly power rankings of all the teams in Europe (which is a de facto power rankings for every team in the world, since European footy is the strongest of all). Chelsea are now back to being #1 in the world this week.

The Blues went 13 league matches in a row undefeated, before Tottenham Hotspur snapped their streak. Yes, that was all victories, no draws, and the run fell just one shy of the record held by early 2000s Arsenal.

They’re currently top of the table, leading Liverpool and Tottenham by seven points.

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Gerrard Encourages Daniel Sturridge to Stay at Liverpool FC

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Daniel Sturridge has had an extremely injury-plagued career at Liverpool football club. Year after year, he’s consistently encountering physical setbacks that keep him from being able to stay on the pitch. He’s only started five Premier League games this season, and he hasn’t been a shred of what he was when you had the three Ss attack of 2013-14.

The runner-up team of that season boasted Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling alongside Daniel Sturridge, and they were really fearsome and extremely fun to watch.

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