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Report: Blue Jays making a push to sign Ronald Belisario
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

(1:32 am ET) The Blue Jays are making a push to sign reliever Ronald Belisario, according to FoxSports.com.

The 32-year-old Belisario posted a 5.56 ERA over 66 1/3 innings with the White Sox last season. While his performance looks spotty on the surface, Belisario posted managed to cut his walk rate by three percent last season. He had awful luck with men on base, which may have contributed to his struggles. Belisario actually posted a 3.54 FIP, so there’s a chance at a possible rebound. 

The Blue Jays have been linked to a number of free-agent relievers, including Rafael Soriano, Francisco Rodriguez and Burke Badenhop. 


Report: Blue Jays looking at multiple free-agent relievers
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

(1/28/2015) The Blue Jays are looking at multiple free-agent relievers, according to FoxSports.com.

The team has been in contact with Francisco Rodriguez, Rafael Soriano and Burke Badenhop. Both Rodriguez and Soriano have closer experience, while Badenhop has only saved four games over his career. Badenhop, however, did post the lowest ERA of the bunch last year, coming in at 2.29. 

Rodriguez, 33, posted a 3.04 ERA over 68 innings last year. He saved 44 games with Milwaukee.

The 35-year-old Soriano posted a 3.19 ERA over 62 innings last season. He lost his closer role late in the season after going into a bit of a slump.


Marlins designate Arquimedes Caminero for assignment
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(1/28/2015) The Marlins have designated pitcher Arquimedes Caminero for assignment on Wednesday, according to MLB.com.

The 27-year-old Caminero spent most of the year in Triple-A. He posted a 4.86 ERA over 63 innings. Caminero was briefly promoted to the majors, posting a 10.80 ERA over 6 2/3 innings with Miami.


Giants release Marco Scutaro
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(1/28/2015) The Giants have released second baseman Marco Scutaro, according to MLB.com.

Scutaro was designated for assignment by the club Jan. 21. Scutaro underwent back surgery in December, and was expected to miss 4-6 months due to the surgery. The 39-year-old was limited to five games last season due to back issues. He hit .297/.357/.369 over 488 at-bats back in 2013.


Mets, Jenrry Mejia avoid arbitration
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(1/28/2015) The Mets have avoided arbitration with pitcher Jenrry Mejia, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Mejia agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.595 million. The 25-year-old Mejia emerged as the team’s closer last season. He posted a 3.65 ERA over 93 2/3 innings. 


Rays’ Matt Moore targeting a June return
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(1/28/2015) Rays pitcher Matt Moore is targeting a June return, according to MLB.com.

Moore underwent Tommy John surgery last season, but was able to throw off a mound for the first time on Tuesday. Moore said he’s hoping he can return to a major-league mound in June. “I hope June, [to pitch] in a Major League game, he said. “I think that’s about right — 14 months [after the surgery]. So we should know a lot more in the next month as I start to get on the hill and things have a chance to respond.”

Moore started just two games last season before undergoing surgery.


Dodgers sign Jeremy Horst to minor-league deal
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

(1/28/2015) The Dodgers have signed pitcher Jeremy Horst to a minor-league deal, according to ONYX Sports Management. 

The 29-year-old Horst spent last season in Triple-A. He posted a 3.98 ERA over 63 1/3 innings. Horst has pitched 72 2/3 innings in the majors, compiling a 3.34 career ERA. 


Blue Jays’ Justin Smoak not guaranteed a roster spot
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(1/28/2015) Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak is not guaranteed a spot on the team’s 25-man roster, according to Sportsnet590.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos told the station that Smoak could begin the season in the minors if he struggles during spring training. The 28-year-old joined the club in the offseason, and is expected to compete for a backup role.


Braves’ Dian Toscano to start season in Triple-A
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(1/28/2015) Braves outfielder Dian Toscano is expected to start the season in Triple-A, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The 25-year-old recently signed a four-year deal with the club. While he could have started the season in the majors, the team wants to get him more experience after not playing all that much last year. Toscano hit .356/.400/.452 in 86 plate appearances back in 2012-2013, his final season in Cuba. 


Angels avoid arbitration with David Freese
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(1/28/2015) The Angels have avoided arbitration with third baseman David Freese, the team announced. 

Freese signed a one-year deal worth $6.425 million, according to MLB.com. The 31-year-old Freese hit .260/.321/.383 over 462 at-bats last season. Freese is set to open the season as the team’s starter at third. 


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Volleyball seeks Volunteer Assistant Coach

01.14.2015

Volleyball seeks Volunteer Assistant Coach

Texas Volleyball will add a staff member for the 2015 season.

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The history of Microsoft’s new Outlook for iPhone app

Less than two months after acquiring Acompli, Microsoft is releasing an Outlook for iOS app today. Microsoft’s new app is simply a rebrand of Acompli’s existing app, but the company is promising new features in the future. Read our original report below on how Acompli, and ultimately Outlook for iPhone, came to be.

For all the advances the smartphone has brought us, our email is still largely chained to the desktop. Stock email apps have never had half the features of their desktop counterparts, and they?re all but useless when it comes to scheduling meetings or finding your files. They were built under the assumption that you would rarely want to do more than check your messages and send the occasional reply while on the go, saving the real work for when you were in front of a larger screen and physical keyboard. And in the early days, that assumption was right.

But since the dawn of the App Store, developers have been trying to break email free of the desktop. Last year the stylish Mailbox arrived in the App Store, drawing cheers for the way it made inboxes easy to process even on a smaller screen. Swipe gestures made it fun to archive messages by the dozens, and a lightning-fast infrastructure made sending messages feel as fast as texting. Nearly 400,000 people signed up to use the app before it was even available. A month after launch, Mailbox was acquired by Dropbox, and its team has continued to build features aimed at making the unending burden of email more bearable.

But over the past month, a new buzz has emerged from some of the same early adopters who first fell for Mailbox. They’re saying that Acompli, a new free email app launching today on iPhone, represents the next step in unchaining email from the desktop. It?s a professional-grade email solution with a host of features that should appeal to office workers: Microsoft Exchange support on day one, one-tap integration with your calendar, and a dead-simple way of accessing recently emailed files and people. In short: it?s the Outlook for iPhone that Microsoft hasn?t yet built.

Javier Soltero didn?t start off wanting to do email. A former chief technology officer at VMware, he quit at the end of 2012 to become an entrepreneur in residence at Redpoint Ventures. Like many developers, he hoped to create an app his users would return to every day. Satish Dharmaraj, a partner at Redpoint, encouraged him to think about email. Soltero says he was skeptical at first ? another email app? But the more he researched it, the more discontent he found with mobile email ? particularly from people whose offices use Exchange servers.

When it comes to alternative email clients for their mobile devices, Exchange users have been underserved. Silicon Valley, where many email apps are built, tends to view Exchange users with derision, Soltero says. (You still can?t add an Exchange account on Mailbox, for example.) ”People here do not fathom the possibility of anyone using Exchange,” he says. “Next thing you know you?ll be wearing sweatpants and a fanny pack! But we know, because we looked at the data, that there are close to 800 million Exchange inboxes out here. And curiously enough, it continues to grow at a 6 percent clip. Exchange is planet Earth?s preferred email delivery system. And that?s perfectly fine!” (Acompli also supports Google accounts.)

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With stock apps limited largely to sending and receiving messages, Soltero saw a business opportunity. Acompli helps you avoid desktop email in two ways, both of which get their own tab at the bottom of the inbox. First, an integrated calendar lets you scan upcoming appointments and set meetings without ever leaving your email app. The calendar also appears in the message-compose window, and tapping it will pull up two options: you can either send your availability, highlighting times with a couple taps, or create a calendar invitation for a specific time. All of it can be done in seconds, with your thumb, while you?re eating a salad.

Acompli?s second move away from the desktop lies in its approach to files. A significant number of the files we need for work are already sitting on our email servers, but good luck finding them with a stock email app. Acompli puts your recent files in a tab, letting you scroll through them quickly and attach them to messages with one tap. It takes a similar approach to your contacts: instead of making you look them up in a separate app, it has a people tab that keeps a rolling list of your recent contacts. In effect, it?s a dynamically generated list of your most important contacts, and when it works it?s great. (Unfortunately, it considers marketing emails from e-commerce sites and social media to be “contacts,” and includes them in the people tab, making it less useful.)

Taken together, Acompli?s design encourages you to start thinking of your iPhone as a workstation in its own right. There?s something highly satisfying about responding to an emailed request for a meeting with a couple of taps. No more switching between several apps and exchanging multiple emails to find a time that works ? now you can do it in a single place. And anyone who emails lots of files will likely appreciate having them available at their fingertips.

After a month testing Acompli, I?m still not sure it?s the email app for me. I do three things with mobile email, and three things only: check for crises, fire off quick replies, and aggressively archive anything that doesn?t need a response. Mailbox?s big buttons and ridiculous speed make it ideal for my needs. But there are almost as many ways to do email as there are people receiving it, and my hunch is that a good chunk of them will see Acompli as the email app they’ve been waiting for. For those who use complex labeling schemes and filters, mobile email is still a long way from replicating the best desktop experiences. But it?s finally starting to catch up.

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Comcast Apologizes After Customer’s Name Shows Up as ‘A–Hole’ on Bill

Comcast Apologizes After Customer's Name Shows Up as 'A--Hole' on Bill

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Everyone knows that Comcast ? struggles with customer service. Now, new evidence has surfaced to suggest that at least one of its employees is also just plain mean.

Via Elliott.org, a Spokane, Wash., resident named Lisa Brown claims that, after she called Comcast to cancel her family?s cable, her husband?s name was changed from Ricardo Brown to ?Asshole? Brown on her most recent cable provider bill.

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Brown?s story surfaced in a report from consumer advocate blogger Christopher Elliott:

“Brown has tried to fix the name herself,” he wrote. “She?s visited her local Comcast office and phoned higher-ups in the Washington region. But she wasn?t getting anywhere and needed help.”

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Apparently, Lisa Brown called to cancel the cable portion of the bill because her family was experiencing financial difficulties and she wanted to cut costs. She was ? of course ? transferred to a retention specialist, who tried to persuade her to sign up for a new two-year contract. When the specialist proved ineffective, she was charged a $60 cancellation fee.

Elliott said that it was only after he reached out to the Comcast communications staff that the company responded to Brown?s complaints.

While Jenni Moyer, senior director of Comcast corporate communications, said she couldn?t verify that timeline, she did confirm to Yahoo Tech that the incident happened. She also offered an apology.

“We have spoken with our customer and apologized for this completely unacceptable and inappropriate name change,” she told Yahoo Tech. “We have zero tolerance for this type of disrespectful behavior and are conducting a thorough investigation to determine what happened. We are working with our customer to make this right and will take appropriate steps to prevent this from happening again.” 

At the very least, my girl Lisa should definitely get her $60 back. And maybe free HBO for life? Yeah, definitely free HBO for life.

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Huddle Co-Founder Alastair Mitchell Steps Down As CEO, Morten Brogger Steps In

On the heels of a $51 million round of funding, cloud collaboration company Huddle today announced a changing of the guard to lead the company to its next stage. Co-founder Alastair Mitchell is stepping down from his role as CEO and assuming a new position as president and CMO. Taking his place is Morten Brogger, a veteran exec whose past roles included CEO of Mach, which he helped sell to Syniverse for $715 million in 2013.

The fact that Brogger has experience with an enterprise exit is no surprise: this is effectively a large part of what he has been brought in to do at Huddle.

When Huddle announced its $51 million growth round last month, it was valued at between $250 million and $300 million. But while there is always the possibility of going public ? especially in light of the strong debut from its enterprise cloud services peer, Box ? from what we understand the company has also been close but never close enough to possible sales. Potential suitors have included Microsoft and Dropbox, apparently not at the right terms.

For its part, Huddle has been a strong but less flashy competitor in the wider world of enterprise, cloud-based collaboration services. Founded in London, UK, it operates with a dual headquarters, with second co-founder Andy McLoughlin serving as the EVP of strategy and based in San Francisco.

It?s had especially strong traction in certain sectors of the market like government services and large enterprises on both sides of the pond, and says that 80 percent of Fortune 500 and 80 percent of UK government departments, as well as companies such as Kia Motors, Williams Lea, Driscoll?s, Unilever and P&G, are all customers.

But, as a sign of where Huddle sees its business growth and strategic relationships, Brogger will also be basing himself out west. (Mitchell, notably, did not, but travels there a lot.)

Mitchell says that the decision to step down as CEO came straight from himself. ?It was my idea and decision,? he said in an interview. ?I discussed it with the board and we all felt it was the right move. We are a big business and want to become a very big business.?

He cited Google among the other companies where founders have turned to non-founders to lead their businesses through these growth periods. Whether that might mean that Mitchell or McLoughlin would eventually take the reigns down the road (as Page has done at Google from Schmidt) is not clear.

For now, Mitchell sounds positive: ?I?m going to be more busy than anything. It?s a good journey.?

Brogger, who also has the advantage of experience with corporate clients in Europe, says he will focus on adding more customised and bespoke services to Huddle?s platform, which was once very unique for how it let users access and share files in the cloud ? but is now a much more common feature with similar offerings from Microsoft and many others.

?Rather than focus on simple file synchronization and sharing, which is now a low value commodity, Huddle has differentiated itself by focusing on collaboration and solving the real issue faced by enterprises: working together effectively,? he said in a statement. ?This stands Huddle in good stead for the years ahead and I?m keen to take the helm as we accelerate our growth and become the undisputed cloud collaboration leader. We, as well as our customers, are facing an exciting future.?

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Thiago Tavares out at UFC Fight Night 60, Nik Lentz needs new opponent

Nik Lentz

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A planned featherweight rematch between Thiago Tavares (19-5-1 MMA, 9-5-1 UFC) and Nik Lentz (25-6-2 MMA, 9-3-1 UFC) has been scrapped, as injury has forced Tavares to withdraw from the planned UFC Fight Night 60 matchup.

MMAjunkie has learned from sources close to the promotion that UFC officials are now seeking a replacement opponent for Lentz. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not licensed to publicly discuss such matters.

Featuring a welterweight headliner of Stephen Thompson vs. Brandon Thatch, UFC Fight Night 60 takes place Feb. 14 at 1STBank Center in Broomfield, Colo. The main card airs on FOX Sports 1.

Lentz vs. Tavares was set to take the featured role in a four-fight preliminary card on FOX Sports 1. One additional preliminary bout streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Lentz and Tavares first fought as lightweights at UFC Fight Night 20 in January 2010. That fight was ruled a majority draw, but it was one that Tavares would have won by unanimous decision if not for a point deduction for a low blow. The point loss caused his two 29-28 scores to become 28-28s. A third judge had him winning each round, and the fight 29-27 after the point deduction.

Lentz has won four of his past five fights since dropping to featherweight. His lone loss in that stretch came nearly a year ago to recent title challenger Chad Mendes at UFC on FOX 9. He has a TKO of Eiji Mitsuoka, plus decision wins over Diego Nunes, Hacran Dias and Manny Gamburyan since dropping to 145, the most recent of which came in May at UFC Fight Night 40.

Tavares made his drop to featherweight in August, and he started his run in the division out right with a ?Performance of the Night? submission of Robbie Peralta at UFC Fight Night 47 in Maine. That piggy-backed on a submission win over Justin Salas a little more than a year ago in his native Brazil. Like Lentz, he has four wins in his past five fights.

A timetable for Tavares? return wasn?t immediately established.

The latest UFC Fight Night 60 card now includes:

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Stephen Thompson vs. Brandon Thatch
  • Max Holloway vs. Cole Miller
  • Kiichi Kunimoto vs. Neil Magny
  • Daniel Kelly vs. Patrick Walsh
  • Michel Prazeres vs. Kevin Lee
  • Ray Borg vs. Chris Kelades

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Nik Lentz vs. TBA
  • Efrain Escudero vs. Rodrigo Lima
  • Jim Alers vs. Chas Skelly
  • Tim Elliott vs. Zach Makovsky

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7:30 p.m. ET)

  • James Moontasri vs. Cody Pfister

For more on UFC Fight Night 60, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Bubba buys into baseball team

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  • Bubba Watson confirms he has bought stake in Pensacola Blue Wahoos
  • Club based 20 miles from small Florida town where golfer grew up
  • Watson confirms he won’t be playing any baseball himself
  • Stadium’s bar and restaurant renamed in honour of two-time Masters winner

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(CNN)Double Masters champion, seven-time PGA Tour winner… and now part-owner of his local Minor League baseball club. Bubba Watson is branching out.

After his first Masters victory in 2012, Watson recalled that his father had always hoped that he would become a baseball player rather than a golfer, and now he has done the next best thing by buying a stake in Florida outfit the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.

The Wahoos are based around 20 miles from Bagdad, the small town in which the extrovert golf star grew up.

But the 36-year-old — who last year took batting practice with Wahoos players before their game against the Mobile BayBears — was quick to stress that majority owners Quint and Rishy Studer wouldn’t be letting him live out his dream of playing for the team.

In a Wahoos statement announcing the deal, Watson explained: “You won’t see me out there in a uniform. I already asked, and they said I can’t do that even if I own part of the team.

    “Ever since I went to my first Blue Wahoos game, I have been a big fan. I love the atmosphere. It’s such a great place to go with friends and family.

    “There’s something special about pulling for the hometown team. It’s great that Quint and Rishy were willing to let me be a part of it, and I look forward to a long and exciting partnership with them.

    “I just hope Quint doesn’t get tired of my crazy ideas, because I have been known to have a few.”

    The Studers said they were delighted that Watson had come on board, with Quint Studer adding: “Rishy, Bubba and I all view the Wahoos as an investment in improving the quality of life for people.

    “Together we will continue to create great experiences for all ages, make lifelong memories for our fans, be a super place to work and now, with Bubba’s leadership, we will gain a national and international awareness for the Blue Wahoos and Northwest Florida.”

    Watson’s arrival has already made a mark on the Wahoos’ Pensacola Bayfront Stadium — the bar and restaurant has been renamed Bubba’s Sand Trap in his honour, and peckish fans will be able to enjoy a Bubba Dub Grilled Cheese,a sandwich that also includes hash browns.

    The stadium’s capacity of a little over 5,000 fans is regularly filled, and earlier this year the arena was ranked 12th in the top 100 U.S. sports venues and experiences by Stadium Journey magazine.

Fernando Torres at it again, scores in first minute vs. Barcelona

January 28th, 2015

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What has gotten into Fernando Torres? Seriously. Does anybody know?

“El Nino” has been “en fuego” since making his return to Atletico Madrid, and it?s starting to get kind of scary.

The same guy who?s built a reputation for missing sitter after sitter while at Chelsea, the man who fizzled out at AC Milan after just ten appearances this season, suddenly can?t stop scoring. And scoring FAST! 

Against Barcelona in the second leg of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals on Wednesday, Torres needed just 38 seconds to put Atletico ahead, tying them 1-1 on aggregate at the time:

This comes just two weeks after Torres had two goals against Real Madrid, both of which were scored in the first minute of each half.

Every Chelsea fan right now is like, ?Really?!??

Well said. That?s probably the explanation.

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UFC Will ‘Most Likely’ Look Outside Current Roster for CM Punk’s Debut Opponent

UFC Will 'Most Likely' Look Outside Current Roster for CM Punk's Debut Opponent
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UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta believes Phil “CM Punk” Brooks’ Octagon debut will be competitive. 

While Fertitta is not sure who exactly will introduce Brooks to the cage, he recently told ESPN.com’s Brett Okamoto the company will “most likely” look outside its current roster to find a suitable opponent. 

But that doesn’t mean it’s searching for any Joe off the streets who took a class or two at a local dojo. Prefacing his comments by saying he’ll defer to UFC matchmaker Joe Silva for the official booking, Fertitta said Brooks’ opponent will be legit, somebody MMA media will recognize. 

I think it has to be somebody with some level of credentials,” Fertitta told ESPN.com. “It’s not just going to be some guy off the street. It’s going to be somebody who is a professional mixed martial artist?certainly somebody who MMA media will recognize and know.” 

This is good news. 

Brooks, who is expected to fight at middleweight, according to Okamoto, possesses no formal experience inside the cage. He’s 0-0 in his professional career, and the trophy case for his amateur achievements is just as bare. 

While the former professional wrestler is a superstar with great name value and fan recognition, there’s no doubt his trek into the world of MMA will be met with considerable challenge and adversity. 

According to UFC President Dana White, to help prepare for his debut, Brooks decided to train at Roufusport MMA Academy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, home to UFC lightweight champ Anthony Pettis and One FC welterweight champ Ben Askren among others (h/t MMAFighting.com). 

Brooks, to his credit, isn’t trying to act like he’s going to step up and blitz the scene. He’s remained humble and appreciative of his opportunity since it was announced, and he’s kept his nose down in Milwaukee to prepare for what might be the most strenuous athletic test of his life. 

For now, the man standing across from him on the day remains unknown, but if Fertitta‘s words hold true, fans will be in for an evenly matched, fair fight. 

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