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NEW YORK -- Hoping their baseball success will translate to titles in another sport, the Yankees are combining with English power Manchester City to own a Major League Soccer expansion team in New York that will start play in 2015. The team, the 20th in a league that has doubled in size in two decades, will be called New York City Football Club. It has less than two years to find a temporary home while also focusing on where it wants to build a permanent stadium. "Its a powerhouse combination," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said after Tuesdays announcement. Manchester City, owned by Sheik Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, will be the controlling owner. The Yankees were approached about investing last week and will have an interest of 20 per cent to 25 per cent, a person familiar with the deal said, speaking on condition of anonymity because that detail wasnt announced. The expansion fee for the new team is $100 million. It will compete for attention and dollars with 10 other professional big league clubs in the New York market. "Theyll be running all the soccer. We know our way around New York, how to get things done," said Yankees President Randy Levine, who will be the teams lead person in the launch. While the Yankees have won a record 27 World Series titles, Manchester City is more akin to the crosstown Mets. It has just three league championships in England compared with rival Manchester Uniteds 20. Four years ago, after City was bought by Sheik Mansours company, United manager Alex Ferguson derisively called City a "noisy neighbour." MLS has been negotiating with New York City to build a stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, near the home of the Mets. The Mets had explored owning an MLS team before financial turmoil caused by the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. "Flushing is still the preferred site," MLS Commissioner Don Garber said. However, some community groups have opposed using city parkland. The new owners will consider other sites. "We need a community that supports us. We need a family thats going to embrace us," Manchester City Chief Executive Officer Ferran Soriano said. "So were going to continue this discussion. But the first thing we want to do is to listen, listen to the community, listen to everybody." Holly Leicht, executive director of New Yorkers for Parks, said the Yankees involvement "opens the door for the possibility there might be a serious discussion about relocating where the stadium will go." For a soccer stadium to be built at Flushing Meadows, NYC FC would have to reach an agreement with the Mets to use Citi Fields parking lots. The Mets declined comment on the Yankees deal. "It seems to make sense with the Yankees involved that the doorstep of Citi Field would be less enticing perhaps than before," Leicht said. New Yankee Stadium, which opened in 2009, was built on the site of Macombs Dam Park. That parkland was replaced, but not fully until Heritage Field opened last year on the site of the old ballpark. "While the parks that were built are lovely, theres still a lot of remaining anger among a lot of parks advocates about how that whole process went down," Leicht said. Bloomberg, in the final year of his term, has advocated the Queens site. "Flushing Meadows Park is the right place to put it," he said. "Its at the end of the park that doesnt get as much use, and we could get aid for fixing up and helping up the part of the park that everybody does use." NYC FC will start play at an interim venue. New Yankee Stadium hosted its first two soccer matches last summer and is the site of an exhibition Saturday between Manchester City and Chelsea. The original Yankee Stadium was the home of the North American Soccer Leagues New York Cosmos in 1976. "Yankee Stadium is an option, as are many places," Levine said. The new team is intended to spark a rivalry with the New York Red Bulls, an original MLS team from 1996 that in 2010 moved into a 25,000-seat, $200 million stadium in in Harrison, N.J. "The Red Bulls now will have a rival here in the market providing them with that derby-like competition that is such a driver of what makes football so successful around the world," Garber said. There is a chance NYC FC can serve as a farm team for Manchester City, which in 2012 won its first Premier League title since 1968. Young players unable to break into the Man City squad could be loaned to the MLS team. "I think naturally it will happen, that some Manchester players will end up playing in New York," Soriano said. "But the objective and the focus will be to try to find the right players for the New York team. The New York team is a team on its own." The Yankees have long explored soccer deals. A partnership with Manchester United was announced in 2001, but that turned into a now-expired licensing and broadcasting agreement in which the clubs sold each others licensed goods and exchanged television programming. The Yankees YES Network has broadcast Arsenal games on a delayed basis since October 2010 -- the same month the parent company of the rival Boston Red Sox took control of Liverpool in the Premier League. Legends Hospitality, co-owned by the Yankees, Dallas Cowboys and Checketts Partners Investment Fund, will run hospitality and catering at Manchester Citys Etihad Stadium next season under a partnership with Jamie Olivers Fabulous Feasts that was announced in January. Legends already has started work on premium seat sales. Levine downplayed his verbal sparring with Garber four years ago, which followed the MLS commissioners comments about empty premium seats at the new New York baseball stadiums. Levine said then "if he ever gets Major League Soccer into the same time zone as the Yankees, we might take him seriously." "Don and I are old friends," Levine said Tuesday. "Whats a little fun between friends?" With the decision completed on team No. 20, MLS can turn attention to No. 21. Former Los Angeles Galaxy star David Beckham, retiring as a player this weekend, has an option to buy an MLS expansion team at below cost. Miami appears to be a possible market for Beckham, and groups would like to bring the league to Atlanta and Orlando, Fla. "Its just premature," Garber said. "Clearly weve got to finalize a long-term expansion plan for the league." Air Jordan 1 Wholesale .J. -- Marty Brodeur beat the Pittsburgh Penguins yet again. Air Jordan 1 Retro Hare For Sale . Thats about all he can do right now, so hes trying not to think about when he might be able to play again for the Los Angeles Lakers. http://www.saleairjordan1.com/jordan-1-retro-high-og.html . Neymar curled home a free kick from just outside the area to put the 2014 World Cup host ahead in the 44th minute. Three minutes after the break, a simple through pass from Paulinho freed Oscar and the Chelsea star rounded goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong to extend Brazils lead. Jordan 1 Retro High Og For Sale . LOUIS -- Attorneys for the St. Jordan 1 Pinnacle Brown . LOUIS -- Heading into the final stretch of the season, the issues for the Chicago Bears banged-up defence only seem to be getting worse. If you ever wondered the best way to book a monster heel, take a look at how Braun Strowman took over Raw on Monday night.It was close enough to, dare I say, Ruthless Aggression.After months of squash matches throughout a slow build, the recent repackaging of the 6-foot-8 former strongman was made complete as he was fully unleashed on the Raw roster. The fallout was a menacing and destructive message to general manager Mick Foley and the rest of the locker room: Bring me some competition or else.Just in case you were wondering what the or else part was in reference to in this case, Strowman explained himself as he towered over a pair of fallen bodies in the center of the ring seconds before the closing credits appeared.Or else means everyone will fall, he screamed.Strowmans war path was reminiscent to how Kane and The Undertaker were booked during an episode of Raw on Sept. 5, 1999, when The Brothers of Destruction responded to criticism from Vince McMahon by interrupting every match on the card and destroying everything in their wake.Beginning with backstage employees and continuing through a match between Sin Cara and Titus ONeil, Strowman was just as recklessly violent. But his surprise return at the tail end of a tag-team main event of?Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho against Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins was what provided The Abominable Strowman the unquestioned legitimacy his character has lacked up to this point.Strowman grabbed Reigns from the ring apron and choked slammed him hard to the floor with ease. After beating down Rollins in the ring and laying him out for good with a running powerslam, he did the same move to Reigns on the floor.BRAUN STROWMAN!! He attacks @WWERomanReigns as the official calls for the bell! #RAW pic.twitter.com/RgrrgKtyrG- WWE (@WWE) December 20, 2016Seeing a mid-card performer like Strowman allowed to manhandle the top babyfaces on the roster was the best rub his character could have received and the proper next move for Strowman after he was included on the five-man Team Raw roster at Survivor Series and provided a strong performance.Because of how limited Strowman is as a one-dimensional beast (albeit a freakishly athletic one), the WWE may only get one chance to book him as believably unbeatable on the main event level. If that proves to be the case, this was the right way for the creative team to take its full swing.Simply put: Strowman is an absolute freak of nature. He has taken a move like the running powerslam (made famous by The British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith) and elevated it to an even higher level, as seen by the ease in which he executed it against a big man like ONeil onto the floor.Strowman not only looked worthy of the push he received on Monday, his surprise appearance in the main event was a welcome antidote to the predictable booking seen the night before to the Owens-Reigns and Rollins-Jericho feuds at Roadblock: End of the Line.Hits and missesHaving taken over the mantle from The New Day as the superstars who can most easily turn weak writing into comedic gold in 2016, Owens and Jerichos skills were again on display during Raws opening segment with Mick Foley. Im not sure, in hindsight, exactly how that segment was able to work as great as it did. But from Jericho cutting a promo on Santa Claus (more on that below) and freaking out after being locked in a shark cage, to Foley rummaging through his fanny pack to unsuccessfully search for the cages key, it got over in a big way. Jericho even threw in a reference to The Hug of Jericho, made complete when he instructed Owens, once again his new best friend, by saying, Bring it in ... man.Seriously, Im still laughing just thinking about Jericho sitting backstage with an oxygen mask, yelling, It was so high! It was so high! in reference to the shark tank as Owens angrily ushered paramedics out of the way, saying, Get this crrap out of here.dddddddddddd The constant tease of their breakup may have stretched out a few weeks too far, but the consolation of seeing them back together was worth it.Just one night after Charlotte regained her WWE Raw womens championship following yet another memorable bout with Sasha Banks, the two superstars finally appeared to be going their separate ways. Monday kicked off a pair of new feuds as Nia Jax interrupted Sasha Banks doubt-ridden speech (reminiscent of Shawn Michaels losing his smile) to attack her injured left knee, and Bayley scored a sneaky pin victory over Charlotte in a non-title match (improving her main roster record to 3-0 against the champion). While the execution of both scenarios left a few things to be desired -- specifically in terms of the acting chops from both Jax and Bayley -- its the right move for WWE to fight off fatigue, especially if a final blow-off between Charlotte and Banks is in the works for WrestleMania.Speaking of Charlotte, who now it seems is being billed exclusively as Charlotte Flair by WWE, the moonsault she landed on a Bayley was an absolute thing of beauty:MOONSAULT by @MsCharlotteWWE!! ONE TWO NOOOO!!@ItsBayleyWWE #RAW pic.twitter.com/kcZkRqzBL2- WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) December 20, 2016More Austin Aries on commentary, please. The guy gives off nothing but Jesse Ventura feels. And thats an incredibly big compliment.With their new red WWE Raw tag-team title belts around their waist, the team of Cesaro and Sheamus very much looked the part of champions on Monday (including the massive pop Cesaro received after winning an eight-man tag-team match by submission). Thats why its time for WWE to stop this ongoing Odd Couple routine, with both superstars constantly bickering and competing for the crowds cheers. Not only is the act a tired one, it waters down how impressive the duo is from a physical and technical standpoint inside the ring.Everything about this Neville heel turn is working. Dont change a thing.The sensitivity training segment involving Enzo Amore and a cast of assorted WWE characters may have been the highlight of Mondays show from an entertainment standpoint. The recurring skit was not only hilarious, it provided one heck of an exclamation point when Rusev and Lana appeared late to join Jinder Mahal in delivering another savage beatdown of Amore. There were far too many successful one-liners in play to list them all (from Enzos sly 3MB reference while cutting down Mahal to The Skywalker Smacktalker attempting to slide into the DMs of the WWE HR representative, Colleen McCarthy). But the segment also showcased just how hilarious coach Bob Backlund can be when he is given the screen time to explore his crazy character.Move of the nightBraun Strowman not only attempted to single-handedly destroy the entire Raw roster on Monday, he nearly tried to do the same to Christmas in general, by destroying a holiday-themed setup at the top of the ramp. His most vulgar display of power, however, was the ease in which he shot put Sin Cara into a Christmas tree and through a pile of gifts below on the side of the stage..@BraunStrowman just launched @SinCaraWWE through a Christmas tree into a pile of presents!! #StrowmanMassacre #RAW pic.twitter.com/xgOX2woI6k- WWE (@WWE) December 20, 2016Line of the nightLet me bring up Santa Claus. What does Santa Claus do besides hand out gifts and make lists? Let me tell you this, Santa Claus, you stupid idiot. You know what happens when you make lists, Santa? You know what happens when you steal Chris Jerichos gimmick, Father Christmas? You want to know what happens, huh, Kris Kringle? You want to know what happens when you mess with Chris Jericho? Santa Claus ... you just made the list! -- Chris Jericho ' ' '

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