Related TopicsAlex GordonMLB Winter MeetingsTigersYoenis Cespedes Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Matt Loede UPDATE 6:40pm – The threat of the Tigers adding one of the big name outfielders is over according to GM Al Avila.Tigers GM Al Avila tells Detroit reporters that they are out of Cespedes and Alex Gordon talks. #Tigers— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 7, 2015NASHVILLE – The 2015 MLB Winter Meetings are in high gear in Nashville, and one of the teams the Indians have to contend with in the AL Central are already looking to reload.After a down season in 2015, word is the Tigers are looking at two possible outfielders who are both free agents, Yoenis Cespedes and Alex Gordon, this according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. Detroit, who last season stumbled to an 74-87 season, traded Cespedes to the Mets after they felt their season was all but over.Before they moved him, he hit .293 with 18 homers and 61 RBI. As for Gordon, who won a World Series ring with the Royals last year, he hit .271 with 13 homers and 48 RBI in 104 games.There’s no doubt that Detroit wants to make a splash at these meetings, and are willing to pay big to do it.
Rugby League BY KILA NAO The Moresby South Rugby Football League has announced its Southern Blacks squads that will be participating at the Southern Confederate trials to be staged on August 8 to 11 at Kwikila station in Central province. The teams comprising of senior men, U-20 men’s and women’s sides were selected after very successful final trial matches held on Sunday. League chairman Brown Meruma said it was a change of perception and his executives have taken a bold stand and selected young players who have talents and potential to reach new heights. “Most of the players are new and up-and-coming talents that we have identified in our competition that need exposure at a higher level competition,” Meruma said. “We have a lot of confidence in the teams and we know they have the ability to prove their skills on the field. “The senior men’s team will running under the guidance of Stanley Olo who has a lot of experience behind his back and he is capable of bailing the team out of trouble. “I want to express gratitude to our good patron and Moresby South MP, Justin Tkatchenko for his continuous support to sports programs in the electorate,” Meruma said. He also thanked the SP PNG Hunters management team for their support in witnessing the trial matches and also presenting Hunters training shirts to the best players. The Southern Blacks senior men’s side is Ezekiel Komia (Talia Spartans), Rex Sale, Emmanuel Laua, Rodney Andrew, Nathan Andi (Gabutu Dragons), Yeki Benjamin, Brandon Somavi, Joseph Komeli (Southern Sons), Junior Hoki, Goratove Ori (Sabama Raiders), Paul Yol (Muni Knights), Stonily Olo (2 Mile United), Michael Timothy, Geoffrey Mark, Jerry Kupu, Clensey Kay (Koki Eels), Aisi Sale (Korobosea Souths), Koko Kaipu (Minu Knights), Ande Warako (Talia Spartans), Simon Kaman (2 Mile United), Levi Andrew (Muni Knights), Badi Elizah (Vadavada United), Joe Omarao (Kaugere Bulldogs) and the team of officials are coach Junior Paul, trainer Mark Kumbi, team runner Etu George and team manager Tony James. The Under 20 side is William Akia (Kaugere Bulldogs), Elwood Oki, Bolo Mathias, Moses Harulu (Sabama Raiders), Justin Andawi (Korobosea Souths), Sine Kia, Brandon Siba, Bomai Bare (2 Mile United), Alphy Smith (2 Mile United), Kingsley John, Nathan Tala (Koki Eels), Ezekiel Panadan, Jim Luke (Kaugere Bulldogs), Manu Joseph, Junior Mark (Vadavada United), Yanimo Francis, John Kaupa Jnr ( Saraga Dust Crows), Nick Kusiri (Kipo Eastern Pride), Samson Steven, Samson Paijape (Gabutu Dragons), Junior Kinibo (MK West), Rex Don ( Southern Sons) and the team officials are Coach Jackins Mark Olam, Trainer Philip Seri and manager Kaupa Jack. The women’s side is Carol Francis, Rachel Weki, Rose Tuku, Elizabeth Paison, Flora Yanu, Yvonne Mora, Heather Ario, Lisa Dau (Gabutu Dragons), Dominica Bu, Joyce Kainavi (Saraga Dust Crows), Carol Gabe, Naomi John, Agnes Francis, Rachel Joe, Obai Mark, Grace Yopolo (Vadavada United) Mavis Tolewa, Sabeti Munagolo (IPA Eagles Koni), Tina Vere (Kaukana United), Roxanne Gapi, Rose King (Joyce Bay Roosters), Julie Lapun (MK West) and the team officials are coach David Waleya, trainer Koivi Vincent and team manager is Nita Siki.