February 9 US Paper Talk: Orlando City battling it out for prolific former AC Milan forward

Oscar Pareja’s side facing competition from Argentinos Juniors for Alexandre Pato; Gabriel Batistuta in MLS head coach negotiations.

SOCCER: Orlando City are battling it out with Argentinos Juniors for the signature of Alexandre Pato.

The Brazil international forward who scored 51 goals in 117 games for AC Milan between 2007 and 2013 has most recently been at Sao Paulo. (Superdeportivo)

SOCCER: Gabriel Batistuta is in negotiations for a head coach role in MLS. He is expected to be joined on his coaching staff by fellow former Argentina international Jose Chamot. (noseaguantamas.com)

Gabriel Batistuta in his playing days for Argentina
Gabriel Batistuta in his playing days for Argentina

SOCCER: The threat of a player strike has been averted after MLS and the MLS Players Association finalized a new Collective Bargaining Agreement covering the next seven years. However, COVID-19 and border restrictions mean there is still uncertainty over where Vancouver Whitecaps, Toronto FC and CF Montreal will play their home games. (The Province)

FOOTBALL: Tom Brady texted a long apology to Tyrann Mathieu after their heated exchanges during Super Bowl LV. (ESPN)

FOOTBALL: Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts are still the only two teams to have made an offer to Philadelphia Eagles wantaway quarterback Carson Wentz. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

FOOTBALL: San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, 33, is planning to play on for two more seasons before retiring. Sherman becomes an unrestricted free agent in March. (ESPN)

BASEBALL: A change to the ball which affects its bounciness could lead to 5% fewer home runs in MLB this season. (The Athletic)

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