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SAO PAULO, Brazil - FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke expressed his concern about
SAO PAULO, Brazil - FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke expressed his concern about three of the 12 World Cup stadiums as he ended his final inspection of host cities on Thursday. Mitch Moreland Jersey . After a two-week trip across Brazil for a last check on preparations, Valcke sent warnings to organizers in Natal, Porto Alegre and Sao Paulo, which will host the World Cups opening match in two weeks. He said he was pleased with the work underway in the other nine host cities, including Curitiba, which earlier this year was nearly excluded from the tournament because of chronic delays. Valckes final stop on Thursday was in the northeastern city of Salvador, where he said there was "no time to waste" but praised the commitment of local organizers to make sure everything will be ready in time. Dustin Pedroia Jersey . Vargas (8-3) allowed four singles and two walks while striking out five, allowing only two runners from a diluted Twins lineup to reach second base. Mike Moustakas and Jarrod Dyson hit RBI singles in the second inning against Kevin Correia (4-10), and that was all Vargas needed. Hanley Ramirez Jersey . Jones took a beating, the worst one of his record reign, in a bout against Alexander Gustafsson that knocked the light heavyweight champion on the canvas for the first time in his career and put his belt in jeopardy. . -- Canada played to expectation up until halftime.NEW YORK, N.Y. - St. Louis pitcher Lance Lynn was among 20 players who avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to contracts Thursday, reaching a $22 million, three-year deal with the Cardinals.Milwaukee catcher Martin Maldonado agreed to a $1.95 million, two-year contract, and 18 players struck one-year agreements.Among the 175 players who filed for arbitration Tuesday, 150 were on track to swap proposed arbitration figures with their teams Friday. A majority of those were expected to settle before the exchange.High-profile players still set to swap included pitchers David Price, Stephen Strasburg, Jeff Samardzija, Rick Porcello, Ian Kennedy, Doug Fister and Kenley Jansen.Chris Davis, Matt Wieters, Austin Jackson and Mark Trumbo were among the position players.Pittsburgh had the most players in arbitration with 12, whole Baltimore had 10, and Kansas City and Oakland nine each.Lynn, a 27-year-old right-hander, gets $7 million this year and $7.5 million in each of the following two seasons. He earned $535,000 last year, when he was 15-10 with a 2.74 ERA in 33 starts.Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos, coming off hip surgery in November, agreed at $1.65 million and St. Louis backup catcher Tony Cruz at $775,000.Maldonado, who hit .234 with four homers and 16 RBIs, gets a $50,000 signing bonus and salaries of $800,000 this year and $1.1 million in 2016. Custom Boston Red Sox Jerseys. .The Chicago White Sox agreed with right-handed pitchers Hector Noesi ($1.95 million), Javy Guerra ($937,500) and Nate Jones ($660,000), and Washington reached deals with catchers Wilson Ramos ($3.55 million) and Jose Lobaton ($1.2 million), right-hander Craig Stammen ($2.25 million) and second baseman Danny Espinosa ($1.8 million).Cleveland settled with right-hander Carlos Carrasco ($2,337,500) and left-hander Marc Rzepczynski ($2.4 million).Also agreeing were Texas reliever Neftali Feliz ($4,125,000), Atlanta left-hander James Russell ($2,425,000), Los Angeles Angels catcher Hector Santiago ($2.29 million), Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Chris Heisey ($2.16 million), Toronto pitcher Brett Cecil ($2,475,000), Chicago Cubs left-hander Felix Doubront ($1,925,000) and Houston catcher Carlos Corporan ($975,000).Hearings will be scheduled for the first three weeks in February before three-person panels in St. Petersburg, Florida.Just three of the 146 players who filed last year went to hearings, with Cleveland defeating pitchers Vinnie Pestano and Josh Tomlin in the Indians first cases since 1991 that went to hearings. Pitcher Andrew Cashner beat San Diego.Teams have a 293-215 advantage since the process started in 1974 and have had a winning record in 15 of the past 17 years with decisions. White NFL Jerseys Cheap Cheap NFL Jerseys Camo NFL Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Online Wholesale Jerseys 2018 Cheap Jerseys China ' ' '

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