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2014/15 Premier League fixtures: Week-by-week schedule

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The Premier League fixtures for the 2014/15 season have been released!

Just like last season, you will be able to watch every single match live either on your television on online via NBC Sports Live Extra. TV times are released at a later date.

[MORE: PREMIER LEAGUE TV SCHEDULE]

Newly promoted Leicester City, Queens Park Rangers, and Burnley have joined the fray, replacing relegated Fulham, Norwich City, and Cardiff City.

[MORE: PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM-BY-TEAM SCHEDULES]

Opening Day starts August 16.

(All times ET.)

8/16/14
Stoke City vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Leicester vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.

8/23/14
Everton vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Hull City vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

8/30/14
Everton vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.

9/13/14
Liverpool vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Hull City vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

9/20/14
Aston Villa vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Everton vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.

9/27/14
Chelsea vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Hull City vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

10/4/14
Chelsea vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Hull City vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.

10/18/14
Everton vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

10/25/14
Sunderland vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.

11/1/14
Arsenal vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Liverpool – 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

11/8/14
Swansea City vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.

11/22/14
Stoke City vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

11/29/14
West Bromwich Albion vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.

12/2/14
Burnley vs. Newcastle United- 2:45 p.m.
Manchester United vs. Stoke City-2:45 p.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. West Ham United- 3 p.m.
Swansea City vs. Queens Park Rangers-2:45 p.m.
Leicester City vs. Liverpool-2:45 p.m.
Arsenal vs. Southampton-2:45 p.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Aston Villa- 3 p.m.

12/3/14
Everton vs. Hull City- 2:45 p.m.
Sunderland vs. Manchester City- 2:45 p.m.
Chelsea vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 2:45 p.m.

12/6/14
Stoke City vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

12/13/14
West Bromwich Albion vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

12/20/14
Liverpool vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

12/26/14
Swansea City vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

12/28/14
West Ham United vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

1/1/15
Southampton vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

1/10/15
West Bromwich Albion vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Tottenha Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

1/17/15
Manchester City vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

1/31/15
Arsenal vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

2/7/15
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

2/10/15
Hull City vs. Aston Villa- 2:45 p.m.
Arsenal vs. Leicester City- 2:45 p.m.
Liverpool vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 3 p.m.
Manchester United vs. Burnley- 2:45 p.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Newcastle United- 3 p.m.
Southampton vs. West Ham United- 2:45 p.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Swansea City- 3 p.m.

2/11/15
Chelsea vs. Everton- 2:45 p.m.
Stoke City vs. Manchester City- 2:45 p.m.
Sunderland vs. Queens Park Rangers- 2:45 p.m.

2/21/15
Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
Sunderland vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

2/28/15
Newcastle United vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.

3/3/15
Queens Park Rangers vs. Arsenal- 2:45 p.m.
Hull City vs. Sunderland- 2:45 p.m.
West Ham United vs. Chelsea- 2:45 p.m.
Aston Villa vs. West Bromwich Albion- 2:45 p.m.
Southampton vs. Crystal Palace- 2:45 p.m.
Liverpool vs. Burnley- 3 p.m.

3/4/15
Stoke City vs. Everton- 2:45 p.m.
Manchester City vs. Leicester City- 2:45 p.m.
Newcastle United vs. Manchester United- 2:45 p.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Swansea City- 2:45 p.m.

3/14/15
Sunderland vs. Aston Villa- 10 a.m.
Everton vs. Newcastle United- 10 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Stoke City- 10 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Hull City- 10 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Liverpool- 10 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Queens Park Rangers- 10 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 10 a.m.
Burnley vs. Manchester City- 10 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Southampton- 10 a.m.
Arsenal vs. West Ham United- 10 a.m.

3/21/15
Newcastle United vs. Arsenal- 10 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Crystal Palace- 10 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Sunderland- 10 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leicester City- 10 a.m.
Southampton vs. Burnley- 10 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Everton- 10 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Swansea City- 10 a.m.
Hull City vs. Chelsea- 10 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Manchester United- 10 a.m.
Manchester City vs. West Bromwich Albion- 10 a.m.

4/4/15
Manchester United vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Everton vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.

4/11/15
Burnley vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.

4/18/15
Everton vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Hull City vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

4/25/15
Manchester City vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albionvs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
Everton vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

5/2/15
Hull City vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Manchester United vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.

5/9/15
Hull city vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Everton vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Aston Villa vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

5/16/15
Manchester United vs. Arsenal- 9 a.m.
Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace- 9 a.m.
Swansea City vs. Manchester City- 9 a.m.
Sunderland vs. Leicester City- 9 a.m.
Southampton vs. Aston Villa- 9 a.m.
West Ham United vs. Everton- 9 a.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Newcastle United- 9 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Chelsea- 9 a.m.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Hull City- 9 a.m.
Burnley vs. Stoke City- 9 a.m.

5/24/15
Aston Villa vs. Burnley- 9 a.m.
Manchester City vs. Southampton- 9 a.m.
Everton vs. Tottenham Hotspur- 9 a.m.
Leicester City vs. Queens Park Rangers- 9 a.m.
Stoke City vs. Liverpool- 9 a.m.
Chelsea vs. Sunderland- 9 a.m.
Arsenal vs. West Bromwich Albion- 9 a.m.
Hull city vs. Manchester United- 9 a.m.
Crystal Palace vs. Swansea City- 9 a.m.
Newcastle United vs. West Ham United- 9 a.m.

 

Andy King: If Leicester can win PL, Wales can win EURO 2016

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 07:  Andy King of Leicester City celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Andy King is still riding high from Leicester City’s Premier League title, and that confidence is carrying over into EURO 2016.

The Foxes midfielder and Welsh international sees no reason why Wales can’t win the tournament, despite having 80-1 odds to do so.

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Of course, Leicester began the Premier League season as 5,000-1 underdogs to lift the trophy.

We’ve got to win six or seven games compared to 38.

80-1 against 5000-1. You know which one you would rather back. We are a talented group and I believe we have the best player in the tournament.

Gareth [Bale] is probably the best player in the tournament in many people’s opinion, so why can’t we go there and do something? We are confident we can do that.

If Wales were to win the EURO this summer, the story truly would rival that of Leicester. The Dragons have never played in a European Championship before, and the nation’s only other appearance at a major tournament came back at the 1958 World Cup.

[ MORE: Payet, Milner make top-five of UEFA’s “player barometer” ]

You may not agree that Gareth Bale is the best player in the tournament, but he is surely near the top of the list. Bale’s play will likely determine how far Wales can go, drawn into Group B alongside England, Slovakia, and Russia.

Report: West Ham offer $22 million for AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca

MILAN, ITALY - MARCH 20:  Carlos Bacca of AC Milan celebrates his goal during the Serie A match between AC Milan and SS Lazio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on March 20, 2016 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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West Ham’s search for an elite striker continues, with their newest target AC Milan’s Carlos Bacca.

According to Sky Sports, the Hammers have bid $22 million for the striker, who led Milan with 18 goals in Serie A play last season.

However, after paying $34 million to sign the striker last summer, it is believed Milan would be unwilling to sell their top scorer for less than $30 million.

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At 29-years-old, Bacca has been one of Europe’s most consistent forwards over the past few seasons. After bagging 49 goals in 108 appearances for Sevilla, he earned a move to Milan last July, finishing third in Serie A scoring in his first year with the club.

West Ham’s chairman David Gold has been open about his desire to sign a world-class striker, with Lyon confirming that they rejected a $45 million bid from the Hammers for Alexandre Lacazette.

VIDEO: Neymar takes batting practice before New York Mets game

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 31:  Brazilian soccer player  Neymar Jr stands in the New York Mets dugout before the game against the Chicago White Sox at Citi Field on May 31, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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We all know Neymar’s skills with a soccer ball, but what about with a baseball bat?

Spoiler alert: He’s better with his feet.

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The Barcelona and Brazil superstar was in New York on Tuesday night and hit up the batting cages at Citi Field before the Mets game against the Chicago White Sox.

Taking swings lefty, Neymar made some contact but didn’t necessarily have the smoothest stroke…

He then hit the field and got back to his roots, showing off some footskills while juggling a baseball.

I’m not too sure if Neymar is a baseball fan, but this may make him the Mets’ newest, most famous supporter (sorry Jerry Seinfeld).

Neymar is in the United States as he has some time off after the long Barcelona season. He is not playing in the Copa America with Brazil, but will instead play in the Olympics in August.

Messi’s tax fraud case begins with player avoiding court

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 17:  Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona looks on  during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Valencia CF at Camp Nou on April 17, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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MADRID (AP) Lionel Messi’s tax trial began Tuesday with the player deciding not to appear in court for early proceedings.

Messi is facing a prison sentence of nearly two years on charges he failed to properly pay taxes for part of his earnings from Barcelona from 2007-09.

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The Argentina playmaker is not obligated to appear in the Barcelona court until Thursday, when he is scheduled to testify before a judge. Sentencing is not expected until next week.

Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, have been charged with three counts of tax fraud for allegedly defrauding Spain’s tax office of 4.1 million euros ($4.5 million).

Because of the trial, Messi is missing Argentina’s preparation for the Copa America Centenario, which begins Saturday in the United States. He is expected to fly straight to the U.S. to join his teammates after the trial ends. Argentina debuts in the tournament on Monday against defending champion Chile.

Even if found guilty, it is highly unlikely that Messi or his father will face any jail time. They have denied wrongdoing.

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“Everything is good. Everybody is calm,” said Messi’s lawyer, Enrique Bacigalupo, as he arrived at the Barcelona court on Tuesday.

The trial is centered on alleged unlawful activities of Messi’s father, but authorities said the player knew enough to also be named in the case. Officials said that although Messi was mostly unfamiliar with tax issues, there was sufficient evidence to believe he could have known and consented to the creation of a fictitious corporate structure to avoid paying taxes on income from his image rights.

In addition to each facing a prison sentence of 22 months and 15 days, Messi and his father could also be fined in the amount defrauded and ordered to pay all legal proceedings and the loss of any possible tax benefits for a year and a half.

Messi is just the latest high-profile player to have to deal with Spain’s tough tax system. Neymar, Javier Mascherano, Adriano and Xabi Alonso also were targeted by authorities recently.

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Mascherano, Messi’s teammate with Argentina and Barcelona, earlier this year was handed a suspended one-year prison sentence for not paying nearly 1.5 million euros ($1.6 million) in taxes for 2011 and 2012. Brazil striker Neymar recently had to testify before a judge because of alleged irregularities involving his transfer to Barcelona. He and the club were accused of withholding the real amount of the transfer fee, in part to avoid paying the full amount of taxes.

Messi was also being investigated by Spanish tax authorities after his name was among those released in the probe of international offshore accounts, known as the Panama Papers, although he was not charged for those allegations.