Liverpool owner John Henry says fan protests against ticket prices are causing the club to reassess plans to further redevelop Anfield. Henry’s Fenway Sports Group apologized to fans earlier this year and reversed planned rises in ticket prices after a walkout during a game. But having funded the redevelopment of Liverpool’s main stand over the last year, the next phase of the expansion program might not make economic sense if the club can’t recoup the construction cost. The Anfield Road stand had been next in line for rebuilding at the 54,000-capacity Anfield. “I don’t know if there is a next step because ticket prices are an issue in England,” Henry said. “That may foreclose further expansion.
The 2002 Red Sox won 93 games, only to finish 10 games behind the Yankees in the AL West and six back of the lone wild card. They named Theo Epstein the GM that November and allowed him to begin reshaping the team, then led by Pedro Martinez and Manny Ramirez. The Red Sox didn’t make any big splashes that winter. Their biggest free agent signing was Ramiro Mendoza, who got $6.5 million for two years. They also signed Mike Timlin and Bill Mueller (who played behind Shea Hillenbrand at third initially). They traded for Todd Walker. They stole Bronson Arroyo off waivers. What Epstein did totally overhaul was a first base-DH situation that held the team back the previous season. 2002 trade deadline
Days left in the season: 3 Thursday’s big mover: The Baltimore Orioles. Ubaldo Jimenez allowed just one hit over 6 2/3 innings and the Orioles went on to beat the Blue Jays 4-0 to move into a tie with Toronto for the No. 1 AL wild card spot. The Orioles, who won two of three in the series, and Blue Jays enter Friday with a 1 1/2-game lead over the Detroit Tigers -- whose game vs. the Cleveland Indians was postponed until Monday, if needed. The Orioles finish the season at New York and the Blue Jays travel to Boston. Thursday's big loser: In a bid for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, the Boston Red Sox were swept by the Yankees. As it stands, the Red Sox will likely face the Indians