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BARCELONA, Spain -- Cameroon midfielder Alex Song signed a five-year contract with Barcelona on Monday, bringing an end to his time with Premier League club Arsenal. Song posed for the traditional photo in front of the clubs insignia before passing a medical examination and meeting with Barcelona President Sandro Rosell. "Im very happy to be here because everyone knows that this is the best team in the world," said Song. "I always wanted to play for Barca, with Cesc Fabregas, (Lionel) Messi and (Andres) Iniesta. It is a great day for me." Song was brought in to replace Seydou Keita, who played a limited, but important role in providing Barcelona with a more physical presence in midfield. "I want to fight for a place on the team," Song said. The Spanish club paid Arsenal C19 million ($23.4 million) for Song. Arsenal sold striker Robin van Persie to Manchester United earlier this week for 24 million pounds ($38 million). Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova said he was impressed with Songs versatility. "(Song) can provide us with a lot of things. Hes very good, he recovers the ball well and then can do good things with it," said Vilanova, who sees Song sharing time with Sergio Busquets as a defensive midfielder alongside the more attack-minded Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez. "Busquets cant play every game of the season so Song will be a great addition," he said. "And he can also play in the centre of the defence. With him well have more alternatives (because) he can play in three different positions." Song is Barcelonas second signing this summer after defender Jordi Alba, who joined from Valencia. Barcelona thrashed Real Sociedad 5-1 in its Spanish league opener on Sunday. On Thursday, Barcelona hosts Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Supercup. Cheap Jerseys China . Thatcher is 0-4 with a 3.42 earned run average in 40 appearances. The sore knee prevented him from pitching in Miami over the weekend. 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The Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization said Saturday they have accepted a posting fee of $25.7 million for the 25-year-old left-hander.(Sports Network) - Its hard to believe the Maple Leafs were the seventh seed in the East just over a month ago, but Torontos dreadful 2-13-2 mark currently has the club 10 points out of a playoff spot with just 12 games left. Now the team heads into Tampa Bay for a date with 50-goal man Steven Stamkos and the Lightning at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Toronto lost its fifth straight game (0-4-1) and fell to 0-2 on a five-game road trip after getting slammed 5-2 by the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. The Maple Leafs at least scored twice after getting shut out in its previous two contests. Tyler Bozak and Mikhail Grabovski had the goals for Toronto, while James Reimer stopped 22 shots in the loss. The Maple Leafs are just 14-19-2 as the guest this year and will visit Ottawa and Boston to close their current swing. Toronto has had the Lightnings number this season, as the Leafs scored seven goals in each of their two wins over Tampa Bay this season. They posted a 7-1 win in Tampa on Nov. 22 and notched a 7-3 home victory on Jan. 3. The Lightning ended a three-game slide (0-2-1) with Tuesdays 6-1 thrashing of the Boston Bruins. It was the fifth victory in eight games for Tampa Bay, which enters today sevven points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.dddddddddddd Stamkos became the first player to reach 50 goals this season, picking up a pair of scores in the rout of the visiting Bruins. The 22-year-old Stamkos also made his mark as the sixth player in league history to score at least 50 goals in a season twice before turning 23, joining Mike Bossy, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Joe Nieuwendyk and Alex Ovechkin. "It was definitely in the back of my mind. It was a special night," said Stamkos, who set a career-high with 51 goals in 2009-10. Stamkos will likely win the Rocket Richard Trophy for a second time this year, as he is currently 12 goals ahead of Pittsburghs Evgeni Malkin for the league lead with less than a month left in the regular season. Tom Pyatt, Nate Thompson and Ryan Shannon all tallied in the first five minutes for the Lightning. Dustin Tokarski earned his first NHL victory, stopping a career-best 33 shots for Tampa. Tonight marks the third test of a seven-game homestand for the Lightning, who are 21-11-2 in Tampa this year compared to an 11-19-5 road record. The clubs will cap the season series on April 5 in Toronto. ' ' '

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