Tom Hicks is selling his soccer team

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One highly-leveraged English Premier League for sale. Inquire to one Mr. Tom Hicks.

He’ll take cashier checks, but they must be made out to Chuck Greenberg and/or various creditors of the Texas Rangers.  Do not — repeat — do not make any checks out to Mr. Hicks personally.

Just spitballin’ here, but I wonder if the Rangers’ creditors will take an interest in the soccer team sale as satisfaction for their debts, thereby paving the way for the Rangers sale to go through.  Liverpool is leveraged, sure, but EPL teams are worth a ton of dough, and it may just be that all involved can shake out an extra $30 million or so to do it.

Plus: unlike Major League Baseball teams, my understanding is that creditors can take actual security interests in teams. So, crisis/opportunity is what I’m saying.

(thanks to Kevin Tooke for the heads up)

Watch: Shohei Ohtani strikes out his first spring training batter

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Sure, spring training games don’t count toward anything “real,” but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy Angels’ star pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani mowing down his first big league competitors.

On Saturday, Ohtani took the mound against the Brewers for his first official outing in an Angels uniform. After allowing a leadoff double to Jonathan Villar, the 23-year-old righty settled down and issued a three-pitch strikeout to Nate Orf, his first of the spring.

It wasn’t the cleanest inning for the right-hander: the Brewers plated their first run on a walk, wild pitch and subsequent throwing error by catcher Martin Maldonado. Ohtani didn’t let things unravel further, however, and induced a pop-up for the second out before catching Brett Phillips looking on a called strike three to end the inning.

While the two-way phenom only lasted another two batters (a Keon Broxton dinger finished him off in the second), he’s already started to look like a formidable presence on the mound. Time will tell whether he can deliver at the plate as well — rumor has it he could feature in the Angels’ lineup as soon as Monday.