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TORONTO - Mark Buehrle eyes up a historic win Friday night when the Toronto Blue Jays welcome the Boston Red Sox to town for the opener of a three-game set between American League East rivals. Buehrle enters with a major league-best 0.64 ERA through four starts. He looks to become the first pitcher in the majors to reach five wins as well as the first Blue Jays pitcher ever to begin a season with five straight victories. "Hes just locked in right now," manager Jay Gibbons said. "He even admitted in spring training he hadnt felt this good in a long time. But he competes, hes a great competitor. "One thing about Buehrle is he pitches to win, he doesnt pitch for stats. You get guys in this game who pitch for stats. He pitches to win, and you need more guys like that." In his last start, Buehrle gave up just four hits in seven-plus shutout innings of a 5-0 win at Cleveland. Toronto will try to avoid its first three-game slide of the season after falling at home to Baltimore on Thursday, 11-4. While things have gone well so far this season for Buehrle, Bostons Jake Peavy is still in search of his first win. This marks the fifth time through the rotation for the right-hander. He had given up a total of just four earned runs over his first three starts before getting tagged for five runs on a season-high 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings against Baltimore his last time out. However, Peavy has a 2.29 ERA over his last five starts against Toronto. Boston has lost three of its last four after Thursdays lopsided 14-5 setback to the division-leading Yankees. "Every team goes through slumps hitting, goes through slumps defensively," shortstop Xander Bogaerts said. "Its part of the game. Were definitely going to get better." 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Jason Pierre-Paul Buccaneers Jersey . -- The Chicago Bears have agreed to terms with safety Brock Vereen and QB David Fales on four-year contracts.ROME - Avoid going head-to-head with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.Dont stop for Christmas.Its that easy to make drastic improvements in the slumping Italian league, according to the man whose company controls Serie As foreign TV rights.Said Italian entrepreneur Riccardo Silva, The bottom line is that the Spanish league is more interesting than the Italian league.His remedies involve moving more Serie A matches to Friday or Monday nights, starting them earlier than the Spanish games, and playing over the Christmas and New Years holidays when TV viewership soars.Its the best period for viewing, Silva said in an interview with The Associated Press. People are home and they dont know what do. If you want to be viewed, do these types of things. Try not to clash with the Spanish league. Play at Christmas time. Its not so difficult to understand.In October, Silvas company, MP & Silva, renewed in a three-year deal with Serie A worth an average of 185 million euros (more than $200 million) per season — a 60 per cent increase over the previous deal.For a league beset by an exodus of top players, falling attendance, fan violence and racism, thats a lot of money. So its no wonder Silva is frustrated.I took my kids to see Tottenham-Chelsea on Jan. 1 while our (Italian) players were sitting in the sun, Silva said, referring to Serie As two-week holiday break, when clubs like AC Milan usually decamp to places like Dubai.Silva rarely speaks with the media, making him somewhat of a mystery man in the intertwined world of media rights.Most of the stories written about him have focused on his sprawling penthouse in Miami, the lavish parties filled with models on his luxury yacht, or his close ties to AC Milan and fellow media company Infront.Maybe it was our mistake. We didnt communicate enough, Silva said. I dont want a positive story. I just want the truth. I dont have anything to hide in my story.Born into a family that owns one of the biggest cleaning soap businesses in Italy, the 44-year-old Silva started a media career instead, and founded MP & Silva in 2004 with a couple of fellow Milanese.MP & Silva holds the rights for the English Premier League in 51 territories — mainly in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. The company also distributes Roland Garros in Eurrope; the NBA in Latin America and Scandinavia; plus numerous other leagues and events.ddddddddddddWe are not a business (for) consumers, so we dont really need to have advertising, Silva said. We just buy from the leagues and federations and they all know us. We sell to TV channels and they all know us.With an annual turnover of $700 million, MP & Silva ranks third in the sports media rights business behind New York-based IMG and Switzerland-based Infront.With 100 people in 20 offices dotted around the globe, MP & Silvas profits this year will be about $90 million.Last year, the company set up its tax base in Luxembourg.The first nine years we had 20 different companies. It was a nightmare. Then some of the leagues asked for consolidated balances. So we created a holding company, Silva said. Its super-transparent.Silva specializes in selling clients products like Serie A that they hadnt intended to buy.For example, when Silva throws Serie A into a package deal for a client in, say, Vietnam, that already includes the Premier League, the French Open, 10 smaller tennis tournaments and the NBA, the TV station is more inclined to take it.Then they can build a programming schedule, Silva said. The channels like to deal with one company that provides so much content.In the insular world of Italian football, however, Silvas connections to Infront have been a source of concern.The MP in MP & Silva stands for Media Partners, the Milan-based agency led by Marco Bogarelli that was folded into Infront, the company controlled by Philippe Blatter — the nephew of FIFA president Sepp Blatter — in 2006.Bogarelli and Silva each got their starts with Milan Channel and Infront advised Serie A in its bidding process for foreign rights, which MP & Silva was awarded over two significantly lower offers from IMG and B4 Capital.The leagues 20 presidents selected MP & Silva unanimously.In Italy its very transparent because its an auction, and whoever makes the best bid wins. There is no negotiation. It doesnt matter if Im friends with Marco Bogarelli, Silva said. 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