Lionel Messi was his usual brilliant self for Barcelona on Wednesday when scoring two incredible goals against visiting Bayern Munich during a 3-0 victory in a Champions League semifinal.
The outcome, though, was in doubt until late in the game. The first goal was a blast from just outside the 18-yard box in the 77th minute. The second score, which embarrassed one defender, came three minutes later.
On the first goal, Messi curled a left-footed shot past two defenders and into the lower left net of the goal past diving Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
The second goal was just as impressive. Messi left defender Jerome Boateng falling over backward as he sprinted inside the 18-yard box with the ball. Messi then chipped a right-footed shot over Neuer as he came off the goal line to try to give the Barcelona striker less of a target at which to shoot.
For good measure, Messi assisted on the third goal with a deft pass from midfield in stoppage time that Neymar collected on the run and...Read more
Bryce Harper jumped back into the national spotlight Thursday, hitting three home runs in the Washington Nationals' 7-5 victory over the Miami Marlins.
Harper has been around so long -- Sports Illustrated tagged him as "The Chosen One" in 2009, when he was a high school sophomore -- that it is easy to forget just how young he is. He turned 22 in October.
Harper won the National League rookie of the year award in 2012, when the Angels' Mike Trout won the American League award. Trout is 14 months older than Harper.
The rookie of the year winners in 2013: Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins, three months older than Harper; and Wil Myers of the Tampa Bay Rays, two years older than Harper.
The rookie of the year winners in 2014: Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets, four years older than Harper; and Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox, five years older than Harper.
The rookie of the month winners for April 2015: Alex Guerrero of the Dodgers, six years older than Harper; and Devon Travis of the...Read more
An NFL investigation has concluded that members of the New England Patriots staff "more likely than not" purposefully deflated footballs that were used in the team's AFC Championship win over the Indianapolis Colts in January, according to a 243-page report released by the league Wednesday.
The report also states that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was "generally aware" of the "inappropriate activities" that were being committed by sideline staff.
The probe concluded the Patriots ownership and Coach Bill Belichick or other members of the coaching staff were not involved in "any wrongdoing or knowledge of wrongdoing."
Jim McNally, the official locker room attendant for the Patriots, and John Jastremski, team equipment assistant, participated in a deliberate effort to release air from game balls after the balls were examined by a referee, the report states.
"Based on the evidence, it also is our view that it is more probable than not that Tom Brady (the quarterback for the Patriots) was...Read more
Final cleanup of the old landfill site in Carson where the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders want to build a stadium should be funded by August.
The Carson City Council on Tuesday night approved the sale of $50.5 million in bonds to finish stalled environmental work on the former Cal Compact landfill, along the 405 freeway. They also approved a deal for a city authority to take possession of the site after a Chargers subsidiary buys it from real estate firm Starwood Capital, which had planned a shopping center there. That deal, which in escrow, has been delayed by paperwork but is set to close soon, according to a Chargers attorney.
The city had been obligated to fund the cleanup under a deal with a prior owner of the site. Under this agreement, a city authority will own the site and can sell it to another developer if the stadium falls through. The work, which can’t begin until there’s a development plan for the site, should take about 18 months to complete, state environmental officials...Read more
Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions announced Tuesday it has filed a lawsuit against rival Al Haymon and his new Premier Boxing Champions series, alleging it violates the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act that prohibits managers functioning as promoters.
The lawsuit, seeking $300 million, was filed in federal court in Los Angeles.
In a prepared statement emailed to reporters, Golden Boy contends, “Since the moment Al Haymon launched [PBC earlier this year], he has repeatedly and brazenly broken the letter and spirit of [the Ali Act] that is meant to protect fighters from exploitation.
“Haymon has entered into agreements to restrain trade in a substantial portion of the market for promotion of championship-caliber boxers,” the lawsuit contends.
De La Hoya originally filed a lawsuit against his company’s former chief executive Richard Schaefer for making deals with boxing manager Haymon that allowed several talented fighters to have limited obligation to Golden Boy.
As part of a settlement...Read more
A few more takeaways from the Calgary Flames' 4-3 overtime victory over the Ducks in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals. The Flames’ win cut the Ducks’ lead in the series to two games to one.
Yes, it’s a series now
The Ducks were less than 20 seconds away from taking a commanding 3-0 series lead and becoming the third team since 1990 to open the playoffs with seven straight victories.
But hold off on making those hotel reservations in Chicago.
Flames rookie sensation Johnny Gaudreau, who until now had been pointless in the series, tied the game, 3-3, with 19.5 seconds remaining, and the Flames’ Mikael Backlund won it for them in overtime.
Gaudreau’s goal, by the way, was the latest game-tying goal in Flames playoff history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Robert Reichel had owned the previous mark, scoring the game-tying goal at 19:13 of the third against the San Jose Sharks in the 1995 playoffs.
Ryan Getzlaf shines in his former home
A banner honoring the junior career...Read more