Young Leo Messi joined his hometown club, Newell's Old Boys—or "Nuls," as people in Argentina call it—when he was just six years old. He'd been waiting almost all his life for the day. The club was his birthright. His uncles and aunts had given him a red-and-black Newell's jersey for his first birthday. Both his older brothers had played youth-team football for the club. He even had gone to the club's stadium in Rosario to see Diego Maradona's Nuls debut in October 1993.
In his first game for Newell's, a 6-0 victory, Messi scored four goals, according to the Association of Rosario ...more
When we talk about what makes pass-rushers “unblockable,” it’s not really about sacks, hits and hurries, though those are the positive aftereffects. You can lead the league in a pass-rush category with one or two moves if you’re in the right set of defensive schemes, you have other “unblockables” on the line with you and you’re teeing off on undermanned blockers who have other things to deal with on your line. It’s not that sacks, hits and hurries are less-than-revealing arbiters of unblockability; it’s more that they don’t tell the w...more
The boos that greeted LaVar Ball as he strutted confidently through the masses in Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Thursday during 2017 NBA draft were confirmation enough. He is basketball's most dastardly Svengali, manipulating events from the newly exalted throne of little Chino Hills, California.
His boy is a Laker.
He was so sure of his eldest son Lonzo's NBA destination that he came prepared with a special Big Baller Brand hat resplendent in purple and gold. That hat would end up in the crowd, thrown casually as LaVar strode through the arena like a triumphant pro wrestling heel.
The lucky ...more
Maverick Vinales leads the world championship in MotoGP as the season heads to the 2017 Grand Prix of the Netherlands at the TT Circuit Assen on Sunday.
The Movistar Yamaha rider is only seven points clear of Andrea Dovizioso as the Ducati man has been consistent this season.
Marc Marquez's annual charge is yet to catch fire, but the mercurial Spaniard will be hoping to claim a victory in the eighth race of the campaign.
Sunday, June 25
WUP start: 8:10 a.m. (BST)/3:10 a.m. (ET)
Race start: 12 p.m. (BST)/7 a.m. (ET)
Live stream: BT Sport&nbs...more
The 2017 NBA draft is finally here, and tons of noise was made throughout the night in the form of both picks and trades.
The Philadelphia 76ers completed the process by selecting Markelle Fultz. The Los Angeles Lakers helped LaVar Ball speak a dream into existence by taking his son Lonzo. And the Chicago Bulls traded Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Breakdowns of all 30 picks, which included a record 16 freshmen, from the first round as well as analysis of all the trades can be found below the results.
1. 76ers—Markelle Fultz (Washington, PG, Freshman)