Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi will not travel to the United States for the club’s pre-season tour after sustaining a calf problem on his return to training from a close season break, the La Liga champions said on Monday.The Argentine forward experienced discomfort in his right leg during Monday’s training session and tests confirmed that the 32-year-old had suffered a grade one calf strain, forcing him out of the tour.Messi will remain in Barcelona… his availability to come back to action will be dictated by his recovery, Barcelona said in a statement on their website.Barcelona are set to travel to the U.S. later on Monday, with two friendly matches scheduled against Italian Serie A side Napoli on Aug. 7 (Miami) and 10 (Michigan).Messi was banned from international duty for three months and fined $50,000 after levelling accusations of corruption at South American soccer chiefs during last month’s Copa America.He was sent off against Chile in the third-place playoff and later alleged that the tournament had been fixed in favour of hosts Brazil, who defeated Argentina in the semi-final on their way to the title.Read more | Community Shield: Manchester City beat Liverpool on penalties to lift titleAlso see:
Transfers Chelsea January transfer news LIVE: Blues face two-window transfer ban Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:18 1/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Transfers Chelsea Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Blues as the January transfer window heats up Chelsea face two-window transfer banChelsea could be banned from two transfer windows as FIFA investigate the club for irregular signings, according to the Guardian .The Blues have reportedly been accused of breaking rules on recruiting under-age foreign players, with as many as 25 cases being reviewed. Bertrand Traore’s arrival in 2014 is just one of the signings under scrutiny. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player If the charges are proved they could face similar punishments to those suffered by Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in recent years. No Chelsea bid for DzekoChelsea have not made a formal bid for Roma striker Edin Dzeko, according to the player’s agent.The Blues have been linked with a number of strikers in recent weeks, including Tottenham’s Fernando Llorente and Stoke City’s Peter Crouch.However, they have yet to make contact with Dzeko, with his agent telling romagiallorossa.it : “Every time you talk about Dzeko, clubs like Chelsea, Chinese clubs, even Mexican clubs crop up. They’re only rumours. The truth is that Dzeko wants to stay at Roma.Moyes curbs Batshuayi talkDavid Moyes did not attend Chelsea’s FA Cup replay against Norwich City to scout Michy Batshuayi, while the West Ham boss has dealt a blow to the Blues in their reported chase of Andy Carroll.Belgium international Batshuayi has been strongly linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in January after struggling to make an impact at Chelsea in the year-and-a-half since moving from Marseille.Read the full story on Goal.Conte quiet on Dzeko & Llorente linksAntonio Conte has refused to discuss the plethora of strikers linked with Chelsea in recent days, but admits he would be “happy” if the club opted to bolster his squad in the January window.Chelsea have reportedly considered bringing in a traditional target man – Edin Dzeko, Fernando Llorente and even Stoke City veteran Peter Crouch have been mentioned – with Conte seemingly on the look-out for a back-up to the struggling Alvaro Morata.Read the full story on Goal!Luis Enrique could replace Conte at ChelseaFormer Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is being considered as a possible successor to Antonio Conte at Chelsea, reports the Daily Star .With the Italian linked with PSG and under pressure at Stamford Bridge, he could be replaced by a duo comprised of the coach and Juliano Belletti, the ex-Chelsea defender who could come in as director of football.Parlour: Giroud the answer for ChelseaFormer Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour said Olivier Giroud would be the “perfect” signing for London rivals Chelsea, who are looking to provide support to Alvaro Morata.Chelsea have been linked with surprising moves for West Ham’s Andy Carroll and Stoke City veteran Peter Crouch as the Premier League champions attempt to bolster their forward line.Read his full comments on Goal! Chelsea considering Dzeko moveChelsea are weighing up a move for Roma’s former Manchester City striker Edin Dezko, claims Mediaset Premium .The Blues are in talks with the Serie A outfit over a possible deal for Brazilian full-back Emerson and have also asked about Dzeko – who netted 29 times in the Italian top-flight last season.Chelsea make surprise move for CrouchChelsea have inquired into the availability of Stoke City striker Peter Crouch, according to the T elegraph . The Blues were in for West Ham’s Andy Carroll, but an ankle injury could keep the striker out for months and has ended any possibility of a move. And so Chelsea have made a surprise overture to Stoke for the former England striker, who turns 37 this month. Carroll injury ends Chelsea moveAndy Carroll’s potential move to Chelsea is off after the West Ham striker was diagnosed with an ankle injury, according to the Telegraph . The 29-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in recent weeks, but is now expected to be out for between four to six weeks and could miss up to four months if surgery is required.Batshuayi fears Carroll injury may block his exitMichy Batshuayi fears that a reported serious injury to Andy Carroll will put an end to his hopes of leaving Chelsea on loan. The scarcely used striker hoped that a loan move to Sevilla or Dortmund would boost his chances of making Belgium’s World Cup squad, but the Blues won’t allow Batshuayi to leave without a replacement arriving.Read the full story on Goal. Neymar, Hazard, Lewy to replace BBCNeymar, Eden Hazard and Robert Lewandowski are all targets for Real Madrid as Florentino Perez looks for his next attacking trio to replace BBC, reports Marca . The Brazilian forward is the Blancos’ main target, with the Bayern and Chelsea stars also wanted. Madrid’s terrible run of form has the club looking to rebuild, with Hazard and Neymar central to plans. Harry Kane and Mauro Icardi are the other forwards being discussed if the club can’t land Lewandowski, who will be 30 in August.
LeBron James’ amazing year – league MVP, NBA championship, NBA Finals MVP, Olympic gold medal – added another memorable accolade: comic book character.Marvel Comics and ESPN have teamed up for “LeBron: King of the Rings,” a limited-edition comic book that will be published in the Oct. 19 NBA Preview issue of ESPN The Magazine. A preview of the comic is currently available online at ESPN.com.The comic imagines what would happen if James actually did make good on his promise to bring Miami not one, “not two, not three. . . not seven” championships.”The story begins after Team USA wins Olympic gold, and it follows James’ journey through self-improvement, as he works on late-game free throws with Golden State Warriors legend and foul-shooting phenom Rick Barry picks up helpful pick-and-roll tips from Tibetan monks. Seriously.Along the way, he defeats a zombie Shane Battier and overcomes recurring quad injuries by building himself bionic legs. The comic follows him through the 2029-30 season, when, after finally winning his seventh title – as a Cleveland Cavalier, believe it or not — King James finally announces his retirement.Fans will have to wait to find out if LeBron wins that elusive eighth title, as the ending will be decided by a SportsNational poll on ESPN.com.The comic was announced at Saturday’s New York Comic Con by ESPN The Magazine editors Ty Wenger and Otto Strong.“We tried to play off the known story lines of LeBron James and his career,” Wenger said in an interview with Marvel.com. He also pointed to his “personal theory about why basketball and super heroes go together very well” as part of his inspiration for the story.There has been debate about whether James could eclipse Michael Jordan as the best player of all time. Chances are, Kobe Bryant will end up as the closet to touch Jordan’s legacy. But neither Bryant nor Jordan can claim to be a comic book hero.