Lionel Messi substituted on home debut as Paris Saint-Germain score late winner

Lionel Messi substituted on home debut as Paris Saint-Germain score late winner

 

Lionel Messi’s home debut for Paris Saint-Germain was far from how he would have dreamt it, with the Argentine forward being substituted by Mauricio Pochettino in the second half as his side went in search of a winning goal against Lyon.

Lucas Paqueta had given the visiting team the lead after 54 minutes, before Neymar equalized from the penalty spot just over 10 minutes later.

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US Women’s National Team players’ association calls identical contract proposal ‘PR stunts’

US Women’s National Team players’ association calls identical contract proposal ‘PR stunts’

 

 

The US Soccer Federation offered the women’s and men’s national teams identical contracts, a proposal that the United States Women’s National Team Players Association (USWNTPA) called “PR stunts.”

The sport’s national governing body made the offer to both teams in an attempt to resolve an ongoing dispute with the US Women’s national soccer team over equal pay.

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Lionel Messi’s Champions League debut for PSG falls flat against Club Brugge

Lionel Messi’s Champions League debut for PSG falls flat against Club Brugge

 

 

The much-hyped trio of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé and Neymar failed to inspire Paris Saint-Germain to victory in its Champions League opener on Wednesday, with the French side being held to a 1-1 draw by Club Brugge.

Messi was playing the 150th Champions League game of his career — and his first for PSG —

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Late Young Boys winner stuns Manchester United on Cristiano Ronaldo’s second Champions League debut

Late Young Boys winner stuns Manchester United on Cristiano Ronaldo’s second Champions League debut

 

 

It took Cristiano Ronaldo less than 13 minutes to score on his second Champions League debut for Manchester United, opening the scoring against Swiss team Young Boys.

With practically his first touch of the match, the Portuguese forward turned home a stunning ball from international teammate Bruno Fernandes to open his account in this season’s competition,

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Doping spat: Russian Olympic Committee hits back after US swimmer questions whether gold medal winner was ‘100% clean’

Doping spat: Russian Olympic Committee hits back after US swimmer questions whether gold medal winner was ‘100% clean’

 

 

The issue of doping reared its head at Tokyo 2020 on Friday as the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) hit back at comments from American swimmer Ryan Murphy which questioned whether Evgeny Rylov’s 200m backstroke gold medal was “100% clean.”

Murphy, who was the reigning Olympic champion in both the 100m and 200m backstroke disciplines,

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Why Olympians bite their medals and what they do with them

Why Olympians bite their medals and what they do with them

 

 

The sight of a jubilant Olympian standing atop the podium after being victorious in their discipline with a gold medal between their teeth is an iconic one.

We’ve seen it numerous times at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games already, across a host of disciplines.
The official Tokyo 2020 account even went as far on Sunday to try to remind people that the medals are not,

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Simone Biles and ‘the twisties’: How fear affects the mental health and physical safety of gymnasts

Simone Biles and ‘the twisties’: How fear affects the mental health and physical safety of gymnasts

 

 

You can learn a lot about a subculture by the slang it develops. Gymnastics has a lot of slang around fear: the twisties, headcasing, mental block, bailing, balking.

Gymnastics is obviously physically demanding with a high injury rate. But it is extremely difficult psychologically as well. Many of the skills could kill you.

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The Milwaukee Bucks are NBA champions for the first time in 50 years as Antetokounmpo scores 50 points

The Milwaukee Bucks are NBA champions for the first time in 50 years as Antetokounmpo scores 50 points

 

 

With the Milwaukee Bucks seeking their first NBA championship in 50 years, their superstar guided the way, putting up 50 points in a legendary NBA Finals-clinching win Tuesday night against the Phoenix Suns.

Led by MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, who also had 14 rebounds and five blocked shots,

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Racist abuse directed at England players after Euro 2020 final defeat is described as ‘unforgivable’ by manager Gareth Southgate

Racist abuse directed at England players after Euro 2020 final defeat is described as ‘unforgivable’ by manager Gareth Southgate

 

 

The online racial abuse of some England players following Sunday’s Euro 2020 final defeat by Italy has been described by the team’s manager Gareth Southgate as “unforgivable” and “just not what we stand for.”

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were targeted on social media after they missed penalties in the 3-2 shootout defeat at Wembley Stadium.

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Romelu Lukaku says he wants to visit Christian Eriksen in hospital as players show solidarity at Euro 2020

Romelu Lukaku says he wants to visit Christian Eriksen in hospital as players show solidarity at Euro 2020

 

 

Christian Eriksen continues to be very much in the thoughts of players at Euro 2020.

Warming up for their game on Wednesday, Finnish and Russian players wore “Get well Christian!” T-shirts as they showed their solidarity for Denmark star who is continuing his recovery from a cardiac arrest.

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