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Barcelone – Lionel Messi refuse de prolonger et sera libre en 2018

Lionel Messi, dont le contrat avec le FC Barcelone expire en juin 2018, refuse pour l’instant de prolonger. La « Pulga » veut prendre son temps pour décider de son avenir, qui s’écrit peut-être hors de la Catalogne.

Cette nouvelle a fait l’effet d’une bombe à Barcelone. En effet, Marca révèle en Une de son journal que Lionel Messi a refusé de prolonger son contrat au Barça en juillet dernier. Le quadruple Ballon d’Or veut être libre en juin 2018 pour décider de son avenir.

Depuis, les deux parties n’ont plus discuté et les dirigeants du FC Barcelone ne paniquent pas et laissent du temps à Messi pour réfléchir. De son côté, l’Argentin de 29 ans se pose des questions. À la fin de son contrat actuel, il aura 31 ans. Un âge précoce pour la retraite, et qui pose donc la question de son départ de chez les Blaugranas.

Lionel Messi va-t-il quitter son club de toujours ? Si oui, deux options se détachent. La première, celle d’un retour aux sources, en Argentine. Souvent critiqué par ses compatriotes pour n’avoir jamais porté les couleurs d’un club de son pays natal, le meilleur buteur de l’histoire du Barça pourrait décider de s’engager avec l’équipe de son cœur : les Newell’s Old Boys. La seconde serait de rejoindre Pep Guardiola, Txiki Begiristain et Ferran Soriano à Manchester City. Ce trio a déjà dirigé l’Argentin au FC Barcelone avec la réussite que l’on connaît.

Seule certitude, tant que Lionel Messi n’aura pas prolongé son contrat avec le FC Barcelone, les rumeurs vont affluer et la Catalogne va suffoquer et prier pour ne pas voir son fils prodigue quitter le bercail.

NFL Power Rankings: Dallas Cowboys could win an unpredictable NFC

Go ahead, pick a team to represent the NFC in Super Bowl LI.

Here’s my educated guess: Whoever you picked is significantly flawed.

The NFC is wide open, and somehow the most stable contender has a rookie quarterback and a rookie running back. The Dallas Cowboys are as good of a pick as anyone.

It’s not like Dallas is a balanced power on both sides of the ball. The defense ranks in the middle of the league or worse at almost every statistical category (though they do a fairly good job of limiting long pass plays). The win on Sunday night shouldn’t blow anyone away. They needed a big comeback in the fourth quarter to pull out an overtime win over the Philadelphia Eagles at home.

But here’s what they do well: They run the ball. They lead the NFL in time of possession, limiting the time the defense is on the field. Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott is protected well by a great offensive line and he has been remarkably efficient. This is exactly how the Cowboys played in 2014, and they were a Super Bowl contender then (Dez caught it). Just replace DeMarco Murray and Tony Romo with Ezekiel Elliott and Prescott. It’s the same formula.

Yet, if you’re all in on the Cowboys, you’re banking on a mediocre defense, an offense built around a rookie back on pace for 398 touches and a rookie quarterback who started to show a few signs of slowing down with a sluggish performance on Sunday night (14 of 34 for 231 yards in regulation before a huge overtime). And then there’s the whole potential Romo distraction when he gets healthy.

I figure many of you picked the Cowboys to that first question at the top of this post. It’s hard to take Seahawks (which hasn’t looked right), Packers (massive injury issues and no running game), Falcons (bad defense), Vikings (bad offense) or anyone else in the NFC. At least the Cowboys have a shiny record and a two-game lead in their division.

If you have to pick someone to win the NFC, maybe the best option is to take a team that does at least a few things really well. The Cowboys apply.

Dak Prescott has led the Cowboys to a 6-1 record (AP)
Dak Prescott has led the Cowboys to a 6-1 record (AP) Here are the power rankings after Week 8 of the NFL season:

32. San Francisco 49ers (1-6, Last week: 32)
I’m not sure why a Torrey Smith trade hasn’t happened. Are the one-win 49ers holding out to get more for a receiver they don’t really use? Isn’t that what happened this past offseason with Colin Kaepernick?

31. Cleveland Browns (0-8, LW: 31)
The Jamie Collins trade makes a lot of sense for them. They need playmakers. They can afford to front-load a big contract for him. If someone else signs Collins next offseason, they’ll get a compensatory pick that’ll make up for the one they gave up. It’s hard to find a downside.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5, LW: 29)
Blake Bortles is reportedly bringing in his own quarterbacks coach to work on his fundamentals. Something needs to change. It’s hard to watch him play lately. I’ve seen baseball pitchers with a more compact windup.

29. Chicago Bears (2-6, LW: 30)
Just when the Bears thought they were out on Jay Cutler, he pulls them back in.

21. New Orleans Saints (3-4, LW: 23)
Mark Ingram was benched after an early fumble, and Tim Hightower rushed for a hard 102 yards against a tough Seahawks defense. Ingram hasn’t been very good this season and there’s not much reason to give him Hightower’s carries next week.

20. Tennessee Titans (4-4, LW: 24)
Last season DeMarco Murray had 702 yards in 15 games with the Eagles. He has 756 yards in eight games with the Titans.

19. Detroit Lions (4-4, LW: 14)
Ezekiel Ansah has played five games. He has six tackles and no sacks. Last season Ansah had 14.5 sacks. If the Lions are going to make a playoff push, Ansah has to play like he did in 2015. Injuries have kept him from that so far.

18. San Diego Chargers (3-5, LW: 18)
Melvin Gordon had his best game as a pro on Sunday. He had 111 yards, the first 100-yard rusher a great Broncos defense had allowed since Jamaal Charles on Sept. 17, 2015. That’s something to build on.

17. Cincinnati Bengals (3-4-1, LW: 17)
Tyler Eifert is back. He had 102 yards and a touchdown on nine catches Sunday. He’ll take some pressure off A.J. Green.

16. Houston Texans (5-3, LW: 19)
It’s a really weird 5-3 team because so little of the news around the Texans seems positive. And I don’t think anyone is really buying them as a good team even though they’re one of only eight NFL teams with at least five wins and a couple (Chiefs, Lions) are solid wins.

15. Buffalo Bills (4-4, LW: 13)
Mike Gillislee looked pretty good in an extended role, with 85 yards on 12 carries. If LeSean McCoy has to miss more time, the Bills don’t have to worry about the running game.

14. Arizona Cardinals (3-4-1, LW: 11)
Do-everything safety Tyrann Mathieu is out a reported 3-6 weeks with a shoulder injury. Left tackle Jared Veldheer went on injured reserve with a triceps injury. Combine that with how bad they looked Sunday against the Panthers, and it looks like a talented team is having a lost season.

13. New York Giants (4-3, LW: 16)
The next two weeks: home games against the Eagles and Bengals. If the Giants want to go somewhere this season, those are the types of games they better win.

12. Washington Redskins (4-3-1, LW: 15)
I can’t rip Jay Gruden too much for being conservative in overtime. Your kicker has to make a 34-yard field goal, period.

5. Kansas City Chiefs (5-2, LW: 6)
Dee Ford had 3.5 sacks on Sunday. If Justin Houston returns and looks like himself, the Chiefs are going to have a really nice pass-rushing duo. The Chiefs could make huge strides in the second half, and they’re pretty good already.

4. Seattle Seahawks (4-2-1, LW: 2)
I’ll go down with the ship on this: This is the team with the highest upside in the NFC and if they ever get it clicking, they’ll go back to a Super Bowl. But it keeps getting harder to maintain patience for them to start looking like the Seahawks again.

3. Denver Broncos (6-2, LW: 5)
They’ll need to find a No. 2 back, with C.J. Anderson out. Kapri Bibbs was the No. 2 tailback on Sunday and he had 4 yards on two carries. Devontae Booker will be fine as a starter. But over the long term they need more than one tailback in that offense.

2. Dallas Cowboys (6-1, LW: 3)
The one thing that could derail them is if Ezekiel Elliott gets hurt or just starts to slow down. He has at least 22 carries in six of seven games, and he isn’t afraid to take on defenders. It’s hard for anyone to maintain that pace, especially a rookie.

1. New England Patriots (7-1, LW: 1)
I don’t understand the Jamie Collins trade for them. They could have gotten a compensatory pick for him had he left as a free agent. If they were somehow upset at his play, then just bench him. I can’t figure how they’re closer to a Super Bowl this season without him.

Cubs rout Indians to force Game 7 of World Series

CLEVELAND – Game 7 of the World Series is coming Wednesday. This seemed almost preordained, even after the Cleveland Indians found themselves in control of the Chicago Cubs. Both of these franchises have spent far too long craving a championship for it to come down to anything less than a do-or-die, empty-the-bullpens, batten-down-the-hatches dance to 27 outs. This is a baseball dream, and it’s coming live at 8 p.m.

Game 6 of the World Series came and went Tuesday. It was a blowout. The Cubs thumped the Indians, 9-3, and made the three-games-to-one advantage Cleveland held seem like a millennium ago. By the third inning, flights were being booked into Cleveland and ticket prices were spiking and the inevitability of 176 years of championship-free baseball boiling down to one game was titillating the collective mind of a country suddenly enthralled with postseason baseball.

Mostly, admittedly, because of the Cubs. Lest this further the Indians’ Other Team™ complex, the Cubs are the story captivating the country, 108 years of heartbreak hanging over their heads, their binary destinies either a delicious, satisfying end to it all or the most painful tease yet. The Indians aren’t some mediocre story, of course, not with their 68 years and the prospect of blowing the same lead their across-the-street neighbors, the Cavs, came back from to steal a championship from the Warriors over the summer.

Ben Zobrist is safe at home after colliding with Indians catcher Roberto Perez in the first inning. (USA Today)
Ben Zobrist is safe at home after colliding with Indians catcher Roberto Perez in the first inning. (USA Today)

This is baseball, of course, and there is no singular, transcendent figure like LeBron James patrolling the diamond for the either team. Corey Kluber has been the closest thing, and he’ll start for the third time this series, giving Cleveland its best hope after Trevor Bauer lost Game 5 and Josh Tomlin imploded in Game 6, the latter in a first-inning flurry and third-inning meltdown.

The Cubs’ first run-scoring burst wasn’t entirely Tomlin’s fault. After Kris Bryant walloped a 433-foot home run with two outs, Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist roped back-to-back singles. Addison Russell followed with a fly ball to right-center field that should’ve been an out until a miscommunication between center fielder Tyler Naquin and right fielder Lonnie Chisenhallcaused the ball to drop between them. Rizzo and Zobrist scored, staking Cubs starter Jake Arrieta a three-run lead.

Even though he needed no more, the Cubs provided it in the third. A walk and two singles loaded the bases and prompted Indians manager Terry Francona to pull Tomlin. Russell deposited the third pitch from reliever Dan Otero 434 feet over the left-center field wall, becoming the youngest player to hit a grand slam in a World Series since Mickey Mantle and tying a World Series record with six RBIs. It was the third inning, the Cubs led 7-0 and Game 7 was practically inevitable.

Cleveland did muster a pair of runs and was threatening in the seventh, with two on and two out. Cubs manager Joe Maddon summoned closer Aroldis Chapman, who squeezed out of the jam by a hundredth of a second. Francisco Lindor hit a chopper to Rizzo, whose flip to Chapman came just in time to get Lindor – a call that was reversed after first-base umpire Sam Holbrook called him safe.

The next inning was little trouble for Chapman, and Maddon pulled him after a walk in the ninth at 20 pitches, a number that shouldn’t significantly affect his ability to pitch multiple innings in Game 7. It was a call made easier by Anthony Rizzo’s two-run home run in the top of the ninth that gave Chicago a seven-run lead. Pedro Strop gave up a run and Travis Wood recorded the final out for the Cubs. With starters Jon Lester and John Lackey both available to pitch in Game 7, Chicago’s bullpen is fortified for its run at history.

The Cubs are trying to do something only the 1925 Pirates, 1958 Yankees, 1968 Tigers, 1979 Pirates and 1985 Royals have done: come back from a 3-1 deficit in the World Series. Here’s an even more heartening note for Chicago: Only the 1967 Red Sox and 1972 Reds game back to force a Game 7 after being down 3-1 and lost the finale. These Cubs have adopted something of a Rocky theme, with the original film and its sequels playing on clubhouse TVs before Game 5, a tense 3-2 affair, nothing like the blowout of Game 6. It still imbued in Chicago a greater sense of hope than the gloom that hung over the city after Cleveland took Games 3 and 4 at Wrigley Field. Game 5 brought back the signs that said It’s Gonna Happen and left at least some semblance of optimism going into Tuesday.

It was warranted, and now, with standing-room-only tickets starting at $2,000 and actual seats running closer to $2,500, with the highest TV ratings in decades expected, with Major League Baseball riding this close-to-a-dream series to its close-to-a-dream conclusion. Now all it needs is a compelling Game 7 that will remind one city why the wait is worth it and the other about how getting so close can feel worse than not being there at all.

New York Giants Kicker Josh Brown Admitted in Journal Entries That He Abused His Wife

The NFL said it is reopening its investigation of New York Giants kicker Josh Brown after documents were released Wednesday in which the player admitted to abusing his former wife, Molly Brown.

In March 2013, Josh Brown signed a “Contract for Change” from a counseling and consulting firm in Oregon, saying he would try to set things right with his wife. In the contract, he wrote, “I have physically, verbally and emotionally abused my wife Molly.” The contract also stated that he “controlled” her by “making her feel less human than me.”

As part of the contract, Josh Brown agreed to “journal” at least four times a week. The documents released include Josh Brown’s handwritten journal entries, which feature a list of reasons why he resents his wife, to-do lists and an admission that he “may need an anger counselor.”

In a letter to loved ones, Josh Brown wrote that he had been “a liar” for most of his life and began to abuse women at the age of 7. He also wrote that he abused his wife due to underlying issues he never addressed.

“I viewed myself as God basically and she was my slave,” Josh Brown wrote. “I carried an overwhelming sense of entitlement because I put money higher than God and I used it as a power tool.”

Josh Brown was arrested and charged with fourth-degree assault in May 2015 after an incident with his wife, according to a police report from the King County Sheriff’s Office inWashington State. It appears Brown is no longer facing charges.

The Giants knew about the arrest but still signed him to a two-year, $4 million contract.

In a victim’s statement provided to authorities, Molly Brown said he became “super angry” because he claimed she had disrespected him and “he’s the man of the house.” She then said that she was afraid that Brown would hurt her 16-year-old son and that she called 911.

Molly Brown told police that she estimated that Josh Brown had gotten physical with her more than 10 times since they had gotten married. The victim’s statement details several instances in which Josh Brown allegedly lost his temper with her, including an incident in which he allegedly called police to tell them that she was trying to kill herself after she had spilled coffee on herself during an argument.

The documents also include photos showing a large bruise on Molly Brown’s upper leg. The King County Sheriff’s Office and King County prosecutors initially decided to postpone the filing of charges pending further investigation, ESPN reported. As of now, no charges have been filed.

In a statement to ABC News, Molly Brown said the release of this new information has been “very traumatic.”

“The recent exposure of extremely personal and confidential information has been very traumatic not only for myself, but more importantly my children,” Brown said. “At this time I am dedicated to focusing on a positive, loving and safe environment for our family. Please respect our privacy during this time so we may continue to heal and move forward.”

PHOTO: New York Giants kicker Josh Brown and Molly Brown attend DirecTV Super Saturday Night at Pendergast Family Farm, Jan. 31, 2015, in Glendale, Arizona. Ethan Miller/Getty Images for DirecTV
New York Giants kicker Josh Brown and Molly Brown attend DirecTV Super Saturday Night at Pendergast Family Farm, Jan. 31, 2015, in Glendale, Arizona.more +

Josh Brown will not be traveling with the Giants to London for their game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, the team announced Thursday afternoon, acknowledging that Josh Brown is “working” on “issues in his life” through therapy and counseling, and that the team remains supportive of his efforts.

“In light of the news reports regarding the documents released by the State of Washington yesterday, we think it makes sense to review this newly disclosed information and to revisit this issue following our trip to London,” the team said. “The Giants do not condone any form ofdomestic violence.”

Giants owner John Mara said in an interview with WFAN on Thursday that he did not want to speculate whether Josh Brown would remain on the team.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning briefly commented on the situation during a press conference in London on Friday.

“I don’t know what went on behind the scenes. All I can do is support my teammates and the organization,” Manning told reporters.

The NFL had already conducted its own investigation earlier this year and suspended Josh Brown for one game for violation of the league’s conduct policy, ESPN reported.

In a statement, the NFL said it “made repeated attempts” to obtain “any and all evidence and relevant information” regarding Josh Brown’s case from the King County Sheriff’s Office. Each of those requests was denied, according to the NFL. ABC News reached out to the King County Sheriff’s Office to confirm this but did not immediately hear back.

 

76ers’ Nerlens Noel to undergo knee surgery, no timetable for return

Already doubtful to begin the season with a groin strain, 76ers forward Nerlens Noel has elected to undergo surgery on his ailing left knee, the team announced Friday.

Noel reported soreness in his left knee while rehabbing his groin and was diagnosed with inflamed plica in his knee. The surgery is considered minor and will occur within the coming days. He is without a timetable for return. With Jahlil Okafor (knee) on a minutes cap to begin the season, Richaun Holmes could see additional minutes for the Sixers alongside Joel Embiid (foot), who is expected to weaned into his first fu l season

Noel and the Sixers have until October 31 to work out a deal that will keep him from becoming a restricted free agent after this season. With the 76ers’ abundance of big men and recent trade rumors involving Noel, it appears unlikely the Kentucky product will remain in Philly long term. Noel averaged 11.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game last season.

The Sixers also announced backup guard Jerryd Bayless will be re-evaluated in two weeks after electing a non-surgical option to address a sore left wrist.

Philadelphia looks to improve from their 10-72 record from 2015-16 when the team opens up the new season Wednesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.