Lionel Messi signs a new contract with Barcelona

Lionel Messi has signed a new four-year contract with Barcelona Lionel Messi has signed a new four-year contract with Barcelona. The Argentine superstar has been with Barcelona since 2000 when he joined as a 13-year-old and made his debut in the first team at the age of 16. The new contract, signed on Saturday, will see Messi at Barcelona until ... Read More »

Friday’s Sports in Brief

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Falcons running back Devonta Freeman has been ruled out for the second straight week with a concussion and won’t play against Tampa Bay. Atlanta (6-4) will rely again on Tevin Coleman and third-stringer Terron Ward when the Falcons (6-4) host Tampa Bay (4-6) on Sunday. Freeman, the NFL’s highest-paid running back, looked good as he ... Read More »

Sports quiz of the week: Ashes, All Blacks defeats and a full-kit father

Neymar in Paris. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images Which of these cricket teams has won a Test in Australia in the last five years? England India New Zealand Pakistan South Africa Sri Lanka West Indies England have played 20 Tests at the Gabba in Brisbane and only won four of them. Which song was No1 in the UK music charts when ... Read More »

Christchurch’s long wait for its sports and swimming venue

ANALYSIS: A decade is a long time for a city to wait for sporting facilities. By the time the metro sports facility opens in 2021, a generation of Christchurch sportspeople will have come of age without the amenities many modern cities take for granted. The new facility is to replace QEII Park lost in the 2011 earthquakes, and cater for everyday and high-performance use, both ... Read More »

Roberts joins Disney World of Sports

Reggie Roberts, who was an executive with the Falcons for 11 years, was recently named sports public relations manager for Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Roberts was the Falcons vice president of football communications from 2004-15. He will handle and be heavily involved with the youth sports programs, the Atlanta Braves, the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl and ... Read More »

Dramatic victory: are we entering a golden age for the sports documentary?

It seems fair to say sports documentary films reached something of an early artistic end-point with 1971’s Football As Never Before, a feature-length George Best portrait by the West German arthouse director Hellmuth Costard – best known for his 1968 work Especially Valuable, which featured a talking penis quoting passages of government legislation. Presented without voiceover or soundtrack, Football As Never ... Read More »

Nancy Armour joins Sports Feed on Tuesday to talk NFL and College Football

CHICAGO – One of the great things about having Nancy Armour on Sports Feed is her versatility. The USA Today columnist has the ability to discuss a number of different topics that she covers around the country, from college football, college basketball, and the National Football League. Jarrett Payton discussed all three of those topics  with Nancy on Tuesday’s Sports ... Read More »

Go Ahead, Republicans. Tax College Sports.

Not a charity.  Photographer: Emile Wamsteker/Bloomberg I’m no fan of the tycoon-friendly, deficit-expanding tax bills that House and Senate Republicans have written. But there’s one surprising sphere of economic life where the two plans actually offer marked improvements over the status quo: college sports. College sports, of course, are big business; they generate around $13 billion a year in revenue. If college ... Read More »

Two Billionaires Bet They Can Sell Sports Swag to the World

Fanatics Inc. has crushed the competition in the U.S. sports-merchandise industry by selling fans things they didn’t realize they needed, like a $40 New York Yankees money clip or a $50 Green Bay Packers bikini. Now, armed with a $1 billion investment from SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son, fellow billionaire Michael Rubin aims to tackle a tougher challenge: sparking an American-style hunger for ... Read More »

Your Questions About Activism In Sports, Answered

Members of the San Francisco 49ers kneel during the national anthem prior to a game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on Oct. 1. Matt Kartozian/USA Today Sports/Reuters This week, President Trump refused to let up on his rebukeof the NFL for allowing players to kneel during the national anthem. His response to these on-the-field demonstrations, along with ... Read More »