• Barcelona's Messi to appeal tax fraud sentence
Barcelona's Messi to appeal tax fraud sentence

Messi, 29, and his father defrauded the Spanish tax office of nearly €4.2 million (NZ$6.5 million) between 2007 and 2009 by using a web of shell companies to evade taxes on income from the player's image rights, the court said in a written ruling.

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  • Tour de France, Stage 12
Tour de France, Stage 12

Froome threw his bike aside and began running up the road instead. Froome therefore extended his lead with his main rival Nairo Quintana now third at 54sec, Mollema fourth at 56sec and young Frenchman Romain Bardet fifth at 1:15 ahead of Friday's 37km time-trial.

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  • Predators trade Shea Weber to Montreal for PK Subban
Predators trade Shea Weber to Montreal for PK Subban

It became evident Weber was no longer the best defenseman on the Predators two seasons ago. Shea Weber is great don't get me wrong but I think adding a guy like Subban to the group they have will be deadly. where he could've had that Mark Messier on Broadway kind of view, or [Wayne] Gretzky in L.A..." It's give and take. So I've always felt wan...

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  • 'Like David versus Goliath' - Reed acknowledges challenge of Troon turn
'Like David versus Goliath' - Reed acknowledges challenge of Troon turn

Rory McIlroy started the Open Championship with an encouraging two-under-par 69 in Thursday's first round at Royal Troon. Things didn't go quite as well for Shane Lowry and Paul Dunne both left themselves with a lot of work to do. "It was a attractive day, and I took advantage of it", he said."It was fun". "But if somebody had given me that score...

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  • Spieth Just Ready To Golf Again
Spieth Just Ready To Golf Again

The Co. Down native, who withdrew from the Olympics last month over fears about Zika and didn't mince his words yesterday when he spoke about golf at the Rio Olympics, has also had a few words to say about the sport's drug testing regime. "I've made my stance and I feel like I have more peace of mind not going". The other players named were defen...

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  • Bryant homers at All-Star Game
Bryant homers at All-Star Game

The way so many players like Bryant and Jake Arrieta , or Sale and Jose Quintana, involve their dads and kids remind us how many households still revolve around the game, a pastime that isn't just America's, and all the relationships baseball enhances.

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  • Knicks re-sign Vujacic, sign Ndour
Knicks re-sign Vujacic, sign Ndour

According to worldwide basketball reporter David Pick, the Knicks have signed Ndour to a guaranteed two-year deal. A new chapter is about to be written. The contract is for two years and is guaranteed, sources confirmed to ESPN. After playing in Japan during his high school days, Ndour played his college ball at OH, where he was a second-team A...

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  • Lowry over Oakmont collapse, says he'll be stronger at Troon
Lowry over Oakmont collapse, says he'll be stronger at Troon

Lowry's best finish at The Open is a tie for ninth in 2014 but he is quietly confident he can improve on that this week if his putter behaves. "If you look at it, after the US Open, I was a lot further along in my career than I was the week before, so there are a lot of positives to take from it".

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  • Stocks eke out late gains to hit more records
Stocks eke out late gains to hit more records

On Thursday, financial giants JPMorgan Chase and BlackRock are scheduled to post results before the bell, along with Delta Air Lines. Energy shares retreated today from their highest level in eight months as crude fell 3.5 percent after government data showed that while US stockpiles dropped for an eighth straight week, supplies of refined produc...

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  • Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo celebrate Euro 2016 victory
Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo celebrate Euro 2016 victory

Following Portugal's win over France , a French fan appeared inconsolable. But former France and Chelsea defender Leboeuf insists that Portugal central defender Pepe, who kept Griezmann quiet in the final, was more deserving of the award.

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  • AG's office: House committee doesn't have power to subpoena us
AG's office: House committee doesn't have power to subpoena us

In a letter, Smith says after that the committee "will consider the use of compulsory process to obtain responsive documents". The attorney general of the U.S. Exxon, which has said that it has acknowledged the reality of climate change for years, called the subpoena unreasonably burdensome and intrusive. "When you're talking about a state attorn...

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  • Portugal dominate Euro 2016 best XI, Allen and Ramsey in for Wales
Portugal dominate Euro 2016 best XI, Allen and Ramsey in for Wales

Portugal winger Ricardo Quaresma has hailed team-mate and captain Cristiano Ronaldo as the only person in football he admires after their victory over hosts France in the final of the European Championship. Cristiano Ronaldo is one of four players from champions Portugal to have been included in the team picked by 13 technical observers, whic...

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  • Reed grabs clubhouse lead at British
Reed grabs clubhouse lead at British

The outward nine has a history of playing easier than the back at Troon and so it proved as Reed took advantage of the benign conditions to notch three birdies in his next four holes. He finished his round with three birdies and three bogeys. Scottish veteran Sandy Lyle, the 1985 Open champion, fared even worse, shooting an 85 that featured 10 bo...

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  • Speaker Ryan: Pence would be a good, conservative VP
Speaker Ryan: Pence would be a good, conservative VP

Comey told the committee that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was monitoring the threat of violence at the conventions "very, very carefully". What kind of show remains to be seen. She said it is time for the party to unite around Trump as its nominee, and believes that will happen at the convention or shortly thereafter. The conventi...

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  • Trump to name Indiana's Pence as VP pick
Trump to name Indiana's Pence as VP pick

IN law prohibits him from running for both a state and federal office. They are reporting that Trump will formally offer the spot to Pence later this afternoon. Gingrich told The Associated Press he was expecting to hear from Trump one way or the other sometime after 1 p.m. The former Georgia congressman praised Trump for running a "very fair, open...

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  • Ole Miss NCAA investigation hot topic at SEC media days
Ole Miss NCAA investigation hot topic at SEC media days

Instead of running from it, Freeze delivered a statement about the case. That's one of the frustrating things, but out of respect for the process, you can't do it. "We are excited about our chemistry, our chemistry, we just don't have a lot of turnover at our place". I have confidence that we're going to handle whatever it is and move forward, but ...

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  • Portugal beat Poland on penalties to enter Euro semis
Portugal beat Poland on penalties to enter Euro semis

Next up for Portugal will be the victor of Friday's quarter-final between host nation France and dark horse Wales. Having previously scored an extra-time victor in the round of 16 against Croatia, Quaresma's penalty kick sent Portugal into the semifinals for the fourth time in the past five European Championships.

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  • Von Miller, Broncos nearing huge deal with $70 million in guaranteed money
Von Miller, Broncos nearing huge deal with $70 million in guaranteed money

But Miller wants more long-term security than that and is after a multiyear contract. Earlier in the offseason, there were reports the framework was in place, at six years and $114.5 million. I understand that a kicker is like anybody else in terms of getting a contract, but it is still kind of amusing when a kicker gets fired up in this way.

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  • For Edwin Encarnacion, a lesson: Don't bump an ump
For Edwin Encarnacion, a lesson: Don't bump an ump

He would go on to throw out Russell Martin and John Gibbons , as well, later in the game. "He left tied, five innings were definitely what we needed". Left-hander Madison Bumgarner made major league history at the plate and earned his ninth win of the season on the mound as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Oakland Athletics.

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  • It looks to be a Trump-Pence ticket
It looks to be a Trump-Pence ticket

Given that a Muslim ban isalmost certainly unconstitutional, the more important disagreement is on free trade . Donald Trump is on the verge of picking his vice presidential running mate , with top contenders on standby Thursday afternoon for the Republican nominee's decision .

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