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Lionel Messi scored twice and set up two more goals as Barcelona beat Lyon 5-1 to reach the Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday. After a 0-0 first-leg draw, Luis Suarez ensured Barcelona was up 2-0 by halftime by earning a penalty converted by Messi and assisting Philippe Coutinho to score. Lyon’s Lucas Tousart gave the visitors hope with a goal in the 58th minute, but Messi scored again in the 78th before passing for Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele to round off the win.
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez paid tribute to Luis Suarez as the team prepared for Wednesday’s World Cup match against Saudi Arabia. The match will be Suarez’s 100th international appearance. The 31-year-old Barcelona striker didn’t have a standout game in Uruguay’s opening match against Egypt. Uruguay escaped with a 1-0 victory, and Tabarez expects Saudi Arabia to rebound from a thrashing by Russia.
Barcelona says striker Luis Suarez will be sidelined for four weeks. The announcement comes only days before the team is about to start the Spanish league season. Suarez will miss Sunday’s league opener against Real Betis and the following matches against Alaves and Espnayol. The club says he could also miss the match again Getafe after an international break.
Gothic folklore met modern dentistry, with the whole world watching. This was the World Cup and the Bite of Brazil – a mouthwatering, open-jawed, succulent chomp on an unsuspecting victim that would have done proud any vampire worth his cape.
Luis Suarez will train with his Barcelona teammates on Friday after his ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup was softened but not shortened. The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled Thursday that the Uruguay forward, who recently left Liverpool for Barcelona, deserves his four-month ban from playing official matches for both his club and his country.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport could rule on Luis Suarez’s appeal against his biting ban before the Spanish league season starts. The CAS said Friday that Suarez, the Uruguay federation and Barcelona have filed a request for a fast-track appeal against FIFA’s ban for nine competitive international matches and four months from all soccer. “It is likely that a final award will be rendered well before the end of August,” the court said. The Spanish league season begins the weekend of Aug. 23-24. Sanctions imposed on Suarez also included a fine of $112,000 for biting the shoulder of Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup. – AP
BARCELONA, Spain – Barcelona reached agreement with Liverpool on the transfer of Luis Suarez on Friday, giving the troubled striker a chance to rehabilitate his image when his latest biting ban is over. Suarez will travel to Barcelona next week for a medical and to sign a five-year contract.
After a few days of reflection, Luis Suarez acknowledged what millions saw on TV – he did bite an opponent during a game at the World Cup. In addition, he said he’s sorry about it, and promised it will never happen again. Ending a unified protest in Uruguay by everyone from Suarez to teammates, fans and even the country’s president that the star striker had done nothing wrong, the Liverpool player on Monday offered an apology to Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.
Luis Suarez claimed to FIFA’s disciplinary panel that he did not deliberately bite Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup. The Uruguay striker writes in Spanish that “in no way it happened how you have described, as a bite or intent to bite.” The player’s defense is in FIFA’s ruling, which has been seen by The Associated Press. Suarez says “after the impact ... I lost my balance, making my body unstable and falling on top of my opponent. At that moment I hit my face against the player leaving a small bruise on my cheek and a strong pain in my teeth,” Suarez writes. The seven-man panel writes that the bite was “deliberate, intentional and without provocation.” – AP
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez quit FIFA’s strategic committee on Friday in protest at the ban soccer’s governing body imposed on his team’s star striker Luis Suarez for biting an Italian player. Tabarez used the mandatory pre-match media event to make an often rambling 15-minute speech with no mention of today’s game, when Uruguay faces Colombia.
RIO DE JANEIRO – Colombia was already without Radamel Falcao. Now Uruguay is without Luis Suarez. Instead of a matchup between two of the world’s top strikers, the round-of-16 match between Colombia and Uruguay at the World Cup will be a test of which team copes best without its talisman.
RIO DE JANEIRO – Luis Suarez exits the World Cup with one of the longest bans in tournament history, and his reputation once again in tatters. The Uruguay forward, widely regarded as one of the best players in the world, was banned by FIFA from all football for four months on Thursday for biting an Italian opponent in an incident that marred the team’s victory and progression to the second round.
Captain Diego Godin scored in the 81st minute as Uruguay edged 10-man Italy 1-0 in Natal, Brazil on Tuesday to reach the second round of the World Cup, a victory overshadowed by a biting incident involving Luis Suarez. Godin rose above a crowd of defenders to meet a corner with his left shoulder and veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon had no chance.
NATAL, Brazil – Biting opponents, racist comments – all that looked to be behind Luis Suarez, as soccer’s bad boy was maturing into a star for his club and country. Then, the old habit that most people leave behind in nursery school cropped up again in front of an audience of millions. Faced with a smothering and frustrating Italian defense in a must-win World Cup game Tuesday, the Uruguayan superstar responded with his front teeth.
Dropping to the turf on the left knee that was surgically repaired less than a month ago, Uruguay striker Luis Suarez was euphoric. Scoring a second goal against England sealed a 2-1 win on Thursday in Sao Paulo to revive Uruguay’s World Cup campaign and cap a remarkable recovery. But it meant even more than that to the Liverpool player. Vilified after being banned by the English Football Association for racially abusing one opponent and biting another in two separate incidents in the Premier League, Suarez seemed to revel in inflicting England’s second successive loss in Brazil.
Elected Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel and horses Housebuster, Invasor, Lure, McDynamo and Tuscalee have been elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. They will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Aug. 9 at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion. The 46-year-old Borel has won 5,012 races and has purse earnings of $120,859,986 in a career that began in 1983. Extended The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed right wing Cam Atkinson to a two-year contract extension through the 2014-15 season. Atkinson, who would have been a restricted free agent next season, will receive $2.3 million over the term of the contract.
LIVERPOOL, England – In the latest chapter of Luis Suarez’s controversial soccer career, the Uruguayan bit the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during Sunday’s 2-2 draw in the Premier League and apologized later. Suarez, who served a seven-game suspension for a bite during a Dutch league match in 2010, was foiled by Ivanovic as he attempted to kick the ball between the center back’s legs in the penalty area. As the ball rebounded toward the edge of the area, Suarez turned to his opponent, and television images clearly showed him biting into Ivanovic’s jersey at the top of the right arm.