Messi Saves Setien’s Blushes: What We Learned From FC Barcelona Versus Granada

In new coach Quique Setien’s first game in charge, FC Barcelona beat Granada 1-0 at the Camp Nou on Sunday evening. Here’s what we learned from the tie.

The squad list will now be released on matchday

Unlike during Ernesto Valverde’s tenure, brought to a dramatic halt late on Monday night after a whirlwind four days that followed the Spanish Super Cup semi final loss to Atletico Madrid in Jeddah, squad lists will now be divulged on matchday as opposed to 24 hours before.

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Liverpool beat Man United with Van Dijk, Salah goals to open up 16-point lead at top

Liverpool came through a high-octane tussle with old rivals Manchester United to win 2-0 at Anfield and move 16 points clear at the top of the table on Sunday, sparking a chorus of “we are going to win the league” from their now expectant fans.

Van Dijk opened the scoring on 14 minutes, leaping above left-back Brandon Williams to deliver a thumping header past

Jurgen Klopp’s side, chasing their maiden title in the Premier League era and first in the top flight in 30 years,

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MLB hammers Astros in cheating scandal: Jeff Luhnow, A.J. Hinch suspended then fired; draft picks lost

Major League Baseball issued harsh penalties against the Houston Astros on Monday after a lengthy investigation into the team’s use of technology to steal signs. The sanctions include one-year suspensions for Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow as well as a $5 million fine and the loss of future draft picks.

Shortly after the sanctions were announced, the Astros fired both Hinch and Luhnow, each of whom will be ineligible to partake in the 2020 season.

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Patriots’ Julian Edelman arrested for misdemeanor vandalism in Beverly Hills, per report

Julian Edelman isn’t exactly having the best two-week stretch. Only a week after his New England Patriots were eliminated from the playoffs at the hands of the Tennessee Titans on Wild Card Weekend, TMZ Sports reports that the veteran receiver was arrested on Saturday night and cited for misdemeanor vandalism.

TMZ reports that the 33-year-old, who was said to have been drinking, was walking around Beverly Hills at around 9 p.m. and jumped on the hood of a Mercedes Benz,

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Spanish Super Cup: Real Madrid beats Atletico Madrid in penalty kicks for title

For the first time ever, a team that didn’t win a trophy in the previous season has won the Spanish Super Cup. Real Madrid beat city rival Atletico Madrid in penalty kicks during Sunday’s final in Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, La Liga champ Barcelona and Copa del Rey winner Valencia were eliminated in the new semifinal round, setting up the Madrid derby that saw 120 minutes of goal-less action before penalties.

Real scored all four of its penalty kicks while Atleti missed its first two,

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Roberto Firmino Leads Liverpool Past Tottenham Hotspur in Premier League

Liverpool’s march to the Premier League title continued on Saturday with a 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur. Roberto Firmino scored the only goal in the first half.

Both teams had their chances before Firmino used his nimble feet to create space and fire home after 37 minutes. Liverpool were the better side after the break, but Spurs wasted several excellent chances to tie things up.

With Leicester City losing to Southampton earlier in the day,

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Atletico Madrid beat Barcelona to set up Supercopa derby with Madrid

Atletico Madrid battled back to beat Barcelona 3-2 in the semifinals of the Spanish Supercopa in Saudi Arabia on Thursday night in a wildly entertaining match that featured five second-half goals.

Both teams fielded full-strength sides for the chance to play Real Madrid, who beat Valencia on Wednesday in the other semi, in the final of the first-ever four-team Super Cup competition.

Barcelona had by far the better of the opening 45 minutes,

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Giants Agree to Hire Joe Judge as Head Coach

The Patriots assistant had not been considered a top target, but he quickly emerged as the Giants’ choice. Matt Rhule, presumed to be the leading candidate, agreed to a deal with the Carolina Panthers.

The Giants, who joined the N.F.L. in 1925, have become known for a staid, prudent management style. True to form, on Tuesday morning, the team was expected to do something predictable: Hire Matt Rhule, the former Giants assistant coach who has become a rising star after rebuilding downtrodden college football programs at Temple and Baylor.

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Tua Tagovailoa Leaves Alabama With Legacy Secure and All Eyes on His NFL Future

Entering the draft was the right move for the QB even after his hip surgery, and now an NFL team will have to take its own leap of faith.

He took the podium without crutches Monday, and you know that was quite purposeful.

Tua Tagovailoa said his goodbye to Alabama and to college football in a noon ET announcement that was among the most intriguing in recent gridiron history. In the process of saying hello to the NFL,

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Michigan basketball never had a chance when Cassius Winston found his joy

EAST LANSING — He looked light and bouncy from the start. Not that anyone ever accused Cassius Winston of playing on air, above the rim.

No, his charisma and influence on the basketball court is more earthbound, arising from what and how he sees. He slows the game, as they say, and bends it toward its own ambling pace.

We took it for granted that Winston plays basketball unlike almost no other in the college game.

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