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‘He’s great to watch, but he’s not God’ – Pope sets fans straight on Messi

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first_imgBARCELONA (Reuters) – For Barcelona fans, Lionel Messi is ‘D10S’, a combination of the Spanish word for “God” – “dios” – with the No 10 on his shirt. But Pope Francis begs to differ.Interviewed by Spanish TV channel La Sexta on Sunday, the pope praised his Argentine compatriot Messi, but said he must not be called God.“In theory, it is sacrilege,” explained the leader of the Catholic Church. “You can’t do it.“People could call him God, just as they might say ‘I adore you’, but only God can be worshipped.“(Saying) ‘He’s a god with the ball on the pitch’ is a popular way to express yourself. He’s great to watch – but he’s not God.”Pope Francis is known to be a football fan, and he is also a club member of Buenos Aires side San Lorenzo.Two goals from Messi gave Barcelpona victory in the Catalan derby over Espanyol on Sunday, taking the Liga leaders another step closer to the title.last_img read more

USC fails to escape Arizona with win

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first_imgThe USC women’s soccer team completed a wild weekend in Arizona with two double-overtime games, fighting to a 1-1 tie in an intense game against Arizona on Sunday and losing a close one in Tempe to Arizona State 5-4 on Friday.“Our fitness really came through today,” said USC coach Ali Khosroshahin when asked about a pair of weekend games in the Arizona weather. “It’s hard to play in this kind of weather at 2:00 and 1:30 both matches.“Stalemate · Junior midfielder Autumn Altamirano was unable to lead the Women of Troy past Arizona on Sunday afternoon. The game ended in a 1-1 tie. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanIn Sunday’s game, freshman forward Whitney Pitalo slipped a shot past Arizona goalkeeper Gabby Kaufman in the first half, tipping in a pass from freshman midfielder April Juarez to give USC (4-5-2) a 1-0 lead. The Women of Troy stayed aggressive, stopping the Arizona offense on numerous occasions and generating numerous scoring opportunities, with junior midfielder Elizabeth Eddy and freshman forward Katie Johnson getting into 1-on-1 chances against Kaufman. But Kaufman was able to stop both attempts.A USC foul set up a free kick for forward Jazmin Ponce of the Wildcats in the 88th minute. Jazmin kicked it into the box, where midfielder Jessica Culver was able to tap it into the goal to tie the game at one and send the game into overtime.The Women of Troy looked determined throughout the overtime period, constantly attacking the goal and keeping the ball on Arizona’s side of the field. Johnson, junior midfielder Haley Boysen and freshman forward Megan Borman all had good looks at the net, but Kaufman stopped them all, causing the final whistle to blow after 110 minutes of play in a tie game.USC also played an overtime match on Friday night against Arizona State.Throughout the match USC struggled to contain forward Cali Farquharson, who posted a hat trick in regulation and set up midfielder Tommi Goodman with the game-winning goal in the second overtime. Farquharson scored both goals in the first half for the Sun Devils, including a tally five minutes after Boysen scored in the 22nd minute, giving the Sun Devils a 2-1 lead at halftime.A shot by Johnson in the 31st minute that appeared to pass the goal line was nabbed by Arizona State goalkeeper Chandler Morris before the referees noticed. The Pac-12 Networks’ broadcast would later clearly show it crossing the line.After ASU scored opened a 3-1 lead, the Women of Troy came back from a two-goal deficit for the third time in their last four games, thanks to a pair of goals by sophomore midfielder Alex Quincey. Farquharson scored her third goal in the 86th minute to give ASU the lead, but junior midfielder Autumn Altamirano answered with an equalizer in the 89th minute.The Women of Troy were undone by late ejections, including Khosroshahin, senior forward Samantha Johnson and Altamirano, leaving them with nine players on the field for the overtime period.Despite holding off ASU in the first overtime, Goodman was able to score off a rebound in the 101st minute.Arizona State outshot the Women of Troy 35-14 and won 9-4 in corner kicks. Sophomore goalkeeper Caroline Stanley finished with a career-high 12 saves.“Considering all that happened on Friday, the ladies showed great determination and fight,” said coach Khosroshahin said about the team’s performance this weekend.USC heads back to Los Angeles for a couple days rest before taking a trip to Oregon next weekend. The Women of Troy will play Oregon State at 1 p.m. on Friday, followed by a 1 p.m. match against at Oregon on Sunday. The game against the Beavers will be televised on Pac-12 Networks, marking the fourth-straight USC game that will be televised.last_img read more

Angels’ Shohei Ohtani passes another test with a simulated game in Arizona

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first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Related Articlescenter_img Shohei Ohtani threw 29 pitches in a simulated game on Monday at the Angels’ training complex in Tempe, Ariz., and “all went well,” according to the Angels. Ohtani faced both right-handed and left-handed hitters during his outing.Ohtani is rehabbing from a damaged ulnar collateral ligament. The Angels are hoping for him to pitch again this season in the majors, and he now appears to be fairly close. Since the Angels said he’s not going to pitch in the minors during his rehab, all that’s left is for him to do is another, longer, simulated game. Ohtani has had no setbacks in his rehab since he underwent a platelet-rich plasma injection on June 7.Ohtani could return to the mound in September, even if he’s on a tight pitch limit, because by then rosters would have expanded enough that the Angels would have the bullpen depth to cover the innings.Ohtani is expected to speak to the media on Tuesday before the Angels open a two-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield last_img read more