A number of Barca players were expected at the ceremony, but instead made a decision to stay in Spain in order to focus on preparations for their Copa del Rey last 16 second leg against Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday. Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta and Luis Suarez were all named in the FIFPro World XI along with Messi . Ivan Rakitic has been linked with a move to Manchester City, but he returns to the Barcelona squad for the Copa del Rey clash with Athletic Bilbao.
Thank you, Iverson. if Michael wasn't thinking about playing before. we GUARANTEE he is now. "I just wanted to be a part of it, and I hope me being a part of it makes it a success". Case in point: the most recent player to join up is Allen Iverson . Iverson smiled, then turned serious. It will consist of eight teams, each of which will feature a player/coach.
The ECA, the association that represents more than 200 European clubs, most of which dislike releasing their players for global duty, said the decision had been taken for "political reasons rather than sporting ones" and "under considerable political pressure".
The "Club Whereabouts" information is a law which allows officials to locate club staff for random drug testing. Under the rules, clubs are required to provide the FA with details of training sessions and player whereabouts. A fine is believed to be the most likely sanction should City be found guilty. After registering a thumping 5-0 victory over Hammers earlier this week, Manchester City seemed to be recuperating only for the Football Association to drop an Anti-Doping bomb at Etihad.
Cheesehead TV Early on, expect the Packers to commit at least one extra defensive back to the box to stop Ezekiel Elliott from breaking out on the ground, which will likely leave the corners in one-on-one coverage with the Cowboys' receivers.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers , who shocked the Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals with end-of-game Hail Mary touchdowns last season, stunned the Giants with a 42-yard Hail Mary touchdown to Randall Cobb on the final play of the first half of Sunday's NFC wild card playoff game at frigid Lambeau Field in Green Bay .
His form saw him awarded both the Ballon d'Or and FIFA's "The Best" award, and he is now up for another prestigious prize. Cape Town - Wayde van Niekerk has been named on a shortlist of global superstars for the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards, in the Breakthrough of the Year category.
The elegant right-hander will make his 100th Test appearance in the third & final match of the series against Sri Lanka. "It's a massive call to make". South Africa, however, will have to do without fast bowler Kyle Abbott, after he shocked his fellow players and team management with the news that he has signed a Kolpak contract to play county cricket for Hampshire in England.
But in general it is hard to predict anything in football. 'Kostas has the chance to play at a superior level and therefore I'll say he won't go to China. Manolas is a star player on a team that is now in second place in Serie A, so it is not going to be easy to get Manolas to Old Trafford during the January transfer window.
McGregor a giant in the MMA world is 21-3 and has held the title on 3 different occasions in two weight classes. Speaking to Fox Sports last October, Cerrone explained how McGregor is disliked by other fighters and like a "scared little kid" behind the scenes.
Renault Sport F1 has announced Frederic Vasseur is exiting the team after just one year at the helm of the manufacturer outfit. Sky F1's Martin Brundle tweeted: "This is a big surprise and suggests further underlying problems". But his departure is likely to have little effect on the day-today running of the team under chief technical officer Bob Bell, technical director Nick Chester, sporting director Alan Permane and chief race engineer Ciaron Pilbeam, who joined this winter from McLaren.
They formed a task force aimed at better continuity, and then turned the decisions over to a Ryder Cup committee of three players and three PGA of America officials. Having also posted a 59 during the second round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms in 2013, Furyk is the only player in history to break 60 twice on the PGA Tour.
Fourth-place City travel to Everton in the Premier League on Sunday where they will once again be without Fernandinho, who serves the second match of a four-game suspension. A statement posted by the governing body on Tuesday read: " Bacary Sagna has been charged for misconduct contrary to FA Rule E3 (1)". The FA has alleged that Sagna "brought the game into disrepute" and has given him until 6pm on Friday to respond.
Rowling. " Ronda Rousey has a lot left". Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight Brock Lesnar's imposing size could strike fear into an opponent's heart, but mixed martial arts (MMA) pundits and fans have always thought he couldn't take a punch after seeing him curl up in the fetal position after getting hit by Shane Carwin at UFC 116.
The 19-year-old made a sluggish start in searing temperatures by dropping her opening service game and, although she got back on serve, Konta claimed what would prove to be a decisive break in the fourth game. Konta quickly established herself in the second set and while the plucky Gavrilova staved off four match points on serve in the eighth game, the British number one saved a break point and then sealed the win at the sixth attempt.
Sunderland are unlikely to let Januzaj go without a fight, particularly as they are already without ten first-team players due to injury, while the likes of Didier Ndong and Lamine Kone are now representing their countries at the Africa Cup of Nations.
After retiring, Makelele was appointed coach at PSG. The former Real Madrid star will link up with Swansea with immediate effect and will be in the dug-out for Saturday's Premier League tie against Arsenal at Liberty Stadium. Makelele started his career at Nantes, where he won Ligue 1, before moving on to Marseille and Celta Vigo and then joining Real Marid, winning La Liga and the Champions League.
TMZ Sports has learned. TMZ Sports spoke to an eyewitness at the scene of the accident, who told the site that Elliott "looked frustrated" but was "extremely nice and polite" to responders and other individuals following the incident. The reports state Elliott was driving a "huge black GMC truck" which rear-ended another vehicle. Elliott finished his rookie campaign with 1,631 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns.
I think Joe can play better. I don't have as much to fall back on except to say, 'Trust me. Surrounded by Harbaugh, Newsome and club president Dick Cass, Bisciotti received the majority of the questions during the 70-minute session. "We were better this year with Joe Flacco in the lineup", Bisciotti said, "but I certainly don't think we saw the Joe Flacco that he's capable of being".
Manziel, still an National Football League free agent, has spent much of his time since returning to Texas A&M to finish his degree sorting through a myriad of legal issues. If you have deep pockets, you can also fork over another $99 to get a professional photo taken with the former Browns quarterback. "Money" Manziel needs some dough.
I don't like it when managers get too close and too pally with the players. To be fair, it's nice to see a pundit giving a properly interesting opinion, but we hope Liverpool prove him very wrong this weekend. Hazard - having been billed as a contender to challenge Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the right to be called the best player on the planet - was a shadow of his former self as he was forced to wait until January before opening his 2015-16 goal account.
Harden dropped 40 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and dished out 10 assists as he single-handedly led his side to victory. It nearly got away, but the Rockets win streak is up to nine games, following a 121-114 win over the Charlotte Hornets Tuesday night at Toyota Center.
Bramall has revealed he models his game on fellow left backs Marcelo, David Alaba and new Arsenal team-mate Kieran Gibbs but is also a big fan of club legend Thierry Henry. "Thierry Henry, there's no doubt", he said. "He was strong, fast", he said. Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits he had to ask who the club's recent signing Cohen Bramall was when he trained with his new teammates for the first time.
Moore missed one play, went back in the game and played the rest of the way. Moore rolled out to his right and just as he released a pass downfield, Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree helmet went right into the quarterback's chin. "But he got me pretty good". After finally getting to his feet after being checked over thoroughly by the Dolphins medical staff, Moore reentered the game after missing just one play and that shocked a lot of people considering how serious the league appears to be ...
Samples that Lesnar submitted to the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) a couple of weeks prior to his bout with Hunt at UFC 200 last July and on the night of the fight itself tested positive for a banned substance called Hydroxy-clomiphene, which counteracts the negative effects of the hormone oestrogen and is often used in conjunction with anabolic steroids or in the aftermath of steroid usage.
Kansas (14-1, 3-0): Coach Bill Self goes for his 400th KU win in 14 seasons. Rashard Odomes and Kameron McGusty each scored 13 points for the Sooners (6-9, 0-4), who lost their seventh in a row. There is little to no replacement value from the OU bench for Woodard's 18 points per game. He finished with seven points in 24 minutes, and the Sooners played much better once he took the floor as a substitute.
But after years of playing second fiddle to the 12-time major-winning Serb, Murray is coming off a break-out year when he knocked Djokovic off the top spot to become world number one for the first time . Murray said at the press conference after the match that he's disappointed for losing in the finals, but there are some good things in his game. In the last game I had love-30 on Novak's serve and played a couple of loose shots.
Dravid played 164 Test matches , 344 ODI cricket and one T20 and bid adieu to worldwide cricket in 2012. Former global cricketer and a sporting icon, Rahul Dravid turned 44 on Wednesday. Indian captain Virat Kohli called Dravid a "role model" and thanked him for all the encouragement he has received over the years. With his great batsman's skills and unique techniques, Dravid has brought glory to the nation.
With the Blues looking far better under Antonio Conte, Costa has excelled for Chelsea this season and the West London side are sitting comfortably at the summit of the Premier League- with last week's defeat to Tottenham Hotspur their only defeat since the end of September.
The suspect walked into the master bedroom where the victim was laying in bed, according to a police report. Police said he then left the house and went across the street to another home a few doors down. Greene, who attended the University of Florida before transferring, had stints with four National Basketball Association teams including the Celtics.
With the more durable Roberto Firmino now Klopp's number one choice to lead the line, Sturridge finds himself in an uphill battle for game time. However, Southampton will cause us problems and make a habit of scoring even if they're not winning so I think they're bound to stop Loris Karius (or Simon Mignolet ) from notching up another clean sheet.
Monk has already dismissed the possibility of signing an extra center-back in January, which should worry Leeds United fans. He only pulled it back because the crowd were shouting. The midfielder scored the winning goal in the 64th minute to send Garry Monk's side into the fourth round, where they will meet either AFC Wimbledon or Sutton United.
The Undertaker will compete in the 2017 Royal Rumble with Brock Lesnar, whom he faced in the main event of SummerSlam on August 23, 2015 at Barclays Center in New York City. He became just the seventh person in WWE history to have held a world title, a tag team title, the Intercontinental championship and the United States championship over the course of his career - a feat unofficially known as a grand slam.
ABOUT THE HEAT (11-28): Miami is last in the Eastern Conference and 29th in the National Basketball Association in scoring at an average of 98.1 points and fell to 1-3 on its six-game road trip with Sunday's setback. Wayne Ellington hit three free throws after drawing a foul on Patrick McCaw, but David West launched a full-court inbounds to Green, who drew a foul and hit two free throws before the buzzer.
McIlroy revealed in a Sunday Independent interview yesterday how he felt under pressure about the Games since 2009, following the announcement that golf would be part of the Olympics schedule for 2016. "I said: "Justin, if I had been on the podium [listening] to the Irish national anthem as that flag went up, or the British national anthem as that flag went up, I would have felt uncomfortable either way".