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    Four more former professional soccer players have been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy. The Concussion Legacy Foundation says the North American Soccer League veterans were found to have the degenerative brain disease that has been linked to concussions in athletes, combat veterans and others who have sustained repeated head trauma. 

      Speculation over Lionel Messi's potential next destination is turning into a media frenzy but his father has intervened to say no deal has been agreed over a move to Saudi Arabia or return to Barcelona. Messi's contract with Paris Saint-Germain runs until the end of June. His father said Tuesday that nothing will be decided before PSG's season finishes on June 3. 

        Landon Donovan, who played in three World Cups and scored 57 goals across 157 international appearances for the United States, was enshrined in the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Saturday. Donovan, who also played for six MLS Cup-winning teams, was inducted along with fellow national team players DaMarcus Beasley, Lauren Cheney Holiday and Kate Sobrero Markgraf. Steve Zungul was honored for his lengthy career in the Major Indoor Soccer League. Former U.S. coach Jill Ellis was also among those in the 2023 class.

          Lionel Messi is set to leave Paris Saint-Germain when his contract expires at the end of the season after two years with the French soccer team a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly comment on the Argentine great's position. The person said Messi's departure was a mutual decision and his contract has effectively been allowed to run down since January. The news comes a day after PSG suspended the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner following a trip to Saudi Arabia without the club's permission.

            Wrexham's celebrations aren't over yet. The Welsh soccer team owned by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney will mark their promotion to the fourth division of English soccer with a bus parade through the city. The celebrity owners will reportedly jet the team off to Las Vegas as a reward for winning the National League with a record total of 111 points. Wrexham's women's team also won promotion in a year of double success for Reynolds and McElhenney. They will also be part of the parade. The club was down on its luck before the takeover by Reynolds and McElhenney.

            DALLAS — The Southeastern Conference’s allegedly temporary resolution this week of what Kirby Smart called “the most overrated conversation there ever was” might lend credence to the Georgia coach’s assertion at that. The SEC will stick to eight conference football games and a November puff pastry after all. And if you don’t like it, Georgia or Alabama will meet you in a stadium in January. ...

            Oklahoma claimed its 50th straight win in style. Tiare Jennings and Kinzie Hansen homered, and No. 1 seed Oklahoma rolled past No. 4 Tennessee 9-0 in five innings on Saturday to advance to the Women's College World Series semifinals. The Sooners (58-1) inched closer to a possible third consecutive national title and extended their Division I record for consecutive victories.

            TAMPA, Fla. — A donor approached Florida Gators athletic director Scott Stricklin recently with a hypothetical question percolating around big-time college sports. If I had $100 in my pocket, should I give it to the Gator Boosters or a name, image and likeness (NIL) fund? “Well, with all due respect,” Stricklin replied, “I’d love for you to find another $100 and do both.” Until July 2021, a ...


            Alex Palou started and finished first in the Detroit Grand Prix on Sunday, winning his second IndyCar race in less than a month and for the sixth time of his career. The Spaniard won the Indianapolis Grand Prix in May. He led 74 of 100 laps on Detroit’s new street course and went ahead for the last time on lap 77.

            Max Verstappen of Red Bull has won the Spanish Grand Prix from pole position to strengthen his hold on the Formula One championship. The two-time defending champion was never challenged on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya after beating Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari to the first turn. Lewis Hamilton crossed the finish line second in his Mercedes to equal his best finish of the season.

            Rory McIlroy didn't look like he was going anywhere at the Memorial until he wound up with a share of the lead. That's how tough it was at Muirfield Village. McIlroy had a 70 and was tied with Si Woo Kim and David Lipsky. That leads to a Sunday that figures to be wide open. There are 22 players separated by three shots. That includes Hideki Matsuyama and Patrick Cantlay. They helped everyone's cause by making triple bogeys at various points in their rounds. Nine of those 22 players in the mix have never won on the PGA Tour.

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