Suarez to play for FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona prides itself in upholding high moral values and being “more than a club.” But the Spanish-league squad decided to overlook a litany of misdemeanors by Luis Suarez to sign soccer’s most high-profile outcast.
The Uruguay striker is set to seal his transfer from Liverpool of the English Premier League next week despite being unable to play, or train with new teammates, until the end of October — when his latest biting ban expires.
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FIFA officials Thursday rejected Suarez’s appeal against the four-month suspension from all soccer activity for sinking his teeth into Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match last month.
But Barcelona was undeterred in striking a transfer deal Friday of around $130 million with Liverpool to bolster its strike force as it tries to regain the Spanish title. Suarez, 27, will travel to Barcelona next week for a medical examination and to sign a five-year contract.
Despite scoring 82 goals in 133 Liverpool appearances, Suarez’s prowess there was overshadowed by bans for racial abuse and biting.
“It is with a heavy heart that I leave Liverpool for a new life and new challenges in Spain,” Suarez said.
D.C. United beats Earthquakes
Eddie Johnson and Luis Silva each scored in the first half, and Bill Hamid made close-range saves in the 89th and 91st minutes to lift D.C. United to a 2-1 Major League Soccer victory over the host San Jose Earthquakes.
Meanwhile, MLS has suspended New York defender Armando and Colorado forward Vicente Sanchez for two games apiece for “endangering the safety of an opponent” in July 4 matches and fined the players.
Phelps defeats Lochte in 100 fly
American Michael Phelps, an 18-time Olympic gold medalist, turned in perhaps the most impressive performance so far in his comeback, posting the third-fastest time in the world this year while beating rival Ryan Lochte in the 100-meter butterfly at the Bulldog Grand Slam in Athens, Ga.
Despite some problems with his turn, Phelps touched in 51.67 seconds, Lochte was a distant second in 53.08.
Mercury wins its 9th in a row
Diana Taurasi scored 19 points and the visiting Phoenix Mercury beat the Chicago Sky 72-66 for its ninth straight victory.
Sylvia Fowles contributed 23 points and 11 rebounds for Chicago, which has lost four straight and 12 of 15.
Sparks prevail in New York
Nneka Ogwumike scored 15 points to help Los Angeles beat the host New York Liberty 68-54
Tina Charles scored 20 points for New York.
It was the Liberty debut for forward Swin Cash, who was acquired Wednesday from Atlanta in a trade for DeLisha Milton-Jones. The move reunited Cash with former coach Bill Laimbeer, who coached her for six years in Detroit.
Cash, a former Storm player, scored four points in 13 minutes.
Busch leads NASCAR qualifying
Kyle Busch turned a track-record lap of 138.130 mph to win the pole for Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Defending series champion Jimmie Johnson was second in qualifying.
Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw will start in 10th and Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., will start 27th.
Vikings’ Nealy is suspended
The league has suspended Minnesota defensive lineman Spencer Nealy, 24, for the first four games of the upcoming season for violating rules against performance-enhancing drugs.
Nealy will not be paid during his suspension but is eligible to participate in practices and exhibition games.
Colts waive receiver Brazill
The Indianapolis Colts have waived backup receiver LaVon Brazill, 25, one week after he was suspended for the 2014 season for violating its substance-abuse policy.
• Columbus center Brandon Dubinsky, 28, signed a six-year contract extension worth $35.1 million that will keep him with the NHL team through the 2020-21 season.
Meanwhile, Tampa Bay signed forward Brenden Morrow, 35, to a one-year contract.
• Maniwaki, Quebec, where former Vancouver Canucks enforcer Gino Odjick played youth hockey, is naming an arena after the ailing 43-year-old former NHL player.
Odjick has been diagnosed with a rare heart condition and doctors say he might have only weeks to live. He is in a Vancouver hospital.
• Seventh-seeded Jack Sock advanced to the semifinals of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, R.I., with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) victory over top-seeded John Isner in a matchup of Americans.
• Czech police have arrested a man who allegedly made threats against Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, 24.
The incident follows criticism of Kvitova, including from a member of parliament, for moving from the Czech Republic to Monaco to avoid higher taxation.
• Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall has been cited for possession of marijuana in Reynolds, Ga.
Reynolds Police Chief Lonnie Holder said he and another officer pulled Marshall over for a window-tint violation. Holder said they found from 8 to10 grams of marijuana under the passenger-side visor. Because it was less than an ounce, they didn’t arrest Marshall.
Marshall doesn’t have to appear for a Sept. 10 court date if he pays fines of $1,000 for marijuana possession and $100 for the window-tint violation.
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