May 2017

Barcelona will make another appearance in the United States this summer as they prepare for a renewed assault on La Liga and the Champions League in 2017-18. With new coach Ernesto Valverde replacing Luis Enrique at the helm, Barca will aim to re-claim the two prizes they value the most next season having only managed to win the Copa del Rey in last term. This is your complete guide to the fixtures awaiting Barcelona during pre-season.

Last Year: 11-5, second in NFC East. Lost in Wild-Card Round. Significant Additions: WR Brandon Marshall (FA), OL D.J. Fluker (FA), TE Evan Engram (R1), DT Dalvin Tomlinson (R2), DE Avery Moss (R5) Significant Losses: WR Victor Cruz, K Robbie Gould

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned, and the reasons why he might still be out of a job are fast approaching the number of days he’s been out of said job. While there’s a vocal contingent that contends Kaepernick simply isn’t talented enough to play in the NFL any longer—a dubious assertion given his performance as recently as last season—one NFL owner has noted that there’s a bit more at work here than just a onetime Super Bowl quarterback looking for gainful employment. Kaepernick, of course, achieved his notoriety not for what he did during games, but what he did moments before them: kneeling during the National Anthem, his own personal protest of police action in America.

Retired baseball great Alex Rodriguez has signed a deal to contribute to ABC News -- and not just about sports. The New York Post first reported that Rodriguez, who ended his 22-year baseball career last year, will appear in segments across ABC's news division, including Good Morning America, World News Tonight and Nightline. He'll report on fitness, personal finance and other topics beyond sports, though he'll talk about sports as well. He's also currently a baseball analyst for Fox Sports, which will retain exclusive rights to his in-game MLB commentary, so he likely won't appear on fellow Disney-owned network ESPN. An ABC source told the Post, "This doesn't mean that George Stephanopoulos

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Geno Smith didn’t catch a break in his final two seasons with the New York Jets, and it seems his chances of resurrecting his career with the Giants are facing obstacles. Not only does Smith have to beat out incumbent Josh Johnson for the backup quarterback job to Eli Manning, his prospects of making the team took another hit in the NFL draft when the Giants selected Davis Webb with their third-round draft pick. The 26-year-old Smith doesn’t seem concerned. Speaking after the Giants organized training activities Thursday, Smith sounded confident for a player who had a promising rookie season four years ago and then regressed, in large part due to inconsistency.

Contrary to reports, Iggy Azalea is not dating New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Not only did the Australian rapper say they two weren’t dating, Azalea also said she didn’t even know the NFL superstar. This, after Beckham Jr. took to Twitter on Wednesday to shut down the rumors as well. “Literally don’t even know Odell Beckham,” she said.

After spending his entire career (2004–16) with the Dallas Cowboys, the four-time Pro Bowl quarterback is heading to the broadcast booth to become CBS’s lead NFL analyst. After suffering a season-ending defeat to the New York Giants in 2011, the Cowboys got their revenge in the 2012 season opener.

The offseason seemed a bit strange … oh yes, Josh Normal hadn’t ramped up any feuds with some inflammatory comments. Norman, the Washington Redskins cornerback who has never shied away from controversial comments, took on two of his favorite enemies in a Bleacher Report story by Tyler Dunne, ripping New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham and Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant. Beckham is an old nemesis, going back to a crazy game in 2015 when Norman was with the Carolina Panthers and the two spent most of the afternoon brawling.

May 25 (The Sports Xchange) - Free agent wide receiver Victor Cruz has agreed to a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Thursday. Cruz, 30, spent his previous six seasons with the New York Giants, and

New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo has denied doing anything to limit veteran receiver Victor Cruz's catches in the second half of last season. Cruz was released after last season, and signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears on Thursday. Cruz had 39 catches for 586 yards and a touchdown last season after missing most of the previous two seasons with injuries.

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