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Messi to make his Super Bowl debut, set to appear in Michelob Ultra ad

Lionel Messi has won futbol's biggest prize. He'll now be part of football's biggest day.

The Inter Miami star, World Cup champion and global soccer icon will headline a Super Bowl ad for Michelob Ultra, the brand announced Thursday. A teaser to what will be a 60-second spot shows Messi ordering a beer as he walks up to a bar, and his reaction when the tap stops pouring.

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Spain soccer outcast Rubiales facing trial for unwanted kiss at Women's World Cup

After sullying his nation's Women's World Cup victory, former Spanish soccer president Luis Rubiales will face trial for kissing forward Jenni Hermoso without her consent at the final.

Investigative judge Francisco de Jorge ruled on Thursday that Rubiales' kiss was "unconsented and carried out unilaterally and in a surprising fashion," the court said.

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Xavi's trophy hopes at Barcelona shrink after Copa del Rey exit

The chances for Xavi Hernández to salvage Barcelona's season — and likely his own job — are quickly fading.

Barcelona has seen its best two chances of getting a title in this campaign evaporate. Xavi's side exited the Copa del Rey quarterfinals after losing in added time at Athletic Bilbao 4-2 on Wednesday, a loss that came two weeks after Barcelona was dismantled by Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup.

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Salah's agent says Egypt star's injury is worse than previously feared

Mohamed Salah's agent says the player's injury is more serious than previously stated and that the Liverpool star will be out for three to four weeks – which would rule out a return to the Africa Cup of Nations for Egypt.

"His best chance at participating in the current AFCON is by undergoing intensive rehabilitation in the UK and rejoining the team as soon as he is fit," Ramy Abbas Issa wrote Monday on X, formerly Twitter.

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Messi has 3 shots on goal, exits in 2nd half in Inter Miami's 1-0 loss to FC Dallas

Lionel Messi had three shots on goal before exiting early in the second half in Inter Miami's 1-0 loss to FC Dallas in an MLS preseason game at the Cotton Bowl on Monday night.

Messi took three shots in the first half and left the game about 15 minutes into the second half with Inter Miami trailing in front of an announced crowd of 32,221 in a game played in a drizzle and 40 degrees (4 Celsius).

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Liverpool says injured Salah returning to England from Africa Cup for treatment

Egypt star Mohamed Salah is leaving the Africa Cup of Nations — at least temporarily — and returning to Liverpool for treatment on a muscle injury, the Premier League club announced late Sunday.

The influential forward was forced off during the first half of Egypt's 2-2 draw with Ghana in Thursday's Africa Cup group match, causing concern for club and country.

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Why are they playing tennis until nearly 4 a.m. at Australian Open?

A smile creased Daniil Medvedev's face as he walked to the net in Rod Laver Arena at 3:39 a.m., finally a winner in the Australian Open's second round after five sets spread across nearly 4 1/2 hours in the third-latest finish in Grand Slam history.

Zero chance Medvedev would have been there at that time if he didn't need to be. If he were one of the spectators in the nearly empty stands, and a match stretched past, say, 1 a.m., the 2021 U.S. Open champion said, "I would be like, 'OK, let's go home. We're going to catch the end of the match on the TV. Going to watch 30 minutes, then go to bed.'"

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Mohamed Salah goes off injured during Egypt's game against Ghana at Africa Cup

Mohamed Salah had to go off injured toward the end of the first half of Egypt's Africa Cup of Nations game against Ghana on Thursday.

The Liverpool star pulled up shortly before halftime, sat on the field while play continued at the other end, then indicated he couldn't continue when the team's medical staff went to treat him. He appeared to hold the back of his left thigh.

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Another Turkish soccer club ends contract with Israeli player over post on hostages

Turkey's leading soccer club Basaksehir announced Thursday it has ended its contract with Israeli player Eden Karzev following a disciplinary probe of his social media post calling for the release of hostages held in Gaza by the Hamas militant group.

The club's decision came days after another Israeli player, Sagiv Jehezkel, was briefly detained in Turkey and questioned for allegedly inciting hatred after he expressed solidarity with the hostages after scoring an equalizer during a top-division game.

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Australian Open: Djokovic under the lights again on Day 6

The third round gets underway Friday at the Australian Open with Novak Djokovic back in action in his bid for a record-extending 25th major title. Stay up-to-date with a guide that tells you everything you need to know about how to watch the year's first Grand Slam tennis tournament, what the schedule is, what the betting odds are, and more:

WHO IS PLAYING ON DAY 5?

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