Messi out again with injury
Barcelona announced that Lionel Messi will be sidelined due to a muscle injury picked up in a La Liga match against Villarreal on Tuesday.
The two-time defending league champ said Messi, who earlier in the week won his sixth FIFA player of the year award, has a left abductor injury. The club didn’t give a timeline for his recovery.
Messi reportedly will miss Saturday’s league match at Getafe on Saturday and is doubtful for the Champions League match against Inter Milan on Wednesday.
Messi made his first start of the season against Villarreal following a long layoff due to a right calf injury.
He played his first minutes of the season when he came off the bench in the second half of a 0-0 draw against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last week. He also came off the bench in the second half of the 2-0 road loss against La Liga foe Granada on Sunday.
Messi set up Antoine Griezmann’s opening goal early in the match against Villarreal, then got hurt near the half-hour mark at Camp Nou Stadium. The playmaker left the field, and doctors attended to his leg for few minutes before he eventually returned and finished the half. He was replaced at halftime.
Paris Saint-Germain slumped to its second Ligue 1 loss of the season, falling 2-0 to visiting Reims. The two-time defending champ remained atop the table after seven matches but was joined on 15 points by Angers.
College basketball: Dennis Smith Jr. told NC State officials that neither he nor his family were paid by Adidas or anyone else to ensure that he played for the Wolfpack for one season. Smith, the ACC freshman of the year in 2016-17 and the No. 9 pick in the 2017 NBA draft by the Knicks, said he didn’t know former Adidas consultant T.J. Gassnola, whom the NCAA accused of providing $40,000 from Adidas to former Wolfpack assistant Orlando Early to give to Smith’s family in October 2015.
NBA: New Nets PG Kyrie Irving is day to day after suffering a left side facial fracture. Irving, who signed with the team in July, was elbowed during a pickup game.
NHL: Seattle’s expansion franchise hired former U.S. Olympic team captain and Hockey Hall of Famer Cammi Granato as a pro scout. Granato, 48, is one of a handful of women working on the hockey operations side of an NHL franchise, and she’s the only female pro scout currently in the league. The new team will begin play in the 2021-22 season. ... Blue Jackets veteran center Brandon Dubinsky, 33, likely will miss the start of the season with a wrist injury . ... The Flames and restricted free agent left wing Matthew Tkachuk, 21, agreed to a three-year contract worth a team-high average of $7 million per year.
— News services