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Messi salutes late idol Diego Maradona in iconic celebration after scoring

Lionel Messi paid tribute to Diego Maradona by stripping off his Barcelona top to reveal a shirt for the fallen Argentine great after he scored the final goal in a 4-0 rout of Osasuna on Sunday.

Messi celebrated his powerful strike from outside the box by taking off Barcelona’s blue-and-burgundy to reveal the red-and-black of Maradona’s shirt from his stint at Newell’s Old Boys. Messi then blew a kiss with both hands to the sky as he looked upward.

After the game, Messi posted a photo of his tribute alongside an older image of Maradona in the same shirt, adding the message “Farewell, Diego” in Spanish.

“It was a great moment,” said Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman. “First, for the goal that Leo scored and then for the gesture he had for the death of Diego Maradona. He had surely been thinking of what he would do. For me, it was a great moment in every way.”

WATCH | CPL’s John Molinaro remembers Diego Maradona’s life, legacy:

Legendary soccer player Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60. John Molinaro joins CBC Sports to discuss his legacy on and off the field. 3:44

Messi played for Newell’s before he joined Barcelona at age 13. Maradona played five matches for Newell’s in 1994 near the end of his glorious playing career that made him a legend in his home country.

Messi had kept his head bowed during the minute of silence before kickoff in the Spanish league game at the empty Camp Nou for Maradona, who died of a heart attack on Wednesday at age 60. Maradona played for Barcelona from 1982-84.

“We have lost Diego, a world idol,” Barcelona’s Brazil forward Philippe Coutinho said. “Everyone admired him and we will all miss him. [Messi’s] tribute was beautiful.”

Coutinho also scored for Barcelona, along with Martin Braithwaite and Antoine Griezmann.

The win was only Barcelona’s second in seven league matches. It left the team in eighth place with two games in hand. Leader Real Sociedad hosts third-place Villarreal later. Second-place Atletico Madrid is nine points ahead of Barcelona also with two games in hand.

WATCH | Maradona’s famed ‘Hand of God’ goal:

In Mexico City during a quarter-final match against England, Argentine striker Diego Maradona scores “the goal”. 0:50

The victory for Koeman’s side may have come at the price of losing yet another defender.

Clement Lenglet hurt his lower right leg when it was unintentionally knocked by an Osasuna player in the second half. He had to be helped off by two team doctors. Barcelona was already without three other central defenders due to injury and right back Sergi Roberto.

Supreme dribbling skills

Barcelona finished the match with midfielder Frenkie de Jong in the centre of its defence alongside reserve team player Óscar Mingueza in his second game for the senior squad.

Koeman said it appears the injury to Lenglet is “not serious” but that he would undergo a medical exam on Monday.

Sergio Busquets returned for Barcelona from a knee injury that had sidelined him for two games.

Considered by many as the best player in his generation — and one of the greatest ever — Messi has been judged, especially back home, by how his career compares to that of Maradona.

WATCH | Maradona’s ‘Goal of the Century’:

After scoring the “Hand of God” goal in 1986, Diego Maradona scores again, a spectacular effort against England. 0:58

Messi shares the lower centre of gravity, the supreme dribbling skills and the ability to score eye-popping goals as Argentina’s other great No. 10. But while his life focused on football and family has kept him well clear of the addictions that ruined Maradona’s health, Messi has never been able to reproduce the 1986 World Cup trophy Maradona led his country to, coming closest in 2014 when a Messi-led Argentina lost in the final to Germany.

Messi’s tribute to Maradona overshadowed a fine performance by Griezmann, the France forward who has been criticized for not reaching his potential at Barcelona.

Braithwaite scrambled in a rebound — after Coutinho’s attempt was saved by Osasuna goalkeeper Sergio Herrera — to open the scoring on the half-hour mark.

Griezmann doubled the lead three minutes before halftime when he volleyed a blistering strike from outside the area that left Herrera flat-footed and with no chance of stopping it.

Griezmann then passed up another scoring chance and opted to assist Coutinho to tap in the hosts’ third goal in the 57th. Messi rounded it off with his strike from long range in the 73rd.

“It was important to get this win because those at the top of table keep winning and we couldn’t slip again,” Griezmann said. “We did not know what Messi had planned to honour Maradona. It was a nice surprise.”

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Jennifer Jones recalls celebration of final curling event with her dad

Jennifer Jones says it was one of the most emotional moments of her illustrious curling career — a confluence of events seemingly fated to coincide with one another.

Jones’ rink had won the 2018 Scotties in dominant fashion, losing just two times all tournament. It was her sixth championship, tying Colleen Jones for the national record.

Accolades followed at the 2019 event in Calgary. A Jones victory vaulted her into second all-time on the Tournament of Hearts wins list. She currently sits at 200. 

Then, a TSN panel of broadcasters, reporters and top curlers voted the Winnipeg native the greatest Canadian women’s curler of all time. Jones remembers celebrating the moment with her parents at their AirBnB in Calgary.

It would be the last time Jones’ father, Larry, watched her curl in person.

“I remember coming back to where they were staying and he said to me, ‘you’re pretty good at curling, eh?'” Jones told CBC Sports’ Anastasia Bucsis on the Player’s Own Voice podcast on Tuesday. “‘Not bad, dad.’ And that’s one of the last memories I have with my dad, so I’ll always remember that day for the rest of my life.”

Larry Jones died May 21, 2019 at 80 years old. Jennifer says it was her father who first put her on the ice and taught her about curling.

“He’s the one who had this love of curling that was infectious in all my family and who, I think, he lived vicariously through me every time I played,” Jones said.

Jones, 45, also won Olympic gold at the 2014 Games in Sochi. She said she grew up a shy kid, but found solace on the ice.

“I loved the smell of the ice. I loved the feeling I had when I was out there. I felt like I was safe and I was at home and that’s why I played,” Jones said.

Thus, the Canadian women’s curling GOAT moniker carries with it a hint of irony.

“I started curling because I love to play and it was an outlet for me and then all of a sudden to be recognized as one of the greatest of all time, it’s crazy. It’s mind boggling to me,” Jones said.

Striving to be the best

For Jones, the moment and the title were too difficult to reconcile then. In fact, she says that may not ever happen.

Jones is married to fellow pro curler Brent Laing. The couple plays mixed doubles together. They have two kids – Isabella, 7, and Skyla, 3. It was Isabella who hammered home to her mother what that TSN poll truly meant.

Isabella heard the news, and asked in the simplest terms: “Mom, are you one of the best ever out of everybody?” Mom replied that yes, that’s what they voted on.

“Well I wanna be the best at something one day, mom,” Isabella responded.

WATCH | Jones wins record-tying 6th Scotties title:

Jones and Team Manitoba beat Team Wild Card in extra ends to win the 2018 Scotties Championship in Penticton, BC. 1:27

The elder Jones said that was all the perspective she needed.

“So I see how we can be role models and mentors for our kids and if in some small way that helps her achieve one of her dreams, then it’s almost like another dream come true for me,” Jones said.

For Larry Jones and Jennifer Jones and now Isabella Jones, curling is a family affair.

And so for Larry to be there for Jennifer to accept the title as the greatest Canadian women’s curler and for Isabella to acknowledge the true meaning of that bestowment, of course the Olympic gold medallist would be emotional.

“For [dad], it was just watching his daughter doing what she loved to do. And then when he reflected sometimes he’d shake his head and say ‘I can’t believe all that you’ve accomplished,'” Jones said.

“So I think for him it was just like any parent just seeing your kids happy and seeing their dreams come true.”

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Toronto declares Monday Bianca Andreescu Day to continue celebration of U.S. Open victory

The honours just keep rolling in for Bianca Andreescu.

One day after her hometown of Mississauga, Ont., staged a #SheTheNorth rally for the 2019 U.S. Open women’s singles champion, neighbouring Toronto proclaimed Monday as “Bianca Andreescu Day.”

“To congratulate her on her amazing accomplishments at the .USOpen, and to thank her for being an inspiration to young athletes across the city, I’m pleased to proclaim today as Bianca Andreescu Day in the CityofToronto,” Toronto Mayor John Tory tweeted.

In his official letter, Tory wrote “Bianca has won the hearts of millions of Torontonians.”

The 19-year-old Andreescu, Canada’s first Grand Slam singles champion, was scheduled to travel to Montreal on Monday for an open practice on centre court at IGA Stadium.

Andreescu is expected to return to tournament play at the Beijing Open, Sept. 28-Oct. 6.

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From teen to tennis queen, Bianca Andreescu basking in the celebration at home

She left as a teen for the U.S. Open in New York and is returning as Canada’s tennis queen.

Bianca Andreescu arrived at the Aviva Centre in Toronto on Wednesday morning to meet the Canadian media four days after her historic Grand Slam win over Serena Williams on Saturday. Outside the tennis centre, new banners celebrate her U.S. Open victory.

“I’ve been getting more recognized than usual,” the 19-year-old from Mississauga said. “Now that I’m home, I’m going to celebrate with some of my friends.”

It’s been a whirlwind victory tour for Andreescu. On Sunday, she took her trophy to the top of Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan, taking photos with the big city skyline in the background. As a phalanx of photographers snapped relentlessly, Andreescu looked comfortable soaking it all in.

The tour continued Monday with stops at all the major U.S. network morning shows. That evening, Andreescu was a guest on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

“I still can’t believe I was on the show. I didn’t think he was a real person until I met him,” said Andreescu, a fresh new Tennis Canada backdrop with #SheTheNorth propped behind her.

“It’s crazy. Like I said, I wasn’t expecting any of this. Especially having my own hashtag.”

She was asked about having a parade after Toronto mayor John Tory said if she wanted one, she could have one.

“What do you think?” Andreescu said, smiling at Tennis Canada staff. “Yeah why not? That would be really cool. I don’t know what my schedule is.”

As she got up to leave, Andreescu informed reporters that she has connected with Canadian rapper Drake after telling Fallon on Monday that he was one of the celebrities she hadn’t heard from.

WATCH | Andreescu gets her shoutout from Drake:

After telling Jimmy Fallon that she hasn’t heard from Drake yet after her U.S. Open win, Bianca Andreescu got her message from Champagnepapi, and told the media in Toronto on Wednesday. 1:00

Andreescu read aloud the message from Drake: “I’ve been liking every post with you in it. LOL,” it said. “I thought you’d see.”

Andreescu then laughed and said she’d barely had time to go on social media, calling the conversation with the Toronto music mogul “unreal.”

For as much as Andreescu is cherishing these championship moments and attention, she’s glad to be home. On Tuesday, she took a private jet back to Toronto. Her phone hasn’t stopped ringing. She hasn’t had much sleep.

“There’s really no place like home,” Andreescu said.

She says she’s going to take at least the next few days to “chill” and enjoy everything she’s accomplished and then get back to tennis.

“It’s time to move on to the next thing,” Andreescu said. “I’m sure Canada wants me to do very well. Most importantly I want to do very well. That pressure helps me.”

Only 10 months out from Tokyo 2020, Andreescu was asked what being at the Games for Canada would mean.

“I’ve been thinking about playing in the Olympics for a couple of years. I think it’s a special event,” she said. “You get to be a part of a big team. It’s different than any other tournament on the tour.”

WATCH | Playing in Olympics would be ‘pretty awesome’:

The 19-year-old U.S. Open champion from Mississauga, Ont., says it would be “pretty awesome” to participate for Canada in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. 0:45

Andreescu has incorporated visualization and mediation into her daily practice for the past couple of seasons and credits both for taking her tennis game to a different level.

She says she’s already started visualizing a top-three ranking in the world — Andreescu started the year outside of the top 150. She’s now ranked fifth.

“I have pretty big expectations for myself. I’ve accomplished a lot in this past year and I feel I can do even more in this sport. Now I believe I can do more in the sport.”

But the No. 1 priority for Andreescu now is staying healthy. She had her own personal physiotherapist with her at the U.S. Open, and injuries have been an issue for her throughout the season, missing almost four months with a sore shoulder.

“It’s the most important thing, staying healthy. If I’m healthy I could do even bigger things. It’s an athlete’s biggest enemy, getting injured. So, the main goal will be to stay healthy.”

WATCH | Andreescu knows staying healthy is key:

Replying to a question from CBC Sports’ Devin Heroux, U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu says she can “do even bigger things” if she can remain healthy. 1:10

Andreescu will resume training next week with the goal of playing one tournament during the WTA Tour’s Asian swing — with the Beijing Open, Sept. 28-Oct. 6, as the target. She also hopes to qualify for the season-ending WTA Finals, Oct. 27-Nov. 3 in Shenzhen, China. Andreescu is fourth in the standings for the Finals. The top eight qualify for the event.

“It’s me striving to do better as a player and as a person. That’s what gets me going,” she said.

It was exactly one month ago Wednesday that Andreescu defeated Serena Williams to capture the Rogers Cup after Williams retired from the match because of an injury .

Then she became the first Canadian singles tennis player ever to win a major championship. It’s been remarkable season with unparalleled success for Andreescu, but she’s not letting any of the fame get to her head.

“I’m super grateful to have my parents in my corner. They still treat me like I’m me and not anyone else,” she said. “They help me stay grounded. It’s really important who you surround yourself with.”

Andreescu has talked about wanting to inspire young athletes across Canada — and while it’s still early in her career, it’s a role she’s already comfortable with.

“One of my goals is to be an inspiration to many people. I think I’m starting to do that and it means a lot to me,” she said, offering some advice for any young tennis players hoping to follow in her footsteps. 

“It’s not an easy road, but it’s a fun one. If you love playing this sport, go for it. Dream big to get big. It’s what I’ve been doing since I was little.”

Unknown to most Canadians a year ago, Andreescu is the nation’s face of tennis now. And she seems perfectly comfortable wearing the crown.

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Righteous patriotic celebration or ‘ludicrous vanity parade’: Trump front and centre on July Fourth

A reality TV host at heart, U.S. President Donald Trump is promising the “show of a lifetime” for the hundreds of thousands of revellers who flock to the National Mall in the heart of Washington, D.C., every year on the Fourth of July. The tanks are in place for the display of military muscle, and protesters are ready to make their voices heard.

It’s been nearly seven decades since a president spoke there on Independence Day. The U.S. was at war in Korea when Harry Truman addressed a large gathering on the Washington Monument grounds, marking the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

There’s no such historical marker Thursday for Trump, who for the past two years has sought a moment to orchestrate a display of America’s military prowess.

He’s calling his event a “Salute to America,” honouring the armed forces, and he’ll speak at the Lincoln Memorial in front of a ticket-only, VIP crowd of Republican donors, administration and campaign officials, family members and those who flock to see him or protest what they see as a divisive intrusion on a traditionally unifying national holiday.

Trump sounded a defensive note Wednesday, tweeting that cost “will be very little compared to what it is worth.”

A presidential podium is put into place on Wednesday as preparations continue for U.S. President Donald Trump’s Fourth of July speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. (Jim Bourg/Reuters)

“We own the planes, we have the pilots, the airport is right next door [Andrews], all we need is the fuel,” he said on Twitter, referring to Maryland’s Joint Base Andrews, home for some of the planes that are to fly over the Mall on Thursday. “We own the tanks and all. Fireworks are donated by two of the greats.”

Trump glossed over the expense of shipping tanks and fighting vehicles to Washington by rail and guarding them for several days, and other costs.

‘I just think it’s cool’

Some of the president’s supporters welcomed Trump’s stamp on the holiday.

Rachel McKenna, a Trump supporter from McKinney, Texas, said her relatives have served in the military and she thought it was important to say, “‘We love you guys, we appreciate everything you do,’ and I love the fact I can see that,” as she pointed to the Bradley fighting vehicle positioned near the Lincoln Memorial.

“I’ve never ever seen one,” she said. “I just think it’s so cool.”

Under White House direction, the Pentagon was arranging for an air force B-2 stealth bomber and other warplanes to conduct flyovers. There will be navy F-35 and F-18 fighter jets, the navy’s Blue Angels aerobatics team, Army and coast guard helicopters and marine V-22 Ospreys.

Flights will be suspended at nearby Reagan National Airport from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET and then again later in the evening for the festivities.

The White House referred questions about the cost of the military participation to the Pentagon, which said it did not have the answer.

For the first time in decades, a sitting president will be part of Washington, D.C.’s annual Fourth of July celebrations on the National Mall, marking a significant departure from the typically non-partisan event. 2:45

The air force said it costs $ 122,311 an hour to fly a B-2 bomber, which is making the round trip from its home at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Officials said the flight will be considered a training event, with the cost already budgeted. The per-hour flying cost of the F-22 fighter is $ 65,128 US.

Two Bradley fighting vehicles were in place Wednesday at the Lincoln Memorial, where Trump will speak. To the dismay of District of Columbia officials, two 60-ton army Abrams battle tanks were sent to Washington by rail to be positioned on or near the National Mall, the expanse of parkland that includes the monuments to Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, as well as several war memorial displays such as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Kevin Donahue, District of Columbia deputy mayor for public safety, told The Associated Press the city expects the federal government to pay for any damage to streets or bridges from moving the tanks. Civil engineers will assess roads and bridges after July 4 to determine if there’s been damage.

Donahue said the city doesn’t have the jurisdiction to reject the use of tanks and other heavy equipment.

Trump has made a muscular show of patriotism at events during his presidency, including in March at an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

White House officials have stressed Trump’s remarks will be patriotic, but the president often finds it difficult to stay on any kind of script.

Tracie Lenihan of Spokane, Wash., an American who says she’s an Independent, said she didn’t understand why military equipment is part of the festivities. “I think it cost a lot of money and I’m not sure what it really has to do with the Fourth of July. I don’t hate it. I’m just confused.”

Many networks appear to be shying away from any controversy, with reports ABC, NBC, CBS and MSNBC will not broadcast the event. It is believed CNN and Fox News will broadcast at least part of the festivities.

Concerns about diverting Interior Dept. funds

Minnesota Rep. Betty McCollum, who is among lawmakers overseeing the Interior Department, which has jurisdiction over the National Mall and federal parks, said it was “absolutely outrageous” the administration will use park money to help defray Thursday’s event costs. The National Park Service plans to use nearly $ 2.5 million intended to help improve parks nationwide, the Washington Post reported late Tuesday, citing anonymous sources.

“These fees are not a slush fund for this administration to use at will,” McCollum, a Democrat, said in a statement. She promised a congressional hearing.

Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee concurred.

“Trump is raiding funds meant to improve our cherished lands and wasting them on this ludicrous vanity parade,” he said.

Trump and the event’s organizers could be on the hook to reimburse the government millions of dollars if he goes into campaign mode, in violation of federal appropriations law and the Hatch Act, which bars politicking on government time, said Walter Shaub, who left the Office of Government Ethics in 2017 after clashing with the White House over ethics and disclosure issues.

“There’s not a history of disciplined speaking engagements where he sticks to a script,” Shaub said of Trump.

Such questions about improper donations have been raised by critics about Trump’s inauguration as president in 2017.

Trump originally wanted a parade with military tanks and other machinery rolling through downtown Washington ever since he was enthralled by a two-hour procession of French military tanks and fighter jets in Paris on Bastille Day in July 2017.

A planned event last year was scuttled after cost estimates exceeding $ 90 million were made public.

Washington has held an Independence Day celebration for decades, featuring a parade along Constitution Avenue, a concert on the Capitol lawn with music by the National Symphony Orchestra and fireworks beginning at dusk near the Washington Monument.

Trump altered the lineup by adding his speech, moving the fireworks closer to the Lincoln Memorial and summoning the tanks and warplanes.

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