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Mets pitcher Mejia gets 162-game drug ban

MLB: Miami Marlins at New York Mets(Reuters) - New York Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia has been suspended for 162 games after testing positive for banned substances a second time, Major League Baseball said on Tuesday. The length of the ban is automatic for a second positive test, and equals the longest suspension in baseball for doping, matching the penalty handed New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez in 2013. Mejia’s suspension is effective immediately and is equivalent to an entire regular season.

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NCAA basketball: Navy women beat American, earn first NCAA tournament bid
Navy seniors Angela Myers and Cassie Consedine were the first to embrace at center court following a 47-40 victory over American in the Patriot League final Saturday at Alumni Hall. Their improbable journey from the depths of the league standings four seasons ago to champions was complete, and ah...

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Chelsea v Barcelona: International Champions Cup – live!

The English champions play the Spanish champions in a pre-season friendly at FedEx Field in Maryland. Follow all the action live with Tim Hill

30 min: Now Hazard is down holding his ankle. Let’s all have a breather.

29 min: Chelsea are so quick to get behind the ball when the lose it. Barcelona are less concerned. Munir goes down the right but Matic comes clanking across to win it. Suarez wants a handball in the box, but no call.

26 min: … off the bar! From Fabregas! No, Hazard! So close, and swept clear by Barca.

25 min: A hapless lunge from Mathieu on Costa, and that’s a foul in a very good area for Chelsea: about 23 yards from goal, just to the left of the D …

25 min: Rakitic trips Costa, crudely, and the ref played on, because Kenedy had it … but then Kenedy gave it away. Barca enjoying the lion’s share of possession at the mo, but Chelsea have fallen back quickly into their defensive shape.

23 min: Barca have pushed Chelsea back as they monopolise the ball. Suarez does well to go past Zouma, and now Adriano skins Kenedy, puts in a terrific cross, but it’s just too high for Suarez! The Uruguayan was free in the box, but he just couldn’t reach it.

21 min: Jose is wearing a blue T-shirt on the bench. Whisper it, but I think he’s put on a little weight. Not that I’m shaming or anything! It was just an observation. He still looks great, of course. This game has just settled down a bit after a really enjoyable, and open, 20 minutes

19 min: Sandro and Munir are switching wings, the clever pair. And now a change for Barca: Sergi Roberto in for Douglas, and his first touch is ugly. Chelsea win it back.

18 min: It’s end to end! Costa was in acres of space on the counter, and he cut inside Mathieu, but Gumbau came back, bumped him from behind, and Barca cleared. No penalty. Probably the right call – there wasn’t much in it.

16 min: Now Courtois tips over! Suarez started it with a fabulous turn and pass for Munir, and although Chelsea did well to recover, Suarez fed Rakitic, and his blast from 10 yards was palmed over by Courtois. A save he should have made, but he did well nonetheless.

And then a free header! From the corner. Was it Bartra? Barca pressing hard here. Another corner, fisted clear by Courtois.

14 min: Slack layoff from Suarez takes the momentum out of the Barcelona attack, and then Busquet’s ball is too long for Rakitic.

13 min: That was pretty weary defending from Barca, from Bartra and Douglas in particular, but Hazard is so difficult to stop, isn’t he? That was a fabulous run, and he did really well with the finish, too. Chelsea firmly on top.

11 min: Barcelona gave it away cheaply, and Zouma just shoved it into Hazard’s feet, about 40 yards from goal, in a pocket of space. He turned so quickly, and set off for goal, Barcelona defenders bouncing off him, and just toe-poked one past Ter Stegen under serious pressure. Great goal, and so direct: what a player Hazard is.

What a fine goal!

8 min: Kenedy seems to have started for Chelsea on the right side. Diego Costa is the lone man up top, of course, and Hazard will dribble and slalom from the left. Barca coach Luis Enrique is on the bench wearing matching tee and tracksuit pants, and he’s had a haircut. I prefer it longer. Analysis!

6 min: Confusion in the Barca defence, and Matic was all alone. He headed over from about six yards, but he was offside. Poor marking there, though, from the Catalans.

5 min: Now Rakitic is disgruntled, and he gives the ref his 50 cents after Bartra pulled down Hazard. Suarez has a word, too. That’s not like him! Dangerous free kick for Chelsea on the edge of the box, left side.

4 min: What a save by Ter Stegen! Fabregas’s ball in was delicious, from about 45 yards, and Zouma got free in the box. His header was low and powerful, but Ter Stegen did really well to palm over as it skipped up off the turf. Now Suarez wants a penalty! He and Kenedy tussled, but I think the ref got that right: it was six of one and half a dozen of the other.

3 min: Munir is free down the left, and Rakitic looks to get in, but Zouma is across to clear. Now Courtois comes to pluck Ramirez’s cross. Lively start.

1 min: Oscar and Diego Costa get the ball rolling. Literally! Courtois clears long, Costa wins the header, but Barcelona have it.

They’re out in Washington. Chelsea are wearing white; Barcelona in yellow. We’re minutes away.

So Chelsea’s Braz-illiant youngster Kenedy starts. John Terry doesn’t, so Branislav Ivanovic captains. Rakitic, Sergio and Suarez all play for Barcelona. Not long now!

OK, here are some lineups:

Chelsea line-up: Courtois, Ivanovic (c), Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Matic, Kenedy, Oscar, Hazard, Diego Costa. #CFCTour

Starting XI: 1 Ter Stegen 4 Rakitic 5 Sergio 9 Suárez 15 Bartra 16 Douglas 17 Munir 19 Sandro 21 Adriano 24 Mathieu 28 Gumbau #TourFCB

Talking of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger has “hit back” at Jose Mourinho over the Portuguese’s “jibes”. Read more here:

Related: Arsène Wenger defends Arsenal spending policy from José Mourinho jibes

Jason Stone makes a very good point:

Who did you say Chelsea playing on Sunday?

Jose Mourinho is “not worried” but also “worried”:

I’m not worried with tactical aspects, and I’m not worried with the result. I’m just worried about the possibility to play at a higher intensity and prepare ourselves for the Premier League.

I need to give players minutes. I need to give players different experiences, playing with each other and also playing in different positions.

Chelsea, Barcelona, Maryland. The big three! It’s the latest instalment of the International Champions Cup tonight at FedEx Field, Washington’s NFL stadium, and it should be a real treat: even though it’s basically a glorified friendly, it’s always nice to see these two sides in action, and a whole bunch of stars have turned up, even if Little Lionel and the rest of Barça’s Copa América contingent are taking a well-earned rest.

Plus, for Chelsea, they play Arsenal in the Charity Community Shield on Sunday, and then a week later they beat Swansea 2-0 in their Premier League opener at Stamford Bridge. Time to get fit and healthy! Kick off is 8.05pm ET, 1.05am BST, and we’d love you to join us.

Tim will be here shortly. For now, here’s Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas on why, when it comes to Arsenal, his love will never die:

“Whatever it is, it is. The love I have for that club will never change whatever happens and what is the most important is what I have with me are the memories,” said Fàbregas, who spent eight years at Arsenal.

“The rest doesn’t matter. I have great memories, love and respect for the club. You will never hear anything bad from me about them.

Related: Chelsea’s Cesc Fàbregas: the love I have for Arsenal will never change

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Football legend 'will seek FIFA presidency'
European football chief Michel Platini is ready to stand for FIFA's presidency, a UEFA official has told CNN.

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Sacked Toovey’s warning for NRL rivals
MANLY coach Geoff Toovey has put a brave face on his sacking, warning NRL rivals his team is still a finals threat this season.

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Papelbon traded to Nats for cash, minor leaguer
Papelbon traded to Nats for cash, minor leaguer

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Back to the norm
This is what you expect when Gerrit Cole starts: a well-pitched, fast-moving, low-scoring game that ends with a Pirate victory. Kind of a boring game, honestly, but that’s perfectly fine. Seriously, there isn’t a whole lot you can say about a game like this. Cole was his usual self, going right after hitters (0 walks) […]

This is what you expect when Gerrit Cole starts: a well-pitched, fast-moving, low-scoring game that ends with a Pirate victory. Kind of a boring game, honestly, but that’s perfectly fine.

Seriously, there isn’t a whole lot you can say about a game like this. Cole was his usual self, going right after hitters (0 walks) and mostly getting great results. Nats rookie Joe Ross pitched well, just as he did the first time he faced the Bucs, but one inning with a couple hits strung together plus a Neil Walker solo shot one inning later was plenty.

The result is a pretty darn nice weekend: three of four from a first-place team, and the Pirates even regained the game they lost to the Cardinals yesterday. The Pirates continue to play excellent baseball at home…but unfortunately, this was just a one-series homestand and it’s off to Minnesota and Cincinnati for the next week. Can they keep it rolling away from PNC?

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