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    Manchester City's run to the Champions League final has hardly come as a surprise. But the same cannot be said for Inter Milan. Inter is one of European soccer's most storied teams but it enters Saturday's game in Istanbul as an outsider after finishing the season as third best team in Italy. Italian soccer has long-since lost its shine after being considered the ultimate destination for the world's best players in the 1990s. Inter finished the season 18 points behind league champion Napoli. Inter coach Simone Inzaghi says City "will be facing an opponent who deserve to be in Istanbul as much as they do."

      Lionel Messi says he is coming to Inter Miami and joining Major League Soccer. After months of speculation, Messi announced his decision Wednesday to join a Miami franchise that has been led by another global soccer icon in David Beckham since its inception but has yet to make any real splashes on the field. That will likely soon change. One of Inter Miami's owners, Jorge Mas, tweeted out a photo of a darkly silhouetted Messi jersey shortly before the Argentinian great revealed his decision in interviews with Spanish news outlets Mundo Deportivo and Sport.

        Online racist abuse of soccer players is prolific on social media platforms. It's the latest form of racism blighting the world's most popular sport. It's technology-fueled, visual, permanently intrusive, 24/7 and a haunting reminder of the 1980s-style monkey chants and banana throwing. Players and teams targeted by abuse are coming up with ways to raise awareness and reduce their exposure to offensive users. 

          The United States will be playing for an unprecedented three-peat at the Women's World Cup this summer. It won't be easy for the world's No. 1 team. Co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, the quadrennial tournament for international soccer's most coveted trophy kicks off on July 20 and features an expanded field of 32 teams, up from 24.

            The vicious, relentless and high-profile racist insults directed at Brazilian soccer player Vinícius Júnior underscore an entrenched and decades-old issue that refuses to go away in the world's most popular sport. It is a deeper societal problem that is manifested in soccer matches predominantly in Europe, but also all around the world, and has been amplified by the reach of social media. Federations have been slow and, in some cases unwilling, to use powers to sanction teams for the racist behavior of their fans. Players past and present worry racism is just an accepted part of soccer. Experts say more education and stronger punishments are required to combat racism.

            Oregon came back from eight runs down to beat Oral Roberts 9-8 in the NCAA super regionals and move within a win of its first College World Series appearance since 1954. It was the biggest deficit overcome ever in super regionals. Duke beat Virginia 5-4 to edge closer to its first appearance in the CWS in 62 years. No. 2 national seed Florida beat South Carolina 5-4 and TCU defeated Indiana State 4-1.


            Chase Elliott is back from his suspension with a chance to get right back in the win column. The NASCAR Cup Series’ most popular driver excels on road courses like Sonoma Raceway, where he has four career top-10 finishes. Elliott has the skills to take on other road warriors like Tyler Reddick and defending champion Daniel Suárez on Sunday in the series’ annual trip to the challenging course in Northern California wine country.

            Manchester City won the Champions League title for the first time in its history by beating Inter Milan 1-0 in Istanbul’s Ataturk Olimpiyat Stadium. Rodri struck in the 68th minute to see the Premier League champions and FA Cup winners complete a treble of trophies this season. It is the third time Pep Guardiola has won European club soccer's biggest competition as a coach.

            The excitement of landing Maryland corner Deonte Banks as the Giants’ first-round pick hasn’t worn off for defensive coordinator Wink Martindale since that viral draft night hug with GM Joe Schoen. “It was like winning a scratch-off ticket,” Martindale said Thursday at the practice facility. Corner is one of football’s most difficult positions, though, so it would be understandable if the ...

            NASCAR's entry for the 24 Hours of Le Mans at last got racing Saturday after NBA superstar LeBron James waved the French flag to start the most iconic sports car race in the world. NASCAR has a special entry in the centenary running of Le Mans as part of its celebration of its 75th season. The car is fielded by Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet and Goodyear and features seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson.

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