Barcelona tops Arsenal
In their round-of-16 Champions League matchup, Barcelona beat Arsenal yesterday, 2–0. Lionel Messi scored the only two goals in the game in the 71st minute and on a penalty kick during the 83rd minute. His first goal was just the finishing touch on a brilliant team effort:
And here's a soccer highlight from closer to home
Buzzer-beater of the century
ANOTHER crazy car for Yoenis Cespedes
Remember when Yoenis Cespedes showed up to Spring Training yesterday in the world's most extravagant tricycle? Well today he topped it with this Lamborghini:
Cespedes arrivals are the best pic.twitter.com/LhqHg2RFJZ— Robert Brender (@robertbrender) February 24, 2016
Brent Burns Chia Pet
How good is this? The San Jose Sharks are including a Brent Burns Chia Pet in certain ticket packages. The Sharks' defenseman is notorious for his out-of-control hair. Now you can help that crazy hair grow: Just add water!
Get it together, guys
It's only Wednesday!? pic.twitter.com/pRQNTdKgEX— PEANUTS (@Snoopy) September 24, 2014
Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney says she will no longer compete in elite gymnastics, she announced in an interview with Gymcastic.
“The reason why I wanted to go to this next Olympics – I finally figured it out. I wanted to show people that when everyone else is up against them, they can get through the struggle and the pain and do it because they love something.” Maroney said. “One day I was sitting outside and I was like ‘Why am I doing this? Yeah it's cool that I want to do it and help inspire people but I didn't know how to be okay with not being a gymnast. I go to a Starbucks or Jamba Juice or anything and they're like ‘Are you going to the next one?’ Until the other day, I was not OK with saying no and I had no choice in my mind with being something else.
“I'm just ready to put my worth and value into something else,” Maroney added. “I'm just ready to be excited about something else. I just got so bored with being unhealthy.”
Maroney was a member of the “Fierce Five” that won gold in the team event at the 2012 Olympics in London. Maroney also captured silver in the vault, which resulted her photograph on the podium to go viral with her “not impressed” face.
Maroney suffered fractured tibia in her left leg while performing the uneven bars during the 2012 Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions in California.
Watch Maroney's full interview below:
Maroney turned professional and signed a contract with Adidas in 2013. She made her return at the 2013 Secret U.S. Classic, where she placed first on the vault and third on floor exercise. She also competed at the P&G Championships, where she won gold in the same events.
Maroney was a member of the U.S. team for the 2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, where she performed the floor and finished sixth overall. She also won her second world vault title.
In March 2014, she underwent knee surgery and missed the rest of the season. Maroney also missed the 2015 P&G Championships and world championships, where Olympic teammates Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman returned to action.
Fellow 2012 Olympian Jordyn Weiber announced her retirement in May 2015. Kyla Ross also announced her decision to retire earlier in the week.
Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman look to make a run to the 2016 Olympics and become the first women to compete in back-to-back Summer Games since Dominique Dawes and Amy Chow in 1996 and 2000.
In addition to gymnastics, Maroney has also spent her time since the Olympic acting on television.
- Christopher Chavez
San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke says quarterback Colin Kaepernick will be on the team’s roster on April 1 when he’s due $11.9 million, reports CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco.
The news of Baalke’s commitment to Kaepernick comes in the wake of a report from earlier this month that the quarterback had expressed an interest in joining the New York Jets.
Kaepernick, who was benched halfway through the season after the team decided to start Blaine Gabbert, threw for 1,615 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions over nine games in 2015. He has five years remaining on a $114 million contract he signed in 2014.
San Francisco finished the 2015 season with a 5–11 record and subsequently fired head coach Jim Tomsula after his first year with the team.
The 49ers then hired former Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly.