The Argentine has signed a new deal to remain at Camp Nou for three more years - recognition for a player who has led by example ever since he signed from Liverpool in 2010.

Barcelona lost one player to Juventus this summer. Dani Alves left for Turin after eight years at Camp Nou and at one point, it looked like Javier Mascherano may follow him. However, the Catalan club have moved to make sure the Argentine stays put - and that's great news for Luis Enrique.

The Barca boss admitted last week that he had been surprised by the departure of Alves. "I can only praise him," he said. "I wish him the best, he is one of the best professionals I have seen in my career. Juventus have strengthened their team really well with Alves."

The Italian champions also wanted to sign Mascherano and after moving to Juve, Alves admitted: "It would be an honour to share this adventure with Mascherano." But if losing one of their first-team members to Juve was bad enough, Barca have made sure they will not be losing two to a side that will be one of their major rivals in Europe next season.

"The club have told me they have no intention of letting me leave, that they are very happy with me," the 32-year-old said last month. And days earlier, Barca's sporting director Robert Fernandez had vowed: "Mascherano will stay with Barca. I'm clear about that and we'll look for a positive solution for everyone."

"I can no longer stay silent."
So says Michael Jordan, widely considered the best NBA player of all time but someone who has refrained from using his celebrity to take a public stand on social issues.

Jordan, who owns the Charlotte Hornets, published a one-page letter on The Undefeated, a new ESPN platform dedicated to exploring the intersections of race, sports and culture. In that letter, posted Monday, Jordan said that he would be donating $1 million each to the International Association of Chiefs of Police's newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
The Hall of Famer also sheds light on violence from a personal perspective. Jordan's father, James Jordan, was gunned down by two robbers in 1993.

"As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers," Jordan wrote. "I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well."I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late. I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent. We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers -- who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all -- are respected and supported."

Jordan's letter comes two and a half weeks after an Army veteran shot and killed five police officers in Dallas, saying he was angry over police shootings of black men.
Jordan also wrote that while he has the "greatest respect" for the sacrifice and service of people in law enforcement, he recognizes that his experiences with law enforcement are different for him than for many other people of color.

"I have decided to speak out in the hope that we can come together as Americans, and through peaceful dialogue and education, achieve constructive change," he said.
As a star player with lucrative endorsement deals, Jordan wasn't known for taking a stand on issues, prompting NBA icon and activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to say in an NPR interview in November that Jordan "took commerce over conscience."
But that appears to have changed in recent months.
Prior to his letter, Jordan spoke out on North Carolina's controversial bathroom bill in his efforts to keep the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte.

"As my organization has stated previously, the Charlotte Hornets and Hornets Sports & Entertainment are opposed to discrimination in any form, and we have always sought to provide an inclusive environment," Jordan said in a statement to the Charlotte Observer in April.
The 2017 All-Star Game ultimately was moved from Charlotte and will be played at a yet-to-be-determined location.

After four fine years at CSKA Moscow, the Nigerian looks set to replicate his fine form in the East Midlands.

Leicester City are preparing for the biggest season in their history. For the first time ever they are defending champions, having won the Premier League title in astonishing fashion last term.

Not only will they have to contend with greater expectations domestically, but they will also be competing with the continent’s finest in the Uefa Champions League.

Claudio Ranieri has insisted he won’t make radical changes to his squad so as not to destabilise the harmony of a team that gelled effectively last term, but already, significant additions have arrived.

So far, the Italian tactician has signed German stopper Ron-Robert Zieler from Hannover 96, Spaniards Luis Hernandez and Raul Uche from Sporting Gijon and Rayo Vallecano respectively, and Frenchman Nampalys Mendy from OGC Nice.The biggest coup is arguably the addition of Nigeria’s very own Ahmed Musa who joins from CSKA Moscow for a club record £16 million fee and could be primed to become the nation's next great Premier League export.

Musa arrives with considerable experience and a fine reputation and, as a versatile right-footed attacker who can play on either flank and as a striker, will be a versatile addition to the Foxes’ forward line.
The Super Eagle could be just the player the East Midlanders need to thrive this season, and EPL defences won’t enjoy combating his wonderful pace, technique, movement, passing and eye for goal.

The diminutive Nigerian scored 54 goals in 168 appearances (an average of 0.32 per game) for CSKA which, considering he often featured on the left flank, is a decent haul.
He reached double digits in three of his four full seasons in the Russian Premier League, winning three titles, a Russian Cup and two Russian Super Cups to his name.

Few players in the current Leicester squad can even begin to compete with Musa’s international achievements; he won the 2013 Cup of Nations title in South Africa with the Super Eagles and shone at the 2014 World Cup, scoring twice in Nigeria’s 3-2 defeat by Argentina.

The Liga champions turned in a €29m profit after tax for the last campaign, affirming that they are in line to reach a projected €1billion annual revenue in 2021

Barcelona returned record revenues of €679million during 2015-16, according to the club's financial results for the season.

The LaLiga champions released the figures on Monday, with the overall revenue mark "representing a substantial increase of the figure originally budgeted for this area".

Barca returned a net profit of €29m after tax and believe they are on course to hit the marks of a strategic plan that targets revenue of €1billion in 2021.
The in-form winger has confirmed his return to Camp Nou and can provide the backup needed by the Catalan club to ensure that their three elite forwards avoid fatigue next season

If one thing was made clear from Barcelona's slump towards the end of last season, it was that they need another forward. As Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez returned tired from the international break in late March, everything went wrong... but there is a solution for next season: the Catalans have bought back Denis Suarez.

Suarez impressed for Villarreal in La Liga and the Europa League last season, scoring five goals and assisting 11 more over the course of the campaign while falling just short at the semi-finals in his quest to win the continental competition for the second year in a row. He had been part of the Sevilla side who lifted the trophy in 2014-15.

Barcelona were watching with interest. The Catalan club retained a buy-back option on the winger and, for just a cut-price €3 million and his exceptional form, exercising it was a no-brainer.

"He's a player we value," Barca sporting director Robert Fernandez said in March. "We looked at signing him in the winter market but circumstances meant we couldn't do it. Villarreal's stance was logical. It's possible he could come in the summer window. He's a player that Barca could sign."Suarez was born in Galicia and came through the youth system at Celta before a move to Manchester City, where he was voted as the club's Young Player of the Year but featured only twice for the first team.

He then moved to Camp Nou and spent a successful season at Barca B before a loan move to Sevilla for two seasons. He subsequently joined Villarreal for an undisclosed fee last summer as the Catalans retained a buy-back clause so, naturally, Marcelino's side did not look kindly upon the possibility of losing the player just six months later, when reports first linked him with a January return.

Barca's elimination from the Champions League and their mini-slump in La Liga, which allowed both Atletico and Real Madrid back into the title race, highlighted the need for a larger squad and, in particular, backup for Messi, Suarez and Neymar.

Denis Suarez looks like just the man to ease the burden placed on the 'MSN' trident in recent months. The 22-year-old can play on either wing, as a support striker, a false nine or even as an 'interior' in midfield. And he already knows Barca, which means that adaptation should be fairly fast and straightforward.
The ex-Porto boss, who has managed La Roja's Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 sides in the past, has replaced Vicente del Bosque following his decision to step down after Euro 2016
Julian Lopetegui has been appointed as Spain's new manager, replacing Vicente del Bosque.

Del Bosque left the role following a disappointing Euro 2016 campaign and now Lopetegui, the former Porto head coach, will look to guide the country towards qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Lopetegui has managed Spain at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level - winning the European Championships with the Under-19s and Under-21s - and has now made the step up to the senior side.

Lopetegui guided Porto to the Champions League quarter-finals during the 2014/15 season but a poor run of form last season led him being dismissed in January.

The 49-year-old former goalkeeper, who was on the books at both Real Madrid and Barcelona during his player career, will take control of his first game in September, in a friendly against Belgium.
The attacking midfielder returns to his former club from Bayern Munich, having previously departed the club in 2013 to move to the Allianz Arena, where he struggled for game time Borussia Dortmund have announced the signing of Mario Gotze from Bayern Munich.
The Germany international, who scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final, had previously left Dortmund for the Bavarians but has now re-joined Thomas Tuchel's side.

Gotze departed the club in somewhat acrimonious circumstances in 2013, having scored 31 goals in 116 matches for the club after his debut in 2008.

Some fans subsequently claimed that the 24-year-old would not be welcomed back to the club, but the deal has now been confirmed by both sides, with Gotze signing a four-year contract until 2020. The attacking midfielder has also apologised to fans for his move to Bayern, and insists he will work hard to regain their trust, telling the club's official website: "When I switched from BVB to Bayern in 2013 that was a conscious decision that I will not hide myself behind today.

"Three years later, and at 24, I look with different eyes at my decision. I can well understand that many fans could not understand my decision. I would not even take it today!"When I return to my home, I want to try to convince all people with my performances - especially those who will not receive me with open arms. My aim is to again play my best football. For all of us, the club and the BVB fans. "
The former Dinamo Zagreb midfielder believes that his time in Spain has helped him develop ahead of his move to the Bundesliga and is excited to get started at his new club
Alen Halilovic says his experience at Barcelona was positive, despite making just one first-team appearance.

The 20-year-old joined the Nou Camp side in 2014 but only turned out for the senior squad in a 4-0 Copa del Rey win over Elche, before being sent on a season-long loan to Sporting Gijon.

The Croatia midfielder completed his transfer to Bundesliga side Hamburg on Thursday, and despite his limited playing time during his Barcelona stint, the midfielder believes he benefited from his time in Spain.

"Barcelona was a positive experience,"I also progressed during my time at Sporting Gijon. I played almost every league game for them last season."

Halilovic scored five goals in all competitions last term for Sporting, a similar return from his run in the Barca B team a year prior, and is excited by a return to regular top level football in the Bundesliga.

"I'm very happy to have arrived in Hamburg," he added. "They’ve shown me that they are big club. I'm sure that this is a big step in my career.""I'm only 20 years old but I’ve experience of playing in La Liga and now I’m in the Bundesliga. HSV is huge club – it has great fans and a sold-out stadium with great atmosphere."

The former Dinamo Zagreb midfielder, who can operate in a number of offensive roles, has also revealed that he will have an opportunity in his favoured position next term.

"I spoke with coach Bruno Labbadia and the directors," Halilovic said. "They’ve shown me how much they want me at the club. I will play as playmaker, Labbadia told me this, but I can play on the right wing."

The eight-time Croatia international will accommodate the No.23 shirt next season, which holds a lot of weight with the Bundesliga club.

"They keep number 23 for me," he said. "This is the biggest number in this club. Rafael van der Vaart wore this."

Halilovic had discussed the move with Milan Badelj and Ivica Olic – both of whom represented both Hamburg and Croatia – and will join up with Croatia-born Emir Spahic when he joins his new team-mates on Monday.

"I talked a lot with Milan Badelj, Ivica Olic and Emir Spahic. All they gave me support, say all the best about this club. They say to me that HSV is biggest club in Germany with Bayern and Borussia Dortmund.
If all your friends jumped off a cliff, would you too? What if your Pokémon took you there?
Two men in their early 20s fell an estimated 50 to 90 feet down a cliff in Encinitas, California, on Wednesday afternoon while playing "Pokémon Go," San Diego County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Rich Eaton said. The men sustained injuries, although the extent is not clear.Pokémon Go is a free-to-play app that gets users up and moving in the real world to capture fictional "pocket monsters" known as Pokémon. The goal is to capture as many of the more than hundred species of animated Pokémon as you can.
Apparently it wasn't enough that the app warns users to stay aware of surroundings or that signs posted on a fence near the cliff said "No Trespassing" and "Do Not Cross." When firefighters arrived at the scene, one of the men was at the bottom of the cliff while the other was three-quarters of the way down and had to be hoisted up, Eaton said.
Both men were transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. They were not charged with trespassing. Eaton encourages players to be careful. "It's not worth life or limb," he said
In parts of San Diego County, there are warning signs for gamers not to play while driving. San Diego Gas and Electric tweeted a warning to stay away from electric lines and substations when catching
The midfielder has reportedly penned a five-year deal at the club following an impressive two-season stint at La Liga rivals Valencia and Euro 2016 campaign with winners Portugal

Barcelona have announced an agreement with Valencia to sign Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes.

Gomes has spent two seasons in La Liga following his move from Benfica in July 2014.

The 22-year-old played a part as Portugal claimed a fairytale Euro 2016 success with their final win over France.Reports suggest Barcelona paid €40million for Gomes, who made 30 appearances and scored three goals in the league last season.

A 13-time Portugal international, Gomes was apparently also a target for Barca's fierce rivals Real Madrid.

He is set to become the latest signing for Luis Enrique in the transfer window, with the head coach having added the likes of Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Digne and Denis Suarez to his squad this off-season.

It presents another significant blow for Madrid, who have seemingly missed out on Paul Pogba.

The France international has plenty of admirers at the Santiago Bernabeu, but reports suggest they are unable to meet his valuation with Manchester United the apparent front-runners for his signature.
The picture shows a man lying in the street, holding his hands in the air.
"All he has is a toy truck," the man shouts. "I am a behavior therapist at a group home."

Charles Kinsey said the footage, released by his attorney, shows the moment Monday when he tried to persuade North Miami police not to harm his patient, a 23-year-old with autism who was sitting on the ground beside him.
"I was more worried about him than myself," Kinsey told CNN affiliate WSVN-TV in Miami.
"As long as I've got my hands up, they're not gonna shoot me, that's what I'm thinking," Kinsey said. "Wow, was I wrong."
Now Kinsey is hospitalized with a gunshot wound.
North Miami police said an officer opened fire after attempting to negotiate. Kinsey and his attorney said that explanation doesn't add up. State authorities say they're investigating.
Police: Caller reported armed man
A 911 call about an armed man threatening suicide drew officers to the scene just after 5 p.m. Monday, North Miami police Chief Gary Eugene told reporters.
"Our officers responded to the scene with that threat in mind. We had witness statements that there was a gun. We had a 911 call with that same information," Eugene said Thursday. "However, I want to make it clear, there was no gun recovered."
Kinsey told WSVN that his patient was holding a toy truck, not a firearm. He said he tried to explain the situation to officers, then asked his patient to be still and lie down.
Cell phone video released by Kinsey's attorney shows part of that exchange.
"Please be still ... get down ... lay on your stomach," Kinsey says in the video.
The man beside him rocks back and forth.
Another video released by the attorney shows a different perspective of the scene. In that video, Kinsey is lying in the road, on his stomach and handcuffed.
So far, attorney Hilton Napoleon II said, video of the shooting itself hasn't surfaced.
State takes over investigation
Reports of the North Miami shooting drew swift reactions on social media, with posts criticizing the officer who opened fire.
Kinsey's shooting comes after a pair of officer-involved shootings led to the deaths of two men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, kicking off a period of national unrest and putting the spotlight again on police use of force, particularly against black men. Kinsey also is black.
Eight law enforcement officers have since been killed in separate incidents in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, targeted by gunmen who claimed they were reacting in part to incidents such as those that led to the deaths of Sterling and Castile.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.
"Bringing in an outside agency assures our commitment to transparency and objectivity in a very sensitive matter," Eugene said.
Prosecutors said they'll decide whether the officer should be charged after the state agency completes its investigation.
"They will provide us with their factual findings and conclusions," Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said. "At that time, we will conduct our own investigation and review all of the evidence to determine whether the actions of the shooting officer constitute a criminal act that can be proven beyond and to the exclusion of every reasonable doubt."
'Why did you shoot me?'
Kinsey was hit in his right leg after two or three shots were fired, according to his attorney.
Kinsey told WSVN he was flipped over and handcuffed after the shooting. According to Napoleon, Kinsey was on the ground for 20 minutes before an ambulance arrived.
Kinsey said he was stunned by the shooting, like when a mosquito bites unexpectedly.
"When he hit me, I'm like, I still got my hands in the air," he said.
"I'm like, 'Sir, why did you shoot me?' " Kinsey said he asked the officer.
"He said to me, 'I don't know.' "
North Miami police have said officers had "attempted to negotiate with the two men on the scene."
At some point, one of the officers discharged his weapon, police said. In a fact sheet released via social media, the police department said the officer involved in the shooting is a 30-year-old Hispanic male with four years on the job. The unidentified officer has been placed on administrative leave.
"I realize there may be questions about what happened on Monday night. You have questions. The community has questions. ... I, personally, have questions. I assure you, we'll get all the answers," the police chief told reporters Thursday.
'This is not supposed to be happening in North Miami'
Howard Simon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, condemned the shooting: "Thankfully, Mr. Kinsey is alive and not more gravely injured -- but had the officer's weapon been pointed just a few degrees differently, this senseless incident could have been a much greater tragedy."
Simon called on law enforcement agencies to examine policies on the use of force and responses to people with mental health issues.
"Without changes in policy and improved training of officers, we will very likely see more needless shootings and deaths at the hands of police," he said in a statement.
A U.S. congresswoman whose district includes North Miami told reporters she was shocked by the video that shows the scene before the shooting.
"This is like a nightmare to me," Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson said.
"When you shoot a man lying on the ground with his hands up, explaining to you the situation, and you shoot him anyway? Something's not right with this picture," she said.
The shooting she said, isn't typical of the city, which she described as a "melting pot."
"This is not supposed to be happening in North Miami. North Miami is a city where the police officers and the community gel," she said. "So many of our police officers come from the community (and) live in the community."
'He did everything he could possibly do'
A hospital spokeswoman said Kinsey is in good condition. His attorney called off a press conference with Kinsey on Thursday morning, saying his client was traumatized and speaking with a psychiatrist.
"The reality is that he believed ... that if you comply with the police and you lay on the ground with your hands up, and if you speak to them like my client was speaking to them, as Americans, we try to believe that that will not result in you getting shot," Napoleon said.
Now Kinsey, his attorney said, doesn't know what to tell his children.
"Physically, he will recover, but mentally, he felt like he did everything he could possibly do and that wasn't good enough," Napoleon said.
"You can't shoot unarmed people, period."

WhatsApp was temporarily suspended in Brazil after a judge said the company had failed to hand over information requested in a criminal investigation.

The third suspension in two years lasted for a few hours, affecting millions of users.

But Supreme Court judge Ricardo Lewandowski later lifted the nationwide blockage, saying it was disproportionate.

WhatsApp said they did not have access to the details requested.

The most recent suspension happened in May, and forced 100 million people to turn to alternative services - a huge proportion of the internet-using population in a country with some of the world's highest mobile phone charges.In March, a Facebook executive was detained overnight for failing to comply with an attempt to block WhatsApp.

A Whatsapp spokesperson had said: "As we've said in the past we cannot share information we don't have access to.

"Indiscriminate steps like these threaten people's ability to communicate, to run their businesses, and to live their lives."

Correspondents said it was the latest clash in a battle between tech firms and judicial systems over how to collaborate in criminal investigations without compromising individual freedoms - like in the dispute between Apple and the FBI over access to the phone of the San Bernardino gunman.
Bosnians playing the hit mobile game Pokemon Go are being warned to avoid straying into areas still sown with landmines from the war in the 1990s.

A Bosnian demining charity, Posavina bez mina, issued its warning after hearing reports of Pokemon Go users venturing into risky areas.

Players use their smartphones to hunt for cartoon monsters in the real world.

At least 600 people have been killed in landmine accidents in Bosnia since the end of the war in 1995.

About 120,000 mines remain undiscovered, a Bosnian demining group estimates.

As the popularity of Pokemon Go has soared, there have been numerous incidents and accidents involving gamers.

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"We received information that some users of the Pokemon Go app in Bosnia were going to places which are a risk for mines, in search of a pokemon," Posavina bez mina said on Facebook.

"Citizens are urged not to do so, to respect demarcation signs of dangerous mine fields and not to go into unknown areas," it added.

Earlier this week, two teenagers in the US state of Florida were shot at by a householder who mistook them for burglars.

The game, however, has had some unexpected positive effects: in one UK town police said players reported a theft while hunting for monsters.

The Super Eagles forward was impressive in his first game for the Foxes as they came-back from behind to win at Oxford United on Tuesday.
Nigeria striker Ahmed Musa made an impressive debut in Leicester City 2-1 victory over Oxford United in a pre-season match on Tuesday.
Demarai Gray and Jeff Schlupp provided the vitals goals that helped Claudio Raneri's side come from a goal down after Chris Maguire's lead at the Kassam Stadium.
Musa came on in the 61st minute making his first appearance for the Premier League champions alongside fellow new signings Luis Hernandez and Ron-Robert Zieler in the comeback win.
The hosts opened the scoring in the 14th minute through Maguire before Gray leveled in the 28th minute.
The former CSKA Moscow forced Oxford goalkeeper to a save seven minutes after coming on with a thunderous strike from 25 yards out.
Schlupp netted the winner for City in the 69th minute to snatch the victory with the Nigerian showing glimpses of his quality.
The Foxes will next take on Lincoln City on July 21 before facing Mansfield Town four days after and later confront Birmingham City on August 1.

The Portuguese has replaced Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, and Leicester City's title-winning manager insists he can replicate the success of the iconic Scot
Jose Mourinho can be the new Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, according to Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri.
The Portuguese has succeeded Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, and managed United for the first time on Saturday, steering them to a 2-0 pre-season win over Wigan Athletic.
And Ranieri – whom Mourinho replaced as Chelsea manager in 2004 – believes that the former Real Madrid and Inter boss will thrive at Old Trafford.
“Mourinho can be the new Ferguson,” he is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror. “He will not stay in Manchester for 26 years, but he will leave his mark.”
United and Leicester will clash in the Community Shield in August, and Ranieri is eagerly anticipating the fixture between the FA Cup winners and the Premier League champions.
Indeed, Ranieri triumphed in their last encounter, with Leicester’s 2-1 victory over Chelsea in December proving to be the final game of Mourinho’s reign as Blues boss

“His rematch against me on August 7? That’s the beauty of football. Our sport is a magnificent container of stories,” he added.
Following Mourinho’s dismissal Guus Hiddink was handed the reins on a temporary basis prior to the appointment of Antonio Conte, and Ranieri believes his countryman and the Blues are “bound to like each other”.
 “They must get to know each other well and prevent the inevitable culture clashes from confusing them.
“But if they follow his lead in Cobham, then they’ll get an Italian Chelsea. And they’ll have some fun in London.”
And in a star-studded Premier League, Pep Guardiola will also be vying for supremacy, and Ranieri has also hailed the Catalan.