Lionel Messi is banned from Argentina's next four World Cup qualifying games, dealing a blow to a campaign by the 2014 runner-up that has stuttered without him. Messi's suspension for "having directed insulting words at an assistant referee" during a home qualifier last week against Chile started on Tuesday, shortly before his teammates played Bolivia in La Paz. Without Messi, Argentina went on to lose the qualifier 2-0.
USA Hockey and the women's national team reached an agreement to end a wage dispute and avoid a boycott of the world championships on home ice that would've been a black eye for the sport. Players and USA Hockey finalized the deal Tuesday night and announced it in a joint statement just three days before the tournament begins in Plymouth, Michigan. "It's going to be a turning point for women's hockey in the U.S. (and) I feel like a turning point for women's hockey in the world," star forward Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson said by phone.
Dustin Johnson needs — nay, deserves — a break. After winning his third consecutive PGA Tour event, including his second since becoming No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, on Sunday at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Johnson wasn’t certain whether he would remain in the field for this week’s Shell Houston Open. Dustin Johnson has plenty of trophies, and now he can take a little nap.