MARCH 11: Sam Reinhart #23 of the Buffalo Sabres warms up before an NHL game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the KeyBank Center on March 11, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. Buffalo Sabres forward Sam Reinhart dressed for the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. After the anthems, the teams took their seats on the bench as usual, and that’s where Reinhart stayed for the entire sixty minutes of the game.
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.
The practice of NBA teams choosing to periodically rest healthy star players in hopes of reducing the likelihood that those marquee talents will suffer fatigue-related injuries, or just flat-out play worse late in the season/in the playoffs because they’re tired from the 82-game grind, has become a hotly debated topic of late. The superstar guard has missed just one game in the last three seasons — and even missed only one practice this season, according to ESPN’s Calvin Watkins — suiting up to lead the Houston Rockets’ high-octane attack come hell or high water, night in and night out. “Yeah, because you’re not leaving your teammates out there to dry, ” Harden said Tuesday morning, before the Rockets’ game against the Warriors.