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Officials stand beside an empty court at the scheduled start of an NBA basketball first round playoff game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Orlando Magic, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Milwaukee Bucks didn't take the floor in protest against racial injustice and the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Boycott: NBA playoff games called off amid player protest

- Associated Press

Making their strongest statement yet in the fight against racial injustice, players from six NBA teams decided not to play postseason games on Wednesday in a boycott that quickly reverberated across other professional leagues.

In this Nov. 5, 2019 file photo, Barcelona's Lionel Messi reacts during a Champions League Group F soccer match against Slavia Praha at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. Lionel Messi has told Barcelona he wants to leave the club after nearly two decades with the Spanish giants. The club has confirmed that the Argentina great has sent a note expressing his desire to leave. The announcement comes 11 days after Barcelona's humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals, one of the worst in the player's career and in the club's history. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort, File)  **FILE**

Barcelona still hoping Messi will stay with the club

- Associated Press

Barcelona hasn’t given up on Lionel Messi just yet. A day after the Argentine great told the club he wants to leave, Barcelona said its restructuring project still revolves around the player.

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FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2020 file photo Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park stadium, in Liverpool, England. Salah has tested positive for the coronavirus. The announcement was made by the Egyptian soccer association on Twitter, Friday, Nov. 13, ahead of Saturday's game against Togo. (Cath Ivill/Pool via AP, File)

Salah available again for Liverpool in Champions League

Associated Press

Mohamed Salah is available to play for Liverpool in the Champions League match against Atalanta on Wednesday after returning to training following repeated negative tests for the coronavirus.

Australia's A-League banking on open borders for next season

Associated Press

Australia’s A-League is set to kick off next month with organizers predicting domestic borders will be open and the only club that needs to be relocated because of COVID-19 restrictions is the New Zealand-based Wellington Phoenix.

Burnley's Chris Wood, left, scores his side's opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Burnley and Crystal Palace at the Turf Moor stadium in Burnley, England, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. (Jan Kruger/Pool via AP)

Burnley beats Crystal Palace 1-0 for first win in EPL

Associated Press

Burnley finally claimed its first victory in the English Premier League on Monday, 1-0 against a Crystal Palace missing star forward Wilfried Zaha after he tested positive for the coronavirus.