New Barcelona coach will inherit Lionel Messi — and the team’s flaws

BARCELONA, Spain — When you get to manage Lionel Messi, it sounds downright silly to talk about the challenges awaiting Barcelona’s coach-to-be. Yet whoever the Catalan club picks to replace Luis Enrique on Monday will not just be handed a star-studded team led by one of the best players in the world. The chosen one will also inherit a handful of small, but serious flaws whose handling will determine whether he is a success or failure. Media speculation has placed Ernesto Valverde, who recently left Athletic Bilbao, and current Everton coach Ronald Koeman as the leading candidates to replace a worn-out Luis Enrique. “On Monday we will know officially and… Read More

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Harvey wins second straight start as Mets beat Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Matt Harvey pitched one-run ball over six innings to win his second straight start, and the New York Mets beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2 on Sunday night. The one-time Mets ace, hampered by injuries and off-field issues the last two seasons, scattered six hits, struck out four and walked two. Harvey (4-3) beat the San Diego Padres on Tuesday when he allowed two runs in five innings and has consecutive victories for the first time since winning his first two starts of the season. Harvey had failed to pitch more than 5 1/3 innings in his previous five starts, in which he had a combined 21 walks in… Read More

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Tomorrow’s your last day to hit the slopes in Aspen

Snowboarders and skiers, time’s running out. Tomorrow is the last day to hit the slopes at Aspen Mountain before the summer truly kicks off. After heavy snowfall last weekend, Aspen Skiing Co. announced that it would reopen 130 acres for Memorial Day weekend, which is about to run out. The Ajax Express lift will spin from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to the Aspen Times. Sightseers can hitch a ride on the Silver Queen Gondola from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lift tickets are $42 for the day and gondola tickets are $21. Related ArticlesMay 26, 2017 Jim Bedwell, the 38-year Forest Service boss who champions recreation, to retire… Read More

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Matt Harvey solid in Mets’ win over Pirates | Rapid Reaction

Harvey limited the Pirates to a single run to help the Mets take the series. PITTSBURGH — Terry Collins said he wanted to see improvement from Matt Harvey in each start. As long as he saw that, the Mets would be ok every Harvey Day. Harvey (4-3) had an outing that was vastly improved from his last few on Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates, helping lead the Mets to a 7-2 win at PNC Park. The right-hander limited the Pirates to one earned run — a solo shot by Gregory Polanco in the second inning — on six hits, struck out four and walked two in the win. He… Read More

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Stampede at stadium kills 4 fans, unborn fetus in Honduras

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Officials in Honduras say thousands of soccer fans trying to force their way into a stadium for a championship match stampeded in panic when police fired tear gas, and at least four people and an unborn fetus were killed in the crush and 25 others were injured. A spokesman for University Teaching Hospital says the victims died from suffocation and multiple broken bones from being trampled Sunday. Spokesman Miguel Osorio says a fetus died when its mother suffered severe injuries. The stampede happened at the National Stadium as fans tried to push their way into the jammed venue to see the game between Motagua and Honduras Progreso.… Read More

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