With Barcelona needing a goal to not just win the game against Real Madrid, but stay in the La Liga title race, Lionel Messi came up huge. If Barca failed to win this game, Madrid was almost certainly walking away with the championship. Los Merengues came into the match with a three-point lead in La Liga, plus a match in hand.
On Wednesday (April 19), news surfaced that former New England Patriot and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in his prison cell. The 27-year-old was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on April 15, 2015, for the fatal shooting of Odin Lloyd in June 2013. During a press conference, Lloyd’s mother, Ursula Ward, shared her thoughts on Hernandez’s death — “I pray to God that his soul is at peace,” — and why she thinks justice prevails even though the murder conviction may be erased.
The Giants consistently have said that the supposed smoking-gun email implicating quarterback Eli Manning in memorabilia fraud was taken out of context and does not show that he actually wanted to dupe purchasers of game-used helmets with helmets not actually used in a game. According to ESPN.com, lawyers representing the Giants and Manning have claimed in a court filing that the lawyers representing the plaintiffs in that case deliberately omitted “relevant evidence” to create the impression that Manning was complicit in a scheme to defraud. The claims were made in a formal request to ask the presiding judge to uphold an agreement that information regarded as confidential would not be disclosed publicly. The Giants’ lawyers also contend that the plaintiffs “cherry-picked” the email that seems to show Eli’s involvement, in order to make him look bad publicly.