Soccer player Everton Luiz, a Partizan Belgrade midfielder, was left in tears after he was subjected to “monkey chants” and other abuse on Sunday during his team’s victory over Rad in the Serbian league, according to the Associated Press. Luiz, a Brazilian player who joined the team last year, made a crude gesture at the opposing fans, prompting some to confront him, the BBC reports. “I took 90 minutes of racist abuse and other insults from the terraces and thereafter I found myself in a cauldron of emotionless individuals who charged at me when they should have protected me,” he said.
Real Madrid traveled to Valencia on Wednesday for a La Liga showdown that was rescheduled from December when Real was playing at the Club World Cup. Entering the day with a one-point lead over Barcelona at the top of the table and with two less matches played, this was one of the two upcoming chances Real had to separate themselves from the Catalan club and really cement themselves as favorites to win the league. But at a loud, rowdy Mestalla, Real couldn’t get it done. Goals from Simone Zaza and Fabian Orellana carried Valencia to a 2-1 win, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring the sole Real Madrid goal. Los Blancos dominated possession and looked sure to score in the final half hour by pushing high
By Jessica Toonkel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is in talks with Major League Baseball to live stream one game per week during the upcoming season, which could be a key win as the social media platform works to offer more live sports, according to two people familiar with the situation. Facebook has pushed to sign deals with owners of sports rights to live stream their games, going after an audience that competitor Twitter Inc is also trying to capture, according to sports media consultants. For social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, live streaming sports is key to attracting people since sports is one of the few types of content that people still watch live.