(CNN)The football world has united in paying tribute to the victims of Thursday's Barcelona attacks which killed 14 people and injured at least 100. Lionel Messi, who plays for Barcelona football club and is one of the world's most revered players, sent his condolences to the families and friends of the victims, saying he totally rejected "any act of violence," while Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and other world stars also offered their sympathy. Barcelona and Real Madrid, Spain's biggest football clubs, both held a minute's silence before training on Friday. The attack on Las Ramblas, a predominantly pedestrian zone in the heart of the Catalan capital, was the worst on Spanish soil since the
At a venue that has undergone dramatic change over the past few years, the playing surface will be undergoing the most dramatic change possible. Via Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post, the Dolphins will replace the entire field at Hard Rock Stadium in advance of regular-season openers from both the Dolphins and the University of Miami. Lieser notes that there have been “ongoing issues” with the sod, which has seen scrimmages from the Dolphins and Hurricanes and a pair of Dolphins preseason home games.
The hits just keep on coming for Barcelona, the tiny, scrappy Spanish club that just can’t catch a break. In the last two weeks alone, the Blaugrana have lost Neymar, spent $47 million to sign Paulinho, failed to land a single one of their reported major transfer targets, and been embarrassed by Real Madrid (of all clubs) in the Supercopa de España. One of the few remaining saving graces was the Lionel Messi-Luis Suarez partnership — two-thirds of the historically great MSN trio — which remained in place following Neymar’s departure.