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BARCELONA, Spain - Lionel Messi agreed on a new contract with Barcelona on Tuesday through 2018. Beats by Dre . Messi, the three-time world player of the year, has 90 goals in 2012, surpassing Gerd Muellers 40-year-old milestone of 85 in a calendar year. Xavi Hernandez and Carles Puyol also agreed to new deals with the Spanish giant. Messi, whose contract was due to expire on June 30, 2016, extended his commitment to the club to June 30, 2018, Barcelona said in a statement. Puyol and Xavi extended theirs to June 2016. "This news means that FC Barcelona has secured its ties with three of its most important players," the statement said, adding that the contracts would be signed "over the course of the next few weeks." Puyol, the 34-year-old captain, had said he wants to continue his professional career until hes 40, although he said he didnt want to "have to drag myself onto the field." Messi scored his 22nd double of 2012, and his sixth in six games, as Barcelona beat Atletico Madrid, its closest rival in the Spanish league, 4-1 on Sunday, opening up a nine-point lead. Relying on the Argentina forwards uncanny ability to puncture defences, Barcelona has attained a Spanish-league record start of 15 victories in 16 rounds. Barcelona was also still in contention in the Champions League and Copa del Rey. cheap beats by dre uk . While talking about an executive that will, at best, serve as a vocal underling to president Bryan Colangelo is hardly earth-shattering stuff, anything that distracts from the stench of cancelled games is worth diverting to for a couple of minutes. Beats Dre . A disclaimer of interest dissolves the Union and converts it into a trade association. . Defenceman Ryan McDonagh scored with two seconds remaining in overtime to give the Rangers a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames. beats by dre on sale uk . Owners and players will be back Tuesday for a full bargaining session, knowing if they fail to produce results, there may not be enough time left to avoid cancelling regular-season games. Beats By Dre Sale . -- The Seattle Seahawks have added needed depth on the defensive line by agreeing to terms with free agent defensive tackle Jason Jones. CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox are starting to get contributions from everyone on the roster and thats producing wins. Though theyre still not where they want to be, theyre closer after rallying to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 on Friday night for their first three-game winning streak of the season. They got the win Friday because starter Jake Peavy was helped by a rally fueled by part-time players. And the complexion of the season has changed because of the teams attitude. Peavy credited the team staff and to the players for "not panicking." "I think in times past you would see some panic with different people around the organization, with different players," Peavy said. "I think for this ballclub, for the staff to continually have our backs and to come back and play a little bit better than we have played." The White Sox indeed came back Friday. Peavy pitched well into the seventh and the White Sox hit three home runs, including ones from part-time players Hector Gimenez and Tyler Greene to win the first two of a four-game series. Peavy (3-1) gave up home runs to Matt Joyce and Evan Longoria and fell behind 3-0 in the fourth, but the White Sox overpowered Rays starter Roberto Hernandez (1-4). Peavy allowed three runs and six hits, with seven strikeouts, in 6 2-3 innings. "Great team win," he said. "I think these wins. we fell behind early and we were able to battle back off a guy who was going good, (Hernandez)." Trailing 3-1 in the fifth, the White Sox hit two home runs to take a 4-3 lead. Gimenez, a backup catching for the first time since leaving Mondays game after getting hit on the lower left leg with a pitch, hit his first career homer to cut the Rays lead to 3-2. Greene, who replaced the injured Jeff Keppinger, had a two-run home run, his first of the season, to give Chicago a 4-3 lead later in the inning. Conor Gillaspies solo home run in the sixth then gave the White Sox a 5-3 advantage and their second straight game scoring at least five runs. "You take it," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Its just one of thats a good feeling when the lineup does that and you get it from guys getting a shot." For the White Sox to win consistently they have to get contributions from everybody on the roster. Peavy knows that. "I think the biggest thing is we have to use our whole roster. yeah its like the National League does," Peavy said. "Were not like a Detroit whos going to line up and here we go man-for-man. Weve got to have contributions from everybody and we understand that.. Monster Beats uk. " Trailing 3-0 in the fourth, Adam Dunn singled to right to drive in Alex Rios. Dunn, who entered the game with only eight hits, including four home runs, was 2 for 4 with a double. Friday is Dunns first game with more than one hit since April 3, the White Soxs second of the season. Before that, the Rays had jumped on Peavy. Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead when Joyce homered in the third, hooking a 2-2 Peavy pitch inside the right-field foul pole. Friday was Joyces third career start at leadoff, and hes homered in all three. Longoria doubled Tampa Bays lead in the fourth when he took a 1-2 pitch to right for his sixth home run of the season. Kelly Johnson then singled in James Loney for a 3-0 Rays lead. The RBI gave Longoria 468 with the Rays, tying him with Carlos Pena for second in team history behind Carl Crawford (592). None of that added up to a win for Tampa Bay, though it did mount a rally in the ninth. Working for the third straight day, Addison Reed got his eighth save in eight chances but allowed Joyces RBI single before striking out Ben Zobrist with runners on first and second to end the game. "Peavy of course was good," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We had a chance there at the very end, but you just cant rely on that all the time." Hernandez gave up all five runs and eight hits while striking out five in six innings. He had given up two home runs in 24 2-3 innings this season. Before Friday he had never given up three home runs in an outing. "I tried to keep the ball down to get a ground ball but today I couldnt get the ground ball," Hernandez said. Not surprisingly, that hurt Hernandez. Perhaps more unexpected was who made him pay. "Thats huge. We were kind of down there early," Greene said. "We were able to battle and slowly, slowly inching back and we were able to take a lead there and just hold onto it." NOTES: Keppinger was out of the lineup Friday with a lower back issue and is listed as day-to-day. In his last two games Keppinger is 3 for 9. Dewayne Wise was a late scratch with a stiff neck and is day-to-day. . Tampa Bay shortstop Yunel Escobar didnt play Friday night and missed his second straight game with a tight right hamstring. ... Saturdays pitching matchup is the Rays Matt Moore (4-0, 1.04) vs. the White Soxs Gavin Floyd (0-3, 4.98). ... Rays outfielder Luke Scott was removed from a game at a rehab assignment at Single-A Port Charlotte after getting hit in the right elbow with a pitch. Scott is on the disabled list with a right calf strain. ' ' '
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