There is no silver lining to this story, and Spain is not allowing wealth to uphold impunity. Lionel Messi, one of the top paid athletes in the world, FC Barcelona forward, will stand trial with his father, Jorge, for intentionally not paying taxes from endorsement earnings (defrauding Spain) from 2007-2009 amounting to about $5 million dollars. The judge in the case rejected requests from prosecutors to drop the charges on the star soccer/futbal player and his father, and they will have to stand trial with no date set yet. Lawyers from the tax authority are lobbying for a 22-month sentence for both Lionel and his father. Lionel and his father are denying any knowledge of wrongdoing and intentional fraud.
Lithuania served Serbia a crushing defeat, 67-64, on Friday to advance to the EuroBasket (FIBA) Finals to take on Spain! Lithuania (and Spain) have automatically clinched a spot at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio (Jogos Olímpicos de Verão de 2016) by advancing to the Finals! Serbia must now claw and nail through the Olympic qualifiers next July flirting with Greece, Italy, France, and the Czech Republic!
During the pre-game commentary, former 18-time slam winner, Chrissy Everett implicitly uttered “She plays her best when she’s mad,” well I guess Serena was “mad” because she won in two sets 6-4, 6-4 over up-and-coming Spains’ Garbiñe Muguruza to win the Wimbledon Finals and complete the ‘Serena Slam’ (winning four Majors in a row)!