But Messi was scathing of the performance from the Video Assistant Referee and match official Roddy Zambrano, using a postmatch interview to criticize the decision to not award a penalty to Sergio Aguero just prior to Firmino’s 71st-minute strike.”They were not better than us. They found the net early and the second goal came from a penalty [to Aguero] they didn’t award,” Messi told reporters.”They [the officials] had booked a lot of bulls—, but they didn’t even check the VAR. That’s incredible.”That happened all over the game. At the first glance of contact, they ruled in their [Brazil’s] favor and this kind of bulls— distracted us from the game.”There is no excuses for us, but we need to review this, analyze it and let’s hope CONMEBOL does something about it.”I think we played a great game. We made a great effort and they were not superior to us.”Argentina had 10 more shots at Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson than their opponents managed in attack (14-4) and struck the woodwork twice as they came agonizingly close to getting back into the contest.Aguero looped a header onto the crossbar with Alisson well-beaten in the first half shortly after Jesus earned the lead and Messi slammed a shot into the post in the second period after Lautaro Martinez’s drive was blocked. The Selecao took both of their chances clinically as Jesus and Firmino both side-footed into the net from close range after being teed up by the other.Brazil will host the winner of Wednesday’s semifinal between Chile and Peru in a final to be hosted Sunday at the Maracana.They will be aiming to win their first Copa America since triumphing in Venezuela during the 2007 edition. Lionel Messi has accused the referees of favoring Brazil as Argentina crashed out of the Copa America with a 2-0 defeat in the semifinal in Belo Horizonte.The Barcelona star again failed to have a decisive impact in the match for his nation as the hosts took the most of their opportunities with goals to Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino in either half sealing a place in the final.
WEEK 11 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerIf you’re looking for PPR-specific sleepers, James White (@ Eagles), Kareem Hunt (vs. Steelers), Duke Johnson (@ Ravens), and Jaylen Samuels (@ Browns) are your top guys, and the usual crew of Tarik Cohen (@ Rams), Nyheim Hines (vs. Jaguars), etc. are in the mix, as well. J.D. McKissic is more interesting this week with Ty Johnson (concussion) ailing, while Hunt is almost a must-start after receiving 11 touches (four carries, seven catches) in his first game. Fantasy owners can’t expect exactly the same results every week, but it’s clear Cleveland wants to make sure of his talents. WEEK 11 PPR RANKINGS: Wide receiver | Tight endDevonta Freeman (@ Panthers) is also in a good spot to rack up PPR points, but a foot injury could keep him out. That would leave Brian Hill as the primary runner and likely receiving back, though Kenjon Barner could also mix in and steal some catches. Either way, Hill will be a virtual must-start if Freeman misses time. (Update: Freeman is expected to miss this week.)Another interesting PPR “sleeper” is Derrius Guice (vs. Jets), who’s expected to see his first playing time since Week 1. Assuming he’s fully recovered from his knee injury, Guice would likely handle some receiving-down work while splitting carries with Adrian Peterson. The talented second-year back had three catches on three targets in limited action in Week 1, so clearly he’s capable of making plays out of the backfield. WEEK 11 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPPWe had a couple PPR surprises in Week 10, with Ronald Jones (vs. Saints in Week 11) coming out of nowhere to catch all eight of his targets for 77 yards. Kalen Ballage (vs. Bills) also managed four catches in his new starting role. It only went for two yards, but it was nice to see Miami involve him in that part of the offense.MORE WEEK 11 DFS: Values | Stacks | Lineup BuilderThe backs on bye this week are Saquon Barkley, Aaron Jones/Jamaal Williams, Derrick Henry, and Chris Carson. MORE WEEK 11:Waiver wire | FAAB planner | Trade values | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOSReminder: Check back for frequent updates during the week. LISTEN TO THE SN FANTASY WEEK 11 PREVIEW PODCAST BELOWWeek 11 Fantasy PPR Rankings: RBsThese rankings are for full-point PPR leagues.RankPlayer1Christian McCaffrey, CAR vs. ATL2Dalvin Cook, MIN vs. DEN3Josh Jacobs, OAK vs. CIN4Ezekiel Elliott, DAL @ DET5Le’Veon Bell, NYJ @ WAS6James Conner, PIT @ CLE7Melvin Gordon, LAC vs. KC (in Mexico)8Damien Williams, KC vs. LAC (in Mexico)9Nick Chubb, CLE vs. PIT10Alvin Kamara, NO @ TB11Devin Singletary, BUF @ MIA12Leonard Fournette, JAX @ IND13Todd Gurley, LAR vs. CHI14Austin Ekeler, LAC vs. KC (in Mexico)15Joe Mixon, CIN @ OAK16Marlon Mack, IND vs. JAX17David Montgomery, CHI @ LAR18Brian Hill, ATL @ CAR19Mark Ingram, BAL vs. HOU20James White, NE @ PHI21Ronald Jones, TB vs. NO22Tevin Coleman, SF vs. ARZ23Miles Sanders, PHI vs. NE24Phillip Lindsay, DEN @ MIN25Kareem Hunt, CLE vs. PIT26Carlos Hyde, HOU @ BAL27Kenyan Drake, ARZ @ SF28Derrius Guice, WAS vs. NYJ29Raheem Mostert, SF vs. ARZ30Royce Freeman, DEN @ MIN31Duke Johnson Jr., HOU @ BAL32Jaylen Samuels, PIT @ CLE33David Johnson, ARZ @ SF34Kalen Ballage, MIA vs. BUF35Sony Michel, NE @ PHI36Frank Gore, BUF @ MIA37Tarik Cohen, CHI @ LAR38Ty Johnson, DET vs. DAL39Nyheim Hines, IND vs. JAX40J.D. McKissic, DET vs. DAL41Adrian Peterson, WAS vs. NYJ42Latavius Murray, NO @ TB43Dare Ogunbowale, TB vs. NO44Darrel Williams, KC vs. LAC (in Mexico)45Peyton Barber, TB vs. NO46Jay Ajayi, PHI vs. NE47Tony Pollard, DAL @ DET48Rex Burkhead, NE @ PHI49Giovani Bernard, CIN @ OAK50Gus Edwards, BAL vs. HOU51Alexander Mattison, MIN vs. DEN52Jordan Wilkins, IND vs. JAX53Malcolm Brown, LAR vs. CHI The big question when compiling our Week 11 fantasy RB PPR rankings was what to do with David Johnson and Kenyan Drake. Johnson looked like a shell of himself as Drake doubled him in carries and received six more targets last week. Logicially, that should lead us to rank Drake over Johnson, right? Well, we’re not out of a stubborn belief that Johnson will be better this week. Stupid? Perhaps, but name value goes a long way in fantasy football, even when it shouldn’t. (Update: We’ve come to our senses and moved Johnson down further after Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury commented on his health, or lack thereof.)But even if you prefer Johnson or Drake, neither is an exciting play this week against the 49ers. Drake put up big numbers against them just two weeks ago, but the odds of that happening again seem slim, especially with Johnson “healthy”. Broncos backs Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay, both solid receivers, have similar matchups against Minnesota. You can play both as FLEXes, but neither seem quite worthy of RB2 status.
FINISH LINES: Rebel Stakes winner Cupid worked four furlongs for Bob Baffert Thursday in 48.40, while Sorrento winner Pretty N Cool went the same distance for Baffert with Mike Smith up in 48 flat. Baffert trainee American Cleopatra, a full sister to American Pharoah, went four furlongs in 48.60 in company with an unnamed stablemate whose dam is Fortunate Queen, also timed in 48.60 . . . Santa Anita Gold Cup Betting Challenge tournament winner Hesham Ragab and horse players Carlon Rogers and Rajiv Rishi will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, respectively, 12:20 p.m., in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Tomorrow, July 1 through Sunday, July 3, the largest Asian-themed night market in the United States takes place at Santa Anita in the form of 626 Night Market. The growing entertainment tradition features merchandise vendors, games, food, music, and more. For more information, visit santaanita.com/events or www.626nightmarket.com. Fernando Perez861110813%34%$421,488 IMPROVING BEACHMARCHAIS STEPS UP IN AFFIRMEDBeachmarchais steps up from a smashing 5 ½-length victory against $75,000 maiden claiming horses to Saturday’s Affirmed Stakes, but Simon Callaghan feels the Florida-bred son of Big Drama deserves the chance.“He’s simply getting better,” the trainer said. “Stretching out in distance for the first time last out (at a mile) he showed there’s more improvement to come. He needs to step up his game but I think he’s heading in the right direction.” SUNDAY RULES SEEKS TO STAY PERFECT AT SANTA ANITALeading trainer Phil D’Amato hopes to have a bang-up Fourth of July Monday with Sunday Rules when the five-year-old mare runs in the $100,000 Spring Fever Handicap, one in the popular Golden State Series, this for fillies and mares, three and up, at six furlongs.Sunday Rules, a daughter of the late Tribal Rule owned and bred by Nick Alexander, won three straight including the California Cup Sprint on Jan. 30 before fading to ninth after setting the pace in the Grade I Madison at Keeneland last out on April 9.“She’s been training well; her last couple breezes were dynamite,” said D’Amato, who also could enter Sidepocket Sue in the Spring Fever. “We’re looking forward to running Sunday Rules back at Santa Anita (where she is unbeaten in five starts).”D’Amato is well on his way to his second straight Santa Anita training title and overall his second ever, with a 22-13 lead over runner-up Jerry Hollendorfer and only eight racing days remaining in the Spring Meet.“We’re running our horses through their conditions and they’re all firing,” he said. “We’re doing well.” The contest cards will be used to draw the winners, who will be announced throughout the day from the Winner’s Circle.One lucky fan will become the final contestant entered into the drawing for the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC presented by Rusnak/Arcadia. All 10 qualifiers will be on-track and will be assigned to a specific horse in a designated race on Monday. The contestants will watch their race from the Winner’s Circle and the winning horse will determine the winner of the Mercedes-Benz GLC.Betting vouchers worth $500 will be given away, as will four 2016 Autumn Meet “VIP Day at the Races” packages.Two Breeders’ Cup Reserved Seating Packages, including a Four-Pack for Friday, Nov. 4, and a Four-Pack for Breeders’ Cup Classic Day, Saturday, Nov. 5, will be given away.VISIT http://www.santaanita.com/events-and-tickets/ FOR CONTEST RULES PLUS ALL ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING GIVEAWAYS AND VIP PACKAGES. BAFFERT SWEET ON ‘CANDY’ IN AFFIRMEDDanzing Candy makes his first start for Bob Baffert in Saturday’s Grade III Affirmed Stakes for three-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, and the Hall of Fame trainer is anxious to see what he’s got.“It will be interesting,” Baffert said between workers Thursday morning. “His last two races were sort of disasters. We taught him how to harness some of that speed. He’s got a good post and we should have options from there (No. five in a field of five).”Danzing Candy won the Grade II San Felipe Stakes last March when trained by Cliff Sise Jr. prior to finishing fourth by 13 ¼ lengths in the sloppy Santa Anita Derby and 15th by 20 lengths in the Kentucky Derby after leading both races.The Affirmed marks the first race under Baffert’s supervision.“I’m looking forward to seeing if what we’ve done has made a difference and to see what we have,” Baffert said.The field for the Affirmed, named for the 1978 Triple Crown winner: Curlin Rules, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; Dalmore, Kent Desormeaux, 4-1; Beaumarchais, Joe Talamo, 20-1; Prince of Arabia, Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1; and Danzing Candy, Rafael Bejarano, 2-5. (Current Through Sunday, June 26) Mark Glatt6411131017%53%$406,666 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Joseph Talamo12023171719%48%$1,378,763 LIVING THE LIFE LOOKS FOR PASSING GRADE SUNDAYLiving the Life, a versatile Irish-bred mare trained by Gary Mandella, moves from a Grade III victory on Golden Gate’s synthetic Tapeta surface back to dirt Sunday when she runs in the $75,000 Southern Truce Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.The six-year-old bay daughter of Footstepsinthesand has run in eight straight graded stakes prior to Sunday’s Southern Truce.“It would be nice to get a win with her on dirt,” Mandella said, “but her races sprinting on it were really good against a little tougher competition than what she’ll see on Sunday.“Obviously, you always have more confidence with her on synthetic, but she traded punches with some very nice fillies like (Grade I winners) Tara’s Tango and Taris on dirt and I’m happy to be away from them.” Tyler Baze17028332716%52%$1,401,534 Flavien Prat12433191727%56%$1,649,387 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Philip D’Amato862217726%53%$1,475,698 Rafael Bejarano15839302825%61%$2,178,245 Bob Baffert46119624%57%$684,203 Edwin Maldonado13122211317%43%$893,666 FANS CAN WIN MERCEDES-BENZ AND MORE ON DOLLAR DAY, JULY 4Monday, July 4, is Fan Appreciation Day at Santa Anita. Fans can enter to win a chance at a 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC, presented by Rusnak/Arcadia, reserved seating for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Nov. 4 and 5, VIP packages good for the track’s Autumn Meet which begins Sept. 30, and $500 betting vouchers.Veterans and active duty military will receive free General Admission Monday at Santa Anita as well. Monday also is also Dollar Day, with one dollar beers, sodas and hot dogs available throughout the day.Following are details on Santa Anita’s Fan Appreciation Day offerings: Each fan (with paid admission) will receive a contest entry card as they enter Santa Anita. The card, once completed, can be placed in a number of designated contest locations or bins throughout the facility. All entries must be submitted by 3 p.m. Martin Garcia771261316%40%$646,734 DANZING CANDY DEBUTS FOR BAFFERT IN AFFIRMEDD’AMATO EYES BANGUP FOURTH WITH SUNDAY RULESVERSATILE LIVING THE LIFE RETURNS TO MAIN TRACKFAN APPRECIATION DAY, DOLLAR DAY MONDAY, JULY 4 Mike Puype48104521%40%$312,130 Jerry Hollendorfer681371319%49%$925,543 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Mike Smith37117130%51%$846,437 Santiago Gonzalez15617222511%41%$909,200 Peter Miller541012719%54%$463,660