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BARCELONA, Spain -- The president of the Spanish football league said hes worried Lionel Messi could leave to play in another country after being found guilty of tax fraud.Javier Tebas also defended Messis innocence on Friday, two days after a court ruled the Barcelona forward and his father defrauded the state of 4.1 million euros ($4.6 million) of unpaid taxes from revenues generated from image rights.Of course I fear that (Messi) could leave, Tebas said at an event in the Catalan capital. But the only thing I can tell him is that from La Liga we believe he isnt guilty and that he should stay in Spanish football. I dont think Leo Messi is a delinquent.On Wednesday, a court sentenced Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, to 21 months in prison. The court also fined Messi 2 million euros and his father 1.5 million euros.In Spain, sentences of less than two years for first offences are usually suspended, meaning neither man will likely go to jail.Messi and his father, who have denied any wrongdoing, have appealed the verdict to a higher court in Madrid.Barcelona quickly expressed its support of Messi following the ruling, saying it believed he and his father were innocent.A record five-time winner of the Ballon dOr for the worlds best player, Messi is facing the most difficult moment in his glorious career.He announced last month he would no longer play for Argentina following its loss in the Copa America final. That was his third lost Copa America final to go with a defeat in the final of the 2014 World Cup.Messi moved to Spain at age 13 to join Barcelonas youth program. 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PAUL, Minn.CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Right tackle Andre Smith missed the start of the Cincinnati Bengals mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, drawing a fine from the club. Smith skipped the teams voluntary workouts the past three weeks for personal reasons, but was expected to be in Cincinnati on Tuesday for the mandatory minicamp. Coach Marvin Lewis said hell miss all three days. Lewis said Smiths absence was unrelated to his arrest last January for having a .38-calibre handgun in his carry-on luggage at an airport in Atlanta. "Hes really dealing with something hes got to get through," Lewis said. "We would have hoped he would have been here and picked up on some of the things we felt like were good to work on at this point in the year for himself personally with football." Lewis said Smith should be able to catch up on what he misses during the first week of training camp in July. He decided that Smith would be fined for his absence. "I have to be fair," Lewis said. "I mean, we are not necessarily dealing with a death in the family or something like that, or your wife is having a baby or so forth. In this case, this is something there has to be ramifications from this." Left tackle Andrew Whitworth figured that Smith, who signed a three-year deal to stay in April, will get up to speed quickly when he rejoins the team. Smith, a first-round pick in 2009, is coming off one of his best seasons. "He will be prepared," Whitworth said, "and when it is time to be with us, he will be ready." Cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones worked out with the team on Tuesday afternoon, a day after he was arrested on an assault charge. Jones declined to answer questions. His attorney entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf Tuesday. Jones could be punished by the league for his latest arrest. "The situation Adam Jones is in obviously is not something you want to get involved in," Lewis said. "Its unfortunate that hes in this situation. Thatts really about all I can add to it.dddddddddddd" Jones has revived his career in Cincinnati. The cornerback was the sixth overall pick in 2005 but repeatedly got in trouble off the field with Tennessee, resulting in repeated suspensions. He missed the entire 2007 season on suspension and sat out the 2009 season when no team was interested. The Bengals gave him another chance and he has taken advantage of it. He started five games last season and played in all of them, becoming a valuable third cornerback. He also returned punts and ran one back 81 yards for a touchdown. Jones could be punished by the league for his latest arrest. He wasnt suspended for an arrest in July 2011, when he was accused of being disorderly, shouting profanities and trying to pull away as officers arrested him at a bar in downtown Cincinnati. As part of an agreement to settle that case, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanour count of disorderly conduct in Hamilton County Municipal Court and was sentenced to one year of probation and 50 hours of community service. Hed stayed out of trouble until his arrest this week. "Its not going to change how I look at Adam," safety Reggie Nelson said. "Adams a great guy. Hes my friend. Its not like Im going to stop being friends with him because of the situation hes in right now. Hes got to stay focused and let it take care of itself. Whats done is done. "He cant go back and change it." ------ NOTES: CB Dre Kirkpatrick wont fully participate in minicamp a

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