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Messi back training with Barca after ending departure saga

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi reported for training on Monday for the first time since requesting to leave the club last month.   Messi had failed to turn up to the club’s tests for COVID-19 eight days ago and been absent from all subsequent sessions ahead of the new campaign after g


No Plot Change but New Stars in Made for TV Premier League Season

The new Premier League season kicks off on Saturday with some fresh talent but still without fans as the world's most popular domestic football competition continues, for the time being at least, as a made for television product. The plot is unlikely to be dramatically different from the past two


Novak Djokovic disqualified from US Open after hitting line judge with ball

World No 1 Novak Djokovic was disqualified in the US Open fourth round on Sunday after hitting a female line judge in the throat with a ball in the first set of his match against Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta. Djokovic was becoming frustrated after failing to take the opening set, suffering a fall


Nans Peters earns first stage win on a mixed day for home nation in Tour de France

On a day of mixed feelings for the home nation, Nans Peters won the eighth stage of the Tour de France following a long breakaway in the Pyrenees, while fellow Frenchman Thibaut Pinot saw his hopes of winning the race vanish. The AG2R La Mondiale rider led home the survivors of a 13-man group who


Barcelona Fans Relieved after Messi Says he Will Stay

Barcelona fans breathed a collective sigh of relief a day after Lionel Messi said he would wait a year in his desire to seek success elsewhere. Argentine great Messi announced Friday that, despite having told the club he wanted to leave, he would see out the last season on his contract. The 33-ye


US Open: Serena Williams marches into third round, Andy Murray soundly beaten

Serena Williams continued untroubled in her pursuit of tennis history on Thursday after reaching the US Open third round with a straight sets win, while former champion Andy Murray was thoroughly beaten. Williams, the tournament's third seed, dispatched unseeded Russian Margarita Gasparyan 6-2, 6


Messi Reluctantly Staying at Barcelona after All

Lionel Messi ended speculation about his future at Barcelona by announcing on Friday that he would reluctantly stay for another season rather than tackle his career-long club in court. A week after saying he wanted to leave the Liga side, and with a contract row still raging, the 33-year-old six-


NBA champion Raptors keep title hopes alive with Anunoby buzzer-beater against Celtics

OG Anunoby drained a buzzer-beating three-pointer as the Toronto Raptors resuscitated their NBA title defense Thursday with a 104-103 victory over the Boston Celtics.Kyle Lowry, tasked with inbounding the ball with half a second on the clock and the Raptors down 103-101, lofted a perfect arcing pa


Messi staying with Barcelona not completely ruled out

Staying with Barcelona may be an option for Lionel Messi after all. A day after the Spanish club reaffirmed its position not to facilitate a transfer, Messi’s father-agent did not dismiss the possibility of his son reconsidering his decision to leave. Jorge Messi left the prospect open aft


Saudi Pro-League title lost, Al-Nasr turn focus on AFC Champions League

Al-Nasr may have lost their Saudi Pro League title to Al Hilal but are spending big in an attempt to snatch the AFC Champions League crown from their Riyadh rivals. Just days after signing South Korean international full-back Kim Jin-su from Jeonbuk Motors, Al Nasr have had an $18 million bid for


Ronaldo Limited in Portugal Camp by Foot Infection

Cristiano Ronaldo missed a second training session in a row with the Portugal squad on Thursday due to a foot problem ahead of Nations League matches against Croatia and Sweden. "The national team captain... has an infection in his right foot and is undergoing treatment with antibiotics," the Por


With Pros in the Stands, Murray Saves Match Point at US Open

It was the sort of match Andy Murray came back for, the sort of competition and comeback he always lived for, the reason he went through two hip operations and all the hard work that followed. And it was the type of vintage Murray performance — undaunted by a deficit, adjusting on the fly,


Several European Basketball Tournaments Delayed

Some European basketball club competitions have been rescheduled because of various coronavirus restrictions on the continent. The regular season of the Europe Cup is now scheduled to begin in January. FIBA had hoped to start the second-tier competition by October. FIBA also said the EuroCup wom


Messi to Manchester City Would Be Cash Benefit to Entire Premier League

Suddenly and unexpectedly there is the very real prospect Lionel Messi, perhaps the greatest player in the world now or ever, will be playing in the Premier League. There are a lot of hurdles still to overcome if it is to happen, including a legal battle between two sides who believe he should be


US Open Day 1: Novak Djokovic embraces the pressure, Stefanos Tsitsipas eases into second round

Novak Djokovic said he is enjoying the pressure of being the overwhelming favourite to win the US Open after getting his campaign under way with a routine first round win over Damir Dzumhur on Monday night. World No 1 Djokovic lost his way a bit in the second set but rallied for a 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 v


Ansu Fati, Kai Havertz and Mason Greenwood: young guns target Euro 2020 glory

Seldom has a competitive fixture between the two most successful nations in European championship history sneaked so quietly on to the calendar. Germany versus Spain, in Dusseldorf on Thursday, ought to act as a drumroll, announcing international football is back. But in the disordered schedule o


Princes William and Harry have commissioned a statue of their late mother, Princess Diana.

For Arsenal, one season began as the last ended. The second trophy of Mikel Arteta’s brief reign brought more celebrations at Wembley and came courtesy of another display of superb finishing by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. After a spectacular opener came the decisive spot kick in a penalty sho


UAE, Qatar fighting to attract Lionel Messi

Chairman of Manchester City Football Club Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan is exerting “massive” efforts to recruit football legend Lionel Messi to his club, RT reported UK media stating on Friday. Meanwhile, the Argentinian TyC Sports channel reported parallel e



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