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         Messi regrets missing penalty against Iceland    
MOSCOW: Argentine superstar Lionel Messi said he regretted having squandered a second-half penalty try that could have led his team to victory over Iceland in Group D action on Saturday at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

         Cristiano Ronaldo hattrick earns Portugal thrilling draw against Spain    
One of the most eagerly anticipated games of the opening days of the 2018 World Cup did not disappoint as Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hattrick, made history and earned Portugal a draw in an enthralling contest against a Spain side eager to put a tumultuous week behind them.

         Uruguay strike late to beat Egypt as Salah sits out match    
Yekateringburg (Russia): Jose Gimenez was the unlikely 89th-minute match winner as Uruguay defeated an Egypt side shorn of star man Mohamed Salah 1-0 in their World Cup opener on Friday. Uruguay's deserved last-gasp victory leaves them and Russia in early control in Group A after the hosts' 5-0 mauling of Saudi Arabia in the tournament opener on Thursday.

         Nervy Argentina seek Messi magic against Iceland    
Moscow: Lionel Messi's Argentina aim to put a shambolic World Cup build-up behind them and make a statement in their opening match against tournament debutants Iceland today. The two-time champions arrived in Russia dogged by poor form, injuries and controversy.

         Afghanistan have a mountain to climb, says Simmons after heavy loss    
Afghanistan have a mountain to climb, says Simmons after heavy loss Simmons made his comments after Afghanistan suffered a crushing loss against India on their Test debut with the one-off game finishing inside two days.

         Opera singer Placido Domingo, popularly known as "the King of Opera" also performed at the grand event.    
Hollywood actor Will Smith and American singer and songwriter Nicky Jam also performed their official song 'Live It Up' along with 500 dancers and gymnasts at the event.

         Messi needs to be supported if Argentina wants WC glory: Guzman    
Buenos Aires [Argentina]: Argentina goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman called on his side to lessen the burden of their star striker Lionel Messi if they want to attain the glory at the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

         Afghan bowlers make comeback after Vijay, Dhawan tons take India to 347/6    
Bengaluru: Hundreds from Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay gave Afghanistan the expectedly tough initiation into Test cricket but the debutants managed to find their bearings to leave India a tad uncomfortable at 347 for 6 on a rain-curtailed first day of the historic one-off Test here.

         Prajnesh misses clash with Federer after losing 2nd round in Stuttgart    
New Delhi: Prajnesh Gunneswaran missed out on a clash with the legendary Roger Federer after losing his second round at the ATP Mercedes Cup to Argentina's Guido Pella in Stuttgart today

         ISL 2018-19: FC Pune City retain Brazil's Marcelinho    
PUNE: FC Pune City on Wednesday retained their skipper Marcelinho for the 2018-19 season of the Indian Super League (ISL). One of the top scorers for the club, Brazilian footballer Marcelinho led the team from the front to a historic first semi-finals appearance.

         Akinfeev out to save host Russia's World Cup blushes    
Moscow: Russia's love for Igor Akinfeev, their goalkeeper who spends much of his time picking balls out of the net, speaks volumes about the home team's World Cup chances.

         Neymar is star attraction as fans swarm to Brazil training    
Sochi: Brazil attracted an army of excited youngsters -- including one who managed to break onto the pitch for a selfie -- as they held their first training session on Russian soil ahead of the World Cup.

         Bangladesh women cricketers get cash promise after Asia Cup    
Dhaka: Bangladesh showered its women cricketers with cash rewards Tuesday for their upset triumph over India in the Asia Cup Twenty20 tournament.

         Afghanistan gear up for first Men's Test    
New Delhi: The newest Test nation Afghanistan is all set to take on India in its debut in Bengaluru from Thursday. Afghanistan, who have fast established themselves as a force to reckon with in the shorter formats, will become the 12th side to figure in men's Test cricket after Ireland debuted against Pakistan last month. Both Ireland and Afghanistan were granted Full Member and Test status last June.

         ISL 2018-19: FC Pune City retain Emiliano Alfaro    
Pune: Indian Super League (ISL) club FC Pune City on Monday retained the services of striker Emiliano Alfaro for the 2018-19 season. The Uruguayan joined the club in 2017-18, playing each and every match last season. Speaking on retaining Alfaro, FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel said, "Alfaro has been one of our key core members and a fan favourite too. He clocked almost 90 minutes in every game he played last season and his speed and decision making up-front contributed big time to FC Pune

         Yuki back in 80s, Prajnesh touches career-best rank of 169    
New Delhi: Top-ranked Indian singles player Yuki Bhambri today jumped nine places to 84 while Prajnesh Gunneswaran touched a career-best rank of 169 after climbing 14 spots on the ranking ladder.

         It's what happens when breakfast is not on time, Chhetri on viral video    
New Delhi: The plea brought about an outpouring of emotion but Sunil Chhetri's detailing of what went into making the video, that had him seek fan support with folded hands, brought the house down here today. Fresh from netting eight goals in the title-winning Intercontinental Cup campaign in Mumbai, Chhetri spoke about his thoughts leading up to the twitter video that got thousands of retweets and lakhs of likes, but more importantly infused new life into Indian football's fandom.

         Dominant Indian women crush Pakistan by 7 wickets    
Kuala Lumpur: A dominant India sailed into the final of the women's Asia Cup Twenty20 tournament with a seven-wicket drubbing of arch-rivals Pakistan in their last round robin match here today. Electing to bat after winning the toss, Pakistan were restricted to 72 for seven in the allotted 20 overs at the Kinrara Academy Oval.

         On Nehra's advice, I have started single wicket bowling: Umesh Yadav    
New Delhi: In a "good head space" after an impressive performance in the Indian Premier League, speedster Umesh Yadav is gearing up for the gruelling international season ahead with focus on "single stump training" on the advice of Ashish Nehra. "We all know the depth of Ashish Nehra's (RCB bowling coach) knowledge when it comes to fast bowling. During this year's IPL, I was able to spend quality time with Ashish paaji. He has given me a lot of technical suggestions during the course o

         Brazil's blind footballers see way to their own World Cup glory    
Sao Paulo: Brazil's all-conquering blind footballers kick off their blind world cup campaign Friday knowing they're not only top dogs -- but top targets. The International Blind Sports Federation's Blind Football World Championships began in Madrid Thursday and runs through 17 June.

         Dipa Karmakar looking to give her absolute best in Asian Games    
New Delhi: Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who has recovered well following a knee injury that forced her to withdraw from the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games, on Thursday said that she is looking forward to give her absolute best and stand on people's expectation in the upcoming Asian Games.

         Bangladesh's Rubel Hossain reprimanded for showing dissent    
Dubai [UAE]: Bangladesh fast bowler Rubel Hossain has received an official reprimand and one demerit point for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during his side's second Twenty20 International against Afghanistan in Dehradun on Tuesday.

         Sachin Siwach in quarters of Kazakh boxing tourney    
New Delhi: Former world youth champion Sachin Siwach (49kg) was among the two Indian boxers to enter the quarterfinals, while three others lost their opening-round bouts of the President's Cup Tournament in Astana, Kazakhstan. Sachin, who was voted the best youth boxer of the Asian Confederation last year, edged past local hope O Bayniyazov 3-2 to make the last-eight stage last night.

         Women's Asia Cup T20: Bangladesh shock India to earn maiden victory    
Kuala Lumpur: The Bangladesh women's cricket team notched up its maiden international win over India after Harmanpreet Kaur and Co. put up a below-par batting performance to go down by seven wickets in the Women's Asia Cup T20 competition, here today.

         I don't consider myself the best: Messi    
BARCELONA: Barcelona star striker Lionel Messi has refused to consider him as the world's best and dubbed himself as `just another player` as the Argentinean talisman prepares for the upcoming FIFA World Cup.

         Waqar Younis apologises for cutting Wasim's birthday cake during Ramzan    
NEW DELHI: Former Pakistan Cricket Team Captain and Coach Waqar Younis has apologised to fans for cutting a cake on Wasim Akram's birthday during the month of Ramzan.

         Greenfield to host India-Windies ODI on Nov 1    
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Greenfield Stadium at Kariavattom, Thiruvananthapuram would host the fifth match of the cricket ODI series between India and West Indies on November 1. It’ll be a day-night match that would begin by 1.30 pm.

         Sohail replaces Azam in Pak squad for Scotland T20Is    
ARACHI: Pakistan's left-hand batsman Haris Sohail has been called in as a replacement for injured Babar Azam in the 15-member national T20 squad for the upcoming two-match series against Scotland.

         Burn Messi shirts if he plays Israel in Jerusalem: Palestine football boss    
RAMALLAH: Palestinian football boss Jibril Rajoub on Sunday called on Barcelona star Lionel Messi not to play in an Argentina-Israel game in Jerusalem and urged fans to burn their shirts if he does.

         Criticise but please come watch us: Chhetri urges nation    
MUMBAI: Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri on Saturday made an emotional appeal to fans requesting them to watch football and support the team in the ongoing Intercontinental Cup 2018.

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