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Messi treble helps Barca kick off CL with 7-0 rout of Celtic

Updated: Sep 14, 2016 10:36 IST      
Messi treble helps Barca kick off CL with 7-0 rout of Celtic

Johannesburg [South Africa], Sept 14 (ANI): Lionel Messi hogged the limelight with an excellent hat trick as Barcelona kicked off their Champions League campaign in a resounding fashion, thrashing Celtic 7-0 in the opening game of the European competition at Camp Nou.

The emphatic victory saw Barca surpass their biggest win in the Champions League to date, a 7-1 defeat of Bayer Leverkusen in 2012, Sport24 reported.

With the hat trick, the Argentine talisman has extended his goal scoring tally to 86 in Europe's top-tier competition.

On the other hand, Neymar magnificently played the role of a playmaker, setting up his Argentine teammate to score twice in the first half before scoring from a free kick just after halftime.

The Brazilian star then provided a cross for substitute Andres Iniesta, who fired a vicious volley to increase the lead.

Subsequently, Barca completed the rout of the Scottish visitors with a pair of goals from Luis Suarez. (ANI)

Sindhu stunned by World No.1 Tzu Ying in Australian Open

Updated: Jun 23, 2017 14:22 IST     

Sydney [Australia], June 23 (ANI): In a major blow, Rio-Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu was knocked out of the Australian Open Super Series after going down against Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying in the quarter-finals of the women's singles event here on Friday.

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Proteas coach Domingo to fly back home post mother's accident

Updated: Jun 23, 2017 13:54 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], June 23 (ANI):South Africa coach Russell Domingo, who is in England for the ongoing T20 and Test series, is all set to fly back home after his mother was critically injured in a car accident.

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Kohli & Co. to take on Windies in opening ODI

Updated: Jun 23, 2017 13:14 IST     

Port of Spain [West Indies], June 23 (ANI): India will aim to put all on-field controversies regarding their head coach Anil Kumble's exit to rest when they take on West Indies in the opening ODI of the five-match series at the Queen's Park Oval here on Friday.

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Srikanth stuns Praneeth to enter Australian Open semis

Updated: Jun 23, 2017 12:13 IST     

Sydney [Australia], June 23 (ANI): Ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth continued his rich vein of form as he got the better of fellow countryman B.Sai Praneeth in straight games to romp into the semi-finals of the Australian Open Super Series here on Friday.

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Bopanna-Dodig eye final spot at Aegon C'ships

Updated: Jun 23, 2017 12:07 IST     

London [U.K], June 23 (ANI): Indian tennis ace Rohan Bopanna and his Croatian partner Ivan Dodig will aim to book their place in the finals of the Aegon Championships when they take on French duo of Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the men's double event later today.

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Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India], June 23 (ANI): The Indian women's hockey team are all set for the upcoming Hockey World league (HWL) Semi-Finals in Johannesburg, after a three-week long high altitude training camp at Shilaroo in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh.

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Sanchez becomes Chile's all-time leading scorer

Updated: Jun 23, 2017 07:05 IST     

Kazan [Russia], June 23 (ANI): Star forward Alexis Sanchez on Thursday became Chile's all-time leading scorer during his side's 1-1 draw against Germany at the Confederations Cup.

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London [UK], June 23 (ANI): Beth Mooney top scored for Australia as it eased past Pakistan by eight wickets in its final warm-up match ahead of the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 on Thursday.

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Have total respect for Kumble as a cricketer: Kohli

Updated: Jun 23, 2017 06:26 IST     

Port of Spain [West Indies], June 23 (ANI): India skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday asserted that he and the whole team have a huge respect for former head coach Anil Kumble's achievements as a cricketer.

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London [UK], June 23 (ANI): India women's cricket team skipper Mithali Raj has asserted that female cricketers should not be compared to their male counterparts.

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Liverpool complete 34.3m pound signing of Mohamed Salah

Updated: Jun 23, 2017 04:19 IST     

London [UK], June 23 (ANI): Liverpool have announced the signing of Roma's former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah on a five-year deal.

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London [UK], June 23 (ANI): 18-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer feels that Andy Murray's reign as the world number one is under serious threat for the rest of the summer.

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Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], June 23 (ANI): Hockey Punjab defeated Uttar Pradesh 4-0 in the quarter-finals of the ongoing Hockey India 7th Senior National Hockey Championship 2017 (Men) 'A' Division on Thursday.

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HWL Semi-Final: Malaysia cause upset win; beat India 3-2

Updated: Jun 23, 2017 01:26 IST     

London [UK], June 23 (ANI): Malaysia came up with a brave performance to put India out of the podium finish at the Hockey World League Semi Final with a 3-2 win here on Thursday.

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London [U.K.], June 22 (ANI): The Indian Hockey Team has crashed out of the Hockey World League semi-final after suffering a 2-3 defeat at the hands of Malaysia in a quarter-final match on Thursday.

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London [United Kingdom), June 22 (ANI): The International Cricket Council (ICC) said Thursday that improving perfomances by both Ireland and Afghanistan convinced the world cricket body to give full membership to both countries.

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Ireland, Afghanistan made full members of the ICC

Updated: Jun 22, 2017 20:31 IST     

Dubai[UAE]/London [UK], June 22 (ANI): The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday confirmed Ireland and Afghanistan as full members of the world cricket body, making them eligible to play all forms of international cricket, including Tests with other cricket playing nations.

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Sindhu, Nehwal reach Australian Open quarters

Updated: Jun 22, 2017 18:11 IST     

Sydney [Australia], June 22 (ANI): Rio-Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu produced a spectacular performance as she fended off Chen Xiaoxin of China in straight games to cement her place in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open Super Series here on Thursday.

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Mumbai [India], June 22 (ANI): Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is all set to receive USD 405 million from the International Cricket Council (ICC) as per agreed revenue sharing model.

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`Injured` Broad doubtful for first Proteas Test

Updated: Jun 22, 2017 16:53 IST     

London [U.K], June 22 (ANI): England paceman Stuart Broad is doubtful for the opening Test of the four-match series against South Africa due to a heel injury.

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