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Messi's hat-trick inspires Barca to 4-0 rout of Man City in CL

Updated: Oct 20, 2016 11:48 IST      
Messi's hat-trick inspires Barca to 4-0 rout of Man City in CL

Barcelona [Spain], Oct.20 (ANI): Star striker Lionel Messi marked his return to Barcelona with a hat-trick as the Spanish giants clinched a 4-0 win over Manchester City in their Champions League Group C clash here at Camp Nou on Thursday.

The Argentine, who came off the bench after a groin injury, netted a 17th-minute opener for Barcelona before scoring twice in the 61st and 69th minute to pile further misery on Pep Guardiola's side, goal.com reported.

Although Neymar's late penalty was saved by City's Willy Caballero, the Brazilian international soon made amends by scoring a goal just a minute before the final whistle to complete a comprehensive win for the La Liga side.

The match also saw the Etihad Stadium side reduce to 10 men after goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was sent off for handling outside the box.

Meanwhile, Barcelona were also reduced to 10 men in the last 15 minutes when substitute Jeremy Mathieu was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Raheem Sterling.

In another group clash, Bayern Munich trounced PSV Eindhoven 4-1 at Allianz Arena while Paris Saint Germain (PSG) sealed a 3-0 victory over FC Basel in Paris.

Barcelona are currently leading the group with nine points from three games, maintaining a five-point lead over second-placed City.

Barcelona will once again lock horns with City on November 2. (ANI)

Nadal starts fourth stint as World No. 1

Updated: Aug 21, 2017 15:50 IST     

Paris [France], August 21 (ANI): 15-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal on Monday returned to the top of the ATP Rankings for his fourth stint at the pinnacle of men's professional tennis, almost nine years to the day since he first became No. 1.

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Early inroads vital in Bangladesh Tests: Lehmann

Updated: Aug 21, 2017 15:44 IST     

Dhaka [Bangladesh], August 21 (ANI): Australia head coach Darren Lehmann has called on his team to make early inroads against Bangladesh in the two-Test series beginning Sunday at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.

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Johannesburg [South Africa], Aug 21 (ANI): Sri Lanka's cricket coach Nick Pothas has said that `too many cooks` are spoiling his efforts to revive the national team besides blaming outside interference for a string of poor performances in the recent times.

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India will surely win 2019 World Cup: Axar Patel

Updated: Aug 21, 2017 14:23 IST     

Dambulla [Sri Lanka], August 21 (ANI): Left-arm spinner Axar Patel, who was one of India's star performers in the Dambulla ODI, believes that the current Indian team is on a roll and exuded confidence that they will surely win the 2019 ICC World Cup slated to be held in England.

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Barbados [West Indies], Aug 21 (ANI): Bangladesh batsman Mahmudullah, who has been left out of the Test side for the two-match series against Australia, has been roped in by Jamaica Tallawahs for the remainder of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

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Karachi [Pakistan], Aug 21 (ANI): Former Pakistan Test opener Aamir Sohail believes Umar Akmal's chances of making a comeback into the national side have been greatly diminished after his allegations against head coach Mickey Arthur.

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London [U.K.], August 21 (ANI): Gareth Bale struck a goal before assisting another as Real Madrid kicked off their La Liga defence with a comfortable 3-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna at the Estadio Riazor on Monday.

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Kevin Mitchell Jr to step down as Gabba curator

Updated: Aug 21, 2017 09:58 IST     

Brisbane [Australia], Aug 21 (ANI): Kevin Mitchell Jr, one of the Australia's renowned cricket curators, has announced that he will bid adieu to his illustrious career following this year's Ashes Test in November.

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Dimitrov, Muguruza lift maiden Cincinnati Masters title

Updated: Aug 21, 2017 09:40 IST     

Cincinnati [U.S.A], August 21 (ANI): Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov continued to perform at his menacing best as he trounced Australian player Nick Kyrgios in straight sets to lift his maiden 2017 Western and Southern Open trophy in Cincinnati here on Monday.

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Lucknow [India], Aug 21 (ANI): Jaipur Pink Panthers held their nerve in the closing minutes to edge past UP Yoddha 24-22 in an exhilarating match of the in the Pro Kabaddi League here at the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium last evening.

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New Delhi [India], Aug 21 (ANI): Lakshay Sheoran and Manisha Keer won India a bronze medal in the mixed team trap competition of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup Shotgun, presently underway in Porpetto, Italy.

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India beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets in first ODI

Updated: Aug 20, 2017 21:04 IST     

Dambulla [Sri Lanka], August 20 (ANI): The Indian Cricket Team achieved yet another comprehensive victory over Sri Lanka in the opening ODI of the five-match series at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium here on Sunday.

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], August 20 (ANI): The Indian Football team have now broken all records having won eight games on the trot since the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers Playoff Round 1 match against Laos on June 2, 2016.

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Dhaka [Bangladesh], August 20 (ANI): Left-handed batsman Mominul Haque has been included in the Bangladesh squad for the first Test against Australia beginning in Dhaka on August 27 in place of Mosaddek Hossain, who is suffering from an eye infection.

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Indian spinners restrict Lanka to 216 in Dambulla ODI

Updated: Aug 20, 2017 18:15 IST     

Dambulla [Sri Lanka], August 20 (ANI): India bundled out Sri Lanka for mere 216 runs in the opening ODI of the five-match series at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium here on Sunday.

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World No. 1 Nadal to begin 2018 at Brisbane International

Updated: Aug 20, 2017 16:46 IST     

Johannesburg [South Africa], August 20 (ANI): 15-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal will begin his Australian Open build-up at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in January, the organisers said on Sunday.

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Birmingham [UK], August 20 (ANI): West Indies captain Jason Holder has called on each of his teammates to look themselves in the mirror and see where they can improve in the aftermath of the crushing defeat in the opening Test of the three-match series against England.

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India opt to field against Sri Lanka in ODI series opener

Updated: Aug 20, 2017 14:20 IST     

Dambulla [Sri Lanka], August 20 (ANI): India won the toss and elected to chase in the opening ODI of the five-match series against Sri Lanka at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium here on Sunday.

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New Delhi [India], August 20 (ANI): Oinam Bemdem Devi, the flag bearer of Indian women's football over the past two decades was on August 18 named the winner of the prestigious Arjuna Award. Bembem becomes the second Indian woman footballer to win the award, the first being Shanti Mullick in 1983.

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Muguruza, Dimitrov eye maiden Cincinnati Masters` title

Updated: Aug 20, 2017 11:47 IST     

Cincinnati [US], August 20 (ANI): Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza will face second seed Simona Halep in the final of the Cincinnati Open on Sunday.

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