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La Liga: Messi's late equalizer spares Barca blushes against Villarreal

Updated: Jan 09, 2017 08:25 IST
Villarreal [Spain], Jan.9 (ANI): Star striker Lionel Messi curled a last-minute equalizer as Barcelona resumed their La Liga campaign after the winter break with a 1-1 draw against Villarreal at the Camp El Madrigal here on Monday.

Despite being in possession in the opening period, Barcelona reached the first-half without any goal in their account for the fifth time in six league matches, goal.com reported.

It was in the 49th minute of the match when Villarreal scored the opening goal of the match through Nicola Sansone's fine strike.

However, Argentina striker Messi rescued a point for his side with a late 90th-minute free-kick to give Barcelona a point, thereby leaving them five points adrift of the in-form leaders, Real Madrid.

The match also saw Villarreal's Jaume Costa being sent off in stoppage time for a second yellow card as the hosts' hopes of sealing the Champions League qualification spots were shattered.

Barcelona, who are standing third in the La Liga table, will now lock horns with Eibar on January 23.(ANI)

Pune (Maharashtra) [India], Feb.19 (ANI): Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) has announced that Australian cricket captain Steve Smith will take over as skipper of the team from Mahaendra Singh Dhoni for the 2017 and 10th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): India's Twenty20 left-arm fast bowler Ashish Nehra has said that he would like to represent the country again in one-day internationals and is training his sights on the Champions Trophy to be played in England in June this year.

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Melbourne [Australia], Feb.19 (ANI): Having lost their first Twenty20 clash against Sri Lankaat the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) , Australia will now look to redeem itself against the visitors in the second Twenty20 international clash at Kardinia Park in Geelong on Sunday evening.

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Melbourne [Australia], Feb.19 (ANI): The Supreme Court in Victoria, Australia, has ordered both Cricket Australia and former Test leg-spinner Stuart MacGill to commence mediation over the latter's 2.6 million Australian dollar injury case.

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Mumbai [India], Feb.19 (ANI): Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade has called on the International Cricket Council (ICC) and other administrators of the sport to undertake a review of the current concussion-related substitution rule.

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Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Feb.19 (ANI): On Monday (February 20), attention will shift to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Bengaluru, Karnataka, where the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) auction of cricket players from around the world will take place.

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Wenger wants to continue at Arsenal till 2021

Updated: Feb 19, 2017 09:26 IST

London [United Kingdom], Feb.19 (ANI): Manager Arsene Wenger's two-decade long relationship with English Premier League football club Arsenal may be stretched and strained owing to the lack of silver fare, but this has not stopped him from expressin

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Lahore [Pakistan], Feb. 19 (ANI): Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen, who is currently playing for the Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), has stated that he is still mulling over coming to Pakistan if the final match of the Twenty20 series will be played in Lahore.

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New Delhi [India], Feb.18 (ANI): Following the footsteps of Indian boxing sensation Vijender Singh, Olympic Quarterfinalists Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar are all set to make their profession debut.

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Dubai [UAE], Feb.18 (ANI): Pakistan and Sri Lanka look all set to make it to the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 as they take on India and Bangladesh respectively, in their last round of Super Six matches at the qualifying event on Sunday.

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Karachi [Pakistan], Feb.18 (ANI): Describing Misbah-ul-Haq as a `great leader`, Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has said that the beleaguered Test skipper will be given all the respect and a rousing see-off whenever he decides to bid adieu to cricket.

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Melbourne [Australia], Feb.18 (ANI): Australian paceman Pat Cummins has called on his teammate Billy Stanlake to put his poor Twenty20 international debut behind and back his pace in the remaining two games of the three-match series against Sri Lanka.

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Karachi [Pakistan], Feb.18 (ANI): Islamabad United cricketers Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif have formally recorded their statements on the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing scam before the anti-corruption unit of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

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Doha [Qatar], Feb.18 (ANI): Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her partner Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic suffered a major blow as they crashed out of the ongoing Qatar Open after going down in the semi-finals of the tournament here last evening.

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New Delhi [India], Feb.18 (ANI): Ace Indian tennis star Sania Mirza has launched a scathing attack on the country's media, saying a certain sections of it choose to highlight the negative news rather than focusing on her entry into the semi-finals of the ongoing Qatar Open.

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Chandigarh [India], Feb.17 (ANI): An inspired performance by Delhi Waveriders saw them edge past title holders Jaypee Punjab Warriors 6-1 and jump to the third spot in the ongoing fifth edition of the Hockey India League (HIL) here last evening.

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Johannesburg [South Africa], Feb.17 (ANI): South Africa T20 skipper Faf du Plessis has heaped praise on Imran Tahir, saying that the leg-spinner is one of the reason why the national side are so successful in the shortest format of the game.

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Dhaka [Bangladesh], Feb.17 (ANI): Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman is expected to make a return to international cricket during next month's full tour of Sri Lanka, national chief selector Minhajul Abedin has hinted.

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NBA star Kevin Durant to visit India this year

Updated: Feb 17, 2017 19:55 IST

Mumbai,[India], Feb. 17 (ANI): Golden State Warriors' superstar, and one of the NBA's biggest global ambassadors, Kevin Durant will be visiting India in the 2017 off-season.

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