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Rakitic: Barca ‘made the impossible possible’

It was supposed to be beyond the bounds of possibility, even for Barcelona. Never before had a 4-0 first-leg deficit been overturned in the Champions League; never before had the Camp Nou borne witness to such an unlikely sporting script. “It’s unbelievable,” midfielder Ivan Rakitić told CNN’s World Sport show a day on from Barcelona’s 6-5 aggregate victory against Paris ...

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Barcelona 6-1 Sporting Gijon

Barcelona regained top spot in La Liga with a comfortable 6-1 victory over Sporting Gijon at the Nou Camp. A header from Lionel Messi, making his 500th Barca start, and Juan Rodriguez’s own goal set the Spanish champions on course to victory inside 11 minutes. Carlos Castro pulled one back for the visitors midway through the first half but Luis ...

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Dickwella, Gunaratne in Sri Lanka squad for Bangladesh tests

Batsmen Niroshan Dickwella and Asela Gunaratne have been rewarded for their recent limited-overs success with spots in Sri Lanka’s test squad for the two-match series against Bangladesh, starting next week, reports Reuters. The 23-year-old Dickwella played the last of his four tests in July, 2014, in New Zealand and the opener who can also keep has scored heavily in the ...

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Guptill 180 powers NZ to comprehensive, series-levelling win

It was a rather pleasant welcome back to cricket from a hamstring injury for New Zealand opener Martin Guptill. Having missed out on the first three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) of the series, Guptill returned on Wednesday (March 1) with New Zealand faced with a do-or-die clash in order to extend their run of eight home ODI series wins in a ...

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Madrid stage Villarreal fightback, Messi nets winner

AFP, MADRID: Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo hauled Real Madrid back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Villarreal on Sunday and regain top spot in La Liga from Barcelona. Earlier, Barca had momentarily usurped Real thanks to Lionel Messi’s winner four minutes from time in a 2-1 victory at Atletico Madrid. Real lead Barca by a point, but also ...

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Mohammad Nabi becomes first Afghan player to play in IPL

Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi will become the first Afghan cricketer to feature in the Indian Premier League after he was sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for his base price of Rs 30 lakh. Five out of the 352 players listed for the auction in Bangalore were from Afghanistan, who have made a rapid progress in international cricket. Their players had won hearts ...

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Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi announces retirement from international cricket

Legendary Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi on Sunday announced his retirement from international cricket, ending an illustrious and sometimes controversial 21-year career. The 36-year-old star had already quit Tests in 2010 and ODI cricket after the 2015 World Cup but still skippered the Pakistan Twenty20 team at the 2016 world championships in India. He stepped down as captain after the tournament ...

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Messi’s 90th minute penalty give Barcelona win over Leganes

Lionel Messi scored a 90th-minute penalty for his second goal of the night to give Barcelona a 2-1 win over lowly Leganes in the Spanish league on Sunday. Messi’s spot-kick, following a questionable penalty after Neymar tumbled in the area, saved Barcelona from a second demoralizing result this week after a 4-0 loss at Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League ...

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Bangladesh in last 16 of Roll Ball World Cup

Bangladesh stayed in the last 16 team race of the 4th Roll Ball World Cup after 11-0 victory against Myanmar in their Group D third match at Shaheed Suhrawardy Indoor Stadium (SSIS) in Mirpur on Sunday. In the day’s match, Ridoy Hosen scored three goals. Arafat Alam, Sagor Hossain and Waliur Rahman scored two goals each. Nowsif Hossain Dipro and ...

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Dhoni’s video of crawling with daughter Ziva goes viral (Video)

It was in February two years ago that then Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had also become Daddy Dhoni. He was in Australia for the 50-over World Cup and did not return to India to see his newly-born daughter. Back then, journalists had even asked him if he would have preferred to stay in India, but his response ...

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