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'Messi eats at his own table', says Alba after Wembley masterclass

LONDON (Reuters) - Lionel Messi's mesmeric display in Barcelona's 4-2 Champions League win over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday proved yet again that he is a class above the world's other top players, team mate Jordi Alba has said.


Messi and co "angry" after Barca slip up again

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona captain Lionel Messi says the La Liga champions are "angry" about dropping seven points in their last three league games after he came off the bench to help his side scrape a 1-1 draw at home to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.


Tui missing from Wallabies squad after family death, fan altercation

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Loose forward Lukhan Tui was a noticeable absentee from the Wallabies squad to face South Africa and Argentina in the final two rounds of the Rugby Championship.


Alba surprised by omission from Spain squad

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona defender Jordi Alba was surprised by his omission from the Spain squad by his former Barca coach Luis Enrique but said he has not sought an explanation for his exclusion.


Spain held by Switzerland after De Gea error

VILA-REAL, Spain (Reuters) - Spain goalkeeper David de Gea made a rare error which led to his side drawing 1-1 at home to Switzerland in a World Cup warm-up friendly on Sunday which the hosts dominated but failed to make their superior possession count.


West’s absence is good news for Azlan

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian rider Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman will have a chance to take the lead in the SuperSports 600cc class in the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) this weekend.


Bancroft confident of Starc recovery for third test

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Australia opening batsman Cameron Bancroft is unsure what to expect from the Newlands pitch for the third test against South Africa starting on Thursday but he is expecting Mitchell Starc to overcome a sore calf in time to play.

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Speed skating - Dutch musicians strike K-pop chord with fans

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - The musicians from the Netherlands entertaining fans at the Gangneung Oval are nearly as fond of K-pop as they are of Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer.


Wilshere suffered ankle injury in Chelsea draw - Wenger

(Reuters) - Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere sustained an ankle injury during Wednesday's goalless draw with Chelsea in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final and is doubtful for Sunday's Premier League trip to Bournemouth, manager Arsene Wenger said.


India not losing sleep over Rahane's form dip

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Ajinkya Rahane has been a conspicuous absentee from the ongoing Indian runfest against Sri Lanka but the middle order batsman appear to have the backing of the team management ahead of the tour of South Africa later this month.