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Guardiola denies he tried to bring Messi to Man City

LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has dismissed Spanish media reports that he tried to sign Lionel Messi from Barcelona last year in a world record deal.


Cricket - England told to stay vigilant amid Sri Lanka crisis

COLOMBO (Reuters) - England will continue their tour of Sri Lanka as planned but the cricketers have been asked to be careful amid the political crisis prevailing in the island nation, a team spokesman said on Monday.


England have potential for much more, says Southgate

MOSCOW (Reuters) - England manager Gareth Southgate believes his team are "nowhere near" the level they will be capable of reaching in the future, he said on Tuesday ahead of the World Cup semi-final against Croatia.


Qatar economy, World Cup work progressing fast

DOHA (Reuters) - The economy of Qatar, the world’s top exporter of liquefied natural gas, is set to grow 2.6 percent this year and closer to 3 percent in 2019, its finance minister told Reuters.


Messi agreed no-fee Barca exit clause in case of Catalan independence - media

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona without a transfer fee if Catalonia ceded from Spain and the club did not compete in any of Europe's top four leagues, El Mundo said on Friday, citing a clause in his new contract.


Barcelona pile more misery on Real Madrid with 3-0 'Clasico' win

MADRID (Reuters) - Barcelona exploited a lacklustre Real Madrid to win the 'Clasico' 3-0 on Saturday as goals from Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Aleix Vidal gave the Catalans a 3-0 win and moved them 14 points clear of their biggest rivals in La Liga.


Spanish media flay Real after worst start in five years

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Real Madrid's first ever trip to Wembley to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League on Wednesday will come as a welcome distraction to the European and Liga holders in the midst of their worst domestic run of results in five years.


Real suffer shock defeat to Liga minnows Girona in Catalonia

GIRONA (Reuters) - La Liga champions Real Madrid suffered a shock 2-1 defeat in their first ever league visit to Catalan side Girona on Sunday, conceding two goals in quick succession and falling eight points behind leaders Barcelona.