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Messi-Maradona debate rumbles on after Copa woe SANTIAGO: Another tournament, another shattering defeat, and another round of unfavourable comparisons to Diego Maradona.Lionel Messi was left reflecting on another bitterly familiar failure here Saturday after Argentina suffered an agonizing penalty shoot-out defeat to Chile in the Copa America final.It was the second time in 12 months Messi had finished on the losing side in a major final following Argentina's extra-time loss to Germany at the World Cup last year."This generation is desperate to win a title with the national team," Messi had said before this year's Copa America."As a team, we deserve to win something and it would mean so much after the World Cup where we came so close."Saturday's defeat will reignite the debate about where Messi deserves to be ranked in the pantheon of the very greatest players to have graced the sport.For many, his extraordinary achievements at club level with Barcelona over the past decade ...

Messi downfall plotted by Argentine Sampaoli SANTIAGO: It took an Argentine, Jorge Sampaoli, to plot Chile's triumph in the Copa America final against his own country.Lionel Messi and Argentina's other "Fantasticos" lost their nerve in Santiago's Estadio Nacional as they sought their first major international title for 22 years.Chile's coach Sampaoli stayed true to his live wire reputation, jumping up and down on the touchline urging stars Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal to attack so they could win their first South ...
Mascherano baffled as Copa curse goes on SANTIAGO: Argentina enforcer Javier Mascherano was at a loss to explain his team's latest tournament defeat after Saturday's loss to Chile at the Copa America. Mascherano has now finished on the losing side in three Copa America finals -- 2004, 2007 and 2015 -- as well as last year's World Cup final.The veteran Barcelona midfielder admitted he was struggling to make sense of seeing Argentina crash to a 4-1 penalty shoot-out loss. "Three Copa America ...
'Ghetto Cinderellas' relish Wimbledon spotlight LONDON: Serena and Venus Williams will clash at Wimbledon for the first time in six years on Monday, but the sisters' ferocious appetite for success suggests it might be premature to bill it as an emotional final fling.The sisters, who meet in the most anticipated fourth round tie of the tournament, have reigned supreme for much of the last two decades at Wimbledon, lifting the aptly named Venus Rosewater Dish five times each.With 27 Grand ...
Williams sisters clash, Sharapova, Wozniacki sitting pretty LONDON: Tennis titans Serena and Venus Williams clash in the Wimbledon last 16 on Monday, while Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki will fancy their title chances as two of the four top 10 players still standing.The 26th clash between the Williams sisters, who have won the Wimbledon title five times each over the last 15 years, will be the first at the All England Club since the 2009 final.And with either world number one Serena ...
Big four star on 'manic Monday' LONDON: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray remain on course for the Wimbledon semi-finals ahead of 'manic Monday' when the last-16 takes place.Six of the top 10 seeds are safely into the business end of the tournament after a first week which saw seventh seed Milos Raonic and 10th-seeded Rafael Nadal defeated on court.Fifth seed Kei Nishikori withdrew before the second round with a calf injury while eighth-seeded David Ferrer pulled out ...
Dennis aiming to keep hold of yellow UTRECHT: Rohan Dennis vowed to keep hold of the yellow jersey for as long as possible after winning the Tour de France's opening stage.The 25-year-old Australian upset two former world timetrial champions in Tony Martin and Fabian Cancellara to take victory in the 13.8km race against the clock in Utrecht on Saturday.Sunday's pan flat 166km second stage from Utrecht to Zeland was expected to end in a bunch sprint before Monday's third stage will see ...


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