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Lionel Messi claims recordPARIS: Lionel Messi won the sixth Ballon d'Or award for men on Monday, beating the top four candidates in Liverpool to win the prestigious individual football award.The Argentine, who won the league title with Barcelona but finished third in the Copa America with his country, added to his 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015 trophies.He beat Virgil van Dijk, runner-up, and third place Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, who won the award five times."Ten years ago I received the first Ballon d'Or under the guidance of my three brothers," Messi told the audience. "Today I'm receiving my sixth, guided by my wife and children."Sadio Mane of Senegal, who along with Van Dijk and his fellow candidates Alisson Becker of Brazil and Mohamed Salah of Egypt helped Liverpool win the Champions League, finished fourth in the international journalists' survey.Van Dijk said: “It was amazing.” There are a couple of players like Messi. I am proud of what I have achieved with Liverpool and the Netherlands. It will be difficult (to win the prize) when these players are close. "Messi, who was again rewarded with excellent professional reward, and Ronaldo, among them, won 10 consecutive Ballon d'Or awards until Croatia's Luka Modric prevailed in 2018.An incredible yearMegan Rapinoe won the women's Ballon d'Or after leading the United States to the fourth World Cup title in France this year, where she retained the title.The 34-year-old midfielder, the main player in the June-July tournament, succeeded Norway's Ada Hegerberg who did not take part in the World Cup.Rapinoe was not present at the concert at the Theater du Chatelet, where the show "An American in Paris" was presented."I'm so sad that I can't reach tonight. It's a great congratulation to the other candidates. I can't believe I won in this field, it was a wonderful year," Rapino said in a recorded message."I would like to thank my colleagues in the team and the United States Federation."Dutchman Matthijs de Light, the main player in the exciting Ajax Amsterdam semi-finals in the Champions League and now at Juventus, won the Copa Cup for the best male player at U-21.Alisson, one of Liverpool's four players in the top seven in the men's Ballon d'Or, won the new Yashin Cup for the best male goalkeeper of the year.However, there was no trophy for the best female player or goalkeeper U-21.Read More: FIFA Announces China As Expanded Club World Cup 2021 Host
The new Sardar Patel Stadium, built at a cost of Rs 700 crore after the demolition of Motera's old building, could host more fans than Australia's Melbourne Cricket Ground, which has a capacity of just over one lakh.The world's largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad is likely to have a capacity to host 1.10 Lakh supporters ready to host its first match next March: the game between Asia XI and World XI may be the opening game if the ICC accepts the Indian cricket board's request. The new Sardar Patel Stadium, built at a cost of Rs 700 crore after the demolition of Motera's old building, could host more fans than Australia's Melbourne Cricket Ground, with a capacity of just over one lakh.Jay Shah, son of trade union home Amit Shah, and the current secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket(BCCI) speaks of the stadium as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's is expected to be at the opening of the new stadium. Now that he has received confirmation from the Gujarat Cricket Association about the stadium's preparation, Sourav Ganguly, president of the BCCI, said he would seek ICC approval for the opening match in March."There will be a game of Asia XI vs. World XI, but it will be subject to the approval of the International Cricket Council," Ganguly told the Indian Express after the ICC's annual meeting in Mumbai on Sunday. The board and GCA want to see the best stars in the world under one roof. The Motera Stadium will more than double the capacity of the 54,000 people as compared to the old buildings. Covering an area of 63 acres, it features a club with at least 50 rooms, an Olympic swimming pool and 73 corporate boxes.It will also feature an indoor cricket academy and three players' training areas. Construction of the stadium began in January 2017.The place is near the metro station, only 300 meters away. The structure is also renowned for its earthquake resistance and will have LED lights instead of normal lights as seen in other stadiums. Sardar Patel Stadium was a place for highly regarded Indian records: Sunil Gavaskar here became the first batsman in history to pass 10,000 test runs and is also where Kapil Dev overtook Richard Hadley's wicket tally with his 432nd test wicket. Modi was the former chairman of the GCA, while Amit Shah was its former chairman. The prominent association recently received its highest representation in the BCCI when Jay was elected secretary last month. A former GCA Joint Secretary, Jay, will now be present at the meeting of the ICC's Chief Executive Committee (CEC). For the CEC, the rule is Minister Jay to come and attend the meeting. As for the representative of the International Cricket Council, we will decide within two days. "Sardar Patel Stadium has come a long way since 1983 when it organized its first test against the West Indies. In 1992, when the former deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narhari Amin, took over as head of GCA, the bank balance was only 356 rupees, according to Amin. After a few years to raise funds, the association showed Sarfarosh in a local car, Amin told The Week. These days, there is no financial crisis associated with a modern stadium that will open in a few months.Read More: MS Dhoni will wait patiently to see the performance of Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson: VVS Laxman
Lionel Messi's first-half goal was to score against the 34th team, surpassing the mark he shared with Cristiano Ronaldo and Raul.HighlightsBarcelona reached round 16 as a winner in Group FMessi scored and set up goals for Suarez and GriezmannBarcelona top the standings with 11 points in five games Lionel Messi scored in his 700th match for Barcelona and set up goals for Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann as the Catalans beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 on Wednesday to secure a place in the Champions League knockout stages as a winner of the group F.Messi organized Barcelona's lead in the entire Camp Nou in the 29th minute before Uruguay restored courtesy to Argentina to set another Champions League record on his landmark night four minutes later.Messi's left foot strike he scored against the 34th different team in the Champions League, beating the mark he shared with Cristiano Ronaldo and Raul."Messi is moving very well between the lines and when he receives the ball he is almost unstoppable," said Dortmund coach Lucien Favre, whose side scored late through substitute Jadon Sancho."Sometimes, all you can do is try to fool him because he is very explosive. He's also deadly every time he makes a final ball."Substitute Griezmann finished with a pass from Messi separating his defense to extend Barcelona's advantage in the 67th minute, a goal desperately needed for Frenchman's confidence after not scoring in the previous six games of the club.Griezmann was left out of the starting line-up but reached in the middle of the first half when Ousmane Dembele, was forced to sign off due to a muscle problem.Dortmund England's striker also started the game on the bench, but he had an impact when he appeared after the first half, firing a painful blow to the Germans in the 77th minute after throwing a loose ball inside the area.The 19-year-old has forced Barcelona goalkeeper Mark Andre Ter Stegen to turn a powerful shot on to the crossbar in a strong finish from the German side, whose coach Favre is under pressure because of poor national results.But he did not spoil what was a therapeutic victory for Barcelona, which has been harshly criticized for its recent weak performance against Leganes, Levante and Slavia Prague, despite the fact that they are the best in the La Liga and the Champions League group.Ernesto Valverde tops the standings with 11 points in five games, Inter Milan are second on seven, Dortmund is third same on seven and Slavia bottom with two.
With MS Dhoni saying he will not discuss his international future until January, former batsman VVS Laxman feels that veteran Wicketkeeper is preparing for IPL 2020 and will take a call after the T20 Championship.HIGHLIGHTSLaxman awaits the return of Dhoni as long as he has a good performance in IPLDhoni hasn't played international cricket since the 2019 World CupDhoni said that he wants to be left alone until January 2020Former Indian VVS Laxman feels that MS Dhoni can return if young Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson do not take advantage of the opportunities that arise in the near future.VVS Laxman said, MS Dhoni would relate to his international future after the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2020. He added that Dhoni could be seen in international cricket if he plays well for Chennai Super Kings (CSK).The future of Dhoni's International Cricket has become intense speculation since the World Cup-winning former captain has not played since the 2019 World Cup.Dhoni was not available for the West Indies tour and took an educational license during which he trained with the Para Regiment in the Indian army. Nor he was a part of India's limited-overs team for series against South Africa and Bangladesh.While the images of his Ranchi training raised expectations of an early return, Dhoni was not named in the T20I and ODI squads for the next series against the West Indies at home.“I think MS Dhoni will wait patiently to see the performance of Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson."If these two young people do not take advantage of their opportunity, it can be believed that MS Dhoni can return considering he performs well in the IPL that leads to the World Cup.""At this time, Rishabh Pant will be the first option, and his back up will be Sanju Samson, and if these two boys do not take advantage of the opportunities given to them, then we may be able to look at MS Dhoni, considering how he performs in IPL." Meanwhile, Dhoni broke the silence about his international return at a promotional event in Mumbai on Wednesday. "January tak mat poocho (don't ask me till January)," said Dhoni.
Kolkata: India's fast bowlers have a rare moment in the sun after uniting to dismantle Bangladesh in the first day and night test on Indian soil.Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, and Mohammed Shami led 19 of the Bangladeshi wickets to fall in Kolkata, which is rare in the subcontinent areas where spinners are ruling the field.The 17 wickets world record taken by pacemakers in a home test in 2017 against Sri Lanka, as well as in the gardens of Eden in Kolkata, was exceeded.In the first Pink Ball test for both sides, India beat Bangladesh by an innings and 46 races in just over two days to sweep the series."It has always been in the cards that pacers in India make the decision, but Bangladesh should be disappointed by the lack of implementation and the struggle of its batsmen," the former Indian batsman VVS Laxman wrote in The Times of India on Monday.Skipper Virat Kohli has been all praise for his pacers and said workload management was the key to keeping them in top shape."They have gained more experience, and now they are playing well," Kohli told reporters after India won the unilateral victory on Sunday."They are responsible for their own preparation, their physical shape and communication.We want you to be fresh for test cricket, and don't worry about anything else."They also feel confident that if they don't play, we have players in reserve to come and do the job if needed. So the strength of the bench helps us a lot too."The three-day run continued despite the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, a Yorker specialist who is recovering from a fractured back.Shami and Yadav took 24 wickets between them in India's 3-0 test in South Africa last month.The spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja threw a total of only seven overs against Bangladesh, who fell for 106 and 195."It often doesn't happen in India when the spinners barely turn their arms in the test match," Indian fast bowler Irfan Pathan wrote on Twitter.However, the real test of Indian team will come in January and February, when India plays two tests in New Zealand, a friendly sailor.Read More: IPL 2020 Auction: Players who could be released by franchises CSK, RR, RCB, MI, and others
Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth, who got a first-round bye, entered the Hong Kong Open Super 500 quarter-finals on Thursday.Kidambi Srikanth Indian shuttler entered the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Super 500 after beating compatriot Sourabh Verma in the men's singles on Thursday.In the game that lasted more than an hour, Srikanth defeated Verma 21-11, 15-21, 21-19.Srikanth avoided the potential first round exit here when he got bye against world champion Kinto Momota when he withdrew from the tournament.Srikanth has been struggling with his form recently, as he also fell among the top 10 rankings in the BWF rating and slipped to 13th in the last update in the rankings.In another men's singles match, HS Prannoy fell out from the Hong Kong Open after losing to the world's number 6 Jonatan Christie in straight games. Prannoy was overtaken 12-21, 19-21 by his Indonesian opponent.Previously, the bronze medalist in London, Saina Nehwal, suffered by being eliminated in the first round after losing to Cai Yan Yan in just 30 minutes.The Chinese girl, who had knocked out Saina Nehwal from Fuzhou China Open last week, won another successive game (21-13, 22-20)PV Sindhu participated in the second round of the Hong Kong Open with a 21-15 and 21-16 win over Kim Ga Eun of Korea in the first round. In the men's singles, HS Prannoy also moved into the second round where he will face the Indonesian Jonathan Christie.Read More: Indian Premier League 2020: Three new cities likely?
While sharing his joy with his parents in Secunderabad, the 17-year-oldused some English and sign language in the video call.Dhanush Srikanth won individual and group gold medals at the 10-meterJunior Air Rifle Championship at the Asian Shooting Championship in Doha.While sharing his joy with his parents in Secunderabad, the 17-year-oldused some English and sign language in the video call.Dhanush was born with hearing impairment, but we never saw it as somethingthat could hinder his ability and talent. He received his first cochlearimplant at the age of one year but was replaced at the age of nine, because itdoes not work properly. His father Srikanth, who is the project manager inBangalore, said my wife and I wanted him to believe that he could achieveanything in life.On Monday, Dhanush joined Shriya Agrawal to win the gold medal in the 10-meter mixed World Cup by beating China 16-16, and a day later he won an individual honor with a score of 248.2 in the final, beating Jiang China Xuanle for 2.5 points. Dhanush had a 625.3 shot in the playoffs.Danush's greatest strength was the ability to handle the situation well and he could take shots as he liked and practiced. In the final, he received a yellow card after being charged early but recovered. "I hope this first international medal will lead him to more glory," says Suma Shiror, high-performance director of the Indian Junior Team.The bronze medalist at the London Olympics, Gajan Narang, played a key rolein Dhanush's lead in being a shooter. It was an ad from Narang's Gun for GloryAcademy in 2015 that helped him make a big leap in the sport. He won juniors,youth and senior titles at last year's Telangana Shooting Championship andcontinued to win the U-21 gold medal at the 2019 Khelo Indian Games in Pune.I am happy with the way Danush is advancing. He is very consistent in histraining and continues to do the things as he is told. His trainer was lookingto train a shooter like him, and when he came to train, his parents' firstquestion was whether he could shoot? And I certainly said yes, because he canshoot better than most of us, as his other senses are stronger. "Wedeveloped a sign language with shots and I'm glad he was able to turn hisdisability into his greatest strength," Narang says.Ahead of the Asian Championship, Dhanush had scored 252.5 at the NationalYouth Event in June, a better result than the world record of 251.2. Hefollowed up with 252.1 in the men's senior final in national tests in Septemberand won the gold medal. Dhanush got 626.9 in the playoffs, better than Naranghimself, who scored 623.4.When he joined the academy, he posed a challenge at first. At first, werelied on the movement of his lips and sign language, regardless of making himunderstand the technical points of sports on paper and drawing. Over time, weboth understood each other, "recalls the Academy instructor, Neha Chavan."This year, when he won the gold medal in the Khelo India Games, it motivated him a lot. His score of 629.7 was as good as great shooters and gave him great confidence."Read More: Indian Premier League 2020: Three new cities likely?
India vs Bangladesh (IND vs BAN) Second T20I Report, Rajkot Weather Report: Ahmed's Met Center is on an orange alert level ahead of the night game, with heavy rains predicted.India vs. Bangladesh 2nd T20I, Rajkot Gujarat Weather Forecast: Although India and Bangladesh are due to close centuries in the second T20I clash at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Thursday, it is likely that weather conditions still cloud the hopes of Rohit Sharma & Co.According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the severe cyclone Maha, currently on the Arabian Sea, is very likely to cross the Gujarat coast around Dio on Thursday afternoon. The Met centre in Ahmedabad has put an orange alert on Rajkot ahead of the night game, with "strong" rain forecast.However, there is some hope when the latest update from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) indicated that the cyclone is expected to weaken.However, its latest update on Wednesday indicated that the hurricane was over the Arabian Sea, about 390 km west of Porbandar, and was expected to bordering the coast of Saurashtra around noon on November 7.Although the stadium can be prepared within an hour, as long as the rain stops before the game starts, it has not yet been an optimistic sight. With heavy rains accompanied by strong winds that hit the SCA stadium on Wednesday evening, the field saw large formations of water. The field and surrounding area were covered with multiple layers of fabric.Along with the rain, precipitation is very likely in the races in the second T20I, because the SCA field is devoid of grass. But with the possibility of precipitation, the park can become slow, making access to the border harder.The stadium looks good. Rajkot has always been a good course of beatings and also assists the shooters. It will be a good launch. "I am sure it will be better than what I saw in Delhi," Rohit Sharma said as he toured the field on Wednesday.If the game fades, or if India doesn't win, it means they won't win a series at home for the second time in a row. Also, it is reported that the new head of BCCI Sourav Ganguly will be present for the party.Read More: Bangladesh tour of India, 2019 schedule, live scores and results
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