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Ever missed a penalty? Don’t worry, Messi does too

NIZHNY NOVGOROD: For anyone who has ever missed a penalty at any level, there was some consolation on Saturday - Lionel Messi can miss them too. With the world watching him in a World Cup opener against Iceland, the normally brilliant Messi struck a weak spot kick that was saved, leaving Argentina with a disappointing 1-1 draw. Messi’s failure was all the more bitter given his long-time rival for current world’s best - Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo - easily converted a penalty the day before. On a remarkable day of…

Shahid Afridi likely to miss World XI charity match

Shahid Afridi is likely to miss the charity match featuring the World XI and the West Indies on May 31 as the former Pakistan captain is yet to recover fully from a knee injury. During the last edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL), Afridi was forced to be out of action due to the knee injury after helping his side Karachi Kings to three consecutive wins. In his recent tweet, he updated his fans about the injury. "Went to see my doctor in Dubai, the knee hasnt recovered fully yet. I'll need another 3-4 weeks.…

Ronaldo to miss Portugal friendlies

Cristiano Ronaldo was surprisingly left out of the Portugal squad announced on Friday by coach Fernando Santos, who suggested it was merely to give his superstar a break. Santos denied the omission was due to the four-time Ballon d'Or winner's relatively meagre goal-scoring start to the Spanish league season. Ronaldo has scored only one goal in six La Liga games for Real Madrid, although he has been on fire in Europe with six goals in four matches. Read More: Ronaldo wins 2017 Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year award…

England drop Stokes after his assault arrest

LONDON: England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm in Bristol and dropped for Wednesday's fourth one-day international against West Indies. The 26-year-old Durham star was arrested early on Monday in the Clifton district of the city and released under investigation -- without charge -- the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced Tuesday. Both Stokes and England opening batsman Alex Hales, 28, who was with him on Sunday night, will miss the game at The Oval. A…

Mohammad Amir may miss Independence Cup

Pakistani ace fast bowler, Mohammad Amir may miss the Independence Cup as he is expecting his first child after marriage, ESPNCricinfo reported. Amir, who represented Essex in English County, was an integral part of Pakistan’s Champions Trophy winning squad. He removed three key Indian batsmen, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan in the big final at Cardiff. Mohammad Amir was expected to join his teammates in the camp at Gaddafi Stadium, but, it has now been learned that he might miss the three-match T20…

Pakistan will miss Misbah the captain: Dean Jones

Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) franchise Islamabad United’s head coach Dean Jones has said that Pakistan will miss Misbah Ul Haq the captain the most. “Pakistan will of course miss Misbah’s batting but his on-field captaincy is what they will miss the most,” Dean Jones said. “He is a bowler’s captain,” he added. The Australian batting maestro stated that he has spent his life playing cricket, but he never came across such a calmer captain. “I have been part of cricket all my life, I have seen many captains but when I…