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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Argentina 5-0 Panama

Chicago: Lionel Messi scored three goals in a dazzling second-half display in his return from a back injury, and Argentina beat Panama 5-0 on Friday night to clinch a spot in the knockout round of the Copa America Centario.

Messi replaced Augusto Fernandez in the 61st minute, drawing a big ovation from a sea of No. 10 Argentina jerseys and the familiar colors of Barcelona, his club team. A few minutes later, the five-time FIFA Player of the Year got right back to work.

First, Roderick Miller's clearing attempt for Panama went off Gonzalo Higuain's hands as he went to protect his face and right to Messi, who took a couple dribbles and then beat Jaime Penedo on the ground to the goaltender's right side.

Then Messi sent a curling free kick into the top left corner of the goal in the 78th minute, making it 3-0 and drawing gasps from the crowd of 53,885. 

A left-footed chip past Penedo on the goalkeeper's right side finished off Messi's fourth international hat trick, joining friendlies against Switzerland and Brazil in 2012, and Guatemala in 2013

Brazil and Coutinho impress in 7-1 win over Haiti


Brazil cruised to a 7-1 win over outmatched Haiti on Wednesday in Orlando, putting the eight-time Copa America champions in good position to advance to the Quarterfinals when they face Peru on Sunday.

Winger Philippe Coutinho had the finishing touch with his first career hat trick, rifling in a 25-yard strike to open the scoring in the 14th minute, then tapping in from close range after a Dani Alves cross and Jonas square pass. He hit for the hat trick in second-half stoppage time with a curling strike from outside the penalty area.

Renato Augusto struck twice for Brazil, heading in a Dani Alves cross in the 35th minute and capitalizing on a turnover in the 86th.

The only negative for La Sele├žao in the first half was the yellow card issued to defensive midfielder Casemiro, his second of the competition, which means he will be suspended for Sunday’s final group game.

In the wide-open second half, substitutes Gabriel and Lucas Lima scored for Brazil, set up by passes from Elias and Dani Alves, respectively, before Philippe Coutinho and Renato Augusto added to their tallies.

Haiti did grab a goal to remember in the 70th minute, as substitutes Duckens Nazon and Max Hilaire combined to force Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson into a save, with James Marcelin arriving to crash home the rebound.

Brazil will close group play against Peru in Foxborough, Massachusetts on Sunday, while Haiti will close their first Copa America against Ecuador in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Gayle's Record of Six

Chris Gayle on Saturday achieved a rare feat of becoming the first player to hit 600 sixes and 600 fours in Twenty20 cricket.
Playing for Melbourne Renegades, Gayle hit two humongous in a Big Bash League Twenty20 match against Brisbane Heat to achieve the landmark.

The left-handed Gayle, in his knock, also hit a couple of fours to take his tally of fours to 653, but is behind Australia's T20 star Brad Hodge, who leads the way with 664 fours to his name. New Zealand's Brendon McCullum is the third in the list with 605 fours.
Gayle is way ahead in terms of six hitting record with the next best being that of fellow West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard, who has hit 388 sixes. McCullum is on the third spot with 290 hits over the fence.