TEHRAN, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Iran's national football team will play friendlies against Uzbekistan and Tajikistan as part of their preparation for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Tasnim news agency reported on Thursday.
In an absorbing third round match, 23-time Grand Slam winner Williams rallied to defeat 2017 US Open winner Sloane Stephens 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 in one hour and 43 minutes, while second seed Kenin also faced a tough challenge in a straight sets win over Ons Jabeur of Tunisia.
MADRID, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Leo Messi published a video message on Friday afternoon confirming that he will remain at the Barcelona club for the 2020-21 season to see out the remaining year of his contract.
The 25-year-old equalized with the last kick of the match after Rodinei Almeida brought down Elber Pimentel with a rash challenge.
Aside from a well-oiled defense, the 60-year-old is pinning his hopes on one of Europe's most promising front lines. Bayern Munich's Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry and Chelsea's new arrival Timo Werner stand for his flying squad.
Djokovic's unexpected exit ends both his 26-match winning streak this year and his attempt to win his 18th Grand Slam title, with the drama also sending Carreno Busta into the men's quarterfinals.
This came after Barcelona insisted that he had to pay his 700 million-euro release clause to leave the club, while Messi argued that a clause in his contract meant he could leave for free.
Since the running event usually draws more than 60,000 people including family members, the city council of Budapest has limited the number of major running events to three per year, in order to cause less disturbances in the traffic of the Hungarian capital.
MADRID, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- The Leo Messi story took yet another turn on Friday when the Barcelona striker's father and representative, Jorge Messi, sent a communique to the Spanish football league (La Liga) rejecting the organization's claim that the 700 million euro release clause on his son's contract with Barca was still in effect.
"These Governments have identified what they consider to be a weakness in the rules whereby a Government can unilaterally refuse to meet its agreed funding commitments without facing any significant consequences," the statement read.
The remaining of the match have been controversial as Gao Lin was shown his fourth yellow card of the season in the 71st minute after complaining to the referee. The Chinese international is going to miss Shenzhen's next match against his former club Guangzhou Evergrande next Wednesday. Enditem