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.
Kek acknowledged that there are still problems in creating opportunities, but said four points were a good tally for the start of the competition.
Some of the country's top athletes serving sanctions for the doping offices includes 2008 Beijing Olympics 1,500m champion Asbel Kiprop, 2016 Rio Olympics women's marathon champion Jemimah Sumgong, and former three-time Boston Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo, among others.
Saba also sent his best wishes to his compatriot Eran Zahavi, the last season's CSL top scorer who left Guangzhou R&F to join the national team recently. "I miss him. We have a great understanding on the pitch. I hope he could play well to help the Israeli national team achieve good results," he noted.
In just the third minute of the first half, 17-year-old Fati drew a foul from Serhiy Kyrvstov to earn a penalty that Sergio Ramos converted clinically.
However, he was very critical of Bartomeu, accusing him of "not keeping his word" and also criticizing the direction of the club in recent years.
"Elite athletes like Xu Jiayu, Ye Shiwen and Wang Shun have already reached a high level. They set goals for themselves, and the attention from media and the public encourages them. Their desire to win and to fight at the Tokyo Olympics propels them forward."
"I was playing well today," said Thiem. "I had a good plan for the match. He's very dangerous when he can dictate with his forehand. I was exactly trying to avoid that. He also has very, very fast legs. I was trying to play my fastest tennis to keep him on the backhand, to not let him dictate with the forehand."
Sam Larsson (L) of Dalian FC competes for a header during the 10th round match between Dalian FC and Jiangsu Suning at the postponed 2020 season Chinese Football Association Super League (CSL) Dalian Division in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, Sept. 8, 2020. (Xinhua/Pan Yulong)
In the other Group B game here on Sunday, Alan Kardec and Adrian Mierzejewski brought Chongqing Dangdai Lifan a 2-0 lead in the first half. After Hui Jiakang narrowed the gap to one in the 62nd minute for Teda, Felix Bastian's penalty was denied by Chongqing goalkeeper Deng Xiaofei in the 85th minute.
Only a couple of hours before the race started on Tuesday, the Tour organizers announced that all the riders' tests returned negative but race director Christian Prudhomme tested positive along with four staff members from four different teams.