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Messi's Barcelona debut, by those who were there in 2004

Lionel Messi didn't look the part at 17, making his Barcelona first-team debut, but the way he played made people realize he was special

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Looking back on 15 years of Lionel Messi

On Lionel Messi's 15th anniversary of his La Liga debut, Steve Nicol waxes lyrical on his career to date.

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Messi gets the Cirque du Soleil treatment: A surreal tribute to the Barca legend

"We don't want to celebrate him like a God, we don't want to worship him and he has the same feelings as well." Inside the surreal Messi10.

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'It's the dirty little secret that everybody knows about'

It's the NBA's silent scourge, a pox on the bodies and minds of players. This two-year investigation reveals the dangers of chronic sleep loss in the NBA -- and why one athletic specialist is finally sounding the alarm.

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Williams: Simmons could be in the MVP conversation this season

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The burnout of the shooting star Carmelo Anthony

It's been a year since Carmelo Anthony has appeared in a game. He might not get his farewell to the league, but the NBA he'd be saying goodbye to isn't the same as the one in which he rose to stardom.

India salvage a point, while Bangladesh make one

Bangladesh came to India unknown, unappreciated, underestimated. They return having changed all that.

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Fans star as insipid 'Indiaaaaa' revert to normal

Though India were below par against Bangladesh, the fans in Kolkata showed how much they can get behind their side even on a bad day.

Ratings: Shaky Sandhu 3/10 as India drop points at home again

Adil Khan's late goal saved India's blushes in a largely disappointing display against Bangladesh.

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