Jamaica is good, no doubt about that. Jamaica has some good, top-class players, but they are too few to match those of Australia, or New Zealand, or even England; not so much whenever they are practicing, but whenever they are fully prepared and ready to play in a truly competitive atmosphere. On top of that, teams like Jamaica lack the funding, consistently, to properly prepare for a world championship – to set up a system of development, to get a proper league going, a league to fully test the players’ fitness and skill, a league to test the player’s commitment to be the best, a league which can serve the players’ financial needs, and last but not least, to provide regular and good coaching. Playing a match calls for playing more than a quarter, or a half. A country like Jamaica can find one, or two, or three truly talented players every now and again, but it is difficult to find 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 50 players of the fitness, skill, and dedication necessary to play a good, tough, competitive league and to field a squad of world championship winning players. IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Players like Romelda Aiken, Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, and Nicole Aiken-Pinnock, like Grace Beckford, Connie Francis, Elaine Davis, Simone Forbes, Patricia McDonald, and Oberon Pitterson before them, are good, and they are probably as good as any player in the world. Like some players from South Africa and Malawi, however, some Jamaican players hone their skills in a foreign country, in the ANZ Championship, they gain experience by doing so, they play on teams with more good players, and on a match day, in a competitive match, playing for Jamaica, they seldom find others on the team to support them, especially in a tight spot. Tough luck, Jamaica. Maybe it was not warm enough for the Sunshine Girls to shine in Sydney. The fact remains, however, that to win the World Championship of 2015 was a bridge too far, and the dream too unrealistic. Bolt, Fraser-Pryce, Atkinson and company do their thing in an individual sport, and the Reggae Boyz are mostly a foreign- based aggregation playing in foreign countries, under foreign coaches. The time for netball will come, or in time, it may come one day. As a team, however, the Sunshine Girls need more travelling girls like Aiken and Fowler-Reid, either that or, if Jamaica can afford it, they need enough money to make the sport a truly professional entity, one in which the girls can train often, play netball regularly, and live comfortably. Regardless of what happens, Jamaica must aim for the sky. At the same time, however, probably because of their size, they must count their blessings. Although the Sunshine Girls remained where they were and did not win the tournament, and in spite of the hype going into the tournament, Jamaica finished ahead of teams like South Africa, Malawi, and Trinidad and Tobago, Scotland, and Wales once again and only behind only Australia, New Zealand, and England, teams which are more equipped to provide things like better facilities, strong leagues, and better coaching, things that lead to development. Maybe it was, however, especially against England, as so often happens in sport, and as captain Aiken-Pinnock said on her return home, this time “things just did not go our way”. LACK OF FUNDING Australia were once again crowned champions at the Netball World Cup which ended in Sydney last week when they defeated New Zealand in an exciting, final match. In netball, for the time being at least, there are two teams which play for the championship of the world, and they are neighbours Australia and New Zealand. Of the 14 championships contested since they started in 1963, Australia have won the title 10 times, plus one shared with New Zealand and Trinidad and Tobago; New Zealand, four times, plus one shared with Australia and Trinidad and Tobago; and to make matters better, or worse, the count shows New Zealand finishing in the runner-up position on eight occasions and Australia on two occasions. The only other successful teams, finalists, have been England and South Africa, who finished in second place on one occasion each. Trinidad and Tobago, once the darlings from the Caribbean, have fallen behind recently, but the Sunshine Girls, three times bronze medal winners, have risen to almost take their place, so much so that they have been rubbing shoulders with England while winning the bronze medal on three wonderful occasions. After getting the better of England on a number of occasions, however, including at the Commonwealth Games last year in Glasgow, Jamaica went to the championships bubbling with confidence that they would have gone even further. The aim this time was not only to beat England and cop the bronze, which they lost last time, to England, but also to match shots with New Zealand and Australia, and possibly take home the silver or gold by defeating one or the other or probably both teams in the all-important semi-finals and final. GREAT PLAYERS That was a tall order. It was almost an impossible dream. But what with Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and the many young Jamaicans who are burning up the track and leaving the world behind, and Alia Atkinson gliding away in the water; what with the Reggae Boyz’ encouraging performance at the Copa America and at the Gold Cup? No one would dare attempt to cool their ambitions a little, lest he or she be run out of town. Jamaica, despite being pushed to the hilt by Malawi, defeated every other team they played in the preliminaries, all the teams except New Zealand and England, before losing to Australia in the semi-finals and again to England in the bronze-medal match. The World Cup of Netball, at least for now, belongs entirely and exclusively to Australia and New Zealand. The big matches, more often than not, are between those two teams, with the possible exception of matches involving Australia, New Zealand, England, and Jamaica. Netball, in fact, could easily be divided into five groups: Australia and New Zealand; England and Jamaica; South Africa and Malawi; possibly Wales, Trinidad and Tobago; and then Fiji and Samoa, and then the rest.
“All golf at the end of the day is hitting it on the fairway and making a lot of putts,” Ogilvy said, after a 3-and-2 victory over Chad Campbell. “If you do that in any format, you’re going to do well.” Next up for Ogilvy is a guy who hit it into a cactus and did just fine. Henrik Stenson of Sweden played bogey-free in a 3-and-2 victory over Trevor Immelman to reach today’s 36-hole final. But he might not have made it out of the quarterfinals without perhaps the most memorable shot this week at The Gallery. He was all square in his match with Nick O’Hern on the 18th hole when Stenson drove into a cactus left of the fairway. He was in such dire shape that he said caddie Fanny Sunesson “almost sacrificed her right arm to get the ball out.” He took a penalty drop into the firm desert sand, hopeful of getting up-and-down from 122 yards to extend the match. He hit it clean, and it checked up 2 feet from the hole. O’Hern was short of the green, chipped to 4 feet for par – the same distance from which Woods missed when he lost to the Aussie on Friday – and missed the putt to lose the match. “Things turned out slightly in my favor,” Stenson said. “That was a great boost and gave me sort of a free ticket into the next round. I went out and played pretty freely.” MARANA, Ariz. – The streak is alive at the Accenture Match Play Championship – and it belongs to Geoff Ogilvy. With so much attention on Tiger Woods’ bid for an eighth consecutive PGA Tour victory, Ogilvy streaked into the championship match Saturday by winning his 10th and 11th consecutive in a strong defense of his title. The U.S. Open champion has been so dominant that he hasn’t played the 18th hole since a practice round Tuesday. Stenson went out in 31 to build a 3-up lead and never gave Immelman a chance. Ogilvy ran off four consecutive birdies to seize control and end yet another streak – this will be the first time in the nine-year history of this event that an American will not play for the title. “I just didn’t make enough birdies,” Campbell said. It was a busy day in the high desert, which began with sub-freezing temperatures that caused a one-hour frost delay and led Stenson to jog around the practice range “to get my heart beating.” It ended in blissful sunshine with two guys left to play for $1.35 million, both of them with good vibes about this fickle format. Ogilvy is 11-1 in his match-play career, losing only to Michael Campbell in the first round of the 2005 World Match Play Championship in England. Since losing in the second round last year at La Costa, Stenson holed the winning putt for Europe in the Ryder Cup in September and has not trailed by more than two holes all week in Arizona. “I’m knackered after playing two rounds,” Stenson said, looking ahead to his 36-hole final. Ogilvy can’t complain of being worn out, certainly not compared to last year. He played four consecutive overtime matches a year ago at La Costa, and 10 times stood to the side of the green as his opponent had a putt to win the match. Ogilvy survived all those scares, then had an easier time in the final two matches to win. What a turnaround in the high desert north of Tucson. He played 129 holes at La Costa. With only the 36-hole final left, Ogilvy has played only 79 holes this week. “I’m probably less tired at this point,” Ogilvy said. “I’m sure I’ll be fresher tomorrow. But it turned out all right last year.” The quarterfinals was a duel of match-play champions – Ogilvy at the Accenture, Casey last September at the HSBC World Match Play Championship in England. They traded birdies early, until Casey got sloppy and Ogilvy broke away. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Napoli boss Rafa Benitez is still hopeful of raiding a Premier League side for a defensive midfielder.The former Liverpool boss has been linked with a move for Anfield star Lucas Leiva – having purchased the Brazilian during his time on Merseyside – with Tottenham man Sandro and Manchester United misfit Marouane Fellaini also reported targets.So far Benitez has been constantly rebuffed but, after failing to complete a permanent move for Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who joined Bayern Munich, he is now fully focussed on capturing an anchor man and defensive shield.“There are a lot of names on the list, but we are where we are and I, as the coach, have to think about preparing his team,” he said.“We have tried to do something until the end but we haven’t had time. We will continue to work in the next days.” Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva could move away from Anfield before the transfer window shuts 1
ULSTER CHAMPS: BUNDORAN UNDER-12S GIRLS GAA FOOTBALL TEAMTHE Donegal men aren’t the only team for the county aiming for All-Ireland glory!The U12 Bundoran girls travel to Athlone this weekend in search of their own wee bit of All-Ireland celebrations.The girls are the Ulster Community Games Champions and if they win their semi-final, the final will be played on Sunday. The whole county will be right behind them! BUNDORAN UNDER-12 GAA GIRLS AIM FOR ALL-IRELAND GLORY! was last modified: August 16th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ULSTER CHAMPS: BUNDORAN UNDER-12S GIRLS GAA FOOTBALL TEAM
DERRY All-Ireland winner and TV pundit Joe Brolly has said he hopes something can be ‘sorted’ after the GAA For All Project came to an end with the loss of four coaching jobs.Brolly was reacting after learning on Donegal Daily that Peace III funding for the programme came to an end on Friday – and no new funding had been found.“We’ll get this sorted one way or another,” said the Dungiven man, who had written just last week on how the project had assisted in coaching young players from special needs schools who had played at half-time in the Ulster semi-final between Donegal and Derry in Cavan last week. The project saw the coaches going into more than 40 schools to coach children in gaelic games. The programme reached out to members of the Protestant and new national communities and to children with special needs.Paddy Mullen, one of those behind the project, didn’t contact Donegal Daily but did post comments on Facebook in which he admitted that Peace III funding had run out last Friday and that no new funding had, as yet, been found.He said that he was “very disappointed” with the story on Donegal Daily on Sunday in relation to the job losses as funding had not been ‘axed’.“The tender, which I assisted in submitting, was for a 12 month project which ended last Friday,” said Mullen. “We are making efforts to try to find corporate sponsors and secure other funding which might allow us to run the project again from September but we cannot express enough our sincere thanks to the Peace III programme for awarding us the contract and allowing us to run such a successful project for the last 12 months.“It is, of course, unfortunate that we cannot afford to continue the employment of the excellent coaches we had recruited for the project, but we do hope that we will be in a position to rehire them again in the months ahead.”Brolly wrote about how the half-time display by teams from the Donegal Dynamos and St Bernadette’s would live long in his memory.“On Wednesday, their last day at school before the summer holidays, all the boys and girls were presented with the photographs of the day,” said Joe.“When the senior game is long forgotten, those extraordinary, joyous half time games will remain vivid in the memory.” FOOTBALL STAR BROLLY HOPES ‘GAA FOR ALL’ PROJECT CAN BE SAVED was last modified: July 1st, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Coming off his first victory in 19 months, Colin Montgomerie appears hungry for more. Montgomerie showed no effects from an emotional victory four days ago in Scotland, matching his career-low score in the United States with a 6-under 64 that gave him a three-shot lead Thursday in the American Express Championship at Harding Park in San Francisco. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 He looked like the Monty of old with tee shots that split the tree-lined fairways, making the game look simple. The 42-year-old Scot ran off three consecutive birdies to close out the back nine, then added his lone birdie on the front with a wedge into 18 inches. What mattered more to him was no bogeys on his card. “If I can hit fairways, I can hit greens,” he said. “And then I can score.” Montgomerie’s 64 matched the 7-under 64 he shot at Riviera in the second round of the Nissan Open in February. It was the first test at Harding Park, which had not hosted golf’s best players since the late 1960s. The course is considered relatively short at 7,086 yards, although the firm greens with subtle contours kept anyone from going outrageously low. “A muni just means it’s owned by the city,” Phil Mickelson said after stumbling to a 71. “It doesn’t mean it’s an easy or hard course.” Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and nine others – including Olin Browne (Occidental College) – were at 67 on a spectacular day at the municipal course along Lake Merced that got a $16 million makeover and held its own against the world’s best players. It was right up Montgomerie’s alley. John Daly was tied with Montgomerie late in the round, carried along by prodigious drives. None fired up the fans more than driving the 350-yard seventh hole as Woods was standing off to the side waiting for the eighth tee to clear. Sadly for Daly, the epoxy on the hosel of his putter gave way late in the round, which contributed to three-putt bogeys on his final two holes for a 67. He was furious as he headed to the trailer to get it fixed. Kerr on her game: Cristie Kerr had consecutive eagles in a career-best 9-under 62 to take a four-stroke lead in the first round of the LPGA’s Longs Drugs Challenge on the Ridge Golf Club in Auburn, Calif. Kerr, who also had seven birdies, played an eight-hole stretch in 9 under, highlighted by her eagles on Nos. 15 and 16. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
LANCASTER – A look at the Antelope Valley football season: Team of the Year: Antelope Valley. Senior two-way standout Andre Crenshaw led Antelope Valley to a share of its first Golden League title since 2001. An aggressive defense produced an extraordinary 38 turnovers and made it one of the area’s most exciting teams. Co-champion Palmdale (5-6) warranted serious consideration despite its losing record because it played an exceedingly tough schedule that included three defending Southern Section champions. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Antelope Valley beat Palmdale 22-19 victory to claim a share of the title and was the league’s only team to advance to the Div. III quarterfinals, beating Leuzinger of Lawndale in the first round. Player of the Year: Brad Kostopoulos, Boron. The senior running back/linebacker was a nearly unstoppable force on both sides of the ball for the Antelope Valley’s only semifinal qualifier. Kostopoulos led the Bobcats, who reached the Div. XII final four, with 2,101 rushing yards, 30 touchdowns, and 115 tackles. Palmdale’s Tyreace House (524 rushing yards, 794 receiving yards, 13 touchdowns), the Golden League’s Player of the Year, and Antelope Valley running back/linebacker Allan Mohan (534 rushing yards, 132 tackles, four sacks) and Crenshaw (1,092 rushing yards, 14 touchdowns) all excelled against elite competition and are the area’s most coveted Division I prospects, but Kostopoulos made the biggest impact. Kostopoulos was pivotal even when he was at less than full strength in Friday’s 32-7 loss to Aquinas of San Bernardino, playing with a separated shoulder that will require surgery later this month. “He’s a warrior,” Boron coach Todd Fink said. “Most kids wouldn’t have played with that injury, but he gave everything he had.” Coach of the Year: Kevin Rizer, Rosamond. Rosamond overcame adversity and distractions to win its first High Desert League title in six years under second-year coach Kevin Rizer. Before the season began, standout senior running back Spencer Rodney was hospitalized with a severe case of dehydration. The school’s bleachers were condemned because of damage caused by last winter’s relentless El Nino. Even with an undersized offensive line that averaged 189 pounds, the Roadrunners (9-3) had their best season in years, beating league rivals Mojave for the first time since 1999 and Bishop for the first time since 2000. Rizer also was a teacher in the character department, healing wounds caused by racial tensions from last season when it was alleged that Kern Valley of Lake Isabella players directed racial epithets at his players. Rizer opened communication lines with Kern Valley’s coaching staff that led to the two teams going out for pizza after their game. Biggest surprise: Highland’s 28-27 upset of Lancaster. The Bulldogs made the playoffs for the first time in three years as a result of their Week 7 shocker that changed the dynamics of the Golden League race. Biggest disappointment: The league’s poorest playoff showing in years. Boron was the only area team that advanced to the semifinals in one of the Antelope Valley’s worst postseason showings. The Golden League went 1-5 in the playoffs and the Antelope Valley 6-10. A look ahead: Palmdale has won at least a share of four consecutive league titles, and with several promising up-and-comers coming from its unbeaten freshman team, the Falcons figure to be the team to beat next year. Emerging power Lancaster and perennial power Antelope Valley also should be in the mix, but parity figures to become the dominant theme as the league continues to expand in the coming years. Gideon Rubin, (818)713-3607 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Blackberry users around the world have chosen a South African app as one of their favourites.(Image: Musa Mkalipi)Price Check is one of three finalists for the International Blackberry App of the Year award.(Image: Musa Mkalipi)GM at Price Check, Andre de Wet, believes that local mobile development is world class.(Image: Silicon Cape Initiative)MEDIA CONTACTS • Nicole Israel Marketing manager, Price Check +27 21 468 9129 or +27 72 241 2505 RELATED ARTICLES • Telecoms boom for South Africa • Kenya takes banking to the poor • South Africa leads in mHealth • Ubuntu coming to phonesMusa MkalipiThe South African-designed smartphone app, Price Check, has got the nod from Blackberry users, who have nominated it for this year’s Blackberry achievement awards.An online price comparison app, Price Check is locally created and released. It has been nominated under the International Blackberry App of the Year category, which is open to businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as developers.The awards recognise innovation, bringing to the fore the latest technological ventures. According to Blackberry, they aim to recognise the contributions of creative thinkers from across the globe.“Being selected out of more than 100 000 Blackberry 10 apps worldwide is quite a milestone,” says Price Check GM, Andre De Wet, adding that as South Africans we can be pretty pleased about it. “It shows that what has been done locally on mobile is world class.”Price Check was developed in 2006 by Kevin Tucker, who saw the advantages of online shopping. With one click of a button, it enables the average person looking for the best or the most affordable goods to compare prices from various online stores. Be it for viewing or purchasing, retailers can be certain that their products are seen by thousands of online shoppers.It is available on Nokia, Android and Blackberry. Price Check has more than 860 000 visitors a month, 30-million products listed, 6 000 product categories and over 400 online shops. And with mobile technology penetrating deeper in Africa, the market for this and other apps is expanding.It was shortlisted alongside the Hoyts cinema app and the Cooklet app.The winner will receive a package prize consisting of one plane ticket to the Blackberry Live 2013 in Orlando, Florida, in the US; five Blackberry 10 smartphones; and a Blackberry service package that includes onsite training and certification aimed at improving the knowledge and skills of technical professionals working on the platform.Voting began on 28 March and closes on 15 April. Winners will be announced between 14 and 16 May.Africa becomes the big gun of technologyA technological revolution has taken place – Africa now has over 735-million mobile users, according to IBM, which in essence means that it has more users than the US as well as the EU. Technology levels continue to grow within the continent.Africa is fast becoming a leading light in ICT, with countries such as Kenya using GPS devices to map, record and prevent deforestation. Kenya is one of the most advanced countries on the continent in terms of mobile innovation and technology.One of its notable breakthroughs is M-Pesa, launched in 2007, which enables people to send and receive money with just the use of a mobile phone. M-Pesa had 620-million subscribers at the end of 2011 with 19-million in Kenya alone, says The East African, a weekly publication that focuses on economic and political issues in the region.Nigeria has also seen growth in this field. Over a decade ago there were about 100 000 phone lines which were mostly run by state-owned telecoms operators. Today more than 100-million mobile phones are being used, making it Africa’s largest telecoms market, according to statistics from the Nigerian Communications Commission.An even more astonishing development was the development of Africa’s first Android tablet by a young entrepreneur from Congo, Verone Mankou. The “Way C” tablet is roughly the same size as a Samsung Galaxy tablet, and comes with Wi-Fi connectivity and 4GB of internal memory.As new products and services are introduced, more and more Africans are keeping up with the times to ensure that they too are part of the revolution that is technology.
Senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde.A crucial meeting of BJP MPs, MLAs, MLCs and office-bearers, convened by Maharashtra unit chief Sudhir Mungantiwar in the backdrop of sulking leader Gopinath Munde’s “rebellion,” was held in Mumbai on Tuesday.The meeting follows speculation that after failing to get his demands fulfilled by party leadership, Munde is on his way to join the Congress.According to sources, the meeting was adjourned within a few minutes following an uproar by supporters of Munde.The MLAs then began meeting Mungantiwar, Opposition leader Eknath Khadse and Pandurang Phundkar separately, giving their opinion on the issue.Munde is reportedly disgruntled after BJP chief Nitin Gadkari, once his junior in state unit, spurned the former’s demands to make him the Opposition leader in the State Assembly and to make supporter Phundkar the state BJP president in place of Mungantiwar.Munde himself has so far not made an appearance at the meeting.There were reports that during his three-day stay in Delhi, Munde, a prominent OBC leader of the state, established contact with Congress in-charge of Maharashtra Mohan Prakash.However, Prakash has denied meeting Munde.A leading Marathi TV channel on Monday night aired what it claimed was an exclusive report saying Munde will be offered a Central ministerial berth by Congress if he joins it.Munde and other BJP members refused to comment on the report.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisement
P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Argentina will play Venezuela on March 22 in Madrid and then face Morocco four days later in Tangiers.The 31-year-old Messi last played for his national team eight months ago at the World Cup in Russia. Argentina lost to eventual champion France 4-3 in the last 16.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesArgentina has played six matches since then, all without Messi.“I believe he is happy and wants to try once more. He is welcome,” Scaloni said. “The World Cup was tough for all, even more so for him.” Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy LATEST STORIES 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash View comments MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, right, is challenged by Real defender Sergio Ramos during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Saturday, March 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Lionel Messi is back with Argentina’s national team.The five-time world player of the year was called up by interim Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni on Thursday for a pair of friendly matches ahead of this year’s Copa America in Brazil.ADVERTISEMENT Goalkeepers: Agustin Marchesin (America de Mexico), Juan Musso (Udinese), Esteban Andrada (Boca Juniors), Franco Armani (River Plate).Defenders: German Pezzella (Fiorentina), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax), Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Juan Foyth (Tottenham), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Walter Kannemann (Gremio), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon), Gonzalo Montiel (River Plate), Renzo Saravia (Racing Club), Lisandro Martinez (Defensa y Justicia).Midfielders: Leandro Paredes,(Paris Saint-Germain), Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain), Guido Rodriguez (America de Mexico), Giovanni Lo Celso (Betis), Domingo Blanco (Defensa y Justicia), Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham), Roberto Pereyra (Watford), Matias Zaracho (Racing Club), Ivan Marcone (Boca Juniors).Forwards: Gonzalo Martinez (Atlanta United), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Dario Benedetto (Boca Juniors), Matias Suarez (River Plate) and Angel Correa (Atletico Madrid).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Argentina has not lifted a single trophy since the 1993 Copa America. It lost to Chile in the last two finals of the tournament, in 2015 and in the centennial edition of 2016, and was defeated by Germany in the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil.But Scaloni hopes that record will not weigh on Messi at this stage of his career.“We have the best in the world, but because of one thing or another we did not (win a title with him). We have also reached three finals with him,” Scaloni said.Argentina’s squad for the two friendlies does not include strikers Sergio Aguero of Manchester City and Mauro Icardi of Inter Milan.Squad:ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Valdez, Santiago sisters lead women’s team as PH volleyball pool for SEA Games unveiled