Messi

Messi

In football news,

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi will reportedly sign a new contract tomorrow. 

His current deal expires in 2016. 

And the Argentinian is expected to sign a new deal that will keep him with the Catalans till June 2018. 

The 4-time World Player of the Year has again been instrumental, as Barca have built up a 9-point advantage at the top of this season's Spanish league. 

The 25 year old has scored 34 times in 22 league appearances and found the net in each of his last 12 outings. 


Switching to English football, 

Nottingham Forest manager Alex McLeish has left the club by mutual consent after just 40 days in charge. 

The 54-year-old Scotsman is leaving after differences over the club's vision by the current owners. 

McLeish was appointed 5 weeks ago, but only won 1 game out of 7 and lost 4 of those matches. 

The Kuwaiti owners are now looking for their 4th manager since taking over at the 2nd division club last July.

Over to cricket action, 

And Hosts India were knocked out of the Women's World Cup after yesterday's 138-run defeat by Sri Lanka in their last group match. 

Chasing 283, India would have secured a place in the Super Six stage on net run-rate had they made at least 251. 

But they crumbled to 144 all out instead. 

Sri Lanka, which is the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, had never beaten India in 1-day women's cricket. 

And after finishing bottom of Group A, India will take on Pakistan in a play-off to determine 7th and 8th place. 

Meanwhile, 

England defeated the West Indies by 6 wickets to advance into the Super 6 stage. 

The West Indies women were dismissed for 101 as England achieved their target with 15 overs to spare.

And in our final story, 

Great Britain's double Olympic swimming champion Rebecca Adlington has retired. 

The 23 year old became Britain's first female to win Olympic gold in the pool in 48 years. 

And she did so in the 400 and 800metre freestyle finals at the 2008 Olympic Games. 

Now since the Beijing Olympiad, Adlington went on to secure victories in the world championships, Commonwealth Games and 2 bronze medals in London 2012. 

And upon retirement, she'll now turn her focus on charity work and training youngsters to swim.