LA PLATA, Argentina -- Argentina easily beat Slovenia 2-0 in its last World Cup warmup with goals from Ricardo Alvarez and Lionel Messi on Saturday. Pittsburgh Penguins Gear . Alvarez put a second-string Argentina ahead in the first half with a shot from the edge of the penalty area. Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria came on in the second half and combined elegantly to double the lead in the 67th minute. Aguero headed down a pass from Di Maria to set up Messi, who calmly slotted the ball past Slovenia goalkeeper Vid Belec. Argentina, which is set to travel to Brazil on Monday, faces Bosnia-Herzegovina in its Group F opener on June 15. "We are in good shape. We are a strong group, which is what weve been hoping to become from the start when (coach) Alejandro (Sabella) came in," Messi said. Sabella took over the national team in 2011. "Little by little, as we played well, we gained confidence," Messi said. Slovenia didnt qualify for the World Cup and was no match for Argentina even in a sleepy first half, when Sabella rested his top players. Belec saved the visitors from a bigger deficit, stopping two attempts by Maxi Rodriguez before halftime. Slovenias best chance came in the second half as Milivoje Novakovic spun around in the area and fired a shot straight at Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero. The hosts were not seriously challenged after that and came close to making it 3-0 in overtime when Messis free kick went just wide. Penguins Jerseys 2020 . Top-seeded Djokovic, who is making only his second appearance this year after reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, was a 6-3, 6-3 winner over 54th-ranked Istomin of Uzbekistan. "It wasnt as easy as the scoreline indicates," said Djokovic, who has won in Dubai on four occasions. Pittsburgh Penguins Store . The 57-year-old Tietjens has coached New Zealand to nine IRB World Sevens titles and to four Commonwealth Games gold medals as its only coach in the professional era. New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew said the re-signing was made with a focus on 2016 when sevens will be in the Olympics. https://www.cheappenguinsjersey.com/ .com) - A chant of Zeke reverberated around AT&T Stadium before Ezekiel Elliott powered into the end zone for his fourth and final touchdown. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Boston Red Sox have put first baseman Mike Napoli on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained finger and recalled right-hander Brandon Workman from Triple-A Pawtucket. The moves were made before Sundays game against Tampa Bay. Napoli has been playing with an injured fourth finger on his left hand, along with nagging hamstring and calf issues. He also missed games Wednesday and Thursday due to flu-like symptoms. The decision on Napoli allows Boston to keep right-hander Alex Wilson on the roster to help a taxed bullpen. The Red Sox used seven relievers in Saturdays 6-5, 115-inning loss to Tampa Bay. Pittsburgh Penguins Shirts. Napoli is hitting .260 with five homers and 22 RBIs this season. He will return to Boston for further examination. Mike Carp will fill in at first base. "The fact is we needed to keep the added bullpen arm," Boston manager John Farrell said. "Mike is still a few days away." Workman was called up to start Sundays game with Rays in place of left-hander Felix Doubront, who is on the disabled list with a strained left shoulder. Workman made three relief appearances earlier this year before being optioned to Pawtucket on April 8. ' ' '
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