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Suarez fired up as Uruguay prepare for Portugal showdown

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Mixed bag: Ronaldo scored four goals in the first two matches, including a hat-trick against Spain, but then missed a crucial penalty against Iran that condemned his side to second place. Portugal , too, are prepared to fight hard and, at times , illegally, to get a result. Fernando Santos is lacking another defensive-midfield force akin to Carvalho in his squad, although Joao Moutinho could return alongside Adrien Silva in the engine room after starting on the bench against Russian ... Read More »

Januzaj's stunning strike sees Belgium top Group G

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And again when Leander Dendoncker chopped Rose once more. "They haven't got a bench", stated Brady. Belgium fans cheer during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group G football match between England and Belgium at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad on June 28, 2018. Read More »

2nd T20I: India thrash Ireland by 143 runs for their biggest win

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India instead, opted to go with Manish Pandey and Suresh Raina in the middle-order. This is the first time a full-strength Indian team will be seen in action, since the tour of South Africa earlier this year. It's a rare occasion when the former Indian skipper had to sit out despite being in the squad . Predicted playing XI: Kohli (c) Rohit, Dhawan, Rahul, Raina, Dhoni (wk), Pandya, Kuldeep, Chahal, Umesh, Kaul. Read More »

Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi's celebration kick blows up in his face

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But that backfired spectacularly as the ball rebounded off the post and straight into his face. But it appears only his pride was injured as he carried on as the goal stood up in Belgium's 1-0 win. " Fortnite celebrations so overrated bro, I had to create something new", said the 24-year-old, alongside some footage he had "post"-ed on his Twitter feed". Read More »

The Truth Behind Messi's On-Pitch Chat With Sampaoli Revealed?

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Rojo struck a sweet volley into the back of the Super Eagles' net to send Argentina through to the knockout stages of the competition with a 2-1 win. It's already been suggested that Lionel Messi , scorer of Argentina's first goal of the night, has played a key role in leading his country out of a sticky situation. Read More »

Magic Johnson To Resign if Lakers Don't Turn Around in Two Summers

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Magic Johnson is confident he and the Los Angeles Lakers will lure big-name free agents to join the team, but he also isn't putting all of his eggs in this summer's basket. The Lakers could have to surrender a combination of former first-round picks - from Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart - and future first-round picks and perhaps restricted free agent Julius Randle in a sign-and-trade agreement. Read More »

Former Cubs coach fired for racially insensitive comments

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The hiring of Bosio was seen as a big boost to the Tigers' rebuilding efforts, considering his guidance helped the Chicago Cubs win the World Series in 2016. "I don't even know what he said", Maddon said at Dodger Stadium. Exactly what those comments were, the team did not say, but WXYZ Detroit reports that they were racial in nature . Read More »

Jordan Pickford puts England victory first as Belgium ponder options

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With identical records from their 100 per cent starts, there has been plenty of talk of finishing as runners-up being preferable, with a theoretically easier route deep into the tournament. The last player to do that was Gary Lineker, and before that one would have to look all the way back to the 1966 World Cup Final when Sir Geoff Hurst scored three to earn England their first (and to date only) World Cup title. Read More »

How German media, fans reacted to World Cup exit

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Zidane was back in time for their last group outing, but could not prevent a 2-0 loss at the hands of Denmark that had them heading home after the worst trophy defence in tournament history. "I remember the last three games for Arsenal he couldn't play and he couldn't even train". "We had plenty of opportunities, we broke our necks trying out there today", he added. Read More »

Defeat to Belgium sets up England's 'biggest game for decade'

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So much of his game is about athleticism, so if he is at all held back by this injury, there is a danger that we could be weaker as a result. "They had better controlled possession and the best chances in the first half". "We are in the fortunate position", Southgate said. "Our mentality is to win every game we play in - we can't be looking into that", Pickford said at a news conference. Read More »

Germany Knocked Out Of World Cup After Stunning Loss To South Korea

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As BBC presenter Gary Lineker said at the end of the game: " Mein Gott! ". While South Korea's World Cup run is over, the team still pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament so far to eliminate the reigning champions. There won't be any flying snacks this time. After the match was whistled over, German players looked to be in disbelief; many simply stood or sat on the turf and looked off into the distant horizon - one that which, astoundingly, no longer includes Die Mannschaft ... Read More »

LeBron James Texted Kevin Durant About Coming to LA

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Rumors and reports regarding LeBron James' future in the National Basketball Association are now spinning at breakneck speeds, and on Thursday morning, one report by ESPN's Stephen A. Furthermore, Vardon adds that James decision will not be affected by the future of Kawhi Leonard , whether he's traded to the Lakers , another team, or staying in San Antonio. Read More »

Mexico and South Korea

South Korea will be relying on Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min if they are to make it to the next round. "It's a dark day for German football", Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said. The Germany keeper bobbled the ball and needed to swipe the rebound away from the attackers after a spectacular dive. The broadsheet press were more measured but still unsparing of Loew and his under-performing players. Read More »

Japan sneak into knockout phase of World Cup

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Colombia , meanwhile, ended the day as group winners. A Japanese fan celebrates after the group H match between Japan and Poland , as his team squeezed into the final 16 despite losing the match 1-0. Keisuke Honda will be pushing his stake for a place in the starting XI of the Japan side after impressing twice coming out as a substitute. The second came off the Mainz player's left boot and forced Polish keeper Lukasz Fabianski into a diving save to his right. Read More »

Colombia through to last 16 with 1-0 win, Senegal out

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As it stands, Japan and Senegal have the advantage, with four points after two games. South America has provided four qualifiers from the group stage, with five-time winners Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay all still in the tournament. Read More »

Wayne Rooney completes move to DC United

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Rooney, who turns 33 in October, will occupy a designated player spot on the club's roster and he will be officially added to the squad when the transfer window reopens on 10 July, pending receipt of global clearance. Although Rooney has signed with D.C. United, he can not play with the side until the MLS transfer window opens on July 10. Rooney joins a DC side now toiling at the bottom of the Eastern Conference in MLS ahead of the opening of their new Audi Field Stadium on July 14. Read More »

Lopetegui shadow hangs over Spain ahead of Morocco game

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They managed to score twice against Spain but wouldn't leave with a win after Iago Aspas bagged a stoppage-time equaliser. The opening match saw Herve Renard's men lose 1-0 to Iran leaving them with a mountain to climb in what was an extremely challenging group. Read More »

Januzaj helps Belgium top England to win Group H at World Cup

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Germany failed to make it past the World Cup group stage. As per reports, Michy Batshuayi and Thomas Vermaelen are expected to come in, while Romelu Lukaku could be rested for today's match. In all these discussions, there is a danger of assuming progression from the Round of 16 before a ball has been kicked in anger. The Portugal star has played one game more than the Premier League pair, but they may not get a chance to hit the score-sheet again in this first round as both England ... Read More »

Conservatives score 'own goal' with World Cup tweet backing England

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We were watching Argentina last night, Portugal and Spain the evening before, and one decision at one end of the pitch, and a decision within two minutes. A draw now favours England , but only courtesy of the fact they have one less yellow card than Roberto Martinez's side over the course of the World Cup so far. Read More »

Defeated Japan squeezes into World Cup last 16 thanks to fair play

Senegal came so close but in the end have been eliminated from the World Cup because they had received more yellow cards than Japan . Japan topped the group going into the final round of games, needing just a point to be assured of a place in the knockout stage for only the second time since 2002, when they were co-hosts. Read More »

Lakers' plan unfolding: Want Kawhi as LeBron sweetener

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The team did not make a hard push to trade for him past year because of that thought, which could now backfire in more ways than one. The team has big plans in free agency, but a lot of the recent Lakers rumors have involved the San Antonio Spurs and Kawhi Leonard . Read More »

Nigeria 0-0 Iceland

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But Iceland's most technically gifted player, Gylfi Sigurdsson , sailed his shot comfortably over the crossbar, knocking the air out of Iceland's chances and out of the NY fan pub, where Iceland supporters buried their heads in their hands. Read More »

Body found in freezer at Atlanta Braves’ ballpark hours before game

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The cause of death will have to be determined by the medical examiner's office. An email response from a Braves spokesperson referred the MDJ to Cobb Police. The contractor's body was found when his coworkers began setting up for Tuesday night's game against the Cincinnati Reds. According to WSB, the Braves are working with Cobb County to investigate the situation. Read More »

76ers' Simmons wins Rookie of the Year

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But with the addition of the highly touted Ayton - whose game is being compared already to superstar Anthony Davis - there is high hope in Arizona they can start the rebuilding process in 2018-19. Just how much remains to be seen, but according to FiveThirtyEight's CARMELO NBA Player Projection , Simmons is projected to be worth more than $400 million over the next seven years. Read More »

Lakers script for Paul George recruitment video leaks

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Of course, George grew up in Palmdale, Calif. and played his college ball at Fresno State. George wrapped up one season with the Oklahoma City Thunder after spending the first seven years of his career with the Indiana Pacers. As one clever Twitter user pointed out, the real winners are the businesses below the billboards. George is a Los Angeles County native. The first part of the series will follow George's rise to National Basketball Association stardom. Read More »

Thailand officials hopeful 12 boys missing in cave are alive

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Thai rescue personnel carry oxygen tanks inside Tham Luang cave to conduct operations to find the missing members of the children's football team along with their coach at the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Chiang Rai. Attached are 10 photos from inside the cave of boys in soccer uniforms smiling and posing for photos, lit by the beam of a flashlight. Namhom Boonpiam, whose 13-year-old son Mongkol is among the missing, said she had been waiting at the entrance since Saturday night. Read More »

Kyle Larson claims the pole at his home track in Sonoma

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It's Larson's second pole this year, and the sixth of his career. We've been really fast - we've got those two wins. "I've been working hard to get better each and every year". TRUEX'S TURN?: Defending Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr . starts on the front row. Chase Elliott qualified in third, and Larson teammate Jamie McMurray was fourth. Read More »

Hamilton fastest in French Grand Prix practice

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Le Castellet's Paul Ricard circuit last hosted a Formula One race in 1990, before 10 of the current 22 drivers were born, and has been reconfigured from the one fondly remembered by older generations. "I don't think we maximised the potential of the auto in qualifying today". Hamilton was fastest in both sessions on Friday. Kevin Magnussen (Haas), Bottas, Carlos Sainz ( Renault ), Nico Hulkenberg (Renault) and Charles Leclerc (Sauber) finished out the points. Read More »

LeBron James Wins Play of the Year at 2018 NBA Awards

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The Rockets had the NBA's best record last season at 65-17, and they pushed the eventual National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors to Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals. "Winston Churchill said success is measured by failure, failure, and then come back with enthusiasm, and that's what I've done". Right now, it does appear that the Lakers and Cavaliers are the most likely teams to land James for the 2018-19 season and beyond, but things can change in a heartbeat. Read More »

Feline fortune-teller Achilles tips Nigeria to beat Argentina

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Following an opening draw with Iceland and a 3-0 defeat to Croatia, the pressure on Messi and Argentina was clear, but he said the players still believed they would prevail. Argentina have never previously gone through a first round World Cup group stage without at least one victory before. A perfectly weighted diagonal ball over the top by Ever Banega was sublimely brought down on the outside of his thigh by Messi who then drove past Nigeria's teenage keeper Francis Uzoho to open the scoring. Read More »

French Grand Prix is back on track

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The race will be on the longer 5.8km layout that was last used in 1985. While I was racing, F1 went to Magny-Cours for several years, and I won the French Grand Prix , so I have always enjoyed the atmosphere. The four-time champion led from the start of the race, capitalizing on a collision between his teammate Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel that ultimately saw his Ferrari rival finish fifth and concede a 14-point lead at the top of the standings after eight races. Read More »

Joel Embiid graces the cover of NBA Live 19

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The selection marks the first ever for a Sixer in the game's history, debuting in 1994. This past season, his second in the league , Embiid averaged 22.9 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 3.2 assists, while shooting 48.3 percent from the floor and playing in 63 games. Read More »

Kvitova beats Rybarikova to retain Birmingham title

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She saved a match point to extend the duel but Petra completed her win with a hold at love in game eight to wrap up the flawless tournament and show her greatness on grass once again before the third Grand Slam of the season. She's in good form as we see. I remember our last meeting was in New Haven in a final as well. Grass is her best surface, as illustrated by her run to the Wimbledon semifinals a year ago, so expect her to put up a good fight against her more fancied opponent. Read More »

Roberto Osuna receives 75-game suspension from Major League Baseball over assault charge

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His suspension is retroactive to May 8, and he has agreed to not appeal it. The Blue Jays also released a statement, saying the supported Manfred's decision and will offer no further comment as the case remains a legal matter. John Gibbons the Toronto manager said he did not have a reaction other than accepting what the league does and live and trust with that while letting it take its course. Read More »

Denmark vs France: Pogba, Lloris rested as Deschamps rotates for Denmark game

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Denmark , who are two points behind France in second, need a draw to confirm the place in the next round. Andreas Christensen played a whole range of positions as youth player at Chelsea (full-back, center-back, central midfield, holding midfield) and against France , Denmark coach Age Hareide used him as a sort of sweeper in front of the defence, deputized with picking up Griezmann when he dropped deep for the ball. Read More »

World of Outlaws star Jason Johnson dies at 41 after wreck

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World of Outlaws star Jason Johnson died overnight on Sunday due to injuries sustained in a crash at Beaver Dam Speedway in Wisconsin. Dale Earnhardt Jr. "My heart goes out to Jason, his family, his friends, his competitors and his fans". Before joining the tour full time, Johnson raced with the Outlaws occasionally, making his first start in 1998 and collecting his first victory in 2003, according to his biography on the series' website. Read More »

Germany Coach Low: How We Planned Comeback Win Vs Sweden

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If Mexico and South Korea both win, Mexico would win the group and every other team would be tied with three points. It puts Germany level with Sweden on points and goal difference, and now they must at least match their rivals' result against Mexico to have a chance of making the knockout rounds. Read More »

Kroos scores late to give Germany 2-1 win over Sweden

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The opening penalty was just one of 14 spot-kicks awarded in the tournament so far - more than in the entire 2014 World Cup - with many pointing to the newly-introduced VAR as the reason for the spike in penalties. A victory would end a World Cup drought that dates to 1978, when Tunisia became the first African team to win on soccer's biggest stage. Belgium cruised to a 5-2 victory over Tunisia in Saturday's early match with a pair of doubles from Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku to put the ... Read More »

Ahmed Musa Brace Seals Vital Win For Nigeria

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Nigeria will join Croatia in the last 16 if they beat Argentina , and would also do so with a draw unless Iceland beat Croatia , in which case once more it will come down to goal difference and other tie-breakers. The Super Eagles are the only one of the three teams with their fate in their own hands. "Fantastic, fantastic, it was a good match, we are very grateful to have won it, it is very good for Nigeria , we are all happy! said a Nigerian fan". Read More »

Tim Cahill still helping Australia, even if he's 'frustrated' - Mark Milligan

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A spot in the Australia attack opened when forward Andrew Nabbout dislocated his shoulder in the 1-1 draw against Denmark, and Cahill is a contender to fill it along with Tomi Juric and Jamie Maclaren. The narrow loss to France last Saturday became the third most watched Socceroos game at a World Cup , with an audience of 2.132 million, and Thursday night's draw with Denmark was close behind with an average audience of 2.064 million. Read More »

Croatia Beat Iceland To Secure First Place In Group D

However, Croatia snatched the win in the 90th minute as Badelj turned provider to pick out Ivan Perisic , who slotted home to seal three points and top spot in Group D. "The players showed what they're all about, we had chance to progress till the dying minutes". Croatians broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute after a good start to the second half thanks to a strike from Milan Badelj , who had struck the woodwork moments earlier. Read More »

Mohamed Salah scores but Egypt beaten in final World Cup game

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Just minutes later, however, a second penalty was given to Saudi Arabia , and this time converted by Salman Al Faraj . Aside from his delayed tournament debut, Salah's interaction with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov - the team's World Cup base was in Grozny - attracted significant negative publicity. Read More »

Odds and Updated Predictions for Tuesday's Group Matches

Australia need France to beat Denmark , however Behich said all the focus was on Peru . "We need the other result to go in our favour, so it's the main point and talking factor". After hitting a road block in a 2-0 loss to Peru in Sochi, Australia depart after the group stage for the third consecutive tournament. "We had total control of the Denmark game and that's what makes it hard to take in". Read More »

Kangaroo disrupts soccer match in Australia

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World Cup fever is taking over, and Australia's capital is no exception after a rogue kangaroo invaded a football match in the Australian Capital Territory. The woman's premier league soccer match was stopped for nearly 20 minutes as the kangaroo jumped fences, sprinted the length of the pitch and laid down in the penalty box. Read More »