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Raheem Sterling thanks England fans after reaching ‘dream’ World Cup semi-final

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Having failed to score in an England shirt for almost three years, Sterling has been strongly criticised by supporters and some pundits, with the BBC's fan-driven player-rater tool repeatedly giving him the lowest mark on the team. Raheem Sterling has been given a hard time by sections of the British media, but Eric Dier says he has been "incredible". "I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is fast and unsafe alongside Harry Kane", said Dalic ahead of Wednesday's ... Read More »

Harry Kane's Norfolk uncle proudly watches the England captain in action

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Pogba and France will advance to the World Cup Final on Sunday, where it'll take on the victor of Croatia vs. England - who face off on Wednesday - for a chance to bring home its second World Cup championship. More than 95% of the money has come in for over 2.5 in the total goals market, including one bet of $6,000 at $2.15. It won't just be football fans in Paris and London hoping for France and England wins this week, with a number of Kiwi punters eagerly awaiting the outcome ... Read More »

Irish Open co-leader Ryan Fox moves closer to British Open berth

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I've been driving the ball really well and made a couple of bogeys from bad tee shots but given myself a lot of chances from good tee shots. Obviously I would love to get a win. South African golfer Erik van Rooyen left behind his overnight co-leaders to grab a commanding four-shot lead going into the final day of the Irish Open on Saturday. Read More »

Cristiano Ronaldo quits Real Madrid, signs for Juventus

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Cristiano Ronaldo spent the past nine seasons with Real Madrid where he won two La Liga and four Champions League titles. "I came to win titles, the first goal is the championship, but then the Champions League is here". But he has also publicly expressed his discontentment about being jeered at times by some Madrid fans at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. He is now set to be unveiled as the Italian club's record signing, eclipsing the £75.3m they paid for Gonzalo Higuain. Read More »

Vrsaljko hoping to be fit for World Cup semi-final

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England did not have an overly hard route to the semi-final but they have overcome every obstacle they faced with some solid performances. If there is no victor after 120 minutes the tie is decided on penalties. France will play either England or Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday afternoon after beating Belgium 1-0 in their semi-final. Read More »

Sagan wins Stage 2 in Tour de France | Sports General

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The Solvakian's Bora Hansgrohe team finished in seventh spot, 50 seconds down on the stage winners, but he will wear the green jersey on stage four. And though Sky missed out on victory - and a chance to put Geraint Thomas in the yellow jersey - Froome was able to eradicate the deficit to numerous other contenders. Read More »

Mahrez completes long-awaited Manchester City move

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And a leaked photo online suggested the deal was completed hours before City made it official. "Watching them from afar has been a pleasure. Pep is committed to playing attacking football, which is a flawless for me, and City's performances last season were outstanding", he said on the club's official website. Read More »

‘Thank you my 'Cousin' Umtiti!’ - Kenya reacts as France sends Belgium out

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Another alternative to watch the Belgium vs France World Cup game online without cable is via Hulu Live TV with complete World Cup coverage . I was there at the Under-20 World Cup in Holland in 2005 and I can tell you a 17-year-old Messi was a more all-rounded player than Mbappe is now - already then he had a great intelligence and understanding of the game and could make the difference on his own or in a team setting. Read More »

Chelsea Superstar Admits Playing For Real Madrid Is His Dream

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Barcelona have been linked with swoops for both, while Real Madrid are known admirers of Hazard . According to the same story, Real Madrid are determined to land their man this summer and Perez has already chose to give the number seven shirt to the Belgium worldwide. Read More »

Belgian sights set firmly on World Cup glory

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Harlington Shereni, who spent more than a decade plying his trade in the French topflight league, is among those that will be routing behind les bleus. "It is more than a match", Aujourd'hui en France newspaper said on a full front-page spread that featured the two countries' most beloved comic characters - Tintin for Belgium and Asterix for France. Read More »

How Juventus Could Line Up With Cristiano Ronaldo

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New Juventus signing Emre Can was asked about the possibility of playing with the five time World Player of the Year during his presentation to the Turin club on Monday. Ronaldo, 33, joined Real from Manchester United in 2009 for a then-world record fee of £80million. However, I believe the time has come to embark on a new stage in my life and for this reason I have I asked the club to allow me to leave . Read More »

Motorcycle rider William Dunlop killed in accident at Skerries 100

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He said: This is a awful tragedy and my thoughts and prayers are with the Dunlop family at this hard time. Medics pictured at the Skerries 100 on Saturday. The practice session was immediately halted, with medics and gardai quickly attending. He and his partner Janine had one child and were expecting the birth of their second. Read More »

England nowhere near their potential, says manager Gareth Southgate

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And now even retailers Sports Direct are getting involved in the football spirit. 18 of the 20 World Cups of all-time have gone to nations that aren't these four - have we ever seen such an open contest? To serenade the team in Japan and South Korea, England had comedy duo Ant & Dec, who got to number three in the United Kingdom chart with We're on the Ball. Read More »

Gianluigi Buffon: 'Champions League is not an obsession'

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Buffon's contract has the option for a second season, but the veteran is not ready to think about when he might retire. Today, I arrive in Paris with the enthusiasm of a child. "I have followed PSG the most for the past few years now. I think that the team has the character of the coach". Buffon played alongside former PSG man Blaise Matuidi with Juventus last season and the former Azzurri star admitted that the France global encouraged him to move to Parc des Princes. Read More »

France and Belgium battle for place in World Cup final

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Chelsea's poster boy has taken on the mantle of the captain in fine fashion by being simply unplayable at times and will be The Red Devils' danger man on Tuesday. Consistently performing during this World Cup, his commanding performance against Uruguay dictated the midfield in a powerful and composed showing. Speaking in the build-up to the match, De Bruyne made a very surprising revelation about 19-year-old France and Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe . Read More »

Torres follows Iniesta to Japan

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Sagan Tosu has been in Japan's top flight J.League since 2012. Torres scored 10 goals in his final season at Atletico, including netting twice against Eibar in his final ever La Liga appearance . Torres, who posed for a photo at the event holding a Sagan Tosu shirt alongside club chairman Minoru Takehara, will join the club on an 18-month contract, with an option to extend the deal until 2020. Read More »

England defeats Sweden 2-0 to move into World Cup semi-finals

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It was England's most convincing performance of the group stage when it came to shape and possession, with the team also taking its chances, shooting on frame twice and scoring both of them. That means Manchester City forward Sterling will operate off central striker and team captain Kane - who will be eager to add to his Golden Boot-leading six goals so far . Read More »

Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid and joins Juventus in £88m deal

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His annual pay will be around £30 million-a-season in Turin as he plans to win the Champions League with a third club. Individually, 4 Ballons d'Or, 2 The Best and 3 Golden Shoes. Los Blancos have been in the news lately due to a lot of transfer activity, especially related to Cristiano Ronaldo , who appears set to leave the Bernabeu after spending nine seasons at the club. Read More »

Fabregas, Morata report for Chelsea FC pre-season training

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While a number of his players have been away on worldwide duty at the World Cup , those who have not been to Russian Federation have returned to Chelsea's Cobham training ground to start getting into shape once again. In the tiring ongoing pursuit of Napoli playmaker Jorginho by Premier League champions Manchester City that still threatens to dominate the transfer window, yet another set-back has occurred. Read More »

Rockets determined to sign Carmelo Anthony

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With 11 players on the roster, the Rockets' payroll stands at $118.5 million, approximately $5.2 million shy of the luxury tax. The Heat have been linked to Anthony while the Lakers are reportedly one of his preferred destinations . Acquiring Anthony on a veteran's minimum contract is still a possibility, but one that will prove all that much more hard if they also plan to bring him off the bench - as two concessions are much more than he'd be willing to make. Read More »

Eric Bailly wants 'urgent' talks with Jose Mourinho

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They have put a deal in place with the player, the player wants to (join) and Juventus are holding out for up to 60million euros (£53m). The 23-year-old is one of the most promising defenders in the world and has accomplished himself as one of the regulars in the Milan outfit. Read More »

PSG ready to make staggering offer for Coutinho

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But this has not prevented PSG from launching a surprise move via his representatives in a bid to link up Neymar with his global teammate. That form carried on to the global stage, and Coutinho looked like one of the best players at the 2018 FIFA World Cup prior to their 2-1 quarter-final defeat to Belgium on Friday. Read More »

Chelsea reach agreement to sign Higuain from Juventus

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Sarri has a history with Higuain as he managed him during the 2015-16 season. Roman Abramovich ought to get this manager mess sorted or Chelsea risk being unprepared for the season ahead. Meanwhile, the Times report that Conte has sent a rather blunt email to the Chelsea players regarding our pre-season campaigns. Higuain has been at Juventus since the summer of 2018 after joining the club in a record transfer from Serie A side Napoli. Read More »

National tensions simmer ahead of Belgium-France World Cup semi-final

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Belgium has the edge as it has won 30 of the 73 matches between the two sides, compared with 24 for France . However, France have prevailed on each of the three occasions the pair have met at major tournament finals, with the last time being at the group stage of the European Championships in 1984 when Les Bleus ran out 5-0 winners on their way to claiming the title. Read More »

Dele Alli reveals Welbeck shirt snub, his superstitions and odd-sized feet

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There is an amusing tale about the day he was part of the MK Dons team that beat Manchester United 4-0 in August 2014 in the League Cup. "They were very aggressive and every time I got the ball people would be kicking and swearing". "I think it's good the players understand it's a big moment for the country". "He'll always be one of the best strikers for me", Kramaric told journalists. Read More »

Roger Federer not concerned about start of World Cup game

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England face Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals on Wednesday in Russian Federation (19:00 kick-off), with the victor playing France or Belgium on Sunday (16:00). With England still in contention to reach the final in Moscow, it has been suggested the football tournament could prove a significant distraction as fans at Wimbledon try to keep up with events in the Russian capital. Read More »

Kieran Trippier pays tribute to England fans

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We have never been favourites for a World Cup . Vrsaljko will now sit out of the semifinal against England on Wednesday, according to Marca , which will be a huge blow for Croatia following his solid defensive displays in the right back slot over the course of the tournament. Read More »

Justin Timberlake Raises 'Its Coming Home!' Slogan Ahead Of England's Semi-Final

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While Croatian players, who have been asked constantly about the generation of 1998 and never fail to express their admiration for the likes of Zvonimir Boban and Davor Suker, those comparisons are a weight they feel is unneeded. England have scored eight out of their 11 goals so far from set pieces including penalties. While England enjoyed a relatively stress-free 2-0 win over Sweden in the last eight, Croatia had to come through a gruelling extra time against hosts Russian Federation ... Read More »

India can build on T20 success, Pandya says

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The 3rd T20I of India tour of England , 2018 is scheduled today. India and England will now play a 3-match ODI series beginning at Nottingham on Thursday. England will feel they missed their opportunity with the bat after Roy and Jos Buttler got off to a blistering start by adding 94 inside eight overs. Read More »

Lakers announce 'historic' signing of LeBron James

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This marks the first time James will play for a team in the hotly contested Western Conference, which includes heavyweight teams such as the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets. But they didn't even get a meeting with star scorer Paul George before the Southern California native re-signed with Oklahoma City, and their efforts to acquire disgruntled two-way superstar Kawhi Leonard from San Antonio haven't borne fruit so far. Read More »

Wilshere leaves Arsenal for London rival West Ham

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The summer injury to Hammers playmaker Manuel Lanzini is a major blow to the east London club, with the Argentina global set to be out until the new year. West Ham had hoped to sign Anderson for around £35 million but have had to increase their offer. Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported Jack Wilshere has confirmed he will quit Arsenal once his current contract with the club expires at the end of this month. Read More »

Ronaldo Jerseys Go On Sale Outside Juventus' Stadium In Turin

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Hazard's fit in the capital likely wouldn't be a doubt, although one has to wonder whether he would be a good replacement stylistically for Ronaldo. Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported Eden Hazard said he was waiting on the quality of players Chelsea would in the summer . Read More »

Croatia ends Russia's run, advances to semifinals

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Goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli set up a last-four clash against Croatia in Moscow. "We want to showcase the passion for football in Qatar and highlight football's unique ability to unite people of all cultures and backgrounds". "We took a hard route and we were unlucky, particularly in previous tournaments, especially the Euros". Croatia's long periods of possession were largely unproductive, the final pass was invariably missing and they were surprised by Russia's aggressive approach. Read More »

Belgium: "Henry Will Sing French Anthem But He Wants Us To Win"

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Maybe Belgium will have a trick up their sleeves against their European rivals? Belgium are in uncharted territory for their World Cup semi-final with France , but believe their team spirit and togetherness can ensure they carry on their extraordinary journey in Russian Federation, manager Roberto Martinez has said. Read More »

Toto Wolff wants Lewis Hamilton beyond 2020

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Unfortunate though the start was for Hamilton , he showed his mettle and proved just how much he wants this fifth crown. Reading a text message sent to him by Vowles after the race, Wolff said: "There were a number of unfair comments against you (Wolff) after Austria". Read More »

Federer, Nadal close in on dream Wimbledon final

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Next up for Nadal is either Juan Martin del Potro , the fifth seeded Argentine, or unseeded Gilles Simon of France. Nadal, a two-time Wimbledon champion, reached his first Wimbledon quarterfinals since 2011, when he was runner-up to Novak Djokovic in 2011. Read More »

Final, Zimbabwe Twenty20 Tri-Series at Harare, Jul 8 2018

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Zimbabwe were 82-1 in the 12th over when Shadab removed Hamilton Masakadza , playing his first global for two years, but Mire continued to motor, taking his tally of maximums to six before he pulled Talat to Shadab at deep midwicket in the penultimate over to miss out a on a hundred. Read More »

Tour de France 2018 - Wiggins: 'Dignified' Froome still favourite after salbutamol case

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BORA-hansgrohe finished their run last with Peter Sagan surrendering the leader's jersey to van Avermaet, swapping yellow his his ultimate target of green. The 35.5km teams trial held in and around Cholet was a key test for the general classification favourites. We'll take it day by day. Two-time runner-up Nairo Quintana is 1:31 back after he lost time following the puncture of both his tires near the end of Stage 1. Read More »

England fan instantly regrets jumping onto bus stop roof during celebrations

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Meanwhile, a woman pictured jumping on a dented London Ambulance as jeering crowds look on has been identified by police . They wrote: "We're delighted with the result, but this has put a big dampener on the celebrations for us: while our officer attended a call nearby, this vehicle was damaged in Borough High Street during the celebrations after the game, it's now off the road to be repaired". Read More »

Eden Hazard predicted Belgium vs England World Cup final before the tournament

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One of the stars of that match - and of just about every Belgium match - was Chelsea attacking midfielder Eden Hazard , and it turns out that not only is he one of the world's best footballers, he's also a clairvoyant. The two have struck up an extremely close relationship in the past two years, and one that is proving fruitful on the pitch. He also urged both teams and nationals of both countries, to show understanding for Henry's precarious situation, adding that doing so will make ... Read More »

Croatian President celebrates in front of Russian PM, video goes viral

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The Russians as hosts did not need to qualify for the World Cup and their ranking of 70 in the world was the lowest among all teams in Russia , even lower than global football minnows Saudi Arabia. A number of other Croatia players were receiving massages and stretching of their legs before extra time and before the shootout. The players and fans sang the national anthem together before the team left the Fan Fest venue to chants of " Thank you ". Read More »

Vettel wins British GP, extend title lead

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But the headlines belong to Vettel, who suffered a neck injury during practice on Saturday and was forced to wear supportive tape during the race, but came through for his fourth win of the season. Vettel's best chance came on Lap 47 when he was able to gain six-tenths through the first sector before popping DRS open on the Wellington Straight. Read More »

Thai cave rescue sees four more boys freed

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Twelve young boys and their soccer coach were trapped in a cave in northern Thailand by floodwaters more than two weeks ago. The rescued boys were being treated by medics at the field hospital, and were later airlifted to a larger nearby hospital. Read More »

Klopp impressed with Karius on Liverpool return

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After a fourth-placed finish and defeat in the Champions League final, the ex-Reds captain has seen enough progress, combined with their early transfer activity, to suggest they can challenge champions Manchester City over a whole season. Read More »