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Gareth Southgate: I was lucky to get second chance to manage England

England manager Gareth Southgate did not confirm or deny any team news at his press conference but was full of praise for Kane. Pressed on whether Kane would start against Belgium , Southgate told Talksport: "As a manager you have to think of the whole squad and then your second thought is for individuals and their own situations, and that is a really complex balance in any business where you are managing people". Read More »

Hamilton on French pole, Ricciardo fifth

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Quite how the Dutch 20-year-old deals with a new track remains to be seen as Red Bull try to get the most out of their Renault engine before switching to Honda from next year. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso), Esteban Ocon (Force India) and Vandoorne all spun onto the blue-striped run-off areas at Turn Six but stopped before hitting the barrier. Read More »

Mascherano: Messi is desperate to help Argentina

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The two-time winners have started the tournament poorly and now sit bottom of their group, having picked up just a single point from their opening two games. The victory has now put Nigeria second on the table with three points behind Croatia with six points from two matches, while Argentina and Iceland are having one point each. Read More »

Federer swings magic wand in Halle en route to semifinals

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Federer insists this is to be expected, though, after sitting out the clay-court season and then returning to play two tournaments in two weeks on grass. Federer is back in a familiar spot in Halle, which models its centre court after its namesake at the All England club, as he works to fine-tune with a Wimbledon title defence starting a week from Monday. Read More »

Sebastian Vettel takes the blame for collision after 'too good' start

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I was struggling a bit with the front grip which didn't make it easy, but we still qualified in fourth", said Verstappen. We're all on the edge, we're fighting for world championships, we're not pootling around, we're out there putting our lives on the line, we're out there putting the cars as far beyond the edge as we can in the safest manner. Read More »

Rockets' Harden wins Most Valuable Player Award

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Go chase that dream. "When you get fired, which I did recently, you always doubt yourself a little bit, you think 'Okay, can I do this?" Hosted by Anthony Anderson, the event revealed this year's MVP, Rookie Of the Year, Defensive Player Of The Year, Coach of the Year, and several other accolades (see winners here ICYMI). Read More »

World Cup Fans Clean Up After Themselves

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Japan's second goal was the first they'd ever scored from a corner in 18 World Cup matches . Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez was sent off in the third minute for deliberate handball, the second fastest red card in World Cup history, stunning a stadium packed with yellow-shirted Colombia fans. Read More »

Egypt say Salah to play against Saudis in both sides' final game

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However, right before the end of the first half and after intense referee deliberation, S. Al-Faraj scored in a penalty shot before another and final shot was secured by S. El-Hadary has six years on Mexico's Rafael Marquez, who is making his fifth appearance in the World Cup for Mexico - the third player in the World Cup to ever do so - at 39. Read More »

Tearful Neymar is a joyful boy, says Jesus

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Neymar seemed panicked for most of the second half as his shots sailed over the bar or simply missed the mark, and he complained about almost every call. "Nothing in my life was ever easy and that's not going to change now". Neymar's obsession with social media has undoubtedly opened him up to more criticism - and pressure - than ever but former players acknowledged even the most balanced individual is under massive stress in Russian Federation. Read More »

#WC2018: Hernandez nets as Mexico sees off South Korea

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Defeat for Germany , which lost its opening group game against Mexico , would have led to it failing to make it past the opening round for the first time since 1938. Jimmy Durmaz and his fellow Sweden players took a strong stand against racism after the Swedish FA complained to police about a storm of racial hatred and threats aimed at the winger following his late mistake against Germany on Saturday. Read More »

Argentina players celebrate Messi's 31st birthday

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Defender Brian Idowu, who joined his coach at the news conference, said Nigeria's only choice was to try and bring Messi's World Cup to an end. Mayor of Bornitsy Viktor Nevolin and a boy cut a birthday cake including a statue depicting Lionel Messi during a party organized by the town of Bronnitsy, where the Argentina football team have their base camp, near Moscow, on June 24, 2018, to celebrate the birthday of Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (statue on cake) during the Russian ... Read More »

Full time: South Korea 1 Mexico 2

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The game opened up in the second half. The Swedes defended resolutely in the first half, and were unlucky not to have a penalty as Marcus Berg was brought down in Germany's box by Jerome Boateng, who had a game to forget. Earlier, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Orosio has made only one change to his lineup for the World Cup game against South Korea , keeping faith with players who combined to beat Germany in their Group F opener. Read More »

Two each for Hazard and Lukaku as Belgium thump Tunisia 5-2

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Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne assisted him with his brace and those were his only two shots on target in that match, proving just how clinical he can be. "Ever since we were drawn into this group we knew Belgium were going to be a tough opponent.However, we did our best and we will try to improve our performance in the future". Read More »

Spain and Portugal Should Win Easily Today

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Without a true "Group of Death", seven countries have already booked their spot in the knockout stage at World Cup 2018. Portugal then crashed out in the group stage four years ago in Brazil , but Ronaldo is single-handedly leading their quest in Russian Federation with all four of his team's goals so far. Read More »

Lukaku breaks Belgium record against Tunisia

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Belgium looked impressive in an attacking sense at the Spartak Stadium, with Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku helping themselves to a couple of goals apiece, while substitute Michy Batshuayi also registered late on. Romelu Lukaku , Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens are all doubts for Belgium's final World Cup group game against England next Thursday. Ominously for England , Martinez said there is more to come from a Belgium team growing in confidence, but who are far from the ... Read More »

Fabregas demeans Ronaldo's World Cup performance

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Simeone's sensational tirade, reported to be an audio message sent on mobile platform WhatsApp to Atletico assistant coach and former Argentina goalkeeper German Burgos, emerged hours after Argentina's heaviest defeat in a World Cup group stage since 1958. Read More »

Koepka fends off Fleetwood charge to win U.S. Open

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But, you know, I mean, honestly, to me, that was really the last thing on my mind. "I just keep doing what I'm doing, keep plugging away", said Koepka, who despite his defending champion status was flying under the radar at Shinnecock Hills, where Tiger Woods , Phil Mickelson , world number one Dustin Johnson , and multiple-time Major victor Rory McIlroy were generating pre-tournament buzz. Read More »

Philadelphia 76ers trade 39th pick to the Lakers for future second, cash

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Both are about to become free agents, however, opening the door for Moritz Wagner , whom the franchise took with the No. 25 pick in Thursday's National Basketball Association draft. George isn't the only star who's indicated he wants to be in purple and gold though. "When you build a team, you have to have pillars that you build on", Pelinka said . Read More »

Senegal, Japan fans sweep stadium after victory, win hearts

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In yet another sensational Group H encounter on the Day 6 of the world tournament, Japan secured an easy 2-1 win over the Columbian opponent after the elimination of Columbian star Sanchez in the 3 minute of the game. She has travelled to every World Cup to support Japan since 1998. The ball went in after a deflection off Thiago Cionek in the 37th minute. Similar scenes were witnessed at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, even after they were defeated 2-1 by Didier Drogba's Ivory Coast. Read More »

England training notes 'no advantage' for Panama

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While counterparts had their lenses tracking the players before Sunday's game against Panama , the London Evening Standard newspaper's Jeremy Selywn snapped a piece of paper in the hands of Steve Holland showing players in formation. "We have to have at least one outfield player on the pitch who can kick a ball with his left foot, which will help us be more threatening down that side". Read More »

Better me than the players, says injured England boss Southgate

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Manchester United legend Gary Neville has stated he believes Raheem Sterling should continue to start ahead of Marcus Rashford for England in the World Cup . England are favourites going into the game, but nothing should be ruled out when it comes to this World Cup . England's third group stage match will be against Belgium. Read More »

Brazil vs Costa Rica: Neymar fit for match after injury fears

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In their desperation for a breakthrough in the final stages against the Swiss, Neymar's team-mates consistently looked to their star man to provide the final finish or pass without success. The Canarinho were frustrated in a chippy clash with Switzerland to open their tournament schedule , converting just once on 15 total shots in a 1-1 draw as -220 chalk, but remain -400 favourites on the World Cup championship odds going into Friday's matchup at Saint Petersburg Stadium . Read More »

Poland plot own downfall in Moscow losing to Senegal

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Grzegorz Krychowiak , whose backpass led to Senegal's second goal, headed in a free kick in the 86th minute to end Poland's streak of five straight scoreless World Cup openers. Niang began the move, bustling his way past Lukasz Piszczek on the left before passing to Sadio Mane . Poland captain Robert Lewandowski was Europe's top scorer in qualifying with 16 goals, but when he stepped up to float a 25-yard free-kick over the wall, Khadim N'Diaye acrobatically dived to turn the ... Read More »

Rampant England rout Australia in record-breaking display

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In a series of social media posts, Ganguly wrote, "To see nearly 500 runs scored in 50 overs in England is scaring me, bout the health of the game and where it's going". The record for most boundaries hit in an ODI with 62. It proved to be hugely expensive as Bairstow continued the red-hot form which has seen him score four centuries in his last six innings. Read More »

Napoli defender Koulibaly tells Chelsea: You must give Sarri time

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This shows that Chelsea must start making some moves to show they mean business. However, bringing in a manager can be even more influential than anything to do with players. It sounds like they heard him loud and clear. We've got another Chelsea story from The Mirror and it is that Chelsea also want to sign Miralem Pjanic to strengthen their midfield next season. Read More »

Germany and Brazil Roll Into the World Cup

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Neymar returned and scored in World Cup warm-up friendly wins against Croatia and Austria but Tite admitted it could take up to five games for his star forward to be back to his best. This was a recovery session for the starters. "He complained of pain and so he went to physio and he will train normally tomorrow". One or another player will have a highlight here or there but collective is important. Read More »