• Southgate forced England to face up to Iceland debacle
Southgate forced England to face up to Iceland debacle

Shilton, who won 125 caps for his country, was the goalkeeper for England last World Cup semi-final appearance when West Germany beat Bobby Robson's side on penalties. Asked at his eve-of-match press call if he had been inundated by requests for tickets to England's biggest match in a generation, Southgate revealed he had only invited his lov...

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  • Chelsea and Maurizio Sarri contract complicated, Antonio Conte could remain with club
Chelsea and Maurizio Sarri contract complicated, Antonio Conte could remain with club

Sarri has been lined up to replace him for weeks and now de Laurentiis has revealed the deal is close. Conte took the Blues training on Thursday morning, but his exit is now imminent and Chelsea's players had the afternoon off. Despite winning the Premier League in his debut season and the FA Cup in the last campaign, Conte has never been popul...

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  • Wimbledon 2018: Roger Federer bagels and beats Adrian Mannarino
Wimbledon 2018: Roger Federer bagels and beats Adrian Mannarino

But he persevered through dark times and is rewarded with his second successive Slam quarter-final - the first time he has done that since reaching the last eight at the Australian Open and Roland Garros in 2012. Germany's Julia Goerges apologised after beating close friend Kiki Bertens to progress to the first semi-final of her career at Wimb...

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  • Bottas: Vettel overtake was a
Bottas: Vettel overtake was a "matter of time"

A five-second penalty [for Vettel in France] and a 10-second penalty doesn't feel. He is now tied with Alain Prost for third place on the all-time Formula 1 wins list. "The reason Lewis didn't talk to me in the Parc Ferme is because he wanted time to go and calm down", Brundle explained to Sky Sports. Vettel finally pounced to take the lead on ...

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  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic loses England-Sweden bet to David Beckham
Zlatan Ibrahimovic loses England-Sweden bet to David Beckham

We were faced with a good team , England were the best team today. Defender Harry Maguire gave his squad a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute and England never looked back. The second goal scored by Dele Alli sealed it for England , it was another header, this time from the Tottenham Hotspur attacking midfielder. The Americans seem to be...

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  • Fernando Hierro steps down from Spain role
Fernando Hierro steps down from Spain role

Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is set to be named as the new manager of the Spain national team, according to widespread reports in the country. Enrique will also be taking over a team shorn of captain Andres Iniesta, who has retired from global football. The Spanish FA hope to see this, too, and while the 48-year-old won't give one-to...

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  • England’s Fabian Delph ready to miss a game to be at birth
England’s Fabian Delph ready to miss a game to be at birth

Southgate usually only tells his players who is starting on the day of the game, but explained to the press that in this case he was making an exception given the importance of the occasion, reported Xinhua news agency. England midfielder Fabian Delph has no qualms over putting his World Cup dreams on ice if his wife goes into labour with the ...

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  • Fernandinho receives death threats & racist abuse in wake of Brazil exit
Fernandinho receives death threats & racist abuse in wake of Brazil exit

Had the right-back been aged 31 and playing in his fourth World Cup like the careworn Lionel Messi , instead of 22 and playing in his first, perhaps Pavard wouldn't have dared to attempt the sliced, long-distance strike. "Hazard is a player with great talent, with much pace and big quality", he said . Roberto Martinez says that Arsenal legend...

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  • Forget the pressure, it's all about pleasure, say Russian Federation before Croatia clash
Forget the pressure, it's all about pleasure, say Russian Federation before Croatia clash

On the other side of the field, England has struggled to create from open play since their second group stage game against Panama, and has conceded one goal in each of its five matches. Andersson's men are aiming to reach the last four for the first time since 1994 when they finished third in the United States. England's victory against Colom...

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  • England’s Stones happy to send ‘dirtiest team’ Colombia home from World Cup
England’s Stones happy to send ‘dirtiest team’ Colombia home from World Cup

Maradona, who is understood to receive $10,000 U.S. dollars a game from FIFA as part of its "Legends" ambassador programme, also said that FIFA's referees committee chairman Pierluigi Collina should "apologise to the Colombian people" because Geiger "knows a lot about baseball but has no idea about football".

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  • Wimbledon -- Men's third-round matches
Wimbledon -- Men's third-round matches

Serena Williams and seventh-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova both won on Friday to avoid this year's surprising cull of favourites. Pella, a clay-court specialist who until Thursday had never reached the third round of a Grand Slam and until this week had yet to win a match here, claimed the biggest scalp of the day as the 28 year-old overturned...

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  • Man Utd boss Mourinho unimpressed by 'diver' Maguire in England triumph
Man Utd boss Mourinho unimpressed by 'diver' Maguire in England triumph

The Reds will be wary about the " World Cup curse", however, as it was not long ago where they signed Serbian winger Milan Jovanovic after his impressive tournament outing, only for the move to dramatically not work out for either party. Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn wants the whole United Kingdom to get a day off if England win the World Cup in Russ...

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  • 'Beautiful' Willian wins praise from Brazil coaches
'Beautiful' Willian wins praise from Brazil coaches

Neymar now has two goals and an assist from his four outings in Russian Federation. Fresh among tiring legs, Firmino was able to evade the defense to get in the right place to score the second goal. Thiago Silva is preparing to face a "very strong" Belgium in the quarter-finals and knows Brazil can not become complacent amid their status as ...

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  • India make two changes for England tour
India make two changes for England tour

While England's one-day global team are imperious, the T20 worldwide side is still in the midst of experimentation, as the two World Twenty20s of 2020 and 2021 hovers into view. England's winning white-ball run came to a juddering halt at Old Trafford as India , led by century-maker KL Rahul , stormed into a 1-0 lead at the start of the T2...

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  • De Gea speaks up on World Cup exit
De Gea speaks up on World Cup exit

Andres Iniesta has confirmed his worldwide retirement by saying "now is the time to step aside" after Spain were knocked out of the World Cup . The important thing that we find the way to success, it's not easy. Writing on his personal Instagram , Ramos said: "With Real Madrid it was a season with lows, that is certainly true, but also one g...

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  • Federer opens Wimbledon defence in style
Federer opens Wimbledon defence in style

Tennis legend Roger Federer has signed a deal with Japanese clothing company Uniqlo after ending his decades-long partnership with Nike . The 36-year-old left-handed Spaniard had equalled Roger Federer's mark at Roland Garros this year.

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  • England end their penalty curse, beat Colombia in petulant game
England end their penalty curse, beat Colombia in petulant game

Sweden will play Switzerland in St. Petersburg earlier the same day. On top of that, England was knocked out of the 1996 European Championship semifinals and the quarterfinals in 2004 and 2012 on penalties. Colombia's Yerry Mina scored a dramatic equaliser against England in injury-time just as it seemed the South Americans were heading out of...

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  • LeBron agrees to four-year deal with Lakers
LeBron agrees to four-year deal with Lakers

But NBA insiders say the Cavaliers are still in with a shot of keeping James. Had James opted in on Friday, the Cavaliers' brass would have considered that a bad sign, as they believed that his biggest motivation to do so would be in order to accommodate a trade to another team that didn't have the cap space to sign him outright, such as the Ho...

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  • We have connected with our fans again: England coach
We have connected with our fans again: England coach

He and the players have been working hard ever since on reconnecting both on and off the pitch, but he knows the process will only be completed if they can win in Moscow and reach the last eight, the generally accepted minimum requirement at this tournament.

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  • Brilliant Cavani brace fires Uruguay into last eight
Brilliant Cavani brace fires Uruguay into last eight

But there was no late video review to benefit Portugal as Ronaldo's fourth World Cup came to an uneventful end. Argentina's hopes of going one step better than a narrow defeat to Germany in the 2014 final were ended by a 4-3 loss to Les Bleus, with Ronaldo quickly following Messi out of the tournament.

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  • Belgium players raring to go after England rest - Martinez
Belgium players raring to go after England rest - Martinez

On the other hand, it was fair-play points which took Japan to the knockout stage. Kick-off is 7pm Nigerian time. And Vertonghen's strike was definitely that, a looping header from nearly outside the box, and intentional or not, Belgium were level in the 69th minute.

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  • DeAndre Jordan opts out of deal with Clippers
DeAndre Jordan opts out of deal with Clippers

The mechanism is different, but Jordan's goals are accomplished: he gets his money and his contract year, he gets to try again in the supposedly free agent-friendly summer of 2019, and he gets the flawless team to amplify his skills and raise his value.

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  • Lakers Roster & Starting Lineup If LeBron James Goes to L.A.
Lakers Roster & Starting Lineup If LeBron James Goes to L.A.

They are effectively out of the LeBron James Sweepstakes, though they are expected to keep free-agent-to-be Chris Paul . The Lakers are also looking at trading for Kawhi Leonard , which could sway James. It is also not yet known whether James will meet with the Cavaliers later down the line. James opted out of his player option, effectively...

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  • Paul George 'commits' to Thunder despite Lakers free agency interest - National Basketball Association insider
Paul George 'commits' to Thunder despite Lakers free agency interest - National Basketball Association insider

The Thunder weren't done early Sunday morning, as they also re-signed forward Jerami Grant to a three-year, $27 million deal, according to ESPN . It was thought for a long time that George and fellow free agent star LeBron James could head to the Lakers together.

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  • Ronaldo and Messi out
Ronaldo and Messi out

So, another eventful day out at the World Cup for the two-time victor, though this time there were no stories of paramedic interventions and hospital visits, followed by a statement to confirm his good health. Had Argentina and Portugal both won their ties against France and Uruguay, respectively, they would have set up a quarter-final meet...

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  • Low: We ‘deserved’ to go out
Low: We ‘deserved’ to go out

The Germans went home after losing to a South Korea side that had already lost to Sweden and Mexico . South Korea countered by playing Son into a breakaway with an empty net, and the Tottenham star finished the game-and Germany's stay in Russia-with another goal.

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  • Joachim Low criticizes Ozil after Germany exit
Joachim Low criticizes Ozil after Germany exit

Only six countries have won the Soccer World Cup in the last 50 years, but a thrilling group stage in Russian Federation has increased the possibility of a fresh name at least making it to the final. The England manager's first reaction was to express his considerable surprise and if, deep down, there was a measure of excitement about the Worl...

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  • Portugal boss Fernando Santos says if Cristiano Ronaldo plays alone we lose
Portugal boss Fernando Santos says if Cristiano Ronaldo plays alone we lose

One of Uruguay's biggest concerns will be that of Ronaldo, who has four goals in the tournament so far, and could have had another had he not missed a second-half penalty against Iran. Oscar Tabarez is the longest-serving global manager. "Sometimes it is inevitable because when one midfielder or striker goes towards the goal to shoot, you have to...

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  • Gareth Southgate admits knives will be out if England lose to Colombia
Gareth Southgate admits knives will be out if England lose to Colombia

Gaeth Southgate made no true attempt to beat Belgium and top their group, meaning they find themselves in the easier side of the draw. By making wholesale changes, including dropping the tournament's top goalscorer Harry Kane to the bench, Southgate has invited pressure on himself and his young squad for the first time during his reign.

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  • Germany join list of defending champions dumped out in group stage
Germany join list of defending champions dumped out in group stage

With its top player out injured and two losses already at the World Cup , South Korea has plenty of work to do to progress to the knockout round. This kind of blind rage fueled by your team having an bad match four years ago is what the World Cup is really all about.

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  • Argentina’s Messi is different from Barca’s Messi, says Umtiti
Argentina’s Messi is different from Barca’s Messi, says Umtiti

It's a fearless call from a man who hasn't set the world alight since taking the Argentina job, but we'll have to wait and see whether it pays off at 3pm tomorrow. On both cases, Argentina reached the Finals. The last time these two sides met was in 2009 in an worldwide friendly which Messi and co had won 2-0.

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  • Hamilton wins French Grand Prix, takes championship lead
Hamilton wins French Grand Prix, takes championship lead

It's such a handsome place. The pole, in a time of one minute 30.029 seconds, was his third of the year and pushed his Formula One record to 75. The Mercedes team's form reflected their determination to bounce back after a disappointing showing in Canada, two weeks ago, where Vettel's 50th career win put him back on top.

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  • Why England should lose to Belgium and land dream World Cup draw
Why England should lose to Belgium and land dream World Cup draw

That would mean we top the group and then we can move forward. The last time England and Belgium met at a World Cup , David Platt volleyed a famous extra-time victor to send Bobby Robson's side into the quarter-finals if Italia 90. When the England squad got out of bed today they had no idea if they will be playing Japan, Senegal or Colombia...

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  • Kawhi Leonard Trade Would ‘Clinch’ LeBron James To Lakers
Kawhi Leonard Trade Would ‘Clinch’ LeBron James To Lakers

The thinking in Los Angeles is if the Lakers can acquire Leonard, it increases their chances at luring James and/or George as well. But LA reportedly re-engaged the Spurs on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski , and that a deal for Leonard would "clinch" James coming to LA.

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  • Serbia to face the might of Brazil in Group E match
Serbia to face the might of Brazil in Group E match

When Neymar decides to play, Brazil plays well and that was the story at the Spartak stadium . "I never like to speak about myself, it is not something that goes through my head", he told reporters at Brazil's base camp last week. Against Serbia he was Brazil's creative fulcrum, setting up the first goal with a sublime long ball for P...

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  • Nigerian celebrities storm Russian Federation for Nigeria vs Argentina game
Nigerian celebrities storm Russian Federation for Nigeria vs Argentina game

The game tomorrow is a big one and we will come all out to confront Argentines. Also, Oritsefemi, who was in Volgograd for the victorious match against Iceland, wrote about the Nigeria vs Argentina game @oritsefemi, "Goodluck to our super eagles in St.

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  • Lyon Want Nabil Fekir Contract Extension Amid Liverpool Transfer Rumours
Lyon Want Nabil Fekir Contract Extension Amid Liverpool Transfer Rumours

Whether Aulas is serious with his comments or merely attempting to drive up the price should Lyon once more consider selling later this summer remains to be seen. I have always listened as a priority, the players are my sons. "He is an exceptional player, he keeps the ball in little space and has an incredible talent.

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  • Mexico hold off South Korea to pile pressure on Germany
Mexico hold off South Korea to pile pressure on Germany

Mexico is now 2-0 in the tournament and in strong position to advance to the elimination round, while South Korea is 0-2 and has nearly no chance of advancing. Mexico had another four fast breaks against South Korea on Saturday and again, one led to a goal when Javier Hernandez doubled their lead. Mexico has reached the round of 16 in s...

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  • Lionel Messi's Argentina have shot at World Cup redemption
Lionel Messi's Argentina have shot at World Cup redemption

Zabaleta, who won the 2005 Under-20 World Cup and the 2008 Olympics alongside Messi, wrote in his column for the BBC: "The happiest I saw Messi when I played alongside him for Argentina was in 2012 - he scored a hat trick against Brazil in NY and played the whole game with freedom and a smile on his face".

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  • Egypt and Saudi level at halftime after Salah strike, penalty
Egypt and Saudi level at halftime after Salah strike, penalty

With the final kick of the game, Saudi Arabia snatched the winning goal, with Salem firing a low effort past El-Hadary from six-yards out. In a post-match interview, Salah, who scored Egypt's only two goals at the World Cup , thanked fans who traveled for the team and supported them in their three matches.

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  • Travis Scott Performs Medley Of Hits At NBA Awards Show
Travis Scott Performs Medley Of Hits At NBA Awards Show

The Rockets had another victor in Daryl Morey, who was honored as Executive of the Year. Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons was named the NBA's Rookie of the Year after the former No. Houston Rockets star James Harden has been named MVP at the NBA Awards . Under Morey's direction, the Rockets acquired All-Star guard Chris Paul f...

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  • Colombia win 3-0 to knock Poland out of World Cup
Colombia win 3-0 to knock Poland out of World Cup

Falcao missed the tournament in Brazil with a knee injury and had to wait until arriving in Russian Federation to score his first World Cup goal. The respite was brief and on the next Colombia attack Juan Quintero found Rodriguez lurking inside the box and the midfielder chipped a delightful cross into the danger area for Mina to head the ball ...

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  • England dare to dream after record win
England dare to dream after record win

England recorded their biggest ever World Cup finals win by thrashing an ill-disciplined Panama 6-1 on Sunday to breeze through to the knockout stage after two games. Austria scored five against Switzerland in 1954, as did Poland against Haiti in 1974, while the only other occasion was when Germany scored five against Brazil in the 201...

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  • Marin Cilic beats Novak Djokovic to claim Queen's Club title
Marin Cilic beats Novak Djokovic to claim Queen's Club title

Djokovic also spurred a match point in the second set but there was little he could have done as Cilic defended it with an ace. "I've played some good tennis, have played some tough opponents", he said. "And obviously trying to get as many free points on my own serve [as I can]", Djokovic said. The Croatian snatched at the opportunity as he won...

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  • Saudi Arabia recovered pride despite defeat to Uruguay: Pizzi
Saudi Arabia recovered pride despite defeat to Uruguay: Pizzi

The Saudis gave Carlos Alberto Parreira the chop after a 4-0 loss to hosts France in the group stages in 1998 - even though four years earlier he had won the World Cup with his native Brazil. "We'll see who we get now (in the next round)". Saudi Arabia had a far better performance than the one in 5-0 loss to the hosts but a poor mistake from re...

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  • Captain Kane delivers for England on big stage
Captain Kane delivers for England on big stage

The English skipper has had a wondrous run in the world cup and after scoring a brace for the Three Lions in their opener earlier this week, he has registered another record under his name. Panama's equal-sized army of red-shirted fans danced and cheered on the "Canaleros" (Canalmen) to the end. "Now he is playing for England in a World Cup "...

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  • Nigeria beat Iceland to stay alive in the tournament
Nigeria beat Iceland to stay alive in the tournament

Nigeria sealed the first victory of their 2018 World Cup campaign when they beat Iceland 2-0 at the Volgograd Arena on Friday. Iceland got a lifeline in the 82nd minute with a VAR-awarded penalty but dead-ball specialist Gylfi Sigurdsson blazed over the bar.

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  • Dele Alli to return to England training ahead of Panama game
Dele Alli to return to England training ahead of Panama game

Hodsgon has given Loftus-Cheek an extraordinary compliment, claiming that he's a more complete player than Michael Ballack. The Manchester United forward came on as a second half substitute during England's opening World Cup game against Tunisia on Monday, and caused a number of problems for the African side.

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  • Switzerland stuns Serbia with game winning goal in the 90th minute
Switzerland stuns Serbia with game winning goal in the 90th minute

A deflected shot from Shaqiri fell beautifully for Granit Xhaka to run onto the loose ball and rifle the shot past Stojkovic to even the scores. Switzerland held Brazil to a 1-1 draw in their opening match, while Serbia beat Costa Rica 1-0 to top the group after one round.

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  • Chelsea Reportedly Target Dries Mertens Amid Maurizio Sarri Rumours
Chelsea Reportedly Target Dries Mertens Amid Maurizio Sarri Rumours

The former banker worked with Higuain at Napoli and is keen to get his hands on him again once he takes charge of Chelsea this summer. "It's disappointing that he leaves like this". When a coach like this comes he needs time. So I think they have given him time because he will change the football of Chelsea , I think. The last two seasons have...

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