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Philippe Coutinho's thunderbolt gave Brazil the lead against Switzerland on Sunday evening in Rostov-on-Don, only to be pegged back by a controversial header by Steven Zuber, who had shoved Miranda out of the way before powering home . "My expectation of course was to get a victory and so, of course, I'm not happy with the result". Switzerland were unable to really threaten the opposing goal and were more conspicuous with their tough challenges on the Brazilian playmakers with Neymar ...
  • England seek World Cup exorcism

    England seek World Cup exorcism

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    Panama will not be using Iceland's shock draw against Argentina as motivation after boss Hernan Dario Gomez insisted Belgium are superior to Lionel Messi's men ahead of their World Cup debut. The match is at 6 p.m. (11 a.m. EDT; 1500 GMT) at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi. The Swedes come to Russian Federation at the dawning of the "post-Zlatan" era, after their talismanic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic retired from internationals after the last Euros.
  • Belgium 0-0 Panama

    Belgium 0-0 Panama

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    If Panama held out for the whole of the first half, their resistence didn't last long after the break as Belgium finally found the back of the net two minutes after the restart. Players are coming out to the field. Their voices rose with every Panama attack and the singing and dancing nearly never stopped. Panama caused a sensation by qualifying for Russian Federation from the CONCACAF zone at the expense of the United States, but they have been handed just about the toughest start ...
  • Nikola Kalinic: Croatia send striker home after back injury claim

    Nikola Kalinic: Croatia send striker home after back injury claim

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    Speaking post-match, Dalic had told reporters that the team had finished the game without injuries, but "with a problem" . Kalinic who apparently has been having grudges with the technical crew, started on the bench for the fourth successive worldwide matches but was asked to enter the fray by boss Zlatko Dalic in the closing stages of the Group D clash in Kaliningrad, an instruction which he flatly refused to obey.
  • Eddie Jones insists England can turn things around after losing run

    Eddie Jones insists England can turn things around after losing run

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    England started with intent, aiming to spread the ball wide to feed the pace on the wings, which proved successful instantly. As England's indiscipline once again let them down, flyhalf Handre Pollard kicked two penalties - the second of them from nearly 60 meters - to give South Africa a 13-12 lead at halftime.
  • South Korea counters Sweden's 'spying' tactics by swapping shirts in training

    South Korea counters Sweden's 'spying' tactics by swapping shirts in training

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    In a back-and-forth match that saw South Korea look like the stronger team early and at the very end, Sweden managed to control the majority of the middle of the match. Follow the blog to get all the latest updates from Sweden's Group F Opener! South Korea are now winless in their last six World Cup matches, having failed to pick up a victory since 2010.
  • Koepka survives Fleetwood challenge, wins 2nd straight US Open

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    His victory Sunday might not have been possible if not for grinding out a 72 on Saturday in conditions so severe the last 45 players to tee off in the third round didn't break par . Fleetwood's closing 63 at Shinnecock Hills afforded him second place to Brooks Koepka . "We play golf together a lot actually", Mr. Ursprung said.
  • Century club beckons for Federer after Stuttgart title

    Century club beckons for Federer after Stuttgart title

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    He will begin a record-extending 310th week at the top on Monday, his third stint at No.1 this year as he and his old Spanish rival Nadal vie for supremacy. I've done that part well. "I am so happy to have won", said Federer. "It's a great comeback for me", said Federer, who was playing his first tournament after an 11-week break, having sidestepped the entire claycourt season.
  • Southgate: England must embrace pressure of expectation

    Southgate: England must embrace pressure of expectation

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    Much has been made of how this squad is one of the most relatable for generations. And he revealed his players were energised after gathering to watch the spectacular 3-3 draw between Spain and Portugal that has been the early highlight of this World Cup .
  • Jack Wilshere to West Ham or will he stay?

    Jack Wilshere to West Ham or will he stay?

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    Willian has scored 44 goals in 236 appearances for Chelsea since joining the club back in 2013 but the 29-year-old is being heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford ahead of the 2018/19 campaign. He said: "Of course (Fred can make an impact), no doubt about that". Wilshere, devastated after being left out of England's 2018 World Cup squad, wants regular first-team football to get his career back on track.
  • Jose Mourinho says Paul Pogba should be stripped of World Cup goal

    Jose Mourinho says Paul Pogba should be stripped of World Cup goal

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    Minutes later, they drew level through a penalty of their own - Samuel Umtiti with a weird handball gifting Aston Villa's Mile Jedinak the chance to level things up. "I knew I had clipped the ball and I thought that was going to be enough but obviously it wasn't". Kylian Mbappe sparkled early on, racing beyond the Australia backline to test goalkeeper Mat Ryan after 93 seconds.
  • World Cup dream becomes reality for Iceland's Johann Berg Gudmundsson

    World Cup dream becomes reality for Iceland's Johann Berg Gudmundsson

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    Messi's miss Saturday was his fourth missed penalty in his last seven attempts for Argentina and Barcelona. "The penalty was painful, I feel responsible". Messi had a penalty saved in that draw and Dalic wants suggestions from Rakitic on how best to frustrate his Barcelona teammate. Around the turn of the century, when Iceland was a punching bag in European football and their aspiring young players mostly had to settle for gravel fields, Johann Berg Gudmundsson was a fully fledged ...
  • Leishman blasts US Open organisers after collapse

    Leishman blasts US Open organisers after collapse

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    But they had not reckoned on Brooks Koepka , the remarkable 28-year-old American who became just the third player since the war - following Ben Hogan and Curtis Strange - to defend his title. Failure to water the course to account for warm winds that were forecast well in advance resulted in dried-out greens, and ludicrously high scores on Saturday such as a 77 from co-leader Dustin Johnson .
  • Conor McGregor had his day (90 seconds) in court

    Conor McGregor had his day (90 seconds) in court

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    The hearing lasted a total of 45 seconds and McGregor said he regretted his actions. McGregor was released on $50,000 bail following his arrest over the frenzied attack on a bus of rival fighters that injured two athletes. I only know that McGregor is going to court. Cowley, 25, was also charged with assault and criminal mischief. Back in April, the Irish UFC champ and his entourage gatecrashed the UFC 223 media day in Brooklyn, New York , as they were allegedly looking for UFC ...
  • Brooks Koepka's Girlfriend: Joe Buck Called Jena Sims the Wrong Name

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    How did we end up here, with Koepka becoming the first player to win consecutive U.S. Opens since Curtis Strange did it in 1988 and 1989? Fleetwood contended previous year at Erin Hills only to fall behind Koepka. They each tried to rally - Finau made four birdies in a seven-hole stretch in the middle of his round, while Berger opened his back nine with a birdie at 10 - but they could not make the long road back from 11 down.
  • Mexican football fans mock Trump at World Cup in Moscow

    Mexican football fans mock Trump at World Cup in Moscow

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    Both literally and figuratively. Hirving Lozano scored the only goal of the match as El Tri secured victory. I think fans in Mexico City were excited. Philippe Coutinho, who was making his World Cup debut, gave Brazil the lead in the 20th minute with a volley that bounced in off the right post. Germany had breezed through qualifying, scoring 43 goals and conceding just four and, astonishingly, they average nearly four goals a game in their opening World Cup matches since last ...
  • Mexico Beats Germany 1-0 In World Cup, Avenges News Outlet’s Insult

    Mexico Beats Germany 1-0 In World Cup, Avenges News Outlet’s Insult

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    Germany may have started the game as clear favourites but it was Mexico that were pilling on the pressure at the start of the first half. El Tri has made it out of the group stages in the last seven consecutive World Cup finals and again will be quietly confident of doing the same again, especially after taking on South Korea and Sweden after the challenge of Germany .
  • Mexico quakes with joy over World Cup upset win

    Mexico quakes with joy over World Cup upset win

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    Both literally and figuratively. "Our cover was often not good and we were left many times with just Jerome (Boateng) and myself in the back", said centre back Hummels, one of several Germans who will not want to watch a replay of Hirving Lozano's 36th-minute goal.
  • Frustrated Mickelson swats moving ball with putter at Open

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    Other players, however, were more measured and accepted the challenge for what it was. He was immediately issued with a two shot penalty for his actions and he's surely longing for the clubhouse now. Hard to hit a moving golf ball if it sinks in the cup. "Phil didn't purposefully deflect or stop the ball", USGA official John Bodenhamer explained, adding that the determination was unanimous.
  • Mexico's stunning World Cup goal triggers seismic activity

    Mexico's stunning World Cup goal triggers seismic activity

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    The goal decided the match - a match Germany didn't expect to lose. "In the second half we pressed more but Mexico dropped back", he added. Brazil took the lead in the first half thanks to a long-range curling effort by Barcelona striker Philippe Coutinho in the 20th minute.
  • Mickelson Steps Out of Character at U.S. Open

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    Those were, supposedly, the best golfers in the field through two rounds. Two guys who began the day 11 shots behind Johnson. "It's meant to take advantage of the rules as best as you can", he said. Open. Heading into Sunday, 30 players are within seven shots of the lead, and some are names that might sound a bit familiar. As he struggled, England's Justin Rose and Sweden's Henrik Stenson tussled for the lead.
  • Fernando Alonso to make Le Mans debut from pole position

    Fernando Alonso to make Le Mans debut from pole position

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    Also of note was that with 10 minutes remaining in the session, the stewards deleted laps 4-5-6-8-9-12-13 from the No. 8, for "exceeding the fuel limit per lap", though it didn't affect the best time from the vehicle. The auto will start the race from seventh place. The #5 vehicle was beaten by four LMP2 entries despite having been ahead before its best time was deleted for a scrutineering issue.
  • Alonso's Toyota wins 24 Hours of Le Mans

    Alonso's Toyota wins 24 Hours of Le Mans

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    With a one-two finish they became only the second Japanese vehicle company, after Mazda in 1991, to win the world's greatest endurance race. Victory was theirs to lose - but Toyota have been burnt before, losing victory on the final lap two years ago.
  • Technology saved France against Australia

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    Unfortunately for Australia , this game wasn't played in 2010. "When I received the knock I believed there was a penalty", Griezmann said. Infantino said VAR had been shown to reduce the number of refereeing mistakes in matches where it has been used and would help football become "a fairer and more transparent sport".
  • Former Ducks player Fotu Leiato killed in rollover crash

    Former Ducks player Fotu Leiato killed in rollover crash

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    ET Friday. The crash happened around 2:30 a.m. near Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard and Kinsrow Avenue. About four hours after the accident, according to police, a woman walking near the area of the crash "spotted a hand and brush over a person down a gravel path".
  • Why LeBron James should sign with the Los Angeles Lakers

    Why LeBron James should sign with the Los Angeles Lakers

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    Now, following a disappointing defeat against the Golden State Warriors in this year's NBA Championship series, many are looking towards his next move as he may very well move into free agency again, possibly prompting a third installment of The Decision.
  • Roger Federer defeats Milos Raonic to lift maiden Stuttgart Open title

    Roger Federer defeats Milos Raonic to lift maiden Stuttgart Open title

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    Federer delivered a short backhand past Kyrgios on his first match point to clinch the victory, which will move him back to No. 1 when the new world rankings are released Monday. He was able to break the Frenchman, and then quickly consolidate to go out to an early advantage in the first set. Frenchman Pouille, 24, kept Raonic at bay on serve, including an enthralling 12-minute trade-off at 3-3, until the pair entered an inevitable second set tie-break.
  • France star Kante thankful for technology after win over Socceroos

    France star Kante thankful for technology after win over Socceroos

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    France's Antoine Griezmann , who scored the first World Cup penalty awarded through the VAR system in the 2-1 win over Australia , said Saturday it was "a good job" the technology was in place. Griezmann, expected to make a huge impact on Russian Federation 2018 after topping the Euro 2016 scorers with six goals, was left frustrated by a solid Socceroos defensive display in a tight first half.
  • Mathews, Gamage out of Sri Lanka's West Indies tour

    Mathews, Gamage out of Sri Lanka's West Indies tour

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    Gamage's departure could mean an global debut for fast bowler Asitha Fernando while depending on the nature of the surface, Sri Lanka could also be tempted to try Akila Dananjaya. Mathews has had very bad luck during tours over the past two years, missing more Tests than he has played - though that was mostly due to injury. Roshen Silva failed again, lasting only 23 balls for his six before edging Gabriel to third slip where Holder took his third catch of the match.
  • Sri Lanka fury as ball-tamper row threatens second Test

    Sri Lanka fury as ball-tamper row threatens second Test

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    Rain ruined much of the second day's play of the second Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka in St Lucia, with only 42.3 overs bowled. Sri Lanka had delayed taking the field on day three of the Test over the tampering claims laid against them by match officials.
  • Watch Phil Mickelson Intentionally Hit Moving Ball At U.S. Open

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    And despite the carnage seen up to that point in the tournament, no one - not even Scott Gregory, who shot 92 on Thursday - had carded worse than a 9 on any one of Shinnecock's holes. The rule says very simply, "A player must not make a stroke at his ball while it is moving". 'It was going to go down in the same spot behind the bunker.
  • Phil Mickelson Not Feeling Career Grand Slam Pressure At Shinnecock

    Phil Mickelson Not Feeling Career Grand Slam Pressure At Shinnecock

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    Actually, it seems like he doesn't even care that much about winning tournaments, but that's also why he does win so much. Westwood went into the back nine leading Woods by a stroke and Mediate by two, but three bogeys between Nos. If Mickelson could secure a victory at Shinniecock Hills this week, he would become just the sixth golfer in history to win all four majors in a career.
  • Ever missed a penalty? Don't worry, Messi does too

    Ever missed a penalty? Don't worry, Messi does too

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    Despite possessing attacking talents such as Angel Di Maria, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala, the South Americans struggled in qualifying without him - but the hope was that they would have rectified that mistake by now. "We have things to improve, we're going to beat Croatia". Ronaldo criticized Iceland the same way after Portugal's 1-1 draw in Iceland's Euro 2016 debut.
  • Catch us if you can: Nadal keeps old guard in control

    Catch us if you can: Nadal keeps old guard in control

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    In the fourth game Friday, del Potro clutched at his left hip after being wrong-footed by one shot from Nadal and was visited by a doctor at the next changeover. The Austrian followed that point up with three consecutive errors, and the first set went to the Spaniard. "Dominic is a good friend, but I played my best match today, in the final".
  • Video Assistant Referee system used for first time in World Cup history

    Video Assistant Referee system used for first time in World Cup history

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    Australia . France will on Thursday take on Peru in their next game in Group C while Australia will face Denmark. France coach Didier Deschamps said: "I'm not going to complain about VAR today because it was in our favour". Samuel Umtiti was involved in one of the most weird moments at the World Cup so far in France's match against Australia. Marcel Desailly has said that the likes of Anthony Martial and Alexandre Lacazette were left out of the France squad because they are ...
  • Iran bans public screening of World Cup matches for families

    Iran bans public screening of World Cup matches for families

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    Over the course of the game, both teams had numerous chances to score, but sloppy finishing coupled with last-ditch defending meant the scoreline was deadlocked until the very end of the match. With Spain and Portugal the other teams in Group B, Friday's (Saturday NZT) match in St Petersburg was regarded as a must-win game for the two outsiders.
  • US Open Golf 2018 Leaderboard

    US Open Golf 2018 Leaderboard

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    In ideal scoring conditions in the afternoon, no one could catch him. Shinnecock can punish anyone in a NY minute. Johnson , who moved back to world number one following a commanding six-stroke triumph at the St Jude Classic last Sunday, carded a solid 1-under 69 on day at Shinnecock Hills to join compatriots Scott Piercy , Russell Henley and Ian Poulter at the top of the leaderboard after 18 holes.
  • Konta beats Watson to reach Nottingham quarters

    Konta beats Watson to reach Nottingham quarters

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    Veteran Stosur - the 2011 US Open champion - counts grass as her least favourite surface but success for Boulter represents her first major scalp in the professional ranks. "It's really exciting. It's a huge step for me", Boulter said. Konta said on Eurosport: "One hundred per cent it was not easy and conditions made it that much harder".
  • Phil Mickelson loses the plot at US Open after putt goes wrong

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    His score at 13 was first posted as an eight, then a nine and finally a 10 that left him 10-over for his round and 16-over for the tournament. That is a two-stroke penalty that is given after he finishes the hole. Phil Mickelson took one of the more freaky penalties you will ever see at a major golf championship when he intentionally putted a ball that was still rolling.