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He was convinced to perform a U-turn on his initial decision ahead of Argentina's 2018 World Cup qualification campaign and the South American nation wouldn't have made it to Russian Federation without him. "We discussed looking for the breaks to generate the best physical and mental form for the World Cup, it will be very important and it will be much more genuine for him to handle it than another".
  • US Open Notebook: Fowler bounces back in final round

    US Open Notebook: Fowler bounces back in final round

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    Open, but a behind-the-scenes account suggests the world No. 1 golfer rushed to leave Shinnecock Hills after Sunday's final round. Shinnecock played easier on Sunday morning than in the third round, when the USGA admitted that it lost control of the course when the winds picked up in the afternoon.
  • Spain Face Buoyant Iran

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    The 2010 champions head into the second match at Kazan Arena eager for a win under new coach Fernando Hierro, having been held to a 3-3 draw by Iberian rivals Portugal. The Asians, however, will be no pushovers for the former World and European champions. Heading into the tournament in Russia, Iran had previously only won a single game at a World Cup against the United States in 1998, however after a tight and testing 90 minutes against Morocco, Iran were gifted a late victor thanks to ...
  • England flies: Kane reveals insect infestation after Tunisia victory

    England flies: Kane reveals insect infestation after Tunisia victory

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    Yesterday, England and Tunisia locked horns in their first match in Group G. The Englishmen are ranked 12th in world rankings compared to Tunisia's 21st and were the favorites. We have made an encouraging start, and there were plenty of positives, but I am not going to get carried away. I think it was even more important because of the way we went out of the European Championship two years ago.
  • Future Hall of Famer Dwight Howard keeps getting traded

    Future Hall of Famer Dwight Howard keeps getting traded

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    Of course, the Nets are still set up to be next season, but fortunately for Nets fans, starting in 2019 the team will have all of its first round draft picks again, according to RealGM . This is a reunion of sorts for Mozgov. Mozgov, 31, now has a four-year, $64 million contract, which he signed with the Lakers in 2016. He holds career averages of 17.4 points per game and 12.7 rebounds.
  • Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia - Football Match Report

    Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia - Football Match Report

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    After losing 5-0 to Russian Federation in the opening game of the tournament, that ranking looks justified. Despite the incident, the aircraft was able to land safely and the team are continuing their preparations for their group game against Uruguay on Wednesday.
  • Japan & Senegal sweeping all before them

    Japan & Senegal sweeping all before them

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    They showed up at the World Cup match sporting trash bags. "I tried to man the midfield with players who can take the initiative", said Nishino after the win over Colombia, who had thumped the Japanese 4-1 four years ago in Brazil. The first was an own goal that came off Poland's Thiago Cionek and ricocheted into the goal. "This is my favourite moment of the World Cup so far; Japan fans picking up litter after their victory vs Columbia", one user Tweeted .
  • Mickelson swats moving ball with putter

    Mickelson swats moving ball with putter

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    His playing partner surely did. Regardless of his play, Mickelson said he enjoyed his time at Shinnecock. With the penalty, Mickelson carded a sextuple-bogey 10 on the par-4 hole, pushing him to 10-over for the round and plus-16 for the tournament.
  • England rugby still backing Eddie Jones despite five-Test losing streak

    England rugby still backing Eddie Jones despite five-Test losing streak

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    Jones's side lost the second Test on Saturday against South Africa, a defeat that sealed the series for the Springboks and saw England lose a fifth successive match. Mairs also suggested Jones' job security was now in question, particularly given their fixtures as they fine tune their World Cup preparations. "Ben Youngs coming across as a Class A wanker on sky sports ", one said.
  • Gareth Southgate demands `perfect´ preparation for Panama

    Gareth Southgate demands `perfect´ preparation for Panama

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    England snatched a last minute victor when Harry Kane headed home from a corner. "It does need improving and I think it will improve over time ". I've not seen it back, but on the pitch it looked quite soft. They could not get behind their defence once it sat back. The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system caused chaos again and I question whether it will ever be successful long-term.
  • Arsenal sign Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno

    Arsenal sign Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno

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    Leno made 233 league appearances for Leverkusen after joining from Stuttgart in 2011, and played six times for Germany . New boss Unai Emery has worked quickly to rectify the problems at the back, having already recruited full-back Stephan Lichsteiner from Juventus .
  • Gregg Popovich meets with disgruntled Kawhi Leonard

    Gregg Popovich meets with disgruntled Kawhi Leonard

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    San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich made the trip to San Diego on Tuesday to meet with star forward Kawhi Leonard ahead of Thursday's National Basketball Association draft, according to multiple reports . So far, the Spurs have been largely reluctant to give teams guidance on the players, or packages, that would interest them in trades, sources said.
  • Ronaldo looms for Morocco as Russian Federation basks in glory

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    Morocco and Portugal played each other at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, and the Moroccans won 3-1 to enter the round of 16 while Portugal finished last. Despite lifting the trophy at Euro 2016, Portugal are not widely viewed as among the favourites in Russian Federation but can take a big step towards the last 16 with victory over Morocco in Moscow on Wednesday.
  • Star misses Brazil World Cup training

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    The star forward suffered a problem with his ankle after Brazil opening match against Switzerland . Video at training captured the incident, which appeared to come in a routine exercise with his teammates. For Neymar or any other player for Brazil , the pressure is always there, this is expected. "Today was more of a recovery session and it happened nearly at the end".
  • Callers ask what will happen to Ashwin Willemse after MultiChoice findings

    Callers ask what will happen to Ashwin Willemse after MultiChoice findings

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    Mallett: Willemse talks garbage, we irritate each other! The incident sparked a racial debate in South Africa, with Willemse having suggested at the time that Botha and Mallett were undermining him. Willemse, who chose to not give testimony throughout the probe because he believed it was "not the forum to voice his concerns", has now indicated he will approach the Equality Court to rule on the matter.
  • The incredible reaction in Walkabout Sheffield after England's last-minute victor against Tunisia

    The incredible reaction in Walkabout Sheffield after England's last-minute victor against Tunisia

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    England striker Harry Kane has said Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino texted to congratulate him on the two goals that beat Tunisia on Monday. Tunisia was a tough game for us but we proved to ourselves we can step up in the big moment. Live coverage begins at 12.15pm on BBC One , and as ever the broadcast will be anchored by former England striker and 1986 World Cup Golden Boot victor Gary Lineker.
  • Iran's Rouzbeh Cheshmi ruled out of World Cup by muscle injury

    Iran's Rouzbeh Cheshmi ruled out of World Cup by muscle injury

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    The tweet accompanying the video explained: "all Portuguese players were celebrating with him except one who had to stay inside the pitch as Federation Internationale de Football Association states if all "outfield players" are off the pitch during celebrations, opposing team can kickoff the game".
  • Egypt crash out of W’Cup despite Salah’s return

    Egypt crash out of W’Cup despite Salah’s return

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    Shearer, who was working as a pundit for the BBC's coverage of the game in St Petersburg , said: 'He was really struggling. In the other Group H clash on Tuesday, Senegal recorded the first African win at this World Cup when they beat Poland 2-1, thanks to a deflected Thiago Cionek own goal and a awful error by Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, which resulted in a goal for man-of-the-match Mbaye Niang.
  • Neymar leaves training session limping

    Neymar leaves training session limping

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    Neymar played the full 90 minutes of Brazil's stalemate with Switzerland , however, he lasted just 15 minutes of their training session on Tuesday before leaving alongside a physio. There was one tweet which highlighted Germany's failure in Russian Federation during the 2nd World War while there was enormous outpouring of joy for the Mexican team.
  • €20million separates Alisson from Real Madrid

    €20million separates Alisson from Real Madrid

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    And according to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo , they have moved a step closer to doing that by agreeing personal terms with Alisson . "He is someone they have looked at". Zinedine Zidane was never in favour of such a move, repeatedly declaring that Keylor Navas would remain his starter and that he didn't want to sign a player in that position.
  • FIFA 2018: Russia sour Salah's return to close in on last 16

    FIFA 2018: Russia sour Salah's return to close in on last 16

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    Cheryshev's son, Russian Federation midfielder Denis Cheryshev , scored a brace in the opening match of the tournament on Thursday, when Russian Federation beat Saudi Arabia 5-0, becoming the first player in history to score a goal in the World Cup opening match after coming on from the bench.
  • Australia fall to heaviest defeat after England record 481

    Australia fall to heaviest defeat after England record 481

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    Openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow made an excellent start to England's innings. Hales brought up the record with a massive six off Jhye Richardson to the delight of a sell-out crowd. Finch was bowled on the slog by Rashid, while Stoinis was run out by Bairstow from deep square after Glenn Maxwell called for a risky second as Australia's one-day woes continued - Rashid wrapping up proceedings by having last man Billy Stanlake stumped.
  • Will Mo Salah Play Against Russia Tonight?

    Will Mo Salah Play Against Russia Tonight?

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    It's already a case of do-or-die for Egypt , as they look to secure the result they need to keep their hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the World Cup alive against hosts Russian Federation, who were impressive winners in the opening game.
  • Things We Learned From England's First Game

    Things We Learned From England's First Game

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    The game-winning goal understandably sent England fans into an absolute frenzy. Maguire, who started his career at Sheffield United and had a spell at Hull City, will hope to retain his place in England's second Group G fixture against Panama on Sunday.
  • Johanna Konta snubs umpire as Ashleigh Barty wins Nottingham final

    Johanna Konta snubs umpire as Ashleigh Barty wins Nottingham final

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    Konta has reached this week her first semifinal since Wimbledon a year ago, having not won three matches in a row since then excluding Fed Cup zonal play. "You've always got to work with the circumstances that are thrown at you and I think I managed everything quite well". Like the canny player she is, Barty stepped in to take advantage, breaking to 15 in the next game to lift the title.
  • Salah makes scoring return but can not stop Russian Federation

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    If Egypt lose, it will likely end their competitive involvement in their first World Cup since 1990. Shorn of Salah at his best and facing the hosts, Egypt had an uphill task as it was without gifting Russian Federation the initiative as they did in calamitous fashion at the start of the second-half.
  • Morgan out as Australia bowl against England in 2nd ODI

    Morgan out as Australia bowl against England in 2nd ODI

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    With thoughts turning towards next year's World Cup, Eoin Morgan's last-minute back spasm which ruled him out of the match in Cardiff provided a useful experience for England in a scenario that could play out during the tournament. It was a mature display from Roy, who said he was particularly happy with the way he had paced his innings and changed through the gears. "I wouldn't say being dropped in that Champions Trophy has anything to do with making any hundred feel any better than ...
  • Robert Lewandowski Looks To Give Poland A Winning Start

    Robert Lewandowski Looks To Give Poland A Winning Start

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    But the Poland defender Thiago Cionek, near the penalty spot, lifted his right leg and deflected the ball past a wrong-footed Szczesny. Senegal then extended its lead to 2-0 on a weird goal from M'Baye Niang (60') in which he came onto the field and got behind the defense after he was waved back on by the official.
  • Winning start for Hendo and Trent as England defeat Tunisia

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    England had nearly paid a heavy price for missing a slew of first-half chances when Tunisia's Ferjani Sassi slotted home a softly-awarded penalty 20 minutes before half-time. "It's a massive boost, a massive bonus, we kept going". The team's refusal to be dispirited as the game crept into stoppage time at the end level despite England's dominance earned praise from Gareth Southgate .
  • Salah’s return lifts Egypt against Russia

    Salah’s return lifts Egypt against Russia

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    Egypt forward Mohamed Salah is the name on everyone's lips as Russian Federation attempt to virtually secure their place in the knockout stages of the World Cup in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday night. Salah is set to return from the shoulder injury he suffered in the Champions League final for his nation's must-win game against the tournament hosts in St Petersburg on Tuesday.
  • Belgium's Dries Mertens scores off incredible volley and Twitter loses it

    Belgium's Dries Mertens scores off incredible volley and Twitter loses it

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    Despite being held at the interval Belgium found another gear after the restart, Dries Mertens breaking the deadlock with a wonderful volley before Romelu Lukaku added a quickfire brace to secure a 3-0 success . Lukaku - so quiet in the first half - sprang to life. Eden Hazard , meanwhile, will look to cut in from the left-hand side at will, as he has become famed for at Chelsea, and attack the heart of Panama's defence with his pacey and powerful direct runs through the channels.
  • Sweden bury World Cup opening jinx to beat South Korea

    Sweden bury World Cup opening jinx to beat South Korea

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    Asked about claims that Sweden had spied on his team, Shin Tae-yong was calm, saying: "I don't think that's bad", adding that all teams needed to know about their opponents. The Korean national football team, in white, reacts after losing to Sweden 1-0 in its first 2018 FIFA World Cup match at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Russian Federation on Monday.
  • Poland plot own downfall in Moscow losing to Senegal

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    The ball goes past Poland's goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny after a shot from Senegal's midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye was deflected off Poland's defender Thiago Rangel Cionek for an own goal for Senegal's opening goal during their 2018 World Cup Group H match at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on June 19, 2018.
  • Yuya Osako snatches shock victory for Japan against 10-man Colombia

    Yuya Osako snatches shock victory for Japan against 10-man Colombia

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    The Samurai Blue were in complete control for the next 15 minutes and were almost back in front after Osako got a shot away, which Ospina was equal to on this occasion, as he was when Inui curled one towards the top corner. Also no James Rodrigez for the South American side. Hello! Welcome to the Live Updates for Colombia Vs Japan . We will have all the latest updates and Video highlights from the game so don't go anywhere! With the "Fubo Premier" bundle, you will get access to all four ...
  • Hazard sends message to Real Madrid about leaving Chelsea

    Hazard sends message to Real Madrid about leaving Chelsea

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    The Belgian has been one of the stars of the Premier League for some time now but quotes have emerged in French Newspaper L'Equipe which put his future in some doubt. 'It would be too easy to say: I want to leave because I have done everything. "If I stay then it would be because they are going to improve on last season", he said.
  • How to Watch Colombia vs Japan

    How to Watch Colombia vs Japan

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    Their star-studded team features the likes of James Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado, while Japan still have Shinji Kagawa knocking around. Radamel Falcao, the captain, has the most worldwide goals for the team, followed by James Rodríguez , the vice-captain. Rodriguez didn't have as much success following the World Cup.
  • Brooks Koepka wins U.S. Open for 2nd straight year

    Brooks Koepka wins U.S. Open for 2nd straight year

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    Brooks Koepka became the first man in 29 years to win back-to-back U.S. Open titles Sunday as he shot a 2-under 68 to hold off hard-charging Englishman Tommy Fleetwood by one stroke at Shinnecock Hills . Wind lashed the course on Thursday and Saturday and kept the players on edge. They are close friends off the course , and even worked out together in the morning before their last two rounds.
  • Unai Emery asks Arsenal to sign 29-year-old La Liga star

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    The German global has been one of the most consistent goalkeepers in the Bundesliga in recent years and kept 10 clean sheets in 33 games last season so I think he'll be an excellent addition to the squad. As things stand right now, Arsenal midfield seems pretty packed given that Granit Xhaka had just signed a new long-term contract, while the hierarchy is negotiating with Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere over a new deal.
  • Cavs Have Called Spurs About Possible Kawhi Leonard Trade

    Cavs Have Called Spurs About Possible Kawhi Leonard Trade

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    Money talks, however, in this case, it seems to not matter much to Leonard . San Antonio first, of course, has to try and move Leonard , who still has one year left on his contract. It was Payton who gave the inside scoop on LeBron James' son having committed to play at Sierra Canyon High School alongside Scottie Pippen Jr. and K.J.
  • Russian Federation coach Cherchesov: We know how to stop Salah; Ramos...?

    Russian Federation coach Cherchesov: We know how to stop Salah; Ramos...?

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    Mohamed Salah showed signs of discomfort with his injured left shoulder while taking part in Egypt's final training session before the team's World Cup match against Russian Federation on Tuesday. He is a team player and that at least for me is extremely important now. We are ready to stop Salah and we will do this. "We need to bear in mind that there is not only one player on the pitch".