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A point would be enough if Iceland do not beat Croatia . Argentina need to win against Nigeria on Tuesday and hope that Iceland do not beat Croatia , who have already qualified. Both the sides need a win on Monday to enter the Round of 16 and a loss for any of them could make life hard. England and Belgium are locked together at the top of the group, both guaranteed to progress.
  • Iran coach slams VAR as Ronaldo escapes red card

    Iran coach slams VAR as Ronaldo escapes red card

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    He suggested that for VAR to work properly, coaches and fans should be able to hear the communication between the referee and the video assistants, as in rugby, addressing his idea to Gianni Infantino, the Federation Internationale de Football Association president.
  • Argentina have last shot at World Cup salvation

    Argentina have last shot at World Cup salvation

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    Will Argentina get the result they need on Tuesday night? With a lot of expectations riding on Lionel Messi , he has not yet got a single goal in the ongoing FIFA World Cup after two games. "We don't have any alternative and I am sure this is how it will go". Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and 2010 winners Spain progressed from Group B in dramatic fashion on Monday, joining host nation Russian Federation and Uruguay in the next stage but technology grabbed centre stage.
  • LeBron James Rumors: Cavaliers Star In Contact With Potential Future Teammates

    LeBron James Rumors: Cavaliers Star In Contact With Potential Future Teammates

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    As free agency quickly approaches, LeBron James will need to make a major decision prior to July 1 that will likely dictate his future with the Cleveland Cavaliers. In fact, James might not even speak with top team officials before making a decision on his destination for next season. That means no pitch meetings from teams and less fanfare around the process.
  • Iran vs Portugal: 5 things to look forward to

    Iran vs Portugal: 5 things to look forward to

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    But he continued to play with local clubs, and he made his professional debut with Naft Tehran as a 19-year-old. It looked as though Portugal would win the game 1-0, but a farcical late penalty was given against the Southampton man for handball following a VAR review and allowed Iran to equalise in the final moments.
  • Final Group A games (World Cup 2018)

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    Akinfeev did then come out to block a Rodrigo Bentancur chance, with Roman Zobnin just scrambling the rebound clear of Edinson Cavani, before Igor Smolnikov picked up a second yellow card and was sent off 35 minutes into his World Cup debut.
  • Nuggets set to offer Nikola Jokic largest contract in franchise history

    Nuggets set to offer Nikola Jokic largest contract in franchise history

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    Of course, as with any young max deal, the clock is now ticking on the Nuggets to make their situation one that Jokic will want to stay in for a long time. Both sides are intent on working together toward the new deal, which should be completed as soon as July 1, league sources said. He made $1.47 million last season.
  • NBA Awards: Kyle Kuzma Loses Best Style Award To Russell Westbrook

    NBA Awards: Kyle Kuzma Loses Best Style Award To Russell Westbrook

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    In the midst of putting together a fantastic rookie campaign, Mitchell frequently took jabs at Simmons being included in the Rookie of the Year race considering the Philadelphia 76era guard was not a part of the 2017 draft class. He combined in the backcourt with offseason addition Chris Paul to lead the Rockets to a 65-17 record, the best mark in the National Basketball Association.
  • 'Furious And Upset' Maradona Calls For Meeting With Argentina Players

    'Furious And Upset' Maradona Calls For Meeting With Argentina Players

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    Musa will hope to lead the Eagles to victory when they face Argentina at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in their final Group D 2018 World Cup clash on Tuesday night. Maradona added on the World Cup they took part in together (he was coach in 2010): "Messi was exceptional under me at that tournament". He missed a penalty among 11 unsuccessful shots on goal in a 1-1 draw with Iceland before failing to make any meaningful impact in an error-strewn Argentine display against Croatia .
  • England march into last 16 after thrashing Panama 6-1

    England march into last 16 after thrashing Panama 6-1

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    Flying under the radar in the World Cup , England were overlooked as many were considering Spain, Portugal, France, Argentina and Germany as the favourites to win the competition. Kieran Trippier, again impressing at right-back, clipped a lovely ball to Lingard who was bundled to the deck by Fidel Escobar. Paul Gratton, 54, originally from Stoke but living in Brisbane, Australia, said: "It was fantastic, England played really well".
  • Federer again pushed hard, advances to Halle semis

    Federer again pushed hard, advances to Halle semis

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    Bautista, the fourth seed, was leading 3-2 in the first set after 23 minutes of competition when he made a decision to withdraw after consulting the tournament physiotherapist, reports Efe. Failure by Federer to win the grasscourt title would send rival Rafael Nadal back to the top spot going into Wimbledon which starts on July 2. The 36-year-old is seeking to defend his title, which would mark his 10th career crown in Halle.
  • Luis Suarez blasts free-kick to fire Uruguay in front against Russian Federation

    Luis Suarez blasts free-kick to fire Uruguay in front against Russian Federation

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    Russia's vastly superior goal difference (8-1 compared to Uruguay's 2-0) means the hosts only need to draw today to top the group. Russia's hopes of launching a fightback were effectively dashed before half-time when full-back Igor Smolnikov was sent off for a second bookable offence and, although they were much improved after the restart, Edinson Cavani struck again at the death as Uruguay coasted to a 3-0 win to complete a maximum haul of nine points without conceding a single ...
  • Sweden's Jimmy Durmaz racially abused via social media after World Cup defeat

    Sweden's Jimmy Durmaz racially abused via social media after World Cup defeat

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    The Swedish tactic of closing down the centre of defence and allowing the Germans space on the wings appeared to be paying off until Kroos' late goal. Holders Germany were on the brink of crashing out of the World Cup following OlaToivolen's first half opener for Sweden. "Against Sweden, it will be very intense", defender Miguel Layun said.
  • F1: McLaren and Renault open to Ricciardo talks

    F1: McLaren and Renault open to Ricciardo talks

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    Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer says that part of his company's long-term commitment to Red Bull - which includes the Valkyrie road auto project and the placing of staff at a new engineering campus in Milton Keynes - is in ensuring there is a viable engine alternative for the F1 team if no other supply is available.
  • The Astros' Alex Bregman shaved his mustache between innings

    The Astros' Alex Bregman shaved his mustache between innings

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    The cameras noticed Bregman stepping up to the plate in the second inning with the 'stache before he was walked with the bases loaded, which scored the team's second run. Houston Astros star Alex Bregman started the game rocking a light brown mustache but by the end of the game, his facial was nowhere to be found. I did like the mustache.
  • Spurs Want to Keep Kawhi Leonard or Trade to East

    Spurs Want to Keep Kawhi Leonard or Trade to East

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    Walker, who averaged 11.5 points in his lone year with the Miami Hurricanes, is the highest draft pick for San Antonio since the team took Tim Duncan No. With the draft over, the attention turns on the San Antonio Spurs and what they will do with Kawhi Leonard this offseason. "Are you kidding me?" If Leonard stays in San Antonio , he will be eligible for a five-year, $219 million supermax extension.
  • Javier Mascherano: Lionel Messi Is Not Happy!

    Javier Mascherano: Lionel Messi Is Not Happy!

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    It's been a hard week for the Argentina team and fans. It meant they arrived in Russian Federation with a 4-0 win against 104th-ranked Haiti in May as their only outing since an ominous 6-1 loss to Spain in March. You can not say that he and Portugal have shown great combinations or tiki-taka football to score great goals. "This match has to be played with the heart".
  • FIFA investigates Shaqiri and Xhaka celebrations

    FIFA investigates Shaqiri and Xhaka celebrations

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    Shaqiri also posted photos of his playing boots with a Kosovo flag on one heel and the Swiss flag on the other heel. Xhaka, Shaqiri and Lichtsteiner would likely have been shown a yellow card at the time for their celebrations. Xhaka's brother plays soccer for Albania's national team. If the football governing body concludes that the duo violated the rule, they could be banned for up to two games.
  • Late goal against Sweden keeps Germany’s hopes alive

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    Nearly instantly, Durmaz's Instagram account began to be flooded with racist comments and threats. "We stand united, we are Sweden". Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira have been axed by Joachim Low for Germany's crucial World Cup showdown with Sweden in Sochi.
  • Chicharito Scores as Mexico Beat South Korea in 2018 World Cup

    Chicharito Scores as Mexico Beat South Korea in 2018 World Cup

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    With a win today against Germany, Sweden will tie Mexico for top spot in Group F , depending on goal differential. Mexico looked the better side and could have scored more than their two goals . The opening penalty was just one of 14 spot-kicks awarded in the tournament so far - more than in the entire 2014 World Cup - with many pointing to the newly-introduced VAR as the reason for the spike in penalties.
  • Serbia question non-use of VAR in loss to Switzerland

    Serbia question non-use of VAR in loss to Switzerland

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    The Switzerland pair are both of ethnic Albanian heritage and celebrated their goals by making a gesture which seemingly symbolised the double-headed eagle on the Albanian flag. "I have no doubt that you can feel patriotic emotions for the land which has taken you in without forgetting your roots", he said. Krstajic harshly criticized German referee Felix Brych after the game, reportedly saying that his team was "robbed" of victory by Brych's decision not to call a penalty.
  • Messi on a mission as Argentina train with renewed hope

    Messi on a mission as Argentina train with renewed hope

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    Croatia qualified from their group with a match to spare thanks to goals from Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic. "Messi is very good but he is very good because he is accompanied by extraordinary players", Simeone said. I see that the team is lost. " What we saw against Croatia is the picture of what has happened over the past four years ", he said. But they are 60 percent, not 90 percent of it, because when the coaches say we've screwed up, it's certainly worse than when the ...
  • Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt - Football Match Preview

    Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt - Football Match Preview

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    The goalkeeper appeared five times in qualifying and, at the age of 45, he will make his finals debut in Volgograd, with Egypt and Saudi Arabia playing just for pride having already been eliminated. They then went down 3-1 to hosts Russian Federation. Neither side have managed to put a single point on the board up to now, and while Saudi Arabia have failed to score a single goal, Egypt's only strike came from a Salah penalty.
  • Hafeez in, Shahzad out of Pakistan squad for Zimbabwe triangular series

    Hafeez in, Shahzad out of Pakistan squad for Zimbabwe triangular series

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    Hafeez, who has been cleared to bowl again in global cricket again, makes a comeback to the team after last playing in January in New Zealand. "Babar Azam was not considered for T20s because he is recovering from injury and as per medical staff, it is hoped that he would be fit for the ODIs [in Zimbabwe]", a PCB press release quoted chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq as saying.
  • Argentina's Javier Mascherano denies rift between players and coach Jorge Sampaoli

    Argentina's Javier Mascherano denies rift between players and coach Jorge Sampaoli

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    Lionel Messi and his fellow players will now pick the team who will face Nigeria in a crunch World Cup D match Tuesday night after coach Jorge Sampaoli was demoted by that countries football authorities, according to media reports. "He's fine", Mascherano said . Daria also said that her team of bakers was constantly in touch with the footballer's representative about handling his sculpture, which they placed on top of the mouth-watering cake.
  • Soccer team trapped in flooded cave complex in Thailand

    Soccer team trapped in flooded cave complex in Thailand

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    A team of Navy divers was dispatched to look for them. Investigators believe the team, which has been missing since Saturday, crawled into the Tham Luang Nang Non Cave through a narrow 15-meter long channel. It said that the mother last spoke to her son when he told her in the afternoon that he was with the group visiting a cave. According to The Nation , workers were blasting sand out of an underwater passageway on another side of the cave in hopes of finding the youngsters.
  • Women's Origin hailed as great leap

    Women's Origin hailed as great leap

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    The 24-year-old shot to fame in the Women's Rugby League after four stellar years in the competition and revered the blossoming Origin tradition. The National Rugby League has thrown its support behind women's State of Origin opponents Karina Brown and Vanessa Foliaki after a social media backlash from a segment of fans angry at a photo of the couple kissing at the close of last night's game in Sydney.
  • Costa Rica disappointed after Brazil defeat

    Costa Rica disappointed after Brazil defeat

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    However, they lacked poise in front of goal and Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas was in fine form. And Coutinho scored in the first minute of stoppage time to give Brazil a 1-0 lead over Costa Rica in this World Cup clash. "I have to take my responsibility, so does everyone else on the team". Ahmed Musa struck twice to become the first Nigerian to score at two World Cups Friday as the Super Eagles secured a crucial 2-0 win over Iceland, who missed a penalty.
  • Argentina stars want Sampaoli gone before Nigeria game, says report

    Argentina stars want Sampaoli gone before Nigeria game, says report

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    The team was an expected to be a strong contender to lift the trophy and Messi was the one of the big seed for the golden boot. Argentina were on the brink of elimination after a humiliating 3-0 loss to Croatia , but Nigeria's 2-0 win over Iceland on Friday offered the two-time world champions a lifeline.
  • Federer loses world No.1 spot after Coric defeat

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    Nadal-who has won 12 straight matches with title wins at the French Open and Rome Masters-was just 150 points behind Federer entering the week in the latest standings and will move into first place Monday. Rafael Nadal regains the mantle despite not playing this week. In this picture, Cilic of Croatia and Djokovic of Serbia shake hands following the final of the Fever-Tree Championships at Queens Club in London on June 24, 2018.
  • Chelsea ace Hazard heaps praise on 2-goal Lukaku after previous rap

    Chelsea ace Hazard heaps praise on 2-goal Lukaku after previous rap

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    Their attacking prowess was always going to be their strength at the tournament and their impressive display in Moscow's Spartak Stadium on Saturday, which took their goal tally to eight - as many as Russian Federation - from two matches, merely confirmed their status as a genuine outside bet for the title.
  • Spain, Portugal target last 16 as Russia ride momentum

    Spain, Portugal target last 16 as Russia ride momentum

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    Hosts Russia and Uruguay are both through but they meet to decide who will be going through as group A victor, not that this is necessarily better than progressing as runner-up. Australia, with three yellow cards, now have the edge on the Danes, who have four. Argentina need to win against Nigeria on Tuesday and hope that Iceland do not beat Croatia, who have already qualified.
  • Paul Pogba reveals issues with Jose Mourinho were nothing

    Paul Pogba reveals issues with Jose Mourinho were nothing

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    His dynamic style and defensive attributes can compared to Manchester City star Fernandinho, who has been one of most consistent midfielders in the Premier League for some time. "We do know that nothing is going to be easy, as you have seen in the World Cup games", he added. "I'm realistic, we don't know if I'll be called up, maybe other players will be better than me".
  • Spieth stumbles, McIlroy in hunt at PGA Travelers

    Spieth stumbles, McIlroy in hunt at PGA Travelers

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    Spieth had six birdies and an eagle out the bunker on par-5 sixth hole - a shot reminiscent of the greenside bunker shot that gave him a victory previous year over Daniel Berger in a playoff. McIlroy hit 17 greens in regulation on Thursday. "Sometimes when you take your focus away from the result and away from what you're actually scoring like and focus just on what you're trying to do within your golf swing, you sort of have days like this", he said.
  • Argentina axe Man City striker Aguero after failed coach coup

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    Lionel Messi is yet to score a goal in this tournament and even missed a penalty against Iceland in Argentina's first game. And perhaps the most striking observation you can make between the two at the World Cup , is their contrasting reactions to their national anthems.
  • Highlights: England v Australia, 5th ODI, 2018

    Highlights: England v Australia, 5th ODI, 2018

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    After his partnership with Adil Rashid, Buttler scrambled the last runs alongside Ball to carry England to victory with nine balls to spare. That Buttler knock, in Paine's words, "stung". However at the heart of Australia's never ending rut has been their inability to put in a collective show. Asked if this summer's series might have been very different against a full-strength Australia line-up, he said: 'No, I don't think so.
  • Defending champ Kvitova back in Birmingham final

    Defending champ Kvitova back in Birmingham final

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    The Czech No. 2 behind Karolina Pliskova is also through to her fifth final of the year, and has now overtaken Simona Halep with the most wins on tour this season, with 36. "Can I win Wimbledon (this year)?" Each time she got to 30-15 in the following game, only to make mistakes, though this was still an impressive display between two players fully comfortable on the surface.
  • World Cup qualifying scenarios for every team before final group games

    World Cup qualifying scenarios for every team before final group games

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    Eligible for the knockout stage are Spain , Portugal and Iran . A very interesting encounter is at hand at the 45,000 -capacity Mordovia Arena with Portugal , joint leaders of Group B with Spain on four points and plus one goal advantage each, sure to face a stern test from the hard fighting Iranians.
  • Sir Mo Farah among stars enjoying Royal Ascot as he…

    Sir Mo Farah among stars enjoying Royal Ascot as he…

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    Not until the blue-blooded filly Alpha Centauri hit the turf with a performance that made her a serious Breeders' Cup contender. She has a high cruising speed and can quicken off of that, as you saw in beating the track record. Alpha Centauri has a lot of pace and is a top-class filly at a mile. William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said they had shortened the odds on blue from 7-2 to 2-1 favourite, adding: "We will be feeling blue if another hat horror occurs today".
  • World of Outlaws driver Jason Johnson dies after crash

    World of Outlaws driver Jason Johnson dies after crash

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    Johnson, who is from Eunice, La., is survived by his wife Bobbi and 5-year-old son, Jaxx. The series posted a message Sunday morning on Twitter saying that Johnson had died. The racing community has seen several drivers die in crashes in recent years. Johnson is the second driver in four years to die from injuries suffered in a sprint vehicle crash at the third-mile clay facility.