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Gareth Southgate's side take on Croatia in Moscow tonight in a World Cup semi-final. He said: "This team is nowhere near the level they're going to be capable of, partly because of their age, but also because they'll have more big-match experiences over the next few years with their clubs and with us".
  • Liverpool open talks for Xherdan Shaqiri

    Liverpool open talks for Xherdan Shaqiri

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    Liverpool's summer transfer window is about to get even more interesting now that the World Cup is close to coming to an end. Liverpool are in talks to sign Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke , according to Sky sources. I would love to stay in England but I don't want to rule anything out. Following Stoke's relegation to the Championship , the 26-year-old expressed a desire to remain in the Premier League , recently stating it is "no secret" he will leave the bet365 Stadium.
  • England target World Cup final but Croatia stand in the way

    England target World Cup final but Croatia stand in the way

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    France's main sports paper L'Equipe, on the other hand, changed the cover of Tintin's "Destination Moon" to feature former French World Cup winning captain Didier Deschamps and Olivier Giroud heading for a space-bound rocket guarded by Belgian players, including their goalie Thibaut Courtois , who has earned a name for himself in this edition.
  • Thibaut Courtois hints at return to Spain

    Thibaut Courtois hints at return to Spain

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    Meanwhile, for Chelsea , the hierarchy are aware of the fact that their number 1, Courtois, has set his sights on moving away, with Real Madrid being his preferred destination, hence they are wasting no time in signing Alisson . "My kids are the most important to me". The 26-year-old, who has just entered the final year of his Chelsea contract, has two children in the Spanish capital having spent three years there on loan with Atletico Madrid .
  • Ian Wright has a message for Raheem Sterling following World Cup criticism

    Ian Wright has a message for Raheem Sterling following World Cup criticism

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    Raheem Sterling would be playing for Exeter City instead of England if he didn't have pace, according to Vinnie Jones. There is no doubt that Southgate has been blessed with a plethora of English blood coming through the ranks all across top flight - if Ruben Loftus-Cheek seized his World Cup spot with a wonderful loan spell, the national team captain Harry Kane has had the most profound education - written off by many in his early years, the Tottenham Hotspur forward has been ...
  • Man City medical scheduled for Mahrez

    Man City medical scheduled for Mahrez

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    But a deal has now been agreed - Sky Sports claim - with a medical lined up in the coming days. Manchester City have moved a major step closer to signing Riyad Mahrez from Leicester with talks over a £60million transfer close to completion.
  • South Korean Kim Sei-young wins Thornberry Creek in historic style

    South Korean Kim Sei-young wins Thornberry Creek in historic style

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    Kim won the 2016 Founders Cup at 27 under, while Sorenstam won the 2001 Standard Register Ping at 27 under - that was the tournament during which the Swede shot 59. "It's why I play golf - all the practice days, all the misses, all the bad moments, all are taken care of with putts like that". After the presentation on the 18th green, Kim eventually made her way into the media center for the post-tournament press conference.
  • Rahul moves to career-high third position in T20I rankings

    Rahul moves to career-high third position in T20I rankings

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    India beat England by 2-1 to win the three-match series while Pakistan edged Australia in the final to lift the tri-series title. "After this tour we'll have a really, really close look at everything we're doing at the moment, including our leadership, which is such an incredibly high priority in Australian cricket", Langer said after Sunday's loss to Pakistan .
  • Bale wishes 'top guy' Ronaldo good luck at Juventus

    Bale wishes 'top guy' Ronaldo good luck at Juventus

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    Speaking after his unveiling at Sassuolo on Friday, Boateng stated that the arrival of the five-time UEFA Champions League victor will add much more value to the league. A staggering 85,000 fans packed out the Bernabeu and a further 5,000 watched on a screen outside to see him don Madrid's white shirt for the first time and the Portuguese rarely disappointed on the pitch, scoring at least 40 goals in eight of his nine seasons at the club.
  • Pogba dedicates France win to Thai cave survivors

    Pogba dedicates France win to Thai cave survivors

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    Many Twitter fans echoed Pogba's sentiments and praised the midfielder for taking a moment to think of the rescued boys. To mark the monumental occasion on Wednesday, which is England's first World Cup semi-final since 1990, the iconic Black Prince statue in City Square is now holding an England flag and its very own football.
  • Barcelona eye move for Chelsea star Eden Hazard

    Barcelona eye move for Chelsea star Eden Hazard

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    The signing also strikes a blow for the profile of Serie A against La Liga, which has now lost two of its three most famous players in the past year after Paris St Germain signed Neymar from Barcelona last August. That flirting wasn't liked by Cristiano. He will be missed. After the deal, Cristiano Ronaldo wrote an official letter to Real Madrid fans saying he only has feelings of enormous gratitude for Real Madrid club and the city.
  • Roger Federer shows off cricket skill at Wimbledon

    Roger Federer shows off cricket skill at Wimbledon

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    In March, she lost in the first round of the Miami Open to Naomi Osaka, leading to a hasty exit in which she bypassed a postmatch media session. In June, she was a match away from the French Open quarterfinals before withdrawing from the tournament an hour before her anticipated match against Maria Sharapova.
  • Mahrez set to join Man City for £60m

    Mahrez set to join Man City for £60m

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    Mahrez was the subject of four failed bids from Manchester City in the mid-season transfer window and, after a move to the Etihad did not materialise he missed training for over a week , with the Algeria worldwide forced to deny going AWOL.
  • Hales leads England to dramatic win over India

    Hales leads England to dramatic win over India

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    Rohit Sharma was at his glorious best, making a high-class hundred off 56 balls to guide his side to a tremendous 201-3 off 18.4 overs. England have clearly been the standout team, with a 46-19 win-loss record since their horrendous 2015 World Cup campaign, but India haven't done badly either, winning 39 and losing 19 in this period.
  • Coming through adversity has united England squad - Stones

    Coming through adversity has united England squad - Stones

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    You're disappointed because you lose the semi-final, and it's very hard to see the opportunity of playing another game as a positive. " I think there'll be a bit of nerves as the day comes but a bit of excitement as well because you know you've always dreamed of playing in a World Cup final ".
  • Former Gophers golfer Van Rooyen leads Irish Open by 4

    Former Gophers golfer Van Rooyen leads Irish Open by 4

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    If it goes in, great, and if it doesn't, it's not really a different result than you've had the last few holes. "I hit the ball pretty well, a couple of loose shots here and there, and holed a couple of putts out there I guess". I wish I could have birdied the two par fives but looking back, all in all, I think it was a good day. Van Rooyen threatened to run away with the title during the first half of his third round, carding six birdies in an imperious display over the attractive links ...
  • France vs Belgium, a short history

    France vs Belgium, a short history

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    Thereafter France relied on the speed of Kylian Mbappe on the break and were rarely threatened as a superb defensive effort, led by Raphael Varane and Hazard's Chelsea teammate N'Golo Kante, kept the competition's top scorers at bay.
  • Sir Bobby Robson ‘would have been thrilled with England’s World Cup run’

    Sir Bobby Robson ‘would have been thrilled with England’s World Cup run’

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    The third place finishers from the 1998 World Cup have needed penalty shoot-out wins to bypass both Denmark and Russian Federation in the knock-out phase. England's manager Gareth Southgate will expect to hear fans singing It's coming home once again. They were runners-up to Italy in the 2006 World Cup hosted by Germany.
  • Porte on the up after BMC's time trial win

    Porte on the up after BMC's time trial win

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    Quick-Step Floors finished third (+7 seconds), Adam Yates's Mitchelton-Scott finished fourth (+ 9), while Tom Dumoulin's Team Sunweb finished fifth (+11). In a race that could be decided by a matter of seconds, the time loss is a big early setback for Team Sky leader Froome, in the race after being cleared of any wrongdoing following a urine test that showed he had an excessive level of a banned asthma medication in last year's Tour of Spain.
  • Eden Hazard is in the radar of Manchester City

    Eden Hazard is in the radar of Manchester City

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    The 27-year-old has been a sensational presence in the Premier League and is only beginning to hit his peak. Eden Hazard has spoken about the managerial situation at Chelsea & a potential transfer to Real Madrid's as "everyone's dream" but played down a summer move to Los Blancos in an exclusive interview with beIN SPORTS .
  • Belgian sights firmly set on World Cup victory, says defender Vermaelen

    Belgian sights firmly set on World Cup victory, says defender Vermaelen

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    Deschamps values Giroud's work as the first line of the French defense, harassing the opponent when it has the ball in its half, and as a third center back to defend set pieces, which have played such an important role in the World Cup. De Bruyne's team-mate Eden Hazard also heaped praise on Mbappe , who became the first teenager since Pele to score twice in a World Cup knockout match with his brace against Argentina in the last 16.
  • Manchester City seal £60m deal for Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez

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    But the Premier League champions remained keen on Mahrez, who scored 13 goals in 41 appearances for Leicester last season. The 27-year-old has been a long-term target for City, and moves to the Premier League champions on a five-year-deal for a fee believed to be in the region of £60m.
  • Real Madrid confirm Cristiano Ronaldo transfer to Juventus

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    Widespread reports now suggest that Madrid and Juve have agreed on a price, which is in excess of £100m - more than the £88m that had been widely reported over the weekend. "These years at Real Madrid , and in this city of Madrid, have been possibly the happiest of my life", wrote the Portuguese in a statement released via Los Blancos' official website.
  • During a training run killed a famous British motorcycle racer

    During a training run killed a famous British motorcycle racer

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    Gardai said Sunday's race would go ahead as planned after the Dunlop family and the Loughshinny Motor Cycle Supporters Club said it would be a fitting tribute to the talented racer. It is believed that William Dunlop was riding an R1 Yamaha bike when he crashed on part of the circuit known as Sam's Tunnel at approximately 5pm on Saturday.
  • These are the semi-final matchups at the FIFA World Cup (SCHEDULE)

    These are the semi-final matchups at the FIFA World Cup (SCHEDULE)

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    Along with Ivan Rakitic, the pair are lynchpins in the team's most deadly territory, and defender Harry Maguire identified them as players which England's defenders will also have to keep an eye on. 12) against a beat up team from Croatia (No. 20). The odds suggest it could be a close game and since 1998 precious few World Cup semifinals have been won by more than one goal.
  • Ligue 1: Gianluigi Buffon ready to fight for PSG place

    Ligue 1: Gianluigi Buffon ready to fight for PSG place

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    They are an extraordinary national team with considerable talent. Now the former Italian global is said to be on the verge of signing a one-year contract at PSG with an option for a second season. "As in all experiences, I think it takes time and PSG overlooks a stage so important for a few years. In one month, I will know more about the squad, and I will improve - I was unable to refuse that".
  • President Trump Nominates Brett Kavanaugh To Supreme Court

    President Trump Nominates Brett Kavanaugh To Supreme Court

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    He was a primary author of Starr's report to Congress calling for the impeachment of Clinton in the wake of the sex scandal involving White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Kavanaugh mentioned that he is an active member of Washington DC's Catholic community; he noted that while that community disagrees on many topics, it engages together in good deeds, like feeding the homeless.
  • San Antonio Spurs: Sitting, waiting on Kawhi Leonard trade

    San Antonio Spurs: Sitting, waiting on Kawhi Leonard trade

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    But it's taking a lot longer to figure out which team Kawhi Leonard will end up playing for next season. Meanwhile, other teams who can put together a competitive trade package, like the Boston Celtics, are rumoured to be happier holding onto their assets for now.
  • LA Lakers make LeBron James' arrival official

    LA Lakers make LeBron James' arrival official

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    After all, Lowe was pumped about LeBron's move to the Lakers. After James signed with the Lakers, Magic Johnson and Pelinka both released statements . "We will continue forward and do all that is necessary to achieve our shared obsession of bringing banner number 17 to the world's best fans - Lakers Nation".
  • Hazard's Belgium block French path in SWC semi

    Hazard's Belgium block French path in SWC semi

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    Dubbed by many as the two best teams left in the competition, we could be in line for a thrilling encounter between two attacking-minded teams . But you have to think England will eventually need to contend with a side that's not going to concede from set pieces .
  • Chris Froome Crashes 5 Km From Finish In Tour De France Opener

    Chris Froome Crashes 5 Km From Finish In Tour De France Opener

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    BMC's Richie Porte is level with Froome with their respective teams looking to do well on the upcoming team time trial. "Earlier in the year, I thought it might have an effect on him", said Wiggins. It also put American teammate Tejay van Garderen in second place at the same time. Despite being cleared of doping allegations on Monday, some skeptical fans have jeered the Kenyan-born British rider since his Sky team arrived in France.
  • Jack Wilshere signs for West Ham United

    Jack Wilshere signs for West Ham United

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    West Ham have tabled a club-record £40 million (€45m/$53m) bid for Lazio star Felipe Anderson, and are closing in on the signing of Jack Wilshere , Goal can confirm. It is telling that none of the Premier League's traditional "big hitters" appeared to be interested, while he never really seemed to be in contention for a place in England's World Cup squad either.
  • Arsenal Complete Signing Of Uruguayan Torreira

    Arsenal Complete Signing Of Uruguayan Torreira

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    In Torreira, Emery has moved swiftly in an attempt to fill a midfield void that's plagued Arsenal for some years, with predecessor Arsene Wenger showing a preference toward players with more creativity. "A midfielder with great quality, I have enjoyed watching his performances for Sampdoria in the past two seasons, and we all saw him do very well for Uruguay in the World Cup".
  • Belgium’s Roberto Martinez best coach but France favourites

    Belgium’s Roberto Martinez best coach but France favourites

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    When he managed in England he always stuck to his principles of free-flowing play, even if the players at his disposal were not ideally suited to it. One change they can consider making is the reinstatement of Mertens for Chadli. "We know all these players so well". Both networks have seen strong ratings for this year's tournament, with Fox building its numbers that peaked with a tournament-high 6.32 million tuning in for the Croatia-Russia quarterfinal Saturday - the best men's soccer ...
  • Salgado: It would hurt if Ronaldo left Madrid

    Salgado: It would hurt if Ronaldo left Madrid

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    The FC crew wonder if Harry Kane is a good replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo's goal scoring at Real Madrid if Ronaldo leaves this summer. Individually, 4 Ballons d'Or, 2 The Best and 3 Golden Shoes. I can only give thanks to all of them for the love and affection that I have received. The club are also expressing their extreme gratitude to the player, and reeling off some of his eye-watering stats.
  • Wimbledon set for 'Manic Monday' as 4th round starts

    Wimbledon set for 'Manic Monday' as 4th round starts

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    Rafael Nadal has joined Roger Federer in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, raising hopes of another titanic title decider a decade after the duo's so-called match of the century. It's clearly not the first time Federer has honed his skills with a cricket bat. His only other quarterfinals appearance was at the 2011 US Open. "I didn't think that was ever going to happen, to be honest." The top-ranked Spaniard beat Jiri Vesely , 6-3, 6-3, 6-4, on Centre Court to return to the last eight ...
  • Lovren ready for Kane test at World Cup

    Lovren ready for Kane test at World Cup

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    While Croatian players, who have been asked constantly about the generation of 1998 and never fail to express their admiration for the likes of Zvonimir Boban and Davor Suker, those comparisons are a weight they feel is unneeded. Alli and Modric will meet again in the middle of the park, and not only did they go head to head for Tottenham and Real Madrid respectively in a Champions League game last season, but also in the summer of 2015.
  • Carmelo Anthony could go to either the Houston Rockets or Miami Heat

    Carmelo Anthony could go to either the Houston Rockets or Miami Heat

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    The Rockets are among the teams that Anthony is reportedly interested in playing for, though money could be an issue. But with Mbah a Moute and Ariza gone from a team that improved to sixth in the league defensively, the Rockets likely will seek to sign a young prospect with strong potential on defensive.
  • Higuain's brother: Fantastic if Ronaldo joined Juventus

    Higuain's brother: Fantastic if Ronaldo joined Juventus

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    Speaking to Sky Italy , Nicolas said: "We are not in talks with Chelsea ". At the moment we haven't spoken to any other clubs, as we have a three-year contract with Juventus . The Blues have made a new striker the priority with Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi both struggling last season with the Spaniard toiled after joining from Real Madrid while Belgian star who joined in 2016, went out on loan to Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.
  • Croatia fear England's Sterling in semi

    Croatia fear England's Sterling in semi

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    In the prediction for the result of the semi-final match between Belgium and France , Khunnai Cham, the 4-year-old female macaque picked up a Belgian national flag that was placed next to the French national flag. "They play very direct football, dangerous, fast, and they are really good at setpieces, and dangerous at corner kicks". Maguire is now an England hero, after his performance in Russian Federation, where he has been one of Gareth Southgate's star players.