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Lionel Messi’s Wife Posts Adorable Message Ahead Of Today’s Game

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Reports this week in Argentina and Spain not only suggested that Sampaoli had lost the team, but also said the players would decide who started, and the formation used, against Nigeria . Argentina's players have reportedly turned against Jorge Sampaoli . That was what worked for us in Brazil at the 2014 World Cup . "We'll try to make it better and hope that he will be able to receive the ball a lot more". Read More »

Autopsy reveals Tyler Hilinski had CTE, family says

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The parents of the Washington State quarterback, who shot himself in the head with a.223 caliber rifle in his apartment on January 16, revealed Tuesday in an interview with NBC's "Today" that Hilinski had CTE, a degenerative brain condition. Read More »

Australia vs. Peru - Football Match Preview

The Peru fans have been a highlight of the tournament, travelling to Russian Federation in huge numbers to support their side at a first World Cup in 36 years, and their side have played some good attacking football and have had 27 shots so far at this World Cup, but are yet to score. Read More »

Flooding complicates search for youth soccer team, coach missing in Thai cave

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A mother reported that her son did not return from soccer practice that day, setting off the search. Family members pray at the entrance of Tham Luang cave while rescue personnel conduct operations to find the missing members of the children's football team and their coach at the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Chiang Rai province on June 26, 2018. Read More »

World Cup breaks penalty kick record with help of video assistant referees

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The Iranians have three points (from their 1-0 defeat of Morocco ) and were tough nuts for 2010 world champions Spain before losing by the odd goal in Kazan on Wednesday. If it's Mexico , then Brazil might be happy with a draw against Serbia , as that would take them through second if Switzerland win against winless Costa Rica, setting up a likely round of 16 tie against the Central American nation, rather than Germany . Read More »

Will Portugal, Spain both advance to last 16 on Monday?

Order was restored. Favorites Portugal and Spain would advance if the results held. Here's Lee Seung-jae with the highlights. Cristiano Ronaldo's saved effort following a VAR review against Iran was the 19th spot kick awarded in the tournament, which has yet to reach the knockout stage. Read More »

VAR drama as Portugal, Spain reach SWC last 16

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A win or draw against Spain will take them nowhere but at least they will take some pride in it and that's their motivation as they head into today's game. So we have two exciting games coming up. Surprisingly, it was the team with nothing to play for (and the one considered to be the worst in the group) that scored first, when Morocco's Khalid Boutaïb took advantage of a misplaced Spain pass to score... Read More »

Borna Coric claims shock victory against Roger Federer in Halle

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Coric is projected to rise to a new career-high 21st in the world rankings next week after collecting wins over the tournament's top two seeds, Federer and Alexander Zverev. But Coric annulled the first with a service victor while a wild Federer backhand accounted for the other. The 20-time Grand Slam champion fought back to level by winning the second set, helped by a choke on a volley from Coric. Read More »

Real Madrid's Interest In Liverpool Target Nabil Fekir Hasn't Gone Beyond This

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It's looking like there are going to be several overlapping elements to the transfer business of Real Madrid and Liverpool this summer. Liverpool definitely improved last season. To add to their woes, the competition for Fekir is increasing by the day, with Real Madrid now being linked with him as well . "The player wants to move to Liverpool one of the biggest clubs in the world". Read More »

France look to continue winning run against Denmark

I want my team to go out onto the pitch without any ambiguity and to do everything to win this match. Deschamps admitted he could rest players in danger of suspension, with midfield trio Paul Pogba , Blaise Matuidi and Corentin Tolisso all a booking away from missing the next match. Read More »

Russia, Uruguay, Spain and Portugal advance to round of 16

It did not take long for Uruguay to take control of Group A Monday, as Suarez gave his team a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute from a free kick. It was 2-0 at the half, and all but over. Portugal face Uruguay in the next round. Police were first called to the Hotel Mercure at around 23:00 local time, when a first group of Iranian fans arrived at the hotel and began to sing. Read More »

Ya Boi Ben Simmons Is Officially The NBA's Rookie Of The Year

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Ben Simmons' rookie year in the National Basketball Association saw him take the league by storm, producing season stats of 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game. Interestingly, Simmons' greatest achievement wasn't a specific moment. Ben Simmons is congratulated after receiving his Rookie of the Year award. Read More »

Carlos Queiroz fumes after Cristiano Ronaldo was not sent off against Iran

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Normally we'd be talking about a bulging net, a terrific leap and some bulging muscles inside a Portugal No.7 shirt as Ronaldo celebrates yet another goal. With Morocco wrestling control in the middle, he was largely taken out of the game and unable to have the same influence he did against Spain . Egypt bowed out of the tournament pointless on Monday after they lost 2-1 to Saudi Arabia in a Group A dead rubber. Read More »

Serena happy to plant seed of doubt for Wimbledon rivals

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The two have had their go-rounds in the press over time - see exhibits A, B and C - but with Wimbledon around the corner, John McEnroe has high praise for Serena Williams . 'Forget the fact that she has won 23 majors and what she brings to the table. It's well worth noting that McEnroe was fairly measured in his appraisal of where Serena Williams should land with a preferential seeding, saying, "Somewhere between one and 10 - one and 16 at the worst". Read More »

Jorge Sampaoli Will Reportedly Axe Sergio Aguero After Failed Argentina 'Mutiny'

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Goalkeeper Willy Caballero could be dropped following his mistake for the opening goal against Croatia, with River Plate's Franco Armani possibly in line to make his worldwide debut. He said: "Leo has played as well as he could, but it is hard to solve the problems of your peers - and I should know". The players can listen to the manager - and they should also be able to express themselves about what they do not like from him. Read More »

Joel Embiid is ready to win titles with LeBron

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With one year remaining on his deal, James has until June 29 to exercise the player option in his Cavaliers contract, but it looks increasingly likely that he will decline it and instead, become an unrestricted free agent . LeBron and his team feel confident they can make their decision without much external input. "The process worked out pretty well, we got 50 wins a year ago, we got a lot of talented players on the team", Embiid told USA TODAY Sports ahead of last week's National ... Read More »

Iran fans try to disturb Portugal team before key match

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Senegal's players celebrate a goal during the World Cup group phase. Well, Quaresma brought his specialist piece of skill to Russian Federation. Uruguay have been warned. Hosts Russia and Uruguay have both qualified with two wins apiece ahead of their meeting on Monday which will decide top spot. Karim Ansarifard scored a late penalty for Iran , which need to win to advance, but couldn't break through a second time despite a furious charge in the waning minutes. Read More »

Russian Federation 2018: Uruguay beat hosts to top spot as Egypt lose again

By advancing to the round of 16 with victories over Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Russia secured its best World Cup showing in the post-Soviet era. They will now play in Sochi against the runners-up of Group B in the last 16. It should have been 3-0 before Smolnikov departed, but Akinfeev made a good save to deny Rodrigo Bentancur when the midfielder was played through by Suarez. Read More »

Nikola Jokic Expected To Sign $146M Deal

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Both the franchise and Jokic's representatives have worked through discussions on his future in recent weeks, league sources said. The Nuggets do, however, have some cap flexibility ($34 million) with the expiring contracts, but will have to toe the line carefully if they hope to bring back one of their most important assets. Read More »

Ascot win makes Alpha Centauri a Breeders' Cup contender

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But, guided by Colm O'Donoghue who left his role as Ballydoyle No 3 to become Commonstown No1 two seasons ago, the Niarchos family's homebred grey Alpha Centauri proved herself to be on a different level and, in thrashing Threading by six lengths, she posted the first track record of the week, knocking 1.3sec off the previous best. Read More »

Mexico defeat South Korea 2-1 in a tight match

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Son Heung-min's later screamer threatened to set up a grandstand finish. Mexico carried their momentum from an earthquake-inducing performance on Day One, to their fixture against two-time Asian Cup champs South Korea . A second victory on Saturday gives it six points and a chance to win Group F on Wednesday when the team faces Sweden. Mexico is 9-2-7 in its last 18 World Cup group games dating back to 1994. Read More »

LeBron James wins Play of the Year at 2018 NBA Awards

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Simmons averaged 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 8.2 assists per game for the Sixers, while Mitchell averaged 20.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game for the Jazz. The MVP is the first for Harden, who finished second in voting to Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook in 2017. Simmons becomes the only the third LSU player to be named Rookie of the Year and the first since Shaquille O'Neal won the award in the 1992-93 season with the Orlando Magic. Read More »

Argentina team meeting held: "Let's get together and move forward"

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Speaking to the media after the game, the Real Madrid playmaker reflected on how the game went and how Lionel Messi cuts a lonely figure in Argentina's team. A victory in St. Petersburg is necessary for Argentina to have a chance to move on to the knockout rounds after they drew Iceland in their opener and lost to Croatia . Read More »

Schmeichel on England hat-trick hero RT Exclusive

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Jesse Lingard scores his first World Cup goal with an incredible finish from outside of the box. Tottenham striker Harry Kane was the star player once again as he helped the Three Lions score a World Cup victory with a hat-trick. Finishing top of Group G would bring a possible quarter-final against Brazil or Germany , while the runner-up would potentially go on to face Mexico or Switzerland. Read More »

Brazil take on Costa Rica in must win clash

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Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. As he lay down on the floor, starfish-like, the referee appeared to buy the appeal. VAR denied Neymar a penalty, while plenty of fouls on him and his teammates didn't go down well with the spectators. Read More »

Granit Xhaka deleted an Instagram post about his celebration vs Serbia

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After the game, which his side won 2-1, Switzerland's Bosnia-born manager Vladimir Petkovic was asked about the celebrations and said: "You should never mix football and politics". "Technical staff, players, people in Serbia , they are all disappointed and frustrated because of injustice produced by people at Federation Internationale de Football Association". Read More »

Spain reaches World Cup round of 16 after draw with Morocco

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Social media users took delight in Ramos' error-strewn display as Spain scraped a 2-2 draw against an unfancied Morocco . The Real Madrid playmaker was at the heart of every Spain attack, caressing clever passes to teammates and weaving past wrong-footed defenders . Read More »