• Spain snatches late draw with Morocco to reach World Cup knockout round
Spain snatches late draw with Morocco to reach World Cup knockout round

Spain dominated the global game for almost a decade, winning an unprecedented Euro and World Cup treble between 2008-2012 with their brand of high-tempo, possession-based play anchored by the legendary Barcelona linchpin Xavi. But he proved his value to Spain in the second half - first denying Boutaib a second goal with a save at the near post...

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  • Messis Argentina have shot at World Cup redemption
Messis Argentina have shot at World Cup redemption

Musa became, in the process, Nigeria's all-time highest scorer at World Cup finals with four goals and he the only man from his country to score in two different World Cups . 'Leo is fine, ' Mascherano said . The Russian showpiece has been a flawless storm of pressure for Messi, as not only has he struggled after missing a penalty against ...

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  • Two each for Hazard and Lukaku as Belgium thump Tunisia 5-2
Two each for Hazard and Lukaku as Belgium thump Tunisia 5-2

The Tunisians however pulled one back thanks to Dylan Bronn in the 18th minute. Thursday's clash in Kaliningrad against England, who can assure their own qualification by beating Panama on Sunday, will stretch a side that truly believes it can go all the way in Russian Federation and better a previous best semifinal finish.

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  • Argentina: Verón questions Sampaoli for leaving Icardi out
Argentina: Verón questions Sampaoli for leaving Icardi out

ESPN's team of reporters in Russian Federation have messages for birthday boy Lionel Messi as he faces elimination. It has been suggested that a number of Argentina players tried to have Sampaoli sacked after the Croatia game but have been unsuccessful, and one of the victims will be Kun Aguero, who looks poised to sit out their next game.

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  • VAR drama, Neymar breaks down in dramatic win
VAR drama, Neymar breaks down in dramatic win

After drawing their first game Brazil needed a victory to safeguard their passage through to the last-16 and Philippe Coutinho grabbed a crucial opener in the 91st minute to put his side ahead. Coutinho raced onto a touch from Gabriel Jesus and prodded the ball past Keylor Navas, with Neymar firing in from close range in the final seconds as Cos...

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  • Swiss ministers support Xhaka, Shaqiri over goal celebrations
Swiss ministers support Xhaka, Shaqiri over goal celebrations

While Xhaka was born in Switzerland to Albanian parents, Shaqiri was born in Kosovo - which Serbia consider as their territory - also to Albanian parents. "From day one when we saw the group draw many thought that Brazil was the favourite", said coach Mladen Krstajic . Arsenal midfielder Xhaka defied Switzerland's reputation as a...

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  • Can Argentina qualify for the last 16?
Can Argentina qualify for the last 16?

Portugal finished the game while progressing from the group stage. "They are a big team with very big players, but the most important thing now is for us to recover and to get ready". And tonight, Group A and B will be finalised. Argentina's fate is out of their hands, but Nigeria's defeat of Iceland on matchday two was a good result...

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  • Petit: Messi is not a leader like Ronaldo
Petit: Messi is not a leader like Ronaldo

Argentina nearly failed to qualify for the World Cup in the first place. Kylian Mbappe, the 19-year-old striker at the center of the second-most expensive transfer in history, managed just one chance in France's 2-1 win over Australia in Kazan, but scored Thursday against Peru in front of an empty net.

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  • Salah 'happy in camp' says Egyptian FA
Salah 'happy in camp' says Egyptian FA

A picture of Salah walking beside Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov drew criticism ahead of the competition. He was particularly annoyed with a team banquet hosted by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. 'We were always informed by Salah when he takes any decisions, ' the Egypt FA said in a statement. But according to an email sent to CNN , the Egyp...

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  • Durmaz blasts online racial abuse after World Cup loss
Durmaz blasts online racial abuse after World Cup loss

He added that it was "heartening" that Durmaz received so much affection from our supporters and "the vast majority support the team and are not engaged in threats and hate". Sorg said team doctors would also look into the possibility of him playing with a face mask for the game in Kazan . "After conceding a goal we kept a level head, we said ...

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  • Federer chases 99th title, faces Coric in Halle final
Federer chases 99th title, faces Coric in Halle final

Federer, seeking his 99th tournament victory on the ATP World Tour with Wimbledon looming, started as a hot favourite in Saturday's first semi-final in Halle. The Swiss great, who won his 18th grass-court title in Stuttgart on Sunday, is just two match wins away from matching Jimmy Connors' all-time record of 174 victories on grass.

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  • Switzerland trio escape bans for Albanian eagle salutes
Switzerland trio escape bans for Albanian eagle salutes

The gesture made by them - open hands together with the thumbs interlocked and fingers outstretched - resembled the double-headed eagle, which is displayed on Albania's national flag. The BBC reported that Krstajic was speaking to Serbian reporters about German match referee Felix Brych when he said: "I wouldn't give him either a yellow or re...

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  • Late Saudi strike settles send-off with Egypt
Late Saudi strike settles send-off with Egypt

However, he could do nothing about a second penalty awarded to Saudi Arabia and was beaten by Salman Al-Faraj. The two teams came into their final group game having already been eliminated from the competition following defeats to Uruguay and hosts Russian Federation.

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  • Berger, Finau ride early tee time into share of US Open lead
Berger, Finau ride early tee time into share of US Open lead

Koepka, who is the great-nephew of the former Pittsburgh Pirates' star infielder Dick Groat, was up-and-down for par on the 17th - a par 3 - as his playing partner, Johnson, missed a 7-foot-10-inch putt there. Koepka won with birdies on spacious Erin Hills previous year. Japan' Hideki Matsuyama and Rickie Fowler turned in the best scores from...

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  • NBA Report: Lakers acquire #39 in trade with 76ers
NBA Report: Lakers acquire #39 in trade with 76ers

The Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers are expected to pursue George in free agency. Second, although it isn't the media market that Los Angeles is, Philadelphia is still one of the biggest cities in the country and is arguably the best sports town as well.

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  • Major Upsets as World Cup Advances
Major Upsets as World Cup Advances

The weird, but generous, gesture is reportedly part of Japanese culture and came after Japan got their World Cup campaign off to a flawless start on Tuesday. There's been a lot of self-inflicted pain at the World Cup. Poland was let down by its defense in the opener against Senegal. "We will wait for a final review on James", Pekerman said Monday...

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  • Gareth Southgate Comments on Leaked Team Sheet Showing Alli Out, Rashford In
Gareth Southgate Comments on Leaked Team Sheet Showing Alli Out, Rashford In

We have leaf cutter ants in one glass box and they get their food in another. If England beat Panama this weekend, they can guarantee a spot in the last 16 as long as Belgium also beats Tunisia. "Obviously it wasn't the ideal start for my tournament on a personal level, but I have to pick myself up now". Southgate , who also suffered a dis...

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  • Phil Mickelson apologizes for putting a moving ball at US Open
Phil Mickelson apologizes for putting a moving ball at US Open

Top England golfer Lee Westwood says the USA Golf Association has set a risky precedent in not disqualifying Phil Mickelson from the US Open for hitting a moving ball. Confirmation of Mickelson being added to the Gullane line up comes hot on the heels of Masters champion Patrick Reed and European No 1 Tommy Fleetwood both commiting to the eve...

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  • Mexico fans refrain from anti-gay chant in win against South Korea
Mexico fans refrain from anti-gay chant in win against South Korea

Mexico fans did not use their usual goalkeeper chant in Saturday's 2-1 victory over South Korea, in the wake of a fine from Federation Internationale de Football Association after the anti-gay message was heard in last Sunday's 1-0 victory over Germany in Moscow.

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  • Neymar hits back at critics after tears in Costa Rica match
Neymar hits back at critics after tears in Costa Rica match

Danilo had already missed the match against Costa Rica because of a right hip problem sustained in training before the World Cup . The Paris Saint-Germain attacker's anger during the match even spilled over towards his teammates, too, it seems.

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  • F1 2018 Gets New French GP Gameplay Featuring Grosjean, Ocon and Gasly
F1 2018 Gets New French GP Gameplay Featuring Grosjean, Ocon and Gasly

I think we have all pulled together and done a great job in putting the auto where we need it, for both Valtteri and I. Le Castellet - A delighted Lewis Hamilton made it "double top" for Mercedes on Friday when, powered by an upgraded new engine, he outpaced his rivals in an eventful second practice at this weekend's French Grand Prix .

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  • Watch the Valley of the Suns Live! Special Draft Edition!
Watch the Valley of the Suns Live! Special Draft Edition!

This was a high risk pick with no immediate upside for a team that's a contender. The top three picks are easy. Three Wildcats wound up drafted among the first 30 picks. But Ayton is used to playing with other skilled athletes: At Hillcrest Prep, he briefly played with Marvin Bagley III, a Duke University player who went No.

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo top moments as the leading scorer
Cristiano Ronaldo top moments as the leading scorer

Post the 3-0 drubbing, angry Argentina fans mocked the caption to the picture, as one of them wrote, "Papi is a loser". In the match between Spain and the Netherlands, Iniesta scored the goal to win La Roja's only World Cup to date, thanks to Cesc's delivery.

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  • Belgium's Lukaku a doubt for England clash
Belgium's Lukaku a doubt for England clash

Belgium light up the group stages with a ruthless demolition of Tunisia . Tunisia won 2-1 in a friendly in February 1992 before both teams played out a 1-1 draw at the 2002 World Cup . Martinez has kept faith with a defensive line of three, with Dedryck Boyata in the centre flanked by Tottenham Hotspur pair Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertongh...

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  • Maurizio Sarri will be a success at Chelsea, says Kalidou Koulibaly
Maurizio Sarri will be a success at Chelsea, says Kalidou Koulibaly

Sarri, a former banker, has been linked with the post even before the 59-year-old stepped down from the Napoli hot-seat after guiding them to runners-up spot behind Juventus for the second time in three campaigns. His exploits over the last couple of seasons also make him a possible option as the focal point of attack, potentially making him an a...

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  • Deandre Ayton confident he will be a Sun
Deandre Ayton confident he will be a Sun

This is my one and only workout. I've worked hard. I won't say I'm the best player. During his lone season at Arizona, he averaged 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per game while shooting 61.6 per cent from the field, and was "Karl Malone Power Forward" of the year and Associated Press First Team All-American.

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  • Trump mocks protester at rally: 'Was that a man or a woman?'
Trump mocks protester at rally: 'Was that a man or a woman?'

Was that a man or a woman? "You don't pass a major piece of legislation with there being errors in it, and so I don't know there's enough time", Mr. Trump downplayed the crisis that has threatened to envelop the White House amid days of heart-wrenching images of children being pulled from their immigrant parents along the nation's southern border...

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  • France make two changes for Peru clash
France make two changes for Peru clash

Peru made two changes at the break, bringing on Anderson Santamaria and Jefferson Farfan for Yotun and Rodriguez, and they were nearly level within five minutes as Pedro Aquino's shot from 25 yards beat Lloris but hit the outside of the post.

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  • Messi better than Maradona, says Ramos
Messi better than Maradona, says Ramos

Argentina has underachieved for years during which the Albiceleste has become entirely too over-reliant on the mercurial playmaker. Iceland duly held Argentina to a 1-1 draw, increasing the pressure on Lionel Messi and his side ahead of their second pool fixture.

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  • Phillies fan injured by Phanatic's flying hot dog
Phillies fan injured by Phanatic's flying hot dog

Kathy McVay told the Associated Press she was sitting near home plate when a hot dog wrapped in duct tape struck her in the face. "My glasses flew", Kathy McVay, a Plymouth Meeting resident, originally told 6 ABC's Sarah Bloomquist about the incident.

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