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Aspas scores late VAR goal as Spain draw to top group
- June 26, 2018

Iran were 1-0 down at the Mordovia Arena on Tuesday when they gave away a penalty in their must-win clash with Portugal that, if scored, would have made their looming World Cup exit inevitable. Isco became Spain's 47th different goal scorer at World Cups, when the Real Madrid player equalised against Morocco. The host nation rode a wave of national euphoria in their first two matches, sweeping aside Saudi Arabia and Egypt despite being initially written off as no-hopers but could not ... (more...)
Australian NBA star Ben Simmons wins rookie of the year Australian NBA star Ben Simmons wins rookie of the year
- June 26, 2018

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. It probably took a lot for him to swallow his pride at that moment and show Simmons some love, which is also why it just feels so wrong for us to at least let out a chuckle at that savage Sixers tweet. (more...)
Portugal - World Cup - 25 June 2018 Portugal - World Cup - 25 June 2018
- June 26, 2018

Spain and Portugal stuttered into the Round of 16 thanks to draws in their final group games, but on the evidence of what we've seen so far, both of them look very shaky. "As everyone has seen, we did our best to win this game but we missed some chances". "That's what we saw on the pitch". Spain needed just a point to be sure of qualification and came up against a Moroccan side who were without a point coming into the last game, with no hope for themselves. (more...)
U.S. Open to give women who take maternity leave a break U.S. Open to give women who take maternity leave a break
- June 26, 2018

But when McEnroe was asked about the downsides of "de-seeding" the player in 32nd place on the pecking order, he shook his head. Top seed Wozniacki, who won the title in 2009 and was the runner-up past year was talking to the press after winning her opening match against Camila Giorgi (6-2 6-3). (more...)
Southampton: Cedric involved in VAR controversy for Portugal Southampton: Cedric involved in VAR controversy for Portugal
- June 26, 2018

Were both the favourites to lose, and both by the same scoreline, then fair play records or even drawing of lots could be needed to determine who qualifies. While France already have secured passage into the next round, Australia could still beat Denmark to the second Group C qualification spot if it beats a Peru side that's yet to score a goal and the Danes fall to the French. (more...)
Iran coach slams VAR as Ronaldo escapes red card Iran coach slams VAR as Ronaldo escapes red card
- June 26, 2018

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo against Iran in their Group B match. 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. (more...)
Diego Maradona 'requests meeting with Argentina players before final group game' Diego Maradona 'requests meeting with Argentina players before final group game'
- June 26, 2018

This setup should result is a great game of football. But Mascherano dismissed talk of a rift between squad and coach , insisting the players' relationship with Sampaoli is the same as before. "We know the scenario when we play Croatia , it's going to be a really tough game, " coach Heimir Hallgrimsson said. "Everybody wants to win and we can not make any gifts even if we like very much this player". (more...)
LeBron James Rumors: Cavaliers Star In Contact With Potential Future Teammates LeBron James Rumors: Cavaliers Star In Contact With Potential Future Teammates
- June 26, 2018

For all the latest on James' free agency, follow our LeBron James 2018 free agency rumor tracker . And as per Mark Hesler of the Orange Country Register , James is calling other players to see who might join him next season. That is why, along with fewer top stars on the unrestricted market, this year's free agency talk has been nearly exclusively about what James will do. (more...)
James Harden wins NBA MVP Award James Harden wins NBA MVP Award
- June 26, 2018

He joined Michael Jordan as the only players to average at least 20 points, eight assists, five rebounds and 1.7 steals in a season. This performance comes just a few weeks after Travis brought out the newly-announced MVP, James Harden , out on stage at Governors Ball to rock out with him. (more...)
Argentina bond with coach Jorge Sampaoli 'totally normal' - Javier Mascherano Argentina bond with coach Jorge Sampaoli 'totally normal' - Javier Mascherano
- June 26, 2018

Messi made the revelation while celebrating his 31st birthday on Sunday, June 24 ahead of Argentina's crucial tie against Nigeria . In Russia, Argentina got off to a dismal start with La Albecieste being held to a 1-1 draw by debutants Iceland , before being crushed by Croatia by a scoreline of 0-3. (more...)
England march into last 16 after thrashing Panama 6-1 England march into last 16 after thrashing Panama 6-1
- June 26, 2018

However, the biggest cheer of the day was reserved for the 78th minute when Felipe Baloy scored Panama's first ever finals goal. England won the game with the most goals the team have ever scored in a World Cup finals match. "We know that when he gets opportunities he's going to bury them, you sit there very confident in his ability to take chances". It's hard to imagine exactly what you tell your team at half time with a five-goal deficit to try and claw back in the second period. (more...)
Roger Federer sails into Halle Open final, extends unbeaten run on grass Roger Federer sails into Halle Open final, extends unbeaten run on grass
- June 26, 2018

After a firm beginning, defending champion stumbled a little in the first set which went on till tie-breaker. At the Queen's Club in London, top-seeded Marin Cilic eased into the semifinals when he beat 2010 champion Sam Querrey 7-6 (3), 6-2. (more...)
Jimmy Durmaz racial abuse Jimmy Durmaz racial abuse
- June 26, 2018

Germany 's players looked in high spirits as the World Cup holders got back to work following their last-gasp victory over Sweden on Saturday. "We stand united, we are Sweden". Coach Janne Andersson told the media that they wanted to discuss the "completely unacceptable" situation that developed after the match. Sweden substitute Pontus Jansson said he had lost his temper with the Germans but accepted they had ultimately regretted their actions. (more...)
Messi birthday overshadowed by Argentina's World Cup crisis Messi birthday overshadowed by Argentina's World Cup crisis
- June 26, 2018

While Jorge Sampaoli's side can still qualify to the knockout stages, they do need results to fall in their favour while also beating Nigeria themselves in their final group game on Tuesday. It would make millions of Argentine's in the world happy. 'But as a collective, where things don't go as we'd like, we all have our own frustrations . (more...)
Honda deal is positive for Red Bull, says Max Verstappen Honda deal is positive for Red Bull, says Max Verstappen
- June 25, 2018

The gamble is that Honda can close the gap, given the current stability of engine rules. "That's now done, Daniel understands the engineering rationale behind that." said Horner. "As long as a driver of that calibre is on the market you look if there is any discussion possible, but at this time of year it's still too early to talk about our driver line-up for the future, so just a normal, gentle discussion", he added. (more...)
Spurs Publicly Say They Still Prefer To Retain Kawhi Leonard Spurs Publicly Say They Still Prefer To Retain Kawhi Leonard
- June 25, 2018

In his previous two seasons pre-injury, Leonard put up 23.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Assuming Leonard gets healthy, he's one of the 10 best players in the National Basketball Association - no debate. We already know that disgruntled San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard wants to play for the Los Angeles Lakers . If Leonard is truly committed to heading to L.A.in one year's time, then who is going to beat an offer that includes multiple first-rounders? ... (more...)
Javier Mascherano: Lionel Messi Is Not Happy! Javier Mascherano: Lionel Messi Is Not Happy!
- June 25, 2018

That's according to France legend Emmanuel Petit who has slammed the diminutive forward. He told Paddy Power: "To see Messi walking with his head down, he should be ashamed". "We know if we do things right, we all will benefit from it, and if things go worse we all will suffer for it". "He's not running, he's walking". (more...)
Switzerland's Xhaka, Shaqiri may face ban for celebration vs Serbia Switzerland's Xhaka, Shaqiri may face ban for celebration vs Serbia
- June 25, 2018

Both players, who are ethnic Albanians and of Kosovar heritage, celebrated with a gesture which appeared to imitate the eagle displayed on Albania's flag. Shaqiri was born in Kosovo and plays with the Kosovan flag stitched into his boots. Switzerland defeated Honduras in 2014 in Brazil to advance from the group stage. (more...)
Sweden winger Durmaz says racist abuse 'passed limit' Sweden winger Durmaz says racist abuse 'passed limit'
- June 25, 2018

After Sweden took the lead in Sochi on Saturday, Reus sparked Germany's fightback with a second-half equaliser before Toni Kroos hit the victor. I want to thank the fine, wonderful people who spread joy. "It is unpleasant and very upsetting to see the treatment that Jimmy Durmaz has suffered". Coach Janne Andersson told the media that they wanted to discuss the "completely unacceptable" situation that developed after the match. (more...)
Mexico march on to leave Korea Republic on the brink Mexico march on to leave Korea Republic on the brink
- June 25, 2018

Mexico will qualify for the last 16 if they win and Germany fail to beat Sweden. Son Heung-min scored a fine curler in added time but it was too late. "We have beaten two brilliant and complicated teams, Germany and South Korea ", Hernandez said. A large group of Mexican fans arrived at the team hotel Friday, singing and chanting outside, in the hope of greeting their heroes. (more...)
Mladen Krstajic: 'Serbia, Switzerland referee should go on trial in The Hague' Mladen Krstajic: 'Serbia, Switzerland referee should go on trial in The Hague'
- June 25, 2018

It seems a given that FIFA are going to have to intervene and Switzerland's manager, Bosnian-born Vladimir Petkovic , said: "You should never mix football and politics, it's important to be a fan, and to give respect". Lazio's highly rated Sergej Milinkovic-Savic fizzed a right-footed shot narrowly wide of Sommer's right post on 15 minutes, and Mitrovic nearly scored with a spectacular bicycle kick that went the same way minutes later. (more...)
Argentina Vs Croatia: Fans observe minute’s silence as Messi-led team loses Argentina Vs Croatia: Fans observe minute’s silence as Messi-led team loses
- June 25, 2018

Simeone discussed the differences between the two players' tournaments over a leaked Whatsapp audio message. Seeing as Croatia are already through to the last 16, this may turn out to be a forlorn hope. "What is happening now, it's what unfortunately has happened to the national team in the last four years", Simeone allegedly said. "The team is lost, it is wrong", Simeone went on. (more...)
Saudi Arabia v Egypt Saudi Arabia v Egypt
- June 25, 2018

Both teams lost their first two matches in Group A and will not move on to the knockout phase, though they will be playing for pride and to avoid a last-place finish. Both sides are out of the competition - Saudi lost 5-0 to Russian Federation, while Egypt fell to a 3-1 defeat, while each side were beaten by a solitary Uruguay strike. (more...)
Hafeez, Junaid return in Pak ODI squad against Zimbabwe Hafeez, Junaid return in Pak ODI squad against Zimbabwe
- June 25, 2018

Hafeez underwent corrective measures and was cleared to bowl following another assessment this May. "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. (more...)
Lionel Messi And Argentina Face Do-Or-Die Clash Against Nigeria Lionel Messi And Argentina Face Do-Or-Die Clash Against Nigeria
- June 25, 2018

Speaking to media about their sweet gesture, Chief Confectioner Daria Malkina said that after his team found out that it was Messi's birthday, they had this idea of baking a massive cake for the football star. "I'm not that surprised though, I've been saying it since before the World Cup , there was no chance they would win it because of that defence". He featured three times for Argentina in the qualifying matches. (more...)
Teenage soccer team feared trapped in Thai cave Teenage soccer team feared trapped in Thai cave
- June 25, 2018

Witnesses said they saw the team enter the cave, a popular tourist attraction that contains winding tunnels several miles long and connects to other caves, but they didn't see them come out. Kamolchai Kotcha, an official at the forest park where the cave is located, said Monday morning that attempts to reach the chamber had failed as the passage is extremely small, "flooded and covered with sand and mud". (more...)
Neymar and Coutinho goals give Brazil win against Costa Rica Neymar and Coutinho goals give Brazil win against Costa Rica
- June 25, 2018

The Paris Saint-Germain forward took to social media in the aftermath of the Group E victory to explain why he put his head in his hands and cried after scoring Brazil's second goal in the seventh minute of second-half stoppage time to wrap up his side's first victory of Russian Federation 2018. (more...)
Argentina's World Cup mutiny has reportedly turned into a players' coup Argentina's World Cup mutiny has reportedly turned into a players' coup
- June 25, 2018

According to these reports, the players attended a late night meeting and asked that Sampaoli be removed before their final group game against the African side, which they now must win to have any hope of progressing to the round of 16 . Here's how to watch Iceland vs. Nigeria online. Nigeria have three points from two, Iceland have one from two and Argentina have one from two. All violent incidents reported so far have been relatively minor, but a video filmed during Thursday's ... (more...)
Borna Coric claims shock victory against Roger Federer in Halle
- June 25, 2018

The Swiss will drop to second in the world behind Rafael Nadal , who is playing no tune-up events prior to the start of Wimbledon a week from Monday. The veteran had the 21-year-old on the ropes, earning two set points. Federer was the aggressor in the second set, forcing Coric to save two breakpoints before he finally broke him and served out the set to love to usher in a decider. (more...)
Romelu Lukaku a Doubt vs. England; Ankle Injury Diagnosed as Ligament Damage Romelu Lukaku a Doubt vs. England; Ankle Injury Diagnosed as Ligament Damage
- June 25, 2018

Buoyed by their impressive performance and last minute victor against Tunisia on Monday the Three Lions produced a breathtaking first half display that saw John Stones score two headers, Harry Kane blast home a brace of penalties, and Jesse Lingard sore a stunning goal from outside of the area. (more...)

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