• Iceland sunk by late Croatian goal
Iceland sunk by late Croatian goal

Iceland can still qualify for the round of 16 but they have to beat Croatia and have Argentina beat Nigeria by only one goal . Iceland's first World Cup adventure came to a valiant end on June 26 as they were beaten 2-1 by Group D winners Croatia due to a late strike from Ivan Perisic , with Argentina qualifying as runners-up instead.

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  • Moscow confectioners build life-size chocolate Messi for his birthday
Moscow confectioners build life-size chocolate Messi for his birthday

If there is one trophy that makes Lionel Messi "one of the" and not "the" Greatest Of All Time (G.O.A.T) in football is the FIFA World Cup or any other global major for his country. Simeone's sensational tirade, reported to be an audio message sent on mobile platform WhatsApp to Atletico assistant coach German "Mono" Burgos, emerged hours after...

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  • Petra Kvitova strolls into Birmingham semis
Petra Kvitova strolls into Birmingham semis

The world number eight now leads the WTA in wins (37) and titles (five) this year, but she was initially troubled by Rybarikova, who threatened an upset after taking the first set. It was tough to fightback but I was relaxed and it paid off afterward. Svitolina was the highest ranked player in the quarter-final draw in Birmingham , with Garbine...

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  • England eclipsed Panama 6-1 — FIFA WC
England eclipsed Panama 6-1 — FIFA WC

They also showed commendable first-half discipline to avoid getting involved in Panama's ham-fisted physical approach, simply letting the inevitable take its course in the hands of Egyptian referee Ghead Grisha, who was determined to punish penalty-area transgressions.

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  • Vela and Hernandez put Mexico within touching distance of the knockouts
Vela and Hernandez put Mexico within touching distance of the knockouts

Although there were periods of the game where Mexico struggled to create much, you always sensed that they were not far off from a moment where they could create a chance. This marks another milestone for Telemundo Deportes as the network has broadcast two of the nine most-watched World Cup matches in Spanish-language history, while Telemundo...

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  • Croatia in euphoria after stunning win over Argentina
Croatia in euphoria after stunning win over Argentina

The pressure is on Iceland , but while they've made a knack of defying the odds over the past few years, we think their World cup journey could well end tonight. Sergio Aguero is among the other players dropped by Sampaoli for a game Argentina has to win to stand a chance of advancing from Group D alongside Croatia .

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  • World Cup Group qualifying scenarios for knockout rounds
World Cup Group qualifying scenarios for knockout rounds

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 .

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  • Colombia boost World Cup last-16 hopes by eliminating Poland
Colombia boost World Cup last-16 hopes by eliminating Poland

Poland had a spell early of dominance early in the second half but, when Falcao latched onto a Quintero through ball to put Colombia 2-0 up in the 70th minute, the game was effectively over. "But we treat Colombia as a whole team, even if they have such a great player". Let's be frank, it's not like we lost by a whisker. Only the bravery of ...

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  • Sadio Mane scores as Senegal held to World Cup draw
Sadio Mane scores as Senegal held to World Cup draw

Senegal went ahead for the second time in the match when Moussa Wague drilled the ball into the top of the net on 71 minutes. Inui, who was everywhere for Japan , scored Japan's first after some fine work by Yuto Nagatomo and veteran Honda proved a super sub when he equalized just six minutes after stepping onto the pitch.

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  • Captain Kane delivers for England on big stage
Captain Kane delivers for England on big stage

Kane's hat-trick was completed in freaky fashion in the 62nd minute after a Ruben Loftus-Cheek deflected off the English captain's heel into the net. It is predicted a wave of fans will dash to Russian Federation ahead of England's last group game with Belgium on Thursday in Kalinigrad.

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  • Tearful Neymar is a joyful boy, says Jesus
Tearful Neymar is a joyful boy, says Jesus

Social media wasn't kind as plenty - including former England star Gary Lineker - slammed the 26-year-old for his Oscar-worthy dive. Even when Navas was beaten, Neymar curled inches wide as he bore down on goal midway through the second half.

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  • France ponder offensive options, Australia shore up defense
France ponder offensive options, Australia shore up defense

Until Risdon's foul on Griezmann, Australia's defenders had been superb, making sure the French strikers did not get too many balls. Referee Andres Cunha, though, simply checked the goal-line monitor on his watch and pointed to the centre circle as Australia keeper Mat Ryan stood appealing with the ball in his hands.

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  • Japan and Senegal fans clean stadiums after World Cup matches
Japan and Senegal fans clean stadiums after World Cup matches

But those working after Japan's games will have an easier job of it. America's Steve Christakos reports. Senegal became the first African team to win at this year's World Cup after Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia all lost. It is a habit drilled into citizens from a young age, with students expected to clean their school classrooms and hallway...

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  • LeBron James Rumors: Kawhi Trade Would Significantly Help Lakers' Chance at Deal
LeBron James Rumors: Kawhi Trade Would Significantly Help Lakers' Chance at Deal

However, that could be mitigated if they prove to present San Antonio with the best offer. As of now, Leonard would prefer a trade to the Lakers over the Clippers . Even despite Leonard's reported feelings, it appears Popovich is still trying to fix the relationship, which fractured at some point during last season.

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  • Kawhi Leonard wants to a trade from Spurs
Kawhi Leonard wants to a trade from Spurs

Harris and one of their first-round picks on Thursday night would be a starting point for the Clippers in any trade talks involving Leonard. There isn't a way to make this deal work without giving up an All-Star or several role players. Jaylen Brown and a first-round pick would be likely Boston's route while a mix of Markelle Fultz , Dario Saric...

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  • National Basketball Association draft rumors: Latest buzz and trade chatter
National Basketball Association draft rumors: Latest buzz and trade chatter

The prospect in question is none other than Luka Doncic , the 19-year-old Slovenian phenom, who has been at the center of attention in this draft - for good reason . It's widely expected that the Phoenix Suns will select former Arizona star Deandre Ayton with the first overall pick in Thursday's NBA Draft , and the Sacramento Kings have a ...

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  • Uruguay v Saudi Arabia 20 June 2018
Uruguay v Saudi Arabia 20 June 2018

And unusually, Barcelona striker Luis Suarez missed three golden chances to score. "There is no doubt that facing the Uruguayan team is hard and that it is known for its global stars, but we are determined to improve our image from the previous match and the joy of the Saudi fans", said Saudi Arabia midfielder Taisir Al-Jassim.

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  • ‘Naive’ Afghanistan have mountain to climb, says coach
‘Naive’ Afghanistan have mountain to climb, says coach

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said it is a matter of pride and honour for India to host Afghanistan's maiden Test match and paid tribute to the war-ravaged country's indomitable spirit. "My strength is to step out and play and I play accordingly". BCCI acting president, CK Khanna said, "Scoring a century in the first session is a...

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  • Warner joins St Lucia Stars for CPL
Warner joins St Lucia Stars for CPL

Following his 12-month ban by Cricket Australia for the ball-tampering incident against South Africa in March, Warner has signed on for multiple Twenty20 tournaments and is also set to play grade cricket in Sydney. The once highly respected cricketer has been drafted to play for Winnipeg Hawks in the Global T20 tournament in Canada. St Lucia St...

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  • Fernando Alonso wins Le Mans 24 with Toyota
Fernando Alonso wins Le Mans 24 with Toyota

Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso won the 24 Hours Le Mans on his debut in the classic endurance race on Sunday to move closer to motorsport's unofficial Triple Crown. "It's a shame the 24 Hours of Le Mans only happens once a year ", Alonso said after winning. It turned out the auto had failed to come in for a fuel stop and so ...

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  • Mohamed Salah to miss Egypt’s first game against Uruguay
Mohamed Salah to miss Egypt’s first game against Uruguay

In the end their blushes were spared by Gimenez's superb late header, but Uruguay looked far from the finished article and could struggle against Russian Federation if they do not improve. Suarez was immobile for large parts of the game had three glorious opportunities, hitting the side netting in the first half and failing to beat Egypt goalke...

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  • Sweden 1-0 South Korea
Sweden 1-0 South Korea

Sweden will next play Germany , which lost to Mexico 1-0 in the other Group F match, on Saturday. Four minutes later, Cho had to be alert once more to keep out a bullet header by Toivonen , but there was little he could do to prevent the Swedes from opening the scoring five minutes after the hour mark.

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  • Former Oregon player Leiato killed in car crash
Former Oregon player Leiato killed in car crash

Springfield, Ore. - At 2:31 this morning, June 15, police responded to a reported a single-vehicle roll-over crash at Martin Luther King Jr. McLaughlin said investigators determined the deceased person had been a passenger in the vehicle.

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  • USGA Issue Statement on Ruling for Phil Mickelson's Controversial Stroke
USGA Issue Statement on Ruling for Phil Mickelson's Controversial Stroke

The five-time major champion, celebrating his 48th birthday, said he quickly decided the two-stroke penalty would be better than allowing the ball to roll of the green. "That's the most out-of-character I have ever seen Phil Mickelson ", Azinger said. Then he was like, 'C'mon Beef, what've you got for me?' We just tried to chat away and just get o...

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  • Own goal hands Iran late victory over Morocco
Own goal hands Iran late victory over Morocco

It was Morocco's Aziz Bouhaddouz who scored the heartbreaking own goal in the fifth minute of injury time . There was an explosion of joy among the Iran squad as coaches and substitutes leapt out of the dugout and sprinted onto the field to celebrate with the players.

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  • Martial wants to leave Man Utd, says agent
Martial wants to leave Man Utd, says agent

Philippe Lamboley, director of USFA management, has told French media that United do not want to lose the France global but have not found an agreement with him over a new contract. So, Martial will either see out his contract or leave United as quickly as possible. "I think he has done his best for three years". Mourinho's strict style of ma...

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  • Salah still a doubt ahead of World Cup opener
Salah still a doubt ahead of World Cup opener

We always know we're running a risk when playing a match, that's something we can't hide. Following an hour-long training session for the Celeste at their humble Bor training camp just outside the city of Nizhny Novgorod, Muslera said he wants Salah to fully recover from the shoulder injury sustained in the recent Champions League final.

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  • Justify to be celebrated during Saturday’s ‘Downs After Dark’ at Churchill Downs
Justify to be celebrated during Saturday’s ‘Downs After Dark’ at Churchill Downs

Each of them received a special cover design, with Justify's edition pairing up next to a headline that he "joins the immortals". Baffert fell short the first three times he brought a horse to Belmont with a chance at the Triple Crown - with Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998) and War Emblem (2002).

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  • Antoine Griezmann has confirmed he will remain with Atletico Madrid
Antoine Griezmann has confirmed he will remain with Atletico Madrid

The 27-year old, who scored the winning goal against Marseille in the Europa League final last month, announced his decision in a documentary broadcast programme called " The Decision ", made by Spanish network Movistar Plus. Multiple people within Griezmann's inner circle told ESPN FC later on Tuesday that they want him to stay at Atletico, ...

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  • Unai Emery reacts to Arsenal’s tough Premier League start
Unai Emery reacts to Arsenal’s tough Premier League start

There's a midweek clash as we travel to Watford on 4 December before facing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge the following weekend (8 December ). And with the new Premier League fixture list - which you can see in full here - also showing Arsenal heading to Chelsea on matchday two, the former PSG boss clearly has his work cut out if he is to h...

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