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Veteran starts for Mexico against Brazil

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In the scorching conditions in Samara, the Mexicans, who started with 39-year-old Rafael Marquez, made a frenetic start but were unable to convert their chances. Once Brazil took the lead, they dominated the play. His run across goal and clever backheel won Willian space, and the Chelsea midfielder only needed two touches to drive into box and lay the ball across for the world's most expensive player to slide home. Read More »

Hosts Russia shock Spain in penalty kick thriller

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Veteran Russia centre-back Sergei Ignashevich gifted Spain the opening goal on 12 minutes in Moscow when he unwittingly turned into his own net after grappling with Sergio Ramos . Fernando Hierro & Co were shocked by hosts Russian Federation in Moscow , losing 5-3 on penalties after drawing 1-1. "We might have attacked more if we only played four at the back or with more forwards but I believe we were victorious because my players stuck to the plan". Read More »

Germany eliminated from the World Cup

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Son Heung-min made it 2-0 in the sixth minute of stoppage time after Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer came up the field to help his teammates outside the South Korea box. "I'm shocked that we didn't manage to pull it off". Everyone was waiting for Germany to score another late World Cup-saving goal. "We will sit down and over today's match again". Read More »

Go west: LeBron James joins the L.A

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The Cavs played 81 postseason games - one contest shy of an entire regular season - the last four years, winning 55 of them. That's $38.5 million per season. The decision to join the Lakers was not a surprise to his innermost circle, with one person telling AP that it had been presumed for some time that he was headed to Los Angeles next season. Read More »

Clippers DeAndre Jordan opts out of contract, becomes free agent

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Dirk is nowhere near the player he used to be, but he still averaged 12.0 points and 5.7 rebounds while playing a career-low 24.7 minutes per game last season. Jordan, who has been with the Clippers his entire 10-year career, has a deadline of 8:59 PDT Friday to exercise the option of his contract that will pay him $24.1 million next season. Read More »

LeBron James agrees to 4-year, $154M contract with LA Lakers

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In fact, losing James in free agency would drop the team below the league's luxury tax line for the first time in quite a while. James has two homes in Los Angeles and a production company in L.A. James leaves the franchise as its leader in almost every major statistical category: games played, points, rebounds, assists and steals. He's owed $24.1 million next year and has a $25.6 million option for the following year. Read More »

LeBron James Is Reportedly Trying to Recruit Stars to Cleveland

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The 33-year old James is coming off a year in which he carried the Cavaliers to their fourth straight Finals appearance, shouldering a massive load during the postseason. It appears the Cavaliers are doing everything they can to keep LeBron James. "And what was really encouraging about the workout is he actually shot it a lot better". Read More »

LeBron James’ free agency: Reports from around the NBA

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That could mean luring James and George , who has had his eye on the Lakers for some time now. While the Lakers are reported to be considering a trade package similar to the one that took Kyrie Irving from the Cavs to Boston last summer, San Antonio will in all likelihood demand a much bigger return. Read More »

Germany coach Joachim Low ponders over future after defending champions' meek exit

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Germany , 2014 champions, are out of Russian Federation 2018 after group stages, their first exit in the World Cup group stages in 80 years. "I can not say why this was for us", he told reporters. Germany are the first of the favourites to be knocked out, after Spain , Portugal and Argentina all scraped through the group stage. Timo Werner, Marco Reus , Mesut Ozil and second-half substitute Mario Gomez were among the Germany stars who failed to take goal scoring chances as the ... Read More »

By the numbers: Messi and Ronaldo's knockout ducks; Kylian Mbappe emulates Pele

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi saw their World Cup dreams snuffed out on Saturday as French teenager Kylian Mbappe flew the flag for a new generation in Russian Federation. "I am sure that Portugal will continue to be one of the best teams in the world". Many praised Ronaldo for an apparent act of sportsmanship. By that time, Ronaldo's situation at club level will be clearer after he raised doubts about his future with Real Madrid in the wake of their Champions League final win ... Read More »

Gary Neville gives his prediction on who will win World Cup

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Denmark held France to a goalless draw and Christian Eriksen is continuing to show himself as one of the finest playmakers in the world. Pegged as +190 underdogs on Saturday, Portugal has looked ordinary at times during their 3-5-1 run, and in the group stage relied heavily on Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored four of the squad's five goals to remain a +450 bet on the World Cup top goalscorer odds. Read More »

Ronaldo can't beat Uruguay on his own, warns Portugal coach

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Nearly irrespective of who those wins came against, Uruguay will be on a high as one of only three teams to triumph in all their group games in Russia-Croatia and Belgium are the other two. "The greatest virtue of the Uruguay team is that they are Uruguay". Uruguay, with Oscar Tabarez's decade-long pedagogy, headed into the World Cup with a settled squad and have been one of the only two teams to boast of a cent percent record in the group stages (the other country being Croatia). Read More »

Germany need big changes, says Loew after World Cup crash

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Although Germany rebounded spectacularly with a superb win over Sweden after the Mexico defeat, Low's tinkering in selection for the South Korea match betrayed his lack of confidence in the whole team. Maybe we thought at the push of a button we could shift gears, but we lost against Mexico . Germany ended up last in a group it expected to win. Read More »

Twitter rips Hawks for trading Luka Doncic away

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Another buzzworthy move was when the Sixers traded Villanova's Mikal Bridges , whom they selected with the No. 10 pick, to the Suns in exchange for the draft rights to No. "That's why I want to remain guarded in my comments". "I will tell about all at the right time", he said . How did we get here? And the Mavericks came away with a solid haul, including Luka Doncic. Read More »

Messi Gets Face-Saving Kazan Mural to Match Ronaldo's

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It's a team that will play the match with a lot of heart. Now after fighting to advance from their group, Argentina will face their toughest test of the 2018 World Cup so far, when they battle France in the Round of 16. "He has a special ability to see the game that is only possible for a genius and a lot of the time it is hard to be at the level of a genius like him". Read More »

Southgate urges England to play Belgium without fear

Wednesday was the two-year anniversary of the Euro 2016 humiliation against Iceland - a time when Southgate could never have imagined leading his country into this World Cup . Southgate wants to see another high level of performance on Thursday, when Dele Alli could return to the side after missing out against Panama with a thigh strain. Read More »

Lakers pressured to add Leonard before LeBron decision

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Though the situation differed in some ways (Irving had two years remaining on his contract, not one), the now former Cleveland Cavaliers star hadn't considered Boston a primary choice amongst possible destinations. One agent recently suggested to Business Insider that the Spurs should not trade Leonard, barring a mega-offer. My favorite part in this soap opera is that Gregg Popovich is doing everything he can to stiff-arm the Lakers. Read More »

Toni Kroos rescues German World Cup hopes with last-gasp victor

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Germany , with the 2-1 win, are right back in the thick of things in Group F. With the win over Sweden, Germany are now on track to advance to the Round of 16, as it controls its own destiny. MOSCOW - Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard scored two goals each in a dominant Belgium display, leading their team over Tunisia in the highest scoring game of the World Cup. Read More »

Uruguay happy that Suarez, Cavani find their rhythm together

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But it was South Americans who opened the scoring as Surarez sent a low-free kick from just outside the area into the bottom right corner in the 10th minute. "Even though we had ten men we wanted to play". Round of 16 permutations and scenarios- World Cup Daily live blog: Follow the action on and off the pitch- World Cup fixtures, results and coverage - How to fix Argentina? Uruguay , by contrast, are perfectly set-up to keep teams at arm's length and they had few problems during a ... Read More »

Serbia 0 - 2 Brazil - Match Report & Highlights

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Serbia's Vladimir Stojkovic makes a save from Brazil's Neymar . Brazil did what it had to do to win, making sure it wasn't the second big team to exit the tournament after 2014 champion Germany was knocked out by South Korea. Mitrovic towered over right-back Fagner near the 65th minute but only to fire his header straight at Alisson with the entire goal to shoot at. It was the Barcelona player once again who caused most danger against Serbia and set up the opening goal, so until ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia v Egypt 25 June 2018

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It was an enthralling first half between the two teams from Group A who have already been eliminated. Saudi Arabia fought back after falling behind to Mohamed Salah's second FIFA World Cup goal to claim a 2-1 win over Egypt in their final Group A game of Russian Federation 2018. Read More »

James Harden wins 2018 NBA MVP over Anthony Davis, LeBron James

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In the 33 games he played without Cousins, Davis averaged 30.2 points, 11.9 rebounds, two steals and 3.2 blocks while shooting 51.4 percent from the field. "Do I want to do this again?'" Casey said. Gordon won the award last season. He has since become coach of the Detroit Pistons. Casey coached the East in the All-Star Game for the first time. Read More »

Diego Maradona: Lionel Messi's not to blame for anything

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Sampaoli is reported to have met with the Argentine FA President Caludio Tapa, who has given the coach his backing. "[But] I can't ignore the fact there are 46 games in this competition and the potential that 18-20 weeks where you play two games per week if we've made progress in the cup competitions". Read More »

Essam El-Hadary breaks World Cup record for oldest player

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The Egyptian soccer federation maintains that Salah has not complained. Images also surfaced of a smiling Salah sitting alongside Kadyrov as he made a speech in a ceremony in which the leader, who enjoys Kremlin backing but is now under USA sanctions, later pinned a Chechen flag on the player's shirt. Read More »

Rudy doubt for Germany with broken nose

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Neuer was also one of the main speakers during the crisis meeting that followed the loss against Mexico. "Our defensive players have lost confidence and that's very unfortunate, he said". "It's nothing I'm bothered about", he said. Mexico 2-1 Sweden, with Mexico topping group F and going into the round of 16 with bags of confidence. Read More »

World Cup or Eurovision, Iceland keep on hoping

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The star, along with his team-mates, came under heavy criticism following a shock 3-0 defeat to Croatia in the second game of the group. If Iceland win, it will be time to get the calculators out. "But there are people I have to work with on a daily basis and they are affected by these comments". Sampaoli said he had been made to feel like a "criminal" by critics, but that there was no mutiny within the squad and he was still a coach "with enthusiasm and a clear idea what I want to ... Read More »

Koepka wins second straight US Open Championship

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He finished at 1-over 281, 13 shots higher than his winning score at Erin Hills past year. It's a second shot golf course and the greens are much smaller in play than they look. Reed's bid to claim the second leg of the calendar grand slam faltered with three bogeys in four holes around the turn, Koepka moving two ahead with a birdie on the 10th before scrambling to salvage a bogey on the next after firing his tee shot over the green and his second into a greenside bunker. Read More »

Marin Cilic comes from behind to beat Novak Djokovic in Queen's final

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The broadcast cameras filmed Kyrgios at the start of his match taking his final break before the first service game enjoying a very private moment with someone in his players box - for which he was fined 15,000 Euro ($17,500). Petra Kvitova hit back from a set down to beat Magdalena Rybarikova and retain her Nature Valley Classic title in Birmingham. This was their 16th meeting and the second straight win for Marin after Paris 2016, losing the first 14 encounters against the great rival who ... Read More »

Uruguay make their best start to a World Cup since 1954

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For Mohamed Salah and Co to stay alive in the World Cup , Saudi Arabia will have to win Wednesday night's fixture against the South Americans. "I do fancy them in this tournament", said Neville . "Of course we demand a lot more from this type of player", Tabarez said of Suarez at his post-match press conference. The 31-year-old produced a significantly improved display against the Green Falcons and has now scored 52 times for his country, including six goals in 10 World Cup ... Read More »

LAFC's Marco Ureña on Costa Rica facing Brazil: "They're not invincible"

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Oh, and Neymar was doing Neymar things. The Nigerians haven't impressed me much and their recent form of four defeats and one draw doesn't exactly fill me with confidence. With a win Iceland could put Argentina on the brink of elimination. Brazil fans attending the game are adamant the change in style will be to their benefit after seeing on of the pre-tournament favorites to lift the trophy in Russian Federation stutter in their Group E opener. Read More »

Incoming Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri 'wants to sign Dries Mertens'

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Kalidou Koulibaly is confident Maurizio Sarri will be a success at Chelsea and believes the former Napoli coach would "change" the style of football at Stamford Bridge. Sarri has already told the Chelsea board in their talks that top of his list to buy are Inter Milan's Uruguayan midfielder Matias Vecino and Spanish winger Jose Callejon from Napoli . Read More »

How to Watch Iran vs. Spain

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It was not until the 25th minute that Spain had a shot on target, with Silva sending a free kick straight into the arms of keeper Ali Beiranvand. They need to try because Costa, who has been at his battering-ram best, might not provide a get-out-of-jail card every time Spain play. Read More »

Hornets Players Were Reportedly ‘Sick And Tired’ Of Dwight Howard

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The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the teams have not announced the trade and the league can not approve the deal until the trade moratorium ends on July 6. Smith, Ante Zizic and the No. 8 pick . Mozgov has two years left on his contract at $16 million per season. Mozgov signed a four-year deal worth $64 million. Read More »

England World Cup game beats royal wedding in TV ratings

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The Spurs right-back impressed during Monday's Group G opener as the Three Lions won 2-1 against Tunisia . "If I'm being honest, and i'm one of his biggest fans, I thought he was poor", said Merson to Sky Sports . "Although you've not done it yet, you feel like you understand what to expect and I feel that is definitely needed". Germany's surprise loss to Mexico could create a odd situation in Group G where England and Belgium may face a theoretically easier path to the last four if ... Read More »

Plane carrying Saudi Arabia's World Cup team catches fire

Footage that showed fire shooting from the engines underneath the wings was uploaded to Twitter after the plane had landed. However, the Saudi Arabian Football Federation was quick to release a statement saying that the players are safe. And unusually, Barcelona striker Luis Suarez missed three golden chances to score. Defeat against Uruguay would nearly certainly see them eliminated from the competition, although they also play against Egypt in their final group game. Read More »

Manchester City to start title defence at Arsenal

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They begin their Premier League season at home to West Ham before facing Crystal Palace , Brighton and Leicester . As you can see from the table below, only Wolves are deemed to have a tougher start than Newcastle United . Two of Liverpool's home games after Champions League nights will be against teams also battling in the competition. Across Manchester, Jose Mourinho remains unbeaten on opening day. Read More »