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World Cup diplomacy provides distraction at European Union summit

World Cup diplomacy provides distraction at European Union summit The result ended England's 12-match unbeaten run and set up a round of 16 tie with a risky Colombia side, while group winners Belgium face Japan , but Southgate wasn't second-guessing his team selection. "It just wouldn't be authentic for what we've been trying to build for the last two years". He is a world class striker and we want him to be ready for Colombia. [Full Article...]

Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi's celebration kick blows up in his face

Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi's celebration kick blows up in his face In celebration, Batshuayi grabbed the ball and went to hammer it back into the net. Sometimes you score, sometimes you kick a ball in your face. That's something his teammates are sure to show him a few hundred times. Some on Twitter said it was the highlight of a game that drew boos from both sets of fans at halftime. Former Manchester United midfielder Januzaj broke the deadlock with a sup... [Full Article...]

Ireland T20I: Team India aims winning start to English summer

Ireland T20I: Team India aims winning start to English summer India launched its tour with a 78-run thrashing of Ireland in the first T20I in Dublin on Wednesday. With many Indian batsmen susceptible to the moving, swinging ball and with this T20I series being the tourists first series on their tour, Boyd Rankin's spell of four overs could be potent and threatening. [Full Article...]

Teams already in Round of 16 and who can join them

Teams already in Round of 16 and who can join them On his way into the summit Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told reporters he would be supporting Belgium , the home of the European Union capital, over England in the game. The very public demonstration of a discovery from the Super Bowl trip put into practice by Southgate was England putting all 23 players up for media interviews during a single, rapid session before flying to Russian Federatio... [Full Article...]

World Cup Group H match report Japan v Poland 28 June 2018

World Cup Group H match report Japan v Poland 28 June 2018 The strike meant Colombia would win the group and Japan were ahead of Senegal despite identical points, goal difference and goals scored, because they had received fewer yellow cards. The outcome saves Japan manager Akira Nishino from at least some questions about his risky decision to start the game with a team showing six changes to the one that performed well in a gutsy 2-2 draw with Sene... [Full Article...]

Why England, Belgium may want to be second

Why England, Belgium may want to be second The 64-year-old, who has followed England to every group game so far, said: "I don't know what it is about Germany - England have got that mental block against Germany, apart from 1966 obviously". "It just wouldn't be authentic for what we've been trying to build for the last two years". Neither side has picked up a point so far, though Tunisia came close to a draw in their match with E... [Full Article...]

Gareth Southgate makes fewer changes than Belgium for Group G decider

Gareth Southgate makes fewer changes than Belgium for Group G decider A large group of supporters gathered in a pub in central Kaliningrad, the capital of the Russian exclave of the same name, and sang late into Wednesday evening. Following the much changed sides from both England and Belgium , fans were quick to make links of the two teams wanting to lose. Gary Cahill and Marcus Rashford may get their first start of this World Cup. [Full Article...]

LeBron texted KD about joining the Lakers, which obviously means it’s happening

LeBron texted KD about joining the Lakers, which obviously means it’s happening The deadline for players to opt out of their contracts is Friday, and the official start to free agency is Sunday. According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, LeBron intends to make his decision before the 4th of July holiday. Oklahoma City's Paul George became the league's first superstar to opt out, turning down a $20.7 million salary and becoming an unrestricted free agent. [Full Article...]

Playing nice gets Japan through to World Cup knockout round

Japan lost to Poland 1-0 in its final match of the group stage, but thanks to Colombia's 1-0 win over Senegal and an uncommon World Cup tiebreaker rule, the Blue Samurai are through to the round of 16 as Group H's runner-up over the African nation. [Full Article...]

We're here to win, not plot final route, says England's Southgate

The victor of Group G, either England or Belgium, faces a potential quarterfinal matchup with Brazil, and a semifinal matchup with either France, Portgual, Argentina or Uruguay. He added he was concerned about the prowess of England captain Kane, who is the tournament's top scorer with five goals so far. But Southgate did concede he would probably make some changes for a clash that neither side ... [Full Article...]

Yerry Mina Goal Sends Colombia Past Senegal, into World Cup Knockout Stage

Yerry Mina Goal Sends Colombia Past Senegal, into World Cup Knockout Stage Africa will have no representatives in the knockout stages at the 2018 World Cup after Senegal lost 1-0 to Colombia to finish third in Group H. However, with both Japan and Senegal having the same number of points, goal difference and goals scored, it came down to disciplinary record to decide the runners-up. [Full Article...]

Japan, Senegal share the points in draw

Japan, Senegal share the points in draw Philippe Troussier, a former coach of the Asian side, told AFP before the tournament that a team bereft of confidence had "no chance" of reaching the knockout stages. "I was alone, we fought, I fought, I did everything I could, but fighting is not enough to win World Cup matches, you also have to have quality, and we had too little of that". [Full Article...]

Korea end Russian Federation 2018 with stunning win, 2 painful losses

Korea end Russian Federation 2018 with stunning win, 2 painful losses With the clock ticking down at Yekaterinburg Arena and the scoreboard at 3-0, it appeared Mexico were about to be sent unceremoniously home from Russian Federation. "We've done a fantastic job today with this match", Andersson said. "I'm shocked that we didn't manage to pull it off". Germany ended up last in Group F while Sweden and Mexico advanced to the round of 16. [Full Article...]

Cavaliers will attempt to clear cap space for a superstar

Cavaliers will attempt to clear cap space for a superstar Exactly where Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James will be playing next season remains a mystery, just days before he's expected to officially become a free agent. James is reportedly already speaking to players he wants to play with next season , seemingly George and Leonard, while recent reports state he is not considering meetings with teams who could pitch him. [Full Article...]

Germany exit shows anyone is vulnerable England manager Gareth Southgate

Germany exit shows anyone is vulnerable England manager Gareth Southgate Romelu Lukaku will likely miss Belgium's Group G decider against England at the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Thursday due to an ankle injury. With the benefit of being the last teams to play in the group stage, both teams will have full knowledge of the knockout bracket by the time they kickoff at 6am - which may lead to the odd situation of both teams attempting to lose the match. [Full Article...]

Bubba Watson gives $200K to benefit camp for ill children

Bubba Watson gives $200K to benefit camp for ill children Russell Henley and JB Holmes lead the chasing pack at 12 under, while Anirban Lahiri and second round leader Brian Harman are one back at 11 under. "I can just try to keep playing solid". A stubborn squirrel interrupted Rory McIlroy as he was teeing off at the first tee. But I can't control what [Casey] is doing. U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka shot a 69 to get to 4 under. [Full Article...]

Player who suffered for Serena's Wimbledon seeding is furious

Player who suffered for Serena's Wimbledon seeding is furious French Open champion Simona Halep is seeded one with Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki , former Wimbledon victor Garbine Muguruza , US Open champion Sloane Stephens and Elina Svitolina making up the top five. "It would be different if I was No 6 seed and they put me at No 10, you know", added Cibulkova, whose own ranking peaked at No 4 in 2014. But the American has been slotted in ... [Full Article...]

LeBron James would 'let the roster come together' for Lakers — Rival GM

LeBron James would 'let the roster come together' for Lakers — Rival GM The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to acquire Kawhi Leonard , and they don't want to wait much longer. Landing Leonard would be a huge first step in the Lakers attempting to sign big free agents like LeBron James and Paul George in free agency, creating a core of star players to bring the team back to relevance in the National Basketball Association. [Full Article...]

Uruguay thrashes Russian Federation to win bragging rights in Group A

Uruguay thrashes Russian Federation to win bragging rights in Group A Both Russia and Uruguay have already secured places in the next Round of Last 16 of the global football championship, each enjoying wins over opponents in their two previous group stage matches. Seeing as the Russians' next match will be against Group B winners Spain in the round of 16 on Sunday, it's hard to disagree with their manager's assessment. [Full Article...]

Brazil ease into last 16 with win over Serbia

Brazil ease into last 16 with win over Serbia Coutinho once again came through for Brazil as he put the victor home in the 91st minute while Neymar sealed the match off with one of his own in the 97th. That assist was a frustrated Neymar's major contribution as he fired one shot at Stojkovic's legs after a 70-metre counter-attack, bounced another over the bar and saw the keeper palm clear his final effort of a night where he was routinely b... [Full Article...]


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