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Umtiti reveals difference between Messi at Barcelona, Argentina

Umtiti reveals difference between Messi at Barcelona, Argentina Messi , his World Cup legacy and Argentina's over-reliance on the Barcelona forward, however, have dominated the narrative leading into Saturday's clash at Kazan Arena. France cruised to the round of 16 stage with much ease after registering two wins and a draw in group stages while on the other hand, Argentina stuttered in the first two games but ultimately secured qualification for ad... [Full Article...]

Jorge Sampaoli: I was instructing Lionel Messi vs. Nigeria, not consulting him

Jorge Sampaoli: I was instructing Lionel Messi vs. Nigeria, not consulting him As the drama unfolded in St Petersburg , Iceland was simultaneously fighting with all its Nordic might for a win over the Croats in Rostov-on-Don that could have sent them through. Somehow, Argentina are through to the last-16 of the World Cup . Sampaoli said his team would summon more aggression against France , one of the favourites to win the tournament in Russian Federation. [Full Article...]

Kawhi Leonard adamant about trade, Spurs unwilling to budge

Kawhi Leonard adamant about trade, Spurs unwilling to budge Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) defends Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) in the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. The Spurs are reportedly only interested in sending the two-time Defensive Player of the Year and former Finals MVP to the Eastern Conference , though Leonard has made it known that he would prefer to land in Los Angeles. [Full Article...]

Gareth Southgate: I was lucky to get second chance to manage England

Gareth Southgate: I was lucky to get second chance to manage England It just shows anyone is vulnerable on any given day. The Football Association asked Southgate to take over as caretaker after Roy Hodgson stepped down following the humiliating Euro 2016 defeat by Iceland. "We do not have to risk him but if he is ready we will put him in". Martinez has three players who are one booking away from a suspension, and injury concerns over forwards Eden Hazard and ... [Full Article...]

Twitter reacts to Germany's game-winning goal against Sweden

Twitter reacts to Germany's game-winning goal against Sweden Germany now face a decisive final tie with South Korea to seal their passage into the last 16. For 90-plus minutes, Germany looked as if it would enter the final match facing the same possible fate as Spain and Italy and potentially become the third consecutive defending champion to fail to reach the knockout stage. [Full Article...]

Uruguay too slick for sluggish Russian Federation

Uruguay too slick for sluggish Russian Federation Both Egypt and Saudi Arabia lost their first two games and will be hoping to pocket an elusive win avoid finishing bottom of the group. Luis Suarez . Cherchesov's men fell further back after a fortuitous strike from Laxalt changed course following a deflection off Cheryshev's heel, leaving goalkeeper Igor Afinkeev wrong footed in the 27th minute. [Full Article...]

Paulinho and Thiago Silva put Brazil through and send Serbia home

Paulinho and Thiago Silva put Brazil through and send Serbia home Those misses were promptly punished in the 68th minute when Neymar sent in a corner from the left and Thiago Silva rose at the front post to beat Nikola Milenkovic to the ball and power home a header. With the biggest South Korea upset against Germany, in the day's first game, Brazil had all to do if they were to avoid another embarrassing exit like the former champions. [Full Article...]

Egypt's history-making keeper El Hadary apologises to nation

Egypt's history-making keeper El Hadary apologises to nation Although he saved one penalty, he couldn't stop Saudi Arabia from winning 2-1 in a game between two teams that had already been eliminated. In a post-match interview, Salah, who scored Egypt's only two goals at the World Cup , thanked fans who traveled for the team and supported them in their three matches. [Full Article...]

Houston Rockets star James Harden named NBA's MVP

Houston Rockets star James Harden named NBA's MVP Meanwhile, Australian Ben Simmons - of the Philadelphia 76ers - has won Rookie of the Year honours at the NBA Awards . Simmons beat out Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum. "I want to thank the Clippers organization for giving me an opportunity to be myself", Williams said. Snyder was another finalist for Coach of the Year, but former Toronto Raptors coa... [Full Article...]

No unrest in Argentina camp! - Sampaoli

No unrest in Argentina camp! - Sampaoli Barcelona star Lionel Messi has made it clear he does not want to retire from global duty until he lifts the World Cup trophy with his national side, Argentina . The Argentine federation was even moved to confirm that coach Jorge Sampaoli would continue for the final group game amid rumours of a rift between players and coach. [Full Article...]

Mohamed Salah scores again amid dispute with Egyptian federation

Mohamed Salah scores again amid dispute with Egyptian federation The match in Volgograd came one day after Salah apparently told Egyptian team officials and teammates that he may retire from global play in protest against being used as a political symbol while the World Cup squad was based in Grozny, the capital of the mostly Muslim region of Chechnya. [Full Article...]

Ki Sung-yeung ruled out of Germany clash

Ki Sung-yeung ruled out of Germany clash Four years after Spain became just the fifth champions sent packing after a disastrous group-stage campaign, Joachim Loew's pre-tournament favourites could still be stopped at the first round for the first time since 1938. Toni Kroos said his last-gasp victor made amends for his earlier mistake and kept the holder's World Cup dreams alive. The Borussia Dortmund forward missed Brazil 2014 with ... [Full Article...]

Moscow confectioners build life-size chocolate Messi for his birthday

Moscow confectioners build life-size chocolate Messi for his birthday 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. Nigeria beat Iceland 2-0 on Friday to revive their hopes of advancing into the knockout stages of the World Cup in Russian Federation, as striker Ahmed Musa dramatically marked his return to the team with two fine second-half goals. [Full Article...]

A special Father's Day at US Open for Parziales

A special Father's Day at US Open for Parziales The USGA admitted it was at fault on Saturday after several players blasted the course set up at Shinnecock Hills following a day described as "pure carnage" at the US Open . Fleetwood had three good birdie looks on the final three holes that could have yielded him the all-time low score. Fleetwood began the final day six shots off the lead and finished his round more than two and a half ho... [Full Article...]

Luis Suarez eyes return to form in 100th appearance for Uruguay

Luis Suarez eyes return to form in 100th appearance for Uruguay With a single goal, Luis Suarez settled the fate of four teams in the group stage of the World Cup. The match finally reached in the penalty shootout and Uruguay reached the semi-finals by winning 4-2 in that. However they had knocked out by Sweden in the round of 16 at that time . Uruguay: Muslera - Varela, Gimenez, Godin, Caceres - Sanchez (Nantes, 82), Bentancourt, Vecino (Torreira, 59... [Full Article...]

Twitterati can not wait for ‘clinical’ England’s thriller against Belgium

Twitterati can not wait for ‘clinical’ England’s thriller against Belgium The goal - Panama's first at World Cup level - triggered an extremely emotional response in the stands. And they didn't just win. "It depends how the stars align, it was looking like the quarters, where will probably meet Brazil or Germany , but those teams aren't performing too well, so if we get a good run into the semis then anything can happen". [Full Article...]

Kyrgios Queen's quest ends, Wimbledon next

Kyrgios Queen's quest ends, Wimbledon next But Djokovic, who was sidelined by an elbow injury previous year, could yet deliver with a first Queen's title if he stays strong this weekend. "I have to keep my expectation very low, considering my results in the last 12 months". "I had a great time with him for 11 years, taking him on when he was really young - 18 or 19, and that was one of the best times because he was at an age when he was im... [Full Article...]

Xherdan Shaqiri says controversial celebration was 'emotion' during Switzerland win over Serbia

Xherdan Shaqiri says controversial celebration was 'emotion' during Switzerland win over Serbia Granit Xhaka gave Switzerland an equalizer against Serbia in the 52nd minute Friday with a brilliant strike from long range - but the replays showed that the attempt at goal likely should have been blocked by Serbia's Branislav Ivanovic . [Full Article...]

Neymar fit for Brazil after World Cup injury fears

Neymar fit for Brazil after World Cup injury fears The moment that captured a heated confrontation between Brazilian talisman Neymar Jr and Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers in Friday's World Cup against Costa Rica has become an online sensation. The old trim, which he debuted in Brazil's opening match versus Switzerland in Rostov, a surprising 1-1 draw for the Samba Boys, was heavily criticized by Twitter users. [Full Article...]

Chelsea set to sign Juventus defender for £31 million

Chelsea set to sign Juventus defender for £31 million Maurizio Sarri's contractual situation with Napoli is expected to be sorted out by the end of June, according to Sky in Italy. In each of his two summers in charge, Conte tried to convince Chelsea to sign Belgium forward Dries Mertens . [Full Article...]


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