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Ahmed Musa scored both goals for the Super Eagles , as they claimed their first win at the tournament in Russian Federation. If they win and Nigeria loses to Argentina , Iceland advances. The African side will secure a spot in the knockout stage alongside Croatia if they beat Argentina . Iceland - 1 (-2) 4. So the scenarios for Argentina are relatively simple.
  • Brazil beats Costa Rica in tense encounter

    Brazil beats Costa Rica in tense encounter

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    The Nigerian team is the youngest in the World Cup with an average age of just below 26, and although it is the most populous nation in Africa with some 185 million people, the team has never advanced past the round of 16. Costa Rica's only World Cup victory against a team from South America was four years ago against Uruguay. That was the message we took from the first game.
  • What will Matchday 9 bring at the FIFA World Cup?

    What will Matchday 9 bring at the FIFA World Cup?

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    Argentina players want Jorge Sampaoli kicked out before Argentina's last game against Nigeria , with Sergio Aguero hitting out at his manager after the crushing defeat by Croatia . They are fast and more direct than Argentina. Weather forecasters are predicting heat of 32 degrees Celsius (90°F) at kickoff time on Friday, 10 degrees hotter than when Iceland pulled off their 1-1 draw with Argentina on Saturday.
  • Bucks’ Sterling Brown sues Milwaukee over stun-gun arrest

    Bucks’ Sterling Brown sues Milwaukee over stun-gun arrest

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    District Court in Milwaukee , Sterling Brown , a guard for the Milwaukee Bucks who is black, was wrongfully arrested and mistreated because of his race by a police department with a history of excessive force against black people. I'm hoping all of America is watching because Sterling Brown knows this is not just a problem in Milwaukee . Six squad cars responded and Brown quickly found himself surround by officers.
  • Neymar to start Brazil v Costa Rica, coach Tite confirms

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    The players around him simply weren't good enough - not that Sampaoli's tactics helped - but Neymar's genius isn't compromised by the same dilemma. After an opening game defeat to Serbia, Costa Rica know that another loss to five-time world champions Brazil today could spell the end of their time in Russian Federation.
  • Japan fans impress by cleaning up stadium

    Japan fans impress by cleaning up stadium

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    The lessons in life we can take from the game. You could say they had a stake after all the co-hosted the championship with Korea, but African representatives Senegal who only Tuesday showed class by being the first African country competing in Russian Federation to win a match re-enacted what Japanese fans did four years ago by cleaning up the stadium 40 minutes after their match against Poland.
  • Andy Murray unsure if he will play at Wimbledon after injury comeback

    Andy Murray unsure if he will play at Wimbledon after injury comeback

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    Kyrgios fired 18 aces, and also 11 double faults, in a typically cavalier serving display. Murray had never lost to Kyrgios, with whom he has a very congenial rookie-veteran relationship. "It was kind of good to see him back out there, but it was a very awkward match for me because I was thinking the guy hadn't played a match in a year, and I was getting smoked in the first set".
  • Bagley, Porter headline list of forwards in NBA Draft

    Bagley, Porter headline list of forwards in NBA Draft

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    Now, though, he said on The Will Cain Show that his back is completely fine. As reported by Damon Amendolara of CBS Sports , Porter Jr. said that he's a mix of Kevin Durant , Tracy McGrady , Giannis Antetokounmpo . A series of injuries derailed Porter Jr.'s collegiate career, allowing him to only play in three games, so there is a lot of skepticism as to whether or not the Missouri native will even be selected in the top-10.
  • England manager Gareth Southgate dislocates shoulder while running, says FA

    England manager Gareth Southgate dislocates shoulder while running, says FA

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    Southgate last night joked he will have to tone down his goal celebrations in future after the freak accident near England's World Cup training base. With fellow centre-back Harry Maguire's header from another corner leading to Kane's added-time victor, it served to underline the importance of self-pieces in the competition.
  • This is the Rockets hat you could see at the NBA Draft

    This is the Rockets hat you could see at the NBA Draft

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    It took under 15 minutes for the first major shake-up of the 2018 NBA Draft. On average, there seems to be about one trade involving a starting-caliber, veteran player on National Basketball Association draft night . Dennis Smith Jr . pledged to play on the Mavericks' summer league team, which begins play in Las Vegas on July 6, but he said his main motivation to do so is the chance to play with Dallas' first-round pick.
  • Optus flops in World Cup debut

    Optus flops in World Cup debut

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    Optus Sport bought broadcast rights for most World Cup games from SBS , although all Australian matches and the World Cup final remain on SBS . Fans called on telcos to leave sports to traditional broadcasters, with some saying streaming events like the World Cup online disregarded older generations and those living in rural Australia.
  • JFA vindicated after Japan's opening win

    JFA vindicated after Japan's opening win

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    And Senegal weren't the only fans to show their humble side. In the match where odds were stacked against the island nation, the Japanese took advantage of Colombia's 10-man squad after defender Carlos Sanchez earned the first red card of the championship for a blatant handball.
  • Injured Ben Stokes left out of England's T20 squad

    Injured Ben Stokes left out of England's T20 squad

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    Furthermore, Sam Curran who recently played his debut Test match against Pakistan is also included in the English squad. The last three ODIs between Australia and England will be played on June 19, 21 and 24 followed by one T20I on June 27.
  • Here’s What Phil Mickelson Said Regarding His Actions At U.S. Open

    Here’s What Phil Mickelson Said Regarding His Actions At U.S. Open

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    Open and into a better and brighter tomorrow". He hit his own still-rolling ball on the 13th hole, earning a two-stroke penalty - and the incredulity and derision of many in the golf world. USGA officials said disqualification was not in order for his violation. I've had multiple times when I've wanted to do that. "Phil knows the rules.
  • What are ICC rules regarding doping in cricket?

    What are ICC rules regarding doping in cricket?

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    The news has come as per reports on Geo News and from other leading journalists of Pakistan . The player will be given a chance to explain his side of the story and also has the option of giving a second sample for testing if he believes the first one resulted in an erroneous result.
  • Wawrinka and Cilic cruise through at Queen's

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    Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka made light work of Britain's Cameron Norrie in the opening round of the Queen's Club grasscourt tournament on Monday, winning 6-2 6-3. The next match will be a tougher test still, against former champion and the No5 seed Sam Querrey , who beat another young Briton, Jay Clarke , 6-3, 6-3, in just over an hour.
  • France v Peru: Les Bleus calm after unconvincing start

    France v Peru: Les Bleus calm after unconvincing start

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    Les Bleus did start with a 4-3-3 formation in their World Cup opener against Australia, and were able to secure a 2-1 win . A draw will keep their hopes alive as one point from Thursday's game will give them confidence to defeat Australia in their third and final game.
  • England starting XI for Panama game 'revealed' by assistant

    England starting XI for Panama game 'revealed' by assistant

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    But the most noteworthy aspect of the pictured piece of paper was Marcus Rashford , rather than Sterling, playing in the attacking two alongside captain Harry Kane. Rashford strengthened his own case in England's final pre-World Cup friendly against Costa Rica, capping a lively performance with a spectacular long-range goal .
  • Matchday 8 - Who will steal the show?

    Matchday 8 - Who will steal the show?

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    The next time that France will be taking to the pitch in the Group Stages of this year's World Cup soccer tournament will be on Thursday June 21, and it is that day that the France v Peru match will be kicking off. "He has had a fantastic season at club level and for his national team and is obviously a huge player for them". "If we pick Arzani and Petratos we are playing players that are more unsafe", he says.
  • Argentina Team, Predicted Playing XI vs Croatia

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    Argentina to take on Croatia . Lionel Messi is under increased pressure to redeem himself when Argentina face Croatia in Thursday's pivotal match after eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth goal of the World Cup to send Morocco packing.
  • Phanatic's flying hot dog hurts Phillies fan

    Phanatic's flying hot dog hurts Phillies fan

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    John Coomer suffered a detached retina after being pelted by a hot dog tossed by Slugerrr, the Royals' mascot, at a game in Kansas City. "It came out of nowhere - and hard". Even though her face is sore, the Phillies fan said herself, "It gives people a good laugh, and if that makes somebody chuckle, then that's fine". "I understand a baseball, but not a hot dog".
  • Senegal's controversial goal against Poland

    Senegal's controversial goal against Poland

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    Senegal started the stronger team with Aliou Cisse's men keen to break down the wings at any given opportunity. Niang pounced on a poor backpass from Krychowiak and capitalised on hesitation between Szczesny and Jan Bednarek to nip in and slot into an open net on the hour mark.
  • Salah returns but Egypt lose 3-1

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    After a tight first half Russia's breakthrough came just two minutes after the restart. The first was an own-goal by Egypt captain Ahmed Fathi - a veteran with 129 worldwide appearances - after the ball came back in following a botched clearance.
  • Senegal fans celebrate victory over Poland by cleaning the stadium

    Senegal fans celebrate victory over Poland by cleaning the stadium

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    Senegal became the first African team to win at this World Cup , with a Polish own goal and a controversial second goal following M'Baye Niang's return to the pitch after an injury. Later in the day, Senegal fans were spotted picking up empty bottles and plastic snack containers after their 2-1 win over Poland. It is a habit drilled into citizens from a young age, with students expected to clean their school classrooms and hallways.
  • Neymar back in training ahead of Costa Rica game

    Neymar back in training ahead of Costa Rica game

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    There was no obvious contact or collision but the problem appeared to be with his right foot or ankle. The Brazilian football confederation said the injury was not serious, adding Neymar left as a precaution and would be back in training on Wednesday (Thursday NZ time).
  • Spain Face Buoyant Iran

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    The thrilling 3-3 draw with Portugal in Sochi eased concerns that Julen Lopetegui's sudden departure would derail Spain's campaign and reports coming out of the camp indicate an upbeat mood under his makeshift replacement Fernando Hierro.
  • West Ham sign French defender Diop for club record US$29m fee

    West Ham sign French defender Diop for club record US$29m fee

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    The 33-year-old is now away with Poland for their World Cup campaign and was on bench for their 2-1 defeat to Senegal yesterday. Fabianski is expected to compete with Adrian for the goalkeeper's position. The Hammers had been searching for a replacement for Joe Hart following the end of his loan spell from Premier League champions Manchester City. West Ham's newly appointed director of football, Mario Husillos said: "Issa is a player with fantastic potential who has already shown great ...
  • Russian Federation v Saudi Arabia

    Russian Federation v Saudi Arabia

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    DON'T MISS | Has Germany defender Antonio Rudiger invented new form of defending? Saudi Arabia were caught napping at the back once more on 71 minutes as Golovin was given far too much space on the right to cross for Dzyuba, who directed a downward header into the bottom-right corner of the net.
  • Tottenham's Harry Kane shares what Mauricio Pochettino texted him on Monday

    Tottenham's Harry Kane shares what Mauricio Pochettino texted him on Monday

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    That is the way a confident striker has to think, especially someone as good as him. Becky - who has daughter Sofia, three, and son Finley, one, with husband Jamie along with Megan, 13, and Taylor, six, from a previous relationship - made a surprise appearance on Loose Women on Wednesday where she revealed it was the first time Jamie spent time with the family since they arrived in Russian Federation on Sunday.
  • How can Argentina get the best out of Lionel Messi?

    How can Argentina get the best out of Lionel Messi?

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    Argentina's Lionel Messi misses a penalty. "Messi does not have any substitute here, in Barcelona or anywhere in the world". Sampaoli simply had to defend his star man after his stuttering display against Iceland, but this was another example of a legend of the game wilting on a stage he so desperately wants to dominate.
  • All Blacks take victory over 14-man France in Wellington

    All Blacks take victory over 14-man France in Wellington

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    Benjamin Fall of France receives a red card from Referee Angus Gardner during the International Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and France at Westpac Stadium on June 16, 2018 in Wellington , New Zealand . But immediately after the game, the All Blacks sympathised with Fall. At the time of the incident, France were leading 3-0 after an early penalty.
  • Spain legend wants Iran win, and trophy, on World Cup swansong

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    Spain's countdown to the World Cup has been far from ideal, with the national federation sacking coach Julen Lopetegui sensationally just two days before they opened their campaign in Russia. After the opener in Brazil had been a similarily unattractive event, a tiresome goalless draw against Nigeria, Team Melli's display versus the South American giants had differed a lot, with Iran creating much more chances than anyone would have expected.
  • World Cup celebrations trigger artificial natural disaster in Mexico

    World Cup celebrations trigger artificial natural disaster in Mexico

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    Mexico fans are seen during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Germany and Mexico at Luzhniki Stadium on June 17, 2018 in Moscow , Russia. "We lacked courage, identity, and confidence against Mexico ", Neuer said . The win has also helped Mexican fans move beyond the team's recent indiscretions.
  • Senegal and Japan fans tidy up after their World Cup matches

    Senegal and Japan fans tidy up after their World Cup matches

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    In the World Cup, Japan became the first Asian team to win against a South American opponent by beating Colombia 2 to 1. Day six of the World Cup threw up plenty of highlights. "It's not just part of the football culture but part of Japanese culture", McIntyre told BBC News at the time. Indeed, there were similar scenes over at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, where Japan fans spent their time politely tidying up after themselves in the wake of their side's 2-1 win against Colombia.
  • ICC Announces Plan for World Test Championship and ODI League

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    Last year, the ICC approved a Test league comprising of top 9 teams in ICC rankings, playing each other over a two year period. As hosts, India and the next seven highest-ranked teams in the ODI league as of March 31, 2022 will qualify directly for the World Cup while the bottom five sides will get a second chance to qualify through the ICC World Cup Qualifier .
  • Phil Mickelson's wife Amy says he offered to quit the US Open

    Phil Mickelson's wife Amy says he offered to quit the US Open

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    Calls for the American to be disqualified have been ignored after this freakish incident. "I don't mean any disrespect, and if that's the way people took it, I apologise to them". Most related to Mickelson's actions, while others were simply stunned by the amateurish display. "I've had multiple times where I've wanted to do that, I just finally did".