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Finishing runners-up in Group G could provide a smoother path through the tournament but Southgate fears it is a risky game to look too far ahead. Harry Kane has said he is keen to get the chance to continue his prolific scoring form when England take on Belgium in Kaliningrad on Thursday with Gareth Southgate considering his team selection.
  • Lewis Hamilton Not a Fan of 'Confusing' Paul Ricard Circuit

    Lewis Hamilton Not a Fan of 'Confusing' Paul Ricard Circuit

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    Hamilton lost his lead in the standings to Vettel two weeks ago when Mercedes couldn't deliver a planned engine upgrade on time. The usual top-six of Ferrari , Mercedes, and Red Bull drivers stood atop the field in Q1, though some surprises snuck through with both Saubers advancing to Q2 for the first time this season.
  • Egypt keeper El Hadary to become World Cup's oldest player

    Egypt keeper El Hadary to become World Cup's oldest player

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    Last season's Premier League top scorer was initially omitted from the starting XI before appearing in the team in a revised version of the line-up. The result means Egypt finish bottom of their pool, with no points from three games. And while we are still deep into the first round, a new piece of football history has been made.
  • Kangaroo halts Australian premier league soccer match

    Kangaroo halts Australian premier league soccer match

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    Displaying his pace and agility, a plucky kangaroo forced an Australian soccer match to be delayed for nearly 20 minutes after he invaded the pitch and camped out in the goalmouth. I think it was just over 6 feet, so they backed off pretty quickly. Although the match was played in the exclusive inner suburb of Deakin, kangaroos can be found nearly anywhere in Canberra , the national capital.
  • Pick your England team to face Belgium

    Pick your England team to face Belgium

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    Southgate said he was fairly indifferent on that. England demolished Panama 6-1 in their second Group G match in Nizhny Novgorod, with Stones bagging a brace. Even if they don't want to. "He's someone that wants to learn and I'm really happy to give him advice". But Southgate is also mindful of England finally beating one of the stronger nations in a World Cup .
  • Brave Iceland sunk by late Croatia strike

    Brave Iceland sunk by late Croatia strike

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    Croatia rounded off a flawless Group D campaign at the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday by beating Iceland 2-1 to make it three wins from three in Russian Federation and deny their opponents a place in the knockout stages. Perisic flew into the left of the box in the last minute and powered a shot through the hands of Hannes Halldorsson to seal their fate. Never before had Croatia won their final group-stage game at the World Cup , having lost in 1998, 2002 and 2014 and drawn in 2006.
  • Argentina - World Cup - 26 June 2018

    Argentina - World Cup - 26 June 2018

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    Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr said he too is a fan of Messi but there is no room for pity at the World Cup . Plenty of national pride ahead of the Argentina - Nigeria clash. Argentina is in desperate need of a victory if Jorge Sampoili's side is to have any chance of making the round of sixteen, the last time Argentina dropped out at the group stages was 2002.
  • Odds and Updated Predictions for Tuesday's Group Matches

    Odds and Updated Predictions for Tuesday's Group Matches

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    The Super Eagles beat La Albiceleste 4-2 in a friendly in November, and they will be confident of at least earning a point, which would put them in an excellent position to make it out the group for the second World Cup running. "We've done what we need", he said. The former midfielder took over from Laurent Blanc as France's head coach and took Les Bleus as far as the quarter finals at the last World Cup in Brazil.
  • Uruguay thrash Russian Federation, top Group A; Saudi Arabia beat Egypt

    Uruguay thrash Russian Federation, top Group A; Saudi Arabia beat Egypt

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    Uruguay (7-4), Draw (19-10), Russian Federation (37-20). Mohammed Salah scored a goal for Egypt [22]. According to CNN's John Sinnott and Alireza Hajihosseini , Salah is considering his future with the Pharaohs as a result, because he "doesn't wish to engage in topics beyond football or to be used for anyone's political image".
  • Kroos relieved to make amends for Germany at World Cup

    Kroos relieved to make amends for Germany at World Cup

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    Jimmy Durmaz and the rest of the Sweden squad took a powerful stand against racism as the nation's football association made complaints of online abuse on behalf of the winger to police. The post-match apologies were followed by an official one. In the end, one or the other reaction or gesture of our caregiver staff towards the Swedish bench was too emotional.
  • Lakers fan recruiting Paul George, LeBron James via 40 billboards

    Lakers fan recruiting Paul George, LeBron James via 40 billboards

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    Unless LeBron is set on playing for the Los Angeles Lakers - or Clippers for that matter - simply to live in LA, regardless of who is playing there, he'd likely only go to a team now downtrodden if another star was coming with him. The ones that turn us into legends . George, 28, grew up in Palmdale, California and played his college ball at Fresno State. George averaged 21.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 79 games this season for the Thunder.
  • Group A-B, who will progress to the knock-out stage?

    Group A-B, who will progress to the knock-out stage?

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    Jose Mourinho's predictive skills proved spot on as he successfully picked the four teams that would emerge from World Cup Groups A and B as winners and runners-up. "Obviously, the first few matches you're tense and don't want to make any mistakes or lose", said man-of the-match Suarez. "We did what we had to do", he said.
  • Eriksen is a match-changing player: Denmark coach

    Eriksen is a match-changing player: Denmark coach

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    We have to keep a close eye on him and try and stop the supply going into him. During World Cup qualifying, Eriksen scored 11 goals for the Danes, third-best in Europe behind Poland's Robert Lewandowski with 16 and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo with 15.
  • Argentina Not Eliminated, But World Cup Chances Are Slim

    Argentina Not Eliminated, But World Cup Chances Are Slim

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    However, the impact of German coach Gernot Rohr should not be under-estimated. Nigeria will face Argentina in its final group match on Tuesday in St. Iceland midfielder Johann Berg Gudmundsson has not recovered from the calf injury he picked up against Argentina and is set to miss Friday's crucial Group D clash with Nigeria .
  • Back at Sonoma, Martin Truex Jr. works to build momentum

    Back at Sonoma, Martin Truex Jr. works to build momentum

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    It's Larson's second pole this year, and the sixth of his career. "So cool to get a pole, my home track here at Sonoma, DC Solar's home track as well". Chip Ganassi Racing has won the pole at Sonoma in four of the last six races . Past year we did a good job at winning stages and gathering a lot of points for the playoffs.
  • Nigeria 2 Iceland 0: Musa brace boosts Super Eagles & Argentina

    Nigeria 2 Iceland 0: Musa brace boosts Super Eagles & Argentina

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    They did test Hannes Thor Halldorsson just 14 seconds after the restart, with the goalkeeper easily saving from Oghenekaro Etebo, who had scored an own goal in his team's 2-0 defeat in Kaliningrad at the weekend. Nigeria survived a late scare after a VAR review spotted substitute Tyronne Ebuehi had tripped Finnbogason, with Gylfi Sigurdsson's spot-kick effort clearing the crossbar.
  • Messi will star for the good of Argentina - Sampaoli

    Messi will star for the good of Argentina - Sampaoli

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    This is the most important game in Messi's career as Argentina face Nigeria in the last round of group fixtures in the FIFA World Cup 2018. Their match against Nigeria on Tuesday night is a must win for Messi and co. I have not spoken to any of the Argentina players but I have heard the reports that the players wanted to get rid of him. "One player alone cannot solve the fate of a team".
  • Australia bow out as Peru claim World Cup consolation victory

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    Peru are playing for pride after being knocked out the tournament following early defeats by Denmark and France, while Australia could sneak through on goal difference if they win and the Danes lose to the French. Arzani didn't get to show his best in a 30-minute outing on Tuesday and was time and again frustrated by the Peru defence, but this team defending a two-goal cushion could keep out some of the best in the world.
  • Club desperate to keep star midfielder - despite holding talks with Emery

    Club desperate to keep star midfielder - despite holding talks with Emery

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    Moreover, it is believed that Banega is Emery's first priority target this summer. Additionally, the departure of Jack Wilshere is forcing them to get involved in the pursuit of Banega, as Arsenal fans are hopeful that Emery can revive their club after slipping into a period of stagnation under Arsene Wenger .
  • Families await news of teenage soccer team trapped in Thai cave

    Families await news of teenage soccer team trapped in Thai cave

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    The boys, ranging in age from 11 to 16 and hailing from schools across Chiang Rai province's northern reaches, have been missing since they entered the sprawling Tham Luang Nang Non cave on Saturday afternoon, after a morning intrasquad match on a nearby field.
  • Autopsy reveals Tyler Hilinski had CTE, family says

    Autopsy reveals Tyler Hilinski had CTE, family says

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    But they told Sports Illustrated that Tyler had become less responsive to calls and text messages late last season and after a family vacation to Mexico in January. "We wanted to know everything we could, find out everything we could, so of course we immediately we said sure", he said of the Clinic's request. "We need to erase the stigma.
  • World Cup breaks penalty record with help of VAR

    World Cup breaks penalty record with help of VAR

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    Spain and Portugal remain favourites to qualify but with both only a point above Iran , nothing is settled yet. It's become quite a frequent tactic from football fans ahead of big games and of course Iran targeted Portugal's talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo.
  • Twitter erupts as Portugal draw against Iran

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    A draw would see Russian Federation top on goal difference. Local police reportedly tried to block roads nearby, but the main avenue outside the hotel remained open, allowing a small number of dedicated Iranian fans to keep up the commotion.
  • Peru consign Australia to Group C wooden spoon

    Peru consign Australia to Group C wooden spoon

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    But there was to be no fairytale ending for Cahill or Australia , as they joined Peru on the early flights home from Russian Federation. As the game developed, it was clear that Australia was in control, feeling more comfortable in possession and attacking the left hand side, while Peru contained at the back, showing very little offensively.
  • Spain book Russian Federation meeting with Morocco draw

    Spain book Russian Federation meeting with Morocco draw

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    Because, in our job, this is the most important thing ever". DF Jordi Alba, 6 - Again more noticeable in attack with a lot of Spain's moves coming down their left, but his opposite number, Nordin Amrabat , among Morocco's best players and nearly scored 30-yard screamer.
  • Sampaoli: Nigeria game first of five finals for Argentina

    Sampaoli: Nigeria game first of five finals for Argentina

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    Maradona also said he "would love" to meet the players ahead of their game against the Super Eagles, before placing the blame for the team's poor performances on coach Jorge Sampaoli and Argentine Football Association (AFA) president Claudio Tapia.
  • Celtics Finalizing Deal With Euroleague Guard Brad Wanamaker

    Celtics Finalizing Deal With Euroleague Guard Brad Wanamaker

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    Wanamaker completed a strong season in the EuroLeague, where he reached the final four with Turkish power Fenerbache. "The 6'4", 209-pound guard was named to the All-Euroleague Second Team in 2016-17 and won the German BBL Most Valuable Player award in 2015-16.
  • Rockets have 'strong sense' Chris Paul won't leave in free agency

    Rockets have 'strong sense' Chris Paul won't leave in free agency

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    Of course, with Paul this season, Houston was on the verge of its first NBA Finals appearance in more than two decades. Tune into FOX Sports Sunday w/ Dan Beyer & Mike Harmon from 9am - 12pm EST on FOX Sports Radio! Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets stands on the court during a National Basketball Association game against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on January 26, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • FPJ's dream XI predictions for Denmark vs France

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    If Iceland win, it will be time to get the calculators out. Denmark hit the Eagles 4-1 at the Stade de France in Paris in 1998, with the Nigerians failing to fully focus on the match but on a probable quarter -final match-up with Brazil, two years after the Nigeria U23 edged Brazil in the Olympics semi final in USA.
  • Ronaldo pleads with Iran fans to let him sleep

    Ronaldo pleads with Iran fans to let him sleep

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    Their final match will determine who tops the group. Iran pressed forward and were eventually rewarded as Karim Ansarifard converted from the penalty spot following another VAR decision. "We were coming back from dinner and saw all these Iranians here". One of them said "we hope those people will be forgiven for the mistake they made".
  • Aussie named NBA Rookie of the Year

    Aussie named NBA Rookie of the Year

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    Mitchell has also been vocal in calling for Simmons, who was injured the entire 2016/17 season, to not be classed as a rookie because he benefited from being with the 76ers for that first year after being drafted. Mitchell showed up to the NBA Awards Show in a van that had "rookie?" on the side and wore a sweatshirt with the definition of rookie on the front during the end of the season.
  • Records CR7 Has Already Equalled/Broken At 2018 World Cup

    Records CR7 Has Already Equalled/Broken At 2018 World Cup

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    The 26-year-old played every minute of the group-stage for his country and will hope to keep his place as first-choice Right-Back further into the tournament. Russian Federation were reduced to 10 men in the first half when Igor Smolnikov received a second yellow card in a performance that was something of a reality check for the hosts after two opening victories.
  • Serena Williams playing mind games over Wimbledon rivals

    Serena Williams playing mind games over Wimbledon rivals

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    McEnroe insisted that his compatriot - a 23-time Grand Slam champion - should be seeded somewhere between 1st and 10th in an ideal world , but, at worst, 16th. "With Serena, you're looking at one of arguably the greatest players of all time ", Adams said . Williams was the top-ranked women's player in the world and had just won the Australian Open when she took a break from the sport while pregnant a year ago.
  • Iran say goodbye to 2018 World Cup

    Iran say goodbye to 2018 World Cup

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    Ronaldo steps up to the 12-yard mark, but his effort from the penalty spot is saved by Beiranvand. Ronaldo should have ended doubts about the outcome, and taken his goal tally for the tournament to five, when Portugal were awarded a 51st-minute penalty in Saransk.
  • Argentina's World Cup mutiny has reportedly turned into a players' coup

    Argentina's World Cup mutiny has reportedly turned into a players' coup

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    When Moscow confectioners found out Lionel Messi would be celebrating his birthday during the World Cup , they decided he needed a gift that measured up - a life-size chocolate sculpture in his likeness. The Argentines would survive with a win and an Iceland loss or draw. There is a certain Diego Maradona in Russian Federation who would only love to take charge of the team once again.
  • LeBron James Not Interested In Listening To Recruiting Pitches

    LeBron James Not Interested In Listening To Recruiting Pitches

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    Being the top free agent on the market is nothing new to LeBron James . Seventeen days removed from his team getting swept by the juggernaut Golden State Warriors, No. According to Jess Golden of CNBC Sports Business , the latest odds from BetDSI Sportsbook has the Lakers as an even greater favorite to land James this offseason while the Washington Wizards have now entered the picture as the sixth-highest betting favorites.
  • Argentina star is desperate and frustrated says Mascherano

    Argentina star is desperate and frustrated says Mascherano

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    Messi has scored 64 goals in 126 appearances for the national side, and all Argentinian's will be hoping he can add to that tally against Nigeria . Jorge Sampaoli's men are facing a group-stage exit in Russian Federation after collecting just one point from their opening two games.