• Messi vs. France with Maradona watching; Ronaldo vs. Uruguay
Messi vs. France with Maradona watching; Ronaldo vs. Uruguay

Cristiano Ronaldo's girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez sparked engagement rumours recently when she appeared to flash a diamond ring as Portugal took on Morocco. "I remember that point in time but everything I say to my players is personal and I will not divulge what was said", the coach said, ahead of his side's knockout clash.

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  • Why England and Belgium may not want to win Group G
Why England and Belgium may not want to win Group G

Supporters are expected to turn out in greater numbers for the game in the Russian city of Kaliningrad following impressive wins over Tunisia and Panama . Do you keep a winning team together to maintain momentum? However, he said at his pre-match press conference: "We have not won a knockout game at the World Cup since 2006, so why we would ...

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  • Lakers pursuing Kawhi Leonard trade before free agency to entice LeBron James
Lakers pursuing Kawhi Leonard trade before free agency to entice LeBron James

I'm the reigning two-time champion. Next week, we'll know, but right now it's a staredown with everyone staring at the Los Angeles Lakers . With NBA free agency due to begin July 1, there's been plenty of buzz involving LeBron James and Paul George , and with Kawhi Leonard on the trade market because of implications it could have for th...

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  • Should new mother Serena Williams be seeded for Wimbledon?
Should new mother Serena Williams be seeded for Wimbledon?

With Wimbledon officials indicating that they expected to seed Williams , the player most impacted by that decision - 32nd-ranked Dominika Cibulkova , who would be bumped from the seeding as a result - spoke out against it Tuesday night.

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  • Senegal commitment explains fair play exit, says Cisse
Senegal commitment explains fair play exit, says Cisse

When already-eliminated Poland stunned Japan 1-0 in Volgograd and Senegal suffered a 1-0 defeat, it left Japan and Senegal with the same points and the same goals difference. Senegal's World Cup is over due to discipline assigned by various referees at what probably seemed like inconsequential moments through the group stage.

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  • Joachim Low criticizes Ozil after Germany exit
Joachim Low criticizes Ozil after Germany exit

The fact that three of the last four World Cup Champions have gone out in the group stage of the following World Cup is quite incredible. Brazil had bucked the trend in 2006 but it came back to haunt Italy in 2010. Despite late victory over Sweden in their second game, that backlash never emerged, and Germany's limp performance in their 2-0...

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  • Why Senegal was eliminated from the World Cup thanks to yellow cards
Why Senegal was eliminated from the World Cup thanks to yellow cards

The Africans had six yellow cards at the tournament while Japan had four yellow cards. But Mina - also on target in Colombia's win over Poland last time out - proved the matchwinner for his side with a superb late header that was celebrated in style with a choreographed team dance.

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  • Of Windows And Kings: The Case For Boston To Sign LeBron James
Of Windows And Kings: The Case For Boston To Sign LeBron James

And though basketball reporters and fans have made all sorts of speculations in recent weeks, few if any have theorized that James could team up with Kevin Durant and form a new superteam. That's because 13-year-old "Bronny", a highly regarded basketball player in OH, is very "likely" to enroll at a prestigious Los Angeles high school, according ...

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  • Striker set to sit out England v Belgium clash
Striker set to sit out England v Belgium clash

Kevin De Bruyne , Vincent Kompany, Marouane Fellaini and their Belgium team-mates all set out on an enjoyable stroll in the sun but their trip was cut very short. And Southgate said recent World Cup results have refocused England minds. "But we have a hunger to keep improving and we're playing with a lot of confidence".

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  • Jesus Gallardo Receives Fastest Yellow Card In World Cup History
Jesus Gallardo Receives Fastest Yellow Card In World Cup History

If they fail to go through it would be the first time since 1938 that a Germany side had not progressed from the opening stage of a World Cup , but Reinhard Grindel said Low's job would be safe even if that happened. They can also move on with a loss to the Swedes if Germany lose to or draw with South Korea , who have no points. There are...

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  • South Korea v Germany
South Korea v Germany

Messi scored his first goal at Russian Federation 2018 in the first half, but Victor Moses equalised shortly after half-time to put Argentina on the brink of bowing out before Rojo´s late winner. South Korea have lost their last four World Cup matches in a row, their joint-worst run - they also lost four in a row between 1986 and 1990. - Germ...

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  • World Cup Group D match report Iceland v Croatia 26 June 2018
World Cup Group D match report Iceland v Croatia 26 June 2018

Iceland face Group D leaders Croatia needing a win to stand a chance of progressing to the second round, although they will also depend on the result of Nigeria's game against Argentina. Iceland pushed forward, and threw men forward in search of a victor which looked increasingly like it would send them through. Get live updates of Croatia...

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  • Simeone says Argentina look lost, questions Messi in leaked audio
Simeone says Argentina look lost, questions Messi in leaked audio

Argentina are now on the brink of crashing out of the World Cup , having failed to win in their opening two games. "He can be there in Qatar if he wants, but four more years at the highest level, to come back to the next World Cup, I feel it will be hard".

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  • Kvitova lines up Buzarnescu meeting in Birmingham semis
Kvitova lines up Buzarnescu meeting in Birmingham semis

Kvitova has now claimed five WTA titles this season, as well as winning a women's tour-leading 37 matches over the last six months. For me, Petra is one of the best players when she is playing really on fire, so we will see how it's going to be her day tomorrow.

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  • Frank Lampard backs England to win the World Cup after Panama victory
Frank Lampard backs England to win the World Cup after Panama victory

A header from a corner by John Stones, a penalty from Kane and a handsome strike from the edge of the box by Jesse Lingard set them on their way. Playing from the off with an ease and trickery that contrasted with the stressed-looking England flops of recent global tournaments, Gareth Southgate's team romped into a remarkable 5-0 lead at ha...

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  • World Cup match report Korea Republic v Mexico 23 June 2018
World Cup match report Korea Republic v Mexico 23 June 2018

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said he prepared more for the match against South Korea than for the game against Germany. Mexico , which upset defending champion Germany in its opening match, took the lead when Vela converted from the penalty spot in the 26th minute.

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  • Dalic: Rakitic, Mandzukic, Vrsaljko and Rebic will not play against Iceland
Dalic: Rakitic, Mandzukic, Vrsaljko and Rebic will not play against Iceland

In the other match of Group D , Argentina are a goal up against Nigeria . They found themselves at the centre of an Israel-Palestinian spat over the cancellation of a World Cup warm-up match following an unconvincing qualifying campaign.

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  • Portugal ready for tough battle with Iran
Portugal ready for tough battle with Iran

Pinnick, also a Member of the CAF Executive Committee and Emergency Committee, is officially working in the Saint Petersburg centre and will commission a Round of 16 match (3rd July), a semi final match (10th July) and the World Cup third place match (14th July).

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  • Colombia win 3-0 to knock Poland out of World Cup
Colombia win 3-0 to knock Poland out of World Cup

Colombia kept their World Cup dream alive - and the bad news for England is that the South Americans look like a team to be reckoned with. It said: "Hola mi Hermano James Rodriguez , I remember your great goals during the last World Cup ".

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  • Japan coach Akira Nishino stands by attacking tactics - 'We wanted to win'
Japan coach Akira Nishino stands by attacking tactics - 'We wanted to win'

However, Japan gradually got into the contest and duly equalised in the 34th minute, when Yuto Nagatomo brilliantly brought down a diagonal pass by Gaku Shibasaki and fed it to Inui, who - with supreme precision - curled a low effort beyond Khadim N'Diaye's despairing dive into the bottom corner.

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  • England boss Gareth Southgate hails irreplaceable Harry Kane
England boss Gareth Southgate hails irreplaceable Harry Kane

The Tottenham striker scored his third and England's sixth, deflecting a Ruben Loftus-Cheek shot into the net, before he was taken off and replaced by Leicester striker Jamie Vardy. We had fun out there too", said Kane, calling his third "one of the luckiest goals of my life". All eyes will be on Harry Kane and England on Day 11 at the FIF...

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  • Brazil beat Costa Rica 2-0, edge towards World Cup last 16
Brazil beat Costa Rica 2-0, edge towards World Cup last 16

Petersberg, Russia, earlier today. He also came in for some criticism for his drab performance in the match, although his first goal of the World Cup has gone some way to relieving the pressure on his shoulders. One sumptuous Neymar flick sent the ball flying over Gamboa's head and later he made an excellent run onto Coutinho's pass, only to ...

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  • VAR gives France penalty vs. Australia
VAR gives France penalty vs. Australia

Griezmann looked to have been robbed by an excellent sliding tackle by Australia defender Josh Ridson, and the referee allowed play to continue. "When the referee went to check out the video, I already had the penalty [in my mind] - I was focused on taking it".

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  • Senegal and Japan fans help clean up stadiums following World Cup games
Senegal and Japan fans help clean up stadiums following World Cup games

Check out the brand new daily JOE World Cup Minipod hosted by Dion Fanning and Paddy McKenna featuring a very sad Salah, the high-powered hosts are heading to the last 16 and English pundits are up for a scrap. Their fellow group H members Japan also had supporters who helped tidy up the Mordovia Arena, in Saransk, Mordovia, after their 2-1 vic...

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  • Gregg Popovich meets with disgruntled Kawhi Leonard
Gregg Popovich meets with disgruntled Kawhi Leonard

The Spurs are unlikely to be motivated to trade Leonard to the Lakers . After a frustrating season, Kawhi Leonard has reportedly had enough of the San Antonio Spurs . However, assembling a package that would coax the Spurs into coughing up Leonard is something that will prove to be hard for Cleveland, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN (h/t Tomer Az...

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  • Alford: Sixers should be wary of Kawhi Leonard trade
Alford: Sixers should be wary of Kawhi Leonard trade

Leonard is due just over $20 million next season, and can become a free agent in the summer of 2019. Needless to say this will be one of the most watched storylines of the summer as acquiring him would be the huge move the Lakers need to get to the next level.

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  • NBA Mock Draft: High school basketball players who would be lottery picks
NBA Mock Draft: High school basketball players who would be lottery picks

Doncic could be an incredible value with the second or third pick. Sean Deveney of the Sporting News dishes on some draft rumblings, including the LA Clippers looking to package picks 12 and 13 to move into the top 5. Yes, as in the ultra-impressive Boston Celtics rookie that took the league by storm last season. I'm motivated to enter the ...

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  • Luis Suarez goal helps Uruguay, Russia qualify for last 16
Luis Suarez goal helps Uruguay, Russia qualify for last 16

Al-Owais - winning only his second cap after replacing Abdullah Al-Muaiouf in goal - completely missed a floated Carlos Sanchez corner and Suarez tapped in his 52nd worldwide goal unmarked at the back post. Speaking following BBC's coverage of the game, former Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba believes we haven't seen the best of Oscar Tabarez's men...

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  • South Korea's Park has suspected hamstring tear
South Korea's Park has suspected hamstring tear

Sweden had eight attempts, with two on target. 2018 FIFA World Cup Group F Points Table . What time does FIFA World Cup 2018 Sweden v/s South Korea match start (time in IST)? Neither team had an impressive World Cup tune-up before landing in Russian Federation.

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  • Croatia Head Coach Confirms Forward Kalinic Excluded From World Cup Squad
Croatia Head Coach Confirms Forward Kalinic Excluded From World Cup Squad

Dalic confirmed Kalinic's departure in a statement released on Monday, which portrayed the situation as more cordial than initial reports from the Croatian media had suggested. The shock news comes amid apparent talks between Milan and Sevilla with a view to the 30-year-old moving to the LaLiga club next season. Kalinic has played 41 times fo...

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  • Egypt will fight hard to qualify - Mohamed Elneny
Egypt will fight hard to qualify - Mohamed Elneny

Their first tournament goal is presumably the only encouragement the Pharaohs can take from a rough night in Saint Petersburg , as we look at three things that went wrong for Egypt in last night's contest at FIFA World Cup 2018 . The forward, of course, picked up a shoulder injury in the Champions League final, but is set to face the World...

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  • Russian Federation is a ‘great place to host World Cup,’ British daily writes
Russian Federation is a ‘great place to host World Cup,’ British daily writes

Blatter arrived in central Moscow by auto, walking into a hotel lobby where he spoke briefly to reporters before he was surrounded by fans. Blatter, who has been banned from all football-related activities for six years over ethics violations, decided not to attend the World Cup opener last week, thereby avoiding a potentially embarrassing meetin...

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  • Five-time champion Brazil held 1-1 by Switzerland in World Cup
Five-time champion Brazil held 1-1 by Switzerland in World Cup

Switzerland had to beat Northern Ireland to qualify for the World Cup, winning narrowly 1-0. With 20 minutes gone, Coutinho gathered a clearance 25 metres from goal and curled a marvellous shot in off the far post. There was a lot of anxiety, too much pressure, and it translated into our way of playing. "The team was looking to move the ball a...

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  • Vincent Kompany: Injured defender to stay with Belgium squad
Vincent Kompany: Injured defender to stay with Belgium squad

Check out the brand new daily JOE World Cup Minipod hosted by Dion Fanning and Paddy McKenna featuring modest Ronaldo, miserable Messi and can England do it? "I am not expecting an easy game", he said. "It was historic what we went through here today". Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez is looking for his side to make their mark. Panama...

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  • Gareth Southgate wants England to 'send people to work happy'
Gareth Southgate wants England to 'send people to work happy'

Southgate, who experienced the pitfalls of global football when he missed a penalty in the shootout loss to old foes Germany in the Euro '96 semi-finals hosted in England, did not wish to heighten expectations which have so often been a crushing burden for the national side.

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