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World Cup 2018: Do Russia fancy their chances on home turf? World Cup 2018: Do Russia fancy their chances on home turf?
With less than a week to go until the first game, Russian media outlets are buzzing with excitement about the first World Cup in their country. Television news regularly carries glowing reports about host cities, and the planning that has gone into hosting the tournament. But the enthusiasm does not extend to the national team. They, it is fair to say, will not be burdened by expectation. ...
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Russia ready to host World Cup Russia ready to host World Cup
World Cup organisers say the competition will draw more than one million fans to Russia, creating challenges that range from the logistical to the cultural, both for the hosts and their guests. World Cup tickets keep selling. By Thursday, FIFA said that just over 2.4 million had been sold, more than 1.5 million of them outside Russia. FIFA said another 100,000, which had been reserved for its “...
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French Open: Maria Sharapova hits back at Serena Williams in book row French Open: Maria Sharapova hits back at Serena Williams in book row
Former world number one Maria Sharapova hit back at Serena Williams criticism of her autobiography on Wednesday -- two days after their much-anticipated showdown at the French Open was scuppered by an injury to her American rival. Williams had described Sharapova's book "Unstoppable", in which the Russian claimed the American hated her for beating her in the 2004 Wimbledon final and reducing he...
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Cricket Australia chief Sutherland stands down Cricket Australia chief Sutherland stands down
Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland announced Wednesday he will stand down in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal that rattled the game and an acrimonious pay dispute with players. Sutherland, who has been chief executive for 17 of his 20 years with Cricket Australia, has given 12 months’ notice and will continue in his role until a suitable replacement is found. “After nearly 20 yea...
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Players will help Kane handle captaincy: Cahill Players will help Kane handle captaincy: Cahill
The experienced members of England’s World Cup squad must step up and take some of the pressure off captain Harry Kane to let the striker focus on scoring goals in Russia, defender Gary Cahill has said. Kane captained England in three of their eight World Cup qualifiers and has been handed the role for Russia where the 24-year-old will also be expected to help fire the side into the knockout st...
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Neymar shines on Brazil return, Spain draw after David De Gea blunder Neymar shines on Brazil return, Spain draw after David De Gea blunder
BARCELONA: Brazil talisman Neymar returned in style with a dazzling goal in a 2-0 World Cup warm-up win over Croatia and Spain goalkeeper David de Gea made a rare error in his team's 1-1 draw with Switzerland on Sunday. Peru captain Paolo Guerrero celebrated his reprieve from a doping ban by scoring twice in a 3-0 victory over Saudi Arabia days after being given the all-clear to play in his sid...
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England beat Pakistan in second Test, draw series 1-1 England beat Pakistan in second Test, draw series 1-1
After gathering a lot of praise for an inch-perfect performance against England at Lord’s, Pakistan are in for a bashing after they lost the second Test by an innings and 55 runs on Sunday. England, like cornered tigers, jumped back to bite Pakistan at Headingley when the second Test started on Friday. Pakistan were all out for 174 in the first innings after Sarfraz Ahmed opted to bat first ...
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Lindsay Davenport hails Serena Williams ''powerful message'' for sporty mums Lindsay Davenport hails Serena Williams ''powerful message'' for sporty mums
With only one mother having won Grand Slam titles over the last 38 years, Lindsay Davenport hailed Serena Williams for delivering a "powerful message" that shows it is possible to "pursue personal goals even when you`re a mum". As the winner of 23 majors, Williams is already considered one of the all-times greats and has very little left to prove in the sport. However, her desire to come bac...
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West Indies dominate World XI in charity match West Indies dominate World XI in charity match
Evin Lewis’s quick-fire fifty and some economical bowling from spinner Samuel Badree saw the West Indies to an emphatic 72-run victory over the World XI in the Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge at Lord’s on Thursday. Lewis struck 58 off 26 balls, including five sixes and as many fours in a West Indies’ total of 199 for four with Marlon Samuels contributing 43 and Denesh Ramdin 44 not out. Badre...
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Neymar: From football at the beach to the prestigious Brazil squad Neymar: From football at the beach to the prestigious Brazil squad
Twenty years ago, a coach named Betinho was watching a game of beach football when he spotted a skinny boy of six sprinting up and down the terracing, faster than he’d ever seen someone of that age. It was Neymar. The boy, who would one day turn into the world’s most expensive footballer, dashed around that afternoon in 1998 near Santos, south of Sao Paulo, under the eye of his mother. His fath...
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