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FIFA World Cup 2018: Lionel Messi fails to score as Argentina face elimination after 0-3 loss to Croatia FIFA World Cup 2018: Lionel Messi fails to score as Argentina face elimination after 0-3 loss to Croatia
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia: Croatia eased into the World Cup knockout stage after handing woeful Argentina a 3-0 drubbing thanks to second-half goals by Ante Rebic, captain Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic in their Group D match on Thursday. Rebic made the most of a goalkeeping error, Modric fired home a superb long-range effort and Rakitic completed the rout to leave the hopes of twice world champion...
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Spain stand behind under-pressure De Gea Spain stand behind under-pressure De Gea
Spain players are rallying behind goalkeeper David De Gea as they prepare for their second group game at the World Cup against Iran in Kazan on Wednesday. De Gea endured an evening to forget in Spain’s opening match against Portugal on Friday, committing a howling error to allow Cristiano Ronaldo to score his second goal on the way to a hat-trick in the 3-3 thriller in Sochi. Ronaldo scored ...
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Argentina cancels World Cup friendly against Israel following Gaza violence Argentina cancels World Cup friendly against Israel following Gaza violence
Argentina have cancelled their final World Cup warm-up match against Israel, striker Gonzalo Higuain said on Tuesday, as political pressure grew ahead of Saturday’s scheduled fixture in Jerusalem “They’ve finally done the right thing,” Higuain said in an interview with ESPN, confirming reports the game had been cancelled. The match at Jerusalem’s Teddy Kollek Stadium was to be Argentina’s la...
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Washington Capitals take to D.C. for parade to celebrate Stanley Cup Washington Capitals take to D.C. for parade to celebrate Stanley Cup
The Washington Capitals' celebration after winning the Stanley Cup hasn't stopped since the team beat the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 last Thursday. Alex Ovechkin and other members of the Caps have been spotted all over Washington, D.C., celebrating with the trophy. On the roof of fancy restaurants. Throwing out the first pitch at a Washington Nationals game. Even swimming in a fountain at ...
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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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