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Sports Croatia become smallest nation to reach World Cup final since 1950
Author: 0 Croatia become smallest nation to reach World Cup final since 1950

Grant Davidson said they had "brought the country together" during the run to the semi-finals, the first time England had reached the last four since losing to West Germany in 1990. "We want to keep those standards right to the end". England manager Gareth Southgate hopes his team can ride the momentum generated by their run to the World Cup semi-finals and follow the path Germany took to the top of worldwide football.

Sports We weren't good enough: du Plessis
Author: 0 We weren't good enough: du Plessis

It was Sri Lanka's second successive win in back to back Tests under the captaincy of stand-in skipper Suranga Lakmal. It was South Africa's first test defeat in Sri Lanka since 2006. "When you are playing spin you need to have a defence, but more than that you have to dominate the spinners before they dominate you". There were one or two batters in their batting line up that found it a little bit easier, and the rest didn't.

Sports Zlatko Dalic: Croatia have energy to exterminate England
Author: 0 Zlatko Dalic: Croatia have energy to exterminate England

We played today better than against Argentina. Midfielder Modric said the team had been motivated by people saying they would be "tired" after their previous two matches went to penalty shootouts. Modric argued that many journalists and pundits in England presumed their team would reach the final, giving them the fuel they needed in order to win the game.

Sports England come up short against Belgium in third and fourth playoff
Author: 0 England come up short against Belgium in third and fourth playoff

Now, with the World Cup winding down and England players heading home to their various clubs, ready for the next domestic season, it's natural for fans to start thinking about the future. "Now this group of players overcame that and that's historic; it took 32 years to be able to be in this position, so there's real satisfaction and real success".

Sports Groenewegen too strong on longest day on Tour de France
Author: 0 Groenewegen too strong on longest day on Tour de France

Behind him, Team Sky's Geraint Thomas took two seconds to move three seconds behind Greg Van Avermaet in general classification . The finish itself is tricky, though, with a right-hand corner tighter than the one that brought down several riders at the end of Stage 2 .

Sports Novak Djokovic faces Kevin Anderson in the final
Author: 0 Novak Djokovic faces Kevin Anderson in the final

Djokovic also revealed on Instagram that he has been relying on healthy, gluten-free and plant-based foods like green juice to power him through Wimbledon . And play resumed on Centre Court under the roof on Saturday, despite it being a warm and sunny day. In nine years since Roddick's last Grand Slam final, USA women have reached a combined 21 Grand Slam finals (16 via Serena Williams ).

Sports Pacquiao KOs Matthysse to win WBA title
Author: 0 Pacquiao KOs Matthysse to win WBA title

Everything is under control", said the 39-year-old Pacquiao. It was a dominant, devastating display as "smoking hot" Pacquiao registered the 60th win of a fabled 23-year career that now looks certain to extend beyond his 40th birthday in December.

Sports India makes England bat in ODI opener
Author: 0 India makes England bat in ODI opener

Back of a length delivery, Buttler tries to work it fine but can only get a thick edge towards the keeper. When Rashid bowled Raina the equation became unmanageable even for MS Dhoni who was all too easily shackled. England play India in ODIs at Nottingham , Lord s and Leeds before Root takes over the captaincy for the five-Test series starting at Edgbaston in Birmingham on August 1.

Sports England v Belgium - Preview and possible lineups
Author: 0 England v Belgium - Preview and possible lineups

Roberto Martinez's side picked England apart repeatedly in Saint Petersburg, with Kevin De Bruyne the orchestrator. This flowing, expressive, exceptionally talented Belgium side have been touted as potential world-beaters for some time and, with members of their ranks the wrong side of 30, they will arguably be ruing that missed shot at football's biggest prize more than others.

Sports Croatia’s World Cup coach always carries his rosary with him
Author: 0 Croatia’s World Cup coach always carries his rosary with him

World Cup final: "For a country like Croatia, it's something historic to be in the final of a World Cup". We had all got excited and dreamt that it would be us facing France in Sunday's final - but why shouldn't we dream? Another right full-back, 22-year-old French defender, Benjamin Pavard's inclusion in the French squad for the World Cup drew a lot of criticism from fans across the globe.

Sports Chelsea's Eden Hazard: Playing for Real Madrid is everyone's dream
Author: 0 Chelsea's Eden Hazard: Playing for Real Madrid is everyone's dream

There is no doubting that Ronaldo will perform on the domestic front, but with Juve consistently winning Serie A quite comfortably year after year, his chief mandate will be to deliver in the Champions League . "Champions never tire of new challenges". The two clubs reached a deal reportedly worth 112 million euros (about US$132 million). "For all their impressive growth in recent years, the concern for Juventus has always been that they would be limited by the simple fact of competing in ...

Sports How to watch the semi-finals
Author: 0 How to watch the semi-finals

Tintin and Asterix have always been rivals in the world of the comic strips for both are popular for their entertainment and art. England have been rewriting history in Russian Federation, and Southgate is hoping there will be more to come as they play their most important World Cup game since losing to West Germany on penalties in the semi-finals of Italia '90.

Sports Football fan rushes off to Russian Federation for World Cup semi-final
Author: 0 Football fan rushes off to Russian Federation for World Cup semi-final

The players gave everything and were pushing until the last second to get back in the game. There is little prospect that they would have come this far without Modric, who as a boy was forced to flee his village home after his grandfather was killed by Serb forces in the Croatian independence war.

Sports 'Not complete': Divers prepare for phase two of Thai rescue
Author: 0 'Not complete': Divers prepare for phase two of Thai rescue

The first two boys emerged about nightfall from the Tham Luang cave complex after navigating a treacherous escape route of more than four kilometres (2.5 miles) through twisting, narrow and jagged passageways. A frantic rescue mission was hatched in the week since they were found. Soldiers carry a pump to help drain the rising floodwater in a cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped since June 23, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand , July 6, 2018.

Sports Diego Maradona slams England for World Cup ‘theft’ against Colombia
Author: 0 Diego Maradona slams England for World Cup ‘theft’ against Colombia

Colombia's stand-out player from the tournament will be Mina, whose headers earned him the nickname "Mina de Oro" or gold mine, after they carried Colombia to victories against Senegal and Poland in the group stage. England will have just three days to recover before facing Sweden in Samara on Saturday for a place in the semifinals. Maradona, 1986 World Cup champion, had been a prominent spectator during Argentina matches but seemingly switched allegiances when his country was dumped ...

Sports Uruguay's Suarez vows all his best vs Ronaldo
Author: 0 Uruguay's Suarez vows all his best vs Ronaldo

Unsurprisingly Portugal coach Fernando Santos is hopeful that Ronaldo, who has scored 85 global goals in 154 appearances, will choose to continue to represent his Country. "They've shown throughout the World Cup how good their game is, their speed, how compact they are, it's unbelievable". "We tried our best, but we're very sad for the Portuguese people that we weren't able to make it." The two share similar traits as players: they are fiercely competitive, possess a work-rate as ...

Sports Julius Randle agrees to two-year deal with Pelicans
Author: 0 Julius Randle agrees to two-year deal with Pelicans

The Lakers have renounced Julius Randle , added Lance Stephenson , JaVale McGee and re-signed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Randle came into training camp last season in the best shape of his life. Randle is more of a ball-handler and off-the-dribble threat. Deng's $36 million salary would then be paid out over five seasons. DeMarcus Cousins has been mentioned as a possibility for the Lakers, who might be interested in bringing him in.

Sports Neymar Had His Ankle Stepped On, Then Stepped on Mexico's Throat
Author: 0 Neymar Had His Ankle Stepped On, Then Stepped on Mexico's Throat

However, he has faced accusations of diving at this year's World Cup. The incident was clearly meant to wind Neymar up, and Layun was lucky to escape punishment. Former Germany striker Jurgen Klinsmann: "If you look at the whole game, how many fouls were there on Neymar? I need to help my team, I have to play I have to play".

Sports Neymar blasted by Mexico boss for 'play-acting'
Author: 0 Neymar blasted by Mexico boss for 'play-acting'

Willian also won the praises of Brazil assistant coach Sylvinho, who pointed out his sterling work at covering right-back Fagner on a flank that was targeted early on by Mexico on the break. Replays appeared to show Layun caught Neymar on his ankle but he escaped sanction. This could've been another of them if it hadn't been for Ochoa who, just like four years ago, kept denying nearly every Brazilian on the pitch.

Sports Mavs swap picks to get Luka Doncic
Author: 0 Mavs swap picks to get Luka Doncic

Luka Doncic poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being drafted third overall by the Atlanta Hawks during the 2018 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 21, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Hawks also have No. 19 and No. 30 picks in the first round and the No. 34 selection in the second round. Okobo is a solid creator and a volume scorer that will get a chance to develop as Phoenix rebuilds.

Sports Coach says Germany need to
Author: 0 Coach says Germany need to "master destiny" in match against South Korea

Reigning champions Germany and a nation that always seems to find a way to win, was eliminated from the group stage of World Cup on Wednesday after suffering a shambolic 2-0 defeat to South Korea . Andersson said he refused to take any pleasure in the demise of the Germans whom he had accused of distasteful celebrations when they beat Sweden .

Sports Russia Stun Spain, Advance to World Cup Quarterfinals After Winning on Penalties
Author: 0 Russia Stun Spain, Advance to World Cup Quarterfinals After Winning on Penalties

Sergei Ignashevich - 5 - Sergio Ramos got the better of the veteran defender with 12 minutes on the clock, as the 38-year-old wrestled the Real skipper to the ground before his back leg deflected the ball into his own net. Artem Dzyuba's spot-kick gave Russian Federation something to hang onto, and hang on they did. "Let us say this openly, they are better than us in many ways, " he said.

Sports LeBron James Joins the Lakers: Kobe Bryant, Chrissy Teigen, More React
Author: 0 LeBron James Joins the Lakers: Kobe Bryant, Chrissy Teigen, More React

Vegas also has the Lakers as the favorites . George's move has given James more to process, but the chance to restore Los Angeles to prominence may be just what he needs at this point in his career. In the end, James believed it was the right situation for him. The East is now more wide open than it's been in nearly a decade, if the National Basketball Association resists what are sure to be loud howls to immediately alter its playoff setup of East vs.

Sports Kobe Bryant Had A Three-Word Response For LeBron Joining The Lakers
Author: 0 Kobe Bryant Had A Three-Word Response For LeBron Joining The Lakers

He fulfilled his promise to bring a championship to northeast OH and, despite losing to the Golden State Warriors in back-to-back NBA Finals, he solidified his reputation as the best player in the league, especially after leading an underwhelming supporting cast to the title series last month, one that ended in a 4-0 sweep in the hands of the Warriors.

Sports Japan make last 16 on disciplinary rule despite Poland loss
Author: 0 Japan make last 16 on disciplinary rule despite Poland loss

Japan's Gotoku Sakai in action with Poland's Artur Jedrzejczyk and Jan Bednarek . Senegal and Japan both finished on four points having been handed their first defeats of the tournament Thursday, and with the same goal difference and number of goals scored.

Sports Colombia outscore Brazil, Argentina over two World Cups
Author: 0 Colombia outscore Brazil, Argentina over two World Cups

He added that it was "important we react positively to the defeat" against Belgium. And that means England supporters are revelling in the fact their team has gone further in the a World Cup than Germany for the first time since they beat them in the final in 1966.

Sports Mexico loses to Sweden 3-0 but advances after Germany's defeat
Author: 0 Mexico loses to Sweden 3-0 but advances after Germany's defeat

Sweden's next chance arrived in the 12th minute when Granqvist headed towards Berg inside the Mexico box, but the striker saw his overhead kick drop wide of the post. "That match made us stronger, more confident". Mexico has been to the round of 16 for seven straight World Cups . It could have been worse for Mexico , who started badly and never recovered, and Sweden were denied what looked a strong call for a penalty on 30 minutes.

Sports Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo can't be stopped by one player - Uruguay coach
Author: 0 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo can't be stopped by one player - Uruguay coach

Uruguay's formidable defence have not let in a goal at all in 2018, while Suarez has recovered from a poor first outing in Russian Federation to score in wins over Saudi Arabia and the hosts. Cristiano Ronaldo can equal the record as the player with the most appearances at the World Cups and European Championships if he plays in Portugal's next match against Uruguay while Ronaldo is yet to score a goal in 424 minutes for Portugal in the knockout stages of the World Cup.

Sports Silva refutes claims of bad blood with Neymar
Author: 0 Silva refutes claims of bad blood with Neymar

It was Silva's header from a Neymar corner that ensured Brazil will take on Group F runners up Mexico in the round of 16 ahead of a possible clash with Belgium in the last-eight. "Marcelo is medicated and with medication the tendency is that the response is good and that he can play". "It was a spasm in the stabilising muscle and you can't play with that".

Sports Livescore: Result of Senegal vs Colombia
Author: 0 Livescore: Result of Senegal vs Colombia

Colombia secured their passage to the last 16 of the World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Senegal which simultaneously eliminated the Africans via the fair-play rule. The VAR system has not been universally acclaimed at this tournament, but television replays appeared to show Sanchez get his heel on the ball, before clattering into Mane, and after reviewing his original decision, Mazic agreed.

Sports Panama manager's post-match comments are music to England fans' ears
Author: 0 Panama manager's post-match comments are music to England fans' ears

With the knockout rounds on the horizon, England have brought in psychologist Dr Pippa Grange to help the players cope with the demands of the World Cup , and Trippier is seeing the benefit. Midfielder Jesse Lingard suffered some brutal treatment at the hands of Panama and no doubt emerged with a series of souvenirs. England and Belgium will meet in the last match for the Group G leadership.

Sports Sixers made an offer for Kawhi Leonard
Author: 0 Sixers made an offer for Kawhi Leonard

A Southern California native, Leonard reportedly wants to defect to the Lakers, but that team has a hard choice to make in terms of how many assets to offer the Spurs in a trade, as opposed to possibly being able to wait a year and sign him in free agency.

Sports Uruguay happy that Suarez, Cavani find their rhythm together
Author: 0 Uruguay happy that Suarez, Cavani find their rhythm together

A resultant corner from one such strike brought the third goal as Cavani was close at hand to nod in after the goalkeeper had done well to keep out a glancing header from Godin. He has become a key figure for Uruguay at this World Cup . More recently, the team finished fourth in South Africa in 2010 and made the round of 16 in Brazil four years ago.

Sports Paul George indicates he feels obligation to Thunder
Author: 0 Paul George indicates he feels obligation to Thunder

George has spoken out about the free agency process and said his decision will be based on multiple factors. It's obviously still possible that the Lakers could land George in free agency, but two other stars appear to be more-likely gets.

Sports England v Belgium. What will the score be?
Author: 0 England v Belgium. What will the score be?

The knockout bracket of the World Cup is set with groups sending their top two teams to opposite sides, a process usually makes for a fairly evenly stacked bracket. "Now we need to look at our individual players". Families and friends of other squad players are traveling out for the Belgium game in the hope they will play.

Sports Belgium star breaks another record in Russian Federation
Author: 0 Belgium star breaks another record in Russian Federation

Add Kevin de Bruyne in the mix - someone who has been relegated to shadows (despite that wonderful ball to Hazard against Tunisia ) so far courtesy of the imperious Lukaku and Hazard - linking-up play and slipping in balls that a striker can only dream of.

Sports Murray excited to end 11-month absence at Queen's this week
Author: 0 Murray excited to end 11-month absence at Queen's this week

And very almost defeated him again. Raonic, who reached the Stuttgart final last weekend, was scheduled to face is reigning Queen's champion Feliciano Lopez, who defeat Belgium's David Goffin 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, but the Canadian withdrew from the tournament with a shoulder injury.

Author: 0 Zabaleta: Messi doesn’t lose Barca magic with Argentina

According to 1986 World Cup victor, Ricardo Giusti, Burruchaga has confirmed that the coach has been stripped of his effective power ahead of the Nigeria game.Giusti said: "The players will decide the team, that's a fact". A month on from Messi's rescue mission in Ecuador, he sat out a friendly as Nigeria beat Argentina 4-2 back in November to highlight how reliant even a squad containing Sergio Aguero , Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala remain on their number 10.

Sports Last chance saloon for Messi, Argentina
Author: 0 Last chance saloon for Messi, Argentina

On Tuesday, Argentina faces a do-or-die match against Nigeria . The team have been undermined by a broader crisis afflicting the Argentine game, tangled up with politics and a power struggle in the AFA (Argentine Football Association) management that broke out in 2014.

Sports Brazil’s win against Costa Rica turns Neymar and Tweeple emotional
Author: 0 Brazil’s win against Costa Rica turns Neymar and Tweeple emotional

Neymar dropped to his knees after the final whistle, sobbing in his hands as his teammates surrounded him and then lifted him off the ground. "The great merit of this team was not giving up at any time", Silva said. Beside Uruguay, no other South American team had won a match until Brazil did so on Friday. Kolarov, whose stunning free-kick saw off Costa Rica , stressed Serbia will maintain its intensity when the Balkan nation faces Switzerland in Kaliningrad on Friday.

Author: 0 France and Denmark top Group C after goalless draw

The teams probably will approach their Group C finale cautiously, minimizing the likelihood of a goal-fest. France have scored just three times in three games in Russian Federation, including a penalty and an own goal, and it was another disjointed display from one of the title favourites.

Sports McEnroe says Serena should be seeded at Wimbledon
Author: 0 McEnroe says Serena should be seeded at Wimbledon

She said: "I think Wimbledon will make the right choice and I think they will seed her". The former world number one made her comeback in March after giving birth a year ago and is 183 in the rankings. Williams, made her return to the tour in March at Indian Wells and Miami, following the birth of her daughter. "I think so [on Williams going far]".

Sports Arnav's expectations from Nigeria vs Argentina match
Author: 0 Arnav's expectations from Nigeria vs Argentina match

It's put us in a spot where we depend on a result. It is Argentina versus Nigeria for the third consecutive FIFA World Cup and the match has great consequences. And his 31st birthday on Sunday, June 24, only served to highlight how time is running out for Messi to win a major worldwide tournament. The Eagles are most likely to stick with the more adventurous 3-5-2 when they attack, but quickly revert to a tighter defensive unit when they are defending their goal so as to keep at bay ...

Sports Utah’s Rudy Gobert wins NBA Defensive Player of the Year
Author: 0 Utah’s Rudy Gobert wins NBA Defensive Player of the Year

Russell Westbrook was named MVP ahead of the Houston star previous year and Harden, 28, was taking nothing for granted despite being expected to land the award for the first time. Gobert, who turns 26 on Tuesday, missed 26 games during the regular season with multiple injuries, but still anchored a Jazz defense that posted the second-best defensive rating (101.6) in the National Basketball Association last season.

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