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Sports Zabaleta: Messi doesn’t lose Barca magic with Argentina
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.

Sports Mohamed Salah mulls quitting Egypt after Chechnya controversy
Author: 0 Mohamed Salah mulls quitting Egypt after Chechnya controversy

Footballer Mo Salah has been granted honorary citizenship of Chechnya at a banquet held by its leader, Ramzan Kadyrov . But now Salah and his representatives are increasingly unhappy at what they perceive as the Liverpool star being used as a political pawn by the Egyptian FA.

Sports Formula One: Hamilton wins in France to retake F1 lead
Author: 0 Formula One: Hamilton wins in France to retake F1 lead

The 90-minute opening session was red-flagged with a minute remaining when Ericsson lost control at the Beausset corner, spun and hit the barriers hard, with the Sauber auto then catching fire. The Mercedes driver led from start to finish other than one lap around his pit stop to move 14 points ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel , who finished fifth.

Sports England, Colombia back in action
Author: 0 England, Colombia back in action

After the goal, Japan coach Akira Nishino immediately pointed to Honda and six minutes later the recently installed manger was clenching his fist. Cisse and his men are now dreaming of a repeat of their run to the quarter-finals in 2002 - he captained that team. Having been considered one of Colombia's first choice centre backs, alongside Davinson Sanchez, it was a surprise to see Mina left out of the lineup in the opening game.

Sports England surpass class of 1966 in Panama rout
Author: 0 England surpass class of 1966 in Panama rout

The in-form Tottenham striker bagged his third after a 61st-minute shot by Ruben Loftus-Cheek hit his foot and bounced over despairing Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo. The next tiebreaker is fair play - i.e. the amount of yellow and red cards accumulated by a team throughout the group stage. Kane said: "I'm very proud".

Sports Novak Djokovic speaks out after reaching Queen's semi-finals
Author: 0 Novak Djokovic speaks out after reaching Queen's semi-finals

Asked how long he can play for, Djokovic grinned, saying: "Who said 40?" Nadal maybe hasn't played that well in Wimbledon last couple of years up to his standards, but he's won it several times, played finals several times. "Last year I had a match point and couldn't convert it, this year it was Novak. I'm playing great, back again, I'm 31 on the paper, but I'm 19 in the real sense".

Sports Suarez sends Uruguay into last 16 with hosts Russia
Author: 0 Suarez sends Uruguay into last 16 with hosts Russia

Luis Suarez booked Uruguay's place in the World Cup knockout rounds, marking his 100th global appearance with the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia . "We've done everything we could for the national team players", he thundered, before adding: "They've blackened my face". Saudi Arabia's last outing against the host was nothing less than a horror show, 5-0.

Sports Brazil strike late for victory
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Petersburg Arena, the Brazil number 10 will sport a new, cropped design. "He is resuming a process". Tite , meanwhile, was left limping, after the 57-year-old reacted to Coutinho´s strike by bursting onto the pitch and tripping over his own feet.

Sports Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard give BEL big win
Author: 0 Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard give BEL big win

Romelu Lukaku scored after 16 minutes and though Dylan Bronn pulled one back for Tunisia, Lukaku made it 3-1 just before half-time. Hazard scored the opener on a sixth-minute penalty, converting after he was taken down just inside the right of the area by Syam Ben Youssef.

Sports Senegal President Sall to support World Cup team in Russian Federation
Author: 0 Senegal President Sall to support World Cup team in Russian Federation

After a heated World Cup match, the stands are usually left with food waste, cups and wrappers scattered in the heat of the moment. Contrary to expectations, 61st ranked Japan edged past 16th ranked Colombia 2-1, courtesy Yuya Osako's second-half header, in their opening match of Group H at the ongoing 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup here at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk .

Sports What was the hand gesture made by the Swiss goal scorers?
Author: 0 What was the hand gesture made by the Swiss goal scorers?

The side feature the likes of Xerdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka in midfield which can trouble Serbian defensive guards. Xhaka was born to Kosovan-Albanian parents and has a brother, Taulant, who represents the national team. It's a wonderful atmosphere and positive emotions and that's what football should be about. Switzerland have joined Brazil on four points, while Serbia sit third on three points ahead of the final matchday, which sees Switzerland take on already-eliminated ...

Sports Super Eagles rated third worst team at the World Cup
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Musa showed superb technique to fire Nigeria ahead on the half-volley before the Leicester player rounded keeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson to make it 2-0. "However, we've moved past that disappointment and we're looking forward to the next game", Ndidi told FIFA's official website. And on the stroke of half-time Finnbogason came within a whisker of doubling his World Cup tally when he flashed wide Gylfi Sigurdsson's whipped in free-kick.

Sports Brazil, Costa Rica raise eyebrows by playing in away kits
Author: 0 Brazil, Costa Rica raise eyebrows by playing in away kits

Neymar was tipped heavily to shine at this World Cup, but he lacked an end product against the Swiss. The 26-year-old winced in pain after kicking the ball during a training session and then left the pitch in Sochi for treatment to his right ankle.

Sports Pre-World Cup chaos motivates Iran -Queiroz
Author: 0 Pre-World Cup chaos motivates Iran -Queiroz

Although he was harshly criticized for "letting his team down", Bouhaddouz has also received an outpouring of love and support from Moroccan fans, who don't want him to blame himself for a "mistake that could happen to everyone". Iran will be playing for their third world cup, In 2014 they did well to draw against Nigeria and unsettle Argentina but ended up being one of the weakest teams in the tournament.

Sports Hornets trade Dwight Howard to Nets for Timofey Mozgov
Author: 0 Hornets trade Dwight Howard to Nets for Timofey Mozgov

At this point, that it what it is and Howard as a player is what he is - an aging former superstar who has enough game to still be a productive piece. He then spent one year with the Atlanta Hawks and one with the Hornets. They could form a center tandem with Howard and Allen splitting time, while Allen gets to observe some of the veteran tricks Howard has picked up over the course of 14 National Basketball Association campaigns.

Sports Focus on Harry Kane - England's captain and match-winner
Author: 0 Focus on Harry Kane - England's captain and match-winner

Ferjani Sassi , who scored the equaliser for Tunisia , became the first African to score in this World Cup . Meanwhile, England and Tunisia players also had to battle swarms of Volgograd midges. Alli was able to complete 80 minutes of a dramatic 2-1 win , but was clearly struggling when making his way from the field . Lukaku scored a brace to break the resistance of a courageous Panama side on their World Cup debut.

Sports Egyptian Football Association declares Mo Salah fit to face Russian Federation
Author: 0 Egyptian Football Association declares Mo Salah fit to face Russian Federation

Russian Federation top the group with three points , ahead of Uruguay on goal difference after hammering Saudi Arabia 5-0 on Thursday. Watch the highlight of the goal below. Speaking to reporters after the match, Cuper stressed that he could not risk Salah ahead of games against Saudi Arabia and tournament hosts Russian Federation.

Sports VAR system used for first time in France, Australia match
Author: 0 VAR system used for first time in France, Australia match

The Australian defence, for the first time really, had been a little caught, but it looked like Joshua Risdon had made a really good challenge to deny France and Griezmann, who went down inside the box. But with 17 minutes gone Hugo Lloris prevented Australia from taking a surprise lead, making a fine low save after another Mooy delivery had been deflected towards his own goal by Corentin Tolisso.

Sports Iceland hold Argentina to 1-1 draw as Messi misses penalty
Author: 0 Iceland hold Argentina to 1-1 draw as Messi misses penalty

Midfielder Christian Cueva missed a penalty for Los Incas to compound their misery. Maradona watched from the stands in gold-tinted glasses as current captain Lionel Messi had a second-half penalty saved that would have sunk the well-organised World Cup debutants.

Sports 3 things we learnt from Iran 1 Vs 0 Morocco
Author: 0 3 things we learnt from Iran 1 Vs 0 Morocco

Then, in the second half, the banner moved up the field near the other goal. That contrasted with the one of the main squares in Tehran , where a billboard portrays fans celebrating and holding aloft the World Cup , accompanied by the slogan "One nation, one heartbeat".

Sports England hoping Marcus Rashford is fit to start against Tunisia
Author: 0 England hoping Marcus Rashford is fit to start against Tunisia

Screening every day from the World Cup, the show will give viewers unprecedented access from inside the team base camp. The Leicester City defender is now set to experience the other side of the equation and is tipped to pip Gary Cahill to a place in Gareth Southgate's back three on Monday night.

Author: 0 Phil Mickelson returns to scene of crime as a changed man

It's a two-shot penalty on top of the score, so it ends up being a nine , and as of now it's on the scorecard as a such. With the penalty he racked up a sextuple bogey 10 at the par-four hole - although it took some minutes for the scoreboard to catch up with him.

Sports Federer celebrates No.1 crowning with 98th title at Stuttgart Open
Author: 0 Federer celebrates No.1 crowning with 98th title at Stuttgart Open

He will begin a record-extending 310th week at the top on Monday, his third stint at No.1 this year as he and his old Spanish rival Nadal vie for supremacy. "Maybe I was a little bit better on the bigger points". I think I played very well throughout the tournament, actually, having not played for a while.

Sports Chandimal charged with changing the condition of the ball
Author: 0 Chandimal charged with changing the condition of the ball

Officials penalised the Sri Lankans five extra runs for the holdout, but the Sri Lankan camp maintained that despite eventually taking the field, the team was still playing under protest. The Pakistanis did not return to the field after tea on the fourth day and the umpires deemed this to mean they had forfeited the match, even though Pakistan later said they were willing to play.

Sports No 'Party Like A Russian' for Robbie Williams
Author: 0 No 'Party Like A Russian' for Robbie Williams

Subsequently, Ronaldo brought the official ball onto the pitch to symbolise the hand-over, as the last World Cup took place in his native country of Brazil. He had been expected to perform the World Cup's official song, Colours , at the celebratory bash. For his set, Williams delivered his song " Let Me Entertain You ", decked out in a red and black, animal-printed suit.

Sports Neymar is Ronaldo's heir at Real Madrid, claims Valdano
Author: 0 Neymar is Ronaldo's heir at Real Madrid, claims Valdano

In the immediate aftermath of the Champions League final in Kiev, the Real Madrid star explained that he would clarify his plans in the days following the 3-1 win over Liverpool - but since that evening late last month, he hasn't said a word.

Sports Cuper announces Egypt starting line-up for Uruguay opener
Author: 0 Cuper announces Egypt starting line-up for Uruguay opener

Following the injury he sustained in the Champions League final , courtesy of a tussle of with Sergio Ramos , many had feared Mohamed Salah would miss Egypt's first appearance at the World Cup finals in 28 years as the Pharaohs geared up to take on the world in Russian Federation.

Sports La Decision: Antoine Griezmann Finally Announces He Is Staying With Atletico Madrid
Author: 0 La Decision: Antoine Griezmann Finally Announces He Is Staying With Atletico Madrid

What do you make of Griezmann's decision and how it's gone about making it public? Antoine Griezmann has confirmed that he will stay at Atletico Madrid after announcing his decision at the end of a television documentary. " Many calls come to my sister [and representative Maud Griezmann], but now [April 20] I'm not sure". "If they [Atleti] buy good players we can win the Champions League here and enter the history of the club".

Sports Nadal to face Thiem for French Open title
Author: 0 Nadal to face Thiem for French Open title

The win continues Nadal's undefeated run on championship weekend in Roland Garros - the Spaniard has never lost in Paris after reaching the semifinals. Del Potro insisted his hip had not troubled him during the match, instead putting the defeat down to one simple fact: "His game is too good for me".

Sports Oakland again celebrates National Basketball Association champion Warriors
Author: 0 Oakland again celebrates National Basketball Association champion Warriors

If you're not familiar, the shirt is a play off the famous social media meme of the "Arthur" fist, which James posted on Instagram early this season with the caption "Mood". In any event, Green wasn't content Tuesday to take a shot at just one member of the Cavaliers. The fact of the matter is, we just cut from a different cloth.

Sports Back-to-back titles, and Finals MVPs, for Kevin Durant
Author: 0 Back-to-back titles, and Finals MVPs, for Kevin Durant

James had become upset in the final seconds of regulation time in the 124-114 defeat, when a foul call was reversed to allow Golden State to equalize and J.R. " It's fun when you play against one of the best in the game [LeBron James]". There were 11 voters for the MVP award; Durant got seven votes, Stephen Curry - who still doesn't have a Finals MVP - got the other four.

Sports Baez vs. Tseng in French Open boys' final
Author: 0 Baez vs. Tseng in French Open boys' final

Nadal swept past Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets in his semi-final on Friday, while Thiem overcame surprise package Marco Cecchinato , also in three sets, to reach his first Grand Slam final. "It's a very nice feeling to come through that and make the final here for the first time ". She will meet current U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens after the 25-year-old world No.

Sports Del Potro powers past Cilic to set up Rafa clash
Author: 0 Del Potro powers past Cilic to set up Rafa clash

Nadal fought off four break points in the decisive eighth game of the third set and added four more break points saved on his way to victory in the fourth set. I made too many questions to myself. Top-ranked Nadal enters Wednesday's match bidding to reach his 11th semifinal at Roland Garros. Del Potro said resuming a match at 5-5 in a tiebreak with his serve to come had been a unusual situation but his aim was true and he moved 6-5 ahead before his cagey backhand slice induced a poor ...

Sports LeBron James compares Warriors to Patriots after Game 3 of NBA Finals
Author: 0 LeBron James compares Warriors to Patriots after Game 3 of NBA Finals

Instead, the four-time MVP reflected on the huge talent that he and his teammates have had to play against in the last four NBA Finals series. Just when it seemed as if the Cavaliers might win their first game of the 2018 NBA Finals, Durant hit a 3-point dagger from the wing for the second year in a row, prompting Warriors teammate Draymond Green to roar and silencing a deafening crowd at Quicken Loans Arena.

Sports Golden Knights go out valiantly in Stanley Cup loss to Capitals
Author: 0 Golden Knights go out valiantly in Stanley Cup loss to Capitals

Less than a year ago the Golden Knights had both a general manager and a coach - but nearly no players. "When you get this close to the Cup, it's hard", Fleury said. While Trotz acknowledged Ovechkin's play and how much he's meant to the franchise, he said Kuznetsov single-handedly took over games for the Capitals and proved to be just as valuable during their championship run.

Sports Cristiano Ronaldo's son scores brilliant goal in front of cheering Portugal fans
Author: 0 Cristiano Ronaldo's son scores brilliant goal in front of cheering Portugal fans

But why can't Neymar come and Cristiano stay? "If the president (Florentino Perez) wants somebody, he'll pick somebody. One day Neymar will play for Real Madrid". Cristiano Ronaldo didn't appear in Real's new kit promo after speculation about his future at the club. "For me Cristiano is the best at the moment and Neymar, for sure, will be as good as Cristiano".

Sports Brazil legend labels Man United signing Fred a 'wonderful player'
Author: 0 Brazil legend labels Man United signing Fred a 'wonderful player'

Man United manager Joe Mourinho . Mourinho worked with Arnautovic briefly at Inter Milan and is interested in bringing him to Old Trafford following his impressive second half of the season with the Hammers. Fred has played 156 times for Shakhtar since joining them from Brazilian side Internacional in 2013, and has appeared in the UEFA Champions League regularly.

Sports Arbaaz Khan admits to IPL betting, losing a large amount
Author: 0 Arbaaz Khan admits to IPL betting, losing a large amount

In those days, Jalan was working with a big bookie who went by the name Junior Calcutta. Jalan had also told the police that Khan was present in one of the meetings held in Dubai a year ago. An official quoting the inquiry of the accused had stated that Khan had been putting off the payment to Jalan which as a outcome had resulted in him receiving threats from the bookie.

Sports Shaquille O’Neal makes Celtics vs Cavs prediction, Kyrie Irving involved
Author: 0 Shaquille O’Neal makes Celtics vs Cavs prediction, Kyrie Irving involved

James played all 48 minutes in Game 7, scoring 35 points on 12-of-24 shooting from the field (3-of-8 from beyond the arc), 15 rebounds, nine assists and two blocks. Despite coming up one game short of the NBA Finals with an injured team, Tatum still made his presence know around the NBA and he is on the verge, if not already arrived, of stardom.

Sports Reversed foul call against LeBron James draws Cavaliers’ ire
Author: 0 Reversed foul call against LeBron James draws Cavaliers’ ire

Still tied 107-107, the game went to overtime and the Warriors outscored Cleveland 17-7 in the extra period. "To do what he did tonight and come out robbed, it's just not right". Perhaps the most important moment near the end of regulation came when the officials reviewed and ultimately reversed what had been called a charge on the court.

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