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Is VAR a factor as number of World Cup penalties soar?


Southgate was correct in highlighting that the decision to award Tunisia a first half penalty wasn't a "clear and obvious error", but added, "if penalties are going to be given for that then it's going to be an interesting tournament". The winger did not get booked for his protests. Neville, who is working as a pundit for ITV during the tournament, says blame should not be given to the VAR officials because they simply do not have the time or resource to review decisions correctly. Read More »

Rakitic: Nobody is prouder to represent Argentina than Messi


Croatia had better fortunes in their opening fixture, cruising past Nigeria with a 2-0 win, but will face a much tougher opponent in Argentina at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Now they meet Croatia in their second Group D game, and the Vatreni will prove to be a tricky opposition. Luka Modric, Ante Rebic and Ivan Perisic will form the three-man attack behind Mandzukic to complete the team for Croatia against Argentina . Read More »

Fan injured by Phillie Phanatic's hot dog cannon during game


McVay was sitting near home plate and, she says, all of a sudden a hot dog wrapped in duct tape struck her in the face. As is a normal part of his schtick, the mascot was shooting hot dogs into the stands using an oversized cannon-type tool when one sailed in the direction of Kathy McVay of Plymouth Meeting, Pa. Read More »

Wawrinka eases to opening win at Queen's


Stan Wawrinka kicked off his Wimbledon preparations with a 6-2, 6-3 win over British youngster Cameron Norrie in the Queen's Club first round yesterday. "I'm pushing myself to get better and better every single match". 'And for me it was really tough, because I had to start from zero physically. "Mentally, it's tough when you see how far you are and how long it will take", said Wawrinka, when asked about his slow march back to a competitive level. Read More »

Argentina vs Croatia | 21 Jun 2018

Many have suggested Messi needs to guide his country to FIFA World Cup glory in order to be held in the same esteem as Argentina icon Diego Maradona . ARGENTINA take on Croatia in their second World Cup 2018 outing tomorrow - but who will start for Jorge Sampaoli's side? "They are different. Read More »

Senegal Upsets Poland 2-1


Both teams' stars, Senegal's Sadio Mane and Poland's Robert Lewandowski , rarely threatened in quiet World Cup debuts. "We earned out victory, we worked very hard for it", he said after the win, which puts Senegal at the top of Group H , ahead of Japan on goal difference. Read More »

Minnesota gets regular PGA Tour stop in 7-year deal


Open in June or the week before the British Open in July. The 2019 dates for the 3M Open will not be confirmed until next month when the PGA Tour reveals its full schedule for the next FedEx Cup season, but there will be an opening in the first week in July. Read More »

Burger King pulls sexist ad


World Cup fever can also be the only possible explanation for this absolutely appalling attempt at, what I hope is a joke, from Burger King in Russian Federation. But critics assailed the offer, announced on Russian social network VK on Tuesday, as sexist and demeaning. Burger King Russia quickly pulled the promotion after it was deemed "too insulting". Read More »

World Cup match report Russian Federation v Egypt 19 June 2018


A needless punch from goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy led to a horror own goal from Ahmed Fathi in the 47th minute. "The team has always defended well". It's all or nothing for Hector Cuper's side who must beat hosts Russian Federation in Saint Petersburg to keep their knockout hopes alive. "Perhaps we made some mistakes we didn't make against Uruguay", Cuper acknowledged. Read More »

Africa showing few signs of making World Cup breakthrough


A video showed fans removing rubbish from the Otkrytiye Arena, in Moscow, after they'd gone insane following their win (which we can't blame them for). One clip of the clean-up operation, shared by Argentinean channel TyC Sports, has been viewed more than 4 million times . While the Senegalese supporters could have been forgiven for going on a wild party the second the match ended, instead they did something far better. Read More »

Brazil hold their breath as superstar Neymar limps out of training


A team spokesman said the forward would have treatment for the rest of the day and train normally on Wednesday before Brazil head to St Petersburg for the Costa Rica match. Brazil star Neymar is nursing a sore ankle and limped out of training in Russian Federation. In 1998, Alan Shearer was fouled a whopping 10 times in England's curtain-jerker against Tunisia. Read More »

Iran vs Spain : Hierro picks Carvajal

But if there's any lingering doubt over Carvajal's fitness, boss Fernando Hierro will surely take no risks and Nacho will stay in. "What happened to Germany could happen to anyone", Hierro told reporters on Monday. "He will play, we trust him". Many would say that Iran has been hard to defeat for a few years but the Iranians have never faced any team ranked in the top 20 in the World Cup. Read More »

Life under threat: MS Dhoni’s wife Sakshi Dhoni applies for gun license


She has applied for the licence in the Magistrate office and the request has been forwarded to the local police station for further investigation. MS Dhoni already has an arm licence in his name. On Sakhi's application for the revolver, officials said that there is nothing out-of-the-ordinary if someone applies for such a licence. "He's an extraordinary marksman and inspired us all", the top Kolkata Police official who accompanied Dhoni told PTI. Read More »

Dele Alli thigh injury to be "managed" by England medical team


Dele Alli is a doubt for England's second World Cup Group G game against Panama after a scan confirmed he suffered a minor strain in the victory over Tunisia . In fact, he had already debuted with the national team in the November break against Germany, but was then out from late December to mid-March. The England medical staff will continue to monitor him over the rest of the week at their base in Repino where he will be treated on site, but the 22-year-old is expected to miss at ... Read More »

England flies: Kane reveals insect infestation after Tunisia victory


That sinking feeling England fans have become so familiar with was extinguished in an instant, in injury time. "Put no limits on yourself - nobody should", said Kane. Kane said he received a surprise message from Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino before the the Tunisia game. "I had to prove people wrong throughout my career, and I love proving to myself I can do it", Kane said, according to BBC Sport . Read More »

How can Argentina get the best out of Lionel Messi?


Croatia are the group leaders after a 2-0 victory against Nigeria in their first match. Aguero got the goal against Iceland but he along with the others was largely anonymous thereafter - and certainly when Argentina needed them when time was running out to get a winning goal. Read More »

Iran coach Queiroz pledges no Spain surrender

Tomorrow we have an uncomfortable match but a victory would put us in a good place for the group". Diego Costa scored a brace in Spain's World Cup opener against Portugal. But Hierro, like Iniesta, has no intention of being the man who steered Spain to an unthinkable World Cup disaster. "Sports stars always dream about the ultimate prize which would be to win the World Cup again". Read More »

Mexico player asks fans not to use homophobic chant


Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer gestures during the group F match between Germany and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow , Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. " Mexico needs to shout", he said , jumping up and down. Before the World Cup , the Mexico Football Federation (FMF) also asked fans not to repeat the anti-gay slur at matches , apparently to no avail. Read More »

Mickelson made statement over 'outrageous' conditions, says Cowen


Jordan Spieth wasn't around for the weekend at Shinnecock Hills , but that doesn't mean the No. 5 golfer in the world didn't see Phil Mickelson's infamous putt at the 2018 U.S. Open placements. After his round, Mickelson admitted to intentionally hitting the moving ball because he didn't want it to roll off the green. I took the two shots and moved on. Read More »

The Complete and Final 2018 NBA Mock Draft


Doncic's elevation within the Hawks organization reflects a leaguewide belief that Deandre Ayton and Marvin Bagley III could go 1-2 to Phoenix and Sacramento , respectively, to open the draft, league sources said. And if not, how far would the Mavs have to move up to get him? The 19-year-old Doncic, the youngest EuroLeague MVP ever, capped a historic season for Real Madrid with a championship series victory in the ACB League in Spain. Read More »

Charlotte Hornets trade Dwight Howard to Brooklyn Nets


The Nets landed Mozgov last summer as a part of their trade for the Los Angeles' Lakers D'Angelo Russell. But now, thanks, surprisingly to a trade for Dwight Howard, the Nets nightmare might finally be over. The Brooklyn Nets are the latest team to acquire the services of center Dwight Howard. Last season, he ranked third in the National Basketball Association in rebounds per game (12.5) fourth in double-doubles (53), ninth in blocks (1.6) and 11th in field-goal percentage (55.5 percent). Read More »

Saudi Arabian World Cup team's plane catches fire in midair


As for Saudi Arabia , they make four swaps to the side hammered by Russian Federation in the opening game of the tournament; Mohammed Al Owais is handed a start in goal ahead of Abdullah Almuaiouf, while in the outfield, Ali Albulayhi slots into the back four, Hatan Bahbri comes into the midfield and Fahad Almuwallad is tasked with leading the front-line as a lone striker. Read More »

Outrage as Lord Sugar tweets 'racist' Senegal image


Some 23 minutes later, the post was deleted - and Lord Sugar said: 'Just been reading the reaction to my amusing tweet about the guy on the beach in Marbella. He wrote: 'Just been reading the reaction to my amusing tweet about the guy on the beach in Marbella. Earlier the former Tottenham chairman said his "funny tweet" had been "interpreted in the wrong way as offensive by a few people". Read More »

Japan & Senegal sweeping all before them


Senegal kick-started their Group H campaign with an impressive 2-0 win over Poland, 16 years after first appearing in the World Cup in 2002. Following the unfancied side's 2-1 victory over their South American opponents , the diligent fans were filmed putting plastic cups, bottles, cardboard and food waste left scattered below the stadium's eye-catching acid orange seats into blue bin bags. Read More »

ICC unveils FTP for Test Championship

According to the new FTP, Afghanistan and Ireland - the teams which acquired Test status recently - won't be a part of the Test Championship. New Zealand's Championship campaign begins with an away series in Sri Lanka and will be followed by a much awaited home summer that will see England, Australia and India touring their land. Read More »

England are not overly reliant on Kane, insists Rashford


That was how it stayed as England struggled to break down the resilient north Africans, before they finally found a way through the massed defensive ranks when Kane swiveled to head home in added time. Look at Mexico beating Germany and how much it meant to them. "I guess as players there's nothing we can do about that. We just have to hope that officials are getting it right more often than not". Read More »

How to watch Portugal vs


The BBC has been the only channel offering crisp, 4K viewing for British viewers, testing a 4K streaming trial during the World Cup . Things happen more naturally, sometimes passes that could be more hard, he facilitates. The 2016 European Champions served up arguably the best game of the group stages with their dramatic 3-3 draw with Spain and will be hoping that Cristiano Ronaldo can inspire them to victory against the north African side. Read More »

West Ham sign Fabianski from Swansea


And today West Ham tweeted, announcing the player's arrival at the London Stadium. "I am very happy to sign for such a historic, English club, and I hope to show my best here", Diop, who signed a five-year contract, said in a statement. Read More »

World Cup big guns fail to fire as lesser lights shine


Or something else? These are questions that continue to be asked when it comes to Argentina , and which a succession of national team managers have failed to find a suitable answer to since Messi made his worldwide debut in 2005. "In the next World Cup we will be great, but in a short time it's very hard". "Obviously we all support him, there is no need to remember that", he said Tuesday. Read More »

Ronaldo and Portugal look to eliminate Morocco

Prior to Morocco's loss to Iran on Friday, the African nation were unbeaten in five games, a run that they might be looking to draw inspiration from. "I have never seen a player win a game on his own". It's a good team; they fight quite well, and work very well and are very well trained. Portugal , steered by 5-time Ballon d'Or victor Cristiano Ronaldo drew 3-3 against their neighbours Spain. Read More »

Jack Wilshere to leave Arsenal after 17 years at the club


Juan Carlos Carcedo, Emery's longtime assistant at Valencia, Spartak Moscow, Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain, will be alongside him in the dugout. Emery's backroom staff at the Gunners for the 2018-19 season also includes Julen Masach as strength and conditioning coach while goalkeeping coaches will be Javi Garcia and Sal Bibbo while the club's data/video analyst will be Victor Manas. Read More »

England fans lost their minds over Harry Kane's late game-winning goal


Harry Kane's late victor for England sparked jubilant celebrations in Maidstone. The game-winning goal understandably sent England fans into an absolute frenzy. "I want to prove myself at a major tournament, I want to be up there with the best in the world and the only way to do that is to perform on the big stage and in the big moments". Read More »

Cavs Exploring Kawhi Leonard Trade In Hopes Of Keeping LeBron James


The report also details a fractured relationship between Leonard and the Spurs, stemming from mistrust related to the handling of Kawhi's injury earlier in the season. "The Cavs are one of several teams making calls to San Antonio about Kawhi Leonard ",'s Terry Pluto writes. "[The Cavs] are taking calls from teams looking to move up in the draft via trade, and are seeking proven National Basketball Association vets whose presence would both improve the roster and be ... Read More »