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Russian Federation 2018 breaks World Cup penalties record Russian Federation 2018 breaks World Cup penalties record
- June 26, 2018

Spain were down early against Morocco after Khalid Boutaib took advantage of a mix-up between Andres Iniesta and Sergio Ramos to rob the ball on halfway line and run clear before slotting past David de Gea in the 14th minute. In Saransk, Ronaldo was at the heart of a series of VAR incidents. Match official Enrique Caceres instead brandishes a yellow following the use of VAR. (more...)
Simmons tops Mitchell, Tatum for Rookie of the Year Simmons tops Mitchell, Tatum for Rookie of the Year
- June 26, 2018

The contentious race for the 2017-18 Rookie of the Year Award will finally come to a close on Monday night, when the victor is announced at the annual NBA Awards Show - but not before Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell gets in some more trolling of the Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons . (more...)
Sports Illustrated obtains Lakers’ planned pitch to Paul George Sports Illustrated obtains Lakers’ planned pitch to Paul George
- June 26, 2018

Sports Illustrated's Robin Lundberg published a leaked copy of the Lakers' pitch to All-Star forward George on Monday afternoon, which is part of the team's bid to sign him during the upcoming free agency period. George, a five-time All-Star, averaged 21.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game for Oklahoma City in 2017-18. George grew up in Palmdale, California, which is about an hour away from Los Angeles. (more...)
Southampton: Cedric involved in VAR controversy for Portugal Southampton: Cedric involved in VAR controversy for Portugal
- June 26, 2018

Spain ended up topping Group B by virtue of goals scored after an injury-time strike by Iago Aspas - confirmed by the video assistant referee - rescued a 2-2 draw against Morocco in Kaliningrad and will take on the host nation in Moscow on Sunday. (more...)
McEnroe calls On Wimbledon chiefs to show sense as Williams returns McEnroe calls On Wimbledon chiefs to show sense as Williams returns
- June 26, 2018

You're talking about Serena Williams ". But weighing in on the debate whether Williams should be seeded at the upcoming Wimbledon Championships, McEnroe didn't shy away from speaking up in her favour. The organization has since said it would reconsider its position-but in the meantime, the U.S. Open has taken measures to move the needle forward on this issue by creating a special protection on seedings for women who return to the sport post-pregnancy. (more...)
Portugal survives scare against Iran to make knockouts Portugal survives scare against Iran to make knockouts
- June 26, 2018

Those, however, who said the introduction of VAR would make things fairer and less controversial should maybe ask the Portuguese superstar what he thinks. Uruguay's thumping win over Russian Federation ensures they top Group A with a flawless record, with Egypt heading home without a point to their name. (more...)
Mauresmo to replace Noah as France’s Davis Cup captain Mauresmo to replace Noah as France’s Davis Cup captain
- June 26, 2018

Mauresmo is all-set to replace Yannick Noah next season. During the press conference announcing her appointment, she took the time to mention Murray's part in her coaching career. Mauresmo, 38, has won Grand Slam singles titles at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. However, he was part of the victorious French Davis Cup team a year ago. (more...)
Reports Aguero To Be Dropped After Failed Player Mutiny Reports Aguero To Be Dropped After Failed Player Mutiny
- June 26, 2018

In Saransk, Ronaldo was at the heart of a series of VAR incidents. But Mascherano said earlier that Argentina's players would work with Sampaoli to find a solution to the problems that have plagued the 2014 runners-up. If Argentina and Iceland win and finish with identical records it will be decided by their disciplinary records and then drawing of lots. Javier Mascherano insists there has been no bust-up between players and Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli ahead of their crunch ... (more...)
LeBron James doesn't want to hear big pitches, will make decision LeBron James doesn't want to hear big pitches, will make decision
- June 26, 2018

Per a new interview with the Los Angeles Times , Harden doesn't believe he could do much to sway King James. If he declines the option, he will be an unrestricted free agent . ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk reports that L.A. resident Jacob Emrani has paid for over 40 (!) billboards to go up around the city pleading for George to take his talents to the Lakers. (more...)
Will Portugal, Spain both advance to last 16 on Monday? Will Portugal, Spain both advance to last 16 on Monday?
- June 26, 2018

Portugal now sits atop the group on five points. Senegal's players celebrate a goal during the World Cup group phase. Ronaldo's appearance at the hotel window reportedly drove the first group to leave, before a second wave of supporters arrived and continued to make noise through the night. (more...)
Javier Mascherano denies reports of mutiny in Argentina squad Javier Mascherano denies reports of mutiny in Argentina squad
- June 26, 2018

Hallgrimsson was the head coach's assistant at the Euros, but took the helm to lead the tiny island nation to its first World Cup after 14 failed attempts. They were bad against a team that pressed them and bad against a team that sat back. It then goes to goal difference and goals scored. He is also just the second African player to register two goals in two World Cup matches since Cameroon's Roger Milla in 1990. (more...)
'Bring on Belgium' - England win has former players buzzing 'Bring on Belgium' - England win has former players buzzing
- June 26, 2018

Kane scored another penalty just before halftime. 'It's unusual because I enjoyed the win against Tunisia more because of the fact that you get over the line when you're really under pressure. "We managed to keep the ball in the second half a little bit more and we kept playing in an orderly fashion because had we not done that it wouldn't have been six goals but far more". (more...)
Ben Simmons named NBA rookie of the year amid controversy over status Ben Simmons named NBA rookie of the year amid controversy over status
- June 26, 2018

He beat out finalists Donovan Mitchell of Utah and Jayson Tatum of Boston . "If his argument is I'm not a rookie, if that's the only argument he has, I'm in pretty good shape, then", Simmons responded. Most notable of those was the sweatshirt Mitchell wore to a game with the definition of the word "rookie" on the front. Most celebrities and athletes alike arrive to award shows in a limousine or some other kind of fancy vehicle. (more...)
Nuggets, Jokic nearing $146.5M deal Nuggets, Jokic nearing $146.5M deal
- June 26, 2018

Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania reports that Jokic will become a restricted free agent, and the two sides are expected to reach an agreement on a max contract of $146.5 million over five years. Nuggets President of Basketball Operations, Tim Connelly, recently told reporters he wants to keep Jokic with the team "as long as possible". The Nuggets' big man set career-highs in scoring (18.5 points per game), rebounding (10.7 rebounds per game) and assists (6.1 assists per game) last season. (more...)
Spain snatch 2-2 draw with Morocco to top group Spain snatch 2-2 draw with Morocco to top group
- June 26, 2018

His clever deflection off a cross from Dani Carvajal was initially disallowed for offside, but the video assistant referee overruled the call at Kaliningrad Stadium . Spain , as if stirred into action, suddenly began to play as only they can, culminating in an equalizer born on the fields of La Masia - the name of Barcelona's youth academy - and finished by Isco , the star of the team's next generation. (more...)
Federer chases 99th title, faces Coric in Halle final Federer chases 99th title, faces Coric in Halle final
- June 26, 2018

In the last 18 seasons, Roger has failed to reach the final of at least one ATP 500 tournament only in 2008 and 2016, and 17 of those 27 finals came in Dubai or Basel where he had the most success at this category. "I played at a good level actually", the Swiss said. "I'm playing a lot of matches at the moment". His famous one-handed backhand was on fire, striking down winners and passing shots from all corners of the court. (more...)
Durmaz blasts online racial abuse after World Cup loss Durmaz blasts online racial abuse after World Cup loss
- June 26, 2018

The 28-year-old Rudy, who was making his FIFA World Cup debut in the match in Sochi, was hit in the face by the boot of Sweden's Ola Toivonen in the 25th minute. They broke out with "Mexico" chants and waved flags each time the team scored and once they sealed the win. Sweden is now on the outside looking in on a top two spot, and advancing to the next round, in its World Cup group. (more...)
Borna Coric claims shock victory against Roger Federer in Halle Borna Coric claims shock victory against Roger Federer in Halle
- June 26, 2018

The Croat earned his first ever victory over the 20-time grand slam victor, surviving a second set comeback to defeat Federer 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-2 on the grass courts of the German city. The Croat fended off two set points before clinching the opening set after 57 minutes. To make it even more complicated, Nadal had slipped down to number two despite his 11th French Open success after Federer won the Stuttgart Cup to bag the number one ranking for the sixth time and record 310th week, but this ... (more...)
Argentina's World Cup mutiny has reportedly turned into a players' coup Argentina's World Cup mutiny has reportedly turned into a players' coup
- June 26, 2018

According to the Daily Mail , the striker - who has had an underwhelming start to his World Cup campaign - will be sacrificed as Argentina switch to a 4-3-3 formation on their players' request. 'Leo is fine, ' Mascherano said . "I pray that we have the support of the 44 million Argentines, all of them kicking toward the same goalpost". "Like it our not, we are the runners-up from the World Cup and we have to show it". (more...)
Max Verstappen pleased with 'exciting' Red Bull-Honda marriage Max Verstappen pleased with 'exciting' Red Bull-Honda marriage
- June 25, 2018

Horner confirmed that the team needed to get their engine supplier locked down so the Milton Keynes team could commence work on their 2019 auto before they could concentrate on their drivers. The move was announced on Tuesday morning and spells the end of a 12-year partnership between RBR and Renault that has so far yielded 57 Grand Prix wins and four world championship doubles between 2010 and 2013. (more...)
Argentina star is desperate and frustrated says Mascherano
- June 25, 2018

They were bad against a team that pressed them and bad against a team that sat back. That follows on from his opening-round hat-trick against Spain, but Real Madrid superstar Ronaldo believes the team still need improvements if they are to go deep in this year's Russian Federation showpiece. (more...)
Rory McIlroy three shots off lead, Paul Casey two — Travelers Championship Rory McIlroy three shots off lead, Paul Casey two — Travelers Championship
- June 25, 2018

The Ulsterman bounced back after missing the cut at the US Open last week with a 6 under par opening round of 64. "It's good to see a good score", said Spieth. Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts during the first round of the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. Despite playing well on Thursday, McIlroy still believes he has room for improvement where his swing is concerned. (more...)
Defender out of World Cup clash
- June 25, 2018

Barcelona striker Suarez netted the victor against Saudi Arabia on matchday two - becoming the first Uruguay player to net at three consecutive World Cups in the process - and continued his scoring form with a superb free-kick 10 minutes into Monday's clash in Samara. (more...)
Former Spurs Player Bruce Bowen Accuses Kawhi Leonard Of Having 'Excuses' Former Spurs Player Bruce Bowen Accuses Kawhi Leonard Of Having 'Excuses'
- June 25, 2018

The Kawhi Leonard saga has by far been one of the strangest storylines of the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season, and it has continued into the summer. Leonard felt he wasn't physically ready to play despite medical clearance. The return they require for a player of Leonard's caliber will still be steep, but the Celtics have enough talented young players and future draft picks to pay a slight premium without seriously damaging their present-day or long-term prospects. (more...)
Carmelo Anthony Opts In with Thunder Carmelo Anthony Opts In with Thunder
- June 25, 2018

Anthony, 34, averaged career lows across the board with the Thunder last season, including 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, though he did set a career mark for 3-pointers made in a season. Sports, Anthony has notified the team that he's not going anywhere. While Westbrook and George thrived at different times, Anthony struggled. He took much of the blame for their failings last season, which included a first-round playoff exit. (more...)
Sampaoli convinced Argentina's World Cup will restart against Nigeria Sampaoli convinced Argentina's World Cup will restart against Nigeria
- June 25, 2018

According to the UK Telegraph, it was a nightmare for the former Argentina captain and 1986 World Cup victor, who excelled as a player, but could not hold back the tears after the Albiceleste were taught some football lessons by their European opponents. (more...)
Luis Suárez leads way for Uruguay to spoil 10-man Russia’s party Luis Suárez leads way for Uruguay to spoil 10-man Russia’s party
- June 25, 2018

Gazinsky was booked and Suarez stepped up to steer a low free kick into the far corner, goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev unable to get to it as Uruguay secured an early breakthrough. Uruguay stamped their authority early in the group decider. Because Russia had the advantage in goal differential from their first two group matches, they would have won the group with a draw. (more...)
Kroos relieved to make amends for Germany at World Cup
- June 25, 2018

Nearly instantly, Durmaz's Instagram account began to be flooded with racist comments and threats. "Overall, we once again had phases where we played really well and didn't use our chances". Sweden substitute Pontus Jansson said he had lost his temper with the Germans but accepted they had ultimately regretted their actions. "We do not tolerate a player being exposed to threats and violations", said Hakan Sjostrand, secretary general of the Swedish FA. (more...)
Chicharito records history with strike against South Korea Chicharito records history with strike against South Korea
- June 25, 2018

Mexico can qualify for the knockout phase if Germany fail to beat Sweden later today. However, it was not enough for the South Koreans as Mexico and Juan Carlos Osorio bagged all the points. Ki suffered a left calf injury during the match against Mexico and will not be available for South Korea's duel against Germany. Not to be outdone, Cho was at his best soon after, South Korea's goalkeeper lunging to his right to tip Hernandez's goal-bound shot wide. (more...)
Hosts Russia Battle Uruguay For Group A Top Spot Today
- June 25, 2018

La Roja take on a Morocco side who are already out, while the Euro 2016 winners face an Iran team who still have a chance of progressing. Due to the group standings, no team can relax and Spain should top the group. Portugal will be favourites to progress and only need a draw. Denis Cheryshev has been one of the stand out players in the side, grabbing a brace in the opener against Saudi and scoring the second in the 3-1 victory over Egypt. (more...)

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