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Sam Allardyce has insisted it should be him and not Gareth Southgate leading England at the World Cup . "The past can help us and inform us but it shouldn't shape us and we've got to be our own team". Three Lions '98 by The Lightning Seeds and Baddiel & Skinner was the most popular anthem with 54 per cent support. Asked to sum up his own feelings about coaching his country on the biggest stage of all, he added: "I'm a very proud Englishman and I've said before that to play for my country ...
  • Ronaldo can't block Neymar move, says Marcelo

    Ronaldo can't block Neymar move, says Marcelo

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    Ronaldo hinted at a move away from the Spanish capital in a shocking post-match interview. An exclusive "interview" with Carlos Queiroz, Portugal quiz and more. The 33-year-old is the talisman of the current Real Madrid squad, but time and again, his future at the club has been up for debate. Ronaldo remained silent about his future but did speak about his team's chances at the tournament in Russian Federation at Belem Palace in Lisbon on Wednesday where he and his teammates gathered and ...
  • England vs Costa Rica: Rashford, Welbeck seal win for Three Lions

    England vs Costa Rica: Rashford, Welbeck seal win for Three Lions

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    Much has been made of the youthful squad who will represent the Three Lions in Russian Federation, which is the youngest England party to travel to a World Cup since Chile in 1962. It means a lot to be involved but going to the World Cup and playing a major part in my main aim. "Anything is possible. We have to go with the highest expectations".
  • Paris rain halts Rafael Nadal's momentum with Diego Schwartzman a set up

    Paris rain halts Rafael Nadal's momentum with Diego Schwartzman a set up

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    Whoever reaches the final from that side of the draw will face either Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem or unseeded Italian Marco Cecchinato in Sunday's final. Nadal , who was broken five times by Schwartzman in a stuttering start to the match, appeared to be relishing the warmer conditions in Paris and his greater weight during the baseline exchanges was proving pivotal.
  • Warriors' Iguodala expected to play in Game 3

    Warriors' Iguodala expected to play in Game 3

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    No other Warriors player scored over 11 points. Durant continuously made timely, momentum-stopping shots. It was the definition of a dagger. To win any NBA Finals game, on the road, when LeBron James has a triple-double, when they trailed most of the night, when the deficit was as many as 13 early, when Curry and Thompson shot a combined 7 for 27.
  • Woods among pack chasing lead at Muirfield

    Woods among pack chasing lead at Muirfield

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    Even so, he could only advance it 100 yards and made bogey for a 70. Woods remains hopeful saying, "I'm in position where if I shoot another good round like I have the last two days I've got a chance". Jack Nicklaus said on Monday he believes Tiger Woods can still overhaul his record of 18 Major Championship victories. Tiger Woods managed a five-under 67, which included an eagle at the par-five 11th.
  • The XFL Just Named The Commissioner Of Its League

    The XFL Just Named The Commissioner Of Its League

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    The XFL was searching for luck when it announced it would reboot a league that had collapsed in 2001, after just one season. "The XFL will be a labor of love as I get to combine my experiences as a player and executive", Luck told ESPN in an email.
  • Djokovic and Zverev battle through to last 16 at French Open

    Djokovic and Zverev battle through to last 16 at French Open

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    On Tuesday, he became the first Italian to reach the last four at a major in 40 years by beating 12-times Grand Slam champion and 2016 Roland Garros victor Novak Djokovic on Court Suzanne Lenglen. "It was an unbelievable, high-level match", said Zverev. After his four sets loss to Marco Cecchinato at the French Open, Novak Djokovic revealed a possibly shocking news that could happen in the next weeks.
  • Liverpool Transfers: Nabil Fekir's £60 Million Switch To Anfield

    Liverpool Transfers: Nabil Fekir's £60 Million Switch To Anfield

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    Goal reported last week that Liverpool were ready to step up their pursuit of Fekir in a deal that could be worth £60 million (€69m/$80m). The player is keen on a move to the Merseyside giants, but his agent has insisted that it could be a long window for his player has Aulas is yet to give him permission to talk to any club.
  • England's Dele Alli booed by Nigeria fans at Wembley

    England's Dele Alli booed by Nigeria fans at Wembley

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    From the corner in the 10th minute, England got their first goal. England have been pitted in Group G with dark horses Belgium, Tunisia, and debutants Panama but fans are sceptical about the country's chances following a disastrous 2014 campaign.
  • Warriors fans cheer for J.R. Smith ahead of Game 2

    Warriors fans cheer for J.R. Smith ahead of Game 2

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    All they have to do is take them. Listed as questionable for the game after hurting his left ankle in the series opener, Thompson played 34 minutes, helping the Warriors get off to a strong start and hold on for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven battle.
  • Tristan Thompson Ejected From NBA Finals Game 1 For Apparent Elbow

    Tristan Thompson Ejected From NBA Finals Game 1 For Apparent Elbow

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    Thompson had taken exception to Warriors guard Shaun Livingston putting up a shot with five seconds left in overtime and the game in hand. He always causes problems with that. "That was very uncalled for, especially if two guys are just talking". "I didn't hear him", Thompson said , "but I heard him, and the rest is history".
  • Gareth Bale sees hope at Real Madrid after Zidane departure

    Gareth Bale sees hope at Real Madrid after Zidane departure

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    Asked about that possibility ahead of his country's World Cup 2018 warm-up friendly against Austria on Saturday, the 58-year-old said he had no interest at all in the job and was exclusively focused on preparing for his side's defence of their World Cup trophy in Russian Federation over the coming weeks.
  • Cavs complete in Game One as Kevin Love cleared to play

    Cavs complete in Game One as Kevin Love cleared to play

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    Instead of trying to take a game winning shot or pass the ball to a teammate, Smith ran down the clock and fired a pass to Hill with less than a second left in the game. The loss, in part, was down to a freaky moment from Cavs star Smith when the scores were tied 107-107 with 4.7 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
  • Warriors survive a James scare to win

    Warriors survive a James scare to win

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    Smith cost Cleveland in a 124-114 overtime loss to Golden State. "So I felt like the odds were against us from the summer", James continued. A team doesn't get many second chances against great teams in the playoffs. "Did you think he was trying to make a play?" The Cavaliers were not able to recover from Smith's blunder . The Warriors barely won Game 3 in Cleveland past year before getting blown out by the Cavaliers in Game 4.
  • Serena Williams Tops Kristyna Pliskova in 2018 French Open 1st Round

    Serena Williams Tops Kristyna Pliskova in 2018 French Open 1st Round

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    She played a poor service game in the middle of the set, and Barty won a break which she would not relinquish, winning the first set 6-3. The temperature hit 25C in Paris but it did not seem to affect the 23-time major victor in her first Grand Slam match since giving birth last September.
  • NBA Finals schedule: Warriors vs Cavs dates and times for every game

    NBA Finals schedule: Warriors vs Cavs dates and times for every game

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    Another member of the Cleveland supporting cast whom James so badly needs to perform, Thompson is the number one interior option. His fellow analyst, Mark Jackson, was a bit less gloomy about the Cavaliers' chances. With a win in this year's Finals, Golden State would etch its name in stone as the latest dynasty around the Association. Cleveland's perimeter defense, a unit that has scuffled, has its work cut out in this series.
  • Cheatsheet: Who Is Fred & Is He Suited To Manchester United?

    Cheatsheet: Who Is Fred & Is He Suited To Manchester United?

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    Transfer Window reporter Castles believes Manchester United are in a strong position to sign Fred in the current transfer window. Fred is in Brazil's World Cup squad and is expected to travel to England this weekend as the national side build up to a friendly against Croatia on 3 June.
  • NHL Announces 2018 Stanley Cup Finals Will Open With Lil Jon Performance

    NHL Announces 2018 Stanley Cup Finals Will Open With Lil Jon Performance

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    The Capitals then went ahead for the first time just 42 seconds later when Backstrom, who suffered a hand injury in the second round that forced him to miss four games, scored his fifth. "I have a very fond respect for George", Wilson said . I haven't slowed it down. With a series win in game 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final on May 23, the Washington Capitals are heading to the Stanley Cup finals for just the second time since joining the National ...
  • Steve Kerr Thought Warriors Had Breakthrough In Game 5 Loss

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    Note: All predictions were made before Game 7 of each conference finals series. Couldn't defend. Couldn't keep up with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson , the Splash Brothers , who outscored the Rockets 37-25 during the second half and put the game away.
  • Boston vs. Cleveland Game 7, Cavs up 3 in 3rd qtr

    Boston vs. Cleveland Game 7, Cavs up 3 in 3rd qtr

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    I play extremely hard throughout the postseason, and I'd be cheating my team if I said I could go out and play 48 minutes. "But more importantly, just the work that I put into it". LeBron James has earned a spot in his eighth consecutive National Basketball Association finals after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a thrilling series victory over the Boston Celtics .
  • Steve Bruce: Aston Villa manager keen to stay after play-off defeat

    Steve Bruce: Aston Villa manager keen to stay after play-off defeat

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    Fulham suffered a nervy final period of the game after their defender Denis Odoi was sent off for receiving two yellow cards, but they held their nerve to return to the Premier League at the expense of Aston Villa . Slavisa Jokanovic believed Fulham's promotion to the Premier League was a culmination of a great season long campaign. We all are. With a big game, it's tough to swallow.
  • Houston Rockets: 3 takeaways from Game 5 vs. Warriors

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    There was hope that some rest would allow Paul to recover in time for Game 6 , which is set for 8 p.m. Saturday night, but word is already getting out that he won't make it. According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Rockets went 15-9 (.625) without Paul in the lineup in the regular season and 61-12 (.836) with him. He's one of our keys, and we've missed him the last two games.
  • LeBron goes off to set up a winner-take-all Game 7

    LeBron goes off to set up a winner-take-all Game 7

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    It sure has looked at times as though he relishes these moments, though James said otherwise at Cavaliers shootaround Friday. "We have one game to be able to compete for a championship, and what more could you ask for?" He played the game's first 35 minutes before resting, expending enormous energy to keep the Cavs alive.
  • Athletico Madrid Dominates Marsielle As They Win Europa League Title

    Athletico Madrid Dominates Marsielle As They Win Europa League Title

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    Manchester United chased Griezmann for much of last year, while Barcelona has emerged as the 27-year-old's most likely destination this summer. "I am not optimistic or pessimistic". Atletico coach Diego Simeone , who praised Griezmann for being decisive in the most important moment in the game, said now that they are also in the Uefa Super Cup, they can be considered on a par with the best European clubs.
  • Atletico Madrid to earn €27M from winning the Europa League

    Atletico Madrid to earn €27M from winning the Europa League

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    But Atletico were hit with a transfer ban and the former Real Sociedad ace revealed he could not leave without a replacement lined up. "It is not the moment to talk about my future, I must enjoy having won a trophy, and celebrate it with the fans", said Griezmann.
  • France boss Deschamps explains Lacazette, Martial exclusion

    France boss Deschamps explains Lacazette, Martial exclusion

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    They will kick start their campaign against Australia in Kazan on June 16. Lacazatte was impressed in a 2-2 score draw against Germany in last November friendlies while Martial won 18 caps and started France's 3-1 friendly victory over Russian Federation in March and Marseille's former West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet has also been omitted.
  • Fognini fires up Italian Open crowd with win over Thiem

    Fognini fires up Italian Open crowd with win over Thiem

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    At the beginning, I really think that he was serving big. Nadal would go on to win the set 6-1after a rallying sixth game where Dzhumhur finally got into trouble the score-sheet by the skin of his teeth.However, the rallying game had made Nadal more ruthless in the second set as he won it 6-0 to clinch the match in just 61 minutes.
  • Gianluigi Buffon Finally Apologises For His Outburst At Referee Michael Oliver

    Gianluigi Buffon Finally Apologises For His Outburst At Referee Michael Oliver

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    The 40-year-old holds numerous Italian football records. Asked directly about the Premier League, Buffon said: "I said that I received a few proposals, very interesting ones, both for on the field and off it". I wish him the best and feel full of affection for him. While Karius - who has improved drastically this term - would undoubtedly benefit from having a goalkeeping colleague as experienced and talented as Buffon, bringing the evergreen 'keeper in would be a big risk for Klopp.
  • Messi has no interest in Ronaldo battle to be the best

    Messi has no interest in Ronaldo battle to be the best

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    He won the Champions League and La Liga . To finish at Real Madrid would be a big hit to us ... Barcelona won La Liga and the Copa del Rey this season, with their unbeaten run ended by Llevante in a thrilling 5-4 loss at the weekedn, but Madrid are going for their third straight Champions League trophy when they face Liverpool in the final on May 26.
  • Robinho: Real Madrid would be ideal for Neymar

    Robinho: Real Madrid would be ideal for Neymar

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    The 26-year-old claimed the award despite having played on 20 league matches - where managed 19 goals - since suffering the injury to his foot. After receiving his award from Brazilian legend Ronaldo at the Pavillon d'Armenonville, Neymar paid tribute to his PSG teammates - particularly Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani .
  • UFC 224: Lyoto Machida Reminds Folks & Michael Bisping His Kicks

    UFC 224: Lyoto Machida Reminds Folks & Michael Bisping His Kicks "Retire People"

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    Lyoto used a front kick to try to feel out his range a bit while Vitor Belfort looked as if he wanted to counterstrike, but really didn't do anything, except throw three combos that didn't land. Bisping is also contemplating retirement at the moment. The Count has recently denied rumors that he'd be fighting Nick Diaz or Luke Rockhold, but has noted that he's likely already retired but hasn't made it official yet.
  • Leinster v Racing 92: European Rugby Champions Cup final

    Leinster v Racing 92: European Rugby Champions Cup final

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    Lambie and Carter will be up against a strong Leinster team marshalled by Jonny Sexton, an influential game breaker who will no doubt be the target of some early 10-12 channel charges by Racing forwards. At our level it is all about details and our discipline was poor in the first half", flanker Yannick Nyanga said. A pre-match hamstring injury spoiled Carter's European swansong, with Racing's injury list already including talismanic skipper Maxime Machenaud (knee) and Dimitri ...
  • Tiger Woods shoots 65, his lowest score at TPC Sawgrass

    Tiger Woods shoots 65, his lowest score at TPC Sawgrass

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    It was also his best score in relation to par since 2013, though he has played only sparingly in the ensuing five years while nursing a serious back injury. There's no formula or checklist for cobbling together a victory, even when you have 79 to your credit. His 65 left Woods on an eight-under 208, unlikely to be near the lead by day's end as scoring conditions remained ideal.
  • Celtics embracing underdog role against LeBron, Cavaliers

    Celtics embracing underdog role against LeBron, Cavaliers

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    He was officially shut down in April with a knee injury. The Boston Celtics are perfectly content with the familiar role of underdog heading into the Eastern Conference finals against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers . The Celtics closed out the 76ers with a 114-112 win in Boston Wednesday night. They've got a lot of great young talent. The series that everyone wanted and expected during a convoluted offseason has come to fruition.
  • Alonso urges McLaren to kick on after season's best qualifying

    Alonso urges McLaren to kick on after season's best qualifying

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    The fans are not giving you extra performance because they can't push the auto, but they can motivate a little bit more so we seem to always perform a little bit better here. We are the only team completing the full four races with both cars. Fernando Alonso was a victor on his World Endurance Championship debut last weekend but the Spanish Grand Prix is a reminder of just how long it has been since he last tasted success in Formula One.
  • Rafael Nadal counts to 50, breaking another Open era record — ATP Madrid

    Rafael Nadal counts to 50, breaking another Open era record — ATP Madrid

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    But being honest, I don't know if these kind of records are very important. "Well, it's done. It's over". While new records are always just around the corner, the world No. Zverev will now come up against Isner, a 6-7 (9-11), 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4) victor against Pablo Cuevas on a bad day for the South Americans, in a rematch of the Miami Open final won by the American.
  • Man City beat Brighton to set new EPL records

    Man City beat Brighton to set new EPL records

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    Now it's one more game, we'll try for 100 points and finish this nearly flawless season. The veteran midfielder has been one of City's most inspirational players since joining the club in 2010 and, even though his appearances have been limited this season, Guardiola thinks he could still shine elsewhere.
  • Mourinho expects Pogba, Rashford to stay at Manchester United next season

    Mourinho expects Pogba, Rashford to stay at Manchester United next season

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    The Frenchman has endured three hard campaigns in England, and is said to be frustrated with life in Manchester and the lack of first team starts with the FA Cup finalists this season. But media reports have linked the 20-year-old with a loan move next season to gain experience. The Daily Mirror is reporting that the Red Devils are keen on a deal to sign the 19-year-old US worldwide as they look to bring the highly-rated midfielder to Old Trafford.