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The Spanish, fantastic. It just seems to be a French thing", Brailsford said. He added: "I'm not sure they would like to have seen their (France) football players being spat at (the World Cup) in Russian Federation". "The way I see it, I'd rather be in this jersey having the race of my life and getting booed than being 30th and dropped on the first climb and everyone cheering me on".
  • Djokovic outlasts Nadal in classic Wimbledon semi-final

    Djokovic outlasts Nadal in classic Wimbledon semi-final

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    From the way Novak Djokovic repeatedly smacked his racket against his shoe after one miss, to the shouts directed at himself and his coach after others, it was clear how much he wanted to prove he's past the roughest patch of his career. Anderson and Isner walked on to Centre Court at 1pm for a big-serving showdown which many thought might go the distance. After each of his service games, Isner was one game away from the win, which was likely more agonizing than helpful, especially as ...
  • Summing up the Paul Pogba to Juventus rumours

    Summing up the Paul Pogba to Juventus rumours

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    Despite all of the criticism he has faced since joining United, the player will be heading back to Manchester as a World Cup victor with little to prove. "That's it! We're going to continue, we're gonna go all the way!" Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba wants to quit Old Trafford and return to Juventus .
  • Roma goalkeeper Alisson's agent fuels talk of imminent move

    Roma goalkeeper Alisson's agent fuels talk of imminent move

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    Real Madrid , another possible suitor, have yet to make contact with Roma . A €70m deal would make Alisson the most expensive goalkeeper of all time, smashing the €39m Manchester City paid Benfica for Ederson - Alisson's back-up in the Brazil squad - previous year.
  • Putin made 'incredible offer' in Russian hacking case

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    Tumult followed . Leaders of Trump's own Republican Party denounced his embrace of Putin over America's intelligence community, and his refusal to acknowledge the incontrovertible evidence that Russian Federation indeed had interfered in the presidential campaign.
  • Paul Pogba wants to join Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus

    Paul Pogba wants to join Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus

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    The Old Lady secured an unprecedented seventh consecutive league title in Italy last term and continental dominance is being pursued as a natural next step with the acquisition of the European competition specialist Ronaldo and, it would seem, his old manager Zidane.
  • Lakers' Hart named summer league MVP

    Lakers' Hart named summer league MVP

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    Last summer, Hart's teammate Lonzo Ball was named the MVP after leading the Lakers to the summer league championship. Hart is the second Laker in a row to win the award, previous year Lonzo Ball won it in leading the Lakers to a Summer League crown.
  • Trump Is Fighting the Entire Republican Party to Defend Putin

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    Rep. Bruce Poliquin, a Republican who represents Maine's 2nd District and is up for re-election in November, made perhaps his most forceful statement to date about Russia's interference but did not criticize the president directly. "In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word "would" instead of 'wouldn't, ' " Trump said Tuesday. First lady Melania Trump was also aboard and was involved in some of the discussions, but not all of them, the people familiar with the matter said.
  • We only have ourselves to blame, says rueful Du Plessis

    We only have ourselves to blame, says rueful Du Plessis

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    The biggest weapon that they had was their consistency. South Africa's opportunity of achieving the rare distinction of winning consecutive away series in Sri Lanka may already have floated into the Indian Ocean, but they will at least be able to salvage some sort of pride should they manage to turn it all around in Colombo next week.
  • Croatia were lions, says scorer Mandzukic

    Croatia were lions, says scorer Mandzukic

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    England coach Gareth Southgate on Tuesday said that the Three Lions have a great opportunity to advance to the final round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation. Many journalists and users were quick to call out the "lie" but they were clearly outnumbered by those faking the news. This is an incredible achievement for us - it's a dream come true after such a long time.
  • Champions France hoist the World Cup in Moscow

    Champions France hoist the World Cup in Moscow

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    Mbappe had just shown his electrifying speed in the 52nd minute when play was held up by four protesters. Putin was later on the field during a downpour to award medals to the players. There was the VAR decision by the Argentine referee Nestor Pitana for the penalty that might have gone away had he not been called over the review screen.
  • England to play Croatia behind-closed-doors in next match

    England to play Croatia behind-closed-doors in next match

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    But regularly, the game is used to give reserves game time in a tournament in which they might not have featured regularly. And despite losing their last two games, England can return home with their heads held high. As quoted by FourFourTwo , he said: "A tattoo after the World Cup final?" The team has been here before, in 1990 when they finished fourth in the tournament, and they'll be hoping to better that with a third-place finish.
  • Tour de France: Tom Dumoulin gets 20 second time penalty for drafting

    Tour de France: Tom Dumoulin gets 20 second time penalty for drafting

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    Riders twice went up the Mur de Bretagne, or "Wall of Brittany", which the local cycling-crazed Bretons affectionately refer to as their smaller version of the famous Alpe d'Huez. "(Porte) can be confident after this climb", Van Avermaet said. Groenewegen, who won the final stage on the Champs Elysees previous year, crushed the pedals with 200m to go to easily beat Colombian Fernando Gaviria as the riders hauled themselves from Fougeres to Chartres.
  • Isaiah Thomas gets another shot at National Basketball Association relevance

    Isaiah Thomas gets another shot at National Basketball Association relevance

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    According to Wojnarowski, Thomas recently got together with Nuggets coach Michael Malone and president of basketball operations Tim Connelly in Las Vegas to discuss his potential place in the club's plans. "So I deserve the max", Thomas told NBC Sports Boston last July (prior to his eventual trade to the Cavaliers, of course). He averaged 15.6 points per game on 38.3 percent shooting from the field and 32.7 percent shooting from 3-point range.
  • Hazard: Real Madrid reportedly readying 170m-euro offer

    Hazard: Real Madrid reportedly readying 170m-euro offer

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    Chelsea have told potential suitors that they will not sell Eden Hazard for anything less than €200 million this summer. Hazard is the club's most valuable asset and proved his worth to clubs across Europe this summer with his impressive displays for Belgium at the World Cup.
  • Chelsea FC’s first signing under Maurizio Sarri revealed

    Chelsea FC’s first signing under Maurizio Sarri revealed

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    Sarri, 59, led Napoli to two second-place and one third-place finish in three seasons in charge. Conte produced a record 30 Premier League wins during his maiden season, which has since been thwarted by Manchester City's 32 victories last season, while he now boasts Chelsea's longest consecutive league wins with 13.
  • Hawks acquire Jeremy Lin from Nets

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    Jeremy Lin is headed to his fifth National Basketball Association team in the last five years. Wojnarowski noted that league sources indicated the Lin trade will likely speed up the process of the Hawks trading guard Dennis Schroder this summer .
  • Door not closed on my T20 career says Root

    Door not closed on my T20 career says Root

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    The 27-year-old batsman says it will be hard for him to gain much-needed experience in the lucrative T20 leagues around the world because he prioritises playing for England . They added 73 for the opening stand before a wrong execution of reverse sweep brought about Roy's downfall. A flighted delivery from the leggie dipped in front of the batsman and he lost his timing while flicking the ball to fall for 19.
  • Belgium favored in third-place match over England

    Belgium favored in third-place match over England

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    With Trippier and Ashley Young under pressure, England's midfield began to be stretched with Jordan Henderson taking on an unmanageable workload and Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli more preoccupied with helping out the defenders than asking questions of Croatia's backline.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus signing causes Fiat strike

    Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus signing causes Fiat strike

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    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, who have their Jeep logo as the main sponsor of the Vecchia Signora's merchandise, expect a significant increase in vehicle sales over the next four years, with a target of 3.3 million units by 2022. The reigning Serie A Champions, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and CNH Industrial (CNHI) are all owned by a holding company Exor and a trade union prompted Fiat workers to down their tools.
  • Rockets reportedly 'determined' to sign Carmelo Anthony

    Rockets reportedly 'determined' to sign Carmelo Anthony

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    Those two teams are the Houston Rockets and the Miami Heat , according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN . Anthony reportedly has met with the Houston Rockets and Miami Heat. It's a little surprising that Capela has gone this deep into free agency without a contract, but that is most likely related to him being a restricted free agent.
  • Antonio Conte takes charge of Chelsea training

    Antonio Conte takes charge of Chelsea training

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    The first-team players will be joined by select members of the loan squad, who will have decisions delayed on their moves with Chelsea wanting to take a closer look at them. The Italian has been widely tipped to leave Stamford Bridge this summer following a disappointing campaign which saw Chelsea finish fifth in the Premier League , although they did end the season with FA Cup glory .
  • Wimbledon 2018 quarter-finals

    Wimbledon 2018 quarter-finals

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    Federer dropped a mere five points in the opening set against Mannarino and saved his first break point with an ace. Federer's progress through the draw has been smooth and serene, not dropping a set nor losing a service game on his way to an Open era record 53rd Grand Slam quarter-final.
  • Mandzukic warns Pickford to expect 'surprise' from Croatia

    Mandzukic warns Pickford to expect 'surprise' from Croatia

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    It is only the second time that Croatia have reached the World Cup semi-finals. "This was not a lovely game, it was a fight, a battle for the semi-final", added Dalic, who broke down in tears after Croatia confirmed a first World Cup semi-final appearance since 1998.
  • Russia, Croatia each make one change for quarter-final

    Russia, Croatia each make one change for quarter-final

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    The overachieving hosts, the lowest ranked nation in the tournament, were trying to make it to the World Cup semifinals for the first time since the Soviet Union team finished fourth at the 1966 tournament in England. Rare chances for Stanislav Cherchesov's team saw Dzyuba head tamely at Danijel Subasic from a 62nd-minute corner, before substitute Aleksandr Erokhin sent his header well over the bar from Fernandes' cross on the right 10 minutes later.
  • Suarez - One man doesn’t make a team

    Suarez - One man doesn’t make a team

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    Portugal have lost each of their last nine World Cup games in which they've conceded the first goal. "We were united, we defended very well and when we were down (2-1) we saw players with no doubts", Griezmann said. "We could feel their presence with us and there's a real sadness in the dressing room that we weren't able to make it through for them". Uruguay's Edinson Cavani celebrates scoring their first goal.
  • Wenger Tips France, Brazil, England To Win World Cup

    Wenger Tips France, Brazil, England To Win World Cup

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    Instead, Neymar has become the king of all memes, with the internet mocking his gamesmanship, incessant flopping and "histrionics", as ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop said in his latest commentary for The Undefeated. Do you think Brazil will advance past Belgium? Let's take a quick preview at the four quarterfinal matches scheduled for Friday and Saturday while we glance at the corresponding odds to win it all.
  • Aaron Finch Breaks Own Record As Australia Create T20I History

    Aaron Finch Breaks Own Record As Australia Create T20I History

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    Finch, whose surpassed his previous best of 156 against England in 2013, smashed 10 sixes and 16 fours before being hit wicket off the bowling of Blessing Muzarabani. Finch's 172 left him three short of Chris Gayle's highest-ever T20 innings which he made for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League five years ago, against a Pune Warriors side captained by Finch.
  • Japanese players leave locker room spotless after crushing World Cup loss

    Japanese players leave locker room spotless after crushing World Cup loss

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    Despite impressing in Mexico, he is considering offers from Europe as well as a return to Japan . But the reason why he's in the category of the very best strikers is that when he gets three chances in a game, he scores two. But he was back to his best despite 35 degrees Celsius temperatures at the Samara Arena, as Brazil overtook Germany as the World Cup's highest scorers.
  • Russian Federation shoots out Spain to reach quarters

    Russian Federation shoots out Spain to reach quarters

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    Akinfeev was the hero for Russian Federation, saving two spot kicks in the shootout , but he deserves acknowledgement as part of a wider defensive gameplan from the host nation. Croatia beat Denmark in a dramatic penalty shootout on Sunday to progress to the World Cup quarter-finals. "Tonight, we were that team at the right place at the right time", added the coach, who had received a phone call from President Vladimir Putin a few hours before the game.
  • Paul George re-upping in Oklahoma City could inspire other teams

    Paul George re-upping in Oklahoma City could inspire other teams

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    While ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski believes it is " very likely " that Cousins will sign a two-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans , there is still reason to believe Los Angeles could be a more appealing destination. The 6-foot-7 wing played in 14 games with Miami last season, starting eight. On that note, Warriors fan Debbie O'Brien from Menlo Park told ABC7 News, "the Warriors are going to step up their game and be competitive with additional West Coast conference team".
  • National Basketball Association great LeBron James is heading to the Los Angeles Lakers

    National Basketball Association great LeBron James is heading to the Los Angeles Lakers

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    The signing of James also gives Luke Walton a more productive player to run his offense. The Lakers , nor any other team for that matter, can not lean on the fruits of such a deal. While his wife and children were out of town for an AAU tournament, James was at his OH mansion pondering his next career move and how to top the champion Golden State Warriors, Jenkins writes.
  • Brazil knockout Mexico to reach World Cup quarter-final

    Brazil knockout Mexico to reach World Cup quarter-final

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    Both sides had early chances as Brazil keeper Alisson punched a cross straight to Hirving Lozano , whose shot was blocked by Miranda. Brazil endured a frustrating opening 45 minutes as they head into the halftime break with the score level at 0-0 against Mexico in their round of 16 tie.
  • LeBron James is leaving Cavs to sign four-year deal with Lakers

    LeBron James is leaving Cavs to sign four-year deal with Lakers

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    But Golden State added Kevin Durant in the wake of defeat and beat the Cavs in the past two NBA Finals, their dynasty more than Cleveland could handle, no matter how they assembled talent around James. He played all 82 games for the first time in his career, and still dragged a mediocre Cavaliers roster to the NBA Finals, where they were swept away by Golden State.
  • Brazil vs. Mexico - Football Match Report

    Brazil vs. Mexico - Football Match Report

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    Brazil continued to create scoring chances and, with full-time closing in fast, Firmino tapped in at the back post as Neymar turning provider to seal victory. The idea was to score quickly and then manage the rhythm of the game. His run across goal and clever backheel won Willian space, and the Chelsea midfielder only needed two touches to drive into box and lay the ball across for the world's most expensive player to slide home.
  • Man Utd striker Rashford up for England shootout duties

    Man Utd striker Rashford up for England shootout duties

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    The midfielder is now back to full fitness and in contention to regain his starting place in Gareth Southgate's lineup. "Rashford showed yesterday that he can come in and make a difference to the team with his speed and technique, and he is a goalscorer as well", Eriksson said .
  • Belgium beats Japan 3-2 in last breath

    Belgium beats Japan 3-2 in last breath

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    Given that no African team qualified either, it means they are still in position to reclaim their status as lovable underdogs. It could even be that this team now finally have the experience and confidence to take on anyone. Now Japan stand in the path of another appearance in the quarter-finals, where Brazil or Mexico will lie in wait. This could be the year the country's golden generation finally come through and lift the trophy.
  • Belgium defeats England 1-0

    Belgium defeats England 1-0

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    Belgium beat England 1-0 as they refuse to take easy pathAfter a surreal night on the Baltic where England struggled to contain their satisfaction with a defeat that offers them an easier path to the final, Belgium are trusting that World Cup fortune will favour the fearless.