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US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup

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It will be the first men's World Cup held in North America since the United States hosted the tournament in 1994 and the fourth overall after Mexico hosted in 1970 and 1986. Canada has never hosted a men's World Cup but held the women's tournament in 2015. That's the spirit of the World Cup. As part of Canada , Mexico and the United States' final presentation to the FIFA Congress, the United Bid showed this video that explains their bid to voters. Read More »

David De Gea demands public apology from Spanish Prime Minister

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De Gea joined United from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and after a few unconvincing seasons has turned into one of the best goalkeepers in the world - leading to Real Madrid's interest. From the beginning I said that everything was a lie and some even said that I shouldn't be in the national team and, in the end, it was shown to be a lie. Read More »

Nadal beats del Porto, advances to final

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Del Potro saved one but a backhand error handed Nadal the set and he never took a backward glance after that. But, sure, a little hope. That win ended Nadal's 21-match winning streak on clay and his streak of 50 straight sets won on his favorite surface. Read More »

Salah remains a doubt for match against Uruguay-Egyptian FA

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Team officials said his participation in Egypt's opener against Uruguay on Friday at Yekaterinburg remains uncertain. On Monday, Egypt's medical staff stated they remained unsure whether he would be fit for their opening game as he did not take part in a training session. Read More »

US, Mexico and Canada to host 2026 World Cup finals

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Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal are Canadian candidate host cities for the men's soccer showcase, expanded to 48 teams for the 2026 tournament . The bid process was not easy. "Hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup is a rare and important moment to demonstrate that we are all truly united through sport", Cordeiro said. Every one of FIFA's 200-plus members holds a single vote, and regions tend to vote in blocks. Read More »

Arsenal, Liverpool Target Thomas Lemar Agrees to Join Atletico Madrid

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The future of Antoine Griezmann is still a mystery after the French frontman didn't respond to demands from the media to reveal his decision on where he'll be playing his club football next season. But we still have time to correct mistakes. While Liverpool and Arsenal have been interested in signing him again this summer, with Chelsea also said to be keen, none of the Premier League clubs have made a concrete offer. Read More »

Arsenal willing to meet £26m asking price for midfielder

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And according to ESPN , Arsenal have completed a deal to sign Greek global Papastathopoulos. Since replacing Arsene Wenger as manager, Unai Emery has already bolstered the defence with the free transfer of Stephan Lichsteiner and a £16 million deal for Borussia Dortmund centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos but adding physical presence in midfield is another priority. Read More »

Justify wins Belmont to become 13th Triple Crown champion

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Remarkably, Justify did not have his first start until February 18th this year and has quickly become the pin-up horse of American racing. Gronkowski was second, and Hofburg third. " Justify is a super horse". "Smith said that when he's mounted on his horse, he follows God just as he normally would". "He is so gifted". Though it served Secretariat well, it posed a concern for Baffert, who anxious his muscular colt might get pinned against the rail if he didn't break well. Read More »

Nike Seeks to Stop Iran's National Team From Using Their Cleats

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With just days until their opening match against Morocco, the Iranian players are scrambling to settle their footwear situation after Nike , which had previously supplied the team with boots, said it would not do so for this tournament because of global economic sanctions against the Asian country . Read More »

Former UNI player Nick Nurse becoming Toronto Raptors' head coach

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Wojnarowski adds, however, that the two sides are still working through contractual details. Nurse, a long-time assistant under Casey, was one of the first people interviewed by president Masai Ujiri and general manager Bobby Webster and was the leading candidate throughout much of the hiring process. Read More »

Trump hails US, Mexico, Canada 2026 SWC win via Twitter

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The North American bid collected 134 votes to the 65 for Morocco . The 2026 World Cup will take place in the United States, Canada and Mexico , FIFA has announced . Qualifying teams from around the world (and their fans) will be landing in major cities across Canada to compete in the 2026 tournament . Chicago and Minneapolis also withdrew, citing similar worries. Read More »

Clint Bowyer takes rain-shortened MI race

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At the stage three restart, Clint Bowyer only took two tires, starting up front alongside teammate Harvick. "It was uncharacteristic for him". Harvick took the lead on a 90th-lap restart and was ahead when the second stage ended after lap 120. Read More »

Maria Bueno, Brazilian Tennis Star, Dies Aged 78 Following Cancer Fight

She also got to the finals of the French championship in 1964 and the Australian in 1965. World No. 1 in 1959, 1960, 1964 and 1966, Bueno was Brazil's best ever player, winning 19 Grand Slam titles. She was labelled the "Sao Paulo Swallow" for her ability to dominate the net by former BBC Sport commentator John Barrett. A tweet posted on the official Tennis Hall of Fame account referred to Bueno as an "accomplished champion who leaves a lasting legacy of inspiration to generations". Read More »

Real Madrid announce Spain coach Lopetegui as Zidane replacement

Real Madrid have announced that Julian Lopetegui will take over as Real Madrid manager after the World Cup. But with three days before Spain's World Cup opener against Portugal in Sochi, Madrid announced that the Basque tactician will leave that position after agreeing a three-year contract with the La Liga giants. Read More »

Terms agreed for Anthony Joshua unification fight

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Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua have agreed to terms on a pair of prospective fights, with the first to come in the United Kingdom this fall, Wilder's co-manager Shelly Finkel confirmed to ESPN .com's Dan Rafael on Monday. "We see this as a Wembley fight and we're quite limited in that respect", said Hearn. The American, 32, holds the WBC title and wants a unification bout with Joshua, the WBA, IBF and WBO champion. Read More »

Neymar mocks Austria's 'UFC' tactics after Brazil win

Brazil striker Neymar moved equal with one of his country's all-time greats in an ominous pre-World Cup performance against Austria . Neymar was running at full stride against Austria . Neymar , who will hope to spearhead Brazil's bid for a sixth World Cup win, led the host of Selecao players, who appeared in an unerringly calm and upbeat mood ahead of what promises to be a scintillating tournament. Read More »

Springboks Schalk Brits recalled England Test Bloemfontein

Eddie Jones' side looked good for the first 20 minutes and the last 10, but lost its way badly in the middle. Looking back, we probably got out of jail free today, but just as they could have put us away, we could have put them away. "We only scraped through‚" said Erasmus. England started with a bang and raced to a 24-3 lead in the opening quarter, thanks to three converted tries and a penalty goal, but SA Rugby's Director of Rugby said they made a few tactical adjustments, which started ... Read More »

Super Eagles arrive in Russian Federation

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Africa's other representatives Senegal and Egypt are in joint-15th on 1.5 per cent chance with Nigeria, Tunisia takes 19th position on 0.9 per cent and Morocco are 20th (bottom) with 0.6 per cent. The soft spoken administrator concluded by stating his happiness with how the preparation for the World Cup has gone as he vowed that the federation would continue to throw their weight behind the team to ensure they deliver on their mandate as the NFF board. Read More »

Harry Kane says England will be 'aggressive and brave' at World Cup

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In the end, we want to entertain where we possibly can. "We know we are not the finished article, in fact we're a long way from, but I think people see signs of progress and enjoy watching us and the manner in which we try to play". Their next session will be held at Spartak Zelenogorsk, a dedicated training base six miles from their ForRestMix Hotel. For the final and most challenging group game, England travel to another cool yet unimaginatively named venue, the Kaliningrad Stadium. Read More »

Sampdoria land Torreira replacement as Osti sends Arsenal their price

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Sampdoria sporting director Carlo Osti told Italian broadcaster Rai Sport earlier this week: "Torreira has a €25m (£22m) release clause, everyone knows that". If Arsenal do get their man, he will follow defender Stephan Lichtsteiner through the Emirates doors as their second signing of the summer. Until now, Torreira has made just three substitute appearances for the national team but Unai Emery's are wary that the midfielder's valuation may rise next month with a strong World Cup ... Read More »

Wilder, Joshua agree fight deal

A rematch is also included as part of initial fight deal, ending months of speculation as to whether the unbeaten heavyweights would lock horns. ESPN's Dan Rafael later quoted Shelly Finkel, Wilder's co-manager, as saying that the Wilder camp had agreed to terms with Joshua manager Eddie Hearn on a fight in the United Kingdom this fall, possibly as early as mid-September. Read More »

Ronaldo's Portugal arrive in Russian Federation ahead of World Cup clash against Spain

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Nacho highlighted his versatility in Spain's friendly win against Tunisia on Saturday by filling in on the left flank, and he now hopes to be handed a starting spot for La Roja's massive showdown with Portugal in five days' time. Ronaldo is unsettled at Real over his new contract demands. The report says Ronaldo is "determined' to part ways with Madrid this summer, but only to ply his trade in a handful of specific competitions". Read More »

Rafael Nadal gets emotional after winning 2018 French Open

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Nadal added another US Open crown at Arthur Ashe Stadium in NY in 2013 and a third previous year. What is in my mind now is I won a very important title for me. His 11th title French Open deepened a Parisian habit both routine by now and unimaginable by anyone. In the Spaniard's ten titles before this match, he had never been taken to a fifth set, and had won four of the finals in straight sets. Read More »

Justify wins Belmont Stakes, captures esteemed Triple Crown

The family paired Justify's famous father - Scat Daddy- with a mare named Stage Magic that the Gunthers own. Smith faced the pressure of helping Justify take that final step to become the sport's 13th Triple Crown victor. Baffert has said it would be a good thing if owners no longer feel they have to force a 2-year-old start for every potential Derby horse . "I have no earthly idea what Florent was thinking or what his race strategy was", he said in an email response to a request for ... Read More »

NYCFC hires Man City assistant to replace Vieira

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He has a very clear idea of the style of play he wants - he's a coach who will want to play the attacking and possession style of soccer that we want to continue to build upon. "Vieira departs after two and a half years at the helm having led the team to two consecutive play-off appearances and with a current second place standing in the Eastern Conference". Read More »

Liverpool target Alisson Becker wants future resolved before World Cup starts

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Though he is contracted to Roma until 2021, Alisson is likely to move this summer and he is keen to hear news before the tournament starts in Russian Federation. "Right now, I'm focused only on the World Cup". "We'll see if something happens during this week". This week, the Brazilian star revealed he hoped to have his future plans resolved before the start of the 2018 World Cup. Read More »

Intercontinental Cup: Sunil Chhetri’s India seek crowning glory, Kenya stand in way

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Playing in his 102nd global match , Chhetri struck in the eighth and 29th minutes to hand a dominant India the trophy to the wild celebration of the home fans at the Mumbai Football Arena here. India also boast of an array of decent midfielders like Udanta Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Pranay Halder and Halicharan Narzary. India defeated Kenya 3-0 in their previous encounter, with Chhetri scoring twice during the match . Read More »

Calum MacLeod hammers fastest ODI hundred for Scotland, shatters records

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David Willey bowled his full ten overs for the first time in ODI cricket for almost two years despite Cricviz data showing he has swung the ball less on only two previous occasions in his England career. "If ICC and other worldwide teams look at this game they will see we are not an add on". While England were suffering a surprise ODI defeat to Scotland in Edinburgh , or "Henning Berg" - former Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers defender - according to Bumble's mispronunciation, ... Read More »

Detroit Pistons Name Dwane Casey as Head Coach

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The latter pulled his name from consideration following a second interview, making this the predictable outcome. Casey himself was sacked from the Raptors after the Cavaliers swept them in the Eastern Conference playoffs after seven seasons in Toronto. Read More »

Nadal takes 2nd set as French Open QF resumes

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The 16-year-old McNally, who is unseeded, beat Iga Swiatek of Poland 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4. He saved three set points in the second before winning an epic tiebreak, something which Cecchinato has become famous for this year at Roland Garros. He impressively recovered from a slow start to make the first set close . But I get closer to them, just asking who was it? "I couldn't find the right person", del Potro said, laughing about the incident. Read More »

Patrick Vieira named new Nice manager after leaving New York City FC

The 41-year-old former Arsenal and France captain, who took over as manager of the American Major League Soccer club in 2016, will replace Lucien Favre at Nice after the Swiss boss joined Bundesliga's Borussia Dortmund last month. Add to that a 1998 World Cup winners' medal and success at Euro 2000 and Vieira's distinguished career is one that many will remember. "Patrick has been a fantastic role model at NYCFC and a true leader on and off the field". Read More »