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French teenager's brilliant World Cup charity gesture revealed

In a statement released to the media, the organisation's director general, Sebastien Ruffin, thanked Mbappe for his kind gesture, revealing that the PSG star often makes time to play with the children at the charity center. The young star scored two goals in a five-minute span during the second half of the game and his rumored girlfriend Alicia Aylies was in the crowd to cheer him on. Read More »

ATP Eastbourne: Edmund overpowers Murray. Wins for Shapovalov and Zverev

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The Wimbledon Grand Slam starts on 2 July at the All England Club but two-time victor Murray says he will play only if he's ready. We have seen top tennis players think this way in the past when they make their return from injury and Murray is another one of those in a long list of players that wants to ensure that he is not just playing Wimbledon to make up the numbers. Read More »

Cesc Fabregas "speechless" as Spain exit 2018 World Cup

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Hierro also declined to place the blame for Spain's exit on the coaching drama so soon before the tournament. "We need our personality. The players have been extraordinary for their effort, their professionalism, their solidarity". "In the second half, we were trying to defend". De Gea - for who United often use the social media hashtag #DaveSaves - went into the tournament regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world but heads home having faced 11 shots on target - including the ... Read More »

Denmark - World Cup - 1 July 2018

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The BBC reports that after making nine changes for their final group match Croatia will recall a host of players including Ivan Rakitic , Dejan Lovren and Mario Mandzukic . Pione Sisto: The nimble-footed, wily left winger can possess a lot of questions to Croatia's defence. Heart-stopping moments for both the teams came and went but none could take the lead. Read More »

Paul George on Free Agency: "I Pictured Myself In A Lakers Jersey"

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George, who was among the most sought-after players in the current free agency, has agreed to a new four-year deal with Oklahoma City according to multiple local media reports. While the Paul George situation understandably attracted the most attention, the front office wondered if the 24-year-old Grant would end up being out of their price range. Read More »

Chris Paul set to remain with Rockets, reports say

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Houston will be challenged with max offers for Capela, but his value to the team alongside Paul and Harden cannot be understated, which could be enough for the Rockets to pony up on the big man. The deal is valued at $160 million over 4 years, giving the team a sizeable window to break down the Golden State Warriors , winners of 3 out of 4 'ships. Read More »

Russian Federation beat Spain in World Cup's first penalty shootout to progress

The scored remained tied at 1-1 until the 90 minute mark and extra time, meaning for the very first time in the tournament, the game would be decided by penalty kicks. As a result , the game was decided on penalties which were won by Russian Federation. But despite recording 78.2 per cent possession in Moscow , Spain could not find a way to break down Russian Federation as the tie entered extra time. Read More »

Chris Froome: Team Sky 'confident' Briton will compete in Tour de France

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Pink jersey Britain's rider of team Sky Christopher Froome, winner, poses with the trophy on the podium after the 21st and last stage of the 101st Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, on May 27, 2018 in Rome. He has continued racing while the case is ongoing, which he is permitted to do since salbutamol is a specified substance rather than one that is banned outright. Read More »

Croatia v Denmark 01 July 2018

He has scored two goals in Croatia's charge to the last 16 with three wins out of three. They are in fine form, too, riding an 18-game unbeaten wave. Meanwhile, Denmark midfielder William Kvist may start, despite puncturing a lung and breaking two ribs in his country's opening group-stage win over Peru. Read More »

Hotel mattress blamed for Marcelo injury

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Philippe Coutinho is flourishing in Neymar's shadow and could prove instrumental in Brazil claiming a sixth World Cup , according to Roberto Carlos. He said: "They are saying the mattress is bad, it was nice. We are optimistic he can be used in the game". There's not a lot to say. And while he benefitted from a good night's sleep against Serbia, there hasn't been much rest for the former Sao Paulo man who played through the club season's final match this term. Read More »

Hareide tips Eriksen to match Modric in last 16 duel

While the Barcelona ace will turn out for Croatia at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, the Tottenham attacking midfielder will play for Denmark . 'Kasper is hugely important for the team both on and off the pitch, ' said Kjaer. We've had three games here but we're going to look at what happened 10 or 15 years ago? We must be proud of that. Read More »

Spain vs. Russia, Last 16

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Sergio Ramos claimed the goal but replays showed that Ignashevich got the final touch with his heel as he battled the Real Madrid defender inside the box. With neither side able to break the deadlock they went into extra time level at 1-1 after 90 minutes. The 2010 World Cup winners began with news of coach being sacked just two days before the tournament and the performance looks to have taken a hit. Read More »

Bottas edges Hamilton for Austrian GP pole

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While Hamilton stayed out, Verstappen, Ricciardo, Raikkonen and Vettel all pitted and switched to the soft tyres, suggesting they could get to the end of the race. The reigning champions have won every race at Spielberg since Austria returned to the calendar in 2014. That allowed Verstappen to challenge him on the run out of the corner but the Dutchman was rebuffed aggressively and Bottas was able to repass both on the outside of Turn 4. Read More »

Chelsea starlet becomes Bielsa's first Leeds United signing

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The former England Under-21 global had spells at Sheffield Wednesday , MK Dons and Vitesse , where he won the KNVB Cup in his second campaign. It came as a late substitute in an FA Cup win against Derby County in January 2014. Speaking to LUTV , Baker said: 'I'm really excited for the season ahead. Obviously if you know your football, you know he's a massive manager. 'We want to definitely challenge and get promotion'. Read More »

Manuel Neuer Brands Germany Squad 'Pathetic' After World Cup Group Stage Humiliation

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On paper the easiest of Switzerland, which played a draw with Brazil and beat Serbia, and now will meet with underdogs Costa Rica and even a draw could be enough for the Swiss on regardless of the result of the parallel match. First-half match remain goalless. 'At this tournament we didn't deserve to win again or move to the round of 16. Germany were out of the World Cup as they bagged three points from three matches. Read More »

5 reasons Paul George should sign

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Per Woj's report, George "is seriously considering a return to the Thunder , as well as the possibility of joining the Lakers or others". He averaged 21.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists while paired with Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony in Oklahoma City. Read More »

Mavs, Clippers Exploring a DeAndre Jordan Trade

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Jordan would be a massive upgrade in the front-court for the Mavericks . After hearing about the center's agreement to join the Mavs, the Los Angeles Clippers made a last-ditch attempt to sabotage it and convince him to stay in LA. As Stein notes, Jordan almost signed with the Mavs in 2015, and three years later Dallas still needs to upgrade at center. The All-Star, however, will have a say in the matter if the two teams come to terms on a deal. Read More »

Paul George Announces He's Re-Signing With Oklahoma City Thunder

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ET on Sunday, was traded to the Thunder last summer from the Indiana Pacers , giving Oklahoma City this past season to try to work out a longer-term relationship. "...but at the same time, it's like what's the best move, though". I know who I am as a player. In a league based on efficiency, George simply is not worth the money Oklahoma City is paying him. Read More »

NBA Free Agency Rumors: Paul George Spurns Lakers, Re-Signs With Thunder

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After a rocky initial conversation with the San Antonio Spurs , the Lakers reportedly "re-engaged" trade talks for Kawhi, believing that landing the forward locks-in a LeBron signing. And they are right, but 2018 free-agency is more than just signing George. George scored just five points on 2-of-16 shooting in a Game 6 playoff loss to the Utah Jazz, and OKC failed to advance past the first round for the second straight season. Read More »

LeBron James Declined His Player Option…So Now What?

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For those who don't, here's an attempt to explain how this all works. Cleveland is already over the league's projected $101 million salary cap, even without James' contract, with the 10 guaranteed contracts already on the books. If James decides to sign a five-year max with Cleveland , it will be worth $207.79 million. He can't officially sign with the team until the middle of next week. Read More »

Wayne Rooney set to leave Everton and join the MLS

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Rooney will make his debut when the club open their new 20,000-capacity Audi Field Stadium on 14 July. And while his heart may lie with childhood club Everton , the 32-year-old will always be associated with Manchester United for whom he scored 253 goals and won 16 trophies. Read More »

Kevin Durant to sign one-plus-one max deal with Warriors

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Kevin Durant is staying with the National Basketball Association champions. Not only do they get to keep the 2017 and 2018 NBA Finals MVP, but they also get some financial flexibility in the deal. ET". The Lakers have always been mentioned as a top destination for James, and they have more salary cap space this summer than any team in the National Basketball Association. Read More »

Silva refutes claims of bad blood with Neymar

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Those who have so far qualified for the round of 16 include Uruguay, Russia, Spain, Portugal, France, Denmark, Croatia, Argentina, Brazil , Switzerland, Sweden, Mexico , and England and Belgium, although they are yet to play their last group matches. Read More »

National Basketball Association free agency 2018 Q&A

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Anguilla is the place that LeBron James and his family have been vacationing over the last week, and James lives in LA, so it wouldn't be surprising if true. Rockets GM Daryl Morey has shown huge creativity in acquiring players before, but this move might be too complex even for him. That doesn't mean the rumor mill has stopped churning, with much of the focus on how he might land with the Lakers . Read More »

Russell Westbrook Hosting Party In OKC With Paul George In Attendance

As the Lakers continue to court James, it was reported this week that they were escalating their efforts to acquire Leonard from the Spurs because it is no longer a guarantee that George will sign with them in free agency. Despite the Indiana Pacers trading George to the Thunder prior to the 2017-18 season, he was consistently linked with the Los Angeles Lakers . By opting out, PG-13's new salary could start at $30.6 million. Read More »

Messi, Ronaldo gear up for World Cup knockout phase

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It remains to be seen whether the 31-year-old will play at another World Cup following another dismal display by Argentina in Russian Federation. The Real Madrid star, who has four goals in Russian Federation and looks certain to be crowned world player of the year for a sixth time, will come up against a tight Uruguay defence that did not concede a single goal in the group phase. Read More »

FIFA WORLD CUP 2018:Suarez and Co ready to face Ronaldo's Portugal

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He said the boots "celebrate the 85 global goals" he has scored during his career. A shot into the side netting in the dying seconds was half a metre away from causing one of the World Cup's biggest ever upsets. I don't know how many times I have seen that 2 seconds when Beiranvand saved Iran's net; It looked like the Iranian keeper wanted to live inside that moment where he saved a penalty from Ronaldo for as long as humanly possible and I don't blame him; "when I saved that penalty, I ... Read More »

Last chance saloon for Messi, Argentina

Messi was subdued during a tumultuous first two games in Russian Federation, missing a penalty in a 1-1 draw with tiny Iceland and then vanishing nearly entirely from sight in a 3-0 defeat by Croatia . While the early exchanges passed him by, it took just one moment of magic to awaken a slumbering superstar, although Argentina's momentum was fleeting. Read More »

Warriors and Jamal Crawford Have Mutual Interest on a Minimum Contract

Golden State has won three National Basketball Association titles and reached the Finals four times during Kerr's tenure. Although Wojnarowski's report did not specify the amount and length of Kerr's new contract, it's expected to be a lucrative one, considering the success the team has had since the former National Basketball Association point guard took the post in 2014. Read More »

NBA Free Agency Rumors: Kawhi And LeBron Had A Chat

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Leonard, a Southern California native, has a year left on his Spurs contract but has been at odds with the organization and is widely believed to be trying to engineer his defection to the Lakers. The Los Angeles Lakers achieved that goal as the team has $61 million in practical cap space this summer. Any trade for Leonard would likely require a huge haul. Read More »

Fans Think The Simpsons Predicted The World Cup Final

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Predicting Donald Trump's presidency and Fox being bought out by Disney is one thing, but accurately predicting the outcome of the men's curling final in the Winter Olympics was just downright scary. The episode did not mention which year the matches happens, but fans believe that one reference in the show made it look like that it is World Cup 2018 final. Read More »

I was informing not consulting Messi, says Argentina coach

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Argentina face France in the last 16 at 3pm (UK time) on Saturday after they stumbled through their group with a late Marcos Rojo goal against Nigeria sending them through. Elsewhere in the other knockout stage match on Saturday, Portugal will take on Uruguay. " Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best strikers in the world", said Tabarez. Read More »

Trevor Bayliss backs assistant Farbrace to succeed him as head coach

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Bayliss confirmed he is also still in favour of splitting coaching responsibilities between formats, to avoid "burn-out" in a crammed worldwide schedule. "I wasn't good enough to get anywhere near it as a player, so to be involved as a coach is fantastic". "His [83] in the "World Cup" in Mumbai was as good as any T20 innings we have seen in the last few years". Read More »