• Paine casts doubt on ODI future after series whitewash
Paine casts doubt on ODI future after series whitewash

The 33-year-old Paine, Australia's test captain, was handed the role for the one-day portion of their limited-overs tour of England but chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said at the time it was probably only a stop-gap measure. "When you are out there you think "all I need to be is here at the end" and planning from then on", he said. Pain...

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  • Messi needs to dig deep to end Argentina’s woes at World Cup
Messi needs to dig deep to end Argentina’s woes at World Cup

The Croatians ended Iceland's 2014 World Cup dream by beating them in a two-legged playoff, and the relationship between the sides on the field has often been tempestuous. For La Albecieste, it is (-) 3 and for the Nordic Island nation, it is (-) 2. Meanwhile, midfielder Lucas Biglia acknowledged Argentina's future rests on more than the Nigeri...

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  • Roger Federer's grass winning streak ends in Gerry Weber Open final
Roger Federer's grass winning streak ends in Gerry Weber Open final

Roger Federer felt he played well but it was not enough as he failed to defend his Halle Open title against Croatia's Borna Coric in Sunday's final. In this picture, Coric (R) from Croatia poses with his trophy next to Czech model Eva Herzigova after defeating Roger Federer (L) of Switzerland in their final match at the ATP tennis tournament i...

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  • Defender out of World Cup clash
Defender out of World Cup clash

Egypt: Eliminated. Will finish third if they avoid defeat against Saudi Arabia . "They played very, very tight against Spain , it was more like a 6-3-1 formation, they're going to have to come out now and show some attacking prowess". Croatia will top the group if they beat or draw with Iceland . The Atletico Madrid defender, who scored Uru...

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  • Man Utd midfielder Pogba (again) admits 'small issues' with Mourinho
Man Utd midfielder Pogba (again) admits 'small issues' with Mourinho

Manchester United star Paul Pogba has made a rather surprising claim about his future with the France national team. And - speaking at France's World Cup training camp in Istra - Pogba has admitted he didn't see eye-to-eye with the Portuguese.

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  • Eden Hazard a constant threat but Belgium’s wing-backs let you in
Eden Hazard a constant threat but Belgium’s wing-backs let you in

England's five first-half goals was the first time that the Three Lions had scored more than four goals in a game at a major tournament in their entire history, and they added to their tally in the second half when Ruben Loftus-Cheek's shot was deflected into the net by Kane, sealing the Tottenham man's hat-trick just moments before he was substit...

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  • Argentina's Javier Mascherano denies rift between players and coach Jorge Sampaoli
Argentina's Javier Mascherano denies rift between players and coach Jorge Sampaoli

The Balkans lead Group D after having won the first two games, but they can lose first place if Nigeria beat Argentina by a landslide. "The Argentines have strong individualities, especially with Messi , who can do anything in a game", he added.

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  • Kvitova faces Rybarikova in Birmingham final
Kvitova faces Rybarikova in Birmingham final

She followed that up with a 6-2 6-2 win over Australian Daria Gavrilova, before beating Julia Goerges 6-1 6-4. "Maybe she was the favorite because she beat me before, and I think it was a very good match and we had some fun on the court".

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  • Germany Coach Low: How We Planned Comeback Win Vs Sweden
Germany Coach Low: How We Planned Comeback Win Vs Sweden

Coach Janne Andersson said he stood behind Durmaz's statement "100 per cent", and said the squad would now concentrate on Wednesday's match against Mexico . "Overall, we once again had phases where we played really well and didn't use our chances". "Crazy people openly raging with racism against Jimmy Durmaz after a football match unfortunately ...

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  • How World Cup Group Play Is Shaking Out
How World Cup Group Play Is Shaking Out

Even if Iran contains Ronaldo, Portugal has enough weapons to get a goal - and that could be enough. Spain and Portugal remain favourites to qualify but with both only a point above Iran , nothing is settled yet. Serbia must beat Brazil to qualify but a draw could see them through if the Swiss are beaten by Costa Rica by more than one...

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  • Lionel Messi: Barcelona star told to be more like Cristiano Ronaldo
Lionel Messi: Barcelona star told to be more like Cristiano Ronaldo

Barcelona defender Jordi Alba has lept to the defense of Argentina star and Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi following his poor show at the World Cup . Could Messi have been thinking about his rival Cristiano Ronaldo , who has dominated the World Cup with four goals in two games for Portugal? Messi led his country to three global major titl...

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  • Former Boston Red Sox star Hanley Ramirez under investigation for drug probe
Former Boston Red Sox star Hanley Ramirez under investigation for drug probe

McPhee later told a Boston radio station that authorities are interested in Ramirez after a man driving his vehicle was recently pulled over by police had "a significant amount of drugs " inside. The attorney added that using Ramirez's name was "an ill-thought-out attempt to evade further police scrutiny". The team said Ramirez was let go be...

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  • Match against Argentina like World Cup final, says Rohr
Match against Argentina like World Cup final, says Rohr

After scoring twice against Iceland, Ahmed Musa has more goals in this World Cup than the likes of Messi, Sergio Aguero , Edison Cavani and Luis Suarez. Ahmed Musa's classy brace in the Super Eagles' 2-0 defeat of World Cup debutants Iceland in Volgograd on Friday gave a below-par Lionel Messi-led La Albiceleste , who were on the verge of exi...

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  • Mohamed Salah 'happy in camp' says Egyptian FA
Mohamed Salah 'happy in camp' says Egyptian FA

Liverpool and Egypt superstar Mo Salah may be done with his national side once this World Cup concludes. A source with knowledge of Salah's position on the matter confirmed this stance to ESPN FC, adding that the player is now considering his future with his national team.

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  • Doesn't matter how I perform, team have to play well: Virat Kohli
Doesn't matter how I perform, team have to play well: Virat Kohli

We are looking to change the trend of teams not being good travellers", Virat added. "It (481/6 in England ) was a poor advert of cricket". "King Kohli" had an uncharacteristically ordinary spell during his last England tour in 2014, managing just 134 runs in 10 innings.

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  • After Argentinas loss Lionel Messis fan goes missing in Kerala
After Argentinas loss Lionel Messis fan goes missing in Kerala

According to police, a group of people who had come to take a bath in the river on Sunday found the body of Dinu Alex, the man who went missing. Lionel Messi-led team is banking on their match against Nigeria which they have to win by all means to redeem their chances of proceeding to round 16.

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  • England fans drink in rare World Cup joy
England fans drink in rare World Cup joy

Playing from the off with an ease and trickery that contrasted with the stressed-looking England flops of recent worldwide tournaments, Gareth Southgate's team romped into a remarkable 5-0 lead at halftime. Panama's equal-sized army of red-shirted fans continued to dance and cheer on the "Canaleros" (Canalmen) to the end. It was also only the ...

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  • Colombia annihilates Poland in 3-0 win
Colombia annihilates Poland in 3-0 win

After missing Colombia's defeat to Japan in game one, James Rodriguez was doing bits on the world stage yet again this evening . Poland have been eliminated from the World Cup , beaten 3-0 by Colombia in Kazan . Centre-back Mina rose to the challenge as he climbed highest to power a header beyond a helpless Wojciech Szczesny in the Poland ...

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  • Sweden’s Jimmy Durmaz subjected to racist abuse after Germany defeat
Sweden’s Jimmy Durmaz subjected to racist abuse after Germany defeat

Sweden players have defended team-mate Jimmy Durmaz after he received racial abuse after their dramatic World Cup defeat by Germany. But Kroos was ideal. "We started well, but didn't have that many clear chances". The defending world champions trailed at the break against Sweden in their second Group F clash thanks to a brilliant Ola Toivon...

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  • Switzerland awaits Federation Internationale de Football Association judgment on 'provocative' gestures
Switzerland awaits Federation Internationale de Football Association judgment on 'provocative' gestures

Arsenal's Xhaka and Shaqiri of Stoke - who are of Albanian-Kosovan heritage - celebrated their goals in the World Cup Group E win by putting their hands together to form a double-headed eagle, representative of the one on the Albanian flag.

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  • Hamilton secures record-extending 75th pole at French GP
Hamilton secures record-extending 75th pole at French GP

One positive that he took from a day that Mercedes' non-executive director Niki Lauda rendered a "test" is that the new power unit, the one that failed late dynamometer tests before the Canadian Grand Prix two weeks' ago, has not been fully unleashed yet.

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  • Harry Kane thrills with hat trick in rout of Panama
Harry Kane thrills with hat trick in rout of Panama

Things got even better for England with Jesse Lingard's brilliant strike making it 3-0 before Stones grabbed his second towards the end of the half. The Spurs star netting his third goal in the 63 minute of the ongoing match against Panama in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, he became the first player to score a hattrick for England after 32 year...

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  • Serbia appeal to Federation Internationale de Football Association over refereeing in defeat to Switzerland
Serbia appeal to Federation Internationale de Football Association over refereeing in defeat to Switzerland

Xhaka and Shaqiri's goals against Serbia , along with their manner of celebrating them, obviously resonated with people in Kosovo. Both put their open hands together with their thumbs locked and fingers outstretched to make what looks like the double-headed eagle displayed on Albania's national flag, The Guardian have reported .

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  • South Korea need win against Mexico
South Korea need win against Mexico

The answer has been emphatic. South Korea have now gone eight World Cup matches without a win - going back to the group stages of 2010 - and face the daunting prospect of Germany in their final group game. The South Koreans, who have lost their opening two matches, kept Ochoa under pressure throughout the match with Son often out-sprinting th...

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  • Vettel says he had
Vettel says he had "nowhere to go" in Bottas crash

And it was a Mercedes one-two as Hamilton pipped team-mate Valtteri Bottas , who looked to have done enough to start from the front. It was a costly error for Vettel, who was one point ahead of Hamilton before the race, and not the first one he has made this year that has cost him ground in the championship.

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