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FIFA WorldCup: Sweden thrashes S. Korea by 1-0 victory

A penalty awarded through video review gave Sweden a 1-0 victory over South Korea in Nizhny Novgorod on Monday. Andreas Granqvist guessed correctly and easily converted the kick in a game Sweden mostly dominated. The victory was vital to Sweden. Mexico grabbed a surprise 3 points from Germany in this group on Sunday, and most everyone thinks Germany will come...

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World Cup fever builds as fans, teams pour into Russia

World Cup fever is finally taking hold in Russia, where wild enthusiasm in provincial centres such as chilly Kazan is filtering through to Moscow ahead of Thursday's opening match in the capital. While curious locals have clamoured to see the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar, it has proved a slow build-up to the June 14-July 15 showpiece, which is...

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Canada, USA and Mexico to host 2026 FIFA World Cup

MOSCOW: The 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Mexico and Canada after FIFA’s congress voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to back the tri-nation joint bid for the tournament and leave Morocco to miss out for the fifth time. The North American bid collected 134 votes to the 65 for Morocco. One congress member voted for “neither bid.”...

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Spain sacks coach Julen Lopetegui after accepting Real Madrid job

KRASNODAR, RUSSIA: Spain sacked coach Julen Lopetegui just two days before the team´s opening game against Portugal at the World Cup, Spanish football federation chief Luis Rubiales confirmed on Wednesday. In a surprise announcement on Tuesday, Real Madrid named Lopetegui as their next manager to start work after the tournament in Russia, sparking outrage among the federation and Spanish fans...

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Mohamed Salah joins Egypt training session for FIFA World Cup 2018

Grozny, Russia: Mohamed Salah gave Egypt´s World Cup hopes a huge boost Wednesday when he joined a squad training session at their Grozny base. The Pharoahs´ superstar has been sidelined since suffering a shoulder injury in Liverpool´s Champions League final loss to Real Madrid on May 26. However, an AFP reporter saw the forward take part in his first training...

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Tiger Woods aims to put it all together at US Open

Tiger Woods, returning to the US Open after a two-year absence and 10 years removed from his 14th major triumph, says just having the chance to compete is "pure bonus". The former world number one watched last year's US Open at Erin Hills from afar, still in the early stages of his recovery from spinal fusion surgery and unsure if...

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First T20I: Brilliant Sarfraz, Malik take Pakistan 1-0 up in Scotland series

EDINBURGH: Pakistan thrashed Scotland by 48 runs in the first of two T20Is played at Edinburgh on Tuesday. Batting first Pakistan set 205 runs target for Scotland by losing four wickets in allotted 20 overs. In response Scotland could only scored 156 runs for the loss of six wickets in 20 overs. Michael Leask  was the top scorer from Scotland as he...

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North America or Morocco for 2026 World Cup – FIFA votes

FIFA members will decide on Wednesday whether the 2026 World Cup should be played in North America or in Morocco, taking football's global showpiece to Africa for just the second time. The choice is clear -- between a slick bid based on gleaming stadiums in the United States, Mexico and Canada or an ambitious attempt from Morocco based on as-yet...

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Bangladesh women cricketers get cash promise after Asia Cup triumph

DHAKA: Bangladesh showered its women cricketers with cash rewards Tuesday for their upset triumph over India in the Asia Cup Twenty20 tournament. The women´s team defeated six-times champions India by three wickets in Sunday´s final in Kuala Lumpur to claim their maiden title. Bangladesh became the first side ever to beat India in the group phase of the tournament before...

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Pakistan to face Scotland in first T20I tomorrow

Pakistan and Scotland will go head-to-head in the first Twenty20 international match of the two match T20i series to be played at Grange Club on Tuesday. The match will start at 8.00 pm according to Pakistan standard time (PST). Pakistan cricket team under the head coach Mikey Arthur held special practice sessions of batting, bowling, fielding, catching. The ODI win...

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Argentina future depends on World Cup: Messi

BRONNITSY, Russia: Argentina captain Lionel Messi said his international future will be determined by his country's performance at the World Cup in Russia. "It will depend on how far we go, how we're going to finish" at the finals, Messi said in an interview with Spanish daily Sport. "We've just lost three finals in a row, which has led to...

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Ronaldo ‘doesn’t look worried about his future’: Fernandes

KRATOVO, Russia: Portugal midfielder Manuel Fernandes said Cristiano Ronaldo "doesn't look at all worried about his future" as the Real Madrid superstar contemplates a possible exit from the Spanish giants this summer. There has been intense speculation over Ronaldo's future after the 33-year-old suggested he could have played his last game for Real following their 3-1 victory over Liverpool in...

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Vetttel claims 50th win and goes top in title race

Sebastian Vettel claimed the 50th win of his career and reclaimed the lead of this year’s world championship on Sunday when he ended Lewis Hamilton’s run of supremacy at the Canadian Grand Prix. The four-time champion German drove his Ferrari with near flawless aplomb to convert his 54th pole position into a triumphant afternoon ahead of Finn Valtteri Bottas of...

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Rafael Nadal thrashes Dominic Thiem to win 11th French Open title

Rafael Nadal claimed an 11th French Open title on Sunday with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 demolition of Dominic Thiem despite a worrying injury scare in the closing stages of the final. The 32-year-old world number one now has 17 Grand Slam titles, just three behind great rival Roger Federer. Nadal endured a nrvy conclusion to the final, however, when he...

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James Anderson out for six weeks to rest shoulder injury ahead of India series

James Anderson is to have a six-week break from cricket in a bid to ensure England s all-time leading Test wicket-taker is fully fit for an upcoming series with India, it was announced Sunday. The 35-year-old Lancashire swing bowler will use his time away from the game for what the England and Wales Cricket Board said was "rehabilitation" on a...

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Former heavyweight champion Fury wins on boxing comeback

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM: Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury declared himself completely happy with his four-round comeback win on Saturday night, despite a lack of action. Fury only got going in the fourth round and his brief exhibition of power convinced Sefer Seferi's corner to pull out the Switzerland-based Albanian before the start of the fifth round. Fury, 29, did...

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Neymar’s Brazil look strong as Germany, Argentina tackle problems

Neymar's acclaimed return ahead of the World Cup supplied Brazil with an immeasurable boost, but holders Germany and Argentina arrive at the tournament confronting inconsistent form and disrupted preparations. The Paris Saint-Germain superstar's swashbuckling display in a 45-minute appearance against Croatia last weekend largely dismissed lingering concerns over his fitness after more than three months out with a fractured foot....

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