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Suarez fires Uruguay past Saudi Arabia into the Round of 16

Luis Suarez kept his teeth to himself and let his boots do the talking as he scored the only goal in an otherwise drab 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia. The result saw Uruguay book its passage to the Round of 16, right behind host nation Russia. Luis Suarez of Uruguay celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group A match between Uruguay and Saudi Arabia at Rostov Arena on June 20, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia.
Yahoo - 20.06.2018 18:59

Who is out of the 2018 World Cup? All the teams knocked out of the group stages in Russia so far

Seven days have already passed and for some teams, the World Cup is already over. The second round of group stages have begun and there is yet to be a goalless game at the tournament with the ‘good’ teams being bad and the ‘bad’ teams being good. So which teams have been knocked out of […]
TalkSport - 20.06.2018 17:18

Messi Dogged by Ronaldo, History as Argentina Meets Croatia

From left to right, Sergio Aguero, Lionel Messi and Nicolas Otamendi jog during a training session of Argentina at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Bronnitsy, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan) The Associated Press By BEN NUCKOLS, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Lionel Messi is going to have a hard time keeping up with Cristiano Ronaldo at this year's World Cup. The Argentina great had a penalty kick saved during his team's tournament-opening 1-1 draw with Iceland. At 31, this could be Messi's last World Cup, and Thursday's match against Croatia is crucial as the longtime Barcelona forward tries to deliver his first major title for Argentina. Messi's biggest rival, Ronaldo,
Yahoo - 20.06.2018 16:32

Japan and Senegal fans impress at World Cup after helping to clean up stadiums

Not only did these teams impress World Cup viewers -- their fans did, too. Japanese and Senegalese supporters received praise after they were seen picking up their trash and tidying up their stadium section following their respective matches Tuesday.  Videos circulated around social media showing Japanese fans with garbage bags cleaning up litter around the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia. Japan beat Colombia 2-1 during the Group H match. “This is my favorite moment of the World Cup so far; Japan fans picking up litter after their victory vs. Colombia. The lessons in life we can take from the game. Why I support Japan,” a social media user tweeted. Later in the day, group rivals Senegal beat
Yahoo - 20.06.2018 16:15

Hirving Lozano primed to propel Mexico and be next big <em>El Tri</em> star

ESPN's John Sutcliffe speaks to Mexico's Juan Carlos Osorio who hopes Mexico can be the protagonists against South Korea. Sebastian Salazar heaps praise on Juan Carlos Osorio for a coaching 'masterpiece' in what he and Herculez Gomez call Mexico's best performance ever. Sebi Salazar and Herc Gomez examine Mexico's outlook in Group F after beating Germany and identify players who can make an impact for El Tri. Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez explain how Juan Carlos Osorio's tactics played a big role in Mexico's defeat of Germany at the World Cup. ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- The interest in the Mexican team at Russia 2018 has notably and naturally increased after last Sunday's 1-0 victory over reigning champion Germany. On the ground in Russia, the way Mexico took the game to Germany, created chances, tactically out-thought the favorites and deserved the win has seen El Tri become something of a neutral's ...
ESPN - 20.06.2018 11:40

Fabianski finalizes move to West Ham while at World Cup

LONDON (AP) — Poland goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has finalized a move to English Premier League club West Ham while on national-team duty at the World Cup. The 33-year-old Fabianski has left Swansea, which was relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season, to join West Ham on a three-year deal. He has made more saves than any other goalkeeper over the last four seasons in the English top flight. Fabianksi is the back-up to Wojciech Szczesny for Poland at the World Cup and didn't play in the team's first group game, a 2-1 loss to Senegal on Tuesday. West Ham director of football Mario Husillos says Fabianski "fits perfectly the mould of the modern goalkeeper, with excellent agility,
Yahoo - 20.06.2018 11:33

FACTBOX-Soccer-Brazil v Costa Rica

Brazil Costa Rica Fox Sports 1 12:00 PM UTC Match 25 Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now&nbsp;&raquo; GameCast Lineups and Stats June 20 (Reuters) - Brazil play Costa Rica in a World Cup Group E match on Friday:Where: Saint Petersburg Stadium, St. PetersburgCapacity: 64,468When: Friday June 22, 15:00 local (1200 GMT/0800 ET)Key stats:*If Brazil fail to beat Costa Rica they will equal their worst ever run of four winless games in the World Cup finals, a run that spanned the 1974 and 1978 tournaments.* Costa Rica achieved their best World Cup result four years ago in Brazil, where they reached the quarter-finals. They were knocked...
ESPN - 20.06.2018 11:29

Galatasaray eyeing move for Ahmed Musa

KweséESPN reporter Ahmed Musa looks set for another spell away from Leicester City next season, with Turkish giant Galatasaray keen to take him on loan. The 25-year-old spent the second half of the 2017/18 campaign on loan at Russian side CSKA Moscow; the same club the Foxes signed the Nigerian forward from for £16million back in 2016. Musa, briefly Leicester's most expensive player ever, has been a peripheral figure under Claude Puel, and his agent says a move to a UEFA Champions League club like Galatasaray could be just what is needed. "Yes, we are in talks with Galatasaray. They are a huge club who'll play in the Champions League. So why not? The transfer is possible," William D'Avila told
Yahoo - 20.06.2018 11:11

Dani Carvajal returns to Spain lineup against Iran

Spain's Diego Costa admits he hasn't been at his best recently but is trying very hard to prove he is the best striker in the squad. ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes look ahead to Portugal-Morocco, Uruguay-Saudi Arabia and Iran-Spain and predict who'll come out on top. KAZAN, Russia -- Spain defender Dani Carvajal has been recalled for Wednesday's World Cup match against Iran, replacing Nacho from the starting side that drew with Portugal, after recovering from a hamstring injury. Fernando Hierro has also included forward Lucas Vazquez, with Koke making way as Spain's new coach seeks more dynamism to unlock a cagey Iran defence at Kazan Arena. Iran coach Carlos Queiroz dropped captain Masoud Shojaei to the substitutes in a mild surprise, with the suspended Saeid...
ESPN - 20.06.2018 10:31

Luis Suarez strike can't mask Uruguay shortcomings in nervy win vs. Saudi Arabia

Luis Suarez's first-half goal means Uruguay and Russia advance into the second round ensuring Saudi Arabia and Egypt are eliminated. World Cup: Luis Suarez (23') Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia ROSTOV-ON-DON - Three quick thoughts on Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia in Group A at the World Cup on Wednesday afternoon. 1. Suarez strike can't hide Uruguay shortcomings Winning two World Cup matches, reaching the knockout stages, all while failing to impress seems fraught with contradictions, but that is essentially what Uruguay have achieved so far. This was a match where Uruguay rarely found top gear. Maybe the heat -- the temperature at kickoff was 89 degrees Fahrenheit -- played a factor. Perhaps...
ESPN - 20.06.2018 10:02

Rui Patricio imperious in Portugal goal as Cristiano Ronaldo strikes again

As Morocco become the first team to exit the World Cup, Andrew Kabuura and Daniel Amokachi break down how Cristiano Ronaldo was able to lead Portugal to a win. Cristiano Ronaldo became Europe's top international scorer, but Portugal were lucky to come out on top against a resilient Morocco. ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop says we're seeing a different Cristiano Ronaldo with Portugal, a player who is becoming the leader his country need. While Portugal may over rely on Cristiano Ronaldo and Rui Patricio, FC's Shaka Hislop feels they have the right formula to make a run at the World Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo became Europe's top international scorer, but Portugal were lucky to come out on top against a resilient Morocco. Cristiano Ronaldo has broken Ferenc Puskás' European goalscoring record in Portugal's match against Morocco at the 2018 World Cup. World Cup: Cristiano Ronaldo (4') Portugal 1-0 Moroc...
ESPN - 20.06.2018 08:46

Belgium's Eden Hazard: I told Romelu Lukaku to stop 'hiding' vs. Panama

The FC crew try not to read too much into Belgium's win over Panama, before homing in on Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku's respective roles. Shaka Hislop gives his verdict on how impressive Romelu Lukaku and Belgium were to dispatch Panama and avoid an early World Cup slip-up. VAR helped Sweden get the better of South Korea, and Belgium powered past Panama as both sides picked up opening wins at the World Cup. Eden Hazard said he told Romelu Lukaku to stop hiding after the first half of Belgium's victory over Panama in the teams' World Cup opener on Monday. Lukaku scored two goals, one in the 69th minute and another in the 75th, in the 3-0 victory, and Hazard said that he hopes Lukaku understands the impact he can have for his team. "At half-time, I told him we needed him," Hazard told reporters after the game. "He'd been hiding out a bit up front. "It's not easy playing with a man missing. But once he...
ESPN - 20.06.2018 08:13

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Kyrgios/Hewitt Cause Big Upset At Queen's Club

Lleyton Hewitt and Nick Kyrgios caused a major upset on Wednesday at the Fever-Tree Championships when they knocked out two-time former champions Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 3-6, 10-6 in 66 minutes for a place in the quarter-finals. The Australian wild cards broke Herbert’s serve in the seventh game of the first set, but the French team regrouped to take a 4-1 advantage in the second set. Hewitt and Kyrgios took control of the Match tie-break by winning four of the first five points. They will next face Britons Kyle Edmund and Neal Skupski. Two weeks ago, Herbert and Mahut captured the Roland Garros title – their 12th team trophy. Hewitt, 37, has played five tour-level doubles tournaments this year, including a run to the Australian Open quarter-finals with Sam Groth. Lucky losers Marcus Daniell and Wesley Koolhof made the most of their opportunity by beating wild cards Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 7-6(2). They go onto face fourth seeds and defendi...
ATP - 20.06.2018 21:17

UPDATE 1-Tennis-Wawrinka frustrated by Querrey at Queen's

LONDON, June 20 (Reuters) - Stan Wawrinka showed glimpses of his Grand Slam winning form but was bundled out of the Fever-Tree Championships by former Queen's Club champion Sam Querrey on Wednesday.
Reuters - 20.06.2018 21:14

Sublime Sugita Stuns Thiem In Halle

Yuichi Sugita showcased his grass-court pedigree on Wednesday at the Gerry Weber Open when he recorded the second victory over a member of the Top 10 in the ATP Rankings. The 29-year-old Japanese beat third seed Dominic Thiem, who is more accustomed to top-level play on clay courts, 6-2, 7-5 over 88 minutes in Halle. He will next play American Denis Kudla. Last year’s Antalya Open champion won the first four games against Thiem and broke at 5-5 in the second set, before requiring four match point chances for his seventh win of 2018. Sugita lost just seven of his first-service points, converting 10 of his 13 break point opportunities, while Thiem committed 33 unforced errors. Thiem, who has a 36-10 match record this year, largely based on a successful European clay-court swing, had been bidding to reach his 10th quarter-final in 13 tournaments. Sugita beat then World No. 9 Jack Sock at the Australian Open in January. Kudla, a 25-year-old qualifier, struck five aces and saved all f...
ATP - 20.06.2018 20:10

Big Sam Ousts Stan, Saves Seven Set Points In First Set

Former champion Sam Querrey lived to fight another day at the Fever-Tree Championships on Wednesday, saving seven set points in the first set en route to a second-round victory over Stan Wawrinka.   Querrey, the 2010 titlist at The Queen’s Club, struck 25 aces in a 7-5, 6-7(3), 6-1 win over Wawrinka, who is growing in confidence in his rehabilitation from two left knee surgeries last year, in one hour and 56 minutes. The American, who is now 20-9 lifetime at the ATP World Tour 500 tournament, will next play top seed and 2013 champion Marin Cilic of Croatia or Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller, who play later today. [ALSO LIKE] In a dramatic 10th game of the first set, which included six aces and two double faults, fifth seed Querrey fended off seven set points. He then won eight of 10 points in the next two games to clinch the 48-minute opener. Wawrinka regrouped in the second round, but was denied another set point opportunity at 6-5, with Querrey serving at 30/40. In the ti...
ATP - 20.06.2018 17:52

Bautista Agut Moves Into Halle QFs

Fourth seed Roberto Bautista Agut booked a spot in the Gerry Weber Open quarter-finals for the second successive year on Thursday with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Robin Haase of the Netherlands in one hour and 35 minutes. The Spaniard won the first of his eight ATP World Tour titles on grass at the 2014 Libema Open (d. Becker). He will next challenge third-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem or Yuichi Sugita of Japan on Friday. Bautista Agut took a 3-1 lead in the first set, but was quickly clawed back by Haase. The Spaniard broke to love in the final game, then recovered from 0/40 at 4-4 in the second set and broke Haase again in the 12th game. The 30-year-old also beat Haase 7-6(5) in a third set tie-break en route to the ASB Classic title in the second week of the 2018 season. Are You In? Subscribe To Get Tournament Updates In Your Inbox
ATP - 20.06.2018 11:24

Andy Murray reveals he could miss Wimbledon despite promising return to action

Andy Murray may miss Wimbledon this year despite a promising return to action at Queen’s Club. The three-time grand slam champion played his first competitive match in 342 days on Tuesday in the first round of the Fever-Tree Championships and  put in a spirited display in going down to a three-set defeat to Nick Kyrgios. […]
TalkSport - 20.06.2018 10:30

Defending Champ Lopez Ousts Goffin At Queen's Club

Defending champion Feliciano Lopez got his Fever-Tree Championships title defence off to the best of starts, beating fourth seed David Goffin 6-3, 6-7(7), 6-3 on Tuesday. The Spanish left-hander defeated Goffin for the first time in four FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings, winning 88 per cent of first-serve points and converting each of his three break point chances throughout the one-hour, 49-minute encounter. Lopez improves to 21-11 at The Queen's Club and 3-1 on grass this year, after reaching the MercedesCup quarter-finals (l. to Kyrgios) last week. The 31-year-old owns a .658 FedEx ATP Win/Loss Record on grass, his best statistic on any surface. Lopez advances to the quarter-finals after Canada's Milos Raonic withdrew from the tournament after his first-round win. Former finalist Raonic was leading 6-1, 3-1, when his Indian opponent, Yuki Bhambri, a qualifier, retired due to injury after 45 minutes. Raonic, the 2016 runner-up (l. to Murray), later in the day withdrew from the tournament...
ATP - 19.06.2018 20:01

Coric Gets The Better of Zverev Again

Borna Coric started his grass-court season with near perfection on Tuesday at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, upsetting two-time finalist Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-4. Coric had won two of their three FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings but had lost their last contest, in the quarter-finals of the Miami Open presented by Itau. Zverev, meanwhile, was coming off his best Grand Slam finish, a quarter-final run at Roland Garros. But the 21-year-old Croatian rolled past Zverev, benefitting from some loose errors from the German – 32 in total – and staying focused against the second seed. Coric fell behind 15/40 while serving for the first set but came back to take the opener on his racquet. [ALSO LIKE] The Croatian, who was controlling baseline rallies with his backhand, was then broken while serving for the match at 5-2 but remained calm and secured the win in the 10th game. Coric had his best start to a season earlier this year, reaching the semi-finals at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian ...
ATP - 19.06.2018 19:22

Federer Sprints Through Halle Opener

Roger Federer raced through his opening match at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle on Tuesday, taking only 71 minutes to beat Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-4. The top seed and No. 1 player in the ATP Rankings stretched his grass-court win streak to 17, dating back to last year's titles in Halle and Wimbledon and including his 98th title run last week at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart. Federer fought through an eight-minute game to break Bedene and immediately grab control for a 2-0 lead. He served flawlessly, winning 84 per cent (41/49) of his service points for the match, including a hold to love for the opening set. [ALSO LIKE] The Swiss right-hander then broke in the ninth game of the second set before another routine service hold clinched his place in the second round. The 36-year-old is going for his 10th Halle title (2003-06, 2008, 2013-15, 2017). Half of Federer's 18 grass-court crowns have come in the German city. He needs to repeat as Halle champion to stay No. 1, or else Rafael ...
ATP - 19.06.2018 17:21

UPDATE 1-Tennis-Dimitrov sets up Djokovic clash at Queen's

LONDON, June 19 (Reuters) - Second seed Grigor Dimitrov survived a tough first-round workout against Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur at the Queen's Club championships on Tuesday to set up a second-round clash with former world number one Novak Djokovic.
Reuters - 19.06.2018 17:15