• Fatigue not a concern for Dalic ahead of World Cup final
Fatigue not a concern for Dalic ahead of World Cup final

However, Martinez was quick to praise the 25-year-old, who he managed at Everton from 2013 to 2016, insisting goals were not the only aspect of Lukaku's performances in Russian Federation that should be analysed. "I do not give much thought to statistics and tradition and to head-to-head", Dalic said. "I'm delighted with his contribution". By s...

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  • Croatia become smallest nation to reach World Cup final since 1950
Croatia become smallest nation to reach World Cup final since 1950

Former players and staff have also posted a series of positive messages after England's run came to an end . "We have two days to prepare". The Croatians become the smallest nation to contest the World Cup final since Uruguay, who won the tournament in 1950 when the nation had a population of around 2.4 million.

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  • Party on Montreal streets following French World Cup win
Party on Montreal streets following French World Cup win

Despite the loss, many members of the Croatian-Canadian community are still counting the World Cup as a win for their small country. "But what the players did today is just as lovely, is just as strong". But the three-goal lead was too much for the red-and-white-checkered squad that made a habit of coming back at the World Cup - and played three st...

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  • Meghan Markle watched on friend Serena William's defeat
Meghan Markle watched on friend Serena William's defeat

Her outfit choice is said to be a nod to the designer, as Ralph Lauren supply the clothing for the Championship's ball boys and girls, lines judges, and umpires. Catherine , Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan , Duchess of Sussex attend day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14...

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  • 'Smoking hot' Pacquiao, 39, rolls back years to knock out Matthysse
'Smoking hot' Pacquiao, 39, rolls back years to knock out Matthysse

Referee Kenny Bayless stepped in to bring a conclusion to the exhibition in the seventh round after Pacquiao had dropped the big-hitting 35-year-old for a third time. "He's a great fighter and a great champion", Matthysse said. Knock-out specialist Matthysse has finished 36 of his 39 wins inside the distance and took the vacant WBA belt after an ...

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  • Kieran Trippier ‘to be awarded freedom of Bury’ after World Cup
Kieran Trippier ‘to be awarded freedom of Bury’ after World Cup

England manager Gareth Southgate singled out defender John Stones for special praise and defended captain Harry Kane's performance after they lost 2-0 to Belgium in the World Cup third place match on Saturday. They could also have a Golden Boot victor in their midst given the fact Harry Kane's six goals put him in a strong position ahead of Su...

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  • Liverpool star Dejan Lovren demands respect from critics following World Cup heroics
Liverpool star Dejan Lovren demands respect from critics following World Cup heroics

There are concerns that fatigue could be a factor for Zlatko Dalic's side, given they were forced to come through 120 minutes and penalties against both the hosts and Denmark in the last two rounds. "It's not only the English press". This is why I am proud. "That 4-1 defeat is completely irrelevant", he said. "Like in my case when you are talking...

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  • Former Illini star Kevin Anderson ousts Roger Federer at Wimbledon
Former Illini star Kevin Anderson ousts Roger Federer at Wimbledon

Anderson then saved three break points, hitting an ace to force a fourth set. Anderson will now face American John Isner in his first semi-final at the grass court Grand Slam event. 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko . "It feels great to be in the last four of a Slam", Djokovic said afterwards. Roger Federer found it hard to ex...

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  • After many, many hours, Anderson beats Isner in Wimbledon semis
After many, many hours, Anderson beats Isner in Wimbledon semis

The Serb, a three-time Wimbledon champion, is ahead 6-4 3-6 7-6 (11-9). Djokovic retired in that match because of a toe blister. The South African is 1-5 against Djokovic. The 6-foot-10 Isner and the 6-foot-8 Anderson had played 11 times before on tour, but they also faced each other in college, including in the 2007 NCAA finals, which Isner wo...

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  • There is more history behind Croatia's World Cup team than you think
There is more history behind Croatia's World Cup team than you think

Southgate says despite losing to Croatia , England remains motivated by the thought of achieving the nation's best World Cup finish since victory in 1966. "The honest thing is it's not a game any team wants to play", Southgate admitted. "There is a lot of motivation for us and Belgium have already beaten us, so we would like to address that...

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  • Dhoni guides India to 148/5 against England
Dhoni guides India to 148/5 against England

India lead the three-match T20I series against England as they won the first T20I at Old Trafford . Pandya, who also helped close out the match with an unbeaten 33 from just 14 balls alongside Rohit, conceded 22 runs in his first over.

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  • England manager Gareth Southgate reflects on World Cup exit
England manager Gareth Southgate reflects on World Cup exit

It all started so well for Gareth Southgate's men after Kieran Trippier's sublime free-kick gave them the lead on five minutes and for the majority of the first-half, Croatia struggled to get with the pace of the game. Back home as well, so we can hold our heads up high. "The years of hurt will go on - and for all the optimism raised by En...

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  • Deschamps hails Paul Pogba's performance in France semi-final win
Deschamps hails Paul Pogba's performance in France semi-final win

He added: "The high levels of demand continued until around 4.30am before returning to levels that we would normally have expected to see". "We are conscious of the situation, we do not want to make the same mistakes like two years ago". We are not thinking about being favourites. "We have to play as if this were the first game in this tourname...

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  • France President Emmanuel Macron at World Cup semifinals
France President Emmanuel Macron at World Cup semifinals

Forward Kylian Mbappe , one of France's best players in Russian Federation, was not at the first 15 minutes of training open to the media, but Deschamps said he had a full squad to choose from. "They played a great game against Brazil with a specific game plan", the 49-year-old Deschamps told a news conference yesterday. Pele hit a hat-trick a...

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  • Body of Renard Matthews is propped in front of TV for memorial
Body of Renard Matthews is propped in front of TV for memorial

Renard Matthews , who passed away two weeks ago, was a big Kyrie Irving fan. Matthews' corpse is propped up in a spinning chair while wearing a Celtics jersey, more specifically the No. Police do not have a motive for the crime, and so far no one has been arrested. The body of a dead teenager, Renard Matthews , was dressed and propped up in ...

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  • Gareth Southgate says England players ‘nowhere near level they’ll be capable of’
Gareth Southgate says England players ‘nowhere near level they’ll be capable of’

Ahead of England's game against Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals , Eric Dier has insisted that Luka Modric is one the top players of the tournament. Despite strolling to their 2-0 win over Sweden in the quarter-finals, England were pegged back late on against Colombia to take their round-of-16 tie into extra-time and penalties.

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  • Houston Rockets Determined To Sign Carmelo Anthony
Houston Rockets Determined To Sign Carmelo Anthony

The Miami Heat are in the mix for Carmelo Anthony . The Rockets , led by NBA Most Valuable Player and scoring leader James Harden and backcourt partner Chris Paul , advanced within one win of the NBA Finals last season before losing to the eventual champion Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals.

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  • Silverstone success has Vettel and Ferrari roaring in F1 title hunt
Silverstone success has Vettel and Ferrari roaring in F1 title hunt

Hamilton recovered to second, aided by Mercedes' decision not to pit him for fresh tyres under a safety vehicle to gain track position, but looked tense alongside Raikkonen while the top three waited to go onto the podium post-race. Vettel now leads the title race with 171 points, eight ahead of Hamilton on 163 while Raikkonen is third on 116. ...

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  • Kremlin statement says Vladimir Putin 'proud' of Russia's World Cup 'heroes'
Kremlin statement says Vladimir Putin 'proud' of Russia's World Cup 'heroes'

Croatia beats Russian Federation 4-3 in a classic fixture, Russian Federation opened the scoreline with a brilliant goal but Kramaric soon equalized. Across Russia , hand-wringing fans had held their breath through extra time , hoping the team could pull off another upset in a World Cup they entered as the lowest ranking side, but which saw t...

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  • Kane says ‘we’re buzzing’ after reaching World Cup semi
Kane says ‘we’re buzzing’ after reaching World Cup semi

The victory left revelers in Montreal's Burgundy Lion feeling pretty good - though the liquid refreshments may have helped. "To be honest, England's World Cup is very similar to in 2006 when Italy won and even if they don't say it out loud they think it's coming home!" Paulo Momesso, owner of Momesso's Restaurant in NDG's Little Italy said it...

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  • Brazil’s Fernandinho target of racist insults after World Cup own goal
Brazil’s Fernandinho target of racist insults after World Cup own goal

It was a spirited display from Brazil , which managed to pull a goal back after going 2-0 down in the first half, and almost equalized in the dying moments when Neymar forced a fingertip save from Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. "He always tries to help us win games". Giroud said his teammates knew Belgium very well with many players fr...

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  • 1xBet Match Preview: Sweden vs Switzerland
1xBet Match Preview: Sweden vs Switzerland

Of these, only the Swiss are in the top 10 of Fifa's rankings. Xherdan Shaqiri - Was the go-to player for his side and while a couple of his deliveries had alarm bells ringing in the Sweden box, his overall play was rather predictable.

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  • Tabarez brings Uruguay in from the wilderness
Tabarez brings Uruguay in from the wilderness

Sweden , devoid of a free scoring talisman in the wake of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's global retirement, have worked hard on being difficult to breakdown and a major threat from set-pieces. "Football isn't that simple". "You can never write off Ronaldo or Messi", Kane said. England captain Kane, along with Brazil star Neymar and France forward Kylia...

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  • Keys out as Wimbledon seeds keep falling
Keys out as Wimbledon seeds keep falling

Bertens faces Czech seventh seed Karolina Pliskova or Romanian world number 28 Mihaela Buzarnescu for a place in the quarter-finals. Venus Williams followed Keys out of the championships, losing to Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens in three sets.

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  • F1: Mercedes British GP practice Verstappen brought to a halt
F1: Mercedes British GP practice Verstappen brought to a halt

Verstappen hit the front after Mercedes kept Hamilton out on track during a virtual safety auto period that followed Bottas's retirement, with the other contenders pitting for fresh tyres. "We've always said that we have very clear rules and that's what we go by since I've been in this team", he said. Ferrari and Red Bull have lost points.

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  • Verstappen form shows he's 'kept his head' after rough patch - Horner
Verstappen form shows he's 'kept his head' after rough patch - Horner

Friday, F1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton Topped the time-sheets with a lap of 1 min, 4.839 secs in the 1rst practice session at the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix at Spielberg. "From my side I felt in control, I was driving to the best I could with the vehicle I had and at the end we were struggling a little more than Ferrari with the tyre blist...

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  • England beat Colombia on penaties
England beat Colombia on penaties

England were the better side without looking too risky but were then gifted the lead when Carlos Sanchez hauled down England's captain and talisman Kane once too often. England had lost five successive shootouts before luck finally smiled on it at the compact Spartak Stadium. Can this World Cup get any more mental? We know Ian Wright was c...

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  • Clint Capela meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers
Clint Capela meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers

Although he stayed mum on his decision up 'til the very last minute, league sources seem convinced a departure was never in his plans. The 33-year-old Paul was eligible to sign a five-year maximum contract, but the Rockets took his age and injury problems into consideration.

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  • Brazil legend Ronaldo calls World Cup media criticism of Neymar diving 'nonsense'
Brazil legend Ronaldo calls World Cup media criticism of Neymar diving 'nonsense'

In the last eight Brazil will face Belgium , who came from two goals down to sensationally beat Japan 3-2 with a dramatic stoppage-time victor from Nacer Chadli. Brazil's steady progress into the quarter-finals of the World Cup has marked them out as one of the favorites. Thomas Meunier (c) celebrates with teammates after creating Belgium'...

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  • FIFA World Cup quarterfinal line-up now decided
FIFA World Cup quarterfinal line-up now decided

They've got a lot of potential". "During my time with England we met them four times". And when Jordan Henderson missed his penalty, it looked as if England were staring at another heartbreaking exit from a major tournament. Choruses of Three Lions rang out in town centre watering holes like Allstars and Yates, as people partied long into...

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo receives offers to sign for Juventus
Cristiano Ronaldo receives offers to sign for Juventus

Despite the glut of silverware, however, the five-times world player of the year has had frequent fallouts with Real and has declared on several occasions that he wants to leave the club. ESPN Deportes' Paola Nunez reported that the "Jugones" story means that Real Madrid are at least considering the possibility of negotiations with Juventus .

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  • LeBron James: Basketball star agrees to join Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James: Basketball star agrees to join Los Angeles Lakers

The Cavaliers had hoped to re-sign James, who has appeared in eight consecutive National Basketball Association finals. With Kevin Love reportedly on the trading block, it's likely fans may opt for a James Lakers jersey as a gift or novelty item over, say, a Cedi Osman jersey.

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  • Rajon Rondo Signs One-Year Deal With Lakers
Rajon Rondo Signs One-Year Deal With Lakers

Once the Lakers began signing Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee on Sunday night, Randle saw the writing on the wall in Los Angeles. Randle was previously informed that if he returned to the Lakers, his role would be "dramatically different" than it was last season, per ESPN's Ramona Shelburne .

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  • Bollywood goes for gold at the Akash Ambani & Shloka Mehta engagement bash!
Bollywood goes for gold at the Akash Ambani & Shloka Mehta engagement bash!

While SRK along with Gauri Khan , AbRam Khan and Aryan Khan left for the holiday destination from Mumbai , his daughter Suhana Khan flew down to the city from London. In an interview earlier, Akash talked about his childhood love, Shloka, and stated to a media portal, "I am truly happy that our friendship has blossomed into love and Shloka and ...

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  • Japan leaves 'thank you' note and clean lockers after World Cup loss
Japan leaves 'thank you' note and clean lockers after World Cup loss

The answers, delivered over a five-goal second half that saw the Europeans come back from two goals down to find an injury-time victor: Japan absolutely belonged, and Belgium has the stomach to fight back. "You often hear people say that football is a reflection of culture", Japan-based soccer journalist Scott McIntyre told the BBC at the time. ...

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  • Arsenal announce Sokratis signing
Arsenal announce Sokratis signing

Sokratis has been widely expected to secure his move to the Emirates after he was identified by head of recruitment Sven Mislintat as a key signing and new boss Unai Emery gave the go-ahead to pursuing a deal for the Greek global. The Greece worldwide said that he joined the Gunners due to their stature, history and fan base. Papastathopoulos ...

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  • I think I can score every time we play, says Harry Kane
I think I can score every time we play, says Harry Kane

The winners of Tuesday evening's clash between England and Colombia will face the victors of Sweden and Switzerland in the quarter finals - a game which will be played on July 7. "Don't give Colombia chances because they have players like Juan Cuadrado that can beat players one-on-one". "Certainly going home would be disappointing".

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  • Molinari pulls away at Quicken Loans for first PGA Tour win
Molinari pulls away at Quicken Loans for first PGA Tour win

Molinari eagled the par 5 10th - rolling in a 49-foot putt after finding the green in two - and birdied the 11th, the toughest hole at TPC Potomac, to build his lead to six strokes. Woods has won three Opens in his career, two at St.Andrews in 2000 and 2005 and a very emotional third Claret Jug in 2006 at Royal Liverpool. Molinari's best finish...

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  • Fight breaks out during Gilas-Australia game
Fight breaks out during Gilas-Australia game

The ejection of the nine players left the Nationals with just veterans Gabe Norwood and June Mar Fajardo, and the debuting Baser Amer. Australia's Nathan Sobey, Goulding, Maker and Kickert were also ejected. We will wait for referee's decision, but please I would like us to respect the game'. Anthony Moore, the chief executive of Basketball A...

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  • Colombia downplay 'favourites' tag against England
Colombia downplay 'favourites' tag against England

Martinez's Belgium side ran out 1-0 winners against England in Kaliningrad on Thursday thanks to a wondrous Adnan Januzaj goal and despite making nine changes to their previous team that thrashed Tunisia 5-2 in Moscow. No matter what round we are in, we are still going to play the same. "You're going to have to get along with each other when you...

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