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Southgate forced England to face up to Iceland debacle

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It's not the first time Tilly has been interrupted by Phil's cat while trying to make a selection. "Mentally‚ I think you are ready‚ whatever happens". We know they are a very proud nation, similar to Sweden: "their identity as a team is very strong so we have to be extremely well-prepared for the game and play at our top level to have a chance of winning". Read More »

Admired by younger generation, Roger Federer isn't slowing down at Wimbledon

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That year Federer beat Gilles Simon on No. 1 Court in the quarterfinals. Gulbis has played 3 successive 5-set matches to get this far and is bidding to become just the 6th qualifier to reach the last-8 at Wimbledon . I lost in the fourth round against a player I can lose to (Nick Kyrgios), 2015 was a very bad year for me, not on grass, on most of the surfaces. The tie break brought more good tennis and it was the Argentinian who went through after a crucial mini-break in the 12th point ... Read More »

Deschamps says France proved mettle; ready for Brazil or Belgium

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The victory gave France a spot in the World Cup semifinals. You don't easily replace one of the best attackers in the world. The goal scorer didn't celebrate what was his third goal of the tournament. "He's not Uruguayan, he's French and he scored a goal", the Barcelona star told reporters. The usually reliable Fernando Muslera committed a howler for Griezmann's goal. Read More »

Thierry Henry can be difference against his own nation

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Tuesday will be the first time Belgium has contested a World Cup semifinal in 32 years. The French then showed their steel in the 2-0 disposal of Luis Suarez and Uruguay in the quarter-finals. All yellow cards are wiped out after the quarter-final to ensure no player is suspended in the final should he be booked in the semis. Friends and foes at the same time? Enigmatic and controversial, Paul Pogba makes it into the starting XI here. Read More »

Russian fans sad but proud after World Cup exit

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It was later re-released for the 1998 World Cup . With 98 per cent of the tickets reserved for group matches sold, the feeling among Russian fans going into the last 16 was that they had unfairly judged the team, and Allexey Sorokin, chairman of the 2018 World Cup Local Organising Committee said as much. Read More »

Mercedes ignites war of words with Ferrari over British GP incident

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Emotions spilled over as Hamilton and Mercedes accused Vettel's Ferrari team of effectively cheating their way to victory. Hamilton, though, drove superbly from then on. "Only if you are able to admit as a leader that you got it wrong then you can actually remedy the fault in the future". But it has to be long-term. Bottas came home fourth, with Daniel Ricciardo fifth and Nico Hulkenberg sixth. Read More »

Hazard to go up against adopted France of his hero Zidane

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But then they also have players like Eden Hazard , who hails from the Belgian town of Braine-le Comte but moved to France aged 14 to play for Lille. Undoubtedly the back-to-back extra-time and penalty shootout the Croatians had had to endure in their Round of 16 and quarter-final matches will surely take its toll on the players. Read More »

Coutinho ready for backlash after Brazil exit

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Up next for Belgium in the last four is Didier Deschamps' France , and De Bruyne is ready to grasp a rare opportunity for his country. Brazil's second-half fightback came after sustained cheering and chanting by their sizeable fan contingent at Kazan Arena. Read More »

Hamilton rages at Mercedes after Austria woe

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We need to recover from this but I am in no doubt that we'll come back strong.' That is his mindset. Lewis Hamilton heads into the ninth round of the championship at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg 14 points clear of Vettel in the standings, and having topped both practice sessions he will start as the favourite to extend his advantage. Read More »

Top scorers meet best defence in Brazil v Belgium clash

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Narayanan S looks at the tactical tweaks that won Belgium their quarterfinal against Brazil . He's helped me from when I arrived in England, we have a very special and close relationship. That we have got players with super technique. Fernandinho is only the second Brazilian score an own goal at World Cups - Marcelo opened Croatia's scoring in the 2014 World Cup opener, which Brazil went on to win 3-1. Read More »

Harry Maguire scores for England with header as fans crack SAME joke

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About time football started clamping down on really important stuff like this, we're sure you all agree. Cheeky supporters sang "It's Coming Home" as display cushions were scattered across the shore's showroom floor. Looking at how the country has reacted, there is no doubt that he is right. "We are in the World Cup semi-finals". "Winning is the main thing, that's always what we set out to do and we've done that today". Read More »

Croatia show nerves of steel to make semis

Prediction France have improved after a slow start in the group stages where they made hard work of Australia and Peru. The game was hardly the most exciting 120 minutes of football, although it was still better than France vs Denmark, and the teams couldn't be separated in "normal" time . Read More »

Swedes not satisfied yet, says Andersson after Swiss win

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The Swedes took the lead in the 66th minute at St. Petersburg when Emil Forsberg's right-foot shot deflected off defender Manuel Akanji and past the wrong-footed Yann Sommer . This was only Switzerland's fourth defeat in their last 15 matches at the last four World Cup tournaments, with three of those defeats coming by a 1-0 scoreline. Read More »

Danilo ruled out for the rest of the World Cup

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For all the drama around England , the victor of the tournament is more likely to come from the top half of the draw, where the teams can boast a combined eight tournament wins. The third match will feature Sweden and England . Croatia have Luka Modric at his best and him along with Ivan Rakitic have not allowed the opposition to dictate play. Read More »

England and Belgium battle for World Cup group top spot

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And against Belgium , he was England's one shining light on a night anyone with even the faintest feeling of fondness for the sport of football would like to forget. The DR Congo worldwide posted a photo of Romelu Lukaku on the bench with his hand his his head alongside the caption: "S*** guys we weren't meant to do that". Read More »

Maradona apologizes to Federation Internationale de Football Association over "unacceptable' comments on referee Mark Geiger"

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There is a big possibility that when all is said and done on July 15 the World Cup trophy could be bearing the name of a first-time champion or a champion who has not won the title in a while. Sweden, finalists in 1958, are competing in their first quarter-final since 1994. "It'll be the most hard game they'll have played so far, they can bet on that". Read More »

Former champion Kvitova makes early Wimbledon exit

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She beat her 6-0 in the third. She's that talented. That time is not quite here yet, however. "I could have played one more match". Kerber is one of the favourites to win in my eyes and this match should be dominated by her. Three hours and seven minutes into as even a match as we've seen in the first round at Wimbledon , Maria Sharapova stepped to the line to serve to protect match point and keep alive her hopes of returning to Centre Court, knowing she was in control of her own ... Read More »

Diego Maradona slams England for World Cup ‘theft’ against Colombia

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Maradona, the Hand of God antagonist in Argentina's infamous victory over the Three Lions during the 1986 World Cup , believes England's Round of 16 win at the Otkrytiye Arena was the result of bad refereeing. The threats emerged just one day after the 24th anniversary of the murder of former Colombian worldwide Andres Escobar. With the game precariously-tied at 1-1, the match went into extra-time and then penalties. Read More »

Report Suggests Health Waning for Some of Boys Stuck in Thailand Cave

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Tham Luang cave is one of Thailand's longest, winding 10 kilometres (six miles) and is also one of the toughest to navigate - especially in the wet months. The group consists of Dr Pak Loharnshoon, who had graduated from the navy Seals training course, a nurse from the Royal Thai Navy's underwater and hyperbaric medi-cine unit, and seven members of the Thai navy Seals . Read More »

LaVar Ball Guarantees Two Lakers Championships With LeBron James

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James announced this week that he will quit the Cleveland Cavaliers - for the second time - and head to LA. The top markets for sales of LeBron's Lakers jersey were Los Angeles , New York, Oakland/San Francisco and Cleveland. Not exactly the most appealing situation to a player trying to win championships as his career approaches its end. He advanced to eight straight NBA Finals that routinely last until mid-June. Read More »

Story of the match: England end shootout hoodoo with win over Colombia

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ITV said it was the highest peak audience for live sport since England played Portugal in the 2004 European Championships. It was also the last World Cup fixture at this stadium . Pickford has taken a bit of stick sometimes for the occasional error - although what goalie doesn't make them? - and the fact that he's not the biggest guy in the whole world. Read More »

Gareth Southgate sends England warning ahead of Sweden World Cup clash

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Jordan Henderson brilliantly apologised for missing a penalty in the World Cup shootout against Colombia . "This tournament I've changed that and stayed off social media as much as possible". Kane set England on their way with a penalty in the 57th-minute in Moscow and it looked like that would be enough to book a quarter-final match against Sweden . Read More »

Another giant falls as Russian Federation eliminate Spain

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Russian Federation won a corner through Spanish confusion in defense in the 41st minute, and Alexander Samedov hit the ball for Dzyuba, who headed it straight into Gerard Pique's waving arm. Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea, regarded by many as the modern goalkeeping paragon, is Spain's scapegoat for their pitiful exit from the tournament; and rightfully so: his middling performances against the likes of Portugal, Iran, and Morocco culminated in an inability to defend against much of anything ... Read More »

Dwight Howard Wants To Come Back To The Lakers & Play Alongside LeBron

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So the Lakers' pursuit of Leonard may continue. As proven last season in Cleveland, even at 33 years old, he has the ability to elevate a subpar club to the NBA Finals. As far as the answer to the latter question goes, the situation is slightly more complicated. That said, Leonard isn't the Lakers' only possible target. Read More »

Colombia vs. England - Football Match Report

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Barring one, Colombia has never reached the quarter-finals. Tottenham Hotspur man Davison Sanchez comes up against club teammates Kane and Alli as he lines up alongside centre-back partner Yerry Mina, who has already scored twice in two matches for the Colombians. Read More »

Japan's World Cup star Keisuke Honda and other footballers as cars

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With Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi both eliminated from the World Cup on Saturday, this tournament now has a superstar void. Japan's victory over 10-man Colombia in their opening fixture was the first competitive win for the continent over a South American side, while South Korea's defeat of the defending champions in their final group match was simply extraordinary. Read More »

Roger Federer ends 20-year Nike relationship for Uniqlo

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Luckily I opened really nicely and got a double break in the first set and Yoshihito later in the second and third showed good tennis", said Cilic. "It was a really nice feeling". Wawrinka, whose ranking has slumped to 225 after knee surgery, had lost his last four matches against Dimitrov. The seven-time Wimbledon victor admits that coping with the British weather conditions is tough, but balancing her schedule around quality time with her daughter can be even trickier. Read More »

Colombia's Aguilar ruled out against Senegal due to injury

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Colombia , who needed to win after recovering from their opening 2-1 defeat to Japan by beating Poland 3-0, were not at their best, but Senegal failed to make their early dominance pay. His team played some scintillating stuff as Poland were pulverised and their World Cup campaign turned around. "This is one of the rules (fair play)". Read More »

Neymar leads Brazil into seventh straight quarterfinal

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Another added: "It's either watching dolphins flop around at SeaWorld or watching Brazil play". They caused problems for Brazil , too, initially. As the half wore on, Mexico's intensity deceased and the game opened up for Brazil . The referee and the VAR saw nothing malicious and no card was shown to Layun. "Great player but can't stand him", they said. "Some goal celebration that would be against them", one fan wrote. Read More »

DeMarcus Cousins joining Golden State Warriors

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With James locked in for four years, and Leonard is a free agent in 2019 the desperation for the Lakers is gone. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Warriors will bid their time with the Alabama native and look to introduce him in the line-up by the end of the year. Read More »