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Hazard is Chelsea's best, we need him - Cesc on Real Madrid target

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Hazard has been offered a £350,000-a-week contract at Chelsea , with his current deal expiring in 2020. Sarri is set to axe Tiemoue Bakayoko , the Daily Star say. Will Asensio be donning the blues of Chelsea next season? Ever since the goalkeeper succeeded Iker Casillas as Madrid's No.1, his place has been on a shaky peg as the club have constantly been linked to bigger names. Read More »

Follow Speith, McIlroy and Woods around Carnoustie

Dustin Johnson , another early starter, will be the first world number one since England's Luke Donald in 2011 to miss the cut at the Open. It was a good day for Kisner in Carnoustie, and it seems his good times extend beyond the course. Read More »

McIlroy bids to end American dominance as Open returns to Carnoustie

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World number 33 Kisner has not finished better than equal 54th in three appearances at the Open, but is coming to terms with a type of game rarely played on the soft and lush courses of the US PGA Tour. I said hello. He said "no worries". No course is overly long for the powerful Finau, who averaged almost 350 yards off the tee, mostly with irons. The weather is expected to deteriorate on Friday with rain and winds picking up, which will make scoring a bit more hard on an already hard course. Read More »

Geraint Thomas attacks, takes Tour de France lead ahead of Chris Froome

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Cycling - Tour de France - The 108.5-km Stage 11 from Albertville to La Rosiere Espace San Bernardo - July 18, 2018 - Dimension Data rider Mark Cavendish of Britain finishes. Former Sky teammate Mikel Nieve led the stage for much of the race but Thomas chose to close the Spaniard down, a decision he justified by powering over the line in first place 1,855 metres up into the mountains. Read More »

Anderson edges Isner in epic match to reach Wimbledon final

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Is hard to come back after injuries for a long time and have these kind of results, so I am proud of myself. "I give it my best", the 32-year-old Spanish world number one said. The atmosphere, in sharp contrast to Friday's slug-fest, was electric. But they had not shared a Grand Slam stage since Djokovic inflicted a bitter defeat on Nadal at Roland Garros in 2015. Read More »

The next senior World Cup is in France, not Qatar

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French media spent the day lauding the team's accomplishments. But by digging a little deeper, what else should we make note of as the world soccer stage sets its sights on 2020 and beyond? "All we want is a wave from the players". "It's true, we went on the pitch, and we said, We're going to crush them all!" he said. When Macron and his wife Brigitte met the Russian leader at the Kremlin before the match, he congratulated him for his "perfect" organisation of the World Cup . Read More »

Kerber beats Serena in straight sets to wins 1st-ever Wimbledon title

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The founder of Reddit was reacting to the progress Serena has made by getting to the Finals of Wimbledon this year. It was two hours past the scheduled time when Serena chasing a fairy-tale eighth Wimbledon title hit the first serve. Kerber bided her time as she waited for a high lob to drop and she whacked a forehand down the line to open up her first match point. Serb Djokovic leads the head-to-head 27-25. Read More »

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal seek the final spot

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Kevin Anderson has qualified for the semi-finals of Wimbledon tennis championships for the first time in his career. "I believed it but I knew that he was very, very close and he had some chances". This time , there was to be no tiebreak as the final set at Wimbledon is traditionally decided by a difference of two games. Djokovic immediately broke back, but then Nadal regained the advantage in the following game with a forehand victor. Read More »

Coupe du Monde 2018 : victoire (4-2) pour la France !

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Tétanisés qu'ils étaient, ils ont été dominés par les Croates. C'est d'abord la France qui va ouvrir le score grâce à un but contre son camp de Mandzukic . A la pause, les Bleus mènent 2-1. Voici le détail des plus explicites, entre des Bleus invaincus face à leur adversaire du jour et des Croates habitués à marquer. Read More »

FIFA World Cup winners handed hero's welcome

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FIFA World Cup is one of the biggest sporting events and as millions of fans watched the final, we too were cheering for the Les Bleus . Ecstatic France players crashed Didier Deschamps' press conference after their World Cup victory, chanting his name as they sprayed champagne, water and energy drinks on their coach and assembled journalists. Read More »

Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal in Wimbledon classic

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This is Isner's first-ever Grand Slam tournament semifinal in his 41st appearance. Both were on clay, in Madrid past year and in Rome as recently as May. And Djokovic wrapped up victory after two hours and 19 minutes, pointing his finger at the sky before taking his now customary bite of the Centre Court grass. Read More »

Harper wins Home Run Derby at Nationals Park

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The venue will also host the 2018 MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday night. Harper is the third player to win the Home Run Derby at his home park, joining Todd Frazier in Cincinnati (2015) and Ryne Sandberg at Wrigley Field in Chicago (1990). Read More »

Donald Trump nearly alone in view of Russian Federation meddling

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Mr Trump told the press conference that the United States and Russian Federation must find ways to "co-operate in pursuit of shared interests". Trump set no condition, saying: "If we can do something to help the people of Syria get back into some form of shelter and on a humanitarian basis". Read More »

Fox's Sean Hannity praises Trump as "very strong" at Putin presser

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Sweaty from an extended wait in a hot, sunny courtyard, journalists were brought back in for what turned out to truly just be a glimpse of the next phase of the day - they were sent back out after roughly one minute in the room. Standing alongside Trump in Helsinki, Putin said he had evidence that $400 million dollars in unlawfully acquired cash may have been funneled to the election campaign of Trump's defeated opponent Hillary Clinton . Read More »

Trump, Putin sit down a bit late for closely watched summit

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Protesters were on the streets of Helsinki to denounce the policies of both Trump and Putin. Trump, however, had a positive attitude toward the meeting . Trump". Prior to the closed-door meeting, the U.S. and Russian presidents shook hands and Trump did most of the talking, as cameras flashed. I will say this. Read More »

Helsinki summit: Trump condemns Russian Federation probe after Putin talks

Russia's new ambassador to Finland Pavel Kuznetsov, left, escorts Russian President Vladimir Putin as he disembarks the plane at Helsinki airport in Vantaa, Finland. At the Finnish press conference, Putin did not actually explicitly deny the allegation that Russian operatives collected information on Trump, raising the possibility that Putin wants Trump to think he has compromising information - whether he does or not. Read More »

Ryan Giggs: Cristiano Ronaldo is obsessed with being better than Lionel Messi

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The club could face punishment once more as a small minority of fans have chosen to dampen the joyous mood that's surrounded the Old Lady since the news of this massive transfer story broke. The two world class players have consistently outdone each other through various times in their careers, opening up a debate that will never end over who's the better player. Read More »

Antoine Griezmann hails diversity of World Cup winning side

Griezmann contributed four goals to the collective cause , including a penalty in a 4-2 final victory over Croatia , while his delivery from set-pieces proved instrumental throughout the tournament. "The water carrier is carrying champagne now". Even as a player Deschamps eschewed aesthetics for efficiency, and now he has focussed on building a side which would play well as a team overlooking some immensely talented Frenchmen with top European clubs. Read More »

Never mind the goals, Giroud key to France's hopes

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Despite a summer heatwave in England, fans have been urged to wear waistcoats in tribute to those sported by Southgate since the tournament began. NPR's sports correspondent Tom Goldman says today's match is being played against a political backdrop. Read More »

Brazil opens as favorite to win 2022 World Cup

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Mbappe is expected to put up another typically energetic display again on Sunday, when they face Croatia in the final. Croatia are a team of fighters, but France will win because they are very solid all the way from their backline to the forwards - but it will be close . Read More »

Gareth Southgate ‘incredibly proud’ as England bow out of World Cup

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Despite all the talent in their ranks, Croatia's place at the World Cup was in jeopardy as late as last October when Zlatko Dalic took over and Modric paid tribute to the impact the coach has had on the team. We are here to enjoy the final and give our best". "What the players are going to experience is close to what we experienced in 1996 and in '66". "I couldn't ask any more of any of my players today or right through the seven weeks we have worked together". Read More »

France versus Croatia: The battle of the economies

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A win in the final would mark an vast victory for the country that broke away from Yugoslavia to become an independent state in 1991 - a year after its national soccer team started playing. Croatia needed spot kicks to advance against Denmark in the last 16 and against Russian Federation in the quarter-finals. Little Croatia through to the World Cup Final! Both sides meet in a match certain to define their tournament, with France looking for their second title win and Croatia , first ... Read More »

England tried to score while Croatia celebrated

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We respected them because we analysed them. It's a motivation when you see them saying stupid things. Of course, they won't want to hear that England lost for the same reasons as in past global tournaments. "Apparently penalty kicks when players are pushed inside the area are only for England ". England coach Gareth Southgate deserves every plaudit for bringing a young, inexperienced side to the verge of being world beaters. Read More »

France are World Cup champions

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A day after the nation celebrated Bastille Day - the storming of a prison during the French Revolution in 1789 - with a late-night fireworks display over the Eiffel tower, large numbers congregated in the same spot to watch the final. Right now, we're in our bubble. "France is attractive as it is, that's how we love it, and that's how we'll always love it". There was never much that was glamorous about Deschamps' playing style - Eric Cantona famously described him as a "water carrier" - but ... Read More »

Federation Internationale de Football Association orders broadcasters to stop focus on "hot women"

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Russian manager Stanislav Cherchesov said his side was disappointed after exiting the World Cup at the quarter-finals despite having made the country's best run at the tournament, TASS news agency reported yesterday. Infantino also confirmed that the tournament, which will be played in the Middle East for the first time, will kick off on November 21 and end on December 18. Read More »

Roberto Martinez challenges Belgium to build on best-ever World Cup

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Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard secured a 2-0 win against Gareth Southgate's exhausted side, ensuring Belgium return home as bronze medallists. He was in charge of a superb team at the 1990 World Cup in Italy that was knocked out at the quarter-final stage in a penalty shootout by Diego Maradona's Argentina. Read More »

Les compositions officielles — Croatie-Angleterre

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Si leur Mondial est donc réussi, Croates et Anglais entendent bien aller jusqu'au bout avec des arguments différents. Peu de pronostiqueurs ou simples fans du ballon rond auraient tablé sur une demi-finale entre la Croatie et l'Angleterre . Read More »

Serena Williams Emotionally Reacts to Wimbledon Loss After Being

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Williams has been praised across social media for her performance today, with entrepreneur Everette Taylor writing: 'Serena Williams came back from pregnancy to make it to the finals of Wimbledon at nearly 37 years old. 'To all the moms out there, I was playing for you today, ' the athlete added. "To those that do want to go back, you know, You can do it, you can really do it". Read More »

Croatia rides the wave into final

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It will be a World Cup final , a great match, difficult, ' the midfielder said. The Manchester City man has reiterated his gratitude for Southgate, questioning whether many other coaches would have been willing to make such a gesture. Dalic continued: "Throughout my career and my life I've always taken the hardest path and had to fight". Many might point to the sheer luck of having two of the best midfielders in the world in Modric and Ivan Rakitic , but there's no luck about it if they're ... Read More »

Mondial-2018: la Croatie affrontera la France en finale

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En Croatie aussi, les comparaisons fleurissent sur les deux équipes à damier, à vingt ans d'intervalle. Coupe du monde: toute la France a fait la fête après la victoire des Bleus! Les Croates longtemps apathiques, ont trouvé les filets à la 68e minute après une frappe d'Ivan Perisic , reprenant un centre dans la surface de Sime Vrsaljko . Read More »

England vs India, second ODI live score and latest updates

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Also the 300th catch for the Indian wicket-keeper! India carried the winning momentum from the shortest format to the 50-over game, winning the first one-day worldwide against England at Nottingham . Stokes contributed 14 with the bat in England's total of 198-9 and recorded figures of 0-11 from his two overs in India's successful reply. It is nearly certain that R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will retain their spots in the Test squad, but the inclusion of Kuldeep amongst them ... Read More »