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Master of defence Halep downs Pliskova to reach Paris final

Halep has played back-to-back three set matches and seems to have gotten stronger in both of the final sets, which is a positive sign considering she has a long history of letting frustration takeover matches. She sealed her place in the final with a forehand winner - her 50th winner of the encounter - and minutes later "Happy Birthday" was being sung in French, led by interviewer and former Wimbledon winner Marion Bartoli. Read More »

Warren Gatland: 'Sam Warburton fighting for starting spot'


For all the talk of the match being devalued due to the six call ups on Saturday, they know Test places are on the line. "There was some outstanding attacking play and it's up to us to make sure we have a plan to make sure they don't get what they want and the play the game at a pace we want to play at". Read More »

Russian Federation vs Portugal: how and where to watch


Portugal's coach Fernando Santos has said he will rotate his team through the Confed Cup. The abandonment of the Confederations Cup in its current format would be a big change in the four year cycle of the global calendar with many confederations timing their own competitions to act as qualifying for the competition. Read More »

Southampton's Cedric Soares 'Very Happy' After Scoring First Portugal Goal Against Mexico


A much changed Mexico line-up nearly came unstuck against New Zealand at the ongoing FIFA Confederations Cup but held on to win 2 - 1 in a hard-fought win. Akinfeev had kept his team in the match early in the second half when he tipped a powerful header by Andre Silva round the post. For the Mexico v New Zealand , this game will begin at 2:00 pm ET, and it will also be live on Fox Sports 1 U.S., with live streaming available on Fox Sports GO . Read More »

McPhee Comments On Teams' Protected Lists, May Be Limited By Positions

Yesterday was the deadline for all National Hockey League teams to submit their lists of players that they want to be protected in the expansion draft. WORTH THE GAMBLE: Fleury could be joined by an established 20-something backup, like Philadelphia's Michal Neuvirth, Detroit's Petr Mrazek , Colorado's Calvin Pickard or New York's Antti Raanta. Read More »

Mexico vs. New Zealand in Confederations Cup


Participants in the 2017 Confederations Cup are hosts Russian Federation, 2014 FIFA World Cup Champions Germany, 2015 Copa America Champions Chile, 2015 AFC Asian Cup Champion Australia, 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners Mexico , 2016 UEFA Euro Cup champs Portugal , OFC (Oceania Football Confederation) Nations Cup victors New Zealand and 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations Champion Cameroon . Read More »

8-time champ Roger Federer bounces back at Gerry Weber Open


The win over Sugita was Federer's first since early April, when he skipped the clay-court season to recuperate from a busy start to the year that included his 18th Grand Slam at the Australian Open. Haas' final appearance at the tournament was brief as he lost to Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-4. Murray put in a sloppy and error-prone display in losing to 90th-ranked Jordan Thompson 7-6 (4), 6-2, joining Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic in getting eliminated on a day of shocks at the Wimbledon ... Read More »

Federation Internationale de Football Association warns Mexico over rude chants at Confederations Cup

But Smolov will not try and get a memento from the Real Madrid star after their Group A match . "I first of all thank the fans for voting for me, but it's not the result that we wanted". "We caused them a lot of problems so we go into this game with our own game plan". Hudson knows his side needs to claim a win or a draw in their clash with the World No 17 Mexico tomorrow night in Sochi to keep their dream of advancing to the semi-finals alive. Read More »

Connor McDavid announced as National Hockey League 18 cover athlete, trailer revealed


The next version of EA Sports's NHL series will focus on the youth movement, which is a dominant trend in the league with names like McDavid, Auston Matthews , Johnny Gaudreau and tons of other young talent dominating last season. Interested parties can sign up now for more details. Wayne Gretzky will present the Hart Trophy as MVP to Connor McDavid , Sidney Crosby or Sergei Bobrovsky to cap the NHL's awards show. Read More »

Ronaldo Focused On Russia Clash, Says Portugal's Coach

The late drama took much of the focus away from Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo who, apart from the assist for Ricardo Quaresma's opener, failed to inspire his side. The UEFA and CONCACAF winners went head-to-head at Kazan Arena, and Portugal were the brighter of the two sides in a first half that was open and attacking. Read More »

Loew: Experience of facing Chile is priceless for Germany


What time does the Germany v Chile game start? "I watched the first game against Chile , they were sitting back and playing on the counter-attack and very, very direct and quick", Degenek said. "I think that our stars are not fearful", he said. Good question, the Confederations Cup is held every four years and sees the World Cup winners, most recent Federation Internationale de Football Association confederation champions and the host country all compete in what is often seen as a ... Read More »

Now Mourinho accused of $3.7m tax fraud

There are many similarities with Leo Messi's recent tax fraud case in which the Barcelona star avoided a prison term but paid a hefty sum to the Spanish authorities. A judge will decide whether there are grounds to take the matter to court. Spanish prosecutors had filed a lawsuit against the player accusing him of defrauding tax authorities of €14.7 million by hiding his image rights income between 2011 and 2014. Read More »

New Zealand beaten in Confederations Cup opener


Russian Federation coach Stanislav Cherchesov said he would welcome a duel with the five-time World Cup winners. The former Russian global goalkeeper has set his squad the ambitious task of winning the Confed Cup, a tournament that serves as a tune-up for next year's World Cup. Read More »

No offer received for Cristiano Ronaldo, says Real Madrid president Florentino Perez


Earlier, Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and skipper Sergio Ramos had phoned the star striker to convince him to remain at Santiago Bernabeu. Prosecutors in Madrid recently filed a complaint to a court accusing the four-time Ballon d'Or victor of a "voluntary" and "conscious" breach of his tax obligations, claiming the 32-year-old created a " business structure " in 2010 to hide earnings from image rights between 2011 and 2014, thus defrauding the Spanish tax authorities out of ... Read More »

Pakistan a serious contender for 2019 World Cup, feels Afridi


No team was expecting eight ranked Pakistan to bring such a laurel in the tournament, the legendary cricket said, adding that Pakistani youngsters proved it otherwise. "It says a lot about his personality. but what I do know is that Mohammad Amir is a big-match player". "The Champions Trophy has been a fairy tale journey for the Pakistan team. Read More »

Mexico Urges Soccer Fans to Stop Homophobic Chant

Ronaldo's 74th worldwide goal should have set up a Portugal onslaught but despite clearly looking like the better side, the Iberians struggled to find a way past Igor Akinfeev . "Of course belief is still there", said the 25-year-old, who plays for third-tier German side Unterhaching. "Totally football-wise, there is nothing to do against Cristiano Ronaldo ". Read More »

Haas gets Wimbledon wild card; Marcus Willis in qualifying


But Willis has made only limited progress since and will again have to make his way through qualifying if he is to create more headlines. Watson has dropped outside the top 100 - now ranked 126 in the world - after a hard 12 months, while Robson continues to work her way slowly back up the rankings to 188 following debilitating wrist problems. Read More »

Gatland's big gamble as O'Mahony is handed the armband


In the backrow, Peter O'Mahony, who was struggling for a place in the Ireland set-up only in March, captains the side, with his work at the back of the lineout and unseen graft around the breakdown fundamental to the Lions' equilibrium at the base of the scrum. Read More »

Ronaldo heads Portugal to 1-0 win over Russia at Confed Cup


However, the final disposition in the group will be settled after tonight's match between New Zealand and Mexico , who are meeting at Fisht Stadium in the southern resort city of Sochi. After Salcedo was carried off on a stretcher, Wood went on to put New Zealand into a surprise lead in the 42nd minute. Despite the fact that the Mexicans are more successful in their field, the match of the 1st round against Portugal turned out to be hard, but in the end the Mexicans managed to escape ... Read More »

Farrell kicks Lions to victory over Crusaders


We've gone hard with the lads in contact, fitness, taking a lot out of the legs and with the travel, etc. that would have had an impact on the first couple of games, but we're ready to get battle-hardened for a Test match. Sexton and Farrell were thrust together prematurely on Saturday after Stuart Hogg's facial injury and a blow to the head for Wales centre Davies. Read More »

Mexico snatch late 2-2 draw against Portugal — FIFA Confederations Cup

Mexico asserted its superiority in the second half against New Zealand to avoid a Confederations Cup embarrassment, coming from behind to win a fiery Group A encounter 2-1 on Wednesday. Perez said he could understand why the four-time world player of the year had been upset after he was accused last week of tax fraud. "Even if it is the right decision, this has an impact on players' emotions and feelings". Read More »

Hamilton determined to deliver in Baku

He then bounced back in Canada , where there were signs that the tire issue has been addressed. "I can decide to stop at the end of this year", Hamilton said. That means that nobody on the current starting grid is a previous victor in Baku and only Vettel , who was a distant second that day, and Force India's Mexican Sergio Perez have stood on the podium there. Read More »

Confederations Cup: Mexico frustrate Portugal

Portugal will lament giving up a 91st minute equalizer to Mexico in their opening Confederations Cup match, but it's a result that doesn't greatly harm the aspirations of the two sides favored to advance from Group A. Mexico: Ochoa - Salcedo (Araujo, 67), D. Reyes , Moreno, Layun Herrera , John. Quaresma could have doubled his tally just before halftime after a Ronaldo backheel gave him an opening, but the ball got stuck under his feet and could only drag his shot just wide, when the ... Read More »

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird receives cortisone shot

He's been on the disabled list since early May because of an ankle injury . The Yankees eventually sent him on a rehab assignment, which was cut short when he began experiencing discomfort. Chris Carter has gotten most of the playing time at first but is hitting.201 with eight homers and 66 strikeouts in 54 games. Girardi took him out of Wednesday's starting lineup, putting designated hitter Matt Holliday at first base. Read More »