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France's lost Euro 2016 final a driving force for coach Deschamps

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England manager Gareth Southgate says he knew that the negative press about Russian Federation leading up to this summer's World Cup would not turn out to be true. "We will go into this final to win it, as we have still not gotten over the (2016) final". Centre-back Samuel Umtiti's 51st-minute header from a corner gave France a 1-0 win, as they defended deep to close it out and reach a third World Cup final. Read More »

France can still get better, warns Deschamps

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If Sweden manage to defeat England, a team they have only lost to twice in the last 15 meetings, they will face either Russian Federation or Croatia in the semi-final. France largely controlled the game but only managed two shots on target and there was a hint of criticism of the team's tactics in the post-match press conference, particularly as this more defensive-minded display came after the excitement of their 4-3 victory over Argentina in the previous round. Read More »

Belgium hold off Brazil fightback to reach semi-finals

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As Brazil become the last south American country to exit the tournament before the semi-finals, Roberto Martinez's Belgium ended a 32-year wait to reach the final four. Brazil could have scored twice in the first few minutes as Thiago Silva bundled the ball awkwardly against the post from a corner and Paulinho mishit a shot from close range. Read More »

England and Belgium to win

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The regular and the 30-minute overtime periods ended in a 2-2 draw. "I used to watch Beckham and (World Cup-winning Italy midfielder Andrea) Pirlo, players like this, over their careers - they have got a fantastic right foot on them and everyone knows that", Tripper said. Read More »

Martinez: France's Henry is missing ingredient for Belgium

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So not only do we not know what he thinks about Tuesday's World Cup semi-final clash against his native France , we don't really know what he thinks about his role at all. Belgium's assistant coachThierry Henry looks on during a training session in Dedovsk. France has won all the three of the previous meetings at major tournaments, including two World Cup encounters against Belgium . Read More »

Five things that shock the World Cup

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Croatia will now face England on Wednesday in Moscow and after two long and tiring games they will surely start as heavy-legged underdogs. Even a semi-final for us would be a big achievement. They handed them possession and despite playing four times fewer passes than Spain's 1,137 over 120 minutes, they successfully shut them out of their box. Read More »

Ferrari accused after Hamilton crash 'It's either deliberate or incompetence'

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Unexpectedly, Ricciardo made a second stop after 31 laps, lifting Hamilton to fifth as the Australian rejoined sixth, but on softs. The ace of Mercedes eventually recovered from the mishap and finished second in the race. According to the Mercedes boss, his technical director James Allison labelled the contacts at Silverstone and Paul Ricard, where Vettel hit the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas at the start as "either deliberate or the results of incompetence". Read More »

Captain Modric dreaming of Croatia’s fairytale finish in Russian Federation

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Sweden , devoid of a freescoring talisman in the wake of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's worldwide retirement, have worked hard on being difficult to breakdown and a major threat from set-pieces. And there's a lot of support for them here; former England worldwide Paul Mariner says 2-0, one of six predictions in favour of the Three Lions. This will be their 3rd World Cup meeting, and England will be the favourites to grab the first World Cup win between these countries. Read More »

Personnel changes could see Belgian stalemate

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ENGLAND boss Gareth Southgate insists Germany's shock World Cup exit underlines why he will not be attempting to plot an easier route through the draw when they play Belgium tonight. That squad, which is supported in Russian Federation by 35 staff, has now qualified from its World Cup group with a game to spare. "The discussions have been to go and win the game and that's the truth", Cahill said. Read More »

Portugal ready for ‘tough battle’ with Iran

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Portugal and Spain followed up their 3-3 draw with 1-0 victories. After a last-gasp win against Morocco in their opener, they gave it absolutely everything against Spain and eventually only conceded to an unfortunate Diego Costa goal. Read More »

Hamilton hottest again in eventful French GP second practice

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The subsequent stops following the clash saw both Vettel and Bottas fall to the back of the field, but while the German was able to carve his way back to the front, damage to the Finn's auto compromised his efforts. "(But) we are all fighting for world championships. "Honestly I didn't get to see the England game", Hamilton said after the race. "We are not twiddling around". Read More »

Confident Japan, Senegal in crunch tie

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That gives him more World Cup goals than he has in 122 games in the Premier League, where he has scored only once. Because of his experience he's an interesting, important player for Colombia , but we are talking about an important position and can't make a mistake there . Read More »

Koepka says vanquished Johnson will win another major

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Despite his 7-over scoreline, he said he felt he played well in the conditions and liked his position ahead of the final round. "I mean, for the most part, we all had to play this afternoon". If he asks me a question, I answer it. Failure to water the course to account for warm winds that were forecast well in advance resulted in dried-out greens, and ludicrously high scores on Saturday such as a 77 from co-leader Dustin Johnson . Read More »

Captain Kane comes good to heighten England's aura of optimism

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Gareth Southgate was proud of his players' spirit, togetherness and composure on a night when the England manager felt his side got a raw deal from the officials. England paid the price for their wastefulness when the North Africans, who had barely begun to press forward, were awarded a penalty before the break. Read More »

Tiger bullish about major chances despite looming U.S. Open cut

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Dustin Johnson started Saturday's third round of the U.S. Open with a four-shot lead. It's too soon for Johnson to consider the possibilities. While stating the obvious that he didn't think anyone would be "too happy and too excited about 10 over par ", Woods nearly was incredulous when asked following Friday's morning-round 72 exactly why he still foresees additional major championships in his future. Read More »

Frustrated Mickelson swats moving ball with putter at Open

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A three-putt at the vicious par-three second will have badly hurt given he found the dancefloor with his tee shot. But former world No.1 Day wasn't the only casualty on a disastrous first round for many of golf's big names, with play expected to worsen as the afternoon groups face even stronger winds. Read More »

Dhawan ton puts India in control in Afghanistan’s test debut

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Now a couple of days before the inaugural Test in Bengaluru , it doesn't look like that will be the case. "The batting is a little bit less but the bowling, you will see a young fast bowler in this Test match hopefully". The India captain said that it was important for them to play to their strengths, and confessed that he was not sure what the pitch would offer from Thursday. Read More »

Hierro has faith in troubled Spain side

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Lopetegui was announced as Zinedine Zidane's successor at the Santiago Bernabeu in a shock announcement on Tuesday that has rocked one of the pre-tournament favourites' preparations. His experience as a Spanish national player, as well as his involvement with the set-up, will be key in guiding Spain through this storm. "He has simply made the decision for ethical reasons", writes Matallanas . Read More »

Mike Smith, 52, Becomes Oldest Jockey to Win Triple Crown

Bravazo disappointed in the Louisiana Derby but finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby despite being a sizable long shot. Justify is taking on nine rivals, the largest number that a potential Triple Crown victor has ever faced. "And I was nearly in tears, it's such an emotional experience", he said. Add in the tight schedule of three championship races in five weeks, and it's the most challenging of tasks for any horse. Read More »

Rafael Nadal secures 11th French Open title

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Nadal's backhand was doing most of the damage, with three winners having set up the double break on his way to a two-set lead, and Del Potro was broken to love in his first serve game of the third, with Nadal inflicting a devastating backhand victor up the flank after another majestic defence. Read More »

James injured hand punching black board after Game 1

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He showed up to the postgame press conference Friday with a cast on his hand. No matter where LeBron decides to continue his playing career this upcoming season, there is a chance he will still be a part of the Cavaliers organization at some point. Read More »

Rafael Nadal lifts record 11th French Open title

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ESPN's Nicolas Pereira breaks down Rafael Nadal's record 11th French Open title following his win in straight sets over Austria's Dominic Thiem . Victory also took Nadal's record at Roland Garros to 86 wins and just two losses. But it all starts over again at Roland Garros . The problem for the 24-year-old was that his serve wasn't co-operating. Read More »