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Injured Coleman delays return until July

(Reuters) – World 100 metres silver medallist Christian Coleman will delay his return to competition until mid-July as he recovers from a hamstring injury, his manager said. May 25, 2018; Eugene, OR, USA: Christian Coleman (USA) during a press conference prior to the 44th Prefontaine Classic at the Valley River Inn. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA […]

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Svitolina eases into Birmingham quarters

(Reuters) – World number five Elina Svitolina continued her good form on grass ahead of Wimbledon, easing her way into the quarter-finals of the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham on Wednesday. Tennis – WTA Premier – Nature Valley Classic – Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham, Britain – June 20, 2018 Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina reacts during her […]

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Russia’s Putin revels in football side’s unexpected World Cup form

MOSCOW (Reuters) – With the host team through to the knockout stages for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia’s World Cup is going better than even Vladimir Putin expected. FILE PHOTO – Soccer Football – World Cup – Group A – Russia vs Saudi Arabia – Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia […]

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World Cup shoving revives painful memories for ex-England star Campbell

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (Reuters) – For former England defender Sol Campbell, the sight of players grabbing and shoving each other in the penalty box at the World Cup in Russia brings back painful memories. Former England captain Sol Campbell speaks during an interview with Reuters in Volgograd, Russia June 20, 2018. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino On two occasions […]

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Suarez marks 100th cap with goal to send Uruguay through to last 16

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (Reuters) – Luis Suarez marked his 100th international cap by sending Uruguay into the last 16 of the World Cup as the striker benefited from some poor goalkeeping to eliminate Saudi Arabia with a 1-0 win on Wednesday. Soccer Football – World Cup – Group A – Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia – Rostov […]

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Banned FIFA chief Blatter attends Moscow match, says: It’s my World Cup

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter attended a World Cup match in Moscow on Wednesday, saying the tournament in Russia felt like “my World Cup”, but soccer’s world governing body said his presence did not directly violate his ban from football activities. Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks to media in Moscow, Russia […]

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Carvajal returns for Spain, as Queiroz drops captain Shojaei

KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) – Spain defender Dani Carvajal has been recalled for Wednesday’s World Cup match against Iran, replacing Nacho from the starting side that drew with Portugal, after recovering from a hamstring injury. FILE PHOTO – Soccer Football – Champions League Final – Real Madrid v Liverpool – NSC Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine – […]

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Vintage Suarez on the spot as Uruguay go through

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (Reuters) – Luis Suarez marked his 100th international cap by sending Uruguay into the last 16 of the World Cup as the striker benefited from some poor goalkeeping to eliminate Saudi Arabia with a 1-0 win on Wednesday. Soccer Football – World Cup – Group A – Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia – Rostov […]

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Iceland fans show their Viking spirit – in a Lada

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (Reuters) – Two Iceland fans have paid homage to the spirit of the Vikings by travelling 5,000km (3,107 miles) in a Russian-built Lada to support their team at the World Cup. Kristbjorn Hilmir Kjartansson (L) and Gretar Jonsson, Iceland’s supporters, pose for a picture on board a Lada after a journey from home […]

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‘Lay off Messi’, says Argentina coach before Croatia clash

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) – Argentina’s coach urged fans on Wednesday to stop blaming Lionel Messi when games do not go to script and instead appreciate all their captain has done for the national side over the years. Soccer Football – World Cup – Argentina – Bronnitsy, Russia – June 20, 2018. A giant painting […]

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Burnley to face Aberdeen in Europa League second qualifying round

(Reuters) – Burnley will not have to travel too far for their first European adventure in 51 years after they were drawn on Wednesday against Scottish side Aberdeen in the Europa League second qualifying round. FILE PHOTO – Soccer Football – Premier League – Burnley vs Liverpool – Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain – January 1, […]

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Skipper Lloris tells French team to soak up pressure and deliver

YEKATERINBURG, Russia (Reuters) – France’s players must overcome the pressure they felt in the opening match against Australia and go “beyond their capacity” if they are to ensure progress to the last 16 of the World Cup, skipper Hugo Lloris said on Wednesday. Soccer Football – World Cup – France Training – Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg, […]

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Griezmann passed fit as France seek sharper edge

YEKATERINBURG, Russia (Reuters) – French striker Antoine Griezmann has been passed fit for Thursday’s World Cup Group C match with Peru as coach Didier Deschamps seeks to give his side a sharper attacking edge. Soccer Football – World Cup – France Training – Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg, Russia – June 20, 2018 France’s Antoine Griezmann during […]

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Wawrinka frustrated by Querrey at Queen’s

LONDON (Reuters) – Stan Wawrinka showed glimpses of his Grand Slam winning form but was bundled out of the ATP 500 Fever-Tree Championships by former Queen’s Club champion Sam Querrey on Wednesday. Tennis – ATP 500 – Fever-Tree Championships – The Queen’s Club, London, Britain – June 20, 2018 Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland in action […]

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Banned FIFA chief Blatter attends match: It’s my World Cup

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Banned former FIFA president Sepp Blatter attended a World Cup match in Moscow on Wednesday and said the soccer tournament was a bit like “my World Cup” because of the warm welcome he had received in Russia. Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks to media in Moscow, Russia June 20, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb […]

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Ponderous Portugal spared embarrassment by Morocco’s profligacy

MOSCOW (Reuters) – European champions Portugal were let off the hook by Morocco’s wasteful finishing and another Cristiano Ronaldo moment as they notched up a fortuitous victory in the World Cup on Wednesday. Soccer Football – World Cup – Group B – Portugal vs Morocco – Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia – June 20, 2018 Morocco’s […]

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Stop the homophobic chanting, Hernandez pleads with Mexico fans

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Mexican striker Javier Hernandez has appealed to his country’s football fans to stop their homophobic chanting at World Cup matches, arguing it could lead to further fines from FIFA. FILE PHOTO – Soccer Football – World Cup – Group F – Germany vs Mexico – Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia – June […]

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Iceland step into the heat for Nigeria showdown

VOLGOGRAD/GELENDZHIK, Russia (Reuters) – Iceland will try not to melt in the fierce heat of Volgograd when they take on Nigeria in only their second ever World Cup match on Friday after impressively holding twice champions Argentina to a draw at the weekend. Soccer Football – World Cup – Group D – Argentina vs Iceland […]

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Serbia and Switzerland look to continue Group E shake-up

KALININGRAD, Russia (Reuters) – A topsy-turvy Group E could be thrown into further disorder when Serbia and Switzerland clash on Friday in a contest that could put one team on the brink of advancing to the knockout round. Soccer Football – World Cup – Group E – Costa Rica vs Serbia – Samara Arena, Samara, […]

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Danish players fly team mate home to see newborn daughter

SAMARA, Russia (Reuters) – Denmark’s players clubbed together so defender Jonas Knudsen could fly home on a private jet to see his new-born daughter shortly after the win over Peru in their first match at the World Cup. FILE PHOTO – Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup – Denmark Training – Elsingoer, Denmark – June […]