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Jun 21, 2018

Teenager Mbappe sends France through as Peru knocked out
YEKATERINBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Kylian Mbappe became France's youngest scorer at a World Cup when he earned Les Bleus a 1-0 win against Peru in their second Group C game, sending the South Americans out of the tournament on Thursday.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

Longtime NFL referee McAulay retires
Longtime NFL referee Terry McAulay announced his retirement Thursday.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

NBA draft prospect Bridges inks investment firm endorsement
(Reuters) - Villanova guard Mikal Bridges, who is expected to be among the first 10 players selected in Thursday's National Basketball Association draft, has entered an endorsement deal that will pay him with an investment portfolio, the firm behind the deal told Reuters.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

Federer saves two match points in Halle win over Paire
(Reuters) - Defending champion Roger Federer saved two match points in a final set tiebreak before defeating Benoit Paire 6-3 3-6 7-6(7) in a thrilling contest to reach the Halle Open quarter-finals on Thursday.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

Mbappe puts France ahead to become youngest scorer for Les Bleus
YEKATERINBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Kylian Mbappe became France's youngest scorer at a World Cup when he put Les Bleus 1-0 ahead at halftime against Peru in their second Group C game on Thursday.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

Report: Buccaneers quarterback Winston expects suspension
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston expects to be suspended for a violation of the personal conduct policy at the conclusion of the ongoing NFL investigation into an alleged incident with an Uber driver in 2016.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

Neymar fitness not a concern for Brazil coach Tite
ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - Neymar needs at least five matches to return to top form after a long injury layoff, but Brazil have not asked their talismanic forward to gamble on his fitness just to be improve their chances at the World Cup, coach Tite said on Thursday.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

Mexicans wait to see what Osorio will pull out of the hat
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (Reuters) - Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio will take charge of his side for the 50th time when they side face South Korea at the World Cup on Saturday and his past record suggests there is every chance he will field his 50th different line-up.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

Eighty years in the making, Germany's stellar record in peril
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Germany's phenomenal World Cup consistency means the reigning world champions have not been eliminated in the tournament's group stage for the last 80 years - but that could all change on Saturday.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

World Cup attendances pass one million mark: FIFA
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Over one million fans have attended games at the World Cup, organizers FIFA said in a statement on Thursday after Denmark's 1-1 draw with Australia, the 21st match of the tournament in Russia.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

Muguruza falls short in Birmingham, Kvitova into quarters
(Reuters) - Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza suffered a 6-2 6-4 defeat at the hands of unseeded Czech Barbora Strycova in the second round of the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham on Thursday.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

Captain Jedinak makes Australia's point against Denmark
SAMARA, Russia (Reuters) - Captain Mile Jedinak rode to Australia's World Cup rescue with a penalty to cancel out Christian Eriksen's superb opener for Denmark, securing a 1-1 draw on Thursday that ensured Group C would go down to the wire.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

U.S. Open rolls in new changes for ballpersons
(Reuters) - Ballpersons at the U.S. Open will now roll the ball from point-to-point, rather than throw between positions, the United States Tennis Association said on Thursday in a bid to grow the number of applicants.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

Peru start with Guerrero, France with Giroud
YEKATERINBURG, Russia (Reuters) - France and Peru both switched their attacking lineups for their Group C match in Yekaterinburg on Thursday, with Les Bleus bringing in the experienced Olivier Giroud and Paolo Guerrero starting for Peru.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

Jedinak penalty helps Australia hold Denmark 1-1
SAMARA, Russia (Reuters) - Australia captain Mile Jedinak slotted his second penalty at the World Cup to help Australia draw 1-1 with Denmark on Thursday and keep their hopes of reaching the knockout rounds alive.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

Peru fans outnumber France's 7-to-1 in Yekaterinburg
YEKATERINBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Thousands of red-shirted Peru supporters streamed through the streets of Yekaterinburg on Thursday, outnumbering France's by more than seven to one and looking to striker Paolo Guerrero to bring them an upset victory in their World Cup Group C clash.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

Team Sky hit back at 'ill-informed' Hinault over strike comments
(Reuters) - Five-times Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault's call for riders to strike ahead of next month's race in protest against defending champion Chris Froome is "irresponsible and ill-informed", according to Team Sky.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

Top GB athletes plagued by tooth decay, oral disease - study
LONDON (Reuters) - Winning athletes love to bite their medals and smile for the cameras as they hold their trophies aloft, but their teeth may actually be holding them back.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

Flowers and dragons as hats take stage at Ascot Ladies' Day
ASCOT, England (Reuters) - Colorful blooms, buzzing bees and roaring dragons made an appearance at Royal Ascot on Thursday as revelers showed off their best millinery at the British horse-racing event's Ladies' Day.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

Germany won't change much despite poor start, says Sweden scout
GELENDZHIK, Russia (Reuters) - Sweden scout Roger Sandberg is not expecting Germany to make many changes for their World Cup game on Saturday, despite the world champions' flat performance in a 1-0 defeat by Mexico in their opening match.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

From school kids to warriors, Germany must get serious: Khedira
SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Germany will need to transform from a schoolboy team to a fighting unit if they are to have any chance of progressing in the World Cup, midfielder Sami Khedira said on Thursday.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

Saudi Arabia take positives for Asian Cup after Russia exit
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia are looking toward the Asian Cup with hope after they showed signs of progress in their 1-0 defeat to Uruguay as they exited the World Cup on Wednesday.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

Messi is better than Maradona, says Ramos
KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) - Spain captain Sergio Ramos has responded to a putdown from Argentina great Diego Maradona by making an unlikely declaration of admiration for Lionel Messi, his usual enemy as the talisman of Real Madrid's arch-rivals Barcelona.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

Uruguay unapologetic after dour win sees them through
ROSTOV-ON-DON (Reuters) - Uruguay have still not delivered a top performance at the World Cup despite winning both of their games but their players were in no mood for apologies about their soporific 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia in Group A which saw them into the last 16.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

Australia resist starting Cahill or Arzani
SAMARA, Russia (Reuters) - Australia coach Bert van Marwijk stuck with Andrew Nabbout up front for the World Cup Group C clash against Denmark on Thursday, resisting calls to bring in veteran Tim Cahill or youngster Daniel Arzani.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

Tunisia set to test Belgium's cup-winning credentials
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) - Belgium's credentials as a genuine outside bet for World Cup success face a tougher examination against Tunisia on Saturday after a relatively sedate opening against Panama.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

Brazil name Thiago Silva captain for Costa Rica match
SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Brazil have named Thiago Silva as captain for Friday's World Cup match against Costa Rica in a continuation of their long-standing policy of rotating the team leadership.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

Thigh injury prevents England's Alli from training
REPINO, Russia (Reuters) - England attacking midfielder Dele Alli missed training on Thursday as he bids to recover from a thigh injury for the side's second World Cup Group G game against Panama.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

Iran's Ezatolahi ready to take his chances against Portugal
KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) - Saeid Ezatolahi will attempt to put aside the disappointment of seeing his potential equalizer against Spain ruled out for offside when Iran go for a win against Portugal that would fire them into the knockout phase of the World Cup for a first time.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

Dive, dive, dive! Benteke pokes fun at World Cup VAR
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Christian Benteke missed out on traveling to Russia with Belgium's World Cup squad but he still got involved in the debate over video refereeing at the tournament -- from his holiday swimming pool.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

Blatter, ex-FIFA president, meets Russia's Putin at World Cup
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter met Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin on Wednesday evening while in Russia to attend the World Cup, Blatter told Reuters on Thursday.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

UConn investigation alleges Ollie violated NCAA rules: Hartford Courant
An investigation by the University of Connecticut into former basketball coach Kevin Ollie alleges several NCAA rule violations, justifying the team's decision to fire Ollie with "just cause" and terminate the remaining money on his deal, according to a report from the Hartford Courant.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

Ovechkin, Backstrom disappointed to see Trotz leave Caps
Capitals stars Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom were just as surprised as many when Washington head coach Barry Trotz resigned last week.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

'We want to win right now': New Detroit Pistons coach Casey
New Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey made his expectations for the upcoming season clear while being introduced by the team Wednesday.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

Shades of Euro 2016 as suffering Portugal muddles through
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Pragmatic, uninspiring and too dependent on Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal's performance at the World Cup is starting to bear an uncanny resemblance to their victorious Euro 2016 campaign.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 21, 2018

Ex-FIFA boss Blatter says met Russia's Putin and plans to watch World Cup match
(Reuters) - Former FIFA boss Sepp Blatter, who is serving a six-year ban from soccer, said on Thursday he met Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin on Wednesday during a trip to the World Cup.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

NHL awards: New Jersey Devils' Hall claims Hart Trophy
Taylor Hall claimed the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player at the NHL awards ceremony Wednesday night in Las Vegas, becoming the first player in New Jersey Devils history to earn the honor.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

NHL salary cap expected to increase by $5 million
The NHL salary cap for the 2018-19 season is expected to wind up between $79.5 million and $80 million, commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters following the Board of Governors meeting Wednesday.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Phillie Phanatic's hot dog launch injures fan
A wayward wiener launched by the Phillie Phanatic on Monday night caused facial injuries to a fan at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

NBA notebook: Cavs reportedly intend to keep Love
The Cleveland Cavaliers aren't offering Kevin Love in any trade offers and intend to have him on the roster next season regardless of any decision LeBron James may make, ESPN reported Wednesday.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Major League Baseball notebook: St. Louis' Wacha likely headed to disabled list
St. Louis right-hander Michael Wacha departed the Cardinals' Wednesday contest against the Philadelphia Phillies due to a strained left oblique muscle.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

NFL notebook: Whaley lands gig with NFLPA
Doug Whaley, who was out of football for the past year after a stint as the Buffalo Bills' general manager, was hired Wednesday as the NFL Players Association's director of college scouting.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Major League Baseball roundup: Kluber notches 11th win in rout
Corey Kluber allowed just one hit in seven innings of work to become Major League Baseball's first 11-game winner this season as the Cleveland Indians rolled past the visiting Chicago White Sox 12-0 on Wednesday at Progressive Field.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

NCAA baseball roundup: Hogs stay unbeaten in College World Series
Dominic Fletcher went 4-for-4 with four RBIs, and Arkansas moved within one win of reaching the College World Series' championship round, defeating Texas Tech 7-4 on Wednesday in Omaha, Neb.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Spieth says Fleetwood is big threat at U.S. Open
LONDON (Reuters) - Reigning champion Jordan Spieth believes Tommy Fleetwood could be the biggest threat at next month's British Open after a sensational second place at Shinnecock Hills last week.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Costa grabs lucky goal as relieved Spain edges Iran
KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) - A fortuitous second half goal by Diego Costa broke a Persian stonewall and lifted Spain to a 1-0 win over a courageous Iran in a nerve-jangling World Cup clash on Wednesday.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

FIFA fines Mexico as Hernandez asks fans to stop homophobic chant
SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Mexican striker Javier Hernandez has appealed to his country's football fans to stop their homophobic chanting at World Cup matches, on a day when FIFA once again fined the Mexican football federation for their fans' misconduct.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Take 5: Five things about top five NBA draft prospects
In preparation for the 2018 NBA Draft on Thursday, get to know Field Level Media's top five prospects.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Caps will open NHL season, raise banner Oct. 3 vs. Bruins
The Washington Capitals may not know whom their head coach will be when they open next season, but they know who they'll play -- and when they'll raise their first Stanley Cup banner.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Wizards, Knicks will meet in NBA's London game next season
The NBA unveiled the teams who will play when the league returns to London next season on Wednesday.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

World Cup host Russia qualifies for the round of 16
(Reuters) - World Cup hosts Russia have qualified for the second round of the tournament as Uruguay went through by beating Saudi Arabia 1-0 in Group A on Wednesday.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Costa grabs lucky goal as relieved Spain beats Iran 1-0
KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) - A scrappy second half goal by Diego Costa broke a Persian stonewall and lifted Spain to a 1-0 win over a courageous Iran in a nerve-jangling World Cup clash on Wednesday.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Reports: Tigers, Royals to play 2019 game in Omaha to kick off College World Series
Weather is wreaking havoc on the 2018 College World Series, but it apparently isn't deterring Major League Baseball from showing up in 2019.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Spain beat Iran 1-0 with Costa's third goal of World Cup
KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) - Spain squeezed 1-0 past dogged Iran in their World Cup Group B encounter on Wednesday thanks to a fortuitous goal from Diego Costa, but the Europeans suffered a string of second-half scares.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Neymar returns to training day after recovering from sore ankle
SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Brazilian forward Neymar was back training normally on Wednesday, a day after sitting out Tuesday's session because of a sore right ankle.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

'Embarassed' Mickelson apologizes for U.S. Open rules violation
(Reuters) - Phil Mickelson apologized on Wednesday for putting a moving ball during the third round of last week's U.S. Open, saying he is "embarrassed" for a lapse in judgment that sparked a storm of controversy.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Spain and Iran deadlocked 0-0 at halftime
KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) - Spain laid siege to Iran's goal for much of the first 45 minutes of their World Cup Group B clash on Wednesday but resolute defending meant the match was deadlocked 0-0 at the halftime break.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Brazil struggle, but the focus is on Neymar
SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Brazil take on Costa Rica on Friday needing a win to avoid equaling their worst ever World Cup run, but the focus of their concern is once again not on the team but on one individual - Neymar.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Report: Nashville Predators' Austin Watson faces domestic assault charge
Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson was arrested Saturday night and is facing a domestic assault charge, according to ESPN.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

NFL to hold Pro Bowl in Orlando for third straight year
The NFL announced this week that it will hold the Pro Bowl in Orlando for a third straight season.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

'Embarrassed and disappointed' Mickelson apologizes for U.S. Open penalty
Four days after his putt that rocked the golfing world, Phil Mickelson apologized Wednesday for his actions at the U.S. Open.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

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.

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Jun 20, 2018

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.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

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.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

World Cup hosts Russia qualify for the round of 16
(Reuters) - World Cup hosts Russia have qualified for the second round of the tournament as Uruguay went through by beating Saudi Arabia 1-0 in Group A on Wednesday.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Uruguay makes knockout stage, Saudi Arabia out after 1-0 loss
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (Reuters) - Uruguay beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 on Wednesday thanks to a goal from striker Luis Suarez, propelling the South Americans and hosts Russia into the knockout stage and eliminating the Saudis.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Injured Coleman delays return until July
(Reuters) - World 100 meters silver medalist Christian Coleman will delay his return to competition until mid-July as he recovers from a hamstring injury, his manager said.

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Jun 20, 2018

Baker finally finding spot in limelight
(Reuters) - No longer is Ronnie Baker that other guy in the fast lane with America's best sprinters.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

'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.

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Jun 20, 2018

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.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Golf-Two-time major champion Hubert Green dies
(Reuters) - Two-time major winner Hubert Green, who shook off a death threat en route to a U.S. Open triumph, died from complications after a lengthy battle with throat cancer. He was 71.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Suarez scores to put Uruguay up 1-0 against Saudi Arabia at halftime
Rostov-on-Don, Russia (Reuters) - Uruguay striker Luis Suarez scored in the 23rd minute to put his side up 1-0 at halftime after a tepid start against Saudi Arabia in the Group A game at Rostov-on-Don on Wednesday.

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Jun 20, 2018

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.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

VAR helpful but not perfect solution, says Peru coach Gareca
YEKATERINBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Peru coach Ricardo Gareca said on Wednesday that human error was one of soccer's charms and that the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system was a useful solution but not the perfect one.

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Jun 20, 2018

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.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Cubs closer Morrow injured while taking off his pants
Brandon Morrow has 16 saves this season, but the Chicago Cubs closer was unavailable for a Tuesday doubleheader because he was suffering from back spasms.

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Jun 20, 2018

I need to be myself to beat Germany, says Sweden's Forsberg
GELENDZHIK, Russia (Reuters) - Sweden's Bundesliga winger Emil Forsberg said he needed to be more like himself if he was to silence his critics and effectively send Germany home from the World Cup when the sides meet in their Group F clash in Sochi on Saturday.

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Jun 20, 2018

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.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Ronaldo earns edgy Portugal 1-0 win as Morocco's hopes end
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo powered-home a fourth-minute header to give Portugal a 1-0 World Cup victory over Morocco that took them top of Group B on Wednesday and meant the unlucky North African side become the first to be eliminated from the tournament.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

We won't let France bully us, say underdogs Peru
YEKATERINBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Underdogs Peru are capable of beating anyone at the World Cup and will not allow France to bully them in their Group C clash, coach Ricardo Gareca said on Wednesday.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Ex-FIFA boss Blatter in Moscow: It feels a bit like "my World Cup"
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Banned former FIFA president Sepp Blatter said he felt the soccer World Cup underway in Moscow was a little bit like "my World Cup" because he had been so well received on his visit to Moscow.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Russia's Putin revels in soccer side's unexpected World Cup form
MOSCOW (Reuters) - With the host team set to advance 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.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Uruguay turn to experienced players against Saudi Arabia
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Uruguay (Reuters) - Uruguay are relying on experience for their second Group A game against Saudi Arabia at the Rostov Arena as they look to qualify for the knockout phase with one game to spare on Wednesday.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

History beckons for Russia as Cherchesov finds winning formula
ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - If everything had gone to plan, several of the players who have guided Russia to the brink of qualification for the World Cup knockout stages might have been left at home to watch the tournament on television.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Why Germany showdown will be a family affair for Swede Olsson
GELENDZHIK, Russia (Reuters) - Sweden's World Cup clash with Germany in Sochi on Saturday will carry extra sporting spice for their defender Martin Olsson because his sister is married to top German basketball player Dirk Nowitzki.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

England should mount home nations World Cup bid with Ireland: Blatter
MOSCOW (Reuters) - England deserve to host the World Cup finals in 2030 and should mount a joint bid with the other home nations - Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - as well as Ireland, banned former FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Wednesday.

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Jun 20, 2018

Halep withdraws from Eastbourne to rest ahead of Wimbledon
(Reuters) - World number one Simona Halep has pulled out of next week's Nature Valley International in Eastbourne as she looks to regain full fitness ahead of Wimbledon.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

NBA-Wizards to take on Knicks in London
(Reuters) - The Washington Wizards and New York Knicks will play the NBA's ninth regular season game in London when they meet at the O2 Arena in January, the league announced on Wednesday.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Ronaldo heads Portugal 1-0 ahead against Morocco at halftime
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo drilled in a fourth minute header to give Portugal a 1-0 lead over Morocco at halftime in their World Cup Group B match on Wednesday and take his goal tally at the tournament to four.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Yashin cash runs short as Russians seek souvenir banknote
YEKATERINBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Distrusted at first by some as dodgy cash, a special World Cup 100-rouble ($1.57) banknote with a picture of iconic Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin has become a collectors' item, with Russians willing to pay several times its face value to get their hands on it.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Lethargic warm-ups contributed to Germany's poor start: Mueller
SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Germany's easy-going approach to their World Cup warm-up matches may have contributed to their opening day defeat against Mexico, striker Thomas Mueller said on Wednesday.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Joao Mario starts for Portugal, Guedes keeps place
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Midfielder Joao Mario was included in Portugal's starting line-up for the World Cup Group B match against Morocco on Tuesday in the only change from the team which started the 3-3 draw against Spain.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Big brands battle it out off the pitch at World Cup
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Soccer fans craving a Kit Kat, Snickers or Bounty snack at Russia's World Cup soccer stadiums need to do a bit of lateral thinking to get their chocolate fix.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Colombia, weary but brave in defeat, still in with chance
SARANSK, Russia (Reuters) - Colombia arrived at the World Cup lauded as one the most attractive teams, spearheaded by the influential James Rodriguez and with expectations of going far in the tournament.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

No Wimbledon wildcard for Evans on return from ban
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's former top-50 player Dan Evans was left off Wimbledon's wildcard list on Wednesday following his recent return from a one-year ban for cocaine use.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Iceland keeper Halldorsson swaps film-making for World Cup drama
GELENDZHIK, Russia (Reuters) - Iceland film maker-turned-goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson showcased his skill at creating drama in his side's 1-1 World Cup draw against Argentina, taking center stage as he saved a penalty from Lionel Messi in front of millions of TV viewers.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Flared emotions and bean balls as Giants top Marlins
Buster Posey homered and then got involved in a beanball war that prompted the ejection of Miami starting pitcher Dan Straily and manager Don Mattingly, helping the San Francisco Giants to extract a small measure of revenge over the Marlins with a 6-3 victory Tuesday night in San Francisco.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Major League Baseball roundup: Rays snap Astros' 12-game winning streak
Wilson Ramos produced an RBI single in the eighth inning, and the visiting Tampa Bay Rays snapped the Houston Astros' 12-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Tennis: Argentine Kicker gets six-year suspension for match-fixing
(Reuters) - Argentine tennis player Nicolas Kicker has been suspended for six years and fined $25,000 by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) after being found guilty of match-fixing and other offences.

Reuters International Sports
Jun 20, 2018

Japan's World Cup win over Colombia lifts mood after quake
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan on Wednesday basked in the glow of its World Cup soccer team's historic win over Colombia, a victory that has lifted the nation's mood after an earthquake struck its second-biggest metropolis Osaka.

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