• Verstappen wins in Austria as Vettel grabs lead in standings
Verstappen wins in Austria as Vettel grabs lead in standings

We wanted to recover the maximum points that we could, and at that stage we were all in pain about the mistake that we'd made. With Hamilton failing to score, Vettel regained the championship lead 146-145. The Briton's misery continued further as a fast charging Vettel pushed him wide on Turn 3 to take fourth with 30 laps left. Mercedes' chie...

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  • Kawhi Leonard committed to playing for Lakers after LeBron signing
Kawhi Leonard committed to playing for Lakers after LeBron signing

The Los Angeles Lakers made the biggest splash possible on Sunday night, as the team's pursuit of LeBron James paid off in the form of the best player in the world joining the team on a four-year deal . And he also snubbed what could have been the most money and longest deal available, the Cavaliers being able to extend James a five-year contr...

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  • Sixers meeting with LeBron James in Los Angeles
Sixers meeting with LeBron James in Los Angeles

The Oklahoma City Thunder, just hours off the euphoria of doing the impossible and re-signing Paul George to a four-year max deal, might be looking at a ceiling of exactly where they finished this season: fourth place, and a potential second-round face-off with whichever superteam finishes atop the West.

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  • Kobe Bryant, NBA players react to LeBron James joining Lakers
Kobe Bryant, NBA players react to LeBron James joining Lakers

The 33-year-old carried the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals, but his team was ultimately swept by the Golden State Warriors . How much money will LeBron James make with the Lakers? As always, James' decision could change the entire complexion of the National Basketball Association.

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  • Durant signing 1-and-1 contract with Warriors
Durant signing 1-and-1 contract with Warriors

So far, he's 2-for-2 on winning NBA championships and NBA Finals MVP awards. Durant reportedly declined his player option for next season in mid-April and was an unrestricted free agent. Golden State's biggest challenge in the Western Conference, the Houston Rockets , also reached an agreement to hold on to a key piece as the NBA's free agency...

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  • Defending World Cup champ Germany eliminated by upset loss to South Korea
Defending World Cup champ Germany eliminated by upset loss to South Korea

Germany have been eliminated from a World Cup in the first round for the first time since the Second World War, as the holders are knocked out in the group stage for the fourth time this century. VAR confirmed there was nothing wrong with Kim's precise finish after the linesperson initially flagged for offside. Sweden's comprehensive lead over Mex...

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  • I was informing not consulting Messi, says Argentina coach
I was informing not consulting Messi, says Argentina coach

No games were played on Friday and fans will have to wait until France take on Argentina on Saturday afternoon to start proceedings, before Uruguay face Portugal later that day. This year's Argentina team has shown signs of dysfunction and an outsized dependence on the 31-year-old Messi, who got his first goal of the tournament in a 2-1 victo...

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  • Japan make last 16 on disciplinary rule despite Poland loss
Japan make last 16 on disciplinary rule despite Poland loss

Senegal, who lost 1-0 to Colombia, ended up level on points, goal difference and goals scored with Japan so the teams were separated by the tie-break rule introduced at this World Cup for the first time . Then, with nine minutes remaining, Tomoaki Makino - in an attempt to intercept another risky cross by Grosicki - could only send the ball ...

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  • Serena Williams awarded seeding for Wimbledon
Serena Williams awarded seeding for Wimbledon

Williams, who gave birth to her first child in September 2017, returned to grand slam tennis at the French Open last month and reached the fourth round as an unseeded player. "To review the policy for the 2019 rulebook, the WTA has engaged its members in a dialogue to ensure all voices are heard and rule changes are reflective of what's best for ev...

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  • Hamilton defends Vettel after latest error
Hamilton defends Vettel after latest error

Starting third behind Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas , Vettel tried to use his faster set of tires to make a good start. "Whether five seconds is sufficient or not, I don't want to judge that". "Obviously what you don't see is that I lost a lot of grip and as I said I saw it and I was aware, so the two cars running around the out...

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  • Africa's hopes dashed as Senegal exit World Cup
Africa's hopes dashed as Senegal exit World Cup

With the two sides having drawn 2-2 in their group fixture, meaning their head-to-head record was also level, it then went to the next deciding parameter - fair play. If England were to win that quarter-final, their semi-final opponent could be any of Uruguay, Portugal, France, Denmark, Nigeria, Argentina ( if they manage to get out of the group ...

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  • Man Utd star Jesse Lingard has ‘overcome’ Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial
Man Utd star Jesse Lingard has ‘overcome’ Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial

Hat-trick hero Harry Kane says "it's all coming together" for England at the World Cup after Gareth Southgate's side sailed into the last 16 with a 6-1 rout of Panama on Sunday. You can go away, play well for another club and think, "OK, this will do, I'll settle for this", or you think, "I like the taste of this. but it would be even bette...

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  • Why Senegal was eliminated from the World Cup thanks to yellow cards
Why Senegal was eliminated from the World Cup thanks to yellow cards

Neither team had red cards, while Japan had four yellow cards as opposed to Senegal's six, meaning the Samurai Blue edges out the Lions of Teranga. Colombia had it all to do to book a spot in the last 16, with Senegal only needing a point to advance.

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  • Joachim Low will remain Germany coach despite disappointing result
Joachim Low will remain Germany coach despite disappointing result

I'm sure even those on the pitch would admit that. Being a defending champion at the World Cup has proven to be a tough challenge in recent years. Germany ended up last in Group F while Sweden and Mexico advanced to the round of 16. Sweden, powered by their own terrific performance, and Mexico , powered by South Korea , were through.

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  • Lakers and Spurs Resume Kawhi Leonard Trade Talks
Lakers and Spurs Resume Kawhi Leonard Trade Talks

USA Today's Sam Amick cited two sources that noted there is no friction between the player and the organization. According to a new report from Adrian Wojnarowski, Ramona Shelbourne, and Brian Windhorst of ESPN , the Sixers along with three other teams have made trade offers to the Spurs for Leonard.

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  • Jones looking forward to Premier League-style clash with Belgium
Jones looking forward to Premier League-style clash with Belgium

The leading goal scorers at the tournament so far are Harry Kane with five goals for England . However, it was never proved if the match was thrown, but henceforth all final group matches were played together. Roberto Martinez's Belgium squad enjoyed an extremely brief stroll around Kaliningrad as they tried to take in their surroundings ahe...

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  • Argentina's Last Gasp Win Told Through The Medium Of Diego Maradona
Argentina's Last Gasp Win Told Through The Medium Of Diego Maradona

Pressure too on Lionel Messi - who hasn't cut an entirely calm figure this tournament amid the constant comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo and the expectation that somehow his entire legacy as a player will unravel unless his underperforming Albicelestes colleagues win at Russian Federation 2018.

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  • Final Group C games (2018 FIFA World Cup)
Final Group C games (2018 FIFA World Cup)

The first 0-0 of the 2018 tournament, though, had been on the cards from an early stage. "Hopefully, at one point in this World Cup , we will find in our best form". The second half was a slight improvement on the opening 45 minutes, with substitute Nabil Fekir finally showing some positivity. It was the longest a World Cup had gone without ...

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  • England win over Panama attracts peak TV audience of 14.1 million
England win over Panama attracts peak TV audience of 14.1 million

England were 5-0 up by the interval and Kane's third goal followed in the 62nd minute and, after that, it came as a jolt that the only other goal came off a Panama foot. Kane, substituted to an ovation from the almost 2,500 England fans, was the third England player to score a hat-trick at a World Cup following Geoff Hurst in the 1966 fina...

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  • Rampant Mexico sees off South Korea to close on last 16
Rampant Mexico sees off South Korea to close on last 16

Mexico captain Andres Guardado stressed that Mexico's players are focused and that the ambition of the squad in Russian Federation goes beyond a victory against Germany . Telemundo Deportes's Average Minute Audience (AMA) for the match was 574,000 viewers, another record-breaking number, marking the highest Spanish-language AMA for any World Cu...

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  • Paolo Guerrero Hugs Mile Jedinak For Helping Him Play At World Cup
Paolo Guerrero Hugs Mile Jedinak For Helping Him Play At World Cup

Of course it's still only football, but if those fabled glory days of Cahill and Mark Viduka are to be relived-dare say it, even bettered-finding their heirs should be a top priority. Peru coach Ricardo Gareca meanwhile believes his team has gotten over their two losses and being eliminated from the World Cup. "They play very dangerously and you h...

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  • Nigeria game a definitive moment in Messi’s career
Nigeria game a definitive moment in Messi’s career

Former FIFA World Cup and Ballon d'Or victor Kaka has made an interesting observation explaining why five-time Ballon d'Or victor Lionel Messi is struggling to make an impact with Argentina in Russian Federation. "I was not surprised he struggled, in what was a disastrous defeat for us". He didn't score in the 1-0 loss to Germany in the Wo...

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  • Kane fires England to record 6-1 win against Panama
Kane fires England to record 6-1 win against Panama

England is totally spectacular, a lovely team", said Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez, who went into the English changing room at half-time to congratulate Southgate. "We're disappointed to concede, because it could've been a near-on flawless performance". Now these characteristics truly look to be coming together.

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  • Luis Suarez sends Uruguay through with goal on his 100th appearance
Luis Suarez sends Uruguay through with goal on his 100th appearance

Their win also means both Egypt and Saudi Arabia are eliminated, with Russian Federation being the other team to qualify from Group A. Saudi Arabia manager Juan Antonio Pizzi said that he and his players didn't feel afraid when the team's plane engine caught on fire as it flew to Rostov-on-Don, and that the incident won't impact his side'...

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  • Neymar endured frosty relationship with Bjorn Kuipers throughout Costa Rica match
Neymar endured frosty relationship with Bjorn Kuipers throughout Costa Rica match

Corinthians right-back Fagner replaced the injured Danilo in Brazil's only change. After Brazil's Neymar took a spectacularly languid fall in the penalty area, social media users wasted no time in pointing out how unconvincing it was.

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