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Chelsea finally ended speculation over Antonio Conte's future by sacking the Italian manager on Thursday afternoon. Chelsea are also closing in on their first major summer signing of the transfer window, with Napoli midfielder Jorginho set to follow his former manager to the Premier League club.
  • Thai cave rescue: Divers embark on mission to rescue final five

    Thai cave rescue: Divers embark on mission to rescue final five

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    The rescue operation began Sunday and has been progressing rapidly. We've started giving them "medical food" this morning. Earlier in the day, rain poured in Thailand's Mae Sai , which fueled fears of rescue mission getting complicated in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave.
  • Tearful Russians exhale after World Cup loss

    Tearful Russians exhale after World Cup loss

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    After a dramatic win on penalties against Russia , Croatia will play England on Wednesday in front of 80,000 people in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium for a place in the World Cup final. Ignashevich, 38, is in fact quitting the game for good, acknowledging it was a hard decision to take but was quoted as saying that "I could have hardly imagined to end my career with such a highlight".
  • Treacherous Thai cave rescue bid enters day two

    Treacherous Thai cave rescue bid enters day two

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    The first two boys emerged about nightfall from the Tham Luang cave complex after navigating a treacherous escape route of more than four kilometres (2.5 miles) through twisting, narrow and jagged passageways. Chiang Rai acting Gov. Narongsak Osottanakorn said Saturday that mild weather and falling water levels in recent days had created the "perfect" conditions for an underwater evacuation.
  • Hosts revert to 4-2-3-1

    Hosts revert to 4-2-3-1

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    The hosts have surprised everyone at this World Cup and will look to continue that. Denis Cheryshev got Russian Federation off to a brilliant start by marking his return to the starting line-up with yet another contender for goal of the tournament after his stunning efforts against Saudi Arabia and Egypt in the group stage, but Andrej Kramaric equalised just eight minutes later.
  • Uruguay's Cavani unlikely to face France in quarter-final

    Uruguay's Cavani unlikely to face France in quarter-final

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    Suarez spoke at a press conference after the session and, in quotes reported by goal.com, the Barcelona forward said of Cavani: "The two goals he scored the other day, the team work he has in general, his physical exertion...all of it is important".
  • Australia's Aaron Finch breaks his own T20I high score record

    Australia's Aaron Finch breaks his own T20I high score record

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    Shane Watson was the first when he scored fifties in three consecutive T20I innings in 2011-2012. He plundered 16 fours and 10 sixes in the highest individual innings in T20 worldwide cricket, which only ended when he overbalanced chasing a wide one and hit wicket off the penultimate delivery of the innings.
  • Belgium boss eager to face Brazil as underdogs at World Cup

    Belgium boss eager to face Brazil as underdogs at World Cup

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    Belgium's Nacer Chadli scores their third goal. Japanese soccer can be joyous and free-flowing, but the team's performances in the run-up to the World Cup were stilted and cause for concern. They became the first team to qualify for Round of 16 based on Fair Play. "To be fair we were thinking two years ago against Wales", Hazard told a news conference.
  • Russian Keeper Thanks God For Luck Against Spain

    Russian Keeper Thanks God For Luck Against Spain

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    Russia's defence then held firm as Spain dominated possession before the heroics of Akinfeev triggered wild celebrations in the rain. Russian Federation also were toothless up front until Gerard Pique's handball gave them a chance to level with a penalty in the 41st minute.
  • LA will still be there for Paul George

    LA will still be there for Paul George

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    ESPN is reporting that George met with team management and the ownership group Saturday night and they agreed to a four-year, $137 million deal with a player option. Alex Abrines ($5.5 million in the final season of his contract) and Patrick Patterson ($5.5 million, with a $5.7 million player option for 2019-20) could be replaced more cheaply in free agency, but both played regular minutes last season and Patterson in particular may be hard to trade without giving up draft-pick compensation.
  • Mexico's World Cup ends with loss to Brazil

    Mexico's World Cup ends with loss to Brazil

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    While Mexico's frenetic gusto generated some early chances as Brazil struggled. The substitute Firmino added the clincher in the 88th minute on a carbon copy goal: this time it was Neymar who burst in on the left and Firmino who slid into the goalmouth to turn the ball home.
  • LeBron James, LA Lakers agree to four-year, $154 million deal

    LeBron James, LA Lakers agree to four-year, $154 million deal

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    For the second time in his career, James is saying goodbye to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who drafted the teenage sensation from Akron in 2003 and have to be satisfied with winning just one title in the 11 years they had him. While his wife and children were out of town for an AAU tournament, James was at his OH mansion pondering his next career move and how to top the champion Golden State Warriors , Jenkins writes.
  • Neymar stars as Brazil see off Mexico to book quarter-final spot

    Neymar stars as Brazil see off Mexico to book quarter-final spot

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    Neymar scored a 51st minute goal to put Brazil up 1-0 against Mexico . It was Brazil's 227th goal at the World Cup , meaning they overtake Germany as the all-time top scorers. He darted across the edge of the area before a flawless backheel released Willian , whose low cross fizzed into the danger area where Neymar slid in to turn the ball home.
  • Gareth Southgate urges England players to ‘write their own stories’

    Gareth Southgate urges England players to ‘write their own stories’

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    Southgate describes himself as the man who shattered a nation's dream. If James plays and is fit, his creativity is key to Colombia and if he misses it all the responsibility it will be down to wide players Juan Cuadrado and Juan Quintero, whose set pieces have been a key weapon for Colombia so far in Russian Federation.
  • Belgium escapes with World Cup win over Japan

    Belgium escapes with World Cup win over Japan

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    The team captain continued to outlay his thoughts to the Japanese media saying, "We have gone through so much in this past two months, including a sudden coach change". They were beaten by Poland in their final round-robin stage matchday but managed to finish second after employing questionable negative tactics . - Belgium have won only one of their five encounters with Japan (D2 L2), although that came in their last meeting in November 2017 (1-0, goal by Romelu Lukaku ).
  • Belgium beats England to top spot with Januzaj strike

    Belgium beats England to top spot with Januzaj strike

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    Before Thursday plenty of people were hoping England would finish second and that was with Japan topping their group and Senegal second in Group H. "He wants to contribute to a winning team and he knows it is not as satisfying if you are a player scoring goals and the team does not win", Southgate told Talksport on Tuesday.
  • Durant, George, Paul all choose to stay put as free agency opens

    Durant, George, Paul all choose to stay put as free agency opens

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    Durant's return to the Warriors coincides with Paul George's recent announcement of resigning with OKC while at a party at Russell Westbrooks' home. He's led the Warriors to The Finals every season during his tenure, delivering three out of four championships. Three of the NBA's biggest stars are off the market.
  • Edinson Cavani fires Uruguay into last eight after beating Portugal

    Edinson Cavani fires Uruguay into last eight after beating Portugal

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    Ronaldo helps the injured Cavani from the field. Messi's Argentina lost 4-3 to France and hours later Ronaldo's Portugal went down 2-1 to Uruguay , leaving the tournament without its two best known and most loved players. When the former Manchester United player had flat game In Portugal's final group stage outing against Iran, Ricardo Quaresma chipped in with a goal to see Porgual over the line, and might have again, had his extra time effort not been fired straight into the ...
  • Germany v South Korea

    Germany v South Korea

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    The defending champions went into the final game of the group stage knowing a win against South Korea would likely see them through to the last-16 if the other result went their way. I couldn't imagine that we would lose to South Korea . Meanwhile in Yekaterinburg, Sweden dominated Mexico 3-0 to move on to the World Cup knockout round.
  • Defending champ Germany eliminated from World Cup

    Defending champ Germany eliminated from World Cup

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    The Swedish side were worthy of their win and took the lead at the start of the second half via Ludwig Augustinsson's volley, then Andreas Granqvist added a second via the penalty spot and Enrique Alvarez scored an own goal. Germany was shocked in its opening match in Russian Federation by losing to Mexico , and the squad needed a goal in stoppage time from Toni Kross to pull out a 2-1 victory over Sweden .