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Confeds Cup refs to rule on fan behaviour

The victor of Group A will play the runner-up of Group B and the victor of Group B will play the runner-up of Group A . There will also be a third place match between the losers of the semi-finals. They kick off their group matches against Australia on June 19. Attending the handover ceremony, Jay Neuhaus, Fifa head of Rights Delivery & Hospitality, said: "Kia Motors has been our official partner since 2007 and we are grateful for its support in supplying tournament vehicles ... Read More »

French Open roundup from Day 14

A forehand down the line brought up Ostapenko's 36th victor, and with it a huge roar from the captivated home crowd, as she drew level at one set all. And she saved 10 of 16 break points - some when the contest hung in the balance. The stocky baseliner is the first unseeded champion in the professional era. Read More »

Angel Di Maria Handed Prison Sentence In Tax Fraud Case

Last week, Cristiano Ronaldo was accused by prosecutors in Spain of defrauding Spanish authorities of $16.4 million in tax between 2011 and 2014. "From now on it will be the judge in charge of the case who will take the necessary steps to determine the possible responsibilities of Mr Mourinho". Read More »

Victor Anichebe joins Chinese Club


Beijing Enterprises interestingly was the club the late Ivorian player, Cheick Tiote, played for before his demise. Anichebe joined the Black Cats on a short-term contract as a free agent in September , but his brief spell at the stadium of light was blighted by knee and hamstring injuries. Read More »

Fans spoil National Basketball Association draft pick announcements at Barclays Center


As is customary, numerous reporters, generally led early on by The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski , tweeted out upcoming selections well ahead of when they were announced on stage. Tatum gave a smile in response. It was tough to tell what was going on from the broadcast, but if you listen very carefully, you can hear someone screaming the name of the pick just before Tatum announced the name. Read More »

Federer beats Khachanov to advance to his 11th Halle final

Federer won 7-6 (5), 6-4, and so far on the grass he looks solid, though a bit below his outrageously high standards. Federer cruised through a third straight hold at 15 for 3-2. The German defeated France's Richard Gasquet in the second semi-final, 4-6 6-4 6-3. The Swiss maestro regrouped as he won the next two points on his serve, and he was able to put away an overhead smash victor to lead 5-4. Read More »

Oracle skipper Spithill tough on, off water in America's Cup


Heading into the start of the first race Emirates Team New Zealand knew that Oracle had altered their boat to make it quicker. The two-time defending America's Cup champions are foundering badly against hotshot young helmsman Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand, who are threatening to sail - and cycle - away with the oldest trophy in global sports. Read More »

Arrested For Cheering For Pak In Champions Trophy Final, Charged With Sedition


Police said the arrests followed complaints by local Hindus who objected to the Muslim men celebrating India's loss, which came as a shock to the entire country, as India were billed as favourites to win the trophy. "(We won) thanks to Allah and the prayers of the whole nation", Ahmed said in brief comments as he jostled his way through the crowd of well-wishers. Read More »

Red Sox retire David Ortiz's number 34

Huston Street pitched for the first time since July 31, 2016, having missed the end of last season with a knee injury and the start of this one with a strained lat. Martin Maldonado, Cliff Pennington and Cole Calhoun had RBI doubles for the Angels (38-39) in the seventh. But that wasn't why he made the decision to don that number in the first place. Read More »

Knicks pick caps crazy week for France's Ntilikina


We spoke with Joe Crack about the Knicks prez trying to trade star Kristaps Porzingis (among many other questionable decisions). and he says P.J. has no business being in the front office, 'cause he "stunk up the place". However he was only 17 at the start of his team's season and helped lead them to their league championship (I guess that's enough evidence to show the guy is used to winning?). Read More »

White Sox's Renteria, Anderson tossed from game against A's

Don't expect Buehrle's address to the crowd at Guaranteed Rate Field Saturday to go long - just like his starts here - as he said he a "complete disaster" emotionally thinking about the pregame ceremony. At one point, Buehrle threw 200 innings for 14 consecutive seasons while playing Gold Glove defense at the position. "It wasn't uncommon for guys on the 2005 staff - the starters when they weren't pitching - to enjoy a cocktail from time to time". Read More »

Hamilton snatches Baku pole from Bottas

Hamilton banished memories of a dismal qualifying session in Baku previous year, when he clipped the barrier and had to settle for 10th place on the starting grid, to grab pole with a time of 1:40.593 despite running wide at Turn 16. With three minutes remaining a red flag came up, halting the session, after Daniel Ricciardo clipped the wall with the left side of his Red Bull coming out of Turn 6 - prompting an expletive from the Australian driver. Read More »

Salah deal good for Reds - Ince


The 18-year-old star was in unbelievable form for Monaco last season. "He has been already in the Premier League, so he knows what to expect". He scored a few goals - 15 or 16 this year I think he got, playing on the right wing. I like the way he is with the fans, with the players, you can see in the social media, the players enjoy the training, they are training with a smile on their faces. Read More »

Former captain Brian O'Driscoll presents Lions with Test shirts


And the Lions will need that edge if they are to drag themselves back into this Test series. No extras from Owen Farrell but it got them to 13-8 and that was the half time score. After a build-up of who is going to do to what, when and how, which has seemingly taken years and killed many trees of newsprint in the process, all claims to which side is the better will be answered at Eden Park tonight. Read More »

Tour alive, Lions problems all fixable, says Gatland


I am writing this sat on the bus as we travel to Hamilton to play the Chiefs. Gatland saw enough in his side's display to think that they can stop the world champions sealing victory in the three-game series next week. New Zealand have only lost twice at the Westpac Stadium - the venue for the next game - by two points to England in 2003 and by one to Australia in the inaugural Test at the "Cake Tin" in 2000. Read More »

Will Hughes: Watford complete £8m deal for Derby midfielder


Hughes, who progressed through the Academy at Derby County , has signed a five-year deal with the Hornets. He has been spoken of as a Premier League prospect ever since making his Derby breakthrough in 2011 as a 16-year-old. The England Under-21 global could take a while to adapt to the pace and the rigours of the English top flight, but he should prove to be a very good long-term signing for Watford . Read More »

Portugal and Mexico advance, hosts Russian Federation bow out — FIFA Confederations Cup

Portugal national team coach Fernando Santos told a news conference in St Petersburg on Friday they are ready and are confident ahead of the match. Their last game was played in a style similar to the British", Santos said. Mexico needs at least a draw in Saturday's game in Kazan to secure a spot in the semifinals of the eight-nation tournament that serves as a warm up for next year's World Cup. Read More »

Cristiano Ronaldo: 31 in 31 for Real Madrid and Portugal in 2017

Amid reports that Cristiano Ranoldo has made a decision to leave Real Madrid, manager Zinedine Zidane has contacted the star striker to convince him to remain at Santiago Bernabeu. Those include Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who played under Mr Mourinho and shares the same agent. Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing. The transfer market has been hit with a trigger following Ronaldo's hint that he could leave Spain if he is eventually hammered in the tax case. Read More »

Portugal, Mexico, Russia tussle for semi berths

We're simply preparing ourselves for the game". "Hurdle runners don't think about the next one, they think about one hurdle at a time ". We have a team rule: the maximum trust, the maximum respect and the maximum attitude. Defender Luis Neto said the objective is to finish top of the group. We know what we need to do. Portugal won six of the last seven official games. Read More »

Ronaldo sets Portugal on way to Confederations Cup semis


Petersburg Stadium , Russia , Saturday, June 24 , 2017. "We play away from home, against the host team , with a lot of support from their fans, and fighting for the qualification". Moreno scored the stoppage-time equalizer in Mexico's 2-2 opening draw against European champions Portugal . The North American champion had rested several players who started in a 2-2 draw against Portugal , including forward Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez. Read More »

James Rodriguez linked with AC Milan move

Now, it has to be said that reports emanating from such sources need to be taken with more than a pinch of salt, but it does make sense that Rodriguez would want to leave to a club where he'd be assured of more playing time than he gets now. Read More »

Alexis Sanchez Breaks Chile Scoring Record In Germany Draw

Germany and Chile need only a point apiece in their final group games tomorrow against Cameroon and Australia respectively to reach the semi-finals. Milligan came to the Socceroos' rescue by slotting home a spot kick on 60 minutes as both sides picked up their first Confederation Cup point. "Our games are quite intense, we both want to win every game". Read More »

76ers take Markelle Fultz, Lakers Lonzo Ball at top of NBA draft

The Flyers traded with the St. Louis Blues to select the 18-year-old Frost with the 27th overall pick in the 2017 National Hockey League draft on Friday night and immediately, this Tweet surfaced - which has now been deleted. The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski also reported that the Boston Celtics , who took Duke's Jayson Tatum with the third pick, were working on a trade for Indiana Pacers forward Paul George . Read More »

Robert Horry believes Lakers will distance themselves from LaVar Ball

After nabbing Markelle Fultz and a trio of talented worldwide prospects in Thursday's NBA Draft , the Sixers are already trending towards a far more successful campaign in 2018. "We think there's a really good chance the player we'll take at 3 is the same player we would have taken at 1". The Sixers' president of basketball operations said there hasn't been any discussion yet about holding Embiid out of any back-to-backs this season after the center played just 31 games last season ... Read More »