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Ronaldo's tax fraud and its ripple effect on world football

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has been in the news a lot in the last few days and it's not for all the good reasons. Fernando Santos defended Cristiano Ronaldo's right to give the media the brush off once again after the Real Madrid star grabbed the only goal as Portugal beat Russian Federation 1-0 on Wednesday. Read More »

Red Sox retire David Ortiz's No. 34

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Of course, Ortiz also had a penchant for recording big hits. He trails only Ted Williams on the Red Sox's all-time home runs list and ranks third in franchise history in RBIs. On Friday night, it actually happened. The Red Sox and Fenway Park provided, respectively, a tough opponent and a charged environment, and Meyer didn't respond well initially. Read More »

Cristiano Ronaldo confident of Portugal's Confederations Cup chances

It was his 75th global goal. He scored his 75th goal for his country in the win. The destination of the other semi-final ticket seemed anything but a foregone conclusion for a short while, with Russian Federation forging ahead in the 25th minute through Alexander Samedov's precise, low drive. Read More »

With expansion draft looming, will Blues lose a key contributor?

The NHL announced the available and protected lists for the 30 teams that will provide players to the Golden Knights in the draft, which will be announced on Wednesday night. Along with that possibility, it's important to note that this team is still limited to plucking one player from each roster, although there are hypothetical scenarios where they might yield creative combinations via trades. Read More »

Ben Stokes terms Jason Roy's obstruction dismissal 'embarrassment'

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England had the first match at Southampton, which witnessed De Villiers registering his slowest fifty (off 49 balls) in T20 cricket. It's just the laws of the game and you can't do that. With this, Roy became the first cricketer to be dismissed like this in the worldwide T20s. Hitting 90 miles per hour at times, he claimed two wickets with his slower ball - Mangaliso Mosehle gloving a pull and David Miller edging an attempted force - while Farhaan Berhardien's promising innings was ... Read More »

Mexico defeats Russia 2-1 to advance to Confederations Cup Semifinals

Coach Juan Carlos Osorio says it will be the ideal opportunity to show that Mexican soccer has matured and reached a level at which it can succeed under the most hard circumstances. The European champions came into the game in second behind Mexico in the group but ended on top by virtue of better goals difference. "We will be at a disadvantage if we enter the game with this mentality". Read More »

Portugal's Santos and Ronaldo criticize St Petersburg pitch

For Russia , anything but a victory will mean an early exit from its home tournament, although advancing was already seen as a hard task in a group with Mexico and Portugal . The Unterhaching goalkeeper kept out efforts from Andre Silva and Nani , shortly after his introduction for Ronaldo, but there was little he could do when Andre Silva burst through with 10 minutes to go to fire high into the net. Read More »

Los Angeles Lakers traded D'Angelo Russell because they needed a 'leader'

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He led the nation with 7.7 assists per game while quarterbacking the highest-scoring offense in Division I, and he scored consistently despite an unorthodox shot. "He has greatness written all over him", Johnson said. However, the addition of two-way contracts with the Development League (now called the G-League) should make Bryant a strong candidate to earn guaranteed money. Read More »

BCCI tried to mediate between Kumble, Kohli: Rajeev Shukla

However, during the Champions Trophy, reports of rift between Kohli and Kumble emerged in the media - something which Kohli had denied. India's ace shooter and only gold medalist in an individual event at the Olympics, Abhinav Bindra took a dig at Kohli and slammed him indirectly. Read More »

Mexico overcome Host,Russia to reach semi-finals

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Video review denied Chile a legitimate-looking goal in their 2-0 win against Cameroon last week, and it was used again at the end of the match to overturn a linesman's offside call. Mexico's bench made key plays during the second half to secure their previous win. The Oceania champions were far from disgraced but have now competed in the tournament four times without winning a game and have an overall record of 11 defeats and a draw in 12 matches. Read More »

Sebastian Vettel: Mercedes gap 'nothing to be afraid of'

Despite improving on Friday's underwhelming performance, the British driver will be desperate to translate his improving form into qualifying after enjoying a practice sweep in Baku previous year only to clip the barriers in qualifying and subsequently starting 10th on the grid. Read More »

Magic Johnson calls Lonzo Ball "the new face of the Lakers"

And I said , okay, that's all I needed to hear. The Lakers also aren't anxious about attaching themselves to LaVar Ball , the voluble family patriarch with aspirations of building a global sports empire around his three talented sons, one $495 pair of sneakers at a time. Read More »

Lions wait on fitness of Davies ahead of Maori challenge

After Warburton scored, the Lions had a healthy lead but they lost concentration on the re-start with Jared Payne dropping the ball. One final push has secured a famous win for the Highlanders , pipping the British and Irish Lions 23-22 in a thriller in Dunedin. Read More »

Lakers GM compares Lonzo Ball to NFL's best quarterbacks

But what I needed was a leader. "So I'm looking to go in there and just learn from Day One ..." The Lakers selected ball in Thursday's NBA Draft with the No. At the moment, all indications point to the Lakers heavily pursuing Indiana Pacers forward Paul George . He also said that Ball was better than LeBron James , who has won three National Basketball Association championships. Read More »

Confederations Cup Social Diary: Ronaldo not on winning side for once

They will be looking to not only qualify for the semi-finals in this match but also win the group as they are being pushed hard by Mexico . Mexico continued to push for a third goal in pursuit of topping the group, but two late goals in the group's other game gave Portugal a cushion to finish top on goal difference. Read More »

Time for top pick Markelle Fultz to turn Philadelphia 76ers into winners

Fultz said it's the pictures of the things that mean the most to him. "I've got a lot of respect for a lot of people - MJ ( Michael Jordan and) everybody - but that's something I'm going to work for every day". After Fultz was picked, fellow freshman Lonzo Ball was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the second pick. LaVar Ball had said his son would only play for the Lakers , and it was clear that would happen when Lonzo got a phone call with the Lakers on the clock. Read More »

Portugal and Mexico Through to Confederations Cup Semi-Finals

Ronaldo's goal was his 75th with Portugal, taking him level with Sandor Kocsis in second on the list of worldwide goals for European players, and he said he was happy to contribute. Overall though, it was a fair victory. We are still building a team that is able to show that they have the skills and determination to play against anybody. Read More »

World Champions Germany Edge Past Australia

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At the end of the match Germany on the counter was much closer to the fourth goal than Australia to a sensational draw. "And the character and resilience they showed is unquestionable". However, Germany were awarded a penalty on the stroke of halftime when Leon Goretzka was brought down. In the second half it took just three minutes for Germany to make it 3-1 as Goretzka once again raced free and this time he finished calmly at the near post to make it 3-1. Read More »

Hamilton wins as Mercedes reel off one-two finish

Hamilton qualified on pole, the 65th of his career to equal the tally of his late Brazilian boyhood idol Ayrton Senna, led from start to finish and also set the fastest lap. A five-time victor at the Canadian GP, which celebrates its 50th anniversary, Hamilton already led qualifying — but by just four one-thousandths of a second over Sebastien Vettel — when he made his final trip around the circuit. Read More »

South Africa win thriller against England, tie up T20 series

In the 2nd T20I between England and South Africa at the County Ground in Tauton on Friday (June 23), right-handed Roy was adjudged out by third umpire Tim Robinson for obstructing the field. The result was uncertain until the final delivery after Liam Dawson hit the penultimate ball for four. It was the beginning of the end as England lost five wickets for 47 runs in a middle order collapse that was to prove their undoing. Read More »

Jose Mourinho denies evading tax

Portuguese paper A Bola claimed that the player had told team-mates in the Portugal camp at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation that he would not return to play for Madrid again after the Spanish state prosecutor filed a lawsuit against him. Read More »

Vegas Golden Knights add to developing roster with three first-rounders

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National Hockey League teams announced their home openers Wednesday with the full, 1,271-game schedule for the 2017-18 season set to be released Thursday. The Golden Knights added a pair of physical defensemen in Marc Methot of the Ottawa Senators and Alexei Emelin from the Montreal Canadiens along with Boston Bruins defenseman Colin Miller , who has registered a slap shot measured at 105 miles per hour. Read More »