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Less than two months after lining up for Liverpool in the Champions League final, he is now heading for the biggest match in global football. "It's something special for me. That they did - and now, thanks to Manduki who ensured Croatia's fate - they will face France in Moscow on Sunday. Lovren came in for criticism in the first-half of last season, in particular when he was hooked half-an-hour into a 4-1 defeat by Tottenham at Wembley.
  • Barcelona make first contact with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard

    Barcelona make first contact with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard

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    Another of Barcelona's objectives for this summer also plays at Stamford Bridge: Eden Hazard . Hazard will lead Belgium for their World Cup third-place play-off clash against England in Russian Federation on Saturday before beginning his summer holidays.
  • Sarri agrees terms with Chelsea to succeed Conte

    Sarri agrees terms with Chelsea to succeed Conte

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    Conte leaves with the best win percentage 65.1 per cent of any of Chelsea's managers in the Premier League era. "We wish Antonio every success in his future career", the statement read. Chelsea also halted plans to redevelop Stamford Bridge, citing an unfavorable climate to invest in the £500 million (NZ$986 million) project. Despite winning the FA Cup last term, the club have parted ways with the Italian, and former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri will take the reigns, becoming ...
  • Nets trade Jeremy Lin to Hawks

    Nets trade Jeremy Lin to Hawks

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    Meanwhile, the Nets also acquired power forwards Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur, a 2019 protected first-round pick and a future second-round pick from the Denver Nuggets for point guard Isaiah Whitehead , ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported.
  • Wimbledon 2018: Novak Djokovic beats darkness and Karen Khachanov to reach quarterfinals

    Wimbledon 2018: Novak Djokovic beats darkness and Karen Khachanov to reach quarterfinals

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    Del Potro, who made more than 20 unforced errors in the set, made hard work of winning the tiebreak, clinching it 7-5 on the seventh set point when Simon put a return high and wide and the Argentine roared in celebration. "From the second, it got better and I just tried to stay calm and fight every game". Federer's tweener against Djokovic in the 2009 US Open final remains an iconic shot.
  • Federer shocked at Wimbledon as Nadal, Djokovic set-up semis date

    Federer shocked at Wimbledon as Nadal, Djokovic set-up semis date

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    Or was it the court? Eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer says he "did not see defeat coming" before a shock quarter-final exit against Kevin Anderson . With Federer serving for the match at 5-3, 40-15, he hit a wide serve that Djokovic slapped back recklessly, nearly carelessly, for a victor. However, the 31-year-old Serbian raced through the third and fourth sets to advance in two hours and 34 minutes.
  • Endurance man Anderson downs Isner in ultra marathon to reach final

    Endurance man Anderson downs Isner in ultra marathon to reach final

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    Known for his marathon matches, the ninth-seeded Isner lost to the eight-seeded Anderson in a grueling six-hour-and-36-minute match, with the final set alone lasting for almost three hours. But the ex-Illini had his serve broken in Game 9 of that set before he double-faulted while up 8-7 in the tiebreaker. I really feel for him, because if I had been on the opposite end of this, I don't know how you can take that playing for so long and coming up short.
  • John Isner Falls in Marathon 6-Hour Match at Wimbledon

    John Isner Falls in Marathon 6-Hour Match at Wimbledon

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    Anderson suggested in the aftermath that change was needed at the Grand Slams to stop players from being forced to keep playing for so long. Even Anderson said he could feel during his match that the crowd would rather be watching the next one.
  • Croatia not just about Modric | FIFA World Cup | Croatia | France | Modric

    Croatia not just about Modric | FIFA World Cup | Croatia | France | Modric

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    Croats painting the town red - and white - as they go wild in celebration after their country beat England 2-1 in extra time on Wednesday to qualify for the World Cup final for the first time. "I hope for fair play and a good atmosphere", she added, but did not want to predict the result. "We'll finish as one of the top four teams in the world but we're not ranked one of the top four".
  • Liverpool fans will be pleased by Dejan Lovren’s continued form

    Liverpool fans will be pleased by Dejan Lovren’s continued form

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    Less than two months after lining up for Liverpool in the Champions League final, he is now heading for the biggest match in worldwide football. The 29-year-old has been criticised for his performances for Liverpool this season but has played a key role in Croatia's success in Russian Federation this summer.
  • Arsenal Complete Signing of Teenage Lorient Midfielder Matteo Guendouzi on Long-Term Deal

    Arsenal Complete Signing of Teenage Lorient Midfielder Matteo Guendouzi on Long-Term Deal

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    Unai Emery says he considers the Arsenal squad "complete" after making five signings, and that the club will only make another addition if "a great opportunity" comes up. "I know this player here is important for the supporters and grew up here in Arsenal but I don't give him one place in the starting 11 and it is for that (reason) he choose to leave here and I respect also this".
  • Jack Wilshere signs for West Ham United

    Jack Wilshere signs for West Ham United

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    The midfielder grew up supporting West Ham and while it would have presumably been a hard decision to end his 17-year association with Arsenal , moving on is what's best for his playing career. After a fight against relegation and a season marred by crowd trouble, West Ham's owners pledged to plough money into the club in order to improve the squad and make the Hammers contenders for a top seven place.
  • Incredible Moment Of Sportsmanship As Rafa Nadal Into Wimbledon Semi

    Incredible Moment Of Sportsmanship As Rafa Nadal Into Wimbledon Semi

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    Nadal is similarly battle-hardened after outlasting Juan Martín del Potro in the best match of the men's draw so far, a judgment handed down from the BBC commentary box by Andy Murray. The eighth-seeded Anderson stands 6-foot-8 (2.03m), while ninth-seed Isner is two inches taller at 6-foot-10 (2.08m). "But Rafa cames to me and we made a big hug, and it was kind of him".
  • His last World Cup, says Dalic

    His last World Cup, says Dalic

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    When Croatia scored the goal that took them into the World Cup final on Wednesday, an AFP photographer unwittingly became part of the celebrations as he was buried under a pile of joyous players. Conventional wisdom holds that Belgium and England will send out the second string again, play a minimum of defense and try to avoid getting any of their high-priced players hurt right before their club seasons begin.
  • I don´t fear for my England T20 career, says Joe Root

    I don´t fear for my England T20 career, says Joe Root

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    The chase was a stroll in the park as the runs were knocked off in only 40.1 overs courtesy Rohit's (137 not out). Rohit Sharma , to the delight of the many India fans in a sun-drenched capacity crowd of over 17,000, then made an unbeaten century as the tourists won by eight wickets with a mammoth 59 balls to spare.
  • Here’s When The France vs

    Here’s When The France vs

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    He said : "People were talking. English journalists, pundits from television, they underestimated Croatia tonight and that was a huge mistake". The World Cup fever has truly gripped Croatia with the country making its first-ever entry in the World Cup final .
  • Denver Broncos: Supplemental draft prospects of interest

    Denver Broncos: Supplemental draft prospects of interest

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    Three of the five players in the supplemental draft are defensive backs. The downside is the cost - teams that use a pick in the Supplemental Draft forfeit their pick in the matching round in next year's regular draft. Bryant told NFL.com's Chase Goodbread that Indianapolis and Baltimore were his two favorite interviews. Before we get to the actual picks, the supplemental draft is much different than the NFL Draft.
  • Croatia fans display banner in downtown Moscow

    Croatia fans display banner in downtown Moscow

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    Desolation and dreams of what might have been littered the path out of Luzhniki Stadium, in Moscow, as supporters trudged towards the metro and into the night. But Andy Bradley, 42, from Hull, felt the team had done the nation proud. It prompted a glowing assessment from Mourinho, who added: "It's a great achievement for a country where the league is a minor league and the majority of the players don't player in Croatia but overseas".
  • AFP photographer becomes part of Croatia World Cup goal celebration

    AFP photographer becomes part of Croatia World Cup goal celebration

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    Southgate's team made a fine start to their quest to become the first England side to reach the final in 52 years but faded in the second half before going down 2-1 to the Croatians after extra time at the Luzhniki Stadium. Meanwhile England have now lost two semifinals, 1990 and 2018 and it has been 52 years since they last played the final in 1966. Look at the other teams they'll be up against.
  • Tottenham's Dele Alli admits discontent over World Cup form with England

    Tottenham's Dele Alli admits discontent over World Cup form with England

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    Scholes while speaking with BeIN Sports said, Gareth Southgate's pattern of play in the World Cup is the same with the Tiki-Taka which Guardiola is known for while in Barcelona. "I think they've done the country proud". Southgate laughed as he regaled the story, with his relaxed demeanour slightly surprising ahead of the biggest match of his managerial career.
  • England sets India 199 to win series-decider 3rd T20

    England sets India 199 to win series-decider 3rd T20

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    Earlier, opening batsman Jason Roy rained sixes in his blistering innings of 67 off just 31 balls but India made a superb fightback on the back of Hardik Pandya's four-wicket haul to restrict England to 198 for nine. "Trying to win the game on this particular ground, it actually came down to Ben's bowling option". As he and India contemplate doubling up to seal the three-match series in Cardiff on Friday night, Rahul admits he was running out of theories about why he was ...
  • Mandzukic sends Croatia to first World Cup final

    Mandzukic sends Croatia to first World Cup final

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    It all looked peachy for the Poms early, when right-back Kieran Trippier put in a sizzling free kick from close range - his first ever goal at global level. It's been a fantastic journey. "We created some good chances when we were 1-0 up, maybe we dropped a little too deep but we didn't get enough pressure on the ball".
  • The Raptors are now co-favorites to acquire Kawhi Leonard

    The Raptors are now co-favorites to acquire Kawhi Leonard

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    Leonard's name has swirled in rumors with the Lakers , Clippers , 76ers, Celtics , and now the Raptors. However, teams like Toronto could look at what happened with Paul George last year, when the Oklahoma City Thunder took a chance by trading for him even though it seemed like he would be a one-year rental.