FOX Sports Asia Latest Sports News, Live Scores, Fixtures, Results - All News 904454 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 08:17:42 +0800 2018-06-21T08:17:42A Formula 1 confirms Belgian GP Motorsport\nFormula 1\n 2018-06-21T08:17:42A 2018-06-21T08:40:16A Published Formula 1 has officially confirmed that the Belgian Grand Prix will continue to be held at Spa until at least 2021.

Spa featured on the calendar in the first-ever World Championship to be held and has become an iconic circuit with a long and rich history with Formula 1.

"The news first broke last weekend, but Formula 1 have officially confirmed it via a press release." said?Chloe Targett-Adams, Director of Promoters and Business Relations at Formula 1.

※We are really pleased to have reached this agreement which means that the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix will stay on the calendar for a further three years.

"Formula 1 was born in Europe and the future of this sport needs to maintain its solid roots, while expanding globally and Spa-Francorchamps is part of that fantastic history.

"We are particularly pleased that the new agreement is an improvement on the previous one, for Formula 1 and for our partner Spa Grand Prix, so that fans attending this race will enjoy a truly unforgettable experience.§

Pierre Yves-Jeholet, Minister for the Economy in the Wallonia region, added: ※This is a good deal which makes sure that such an important event stays in our region, thus placing us on a global visibility platform.

※The regional and national economic benefit is significant: in 2017 we had a return on investment of 315% and ticket sales increased by 7.5%.

"It is also a significant first for us as we have now concluded a successful and rewarding negotiation with Formula 1.§

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904448 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 07:47:11 +0800 2018-06-21T07:47:11A Pepe slammed after ’embarrassing’ Football\nFIFA World Cup\n 2018-06-21T07:47:11A 2018-06-21T07:47:11A Published Portugal defender Pepe has built up a reputation as one of football*s tough guys over the years.

But the 35-year former Real Madrid star was anything but tough on Wednesday at the World Cup when he was at the centre of a scandalous act of simulation in Portugal*s Group B match against Morocco.

The incident occurred late in the game as Morocco were searching for an equaliser, Pepe falling to the ground theatrically after Morocco*s Mehdi Benatia tapped the Portuguese defender on the shoulder as the players walked away from goal.

It was a blatant attempt to get Benatia into trouble, which thankfully failed miserably.

It did succeed, however, in earning Pepe universal condemnation on Twitter.

While Gary Lineker didn*t mince his words.

While others called for a ban.

Should players be banned for this kind of play acting?

904445 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 06:56:32 +0800 2018-06-21T06:56:32A Southgate dislocates shoulder in freak Football\nFIFA World Cup\n 2018-06-21T06:56:32A 2018-06-21T06:56:32A Published England manager Gareth Southgate has dislocated his shoulder following an accident while running near the Three Lions* World Cup base in Russia.

The players were enjoying a day off from training on Wednesday when Southgate went for a 10km run.

During the run, the 47-year-old tripped and dislocated his shoulder as he tried to break his fall.

"The doc has made it clear that punching the air is not an option,§ joked Southgate, who was seen punching the air wildly on Monday after Harry Kane*s late winner against Tunisia.

"I might not be celebrating any goals as athletically in future!"

Southgate was tended to by England*s medical team following the incident before being treated at a local hospital.

"We have got such a great support team and they were there very quickly. They were supposed to be relaxing because we let the players have a bit of time off and I am causing them to work.

"We are lucky we have a top-class medical team around us, so it was fine. I had brilliant help from them, and I am just sorry that I managed to ruin their day off."

Southgate returned to the England camp for a meeting with his players, who were surprised when he walked in with his right arm in a sling.

"It is better this is me than one of the players," he said.

"They were a bit surprised in the team meeting and were asking 'what have you been doing!?'. As always, they were probably quite amused.

"It is good that we have had a quiet day today so I had prepared the meeting before and we are on to preparations for Panama.

"I am just a bit gutted because I was on for my record 10k time!"

England's next Group G game is against Panama on Sunday.

904438 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 05:06:24 +0800 2018-06-21T05:06:24A Zola downplays Chelsea return Football\nPremier League\n 2018-06-21T05:06:24A 2018-06-21T05:06:24A Published

Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola has downplayed reports that will return to his former club to be part of Maurizio Sarri's backroom staff.

Reports in England and Italy have said Sarri's agent is in London to finalise a deal that will see the former Napoli manager replace Antonio Conte as the new Chelsea boss.

Zola made over 200 appearances during his time as a player for Chelsea and according to the reports, Sarri wants his countryman to be part of his backroom staff as he understands the culture of the club better.

Sarri is in the hunt for a new job after he was sacked by Napoli and replaced by former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti.

However, Zola who is in South Africa working as a pundit for the 2018 World Cup, said he is not aware of the developments at his former club.

Zola told Supersport:"There is a lot of rumours about me at the moment and nothing has happened. And we'll see what happens in the future.

"I don't know. I was afraid you were going to ask me this. Really, I don't know.

"But honestly, at the moment it is only talking. Nothing is decided."

904430 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 04:11:59 +0800 2018-06-21T04:11:59A Spain made to work for victory over brave Football\nFIFA World Cup\n 2018-06-21T04:11:59A 2018-06-21T05:04:10A Published Spain had a stroke of fortune to thank for their first win of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday as they beat Iran 1-0 at the Kazan Arena.

Coming up against a determined Iran outfit, La Furia Roja got the winner nine minutes after halftime when Diego Costa found the bottom corner via a deflection.

Few would argue that the Spanish did not deserve the three points given the way they dominated almost all of the contest, but Team Melli deserve plenty of plaudits firstly for doing their best to keep their star-studded opponents at bay and then giving them a real scare after they had fallen behind.

In a first half that resembled a training ground exercise as Spain struggled to break down the Iranians, who defended with all 11 men behind the ball, the best chance fell to David Silva just before the break.

Finding space just inside the area, the Manchester City playmaker let fly on his preferred left foot but a desperate block by Morteza Pouraliganji was enough to see it to safety.

Spain threatened again five minutes after the restart when a long-range shot from Sergio Busquets was parried by Alireza Beiranvand, who then recovered well to claw the ball away just as Lucas Vazquez looked set to pounce.

Team Melli then came excruciatingly close to breaking the deadlock in the 53rd minute but Karim Ansarifard was only able to lash a shot into the side-netting, after a long throw from Vahid Amiri had been diverted into his path.

But, just a minute later, La Furia Roja finally found the breakthrough.

Latching onto an incisive pass from Andres Iniesta, Diego Costa did well to turn his man but the covering Ramin Rezaeian was poised to snuff out the threat.

Nonetheless, his attempted tackle only succeeded in sending the ball ricocheting off Costa, who looked on first in surprise then delight as it nestled into the back of the net.

But, two minutes after the hour mark, Iran thought they had pulled level when their opponents failed to clear their lines from a freekick, allowing Saeid Ezatolahi to smash home the loose ball.

[caption id="attachment_904424" align="alignnone" width="1024"] The Iranians thought they had equalised through Saeid Ezatolahi...[/caption]

Upon consultation with the Video Assistant Referee, however, the strike was chalked off for offside, putting an abrupt end to the Iranian celebrations.

Still, Iran continued to push forward with Mehdi Taremi emerging as their likeliest source of an equaliser.

Twice, he climbed high inside the box but could not keep his header on target, while he was also inches away from connecting with a left-wing cross from a yard out.

In the end, Iran were just unable to get the goal that would have earned them one of the surprises of the tournament, and will now need to get a result against Portugal on Monday if they are to reach the Round of 16.

Meanwhile, Spain will be confident in their chances of progressing as they sit joint-top of Group B alongside the Portuguese, with one more game to come against already-eliminated Morocco.

IRAN: Alireza Beiranvand, Ramin Rezaeian, Morteza Pouraliganji, Majid Hosseini, Ehsan Hajsafi (Milad Mohammadi 69*), Saeid Ezatolahi, Omid Ebrahimi, Vahid Amiri (Saman Ghoddos 86*), Mehdi Taremi, Karim Ansarifard (Alireza Jahanbakhsh 74*), Sardar Azmoun.

SPAIN: David de Gea, Dani Carvajal, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta (Koke 71*), Lucas Vazquez (Marco Asensio 79*), David Silva, Isco, Diego Costa (Rodrigo 89*).

904425 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 04:01:04 +0800 2018-06-21T04:01:04A Marko: Renault forced us into Honda Motorsport\nFormula 1\n 2018-06-21T04:01:04A 2018-06-21T04:06:42A Published

Red Bull's motorsport advisor Dr Helmet Marko has said that Renault's impatience led to the team announcing their switch to Honda earlier than planned.

Red Bull's initial timeline had pinpointed the Austrian Grand Prix next weekend as the event to announce their 2019 engine decision.

But confirmation came on Tuesday instead ahead of this weekend's French Grand Prix.

And Marko revealed that the early announcement was because of Renault's persistence for an answer.

"Actually we wanted to announce the decision after France," Marko told Auto Bild.

"But Renault set an ultimatum that ended on Sunday. We had no choice.

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"The new update, which could not be properly used in Canada due to unfortunate circumstances, brought three tenths of laptime."

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner also suggested that Renault were pushing them to make an announcement.

"We decided that based on the information we had from Montreal – our decision, driven by engineering, was pretty clear cut in the end," said Horner.

"So we felt that rather than things getting delayed, or taking further time, and Renault were also very interested to have a decision as soon as possible to get their own plans in place.

"So therefore we decided that the timing was right to make that commitment, make that decision, and hence the announcement."

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904420 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 02:54:56 +0800 2018-06-21T02:54:56A Nishikori, Thiem crash out in Tennis\nATP Tour\n 2018-06-21T02:54:56A 2018-06-21T02:54:56A Published

The Halle Open suffered two major exits on Wednesday, with both Kei Nishikori and Dominic Thiem suffering surprise second-round defeats.

Nishikori looked totally out of sorts against Karen Khachanov, going down 6-2, 6-2 in one hour and 18 minutes.

The Russian was in total control of the contest, converting four of 11 break points and saving the only break point against him.

For Nishikori, it was a bad case of deja vu, as Khachanov also beat him in the second round in Halle last year.

"I made too many unforced errors, I had a lot of mistakes," he said.

"He was playing good, but nothing special, I couldn't make a first serve and I should have stayed back more at the baseline.

"Khachanov hits a flat ball and that makes it not so easy on grass. I need to train more before Wimbledon."

It was a similar story for Roland Garros finalist Thiem, who found himself outmatched by Japanese World No 2 Yuichi Sugita.

Sugita broke Thiem's serve twice at the top of the first set and never looked back, wrapping up a 6-2, 7-5 victory in one hour and 29 minutes.

World No 1 Roger Federer returns to action on Thursday for his second-round match against Benoit Paire.

904403 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 02:47:07 +0800 2018-06-21T02:47:07A Wawrinka falls at Queen’ Tennis\nATP Tour\n 2018-06-21T02:47:07A 2018-06-21T02:48:18A Published

Stan Wawrinka's Wimbledon preparations were dealt a blow as he suffered a 7-5, 6-7 (3-7), 6-1 defeat against Sam Querrey at Queen's Club on Wednesday.

The Swiss star has struggled to return to full fitness since suffering a knee injury last year that required two surgeries.

He returned at the Australian Open at the start of the year, but was then forced into another three-month lay-off in February.

Wawrinka would have been hoping for a better showing on grass after a first-round exit at Roland Garros, but he came unstuck against big-hitting Querrey on Wednesday.

While he fought back bravely after dropping the first set to take the second in a tie-break, Wawrinka faded badly in the decider to slump to a seventh defeat in his last nine ATP Tour matches.

In other second-round results, top seed Marin Cilic fought back from a set down to defeat Gilles Muller 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, while Jeremy Chardy beat Daniil Medvedev 7-6 (8-6), 6-3.

Rising star Frances Tiafoe was another winner, moving into his first ATP grass-court quarter-final with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 win over Leonardo Mayer.

904401 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 02:37:22 +0800 2018-06-21T02:37:22A Preview: Argentina v Football\nFIFA World Cup\n 2018-06-21T02:37:22A 2018-06-21T02:37:22A Published

Argentina will need to find an extra gear to get past Croatia following a shock start to their 2018 World Cup campaign.

2018 World Cup
Date: 21 June 2018
Group D
Kick-off: 02H00 HKT (22 June)
Venue: Stadion Nizhny Novgorod

Referee: Ravshan Irmatov
Assistants: Abduxamidullo Rasulov, Jakhongir Saidov
Fourth Official: Norbert Hauata

Previous encounter:

Argentina 2-1 Croatia 12/11/14 (Friendly)

Argentina goalscorers: C. Ansaldi (49'), L. Messi (PG 57')
Croatia goalscorers: A. Sharbini (11')

Players to watch:

Lionel Messi will be the player to watch for Argentina, although perhaps for slightly different reasons than normal as he looks to shake off an indifferent performance last time out where he missed a penalty.

Luka Modric is Croatia's maestro in the middle and quietly dictated play against Nigeria in his side's World Cup opener where he scored a second half spotkick.

Team form and manager quotes:

Argentina were put upon by a determined Iceland side where Sergio Aguero's early opener was cancelled out by Alfredh Finnbogason as Messi missed from the spot for a shock 1-1 draw and leaving Jorge Sampaoli's side with it all to do against Croatia.

Zlatko Dalic's side were, meanwhile, full value for their 2-0 defeat of the Super Eagles with their opening goal coming via an unfortunate own-goal from Oghenekaro Etebo before Modric wrapped up the points.

Ahead of the tie, Dalic was quoted as saying: "There is no perfect way to stop Lionel Messi ... he is the greatest player in the world.

"But while one excellent player can make a great result, a great team does the job much better ... We will go into the game a little bit more relaxed than them."

Sampaoli though felt compelled to defend Messi, adding: "When you score with the Argentina jersey, we all take credit for it. But when Argentina loses, it’s all Leo’s fault. I think that’s quite unfair treatment. It’s a lot of pressure for a single player to stand. I have to say I feel responsible for that missed penalty."

On the game, he added :"It’s going to be difficult. Croatia have a generation of outstanding players who have just won.

“There were lots of factors of irritation for not winning against Iceland. There are 40 of us at this World Cup. The team will be together when things go well and when things go badly.”

Team news:

Argentina have a fully fit team to choose from while Croatia are a man down as Nikola Kalinic was sent home claiming of back problems.

904396 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 02:24:42 +0800 2018-06-21T02:24:42A Svitolina sails into Birmingham Tennis\nWTA Tour\n 2018-06-21T02:24:42A 2018-06-21T02:48:14A Published

Second seed Elina Svitolina powered into the Nature Valley Classic quarter-finals on Wednesday with a straight sets victory over Alizé Cornet.

The Ukranian World No 5 comprehensively won 6-4, 6-2 after 83 minutes to set up a last eight clash with Croatia's Petra Martic.

"First time in quarterfinals here in Birmingham, I couldn’t wish for a better start," Svitolina said in her on-court post-match interview.

Svitolina lost the first two matches against Cornet but has since won the last eight. On Wednesday, she fired 16 winners and converted three of 12 break points, while saving all five break points against her.

"I was expecting a good match," said Svitolina. "[Cornet] plays well against the top players, she beat a couple of them in the past, and she really steps up her game. I knew how I had to play, and I’m very happy with the performance today."

Also advancing on Wednesday was Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova. The World No 19 dropped the first set against Kristina Mladenovic but hit back to secure a 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory.

Japan's Naomi Osaka was forced to retire during her match against Dalila Jakupovic, after the Slovenian took the first set 6-3.

904362 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 01:29:30 +0800 2018-06-21T01:29:30A FOX Sports PH*s 2018 NBA Lottery Mock Draft (Part 2) Basketball\nNBA\n 2018-06-21T01:29:30A 2018-06-21T01:31:58A Published Every draft participant has their own unique dynamic that they bring to the table, and each team will do their best to evaluate which players will best help them moving forward. Let us try to predict which players will be selected by the teams in the lottery.

For this piece, I will try to evaluate which players will get picked at the latter half (8-14) of the lottery of the 2018 NBA Draft on June 21 (June 22 in Manila).

You can check out Part 1 here.

8. Cleveland Cavaliers - Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Unlike other teams in the lottery, the biggest question the Cleveland Cavaliers face regarding their future does not lie in the draft. Their entire off-season plan will revolve around whether or not LeBron James stays with the team.

Nonetheless, whether LeBron stays or not, it was apparent in the playoffs that the Cavs badly needed a guard who can create offense for himself and others, while also playing steady defense (and its not going to come Jordan Clarkson). Gilgeous-Alexander is not an explosive athlete, but he is a smart playmaker, a capable scorer, and has high upside as a defender. He may not become a star, but he can definitely become a high-level starter for many years in the league.


9. New York Knicks - Colin Sexton

The New York Knicks seem to be in a never-ending quest for a franchise point guard, and even if they already drafted Frank Ntilikina last year, adding Sexton to their roster of point guard experiments (along with Emmanuel Mudiay and Trey Burke) shouldn't hurt the team. Sexton is a competitor who takes pride in his defense and can also create shots on offense. Pairing him with Ntilikina in the backcourt will be a nightmare for opposing guards.

Sexton had a tendency to take some bad shots in his lone season in Alabama, but that was because he was asked to do everything for the team. Having Kristaps Porzingis and other NBA-caliber teammates should help lessen those tendencies.


10. Philadelphia 76ers - Mikal Bridges

With Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons in tow, the Sixers don't need another ball-dominant prospect to add to their team. Enter Mikal Bridges, whom you can describe as a superstar-role player for the Villanova Wildcats. In his third year with the school, Bridges emerged as arguably the Wildcats' best player (even if his teammate, Jalen Brunson, won National Player of the Year) on their way to the national title. He can shoot, he can defend multiple positions, and he doesn't demand too much on offense. He is an ideal fit alongside Philly's two young stars and could potentially play significant minutes right away should J.J. Redick and Marco Belinelli leave in free agency.


11. Charlotte Hornets - Michael Porter, Jr.

Michael Porter, Jr. is perhaps the most difficult prospect to evaluate in the draft. He is projected by some to go as high as the 2nd overall pick, while others have him as a borderline lottery pick. Porter was one of the top high school prospects in his class, but a back injury that forced him to miss most of his only collegiate season〞along with the inconsistent play he showed in his return〞have led a lot of people to question how his game would translate at the next level and if he can have a healthy career.

Porter has a unique blend of size and skills that can make him a go-to option in the NBA. Aside from good health, Porter must refine his ball-handling, improve his shot selection, and be more consistent on defense to fully realize his potential. Playing with veterans such as Nicolas Batum, Marvin Williams, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist should help him in those departments. If everything aligns for him, Porter can very well end up as the best player from this draft.


12. Los Angeles Clippers - Lonnie Walker IV

With the first of back-to-back lottery picks, the Clippers should select Lonnie Walker IV. He is an explosive athlete with a deadly outside shot. He also has the physical tools (6'10 wingspan) to be a high-level defender in the NBA. Walker has as high an upside as anyone in the draft, but must work on his consistency and in-between game.

Since the Clippers have Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams on board, Walker will most probably work primarily off the ball at first, but should learn the nuances of the game from the two wily veterans. Walker will be a demon in transition and should provide a jolt of excitement to Clippers fans who already miss their Lob City days.


13. Los Angeles Clippers - Robert Williams

With DeAndre Jordan's future with the Clippers in doubt, the Clippers can get their center of the future from Texas A&M once again. Robert Williams plays a lot like his predecessor with the Aggies〞he is a physical, athletic big man who can catch lobs, rebound at a high rate, and protect the rim at an elite level. However, unlike Jordan, Williams is a willing passer and can actually defend the switch on pick and rolls.

The biggest questions with Williams are his motor, free-throw shooting, and raw offensive skills (again, much like DeAndre Jordan). As long as they monitor Williams' development closely, the Clippers will find themselves lucky to have selected Williams this late in the lottery.


14. Denver Nuggets - Kevin Knox

Kevin Knox showed consistent improvement throughout his one year stay with the Kentucky Wildcats. And as one of the youngest members of the draft, there is reason to believe that he still has a lot of potential left in him. He is a smooth athlete with a good shooting stroke and has the length and mobility to defend multiple positions.

The biggest knocks on Knox are his motor and lack of toughness, which was evidenced by his sub-par rebounding numbers despite his size (6'9, 213 lbs., 7'0 wingspan). These are issues that the Nuggets hope would be resolved as Knox matures. Having the opportunity to play alongside Paul Millsap, a player with similar size and skill-set, should help Knox in his development as well.


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904353 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 01:15:22 +0800 2018-06-21T01:15:22A The All-Time NBA Draft: The best pick from every Basketball\nNBA\n 2018-06-21T01:15:22A 2018-06-21T01:30:49A Published There*s a definitive answer every year to the question of who is No. 1 in the NBA draft.

But who is the No. 1 pick of all No. 1 draft picks ever? Or No. 1 among the list of No. 2 draft picks? Those are questions that have no definitive answer, except perhaps in a handful of rare cases.

Here*s a look at The Best of The Best 〞 the top all-time NBA picks in each of the top 30 draft spots. The best No. 1 overall pick, the best No. 2 overall pick ... and so on.

One note: This doesn*t include the territorial selections that were used through 1965, which ruled out Wilt Chamberlain.

The list of top picks in each of the 30 draft slots:


Arguments for the best-ever overall pick could and should be made for LeBron James, Shaquille O*Neal, Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson, among others. When in doubt, give it to the man who has more points than anyone who ever played the game and who mastered perhaps the most difficult shot to guard in NBA history.


You didn*t know Bill Russell was a No. 2 overall pick? Jerry West was too, and he*s The Logo for goodness sake, but the 11 rings make Russell the call here. Also, it*s time to lay off Portland. Sam Bowie wasn*t the biggest ※oops§ pick of all time. Si Green was picked before Russell in 1956.


The easiest pick of them all. Except for Portland in 1984, when the Trail Blazers took Bowie No. 2 ahead of MJ. OK, now it*s really time to lay off Portland.


Dikembe Mutombo, Chris Bosh and Russell Westbrook were all No. 4s as well, but Paul*s body of work over 13 seasons and counting can*t be overlooked.


Charles Barkley will think this pick is terrible. So will fellow No. 5s Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Scottie Pippen and Vince Carter. Wade*s scoring wins out.


Second-easiest pick of this process. Only Adrian Dantley comes close, and he absolutely doesn*t come close.


He will be the leader in 3-pointers, by a ton, when his career is over. Fellow No. 7s John Havlicek and Chris Mullin merit consideration, but why wait?


As time goes on, people might forget how vital The Chief was to those Celtics teams of the 1980s. That shouldn*t happen.


Jordan was the only true candidate at No. 3, Bird was the same at No. 6, and Nowitzki stands alone at No. 9 as well.


Pierce and Nowitzki have haunted those who made the decisions at the top of the 1998 draft〞where Michael Olowokandi, Mike Bibby and Raef LaFrentz went 1-2-3〞for 20 years and counting.


Kiki VanDeWeghe was a No. 11 pick and so was Klay Thompson, but Miller is the deserving call here. His shot was art.


Drafted in 1972 and didn*t come to the NBA until 1976, Doctor J ekes out the pick here over Chet Walker 〞 a seven-time All-Star.


This could easily have been Karl Malone. But Kobe has five rings and an Oscar.


The Glide was automatic for 20 points a night for basically his entire career. Apologies to Tim Hardaway.


Someday, this spot might go to Giannis Antetokounmpo or Kawhi Leonard. But Steve Nash going this low in 1996 should remind everyone how good that draft was.


This is yet another reminder that Sam Bowie wasn*t the only mistake made in 1984.


This was a difficult group, and Shawn Kemp was probably the better player. Nellie gets the call on total body of NBA work.


There are some really good players at No. 18, including Calvin Murphy and the vastly underrated Ricky Pierce. Dumars* role on the Bad Boys was invaluable.


When looking at No. 19 picks, two things stand out: Rod Strickland should have been an All-Star, and that Tiny was better than many remember.


So consistent for so long, and now with his son in the league that means more people will get educated about Sr.*s game.


Michael Finley and Ricky Davis also went this far down in the draft. Rondo was an absolute steal in 2006〞except he wasn*t a steal for Phoenix, which drafted him and then traded him to Boston for cash.


Still sad. Still missed.


Tayshaun Prince was so good and World B. Free was as much fun as anyone, but English had about a 10-year run where he hardly ever missed a game and dropped about 25 every time he was out there.


Officially, the hardest of all 30 picks. Don*t just look at his NBA numbers. Look at his whole career. He did things no big man was doing 20 years ago. Terry Porter, Andrei Kirilenko, Kyle Lowry, Sam Cassell, Derek Fisher, Latrell Sprewell all went No. 24 as well. Good luck to whoever No. 24 is this year. There*s a legacy to follow.


Jeff Ruland was known as ※McFilthy§ and became a good college coach, Tony Allen was a true defensive star, but Price*s game is too solid to miss here.


Now running the Sacramento Kings, Divac gets to pick No. 2 in this year*s draft. The guy he takes there would be well-served to learn from Vlade.


Before he became a political operative, Rodman was as good at rebounding and defense as anyone in the game.


If he had grown up in the U.S. and played college basketball, there was no chance he would have gone this low in 2001.


Hall of Famer, five-time All-Star and someone who was as good as there was in the NBA down the stretch of big games.


Another Hall of Famer, and every underclassman who gets drafted this year needs to thank Haywood. His suit vs. the NBA paved the way for them. (Tim Reynolds, AP)

904344 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 01:07:02 +0800 2018-06-21T01:07:02A Suarez guns down Saudi Arabia to seal Uruguay Football\nFIFA World Cup\n 2018-06-21T01:07:02A 2018-06-21T02:03:21A Published Luis Suarez scored the only goal of the game as Uruguay beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 on Wednesday to secure passage into the 2018 FIFA World Cup Round of 16.

Suarez capitalised on a mistake by opposition goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais to net what proved to be the winner after 23 minutes, but it was far from the convincing display that Uruguay were expected to produce.

Nonetheless, the win was enough to guarantee a top-two finish in Group A and they will now meet Russia on Monday in an outright duel for top spot.

Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, have been eliminated along with Egypt but 每 at the very least 每 they managed to restore plenty of pride after being humbled 5-0 by the Russians in the tournament opener.

As predicted, the contest at the Rostov Arena began in a fairly one-sided fashion but, remarkably, it was the Green Falcons who made all the early running as they came out looking a side determined to make amends.

In fact, Saudi Arabia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi made four changes to his starting XI but, unfortunately, it was one of them who made a costly error that handed Uruguay the lead.

[caption id="attachment_904348" align="alignnone" width="1024"] The Saudis can only look in despair...[/caption]

Despite being under little pressure, Al-Owais came off his line but completely missed a Carlos Sanchez corner, leaving the deadly Suarez with a simple tap-in.

At this point, fears of a repeat of last Wednesday*s heavy defeat emerged but, to their credit, the Saudis were not deterred.

Hattan Bahebri*s ambitious 25-yard effort three minutes later forced Fernando Muslera to tip over his bar, before the winger got in ahead of his man to meet Yaseer Al-Shahrani*s looping cross three minutes later but was just unable to keep his shot down.

The contest continued in similar fashion after halftime as Saudi Arabia pressed forward in search of the equaliser, while Uruguay were content to sit back and pump balls forward in hope that either Suarez or Edinson Cavani could capitalise.

[caption id="attachment_904347" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Edinson Cavani was well held by Omar Hawsawi and company.[/caption]

Yet, despite creating their fair share of half-chances, the Green Falcons were just unable to find a way past a defence that was superbly organised by Diego Godin.

Still, the Saudis would at least have walked off the field on Wednesday with their heads held high and they have one more chance for a final hurrah against the Egyptians in their final Group A encounter.

URUGUAY: Fernando Muslera, Guillermo Varela, Jose Gimenez, Diego Godin, Martin Caceres, Carlos Sanchez (Nahitan Nandez 82*), Rodrigo Bentancur, Matias Vecino (Lucas Torreira 59*), Cristian Rodriguez (Diego Laxalt 59*), Luis Suarez, Edison Cavani.

SAUDI ARABIA: Mohammed Al-Owais, Mohammed Al-Breik, Osama Hawsawi, Ali Al-Bulaihi, Yaseer Al-Shahrani, Abdullah Otayf, Taisir Al-Jassim (Housain Al-Mogahwi 44*), Salman Al-Faraj, Hattan Bahebri (Mohamed Kanno 75*), Salem Al-Dawsari, Fahad Al-Muwallad (Mohammad Al-Sahlawi 78*).

904346 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 01:02:01 +0800 2018-06-21T01:02:01A AP source: Hornets agree to trade Howard to Nets for Basketball\nNBA\n 2018-06-21T01:02:01A 2018-06-21T01:27:34A Published CHARLOTTE, N.C. 〞 The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to trade eight-time All-Star center Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets for center Timofey Mozgov and two second-round draft picks, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The Hornets will get the Nets* second-round pick Thursday night (45th overall) and a second-round pick in 2021, the person said. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the teams have not announced the trade and the league cannot approve the deal until the trade moratorium ends on July 6.

The 32-year-old Howard played only one season for Charlotte, averaging 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. He is due to make $23.8 million this season, the final year of his contract.

Brooklyn will be Howard*s fourth team in as many seasons.

After spending three seasons with the Houston Rockets, Howard was acquired by his hometown Atlanta Hawks in 2016 as a free agent and signed a three-year contract.

But he wore out his welcome after one season and was dealt to Charlotte. The Hornets, who are in the midst of a major organizational shake-up, having already replaced their general manager and coach, could be on the verge of shaking up their roster, too.

Howard struggled to mesh with guard Nicolas Batum, and the Hornets failed to make the playoffs despite what former coach Steve Clifford considered the team*s most talented roster in half a decade.

This is a reunion of sorts for Mozgov. Recently hired Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak signed Mozgov to a four-year, $64 million deal in 2016 when both were with the Los Angeles Lakers.

While the move allows the Hornets to unload Howard*s contract and save about $7 million under this year*s salary cap, it is a bit of a gamble because Mozgov has two years remaining on his current contract at $16 million per year.

Mozgov*s numbers pale in comparison to Howard*s. He played in only 31 games last season for the Nets, averaging 4.2 points and 3.2 rebounds.

The 7-foot-1 Mozgov has not played a full 82-game season since 2013 and has averaged in double figures only once during his eight-year NBA career. By contrast, Howard has averaged 17.4 points, 12.7 rebound and two blocks per game since joining the league in 2004. (Tim Reynolds, AP)

904339 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:40:36 +0800 2018-06-21T00:40:36A Preview: Denmark v Football\nFIFA World Cup\n 2018-06-21T00:40:36A 2018-06-21T00:40:36A Published

Denmark will be eyeing their second win of the 2018 World Cup on Thursday when they face Group C rivals Australia, who are yet to taste victory.

2018 World Cup
Date: 21 June 2018
Group C
Kick-off: 20H00 HKT
Venue: Samara Arena

Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz
Assistants: Pau Cebrian Devis, Roberto Diaz Perez

Players to watch:

All the talk in the build-up to the game has been about the playmaking talents of Tottenham star Christian Eriksen and whether Australia can stop him. The Dane is the main creator for the Scandinavians and could be instrumental as they aim to progress past the group phase.

Australia's goal against France in their first game of the tournament was via Mile Jedinak's boot, but their most influential player is central midfielder Aaron Mooy. The Huddersfield Town star often dictates the tempo of the game for the Socceroos and could prove to be a crucial player for them once again.


Team form and manager quotes:

Denmark come into the clash on a high after managing to grind out a 1-0 win over Peru in their World Cup opener on Saturday and they will be hoping to build momentum with another win, which would put them on six points at the top of the group. They are strong favourites to roll over the Aussies.

Key man Christian Eriksen made a positive start to his World Cup campaign by providing the assist against Peru that gave Yussuf Poulsen the chance to score the winner. He will be hoping to continue in the same vein.

"Against Mexico, Christian was initially followed by Herrera all the time, and they looked at him when he entered the spaces," Denmark manager Age Hareide told the press when asked about the importance of Eriksen.

"We expect the same to happen to Australia. They want to guard Christian very much. So it's important that we use him in the right way."

Meanwhile, the Socceroos will be pinning their hopes of reaching the knockout phase on their next two games after losing against France 2-1 in the group opener.

However, history does not bode well for the men from Down Under. Australia have won only one of their last nine World Cup finals encounters against European opposition. They will no doubt require a big performance to topple the Danes, but they are a hard-working team and are never short on self-belief.

Asked about his team selection decisions ahead of the game, Socceroos manager Bert van Marwijk gave little away and told the press: "Every player in the squad is capable to start. Even Tim (Cahill) can start but he cannot play the whole game."

Team news:

Denmark could give Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen a start after he missed out against Peru due to injury, but William Kvist is out indefinitely after puncturing a lung in the game against Peru.

Australia have no new injury concerns but could opt to give Tomi Juric or Tim Cahill a start, after Andrew Nabbout got the nod against Les Bleus.

904336 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:29:27 +0800 2018-06-21T00:29:27A JDT Player Ratings: Marcos Antonio tops the lot but Aidil Zafuan Asian Football\nMalaysia Super League\n 2018-06-21T00:29:27A 2018-06-21T00:29:27A Published Johor Darul Ta'zim relied on Marcos Antonio while Aidil Zafuan was sent off against Terengganu FA on Wednesday night. Find out who else did well for JDT.

10-man Johor Darul Ta*zim (JDT) brushed aside Terengganu FA 2-0 to stand within striking distance of a fifth consecutive Malaysia Super League (MSL) title. Win another two matches, and they will be crowned champions.

Find out how they amassed a 13-point lead in the league en route to their 13th victory of the season, thanks to goals from Marcos Antonio and Gonzalo Cabrera.

Player Ratings (1-10)

Farizal Marlias (6) 每 Was alert despite having not much to do the whole game. Quick off his blocks to smother Tchetche Kipre*s shot from close range in the second half.

Marcos Antonio (8.5) 每 A commanding presence as usual in central defence. Scored with a stunning header early on to give JDT the lead.

Aidil Zafuan (5) 每 Dragged J.Partiban down as the last man and received a direct red card in the second half. Never really complimented Marcos Antonio in defence.

Corbin-Ong (6.5) 每 His outrageous long throw-ins always gave Terengganu problems. Cleared Tchetche Kipre*s goalbound shot in the second half to keep the JDT goal intact.

Azrif Nasrulhaq (5.5) 每 Looked rusty having not featured in the first 11 for some time. But he worked hard to support his teammates upfront. Dragged a shot wide in the second half.

Hariss Harun (6) 每 Edged the midfield battle. Allowed Syamer Kutty to foray forward more often while he sat back and kept things neat deeper in his half.

Fernando Elizari (7) 每 Continues to excel after arriving at the club last month with his vision and passing range. His delivery found Marcos Antonio*s head for the first goal.

Syamer Kutty Abba (7) 每 A slick operator in central midfield and glides with the ball at times. Reads the game well and gets into great positions.

Gonzalo Cabrera (7.5) 每 Extended JDT*s lead with another fine finish.? Uses his right foot to deadly effect by drifting in from the left wing. Should have scored more.

Safawi Rasid (6.5) 每 A powerful presence on the right wing to supply ammunition to the JDT supply line, but couldn*t get a goal he clearly was looking for.

Fernando Marquez (6) 每 Worked hard to toe the JDT forward line. Ran his socks off on the channels to get a goal, but came up just short. Improving with every game.


Fadhli Shas (for Fernando Marquez 75*) (6) 每 Made a couple of vital interceptions after coming on.

Ahmad Hazwan Bakri (for Fernando Elizari 68) (6.5) 每 Dropped deeper to help keep possession. His cutback for Gonzalo Cabrera almost resulted in the third goal.

S. Kunanlan (for Safawi Rasid 82*) (6) 每 Slotted in at right-back and did well to marshal the speedy Faiz Nasir.

Photo credit: Johor Southern Tigers Facebook

904330 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:18:09 +0800 2018-06-21T00:18:09A Singapore fall to 2-0 defeat against Myanmar in U-23 friendly at Football\nAsian Football\n 2018-06-21T00:18:09A 2018-06-21T00:42:27A Published The Singapore U-23 team*s hopes of earning an Asian Games ticket were dealt a huge blow after a 2-0 loss to the Myanmar U23s at Bishan Stadium on Wednesday.

Fandi Ahmad called up a 23-man squad comprising Singapore*s top U-23 footballers from seven Singapore Premier League clubs but it was still not enough to secure a win on home soil.

The young White Angels were largely made up of their U-20 squad and this was their second game in the Lion City after losing 4-1 to SPL club Albirex Niigata FC (S) on Monday.

Myanmar took the lead on 40 minutes through Win Naing tun, who smashed the ball into the top left corner before Ye Yint Aung made it two in the 60th minute from a Pyae Sone Naing cross.

There was light at the end of the tunnel for Singapore with Hafiz Sulaiman, Syahrul Sazali and Illyas Lee clocking in commendable performances but with Ikhsan Fandi and Adam Swandi ruled out through injury, Irfan Fandi*s efforts in attack and defence was not enough to help the cause.

While the game was arranged by the Football Association of Singapore in a last-ditch attempt to gain Asian Games entry, the result did not help matters but Singapore National Olympic Council President, Mr Tan Chuan Jin, who was at the game was impressed with what he saw.

※We just wanted to put up a good performance. Just now, Mr Chuan Jin told us he was quite happy (with what he saw),§ Singapore coach Fandi said.

※He (Mr Chuan Jin) saw commitment and we tried and fight until the end, he said it was a good sign and he wants us to improve.

Singapore Lineup: Zharfan Rohaizad (Hairul Syirhan 76∩), Darren Teh (Zulqarnaen Suzliman 58∩), Irfan Fandi (C) (Amiruldin Asraf 75∩), Hafiz Sulaiman (Adam Hakeem 81∩), Syahrul Sazali (Noor Akid Nordin 81∩), Amirul Adli (Faizal Roslan 68∩), Hami Syahin (Ammirul Emmran 66∩), Joshua Pereira (Illyas Lee 46∩), Muhaimin Suhaimi (Shameer Aziq 62∩), Zulfadhmi Suzliman (Naufal Azman 73∩), Akbar Shah (Haiqal Pashia 46∩)

904322 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 23:56:27 +0800 2018-06-20T23:56:27A Mickelson invests in… frozen yogurt-making robots? Offbeat\nUncategorized\n 2018-06-20T23:56:27A 2018-06-21T01:52:12A Published

Phil Mickelson and his business partner, Steve Loy, have announced a deal to open 30 Reis & Irvy's stores in San Diego.

For the uninitiated, Reis & Irvy's make custom yogurt orders, but the catch is the orders are put together by robots, who assemble different yogurt flavors and toppings while you watch.

"Reis & Irvy*s-branded signature robot characters of the same name can dispense servings of frozen yogurt, ice cream, gelatos and sorbet topped with a selection of six delicious toppings in under 60 seconds," the company boasts.

"With self-checkout touch screen ordering and payment options, video animation, music and delicious frozen dessert provided exclusively by Dannon, robot vendors meet consumer demand for convenience, entertainment and a superior quality product."

The whole process looks something like this:

Mickelson seems convinced robot servers are the way of the future, and who are we to argue.

※I*m absolutely thrilled to be part of such transformative industry change,§ he said.

※I*ve pushed boundaries my whole career and that mind-set carries over into the business world.§

Mickelson was certainly pushing boundaries at the US Open last week, where his decision to hit his ball while it was still moving during the third round caused a lot of controversy.

Here's to hoping the automated frozen yogurt business treats him better than Shinnecock Hills.

904341 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 23:27:14 +0800 2018-06-20T23:27:14A Duel Wilder-Joshua semakin mendekati Bela Diri\nTinju\n 2018-06-20T23:27:14A 2018-06-20T23:27:14A Published Megaduel kelas berat antara petinju Amerika Serikat, Deontay Wilder, dengan jagoan Inggris, Anthony Joshua, semakin mendekati kenyataan. Pasalnya, kubu Wilder mengaku sudah menerima kontrak dari pihak Joshua.

Manajer Wilder, Shelly Finkel, yang mengatakan hal tersebut. Dia mengatakan bahwa pihaknya telah menerima kontrak dari promotor Eddie Hearn untuk pertarungan melawan peraih medali emas Olimpiade 2012 tersebut.

"Kami telah menerima kontrak dan kami sedang meninjaunya," ujar Finkel seperti dikutip dari World Boxing News, Rabu (20/6/2018).

"Kami akan mengabarkan langkah-langkah selanjutnya," tambah Finkel.

Pertarungan Wilder dan Joshua bakal menjadi perhatian dunia karena mempertemukan dua petinju hebat. Tengok saja rekor pertarungan mereka di mana keduanya belum terkalahkan.

Sepanjang kariernya, Wilder, yang berstatus pemegang sabuk kelas berat WBC, belum terkalahkan dalam 40 pertarungan (39 menang KO/TKO). Joshua, yang memegang gelar WBA, IBF dan IBO juga belum terkalahkan dalam 21 laga (20 KO/TKO).

Namun, sebelum dua juara dunia ini bertemu, Joshua terlebih dahulu naik ring pada musim gugur untuk melakoni laga wajib mempertahankan sabuk WBA. Dia akan melawan petinju Rusia, Alexander Povetkin.

904329 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 23:11:20 +0800 2018-06-20T23:11:20A Kubu Pacquiao siapkan strategi kalahkan Bela Diri\nTinju\n 2018-06-20T23:11:20A 2018-06-20T23:11:20A Published Pelatih fisik Manny Pacquiao, Justin Fortune, mengatakan bahwa saat ini kubunya tengah merancang strategi untuk bisa mengalahkan Lucas Matthysse dalam laga perebutan gelar juara kelas welter versi WBA. Duel akan berlangsung di Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 15 Juli.

Ini akan menjadi pertarungan pertama Pacquiao sejak kehilangan gelar juara kelas welter versi WBO pada tahun lalu. Kala itu, petinju kebanggaan Filipina tersebut kalah angka dari petinju Australia, Jeff Horn, dalam pertarungan di Brisbane, Australia.

Fortune menegaskan bahwa mereka tak cuma menyiapkan kondisi fisik Pacquiao. Pihaknya pun menyiapkan strategi yang tepat sehingga mantan juara dunia di delapan divisi berbeda ini bisa menang atas petinju Argentina itu.

"Kami akan melanjutkan apa yang kami mulai dan menjaga kondisi Manny. Namun kali ini, tiga pekan sebelum meninggalkan Filipina, kami juga akan menghabiskan waktu untuk memetakan strategi tarung supaya bisa mengalahkan Lucas," tutur Fortune.

"Dalam beberapa hari terakhir, kami sudah melihat rekaman pertarungan terakhir Matthysse, termasuk kekalahan dari Victor Postol dan Danny Garcia. Kami menemukan beberapa kelemahan dari gaya bertinju dia, yang nantinya akan kami eksploitasi."

Fortune juga mengaku sudah mengetahui kekuatan Matthysse sehingga mereka berusaha mencari solusi untuk mengatasi hal tersebut. Dia pun tak menampik Matthysse petinju yang bagus, apalagi ditangani Joel Diaz, mantan petinju yang dinilai sebagai salah satu pelatih terbaik dunia.

"Lucas jelas petinju kuat dan berbahaya dan memiliki pelatih terbaik. Namun, dia punya beberapa kebiasaan buruk dan kelemahan yang bisa dimanfaatkan dengan mudah oleh Manny," kata Fortune.

904321 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 22:50:01 +0800 2018-06-20T22:50:01A Sikap hormat jadi kunci kesuksesan Ragam\nTenis\n 2018-06-20T22:50:01A 2018-06-20T22:50:01A Published Rafael Nadal termasuk petenis paling sukses. Koleksi 17 gelar grand slam menjadi bukti petenis kidal berusia 32 tahun asal Spanyol ini layak mendapat predikat tersebut.

Sikap hormat kepada semua lawan menjadi kunci kesuksesan Nadal. Hal tersebut diungkapkan oleh Toni Nadal, yang merupakan paman sekaligus mantan pelatih yang menangani Nadal sejak usia delapan tahun.

"Hal pertama ialah adanya sikap respek, bukan hanya untuk Roger Federer, tetapi kepada seluruh dunia," ujar Toni kepada Expansion seperti dikutip dari Express, Rabu (20/6/2018).

"Ketika anda terbiasa dengan banyak kemenangan, kadang anda lupa dengan prinsip dasar. Anda lupa apa yang membuat anda menang. Untuk itu, saya pikir anda perlu berhati-hati dengan hal ini."

Toni pun mengakui, Nadal selalu bekerja keras sesuai permintaannya. Ini membuat pemain yang mendapat julukan King of Clay alias raja lapangan tanah liat tersebut, bisa bangkit dari keterpurukan ketika dibekap cedera.

"Saat Rafa banyak meraih kemenangan, saya ingat selalu mengatakan ke dia bahwa dia perlu berlatih sedikit lebih keras supaya kami bisa melanjutkan dinamika itu lebih lama lagi," kata Toni.

"Ketika segala sesuatunya berjalan buruk, saya mengatakan kepada dia agar berlatih sedikit lebih keras untuk melihat apakah kami bisa keluar dari situasi itu secepat mungkin."

Toni berpisah dengan Nadal pada awal tahun 2018. Ini terjadi karena sang paman ingin fokus dalam pengembangan para petenis muda yang tergabung dalam Akademi Tenis Rafael Nadal di Spanyol.

Kini, Nadal ditangani mantan petenis nomor satu dunia yang juga rekan senegaranya, Carlos Moya. Di bawah asuhan Moya, Nadal tetap memperlihatkan kehebatannya, terutama di lapangan tanah liat, ketika dia meraih gelar ke-11 Roland Garros usai memenangi grand slam French Open 2018.

904312 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 22:25:02 +0800 2018-06-20T22:25:02A Ronaldo strikes as Portugal eliminate Football\nFIFA World Cup\n 2018-06-20T22:25:02A 2018-06-20T22:44:33A Published

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the only goal for Portugal on Wednesday as they eliminated Morocco from the World Cup in their second Group B clash.

Portugal 1 Morocco 0
Ronaldo breaks the deadlock early
Morocco's penalty shout is turned down
Morocco push forward but their finishing is poor
Ziyach and Benassia have late chances but can't score

Match summary

Ronaldo was the key man once again for Portugal and scored in the fourth minute when he headed home from a corner-kick routine.

Morocco responded positively and put Portugal under increasing pressure throughout the game, but they lacked the clinical finishing they needed to get back into the game.

Match report

The match was off to a flying start as Cristiano Ronaldo found the back of the Moroccan net in the fourth minute. Bernardo Silva took a short corner to Moutinho and he crossed towards the six-yard area where Ronaldo was on hand to head home with aplomb for the early lead. The goal also made the Portuguese the highest scoring European player in history.

At the other end of the pitch, the North Africans threatened to level matters in the 12th minute. Ziyach sent a corner-kick towards the far post where Da Costa made room for himself to head the ball on goal, but Rui Patricio was up to the task.

Morocco were calling for a penalty in the 26th minute when Amrabat made his way into the Portugal box before going to ground under pressure from Raphael Guerreiro, but the referee was having none of it.

Portugal were under pressure again on the stroke of half-time. Ziyach produced a wonderful free-kick that found Belhanda, who glanced a header goalwards, but it was going just wide and no one could get the decisive touch to direct the ball on target.

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The Atlas Lions continued piling the pressure on Portugal in the second half, but it was their poor finishing that let them down. Amrabat marauded down the right flank 10 minutes into the second stanza and fed Belhanda, but his shot was not good enough to beat Patricio.

There was another great chance for Morocco when Ziyach curled in a free-kick from the right and picked out Belhanda but his headed effort was brilliantly saved by Patricio.

Ronaldo put some pressure back on Morocco in the last 10 minutes and appealed for a penalty when he went down after slight contact with a defender but the referee waved it away.

Ziyach and Benassia had good chances in the dying minutes of the game but both of their shots lacked composure and went flying into the crowd as Morocco slumped to defeat, effectively ending their World Cup hopes.

The result saw Portugal take top spot in Group B, while Morocco are bottom after two defeats.

904309 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 21:31:22 +0800 2018-06-20T21:31:22A Hamilton: Desire to win title greater than Motorsport\nFormula 1\n 2018-06-20T21:31:22A 2018-06-20T21:31:22A Published

Lewis Hamilton has spoken about his motivations ahead of the French Grand Prix this weekend.

Hamilton lost the World Championship lead following his below-par P5 at the Canadian Grand Prix, where Sebastian Vettel claimed his third victory of the season.

But Hamilton, who has still yet to commit his long-term to Mercedes, has said that he still thrives off the intense battle.

Three weeks = Three Grands Prix! ???????????? The first @f1 triple-header starts here... ?? Are you ready for more #F1 than ever before? ? ? ? #MercedesAMGF1 #MercedesAMG #F1 #FrenchGP #DrivenByEachOther

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"There are a lot of different things that motivate me. My desire to win this championship is greater than it's ever been," Hamilton said to Paper Magazine.

"I do all of these different things in my life and I have all of these other interests, but none of this would be possible without racing.

"At the core of me is racing, above everything else.

"So much time, dedication and sacrifice has gone into getting where I am today and I love what I do; I love the competition and the challenge."

On the French Grand Prix itself, Hamilton is not sure what to expect after the snoozefests of Monaco and Canada.

“I really don’t know what it’s going to provide," he added.

“Is it going to be a boring race like [Montreal] or an exciting one? Is it going to be one like Baku? I really couldn’t tell you, absolutely no idea.

“I hope for France it’s a great one, I really do. I’ve not watched these races so I don’t know what you guys feel.”

Stream every F1 race live on the FOX+ app and catch up on highlights of any action you*ve missed. For more info on FOX+ click here or to start your *free 30 day trial download the FOX+ app. * FOX+ is available in select territories

904300 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 20:38:56 +0800 2018-06-20T20:38:56A Top five goals of the 2018 World Cup so Football\nFIFA World Cup\n 2018-06-20T20:38:56A 2018-06-20T20:40:50A Published By Ced Seredrica

The first round of games in the group phase has just been done, but it has already produced a number of stunning goals!

Without further delay here are the top five goals scored in the first round of matches:

5. Dennis Cheryshev (Russia), 43* RUS vs SAU

The Villareal midfielder showed immense composure to score his first goal of the tournament, a great build up play by the Russians and a good delivery towards Cheryshev*s path released the winger towards goal, skinning three Saudi defenders before coolly blasting the ball into the roof of the net.

4. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), 88* POR vs SPA

The Real Madrid ace kicked off his fourth World Cup in style by scoring a hattrick against favourites Spain. But his last goal tops the lot, with a beautiful bending free kick at the death to ensure Portugal gets a share of the points.

3. Nacho (Spain), 58* POR vs SPA

Cristiano Ronaldo*s Real Madrid teammate made amends for his earlier foul that gave Portugal a penalty by scoring a gorgeous half volley curving the ball into the bottom corner of the net to give the Spaniards a temporary 2-3 lead late into the 2nd half.

2. Philippe Coutinho (Brazil), 20' BRA vs SWI

After collecting the ball at the edge of the box, the Barcelona star fired an absolute rocket into the top corner leaving the keeper with no chance.

1. Harry Kane (England), 90+1' TUN vs ENG

The newly minted England Captain did what he was brought to do in Russia, giving the Three Lions the win with a goal at the death. Kieran Trippier*s corner found the head of Harry Maguire who headed it towards an unmarked Harry Kane who scored his 2nd goal of the tournament to ensure the England got all 3 points.

904303 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 20:36:40 +0800 2018-06-20T20:36:40A Kane wants to challenge Messi, Football\nFIFA World Cup\n 2018-06-20T20:36:40A 2018-06-21T02:25:09A Published Harry Kane is confident having a successful campaign with England in Russia can help him challenge for the title to be among the best players in the world.

The England skipper, who netted a brace in the World Cup opening game against Tunisia, feels he has the right platform at the global showpiece to prove to the world that he can be as good as the best players in the world.

Kane is adamant about building on his two goals against Tunisia can give him a chance to battle Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the title to be the best player in the World.

The Barcelona and Real Madrid superstars are the only players that have managed to win the prestigious Balon d*Or in the last ten years, but Kane feels the?door is open for him to challenge the two players.

Kane told a press conference: "To be the best player in the world you have to aim high, you can't aim low.

"I want to prove myself at a major tournament, I want to be up there with the best in the world and the only way to do that is to perform on the big stage and in the big moments.

"I had to prove people wrong throughout my career and I love proving to myself that I can do it. Ronaldo is the best in the world, up there with Messi, but the challenge is there to be with them.

"Put no limits on yourself, nobody should. I have been itching to get out there and showcase myself on the big stage."

904297 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 20:11:52 +0800 2018-06-20T20:11:52A West Ham sign Football\nPremier League\n 2018-06-20T20:11:52A 2018-06-20T20:11:52A Published

West Ham has announced a deal for Lukasz Fabianski, who becomes the club’s third new signing since the appointment of manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Fabianski joins the Hammers from Swansea City following their relegation from the English Premier League at the end of the 2017/18 season.

The Hammers had already announced the signing of young French defender Issa Diop and Ryan Fredericks from Fulham.

The 33-year old is expected to fill the gap left by Joe Hart, who has returned to parent club Manchester City after a loan spell at West Ham.

Fabianski is currently at the World Cup with Poland, but welcomed the move to West Ham and vowed to help his new team to improve in the new season.

Fabianski told the West Ham website: "West Ham is a massive club so I'm really happy to be joining at such an exciting time here.

"I will do my best on and off the pitch to help the team to achieve the best results possible and can't wait to start this new chapter of my career."

904294 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 19:55:39 +0800 2018-06-20T19:55:39A Martinez: Belgium not aiming for Football\nFIFA World Cup\n 2018-06-20T19:55:39A 2018-06-20T19:55:39A Published

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez insists he is not concerned about seeing flawless performances from his team in the group stage of the World Cup.

The Red Devils kicked off their tournament with a comfortable 3-0 win over Panama on Monday when Romelu Lukaku netted a brace after Dries Mertens opened the scoring two minutes into the second half.

Belgium's stars didn't set the world alight with their play but Martinez says the World Cup is all about results and that he saw promising signs from his team.

"If you had told me before the game, you're going to win the game by a three-goal margin, you're going to score three goals from open play, beautiful goals, because the hardest thing in football is to score goals and they were beautiful goals from open play, you're going to keep a clean sheet, I would have said this, this is exactly what we wanted," he told the media.

"You should not look for perfection. We need to improve of course. We want to improve, we need to improve. I think the three games in the group stages, it was always for us to improve in a mental way, in a technical way, in a tactical way.

"I think physically we were very strong, we grew into the game in the second half, we felt physically very strong - which is a great sign."

Belgium will face Tunisia in their next Group G clash on Saturday.

904287 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 19:15:55 +0800 2018-06-20T19:15:55A Mallya denies Force India takeover Motorsport\nFormula 1\n 2018-06-20T19:15:55A 2018-06-21T03:05:32A Published

Vijay Mallya's representative has said Force India is not close to being taken over despite recent links of new ownership.

Sports drinks company Rich Energy has long been linked with a takeover of the Formula 1 team, while Michael Andretti has also emerged as a potential new owner.

Force India have cash-flow problems and asked Liberty Media for an upfront payment to get them through the winter.

But, those financial problems have not made the prospect of a takeover move any closer.

"Nothing is happening. No sale or anything of Force India," Mallya's representative told India's Business Standard.

"Formula One is notorious for people wanting to buy teams. I would take it with a pinch of salt."

Andretti Autosport, meanwhile, has neither confirmed nor denied that a takeover of Force India is on the cards.

"Andretti Autosport is a diverse motorsports property and we have many discussions about opportunities within and outside of our current portfolio," a spokesperson told Sports Business Daily.

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904283 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 18:45:08 +0800 2018-06-20T18:45:08A Renault: We hope Red Bull regret Honda Motorsport\nFormula 1\n 2018-06-20T18:45:08A 2018-06-21T04:05:08A Published

Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul has said it is now the team's aim to make Red Bull "regret" their decision to leave them and join forces with Honda.

Red Bull announced on Tuesday that they will end their 12-year relationship with Renault at the end of the season and be powered by the Japanese engine manufacturers Honda instead.

A definite answer on Red Bull's engine partners was initially set for the team's home grand prix in Austria next weekend, but the Milton Keynes outfit has already been convinced that Honda power is the way to go forward in their pursuit of the World Championship.

But now Renault is intent on showing Red Bull that they ultimately made the wrong choice.

"We will do everything we can to make them regret this decision," Abiteboul said in an interview with

"What I mean by that is simply doing the best we can on track with our own team under our own colours.

"I am really extremely excited by the performance improvement to come, in particular with Spec C which we will introduce later this season.

"At this point in time there is no reason to think that Red Bull will not be receiving it, although we are yet to confirm details of engine allocation plan, but I hope that we will make them regret."

Abiteboul also added that he was not surprised that Red Bull has opted to end their partnership.

"Not surprised whatsoever, frankly," he said.

"I think first we tend to forget this is a confirmation – it is more a status quo actually.

"Last year in Singapore we announced a comprehensive set of agreements with both the Red Bull group and McLaren.

"This was featuring a termination of Toro Rosso at the end of 2017 and termination of Red Bull at the end of 2018, even though Red Bull had requested to be a bit more vague about that topic.

"It is more that it went in a different direction when Red Bull requested to us an offer, as there was a bit of indecision about which way to go.

"For us, it is more a confirmation of what was in the air, and which is also a strategic and commercial decision more than purely a technical or sporting decision from Red Bull."

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904291 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 18:05:21 +0800 2018-06-20T18:05:21A Federer akui Nadal sangat berbahaya di Ragam\nTenis\n 2018-06-20T18:05:21A 2018-06-20T18:05:21A Published Petenis tunggal putra Roger Federer baru saja resmi menjadi pemain nomor satu dunia. Dia menggeser rivalnya dari Spanyol, Rafael Nadal.

Meskipun demikian, Federer tetap mewaspadai pemain kidal tersebut. Peraih 20 gelar grand slam ini yakin, Nadal sangat berbahaya pada Wimbledon 2018 yang mulai bergulir 2 Juli. Federer menilai apapun bisa terjadi dalam grand slam lapangan rumput tersebut.

"Saya merasa dia merupakan salah satu idola besar untuk menjuarai Wimbledon," ujar Federer seperti dikutip dari Express.

Petenis berusia 36 tahun ini mengatakan bahwa Nadal akan sangat berbahaya jika sukses melewati rintangan pertama.

"Seperti biasa, selalu ada beberapa kesulitan pada babak awal. Namun, ini adalah turnamen besar, ada banyak pemain bagus dan apa pun bisa terjadi," ujar Federer, yang tahun lalu merengkuh gelar kedelapan di Wimbledon.

"Saat Nadal sehat, apa saja bisa terjadi. Saya merasa dia terlihat sangat baik untuk Wimbledon."

Federer sedang mempersiapkan diri menghadapi Wimbledon. Setelah juara Mercedes Cup pekan lalu, yang menjadi pemanasan Wimbledon, kini dia mengikuti turnamen Halle Open 2018 di mana dirinya berstatus juara bertahan.

Berbeda dengan Federer, Nadal, yang meraih dua gelar Wimbledon (2008, 2010), justru memilih istirahat dalam beberapa turnamen pemanasan. Dia mengaku ingin istirahat setelah meraih gelar ke-11 grand slam lapangan tanah liat, French Open 2018.

904276 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 17:55:51 +0800 2018-06-20T17:55:51A Coutinho: Brazil team not just about Football\nFIFA World Cup\n 2018-06-20T17:55:51A 2018-06-21T04:33:04A Published

Philippe Coutinho says Brazil has a lot of special players in their squad to step up to the plate if Neymar is not at his best.

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Brazil drew 1-1 against Switzerland in their first match at the 2018 World Cup and will be under pressure to grind results for their second game against Costa Rica on Friday.

Neymar is currently struggling with pain in his right ankle and missed Brazil's outdoor training session on Monday.

However, Coutinho believes the Selecao have enough quality in their squad to do the job if their star man is not at his best.

The Brazil camp has since confirmed that Neymar was feeling pain after several fouls committed against him in the opening match against the Swiss and is racing against time to be fit for the match with Costa Rica.

Coutinho told a press conference: "We have a lot of great players in the national team and each one of them has his own responsibility.

"If everyone does his job, then the team grows and plays well. We can have one player being the protagonist in one game, then another in the next one, but the most important thing is the group.

"Neymar is one of the best players in the world and it's a great plus to have him in the team.

"When he is on the field he helps us a lot. He is a very important player for us."

904273 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 17:06:41 +0800 2018-06-20T17:06:41A Varane: Criticism doesn’t affect Football\nFIFA World Cup\n 2018-06-20T17:06:41A 2018-06-20T17:06:41A Published

Mercurial France midfielder Paul Pogba doesn't allow criticism to curb his enthusiasm, according to teammate Raphael Varane.

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Pogba, who scored the winning goal in Les Bleus' 2-1 victory over Australia in their World Cup opener, stated earlier this week that he is the "most criticised player in the world", but Varane insists the Manchester United star is staying positive.

"There's a lot of negativity in the press, that's the reality. We are always trying to be positive," he told the press.

"We look for what went well, and you like to talk more about what went wrong, so I think he was talking about that.

"But he's not bitter, he stays positive always. If you could be more positive, it would be cool."

Didier Deschamps' charges are top of Group C and will face Peru on Thursday as they aim to secure their place in the knockout stages of the tournament. The South Americans lost their opening game 1-0 against Denmark, who will face Australia on Thursday.

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793136 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 17:00:26 +0800 2018-06-20T17:00:26A Transfer Buzz: Ramos wants Courtois for Real; Sarri set to be Blues boss? Football\nUncategorized\n 2018-06-20T17:00:26A 2018-06-20T17:03:47A Published With the start of the summer transfer window, let FOX Sports Asia's Transfer Buzz keep you abreast with all the latest rumours and developments in the coming weeks.

20 June

Ramos wants Courtois for Real

Diario Gol claims that Sergio Ramos has urged his club Real Madrid to sign Chelsea*s Thibaut Courtois.

The Belgium international goalkeeper, who has made no secret of his desire to return to Spain, has been linked with a move to the Bernabeu for a while now.

The 26-year-old, who was previously on loan at Atletico Madrid, has won the EPL title twice with the London club.

Sarri set to be Blues boss?

According to Sky Sports, ex-Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri*s agent is in London to finalise talks with Chelsea.

The 59-year-old Italian manager, who is still contracted to the Serie A club, has been replaced by Carlo Ancelotti.

It is reported that the Blues are set to play Sarri ㏒4.4 million to release him from Napoli.

Mertens targeted by Chelsea

Chelsea look set to kick off Maurizio Sarri*s managerial reign by signing Napoli*s Dries Mertens wrote the Mirror.

The pair worked together last season in which the 31-year-old forward scored 22 goals as Napoli finished runners-up in the Serie A.

The Belgian international, who cost 9.5 million, moved to the Serie A club in 2013.

West Ham chase Anderson

According to the Daily Mail, West Ham hope to push through a ㏒35-milion deal for Lazio*s Felipe Anderson.

Lazio have asked for extra sell-on clauses for the Brazilian winger with talks still ongoing.

25-year-old Anderson, who moved to the Serie A club in 2013, scored eight goals last season.

Marseille in for Schneiderlin

Tribal Football stated that Marseille are in the race to sign Everton*s Morgan Schneiderlin.

The 28-year-old midfielder, who was in poor form last season, has been told by the Toffees to find a new club.

The French international, who cost ㏒20 million, moved to Goodison Park in 2017 from Manchester United.

19 June

City close to ㏒46.5m Jorginho deal

Sky Sports News reported that Manchester City are close to completing a ㏒46.5-million deal for Napoli*s Jorginho.

There are still a number of outstanding issues such as payment schedules and no deal has been agreed for the Italian international.

The 26-year-old midfielder, who scored against City in the Champions League last season, has won the Coppa Italia with the Serie A side.

Hazard reveals Real desire

Eden Hazard has sent a warning to his current club Chelsea by revealing his desire to play for Real Madrid wrote the Sun.

The 27-year-old forward was quoted saying, ※As everybody knows, Real Madrid could interest me# If they want to buy me they know what they have to do.§

The Belgian international, who is currently playing at the World Cup, has won two EPL league titles since joining the Blues in 2012.

Reds want ㏒15m for Sturridge

The Telegraph stated that Liverpool have slapped a ㏒15-million price tag on Daniel Sturridge.

The 28-year-old striker, who spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom, is likely to leave this summer after falling out of favour with manager Jurgen Klopp.

The England international, whose career has been hampered by injury, is a target for Sevilla and Fenerbahce.

Barca monitor Lozano

According to ESPN FC, Barcelona are keeping tabs on PSV*s Hirving Lozano.

The Mexican international winger, who scored the winning goal against Germany in the World Cup, has seen his stock rise throughout Europe.

The 22-year-old won the league title with the Eredivisie club and scored 19 goals last season.

Everton interested in De Ligt & Martins

According to the Telegraph, Everton have their eye on Sporting Lisbon*s Gelson Martins and Ajax*s Matthijs de Ligt.

18-year-old defender De Ligt, who is regarded as one of the top defensive prospects in Europe, is also a target for Barcelona and Manchester City.

While the Toffees face a real fight for winger Martins with Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur all chasing the 23-year-old.

18 June

United prepare ㏒60m Willian bid

The Daily Mail reported that Manchester United are readying a ㏒60 million bid for Chelsea*s Willian.

United manager Jose Mourinho has previously worked with the 29-year-old winger at Chelsea and is a fan of the player.

The Brazilian international, who is currently playing at the World Cup, is contracted till 2020.

City to make Kroos move

According to Don Balon, Manchester City look to reinforce their midfield with a 70 million move for Real Madrid*s Toni Kroos.

The 28-year-old midfielder, who has won both the La Liga and Champions League titles, might be lured by a new challenge in England and working under City boss Pep Guardiola.

The German international, who played in their World Cup defeat to Mexico, is tied to Real till 2022.

Napoli target Cech loan

The Sun stated that Napoli are targeting Arsenal*s Petr Cech for a loan move.

The Czech international goalkeeper, who has been Arsenal*s number one since 2015, is said to be a target for the Serie A side*s new manager Carlo Ancelotti.

The experienced 36-year-old, who has won four EPL league titles, is in the final year of his contract.

Balotelli favours Marseille move

RMC Sport wrote that agent Mino Raiola stated that his client striker Mario Balotelli would favour a move to Marseille.

Raiola was quoted saying, ※Mario is an emotional player, he always gives 100 per cent. He can marry very well with the Marseillais mentality, that's for sure.§

The 27-year-old, who spent two years with Nice, scored 33 Ligue 1 goals.

Arsenal interested in Nzonzi

According to AS, Arsenal could be set to secure their longstanding target Steven Nzonzi from Sevilla.

The La Liga side are aware of the Gunners* interest in the 29-year-old defensive midfielder and are looking to replace him with Real Madrid*s Macros Llorente.

The French international, who is currently playing at the World Cup, made 44 appearances for Sevilla last season.

17 June

United demand ㏒70m for Martial

Manchester United have slapped a ㏒70-million price tag on Anthony Martial in an effort to keep the player according to the Star.

The 22-year-old forward, who is drawing interest from Tottenham Hotspur, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, wants to leave the English club as he is not considered a regular starter.

The French international, who has been left out of their World Cup squad, joined United in 2015 for ㏒36 million.

Hammers reopen Pastore talks

According to Sky Sports, West Ham have restarted talks with PSG*s Javier Pastore.

It is reported that earlier talks with the 28-year-old attacking midfielder were halted after the player demanded a ㏒190,000-per-week wage.

But the Hammers have returned with a ㏒17.5-million deal, with PSG keen to sell the Argentine in order to comply with UEFA*s Financial Fair Play regulations.

Real bid ㏒50m for Alisson

The Daily Mail wrote that Real Madrid have made an opening bid of 57 million for AS Roma*s Alisson.

Roma want to retain the Brazilian goalkeeper, who is also a target for Liverpool, and have valued him at 85 million.

In addition, Real Madrid also have their eye on Chelsea*s Thibaut Courtois as an alternative.

Boca Juniors hope for Barrios* stay

According to the Independent, Boca Juniors are making a last effort to keep Wilmar Barrios until January despite interest from Tottenham Hotspur.

Boca have offered the 24-year-old midfielder a new deal with improved wages to keep him for their Copa Libertadores campaign.

But the Colombian international, who is currently playing at the World Cup, has a ㏒14.5 million release clause.

Newcastle still keen on Kenedy

The Newcastle Chronicle wrote that Newcastle United are trying sign Chelsea*s Kenedy for a club record ㏒20 million.

The 22-year-old winger, who can also play as a left-back, spent last season on loan at St James* Park with manager Rafael Benitez a fan of the player.

The Brazilian footballer*s future remains in doubt at Chelsea with uncertainty over manager Antonio Conte*s future.

16 June

PSG ready ㏒90m Kante deal

The Mirror stated that Paris Saint-Germain are ready to offer ㏒90 million to Chelsea for N*Golo Kante.

The Ligue 1 champions see the 27-year-old midfielder as the perfect fit for their side and are prepared to pay for the Frenchman.

Kante, who moved to the Blues in 2016, is contracted till 2021.

Barca offered Neymar

Barcelona have been offered an opportunity to bring back Brazilian forward Neymar to the Camp Nou from PSG claimed Marca.

It is reportedly that PSG made contact to see if the Catalan club were keen on a deal after missing out on Antoine Griezmann.

However, it is thought that Barca will struggle to raise the funds needed to complete the deal.

Rooney*s MLS debut in July?

Wayne Rooney could make his MLS bow with DC United as early as July 14 according to the Mirror.

The MLS transfer window opens on July 10, but the English striker has already applied for a work visa as his move is almost completed.

The 32-year-old, who only returned to Everton last season, scored 11 goals in total.

Spurs interested in Gotze

Tottenham Hotspur have joined the race to Borussia Dortmund*s Mario Gotze wrote Football London.

The 26-year-old midfielder, who has failed to recapture his playing form, could be available for as little as ㏒18 million.

The German international, who is out of their World Cup squad, scored just two goals last season.

Barca eye Eriksen & De Jong

According to Goal, Barcelona are turning their attention to Ajax*s Frenkie de Jong after missing out on Antoine Griezmann.

With Philippe Coutinho moving to attack, the Catalan club have a need to bolster their midfield.

Barca will make De Jong an immediate priority signing this summer and are also keeping tabs on Spurs* Christian Eriksen.

15 June

Gunners keen on Gotze

According to the Mirror, Arsenal are thought to be keen on Borussia Dortmund*s Mario Gotze.

The German international midfielder, who was left of their World Cup squad, is looking to revive his career with a move to England.

Gotze, who is expected to cost ㏒18 million, with Everton, West Ham, Leicester and Newcastle all in the 26-year-old.

Blues turn down Luiz bid

Chelsea have turned down a ㏒17-million bid from Arsenal for defender David Luiz stated Le10Sport.

The 31-year-old, who has since fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge, rejoined the London club in 2016 for ㏒34 million.

The Gunners could yet return with improved terms for the Brazilian international, who can also play as a defensive midfielder.

Chelsea make 30m Rugani bid

Calciomercato reported that Chelsea have made a 30-million move for Juventus* Daniele Rugani.

The Italian international defender, though highly rated, has struggled for playing time with the Serie A giants.

The 23-year-old, who managed only 26 appearances last season, is contracted till 2021.

West Ham consider Smalling move

According to Metro, West Ham are monitoring Manchester United*s Chris Smalling.

The England international defender, who missed out on their World Cup squad, could be deemed surplus to requirements with his club looking to sign Toby Alderweireld.

The 28-year-old Smalling, who made 46 appearances last season, has won the EPL league title twice with United.

Juventus monitor Van Aanholt

Juventus are monitoring Crystal Palace*s Patrick van Aanholt as Alex Sandro*s replacement reported The Sun.

With United keen on Alex Sandro, the Serie A champions are drawing a list of replacements with the 27-year-old fitting the bill.

The Dutch international left-back, who moved to Palace in 2017 for ㏒9 million, is expected to cost ㏒25 million.

14 June

United target Boateng to leave

Bayern Munich*s Jerome Boateng is available for the right price according to the club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge wrote the Manchester Evening News.

The 29-year-old defender, who has two years left on his contract, admitted that he was considering his future after he had ※experienced everything§ with the Bundesliga giants.

Manchester United are thought to be monitoring the German international who has won 14 trophies during his seven-year with Bayern.

Ter Stegan wants Thiago at Barca

Barcelona*s goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegan has said that he would like to see Bayern*s Thiago Alcantara at the Camp Nou according to Bild.

The 27-year-old midfielder, who was a product of Barca*s youth academy, moved to Germany in 2013 for 25 million.

The Spanish international, whose contract is up next summer, scored seven goals this season.

Real to fork out 60m for Alisson

La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that AS Roma are demanding that Real Madrid pay 60 million for Alisson.

The 25-year-old goalkeeper, who is also a target for Liverpool, made 49 appearances this season for the Serie A club.

The Brazilian international, who moved to Italy in 2016, cost 7.5 million from Internacional.

Spurs make ㏒15m Grealish bid

Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly made a ㏒15-million bid for Aston Villa*s Jack Grealish according to Sky Sports News.

The 22-year-old midfielder, who can double up as a winger, is also drawing interest from the likes of Chelsea, Fulham and Leicester.

The England U-21 star, who has shone for Villa in the Championship, bagged three goals in total this season.

Nice to move for Hart

The Daily Mail stated that Nice are ready to make a move for Manchester City*s Joe Hart.

The Ligue 1 club, which recently appointed former City coach Patrick Vieira as manager, are ready to hand 31-year-old Hart a lifeline following two unsuccessful loan spells with Torino and West Ham.

The English goalkeeper, who could be available for a reduced fee, is also being tracked by clubs in Italy and Spain.

13 June

Atletico reach Lemar agreement with Monaco

Atletico Madrid have come to an agreement with Monaco over player Thomas Lemar wrote Goal.

The 22-year-old midfielder, who can also play on the wings, is also a target for Liverpool and Arsenal.

The French international, who looks set to move to La Liga, made 38 appearances for the Ligue 1 club this season.

Milan propose Donnarumma-Morata swap

According to Corriere dello Sport, AC Milan have offered Gianluigi Donnarumma as part of the deal to land Chelsea*s Alvaro Morata.

The 19-year-old goalkeeper, who has been slapped with a 70-million price tag, is expected to leave the Serie A club in the summer.

It is said that the Blues could be set to lose Thibaut Courtois and Milan hope to capitalise and move for their underperforming striker Morata.

Arsenal to land ㏒26m-Torreira

The Guardian reported that Arsenal are finalising a ㏒26.4-million deal for Sampdoria*s Lucas Torreira.

The Gunners turned to the 22-year-old defensive midfielder after being rebuffed by Paris Saint-Germain*s Yacine Adli.

Uruguayan Torreira, who scored four goals this season, was also drawing interest from Napoli.

Real set to sign Rodrygo

According to AS, Real Madrid are set to land Santos* Rodrygo for 45 million.

The 17-year-old forward will spend another year in Brazil with his current club before making the move to Spain.

The teenage star, who bagged nine goals this season, is a product of Santos* academy.

Burnley aim for Baggies duo

The Mirror stated that Burnley have made a ㏒25-million bid for West Brom*s Craig Dawson and Jay Rodriguez.

The Baggies, who were relegated this season, is expected to let a number of their high profile players go.

Burnley are looking to reinforce their squad after finishing seventh in EPL.

12 June

PSG in for Chelsea enforce N*Golo Kante

Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) have gotten one step close to signing Chelsea midfielder N*Golo Kante.

Kante is currently with France preparing for the World Cup after making 89 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea over two seasons.

Paris United claim that Kante*s official representative Karim Douis and his management team are pushing for the player to join a new club.

This could all fall into place should the Blues manage to bring Jean Michael Seri from Nice. PSG must fork out a fee of around 80 million to get their man.

Inter to make player plus cash deal for Nainggolan

Corriere Dello Sport reported that Inter Milan are putting together a bid for Roma*s Belgium midfield enforcer Radja Nainggolan.

The midfielder announced his retirement from international football after being left out of Belgium*s World Cup squad but is still regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders in Serie A.

Nainggolan is keen to link up with his former boss, Luciano Spalleti, but Roma are not keen to sell their star player to a rival club.

Inter*s way of sealing the deal is to offer a player on top of the estimated ㏒35m cash offer and the trio of Matias Vecino, Antonio Candreva and Joao Mario are the players suggested.

Man City could turn to Seri if Jorginho says no

Manchester City will turn to Nice midfielder Seri if Napoli continue to reject their advances for Jorginho.

Patrick Vieira has just been installed as manager of Nice and his strong ties with the blue half of Manchester will be put to good use.

Sky Sports News understand Pep Guardiola*s team are monitoring Seri*s situation with Chelsea and Arsenal also keen to sign the midfielder.

The 26-year-old has 11 goals from 101 appearances for Nice and is also a member of the Ivory Coast national team where he amassed 16 international caps.

Black Cats want ㏒7m for Paddy McNair

Sunderland are holding out for at least ㏒7 million for midfielder Paddy McNair, according The Mirror.

The former Manchester United defender returned from injury in October last year after 11 months away from the game.

Newly-promoted Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers are said to be keen on the 23-year-old who can play in midfield and defence.

Sky Sports also claimed that Brighton have gone in with two bids that have been rejected by the Black Cats.

Villas-Boas linked with Real Madrid

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas is the latest manager to be linked with the Real Madrid hot seat, according to RMC.

The 40-year-old has been without a club since leaving Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG last November and has spent his time racing in the Dakar Rally.

With almost the entire football fraternity*s top coaches all mentioned at some point as a possible replacement for Zinedine Zidane, it remains to be seen if Villas-Boas name is just another one on the list.

11 June

Liverpool to make ㏒15 million bid for Nick Pope

England goalkeeper Nick Pope is the latest goalkeeper to be linked with Liverpool as the Reds continue their search for a new stopper.

The Sun reported that Jurgen Klopp singled out Pope as the man to solve their goalkeeping crisis and Liverpool are prepared to back their manager with a ㏒15m bid in the coming days.

Pope is currently with Gareth Southgate*s side preparing for the World Cup and is seen as one of the brightest talents in between the sticks in the English game.

Should Pope move to Anfield, Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius may be headed for the exit door.

Bonucci denies Manchester United rumours

AC Milan captain Leonardo Bonucci has come out to put a stop to all rumours linking him with a move away from the San Siro.

After another dismal season where they failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League, Bonucci was said to have been eyeing a move to a bigger club.

Jose Mourinho*s Manchester United were rumoured to be one such club interested in the defender*s services but the Italian centre-back has refuted it.

※There is no problem whatsoever [at Milan],' Bonucci told Sky Sport Italia. 'I hope these rumours will be put to bed so we can build something important.§

Juventus offer Wilshere four-year deal

Jack Wilshere is set for a showdown with Arsenal manager Unai Emery before deciding on his immediate future.

The Englishman is set to become a free agent at the end of the month and is holding out for an improved deal despite the Gunners already offering him a new deal.

Things have become even more complicated as Tuttomercatoweb claim that Serie A giants Juventus have put a four-year deal on the table to sign the playmaker.

Juventus* offer is worth ㏒4m a year but it remains to be seen if the Turin club will go through with the deal with Liverpool*s Emre Can believed to be on his way to the club.

Marek Hamsik headed for the Chinese Super League

It is an open secret that Marek Hamsik is seeking a new challenge after spending most of his career at Napoli.

The latest from the rumour mill is that Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande have already met with Napoli to discuss the matter.

Guangzhou are coached by Fabio Cannavaro and according to Corriere dello Sport, the former Italian captain has earmarked the Slovakian as his main transfer target.

Valencia agree 50m fee for PSG*s Guedes

Reports in Radio Montecarlo suggests Valencia have agreed a 50m deal to sign Paris Saint-Germain winger Goncalo Guedes.

Guedes spent last season on loan at the Mestalla and became an instant hit with the supporters with his style of play.

The deal will include a sell-on clause and Guedes* La Liga adventure is set to continue.



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904263 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:34:59 +0800 2018-06-20T16:34:59A Dybala: Messi can count on us for Football\nFIFA World Cup\n 2018-06-20T16:34:59A 2018-06-20T16:34:59A Published

Argentina striker Paulo Dybala insists the entire squad is in full support of team talisman Lionel Messi despite his recent penalty miss.

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Messi failed to deliver on expectations in Argentina's World Cup opener against Iceland on Saturday as he saw his poor penalty attempt in the 64th minute saved, which resulted in a 1-1 draw.

Despite the disappointment, Dybala has made it clear that the Barcelona superstar remains the Albiceleste's top player and still has the full backing of the team.

"Obviously we all support him, there is no need to remember that," Dybala told the press.

"Failing a penalty doesn't mean anything because he is the first one who wants to fix that and revert the situation, and he knows he can count on us now more than ever.

"We are here to help him whenever he needs us, to take advantage from him on each game, and we will keep by his side. This is not going to change."

Argentina's next Group D encounter is against Croatia on Thursday.

904257 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:52:36 +0800 2018-06-20T15:52:36A Lahm: Low deserves to be Football\nFIFA World Cup\n 2018-06-20T15:52:36A 2018-06-20T15:52:36A Published

Former Germany captain Philipp Lahm believes national team manager Joachim Low deserves to be supported after the disappointing World Cup defeat to Mexico.

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The reigning world champions suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to the Central Americans in their opening Group F fixture of the 2018 World Cup in Russia on Sunday, when Hirving Lozano scored the winner.

Low was criticised after the unexpected result, with some pointing out flaws in his squad selection, but Lahm has voiced his support for the experienced German coach.

"I think you can always have a discussion about the squad in Germany because we have got so many good players," he told the press.

"We had the Confederations Cup last year where even more young players were part of the team. These players showed themselves at the Confederations Cup.

"You have to trust the national coach and his staff. He has got lots of experience, he has been with the national team since 2004 and after the 2006 World Cup, he became the national coach. He has got the necessary experience and he knows how to assemble his squad.

"Since he has been the national coach, we have always made it to the semi-final at least.

"He knows very well how to assemble a squad which will finish the next four or five weeks successfully."

Die Mannschaft will face Sweden in their next Group F fixture on Saturday.

904251 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:21:12 +0800 2018-06-20T15:21:12A 2018 World Cup: Match Day One Heroes and Zeroes Vol. Football\nFIFA World Cup\n 2018-06-20T15:21:12A 2018-06-20T22:30:38A Published By Brian Tamayao

The first round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup group stage matches have already gone by and it's suffice to say that there has been no shortage of drama in Russia. We now take a look at the biggest winners and losers from teams and players in Groups E, F, G, and H:

Related article: Match Day One Heroes and Zeroes Vol. 1



Not a lot of people had Mexico winning against Germany in the World Cup so when El Tri's Hirving Lozano scored the only goal between the two sides, millions of Mexicans celebrated the win like they had won the whole tournament.

It was just one game but no one can blame them for feeling such. Germany came into the match as heavy favorites and rightly so for they are the reigning champions. The Mexicans, however, were unfazed by the four-time winners. They showed courage from the get go and looked the better side in the first half. Lozano, together with Carlos Vela, Javier Hernandez, and Miguel Layun, lit up the attack and often found gaps in the German defense.

In the 35th minute, the frontline finally grabbed a deserved goal when Lozano finished off a quick counter by converting Hernandez's pass into a goal. It was half of the key towards victory with the other one being the CONCACAF representative's sturdy defense. Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa kept another clean sheet against tournament favorites, replicating his feat four years ago when his team shutout hosts Brazil.

Heading into the next games, Mexico surely have springs on their steps knowing topping the group is well in their control. They will face South Korea on Saturday aware that three more points will put them a step closer of reaching that goal.

Harry Kane (England)

England's newly-appointed skipper Harry Kane delivered for the Three Lions whom he inspired to a 2-1 triumph over Tunisia. In the process, Kane has continued his remarkable streak of scoring in every game he's worn the armband now spanning five games with six goals in his name.

The nature of his goals displayed his instincts in front of goal. The first one saw Kane pounce on a rebound off John Stones' saved header to ease the nerves 11 minutes into the match. Then in second half added time, Kane moved into an unmarked position to head the ball from about two yards to claim England's first opening game win in the World Cup since 2006.

Before scoring the winner, the England captain had to make do with rough challenges particularly during set pieces. Twice, Kane looked to have been felled down wrongly inside the box but he didn't get any calls. Instead of getting frustrated, the Tottenham striker took it in stride and rightly had the last laugh to give the Three Lions a reason to believe.

Expect Kane to be involved much more in the tournament as England bid to make the knockout rounds. They will get there should the Three Lions beat Panama on Sunday, a day where the England captain looks to help his team the best way he knows how - by scoring the goals.


Japan's win against Colombia is the first win by an AFC representative against CONMEBOL counterparts in 18 attempts so it must not be a surprise that the Blue Samurai have made the list.

The Japanese enjoyed a dream start when they took the lead early on against the then 10 men of Colombia. Carlos Sanchez's deliberate handball meant that the defender was sent off just three minutes into the match. Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa calmly dispatched the penalty which would later be cancelled by Juan Quintero's clever free kick.

A draw wouldn't have been a bad result for Japan also as this was against firm favorites to qualify, Colombia. Things did look bleak when Colombian star James Rodriguez was sent to the pitch. The 2014 Golden Boot winner netted one in his team's 4-1 win against Japan four years ago and looked like he could do the same even with a minor injury.

Fortunately for Japan, Rodriguez and Los Cafeteros were there for the taking. Ultimately, Yuya Osako made the difference. The K?ln forward first regained the lead for Samurai Blue when his header brushed the post before bouncing in. Then, he made an important challenge on James to keep them in front for good.

Now, the Japanese are looking forward to securing what would be a huge second win in the tournament. They will be meeting Senegal next in a clash for top spot in Group H on Sunday.


Speaking of Senegal, the West African team's appearance in the 2018 World Cup will only be their second ever since their giant-killing run in 2002. Slaying giants, however, did not stop in Korea as the Lions of Tarenga dealt Poland a 2-1 defeat.

Poland may not be as huge as France but the Eastern Europeans are poised to make it to the knockout rounds. In what was an even game, Senegal made their chances count by taking the lead in a fortuitous manner. Idrissa Gueye's wayward shot was deflected into his own net by Thiago Cionek. Moments later, Senegal keeper Khadim N'Diaye had to stretch out in order to deny Robert Lewandowski a first half goal from a free kick.

Senegal's luck didn't run out in the opening half as M'Baye Niang pounced on a loose ball inside the Poland half, beating Wojciech Szczesny to it before comfortably sliding it into an open goal. Not even a Grzegorz Kyrchowiak goal could dampen another opening World Cup game to remember for Senegal who now draw one step closer of matching their 2002 World Cup quarterfinal finish.



For Germany, losing the first game of the World Cup doesn't come often. Last time they suffered the same, it was back when West Germany lost to minnows Algeria back in 1982. Fast forward to 36 years and they couldn't find their bearings against another team in green, this time in the shape of Mexico, who condemned them to a 1-0 loss.

It marked the third time a defending champion failed to win their first game in the tournament with Italy and Spain prematurely crashing out of the tournament they won in the previous edition. Germany is still seen by many to avoid following suit but what they need to avoid is allowing more space for opposing attackers to operate in. The Mexican frontline should have had at least two goals if not for sloppiness which spared German blushes at times.

Another thing that dismayed Die Mannschaft their finishing. Throughout the 90 minutes, the Germans registered 26 shots - 9 on target. They'd probably trade 23 less shots if it meant that the other two had gone in. Unfortunately for them, football doesn't work that way. Now, they have to beat Sweden in order to put their bid to defending the trophy back on track.

Neymar (Brazil)

Brazilian superstar Neymar went to the World Cup in blazing form following his return to injury. The Paris Saint-Germain standout scored in both pre-tournament friendlies against Croatia and Austria to boost the Sele?ao's hunt for a sixth World Cup triumph.

But for them to do just that, Neymar and Brazil would have to put in more work after they were held by the valiant Swiss to a 1-1 draw. Neymar didn't find the back of the net this time as he faced rough defending from the Euro 2008 co-hosts.

Moreover, the former Barcelona forward was brought down wrongly 10 times - the most in the tournament since 1998. The challenges have taken a toll on the Brazilian, limiting his impact on the game.

To make matters worse, the fouls just didn't stop bothering him after the 90 minutes. It has been reported that he limped out of training due to an aggravation to a foot that received major stress during the game against Switzerland. He will be a major loss should he not be ruled fit for their next game against Croatia.

For sure, Neymar has had better World Cup matches like when he had his say in last World Cup's opening game. He isn't in a position he wanted to be at the moment and that may turn out to be a good thing. The tournament is still young and he still has time to turn things around. Brazilians hope, one way or another, that things will come good for their team in a shaky time like this.

Carlos Sanchez (Colombia)

Colombian defender Carlos Sanchez knew the troubles he would cause the moment he deliberately handled the ball inside the box in his teams 2-1 loss to Japan.

The error led to a costly penalty not even five minutes into the game and, perhaps more critical, his sending off. Colombia eventually went a goal down and a man down when Shinji Kagawa struck from 12 yards.

Losing a man is one thing but him being a defender is another. Colombia then had to sacrifice attack for defensive stability when winger Juan Cuadrado had to be taken off for defensive midfielder Wilmar Barrios. It was not Sanchez's decision but it surely influenced manager Jose Peckerman's tactical adjustments.

It looked to have worked when Colombia played with more stability. Juan Quintero's equalizer from a free kick rightly reflected the change in momentum. Unfortunately, it only papered over the cracks as a second Japan goal in the closing half eventually led to Colombia's demise.

Sanchez won't be available in Colombia's next game against Poland. He faces the prospect of not playing another meaningful minute of action in the World Cup. On Sunday, he will desperately hope that it will not be the case.

Robert Lewandowski (Poland)

Bayern Munich and Poland forward Robert Lewandowski failed to score in his first World Cup match where his beloved Poland went down to African side Senegal. The loss obviously is a downer but for Lewandowski, feeling helpless about it looked just as worse.

His only bright spot in the game was forcing N'Diaye to make a brilliant stop in the first half. Apart from that, Lewandowski struggled to get the ball in dangerous areas. Much of it might be down to a commendable Senegal defending but it still is difficult to imagine a player whose scoring goals for fun for club and country not get more chances.

After the match, Lewandowski lamented the poor service he got in front by saying: "We played with no tempo or pace and very little communication. We were playing it side to side with no urgency or looking to move the ball forward and this type of play is not effective." Indeed, depriving one of the world's lethal strikers is not the best idea to succeed, especially at this stage.

Needing a win, Poland will still look for Lewandowski to lead the frontline. The Bayern forward now hopes to have a more familiar outing when he bids to rescue his team's World Cup campaign against the Colombians.

903933 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:50:49 +0800 2018-06-20T13:50:49A Lions in Malaysia: Shahdan & Faris back to winning ways, Safuwan keeps pace with Asian Football\nMalaysia Super League\n 2018-06-20T13:50:49A 2018-06-20T13:52:35A Published FOX Sports Asia brings you a weekly watch on what the stars of Singapore football Shahdan Sulaiman, Faris Ramli, Safuwan Baharudin and Hariss Harun are up to both on and off the pitch in Malaysia.

Shahdan Sulaiman 每 Melaka United

[caption id="attachment_904219" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Photos sourced from Melaka United & Shahdan Instagram[/caption]

Last time out, Melaka United and midfielder Shahdan Sulaiman tasted defeat at the hands of Kuala Lumpur FA in the Malaysia Super League. But last night, Singapore international Shahdan and the Sang Kancil got back to winning ways by coming away with a 2-1 win against PKNP FC.

At the Batu Kawan Stadium, midfielder Lee Chang-Hoon hit back in the 65th minute with a goal to cancel out PKNP's opening goal.?Nigerian striker Ifedayo Olusegun popped up in the 90th minute to secure all the three points.

Melaka United move to seventh in the table on 20 points. They are due to take on league champs Johor Darul Ta' zim next Tuesday.

Enjoying a week and a half break prior to the PKNP match, 30-year-old Shahdan had ample time to prepare for the game and last week's Hari Raya holiday.

The Melaka number 16 shared several festive photos of him and his family in their finest. Colour-coordinating his outfit with his wife and two kids, Shahdan opted for a purple and pink baju melayu?this year.?

Faris Ramli 每 PKNS FC

[caption id="attachment_904224" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Photos sourced from PKNS and Faris Facebook[/caption]

Having not won in five league matches, PKNS FC and winger Faris Ramli hoped to put it right as they went up against Kelantan FA.

Against the rock-bottom team, PKNS had new signing Bruno Matos to thank as the Brazilian midfielder struck a brace in the fourth and 85th minute to condemn the Red Warriors to their 11th league loss.

Following the 2-1 win, PKNS take up sixth place with 23 points after 16 matches gone.

While the Red Ants are celebrating their victory, perhaps 25-year-old Faris can share some party tips?

After all, the Singaporean winger, who has four goals to his name, did share his family's kick ass Hari Raya family video and we got to admit, it did gave us a bad case of the #FOMO.

A lively conga line, boisterous singalongs and a specially composed backing musical track showed that when it comes parties, there ain't no party like a Faris' party! #LIT

Safuwan Baharudin 每 Pahang FA

[caption id="attachment_904233" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Photos sourced from Pahang Facebook & Safuwan Instagram[/caption]

Looking to bounce back from their loss to league champs JDT, Pahang FA and Singapore midfielder Safuwan Baharudin did exactly just last night.

At the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium, the Elephants took the lead through Issey Nakajima-Farran as early as the sixth minute. The Canadian winger added a second to his tally in the second half before forward Norshahrul Idlan finished the scoring for Pahang in the 71st minute to earn a 3-1 victory.

Keeping pace with second-placed Perak TBG, Pahang sit behind in third on 27 points and are due to meet PKNP FC in the Malaysia FA Cup this Saturday.

26-year-old Safuwan, who can also play in defence, should be raring to go this weekend considering that he had a short Hari Raya break.

Besides out visiting, the Pahang number 21 also took the time to spend some quality playtime with his son during the festive period.

Hariss Harun 每 Johor Darul Ta'zim FC

[caption id="attachment_904244" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Photos sourced from JDT Facebook & Hariss Instagram[/caption]

Sitting pretty at the top of the Malaysia Super League table, reigning champions Johor Darul Ta'zim and midfielder Hariss Harun head into their match against Terengganu FC with the utmost confidence.

Just before the break, the Harimau Selatan?confidently saw off title contenders Pahang FA with a 2-1 win away at the Darul Makmur Stadium. Argentine duo Fernando Marquez and Gonzalo Cabrera both struck to snatch all three vital points.

JDT, currently on 38 points, hold a 10-point lead over second-placed Perak TBG.

But before squaring off with fifth-placed Terengganu FC tonight, 27-year-old Hariss will feel recharged and raring to go after the Hari Raya holiday weekend.

The Harimau Selatan number 14, who was part of the club's festive video greeting, also took part in a breaking of fast ceremony with orphans earlier on in the month.


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904231 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:15:38 +0800 2018-06-20T13:15:38A Everything you need to know about the French Grand Motorsport\nFormula 1\n 2018-06-20T13:15:38A 2018-06-20T13:15:38A Published Formula 1 heads to back to France after a 10-year hiatus this week for the eighth round of the 2018 season, the French Grand Prix.

Where: Le Castellet

Weather forecast: conditions in Le Castellet will vary over the race weekend with highs during the daytime of between 31 degrees on Friday and 27 degrees on Sunday. Friday is predicted to be mostly sunny, while Saturday will see scattered showers. Sunday is forecast to be cloudy with a slight chance of rain. Lows will hover between 19 around 17 degrees.

The circuit: Circuit Paul Ricard

Circuit Guide:

Circuit length: 5.842 km

Formula 1 debut: 1971

Number of laps: 53

Race distance: 309.626 km

Lap record: N/A

Tyre allocation: Soft, supersoft, ultrasoft

DRS Zones:

Last five winners in France:

2008: Felipe Massa (Ferrari)
2007: Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
2006: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)
2005: Fernando Alonso (Renault)
2004: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)

Broadcast schedule (all times HK):

Friday, June 22: Practice 1: 16:55 每 18:35; Practice 2: 20:55 每 22:35
Saturday, June 23: Practice 3: 17:55 每 19:05; Qualifying: 20:30 每 22:40
Sunday, June 10: Race: 20:00 每 23:30

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904204 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:42:22 +0800 2018-06-20T12:42:22A 2018 WC talking points: After the first round of Football\nFIFA World Cup\n 2018-06-20T12:42:22A 2018-06-20T22:54:55A Published The FIFA World Cup continues to roll on in Russia as all 32 teams have now played at least one game each to start their campaign.

It has been a very eventful competition thus far, with a lot of surprises while also confirming some of the predictions that many had before the competition began.

However, this first round of matches have been nothing short of spectacular and could be only a preview of the things yet to come in the best competition in international football.

We take a quick look at one takeaway from each group after the first round of matches.


For this group, Russia and Egypt have already played two matches due the schedule, but it does not take from the fact that the hosts have been impressive in the early stages of the competition.

Ranked the lowest among the teams involved in the competition, little was expected from the Russians as they were grouped against a strong Uruguay team and Egypt who are carried by a breakout star in Mohamed Salah.

However, the Russians had other plans as they dominated the opening game against Saudi Arabia, putting in five goals past their helpless rivals. This was very surprising as many questioned whether Russia had the talent especially in the front line and the question was who would supply the goals they needed against their opposition.

To the home fans* delight, Russia have been dominant and clinical with the chances that are given to them. They continued on against Egypt as the put three past the Pharaohs and have only allowed one goal so far in the competition.


In Group B, the marquee match-up was between the two European countries as Spain and Portugal were set to collide.

Making things interesting was the fact that their opening games were against each other. This pit a talented team in Spain going up against the European Champions and Cristiano Ronaldo who was tipped to carry the entire nation on his shoulders.

The epic match did not disappoint as Portugal gained the lead twice behind their talisman before the depth and passing efficiency of the Spanish gave them the 3-2 lead.

However, the Portuguese superstar was not going to be denied as his incredible free kick levelled things and the two nations had to share the points in an epic encounter.

With the biggest test in the group already out of the way, things may be pointing towards Cristiano Ronaldo taking center stage in the World Cup and possibly bringing the nation all the way.


In this group, France and Denmark won as many predicted and it seems like they are on their way to cruising towards the knockout stages.

However, the biggest story here is the first use of the Video Assistance Referee (VAR) in the competition and it happened in France as they went up against Australia.

In the 2-1 victory, the French were awarded a penalty when Antoine Griezmann appeared to be fouled inside the box by Josh Risdon. The referees pointed to the VAR to confirm the call and after a few replays it was confirmed a foul.

Griezmann would step up to take the penalty kick and eventually give France a 1-0 lead.

Australia battled back with their own penalty, but Paul Pogba*s winner sealed three points for the Frenchmen and this match became a prime example on how technology can help the referees make the right calls.

There are certainly still a few kinks to be corrected in how it can be flawlessly implemented but the VAR is a big step forward in football*s grandest stage.


Along with Croatia, many believed that Argentina were set for a big World Cup and would be favourites to advance towards the knockout stages in Group D against Iceland and Nigeria.

The South Americans were runners-up in the 2014 World Cup and with Lionel Messi leading the line, there were little indications that they would struggle early on.

Against Iceland, things started out well as Sergio Aguero opened the scoresheet for Argentina to gain a 1-0 lead.

However, the determined Iceland side levelled the terms and were up to the task of stopping the Barcelona man.

They threw multiple defenders at Messi in multiple occasions, stopping him from creating so much havoc and it resulted in him failing to score.

He had a chance when Argentina were awarded a penalty kick, but Hannes Halldorsson stopped Messi*s attempt and the frustration was evident on the Argentine*s face.

Despite having a clear advantage on paper, Argentina have a lot of work to do especially when they are set to face Croatia who are much more talented than Iceland.


Similar to what happened in Group D, the fifth cluster in the competition included a team that many believed would be raising the World Cup by the end of the event.

Brazil had a superstar line-up and were looking to rebound from their disastrous defeat four years ago. With stars like Neymar in the squad, there were few doubts on how they would perform.

In the early stages of their opener against Switzerland, it appeared that they were on track, with Philippe Coutinho giving them the lead 20 minutes into the contest.

However, the Swiss were resilient and fought fire with fire as they played a physical match against the Brazilians, and they were awarded a goal in the 50th behind a Steven Zuber effort.

Brazil contend that there were many calls that did not go their way and wished that VAR were used to aid them get the victory, but as it stands they are second in the table behind Serbia and have much work to do if they want to go through the next rounds.


Already with a lot of upsets, the World Cup was set to see a few more big wins from underdogs and defending champions Germany were the next victims.

Against Mexico in their opener, Germany were expected to comfortably win given the depth of their talent and that they were defending their World Cup crown.

However, they were throttled by an inspired Mexico squad who showed no signs of fear against their elite competition, battling for every possession.

Germany looked uninterested in the contest at times and lethargic in their movement as they allowed Mexico to constantly go on the attack.

It would eventually pay off for the Mexicans as Hirving Lozano broke the deadlock in the 35th minute which turned the contest on its head and gave Germany something to think about.

The champions tried to bounce back but the Mexico defence stood firm and they eventually held on to get the improbable victory over the disgruntled champions.


In Group G, two European powerhouses in the form of Belgium and England were given the task to battle each other, along with Tunisia and Panama.

The level of talent in the two European countries gave them the advantage, and they made sure to make the most of it in their opening games.

England had a tough tussle with Tunisia, with Harry Kane supplying goals to help the Three Lions get the hard-earned victory, with many applauding their playing style and finally believing that England may be a team to reckon with later on in the competition.

As for Belgium, their star-studded line-up displayed dominance against Costa Rica as they put three goals past their opponents en route to a victory.

Dries Mertens broke the Panama resistance early in the second half before Romelu Lukaku scored twice inside six minutes to ensure the victory for the Belgians.


In the final group, many were intrigued as this appeared to be the most competitive among the groups with the four teams having a realistic chance against each other.

However, few would have envisioned that the two teams who would get the victories are the not from Europe or South America.

Japan surprised everyone with a big 2-1 victory over fan-favourites Colombia to be the first Asian team to beat a South American squad in the World Cup.

Colombia were left with 10 men in only the third minute of the contest with a red card and Japan made the most, scoring the corresponding penalty.

The match was exciting as Colombia pushed forward, but they failed to convert in all but one attempt and allowed the Japanese two wrestle the lead back with a set piece. This big win puts Japan in the driver seat in the table and Colombia dead last.

In the other contest, Poland were victim to a determined Senegal squad who had luck on their side with a 2-1 win thanks to an own goal from Thiago Cionek and a game management error from the referee that played a hand in their second goal from M*Baye Niang.

However, Poland lacked the finishing touch for the most part of the game and are now looking to bounce back if they want to make it to the knockout stages.

904225 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:25:55 +0800 2018-06-20T12:25:55A Day looks to bounce back at Golf\nUncategorized\n 2018-06-20T12:25:55A 2018-06-20T12:25:55A Published Jason Day is hoping to put the disappointment of last week*s US Open behind him this week as he prepares to take part in the Travelers Championship.

The Australian has been in good nick so far this year, winning twice already, but was one of the many who suffered at Shinnecock Hills.

Day missed the cut after rounds of 79 and 73 despite some serious preparation.

"You can't read too much into what happened last week. I prepped as well as I could, I did a lot of hard work," Day said.

"I got there the Saturday night and played 18 holes Sunday. On Monday I played nine holes, played nine holes at practice Tuesday and Wednesday.

※With that said, I prepped as much as I could. Unfortunately I didn't execute the actual plan, but to be able to come back and try to win this tournament is the next step. You can't dwell on what happened last week."

Nevertheless, he refused to get too down, and said he would try to avoid the same fate this weekend.

Day missed the cut at TPC River Highlands last year, but added that he hoped to emulate Jordan Spieth, who missed the cut at last year*s US Open only to win the Travelers.

"I'm obviously coming off of a disappointing week last week," Day said. "But coming back to a golf course I actually enjoy, and the people here are fantastic, and to play this tournament when it's nice weather and after a U.S. Open week is always nice."

"Obviously missing a cut definitely is disappointing," Day said. "But to be able to come back and be able to do what Jordan did last year would be nice."

904223 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:02:01 +0800 2018-06-20T12:02:01A Guessing game: Cavs enter NBA draft unsure of LeBron*s Basketball\nNBA\n 2018-06-20T12:02:01A 2018-06-20T12:29:35A Published LeBron James won*t be picking any players during Thursday*s NBA draft.

At least not directly.

With the trajectory of their franchise riding on where he decides to play next season and beyond, the Cleveland Cavaliers will enter this year*s draft not knowing if they*re choosing a player to help them 〞 and James 〞 contend for another championship, develop a prospect for the future or potentially take a player to trade. It*s a guessing game.

James has until June 29 to exercise his $35.6 million contract option for next season or decline it and become an unrestricted free agent, officially making him the planet*s best and most coveted player.

The 33-year-old is not expected to reveal his intentions until after the draft.

By that time, the Cavs, still stinging from a Finals sweep at the hands of the Golden State Warriors, hope to have chosen a player that makes them more appealing to the three-time champion, who is mulling whether to leave them 〞 and his Northeast Ohio home 〞 for the second time in his career.

Anything seems possible at this point. James and his representatives have kept an air-tight lid on their plans.

The Cavs, too, have been secretive while general manager Koby Altman prepares for his first draft by consulting with his staff on what to do with the No. 8 overall pick, the one they received last summer in the seismic trade that sent All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics.

It*s quite a quandary for Cleveland, and James isn*t helping the Cavs by keeping them in suspense.

It*s also possible that James hasn*t made up his mind.

Following Game 4 in the Finals, James said he*ll factor in his family*s well-being along with his thirst to win more titles into a decision that once again has Cleveland edgy.

※I still want to be in championship mode,§ he said. ※I think I*ve shown this year why I will still continue to be in championship mode.§

And while there are numerous unknowns, there is one indisputable fact: the Cavs must upgrade their roster to have any chance of keeping James and continuing a relationship that was resurrected in 2014.

After yielding to Irving*s request and trading him, the Cavs spent all last season trying to replace him. They never came close, and without a dependable second scoring option or a guard, James was forced to shoulder a heavier load than ever. He succeeded in getting to his eighth straight Finals, but was then overmatched by the deeper Warriors.

To remain viable contenders and keep James happy and healthy, the Cavs must address their backcourt issue this summer, either in the draft, through free agency or a trade.

With this year*s draft top loaded with quality big men, there*s a strong possibility the Cavs will have their pick of one of the elite guards, perhaps Oklahoma*s Trae Young or Alabama*s Collin Sexton 〞 two players James has praised in the past.

Young was college basketball*s most electrifying player last season, averaging 27.4 points and 8.7 assists even while teams designed defenses specifically to stop him. James kept an eye on the 6-foot-2 scoring phenom from afar and is intrigued by not only his ability to break down teams but his unselfishness.

Young could be gone by the time the Cavs are on the clock, but Sexton would be a nice backup plan. The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 19.2 points and 3.6 assists as a freshman and showed he*s got a big-game gene, carrying the Crimson Tide on a run in the SEC tournament that secured the school*s first NCAA berth since 2012.

Sexton worked out for the Cavs at their training facility and owner Dan Gilbert referred to the 19-year-old as ※a very interesting draft prospect§ on Twitter.

There*s also a chance that Cleveland could select a guard to use to entice a major trade. The Cavs have long been interested in Charlotte*s Kemba Walker, who will be a free agent after next season, and landing a player of that caliber would send a resounding message to James that they intend to keep chasing championships.

Walker might not be enough to keep James here, but he would give the Cavs a new star to build around.

James has remained off social media since the playoffs began in April, and his self-imposed blackout has continued since the Finals ended.

He*s been quiet, but there*s no doubt he*s watching.

Every move. (AP)

(Photo by Greg Nelson /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

904170 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:33:01 +0800 2018-06-20T11:33:01A FIFA World Cup: Best memes in Group Stage Round Football\nFIFA World Cup\n 2018-06-20T11:33:01A 2018-06-20T11:33:01A Published The first round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia has been nothing short of exciting with several talking points and highlights that set social media abuzz with memes.

Here is a compilation of?some of the best memes so far in the tournament:

Pre-World Cup buzz: Lopetegui's sacking

Julen Lopetegui has been sacked as Spain's manager on the eve of the opening ceremony of the main event and 48 hours before La Furia Roja formally begin their quest for their second World Cup trophy due to agreeing a managerial position with Real Madrid without the knowledge of the Royal Spanish Football Federation's president Luis Rubiales.

The event definitely cast a shadow over Spain's preparation for the World Cup and it sparked a buzz in the social media sphere particularly memes:

Saudi Arabia 'on vacation' against Russia

The Saudi Arabian national team began their World Cup on the wrong foot, suffering a 5-0 loss against the tournament hosts.

With Manager Juan Antonio Pizzi labelling the performance of his players as 'shameful' and reports that some players are going to be penalised by the Saudi Football Federation, it seems everything is doom and gloom already this early in the Saudi camp.

Russia though were stellar and produced the best result imaginable as they boost themselves to the top of the table in Group A.

Impact sub and match standout Denis Cheryshev had a stellar performance and a particular play that wrong-footed Saudi Arabia's defenders that produced a meme that became an instant hit.

Portugal vs Spain: We have Ronaldo!

Cristiano Ronaldo singlehandedly carried Portugal to claw out a draw against star-studded Spain.


Iceland vs Argentina: Messi as Miss Penalty

Lionel Messi once again was put under the microscope in a negative light after his penalty was saved by Iceland's goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson which ended with Argentina only earning a draw against their less fancied but spirited underdog rivals.

With a not so stellar track-record in-taking spot-kicks, missing 24 out of a total of 103 career-PKs (as of this writing), Messi has a possibility of missing from the spot and it happened in Argentina's opening game in Russia 2018 resulting to a Miss Penalty meme.

Germany vs Mexico: Guillermo 'The Wall of Mexico' Ochoa

Mexico were? one of the biggest winners in Round 1 of the FIFA World Cup after getting the scalps of defending champions Germany in a pulsating encounter in Luzhniki Stadium.

Mexico's goalkeeper Ochoa was massive in that match denying Die Mannschaft on several occasions.

Such was his contributions on the defensive end that his meme as a wall proliferated social media after the course of the match.

Germany vs Mexico: From the Germans' viewpoint

Now that puts some (irrational) sense and reason as to why Germany lost against Mexico.

Mexico's "Chucky" Lozano: Germany's nightmare

Hirving Lozano earned the nickname "Chucky" which was based on the horror film character because he used to scare the pants off his teammates with his pranks.

But the PSV Eindhoven winger was lethal against Germany scoring the solitary goal to help Mexico score an upset against the defending World Cup champions and hand them a nightmare start to the campaign.

Buffon with Panama?!

Italy is not participating in this World Cup after failing to qualify, however rumours circulated the internet that Italy's main goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon seems to be representing Panama!

Well of course it's all in jest as Panama and Dinamo Bucuresti's shot-stopper, Jaime Penedo, can be mistaken as the Italian legend at first glance.

England's saviour, Harry Kane

England's hard-earned 2-1 win over Tunisia have been possible courtesy of Harry Kane's brace with the second goal being scored in added time.

His contributions towards England's bright start to the campaign produced two images one of which is being a super hero and the other one as a religious icon.

Fearless forecast for England

The 2018 World Cup might still be in its early phase but some creative and brave minds have already started to dream for this edition's squad to lift the trophy!

Dream on!

Brazilian star Neymar's "spaghetti" hairstyle

Neymar made the rounds on the internet once again with his new style of hair which has been compared either to a cup of noodles or spaghetti.

Philippe Coutinho: Playstation strike

Brazil's creative force, Philippe Coutinho produced another magical strike, this time for his national team on the biggest stage in international football.

Such feat triggered some creative social media minds to compare his strike to the Playstation gamepad combination in producing such wonderfully similar goals.

Also, people never forget to take inspiration on Coutinho's striking form:

Japan's historic win against Colombia

The Samurai Blue become the first Asian team to win a World Cup match against a South American side after defeating Los Cafeteros which went down a man early in the match when Carlos Sanchez handled the ball in the penalty area in just the third minute.

With the match eventually ending 2-1 in favour of Japan, it was definitely a surprising result, but a very welcome one for all its worth.

Salah's cameo in Egypt's demise

Egypt suffered their second loss of the World Cup, prematurely ending their campaign with Mohamed Salah featuring as a starter for the first time in the campaign and scoring a penalty kick that proved to be a consolation goal.

Egypt's talisman sat out the first match against Uruguay due to fitness concerns after suffering a shoulder injury while playing for his club Liverpool during the Champions League final match. However, the move backfired. And with hosts Russia on a momentum the inevitable result did come into fruition.

Russia's perfect start to the World Cup

Despite not being fancied (even as host country) heading into the tournament, nobody can deny, the Russia have been stellar at home, at this moment, in this World Cup!

BONUS: A New World (Cup) Order?

The meme says it all!

EXTRA-TIME: What this World Cup is doing to football fans

Well... It's pretty obvious. World Cup FIRST, priorities LAST!

904055 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 10:59:27 +0800 2018-06-20T10:59:27A Selangor coach happy with fair result after late comeback against Asian Football\nMalaysia Super League\n 2018-06-20T10:59:27A 2018-06-20T12:29:48A Published Selangor FA head coach Nazliazmi Nasir deemed the 1-1 draw against Perak FA a fair result after the Red Giants had to bank on Amri Yahyah*s late equalizer for a point in the Malaysia Super League (MSL).

While the result keeps Perak in second behind runaway league leaders Johor Darul Ta*zim (JDT), Selangor are ninth after their fourth draw of the season.

But Nazliazmi was satisfied with the result.

※Amri*s goal was a result of us pressing them well, so I am satisfied. We couldn*t convert some chances, but overall I think it is a fair scoreline,§ said Nazliazmi.

Selangor did better in the second half to engineer more chances after Perak dominated them in the opening 45 minutes.

Alfonso De La Cruz turned into his own net just before half-time to gift Perak the lead, before Amri conjured up his rescue act.

But the reliance on their top scorer Rufino Segovia and also Amri is ever present, and it was once again evident in this match.

Segovia was the target man of many Selangor long balls, while Amri always had to pick up the ball deep from midfield to start a move.

It was one of those rare occasions Segovia did not score, and Nazliazmi pointed out why.

※Rufino always plays at a top level, but today (Tuesday) he was shorn of support. We must also improve on our fitness levels before we face PKNS FC this weekend. We had a long break but the player delivered a professional performance.§ he added.

Selangor can put aside their lowly league standings as they prepare to host PKNS for the FA Cup first-leg semifinals this Saturday.

Over in the MSL, JDT can almost be assured of another league title should they dispatch Terengganu FC at Larkin Stadium on Wednesday.

The Southern Tigers will move 13 points clear with six matches remaining, and no one will dare bet against them capitulating in this late stage.

Kedah FA will host Kuala Lumpur FA in the other match.

Photo credit: Selangor FA Facebook

904218 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 10:37:33 +0800 2018-06-20T10:37:33A Juara US Open, Li Xuerui makin percaya Badminton\nUncategorized\n 2018-06-20T10:37:33A 2018-06-20T11:56:38A Published Mantan pebulu tangkis tunggal putri nomor satu dunia, Li Xuerui, baru saja meraih gelar turnamen US Open 2018. Pada laga final di Fullerton Titan Gym, California, Minggu (17/6/2018) atau Senin dini hari WIB, Li menang atas pemain tuan rumah Amerika Serikat, Zhang Beiwen, dengan 24-26, 21-15, 21-11.

Hasil tersebut membuat Xuerui semakin percaya diri. Apalagi dia menjadi pembuka kesuksesan China dalam event tersebut di mana mereka meraih tiga gelar. Selain Xuerui, Negeri Tirai Bambu ini pun juara pada sektor ganda putri melalui Tang Jinhua/Yu Xiaohan dan Ou Xuanyi/Xiangyu Ren (ganda putra).


"Saya rasa kami sudah menyajikan permainan yang luar biasa untuk penonton. Ini adalah turnamen ketiga saya dan kemenangan ini memberikan saya lebih banyak kepercayaan diri," ujar Xuerui seperti dilansir dari Twitter BWF.

Gelar US Open 2018 menjadi yang kedua bagi Xuerui dari tiga turnamen yang sudah diikuti sepanjang tahun ini. Sebelumnya, pemain 27 tahun tersebut langsung menyabet gelar China Masters 2018 pada bulan April, yang menjadi turnamen pertamanya, usai menang atas Kim Ga-eun (Korea Selatan) dalam partai final.

Setelah sukses di Amerika Serikat, Xuerui langsung melanjutkan tur ke Kanada. Dia tampil dalam ajang Canada Open 2018 di Markin Macphail Centre, Calgary, Kanada, 19-24 Juni 2018.

904196 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 10:36:11 +0800 2018-06-20T10:36:11A Murray: I may skip Tennis\nUncategorized\n 2018-06-20T10:36:11A 2018-06-20T10:36:11A Published Andy Murray said he will wait and see before deciding whether to play Wimbledon.

The former world number one played his first competitive match for around 11 months on Tuesday as he went down 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 7-5 to Nick Kyrgios in the first round at Queen's.

Murray played well on his comeback from a long-term hip injury, but lost out as Kyrgios staged a comeback to knock out the five-time champion.

Despite some encouraging signs, the 31-year-old Brit said he would now wait and see how his body responds before deciding whether to play in Eastbourne next week, or Wimbledon a week later.

"I won't rule anything out just now. I won't rule out playing Eastbourne and not playing Wimbledon. I wouldn't rule out not playing a tournament next week and trying to get matches like in an exhibition tournament, as well, to get ready for Wimbledon," Murray said afterwards.

"I'm not sure yet. I'm really happy that I got on the match court today and played, it was a close decision.

"I have not been practising loads at all. I really haven't played a whole lot of tennis, so I'm happy I got out there and competed and performed respectably.

"I'll kind of need to wait and see what happens the next few days and chat with my team about that, because I don't know exactly what's best for me just now."

The Scot, who last played at Wimbledon last year, also said he was "feeling decent" but fatigued following a long battle on court against Kyrgios.

"I thought I did okay," Murray said. "I certainly could have done some stuff better, like beginning of the second set I thought my level at times was good; sometimes not so good.

"Hopefully I'm not too sore in the hip after a match like today, and I also physically will have gained a lot from it, as well."

Kyrgios, meanwhile, said it felt a bit strange to beat Murray in his comeback match.

"It was a very awkward match for me because I was thinking the guy hadn't played a match in a year, and I was getting smoked in the first set. I was, like, 'this is not going to be a good look if I lose this match'."

904171 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 09:51:30 +0800 2018-06-20T09:51:30A Bad day all round for defences at World Football\nFIFA World Cup\n 2018-06-20T09:51:30A 2018-06-20T09:56:15A Published Tuesday*s matches in Russia were entertaining affairs, with hosts Russia continuing to defy the pre-tournament odds as they achieved the best ever start to a World Cup by a host with a 3-1 win over Mo Salah and Egypt.

The Russians now have a record that reads: Played 2, Won 2, Goals for: 8, against 1.

Not bad for a team that many, including most Russians, expected to flop dismally.

Still, they did have some help as following a tight first half, the Russians were gifted the opener thanks to a shocking own goal from Egyptian defender Ahmed Fahti, who sliced home a wayward shot to give the hosts the lead.

Fahti was not the only defender to have a nightmare though, as Poland*s back four contrived to hand Senegal a 2-0 lead in their Group H match earlier in the day.

First off, Thiago Cionek deflected a wild shot past Wojciech Szczesny for the opener, before M*Baye Niang pounced onto a poor Krychowiak backpass to nip past a sleeping Jan Bednarek and tap into an open goal for the second.

But even that couldn*t top Colombia*s horror show as Carlos Sanchez earned the first red card of the tournament and the second fastest dismissal in World Cup history when he was sent off in just the third minute for handling a goal-bound shot as Colombia suffered a surprise defeat to Japan.

As the old saying goes, things can only get better.

904163 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 09:05:28 +0800 2018-06-20T09:05:28A Five things we learned from the first World Cup Football\nFIFA World Cup\n 2018-06-20T09:05:28A 2018-06-20T22:55:54A Published MOSCOW - After the end of the first round of games, FOX Sports Asia looks at five things we learned from Asian teams at the 2018 World Cup.

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Japan*s coaching change vindicated

Sacking your coach two months before the World Cup was always going to be a big risk from Japan FA chief Kozo Tashima. If Japan had lost to Colombia in their opening game then there would have been sumo-sized criticism for the decision to replace Vahid Halilhodzic with Akira Nishino. The old Japanese hand was seen as an uninspiring choice but a 2-1 win over the South Americans will have old Kozo purring.

Napoleon liked his generals to be lucky and Nishino had some of that in the opening exchanges with a penalty and the Colombians down to ten men. Yet the Asian team failed to take advantage of their advantage and allowed an equaliser.

They came out in the second half however and produced a much-improved performance with Japan stretching the play, making ten-man Colombia run and getting behind the defence on a regular basis. They were rewarded with a Yuya Osako goal and a first ever Asian win over South American opposition at the World Cup.

Australia looked strong out wide

The 2-1 loss to France was hardly a surprise for a team that was almost the last to qualify for the World Cup and needing play-off victories over Syria and then Honduras to make it.

Yet there was much to encourage fans of the Socceroos. Against one of the best teams in the world, Australia were solid and well-organised and made life hard for the French.

Under Bert van Marwijk, Australia had some joy on the flanks. Aziz Behich and Robbie Kruse linked up well on the left and the same could be said for Josh Risdon and Mathew Leckie on the right. There may not be any world, or full-back, beating wingers in the squad but such combinations bode well for the crucial games against Denmark and Peru.

Iran are on the brink of something special

The last time head coach Carlos Queiroz headed to Russia, he did so in high spirits after turning Iran into the best Asian team and through a textbook qualification campaign. The 2018 World Cup was going to be the tournament when Team Melli and their Portuguese coach showed the world what they were made of.

But then came that draw in December: Morocco, a strong North African team, and then Spain and Portugal. It was one of the toughest combinations imaginable and at that moment, it looked as if all the hard work that had been done and the progress made was not going to pay dividends.

The first game brought a 1-0 win over Morocco in a defensive masterclass and Iran now have two huge games but also two huge opportunities to achieve something special: get out of what is perhaps the toughest group in the tournament. It would really send a message to the rest of the world.

Saudis have to toughen up

The worst thing about the 5-0 loss to Russia in the opening game of the tournament was not the fact Asia*s lowest-ranked team lost so heavily but how it happened. The Green Falcons had purposely played some top-class opposition in the build-up in order to get some experience against being put under pressure. Yet when the first goal went in at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, that was pretty much that. A good number of the players froze and never recovered.

Criticism has been intense and while nobody is expecting a win against Uruguay and few are expecting a draw, the most important thing is that the team are competitive and show the world a different side to Saudi football. They have to fight for everything and make it as difficult as possible for the South Americans. It is now a matter of pride.

Korea could take some rice out of Japan*s bowl

Japan may have had a break inside the first few minutes to get the penalty and the red card but it came from an attack and two shots on target which is more than Korea managed in the whole game against Sweden the previous day.

Sitting too deep, Korea invited pressure and escaped in the first hour only by great goalkeeping from Cho Hyun-woo and some last-ditch tackles. It is one thing to draw a team in and then hit them with a speedy counter-attack but to do the former without doing the latter is asking for trouble.

Coach Shin Tae-yong likes to play around with formations and tactics and surprise, but the surprise this time was that Korea played so defensively. There have to be changes in personnel and approach for the next game against a Mexico team that defeated defending champions Germany.

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904157 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 07:42:16 +0800 2018-06-20T07:42:16A Neymar pulls up injured in Brazil Football\nFIFA World Cup\n 2018-06-20T07:42:16A 2018-06-20T12:28:36A Published Brazil striker Neymar limped out of training on Tuesday, sparking fears he could miss Brazil*s second Group E game against Costa Rica on Friday.

The 26-year-old winced in pain after kicking the ball during a training session and then left the pitch in Sochi for treatment to his right ankle.

"As soon as he felt the pain he went to the physio," said Brazil spokesman Vinicius Rodrigues.

"He will stay there for today and tomorrow morning, and will train as normal tomorrow."

The Brazilian Football Association [CFB] later confirmed that the PSG striker had ※complained of ankle pains due to the number of fouls suffered against Switzerland.§

Neymar returned from a broken metatarsal injury suffered in February shortly before the tournament, scoring in warm-up games against Croatia and Austria.

He played the full 90 minutes of Brazil's 1-1 draw with Switzerland, a game in which he became the most fouled player at the World Cup in the last 20 years, but missed training on Monday.

The injury has left Brazil fans fearing a repeat of the 2014 World Cup, where Neymar*s tournament was ended when he suffered a back injury in the quarter-final win over Colombia.

904154 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 07:13:22 +0800 2018-06-20T07:13:22A Wilshere confirms Gunners Football\nPremier League\n 2018-06-20T07:13:22A 2018-06-20T12:28:51A Published Jack Wilshere has announced he will leave Arsenal in the summer when his contract expires.

Wilshere decided to part ways with his boyhood club after new manager Unai Emery told him he would not be a first team regular.

The 26-year academy product said he was informed that his game time would be "significantly reduced" during a meeting with the Spaniard, and therefore decided to leave when his contract is up on July 1.

He said that although he had agreed to sign a reduced contract in order to stay at the club, but needs to be playing regular first-team football.

"Following a number of extensive conversations with those at the club, and in particular a recent meeting with the new manager Unai Emery, I felt that I was ultimately left with little choice but to make the decision that I have due to purely footballing reasons,§ he wrote on Instagram.

"As has widely been reported I, along with my representative, have been in talks with the club for a number of months with the view to signing a new contract to extend my stay at the Emirates.

Thanks for the memories ??

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"My intention throughout these discussions has always been to remain an Arsenal player. I have been on the books at Arsenal for 17 years and have always felt part of the fabric of the club.

※Such was my desire to stay that I had in fact recently agreed to sign a financially reduced contract in order to commit my future to the club.

"However, following my meeting with the new manager, I was made aware that although the reduced contract offer remained, it was made clear to me that my playing time would be significantly reduced should I decide to stay.

"I am sure everyone can understand that, at this point in my life and career, I need to be playing regular first-team football and following my meeting with Mr Emery I came away with the feeling that it would be very difficult for me to do so at Arsenal.

"Given this, I feel I have no option but to pursue other opportunities in order to progress my career on the pitch."

Wilshere, who has made 197 appearances and scored 14 goals in all competitions for the Gunners, has been linked with several clubs in recent weeks, including Premier League clubs Fulham, Crystal Palace, West Ham, Everton and Wolves, while Serie A clubs Juventus, Sampdoria and AC Milan are also said to be interested.
Arsenal paid tribute to Wilshere on social media..

"Everyone at Arsenal would like to wish Jack Wilshere a successful future following his decision to seek new opportunities," a statement read. "Thank you Jack for your contribution and the fantastic memories. Good luck in the future."

904151 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 06:50:45 +0800 2018-06-20T06:50:45A England hit highest ever ODI total to flatten Cricket\nUncategorized\n 2018-06-20T06:50:45A 2018-06-20T06:50:45A Published England, powered by centuries from Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales, hit the highest ever ODI total as they thrashed Australia by 242 in the third game of the five-match series at Trent Bridge on Tuesday.

The victory means England now have an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series with two matches still to play.

The home team scored 481/6 in their 50 overs, surpassing the previous highest total in international 50-over cricket which was 443/3 also made by England at the same ground against Pakistan in 2016.

Opening batsman Bairstow hit 139 off 92 balls, his fifth ODI ton, while Hales plundered 147 also off 92 deliveries, his sixth ODI century, as the hosts put the Aussie bowlers to the sword.

Jason Roy stuck 82 from 61 balls while England captain Eoin Morgan scored 67 from 30 balls - including England's fastest half-century in ODIs off just 21 balls - as the English showed no mercy to their fallen opponents.

Morgan also became England's highest run-scorer in ODI cricket, going past the 5,416 runs of Ian Bell.

Australia's bowlers took a proper pounding with Jhye Richardson taking 3-92 in 10 overs with left-arm spinner Ashton Agar (1-70 in 10 overs) the only other wicket-taker.

The tourists were then bowled out for 239 in 37 overs with England leg-spinner Adil Rashid recording figures of 4-47 in his 10 overs and off-spinner Moeen Ali taking 3-28 in five overs.

Opener Travis Head top-scored for the Aussies with 51 while Marcus Stoinis hit 44 before he was run-out.

Australia will have to lick their wounds and get themselves up for the fourth game of the series which takes place in Durham on Thursday.

904145 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 05:32:21 +0800 2018-06-20T05:32:21A Hammers sign Diop for club-record transfer Football\nPremier League\n 2018-06-20T05:32:21A 2018-06-20T05:32:21A Published

West Ham have broken their transfer record to sign sought-after French defender Issa Diop on a five-year contract from Toulouse.

The 21-year-old has made steady progress at the Stadium Municipal since breaking into the first team in 2015, with 77 Ligue 1 appearances already to his name.

Everton and Sevilla were also credited with an interest in Diop, who believes the Hammers' lofty ambitions match his own.

The east Londoners appointed former Premier League winner Manuel Pellegrini last month after they chose not to renew David Moyes' contract at the end of the 2017/18 season.

"I am very happy to sign for such a historic English club and I hope to show my best here," the France Under-21 international told his new club's official website.

"I am a very ambitious player and West Ham is a very ambitious club, as we've seen with the appointment of the new coach. I hope to help the team win lots of games and make the fans happy."

Irons director of football Mario Husillos added: "Issa is a player with fantastic potential who has already shown great quality at such a young age.

"It is a measure of his character and maturity that he was named captain of Toulouse at just 20 years of age, having already established himself in their team as a teenager.

"He has represented France at every youth level up to Under-21 and we believe that he is now ready to make the next step in his career by moving to the Premier League with West Ham United.

"There were many other big clubs interested in signing Issa and we are delighted that he has chosen to join us. We look forward to hopefully seeing him make a big impact next season."