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Mexico keeping a level head for match against 'robust' South Koreans

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 1:11pm
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (Reuters) - Mexico will not be over-confident when they play South Korea in their Group F game at the World Cup on Saturday, aware that their opponents may adopt any of a number of formations to outsmart the team that beat holders Germany in their opener.

Do you speak Belgium? English bonds Martinez's 'boring' squad

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 12:59pm
MOSCOW (Reuters) - With three national languages and a Spanish coach who talks in none of them, their World Cup camp might be a feuding Tower of Babel but Roberto Martinez has forged a harmony he is proud to say makes Belgium "boring".

Switzerland unchanged for Serbia match

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 12:29pm
KALININGRAD, Russia (Reuters) - Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic who will send out the same starting team that drew with Brazil to face Serbia in World Cup Group E on Friday.

FIFA trying to identify fans filmed fighting at World Cup match

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 12:25pm
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Soccer's world governing body FIFA said on Friday it was trying to identify fans shown fighting in a video filmed at Thursday's World Cup match between Argentina and Croatia.

England's Alli 'unlikely' to play as Southgate scolds media

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 12:19pm
ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - England midfielder Dele Alli is unlikely to play against Panama due to his thigh injury, manager Gareth Southgate said on Friday.

Nigeria bounce back at World Cup to beat Iceland 2-0

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 12:12pm
VOLGOGRAD, Russia (Reuters) - Nigeria beat Iceland 2-0 on Friday to revive their hopes of advancing into the knockout stages of the World Cup in Russia, as striker Ahmed Musa dramatically marked his return to the team with two fine second-half goals.

Musa marks return with winning double as Nigeria beat Iceland

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 12:02pm
VOLGOGRAD, Russia (Reuters) - Ahmed Musa returned to the line-up with devastating effect as he scored both goals for Nigeria to help them resuscitate their World Cup hopes in a 2-0 win over Iceland at the Volgograd Arena on Friday.

Buford: Spurs will 'explore' options, but hope to keep Leonard

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 11:51am
General manager RC Buford said the Spurs will "explore all of our options," but ultimately hope to mend fences with Kawhi Leonard and keep the soon-to-be-27-year-old All-Star in San Antonio.

Cavs GM optimistic after talks with Team LeBron

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 11:48am
Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman senses positive momentum as Cleveland prepares to pitch LeBron James on sticking around.

Korea hoping Son will shine again against Mexico

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 11:46am
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (Reuters) - South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong has described his side's forward Son Heung-min as the best Asian player around and hopes he will finally be unleashed in Saturday's crucial World Cup game against Mexico after being stifled in the 1-0 defeat to Sweden.

Russia's Messi, a puma - star in his own right

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 11:30am
SARANSK, Russia (Reuters) - Barely 20 months ago a Russian couple were oblivious of the basic rules of soccer. Now they are ardent fans and the transformation can only be attributed to Messi -- not Argentina's World Cup captain but a pet puma.

Tunisia to attack Belgium, under pressure for Arab pride

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 11:06am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Tunisia need a win against Belgium on Saturday and aim to use their speed to get behind the defense as they try to salvage a World Cup campaign after defeat by England, said coach Nabil Maaloul.

Neymar histrionics risk making him his own worst enemy

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 11:04am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - As Brazil forward Neymar broke down and wept uncontrollably on the pitch at the end of his team's hard-fought 2-0 win over Costa Rica on Friday, it was hard not to be moved by his reaction.

Death threats probe clouds Colombia preparations

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 10:27am
KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) - Colombia head into their World Cup clash against Poland in Group H on Sunday under pressure to get a result and with their preparations overshadowed by a police investigation into death threats made to midfielder Carlos Sanchez.

Confident Japan keen to flaunt attack against Senegal

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 10:06am
YEKATERINBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Japan will look to further explore their attacking potential when they face Senegal in a battle of the surprise contenders to advance to the knockout stage from Group H on Sunday.

Murray takes wildcard into Eastbourne

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 10:00am
LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Murray will play at next week's Eastbourne grasscourt championships in a bid to prove his fitness for Wimbledon.

Coutinho, Neymar strike late to guide Brazil past Costa Rica

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 9:52am
ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - Late strikes by Philippe Coutinho and Neymar gave Brazil their first win of the World Cup in thrilling fashion against Costa Rica on Friday and broke Central American hearts in St. Petersburg by sending them out of the tournament.

Federer battles hard for semi-final spot in Halle

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 9:49am
(Reuters) - World number one Roger Federer was tested once again in Halle but did enough to overpower Australian Matthew Ebden 7-6(2) 7-5 in the quarter-finals on Friday.

Technology, homework narrow talent gap, says Belgium's Martinez

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 9:36am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - New tech and resources for studying opponents are letting World Cup minnows cramp the style of bigger teams, Roberto Martinez said as his Belgium side prepare to try and break down a well-organized Tunisia on Saturday.

Nigeria bring in fresh strikers for Iceland clash

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 9:16am
VOLGOGRAD, Russia (Reuters) - Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr made three changes to his team for Friday's Group D World Cup match against Iceland on Friday, bringing in Kelechi Iheanacho and Ahmed Musa up front and Kenneth Omeruo in defense.