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Germany won't change much despite poor start, says Sweden scout

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 7:26am
GELENDZHIK, Russia (Reuters) - Sweden scout Roger Sandberg is not expecting Germany to make many changes for their World Cup game on Saturday, despite the world champions' flat performance in a 1-0 defeat by Mexico in their opening match.

From school kids to warriors, Germany must get serious: Khedira

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 6:58am
SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Germany will need to transform from a schoolboy team to a fighting unit if they are to have any chance of progressing in the World Cup, midfielder Sami Khedira said on Thursday.

Saudi Arabia take positives for Asian Cup after Russia exit

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 6:55am
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia are looking toward the Asian Cup with hope after they showed signs of progress in their 1-0 defeat to Uruguay as they exited the World Cup on Wednesday.

Messi is better than Maradona, says Ramos

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 6:48am
KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) - Spain captain Sergio Ramos has responded to a putdown from Argentina great Diego Maradona by making an unlikely declaration of admiration for Lionel Messi, his usual enemy as the talisman of Real Madrid's arch-rivals Barcelona.

Uruguay unapologetic after dour win sees them through

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 6:44am
ROSTOV-ON-DON (Reuters) - Uruguay have still not delivered a top performance at the World Cup despite winning both of their games but their players were in no mood for apologies about their soporific 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia in Group A which saw them into the last 16.

Australia resist starting Cahill or Arzani

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 6:16am
SAMARA, Russia (Reuters) - Australia coach Bert van Marwijk stuck with Andrew Nabbout up front for the World Cup Group C clash against Denmark on Thursday, resisting calls to bring in veteran Tim Cahill or youngster Daniel Arzani.

Tunisia set to test Belgium's cup-winning credentials

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 6:01am
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) - Belgium's credentials as a genuine outside bet for World Cup success face a tougher examination against Tunisia on Saturday after a relatively sedate opening against Panama.

Brazil name Thiago Silva captain for Costa Rica match

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 5:14am
SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Brazil have named Thiago Silva as captain for Friday's World Cup match against Costa Rica in a continuation of their long-standing policy of rotating the team leadership.

Thigh injury prevents England's Alli from training

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 5:12am
REPINO, Russia (Reuters) - England attacking midfielder Dele Alli missed training on Thursday as he bids to recover from a thigh injury for the side's second World Cup Group G game against Panama.

Iran's Ezatolahi ready to take his chances against Portugal

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 5:07am
KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) - Saeid Ezatolahi will attempt to put aside the disappointment of seeing his potential equalizer against Spain ruled out for offside when Iran go for a win against Portugal that would fire them into the knockout phase of the World Cup for a first time.

Blatter, ex-FIFA president, meets Russia's Putin at World Cup

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 4:29am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter met Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin on Wednesday evening while in Russia to attend the World Cup, Blatter told Reuters on Thursday.

UConn investigation alleges Ollie violated NCAA rules: Hartford Courant

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 4:23am
An investigation by the University of Connecticut into former basketball coach Kevin Ollie alleges several NCAA rule violations, justifying the team's decision to fire Ollie with "just cause" and terminate the remaining money on his deal, according to a report from the Hartford Courant.

Ovechkin, Backstrom disappointed to see Trotz leave Caps

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 4:20am
Capitals stars Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom were just as surprised as many when Washington head coach Barry Trotz resigned last week.

'We want to win right now': New Detroit Pistons coach Casey

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 4:14am
New Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey made his expectations for the upcoming season clear while being introduced by the team Wednesday.

Shades of Euro 2016 as suffering Portugal muddles through

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 4:06am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Pragmatic, uninspiring and too dependent on Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal's performance at the World Cup is starting to bear an uncanny resemblance to their victorious Euro 2016 campaign.

Ex-FIFA boss Blatter says met Russia's Putin and plans to watch World Cup match

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 3:23am
(Reuters) - Former FIFA boss Sepp Blatter, who is serving a six-year ban from soccer, said on Thursday he met Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin on Wednesday during a trip to the World Cup.

NHL awards: New Jersey Devils' Hall claims Hart Trophy

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:22pm
Taylor Hall claimed the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player at the NHL awards ceremony Wednesday night in Las Vegas, becoming the first player in New Jersey Devils history to earn the honor.

NHL salary cap expected to increase by $5 million

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:19pm
The NHL salary cap for the 2018-19 season is expected to wind up between $79.5 million and $80 million, commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters following the Board of Governors meeting Wednesday.

Phillie Phanatic's hot dog launch injures fan

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:18pm
A wayward wiener launched by the Phillie Phanatic on Monday night caused facial injuries to a fan at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

NBA notebook: Cavs reportedly intend to keep Love

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:14pm
The Cleveland Cavaliers aren't offering Kevin Love in any trade offers and intend to have him on the roster next season regardless of any decision LeBron James may make, ESPN reported Wednesday.