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June 19, 2018 12:57 PM Newborn named after Russia scorer

Moscow (dpa) - A mother in Russia was so taken by her country's victory in their opening match at the World Cup that she named her newborn son after midfielder Aleksandr Golovin, who scored Russia's fifth goal late on. "A patient in her 36th week of pregnancy was so nervous during the match as she rooted for the Russian team that she began to give birth 138

June 18, 2018 10:51 AM No red cards after 11 World Cup matches for first time since 1986

There is no seeing red in Russia - at least not at the World Cup. Zero red cards have been given after 11 matches through four days of games, the longest wait for the first dismissal of the finals in 32 years. The 2018 World Cup still has a while though before it would snap the all-time mark. The first red card of Mexico 1986 came in the 16th match 20

June 18, 2018 1:59 AM Proud Serb Djokovic would happily miss World Cup final for Wimbledon glory

LONDON: Novak Djokovic (pix) insists he would happily miss a first appearance for Serbia in the World Cup final if it means he is back in the Wimbledon title match. Djokovic is an avid fan of the Serbian national team, who kicked off their World Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over Costa Rica in Russia on Sunday. Celebrating wildly after his friend Aleksandar 84

June 17, 2018 4:07 PM Kolarov stunner gives Serbia victory over Costa Rica

SAMARA, Russia: Aleksandar Kolarov said Serbia "won't be doing the maths yet" after his brilliant second-half free-kick grabbed a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica, with the Balkan side drawing first blood in their World Cup group in Samara on Sunday. The Roma defender made the crucial breakthrough early in the second half with a magnificent effort, and although 81

June 16, 2018 10:40 AM Costa reminds Spain why they asked him to switch allegiance

Five years since the Brazilian-born forward turned his back on his home nation and "signed" for Vicente del Bosque's Spain, Diego Costa has finally given a big match performance to win Spanish hearts. Barcelona (dpa) - "Not enough luck and too much Ronaldo" was the front-page headline on Spain's Diario AS newspaper as the country did its best to look on the bright 18

June 15, 2018 11:36 PM Three things we learned today at the World Cup

SAINT PETERSBURG: The blockbuster clash of the day at the World Cup didn't disappoint as Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick denied Spain the perfect response to a turbulent week following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui in a thrilling 3-3 draw in Sochi. Both sides will remain confident of progressing to the knockout stages as Iran shocked Morocco 1-0 in Saint 21

June 15, 2018 11:35 PM Ronaldo toasts new career mark after hat-trick against Spain

SOCHI: Cristiano Ronaldo expressed his delight at setting another record in his remarkable career as his hat-trick against Spain on Friday allowed him to become just the fourth player to score in four World Cups. "I am very happy, it's a nice personal record to have, one more in my career," said the Portugal captain, whose goals secured a 3-3 draw for the European 81

June 15, 2018 12:26 PM Germany's emerging star Kimmich looking to be himself, not Lahm 2.0

Vatutinki, Russia (dpa) - Germany defender Joshua Kimmich often hears comparisons between himself and Philipp Lahm. But the up-and-coming star said Friday he is only playing his first World Cup and cannot yet match the accolades of the long-time Germany and Bayern Munich leader. "He played right back and characterized the Bayern and German national team for years 40

June 14, 2018 9:39 AM Manchester City to start title defence at Arsenal

LONDON: Premier League champions Manchester City will begin their title defence away to Arsenal on the weekend of August 11-12, the English Premier League announced Thursday as it unveiled the fixtures for the 2018/19 season. The match will also be new Arsenal manager Unai Emery's first in English football's top flight. The exact date of the game will be confirmed 35

June 14, 2018 3:16 AM Festive holiday TV watch

HERE are some festive programmes on the small screen over this long weekend. TV2, 10.30PM: The members of the Malaysian football team must put aside their differences and qualify for the Olympics. Starring J.C. Chee, Luqman Hafidz and Bront Palarae. Raya HD, 12.30PM: Wok Selamat wants to bring home his daughter’s body after she dies overseas. But his sons do not agree 71