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July 3, 2018 3:01 AM Family first, says England manager Southgate on soon-to-be dad Delph

England manager Gareth Southgate has voiced full support for midfielder Fabian Delph, who has left the World Cup because his wife is about to give birth to their third child. "There are things more important than football," Southgate told a news conference on Monday. "There is only one day in life when your children are born - it is very important that you have to be there 24

July 3, 2018 1:51 AM White House won't recognise Crimea annexation: Official

WASHINGTON: The White House said Monday it rejects Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, and US sanctions will remain in place until the move is reversed. "We do not recognise Russia's attempt to annex Crimea. We agree to disagree and the sanctions against Russia remain in place until Russia returns the peninsula to the Ukraine 50

July 2, 2018 8:26 AM Salah's new contract shows belief in Liverpool

LONDON: Egyptian international Mohamed Salah's stunning first season with English Premier League side Liverpool earned him a long-term contract with the club on Monday. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said the fact the 26-year-old striker — who scored 44 goals in just 52 appearances last season — signed such a deal reflected his belief the club were on course 18

July 2, 2018 12:42 AM World Cup winner Iniesta ends Spain career after Russia defeat

Spain playmaker Andres Iniesta confirmed on Sunday that his international career is over after 130 caps highlighted by his scoring of the winner in the 2010 World Cup final. "It is a fact that today was my last game. A wonderful chapter has ended," the 34-year-old told reporters after Spain's elimination on penalties against hosts Russia in the World 31

July 2, 2018 12:31 AM 'That's life' says Iniesta after Spain farewell ends in defeat

MOSCOW: Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta said Sunday his international career had ended on a bitter note after his side were knocked out of the World Cup by Russia on penalties. "It was not a good way to say goodbye, but football and life are like that," said Iniesta, after his 131st and last appearance for his country. "I am leaving with a nasty taste 177

July 1, 2018 1:26 AM Three things we learned from the World Cup today

SAINT PETERSBURG: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were sent packing from the World Cup on Saturday as French wonderkid Kylian Mbappe made his case to follow in their footsteps as a Ballon d'Or contender. Mbappe scored twice as France edged a World Cup classic 4-3 thriller over Argentina to possibly end Messi's last attempt to win a major international 22

July 1, 2018 1:03 AM Cavani injury worry for Uruguay after two-goal heroics

Sochi, Russia (dpa) - Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez says he is "worried" about an injury to striker Edinson Cavani but has no further immediate information. Cavani scored both his side's goals in a 2-1 defeat of Portugal to put Uruguay into a quarter-final match against France on Friday. But the Paris Saint-Germain striker limped off with some 20 minutes 29

June 30, 2018 6:35 AM Suarez fired up as Uruguay prepare for showdown with Ronaldo's Portugal

SOCHI, Russia: Criticised for his lack of sharpness in Uruguay's opening game at the World Cup, Luis Suarez insists he is in better shape now as he goes head to head with Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal in the last 16. The 31-year-old had a desperate day in front of goal as Uruguay eventually ground out a 1-0 win against Egypt to kick off their campaign 70

June 30, 2018 6:35 AM Ibrahimovic, Villa to power MLS All-Stars against Juventus

NEW YORK: Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Spanish striker David Villa will lead the Major League Soccer All-Stars against Italian giant Juventus in the MLS All-Star Game, the league announced Friday. The select squad from the North American league for the August 1 showdown at Atlanta includes players from a record 16 nations, including five from this year's 70

June 30, 2018 2:18 AM UN calls for armed groups to leave Golan 'area of separation'

UNITED NATIONS, United States: The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously renewed for six months its mission to observe the ceasefire in the Golan Heights, calling for armed groups to leave the area separating Syrian and Israeli forces. UNDOF, which comprises nearly a thousand personnel, was created in 1974 after an agreement on the departure of Israeli 36