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June 23, 2018 11:47 PM Midfield maestros Modric, Rakitic the World Cup's best – Corluka

ROSHCHINO: Croatia can match their historic run to the World Cup semi-finals 20 years ago thanks to Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic forming the best midfield on show in Russia, according to defender Vedran Corluka. Rivals at club level with Real Madrid and Barcelona, Modric and Rakitic have teamed up at international level for over a decade. But after both netted 5

June 23, 2018 5:38 AM Murray to give hip another workout at Eastbourne

LONDON: Former world number one Andy Murray is to take his decision over whether or not to play at Wimbledon to the wire after accepting a wild card to play at the Eastbourne ATP event next week. The 31-year-old Scot — a two-time Wimbledon champion — will hope to get enough encouragement at Eastbourne after losing his first competitive match in 11 months 3

June 20, 2018 11:46 PM Queiroz 'concerned' as Iran staff member in hospital after Spain defeat

KAZAN ARENA: Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said he was concerned after a member of his staff was taken to hospital during the nail-biting 1-0 World Cup defeat to Spain on Wednesday. A lucky goal by Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa handed Spain their first win of the tournament following a 3-3 draw with Portugal last week. Iran, 1-0 winners over Morocco 4

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 5

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 4

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 7

June 16, 2018 9:52 AM Mbappe leads France attack against Socceroos

KAZAN ARENA, Russia: France coach Didier Deschamps left Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud on the bench for a World Cup opener against Australia on Saturday as teenager Kylian Mbappe leads Les Bleus' front line in Kazan. Mbappe, one of 14 players in France's squad who have yet to feature in a major tournament, has been in great form for Paris Saint-Germain 5

June 16, 2018 1:06 AM Spain and Portugal draw in thrilling battle on the Black Sea

Sochi, Russia (dpa) - A hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo helped Portugal draw 3-3 with Spain in World Cup Group B on Friday after a gripping clash amid the evening heat of the Black Sea resort of Sochi. Ronaldo slotted home a penalty to put Portugal 1-0 up after just 2 minutes, but Diego Costa equalized for Spain on 24 minutes. Then, right on half-time 12

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 9

June 15, 2018 11:35 PM Despite late birdies, Woods likely to miss US Open cut

SOUTHAMPTON: Tiger Woods finished with a back-to-back birdies Friday to boost his slim hopes of making the halfway cut at the US Open at Shinnecock Hills. Woods looked certain to miss the US Open cut for just the third time in his career as a bogey at his 15th hole -- the par-four sixth -- pushed him to 12-over for the tournament. With the projected 7