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  • Kolarov stunner gives Serbia victory over Costa Rica

    June 17, 2018 4:07 PM 11

    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

  • Mbappe leads France attack against Socceroos

    June 16, 2018 9:52 AM 10

    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

  • Despite late birdies, Woods likely to miss US Open cut

    June 15, 2018 11:35 PM 10

    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

  • Swiss World Cup star Xhaka extends Arsenal stay

    June 15, 2018 11:35 PM 11

    The 25-year-old midfielder, a member of Switzerland's World Cup squad, featured in all 38 Premier League matches last season. In a message on Arsenal's Twitter feed, Xhaka said: "Hi Gunners, here is the Granit. "I am happy and I am proud to sign a new contract here for Arsenal and I hope for good results in the future." New Arsenal manager Unai Emery

  • Ronaldo toasts new career mark after hat-trick against Spain

    June 15, 2018 11:35 PM 9

    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

  • Star trio of Mickelson, McIlroy, Spieth fails to shine

    June 14, 2018 11:56 PM 14

    SOUTHAMPTON: Phil Mickelson's hopes of easing his way into the US Open in search of a potentially career-defining win evaporated in the winds whipping across Shinnecock Hills on Thursday. Mickelson, a six-time US Open runner-up who needs only his national title to complete the career Grand Slam, hit 13 of 14 fairways but found only nine greens in regulation

  • Argentina great Zanetti excited by 2030 World Cup bid

    June 14, 2018 2:10 PM 13

    MOSCOW: Former Argentina star Javier Zanetti said it would be a "great satisfaction" for his country to host the 2030 World Cup as part of a joint bid alongside Uruguay and Paraguay. The 44-year-old Zanetti appeared at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups and played 143 times for Argentina, a record he shares with Javier Mascherano. "(The bid) would be a great

  • All eyes tracking Tiger as 118th US Open tees off

    June 14, 2018 2:06 PM 14

    SOUTHAMPTON, United States: Tiger Woods's latest bid to end his 10-year major championship drought begins Thursday at a US Open stacked with talent and packed with compelling story lines. By the time Woods was to tee off at Shinnecock Hills at 1:47 pm (1747 GMT) — alongside world number one Dustin Johnson and second ranked Justin Thomas — the powerhouse

  • PSG escape UEFA sanctions but remain under scrutiny

    June 14, 2018 12:05 AM 11

    PARIS: UEFA have closed their financial fair-play case against Paris Saint-Germain after the Qatari-backed French Ligue 1 champions were cleared of any wrongdoing on Wednesday. The UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) had been monitoring PSG's 'break-even requirement' for 2015, 2016 and 2017. "Compliance with the break-even requirement for the 2018 financial

  • Morocco congratulates North America on World Cup 2026 win

    June 13, 2018 12:26 PM 12

    RABAT: Morocco congratulated the United States, Canada and Mexico after they defeated the North African kingdom's bid to host the 2026 World Cup on Wednesday. "At the 68th congress of @FIFAcom, member countries voted in favour of North America" to host the tournament, Morocco's committee for the 2026 games said on Twitter. The vote at FIFA's annual congress