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  • Kosovo, Albania collect money for fined Swiss players

    June 26, 2018 11:57 PM 16

    PRISTINA: Kosovo and Albania are collecting money to pay the FIFA fines of Switzerland players Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and Stephan Lichtsteiner for celebrating goals with a pro-Kosovo double eagle gesture in their World Cup win over Serbia. Arsenal midfielder Xhaka and Stoke City's Shaqiri trace their roots to Kosovo, a former Serbian province

  • Portugal ready for 'tough battle' with Iran

    June 25, 2018 1:42 AM 29

    SARANSK, Russia: Portugal boss Fernando Santos predicts a "tough battle" in Monday's decisive World Cup group game against Iran as both countries chase a place in the last 16. European champions Portugal are level with Spain on four points at the top of Group B and need a draw to guarantee qualification. Iran, who beat Morocco in their opening game before

  • Murray to give hip another workout at Eastbourne

    June 23, 2018 5:38 AM 17

    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

  • Last gasp Shaqiri seals Swiss win over Serbia in Group E

    June 23, 2018 12:49 AM 19

    KALININGRAD, Russia: A last-minute Xherdan Shaqiri breakaway goal handed Switzerland victory Friday as they came from behind to defeat Serbia 2-1 in Kaliningrad. The win puts Switzerland in pole position to make it out of a tough Group E that contains five-times winners Brazil but they were pushed all the way by the Serbs. It was a sweet victory for Shaqiri

  • Russian who groped female World Cup reporter apologises

    June 22, 2018 11:18 AM 18

    BERLIN: A Russian football fan apologised Friday for groping and kissing a German TV correspondent during a live telecast from the World Cup. "I offer you most profound apologies," he told Colombian journalist Julieth Gonzalez Theran in a video call that was shown by broadcaster Deutsche Welle. "I acted carelessly and did not think that I would cause

  • Alli sits out training ahead of Panama World Cup clash

    June 21, 2018 10:00 AM 20

    SAINT PETERSBURG: England midfielder Dele Alli missed training on Thursday as doubts grow about whether he will be fit to face Panama in England's second match of the World Cup. Alli picked up a thigh strain during the opening win against Tunisia and is likely to be rested on Sunday. Panama lost their first match 3-0 to Belgium and, even if fit, Gareth

  • Queiroz 'concerned' as Iran staff member in hospital after Spain defeat

    June 20, 2018 11:46 PM 16

    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

  • Portugal 'stronger than Morocco', says Andre Silva

    June 18, 2018 9:15 AM 21

    KRATOVO, Russia: Portugal striker Andre Silva believes the European champions are well equipped to beat Morocco ahead of their upcoming World Cup group stage clash in Moscow. "I think we are stronger than Morocco if we compare the two teams, but I'm not saying the game will be easy for us," Silva told reporters at Portugal's team base on Monday

  • Serbia's Kolarov given boxy Lada for World Cup goal

    June 18, 2018 9:13 AM 24

    MOSCOW: Serbia's Aleksandar Kolarov had a good day in Samara: he scored a magnificent World Cup goal and was presented with a Lada by the governor. The Roma defender struck a thunderous second-half free-kick that clinched Serbia a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on Sunday. "Kolarov scored a wonderful goal and we gave him a prize — a certificate for a Lada 4x4," acting

  • Proud Serb Djokovic would happily miss World Cup final for Wimbledon glory

    June 18, 2018 1:59 AM 23

    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