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France wins 2nd World Cup title, beats Croatia 4-2 Sunday, July 15th, 2018

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, MOSCOW (AP) — With Vladimir Putin watching from the stands, France won its second World Cup title in a match that was interrupted by an on-field protest during the second half that Russian punk band Pussy Riot later took credit for. Nineteen-year-old Kylian Mbappe became only..

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No doubt: Djokovic wins 4th Wimbledon, 1st Slam in 2 years

By HOWARD FENDRICH, LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic was disconsolate and injured when he left Wimbledon a year ago, quitting during his quarterfinal because of a painful right elbow that would need surgery. Djokovic was so dispirited by his upset exit at the French Open last month that he vowed, in..

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Belgium beat England to secure best-ever World Cup finish Saturday, July 14th, 2018

MOSCOW, (AFP): Belgium beat England in the World Cup third-place playoff on Saturday to ensure their best-ever finish as tournament top scorer Harry Kane admitted his side need to improve if they are to end their long trophy drought. Goals from Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard secured a deserved 2-0..

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Underdog status suits Croatia perfectly for World Cup final Friday, July 13th, 2018

By JAMES ELLINGWORTH, MOSCOW (AP) — A billion-dollar assembly of stars makes France the favorite for the World Cup final, a scenario that Dejan Lovren is pitching as perfect for Croatia’s biggest ever game. “We love to be the underdogs,” Lovren said in the wake of Croatia’s England 2-1..

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France reach World Cup final with win vs Belgium Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Tuesday at the World Cup (all times local): 10:55 p.m. France has reached the World Cup final for the first time since 2006 with a 1-0 win over Belgium in a semifinal match that attracted presidents, royalty and a rock star. Samuel Umtiti’s header in the 51st..

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England’s set-piece mastery reaping rewards at World Cup Monday, July 9th, 2018

By STEVE DOUGLAS, REPINO, Russia (AP) — Forget bending them like Beckham. At this World Cup, it has been a case of teasing them in like Trippier and angling them in like Ashley. Set pieces have been the main source of goals at the tournament in Russia — 42 percent, no less — and England has..

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Cult of Gareth Southgate grows, England World Cup fever mounts Sunday, July 8th, 2018

MOSCOW, (AFP): England is basking in unexpected World Cup success as coach Gareth Southgate is elevated to national hero status, cathedral organs belt out football anthems and the country prepares to shut down for Wednesday's semi-final. Clean-cut, waistcoated manager Southgate was not even..

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England reach World Cup semis as Russia take on Croatia Saturday, July 7th, 2018

MOSCOW, (AFP): England reached their first World Cup semi-final since 1990 on Saturday, comfortably beating Sweden with goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli to set up a clash against either Russia or Croatia. Gareth Southgate's young team came into the match as firm favourites and had too much..

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France reaches World Cup semifinals, beats Uruguay 2-0 Friday, July 6th, 2018

By STEPHEN WADE, NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — Antoine Griezmann’s fluke goal helped France earn a place in the World Cup semifinals. Griezmann scored with a shot that bounced off the hands of the opposing goalkeeper and into the net, giving France a 2-0 victory over Uruguay on Friday. The..

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Brazil and France target World Cup semi-finals

MOSCOW, (AFP): Favourites Brazil and Neymar take on a talented Belgium side in the World Cup quarter-finals on Friday while an exciting young France team led by emerging superstar Kylian Mbappe must pass a tough test against Uruguay. As the World Cup bursts back into life, Brazil are aiming to..

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World Cup big guns primed for quarter-final battles Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

MOSCOW, (AFP): The World Cup hit the pause button on Wednesday as the eight remaining teams geared up for the quarter-finals after England became the final side to qualify following a penalty shootout win against Colombia. Neymar's Brazil are the favourites to win a record-extending sixth World..

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FIFA World Cup, 2018 quarterfinals to start on Friday

KATHMANDU: World Cup, 2018 underway in Russia has entered quarter finals following completion of pre-quarterfinals on Tuesday. England's win against Colombia in the last match of the round of 16 sent it to the quarterfinals. The nations that made it to the round of eight include hosts Russia,..

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England dare to dream after Belgium World Cup heroics Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

MOSCOW, (AFP): England chase their first win in a tournament knockout match for 12 years on Tuesday as they face Colombia after the World Cup draw opened up invitingly for Harry Kane's team. In a tournament full of surprises, Gareth Southgate's young England team are the only former champions left..

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Neymar on target as Brazil ease into World Cup quarter-finals Monday, July 2nd, 2018

MOSCOW, (AFP): Brazil cruised into the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Monday as goals from Neymar and substitute Roberto Firmino gave them a 2-0 victory over Mexico to stay on course for a sixth title. Neymar was criticised for his early performances in Russia as he eased his way back to..

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