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Two-time major golf champion Hubert Green dead at 71

  WASHINGTON, United States (AFP)– Two-time major champion Hubert Green, a 19-time US PGA Tour winner and 2007 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee, has died at age 71, the tour announced Wednesday. Green, who won the 1977 US Open and 1985 PGA Championship, died Tuesday night after a lengthy battle with throat cancer. The American famously took his first major title 41 years ago at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after being notified by […]

Serbia take on Switzerland with Brazil looming

by Patrick Galey © Agence France-Presse KALININGRAD, Russia (AFP) — Serbia will attempt to wrap up qualification to the World Cup knockout rounds on Friday as they take on a Switzerland team brimming with confidence after grabbing a draw with Brazil. The Serbs control their own destiny in Group E after an opening 1-0 win against Costa Rica on Sunday, which came courtesy of a stunning Aleksandar Kolarov free-kick. Victory over Switzerland in Kaliningrad on Friday […]

Costa goal sees Spain past dogged Iran

  by Justin Davis Agence France Presse MOSCOW, Russia — A  Diego Costa goal handed World Cup hopefuls Spain their first win of the World Cup although dogged Iran came close to causing a major upset on Wednesday. The victory in Kazan puts the 2010 winners on course for the last 16. Costa, who scored twice in a 3-3 opening draw with Portugal in Sochi, courted controversy early in the Group B encounter when he […]

Morocco out of World Cup contention after 1-0 defeat to Portugal

MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) — Morocco are out of contention for the World Cup in Russia after Portugal beat the north African side 1-0 in their Group B match on Wednesday. Cristiano Ronaldo gave the European champions the lead with a header in the fourth minute and Herve Renard’s side could not respond, leaving them with no mathematical chance of reaching the knockout stage.  

Charlotte Hornets to send Dwight Howard to Brooklyn Nets — report

By Vivem Soriano Eagle News Service The Charlotte Hornets are finalizing a trade sending former Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Timofey Mozgov, two future 2nd round draft picks plus cash. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said the move is intended to clear cap space for the 2019-2020 season as the Nets will save $17 million dollars that will allow them to clear enough cap space for two max […]

France vows to up the ante as World Cup rivals flounder

by Peter Stebbings © Agence France-Presse YEKATERINBURG, Russia (AFP) — With their title rivals failing to fire, France has vowed to ramp up the intensity and put their stamp on the World Cup with victory over Peru on Thursday. Didier Deschamps’s team were far from fluid against Australia in their opening game in Russia, needing VAR (the Video Assistant Referee) and consequent Antoine Griezmann penalty, then an own goal about 10 minutes from time, to snatch […]

Russia sours return of Egypt’s Salah to close in on last 16 of World Cup 2018

by Kieran Canning Agence France Presse SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia — The return of Mohamed Salah from injury couldn’t prevent World Cup hosts Russia from virtually sealing their place in the last 16 by beating Egypt 3-1 on Tuesday. An own goal by Egypt captain Ahmed Fathy opened the floodgates on a sodden night in Saint Petersburg before goals from Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba furthered Russian hopes they can defy pre-tournament expectations with a deep […]

Senegal beats Poland for first African win at 2018 World Cup

by Guy Jackson Agence France Presse Senegal recorded the first African win at the 2018 World Cup when they beat Poland 2-1 on Tuesday thanks to a deflected Thiago Cionek own goal and a terrible error by Polish ‘keeper Wojciech Szczesny. West Bromwich Albion midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak got Poland back in the game with an 86th-minute header but Senegal hung on at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium. In a match billed as a straight fight between super-strikers Robert Lewandowski and […]

UPDATED: Japan makes history with win against 10-man Colombia in World Cup Group H opener

by Ryland James Agence France Presse SARANSK, Russia — Yuya Osako exacted sweet revenge for Japan on Tuesday as the Blue Samurai beat Colombia  2-1, becoming the first Asian side ever to beat a South American team at the World Cup. Osako’s 73rd-minute winner meant the Japanese avenged their 4-1 mauling in the group stages of Brazil 2014 as Colombia played with a man down for 86 minutes in Saransk. After leaving Brazil without a […]

Rose stretches Fort Worth lead to four strokes

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP)—Justin Rose got off to a sizzling start in sweltering conditions Saturday, then held on to push his PGA Fort Worth Invitational lead to four shots with a third-round 66. England’s Rose birdied four of the first six holes at Colonial Country Club, where temperatures reached 100 degrees Farenheit (38 C). His 14-under par total of 196 put him four clear of another US Open winner, Brooks Koepka, and Argentina’s Emiliano […]

Kane grabs late winner for England, Belgium beat Panama

by Daniel Hicks © Agence France-Presse VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AFP) — Harry Kane grabbed a dramatic late winner for England on Monday, powering home a header in injury time of their World Cup opener after Belgium had earlier swept past Panama. Kane’s second goal of the game secured a 2-1 victory after it looked as if England had squandered their chance to take all three points after being rocked by a Tunsian equaliser which followed a bright […]

UPDATED: World Cup holder Germany crashes to Mexico defeat

by Martyn Wood Agence France Presse Defending champions Germany crashed to the first defeat in their opening game of a World Cup since 1982 as Hirving Lozano’s clinical finish earned Mexico a shock 1-0 victory on Sunday. The highly-rated PSV Eindhoven forward struck the winner on 35 minutes after a blistering counter-attack at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow as Mexico beat Germany for just the second time in history. Germany’s preparations for the tournament were […]