• James Harden wins 2018 NBA MVP over Anthony Davis, LeBron James
James Harden wins 2018 NBA MVP over Anthony Davis, LeBron James

He bested 4-time MVP LeBron James and Defensive Player of the Year candidate Anthony Davis in the MVP shortlist . Harden becomes the third Rocket ever to win the award, joining Moses Malone (1978-79 and 1981-82) and Hakeem Olajuwon (1993-94).

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  • Can Lionel Messi save Argentina at the 2018 World Cup?
Can Lionel Messi save Argentina at the 2018 World Cup?

Finally, he said he was a "fan of Mexico" and explained that their performances so far had won him round - although, despite two wins from two, they still need a point from their final game to reach the last 16. World Cup Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Nigeria and Argentina fought over a spot in the next round of the 2018 Wo...

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  • VAR needs to be tweaked after World Cup, says Dermot Gallagher
VAR needs to be tweaked after World Cup, says Dermot Gallagher

In the other Group A match, Saudi Arabia won its first match in 12 World Cup games, 2-1. Portugal finished tied on five points with Spain , who drew 2-2 with Morocco to top the group by scoring more goals, and set up a second-round clash with Group A winners Uruguay on Sunday morning (July 1, 2am, S'pore time).

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  • Gudmundsson set to miss Iceland's Nigeria clash
Gudmundsson set to miss Iceland's Nigeria clash

However, Nigerian head coach Gernot Rohr will be hoping that the former Leicester attacker will be able to build on his stunning performance in the next game against Argentina . Both sides were trying hard to break the other down, although they players gave a good fight. Against England in their World Cup warm-up friendly, they looked lost for...

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  • Kyle Larson wins second-career road course pole at Sonoma
Kyle Larson wins second-career road course pole at Sonoma

He made the comment on Twitter while responding to a question from the World of Outlaws' account. The 25-year-old driver grew up in the Sacramento suburbs and attended races at this track as a fan of fellow Northern Californian Jeff Gordon .

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  • WSU quarterback Tyler Hilinski had brain disease CTE, family says
WSU quarterback Tyler Hilinski had brain disease CTE, family says

Speaking Tuesday to NBC's "Today," Mark and Kym Hilinski said the Mayo Clinic conducted the autopsy on Tyler, who died at 21 on January 16 in Pullman, Washington. Ryan Hilinski said his brother's brain damage diagnosis scared him and made him anxious he may suffer what his brother went through, but that he's still committed to playing footb...

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  • Frank Lampard backs England to win the World Cup after Panama victory
Frank Lampard backs England to win the World Cup after Panama victory

The victory means England qualifies for the second round with a game to spare . England also became the fifth team to score five goals in a World Cup half. In the event of a draw, first place could come down to the fair play record - which team has accumulated fewer red and yellow cards. Substitute Felipe Baloy scored Panama's goal in the...

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  • 'Furious And Upset' Maradona Calls For Meeting With Argentina Players
'Furious And Upset' Maradona Calls For Meeting With Argentina Players

Coach Jorge Sampaoli was supposed to be the antidote to Argentina's 'Pass to Messi' problem. 'I thought before this World Cup we were here to learn. In response to the rumours about his position, Sampaoli said: "The week went from low to high, and with respect to what was said, I can not clarify things that did not exist".

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  • Socceroos eliminated, Peru leaves Russia on high note
Socceroos eliminated, Peru leaves Russia on high note

Australia need to win and hope Denmark lose to France to stand a chance of progressing. The second half was five minutes old when Guerrero struck, hooking the ball into the far corner of the net beyond Ryan's left hand to leave Australia with a sizeable task ahead of them.

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  • Desperate search for 12 children trapped in Thailand cave
Desperate search for 12 children trapped in Thailand cave

The boys, aged 11-15, and their 25-year-old coach were believed to have entered the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai province late Saturday afternoon. They played drums and gongs and two relatives held fishing nets as symbols to fish out lost spirits from the cave. Organizer Jiratat Kodyee said the ritual was a traditional way of showing supp...

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  • World Cup breaks penalty kick record with help of video assistant referees
World Cup breaks penalty kick record with help of video assistant referees

Heading into the final Group B games, Spain , Portugal and Iran all had a chance to advance to the Round of 16. Host nation Russian Federation and Uruguay squared off at the Samara Arena. The VAR monitor-watchers - hilariously outfitted in referee uniforms as they sit in Moscow and study replays - contact the on-field referee when they think...

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  • On the brink, Argentina handed a final shot
On the brink, Argentina handed a final shot

A Nigeria win also means Iceland's journey will end, but should Iceland be victorious and Nigeria draw/or Argentina win, then it will come down to goal difference. And his 31st birthday on Sunday only served to highlight how time is running out for Messi to win a major global tournament. "The important thing is the players who play tomorrow, rega...

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  • Morocco 2-2 Spain: Group B delivers until last minute
Morocco 2-2 Spain: Group B delivers until last minute

Spain managed to snatch a draw in the last minute of the game with help from VAR. Dani Carvajal's cross from the right was flicked into the back of the net by the heel of substitute Aspas, who made a clever run to the near post. "We leave the World Cup with our heads held high", Morocco midfielder Faycal Fajr said. Today we came to the pitch...

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  • Argentina will finally get campaign going against Nigeria, says Sampaoli
Argentina will finally get campaign going against Nigeria, says Sampaoli

Argentina's do-or-die clash against Nigeria today can be a launch pad for the team in Russian Federation following a woeful start to the World Cup , insisted defiant coach Jorge Sampaoli. They also have a team filled with quality players. According to an official of the Super Eagles, the team has changed its training pattern to be in tune wit...

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  • LeBron James Wins Play of the Year at 2018 NBA Awards
LeBron James Wins Play of the Year at 2018 NBA Awards

Going even further, would that team be good enough to defeat Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals? The Cleveland Cavaliers are exploring every possibility they can to work a potential trade with the Charlotte Hornets to secure point guard Kemba Walker, and perhaps hold onto LeBr...

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  • US Open will factor maternity leave into seedings
US Open will factor maternity leave into seedings

The French Open drew criticism last month for not seeding Serena Williams , who was playing her first major tournament since giving birth to her first child last September. Williams has won six U.S. Open titles in 17 appearances. However, French Open chiefs decided against seeding Williams. Not seen on court since Paris, Serena has still l...

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  • FPJ's dream XI predictions for Denmark vs France
FPJ's dream XI predictions for Denmark vs France

The victor of Group C will take on the runner-up of Group D (Nigeria's section) in the Round of 16 in Kazan on Saturday 30th June, while the victor of Group D will play the runner-up of Group C in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday 1st July. "I have 23 players, they can all have a role to play and start a match", Deschamps added. "Off the pitch he is a go...

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  • Federer loses No.1 spot as Coric stuns him in Halle final
Federer loses No.1 spot as Coric stuns him in Halle final

The win puts Coric in good stead ahead of Wimbledon which starts on 2 July and he will jump to a career-high ranking of No.21 on Monday. Federer, 36, was bidding to win the event for the 10th time and secure his 99th career title heading into Wimbledon next week.

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  • Uruguay wins Group A, Spain pulls out dramatic Group B
Uruguay wins Group A, Spain pulls out dramatic Group B

La Roja were lucky in that, together with Iran's draw with Portugal , they were able to finish top of the group, thereby avoiding a potentially tricky Round of 16 tie against Uruguay . It has been a busy World Cup for both referees and their VAR helpers, who between them have set a new benchmark at the worldwide celebration of football.

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  • Iago Aspas Rescues Precious Point For Slack Spain Against Morocco (Photos & Video)
Iago Aspas Rescues Precious Point For Slack Spain Against Morocco (Photos & Video)

Spain took top spot from Portugal on goals scored after the European champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Iran who equalised in stoppage-time with a penalty also given after consultation with the VAR. When you look at their line-up it's a mix of Barcelona and Real Madrid , so these are exceptional, outstanding players. "We lacked a bit of exp...

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