• Portugal vs Mexico 18 June 2017: Confederation Cup Preview and Predictions
Portugal vs Mexico 18 June 2017: Confederation Cup Preview and Predictions

Silva, who has just moved from FC Porto to AC Milan in a transfer worth almost 40 million euros, has scored seven goals in eight games since his debut with the national team in a friendly against Gibraltar in September. The defender , who will leave Real Madrid this summer after a decade at the Bernabéu , appeared to be offside . "We want to...

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  • Amir, Fakhar star as Pakistan rout India for Champions Trophy title
Amir, Fakhar star as Pakistan rout India for Champions Trophy title

Amir trapped Rohit Sharma lbw from the third ball, before captain Virat Kohli was dropped and then dismissed in successive balls. It appeared India , chasing 339 to win, had had a lucky break when Kohli, the world's leading one-day global batsman, was dropped on five by first slip Azhar Ali off Amir.

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  • This Victory Over India Will Be Remembered for Long Time: Sarfraz Ahmed
This Victory Over India Will Be Remembered for Long Time: Sarfraz Ahmed

Defending champions India proved no match for Pakistan on Sunday, losing the much-awaited final game of the Champions Trophy by 180 runs at The Oval in London . Instead Amir wreaked havoc at the start of the reply, trapping Rohit Sharma lbw with his third ball and then inducing a leading edge from Kohli one ball after the skipper had bee...

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  • Rain lashes Australia's Champions Trophy chances
Rain lashes Australia's Champions Trophy chances

Under brighter skies earlier in the day, Tamim Iqbal fell five runs short of a second successive century in the tournament when he became the first of Mitchell Starc's four victims. "I think in the middle patches of the match, we couldn't get any wickets, that's also a [key] point", he said. Starc's blistering spell was some consolation for S...

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  • Upset Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid amid tax fraud claims
Upset Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid amid tax fraud claims

Madrid were rocked on Friday when Portuguese newspaper A Bola claimed the 32-year-old no longer wanted to play in Spain amid scrutiny over his tax affairs, a story that sources close to the player have seemingly since confirmed to other global news outlets.

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"Manchester United" is ready to make a big offer for Ronaldo

In the "real" Cristiano Ronaldo moved in the summer of 2009 for 94 million euros. The pair had attended a function together when Ronaldo confided to his former manager that he was unsettled in the Spanish capital, despite the success he's achieved since moving there in a then world record £80 million deal, eight years ago.

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  • Champions Trophy final: Mohammad Hafeez hails Pakistan spirit for India stunner
Champions Trophy final: Mohammad Hafeez hails Pakistan spirit for India stunner

India were eventually dismissed for 158, with 19.3 overs to spare, losing by a massive 180 runs. Amir, who missed Pakistan s eight-wicket semi-final win over England with a back spasm, finished with three wickets for 16 runs in six overs.

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  • Justin Thomas comes up short after Saturday's record 63
Justin Thomas comes up short after Saturday's record 63

The 27-year-old has always been considered one of the game's most promising young players. Hideki Matsuyama , meanwhile, ran off three birdies on five holes to start the back nine and was within two shots of the lead. However, he was far out of contention after he moved in the wrong direction with a four-over 76 during Saturday's moving day and ...

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  • Mexico score incredible last minute equalizer against Portugal
Mexico score incredible last minute equalizer against Portugal

Portugal's William Carvalho, left, and Mexico's Raul Jimenez fight for the ball during the Confederations Cup , Group A soccer match between Portugal and Mexico, at the Kazan Arena, Russia , Sunday, June 18, 2017 . "We were at least as good as they were and they're the current European champion", said the Mexico coach Juan Carlos O...

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal pair give backing to captain amid speculation
Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal pair give backing to captain amid speculation

The first goal was an example of that and showcased a moment of brilliance from Ronaldo . "We are calm and we have to think about the next game". In the first half, a Portugal goal was ruled out for offside but it was only when the replays were shown that we saw that there was no infringement for the goal itself, but rather when the initial ...

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  • Brooks Koepka caps a record week with US Open title
Brooks Koepka caps a record week with US Open title

Brooks Koepka was virtually flawless on Friday, shooting 5-under-par 67 in the final round at Erin Hills while most of the field faltered in the toughest, windiest conditions of the tournament. And one of Scheffler's biggest summer goals is to earn a spot on the U.S. Walker Cup team for the first time. Xander Schauffele, a rookie on the PGA Tour...

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  • Ward celebrates big win while Kovalev plans protest
Ward celebrates big win while Kovalev plans protest

As for the belt line blows, they were fair - and obviously quite painful. He finished the job with several body shots. "I could tell he was getting a little exhausted, but he was still in there, was still fighting". The fighters exchange at a furious pace near the end of the round. "I could have continued", Kovalev said. The AP had Kovalev ahea...

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  • Bummer buddies: Roomies Fowler, Thomas fizzle at US Open
Bummer buddies: Roomies Fowler, Thomas fizzle at US Open

Thomas , a three-time victor this season on the PGA Tour , eagles the 18th to complete a 63 and tie the all-time low round at any major and set a U.S. Brooks Koepka has won the U.S. Open title for his first major championship. Not even the wind could stop the onslaught of low scores at Erin Hills .

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  • Pakistan crush Indian team, lift Champions Trophy
Pakistan crush Indian team, lift Champions Trophy

He trapped Rohit Sharma lbw for nought with a swinging delivery and removed India talisman Virat Kohli with another fine ball which the captain could only edge to point for five. "I took my time to begin with, you look at the wicket, and then play your natural game". After the first game, played against the team they can not lose to, P...

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  • Mexico snatch dramatic late leveller to deny Portugal victory
Mexico snatch dramatic late leveller to deny Portugal victory

Pepe thought he'd opened the scoring for Portugal on the rebound after Cristiano Ronaldo had crashed a shot against the bar with a sensational dipping volley - but the goal was chalked off for offside after the referee consulted a video replay, a system being trialed at the tournament.

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  • Pakistan thrash holders India to win Champions Trophy
Pakistan thrash holders India to win Champions Trophy

But it will not be a one-sided final and there will be a fine contest between India and Pakistan . Young men gathered in mass at TV shops across Srinagar as Pakistan belied expectations to thrash Virat Kohli's team by 180 runs at the Oval.

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  • Hector Moreno, Mexico Snatch Late Draw vs. Portugal at 2017 Confederations Cup
Hector Moreno, Mexico Snatch Late Draw vs. Portugal at 2017 Confederations Cup

A loss here wouldn't have been a disaster. Portugal will play Mexico in the Confederations Cup , Group A soccer match scheduled for Sunda. The quality of El Tri's players would also have been debated. Guardado may well be right. Obviously the Portugal side has the best player in the entire tournament with the ineffable Cristiano Ron...

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  • CT 2017: India win toss, elect to field against Pakistan
CT 2017: India win toss, elect to field against Pakistan

Pakistan have been starved of worldwide cricket in their own country since an attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009, forcing them to play their "home" series at neutral venues. "I am over the moon #PakistanZinabadad", tweeted ex fast-bowler Wasim Akram, who also compared fast-bowler Mohammad Amir's masterclass in high-swing bowling to his own...

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  • Wozniacki suffers at the hands of teenage star Jelena
Wozniacki suffers at the hands of teenage star Jelena

Ostapenko, who had defeated Australian Samantha Stosur in the last 16, said: "When I came here I didn't expect I am going to be in the semis, but I was playing better and better every match so if I keep it up, I think anything can happen".

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  • Five players to watch at the Confederations Cup
Five players to watch at the Confederations Cup

Hector Moreno's late equalizer helped Mexico earn a point in a draw against Portugal . "We could have killed off the match but it didn't happen". However, the winger had other ideas, clipping a lovely ball across the box for Quaresma, who sent Ochoa one way before knocking the ball into an unguarded net.

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo in focus after Confederations Cup tie
Cristiano Ronaldo in focus after Confederations Cup tie

They wouldn't keep their lead into half-time though, Javier Hernandez drawing Mexico level just before the interval. A short statement to FIFA's in-house television reporters, lamenting that his team "suffered at the last minute" due to Hector Moreno's late equaliser, was the only material anybody had to go on, though Ronaldo later sai...

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  • Chris Woakes ruled out of Champions Trophy
Chris Woakes ruled out of Champions Trophy

Woakes bowled only two overs in Thursday's tournament opener against Bangladesh before leaving the ground, dealing a blow to England's bid to win their first global 50-overs title. "We ve had our eyes on the Champions Trophy for a while now as a team and we were coming into the tournament in good form". "Leaving the guys out there with nearly...

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  • Brooks Koepka wins US Open, Fowler finishes 6 shots behind
Brooks Koepka wins US Open, Fowler finishes 6 shots behind

Through three days, Erin Hills had endured the test Fry sought for it when he first got the gig to co-design the course with Michael Hurdzan and Ron Whitten, even if rain and tame winds yielded low scores. "The greens are flawless - some of the best greens I've ever putted on". This year's course was an anomaly, with five golfers sitting at -10 und...

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  • Sarfraz Ahmed proud as 'no chance' Pakistan reach final
Sarfraz Ahmed proud as 'no chance' Pakistan reach final

Earlier, Hasan Ali took 3-35 as Pakistan won the toss and bowled out a badly misfiring England . "It was not over confidence". England have been anything but since the World Cup - they've played some fantastic one-day cricket, it has been a privilege to watch it.

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  • Spanish prosecutors sue Cristiano Ronaldo for tax fraud
Spanish prosecutors sue Cristiano Ronaldo for tax fraud

A statement from the prosecutors claimed that Ronaldo used a shell company in the Virgin Islands to "create a screen in order to hid his total income from Spain's Tax Office," the AP notes. The Portuguese-born star defrauded the tax authorities of 1.4 million euros in 2011, 1.7 million euros in 2012, 3.2 million euros in 2013 and 8.5 million ...

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  • Last group tees off at US Open
Last group tees off at US Open

The muscular American, who started the day one back of overnight leader Brian Harman, was on the charge out of the gate collecting birdies on the opening two holes at a windswept Erin Hills. Harman had been tied with Koepka after his birdie putt on the third did a full circuit of the hole before dropping in, but found heavy rough off the tee on the...

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  • Flip the script: Brad Keselowski interviews Ryan Blaney in Victory Lane
Flip the script: Brad Keselowski interviews Ryan Blaney in Victory Lane

The Wood Brothers' last win came with Trevor Bayne in the 2011 Daytona 500. "I think if they can just put a whole race together, they have the speed to do it - I'm sure we'll be racing them (today)". It was the fastest qualifying lap ever at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, nearly 1.5 seconds faster than the pace that won him last year's pole and...

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  • Forget group win over Pakistan, Virat Kohli warns before final
Forget group win over Pakistan, Virat Kohli warns before final

Pakistan smashed the highest total in a Champions Trophy final - 338-4 that included a maiden century from opener Fakhar Zaman - after being made to bat first by defending champion India at The Oval on Sunday. In-form Indian batsmen Rohit Sharma , Virat Kohli , Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have also helped their side look capa...

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  • Koepka off to solid start at US Open
Koepka off to solid start at US Open

The final-hole struggle was in marked contrast to his second-round rally, when he became the first player from China to make the cut at a US Open , according to US Golf Association records. He rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on No. 5 from the edge of the green that broke so severely that he stood with his toes facing the hole and rapped the ball ...

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  • Confederations Cup: Troubled Ronaldo eyes more silver
Confederations Cup: Troubled Ronaldo eyes more silver

Although Mexico had more possession, Ochoa was the busier of the two keepers and the Europeans could have taken all three points had the Video Assistant Referees (VAR) not controversially disallowed Nani's first-half goal for offside .

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  • Dragons lock Hill named on bench for Lions clash with Chiefs
Dragons lock Hill named on bench for Lions clash with Chiefs

He's a unit, and certainly grabs the attention of anyone's defence. "There is no way we are divided into two", he said. Gatland's complaint about the New Zealand tactic of blocking runners off the ball was in the context of the Lions midfield, and the possibility of playing Farrell and Sexton in tandem.

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  • No locals taken on first day of Major League Baseball draft
No locals taken on first day of Major League Baseball draft

Alabama high school outfielder Bubba Thompson was the last of the players at the draft to be taken, going to Texas with the 26th pick. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Lewis was named the 2017 Gatorade Player of the Year in California. 2 overall is a huge win for the franchise. "He's the best athlete I think I've ever seen", Kay said. --Cory Abbott, a...

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  • Canterbury Crusaders team to face British & Irish Lions
Canterbury Crusaders team to face British & Irish Lions

Head Coach Warren Gatland has kept his promise of giving all 41 members of the Lions squad at least one start in the opening three games. The Auckland franchise were able to put together the move of the match to score the game-winning try in the final 10 minutes though, two superb offloads unleashing West to go over.

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  • Koepka unsurprised by Thomas record
Koepka unsurprised by Thomas record

Justin Thomas , Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood are tied for second, one shot back. Jon Rahm. Justin Rose. The thrilling finish vaulted Thomas into the clubhouse lead on 11 under late in the third round but American Ben Harman shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead going into last round.

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  • Thomas' record yet to sink in as he eyes first major title
Thomas' record yet to sink in as he eyes first major title

He'll start Monday just one shot behind unheralded American Brian Harman , whose 67 put him in the lead at 12-under. Thomas' 9-under 63 also broke Johnny Miller's U.S. "When you look at that and just kind of build off the experiences out there". The birdies started piling up as the round drew to a close . Thomas, decked out in fluorescent p...

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