Germany ace Sami Khedira shuts down Swedish journalist's prank

Germany's Thomas Muller has called for positivity ahead of their remaining World Cup group games if they are to progress. As we know only too well, even the most studiously planned jokes aren't always guaranteed to hit the mark and deliver the level of laughs you hoped for. Swedish journalist Ludvig Holmberg found that out to his cost when he attempted to prank the Germany players at their World Cup training camp in Vatutinki. With the Germans losing to Mexico in their opening game and...
Tags: Sweden, Mexico, Germany, Football, Blog, Sport, Thomas Muller, Blog Post, Blog - The Toe Poke, Sami Khedira, HOLMBERG, Ludvig Holmberg, Vatutinki With

Suns get their coveted center Ayton to anchor young squad

PHOENIX (AP) — For most of their half-century of existence, the Phoenix Suns have coveted a big-time center. In 1969, they lost the coin flip with Milwaukee for Lew Alcindor, now known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and chose Neal Walk at No. 2. The closest they came was Alvan Adams, an All-Star on some very good […]
Tags: News, Milwaukee, Sports, Phoenix Suns, Ap, Ayton, Phoenix, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Neal Walk, Lew Alcindor, Alvan Adams

The Penguins’ Untouchables & Trade Bait

Let me get this out of the way first; I firmly believe that Phil Kessel will not be a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins this time next week.  That is not to say that I endorse trading the dynamic winger, but I think we can all see which way the wind is blowing. Both player and management seem disenchanted with one another, and with general manager Jim Rutherford’s history of making big deals at the draft, what better time to make a move than now? The further we get into the offseason the more ...
Tags: Usa, Washington, Sport, Arizona, Penguins, Hockey, NHL, Joe Sargent, Pittsburgh, Murray, Derick Brassard, Pittsburgh Penguins, Carl Hagelin, Rutherford, Mike Sullivan, Phil Kessel

Colombian singer Maluma posts defiant message after hotel room reportedly robbed

Colombian singer Maluma posted a defiant message on social media after reportedly having $800,000 worth of valuables stolen from his hotel in Russia. According to police sources, the 24-year-old Reggaeton star had jewellery, watches, glasses and luggage stolen from his room at the Four Seasons Hotel in Moscow while watching Colombia lose to Japan at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk However, refusing to have his World Cup experience sullied, Maluma posted an upbeat update on Instagram. "MY HAPPINESS...
Tags: Japan, Russia, Football, Sport, Colombia, Moscow, FIFA World Cup, Blog Post, Blog - The Toe Poke, Saransk, Maluma, Mordovia Arena

Manchester United's Fred has been influenced by Brazil's greats

ESPN FC's Man United expert Mark Ogden discusses the likelihood that Toby Alderweireld, Fred and Alex Sandro move to Old Trafford this summer. Alejandro Moreno and Shaka Hislop question Jose Mourinho's positive outlook after Man United's loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup final. The ESPN FC panel rate the success of Jose Mourinho's time at Manchester United and discuss his relationship with Paul Pogba. With Manchester United havign signed Fred, here are five thi...
Tags: Football, Blog, Sport, Chelsea, Manchester United, Old Trafford, Transfers, Brazil, Jose Mourinho, Mark Ogden, Espn, Man United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Blog Post, Blog - ESPN FC United, Paul Pogba

Manchester United need Willian: He is the perfect Jose Mourinho player

Steve Nicol explains why Fred is a great addition to Manchester United's midfield and why the club were smart to seal the move before the World Cup. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho used his footballing expertise to predict the outcome of the World Cup group stages. Recent reports have suggested that Manchester United are looking to add not one Brazilian midfielder to their ranks, but two. Much has been written about Fred, acquired from Shakhtar Donetsk, but Chelsea's ...
Tags: Football, Blog, Sport, Chelsea, Manchester United, Transfers, Jose Mourinho, Shakhtar Donetsk, United, Blog Post, Willian, English Premier League, Fred, Steve Nicol, World Cup Manchester United

Eriksen dazzles for Danes, VAR keeps Aussies alive in topsy-turvy Group C draw

World Cup: Mile Jedinak (38') Denmark 1-1 Australia World Cup: Christian Eriksen (7') Denmark 1-0 Australia SAMARA -- Three quick thoughts on Denmark 1-1 Australia in Group C at the World Cup on Thursday afternoon. 1. Eriksen a class apart for Denmark A moment of Christian Eriksen brilliance and the intervention of VAR were the standout moments in this 1-1 draw between Denmark and Australia, a result much more helpful to the Danes than it is their opponents. Eriksen's ea...
Tags: Australia, Football, Blog, Sport, Denmark, FIFA World Cup, Mile Jedinak, Christian Eriksen, Blog Post, Eriksen, Danes VAR

Caballero howler gifts Croatia goal at World Cup

Nizhniy Novgorod (Russia) (AFP) – A howler from Argentina’s Willy Caballero gifted Croatia a 1-0 second-half lead in their World Cup clash on Thursday — the latest in a string of goalkeeping errors in big matches. The Chelsea stopper attempted a chipped pass over Ante Rebic from inside his own area, but totally underhit his effort and the Croatia winger fired an unstoppable volley into the roof of the net. The World Cup in Russia has already seen some questionable goalkeeping, including a poor ...
Tags: Saudi Arabia, Russia, Spain, Sport, Soccer, Chelsea, Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo, Argentina, Croatia, David De Gea, Afp, Sergio Romero, Willy Caballero, Caballero, Ante Rebic

Germany 'misjudged' situation ahead of defeat to Mexico - Thomas Muller

Thomas Muller has said Germany "misjudged the situation" by believing that they would click into gear ahead of the 1-0 loss to
Tags: Mexico, Germany, Football, Sport, Story, Thomas Muller

Rui Patricio imperious in Portugal goal as Cristiano Ronaldo strikes again

As Morocco become the first team to exit the World Cup, Andrew Kabuura and Daniel Amokachi break down how Cristiano Ronaldo was able to lead Portugal to a win. Cristiano Ronaldo became Europe's top international scorer, but Portugal were lucky to come out on top against a resilient Morocco. ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop says we're seeing a different Cristiano Ronaldo with Portugal, a player who is becoming the leader his country need. While Portugal may over re...
Tags: Europe, Football, Blog, Sport, Morocco, Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo, FIFA World Cup, Espn, Blog Post, Jose Fonte, Pepe, Shaka Hislop, Patricio, Fernando Santos, Rui Patricio

World Cup LIVE: Can Messi lift Argentina? France knock out Peru; Australia hold Denmark

Lionel Messi had a tough time as Argentina drew their first match, but can he lift the side against Croatia? Kylian Mbappe's goal sent
Tags: Australia, France, Football, Sport, Story, Lionel Messi, Argentina, Peru, Croatia, Denmark, FIFA World Cup, Messi, Kylian Mbappe

Who Could the Leafs Draft 25th Overall?

Although the Toronto Maple Leafs hold a relatively low first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft — 25th overall, to be exact — the franchise still boasts an excellent opportunity to add an immensely talented player to their organization. Yes, the likes of Rasmus Dahlin, Andrei Svechnikov, and Filip Zadina will be long gone, however, the depth of this year’s draft class should allow the Leafs to nab a high-calibre player in the opening round and one capable of contributing at the NHL-level in the ne...
Tags: Usa, Toronto, Sport, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Miller, Flint, Leafs, TSN, Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Ontario, Flint Firebirds, Roman Polak, John Carlson, Wilde

Last Red Wings to Win Each NHL Award

On Sunday night, I realized that it had been a few years since a member of the Detroit Red Wings had won a major NHL award. Previously, it was an annual occurrence, with Nicklas Lidstrom’s Norris trophies and Pavel Datsyuk’s various awards becoming commonplace. At the very least, someone from the Red Wings was nominated for an award every year over the past couple decades. But as of late, not so much. See, I play beer league hockey with a bunch of my college teammates at the Washington Capitals’...
Tags: Washington, Boston, Sport, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Detroit, Richard, Vegas, Steve Yzerman, Gordie Howe, Anaheim, Hart, Alex Ovechkin, Red Wings, Pavel Datsyuk

FIFA 'extremely satisfied' with World Cup refereeing, calls VAR a success

Janusz Michallik discusses the first VAR incidents of the World Cup following France's 2-1 win over Australia. The guys give their take on Neymar constantly going to ground, how VAR has fared and more things from the Twittersphere. Shaka Hislop breaks down Sweden's hard-fought 1-0 win over South Korea decided by Andreas Granqvist's VAR-awarded penalty. FIFA said on Wednesday that it has been "extremely satisfied" with the quality of refereeing at the World Cup a...
Tags: South Korea, Sweden, Australia, France, Football, Sport, Story, Fifa, FIFA World Cup, Neymar, Shaka Hislop, Janusz Michallik, Var, Andreas Granqvist

Peru's World Cup fans in Russia enjoying the trip of a lifetime

ESPN's Sebastian Salazar revealed how Peru fans are celebrating competing in their first World Cup since 1982. Peru were left to lament Christian Cueva's first-half penalty miss when Yussuf Poulsen's tidy finish proving enough for Denmark. The World Cup no longer serves as a reference of football's top quality or of cutting edge tactical ideas. It has lost that position to European club football, which also hands over the players to national teams in a state of near...
Tags: Russia, Football, Blog, Sport, Peru, Denmark, FIFA World Cup, Espn, Blog Post, Yussuf Poulsen, Sebastian Salazar

Argentina's World Cup struggles not surprising given the side's widespread problems, lack of direction

The FC crew lay into Jorge Sampaoli and inspect Lionel Messi's negative demeanour after Argentina's embarrassing defeat to Croatia. The FC team answer your tweets on whether Argentina would win their next match if they sack their coach and Croatia's chances of winning it all. ESPN's Sam Borden shares his thoughts on Croatia's 3-0 win which leaves Argentina on the brink of a World Cup exit. No one who has followed Argentina in recent times could possibl...
Tags: Football, Blog, Sport, Lionel Messi, Argentina, Croatia, FIFA World Cup, Espn, Blog Post, Fc, Jorge Sampaoli, Sam Borden

Belgium fans could be fined for displaying branded flags

The FC crew try not to read too much into Belgium's win over Panama, before homing in on Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku's respective roles. Shaka Hislop gives his verdict on how impressive Romelu Lukaku and Belgium were to dispatch Panama and avoid an early World Cup slip-up. Belgium fans could be fined for flying their nation's flag during the World Cup. Brewery AB InBev has produced a version of Belgium's tricolour flag stamped with the logo of their most famou...
Tags: Football, Sport, Story, Belgium, FIFA World Cup, Romelu Lukaku, Panama, Kevin De Bruyne, Shaka Hislop, Brewery AB InBev

England's Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli out vs. Panama, according to leaked team sheet

Raheem Sterling could be benched by Gareth Southgate for England's clash with Panama on Sunday,
Tags: England, Football, Sport, Story, Raheem Sterling, Gareth Southgate, Panama, Raheem Sterling Dele Alli

Good for Arsenal: Ever Banega deal moves closer

New players Arsenal are moving closer to signing Ever Banega according to reports on Sky Sports, with Unai Emery keen to add players to his squad and move forward this summer. The midfielder is someone who has long been linked with the Premier League, and it seems a case of agreeing a fee for the player – who is one of the top targets for Arsenal and Emery this summer. Banega might be moving closer to his move but Petr Cech will not be going to Napoli after failing to be convinced over his role...
Tags: London, Sport, Soccer, Premier League, Arsenal, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jack Wilshere, Petr Cech, Sevilla, Emirates Stadium, Napoli, Doncaster Rovers, Emery, Ever Banega, Maurizio Sarri, London England

Ranking Sabres Prospects Before the Draft

Take a deep breath. The Buffalo Sabres are just one day away from selecting the franchise-altering defenseman that they have so desperately needed. Soon, Rasmus Dahlin will officially be a member of the blue-and-gold, injecting a much-needed boost of elite talent on the blue line. The Sabres currently hold seven picks in tomorrow’s draft. Even though their plans for the first overall selection has been known for well over a month now, it remains to be seen what Jason Botterill will elect to do w...
Tags: London, Sweden, Sport, Finland, Ncaa, Rochester, Buffalo, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Kingston, North America, Borgen, Wisconsin Badgers, Florida Panthers, Eagles

NHL Rumors: Tanev, Karlsson, Kessel, More

In today’s rumor rundown the head coach everyone would want but no one has room for was spotted  heading towards the New York Islanders, a defensemen or two might be available out of Vancouver, Phil Kessel is cool with being traded but his primary choice seems out of the equation and everyone finally seems on board with the fact that Erik Karlsson is as good as traded. Tanev In Play for Canucks Grady Sas of TSN1050Radio tweeted that the Vancouver Canucks have been getting calls on multiple def...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Newark, Penguins, Hockey, NHL, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh, Islanders, Washington Capitals, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Lou Lamoriello, Ottawa Senators, Coyotes

Activists hope to give Enhanced Transit Corridors Plan more teeth at first Council hearing today

This PBOT graphic shows where they want to make transit better. At 2:00 pm today (6/20) Portland City Council is set to hear public testimony on the . The move will allow the Portland Bureau of Transportation to move forward with design and development of projects aimed at making transit faster, more reliable, and ultimately more competitive than driving. “We know the Sirens of parking and automobility will sing. Please give PBOT the wax and rope it will need to sail safely past.”— Portla...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Transit, Cycling, New York Times, Portland, City Council, Council, Metro, Kessler, Koch, LEITMAN, Portland Bureau of Transportation, TriMet, Portland City Council, Council Chambers

Steven Gerrard urges Wayne Rooney to leave Everton for MLS

Urged Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has urged Everton’s Wayne Rooney to follow in his footsteps and leave the club to finish his career in the MLS. There has been much talk about Rooney’s future over the past couple of months. The player was struggling to gain any form at the end of last season and Sam Allardyce started to regular substitute him. That rubbed the player up the wrong way and was seen visibly frustrated when leaving the pitch, most notably in the Merseyside derby. That left him ...
Tags: America, Sport, Daily Mirror, Soccer, Liverpool, Steven Gerrard, Everton, Wayne Rooney, Rangers, Sam Allardyce, Mls, LA Galaxy, Rooney, Merseyside, DC United, Wayne

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo becomes Europe's top scorer in internationals

Cristiano Ronaldo broke Ferenc Puskas' record for the most international goals by a European player with his opener for Portugal against
Tags: Europe, Football, Sport, Story, Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo, FIFA World Cup, Ferenc Puskas

FIFA rubbishes claim World Cup referee Mark Geiger asked for Portugal shirt

VOLGOGRAD, Russia -- Both FIFA and sources close to World Cup referee Mark Geiger have denied accusations from Morocco's Nordin Amrabat that
Tags: Football, Sport, Story, Morocco, Fifa, Portugal, FIFA World Cup, Nordin Amrabat, Volgograd Russia, Mark Geiger

1984 Bike Tour: Day 40 – Running the Arkansas River, upstream

MAYSVILLE, COLO. - The climbing begins in earnest today, but we start with a long, cold, downhill after crossing the Silver Bridge, touted as the world's highest suspension bridge. The winding road takes us back down to the elevation of the Arkansas River.Along US 50, huge red outcroppings of rock towered over the road. The river rushed alongside. We could hear it as we pedaled upstream on the gentle grade. Down here we could look up the valleys sometimes and see snow-capped peaks ...
Tags: Colorado, Sport, Cycling, Arkansas River, TransAmerica, Maysville, Main Page, Bike Touring, Silver Bridge, TransAmerica Tour 1984, Arkansas River Along US

Attacking as a front three

This session works on three strikers like Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona. It trains strikers to create and combine in overload situations, giving them help in recognising goalscoring opportunities, shooting early, or passing to team mates in better positions. MORE
Tags: Shooting, Sport, Barcelona, Soccer, Liverpool Real Madrid, Attacking

Transfer Talk: Chelsea will take on Barcelona in race for Juventus' Miralem Pjanic

The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow along with our daily blog throughout the
Tags: Football, Sport, Barcelona, Chelsea, Blog Post, Blog - Transfer Talk, Juventus Miralem Pjanic

Russia sprays vanilla to repel World Cup gnats in Volgograd

The FC team answer your tweets on whether Argentina would win their next match if they sack their coach and Croatia's chances of winning it all. The FC crew assess the state of Group D and how the tone of Nigeria-Iceland has changed following Croatia's defeat of Argentina. After a strange 72 hours in the Brazil camp, the FC panel give thought to what sort of advice Tite would've given Neymar to get him back to his best. Russian authorities have said they are spra...
Tags: England, Russia, Nigeria, Football, Sport, Story, Brazil, Argentina, Croatia, FIFA World Cup, Iceland, Tunisia, Neymar, Fc, TASS, Volgograd

South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong has to attack Mexico to keep World Cup spot

Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez report from Rostov ahead of Mexico's Group F match Saturday against South Korea. ROSTOV -- South Korea had not lost an opening game at the World Cup since 1998 until last Monday. That 1-0 defeat at the hands of Sweden was not the best way to kick off a tough group that continues with a game against Mexico on Saturday and then ends with Germany. The focus now is not on trying to get to the knockout stages but simply on avoiding elimination with a game ag...
Tags: Asia, South Korea, Sweden, Mexico, Germany, Football, Blog, Sport, FIFA World Cup, Blog Post, Blog - Football Asia, Rostov, Herculez Gomez, Sebastian Salazar, Shin Tae Yong, South Korea ROSTOV South Korea

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