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Stylish Neymar steers Brazil into last 8

Mexico fall SAMARA, Russia, July 2, (AFP): Neymar scored a stylish opener and set up substitute Roberto Firmino for a late second as Brazil cruised into the quarter-finals of the World Cup with a 2-0 win over Mexico on Monday. Bidding for a record-extending sixth title in Russia, Brazil weathered …

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Australia’s Stanlake tears through Pakistan for easy 9-wicket victory

Finch registers unbeaten 68 HARARE, July 2, (AFP): Australia fast bowler Billy Stanlake rediscovered his aggressive streak to demolish Pakistan’s top order and set up a nine-wicket win for his side in the second match of the T20 Tri-Series in Zimbabwe. “The boys have been talking to me in the …

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Senegal ask FIFA to revise fair play ruling

MOSCOW, July 2, (RTRS): Senegal’s football federation (FSF) has asked FIFA to reconsider its fair play ruling after their accumulation of more yellow cards than World Cup group rivals Japan made the African side the first country to be eliminated by the new regulation. Japan and Senegal were left on …

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Russia stun Spain to reach quarters

Akinfeev stars with two dramatic saves in shootout MOSCOW, July 1, (AFP): Russia captain Igor Akinfeev saved two penalties in a dramatic shootout as the World Cup hosts dumped title contenders Spain out in the last 16 following a 1-1 draw. Veteran Russia centre-back Sergei Ignashevich gifted Spain the opening …

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Pakistan beat Zimbabwe in T20 Tri-Series opener

Zaman career best 61 underpins hosts HARARE, July 1, (AFP): Pakistan cruised to a 74-run win Sunday over their hosts in the opening match of the Zimbabwe Twenty20 Tri-Series. A career best 61 from opening batsman Fakhar Zaman, and a late flurry of boundaries from Asif Ali and veteran batsman …

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Verstappen wins Austria GP as Vettel grabs lead in standings

Mercedes’ Hamilton fails to finish SPIELBERG, Austria, July 1, (AFP): Max Verstappen made the most of a rare Mercedes double retirement on Sunday by claiming his first win this year, and Red Bull’s first at “home”, in an incident-packed Austrian Grand Prix. The Dutch tyro grabbed victory after both Lewis …

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France end Argentina dream

Mbappe at the double in 7-goal thriller KAZAN ARENA, Russia, June 30, (AFP): Teenage star Kylian Mbappe struck twice and earned another goal as France finally found their attacking edge to beat Lionel Messi’s Argentina 4-3 and move into the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Saturday. Billed as Messi’s …

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World T20 No.1 spot on line in Zimbabwe

Bring on England, says Kohli after Ireland rout HARARE, June 30, (AFP): Australia, Pakistan and Zimbabwe meet in a T20 tri-series starting in Harare on Sunday with the world number one ranking on the line in the sport’s shortest format. Pakistan travel to Zimbabwe as the world’s top rated team …

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Marquez grabs Dutch pole

Crutchlow, Rossi complete front row ASSEN, Netherlands, June 30, (AFP): Spaniard Marc Marquez grabbed pole position after a frenzied finish to qualifying for the Dutch Grand Prix on Saturday. With track-side temperatures passing 45 degrees celsius (113 Fahrenheit) the riders burned up the circuit. With the clock ticking Andrea Iannone, …

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Germany ‘crash out’ of WC as South Korea earn famous win

Sweden power into last 16 with Mexico KAZAN ARENA, Russia, June 27, (AFP): Germany crashed out of the World Cup on Wednesday after a stoppage-time VAR-assisted goal from Kim Young-gwon and a late second by Son Heung-min earned South Korea a famous 2-0 win. The Germans needed to win by …

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