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Sports Federer begins bid for ninth Wimbledon title as Murray misses out
Author: 0 Federer begins bid for ninth Wimbledon title as Murray misses out

Murray has played just three matches since last year's Wimbledon , winning one of his three matches on grass at Queen's and Eastbourne over the last two weeks. "You're only going to have a setback and then everybody's even more unhappy", said the defending champion who begins his bid for a ninth title at Wimbledon later Monday against Serbia's Dusan Lajovic.

Sports Football, fans and philosophy on the World Cup podcast
Author: 0 Football, fans and philosophy on the World Cup podcast

The game kicks off at 2 p.m. EST. The stakes were pretty high, with Baddiel & Skinner & The Lightning Seeds" Three Lions rebooted as Three Lions "98 for England's World Cup bid. But Colombia , Sweden, Switzerland, Croatia and Russian Federation will be feeling exactly the same, and they will all fancy themselves against a nation which has a history of taking too much for granted.

Sports Senegal, Colombia eye knockout berth in crunch game
Author: 0 Senegal, Colombia eye knockout berth in crunch game

At this cruel, unforgiving level, you have to be effective at both ends of the field and they came up agonisingly short in both regards. The result means they have been knocked out of the World Cup on fair play and is the first time a country will exit the world Cup based on Federation Internationale de Football Association fair play rule.

Sports Russian Federation hope for World Cup miracle
Author: 0 Russian Federation hope for World Cup miracle

That run ended in the round of 16 at the World Cup , with Ronaldo again failing to score for his country in the knockout round of the tournament. Although the World Cup in Russian Federation has lost its two most glittering names, some people might be relieved that the event would henceforth be more about teams than individuals.

Sports Japan leave dressing room spotless after agonising World Cup defeat to Belgium
Author: 0 Japan leave dressing room spotless after agonising World Cup defeat to Belgium

The South Korean players were in tears when they realised that their 2-0 win over Germany in Kazan would not send them through to the last 16, but defeats in their first two matches had left them with only the slimmest of chances. "You often hear people say that football is a reflection of culture", Japan-based soccer journalist Scott McIntyre told the BBC at the time. "The players deserve to come home with their heads held high".

Sports Roger Federer leaves Nike for Uniqlo
Author: 0 Roger Federer leaves Nike for Uniqlo

The top seed, however, was wearing Nike footwear as Uniqlo does not manufacture shoes. His most recent contract with Nike expired in March, and he had been rumored to be considering a switch. The 20-times grand-slam victor faces Serbian Dusan Lajovic in the first round and believes his big-match experience can guide him through a tricky opening encounter.

Sports Oklahoma City Thunder: 3 reasons keeping Paul George was so crucial
Author: 0 Oklahoma City Thunder: 3 reasons keeping Paul George was so crucial

If George and the Thunder are happy and can make that happen, good for them. It's possible George could end up being in Oklahoma City for seven more years. Paul George was considered one of the most talented and unpredictable free agents of 2018. It's a one-year rental. Sabonis had just finished his rookie season and his playing time had diminished as the season wore on.

Sports Neymar blasted by Mexico boss for 'play-acting'
Author: 0 Neymar blasted by Mexico boss for 'play-acting'

Neymar now has two goals at the 2018 World Cup and will look to add to his tally in the last-eight match on Friday when they will meet the victor of Belgium's clash against Japan. Yet Neymar shrugged off the criticism after his man-of-the-match performance, claiming it was motivated to "undermine me". The Brazil talisman drew several defenders as he ran across the edge of the area with the ball at his feet, before passing to Willian and continuing his run into the box.

Sports Messi, Ronaldo World Cup exits signal changing of the guard
Author: 0 Messi, Ronaldo World Cup exits signal changing of the guard

Streetwise and tough yet with a razor-sharp edge, Uruguay have moved serenely into the World Cup quarter-finals, ignoring the chaos that has swamped former winners Argentina and Spain. Ole had Messi and Mascherano, with the self-realising headline 'We're not the best in the world, ' and Cronica go on a similar path: 'The end of an era, ' with both players pictured again.

Sports Barcelona pull out of chase for Chelsea's Willian
Author: 0 Barcelona pull out of chase for Chelsea's Willian

NAIJ.com earlier reported that Chelsea have turned down a £50 million mega deal offer from Spanish champions Barcelona for the signing of Brazil worldwide Willian . Mourinho understood to be keen with a reunion with several players including Willian and also Mesut Ozil. However, the Brazilian global found life hard under Antonio Conte last season as he started just 20 games and admitted at the end of last season that he was frustrated to be left on the bench at Stamford Bridge.

Sports Real Madrid refute claim of €310 million Neymar offer
Author: 0 Real Madrid refute claim of €310 million Neymar offer

Madrid president Florentino Perez has tracked Neymar for more than a decade, and other recent reports had claimed that a €350m deal was being put together to bring him to the Bernabeu. Rumours have since abounded that Neymar is unhappy in France and wants to return to La Liga. Whether Real Madrid publicly discussing a player who isn't theirs is a plan to potentially unsettle the player remains to be seen.

Sports Swiss to meet Sweden
Author: 0 Swiss to meet Sweden

But it was not all plain sailing for the Swiss. That goal was cancelled out by Kendall Waston's header in the 56th minute, the central Americans first goal of the tournament. Although the Swiss went ahead twice in the game, at times they were lacking in their performance. I don't know why but Costa Rica is a team that is quite liked overseas.

Sports Success is coming for
Author: 0 Success is coming for "magnificent" Japan: Belgium coach Martinez

He pointed to the way that his team was able to quickly respond to Japan's "fantastic" opening goal by Genki Haraguchi and then to the second "wonder strike" by Inui that might have broken the spirit of a less experienced group, as compared to the way Japan were seemingly shaken when Belgium pulled one back.

Sports LeBron James Agrees to Sign With Lakers for Four Years, $154 Million
Author: 0 LeBron James Agrees to Sign With Lakers for Four Years, $154 Million

Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player James agreed to a four-year deal worth $154 million Sunday with the Lakers, just hours after the NBA free agency period began. LeBron James joins one of the NBA'smost iconic clubs. The scenario I've outlined where the Lakers sign nothing but one-year deals this summer would leave L.A.

Sports Spain Back To Dark Ages After World Cup Debacle
Author: 0 Spain Back To Dark Ages After World Cup Debacle

So low were Russia's expectations going into the tournament that a satirical song mocking the team went viral online, garnering more than nine million views on YouTube. Lopetegui was sacked because he didn't tell Spain's soccer leaders he accepted an offer to coach Real Madrid after the tournament. Turmoil erupted two days before the opening game, when the federation fired the head coach.

Sports Australias Finch smashes own record for highest T20I score
Author: 0 Australias Finch smashes own record for highest T20I score

When Finch departed, rather bizarrely by being hit wicket, he had become the highest run scorer in T20I. Australian opener Aaron Finch blazed past his own Twenty20 worldwide batting world record and relegated a pair of Black Caps to second place in Harare.

Sports All eyes on James Rodriguez for Colombia's clash with England
Author: 0 All eyes on James Rodriguez for Colombia's clash with England

James Rodriguez is a doubt for Colombia's clash with England . "And maybe that's been a problem we've had the last 15, 20 years as a country: we're too honest". "But they are not at the level of the top teams in the world but certainly are a good team", he said. Torres, who has been speaking to Colombians on the ground in Russian Federation, said the station surveyed the opinions of fans and journalists after the nation qualified for the last-16.

Sports David Warner bowled by Lasith Malinga for one on return to cricket
Author: 0 David Warner bowled by Lasith Malinga for one on return to cricket

Steven Smith and David Warner to serve one-year ban each. "You certainly ride the waves of grieving", Bancroft said. "As a dad, and a family man, the last 12 weeks has been tough but it's enabled me to spend a lot of time with my family and that's something I'll always cherish every day".

Sports Social Reactions: LeBron James joins the Los Angeles Lakers
Author: 0 Social Reactions: LeBron James joins the Los Angeles Lakers

Once James committed to the Lakers, Stephenson was a top player on the team's priority list. It wasn't long before the city of Los Angeles, along with many favorite celebrities, started celebrating on social media to welcome James, 33, to the city and the Lakers.

Sports Arsenal announce Sokratis signing
Author: 0 Arsenal announce Sokratis signing

Greece worldwide Sokratis becomes the second player the Gunners have signed from Dortmund in the previous year after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined for a club record fee in the January transfer window. "Lucas at Arsenal? I want the best for my son and I know that Arsenal showed great interest in my son", Ricardo said. It has a lot of fans and a very big history.

Sports Colombia vs England: Southgate eyes rare knockout win against Los Cafeteros
Author: 0 Colombia vs England: Southgate eyes rare knockout win against Los Cafeteros

On Monday he said he had no feelings of revenge when Colombia meet England in Moscow's Spartak Stadium but was ready to deliver a fine performance. "We are the youngest team left in and we are the most inexperienced team left in, but we've got some old fogeys as well who help the younger ones to get through it and show super leadership", Southgate said.

Sports LeBron James: Basketball star agrees to join Los Angeles Lakers
Author: 0 LeBron James: Basketball star agrees to join Los Angeles Lakers

Their 35 wins last season were their most since 2012-13, leaving uncertainty about what this team is capable of doing even after signing one of the best players in National Basketball Association history. James returned to the Cavs in 2014, then later led the team to their first championship title (2016). Leonard, who's still under contract with the San Antonio Spurs for one more season, has been open about his desire to play in Los Angeles.

Sports Kohli's men brace for challenging English summer
Author: 0 Kohli's men brace for challenging English summer

There is some familiarity and not just through global cricket, with 12 England players, including eight are in the current squad, having turned out in this year's Indian Premier League. India have a problem as Bumrah has been ruled out for the T20 series. "Generally it is a different challenge particularly when you play against subcontinent teams.

Sports What was Roger Federer gifted after his 1st Wimbledon win? A cow
Author: 0 What was Roger Federer gifted after his 1st Wimbledon win? A cow

Gone was the Nike swoosh from his bandana and the RF logo that usually appears on his jacket was also missing. But a report on the Italian website, sportsenators.it, by the highly respected tennis journalist Vincenzo Martucci first suggested that Uniqlo would be prepared to pay Federer $30m (about €25.8m) over the next 10 years, even after the 36-year-old Swiss has stopped playing.

Author: 0 Roger Federer drops decades-old Nike partnership for Uniqlo

Reigning champion and top seed Roger Federer will begin his 20th consecutive Wimbledon campaign on Monday but the Swiss ace says he still feels nervous at the thought of playing the opening match of the tournament on Centre Court. Uniqlo, which outfitted Novak Djokovic before the Serbian tennis star signed a deal with Lacoste a year ago, announced Federer as its new "Global Brand Ambassador" on Twitter.

Sports Southgate: England not getting into Colombian trap
Author: 0 Southgate: England not getting into Colombian trap

Kane now has 18 goals in 26 England games and his showdown with Colombia's Radamel Falcao could be decisive. It is pointless to think about what might happen after tomorrow's game here. FA Cup ties, for instance, went to two or three replays, so we weren't in those situations as often as now. England fans and players have long anxious about the team's poor run in shootouts, without a win since 1996, but the team has been working on psychological techniques to cope with the pressure ...