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France on top of the world

France players celebrate winning the World Cup with coach Didier Deschamps following their 4-2 victory over Croatia in the final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow yesterday. France won its second World Cup title in a match that was interrupted by a pitch invasion in the second half. Nineteen-year-old Kylian Mbappe became only the second teenager to score in a World Cup final after Pele, who scored two when Brazil beat Sweden 5-2 in 1958. Mbappe put France ahead 4-1 when he scored in the 64th minute. Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann also scored but France took the lead in the 18th when Croatia’s tallest outfield player, 1.9-meter forward Mario Mandzukic, rose to meet Griezmann’s free kick with the top of his head and inadvertently sent it past his own goalkeeper. Perisic and Mandzukic scored for Croatia, which was also beaten by France in the semifinals in its first World Cup appearance in 1998. ...

July 16, 2018, Monday


Novak rules at Wimbledon again

NOVAK Djokovic claimed a fourth Wimbledon title in ruthless fashion as he beat giant South African Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (3) on a sweltering Centre Court at the All England Club yesterday. After ...

July 16, 2018, Monday


Pacquiao stuns Matthysse for welterweight crown

MANNY Pacquiao put on a dominant display to stun defending champion Lucas Matthysse with a seventh-round knockout and claim the WBA welterweight title in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. The 39-year-old Filipino ...

July 16, 2018, Monday


Porte crashes out of Tour

Australian Richie Porte has pulled out of the Tour de France after damaging his shoulder in a crash 10 kilometers into the ninth stage, a 156.5km ride from Arras yesterday....

July 16, 2018, Monday


Cardinals sack Matheny

St Louis fired manager Mike Matheny on Saturday after the slumping Cardinals fell 2-8 to the Cincinnati Reds to register a 10th loss in 15 games as their overall record dropped to 47-46....

July 16, 2018, Monday


Marquez wins in Germany for ninth year in a row

Honda’s MotoGP champion Marc Marquez won for the ninth year in a row in Germany yesterday to stretch his lead over Valentino Rossi to 46 points....

July 16, 2018, Monday


Euphoria over, back to reality for Southgate’s boys

IT could have been the greatest day of their lives but England’s World Cup squad returned home yesterday with the euphoria that surrounded their run to the last four having dissipated and familiar, less ...

July 16, 2018, Monday


Belgians get a hero’s welcome

BELGIUM’S soccer team received a hero’s welcome in Brussels yesterday, after achieving its best-ever World Cup result in Russia. Belgium beat Panama, Tunisia and England in the opening round, staged ...

July 16, 2018, Monday


Russia hands over World Cup hosting duties to hopeful Qatar

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday handed over the mantle of World Cup host to the emir of Qatar, whose country will stage the 2022 edition of the tournament....

July 16, 2018, Monday


New Brazil judo coach smashes gender bias

Judo is about throwing adversaries to the mat, but in becoming the first female head coach of the Brazilian men’s national team, Yuko Fujii has taken down one of the biggest obstacles of all in the world...

Sebastian Smith | July 15, 2018, Sunday




 

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