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Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the opener along with Federation Internationale de Football Association boss Gianni Infantino at Saint Petersburg's purpose-built World Cup 68,000-seater stadium . 95 New Zealand , which seemed to find the world stage too big. "Forward Fedor Smolov will try to terrorize the New Zealand defense from the opening whistle, with an early goal sure to calm any nerves for the home team".
  • India thrash South Africa to reach ICC Champions Trophy semis

    India thrash South Africa to reach ICC Champions Trophy semis

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    The India and South Africa clash in the Champions Trophy was being billed as a virtual quarterfinal as it was a must win encounter for both teams. Since then, the man with the unorthodox bowling action has impressed one and all with his ability. Hafeez believes the victor takes all nature of Monday's match will suit Pakistan.
  • ICC Champions Trophy: Mashrafe Mortaza says Bangladesh missed big opportunity against India

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    Fans from India and Pakistan hope to witness a fascinating final played at the home of their former colonial rulers. "It was very disappointing to see that go wrong in the Indian game, but ... Given that Bhuvneshwar Kumar, India's most successful bowler, has taken six wickets so far, it will take something special to stop Hasan from finishing as the leading wicket-taker in a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day global sides.
  • New Zealand level with U.S. in America's Cup final

    New Zealand level with U.S. in America's Cup final

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    Emirates Team New Zealand beat Oracle Team USA in race two of the America's Cup final on Saturday to go 1-0 ahead after erasing the US team's one-point lead in the first race with another convincing win. Oracle needs to win seven races. "On paper Jimmy Spithill has a lot of skill for that (America's Cup racing) and it's very natural for him", Groupama Team France skipper Franck Cammas told Reuters on Thursday.
  • Lopez to face Pouille in Stuttgart final

    Lopez to face Pouille in Stuttgart final

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    The Czech dropped to 6-7 in the series with one of the few Spaniards who is quite content to play on grass. Germany's Mischa Zverev has cruised past his countryman Tommy Haas in straight sets to reach the Stuttgart Open semifinals. The third set went with serve until the final game with Lopez going ahead with a backhand victor and Zverev serving a double fault as he attempted to save match point.
  • Kohli says Pakistan can beat any team on their day

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    But Pakistan , the lowest-ranked side in a tournament featuring the world's leading eight one-day worldwide nations, bounced back to beat top-seeded South Africa and then held their nerve in a tense virtual quarter-final with Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Monday.
  • Nadal cruises into quarter-finals at Roland Garros

    Nadal cruises into quarter-finals at Roland Garros

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    American Williams, seeded 10th and competing in her 20th French Open , powered 22 winners and converted six of 13 break points as she picked apart the 60th-ranked Belgian in just over an hour yesterday. The fourth seed will meet compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta , through to his first Slam quarter-final, for spot in the last four after the latter stunned Canada's Milos Raonic .
  • I'm leaving Real Madrid, Ronaldo tells national teammates

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    During his time at Real Madrid , the 32-year-old has been one of the most prolific players in the world. Ronaldo's representatives declined to comment when approached by The Independent . This Monday, China's transfer window will open, we expect many clubs to be looking to sign Ronaldo with record transfer fees being set. The Argentina global was found guilty and subsequently lost an appeal against a 21-month prison sentence - under Spanish law sentences under two years are usually ...
  • Real Madrid reveals 'Marcelo was drunk' during Real Madrid Champions League celebrations

    Real Madrid reveals 'Marcelo was drunk' during Real Madrid Champions League celebrations

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    The Wales global was a second-half substitute on Saturday as Madrid claimed their second Champions League triumph in as many seasons with a 4-1 win over Juventus in Cardiff . The Frenchman, who won the Champions League as a legendary player for Real between 2001 and 2006, has enjoyed spectacular success since taking his first role in senior management just 18 months ago.
  • Amir's Mind Games Begin Ahead Of The CT 2017 Final

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    Matches have previously been opportunities for diplomacy and to defuse tensions with rare high-level meetings or to swap friendly remarks. While Miandad hit Chetan Sharma out of the stadium for a thrilling victory in the final of the Austral-Asia Cup of 1986, Aaqib Javed's seven-for including a hat-trick had wrecked India in the final of the 1991 triangular series which also involved the West Indies.
  • Giovani dos Santos and Mexico set for Confederations Cup opener against Portugal

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    The news of his possible departure attracted the attention of global media covering Portugal at the eight-nation competition that serves as a warm-up for next year's World Cup. "We have confidence in our team and in what Mexico can do and we are sure that we can compete with any other national team", he said. With a team well balanced by coach Fernando Santos , Portugal outscored opponents 28-4 during that streak, with five clean sheets.
  • England ODI team not 'finished article' yet, says Joe Root

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    That will have to wait at least another two years after their untypically meek performance on a slow, used pitch in Cardiff on Wednesday, when they lost their last eight wickets for 83 runs before Pakistan coasted to victory to book their place in this weekend's final at The Oval, where they will face India .