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Uruguay makes knockout stage, Saudi Arabia out after 1-0 loss

26 min 15 sec ago
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (Reuters) - Uruguay beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 on Wednesday thanks to a goal from striker Luis Suarez, propelling the South Americans and hosts Russia into the knockout stage and eliminating the Saudis.

Injured Coleman delays return until July

27 min 28 sec ago
(Reuters) - World 100 meters silver medalist Christian Coleman will delay his return to competition until mid-July as he recovers from a hamstring injury, his manager said.

Baker finally finding spot in limelight

35 min 18 sec ago
(Reuters) - No longer is Ronnie Baker that other guy in the fast lane with America's best sprinters.

'Lay off Messi', says Argentina coach before Croatia clash

44 min 56 sec ago
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) - Argentina's coach urged fans on Wednesday to stop blaming Lionel Messi when games do not go to script and instead appreciate all their captain has done for the national side over the years.

Iceland fans show their Viking spirit - in a Lada

54 min 56 sec ago
VOLGOGRAD, Russia (Reuters) - Two Iceland fans have paid homage to the spirit of the Vikings by travelling 5,000km (3,107 miles) in a Russian-built Lada to support their team at the World Cup.

Golf-Two-time major champion Hubert Green dies

1 hour 10 min ago
(Reuters) - Two-time major winner Hubert Green, who shook off a death threat en route to a U.S. Open triumph, died from complications after a lengthy battle with throat cancer. He was 71.

Suarez scores to put Uruguay up 1-0 against Saudi Arabia at halftime

1 hour 21 min ago
Rostov-on-Don, Russia (Reuters) - Uruguay striker Luis Suarez scored in the 23rd minute to put his side up 1-0 at halftime after a tepid start against Saudi Arabia in the Group A game at Rostov-on-Don on Wednesday.

Wawrinka frustrated by Querrey at Queen's

1 hour 24 min ago
LONDON (Reuters) - Stan Wawrinka showed glimpses of his Grand Slam winning form but was bundled out of the ATP 500 Fever-Tree Championships by former Queen's Club champion Sam Querrey on Wednesday.

VAR helpful but not perfect solution, says Peru coach Gareca

1 hour 26 min ago
YEKATERINBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Peru coach Ricardo Gareca said on Wednesday that human error was one of soccer's charms and that the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system was a useful solution but not the perfect one.

Ponderous Portugal spared embarrassment by Morocco's profligacy

1 hour 27 min ago
MOSCOW (Reuters) - European champions Portugal were let off the hook by Morocco's wasteful finishing and another Cristiano Ronaldo moment as they notched up a fortuitous victory in the World Cup on Wednesday.

Cubs closer Morrow injured while taking off his pants

1 hour 33 min ago
Brandon Morrow has 16 saves this season, but the Chicago Cubs closer was unavailable for a Tuesday doubleheader because he was suffering from back spasms.

I need to be myself to beat Germany, says Sweden's Forsberg

1 hour 43 min ago
GELENDZHIK, Russia (Reuters) - Sweden's Bundesliga winger Emil Forsberg said he needed to be more like himself if he was to silence his critics and effectively send Germany home from the World Cup when the sides meet in their Group F clash in Sochi on Saturday.

Skipper Lloris tells French team to soak up pressure and deliver

1 hour 44 min ago
YEKATERINBURG, Russia (Reuters) - France's players must overcome the pressure they felt in the opening match against Australia and go "beyond their capacity" if they are to ensure progress to the last 16 of the World Cup, skipper Hugo Lloris said on Wednesday.

Stop the homophobic chanting, Hernandez pleads with Mexico fans

2 hours 18 min ago
SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Mexican striker Javier Hernandez has appealed to his country's football fans to stop their homophobic chanting at World Cup matches, arguing it could lead to further fines from FIFA.

Ronaldo earns edgy Portugal 1-0 win as Morocco's hopes end

2 hours 32 min ago
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo powered-home a fourth-minute header to give Portugal a 1-0 World Cup victory over Morocco that took them top of Group B on Wednesday and meant the unlucky North African side become the first to be eliminated from the tournament.

We won't let France bully us, say underdogs Peru

2 hours 59 min ago
YEKATERINBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Underdogs Peru are capable of beating anyone at the World Cup and will not allow France to bully them in their Group C clash, coach Ricardo Gareca said on Wednesday.

Russia's Putin revels in soccer side's unexpected World Cup form

3 hours 9 min ago
MOSCOW (Reuters) - With the host team set to advance to the knockout stages for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia's World Cup is going better than even Vladimir Putin expected.

Uruguay turn to experienced players against Saudi Arabia

3 hours 13 min ago
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Uruguay (Reuters) - Uruguay are relying on experience for their second Group A game against Saudi Arabia at the Rostov Arena as they look to qualify for the knockout phase with one game to spare on Wednesday.

England should mount home nations World Cup bid with Ireland: Blatter

3 hours 22 min ago
MOSCOW (Reuters) - England deserve to host the World Cup finals in 2030 and should mount a joint bid with the other home nations - Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - as well as Ireland, banned former FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Wednesday.

Ronaldo earns Portugal 1-0 win as Morocco's hopes end

3 hours 24 min ago
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo powered-home a fourth-minute header to give Portugal a 1-0 World Cup victory over Morocco that took them top of Group B on Wednesday and meant the unlucky North African side become the first to be eliminated from the tournament.