by | July 16, 2018 | 18:00

Croatian air force jets escorted the plane carrying the team from Russian Federation as it entered the country's air space and flew over the capital Zagreb. Semi-finalists Belgium and England both put in their best showings for many years - while the hosts, Sweden and Uruguay were all pleased with their efforts in reaching the quarter-finals.

by | July 16, 2018 | 13:45

At the opening of the ceremony, Putin expressed his pride in organising the World Cup in Russian Federation, confirming his certainty that Qatar will succeed in organising a similar high-class World Cup . We will do everything to ensure football can carry out its incredible and humanitarian role of uniting people, countries and continents". On his part, Infantino expressed his content with the ceremony saying "It's so important that we can be here today in the iconic place of the Kremlin ...

by | July 16, 2018 | 13:26

Mike Matheny is out as the Cardinals' manager, the team announced in a press release today. He'll finish with a 591-474 regular season record and four playoff appearances (2012-2015), including a trip to the World Series in 2013. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold. The Cardinals have underperformed on offense and struggled in recent weeks amid reports of locker room discontent - primarily between struggling outfielder Dexter Fowler and Matheny.

by | July 16, 2018 | 04:15

It was England's first World Cup semi-final since 1990 and Gareth Southgate suggested his players "came of age" despite losing to Croatia. But he lamented England's failure to take full advantage of what appeared an unusually easy route to the final, avoiding most of the heavyweight teams in Russian Federation.

by | July 16, 2018 | 03:35

Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino announced the news as the 2018 World Cup in Russia comes to a close. "The leagues are all aware and they will have to adapt their calendars as a effect, ESPNFC reports".

by | July 16, 2018 | 01:59

With just one scoreless draw in 64 games, Russia's World Cup has been far from tiresome. With goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in excellent form behind the fast, astute central-defensive pairing of Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti, France is not only hard to score against but also packed with speed and flair to strike at goal with defense-shredding attacks.

by | July 15, 2018 | 23:40

Seven years on, he took over a Croatia squad in disarray and slowly rebuilt the unity that has allowed them to get the best out of their individual talent and reach Sunday's final against France. "Everyone should be proud, even though we were devastated at losing the semi-final". "We know how hard it was for you to get here, now enjoy and have fun, it was worth it".

by | July 15, 2018 | 23:05

More of that hope will be on full display on Sunday. For now, the past seems forgotten as the success of reaching the World Cup final resonated in an unusual sign of camaraderie across the Balkans. Modric was charged with perjury in March, and defender Dejan Lovren is under investigation for suspected false statements in support of a former director of Dinamo Zagreb, who also was a vice president of the Croatian soccer federation.

by | July 15, 2018 | 22:23

Croatia would begin to take control of the game in the second half and eventually ran out deserved 2-1 winners after extra time, and Allardyce reckons that squandering the opportunity to extend the lead to 2-0 ultimately cost Gareth Southgate's men the game.

by | July 15, 2018 | 22:24

Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn believes England's run to the World Cup semi-finals has given them a great platform to aspire to greater heights. Now we are in the final and people are celebrating on the streets. "It doesn't only concern the 23 players, our coach, the staff, the physios, doctors, journalists, but the 4.5 million people back home.

by | July 15, 2018 | 22:22

But after seven successful years in the Middle East, Dalic was given a chance to rescue Croatia's faltering World Cup qualification campaign and the rest is history. When things clicked for Croatia they had the quality of Modric and Rakitic, who finally began to dictate the tempo and flow of the game as many had expected they would.

by | July 15, 2018 | 21:51

The 59-year-old was known for playing attacking football at Napoli , and he immediately expressed his desire to try and replicate that at Stamford Bridge in the coming season. Conte is now chasing his £9m pay-out for being dismissed before the end of his contract, while Sarri gets to work on pre-season. Granovskaia said: "We are delighted to welcome Maurizio and are looking forward to him bringing his football philosophy to Chelsea ".

by | July 15, 2018 | 21:27

MF Paul Pogba, 6 - Although it was not his best performance of the entire World Cup , he got the goal that his mature campaign has deserved and started the move that he finished with an outrageous long pass. Croatia were rattled and for a moment looked like a rabbit caught in the headlights. France are always risky due to their speed. "The team's strategy is the coach's responsibility, we should do him justice, as he did everything right, he created a miracle", Lloris told a press ...

by | July 15, 2018 | 20:48

England have enjoyed a solid 2018 World Cup as their fresh squad helped fix the disconnect between fans and players - but who will remain in the XI for the next tournament? Football is not coming home this summer but this bold, young side have managed to reconnect with fans that had become disillusioned over the years.

by | July 15, 2018 | 20:10

I want a team with energy and... Ozil is the most high-profile Arsenal player who is enjoying a post-World Cup break, with Emery having a majority of his players already available. Arsene Wenger was unable to solve the Chinese puzzle box that is Germany global Òzil, and Emery will hope he can get consistently high level performances from the 29-year old.

by | July 15, 2018 | 19:29

Federer eked out a break point at 4-3, Anderson quickly snuffed it out, then Anderson served to stay in the match, and did so to love. He played well. Djokovic lost to Nadal in the French Open semifinal earlier in the year and the stage is set for a quick rebut as he holds a 26-25 head-to-head advantage over the left-hander.

by | July 15, 2018 | 19:29

United's tour squad is likely to be supplemented by a host of young players when they head off for their USA summer tour on Sunday, with James Garner already confirmed as one of those flying out after his father tweeted of his pride last week.

by | July 15, 2018 | 18:58

On Saturday they will set about securing third place, which would be the country's best ever World Cup placing. "Unfortunately for us the difference is a dead ball situation", Belgium manager Roberto Martinez told the BBC after the match, adding that his players "gave everything".

by | July 15, 2018 | 18:27

The Zimbabwe team are already in Bulawayo while Pakistan are only expected today. The responsibility will fall on the shoulders of Hamilton Masakadza , the captain, and the likes of Elton Chigumbura, Chamu Chibhabha and Malcolm Waller.

by | July 15, 2018 | 17:44

Conte departs Chelsea after two seasons, winning the Premier League in his first campaign. He also clashed with senior players such as Diego Costa and David Luiz while others had begun to grow tired of his methods. The Italian club value Jorginho at £50 million but City are not willing to shell out more than £35 million on the defensive midfielder. Jorginho was a key player in Sarri's Napoli team, but De Laurentiis said that he "wasn't essential" for Ancelotti.

by | July 15, 2018 | 17:40

According to ESPN , Juventus has reportedly offered Real Madrid $110 million for Ronaldo. Juventus president Andrea Agnelli had visited Ronaldo's hotel room in Greece for discussions, whilst Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes was believed to be meeting Real Madrid to seal the deal.

by | July 15, 2018 | 17:30

After initially having reacted with shock at a ball-tampering charge against Chandimal, which was laid only ten minutes before play on that morning, Sri Lanka had refused to take the field in protest. Kagiso Rabada led the bowling attack and moved smoothly back into Test match mode after an extended break to recover from his back strain. "The remarkable thing about KG [Rabada] is how quickly he learns".

by | July 15, 2018 | 17:15

It's understood the type of player the former Real Madrid manager is looking for is an experienced, proven defender which the former Hull man is neither. On one hand, we have a juggernaut of young talents, who breezed past the likes of Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium. "We've done that particularly over the last eight months and we've ended up having a brilliant adventure here that every member of our party - players and staff - have enjoyed immensely".

by | July 15, 2018 | 16:25

Last November, Kerber announced her partnership with Fisette - previous coach of Johanna Konta , Simona Halep and Kim Clijsters - and her tennis has been on an upwards trajectory since. To all the mums out there, I was playing for you today, and I tried but Angelique played really well, she played out of her mind. The 30-year-old who was also victorious at the 2016 Australian Open against Williams ticked off a lifelong dream and pulled off the almighty task of besting the GOAT.

by | July 15, 2018 | 15:00

Isner labeled Wimbledon his "house of horrors" ever since that Mahut epic. He glared at his box, remonstrated on the court but in the end got the job done. Emotions were running high for the 31-year-old on Saturday, as expected. He will be taking on Kevin Anderson , who just survived a six and a half thriller over John Isner , the second longest match in Grand Slam history.