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World Cup: Brazil back on track after two late goals

Brazil on Friday needed two injury-time goals to defeat a dogged Costa Rica, as Philippe Coutinho and Neymar scored late to put the five-time World Cup winners back on track for the last 16. The Brazilians looked to be heading for a second frustrating draw inFULL STORY

World Cup: Argentina requests deportations of fans

Argentina on Friday said it had asked Russia to detain and deport four of its soccer fans filmed fighting with supporters from Croatia on Thursday. Russia and FIFA have promised to hold a safe and welcoming World Cup, despite concerns that the tournament could be marredFULL STORY

World Cup: After lineup photo, England urges media to help team

A photograph of a scribbled team lineup, spotted in the hands of assistant coach Steve Holland, threatens to sour the unusually cordial World Cup relations between the England team and their traveling media pack. Four years after the team leadership banned reporters for snooping on closedFULL STORY

World Cup: The English language bonds Belgium’s ‘boring’ squad

With three national languages and a Spanish coach who speaks none of them, their World Cup camp might be a feuding Tower of Babel, but Roberto Martinez has forged a harmony he is proud to say makes Belgium “boring.” A common language of English unites aFULL STORY

World Cup: Artist makes mascots from eggshells

World Cup swag has taken a quirky turn in Vietnam, where a retired schoolteacher is making mascot memorabilia from hollowed-out eggs, meticulously crafted by hand. Nguyen Thanh Tam, 67, spends hours every day making the models, driven by his soccer fanaticism — a passion shared byFULL STORY

World Cup: Chechen leader makes Salah an honorary citizen

After his team crashed out of the World Cup, Egypt’s star player Mohamed Salah has won a consolation prize in the form of honorary citizenship of Chechnya. Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov wrote on Telegram that he had presented the Liverpool star with the honorary title whileFULL STORY

Cavs optimistic about LeBron

With one deadline looming on his future in Cleveland, LeBron James has been in contact with the Cavaliers through his representatives. Following the draft on Thursday night, Cavs general manager Koby Altman said he has had positive discussions with James’ group. James has until Friday to tellFULL STORY

New talent boosts teams

Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin went first overall to the Buffalo Sabres and Russian winger Andrei Svechnikov second to the Carolina Hurricanes in the two most predictable developments of an NHL draft that also featured some curveballs. The Sabres taking Dahlin was automatic, since they won theFULL STORY

Memories abound at Le Castellet

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel were aged only five and two years old respectively the last time Formula One came to race at the Paul Ricard circuit — too young to remember the heat, the dust and the traffic jams. On Friday, as they learned theFULL STORY

Kvitova, Buzarnescu to meet in semis; Chan-Yang defeated

Petra Kvitova, who hopes a successful title defense at the Birmingham Classic would help her bid to win Wimbledon for a third time, on Friday moved into the semi-finals with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Germany’s Julia Goerges. Fourth seed Kvitova took 1 hour, 6 minutesFULL STORY

Djokovic reaches 800 wins, ‘no limit’ to length of career

Novak Djokovic on Friday won his 800th career match to reach the Queen’s Club semi-finals and suggested that he could play on past his 40th birthday. The 31-year-old Serb has been in the doldrums since winning the French Open in 2016 and has been nursing anFULL STORY

Ichiro dons disguise to sit in dugout

Just who was that odd fellow sitting on the Seattle Mariners bench with the bushy mustache, shades and a hoodie? Wait a second — it was Ichiro! Now a team executive, Ichiro Suzuki on Thursday donned a Bobby Valentine-style disguise and sneaked into the Seattle dugout toFULL STORY

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HOCKEY Players suing over injuries The NHL is being sued by former players Daniel Carcillo and Nick Boynton, who allege that the league withheld information about the long-term health dangers from concussion-related injuries. The lawsuit claims that the NHL did not adequately warn and inform players aboutFULL STORY

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