Thursday, Jun 21


Shades of Euro 2016 as suffering Portugal muddles through

Reuters / UK / Sports

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Pragmatic, uninspiring and too dependent on Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal's performance at the World Cup is starting to bear an uncanny resemblance to their victorious Euro 2016 campaign.

Wednesday, Jun 20


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

Reuters / UK / Sports

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A below-par Portugal were again rescued by Cristiano Ronaldo's eye for goal as they stumbled to 1-0 victory over Morocco on Wednesday that meant the unlucky North African side become the first to be eliminated from the…

Monday, Jun 18


Shock win over Germany could help Mexico overcome last-16 jinx

Reuters / UK / Sports

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Mexico's astonishing win over Germany has raised hopes that they could finally break a long-running jinx at the World Cup and go beyond the second round. Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico - Moscow…

Saturday, Jun 16


Croatia need own goal and penalty to overcome Nigeria

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KALININGRAD, Russia (Reuters) - Croatia beat Nigeria 2-0 on Saturday with an own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo and a penalty from Luka Modric to go top of World Cup Group D, one of the toughest and most unpredictable in the tournament.


Poulsen powers Denmark to crucial win over Peru

Reuters / UK / Sports

SARANSK, Russia (Reuters) - Yussuf Poulsen redeemed himself by scoring the solitary goal against Peru after giving away a first-half penalty as Denmark picked up a crucial victory in Group C to begin their World Cup campaign at the…


Pique says Ronaldo 'prone to diving' after thrilling draw

Reuters / UK / Sports

SOCHI (Reuters) - Spain defender Gerard Pique accused Cristiano Ronaldo of diving to win a penalty and a crucial free-kick in Friday's epic 3-3 draw with Portugal and praised his side for battling back after a chaotic week in which coach…

Thursday, Jun 14


Griezmann snubs Barca to stay at Atletico

Reuters / UK / Sports

MADRID (Reuters) - France forward Antoine Griezmann rejected a move to La Liga champions Barcelona in order to stay at Atletico Madrid, he said on Thursday in a remarkable documentary broadcast on Spanish television. Soccer Football -…


Soccer: Defiant Putin welcomes boycott-free World Cup

Reuters / UK / Sports

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia welcomed the world to the World Cup on Thursday as cheerful fans streamed into Moscow and 10 other cities and President Vladimir Putin's government derided Western efforts to isolate him.


Spain coach Lopetegui sacking will not affect team-Germany's Kroos

Reuters / UK / Sports

VATUTINKI, Russia (Reuters) - Spain's decision to sack coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the World Cup will have little impact on the quality of the 2010 world champions' game, Germany midfielder Toni Kroos said on Thursday. Soccer…

Wednesday, Jun 13


Soccer: World Cup 2026 goes to U.S., Mexico, Canada despite frayed ties


MOSCOW (Reuters) - The United States, Mexico and Canada will jointly host the 2026 World Cup, overwhelmingly winning a vote by soccer's world governing body on Wednesday, even though U.S. President Donald Trump has frayed relations with…

Tuesday, Jun 12


Lopetegui appointment raises eyebrows, risks destabilising Spain

Reuters / UK / Sports

MADRID (Reuters) - Having only recently signed a new contract with Spain and never made his mark in club football, Julen Lopetegui's appointment as Real Madrid coach on Tuesday came as a shock to even the most seasoned observers. Soccer…

Saturday, Jun 9


Abramovich knocks back approach to buy Chelsea - reports

(Reuters) - Britain's richest man has had a bid to buy Chelsea football club turned down by Roman Abramovich, according to British media reports. FILE PHOTO: Russian billionaire and owner of Chelsea football club Roman Abramovich arrives…


Yellow card blows game open as NZ hammer France

AUCKLAND (Reuters) - A questionable yellow card to France lock Paul Gabrillagues allowed New Zealand to score three quick tries and set up a thumping 52-11 victory in the first test of their three-match series at Eden Park on Saturday.…


Unconvincing Germany survive late scare to end winless streak

MADRID (Reuters) - World champions Germany survived a late scare to see off Saudi Arabia 2-1 on Friday and claim a first victory this year, putting a five-game winless run behind them as they finalised their World Cup preparations. Soccer…

Thursday, Jun 7


Amazon to screen Premier League soccer matches

Amazon has bought the rights to show Premier League matches in the UK, confirming a new era in which digital platforms increasingly compete with traditional broadcasters.


I have battled with depression, says England's Rose

LONDON (Reuters) - England fullback Danny Rose battled with depression last season as he struggled to come to terms with injury problems and family issues, he said on Wednesday. Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - England Media Day - St.…

Wednesday, Jun 6


Brexit puts a ceiling on London housing demand, prices - Reuters poll

LONDON (Reuters) - Price rises in Britain’s overvalued housing market will lag inflation this year and next and in London prices are likely to fall in 2018 as Brexit keeps a lid on demand, a Reuters poll found. The survey of 30 housing…

Tuesday, Jun 5


Argentina cancel final World Cup warmup against Israel - Higuain

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina have cancelled their final World Cup warmup match against Israel scheduled for this Saturday in Jerusalem, striker Gonzalo Higuain said on Tuesday.

UPDATE 5-Britain clears way for Murdoch to battle Comcast for Sky

Reuters / Finance

LONDON (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch faces a 22 billion pound ($29.3 billion) fight with U.S. cable company Comcast for European pay-TV company Sky after Britain cleared his bid providing he sells off its TV news business.


Only natural for Verstappen to question himself: Newey

LONDON (Reuters) - Max Verstappen may sometimes appear impervious to criticism but Red Bull technical head Adrian Newey says Formula One's youngest race winner has been doing some soul-searching as the mistakes mount up.

UK economy warms up after winter slump, Brexit worries remain

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's economy looks to have picked up speed after a winter slump, data showed on Tuesday, giving the Bank of England some of the reassurance it needs to get back to its plan to raise interest rates. The Canary Wharf…

Monday, Jun 4


Jordan's king replaces PM to subdue protests

Reuters / World

AMMAN/DUBAI (Reuters) - Jordan's King Abdullah replaced his prime minister on Monday in a move to defuse the biggest protests in years, over IMF-backed reforms that have hit the poor.


Liverpool's Karius suffered concussion in Champions League final

(Reuters) - Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius, whose two major blunders helped Real Madrid win the Champions League final, suffered a concussion during the match which could have affected his performance, U.S. doctors said on Monday.…


Ricciardo will have a grid penalty in Canada, says Newey

EPSOM, England (Reuters) - Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo will have a grid penalty for Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix after winning in Monaco with a damaged power unit, technical head Adrian Newey said on Monday.


Exclusive - China's ZTE signed preliminary agreement to lift U.S. ban: sources

(Reuters) - ZTE Corp (000063.SZ) has signed an agreement in principle that would lift a U.S. Commerce Department ban on buying from U.S. suppliers, allowing China’s No. 2 telecommunications equipment maker to get back into business,…


Suicide bomber kills 14 after Afghan clerics outlaw suicide bombings


KABUL (Reuters) - A motorcycle suicide bomber killed 14 people near a gathering of Muslim clerics in the Afghan capital on Monday after they had issued a fatwa against suicide bombings, officials said, in the latest in a series of attacks…

Soccer - Sane misses out, Neuer makes Germany World Cup squad

(Reuters) - Attacking midfielder Leroy Sane was a surprise omission from Joachim Loew's final Germany squad for the World Cup finals on Monday as goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was named among the 23 players heading to Russia for the defending ...


North Korea shakes up top military brass ahead of Trump summit - U.S. official

Reuters / World

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea's top three military officials have been removed from their posts, a senior U.S. official said, a move analysts said on Monday could support efforts by the North's young leader to jump-start…


Britain revises security strategy to counter 'step change' in militant threat

Reuters / UK

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will seek to counter what it calls a "step change" in the threat posed by militants with a revised counter-terrorism strategy published on Monday that looks to harness technology and build stronger ties with…

Sunday, Jun 3


Soccer: Fans should burn Messi shirts if he plays in Jerusalem - Palestinian


RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - The Palestine Football Association chief urged fans on Sunday to burn pictures of Argentina striker Lionel Messi and replicas of his shirt if he plays against Israel in Jerusalem next weekend.