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England fans enjoy stay in Volgograd with no repeat of Marseille violence

England supporters spent the early hours of Tuesday morning drinking in the bars of Volgograd, as the team’s first game at the tournament went off without trouble, despite fears before the tournament.

Thomas Lemar agrees to join Atlético Madrid as Griezmann extends contract

Thomas Lemar has agreed to join Atlético Madrid from Monaco, with the winger signing his contract at France’s World Cup base in Russia.

England leave it late, Belgium move through the gears – World Cup Football Daily

Max discusses day five with Barry Glendenning and Mark Langdon, including England’s last-gasp win, Belgium’s pasting of Panama, the Trans-Siberian Railway and what a Polish defender’s name means in Irish

Croatia send reluctant substitute Nikola Kalinic home from World Cup

The Croatia striker Nikola Kalinic has been sent home from the World Cup after refusing to go on as a substitute against Nigeria.

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Kane double ensures England defeat Tunisia in World Cup opener

The clock had ticked past 90 minutes. Harry Kane was there and, in that position, Gareth Southgate could not have wished for any other player to be primed inside the penalty area. An old English routine: the corner, the flick-on, the back…


World Cup 2018 day six: Tunisia-England reaction, Russia back in action – live!

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Harry Kane keeps his head and England find a ray of sunshine | Barney Ronay

England’s talismanic captain scores at both ends of the pitch, at both ends of the game and from about three yards each time


World Cup 2018: Tunisia 1-2 England – as it happened

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Harry Kane’s double secured a last-gasp win as England got their World Cup campaign off to a flyer in Group G


Lady Aurelia fancied by punters over Battaash for King’s Stand Stakes

Lady Aurelia, twice a winner at Royal Ascot, edged in front of Battaash in the betting on Monday for a 60-second duel between two of the fastest horses in the world, in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday.

Russia ready to take historic World Cup step but tensions still run high | Andrew Roth

Victory over Egypt will put Russia on the brink of their first World Cup knockout game since the Soviet era, but the squad have not forgotten the widespread pre-tournament pessimism


Players do battle with mosquitoes and midges at World Cup ground

Swarms of mosquitoes and midges bothered England players during their World Cup tie in Volgograd on Monday evening.


Romelu Lukaku double ensures Belgium stroll to win against Panama

In the end, the gap was too great and reality got in the way. It was always likely to. Panama’s manager, Hernán Darío Gómez warned that there would be four possible outcomes in every game when they finally reached the World Cup for the…


Patriots' Tom Brady says his NFL career will end 'sooner rather than later'

Tom Brady, who turns 41 before the start of the new NFL season, says he is in the final stages of his career.


Gary Gold's blazing Eagles beat Scotland – US rugby has momentum

With a professional squad thanks to the advent of Major League Rugby, the USA have taken their first major scalp


Switzerland’s Stephan Lichtsteiner unhappy with Neymar and referee

It was always likely to be a pivotal duel. Stephan Lichtsteiner against Neymar. The Switzerland captain and right-back versus Brazil’s quicksilver threat off the left. Beforehand, Lichtsteiner had described it as “practically impossible to…

'Wake up!' – Germany's papers react to World Cup defeat by Mexico

Media commentators draw parallels with Angela Merkel’s struggle to keep the coalition government together


Fernando Alonso puts his F1 future in doubt after Le Mans win

Fernando Alonso has said he will consider his future in Formula One after his win at the Le Mans 24 Hours put him within touching distance of achieving motor racing’s triple crown.

Leicester set to beat Southampton to £25m signing of James Maddison

Leicester City look set to beat Southampton to the signing of James Maddison after agreeing a deal worth £25m with Norwich City.


SBS to screen all World Cup games for next 48 hours after Optus debacle

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Buffering and feed disruptions marred the telco’s streaming of the opening matches from Russia over the weekend


James Stannard forced to retire from rugby after punch to head

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James Stannard will make a full recovery from injuries he suffered in an assault, but says there’s no way he would have been able to make his sevens rugby swansong at next month’s World Cup.

Monday, Jun 18

Brooks Koepka makes history in holding off Fleetwood to retain US Open title

The only problem with Tommy Fleetwood’s making of history was Brooks Koepka’s eagerness to do likewise. On a Long Island Sunday when Fleetwood joined the elite group who have shot 63 in the US Open, the Englishman’s bid for a maiden major…

Brooks Koepka wins US Open 2018 – as it happened

Brooks Koepka held off Tommy Fleetwood to retain his title at Shinnecock Hills with a performance of skill and nerve

Sunday, Jun 17

Phil Mickelson’s mad moment suggests the US Open has him beaten

That the USGA is acutely aware of Mickelson’s lauded status in the eyes of the public is highly significant in context of the tawdry events at Shinnecock Hills

USA beat Scotland in Houston for first win over major rugby nation

The USA rallied from 21-6 down in the first half and 24-13 at half-time to grab their first win over any tier-one international team, by a single point in a thriller.

Phil Mickelson loses the plot as Justin Rose stays in contention

The US Open could trademark its recurring and spectacular brand of chaos. Nobody does it better. On a day in which Dustin Johnson sampled this major’s evil side, Phil Mickelson triggered shockwaves throughout the golfing world.

US Open 2018: third round – as it happened

A topsy-turvy day at Shinnecock Hills, as Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson take turns to melt down; Official US Open leader board

Saturday, Jun 16

Yussuf Poulsen winner for Denmark edges out luckless Peru

A landmark day for Peru, who returned to the World Cup finals for the first time since 1982, ended with tears of sadness rather than joy as Denmark spoiled the party. Yussuf Poulsen scored the crucial goal that broke Peru hearts on a night…

Lionel Messi penalty saved by Halldórsson as Iceland hold Argentina

With 64 minutes gone Argentina seemed to have found the decisive break on a tight, bruising afternoon that saw their revered attack struggle to find its gears against an excellent Iceland team.

Dustin Johnson leads US Open but Rose, Poulter and Fleetwood stay in touch

In what is not typically a tribal environment the United States Golf Association may well place full support behind Dustin Johnson. As debate once again rages regarding the attritional nature of the US Open, the tournament’s organisers…

US Open 2018: second round – as it happened

Dustin Johnson is the only man under par after a fine 67; Official US Open leader board

Friday, Jun 15

Spurs star Kawhi Leonard reportedly eyeing splashy move to Lakers


Two-time All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard “wants out” with the San Antonio Spurs and is eyeing a move to the Los Angeles Lakers according to multiple reports.

World Cup 2018: Morocco 0-1 Iran – as it happened

An own goal deep in added time gifted all three points to Iran in St Petersburg

The NCAA must end their silence on sexual violence in college sports

As conferences take steps to combat sexual violence in college sports, the NCAA’s silence is an effective abdication of their responsibility to protect women on campus

US Open 2018: first round: Dustin Johnson shares lead after brutal day – as it happened

World No 1 Dustin Johnson shares lead; Official US Open leaderboard; McIlroy and Spieth suffer on brutal first day

Thursday, Jun 14

Rory McIlroy, Mickelson and Spieth suffer on brutal first day at US Open

How abruptly the fun can stop. Rory McIlroy’s buildup had included a series of Long Island golf outings in the company of friends, in a re-acquaintance with an element of the sport that is lost when it becomes a professional pursuit. A…

Real Madrid accuse Spain of ‘absurd reaction’ over Lopetegui sacking

The Real Madrid president, Florentino Pérez, has accused the Spanish Football Federation of an “absurd reaction” in sacking their manager on the eve of the World Cup – a decision Julen Lopetegui described as “the saddest day of my life”.

Conor McGregor expresses regret during court date over UFC backstage melee


Conor McGregor expressed regret on Thursday for a backstage melee at a Brooklyn arena, and is in plea negotiations to resolve charges in the case. The former UFC champion and co-defendant Cian Cowley remain free on bail after a brief court…

Opening ceremony: Robbie Williams sings at 2018 World Cup – as it happened

Thousands of delirious Russians let Robbie Williams entertain them as the World Cup got off to a lavishly costumed start