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Colombia open against Japan with Falcao

Tuesday, 19 Jun 2018 | AP | Saransk, Russia

With Radamel Falcao finally healthy enough to play in his first World Cup, Colombia are trying to get accustomed to handling higher expectations. Heading into their tournament opener against Japan, Colombia are no longer the upstart Cinderella story they became four years ago in Brazil, when they advanced to the quarterfinals...

Salah to spice it up for Russia

Tuesday, 19 Jun 2018 | AFP | Saint Petersburg

Mohamed Salah is a looming obstacle as Russia attempt to virtually secure their place in the knockout stages of the World Cup in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday. Fears that poor performances from the home side could dampen enthusiasm in the host nation were blown away by a 5-0 demolition of Saudi...

Lewandowski’s Poland vs Mane’s Senegal

Tuesday, 19 Jun 2018 | AP | Moscow

For unfashionable teams, Poland and Senegal feature quite glamorous stars. Poland captain Robert Lewandowski led European qualifying with 16 goals, one more than Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, and scored five goals in a nine-minute span for Bayern Munich against Wolfsburg in February. Senegal's Sadio Mane scored 20 goals this season for Liverpool, including...

Modric schools young guns

Monday, 18 Jun 2018 | AP | Kaliningrad

Own goal, penalty and Croatia’s midfield brilliance spoil Nigeria’s party in Group D clash Even in a more defensive role, Luka Modric can still lead the attack. The Croatia midfielder scored one goal and set up the other in his team's 2-0 victory over Nigeria on Saturday at the World Cup. Modric...

Muscobites

Monday, 18 Jun 2018 | Agencies

'Can't compare Messi and Ronaldo' KRATOVO: Portugal's Adrien Silva refused to be drawn on comparisons between teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina's Lionel Messi after wildly contrasting fortunes for the global stars in their opening games at the World Cup. Ronaldo rescued Portugal with a hat-trick in a thrilling 3-3 draw with...

Messi regrets missing penalty

Monday, 18 Jun 2018 | IANS | MOSCOW

Argentine superstar Lionel Messi said he regretted having squandered a second-half penalty try that could have led his team to victory over Iceland in Group D action on Saturday at the World Cup. The match at Otkritie Arena in Moscow, which featured two first-half goals, ended in a 1-1 draw. "It hurts...

French tactics under question after win

Monday, 18 Jun 2018 | AP | Kazan

If Didier Deschamps was looking for answers to his tactical headaches, he certainly didn't find any during France's World Cup opener. One thing, however, was clear to the French coach: having three top-class strikers assembled does not solve all problems. The most optimistic fans of Les Bleus will remember that France started...

From minnows to World Cup’s nightmare foes

Monday, 18 Jun 2018 | AP | Moscow

The World Cup rookies from the tournament's smallest nation are suddenly legitimate contenders for the knockout stage. Two years after reaching the quarterfinals at the European Championship, Iceland earned their first point in their first World Cup match, holding two-time champions Argentina to a surprising 1-1 draw on Saturday. The round of...

GRASS STILL GREENER ON ROGER’S SIDE

Monday, 18 Jun 2018 | AFP | Stuttgart

Federer beats Milos Raonic in straight sets to win 98th ATP title after reclaiming World No 1 spot Roger Federer claimed his 98th ATP title on Sunday and re-established his unrivalled superiority on grass with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) victory over Milos Raonic in the Stuttgart Cup final. Top-seeded Swiss beat...

Chandimal charged over ball-tampering

Monday, 18 Jun 2018 | AFP | Gros-Islet (Saint Lucia),

Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal was charged by the ICC on Sunday over ball-tampering in the second Test against the West Indies in St Lucia. Play started two hours late on Saturday after the Sri Lankans, led by Chandimal, refused to take the field following a decision by umpires Aleem Dar...

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‘Assault’ on police driver: Action against Kerala ADGP

17 Jun 2018 | VR Jayaraj | Kochi

In a swift move intended at stemming the protests brewing in the State police force against certain top officials’ ‘feudalistic’ practice of persecuting policemen and camp followers by using them as house servants, the Kerala Government on Saturday removed ADGP Sudesh Kumar, whose daughter was the other day booked for assaulting and verbally abusing his official police driver, from the position of head of the Armed Police Battalion. The action against...

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23 Jun 2018 | PNS | Kochi

MCD still waiting for HC order on encroachment Dehradun: Days after the High Court ordered the officials to remove encroachment from different areas of Dehradun like markets, streets and footpaths in four weeks, the officials concerned said on Friday that they were still waiting for the order to come. They, however, assured that they would execute the order once they get a copy and read it thoroughly...

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