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Speed vs defense: Mbappe hopes to lead France over Uruguay

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) – France picked up two trophies in 1998: One, of course, was the country’s only World Cup title, won on home soil. It was also the birth year of Kylian Mbappe, the 19-year-old who’s emerging as one of the biggest stars of the World Cup. “Well, that was a good year […]

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England ends penalty jinx

MOSCOW (AFP) – England held its nerve against Colombia to win its first ever penalty shootout in a World Cup and reach the quarterfinals in dramatic fashion on Tuesday. Eric Dier scored the decisive spot-kick to win the shootout 4-3 and send Gareth Southgate’s young team through to a meeting with Sweden, who earlier beat […]

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Brazil lives up to its billing as WC favorite

While some of their biggest rivals have already fallen by the wayside in Russia, Brazil have been making serene progress towards the latter stages of the World Cup.

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FIFA World Cup: Japan goes for history

\ ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AFP) – Japan has the spirit and mentality to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time in their history, coach Akira Nishino said on Sunday ahead of his side’s last-16 clash against Belgium.

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Wimbledon vs World Cup

LONDON (AFP) – Roger Federer and Serena Williams bring the curtain up on Wimbledon Monday with the All England Club confident their tournament can comfortably capture the imagination of a public distracted by the World Cup.

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FIFA World Cup: Adios, España

MOSCOW (AFP) – Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was the hero as Russia beat 2010 winner Spain on penalties to set up a World Cup quarterfinal against Croatia, which survived its own spot-kick drama on Sunday.

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