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Messi flubs penalty as Iceland forces tie

Lionel Messi fluffed his World Cup lines on Saturday, missing a penalty as Iceland held Argentina to a 1-1 draw after France benefited from the first use of the Video Assistant Referee system in tournament history to grind out a victory over Australia.

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Ronaldo reportedly scores deal on tax fraud case

MADRID — Spanish media reports that Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to plead guilty to tax fraud and pay a fine of 18.8 million euros ($21.8 milllion) in exchange for a prison sentence that would most likely be suspended.

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Bolt’s London Olympic spikes stolen

DERBY, England — A signed pair of running shoes worn by eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt has been stolen from an address in Linton, Derbyshire. The white, blue and red spikes were used by the Jamaican great in a 100 meters heat at the 2012 Games, Derbyshire Police said.

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Zidane enjoying time off after Real Madrid exit

Zinedine Zidane said Monday he was happy to have some time off after stepping down as Real Madrid coach just days after steering the Spanish giants to a third successive Champions League trophy.

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W’Cup teams, supporters get warm welcome

President Vladimir Putin on Friday welcomed football teams and fans from across the world to the World Cup, which begins in Russia next week, assuring that everything effort had been “to ensure that all of our guests… feel at home”.

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Ceres-Negros booters held to draw by Marikina

By Jonas Terrado Defending champion Ceres-Negros was held to a draw by JPV-Marikina while Kaya-Iloilo remained unbeaten in its new home to highlight another week of action in the Philippines Football League. Patrick Reichelt’s goal in the 52nd minute allowed Ceres to salvage a 1-all draw against JPV at the Binan Football Stadium in Laguna. […]

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