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In Damascus, World Cup loyalties muddled by war

57 min 27 sec ago
DAMASCUS (Reuters) - In a Damascus cafe, some of the Syrians watching Russia play Egypt in the World Cup faced a dilemma: whether to support a fellow Arab nation or their government's most powerful ally.

Lethargic warm-ups contributed to Germany's poor start: Mueller

1 hour 1 min ago
SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Germany's easy-going approach to their World Cup warm-up matches may have contributed to their opening day defeat against Mexico, striker Thomas Mueller said on Wednesday.

Joao Mario starts for Portugal, Guedes keeps place

1 hour 46 min ago
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Midfielder Joao Mario was included in Portugal's starting line-up for the World Cup Group B match against Morocco on Tuesday in the only change from the team which started the 3-3 draw against Spain.

Big brands battle it out off the pitch at World Cup

2 hours 17 min ago
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Soccer fans craving a Kit Kat, Snickers or Bounty snack at Russia's World Cup soccer stadiums need to do a bit of lateral thinking to get their chocolate fix.

Colombia, weary but brave in defeat, still in with chance

2 hours 33 min ago
SARANSK, Russia (Reuters) - Colombia arrived at the World Cup lauded as one the most attractive teams, spearheaded by the influential James Rodriguez and with expectations of going far in the tournament.

No Wimbledon wildcard for Evans on return from ban

2 hours 41 min ago
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's former top-50 player Dan Evans was left off Wimbledon's wildcard list on Wednesday following his recent return from a one-year ban for cocaine use.

Kremlin says ex-FIFA boss Blatter is in Russia on a private visit

2 hours 53 min ago
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Banned FIFA president Sepp Blatter is on a private visit to Russia and any meetings he plans while he is here will be held in a private and non-official capacity, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.

Colts' Vinatieri has no plans to quit kicking

3 hours 2 min ago
Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri has 559 career field goals and needs just seven more to become the NFL's career leader, but if he has his way, he'll be around long enough to put a lot of distance between his mark and Morten Andersen's 565.

Iceland keeper Halldorsson swaps film-making for World Cup drama

3 hours 7 min ago
GELENDZHIK, Russia (Reuters) - Iceland film maker-turned-goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson showcased his skill at creating drama in his side's 1-1 World Cup draw against Argentina, taking center stage as he saved a penalty from Lionel Messi in front of millions of TV viewers.

Flared emotions and bean balls as Giants top Marlins

3 hours 34 min ago
Buster Posey homered and then got involved in a beanball war that prompted the ejection of Miami starting pitcher Dan Straily and manager Don Mattingly, helping the San Francisco Giants to extract a small measure of revenge over the Marlins with a 6-3 victory Tuesday night in San Francisco.

Major League Baseball roundup: Rays snap Astros' 12-game winning streak

3 hours 49 min ago
Wilson Ramos produced an RBI single in the eighth inning, and the visiting Tampa Bay Rays snapped the Houston Astros' 12-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park.

Tennis: Argentine Kicker gets six-year suspension for match-fixing

5 hours 1 min ago
(Reuters) - Argentine tennis player Nicolas Kicker has been suspended for six years and fined $25,000 by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) after being found guilty of match-fixing and other offences.

Japan's World Cup win over Colombia lifts mood after quake

5 hours 41 min ago
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan on Wednesday basked in the glow of its World Cup soccer team's historic win over Colombia, a victory that has lifted the nation's mood after an earthquake struck its second-biggest metropolis Osaka.

Signs bad for Messi's last chance to emulate Maradona

6 hours 2 min ago
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) - Lionel Messi's 31st birthday this weekend is an ominous reminder Russia may be his last World Cup and final chance to emulate fellow Argentine great Diego Maradona in lifting the ultimate prize.

NHL notebook: Facing scrutiny, Hoffman traded twice in one day

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 9:54pm
Left winger Mike Hoffman was traded by the Ottawa Senators to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday on the heels of allegations his fiancee harassed captain Erik Karlsson's wife. Hoffman then was acquired by the Florida Panthers only a few hours later.

Pirates' Brault sings U.S. national anthem before Brewers game

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 8:57pm
When Pirates pitcher Steven Brault took the field at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, it had nothing to do with fastballs or curveballs.

Australia's five-time British Open champion Thomson dies

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 8:45pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson died at his home in Melbourne on Wednesday, Golf Australia said. He was 88.

Major League Baseball notebook: Kershaw to make rehab start Saturday

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 8:41pm
Clayton Kershaw will make a rehab start on Saturday before returning to the top of the starting rotation with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Giants' Strickland punches wall, breaks hand

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 8:36pm
San Francisco Giants closer Hunter Strickland blew a save and took the loss Monday night, and then the Giants lost Strickland for six to eight weeks when he punched a door in anger and broke his hand.

Uruguay fans grateful for Tabarez but worried about Suarez

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 6:25pm
ROSTOV-ON-DON (Reuters) - As Uruguay fans whipped up a fervent atmosphere on the eve of their team's World Cup game against Saudi Arabia, supporters expressed their gratitude toward coach Oscar Tabarez whilst admitting their concern over the form of Luis Suarez.