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Kylian Mbappe's two-goal game sends France through to the quarters and Argentina home

Kylian Mbappe's two-goal game sends France through to the quarters and Argentina home

France’s Kylian Mbappe, who scored two of France’s four goals on Saturday, celebrates Les Bleus advancing to the quarterfinals. (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) France vs. Argentina Round of 16, Kazan Arena, Kazan Final: France 4, Argentina 2 As Kylian Mbappe walked off the pitch, his face remained blank until he got about two steps from the sideline and […]

Report: Sixers believe they'd be in 'pole position' to sign LeBron James if they land Kawhi Leonard

Report: Sixers believe they'd be in 'pole position' to sign LeBron James if they land Kawhi Leonard

The conventional wisdom about LeBron James is that he automatically makes any team he’s on much better. His eight straight NBA Finals appearances suggest that’s an accurate perception. However, with James declining his player option with the Cavaliers on Friday (see story) and entering free agency, it’s worth analyzing how exactly he’d fit with the […]

Aaron Nola muscles through career-high 114 pitches in Phillies' win over Nationals

Aaron Nola muscles through career-high 114 pitches in Phillies' win over Nationals

Three weeks after going on the minor-league disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow, prized pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez continues to go through a rehabilitation program at the Phillies’ complex in Clearwater. According to director of player development Joe Jordan, Sanchez recently traveled to Philadelphia for a follow-up exam. “The news was good,” Jordan […]

LeBron James: No matter where he goes, same problem looms – Terry Pluto

LeBron James: No matter where he goes, same problem looms – Terry Pluto

CLEVELAND, Ohio — It’s doubtful LeBron James will pick up his $35.6 million option for the 2018-19 season. The Cavs star has to make the decision by Friday. As I wrote in a recent column explaining his various contract choices, the option for next year makes very little sense and comparatively few dollars for James. […]

Germany Crashes Out of World Cup with Loss to South Korea

Germany Crashes Out of World Cup with Loss to South Korea

South Korea booted the ball forward, and Son tracked it down with no German defenders back, and rolled it into the empty net. 90+5’: Hummels Goes Too High Hummels with another header, but he pops it over the goal. 90+4’: GOAL SOUTH KOREA! South Korea goal ruled offside — then onside after review! Off the […]

Magic Johnson: If Lakers don't land major stars in next two summers, I'll step down

Magic Johnson: If Lakers don't land major stars in next two summers, I'll step down

After five straight sub-.500 and playoff-free seasons, the Los Angeles Lakers have reached the summer that could change everything. President of basketball operations Magic Johnson made it clear Tuesday that he’s very much on the clock to do so. It’s time for the Lakers to get into the superstar business again This has been the […]

Everything you need to know from 2018 NBA awards

Everything you need to know from 2018 NBA awards

The 2017-18 season has been an eventful one, and Monday’s awards show finally puts a cap on the year. Ben Simmons or Donovan Mitchell? How much competition will LeBron James give James Harden? Our Forecast panel gives picks and predictions for MVP, ROY, COY, DPOY, Sixth Man and Most Improved. Oscar Robertson will receive the […]

FIFA World Cup 2018: For Panama fans, joy of maiden World Cup appearance trumps pain of humbling loss to England

FIFA World Cup 2018: For Panama fans, joy of maiden World Cup appearance trumps pain of humbling loss to England

Nizhny Novgorod: “Ole, Ole, Ole… Panama, Panama!” rang the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, the potentially demoralising scoreline a trifling concern. Panama’s fans, excitable even in defeat, now had a genuine moment to release their cheerfulness. A first World Cup goal, in a match that was termed the “hardest of the group” by coach Hernan Dario Gomez. […]

Mohamed Salah considering quitting Egypt team over Ramzan Kadyrov row – sources

Mohamed Salah considering quitting Egypt team over Ramzan Kadyrov row – sources

Mohamed Salah is considering his international future with Egypt, a source has told ESPN FC, due to his unhappiness at being drawn into a political row during his stay in Chechnya with his national team during the World Cup in Russia. CNN first reported on Sunday that the Liverpool forward, who was forced to miss […]

Winners and losers of the 2018 NHL draft weekend

Winners and losers of the 2018 NHL draft weekend

5:46 PM ET Emily Kaplan Greg Wyshynski DALLAS — The 2018 NHL draft was, in comparison to other recent editions, a muted affair. Full coverage of the 2018 draft »Every pick of the draft »Draft grades for all 31 teamsWinners and losers »Round 1 analysis There were only two major trades made, and few credible […]