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Meet All the Animals That Are Trying to Predict the World Cup

First it was an octopus, now it's...every animal? Meet all the animals trying to make a name for themselves by predicting the World Cup...

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Martin Rogers, USA TODAY

England breathes sigh of relief after uninspired win against lowly Tunisia

When presented with chances in its World Cup opener against Tunisia, England all too often swiped at the ball like over-eager schoolboys, rather than technically-proficient international stars.

        

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Harry Kane rescues England in World Cup opener vs. Tunisia

Monday afternoon, England finally got their World Cup started. Going in we just didn’t know which England would show up. The talent is there. A bright young manager in the form of Gareth Southgate is there, and Harry Kane, the two-time Premier League Golden Boot winner, is their captain. Plus, facing off against Tunisia is about as nice of a draw as a nation can get.Of course, it wouldn’t be England without a little bit of drama. Early on, the Three Lions had chance after chance. For the...

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Look: Mosquitos invade pitch at England-Tunisia game

A group of unwelcome visitors ran wild at Monday’s World Cup showdown between England and Tunisia at Volgograd Stadium.And yeah, it’s safe to say they caused quite a buzz.Large swarms of insects — mainly mosquitos — were seen flying all over the pitch, affecting both reporters and players.Check out some of these clips, which show the insects wreaking havoc on their counterparts. Yeesh.

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Antoine Griezmann Contract, Thomas Lemar Transfer Announced by Atletico Madrid

Antoine Griezmann has signed a new contract with Atletico Madrid until 2023, while France international Thomas Lemar has joined his compatriot from AS Monaco. Lucas Hernandez has also signed a new deal with the club through the summer of 2024...

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Twitter reacts to Harry Kane carrying England to victory over Tunisia

Tunisia had England were all knotted up at 1-1 heading into injury time. After an additional four minutes had been added to the clock, Harry Kane came up large, knocking in his second goal of the game. This goal proved to be the game-winner in a tightly contested battle that saw England struggle mightily against a lesser foe. Kane’s heroics kept England very much alive in the World Cup, and Twitter had some great reactions to his timely performance. (@abdule_10) June 18, 2018...

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Martin Rogers, USA TODAY

Landon Donovan may be rooting for Mexico in the World Cup, but its fans still hate him

The U.S. soccer legend made waves over the weekend by expressing his support for his country's historic rival.

        

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Sweden foul South Korea into 1-0 submission

Mexico defeating Germany Sunday seemingly set the stage for a potentially pressure-filled showdown between Sweden and South Korea. However, what would follow didn’t really live up to that. If you like a match full of fouls, we hope you didn’t miss this one. But if you slept through it, we don’t blame you for that either. This wasn’t for everybody.And that’s not to say Sweden didn’t create chances — because they did. But unlike Peru, who got mightily unlucky time after time...

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Group G preview: Belgium, England look to erase all doubt

The World Cup is in full swing now, soccer fans. And while Portugal/Spain did provide the match of the week last week, Saturday didn’t disappoint. Paul Pogba would hit a late winner (kind of) against Australia to secure three points for France. Lionel Messi didn’t convert a penalty that would’ve won Argentina the match. Meanwhile, Brazil stumbled and Germany lost their opener to Mexico. But now we turn to Group G, led by Belgium and England. A golden generation still looking to cash in...

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Belgium find magic in second half against Panama

We never know what we’re going to get from Belgium, but this is their golden generation with plenty of experience to point to now. This is the year they should make some waves, and while it took a little more than 45 minutes for them to do so, Belgium found their magic against a resolute Panama side — in their World Cup debut — on Monday.Belgium did start the match brightly, by the way. For the first 10 minutes or so, they looked as though they could score at will, but after that,...

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World Cup stadium in Volgograd having incredible bug problem

There’s a real chance Monday’s World Cup match in Volgograd, Russia will have some unwanted visitors.Various reports from the ground indicate that Volgograd Arena has been swarmed by small flies ahead of the first World Cup game the city will host, Monday’s tilt between England and Tunisia.Reporters from BBC Sport on the scene have said that there are massive swarms of the insects to the point that England’s players will require insect repellent before taking the field.“They are on...

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Martin Rogers, USA TODAY

Egypt's goalkeeper refused a Budweiser-sponsored award and FIFA should know better

When Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy was awarded the Man of the Match award for his heroics against Uruguay, he declined the accept the trophy.

        

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Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY

FIFA opens investigation after anti-gay slur chanted by Mexican fans at World Cup

They chanted an anti-gay slur when Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer prepared a goal kick on Sunday.

        

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FIFA Investigating Alleged Gay Slur Chanted by Mexico Fans During Germany Match

FIFA has launched disciplinary proceedings against Mexico after it was alleged some of their fans chanted anti-gay slurs during their 1-0 win over Group F rivals Germany at the 2018 FIFA World Cup ...

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Mexico coach had good advice before match with Brazil

Mexico pulled off a stunning upset over Germany in the group stages of the World Cup on Sunday, and some great advice from manager Juan Carlos Osorio may have helped put the team at ease prior to the big match.In his postgame press conference, Osorio said he simply told his players to compete for the love of the sport and not worry about losing to the defending World Cup champions. Mexico was very clearly ready for the challenge. They played outstanding defense and only needed one goal,...

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Martin Rogers, USA TODAY

South Korea mixed up jersey numbers because Westerners can't 'distinguish between Asians'

In an attempt to outfox any Swedish scouts watching his team practice, South Korea coach Shin Tae-Yong had his team mix things up.

        

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A.J. Perez, USA TODAY

Landon Donovan's support of Mexico in World Cup causes outrage

Former USMNT standout Landon Donovan again took to Twitter to explain why he's supporting Mexico in the World Cup, with a sponsorship by Wells Fargo.

        

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Panama coach promises to drink two bottles of vodka if they advance

Panama’s coach does not have the highest of expectations for his team in the World Cup, but he sure is making things interesting for his country.Coach Bolillo Gomez told the media in Russia that if Panama advances out of the group stage, he will drink two bottles of vodka. The alternatives were for him to shave his head or dye his hair. Drinking the vodka is something he appears to find much easier to swallow.Panama is in Group G along with England, Belgium and Tunisia. England and Belgium...

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Landon Donovan says allegiance is to US soccer, defends supporting Mexico

Landon Donovan has come under fire over the past few days for his decision to support Mexico in the World Cup as part of a promotion for Wells Fargo, and the former U.S. soccer star felt the need to defend himself on Sunday afternoon.After the Twitter masses labeled him a “traitor” and worse, Donovan released a statement saying his loyalty to U.S. soccer should never be questioned. He also explained why he has chosen to get behind Mexico after the US failed to qualify. Donovan was even...

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Brazil can't quite crack the Swiss in 1-1 draw

Welcome to the 2018 World Cup, where the supposedly great nations are looking a little rusty. Germany would fall to Mexico earlier on Sunday, but now we’re talking about Brazil. And let’s get this out of the way right from the get go: Brazil didn’t look poor -- Germany did. In Brazil’s matchup against the Swiss, however — outside of a couple patches here and there — they did look rather ordinary.Neymar didn’t look fit, but that wasn’t entirely the problem. After a bright...

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