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James Harden is named 2017-2018 NBA MVP

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While a number of other honors were handed out at the 2018 NBA Awards Show on Monday night, the main event was scheduled for the end. That was a guarantee given the three finalists: Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert , Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid and New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis . Read More »

Johnson falls back into 4-way tie

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Fleetwood must console himself with a cheque for $1.2m and a share of history. Koepka is among the best of America's new golfers; powerful athletes who, due to their exceptional physical condition, could probably have made a career in any other sport. Read More »

Gareth Southgate critical of England performance against Panama

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After Belgium's penultimate group match against Tunisia, they face England on June 28 at the Kaliningrad Stadium, in what could be a group-winning match. I just thought we were a little anxious at the start. I have complete trust in all the players. We've been working hard at set-pieces, and it's nice to see them coming together. Read More »

Musa's brace sinks Iceland for Nigeria

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It was a different style in defence. "We played against a very good team from Iceland who were better in the first half but did not score and we were better in the second half", Rohr added. The penalty was awarded after a video review showed that Alfred Finnbogason had been brought down by Tyronne Ebuehi. "We will not lose this game so I do not answer this question". Read More »

Note spotted at training suggests Raheem Sterling could be dropped

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The coach was treated in a nearby hospital and admitted afterwards that he will have to control his behaviour during his side's coming games. Marcus Rashford is paired up front with Harry Kane instead of Sterling, who was substituted off in the second half after failing to impact Monday's opening 2-1 win over Tunisia. Read More »

The political meaning behind Shaqiri's celebration against Serbia

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A deflected shot from Shaqiri fell beautifully for Granit Xhaka to run onto the loose ball and rifle the shot past Stojkovic to even the scores. Kolarov, whose stunning free-kick saw off Costa Rica, stressed Serbia will maintain its intensity when the Balkan nation faces Switzerland in Kaliningrad on Friday. Read More »

Brazil beats Costa Rica in tense encounter

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The cat was put amongst the pigeons in Group D last night as Croatia stormed to a 3-0 win against Argentina, and that leaves Iceland and Nigeria with a huge opportunity to progress to the knockout round. Here's Yahoo Sport's favourite images from the day, as the World Cup hots up. A GIF of the tumble instantly shot around Brazilian social media with WAGs asking if Tite himself hadn't been teaching Neymar how to dive. Read More »

Neymar leaves Brazil training session limping on right ankle

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Brazil had a closed practice session Wednesday, two days before its game against Costa Rica in St. Petersburg, but the federation posted photos and a video of Neymar in action in training with the rest of the squad. But fans were shocked when Brazilian playmaker sported an unruly mop of blonde hair for his nation's World Cup opener against Switzerland. I expect you were of the mind before the match begun, much like I was that Brazil had one of their easiest stakes on the Group Stages in ... Read More »

Sarri set to raid Napoli after Chelsea appointment

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Kalidou Koulibaly is confident Maurizio Sarri will be a success at Chelsea and believes the former Napoli coach would "change" the style of football at Stamford Bridge. "It's disappointing that he leaves like this". 'I hope he [Maurizio Sarri] will win something with Chelsea because he is a nice coach. "When a person like this comes to a new club, he needs time". Read More »

We will not let France bully us -Peru coach

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France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was one of three opposing captains, along with Australia's Mile Jedinak and Denmark's Simon Kjaer, who signed a letter to Federation Internationale de Football Association supporting the lifting of the ban. France will meet Denmark and Peru will close out against Australia on Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET. Peru's defender Alberto Rodriguez (left) and France's forward Olivier Giroud vie for the ball during their Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group C ... Read More »

Fans loved Senegal's celebrations after World Cup win

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The result leaves the African nation, famous winners over defending champions France in the opening match of their last World Cup appearance in 2002, level with Japan who beat Colombia 2-1 at Mordovia Arena. "Africa is full of quality and we're on the way", said Cisse. If more participating countries adopt this habit, all the 15,000 volunteers who're working on the 2018 World Cup will have much lesser work to do. Read More »

Blatter backs England for next European SWC

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Mr Blatter said he was in Russian Federation - where he attended a World Cup match at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium earlier in the day - as a guest of the tournament's local organising committee. Blatter's career has been riddled with a number of controversies, and was replaced as President of Federation Internationale de Football Association by Gianni Infantino in 2016. Read More »

Hornets agree to trade Howard to Nets for Mozgov

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With that salary-cap space, plus being able to use their own first-round picks again, the Nets may soon finally recover from their disastrous 2013 trade with the Boston Celtics. Either way, the Nets current, odd purgatory of not being able to rebuild through the draft of free agency is finally set to end. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the teams have not announced the trade and the league can not approve the deal until the trade moratorium ends on July 6. Read More »

Manchester City to start title defence at Arsenal

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No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Liverpool's opening fixture of the 2018-19 Premier League season will be at home against West Ham United on August 11, it was confirmed on Thursday. Read More »

Mexico shakes with excitement over Germany World Cup win

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The Germans got off to a poor start in their title defence as a Hirving Lozano goal gave an impressive Mexico side a memorable 1-0 win in their Group F tie . "We played without fear and my team-mates were incredible". We must show what made us strong. He was also under fire at the Confederations Cup previous year for rotating the team, especially after a lackluster win over New Zealand and emphatic defeat against Germany in the semi-finals. Read More »

Arsenal agree Bernd Leno deal with Bayer Leverkusen

Wilshere, who was left out of the England World Cup squad, said on his Instagram account that he will leave the north London club when his contract expires at the end of June. 'But the attitude from our 2004-group is not needed there anymore'. Arsenal have confirmed the signing of German worldwide goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen . Read More »

Japan make history with World Cup win against Colombia

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Colombia , which played with 10 men for the rest of the match, scored late in the first half on Juan Quintero's rolling but accurate free kick, which sneaked inside the right post. Yuya Osako's 73rd-minute victor was a huge relief for the Japanese, who were thumped 4-1 by Colombia four years ago during a miserable campaign in which they failed to register a single win. Read More »

Technology the enemy as France edges past Australia

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Earlier, it was a awful lack of concentration from Samuel Umtiti in the 60th minute that saw Australia's captain Mile Jedinak scoring the equaliser from the penalty spot for the Socceroos . He was pleased with his players' effort and said the French "didn't know what to do anymore in big parts of the game". But Paul Pogba scored the victor for France late on, leaving the Socceroos frustrated and needing a result against Denmark in Samara on Thursday to keep alive their hopes ... Read More »

Mexico Fans Set Off Earthquake Sensors With Raucous World Cup Celebration

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Both literally and figuratively. Being categorized as an artificial natural disaster, the shake came after Hirving Lozano scored the game-winning goal in the 35th minute of the match. "There were lots of counter-attacks and we had to run back a lot and of course, we were very vulnerable because we lost the ball in our forward movement and that left an open gap". Read More »

SL Captain Chandimal charged for breaching ICC Code of Conduct

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Sri Lanka were charged with altering the condition of the ball by umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould , who reviewed video of the West Indies first innings on Friday. Leading by 47 runs after racking up 300 in their first innings at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground, West Indies reduced the visitors to 34 for one in their second innings at the close, leaving them still in deficit by 13 runs. Read More »

Afghanistan hit by Test reality

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It's only their first Test and they'll keep getting better as they play more. In September 2001, two prime Sri Lankan batsmen - Marvan Atapattu and Mahela Jayawardena retired from the game after scoring 201 and 150 runs, respectively, against Bangladesh in a match in the Asia Test Championship in Colombo, thanks to the visitors' insipid bowling . Read More »

Messi misses penalty, Iceland holds Argentina to draw

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But Iceland , the smallest-ever country by population to qualify for the World Cup , equalised four minutes later when Alfred Finnbogason swept home a loose ball from close range. Slovakia in 2010 was the last first-time World Cup team to make it to the knockout stage of the tournament and Iceland believes it can make a run, as well. Read More »

Historic Griezmann goal, Pogba secure slender win

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Captain Hugo Lloris' form has suffered for France recently, but the Tottenham goalkeeper was alert to keep Australia at bay in the first half. "But when he went to see if there was a penalty I immediately thought about how I would take it". Read More »