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Mexico on the brink as Vela finds World Cup redemption

Four years on from passing on the chance to play for Mexico in the World Cup, Carlos Vela is back and at the heart of El Tri's electric attack.


How high is Mexico's ceiling after South Korea win?

After Mexico made it two wins from two, Stevie Nicol forecasts how far El Tri's work rate and quality can continue to take them in Russia.


Lukaku has Belgium raising expectations

Romelu Lukaku's power was showcased again as he took his World Cup goal tally to four, raising expectations that Belgium can reach the semifinals.

Tunisia boss: Arab teams two generations behind

Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul apologised to his team's fans after their 5-2 defeat to Belgium on Saturday and said Arab teams have a long way to go.

Ames: Teams will fear playing Belgium

ESPN's Nick Ames shares his thoughts on Belgium's dominant display against Tunisia which saw them top group G.


Nicol: Defence will keep Belgium from winning World Cup

Belgium scored five goals in their win over Tunisia, but Steve Nicol says their issues at the back could prove costly in the World Cup.


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Basketball staycation: The guide for 2018 summer hoops

Las Vegas is the focal point of all hoops this summer, but here's are a few alternatives to summer league.

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How this draft sets up future trades and free agency

Trades and free agency are around the corner. Kevin Pelton looks at the ways an eventful draft night will lead to more moves.

GM Altman: Cavs, LeBron have 'a good dialogue'

Cavs GM Koby Altman said he and LeBron James' camp "continue to have good dialogue" with about a week to go before James has to inform the Cavs whether he intends to pick up the option on his contract.

French Grand Prix

Hamilton: It's great to be back

After topping qualifying for the first time since the Spanish Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton said it was great to be back at the front of the grid in France.

Alonso proud of performances 'amid disaster'

Fernando Alonso said his 16th-place grid position at the French Grand Prix reflects the true performance of the McLaren this weekend and took solace in beating teammate Stoffel Vandoorne by 0.186s.

Story of qualifying: Leclerc stars again, Mercedes back on top

ESPN rounds up the main talking points from Formula One's first qualifying session in France since 2008.

International Rugby

England come good to end losing streak

A brilliant try from Jonny May -- and a wonderful assist from Danny Cipriani -- helped England win their first match in seven attempts and end their tour of South Africa with a victory.

Ireland win thriller in Sydney to claim series

A late penalty by Jonny Sexton put the seal on a dramatic victory for Ireland in the third Test, as they beat Australia to claim the series 2-1.

Three to Ioane as All Blacks over-run France

Winger Rieko Ioane scored three tries while Damian McKenzie crossed twice in a full display of his attacking abilities as the All Blacks completed a 49-14 victory over France in Dunedin.

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What's really behind the intense criticism of Raheem Sterling?

If there's one player who divides opinion in English football, it's Raheem Sterling. The question is ... why?

France 'discipline' bodes well for future - Lloris

France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris praised Peru for their effort and called the match like playing an away game after Les Bleus won 1-0 in Yekaterinburg.

World Cup Insights

Trezeguet: Argentina need to rediscover their motivation

Former France striker David Trezeguet believes Argentina need to forget about their defeat to Croatia to beat Nigeria.


Extra Time: Messi vs. Ronaldo, Neymar's antics and more

The guys respond to your tweets about Jorge Sampaoli, Messi vs. Ronaldo, Isco vs. Coutinho, Switzerland's first goal and Neymar's non-penalty.


Ballsupski: Hope it's a four game Saturday like last week

Anthony Richardson and Ian Fiveankles return to talk Neymar's tears, German nerves and Julian Draxler's dislike of daylight.


Australia players rally behind vilified Kruse

Stephanie Brantz is joined by Tom Smithies to discuss Tim Cahill's situation and the abuse Robbie Kruse has received on social media.


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