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Argentina's troubles tied to a lack of direction, balance

With an unbalanced squad and a coach whose style doesn't fit the players, Argentina's problems have been written on the wall for some time now.

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With Messi helpless, Argentina's World Cup dream fades

So much was expected, but when the game came, Lionel Messi had nothing. As Argentina crumbled around him, their star man could do little.

Messi looked a 'broken man' in Croatia defeat

The FC crew lay into Jorge Sampaoli and inspect Lionel Messi's negative demeanour after Argentina's embarrassing defeat to Croatia.

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Borden: Messi went missing against Croatia

ESPN's Sam Borden shares his thoughts on Croatia's 3-0 win which leaves Argentina on the brink of a World Cup exit.

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Bamba to spread wings in Orlando as No. 6 pick

Texas center Mo Bamba, who touts an NBA draft combine-record 7-foot-10 wingspan, was taken by the Orlando Magic with the sixth pick in the NBA draft.

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Cavaliers PG Sexton to LeBron: 'Let's do it'

The Cavaliers selected Collin Sexton with the No. 8 pick of the NBA draft, and the athletic Alabama point guard did not waste time making his pitch to LeBron James.

Six big winners from the NBA draft's first round

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Ayton goes No. 1 overall to Suns

Phoenix selects Deandre Ayton with the first overall pick of the NBA draft.

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Porter makes bold claim after falling to No. 14

Michael Porter Jr. says he'll be the best draft pick in Nuggets' history after he drops to the 14th pick.

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Knox takes boos from Porzingis kid in stride

Kevin Knox takes motivation from the Kristaps Porzingis-like boos from the New York fans and is ready to prove himself.

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NBA draftees make a fashion statement

Check out the suits of the NBA's future stars on stage at the 2018 NBA draft.

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Sexton makes pitch for LeBron to stay in Cleveland

The Cavaliers choose Collin Sexton with the eighth overall pick, then the point guard attempts to pitch LeBron James on staying in Cleveland.

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Allen and Mitchell go from foes to bros

Donovan Mitchell caught Grayson Allen with a hand to the face as ACC rivals, now they team up with the Jazz.

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Grizzlies draft Jackson with the 4th pick

Jaren Jackson Jr. is joined by his parents and is extremely excited to be selected by Memphis with the fourth pick.

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Do the Suns now have Shaq and Kobe 2.0?

No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton might be on to something by likening himself and Devin Booker to a historically-dominant duo.

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Carter Jr. picked by Bulls with 7th pick

The Bulls select Wendell Carter Jr. from Duke with the seventh pick in the 2018 NBA draft.

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Coca-Cola Moment of the Day

Moment of the Day - Caballero and the catastrophic clearance

There are few words that could accurately describe the abject dejection on the face of Argentine captain Lionel Messi after his team's shambolic 3-0 loss to Croatia.

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Did Munir's 13 minutes cost Morocco at the World Cup?

The lack of a clinical attacking arguably cost the Atlas Lions in Russia, but could Munir El Haddadi have made all the difference?

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Alexander-Arnold cheering for Mane at World Cup

England right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold says he's cheering for Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane at this summer's World Cup.

World Cup Insights

Extra Time: Should Argentina sack Sampaoli? Croatia a contender?

The FC team answer your tweets on whether Argentina would win their next match if they sack their coach and Croatia's chances of winning it all.

5:55

Argentina defeat opens the door for Nigeria & Iceland

The FC crew assess the state of Group D and how the tone of Nigeria-Iceland has changed following Croatia's defeat of Argentina.

2:52

Would Rashford for Sterling be the right move?

The FC panel try to wrap their head around a leaked team sheet that revealed Marcus Rashford could replace Raheem Sterling in the England squad to face Panama.

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Project Russia: Young three lions teach us a lesson!

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Ronaldo or Messi: who'd be the greater cricketer?

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Kyrie Irving talks staying in Boston and his new movie 'Uncle Drew

"What I really want, is to bring our team - all of us together - to a championship"

Shields is well on her way to stardom

The plan is in place for Claressa Shields, the face of women's boxing in the United States. Now all she needs to do is execute when she faces the toughest test of her career against Hanna Gabriels on Friday.

Neymar does not need to do it all for Brazil

He was fouled 10 times by Switzerland, but might that have been partly a result of Neymar's approach to the game? It's time he went back to basics.

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Thiago Silva back in Brazil's good graces

Thiago Silva was notorious in Brazil's 2014 failure and seemed destined for exile. Yet he's back and captaining the Selecao again under Tite.

Burley: Neymar always has to make it about himself

ESPN FC's Craig Burley says Neymar's 'circus' in Brazil's draw against Switzerland and subsequent injury news are a distraction to the team.

2:38

Will Neymar & Brazil hit their stride against Costa Rica?

After a strange 72 hours in the Brazil camp, the FC panel give thought to what sort of advice Tite would've given Neymar to get him back to his best.

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Neymar: My foot feels fine

After returning to training, Neymar says he's feeling better physically and hopes to improve in Brazil's second group stage game against Costa Rica.

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Formula 1

Alonso: My Le Mans win was the greatest of all time

Fernando Alonso says his victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours rates higher than anyone else's at the prestigious event since it started in 1923.

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Lewis not concerned by engine upgrade delays

Lewis Hamilton will find out on Friday whether Mercedes is able to deliver its latest specification of engine at this weekend's French Grand Prix.

Vettel: Merc will be strong regardless of upgrade

Sebastian Vettel is expecting Mercedes to be a serious threat at the French Grand Prix regardless of whether it is able to run its latest engine upgrade.

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