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Alone at the end of the night stood Harper, the hometown slugger facing comparisons to the hero of Ernest Thayer's famed 1888 poem, "Casey at the Bat". It was nevertheless a power-packed showing for Hoskins, the fifth Phillies player to compete in the derby and first since Ryan Howard in 2009. Harper, who has 23 home runs this season, advanced to the final with an astonishing spree of longball hitting.
  • Archbishops console England after World Cup semi-final defeat

    Archbishops console England after World Cup semi-final defeat

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    In light of the heartbreak, Prince William took to Twitter to commend the England team, writing: "I know how disappointed England must feel right now but I couldn't be more proud of this team and you should hold your heads high". "We're here to improve every time we play", he continued". Many people have since questioned the need to play off against their fellow beaten semi-finalists in Saint Petersburg but Southgate is keen to seal victory before returning home.
  • Putin 'proud' of Russia's handling of World Cup

    Putin 'proud' of Russia's handling of World Cup

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    Putin". Flashes of lightning followed which was fitting for a mercurial player at the center of all French creativity whose sparks of inspiration helped illuminate an extraordinary final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. I thought it was a fascinating game in the splendour of St Petersburg; two tactically intelligent sides testing each other to the limits and separated by the narrowest of margins, with the best team on the night winning.
  • Gorgeous: Kate and Meghan dazzle as they arrive at Wimbledon

    Gorgeous: Kate and Meghan dazzle as they arrive at Wimbledon

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    Meghan paired her wide-leg white pants with a stylish blue striped shirt also by Ralph Lauren , referring to her old style of hair by tying her tresses into a messy bun. Serena told Vanity Fair of Meghan that her personality " just shines". Markle is a longtime friend of Williams' and has attended Wimbledon before, though before she married Prince Harry and became royalty.
  • Manny Pacquiao Dominates, Stops Lucas Matthysse to Win WBA Welterweight Title

    Manny Pacquiao Dominates, Stops Lucas Matthysse to Win WBA Welterweight Title

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    Pacquiao is challenging "The Machine" Matthysse for the World Boxing Association welterweight belt at the Axiata Arena on Sunday, knowing defeat could lower the curtain on one of the greatest careers in boxing history. However, Pacquiao refused to be moved after the fight when asked about a potential next opponent. He's a great champion. We were not pushing hard, we controlled our pace and ourselves.
  • England manager Gareth Southgate singles out Stones for praise, defends Kane

    England manager Gareth Southgate singles out Stones for praise, defends Kane

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    England manager Gareth Southgate has given a touching message to the Russian people, thanking them for their " warmth " and " sincerity " after his side bowed out of the 2018 World Cup with a loss to Belgium in the 3rd place playoff. I thought (John) Stones was absolutely outstanding and (Jordan) Pickford has had a wonderful tournament. The headbutt from Zinedine Zidane and the missed penalty by David Trezeguet-for an entire generation, this game is "the one we shall not talk about".
  • Dejan Lovren demands respect after matching Thierry Henry feat

    Dejan Lovren demands respect after matching Thierry Henry feat

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    The defender, who also reached the Champions League final with Liverpool in May, will face France in the World Cup final on Sunday and the 29-year-old feels he has proved himself this season. We beat our record from 20 years ago. "[In Croatia] we went through a lot of s***, war, all these things and even now the situation is not the best".
  • Kevin Anderson Upsets Roger Federer at Wimbledon

    Kevin Anderson Upsets Roger Federer at Wimbledon

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    Raonic never broke Isner's serve, and while Isner broke Raonic's serve just three times, it was just enough to move on. Bethanie Mattek-Sands' return to Wimbledon won't get a ideal ending. Anderson had never taken a set off Federer in the four times he had played him. There wasn't the faintest warning that the match would turn into a cliffhanger, with Federer sauntering through the first with customary balletic ease.
  • Anderson keeps Wimbledon dream alive, reaches final

    Anderson keeps Wimbledon dream alive, reaches final

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    How do you sum up Kevin Anderson and John Isner's Wimbledon semi-final? Anderson will need to continue waiting to find out his next opponent, as Friday's later semifinal between second-seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal and 12th-seeded Serbian Novak Djokovic was suspended after three sets due to darkness.
  • Gareth Southgate agrees with decision not to hold England parade

    Gareth Southgate agrees with decision not to hold England parade

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    We will push them to play our game. England are due to fly from St Petersburg to Birmingham on Sunday - the day after facing Belgium in the third-place play-off - and the Football Association has confirmed that there will be no public access for fans, given airport security restrictions.
  • India vs England, 3rd T20I: Everything you need to know

    India vs England, 3rd T20I: Everything you need to know

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    Chasing 149, England could not get a good start as Umesh Yadav bowled Jason Roy (15) in the third over with a lovely delivery that came back to the right-handed batsman. Hales keeps making runs, Jonny Bairstow looks in terrific nick even down the order as does Jason Roy at the top while Eoin Morgan is captain. "Certainly conditions out there surprised me quite a bit - the bounce was a lot more than we thought it was going to be", said Morgan, after leading his team to a five-wicket ...
  • Best Scottish Twitter reactions to England’s exit from the World Cup

    Best Scottish Twitter reactions to England’s exit from the World Cup

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    Croatia will take on France in the final on Sunday. As the game entered extra-time, Jordan Pickford thought that he was going to be the hero after bravely saving at the feet of Mario Mandzukic - the Everton "keeper made his feelings known to the Juventus striker during that confrontation - but 'Super Mario" had the last laugh when he fired home the victor to send Croatia wild.
  • World Cup photographer crushed by celebrating Croatian team, captures every moment

    World Cup photographer crushed by celebrating Croatian team, captures every moment

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    Manchester United midfielder Pogba has grown in confidence and form during France's run to the World Cup final . We were there [in 2016], we were close to winning the title and we missed. Croatia had prevailed on penalties in both the last 16 and the quarter-finals, defeating Denmark and then tournament hosts Russian Federation. "We have to play as if this were the first game in this tournament".
  • Ferdinand says Mbappe's pace is 'illegal' as he dazzles in semi-final

    Ferdinand says Mbappe's pace is 'illegal' as he dazzles in semi-final

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    Ultimately, it was Samuel Umtiti rising above everyone else to steer a header past Courtois and the French back to the World Cup final . According to Martinez , another aspect of Belgium's emergence is the role of Thierry Henry, who will be put in the delicate position of having to plot the downfall of his former side having been appointed as assistant coach two years ago.
  • Celtics fan remembered at funeral by playing NBA2K in Kyrie jersey

    Celtics fan remembered at funeral by playing NBA2K in Kyrie jersey

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    WDSU-TV reports his body was positioned in a chair and he had a video game controller in his lap. Matthews, who attended McDonogh 35 High School, loved the Boston Celtics and playing video games. On a side table next to him were his favorite snacks: Doritos, a box of Chocolate Chip Crunch, and a bottle of soda. The body of a dead teenager, Renard Matthews , was dressed and propped up in a chair while surrounded by his favourite snacks for a weird memorial service held by his family.
  • Southgate in no mood to change England's winning formula

    Southgate in no mood to change England's winning formula

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    In Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, Croatia boast two of the finest midfielders in world football, a fact not lost on fellow schemer Henderson. If we are right collectively and defensively then individuals don't matter. Kane managed just one shot in that 2-0 success but will relish facing a Croatia defence that have conceded four goals in their last three games, failing to keep a clean sheet in any of them.
  • Heat meet with Carmelo Anthony, report says

    Heat meet with Carmelo Anthony, report says

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    ESPN reported Monday that the Rockets are determined to sign Anthony after losing small forwards Luc Mbah a Moute and Trevor Ariza in free agency this month. And 33-year-old Paul, who signed a lucrative four-year $160m extension with the Rockets this summer, is believed to be pressing general manger Daryl Morey to chase Anthony's signature.
  • Hamilton stages dramatic comeback but Vettel wins

    Hamilton stages dramatic comeback but Vettel wins

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    Sebastian Vettel has extended his championship lead, pulling off an attack on Valtteri Bottas in the concluding laps to win the 2018 British GP. Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said after the race that he was "not comfortable at all with the incident because it's tiresome being taken out in the first lap".
  • Ibrahimovic: Every Sweden player should get a Golden Ball

    Ibrahimovic: Every Sweden player should get a Golden Ball

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    Mild, who scored three times against England during his career and was once on the end of a brutal Paul Scholes tackle in a Euro 2000 qualifier, said last week: "It couldn't be a better draw [for Sweden ]". England fans made up 2,836 in sales and Sweden fans numbered 3,078. "We're only playing the teams that we're playing because he made a courageous decision to rest those players", Neville said.
  • Top scorers meet best defence in Brazil v Belgium clash

    Top scorers meet best defence in Brazil v Belgium clash

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    The South American giants were sent packing by Belgium in Kazan in the last eight encounter, the 2-1 score condemning Tite's side to an early exit from the competition. "We will need power", Belgium's coach Roberto Martinez said in what could be a hint towards his intentions. "But I think Rom is a player we know well because as a young man we saw his outstanding talent".
  • There is more to come from Sweden, warns coach Andersson

    There is more to come from Sweden, warns coach Andersson

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    Shots were meanwhile blocked on the edge of the area as Switzerland couldn't quite carve out clear chances. "It brings tears to my eyes". No more cult of the individual - Zlatan Ibrahimovic ruled the team for more than a decade before retiring from worldwide play in 2016 - but instead an emphasis on the team.
  • France into World Cup semi as Brazil prepare for Belgium test

    France into World Cup semi as Brazil prepare for Belgium test

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    Sweden's success at this year's World Cup has been built on defensive organisation and clinical counter-attacks which saw them finish top of a group containing holders Germany. They let in very few goals. "He's incredibly skilled, not just at penalties but as a striker". "To score goals on the world stage is another level of achievement, I'm delighted for him that he's individually doing well and that's helping us enormously as a team".
  • Wimbledon -- Women's third-round matches

    Wimbledon -- Women's third-round matches

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    The 38-year-old American - last year's runner-up at Wimbledon - was the oldest entrant in the women's singles field. A rain delay saw the match delayed overnight with Cilic two sets to the good but he failed to find his rhythm as the Argentine won 3-6 1-6 6-4 6-4 7-5 to reach the third round of a major for the first time.
  • Horner: Max Verstappen hasn't changed his style

    Horner: Max Verstappen hasn't changed his style

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    Having started the season with back-to-back wins and adding another victory in Montreal, Vettel recovered well from suffering a second serious setback in as many weeks on Saturday. Fernando Alonso took McLaren to eighth place, which was an unexpected result given that he started from the pits. "It was absolutely nailed in the first lap".
  • Colombia fans mourn World Cup shootout loss to England

    Colombia fans mourn World Cup shootout loss to England

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    Despite the Colombia players doing their upmost to put Kane off and even appearing to deface the pitch to interfere with the penalty, the Tottenham Hotspur striker stepped up and duly despatched the spot kick to put England ahead and take his tally for the tournament to six.