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The GameTime crew talk about what Luka Doncic could bring to the table for the up and coming season.
Instant Analysis: Doncic to the Hawks
The GameTime crew talk about what Luka Doncic could bring to the table for the up and coming season.
The GameTime crew talk about what Luka Doncic could bring to the table for the up and coming season.
Instant Analysis: Doncic to the Hawks
The GameTime crew talk about what Luka Doncic could bring to the table for the up and coming season.
The GameTime crew talk about what Luka Doncic could bring to the table for the up and coming season.
Instant Analysis: Doncic to the Hawks
The GameTime crew talk about what Luka Doncic could bring to the table for the up and coming season.
Yahoo Sports' 'NBA Draft Live' crew discusses the latest pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Why the Cavs should be concerned about Collin Sexton
Yahoo Sports' 'NBA Draft Live' crew discusses the latest pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Yahoo Sports' 'NBA Draft Live' crew discusses the latest pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Why the Cavs should be concerned about Collin Sexton
Yahoo Sports' 'NBA Draft Live' crew discusses the latest pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Yahoo Sports' 'NBA Draft Live' crew discusses the latest pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Why the Cavs should be concerned about Collin Sexton
Yahoo Sports' 'NBA Draft Live' crew discusses the latest pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Yahoo Sports' 'NBA Draft Live' crew discusses the latest pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Why the Cavs should be concerned about Collin Sexton
Yahoo Sports' 'NBA Draft Live' crew discusses the latest pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It's one place to keep track of everything going on at the NBA Draft.
2018 NBA Draft pick-by-pick tracker with analysis of selections, trades
It's one place to keep track of everything going on at the NBA Draft.
It's one place to keep track of everything going on at the NBA Draft.
2018 NBA Draft pick-by-pick tracker with analysis of selections, trades
It's one place to keep track of everything going on at the NBA Draft.
It's one place to keep track of everything going on at the NBA Draft.
2018 NBA Draft pick-by-pick tracker with analysis of selections, trades
It's one place to keep track of everything going on at the NBA Draft.
It's one place to keep track of everything going on at the NBA Draft.
2018 NBA Draft pick-by-pick tracker with analysis of selections, trades
It's one place to keep track of everything going on at the NBA Draft.
It's one place to keep track of everything going on at the NBA Draft.
2018 NBA Draft pick-by-pick tracker with analysis of selections, trades
It's one place to keep track of everything going on at the NBA Draft.
It's one place to keep track of everything going on at the NBA Draft.
2018 NBA Draft pick-by-pick tracker with analysis of selections, trades
It's one place to keep track of everything going on at the NBA Draft.
It's one place to keep track of everything going on at the NBA Draft.
2018 NBA Draft pick-by-pick tracker with analysis of selections, trades
It's one place to keep track of everything going on at the NBA Draft.
It's one place to keep track of everything going on at the NBA Draft.
2018 NBA Draft pick-by-pick tracker with analysis of selections, trades
It's one place to keep track of everything going on at the NBA Draft.
It's one place to keep track of everything going on at the NBA Draft.
2018 NBA Draft pick-by-pick tracker with analysis of selections, trades
It's one place to keep track of everything going on at the NBA Draft.
It's one place to keep track of everything going on at the NBA Draft.
2018 NBA Draft pick-by-pick tracker with analysis of selections, trades
It's one place to keep track of everything going on at the NBA Draft.
It's one place to keep track of everything going on at the NBA Draft.
2018 NBA Draft pick-by-pick tracker with analysis of selections, trades
It's one place to keep track of everything going on at the NBA Draft.
It's one place to keep track of everything going on at the NBA Draft.
2018 NBA Draft pick-by-pick tracker with analysis of selections, trades
It's one place to keep track of everything going on at the NBA Draft.
It's one place to keep track of everything going on at the NBA Draft.
2018 NBA Draft pick-by-pick tracker with analysis of selections, trades
It's one place to keep track of everything going on at the NBA Draft.
It's one place to keep track of everything going on at the NBA Draft.
2018 NBA Draft pick-by-pick tracker with analysis of selections, trades
It's one place to keep track of everything going on at the NBA Draft.
The Dallas Mavericks select Trae Young with the fifth pick who will be headed to The Atlanta Hawks for Luka Doncic and a future first-round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
The Mavericks Select Trae Young With The Fifth Pick
The Dallas Mavericks select Trae Young with the fifth pick who will be headed to The Atlanta Hawks for Luka Doncic and a future first-round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
With the 4th overall pick, the Memphis Grizzlies select Jaren Jackson Jr.
Grizzlies Select Jaren Jackson Jr.
With the 4th overall pick, the Memphis Grizzlies select Jaren Jackson Jr.
With the 4th overall pick, the Memphis Grizzlies select Jaren Jackson Jr.
Grizzlies Select Jaren Jackson Jr.
With the 4th overall pick, the Memphis Grizzlies select Jaren Jackson Jr.
With the 4th overall pick, the Memphis Grizzlies select Jaren Jackson Jr.
Grizzlies Select Jaren Jackson Jr.
With the 4th overall pick, the Memphis Grizzlies select Jaren Jackson Jr.
With the 4th overall pick, the Memphis Grizzlies select Jaren Jackson Jr.
Grizzlies Select Jaren Jackson Jr.
With the 4th overall pick, the Memphis Grizzlies select Jaren Jackson Jr.
Ahead of their make or break World Cup showdown versus Iceland, the football icon spent some time with the Super Eagles
Nigeria legend Nwankwo Kanu pays a visit to Super Eagles hotel
Ahead of their make or break World Cup showdown versus Iceland, the football icon spent some time with the Super Eagles
The Orlando Magic select Mo Bamba from the University of Texas with the No. 6 selection in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Mo Bamba Selected At No. 6 By The Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic select Mo Bamba from the University of Texas with the No. 6 selection in the 2018 NBA Draft.
The Orlando Magic select Mo Bamba from the University of Texas with the No. 6 selection in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Mo Bamba Selected At No. 6 By The Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic select Mo Bamba from the University of Texas with the No. 6 selection in the 2018 NBA Draft.
The Orlando Magic select Mo Bamba from the University of Texas with the No. 6 selection in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Mo Bamba Selected At No. 6 By The Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic select Mo Bamba from the University of Texas with the No. 6 selection in the 2018 NBA Draft.
The Orlando Magic select Mo Bamba from the University of Texas with the No. 6 selection in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Mo Bamba Selected At No. 6 By The Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic select Mo Bamba from the University of Texas with the No. 6 selection in the 2018 NBA Draft.
The GameTime crew talk about what Luka Doncic could bring to the table for the up and coming season.
Instant Analysis: Doncic to the Hawks
The GameTime crew talk about what Luka Doncic could bring to the table for the up and coming season.
Watch the breakdown of the Marvin Bagley III, selected with the No. 2 overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Instant Analysis: Marvin Bagley III
Watch the breakdown of the Marvin Bagley III, selected with the No. 2 overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Watch the breakdown of the Marvin Bagley III, selected with the No. 2 overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Instant Analysis: Marvin Bagley III
Watch the breakdown of the Marvin Bagley III, selected with the No. 2 overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Nolan Arenado rips a line-drive double off the right-field wall, scoring two runs to extend the Rockies' lead to 5-1 in the 2nd inning
Arenado's hard two-run double
Nolan Arenado rips a line-drive double off the right-field wall, scoring two runs to extend the Rockies' lead to 5-1 in the 2nd inning
Nolan Arenado rips a line-drive double off the right-field wall, scoring two runs to extend the Rockies' lead to 5-1 in the 2nd inning
Arenado's hard two-run double
Nolan Arenado rips a line-drive double off the right-field wall, scoring two runs to extend the Rockies' lead to 5-1 in the 2nd inning
Watch the breakdown of the Marvin Bagley III, selected with the No. 2 overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Instant Analysis: Marvin Bagley III
Watch the breakdown of the Marvin Bagley III, selected with the No. 2 overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Watch the breakdown of the Marvin Bagley III, selected with the No. 2 overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Instant Analysis: Marvin Bagley III
Watch the breakdown of the Marvin Bagley III, selected with the No. 2 overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Nolan Arenado rips a line-drive double off the right-field wall, scoring two runs to extend the Rockies' lead to 5-1 in the 2nd inning
Arenado's hard two-run double
Nolan Arenado rips a line-drive double off the right-field wall, scoring two runs to extend the Rockies' lead to 5-1 in the 2nd inning
Brandon Nimmo plates Amed Rosario with an RBI single to center field, cutting into the Mets' deficit in the 3rd inning
Nimmo's RBI single to center
Brandon Nimmo plates Amed Rosario with an RBI single to center field, cutting into the Mets' deficit in the 3rd inning
Tennis - ATP 500 - Fever-Tree Championships - The Queen's Club, London, Britain - June 22, 2018 Spain's Feliciano Lopez in action during his quarter final match against Australia's Nick Kyrgios Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien
ATP 500 - Fever-Tree Championships
Tennis - ATP 500 - Fever-Tree Championships - The Queen's Club, London, Britain - June 22, 2018 Spain's Feliciano Lopez in action during his quarter final match against Australia's Nick Kyrgios Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien
Tennis - ATP 500 - Fever-Tree Championships - The Queen's Club, London, Britain - June 22, 2018 Australia's Nick Kyrgios celebrates after winning his quarter final match against Spain's Feliciano Lopez Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien
ATP 500 - Fever-Tree Championships
Tennis - ATP 500 - Fever-Tree Championships - The Queen's Club, London, Britain - June 22, 2018 Australia's Nick Kyrgios celebrates after winning his quarter final match against Spain's Feliciano Lopez Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien
Novak Djokovic beat Adrian Mannarino at Queen's to secure his 800th career win (AFP Photo/Ben STANSALL)
Novak Djokovic beat Adrian Mannarino at Queen's to secure his 800th career win
Novak Djokovic beat Adrian Mannarino at Queen's to secure his 800th career win (AFP Photo/Ben STANSALL)
El jugador mexicano Hirving Lozano celebra su primer gol con Jesús Gallardo, en el partido Alemania frente a México, en el estadio de Luzhniki, Moscú, 17 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Roberto Martínez: La tecnología y la preparación reducen la diferencia de talento
El jugador mexicano Hirving Lozano celebra su primer gol con Jesús Gallardo, en el partido Alemania frente a México, en el estadio de Luzhniki, Moscú, 17 de junio de 2018. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
El entrenador de Corea del Sur, Shin Tae-yonmg, en una rueda de prensa en Rostov-on-Don, Rusia, jun 22, 2018. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
El entrenador de Corea del Sur, Shin Tae-yonmg, en una rueda de prensa en Rostov-on-Don, Rusia
El entrenador de Corea del Sur, Shin Tae-yonmg, en una rueda de prensa en Rostov-on-Don, Rusia, jun 22, 2018. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
Argentina's Nicolas Otamendi (17) argues with Croatia's Dejan Lovren (6) during the group D match between Argentina and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
The Latest: Iceland-Nigeria is 0-0 at halftime at World Cup
Argentina's Nicolas Otamendi (17) argues with Croatia's Dejan Lovren (6) during the group D match between Argentina and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Brazil's Neymar reacts after missing a chance to score during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
The Latest: Iceland-Nigeria is 0-0 at halftime at World Cup
Brazil's Neymar reacts after missing a chance to score during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Nigeria's coach Gernot Rohr, front right, runs with his players during Nigeria's official training on the eve of the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena, in Volgograd, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
The Latest: Iceland-Nigeria is 0-0 at halftime at World Cup
Nigeria's coach Gernot Rohr, front right, runs with his players during Nigeria's official training on the eve of the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena, in Volgograd, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Brazil's Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring his side's opening goal during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
The Latest: Iceland-Nigeria is 0-0 at halftime at World Cup
Brazil's Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring his side's opening goal during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Egypt's Mohamed Salah gestures after he was fouled during the group A match between Russia and Egypt at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
The Latest: Iceland-Nigeria is 0-0 at halftime at World Cup
Egypt's Mohamed Salah gestures after he was fouled during the group A match between Russia and Egypt at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Brazil's Neymar reacts after falling in the penalty area during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
The Latest: Iceland-Nigeria is 0-0 at halftime at World Cup
Brazil's Neymar reacts after falling in the penalty area during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Brazil's Neymar, right, gets past Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas but fails to score during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
The Latest: Iceland-Nigeria is 0-0 at halftime at World Cup
Brazil's Neymar, right, gets past Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas but fails to score during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Nigeria's Ahmed Musa, centre, celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
The Latest: Iceland-Nigeria is 0-0 at halftime at World Cup
Nigeria's Ahmed Musa, centre, celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Belgium's head coach Roberto Martinez walks with the ball during Belgium's official training ahead of the group G match between Belgium and Tunisia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
The Latest: Iceland-Nigeria is 0-0 at halftime at World Cup
Belgium's head coach Roberto Martinez walks with the ball during Belgium's official training ahead of the group G match between Belgium and Tunisia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Germany's Thomas Mueller, left, and teammate Mats Hummels attend a training session in Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Germany will face Sweden on June 23 in the group F for the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
The Latest: Iceland-Nigeria is 0-0 at halftime at World Cup
Germany's Thomas Mueller, left, and teammate Mats Hummels attend a training session in Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Germany will face Sweden on June 23 in the group F for the soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Brazil head coach Tite gestures during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
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Brazil head coach Tite gestures during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Argentina's Lionel Messi reacts after the third goal of Croatia during the group D match between Argentina and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. Croatia won 3-0. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
The Latest: Iceland-Nigeria is 0-0 at halftime at World Cup
Argentina's Lionel Messi reacts after the third goal of Croatia during the group D match between Argentina and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. Croatia won 3-0. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Sweden's Pontus Jansson celebrates his team victory over South Kodea during the group F match between Sweden and South Korea at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
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Sweden's Pontus Jansson celebrates his team victory over South Kodea during the group F match between Sweden and South Korea at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Brazil's Philippe Coutinho, left, hugs Neymar at the end of the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
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Brazil's Philippe Coutinho, left, hugs Neymar at the end of the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Brazil's Neymar warms up before the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
The Latest: Iceland-Nigeria is 0-0 at halftime at World Cup
Brazil's Neymar warms up before the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Costa Rica's Bryan Oviedo, left, and his teammates attend Costa Rica's official training on the eve of the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
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Costa Rica's Bryan Oviedo, left, and his teammates attend Costa Rica's official training on the eve of the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Nigeria goalkeeper Francis Uzoho makes a save during the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
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Nigeria goalkeeper Francis Uzoho makes a save during the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Nigeria's Ahmed Musa celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
The Latest: Iceland-Nigeria is 0-0 at halftime at World Cup
Nigeria's Ahmed Musa celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
England head coach Gareth Southgate, left talks to his a member of his coaching staff during a training session for the England team at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in the Spartak Zelenogorsk ground, Zelenogorsk near St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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England head coach Gareth Southgate, left talks to his a member of his coaching staff during a training session for the England team at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in the Spartak Zelenogorsk ground, Zelenogorsk near St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Brazil's Neymar, center right, falls in the penalty area after challenging for the ball with Costa Rica's Giancarlo Gonzalez during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
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Brazil's Neymar, center right, falls in the penalty area after challenging for the ball with Costa Rica's Giancarlo Gonzalez during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Nigeria's Ahmed Musa celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
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Nigeria's Ahmed Musa celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
England head coach Gareth Southgate, left talks to his a member of his coaching staff during a training session for the England team at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in the Spartak Zelenogorsk ground, Zelenogorsk near St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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England head coach Gareth Southgate, left talks to his a member of his coaching staff during a training session for the England team at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in the Spartak Zelenogorsk ground, Zelenogorsk near St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Brazil's Neymar, center right, falls in the penalty area after challenging for the ball with Costa Rica's Giancarlo Gonzalez during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
The Latest: Iceland-Nigeria is 0-0 at halftime at World Cup
Brazil's Neymar, center right, falls in the penalty area after challenging for the ball with Costa Rica's Giancarlo Gonzalez during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
5:18PM 60 mins - Iceland 0 Nigeria 1 Iceland corner. Sigurdsson jogs over to take it. The big men trot up from the back. It's a great ball in, and for a split second it looks like it might fall kindly for a blue shirt but Moses manages to hack clear. 5:16PM 58 mins - Iceland 0 Nigeria 1 A rocket of a shot from distance from Ndidi takes a nick off the defender and needs Halldorsson to take evasive action and tip over the bar. Attempt Saved: Nigeria 1 - 0 Iceland (Wilfred Ndidi, 57 min) 5:14PM 56 mins - Iceland 0 Nigeria 1 Iceland have already rescued a result after going behind once in this World Cup and they have responded really well here. Gylfi Sigurdsson tries to bundle his way into the box, and calls for a handball when it bounce up at Ebuehi, but the referee waves play on. 5:13PM 53 mins - Iceland 0 Nigeria 1 A problem for Iceland here: Ragnar Sigurdsson was caught by Musa's trailing leg as he dived in to block, and there is blood pouring from the back of his head. But after a lot of treatment, he gets strapped up and is okay to continue after a change of bloody shirt. 5:08PM GOOOOOOAAALLLL! Iceland 0 Nigeria 1 (Musa) The throw in is cleared with a monster header from Omeruo, and in the blink of an eye, Nigeria race up the other end with Moses on the right. He dinks in to the near post where Musa is there to control with one touch and rifle high into the net to put Nigeria ahead with only their second shot of the game. Unbelievable! Nigeria 1 - 0 Iceland (Ahmed Musa, 49 min) 5:07PM 48 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Gislason drops deep to pick up the ball, and he lofts it into the box. Nigeria have a chance to clear but don't take it, and Omeruo can only boot out for a throw in. Gunnarsson lines it up... 5:05PM 46 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Nigeria have their first shot just a few seconds into the second half. Etebo drilling low at goal, but Halldorsson saves pretty easily. 5:04PM Second half A change for Nigeria: Ebuehi replaces Idowu, who was booked at the end of the first half. No change in system. Iceland get the half started. 5:03PM Legends in attendance Former Arsenal forward Nwankwo Kanu is at the ground today. And that's Iceland's Birkir Kristinsson on the right. Kanue and Kristinsson chat Credit: getty images 4:48PM Half time It's goalless at the break but Iceland have had by far the best of that 45 minutes. Nigeria have had more of the ball and have probably been better than they were against Croatia, but they will need to improve massively if they are to win here. A big second half to come. Possession: Nigeria vs Iceland Nigeria vs Iceland shots on goal 4:47PM 45 mins +1 - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Another cross causes problems for Nigeria and the feintest of touches takes it away from Bodvarsson. Ragnar Sigurdsson heads wide from the corner. 4:46PM 45 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Sigurdsson whips the free-kick in from the right, perfectly into the corridor of uncertainty (I love that phrase) . Finnbogason attacks it but almost goes with his hip (yeah, really), and just doesn't get anything like enough on it. Two minutes added on. 4:44PM 44 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Idowu is the first player in the referee's notebook, after he fouls Saevarsson. 4:44PM 43 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Iheanacho this time overhits a corner. It is easy to blame the fact that he is a centre-forward taking corners - as with Harry Kane at the Euros - but it does seem like someone else should be taking them. He hasn't put a good ball in yet. 4:42PM 41 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Iceland look by a distance the more likely to score. Another long ball causes problems, with Bodvarsson nodding back to Gislason, who rides a challenge and drills low into the box, but it's just behind Finnbogason. 4:38PM 38 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Moses gives chase under a long ball which he knows he is never going to reach. He gets the slightest of nudges from Magnusson and goes down, winning a free-kick in a very good position. Iheanacho doesn't beat the first man and Iceland clear. 4:36PM 36 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Whipped ball into the Nigeria box from very deep on the right by Saevarsson causes all kinds of concern. Balogun gets the tiniest of glances on it to take it off the forehead of Bodvarsson who is arriving at the back post. 4:34PM 34 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 After a good start this game has quietened down an awful lot. It's very warm in Volgograd and seems like it is having an effect. Gislason volleys at goal from Bodvarsson's flick. It flies way over the bar. 4:31PM 31 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Nigeria win a free kick on the edge of the centre circle and they decide to send the big men forward for this one. Etebo over-hits it, though, and it sails out for a goal-kick. 4:30PM 30 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Nigeria vs Iceland Just the two touches in the opposition box for each team so far. Very little threat on either goal. 4:28PM 28 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 John Obi Mikel, so ineffective against Croatia, is playing in the deeper position we in England know him for. Pushing Etobo further forward hasn't really changed things, though. Nigeria are still distinctly lacking creativity. Nigeria vs Iceland shots on goal 4:25PM 25 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Iceland do what Nigeria have so far opted against by launching a free kick on halfway into the box. But the Super Eagles stand firm and clear. Again. Another high ball into the box, another Nigeria clearance Credit: AFP 4:21PM 22 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 One quick turn from Sigurdsson on the edge of his own box and he turns defence into an Iceland attack. They go down the right and earn another throw-in in an advanced position, which is basically like a corner for them. The ball is push up but not quite away by Uzoho, and Gislason rockets a volley at goal. Moses blocks but he's in some pain. That's right in the gonads. Ouch. 4:19PM 19 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Moses comes off the flank well to nip in and poke away from left-back Magnusson, and it looks like it might open up, only for Moses's final ball to let him down, wrongfooting Musa, and Iceland clear. 4:17PM 16 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Best moment of the game for Nigeria as Iheanacho does well down the right, cuts back and delivers into the box. Ragnar Sigurdsson and Arnason combine to scramble it clear but Nigeria look buoyed. 4:14PM 14 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 And soon after Gunnarsson is called into action. He launches a monster throw into the box, but again Nigeria deal with it well. 4:13PM 12 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Gunnarsson takes an elbow to the rib in a challenge with Iheanacho and he needs a minute's rest. A slight worry for Iceland that their throw-ins may be hindered, but he's okay to continue. 4:10PM 10 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 At the 10 minute mark, Iceland have had the better of this one. Nigeria vs Iceland shots on goal 4:07PM 7 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Iheanacho is on Nigeria corners. Not a bad delivery but Iceland clear. 4:06PM 6 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Another chance for Sigurdsson, as it opens up for him on the edge of the Nigeria box. He curls an effort at goal but it's really, really tame. Easily saved by Uzoho. That's a waste. Attempt Saved: Nigeria 0 - 0 Iceland (Gylfi Sigurdsson, 6 min) 4:05PM 5 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Gislason takes on Balogun around the outside on the left wing, and goes down claiming a nudge. The ref isn't interested. 4:03PM 3 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Sigurdsson (of the Gylfi variety), fires at goal. There's not a great deal of pace behind it and Uzoho should catch it, but he decides to parry over the bar. He does catch the resulting corner well, though. 4:02PM 2 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Early throw in for Iceland and Gunnarsson jogs across to launch it into the box. It's cleared, and under a high ball on the edge of the box Arnason claims a push - and almost catches the ball! The ref agrees with him though, and it's an Iceland free kick 30 yards from goal. 4:00PM Kick off Nigeria get us under way. Game on. 3:59PM A message from the referee At the toss, it's possible to hear the Kiwi referee instruct both captains: "Fair play, and watch the holding." 3:58PM Anthem time A (very) significant portion of Iceland's 338,000 people are inside the stadium in Volgograd, and they are making a decent din. 3:52PM Permutations If Iceland win, they will be one point away from the second round and Nigeria will be out. Argentina will be very, very close to elimination. Draw and all three teams mentioned about will remain within one point of each other, with everything to play for in the final game. If Nigeria win they will jump above Iceland into second place in Group D. All three will still be in with a chance of qualifying for the second round. 3:48PM Huh? Iceland fans inside the stadium Credit: Getty images 3:35PM The kit we've all been waiting to see Nigeria will play in this jazzy number tonight, and everyone loves it. Credit: getty images Almost everyone, I should say. Here's Thom Gibbs ranking the World Cup kits. Let's just say he's not a fan. World Cup kits ranked 3:23PM DROPPED Arsenal man Alex Iwobi had a quiet game in Nigeria's opener against Croatia and hasn't made the starting lineup today. I'm sure we'll see something of him later, though. No Alex Iwobi today Credit: Getty images 3:11PM Some pre-match VAR fun test - do not delete 3:04PM Ch, ch, ch, chaaaanges Iceland Gone from 4-4-1-1 to two up front, with striker Bodvarsson coming in for centre-mid Hallfredsson Gislason also replaces Burnley's Joey Gudmundsson on the right side of midfield. Team in full (4-4-2): Halldorsson; Saevarsson, Arnason, R Sigurdsson, Magnusson; Gislason, G Sigurdsson, Gunnarsson, Bjarnason; Finnbogason, Bodvarsson Nigeria Omeruo comes in for Shehu at right-back, Ahmed Musa replaces Alex Iwobi, and Iheanacho in comes in for Ighalo up front. Team in full (3-5-2): Uzoho; Omeruo, Ekong, Balogun; Moses, Ndidi, Mikel, Etebo, Moses; Musa, Iheanacho 2:54PM The teams are in �� This is how we start the game against Nigeria.#fyririslandpic.twitter.com/pDAn99SxMF— Knattspyrnusambandið (@footballiceland) June 22, 2018 .@NGSuperEagles XI vs #Iceland#SoarSuperEagles#NGA#WorldCup#NGAISLpic.twitter.com/zFRfmXH5TL— ���� Super Eagles (@NGSuperEagles) June 22, 2018 2:46PM Pre-match predictions Have a go on our forecaster to see who will come out on top today after you've given extra weight to the factors you consider most important. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game I've gone for 1-0 to Iceland in the office World Cup predictions game. It's probably also worth me pointing out that I haven't got a single correct score right so far in the entire competition. So, put all your money on a Nigeria win*. [*Don't actually do this.] 2:31PM What an opportunity Group D was very early on dubbed the 2018 World Cup's 'Group of Death', but who could have predicted it would be Argentina whose hopes would be all-but killed off at this early stage? A 1-1 draw with Iceland last Saturday was followed by defeat to Croatia last night to leave the group looking mightily open at the halfway stage: And so, Iceland versus Nigeria now takes on a whole lot more significance than we would have expected. The Scandanvians, so impressive in beating England at Euro 2016 and taking a point off Argentina, can almost subject Lionel Messi and co. to elimination if they win today. Three points against Nigeria would leave them needing only a point against Croatia next week to progress. And these two teams' performances in their first game give every reason to believe that an Iceland win is the most likely result. I was really impressed by them against Argentina. Not only their endeavour, work rate, aggression and togetherness, but going forward they showed real quality and composure in the final third. Nigeria, on the other hand, are just so clearly lacking in creativity that I am struggling to see how they will break Iceland down. Against England in their World Cup warm-up friendly, they looked lost for most of the game, and they never really got going against Croatia, either. Victor Moses and Alex Iwobi play out wide, but both need a ball-playing midfielder to find them in space for them to work their magic at club level. They simply aren't creative enough on their own. Then there's the fact that John Obi Mikel is still their No 10. Something is not right.
Nigeria vs Iceland, World Cup 2018: live score and latest updates
5:18PM 60 mins - Iceland 0 Nigeria 1 Iceland corner. Sigurdsson jogs over to take it. The big men trot up from the back. It's a great ball in, and for a split second it looks like it might fall kindly for a blue shirt but Moses manages to hack clear. 5:16PM 58 mins - Iceland 0 Nigeria 1 A rocket of a shot from distance from Ndidi takes a nick off the defender and needs Halldorsson to take evasive action and tip over the bar. Attempt Saved: Nigeria 1 - 0 Iceland (Wilfred Ndidi, 57 min) 5:14PM 56 mins - Iceland 0 Nigeria 1 Iceland have already rescued a result after going behind once in this World Cup and they have responded really well here. Gylfi Sigurdsson tries to bundle his way into the box, and calls for a handball when it bounce up at Ebuehi, but the referee waves play on. 5:13PM 53 mins - Iceland 0 Nigeria 1 A problem for Iceland here: Ragnar Sigurdsson was caught by Musa's trailing leg as he dived in to block, and there is blood pouring from the back of his head. But after a lot of treatment, he gets strapped up and is okay to continue after a change of bloody shirt. 5:08PM GOOOOOOAAALLLL! Iceland 0 Nigeria 1 (Musa) The throw in is cleared with a monster header from Omeruo, and in the blink of an eye, Nigeria race up the other end with Moses on the right. He dinks in to the near post where Musa is there to control with one touch and rifle high into the net to put Nigeria ahead with only their second shot of the game. Unbelievable! Nigeria 1 - 0 Iceland (Ahmed Musa, 49 min) 5:07PM 48 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Gislason drops deep to pick up the ball, and he lofts it into the box. Nigeria have a chance to clear but don't take it, and Omeruo can only boot out for a throw in. Gunnarsson lines it up... 5:05PM 46 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Nigeria have their first shot just a few seconds into the second half. Etebo drilling low at goal, but Halldorsson saves pretty easily. 5:04PM Second half A change for Nigeria: Ebuehi replaces Idowu, who was booked at the end of the first half. No change in system. Iceland get the half started. 5:03PM Legends in attendance Former Arsenal forward Nwankwo Kanu is at the ground today. And that's Iceland's Birkir Kristinsson on the right. Kanue and Kristinsson chat Credit: getty images 4:48PM Half time It's goalless at the break but Iceland have had by far the best of that 45 minutes. Nigeria have had more of the ball and have probably been better than they were against Croatia, but they will need to improve massively if they are to win here. A big second half to come. Possession: Nigeria vs Iceland Nigeria vs Iceland shots on goal 4:47PM 45 mins +1 - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Another cross causes problems for Nigeria and the feintest of touches takes it away from Bodvarsson. Ragnar Sigurdsson heads wide from the corner. 4:46PM 45 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Sigurdsson whips the free-kick in from the right, perfectly into the corridor of uncertainty (I love that phrase) . Finnbogason attacks it but almost goes with his hip (yeah, really), and just doesn't get anything like enough on it. Two minutes added on. 4:44PM 44 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Idowu is the first player in the referee's notebook, after he fouls Saevarsson. 4:44PM 43 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Iheanacho this time overhits a corner. It is easy to blame the fact that he is a centre-forward taking corners - as with Harry Kane at the Euros - but it does seem like someone else should be taking them. He hasn't put a good ball in yet. 4:42PM 41 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Iceland look by a distance the more likely to score. Another long ball causes problems, with Bodvarsson nodding back to Gislason, who rides a challenge and drills low into the box, but it's just behind Finnbogason. 4:38PM 38 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Moses gives chase under a long ball which he knows he is never going to reach. He gets the slightest of nudges from Magnusson and goes down, winning a free-kick in a very good position. Iheanacho doesn't beat the first man and Iceland clear. 4:36PM 36 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Whipped ball into the Nigeria box from very deep on the right by Saevarsson causes all kinds of concern. Balogun gets the tiniest of glances on it to take it off the forehead of Bodvarsson who is arriving at the back post. 4:34PM 34 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 After a good start this game has quietened down an awful lot. It's very warm in Volgograd and seems like it is having an effect. Gislason volleys at goal from Bodvarsson's flick. It flies way over the bar. 4:31PM 31 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Nigeria win a free kick on the edge of the centre circle and they decide to send the big men forward for this one. Etebo over-hits it, though, and it sails out for a goal-kick. 4:30PM 30 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Nigeria vs Iceland Just the two touches in the opposition box for each team so far. Very little threat on either goal. 4:28PM 28 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 John Obi Mikel, so ineffective against Croatia, is playing in the deeper position we in England know him for. Pushing Etobo further forward hasn't really changed things, though. Nigeria are still distinctly lacking creativity. Nigeria vs Iceland shots on goal 4:25PM 25 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Iceland do what Nigeria have so far opted against by launching a free kick on halfway into the box. But the Super Eagles stand firm and clear. Again. Another high ball into the box, another Nigeria clearance Credit: AFP 4:21PM 22 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 One quick turn from Sigurdsson on the edge of his own box and he turns defence into an Iceland attack. They go down the right and earn another throw-in in an advanced position, which is basically like a corner for them. The ball is push up but not quite away by Uzoho, and Gislason rockets a volley at goal. Moses blocks but he's in some pain. That's right in the gonads. Ouch. 4:19PM 19 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Moses comes off the flank well to nip in and poke away from left-back Magnusson, and it looks like it might open up, only for Moses's final ball to let him down, wrongfooting Musa, and Iceland clear. 4:17PM 16 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Best moment of the game for Nigeria as Iheanacho does well down the right, cuts back and delivers into the box. Ragnar Sigurdsson and Arnason combine to scramble it clear but Nigeria look buoyed. 4:14PM 14 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 And soon after Gunnarsson is called into action. He launches a monster throw into the box, but again Nigeria deal with it well. 4:13PM 12 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Gunnarsson takes an elbow to the rib in a challenge with Iheanacho and he needs a minute's rest. A slight worry for Iceland that their throw-ins may be hindered, but he's okay to continue. 4:10PM 10 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 At the 10 minute mark, Iceland have had the better of this one. Nigeria vs Iceland shots on goal 4:07PM 7 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Iheanacho is on Nigeria corners. Not a bad delivery but Iceland clear. 4:06PM 6 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Another chance for Sigurdsson, as it opens up for him on the edge of the Nigeria box. He curls an effort at goal but it's really, really tame. Easily saved by Uzoho. That's a waste. Attempt Saved: Nigeria 0 - 0 Iceland (Gylfi Sigurdsson, 6 min) 4:05PM 5 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Gislason takes on Balogun around the outside on the left wing, and goes down claiming a nudge. The ref isn't interested. 4:03PM 3 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Sigurdsson (of the Gylfi variety), fires at goal. There's not a great deal of pace behind it and Uzoho should catch it, but he decides to parry over the bar. He does catch the resulting corner well, though. 4:02PM 2 mins - Nigeria 0 Iceland 0 Early throw in for Iceland and Gunnarsson jogs across to launch it into the box. It's cleared, and under a high ball on the edge of the box Arnason claims a push - and almost catches the ball! The ref agrees with him though, and it's an Iceland free kick 30 yards from goal. 4:00PM Kick off Nigeria get us under way. Game on. 3:59PM A message from the referee At the toss, it's possible to hear the Kiwi referee instruct both captains: "Fair play, and watch the holding." 3:58PM Anthem time A (very) significant portion of Iceland's 338,000 people are inside the stadium in Volgograd, and they are making a decent din. 3:52PM Permutations If Iceland win, they will be one point away from the second round and Nigeria will be out. Argentina will be very, very close to elimination. Draw and all three teams mentioned about will remain within one point of each other, with everything to play for in the final game. If Nigeria win they will jump above Iceland into second place in Group D. All three will still be in with a chance of qualifying for the second round. 3:48PM Huh? Iceland fans inside the stadium Credit: Getty images 3:35PM The kit we've all been waiting to see Nigeria will play in this jazzy number tonight, and everyone loves it. Credit: getty images Almost everyone, I should say. Here's Thom Gibbs ranking the World Cup kits. Let's just say he's not a fan. World Cup kits ranked 3:23PM DROPPED Arsenal man Alex Iwobi had a quiet game in Nigeria's opener against Croatia and hasn't made the starting lineup today. I'm sure we'll see something of him later, though. No Alex Iwobi today Credit: Getty images 3:11PM Some pre-match VAR fun test - do not delete 3:04PM Ch, ch, ch, chaaaanges Iceland Gone from 4-4-1-1 to two up front, with striker Bodvarsson coming in for centre-mid Hallfredsson Gislason also replaces Burnley's Joey Gudmundsson on the right side of midfield. Team in full (4-4-2): Halldorsson; Saevarsson, Arnason, R Sigurdsson, Magnusson; Gislason, G Sigurdsson, Gunnarsson, Bjarnason; Finnbogason, Bodvarsson Nigeria Omeruo comes in for Shehu at right-back, Ahmed Musa replaces Alex Iwobi, and Iheanacho in comes in for Ighalo up front. Team in full (3-5-2): Uzoho; Omeruo, Ekong, Balogun; Moses, Ndidi, Mikel, Etebo, Moses; Musa, Iheanacho 2:54PM The teams are in �� This is how we start the game against Nigeria.#fyririslandpic.twitter.com/pDAn99SxMF— Knattspyrnusambandið (@footballiceland) June 22, 2018 .@NGSuperEagles XI vs #Iceland#SoarSuperEagles#NGA#WorldCup#NGAISLpic.twitter.com/zFRfmXH5TL— ���� Super Eagles (@NGSuperEagles) June 22, 2018 2:46PM Pre-match predictions Have a go on our forecaster to see who will come out on top today after you've given extra weight to the factors you consider most important. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game I've gone for 1-0 to Iceland in the office World Cup predictions game. It's probably also worth me pointing out that I haven't got a single correct score right so far in the entire competition. So, put all your money on a Nigeria win*. [*Don't actually do this.] 2:31PM What an opportunity Group D was very early on dubbed the 2018 World Cup's 'Group of Death', but who could have predicted it would be Argentina whose hopes would be all-but killed off at this early stage? A 1-1 draw with Iceland last Saturday was followed by defeat to Croatia last night to leave the group looking mightily open at the halfway stage: And so, Iceland versus Nigeria now takes on a whole lot more significance than we would have expected. The Scandanvians, so impressive in beating England at Euro 2016 and taking a point off Argentina, can almost subject Lionel Messi and co. to elimination if they win today. Three points against Nigeria would leave them needing only a point against Croatia next week to progress. And these two teams' performances in their first game give every reason to believe that an Iceland win is the most likely result. I was really impressed by them against Argentina. Not only their endeavour, work rate, aggression and togetherness, but going forward they showed real quality and composure in the final third. Nigeria, on the other hand, are just so clearly lacking in creativity that I am struggling to see how they will break Iceland down. Against England in their World Cup warm-up friendly, they looked lost for most of the game, and they never really got going against Croatia, either. Victor Moses and Alex Iwobi play out wide, but both need a ball-playing midfielder to find them in space for them to work their magic at club level. They simply aren't creative enough on their own. Then there's the fact that John Obi Mikel is still their No 10. Something is not right.
Nigeria's Victor Moses, left, and Iceland's Birkir Bjarnason challenge for the ball during the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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Nigeria's Victor Moses, left, and Iceland's Birkir Bjarnason challenge for the ball during the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Germany head coach Joachim Loew waits for the beginning of a press conference on the eve of their Group F match against Sweden, during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Sochi, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
Germany on the ropes as it faces Sweden in World Cup
Germany head coach Joachim Loew waits for the beginning of a press conference on the eve of their Group F match against Sweden, during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Sochi, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
Mexico's Hirving Lozano control the ball, during a training session of Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
Germany on the ropes as it faces Sweden in World Cup
Mexico's Hirving Lozano control the ball, during a training session of Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
Belgium's Yannick Carrasco, left, Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne, center, and Belgium's Marouane Fellaini warm up during Belgium's official training ahead of the group G match between Belgium and Tunisia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Germany on the ropes as it faces Sweden in World Cup
Belgium's Yannick Carrasco, left, Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne, center, and Belgium's Marouane Fellaini warm up during Belgium's official training ahead of the group G match between Belgium and Tunisia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Tunisia players warm up during Tunisia's official training ahead of the group G match between Belgium and Tunisia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Germany on the ropes as it faces Sweden in World Cup
Tunisia players warm up during Tunisia's official training ahead of the group G match between Belgium and Tunisia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
South Korean national soccer team players run during a training session of South Korea at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Spartak Stadium in Lomonosov near St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Germany on the ropes as it faces Sweden in World Cup
South Korean national soccer team players run during a training session of South Korea at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Spartak Stadium in Lomonosov near St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Germany head coach Joachim Loew, snd right, talks to his players at the beginning of a training session of the German national soccer team on the eve of their Group F match against Sweden, during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Sochi, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
Germany on the ropes as it faces Sweden in World Cup
Germany head coach Joachim Loew, snd right, talks to his players at the beginning of a training session of the German national soccer team on the eve of their Group F match against Sweden, during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Sochi, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
Sweden national soccer team players vie for a loose ball as they jog during a training session on the eve of their Group F match against Germany, during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Sochi, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Germany on the ropes as it faces Sweden in World Cup
Sweden national soccer team players vie for a loose ball as they jog during a training session on the eve of their Group F match against Germany, during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Sochi, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Most players would be released after pulling such a stunt. Tommy La Stella was not. Why?
Tommy La Stella talks about his refusal to report to the minors in 2016
Most players would be released after pulling such a stunt. Tommy La Stella was not. Why?
Most players would be released after pulling such a stunt. Tommy La Stella was not. Why?
Tommy La Stella talks about his refusal to report to the minors in 2016
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Stepping out: Lewis Hamilton in practice at the Paul Ricard in Le Castellet on Friday (AFP Photo/Boris HORVAT )
Stepping out: Lewis Hamilton in practice at the Paul Ricard in Le Castellet on Friday
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FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2018, file photo, former Gov. John Engler speaks after Michigan State's Board of Trustees met and voted to name him as their interim president in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State University has reached a $500 million settlement with hundreds of women and girls who say they were sexually assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar in the worst sex-abuse case in sports history. The deal was announced Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by Michigan State and lawyers for the 332 victims. (Dale G.Young//Detroit News via AP)
Michigan State approves $500 million bond for settlement
FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2018, file photo, former Gov. John Engler speaks after Michigan State's Board of Trustees met and voted to name him as their interim president in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State University has reached a $500 million settlement with hundreds of women and girls who say they were sexually assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar in the worst sex-abuse case in sports history. The deal was announced Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by Michigan State and lawyers for the 332 victims. (Dale G.Young//Detroit News via AP)
Boston picked Robert Williams No. 27
Danny Ainge unwittingly leaks Celtics’ draft pick on call with Terry Rozier during live show (video)
Boston picked Robert Williams No. 27
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Danny Ainge unwittingly leaks Celtics’ draft pick on call with Terry Rozier during live show (video)
Boston picked Robert Williams No. 27
El 'diez' depende de sus compañeros tanto como ellos de él, tal y como demuestra en el día a día en el Barcelona.
Messi necesita a Argentina
El 'diez' depende de sus compañeros tanto como ellos de él, tal y como demuestra en el día a día en el Barcelona.
El 'diez' depende de sus compañeros tanto como ellos de él, tal y como demuestra en el día a día en el Barcelona.
Messi necesita a Argentina
El 'diez' depende de sus compañeros tanto como ellos de él, tal y como demuestra en el día a día en el Barcelona.
El 'diez' depende de sus compañeros tanto como ellos de él, tal y como demuestra en el día a día en el Barcelona.
Messi necesita a Argentina
El 'diez' depende de sus compañeros tanto como ellos de él, tal y como demuestra en el día a día en el Barcelona.
The Brazil star burst into tears after scoring at the end of Friday's win, and his team-mate feels it will lift some of the weight off of his back
'Crying is good' - Thiago Silva reassures Neymar after tearful Brazil win
The Brazil star burst into tears after scoring at the end of Friday's win, and his team-mate feels it will lift some of the weight off of his back
Irish trainer Jessica Harrington has her first ever winner at Royal Ascot with Alpha Centauri in the Coronation Stakes (AFP Photo/Glyn KIRK )
Irish trainer Jessica Harrington has her first ever winner at Royal Ascot with Alpha Centauri in the Coronation Stakes
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Get an exclusive inside look at all of the happenings and memories from the 2018 NBA Draft.
All-Access: 2018 NBA Draft
Get an exclusive inside look at all of the happenings and memories from the 2018 NBA Draft.
Get an exclusive inside look at all of the happenings and memories from the 2018 NBA Draft.
All-Access: 2018 NBA Draft
Get an exclusive inside look at all of the happenings and memories from the 2018 NBA Draft.
Get an exclusive inside look at all of the happenings and memories from the 2018 NBA Draft.
All-Access: 2018 NBA Draft
Get an exclusive inside look at all of the happenings and memories from the 2018 NBA Draft.
Get an exclusive inside look at all of the happenings and memories from the 2018 NBA Draft.
All-Access: 2018 NBA Draft
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Mundial Rusia 2018. El tristemente célebre laboratorio antidoping de Sochi ahora es un gastropub
Mundial Rusia 2018. El tristemente célebre laboratorio antidoping de Sochi ahora es un gastropub
Mundial Rusia 2018. El tristemente célebre laboratorio antidoping de Sochi ahora es un gastropub
Mundial Rusia 2018. El tristemente célebre laboratorio antidoping de Sochi ahora es un gastropub
Mundial Rusia 2018. El tristemente célebre laboratorio antidoping de Sochi ahora es un gastropub
Mundial Rusia 2018. El tristemente célebre laboratorio antidoping de Sochi ahora es un gastropub
Mundial Rusia 2018. El tristemente célebre laboratorio antidoping de Sochi ahora es un gastropub
Mundial Rusia 2018. El tristemente célebre laboratorio antidoping de Sochi ahora es un gastropub
Mundial Rusia 2018. El tristemente célebre laboratorio antidoping de Sochi ahora es un gastropub
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In an event-filled session on Friday William's driver Sergey Sirotkin found himself racing a wheel that had come off Sergio Perez's Force India car (AFP Photo/Boris HORVAT )
In an event-filled session on Friday William's driver Sergey Sirotkin found himself racing a wheel that had come off Sergio Perez's Force India car
In an event-filled session on Friday William's driver Sergey Sirotkin found himself racing a wheel that had come off Sergio Perez's Force India car (AFP Photo/Boris HORVAT )
Boxes with bottles of beer are seen in a shop in Moscow, Russia June 22, 2018. REUTERS/Maria Kiselyova
Boxes with bottles of beer are seen in a shop in Moscow
Boxes with bottles of beer are seen in a shop in Moscow, Russia June 22, 2018. REUTERS/Maria Kiselyova
Boxes with bottles of beer are seen in a shop in Moscow, Russia June 22, 2018. REUTERS/Maria Kiselyova
Boxes with bottles of beer are seen in a shop in Moscow
Boxes with bottles of beer are seen in a shop in Moscow, Russia June 22, 2018. REUTERS/Maria Kiselyova
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group G - Tunisia vs England - Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Russia - June 18, 2018 Tunisia's Ferjani Sassi celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
World Cup - Group G - Tunisia vs England
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group G - Tunisia vs England - Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Russia - June 18, 2018 Tunisia's Ferjani Sassi celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group G - Tunisia vs England - Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Russia - June 18, 2018 Tunisia's Ferjani Sassi celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
World Cup - Group G - Tunisia vs England
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group G - Tunisia vs England - Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Russia - June 18, 2018 Tunisia's Ferjani Sassi celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Robin Lehner isn't expected back next season.
Time for Sabres to upgrade in goal
Robin Lehner isn't expected back next season.
Robin Lehner isn't expected back next season.
Time for Sabres to upgrade in goal
Robin Lehner isn't expected back next season.
Brazil's Neymar looks dejected after missing a chance to score. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Costa Rica
Brazil's Neymar looks dejected after missing a chance to score. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
Brazil's Neymar celebrates after the match. REUTERS/Lee Smith
World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Costa Rica
Brazil's Neymar celebrates after the match. REUTERS/Lee Smith
Brazil's Neymar looks dejected after missing a chance to score. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Costa Rica
Brazil's Neymar looks dejected after missing a chance to score. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
La Pulga la rompió desde chico y era la gran figura de las inferiores de Newell's, pero no le fue bien ante Central.
La cuenta pendiente de Messi en las inferiores de Newell´s
La Pulga la rompió desde chico y era la gran figura de las inferiores de Newell's, pero no le fue bien ante Central.
La Pulga la rompió desde chico y era la gran figura de las inferiores de Newell's, pero no le fue bien ante Central.
La cuenta pendiente de Messi en las inferiores de Newell´s
La Pulga la rompió desde chico y era la gran figura de las inferiores de Newell's, pero no le fue bien ante Central.
Brazil's forward Neymar reacts after scoring his goal during Brazil's World Cup match against Costa Rica in Saint Petersburg (AFP Photo/GABRIEL BOUYS )
Brazil's forward Neymar reacts after scoring his goal during Brazil's World Cup match against Costa Rica in Saint Petersburg
Brazil's forward Neymar reacts after scoring his goal during Brazil's World Cup match against Costa Rica in Saint Petersburg (AFP Photo/GABRIEL BOUYS )
The San Antonio Spurs say they love to keep Kawhi Leonard, but are they just looking to secure better trade offers?
Spurs Say They Want to Keep Kawhi Leonard, but Are They Just Posturing?
The San Antonio Spurs say they love to keep Kawhi Leonard, but are they just looking to secure better trade offers?
The San Antonio Spurs say they love to keep Kawhi Leonard, but are they just looking to secure better trade offers?
Spurs Say They Want to Keep Kawhi Leonard, but Are They Just Posturing?
The San Antonio Spurs say they love to keep Kawhi Leonard, but are they just looking to secure better trade offers?
The San Antonio Spurs say they love to keep Kawhi Leonard, but are they just looking to secure better trade offers?
Spurs Say They Want to Keep Kawhi Leonard, but Are They Just Posturing?
The San Antonio Spurs say they love to keep Kawhi Leonard, but are they just looking to secure better trade offers?
The San Antonio Spurs say they love to keep Kawhi Leonard, but are they just looking to secure better trade offers?
Spurs Say They Want to Keep Kawhi Leonard, but Are They Just Posturing?
The San Antonio Spurs say they love to keep Kawhi Leonard, but are they just looking to secure better trade offers?
A year in Austria helped the blue liner take his development to the next level.
Noah Dobson and his unique road to the 2018 NHL Draft
A year in Austria helped the blue liner take his development to the next level.
A year in Austria helped the blue liner take his development to the next level.
Noah Dobson and his unique road to the 2018 NHL Draft
A year in Austria helped the blue liner take his development to the next level.
Steve Holland has apologised to the England squad for accidentally leaking Gareth Southgate’s team plans for tomorrow (Sunday's) key World Cup Group G clash against Panama. Assistant-manager Holland was photographed during training on Thursday with notes suggesting Marcus Rashford will start ahead of Raheem Sterling and that Ruben Loftus-Cheek will replace Dele Alli, who is injured. Defender Kyle Walker revealed that Holland said sorry to the squad ahead of training on Friday, claiming it was the first time in 20 years he had made such a mistake. “Steve cleared it up this morning in training and he's has apologised to us all, which we had a bit of banter with him about and that was it,” said Walker. “We just knocked it on the head at that. “It was just before training, just before we went out and did our warm up, he gave his apologies and said it was the first time he had messed up in 20 years, which we had a bit of a laugh about because his refereeing skills are not great. It was a bit of banter, we move on and are looking forward to the game now.” World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage While Holland appeared to have given England’s team away, Walker claimed he and his team-mates are yet to be told who will start against Panama. “We don't have a clue what the team is,” said Walker. “Obviously, before the Tunisia game he did give us a couple of days’ notice that we were playing or not. But this time around he'll probably do it tomorrow (Saturday), so we'll find out then.” Southgate attempted to play down the incident as England prepare to face Panama and attempt to clinch qualification to the knockout stages - but took a swipe at the media for reporting Holland's gaffe. “It doesn’t bother me in the slightest,” said Southgate. “There’s a squad of 23 names on the sheet, the next sheet has different players in different positions because we swap people in and swap people out. “For me, no drama but obviously any time if we were to give the opposition the opportunity of having our team is a disadvantage to us. So of course our media has to decide whether they want to help the team or not. But, given that was just a squad list, it doesn’t make any difference really.” England Formation Builder Walker added: “I think for me personally, I think if you guys just try and keep it to yourself and don't bring it out to the world because it's not going to help us come the later stage of the tournament - please God we get there - because all the rest of the world can see that team now, if that is the team or if not. “I don't know the team, none of the lads know the team, so we can't read too much into it. In future, if it doesn't come out it would be better for us, so the other teams don't know our formation or our training plan.” Despite dealing with the absence of Dele, dislocating his shoulder and the team leak, Southgate is still feeling positive about England’s start to the World Cup. And he believes England performed as well as any side in the competition in their opening Group G victory over Tunisia. “I think every team will want to improve, but we hit a level that is comparable to anything that I’ve seen,” said Southgate. “I’m very pleased with so much of what we’ve done, really pleased with the mentality of the players and to keep their patience and win the game in the manner we did in the end was really pleasing.” Harry Kane scored both of England’s goals against Tunisia and Southgate is unconcerned by the fact the rest of his team have been struggling to hit the net for their country. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game “In essence, it doesn’t really matter where the goals come from but we’d like to share them around because then it stops everybody saying we are over reliant on Harry,” said Southgate. “But if Harry wasn’t scoring, then we’d be saying ‘Harry needs to start scoring!’ It just alters the type of questions we get, I suppose.” On the impact Rashford and Loftus-Cheek can have, Southgate said: “Ruben is a very good ball player. Everyone can see his physical size, but he has lovely soft feet. “He receives the ball really well surrounded in tight areas, he is strong enough to hold people off. He has great acceleration driving with the ball at opposing players. He is a good passer with good vision and he probably needs to add goals to his game to become a more complete player. “Marcus is training really well. It’s difficult to think of a player who isn’t playing well. That is the beauty of what we’ve got, the intensity we need to our training. “Of course, Marcus is enjoying his football - everyone saw that in the game at Leeds. He looks free in his mind, he can make more runs in behind and he is very strong at coming to feet and taking players on. “When we have pace in the team like we’ve got, it is the runs in behind that really frightens defenders. We have to make sure we keep making those runs in behind.” World Cup whatsapp promo
Steve Holland apologises to England squad for accidentally leaking team to face Panama
Steve Holland has apologised to the England squad for accidentally leaking Gareth Southgate’s team plans for tomorrow (Sunday's) key World Cup Group G clash against Panama. Assistant-manager Holland was photographed during training on Thursday with notes suggesting Marcus Rashford will start ahead of Raheem Sterling and that Ruben Loftus-Cheek will replace Dele Alli, who is injured. Defender Kyle Walker revealed that Holland said sorry to the squad ahead of training on Friday, claiming it was the first time in 20 years he had made such a mistake. “Steve cleared it up this morning in training and he's has apologised to us all, which we had a bit of banter with him about and that was it,” said Walker. “We just knocked it on the head at that. “It was just before training, just before we went out and did our warm up, he gave his apologies and said it was the first time he had messed up in 20 years, which we had a bit of a laugh about because his refereeing skills are not great. It was a bit of banter, we move on and are looking forward to the game now.” World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage While Holland appeared to have given England’s team away, Walker claimed he and his team-mates are yet to be told who will start against Panama. “We don't have a clue what the team is,” said Walker. “Obviously, before the Tunisia game he did give us a couple of days’ notice that we were playing or not. But this time around he'll probably do it tomorrow (Saturday), so we'll find out then.” Southgate attempted to play down the incident as England prepare to face Panama and attempt to clinch qualification to the knockout stages - but took a swipe at the media for reporting Holland's gaffe. “It doesn’t bother me in the slightest,” said Southgate. “There’s a squad of 23 names on the sheet, the next sheet has different players in different positions because we swap people in and swap people out. “For me, no drama but obviously any time if we were to give the opposition the opportunity of having our team is a disadvantage to us. So of course our media has to decide whether they want to help the team or not. But, given that was just a squad list, it doesn’t make any difference really.” England Formation Builder Walker added: “I think for me personally, I think if you guys just try and keep it to yourself and don't bring it out to the world because it's not going to help us come the later stage of the tournament - please God we get there - because all the rest of the world can see that team now, if that is the team or if not. “I don't know the team, none of the lads know the team, so we can't read too much into it. In future, if it doesn't come out it would be better for us, so the other teams don't know our formation or our training plan.” Despite dealing with the absence of Dele, dislocating his shoulder and the team leak, Southgate is still feeling positive about England’s start to the World Cup. And he believes England performed as well as any side in the competition in their opening Group G victory over Tunisia. “I think every team will want to improve, but we hit a level that is comparable to anything that I’ve seen,” said Southgate. “I’m very pleased with so much of what we’ve done, really pleased with the mentality of the players and to keep their patience and win the game in the manner we did in the end was really pleasing.” Harry Kane scored both of England’s goals against Tunisia and Southgate is unconcerned by the fact the rest of his team have been struggling to hit the net for their country. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game “In essence, it doesn’t really matter where the goals come from but we’d like to share them around because then it stops everybody saying we are over reliant on Harry,” said Southgate. “But if Harry wasn’t scoring, then we’d be saying ‘Harry needs to start scoring!’ It just alters the type of questions we get, I suppose.” On the impact Rashford and Loftus-Cheek can have, Southgate said: “Ruben is a very good ball player. Everyone can see his physical size, but he has lovely soft feet. “He receives the ball really well surrounded in tight areas, he is strong enough to hold people off. He has great acceleration driving with the ball at opposing players. He is a good passer with good vision and he probably needs to add goals to his game to become a more complete player. “Marcus is training really well. It’s difficult to think of a player who isn’t playing well. That is the beauty of what we’ve got, the intensity we need to our training. “Of course, Marcus is enjoying his football - everyone saw that in the game at Leeds. He looks free in his mind, he can make more runs in behind and he is very strong at coming to feet and taking players on. “When we have pace in the team like we’ve got, it is the runs in behind that really frightens defenders. We have to make sure we keep making those runs in behind.” World Cup whatsapp promo
A profile of Chelsea's record signing Alvaro Morata who could be leaving Stamford Bridge after just one year with the club.
Alvaro Morata - player profile
A profile of Chelsea's record signing Alvaro Morata who could be leaving Stamford Bridge after just one year with the club.
A profile of Chelsea's record signing Alvaro Morata who could be leaving Stamford Bridge after just one year with the club.
Alvaro Morata - player profile
A profile of Chelsea's record signing Alvaro Morata who could be leaving Stamford Bridge after just one year with the club.
A profile of Chelsea's record signing Alvaro Morata who could be leaving Stamford Bridge after just one year with the club.
Alvaro Morata - player profile
A profile of Chelsea's record signing Alvaro Morata who could be leaving Stamford Bridge after just one year with the club.
<p>Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson was drafted with the 43rd pick by the Denver Nuggets, then quickly traded to the Orlando Magic.</p>
NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson was drafted with the 43rd pick by the Denver Nuggets, then quickly traded to the Orlando Magic.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leaves pits during the second free practice at the Paul Ricard racetrack, in Le Castellet, southern France, Friday, June 22, 2018. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Hamilton tops charts on first day of French GP practice
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain leaves pits during the second free practice at the Paul Ricard racetrack, in Le Castellet, southern France, Friday, June 22, 2018. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Brazil head coach Tite sits on the bench before the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Tite takes a tumble celebrating Brazil goal at World Cup
Brazil head coach Tite sits on the bench before the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland steers his car during the first free practice at the Paul Ricard racetrack, in Le Castellet, southern France, Friday, June 22, 2018. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Hamilton tops charts on first day of French GP practice
Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland steers his car during the first free practice at the Paul Ricard racetrack, in Le Castellet, southern France, Friday, June 22, 2018. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland gets a pit service during the second free practice at the Paul Ricard racetrack, in Le Castellet, southern France, Friday, June 22, 2018. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Hamilton tops charts on first day of French GP practice
Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland gets a pit service during the second free practice at the Paul Ricard racetrack, in Le Castellet, southern France, Friday, June 22, 2018. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia steers his car during the first free practice at the Paul Ricard racetrack, in Le Castellet, southern France, Friday, June 22, 2018. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Hamilton tops charts on first day of French GP practice
Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia steers his car during the first free practice at the Paul Ricard racetrack, in Le Castellet, southern France, Friday, June 22, 2018. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland steers his car during the first free practice at the Paul Ricard racetrack, in Le Castellet, southern France, Friday, June 22, 2018. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Hamilton tops charts on first day of French GP practice
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland steers his car during the first free practice at the Paul Ricard racetrack, in Le Castellet, southern France, Friday, June 22, 2018. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany gets a pit service during the second free practice at the Paul Ricard racetrack, in Le Castellet, southern France, Friday, June 22, 2018. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Hamilton tops charts on first day of French GP practice
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany gets a pit service during the second free practice at the Paul Ricard racetrack, in Le Castellet, southern France, Friday, June 22, 2018. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the first free practice at the Paul Ricard racetrack, in Le Castellet, southern France, Friday, June 22, 2018. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Hamilton tops charts on first day of French GP practice
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the first free practice at the Paul Ricard racetrack, in Le Castellet, southern France, Friday, June 22, 2018. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during the first free practice at the Paul Ricard racetrack, in Le Castellet, southern France, Friday, June 22, 2018. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Hamilton tops charts on first day of French GP practice
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during the first free practice at the Paul Ricard racetrack, in Le Castellet, southern France, Friday, June 22, 2018. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Ferrari team members watch monitors during the second free practice at the Paul Ricard racetrack, in Le Castellet, southern France, Friday, June 22, 2018. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Hamilton tops charts on first day of French GP practice
Ferrari team members watch monitors during the second free practice at the Paul Ricard racetrack, in Le Castellet, southern France, Friday, June 22, 2018. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
NHL sets salary cap at $79.5 million, so how much can Sharks spend this summer?
El director técnico de la selección de fútbol de Costa Rica, Óscar Ramírez, en una rueda de prensa en San Petersburgo, Rusia, jun 21, 2018. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov
El director técnico de la selección de fútbol de Costa Rica, Óscar Ramírez, en una rueda de prensa en San Petersburgo, Rusia
El director técnico de la selección de fútbol de Costa Rica, Óscar Ramírez, en una rueda de prensa en San Petersburgo, Rusia, jun 21, 2018. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov
Report: Warriors agree to terms on deal with NCAA's second leading scorer
His mom works for 76ers!
Heartbreaking: Watch Mikal Bridges explain joy of joining hometown 76ers while they trade him to Suns (video)
His mom works for 76ers!
El defensor sueco Andreas Granqvist a su llegada a una rueda de prensa en Sochi, Rusia, jun 22, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
El defensor sueco Andreas Granqvist a su llegada a una rueda de prensa en Sochi, Rusia
El defensor sueco Andreas Granqvist a su llegada a una rueda de prensa en Sochi, Rusia, jun 22, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group D - Nigeria vs Iceland - Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Russia - June 22, 2018 Iceland's Gylfi Sigurdsson and Rurik Gislason in action with Nigeria's Kelechi Iheanacho REUTERS/Toru Hanai
World Cup - Group D - Nigeria vs Iceland
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group D - Nigeria vs Iceland - Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Russia - June 22, 2018 Iceland's Gylfi Sigurdsson and Rurik Gislason in action with Nigeria's Kelechi Iheanacho REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group D - Nigeria vs Iceland - Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Russia - June 22, 2018 Iceland's Rurik Gislason in action with Nigeria's Wilfred Ndidi REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
World Cup - Group D - Nigeria vs Iceland
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group D - Nigeria vs Iceland - Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Russia - June 22, 2018 Iceland's Rurik Gislason in action with Nigeria's Wilfred Ndidi REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group D - Nigeria vs Iceland - Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Russia - June 22, 2018 Nigeria's John Obi Mikel in action with Iceland's Jon Dadi Bodvarsson REUTERS/Toru Hanai
World Cup - Group D - Nigeria vs Iceland
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group D - Nigeria vs Iceland - Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Russia - June 22, 2018 Nigeria's John Obi Mikel in action with Iceland's Jon Dadi Bodvarsson REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group D - Nigeria vs Iceland - Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Russia - June 22, 2018 Nigeria's Francis Uzoho in action REUTERS/Jorge Silva
World Cup - Group D - Nigeria vs Iceland
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group D - Nigeria vs Iceland - Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Russia - June 22, 2018 Nigeria's Francis Uzoho in action REUTERS/Jorge Silva
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group D - Nigeria vs Iceland - Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Russia - June 22, 2018 Nigeria's John Obi Mikel in action with Iceland's Jon Dadi Bodvarsson REUTERS/Toru Hanai
World Cup - Group D - Nigeria vs Iceland
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group D - Nigeria vs Iceland - Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Russia - June 22, 2018 Nigeria's John Obi Mikel in action with Iceland's Jon Dadi Bodvarsson REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group D - Nigeria vs Iceland - Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Russia - June 22, 2018 Nigeria's John Obi Mikel in action with Iceland's Jon Dadi Bodvarsson REUTERS/Toru Hanai
World Cup - Group D - Nigeria vs Iceland
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group D - Nigeria vs Iceland - Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Russia - June 22, 2018 Nigeria's John Obi Mikel in action with Iceland's Jon Dadi Bodvarsson REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Talks of squad disharmony emerged after a shock loss to Mexico but Joachim Low said Germany are ready to get back on track against Sweden.
Germany will respond against Sweden, insists Low
Talks of squad disharmony emerged after a shock loss to Mexico but Joachim Low said Germany are ready to get back on track against Sweden.
The Dallas Mavericks made the biggest trade of the 2018 NBA Draft, but do they have an actual plan? The Crossover's Rohan Nadkarni gives his thoughts on the Hawks-Mavericks trade.
NBA Draft: Did Mavericks Score Biggest Win of NBA Draft?
The Dallas Mavericks made the biggest trade of the 2018 NBA Draft, but do they have an actual plan? The Crossover's Rohan Nadkarni gives his thoughts on the Hawks-Mavericks trade.
The Dallas Mavericks made the biggest trade of the 2018 NBA Draft, but do they have an actual plan? The Crossover's Rohan Nadkarni gives his thoughts on the Hawks-Mavericks trade.
NBA Draft: Did Mavericks Score Biggest Win of NBA Draft?
The Dallas Mavericks made the biggest trade of the 2018 NBA Draft, but do they have an actual plan? The Crossover's Rohan Nadkarni gives his thoughts on the Hawks-Mavericks trade.
The Dallas Mavericks made the biggest trade of the 2018 NBA Draft, but do they have an actual plan? The Crossover's Rohan Nadkarni gives his thoughts on the Hawks-Mavericks trade.
NBA Draft: Did Mavericks Score Biggest Win of NBA Draft?
The Dallas Mavericks made the biggest trade of the 2018 NBA Draft, but do they have an actual plan? The Crossover's Rohan Nadkarni gives his thoughts on the Hawks-Mavericks trade.
The Dallas Mavericks made the biggest trade of the 2018 NBA Draft, but do they have an actual plan? The Crossover's Rohan Nadkarni gives his thoughts on the Hawks-Mavericks trade.
NBA Draft: Did Mavericks Score Biggest Win of NBA Draft?
The Dallas Mavericks made the biggest trade of the 2018 NBA Draft, but do they have an actual plan? The Crossover's Rohan Nadkarni gives his thoughts on the Hawks-Mavericks trade.
Former NBA player Jason Collins was the first active male athlete to come out as gay. He's encouraged by the steps professional leagues are taking to make their communities more inclusive.
Jason Collins on Evolving Relationship Between Pro Sports, LGBTQ Community
Former NBA player Jason Collins was the first active male athlete to come out as gay. He's encouraged by the steps professional leagues are taking to make their communities more inclusive.
Former NBA player Jason Collins was the first active male athlete to come out as gay. He's encouraged by the steps professional leagues are taking to make their communities more inclusive.
Jason Collins on Evolving Relationship Between Pro Sports, LGBTQ Community
Former NBA player Jason Collins was the first active male athlete to come out as gay. He's encouraged by the steps professional leagues are taking to make their communities more inclusive.
Former NBA player Jason Collins was the first active male athlete to come out as gay. He's encouraged by the steps professional leagues are taking to make their communities more inclusive.
Jason Collins on Evolving Relationship Between Pro Sports, LGBTQ Community
Former NBA player Jason Collins was the first active male athlete to come out as gay. He's encouraged by the steps professional leagues are taking to make their communities more inclusive.
Former NBA player Jason Collins was the first active male athlete to come out as gay. He's encouraged by the steps professional leagues are taking to make their communities more inclusive.
Jason Collins on Evolving Relationship Between Pro Sports, LGBTQ Community
Former NBA player Jason Collins was the first active male athlete to come out as gay. He's encouraged by the steps professional leagues are taking to make their communities more inclusive.
Puma continues to make waves in the world of basketball, inking a sponsorship deal with The Basketball Tournament, which begins June 29th.
Puma Inks Sponsorship Deal With The Basketball Tournament
Puma continues to make waves in the world of basketball, inking a sponsorship deal with The Basketball Tournament, which begins June 29th.
Puma continues to make waves in the world of basketball, inking a sponsorship deal with The Basketball Tournament, which begins June 29th.
Puma Inks Sponsorship Deal With The Basketball Tournament
Puma continues to make waves in the world of basketball, inking a sponsorship deal with The Basketball Tournament, which begins June 29th.
Puma continues to make waves in the world of basketball, inking a sponsorship deal with The Basketball Tournament, which begins June 29th.
Puma Inks Sponsorship Deal With The Basketball Tournament
Puma continues to make waves in the world of basketball, inking a sponsorship deal with The Basketball Tournament, which begins June 29th.
Puma continues to make waves in the world of basketball, inking a sponsorship deal with The Basketball Tournament, which begins June 29th.
Puma Inks Sponsorship Deal With The Basketball Tournament
Puma continues to make waves in the world of basketball, inking a sponsorship deal with The Basketball Tournament, which begins June 29th.
After manhandling Messi and the rest of Argentina, Croatia has already clinched a spot in the knockout round. Just how far can this side go?
Don't Look Now, but Croatia Appears to Be a World Cup Title Contender
After manhandling Messi and the rest of Argentina, Croatia has already clinched a spot in the knockout round. Just how far can this side go?
After manhandling Messi and the rest of Argentina, Croatia has already clinched a spot in the knockout round. Just how far can this side go?
Don't Look Now, but Croatia Appears to Be a World Cup Title Contender
After manhandling Messi and the rest of Argentina, Croatia has already clinched a spot in the knockout round. Just how far can this side go?
After manhandling Messi and the rest of Argentina, Croatia has already clinched a spot in the knockout round. Just how far can this side go?
Don't Look Now, but Croatia Appears to Be a World Cup Title Contender
After manhandling Messi and the rest of Argentina, Croatia has already clinched a spot in the knockout round. Just how far can this side go?
After manhandling Messi and the rest of Argentina, Croatia has already clinched a spot in the knockout round. Just how far can this side go?
Don't Look Now, but Croatia Appears to Be a World Cup Title Contender
After manhandling Messi and the rest of Argentina, Croatia has already clinched a spot in the knockout round. Just how far can this side go?
Roger Federer, sin lucirse, avanza en Halle y en su objetivo de llegar a Wimbledon como N° 1
Roger Federer, sin lucirse, avanza en Halle y en su objetivo de llegar a Wimbledon como N° 1
Roger Federer, sin lucirse, avanza en Halle y en su objetivo de llegar a Wimbledon como N° 1
Son Heung-min is set to carry the hopes of South Korea against Mexico at the World Cup, according to his coach and team-mate.
'The best among all Asians', South Korea trust in Son against Mexico
Son Heung-min is set to carry the hopes of South Korea against Mexico at the World Cup, according to his coach and team-mate.
McLaren's Fernando Alonso was again behind the pace-setters in the opening practice sessions ahead of the French Grand Prix. (AFP Photo/GERARD JULIEN)
McLaren's Fernando Alonso was again behind the pace-setters in the opening practice sessions ahead of the French Grand Prix
McLaren's Fernando Alonso was again behind the pace-setters in the opening practice sessions ahead of the French Grand Prix. (AFP Photo/GERARD JULIEN)
Brazil's Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring the opening goal during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Brazil leaves it late to beat Costa Rica 2-0 at World Cup
Brazil's Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring the opening goal during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Brazil's Neymar celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Brazil leaves it late to beat Costa Rica 2-0 at World Cup
Brazil's Neymar celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Brazil's Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring his side's opening goal during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Brazil leaves it late to beat Costa Rica 2-0 at World Cup
Brazil's Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring his side's opening goal during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Brazil's Neymar, right, and Costa Rica's Celso Borges challenge for the ball during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Brazil leaves it late to beat Costa Rica 2-0 at World Cup
Brazil's Neymar, right, and Costa Rica's Celso Borges challenge for the ball during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Brazil's Neymar, left, reacts as he talks with referee Bjorn Kuipers from Netherlands during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Brazil leaves it late to beat Costa Rica 2-0 at World Cup
Brazil's Neymar, left, reacts as he talks with referee Bjorn Kuipers from Netherlands during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Costa Rica's Oscar Duarte successfully appeals for offside after Brazil's Gabriel Jesus, centre, scored a goal, which was disallowed during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Brazil leaves it late to beat Costa Rica 2-0 at World Cup
Costa Rica's Oscar Duarte successfully appeals for offside after Brazil's Gabriel Jesus, centre, scored a goal, which was disallowed during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Brazil's Neymar reacts after a tackle by Costa Rica's Cristian Gamboa during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Brazil leaves it late to beat Costa Rica 2-0 at World Cup
Brazil's Neymar reacts after a tackle by Costa Rica's Cristian Gamboa during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Brazil's Neymar during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Brazil leaves it late to beat Costa Rica 2-0 at World Cup
Brazil's Neymar during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Brazil's Neymar is brought down by Costa Rica's Cristian Gamboa during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Brazil leaves it late to beat Costa Rica 2-0 at World Cup
Brazil's Neymar is brought down by Costa Rica's Cristian Gamboa during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Brazil's Casemiro, left, and Costa Rica's Celso Borges battle for the ball during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Brazil leaves it late to beat Costa Rica 2-0 at World Cup
Brazil's Casemiro, left, and Costa Rica's Celso Borges battle for the ball during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Brazil's Neymar, right, looks at referee Bjorn Kuipers from Netherlands during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Brazil leaves it late to beat Costa Rica 2-0 at World Cup
Brazil's Neymar, right, looks at referee Bjorn Kuipers from Netherlands during the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
The Bayern Munich centre-back is suffering from a neck injury he picked up in training and will not feature in their second World Cup match
Hummels ruled out of Germany clash with Sweden
The Bayern Munich centre-back is suffering from a neck injury he picked up in training and will not feature in their second World Cup match
By the seaside: Andy Murray takes a wild card at Eastbourne (AFP Photo/Glyn KIRK )
By the seaside: Andy Murray takes a wild card at Eastbourne
By the seaside: Andy Murray takes a wild card at Eastbourne (AFP Photo/Glyn KIRK )
With no World Cup action to speak of in Samara on Friday, Joseph Stalin's bunker hideout proved a popular tourist destination.
Stalin's bunker an unlikely site for Russia's World Cup charm offensive
With no World Cup action to speak of in Samara on Friday, Joseph Stalin's bunker hideout proved a popular tourist destination.
Man City fanatic Noel Gallagher was performing in Naples on Friday with his band the High Flying Birds.
Jorginho to Man City? Italian report, Noel Gallagher say so
Man City fanatic Noel Gallagher was performing in Naples on Friday with his band the High Flying Birds.
Man City fanatic Noel Gallagher was performing in Naples on Friday with his band the High Flying Birds.
Jorginho to Man City? Italian report, Noel Gallagher say so
Man City fanatic Noel Gallagher was performing in Naples on Friday with his band the High Flying Birds.
Lionel Messi is known as one of soccer's all-time legends, yet he has yet to win a major title with Argentina. After a damning defeat to Croatia, how will the Argentinian's legacy be affected?
How Badly is the 2018 World Cup Damaging Lionel Messi's Legacy?
Lionel Messi is known as one of soccer's all-time legends, yet he has yet to win a major title with Argentina. After a damning defeat to Croatia, how will the Argentinian's legacy be affected?
Lionel Messi is known as one of soccer's all-time legends, yet he has yet to win a major title with Argentina. After a damning defeat to Croatia, how will the Argentinian's legacy be affected?
How Badly is the 2018 World Cup Damaging Lionel Messi's Legacy?
Lionel Messi is known as one of soccer's all-time legends, yet he has yet to win a major title with Argentina. After a damning defeat to Croatia, how will the Argentinian's legacy be affected?
Lionel Messi is known as one of soccer's all-time legends, yet he has yet to win a major title with Argentina. After a damning defeat to Croatia, how will the Argentinian's legacy be affected?
How Badly is the 2018 World Cup Damaging Lionel Messi's Legacy?
Lionel Messi is known as one of soccer's all-time legends, yet he has yet to win a major title with Argentina. After a damning defeat to Croatia, how will the Argentinian's legacy be affected?
Lionel Messi is known as one of soccer's all-time legends, yet he has yet to win a major title with Argentina. After a damning defeat to Croatia, how will the Argentinian's legacy be affected?
How Badly is the 2018 World Cup Damaging Lionel Messi's Legacy?
Lionel Messi is known as one of soccer's all-time legends, yet he has yet to win a major title with Argentina. After a damning defeat to Croatia, how will the Argentinian's legacy be affected?
Diego Simeone said he would choose Cristiano Ronaldo over Lionel Messi if he had the choice (AFP Photo/Johannes EISELE)
Diego Simeone said he would choose Cristiano Ronaldo over Lionel Messi if he had the choice
Diego Simeone said he would choose Cristiano Ronaldo over Lionel Messi if he had the choice (AFP Photo/Johannes EISELE)
Mundial Rusia 2018. "Vergonzoso", "papelón", las lapidarias críticas de los excampeones mundiales contra la selección
Mundial Rusia 2018. "Vergonzoso", "papelón", las lapidarias críticas de los excampeones mundiales contra la selección
Mundial Rusia 2018. "Vergonzoso", "papelón", las lapidarias críticas de los excampeones mundiales contra la selección
Mundial Rusia 2018. "Vergonzoso", "papelón", las lapidarias críticas de los excampeones mundiales contra la selección
Mundial Rusia 2018. "Vergonzoso", "papelón", las lapidarias críticas de los excampeones mundiales contra la selección
Mundial Rusia 2018. "Vergonzoso", "papelón", las lapidarias críticas de los excampeones mundiales contra la selección
El sevillista ha tenido buenas palabras para el atacante del Atleti
N'Zonzi: "Griezmann es muy importante en Francia"
El sevillista ha tenido buenas palabras para el atacante del Atleti
El sevillista ha tenido buenas palabras para el atacante del Atleti
N'Zonzi: "Griezmann es muy importante en Francia"
El sevillista ha tenido buenas palabras para el atacante del Atleti
El sevillista ha tenido buenas palabras para el atacante del Atleti
N'Zonzi: "Griezmann es muy importante en Francia"
El sevillista ha tenido buenas palabras para el atacante del Atleti
El sevillista ha tenido buenas palabras para el atacante del Atleti
N'Zonzi: "Griezmann es muy importante en Francia"
El sevillista ha tenido buenas palabras para el atacante del Atleti
El sevillista ha tenido buenas palabras para el atacante del Atleti
N'Zonzi: "Griezmann es muy importante en Francia"
El sevillista ha tenido buenas palabras para el atacante del Atleti
El sevillista ha tenido buenas palabras para el atacante del Atleti
N'Zonzi: "Griezmann es muy importante en Francia"
El sevillista ha tenido buenas palabras para el atacante del Atleti
Much was made earlier this week of photographs being released of the England players larking about on inflatable unicorns in their hotel pool the day after their victory over Tunisia. There was Harry Maguire, Jordan Pickford, Jesse Lingard and Kieran Trippier - all smiling - having a race using the inflatables as part of their recovery session and it was portrayed as part of the new fun regime around England. Except it was not. It was not even the first time the unicorns had been used having made an appearance at previous England camps under Roy Hodgson. The key difference was that Gareth Southgate was happy for the photographs to be used in the media which was another smart move by him and is a consequence of a word that is at the heart of how England have approached this tournament. That word is culture. Culture is about changing how players feel when they play for England, to enjoy and embrace it and make them look forward to being called up and no longer be fearful of wearing that Three Lions shirt and thinking about what might go right rather than wrong. And if it does go wrong? Well, what is the worst that can happen? That is the buy-in. In fairness this work was started some time ago through the use of a company called Lane 4 who devised psychological ploys - including games and role-playing and beginning to involve players in decision-making - to help. But outside consultants are being phased out with, crucially, the Football Association taking it ‘in-house’ with the significant appointment of Dr Pippa Grange who started working for them full-time in January and is out here in Russia. Kieran Trippier, Jordan Pickford, Jesse Lingard and Harry Maguire play with inflatable unicorns Credit: Eddie Keogh for FA/REX/Shutterstock Grange has the convoluted title of the FA’s head of people and team development. Her role in Repino is clear: work on building up the psychological resistance of the players as part of that support being “embedded” in the squad. Importantly it is also far more subtle than what happened in Brazil four years ago when the renowned psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters, who had worked with Liverpool, was parachuted in and Hodgson, who appeared unsure with someone else’s idea, told the players they could talk to him if they needed to. Unsurprisingly that invitation was not taken up and Peters had little to do. It is Grange, though, who studied sports psychology at Loughborough and spent 20 years working in Australian sport, who is making clear the importance of culture. In her book “Ethical Leadership in Sport: What’s your Endgame?” she wrote: “The reason culture is on the agenda is that the connection between it and performance is being more fully recognised in sport. There is a new emphasis being placed on the environments in which athletes live and the systems in which they operate as determinants of ethical behaviour.” Grange added: “There is a dawning understanding that it will take more than the carrots or sticks to get people to keep performing and to keep striving for excellence. Athletes like everyone else want something to believe in, a vision that they can invest in and an organisation that they are proud to belong to.” Gareth Southgate helps to create a positive atmosphere within the squad Credit: REUTERS Vision and pride and belief - and creating the right environment, the right culture. This is also being overseen by Dave Reddin, also ‘embedded’ with the team in Repino, the FA’s head of team strategy and performance, who previously worked in rugby union, and his job has included recruiting the right staff. It was helped when the FA, under chief executive Martin Glenn, who hit the nail on the head when he spoke of the mental “brittleness” of the players after the Euro 2016, made the important decision to budget for more full-time employees, rather than second people from clubs. It meant the staff had a greater vested interest and the cost was justified because they work across all the England age groups which also means players coming through know them. Most of Grange’s work is subtle - and that is hugely significant. She does not tend to work directly with players and spends time discussing with Southgate and his coaches about the work they do and their aims and how they might achieve them. A major part is about getting the players to be more open, to share their own personal stories, often talking in small groups, and by do so to shed a degree of inhibition. This can be helped with some of the games they play and, in this, the large Tottenham Hotspur contingent have had an influence: they introduced a party game called Werewolf, also known as Mafia, and the kids card game, Uno. It helps that Southgate is in charge. There is something of the teacher about Southgate and, to be honest, the FA’s approach to this tournament has been to treat it as something of a school trip - very organised, very together and with lots of activities to occupy the players. To keep control but give the impression the players are being given far more freedom. Helping hand | Five others Gareth Southgate has sought advice from While there have also been lots of meetings, something players tend to complain about when things go wrong, Southgate has also impressed the squad with the way he has handled a number of issues and, perhaps, most relevantly, the mature and sensitive approach he took to the manufactured furore over Raheem Sterling’s gun tattoo. While thoughtfully backing Sterling, he also rebuked the player for turning up late for the squad get-together. That buy-in has extended to a drive not to leak information and especially when it comes to team selection and tactics - something Grange believes is important also - with players now even involved in the process of working out tactical meetings and selected clips of the opposition for their team-mates to view. It is an extension of the leadership groups that were started under Hodgson but are now much more organised and ‘embedded’. Southgate has been something of a sponge of other sports. It is well-documented that he talks to cycling’s Sir Dave Brailsford and Stuart Lancaster and Eddie Jones from rugby but he has also been to see the short track speed skater Elise Christie to speak to her about her experiences. Christie had the crushing disappointment of crashing out of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and left without a medal, despite being a world champion. Southgate wanted to hear how that felt. England have slipped up so many times themselves in the past but at least, at last, they are learning and creating a culture. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Meet Dr Pippa Grange: The psychologist trying to cure England’s World Cup mental block
Much was made earlier this week of photographs being released of the England players larking about on inflatable unicorns in their hotel pool the day after their victory over Tunisia. There was Harry Maguire, Jordan Pickford, Jesse Lingard and Kieran Trippier - all smiling - having a race using the inflatables as part of their recovery session and it was portrayed as part of the new fun regime around England. Except it was not. It was not even the first time the unicorns had been used having made an appearance at previous England camps under Roy Hodgson. The key difference was that Gareth Southgate was happy for the photographs to be used in the media which was another smart move by him and is a consequence of a word that is at the heart of how England have approached this tournament. That word is culture. Culture is about changing how players feel when they play for England, to enjoy and embrace it and make them look forward to being called up and no longer be fearful of wearing that Three Lions shirt and thinking about what might go right rather than wrong. And if it does go wrong? Well, what is the worst that can happen? That is the buy-in. In fairness this work was started some time ago through the use of a company called Lane 4 who devised psychological ploys - including games and role-playing and beginning to involve players in decision-making - to help. But outside consultants are being phased out with, crucially, the Football Association taking it ‘in-house’ with the significant appointment of Dr Pippa Grange who started working for them full-time in January and is out here in Russia. Kieran Trippier, Jordan Pickford, Jesse Lingard and Harry Maguire play with inflatable unicorns Credit: Eddie Keogh for FA/REX/Shutterstock Grange has the convoluted title of the FA’s head of people and team development. Her role in Repino is clear: work on building up the psychological resistance of the players as part of that support being “embedded” in the squad. Importantly it is also far more subtle than what happened in Brazil four years ago when the renowned psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters, who had worked with Liverpool, was parachuted in and Hodgson, who appeared unsure with someone else’s idea, told the players they could talk to him if they needed to. Unsurprisingly that invitation was not taken up and Peters had little to do. It is Grange, though, who studied sports psychology at Loughborough and spent 20 years working in Australian sport, who is making clear the importance of culture. In her book “Ethical Leadership in Sport: What’s your Endgame?” she wrote: “The reason culture is on the agenda is that the connection between it and performance is being more fully recognised in sport. There is a new emphasis being placed on the environments in which athletes live and the systems in which they operate as determinants of ethical behaviour.” Grange added: “There is a dawning understanding that it will take more than the carrots or sticks to get people to keep performing and to keep striving for excellence. Athletes like everyone else want something to believe in, a vision that they can invest in and an organisation that they are proud to belong to.” Gareth Southgate helps to create a positive atmosphere within the squad Credit: REUTERS Vision and pride and belief - and creating the right environment, the right culture. This is also being overseen by Dave Reddin, also ‘embedded’ with the team in Repino, the FA’s head of team strategy and performance, who previously worked in rugby union, and his job has included recruiting the right staff. It was helped when the FA, under chief executive Martin Glenn, who hit the nail on the head when he spoke of the mental “brittleness” of the players after the Euro 2016, made the important decision to budget for more full-time employees, rather than second people from clubs. It meant the staff had a greater vested interest and the cost was justified because they work across all the England age groups which also means players coming through know them. Most of Grange’s work is subtle - and that is hugely significant. She does not tend to work directly with players and spends time discussing with Southgate and his coaches about the work they do and their aims and how they might achieve them. A major part is about getting the players to be more open, to share their own personal stories, often talking in small groups, and by do so to shed a degree of inhibition. This can be helped with some of the games they play and, in this, the large Tottenham Hotspur contingent have had an influence: they introduced a party game called Werewolf, also known as Mafia, and the kids card game, Uno. It helps that Southgate is in charge. There is something of the teacher about Southgate and, to be honest, the FA’s approach to this tournament has been to treat it as something of a school trip - very organised, very together and with lots of activities to occupy the players. To keep control but give the impression the players are being given far more freedom. Helping hand | Five others Gareth Southgate has sought advice from While there have also been lots of meetings, something players tend to complain about when things go wrong, Southgate has also impressed the squad with the way he has handled a number of issues and, perhaps, most relevantly, the mature and sensitive approach he took to the manufactured furore over Raheem Sterling’s gun tattoo. While thoughtfully backing Sterling, he also rebuked the player for turning up late for the squad get-together. That buy-in has extended to a drive not to leak information and especially when it comes to team selection and tactics - something Grange believes is important also - with players now even involved in the process of working out tactical meetings and selected clips of the opposition for their team-mates to view. It is an extension of the leadership groups that were started under Hodgson but are now much more organised and ‘embedded’. Southgate has been something of a sponge of other sports. It is well-documented that he talks to cycling’s Sir Dave Brailsford and Stuart Lancaster and Eddie Jones from rugby but he has also been to see the short track speed skater Elise Christie to speak to her about her experiences. Christie had the crushing disappointment of crashing out of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and left without a medal, despite being a world champion. Southgate wanted to hear how that felt. England have slipped up so many times themselves in the past but at least, at last, they are learning and creating a culture. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Much was made earlier this week of photographs being released of the England players larking about on inflatable unicorns in their hotel pool the day after their victory over Tunisia. There was Harry Maguire, Jordan Pickford, Jesse Lingard and Kieran Trippier - all smiling - having a race using the inflatables as part of their recovery session and it was portrayed as part of the new fun regime around England. Except it was not. It was not even the first time the unicorns had been used having made an appearance at previous England camps under Roy Hodgson. The key difference was that Gareth Southgate was happy for the photographs to be used in the media which was another smart move by him and is a consequence of a word that is at the heart of how England have approached this tournament. That word is culture. Culture is about changing how players feel when they play for England, to enjoy and embrace it and make them look forward to being called up and no longer be fearful of wearing that Three Lions shirt and thinking about what might go right rather than wrong. And if it does go wrong? Well, what is the worst that can happen? That is the buy-in. In fairness this work was started some time ago through the use of a company called Lane 4 who devised psychological ploys - including games and role-playing and beginning to involve players in decision-making - to help. But outside consultants are being phased out with, crucially, the Football Association taking it ‘in-house’ with the significant appointment of Dr Pippa Grange who started working for them full-time in January and is out here in Russia. Kieran Trippier, Jordan Pickford, Jesse Lingard and Harry Maguire play with inflatable unicorns Credit: Eddie Keogh for FA/REX/Shutterstock Grange has the convoluted title of the FA’s head of people and team development. Her role in Repino is clear: work on building up the psychological resistance of the players as part of that support being “embedded” in the squad. Importantly it is also far more subtle than what happened in Brazil four years ago when the renowned psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters, who had worked with Liverpool, was parachuted in and Hodgson, who appeared unsure with someone else’s idea, told the players they could talk to him if they needed to. Unsurprisingly that invitation was not taken up and Peters had little to do. It is Grange, though, who studied sports psychology at Loughborough and spent 20 years working in Australian sport, who is making clear the importance of culture. In her book “Ethical Leadership in Sport: What’s your Endgame?” she wrote: “The reason culture is on the agenda is that the connection between it and performance is being more fully recognised in sport. There is a new emphasis being placed on the environments in which athletes live and the systems in which they operate as determinants of ethical behaviour.” Grange added: “There is a dawning understanding that it will take more than the carrots or sticks to get people to keep performing and to keep striving for excellence. Athletes like everyone else want something to believe in, a vision that they can invest in and an organisation that they are proud to belong to.” Gareth Southgate helps to create a positive atmosphere within the squad Credit: REUTERS Vision and pride and belief - and creating the right environment, the right culture. This is also being overseen by Dave Reddin, also ‘embedded’ with the team in Repino, the FA’s head of team strategy and performance, who previously worked in rugby union, and his job has included recruiting the right staff. It was helped when the FA, under chief executive Martin Glenn, who hit the nail on the head when he spoke of the mental “brittleness” of the players after the Euro 2016, made the important decision to budget for more full-time employees, rather than second people from clubs. It meant the staff had a greater vested interest and the cost was justified because they work across all the England age groups which also means players coming through know them. Most of Grange’s work is subtle - and that is hugely significant. She does not tend to work directly with players and spends time discussing with Southgate and his coaches about the work they do and their aims and how they might achieve them. A major part is about getting the players to be more open, to share their own personal stories, often talking in small groups, and by do so to shed a degree of inhibition. This can be helped with some of the games they play and, in this, the large Tottenham Hotspur contingent have had an influence: they introduced a party game called Werewolf, also known as Mafia, and the kids card game, Uno. It helps that Southgate is in charge. There is something of the teacher about Southgate and, to be honest, the FA’s approach to this tournament has been to treat it as something of a school trip - very organised, very together and with lots of activities to occupy the players. To keep control but give the impression the players are being given far more freedom. Helping hand | Five others Gareth Southgate has sought advice from While there have also been lots of meetings, something players tend to complain about when things go wrong, Southgate has also impressed the squad with the way he has handled a number of issues and, perhaps, most relevantly, the mature and sensitive approach he took to the manufactured furore over Raheem Sterling’s gun tattoo. While thoughtfully backing Sterling, he also rebuked the player for turning up late for the squad get-together. That buy-in has extended to a drive not to leak information and especially when it comes to team selection and tactics - something Grange believes is important also - with players now even involved in the process of working out tactical meetings and selected clips of the opposition for their team-mates to view. It is an extension of the leadership groups that were started under Hodgson but are now much more organised and ‘embedded’. Southgate has been something of a sponge of other sports. It is well-documented that he talks to cycling’s Sir Dave Brailsford and Stuart Lancaster and Eddie Jones from rugby but he has also been to see the short track speed skater Elise Christie to speak to her about her experiences. Christie had the crushing disappointment of crashing out of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and left without a medal, despite being a world champion. Southgate wanted to hear how that felt. England have slipped up so many times themselves in the past but at least, at last, they are learning and creating a culture. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Meet Dr Pippa Grange: The psychologist trying to cure England’s World Cup mental block
Much was made earlier this week of photographs being released of the England players larking about on inflatable unicorns in their hotel pool the day after their victory over Tunisia. There was Harry Maguire, Jordan Pickford, Jesse Lingard and Kieran Trippier - all smiling - having a race using the inflatables as part of their recovery session and it was portrayed as part of the new fun regime around England. Except it was not. It was not even the first time the unicorns had been used having made an appearance at previous England camps under Roy Hodgson. The key difference was that Gareth Southgate was happy for the photographs to be used in the media which was another smart move by him and is a consequence of a word that is at the heart of how England have approached this tournament. That word is culture. Culture is about changing how players feel when they play for England, to enjoy and embrace it and make them look forward to being called up and no longer be fearful of wearing that Three Lions shirt and thinking about what might go right rather than wrong. And if it does go wrong? Well, what is the worst that can happen? That is the buy-in. In fairness this work was started some time ago through the use of a company called Lane 4 who devised psychological ploys - including games and role-playing and beginning to involve players in decision-making - to help. But outside consultants are being phased out with, crucially, the Football Association taking it ‘in-house’ with the significant appointment of Dr Pippa Grange who started working for them full-time in January and is out here in Russia. Kieran Trippier, Jordan Pickford, Jesse Lingard and Harry Maguire play with inflatable unicorns Credit: Eddie Keogh for FA/REX/Shutterstock Grange has the convoluted title of the FA’s head of people and team development. Her role in Repino is clear: work on building up the psychological resistance of the players as part of that support being “embedded” in the squad. Importantly it is also far more subtle than what happened in Brazil four years ago when the renowned psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters, who had worked with Liverpool, was parachuted in and Hodgson, who appeared unsure with someone else’s idea, told the players they could talk to him if they needed to. Unsurprisingly that invitation was not taken up and Peters had little to do. It is Grange, though, who studied sports psychology at Loughborough and spent 20 years working in Australian sport, who is making clear the importance of culture. In her book “Ethical Leadership in Sport: What’s your Endgame?” she wrote: “The reason culture is on the agenda is that the connection between it and performance is being more fully recognised in sport. There is a new emphasis being placed on the environments in which athletes live and the systems in which they operate as determinants of ethical behaviour.” Grange added: “There is a dawning understanding that it will take more than the carrots or sticks to get people to keep performing and to keep striving for excellence. Athletes like everyone else want something to believe in, a vision that they can invest in and an organisation that they are proud to belong to.” Gareth Southgate helps to create a positive atmosphere within the squad Credit: REUTERS Vision and pride and belief - and creating the right environment, the right culture. This is also being overseen by Dave Reddin, also ‘embedded’ with the team in Repino, the FA’s head of team strategy and performance, who previously worked in rugby union, and his job has included recruiting the right staff. It was helped when the FA, under chief executive Martin Glenn, who hit the nail on the head when he spoke of the mental “brittleness” of the players after the Euro 2016, made the important decision to budget for more full-time employees, rather than second people from clubs. It meant the staff had a greater vested interest and the cost was justified because they work across all the England age groups which also means players coming through know them. Most of Grange’s work is subtle - and that is hugely significant. She does not tend to work directly with players and spends time discussing with Southgate and his coaches about the work they do and their aims and how they might achieve them. A major part is about getting the players to be more open, to share their own personal stories, often talking in small groups, and by do so to shed a degree of inhibition. This can be helped with some of the games they play and, in this, the large Tottenham Hotspur contingent have had an influence: they introduced a party game called Werewolf, also known as Mafia, and the kids card game, Uno. It helps that Southgate is in charge. There is something of the teacher about Southgate and, to be honest, the FA’s approach to this tournament has been to treat it as something of a school trip - very organised, very together and with lots of activities to occupy the players. To keep control but give the impression the players are being given far more freedom. Helping hand | Five others Gareth Southgate has sought advice from While there have also been lots of meetings, something players tend to complain about when things go wrong, Southgate has also impressed the squad with the way he has handled a number of issues and, perhaps, most relevantly, the mature and sensitive approach he took to the manufactured furore over Raheem Sterling’s gun tattoo. While thoughtfully backing Sterling, he also rebuked the player for turning up late for the squad get-together. That buy-in has extended to a drive not to leak information and especially when it comes to team selection and tactics - something Grange believes is important also - with players now even involved in the process of working out tactical meetings and selected clips of the opposition for their team-mates to view. It is an extension of the leadership groups that were started under Hodgson but are now much more organised and ‘embedded’. Southgate has been something of a sponge of other sports. It is well-documented that he talks to cycling’s Sir Dave Brailsford and Stuart Lancaster and Eddie Jones from rugby but he has also been to see the short track speed skater Elise Christie to speak to her about her experiences. Christie had the crushing disappointment of crashing out of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and left without a medal, despite being a world champion. Southgate wanted to hear how that felt. England have slipped up so many times themselves in the past but at least, at last, they are learning and creating a culture. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Much was made earlier this week of photographs being released of the England players larking about on inflatable unicorns in their hotel pool the day after their victory over Tunisia. There was Harry Maguire, Jordan Pickford, Jesse Lingard and Kieran Trippier - all smiling - having a race using the inflatables as part of their recovery session and it was portrayed as part of the new fun regime around England. Except it was not. It was not even the first time the unicorns had been used having made an appearance at previous England camps under Roy Hodgson. The key difference was that Gareth Southgate was happy for the photographs to be used in the media which was another smart move by him and is a consequence of a word that is at the heart of how England have approached this tournament. That word is culture. Culture is about changing how players feel when they play for England, to enjoy and embrace it and make them look forward to being called up and no longer be fearful of wearing that Three Lions shirt and thinking about what might go right rather than wrong. And if it does go wrong? Well, what is the worst that can happen? That is the buy-in. In fairness this work was started some time ago through the use of a company called Lane 4 who devised psychological ploys - including games and role-playing and beginning to involve players in decision-making - to help. But outside consultants are being phased out with, crucially, the Football Association taking it ‘in-house’ with the significant appointment of Dr Pippa Grange who started working for them full-time in January and is out here in Russia. Kieran Trippier, Jordan Pickford, Jesse Lingard and Harry Maguire play with inflatable unicorns Credit: Eddie Keogh for FA/REX/Shutterstock Grange has the convoluted title of the FA’s head of people and team development. Her role in Repino is clear: work on building up the psychological resistance of the players as part of that support being “embedded” in the squad. Importantly it is also far more subtle than what happened in Brazil four years ago when the renowned psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters, who had worked with Liverpool, was parachuted in and Hodgson, who appeared unsure with someone else’s idea, told the players they could talk to him if they needed to. Unsurprisingly that invitation was not taken up and Peters had little to do. It is Grange, though, who studied sports psychology at Loughborough and spent 20 years working in Australian sport, who is making clear the importance of culture. In her book “Ethical Leadership in Sport: What’s your Endgame?” she wrote: “The reason culture is on the agenda is that the connection between it and performance is being more fully recognised in sport. There is a new emphasis being placed on the environments in which athletes live and the systems in which they operate as determinants of ethical behaviour.” Grange added: “There is a dawning understanding that it will take more than the carrots or sticks to get people to keep performing and to keep striving for excellence. Athletes like everyone else want something to believe in, a vision that they can invest in and an organisation that they are proud to belong to.” Gareth Southgate helps to create a positive atmosphere within the squad Credit: REUTERS Vision and pride and belief - and creating the right environment, the right culture. This is also being overseen by Dave Reddin, also ‘embedded’ with the team in Repino, the FA’s head of team strategy and performance, who previously worked in rugby union, and his job has included recruiting the right staff. It was helped when the FA, under chief executive Martin Glenn, who hit the nail on the head when he spoke of the mental “brittleness” of the players after the Euro 2016, made the important decision to budget for more full-time employees, rather than second people from clubs. It meant the staff had a greater vested interest and the cost was justified because they work across all the England age groups which also means players coming through know them. Most of Grange’s work is subtle - and that is hugely significant. She does not tend to work directly with players and spends time discussing with Southgate and his coaches about the work they do and their aims and how they might achieve them. A major part is about getting the players to be more open, to share their own personal stories, often talking in small groups, and by do so to shed a degree of inhibition. This can be helped with some of the games they play and, in this, the large Tottenham Hotspur contingent have had an influence: they introduced a party game called Werewolf, also known as Mafia, and the kids card game, Uno. It helps that Southgate is in charge. There is something of the teacher about Southgate and, to be honest, the FA’s approach to this tournament has been to treat it as something of a school trip - very organised, very together and with lots of activities to occupy the players. To keep control but give the impression the players are being given far more freedom. Helping hand | Five others Gareth Southgate has sought advice from While there have also been lots of meetings, something players tend to complain about when things go wrong, Southgate has also impressed the squad with the way he has handled a number of issues and, perhaps, most relevantly, the mature and sensitive approach he took to the manufactured furore over Raheem Sterling’s gun tattoo. While thoughtfully backing Sterling, he also rebuked the player for turning up late for the squad get-together. That buy-in has extended to a drive not to leak information and especially when it comes to team selection and tactics - something Grange believes is important also - with players now even involved in the process of working out tactical meetings and selected clips of the opposition for their team-mates to view. It is an extension of the leadership groups that were started under Hodgson but are now much more organised and ‘embedded’. Southgate has been something of a sponge of other sports. It is well-documented that he talks to cycling’s Sir Dave Brailsford and Stuart Lancaster and Eddie Jones from rugby but he has also been to see the short track speed skater Elise Christie to speak to her about her experiences. Christie had the crushing disappointment of crashing out of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and left without a medal, despite being a world champion. Southgate wanted to hear how that felt. England have slipped up so many times themselves in the past but at least, at last, they are learning and creating a culture. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Meet Dr Pippa Grange: The psychologist trying to cure England’s World Cup mental block
Much was made earlier this week of photographs being released of the England players larking about on inflatable unicorns in their hotel pool the day after their victory over Tunisia. There was Harry Maguire, Jordan Pickford, Jesse Lingard and Kieran Trippier - all smiling - having a race using the inflatables as part of their recovery session and it was portrayed as part of the new fun regime around England. Except it was not. It was not even the first time the unicorns had been used having made an appearance at previous England camps under Roy Hodgson. The key difference was that Gareth Southgate was happy for the photographs to be used in the media which was another smart move by him and is a consequence of a word that is at the heart of how England have approached this tournament. That word is culture. Culture is about changing how players feel when they play for England, to enjoy and embrace it and make them look forward to being called up and no longer be fearful of wearing that Three Lions shirt and thinking about what might go right rather than wrong. And if it does go wrong? Well, what is the worst that can happen? That is the buy-in. In fairness this work was started some time ago through the use of a company called Lane 4 who devised psychological ploys - including games and role-playing and beginning to involve players in decision-making - to help. But outside consultants are being phased out with, crucially, the Football Association taking it ‘in-house’ with the significant appointment of Dr Pippa Grange who started working for them full-time in January and is out here in Russia. Kieran Trippier, Jordan Pickford, Jesse Lingard and Harry Maguire play with inflatable unicorns Credit: Eddie Keogh for FA/REX/Shutterstock Grange has the convoluted title of the FA’s head of people and team development. Her role in Repino is clear: work on building up the psychological resistance of the players as part of that support being “embedded” in the squad. Importantly it is also far more subtle than what happened in Brazil four years ago when the renowned psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters, who had worked with Liverpool, was parachuted in and Hodgson, who appeared unsure with someone else’s idea, told the players they could talk to him if they needed to. Unsurprisingly that invitation was not taken up and Peters had little to do. It is Grange, though, who studied sports psychology at Loughborough and spent 20 years working in Australian sport, who is making clear the importance of culture. In her book “Ethical Leadership in Sport: What’s your Endgame?” she wrote: “The reason culture is on the agenda is that the connection between it and performance is being more fully recognised in sport. There is a new emphasis being placed on the environments in which athletes live and the systems in which they operate as determinants of ethical behaviour.” Grange added: “There is a dawning understanding that it will take more than the carrots or sticks to get people to keep performing and to keep striving for excellence. Athletes like everyone else want something to believe in, a vision that they can invest in and an organisation that they are proud to belong to.” Gareth Southgate helps to create a positive atmosphere within the squad Credit: REUTERS Vision and pride and belief - and creating the right environment, the right culture. This is also being overseen by Dave Reddin, also ‘embedded’ with the team in Repino, the FA’s head of team strategy and performance, who previously worked in rugby union, and his job has included recruiting the right staff. It was helped when the FA, under chief executive Martin Glenn, who hit the nail on the head when he spoke of the mental “brittleness” of the players after the Euro 2016, made the important decision to budget for more full-time employees, rather than second people from clubs. It meant the staff had a greater vested interest and the cost was justified because they work across all the England age groups which also means players coming through know them. Most of Grange’s work is subtle - and that is hugely significant. She does not tend to work directly with players and spends time discussing with Southgate and his coaches about the work they do and their aims and how they might achieve them. A major part is about getting the players to be more open, to share their own personal stories, often talking in small groups, and by do so to shed a degree of inhibition. This can be helped with some of the games they play and, in this, the large Tottenham Hotspur contingent have had an influence: they introduced a party game called Werewolf, also known as Mafia, and the kids card game, Uno. It helps that Southgate is in charge. There is something of the teacher about Southgate and, to be honest, the FA’s approach to this tournament has been to treat it as something of a school trip - very organised, very together and with lots of activities to occupy the players. To keep control but give the impression the players are being given far more freedom. Helping hand | Five others Gareth Southgate has sought advice from While there have also been lots of meetings, something players tend to complain about when things go wrong, Southgate has also impressed the squad with the way he has handled a number of issues and, perhaps, most relevantly, the mature and sensitive approach he took to the manufactured furore over Raheem Sterling’s gun tattoo. While thoughtfully backing Sterling, he also rebuked the player for turning up late for the squad get-together. That buy-in has extended to a drive not to leak information and especially when it comes to team selection and tactics - something Grange believes is important also - with players now even involved in the process of working out tactical meetings and selected clips of the opposition for their team-mates to view. It is an extension of the leadership groups that were started under Hodgson but are now much more organised and ‘embedded’. Southgate has been something of a sponge of other sports. It is well-documented that he talks to cycling’s Sir Dave Brailsford and Stuart Lancaster and Eddie Jones from rugby but he has also been to see the short track speed skater Elise Christie to speak to her about her experiences. Christie had the crushing disappointment of crashing out of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and left without a medal, despite being a world champion. Southgate wanted to hear how that felt. England have slipped up so many times themselves in the past but at least, at last, they are learning and creating a culture. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
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