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With Messi helpless, Argentina's World Cup dream fades

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

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Argentina are in shambles, and it starts with Sampaoli

Thursday's 3-0 thrashing was just the last symptom of a relationship between coach and country that never got off to the right start.

Project Russia: Young three lions teach us a lesson!

Learn from the best as ESPN meets future England stars Phil Foden, Ryan Sessegnon and Mason Mount in Russia.


Unhappy Argentina fans react to Croatia defeat

Argentina fans react to 3-0 loss against Croatia.


Messi looked a 'broken man' in Croatia defeat

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


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Friday's World Cup fixtures



Six big winners from the NBA draft's first round

Which teams made the best moves in the first round of the draft?

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How this draft sets up future trades and free agency

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

Ball Or Nothing: NBA Draft

Ball Or Nothing break down the first round live from the NBA Draft.


Cain: Can't blame Lakers for calling about Kawhi

Will Cain reacts to the report that the Spurs "shut the door" on the Lakers when they asked about trading for Kawhi Leonard.


How Trae Young transitions to NBA

Jay Billas breaks down Trae Young's shooting skills and what he needs to improve on with the Hawks.



Transfer news

LIVE Transfer Talk: Sarri to raid Napoli ahead of Chelsea move

Sarri is plotting a £76m raid on Napoli's roster if he moves to Stamford Bridge, and Juventus are eyeing Joao Cancelo. Transfer Talk is on it.


Villarreal sign defender Funes Mori from Everton

Centre-back Ramiro Funes Mori has joined Villarreal from Everton after spending three seasons at Goodison Park.

Neymar does not need to do it all for Brazil

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

Will Neymar & Brazil hit their stride against Costa Rica?

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


Neymar: My foot feels fine

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


Burley: Neymar always has to make it about himself

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


Iceland look to seize on Nigeria's sense of urgency

Iceland received deserved praise for coming back from a one-goal deficit against Lionel Messi & Co. But bigger goals beckon.

Argentina defeat opens the door for Nigeria & Iceland

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


Udoh questions credibility of Nigeria live chicken request

ESPN FC's Colin Udoh spoke with leaders of two Nigeria fan groups who refuted rumours fans wanted to bring a live chicken into World Cup matches.



FIFA World Cup

Mbappe announces himself on World Cup stage

France's teenage star scored the winner versus Peru in a display that showcased his outstanding talent. But he must deal better with criticism.


Hierro's not here to be Spain's caretaker

Fernando Hierro was the accidental manager after Spain fired Julen Lopetegui but it's clear that he's working hard to make this his team.

Leboeuf takes aim at France's second half & Pogba's leadership

Frank Lebouef feels France "played like a small team" in the second half against Peru, and doesn't hold back in his opinion of Paul Pogba as a leader.


Matchday 8: Argentina in trouble, France & Croatia advance

Argentina's chances of making the round of 16 took a blow after a huge loss to Croatia, while Kylian Mbappe became France's youngest-ever World Cup goal scorer.


Seb & Herc's World Cup journey continues in Rostov

ESPN FC's Seb Salazar and Herc Gomez have traveled all over Russia covering El Tri and have clearly enjoyed every moment of it.


Champion: A draw the very least Australia deserved

Jon Champion believes it's all still to play for in Group C for Australia after their 1-1 draw against Denmark.



vRoy hundred breaks 311 chase as England ease to 4-0 series lead

England hunt down highest ODI total at Chester-le-Street with 32 balls to spare as Australia's best efforts fall way short

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England ease to 4-0 lead against Australia

The top cricket news from around the world on June 21


Glad we're spoilt for guys in form - Morgan

England captain Eoin Morgan played down the pressure of accomplishing a 5-0 whitewash against Australia ahead of their final ODI in Manchester


We don't need to copy the England blueprint - Finch

Australia batsman Aaron Finch dissects the errors made by the team's young bowling attack and says conceding early boundaries has hampered their plans


Surrey's Patel reignites the title race

Catch up the latest from the County Championship as Surrey's Ryan Patel takes a quickfire five-for against leaders Somerset


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