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June 12, 2016 12:31 AM Xhaka brothers square off to make Euro history

Never have brothers gone head-to-head at the European Championships. Switzerland beat Albania in the first match of their Euro 2016 campaign, winning 1-0 courtesy of a Fabian Schar header in the 5th minute -- but the real story of the match was brothers Granit and Taulant Xhaka going head-to-head for the first time on the international stage. The 25-year-old 51

June 11, 2016 9:32 PM The Latest: Dier says emotions went from high to low

Eric Dier says England's emotions took a dive after Russia scored a late equalizer in Saturday's 1-1 draw. Dier gave England the lead with a 73rd-minute curling free kick but says "our emotions went from a high to a low pretty quickly" when Vasily Berezutsky scored for Russia. Asked if his free kick echoed those of David Beckham, Dier said "he was one of the best at it, and I've seen lots of his free kicks 34

June 11, 2016 5:00 AM Letshwiti anchors campaign on development

Mmegi Sport: Please introduce yourself and tell us about your involvement in football? Letshwiti: I am a regular person. I grew up playing soccer in the streets. I went to school, I graduated. I have a cattlepost and a family. I was introduced to soccer at an early age. I was always active at team level and elders noticed this and I was assimilated to the structures 15

June 11, 2016 12:59 AM Dimitri Payet the hero as France's dream begins

France 2 Romania 1: Fewer than seven months have passed since three suicide bombers attacked the magnificent Stade de France on that desperate night in November. Some 6km south into the heart of Paris, the Bataclan Theatre remains closed. Its famous technicolor facade remains visible above the hoardings but it is a place undoubtedly darkened by terror 19

June 10, 2016 10:42 PM Dimitri Payet Helps France Survive Euro 2016 Jitters

The soccer tournament that has caused France so much consternation in recent months, on topics ranging from national security to labor strife, finally opened here on Friday night. And after one game, French citizens could check one small concern off their list: the state of their national soccer team. Kicking off the 2016 European Championship as hosts 28

June 10, 2016 10:07 PM Dimitri Payet cries tears of joy after scoring 89th minute winner for France against Romania at Euro 2016

PAUL Pogba was the favourite to win the player of the tournament at Euro 2016. Instead, France discovered an unheralded new talisman in their opener against Romania. Dimitri Payet, 29, who enjoyed his breakthrough season for West Ham in the Premier League last season, was the standout player on the pitch notwithstanding his incredible 89th minute strike 24

June 10, 2016 7:02 PM The Latest: Giroud Gives France 1-0 Lead Over Romania

France coach Didier Deschamps also picked Adil Rami, a late call-up after a series of injuries to defenders, to start alongside Laurent Koscielny in the center of the back four. Romania will hope to stifle a loaded French attack with a strong defense, anchored by captain Vlad Chriches, that conceded the fewest goals in qualifying — only two in 10 matches 8

June 10, 2016 2:41 PM The Latest: Media center cleared by security before opener

A man rests past overflowing garbage cans and rubbish bags in Paris, France, Thursday, June 9, 2016. After a rough couple of months which have included protests, fuel shortages, rail strikes and once-in-a-generation floods, France's capital is facing a new challenge : Piles of uncollected trash. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu) Journalists at the Stade de France 11

June 10, 2016 2:24 PM In Political Activism, Ali Pulled No Punches — And Paid A Heavy Price

Muhammad Ali told an anti-war rally at the University of Chicago on May 11, 1967 that there is a difference between fighting in the ring and fighting in Vietnam. Everywhere you turn in the world of sports, in seemingly every league, in amateur, college and professional ranks, you find athletes carrying the banner of some sort of political protest. But it started 59

June 10, 2016 11:32 AM Deschamps urges Pogba to be more neutral midfielder

(Reuters) – Midfielder Paul Pogba still has room for improvement in his all-round game despite being one of the most exciting prospects in world football, France coach Didier Deschamps said ahead of Euro 2016 which starts on Friday. The 23-year-old has been a key member of Deschamps’ squad since making his debut three years ago and his versatility has raised 48