The 32 teams that qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation will not just be battling it out for prestige, honour and the chance to win that famous 18 carat gold trophy in the final. Domestically however, the world cup is believed to have given Putin, who was controversially re-elected in March with almost 77 percent of the vote, a boost in popularity.
Garbine Muguruza's big strokes overwhelmed Maria Sharapova right from the start. It was an emphatic performance for Muguruza, who made it to the fourth round of the US Open last year and just the second round of the Australian Open earlier this year.
For the remainder of his National Basketball Association career and probably life, JR Smith may never forget the exasperated look which crossed LeBron James's face at the end of regular time in Game One of this year's National Basketball Association finals.
Nigeria may not be favourites to win the World Cup this summer but their new kits have won over football fans. Nigeria will debut the in-demand kit in their friendly against England this evening at Wembley as they continue to prepare for the World Cup.
When claycourt machine Rafa Nadal faces his old friend Richard Gasquet the 10-time Roland Garros champion gets a free ride and that was again the case as he bulldozed past the local favourite 6-3 6-2 6-2 to reach the French Open last 16 on Saturday.
The match against Israel had drawn criticism with the head of the Palestinian Football Association urging fans last weekend to burn pictures of Argentina striker Lionel Messi and replicas of his shirt if he played in the game. 'We ask him not to participate in laundering the crimes of the occupation'. Nigeria are in Group D of the global soccer fiesta alongside the South Americans, Croatia and Iceland.