Xhaka's father was once jailed for campaigning for Kosovan independence, forcing the Arsenal star and his family to flee the Balkans, while Stoke's Shaqiri was born in Kosovo . Shaqiri was born in Yugoslavia to Albanian Kosovar parents, but moved to Switzerland in 1992 with his parents and three siblings. The players were thought to be facing a two-match ban, as well as a fine.
Brazil comfortably reached the World Cup last 16 after Paulinho and Thiago Silva scored in each half to give them a 2-0 win over Serbia who were eliminated on Wednesday. Brazil finished first in Group E and will next face Mexico in the round of 16 on Monday (Tuesday NZT) in Samara. Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic was the next Serbian midfielder to be booked when he fouled Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus on 48 minutes.
A total of 22 players from the Uruguayan national football squad appeared for a training session on the pitch of the 45,000-seat capacity Samara Arena amid searing summer temperatures of about 33 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit). Hosts Russia and their expectant fans were given a brutal reality check on Monday when Uruguay exposed the weaknesses in the side that had been papered over in the uplifting victories over Egypt and Saudi Arabia in World Cup Group A.
A telling sign where LeBron James might end up is where his kids enroll in school, and according to TMZ , all signs point to LeBron James Jr. enrolling in Southern California. If Los Angeles gets Leonard, that'd open the door for LeBron. The Lakers - with Brandon Ingram , Lonzo Ball , Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart - have the assets to spur action (pun intended).
Kohli will be playing his first match for India since the country's second T20I against South Africa in February earlier this year, a match which India lost. Meanwhile, wrist-spinners Shadab Khan of Pakistan (2nd) and Yuzvendra Chahal of India (3rd) will be the leading bowlers seen in upcoming matches while Zimbabwe's Hamilton Masakadza (10th among batsmen) and Ireland's George Dockrell (19th among bowlers) will be the others looking to better their positions.
It remains to be seen how long Marcelo will be out for, but if he is set to miss further games, Brazil have a top-quality replacement in Luis. The Brazilian Football Confederation later confirmed he suffered back spasms while trying to make a sprint but is feeling less pain after receiving medication.
He finished at 10-under 278 - a stroke ahead of Olesen, Mikko Korhonen and 2008 victor Martin Kaymer. "His hand-eye coordination is by far one of the best I've ever seen", DeChambeau said. "I fought my golf swing all day. I probably could do that, but I just don't feel like I'd be as consistent as he is". The 40-year-old Englishman, aided by some swing advice from coach Peter Kostis, seeks his third career US PGA title and second of the year after his bogey-free weekend start at TPC ...
If both teams are level on cards, it comes down to drawing lots. Having booked their place in the round of sixteen in style with a record-breaking 6-1 win over Panama, England is likely to make some changes ahead of their game against Belgium.
His serve was crucial in the final set as he won in two hours and 57 minutes. Djokovic will also be well fancied for a fourth title at Wimbledon but his trophy drought now goes beyond a year - the longest time between titles in his career and the Serb insists he is not one of the favourites to win at the All England Club this summer.
The NBA universe will revolve around LeBron James' big decision this summer, and while free agency doesn't officially begin until July 1, the superstar is reportedly already hard at work recruiting prospective teammates. The Spurs have also told reporters that they hope to fix the relationship with Leonard. James could re-sign with the Cavaliers on a short-term deal that allows him to weigh his future again in a year or two.
Australia has qualified for the knockout stage of the World Cup only once and its chances of making a second trip to the round of 16 are slim. Although, Denmark and Australia had to satisfy themselves with a draw. "I think we need to go into the match with a little bit more belief in what we can do and what we can achieve because we know it's there, I think we showed it", said the 32-year-old.
Will James land in Los Angeles where he he can team up with California native Paul George? An apparent recruiting pitch was leaked to SI.com's Robin Lundberg and it is in form of a voiceover the Lakers plan on using with video. Of course, George grew up in Palmdale, Calif. and played his college ball at Fresno State. "After debut airings on the 6 p.m. SportsCenter, the series also will appear in other SportsCenter editions as well as across other ESPN television and digital platforms".
The All England Club usually follows the latest ranking list, but under the tournament rules can make a change if deemed "necessary to produce a balanced draw". "I don't think it's the right thing to do", said the 29-year-old Slovakian. World number 32 Dominika Cibulkova has not been seeded. I have the right and I should be seeded and if they put her in front of me then I will just lose my spot that I am supposed to have.
Musa was on the bench for Nigeria's limp defeat to Croatia in their opening game in Russian Federation, and the announcement of the Leicester City striker's name in the starting team on Friday drew thunderous cheers from Super Eagles fans before the game.
A more serious fall-out from the Germany game was the racist abuse and threats directed at Durmaz and his family on social media . When Toni Kroos bent in a last-minute victor for Germany against Sweden on Saturday night, it meant that Mexico had to wait until the final day of play to confirm their place in the knockouts.
Police are investigating after a body was found in a walk-in freezer at the Atlanta Braves' stadium just hours before a game against the Cincinnati Reds.
The World Cup went 36 matches before its first goalless draw, with France holding Denmark on Tuesday, and this is now the record for the longest stretch of games without a goalless draw through any World Cup. Coach Ricardo Gareca, who has become a hero in Peru after guiding them to their first World Cup since 1982, was more sanguine and candidly dismissed suggestions his team were unlucky to be knocked out.
Rivers, the son of Clippers Coach Doc Rivers , will join the Wizards at the start of his seventh National Basketball Association season. The elder Rivers was stripped of his personnel role last summer with Lawrence Frank (VP-Bball Ops) and Michael Winger (GM - formerly Thunder Asst GM) taking over.
Hamilton dominated the race, qualifying and Friday's practice sessions boosted by an engine upgrade that Mercedes had expected to roll out in Canada, when Hamilton finished fifth and lost his lead to race victor Vettel. "Congratulations to Fernando for his win at Le Mans - I watched the last few hours at home and was hoping nothing dramatic would happen right at the end".
The 31-year-old, who is regarded as one of the best players in the history of the game, missed a penalty in Argentina's draw with Iceland and failed to have any impact in the Albiceleste's 3-0 loss to Croatia. Messi and Argentina are on their way to the round of 16. The latest of such an inspirational showing came when Argentina needed him to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup , and he duly delivered with a terrific hat-trick.