Making things even trickier is that James wants to make a quick decision about where he's headed next once free agency begins on July 1, per ESPN . James finished second to Harden in the race for the 2017-2018 NBA Most Valuable Player Award, as the Rockets guard picked up 86 first-place votes and 15 second-place tallies on the way to 965 points.
Despite a huge scare for Lionel Messi´s Argentina, who needed a late goal from Marcos Rojo to edge through to the knockout phase on Tuesday, all of the tournament´s remaining big guns are through to the last 16 in Russian Federation. Colombia is most likely to await the team that finishes second in the group should it beat Senegal - and the South Americans will prove tough opponents, as they showed in their 3-0 demolition of an admittedly disappointing Poland side and in they way they pushed ...
The two sides face each other to decide who tops Group G, with Roberto Martinez already promising to make "major changes" to his Belgian line-up. Though Michy Batshuayi came on in his place, and produced an equally impressive performance as the forgotten Chelsea man netted a goal, and also produced the most shots of any player despite being on the field for less than half an hour.
The picture is complicated by what Spain do against Morocco in the group's other match tonight, but essentially Portugal need to better Spain's result to top the group. That said, this World Cup would be on course to beat the tally of 18 eventually even without VAR. La Roja also escaped a red card when Gerard Piqué went into a tackle two footed.
There will be another practice session on Saturday before qualifying for Sunday's race. Hamilton's lap was barely a tenth of a second quicker than teammate Valtteri Bottas , who briefly looked likely to claim pole position. The latter time was a considerable 0.704 faster than Red Bull's Australian Daniel Ricciardo, the best of the rest. The second session was momentarily stopped while crews helped retrieve Perez's Force India after the back left wheel came off as he drove over a curb, ...
Germany coach Joachim Low denied these claims after the match. So Loew made four changes against Sweden , including dropping playmaker Mesut Ozil from the starting lineup. "I think we should get this done, we want to top the group", said Swiss head coach Vladimir Petkovic. He added: "The whole group is still alive so we will have to lick our wounds and come back for the last game".
With a win or draw vs. Sweden , Mexico wins the group and advances to the second round. Sorg added that he valued the entire squad's strength in hard times and praised Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira - substitutes against Sweden - for their model behaviour and for supporting their teammates.
Iceland's first World Cup adventure came to a valiant end on June 26 as they were beaten 2-1 by Group D winners Croatia due to a late strike from Ivan Perisic , with Argentina qualifying as runners-up instead. The match was evenly poised in the final 10 minutes of the first half, but chances were few and far between for both nations. Iceland pushed forward, and threw men forward in search of a victor which looked increasingly like it would send them through.
The BBC reported that Krstajic was speaking to Serbian reporters about German match referee Felix Brych when he said: "I wouldn't give him either a yellow or red card, I would send him to The Hague". However, the trio will not be suspended for Russian Federation 2018 fixtures after FIFA closed the case against them, issuing Xhaka and Shaqiri each with a CHF 10,000 (£7,637) fine.
The fourth-seeded Kvitova used strident groundstrokes and uninhibited net attacks to earn her 36th victory of the year, more than any other player on tour. Defending Nature Valley Classic champion Petra Kvitova is on the brink of a repeat win after beating Mihaela Buzarnescu in straight sets on Saturday.
Both teams are in the tournament's Group H. Japan became the first Asian country to defeat a South American team at the World Cup. "But instead of partying in the minutes after the end of the game, they tasked themselves with cleaning up their section before leaving".
The FC crew lay into Jorge Sampaoli and inspect Lionel Messi's negative demeanour after Argentina's embarrassing defeat to Croatia. Cesc Fàbregas has suggested people are getting carried away by Cristiano Ronaldo's contribution to the World Cup .
While there are many permutations and scenarios that will decide the fate of countless World Cup dreams, there is one team that remains in focus because of the fact that a legend of the game's World Cup career could be over in less than a day.
The 0-0 that followed was the first scoreless draw of the World Cup - and we should probably be thankful that it comes after 36 games. In its first match of group play, Denmark handed Peru a 1-0 loss to pick up three points. "Today we couldn't get a better start but we know we can play better". It was the longest a World Cup had gone without a goalless draw since 1954, a tournament of 26 games which all delivered at least one goal.
The England striker grabbed the game ball and kept it in his grasp after scoring a hat trick in his team's 6-1 win over Panama on Sunday (Monday NZT). Stones is wrestled to the ground and Kane will have a chance to make it five. England then earned their first penalty of the day when Roman Torres and Fidel Escobar combined to clumsily bring down Jesse Lingard .
Mexico appeared in control but allowed the South Koreans to set up a nervy finale when Son struck a stunning goal from range three minutes into injury time. The score in the match, which became the jubilee, 150-m, for the captain of Mexico's Andres Guardado in the national team, was opened in the 26th minute.
A stunning Andre Carrillo volley gave Peru their first World Cup goal in 36 years before captain Paolo Guerrero grabbed a second as the Andean nation condemned Australia to a 2-0 defeat in Sochi on Tuesday and an early exit from Russian Federation.
Which team will you be supporting tonight? The two-time World Cup victor sent out words of encouragement for the man in search of his first silverware with the national side ahead of their do-or-die encounter with the Super Eagles . In Group D , 2014 runners-up Argentina are on the brink of elimination and must win against Nigeria . "But, we have to take care because we have some players on yellow cards, so I will change the line-up".
Panama, beaten by Belgium 3-0 in the opening game, finally had something to celebrate, albeit briefly. If you haven't seen it yet, find out more or catch up here. Rio Ferdinand has heaped praise on Jesse Lingard after the Manchester United midfielder put in a stand-out performance as England thrashed lowly Panama 6-1 in Nizhny Novgorod.
The news El-Hadary will start and enter the record books has taken the spotlight away from the "Egyptian King". Magical moment. But the second penalty gives Saudi Arabia hope for the second half. Monday's 2018 FIFA World Cup match between Egypt and Saudi Arabia won't have meaningful impact on the Group A standings, but it still should be an entertaining contest.
This will go down in the books of history as the second biggest win ever by a hosting nation in their opening match at the World Cup tournament, after Italy's 7-1 win against the US in 1934. We couldn't equalise, but we controlled the play. Iran have still never beaten a European side at a World Cup , but coach Carlos Queiroz said they could take pride from their performance against Spain.
It has been suggested that a number of Argentina players tried to have Sampaoli sacked after the Croatia game but have been unsuccessful, and one of the victims will be Kun Aguero, who looks poised to sit out their next game. "Leo is fine", he said , according to Sportskeeda . We've seen it in the Champions League though, when things don't go well, he can disappear on the pitch.
According to the publication, the girl fainted right on the Saint Petersburg Arena during the match Brazil - Costa Rica. Brazil's next game is against Serbia on Wednesday. Against Costa Rica, he won a penalty after falling dramatically in front of the goalmouth but saw it annulled after VAR analysis showed he had exaggerated the incident.
In Group B , Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal will aim for a place in the last 16 against Iran , while Spain will do the same against already eliminated Morocco. Nigeria will be buoyed by their victory over Iceland and a win against a shambolic-looking Argentina will secure them a spot in the knockout stages.
Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (C) practices during a training session at the team's base camp in Bronnitsy, on June 23, 2018, during Russian Federation 2018 World Cup football tournament. Goalkeeper Willy Caballero could be dropped following his mistake for the opening goal against Croatia, with River Plate's Franco Armani possibly in line to make his global debut.
But can birthday boy Messi deliver for his country once again? This was the World Cup that Messi should have won. His club teammate Gonzalo Higuain also has largely been absent from the pitch during the World Cup . A victory in St. Petersburg is necessary for Argentina to have a chance to move on to the knockout rounds after they drew Iceland in their opener and lost to Croatia .
Vettel received a set of soft tires, Bottas going onto the same compound after ending up with a puncture, but he was unable to guide them to the end of the race and could only finish fifth. While both drivers had to pit for emergency repairs at the end of the opening lap, the clash did more lasting damage to Bottas' afternoon. Verstappen's run of incidents at the start of 2018 left the youngster under intense scrutiny, with suggestions from his team and from pundits that he should change ...
The 26-year-old caused a storm after Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov gave him an honorary citizenship as the strongman ruler hosted a dinner for the Egyptian national team on Friday. "No comments should be taken from Salah except what is written on his official Twitter account", he said on Twitter. Last season Salah became an worldwide star - ranked alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr.
Footage has emerged of Iranian fans gathered outside the Portugal team hotel at Saransk, chanting, blowing horns and beating drums as the two nations prepare to face off in their final 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B clash. Australia need to beat Peru, also at 2am, and hope Denmark lose. A win would take Serbia through and a draw could be enough if Switzerland lose by two.
Surprisingly, Senegal has never lost a group game at the World Cup and will be looking to keep that record intact against Japan . Shinji Kagawa and Yuya Ozako were Japan's goal heroes against Colombia and both men are expected to start for the Blue Samarai.