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Patty Tavatanakit with the ANA Inspiration trophy. (Photo by LPGA)

The driving passion of Patty Tavatanakit – golf’s next global superstar     

As a young girl, Paphangkorn Tavatanakit watched golf legend Tiger Woods on TV and told her dad “That’s who I want to be.” Her dream of golf superstardom came true…

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Thai court sentences 15 people to up to 5 years for 2017 soccer match-fixing

Fifteen people in Thai League soccer circles, including a former referee, a former linesman, a former soccer club manager, former players and others, were sentenced to prison terms of 1…

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FILE PHOTO: Athletics – 2021 European Indoor Athletics Championships – Arena Torun, Torun, Poland – March 7, 2021 General view of athletes during the women’s 4×400 relay final REUTERS/Lukasz Szelag

World Athletics makes new equality pledges to mark International Women’s Day

LONDON (Reuters) – World Athletics has marked International Women’s Day with a series of pledges to “further advance the role of girls and women” in the sport under the campaign…

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Muay Thai to make debut at European Games 2023

Muay Thai, the popular kickboxing martial art and combat sport, regarded as Thailand’s national sport, will be a competitive event at the European Games, in Kraków, Poland in June 2023,…

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NBA All-Star Game to go ahead amid COVID-19 pandemic

The NBA will hold the 2021 All-Star Game in Atlanta on March 7 despite a number of top players expressing concerns about staging an exhibition game amid the COVID-19 pandemic,…

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FIFA chief Gianni Infantino gestures during an interview in the Qatari capital Doha on February 11, 2021 ahead of the Club World Cup final. (Photo by Karim JAAFAR / AFP)

Infantino says Covid measures could still be in place for 2022 World Cup

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said for the first time Thursday coronavirus containment measures could still be in place during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar but he insisted stadiums would…

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A Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games banner in Tokyo on February 7, 2021. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)

Biden: “Remains to be seen” if US will send team to Olympics

US President Joe Biden said late Sunday it remains to be seen if the US will send a team to the pandemic-postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics, in a radio interview in…

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This handout from the Badminton Association of Thailand taken and released on January 28, 2021 shows Thailand’s Ratchanok Inthanon hitting a shot against India’s PV Sindhu during their women’s singles match at the World Tour Finals badminton tournament in Bangkok. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP)

Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon downs Indian star PV Sindhu

Former world number one Ratchanok Intanon landed a crucial victory over Indian star PV Sindhu at badminton’s World Tour Finals in Bangkok on Thursday. It was a double victory for Thailand’s…

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The Olympic Rings are lit up on the Odaiba waterfront in Tokyo on January 27, 2021. (Photo by Charly TRIBALLEAU / AFP)

Olympic chief Bach to respond to Tokyo Games fears

With the coronavirus pandemic threatening the holding of the re-arranged Tokyo Olympics, IOC chief Thomas Bach is expected on Wednesday to set out how a “safe” Games could be organised…

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This photo taken and released on January 24, 2021 shows Spain’s Carolina Marin celebrating after the women’s singles final match where she beat Taiwan’s Tai Tzu Ying at the Toyota Thailand Open badminton tournament in Bangkok. (Photo by Handout / BADMINTON ASSOCIATION OF THAILAND / AFP)

Marin and Axelsen claim back-to-back badminton titles in Bangkok

Spain’s Carolina Marin and Viktor Axelsen from Denmark on Sunday claimed their second Thailand Open badminton singles titles in a fortnight. Axelsen was a commanding force against his compatriot Hans-Kristian…

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Thai League soccer tournament to resume in February

Thailand’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has given the greenlight for the resumption of the Thai League soccer tournament, albeit with restrictions, tentatively in February. The decision to resume…

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Jonatan Christie of Indonesia hits a return against Anders Antonsen of Denmark during their men’s singles quarter-final match at the Fuzhou China Open badminton tournament in Fuzhou in China’s eastern Fujian province on November 8, 2019. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie makes surprise Thailand Open exit

Indonesia’s seventh seed badminton player Jonatan Christie has been knocked out of the Thailand Open in a mesmerising high-intensity upset against India’s HS Prannoy, who hung on despite a late…

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This handout from the Badminton Association of Thailand taken and released on January 10, 2021 shows an official wearing a face mask and shield while cleaning the net as a preventive measure against the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, ahead of the Thailand Open badminton tournament in Bangkok. (Photo by Handout / BADMINTON ASSOCIATION OF THAILAND / AFP) / —–EDITORS NOTE — RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / BADMINTON ASSOCIATION OF THAILAND ” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Bubble badminton: tour returns behind closed doors in Bangkok

A wretched spell for badminton ends at this week’s Thailand Open, where players will emerge from hotel quarantine to restart the world tour in bubble conditions in Bangkok. The world’s…

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Marcus Fernaldi Gideon (L) and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia pose with their gold medals on the podium after winning the men’s doubles final match at the Malaysia Masters badminton tournament in Kuala Lumpur on January 20, 2019. (Photo by SADIQ ASYRAF / AFP)

Top-seeded ‘Minions’ out of Thailand badminton after positive test

Indonesia’s men’s doubles top seeds have been forced to pull out of next week’s Thailand Open badminton after one of them, Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, tested positive for coronavirus, the Badminton World Federation…

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Momota positive for Covid-19, Japan to miss Thailand Open

Badminton world number one Kento Momota tested positive for coronavirus, prompting the withdrawal of all Japan’s players from this month’s Thailand Open, Japan’s Badminton Association said. “Momota has tested positive…

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Chen Yufei (L) and Chen Long of China attend a press conference ahead of the Thomas and Uber Cups badminton tournament in Bangkok on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

Thailand pledges ‘world’s safest’ badminton as China pull out

Thailand’s badminton chief pledged that next month’s restart tournaments will be the “safest in the world” after heavyweights China withdrew because of coronavirus restrictions. China’s pull-out blows a big hole…

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Lebron James (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Still The King: James wins AP Male Athlete of Year award

LeBron James told the world in 2020 that Black Lives Matter. He helped convince many who had never voted to finally head to the polls. He found more ways to…

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Liverpool have won the Premier League

Premier League return: the issues to resolve

Premier League football is set to return on June 17 after a three-month coronavirus-enforced absence.   Nothing realistically will stop Liverpool from being crowned English champions for the first time…

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(Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP)

Italian PM wants ‘more guarantees’ before Serie A return

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Saturday said he needs “more guarantees” before the green light can finally be given for the resumption of Serie A after a two-month lockdown…

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‘I struggled to breathe:’ Dybala reveals coronavirus nightmare

Juventus star Paulo Dybala revealed Friday how he “struggled to breathe” after contracting coronavirus which has killed over 9,000 people in Italy.   The Argentine international announced last Saturday he…

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A plane carrying the Olympic flame arrives before Olympic Flame Arrival Ceremony at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Matsushima Base in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi Prefecture, north of Tokyo, Friday, March 20, 2020. The Olympic flame from Greece is set to arrive in Japan even as the opening of the the Tokyo Games in four months is in doubt with more voices suggesting the games should to be postponed or canceled because of the worldwide virus pandemic. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Olympic flame lands in Japan as doubts grow over Tokyo Games

MATSUSHIMA AIR BASE, Japan (AP) — The Olympic flame arrived in Japan on Friday from Greece in a scaled-down ceremony at an air base in northern Japan.   The flame,…

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Japan’s Abe pledges Olympics to go ahead despite virus havoc

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday resisted pressure for changes to the Tokyo Olympics schedule even as sporting events worldwide fall victim to the coronavirus pandemic. Abe pledged Japan…

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English Premier League suspended until April 4

The English Premier League suspended all fixtures until April 4 on Friday after a spate of coronavirus cases, including Arsenal manager MikelArteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi. “Following a meeting…

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Thailand’s Amateur Weight-lifting Association committee quits over doping scandal

The executive committee of the Amateur Weight-lifting Association of Thailand has resigned en masse ”to show responsibility” after a former Thai Olympic bronze medallist told German TV that Thai weight-lifters…

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Fans gather to mourn the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant at a mural near Staples Center

Grieving Lakers return to training after Bryant’s death

The Los Angeles Lakers, reeling from the death of team icon Kobe Bryant, “want to represent what Kobe was about” as they press ahead with the NBA season, coach Frank…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 06, 2008 Kobe Bryant of US attends a practice session at the Olympic Basketball Gymnasium on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. – NBA legend Kobe Bryant died Sunday when a helicopter crashed and burst into flames in foggy conditions in suburban Los Angeles, killing all nine people on board and plunging the sports world into mourning. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)

Ex-NBA star Kobe Bryant, daughter killed in helicopter crash

ALABASAS, Calif. (Reuters) — Kobe Bryant, one of the NBA’s all-time greats whose international stardom transcended basketball, was killed on Sunday in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles along with…

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Sergio Aguero will die scoring goals according to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola after the Argentine broke two more Premier League records at the weekend

Aguero breaks the record scoring goals in the Premier League

Sergio Aguero, fresh from breaking two more goalscoring records in Sunday’s 6-1 thrashing of Aston Villa, will “die scoring goals”, according to proud Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.   The…

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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger (centre) believed he was the victim of racist chanting during his side’s 2-0 win at Tottenham last month

Investigation finds no evidence of racial abuse aimed at Chelsea’s Rudiger

Tottenham confirmed on Monday that a club and police investigation has found no evidence of racial abuse aimed at Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger.   The German defender complained that he was…

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Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki al-Saud, President of Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority, speaking during a press conference in December about the 2020 Dakar Rally

Saudi uses sports ‘soft power’ as lever of influence

Saudi Arabia’s hosting of the Dakar Rally this month is just the latest international sporting event to take place in the kingdom as part of a multi-billion-dollar push to boost…

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Football racism inquiry call after Spurs-Chelsea clash halted

The Professional Footballers’ Association called for a government inquiry into racism in football after Chelsea’s 2-0 Premier League win at Tottenham on Sunday was marred by alleged racist comments from…

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12-year old “Milk” wins world drone racing championship again

  12-year old Wanraya “Milk” Wannapong from Thailand has won the 2019 FAI World Drone Racing Championship Grand Final (women’s division) for the second year in a row. The competition…

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E-sports become a serious business

Once perceived as a mere recreational pastime, e-sports will be included in the multi-sport 30th SEA Games for the first time this year, reflecting growing popularity of e-sports which has…

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Kenya’s Kipchoge busts mythical two-hour marathon barrier

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge on Saturday made history, busting the mythical two-hour barrier for the marathon on a specially prepared course in a huge Vienna park. With an unofficial time of…

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Japan wins the 20th Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship

In an energetic, almost two hour final against Thailand today (Sunday), Japan won the 20th Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship, hosted by South Korea since August 18th. Japan opened the match…

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(Photo) Alexander Albon Ansusinha/F1 website

Alexander Albon to drive for Red Bull in Belgium

The Formula 1 website released the surprising news this afternoon (August 12th) that the Thai-British driver, Alexander Albon, will replace Pierre Gasly’s in the Red Bull team for the mid…

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Thailand wins 2 golds in Asian mountain bike race in Lebanon

Vipavee “Petch” Deekaballes, 28, has won a gold medal for Thailand in women’s individual 2.1 km downhill cycle racing with a time of 4.44.125 min, beating Sirapassorn Chardkamnerd, who won…

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‘I am fully committed to taking the Thai team to the World Cup’ – Akira Nishino

The new Head Coach of Thailand’s national football team, the ‘War Elephants’, spoke in public for the first time, at Friday’s media conference at the New Otani in Tokyo, following…

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(Photo) Akira Nishino/AFP

It’s now official – Akira Nishino appointed head coach

The Football Association of Thailand (FAT) announced on its website on Wednesday (July 17th) that Mr. Akira Nishino, the former chief of Japan’s national football, has now been officially appointed…

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(Photo) Serbia’s Novak Djokovic poses with the trophy as he celebrates winning the final against Switzerland’s Roger Federer/REUTERS (Andrew Couldridge)

Djokovic beats Federer in Wimbledon epic to win fifth title

LONDON (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic again proved the toughest nut for Roger Federer to crack, repelling all the Swiss threw at him in an epic duel to win a fifth…

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(Photo) Simona Halep kisses the Venus Rosewater Dish/AFP

Halep stuns Williams to win Wimbledon title

LONDON (Reuters) – Serena Williams’ wait for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title goes on after Simona Halep stunned the off-key American 6-2 6-2 in a one-sided Wimbledon final…

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(Photo) Akira Nishino as Japan’s coach at World Cup – Group H – Japan vs Senegal – Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg, Russia – June 24, 2018/REUTERS (Max Rossi)

Nishino likely to become head coach of Thailand’s football team – Somyot

Speaking after watching the Bangkok-Sukhothai Thai league game at Thammasat Rangsit on Saturday night, Pol. Gen. Somyot Poompanmoung, president of the Football Association of Thailand (FAT), said that, if a…

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(Photo) Tears of a champion: Rafael Nadal/AFP

History man Nadal sweeps to ‘incredible’ 12th French Open and 18th Grand Slam title  

Rafael Nadal swept to an historic 12th Roland Garros title and 18th Grand Slam crown on Sunday with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Austria’s Dominic Thiem. The 33-year-old…

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(Photo) The king of France: Rafael Nadal celebrates his semi-final win over Roger Federer/AFP

‘Incredible’ dream: Nadal faces Thiem for 12th Roland Garros title

Rafael Nadal admits the prospect of winning a 12th Roland Garros title and 18th major on Sunday would have once just seemed liked an “incredible” dream in a career so…

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Warriors outlast Raptors to square NBA Finals at 1-1

TORONTO, June 2 (Reuters) – The two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors used a massive third quarter to overcame a sluggish start and secure a 109-104 win over the Toronto…

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Liverpool beats Tottenham 2-0 to win sixth European title

Liverpool has defeated Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League final to win its sixth European title. Mohamed Salah opened the scoring by converting a penalty kick in the second minute…

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Raptors hold off Warriors to win Game 1 of NBA Finals

TORONTO — Pascal Siakam scored a career-playoff-best 32 points and added eight rebounds and five assists as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors 118-109 Thursday night in the…

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Hazard double powers Chelsea to Europa League title

Eden Hazard scored twice and then admitted it was his parting gift as the Belgian’s brace helped Chelsea sweep away Arsenal to win 4-1 in the Europa League final in…

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History man: Novak Djokovic reacts after winning the 2016 final against Andy Murray/AFP

Federer, Nadal threaten Djokovic bid for historic Slam

Novak Djokovic can become only the second man in history to have twice held all four Grand Slam titles at the same time with victory at the French Open. However,…

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(Photo) Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal/Reuters

Imperious Nadal blows away Djokovic to land ninth Rome title

ROME (Reuters) – Rafael Nadal proved that he would still be the man to beat when the French Open begins later this month after he humbled Novak Djokovic 6-0 4-6…

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Manchester City’s Belgian captain Vincent Kompany with the winner’s trophy after the English FA Cup final football match between Manchester City and Watford at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

Kompany to leave Man City and join Anderlecht as player-manager

LONDON (Reuters) – Belgian defender Vincent Kompany said on Sunday he would be leaving Manchester City and joining Anderlecht as player-manager after helping the Premier League club to become the…

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Novak Djokovic is a four-time Italian Open winner.

Djokovic and Nadal to meet in Rome final, Konta faces Pliskova

ROME (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal won on Saturday to set up an Italian Open final meeting, while British number one Johanna Konta booked a final clash with…

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Quotes of the day

“Football can be very beautiful and it can be very cruel. We have had to experience that today.” Erik ten Hag, Ajax Amsterdam coach, after his team’s spectacular loss to…

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Thai court to hear Bahraini extradition request for footballer

The Thai Criminal Court yesterday agreed to hear the public prosecutor’s request for an extradition of jailed footballer Hakeem Al Araibi, who fled his home country in Bahrain amid political…

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Ratchanok Intanon retains Malaysia Masters 2019

Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand poses with her gold medal at the podium after winning over Carolina Marin of Spain in the women’s singles final at the Malaysia Masters badminton tournament…

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Bahraini footballer detained 60 days awaiting extradition to Bahrain  

The Criminal Court today ordered a former Bahraini national footballer detained for 60 days pending an extradition process after the Bahraini government had requested his extradition to face charges of…

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“Nong Milk” wins drone racing championship in Hong Kong

Eleven-year-old school girl Wanya “Nong Milk” Wanpong brought fame to Thailand for the second time in less than two weeks when she won a 9-nation international drone race at an…

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Officials lit the 2018 Asian Games torch during the torch relay in Bandung, West Java province on August 11, 2018. Jakarta and Palembang will host some 11,000 athletes and 5,000 officials from 45 Asian countries for the Asian Games, which will be held from August 18 to September 2.

Thai athletes among early arrivals for 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta

Thai athletes are among as many as 20 contingents which will participate in the 2018 Asian Games and have begun to occupy the Athlete Village in Kemayoran area, Central Jakarta,…

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France crushes Croatia 4-2 to reclaim World Cup

France’s players celebrate as they hold their World Cup trophy during the trophy ceremony at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia…

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Belgium sends Brazil home with a shocking 2-1 victory

Belgium kicked favorite Brazil out of the World Cup with a 2-1 victory last night to face France in the semi-finals. The Belgians took a shocking lead in the 13th…

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Russia ousts Spain in penalty shootout

Russia defied all odds to force Spain to a penalty shootout that saw it edge out the former World Cup champion to occupy a spot in the quarter finals.   Igor…

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