ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia—Belgium threw caution to the wind to reach the World Cup quarter-finals when substitute Nacer Chadli scored in the dying seconds as they beat spirited Japan 3-2 on Monday, July 2, setting up a mouthwatering clash with five-time champions Brazil. The distraught Japanese, who went 2-0 up with goals by Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui early in the second half, fell to the turf after Chadli poked the ball home from Thomas Meunier's cross four minutes into added time at the Rostov Arena.
Three-time NBA champion LeBron James bid farewell to Cleveland on Sunday after agreeing to a four-year $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. The 33-year-old forward leaves the Cavaliers to join an iconic franchise that has won 16 NBA titles but is rebuilding after posting a losing record for five consecutive seasons. James bid farewell to Cleveland via his Instagram account. “Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible four seasons,” the four-time NBA most valuable player, and 14-time All Star, said on his “This will always be home.”
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia—Croatia came back after conceding in the opening minute to earn a World Cup quarter-final berth after edging Denmark 3-2 in a penalty shootout after the two sides drew 1-1 in the round of 16 match on Sunday, July 1. They could have wrapped up the result five minutes from the end of extra time but Luka Modric had his penalty saved by Kasper Schmeichel.
MOSCOW—Hosts Russia beat Spain 4-3 on penalties thanks to two saves by their goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev on Sunday, July 1, to advance to the World Cup quarter-finals where they will face either Denmark or Croatia. The 32-year-old keeper saved Koke's and Iago Aspas' spot kicks after both teams had scored two apiece in what was Russia's first ever World Cup penalty shootout, to send his team to the last eight after a lackluster 1-1 draw over 120 minutes.
SOCHI, Russia-- Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani scored a stunning brace to lead the South Americans to a 2-1 win over European champions Portugal in the World Cup round of 16 on Saturday, June 30, and set up a quarter-final against France. Cavani switched play with a long cross to Luis Suarez and continued his run to head home a pinpoint deep cross from the Barcelona forward and give Uruguay a seventh-minute lead.
KAZAN, Russia—Teenager Kylian Mbappe scored two goals in four minutes to send a youthful France charging into the World Cup quarter-finals with a thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina on Saturday, June 30, that sent Lionel Messi's team home. The 19-year-old forward's electric pace caused Argentina problems all afternoon and his twin strikes helped France overturn a 2-1 deficit at the Kazan Arena as they set up a meeting with Uruguay or Portugal, who play later on Saturday.
KALININGRAD, Russia — It had been viewed as the game no one wanted to win but Adnan Januzaj's fine finish early in the second half Thursday, June 28, gave Belgium a 1-0 victory over England to secure the Group G top spot in a contest between two sets of reserves. The result means Belgium, which won all three of its group games to finish with nine points, will face Japan in the last 16 while England, which came second with six, takes on Colombia.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia—World Cup hosts Russia kept up their free-scoring ways to move to the brink of a second-round place with a 3-1 win over Egypt in their Group A match at the St. Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday. Russia's place in the knockout stages will be secured on Wednesday if Uruguay can avoid defeat against Saudi Arabia in the next Group A game.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y.—The U.S. Open, won by Brooks Koepka on Sunday, regained much of its reputation as the toughest test in golf when it staged a exemplary championship for three-and-a-half days at Shinnecock Hills. Had it not pushed the envelope with some needlessly risky pin positions near the edges of the greens on Saturday, there would probably be near universal praise for the way the U.S. Golf Association carried out its 118th national championship.
MOSCOW — Defending champions Germany crashed to defeat in their first game at the World Cup on Sunday as an enterprising Mexico refused to be intimidated by history and ran out 1-0 winners in a thrilling Group F opener. A shaky warm-up campaign had called into question the dominant form the Germans showed in qualifying, but experience and records were on their side, having won every opening game at major tournaments since Joachim Loew took over as coach in 2006.