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France celebrate reaching final: Pamela Anderson, water fight with Macron and tears

President of France Emmanuel Macron enters the team’s dressing room. It is only a few minutes after Les Bleus beat Belgium and reached their third World Cup final.

The place is not going totally bonkers yet. But it won’t be long. First, Macron congratulates the players: “Well done. You have made your country proud and the French people happy. The country is going mad with happiness thanks to you,” he says.

It was his first game in Russia with the team and he will be back on Sunday for the final. One by one, he shakes the players’ hands with a little word for each of them.

Benjamin Mendy, the former Marseille player and official joker of the squad, has to do something to recognise Macron, himself a big OM supporter.

“And for the president …” he starts the song and in a dressing room full of laughter, everyone else follows.nfl replica jerseys cheap

“And for the president …”

A water fight starts, everyone jumps everywhere and shouts: “We are in the final, we are, we are, we are in the final!”

A few minutes before, coach Didier Deschamps also compliments his men: “I am proud of you,” he says. “You played the perfect game. Well done! But it is not over. In a World Cup, we only remember the winners.”10

The music is blaring, they sing, they dance. Mendy, Blaise Matuidi, Paul Pogba are leading the way, obviously. Lucas Hernandez and Presnel Kimpembe are missing it all because they are at the anti-doping test.

The younger players still can’t really appreciate the magnitude of the achievement. “I can’t believe it, I can’t believe it,” whispers Benjamin Pavard, still only 22 with a mere 11 caps and a final to play in his first-ever World Cup.

Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele are quite incredulous. “It is the best day of my life,” says Mbappe, 19, who doesn’t have his driving licence but will play a World Cup final on Sunday.

The more experienced ones, those who went through the huge disappointment of the 2016 European Championship and the heartbreaking loss in the final against Portugal, have crucial words.

“This is nothing. We have not won anything. It is not over,” shouts Matuidi in the tunnel on his way back towards the dressing room.

“We can’t do like in 2016. There is one more game to go, we stay calm, win it and then we enjoy,” says Pogba.wholesale nfl jerseys cheap

The players are checking their phones and discover the incredible scenes back home, the Champs Elysees rammed with fans, the millions of people celebrating all around the country in the streets. They can’t believe what they are seeing.

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Sweden can beat England and win World Cup – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Sweden can beat England in Saturday’s quarterfinal and eventually win the World Cup in Russia if they can handle the pressure, former captain and record goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said.

The LA Galaxy striker said the stakes are getting higher in the knockout stages, but his nation stand a good chance after seeing off Switzerland in the round-of-16.

“Now it’s not just about how good you are. Now there are a lot of emotions in the picture, because it’s about quarterfinals,” he said. “The team that can handle their feelings best will have an advantage.cheap nike nfl jerseys from china

“Yes, I think Sweden can become world champion, just like I said before the World Cup started. They beat Mexico, which was strong, and then they defeated Switzerland as well. So they have had success, as nobody thought they would.”33

Ibrahimovic scored 62 goals in 116 games for his country and a debate raged about whether or not coach Janne Andersson should have brought him back into the squad for the World Cup, but they seem to be doing well enough without him.

“Now it’s about England on Saturday and we are all there with our full support behind them. All the Swedes in the world are proud of our national team and they will continue to be proud, regardless of how it goes,” Ibrahimovic said.

Ibrahimovic, who scored a spectacular overhead kick against England in the first game at the Friends Arena in Stockholm in 2012, also had a good-natured dig at another high-profile figure with an LA Galaxy connection and an interest in the game.new nike nfl jerseys for sale cheap

“I’m Swedish and I believe in Sweden against England, so we’ll see what David Beckham says when I talk to him,” he said.

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Whatever Cristiano Ronaldo wants — more money, to leave Real Madrid — he’ll get it

Nine words was all it took for Cristiano Ronaldo to ensure that his team’s Champions League success in Kiev would be all about him, despite a fairly anonymous performance in the Olympic Stadium. Nine words that he later attempted to clarify while only muddying the water further, stating cryptically that “these are situations which have been coming a long time.”

So what exactly was the Portuguese star attempting to achieve under the full glare of the world’s media?346

The simplest explanation — cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale and the most quintessentially Ronaldo — is that he wanted to ensure he was splashed over the front pages of the Spanish sports press the following morning while simultaneously stealing Gareth Bale’s thunder. He may have scored 15 en route to Kiev, but he won’t be overjoyed that Real’s 3-1 triumph will go down in history as the Welshman’s final.

If that was Ronaldo’s ruse, it was effective. Sunday reaped acres of column space and hand-wringing editorials dissecting his words. It also brought exactly what the Portuguese had been seeking, what he has always sought, in times of famine and feast: the adulation of Madrid fans, who thronged the capital’s Cibeles fountain and raised chants of “Cristiano, stay!”

Ronaldo does not enjoy playing second fiddle and Bale’s spectacular overhead kick was the high note of a Real Madrid career that may be drawing to a close. Signed as an eventual heir to the No. 7 shirt, he has been successfully sidelined by the Portuguese on the pitch and was again during Real’s celebrations, where Bale should rightfully have been the focus of attention.

When he was, on the grandest stage in Kiev, Ronaldo was lurking in the wings as Bale disappeared under a pile of white shirts. A pat on the head was about the extent of Ronaldo’s recognition; an innocuous gesture but at the same time a hierarchical one.

Ronaldo’s words could also be interpreted as a veiled double message to Florentino Perez,cheap nfl jerseys china nike  whose all-too-public courtship of Neymar has gone down like a flute of flat champagne in the Portuguese’s camp. A promised pay rise has failed to materialise, Perez claiming in January that the coffers are bare.

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Welcome to New England, rookie — no ‘real’ number for you

The methods that have made Bill Belichick one of football’s most successful coaches continue to evolve, and he’s introduced a new one to the mix in 2018: rookies with random, non-permanent jersey numbers in spring practices.

That’s why running back Sony Michel, the first-round pick from Georgia, was wearing No. 51 during Tuesday’s organized team activity.cheap nfl nike jersey

That number is illegal for running backs to wear in games, per NFL rules (numbers 20-49 are allowed), which highlights the point that Belichick is making to his newcomers.

“Really not too worried about all the important stuff like that — numbers and what color gloves you wear and all of that,” Belichick said Tuesday. “That’s not really at the top of the list right now. Trying to learn football, trying to become a team, trying to get better each day — that’s really where our focus is.”311

How Belichick brings the team together to achieve that goal is often notable. In past years, he’s had all players practice without any numbers in the spring, a method that forced them get to know each other better and increase their level of communication. Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll did something similar.

But the NFL since has disallowed that practice, so Belichick, as he often does, has come up with a different type of twist.

Hence the reason rookie quarterback Danny Etling (seventh round, LSU) was wearing a red, noncontact No. 58 jersey at Tuesday’s practice. That wouldn’t be allowed in a game.

“My first-ever football number in school was 28, so that’s the closest I’ve ever got to it,” Etling said of the unusual number.

All draft picks had numbers in the 50s on Tuesday — Nos. 56 (Andre Tippett) and 57 (Steve Nelson) were off limits because they were once owned by Patriots Hall of Famers — while undrafted players had numbers in the 60s and 70s.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

So it was unusual to see Braxton Berrios, the receiver from the University of Miami selected in the sixth round, wearing No. 55.

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Jonathan Schoop Placed on DL with Oblique Injury; Orioles Recall Alex Cobb

Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday.

The team announced official nfl jerseys cheap Schoop has a strained right oblique, and starting pitcher Alex Cobb was called up to take his spot on the 25-man roster.

Schoop was removed from Friday’s 7-3 loss against the Boston Red Sox in the bottom of the eighth inning. He had struck out swinging to end the top of the seventh.

He has been extremely durable in recent years, missing only two games over the previous two seasons.165

In that time, he has also developed into one of the best in the majors at his position. He finished last season leading all second basemen with 105 RBI and ranking second with 32 home runs. He also set new career highs with a .293 batting average and .841 OPS while playing above-average defense.

He not only earned his first All-Star appearance in 2017, he also ranked 12th in MVP voting.

Schoop was off to a slow start in 2018 with a .230/.266/.344 slash line and one home run in 14 games.

While Schoop has made a positive impact for the Orioles at the plate and in the field, his injury could create a giant hole in the lineup. Baltimore has other top hitters like nfl authentic jerseys Manny Machado and Adam Jones, but depth is certainly an issue.

With Schoop unavailable, the Orioles could turn to Engelb Vielma.

Cobb, who signed a four-year, $57 million contract last month, will make his first start of the season against the Red Sox on Saturday. The veteran right-hander started 29 games for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2017, recording 12 wins, 128 strikeouts, a 3.66 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP in 179.1 innings.

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Sebastian Janikowski agrees to contract with Seahawks

For the Seahawks, the move gives them another veteran kicker to compete with Jason Myers for the job that Blair Walsh held last season.

For the 40-year-old Janikowski,official nfl jerseys it’s a chance to continue his career in the Pacific Northwest after spending his first 18 seasons in Oakland. He didn’t play in 2017 because of a back injury and wasn’t re-signed when his contract expired at season’s end.

A surprise choice as the 17th overall pick in 2000, Janikowski left Oakland as the Raiders’ all-time leading scorer with 1,799 points, which ranks 11th in NFL history. He’s 10th all time in converted field goals with 414 and 12th in attempts with 515, according to Pro Football Reference. Janikowski’s powerful left leg has booted an NFL-record 55 field goals of 50 yards or longer. That includes a 63-yarder in 2011 against the Broncos in Denver, which tied what at the time was an NFL record.

He became one of the most well-known kickers in NFL history because of his on-field success as well as his atypical build (6-foot-1, 260 pounds) and his history of run-ins with the law while at Florida State and in Oakland. The most recent came in 2011, when Janikowski was charged with misdemeanor battery and false imprisonment stemming from a 2010 incident involving an alleged victim who was a female. Among his other legal scrapes was a 2002 DUI charge.

The Seahawks were in the market for a new kicker after Walsh’s lone season with the team did not go as planned. It started off well, with Walsh making 12 of his first 13 field goals, but ended disastrously when he missed seven of his final 16 kicks. Of those seven misses, six came during four losses that were decided by a touchdown or less.

Walsh’s 72.4 percent field goal rate (21 of 29) ranked 29th among qualified kickers. He’s an unrestricted free agent after playing out a one-year, $1.1 million deal with Seattle.

Coach Pete Carroll said at the scouting combine that the Seahawks would likely bring in another kicker to compete with Myers, whom they had signed to a futures contract after the season. personalized nfl jerseys cheap The 26-year-old Myers spent parts of three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who released him last October.

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Rangers lose Rougned Odor (hamstring) and Doug Fister (hip) to DL

The Rangers placed second baseman Rougned Odor and right-hander Doug Fister on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday, a day after both aggravated injuries in the series opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

Odor is expected to be out three weeks with a left hamstring strain. He tweaked the hamstring when stretching to take a throw in a game on Thursday but played nfl authentic jerseys all three games over the weekend against Toronto before leaving Monday night’s game in the first inning. He came up lame after scrambling back to first base on a short fly out to right field.

Fister (1-2, 3.95 ERA) will be out two to three weeks because of a right hip strain, and Colon will come out of the bullpen to take his spot in the rotation.

General manager Jon Daniels said Fister had some symptoms for a few weeks before coming out of Monday’s start after five innings.

“He felt it bothering him, his delivery and affecting how he was doing it,” Daniels said. “Hopefully, he responds to treatment, and then we’ll go from there.”

Right-handed reliever Tony Barnette was activated from the 10-day DL after missing the first 12 games of the season because of a lower back strain. Infielder-catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa was called up from Triple-A Round Rock and was looking to make his major league debut.

Profar has been in a utility role for the Rangers, starting games at third base and second base this season. Profar was 19 when he homered in his first big league at-bat in 2012, but he missed all of the 2014 and 2015 seasons because of right shoulder issues. He split each of the past two seasons between the Rangers and Triple-A Round Rock.

“It’s certainly a luxury to have a guy that we consider an everyday player to be able to jump right in there,” Daniels said. “[It] gives a talented young player an opportunity to play on a regular basis. There can be some benefit in that.”

Colon, who went to spring training on a minor league contract, started the fifth game of the season after the Rangers reworked the deal to keep him. When Martin Perez came nfl jersey wholesale off the disabled list, Colon went to the bullpen and on Sunday struck out four in two innings against Toronto in only the 10th relief appearance of his 21-season career.

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For UConn, déjà vu hurts a little bit more

Ohio — UConn seniors Gabby Williams and Kia Nurse embraced in the hallway of Nationwide Arena on Friday, the reality sinking in that their college careers were over. And for the second year in a row, they were not playing in the national championship game.

Could it really have happened again? An overtime loss in the national semifinals, authentic nfl jerseys thanks to a big shot from an opposing guard? Yeah, it really did.

Just like in 2017, the Huskies’ only loss all season came at the Women’s Final Four. This program has been to a record 19 of those, 11 in a row. The Huskies have never lost an NCAA final; they are 11-0 in those. But the semis have been the round that’s gotten them, now for the eighth time.

Last year, it was Mississippi State’s Morgan William who beat them at the overtime buzzer. This year, it was Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale, who sank a jump shot with 1 second left for a 91-89 overtime victory.

Last season, the Bulldogs ended UConn’s 111-game winning streak. This year, the Irish ended a 36-game win streak. Both years, the Huskies were the overall No. 1 seed and considered a heavy favorite to win the championship. Both years, they were going for the program’s seventh perfect season, but came up short.

Consider, though, it was just 13 days ago, when UConn opened the tournament with a 140-52 victory over No. 16 Saint Francis (Pennsylvania), that there was the typical “the Huskies are unbeatable and bad for the sport” claptrap from the peanut gallery that doesn’t really watch women’s basketball.

Yet for the second year in a row, the Huskies have, indeed, proved to be beatable.

“When you do something, and it seems like it’s so effortless, you do get numb and forget.wholesale nfl jerseys It’s difficult. It’s very, very difficult,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “There are no bad teams. There’s no bad players. You can’t luck into a national championship. You have to play great.”

Benson Mayowa set for Washington visit

Defensive end Benson Mayowa was released by the Cowboys, but he may wind up staying in the NFC East.

John Keim of ESPN.com reports that Mayowa will be in Washington for a visit on Tuesday.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal  That’s the second meeting with a defensive lineman that the

Redskins have lined up as Muhammad Wilkerson is set to visit with the team as well.

Mayowa had six of his nine career sacks for the Cowboys in 2016, but slipped to one during the 2017 season. He’s also played for the Seahawks and

Raiders since entering the NFL in 2013.gettyimages-624203806-e1520777264917

If Mayowa does land a job in D.C.,cheap nfl nike jerseys china  it will likely come with a change in position to outside linebacker in their 3-4 base defense. With Junior

Galette and Trent Murphy set for free agency, that spot could become a bigger need for the team in the coming days.

If you were surprised by the one-after-another trades that emerged on Friday involving the Browns, you’re not alone. As one league source explained

it to PFT, the trades stunned others who had been negotiating potential moves with the new nike nfl jerseys cheap  Browns.

The Browns weren’t talking only to the Bills about getting a quarterback, the Packers about getting a cornerback, and the Dolphins about getting a

receiver. The Browns were talking to other teams and agents for looming free agents (yeah, it’s tampering, but everyone does it) about filling

those needs elsewhere. The bing-pow-boom-bing reports of trades on Friday were for some of those folks the first notice they received that other

deals being discussed had been rendered moot.gettyimages-882945942-e1520778588282

There’s no requirement that teams call, for example, a team that the Browns had been talking to about a trade for a quarterback, cornerback, or

receiver before doing a deal that makes it clear that the talks are off, but it’s the kind of thing that can leave people a little miffed about the

way things went down.

The Browns may not care. After winning one game in two years, they’re on a mission to dramatically improve the team. If as the Browns bust their

asses to get better others get upset that a little sweat has buy nike nfl jerseys cheap been splashed on them, they’ll get over it. It’s far more important for the Browns to

get past 0-16.