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News SportsGo to ESPN to stand up-to-the-minute sports activities information coverage, scores, highlights and commentary for NFL, MLB, NBA, Faculty Football, NCAA Basketball and more. Despite at the moment boasting one of many standout squads in international soccer, France hasn’t exactly pulled up bushes at this event. But it hasn’t lost any video games either. Les Bleus opened their tournament with a pair of wobbly Group Stage wins over Australia (2-1) and Peru (1-zero), followed by a snoozer of a scoreless draw with Denmark.

Russia 2018, nonetheless, has been a match of upsets. After all, no one had Germany dropping to Mexico AND South Korea, Russia beating Spain, Belgium knocking out Brazil (OKAY, some people had this one) and England making a bloody semifinal. So, Croatia stunning France in the remaining and successful its first ever World Cup wouldn’t even count as one of the high three surprises of the event.

Drawn into a competitive Group D, along with Messi’s Argentina, Nigeria, and Iceland, Croatia wasn’t essentially assured to even make it to the Round of 16. Regardless of the group’s talent, Croatia’s repute as a perpetual underachiever hardly singled it out as even a darkish horse for making it to the final. At finest, it was anticipated to finish second in its group, which as things played out, would’ve set up a meeting with France, not within the ultimate, however within the Spherical of 16, the place most would’ve predicted Croatia’s World Cup to end.

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Anderson works in opposition to Seattle Mariners’ Dee Gordon within the first inning of an interleague baseball sport Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Denver. Both gamers got here into the final following extenuating circumstances. I was obviously only half-right on my prediction for the ultimate, since Belgium and France bumped into each other within the semifinal. I’d thought considered one of them would make a sluggish start to the event and fail to win their group — oops.

• Harper not only holds the Nationals’ Statcast record for exit velocity on a home run (116.3 mph last June 15), he’s everywhere in the club’s leaderboard. Harper is chargeable for eight of the thirteen hardest-hit Nats homers in Statcast historical past, all of them registering 112.1 mph or extra. Harper’s 15 homers of a hundred and ten-plus mph are more than twice as many as some other Washington hitter has throughout that point.