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SOCCER
Argentina get final shot at salvation 
Held by Iceland and humiliated by Croatia, Argentina’s World Cup could already have been all but over, but Lionel Messi and the rest of Jorge Sampaoli’s troubled squad have one final shot at redemption against Nigeria on Tuesday. Victory against the Africans, who Argentina have beaten in all four previous World Cup meetings, will secure qualification for the last 16 as long as Iceland don’t shock already-qualified Croatia. Even if Iceland claim a first ever World Cup victory, Argentina could still progress on goal difference.
Ajax let costly Ndoro goAjax Cape Town have confirmed they have opted not to renew the contract of striker Tendai Ndoro‚ compounding the costly mistake for the club in securing his services in January. Ndoro cost R2.5-million from Saudi club Al-Faisaly earlier this year‚ which at the time the club stated was on a two-season contract‚ but now say the deal was for an initial six months with the option to renew.
RUGBY
Jones not guaranteed of job for World Cup
England head coach Eddie Jones is not guaranteed to keep his job for next year’s World Cup in Japan despite having the support of the Rugby Football Union, RFU chairman Andy Cosslett has said. “You’re asking for unconditional support and only my children get that. It’s not something you give because you’re under assessment the whole time,” Cosslett told reporters. The Australian’s contract runs until January 2021.
CRICKET
Dale Steyn proves his fitness in styleDale Steyn’s 5/66 for Hampshire in Yorkshire’s first innings in a county championship match in Southampton has grabbed its deserved share of headlines. Steyn came through 29 overs in the first innings of the championship match and bowled another 21 in the second dig. His economy rates — 2.27 and 2.23 — offered further evidence that he is getting back to his best ahead of the Test series in Sri Lanka next month.
Vaughan says Buttler can inspire England to glory 
Jos Buttler gives England the “best chance they have ever had” of winning the World Cup, according to former captain Michael Vaughan. Buttler’s 110 not out rescued England from the brink of defeat as they beat Australia by one wicket in the fifth one-day international at Old Trafford on Sunday to complete a 5-0 whitewash of the reigning world champions.
CHESS
Indian prodigy chess champ at 12 
A 12-year-old Indian boy described as “unstoppable” by his proud father has become the world’s second youngest chess grandmaster ever. Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, the son of a bank employee from the southern city of Chennai, was 12 years, 10 months and 13 days old when he won the title on Sunday. Current record holder Sergey Karjakin of Ukraine was 12 years and exactly seven months old.
TOE WRESTLING
Toe wrestler 'Nasty' nails 15th world title
In a pub in central England, fans of toe wrestling cheered Alan “Nasty” Nash as he entered the ring, rock music blaring, to defend his world title. Established in the 1970s, the sport is similar to arm wrestling. After having their feet inspected for signs of fungus or injury, contestants sit on the floor, facing each other, lock toes and try to push their opponent’s foot to the side. “Training gets harder but determination gets stronger and the head gets stronger,” victorious Nash said. “I reckon I can outsmart people rather than outfight them and still win.”
TENNIS
Nadal ousts Federer to regain top spot 
Spain’s Rafael Nadal regained the top spot in the men’s ATP rankings from old rival Roger Federer on Monday after the latter’s surprise final loss on the grass in Halle. Nadal had slipped down to No2 despite his 11th French Open success after Federer, 36, took the Stuttgart Cup to bag the No1 ranking for the sixth time in his career and bask in a record 310th week at the summit.
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