24 Hours of Le Mans

24 Hours of Le Mans: Live updates, streaming, results for 2018 race
Le Mans 24 Hours: Toyota holds early one-two after frantic start
Late slow zone allows Lopez Alonso reprieve 31m WEC

Alonso catching Lopez at halfway stage 1hr WEC

H11: Alonso chasing race-leading Toyota 2hr WEC

H10: Penalty setback for #8 Toyota 3hr WEC

H9: #7 Toyota increases lead due to slow zone 4hr WEC

H8: Kobayashi builds small lead for #7 Toyota 5hr WEC

Montoya ‘ran out of talent’ in Le Mans off 5hr WEC
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Toyota held a 1-2 at the end of the first hour of the Le Mans 24 Hours with Sebastien Buemi in the #8 car leading team-mate Mike Conway.

From pole position, Buemi held the lead at the start of the race from the sister #7 TS050 HYBRID before Conway found a way ahead on the opening lap.

But Conway was never able to extend his advantage beyond 1.5 seconds and was repassed on lap five on the Mulsanne straight by Buemi, who had advanced three seconds up the road by the time he pitted at the end of lap nine.

After a 61-second stop, Buemi’s stunning 4m11.529s outlap was 10.5s faster than Conway’s a lap later, which allowed Buemi to stretch his lead beyond 15s after the pitstop phase had been completed.

Buemi had stretched that advantage to 18.281s by the end of the hour.

Stephane Sarrazin took advantage of a melee at the Dunlop chicane on the opening lap – when Andre Lotterer in the #1 Rebellion clipped the rear of the #8 Toyota, which dislodged his nose that then flew off and hit Ben Hanley’s DragonSpeed car – to run third in the early part of the race.

Sarrazin came under intense pressure from Thomas Laurent in the early part of the race and was briefly passed by the #3 Rebellion-Gibson R-13 on the Mulsanne straight before the pitstops, but Sarrazin was able to draft his way back past on the run to Mulsanne corner.

The SMP Racing driver now sits three seconds clear of the Laurent.

Hanley recovered to fifth in the DragonSpeed BR1 after stopping out of sequence at the end of lap five, with the sole ByKolles sixth and three minutes behind the leader with Tom Dillmann at the wheel.
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Alex Brundle ran sixth in the early part of the race in the #6 Manor-Ginetta after avoiding the first-lap incident before dropping to eighth, but he slowed towards the end of the hour before making a pitstop and is now 22nd.

The #6 Ginetta is 29th and last of the LMP1 cars, three laps down.
TDS gets ahead during stops in LMP2

Jean-Eric Vergne leads a 1-2 for TDS Racing in the #26 ORECA entered under the G-Drive banner.

The Frenchman dropped to seventh after a cautious opening lap, but took the lead after pitting from sixth on lap nine, one lap later than the leading trio comprising Nathanael Berthon (DragonSpeed ORECA), Paul-Loup Chatin (IDEC Sport ORECA) and Loic Duval (TDS ORECA).

Duval emerged from that group ahead as Berthon fell back to tenth, but Vergne emerged as the new leader and continued to build his lead up to 7.1 seconds by lap 16, at times lapping a over second quicker than anybody in the low 3m29s.

Nicolas Lapierre was another to benefit from a good first stop to leapfrog from fifth to third in the #36 Signatech-Alpine, while Chatin ended the first hour in fourth, but with a steward’s investigation hanging over him for a potential infraction at his first stop.

Former F1 driver Will Stevens was the best of the Ligier runners in fifth, 24 seconds behind at the end of the first hour in the #23 Panis-Barthez Competition entry.

Defending winners Jackie Chan DC Racing had a difficult start to the race when Jazeman Jaafar brought the #37 ORECA slowly back to the pits on lap two. The Malaysian emerged after repairs four laps down.
Porsche leads frantic GTE battle

Porsche led the GTE Pro category after the first hour, with the #92 of Michael Christensen taking the advantage over the sister #91 car thanks to an early first stop.

Poleman Gianmaria Bruni and Kevin Estre led the field away at the start, edging away from Stefan Mucke’s #66 Ford, and both Manthey drivers held station until Estre pitted on lap 10 to hand over to Christensen.

When Bruni led the majority of the field in the next time by, Christensen assumed a slender lead, while Dirk Muller managed to leap to second in the #68 Ford ahead of Bruni.

Also gaining ground was Patrick Pilet in the #93 Porsche, who got ahead of James Calado’s #51 Ferrari to take fourth during the stops, while Mucke in the #66 Ford slipped to sixth.

The German then lost further ground in his second stint and was eighth behind Antonio Garcia’s #63 Corvette and Alexander Sims’s #81 BMW at the end of the opening hour.

Leading GTE Am was Ben Barker’s #86 Gulf Racing Porsche after taking an early first stop that leapfrogged the British-entered car 10s ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella’s #54 Spirit of Race entry.

Poleman Matteo Cairoli slipped to third in the #88 Dempsey-Proton Porsche, running just behind Fisichella.

Kris George vs Josh Kelly

Josh Kelly vs. Kris George this Saturday in Newcastle By Trevor McIntyre: Josh Kelly (6-0, 4 KOs) will be fighting Commonwealth welterweight champion Kris George (14-1, 8 KOs) this Saturday night in a 12 round fight on June 16 at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle. The 24-year-old 2016 Olympian Kelly is coming off of a 10 round unanimous decision victory over 35-year-old former junior middleweight champion Carlos Molina on March 31 on the undercard of IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s unification fight against WBO champion Joseph Parker at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

Kelly’s trainer Adam Booth believes the fight against the 28-year-old Kris George is a good fight for him to take at this point in his career. Some boxing fans would argue that Kelly is taking a backwards move by going from fighting a former world champion to battling a Commonwealth champion, but this is what Booth wants. It might be a waste of time for Kelly to be moved along glacially slow, as he’s a 2016 Olympian, and fighters with that type of experience are expected to be moved at a rapid pace with their careers.

“We’ll take these risks, calculated risks, because we believe in the fighter that we have,” Booth said to punch-lines.co.uk. “When I talk about Josh I only talk about world championships but this is only part of the journey, a journey which will be entertaining and incredible for the north east.”

Kelly is going to have to be aimed towards the WBC or WBA ‘regular’ welterweight titles for him to have a chance of winning a world title in the future. He likely won’t be able to cope with the talent of IBF 147lb champion Errol Spence Jr. or WBO belt holder Terence Crawford. Kelly isn’t that type of talent. He’s a good basic welterweight, who might be able to beat the likes of Danny Garcia or maybe Shawn Porter, but not the super talented guys. Booth likely will want Kelly to wait a few years before he challenges for a world title because he won’t want him to lose his confidence if things don’t work out well for him. Kelly would have a chance against WBA ‘regular’ welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse if he could keep from getting hit a lot. Matthysse is still a huge puncher with either hand.

The Australian George has only one loss on his six-year pro career in losing to Can Xu by a 10 round unanimous decision in June 2015. George struggled with the speed of the Chinese fighter Xu. Since that loss, George has won his last seven fights against domestic level opposition. George’s recent wins have come against Maximiliano Leonel Scazone, Jack Brubaker, Cameron Hammond and Bowyn Morgan. George hasn’t been facing good opposition, which explains why he’s not suffered any additional loses since his defeat to Xu three years ago. George is used to fighting in his home country of Australia. Just how well he’ll be able to do fighting on the road remains to be seen.

“Josh is a special talent, he really is,” Booth said. “He has that crossover appeal as a fighter. As a fighter, there have been some interesting performances from him so far, it makes for good highlight reels.”

Kelly’s wins as a pro have come against these fighters:

– Carlos Molina

– Jean Michel Hamilcaro

– Jose Luis Zuniga

– Tom Whitfield

– Jony Vina

– Jay Byrne

USA vs Scotland

USA vs Scotland: Captain Stuart Hogg ‘found a love of the game again’ – Gregor Townsend Scotland coach Gregor Townsend explains why he has appointed Stuart Hogg captain.
USA v Scotland
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston Date: Sunday, 17 June Kick-off: 02:00 BST
Coverage: Watch on BBC One Scotland (repeated ‘as live’ at 10:00 BST) & BBC Sport website; text commentary on BBC Sport website

Gregor Townsend named two sets of brothers – the Hornes and the Fagersons – in his starting line-up for the United States on the weekend and he’s picked a side that contains seven players who will be starting their first Test match for Scotland.

There are stories throughout his inexperienced team and his choice of captain, Stuart Hogg, is undoubtedly one of them.

Hogg leads much-changed Scotland v USA

Townsend hasn’t spoken much about his past difficulties with Hogg, 25, but in Houston he expanded on what he called some worrying times in their relationship in 2014 when Townsend was Glasgow coach and Hogg, by his own admission, was a player who had lost the run of himself.

In the recent past the full-back has spoken, with a brutal honesty, about how he behaved in that period, how he’d gotten too big for his boots, how he felt he had outgrown Glasgow and wanted to get away from Scotstoun to join Ulster.
‘He loves playing for Scotland, he loves the history’

Townsend managed the situation by dropping his star player. In the run-in to the 2014 Pro12 final, and in the final itself against Leinster in Dublin, Hogg wasn’t even in the squad.

“There was a real worry that he might go and him and I might not have a relationship if that was to happen,” said Townsend. “I felt at the time that we had real potential to have a good relationship, because we’re both from the Borders and both came into the Scotland team at a very young age.

“We all have challenges, especially what he achieved at such a young age – playing for his country at 19, playing for the Lions [in 2013] at 20, 21, playing outstanding rugby.

“He did have some challenges that year. He got red-carded for Scotland [in Wales in the Six Nations] and maybe things weren’t going as well for him after the Lions tour. I could really relate to that. You do come back from a tour like that thinking things have changed.

“I know the decision at that time not to play him in the semi-final and final would have hurt him, definitely. They were not easy decisions but we felt they were the right ones and nobody is more happy than me at the way he responded.
Stuart Hogg scores a try for Scotland against Italy
Hogg scored his 18th try for Scotland in his last Test outing against Italy

“When he came back for pre-season the slate was clean. He reflected and went, ‘Right, I’m going to make the most of my time as a rugby player’. The next two seasons he was voted Six Nations player of the tournament. We all grow up and mature.

“He’s also had some great life experiences – getting married and having kids – and that changes you too. He loves playing for Scotland, he loves the history – the players that used to play, and the songs, he loves all that aspect, he loves touring. So, he’s a real asset for us on the field but also off the field.”

Hogg becomes Scotland’s fourth captain in as many months, following on from John Barclay (Six Nations captain), Stuart McInally (tour captain who should be fit to start against Argentina next week) and Grant Gilchrist (who captained the side against Canada). It will be Hogg’s 61st cap.

“It’s been great to see how he found a love of the game again,” said Townsend. “To see him back on the training field, first out, last to leave, loving getting his hands on the ball – there’s a joy when you see him playing. I also think that he’s really developed his game.”
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The US, on a run of six victories, should pose Scotland more problems than Canada, particularly in the heat of Houston. Regardless, Townsend goes with one of the most inexperienced half-back combinations in Scotland’s history in Adam Hastings and George Horne.

This is an opportunity for the Glasgow pair. Hastings is trying to put himself in the picture as back-up to Finn Russell while Horne is attempting to move himself higher up the pecking order at scrum-half. Only three of Greig Laidlaw, Ali Price, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, Henry Pyrgos and Horne will go to the World Cup. This is Horne’s debut. His campaign starts now.

Lewis Carmichael, an eye-catcher when coming off the bench in Edmonton, is in the second row with Tim Swinson moved to blind-side flanker. Luke Hamilton, with just two caps to his name, is at open-side. For the starting position against Argentina it’s a straight shoot-out between himself and Jamie Ritchie, who showed up well on his debut against Canada.

Matt Fagerson, the 19-year-old brother of prop Zander, wins his first cap at number eight.

“We know that these players in their first starts might not be perfect but I hope they’ll be inspired by the likes of Lewis [Carmichael] who really grabbed his opportunity last week,” said Townsend.

Errol Spence Jr. vs Carlos Ocampo

Errol Spence Jr. vs. Carlos Ocampo boxing prediction, fight card, expert pick If you’re having trouble remembering whether you’ve ever heard the name of IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr.’s next opponent, you’re not alone.

Before Carlos Ocampo (22-0, 13 KOs), a native of Mexico who has never fought outside of his home country and glaringly lacks a signature victory, was ordered by the IBF to be the mandatory opponent for Saturday’s title bout, even Spence (23-0, 20 KOs) had to look him up.

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“I didn’t know who he was, to tell you the truth; I don’t pay attention to the rankings,” Spence said during Tuesday’s conference call. “But that doesn’t mean nothing. There’s a lot of fighters that pop up out of the blue, that you never heard of. They just don’t have the management or the promotion team or the spotlight, you know, to be seen. That’s the ones you’ve gotta watch out for.”

The 28-year-old Spence, a rising star ranked among the top pound-for-pound boxers in the world, returns to his backyard of Texas when the Desoto native faces Ocampo (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET) at The Ford Center at The Star; the indoor athletic facility shared by the Dallas Cowboys in Frisco.

Fresh off a dominant victory over Lamont Peterson in January, Spence decided to get his mandatory opponent out of the way now, during a period where getting other top welterweights inside the ring against him has been difficult. Not only would Spence, who describes himself as “old school,” prefer to be facing the likes of fellow 147-pound titleholders Keith Thurman or Terence Crawford right now, so would his fans.

“I’m ready to line up those other champions,” Spence said. “I’ve said that since I was 15-0. I want to fight every opponent and take them out no matter who it is. I’m here to prove that I’m the best in the division.”

The southpaw Spence appears headed toward a long-term collision course with Crawford, who won his first welterweight title last Saturday by stopping Jeff Horn, despite the fact that a fight between the two would be difficult to make thanks to each fighter’s promotional and television network affiliations.

Still, the groundswell for how badly a Spence-Crawford fight is needed toward the idea of declaring true supremacy at both welterweight and the sport as a whole on a P4P level has continued to build. Some have even called it this era’s equivalent to a Sugar Ray Leonard-Thomas Hearns or Felix Trinidad-Oscar De La Hoya-type showdown.

While Spence firmly has his focused centered upon taking out the 22-year-old Ocampo, he has no problem talking about how eager he would be to see a Crawford fight come to fruition.

“[Crawford] is crafty, he’s a switch-hitter, he can box, he can move,” Spence told ESPN this week. “For me, I just feel like I’m bigger. I’m stronger. I’m just as sharp. I have a better chin. I hit harder. I’d just basically beat him up.”
Showtime fight card
Fight Weightclass

Errol Spence Jr (c) vs. Carlos Ocampo

Welterweight title

Daniel Moran vs. Moises Flores

Bantamweight

Javier Fortuna vs. Adrian Granados

Junior welterweight

Ocampo, who has seen five of his last seven fights go to the scorecards, is confident for the biggest challenge of his career.

“He can try to come and knock me out, but this is my dream,” Ocampo said. “This is what I’ve trained my whole life for and i’m not going to let this chance pass me by. I’m going to use my height, distance and jab throughout the fight. The counter will be important for me. I’m going to look to catch him so he better be ready.

“I’m going to leave everything in the ring. I’m going to show what I have and give everyone a great performance from start to finish.”
Prediction

Spence is so technically proficient, powerful and mentally tough that it would be difficult to favor anyone in the world against him, let alone an unknown like Ocampo, who hasn’t remotely faced an opponent close to this level.

If Spence had any hole in his game, it might be possible to sketch out an unlikely path to an upset for Ocampo. But he doesn’t. Spence has put in plenty of sparring with junior middleweight titleholder Jermell Charlo inside trainer Derrick James’ camp and appears poised and ready to continue his march toward the top of the sport.

Spence, who captured his title with a brilliant stoppage of a game Kell Brook in 2017, was so dominant against Peterson earlier this year that one can only expect the worst for Ocampo.

Lewis Ritson vs Paul Hyland Jr

Lewis Ritson vs Paul Hyland Jr: Domestic dust-up headlines a night packed full of potential in Newcastle Boxing on TV: British lightweight bout leads a bill that also includes Gavin McDonnell’s bantamweight encounter with Stuart Hall

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Lewis Ritson defends his British lightweight championship against Paul Hyland Jr
Lewis Ritson defends his British lightweight championship against Paul

Amidst all the major fights going on in the boxing world at the moment, there is still nothing better than a packed night of competitive, domestic action. Tonight, in Newcastle, several of Britain’s most exciting prospects will take to the ring, headlined by British lightweight champion Lewis Ritson, who defends his title against Paul Hyland Jr.

Ritson’s rise to success has been rapid, and destructive. Prior to October 2017, the 24-year-old had barely beaten an opponent with a winning record, but a surprise British title challenge against then-champion Robbie Barrett ended in a seventh-round victory for Ritson. While the win was excellent, Ritson’s follow up success over Joe Murray was even more impressive, as the former Olympian was stopped in the first round.

At this stage, the Ritson hype-train was beginning to roar, with his reputation on boxing forums reaching rapid hype. In March, just five months after beating Barrett, Ritson soaked up a first round assault from Scott Cardle before stopping him in the second round. The fight taught us that Ritson has the ability to soak up pressure at will, but that his defence could come under scrutiny against a harder puncher.

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So, is Paul Hyland Jr that guy? It’s unlikely. The Belfast man is 18-0 as a professional, but only seven of his wins have come via stoppage. Hyland is in good form after 2017 wins over Adam Dingsdale and Stephen Ormond, but though the Irish star has ambitions of his own assault on the European scene, he has not showed the overall quality in the ring that Ritson has.

But ring quality isn’t always the barometer to success. Tonight reflects the first time that Ritson has headlined a card of any great significance, and it comes in front of thousands of his local fans. Will he be able to deal with the pressure of performing, especially when his previous fights have come under the radar?

Hyland too must deal with new surroundings, he has never been in a fight of his magnitude, and has never fought in England before, let alone as the overwhelming villain of the piece for the local fans. If Ritson has the power advantage, and Hyland the general boxing skills, who will have the mentality to eliminate the expectation and focus on victory?

An excellent undercard will accompany the main event, led by Josh Kelly, who challenges for the Cruiserweight welterweight title in just his seventh fight. Kelly has attracted a great deal of attention for his sublime talent, with his Matrix-like movement and fast hands garnering plenty of acclaim. He faces a step up in Newcastle against Australian Kris George, who has stopped three of his last four opponents.

Elsewhere, Gavin McDonnell and Stuart Hall meet in a crossroads super bantamweight clash, Arfan Iqbal and Simon Vallily battle for the English cruiserweight title, Charlie Edwards and Anthony Nelson are in super flyweight action, while Ricky Burns and Glenn Food compete in tick-over bouts.

Argentina vs Wales

Argentina vs Wales LIVE: Latest score and updates from series finale Can Wales pull off another stunner over Argentina in their own back yard? British and Irish Lions reveal when the squad will be announced for New Zealand tour Wales will turn out for the final fixture of their summer tour tonight when they face Argentina in the second Test.

After defying the odds last Saturday to claim a 23-10 victory over the Pumas, Warren Gatland’s men will be bidding for a repeat performance.

The Wales boss has made five changes for the final Test, with last week’s Man of the Match James Davies to start alongside Ellis Jenkins , and Cory Hill to captain the side after taking charge a week ago.

Wales will again go up against a group of players who have been in fine form for Super Rugby side for the Jaguares. Will they be able to claim a second Test victory against a physical side that will certainly be looking to bounce back?

Stay with us for the latest updates.

Kick-off: 8.40pm UK time

Wales: 15. H Amos, 14. J Adams, 13. S Williams, 12. O Watkin, 11. G North, 10. R Patchell, 9. A Davies, 1. R Evans, 2. R Elias, 3. T Francis, 4. A Beard, 5. C Hill (captain), 6. E Jenkins, 7. J Davies, 8. R Moriarty.

Reps: E Dee, N Smith, D Lewis, B Davies, J Turnbull, T Williams, G Anscombe, T Prydie.

Argentina: 15. E Boffelli, 14. B Delguy, 13. M Orlando, 12. J de la Fuente, 11. R Moyano, 10. N Sanchez, 9. M Landajo, 1. S Botta, 2. A Creevey (captain), 3. N Chaparro, 4. G Petti,, 5. T Lavanini, 6. P Matera, 7. M Kremer, 8. J Desio.

Rep: J Montoya, J Diaz, S Medrano, M Alemanno, T Lezana, G Bertranou, S Gonzalez Iglesias, S Cancelliere.
Wales stand on the brink of a superb 2-0 series victory against Argentina and a three wins from three matches on their summer tour.

Beat the Pumas on Saturday night in Santa Fe and that will be the achievement of Warren Gatland’s squad.

So can Wales get over the line? Can they follow up their excellent 23-10 win in San Juan a week ago which came on the back of a 22-20 success against South Africa in Washington DC?

Our pundits give their match predictions….

MARK ORDERS

Wales were so far ahead of Argentina in San Juan that they should have won more comfortably.

The visitors appeared better coached and more clinical: while Warren Gatland’s team took their two clear-cut chances on offer, the Pumas struggled to make the most of a mountain of possession.

But under-pressure Argentina coach Daniel Hourcade has given his players the chance to redeem themselves and they will be fired up to take it. To borrow a phrase from Graham Henry ahead of the stormy second Test in Buenos Aires in 1999, they are likely to throw the kitchen sink at Wales, and then a bit more.

A European referee allowed for a full-on contest at the breakdown in the series opener and James Davies had a field day. This week South Africa’s Jaco Peyper has the whistle and Wales will need to adapt to his interpretations.

Portugal vs Spain

Spain vs. Portugal live stream info, TV channel, odds: How to watch World Cup 2018 on TV and online
This Group B showdown pits Cristiano Ronaldo against goalkeeper David de Gea, with so much at stake

Iberian rivals Portugal and Spain square off on Friday at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the second match of Group B. The neighbors, with plenty of familiar players and similar styles, go to battle in what is arguably the most highly-anticipated groups stage match of the cup.
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With Iran and Morocco in their group, this is a match that will put the winner as the strong favorite to win the group, while a draw will leave both vulnerable to a shocking upset and potential early exit. For the loser, even more so.

Spain enters this game in good shape overall, but it is expected to be without defender Dani Carvajal, who has just returned to training. He isn’t expected to play in this one, though.

As for Portugal, the team is healthy and led by superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who just won his third straight Champions League title with Real Madrid. There are no significant injuries for the reigning Euro 2016 champs.

Here’s how you can watch the match and more. And be sure to return a half an hour before kickoff for our live blog of the game:
How to watch Spain vs. Portugal

When: Friday at 2 p.m. ET
Where: Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Sochi
TV: Fox and Telemundo
Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Follow: CBS Sports App
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Prediction

The Iberian clasico goes to Spain, who take care of the Euro 2016 in rather convincing fashion, with a superior defense the main difference. Spain 3, Portugal 1.

OK, so maybe that’s not exactly the conversation that went down. But there is definitely a sense of one last hurrah about this Portugal team. It’s a collection of lovable, rogue thirty-somethings — with all their failings, foibles and faults, but also their experience, passion and sheer bloody-mindedness — coming together behind their G.O.A.T. contender and the wise coach with the sad eyes (and the penchant for tears).

You’ve got the one-footed winger with the teardrops tattooed on his face, Ricardo Quaresma, the baby-faced little midfield general, Joao Moutinho, and a trio of center-backs — the youngest of whom is 34 — who could easily double as nightclub bouncers (Pepe, Bruno Alves and Jose Fonte). Plus, of course, their own version of Highlander, Ronaldo, who is only in his 15th year of doing it at the highest level.

Portugal are confirmed underdogs and need things to go their way in order to have a shot, just like they did in 2016, when they squeezed through the group stage with three draws (including coming back three times in a single game against Hungary), then beat Croatia with a late, late, late strike in extra-time, beat Poland on penalties, survived Wales in the semifinal and defeated France with an extra-time wonder strike from Eder, who had hardly played that season.

Uruguay vs Egypt Live

Uruguay vs. Egypt live stream info, TV channel, start time: How to watch World Cup 2018 on TV, online
The second match in Group A pits Mo Salah against Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, with so much at stake Uruguay and Egypt make their 2018 World Cup debut on Friday in the second match of the tournament, facing off in a Group A showdown in Yekaterinburg. After Russia and Saudi Arabia’s match on Thursday, there’s three points on the line here for one of these two teams to put a foot into the knockout stage.
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Uruguay is viewed by many as the favorite to win in the group and the favorite to win this match, but Egypt is a popular dark horse candidate in this competition and has a solid shot of making it out of the group stage just as long as Mohamed Salah is healthy. Salah is expected to play, after being sidelined since the Champions League final with a shoulder injury.

Uruguay enters the match healthy and with the deadly duo in attack of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, but the pressure is on a young, new generation of midfielders to be the glue between the back line and the strikers. At the back, Diego Godin leads the way in central defense alongside his Atletico Madrid teammate Jose Gimenez.

For Egypt, all eyes are on Salah. He’s cleared to play, and it’s a massive boost to the team’s chances of making any noise. Is this the Salah we all saw at Liverpool this season? Keep an eye on his rhythm throughout the match, especially if he’s not at 100 percent. He’ll be needed to beat the talented South Americans.

Here’s how you can watch the match and more. And be sure to return a half an hour before kickoff for our live blog of the game:
How to watch Uruguay vs. Egypt

When: Friday at 8 a.m. ET
Where: Stadion Central’nyj in Yekaterinburg
TV: FS1 and Telemundo
Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Follow: CBS Sports App
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Prediction

Uruguay is stacked from the back to the front and contains Mohamed Salah, while Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez do their thing in attack to take all three points. Uruguay 3, Egypt 1.

Egypt vs Uruguay

Egypt vs Uruguay: TV channel, live stream, squad news & match preview June 15, 2018 3:10am EDT June 15, 2018 3:00am EDT Egypt and Uruguay open their World Cup campaign on Friday at the Central Stadium in the second game of Group A
Egypt and Uruguay will clash against each other in the second Group A game on Friday at the Central Stadium in Ekaterinburg, in what is arguably the group’s most exciting fixture.

It will be a battle between former Liverpool star Luis Suarez, now at Barcelona, and current Reds favourite Mohamed Salah who broke multiple scoring records in his debut season at Anfield this season, netting 44 goals in all competitions.

Uruguay are overwhelming favourites heading into the match but Egypt’s chances will be highly dependent on the fitness of Salah, who sustained a severe shoulder injury during Liverpool’s Champions League final when he was pinned down by Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.

While it was feared that Salah would be absent for a large portion of Egypt’s games, manager Hector Cuper confirmed that he would be fit to start the game amid injury concerns – a major boost for the Pharaohs.

Goal brings you all you need to know ahead of the clash between the two sides.
Game Egypt vs Uruguay
Date Friday, June 15
Time 1pm BST / 8am US ET
Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial)
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch

In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .

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In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BBC One or streamed live online using BBC iPlayer.
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Squads & Team News
Position Egypt players
Goalkeepers El-Hadary, El-Shennawy, Ekramy
Defenders Fathi, Samir, Ashraf, Abdel-Shafy, Hegazi, Gabr, Elmohamady, Gaber El-Wensh
Midfielders Hamed, Abdel-Razik Shikabala, El-Said, Morsy, Elneny, Sobhi, Trezeguet, Warda
Forwards Salah, Mohsen, Kahraba

Despite early fears that star forward Mohamed Salah would miss a great chunk of Egypt’s World Cup campaign due to his shoulder injury, it was confirmed that he would be fit in time to play in his side’s group stage opener against Uruguay.

Should Salah not play the full 90, however, Ramadan Sobhi would be an immediate replacement to feature for him on the wing. Goalkeeper Hadary is the oldest player to feature in this summer’s World Cup at 45 years, and could captain Egypt at the tournament for the first time.

Potential Egypt XI: El-Hadary, Fathi, Hegazi, Gabr, Shafy, Hamed, Elneny, Trezeguet, Said, Salah
Position Uruguay players
Goalkeepers Campana, Muslera, Silva
Defenders Caceres, Coates, Gimenez, Godin, Pereira, Silva, Varela
Midfielders De Arrascaeta, Bentancur, Laxalt, Nandez, Rodriguez, Sanchez, Torreira, Vecino, Urretaviscaya
Forwards Cavani, Gomez, Suarez, Stuani

Lucas Torreira, a transfer target for Arsenal his summer, could earn a start against Egypt. Ex-Barcelona left-back Martin Carceres is expected to start for Uruguay, along with stars Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani up front.

Potential Uruguay XI: Muslera; Caceres, Gimenez, Godin, Pereira; Bentancur, Torreira; Rodriguez, Arrascaeta, Suarez; Cavani
Betting & Match Odds

Egypt are 11/1 favourites to win the match according to dabblebet, with Uruguay commanding odds of 13/5. A draw between the teams is a 8/13 bet.

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Luis Suarez Uruguay 2017

Egypt’s opening group game against Uruguay is their first appearance at a World Cup final in almost 30 years. Salah was responsible for securing his side’s spot in this summer’s tournament after scoring a penalty in stoppage time against Congo, earning him the status as his nation’s hero, and hopes of his country doing well in Russia rests heavily on his shoulders.

Uruguay are experienced competitors in the World Cup, featuring in their 14th edition compared to Egypt’s third, and are bolstered by the likes of world-class stars Cavani and Suarez. Cavani was the highest-scoring South American player in the qualification stages, scoring 10 goals.

The South American side will be boosted by their recent 3-0 international friendly win over Uzbekistan, while Egypt have failed to win an international fixture since October 2017 (when they beat Congo). Their last international fixture, against Belgium, saw them lose 3-0 (though were without the injured Salah).

“Salah is doing very well indeed, he’s recovered very quickly. We’ll see how it goes today. I can almost assure you 100 per cent he’ll play,” Egypt manager Cuper told reporters on Thursday morning.

“We’re trying to make him feel confident. The doctors are giving him the option to play or not. I know him very well, and I’m sure he’s not afraid.

“A risk of playing a match is something we can’t hide. In terms of him on the pitch, he’ll have full guarantees. If we do see at the last minute there’s an issue, we’ll see if it can be resolved.”