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Playbook: Vive la France, goalkeeper upbeat after Irish breakup, Say What?!, and more ...

France's Samuel Umtiti celebrates after scoring his sides 1st goal of the game during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in, St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday.

Top picks

  • Tyson Farago at Charles A Barbour Field.

    France to final: Les Bleus advance to World Cup final after defeating Belgium 1-0 in semifinal.
  • Irish stew: Farago back in hometown after leaving Dublin-based pro team, sets sights on joining city's entry in new pro league.
  • Say What?:

Last night

  • Jays beat Braves: Stroman sharp on mound as Toronto knocks Atlanta out of fist place in NL East.
  • Orioles edge Yankees: Machado hits two dingers to lead Baltimore to 6-5 win against New York.

What we're reading

  • Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The money trail: Cristiano Ronaldo has signed a deal with Juventus worth over $100 million — here’s how he spends his cash
  • The redemption of Gareth Southgate: With empathy, integrity and determination, the manager who missed a penalty at Euro 96 is giving England its chance of glory
  • Booze and caviar: Alex Ovechkin continues his epic Stanley Cup celebrations in Russia

In case you missed it

  • Paul Wiecek: Masoli on fire in Hamilton, and that's the best thing that could happen in the CFL
  • Doug Brown: Nichols back from shop, but rental was nice
  • From Wimbledon to Winnipeg: Spanish tennis player looks to bounce back from early exit in England

What to watch

  • World Cup: The event's second semifinal has England squaring off against Croatia with the winner playing France in Sunday's final / 12:45 pm / TSN and CTV
  • MLB: The Toronto Blue Jays wrap up a two-game series in Atlanta vs the Braves / 6:30 pm / Sportsnet

Let's look ahead

  • Last bat: The Winnipeg Goldeyes continue their seven-game homestand with the third game of a four-game set vs the Sioux Falls Canaries. Game time is 7 pm at Shaw Park.
  • Left coast rematch: The Bombers head to Vancouver this weekend to play the second half of a home-and-home series vs the B.C. Lions. Game time Saturday night is 9 pm CT

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