By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Friday the death of U.S. university student Otto Warmbier soon after his return home was a mystery and dismissed accusations that he had died because of torture and beating during his captivity as "groundless". The North's foreign ministryRead More »
Mexico and New Zealand got into a melee at the end of their Confederations Cup clash on Wednesday, and the Video Assistant Referee review somehow turned out to be a bigger mess. The arrival of the Video Assistant Referee — or VAR — to help adjudicate every other decision hasn’t made the game better. Now in use in the first major tournament, the ongoing Confederations Cup in Russia, the technology has revealed itself as unready to be integrated seamlessly into the game just yet.
With an eye towards the future, New York City FC has made a milestone signing. On Wednesday, the club announced that it had signed 16-year-old midfielder James Sands to a Homegrown player contract, effective July 1. “I’m really glad for James because he came with us on preseason and he did really well, showing us how good he is,” NYCFC coach Patrick Viera said in a statement.
Kylian Mbappe, the 18-year-old starlet from Monaco, has drawn headlines all season after propelling the Ligue 1 team to the Champions League semifinal, and now the headlines are about where he’s off to next—and for how much. Jose Mourinho has reportedly been on the phone to one of his players who has asked him to help push along a move out of Old Trafford, while Tottenham has picked up its activity in the transfer market this Friday morning. Matteo Darmian, the Italian defender, phoned Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and asked him to help him leave the club, according to The Sun. Darmian, the 27-year-old Italian, wants to return to his country of birth in an attempt to play in next year’s World Cup, and he wants to play for Serie A champion Juventus.