France Coach: Team Doing All to Ensure Mbappé Available for Netherlands Match

France's Kylian Mbappe, left, gestures as he speaks with his head coach Didier Deschamps during a training session in Paderborn, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
France's Kylian Mbappe, left, gestures as he speaks with his head coach Didier Deschamps during a training session in Paderborn, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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France Coach: Team Doing All to Ensure Mbappé Available for Netherlands Match

France's Kylian Mbappe, left, gestures as he speaks with his head coach Didier Deschamps during a training session in Paderborn, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
France's Kylian Mbappe, left, gestures as he speaks with his head coach Didier Deschamps during a training session in Paderborn, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

France coach Didier Deschamps says his team is doing all “to ensure” Kylian Mbappé is available for the Euro 2024 clash against the Netherlands on Friday.
"Everything is going well, after the shock we had. He was able to take part is some light exercises yesterday and that will be the same this evening″ Deschamps said Thursday. “We’ll do all we can to ensure that he’ll be available tomorrow.”
Mbappé broke his nose in France's opening 1-0 win over Austria on Monday when his face collided with Austria defender Kevin Danso’s shoulder. Blood stained his white France jersey. If he plays, he’ll need to wear a mask. But it remains uncertain.
Mbappé returned to light training on Wednesday and was expected to continue preparations on Thursday.



South Sudan Give US Huge Scare in Olympic Basketball Warm-up

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South Sudan Give US Huge Scare in Olympic Basketball Warm-up

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South Sudan's basketball team came close to stunning the United States' collection of NBA superstars on Saturday before losing 101-100 in an Olympic Games warm-up in London.

The US trailed by 14 points at half-time before LeBron James came to the rescue with 23 points, including the key score with just 20 seconds left.

Anthony Davis added 15 points with 11 rebounds for the US, according to AFP.

For South Sudan, who are ranked 33 in the world, Marial Shayok scored 25 points while Carlik Jones had 15 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

Both sides will meet again in the pool stages of the Paris Olympics which get underway on Friday.