Neymar's acclaimed return ahead of the World Cup supplied Brazil with an immeasurable boost, but the holder Germany and Argentina arrive at the tournament confronting inconsistent form and disrupted preparations.
The Golden State Warriors secured their status as an NBA dynasty on Friday by steamrolling the Cleveland Cavaliers to claim a third title in four years, and one that might send LeBron James elsewhere to seek championships.
When it mattered, Brazil rallied and found some golden moments to clinch a narrow 3-2 (25-17, 23-25, 25-19, 21-25, 15-13) victory against Iran in the 2018 Volleyball Nations League in Ufa, Russia, on Saturday.
The Iran men's national football team, domestically known as Team Melli, has chalked up a last-gasp win in its last warm-up match before starting its campaign at the 2018 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in Russia.
Zinedine Zidane will not be taking over as coach of the French national team any time soon as Didier Deschamps will remain in that job for the rest of his contract, which runs to 2020, the head of the French Football Federation (FFF) said on Friday.