Belgium spoils Panama’s World Cup debut with emphatic win

Belgium is off to a roaring start at the World Cup after earning a 3-0 win over Panama on Monday in Group G action from Sochi, Russia.

In the 47th minute, a headed clearance by Panama inside its penalty area fell to Belgium’s Dries Mertens, who hit a sweet from an angle from around 12 yards out that dipped into the far upper corner.

Romelulu Lukaku padded Belgium’s lead in the 69th minute when he scored a header from a fantastic cross delivered into the box by Kevin de Bruyne.

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Lukaku scored a second goal just six minutes later, breaking in on goal after collecting a perfect feed from Eden Hazard.

Belgium is considered one of the favourites in Russia, while Panama is making its World Cup debut.

In other Group G action, Tunisia plays England in Volgograd at 2:00 p.m. ET).

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Raonic climbs to 31st in ATP rankings, Federer reclaims top spot

Canadian Milos Raonic climbed four places to No. 31 in the world tennis rankings while Swiss star Roger Federer, the man who beat him in Sunday’s Stuttgart Open final, reclaimed the top spot from Rafael Nadal.

The Spaniard fell to No. 2 in the new rankings, ahead of German Alexander Zverev, Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro and Grigor Dmitrov of Bulgaria.

Canadian Denis Shapavalov was unchanged at No. 23.

Raonic, who has won eight career ATP titles, reached a career-high No. 3 in the world rankings in November 2016. Stuttgart marked his first final since last June at the Istanbul Open, when he lost Marin Cilic.

The right-hander from Thornhill, Ont., is climbing back up the ATP rankings after an injury-riddled 2017.

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R.J. Barrett added to roster for Canadian senior camp

TORONTO — Teenager R.J. Barrett has been added to Canada’s men’s basketball roster for this week’s training camp and exhibition series ahead of FIBA World Cup qualifying.

Barrett, who just turned 18, led Canada to a historic gold medal at last summer’s U19 world championships in Cairo. Teammate Andrew Nembhard, who helped Canada to silver at the FIBA Americas U18 championships last weekend, has also been added to the roster.

The camp in Vancouver features six NBA players in Khem Birch (Orlando), Chris Boucher (Golden State), Dillon Brooks (Memphis), Cory Joseph (Indiana), Kelly Olynyk (Miami), Dwight Powell (Dallas).

The Canadians will host China in a pair of exhibition games on Friday in Vancouver and Sunday in Victoria.

Canada resumes its World Cup qualifying on June 29 with a first-place showdown against the Dominican Republic. They conclude the first round of qualifying when they host the U.S. Virgin Islands on July 2 in Ottawa.

The Canadians have already qualified for the second round, but they carry their first-round record over to the next round.

The World Cup is in September of 2019 in China.

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