DJ Calvin Harris stoked by Harry Kane nod to ‘One Kiss’
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NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — Harry Kane led England into the round of 16 at the World Cup then gave a nod to Scottish DJ Calvin Harris.
Kane was asked after England’s 6-1 victory over Panama to pick a song to play on a Brazilian program as reward for his hat trick in the victory. Caught off guard by the request, the striker mulled the question from the Brazilian reporter.
“I’ll go ‘One Kiss’ by Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa,” he offered Sunday.
Dua Lipa is British, and both she and Harris were thrilled with Kane’s selection.
“Yes I’m Scottish but I don’t care the legend Harry Kane picked our song,” Harris posted on Twitter with a clip from Kane’s post-match news conference.
Dua Lipa acknowledged the shout-out by reposting a tweet about Kane’s selection.
Fans of both the soccer player and the artists also flooded social media supporting Kane’s song choice.
Quigley scores 20; Sky snap 6-game skid, 97-88 over Mercury
CHICAGO (AP) — Allie Quigley scored 20 points and hit a key basket late to help the Chicago Sky put away the Phoenix Mercury 97-88 on Sunday night.
Courtney Vandersloot grabbed the rebound off her own missed runner and passed out to Quigley, whose 3-pointer made it 94-82 with 52.3 seconds left. Vandersloot finished with 14 points and 12 assists for Chicago (4-9), which ended a six-game slide.
Brittney Griner was ejected for a flagrant 2 with 2:50 left in the third quarter. The play was reviewed after Griner struck Stefanie Dolson with a left hand to the face and Dolson fell to the ground.
The ejection came during the middle of an 11-2 Chicago run that ended with a 69-60 lead late in the third. Phoenix cut the deficit to 71-67, but got no closer.
Griner managed 19 points and 10 boards before leaving the game and Diana Taurasi added 18.
Player condemns racist abuse after Sweden’s WC loss
KRASNODAR, Russia (AP) — Sweden midfielder Jimmy Durmaz says the racist abuse aimed at him over social media following the 2-1 loss to Germany at the World Cup has been “completely unacceptable.”
After coming on as a substitute, Durmaz gave away the free kick that led to Toni Kroos curling in an injury-time winner in Saturday’s group game. Durmaz has since been subjected to online abuse, including threats to his family.
Before a training session on Sunday, Durmaz — standing in front of the rest of the Sweden squad and beside coach Janne Andersson — read out a statement to the media from a mobile phone.
“When you threaten me, when you call me ‘Arab devil,’ ‘terrorist,’ ‘Taliban,’ then you have gone far beyond the limit,” Durmaz said in the statement, which was published on the Swedish Football Association’s website.
“And even worse, when you go after my family, my children, threaten them. Who does such a thing? It is completely unacceptable.”
Durmaz was born in Sweden to Assyrian parents who emigrated from Turkey.
“I am Swedish and I am proud to play in the Swedish national team. That’s the biggest thing you can do as a football player,” he said in the statement. “I will never let any racists destroy that pride. We must all stand against all forms of racism.”
The Swedish FA has reported the abuse toward Durmaz to police.
“We do not tolerate a player being exposed to threats and violations,” said Hakan Sjostrand, secretary general of the Swedish FA. “It is unpleasant and very upsetting to see the treatment that Jimmy Durmaz has suffered. Completely unacceptable.”
The loss to Germany left Sweden tied on three points with its opponent. Both countries are three points behind Mexico with one game left. Sweden plays Mexico in Yekaterinburg on Wednesday, with Germany taking on South Korea at the same time.