The draw for the 2018 World Cup Final was made last Friday in Moscow. Eight groups from A to H were selected. Each group consists of four teams each, a total of 32 teams. Each time will play each other in each group from the field of 32 teams 2 will advance from each group to the quarter finals; eight rom the quarter finals to the semi-finals, four to the semi-finals, and eventually the two finalists.The respective groups and teams, and the teams currently touted by experts to emerge to the quarter finals are:Group A – Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UruguayQualifiers – Uruguay and EgyptGroup B – Portugal, Spain, Morocco, IranQualifiers – Spain and PortugalGroup C – France, Australia, Peru, DenmarkQualifiers – France and DenmarkGroup D – Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, NigeriaQualifiers – Argentina and CroatiaGroup E – Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, SerbiaQualifiers – Brazil and SwitzerlandGroup F – Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South KoreaQualifiers – Germany and MexicoGroup G – Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, EnglandQualifiers – Belgium and EnglandGroup H – Poland, Senegal, Colombia, JapanQualifiers – Poland, ColombiaThe first match of the World Cup will involve hosts Russia against Saudi Arabia on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, which will also be the venue for the finals.That will be the only game on the opening day, but after that there will be three or four games played per day for the duration of the group stage.The 2018 World Cup tournament ends on Sunday, July 15. The third-place play-off is a day earlier, and the two semi-finals will take place on July 10 and 11.All of the final four matches of the World Cup will be played at either the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow or the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg.
The Justice Department on Thursday moved to drop its case against Flynn after internal memos were released raising serious questions about the nature of the investigation that led to Flynn’s late 2017 guilty plea of lying to the FBI as his legal fees mounted.One of the documents was a top official’s handwritten memo debating whether the FBI’s “goal” was “to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired”; other materials showed efforts by anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok to pursue Flynn on increasingly flimsy legal grounds. NBC News’ Chuck Todd is in hot water after the network acknowledged that a deceptively edited clip of Attorney General Bill Barr discussing the Michael Flynn case aired during his “Meet the Press” broadcast on Sunday.After an uproar from other journalists and the President, the network conceded the mistake hours later. However, there is still no word on whether Todd will apologize on-air.Asked by CBS News’ Catherine Herridge how history would judge the DOJ’s decision to move to dismiss the Flynn case, Barr initially responded, laughing: “Well, history is written by the winners, so it largely depends on who’s writing the history.”Today on Meet The Press, @chucktodd wildly took context out of an answer AG Bill Barr gave about his decision to drop the case into Gen. Michael Flynn.I cut Todd’s segment along with Barr’s full answer together. Look at how blatantly dishonest this is. pic.twitter.com/tODOEwL48V— Greg Price (@greg_price11) May 10, 2020 After the brief clip aired, Todd remarked that he was “struck by the cynicism of the answer — it’s a correct answer, but he’s the attorney general. He didn’t make the case that he was upholding the rule of law. He was almost admitting that, yeah, this was a political job.”In the full clip, which the NBC show did not air, Barr immediately went on to state explicitly that, in fact, he felt “the Flynn decision upheld the rule of law.”“I think a fair history would say it was a good decision because it upheld the rule of law,” Barr said. “It upheld the standards of the Department of Justice, and it undid what was an injustice.”In response, the “Meet the Press” Twitter account posted: “You’re correct. Earlier today, we inadvertently and inaccurately cut short a video clip of an interview with AG Barr before offering commentary and analysis. The remaining clip included important remarks from the attorney general that we missed, and we regret the error.”But, the show did not say it would apologize on-air or if Todd will be terminated.Late Sunday, President Trump tweeted that “Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd” should be fired, saying he “knew exactly what he was doing.”Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd should be FIRED by “Concast” (NBC) for this fraud. He knew exactly what he was doing. Public Airwaves = Fake News! @AjitPaiFCC @FCC https://t.co/fLTDhjMXo4— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2020 read more