Watch Live: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Queens Park Rangers (Lineups)

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Harry Redknapp, back in the Premier League, returns to his former home as Queens Park Rangers looks to get their first points of the season.

The 67-year-old managed Spurs from 2008-2012 and is likely to receive a hostile welcome home when the two clash at 8:30am ET live on CNBC or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.

Redknapp has a few new toys to ponder over at QPR, with Napoli forward Eduardo Vargas and Norwich midfielder Leroy Fer both among reinforcements arriving this week.

Fer slots right into the midfield at his new club, while the loanee Vargas is not yet able to crack the squad.

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Loic Remy starts in the striker position for Redknapp, with plenty of attacking ability on the bench available should they need it later in the match, including Bobby Zamora, Junior Hoilett, and Shaun Wright-Phillips.

On the other side, Spurs will look to win their second straight match to start the season after a nervy 1-0 win over West Ham on opening day.

Revived last season by interim manager Tim Sherwood, Emmanuel Adebayor has retained the trust of new boss Mauricio Pochettino and gets the start up front over Roberto Soldado, despite the latter having scored in the Europa League midweek.

Elsewhere for Pochettino, young Naleb Bentaleb gets the start in the defensive midfield next to Etienne Capoue, with last season’s regulars Sandro and Paulinho not even in the squad.

Kyle Naughton is suspended after his red card for a handball last week, so either Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen or Younis Kaboul will start out of position at right-back.

LINEUPS:

Tottenham: Lloris; Dier, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose; Bentaleb, Capoue; Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela; Adebayor.
Bench: Friedel, Davies, Dembele, Holtby, Lennon, Kane, Soldado.

QPR: Green; Caulker, Ferdinand, Dunne; Traore, Mutch, Isla, Barton, Fer; Phillips, Remy
Bench: Murphy, Simpson, Wright-Phillips, Onuoha, Faurlin, Zamora, Hoilett.

Ronaldo explains his new chin hair at World Cup

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Now that Cristiano Ronaldo has taken to sporting a reasonable hairstyle atop his head, people are talking about the foliage on his face.

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Ronaldo, 33, drew speculation when he stroked his chin following a goal in his hat trick performance against Spain in the World Cup opener. Some said he was demonstrating defiance against Lionel Messi posing with a goat (Greatest Of All Time) in a recent photograph.

Ronaldo scored again on Wednesday, and there was seemingly little doubt his goatee was a wink to the speculators. But what did it mean, CR7? From ESPN:

“This goatee? It’s a joke I had with [Ricardo] Quaresma. “We were in the sauna [before Friday’s match against Spain] and I started to shave and I left the goatee. I said if I score tomorrow, I would leave it for the rest of the tournament. And it gave me luck.

“I scored in that game, I scored in this one, so it stays.”

Personally, I like to imagine Ronaldo starting to get as wild with his facial hair as he did his head hair.

Perhaps a beatnik style, or something like Serj Tankian from System of a Down. Get nuts, C-Ron.

Report: Southampton could sell Tadic to Ajax for $20m

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Could Southampton be selling one of its most creative forces?

Dusan Tadic, 29, is in the middle of a World Cup run with dark horse Serbia, but the Saints star is also being talked about as a purchase item for Ajax.

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The celebrated Eredivisie has traditionally been a selling club for the Premier League, but could be a $20 million buy for Ajax.

The report says director of players Marc Overmars and financial director Jeroen Slop have flown to Southampton to work out a deal.

Tadic starred for Dutch sides Groningen and Twente between 2010-14 before moving to St. Mary’s for a reported $12 million.

He’s scored 24 goals with 35 assists in 162 appearances for Saints, 21 and 30 of which came in the Premier League.

Toronto locks down USMNT backstop Bono with extension

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Toronto FC goalkeeper Alex Bono is going to stay Toronto FC goalkeeper Alex Bono.

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The newly-capped USMNT backstop, 24, has been attracting interest from abroad since breaking past Clint Irwin to win the TFC job and guiding the club to multiple MLS Cup Finals.

Now general manager Tim Bezbatchenko has locked down his young goalkeeper to an undisclosed contract extension. From TorontoFC.com:

“Alex was a big part of our success last season. He set club records for wins and clean sheets and was a critical piece of our championship team,” said Toronto FC Sr. Vice-President, Soccer Operations & General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “Since joining the club as a first round pick in 2015, Alex’s ability to make key saves in big moments has been critical to our success.”

The Syracuse-born product of Syracuse University has made 64 appearances for the Reds.

WATCH: World Cup, Day 8 — Argentina on the edge; France aims for berth

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France, Denmark, and Croatia can clinch knockout round berths on Thursday in Russia, the last nation also holding the opportunity to help deprive the World Cup of an extended Lionel Messi run.

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Messi’s Argentina drew Iceland in its opener, the megastar infamously missing a penalty, and will look to beat a Croatian side that looked quite good in dispatching Nigeria.

That’s the final match of the day, which begins with Denmark facing Australia and continues with a tasty match-up between France and Peru.

Below is Thursday’s schedule in full.

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2018 World Cup schedule – Wednesday, June 20

Group C
Denmark vs. Australia: Samara, 8 a.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE
France vs. Peru: Yekaterinburg, 11 a.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE

Group D
Argentina vs. Croatia: Nizhny Novgorod, 2 p.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE