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Fifa election should go ahead - Dyke

BBC Sport - 4 hours 31 min ago
English Football Association chairman Greg Dyke says Friday's Fifa presidential election should still go ahead.

DPP recommends cop be charged over MFK murder

Stabroek - 4 hours 32 min ago
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has recommended that a policeman be criminally charged in connection with the murder of well-known businessman Mohamed F Khan while another should face...

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French Open 2015: day five – live!

Guardian Sport - 4 hours 32 min ago

10.19am BST

Over on Court 1, we have something of a nostalgia-fest, a clash between two former champions, 2009’s Svetlana Kuznetsova taking on 2010’s Francesca Schiavone. Kuznetsova is the 18th seed but she’s down an early break to her unseeded Italian opponent. Schiavone is 34. Can she roll back the years?

10.12am BST

And ... play! Balls are being flung into the air, racquets are swishing, clay is flying. Day five of the French Open is underway.

10.09am BST

Edmund’s withdrawal means that Kokkinakis and Tomic will be on Court 7 first. On Philippe Chatrier, meanwhile, we have Julia Goerges against Caroline Wozniacki.

10.00am BST

It’s a huge shame Kyle Edmund had to pull out. His match against Nick Kyrgios could have been outstanding. Ah well. I’m sure they’ll meet again in the future. And it sounds like Edmund had no choice but to withdraw after injuring stomach muscles. “Kyle felt something after his qualifying matches,” said Great Britain’s Davis Cup captain, Leon Smith. “And since the match against Robert it has got worse. He has muscle damage in his stomach. The advice we had was that if he went on court for even a set, it could damage it further and put him out for six, seven, eight weeks. He played four fantastic matches here, he will quite possibly be in the top 100 when the next rankings come out. Why risk ruining your summer?”

9.30am BST

Hello. This could be a day to remember. This day could be even better than the time you managed to fit a whole packet of Hula Hoops in your mouth. Even better than the time you watched a whole Really. That good. Look up and down the order of play. Go on. Have a look. See? Good, isn’t it? It’s a multi-course tasting menu of tennis deliciousness. Grab the popcorn, settle in, take a seat, don’t go anywhere.

We were to begin with a battle of two 20-year-old whizzkids on Court 7, Britain’s Kyle Edmund, fresh from his first ever win at a grand slam, taking on Australian necklace model Nick Kyrgios, who you might remember from past classics such as that time he knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon last year, for crying out loud. But Edmund sadly retired from the tournament late on Wednesday, meaning the Australian could be up against Andy Murray in the third round – assuming that he makes it past the talented Portuguese, Joao Sousa, who could pose a few problems for the British No1.

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Fifa crisis live: Blatter under pressure amid arrests and World Cup inquiry

Guardian Sport - 4 hours 33 min ago

10.19am BST

In Russia, Reuters report that President Vladimir Putin has accused the US of meddling outside its jurisdiction:

“This is yet another blatant attempt (by the United States) to extend its jurisdiction to other states,” Putin said. He added the arrests were a “clear attempt” to prevent the re-election of Fifa head Sepp Blatter and that he had Russia’s backing.

10.16am BST

South Africa’s successful bid to host the 2010 World Cup is also facing scrutiny. Danny Jordaan, president of the South African Football Association who led the bid, has been elected unopposed as mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth. The opposition parties boycotted.

Here is how the Mail & Guardian reported the story in South Africa today:

South Africa and its football officials stand accused of buying the vote that landed the country the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Now all eyes are on Danny Jordaan, who led the bid and hopes to be elected mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay on Thursday.

United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch dropped her bombshell indictment on international football on Wednesday, alleging “corruption that is rampant, systemic and deep-rooted”, spanning two-and-a-half decades and multiple jurisdictions.

Altogether nine Fifa or Fifa member organisation officials and five company executives are indicted by the US. Another four individuals and two sports companies have already been convicted quietly, after plea bargains.

Where this leaves Jordaan is unclear. As head of the South African Football Association, he was reportedly due to fly to Zurich on Thursday to attend the congress – the same day he could be elected as mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay – should the ANC succeed in mustering its small majority in the metro.

Jordaan could not be reached for comment before going to press and did not respond to text messages. When amaBhungane phoned the ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa on Wednesday evening, the call was cut mid conversation, and he did not respond to text messages.

10.08am BST

The Australian Associated Press report that police in the country have been asked to investigate a payment of $500,000 by Football Federation Australia to former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner:

It’s understood Bonita Mersiades, a former Australian football executive turned whistleblower, has written to the AFP asking that it investigate the matter following raids that resulted in the arrests of seven high-ranking executives of football’s global governing body.

The AFP’s commissioner, Andrew Colvin, on Thursday confirmed that it may investigate the allegations after the matter was raised by the South Australian senator Nick Xenophon during a Senate hearing in Canberra.

10.01am BST

Here is the latest from Owen Gibson, the Guardian’s chief sports correspondent, in Zurich:

FA chairman Greg Dyke has moved to dismiss speculation that the current Fifa crisis could lead to England hosting the 2018 World Cup.

“This absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with an England bid for the World Cup or England hosting the World Cup,” said Dyke, ahead of a Uefa meeting to decide how best to challenge Blatter ahead of Friday’s scheduled presidential election.

9.51am BST

I understand FIFA Presidential candidate Prince Ali wants tomorrow's election to go ahead, & feels like it is not a foregone conclusion

9.46am BST

The latest dissenting voice towards Blatter comes from his former rival for Fifa presidency, Lennart Johansson. The former head of Uefa, who lost the 1998 Fifa presidential election to Blatter, says Russia and Qatar’s respective wins to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups should be reviewed following fresh corruption charges:

“I expect they will reconsider the (World Cup) decisions. Blatter himself has said that the decision to go east wasn’t proper. I am sure the initiative will now be taken to make a new decision.

“England haven’t had it since 1966 and it’s considered ’the motherland of football’, whatever we might think. They are worthy of the attention.

9.35am BST

The Guardian front page, Thursday 28 May 2015: The stench of corruption pic.twitter.com/7YCnGD2hbh

9.30am BST

The Guardian’s front page this morning leads with the growing number of voices throughout football as well as key stakeholders outside the game calling for Sepp Blatter to resign as Fifa president.

Greg Dyke, the chairman of the English Football Association, is one of those demanding Blatter immediately steps down:

“Blatter has put out a statement saying now is the time to start rebuilding the trust in Fifa – there is no way of re-building trust in Fifa while Sepp Blatter is still there.

“Sepp Blatter has to go. He either has to go through a resignation, or he has to be out-voted or we have to find a third way. I think the time has come where the damage this has done to Fifa is so great that it can’t be re-built while Blatter is there so Uefa has got to try to force him out.”

9.19am BST

9.11am BST

In case you missed it, here is what happened on an unprecedented day of crisis for Fifa yesterday:

9.03am BST

Welcome to today’s live blog covering the developments in Zurich as the crisis at Fifa rumbles on. We will have the latest on this live blog as the story develops. Here’s a quick summary of the latest news.

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U.S arrests top FIFA officials

Stabroek - 4 hours 35 min ago
ZURICH/NEW YORK, (Reuters) – The world’s most popular sport was plunged into turmoil yesterday as seven powerful soccer figures were arrested on U.S.

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Warner still in custody despite posting $2.5m bail

Stabroek - 4 hours 36 min ago
Jack Warner was this afternoon granted $2.5 million bail but has failed to secure his release. In addiiton, his attorney was unable to secure an emergency sitting of a judge in the High Court, to...

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Senior management was not told of dire GuySuCo situation – sources

Stabroek - 4 hours 36 min ago
Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Sugar Corporation, Dr Rajendra Singh met with senior management last week to expand on its three-year strategy but made no mention of the dire financial straits...

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Ramjattan says police shuffling further delayed until he does review

Stabroek - 4 hours 37 min ago
Newly-appointed Minister of National Security, Khemraj Ramjattan said yesterday that the planned reshuffling in the Guyana Police Force has been put on further hold as he has to do a review and he...

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Chandrika slams half century for President’s XI against Aussies

Stabroek - 4 hours 37 min ago
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich led a trio of half-century makers as West Indies President’s XI recovered from a shaky start to stretch the touring Australians on the opening day...

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Gates locked, artistes soaked, meals spoilt at Stadium cultural presentation

Stabroek - 4 hours 38 min ago
Dear Editor, I had vowed that never again would I take part in a cultural presentation at the National Stadium, after losing my singing voice from expending too much energy performing in the open air...

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Senior jailed for 20 years for gold miner murder

Stabroek - 4 hours 38 min ago
Seventy-three-year-old Donald Mopp, called “Chetty,” was yesterday sentenced to 20 years in prison for the murder of 33-year-old gold miner Winsel Roger Edwards.

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Shameful says Lara on Chanderpaul’s omission

Stabroek - 4 hours 39 min ago
Legendary West Indies batting icon Brian Lara has described the axing of Shivnarine Chanderpaul as shameful and has called on the West Indies Cricket Board to give the left-handed Guyanese an...

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How Warner was arrested

Stabroek - 4 hours 39 min ago
Deputy Commissioner of Police Crime and Support (Ag.), Glen Hackett, was yesterday contacted by Netram Kowlessar, Head of the Central Authority of Trinidad and Tobago, regarding a request by the...

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Wordsworth McAndrew deserves a centre at UG

Stabroek - 4 hours 39 min ago
Dear Editor, I do not know whether Volume I of my Wordsworth McAndrew biography, published a year ago by Caribbean Press, has anything to do with him now receiving a Guyana Golden Arrow of...

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Housing Authority warns squatters, encourages them to apply

Stabroek - 4 hours 40 min ago
The Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) yesterday issued a call for persons to desist from land grabbing and to submit applications for house lots instead.

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Blatter promises to root out any wrongdoing in football

Stabroek - 4 hours 40 min ago
ZURICH, (Reuters) – FIFA chief Sepp Blatter said he was determined to “root out any wrongdoing in football” after seven leading soccer officials were arrested on corruption charges by U.S.

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Sophia family seeking further aid

Stabroek - 4 hours 40 min ago
A Sophia family who lost almost everything on election night after a mob looted their home is calling on the government and relevant authorities to look into the matter and render any possible...

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Tiger should have been selected to play his final two Test matches before his home crowd

Stabroek - 4 hours 40 min ago
Dear Editor, Please grant me some space to express how I feel about Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s omission from the West Indies team to play against Australia in the first Test match in Dominica next...

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Guyana-China Business Council meeting postponed

Stabroek - 4 hours 41 min ago
The meeting of the Guyana-China Business Council (GCBC) which was to be held today at the Guyana International Conference Centre, Liliendaal has been postponed.

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Ministry offsets significant cost of GABF teams attending CARICOM C/ships

Stabroek - 4 hours 41 min ago
Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation President (GABF) President Nigel Hinds said a significant portion of the team’s funding for the 2015 Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships has...

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