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B.B. King's death to be investigated as homicide      

Observer - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 18:45
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The death of blues guitar legend B.B. King this month will be investigated as a homicide, a Nevada coroner's office said.

GuySuCo says unable to pay senior, junior staffers – unions

Stabroek - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 18:43
The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) and the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) say they were informed at a meeting this afternoon...

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Quartet qualify for US Women's Open

BBC Sport - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 18:39
Holly Aitchison and Lauren Taylor of England join Scotland's Heather MacRae and Kylie Walker at the US Women's Open.

Roma defeat Lazio in Rome derby to secure Champions League qualification

Guardian Sport - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 18:38

Roma secured an automatic place in the Champions League group phase with a 2-1 win over Lazio in a heated Rome derby on Monday night.

Roma’s French centre-back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, the former Newcastle player, decided the match with his first goal of the season when he headed home an 85th-minute free-kick.

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French Open 2015: Britain’s Aljaz Bedene spirited in defeat

Guardian Sport - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 18:36
• Former Slovenian beaten 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 on grand slam debut
• Bedene shows admirable fight against Austria’s Dominic Thiem

Family and friends, the curious and a few stragglers, crammed into Court No5 on the first Monday of the French Open to see if the fuss about Great Britain’s latest tennis acquisition, Aljaz Bedene – once of Slovenia and latterly of Welwyn Garden City – was warranted. It just about was.

Bedene lost in his first major under the colours – in the first round, true to stereotype – but he gave almost as good as he got against one of the best young players on the tour, Dominic Thiem.

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Tuesday's gossip column

BBC Sport - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 18:19
Klopp wants six month break, Real Madrid eye Benitez, Spurs set to beat Liverpool for Trippier, plus more.

Brendan Rodgers: the manager who needs to succeed but isn’t at the moment | Barney Ronay

Guardian Sport - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 18:09
Luis Suárez’s exit, Steven Gerrard’s retirement and Raheem Sterling’s wanderlust have tested Rodgers but what might do for him now are his Liverpool signings
Rodgers backed by FSG to walk through Liverpool storm

Before Liverpool’s 6-1 defeat at Stoke on the final day of the season Brendan Rodgers had already announced that he was “150% certain” he would remain in his job next season. As with so many aspects of Liverpool’s mutable, oddly unquantifiable progress in the last two years, it might just be best to double-check the figures on that one. By Sunday night, Liverpool’s manager had recalculated. “I’ve always said if the owners want me to go, I go,” he reasoned, pirouetting on his heel with a lithe, finely-balanced sense of sure-footedness that brought to mind something almost entirely unlike Emre Can.

Related: Liverpool striker Divock Origi named in Ligue 1 worst team of the season

Related: Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers: if owners want me to go, I go. It’s as simple as that

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England provide dramatic finale to give people’s Monday the finish it deserves | Vic Marks

Guardian Sport - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 18:01
There was a special crowd at Lord’s for day five of the first Test and they were served up special fare as New Zealand were beaten to complete a memorable Test
• Mike Selvey: Stokes takes the limelight in thrilling win

So now everyone heads for Headingley, some elated, some dejected, all exhausted. New Zealand must be bewildered. How often has a team had their opponents 30 for four within the first hour and then scored 523 runs in their first innings – and lost? That was their fate and they must still be scratching their heads and aching.

The vast majority of the 20,000 spectators, who turned up on the people’s bank holiday Monday may not be heading to Leeds. Most were locals, who had walked in and they had the time of their lives – except perhaps the ones in beige. For this was a memorable, tantalising contest with an outcome way beyond most people’s expectations.

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Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin: I want to play in Champions League

Guardian Sport - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 17:48
• France midfielder has been linked with move to Arsenal
• ‘There are ongoing discussions but nothing is done’

The Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has admitted he wants to join a club playing in the Champions League next season, with Arsenal thought to be frontrunners to sign him.

The 25-year-old Frenchman has enjoyed another successful season having remained at St Mary’s last summer despite interest from both Arsène Wenger’s side and Tottenham. However, with only two years left on his contract, Schneiderlin has acknowledged that his days on the south coast could now be numbered.

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State of Origin: what to look out for in Game One | Nick Tedeschi

Guardian Sport - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 17:45

Four influential old men, reputations to be made or otherwise, Queensland’s left-hand side, New South Welsh tryscorers, and a young upstart

Queensland’s iconic spine may not have a single player younger than 31 but New South Wales should not – and will not – think the fabulous foursome are vulnerable because of their advancing years. Last year’s series win by the Blues was not an indication that Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk had reached the end of their incredible run.

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Manuel Pellegrini confident of his future as Manchester City manager

Guardian Sport - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 17:42
• Chilean believes he will be given another season
• Yaya Touré’s agent suggests player will stay at City

Manuel Pellegrini landed in Canada on Monday evening for Manchester City’s post-season tour convinced he will remain in place as the manager for next season.

Khaldoon al-Mubarak, the City chairman, spent time with Pellegrini on Sunday when City played their final home match of the season, the 2-0 victory over Southampton. Yet whether he then carried out the expected review of Pellegrini’s performance is unclear. Senior sources have signalled there is no expectation the manager will be removed.

Related: Manchester City 2-0 Southampton | Premier League match report

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West Ham promise new manager will be handed significant transfer funds

Guardian Sport - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 17:40
• Club’s search for successor to Sam Allardyce already under way
• Slaven Bilic and Michael Laudrup expected to be in the running
• Ancelotti’s surgery to rule him out of running for West Ham job
• West Ham are taking a big gamble by getting rid of Big Sam

West Ham will demonstrate their ambition by promising significant transfer funds plus a lucrative contract as they seek to lure a successor to Sam Allardyce to oversee the club’s final season at Upton Park.

The club confirmed after Sunday’s defeat at Newcastle that Allardyce would not be retained when his £3m-a-year deal expires next month, ending a successful four-year spell. The co-owners, David Sullivan and David Gold, are prepared to offer an even bigger salary to his successor and have sounded out a number of candidates.

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Wenger unhappy with summer schedule

BBC Sport - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 17:36
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger criticises Fifa for not considering the health of players with their international summer schedule.

Alderweireld eyes top division stay

BBC Sport - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 17:32
Southampton's on-loan defender Toby Alderweireld is keen to play in the Premier League again next season.

Preston’s hat-trick hero Jermaine Beckford dodges questions on future

Guardian Sport - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 17:30
Beckford, whose goals clinched Preston’s promotion to Championship, embroiled in doubts as mysterious as to what happened to his Wembley shirt
• League One play-off final: Preston 4-0 Swindon

Jermaine Beckford may have scored a hat-trick in the victory that secured Preston’s promotion to the Championship but the striker has given a strong suggestion he will not be part of the squad next season.

The 31-year-old took the starring role as Simon Grayson’s team beat Swindon Town 4-0 in the League One play-off final on Sunday. The three goals he scored at Wembley took his total to 18 since he joined Preston on loan from Bolton in November.

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Didier Drogba may hit road to the US after Chelsea’s title parade

Guardian Sport - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 17:30
• Chelsea striker could follow Frank Lampard to the MLS
• Drogba set to return to Stamford Bridge in coaching capacity
• Chelsea are crowned Premier League champions - in pictures

Didier Drogba hopes to find a club in Major League Soccer after celebrating his fourth Premier League title on board Chelsea’s victory parade on Monday.

The forward had captained the champions in their final-day victory over Sunderland having announced before kick-off that he would be leaving the club after 381 appearances and 164 goals over two periods and nine seasonsat Stamford Bridge. The 37-year-old says he wants to extend his career elsewhere and will now seek greater involvement at a new club, possibly in the United States, before exploring a future non-playing role at Chelsea. “I spoke with José Mourinho and the board and, all of us, we found an agreement,” said Drogba.

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Brendan Rodgers backed by FSG to walk through Liverpool storm

Guardian Sport - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 17:29
• Manager under fire following 6-1 defeat at Stoke City
• Owners willing to continue with Rodgers despite lack of success

Brendan Rodgers’ job as Liverpool manager is not under threat, with the club having no plans to review his position despite their dismal end to the season that featured only one victory in the last seven matches.

On Sunday Rodgers oversaw a humiliating 6-1 defeat at Stoke City, Liverpool’s worst result since 1963. Yet despite that, and a growing clamour from supporters to see the Northern Irishman replaced, Fenway Sports Group, the owner, is not assessing whether he should continue as manager for next season.

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‘Passengers’ who robbed mini-bus occupants at Eccles held

Stabroek - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 17:16
At about 1330h. today, police say that two men who had joined a mini-bus as passengers, one of whom was armed with a handgun, stopped the vehicle at Eccles, EBD, and held up the other occupants.

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Andy Murray joined by Kyle Edmund in French Open second round

Guardian Sport - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 17:06
• Murray defeats Facundo Argüello 6-3, 6-3, 6-1
• Edmund battles to see off Stéphane Robert in five sets

If British tennis is heading ever so cautiously in the right direction, the pilot and guiding light for the foreseeable future remains the man who four years ago got lost on the Paris Métro en route to dinner with his mother. And Andy Murray is not about to get carried away with a couple of good results on the second day of a major.

He would seem to have found his compass here since that bizarre evening and his strong start in the French Open on Monday – subduing then taming the wild-swinging Argentinian Facundo Argüello in an hour and 45 minutes – was the sort of performance to lift the hopes of his compatriots left in the tournament, Heather Watson and Kyle Edmund.

Related: French Open 2015: Heather Watson win sets up Sloane Stephens showdown

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French Open 2015: Heather Watson win sets up Sloane Stephens showdown

Guardian Sport - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 17:06
• Watson digs deep in 6-4, 7-5 triumph over Mathilde Johansson
• Johanna Konta goes down 7-6, 4-6, 6-2 to Denisa Allertova
• Andy Murray joined by Kyle Edmund in second round
Nadal must silence French Open fans and doubters in first round

Success has been about as rare as steak tartare for British women at the French Open over the past two decades but if it was not for Heather Watson, their record would be an awful lot worse.

Since Clare Wood reached round two in 1994, the nation has managed a paltry six wins but Watson now owns four of them after a hard-earned 6-4, 7-5 triumph over Mathilde Johansson of France. A wild-card now ranked No228 in the world, Johansson reached the third round here three years ago and on a day when a stiff breeze made clean hitting difficult for everyone, Watson did well to recover from 4-2 down to win the first set. She then saved a set point in the second before winning the last four games to advance to round two for the fourth time.

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