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Check out Teams Probable line-ups including 23 man Squad For the 2018 World cup in Russia.

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Goalkeepers: Brad Jones (Feyenoord), Mitch Langerak (Nagoya Grampus), Mat Ryan (Brighton & Hove Albion), Danny Vukovic (KRC Genk);

Defenders: Aziz Behich (Bursaspor), Milos Degenek (Yokohama F. Marinos), Alex Gersbach (Racing Lens), Matthew Jurman (Suwon Samsung Blue Wings), Fran Karacic (NK Lokomotiva), James Meredith (Millwall), Josh Risdon (Western Sydney), Trent Sainsbury (Grasshopper Zurich), Aleksandar Susnjar (FK Mlada Boleslav), Bailey Wright (Bristol City);

Midfielders: Josh Brillante (Sydney), Jackson Irvine (Hull City), Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa), Robbie Kruse (VfL Bochum), Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers), Mark Milligan (Al Ahli), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town), Tom Rogic (Celtic), James Troisi (Melbourne Victory);

Forwards: Daniel Arzani (Melbourne City), Tim Cahill (Millwall), Apostolos Giannou (AEK Larnaca), Tomi Juric (Luzern), Mathew Leckie (Hertha Berlin), Jamie Maclaren (Hibernian), Andrew Nabbout (Urawa Red Diamonds), Dimitri …

Unai Emery Becomes the new Arsenal Manager

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Arsenal have confirmed the appointment of Unai Emery as the club’s new manager.

Emery emerged on Monday as a surprise choice to replace Arsène Wenger, after the former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta had been favourite for the job. However, following a through recruitment process, the club’s heirachy opted for the man who recently led Paris Saint-Germain to the Ligue 1 title having also won three consecutive Europa League titles with Sevilla.

“I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game,” Emery told Arsenal’s website. “Arsenal is known and loved throughout the world for its style of play, its commitment to young players, the fantastic stadium, the way the club is run. I’m very excited to be given the responsibility to start this important new chapter in Arsenal’s history.”

Emery arrives in north London with the brief of returning Arsenal to the Champions League after a two-season absence from the competition. The 46-year-old, who begun his management career in 2005…

Kanye West Tweets About Indian spiritual Guru Mata Amritanandamayi

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Kanye West's tweets are in the news again. This time, his tweet features Indian spiritual guru Mata Amritanandamayi. The rapper first tweeted, "sometimes we all need hugs."

In his next tweet, he mentioned Mata Amritanandmayi, also called Amma Mata. With a close-up picture of Amma Mata, he tweeted, "Amma Mata had given over 32 million hugs."
Mata Amritanandmayi, 64, is often referred as the "hugging saint". She comes from Parayakadavu in Kerala and her form of blessing is hugging people.

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 R. Kelly Sued  for Alleged Sexual Battery,  False Imprisonment and Failing to Disclose STD


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A 20-year-old woman has sued R. Kelly for alleged sexual battery, false imprisonment and failing to disclose an STD.

Faith Rodgers, who claims she was 19 years old when she met the Grammy winner at a party after his concert in March 2017, has accused the star of locking her up for hours, "willfully,…

CR7Laughs Off Real madrid getting Neymar

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Cristiano Ronaldo laughed off reports linking Neymar to Real Madrid , saying the La Liga giants were always at the centre of transfer speculation.

Neymar is linked with a switch to Madrid from Paris Saint-Germain in the close-season despite only joining the Ligue 1 club in a world-record move last year.

Madrid are reportedly interested in numerous players and that has not gone unnoticed by Ronaldo. The Portugal international said his team ended up making few signings after all the speculation.

"At Madrid there is continually talk of signings," Ronaldo said. "I have been here eight years and they are always talking about 50 players that are going to come and in the end none come. "In September a lot of players are going to come and then in the end those who reach the finals are always the same."


NBA Game Review: Houston Rockets Hold on to Even West Finals with a 95-92 Nail-Biter

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Box Score

------- Q1 | Q2 | Q3 | Q4 | TOT
HOU 19 | 34 | 17 | 25 | 95
GSW 28 | 18 | 34 | 12 | 92

Harden & Paul dominate as the Rockets come out on top in the first close game of the Conference Finals, winning it 95-92.

Warriors went on a 12-0 run right at the start of the game, catching Houston off-guard. The Rockets regrouped in the 2nd period, outscoring the Warriors 34-18 and ending the first half with a 53-46 advantage. But the game had more highs and lows than anyone in The Oracle could imagine. Curry shot 5 3-pointers in the 3rd quarter, while GSW restricted Houston to a playoff-low 17-point quarter.

It was the Rockets' turn to retaliate and save themselves from falling into a fatal 3-1 hole in the Conference Finals, and that they did. They kept floating a sliver above the Warriors' score all throughout the last 12 minutes, courtesy of some tight perimeter defense and clutch deep 3s from CP3 & 'The Beard'. Harden ended with a game-high of 30 point…

Unai Emery Website Announces Manager's Move to London

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Former Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery's personal website has seemingly announced his arrival as Arsenal boss.

The site, unai-emery.com, had a single page with a message that read: "Proud to be part of the Arsenal family," with the manager's signature below and an Arsenal logo above.

Emery is set to be named the next Arsenal boss in the coming days and became available after leaving Paris-Saint Germain at the end of the 2017-18 campaign, having won the Ligue 1 title, two Coupes de France, two Coupes de la Ligue and two French Supercups during his two seasons in charge there.

LeBron Passes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for All-Time FG Playoff Record

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LeBron James' two game-winning buzzer-beaters these playoffs might be more memorable, but his jump shot midway through the second quarter of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on Monday was the most historic.

The 22-foot jumper off a JR Smith feed was the 2,357th made field goal of James' postseason career, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the all-time lead in that category.

"To know where I come from, small city 35 miles south of here, and to hear I'm in the same category or talked about and jumping these greats in the playoffs, it's pretty cool," James said. "You hear the scoring, the field goals made, and for a kid that really doesn't care much about scoring."





Arsenal To announce Unai Emery as their new Manager this week

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Unai Emery is set to be named new Arsenal manager after the Gunners made a last-minute decision not to offer Mikel Arteta the vacant job at the Emirates Stadium, as per reports.

Arteta seemed ready to replace Arsene Wenger as the man in charge after positive talks last week, with chief executive Ivan Gazidis in particular a keen admirer of the 36-year-old.

Arteta had even agreed in principle to return to the club he represented between 2011 and 2016, but a late U-turn saw the club turn to Emery instead as Gazidis proved unable to gather unanimous support for the former midfielder.

Emery, 46, became available after leaving Paris-Saint Germain at the end of the 2017-18 campaign, having won the Ligue 1 title, two Coupes de France, two Coupes de la Ligue and two French Supercups during his two seasons in charge there.

Former PSG boss Emery travelled to London on Monday to discuss terms - having previously met with West Ham representatives - and is expected to sign a two-year deal with an…

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Arsenal to hold talks with former stiriker Thiery Henry

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Arsenal are intending to speak to club legend Thierry Henry about the vacant managerial position at the Emirates early next week, according to reports.

The club are undertaking an extensive process to determine Arsene Wenger's replacement at the helm, following the Frenchman's departure after 22-years in charge.

The report also states that the leading candidate for the position is former midfielder Mikel Arteta.

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Arteta spent the 2017/18 season as second in command to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, in what was a title-winning campaign with a record points haul.
The Gunners held talks with Arteta on Thursday about the possibility of taking the position, though other candidates including Henry will be spoken to and assessed.

Nine million Nigerians lost jobs under Buhari, says Moghalu

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A former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, has said that defeating President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general elections will be easy. Moghalu, a 2019 presidential aspirant, spoke on Wednesday while inaugurating his support organisation in Awka, Anambra State. He said Buhari had squandered the goodwill Nigerians accorded him during the 2015 general elections.

He said he was running for the 2019 Presidential election against President Buhari using his (Buhari’s) poor records and performance as his(Moghalu’s) campaign tools. He said, “Nine million people have lost their jobs since Buhari came to power in 2015; Nigeria has become a killing field under him, even though he was a General. “Buhari is running on an old name. I will beat him by simply using his poor record.

“Under Buhari, Nigeria has become the poverty capital of the world. We have more people that are poor.” Identifying leadership as the central challenge of Nigeria, Moghalu said what…

Harden, James, Davis Finalists for NBA MVP Award

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Houston’s James Harden, Cleveland’s LeBron James and Anthony Davis of New Orleans are the finalists for the NBA’s MVP award.

Harden, who led the league in scoring, has twice been a runner-up for the award, including last year when Russell Westbrook won. James has won the MVP award four times.

The three finalists for the individual awards were announced Wednesday. The winners will be announced on June 25 in Santa Monica, California during the NBA Awards show.

Davis was also a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year, along with Utah’s Rudy Gobert and Philadelphia center Joel Embiid.




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Italy Goalkeeper Gialungi Buffon to Leave Juventus at the End of the Season

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Juventus Legend and Shot stopper Gianluigi Buffon has announced that he will leave the club at the end of the season.

Saturday's Serie A home clash with Verona will, therefore, be his last for the Scuddeto Champions.

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He has confirmed that he will take a few weeks to decide his future.

"Over the next three days, full of emotion, I will, after two or three days of reflection, make a definitive decision," he said.

"I'll try to follow whatever calls to my soul and my nature."

He did, however, exclude for playing for another Italian club, even resurgent Parma, who may play top-flight football next term after bankruptcy in 2015.

Nigeria Announce World Cup Preliminary Squad

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The Nigeria national team have included Kano Pillars’s Junior Lokosa and Crotone’s Simeon Nwankwo in their 30-man preliminary squad for the 2018 World Cup.




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Lokosa has been in terrific form in the Nigeria Professional Football League scoring 18 goals in 20 matches – including a brace against Katsina United on Sunday.

26-year-old Nwankwo gets his maiden international call-up thanks to his fine form in the Italian topflight where he has scored six goals in his last seven outings.

The Super Eagles are heading to their sixth World Cup, having taken part in the 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010 and 2014 editions – with a place in the Round of 16 their best performance ever.

*GOALKEEPERS: *Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba) Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United) Francis Uzoho (Deportivo de La Coruna) Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United)

*DEFENDERS: *William Troost-Ekong (Bursaspor) Leon Balogun (Mainz 05) Olaoluwa Aina (Chelsea) Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa) Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm…

OFFICIAL: Brazil🇧🇷 Announce Squad for World Cup

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Danilo and Taison have joined Neymar in Brazil’s squad for World Cup 2018.

In February, coach Tite confirmed 16 of the 23 he would take to Russia, though last week he was dealt a blow as right-back Dani Alves was forced to rule himself out of contention with a serious knee injury.



The PSG man’s withdrawal left one first-team place up for grabs in his preferred starting XI, for which Manchester City’s Danilo will now battle with Fagner of Corinthians.

As expected, Juventus forward Douglas Costa and Shakhtar midfielder Fred have also been included in the squad.

Fred's colleague Taison got the nod to join Costa, Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino among the forwards.

_Squad in full_

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Ederson (Man City), Cassio (Corinthians)

*Full-backs: *Marcelo (Real Madrid) Danilo (Man City), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Fagner (Corinthians).

Centre-backs: Marquinhos (PSG), Thiago Silva (PSG), Miranda (Inter Milan), Pedro Geromel (Gremio).

Midfielders: Willian (…

Roberto Mancini appointed Italy manager

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Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has been named as the new manager of Italy.

The 53-year-old has agreed a two-year deal to succeed Gian Piero Ventura, who was sacked after Italy's failure to reach the World Cup.

It will be a first role in international management for Mancini, who has left Russian club Zenit St Petersburg to take up the post.

He agreed a mutual termination of his contract with the Russia club on Sunday and will now manage his country, for whom he played 36 times.

Luigi di Biagio had stepped up from the Under-21s to take interim charge of the senior national side but will now make way for Mancini.

NBA Game Review:Golden State Warriors Silence Toyota Center, takes the Houston Rockets to the cleaners 119-106.

Box Score

------- Q1 | Q2 | Q3 | Q4 | TOT
GSW 29 | 27 | 31 | 32 | 119
HOU 30 | 26 | 24 | 26 | 106

Durant drops 37 and snatches away Game 1 for the Warriors in the Rockets' very own backyard, with an emphatic 119-106 win.

Golden State put on display another clinic in their beloved 3rd quarter, outscoring the hosts 31-24. Apart from shooting 53% from the field, the stifling Warriors' defense also led to 3 24-second violations for the offensive roster the Rockets possess. Harden and Durant went face-to-face on each possession, eyeballing the other after every bucket. While KD finished with 37 to his name, The Beard ended the game with 41 points & 7 assists to his name.

Klay Thompson chipped in 28 points on a moderate 9-18 shooting night while Curry managed to contribute just 18. For the Rockets, Chris Paul notched a double-double with 23 points and 11 dimes to his name along with Eric Gordon's humble 15.

The Series stays at the Toyota Center, Houston for Game 2 before h…

Barca's Invincibles Dream Ended by Levante After 9 Goals Thriller

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Barcelona's bid to complete an unbeaten LaLiga season capitulated in astonishing circumstances as Ernesto Valverde's champions collapsed to a 5-4 defeat at Levante.

Unheralded Ghanaian forward Emmanuel Boateng was the hero for home side as he doubled his tally of goals in Spain's top flight with a hat-trick.

Boateng's initial first-half strikes were pegged back by Philippe Coutinho but an often wretched Barcelona showing - without the rested Lionel Messi - collapsed into all-out defensive shambles after half

Enis Bardhi, who hit the post in between Levante's first two goals, found a pair of sublime finishes amid the chaos and Boateng making a claim for the matchball.

Coutinho led the Barca fightback by completing a treble of his own and Luis Suarez's 71st-minute penalty had Paco Lopez's men on unsteady legs.

Suarez missed a glorious chance to equalise and Levante full-back Antonio Luna almost put through his own goal but the invincible dream perished at a …

David Beckham's Heartbreak as Sons Shun Football

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Former Manchester United and Los Blancos Midfielder David Beckham admits it is “heartbreaking” to see sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz shun football.

All three have played the game at some point growing up, with Brooklyn spending time within the academy system at Arsenal.

None, however, have taken to the sport like their iconic father did, with Beckham having enjoyed a glittering playing career, which also took in spells with the LA Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.

Beckham told BBC One's The Graham Norton Show: “Harper is playing every Sunday and loves it.

“The boys don't play and it's heartbreaking. They have a talent, but it's down to Harper now.”

Harper, whose middle name is Seven – the number worn by her father for United and England – is the youngest member of the Beckham family at just six years old.

While her willingness to embrace football has been welcomed by one of her famous parents, a man who worked under the likes of Sir Ale…

Dua Lipa to Perform at Champions League Final

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British pop star Dua Lipa will perform at this season's Champions League final in Kiev.

Liverpool will take on defending champions Real Madrid at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on May 26, with sponsors Pepsi presenting a pre-match ceremony.

And Dua Lipa will make an appearance, performing songs from her self-titled album, including IDGAF and New Rules.

"I was honoured to be asked by UEFA and Pepsi to perform at the UEFA Champions League final opening ceremony - it's a once in a lifetime opportunity," she said in a statement. "I can't wait to get in front of the fans and be part of such an exciting event. I'm planning to put on an unforgettable show."

€” Ilaje Youth Protest Threatens not to got the polls if electricity is not provided After10 Years Of Blackout

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Scores of  Nigerian youth from Ilaje, the riverine, southern part of Ondo state, trooped to the streets on Sunday in protest of lack of electricity supply in their area for the past 10 years. The youth, under the umbrella of the Ilaje Advancement Forum (IAF), also lamented "the general absence of development" in the riverine, oil-producing communities.

The youths Voiced out with chants and  were armed with colourful placards with inscriptions to indicate their grievance they made  the streets non accessable shutting down businesses and as well as  economic activities in the area during the protest. Some the inscriptions on the placards read, "no electricity no election", "what offense has Ilaje Committed", "FG has failed in service delivery", "NDDC is fraud", "Ondo govt has failed us."

The youths lamented that communities in the Ilaje area of Ondo state have been in darkness for the past 10 years without government intervent…

Jorginho⭐ Causes major Transfer Buzz for Top EPL Clubs

Napoli star Jorginho is wanted by four or five Premier League clubs but could still stay at the Serie A outfit, according to his agent.

The Brazil-born Italy international has enjoyed a fine season, his fourth full campaign at Napoli.

Despite being contracted until 2020, Jorginho, 26, has been linked with a move away and his agent Joao Santos confirmed several Premier League clubs were interested.

Everyone knows there are four or five Premier League clubs who want Jorginho," he said. "Napoli have never talked about anything and I've never talked to other teams officially. I'm waiting for Napoli to define his future. Jorginho still has two years left on his contract and if Napoli want to sell him, he'll just have to find an agreement with another team and then he'll have to talk to us about it."

Sergio Ramos Pays Tribute to Departing Iniesta

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Spanish Centre-back Sergio Ramos set aside Real Madrid's rivalry with Barcelona to pay tribute to departing Barcelona star Andres Iniesta after his last Clasico in the Blaugrana Jersey.

Iniesta captained Barcelona for the last time against Real Madrid in Sunday's contentious clash, the sides drawing 2-2 after Sergi Roberto was sent off late in the first half for hitting Marcelo.

And while both teams had reasons for frustration at full-time, with a contentious call for penalty for the Madrid side, the skipper Ramos still found time to Applause opposite number Iniesta, an international team-mate with Spain.

"Beyond what happened on the pitch, last night's match will be remembered as Iniesta's Clasico," Ramos posted on Twitter on Monday, alongside a picture of him holding the midfielder's shirt.

Nigerian Army Rescues 'More Than 1,000' Boko Haram Captives

The Nigerian Army says it has rescued over 1,000 Nigerians captured by Boko Haram in Malamkari, Amchaka, Walasa and Gora villages of Bama Local Government Area of Borno State. The Army made this announcement on Monday in a statement by Texas Chukwu, a Brigadier-General and Director of Army Public Relations.

It said that the rescue was made by members of the 22 Brigade from the Operation Lafiya Doyle. The Nigerian Army also pointed out that most of the rescued individuals are women and children, as the men have been forced to join the ranks of the Islamic sect’s fighters.

It said: "The operation, which was conducted in conjunction with allies of Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), rescued the hostages from Malamkari, Amchaka, Walasa and Gora villages of Bama Local Government Area of Borno State. The hostages consisted mainly of women, children as well as some young men who were forced to become Boko Haram fighters. Speaking with one of the rescued victims, Alhaji Gambo Gulumba…

LeBron James, helps the Cleveland Cavaliers past Toronto Raptors to Make Eastern conference finals

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LeBron James sent Toronto into summer vacation for the third straight season as the Cleveland Cavaliers completed a clean series sweep of the Raptors with a 128-93 win in Game 4 on Monday night to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

James finished with 29 points, 11 assists and spent some of the final 7:38 dancing near the bench during Cleveland’s 10th straight playoff win over Toronto, which changed its system, its roster and its approach but still can’t beat the game’s best player.

Kevin Love added 23 points and J.R. Smith 15 for the Cleveland, who can now rest while waiting for the Boston-Philadelphia semifinal series to end.

Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 and Kyle Lowry had 10 assists to lead the exasperated Raptors. Toronto’s frustration hit its peak late in the third when All-Star DeMar DeRozan was ejected for a flagrant foul.

Cleveland will be appearing in its fourth straight conference final despite a turbulent regular season and a bumpy start to the playoffs. The Cavs nee…

Arsenal plans to Name Arsene Wenger Successor before World Cup

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Arsenal are confident of naming an Immediate successor to Arsene Wenger before the World Cup kicks off next month.

The Frenchman, who has been in faces of Arsenal fans for so long, an household name to every Gunners fan, with two more games to go as the North london team manager, The gaffer will be leaving the club after almost 22 years.

The Gunners have no specific deadline for the recruitment process, but an announcement is expected before the tournament starts in Russia on 14 June.

Ex-Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has been linked with the job, along with Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri.